Product tests & New stuff



from Mother Nature’s wrath awaits beneath ARB’s new 2.5m x 2.5m awning, which is encased in anodised aluminium housing. ARB’s proven 300gsm, PU-coated, waterproof and UV-protected canvas is used in tandem with an abrasion-resistant material that protects the awning when rolling it out. Other features include UV-treated, marine-grade, quick-release cords; anodised aluminium poles with nylon cuff joins; and metal cam locks.



GIVEN your rig a GVM upgrade, power upgrade or carrying more weight? Perhaps you drive an armoured truck? Either way, your clutch is now probably your car’s weakest point. Never fear, the boffins at Terrain Tamer have released a Fortified Clutch that’s perfect for such vehicles and can theoretically provide up to an 80 per cent increase in torque. The clutch disc design utilises a unique combination of Velvetouch ceramic material on the engine facing and organic material on the transmission facing, while the cover assembly features a spheroidal graphite anti-burst pressure-plate casting.

It’s available for a range of Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi models.

Website: RRP: From $1000 e, ore ar’s e es bly e ting. yota, s. om.


A JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES tool can be a remote-area tourer’s best friend when your adventure takes a turn for the worse. Victorinox’s recently launched SwissTools multi-tool is manufactured to tackle all obstacles thrown your way. Two variations are available – the SwissTool BS (29 functions) and the SwissTool Spirit XBS (27 functions) – and they’re made using a black-burnished steel.

Functions include a wirecutter, screwdriver, can opener, saw, ruler, corkscrew and lock release. The units weigh less than 300g and come in a nylon belt pouch.

Website: RRP: $349 (Spirit XBS); $359 (BS)


THE 2017 4X4OTY-winning Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Series can now be enhanced via a TJM Outback Bar. To complement the Cruiser’s tough aesthetics, the bar has been designed to seamlessly blend with the updated design. Features include 63mm tubing, steel construction, full cato straps, 8000kg rated recovery points, integrated LEDs, flush steelmounted LED combo lights, reinforced recovery jack points, and an integrated winch mount.



BUSHRANGER 4x4 has added two new Night Hawk LED Light Bar lengths to its range – 20.5in and 43.5in.

This now means the choice of LED Light Bars ranges from 5.5in to 51.0in. The new single-row LEDs are available in both Combo and Flood Beam patterns. The highly efficient Osram 3W LEDs provide high intensity light output and have a life span of up to 50,000 hours.

The lights come with a three year warranty. For a full list of features, head online.

Website: RRP: $245 (20.5in); $475 (43.5in)


CONTROL, manage and charge power more reliably with CTEK charges from Bainbridge Technologies. The CTEK D250SA and CTEK SMARTPASS 120 are designed to work independently but when combined deliver a massive 140Ah to service batteries while you’re on the move. Full details available online.

Website: RRP: $499.43(CTEK D250SA); $531.25 (SMARTPASS 120)


TO MAXIMISE the effectiveness of high-output LED lighting an equally effective wiring loom is necessary, so Piranha Off Road Products developed an LED-specific wiring loom that still gives owners the ability to mount the lights practically anywhere on their rig. 100 per cent Australian made, the LIDL3 LED loom includes a 40amp relay. Lights “will only be as good as the wiring that carries the power to that globe,” Alan Johnson, MD of Piranha, said.

Website: RRP: $65


A SHOVEL can be an extremely valuable tool on a remote adventure, so any serious tourer should have one stored away.

The trick is to not have one that takes up too much space.

Enter the versatile and compact Rhino-Rack Spade. The shovel, measuring in at 1065mm long, features a slip-resistant rubber grip, dual-core construction and a heavy duty, heat-treated, hi-carbon steel blade. Plus it’s zinc-plated and powdercoated to increase strength and protect it from rust.

Website: RRP: $49 ca o ver S sli cor d ste a s www


IT’S ALL well and good having all of the best kit fitted to your 4x4, but it won’t be much fun if you ain’t sitting pretty on a comfortable and safe pew. MSA 4x4 seat covers are ADR compliant, meaning the factory airbags deploy as intended. The canvas seat cover looks good, feels good and works in harmony with a vehicle’s safety features. The durable seat covers come with a lifetime warranty and are available from all good 4x4 outlets.

Website: RRP: $367


IRONMAN 4x4 has completed the design of its Nissan NP300 Navara long-range diesel fuel tank. The 140-litre tank, designed to give maximum fuel capacity without affecting ground clearance and departure angles, is manufactured from 2mm aluminised steel. It is also MIG welded and powdercoated.

Website: RRP: $885