Gross Vehicle Mass
If you’re carrying tools of the trade or loading up the 4×4 for an extended trip, your vehicle may become dangerous if it exceeds the allocated gross vehicle mass (GVM), and illegal. The GVM is the maximum a fully loaded vehicle can weigh and everything you place on or in your vehicle adds to the overall GVM. Items such as fuel, accessories, cargo, the tray body for cab chassis models, passengers and even the tow ball load of a boat or camper trailer, all add weight to your vehicle.
A legal GVM is set for all vehicles as part of the Australian Design Rules (ADR) approval process. If your vehicle exceeds these limits you could make your vehicle unsafe, void your insurance and you could be fined if the police inspect your vehicle. Addressing all these points lead ARB to offer Old Man Emu GVM upgrades to meet ADR requirements for a number of new, unregistered vehicles.
Old Man Emu GVM Upgrades
After detailed tests have been carried out by Old Man Emu suspension engineers, new vehicle GVM upgrades are only granted by the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Transport. We ensure that the increase in a vehicle’s GVM meets the minimum ADR safety requirements following the fitment of a complete suspension system. Vehicle manufacturers set front and rear axle limits for each of their vehicles, ARB ensures all Old Man Emu GVM upgrades fit within these combined axle limits. We follow sound engineering principals, ensuring safety and reliability.
Once the approved suspension system and GVM upgrade compliance plate has been fitted to your vehicle by your authorised Old Man Emu supplier and installer, Pilbara Auto & 4×4, it can then be registered according to its new, increased GVM, ensuring your vehicle is GVM legal in all states of Australia. Vehicles fall under the jurisdiction of the state authorities once they are registered. The need for GVM upgrades post registration should be discussed with your local ARB State Office, as regulations differ between states and other requirements may be imposed locally.