Santa JeepEven though this is the January issue, it's still the season to give, and Jeep, the symbol of American individuality, durability, ruggedness, and reliability, offers great gift ideas for everyone this holiday season. The Jeep bicycle line offers 20 different models for both adults and kids. Or choose a piece from the new line of Jeep Extreme Travel Equipment, which features a lightweight design and is constructed of a rugged, heavy-duty, rip-stop fabric. All Jeep products are manufactured and produced under license from DaimlerChrysler. Information: See your local Jeep dealer.
Quick DisconnectsNorthwest Off-Road Specialties' new sway-bar quick disconnects are engineered to allow improved axle articulation, reduce tire lift, and increase traction on '79-'95 Toyota trucks. Products for both stock and lifted applications are available. The disconnects are made of high-carbon steel using CNC machining and feature heavy-duty 11/44-inch pins and urethane bushings. Information: Northwest Off-Road Specialties, Dept. 4WOR, 1999 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA 98226, 360/676-1200.
Q-Jet ManifoldEdelbrock's Performer RPM Q-Jet manifold utilizes some of the latest technology in dual-plane, high-rise designs for the small-block Chevy V-8 engine using a spread-bore Quadrajet carb. The manifold's 180-degree firing order is made to make power in the range of 1,500 to 6,500 rpm. This manifold is constructed for non-computer-controlled applications and can be used with modified, stock, or aftermarket aluminum cylinder heads. Information: Edelbrock, Dept. 4WOR, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, 310/782-2900.
Traveling TV/VCRThis new Video/TV Traveler from California Car Cover Company was made to help keep your passengers occupied during long trips. Each system consists of a video player, a TV monitor with a 5-inch screen, a carrying case, a headset, and assorted accessories. It operates off of the DC 12-volt plug in automobiles or the AC 120-volt outlet in homes as well as some vans and motor-homes. The system is available in gray, tan, or blue. Information: California Car Cover Co., Dept. 4WOR, 9525 DeSoto Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311, 818/998-2100, www.calcarcover.com.
Start Me UpThis new palm-sized emergency car-battery jump-starter from Future Labs can be operated from the comfort of your cab. A departure from traditional cable jumpers, this one-time-use, conveniently packaged power pack plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter and automatically recharges the battery of your other vehicle in about five minutes. Information: Future Labs, Dept. 4WOR, 123 S. Broad St., Ste. 1910, Philadelphia, PA 19109, 215/732-1799
Eaton SpringsEaton Detroit Spring carries all the necessary components for such installations as axle pads, bushings, shackle kits, cage nuts, T-bolts, U-bolts, leaf springs, and coil springs. Eaton's leaf springs are made of SAE 5160 alloy steel. The company uses a library of over 17,000 original blueprints to construct most suspension parts needed. Information: Eaton Detroit Spring, Dept. 4WOR, 1555 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216, 313/963-3839, www.eatonsprings.com.
ArmorThaneThis protective spray-on polyurethane bed coating from ArmorThane thickens your truck's bed by 11/44 inch. Sprayed directly onto the bed (or any high-wear area), it is designed to be a watertight, airtight, and flexible barrier against most chemicals and scratches. It can be color-matched to any vehicle and is made of nonslip, textured, environmentally-friendly, solvent-free polyurethanes. Information: ArmorThane USA, Dept. 4WOR, 800/363-6100, www.armorthane.com
Big-Block Rotating Kits Bill Mitchell Hardcore Racing now makes rotating kits for "smaller" 468-540ci big-blocks. Each kit includes a Notye 4130 forged-steel crank, Wiseco forged pistons, Manley SportsMaster connecting rods, Speed-Pro rings, and Clevite H-Series bearings. Kits are externally balanced and torture-tested beyond 800 hp. Information: Bill Mitchell Hardcore Racing Products, Dept. 4WOR, 35 Trade Zone Dr., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7369, 516/737-0372.
Anti Axle Wrap Bars Trail Sport's Trail Traction Anti Axle Wrap Bars are designed for spring-over suspensions with axlewrap problems. They feature two-piece construction from Grade 8 hardware to increase traction without limiting articulation or durability. Each bar is fully adjustable, and over-axle applications are available for most front and rear axles. Each kit includes all the necessary parts for installation and a lifetime warranty. Information: Trail Sport Unlimited Inc., Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 108, Colton , CA 92324, 909/825-2818, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tailgate LocksOwners of '99 Chevy Silverados or GMC Sierras can now install this Pop & Lock tailgate lock to protect their belongings. The lock (PN PL1100) is easy to install, requiring no special tools or modifications. Information: Steadfast Corp., Dept. 4WOR, 229 Marginal St., Chelsea, MA 02150, 800/342-5911.
Coiled and ReadyIf you want to create your own custom lines, Classic Tube offers steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and brass tubing along with stainless steel and steel end fittings on the lines, coiled and ready to ship for your specific job. The company also offers several prebent fuel, vacuum, brake, carb, and transmission lines for most domestic and import four-wheelers. Information: Classic Tube, Dept. 4WOR, 80 Rotech Dr., Lancaster, NY 14086, 800/882-3711, www.classictube.com.
CabPackSteel Horse's new CabPacks, constructed of tough polyester, are made to help organize that pile of junk in your truck or SUV. They feature transparent tops for easy viewing and double zippers for easy access. They're a convenient storage place for maps, tools, empty cans, or whatever else might make your 'wheeler look like a dump. CabPacks also feature a built-in handle for durability and are custom-fit to each vehicle. Information: Steel Horse Automotive, Dept. 4WOR, 601 Walnut St., Compton, CA 90220, 310/537-0837.
Rock Your BodyRJR Products offers its Body Rockers and Tall Corners for Jeep TJs. The panels are constructed of heavy-gauge polished diamond-tread aluminum and are also available in black powdercoat finish. Great for covering minor dents and rust, they provide protection and good looks for your abused or street-driven TJ. Information: RJR Products, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 1482, Colton, CA 92324, 800/632-9192.
Powerful VideoPowerhouse Products has expanded its line of how-to videos. Two carburetor-rebuild videos (Holley and Quadrajet) cover theory, rebuilding, calibration, and tuning, all in great detail. The Quick Shifting video explains how to modify a GM Turbo 350 transmission for performance. Installation of a shift-improvement kit, a torque converter, a shifter, and a cooler are all covered in this 30-minute step-by-step tape. Information: Powerhouse Products, Dept. 4WOR, 3402 Democrat Rd., Memphis, TN 38118, 800/872-7223, www.powerhouseproducts.com.
Mo' PowerACCEL offers a new application for its 300+ ignition system, designed for '91-'97 Dodge/Jeep vehicles, including Magnum-series engines. It is said to be the lightest, most compact, most powerful, and most reliable ignition system available. The 300+ is fully epoxy-encapsulated for resistance to water and vibrations. It also includes a rev-limiter, which can be easily changed with the rotary dial. Information: The Mr. Gasket Performance Group, Dept. 4WOR, 10601 Memphis Ave., Ste. 12, Cleveland, OH 44144, 216/688-8300, www.mrgasket.com.
Protect Your EngineDesign Engineering has released its newest product, the engine heat protection kit, which is designed for under-the-hood heat control. The kit consists of eight Protect-A-Boot spark plug boot protectors and the Versa-Shield starter heat shield. The Protect-A-Boot sleeves are made from aerospace-derived fabric, which can resist temperatures of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit and have excellent electrical insulating properties. The Versa-Shield heat shield solves the frustrating starter heat soak, the problem of motorhome and light truck owners who try to restart the engine shortly after long periods of continuous operation, especially in summer. Information: Design Engineering, Dept. 4WOR, 36960 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011, 440/934-0800.
Replace the HeadOriginally used in '86-'91 Ford Ranger pickups and Bronco IIs, the 2.9L Ford V-6 cylinder heads are often cracked and warped. World Products offers stock replacement cylinder heads that are heavily reinforced in all the right places. Features include extra-thick walls and 0.370-inch decks, as well as reinforced rocker shaft pads. Bare or assembled, they are an easy bolt-on solution for the 2.9L Ford V-6. Information: World Products, Dept. 4WOR, 35330 Stanley Dr., Sterling Heights, MI 48312, 810/939-9628.