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BARRING ALL

THE latest alloy bullbar to hit ARBís range is tailored for the Ford Ranger PXII, and follows the release of ARB alloy bullbars for the newest Toyota Prado 150 (pictured), Nissan NP300 and Ford Everest. The boffins at ARB HQ developed a high-strength bar that fully integrates with modern vehicle design, and it maintains that highly recognisable ARB look. It employs 4mm aluminium alloy for the outer wings and centre pan, while 60mm alloy outer tubing evokes a commanding presence. The bullbar is secured to the vehicle via a series of high-tensile bolts, and steel mounts ensure itís capable of dealing with high winch loads (tested up to 10,000lb).

Website: www.arb.com.au/alloy

ROGER, ROGER

A GREAT way to play it safe when exploring is to stay connected to your fellow travellers.

And UHF two-way radios are the most reliable way to stay in touch when thereís no mobile phone coverage. Unidenís new Titanium (one-watt UH810S and two-watt UH820S) series is designed to survive the harsh Aussie outback. The tech offers access to 80 UHF channels, and the radios have a range of more than 9km (UH810S) and 13km (UH820S).

Theyíre rechargeable via USB, and talk time equates to approximately 15 or 21 hours.

They come with a three-year warranty. A Tradieís Pack is also offered. Call Uniden for more info: 1300 366 895.

RRP: $89.95 (UH810S); $179.95 (UH810S-2); $229.95 (UH810S-2TP); $129.95 (UH820S); $249.95 (UH820S-2); $299.95 (UH820S-2TP) Website: www.uniden.com.au

WEíRE IN LOCKDOWN

KEEP the valuables stored on your roof rack safe from thieving scum, with the Rhino-Rack Cable Core Lockdown.

You can now leave the camping equipment unattended as you explore dusty tracks on foot, or hit the ski slopes in the colder months. The base mounts onto your roof racks or Rhino-Rack Pioneer system, and then an 8mm PVC-coated steel wire cable with zinc protection is looped around the items requiring extra security. The cable is available in three lengths: 0.6m, 1.2m and 1.8m. The system is also Masterkey compatible.

RRP: $59.00 (1.8m); $49.00 (1.2m); $39.00 (0.6m) Website: www.rhinorack.com.au

THEY SEE ME ROLLINí

TWO brand-spanking-new sets of wheels have landed on the ROH Wheels catalogue: the Assassin and the Patriot.

The Assassin is available in sizes 16x8, 17x8, 17x9 and 18x9 and features a matte-black finish with aluminium anodised bolts. The Assassin is suitable for the HiLux, Ranger/BT-50, Colorado, D-Max, Triton, Navara NP300 and Navara D40. The Patriot is sized 16x8, 17x9, 18x9 and 20x9 and also rocks a matte-black finish milled with aluminium anodised bolts. Itís perfect for the HiLux, Ranger/BT-50, Colorado, D-Max, Triton, Navara NP300, Navara D40 and 200 Series Land Cruiser.

Website: www.rohwheels.com

LIGHT THE WAY

THE FUTURE is brighter with an Ironman 4x4 LED light bar. These new beauties, developed using the latest tech, draw minimum power yet maintain an impressive light spread, achieved via state-of-the-art, high-intensity 5W CREE LEDs. Ironman 4x4 has also developed brandnew, bigger reflectors. Straight and curved light bars are available. Features include: 10/30V DC operating voltage; -20į to 50į operating temp; an integrated breather; IP67, IP69K water- and dustproof-rated; a dual mounting system; an integrated Deutsch connector; alloy diecast housing; and a shockproof polycarbonate lens. The light bar comes with a one-year warranty.

RRP: From $150 Website: www.ironman4x4.com

WATER TROUBLES

SUITABLE not just for remote-area touring, the Ironman 4x4 low-water alarm kit is a great addition to any city runabout. The kitís technology has the ability to sense a negative current in the radiator water, and when the water drops below one of two probes, an alarm and warning light activate before there is even movement in the temperature gauge. The kit suits 12- and 24-volt systems and plastic or metal header tanks. Get one before it is too late!

RRP: $199 Website: www.ironman4x4.com

SCOUTíS HONOUR

VETERAN journalist and 4x4 historian Jim Allen, along with Scout expert and collector John Glancy, have dished up the only Scout book the enthusiast will ever need. With a foreword by the late Rod Phillips, The International Scout Encyclopedia chronicles the history of all the favourite Scout models. This officially licensed Scout publication features never-before-seen pictures and new details about the iconic 4x4 that will surprise even the most dedicated devotee. A must-have for any fan of International Harvester or vintage four-wheel drive rigs.

RRP: $100 (approx.)

Website: www.octanepress.com

TOASTED SANGA

NOTHING beats devouring a piping-hot jaffle in the middle of winter. The ARB Toastie Brander consists of two cast-iron plates, and the handles are formed from Manchurian ash timber. Not only will it melt two pieces of bread together with cheese and tomato, it will also brand the ARB logo onto both sides. Granted, this does nothing to enhance the flavour of an already glorious item of campsite cuisine, but itís a great novelty on an awesome product.

Website: www.arb.com.au

BACK UP

MSA 4x4ís patented air lumbar support system will provide quality back support when you need it most. The system is designed so that it can be installed and removed in seconds, and its fully adjustable air-inflated bladder insert allows you to easily get comfy. Four bladders can even be installed for multiple support zones. It comes with a lifetime warranty.

RRP: $109 (canvas); $129 (sheepskin) Website: www.msa4x4.com.au

EXPANSION PACK

NARVA has added to its large range of heavy-duty recreational vehicle (HDRV) powering accessories, with the introduction of several new products to the line-up.

Among the new additions include a thermoplastic right-angle merit plug; heavy-duty adaptors; and digital LED volt and amp meters (pictured), which are available in all housing styles.

Two- and three-way module options, with a choice of six sockets and meters and six different housings, are also available.

Website: www.narva.com.au

INSURANCE JOB

DODGE the hassle of proving to money-driven insurance companies that an accident wasnít your fault. Pick yourself up Laserís all-new Navig8r Crash Cam PRO X, a dash camera that takes in-vehicle incident recording to the next level with Super Full HD image quality.

The cam includes an on-screen street map with alerts for school zones, speed cameras and red-light cameras. Tailored specifically for Oz roads, the Crash Cam also features journey review with Google Maps, automatic event recording, and park mode, which activates recording even when your car is unattended. For a full list of features, head to Laserís website.

RRP: $349.95 Website: www.laserco.com.au