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We have got some exciting news to share with you…

Over the past year, the BAP Offroad team have been secretly working behind the scenes on something new.

We went back to the drawing board, brainstorming how we can better connect you with our community and serve you with the latest offroad deals, news, info and entertainment.

Well, it’s time that we let you in on our plans.

We’re proud to announce that BAP Offroad is taking a new direction, transitioning into a news, information and entertainment website.

Don’t stress, we’re still going to provide you with incredible deals on LED light bars and much more!

Only now, we’re giving you special access to deals and discounts from some of the biggest brands in the industry, exclusive to BAP Offroad.

Here’s what we’ve been working on…

Exclusive product discounts

Are you looking for a new set of lights but you’re unsure what brand and model to go with? Can’t find a good price anywhere?

Our experienced team are working around the clock to provide you with exclusive discounts and completely honest reviews of your favourite products.

Community

Have a question that needs answering? Want to meet other 4X4 enthusiasts?

We’ve built a growing Facebook group with over a thousand off-roaders who regularly share photos of their 4X4s, ask questions and learn from each other.

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Want to hear about the latest 4X4 releases? Enjoy watching offroading videos? Love reading modified 4X4 write ups?

We want to be your #1 source for news, entertainment and info in the Aussie off-roading community.

We’re super excited for this change and we’re looking forward to better connecting you with what you’re most passionate about.

Hopefully we will catch you inside the Facebook group!

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LED Driving Lights: Are These The Best Bang For Buck Spotties?

These LED driving lights have been getting raving reviews online lately so we thought we would share them.

For just under $140 with free delivery, you can’t really go wrong but are they as good as they claim?

The driving lights feature CREE LED open reflector cups and are claimed to be perfect for up close, wide spread lighting as well as long distance spot lighting.

Click here to check them out…

The lights come in a heavy duty die cast aluminium body and toughened acrylic glass lens is specifically designed to withstand heavy impacts.

The run down:
Lux: 1 LUX at 890m
Lumens: 52,000Lm
Power draw: 8.9A @ 13.5v
IP Rating: IP 68 rated
Warranty: 3 year Aussie warranty

Light Output:
Designed with US CREE LEDs, each driving light features a combination 30 degree spot beam reflectors along with 90 degree spread beam reflectors.

Light is projected in a wide and full beam with a claimed lux range of 1 lux at 890 metres.

The driving lights also feature a DRL running light – great for safety and making yourself more visible on the road.

IP 68 Rating:
Designed specifically for Australia’s harshest conditions: muddy river crossings, corrugated roads, desert dust and blistering sun.

These lights are certified to IP68 – making them fully water submersible, dust proof and highly shock/vibration resistant.

Warranty:
These driving lights are backed up by a 3 year no fuss Aussie replacement guarantee. The company that make and sell these lights are based in Melbourne with a good track history. More of their products can be found here.

The verdict:
They illuminate the road really well. The distance and width is perfect for driving down open country roads and more closed, tree lined bush tracks.

They don’t project light as far as high powered HID spotties, however the wide beam of these driving lights allows you to see more of the road ahead.

If you don’t want to see over a kilometre away and instead want a set of lights with a more practical and usable beam range, these are a great fit.

Just under $140 with free delivery, they’re a great bang for your buck set of driving lights!

9″ LED Driving Lights

Stuck In The Mud? Try These!

Getting your car stuck in mud, sand or snow is one of the worst situations to be in… Especially when you don’t have any help to get you out.

“If you like to get off-road and explore SANDY beaches or muddy tracks, this kit is an essential!”

Simply strap them around the top of your driving tires (front or rear), securely fasten the straps and you’re good to go.

You’ll be out and on your way in seconds with these emergency traction tire straps!

Emergency Tyre Straps

At approx. $30 with free delivery, they’re a great bit of kit to have in your car should you need them

Reaching Your Car’s Rooftop Has Never Been Easier

“EASILY CLIMB AND REACH THE ROOF OF YOUR CAR WITH THIS ROOFTOP STEP”

Hooking into the door latch, it provides a quick and easy step to reach your roof rack

We’re all too familiar with packing for a trip and trying to load gear onto the roof rack – especially on a jacked up 4X4.

Life may have just gotten easier thanks to this new device.

This heavy duty foot step provides the extra step we at times desperately need when loading/unloading the rig.

Designed to latch onto your car’s door hinge while protecting the panel with large rubber plated surface area.

It sure beats unfolding a ladder next to the rig just to reach the roof!

With a claimed 180kg of supported weight, even the bulkiest guy at the campsite won’t break it.

Doubling as a safety hammer for emergencies (would you ever use it is another question), it allows you to smash glass windows in case of emergency.

Made of light weight aluminium for durability and a foldable design, it’s a great little tool to have for when you need it.

The Folding Rooftop Step


It’s a good little tool to have in the car for when you need it.


This 20 Inch LED Light Bar Is Incredible!

We’ve always wanted a compact sized light bar that throws light like a set of spotties.

One of our followers sent in the above video so we decided to investigate further by testing the light bar out for ourselves.

This video above shows the light bar running along with standard high beam headlights (no other lights are on).

To view more info about this light bar, click ‘shop now’ to get started

When it comes to bang for buck, this light bar is hard to beat

The light bar produces a super focused spot beam, similar to driving lights (spotties). It’s kind of crazy how the manufacturer has been able to make the spot beam so focused on this light bar.

Made with 7W Philips Lumiled® LEDs that are known to produce a high luminous flux, the light bar produces crystal white 6500K light which is ideal for outdoor night environments.

All in all, it’s perfect for driving down those long and open country roads where long distance lighting is a must for spotting obstructions (like kangaroos) up ahead.

Because of the shorter distance, wide angle 60 degree flood beams, it’s also a great bar for twisty mountain roads, narrow bush tracks and more.

The only gripe that we we had with it was that the mounting brackets were a bit fidgety when we were making fine adjustments to the beam angle.

The light bar also didn’t come with a wiring kit which we had to buy separately.

Other than that, it’s a great bang for your buck!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We rate this deal 4/5 stars
Grab this light bar today while it’s only approx. $49 delivered

Pros:
✔️ Melbourne based seller
✔️ 3 Year Aussie warranty
✔️ Free delivery
✔️ Super bright 1 lux at 600 metres

Cons:
➖ During installation, adjusting the mounting brackets can be fidgety when you have limited space on your bullbar
➖ Does not come with a wiring kit ($10 extra)

Buyer’s Guide: Australia’s Top 5 Best LED Light Bars Under $100

Are you shopping for a new LED light bar on a budget?

Don’t be put off by the big, expensive brands as the be all and end all. There are some great deals to be had when you shop around.

We’ve put together the top 5 Australian LED light bar deals that you can pick up today.

Shopping for a light bar can be tricky. They all look similar and it can be hard to tell the good from the bad.

Light bar manufacturers make all sorts of wild claims, but do they really stand up to their word?

We’ve done all the legwork and tested out a bunch of LED light bars so that you don’t have to waste hours on the internet and your hard earned money.

Important factors that we’ve considered in this line up are:
-Lumen Rating
-Lux Rating
-IP Rating
-Price

If you’re unsure of the meaning of lux and lumens, check out our write up explaining them here.

1) 20 Inch Tri Beam Dual Row Philips LED Light Bar:

Coming in at first place is this compact 515mm wide LED light bar. This light bar is priced fairly, giving 4WDers access to a high-quality LED light bar without the high price tag.

Beam Type & LEDs:
What we love about this light bar is the combination of 3 different types of beams. The centre beams feature 24x OSRAM LED chips inside 20° spot beam and 60° semi-flood beam reflectors.

The outer edges of the light bar feature 48x Philips LEDs set inside 170° super wide flood reflectors that spread light at a short but super wide distance.

IP Rating:
The IP68 rating makes this light bar super durable. We’ve tested it for a good 12 months now and have had no water leakage inside, LEDs stop working or brightness fading.

With a 3 year replacement warranty backed up by an Australian company based just outside of Melbourne making this offer great for peace of mind.

Claimed Specs:
Listed LUX: 1 lux at 500 metres
Listed Lumens: 72,000LM
Listed IP Rating: IP68
Warranty Period: 3 Years

Pros:
Coming from Melbourne, it arrived in 4 days. Really well made and comes with all the mountings and wiring kit. Install takes about an hour. High intensity, great distance and spread of light.

Cons:
Fitting can be a bit tricky in tight spaces. The light bar’s brackets can only be adjusted by allen key, making fine adjustments of the beam angle fidgety.

Approx. $69 + Free Delivery


2) 20 Inch Dual Beam Triple Row Philips LED Light Bar:

Second up is another compact 515mm wide LED light bar. This light bar is priced really well, giving 4WDers great bang for buck.

Beam Type & LEDs:
It features two types of beams; 30° triple row spot reflectors and 170° super wide spread reflectors. These reflectors are all powered by 96x Philips Lumiled LED chips that produce a high luminous flux; offering a crystal white 6000K light, ideal for outdoor environments.

This allows you to see dangerous obstacles on the side of the road before it’s too late, such as wildlife, rocks, tree branches.

IP Rating:
The IP68 rating makes this light bar super durable. We’ve tested it for a good 12 months now and have had no water leakage inside, LEDs stop working or brightness fading.

Claimed Specs:
Listed LUX: 1 lux at 480 metres
Listed Lumens: 46,800LM
Listed IP Rating: IP68
Warranty Period: 3 Years

Pros:
Delivery was prompt and packed really well. Thus far the light bar has proven its value, the width of the beam is fantastic, distance is fairly impressive for such a small light bar. It’s been completely submerged in muddy stale bush water twice and hit with branches/rocks. Looks as good as new still.

Cons:
The switch that comes with the wiring kit is a bit low quality. The LED’s on the switch are way too bright. Almost blinding at night if it’s been put in the wrong place.

Approx. $45 + Free Delivery


3) 20 Inch Dual Beam Double Row CREE LED Light Bar:

At third place is this 515mm CREE light bar.

While it produces a shorter beam distance, it offers a wide and full beam angle. Perfect when paired with a set of spotties. This light bar is perfect for driving through twisty hills, open country roads, river crossings and more.

Designed for fitment on bull-bars and roof racks, this light bar features fully adjustable bottom sliding mounts that make fitment a breeze.

Beam Type & LEDs:
Featuring 30° spot and 60° flood open reflectors inset with CREE® LEDs, this light bar produces a high luminous flux. Offering a crystal white 6000K light, ideal for outdoor night driving.

IP Rating:
The IP68 rating makes this light bar super durable. IP68 dust/particle tight and water proof. Die cast aluminium body and heat sink cooling fins.

Claimed Specs:
Listed LUX: 1 lux at 320 metres
Listed Lumens: 42,000LM
Listed IP Rating: IP68
Warranty Period: 3 Years

Pros:
It provides a great short-medium distance beam which is perfect for lighting up to 100 metres on the road or at the camp site. Easy to install with adjustable mounts.

Cons:
There was a slight whistle that came from it when driving at high speeds. It may need to be adjusted or placed in a different spot on the vehicle.

Approx. $40 + Free Delivery


4) 28 Inch Dual Beam Triple Row Philips LED Light Bar:

Coming in fourth is this 720mm beast of a light bar.

We absolutely love this light bar for it’s size and output. Although the 28 inch/720mm width can be awkward to fit on the bullbar or roof rack, it’s well worth it.

Beam Type & LEDs:
It features two types of beams; 30° triple row spot reflectors and 170° super wide spread reflectors. These reflectors are all powered by 96x Philips Lumiled LED chips that produce a high luminous flux; offering a crystal white 6000K light, ideal for outdoor environments.

IP Rating:
We’ve actually used this light bar on our daily vehicles for almost two years now! The IP68 rating makes this light bar super durable. We’ve had no issues at all – no fading or yellowing, no water leaks and no dull LEDs.

Claimed Specs:
Listed LUX: 1 lux at 580 metres
Listed Lumens: 132,000LM
Listed IP Rating: IP68
Warranty Period: 3 Years

Pros:
Super bright output. We’ve actually had a few people come up to comment on it’s brightness and ask where we got it from. Because of it’s width, this light bar offers a super wide beam angle along with a wide and far spot beam.

Cons:
Clamping system of the lightbar works well and has plenty of adjustment to get things pointed where you want them. Although adjustment proved very difficult due to the allen key screws being inaccessible when the light is mounted.

Approx. $99 + Free Delivery


4) 23 Inch Dual Beam Quad Row CREE LED Light Bar:

In fifth place is this high output 585mm monster of a light bar.

For it’s size, this light bar pumps out an insane amount of light. The claimed 1 lux at 520 metres and 10 lux at 260 metres is proof enough.

Beam Type & LEDs:
It features two types of beams; 30° quad row spot reflectors and 170° super wide spread reflectors.

These reflectors are all powered by an insane amount of 180x CREE LED chips packed inside.

IP Rating:
This light bar also comes with an IP68 rating as standard. The IP68 rating makes this light bar super durable. IP68 dust/particle tight and water proof. Die cast aluminium body and heat sink cooling fins.

Claimed Specs:
Listed LUX: 1 lux at 520 metres
Listed Lumens: 27,000LM
Listed IP Rating: IP68
Warranty Period: 3 Years

Approx. $80 + Free Delivery


Roadtrip? Beat Fatigue With These Tips

I’m sure you’re all aware of the statistics; that most deaths on the road occur over the Christmas/New Year period.

Well today I’m going to do my part in potentially rescuing you from such a fate by sharing a few tips for long distance driving.

In an attempt to avoid becoming fatigued in the first place, it would be wise to be realistic with your travel plans and even factor in a little room to move. I know I can get stuck in a rut by saying “I’ll stop at the next place, that one wasn’t shady enough” so planning exactly where you will stop for breaks and giving yourself plenty of time to reach the destination is a good idea.

Planning your breaks isn’t always enough though; you may need to employ some further techniques to keep you going.

Firstly use coffee and energy drinks as a last resort, hit these too early in the trip and you will find yourself on a major low a few hours later.

Keep drinking plenty of water and have a couple of lollies to boost your sugar levels if you start feeling tired. Keep the heater on low, and keep the fan off recirculate, as warm and stuffy air is the ideal environment for tired eyes to develop.

Symptoms of fatigue can vary from person to person but generally they can include: fidgeting in your seat, yawning (obviously!), inability to hold a steady speed, inability to hold the vehicle straight on the road, sore or tired eyes and one that affects me often is being unable to remember the last few minutes of driving.


When you find that gravity has indeed taken its toll upon your eyelids, it is imperative that you take action or everything will go downhill very quickly.

Pass off the driving if you can. If your passenger is anything like my wife who gets hit by fatigue in as little as half an hour, it might be wise to stay behind the wheel yourself.

If that is the case, wind down the window a little, turn up the music and sing along! If you’re no Mariah Carey you may have to engage in conversation with your passenger instead. After this point Coffee and Red Bull are viable alternatives, especially if you are only a couple of hours from your destination.

Ultimately though, your body is going to need sleep. Hopefully you’ve planned well and you can get that sleep at camp; otherwise it’s nanna naps for you buddy!

Every Off-road Adventurer Should Carry These Tools…

Anyone and everyone who intends on traveling outside the urban area, whether it be on or off road needs a tool kit in their vehicle.

If you’re just hitting the highway for a few hours you could get away with a tyre repair kit, wheel brace and a jack.

However, the further you head from civilization, the more you’re going to need and in this post I am going to touch on the necessities everybody should have in their tool bag.

Combination Spanner Set: Ring one end, open on the other. A set with the most popular metric and imperial spanners should get you out of trouble in most cases.

Adjustable spanner/Cresent: For when your spanner set doesn’t fit what you want to remove.

Socket Set: Again, a combination of popular metric and imperial sizes. The set should include a ratchet, breaker bar, wobble bit and a couple of different size extensions at least.

Screwdrivers: Very cheap to pickup a decent set containing Phillips and flat head screwdrivers.

Pliers: You’ll want a few types including bull nose, long nose, locking pliers and multigrips.

Hammer: A moderately sized hammer will do, something with a bit of weight behind it but not sledge hammer spec.

Allen/Torx Keys: The old Allen key is bound to be required from time to time, and these days many vehicles are using Torx patterns to secure everything.

Tyre Repair Kit: To repair tyres….

Bottle Jack: Not only to jack the vehicle up. Could also be used to straighten bent components, break beads and assist recovery efforts.

Cold Chisel: Incredibly useful for removing stuck or snapped bolts. A quality cold chisel will cut through almost anything and stand up to the abuse.

Multimeter & Test Light: Don’t leave home without these! Especially if you have a modern vehicle. You can fix or at least bypass almost any electrical problem if you know how to use these tools.

Electrical Goodies: Spare fuses, electrical tape, lengths of wire, solder, soldering iron and cable ties should keep you out of trouble.

Consumables: Metal putty will fix holes in just about anything you could crack or puncture. A penetrating spray such as WD-40 will help loosen stuck nuts and bolts as well as disperse water from your electrics. Some bearing grease, engine oil, coolant and spare filters to suit your vehicle won’t go astray either.

Of course these are only the basics in a list that could really go on to fill an entire trailer. Everyone’s needs are going to vary, so sit down and have a think about what to chuck in your vehicle tool kit before departing for that next adventure.

How To: Service That New (To You) 4WD!

So you just got your hands on the bargain of the century. You’ve given it the once over in the previous owners driveway, been told how everything has been serviced and repaired in the last month and you have offered what seemed like a ridiculously low sum of money which the seller accepted.

But there will always be something that you failed to spot, or were unable to check which is where the first big service comes in!

“You may wanna grab yourselves a beer, cider or mineral water ladies and gents because I’m gonna waffle on for quite a bit!”

Firstly, everything that can be changed, should be changed! If the vehicle didn’t come with a log book, get yourself a basic notebook to use as a log book from here on.

Start with the engine oil and filter change, because even if it was recently done there’s no way of knowing whether the previous owner topped it up with $10 lawnmower oil from Kmart! Drop the oil from the gearbox, transfer case and both diff’s as well.

Check for chunks of metal which could indicate serious trouble, milky oil which means water has got in there somehow, and horrible burnt smells which may indicate cooked LSD (limited slip diff) or general abuse.

Handy Tip!: Remove the filler plug from gearboxes and diffs before the drain plug. You will be extremely sad if you drain it all and can’t refill it because the plug is stuck!

Now I hate chasing overheating problems. If it’s an older vehicle and there is no record of the vehicle having radiator work done recently, I would be inclined to take it to a radiator specialist to have the tanks removed and the cores rodded out.

Cost’s about $100 and I have seen radiators 80% blocked! If you don’t do this, at least have a go at it with a hose and soft brush to remove any mud and debris from the fins.

Drop it back in and replace every hose in the cooling system, including heater hoses and fill it up with a good quality coolant/distilled water mix.

Handy Tip!: Order a full set of hoses at your local parts store, it’s highly likely they don’t carry a full set in stock and everybody seems to realise this when the 4wd is in pieces!

Change and check all other filters. Fuel, Air and Cabin Air filter if your vehicle has one. Again, check your parts store carries stock and order it in if need be.

When removing the fuel filter, take note of how dirty the fuel is in there. On my vehicle I removed more beach sand and mud than fuel and in this case a complete drain and clean of the fuel tank may be a good idea. Air filter is simple, just go “holy whack that’s dirty!” before chucking the new one in.

“Handy Tip! Wipe a little oil around the seal of any screw on filters. This keeps the seal from sticking and makes it easier to remove next time around.”

If your new 4wd is petrol powered, throw a new set of spark plugs and leads into it. If it was running rough, this will probably fix it and even if it’s running fine a good set of plugs and leads will go a long way to improving power and economy.

While we are on the subject of electrical goodies, check the battery levels and top up with distilled water if needed and pour some boiling water over the terminals if there is a build up of corrosion. Check that all terminals and wiring are firmly secured.

Last of all, put your new ride up on some axle stands and roll about underneath. Arm yourself with a grease gun and hit all the grease nipples, and use a crow bar or pry bar to lever suspension parts around to check for excessive movement, worn bushes and odd noises.

Rotate each of the wheels and listen for grinding or clunking noises which could indicate bad wheel bearings and then place your hands in a 12 O’clock and 6 O’clock position and attempt to rock the wheel.

If there is play there, put a new set of wheel bearings on your to-do list.

“Handy Hint!: Hands in the 12 O’clock/6 O’clock position to check wheel bearing play, hands in 9 O’clock/3 O’clock to check for play in the steering.”

Now your basic servicing is all up to scratch! What you hit next is up to you, but for me it’s often about ripping out untidy wiring or accessories and doing a neat job. Wiring is always an area people slack off for some reason!

See you out there!

4WD Lights Explained: Lumens, LUX & Wattage

When you’re shopping around for lights for your vehicle, the technical terms used can get confusing. The most important part about a 4WD light is the light’s intensity and distance.

There are thousands of different makes and models of LED light bars, spot lights, work lights etc. in the market today.

Before buying a 4WD light, do your research on it’s specified lux and lumen ratings and work out whether it will suit your application so that you don’t purchase a light that is to dull or too bright for the job.

Below, we’re going to run through the differences between lux, lumens and wattage.


What are lumens?
Lumen is a unit of light, which is also known as Luminous flux. 

We use lumens to compare the total amount of light output from a light emitter (light bar, spot lights etc). However, lumens isn’t the be-all and end-all. In fact, lumens will only tell you one part of the picture because when it comes to producing a great beam pattern, it doesn’t give you enough information to tell you how the light output is used.


What is lux?
Lux is a unit of light measurement where the area is also taken into account.

1 lux equals 1 Lumen/m2, in other words – light intensity in a specific area. Lux is used to measure the amount of light output in a given area – one lux is equal to one lumen per square meter. It enables us to measure the total “amount” of visible light present and the intensity of the illumination on a surface.

1 lux is the most common measurement of lux as it is the maximum distance a newspaper can be read. 1 lux @ 500 metres means that you could read a newspaper 500 metres away from the light source (light bar, spot light etc).


Wattage:
Watt is a unit of power consumed.

The more power a light emitter consumes, the more lumens it should produce. However, the relationship is non-linear and we can use the numbers from wattage and lumens to measure the efficiency of a light emitter. LEDs have far outpaced the industry as the most efficient light emitter and can produce more light than older halogen lights. One thing to note is the more power is consumed, the more heat is produced, which is wasted energy.


So, what’s more important?:
The difference between lumen and lux is that the lux takes into account the light’s intensity at a distance. Lumen on the other hand is measured at the light’s source, and not at a distance.

While higher lumens is never a bad thing and shows you the light out put from a light, it does not explain to you the intensity of that light at a distance. When you’re buying offroad lights, you want to know how far a light can reach, which is why lux is more important.

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