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Hurst Shifter - 4x4 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2003
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Hurst Billet/Plus Shifter
Jeep Cherokee V-6 owners can now enjoy a shorter and quicker shift because Hurst has created a billet aluminum shifter for the '89 to '99 Jeep series. Hurst was able to incorporate a high ratio pivot mechanism to reduce the throw by approximately 30 percent and provide a positive and secure feel when shifting. The Billet/Plus was designed for the AX-15 transmission, and easy installation eliminates any vehicle modifications. The shifter also features a CNC-machined 6061 T-6 billet aluminum mounting base and collar, a heat-treated billet steel gear selector for ultimate strength, and adjustable positive gear stops (available on most models) to help prevent internal transmission damage. This product also feature a self-centering alignment for Second to Third upshift gear changes and an exclusive oil control seal that eliminates transmission fluid loss and leakage. For more information, contact: Hurst, www.mrgasket.com.

Engine Conversion Mounts
Advance Adapters has been busy producing V-8 conversion parts for more than 30 years. It is now offering a new generation of GM and Dodge conversion mounting systems for '97-'02 Jeep TJs. The GM mounts are a direct bolt-in application, and the Dodge mounts are weld-in style. For more information, contact: Advanced Adapters, Dept. 4WDSU, 4320 Aerotech Center Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (800) 350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com.

Five-Point Belt System
Spending more than 40 years designing and testing safety equipment, Bill Simpson from Impact Racing has created a five-point belt system, offered in latch and link or rotating cam lock. The restraint system is paramount for safety and is a must while four-wheeling. Designed with IMPACT's exclusive T7 webbing, the harness provides a belt-centering system on the pull ends that centers the webbing in the adjusters after tightening, providing proper webbing/hardware alignment. Contrast stitching on all webbing overlaps allows quick and easy inspection for precaution. Impact Racing also offers six- and seven-point restraints with the same features. For more information, contact: IMPACT RACING, Dept. 4WDSU, 1650 Northfield Dr., Ste. A-100, Brownsburg, IN 46112, (800) 741-3345, www.impactraceproducts.com.

FJ-40 Bumpers
These FJ-40 and FJ-45 heavy-duty 3/16-inch bumpers from Cool Cruisers offer excellent protection and proper fitment for your Toyota. The bumpers are accurately made for easy bolt-on installation, and the winch bumper can accommodate Warn winches. The bumpers come in three versions: straight, angle-cut, or angle-cut with a winch mount. Available in silver or black. For more information, contact: Cool Cruisers of Texas, Dept. 4WDSU, 5041 Grisham Dr., Rowlett, TX 75088, (800) 475-4181, www.coolcruisers.com.

Adventure Light
The newest and brightest addition to ARB's extensive product range is a good-quality and easy-to-operate 12-volt fluorescent light, which is ideal for camping, four-wheeling, and other trailblazing activities. The light features long-life fluorescent tubes, 75 watts of illumination, a 16-foot power cord with the practicality of dual hanging points, a two year warranty, and a low 1-amp current draw that won't drain your battery. Tough and compact, the lightweight Adventure Light will connect to a 12-volt vehicle cigarette lighter socket or a portable battery pack. For more information, contact: ARB USA: Air Locker Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, 20 S. Spokane St., Seattle, WA 98134, www.arbusa.com.

Wrangler Rock Guards
All Pro Off Road is now offering these Jeep Wrangler body-hugging rock panel protectors. Special dyes are used to form 3/16-inch plate steel in an eye-pleasing design. The guards are bolt-on and extremely strong; they easily support the full weight of the truck, allowing for the use of a high lift jack anywhere along their length. Fits Jeep YJ Wrangler. Unpainted finish. For more information, contact: All Pro Off Road, Dept. 4WDSU, 541 N. Palm, Hemet, CA 92543, (909) 658-7077, www.allprooffroad.com.

Banks' New Headers for Wranglers
Gale Banks Engineering has responded to the high failure rate of stock Jeep manifolds by designing an improved exhaust manifold that's built to last a lifetime. Banks eliminated the possibility of cracking or separating by building the torque tubes using heavy 409 stainless steel. Its dead-flat flange is welded 360 degrees on both sides to manage the heat, stress, and abuse Jeeps can create. The headers offer increased exhaust flow to optimize the torque curve of the Wrangler's 4.0L inline-six engine. The new Wrangler headers come with a lifetime warranty. For more information, contact: Gale Banks Engineering, Dept. 4WDSU, 546 Duggan Ave., Azusa, CA 91702, (800) 438-7693, www.bankspower.com.

Rock-It Parts Inside Utility Basket
Rock-It Parts has created an inside utility basket, making room for all your trail gear. It allows you to place your spare tire below the basket and between the wheelwells inside your Jeep. The container gives you plenty of storage area that is easy to access. It's constructed of steel rod, 1/8-inch brackets, and expanded metal. The basket features two brackets for securing a high lift jack and is extremely tough. It's powdercoated and has a rugged look. For more information, contact: Rock-It Parts, Dept. 4WDSU, 1137 W. Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867, (714) 639-4933. www.turbocity.com.

TJ Dual Battery Tray
If you have the feeling your Jeep doesn't have enough battery power, then look to Kilby Enterprises' new Dual Battery Tray for your Jeep TJ, which can carry two batteries instead of just one. With two batteries, you can hit the dusty trail with a sense of security knowing you will have plenty of power for winching, lights, CBs, and stereos. The Kilby Dual battery tray is available for '97 to '03 TJs. The kit includes a battery tray, an aluminum line, negative battery terminals, and installation hardware. For more information, contact: Kilby Enterprises, Dept. 4WDSU, 1847 N. Keystone St., Burbank, CA 91504, (818) 848-2900, www.kilbyenterprises.com.

Bronco Crossmember
Installing a NV4500 transmission into '66 to '77 Broncos just got easier. Created by people who have 30 years of conversion experience, the bolt-in crossmember comes with mounting hardware and accepts a stock NV4500 rubber mount. The crossmember is finished in durable black powdercoating. For more information, contact: Advance Adapters Inc., Dept. 4WDSU, P.O. Box 4320, Aerotech Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 238-7000, www.advanceadapters.com.

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