With parts-busting obstacles such as the Frame Twister and Tank Trap, Top Truck Challenge could just as easily be called Top Truck Carnage. Few are the rigs that can survive the week without multiple breakages, and hey, we feel their pain. That's why we make sure all TTC competitors don't go home without plenty of cool aftermarket parts that they can bolt onto, or buy for, their rigs after the dust settles. This year, more than 40 sponsors and manufacturers contributed swag (thanks to all), ensuring that all who competed at TTC XV were suitably rewarded for their sacrifice. Here's what they hauled home:
4WD Products Portable Compressor
What It Is: A portable compressor that can fill a 33x12.50 tire in less than 3 minutes.
Why It's Cool: Wanna be the most popular guy on the trail? Get one of these, and everyone's your friend.
More Info: 714/556-5661, www.4wdproducts.com
$500 Gift Certificate from 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers
What It Is: $500 worth of swag at any of 4Wheel Parts' more than 40 retail stores nationwide.
Why It's Cool: You can use it towards purchasing anything you want from them.
More Info: 877/474-4821, www.4wheelparts.com
AEM Brute Force Air Intake
What It Is: A non-woven polyester element that filters out over 98 percent of airborne gunk.
Why It's Cool: Under normal use, you'll never need to oil it.
More Info: 310/484-2322, www.aempower.com
Coleman Road Trip LXE Grille
What It Is: It uses adjustable burners, electronic ignition, and an X-shaped chassis for easy transport.
Why It's Cool: Twin 10,000Btu burners can cook up plenty of grub in quick time.
More Info: 800/835-3278, www.coleman.com
ReadyLift Leveling Kit
What It Is: A simple suspension remedy for nose-heavy fullsize trucks.
Why It's Cool: It's an easy way to fit bigger wheels and tires without having to invest in an entire suspension kit.
More Info: 800/549-4620, www.readylift.com
$500 Gift Certificate from Royal Purple
What It Is: A heckuva lot of free high-performance synthetic oil and lube.
Why It's Cool: What 'wheeler doesn't need frequent fluid and lube changes?
More Info: 888/382-6300, www.royalpurple.com
Kinetik Audio Power Cell
What It Is: Audio competition-proven, it can bump your system's output to up to 180 decibels.
Why It's Cool: A 747 at takeoff only makes 140 db.
More Info: www.kinetikaudio.com
Set of Ultra Wheels
What It Is: Bumpin' rims to indulge your Inner Dubsta. Pictured is the Goliath, the first 24 offered for eight-lug axles.
Why It's Cool: Goliath comes in other sizes too.
More Info: 800/321-4456, www.ultrawheel.com
$250 Gift Certificate from OMF
What It Is: Your ticket to goodies from OMF's catalog of high-quality aluminum 4x4 components.
Why It's Cool: You can get whatever you want with it!
More Info: 951/354-8272, www.omfperformance.com
Optima Red Top batteries
What It Is: One of the wheeler's best friends for rigorous trail use.
Why It's Cool: They're leakproof, spillproof, eco-friendly, and they never need water.
More Info: 888/867-8462, www.optimabatteries.com
MileMarker 9.5 SX winch
What It Is: MileMarker's next-gen X Series winches feature a low-profile power pack, 12LED feedback, and illuminated remote control.
Why It's Cool: Ninety-five hundred pounds is what you need to yank out of the Frame Twister.
More Info: 800/886-8647, www.milemarker.com
Currie E-Z Deflator
What It Is: A quick and easy way to air down pronto at the trailhead.
Why It's Cool: Airing down and tire-pressure monitoring are a one-step process now.
More Info: 714/982-5300, www.currieenterprises.com
True Flow Air Intake System
What It Is: A high-performance sealed air intake system.
Why It's Cool: They've available for most late-model 4x4s.
More Info: 866/999-9098, www.trueflow.com
Tuff Country Suspension System
What It Is: A complete suspension system for Fords, Chevys, Dodges, Jeeps, or Toyotas.
Why It's Cool: Don't try to run 44s without one.
More Info: 800/288-2190, www.tuffcountry.com
Warn 9500ti winch
What It Is: Close to 5 tons of pulling power, in a water-resistant aluminum die-cast body.
Why It's Cool: Thermometric operation lets you know how hot the motor's getting.
More Info: 800/910-1122, www.warn.com
Set of EBC Brakes
What It Is: A set of rotors and pads from the famed UK brake manufacturer.
Why It's Cool: They make binders and pads for everything-quads, dirt bikes, motorcycles, trailers, commercial vehicles, stretched limos, you name it.
More Info: www.ebcbrakes.com
Set of American Racing Wheels
What It Is: Some of the baddest rims for four-wheeling, including the one-piece forged Teflon Chamber Pro Series shown here.
Why It's Cool: Like the AR Web site says, it's "For Off-Road Use Only." Amen to that.
More Info: www.americanracing.com
What It Is: Spray-on Tuff Stuff pickup bed protection against scratches, abrasion, and rust.
Why It's Cool: Applications are available for just about any vehicle, and the lining can be color-matched to your rig's paint.
More Info: www.rhinolinings.com
Tuffy Mini Lock Box
What It Is: Secure storage that'll fit virtually anywhere in your rig.
Why It's Cool: It's great for all your mini-valuables-wallet, iPod, cell phone, you name it.
More Info: 800/348-8339, www.tuffyproducts.com
Magnaflow Mufflers & Tips
What It Is: A stainless straight-through muffler/tip combo that can help to reduce backpressure.
Why It's Cool: They come with a lifetime warranty.
More Info: 800/824-8664, www.magnaflow.com
What It Is: Kevlar-fortified spray-on bedliner that guards against rust and corrosion.
Why It's Cool: It comes with a lifetime warranty.
More Info: 877/330-1331, www.line-x.com
Set of Mickey Thompson Baja 35-inch Tires
What It Is: Stout radial rubber including the Baja Claw that's become a favorite of TTC competitors (OK, just not in 35s).
Why It's Cool: A set of free tires? Is there anything cooler?
More Info: 800/222-9092, www.mickeythompsontires.com
Ramsey Patriot 9500 Winch
What It Is: Ninety-five hundred pounds of pulling power from one of the most trusted names in recovery gear.
Why It's Cool: To survive the Tank Trap, you'll likely need one at each end of your truck!
More Info: 918/438-2760, www.ramsey.com
ARB Portable Air Compressor
What It Is: Onboard air in a portable package, perfect for airing up tires or inflatable camp gear.
Why It's Cool: As long as 12-volt power's available, it can keep on working.
More Info: 425/264-1391, www.arbusa.com
$200 Poly Performance Gift Certificate
What It Is: A coupon good for merchandise from one of America's leading 4x4 mail-order outlets.
Why It's Cool: You can use it for whatever you want.
More Info: 805/783-2060, www.polyperformance.com
What It Is: If you gotta ask, you're never gonna know.
Why It's Cool: They come in a variety of colors, including blue.
More Info: 386/756-7573, www.trucknutz.com
T-Max 10000 Winch
What It Is: Ten thousand pounds of pulling power from the renowed Australian winchmaker.
Why It's Cool: Synthetic rope aids safe recoveries, and the aluminum fairlead helps reduce weight.
More Info: 360/714-1313, www.4x4winch.com
Yukon Gear Gift Certificate
What It Is: Your ticket for free stuff from a leading manufacturer of hard-core axle components.
Why It's Cool: Consider them gotta-have items for the Tank Trap.
More Info: 800/292-1031, www yukongear.com
What It Is: Good for a $25 purchase of any Fram product.
Why It's Cool: Who doesn't need a filter eventually?
More Info: 800/333-1106, www.fram.com
Fab Fours Winch Bumper
What It Is: One bad 'n' beefy (260-pound) bumper for housing a Warn 16.5.
Why It's Cool: You can get it in bare metal and paint it match your rig's color.
More Info: 866/385-1905, www.fabfours.com
Gift Certificate from Amsoil
What It Is: A handy coupon to have when shopping for premium lubricants.
Why It's Cool: It'll help keep your engine and gearboxes from cooking.
More Info: www.amsoil.com
Superwinch EP9.0 Winch
What It Is: Nine thousand pounds to get you through the Mini Rubicon.
Why It's Cool: It's easy to install, with only two wires to connect.
More Info: 860/928-7787, www.superwinch.com
Gibson Exhaust System
What It Is: A new after-cat system of choice for trucks.
Why It's Cool: Everyone loves a throaty exhaust note, reduced backpressure, and everyone likes to stay emissions-legal too.
More Info: 800/528-3044, www.gibsonperformance.com
Diehard Batteries, Jumper Cables, & Power Inverter
What It Is: What your truck needs to crank up, transfer, and convert electrical power.
Why It's Cool: Try starting your truck without one.
More Info: www.sears.com
$1,000 Gift Certificate from BDS Suspension
What It Is: A cool grand towards a premium lift kit for your Jeep, truck, or SUV.
Why It's Cool: They've got plenty of stuff for the new Super Duty, Silverado, and Wrangler JK.
More Info: 517/279-2135, www.bds-suspension.com
Mechanix Wear Gloves
What It Is: Premium protection for hands that really work.
Why It's Cool: After a day at Top Truck, you'll need these as soon as you've towed your rig back to camp for repairs.
More Info: www.mechanix.com
What It Is: A plug-in module for engine tuning on the fly.
Why It's Cool: It can boost horsepower and torque, and maybe even mileage too.
More Info: 407/585-7000, www.superchips.com
Afe Intake System
What It Is: A Stage 2 cold-air intake system.
Why It's Cool: It increases airflow, which = more horsepower and more torque.
More Info: 866/503-9911, www.afefilters.com
$250 Gift Certificate From Rock Krawler Suspension
What It Is: A nice nest egg for investing in a flexy suspension for your Jeep.
Why It's Cool: They also make great kits for fullsizes, racers, and prerunners too.
More Info: 518/270-9822, www.rockkrawler.com
$250 Gift Certificate From Stylin' Trucks
What It Is: A quarter grand of play money you can use for some major accessorizations.
Why It's Cool: Stylin' has got zillions of truck parts to choose from.
More Info: 800/586-9713, www.stylintrucks.com
Optima Yellow Top Batteries
What It Is: A dual-purpose starting and deep-cycle battery, it's fully sealed and enviro-friendly.
Why It's Cool: Since it's non-spillable, you can mount it in an position-even upside down.
More Info: 888/867-8462, www.optimabatteries.com
Air Zenith USA Compressor
What It Is: A 100-percent duty cycle, 200psi workhorse for inflation of tires and camp goodies.
Why It's Cool: It's fully rebuildable, and it's upgradeable to a cooling fan on the cylinder top.
More Info: 702/270-7988, www.airzenith.com
$500 Gift Certificate from Advance Adapters
What It Is: Five hundred bills towards an Advance Adapters product.
Why It's Cool: Every little bit helps when you're saving your rubles to buy an Atlas II.
More Info: 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com
Pro Distributing Hitch
What It Is: An adjustable aluminum trailer hitch.
Why It's Cool: It's got locking mechanisms on the adjustment and hitch pin, so no more separate or stolen hitch pins.
More Info: 877/215-2564, www.prodistributing.com