Best 4x4 gear of 2017: ARB recovery kit, Aisin clutch kit, EZDown and more

ARB Weekend Recovery Kit, Rhino-Rack Foxwing Awning, Diesel Power Chip, Aisin Clutch Kit, Outback Accessories’ Fuel Tank, and EZDown.

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2017 was huge for quality aftermarket kit. Here are six of the best.


ARB recovery kit
ARB’s new weekend recovery kit is the ideal must-pack item for those who are heading bush for a few days. The kit packs down in a tough PU-coated cotton/canvas recovery bag that takes up minimal cargo space. It offers all the recovery essentials including an ARB 8000kg vehicle recovery strap, two 4.75t galvanised 19mm shackles (with red powdercoated pin) and a pair of tough cow-grain leather rigger’s gloves. The recovery bag itself includes dedicated sewn-in shackle holders, heavy-duty buckles and a strong rubber carry handle. Pack this in your rig for a weekend away and you’ll have a lot less to worry about.



Rhino rack Foxwing awning escape
Mother Nature’s wrath by investing in Rhino-Rack’s Foxwing Awning. It’s suited to most 4x4s, utes and small- to medium-sized SUVs that have existing roof racks fitted, and it can be fitted solo in a matter of minutes. The 2500mm x 180mm x 60mm awning provides approximately 10 square metres of cover due to the 270-degree opening span.

The rip-stop polycotton canvas is UV resistant, plus it also has a 2000mm waterproof rating and a mould-resistant shield.

Website: RRP: $849


diesel power chip
DIESEL POWER, the performance-chip-module specialists, has developed a range of performance modules specifically for the Australian 4WD. The simple plug-and-play chips increase low end torque through active software power programming to provide more usable power and torque.

The chips utilise a super-fast, high-quality 64MHz V2 processor for smooth power delivery. Also feature waterproof plugs, a high-impact case and they are coated in military-grade resin. All come with a three-year warranty.



Aisin Clutch kit
AISIN’S quality range of clutch kits is now available via CoolDrive Distribution. The clutch kits, which contain the clutch cover, plate and bearing, are available from all 24 CoolDrive branches nationwide. The clutch systems feature innovative NVR technology to smooth clutch engagement.

Facings have excellent heat and wear characteristics to increase product life, while shudder resistance and rigidity are also improved. The clutch kits are suitable for the Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser.



outback fuel accessories fuel tank
GO further on a tank of fuel with Outback Accessories’ 153-litre replacement fuel tank for new Toyota Hilux models (07/2015-on).

The Australian-made FTT108 tank is made from MIG-welded 2mm aluminised steel, and it’s fully internally baffled to prevent fuel surge issues, employs CNC-machined pump and sender flanges for a precision fit with OEM components, and features ‘fast fill’ filler tube and vents. The tank’s covered by a comprehensive two-year warranty.

Website: RRP: $1238


IF YOUR tailgate doesn’t have an EZDown fitted, then you’re missing out on real outback convenience. This product is an absolute must-have for those with little kids who are just tall enough to reach the tailgate handle; with the EZDown fitted, there is zero chance of them getting knocked on the noggin by a dropping tailgate. No more banging, crashing or dented tailgates (or heads).




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