Make no mistake, the Everest will be an incredibly popular 4X4. We fully expect the Everest and Ranger to be very well supported by aftermarket companies. After all, ARB were actually involved throughout the design process to ensure perfect compatibility with their products.
But it’s not ARB we want to talk about here; It’s another impressive Australian company that manufactures right here on our shores. Out Of Town 4WD.
You’re probably familiar with the name Longranger. It’s the flagship product built by the family-owned Newcastle manufacturer. They’re at the top of the tree in terms of aftermarket fuel tanks, and it’s easy to see why. There’s a definite no-nonsense approach here; make the best product you possibly can, with no compromise.
At the time of writing, the near-complete prototype is being fitted to a test car. Once the correct operation is confirmed, we’ll have concrete specs such as capacity and weight. What we can confirm is that Longranger works hard to ensure that your offroad ability isn’t hindered by their tanks. You’ll retain the same ramp over angle and ground clearance.
“They even take into consideration the mods you are likely to perform. Like aftermarket exhausts and suspension lifts, and ensure their product is compatible”
It’s this commitment to functionality that really sets Longranger apart in this market. These guys are 4×4 enthusiasts like us, so they understand the need for balance. It’d be great to carry 250L of fuel. But it’s no good if it hangs down 100mm below the chassis rails.
Their tanks are constructed using 2mm aluminised steel, which means they’re rust-resistant, strong, and light. They’re fully baffled, and mount using the factory mounts. They even take into consideration the mods you are likely to perform. Like aftermarket exhausts and suspension lifts, and ensure their product is compatible. This all happens in the development phase, well before you fit one to your vehicle.
Longranger Next-Gen Everest tank is a full factory tank replacement that works with the factory fuel pump, and factory fuel gauge. It’s anticipated that the fuel capacity will increase by around 80% over factory, which should translate into driving range well over 1,000km per tank.
This is the kind of modification that won’t necessarily be high on your list of wants, but it’s right up there in the need column. Especially if you’re a long-distance tourer, or you tow anything with a bit of weight involved. After all, that’s exactly what this car does well. If it can do it for 1,000km at a time between fills, that’s a big win in our books.
For more information, visit www.thelongranger.com.au or call (02) 4953 3288