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Parts Rack: Cool New Products for Your 4x4

Posted in News: Product Reviews on July 26, 2019
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Heads-Up Duramax
Edelbrock now offers its first-ever high-performance cylinder head designed specifically for the '01-'16 GM 6.6L Duramax diesel engine. The all-new aluminum cylinder heads are said to be a direct bolt-on replacement for any street or off-road application where higher levels of performance and durability are desired. They come complete straight out of the box and are designed to fit all four variations of the Duramax engine that were offered in the popular Chevrolet and GMC 2500/3500 HD Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks. The heads are compatible with all stock Duramax valvetrain components, in addition to valve covers, water crossover valves, injectors and plugs. Each A356 aluminum cylinder head casting is heat- and pressure-treated to reduce porosity and features extra deck and port wall material to allow for custom porting and increased deck strength. Best of all, the new Edelbrock Performer heads are 50-state CARB legal. Info: Edelbrock, 800/416-8628, edelbrock.com

Copper Cutter
Kershaw Knives introduces the Cinder in a new copper variation. Designed by custom knife maker Rick Hinderer, it fits easily on keychains, making it the ultimate box cutter and a handy tool for many other cutting tasks. The Cinder opens manually with a thumb stud and locks into place with a liner lock. This exposed liner lock includes several cutouts that match the lines on the textured handle. The copper handle material is heftier than stainless steel or glass-filled nylon, but because the Cinder is so small, the extra weight is said to be hardly noticeable. Over time the copper will develop a patina. For multi-functionality, a bottle opener is available on the back end. Info: Kershaw Knives, 800/325-2891, kaiusaltd.com

Hefty Bumper
Fab Fours now offers the all-new Matrix Series front bumper. The Matrix Series front bumpers are said to combine the best features from the Premium and Vengeance Series bumpers. Matrix Series bumpers offer more tire clearance and are winch-ready, accepting up to a 12,000-pound Warn Zeon winch with relocation brackets. Other features include 7/8-inch clevis mounts, a center mount to accommodate a 30-inch lightbar, mounting options on each side for two 2x2-inch cube lights, and optional mesh inserts for side openings. It's made from 3/16-inch steel plate, is completely bolt on, comes with brackets that tie directly to the frame, features a two-stage black powdercoat, and is 100 percent made in the USA. The Matrix Series bumpers are available for '17-'19 Ford Super Duty, '15-'19 Chevy HD, '15-'19 GMC HD, '19 Ram 1500, '19 Chevy Silverado 1500, and '19 GMC Sierra 1500. Info: Fab Fours, 866/385-1905, fabfours.com

Rack Handle
Rhino-Rack introduces the Pioneer Grab Handle. It's designed to aid in loading, unloading, and securing your gear onto all Rhino-Rack Pioneer systems. You no longer have to shift item upon item up onto roof racks, tying your load for the trip ahead and being left with nothing to hold onto while you make your descent. The Pioneer Grab Handle can be used as a sturdy grip when used as a handle and a strong anchor point when securing gear. It's made from die-cast aluminum and is powdercoated to prevent corrosion. The Rhino-Rack Pioneer Grab Handle has a 265-pound load capacity and is said to install easily. Info: Rhino-Rack, 877/744-6622, rhinorack.com

Bronco Brakes
Leed Brakes announces the launch of the new '66-'75 Ford Bronco front disc brake conversion kits. Each brake kit is designed to bolt on to the factory knuckles with no cutting or drilling. Many other aftermarket disc brake kits for this application require grinding a significant amount of material off your knuckles for fitment. With the Leed kits, all of that is eliminated. The two-piston calipers and 12-inch rotors have the clearance needed to be a direct bolt-on, and they even work with stock or aftermarket hubs. Kits are available in spindle mount, manual, or power and fit with traditional 15-inch wheels. Info: Leed Brakes, 716/852-2139, leedbrakes.com

Gauging FJ40
Now you can bring your '62-'84 Toyota FJ40 gauge cluster up to late-model standards without disrupting the vintage vibe. Dakota Digital introduces a machined aluminum FJ40 bezel, finished in a matte silver powdercoat to replace the stamped original piece. The whole gauge assembly is a drop-in replacement for your stock FJ dash panel. The full-color TFT message center is nestled in the center of the speedometer, while an LED bar graph tachometer arches around the outside of the gauge. The idea is 21st century tech with the appearance of stock equipment. Metric units can be had at no additional cost, and diesel-interface components are also available. The RTX series utilizes a central control box to make installation and setup as easy as possible. Info: Dakota Digital, 800/852-3228, dakotadigital.com

Tuned F-150 Suspension
Elka Suspension introduces a new line of off-road shocks that delivers high performance and improved comfort for daily driven '15-'18 Ford F-150 4x4s. The new vehicle-specific shocks are said to be tuned to deliver the optimal combination of solid and stable handling for on-road driving, with plush compliance and strong ramping effect for extra bottom-out protection while driving off-road. Two 2.5-inch models are available. The 2.5-inch DC reservoir shocks feature high-speed/low-speed compression adjustment, preload adjustment (front only), remote reservoirs on the front shocks, and piggyback reservoirs on the rear shocks; the 2.5-inch reservoir shocks feature remote reservoirs on the front shocks, piggyback reservoirs on the rear shocks, and adjustable preload (front only). Info: Elka Suspension, 800/557-0552, elkasuspension.com

Ram Locking Console
Tuffy Security Products has expanded the security console insert product line with a new model for '19 Ram pickup trucks. The new Security Console Insert is concealed under the OEM center console sliding tray. It's constructed of 16-gauge steel with a textured powdercoat finish and features Tuffy's patented Pry-Guard locking system, which consists of a 10-tumbler, double-bitted security lock and accompanying key. Pry-Guard locking system components are made of 1/8-inch-thick welded steel. The key can only be removed when the console is locked and must be removed in order to slide the OEM tray backward. A pin-lock hinge design adds to the security of the console insert. Each console insert requires minor drilling for installation and mounting hardware is included. Info: Tuffy Security Products, 800/348-8339, tuffyproducts.com

Jeep E-Shock
Suspension Direct has combined forces with Walker Evans Racing to produce Strike Eclik suspension. Strike Eclik is an electronic suspension package for Jeep JK and JL Wrangler models that allows the user to adjust the vehicle ride from the comfort of the driver seat. The shocks are based on Walker Evans 2.5-inch piggyback shocks for the front and rear. Each end of the vehicle can be adjusted separately. Strike Eclik shocks are designed for lifted applications. They are currently available for 2.5 to 3.5 inches of lift for the JL and 3.5 to 4.5 inches of lift for the JK. Info: Suspension Direct, 714/464-2050, suspensiondirect.com

Way-Out Reception
Wilson Electronics introduces the weBoost Drive Reach in-vehicle cellular signal booster. It's designed to provide improved cellular connectivity in cars, trucks, RVs, and your 4x4. It's compatible with all mobile phones and wireless carriers in North America. The Drive Reach is said to have uplink output power capabilities of 29.5 dBm and 50 dB gain, which is the maximum allowable gain under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards, allowing it to boost data and phone signal strength from locations over two times farther away from cell signal towers than previous models. Each Drive Reach comes with all of the components needed for installation, including the cellular amplifier, a mini magnetic antenna, a versatile mounting plate, SMB connectors, and a power supply with an extra port for rapid-charging capabilities. Info: Wilson Electronics, 866/294-1660, weboost.com

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