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.
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.
Kits are available for the following Vehicles :
Toyota 200 Series UZJ, VDJ200 Wagon Petrol & Diesel 11/07 on
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3800kg from 3300kg
4000kg Platinum GVM available (Note: Is not compatible with BTC towing upgrade)
BTC (braked towing capacity) upgrade. BTC up to 4000kg and up to 400kg ball weight.
Toyota LC76 Series Wagon V8 Diesel 3/07 on
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3660kg from 3000kg
Toyota LC78 Troop Carrier V8 Diesel 3/07on
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3900kg from 3300kg
Toyota LC79 Series Single & Dual Cab Ute V8 Dieses 3/07on
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3900kg from 3300kg
Toyota Hilux GGN25R, KUN26R (150 series) Single Dual & Extra Cab 3/05on
Kit will increase Single Cab up-to GVM 3300kg from 2835kg
Kit will increase Dual Cab up-to GVM 3300kg from 2780kg
Kit will increase Extra Cab up-to GVM 3300kg from 2710kg
Toyota 78/79 Series FZJ, HZJ79 Tray back & Troop Carrier
Petrol & Diesel 10/99-2/07
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3700kg from 3200kg
Ford Ranger PXI and PXII 4×4 to 3500kgs (original GVM 3200kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Ford Ranger PXIII 4×4 to 3500kgs (original GVM 3200kgs) GCM 6000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Ford Ranger PXII 4×2 to Hi Rider 3500kgs (original GVM 3200kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Mazda BT-50 4×4 to 3500kgs (original GVM is 3200kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Mazda BT-50 4×2 Hi Rider to 3500kgs (original GVM is 3200kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Toyota Hilux GUN126 Series 4×4 2015 on (Manual) to 3500kgs (original GVM of 3000kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus) Does not include Rugged or Rugged X variants.
Toyota Hilux GUN126 Series 4×2 Hi Rider 2015 on (Manual) to 3500kgs (original GVM of 3000kgs) GCM 7000kgs (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Isuzu D-Max 4×4 06/12on to 3600kg (original GVM 2950kg) GCM 7000kg (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Isuzu D-Max 4×2 06-12on to 3600kg (Original GVM 2950kg) GCM 7000kg (Minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Toyota Prado 150 Series 10/09 – 01/18 to 3500kg (original GVM 3000kg) – (OE BTC 2500kg) GCM 6000kg (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Toyota Prado 150 Series 01/18on to 3500kg (original GVM 3000kg) – (OE BTC 3000kg) GCM 6500kg (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Prado 150 Series 10/09on to 3500kg (original GVM 3000kg) with Lovells 3100kg BTC upgrade – GCM 6550kg (minus ball weight of towed apparatus)
Note: The above GVM Upgrade can be supplied under State Compliance (for already registered vehicles) and the vehicle individually engineered for the State of Registration.
Nissan Patrol Y61 GU 5 Tray back – 3/07on
State Compliance only – Post Regeneration
Kit will increase up-to GVM 3900kg from 3400kg
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 OE parts associated with increasing the vehicles load carrying capabilities. As Lovells are a secondary 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 3800kg 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.