About the Author
Rodney "Rocket Rod" is one of the Directors of Wholesale Automatics. He has been in the automatic transmission industry for over 30 years. Rodney mainly focuses on Marketing and New Projects and is the driving force behind creating new ways to bolt different parts together for our conversion projects. Rodney is also responsible for the majority of the entertainment at Wholesale Automatics.
Tradie Ute Accessories and Auto Upgrades
Over the past 15 years we have seen the Tradie Ute’s come a long, long way. There have been countless upgrades to a Ute’s automatic transmission, engine, electronics and interior. I think we can all agree our Tradie Ute’s are better than they have ever been. However, manufactures have been slow to recognise that in Australia we do things very differently to overseas. In our country we use the Tradie ute for far more than just work. Our hard working vehicles also fulfil the roll of the family car, touring vehicle, long distance tow vehicle and in many cases a combination of all. Therefore, “Tradie Ute Accessories” are a must-have item if you want your Ute to do everything you demand of it.
All our Tradie Utes are manufactured overseas. This has meant that each manufacturer is not totally focused on Australian conditions or the way Australians use their Utes. For example, in America everyone uses a heavy duty Ford F-series or Dodge Ram or similar to tow while in Europe they use very small vehicles like Kia and VW. This is mostly due to vastly different climates, cultures and travel distances. Here in Australia we like to load up and get away in a huge country with insanely long touring distance and extreme range of both road and climate conditions. Australians are not shy to load up a Ute to the max if a job requires some heavy hauling.
At Wholesale we have spent over 30 years helping Aussies overcome limitations created by the “factory standard” vehicles that manufacturers provide. We have done this by creating our own range of Upgrades and Tradie Ute Accessories. Many of our Tradie Ute Accessories are Aussie made and manufactured and provide you with benefits like:
- Enhanced reliability
- Better safety
- Reduced fuel costs
- Reduced wear and lower servicing costs
Each is individually built to upgrade or solve very specific problems that each Tradie Ute may encounter. Especially if you carry large weights, tow or run a chip or tuning upgrade. Typical Tradie Ute’s include:
- Ford – Ranger
- Holden – Colorado
- Isuzu – D-Max, MU-X
- Mazda – BT50
- Mitsubishi – Challenger, Triton
- Nissan – Patrol GQ, Patrol GU
- Toyota – Hilux, LandCruiser, Prado, Tacoma, Tundra
- VW – Amarok
Wholesale Products for Tradie Ute’s
Heavy Duty Automatic Transmission Oil Cooler
Wholesale’s Heavy Duty Transmission Oil Coolers are a must have if you:
- Tow or carry heavy loads
- Go offroad
- Tow a caravan
The brackets are single piece 4mm steel so can handle the never-ending corrugated roads of the outback. Many modern Ute’s have no or inadequate transmission cooling. This leads to excessive wear, reliability and performance problems.
Read some commonly asked questions on coolers here.
Wholesale’s Lock-Up Kits give you significant fuel savings (up to 6L/100km under heavy highway towing) and 100% engine braking on those difficult descents. They are a great upgrade for those who:
- Tow and want fuel savings
- Go offroad and want more control in descents
Read some commonly asked questions on lock-up kits here.
Nomad Valve Bodies / Heavy Duty Valve Bodies
Many Tradies tell us that finding a vehicle that will tow as cleanly and efficiently as they would like is getting more and more difficult. One area this shows is in flaring (or slipping) while changing gears when under load. This produces premature wear and a frustrating driver experience. A Nomad Valve Body will solve both these problems by :
- Giving you a crisp shifting transmission
- Improved engine braking
- Reduced premature wearing
Read some commonly asked questions on valve bodies here.
Temp Gauge Kits
Wholesale’s complete Temperature Gauge Kits give you real time feedback about your transmission’s temperature. They give you the confidence to know what causes heat buildup and the ability to pull over if your transmission hits 130° C (265° F) before damage occurs.
High Volume Cast Aluminium Transmission Pans
Wholesale’s High Volume Cast Aluminium Transmission Pans give you better cooling through increased oil capacity plus added strength. Our pans come with a full set of bolts for easy installation.
All of the above upgrades are available both online and in store. Fitting is also available from any of our 50 dealers throughout Australia. See our fitting agents list.
For more information about these or any other product or project you may have in mind please feel free to call Wholesale at any time on 03 9762 8004.
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