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How the changes to policy reform threatens vehicle safety


How the Government misplaced policy reform threatens vehicle safety.

As the video below explains, in 2015 the AAAA undertook suspension tests on 5 separate vehicle platforms in the USA at a cost of $250,000 to dispel the notion that small changes to the ride height of a vehicle have a negative impact on Electronic stability control operation. In these tests we adopted the same test protocols used by all vehicle manufacturers and major component suppliers around the world. Technical reports from the tests presented to Federal, State and Territory regulators showed the test vehicles all met Australian Design Rule requirements for ESC operation.

As a direct result of this testing, all State and Territory Governments agreed to change the ESC section of the National Code of Practice for Vehicle Modification (VSB 14) to allow for owner certified suspension modification of + or – 50mm without the need for an engineering inspection.

Unfortunately we now have a situation in which the Federal Government is proposing to move away from this position and require either a full ESC test or an independent engineering inspection of every vehicle to undertake Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) upgrades under the Federal Government Second Stage Manufacturers scheme.

We want to use this opportunity to try and get the Minister to rule that ESC testing is not required under either the low volume or full volume scheme if the overall lift is 50mm or less, which would mirror the arrangements negotiated with the States in VSB14.

Our request is that you share this video far and wide via your social media networks. We really need this video to have as many views as we can as it will come up on the Minister's media monitoring service and demonstrate that this is a larger issue than his Department is making out. We believe that the video portrays our industry in a positive light and so can be used as an endorsement of the due diligence that we undertake prior to putting product into the market as well as highlighting the safety benefits of suspension upgrades.

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Much harder and more expensive to modify vehicles


Government misplaced policy reform threatens vehicle safety.

Australian automotive suppliers have become global leaders in the design and manufacture of high quality 4WD parts and accessories, improving the safety and functionality of these vehicles.

To provide evidence of the safety of the products that these suppliers design and manufacture, the Australian automotive aftermarket industry has undertaken extensive independent testing both in Australia and the USA to validate the engineering integrity and ongoing regulatory compliance of vehicles.

Despite this evidence, Minister Paul Fletcher and his Department are about to make it much harder and more expensive to modify vehicles.

Click 'Like' and share this video if you want to continue to have the ability to safely and cost effectively modify the suspension on your car. 

ANCAP Updated Guidance to Fleet Buyers and aftermarket customers


ANCAP Updated Guidance to Fleet Buyers and aftermarket customers

In an effort to clarify any confusion or misunderstanding from fleet buyers and private customers regarding the possible effect of aftermarket modifications on the vehicles ANCAP safety rating, the AAAA recently met with ANCAP management and received a letter of clarification from ANCAP CEO James Goodwin. CLICK HERE to read the letter.

In the letter Mr Goodwin advises that ANCAP only crash test new, unmodified vehicles as they are made available to the market and they are not in a position to make any assessment (either way) on the effect of vehicle modifications on the ANCAP safety rating of the vehicle. Instead ANCAP recommend that fleet managers and customers make contact with their local state or territory registration authority to ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements.

This means that ANCAP will not 'certify' or 'endorse' any aftermarket modification (regardless of whether the parts fitted are 'genuine' or aftermarket) and will not certify or endorse any internal company fleet policies. They will only recommend purchasing vehicles that have been awarded a 5 star ANCAP rating.

Companies that are able to prove (via the opinion of an independent engineer) that the modification undertaken on the vehicle meets the requirements of the ANCAP variant policy are able to make reference to this point in their marketing collateral but it is important to note that even in this instance ANCAP will not provide any certification, endorsement or approval of the part or modification.

We would encourage you to make this updated ANCAP guidance available to your resellers, fleet and private customers.

If you have any queries or require additional clarification please feel free to contact us on 03 9545 3333.

ANCAP 5-star vs Aftermarket Upgraded Suspension

ANCAP 5-star vs Aftermarket Upgraded Suspension -
Real World Testing, Real World Results, Real World Safety Improvement!

To demonstrate the ‘real world’ impact of ANCAPs policy, Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association ​recently commissioned a leading independent engineering firm to oversee a handling comparison test of a current model Mitsubishi Triton with its original suspension and braking system and an identical vehicle fitted with an upgraded aftermarket suspension kit. 

EFS are supporting AAAA to spread the word about the real world impact of ANCAP's policy.

Check out the video to see the results 

EFS Adventure Rear Bars


New to EFS is the Adventure Series premium steel rear bar range. This new rear bar is designed and developed in Australia to suit our harsh conditions. This stylish rear bar sports some great features and makes a fantastic addition to any 4wd build. It incorporates side protection for when you need it off-road and recessed LED lights to help prevent damage.

- Salt spray and UV metal coating tested
- Complies with Australian design rules(ADR62/02)
- 63mm side protection tubes
- Includes tow hitch (does not include Ball)
- Checker plate rear step
- Recessed LED lights
- Trailer light plug cut out
- Twin tow points
- Comes complete with mounting hardware (does not include wiring)

Vehicle Range   Part Number 
Toyota Hilux-Gun26(REVO)2015+ RB1-TOY-01 
Toyota Hilux-Kun26(VIGO)2005-15 RB1-TOY-02
Nissan Navara NP300 2014+ RB1-NIS-01
Mazda BT-50 2011+ RB1-FORD-01
Ford Ranger 2012+ RB1-FORD-01
Mitsubishi Triton 2015+ RB1-MITS-01
Holden Colorado 2012+ RB1-HOL-01
Isuzu DMAX 2012+ RB1-HOL-01

 Click here for printable PDF





Toyota Landcruiser 79 series Bullbar

New to the EFS 4x4 accessory range of products is the EFS Adventure Series Bullbars.

Check out the quick video featuring the Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series bullbar

EFS Adventure Competition

To win an EFS Prize Pack, including an EFS Cap Signed by Jason & Simon from All 4 Adventure, a copy of All 4 Adventure Series 8 DVD + more, 
simply tell us in 25 words or less, What is your ultimate adventure 4wd & accessories?


Spied - New EFS Product

Spied pictures of NEW EFS PRODUCTs

The team at EFS have been busy developing new products 

I wonder what other new products they will be developing?

Your long weekend trip preparation


Long weekend season is about to start, with Labour Day long weekends in WA and VIC, followed by Easter. Long weekends are the perfect time to get out and experience some of the best Australia has to offer. From beaches to bush, five stars or under the stars, there's many ways to turn your long weekend into a 4wd adventure.

And if you've managed to plan ahead, your Easter long weekend can turn into a mini break, by adding 5 Annual Leave days between Easter and Anzac day, you can get 12 days off to really enjoy yourself.

Here are some tips to get the best enjoyment out of your weekend

  • Long weekends are generally very busy, so its best to book your campsite or accommodation early.

  • Ensure you have the correct permits for camping or vehicle access (don't forget to print & protect your permit from the weather)

  • Vehicle maintenance – if you're planning to take a long drive, or take your vehicle on any off-road adventures, now's the time to get your vehicle serviced. This includes your suspension, accessories, and tyres.

  • Travel with at least one other experienced driver when you're going off-road

  • Be prepared to get stuck...and bring the appropriate tools for vehicle recovery

  • Hydration – always carry more water than you think you'll need.

  • Stop, Revive & Survive - Don't drive for hours and hours without having a break, look out for yourself, your passengers, and others on the roads by stopping at Stop, Revive & Survive stations (free teas + coffees when open)

  • Don't forget the shower thongs (flip-flops, jandals) for those communal areas

  • Carry wet wipes and pocket antibacterial 

  • Wildlife – always be on the lookout for the local wildlife – good and bad

  • Secure your home & let trusted neighbours know how long you'll be away


If you are planning to stay local for your Easter break, but still want to have a bit of adventure, why not check out some of the sights in your region.

  • Local 4wd park & tracks
  • National Parks
  • Coastal Walks
  • Botanical gardens
  • Theme Parks
  • Markets (#supportlocal)


No matter how you're spending your Long Weekend, ensure it's a safe one.
Contact your local EFS Dealer for your suspension needs on 1300 EFS 4WD (click to call)