Whether the goal of your 4x4 build is to turn it into a workhorse or an all-out adventure rig, it can benefit from improvements done to its load carrying capabilities.
Rola and Yakima have unveiled new 4x4 gear in the form of a pair of nifty roof rack solutions, whereas Terrain Tamer has brought out a new set of parabolic springs.
Terrain Tamer parabolic springs
The new parabolic springs from Terrain Tamer are the result of extensive research and development, combined with the use of the latest in steel technology.
Terrain Tamer parabolic springs offer a number of advantages over standard multi-leaf spring setups, with fewer leaves (two or three) that feature a parabolic taper (thicker in the centre and becoming thinner toward each end). This allows each leaf to act independently for enhanced flexibility in operation, without sacrificing load-carrying capacity.
Another benefit of the parabolic system is less inter-leaf friction than standard multi-leaf jobbies and, thanks to no contact between each leaf, the chance of rust, noise and unwanted stiffness is reduced.
Add in a 500kg load rating combined with a softer, quieter ride and you’ve got a very attractive offering from the gurus at Terrain Tamer.
Titan Tray by Rola
The all-new Titan Tray from Rola is lightweight and includes unique design features that provide excellent strength and durability. The Titan Tray features a mitred corner design and reinforced panels that are 1.5 times stronger than previously for a claimed carrying capacity up to 300kg (dependent on vehicle roof-weight limit).
The accessory channels allow users to customise the tray to suit requirements by adding a wide range of Rola (and other popular branded) accessories, such as awnings, and shovel and jerrycan holders. The slide-in mounting brackets can be placed between any plank on the tray for attaching to most popular roof-racks with an accessory channel. The Titan Tray is available in four sizes.
4x4 gear: Roof racks for 4x4s
RRP: From $499
Yakima side rail kits
Yakima’s LockN’Load Platform roof racks have proved durable and versatile, and now you can add even more versatility to this load-carrying system with Yakima’s Side Rail perimeter rail kits.
The great thing with these kits is the side rails can be mounted on both the core and the edges of the Platform. The side rails have been designed to match perfectly with the Platform aesthetic, and there are six sizes available to fit any of the LockN’Load Platform’s four sides.
The inbuilt channels on the rails allow for multiple mounting accessory options (such as securing a jerrycan, etc.), so you can fit more than one to the Platform if that suits your accessory mount requirements. As you’d expect from Yakima, the side rails are built super tough and have been tested and approved as a ratchet-strap tie-down point.