We've set our cameras atop the mountains overlooking the Area 51 of the automotive world to bring you the first glimpses of the parts that will make 2000 hot. Follow along through the sneak-peek of the stuff that will make your buildups more interesting, your driving more enjoyable, and your life much better.
Retractable Hard Tonneau Pace Edwards has announced the Roll-Top-Cover for the new Nissan Frontier Crew Cab. The Roll Top retracts automatically to allow full use of the bed and closes easily, locking into position at the tailgate. It's fabricated from one solid piece of padded polymer laminated to rigid, heavy-gauge aluminum panels. The polymer blend is designed to endure sun and cold without stretching, shrinking, or cracking. Information: Pace Edwards, Dept. 4WOR, 2400 Commercial Blvd., Centralia, WA 98531, 800/338-3697.
Russell Dual Inlet Kit New from Russell Performance Products is part No. 4109-A, a new Dual Inlet kit for dual-feed Holleys. The kit comes fully assembled and includes No. 6 ProFlex stainless steel braided hose with anodized AN fittings, -6 male inlet, and fuel bowl washers. The kit also comes drilled and tapped with a 11/48-inch NPT pipe plug that can be removed to install an optional 0-15-psi fuel pressure regulator. Information: Russell Performance Products, Dept. 4WOR, 225 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, 904/253-8980, www.russellperformance.com.
Truly Custom BumpersArizona Speed and Marine now offers truck and SUV owners the opportunity to pick the style of bumper that best suits their truck. Size and location of the lighting and grille(s) are all configured through the buyer, before the bumpers are made. The bumpers are made from customer specifications and not mass produced, thus ensuring a truly one-of-a-kind bumper. Information: Arizona Speed and Marine, Dept. 4WOR, 6313 W. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85226, 480/753-0208, www.azspeed-marine.com.
New Ramsey WinchRamsey's new Platinum 9500 winch offers a new 4.8hp motor, new continuous-duty solenoids, 2-gauge motor leads, a three-stage planetary gear system for fast line speed, and an automatic load-holding brake. The new motor allows the Platinum 9500 to pull 42 percent farther than the Platinum 9000. Information: Ramsey Winch, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 581510, Tulsa, OK 74158-1510, 918/438-2760, www.ramsey.com.
The SparePackSeattle Adventure Equipment has introduced its SparePack. This spare tire cover offers two roomy side compartments and a big square center pack. It's got quick-release straps, can be washed or hosed off, and will accommodate a security cable lock. It comes in sizes to fit 29-, 31-, 33-, and 35-inch tires. Information: Seattle Adventure Equipment, Dept. 4WOR, 15823 Pacific Hwy. S., Seattle, WA 98188, 888/749-2777.
Moveable Bed-Mounted ToolboxThe Rollerbox from Slide Systems rolls along a mounted rail system on stainless steel roller bearings. There is no drilling needed to mount the system. Made from 0.080-inch Bright Tread Aluminum with watertight construction, it enables you to reach your toolbox without jumping in and out of your bed. Just slide it back to the end of the bed for access, then slide it back for cargo-carrying capacity. Information: Slide Systems, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 3226, Syracuse, NY 13220, 888/917-5433, www.slidesystems.com.
90-Degree Remote Oil FilterCanton Racing Products has created a 90-degree remote oil filter adapter for 18mm, 20mm, and 22mm applications. These billet aluminum adapters have a unique design which permits the two 90-degree 11/42-inch NPT inlet and outlet ports to be rotated, simplifying the hose and fitting connections. They come with all necessary hardware and O-ring seals. Information: Canton Racing Products, Dept. 4WOR, 323 Branford Rd., North Branford, CT 06471, 203/481-9460 (orders), 203/481-9943 (tech).
JKS Swaybar Quick DisconnectJKS Manufacturing has designed a sway-bar disconnect system that is length adjustable for fitting different size lift kits and/or fine-tuning unlevel vehicles. Two sizes accommodate all three TJ, XJ, and ZJ vehicles from stock height to 7 inches of lift. One grease zerk greases both fluted bushings at the same time and each quick disconnect is robotically MIG-welded and powdercoated. Bolt-on installation requires no special tools. Information: JKS Mfg., Inc., Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 98, Alliance, NE 69301, 308/762-6949, www.4X4now.com/4wssjks.htm.
Locking Axle/Shaft NutsStage 8 Locking Fasteners has come up with this locking axleshaft nut that has proven to withstand 185 lb-ft of reverse torque. It is designed to fit any threaded shaft with either a keyway or "D" shape. According to the manufacturer, the Stage 8 nut is infinitely adjustable through 360 degrees of rotation, is easy to install, and is reusable. Information: Stage 8 Locking Fasteners, Dept. 4WOR, 15 Chestnut Ave., San Rafael, CA 94901, 800/843-7836.
Gibson Dodge HeadersGibson Performance Exhaust is now offering a stainless steel shorty header for Dodge Dakota, Ram, and Durango owners. The headers are 50-state street-legal and work with lowered or raised pickups and tow vehicles because the performance gains are engineered to come in at low and mid-range rpm highway speeds. Information: Gibson Performance Exhaust, Dept. 4WOR, 3780 Prospect Ave., Yorba Linda, CA 92889, 714/528-3044.
Cool TubeTired of frying your wires? Fuel line routed too close to the hot stuff? Cool-Tube by Design Engineering can help. Cool-Tube is a high-strength, high-temperature nylon tubing that gives maximum strength, flexibility, and thermal protection up to 500 degrees F. The company claims a 43 percent average reduction of temperature inside the tubing. In addition to resisting abrasion and automotive chemicals, the tubing is unaffected by condensation, and is even split longitudinally so there is no need to disconnect wires/lines for installation. Cool-Tube accepts up to 11/42-inch rubber or AN-6 stainless steel braided hose, has an inside diameter of 31/44-inch and is available in 3-foot and 15-foot lengths. Information: Design Engineering, Dept. 4WOR, 36960 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011, 440/934-0800.
New Scout Fuel TanksOffered by MTS Company, these new direct replacement gas tanks for '61-'71 IH Scouts are made of high-density polyethylene and are available for right or left-side applications. Information: MTS Co., Dept. 4WOR, 1365 Kane St., Dubuque, IA 52001-0521, 800/522-1622.
Valve Stem Replacement ToolThe Quick Sert Precision Valve Stem Tool allows you to quickly and easily replace a cut or damaged valve stem without having to break the bead of the tire from the rim. The kit includes everything you need to change a valve stem: the inserter tool, extra valve stems, a container of lubricant, and complete instructions. The Quick Sert works on any vehicle with a 453 valve stem. Information: Quick Sert, Dept. 4WOR, 257 Woodcrest Dr., Winchester, TN 37398, 931/962-0776.
Grant Waterproof Seatcovers The Sport Seat Shield from Grant Products slips over your factory seat to protect against rain, snow, sun, and sand. It installs in seconds and rolls up for storage when not in use. Information: Grant Products, Dept. 4WOR, 700 Allen Ave., Glendale, CA 91201, 818/247-2910.
Chrysler Aluminum Heads Now the Mopar boys can play in the big leagues. Edelbrock has unveiled its Performer RPM cylinder heads for 318-360 Chrysler engines. They feature 65cc combustion chambers, stainless 2.02-inch intake and 1.60-inch exhaust valves, and hardened valve seats, hand-blended intake and exhaust valve bowls, CNC-machine port matching, and heli-coiled rocker and exhaust bolt. Intake and exhaust ports as well as all factory head bolt bosses are in stock location. Using Performer RPM heads #6077, a 9.5:1 340 made 417hp at 6,000 rpm and 397 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm with RPM manifold No. 7176, RPM cam-plus lifter #7177, and Performer 750-cfm carb No. 1407. Information: Edelbrock Corp., Dept. 4WOR, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, 310/781-2222.
Ford Power Steering Conversion Kit B&H has developed a power steering conversion kit for '67-'77 F-250 4x4s using a Saginaw power gearbox. This kit also replaces the factory ram-style setup. Features include four turns lock to lock, heavy-duty steering shaft, and adjustable drag link. Installation is simple with common handtools and requires drilling two holes in the frame. Information: B&H Used Pickup Parts, Dept. 4WOR, 13060 Highland Circle, Ste. E, Littleton, CO 80125, 303/791-8211.
Portable Power Shower The Klean-Rite Portable Power Shower gives you up to 5 gallons of solar-heated, pressurized water for washing off people and their gear anywhere. It comes with a battery, a charger, and a 24-foot accessory cord. It's covered by a limited lifetime warranty. Information: KR Enterprises, Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 17223 Sierra Hwy., Ste. 115, Santa Clarita, CA 91351, 661/251-2800, www.portablepowershower.com.
Borgeson Shaft For Chevy Fullsize '73-'94 Chevy models can now benefit from Borgeson's heavy-duty truck steering shaft assemblies. These shafts are bolt-in replacements for the OEM intermediate steering shafts. Installation takes about 11/42 hour using common handtools. Information: Borgeson Universal Co. Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 187 Commercial Blvd., Torrington, CT 06790, 860/482-8283.
4.0 TJ Turbo Kit Turbo City has done it again. Its new Rock-It Jeep Turbocharger kit adds 55-plus hp to the TJ's 4.0L inline-six. Turbo City claims not just more power, but a smooth, stress-free powerband with no compressor surge or shock to the driveline. Maximum response comes in at an off-road friendly 1,500-3,500 rpm. The Rock-It Turbocharger kit is available for '97-'99 Jeep TJs with the 4.0L engine. The '99 models require some modifications. Information: Turbo City Performance Headquarters, Dept. 4WOR, 1137 West Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867, 714/639-4933, www.rock-it.com.
Hi Po Electric Fan The Perma-Cool Turbo-Flex high-performance electric fan features a high-rpm pancake-style motor with dual ball bearing armature support, lightweight blade assembly, and open steel housing for longer life, lower amp draw, and higher cfm rating. All fans are reversible for mounting on either side of the radiator. Sizes range from 10 to 18 inches with flow rates up to 2,950 cfm. Information: Perma-Cool, Dept. 4WOR, 671 E. Edna Pl., Covina, CA 91723-1314, 888/827-3762, www.perma-cool.com.
Tube Flaring System The Hydra Flare by Master Power Brakes adds 45 degree and double flaring capabilities to the push-connect flaring toolset. The handheld Hydra Flare fabricates production-quality flares quickly and easily. Flaring die sets are included for 31/416-, 11/44-, 51/416-, 31/48-, and 11/42-inch od sizes. Information: Master Power Brakes, Dept. 4WOR, 254-1 Rolling Hills Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117, 704/664-8866.
Skyjacker Adjustable Track Bar Owners of TJs, Cherokees, and Grand Cherokees can now enjoy 24 inches of track bar travel with Skyjacker's new adjustable track bar. Attached to a threaded spherical ball jointed rod end, the track bar is relocated to the top of the axle, thus reducing drop angle. The kit is shipped with an OEM replacement steering stabilizer and will fit Skyjacker and other manufacturers' suspension applications for these vehicles. Information: Skyjacker, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 1678, West Monroe, LA 71294, 318/388-0816, www.skyjacker.com.
Hi-Po Reusable Gaskets Percy's High Performance has expanded its SEAL-4-GOOD line of reusable high-performance gaskets with the introduction of many popular header flange gaskets and collector gaskets made from its special Dead Soft aluminum. Also new from Percy's are its new EMR reusable carburetor base plate gaskets. Information: Percy's High Performance Inc., Dept. 4WOR, Industrial Park Rd., Linn Creek, MO 65052, 888/PERCYSO, www.percyshp.com.
Silverado Headers Mike Hamm Engineering has come up with these CARB-legal, lifetime guaranteed headers that are said to free up to 20 extra hp on a stock '99 V-8 Chevy Silverado. The 2000 Series headers are made of TIG-welded, 14-gauge, mandrel-bent, mild steel tubing with 11/42-inch-thick blanchard ground flange faces, thermal barrier coating, and copper gaskets. They fit all extended cab and standard cab, 2WD or 4WD V-8 Chevy Silverados. Information: Mike Hamm Engineering, Dept. 4WOR, 7591 Acacia Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92841, 714/903-9717.
H.I.D. Light From PIAA The PIAA 930 H.I.D. light produces more than 150 watts of driving light from a 12-volt, cool-running, 35-watt bulb with an expected life span of more than 2,000 hours. This downsized light is about half the size of the first generation of PIAA's H.I.D. lights and is designed to accommodate the down-sized styling of today's vehicles. Features include a die-cast aluminum housing, black powdercoat finish, a prism cut glass lens, and precision fluting for a tight beam pattern. Information: PIAA Corp. USA, Dept. 4WOR, 15370 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97006, 503/643-PIAA (7422).
Vortec Wiring HarnessHowell Engine Developments has realized the popularity of swapping the late-model Vortec engine into an older or non-Chevy vehicle. Howell's Vortec Harness makes the job of transplanting the newer engine as easy as plugging in the required connectors. Each connector comes clearly marked, and easy to follow instructions are included. Each Howell harness utilizes GM/Packard TXL wire, Weatherpack connectors, and high-temperature shielding for increased reliability. Information: Howell Engine Developments Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 6201 Industrial Way, Marine City, MI 48039, 810/765-5100.
Vortech SuperchargerNow owners of '96-'99 GM Vortech 350-equipped trucks can bump their power up to 241 hp and 296 lb-ft of torque by bolting on a Magna Charger. The units offer five pounds of boost and are self-oiling and sealed from the factory. Magna Chargers are 49-state legal with CARB testing under way for use in California. Information: Magna Charger (Auto Div.), Dept. 4WOR, 1000 Paseo Camarillo, Ste. 134, Camarillo, CA 93010, 805/981-3633.
ARB Freezer/FridgeAnother jewel from the Aussie market. ARB introduces its freezer/fridge to the U.S. in three sizes. Choose from a 29L, 39L, or 60L model. The 12-volt motor pulls no more than 3.5 amps an hour at full-freeze. The fridge can also operate at up to a 30 degree angle without shutting off. 100 percent CFC free and unique lid clasp offer safety and a quality seal. Information: ARB 4x4 Accessories, 4WOR, 20 S. Spokane St., Seattle, WA 98134, 888/427-2872, www.arb.com.au.
New RubberThe Cooper Discover H/T touring tire is aimed to provide a sedan-like ride for SUVs and light trucks. The 60,000-mile tire has a solid center rib for improved steering response and reduced noise while the four wide, notched circumferential grooves offer resistance to hydroplaning and improve snow traction. The semiclosed shoulder design delivers greater rubber density on the road, thus reducing shoulder wear and noise. Sizes for most popular SUVs and light trucks are available. Information: Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Dept. 4WOR, 701 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840, 419/424-4253, www.coopertire.com.