New Off Road Performance Truck Parts - ProductsPosted in Product Reviews on April 1, 2002
Chrome-Plated Brake Booster Assemblies From Stainless Steel BrakesWhile the readers of OFF-ROAD don't necessarily go whole-hog with the chrome-plate treatment, a few super-shiny components here and there can really add a lot to a truck's - even a functional truck's - appearance. Thus, we present the Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation's Chrome-Plated Brake Booster Assemblies. Available in 7- and 9-inch-diameter versions, the single-diaphragm boosters include a new dual-bowl master hydraulic cylinder; are equipped with nickel-plated mounting brackets; and sport a chromed master cylinder cover with a slick, non-chromed billet aluminum cover as optional equipment. Beyond the shiny stuff, each SSBC booster and master cylinder is covered by a one-year warranty, and is available for nearly every Ford, GM, or Mopar truck built during the past several decades. For more information, contact: Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation, Dept. OR, 11470 Main Rd., Clarence, NY 14031, (800) 448-7722, www.ssbrakes.com.
Superlift 6-inch Suspension System for Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Chevrolet AvalancheSuperlift, one of the true legends in tall, yet functional suspension systems, is at it again; this time with a complete 6-inch lift system for '00-and-newer fullsize GM SUVs and the Avalanche. Because of the complex design of the OE independent front suspension on the Tahoe, Yukon, and 'lanche, Superlift deemed that a complete system that would lower the entire front suspension and differential of the GM trucks would be required if chassis and suspension integrity were to be maintained in the Superlift tradition. To engineer such a system was no small task, but Superlift was able to drop the entire front suspension with 3/16-inch, laser-cut steel brackets (1/4-inch steel on 3/4-ton trucks). The use of these brackets means that all factory suspension angles and steering geometry are retained, and the Tahoe, Yukon, and Avalanche will retain factory alignment settings. There's more: Superlift's system allows the OE steering linkage to be retained, and 1/2-ton kits are supplied with dual shock hoops. For the rear suspension, Superlift offers preset, lifted coil springs; an optional skidplate; and kicker braces to upgrade the system. For more information, contact: Superlift Suspension Systems, Dept. OR, 300 Huey Lenard Loop Rd., West Monroe, LA 71292, (318) 397-3000, (800) 551-4955 (tech support), www.superlift.com.
Modular Chassis Wiring Harness From Painless Performance Whether you're scratch-building an off-road prerunner or race truck, restoring a vintage 4x4, or simply adding a few electrical circuits to handle a winch, powerful lights, or a thumpin' sound system, you'll need a wiring harness, and it seems only natural that the crew at Painless Performance would introduce an electrical assembly to make adding those circuits a breeze. The new Modular Chassis Wiring Harness from Painless is a basic four-circuit system that includes a wired fuse block and dual interlocking cradles that lock the fuse block in place. If you need more than four circuits, the modular design of the Painless fuse block allows additional pre-wired fuse blocks to snap into place on the first fuse block, producing a total of 8, 12, or 16 circuits. Painless offers an array of flashers and relays for use with the Modular Chassis Wiring Harness, allowing a custom electrical system to be built with little hassle. Painless Performance's Modular Chassis Wiring Harness is covered by a lifetime warranty. For more information, contact: Painless Performance, Dept. OR, 9505 Santa Paula Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116, (817) 244-6898, www.painlessperformance.com.
TCI Automotive's Performance Universal JointsTCI Automotive has a tremendous background in automatic transmissions and related components, so it stands to reason that TCI would also market a true performance U-joint. The Performance Universal Joints from TCI Automotive are specifically designed for the stress involved with off-road racing and similar high-performance applications, using a forged, heat-treated U-bolt body that defines the term solid. To maximize structural integrity, the body is void of a zerk (grease) fitting; to ensure proper lubrication, the fully sealed bearings are lubed with synthetic-lithium grease. The bearing surfaces are precision-ground, and the Teflon-coated, nitrile-rubber outer bearing cap seals provide high resistance against inner seal failure. There's a Performance Universal Joint application for most GM, Ford, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles. For more information, contact: TCI Automotive, Dept. OR, 151 Industrial Dr., Ashland, MS 38603, (662) 224-8972, www.tciauto.com.
Steel Billet Roller Timing Chain Set From Crane Cams You don't have to run a camshaft from Crane Cams in your truck's V-8 engine to take advantage of the precision and reliability of its Steel Billet Roller Timing Chain Set - although Crane would certainly encourage such a combination. Using camshaft sprockets machined from hardened billet steel and high-strength, friction-reducing double-row chains, the Steel Billet Roller Timing Chain Set keeps valve timing and duration accurate at low, mid, and high rpm by providing an accurate link between the crankshaft sprocket and the camshaft sprocket. The cam sprocket is drilled for 4 degrees of cam retard (timing), 0 degrees (straight up) and 4 degrees of cam advance, and a thrust shim is included for installation between the cam sprocket and the cylinder block. Applications for the Crane Cams Steel Billet Roller Timing Chain Set include most Chevy, Ford, and Mopar V-8s as well as Chevy V-6s. For more information, contact: Crane Cams Inc., Dept. OR, 530 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, (386) 252-1151, www.cranecams.com.
DynoMax Exhaust for GM Duramax DieselDynoMax Performance Exhaust, a leader in high-performance exhaust systems, has a new exhaust system specifically designed for the General's new 6.6L Duramax diesel engine that's optional power on '01-'02 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra HD trucks. The DynoMax system includes an Ultra Flo muffler that's fully welded and 100 percent aluminized, is mandrel-bent, has aluminized tubing and a rectangular chromed tip, and will fit both 2WD and 4x4 versions of the HD trucks. The 4-inch-diameter DynoMax system has been tested to flow as much as 35 percent more air than an OE system; is easily installed using the stock exhaust system hangers; and produces a throaty exhaust note, thanks to the Ultra Flo muff's straight-through design. For more information, contact: DynoMax Performance Exhaust, Dept. OR, 1 International Dr., Monroe, MI 48161, (800) 767-3966, www.dynomax.com.
Sway-A-Way's Racing Shock FluidHigh-zoot shock manufacturer Sway-A-Way recommends the use of Sway-A-Way shock fluid for its shocks and dampers (naturally), and now the company has made it easier to get the right stuff. In conjunction with Torco Oils, Sway-A-Way is marketing its new high-performance Racing Shock Fluid. Used at the Sway-A-Way factory to rebuild RaceRunner shocks and dampers, the High VI synthetic-blend oil formula features excellent anti-stiction properties, promotes consistent damping characteristics under extreme conditions and temperatures, and is anti-foaming. Sway-A-Way's Racing Shock Fluid is chemically engineered to reduce seal swell, oxidation, corrosion, friction, and component wear. Best of all, Racing Shock Fluid works just as well in any other rebuildable or take-apart shock/damper. For more information, contact: Sway-A-Way, Dept. OR, 20724 Lassen St., Chatsworth, CA 91311, (818) 700-9712, www.swayaway.com.
Hypermax Pulse Turbocharger for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Engine)The Power Stroke Diesel engines that power Ford's popular Super Duty trucks are certainly an impressive performer, but trucks equipped with tall tires and a boatload of weighty accessories naturally require additional engine output. Enter Hypermax Engineering with its all-new performance turbocharger for '94-'02 Power Stroke-equipped trucks. The big news is that Hypermax's mods to the new turbo serve to notably increase the turbine's airflow anywhere from 25-40 percent. With the increase in turbo airflow, exhaust gas temperatures and backpressure are reduced, and fuel mileage is increased. With the Hypermax turbo's airflow improvement, the Power Stroke can be pressurized to 400 hp. If you need more diesel output, Hypermax offers performance computer chips, exhaust systems, and intercoolers for Ford's powerful oil-burner. Hypermax turbochargers are available for 6.9L and 7.3L Navistar diesel engines. For more information, contact: Hypermax Engineering Inc., Dept. OR, 255 E. Rte. 72, Gilberts, IL 60136, (847) 428-5655, www.hypermaxdiesel.com.
Made For You Products' Professional Fastener SystemsOrganization is key to building a trail-tough truck, especially when it comes to wires and hoses. Just think of all the cables and fluid transfer lines under the hood and on the chassis of your truck and how their reliability would be enhanced it they were securely routed away from heat or unwanted contact with engine components. Also, cleanly routed wires and hoses make it easier to spot trouble, such as breakage or damage, before things get out of hand. One of the slickest ways to route wires and cables are with T-Clamps from Made For You Products. T-Clamps are manufactured from aircraft-quality nylon, which is durable; resistant to fuel, oil, and heat; and cost-effective. T-Clamps are supplied with stainless-steel mounting hardware, are available in six colors, and come in sizes to fit wires and cables from 3/16 inch through 1-1/16 inch. For more information, contact: Made For You Products, Dept. OR, P.O. Box 720700, Pinion Hills, CA 92372, (760) 868-6962, www.made4uproducts.com.
Inline Tube Disc Brake Proportioning ValvesDisc brake conversions have been a popular modification on both early and late-model trucks for some time, since many 4x4s built during the early '70s were factory-equipped with front and rear drum brakes. Surprisingly, most trucks produced during the '90s - and even some current models - are still equipped with rear drum brakes, making late-model trucks another application for disc brake swaps. Getting the required disc rotors, calipers, and bracketry isn't a problem, as there are many aftermarket sources for disc brake conversion kits. However, there's one key component that must be used with a disc brake conversion if maximum braking power is the goal: a brake proportioning valve. Inline Tube is an excellent source for all types of disc brake proportioning valves and related hard lines. The Inline Tube valves are manufactured from an OE-style design; use a cast-brass body; and are available in these models: front disc/rear drum (from a four-wheel drum system), four-wheel disc (from a four-wheel drum system), and four-wheel disc (from a front disc/rear drum system). Inline Tube also manufactures a selection of pre-bent hard brake lines for a clean installation of the proportioning valve. For more information, contact: Inline Tube, Dept. OR, 33783 Groesbeck Hwy., Fraser, MI 48026, (586) 294-4093, www.inlinetube.com.