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November 2009 Long-Term Updates

Posted in How To on November 1, 2009
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Photographers: Off-Road Staff

ARB Adventure 4x4 Light
This little gem has been following us around at events from Baja to Ohio. It's super bright, has a 16-foot-long cord, can be powered off battery terminals or a cigarette-lighter plug and has a hanging hook on the top. We have dropped ours countless times and even ran over it in a mud hole and it keeps on ticking. It has definitely survived when other lights have failed in the past.

Craftsman Aluminum Floor Jack
When off-road and the dirt is soft, we put the front roller on a short plank, allowing the front roller to function as it does on the pavement. Speaking of the roller, it's one thing that doesn't work as smoothly as day one. It's gotten sticky over the past couple of years, but still works as designed. Ditto for the small rear casters. The rubber gripper in the lifting cup fell out and was lost a while ago. It's a minor gripe and certainly not a deal-breaker. The hydraulic parts haven't leaked, and the handle-actuated release valve still works smoothly so you can easily regulate how fast you let the jack back down.

Banks Intercooler
Yeah, sort of ironic to shoot a photo of the intercooler in the snow. The Banks replacement intercoolers don't keep your engine intake temperatures "snow" cold, but they definitely help. We have one on our project F-250 and on our blue project Dodge 2500, and both trucks have been overly abused since the intercooler installations and neither banks intercooler has shown any sign of fatigue or leakage. Both have continued to keep intake temperatures cooler than the stock intercoolers did. After a couple years of testing, we're comfortable saying that these Banks intercoolers have delivered on what they promised.

Fox 2.0 Piggyback Coilover
Over the past six months we've been pounding on our Polaris RZR-S loaded with the new Fox coilovers. As if the RZR-S wasn't fast enough, the new shocks make it even faster through rough sections and much more comfortable. The ability to adjust the shocks to your terrain couldn't be easier with the position-sensitive 24-position high/low-speed compression adjustment knob. Separate rebound adjust also has come in very handy. During a recent desert trip we hugged the back wheel of a prerunner truck in our group to his amazement even in 3-foot whoop sections. While traversing rock gardens in the mountains we were able to quickly adjust the shocks to give a more controlled firm ride for negotiating big boulders. After hundreds of dirt miles, they are still problem free.

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