Friday, 30 September 2016

Take Your Road Trip to the Next Level with Barsnracks 4WD Equipment

4WD Equipment & Accessories

Your friends go off-roading and you are ready to join them. You've read up some if not all the “how to” material available on the internet, you've got your 4WD vehicle in the garage. You are ready to visit the offroad accessory shop. Read on to find out what exactly should you buy?

You don't need a 4WD vehicle for city use. The whole existence of a 4WD vehicle is for offroad use. So can you just drive off the tarred road and get onto a dirt track? Yes you can provided the dirt track is reasonably motorable. But true offroad experience like driving on a dry river bed for instance, requires some adjustments to be made to the vehicle and some specialised accessories. What accessories you will need to add to your vehicle will depend on the terrain in which you intend to take your vehicle.

Off road experience will require two types of 4WD Accessories NSW; accessories for the vehicle itself and accessories to make your road trip a success. The former includes special tires, auxiliary lights, power winches and recovery equipment, tyre mats, tyre deflators and inflators, long range gas tanks, roof racks, storage units, suspension systems, bull bars, tow gear, brake controllers, tie down straps, roof access ladders, crank case ventilator, snorkels and air intakes, drawers and organisers, water storage and filters, GPS with external antenna, snatch straps, seat belt cutters and glass breakers, steering damper (if your vehicle isn't equipped with one), and so forth.

Even if your 4X4 Accessories vehicle has good ground clearance, remember that off-roading can do a lot of damage to the underside your vehicle and your engine, especially if you're driving over rocks and large boulders. You will need add steel skid plates to protect the underside of your vehicle and engine. You will also require a gas tank skid plate. This will ensure your gas tank does not get ruptured by some sharp pointy rock or stone. It would also be a good idea to protect your oil pan, differentials, and any other vulnerable components under your vehicle.

To enhance your camping experience you will require camping gear, refrigerators, LED light bars (available from 6 inches to a massive 42 inches in length), communications, campers, battery, side or rare awnings, awning walls or awning tents, maybe a roof-top tent, first aid kit, outdoor cooking kits, power generators, portable shower kit, outdoor BBQ, mats etc.

Remember, you do not have to buy everything listed here. What you do buy will depend on where you intend to take your vehicle. Don't look at it from the immediate upcoming offroad trip, instead, figure out the terrain that your vehicle will be driving through over the next two or three offroad trips. That way you can get everything you need at one go rather than having to revisit the store before each offroad trip. Also, buying everything at one go also makes it easier to match kits. Don't forget, the best accessory shop offroad experience is Bars-n-racks at 6 Chard Road, Brookvale NSW. You can call them on 02 9905 2422.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Improve your Towing Experience with Standard Tow Bars

Standard Tow Bars

Towing is absolutely easy but before you begin towing, there a few of things you need to keep in mind. Do it right and you won't have any problem but if you forget the basics, the vehicle or object being towed could change the entire dynamics and you could end up doing the opposite of whatever you intended. So here are a few things you need to keep in mind to improving your towing experience using standard tow bars.

The first thing to remember is the maximum weight you can tow. A lot of folks believe that the maximum weight is decided by the quality of the standard or non-standard tow bars that are being used. Wrong! The tow bars are merely a tool to safely attach the vehicle being towed to the towing vehicle. That is not to say that the quality of the tow bar is not vital to your towing experience however, it is the towing vehicles own weight that is vital. Know this; you can safely tow only 1.5 times the unladen towing vehicle's mass.

When you attach (say) a fully laden camper, there will be a significant change to the stability of the towing vehicle and the braking distances. In fact, if you have never towing before, it would be best to practice towing on a very lonely stretch of road – just so you get a hang of the changes that occur in the handling dynamics of the towing vehicle. First, practice with an empty camper (or whatever else you need to tow). Next, practice with a half-filled camper and then with a fully loaded one. Fully loaded includes passengers if any. In each case make a mental study of the significant change in the handling of the vehicle. This will save you from potentially catastrophic loss of vehicle and trailer control. The reason we recommend you practice head out on your first holiday or project, is because statistically; most of the accidents involving towing vehicles happen in the first few instances of the owner using the tow bars.

Having purchased (say) a camper and standard tow bars, the owner loads up the camper and the family heads out. Disaster strikes almost as soon as the driver of the towing vehicle applies brakes in an emergency or drives uphill or downhill. So before you load up your trailer and head out, here's a check list you need to closely follow:

1. Note the maximum towing capacity of towing vehicle
2. Note the maximum carrying capacity of the trailer or towed vehicle
3. Note the rated capacity of the tow bar and coupling
4. Note the maximum carrying capacity of the tyres
5. Find the location of the nearest weighbridge and use it to weight the loaded trailer and unload some things if the trailer weight is more than it's recommended capacity.
6. A fully loaded vehicle includes loaded towing vehicle (with passengers if any) and loaded trailer.
7. Before you buy a trailer, know that the heavier the trailer, the more difficult it is to control.

Whatever you do should be within the permissible limits or you could not only risk contravening State road traffic laws, you could also contravene the fine print of your vehicle insurance cover.

This article is not meant to scare you but to point out a few things you need to keep in mind to improve your towing experience using top-quality standard Tow Bars In Sydney. To know more on different types of tow bars, please visit:

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Highest Quality 4X4 Equipment Systems From Bars-n-racks

4X4 Equipment Systems

If nothing but the best will do, Bars-n-racks offers the world's best roof racks and rack accessories that easily attach to your 4x4 top with no drilling and no fuss. Bars-n-racks offers true smart gear for the world's toughest outback adventures.

High quality 4x4 equipments systems at Bars-n-racks offer on-road sophistication and off-road strength:
All equipment sold at bars-n-racks are engineered for modern vehicles and offer unmatched strength, functionality and are super light-weight. Beautifully engineered, the 4x4 equipment mounted on your vehicle give it a mean, rugged look – one that spells sheer power. Each piece is engineered to meet the exacting demands of the Australian outback and even the most hard-core professional adventurers will appreciate the sheer quality on offer. Moreover, the manufacturers randomly tests samples in the harshest possible environment to make sure the equipment will not fail.

Take the roof racks for example – the brands stocked at Bars-n-racks include Whispbar, Rhino-Rack, Thule and Rola. Unlike most standard roof racks, these are manufactured with high density aluminium and designed specifically for off-road use.

The Rhino awning rack kit for example, has superior load support slats that fit perfectly on the side profiles and are secured via locking nuts. This design creates a joint support that is stronger than the standard roof racks. The new beautifully designed carriage as well as the rear and front slat design increases the strength of the entire rack, making the Rhino rack the best for your off-road adventurer trip.

Most of the roof racks sold at bars-n-racks are made from high-grade aluminium which, on average are 30% lighter than steel. The all-aluminium racks can withstand far greater stresses at 30% less weight which translates into better strength-per-weight i.e. you can carry 30% heavier loads without risk of failure. The overall low profile means there is less danger of the rack touching the roof of any underground car parks or garages.

The top quality roof rack design means no unstrapping, untying or un-netting the contents of your roof rack just to remove one item. The uniquely designed t-slot slats and slotted side rails offer a greater degree of mounting flexibility and loads are independently secured anywhere on the rack.

Bars-n-racks also offers customisation of your roof rack. For example, more slats can be added to the roof rack you select. This creates a larger platform that could be used for sleeping or sitting and enjoying sundowners. On the other hand, slats can be quickly removed so that a full size rack can be quickly reduced in size or a smaller rack can be made longer with the use of longer side rails and additional slats. In fact, expedition style rails easily be added to create the classic roof rack basket shape. Also, if any component of the roof rack gets damaged during your adventurer, the damaged part can be swapped out without having to replace the entire tray.

So if are looking for the highest quality 4x4 equipment systems, look no further than bars-n-racks – Australia's premier roof rack and vehicle out-fitting shop. Visit them at

Thursday, 1 September 2016

4WD Fitouts for Commercial and Work Vehicles

4WD Fitouts

Click here to see the kind of options that are available to either rectify the mess that is the interior of your commercial / work vehicle or, fitout your brand new 4WD to convert it into a more functional work vehicle - one that can handle anything you throw at it.

Let's start with shelving and racking for your commercial or work vehicle
When it comes to shelving and racking, Sydney based Bars-n-racks not only has numerous options that could be ideal for your work vehicle, they will go a step further and custom-fit the shelving you select. Even if your profession requires something that is off the beaten path, Bars-n-racks will do whatever it takes so your commercial and professional requirement is fully met. The entire range of shelving and racking systems for commercial and work vehicles is fully adaptable for any trade and more importantly, any type of vehicle including 4WD's which is more than what rival vehicle fitout workshops can offer.

Cargo barriers and partitions for your Commercial Vehicle or 4WD
All cargo barriers stocked at Bars-n-racks comply to AS/NZS4034.1:2008 Australian Standards. The cargo barriers and partitions stocked at Bars-n-racks provide optimum protection especially on uneven roads of the Australian outback or while driving up or downhill.

The cargo barrier ensures that the cargo and passenger areas is kept separate and secure. Alternatively, you might want merely want to segregate the cargo to ensure that they do not get mixed up during a bumpy ride. Bars-n-racks also has anti-vapour barriers or sealed barriers, that help restrict dangerous fumes and vapours entering passenger cabin area or mixing with other hazardous products that your trade might require you to carry.

These sealed barriers also helps insulate and sound proof the passenger area from any rattling that usually occurs when carry metallic tools of the trade.

Custom Walls and Flooring Fitouts for your 4WD or Commercial / Work vehicle
Bars-n-racks offers custom walls and flooring fitouts – the ultimate in total vehicle interior transformation. The extensive range of custom walls and flooring includes marine grade corrosive resistant carpet, commercial grade rubber matting, CD Ply, steel mesh, diamond decks etc. Bars-n-racks guarantees that the walls and flooring will be a perfect fit. They ensure this by first measuring the interior of your vehicle and then using a CNC router to carefully cut the wall or flooring to ensure a perfect fit.

Cargo Drawers for 4WD and Commercial Vehicle Fitouts
Very often professionals need to carry uniquely designed equipment. Bars-n-racks can design and install any kind of drawer you want so that the tools you need to store in it fit perfectly. They can build almost any configuration to your specifications and ensure it is a perfect fit. In fact, when Bars-n-racks installs cargo drawers in your vehicle you will feel as if it were part of the original new vehicle itself. The fit and finish is perfect and custom matched to your requirement.

So whatever type of Van Fitouts you might need – from new to redesign to repairs, bars-n-racks is the one-stop workshop for your 4WD and commercial vehicle fitout. Please visit for more information and ready-to-use options for your 4WD and commercial vehicle.