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.
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.
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.