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Upgrades for Beginners

Upgrades for Beginners

Taking on the challenge of upgrading your vehicle to go off-road can end up to be a very expensive mistake if you don’t get the right advice.

Where do you start?

Let the team at Viking assist you with your exciting challenge and ensure you don’t make the costly mistake of incorrect upgrades. A few things to consider –

Tyres: Upgraded tyres are an essential first piece of kit for any aspiring off-road enthusiast. Perhaps the biggest killjoy during an off-road excursion comes at the expense of cheap, flimsy rubber — but beefier tread lugs, improved stress ratings, and tailored tread types will ensure that you’re prepared for the specific terrain you’re looking to dominate.

Suspension: If you’re headed off-road, changing your suspension is an undeniable modification that will need to happen at one point or another — and it’s often the first step drivers take in their quest to outfit their stock vehicle with a newly acquired, aggressive look. As with any other integral part of your vehicle, a blown bushing or destroyed bolt will put a swift end to any outdoor exploration you’re hoping to do — so instead, invest in an aftermarket system that focuses on key reinforcement areas and high-quality peripherals that will make your experience all the more pleasant.

Lift Kit: While suspension systems offer for more in terms of performance and capability, it’s obvious that the higher your vehicle is off the ground, the more clearance it has, and the more obstacles you’ll be able to negotiate. That’s where the lift kit comes in — providing your truck with the means (and ground clearance) to navigate over obstacles that would make most stock vehicles cower in fear. Not only does the lift kit provide the perfect expandable capability for your ride, but it also warrants a nice gain in the aesthetics department, exposing the undercarriage of the vehicle and all of the awesomely upgraded suspension work that you had done prior to the addition of the kit.

Body Protection: Body protection is one of the most overlooked additions when it comes to creating an off-road vehicle since most of the parts are hidden and achieve no aesthetic purpose for the vehicle. While it might be true that there is no reason to buy body protection if you’re only interested in aesthetic value, it’s absolutely essential should you feel the need to take your vehicle off grid, over dangerous terrain, and run the risk of inclement damage. The last thing you want when you’re trying to clear an obstacle is to destroy an important underbody component due to a momentary lapse in judgment.

Bull Bar: Bull bars are better described as brush guards, which are meant to protect the front end of your off-road vehicle as you plow through grass, brush, and anything else that stands in your way. If you can’t drive over it or around it, bull bars are the best way to proceed without worrying that you’ll damage the expensive front end peripherals of your vehicle.

Winch: Winches are another non-essential item for the introductory off-roader but retain their spot as one of the most useful tools for off-road excursions that introduce new levels of difficulty. If you’re prone to find yourself in a number of sticky situations, the winch can be one of the most invaluable additions you can make to your vehicle.

Lighting Soultions: Light bars might be showing up last on our list, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Stock headlights and alternative vehicle lighting solutions are often underwhelming in the grand scheme of things and provide a baseline luminescent rating for driving on well-lit roadways.

Let us know your level of “off-road” ventures and we have the support and sales to ensure you get there.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Adventure Upgrades!

Adventure Upgrades!

When you head out into the outdoors for an adventure, you need to make sure that you will make it back home! You also need to be comfortable on those overnight stays. We have the technical and after sales service to ensure your vehicle will get you there…..and back!

Suspension: Choose your preferred upgrade. We offer Lovells or Boss Air suspension, however, if you have another brand that you fancy we can source and install this.

Roof Top Tents, Swags: Stocking a range of roof-top tents from Darche, Front Runner and Bundutec and swags from All 4 Adventure and Darche, depending on your budget and your preference. From electric pop-up roof top luxury from Bundutec to the light weight spacious roof or rack tent from Front Runner.

Cooking, furniture and storage: Front Runner solutions are space saving, durable, accessible and have all your needs covered. With the versatile Slimline II roof rack, options are endless. Water tanks, spare wheel carriers, drawer systems that can be arranged to your liking. All 4 Adventure camp chairs, camp overs and “about that much…” range of cookbooks with recipes and tips from Jase. Darche tables and camp chairs has your comfort in mind.

Let us know your level of “off-road” ventures and we have the support and sales to ensure you get there.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Drivetech 4×4

Drivetech 4×4…Driven by quality

Viking Drive is excited to be associated with Drivetech 4×4, one of the fastest growing hard part names in the 4WD industry. We invite you to to check out our range before heading out on your next 4×4 adventure. We are able to supply a wide range of high quality and reasonably priced parts specifically selected to endure the harsh Australian and New Zealand conditions, and includes –

Accessories: 4WD recovery kits, high lift jacks, LED lighting, snorkels and underbody protection.

Brake and clutch: clutch kits, brake callipers and pads, cables, hydraulics and repair kits.

Engine, body, electrical: water pumps, fans, glow plugs, door handles, mirrors and more.

Drivetrain: everything between the axles to the engine. Transmission, transfer case, differential parts, CV’s and more for your 4×4.

Filtration: complete engine filter kits and diesel pre-filter kits.

Steering and suspension: Enduro shock absorbers and suspension lift kits, springs, tie rods, tie rod ends, idler and control arms for most 4 wheel drive makes and models.

SumoSprings: The ultimate airless air bag, load levelling kit.

Rival: Rival Automotive delivers high quality, full vehicle solutions for popular 4WDs in the market. Underbody armour, tailgate assist kits, rear bars, bumpers, bonnet strut kits…see what’s available in our store, or give our team a call on (07) 4952 3821.

To help you keep your 4WD out and about in the great outdoors we’re continually growing our range, so make sure you check back or contact our sales staff who will be able to help you out.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Boss Air Suspension

Leader in Airbag Suspension Technology

BOSS Australasia has a vision of being recognised by our customers and dealers as the most admired  air suspension, load assist kit, compressor and component supplier in Australia and New Zealand.

BOSS Air Suspension is recognised as being the leader in Load Assist (Tow Kits) kits in harsh and rugged environments. From the icy reaches of Europe to the 45+ celsius Degree heat of the Australia Outback. 6mm thick steal stamped brackets, welded then Powder coated with the BOSS Black Finish. Thus adding durability and style while being very easy to install with simple hand tools.

BOSS AIRBAGS

BOSS air bags are manufactured using the most technically advanced machinery. Also they are tested far beyond any possible real use scenario

AIRBAG SUSPENSION LOAD ASSIST KITS

BOSS air suspension has used its replacement suspension technology to manufacture a range of top selling load assist kits. This airbag suspension kit gives your vehicle air adjustable rear suspension by using the BOSS airbag and 6mm thick brackets enabling vehicles to carry the load they were intended to.

BOSS load assist kits are easy to fit and most simply bolt on using basic hand tools and when filled with air, raise the rear end ( when under load) to make the vehicle level again, making the vehicle safer when loaded by keeping the front wheels in contact with the road, eliminating sway and improving ( wet or dry).
Full coil replacement bag kits are also available for popular coil 4wds and sedans. Boss “On Board Air” control kits can be added to all Load Assist Kits.

Call Viking Drive on 07 4952 3821 and a solution can be tailor-made for you.

Schedule Your Auto Maintenance Service Today

We understand how important your car, truck or SUV is to your daily schedule. Whether you’re using your vehicle for a morning commute or a cross-country road trip, you should contact our experts to ensure peak performance. Our goal is to keep your vehicle safe, fuel efficient and performing at its very best. Customers come to us for real solutions to all vehicle systems – engine, mechanical and electrical. Our team has over 80 years of combined experience in the auto repair industry. Give us a call today at 07 4952 6510 to schedule your next auto repair appointment. Next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by. We gladly accept all of our walk-ins!

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Lovells – Suspension and towing solutions

Lovells – For the Ride of your Life

Viking Drive and Viking Mechanical are excited to be the authorised Lovells supplier in the Mackay district.

Lovells Automotive Systems Pty Ltd is in its 90th year of business as a manufacturer and supplier of premium quality springs and suspension components to suit a broad range of applications for the automotive, camper trailer, towing components, agriculture, mining and railway industries.

Lovells has cemented their reputation as a world leader, manufacturer and supplier of premium quality springs and suspension components to give you “The Ride of your Life”

The company’s philosophy of up to a standard and not down to a price paired with a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement provide the basis for a focus on the quality of the product, as well as the quality of the business relationships we develop with our clients.

Our suspension components are sold all over the world, leading the way in unsurpassed quality, technical co-operation and customer service.

From performance vehicles to intercity express passenger trains to rugged mining vehicles and freight locomotives, Lovells have the experience to supply all of your suspension needs.

No matter what your driving requirements, we can find a solution to improve your ride with Lovells Automotive Systems Pty Ltd.

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