Affordable Protection for Your JK
If you own a Jeep JK and are looking for an inexpensive way to protect your rocker panels, check out the latest from OR Fab. These bolt-on units protect the entire length of the two- or four-door Jeep JK rocker panel without sacrificing ground clearance. Made from CNC-formed steel sheet material and DOM tubing, these attractive protectors include a functional step to ease ingress and egress into and out of the passenger areas. A durable wrinkle black powdercoat finish will keep looking good for years to come.
Info: OR Fab, 928/636-7080, www.orfab.com
Keep It Cool, Even Underwater
Say hello to the new SBL300-a completely sealed brushless fan for extreme 4x4 uses. This new fan from Spal is available in two sizes-12- or 15.9-inch diameter-and features IP68-certified waterproof construction along with a low-inertia inner rotor. The energy efficient design also offers unrivaled resistance to vibration and heat-a fan's two worst enemies. Spal's new motor design reduces the total number of wear components over standard brushed motor technology. The results are an extremely long-lasting motor (30,000 hours) with built-in safeguards such as automatic power de-rating that guarantee performance in over-temperature operating conditions.
Info: Spal USA, 800/345-0327, www.spalusa.com
Leave it to the creative minds at Smittybilt to come up with the new line of XRC Fenders for Jeep JKs. Designed specifically to ensure body protection and tire clearance for the toughest of trail conditions, each piece of armor is manufactured out of 3/16-inch cold-rolled steel and then powdercoated in Smittybilt's signature series two-stage textured finish. Each fender is designed to be a complete bolt-on with included stainless-steel fasteners. The simple bolt-on design requires no modification to the vehicle. All of the XRC Fenders come with an inner fender liner to keep mud, snow or any other trail debris at bay. Replaceable slide plates provide users with a sacrificial element should body damage occur. The design also increases wheelwell clearance for those who want to run larger tires with less lift.
Info: Smittybilt, 888/717-5797, www.smittybilt.com
Adjustable Sway Bar, Anyone?
The SwitchBlade Swaybar from JKS Manufacturing is the industry's first variable-rate, antisway bar for Jeep vehicles. Designed as a high-performance replacement for the factory antisway bar, the SwitchBlade can be adjusted by the user to improve performance both on- and off-pavement. Unlike single- or dual-rate antisway bars that offer limited or no tuning capability, the SwitchBlade Swaybar allows the user to match the level of swaybar resistance to virtually any vehicle, terrain or driving style. With five unique settings to choose from, the vehicle's owner gains control of roll stiffness in a way that was never before possible. It's like having a pair of indexable leaf springs in place of the traditional lateral arms found on every other aftermarket sway bar. To adjust, simply press the red button on the spring-loaded indexing heads and rotate the arm to the desired spring rate-no tools necessary.
Info: JKS Manufacturing, 308/762-6949, www.jksmfg.com FW
Recognizing the user-driven trend towards lightweight aluminum body armor, the engineers at MetalCloak have developed Ditomic Armor for YJs and TJs. MetalCloak tells us that the new line is the perfect balance of aluminum and steel for incredible weight savings and rock-biting strength. The design includes steel where you need it and aluminum where it counts. The unique bolt-on, trail-tested steel flares combine with their aluminum fenders and corner guards to produce truly unique looking protection that weighs less than most others in the industry.
Info: MetalCloak, 916/631-8071, www.metalcloak.com
Fire Extinguisher Quick Mount
Mac's Custom Tie Downs showed off a new billet aluminum fire extinguisher mount at Moab that allows for quick removal when the need arises. The mount comes in two different styles for flat- or tube-mounting arrangements and features a trick billet aluminum actuation knob that releases the extinguisher from the mount. A simple billet receiver bracket attaches to any size of fire extinguisher via appropriately-sized hose clamps. Once installed, the extinguisher remains tightly secured and rattle-free.
Info: Mac's Custom Tie Downs, 866/371-5175, www.macscustomtiedowns.com