APE Services

GVM Upgrades

GVM Upgrades (Gross Vehicle Mass) of your vehicle is its maximum potential to carry the combined weight of everything in or on the vehicle.  APE Suspension are authorised to supply and install EFS GVM upgrade kits and also Lovell’s GVM and Towing upgrade kits.  The choices are yours! Both of these marques are fully warranted and provide an excellent ride with superb control.  Just what the heavyweight 4×4 driver really needs. We are also able to increase the Towing capacity of certain vehicles for example a Landcruiser 200 series which has a ball capacity of 350kg may be increased to 400kg whilst its towing capacity increased from 3500kg to 4000 kgs. We are also now able to increase the GVM capacity and towing capacity of the new Toyota Prado 150.

Please note that in many cases APE Suspension while utilising Lovells upgrades may also increase your GCM!

Call APE for further details. 08 9302 6648

We take the headache away from you with all your weight carrying and towing concerns. Talk to us now for further information.  Just leave it to us and you’ll be driving away with your new GVM or towing package sooner than you thought possible.

Lovells hold Compliance Plate Approval’s as a Second Stage Manufacturer of GVM Upgrades for Toyota, Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and Mazda:

  • CPA 25742: Toyota Landcruiser LC70 Cab Chassis/Troop Carrier to 3900kg.
    (Original GVM is 3300kg)
  • CPA 25742: Toyota Landcruiser LC79 Cab Chassis Single Cab 5 Star ANCAP to 4200kg. (Original GVM is 3400kg)
  • CPA 25742-8: Toyota Landcruiser LC76 Series 4 door Wagon to 3660kg.
    (Original GVM is 3000kg)
  • CPA 28971: Nissan Patrol Cab Chassis Y61 to 3900kg.
    (Original GVM is 3400kg) – STATE COMPLIANCE ONLY
  • CPA 40257: Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series Wagon to 3800kg
    (Original GVM is 3300kg)
  • CPA 42029: Toyota Hilux 150 Series 4×4 3/05-2015 to 3300kg
    (up from standard GVM of 2710kg- Extra Cab, 2780kg- Dual Cab and 2835kg- Single Cab)
    STATE COMPLIANCE ONLY
  • CPA 46728: Ford Ranger 4×4 to 3500kg.
    (Original GVM is 3200kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Ford Ranger.
  • CPA 47037: Mazda BT50 4×4 to 3500kg.
    (Original GVM is 3200kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Mazda BT50.
  • CPA 47909: Toyota Hilux GUN126 Series 4×4 2015 on to 3500kg
    (Original GVM of 3000kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM FULL VOLUME Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Toyota Hilux 4×4.
  • CPA 47908: Isuzu D Max 4×4 06/12 on to 3600kg
    (Original GVM of 2950kg)
  • CPA 48305: Toyota Prado 150 Series 10/09 on to 3500kg
    (Original GVM of 3000kg)
    Lovells are the only GVM Upgrade SSM FULL VOLUME Approval holder to offer full certification of ESC/ESP system compliance at full GVM for the Toyota Prado.

Lovells GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) Upgrades

The usable payload of many 4X4 vehicles today is minimal. Additional basic optional equipment and two or three adult male occupants will bring the vehicle close to its legal maximum weight (GVM) in many cases. Add long range fuel tanks, bull bars, winches, side steps, roof racks, recovery gear and a payload of camping equipment or an industrial type custom body and the vehicle will ultimately exceed the Original Equipment allowable Gross Vehicle Mass.

Original Equipment suspension is designed for comfort above all other considerations, thus load carrying and performance can be compromised. Whereas, Lovells design suspension systems with matched components for the ultimate in performance, load carrying, and handling.

Lovells GVM Upgrade suspension kits are fully track tested in conjunction with a Certified Automotive Engineering Signatory over many days to achieve maximum stability, braking performance, ADR (Australian Design Rules) conformity and operator comfort, before test data and documentation are forwarded to the DEPARTMENT of INFRASTRUCTURE, TRANSPORT, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT and LOCAL GOVERNMENT for full analysis.

The National Codes and laws that must be met are extremely stringent and it can take up to 6 months for all data to be analysed in full by the Road Safety Engineers in Canberra. Once the Department is satisfied with all dynamic testing and theoretical data, it is only then that Lovells are issued with certification of Secondary Manufacture for GVM Upgrades.

Lovells GVM Upgrade Kits provide a solution for owners/managers of Toyota Landcruiser, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Patrol vehicles who have a need to carry loads which exceed the Original Equipment GVM specifications while at the same time meeting the practical and documentary compliance requirements of Work Safety, Police Licensing, Insurance, Lessors and Fleet Managers.