The Jeep cops a new rear swing-away wheel carrier and spare fuel.
While bullbars have to be the most prominent protection device on most 4X4s, paying attention to your rear end will reap not only additional protection to your pride and joy, but also give handy carrying capability for your off-road travel. To this end (pun intended) a Kaymar rear bar has been fitted to our long-term JK Wrangler.
This has removed the weight of the spare off the vehicle door and allowed the addition of a jerry-can holder. The bar integrates well into the backside of the Jeep, providing a tough yet subtle design that looks like it was always meant to be there.
The benefit of isolating the weight of the spare from the original door mounting can only help to maintain the door’s integrity and allay the possibility of developing rattles or dust-sealing issues after extended use on corrugated roads. Access to inside the vehicle is easy, despite having to reach underneath bar-mounted accessories to release the swing-away arms via ergonomic rubber-coated handles.
Both opening and closing feels firm and secure and doesn’t require a huge amount of force to achieve each operation. The arms are also equipped with quality gas struts and they swing away nicely – and quickly, as the warning label states!
In order to increase the durability of components in what can be a pretty filthy area of your fourby, Kaymar has made sure the pivot roller bearings are dust and weather sealed.
We got the bar pretty well coated and the action of the carrier showed no sign of deterioration in its smooth action. In addition, the use of sealed LED modules increase the longevity factor over traditional globes in the integrated light units.
We opted to have the single wheel carrier, but you can choose a twin wheel unit for tyres up to 33-inch. The carrier can cope with 35s, but only one at a time. Of course, as with all Kaymar bars, you can specify work light, hi-lift jack and aerial mounts. The integrated tow bar also adds flexibility and, when the tongue is removed, the bar has increased our departure angle. A happy ending.
Price: $3000 plus fitting
Contact: kaymar.com.au, 03 9739 4110
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