Long-term up­date

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.

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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