Slowly but surely the Ford Everest 3.2TDCi XLT’s transformation is nearing completion. This month we added a special set of rims and tyres.
What’s new with the Everest and Haval?
THere’S an old saying that says clothes maketh the man. In the world of 4×4ing, one can certainly go wild with the dressing-up part.
Take our Ford Everest, for interest. Since we got it with only a couple of hundred kilometres on the clock, we’ve been adding a few accessories. Like the ARB bullbar and ARB Intensity LED driving lights. And the Front Runner roof rack, with plenty of extras.
The Everest looked grand – Chuck Norris grand – but with the standard rims and tyres (265/60 R18s), this Chuck was wearing a pink ballet tutu. Those wheels, as cool as they are on a stock Everest, needed to make way for some upsized items.
We were in luck. BFGoodrich recently received the first batch of the company’s new KM3 mud-terrain tyres. After some experimentation with sizes, we settled on a rather larger 285/70 R17 number. American premium tyre brand BFGoodrich says the new KM3 offers 5% better traction in mud, 8% better traction on rocks and the sidewalls are a massive 27% tougher than the KM2 muds’ sidewalls.
Thanks to new compounds though, on-road noise – a bit of an Achille’s Heel of mud tyres in general – has been dramatically reduced. Yes, they are not dead quiet, but we’ve driven in 4×4s fitted with muds where the road noise was so intrusive, you could hardly hold a normal conversation.
We needed 17-inch rims,
too, of course. And in this department, Racing Hart Concepts came to the party with the company’s RHC Offroad Hawk rim in a 17x 9J format. The rim is also available in 18 and 20-inch sizes.
The Everest is almost done... for now it’s visiting Wrap Vehicles in Randburg for a custom wrap which will definitely make it stand out in a crowd of white Everests. Keep an eye out for a more detailed report about the upgrades – including an off-road driving test – in the November issue.
Oppositepage: At the time of going to print, the Everest was starting its transformation at Wrap Vehicles in Randburg. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we can promise you that it’s going to stand out in a crowd.Right: The latest mods include a set of RHC Offroad Hawk rims with BFGoodrich’s new KM3 mudterrain tyres. Bottom right: Our Haval H6C spent some time in the hands of another Leisure Wheels staffer. He was suitably impressed, as was his neighbour.