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PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF

ARB SUMMIT BAR Y62 PATROL

The new ARB Summit bar for Nissan’s Y62 Patrol is of tough steel construction (which also includes a zinc-rich primer for corrosion resistance). The Summit bar allows for easy fitment of off-roading accessories (think: spotties, lightbars, etc.) and can be fitted to Ti and Ti-L spec Patrols. It is compatible with a number of Warn, Bushranger and Smittybilt low-mount winches (there’s a cover panel in the bar for those who don’t fit a winch), and is parking-sensor compatible while ensuring Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Collision and Lane departure warnings and headlight washers. It features a multi-fold upswept and tapered wing design to ensure optimum approach angle, combined with protection panels on the centre and both sides. The mount system is airbag compatible and there are twin ARB Jack or high-lift jack points, along with two aerial brackets. Black powder-coat finish with optional colour matching.

RRP: $2890 (Aus East Coast metro)

IRONMAN 4X4 SOFT SHACKLES

Ironman 4x4 has released new soft shackles, with two variants rated at 14,000kg and the other at 17,500kg breaking strength. The shackles are high-strength, low-friction 12-strand single braid UHMWPE rope. The 14,000kg soft shackle is of a single splice design and diamond knot; the 17,500kg soft shackle features a Class 2 diamond knot and dual splice design. The shackles are covered with a protective sleeve and are designed to float. They also feature an integrated easy-release system that ensures the soft shackle decompresses post-recovery. The soft shackles also offer low-moisture absorption, so there’s no fear of them becoming waterlogged or rotting through continued immersion. The Ironman soft shackles are also 500mm long - a larger surface area than most others on the market.

Website: www.ironman4x4.com


JLM TURBO CLEANER

Put an end to the problem of dirt and soot in a turbo with this new cleaner from JLM. Dirt, grit, grime and soot are all enemies of a smooth-running turbo. A dirty turbocharger increases wear and tear and also increases risk of a failure of the VGT turbine wheel. The JLM Turbo Cleaner has been designed to reduce soot emission and maintain performance and is as simple as adding the liquid to the diesel in your rig’s fuel tank. Adding the cleaner eliminates dirt and soot, thus ensuring the air-fuel ratio is ideal and your turbo is pushing nothing but clean air. JLM reckons for the best results owners should add 500ml of Turbo Cleaner every 5000km - or if/when you notice you’re not getting optimum performance out of your engine. It sure looks like a small price (both monetary and in terms of time) to pay for a smooth-running engine. Suitable for use with all turbodiesel engines.

RRP: $39.95 (500ml bottle)

Website: www.jlmlubricants.com.au

LEDLENSER IF8R LIGHT

This latest LedLenser light source is high in technology and functionality. The iF8R (powered by rechargeable batteries) offers an output up to 4500 lumens via its Xtreme LED - and can be controlled by a smartphone, so you can stay in the camp chair to adjust lighting levels. The iF8R offers three light settings - power, mid power and low power (for up to a claimed 12 hours on this setting). The light has an inbuilt power bank, so you can charge your mobile phone, and the iF8R’s built-in magnet allows you to affix the light to metallic surfaces. The iF8R also has a cooling element to ensure optimum lighting. It is rated IP54 for water protection (can withstand powerful sprays of water), weighs 1740g and measures 142mm high, 44mm deep and 307mm wide.

RRP : $399 Website: www.ledlenser.com.au

VICTORINOX ALOX LIMITED EDITION SWISS ARMY KNIFE

Victorinox releases its Alox Limited Edition Swiss Army Knives each year, incorporating some of its most popular models in different colours. For 2019, the LE series - comprising the Classic, Cadet and Pioneer - is available in gold. Each knife is complete with its own certificate and the year of release is stamped on the back of the knife. The Classic Alox LE is compact (58mm in length) and includes blade, screwdriver, scissors, nail file and keyring; The Cadet Alox LE is 84mm long, with blade, reamer, punch, can opener (with small screwdriver), nail file (with nail cleaner) bottle opener (with both small screwdriver and wire stripper) and keyring. The Pioneer ups the length to 93mm and incorporates a large blade, reamer/punch, can opener (with small screwdriver), bottle opener (with screwdriver/wire stripper) and a keyring.

RRP: $89.95 (Classic); $110 (Cadet); $115 (Pioneer)

Website: www.victorinox.com

TJM MOD X DRAWER SYSTEM

TJM 4x4 Equipped has released an innovative new drawer system that it says offers a “sleek design with market-leading features”. The Mod X drawer system includes a flush front face design, a 150kg load rating for each drawer, a low-pile marine carpet finish and a galvanised steel frame. The drawers also include other hard-wear components that incorporate UV and water-resistant materials, and the rattle-free steel runners and housings are coated for additional durability. The drawer is opened and closed via a single-handed positional brake, meaning you can open each drawer to any position required and it will stay there. The Mod X drawer system is ADR-compliant for seats and anchorages, and child restraint anchorages. Available for 12 4x4s, including Toyota LC200 and Prado, Ford Ranger (PXII and PXIII), Holden Colorado (2015+), Isuzu D-MAX (2015+), Mazda BT-50 (2015+), Mitsubishi Triton (MQ/MR 2015+), Nissan Navara D40 (2005-2015) and NP300, plus the Toyota HiLux (2015+). Accessories include a stainless steel tray, screw-in tie-downs and space divider panels.

Website: www.tjm.com.au


FOUR-BY-FOUR DRIVING, FIFTH EDITION

This hefty tome contains an enormous amount of information on off-roading skills, techniques and technology. Whether you’re a beginner in your first 4x4, or view yourself as an experienced tourer, this book, written by Tom Sheppard, is a great addition to your library - and to your driving knowledge. The book, now in its fifth edition, covers every single aspect of off-road touring, from the reasons why people find off-roading so appealing, through to the different four-wheel drive systems on the market, and how to prep for either a short escape or a true expeditionary adventure. Sheppard draws on his decades of extensive off-road exploration and adventure to delve deep into the essential skills needed for each terrain type, the different recovery scenarios you may encounter, and also advanced skills that may get you out of a seemingly impossible bind. A treasure-trove of info for off-road tourers.

Website: www.desertwinds.co.uk

NARVA OE-STYLE PUSH BUTTON SWITCHES

Narva’s new range of OE-style switches is designed to fit in a vehicle’s spare/blank switch space, doing away with the need to cut into the dash to fit switch-activated accessories. The buttons feature laser-etched LED symbols that are illuminated via blue backlight. The switches are available for a number of ancillary light setups, such as light bars, driving lights, roof lights, etc. The OE-style push button switches have a 10amp rating at 12V and are of a hard plastic construction. Each button includes a flying lead, with the ‘snap-in’ fitment method meaning installation is a doddle. The OE-style push button switches are available for more than 30 models, including Toyota, Holden/Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan and VW.

Website: www.narva.com.au


GARMIN RV 775 MT-S WITH HEMA MAPPING

Navigational guru Garmin has teamed up with mapping legend Hema Maps for this new RV-dedicated GPS unit. This new model features a 6.95-inch edge-to-edge display, pre-loaded Hema 150k topo maps of Australia, RV-specific navigation features (including road warning and custom routing for the size and weight of your RV or trailer/van), and Hema Maps’ extensive Points of Interest, numbering more than 40,000. Other features include driver alerts for any upcoming steep climbs or sharp curves, voice-activated navigation, Bluetooth hands-free phone call and the capacity to work in conjunction with Garmin’s BC 30 wireless backup camera (sold separately). And, there’s more, including a Suggested Attractions feature that informs you of what is worth checking out during your journey, and a LiveTrack feature, where friends and family can follow your journey.

Website: www.garmin.com/en-AU

THE NORTH FACE BASE CAMP DUFFEL

Probably one of The North Face’s most famous products, the company’s Base Camp duffel bag has, over its 33 years of production, garnered a reputation for bombproof construction and is an ideal carry-all. Available in a number of sizes - XS (31L); S (50L); M (70L); L (95L); XL (132L); XXL (150L) - to suit any requirements, the Base Camp duffel is built super tough. The water-resistant outer fabric is robust 1000-denier laminate/840D ballistic nylon, the handles are bar-tacked, and it also features double stitching for additional strength. There are lash-down/carry handles on each end and both sides, plus detachable shoulder straps and ‘regular’ carry handles. The zips are oversized YKK variants and are covered by a weather-resistant flap. Inside, the main compartment includes a zippered mesh pocket and there’s another zippered wet/dirty gear compartment on one end.

Website: www.thenorthface.com.au

EFS VIVIDMAX HIGH-PERFORMANCE LED AND MOUNT BRACKETS

This new schmick lighting setup from EFS has three 9-watt Osram LEDs for the best bright white light output (5000-6300K). The lights offer a 20,000-hour life, include reverse-polarity protection and are 12-36V. The Vividmax has an IP67 rating, and along with quality construction, polycarbonate lense covers and a claimed temp range of between -40?C and 85?C ensure they’ll last for years. There are several mounting bracket size options (VM-BKT1 is 50mm, VM-BKT2 is 63mm, and both can be used for aerial, light bar and spotlight). The VM-BKT3 (50mm) and VM-BKT4 (63mm) offer a side-mount option for the light bar.

Website: www.efs4wd.com.au

NULON EZY-SQUEEZE

Changing the diff, gearbox and/or transmission oil is never a fun job. Nulon is aiming to make the process at least a lot quicker, with the release of its innovative EZY-SQUEEZE, which is a super-simple but clever way of servicing the abovementioned parts of your rig. The EZY-SQUEEZE is a flexible one-litre container (patent pending) and applicator tube that makes it easy to get into those awkward places and get the oil change done. Nulon is claiming it is 50 per cent quicker than a pump- or syringe-based system and there’s far less waste. Plus, you don’t need a pump; just a ‘squeeze’ and the oil is pushed into the component’s reservoir and all is done. Nulon claims the EZY-SQUEEZE can be used on more than 95 per cent of the Aus/NZ vehicle fleet.

Website: www.ezysqueeze.com.au