|  First Published: February 2012

To showcase current products ARB have taken a stock standard Toyota Hilux SR5 and given it an almighty face lift inside and out, top to bottom.

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Starting underneath the ‘Lux, there’s an ARB model specific steel under vehicle protection plate complete with recovery hook. Set into the front coil suspension are paired Old Man Emu shockers specifically designed to optimise ride, comfort, and handling.

Up front there’s an ARB colour coded Deluxe Winch Bar, complete with IPF Xtreme sport lights, fog lights, a Warn 9.5 XP winch, an aerial for the UHF radio inside the cabin.

Mounted on the front right mud guard a Hilux specific Safari snorkel provides clean and uninterrupted air flow to the Hilux’s 3L turbo charged diesel engine; the snorkel provides additional engine protection for dusty conditions and general use in less than favourable environments.

Side Protection Steps are designed to take care of each under-door sill area against intrusion from rocks, sticks and such, and also provide a bit of bling.

On top of the main body of the Hilux is an aluminium Thule rack to carry general equipment. There is an additional rack set up behind with ARB’s Kakadu roof top tent.

A lockable ARB canopy adorned the rear body of the style side ute. Its side windows and top opening rear door provides plenty of storage plus peace of mind for owners.

The colour coded canopy’s interior is equipped with a set of ARB Outback solutions slide out drawers. With a host of configurations to choose from, Outback Solutions can cater for a wide range of vehicles. The Hilux had two lower slide out drawers, a roller slide being set up to the right on which an ARB fridge freezer was mounted.

Last but not least on the vehicle’s exterior was a rear step tow bar, with paired tow points and removable tow hitch. The bar, with its wide step tread upper surface, makes an ideal place from which to work on the Kakadu tent up top as well as protecting the rear of the vehicle.

Not all products are in view, of course. Within the drive train of the SR5 was a set of ARB air lockers, with associated 12 volt air compressor to activate them. The air lockers act to effectively lock the wheels to which they are connected (via the vehicle’s differential) and ensure the wheels turn together instead of independently, as per factory setting. Equal power sent to both wheels vastly improves traction.

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