ARB Off Road Icons – Jeep Wrangler TJ

Introducing ARB’s newest project vehicle, a 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ.

To celebrate ARB’s 40th birthday, the ARB Off Road Icons project was launched. Fans in Australia were given the chance to vote for the 4 most iconic 4x4s in Australia. What were the results? The Toyota 40 Series Land Cruiser, Nissan GQ Patrol, 5th Gen Toyota HiLux and a Land Rover Defender.

After the vehicles were chosen by the voters, the marketing team set out to find the 4 iconic vehicles to purchase, restore and outfit them with the full ARB product line in preparation for touring the Australian 4×4 show circuit and lastly crossing the iconic Simpson Desert!

Of course the USA office didn’t want to be left out of the fun, so we opened up the polls in the USA for everyone to vote for their iconic 4×4. With the results in, the Jeep Wrangler TJ was the clear winner and we set out and purchased a red 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The Wrangler will also be restored, outfitted and will attend 4×4 events around the USA and then shipped to Australia next spring to take part in the trip across the Simpson Desert with the 4 iconic vehicles of Australia.

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The Jeep Wrangler is a compact SUV that was designed to uphold the historic legacy of the Jeep brand, while offering a fun, ‘go-anywhere’ vehicle that was well received by enthusiasts and the everyday public.

While Jeep Wranglers and their CJ predecessors never presumed to be luxury vehicles, the TJ generation was a big advancement with additions like coil sprung suspension, safety air bags and a redesigned interior that brought this 4×4 up to modern standards. The 4.0L was the most popular engine choice, having been used by Jeep from 1987 through to 2006, pushing out around 189 hp.

Changes to the TJ’s chassis, suspension and axles greatly improved the Wrangler’s off road capability. The solid front and rear axles, coupled with the highly articulating Quadra-Link suspension setup, allow these vehicles to flex and crawl over almost any obstacle.

Key Stats:

  • 10 years in production, from 1997 – 2006
  • Available with the venerable 4.0L AMC straight 6-cylinder engine, or a 2.5/2.4 4-cylinder option
  • 80% of the component parts of this generation were newly designed for the 1997 release
  • Starting in 2004, the stretched Wrangler Unlimited (“LJ” or TJ-L) was added to Jeep’s lineup
  • Removable top and doors, with a fold down windshield
  • 154″ total length, with a 93″ wheelbase
  • The Jeep name is derived from the military designation GP (for General Purpose)
  • 4 trim levels, 10 ‘special editions’ including Tomb Raider and Sahara movie tie-in models

To learn more about the ARB Off Road Icons project, please visit http://icons.arb.com.au

New Product Announcement: 7″ Round ARB Intensity LED Off-Road Light

 

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DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT:

Following on from the success of the innovative AR32 Intensity LED driving lights, a new compact model has been developed.

The new AR21 Intensity LED driving light is available in either spot or flood beam configuration and with 21 LEDs the performance packs a punch considering their size, while utilizing cutting edge technology and designs pioneered by the AR32 Intensity LED models.

Physically similar in size to an IPF 900 series light, the AR21 has an outer diameter of 7.25in and standing 8.25in high including mounting bracket. Utilizing the same mounting template as the larger AR32, it also includes the use of pinning bolts where bumper designs allows.

Like the larger model, the AR21 features a unique molded rubber seal between the polycarbonate lens and pressure cast aluminium body that in conjunction with a Gore® breather and sealed Deutsch electrical connectors ensures a waterproof rating of IP68 with submersion of up to 3m (10ft).

Built from corrosion resistant materials, the aluminium body is finished in a textured polyester powder coat that passes the ISO7253, 3000 hour salt spray test.The distinctive red lens retaining bezel is UV resistant.This combined with the 304 stainless steel mount makes the ARB Intensity light extremely weather and corrosion resistant.

COOLING:

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The pressure cast aluminium housing acts as a heat sink to draw heat generated from the electronics away from the LED array, thus increasing efficiency and life of the LEDs. Cooling fins cast into the rear of the housing increase the cooling surface area of the light body by more than 200%.

 

SECURITY: 

 

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Each light has a cap screw pivot bolt with tamper proof TORX® security fasteners used on the adjuster nut for improved security.

The main mounting bolt has a M12 x 1.75 thread which accepts the traditional style security nut and Key as used with IPF lights (P/No. DLL12 available separately).

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The heart of the light is its electronics. Using SMD type Osram LEDs for increased efficiency and brightness, the circuit board sits deep within the light body,offering protection to the advanced circuitry while mounting directly to the cast housing for optimum heat transfer and cooling efficiency.

OPTICS: 

The advanced Patent design optics incorporate both a reflector and lens to control the light emitted from the LED with 93% efficiency.

Designed to offer different light projection patterns, they are the only components that differ between the flood and spot model lights with the flood offering 20° spread and spot a 10° beam.

ADVANCED SEALING: AR21_seal_blog

A unique molded rubber seal sits between the polycarbonate lens and cast aluminium body, creating a watertight and dust proof seal to allow the light to achieve an IP68 rating- meaning complete protection against dust ingress and submersion beyond 10ft.

To allow expansion of the heated air within the light and suction caused by rapid cooling if immersed, the light is fitted with a Gore® membrane breather which allows the light to breathe without moisture ingress.

The red bezel is integral to the compression of the rubber seal and should not be removed or modified otherwise water ingress may occur.

CLEAR COVER: 

Manufactured from 3.5mm injection moulded polycarbonate and hard coated for scratch resistance, the clear cover is standard fitment providing the ultimate protection from impacts. Being 100% optically clear, it does not effect light output performance.

A warning appears on the outer rim of the cover stating- ‘Warning: High output light source. Do not look directly into optics when light is operating’.

A range of colored covers are under development and will be available as an added option.

COVER ATTACHMENT:

The unique body design features a slotted recess for the clear covers to positively attach to the body and prevent cover rotation.To remove the cover, simply place fingers behind the cover retaining tags and lever outwards whilst pulling the tangs forward.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • High pressure cast A360 aluminium body.
  • Unbreakable polycarbonate lens.
  • UV stable moulded polycarbonate lens cover.
  • Multiple position stainless steel mount.
  • Durable UV Stable polyester powder coat
  • Gore® breather.
  • IP68 Certified.
  • Deutsch DT-06 waterproof connectors.
  • MIL810-STDG vibration certified
  • RoHS compliant.
  • 10-36 V DC input.
  • 74Watts.
  • Amp draw 6.1A @ 14.4V.
  • 21 LEDs.
  • 6950 Raw Lumens
  • Colour temperature: 6500 Kelvin
  • Lux @ 10m (33Ft) – 2552 (spot) 584 (flood).
  • 20° full width flood.
  • 10° full width spot.
  • Over/under voltage protection.
  • 50,000+ Hour LED life span.
  • Zero UV emissions .
  • Operating temp:-40°C to +63°C

    -40°F to +145°F

  • Protected against RFI/EMC interference.
  • Integrated thermal management.
  • Weight 2.5Kg / 5.5Lb complete.

    Utilizes ARB Auxilary Lighting Loom (Deutch Sock- ets)- Part # 3500520.

 

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New ARB Product Release: ARB Differential Covers for Ford 8.8″, Chrysler 8.25″ & GM 10-Bolt

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT:

Since being released in late 2006, the red ARB differential covers can be found on trail and competition vehicles in just about every part of the world. ARB is happy to announce that the ARB differential covers are now available for 3 more axle models, the Ford 8.8”, Chrysler 8.25” and GM 10-Bolt. Each of these applications will be available in red or black powder coating.

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FEATURES:

ARB’s Differential Cover will protect your differential against the hazards of impact during competition or extreme off road use and are designed to counteract flexing of the axle assembly

When off road, it is inevitable that obstacles will be encountered that could potentially inflict expensive damage on your differential. To prevent this, ARB’s Differential Cover is available for a range of vehicle models, and has been specifically engineered to protect the differential and ring & pinion set from any off road hazards.

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FEATURES CONTINUED:

  • High tensile nodular iron structure protects the differential and ring & pinion set from off road obstacles.
  • Computer optimized cross brace design increases the structural rigidity of the whole axle
  • Approach/departure angle optimized by angled exterior surface.
  • Prolonged carrier bearing life due to extra support to the bearing alignment.
  • Top quality, high power neodymium magnets are used in both the drain plug and the dipstick to collect any metallic particles in the oil. This makes the dipstick an easy location to be checked for tell-tale signs of internal damage or water contamination without the need to drain the oil.
  • Unique dipstick/filler cap design allows differential oil level to be adjusted for custom high driveline angles.
  • Cover is powder coated, CNC machined, then clear coated for a durable, professional, long lasting finish.
  • Tensile cap screws (supplied) are recessed for protection against obstacles which might damage them.
  • Adds additional housing strength, greatly increasing ring & pinion life and overall maximum load strength.

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