HILUX BUILD, PART 8 (OP­PO­SITE LOCK)

IN THE FI­NAL PART OF THE LOADED LUX BUILD WE HEAD TO OP­PO­SITE LOCK FOR A ROOF RACK, SUMP PRO­TEC­TION AND A STAIN­LESS-STEEL FRIDGE.

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IT HAS been a long jour­ney, but the fi­nal pieces of the Loaded Lux puz­zle are com­ing to­gether as we get ready to give away this ex­cit­ing get­away pack­age to one of our lucky read­ers. For this last fit-up we headed to Op­po­site Lock’s store in Dan­de­nong to get some gear from Front Run­ner in­stalled and, while we were there, we also fit­ted one of the all-new Op­po­site Lock fridges on an MSA 4x4 fridge slide.

Front Run­ner is a South African brand of qual­ity stor­age and pro­tec­tion prod­ucts, and as the Saf­fas share our love of bush travel and have harsh ter­rain sim­i­lar to our own, their stuff is gen­er­ally top-notch and built tough. The Front Run­ner gear is no ex­cep­tion – we’ve been run­ning a Slim­line roof rack on an LC200 for a few years now and have no com­plaints about it.

RACK ’EM UP

WITH this in mind we again chose the Front Run­ner Slim­line II rack to sit over the cab of the Hilux, as its low pro­file keeps it in line with the tent on the back and its ver­sa­til­ity is un­ri­valled. Front Run­ner of­fers a spe­cific fit­ting kit and size to suit the pop­u­lar dou­ble­cab Hilux and other mod­els.

The ver­sa­til­ity of the rack comes from its slots in each of the alu­minium

cross­bars, which ac­com­mo­date slid­ing eye bolts that can tie down spe­cific ac­ces­sories. This in­cludes clamps and brack­ets for moun­tain bikes and kayaks, as well as pop­u­lar 4x4 ac­ces­sories like spare wheels, high-lift jacks, jerry-cans, shov­els, awnings, roof-top tents and more. There’s even a swing-out arm that you can hang your shower bag from.

This will al­low the lucky win­ner of the Hilux to tai­lor the rack to his or her own needs. How­ever, one ac­ces­sory we have in­cluded is a clever camp ta­ble that slides in un­der the rack to take up space that’s nor­mally wasted.

The Slim­line II racks are made from pow­der-coated alu­minium, so they are light­weight and durable. The de­sign of the slats and sur­round make it rigid, while the slats can be moved to best ac­com­mo­date your loads. Ex­tra slats can also be added to cre­ate a solid load bed. The Hilux rack mea­sures 1165mm x 1358mm and in­cludes a wind de­flec­tor at the front to limit wind noise.

BUMP & GRIND

OP­PO­SITE Lock also fit­ted a Front Run­ner sump guard to the Hilux. This is a 3mm steel plate that re­places the fac­tory tin plate to bet­ter pro­tect the en­gine sump from the po­ten­tial dam­age caused by scrap­ing against rocks and ruts when driv­ing off-road. It’s pow­der­coated for longevity and, be­ing steel, it’s tough and of­fers su­pe­rior pro­tec­tion to the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle.

CHILL FAC­TOR

OUR ar­rival at Op­po­site Lock couldn’t have been bet­ter timed, as it co­in­cided with the launch of the new OL stain­lesssteel fridge/freezer range. Th­ese are an­other South African-made prod­uct, and Op­po­site Lock has cho­sen 40- and 72-litre sizes.

In­side the stain­less-steel case th­ese fridges have a thick 60mm of polyurethane in­su­la­tion, so once that 66W Sno­mas­ter com­pres­sor gets the con­tents down to temp, it keeps them there longer with­out hav­ing to switch on as of­ten. Speak­ing of temp, the fridge will chill down to -22 de­grees and up to 10 de­grees. The com­pres­sor draws 5A on full power or 2.5A on low cur­rent draw,

The Front Run­ner sump guard pro­tects the Lux’s un­der­side against dam­age.

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