1. Formula 4x4 Big Bore Review
    July 05, 2019

    Formula 4x4 Big Bore Review

      Formula 4x4 Big Bore Customer Feedback The following is a detailed review of our Formula 4x4 Big Bore shocks absorbers. Sent in by one of customers who is currently toruing the Australian outback.   As part of planning a trip up the Central Arnhem Road and back across the Savannah Way, I needed to replace the OEM shock absorbers on my 2016 Patrol. I contacted Fulcrum Suspensions for advice. They have been my go to suspension company for over forty years on both my rally cars and 4X4’s. Their advice was to try the new Formula 4X4 Big Bore shock absorbers. My first impression driving the Patrol home after fitting, was that it was much nicer to drive as the front end was not as soft, thus reducing the inherent understeer. 9300 kilometers later I have found these initial impressions to be correct.The Formula 4x4 shock absorbers performed exceptionally on all road surfaces from smooth bitumen to corrugated dirt. After hundreds of kilometers of corrugations they were still cool enough to touch. I will not hesitate to recommend them to all my friends. The Formula 4x4 Big Bore shock absorbers where fitted to my 2016 - Y61 3 Litre Turbo Nissan Patrol Wagon towing Aussie Swag hard floor camper trailer (weight about 1 tonne with 170 Kgs tow ball weight). Vehicle moderately loaded with slightly more weight on left hand side.     Summary  The below is my summary of the shock absorber performance and above is a photo of my Patrol at the Wearyan River crossing on the Savannah Way.  (This was the overflow part of the river, the crossing was about 800mm deep and very rocky).  Hope this helps and thanks for the opportunity to try out the shocks. I will give you a call when I get a chance. Standard front springs, King Springs with air bags in rear.  Air bag pressure 18 PSI rear left, 14 PSI rear right. Tyres BFG KO2, Light Truck. Pressures on bitumen 32 front, 36 rear (cold), Pressures on dirt 24 front, 26 rear (cold).     Note 1: Most temperature reading taken mid morning after 2/3 hours driving. Note 2: Each set of readings taken within 2/3 minutes, however it was noted that with just a light breeze the shock absorbers did start to cool by 1 or 2 degrees within a few minutes. Note 3: The exhaust from the turbo and CAT is not far from the left front and may have added a little to the temperature readings.  The exhaust is close to the left rear and most likely contributed to the temperature readings, particularly at lower speeds. Note: 4 Total kilometres: 9200, approx. 3000 on dirt.   Shock Absorber Temperatures in Degrees C LF RF LR RR Ambient Road Type 36 32 38 32 28 Typical outback highway – rough bitumen – Av. speed 110 KPH 36 38 41 39 34 Typical outback highway – rough bitumen – Av. speed 110 KPH 36 37 38 36 32 Mainly smooth bitumen – Av speed 115 KPH 35 39 39 35 30 Average dirt, some corrugations – Av. speed 80 KPH 44 38 44 36 27 Rough dirt, some corrugations and washouts – Av. speed 80 KPH 36 36 40 38 26 Rough dirt, some corrugations and washouts– Av. Speed 60/ 80 KPH 39 44 41 42 26 Rough dirt, many corrugations, some bull dust holes, several river crossings – Av. speed 60/80 KPH 43 36 38 37 24 Rough dirt, many corrugations, some bull dust holes, several river crossings – Av. speed 60/80 KPH 37 40 41 38 29 Typical outback highway – rough and smooth bitumen – Av. speed 110 KPH 31 31 34 32 26 Typical outback highway – rough and smooth bitumen – Av. speed 100 KPH. Temps taken after 6 hours driving.       Search our Suspension Range If you would like to get a quote or advice from a suspension specialist, then please give us a call or send us a message. You can also shop our complete range of products through our online shop. We offer Free delivery to all metro locations and have both company stores and dealers spread across Australia, who install our products and specialise in suspension. 
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  2. Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released!
    July 05, 2019

    Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released!

      Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released! A new heavy duty shock to handle extreme heats, heavy loads and tough off road conditions, call us on 1800 385 278.  Fulcrum Suspensions launched their own brand of 4x4 shock absorbers onto the market a few years ago. Going strong, a new range of Formula 4x4 heavy duty shock absorbers built specifically to handle extreme heats and extreme rear loads has been released. Perfect for larger 4WDs such as the Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol.    A premium shock absorber without the price tag! The new Formula 4x4 Big Bore shock range comes with many cool features, making it a unique and powerful shock absorber. Designed and tested by the Fulcrum Suspensions engineering team and put through its paces both at our testing facility and in some of Australia's harshest conditions. The new Formula 4x4 Big Bore shock absorber is guaranteed to give you the best ride off road at an affordable price.      Tested & Used by 4WD Action Shaun Wale, presenter for 4WD Action, reached out to us after seeing how well the Formula 4x4 Lift Kit performed in Graham Cahill’s D-Max during their off road adventures. Shaun was after a set of heavy duty shock absorbers for his new awesome Landcruiser build, looking to make it one of the most unique builds in the world. Luckily we had the perfect suspension solution in the form of our Formula 4x4 Big Bore shocks. These shock absorbers with the increased strut size, oil capacity, piston size and many other unique engineering specifications (proprietary to Fulcrum Suspensions), allowed us to give him the best suspension solution to match his vehicles application.  Specifications of Formula 4x4 Big Bore 40mm OD sintered metal piston Teflon coated piston for smoother internal operation Massive 58mm (Struts) to 66mm (Shocks) Outer tube for higher volume oil capacity allowing for greater heat dissipation Specifically, designed piston type, progressive, linear & digressive to suit each application Highly polished, heat treated, high strength steel piston rod 1.5mm shock wall thickness (inner tube) for extra strength High temperature Fuchs oil with high temperature seals Proprietary Formula anti-foaming technology to resist fade Engineered to suit each application Designed for Durability, Performance & Australian conditions Pre-installed SuperPro bushings 3 Year or 60,000km Warranty        Search our Suspension Range If you would like to get a quote or advice from a suspension specialist, then please give us a call or send us a message. You can also shop our complete range of products through our online shop. We offer Free delivery to all metro locations and have both company stores and dealers spread across Australia, who install our products and specialise in suspension. 
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  3. MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions
    May 08, 2019

    MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions

      MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions As Fulcrum Suspension transitions from TEIN coilovers to MCA coilovers our stores are beginning to fit them for our customers. Recently at Fulcrum Suspensions Yeerongpilly branch we fitted an MCA Race Prime coilover kit to a Nissan Skyline R32 and the final result was amazing! The MCA Race Prime coilover kit that was fitted, is designed for the track enthusiast or competitive driver with a focus on performance. With firmer spring rates and the shock absorber valved to ensure exceptional performance is maintained and handling is improved. These coilovers are both height and damper adjustable and come with a 2-year warranty, making them exceptional value for money.     Installation of the MCA Race Prime Coilover kit began by our technicians measuring the ride height from the centre of the wheel to the bottom of the wheel arch. The next step saw the removal of the existing suspension from the vehicle. The coilovers themselves are fairly straight forward to install, with the strut top containing 3 bolts and then another two bolts into the hub (this can vary in other applications).      The next step during installation once the height was determined the vehicle was corner weighted with the weight of the driver in the vehicle to ensure equal distribution of weight in each corner as this application was a dedicated track car. We ensured the balance was right in the vehicle so the performance on the track was improved. This vehicle was also already fitted with a SuperPro rear sway bar which coupled with the new coilover suspension improved overall performance and handling. With all of these enhancement products fitted to the vehicle we were able to perform a full track wheel alignment. This ensured the best tyre contact with the track, which in turn improves tyre grip, stability and handling.     Fulcrum Suspensions currently stock a small range of Street Essentials and Street Performance, however we are able to obtain any coilover kit from the MCA range. With all kits being customisable our technicians will find the kit that fits your wants and needs. If you have been thinking about upgrading your vehicle’s suspension, whether it is for track of street, if you are looking for improved performance and increased handling talk to one of our suspension specialists regarding an MCA coilover kit. Call us on 1800 385 278, send us a messsage or contact your closest Fulcrum Suspension store todayto get your vehicle fitted with these unbeatable performance coilovers!       Our most popular MCA Street Performance Coilovers $2,050.00 Mazda MX5 NB Street Performance Kit Buy $2,050.00 Nissan Skyline GTR R32 Street Performance Kit Buy $2,050.00 Subaru Forester SG Street Performance Kit Buy $2,050.00 Mazda RX8 Street Performance Kit Buy  
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  4. Fulcrum tackles Fraser Coast with the 4WD Action Team
    March 26, 2019

    Fulcrum tackles Fraser Coast with the 4WD Action Team

    Fulcrum tackles Fraser Coast with the 4WD Action Team! Preparation for our first trip with the 4WD Action team began earlier this year for what was expected to be a sunny, calm trip to Queensland’s iconic Fraser Island. The team was preparing themselves and the Hilux for a standard beach adventure not knowing they would be driving into the storm! The Fulcrum Suspension team attending the trip, Shane and Doug, were eager to test out the newly fitted out Hilux and to vigorously test our own Formula lift kit, and test our product is what we ensured we did on this unforgettable trip with the 4WD Action crew!   Watch the Full Episode on Youtube   The SuperPro and Formula 4x4 branded Hilux driven by the team for the trip was fitted with a few accessories before the trip. These accessories included an East Coast Bull bar, the big tube winch bar. In the bar was a Mean Mother Edge Series 12,000-pound winch with synthetic rope. To aid in running the fridge with all their supplies a dual battery set up was added to the vehicle. Just before the trip we also added new mud terrain tyres from General tires. These were their Grabbers in size 275/65 R18, added to a second set of standard SR5 wheels.   In covoy, letting tyre pressures out to jump on the Fraser Ferry   Suspension wise the Hilux is fitted with a Formula 4x4 Lift kit, SuperPro adjustable control arms, SuperPro replacement lower control arms, SuperPro adjustable sway bar links and SuperPro rear adjustable sway bar. The Formula 2-inch 4x4 lift kit has been fitted to vehicle for some time now and didn’t miss a beat on the trip, performing extremely well on basic sand driving and in some of the tougher sections of Fraser Island. This 4x4 suspension set up is tuned by our suspension specialists for optimum performance on and off road. The addition of the SuperPro 4x4 Suspension products to the Hilux not only enhancing the performance of the Formula 4x4 Lift Kit but each product provides its own benefits for on and off-road performance. The SuperPro adjustable control arms added to the front suspension of the vehicle allowed us to get the optimum wheel alignment on our now lifted vehicle. Also added is the SuperPro replacement lower control arms which provided the unique formula polyurethane bushings SuperPro has to offer in replacement of the original rubber. The addition of the SuperPro rear adjustable sway bar tops off this off-road suspension set up! Most 4WDers opt to remove sway bars from their vehicles, as there is a belief that sway bars reduce the articulation off road, where as the SuperPro 4x4 sway bar range is a game changer and is designed to not reduce articulation off road and provide correct stability on-road! Up before the sun the team set off to meet the rest of the crew at the barge to head to the island. At this point weather was permitting and our team were excited to hit the sand. As the team waited for Graham and Shaun, they were greeted by one of the most iconic locals, a dingo. Joined on the trip by a few other 4x4 accessory suppliers Fulcrum was in great company!   Waiting on the Fraser Island Beach   Lake Mackenzie was the first stop for the team, this fresh water lake situated on the island was the perfect stop for the team to take refreshing dip. The team then tackled the inland tracks that Fraser Island had to offer, this posed a couple of challenges including soft sand and step ups which were perfect opportunities to test our suspension. The next iconic stop for the team was the wreck of the Maheno ship which is seen on the beach. Check out Graham’s history on the wreck in the video to learn all about it! The first campsite came next up in the sand dunes. We wanted to see if the Hilux could fly The following day, with winds high, the team set out to Indian head. This gave everyone the challenge of very soft sand driving, another situation where our team tested our suspension set up’s limits. If our suspension can handle that, it can handle anything! Heading inland the convoy worked through the soft tracks to get to the valley of the giants, which is an area showcasing the logging history of the island and a rainforest type environment. Ngala Rocks, the biggest challenge on the island was the next destination. Fallen trees on the tracks was the first obstacle the team faced in this section. Winching the tree from the path of the convoy was their only option. Coffee Rocks was a change in driving style as they began this section, followed by some more soft sand. Due to Cyclone Oma and the weather it was causing made the team all turn back around before getting to the Sandy Cape.   Our Formula 4x4 Lift Kit in Action   Cyclone Oma was inches off the beach as the team travelled along the iconic beaches of Fraser Island. Racing rides and timing the gaps between the waves were only part of the battle they faced as winds on the island were predicted to reach up to 140km/h. The amount of sea foam visible on the beaches as the team drove the island was the first sign they encountered of Cyclone Oma, followed by numerous high tides and even higher winds. There was a race back to the barge to be able to get off the island, inland tracks were chosen to head south down the island. Passing Orchid Beach and heading further south. Having to get back on the beach meant that the whole team were faced with an ominous scene. Racing races, tides and fighting the winds, Cyclone Oma gave everyone one last huge challenge just before the entry into Champagne Pools. This race against the waves had our team with their heart in their mouth! After the team returned from the trip, we inspected not only our suspension set up but also our wheel alignment. Not only did the suspension set up withstand the gruelling 4wding it was put through we saw first hand results on why a 4x4 needs a regular wheel alignment after going off road to provide longevity to the suspension and tyres fitted to the vehicle. Check out our advice on setting up your 4x4 suspension for your vehicle at 59.45 in the YouTube video! We look forward to our next trip with 4WD Action.   4x4 Suspension Setup Advice
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  5. Hilux Off Road Setup for 4WD Action - V1
    March 04, 2019

    Hilux Off Road Setup for 4WD Action - V1

      Our Gen 8 Hilux Off Road Setup for 4WD Action For our first ever trip with 4WD Action, we had to make sure the Hilux was ready to take off road. We were told that on our first trip we would be exploring Fraser Island, so we knew we didn’t have to go all out with accessories. We mainly use the Fulcrum Hilux as a test vehicle when it’s not being filmed or showcased at events. So, our Hilux already had most of the suspension already sorted.    East Coast Bullbars We are currently testing a range of bullbars supplied by East Coast Bullbars, to be supplied and installed by all our Fulcrum stores. We installed an Alloy bullbar onto our Hilux and are extremely impressed with the build quality, it was also impressive to feel how light the bar is! East Coast Bullbars are the leading manufacturer of alloy frontal protection products, which are designed and manufactured right here in Australia. East Coast Bullbars utilise an exclusive blend of hi-tensile alloy in industry leading wall thicknesses, allowing every single bar to maintain maximum strength, whilst adding minimal weight to your vehicle. East Coast Bullbars blend of alloy performs extremely well under stress to provide the best protection for you, your family and vehicle. One of the many advantages of using hi-tensile alloy is that it will never rust, which means it consistently maintains the best protection for your vehicle now and long into the future.   Formula 4x4 Lift Kit - Aussie Lift Kit We stock and install a range of 4x4 lift kits, including Bilstein, Formula 4x4 and RAW 4x4. Our Formula 4x4 lift kits are Aussie lift kits, designed and tested in Brisbane, Australia. Classed as mid-tier affordable lift kits, capable of doing everything a Bilstein Lift kit can, we offer the exact same 3 Year, 60,000km warranty on both lift kits. Formula 4x4 lift kits are used all around the globe, tested by 4WD enthusiasts, tradies and professionals on some of the toughest roads and 4WD tracks in Australia. The Formula 4x4 range was designed to improve your on and off road experience. Designed to withstand the harshest of conditions, ensuring reliability on your next outdoor adventure.   Formula 4x4 Leaf Springs Made by Australians for Australians! Engineered to tackle Australia’s harsh conditions, Formula leaf springs are perfect for trade vehicles, commercial vehicles and enthusiast 4WD’s. Formula leaf springs are suited to carry a range of front and rear loads, from 50kg – 800kg loads and 20mm – 80mm heights. Providing both comfort and heavy-duty leaf spring options incorporating a range of special features, ensuring you get the right ride for your 4WD.   SuperPro Adjustable 4WD Control Arms When you get a lift kit installed, you deserve the best. Why do half the job correcting your wheel alignment with a control arm that only offers static caster correction? Get the job done properly with SuperPros fully adjustable 4x4 control arms! Our arms come with complete camber and caster control. Designed to give your 4WD the best wheel alignment settings and increased clearance. They are built tough in Australia using high strength, OE grade Aussie steel.   SuperPro Adjustable 4WD Sway Bars There are many reasons, however the prime reason a bar is fitted is to maintain maximum tyre contact with the road. Suspension systems are designed to vary the angle of the wheel and contact patch as a vehicle travels along the road. The optimum contact patch is achieved with the wheel in the vertical position. Braking, body roll, body yaw, squat and dive all cause the shift in contact patch. SuperPros superior manufacturing and technological expertise ensures better car performance and safety when cornering. SuperPro sway bars ensure that the load is distributed evenly over your tyres delivering longer tyre life and a better grip leading to a more comfortable driving experience.     SuperPro 4x4 Bushings SuperPro designs each of their suspension bushings for a specific application. SuperPro 4x4 bushings are engineered to supply both flex and stiffness when required. Made with a completely unique blend of polyurethane their suspensions bushings are built to last offering. Backed by a lifetime warranty they are the best solution for any 4WD owner who will be tackling tough Aussie tracks. Designed to handle harsh environments SuperPro 4x4 bushings have in built features to be able to absorb high energy impacts. SuperPro is an innovative Australian manufacturer of automotive polyurethane suspension bushings and parts based in Brisbane, Queensland. These specially formulated, high quality components are designed to create suspension solutions for better stability, handling and control in both on and off-road applications.
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  6. Holiday Driving Tips - Stay Safe on the Road these Holidays!
    December 03, 2018

    Holiday Driving Tips - Stay Safe on the Road these Holidays!

    Stay Safe on the Road these Holidays!  With school holidays fast approaching Fulcrum Suspensions have put together a few tips to stay safe on the roads these holidays. Road trips are by far one of the most popular pastimes for families during the holidays whether the trip is the holiday or whether you are towing a caravan or camper trailer to a holiday destination we all know how busy the roads can get during the holidays. There are plenty of things families do to prepare for a holiday, but one point that is often forgotten is checking the vehicles components. At Fulcrum Suspensions we offer a comprehensive steering and suspension safety check and we strongly encourage everyone to get one before heading off on their trip. This check looks over all the steering and suspension components of the vehicle to ensure the safety of you and your passengers.   To help you stay safe on the roads these holidays here are some holiday driving tips; Be realistic, this includes time leaving and the distant travelled in one day or by one driver Be well rested before leaving Prepare the car, this includes not only packing all the necessities but ensuring it is mechanically sound to keep you safe No mobile phones and minimal distractions Keep the kids entertained Check your tyre pressures – including the spare! Be aware of all your surroundings while driving and further ahead than the car in front Hold the steering wheel with your left hand at 9 and your right hand at 3 (imagine it’s a clock face) As a passenger make sure you don’t have your feet on the dash – this is for airbag safety Look both ways when approaching a green light – just in case someone else isn’t paying attention When merging bring yourself up to speed with the traffic and position yourself alongside two cars, indicate and merge across Ensure your mirrors are adjusted correctly – you need to have a clear view behind and beside you Not only is it important to have your vehicles steering and suspension components checked -you also need to make sure your servicing is up to date Pack the car correctly and ensure all luggage is stowed away to prevent it becoming a projectile Leave a safe distance between you and the car in front Avoid stopping in the breakdown lane – it’s a dangerous spot to be Keep left unless overtaking Be patient on the roads Familiarise yourself with and check your lights, including your fog lights and when you should be using them Drive to the conditions, whether that is in high pedestrian volume areas, rain, fog or heat Avoid alcohol consumption – it impairs your ability to cope with emergencies Remember the same tips on the way home too! Book in with your local Fulcrum Suspension store to have your vehicle checked before you head off on your next trip!   //
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  7. Legal Lift Kits Queensland Laws Clarified.
    September 20, 2018

    Legal Lift Kits Queensland Laws Clarified.

    Queensland 4x4 Lift Kit Laws - Now Make Sense The QLD government has come out with a statement and we couldnt be happier! As we have previously mentioned on social media and our website. Fulcrum Suspensions has been working with various stakeholders to respond to the government’s actions in relation to 4x4 Lift Kits in vehicle. With Fulcrum’s managing director, Graham Scudamore-Smith, being the President of the Australia Aftermarket Automotive Association and the issue being related to suspension it was something particularly important to us. Queensland Police launched a movement, ‘Operation Lift’ on the 4th of September 2018 which had been targeting lifted 4x4’s on Queensland roads and issuing them with fines, defect notices and in some cases impounding vehicles. Owners of lifted 4x4’s with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) had no notice before this movement and those that had previously fitted 50mm of suspension lift and 25mm in tyre found themselves in trouble. As of the 20th September 2018, the Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey, announced that there would be a reform to the laws that cover lift kits in vehicles.     On September 24th, 2018 Fulcrum Suspensions attended a Transport and Main Roads forum held by the Vehicle Standards team in Brisbane regarding the vehicle lift laws. A room full of industry leaders and members of the Approved Person network for suspension, 4WD modifications and tyres ensured several questions were raised surrounding the Queensland lift laws. Andrew Mahon, General Manager for Transport Regulation addressed the room covering key points from penalties, the current laws, the upcoming law changes and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) testing. The laws regarding vehicle lifts in Queensland have been said to be very unclear for individuals to interpret, Mr Mahon began by clarifying these laws. There were a few industry professionals in the room who too were unsure of these laws before Mr. Mahon’s clarification, causing much discussion about the way the laws are written and presented. It was then presented that penalties not only applied for the driver of an illegally modified vehicle but also for the owner, modifier and any approved person. The changes to LS9 and LS10 in the code look set to happen in October 2018 – the current laws within the code and the changes can be seen below. Fulcrum Suspensions are the suspension specialists, fitting and/or selling 4x4 lift kits most days of the week. All suspension kits available through Fulcrum Suspension comply to 50mm lift ruling with different rated spring options. When supplying 4x4 Lift Kits our technicians will ensure to ask about constant loads, towing requirements and accessories (whether fitted or soon to be fitted). Below are the current and future lift laws as presented by Queensland Transport and Main Roads Vehicle Standards team.   Current QLD Lift Laws As of 2018 Vehicles without ESC Certification Suspension Tyres Body blocks Total lift Not required up to 50mm up to 25mm 0 mm up to 75mm Required up to 75mm up to 25mm up to 50mm up to 150mm* Vehicles with ESC Certification Suspension Tyres Body blocks Total lift Not Required up to 50mm up to 25mm 0 mm up to 75mm Required up to 75mm up to 25mm up to 50mm up to 150mm*   Testing requirements for certification Lane-change test ESC test Vehicles without ESC Required Not required Vehicles with ESC Required Required – (or letter from manufacturer or certified recalibration is accepted) *Lifts above these limits require individual approvals from TMR.    This has been a big win for the Queensland 4x4 community! This reform will allow a lift of 75mm on an ESC equipped vehicles, under their owner certification rules. Meaning there will be no requirement for these suspension lifts to be tested and certified. This brings Queensland in line with the rest of Australia's state laws and the national code. Previously Queensland has allowed this lift on non-ESC equipped vehicles. Other changes in this reform include the maximum lift able to be tested and certified, which will raise from 125mm to 150mm. The Honourable Mark Bailey, Minister for Transport and Main Roads has said ‘Our aim is to balance road safety with allow 4WD enthusiasts the flexibility to manage their driving needs.’ He plans to continue consulting with industry professionals on aspects of the code which includes how to best maintain ESC functionality.       Orginal Document Dated: 20 September 2018 Greater consistency on lift laws for Queensland 4WD Owners Queensland vehicle lift modification laws will change to be more consistent with other jurisdictions for 4WD motorists across the country after consultation with 4WD groups over the last few months. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said he was pleased to announce the first major changes for Queensland’s 4WD lift laws since the Newman Government lift laws were introduced in 2012. “Next month we will be changing sections of the Queensland Code of Practice, which governs vehicle lift rules,” Mr Bailey said. “These changes, which follow consultation between my department and industry, will raise the maximum lift certifiable in Queensland from 125mm to 150mm. “Importantly, this will make Queensland’s maximum lift, with certification, consistent with the National Code Practice and other states. “For vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), vehicle owners will be able to raise their vehicles up to 75mm (incorporating a maximum of 50mm suspension and 25mm tyre increase) without certification. “Queensland already allows such a lift for non-ESC equipped vehicles. “The move to 75mm without certification, for ESC vehicles will ensure consistency with the rules in NSW and Victoria.” Mr Bailey said Transport and Main Roads would continue to consult with industry on other aspects of the code, including how to best maintain ESC functionality. “Our aim is to balance road safety with allowing 4WD enthusiasts the flexibility to manage their driving needs,” he said. The final version of the new Queensland Code of Practice will be released in October.For more information, contact Transport and Main Roads on 13 23 80.   Please reference this original document.      Here at Fulcrum Suspensions we are dedicated to ensuring we are providing our customers with the most up to date information relating to their vehicles suspension and it was no different in this instance. Visit your local Fulcrum Suspensions store to see what we can do for you,  The final version of the new Queensland Code of Practice will be released in October. Get in touch with Fulcrum Suspensions for all your 4X4 Lift kit needs! Get in touch with Fulcrum Today! 1800 FULCRUM (385 278)
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  8. QLD Legal 4x4 Lift Kits and Operation Lift
    September 13, 2018

    QLD Legal 4x4 Lift Kits and Operation Lift

      QLD Legal 4x4 Lift Kits and Operation Lift What is going on with the Queensland (QLD) 4WD lift kit and suspension modification laws? Recently (as of 12/09/2018) the headlines have been reporting on the crack down by the Queensland Police of 4WD's lifted to illegal heights. This movement, titled ‘Operation Lift’, by the Queensland Police has created a frenzy not only on the road but also on social media about all fitted 4x4 lift kits and their legality. At Fulcrum Suspensions we are one of Australia's leading suspension specialists, with over 40 years’ of experience in suspension. Which includes extensive history in providing the best solution for lifting your 4x4 legally. Our managing director, Graham Scudamore-Smith, is currently the president of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) and has worked closely within the association that has undertaken talks with the government regarding these types of law changes. At Fulcrum we know we are providing you with the best, safest and a legal 4x4 lift kit for your 4WD. Not only do we back the work our stores do, but we also back the products we supply. Our suspension technicians will only supply and/or fit approved and legal lift kits that we make available through our large range of suspension options. If you have any questions we encourage you to get in touch with your local Fulcrum Store for expert advice on lifting your 4x4 vehicle. At Fulcrum Suspensions we have always and will always provide legal lift kits to our customers. The Australian 4WD Industry Council – which is part of the AAAA, released a statement that addresses many of the concerns of drivers with lift kits and outlined the legitimacy of these concerns. Stuart Charity (Executive Director, AAAA) stated ‘These people did the right thing, they had legal lift kits performed by reputable and responsible suspension industry service providers. They did everything by the book and now they are worried and very angry – and they have every reason to be'.    As one of these reputable and responsible suspension industry service providers and also part of the AAAA, Fulcrum Suspensions has access to the AAAA legal hotline for their customers to support them during this time. If you have any concerns please reach out to us.  Read more of this statement below.     Source; Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association - Link to article.  Queensland 4WD Vehicle Modification Laws in Disarray The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA), the nation’s peak body representing the 4WD modification industry, expresses serious concern over a major enforcement action taken by the Queensland Government last week. Titled “Operation Lift”, the Queensland Police were instructed to fine, issue Defect Notices and impound modified 4WD vehicles based on recently changed Queensland laws, which are now more restrictive than any other state in Australia. Queensland 4WD laws were changed with no notice and they appear to be retrospective: motorists had no idea that vehicle lift modifications made legally last year to enhance the safety of their vehicles, may be illegal today. Many of these motorists who had responsible lift changes made to their 4WD vehicles were ambushed during this blitz. What makes this even more difficult to understand is that the standard 50mm (suspension) plus 25mm (tyre) lift for 4WD vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is now only considered outside the law in Queensland. This is despite the fact that it is a state that features some of the most rugged roads in the country. A 75mm combined lift for ESC vehicles is a very modest lift that most 4WD owners use to ensure that the vehicle can tow caravans or boats and travel to remote and rural areas safely and reliably.  A 75mm combined lift is a safety measure and testament to this is the fact that most emergency vehicles have ESC along with 75mm lift modifications. NSW recently revised their lift laws and maintained that the modest 75mm lift will continue to be in operation for 4WD vehicles with ESC. Victoria also has the same law. According to AAAA Executive Director, Stuart Charity, this action directly contradicts a recent undertaking made by the Queensland Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Mark Bailey. “Only a couple of weeks ago Minister Bailey said that the Queensland Government had no intention of subjecting their vehicle owners to tougher regulations than the rest of Australia and that he supported national harmonisation. It has now become very clear that his Department has other plans. “4WD owners that undertook a 75 mm lift late last year had a modification that was well within the law. Today that lift is outside of the law. But at no stage has the Department provided any evidence that a 75mm lift is unsafe and at no stage has an explanation been given as to why this modification was safe for ESC equipped vehicles in QLD in 2017 but is not considered safe in 2018 – why is it safe in NSW and Victoria and not in Queensland ? The situation is seriously beyond belief,” Mr Charity stated. “The suspension industry is in total confusion because we were in negotiation with Queensland Government Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to supply computer simulation evidence to verify the ongoing compliance and safety of 75mm lifts when Operation Lift was launched.  Effectively the Queensland Police are now enforcing laws that TMR were still negotiating with our industry. “Vehicle owners that had only just picked up their vehicles or driven over the border from NSW were suddenly pulled off the road and told that their vehicle is not legal in Queensland. One driver picked up a new 4WD that had been modified by the authorised new car dealer and 15 hours later his car was issued with a Defect Notice by the Queensland Police – it is a ridiculous situation,” Mr Charity stated. As any 4WD suspension specialist or automotive engineer will attest, a 50mm + 25mm lift is very conservative. Many 4WD vehicles that tow a caravan or boat will have a lift of 50mm. That very same owner will most likely also change the tyres because 4WD vehicles are sold with urban tyres and if these cars are intended to be driven in rural conditions, larger diameter tyres will be required. A 25mm tyre lift is also very modest and substantially improves the vehicle’s safety. Based on the new TMR website wording, 4WD owners with a 50mm suspension lift are not allowed to change the diameter of the tyres, so you can now have one or the other, but not both. Mr Charity adds, “The conservative 75mm lift is now put in the same basket as dramatically modified vehicles that we see on the road from time to time.  As a responsible industry, we have often encouraged governments to undertake action to get the extreme lift vehicles off the road, because extreme modifications are not performed by the responsible industry that we represent. But somehow the 4WD owners that have opted for the legal 50 mm+ 25mm lift to make their cars safer in rural areas, have been caught up in this TMR crusade.” The AAAA recommends that any vehicle owner who has been issued with a Defect or Infringement Notice for a vehicle (with ESC) that has a maximum combination lift of 25mm tyres and 50mm suspension, write to the “Officer In Charge” of the Police station where the notice was issued. They should also ask for the Infringement to be reviewed, given that the TMR website provided guidance that a 75mm lift did not require additional certification and this was changed without informing the industry or the public. The AAAA also advises any penalised Queensland based 4WD vehicle owners who are customers of a retailer or workshop that is a member of the AAAA, that these companies have access to the AAAA legal hotline to support them. The AAAA is also encouraging drivers with previously legal 75mm lifts to contact the Minister and their local Member of Parliament in relation to this frustrating situation. In one week, more than 6,500 4WD owners joined a Facebook Group relating to this issue, with all of these QLD owners now about to make a direct representation to the Minister. “These 6,500 people did the right thing, they had legal lifts performed by reputable and responsible suspension industry service providers. They did everything by the book and how they are worried and very angry – and they have every reason to be,” Mr Charity stated. “I am calling on the Minister to meet with the suspension industry and representatives of the Queensland 4WD community. We understand that from time to time the Government will seek to get the extreme 4WD modifications off the road and we support that, but this is over-reach on a massive scale,” he added.   This above is excerpt from both the The Australian 4WD Industry Council and Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA)   Get in touch with Fulcrum Today! 1800 FULCRUM (385 278)  
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  9. Why and when do you need a Lift kit?
    August 16, 2018

    Why and when do you need a Lift kit?

    The most popular vehicle type on our roads now are SUV's and 4WD in particular 4x4 dual cab utes! Such as the Ford Ranger, Holden Colorado, Isuzu D-max, Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda Bt-50 to name a few. Whether they are purchased for the carrying capacity or their off road capabilities these vehicles are being seen more and more in our metropolitan areas. At the end of the day most 4x4’s don’t get out on the track as much as their owners would like, or away on that family holiday towing the caravan. A lot of them are the daily driver to and from work. That being said, it is important that the suspension chosen for the vehicle suits both the commute it will make to and from work and any off road, towing or carrying needs it has. The suspension system on any vehicle is complex and some would say even more complex on a 4x4. There are many components that need to be considered including, shocks, springs, bushes, shackles and bolts. Whether you are looking to lift your 4x4 to tackle those off-road tracks or fit air bags to accommodate for the fully loaded family caravan, Fulcrum Suspensions tailors a suspension solution to fit your needs. The factory suspension fitted to the vehicle suits the basic commute, however when upgrading all options must be explored. As soon as accessories are added to the vehicle, whether they be bullbars, roof cage and/or bigger tyres it alters the performance of the factory suspension. Therefore, an aftermarket option is often preferred. Some of the main points you need to consider before upgrading your suspensions are; Accessories fitted (eg. Steel or Alloy bullbar) Constant Load Tow Ball weight Towing weight (weight of caravan, camper trailer) Knowing all these factors will aid in providing you the best suspension upgrade/options for your vehicle. The suspension technician can theb determine the best weighted springs for your application and whether you will need to consider an alternative set up. This upgrade will provide you with increased towing and load carrying capabilities as well as off-roading capabilities.     After the components are fitted to the vehicle it is important to ensure that you have a suspension technician fine tune the system to ensure a comfortable and safe ride. This is done by ensuring the correct kit is fitted, that will transfer the load easily when towing, increase entry and exit angles, improve vehicles stability, handling and traction in all conditions. Increased clearance is another positive from a suspension upgrade. This lifts all the critical components from under the vehicle away from the ground. Make sure you talk to your local Fulcrum Suspensions store today to explore your 4x4 lift kit options! 
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  10. When should I get a Wheel Alignment?
    June 13, 2018

    When should I get a Wheel Alignment?

    Your cars wheel alignment affects a few things including the handling of the car. Therefore, it should be considered a vital maintenance service. Although aligning the cars wheels is a simple process it does require a suspension technician to ensure that the alignment is set and adjusted to the correct specifications. There may be several prompts to indicate that you need a wheel alignment, and these may include the car pulling to one side. Others can include your steering wheel not being centered and/or your tyres wearing unevenly. It is highly recommended that you take your car in for a wheel alignment every 6 months or 10,000kms. Just like most engine service requirements, this should not be overlooked. Also, should you hit a gutter or pothole it is recommended that you get a wheel alignment and check as it tends to throw out your wheel alignment. Even more so if you do happen to be in an accident no matter how minor. What is a Wheel Alignment?  A wheel alignment is the measurement and adjustment of your cars steering and suspension angles. This ensures the wheels are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. This keeps all four wheels working together to ensure maximum contact with the road. A wheel alignment includes camber, caster and toe angle adjustments. What is Caster? Caster angle is about ensuring the right balance for steering stability and cornering. This steering angle can be viewed from the side of the vehicle. Positive caster tilts towards the driver and negative caster tilts towards the front of the car. Caster angle is only relevant to the front of the vehicle. What is Camber? Camber is the inward or outward angle of the top of the cars tyre as viewed from the front of the car. Too much tilt either way is referred to as negative or positive camber and this can indicate improper alignment. Some components that can affect the camber are worn bearings, ball joints or other wheel suspension parts. What is the Toe angle? Toe angle is commonly the most needed adjustment for all cars, this angle is the straight-ahead position of the tyres. Just like when you walk, if you were walking perfectly straight you would have zero toe, but if your feet were pointed in it would be toe-in and if your feet were pointed out it would be toe-out. This angle is in both the front and the rear of the car. When the cars toe is in or out at higher speeds it can cause instability and tyre wear due to the car fighting against the excessive angle of the tyres. Why do I need a Wheel Alignment? With a regular wheel alignment, you reduce the strain on the car, increase the cars safety, fuel efficiency and tyre life. A lot of people are not aware that the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as braking assist, stability control, lane departure warning and more can be affected by your wheels being misaligned. If it has been awhile since you got a wheel alignment for your car or if you are unsure whether you need one contact your local Fulcrum Suspensions store and talk to one of our suspension technicians today to get your wheels pointing straight! How do you know if you need a Wheel Alignment?  Uneven or excessive steering pull Vehicle is pulling to left or right Brakes are slow to repond or activating unevenly Off centre steering wheel control Loud vibrations while driving Increased Braking distance Excessive or uneven tyre wear Your vehcile is difficult to control and steer How much does a Wheel Alignment cost?  Fulcrum Suspensions offers a $49 wheel alignment service. We will review all four corners of your car to give you the perfect wheel alignment. We also include a free suspension check in our whee alignment service. We will go over you cars suspension, checking over 100 points of your vehciles suspension and give you a full report on our findings.  CALL 1800 385 278 to book your Wheel Alignment! Are you wheels misaligned? Is your car pulling to one side or hard to control? If yes then you must be looking for a quality wheel alignment at a special price! Fill out the form below to get a $49 dollar wheel alignment at your local Fulcrum Suspensions store or call your local fulcrum store to book a wheel alignment. Our suspension technicians will make sure your car drives perfectly and stays aligned for at least the next 6 months. Fulcrum Suspensions will give your car a full safety check whilst giving a full spec (rear and front) wheel alignment ensuring your car preforms for any driving condition.  //
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  11. Free Multi Point Car Suspension Inspection
    June 04, 2018

    Free Multi Point Car Suspension Inspection

    Call us on 1800 385 278 and ask for a Free a Suspension Check Your vehicle is made up of many components to ensure that you and your family are safe every time you are on the road. All these components work together to produce a safe and comfortable ride for you and all your passengers. Without your suspension system working correctly your brakes and tyres don’t respond as accurately impacting on the safety of the vehicle. Ultimately, putting you and your passengers at risk. Don’t risk it anymore, get a free safety check from Fulcrum Suspensions today! Fulcrum Suspensions has over 40 years’ experience in designing and working with a wide variety of suspension systems for all types of applications. Through this experience Fulcrum have emphasised the importance of a vehicle having its suspension checked. The roads our vehicles travel on everyday take a toll on the suspension system, therefore we recommend having your suspension checked at least every 6 months. You get your car serviced regularly to maintain your engine, your suspension needs the same attention. Shock absorbers can deteriorate over time and kilometres, springs can sag, and bushes can crack which all reduce the safety of the vehicle. It is crucial to have all these parts in optimum condition and through the Fulcrum Suspensions Safety Check our technicians can check all these components and much more during their check. It takes about an hour for our technicians to thoroughly check over your vehicle. Checking all components for wear and tear and then on-road testing to check for any noises or steering issues. We then provide you with a complete comprehensive written multipoint suspension check. Our safety check form is broken in to four sections, Front Suspension, Steering & Driveline, Rear Suspensions and Brakes. Within these sections the below components are thoughkly checked; Shock Absorbers Strut Tops Mounts Bump Stops Coil Springs Torsion Bars Leaf Springs U Bolts Control Arms and bushings Radius/Trailing Arms and bushings Strut Bar and bushings Sway Bars and bushings Camber Pins Panhard rod and bushings Crossmember and bushings Chassis, body mounts and bushings Other bushings Tie Rod End/Boot Rack Ends/Boot Idler Arm Pitman Arm Drag Link Side Rod Ball Joints and Boots King Pin/Pivot Bushings Steering Box Steering Rack and Bushings Power Steering Pump, belt, lines, fluid Steering coupling Steering damper CV Drive Shafts/Boots 4WD Hubs Wheel Bearings Wheels Tyres Differential Bushings Brake Pads/Shoes Brake Rotors/Drums Brake Master Cylinder Wheel Callipers/Cylinders Brake Lines Brake Cables Not only are the underbody components checked, with a Fulcrum Suspension Safety Check we also check; Tyre Wear Abnormal noises Vehicle heights (ensuring the vehicle doesn’t have a lean) Steering pull Even or uneven braking Off Centre steering wheel Vibrations whilst driving Abnormal noises Should your vehicle require immediate suspension work our technicians will explain and explore your options and offer you the best solution to complete the repairs and suit your needs. Or if you are looking for a suspension upgrade for your vehicle our technicians can explore all your options. Take advantage of the current offer at all participating Fulcrum Dealers and Stores of a FREE Safety Check! You won’t find a more thorough or comprehensive check! Visit our free suspension check page or call Fulcrum today on 1800 385 278.
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  12. Bilstein B16 - Volkswagen Golf R DampTronic Coilover
    April 05, 2018

    Bilstein B16 - Volkswagen Golf R DampTronic Coilover

    High Demand and High Performance Ready to Order  Perfect for those who demand better handling from their Golf, Bilsteins new B16 coilover will dramatically improve handling yet retain a comfortable ride. With damping adjustment you can fine tune to your personal preferences and easily swap from weekend track days to weekday commute in a matter of minutes. The Bilstein B16 system puts you in complete control, providing the kind of precise suspension tuning formerly available only on race cars. From a weekend of competition to daily driving, this system provides perfect handling performance for every situation. By bringing technology from the racetrack to the road, there are massive amounts of R&D packed into these high quality German made coilovers for your VW Golf R. The new power class created by BILSTEIN engineers aims to achieve the ultimate in driving enjoyment based on individual requirements. Bilsteins innovative engineering has allowed them to bypass the traditional means of manually editing your Golf R's suspension. They have successfully incorporated Dynamic Chassis Control or 'DCC' technology allowing you to make fast changes to your Golfs suspension directly from the driver’s seat with the touch of a finger. Being able to switch from many different driving presets both user and manufacture defined. Providing you with a completely new driving experience at any turn.    'VW mk7R and Mk7.5 R fitted with Adaptive chassis control (ACC) or Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC)' The gas-pressure shock absorber type B16 DampTronic is a replacement for standard parts in best OE quality, offering constant damping under any load, precise handling and high traction. “Better than the original” is the principle for the development of the BILSTEIN B16 DampTronic shock absorber that features twin-tube or mono-tube upside-down technology. It will deliver uncompromising road holding and increased tracking stability even in extreme situations. Customers with standard active dampers looking for an even sportier driving experience with variable vehicle height can soon find their ideal partner in the BILSTEIN B16 DampTronic. The coilover suspension additionally allows adjustment of the damping force and features an adjustment range that is suitable for approval, permitting subsequent height adjustment without renewed approval. The “robust lightweight design” with numerous aluminium parts also supports the dynamic handling of the vehicle while ensuring a long service life.   The B16 Coilover Benefits: Perfectly adapted to suit series-production electronic adjustment system Ability to switch rapidly from comfortable, everyday mode to sporty setting for journeys across rural roads and right up to a racing setting for championship sport Lowering of approx. 30-50 mm at front and rear Threaded body adjustable range of 20 mm at both axles, while installed Road-tested by BILSTEIN under motor sports conditions and fine-tuned Surface coating using Triple-C-Technology® for long-lasting corrosion resistance Quality sport springs made from highly durable material BILSTEIN mono-tube/Upside-Down technology, made in Germany German TÜV certificate   Call us on 1300 385 278 or send us an email below.    //  
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  13. BT-50 & Ranger 4x4 Greasable Shackle kits designed by SuperPro
    March 29, 2018

    BT-50 & Ranger 4x4 Greasable Shackle kits designed by SuperPro

    Rear leaf Spring bushings and shackles are often overlooked when upgrading the suspension of a 4WD. What alot of people don't know is that leaf spring bushings stabilise the movement of the rear axle, inferior bushes in this area will cause the solid rear axle to move and impart rear end passive steer to the vehicle. It also causes the vehicle to wander all over the road and be unstable under heavy braking. This can be especially noticeable carrying a load or towing a boat or caravan. That is why SuperPro has created greasbale shackle and bushing kit solutions for the Ford Ranger and Mazda Bt-50. An ever increasing service repair opportunity for workshops is the leaf spring suspension system on a four wheel drive utility. The semi elliptical leaf spring used in these vehicles is attached to the chassis at the front of the spring via a fixed shackle and bushings, at the rear of the spring via a swing shackle with bushings. This effective axle locating system is often overlooked during service, however these components stabilise the movement of the rear axle, worn bushings will cause the vehicle to “wander” on the road and be unstable under heavy braking, especially when loaded or towing. The limited service life of shackle bushings can also cause wear of the shackle pins. Multi assembly greasable shackle & leaf spring bushing kits should be considered as an essential repair upgrade to securely stabilise the rear end of any 4WD while improving off-road performance. A unique situation exists in a repair workshop, many of these modern 4WD vehicles have accessories fitted to them, tow bars, long range fuel tanks, and in fact some vehicles in standard form require removal of a fuel tank to remove a spring shackle pin.     This is where the range of SuperPro multi assembly greasable shackles and bushings offer the you a time saving solution. Removal of the old shackle can be achieved by cutting or dissecting the old part and discarding it without having to remove other accessories. To ensure the customer receives a quality repair the innovative design of the greaseable shackles, pins and crush tubes allow grease access to the working surfaces of the bushings. SuperPro greasable shackles and fixed pins create a protection layer to prevent internal corrosion of the pins and shackles; this extends the functional life and durability of both bush and shackle together. As with all SuperPro products the 4x4 greasable shackle kits are designed from the ground up and with a long service life and satisfied customer in mind.        Features: Multiple piece shackles for easy fitment Protected grease nipples to avoid damage Special tubes to allow grease to flow SuperPro bushings Easy to follow fitting instructions supplied Everything required in one kit   See our range of 4x4 Lift Kits  Ford Range and Mazda Bt-50 4x4 greasable shackle & pin kits
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  14. Fulcrum Partners with 4WD Action!
    March 20, 2018

    Fulcrum Partners with 4WD Action!

    The future of 4WDing has never looked so great! With 4x4 ownership on the rise, we have made sure that our range of 4x4 lift kits and other 4wd products are constantly getting better. Our 4x4 suspension range has expanded rapidly in the last few years, so we wanted to ensure that we had a way to test and showcase our 4x4 suspension upgrades. Luckily during this time 4WD Action had reached out to us about our Formula 4x4 lift kits, they expressed their interest in Formulas 4x4 performance and benefits as well as its extreme affordability. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. We offered to fit a Formula 4x4 (2 inch) Lift kit to Graham’s Isuzu D-Max including U-Bolts and SuperPro Greaseable Shackles, which where more than happy to supply. Knowing that the Formula 4x4 lift kit will be put to the test as Graham and the 4WD action team are know for hitting some rough off road tracks. We installed a Formula 4x4 Lift kit that is designed to raise the vehicle 2 inches (50mm). The D-Max lift kit is classed as an Enhancement Kit, built for comfort when off road and designed to carry light to heavy loads. Graham mentioned that the he would be doing a lot of on road driving in between trips and wanted to make sure his ride would be safe and comfortable under load, especially since his Isuzu D-Max was a dual cab. As the modern 4WD Dual cab utility, is normally coil sprung with a strut front end and leaf sprung rear with no rear sway bar support. Because of this dual cabs typically suffer from understeer and can be very unstable during high speed directional changes. When you load the vehicle with accessories, people, add a lift kit or tow the problem only gets worse. To counter this we offered to fit a SuperPro 4x4 sway bar which would correct all these issues and give the it more traction on and off road. You can read about why you should fit a sway bar to your 4WD here. To celebrate our new partnership with 4WD Action, you can get 5% off any of our Formula 4x4 lift kits by using the code '4WDACTION'.   Installing the Formula 4x4 Lift kit We headed to Fulcrum Suspensions Stafford for the install and to do some filming, our suspension technician team at stafford did some pre-setup work to get ready for the install. Once our team  was ready they got straight into it, taking off the wheels and installing the new 4x4 lift kit. Which includes two rear shocks two front readystruts, two upgraded leaf springs and a set of SuperPro greaseable shackles. When the springs where installed they moved onto installing the SuperPro 4x4 sway bar. The lift kit was a fast install as the kit came with already built readystruts, saving the team time by not having to install springs to the front shockies.  Overall the job only took 2-4 hours and included a full inspection and wheel alignment report for Graham to review. The end result was 50mm lift.        ISUZ-006R - Formula ReadyStrut Lift Kit D-Max This Formula 4x4 lift kit will raise the vehicle 40-50mm and provide improved handling and control. Ideal for on road and limited off road use.  This Enhancement Kit is designed to lift the vehicle 40-50mm and provide superior on and off road handling, load carrying and control. Formula 4x4 kits are a combination of Fulcrum testing and design as well as SuperPro Engineering. The kits are put together with high quality SuperPro components. Formula 4x4 shocks, designed by Fulcrum for comfort and made specifically for the Australian bush. The Formula leaf springs have been made from the high grade carbon Australian steel, to ensure we are giving your 4x4 the best support when off road.    RC0031RZ-20 - 20mm Heavy Duty 3 Position Adjustable Sway Bar     Fitting larger sway bars, particularly in the rear, has two main effects, vehicle balance in terms of understeer or oversteer and increased roll resistance. Both of these effects can provide increased overall handling and safety benefits in a 4WD vehicle. If you are looking for increased stability on the road or when towing, sway bars are a great upgrade option.     Fulcrum Suspension Stafford, technicians installing the Formula 4x4 lift for 4WD Action.    Formula 4x4 front readystruts installed on Graham’s Isuzu D-Max.   Formula 4x4 Leaf spring and rear shock absober installed on Graham’s Isuzu D-Max.   All these 4x4 upgrades will be showcased in the next few 4WD action episodes, keep an eye out for the blue shockies :D Check out our custom 4x4 Lift kit search to help find the perfect lift for your 4WD!
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  15. Toby Price and the Super Ute Series
    March 07, 2018

    Toby Price and the Super Ute Series

    2016 Dakar Rally winner, Toby Price backed by Fulcrum, has partnered with Mitsubishi Triton to start racing in the SuperUte Series. Toby Price is contesting selected SuperUte events this year under the Team Triton banner, driving alongside Craig Dontas. Toby will be racing around his moto schedule, making sure nothing conflicts.  “I’m stoked to be a part of the Team Triton SuperUte campaign with the support of Mitsubishi Motors Australia,” Price said. “I’m really looking forward to putting in the work, learning more about circuit racing and having some exciting weekends. “It’s going to be a good time and I’m aiming to keep it on four wheels and get some good results.” Price has experience of the Adelaide street circuit from last year’s Stadium Super Trucks round, and has tackled the Finke Desert Race in his Fulcrum buggy. Fulcrum has set out to sponsor Toby in all his endavours, leading to us sponsoring the Team Triton Super Ute.  Mitsubishi will be one of five brands represented in the 10-Ute Adelaide 500 field, joined by Ford, Holden, Mazda and Toyota.
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  16. Best Ford Mustang S550 Suspension Upgrade | A Complete build List
    February 07, 2018

    Best Ford Mustang S550 Suspension Upgrade | A Complete build List

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  17. Why you should fit a Sway Bar to your 4WD
    January 15, 2018

    Why you should fit a Sway Bar to your 4WD

      Why you should fit a 4x4 Sway Bar to your 4WD Fitting a larger sway bar, particularly in the rear of a 4WD, has two main effects, vehicle balance in terms of understeer or oversteer and increased roll resistance. Both of these effects can provide increased overall handling and safety benefits in a 4WD vehicle. If you are looking for increased stability on the road or when towing, sway bars are a great upgrade option.   As most factory vehicles are partial towards understeer, fitting of a larger rear sway bar, or the addition of a sway bar, helps in providing a more neutral characteristic in the handling. This is due to the increase in roll stiffness at the rear, which changes the loading of the rear wheels under conditions of increased cornering load. SuperPro offers a great range of aftermarket sway bars engineered for many off-road applications, also offering many adjustable kits to best suit your 4WD build.      At the same time, as the rear end is resisting more of the roll, the front end resists less in proportion, leaving the front wheels more evenly loaded, producing more available front end grip. In the end an increase in overall stability can be achieved by balancing the vehicle. Another effect of introducing larger rear sway bars is a reduction in chassis roll. This reduces the effects of “roll camber”. Roll camber is the variation in the wheel and tyre camber setting due to chassis roll. During cornering the presence of chassis roll usually results in the outside wheels gaining positive camber. By increasing the roll stiffness and reducing roll camber effect, the wheel and tyre combination stays closer to its optimal setting. As an alternative, this could be remedied by starting out with large amounts of static camber to counteract the positive camber gain. The trade-off however is the resulting increased tyre wear, and reduction in straight-line handling. Now that the basics are covered, imagine a Nissan Patrol, Toyota Land Cruiser or Toyota Hilux that has had a 4x4 lift kit installed and been lifted 50mm with a bulbar and winch package. It has been fitted out with a draw system, roof rack and tows a twenty foot caravan! This may be the extreme, but somewhere between this and a standard, off the showroom floor vehicle, is where most of these vehicles operate. The factory sway bars were never designed to control anything other than the standard vehicle at standard ride height and with something less than being loaded to their GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) limit. The modern 4WD Dual cab utility, almost the family sedan of this century. Is normally coil sprung with a strut front end and leaf sprung rear with no rear sway bar support. Becasue of this dual cabs typically suffer from understeer and can be very unstable during high speed directional changes. When you load the vehicle with accessories, people, change its height or tow the problem only gets worse.   'SuperPro 20mm Heavy Duty 2 Position Blade Adjustable Sway Bar installed on a Hilux.'    Upgrading to a 4x4 sway bar is the only way to compensate for: A change in centre of gravity of the chassis An increase in vehicle mass   Upgrading to a 4x4 sway bar will; Improve the stability of the vehicle at high speed Neutralise the factory understeer Increase tyre life Control the roll in load carrying applications Improve safety with no loss of comfort The biggest resistance to the fitment of bigger 4x4 sway bar to 4WD vehicles is the flawed concept of the loss of articulation in the suspension. If the replacement sway bars are designed correctly and the sway bar links are lengthened, replacement sway bars can be fitted with minimal or no loss of articulation. However, the improvements to stability, safety and driveability will far outweigh any loss of articulation. So without reducing comfort or articulation, a sway bar will make the suspension system and tyres perform better, making the vehicle more responsive while neutralising understeer. Fitting a sway bar offers all round improvements in handling, tyre wear, comfort, safety and load carrying. It is one of the best handling improvements you can make.   Get Your 4WD Sway Bar Upgrade (4x4) SuperPro have engineered a large range of sway bars suited for a variety of 4WD's with different off-road applications. SuperPro where the first company to ever engineer and manufacture aftermarket 4x4 sway bars for Dual cab 4WD's. We offer the largest range of 4x4 sway bars in the world, call us on 1800 385 278.    Ford Sway bar Upgrades For your Ford Ranger  For your Ford Everest  Mitsubishi Sway bar Upgrades For your Mitsubishi Pajero For your Mitsubishi Triton Holden Sway bar Upgrades For your Holden Colorado   For your Holden Rodeo Nissan Sway bar Upgrades For your Nissan Navara For your Nissan Patrol Isuzu Sway bar Upgrades For your Isuzu Dmax Mazda Sway bar Upgrades For your Mazda BT-50 Jeep Sway bar Upgrades For you Jeep Wrangler  VW Sway bar Upgrades For your VW Amarok Toyota Sway bar Upgrades For your Toyota Fj Cruiser For your Toyota Fortuner For your Toyota Hilux For your Toyota Land Cruiser For your Toyota Prado    Check out our whole range of 4x4 Sway bar Upgrades
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  18. Get your suspension serviced. Car suspension safety is important!
    January 11, 2018

    Get your suspension serviced. Car suspension safety is important!

    Your suspension isn’t around just too to make your drive smoother, it is a key system that keeps you safe while driving. Without suspension, your brakes and tyres would not respond as accurately and will decrease driving responsiveness, posing a great safety risk. Unfortunately when you get your vehicle serviced by a general mechanic, they mostly focus on your engine and check a few suspension components. Most mechanics don’t have the experience nor the tools to check your vehicles full suspension system. Therefore we recommend having your suspension checked by a suspension expert at least every 6 months. Fulcrum has made your life easier by offering a completely free suspension safety check. On top of this if you can book now to get a $49 wheel alignment. When you visit a Fulcrum Suspension specialist for a free suspension safety check, your vehicle will be systematically reviewed. Including all underbody suspension components, such as bushes, control arms, shocks and sway bars. Your brakes and tyres will also be strategically reviewed, to see if they need repair. Upon completion you will be supplied with a detailed report, explaining the current state of your vehicles suspension. Our Technicians will assist you with handy advice to make informed decisions as to your c maintenance. If there is any immediate work required on your vehicle our Suspension Technicians will work with you to find the right solution and offer you choices to complete the repairs as efficiently and as cost effective to you.     What you get out a Free Fulcrum Suspension Safety check Check for uneven tyre wear Check for any abnormal noises of bumps Vehicle heights (make sure vehicle doesn’t have a lean to one side) Condition of shock absorbers (make sure they aren’t leaking and control the bounce of the spring) Condition of suspension bushes (whether they are cracked, torn or have excessive movement) Power steering system (condition of fluid, noisy pump, check for leaks, check drive belt for cracks, condition of hoses) Check Tie rod ends, rack ends and ball joints for play/wear Check for noises/play in wheel bearings Check condition of brake system (pads, discs, shoes, brake fluid) General loose component check   Under Vehicle Component Inspection Our technicians will carefully and intently check every individual suspension component found under your vehicle. Checking for wear and tear as well as any abnormalities. Suspension bushes and shock absorbers are the parts we often inspect and find wear and tear.   Brake and Wheel Inspection After checking your under body suspension components, our Fulcrum technicians will go around checking all your wheels and brakes. Ensuring that your tyre treads have no excessive or uneven wear and that your brakes are in safe working condition.   Why and when you should consider a Fulcrum Suspension Safety Check & Inspection  6 Months or 10,000km since your last suspension check Uneven or excessive steering pull When you drive on smooth roads it feels rough or harsh Brakes are activating unevenly Off centre steering wheel Loud vibrations while driving Increased braking distance Excessive or uneven tyre wear Vehicles that constantly carry heavy loads You often go off road or on long road trips Your vehicle is difficult to control/steer Abnormal noises coming front or rear of vehicle   Book your Free Suspension Safety Check Our Fulcrum Service Centres are located across Australia and are the number one suspension specialists. Talk to us about our range of suspension servicing options including the most comprehensive FREE written multipoint suspension check in the industry. Our Suspension technicians will perform dynamic checks on your vehicle and offer detailed service advice.  We know you're busy, so feel free to send us a message below and we'll contact you! Alternatively you can call us on 1800 385 278. //
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  19. Why are TEIN Coilover Kits the Ultimate Performance Upgrade?
    December 01, 2017

    Why are TEIN Coilover Kits the Ultimate Performance Upgrade?

    TEIN has Unrivalled Performance Suspension Experience People who are into the performance/street scene will know that TEIN coilover kits are one of the most trusted by enthusiasts worldwide. TEIN constantly continues to pursue the best suspension system for both street and track applications. A good suspension system reminds drivers how fulfilling the driving experience really is. TEIN kits offer the ability to feel the grip level on different road surfaces, durability to maintain high performance for a long period of time, and quality to ensure complete confidence to attack the course. TEIN through is years of experience has managed to constantly develop new interactions of its coilover range, always improving on previous kits. Simply put you should choose TEIN coilovers because they have a proven track record in performance.    Ultimate Control over your Suspension TEIN's approach to the Ultimate Sports Suspension offers ideal suspension systems for drivers who want quicker and better response to drive freely through turns and who are in pursuit of ultimate driving experience. It gives your vehicle the road holding which allows you to drive as you always imagined. It is an aggressive suspension which lets you put all you have into driving, and allows you look forward to attacking the next unknown turn. TEIN suspensions maintain their superior performance, and are highly durable. Quality of our products can withstand the high demands of the race track. This is what we see as the ideal sports suspension. Each of TEIN's products brings this ideal to reality.   Made for Street In certain terms, street usage may be the toughest situation for suspensions. Indeed, specifications for circuit or rally usage call for the ultimate refinement. However, adapting this into street usage, not only does it call for premium sports performance, but an additional requirement compatibility with series production fittings and comfort must also be fulfilled. In particular, since the partial revision of the safety regulations in Japan, the height adjustable shock absorbers which have been categorized as "competition auto parts" are now seen as parts with broad usage.   Fully Adjustable With adjustable coilovers you have complete control over your suspensions ride. Perfect for performance you can control how hard or soft you want your drive to be.   Serviceable and Rebuildable Fulcrum Suspensions the Authorised, exclusive TEIN distributors in Australia and can provide a range of services to repair, rebuild, re-valve and customise your TEIN coilovers. TEIN coilovers are designed and built to be remanufactured and returned to TEIN’s original specifications. All internal parts are carried as stock lines; however damaged strut bodies or assemblies will often need special procurement from TEIN Japan. Fulcrum does carry an assortment of second hand strut bodies and assemblies to assist in accident damage and repair. Some accident damaged coilovers may not be repairable. From the time the coilovers are received at the Remanufacturing Department at Moorooka, Brisbane, we require two days to strip and quote. Then from the time Fulcrum is authorised to carry out the repairs, we require two days. These times do not include freight times to and from Moorooka. TEIN’s History "The one, who conquers Kanagawa, conquers the country." In the early 1980s, there were 2 youngsters who stood out in the crowd, in the kingdom of rally; Kanagawa. They were Hakaru Ichino and Yoshio Fujimoto. A co-driver and a 4driver, who actually started out as rivals from different teams. They were very aware of each other. Without a word, their runs and speed fiercely attracted one another. "Where can I find that incredibly fast driver named Fujimoto?" As Ichino's rally activity shifted to all Japan events, he was told to find his partner; "the" driver. Without hesitation, he found out through his friend how to reach Fujimoto and called him. "Why don't we compete in all Japan events together?" Of course Fujimoto immediately agreed. There was absolutely no reason for him to turn down such offer from Ichino, for whom he had sense of reverence. "Mr. Ichino always stays cool, and is great at gathering information. I can leave everything to him!" This was where it all began. Exceptional performance and durability. TEIN shock absorbers were then given high marks not only for use in rally events but also in other fields; on the street and at the circuit. They achieved an astonishingly high 80% share of dampers used in N1 Taikyu races (currently known as Super Taikyu). "There is NO doubt in what we have been doing at TEIN. We can go for it!" In 1990, their wait was over and they released original products under the TEIN brand. In no time, they were flooded with orders, exceeding their production capability. Their success as an International rally team shed light on the company. In 1987, 2 years after their first season competing in all Japan events, they made their first challenge in overseas races; Hong Kong-Beijing Rally. 2 years later in 1989, they finally made their way to WRC. Things went well and smoothly for Fujimoto. He became the first Japanese ever to be chosen as a driver for a Toyota works team. In 1995, he was crowned with an overall victory in the Safari Rally; and again he was the first Japanese to have this distinction. Their names; 'Ichino' and 'Fujimoto', became well known throughout the world. "Rally is where we started. We would always like to be in-touch with the real market. Putting ourselves at the forefront of the scene allows us to listen to the consumers' real voice." By experiencing TEIN products firsthand, their conviction as company executives were developed and refined. Their company, TEIN, continues to compete in motorsports to this day. Fulcrum has the perfect TEIN upgrade for your car  Fulcrum Suspensions works closely with the TEIN team over in Japan to make sure Australia  gets the gear everyone is looking for. As such we have a huge range of products for variety of popular cars, including;  BWM  FORD HOLDEN HONDA LEXUS MAZDA MINI MITSUBISHI NISSAN SUBARU SUZUKI TOYOTA VOLKSWAGEN    Check out the full range of TEIN products here.      Types of TEIN Kits  Street Basis Damper Kits  High Quality Street Performance Height Adjustable coilover. Perfectly balanced spring rate and damping force to offer a comfortable ride with superior handling, accurate steering feedback and high speed "flat ride" feel. Read More.   Sport Damper Kits High Quality Street Performance Height Adjustable coilover. Perfectly balanced spring rate and damping force to offer a comfortable ride with superior handling, accurate steering feedback and high speed "flat ride" feel. Read More.   Street Advanced Kits High Quality Street Performance Damp Force and Height Adjustable coilover. Read More.   Super Street Kits All TEIN Super Street Dampers are now exclusively available through Fulcrum Performance and are designed for Australian conditions and are designed to enhance your vehicles' handling. Premium Quality Street and Track Performance coilover. Read More.   Type Flex Kits High Quality Street and Track Performance coilovers that deliver Flexible Setup Options. Read More.    Mono Flex Kits Premium Quality Street and Track Performance coilover. The New Pinnacle of Sport coilovers to satisfy the Most Demanding of Drivers, whether you’re on the Street, Circuit or Open Road. Read More.   Comfort Sport Kits The Best Performance coilover for High-Performance Premium Vehicles. Premium Quality Street and Track Performance coilover. Read More.   Comfort Flex Kits Full-length ride height adjustable, High Performance coilover exclusively for Sedans. Premium Quality Street and Track Performance coilovers that deliver Flexible Setup Option. Read More.   Super Racing Kits Putting Everything on the Line for One Millisecond with the Flagship Circuit Model coilover. Premium Quality Track Only Performance coilover. Read More.   Super Drift Kits Smell of Burning Compound Stirs the Soul. Super Drift is made exclusively for drifting; developed for uncompromising people who like getting sideways more freely, to enjoy real drifting to the extreme, and to lower the ride height. Read More.   S-Tech Coil Springs  Easy low down, high quality performance spring. Easy suspension tuning is in your hands with S-Tech Coil Springs. S-Tech is developed so that everyone can enjoy sports driving. It is designed to offer improved driving performance and superior ride comfort. S-Techs offer great styling plus it makes your car more fun to drive. Read More.   Electronic Dampening Force Controller (EDFC) This innovation makes it possible for the driver to control the damping force at the touch of a button while in the driver's seat. This is accomplished by controlling stepping motors installed on each shock absorber. This helps the driver to adjust the suspension to suit all road/track conditions. Read More.      TEIN Australia is brought to you by Fulcrum Suspensions.. Check out TEIN Australia's Coilover Range  
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  20. Why do you need a Wheel Alignment?
    December 04, 2017

    Why do you need a Wheel Alignment?

    4 Reasons why you need a Wheel Alignment every 6 Months (10,000km)! Many of us don't realise the importance of a proper wheel alignment, wheel alignments can improve handling, safety, comfort and performance. As great as Australia's roads are, they are still rough and after regular use even the best suspension systems will fall out of alignment. If your cars wheels do fall out of alignment you will notice that your car will either pull to one side (left/right). It may also become increasingly harder to control your car, especially when going around corners. Your cars left or right pull will be extremely noticeable on any highway or when you are driving fast on a straight. Having misaligned wheels and the wrong camber, caster or toe adjustment is huge safety risk not just for yourself but for the others on the road. If you ever have work done on your cars suspension then you will also need a wheel alignment as any adjustment to your cars suspension system will displace its camber/caster/toe adjustment. If a wheel alignment is done properly it will make driving your car so much more pleasant and safe.  It is very important that we regularly get your wheels aligned at least every 10,000km or roughly every 6 months. Fulcrum offers a free suspension safety check so if you are not sure you need a wheel alignment. Feel free to get one of our experienced suspension technicians to diagnose your car free of charge. Below are a couple of reasons why you need to regularly have your car wheel aligned by Fulcrum .       Increased Tyre Life What would you rather pay for? New tyres or a wheel alignment?  More resistance to the road surface means more pressure on your tyres, leading to faster wear and tear. This is how your tyre becomes bald on one side making them uneven and reducing tyre traction. Not only is it dangerous to drive on uneven tyres, it also means that you have to buy a set new set of tyres sooner.   Save Fuel Petrol prices aren’t getting any cheaper, and who wants to pay more than they have to for anything?  When the wheels of your car are not aligned there is uneven pressure on the tyres. They tend to push against each other. When that happens the car faces uneven friction and much more resistance from the road surface. This means that your car has to work much harder to move forward and much more fuel is burned than normal.   Strain On The Car Having a car with badly aligned wheels also leads to other connected problems. Possibility of ABS Brake system malfunction  The tendency to pull to one side due to uneven tyres causes problems in the steering system. It also leads to uneven braking. Not having your wheels aligned will affect the overall suspension of your car, decreasing performance and reliability.     Safety Without regular wheel alignment’s you are putting yours and your family’s life in danger.  If your car pulls to one side it is very dangerous. When the road conditions change, such as a wet road and you are forced to hard brake. This slight left or right pull you normally feel is greatly magnified increasing your chances of an accident.  When you first hear about wheel alignments, they may not sound like an important thing for car maintenance. But if you make sure your car is aligned you will see a much longer service life and have far safer/enjoyable driving experience.   Get a Free Suspension Saftey Check and get a $49 Wheel Alignment from our Fulcrum Technicians
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  21. Fulcrum at the 2017 4WD Corroboree
    October 09, 2017

    Fulcrum at the 2017 4WD Corroboree

      Over the long weekend in Queensland the Fulcrum Team attended the 37th Annual 4WD Queensland Corroboree at the Bluff Creek campgrounds in Kenilworth. The event was hosted by the Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club of QLD (Inc) in association with Four Wheel Drive QLD and saw over 600 attendees camping for the weekend across the property.   'Arriving at the Corrobreee with Toby Prices Trophy Truck'. The 2017 Corroboree had 4WD Clubs from around the state gather together for a three-day event of 4wding, entertainment, displays and of course the NRL Grand Final. Fulcrum was the Diamond sponsor for the event and had one of the largest displays situated at the entering crossroads. In the sweltering heat the Fulcrum Team created an inviting display showcasing their product range and got to know the attending members of the 4WD Community. The centre piece, or main attraction, of the Fulcrum display was Toby Price’s Trophy Truck from the Finke Desert Race. This truck had a lot of attention and questions, even more so when it went for a quick trip around the camp, it could be heard from the other side of the property as it cruised around.   'The Fulcrum Tent and campsite under the setting sun'. 'Tobys Fulcrum Trophy truck was the center piece to our campsite'. While at the event the Fulcrum Hilux, and other vehicles in the Fulcrum Team, went on a few medium and difficult 4WD Trips.  These trips took the team to some spectacular lookouts and through the country side of Kenilworth. The team tackled hill climbs, deep wombat holes, rocky descents, several creek crossings and more. These trips also allowed Fulcrum to test their own suspension in new conditions and terrains. 'The Formula truck holding at the top of hill in a 4WD convoy'. 'Alan driving the Fulcrum Hilux down a offroad track'. The Fulcrum Team also participated in a Tug-Of-War competition between the 4WD Clubs on the Saturday afternoon. Going up against the Gold Coast 4WD Club in a mixed team and winning (with two women from the Mitsubishi 4WD Club completing our team). Due to not competing against any other team this made the Fulcrum Team #undefeated.   "Fulcrum the tug of war champs". On the Saturday night a Mitsubishi sponsored band, Just Cruisin’, played for the attendees. During this show the Fulcrum Team sat around their new branded fire pit and enjoyed the atmosphere. Due to our prime location we could also enjoy the band as they covered some great old classics! #douglife Sunday was another great day that saw many more people visit our display, get a quote and/or purchase some 4WD products from us. Our team were on hand all weekend for all the attendee’s suspensions queries and in some cases fixes or just for a great old chat! As Sunday came to a close we saw everyone come together under the stars to watch the broadcasted NRL Grand Final, on a large projector. Before and during half time raffles were also held where some attendees won some great prizes, including Fulcrum Voucher. Dedicated NRL fans watched right until the end even after the rain started! As the event winded down the weather took a change and saw the rains begin. With a full 24 hours’ worth of rain from Sunday night it was a relief come Tuesday as the sun came back out before the Tow Truck had to pick up the Trophy Truck. Fulcrum wishes to thank the Mitsubishi 4WD Owners Club for the opportunity to be the Diamond Sponsors for the event and all those who came over to the display to say hello! We hope to attend more of these events in the future and become more involved with the 4WD Clubs around the country.   Here is a cool Timelapse of the 2017 4WD Corroboree "Fulcrum Suspensions - 2017 4WD Corroboree timelapse compilation". Check out our 4x4 Kits
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  22. SuperPro 4x4 Lift Correction Arms for the Nissan Patrol (GQ - GU) - TRC1015
    September 27, 2017

    SuperPro 4x4 Lift Correction Arms for the Nissan Patrol (GQ - GU) - TRC1015

      After developing, what is arguably, the most sophisticated, castor increase and high articulation and replacement Radius arms for the Toyota Landcruiser. SuperPro has now created the best radius arms for the Nissan Patrol! - TRC1015 The SuperPro 4x4 Lift Correction Arms incorporate SuperPro Hybrid Blade Technology and have been developed using sophisticated Finite Element Analysis programming, used extensively in the OE environment, along with a rigorous testing regime both in the lab and in the field. The combination of a 20% increase in sectional properties combined with the use of OE grade High Strength, High Toughness Australian steel, the result is an arm of comparable weight to the original radius arm, with increased strength, built for all on road and off-road conditions.  Why be concerned about Castor? It should be common knowledge by now that raising a vehicle washes off castor. The effects of decreased castor are a loss of straight line stability, vague steering at higher speeds and can cause castor shimmy. The SuperPro Lift Correction Arm Kit solves the issues with “built in” castor correction in the design, with nearly 4 Degrees for a 50mm lift and 2.5 Degrees for a 75mm lift. SuperPros Nissan Patrol Radius Arms have been designed with castor correction to only suit raised vehicles. The design uses concentric bushings with advantages such as durability, comfort and increased articulation over non-centrally located bushings. Why deliver more Articulation? Articulation is critical to maintain tyre contact and keeping the cabin stable in rough road and off road scenarios. Articulation is the ‘hanging point’ for many aftermarket Radius arms, which continue to use the OE bushings or inferior replacement rubber alternatives. The SuperPro Radius Arm Bushings utilises the SuperPro Hybrid material and offers superior articulation by redefining the form and function of the bushing in this location. By redesigning the profile of the bushing and creating a pocket for the SuperPro Hybrid material to flow, a higher articulating bush with far greater durability has been created. The addition of a larger inner tube has led to a more robust part for high speed highway stability and off road ruggedness without compromising NVH. Why be concerned about un-sprung weight? When it comes to a radius arm and vehicle suspension, unsprung weight is a critical factor.  It affects not only ride and comfort but the dynamic system dampening and harshness.  Vehicle Manufacturers spend a significant amount of time tuning vehicle suspension systems to ensure resonant frequencies are mitigated and tyre to road contact is maximised in all conditions, altering the unsprung mass of components has potential to compromise this.   The SuperPro Lift Correction Arm retains the OE design intent by providing an equally weighted arm. Solid section radius arms may well be rugged for the extremist 4x4 user, but the extra weight does cause concerns and adds stress to other suspension components. This can be an issue on heavily corrugated roads where the extra unsprung mass generates more energy that has to be absorbed by the shock absorbers, add to this, a set of bigger, heavier wheels and tyres and this issue is further exacerbated.  With advances in materials and engineering designs, a smarter hollow section option exists today over the “old school” solid design. Now there is no reason to compromise on road handling for off road performance and durability.   Call us for more information 1800 385 278 Find a 4x4 Lift Kit for your Patrol Check out TRC1015 - SuperPros Lift Correction Arm Check out other SuperPro Upgrades for the Nissan Patrol
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  23. Fulcrum Apprentices at round four of the Australian Production Car Series
    September 22, 2017

    Fulcrum Apprentices at round four of the Australian Production Car Series

    Fulcrum and SuperPro brand ambassador Chaz Mostert team up at Queensland Raceway to offer Fulcrum apprentices an opportunity of a lifetime! Two of Fulcrum Suspensions top performing apprentices, from the corporate stores in South East Queensland, were chosen to attend round four of the Australian Production Car Series at Queensland Raceway during the weekend of the 4th to 6th of August. The boys got the opportunity to work with Team DPO on their Ford Focus during the round. The Focus was driven by SuperPro Brand Ambassador and V8 SuperCar driver, Chaz Mostert and Nathan Morcom. The Australian Production Car series sees modified ‘daily driven’ vehicles raced in several classes. It is part of CAMS production car racing and the CAMS Shannons Australian Motor Racing nationals. The Australian Production Car Series displays the abilities of the vehicles within each class that can be purchased in the domestic automotive market This series also allows many enthusiasts looking to get involved the opportunity to spread costs of the cars across two or three driver arrangements. Making it more affordable and accessible for people to live out what is a lot of people’s childhood dreams! These tuned and race prepared vehicles all fall into seven classes A through to F which covers, Extreme Performance, High Performance, Performance, Production, Compact and Diesel. Class I is also part of it which is for Invitational drivers. Fulcrum strives to provide their apprentices many options and opportunities to learn both in and outside the workshops. The opportunity that the Australian Production Car series provided the Fulcrum apprentices was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the boys and exposed them to diverse and interesting racing and cars. Moving forward Fulcrum hopes to leverage their partnerships with not only well-known Race Car drivers but also through event sponsorship to continue to provide their team with the opportunity to be exposed to all facets of the Automotive World and most importantly have fun!   "Putting the wheels back on." "Setting up the manual alignment machine."
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  24. Testing Formula & SuperPro's 4x4 Range
    September 11, 2017

    Testing Formula & SuperPro's 4x4 Range

    It was Monday morning and the air still had that cold bite to it. We had organised a team of Fulcrum Suspension specialists, including some of our store managers and SuperPro engineers. All too extensively evaluate Formulas new 4x4 lift kits, Leaf springs and SuperPros 4x4 suspension parts for the Ranger, Hilux & Patrol. At Fulcrum we all believe that in order to properly vouch for a product you must test it first hand to know its strengths and weaknesses, so you can give the best advice to a customer looking for a suspension upgrade.   Heading South to go 4WDing Planned the week before we headed South of Ipswich to visit SDT's 4x4 training track at Boonah to test how well Formulas  new, 4x4 lift kits handel and what suspension improvements it gave. We also had installed SuperPro Swaybars, Control arms and bushes on the Hilux, Ranger & Patrol to see what flex increase and drive handling we could further push the 4WD's to get. After arriving we went through SDT's safety briefing and then went straight to our 4WD's to give them a pre safety check before heading out making sure we had enough water for the day, that the car was looking ready to head out. Happy with everything we let out the air in our tyres to give the car more traction in the Offroad terrain and then proceeded to head out. This is just about when one of our employees got really excited. "Letting out the Hilux's Tyre Pressure, getting ready to hit the track". "Shane excited to hit the 4x4 tracks".   Hitting the Track and Going Offroad Finally ready to head out we form up a convoy and head out into the Australian bush, getting ready to traverse marsh/swampy lands, small creeks, rocky landscapes, forest tracks and farmland. Looking to test the suspension products in as many real world conditions as possible. We manage to traverse a few hill climbs with ease, the Patrol built by Fulcrum Capalaba’s manager, didn’t even flinch at any of the hill climbs. We moved on to tacking a few wombat holes and gulley’s, taking it slow but so far everything we threw at the cars, the suspension handled it all with ease. The SuperPro parts really giving a boost in driver control and handling, the Formula 4x4 lift kits giving a smooth ride for all passengers and giving enough clearance to traverse the rocky terrain we encountered. "Stopping at the bottom of a hill, waiting to climb up". "Showing off the Formula 4x4 Lift kit with SuperPros Swaybar and Control arms fitted to the 2015 Hilux". "Formula 4x4 Hilux". "Formula 4x4 Hilux". "Fucrum Capalabas Patrol desceding a hill, getting ready to take on some wombat holes". "Quick video showing off the 4WD's and suspension in action".   Our Final Thoughts & Feelings After spending the morning driving South of Ipswich and then spending the whole day in Offroad terrain, we got a rough understanding on how well the products will perform in constant everyday conditions. Formula 4x4 Lift Kits The Formula 4x4 Lift really increased the vehicles driving capability, enhancing the vehicles Offroad capability and giving extra handling/control to the driver. When driving Offroad you can really feel the difference, all those bumps you would sometimes feel in the bitumen just disappear, but at the same time Formula has not sacrificed comfort for performance. The 4x4 Kit offering a greater set of control to the driver compared to others. The Formula 4x4 Lift kit gives a standard 2" inch lift giving the 4WD the much needed clearance to handle gulley’s and rocky terrain. In the vehicles tested it was seen that the flex provided by the kit ensures that the vehicle maintains traction in all standard and extreme 4x4 situations (gulley’s, wombat holes and rock crawling). No matter the terrain that was thrown at the 4x4 kit, rocks, logs, large hills and gulley’s the suspension managed to overcome all obstacles and power through the 4x4 track with ease. SuperPro Arms, Swaybars, Links & More The SuperPro upper control arms really helped with on and off road handling. Paired with the Formula 4x4 Lift Kit these arms delivered up to 3 degrees of caster along with extra camber adjustment with increased clearance between spring and control arm at full articulation, allowing for the optimum alignment settings for a 2” lifted vehicle. This allowed for the Hilux to have a good footprint of the tyre to maintain traction no matter what the terrain threw at us! The SuperPro Swaybars & links really attributed to the great on road handling without restricting the off road performance.      Check out our Formula 4x4 Lift Kit Range Find a Store Near you.
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  25. First Store Outside of Queensland!
    July 11, 2017

    First Store Outside of Queensland!

    Fulcrum Suspensions Pakenham Located in Pakenham Victoria, Fulcrum Pakenham is our first ever store outside of Queensland! This truly is an exciting time for Fulcrum with the expansion of company stores, improved product range and release of our new online Fulcrum shop. Fulcrum has got your suspension covered; • Safety Checks• Suspension Repair & Upgrades• 4x4 Solutions• Sports Upgrades• Wheel Alignments• OE Replacements• GVM Upgrades • Tyres Fulcrum founded in 1976 has years of professional experience in the suspension industry. Working directly with SuperPro and Formula we are the best choice for your suspension needs. We have brought our extensive 4x4, Performance &  Passenger vehicle suspension knowledge along with us to improve vehicles down south! Alignment Correction Fulcrum Suspensions specialises in alignment correction. Ensuring your rear and front suspension is performing as it should be. We use all the latest tools, including infrared lasers, sensors and 3D imaging to ensure your car gets steering straight. Brands You Can Trust Fulcrum through our years of servicing suspension systems we have found what brands work and what brands don’t. We choose to work with the high quality brands that you can rely on, no matter your vehicle application. Nationwide Warranty We trust in our services so much that no matter what product or service you purchase, no matter where you live within Australia. You will be covered by our nationwidewarranty. Suspension Specialists Have a suspension problem? Looking for an upgrade? Need a wheel alignment? Look no further Fulcrum has got you covered with over 40 years of experience we will ensure we give your car the best possible solution no matter the task. Standards of Service The Fulcrum Suspension program is unique amongst Automotive Retail providers. Its aim is to empower motorists to take an effective role in service and repair decisions relating to their vehicle. The end result is quality service and repairs carried out in line with industry best practice.   Shop Fulcrum Suspensions Find a Store Near you.
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  26. Fulcrum Airbag Man & RAW Training Day
    July 27, 2016

    Fulcrum Airbag Man & RAW Training Day

    A great turn out from Fulcrum Suspensions outlets and staff has kick started the new internal training program Fulcrum has put in place to ensure our staff and partners have the knowledge and expertise a Fulcrum Suspensions outlet should have as a Guru.
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  27. SuperPro hits Florida's PRI Show
    July 27, 2016

    SuperPro hits Florida's PRI Show

    Ahhhhh beautiful, warm Florida.....America's tropical paradise of beaches, cruise ships and warm ocean waters...and the home of PRI 2010 at Orlando's Convention Centre !
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  28. Brisbane 4x4 Show 2011
    July 27, 2016

    Brisbane 4x4 Show 2011

    Recently Fulcrum Suspensions displayed at the Brisbane 4x4 Outdoor Show.
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  29. Fulcrums Relationship Focus Pays Off
    July 27, 2016

    Fulcrums Relationship Focus Pays Off

    Some might say nothing is more important than free beer, unless it also involves a stronger business partnership opportunity.
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  30. Fulcrum now provides a Free Call 1800 number
    July 27, 2016

    Fulcrum now provides a Free Call 1800 number

    Fulcrum Suspensions has recently been undertaking a few changes, some you may have seen already, like the NEW Fulcrum Performance site. Here you can purchase TEIN coilovers directly from us and even receive a $100 dollar discount on fitting. If you have not visited, click the link here http://fulcrumpartsbx.partsdb.com.au/performance-suspension/
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  31. An update from Dave Scott at the Australian Tarmac Rally
    July 27, 2016

    An update from Dave Scott at the Australian Tarmac Rally

    The Australian Tarmac Rally Championship is off to a flying start with what is possibly the best piece of Tarmac Rally road in Australia. The Victorian ski resort of Mt Baw Baw hosted the first round of the ATRC last weekend and the Fulcrum Suspensions sponsored Subaru of David Scott and Michelle Berardo were a last minute entry. “We had 4 days to prepare the car which had not been run in 2 years since its last event in Targa Tasmania in 2010. Fulcrum Suspensions, PerFOURmance Motorsport, and Hollis Scott Racing pulled together and we had the car on the trailer and en-route to Victoria in 4 days, a mammoth effort and very much appreciated” Scott said.   Scott went on to say, “We had no time to test the car at speed before the event and our first serious drive was the prologue immediately before the first stage. As testimony to the talents of the Fulcrum Suspensions team the car was fast as soon as it hit the ground and we won the prologue by 16 seconds and won 4 of the next 6 stages, finishing the day in the lead.” The untested piece of road was thought to be an excellent choice for a tarmac rally but until the flag fell on the first stage no one really knew how good the run would be. The road starts downhill, levels out, and then continues uphill with the steepest rise of any public road in the southern hemisphere. There are fast sections and tight and twisty phases with some of those fantastic “suck it up and hold it flat” corners. The first two stages were almost dry with some patchy damp corners, and then rain kept the road wet most of the time. The Subaru bottomed out hard on the third stage, which cut a radiator hose and fractured the exhaust.  There was time in service without penalty to replace the hose and the car was back running. The exhaust could not be repaired, however it did not slow the car much and did not seem to be getting worse. The team attempted to purchase replacement parts from Melbourne on Saturday but were unable to do so. Day 2 started with a cautious first run; the exhaust continued to show no signs of worsening so a flat-out charge on the second run was planned. Unfortunately, the exhaust was not able to cope and blew out early in the stage and the team were forced to retire from the event.   Scott was up-beat about the result and said that while it would have been nice to come home with a fairytale ending to an 11th hour entry, realistically he had learnt that the team was competitive at that level and capable of winning an event or two. “We will be better prepared for the next one and hopefully come away with a win,” he said.   Shop Fulcrum Suspensions Find a Store Near you.
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  32. The Fulcrum Sponsored "Drift Kid" Ute
    July 27, 2016

    The Fulcrum Sponsored "Drift Kid" Ute

    This may not be your typical Drift Style Graphics, but we know it's a WINNER.
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  33. Hollis Scott Racing up date of progress
    July 27, 2016

    Hollis Scott Racing up date of progress

    Well the car is back in the workshop of PerFOURmance Motorsport and stripped down. The exhaust is much worse than first thought and I was able to break the pipe it into two parts while it was still in the car by folding it back and forth (see attached pictures). The damage had started as a crack just under the weld and finally had just about broken all the way around. We have repaired it now stronger than ever so we won’t see that problem again.
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  34. Fulcrum Sponsored Driver Stephen Faulks Time Attack Preview
    July 27, 2016

    Fulcrum Sponsored Driver Stephen Faulks Time Attack Preview

    The Fulcrum Performance STi suffered an engine failure late last year competing in the Queensland Time Attack series at Lakeside Park. Back then it was a very standard car, with standard internals and a bolt on twin scroll turbo making a nice 200kw atw. Stephen still managed to win the AWD Street Class in 2009 and defended his title in 2010 but took a back seat in 2011 Time Attack series as work got in the way of racing; but you cannot have one without the other.
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  35. TEIN New Product Releases - Street Flex Coilovers
    July 27, 2016

    TEIN New Product Releases - Street Flex Coilovers

    The Street Flex Coil over is a new update of the discontinued Type Flex coil over range. The Street Flex coilovers feature all the improvements in valve adjustability range that were introduced with the Street Advance. Street Flex feature:
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  36. TEIN New Product Releases - EDFC Active
    July 27, 2016

    TEIN New Product Releases - EDFC Active

    The new improved EDFC Active is the latest improvement for in cabin active dampening control.
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  37. Nissan X-Trail Arm T30 2001 – 2007
    July 27, 2016

    Nissan X-Trail Arm T30 2001 – 2007

    A complete arm replacement that helps you avoid safety concerns and issues when trying to remove and refit worn bushings.
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  38. WRX Supaloy Arms Including Anti-lift
    July 27, 2016

    WRX Supaloy Arms Including Anti-lift

    New SuperPro Roll Control WRX Supaloy Arms increase the handling of your WRX to better than that of the STI. The arms are built with SuperPro Anti-Lift and increased caster ability and featuring the new “Grip Dynamics” system which combined improves grip for better handling and performance outcomes.
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  39. 5 of the biggest myths about your cars suspension
    July 27, 2016

    5 of the biggest myths about your cars suspension

    Most people never think about their car's suspension. And those that do, are often wrong. Because they believe myths that aren't even true.
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  40. Nissan Navara NP300 2015-on - Single Cab & King Cab Lift Kits & ReadyStruts Kits
    July 27, 2016

    Nissan Navara NP300 2015-on - Single Cab & King Cab Lift Kits & ReadyStruts Kits

    *Available April 2016* Fulcrum also has the new Navara Single Cab & King Cab covered, we are pleased to release new RAW and Bilstein Lift Kits that make this vehicle handle superbly!
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  41. Fulcrum and TEIN - A Partnership for the Future
    July 27, 2016

    Fulcrum and TEIN - A Partnership for the Future

    TEIN is well known as the manufacturer of one of the most technically advanced coilover units produced in Japan. The TEIN coilover was originally designed by two Japanese rallying rivals, Hakaru Ichino and Yoshio Fujimoto. They formed a partnership with each other in the late 1980's but found the shock absorbers at the time were not suited to their style of rallying SO they decided to design and build their own, and by the early 1990's released their first units under the TEchnical INnovation, or TEIN, a name which represents the company policy to produce the best products with the latest technology.
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  42. Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series ReadyStruts
    July 27, 2016

    Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series ReadyStruts

    The perfect performance shocks for your Toyota Landcruiser 200 series. Using top quality components, Fulcrum creates the state of the art 4x4 performance “ReadyStrut” shocks. Coupling quality products with easy installation this product delivers you to your destination in pure comfort and with increased ride enjoyment. The ReadyStrut units are created with either world famous Bilstein 4x4 shock absorbers or RAW shock absorbers, King Springs and equally world renowned SuperPro Polyurethane bushings combined to produce a ReadyStrut that will “get you there”.   Shop Fulcrum Suspensions Find a Store Near you.
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  43. Ezy-Lift Kit - A Safe & Legal Option
    July 27, 2016

    Ezy-Lift Kit - A Safe & Legal Option

    SuperPro Roll Control Ezy-Lift Kits are the ideal way to lift a standard height Dual or Single Cab 4WD Ute and retain the standard suspension.
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  44. New 4x4 Utility Sway Bar range
    July 27, 2016

    New 4x4 Utility Sway Bar range

    SuperPro Roll Control & Fulcrum have identified a need to upgrade or add sway bars on many 4WD vehicles.
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  45. FIGURE8 Drifting Series
    July 27, 2016

    FIGURE8 Drifting Series

    Our Sponsored Driver Nick "DriftKid" Coulson is entering his Fulcrum VE SS Drift Ute in the Hi-Tec Oils Figure 8 Drift Series
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  46. Bilsteins for the VF Commodore!
    July 27, 2016

    Bilsteins for the VF Commodore!

    Fulcrum have released the perfect performance solution for the new VF Commodore Series.
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  47. Rockhampton first Birthday
    July 26, 2016

    Rockhampton first Birthday

    Fulcrum Rockhampton is about to celebrate it's 1st Birthday!!
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  48. New Release Nissan Navara NP300 Performance Lift Kits
    July 26, 2016

    New Release Nissan Navara NP300 Performance Lift Kits

    Everything required to do the best lift possible on the new Navara!
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  49. The Hilux Project
    July 26, 2016

    The Hilux Project

    Gen 8 Hilux or REVO as it is known was released in Thailand May 2015.
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  50. Nissan NP 300 - New Lift Kit In Development
    July 26, 2016

    Nissan NP 300 - New Lift Kit In Development

    The Fulcrum team never rest and the NP300 is back on the radar to add another option to their lift kit range available for it.
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  51. Brisbane - 4x4 Show 2016
    July 26, 2016

    Brisbane - 4x4 Show 2016

    The Brisbane 4x4 Show 2016 was a great success for Fulcrum, meeting all the visitors and helping them in their choice or simply to respond to their queries.
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  52. Toyota Hilux 8th Generation Lift Kits & Ready Struts Kits
    July 26, 2016

    Toyota Hilux 8th Generation Lift Kits & Ready Struts Kits

    *Limited Pre-Release Stock now available -  Full Stock available in April*
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  53. Nissan Navara NP300 Dual Cab Lift Kits & ReadyStruts Kits
    July 26, 2016

    Nissan Navara NP300 Dual Cab Lift Kits & ReadyStruts Kits

    Fulcrum now has the new Navara NP300 Dual Cab covered, we are pleased to release new RAW and Bilstein Lift Kits that make this vehicle handle superbly!
    Read more »
  54. Mitsubishi Triton MQ 2015-on Lift Kits  &  ReadyStruts Kits
    July 26, 2016

    Mitsubishi Triton MQ 2015-on Lift Kits & ReadyStruts Kits

    Fulcrum now has the new Triton covered, we are pleased to release new range of RAW and Bilstein Lift Kits.
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  55. New addition of Rancho 4WD Kits & ReadyStruts
    July 26, 2016

    New addition of Rancho 4WD Kits & ReadyStruts

    Fulcrum adds Rancho to the Range! Rancho Suspension is the world's largest 4WD shock absorber. Rancho's beginnings go way back to 1955, when a group of 4WD enthusiasts started modifying vehicles for desert treks.
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    Formula 4x4 Big Bore Review
      Formula 4x4 Big Bore Customer Feedback The following is a detailed review of our Formula 4x4 Big Bore shocks absorbers. Sent in by one of customers who is currently toruing the Australian outback.   As part of planning a trip up the Central Arnhem Road and back across the Savannah Way, I needed to replace the OEM shock absorbers on my 2016 Patrol. I contacted Fulcrum Suspensions for advice. They have been my go to suspension...
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  • Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released!
    Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released!
      Formula 4x4 Big Bore Shocks Released! A new heavy duty shock to handle extreme heats, heavy loads and tough off road conditions, call us on 1800 385 278.  Fulcrum Suspensions launched their own brand of 4x4 shock absorbers onto the market a few years ago. Going strong, a new range of Formula 4x4 heavy duty shock absorbers built specifically to handle extreme heats and extreme rear loads has been released. Perfect for larger 4WDs such...
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  • MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions
    MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions
      MCA Coilover Installation at Fulcrum Suspensions As Fulcrum Suspension transitions from TEIN coilovers to MCA coilovers our stores are beginning to fit them for our customers. Recently at Fulcrum Suspensions Yeerongpilly branch we fitted an MCA Race Prime coilover kit to a Nissan Skyline R32 and the final result was amazing! The MCA Race Prime coilover kit that was fitted, is designed for the track enthusiast or competitive driver...
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