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It’s that time of the year again where we tell Santa what we’d like to see under the tree

CLEARVIEW TYRE SPIDER
The Clearview Tyre Spider is claimed to make inflating and deflating your 4X4’s tyres a much quicker and easier process. The Tyre Spider consists of a storage tank with four valves and a connection point for an air compressor. This means it can inflate up to four tyres simultaneously (via an air compressor), borrow air to inflate a single tyre from the other three if you don’t have an air compressor, deflate up to four tyres simultaneously and also equalise the pressure across multiple tyres. The Tyre Spider also has an easy to read digital pressure gauge and comes with two five-metre hoses and two eight-metre hoses to reach all the wheels. Read our review HERE.

RRP: $399 

PROQUIP CAN CADDY
Proquip has released its can caddy so you can safely carry extra fuel or water on your next trip. Suitable for both plastic or metal Jerry cans of 4L, 5L, or 10L size, the can caddy can provide peace of mind knowing you’re not going to have a fuel can rolling around in the back of your ute or trailer. Proquip recommends fixing the Can Caddy permanently in place via the pre-drilled holes. The Can Caddy offers a handy round insert ideal for storing funnels or pourers.

RRP: $20

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TJM PORTABLE  COMPRESSOR
Let's face it, letting tyres down is the easy bit; getting them back up is the challenge. TJM’s Portable Compressor gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. It comes with 7.2-metres of quality rubber hose with included pressure gauge, a 2-metre power cable, thermal protection, and will flow 78 litres per minute to get you aired up quick.

RRP: $199

DRIFTA TAILGATE BAG
More than a dirty gear bag, the tailgate bag from Drifta holds 65-litres of cargo and quite happily mounts onto the tailgate if you’re driving a ute as opposed to a wagon with the spare on the back. It also has a fully removable internal PVC liner to make cleanout that much easier.

RRP: $275

RIVAL REAR BAR
A quality rear bar is often just as important as frontal protection. Rival has just launched its rear bar kits for a range of dual-cab utes that look just as good and are just as solid as their well-known front bars.

RRP: Price dependant on model

ARB 4X4 TRACK PACK
The ARB 4X4 Track Pack is a solid dirty gear bag for the back of your four-wheel drive. It features 56-litres of space with a divider down the centre, so you can put rubbish in one side, and dirty recovery gear in the other (or the kid's muddy clothes) They’re built to last, and will fit anything up to a 35-inch tyre.

RRP: Price available from ARB

HUSQVARNA 120i 36V CHAINSAW
Most times when we’re out on the tracks, we’ve got to clear the smaller stuff that’s fallen on the trails or knock up some firewood. This is where the Husky 120i really shines. It weighs just under three-kilos, has a 12-inch bar, and runs on a lithium-ion 36-volt battery pack. No need to lug around fuel or two-stroke oil anymore.

RRP: $567

DRIFTA SOFT SHACKLE
Made by Drifta in Gloucester, NSW, the Drifta Australian Soft Shackle are made with high-quality Australian 10mm rope, weigh a fraction of their steel counterparts, and they are rated to 14-tonnes. They also come with a protective sleeve to keep the rope in good nick.

RRP: $65

ARB E-Z DEFLATOR
Airing down your tyres accurately is rather important, as getting it wrong can destroy your tyres, or send you careening off the beaten track. The ARB E-Z Deflator has been around for more than a little while and has been the benchmark in quality valve-removal deflators since day dot. They feature corrosion-resistant brass components, and a bronze bourdon tube to ensure accurate pressures.

RRP: $69

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PEAK CHEMICALS HEADLIGHT RESTORER CREAM
If you’ve got an old fourby then there’s a fair chance it’ll have yellowed headlights. Peak Chemicals’ headlight restorer cream is allegedly able to revitalise your yellow lights back to the vibrant clear they were from the factory. Traditionally we wouldn’t have believed this to work; however, Tim from our sister publication RV Daily has tested the product, and it worked like a charm. Proudly Australian made and owned; it removes the oxidisation and haziness of your plastic headlights. One bottle is 125g, which Peak Chemicals claim will cover up to three cars’ headlights. While some cleaners require a clear coat protectant afterwards, Peak claim its product will keep your headlights clear for up to 12 months.

RRP: $24.95

TURTLE WAX WATERLESS WASH AND WAX
Australia is in drought with water restrictions in place just about everywhere. There are plenty of different types of waterless wash around but we like the Turtle Wax Waterless Wash and Wax. The one-step formula claims it’ll clean up your 4X4 in no time, all you need is a clean micro-fibre style cloth. With a wax included, it’ll not only leave your 4X4 clean but also give it a protective finish.

RRP: $22.99 

HAYMAN REESE X-BAR
The Hayman Reese X-Bar is a towbar and three recovery points all in one. The X-Bar also claims to sit higher on the vehicles fitted and on average will provide improved departure angles of up to five degrees compared with OEM and most other aftermarket towbars. The Hayman Reese X-Bar also comes with rated D shackles and is backed by Hayman Reese’s limited lifetime warranty.

RRP starting at $1205 plus fitting 

RYCO 4WD FILTER SERVICE KIT
Ryco’s 4WD Filter Service Kit includes an air filter, oil filter, and fuel filter and every fourby should have one in the boot. Even better, Ryco reckons your new car warranty is protected when you swap out the OEM filter to one of its filters. While it might not be the most exciting present this Christmas, it could well be one of the most important.

Price dependent on model

BFGOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN KO2
BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain KO2 tyres offer a balance between off-road traction and on-road performance. BFGoodrich claims the new KO2s have 20 per cent tougher sidewalls compared to the original KO tyres, and also have a 15 per cent longer tread life on bitumen and, last twice as long on gravel when compared to the KO tyre. Available in a range of sizes, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tyre is a great tyre if you’re looking for something a bit more aggressive off-road without compromising its handling on-road.

Prices vary based on size 

WATER RESTRICTIONS? NO PROBLEMS.

FLASHLUBE CATCH CAN PRO
Pollution gear on modern turbo-diesel engines make the fitment of a diesel catch can a must to filter out crap from circulating through the engine. The Flashlube Catch Can Pro unit has a replaceable filter element so it can be reused and comes with large 19mm inlet and outlet ports to ensure easy fitment at home.

 RRP: $430

ARB ULTIMATE WEEKENDER BUNDLE
The ARB Ultimate Weekender Bundle has everything you’ll need for a weekend out on the tracks. The kit consists of an ARB Weekender Recovery Kit, recovery gloves, and a recovery damper for safety, it also includes a set of TRED Pro Recovery boards.

RRP: $429 

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DRIVE LIKE WES!

BUSHRANGER REVO 12S WINCH
The Revo 12S is the latest winch from Bushranger and packs a more powerful engine (6.2hp) and stronger synthetic rope (12,000lb) – up from the 5.2hp motor of the Revo 10S. The 12S gets a limited lifetime mechanical warranty and a seven-year electrical warranty. The 12S comes with a fully sealed motor and gearbox and is IP67 rated for water and dust protection.

RRP: $1195 

BLACK DUCK 4ELEMENTS SEAT COVERS
Black Duck has released an improved version of its canvas seat cover, called the 4Elements. The 4Elements seat cover is made from a cotton twill composite and claims to be as durable, tough and waterproof as traditional canvas seat covers, but softer, comfier, and machine washable. The 4Elements are tailored to fit specific vehicle makes and models, and are also UV resistant for those harsh summer days – meaning you won’t get a hot backside when your fourby’s been parked up in the sun.

Price varies depending on model

FOR THE KIDS, AND THE ADULTS!

RV SOLUTIONS 3-WAY TYRE STRAP
Heading into the outback? A second spare is the way to go. And the RV Solutions 3-Way Tyre Strap makes lashing down a spare tyre onto your roof racks a cinch. All you need to do is align the strap to look like a peace sign and then ratchet it tightly with the 150kg rated ratchet strap.

RRP: $45 

NULON EZY-SQUEEZE
The days of having to pull out the old pump bottle from the back of the shed are over thanks to Nulon’s Ezy-Squeeze pouches. With the simple filler tube attached to the squeezable pouch, you can quickly replenish your 4X4’s liquids without spilling them all over yourself.

The Ezy-Squeeze pouches come in a wide range of fluids, so pricing varies. 

TOUGH DOG RECOVERY KIT
Everyone should have a recovery kit in their 4X4 and the Tough Dog Recovery Kit with 8T/9M snatch strap is a ripper. As well as the snatch strap it’s got a 3m 10T tree trunk protector, a 20m 10T winch extension strap and a 10T-rated pulley block. The Tough Dog kit also comes with leather gloves, a recovery damper blanket, and two 4.75T bow shackles. And it’s all wrapped up in a three-year warranty.

RRP: $389 

LIGHTFORCE HTX2 DRIVING LIGHTS
The latest-generation HTX2 Driving Lights offer plenty of tweaks over their predecessor for improved performance. The robust aluminium one-piece housing offers an increased surface area for better heat management, and the slimline design means the HTX2s won’t interfere with modern vehicle active safety systems. Often a complaint with LEDs, Lightforce set about to ensure the colour temperature of the HID and LED bulbs were the same (5000K) to reduce eye fatigue.

RRP: $799 

HID + LED = AWESOME!

It’s that time of the year again where we tell Santa what we’d like to see under the tree

PROQUIP CAN CADDY
Proquip has released its can caddy so you can safely carry extra fuel or water on your next trip. Suitable for both plastic or metal Jerry cans of 4L, 5L, or 10L size, the can caddy can provide peace of mind knowing you’re not going to have a fuel can rolling around in the back of your ute or trailer. Proquip recommends fixing the Can Caddy permanently in place via the pre-drilled holes. The Can Caddy offers a handy round insert ideal for storing funnels or pourers.

RRP: $20

CLEARVIEW TYRE SPIDER
The Clearview Tyre Spider is claimed to make inflating and deflating your 4X4’s tyres a much quicker and easier process. The Tyre Spider consists of a storage tank with four valves and a connection point for an air compressor. This means it can inflate up to four tyres simultaneously (via an air compressor), borrow air to inflate a single tyre from the other three if you don’t have an air compressor, deflate up to four tyres simultaneously and also equalise the pressure across multiple tyres. The Tyre Spider also has an easy to read digital pressure gauge and comes with two five-metre hoses and two eight-metre hoses to reach all the wheels. Read our review HERE.

RRP: $399 

SAVES THE KNEES!

GEAR Christmas Buyer's Guide - Part 1

SCROLL TO CONTINUE
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ARB 4X4 TRACK PACK
The ARB 4X4 Track Pack is a solid dirty gear bag for the back of your four-wheel drive. It features 56-litres of space with a divider down the centre, so you can put rubbish in one side, and dirty recovery gear in the other (or the kid's muddy clothes) They’re built to last, and will fit anything up to a 35-inch tyre.

RRP: Price available from ARB

TJM PORTABLE  COMPRESSOR
Let's face it, letting tyres down is the easy bit; getting them back up is the challenge. TJM’s Portable Compressor gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. It comes with 7.2-metres of quality rubber hose with included pressure gauge, a 2-metre power cable, thermal protection, and will flow 78 litres per minute to get you aired up quick.

RRP: $199

HUSQVARNA 120i 36V CHAINSAW
Most times when we’re out on the tracks, we’ve got to clear the smaller stuff that’s fallen on the trails or knock up some firewood. This is where the Husky 120i really shines. It weighs just under three-kilos, has a 12-inch bar, and runs on a lithium-ion 36-volt battery pack. No need to lug around fuel or two-stroke oil anymore.

RRP: $567

DRIFTA TAILGATE BAG
More than a dirty gear bag, the tailgate bag from Drifta holds 65-litres of cargo and quite happily mounts onto the tailgate if you’re driving a ute as opposed to a wagon with the spare on the back. It also has a fully removable internal PVC liner to make cleanout that much easier.

RRP: $275

RIVAL REAR BAR
A quality rear bar is often just as important as frontal protection. Rival has just launched its rear bar kits for a range of dual-cab utes that look just as good and are just as solid as their well-known front bars.

RRP: Price dependant on model

ARB E-Z DEFLATOR
Airing down your tyres accurately is rather important, as getting it wrong can destroy your tyres, or send you careening off the beaten track. The ARB E-Z Deflator has been around for more than a little while and has been the benchmark in quality valve-removal deflators since day dot. They feature corrosion-resistant brass components, and a bronze bourdon tube to ensure accurate pressures.

RRP: $69

DRIFTA SOFT SHACKLE
Made by Drifta in Gloucester, NSW, the Drifta Australian Soft Shackle are made with high-quality Australian 10mm rope, weigh a fraction of their steel counterparts, and they are rated to 14-tonnes. They also come with a protective sleeve to keep the rope in good nick.

RRP: $65

KEEP JUNK OUT OF YOUR TRUNK!

MADE JUST FOR UTES

ADVERTISEMENT
SCROLL TO CONTINUE

THERMOS is a registered trademark in over 115 countries. © 2016, 2019 Thermos PTY Ltd.   

PEAK CHEMICALS HEADLIGHT RESTORER CREAM
If you’ve got an old fourby then there’s a fair chance it’ll have yellowed headlights. Peak Chemicals’ headlight restorer cream is allegedly able to revitalise your yellow lights back to the vibrant clear they were from the factory. Traditionally we wouldn’t have believed this to work; however, Tim from our sister publication RV Daily has tested the product, and it worked like a charm. Proudly Australian made and owned; it removes the oxidisation and haziness of your plastic headlights. One bottle is 125g, which Peak Chemicals claim will cover up to three cars’ headlights. While some cleaners require a clear coat protectant afterwards, Peak claim its product will keep your headlights clear for up to 12 months.

RRP: $24.95

HAYMAN REESE X-BAR
The Hayman Reese X-Bar is a towbar and three recovery points all in one. The X-Bar also claims to sit higher on the vehicles fitted and on average will provide improved departure angles of up to five degrees compared with OEM and most other aftermarket towbars. The Hayman Reese X-Bar also comes with rated D shackles and is backed by Hayman Reese’s limited lifetime warranty.

RRP starting at $1205 plus fitting 

TURTLE WAX WATERLESS WASH AND WAX
Australia is in drought with water restrictions in place just about everywhere. There are plenty of different types of waterless wash around but we like the Turtle Wax Waterless Wash and Wax. The one-step formula claims it’ll clean up your 4X4 in no time, all you need is a clean micro-fibre style cloth. With a wax included, it’ll not only leave your 4X4 clean but also give it a protective finish.

RRP: $22.99 

WATER RESTRICTIONS? NO PROBLEMS.

RYCO 4WD FILTER SERVICE KIT
Ryco’s 4WD Filter Service Kit includes an air filter, oil filter, and fuel filter and every fourby should have one in the boot. Even better, Ryco reckons your new car warranty is protected when you swap out the OEM filter to one of its filters. While it might not be the most exciting present this Christmas, it could well be one of the most important.

Price dependent on model

BFGOODRICH ALL-TERRAIN KO2
BFGoodrich’s All-Terrain KO2 tyres offer a balance between off-road traction and on-road performance. BFGoodrich claims the new KO2s have 20 per cent tougher sidewalls compared to the original KO tyres, and also have a 15 per cent longer tread life on bitumen and, last twice as long on gravel when compared to the KO tyre. Available in a range of sizes, the BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tyre is a great tyre if you’re looking for something a bit more aggressive off-road without compromising its handling on-road.

Prices vary based on size 

FLASHLUBE CATCH CAN PRO
Pollution gear on modern turbo-diesel engines make the fitment of a diesel catch can a must to filter out crap from circulating through the engine. The Flashlube Catch Can Pro unit has a replaceable filter element so it can be reused and comes with large 19mm inlet and outlet ports to ensure easy fitment at home.

 RRP: $430

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DRIVE LIKE WES!

BUSHRANGER REVO 12S WINCH
The Revo 12S is the latest winch from Bushranger and packs a more powerful engine (6.2hp) and stronger synthetic rope (12,000lb) – up from the 5.2hp motor of the Revo 10S. The 12S gets a limited lifetime mechanical warranty and a seven-year electrical warranty. The 12S comes with a fully sealed motor and gearbox and is IP67 rated for water and dust protection.

RRP: $1195 

ARB ULTIMATE WEEKENDER BUNDLE
The ARB Ultimate Weekender Bundle has everything you’ll need for a weekend out on the tracks. The kit consists of an ARB Weekender Recovery Kit, recovery gloves, and a recovery damper for safety, it also includes a set of TRED Pro Recovery boards.

RRP: $429 

BLACK DUCK 4ELEMENTS SEAT COVERS
Black Duck has released an improved version of its canvas seat cover, called the 4Elements. The 4Elements seat cover is made from a cotton twill composite and claims to be as durable, tough and waterproof as traditional canvas seat covers, but softer, comfier, and machine washable. The 4Elements are tailored to fit specific vehicle makes and models, and are also UV resistant for those harsh summer days – meaning you won’t get a hot backside when your fourby’s been parked up in the sun.

Price varies depending on model

FOR THE KIDS, AND THE ADULTS!

RV SOLUTIONS 3-WAY TYRE STRAP
Heading into the outback? A second spare is the way to go. And the RV Solutions 3-Way Tyre Strap makes lashing down a spare tyre onto your roof racks a cinch. All you need to do is align the strap to look like a peace sign and then ratchet it tightly with the 150kg rated ratchet strap.

RRP: $45 

TOUGH DOG RECOVERY KIT
Everyone should have a recovery kit in their 4X4 and the Tough Dog Recovery Kit with 8T/9M snatch strap is a ripper. As well as the snatch strap it’s got a 3m 10T tree trunk protector, a 20m 10T winch extension strap and a 10T-rated pulley block. The Tough Dog kit also comes with leather gloves, a recovery damper blanket, and two 4.75T bow shackles. And it’s all wrapped up in a three-year warranty.

RRP: $389 

NULON EZY-SQUEEZE
The days of having to pull out the old pump bottle from the back of the shed are over thanks to Nulon’s Ezy-Squeeze pouches. With the simple filler tube attached to the squeezable pouch, you can quickly replenish your 4X4’s liquids without spilling them all over yourself.

The Ezy-Squeeze pouches come in a wide range of fluids, so pricing varies. 

LIGHTFORCE HTX2 DRIVING LIGHTS
The latest-generation HTX2 Driving Lights offer plenty of tweaks over their predecessor for improved performance. The robust aluminium one-piece housing offers an increased surface area for better heat management, and the slimline design means the HTX2s won’t interfere with modern vehicle active safety systems. Often a complaint with LEDs, Lightforce set about to ensure the colour temperature of the HID and LED bulbs were the same (5000K) to reduce eye fatigue.

RRP: $799 

HID + LED = AWESOME!