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Off Road Truck Performance Parts - Power & Performance

Posted in Product Reviews on February 1, 2006
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Whether you drive a diesel- or gas-powered truck, we can guarantee you there's something in this month's buyer's guide that will catch your eye. With an emphasis on performance parts for engines and engine-management systems, we have showcased just a few of the numerous aftermarket items available to you that are on the cutting edge in the industry. Enjoy.

Roush Performance '04-'05 F-150 SuperchargerA long-standing symbol of power and performance, Roush Performance's Roots-style supercharger system for all '04-'05 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with the 5.4L engine is capable of producing an additional 112 hp and 137 lb-ft of torque. While the system is relatively easy to install, don't underestimate the amount of time required for installation. Yet, when all is said and done, the result is definitely worth every ounce of time and energy expended during the install.

For more information, contact Roush Performance, Dept. OR, 28156 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48150, (734) 466-6237,,

Flex-A-Lite 180 Black Magic Treme FanA 16-inch shrouded S-blade electric fan replaces the stock OE belt-driven fan for instant bolt-on horsepower and improved gas mileage. Moving 3300 cfm and drawing only 18 amps, the fan dissipates more than 50 percent more heat than other 16-inch fans on the market.

For more information, contact Flex-A-Lite Consolidated, Dept. OR, 7213 45th St., Ct. E., Fife, WA 98424, (800) 851-1510,

STS Turbo Systems GM Truck Turbo SystemThe STS Turbo System is unlike any aftermarket turbo system ever seen. Rather than being installed to the engine, the turbo system is a patented, remote-mounted turbo system that replaces the stock exhaust system on all '99-'04 GM fullsize trucks. Installing the system on your truck will account for a 58-percent horsepower increase and a 15-percent increase in fuel economy. Combine those gains with the fact that installation is fast and effortless, and the system becomes even more desirable

For more information, contact Squires Turbo Systems Inc., Dept. OR, 165 N. 1330 W., Suite C4, Orem, UT 84057, (866) WET-URBO,

Centerforce Off-Road and 4x4 Diesel Unit Clutch System Diesel-equipped off-road trucks now have a dedicated clutch system available to them from Centerforce for even the most extreme rock-crawling adventures. The 12-inch, dual-friction clutch assembly ensures that slippage is minimized while traction is maximized. Best of all, the system is affordably priced and is no more difficult to install than an OE clutch system.

For more information, contact Centerforce Inc., Dept. OR, 2266 Crosswind Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301, (928) 771-8422,

Bully Dog Outlook Monitor with ECU DownloaderIf you're the top dog, then there's no question that this is a must-have item for your rig. The Power Pup downloader adds additional horsepower by reflashing the factory ECU with additional information that translates into pure power. The Outlook Monitor doubles as an information center that allows the engine and exhaust temperatures to be displayed while allowing the horsepower settings of the downloader to be switched, depending upon the driving conditions and requirements.

For more information, contact Bully Dog Technologies, Dept. OR, 2854 W. 2200 S., Aberdeen, ID 83210, (208) 397-3200,

MSD Digital Propane InjectionHorsepower, torque, and travel range of turbodiesels are greatly increased with the addition of the MSD Digital Propane Injection System. By analyzing the engine's inputs, outputs, and other vital signs, the propane injection system allows for additions and adjustments automatically. Utilizing the digital controller ensures safe and proper operation and vehicle performance.

For more information, contact MSD Ignition, Dept. OR, 1490 Henry Brennan Dr., El Paso, TX 79936-6805, (915) 857-5200,

Fast Billet Throttle Bodies-78mm and 90mmFast, a division of the COMP Group, has just released its new line of high-flow billet throttle bodies. The new throttle bodies are available in 78mm & 90mm configurations and were designed for the new LSX polymer intake manifold. Beyond the LSX intake, the FAST 78mm throttle body can also be used with other Gen III intakes, including the stock intake manifold. These throttle bodies utilize the latest computer modeling software and real-world testing to produce designs that yield the maximum flow per square inch of cross-sectional area. All FAST throttle bodies are machined from super-strong 6061-T6 billet aluminum on precision CNC-machining centers for consistent quality and light weight.

For more information, contact Fuel Air Spark Technology, Dept. OR, (662) 224-3495,

Holley Truck Avenger 470cfm CarburetorIt has happened to all of us at one time or another-our carbureted truck becomes stalled as soon as the tires enter the rough stuff. With nothing left to do, countless hours are spent throughout the day emptying the fuel bowl and trying not to flood the device any more than is necessary. Finally there is a carburetor that has been specifically designed to handle the 45-degree inclines and 30-degree side-to-side angles encountered while off-roading. The Avenger carburetor is available for many makes and models and is the perfect choice for small six-cylinder engines or behemoth V-8 powerplants.

For more information, contact Holley Performance Products, Dept. OR, 1801 Russellville Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42101, (270) 780-1824,

Airaid 600-Series Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel Quick-Fit Intake SystemThe Airaid Quick-Fit intake system for all 600-Series Dodge Cummins turbodiesel engines replaces the factory airbox lid with a high-flow, Synthaflow filter that has been designed to provide improved power and throttle response. The installation is completed in a matter of minutes, since this quality unit has been designed to meet OE standards.

For more information, contact Airaid Premium Filter Co., Dept. OR, 14840 N. 74th St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260-2405, (480) 443-3333,

Banks Power Transcommand Module For Ford Super-Duty TrucksThe Banks Power TransCommand Module is a high-end automatic-transmission management system capable of converting Ford E40Ds and 4R100s into Super-Duty units by continually corresponding shifts to power and load levels. This module is smooth, yet maintains a firm light-throttle shift, eliminating the soft, "car-like" shifts often associated with these units. Under heavy load driving or towing, the TransCommand delivers solid decisive shifts, while eliminating excessive slippage. Constructed of high-quality, high-temperature, solid-state components, this module will pay for itself after only a few uses, especially when compared with the years of life that it will add onto the transmission. Best of all, installation can be completed in just a few minutes.

For more information, contact Gale Banks Engineering, Dept. OR, 546 Duggan Ave., Azusa, CA 91702, (866) 438-7693,

SLP Handheld PCM Programmer With Custom TuningSLP Performance introduces the Diablo custom-programming module. This portable, easy-to-use unit is available for all 6.0L Vortec V-8-equipped Chevrolet HD trucks. The Diablo allows the fine-tuning of a wide range of computer-controlled powertrain functions for maximum power increase (up to 20 hp at the wheels) and driveability. It's able to manipulate shift points and recalibrate rev limiters; correct your speedometer for nonstock gear ratios and tire sizes; boost transmission line pressure for firmer, more precise shifts; remove the factory top-speed governor; and more-all in minutes and at the touch of a button.

For more information, contact SLP Performance Parts, Dept. OR, 1501 Industrial Way N., Toms River, NJ 08755, (732) 349-2109,

Gibson Performance's Split Rear Exhaust SystemGibson Performance now unleashes your '01-'04 Chevrolet 2500HD and 3500HD 6.0L and 8.1L V-8's full potential with the company's split rear exhaust system. The bolt-on design allows for a fast and hassle-free installation with professional-looking results. Throttle response and climbing power is drastically increased while giving your vehicle an aggressive and authoritative tone. Available in either aluminum or stainless-steel models, the system features two 2-1/2-inch heavy-duty mandrel-bent tubes, a Superflow muffler, dual 3-1/2-inch T-304 stainless-steel polished clampless tips, and all mounting hardware. The system is also available in a swept-side configuration and extreme dual and dual sport applications. As with all of Gibson Performance's systems, the split rear system is 50-state smog legal and comes backed by Gibson's limited lifetime warranty.

For more information, contact Gibson Performance, Dept. OR, 1270 Webb Cir., Corona, CA 92879, (909) 372-1220,

PowerAid GM 8.1-liter Big Block Throttle Body SpacerThe newest GM LS-1 PowerAid 1-inch Throttle Body Spacer features a unique and patented Helix Bore-design which creates a vortex action of the incoming air charge as it passes through the throttle body spacer. This highly-active air charge contributes to better atomization of the air/fuel mixture at the combustion chamber. The end result is more throttle torque, improved mid-range power, and overall combustion efficiency for additional fuel economy.

For more information, contact: Airaid Premium Filters, 2688 E. Rose Garden Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85050, (800) 498-6951,

Powermaster Motorsports High-Output Alternator For Super DutiesIf you have added high-output off-road lights, winches, a high-wattage audio/video system, or any other power-hungry accessory, then you may want to look into replacing your factory alternator with a high-output version. By replacing your OE unit with a higher-output unit, the factory electrical system is not overworked and underpowered. Powermaster Motorsports offers easy-to-install, OE replacement high-output alternator replacements for all Ford Super Duty rigs, including the Expedition. The company's most popular version for these vehicles is its 130A/90A dual internal fan unit. At idle, the output is a staggering 90-plus amps. Included in the kit are a serpentine belt and pulley as well as a complete set of installation instructions. As an added option, the alternator may be chromed for the ultimate in power and looks.

For additional information, contact Powermaster Motorsports, Dept. OR, 7501 Strawberry Pike, Knoxville, TN 37924, (865) 688-5953,

MSD 8.5mm Super-Conductor Spark-Plug WiresThere are two main objectives of a spark-plug wire: to transfer the spark energy and to suppress the electro-magnetic interference (EMI) that the spark voltage projects. Too high a resistance decreases the spark energy, yet too low a resistance may generate too much EMI noise, which will interfere with other electronics on the vehicle. The Super Conductor Wire has fewer than 50 ohms per foot compared to a truck's factory wire, which may be as high as several thousand ohms. A special copper-alloy conductor is wrapped very tightly around a ferro-magnetic-impregnated center core, which gives the wire extremely high EMI suppression. This design ensures that optimum spark energy will reach the spark plugs while EMI noise is held at a minimum.

For more information, contact MSD Ignition, Dept. OR, 1490 Henry Brennan Dr., El Paso, TX 79936, (915) 857-5200,

Rolling With RBP's Stage 2 Duramax KitThere's a phrase that sums up this kit quite well-"Go big or go home!" That's right-in following the motto of Rolling Big Power Diesel Performance (RBP), the company has introduced its Duramax Diesel Stage 2 performance kit. The Stage 2 system is responsible for bringing an additional 90-plus hp to the party. By utilizing RBP's mandrel-bent 4-inch stainless-steel exhaust system in conjunction with a trick air-intake system and electronic control module with adjustable settings, there is no way that you will be left in the dust or at the bottom of the hill with this kit under your hood. To monitor the additional ponies and provide a full readout of the engine's performance, a dual-pillar pod complete with pyrometer gauge and boost meter is included.

For more information, contact Rolling Big Power Diesel Performance, Dept. OR, 26242 Dimension Dr., Ste. 130, Lake Forest, CA 92630, (949) 479-9999,

Painless Wiring Perfect Engine-Management SystemThe Painless Wiring EMS system comes fully programmed straight out of the box. Currently, the plug-and-play EFI systems are available for all GM TBI, TPI, LT-1, and LS-1 engines. While no programming is necessary, serious tuners have the ability to reprogram the engine based upon any future modifications. In addition to providing a 10-horsepower increase over a stock ECU, power, torque, and fuel economy are also increased.

For more information, contact Painless Performance Products, Dept. OR, 2501 Ludelle St., Fort Worth, TX 76116-5929, (817) 244-6212,

B&M Hi-Tek Cooling SystemB&M Racing and Performance Products SuperCooler cooling system guarantees to extend the service life of any automatic transmission by reducing the components main enemy - heat. The fin and plate construction of the cooler provides the maximum amount of cooling surface area while the construction guarantees a strong and durable piece of equipment for a while to come. Additional features include a 12-volt high-flow fan with a thermal switch to activate the fan when the transmission fluids reach or exceed 230-degrees. The 1/2-inch NPT fittings allow the system to withstand pressure ratings of up to 200 PSI. There are two sizes available depending upon the desired application as well as the engine and transmission package.

For more information, contact: B&M Performance Products, Dept. OR, 9142 Independence Avenue, Chatsworth, CA 91311, (818) 882-6422,

Premier Fuel CellImproving your fuel economy by 15-percent just got a whole lot easier with the Premier Fuel Cell. In addition to the fuel economy, engine longevity, efficiency and performance are also improved. This innovative system "energizes" gasoline, diesel and even propane by breaking up clusters of hydrocarbon molecules. The high-tech Premier Fuel Cell charges the fuel line with a high-powered iron-ceramic magnetic field, de-clustering the fuel to expose it to more oxygen. Maintenance costs are also reduced because the Premier Fuel Cell increases injector life, and engine-cleaning fuel additives are no longer needed.

For more information, contact: Premier Performance Products, 278 E. Dividend Dr., Rexburg, ID 83440, 888-497-3666, 208-356-0106, Fax 208-359-1414, sales@,

Full Throttle MaxxCool Intake SystemThe MaxxCool intake system promotes more power; better fuel economy; quicker throttle response; and a washable, reusable air filter. It's currently available for more than 100 vehicles, including all Ford, Dodge, and Chevrolet/GMC rigs, and is available in standard black finish or a custom chromed finish. The systems are made in the U.S.A., street legal in all 50 states, and are packed with a limited lifetime warranty.

For more information, contact Full Throttle MaxxCool, Dept. OR, P.O. Box 1549, La Canada, CA 91012, (626) 794-2513,

Performance Resource's High-Performance ECU Upgrade Performance Resource provides high-performance computer-programming services for all '96-and-up Chevy/GMC pickups, vans, and sport/utilities equipped with V-8 engines. Designed exclusively for sport trucks and tow vehicles, the computer program updates boost torque ratings as much as 25 percent over stock. Depending upon your program, which is based on your driving style and vehicle usage, up to a 15-percent increase in fuel economy may be obtained. These programs also complement Performance Resource's performance-proven computer chips for all GM '87-'95 4.3L-, 305-, 350-, and 454-equipped pickups.

For more information, contact Performance Resource, Dept. OR, 12 Barbara Dr., Fairfield, NJ 07004, (201) 343-0680.

Trans-Dapt Torque-Curve MPFI SpacersTrans-Dapt Performance Products' MPFI spacers utilize a proprietary design within the spacer's internal structure. Incoming airflow is directed in such a way that turbulence is reduced while at the same time allowing massive torque gains. Fuel economy also benefits from the use of the MPFI spacers. Torque-Curve's special design eliminates the annoying whistle commonly associated with other MPFI spacers. Each spacer kit is vehicle-specific, with kits currently available for all Chevy/GMC, Ford, and Dodge trucks equipped with V-8 power plants. These spacers are a definite must-have for any towing application.

For more information, contact TD Performance, Dept. OR, 16410 Manning Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 921-0404,

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