Monthly Archives: August 2010

cooldudeThis is MJS Fabrication’s new intercooler for the Nissan Navara D40 and Pathfinder range. The unit fits onto the existing 2.5 DCi powerplant and enhances throttle response by cooling the engine more efficiently.

MJS has tested the component on a customer’s vehicle and found that it improves 0-60mph acceleration by around two seconds. It delivers a 15-degree drop in temperature – bringing substantial benefits to the engine and driver.

The intercooler is priced at £445 and more details are available by calling MJS Fabrication on 01621 850431.

bagAnyone interested in family camping trips may find these Outwell sleeping bags might be just what they need to help pass the nights in comfort. Available in both single and double versions, the Lakeview range of sleeping bags is filled with natural duck down and designed so that the filling stays in place.

The soft touch microfibre outer shell features an easy-glide zip system for ease of access – and an internal security pocket provides a useful hiding place for watches and other valuables.

Other designs are available, including the Camper collection, which is especially suitable for chilly climates, and the lightweight Coastal range. This is ideal for summer camping, with bags that pack away into diminutive storage sacks.

Visit www.outwell.com to find out more about the Outwell range.


bleedBleeding brakes singlehandedly just got a whole lot easier, thanks to this two-litre Brake Bleeder from Laser Tools. The unit features a pump action and has an easy-to-read gauge that enables one-handed extraction of brake fluid from any vehicle.

A European adaptor comes as part of the kit which retails at around £79. Visit www.lasertools.co.uk to order yours.

scratchRepair scratches in your 4×4’s paintwork with this Mer Scratch Remover. The paste works best when applied to a clean surface with a damp cloth – and should do a sterling job of making off-road scars disappear.

A 150ml tube costs £8.99 and the paste can also be used on caravans and boats.


rucksackThis new backpack from Gregory is the perfect place to stow kit while on an off-road adventure. The Jade 35, which is especially designed for female wearers, comes in a range of bright colours and is available in 34- or 36-litre versions.

The backpack features a special harness system that distributes weight evenly to the waistbelt. It also has a suspended mesh back to help prevent perspiration.

These features won’t matter too much if all you do is sling it in the rear of a 4×4 of course. But if you do decide to hit the trails on foot, £99.99 seems like a pretty reasonable spend to ensure your back’s ongoing comfort.

Check out www.bramwell-int.co.uk to find your nearest stockist.


cold-comfortHere’s an astonishing fact: these ICEY-TEK cool boxes keep ice frozen for up to 10 days. They don’t use power, but have an advanced insulation system that makes them ideal for overland travellers. Thanks to their insulating properties, the cool boxes can keep food hot or cold for epic amounts of time. The internal lining is non-staining, non-odour absorbing and easy to clean.

A choice of colours is available – including white, blue, red and lime green. Sizes range from 25 litres to 450 litres and every box comes with a 12-month warranty.

Visit www.coolboxesuk.co.uk for more details. 

wheelyGoodImprove the look of your large SUV with these Lenso DF1 alloys, available in an increased range of sizes from Autopart UK. The wheels are suitable for a range of models, including the Range Rover Sport, Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Mercedes ML.

In an innovative design feature, the Lenso wheels come without any holes in the centre, enabling them to be drilled to suit any bolt pattern.

A variety of colour finishes and sizes are available and prices start at around £1500, for a set of four 20in rims, with tyres fitted.

For more information, check out www.autopartuk.com or call 01268 560126.


When it comes to protecting your 4×4’s exterior, the list of suitable products is endless. In this month’s Pricewatch we consider every place on the off-roading spectrum – from the hardcore mud-plugger to the tarmac-bound SUV driver. So whatever your off-road tastes, there’ll be something here to suit.



frogsFrogs Island is currently offering a special deal that means owners of 80-Series Toyota Land Cruisers can more or less sort their exterior protection for just £1200 plus VAT.

The kit comprises heavy-duty front and rear bumpers as well as a pair of rock sliders. The front bumper features built-in Hi-Lift jack points and integrated recovery points. The bumper can house a variety of winches, including the Warn Dual Force HP or HD, as well as a number of Superwinch products. Lovers of the doughty Warn 8274 will be pleased to hear that a similar bumper is also available to work in conjunction with this unit.

Like the front bumper, the rear bumper is thermal zinc-coated and then powder-coated for a long-lasting finish. It is designed to be used with the vehicle’s existing mudflaps and uses two additional mounting brackets for enhanced strength. The bumper has pre-drilled holes to accommodate the Land Cruiser’s original recovery points and it also incorporates Hi-Lift jacking points.

The UK’s happiest car dealers have Nissan models in their showrooms. Car Dealer Magazine’s Car Dealer Power survey has named Nissan as the best manufacturer to represent in the UK. Dealers were asked to rate their respective marques in areas including aftersales support, supply of cars, stock levels and warranty offers. Nissan’s 91 per cent rating ensured victory over all 26 rivals.

rr_envougeLand Rover has released the first offcial picture of the all-new compact Range Rover following a preview in London celebrating the model’s 40th birthday held in partnership with Vogue magazine.

Named the ‘Range Rover Evoque’, and developed from the LRX concept, this allnew coupé will join the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport line-up in summer 2011. It will be the smallest, lightest and most fuel-ef cient Range Rover. Customers have a choice of both a 4WD and 2WD version, with a sub 130g/km CO2  gure.