4x4x Culture Live Event - Arb

4x4 Culture Live - New Event

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re interested in the 4×4 lifestyle; whether it be camping, fishing, touring or 4WDing, ARB is right there with you.

On the 21st and 22nd March 2020, ARB is hosting a national off road event open to all ARB customers and friends. 4×4 Culture LIVE will be based around all the diverse aspects of 4WDing covered in the pages of the 4×4 Culture magazine: family travel, new products, vehicle set-ups, education, camping and everything that goes along with it.

Hosted at Loveday 4×4 Adventure Park in South Australia, attendees will be spoilt with a weekend full of adventure including tag-along tours of the 8,000-acre park, scavenger hunts, prize giveaways, camp cooking, fishing classes, special guests, product experiences and industry experts.

As night falls, the park’s licensed tavern will come to life with live music, catering and hours of socialising with other campers. For those with young tackers, a grassed yard adjoining the tavern will keep the youngsters entertained with a host of kids’ activities and entertainment.

Tickets for the event will go on sale on 3rd of September 2019 and will be available in Adult, Teen and Child passes.

Your ticket to adventure will include:

> Park access and camping fees
> Saturday night tapas and dinner (kid-specific meals available)
> Sunday night tapas and dinner (kid-specific meals available)
> Access all areas (classes, demonstrations, tours, etc)
> Evening entertainment
> Kids’ entertainment

Attendees will be responsible for their own camping equipment, fuel and meals (outside of included meals).

Things to note:

> There will be an on-site cafeteria and chef where meals can be purchased
> There are on-site amenities
> No dogs are allowed during this event
> No unregistered vehicles are allowed during this event

To register your interest in attending the event, please click the link below

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ARB Products for new 2019 MR Triton

ARB Releases Products for New MR Triton

Upon release, the new-look MR Triton received mixed reviews across a number of social channels and media outlets. The updated front end design was different to anything else on the market with unique lines, fog light and parking sensor placement. Designing an ARB Summit bull bar was going to present some challenges for ARB’s team of engineers.

A prototype Summit bull bar has now been created and fitted to the MR Triton. ARB’s design team worked hard on reconfiguring elements of the bull bar to suit the new vehicle shape, without compromising the functionality of the vehicle’s safety features and still maintaining the overall style of the Summit bull bar.

“The redesign of the front end instantly posed some challenges with distinctive lines and varying parking sensor placement on some models. We are pleased to have released a Summit bull bar that integrates into the MR Triton while offering increased protection to the vehicle and passengers” says Brand Marketing Manager, Mark Berger. Production for the Summit bull bar will begin in July 2019.

Carry-over products from the previous model include Old Man Emu suspension, front and rear Air Lockers, Classic, Classic Plus and Ascent canopies, drawers, ute liner, UVP, RHS recovery point and side steps.

Development continues on rear step tow bars, side rails and Tailgate Assist to complete the range of accessories offered for the MR Triton.

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ARB Maroochydore R & D Testing for Caravan Towing

R&D Testing ARB Products and Zone RV Caravans in the Outback

Safety is of the utmost importance when you travel. You need to understand safe towing practices as well as the importance of having lightweight towing know-how.

Zone RV is one of the best Australian manufacturers of premium off-road and semi-off-road caravans. Their caravans are second to none both in terms of technicality and luxury. Research and development, or R&D testing, is a huge part of what they do before their vans make it to you, and their process for this is what makes their final product so superior to others on the market.

The Triple Crown Tour Zone RV Trip

The most recent ZONE RV trip for R&D testing was called the “Triple Crown Tour”, and saw the ZONE RV Directors David Biggar and Matt Johns travel with an entourage of ARB personnel in their rigs and caravans travel for an epic adventure over two weeks. They traversed the country from Australia’s west coast to their Coolum headquarters in Queensland, via the Gibb River Road, Tanami Highway, and Plenty Highway.

The trip was sponsored by ARB, Cooper Tire, Cel-Fi, Hema Maps, Dometic, and Cruisemaster.

These roads can be challenging for even the most experienced caravanner, and the purpose of this expedition was to test and identify any issues relating to towing caravans across these three roads. These caravans were specifically the:

  • Z-16.6 Off-Road
  • ZV-20.6 Venture
  • Z-21.6 Off-Road (only for part of the trip)

The team also ventured into areas where caravan-towing isn’t usually attempted, namely Mitchell Falls in The Kimberly WA and the top of the Big Red Sand Dune in NSW’s Birdsville.

The Australian Outback has a reputation for being relentless, thanks to challenges including thick dust, deep-water crossings, natural obstacles, and relentless corrugation of tracks and roads. Add to this the scarcity of supplies available and the distance from the nearest facilities.

The ZONE RV trip, however, found these roads to be the perfect ground for testing their caravans and rigs to their limits. Thanks to the trip, the team was able to personally experience the unforgiving conditions and unpredictable obstacles along the way, and as such, common issues with lightweight towing and more were identified and were able to be rectified with the assistance of the expertise of the expedition’s sponsors.

The ZONE RV Directors are delighted to know that all caravanners and off-road enthusiasts will benefit from their experience on this trip, and they can share this themselves - the ZONE RV Trip had been made into a short YouTube documentary and it is full of exclusive tips and advice. The documentary offers not only a wealth of technical know-how and guidance but also the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way and the entertaining and at times funny banter amongst the team members.

Visit ARB Maroochydore

Nick & the team are very proud to welcome you to ARB Maroochydore. They have many years of practical experience 4wding, camping, and touring Australia’s wide brown land, and they are delighted to share their expertise with their clients. With the real-world experience they have of road-tripping and getting off-road in Australia and overseas, they have the right inside knowledge that could be of enormous benefit to you. When it comes to customer service, the sales team at ARB Maroochydore is second to none.

Be inspired! Call or visit ARB Maroochydore today.


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Options for the van: Navigator Accessories

Given the land mass of Australia, embarking on a trip could mean thousands of kilometres and many weeks away from home. Travelling with a caravan allows you to take your home on the road, wherever you may go.

Navigator’s Mark Sedran has been travelling Australia for many years, creating makeshift mods out of velcro and stubby holders. He saw a gap in the market and knew exactly what products caravanners needed.

Navigator has now released a stylish range of products suitable for caravanners, campers and adventurers.

The Navigator Awning Buddy is designed to fit into the sail track on caravan awnings and most 4WD awnings. It features magnets to hold the Navigator Bottle Opener and has reflector tape at the base to avoid any nasty spills. It’s also fitted with two female buckles to allow for the attachment of the Kitchen Buddy and Outdoor Storage Buddy. 

The Navigator Kitchen Buddy is a large utensil organiser built to make your meals easier to prepare. There are eight sleeve pockets for utensils, four mesh pockets for spices and a large lower pocket with zip closure. The Kitchen Buddy also features two male buckles to attach to the Awning Buddy and corner eyelets to fasten to camping ridge poles. The Kitchen Buddy has a handy magnet in the middle to hold the Bottle Opener too. 

The Navigator Outdoor Storage Buddy is made to attach to the Navigator Awning Buddy or Kitchen Buddy, keeping your essentials in a convenient, all-in-one location. It features three handy mesh pockets, a large zip storage compartment that has ten sectioned shelves and seven large sleeve pockets on the back. The Outdoor Storage Buddy can be used to store shoes, toys or light but bulky pantry items. 

Other items in the range include the Collapsible Bin Buddy, Collapsible Laundry Buddy, Utility Buddy, Sullage Buddy, Microwave Dish Buddy, Pantry Wine Buddy, Pantry Jar Buddy, Quick Fix Seat Buddy, Visor Buddy and Carabiner Keyring.

Contact us at ARB Maroochydore for pricing and availability.

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ARB Tips for Grey Nomads Caravan Travels

Grey Nomads – Tips as we enter the cooler months

Among the greatest joys of retirement is joining the ranks of grey nomads who explore our beautiful country every year. There’s nothing quite like hitting the road for far-flung places, exploring new vistas and revisiting old favourite destinations.

Travelling in autumn and winter can be a busy time for grey nomads – particularly since the weather is more forgiving than in the heat of summer, especially away from Australia’s coastline.

Yet heading out to explore Australia is not as simple as it might seem on the surface and, particularly if you intend on travelling remotely in the Outback or off-road, you need to know where you’re going, what to expect regarding the conditions, and ultimately, be prepared.

Be Prepared!

First and foremost, you need to have a plan. Even though aspects of your trip can be a magical mystery tour (and isn’t this sometimes the best way to travel?), you need to have a general plan.

  • You need to understand the sheer size of Australia – and this is something that trips up a lot of travellers, especially those grey nomads who have come from overseas. Australia is a vast land and distances between places on a map can be deceiving. For someone who is used to Europe, for example, Australia’s size comes as a shock. Similarly, few Americans understand that Australia is just as big as the continental USA. Particularly if you’re travelling in more remote areas, you need to be prepared, know the distance you need to travel each day, and ensure you have enough fuel, water, and food (snacks) to get you to the next stop.
  • Know what to expect regarding road conditions. Few sedans can handle conditions in the Outback, which is why 4WD vehicles are so popular among grey nomads in Australia. Many of our main highways are just single lane, dual-carriageway roads. Many roads in more remote areas are not paved. Wet weather can make dirt roads impassable. Know where you’re going and what to expect.
  • It’s important to let someone at home know at least the basics of where you expect to be going when you expect to arrive, and that you keep in touch on a regular basis – even if it’s just an email or text message, check in once a week at a minimum.
  • In any circumstance, always stay with your vehicle. Too many travellers in the Outback have experienced disaster because they’ve left their vehicle and walked off in unforgiving conditions such as heat.

What to Take

When you’re heading Outback or anywhere even a little off the beaten track, make sure you take these essentials:

  • Plenty of fresh water
  • Food – enough for each person for two days
  • Current and detailed area maps
  • Radio – to get weather forecasts
  • Emergency beacon such as EPIRB or SPOT
  • Clothing for both hot and cold conditions
  • Matches, firelighter blocks, and compass
  • Loud Whistle
  • Toolset – including jack, globes, fuses, fan belt, torch, shovel
  • Spare Tyre (two is better)
  • First Aid kit including medicines you need
  • If travelling to a remote area, take a 2-Way HF Radio. Make sure it has Telstra and Flying Doctor frequency capability

Your Vehicle

  • Know your 4WD. If you’re not an experienced 4WDer, get some practice in before you leave on your trip. Know when and how to engage the 4WD function.
  • Check your tyre pressure daily. If crossing sandy tracks, you may need to deflate tyres somewhat.
  • Before you travel, get advice regarding your suspension. Old Man Emu offers the best 4WD suspension products in Australia. This is crucial for your comfort and the wellbeing of your vehicle.
  • A bull bar is an important safety addition to your 4WD if you are travelling in the country, bush, or Outback. It will save your vehicle and even your life if you collide with a kangaroo, wombat, or another animal.

Other Basic Tips

  • Know and adhere to total fire bans
  • Extinguish all campfires completely
  • Respect state quarantine laws
  • Know where it is safe to swim – if unsure, don’t. This includes ocean, rivers, waterholes and lakes – where risks can include rips, currents, crocodiles, etc.
  • Respect Indigenous Communities
  • Respect Native wildlife and ecosystem
  • Carry extra fuel

Why Choose ARB Maroochydore?

When you come to ARB Maroochydore, you know you’re getting the very best in products and advice. We are the Sunshine Coast’s largest 4wd accessories store. Our owners Nick & Lara have more than 20 years of experience 4wding, camping, and touring Australia’s most beautiful and remote places. Their real-world experience and the knowledge and service that the sales team at ARB Maroochydore has to offer makes them stand out from the rest.

Planning a trip? Come in and say hi, check out what we offer, and get set for your next grey nomads adventure today!


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CLASSIC FRIDGE FREEZER SERIES II

APP-SOLUTE REVAMP

No off road trip is complete without a place to keep the food fresh and, more importantly, the beers cold. With continually advancing technology, ARB has given its current Classic fridge an update. ARB’s Classic Fridge Freezer Series II has had a physical refresh with a new modern colour scheme and a bunch of functional new features.

The Classic Fridge Freezer Series II has a dimmable, backlit touchpad for easy night time operation and 12V power input readout for simple voltage monitoring on the display. A transmitter allows remote display and control via a new app, which is available for download to smart devices or the LINX unit.

The ARB Fridge Freezer app allows full control of the Series II fridge via a mobile device. The user is able to turn the fridge on/off and manually adjust (or set via presets) the target temperature. The app will display the target temp, the power input voltage and the fridge compressor status, and alert the user if the lid is left open.

To individualise the app to suit, the display unit (Celsius or Fahrenheit), battery protection (high, medium or low) and fridge display brightness (high or low) can all be altered via the app settings. On top of this, the user can allocate set temperature names, such as food, ice cream or beer, and assign fridge names if connected to multiple fridges.

To complement the fridge, a new transit bag has been designed with a modern and stylish look, capturing the dark monochrome tones of the fridge, and includes a bonus branded bottle opener.

For owners of current ARB fridges (post-2014 models), the new transmitter and app can be used to display the temperature, input voltage and compressor status. Learn more here.


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Old Man Emu Suspension Promotion

Here at ARB Maroochydore, we are committed to providing you with the very best 4WD products, accessories, and advice to get you on the road and travelling safely and comfortably. As such, we’re very excited about a special promotion we’re running until May 5th, 2019.

Old Man Emu Promotion!

Between now and May 5th, when you purchase an Old Man Emu suspension kit from ARB Maroochydore, you can enter our draw for a chance to win one of four fantastic prizes, each of which is valued at more than $75,000!

So what are you waiting for? Come on down to the store and have a chat to the team which will help you find the perfect Old Man Emu suspension kit for your needs, as well as anything else you need to get you out on the road!

How to enter!

Simply fill in our competition entry form on our website here and attach a copy of your receipt to go into our draw to win one of these magnificent prizes:

  • ACTION: The Extreme Power Sports Package includes the KTM 250 EXC Dirt Bike, the Seadoo RXT-300, and the Polaris RZR XP Turbo Buggy – extreme action for extreme fun!
  • FAMILY: The New Age Desert Rose Caravan is ideal for travelling with the family in comfort and style. It is an 18ft (6-metre) van which includes features and fittings such as an oven, stove, microwave, fridge, TV, reverse cycle air conditioning, heating, double bed, shower, and even a toilet!
  • ADVENTURE: The ARB Enhanced Sniper X Camper Trailer is an extreme off-road home away from home. It has been designed and built for remote peninsula and outback travel and features Old Man Emu off-road shock absorbers, two ARB 60L fridge/freezers, outdoor pantry and kitchen, Redarc 12V power, and a 4-metre awning.
  • FISHING: Anglers will fall in love with the Formosa Sea-Rod Classic Boat, great for fishing in ocean, lakes and rivers. The Formosa Sea-Rod Classic is powered by a Honda 150 outboard motor and a Minn Kota Ulterra self-deploy electric motor. It has a full-plate 4mm aluminium hull, Garmin electrical gauges, GPS and UHF units, a fish finder, and a Fusion marine stereo system.

What you Should Know about Old Man Emu Suspension

Old Man Emu Suspension is the gold standard for fully-integrated 4x4 suspension on Outback roads and in harsh conditions and it Australia’s leading brand for 4x4 suspension. It is designed for unparalleled performance across all types of terrain, and when you invest in an Old Man Emu Suspension upgrade from ARB Maroochydore, you’ll marvel at the noticeable improvements in your vehicle’s performance, for everything from control to load capacity. There is a suspension product to suit every vehicle and every need – so come and have a chat with us at ARB Maroochydore for the finest in product range and expert advice.


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Full visibility: See more with ARB's new intensity V2 driving lights

Once you have experienced a quality driving light, you will wonder how you ever did without it. The vision improvement between your vehicle’s high-beam and a powerful LED driving light is simply chalk and cheese. Improvements in LED technology coupled with engineering advancements of internal reflectors have resulted in useable light over one kilometre down the road.

A common driving light set-up couples one ‘spot’ beam light (which throws light long and straight down the road) with one ‘flood’ beam light (which throws light wide off the road for improved peripheral vision).

The added light to your drive vastly improves your vision both down the road and off to the sides; improved lighting assists early detection of wayward and approaching animals, changes in road/track conditions and poorly lit obstacles, which can often lead to accidents.

ARB’s Intensity driving lights have been on the market for six years and have been a popular item amongst customers for their superior performance and aesthetically pleasing appearance. For 2019, ARB has made a number of technological advancements and is now releasing its new Intensity V2 driving lights.

ARB Intensity V2s come in two sizes: the smaller AR21 V2 has 21 LEDs and the AR32 V2 packs an impressive 32 LEDs. You’ll score 20,000 lumens in a single AR32 V2 light (40,000 per pair), which gives you a 35 per cent increase in light output from the original Intensity V1 equivalent, while the AR21 V2 lights gain over 35 per cent increase with 13,170 lumens per light. The latest in LED technology is built into the V2 lights with higher wattage ‘OSRAM GIANTS’ LEDs, harnessing that increased power to deliver a light that is controlled and focused for the naked eye to see.

For drivers looking for the ultimate in long distance vision, a pair of AR32 V2 spot beam lights offers a very usable one lux of light at an impressive 1.3 kilometres down the road.

As per the previous light, the Intensity V2 lights are dustproof and waterproof with voltage protection and integrated intelligent thermal management systems. The V2 range is designed to handle the toughest off road conditions with folded mounting brackets, vibration certification and a 50,000-hour lifespan.

The Intensity V2 lights are the perfect addition to your 4WD.

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The benefits of a Bull Bar

Bull Bars are essential for the safety of you and your 4wd in highway, rural and remote-area travel, even more so when you take your 4wd off-road. Bull Bars offer by far the best form of vehicle protection against animal strikes and other collision types. Here we explore the basics you need to know when it comes to Bull Bars.

What is a Bull Bar?

A Bull Bar is a simple but extremely effective addition to the front of a 4WD vehicle. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials including steel, alloy, and even plastic, a Bull Bar will also provide protection when driving off-road, against logs, banks, scrub, and similar obstacles.

Why You Need a Bull Bar?

There’s no doubt a 4WD with a Bull Bar looks great, but the primary reasons for installing a Bull Bar are functional. You need a Bull Bar on your 4WD for:

  • Human Safety – with a Bull Bar, the high energy of an impact with an animal is prevented from dissipating throughout the entire vehicle. This reduces damage to your 4WD, even more importantly, it protects the people travelling inside of the vehicle. A quality bull bar is a potentially lifesaving addition to your 4WD, Ute or SUV.
  • General Protection – a Bull Bar offers general protection to your vehicle both off-road and also on tarred or paved roads. This includes protection from rocks, sticks, ruts, logs, and also in minor accidents where a front-on collision with another vehicle or object takes place.
  • Animal Collision – if you hit an animal such as a kangaroo, especially at speed and without a Bull Bar, your vehicle will in all likelihood be damaged severely and even potentially be written off. A Bull Bar greatly mitigates this risk and protects your investment.
  • Mounting Point: a Bull Bar provides a perfect mounting point for winches and other accessories such as UHF antennas, driving lights, and sand-flags.

Why Choose ARB Maroochydore?

ARB Bull Bars are engineered to factor in vehicle design, air-bag deployment, crush-rate, accessory fitting availability, approach angles, weight, strength, and more. Airbag-compatible Bull Bars from ARB are assessed for performance and compliance for functionality and safety.

ARB Bull Bars are premium products that are engineered and manufactured to superior standards to not only be optimally functional but also to complement your 4WD’s aesthetics. We also offer Commercial Bull Bars, Under-Vehicle Protection, and Smart Bars.

At ARB Maroochydore, we stock and sell a range of Bull Bars to suit your needs, from nudge bars for smaller Utes and SUVs to our sleek and appealing Summit, Sahara and Deluxe styles for 4WD vehicles. Each and every steel Bull Bar we sell is designed to complement individual vehicle models perfectly, and each is finished in a durable powder coat with optional paint colour coding for a perfectly integrated result.

Contact ARB Maroochydore

ARB Maroochydore is very proud to be the largest supplier of 4WD parts and accessories on the Sunshine Coast. The team are delighted to offer personalised, expert advice and service in all aspects of 4WD and outdoor adventuring within Australia.

Please give us a call or come to visit us at our Maroochydore store to discover our full range of 4WD parts and accessories as well as our range of camping and touring accessories. We’re very happy to offer guidance and advice! Contact us today via phone or online enquiry form.


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Suspension Explained and The Benefits

Summer holidays in Australia are the time for vacations and long-distance travelling, especially camping and 4WD trips. Your vehicle’s 4WD suspension needs to be optimal and if you’re planning on travelling with a heavy load or taking your vehicle off-road, then it’s a great time to consider upgrading your suspension.

4WD Suspension Explained

4WD Suspension refers to the system of springs, shock absorbers, tyres, tyre air, and linkage parts that connect the wheels to a vehicle and allows motion between the two. Suspension systems must support both the quality of the ride as well as the handling of the vehicle on the road. It requires a balance between these two considerations. Suspension:

  • Keeps the wheels in contact with the surface of the road as much as possible.
  • Protects the vehicle and its cargo from damage.
  • Optimises vehicle performance in an array of conditions.

Most 4WD vehicles are sold new with a suspension that is tuned for driver and passenger comfort on smooth roads above all else. It may be great for cruising on the road or for carrying only very light loads, but once cargo or accessory weight is added to the vehicle, or if conditions on the road deteriorate, the reliability and performance of the vehicle can be diminished with standard, manufacturer-issue suspension systems. This is where, even on a new 4WD, a suspension upgrade can be a great idea.

High-quality aftermarket suspension upgrades result in better overall performance of your vehicle – and for off-road driving or heavy loads, the standard suspension may not be adequate.

Benefits of a 4WD Suspension Upgrade

  • Better vehicle clearance
  • Better on-road handling
  • Better off-road performance
  • Longer wheel travel capability
  • Better load capability
  • A higher level of balance when towing
  • Enhanced ride comfort

Suspension upgrades for 4WD usually involve raising suspension by up to 50mm. Standard springs are replaced with customised springs and these depend on factors such as the presence of a bull bar, constant rear weight, and winch. Shock absorbers are also installed for better results.

What is a Lift Kit?

A suspension Lift Kit is used to modify a vehicle to raise its ride height. This improves the performance of the vehicle when taken off-road, however, it can also be installed for aesthetic reasons. With the use of a lift kit, the vehicle can be enabled for a steeper approach and departure, higher ground clearance, and to allow for fitting of larger wheels and tyres. The centre of gravity of the vehicle is raised when a lift kit is installed. The higher ground clearance allows the vehicle to travel over rougher or rocky terrain without any fear of causing damage to the vehicle’s undercarriage.

Suspension Products at ARB Maroochydore

We are proud stockists and suppliers of Old Man Emu suspension systems. Old Man Emu 4WD suspension provides systems that are matched, tuned and integrated for the ultimate in control, load capability, safety and comfort. The range incorporates suspension fitting kits, spring liners, centre bolts, U bolts, springs, shock absorbers, bushes, and trim packers – in other words, everything you need!

Contact Us at ARB Maroochydore

We are the largest supplier of 4WD parts and accessories on the Sunshine Coast. The team at ARB Maroochydore offer personalised, expert service and they are well-versed in all aspects of 4WD and outdoor adventuring in Australia. Please give us a call or, better still, come to visit us instore to explore our full range of 4WD and camping accessories and to have your queries answered. Contact us today.