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PRODUCT TESTS & NEW STUFF

LOCKED AND LOADED

THE new LockN’Load range unveiled recently by Yakima Australia is centred on a new Australian-designed flat rack system. The platform works with mounting kits designed for 4WDs to provide maximum strength and durability. A broad range of 4WD accessories will support the LockN’Load platform including brackets for recovery tracks, gas bottles, high lift jacks, awnings and spare wheels. Keep an eye out for initial products becoming available soon, as well as expansions to the range.

Website: www.yakima.com.au

GREAT WHITE LIGHT

THIS is one Great White you’d be happy to encounter. The light specialists have released three new long distance light bars – 3 LED, 9 LED and 21 LED. Each one features a halo light surrounding the LED, making them perfect for dusk driving.

The lights feature high-powered Cree XP-L 10W LEDs, which throw an impressive volume of light – the 21 LED bar 14,158 effective lumens, the 9 LED 5655 effective lumens, and 3 LED 2011 effective lumens.

Website: www.greatwhites.com.au

TREND SETTER

STAY warm and cosy when out on the tracks this winter with a Cerium hoody, jacket or vest. Avoid the onslaught of the elements by adorning the lightweight, goosedown- filled clothing, which is designed using state-ofthe- art methods to provide warmth to areas that need it most. The first-grade insulation, combined with a moisture-repellent fabric, could be a lifesaver!

RRP: $580 (hoody); $530 (jacket); $370 (vest).

Website: www.arcteryx.com

HEAVY CLUTCH

A NEW heavy duty clutch kit has been introduced to Xtreme Outback’s repertoire, to increase its range of 70 Series options. The kit – the KTY30095-1AX upgrade for the 4.2L 6-cylinder, 2001-2007 Land Cruiser – provides 1300kg of clamp force and is supplied with an organic friction disc, thrust bearing, alignment tool, spigot bearing and slave cylinder. The upgrade is said to offer a 58 per cent increase in clamp load. Website: www.xtremeoutback.com.au

STEP UP

ARE YOU too short to reach the gear on your roof rack? You’re not alone, and Hayman Reese knew this, so it designed and built the Hitch Step.

The easy-to-install, lightweight, aluminium step simply mounts over the tow tongue and fits virtually any towbar. It’s rated to carry 120kg and has a high-grip, non-slip step with a raised upper lip to stop you from breaking a leg. It’s no surprise the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) chose the Hitch Step as the most innovative new aftermarket product (accessories).

Website: www.haymanreese.com.au one, ep. y g om rket itch w es). m.

THUNDERSTRUCK

LOAD up your 4x4 and trailer and get ready for a weekend away, as Thunder has released a new range of trailer plugs. The range includes 12 different parts (including both plugs and sockets) to suit a variety of applications. Available in either seven or 12 pin, plastic or metal and round or flat, you’ll find a plug to suit every need. Constructed from high quality nylon or zinc, each plug contains high-grade copper pins.

RRP: From $13.49 Website: www.thunderauto.com.au

SECURITY BLANKET

SOLAR power is all the rage these days, so why not jump aboard the clean-energy wagon and harness the sun’s rays with a Baintuff 180W Foldable Solar Blanket? The lightweight (only 5.11kg) and compact blankets can be easily stored and retrieved when arriving or departing at camp. The blanket is a great option to keep the car fridge running without draining the battery reserves.

RRP: $999 Website: www.baintech.com.au p s d s. .

BREATHE EASY

GOT A 2016+ Mitsubishi Pajero Sport but can’t cross rivers due to the poor intake placement?

Looks like you need to visit TJM for its Airtec Snorkel. The snorkel is made tough and rigid by using high-grade UV-resistant polyethylene material, as well as stainless steel components.

The aesthetically pleasing snorkel flows with the contoured lines of the Pajero Sport, while installation minimises modifications to the Sport’s original components.

Website: www.tjm.com.au

RATCHET AND CLANK

STRUGGLING to get to those pesky, hard-to-reach positions? The all-new GearWrench three-piece locking Flex Handle Ratchet Set is set to shorten the time spent tinkering in the shed on stubborn parts. With nine flex positions, the ratchet set is designed for jobs where accessibility is limited and to aid in the prevention of rounding out fastener heads. The 84 ratchet teeth bite down for smooth operation, while the ratcheting arc is minimised to engage the next gear tooth sooner. The easy-to-use tool is covered by a lifetime warranty.

RRP: $215 Website: www.gearwrench.com.au

STAY CHARGED

AVOID the dreaded flat battery by getting Century Batteries’ new CC1206 Battery Charger and Maintainer. The CC1206, an automatic 12-Volt, 6-Amp, nine-stage smart battery charger and maintainer with rejuvenation technology, is suitable for charging batteries rated up to 120Ah and maintaining batteries rated up to 180Ah. It’s designed to charge and maintain 12V conventional lead acid batteries.

Website: www.centurybatteries.com.au