A bunch of neat new gear that’s landed on the pages of aftermarket catalogues this month.
IRONMAN 4X4 CAMP CHAIRS
The team at Ironman 4x4 has released four new camp chairs, effectively offering a model for everyone in the family. All models include a robust frame of steel construction, with wide stabilising feet and durable fabrics. The Deluxe Soft Arm is lightweight with soft arms, both of which include an integrated can holder and pocket.
The Deluxe Hard Arm includes a rear locking tab system that is fast to set up and ensures a solid chair. It also includes a side can holder off the seat base. This chair is wider and has a 150kg weight capacity rating. Also available is the Mid Size Low Back (rated 130kg), which is compact and light but still offers high-construction levels. All have a carry bag and are super quick to set up.
RRP: $59 Deluxe Soft; $69 Deluxe Hard; $79 Deluxe Lounge; $39 Mid Size Low Back
ARB ADVENTURE LIGHT 600
When is a light more than just a light? When it’s ARB’s new Adventure Light 600. Packed with numerous features, this light source would be one we’d pack in the 4x4 and leave there at all times, ready for the next trip. The Adventure Light’s dual magnetic mounts make any night-time under-bonnet check-over a doddle, while the two flexible (hi-vis) nylon hooks (that neatly fold away when not in use) ensure it is just as easy to hang in whatever place it’s needed.
It’s powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries via an inbuilt 5V USB port, 240V or 12V DC (there are supplied adaptors for both these). The light has two output levels – 300 and a huge 600 lumen – that are easily changed via the digital switch. You can check the battery level via the LCD digital battery indicator. As you’d expect from ARB, the light is tough. With a moulded exterior housing that is both dust and water resistant, it’s going to last years.
TJM SIGNATURE BAR – TRITON MQ
TJM’s new bar for Mitsubishi’s MQ Triton has arrived. The alloy Signature Bar design features a large polished centre loop (76mm) bookended by two 63mm side loops (also polished) for optimum headlight protection. The bar is airbag- and winch-compatible (it can take a winch of up to 9500lb capacity), and includes a high-strength steel mount system. The bar has been designed to ensure the best airflow.
LED indicators and fog lights are included and the recovery points are rated to 8000kg (when used in a straight-line pull, with 8000kg equaliser strap and two 4.75T bow shackles). There are two optional kits available: a LED combo lamp Plug and Play wiring harnesses for GLS and Exceed models, and an identical kit for the GLX model Triton. Available from all TJM outlets.
RRP: $2640 (excluding freight and fitment)
Pushing out 150L/min via its six-litre tank, the Thunder can be mounted in your vehicle or carried in the cargo area. The Thunder features a digital pressure gauge, air hose, and the six-litre tank which can also be removed and reconfigured to fit beside the compressor if space is an issue. The normal working current range is 35amp and it can work up to a current of 45amp. The maximum continuous runtime (at 40psi) is an impressive 30 minutes, allowing plenty of time to top up tyres and any other gear.
The air flow is pressure controlled and the compressor includes protective pressure valves for extra insurance. You can even remove the main compressor and use it as a stand-alone, on-demand unit, or you can top-mount it for fitment to a narrow part of the engine bay or cargo area. The dimensions of this set-up are 47cm long x 40cm tall x 13cm wide.
K&N ENGINEERING 33-3062 AIR FILTER
For Toyota Prado 2.8TD owners, K&N has released a new replacement air filter, claiming fitment of this filter will up a Prado’s power. The standard Prado air filter is a ‘surface loading’ filter, so over time it accumulates dirt that eventually inhibits airflow through to the engine, effectively ‘robbing’ power. K&N’s replacement air filter is constructed from multiple layers of cotton gauze; dirt removed by this filter is stored inside the filter material itself. Dubbed a ‘depth loading’ design, this assists in minimising airflow restrictions; with the filter’s proprietary oil treatment ensuring dirt particles soften and dissipate in the filter element itself.
The replacement air filter is claimed to remove up to 97 per cent of airborne contaminants, with a claimed improvement in engine airflow of up to 50 per cent. The dirt particles stay stuck to the adhesive cotton fibres of the filter until they are removed by cleaning/washing of the filter before it is reinstalled. The replacement air filter comes with a 10 year warranty. Available at all good aftermarket automotive retailers.