QUESTION 1) – Is the 3rd axle constantly working in a 6×6 AUSTRALIA system?
ANSWER – Yes, but it applies the Drive to its Rearmost Diff “On Demand”. Our system operates in full-time bogie-drive, providing dependable user-friendly operation.
The 4 rear wheels have assertive contact with the road, constantly. This makes your 6×6 the ultimate in safe carriage of Payloads, especially when called for in the wet or on other slippery surfaces, for example ‘black ice’ roads of Alpine regions during Winter.
Your 6×6 vehicle becomes practically “planted” to the road surface, which is the new paradigm in tow vehicle safety.
Add to this Full-time Bogie-drive, our integrated ‘Roll-steering’ suspension functionality, and you have the ultimate 6×6 conversion available, right here in Australia.
QUESTION 2) – Compared with a standard 4×4, do the rear tyres on your 6×6 conversion wear faster than normal ?
ANSWER – This is one of the most valid (and most asked) questions from potential clientele enquiring into a new 6×6 conversion.
With such bulk traction of the 4 rear wheels under power, and so close together, the answer is yes they do usually wear a little bit quicker, and some wear a lot quicker. However, not all 6x6s have this problem.
With our conversions here at 6×6 AUSTRALIA, only a barely noticeable increase in wear over time can be measured objectively. We’re confident this benefit comes from the ‘Roll-steer’ function previously mentioned in QUESTION 1.
6×6 AUSTRALIA’S suspension system is the only one in the world you’ll find has integrated ‘Roll-steering’, truly giving it’s performance its own paradigm.
This is the most common factor our client’s tell us sold them our conversion over our competitor’s 6×6. Because ours alleviates the rear tyre wear while other suppliers of 6×6 can’t provide this, as it’s normally unavoidable when you have such extreme traction with 4 ‘drive-wheels’ so close together under your vehicle.
The fact ours is most easy to use, maintain, it’s daily maintenance costs are lower (not to mention our purchase price), and outperforms any competition is what gives ours the edge over all comers.
As long you take care of your tyres, regularly rotating them and monitoring their pressures, rear tyre wear doesn’t noticeably increase with a 6×6 AUSTRALIA conversion.
The traction advantage in our 6×6, more than pays for itself in other ways against any negligible extra wear it might have on your rear tyres, adding the increased safety of a 6×6 AUSTRALIA conversion in towing and carrying heavy loads.
QUESTION 3) – Can a 6X6 conversion be driven with a standard car licence?
ANSWER – Yes, our 6X6 can be driven on a standard car licence.
You still need to drive it a little like you’re driving a small truck though. Because it is just that, a small semi-trailer of sorts. It is capable of carrying more weight, and towing much larger trailers than usual.
Our common conversions usually come in Middleweight configuration (4,495kg GVM & 7,995kg GCM).
We also do various Heavyweight models. These conversions require a heavy vehicle licence to operate (upwards of 4,500kg GVM and more than 8,500kg GCM).
QUESTION 4) – What does “LOADSHARE” mean?
ANSWER – When we talk of “Loadshare” in regard to the Bogie-drive Suspension and it’s performance, we’re talking about the ability of the two axles to work together in partnership. With our system, as opposed to our competitors, our two Bogie-drive Axles are connected through the Suspension’s Loadshare Beams and Lower-control Rods, and its A-Arms. These components allow each axle to sense when each fellow axle is maneuvering (over an obstacle, say…) and so the other becomes manipulated into an optimal position. This means they share the load of the Chassis & Payload weight above them effectively, spreading the force applied by that “Sprung Weight” down through their wheels into the track surface.
Our competitor’s systems are grossly ineffective in regard to this important engineering factor.
Ask further about the concept of ‘LOADSHARE’ when you inquire with us, and we’ll provide you with more clear understanding on the difference between a ‘6×6 AUSTRALIA’ Bogie-drive system and any other that dares to compete with us. When each Axle in a Bogie-drive system doesn’t know what their buddy Axle is doing, they think they’re alone and so they slip and tramp and behave uncontrollably in an effort to handle the Sprung Weight Load. Ours work in partnership to hold solid and safe traction throughout any and every scenario by sharing the load effectively.
QUESTION 5)- What extension length does it give to the tray?
ANSWER – This depends what you purpose your 6X6 for. We extend the Chassis by a minimum of 1,000mm to fit our Bogie-drive Suspensions. This allows same for a new tray. Depending on purpose, any reasonable length (up to 1800mm extension) can be added to Chassis and Tray Bodies.
6×6 AUSTRALIA’S chassis extensions are carried out directly over the Bogie-suspension’s centre. Some special Chassis extensions can be carried out forward of the original axle position.
QUESTION 6) – What are your warranty terms of operation and what is covered?
ANSWER – General terms of warranty on our 6X6 conversions are:
-Factory warranty covers full repairs &/or replacement on any faulty Materials, Workmanship, or Components;
-These repairs/replacement works are only completed at the 6X6 AUSTRALIA Pty Ltd company headquarters in Coraki, NSW;
We also have options available for extended warranties. These are: 24months/40,000km and 36months/60,000km. Please ask us for your specific Warranty choice to be written up in your Purchase Agreement when we initially draft it.
QUESTION 7) – Who does all your custom Bodywork and Spray-painting?
ANSWER – We handle all custom Bodywork and paint refinishing you might like. With our custom Panelbeating and Bodywork expertise among our staff, we’re capable of working with you and your imagination to find exactly what you require.
QUESTION 8) – Does 6X6 AUSTRALIA do any other optional custom extras, like Long-range Fuel tanks, Toolboxes, Water tanks, Diff lockers, Rollbars, etc.?
ANSWER – Yes. We do some different types of custom aftermarket work, including tray-bodies, bus bodies, tanks, drawers, toolboxes, Bars, Diff-lockers, front-end suspension lifts with aftermarket shock-absorbers all round, and custom Drive-line enhancements.
Just ask if there’s something you’d like, that isn’t listed here.
QUESTION 9) – Why is everyone who tows or carries substantial weight buying 6X6 conversions?
ANSWER – The main reason is SAFETY above and beyond your vehicle’s original “Registered safe capabilities”. The article below independently explains this.
(click on this link: https://practicalmotoring.com.au/car-advice/why-a-3500kg-tow-rating-may-not-really-be-a-3500kg-tow-rating/) for independent information on tow-ratings re: Vehicle GVM/GCM, the law, and real-world safety.
6×6 AUSTRALIA Bogie-drive conversions offer real safety and ease-of-use in heavy towing, payload carriage, and in general off-road or bush/outback pursuits. They can now carry loads more, go faraway on exploration adventures, and make it there and return in one piece to tell of the adventure.
With our 6X6, make it easier to carry and tow more in safety and comfort.
For independent viewpoint on why more people are opting for a ‘6X6 AUSTRALIA’ conversion, read this ‘Practical Motoring’ online magazine article, focusing on one of the most affordable options of all our different conversions, the Mazda BT50 6×6:
There’s no comparison on the global 6×6 conversion market. With our ‘Roller-drive’ Power-divider (Registered Design) we have become industry leaders in Automotive Drive-line technologies.
This device has found work in the famous ‘Zamboni’ ice-resurfacing machine, a tractor of sorts used in nearly every indoor ice-skating rink around the world, and known for it’s traction (vital when working on ice).
Governing the drive force in something with such bulk traction in such a tight proximity between wheels, is the same as how it governs the intense force of drive that regulates the bogie wheels in our 6x6s, which kind of “fight each other”, due to their proximity to one another.
Our 6X6, with it’s constant twin-axle/bogie-drive setup is what this phenomenally simple little invention was designed for in the beginning.
Our suspension is designed so the heavier the load, the better the ‘Roll-steer’ function works.
It uses the payload and it’s natural physical force to manipulate the suspension to assist vehicle handling over 60km/hr, and increases stability.
‘Applied Physics’ used beautifully in it’s design, offers a system that can be seen as ahead of it’s time.
Contact us quickly to discuss what we can do to serve your needs, and offer you an appointment time to come and visit us.
We’ll show you what options best suit your requirements.
Then negotiate a final build price with timeline for commencement / completion with you.
Robust engineering and fabrication allows us to give the chassis and suspension components a lifetime warranty on materials and workmanship.
Nothing compares to 6×6 Australia’s conversions weight-carrying ability, comfort, safety, low-maintenance mechanics (therefore lower costs), and with affordability and ease-of-use by direct comparison.
Full load-sharing of payload weight to each wheel, with up to 500mm wheel travel (nothing else comes even close to this. see link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsdyD_gfH98).
Ours outperforms all other Bogie-drive suspension systems on Earth.