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MSA 4X4 Wins Patent Infringement Prosecution on Drop Slides

Shane Miles, owner of MSA 4X4 Accessories, invented the first drop down fridge slide in 2007 and was awarded a patent in Australia and internationally.

Due to the large scale popularity and commercial interest in Mr Miles’ product, he has had to attribute a significant amount of time and money to defending his design from cheap imitations of his product.

Most notably in March of 2016, Glynton Chislett of Australian Ute Trays and Bodies Pty Ltd, began to sell a copy of Mr Miles’ drop slide that was in breach of his patent.

When challenged, Mr Chislett gave undertakings to stop selling the infringing product.

Less than 12 months later Mr Chislett again started selling the infringing product under a new company name.

Mr Miles said:

“After having given undertakings to stop infringing my patent, Mr Chislett flagrantly commenced selling a cheap imitation of my product forcing me to commence legal proceedings against him and some of his companies.”

On 21 August 2017 the Federal Court of Australia ordered that Mr Chislett and his companies, Isipinqo Investments Pty Ltd and DC & GC Investments Pty Ltd, infringed on MSA 4X4’s drop slide patent by manufacturing and importing an imitation of Mr Miles’ product into Australia and were in breach of Mr Miles’ exclusive rights to the drop slide’s design.

MSA 4X4 is a long standing Australian company who are extremely passionate about providing innovative and quality four-wheel-drive products.

Mr Miles says “Our drop slides are engineered to perform at the highest level and are supported by a Lifetime Guarantee,”

“It’s disgraceful to see the livelihood of small Aussie businesses being ripped off by patent infringers.

It seems to be an industry trend now that these companies come along and think they can steal the hard-earned designs and ideas of other companies who have put in the extensive time and money to develop new and innovative products.

We have 14 original designs now, many that have been ripped off by other companies because we didn’t understand the patent process when we invented them. What’s even worse is that some of these companies even go as far as to claim them as their own designs.”

Mr Miles explains that it can take him up to three years to finalise a new product design and have it launched in to the market. It can therefore take a significant amount of time to recoup that initial investment.

Mr Miles says “It would be hard to continue to spend money on innovating new products when companies who behave like vultures and scavenge on other people’s product ideas, are waiting in the sidelines to send it to a cheap Chinese factory to have it copied with inferior materials” .

Unfortunately, while the law is on the side of Mr Miles, MSA 4X4 must still go through the expensive and time consuming process of going through the courts to have imitations of his product removed and claim money lost.

One would have to question the ethics behind selling copies of original products, but until there’s naming and shaming of these infringing companies, it will never get better.

This is a big win for the true R&D companies in the Australian four-wheel-drive and auto industry that register their intellectual property and have the right to enforce them.

 

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Read more from 4X4 Australia Magazine here: https://www.4x4australia.com.au/news/1709/msa-4x4-wins-patent-case

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Australia’s Best 4WD Drawer System!

Designed from the ground up to establish the way a quality 4WD system should be, the MSA 4X4 Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System delivers many more features than any other 4WD Drawer system in the market today!
We've re-set the benchmark in quality 4WD Drawer Systems from a safety, functionality and quality perspective.

Features include;

  • 100% aluminium construction with anodised aluminium components means that our drawers are super strong, lightweight and have a lifetime corrosion resistance. This also means that our drawers are lighter than many generic steel drawers in the market – a very important feature as the GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass is the maximum weight that a vehicle can carry including its own weight) is crucial to the safe and efficient operation of a vehicle.
  • The patented “stay-open block” in our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System allows the drawer to remain in an open position, even on a 30-degree slope! This is another important safety feature which prevents a fully loaded, open drawer from unexpectedly slamming shut whilst still in use. This “stay-open block” also doubles as two electrical contacts, that when the drawer is open, create an electrical circuit without any moving wires to power the included LED strip light. The patented internal LED strip light delivers increased practicality, complete with manual override switch conveniently located in the drawer face.
  • The patented “Pro-Glide” system of our MSA 4X4 Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System utilises the side of the drawers and the frame as the actual slide unit, which means that no usable storage space inside the drawers are lost to traditional side slide runners. The over extension using custom sealed bearings, removes the need for additional slide components, maximising storage space. More internal drawer space is achieved with equivalent external frame dimensions of other drawers. Flush finish internal drawer sides provide greater storage practicality without any internal folds to hinder how larger items are placed inside the drawers or removed from the drawers.
  • Flush fitting removable wing kits in our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer Systems are designed to clip or bolt in, allowing access to storage areas beside the drawers! This is great for customers who want to store items such as their second battery or compressor in that available space. If a customer has a Fridge Drop Slide or other item hard mounted onto the wing kit, access under the drawer wings are also possible due to the unique removable front facing wing panels. Floor extensions are included as standard with Dual Cab Ute wing kits which are the wing pieces behind the drawers to create a full flat surface at the back of the tray, preventing items from falling behind the drawers.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System's injection moulded design-registered lock system with purpose built injection-moulded frame & aluminium components help deliver a 100% safe and secure lock system that cannot be levered open from underneath (unlike other drawers), providing safe storage. An anodised knurled aluminium handle has been designed for comfort & practicality.
  • A dust & water resistant designed seal around the front panel resists ingress, making our drawers the perfect storage solution for road trips through the red dust centre of Australia. Stainless steel fasteners are also used throughout where possible for a rust free and problem free life!
  • Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer Systems are available in 3 different lengths to suit popular wagons and dual cab utes. The 930 drawer system is 945mm long (overall complete drawer length including handle lock) and suits vehicles such as the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, 150 Series Prado, 120 Series Prado and 76 Series Wagons. The 1030 drawer system is 1045mm long (overall complete drawer length including handle lock) and suits vehicles such as the 200 Series & 100 Series Land Cruisers. The 1350 drawer system is 1365mm long (overall complete drawer length including handle lock) and suits most dual cab utes!
  • We recommend that any tub liners are removed before installing our drawer system as the tub liners do not follow the contours of the tub precisely enough and won’t result in an ideal fit.

Whilst every detail has been taken into account and engineered specifically to deliver the best and most reliable 4WD Storage Drawer System available in the market, MSA 4X4’s Lifetime Guarantee ensures that all Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System customers have the peace of mind that if anything were to go wrong, that they’d be looked after.

Contact your local MSA 4X4 Stockist for more information on our Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System for your vehicle today!

Click here to view available drawer models

Safe Water Crossing Tips

No two water crossings are ever the same and each crossing should be treated with caution. Below are some tips to help make sure your next water crossing is safer and that you’re not left with a water damaged vehicle, or worse.

Before leaving home:

  • Ensure that your recovery kit is in good condition and contains enough recovery gear.
  • Some factory snorkels are not sealed and therefore not advertised as waterproof. For example, the N80 Hilux Toyota snorkel is advertised to provide cleaner air to the vehicle’s engine in dusty environments whilst preserving optimal air flow and engine temperature. Some aftermarket snorkels also advertise that they help ensure that water doesn’t enter your vehicle’s airbox or engine during water crossings. Remember that a snorkel doesn’t mean that your vehicle now has the capability of a submarine!
  • The MSA 4X4 Water Bra is designed to prevent expensive damage to vehicle engines and electronics whilst crossing water or mud and can be considered as cheap insurance for when you do need it.
  • Know your vehicle’s maximum wading depth – This can be found in the owner’s manual.
  • Identify where the vehicle’s computer modules are. Some aren’t sealed and can be positioned behind the headlights or under the seats which don’t bode well for a water crossing… but if you do still need to cross, then the less water entering the engine bay, the better.

Prior to Crossing

  • Its always a good idea if you’ve been travelling a distance beforehand to allow the engine to cool down prior to entering the water.
  • If its flooded forget it. Wait it out until the water starts to recede and conditions are safer to cross or find an alternate route around. Its just not worth the risk to cross floodwaters.
  • If possible, always walk the crossing before driving it to check the depth and flow of water – if you are struggling to walk it then you will have the same issues driving it. Obviously if there’s a likelihood of crocodiles in the water, walking it first isn’t a solid idea, but if you are walking it, check for the shallowest areas, drop offs and potential submerged obstacles such as stumps!
  • Find the easiest entry and exit points possible, avoiding steep exits. Take into account how strongly the water is flowing and what impact this may have on getting to your exit point.
  • Have a recovery plan in case you get stuck.
  • Have your recovery gear connected to the front (and potentially the rear) of your vehicle and securely held in place (ensure that it doesn’t get caught in your wheels). Time is of the essence if you get stuck and its not easy to attach a strap to a recovery point that is under water! MSA 4X4’s Water Bra includes a front pocket to store your strap for quick and easy access if you need it.
  • Make sure the Water Bra is secured into position so that it doesn’t get washed away or caught on your wheels. The MSA 4X4 Water Bra conforms to any vehicle shape and size, and features a 10 second ''Quick-fit'' design. The Straps loop over the mirrors to keep it secure. No vehicle damaging ocky straps or tarps needed and no risk of injury! Drainage holes release water after the crossing.

  • Ensure that bystanders are out of the path of the vehicle, out of harm’s way and away from those who will be assisting with a possible recovery.
  • Having another vehicle ready to assist on the other side of the crossing is always recommended.

During the Crossing

  • Select the correct gear that gives you plenty of torque whilst still allowing you to get up to “speed” to create a bow wave. This is particularly important if you are in a manual, as you don’t want to be changing gears whilst crossing.
  • Enter the water at a steady pace and maintain this pace which achieves a slight bow wave in front of the vehicle and doesn’t have water gushing over the top of the bonnet. Even with a snorkel installed, when driving through deep water it’s important to create a bow wave to prevent the water being forced horizontally through the vehicle's grill at pressure. This pressure may result in the water being ''grabbed'' by the spinning engine fan and the fan then being pulled through the radiator, leaving you with a hole in your radiator as well as your wallet!
  • Avoid slowing down enough for the wake behind your vehicle to catch up and lift up the back of the vehicle.

After the Crossing

  • Once on the other side, stop and let the water drain away from the vehicle before driving off.
  • Remove the Water Bra to prevent it from blocking air-flow to the radiator and pack away any recovery gear.
  • Reinflate tyres to a suitable pressure to continue your trip
  • Pump your brake pedal a few times to dry your brakes out before you leave.

These tips certainly don’t guarantee a safe water crossing, but they will help. Good luck and safe travels!

All MSA 4X4 products come with a Lifetime Warranty and are available from all good 4x4 outlets. At RRP $149, the MSA 4X4 Water Bra is cheap insurance and pays for itself after its first use.

Click here for more information on the MSA 4X4 Water Bra.

On the road again… Preparing for your next road trip

As school holidays approach, many Aussie families will be packing up and heading on a road trip with the promise of relaxation, family fun and amazing memories whilst exploring our beautiful country!

But if not properly planned, your family road trip can become quite a stressful experience!

We’ve put together some tips to help prepare for your upcoming road trip.

Prepare the car - Service your car! If its not due for a service, have it inspected to ensure that everything is in proper working order and that fluid levels, brake pads, batteries, air conditioning system and tyres are checked to avoid any potential break-downs along the way.

Check your jack to ensure that everything is there and in good working order if you need to change a tyre unexpectedly. Pack some basic tools in the car in case of emergencies and don’t forget to check your spare tyre!

There is nothing worse than having your tools and cutlery scattered everywhere, or in very noisy, vehicle interior damaging, rattling boxes and tubs.

MSA 4X4 have designed a Tool Roll that is tough enough to last and soft enough not to damage your vehicle! Features heavy duty double layered 12oz canvas, separate top flap and elastics to keep everything in place, 18 pockets of various sizes and heavy moulded rubber carry handle. The MSA 4X4 Tool Roll measures 122cm L x 420cm H when open and allows for easy and safe storage anywhere!

Pack an Emergency Kit which includes plenty of bottles of drinking water, non-perishable food, oral rehydration salts, blankets, torches (and batteries), first aid kit, jumper cable & battery phone charger. A small fire extinguisher and/or fire blanket wouldn’t go amiss here either.

Plan the trip – Map out your route and identify any planned pit stops. (If you’re going to use a GPS to navigate, it does pay to have a back-up physical map in the vehicle, just in case!)

Try and drive outside of peak hours as much as possible to avoid traffic and other delays. Unfortunately, no matter how much you plan, at some stage you will hit traffic, or a road closure, or an incident that will delay you, and patience will be a virtue here!

Toddlers & younger kids will struggle to sit still for more than a couple of hours in any one stretch, so planning something fun every few hours will help make the car trip more enjoyable.

A stop at a roadside attraction, such as one of “Australia’s Big Things” (ie Big Banana, Big Bench, Big Golden Guitar, Big Merino, Big Golden Gumboot etc), can provide much needed leg-stretching and break up a drive without costing too much time. At last count, Australia was home to 150 giant roadside attractions which are often found along major roads between destinations.

If you find a great swimming hole during your road trip, take the time to enjoy it without worrying about where you’ll need to store the wet swimsuits & towels afterwards.

Wet items can be securely stored outside of the vehicle in MSA 4X4’s 55ltr Rear Wheel Bag! Perfect for trips where you don’t want muddy or wet gear inside your vehicle. Its unique “Anti-Drop” harness system keeps your gear and bag from drooping behind the vehicle; extra zippered and reinforced pockets on each side offer more storage and its drainage hole releases any fluid. The Rear Wheel Bag can also be padlocked on to the well with a lock strap for added security!

 

Pack Smart – Check your vehicle’s GVM to ensure that you aren’t putting too much weight in the vehicle.

Roof top bags and boxes should only be filled with light bulky items such as blankets, pillows, chairs etc. Heavy loads on the roof can make the vehicle harder to handle in an emergency situation.

Manufactured from 15oz canvas, MSA 4X4’s Tourer and Basket Packs represent the ultimate in rooftop storage! Store your bulky items on your roof rack, safe, dry and dust free inside an MSA 4X4 Tourer Pack or Basket Bag. It will free up much needed space in the vehicle to make your travels that much more comfortable and safe - no more jamming the pillows & blankets in around the kids!

Do not stack items unrestrained in the vehicle as they become potentially lethal projectiles in the event of an accident, or if you have to brake suddenly.

Pack everything for quick, easy access on the road so that you don’t have to pull over to dig around the boot or in overflowing bags! Basic supplies such as sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a packet of Band Aids and pillows are best kept in the car’s cabin. Antibacterial Wipes & Hand Sanitiser will help prevent everyone from catching common bugs whilst on holiday! Wet wipes are useful for washing hands, wiping down tables and cleaning toilet seats! It can really help to keep the items that you and the kids need for the trip within easy reach.

Keep all your accessories close at hand and easily accessible with an MSA 4X4 Seat Organiser. Offering 12 individual pockets for endless storage possibilities including 3 larger pockets for street directories, maps, magazines, iPads and colouring books. Designed to be easily attached and removed in seconds. Manufactured from heavy duty 12oz canvas, with an aluminium internal frame that prevents sagging even when full. The injection moulded fold away table Seat Organiser even has a cup recess, making it perfect for travel breaks!

The MSA 4X4 Dash Organiser is another fantastic, innovative original that keeps everything you use, when sitting in the driver or passenger seat, close at hand and easy to access, right in front of you! The Organiser will mould to any dash shape and you can even install it vertically on the transmission hump.

Tips to avoid the “Are we there yet”, “I’m bored”, I’m hungry”!

Snacks – Lots and lots of snacks, not just for the trip, but in case you are stuck on the road for longer than expected! Purchase and pack in advance as it works out cheaper than purchasing food at rest stops and keeps the kids entertained! Minimise the spillages by filling mini Tupperware containers with small quantities of treats. They can be filled with sultanas, tiny-teddies, grapes, chopped strawberries, melon etc to provide a variety of treats to nibble on and pass the time, whilst reducing the chance of snacks being squished into every nook, cranny and surface of the vehicle!

Protect your car seats with a set of MSA 4X4 Canvas Seat Covers. Years of design, development and manufacturing knowledge goes into every MSA 4X4 Canvas Seat Cover to ensure that it not only works in perfect harmony with your vehicle’s safety features, protecting you and your family, but that it also looks good inside your vehicle! However, the challenge goes further than just looks; MSA 4X4 created a canvas seat cover that is durable enough to withstand the day to day rigours of life’s adventures, but not too stiff that its uncomfortable for the occupant. 

Spill proof drinks – reduce the risk of dehydration by encouraging your kids to drink plenty of fluids.

Activities - Age-specific books (or a Kindle for older kids), hand-held computer games, colouring & sticker books, pack of coloured pencils or textas, word searches, a simple jigsaw puzzle, a notebook, and lots and lots of toys. If your kids get car sick, then a selection of audio books can be a great option. Let each child have their own bag of toys and games to play with, to reduce fights over sharing! Offer the toys one at a time, as the child starts to show signs of boredom with the current one. Swapping toys over once an hour can help alleviate boredom also. Young kids will appreciate their favourite “security toy” for the trip.

Tablets - If you have a tablet that your child can play games on or watch movies on, remember to pack the charging cable and headphones also! There are plenty of apps available that are designed specifically to keep the kids entertained, whilst also being educational.

Old Fashioned Fun – Play family games such as I Spy, 21 Questions, Don’t Say It, The Singing Game, Cows on My Side, The Movie Game etc

In case of emergencies – A change of clothes, disposable nappies, tissues, paper towels, plenty of wet wipes, plastic bucket (with a lid) and plastic bags in case of motion sickness or any other mess. A good first aid kit is a must for any road trip to prepare for the unexpected. Include items such as paracetamol appropriate to your child’s age and weight, thermometer, oral rehydration salts, nappy rash cream and anti-itching lotions.

Safety First – Always, always use appropriate restraints. Seat belts are a non-negotiable for a safe road trip and car seats should be properly installed.

Comfort – Logging the klms can be exhausting for anyone, but its even more painful if your back is hurting through poor support.

MSA 4X4’s Patented Air Lumbar Support System provides adjustable support where and when you need it most! Its quick fit design enables it to be installed and removed in a matter of seconds, allowing for easy transfer between vehicles. Its fully adjustable air inflated bladder insert allows you to position the support to suit you perfectly! You can even install up to 4 internal bladders aimed at multiple support zones.

Getting there is half the fun and we hope our tips will help with planning your next family road trip!

Safety First in 4WD Storage Solutions

We've re-set the benchmark in quality 4WD Drawer Systems from a safety, functionality and quality perspective.

Consumers are becoming more aware of what to look for to ensure that their vehicle occupants are safe in the event of an accident and now have a clear benchmark to compare quality finish and features with.

Safety is something that we take seriously here at MSA 4X4, as items of load (cargo) carried inside the vehicle can weigh 20 – 30 times their own static weight during impact, which is capable of causing severe bodily injuries or even death to vehicle occupants.

Our new Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System has been successfully tested to ADR3/02, ADR34/01 & ADR42 and “passed all the requirements prescribed by the ADRs and AS/NZS, without any structural weaknesses or degradation of the system to the extent that it would affect the safety of the vehicle occupants or other road users.” (A copy of the Crash Test Certificate provided with every drawer sold) They are heavy duty crash tested to 250kg load rating per pair of drawers to enable customers to safely carry a comfortable load. It is the first ever aluminium drawer system to pass crash testing! Crash tested cargo barrier mount points and child restraint points are incorporated into the rear of the drawer frame as standard.

All MSA 4X4’s Seat Cover & Drawer crash testing is done by Grad Zivkovic, MSc,BSc,MIEA,MSAE - Automotive Engineer, Automotive Safety Engineering.

ASE’s (Automotive Safety Engineering) qualifications, test facilities and practices meet or exceed client’s requirements and legislated Standards. Managing Director and Chief Engineer Grad Zivkovic M.Sc, B.Sc, MIEA, MSAE founded ASE in 1994, and personally leads all projects and testing undertaken by ASE.

Not only did our MSA 4X4 Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System pass the crash testing, but it passed with flying colours! A second crash test was undertaken to place extreme strain on the components and they passed a second time!

This was a great achievement and supports MSA 4X4’s drive to be above the industry standard with design and quality.

Whilst every detail has been taken into account and engineered specifically to deliver the best and most reliable 4WD Storage Drawer System available in the market, MSA 4X4’s Lifetime Guarantee ensures that all Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System customers have the peace of mind that if anything were to go wrong, that they’d be looked after.

For more information on Automotive Safety Engineering, visit their website: http://www.autosafety.com.au/testing.htm

Download a copy of our Drawer Brochure for more information.

Tips to make the most of the beach this summer!

Summer has arrived early and one of the happiest places to be is relaxing on a beach! Australia is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and most Aussies will have fond memories of childhood holidays at the beach. We’ve compiled a list of things to do and beach essentials to take on your next beach trip!

Slip, slop slap!

Always apply sunscreen before you get to the beach and reapply it regularly.

Slip on a shirt, Slop on the 30+ sunscreen & Slap on a hat! Watch Sid the Seagull here.

Beat the heat

Drink up! Staying hydrated is important anytime of the year, but especially on hot summer days.

Summer fruits are great to beat the heat and help cool you down! Watermelons are a summer staple across the country for good reason, but why not also include pineapples and other melons to create a mouth-watering tropical vibe, that’s not only refreshing but is also great for you?!

Beach Fun with the kids Ideas

  • Digging in the sand – See how deep of a hole kids can dig!
  • Frisbee or Frisbee golf! Frisbee golf consists of setting targets using beach items such as towels, umbrellas etc or digging holes in the sand to use as targets. Everyone takes turns throwing the Frisbee as close as possible to the target
  • Make Sand Angels! And once you’re all sandy, go for a dip to wash it all off!
  • Build a Sandman! Collect shells, pebbles and sticks for eyes and mouths, and see how creative you can be with seaweed and other beach treasures to personalise your sandman!
  • Sandcastles and sand sculptures – let imaginations run wild and embrace your artistic side!
  • Collect seashells whilst taking a leisurely stroll or brisk walk! Walking on the sand is great exercise for your feet and legs!
  • Pull out the water guns!
  • Play Beach volleyball
  • Start a race and end it in the water!
  • Fly a kite! Even if there’s not enough wind, kids will enjoy running and watching the kites behind them.
  • Learn a new sport like surfing or kite-surfing
  • If it’s a dog-friendly beach, walk the dog on-lead. (Even if it’s an off-lead beach, its recommended to keep your dog on a lead for its own safety!

Ideas for Relaxing on the Beach

  • Lay back, relax and listen to sounds and smells of the ocean!
  • Go for a dip! You’re missing out if you spend your time soaking up the sun and don’t end up going for a dip in the ocean!
  • Catch up on your reading whilst catching the rays! Your favourite book, a naughty novel, crime drama or the latest magazine… just slop on the sunscreen, lay down, relax and start reading!
  • Climb up to a lookout point and enjoy the view from above!
  • Grab a pool float and chill in the sea! (Remember to attach it to something near the shore so that you don’t accidentally float away!)
  • Go fishing off the beach or jetty!
  • End your day on the beach by watching the sunset!
  • Pack a picnic, have a beach BBQ or splurge on fish and chips at a beach-side take away!
  • Have an ice cream or gelato to cool you down!

Beachside activities really are limited only by your imagination...!

Don’t forget:

  • Sunscreen
  • Beach Towels
  • Swimwear
  • Beach Bag – you need somewhere free of sand and water to stash keys, wallets and phones!
  • Travel Cups – Perfect for the beach! Made from tough anodised aluminium, MSA 4X4’s Travel Cups come in 3 colours; pink, blue and green and are supplied with a neat canvas storage bag! Remember how your drinks always tasted better in these cups?!
  • Bluetooth Speakers – Music enhances the experience (Just be mindful of other beach-goers around you who may not appreciate the volume of your tunes!)
  • Pre-packed snack boxes with fruits, biscuits, chips & dip, cold cuts etc
  • Bottles of water & other drinks to keep dehydration at bay
  • Esky or portable fridge to keep your drinks and food cold.

Related product: MSA 4X4 Fridge Drop Slide. The Drop Slide slides out from its stowed position and lowers a full 30cm in one smooth, safe and easy motion, enabling the platform to remain in a perfectly horizontal position the whole time. This allows unrestricted access to your fridge, toolbox and generator at a safe level with ease, before raising the slide in one very light and easy motion back into its stowed position.

  • Beach Chairs & Table
  • Picnic Rug
  • Rear Wheel Bag - Wet items can be securely stored outside of the vehicle in MSA 4X4’s 55ltr Rear Wheel Bag! Perfect for trips where you don’t want muddy or wet gear inside your vehicle. Its unique “Anti-Drop” harness system keeps your gear and bag from drooping behind the vehicle; extra zippered and reinforced pockets on each side offer more storage and its drainage hole releases any fluid. The Rear Wheel Bag can also be padlocked on to the well with a lock strap for added security!

  

Australia’s most advanced 4WD storage system ever!

From the company that brought us the world first revolutionary Fridge DropSlide, the original Water Bra, ADR Crash Test Certified Canvas Seat Covers, fully adjustable air lumbar support system, and a plethora of 4WD accessories that have stood the test of time, comes the new patented Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System which is packed full of new technology! This hard-wearing, stylish looking new storage system is ingeniously engineered and precision built using next-generation technology to provide incredible durability, access and ease of use!

Designed with the customer in mind, the MSA 4X4 Explorer Aluminium Drawer System boasts more storage space than most other systems with the same outside dimensions! Its patented ‘Pro-Glide’ technology smoothly handles up to 250kg per pair of drawers providing smooth opening under heavy loads, as well as providing total drawer access through the over extension of the drawer for 100% easy access.

The patented ‘Open-stay block’ holds the drawer open on steep inclines and the MSA 4X4 designed handle lock system combines ease of use with maximum comfort, safety and security. When locked, it cannot be levered open. The included LED strip light flush mounted to the inside of the drawer is another great feature enabling the contents of the whole drawer to be lit up, no matter where you are!

Another MSA 4X4 mark of quality is its rattle-free construction and dust resistant design due to the close tolerances of the design. Perfect for taking on tough Aussie tracks!

The MSA 4X4 Explorer Aluminium Storage Drawer System is Crash Tested ADR compliant and provides peace of mind with the class leading MSA 4X4 Lifetime Guarantee!

Its also compatible with the full range of MSA 4X4 Drop Slides, Fridge Slides and Fridge Barriers.

 

Click here to download the brochure for more information.

When Only the Best Will Do MSA 4X4 Drop Slide.

Designed by MSA 4X4 Accessories back in 2007, the MSA 4X4 Drop Slide is the original and the best. It even offers a Lifetime Guarantee!

The Drop Slide slides out from its stowed position and lowers a full 30cm in one smooth, safe and easy motion, enabling the platform to remain in a perfectly horizontal position the whole time.

This allows unrestricted access to your fridge, toolbox and generator at a safe level with ease, before raising the slide in one very light and easy motion back into its stowed position.  Its refined, superior design means that only 670N – 1200N quality gas struts are required for more efficient, assisted lowering. No overcompensating for poor design with monster gas struts.

Additional features include; unique lock-in lock-out safety feature, heavy duty 200kg slide runner rating, all fixings and straps included, stainless steel & blue anodised aluminium fittings and 16 Drop Slides and Straight Slides to choose from, with RRPs ranging from $425 - $849, ensuring the perfect solution for your needs.

The MSA 4X4 Drop Slide. The ONLY Drop Slide with a Lifetime guarantee!

All MSA 4X4 products come with a Lifetime Guarantee for peace of mind and are available from all good 4x4 outlets.

Don’t compromise on quality or safety when it comes to Seat Covers

Vehicles of today are more technologically advanced than ever before, which means that even the humble seat cover must be designed to work in perfect harmony with your vehicle. Just because a seat cover fits doesn’t mean it fits.

When it comes to airbags and safety, everything must deploy at the same time – to one thousandth of a second accuracy. If anything obstructs an airbag from deploying as intended, such as a seat cover, it may well result in serious injury to you or your family, as well as insurance concerns.

MSA 4X4 Accessories don’t just make seat covers, we engineer them. All MSA 4X4 seat covers are ADR Crash Test Certified, which ensures that the factory airbags deploy as the manufacturer intended them to. To one thousandth of a second. This testing ensures that the safety of the vehicle’s occupants is not compromised and the vehicle still maintains compliance to the ADR.

Years of design, development and manufacturing knowledge goes into every MSA 4X4 Canvas Seat Cover to ensure that they not only work in perfect harmony with your vehicle’s safety features, protecting you and your family, but that the appearance is cohesive with your vehicle’s interior design. Essentially redefining what Seat Covers should be. Designed to enhance the appearance of your vehicle’s interior, the challenge goes further than just looks; MSA 4X4 created a canvas seat cover that is durable enough to withstand the day to day rigours of life’s adventures, but not too stiff that its uncomfortable for the occupant.

The polyester/cotton blend canvas used provides strength, durability and toughness. The double layer of canvas on the outsides where the higher wear occurs, blends in seamlessly with a single layer in the middle for comfort. All MSA 4X4 canvas is impregnated with Dupont Teflon Repel during the manufacturing process to provide an extra protection barrier whilst still remaining breathable.
MSA 4X4 Accessories currently have two seat cover brands available; MSA 4X4 double layered heavy 12 ounce canvas, and Tradie Gear double layered heavy 14 ounce canvas.
All our seat covers are 100% waterproof, 100% dirt proof, 100% mud proof, 100% Kid proof and 100% Pet proof. We stand by our products wholeheartedly and even offer a lifetime warranty on all MSA 4X4 Accessories products.

Seat Covers are designed to protect your seats and help with the potential resale value of your vehicle, even after hundreds of muddy weekends on dirt bikes or weekends at the beach. MSA 4X4 Accessories’ poly/cotton lined canvas creates a barrier between the seat cover canvas and soft seat fabric, therefore protecting the soft factory seats against damage.

Shane Miles, MSA 4X4 Accessories’ Director proudly stated “It’s our design integrity that sets us apart. Through our ongoing R&D, we provide our customers with tried and tested products. Quality is at the heart of everything we do; our reputation is built on it and that’s something that’s too important to tarnish with inferior products. We prove it with every MSA 4X4 Accessories product carrying our comprehensive lifetime warranty to provide peace of mind for our customers. “

Choose MSA 4X4 Accessories products if you’re serious about your family’s safety and want total peace of mind.

All MSA 4X4 products come with a Lifetime Warranty for peace of mind and are available from all good 4x4 outlets. From RRP $367, you do get what you pay for.