APE Suspension are distributors of EFS suspension products. We are licenced and authorised to supply and install EFS GVM upgrades to many popular 4×4’s. The payload of many 4X4 vehicles today is minimal and although most manufacturers might not agree, their suspension is fitted for the sole purpose of selling the vehicle for its smooth and unladen ride. We know that as soon as its new owner loads and adds a constant load to the vehicle (i.e. a canopy, draws, roof rack, tow bar etc) additional basic optional equipment and two or three adult male occupants will bring the vehicle close to its legal maximum weight (GVM). Add long range fuel tanks, bull bars, winches, side steps, 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, EFS’s designed suspension systems with matched components for the ultimate in performance, load carrying, and handling.
EFS GVM Upgrade suspension kits are fully tested in conjunction with a Certified Automotive Engineering Signatory over long periods 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 analysis.
EFS GVM Upgrade Kits provide a solution for owners/managers of Ford Ranger, Mazda BT50, Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Hilux and Nissan D40 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.
WHY DO VEHICLES REQUIRE G.V.M (Gross Vehicle Mass) SUSPENSION UPGRADES?
- The probability of Insurance companies who will void a 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.
- Need to protect Business, Managers from claims for breaches of OH&S rules and employee negligence.