IF IT’S time to update your fourbie with some fresh kit, then check out these latest offerings from a range of suppliers. From recovery kits to bullbars and fresh rubber, there’s something for everyone to help escape the winter blues.
ARB WEEKEND 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 80,00kg vehicle recovery strap, two 4.75T galvanised 19mm shackles (with red powder coated 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.
NIKON COOLPIX W300
THE dusty, wet and humid conditions of Australia can be tough on electronic gear – especially cameras. Nikon’s new COOLPIX W300 lets you take high quality 16 megapixel snaps and 4K video without the worry of dust/water/moisture ingress. Its waterproof to 30m, shockproof up to 2.4m, freeze-proof (down to -10°C) and dustproof, and it packs plenty of high-end features inside its compact 230g body.
TJM SIGNATURE BAR LC200 (2015+)
TJM’s new alloy Signature bar is airbag-compatible, winch-rated to 12,000lb, includes provision for the LC200’s OE parking sensor and forward-facing terrain monitor cam and anti-collision radar, and can be fitted with spotties of up to 220mm. The bar also features LED indicator/park lights and fog lights, two aerial tabs, and custom bumperettes. The bar’s main centre loop is 76mm in diameter, with the two side loops that protect the headlights measuring 63mm. The bar also features TJM’s high-strength steel mounting system and its recovery points are rated to 8000kg in a straight-pull. Fitment takes around five hours.
RRP: $2750 (excluding freight and fitment)
CONTINENTAL TYRES GRABBER X3 & AT3
COMBINING on- and off-road performance, the new General Tire Grabber AT3 is the third-generation of the US company’s all-terrain tyre and includes 40 different sizes across rim diameters from 15- to 20-inch. This latest-gen rubber incorporates Grabber’s TracGen and Comfort Balance technologies to ensure optimum off-road capability without sacrificing on-road performance. General Tires has also included DuraGen Technology (a layered three-ply construction) across the Grabber AT3 range for enhanced puncture resistance and robustness. Released at the same time, the mud-terrain General Tires Grabber X3 is aimed at mild to challenging off-road driving and is now available across 20 sizes (covering 15- to 18-inch rims). Both tyres share high strength steel construction and advanced cut- and chip-resistant compounds.
NARVA TRUCK-LITE LED HEADLAMP
NARVA has built on the success of its round seven-inch LED headlamp with the release of this new 9-33V rectangular model, featuring the same tech as the round model. Interior reflectors evenly distribute light for optimum night-driving visibility, plus it ups the lighting for all modes – park, low and high beam. Measuring 200x142mm, the headlamp features a tough polycarbonate lens and military-grade housing, so it’s more than up to the rigours of outback touring. The new light contrasts its high output with a lower power drawer: 1.80A at 12V and 1.00A at 24V (low beam); 3.60A at 12V and 1.80A at 24V when on high beam. The lights come with a pre-fitted H4 connector for easy fitment, as well as a three-year warranty.
PIRANHA UNIVERSAL DIFF BREATHER KIT
PIRANHA Off Road’s universal diff breather kit is well proven and includes seven metres of hose, two osmotic filters, clamps, and all the essential fittings needed to ensure the fitment of the breathers is done properly. These excellent kits extend the breathers higher from the diff housing to eliminate any chance of water ingress during a water-crossing or when tackling a muddy track. Piranha Off Road has been making these universal kits for years but keep updating for the latest 4x4s, with vehicle-specific kits available for rigs such as the new Triton and Pajero Sport (an extra $20), both of which need a replacement fitting in the rear diff housing to work effectively. As well as these two, Piranha offers vehicle/brand-specific kits for Toyota ($12), Nissan ($12), Pajero ($40) and Ford Ranger ($20).