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PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF

TAIL-END CHARLIE

Rear bars can cop a bit of a beating when you’re out on the tracks, hitting steep rises and falls. TJM has developed its replacement RB6 rear step/tow bar to protect your new Mitsubishi Triton MQ’s rear panels. Framed from steel, the RB6 includes durable and lightweight alloy checker plate steps, reinforced T-slot high-lift jack points, provision for seven-pin and 12-pin flat trailer sockets and a 50A Anderson plug mount for providing 12V charging current to a trailer.

There’s provision for Mitsubishi’s OE reverse sensors, too. (Trailer sockets and TJM recovery hitch are not included).

Website: www.tjm.com.au

BITTEN BY A REDBACK

If you’re looking for a quick way to increase your 4WD’s power and torque, Redback Engine Management might be your poison.

When paired with a Redback performance exhaust, the engine mapping technology can increase power and torque performance by up to 50 per cent. The system suits most popular makes of diesel 4x4s. Prices start at $1342 for four-cylinder and sixcylinder engines.

Website: www. piranhaoffroad.com.au

SIT ON IT

Ironman 4x4 is tailor-making tough canvas seat covers to suit a range of four-wheel drives.

The covers are made from 12oz canvas, and Ironman adds a sandwich layer of foam for comfort. Because side airbags are now in most new vehicle seats, the covers include a specially approved and tested seam built into the side of each cover. The covers are resistant to water and mud, are fire retardant, and have built-in rear pocket storage.

Website: www. ironman4x4.com

TIME FOR A MAP

The updated editions of Hema’s Great Desert Tracks maps have arrived, and the Simpson Desert and Eastern sheets now include the Madigan Line. The Western sheet covers the western side of Australia’s arid centre, from the Kimberley to the Nullarbor Plain, north to south, and from past Halls Creek to Collier Range National Park, east to west. The Central sheet covers the central region of Australia’s centre, from past Purnululu to Gawler Ranges, north to south, and from past Coober Pedy to the Gibson Desert, east to west. The Eastern sheet covers the eastern side of Australia’s centre, from Boodjamulla National Park to past Port Augusta, north to south, and from Cunnamulla to Alice Springs, east to west. And the Simpson Desert sheet is double-sided, with a scale of 1:1.1 million on one side and a detailed scale of 1:500,000 on the other. Included are details of fuel and provision availability, permit and contact information, map references for interesting spots, plus loads of good 4x4 tracks and other helpful tips and features.

RRP: $19.95 per sheet map.

Website: www.hemamaps.com.au

YOUNG BULL

The first thing a new Triton buyer will probably want is a new bullbar to draw attention away from the grille.

ARB has just that. Its Summit bullbar has a 60.3mm outer frame, cross-bar tubing and uses a split-pan design for strength and airflow, as well as under-wing protection panels. The bar accommodates a range of low-mount electric winches, up to 10,000lb, and includes twin hi-lift jack points to assist with difficult recovery situations. Provision for ARB Intensity LED and IPF driving lights are integrated into the top pan of the bar, while a redesigned fog-light surround and ARB LED indicator/clearance light assembly is standard.

Website: www.arb.com.au

HAWKE EYE

What’s more important: a broad driving beam or a concentrated spot beam? Whatever you reckon, you might want to look at the Bushranger Night Hawk LED. It’s available as both, with a rating of one lux at 488m for the driving light and one lux at 539m for the spot beam light. The lights feature OSRAM tech incorporating 16x3W high-efficiency LEDs within a die-cast aluminium casing. The powder-coated casing is UV stable, as are the polycarbonate lenses, which include secondary clear, protective covers.

The lights are protected against water ingress (IP68 rated), and the adjustable steel mounting cradle has a vibration-damping base to project the electronics.

Each light is fitted with a waterproof, quick-connect, Deutsch plug. RRP: $320.

Website: www.bushranger.com.au

NICE RACK

It’s nice to have big things. But if you have big things you need somewhere to put them. Yakima’s new heavy-duty LockN’Load base racks can help. With a 75kg load rating (per bar), the racks can increase your carrying capacity and save space in your rig. The aluminium roof bars bolt directly to a low-rise leg with a wide, sturdy base for track- and fixed-point vehicle fits. The bars are paired with an aerodynamic airflow diffuser ridge to minimise noise, increase fuel efficiency and stop load slippage. They also come with integrated tie-down points. Plus, they’re compatible with Yakima’s existing accessories. Design can be customised to fit a range of off-road and touring vehicles. RRP: $380-$735 (depending on your vehicle).

Website: www.yakima.com.au

GRUB SCREWERS

Narva’s anti-theft lock nuts stop the grubs in our society from stealing your driving lights when your vehicle is left unattended. Like similar products for preventing the theft of wheels, each pair of stainlesssteel nuts comes with a strong carbon-steel keyed tool, designed for fitment with the supplied lock nuts. The nuts come in thread sizes ranging from M6 x 1.0 up to M12 x 1.75 and are designed for universal fitment to a wide range of lights such as driving lights, LED light bars and work lamps. Ask for Part No. 74424 at most automotive, transport and fourwheel drive outlets. RRP: $58.

Website: www.narva.com.au

COMFORT IN THE BUSH

BlackWolf’s new Tuff BYOQ (Bring Your Own Quilt) is a simple, clever canvas cover that bush-proofs a conventional household synthetic-fibre or feather-down quilt. BYOQ’s outer shell should ensure you’re protected from the elements and the syn-silk lining means you’ll stay warm. With zips that enable it to be used openedout (like a conventional quilt) or zipped into a sleepingbag/ swag format, it’s ideal for use in roof-top tents or camper trailers.

RRP: $140 Website: www.blackwolf.com.au

PLAYING BALL

Standard rubber bushes on independent front suspension (IFS) systems are infamously prone to premature failure, as loads on the shock absorber wears down the rubber. With that in mind, Terrain Tamer has developed a new Ball Joint Shock Absorber, which replaces a standard rubber bush with a ball-joint bush design. The joint, otherwise known as a spherical bearing, allows greater articulation and flexibility. It’s suitable for vehicles with up to a two-inch lift, and the shocks feature the same twin-tube design and multi-stage valving system used in all Terrain Tamer suspension.

Website: www. terraintamer. com

ROLL CALL

Cooper’s new STT PROs have been made with puncture resistance and grip in mind. The PROs have an alternating 3-2 tread pattern and a new flex groove that generates a point in the tyre to dampen the effect of inconsistent terrain. The design includes lug scallops, mud scoops and mudrelease dimples to discard mud, while raised rubber ribs and pads are paired with angled groove walls to prevent stones and gravel from getting trapped in the tread. The PRO also features wide lateral grooves for selfcleaning, and side biters for traction. The compound used is formulated with chemically infused silica to improve wet traction. And Coopers claims the threeply PROs have sidewalls that provide 50 per cent more protection from impact damage and 2.5 times more tear resistance than standard traditional radials, two- or three-ply.

Website: www.coopertires. com.au

MODULAR STORAGE

Drawers are an essential touring vehicle accessory.

But, without forking out a wad of cash for a custom job, it can be hard to find a system that suits your needs. ARB reckons it has a solution: its modular roller drawer range. These drawers have 200 different configuration options, so if something’s not working out, you can just rejig the system’s three main modules. The drawers are key-lockable, have push-pull slam-shut latches, and folded stainlesssteel runners for smooth drawer and slide operation.

They also have a self-locking anti-roll-back system that locks into place at full extension, meaning no annoying locking pins.

Website: www.arb.com.au