Sachs Max shock absorbers
SACHS has developed a range of shock absorbers designed specifically for the needs of four-wheel drivers. Called SACHS Max, the design is based around larger and more durable components, resulting in greater fluid capacity and better heat dissipation.
Increased bore size and upgraded seals are claimed to minimise heat generated through friction for more consistent performance under repeated loads, while internal valving has been designed to optimise damping characteristics to promote a more comfortable and safer ride.
The SACHS Max range covers more than 65 fitments, including popular vehicles such as Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and LandCruiser, Nissan Navara and Isuzu D-Max.
RRP: From $196.35 (each)
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EFS Ford Ranger PXIII suspension upgrade
EFS has developed a range of suspension upgrade options to suit the ever-popular Ford Ranger PXIII. With a choice of spring rates, EFS says it will have a suspension kit to suit four-wheel drivers whether they use their Ranger for towing, off-road driving or outback touring.
The complete lift kits include new front struts with EFS’s Elite 35mm big bore damper and a choice of spring rates, while at the rear there are a number of leaf spring options, as well as EFS greasable pins and shackles, U-bolts, polyurethane bushes and Elite 35mm big bore dampers.
For full details you can check out the website (see below) or to talk to an EFS accessory expert phone direct on 1300 337 493.
RRP: From $1999
Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit
Renowned brake specialist Bendix Brakes has developed what it calls the ‘Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit’. Packaged in a heavy-duty touring case, the kit includes advanced brake pads and rotors, braided lines and all the ancillary items required for a smooth changeover from the vehicle’s OEM brakes.
The Bendix high-performance ceramic material pads are claimed to offer increased stopping power in extreme conditions, while the new rotors incorporate innovative technology such as high carbon metallurgy for increased braking performance, as well as special diamond tip slots and a bi-directional pillar design to efficiently expel gases, water, dust and grit. Bendix says the Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit not only provides improved braking performance, but also better feel at the pedal and improved resistance to brake fade.
The kit also comes with a Bendix stubby cooler, and is available to suit a wide range of modern 4x4 vehicles.
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EFS 4X4 Accessories Diff Drop Kits
EFS 4X4 Accessories has developed a range of Toyota Diff Drop Kits designed to assist in the realignment of vehicle CV joints when a suspension lift has been introduced. The Diff Drop Kits include all required spacers, flat/spring washers, bolts and rings. The spacers are made from tough T6061 high-grade aluminium and all nuts and bolts are made from high-quality nickel-plated 10.9 or 8.8 grade bolts.
The range includes Diff Drop Kits to suit Prado 120 and 150 models, FJ Cruiser, MY2005+ Hilux and LC200. In addition, EFS has developed a Centre Bearing Spacer to suit MY2015+ Mitsubishi MN-MQ Tritons that’s designed to reduce the vibration often associated with a suspension lift on this model.
RRP: From $124.80
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Terrain Tamer Heavy Duty Wheel Bearing and Combination Swivel Housing Kits
Terrain Tamer has released a range of Heavy Duty Wheel Bearing and Combination Swivel Housing Kits, specifically designed and manufactured for Toyota LandCruiser and Hilux vehicles operating in extreme conditions.
Aimed at applications such as heavy towing, driving in tough off-road conditions and commercial use including mining, the kits comprise made-in-Japan bearings with a Rockwell hardness rating that is 2.5 points higher than the OE equivalent. The bearings are manufactured using a new forging technique with an upgraded heat treatment procedure, to enable a longer service life.
The kits also include an innovative new range of heavy duty hub seals that rotate on their own internal surface without relying on the condition of the shaft, thereby eliminating wear on other components.
According to Terrain Tamer, “the seals utilise a labyrinth construction to better prevent the loss of oil and lubricating fluids and better protect against the ingress of dirt and other contaminants, making them perfectly suited to harsh muddy and dusty conditions and ensuring both extended seal and bearing life”.
The Heavy Duty kits are supplied with all required components including gaskets, nuts, gear lever seats and bushes, boots, washers etc., and all parts are covered by a 12-month warranty.
RRP: HD Wheel Bearing Kits from $120;HD Swivel Housing Kits (with Swivel Hub and Wheel Bearing) from $400