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10 04, 2018

Steering Dampers Explained

2019-04-03T11:01:06+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , |

Steering dampers or also known as stabilizers provide valuable support to the vehicle, especially when you are planning off road adventures. The steering damper helps to manage unwanted or uncontrolled oscillation of the steering. This means that they assist in minimising wobble which occurs from the tyre vibrations off the track. Such as corrugation or potholes. Like a shock absorber for your steering. Large tyres and lifts can alter the factory geometry of the steering mechanism. So one needs to have the right damper for vehicle and track you are planning one using. The key to damper fitment is to have [...]

3 04, 2018

4X4 And Water Crossings

2019-04-03T11:09:39+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

Water crossings are one of the more challenging aspects of off-roading. When it comes to a water crossing you want to make sure you have all the necessary information on how to get through a water crossing successfully as well as any recovery gear. Being over prepared is better than having only half of what you need. There are some things to keep in mind when going off somewhere you are likely to find a water crossing. Water in the Diff Oil It is extremely important to take your time and let the transmission and differentials cool down before crossing. The [...]

29 03, 2018

Welcome to Nelspruit

2019-04-03T11:18:36+00:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , |

Opposite Lock has a brand new fitment centre in Nelspruit! Considering your next offroad adventure in or around Mpumalanga, then be sure to stop at the Opposite Lock Nelspruit fitment centre. Glen, the shop owner, and his staff are always ready with great advice and friendly service. OL NELSPRUIT Unit 4 Riverside Park CNR Cascades & Emnotweni Nelspruit Tel: 061 482 6681 E-Mail: sales@oppositelocknsp.co.za Branch Manager: Glen Loubser

20 03, 2018

Introducing Opposite Lock Winches

2019-04-03T11:46:05+00:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , |

Opposite Lock is hugely excited to introduce our new line of winches. Our very own Opposite Lock winches! Waterproof winches, completely sealed with heavy duty pulling this is truly the perfect winch for any serious off-road user. These units are suited for Pick up vehicles and SUVs. With its sealed high performance motor, fast line speed and superior torque it will perform. Each unit comes standard with heavy duty sealed contactors allowing for higher duty cycles. The patented oil seals supported with double lip seals ensure optimum waterproofing. Not only does it have an automatic full load brake but also boasts [...]

5 03, 2018

4X4 Recovery Gear Checklist

2019-04-03T11:36:58+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , , |

It is always better to have a list of what you need. This way you will have the gear you need for a recovery. Here are some standard checklists for your recovery gear, starting from your basic kit all the way to your advanced kit. Basic 4×4 Recovery List Item Snatch Strap 2 x 3.25t Bow shackles Recovery gloves Recovery bag Intermediate Recovery List (in addition to above) Item Snatch Strap 2 x 3.25t Bow shackles 1 x 4.75t bow shackle Recovery gloves Tree trunk protector Recovery bag Advanced Recovery List (in addition to above) Item Snatch Strap 2 x 3.25t [...]

28 02, 2018

Winch Ropes: Synthetic vs Steel

2019-04-03T11:51:22+00:00February 28th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a divide that exists between off road enthusiasts when it comes to using synthetic rope or steel wire. Synthetic ropes have become an increasingly popular option amongst off-road enthusiasts and professional tow truck drivers. Though many still prefer the original steel, there are strong arguments supporting both for their different benefits. Knowing these benefits is advantageous when deciding which is best suited to your application. There are some things to consider: Strength Weather Resistance Weight Ease of repair Safety Cost Steel Steel is the perfect type of line to use in highly abrasive terrains, such as in mud, rocks, [...]

21 02, 2018

Snatch, or Kinetic Straps

2019-04-03T11:58:09+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Using the right equipment is always in your best interest and in the case of recovery same goes for your friend. Towing straps are not to be confused with the kinetic straps. The towing strap is shorter in length and does not have the ability to stretch to the extent the kinetic strap does. Kinetic straps are often 9 – 11 metres in length while towing ropes are limited to about 4 metres. Kinetic straps of about 11 metres are able to stretch approximately 1 metre. The pulling power of the kinetic strap comes from the ability for the strap to [...]

13 02, 2018

Off-road Tyres and 4WD Recovery

2019-04-03T12:04:08+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

Any off-road enthusiast knows that obstacles exist on all terrains so vehicle recovery is a big part of tackling the outdoors. Tyres play a rather large role in the off-road experience. Using the wrong tyres can make getting over these obstacles even harder. Off-road tyres are made for their intended terrain and should be treated accordingly. Having the proper tyres can assist in vehicle recoveries as well. You want the vehicle you are recovering to have the best possible chance of assisting in the recovery and this includes the right tyres for the right terrain. Highway Terrain Tyres For the generally [...]

6 02, 2018

What is a 4×4/4WD and AWD?

2019-04-03T12:08:15+00:00February 6th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

All vehicles are designed to meet certain standards which includes where and how they will be utilized. Your typical on-road car is often a 2×4, meaning driven by two of the four wheels. And they can be front wheel or rear wheel drive. Often sedans and pickups have rear wheel drive. This being due to the fact that they are preferred in vehicles which are larger and/or load carrying. AWD -All Wheel Drive AWD vehicles mostly refer to vehicles which remain on-road most of the time. They are designed for maximum traction on a loose surface. Manufacturers which are involved in [...]

30 01, 2018

How does a 4X4 vehicle work?

2019-04-03T12:28:32+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , |

All vehicles have a purpose. Mostly in the mundane section being a general city car. Easily handling lovely roads that may have a few bumps. While others are made for the road, sticking to the track and embracing the veracity of speed and pure ingenuity. 4X4 vehicles embrace this accurate nature in that are made for the off-road experience. Generally vehicles have a two-wheel drivetrain (transmission, drive shaft and differential) system. Meaning the rotational power, called torque, is transferred via the drivetrain to two of the four wheels. This power can be transferred to either the rear wheels referred to as [...]