Sport and travel with MorE 4x4
MORE 4X4 plans for 2008   (2008-03-03)

At the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008 we extended our range of off-road equipment. Now our product offer includes roof top tents, aluminium roof racks, the new model MORE 4X4 16800 PRO winch, with a pulling power 7.5 tonnes, a winching anchor and other 4x4 accessories. In the first quarter of 2008 we opened a special agency in Lithuania, and began to implement our sales strategy for MORE 4X4 products, reaching other European Union markets.

Our future plans include adding polyethylene snorkels in mid-2008 for the most popular off-road cars, and launching two types of box bumpers for the Nissan Y60 and the Toyota HDJ80.

One of the objectives for 2008 is above-mentioned sales expansion of MORE 4X4 products in countries neighbouring Poland. To achieve this objective, we have put up a website, with price lists for delivery to most European countries. We expect our offer to be welcomed by not only retail clients, but also regular wholesale clients purchasing our products.

Our plans for the first quarter of 2008 also include training for sales representatives from Poland and Lithuania on the after-sales service of recently launched products, as well as new products available in the range. Our company's priorities include meeting customers’ needs and ensuring the high quality of offered products. Following these priorities, we increase our stock of replacement parts each year, so all parts for MORE 4x4 products are available in stock.

In addition, beginning from the second quarter of this year we will start testing selected MORE 4X4 products, and the test results will be fully reported. Testing will cover the following equipment: MORE 4X4 16800 PRO winch, MORE 4X4 122cm roof top tent, anchor, MORE 4X4 K’150 box compressor, and the aluminium roof rack recently added to our sales offer. Products will be evaluated in a brand-new state, and after a use period established individually for each product. Final tests will be carried out in the harsh Icelandic climate during the Iceland Expedition 2008. MORE 4X4 is the main sponsor of this event, whose objective is to cross the interior of Iceland in off-road cars using the extremely difficult and long road alongside the Vatnajokul glacier. The second objective is to complete field tests of MORE 4X4 products.

In autumn 2008 work on a new product catalogue will begin, and it will contain, apart from our product offer, an updated list of authorized dealers/service points for MORE 4X4, as well as reports from off-road events sponsored by our company in 2008 including: Puchar Polski Off-road Trophy 2008, Poland Trophy 2008, Złoty Tłok Bałtowa 2, IX Rajd Gór Sowich, Operacja Pomorze and Iceland Expedition 2008.


Icelandic Test of MORE 4X4 Products (2008-02-15)

To present our products more effectively, and test them in extreme conditions we started a project, Icelandic Test of MORE 4x4 Products, in the first quarter of 2008. Testing started in mid-February and full test results will be presented after the Iceland Expedition 2008 is completed. The expedition is expected to begin in the first half of July 2008. One of the objectives for the participants in Iceland Expedition 2008 is to carry out reliable tests, commissioned by MORE 4X4, of selected products. The harsh climatic conditions on the island, and the unique off-road nature of the landscape are excellent for this purpose. Below we provide the testing plan for MORE 4X4 products.


Icelandic Test for MORE 4x4 Products – tests and tasks

TEST No. 1: MORE 4X4 Aluminium roof rack (8 test tasks)

1) Testing roof rack's resistance to the load created by two adults together weighing ca. 145 kg. Test results: 16/02/2008. Four adults participated in the test. Two of them, 145 kg total weight, climbed into the roof rack and had to rock the car (Toyota LC 90). The other two people observed the movement of the roof rack from one side of the vehicle to the other. To make the inspection easier, the people observing the structure’s rigidity touched the connection of the roof rack’s brackets secured to the vehicle’s rain gutters. The test was completed with a positive evaluation concerning the rigidity of the structure mounted on the car roof.

2) Testing the resistance of the roof rack to a load of 200 kg equally distributed on the surface of the roof rack floor. The test was performed during a fast, extreme drive on a surface with many holes. Test results:

3) Testing all the screwed connections of the roof rack from the basket mounting after a month’s use. Test results: 16.03.2008. The roof rack was assembled and mounted on the roof of a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser using the standard screws provided with the roof rack. No glue was used to secure the screws. After one month all the screwed elements of the structure and brackets were inspected. Over the month the car had driven 1,497 km with the basket - which underwent test No. 1/p1 four times - on the roof. The test result was positive. No screws securing the roof rack were loose or disconnected. However, because the roof-rack was not loaded during the test, we decided to re-examine the connections of the rack’s structure later, after the product has been tested in the conditions of the Iceland Expedition.

4) Testing the non-aluminium elements of the roof rack for their resistance to corrosion after three months’ use. Test result:

5) Testing the aluminium surface of the roof rack for its resistance to damage from hitting tree branches. Test result:

6) Testing the roof rack’s behaviour at high speed (over 100 km/h ). Test result: 23.02.2008r. The rack was mounted on the roof of a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser (model 90) and tested on a motorway. First, the sound of air flowing around the rack was heard at ca. 100 kph. The sound of air was clearly audible at 130 kph and over 160 km/h the sound became loudly audible to the driver.

7) Testing the stability of a car with a rack mounted on the roof while turning. Test result: 15.02.2008. The test was performed on a winding road section well known to the person who carried out the test. The test was performed on the same day the rack was mounted on the roof. The low weight (16 kg) of the roof rack caused no impression of increased inclination of the car while turning. An empty rack mounted on the car roof does not interfere with the comfort of travelling. The test result was positive.

8) Testing the roof rack during the expedition. Test result:

Test No. 2: MORE 4X4 roof top tent (9 test tasks)

1) Testing the waterproofness of the tent cover during heavy rain, at temperatures from 0 to 5ºC, and at speeds of up to 160 kph. The test was carried out over 5 days of travelling. Test result: 08/02/2008. The test objective was to determine whether or not water comes under the car cover at high speed and in heavy rain. The tent cover is made of material protected on both sides with a water resistant layer and has a drip remover. The lowest parts of the unfolded cover are on the cover edges, and two belts fastening the tent from the outside can also be used for fastening the tent, so no air comes inside it during travel. The test was positively completed and the tent was dry inside.

2) Testing the tightness of the flysheet and the tent after heavy rain. Test result:

3) Testing moisture vapour removal from the inner tent over seven days’ use by two people. Test result:

4) Testing the durability and resistance to wear of the aluminium and non-corrosive elements of the tent after a week’s use. Test result:

5) Testing the durability and resistance to wear of textile elements, belts, velcro, zips, mosquito nets, the mattress and its lining and other elements used in the tent after a week’s use. Test result:

6) Testing the utility features of the tent during use in the conditions of an Icelandic summer over a week. Test result:

7) Testing tent resistance and comfort of users during windy weather. Test result:

8) Testing the behaviour of the car with the tent mounted on it while turning and at speeds of over 150 kph. Test result: 08/02/2008 Tent dimensions cause air resistance which is not detectable at speeds under 100 kph. This is mainly influenced by the poor aerodynamics of the tent packed in its cover. Air resistance at higher speeds caused a decrease of the maximum speed of the test car, a Toyota Prado Land Cruiser (model 90), from 190 km/h to 175 km/h. The tent’s weight (36 kg) insignificantly influences the car’s behaviour while turning. Passengers had the impression of the car behaving slightly differently, and the car skidded more on corners. This fact has no great importance and is practically undetectable when taking bends at up to 80kph. Over that speed sharp corners should be taken at a slightly lower speed than normal. Summarizing, tent weight only slightly changes driving feel. It can be compared to having a spare wheel mounted on the car roof, which gives a similar or even increased feeling of the car rocking on corners. The dimensions of the tent packed in the cover and decreased aerodynamics of the car with the tent on the roof are detectable at speeds over 100 kph. Fuel consumption increases by ca.10%.

9) Testing the resistance of the structure during tent overload (four adult people), total weight ca. 270 kg. Test result:

Test No. 3: MORE 4X4 Universal anchor (4 test tasks)

1) Product testing for its structural design, disassembly and storage. Test result: 04/03/2008. The disassembled anchor is structurally quite compact, certainly when compared to other products of this type available on the market, and the MORE 4x4 anchor provides more opportunities for packing in an off-road car luggage boot. It is designed for use on various surfaces. The anchor’s angle for particular bases (friable sand, gravel and organic soil) can be appropriately adjusted by the positioning of the regulatory bolt. The anchor is designed for loads of up to 12,000 lbs i.e. ca. 5.4 tonnes. This product takes up much less space than other competitive products, which makes it suitable for long expeditions. The load-bearing elements of the anchor are made in the casting technique, ensuring that the structure has greater rigidity, and resistance to bending of device elements during use. The test was completed with a preliminary positive evaluation of the anchor structure.

2) Testing utility features while pulling with a winch of 16,800 lbs pulling power. Test result:

3) Testing the anti-corrosive protection of the anchor. Test result: 04/03/2008. The entire anchor is covered with a galvanized zinc coating. This method of zinc coating provides a relatively thick zinc layer covering the anchor. The most corrosion-sensitive elements are the anchor axis and the movable elements in the anchor’s mantle, where the zinc coating on the steel surfaces may abrade, finally leading to corrosion. In this type of device it is necessary to dismantle the anchor after each season, and to protect movable parts exposed to abrasion with lubricant.

4) Testing anchor for excessive load. Test result:

Test No. 4: MORE 4X4 PRO 16800/12V winch (8 test tasks)

1) Testing waterproof protection of device. Test result: 02/03/2008. This evaluation was carried out for the MORE 4X4 PRO 16800 winch of 7,600 kg pulling power. The winch has a closed ball bearing system. The additional sealing concerns the area where the drum is connected to the transmission and the motor. Rubber seals protecting against dirt penetration to the winch brake, inside the planetary gear and drum bearings are mounted in the supports of both sub-units. This is an innovative solution which will be examined more closely by users. Even if it is not proven to be sufficient protection of the device against water, it will certainly make the drum bearings more resistant to abrasive wear and will protect the planetary gear of the winch against friction-materials such as mud or gravel. The planetary gear is lubricated with a waterproof lubricant. The test was completed with a positive evaluation of the waterproof elements used in the winch.

2) Testing the design of the planetary gear and brake. Test result: 02/03/2008. The planetary gear and brake system are additionally protected against water by sealing agents in the area between the support and drum. This solution will significantly enhance the life of the protected units. The centrifugal automatic brake is encased in the winch drum. The braking track is made of quality steel and has 3 rubber o-rings stabilizing and silencing the brake during use. Its operation is based on the centrifugal expansion of three rolls placed in beds towards the bearing track. This solution, used in all models of MORE 4X4 winches, is characterized by prolonged resistance when compared to other solutions used in electric winches. Damage to this type of centrifugal brake occurs rarely, and only the rolls and o-rings are susceptible to wear.
The device has a three-stage planetary gear with a 312.4 :1 transmission ratio. The individual gear sections are made of quality steel, the same as the clutch meshing on both the last gear section and meshing in the support. The latter ones are mounted on the support with 10 screws. The device employs a claw coupling, preventing the coupling disconnecting when the winch rope is tensed. The test was completed with a positive evaluation of the gear and brake elements in the winch.

3) Testing the electrical system in the MORE 4X4 16800 PRO winch. Test result: 02/03/2008. The winch has a direct current series motor of 12 or 24 V, depending on the model. The motor employs a closed ball bearing system, which significantly extends the motor’s life and enhances its operation. The motor has a metal zinc-coated brush holder in a four-brush system. The set of transmitters deserves special attention. This consists of one cumulative transmitter of increased power of 450 A. The transmitter is protected against water with a rubber seal. Another important detail is the option of disassembly of the MORE 4X4 PRO transmitter, which means we have access to the set of contacts in the device. This is a very useful feature when there is a need to start a non-operational transmitter in field circumstances. Apart from that, the contacts of the transmitter can be kept in good condition over the entire season. The test was completed with a positive evaluation of the electrical system of the winch.

4) Field test of the device. Testing the increased temperature of the motor and contacts in the electrical system of the winch during overloading. Test result:

5) Testing the condition of winch mechanisms after ca. 20 work cycles, where 1 cycle includes: rope unwinding, pulling out a car using the winch for a distance not shorter than 3 meters, and rope winding up. Test result:

6) Testing the condition of chromium-coated elements after three months’ use. Test result:

7) Testing device operation based on 2 batteries of ca. 70 Ah, with car engine on. Test result:

8) Testing convenience of winch use. Test result:

Test No. 5: MORE 4X4 K’90 compressor (4 test tasks)

1) Testing the overheating of the compressor and its subunits during prolonged work up to 20 minutes, under temporary load. Test result:

2) Testing the technical condition of the compressor after work in heavy duty field circumstances (moisture, dust). Inspection of filters, cyllinder’s sliding surface, and sealing of the compressor piston. Test result:

3) Testing pumping-up time for a wheel of off-road car size 33", to 2.0 atm. pressure. Test result:

4) Comparison of K’90 compressor’s parameters before and after 20 work cycles, where 1 cycle involves pumping up a wheel of an off-road car not smaller than 31 inches from 0 to 2.0 atm. Test result:

Other conclusions and remarks: