The Aussies built a great product designed to withstand harsh conditions, but there’s one massive continent in the North where the people are even more 4x4 obsessed, and where the environment is even harsher. Yep, the Russians take no prisoners; and now South African company Raw Africa Expeditions is importing their tougher-than-tough 4x4 armour under the Tuffstuff name.
The armour is made by Russian company Rival, which manufactures up to a million bash plates and bumpers a year; and they do things a little differently.
Unlike anything else we have in our market, these underbody armour plates and bumpers are hydraulically pressed out of 5mm sheets of 6061 (T6) grade aluminium; and where there are seam lines, they are robotically welded.
The reasons for using aluminium are simple – it’s three times lighter than steel, and you can forget about rust.
A Tuffstuff full-front alloy bumper for the Hilux Revo, for example, weighs just 42kg – the steel equivalent would tip the scales at 70-80kg – negating the need for a suspension upgrade.
These unique bumpers are made in three pieces and offer a next-generation design, fitting flush with the contours of modern 4x4s.
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