Monthly Archives: September 2010

Kevin Baldwin – contributor

defenderIt was only a couple of months ago that I was telling you about the spate of Defender thefts in the West Yorkshire area which had reached such epidemic proportions that it had prompted the local Police to implement a stop and check policy on any Defender, night and day. I reported that although this hadn’t seemed to deter whoever was responsible, thankfully my 90 had managed to escape the attention of the local ‘TWOC’ers’. That’ll teach me…

For the first time in 25 years of motoring I’ve become a car crime statistic, with an insurance claim, another first for me, for my stolen Defender Td5 90. Ironically, it wasn’t at home where the Defender was stolen. Instead, a Holiday Inn car park in Northampton was the last known sighting of my 90. And it was the first time K3MUD had been outside West Yorkshire in months! As I sit here typing this two weeks after the event, I’ve finally resigned myself never to see it again.

weldsLive the home mechanic dream with this AC and DC TIG welder from Frost. The 176i is a professional welding machine suitable for use on a variety of materials, including aluminium and alloys, mild steel, stainless steel, copper and brass. It is straightforward to operate, but has all the functions necessary to produce aerospace-quality work.

The 176i can be used on a 230v, 13A plug supply and is cheap to run. It is very portable and well-suited to use on automotive projects.

The welder costs £849 including VAT, and a visit to www.frost.co.uk will provide more details.

keepGAP Security has just become the sole UK distributor of TOADTRAK GPS vehicle tracking devices. The TOADTRAK is Thatcham approved, and recognised by every UK insurance company.

Coming with a range of features, including internet tracking and a distress-call function, the TOADTRAK brings valuable piece of mind – especially to owners of luxury and premium vehicles.

Contact GAP Security on 0800 783 2165, or log onto www.gapsecurity.co.uk for more details about the range.

wolfWolfrace has recenty released these alloy wheels for use on luxury SUVs. The premium range of Wolf RR and Wolf Design rims are available in a wide variety of sizes, and the Wolf Design rims can be drilled to fit almost any vehicle. Wolf RR wheels are designed for use on vehicles with a five-stud fitment, including the new Porsche Cayenne and the BMW X6.

Call 0845 330 9896 or visit www.wolfrace.com to find your nearest dealer.

cheapThese glowplug reamers are available from Sykes Picavant. They enable home mechanics to clean, and re-cut if need be, their diesel vehicle’s glowplugs, thereby improving engine starting and efficiency.

Available in a range of sizes, the glowplug reamers come with full instructions and their own plastic storage cases. More than that, they open up a whole world of cost-effective DIY vehicle maintenance.

Visit www.sykes-picavant.com for more info.

raisebarThe Skoda Yeti isn’t everyone’s idea of a hardcore off-roader. Owners of the vehicle can now give it a slightly tougher appearance, however, thanks to ANTEC’s stainless steel styling parts.

The product line-up includes front protector bars, which are made out of polished stainless steel and are EU-PEDESTRIAN approved. According to ANTEC, vehicles fitted with its kit are safer than those without it. So not only does the gear improve the Yeti’s looks; it also makes it better in a crash.

Log onto www.upcountry4x4.co.uk for more information.


Frost’s new anti-wear oil additive uses ZDDP – a compound that was commonplace when many classic cars were built. It is designed for use in elderly vehicles (Series Land Rovers are a good example), for which modern oils, which do not use ZDDP, are unsuitable.

The Frost ZDDP Anti Wear Oil Additive will help protect your classic 4×4’s gears, cam and followers, and costs £9.50 a bottle.

Visit www.frost.co.uk to order.

undercoverUpcountry Auto Products has just launched this hardcover for the Mitsubishi L200 long-bed. It retains the distinctive silhouette of the pick-up, while providing lockable storage and colour-coding to match the paintwork. The product is designed for the 2010 model year of Mitsubishi’s popular truck. Price is £1099 excluding VAT.

Visit www.upcountry4x4.co.uk for more details.

heavymetalDevon 4×4 has just released a range of underbody protection for the Land Rover Discovery 4, bringing a welcome boost to the vehicle’s mud-plugging credentials.

The new gear includes a pair of front wishbone protectors that reinforce the front suspension, as well as improving the vehicle’s ability to slide over obstacles.

If these aren’t quite hardcore enough for you, take a look at the front steering and sump guard. This lump of metal provides solid protection from damage, and is made out of 8mm 5083 grade aluminium.

Other products available in the D44 range include a discreet winch mount for use on the Discovery 3, an auxiliary switch panel and an aluminium end cap to replace the fragile plastic part on the Warn 8274 winch.

Check out www.devon4x4.com for more details.

Want your 4×4 to go faster? Keen to maximise mpg? A tuning upgrade can be a cost-effective and reliable way of getting the best from your truck – and as we found out, there is pretty much something out there for everybody



tuitThe Tunit enables vehicle owners to enhance performance without any need to alter the original equipment or programming. An aftermarket fitment, it can be adjusted for optimum efficiency and is portable – meaning that if you change your 4×4, you can take the box with you.

Described as a ‘plug and play’ chip, the Tunit is designed to adjust the settings of a vehicle’s ECU. It means that the delivery of fuel to the injectors can be altered, thereby enhancing effi ciency while delivering a more exhilarating performance.

An example price is £422, including VAT, for a component designed for a Mitsubishi Shogun 3.2 DID. This would bring a 20bhp increase in power as well as greater torque and lower fuel consumption. www.tunit.co.uk