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Parts Rack: Cool New Products for Your 4x4

Posted in News: Product Reviews on August 16, 2019
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Quick Shifting
Looking for a sporty-shifting manual transmission to put in front of a divorced transfer case in a Chevy truck or other GM-powered 4x4? American Powertrain may have the gearbox for you in the new Pro-Fit five-speed and six-speed systems. The Pro-Fit systems feature a Tremec TKO five-speed or the Magnum six-speed transmission with all the parts you need for a complete installation. The Pro-Fit system includes American Powertrain's shifter mechanism with an OE four-speed shift position, an adjustable X-Factor crossmember, 3.5-inch DOM driveshaft, speedometer hookup, reverse light wiring, and your choice of shifter knobs. Several different shifter handles are available for bucket and bench seat applications. The transmissions are compatible with the original bellhousing, flywheel, clutch linkage, and most OE spec clutches. A hydraulic clutch upgrade is also available. Info: American Powertrain, 931/646-4836, americanpowertrain.com

Melt-Resistant Mounts
Heatshield Products introduces the Lava Motor Mount Shield. The covers are designed to protect rubber, polyurethane, and polygraphite motor mounts from damaging heat and chemical exposure. Lava Motor Mount Shields encase the engine mounts with a Heatshield Products proprietary, specially formulated, volcanic rock-based thermal-barrier material, which is said to withstand up to 1,200 degrees F continuous radiated heat and 2,000 degrees F intermittent radiated heat. The material also resists water, caustic chemicals, and acids. Lava Motor Mount Shields install by wrapping around almost any motor mount with an integrated, high-temperature hook-and-loop fastening system. In most applications, adding the Lava Motor Mount Shields will not require removal of the engine, exhaust, or engine mounts. Info: Heatshield Products, 844/723-2665, heatshieldproducts.com

GM Travel
Icon Vehicle Dynamics has released complete suspension systems for the '19 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado 1500. The kits are available in several pre-staged configurations, which provide up to a 35 percent increase in front wheel travel and allow for the fitment of larger aftermarket wheels and tires. The included Icon 2.5 series front coilovers and 2.0 aluminum series rear shocks are said to have been valved specifically for the '19 GM pickups, ensuring the performance and ride quality were dialed-in. The more advanced Stage 2, 3, and 4 systems feature tubular steel or billet aluminum front upper control arms, which are said to increase wheel travel and improve suspension geometry and responsiveness. Info: Icon Vehicle Dynamics, 951/689-4266, iconvehicledynamics.com

Truck Fire Pit
Looking for a unique portable fire pit? Fab Fours may have just what you want. The company now offers Chevy HD, Ford Super Duty, and Ram HD portable fire pits. Each truck pit is said to be a true 1:4 scale. It holds enough firewood to burn for hours and has an integrated bottle opener. Each truck pit features simulated 40-inch tires, an Open Fender System, and a Matrix Series front bumper. They are made from 16-gauge U.S. steel with strategic openings for maximum airflow. The truck fire pits weigh in at 48 pounds. Info: Fab Fours, 866/385-1905, fabfours.com

Flexible Power
Getting off the grid doesn't necessarily mean leaving all your electronics at home anymore. When you don't want to rely on a generator for extended trips, Sunflare Flex solar panels can help keep everything from lights to a camping refrigerator powered. The ultra-lightweight and flexible panels can be attached to a rooftop tent or a vehicle. They are said to be designed to be more durable and efficient than traditional silicon panels, with three power options available: 180, 125, and 105 watts. Info: Sunflare, sunflaresolar.com

Folding Trench Knife
Military knives look cool, cut well, and have a lot of history behind them, but they tend to be inconvenient and bulky for personal use. The new Kershaw XCOM is said to address this issue. Custom knifemaker Les George based the XCOM on U.S. trench knives from World War II. Like the fighting knives of the past, the XCOM features a symmetrical spear-point blade for piercing and cutting. The blade is only sharpened on one side, making it safer and easier to close, and making it legal in more areas (check local laws to be sure). At the same time, the 3.6-inch blade remains an effective cutting tool. Just use the thumb disk to flick the blade open. The handle incorporates a hand guard near the blade, which helps prevent slipping. Info: Kai USA, 800/325-2891, kaiusaltd.com

Overland Cap
RLD Design is now offering stainless steel truck canopies in the USA. The stainless steel canopies are built in South Africa and are said to have been designed around the demanding needs of the overlanding and off-road and adventuring community. Each lightweight 150-pound canopy offers a 700-pound dynamic load rating, meaning a rooftop tent, outdoor gear, or even a load of lumber will not stress the structural integrity of these canopies. The components are laser cut and bent on a multi-axis CNC, based on three-dimensional CAD models. The TIG-welded seams are watertight and ensure a secure construction. A textured powdercoat is said to provide a long-lasting, durable finish. Info: RLD Design, 206/406-7684, rlddesignusa.com

Erase Scratches
Quit chasing the swirls, scuffs, and scratches in the paint of your 4x4. Meguiar's Quik Scratch Eraser Kit is said to make easy work of removing blemishes. The kit is said to include everything needed to remove light paint defects with very little effort. You supply a standard household drill, and then say goodbye to those annoying scuffs, scratches, and paint transfer marks that have been preventing your 4x4 from looking its best. Each kit includes a 4-inch Scratch Eraser Pad, ScratchX 2.0 Fine Scratch & Blemish Remover, and a 16x16-inch microfiber towel. Info: Meguiar's, 800/347-5700, meguiars.com

LS Power Parts
Now you can get more punch at the wheels from any GM LS engine that's been swapped into your 4x4. Edelbrock offers nearly 100 bolt-on power parts for the LS engines. The available components range from cylinder heads and manifolds to complete crate engines and supercharger systems. Edelbrock is said to have products to support the LS platform at any power level. The ready-to-run crate engines are available in power levels from 600 hp all the way up to 851 hp. The LS Pro-Flo 4 EFI system allows for infinite control over ignition and fuel, while its self-calibrating technology is said to continually improve performance as you drive. No laptop is required for tuning. Other parts such as plug-and-play ECU and wiring harness kits and water pumps are also available. Info: Edelbrock, 800/416-8628, edelbrock.com

Fresh Face
AutoMeter introduces the latest expansion to the Chrono lineup with new short-sweep electric and full-sweep mechanical gauges. The gauges feature detailed three-dimensional beveled dials; precise movements; white LED through-the-dial lighting for better visibility; and a bright anodized, low-rise bezel. The Chrono gauges are said to give you a timeless styling that is inspired by high-end timepieces; they are available as a five-piece kit with a 3 3/8-inch electric speedometer, 2 1/16-inch short sweep-electric fuel gauge, oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge, and a volt gauge. Chrono gauges are also available individually. Info: AutoMeter, 866/248-6356, autometer.com

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