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PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF

CONTINENTAL CROSSCONTACT ATR

Tyre giant Continental’s ATR is designed for off-road vehicles (4x4s and SUVs) that spend a fair chunk of their time on bitumen but also get down and dusty on dirt tracks whenever possible (think: weekend escapes, week of camping). The ATR features beefed up puncture protection via the sidewall protection wrap, and it also ups the traction levels on both wet and dry surfaces thanks to the multiple in-built sipes in the tread pattern, as well as the silica tread compound. Additional off-road grip is also realised via the open tread pattern which ensures there’s plenty of bite, not only in the main part of the tyre but on the tyre edges as well. Add in reasonably large tread blocks and you’ve got a quiet on-road tyre (thanks to noise blockers that reduce sound coming from the tyre centre) that is more than up to weekend off-road adventures.

Website: www.continental-tyres.com.au

KINGSLEY ROGUE SIDE STEPS: MITSUBISHI TRITON MR

These tough new sidesteps by Kingsley Enterprises are bodymounted steps (and brackets) of heavy-duty steel construction and have been engineered in Australia to ensure vehiclespecific fitment and airbag compatibility. The Rogue sidestep is coated with a high-grade polyester powder-coat that features a textured matte-black finish. The step pad design is nice and aggressive to ensure you don’t slip, regardless of weather conditions, when reaching up top for gear. These pads are - handily - bolted on so they’re easy to remove when you need to clean them. Designed to protect your rig from rocks, mud and debris that is thrown up on- and off-road, the Rogue sidesteps cover the complete length of the Triton’s sill. Covered by a three-year warranty.

Website: www.bushranger.com.au

ARB COMPACT CAMP TABLE

There’s nothing worse than balancing (often hot) meals on your lap because you haven’t got a suitable camp table to fit the family around. ARB’s new compact camp table can fit a family of four and utilises full-diameter slats that offer a strong supportive surface on which to place utensils and plates, and also a heat-resistant area for meal preparation. The table top is further supported by cross braces, and the square tube legs are more robust than most found on other tables of this size and design. The table rolls up neatly into a compact storage bag and takes up minimal space.

RRP: $79 (Aus metro)

Website: www.arb.com.au

HELLA ROKLUME 380 N LED

The team at HELLA Australia has released the latest in its range of high-performance driving lights: the RokLUME 380 N LED. The RokLUME includes 12 high-power LEDs that provide the driver with a high-output forward beam. This combo of two light patterns into one negates the need for two different lamp units, further enhancing the RokLUME’s durability, along with the premium aluminium housing and stainless steel surround. The driving light is available in 12- and 24-volt variants, with a maximum light output of 7500 Lumen and colour temp of 5000 Kelvin. The RokLUME can be cleaned with a high-pressure spray thanks to its hard-coated polycarbonate lens. The light has protection against reverse polarity, transient spike circuiting and over-voltage. Highend Nord-Lock washers and quadruple-bolt focal point locking system ensure alignment for optimal illumination.

Website: www.hella.com

FRONT RUNNER OUTFITTERS’ SLIMLINE II RACK KIT - SUZUKI JIMNY

Front Runner’s new roof rack for Suzuki’s pint-sized offroader requires no drilling or specialist tools to be fitted; the simple gutter-mount setup means installation takes barely an hour. The all-aluminium (black epoxy powdercoated) rack allows fitment of more than 55 Front Runner accessories, too, thanks to modular slats, so you can load up the surfboards, bikes, fishing gear, watercraft (canoe, kayak, SUP), extra water and plenty more (within the roofload limit, of course). You can even install one of Front Runner’s clever camping tables underneath if you opt for the taller fitment kit. The Slimline II for the Jimny is affixed via six gutter leg-mounts and measures 1560mm long and 1345mm wide. Also included in the kit is a wind deflector.

Website: www.frontrunneroutfitters.com

NARVA EXPLORA 22-INCH LED LIGHT BAR

Following on from the late 2017 launch of the original Explora, Narva has released another two models in the Explora range: the 22-inch single-row bar and 22-inch double-row bar, with the former sporting 18 5W high-power LEDs (punching out 3589 Lumens at 345m), and the double-row model including 36 5W LEDs, for 6217 Lumens and a 460m throw of light. The three-model range features Narva’s ‘Advanced Optic Drive Technology’, with its special reflector profile that captures light more efficiently and concentrates the lights’ focus for better penetration along the track. The light bars are designed to handle tough conditions, with operating temps of between -30°C and 65°C, plus they are rated IP68 and IP69K for dust and water ingress protection. The two 22-inch models also include a breather vent for heat dispersion.

Website: www.narva.com.au

UNIFILTER PANEL FILTERS

Dust ingestion issues are becoming a big problem with a number of popular 4x4s, such as the Land Cruiser (70 Series and 200 Series), Prado 150 Series, Hilux, Nissan’s D40 and D23 Navara, the Mitsubishi Triton and the Isuzu D-Max. The sealing edge of the OE filters are the culprit due to using rubber seals on plastic, where each material reacts to heat in a different way and the resultant warping creating a gap between the edges and allowing dust in. Unifilter’s foam seal resolves the dust ingress issue on Toyota’s Cruiser and Prado, with this seal added to the sealing edge of the rubber seal; the sealing edge of the OE Toyota filters is flat, so Unifilter has added a foam seal that doesn’t breathe so dust will not penetrate. The second type of panel filter (used in other manufacturers’ vehicles) uses a step-style seal; Unifilter has widened the edge of its filter to make it flat (as opposed to a point), thus spreading the sealing point. These replacement filters are also ridged to stop deformation under load.

Website: www.uniflow.com.au

IRONMAN 4X4 RATED RECOVERY POINTS

Ironman 4x4 has released new rated recovery points - for Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (11/2016-onwards) and MR Triton (11/2018-onwards) - that have been NATA tested and approved. Built from top-grade materials, SPHC oil and pickled steel (rather than mild steel) these points are super strong and highly resistant to corrosion. The working load limit of each point is 5000kg, and they’re designed to connect to a winch/recovery device using a 4.75-tonne shackle or rated soft shackle. The recovery points are supplied as a pair with all mounting hardware (such as high-tensile bolts) and they mount to multiple chassis points for optimum load distribution.

Website: www.ironman4x4.com

TOUGH DOG AIRASSIST AIRBAGS

Tough Dog’s AirAssist airbag system is available for both leaf- and coil-sprung vehicles. The AirAssist system is ideal for off-road tourers who use their rigs for unladen (or relatively lightly loaded) around-town duties and then for serious adventures, where all the essential gear is packed in. By fitting AirAssist springs you can level out the rear ride-height of your fully loaded vehicle to help maintain ride and handling qualities. The Leaf Spring AirAssist features heavy-duty construction, a 5 to 100psi capacity, laser-cut and powdercoated brackets, zinc-plated roll plates (top and bottom) and in most applications you don’t need a drill to fit them. The Coil Spring AirAssist also includes laser-cut powdercoated brackets and zinc-plated roll plates as per the Leaf kits, as well as heavy-duty construction. The Coil Spring system has a 5 to 60psi capacity (in most cases). Both systems are offered with a three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty.

Website: www.toughdog.com.au

SHERPA 4X4 SOFT SHACKLES

The team at Sherpa 4x4 has released new soft recovery shackles, in two sizes: 11mm x 152mm (rated minimum breaking strength 14,515kg) and 16mm x 600mm (rated minimum breaking strength 32,400kg). The shackles are made from high-quality synthetic rope and will float in water, plus they will never suffer from corrosion. Of course, they are incredibly strong and far safer than a heavy steel shackle if the worst-case happens and the rope breaks. The shackles will not over-tighten so are quite easy to loosen after the recovery has been completed. The Sherpa soft shackles feature large-loop diameters and are UV-, abrasion- and chemical-resistant, plus include a protective sleeve to reduce chafing.

Website: www.sherpa4x4.com.au

YAKIMA BACKSWING

Lugging a pile of bikes on a hitch-mount carrier often means you can’t access the tailgate. Yakima has solved this in relation to some of its most popular hitch-mount bike carriers with the release of the new BackSwing. The BackSwing hitch adapter converts a number of Yakima’s hitch-mount carriers - the HoldUp (and HoldUp+2), SingleSpeed, FourTimer, TwoTimer, Dr Tray (but without the EZ+1) and LongHaul - into swing-away versions. The BackSwing allows the carrier to swing 90 degrees (it locks in place; and unlocks via the release lever) for vehicle access without removing the bikes.

RRP: $369

Website: www.yakima.com.au

PEDDERS TRAKRYDER EXTREME FRONT BRAKE KIT

Pedders has worked some magic to produce this new braking kit that includes a larger six-piston caliper design (finished in a robust red gloss and debossed Pedders branding in white), Kevlar ceramic brake pads and a schmick 10-slot dimpled and Geomet-coated larger diameter rotor. A larger braking surface means enhanced stopping power and Pedders has ensured this is the case with the kit’s massive 356mm-diameter rotor, which represents up to a 40 per cent increase in swept area compared to the OE units (310mm on Ford Ranger; 300mm on Colorado and D-Max). The kit has been designed for the Ford Ranger PX and PXII models, Mazda’s BT-50 UP and UR, Holden Colorado RG, and the Isuzu D-Max RT50 and RT85.

www.pedders.com.au