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Tyre management and shock absorber upgrade: new 4x4 products

By Justin Walker, 15 May 2019 Gear

Tyre management shock absorber upgrade 4x4 products feature

New 4x4 kit: SACHS Max shock absorbers and an ARB tyre pressure monitoring system.

GETTING your suspension set-up and tyre pressures just right will increase the ride quality of your fourbie tenfold.

SACHS MAX shock absorbers

ZF Services Australia has introduced SACHS 4x4-specific MAX shocks – specifically designed for 4x4 use – to the local market, with the MAX big bore dampers designed for both standard-height and lifted (up to 50mm) suspension setups and will cover some of the most popular 4x4s, including the Ford Ranger, Toyota’s Hilux and Land Cruiser, as well as Nissan’s Navara and the Isuzu D-Max.

The shocks are of a heavy-duty larger bore design, which incorporates larger pistons and cylinders for increased durability. This larger design means more fluid inside the shock, helping achieve a reduction in heat levels and a consistent ride over rugged terrain.

Website: www.zf.com.au

ARB tyre pressure monitoring system 

ARB’s new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can monitor up to nine tyres (ideal for towing), and offers pre-set on- and off-road pressure alarms for cross-terrain configuration. There is the choice of internal or external setup; the internal sensor kit has five sensors that run inside the tyre valve.

The external kit includes four sensors (additional sensors can be purchased separately). Both setups use audible and visual alarms for tyre leakage, low pressure, high temperature, high pressure, low battery voltage and variations of plus or minus 25 per cent of the set monitored psi. The internal sensors have a battery life up to five years; the external sensor will last up to two years and can be replaced.

You can select between on- or off-road profiles and can independently monitor front and rear axles, to allow for different pressures front/rear. In development is the ability to check the TPMS through the ARB LINX system.

Website: www.arb.com.au