2019 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET INNOVATION AWARDS

AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Accessories

The competition for the AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Accessories award was exceptionally close with nine entries in total from eight AAAA members. In this issue, we take a look at the entrants who vied for this award including the winning HSP 4×4 Accessories Tail Lock.

HSP 4×4 Accessories, Tail Lock – WINNER
HSP 4×4 Accessories says the HSP Tail Lock is a revolutionary product allowing you to sync your tailgate with your existing vehicle remote. The unit works by engaging and disengaging your existing handle when your vehicle locks and unlocks. The Tail lock offers multiple advances over a traditional lock, is easier to install as it is non-intrusive and uses factory mounting points and wiring is a breeze as it is plug and play. The Tail Lock is also not susceptible to damage, as when the handle is disengaged, pulling on it harder has no bearing on the unit. HSP 4×4 Accessories says that as a singular or as an add on product, the Tail lock is remarkable in its ability to fully integrate to a factory remote, provide peace of mind to the user and keep valuables safe in the tub.
For more information, visit www.hsputelids.com.au

Airbag Man, Wireless Digital Airbag Pressure Monitoring Gauge
Airbag Man says its new Wireless Airbag pressure gauge offers new levels of simplicity and features for Airbag Suspension pressure monitoring. A plug and play installation removes the wiring and airline plumbing required in existing systems. The 12v power outlet type monitor connection also removes any display mounting requirement. The system connectivity allows removal and storage of the display as required, with a quick plug-in to check Airbag pressures as needed. The pressure gauge actively monitors the pressures of two airbags independently, updating these as required, while minimising battery draw from the remote mounted pressure sensors. The monitor allows user saveable High and Low pressure alarms, coinciding with Airbag Man’s specific Airbag Suspension systems operation pressure advice and ensuring easy pressure awareness from all operators.
For more information, visit www.airbagman.com.au

Car Immobiliser Solutions, BOLT Padlock
The BOLT Padlock doesn’t come with a key; rather, it mechanically ‘learns’ your existing car key the first time you use it. Now you can have your vehicle accessory locks (padlocks, hitch locks, cable coil locks and canopy t-handles) securely matched to your existing car key. Don’t waste time fumbling with a big bunch of keys – the same key that turns your ignition can now turn all of your vehicle locks with BOLT. The unique, patented mechanism mechanically ‘learns’ your existing key the first time you turn your key into it – no other key will work it. The BOLT locks are designed to work in almost any environment, and give you peace of mind with convenience. The locks have a limited lifetime warranty, and are guaranteed for the life of the vehicle.
For more information visit: www.lsc.com.au/Products/Locks/Automotive-Motorcycle-Bikes/BOLT-Locks

FitMyCar, Bedrock Floor Liners
When FitMyCar realised there was a gap in the Australian market for floor liners it looked internationally for a supplier sourced solution, but says it found availability was an issue for right-hand cars, as was sub-par protection when existing designs were put to the test. As a result, FitMyCar made the decision to enter the market itself under a newly formed brand, named Bedrock, to utilise its existing manufacturing and product design experience from years of making cargo liners and carpet floor mats. It meant FitMyCar could take the existing concept of a durable rubber or similar floor mat and adapt it to the true needs of the customer which were identified as being: protection, durability, value and aesthetics.
For more information visit www.fitmycar.com.au  

Motospecs, Drivetech 4×4 Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
The Drivetech 4×4 Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is an exciting new real-time tyre monitoring system that provides peace of mind to the 4WDer as they can constantly check on one of their biggest ongoing investments, their tyres. The Drivetech 4×4 TPMS has a solar-powered LCD display and four waterproof external sensors for DIY installation. It is also the first system in Australia which can be upgraded to six, eight and 10 sensors, including two spare tyres, without a booster, which is great for RVs. The Drivetech 4×4 TPMS helps drivers stay safe via visual and audible alerts in the case of tyre air leakage, high tyre temperature, and low or high tyre pressures. Installation of the Drivetech 4×4 TPMS is as simple as screwing the caps on, putting the solar panel on top of the unit and the unit onto the dash.
For more information, visit www.drivetech4x4.com.au

Pro Quip International, Pro Quip 15L Plastic Fuel Can 
The new Pro Quip 15L Plastic Fuel Can is lighter and shorter than the 20L version, and is made in the same style and look as the rest of the Pro Quip Fast Pour Range, making it easily recognisable as a Pro Quip Quality Product. The can retains the 20L ‘footprint’ and girth dimensions but is shorter and naturally lighter than a 20L Can, whilst maintaining the same shape and key accessory features that Pro Quip says have served the company well for almost 20 years. The reduced height makes it perfect for many applications such as in 4WDs where space is often limited and Pro Quip says it will fit all cradle-style 20L Jerry Can Holders that are commonly found mounted on trailers, vans and off-road setups.
For more information, visit www.proquip.com.au

Pro Quip International, Can Caddy Transport Tray and Stabiliser  
Pro Quip’s Can Caddy Transport Tray and Stabiliser accommodates the 4L, 5L and 10L Plastic Fuel Can sizes, as well as the 5L and 10L Metal Jerry Can sizes available in the Pro Quip Range. Pro Quip says the increased ‘footprint’ provided offers unmatched stability for the safer transport of your Pro Quip Fuel Can. Whilst permanent fixing is recommended, the design accommodates the use of Velcro ‘loop’ for carpets, double-sided tape for flat areas, non-slip matting for ute trays or similar and four mounting holes for semi-permanent mounting screws or bolts. The design also includes cut-aways on both sides for the use of a strap. Also included is a cylindrical cavity for the storage of pourers or funnels, ensuring everything is contained within the non-leaking, sealed section of the Can Caddy tray.  
For more information, visit www.proquip.com.au

Redarc Electronics, Tow-Pro Elite V3 Electric Trailer Brake Controller
The third generation of Redarc’s Tow-Pro brake controller continues to set the benchmark in trailer brake control technology, says Redarc. A change to the shape, length, size and depth of the remote head allows for easier installation and ensures the remote head will fit into thicker and curved dashes. It maintains the simple operation it is renowned for and industry-leading selectable modes of braking: ‘Proportional’ for highways and sealed roads and ‘User-controlled’ for off-road driving. Like previous generations, the Elite features proportional braking technology built from a patented algorithm, while the dash mounted remote head has been independently tested to meet stringent ADR21 safety standards. Tow-Pro Elite V3 continues to be suitable for 12 and 24V vehicle electrical systems as well as electric and electric/hydraulic trailers with no user input required to select the mode.
For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au

Yakima, Yakima AceO’Spades
The Yakima AceO’Spades attaches to a vehicle’s roof rack or platform and stores long-handled equipment safely, securely and conveniently. It securely holds handles up to 30-55mm in diameter and is ideal for tools with straight shafts (shovels), “D” handle (spades), and oval handles (axes), as well as sporting equipment (paddles or oars). Its unique “pop and drop” mechanism means you can simply pop open the handcuff-inspired holders and drop your tool/oar in. It is also lockable with “Same Key System” (SKS) locks. Inside each holder, the mechanism has rubber pads with cross-directional ribs that stop the carried item from sliding out or twisting and these rubber pads also provide cushioning and protection for carried loads. The AceO’Spades works with the Yakima LockNLoad roof rack crossbars, Platform and most competitor roof rack systems that feature an accessory T-slot.
For more information, visit www.yakima.com.au

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