Keeping an ARB HardLid on it

ARB creates game-changing way to carry gear atop a tray

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Whether you’re a tradie hauling tools or a family of five setting off with cargo on board, it’s important to find a storage solution that best suits your lifestyle.

After 18 months of design and development, ARB has created a rugged, versatile and feature-packed tonneau cover and named it the HardLid. It features the same mounting and hinge mechanism used by the ARB Sportlid V, which means these crucial parts are tried, tested and proven.

This hinge mechanism opens the lid rearward and upward, away from the cabin, allowing plenty of clearance. This provides a choice to run your HardLid with or without a factory sports bar and allows for mounting hardware closer to the cab.

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The HardLid is opened by a key lockable manual latch, ensuring ultimate cargo security. You can also upgrade to the Premium HardLid, which offers central locking, interior lighting and a set of premium rails.

“The ARB HardLid was born through the collaboration of two great teams, ARB Australia and our New Zealand partners, Beaut Utes. Combining our extensive product, design and engineering knowledge to produce a truly rugged and versatile solution, that’s packed full of features,” said Matthew Rust, ARB Product Development Manager.

While a full-height canopy is good for additional storage, some 4WD owners still prefer the sleek styling of a hard lid without compromising on security and the ability to carry an extra roof load. A ute lid helps keep the load low on the 4WD for improved handling and fuel economy.

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The ARB HardLid is the newest addition to its range of rigid tonneau covers. With its rugged and versatile cargo surface, the HardLid provides the perfect mounting platform for items that might be thrown on and tied down as you leave town on a Friday night, or for items you plan to mount permanently in position.

You can customise the HardLid depending on your needs, whether it be mounting custom toolboxes or using the premium rails. The premium rails option utilises a T-slot channel and ARB’s signature BASE Rack dovetail mounting system, allowing a mounting location for a selection of BASE Rack accessories.

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HardLid not only provides security and protection for your cargo area, but its tough aluminium exterior is a game changer for customisation. Whether it’s sports bars, custom toolboxes, recovery gear or even a rooftop tent, combining HardLid with accessories like premium rails, Base Rack or cross bars allows everyone to build out their platform to meet the needs of their lifestyle,” said Rust.

The HardLid’s aluminium skin is supported by a frame substructure, intended to be good for both a high dynamic load of 150kg and total static mass suitable for rooftop tents. With a tough powder-coated black finish, the clean, simple design will make your ute look awesome.


HardLid pricing starts from $2750, plus fitting and additional accessories. It’s available for the following dual-cabs:

Glenn Marshall
Supplied by ARB


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