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26 06, 2018

Top 10 Best Upgrades

2019-04-03T08:07:05+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , , |

It is not always clear where one should begin with upgrades and what to look out for. To help point you in the right direction, we’ve assembled 10 upgrades that we think should be considered first. Which items you put at the top of the list may depend on what region of the country you live in. Narrowing this down to 10 items wasn’t easy, but these are the things we consider first when building up a stock rig. 1. Tyres Most truck and SUV manufacturers put street-biased tyres on the vehicles they produce. They know full well that these vehicles [...]

26 06, 2018

What is Traction Control?

2019-04-03T08:03:32+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , |

Sometimes you need to explain to someone what traction control is, or perhaps for yourself. Either way it is important to really understand what it is and why it is important to driving overall. What is traction control? Traction control is an active vehicle safety feature designed to help vehicles make effective use of all the traction available on the road when accelerating on low-friction road surfaces. When a vehicle without traction control attempts to accelerate on a slippery surface like ice, snow, or loose gravel, the wheels are liable to slip. The result of wheel slip is that the tires [...]

6 06, 2018

Going Off Road for The First Time?

2019-04-03T08:22:21+00:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , , |

Perhaps the outdoors has finally lured you in and you are now all about the 4×4 trail. The desire to jump in all at once has taken us all for a ride. But in this case, it is best to take it slow in your approach. Taking the 4×4 path is and adventure, one that must be given the right attitude. As quickly as your excitement to get out there so you can give those obstacles all you have it can go seriously awry as well. It can be challenging and somewhat intimidating as well. Understand Your Vehicle Traction Control Nowadays [...]

22 05, 2018

Mud Driving: A Few Techniques

2019-04-03T09:30:49+00:00May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , , , |

The off-road adventure will at one point or the other bring you a time and place where you will have to cross a muddy path. This can be a challenging task and having a few techniques at hand can really get you out of the thick of it. Before we get into the actual driving let’s first go over a few basics when it comes to sand and water. First thing to remember is that sand in different areas reacts differently to water. Sand which does not contain clay particles becomes mud when water comes into contact with it and acts [...]

8 05, 2018

The Science of Suspension

2019-04-03T09:59:46+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

Getting over excited and over-springing the vehicle leads to a multitude of issues. The side-effects of too high a spring rate can include everything from poor ride and handling, too decreased off-road capability and premature shock wear or failure. Naturally, when we load up the 4×4 with the vast amount of quality accessories on the market, the scales start tipping towards the point that the factory suspension just cannot cope with both the load and the punishing terrain that intrepid adventurers come across. That’s where a specialized suspension becomes necessary. Tough Dog suspension normally offer a minimum of two or three [...]

2 05, 2018

Some Off-Road Essentials

2019-04-03T11:02:35+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , , |

There are few better things than have an adventure out into the middle of nowhere. The meticulous drive it takes to venture out deep into the majestic landscape that is out in the valley of the off road enthusiast is breath-taking on its own. Taking a few days to camp here and there really completes the experience. Though as Awesome as it can be there are some off road essentials to keep in mind. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you have forgotten something or found that you need certain repairs and could have prepared for it. [...]

2 05, 2018

OL Bullbars & Why You Should Have Them

2019-04-03T10:15:47+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Latest News|Tags: , , , |

Bullbars go by a variety of names all over the world. Such as roo bar or nudge bar in Australia, moose bumper in Canada, and push bar, bull bar, brush guard, grill guard or cattle pusher in the United States. Bullbars get their name from the use they have in rural areas. Cattle would spontaneously appear on the road and these types of collisions would leave the vehicle in shambles. Through installing a bar to the front of the vehicle damage delivered by the collision with cattle would be limited. Thus, we have the bullbar. Bullbars are typically metal tubing made [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]