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New Products Found at 2017 Easter Jeep Safari

Posted in Moab Experience: 2017 on May 19, 2017 Comment (0)
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Each year off-road enthusiasts and component manufacturers from around the globe converge for the weeklong wheeling fest that is Easter Jeep Safari. Even Jeep gets into the sprit by rolling out some incredible concept vehicles. While the SEMA Show is a hotbed for new products, the Spanish Trail Arena in Moab, Utah, is also a great place to find the latest aftermarket wares. Unlike some other shows where you have to be in the industry to attend, this new products showcase is open to the public.

We roamed around both the indoor and outdoor part of the show this year and were blown away at all of the cool gear in the works and already available. Here are just a few of the things we came across.

Mopar JK Highline Fenders

Mopar has been teasing us for a few years with its highline fender kit for the 2007 to 2017 Jeep Wrangler JK. This year it had part numbers and prices on hand! The highline fenders can be purchased as a set for both two- and four-door JKs. Jeep claims the system allows you to run a 35-inch-tall tire with no lift and up-to a 37 with only 2 inches of lift. That’s a good recipe for keeping a low center of gravity. Expect an MSRP of $819 for the set. Info: Mopar, mopar.com

Colorado Gears

The Colorado’s return to the scene in 2015 did a great job of pumping excitement into the midsize truck industry. Now, aftermarket gear manufacturers such as Nitro Gear & Axle are getting into the game with all-new front-and-rear 4.56 ring-and-pinion differential gears. This numerically higher gearset is ideal to get the Colorado and Canyon platforms back to peak performance post larger tires. Info: Nitro Gear & Axle, 916.673.6464, nitro-gear.com

Reel Driveline Beef

Want to make your driveline as tough as the guys racing the Baja 1000 and King of the Hammers? Now you can with JE Reel’s new Pro Series ’shaft. The dowel-pin driven, 2-inch, 45-spline heat-treated steel ’shaft is paired with either a 45- or 55-degree yoke. These can be made in a variety of lengths and custom configurations. Info: JE Reel, 909.629.9002, reeldriveline.com

Explore With (More) Confidence

Dynatrac is known for setting the benchmark when it comes to quality American-made axle assemblies. The company’s latest offering fills the void for those looking for more strength beyond a ProRock 60 but who don’t need the beast that is the ProRock 80. The ProRock XD60 is said to be the lightest and strongest full-float rear axle you can buy. Using a standard cut Dana 60 gearset, the JK-specific axle is ideal for those running up to a 40-inch-tall tire. The 4-inch O.D. tubes and heavy-duty brackets are designed to withstand trail abuse, while the optional 40-spline axleshafts can ensure that you stay moving down the trail. Info: Dynatrac, 714.596.4461, dynatrac.com

Krawl & Haul

You’d think with a name like Rock Krawler, the company might specializes in only low-speed components. Thankfully Rock Krawler is more diverse than its namesake and is taking what it has learned in the go-fast and hardcore off-road racing arena and putting that into production shocks. The new ICR shock allows you to adjust the compression and rebound settings individually to create ideal tuning for your application. This setup should be shipping by the time you read this. Info: Rock Krawler, 518.270.9822, rockkrawler.com

Coilover Option

We’re seeing a major trend in premium suspension manufacturers moving to coilover suspension systems. JKS Manufacturing used the Easter Jeep Safari to debut a new coilover system for 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JKs. The bolt-on system is designed for the company’s 2 1/2- and 3 1/2 -inch suspension systems. It includes a Fox 2.5 remote-reservoir coilover with adjuster, along with a Fox 2.0 bumpstop. The 10-inch-travel system does require drilling but allows you to retain your inner fenderwell. Info: JKS Mfg., 517.278.1226, jksmfg.com

Red Hot Ball Joints

One of the most shared axle assemblies in the Jeep line up is the Dana 30. The unit-bearing version of the axle arrived on the scene in 1984 with the Jeep Cherokee XJ and didn’t get a major reboot until 2007 when the Jeep Wrangler JK was unveiled. While various models have their weak points, one common failure zone throughout are the upper and lower ball joints. Skyjacker has sought to do away with the weak stock joints with these dual-load-carrying ball joints. The adjustable chromoly joints are designed to relieve some of the load off of the upper ball joint. The new joints can be had for both the older (pre-2007) and newer (post-2007) Dana 30 and 44 front axles. Info: Skyjacker Suspensions, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com

EVO TJ Coilover Conversion

The name EVO Manufacturing is well known in the Jeep Wrangler JK world, but the company is finally turning its attention to the 1997 to 2006 Wrangler TJ platform. It now offers a new long-arm suspension system that can be paired with its coilover conversion. One of the unique aspects of the coilover system is that the modular design can easily be converted to allow you to run a 2.0 or 2.5 bypass shock alongside a 2.0 or 2.5 coilover. The setup will net 12 inches of fully usable wheel travel. Info: EVO Mfg., 714.879.8913, evomfg.com

Air Genesis

Genesis Offroad has launched a handy new accessory to pair with its G-screen monitoring system that’s often combined with the company’s JK dual battery kit. The digital air-pressure sensor can thread into an air tank or manifold, which can then be plugged into the G-screen. Now you have a digital air-pressure gauge, obviating the need to plug an air hose or run additional wiring so you can monitor your onboard air. Info: Genesis Offroad, 901.214.5337, genesisoffroad.com

Offset Joint

Brad Barns of Barnes 4WD has a great saying: “It’s easy to make something barley hit, but it’s hard to make something barley miss.” The company’s latest product is an offset spherical rod end designed to give you a little extra clearance where you need it. It has approximately 1 inch of offset from the center of the spherical bearing. The bearing itself has a 3/4-inch bore, while the body is fit with a 7/8 -14 thread and is comprised of 4130 head-treated chromoly. Barnes 4WD offers multiple tubing inserts as well as an assortment of misalignment spacers. Info: Barnes 4WD, 828.551.7616, barnes4wd.com

The Drill Winch

Warn is known for its line of self-recovery winches, but it also has some cool universal winches. The new Drill Winch is a lightweight and portable tool crafted to pull up to 500 pounds. To power the winch, you use a standard portable drill. Fit with 30 feet of wire rope, integrated hawse fairlead, and rigging hooks, it is a great way to safely pull or lift on the go. Info: Warn, 800.543.9276, warn.com

Make Your Tundra Iconic

Taking what it has learned from the Ford Raptor, the suspension gurus at Icon Vehicle Dynamics have launched a 3.0 coilover for the 2007 to current Toyota Tundra. The remote-reservoir shock setup uses a main and secondary fluid piston to control high- and low-speed damping and is fit with an external compression adjuster to allow you to quickly adjust the shock. This shock system can be paired with multiple systems or as the coilover only. Info: Icon Vehicle Dynamics, 951.689.4266, iconvehicledynamics.com

X20 Gen 2 Wireless Winch

Smittybilt’s going wireless with the all-new Gen2 X20 Wireless Waterproof Winch. The 6.6hp amphibious motor winch features a dynamic braking system to decrease heat, a three-stage planetary gear for improved speed and power, and a new wireless remote controller, which allows you to operate the winch without a traditional cable-bound controller. The redesigned solenoid box offers mounting options, while the X20 Comp Series comes with an aluminum fairlead and synthetic rope. New 10,000- to 17,500-pound versions are available in the X20 Series, with 10,000- and 12,000-pound Comp versions being offered as well. Info: Smittybilt, 888.717.5797, smittybilt.com

Bigger JK Gearbox

One of the most common trail failures we come across is a broken steering sector shaft in the 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JK. This is usually the result of 35-inch and larger tires and tough wheeling conditions. PSC Motorsports has come out with an extremely easy and heavy-duty way to combat this steering failure while increasing the ease of steering. The JK XD steering gear is a completely bolt-on replacement steering gearbox that increases strength 35 percent over the stock sector shaft. In addition, a large 80mm piston is used to help turn up to 37-inch-tall tires. The kit comes with the new gear, pitman arm, and nut and washer, and it reuses the stock steering lines. Info: PSC Motorsports, 817.270.0102, pscmotorsports.com

Adventure Lighting

ARB’s new Adventure Light 600 is meant to be just at home in the shop as it is on the trail. Kicking out 300 lumens on the low setting and 600 on the high, the portable LED light comes with two hooks and a magnetic back. Also included are two charging devices, 12-volt DC and 120 AC, making it easy to charge back up after the six-hour runtime is spent. Info: ARB, 866.293.9078, arbusa.com

Royal Stabilization

King Shocks is known for performance suspension dampers, and now the company is adding steering stabilizers to its list of wares. The 2.0 nitrogen-charged steering damper shown here is a direct replacement for 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler JKs. The symmetric piston design works with digressive valving and uses a 1/2-inch-diameter hard-chromed shaft. Just like King’s performance shocks, the premium steering stabilizer is fully rebuildable and serviceable. Info: King Shocks, 714.530.8701, kingshocks.com

Steer With Synergy

Designed for the 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ, Synergy Manufacturing’s new steering box skidplate combines protection and strength. Made of 3/16-inch steel, the box not only protects the steering gearbox but has an integrated bearing that supports the sector shaft. This unique design creates a double-shear configuration. The skid-brace combo will ship with a black powdercoat finish and is said to be compatible with most stock and aftermarket TJ/LJ front bumpers. Info: Synergy Mfg., 805.242.0397, synergymfg.com

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