The Benefits of Upgrading Roll Bars on 4x4s

As they come off the factory floor, most 4-wheel drive vehicles that come fitted with rear anti-roll bars tend to favour stiff handling which can take away from your driving experience. By bettering the balance of your vehicle and tyres, upgrading your roll bars will not only transform the comfort of your drive, but will also see to better driver and passenger safety while enhancing the vehicle’s handling. If you have been considering upgrading your factory roll-bars, here are a few good reasons to do it.

Compensating for Vehicle Balance

By upgrading the anti-roll bars on your vehicle, you will assist its handling, comfort and performance through compensating for changes in the vehicle chassis’ centre of gravity, essentially enabling a more balanced drive. You can also upgrade your roll bars to compensate for an increased vehicle mass from installing accessories. In some cases, upgrades elsewhere on your vehicle which have changed its balance and weight may call for an upgrade of your roll bars.

Lengthening the Life of Tyres

By upgrading your roll-bars and seeing to better stability and balance on your vehicle, you will essentially also extend the life of your tyres since they will work under far less destructive pressure. In cases where upgrades have affected the balance of your car, an upgraded roll bar may actually be a necessity.

Enhanced Handling and Stability

By correctly balancing your vehicle, and through the back end of the roll bar resisting more than the front, you will enhance the handling of your vehicle through making sure that the wheels are taking on the weight of the vehicle evenly while providing more front tyre grip. The results of this are an overall improvement in stability and handling.

Essentially, upgrading your roll bars will lessen understeering, which will allow for a more fluid and enjoyable drive.

Improved Safety and Comfort

The abovementioned improvements to stability and handling through upgrading your roll bars result in two crucial benefits to your vehicle:

Firstly, it produces a more comfortable ride during off-road trips since handling is improved and loads from passengers, the vehicle itself and its accessories are evenly distributed thanks to the sway-bars.

Additionally, this improves safety through increased handling when operating the vehicle, even at high speeds and when cornering. Further protection is provided to the structure of the vehicle through roll bars as well.

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There are as many reasons to have your 4×4’s roll bar upgraded today, especially if you enjoy putting your vehicle through its paces and going off-road. If you would like some further information on our services for 4×4 parts, contact a representative from Amada Extreme today, or brose our website for details. We are waiting for your call.

The Benefits of a Steel Front Bumper

For everyday driving purposes, factory bumpers generally do a good job of protecting the bodywork of your vehicle from damages, rust and weathering. They are lightweight and generally easy to install or replace without assistance. Though for those who get extreme use out of their 4x4s, stock bumpers generally simply do not cut it. In these situations, aluminium or steel bumpers are generally a good choice to go with, though there are a few things that one should think about first. So, if you have been considering outfitting your ride with a new front steel-bumper, here are some of the top advantages and drawbacks to having it done.

Space for Additional Accessories

For those that get extreme use out of their 4-wheel drive vehicles, a steel bumper can provide the needed foundation to have additional accessories and utilities installed. They generally come with pre-drilled holes that allow you to customise accessories with relative ease. These accessories may include winches, off-road lighting, or tow hooks. The possibilities are only limited to what you want.

Providing Extra Strength

Steel is a remarkable hardy and durable material, so much so that it is often used in construction. With strength like that, you can be sure that dents, scratches or particularly bumpy rides will do little to undermine the condition of your car and its components. Standard and aluminium bumpers provide relatively little strength in comparison, which means that they can be easily damaged by rough rides and accidents.

Long Lasting Protection

Steel has a remarkable lifespan. Through its use, the surface of a steel bumper may become scratched, dented or even rusted. However, unlike other metals, these damages are generally only a problem on the surface. The additional structural integrity of steel bumpers means that at the core, they will still hold up to challenges, even when their surfaces are looking a little under the weather.

All that Added Weight

Of course, nothing in this life is perfect, which means that when opting for the benefits of steel bumpers, you should be ready to accept the drawbacks as well.

One such drawback is that steel can be particularly heavy, which could change the quality of your ride. This means that when installing a steel bumper, it might be wise to also upgrade your suspension, especially if you are looking to add additional accessories.

Steel can rust or Oxidise

Rust and oxidisation are the natural enemies of steel. As strong as steel bumpers are, their surfaces may take damage from damp and weathering over time. While these damages are generally only on the surface, they can leave your bumper looking unsightly. Unless you’re the type that enjoys is when your vehicle looks like it has seen some action.

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Leaf Springs

In the suspension world, leaf springs are the easy ones. They do not require that much effort to set up, they’re easy to maintain, they’re durable and they are easy to lift. The leaf spring is also one of the very first suspension styles used.

They might be the easy to use but these suspension systems can still be set up incorrectly, the spring needs to be matched to the weight of your vehicle and if too tall or short, a spring is used. There are many different styles and options of leaf springs.

Multi leaf spring packs aka semi elliptical packs are a very popular style of leaf spring. Most 4×4’s that don’t use coil spring will use these. Multi leaf spring packs are not just a bunch of spring leafs from a pile of scrap that have been clamped to a main leaf. There is a lot that goes in to designing a leaf spring and every facet of the design could affect a spring’s performance. The number of spring leaves, length and rate of the springs, types of spring leaves, the placement of rebound clips, how they are stacked and the type of spring eye, all need to be taken into consideration when designing the leaf spring.

The Mano leaf spring is a single leaf spring that is thick in the centre and tapers down to the spring eyes. This spring mounts the exact same way that a multi leaf spring does with spring eyes to the frame and with a  spring plate and u-bolts to the axle. These leaf springs can work very well for dedicated trail machines, but most people are still leery of the safety for highway use.

Quarter elliptical spring packs look very much like leaf springs that are cut in half. The spring eye end normally mounts to the axle while the leaf pack end is fixed to its frame. Think of a swimming pool diving board, it allows the axle to pivot up and down as the leaf spring is compressing and rebounding. The quarter elliptic leaf spring setup may work well, the mounting is not as easy as a standard semi elliptical arrangement. You will usually see quarter elliptical setups on more customised 4×4’s.

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Coil Spring Suspensions

Coil Springs

When set up properly, coil springs will offer you the best pavement ride, and your vehicle will also be able to handle trail use with ease. Coil spring suspensions use a coil spring at each of the corners of a vehicle with link arms in place that act as pivots. Most of the production setups use 2-4 link arms, this does not include the track bar which is very often included in the count.

Usually made from a round steel bar that gets twisted into a spiral shape, coil springs can be made with a variable or constant spring rate. The length and diameter of the round steel bar, the diameter of the finished coil and the number of coils is what determines the strength of a coil spring. The set up of coil springs require more labour and parts since they don’t incorporate attachment points even though they are inexpensive to manufacture compared to leaf springs. Coil springs can also feature different types of ends, it just depends on their application.

The ’66 to ’77 Ford Bronco was one of the very first 4×4’s to use a coil spring suspension. The vehicles front radius arm arrangement used coil springs and also bent radius arms with the lower front shock mounts securing to the arms. It can be considered a 3 link radius arm system with its front track bar helping to locate the axle. There are quite a few aftermarket kits available to help early radius arm Broncos fit the larger tires and increase flex.

Jeep incorporated a very similar design for the Cherokee in 1984, with its front 4 link coil system. The jeep Wrangler TJ and the Grand Cherokee took the concept to the next level by adding the same coil setup to the front and the rear. It was called Quadra coil suspension by Jeep and it worked really well. Some of the aftermarket long arm kits that are available for TJ’s, such as the Rubicon Express System, are actually radius arm systems since its upper front arms secure to the lower arms.

Many Toyota 4X4’s, combined with an independent front suspension, such as the early 90’s Runners, have employed use of a rear 4 link coil suspension arrangement. The setup has replaced the leaf spring rear that used to be in place on IFS Toyotas.

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The Importance of Vehicle Suspension

When one considers the function of vehicle suspension to ensure a safe and smooth ride, it can be difficult to imagine that they in fact, carry a number of other functions as well. Suspension is one of the most important components on your vehicle, which makes taking care of them, and replacing them when the need arises an essential task for all car owners. But besides the obvious, what exactly do shocks actually do? This article will take a look at some of their lesser known features.

Controlling the spring and suspension movement

The most notable function of a suspension system is to ensure a smooth ride by limiting bounce while moving and eliminating road-turbulence from bumps, potholes and road grades. When suspension systems start to take damage, the results are generally a bumpy ride for motorists and their passengers, essentially affecting their safety and comfort negatively.

Improved handling and stopping power

Suspension has a lot to do with how well your vehicle handles the road, and also to how well it can stop when the brakes are applied. This is done by keeping your car supported in a balanced fashion during movement and turning, essentially adding to the safety and comfort of the vehicle.

Tire protection

A good quality suspension system is essential for balancing the weight of your car in such a way as to reduce friction and stress on your tires. When your suspension is up to the task, your tires should wear their tread evenly and more gradually than with suspension that is faulty; making it essential for keeping your car tires in better condition, and safer to use for longer.

Reducing wear on other components

Impact and movement can take its toll on various components in your vehicle overtime, but suspension systems protect them from this happening by lessening the turbulent nature of the environment they operate under. When your suspension starts to fail, it can have a profound impact on many of your vehicle’s other components, which makes taking care of and replacing them essential for limiting the cost of maintenance and repairs on your car.

Maintaining contact with the road

The control of bounce and springs allows your car better handling by providing it with better contact with the road. This essentially makes for a much safer ride than on vehicles with poor suspension, while adding to the comfort as well. This maintained contact with the road also takes pressure off of your tires, brakes and other components in your car, helping them to give you better performance for a longer period of time.

Keep your suspension in good condition

As you can see, there is quite a bit more to vehicle suspension than meets the eye, which makes it essential for car owners to keep close tabs on the condition of their shocks. Be sure to inspect them often, to opt for services when they are needed, and as always, only enlist in the assistance of professional suppliers, repairers and installers.

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Signs that your Vehicle Suspension needs Replacing

Generally speaking, your vehicles suspension should be replaced at least every 80 000 kilometres. They are built to last, and are an essential performance and safety feature for any vehicle. Unfortunately, your suspension could take damage sooner than that, essentially putting you and your vehicle at risk. Because of this it is important to keep a close eye out for any signs of trouble that they might be given, so that they can be used as a yard-stick for when you should have them replaced or repaired.

So, to help you take charge of your vehicle’s condition, here are some signs for you to pay attention to, which could help you spot troubles with your suspension before they end up doing more damage:

The smooth ride is gone

A quality suspension kit should ensure a smooth ride. If you are feeling every little bump and stone in the road, the chances are quite high that your suspension needs to be replaced as soon as possible. Should the car’s bodywork bounce with every movement, your suspension is way past its due date, and should be seen to immediately.

Your car pulls when turning

When suspension becomes worn, it becomes far less effective at supporting the vehicle during pivotal turns. So, if your car tends to pull or drift when taking corners (even when driving carefully), there is a very good chance that the problem points to your suspension.

Your car dips when slowing or stopping

Damaged suspension could lead to less stopping power, essentially undermining the safety of your car. If you find that your car dips forward when applying your brakes, it could point to a serious and unsafe problem with your suspension. If this is happening to you, be sure to have your shocks seen to immediately to keep yourself, your family and your vehicle properly protected.

Your tire tread is uneven

When your suspension is in bad condition, it often leads to it balancing your vehicle in an unsupported fashion. This commonly results in irregular wearing on your tire-tread. Inspect your tires regularly, if you notice that the tread is uneven, it would be wise to have your shocks checked as soon as possible, and to have them replaced if the need arises.

The DIY test

If you suspect your shocks are giving in, park the car and bounce it a few times on the front and the back. If the car continues to bounce a few times after you have stopped, your shocks likely need to be replaced as soon as possible.

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The Toughest South African 4×4 Trails

The Toughest South African 4×4 Trails
The South African landscape is full with places to discover; the fact that the country has many rural or less populated areas is atotal blessing for so many reasons. This has safeguarded a country where the outdoors and nature are respected and in turn, this has enabled 4×4 enthusiasts to have amazing places in which to drive their vehicles. Here are five 4×4 routes to explore in 2017.
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This is Namibia’s most infamous 4×4 route for so many reasons and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Its origins can be traced back as far as the 1920’s settler history of this unique African destination. This is certainly for experienced drivers only and many believe you should only attempt this route when somebody who has already done it before is behind the wheel.

Addo Elephant National Park

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This is one of Port Elizabeth’s finest wildlife regions and also a great destination to go on a 4×4 drive of epic proportions. Being South Africa’s third biggest national parknaturally, makes it one of the best so prepare oneself for awealth of wildlife not to mention the site being the home of more than 600 elephants.

Marakele National Park

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Another national park with afascinating history is the Marakele National Park, which was in fact the original site for many Iron Age settlements and the home of an eccentric naturalist Eugene Marais. Over the years the park has grown to the point where it event has two separate camping facilities for those wanting to truly take in all the sights and sounds of this magnificent part of the world.

Augrabies Falls National Park

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The name of this stunning and rugged place is derived from the language of the Khoi people entitled ‘Aukoerebis’ which roughly translates to ‘place of great noise’. Not just well-known for its towering waterfalls but also the site for challenging 4×4 trails which have kept many fanatics coming back for more.

Ostrich Eco 4×4 Trail

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This popular trail located near the stunning holiday town of Witsand near the Breede River. This specific route is for those that can handle a level one grading and who wish to take a few hours to a full day off as it takes approximately 5 hours to complete. There is also a river crossing but be advised that this pass becomes tricky to cross during the winter months so be cautious.

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Leaf Springs

Leaf-spring suspensions are often referred to as the easy-peasy of in the world of suspensions. Its’ easy to maintain, easy to set up, easy to lift, it’s very durable and it requires less parts and worry than most other types of suspension systems. Leaf springs are also one of the oldest styles of suspensions and they have been used since the days of the horse and carriage.
As easy and trouble free as leaf springs are, the systems can still be set up incorrectly if the spring isn’t matched properly to the weight of the vehicle and the wrong size spring can also be installed. It is good to remember that not all leaf springs are the same. Leaf springs come in a variety of shapes and sizes and there are many variables that will come into play such as spring eye type, bushing type and how the ends of the leaf spring are finished.
Types of leaf springs
Multi-leaf spring packs are usually the most common style of leaf spring that is bought. It is the type of spring you will see on most 4×4’s that don’t use coil springs. Multi-leaf spring packs aren’t just from a scrap pile of leaf springs and a lot goes into the design of leaf springs. Every element of the springs design can affect its performance. The design elements in a leaf spring include the number of leaves, the types of leaves, the rate and length of the spring, how they are stacked, the placement of the rebound clips and the type of spring eye. A properly designed and built leaf spring will perform well as well as last a considerable period of time.
Mono-leaf springs are different in the fact they are a single leaf spring that is thick in the centre and gets smaller as it gets closer to the spring eyes. You will still mount it in the same way as a multi-leaf spring. Mono-leaf springs are great if you are only going to drive the vehicle off-road because there is a safety concern if you are going to drive the vehicle on a highway. If you have a multi-leaf spring installed and one of the leaves snaps, you can still drive home on it, whereas with a mono-leaf spring, there will be nothing left to support the weight of the vehicle and you could be looking at some pretty hectic damage.
The third type of leaf springs are called quarter-elliptical springs and they look like a leaf spring cut in half. These springs work almost like a diving board by allowing the axle to pivot up and down. Quarter-elliptical springs can be very effective but their installation is quite difficult and it is for this reason why they are mostly found on custom 4×4’s.
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5 Reasons To Get A 4×4

Going Off-Road – So most of us don’t normally need to go off-road to get from point A to B. Many of us are living our lives in urban or suburban areas and never need to leave the pavement. But even if you do live in a packed little city, there are most likely some kind of off-road trails that are open to the public.

Access To Winter Sports – If you live or vacation in a place where there is snow in winter time, you may need a 4×4 or all-wheel drive vehicle in order to get to your ski lodge or vacation home of choice. Sure, this usually applies to some of the population, but for those of you who enjoy skiing or sipping on drinks in a ski lodge, you might not be able to do this without an off-road vehicle.

Don’t Get Stuck – It’s not just about winter sports, even in the spring and summer time, in most parts of the country, you might need a 4×4 or AWD to avoid getting stuck when going hiking, hunting or canoeing.  Even a dirt road that is usually traversed wit two-wheel drive could become a problem if a sudden rainstorm turns it to mud.

Space – One of the reasons to buy a 4×4 is space for passengers and cargo. Sure, there are crossovers with 2WD that offer plenty of space, and even some wagons out there, but with the extra space of these vehicles it often goes hand in hand with 4WD or AWD – there are even some crossovers, SUV’s and trucks that are only available with all-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Towing – You can find vehicles on the market that are capable of towing and don’t have four-wheel drive. Again, though,, four-wheel drive normally do go hand in hand with vehicles that are able to tow, especially for people who plan on towing heavy loads, and doing so often.

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Off-roading 101

Typically, most 4-wheel drive vehicles on the road today spend the greatest majority of their lifespan on the road. For most drivers, a 4×4 option is only a means to preserve resale value in their vehicle and still be able to get groceries if by some phenomenon it starts snowing. It is time to get your off-road vehicle off the beaten trail. So, we’ll need to getsome mud on the tires.

Off-road driving can comevarious forms. From the weekend trail blazer to the die-hard rock crawler, off-roaders all over the world know that there are few better ways to get a kick than taking full control of your vehicle as you take it places most people never thought they could go. Let’s take a quick look at some of the places you might find yourself when you leave the pavement behind,remembering the most significant elements of a successful off-road escapade are safety and preparation.

Off-Road Vocabulary

4×4 High:

All-purpose 4-wheel drive mode is used in most circumstances. As opposed to 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive vehicles are engaged and powered by the powertrain. “High” refers to gear ratio, meaning that the gear ratio is unaffected from that used in 2-wheel drive.

4×4 Low:

4-wheel drive mode where a lower gear ratio is engaged, thus delivering higher torque to the wheels and decreasing maximum speed. Useful in slower off-road situations, rock crawling, and for getting out of tight positions when things look dubious.

Locking Differential:

Also referred to as “diff lock,” this refers to the speed at which the wheels turn. In most 4×4 modes, the wheels spin at different speeds to compensate for loose or uneven terrain. When the differential is locked, wheels all move at the same speed. A tool used in advanced off-roading and for getting unstuck.

Approach Angle:

The maximum gradient that a vehicle can climb or descend without any part of the body or suspension making contact with the driving surface.

Wheelbase:

Distance from the centre of a truck’s front wheel to the centre of the rear wheel on the same side of the vehicle.

Wheel Travel:

The maximum distance a wheel can move up and down. The greater the travel, the more capable the suspension system and the better on and off road traction.

Rock Massage:

What you get when you attempt rock crawling without taking the necessary precautions and being properly qualified.

All Purpose Off-Road Tips

In off-road driving as well as life in general, nothing beats knowledge. Prepare for every circumstance, and know what you are getting yourself into. Familiarise yourself not only with the environment you are entering, but with the vehicle itself. Of course, you know how to switch on the air conditioning, but do you know the location of your air intake or on board computer in case you get into some deeper water and risk sinking them? Become familiar with your vehicle’s instruction manual and you will be best equipped for the unexpected. Most importantly, never, ever go alone. Have a co-pilot or another driver in another vehicle with a tow rope and make sure you have cell phone reception in case of any possible emergency.

 

AmadaXtreme believes in creating lasting off-road experiences and our team of suspension specialists will assist in providing the best solution to your specific vehicle requirements, always keeping budget and future upgrades in mind. AmadaXtreme has built, designed and developed a high quality suspension system to combat the harsh African terrain and road conditions for approximately 30 years using only top-quality parts. AmadaXtreme is working in partnership with Newton Diesel Performance to design/ build and valve these shock absorbers to suit the South African vehicles and their harsh environment.