Air­plex ute ac­ces­sories

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Want a canopy, a roof rack, tray liner, hard lid, bon­net guard, mon­soon or even an Iron­man bull­bar or three? Then Air­plex In­dus­tries in Auck­land’s Otahuhu is the place to go.

“We like to think of our­selves as a one-stop shop if you have a ute and you want an ac­ces­sory for it,” says com­pany Gen­eral Man­ager Si­mon Judd. “What we have found is that; 1) peo­ple like to be able to see a prod­uct – prefer­ably fit­ted ei­ther to a ve­hi­cle like their own or sim­i­lar, and 2) of­ten they will come out here look­ing for one thing, then find out when they get there that they see some­thing else they like or need.”

To that end the com­pany al­ways has at least two – and cur­rently three – fully ac­ces­sorised dou­ble cab turbo diesel utes on its fleet which dou­ble as mo­bile show­rooms.

Cur­rently the three are one of the new T60s from LDV, a Ford Ranger Wild­trak, and one of the range-top­ping V6-en­gined Volk­swa­gen Amaroks.

Each is set up slightly dif­fer­ently to show­case dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sory sets.

LDV T60

The T60 is one of the ‘ new kids’ on the Dou­ble-Cab, Turbo-Diesel ( DC/ TD) ute block. To kick this par­tic­u­lar build off Si­mon and the team put to­gether a set of Air­plexbrand bon­net guards, head­light cov­ers and four-piece slim weather shields.

They then added a set of 20-inch al­loy wheels from BGW and Delium Terra Fron­tier 265/ 50 x 20 tyres, an Air­plex Sport Bar ( in this case in a pow­der-coated black fin­ish) and alu­minium hard lid rated to carry up to 200kgs, made by

Ash­bur­ton-com­pany ( Air­plex is the North Is­land dis­trib­u­tor) Smiths Lids.

Be­neath the hard lid is a bed liner ( part of a range of sim­i­lar prod­ucts avail­able form Air­plex) and a bed ex­ten­der de­signed and built to Air­plex’s specs in the US. Un­like sim­i­lar items the Air­plex bed ex­ten­der has been specif­i­cally de­signed for utes avail­able here mean­ing it fits per­fectly un­der a ton­neau, SteelTop Canopy or hard lid.

It can be flipped backwards so that you can leave the tail­gate down safe in the knowl­edge that items won’t slip backwards and fall out, or flipped for­ward with the tail­gate up so that you can se­cure frag­ile or awk­wardlyshaped items ( like a gas bot­tle, for in­stance) be­tween. When it’s not re­quired it can be eas­ily re­moved.

Set­ting the tough ur­ban/ ad­ven­turer look off, mean­while, is a set of Rhino Rack ‘ Tradie’ roof rack plat­forms, a pull- out Rhino Rack Sun Seeker awning ( on the left-hand-side), and a Big Red LED light bar

Fi­nally Si­mon did a lit tle ‘per­son­al­is­ing’ to en­hance the ‘ black- on-black’ look that is pop­u­lar at the mo­ment. Look – re­ally – closely at the photo and fo­cus on the grille and side mir­rors. Both are chrome plated ex-fac­tory, but have been treated to a lit tle sub­tle ‘ black­ing out’ via matt black wrap­ping vinyl.

Ford Ranger Wild­trak

The sleek black Wild­trak is the com­pany’s cur­rent ‘canopy’ demon­stra­tor.

The canopy is one of the topof-the-line SteelTop mod­els ( this one is the ‘ Life­style SUV’ model) Air­plex im­ports and sells. Man­u­fac­tured – as the

name sug­gests – in pressed steel ( rather than the fi­bre­glass most oth­ers are made of) the canopies are colour-matched to fac­tory paint codes and come com­plete with a lined in­te­rior, cen­tral lock­ing ( us­ing the fac­tory re­mote no less), in­te­rior light, rear win­dow heater demis­ter, and roof rails as stan­dard.

The stance of the Ranger has ben­e­fit­ted from both a lif t kit, in­stalled by Pa­pakura Auto Elec­tri­cal, and a set of 20-inch al­loys wrapped in Nitto Trail Grip­per 2665/ 50 x 20 tyres.

The Ranger has also been fit­ted with an Air­plex bon­net guard, two Big Red LED Light Bars and as well as a pair of LED-equipped head­light

sur­rounds, a Rugged Liner tray liner, six mm thick non slip rub­ber tray pad and a tail­gate rail cap.

Also mounted to the Ranger is one of the in­ge­nious elec­tric side steps ( which drops down when you open a door to help you climb up an in, then au­to­mat­i­cally re­tracts once you are safely) and drop­down T- step ( left- rear) to help you get ac­cess to the tray, par­tic­u­larly if you your ute is lif ted.

Round­ing out the Ranger fit out is a Rhino Rack stealth bar mounted to the fac­tory roof rails, a set of af­ter­mar­ket tail lights and a Air­plex- sup­plied tow bar plus plug- and- play tow­bar wiring har­nesses.

VW Amarok

While the VW Amarok looked – at first glance any­way – the least ‘ac­ces­sorised’ it was more it was the one with the most sub­tle set of mods.

Like the other two it is equipped with an Air­plex bon­net guard, Air­plex head­light guards and a full Mon­soon weath­er­shield on the driver’s and pas­sen­ger’s door.

The side-steps look ‘ fac­tory’ but are ac­tu­ally a spe­cial ‘ lux­ury’ step the com­pany im­ports ex­clu­sively for the Amarok, as well as a two-way Hard Lid ( which lif ts and locks into place if you need to carry some­thing which doesn’t fit if the lid is closed), a Heavy Duty tray Bed Slide ( which you can load then push in for trans­port then pull out again at your des­ti­na­tion to un­load) rated to 250kgs) and fi­nally a Pro­lift tail­gate as­sist.

To see for your­self how Air­plex can help you check out the web­site at www.air­plex.co.nz or sim­ple turn up on a week­day

at the com­pany’s large show­room at 21 Sa­le­yards Rd Otahuhu. There they have ex­am­ples of vir­tu­ally ev­ery prod­uct on dis­play. They also

have a full range of bars and drawer sys­tems avail­able thanks to a new dis­tri­bu­tion agree­ment with Iron­man 4x4.

Pressed steel SteelTop canopy.

Air­plex tinted bon­net guard.

The Air­plex-ac­ces­sorised ute fleet.

T-Step is a great idea!

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