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  1. What do I need to know about E10 fuel?

    What do I need to know about E10 fuel?

    The new E10 fuel became available across England, Scotland and Wales at the beginning of September 2021. With its release date in Northern Ireland set for early 2022. European countries have slowly been introducing it since about 2009. What is E10 fuel? The new E10 contains up to 10% bio-ethanol compared to the existing E5 which only contains up to...
  2. RoughTrax Hilux with the Stealth Look!

    RoughTrax Hilux with the Stealth Look!

    Just thought we would share with you some of the ideas and work we carried out on our Hilux KUN26 (mainly over lock-down!). So the idea was to de-chrome our original KUN26 2010 Invincible, but prior to that we had to do some essentials! The Front The front end was getting a little tired looking, even on what we feel...
  3. History of the Hilux Surf

    History of the Hilux Surf

    For those of you that are new to the Toyota Surf, we have put together a friendly guide on how the Surfs came to be. Along with information about how they have evolved and a few interesting facts that we have learnt over the years. In the early 80’ Toyota was keen to create a passenger version of the pickup...
  4. What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    What's the difference between Monroe and Pedders shock absorbers?

    So how do Shock Absorbers work? Simply put, shock absorbers work by allowing the springs to absorb the energy when your tyre hits a bump in the road. They are essentially oil pumps. A piston is attached to the end of the piston rod and works against hydraulic fluid in the pressure tube. As the suspension travels up and down...
  5. Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika is the world’s largest independent automotive trade fair for the automotive industry, holding 16 events in 15 Countries every year. Every two years, the trade fair rolls into Frankfurt in Germany and this year was by far the largest, ever! The fair is the shop window for the automotive market across the entire industry. Here is what just one of the...
  6. Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    In warm and dry weather, the diesel engine will start even if one glow plug is defective and only the other plugs preheat. With glow plug failure there will usually be increased pollutant emission and possibly also knocking during start, however, the driver will not consciously take note of these signs, or will not know how to interpret them. There...
  7. What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    Recently the European Union released an R90 type-approval requirement for all replacement Brake Pads & Brake Shoes. It is illegal to supply and or fit any brake friction material that is not R90 type approved. What is ECE Regulation 90? Otherwise known as R90, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ECE Regulation 90 is now a legal requirement for all replacement brake friction materials (Brake Pads &...
  8. Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    RoughTrax receives many customers enquiring about bull bars every day, and unfortunately we are unable to supply them. It is not our decision not to supply bull bars but an EU legislation preventing us from legally selling them without a pretty hefty fine. We thought we would set the record straight and explain why it is now illegal to sell bull bars unless...
  9. RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    A very common question we are asked by our customers is "What is the difference in RoughTrax premium exhaust quality to others?" Well, let us explain; Who is the manufacturer? The manufacturer for RoughTrax premium exhausts are A2A Exhaust Specialists, A2A stands for Air 2 Air and is a brand name for TMA, their strap line is "OE in everything but name". TMA is the largest independent manufacturer of quality exhausts...
  10. The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    Struggling to find cheap and affordable 4x4 insurance for your Toyota Hilux Pickup, Hilux Surf or Land Cruiser? Look no further, finding cheap car insurance couldn't be easier. RoughTrax have put together a list of the best 4x4 insurance companies that have been recommended to us by our customers. (Information correct as of May, 2016) Adrian Flux Insurance Services They offer top-quality, low-cost...
  11. What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    This article explains the technical differences between OE, OEM & Aftermarket automotive products, with company and product examples for each alternative, and the expectations they need to achieve to obtain product and company certifications. OE & OEM What do we mean by an 'OE' or 'OEM' products, well in short this means the manufacturer of the original part used in the assembly...
  12. Check if your Toyota has been recalled

    Check if your Toyota has been recalled

    There are several ways to check whether your specific vehicle is subject to any current safety recalls, we have put together the best two means of checking your Toyota is subject to a vehicle safety recall. Go to Toyota’s very own online Recall Checker and enter your vehicles registration or chassis number, they will be able to confirm straight away...
  13. How to be safe off-road - Top 10 Tips

    How to be safe off-road - Top 10 Tips

    Off-roading is one of the more exciting hobbies you can experience. Going off road opens your eyes to places you would not otherwise see. It also challenges you, as the terrain is far different from what you are accustomed to driving on road. Follow these very important simple rules for a safer and more enjoyable experience. Let someone know where...
  14. How often should you change your engine coolant?

    How often should you change your engine coolant?

    Antifreeze or otherwise known as coolant, is the coloured fluid (usually red, sometimes green or blue) found in your radiator & cooling system. You should be changing your antifreeze at least every two years, it is just as important as engine oil. Antifreeze costs very little but a new engine costs considerably more; preventing freezing will reduce the possibility of...
  15. A look back on a memorable year!

    A look back on a memorable year!

    Behind the scenes in 2015 Twenty fifteen will be remembered for the introduction of our brand new website and re-brand. What you haven’t seen behind the scenes is non-stop, hard work and dedication to provide a website you can enjoy and we can be proud of. Since the launch of the new website our ever expanding range of products has...
  16. Belting out a bargain!

    Belting out a bargain!

    We’re really pleased to announce that RoughTrax have now become suppliers of Gates fan belts and cam belts. As many of you know Gates is a worldwide renowned name in the manufacture of power transmission belts and indeed a first choice for many in the automotive industry so we are really pleased to be able to supply our customers with...
  17. The Brand New 2016 Toyota Hilux Pickup is coming!

    The Brand New 2016 Toyota Hilux Pickup is coming!

    After years of speculation a New Hilux was just around the corner and still no definitive date of when the UK will see the latest Hilux in a showroom near you. We can now expect to see them arrive no later than February 2016! Toyota has already unveiled the eighth-generation Hilux pickup truck in Thailand with a slightly unique name...
  18. Spiral Cable Sub-Assembly Toyota Hilux recall

    Spiral Cable Sub-Assembly Toyota Hilux recall

    Toyota Hilux KUN25 and KUN26 Pickups - Spiral Cable Sub-Assembly recall: We’ve just received some useful information regarding a recall on certain Toyota Hilux KUN25 and KUN26 pickups. Just to familiarize yourself below is an image of a Spiral Cable Sub-assembly: It appears that certain batch Chassis numbers have experienced issues with the spiral Cables (fits behind the steering wheel...
  19. End of the driving licence paper counterpart

    End of the driving licence paper counterpart

    What does this mean? As of 8 June 2015, the driving license paper counterpart became invalid and is no longer issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photo-card. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. Instead all details are now...
  20. Get a grip - Nolathane Synthetic Elastomer bushes.

    Get a grip - Nolathane Synthetic Elastomer bushes.

    Performance bushes can blow your mind with the number of types, grades & materials used. You often ask yourself the why, what & how’s. Let us help you understand the latest technology of Nolathane Synthetic Elastomer bushings and why it’s the must have performance bush without effecting the ride and how it outperforms any other rubber or urethane bushes on...

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