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GVM UPGRADES

GVM UPGRADES using LOVELLS AND EFS SUSPENSION

APE Springs and suspension are DOTAR approved to supply and install many upgrades for suspension to a range of vehicles to include. Landcruiser 78 and 79 series single and dual cab series, Mazda BT50, Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton.

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The GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) of your vehicle is its maximum potential to carry the combined weight of everything in or on the vehicle. Currently we have GVM solutions for  the following:

Lovells GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) Upgrades

The usable payload of many 4X4 vehicles today is minimal. Additional basic optional equipment and two or three adult male occupants will bring the vehicle close to its legal maximum weight (GVM) in many cases. Add long range fuel tanks, bull bars, winches, side steps, roof racks, recovery gear and a payload of camping equipment or an industrial type custom body and the vehicle will ultimately exceed the Original Equipment allowable Gross Vehicle Mass.

Original Equipment suspension is designed for comfort above all other considerations, thus load carrying and performance can be compromised. Whereas, Lovells design suspension systems with matched components for the ultimate in performance, load carrying, and handling.

Lovells GVM Upgrade suspension kits are fully track tested in conjunction with a Certified Automotive Engineering Signatory over many days to achieve maximum stability, braking performance, ADR (Australian Design Rules) conformity and operator comfort, before test data and documentation are forwarded to the DEPARTMENT of INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT and LOCAL GOVERNMENT for full analysis.

The National Codes and laws that must be met are extremely stringent and it can take up to 6 months for all data to be analysed in full by the Road Safety Engineers in Canberra. Once the Department is satisfied with all dynamic testing and theoretical data, it is only then that Lovells are issued with certification of Secondary Manufacture for GVM Upgrades.

Lovells GVM Upgrade Kits provide a solution for owners/managers of Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Patrol vehicles who have a need to carry loads which exceed the Original Equipment GVM specifications while at the same time meeting the practical and documentary compliance requirements of Work Safety, Police Licensing, Insurance, Lessors and Fleet Managers.


Lovells
 hold Compliance Plate Approval’s as a Second Stage Manufacturer of GVM Upgrades for Toyota, Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and Mazda:

  • CPA 25742: Toyota Landcruiser LC70 Cab Chassis/Troop Carrier to 3900kg.
    (Original GVM is 3300kg)
  • CPA 25742: Toyota Landcruiser LC79 Cab Chassis Single Cab 5 Star ANCAP to 4200kg. (Original GVM is 3400kg)
  • CPA 25742-8: Toyota Landcruiser LC76 Series 4 door Wagon to 3660kg.
    (Original GVM is 3000kg)
  • CPA 28971: Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis Y61 to 3900kg.
    (Original GVM is 3400kg) – STATE COMPLIANCE ONLY
  • CPA 40257: Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Wagon to 3800kg
    (Original GVM is 3300kg)
  • CPA 42029: Toyota Hilux 150 Series 4×4 3/05-2015 to 3300kg
    (up from standard GVM of 2710kg- Extra Cab, 2780kg- Dual Cab and 2835kg- Single Cab)
    STATE COMPLIANCE ONLY
  • CPA 46728: Ford Ranger 4×4 to 3500kg.
    (Original GVM is 3200kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Ford Ranger.
  • CPA 47037: Mazda BT50 4×4 to 3500kg.
    (Original GVM is 3200kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Mazda BT50.
  • CPA 47909: Toyota Hilux GUN126 Series 4×4 2015 on to 3500kg
    (Original GVM of 3000kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM FULL VOLUME Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Toyota Hilux 4×4.
  • CPA 47908: Isuzu D Max 4×4 06/12 on to 3600kg
    (Original GVM of 2950kg)
  • CPA 48305: Toyota Prado 150 Series 10/09 on to 3500kg
    (Original GVM of 3000kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM FULL VOLUME Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Toyota Prado.

WHY DO VEHICLES REQUIRE G.V.M (Gross Vehicle Mass) SUSPENSION UPGRADES?

  • Need to protect Business, Managers from claims for breaches of OH&S rules and employee negligence.
  • Possibility of Insurance companies to void payout if the vehicle is loaded beyond approved GVM.
  • Possibility of litigation under common law if the vehicle is operated beyond its legal Load Limits.
  • Requirements to load vehicle and operate safely with weight beyond current Original Equipment limits for heavy and/or remote work.

 

TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 200 Series GVM Upgrades
Federal and State Compliance

The solution for owners/managers of Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Wagon vehicles, who have a need to carry loads to a GVM of 3800kg (up from 3300kg standard GVM), while at the same time meeting the practical and documentary compliance requirements of Work Safety, Police Licensing, Insurance, Lessor’s and Fleet Managers.

The Lovells GVM Upgrade Kit can be fitted to vehicles with or without Toyota’s KDSS (Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System).

WHY DO VEHICLES REQUIRE G.V.M (Gross Vehicle Mass) UPGRADES?

  • Need to protect Business, Managers from claims for breaches of OH&S rules and employee negligence.
  • Possibility of Insurance companies to void payout if the vehicle is loaded beyond approved GVM.
  • Possibility of litigation under common law if is vehicle operated beyond its legal Load Limits.
  • Requirements to load vehicle and operate safely with weight beyond current Original Equipment limits for heavy and/or remote work.

SOLUTION

USING LOVELLS SPRINGS GVM UPGRADE KIT, (APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
HELPS AVOID THESE PROBLEMS.

APPROVALS

  • 40257-1190937- LC200 Diesel- 7 & 8 Seater (GXL, VX & Sahara)
  • 40257-1190936- LC200 Petrol- 7 & 8 Seater (GXL, VX & Sahara)
  • 46734-1191613- LC200 Diesel- 5 Seater (GX)

WHY DO 200 SERIES LANDCRUISER VEHICLES REQUIRE G.V.M (Gross Vehicle Mass) UPGRADES?

Recent assessment has shown that a fully rigged 200 Series with bull bar, winch, extra fuel tank, roll out drawers and a rear bar with spare wheel carrier can be close to or over the manufacturers Original Equipment GVM of 3300kg….. That’s without anyone in the vehicle!

The following is a theoretical analysis of Original Equipment (Factory Gross Vehicle Mass) and limitations to load carrying.

Load carry available after 8 x 68 Kg people on board, with 13.6 kg luggage each, no additional LBA
MODEL KERB WEIGHT KERB AVE. 8 PEOPLE LUGGAGE Ave + people + luggage GVM AVAIL
MIN MAX 8 x 68 kg 8 x 13.6 kg
GXL Petrol 2555 2635 2595 544 108.8 3248 3300 52
VX & Sahara Petrol 2610 2665 2638 544 108.8 3290 3300 10
GLX T/diesel 2630 2700 2665 544 108.8 3318 3300 -18
VX & Sahara T/diesel 2675 2720 2698 544 108.8 3350 3300 -50
NB:  Roof load capacity 200 Kg

Therefore, a vehicle with eight (8) average size occupants and luggage, will theoretically exceed the Original Equipment and legal Gross Vehicle Mass. This is without any load bearing accessories (spare wheel carrier, bull bar, winch, roof rack, draw system, dual batteries etc) fitted.

WHAT AMOUNT OF INCREASE SHOULD YOU EXPECT?

Officially sanctioned GVM Kit provides:

  • GVM to 3800kg
  • GVM increase of 500 kg

WHAT COMPONENTS COME IN THE GVM UPGRADE KIT?

Kit includes the following:

  • 2 x Lovells Heavy Duty Front Coil Springs
  • 2 x Lovells Heavy Duty Rear Coil Springs
  • 4 x Lovells Gas Legend 36mm Twin tube, Long Travel Gas Shock Absorbers
  • 1 x Compliance plate with revised GVM of 3800 kg
  • 1 x KDSS Valve Adjustment Warning Decal
  • 1 x Tyre Placard (Decal) with revised axle capacities
  • 1 x Fitting Instruction Manual

WHO CAN FIT LOVELLS GVM UPGRADE KITS?

Because the Kit is approved on the basis of Lovells Springs being a Secondary Manufacturer, and the responsibility ultimately lying with Lovells, only Lovells Springs Authorised Fitters are approved to fit this Kit.  APE Suspension are qualified and a Lovells preferred installer and are DOTAR approved by the DOT.  All GVM Kit’s are supplied with detailed fitting instructions and appropriate documentation.

WHO WOULD REQUIRE A GVM UPGRADE FOR THEIR VEHICLE?

This kit will suit any vehicle owner/operator who has basic accessories fitted and carries basic luggage/equipment.  This includes Government Departments, Mining Companies, Farmers, Tradesmen, large and small businesses, even individuals loading their vehicles for traveling and offroad adventures.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLYING WITH THE APPROVAL?

There is a specific GVM Kit Order Form that must be filled out by your company for each vehicle to be fitted. On completion of the Kit being fitted by the Lovells Authorised Fitter, a Check List must be filled out and retained by the Fitter and Lovells for future reference.  Procedures such as these ensure requirements of Lovells being a second stage manufacturer are being fulfilled.

WHO CAN FIT LOVELLS GVM UPGRADE KITS?

Because the Kit is approved on the basis of Lovells Springs being a Second Stage Manufacturer, and the responsibility ultimately lying with Lovells, only Lovells Springs Authorised Fitters (Production Facilities) are approved to fit this Kit.  All GVM Upgrade Kit’s are supplied with detailed fitting instructions and appropriate documentation.

WHO WOULD REQUIRE A GVM UPGRADE FOR THEIR VEHICLE?

This kit will suit any vehicle owner/operator who has a need to carry greater loads.  This includes Government Departments, Mining Companies, Farmers, Tradesmen, large and small businesses, even individuals loading their vehicles for travelling.

WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLYING WITH THE APPROVAL?

There is a specific GVM Upgrade Kit Order Form (Federal Compliance Order Form and State Compliance Order Form) for each vehicle variant that must be filled out by the specified Lovells Authorised Fitter or End User per vehicle to be modified. On completion of the Kit being fitted by the Lovells Authorised Fitter, a Federal or State Compliance Check List must be filled out and retained by the Fitter and Lovells for future reference.  Procedures such as these ensure requirements of Lovells being a second stage manufacturer are being fulfilled.

WHEN SHOULD A GVM UPGRADE KIT BE FITTED?

FEDERAL COMPLIANCE: New vehicles must be fitted prior to registration. They are simply then registered with a revised GVM as per the new compliance plate.

Vehicles which are already registered cannot be fitted with a kit under this Federal Approval.

STATE COMPLIANCE: GVM Upgrades can be fitted to already registered vehicles in NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia only, and after modification, will have to be inspected by a Lovells nominated State Engineering Signatory. Extra Cost for Inspection and documents will be incurred.

IS THE ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT WARRANTY AFFECTED WHEN FITTING A LOVELLS GVM UPGRADE?

Vehicle warranty is not affected when a GVM Upgrade is fitted.  Our testing and analysis procedures are stringent and undertaken by an accredited Automotive Engineering Consultant to ensure original equipment components are not compromised. Modifications and load limits are within theoretical service/safety factors to ensure the integrity and longevity of Original Equipment parts associated with increasing the vehicles load carrying capabilities. As Lovells are a Second Stage Manufacturer, it is our responsibility to document these tests and thus take responsibility for the GVM upgrade compliance.

Therefore, should an original equipment component fail and be directly attributed/caused by the vehicle carrying loads to a maximum GVM of the revised figure or part failure associated with the GVM Upgrade modification, Lovells will cover warranty of the component after written proof and testing by an independent body has been lodged.

We at Lovells trust that this information is of assistance to you, and should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

This GVM upgrade is designed to increase the GVM of the Toyota Landcruiser 78 and 79 Series.

GVM-INFO-LANDCRUISER

More specifically:
Landcruiser V8 HVD79R Cab Chassis 2007 onwards &
Landcruiser HZJ79 Cab Chassis 10/99-2006.

Please contact us for further information regarding GVM Upgrades.

(08) 9302 6648   info@apesuspension.com.au