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  1. Why do we sell the Brands of Oils and Fluids that we do?

    There are loads of brands of Oils and Fluids out there for your truck, so where do you start? It’s hard enough finding out the type of fluids you need let alone working out which brands you can trust. Having tried a fair few brands ourselves over the last 25 years. Here’s some info on why we supply the Brands...
  2. Fitting Guide for the Kuhner Diesel Alternator 85 Amp

    Fitting Guide for the Kuhner Diesel Alternator 85 Amp

    We have put together some helpful instructions and tips to make the removal and fitment of the Kuhner 85 Amp alternator that much easier. This alternator fits a selection of the Hilux Pickup models from 2002 onwards and Land Cruiser KDJ90/95, 120 series, and 150 series. See the ‘Compatible Vehicles’ tab on the product page on our website for the...
  3. Why Fit Wheel Spacers?

    There are several reasons people fit wheel spacers : To increase stability if you are lifting your truck So you can fit larger sized tyres to your vehicle To improve performance and grip of the wheel By widening the stance it creates greater stability when steering around corners Wheel spacers come in various thickness from about 5mm to 60mm and...
  4. What is AHC?

    What is AHC?

    Have you ever wondered what AHC is? Some of our vehicle parts can only be fitted to vehicles with AHC so we have put together a quick guide to help. Firstly AHC stands for Active Height Control suspension or Adjustable Height Control. What does AHC do? Well to keep it short on the Land Cruiser 100 series it allows the...
  5. What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    So how do Shock Absorbers work? Simply put, shock absorbers work by allowing the springs to absorb the energy when your tyre hits a bump in the road. They are essentially oil pumps. A piston is attached to the end of the piston rod and works against hydraulic fluid in the pressure tube. As the suspension travels up and down...
  6. What is an EGR valve?

    What is an EGR valve?

    This article taken from Toyota GB explains what an EGR valve is, what it does and what happens when it fails. The common signs of failure include engine performance issues like decreased power and acceleration, rough idle, and the engine management light coming on forcing the car to drive in limp mode. This article explains everything you need to know about complete EGR valves...
  7. What is a Viscous Heater or Power Heater?

    What is a Viscous Heater or Power Heater?

    What is the Viscous Heater and where is it fitted? You will need to know this when ordering fan belts on certain Land Cruiser models, we often describe the belt options as “with or without” viscous heater fitted. This is because the length of the belt will vary if fitted.
  8. What can Brake Cleaner be used for?

    What can Brake Cleaner be used for?

    RoughTrax are proud to introduce our very own branded Brake Cleaner that can be used for many other applications in the garage or at home. What is Brake Cleaner? Brake cleaner, often called Brake, Clutch & Parts Cleaner is an aerosol-delivered solvent originally designed to clean grease, oil, brake dust and dirt from brake friction materials. With its easy application and minimal amount of...
  9. Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika is the world’s largest independent automotive trade fair for the automotive industry, holding 16 events in 15 Countries every year. Every two years, the trade fair rolls into Frankfurt in Germany and this year was by far the largest, ever! The fair is the shop window for the automotive market across the entire industry. Here is what just one of the...
  10. Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    In warm and dry weather, the diesel engine will start even if one glow plug is defective and only the other plugs preheat. With glow plug failure there will usually be increased pollutant emission and possibly also knocking during start, however, the driver will not consciously take note of these signs, or will not know how to interpret them. There...
  11. What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    Recently the European Union released an R90 type-approval requirement for all replacement Brake Pads & Brake Shoes. It is illegal to supply and or fit any brake friction material that is not R90 type approved. What is ECE Regulation 90? Otherwise known as R90, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ECE Regulation 90 is now a legal requirement for all replacement brake friction materials (Brake Pads &...
  12. Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    RoughTrax receives many customers enquiring about bull bars every day, and unfortunately we are unable to supply them. It is not our decision not to supply bull bars but an EU legislation preventing us from legally selling them without a pretty hefty fine. We thought we would set the record straight and explain why it is now illegal to sell bull bars unless...
  13. RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    A very common question we are asked by our customers is "What is the difference in RoughTrax premium exhaust quality to others?" Well, let us explain; Who is the manufacturer? The manufacturer for RoughTrax premium exhausts are A2A Exhaust Specialists, A2A stands for Air 2 Air and is a brand name for TMA, their strap line is "OE in everything but name". TMA is the largest independent manufacturer of quality exhausts...
  14. The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    Struggling to find cheap and affordable 4x4 insurance for your Toyota Hilux Pickup, Hilux Surf or Land Cruiser? Look no further, finding cheap car insurance couldn't be easier. RoughTrax have put together a list of the best 4x4 insurance companies that have been recommended to us by our customers.   Adrian Flux Insurance Services Get even cheaper car insurance for your Four Wheel Drive...
  15. 4x4 Insurance Discount Scheme with Adrian Flux

    4x4 Insurance Discount Scheme with Adrian Flux

    Adrian Flux Insurance Services are pleased to have the opportunity to serve RoughTrax 4x4 and provide its customers’ with competitive and bespoke policies for their Toyota 4x4’s and any other vehicle they may own. As one of the UK’s most respected specialist insurance intermediaries we have a panel of insurers who we will use to find members the most appropriate...
  16. What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    This article explains the technical differences between OE, OEM & Aftermarket automotive products, with company and product examples for each alternative, and the expectations they need to achieve to obtain product and company certifications. OE & OEM What do we mean by an 'OE' or 'OEM' products, well in short this means the manufacturer of the original part used in the assembly...
  17. How to fit oil seals correctly on your Toyota

    How to fit oil seals correctly on your Toyota

    The job of removing and fitting of an oil seal correctly is a very important task no matter where it is being installed, of course in some areas such as rear main oil seal (engine crank shaft) just getting to the seal is the major issue so here are some helpful hints along with some 'do’s' and 'don’ts' to ensure...
  18. Why is it important to change your brake fluid?

    Why is it important to change your brake fluid?

    In this article you'll learn why it is important to regularly change your old brake fluid with new brake fluid, how to bleed your brake system and how to choose the right fluid for your vehicle. The important thing to remember is, brake fluid can absorb moisture, this is bad because of the 'wet boiling point' which is the reduced boiling temperature of fluid that's absorbed...
  19. The difference between Coil, Leaf & Torsion Bars

    The difference between Coil, Leaf & Torsion Bars

    In this article you will learn about different suspensions types such as coil springs, leaf springs and torsion bar suspension systems, their functions and how their differ from one another. A vehicle ride quality is a very personal preference, and what one persons opinion of a nice ride comfort and feel will be another ones nightmare. Automotive springs & torsion bars play a major role in the safe handling and...
  20. Handy Tools & Equipment Suggestions

    Handy Tools & Equipment Suggestions

    If you are due a service and maybe thinking of tackling the job yourself, we have put together some handy tools & equipment suggestions that will make your life much easier when carrying out essential maintenance & servicing on your 4x4 at home. Minor damage and small problems are often easier to fix than you think, and having the right...

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