Christmas came early for our Hilux project car when two trucks rolled up at 4X4 Australia HQ to deliver the rolling stock for the Loaded Lux. The first truck came from Cooper Tires and had five big, black Cooper STT Pros on board, while the second hailed from Dynamic Wheel Co. and carried more black goodness in a set of ATX Chamber II alloy wheels.
Both these products are the latest designs from their respective companies, so our old Lux will be stepping out in style.
Cooper’s STT Pro tyres are the new mud-terrain in the range, replacing the long-serving and widely well-regarded Discoverer STTs. 4X4 Australia was involved in the development of these tyres when we travelled with the engineers from Cooper to the Corner Country in outback Queensland to flog some prototype tyres over Australia’s harshest terrain. The tyres didn’t even have a name back then! The engineers took information from this trip – which was part of more than one-million kilometres of testing in Australia alone – back to the USA, where they tweaked the design and compound for their idea of the ultimate mud-terrain tyre for our conditions.
We haven’t had a chance to try the finished product yet, but our mate Macca has been running them on his LC79 all over the Flinders and is pretty impressed with them over his old STTs.
We’ll see how these go once we get them on the Hilux.
The ATX Chamber IIs from American Racing Wheels have a stealthy matte-black finish that goes well with our black and white Hilux. We stepped up a size to 17 x 9-inch alloys fitted with 265/70-17 Coopers to fill out those flared ’guards. Like all ATX Series alloy wheels, the Chamber IIs are made for offroad use and have premium alloys with a high load rating to take some punishment. The powder-coated satin finish on the wheels should make it easy to keep their appearance in tip-top condition once they hit the mud and ruts.
The ATX Chamber IIs are available in 16, 17 and 18 x 9-inch sizes with various bolt patterns and offsets to suit most popular 4x4 vehicles. Now to bolt them on!
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the magazine and our website over the coming months, as we reveal how you can win our Loaded Lux. That’s right, once we’ve finished loading this car up with all the best gear from the top manufacturers, we’ll be giving you the opportunity to win it!
COOPER TIRES Available nationally via www.coopertires.com.au ATX CHAMBER II WHEELS FROM DYNAMIC WHEEL CO. www.dynamicwheelco.com.au