There’s 4x4 gear that requires a fair bit of installation work, and there are easy plug-and-play items that don't need many modifications and can be easily removed.
Here’s some straightforward and easy-to-install gear that’s touted to deliver an improvement to your 4x4 rig.
Bushranger Night Hawk VLI Series driving lights
The new Night Hawk nine-inch LED driving lights are a totally new development from Bushranger and are jam-packed with the latest and greatest lighting tech.
Light output is 21,600 lumens (for a pair), and the design incorporates cooling ducts to funnel air to the heatsink to promote dissipation of heat from the LEDs. This allows the ATCS (Advanced Temperature Control System) to run the LEDs at maximum output through the monitoring and adjustment of output according to the external environment. Yep, they’re clever.
There is also a brightness control function (via the relay-free VLI Series wiring system – RRP$89 for each light – which allows for easier wiring and fitment). There are two covers supplied with each light, allowing you to change the beam pattern from spot to spread. As you’d expect from a Bushranger product, these lights are uber-tough.
RRP: $895 (pair); $447.50 (each)
Narva Ultima 180 LED driving lamps
Narva continues to produce excellent lighting products, with its latest Ultima 180 LED. As the moniker suggests, the Ultima 180 is a more compact sibling to the Ultima 215 and measures 180mm in diameter, making it ideal for fitment when space is an issue.
The hybrid beam pattern punches out a white light (5700K) with an output of 22,000 raw lumens that throws a beam of light up to 600 metres (at 1 Lux; when used as a pair). Each light has 25 5W XP-G2 Cree LEDs with polished aluminium metalised reflectors.
The housing is die-cast aluminium with an ‘Active Thermal Management System’ to ensure the lights run brighter for longer. There’s also a breather vent, and they’re rated to IP66 and IP67 for proof against water and dust ingress. The kit comes with all the gear you need to fit the lights, and there’s a five-year warranty.
Steinbauer Power Modules
Highly regarded diesel fuel injection gurus, Cornell Diesel Systems, uses the Steinbauer Power Module to up the performance of a common rail diesel donk.
The Steinbauer module differs from other units that rely on ‘remapping’ of the engine’s injection parameters. Instead, the Steinbauer operates independently of the vehicle’s electronics via its unique plug connection.
4x4 gear: ECU re-mapping
This offers all the benefits of improved grunt by optimising the main injection setup but with no negatives. There is no change in fuel pressure when the module is fitted and, if you decide to do so, you can remove the unit and the engine reverts to the factory standard settings – there is no electric ‘footprint’ left behind.
The Steinbauer Power Module is available for a number of popular 4x4 vehicles and comes with a three-year extended warranty.