X-BAR: A NEW STANDARD IN OFF-ROAD TOW BARS
Hayman Reese says it has raised the bar again, releasing the next generation of towbars especially for the 4WD market
Historically towbars have been designed, engineered and tested to tow. In other words, they have a single purpose.
Hayman Reese says it has re-defined the mould with the release of the new X-Bar towbar.
Using more than 65 years of towbar expertise, Hayman Reese says it focused on the three major concerns faced by off-road enthusiasts; rear recovery, strength and ‘hang down’.
It says the result is nothing short of a sleek, multi-purposed towbar that has forged rated recovery points, superior strength and maximum clearance – in short, says Hayman Reese, the X-Bar is an innovative new off-road towbar that addresses these concerns.
When using current recovery options for a 4WD, rear recovery is the weakest link.
Many 4WDers are under the misconception that they can get away with using their standard towbar fixture.
Over time, Hayman Reese says it has seen and heard many terrifying stories about 4WDers using tow balls, hitch pin points or even vehicle tie-down points to recover their vehicle.
Not only is this incredibly dangerous and potentially life-threatening, says Hayman Reese, but standard towbars are not designed to take the force of recovery, even when coupled with a recovery hitch.
The idea that a ‘recovery hitch’ is a safe and rated recovery option, when used with towbar, is not correct, says Hayman Reese, stating the towbar was never intended as a recovery device. It warns that incorrect recovery situations can lead to cracked towbars, a compromised chassis or full disconnection from the vehicle.
Towing has always been the primary function for a towbar. They are engineered and made to withstand the fatigue for towing a trailer, camper trailer or caravan but not the extreme load demands in a recovery situation.
Many 4WDers also experience the issue of ‘hang down;’ a lack of clearance often faced when using standard towbar designs, says Hayman Reese.
Hayman Reese says it is pleased to introduce the X-Bar: a towbar engineered for recovery.
With three dedicated recovery points, the X-Bar provides the correct rated attachments for rear recovery.
Rated up to 8,000kg, the bright red recovery points provide easy visibility in muddy situations while the wide mouth of the recovery points allows for easy access to secure recovery straps.
The location of the recovery points provides numerous options for recovery at multiple angles and the X-Bar gives 4WDers a safe recovery option with their towing solution, says Hayman Reese.
Built for off-road recovery conditions, Hayman Reese says the X-Bar is in a class of its own.
The construction of the X-Bar includes custom forged 700 grade steel recovery points and tow ball mount, high-tensile Australian Standard grade 10.9 fasteners and increased steel thickness in the side plates and crossbar.
The strength of these components add to the overall towbar design and allow the X-Bar to sustain the force required to safely recover a vehicle, says Hayman Reese.
All towbar manufacturers are faced with stringent Australian Design Rules (ADR) that must be adhered to for every towbar produced.
A key ADR regulation that impacts the design of a towbar is the height of the tow ball.
This rule often dictates the position of the crossbar to allow manufacturers the ability to maximise the vehicle’s tow rating.
The ADR requirement for tow ball height is met with the custom forged, extended trailer ball mount provided with the X-Bar.
Made specifically for 4WD vehicles, the tow ball mount also allows for the vehicle to be lifted by 50mm and remain ADR compliant.
The lowest point of the crossbar for each fitment is positioned 100mm higher than a standard towbar, with a five degree improvement in departure angle, maximising ground clearance.
The inclusion of a removable bash plate not only fuses and finishes the clean design of the X-Bar but provides protection from rocks and dips in off-road situations.
Additional protection is provided to the trailer plugs with covered twin integrated plug points located near the trailer ball mount.
Hayman Reese says these features combined with the X-Bar’s positioning and design give 4WDers the ultimate solution to issues faced in every off-road situation.
The full package
Hayman Reese states that encompassing the quality synonymous with its name, the X-Bar comes standard with MetalShield two stage paint protection, SmartClick vehicle specific wiring, all fixings and comprehensive fitting instructions.
The multi-piece design allows for easy fitment and backed by the Hayman Reese Lifetime Warranty, the provided kit equips installers with everything they need to successfully fit the X-Bar.
Hayman Reese says the X-Bar is the solution to the three major concerns faced by off-road enthusiasts – no longer is there a need to worry about strength and clearance in a towbar or the adding rear recovery points, says Hayman Reese, as it combines it all to provide the ultimate answer: the X-Bar.
Covering 10 of the most popular cab-chassis utes, the new X-Bar is priced from $1,200 RRP and is available now at Hayman Reese stockists around Australia.
Hayman Reese says it is also leading the way in vehicle to trailer wiring applications with its SmartClick connecting wiring ad-ons.
For more information, head to www.x-bar.com.au