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4x4 Parts Buyer's Guide - The Holiday Smorgasbord

Posted in How To on December 1, 2008 Comment (0)
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"Gift Guide?" "Stocking Stuffers?" Yeah, right. Unless you come from the planet Opulence you won't find suspension systems or custom axles under the tree, and any off-road hardware bigger than a bump stop isn't going to fit in a stocking. Just the same, the often-frigid holiday season is a perfect time to perform upgrades and repairs on your trail rig. Many trails are closed or frozen over for the winter, so let the wrenching begin. Here's our latest collection of off-road hardware for your consideration and holiday daydreaming. It's time to get ready for the new trail year.

TrueFlow XDI Intake
True Flow is pleased to introduce the True Flow XDI Air Intake system for the 1997-2006 4.0L Jeep Wrangler. True Flow has taken a unique approach to develop an intake system with ultra high flow, aggressive sound and extreme looks.

The Jeep Wrangler suffers from an undersized air filter box and a restrictive air filter that chokes down air flow to minimal engine requirements. True Flow's design team looked to improve on the intake system to achieve maximum performance from the Jeep.

True Flow removes the air box and tubing that connects to the throttle body and replaces them with a smooth tube, silicone couplers and a high flow aluminum canister with a massive 5 inch inlet and outlet. Finally, after extensive research on a flow bench, they changed the direction of the air filter so that the air flows from inside-out of the filter. True Flow calls it "inverted air flow technology." This revolutionary change increases the air flow by over 50 percent and increases power by up to 27 hp and up to 62 foot pounds of torque.

A critical part of the XDI intake system is its True Flow Air Filter. Unique to the industry, foam air filters have awesome performance capabilities and filtration properties, filtering even the smallest debris. These incredibly durable air filters are easily cleaned and offer a limited lifetime warranty with excellent performance.

For more information, contact:
True Flow
www.trueflow.com(866)999-9098

OR Fab JK Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier
Carrying a spare tire and extra fuel is essential gear for avid Jeep enthusiasts, but keeping these items protected on the trail and shaking loose on the highway is just as important. That's why OR Fab manufactured its Swing Away Tire Carrier to be nearly indestructible. Made in the U.S.A. from 1.5-inch diameter, .120 wall tube steel, this tire carrier is strong, allows full access to the tail gate and features a heavy-duty hinge with a 500 lbs. lockable draw latch.

The OR Fab tire carrier can hold up to a 35-inch diameter tire, two Gerry cans, and features a location for a Hi-Lift jack and CB antenna mount. Its sturdy design keeps the carrier from rattling on the highway while visually complimenting your Jeep with either a smooth or wrinkle black powder coat finish. The OR Fab Swing Away Tire Carrier is available for the 2007-'08 two and four-door model Jeep JK and is part of OR Fab's complete line of Jeep JK accessories that includes a front winch bumper, rock slider rear bumper and heavy-duty rocker protectors.

All OR-Fab products are made in the U.S.A. and are backed by years of off road experience on and off the trail.

For more information, contact:
Performance Automotive Group
www.p-a-g.net(928) 636-7080

QA1 Rock Ends
QA1 Performance Products is proud to introduce the next generation in off-road rod ends - QA1 Rock Ends!

Designed for the hardest of the hard-core builders, fabricators, and off road enthusiasts, QA1 Rock Ends are available with male, female and weldable sleeve style housings and your choice of a replaceable bearing or bushing insert. No special tools are required for rebuilding. QA1 Rock Ends allow up to 44 of misalignment, with most competitive products offering only up to 30.

QA1 Rock Ends feature forged, heat treated, chromoly steel male and female housings with increased cross sectional thickness for greater tensile strength over other designs. QA1 replaceable bearing inserts feature a precision ground 52100 bearing steel ball that is heat treated and hard chrome plated for maximum durability. Modular in design, QA1 Rock Ends with bearing inserts utilize high misalignment spacers to allow for numerous bolt sizes, and provide builders with a wider variety of options than competitive products. QA1 Rock Ends are also available with wear-resistant bonded rubber bushing inserts.

QA1's weldable sleeve-style Rock Ends feature the same replaceable bearing or bushing inserts as the male and female style housings, and are designed for fabricators and builders who require more configuration options.

QA1's Off Road Adventure Series product line also includes shock absorbers, springs, rod ends, spherical bearings and related components.

For more information, contact:
QA1
www.qa1.net(800)721-7761

Advance Adapters Atlas Transfer Cases with Jeep JK Yokes
Advance Adapters now offers the Atlas with stock JK yokes. This allows you to retain your stock driveshafts, virtually making the Atlas a one-day installation.

For more information, contact:
Advance Adapters' Atlas
www.GotAtlas.com

BDS 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.5-Inch Long-Arm Suspension Kit
The 4.5-inch long arm system from BDS for the Wrangler TJ was designed for serious off road use as well as the daily commute. The true 4-link system offers improved control, both on-and- off-road, compared to any radius arm system. At the heart of the four-link system are four massive control arms. The adjustable upper control arms come standard with a flex joint and the lower fixed control arms have a flex joint at both ends.

The control arms attach to 1/4 thick steel mounting brackets that not only improve off road protection, but increase the structural rigidity of the suspension system. Kevlar-lined stainless steel brake lines are included, as are a set of BDS Ultimate front sway bar disconnects. A BDS exclusive heavy-duty front adjustable track bar is included to properly center the axle. Combine all of this with BDS Pro-Ride coils as well as custom valved gas or hydraulic shocks and your TJ is ready for the trail.

BDS Suspension products are covered by the exclusive No Fine Print Warranty.

For more information, contact:
BDS Suspension
www.bds-suspension.com(517) 279-2135

Off-Road Evolution EVOLever Coilover System
Off-Road Evolution's Mel Wade explains the EVOLever:

"We wanted to create a system that would allow large wheel travel like all the competition rock buggies, but without the need to perform any major modifications to the body. This meant keeping the drivers compartment sealed. We designed the EVOLever to improve on road handling and creating unmatched off road capability. We also strived to make the system a very easy install. The EVOLever allows almost everyone to install this system with ease, using basic tools found in most garages."

*Fits all Jeep Wrangler's 07+, 2 Door and 4 Door
*Allows the uses of long travel coilover shocks in the rear of your JK without the need for doing any major cutting.
*Absolutely no cutting of the body.
*Bolt on system
*Offers up to 14 inches of vertical wheel travel
*Optimizes Short Arm and Long Arm suspension system, from every manufacturer without modification. (Rancho Long Arm needs modification)
*Adjustable ride height
*Four Ply limit strap included.
*Integrated competition tuned sway bar system included.
*3/4 inch chromoly heim joints.
*Stainless steel high-misalignment spacers
*Grade 8 hardware
*Allows for use of 35-inch up to 42-inch tires (Larger than 37: Body Trimming required)
*Owners can use most major manufacturers' off-the-shelf coilover shocks.
*Skid Plate Sold separately
*Shocks sold separately

For more information, contact:
Off-Road Evolution
www.offroadevolution.com(714) 870-5515

Pitbull Growler Tire
If you need a big, aggressive tire, Pit Bull Tire Company's Growler and Rocker tires are ideal candidates. The Pit Bull Tire Company recently added ten new sizes to the Rocker LT bias lineup, and four new sizes to the Growler LT bias lineup.

New Rocker LT Bias Sizes:
42x15.0-15, 16, 16.5, 17 & 2044x19.50-15, 16, 16.5, 17 & 20New Growler LT Bias Sizes:47x21-16, 16.5, 17 & 20

For more information, contact:
Pit Bull Tire Company
www.pitbulltires.com(800) 645-2006

Fab Fours 2007-2008 Jeep Wrangler JK Rocker Panel Guards
Description:
Rocker panel protection for the Jeep JK. Integrated formed steel construction maximizes your vehicle's impact resistance in extreme conditions.

Features:
*Double wall construction on the bottom, providing superior structural integrity*Double wall construction protects fasteners and provides a smooth surface to "slide" over obstacles*Precision engineering and manufacturing for true fit and easy installation

Materials:
3/16-inch construction throughout. Tubing is all 1 3/4 . 120 wallFinish: Fab Fours 2 stage Black textured powder coat finish or BareSize/Weight: L75" W x 11" H x 10" Weight - 156lbs per pair

For more information, contact:
Fab Fours Inc.
www.fabfours.com(866)385-1905

Tire Repair Kit
This kit is ideal for repairing off road tires. The repair is permanent, quick and easy, saving downtime and money for tire repairs and service calls. It has been described as "the only repair that fixes my ATV tire so that it stays fixed." One kit (including ten repair strips and an inserting tool) comes in a handy storage container and is available for four-ply and smaller tires or for six-ply and larger tires.

For more information, contact:
Tire Repair Kit
www.tirerepairkit.com(800)289-9781

Zone Offroad Products JK 2-inch Suspension Lift for the 2007 and 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK 2-door or 4-door
Zone Offroad Products has introduced a brand new budget boost for your Jeep JK model. This 2-inch spacer kit works on the 2 door and 4 door models as well as the Rubicons and is built in the USA The kit comes complete with all of the hardware, bump stop extensions, and urethane spacers. The bump stops extensions are included because your original equipment springs were not designed to be compressed further than the OE wheel travel.

Zone developed the ideal durometer material to absorb vibration and handle extreme impacts. They also added a UV stabilizer for long term durability. A twin-tube hydraulic shock upgrade is available. The best part is this kit allows you to clear 33's and only costs $129.99!

For more information, contact:
Zone Offroad Productswww.zoneoffroad.com(888) 998-ZONE

Misch 4x4 JK Console Cap and Trash Stash
Misch 4x4 Products' "Trash Stash" wastebasket fits into the cup holders at the back of the JK center console. Crowning the console is Misch 4x4's "Console Cap." The Console Cap is a comfortable pad, and attaches to the stock JK console's hard plastic lid.

For more information, contact:
Misch 4x4 Products
www.misch4x4.com(620) 251-9100

JKS Manufacturing Rear Track Bar Brace for the 2007-2008 Wrangler JK
JKS Manufacturing has just released a highly effective and economical solution to a problem that has plagued many owners of the current Jeep Wrangler. The problem involves the factory track bar mount on the rear axle housing. Vehicle owners and industry specialists have reported an alarming number of rear track bar failures due to insufficient bracing of the factory mount. Most failures occur after the vehicle has been lifted, especially when aftermarket extension brackets are involved. However, some have even experienced failure on stock applications.

When failure occurs, the vehicle is rendered unsafe to drive and must be repaired before it can be safely operated. In most cases, the problem is not covered by the factory warranty and complete axle housing replacement is the only solution offered by dealerships. Unfortunately, this does nothing to correct the original problem which is bound to reoccur unless more effective measures are taken.

JKS developed the Rear Trackbar Brace to provide Jeep owners with a permanent solution to this problem. Constructed of high strength 7-guage steel that has been precision cut and formed using CNC equipment, the Rear Trackbar Brace fits perfectly over the factory mount. The heavy duty design connects the factory track bar mount to the axle with 45-degree reinforcement wings. This triangulates the mounting configuration to resist lateral track bar forces that would otherwise tear the weak factory mount from the axle.

For additional strength, the Rear Trackbar Brace wraps under the axle housing and attaches on the opposite side. This not only distributes track bar forces over a greater area, but also provides a smooth, snag-free surface to slide over obstacles. Furthermore, during installation it eliminates the need for awkward overhead welding and improves weld penetration. The Rear Trackbar Brace is compatible with most track bars, extension brackets and lift kits. Installation requires welding.

For more information, contact:
JKS Manufacturing
www.jksmfg.com(308)762-6949

Tuffy JK stereo cover
This locking stereo cover is a great way to secure valuable stereo equipment from the prying eyes of would-be thieves. The unique design allows the locking cover to flip up and be stowed under the convenient storage tray.

The Tuffy JK stereo cover is constructed from .090-inch Aluminum with a durable color-matched powder coated finish. The cover is secured by Tuffy's exclusive double bitted ten-tumbler camlock system.

Features:
*Convenient storage tray*10 tumbler double bitted security cam-lock containing built-in weather seals*No drilling, all mounting hardware included*Stereo cover flips up under tray for easy storage*090-inch Aluminum construction*Durable color matched powder coating finish*13/16-inch Clearance for knobs on electronic equipment

For more information, contact:
Tuffy Security Products
www.tuffyproducts.com(800)348-8339

Poly Performance Jeep Wrangler JK skid plate system
The all new Poly Performance Jeep JK skid plate system is designed to prevent damage to vital drivetrain parts during 4x4 fun on the trail. The complete skid plate system features an Oil Pan Skid plate with drain plug access, Transmission Skid plate, and Transfer Case Skid plate. Each skid plate is CNC cut & formed of 3/16-inch crush resistant Grade 50 A-572 steel plate for superior strength, while keeping weight to a minimum. The provided flush mount Grade 8 hardware creates a 100 percent smooth skid surface, preventing broken or worn bolt heads, which can be frustrating during maintenance tasks.

The complete skid plate system is available in black premium corrosion-resistant powder coat or raw uncoated steel.

For more information, contact:
Poly Performance
www.polyperformance.com(805) 783-2060

TrailSport Wheel Spacers
Increase overall axle width & turning radius with Trail Sport's Billet Aluminum Wheel Spacer Kits. Trail Sport offers a full line of wheel spacer kits from 1.25 inches to 2 inches in many bolt patterns. Trail Sport premium quality wheel spacers are made from 6061 Billet Aluminum to ensure years of strength and durability. Installation is quick & easy! Simply attach your wheel to the pre-installed studs on spacer with nuts provided in the kit.

For more information, contact:
Trail Sport Unlimited, Inc.
www.trailsport4x4.com(909)370-0144

Air Zenith High Accuracy Digital Pressure Gauges
Air-Zenith is proud to introduce Air-Zenith High Accuracy Digital Pressure Gauge. 220 PSI rated, comes with high accuracy pressure sending unit (accuracy +- 0.1%), wiring hardness and mounting hardware. Bright, LED lit, digital gauge use microprocessor controlled display for the ultimate in precise, high-tech readings.


Gauge can be mounted in any 2-1/16-inch (52mm) diameter hole with the bracket supplied.

For more information, contact:
Air-Zenith
www.Air-Zenith.com(702) 270-7988




Trail Tough Samurai Trail Slayer System
If you've got a Samurai and would like to transform it into a rock buggy, the Trail Tough Trail Slayer system is for you. Based on Toyota pickup axles, the Trail Slayer system welds on to the stock Samurai frame and includes frame subsections, links, link mounting brackets, coil springs, shocks, and all necessary hardware. The Trail Slayer system gives the Samurai a 100-inch wheelbase and can handle tires from 35 to 42 inches.

The Trail Slayer system provides big-time articulation, yet the vehicle remains stable and predictable. Cutting and welding are required for installation. Trail Tough also makes the tube doors and tube front clip shown here.

For more information, contact:
Trail Tough
www.trailtough.com(877) 789-8547

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