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October 2006 Off-Road Products - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2006
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The Cool Hose, designed and built exclusively by Diesel Power Products, is a great new cold-air intake hose. This hose connects the air intake system to the turbocharger inlet for '03-'06 third generation Dodge trucks equipped with 5.9L Cummins engines. The Cool Hose features four layers of webbing for strength with a completely smooth interior silicone hose with longer radius bends than the factory hose. The Cool Hose also insulates your cool intake air from heat transfer from underhood heat, keeping your intake air as cool as possible.

For more information, contact: Diesel Power Products, (866) 379-8685,

If you are looking for a great compact fire extinguisher, look no further. JEG's High Performance now carries the H3R Performance MaxOut and HalGuard lines of premium fire extinguishers in its Columbus, Ohio, retail stores and on its website at H3R Performance provides the automotive aftermarket with high-quality, UL-listed fire extinguishers that are made in the USA. MaxOut extinguishers contain an effective dry chemical agent. HalGuard "clean agent" extinguishers are unique new offerings that do not leave a messy residue -- desirable when protecting classic collector, high-performance, tuner, and race cars. Both extinguishers are effective on flammable liquid fires and do not conduct electricity back to the operator -- two important considerations when dealing with the types of fires most likely to occur in an automotive environment. Both units are packaged in rechargeable red or chrome-plated bottles and are available in a 1- or 2.5-pound versions.

For more information, contact: H3R Performance, (800) 249-4289,

SLP now offers a "systems approach to improved performance and fuel economy with bolt-on parts." The package consists of SLP's stainless steel after-cat exhaust, cold-air induction system, handheld programmer with SLP's custom calibration, high-steer rocker arms, and ceramic-coated, stainless steel headers, all of which feature OEM quality and easy, bolt-on installation. Installing this package on a 6.0L Vortec Max-equipped truck can increase power up to 400 hp.

For more information, contact: SLP Performance Parts,

Edge Products takes diesel performance to the next level with its new Juice module for the '06 Cummins. When coupled with the optional Attitude or A2 monitor/controller, the Juice offers five standard power modes plus an available Hot Level 6, which increases performance by 160 hp and 350 lb-ft. By itself, the Juice underhood module has three levels, ranging from 25 to 60 extra horsepower. The Edge '06 Cummins Juice With Attitude/A2 system also provides drivetrain monitoring, built-in safeguards, and diagnostic features.

For more information, contact: Edge Products Inc., (888) 360-3343,

Superlift has announced two new suspension systems for 3/4- and 1-ton Dodge Ram trucks. Common components in the 4- and 6-inch lift kits include engine-specific front coils (not spacers) for Hemi and Cummins V10 applications, polyurethane compression travel stops, replacement upper and lower trailing arms to maintain alignment specifications and handling, a dropped pitman arm to keep steering linkage geometry within spec, a track bar bracket, front sway-bar extensions, a transmission drop bracket (6-inch kit only), and Superide shock absorbers at all four corners. The rear is leveled with tapered blocks.

For more information, contact: Superlift Suspension Systems, (800) 551-4955,

Need to mount some lights to the front of your '04-'07 Ford F-150? The new Randy Ellis Design Sleekster light bars are super-tough, mount directly to the frame, hold lights securely, and help protect your truck. On the front of your Ford, you can safely mount as many as four lights measuring up to 9 inches in diameter. The bars are made from 1.5-inch, 0.120-wall steel tube and CNC laser-cut brackets and light tabs and are finished with high-quality, three-stage, candy chrome powdercoat. No drilling, cutting, or welding is required -- bolts right on using factory mounting locations. Compatible with factory towhooks.

For more information, contact: Randy Ellis Design Inc., (602) 803-1122,

Gale Banks Engineering introduces its new Ram-Air intake system. Banks' Ram-Air systems are available for 6.6L Duramax LLY and LB7 trucks (5.9L Cummins and 6.0L Power Stroke versions coming soon). The new intake adds up to 39 hp and 69 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels when combined with Banks' Six-Gun Diesel Tuner. The design consists of a hanging, high-flow, 360-degree, eight-layer filter with a huge 7-1/8-inch outlet; a shielded cold-air box to accommodate engine movement; and a streamlined intake path with a wide-open inlet that virtually eliminates any intake restriction. As a result, the system offers 42-percent better airflow than stock and is fully enclosed from the engine compartment to keep hot, underhood ambient air out of the intake.

For more information, contact: Gale Banks Engineering, (800) 277-1991,

It won't be long before we see an FJ Cruiser on every trail run in the country. They are taking the off-road world by storm, and the aftermarket is about to explode. Airaid is at the forefront of this explosion in announcing its new FJ CAD air intake system, which the company claims adds 15 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque. The new system is designed to work perfectly with the DOHC, 4.0L V-6 engine that comes standard in the new FJ.

For more information, contact: Airaid, (800) 498-6951,

During recent adventures with the Toyota Trailhead Team, TLC (Toyota Land Cruisers) noticed some trail damage occurring on preproduction test vehicles. TLC designed simple, one-piece, 1/8-inch powdercoated steel skids to protect the rear suspension arms. These skids have already seen widespread use and are trail-proven to work. They are available for $119.50 per pair.

For more information, contact: TLC, (818) 785-2200,

Chevy's LS1 engine has set new standards for power output and light weight from a stock small-block engine. That makes it perfect for swapping into vehicles that can use an injection of 21st century muscle. One of the keys to making a successful LS1 swap is a high-quality custom harness, like these from Howell Engine Developments. The Howell LS1 harness makes hooking up the electronic engine and transmission controls as easy as plugging in the required connectors. Howell LS1 harnesses utilize GM high-temperature wire, original equipment Packard Weatherpack connectors, and high-temperature shielding to ensure the highest standard of reliability.

For more information, contact:Howell Engine Developments, (810) 765-5100,

The Ford F-450/550 may be just the right truck to get the job done, but the factory-installed suspension leaves something to be desired. The new Kelderman suspension is a great choice for those owners looking for more out of their truck. The new system converts the suspension to a bolt-on air-ride system that is custom-engineered to make the F-450/550 ride great and change ride height a full 2 inches lower than the stock suspension.

The kit comes standard with an electronically controlled automatic height-control unit with air dump. More features of the system include being able to utilize the factory sway bar, a parallel trailing arm system that eliminates axle twist, minimal pinion angle movement, and a low-profile four-bag design that allows the truck to run 2 inches lower than the factory height. The kit includes a wiring harness, bolts, a compressor, and easy-to-read instructions.

For more information, contact: Kelderman Manufacturing, (800) 334-6150,

Newly released by BDS Suspension is an 8-inch four-link suspension lift for the '05-'06 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty 4WD. This kit features a heavy-duty, greaseable four-link system which offers less than 1 degree of caster change through full wheel travel. Replacement frame brackets mount to existing frame holes with no welding required. Oversized, greaseable, urethane control arm bushings are utilized. Also included in the kit are sway bar and bumpstop drops, a pitman arm for steering correction, a heavy-duty track bar relocation bracket to properly center the axle, a steering stabilizer, and front stainless steel brake lines.

For more information, contact: BDS Suspension, (517) 279-2135,

Husky Liners introduces its line of custom-molded mud guards for the '07 Chevy Tahoe. Available mud guards include a front pair and a rear pair, which also fit the GMC Yukon. Also new for 2007 are mud guards for the Chevy Suburban and GMC Yukon XL, which include a front pair and a rear pair. These guards are all custom-molded. Not only will they help protect the side of your vehicle from rock chips, they help keep it clean from mud and tar. The mud guards come with all mounting hardware and instructions necessary to make installation a snap.

For more information, contact: Winfield Consumer Products Inc.,

MSD Ignition has just introduced its new G2X data acquisition system. The G2X (PN 11100) is a GPS-based motorsports data acquisition system that is ideal for racers looking to track their lap times, lateral and acceleration G-forces, engine rpm, and more. The system is a simple-to-install, plug-and-play kit with easy-to-use software. Since the system is GPS-based, there is no need to set up beacons or receivers for timing functions. If you want to expand your acquisition capabilities, you can easily add sensors such as driveshaft speed, throttle position, or other steering and braking sensors.

For more information, contact: MSD Ignition, (915) 855-7123,

AEM Brute Force diesel intakes are available for popular Cummins, Duramax, and Power Stroke diesel engines. Each system is independently tested to deliver over 33-percent more flow than the factory intake system to improve engine breathing. In addition to increasing power and getting the most performance from your stock or chipped diesel rig, increasing airflow helps to efficiently burn fuel, which cuts down on exhaust smoke and reduces oil contaminants caused by unburned fuel. AEM's reusable Dryflow air filter for its diesel applications is independently tested to flow 1,350 cfm by itself, which allows for longer service life and higher efficiency for maximum performance between cleanings. The Dryflow does not use oil to trap dirt, eliminating any chance of oil traveling up the inlet and fouling your sensors. AEM manufactures its Brute Force intakes from mandrel-bent, lightweight aircraft aluminum with high-strength TIG-welded brackets and fittings for maximum durability. The intake systems each include a heavy-duty steel heat shield with a powdercoated black finish, a complete hardware kit, and comprehensive photo installation instructions. The intakes are available with a silver powdercoat or mirror-polished finish.

For more information, contact: AEM, (310) 484-2322,

The new ZEX Add-A-Stage nitrous system is controlled with a pushbutton for ease of operation, and jets are included for adding an extra 50 to 250 hp. The system incorporates several nitrous technology breakthroughs, making it the perfect choice for serious nitrous users. One of the unique features of this system is ZEX's Fuel Shear technology, which injects the enrichment fuel directly into the center of the nitrous plume, yielding total and even fuel atomization. ZEX's Active Fuel Control is a patented technology that automatically adjusts fuel enrichment in accordance with bottle pressure, so your system is never too rich or too lean, despite bottle pressure fluctuation.

For more information, contact: ZEX Performance Products, (888) 817-1008,

Downey's '07 FJ Cruiser suspension system utilizes the company's '03-'06 Toyota 4Runner front struts, which feature custom-manufactured Bilstein shocks and 30-percent heavier-duty Toyota Tundra coils. This lift system is fully adjustable up to 3-1/2 inches of lift with no trauma to the front CV joints. The 4Runner rear coils are a perfect fit and give 1-3/4 inches of lift. When used with Downey's new polyurethane upper springs seats (FJ Cruiser-specific), the front and rear lift matches at 3-1/2 inches high. The kit is designed to work with 33- to 35-inch tires with 35s experiencing minimal rubbing.

For more information, contact: Downey Off-Road Mfg., (562) 949-9494,

When the flexibility of a normal set of leaf springs just isn't enough, check out Alcan Spring's new super-flexible Orbit Eye springs, bushings, shackles, and mounts. Orbit Eyes increase axle articulation, reduce spring fatigue, and eliminate chewed-up spring bushings in twisty off-roading without compromising on-road handling. The new design allows up to 46 degrees of flex, which is up from 38 degrees. They are precision-machined, cold-rolled steel balls that ride inside a special molybdenum-based nylon socket. New housing pins secure the socket in place.

For more information, contact: Alcan Spring, (888) 321-0870,

JBA is proud to announce its new stainless steel exhaust systems available for the '07 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon with 5.3L Vortec V8s. The systems are designed to not only provide additional horsepower and torque, but also to bring the sound of your ride to life while looking great. They feature all stainless steel construction using mandrel-bent tubing, JBA's high-flow stainless muffler, and a 3-1/2-inch polished and chrome-plated stainless steel rolled tip.

For more information, contact: JBA Performance Exhaust Co., (800) 830-3377,

Van Aaken introduces its new SmartBox E performance module designed for '01-'05 LLY and LB7 6.6L Duramax engines. The unit delivers maximum power with minimal smoke and exhaust gas temperatures (EGT) while maintaining excellent driveability and control. The SmartBox E provides safe horsepower and torque gains by strategically adjusting multiple fueling functions. Programmed to constantly monitor the gearbox and engine speed and immediately reduce power to prevent gearbox slip, the SmartBox E is the safe and reliable way to add power and torque.

For more information, contact: Van Aaken Developments USA, (208) 904-0920,

Edge Products' new Jammer injectors provide ultimate driveability. Aftermarket modifications to your intake system increase fuel demand that often exceeds stock factory injector capabilities. These shortages, if not corrected, can result in fuel starvation and ensure engine damage. To address these shortcomings, Edge Products developed its new gas-engine Jammer injector with a major OEM supplier. Rated from 60 lb/hr at 43.5 psi to 83 lb/hr at 87 psi, the Jammer injector supplies the correct amount of fuel throughout the powerband. Precise pulse-width control (under 2 milliseconds) provides exceptional idle and off-idle performance while minimizing emissions. Typical applications include GM TPI/Gen III/Vortec V8s, turbocharged Buick V6s, Ford 5.0L and modular V8s, as well as Triton truck engines.

For more information, contact: Edge Products Inc., (888) 360-4434,

With so many performance-enhancing upgrades on the market, it's hard to decide what your car really needs. Sometimes the simplest act, like changing your car's spark plugs, can increase the overall performance of your vehicle. E3 spark plugs with DiamondFire technology are a great new choice in the spark plug market. The unique geometry of the E3 design provides optimized spark paths well into the useful life of the spark plug, having long-term effects on engine performance. E3 spark plugs feature a diamond-shaped electrode with the company's revolutionary Edge-to-Edge design. This design delivers forced edge-to-edge spark discharges, which is proven to be the most efficient and effective way to get a spark to leave a surface.

For more information, contact: E3 Spark Plugs,

If the lift that you are currently running on your Jeep isn't enough, or if you are looking for an adjustable extra couple of inches, look no further. The Air-Over-Coil suspension kits from 4WD Products allow you to adjust the ride height and spring rate of your vehicle. This system provides all of the adjustment advantages of air suspension and the reliability of steel springs. Unlike an air-only suspension system, the Air-Over-Coil system is designed with on-road and off-road capability in mind. Progressive spring rate is the key. Because each bag's pressure can be adjusted individually, the vehicle can be fine-tuned front-to-back and side-to-side to compensate for load, off-camber situations, and torque roll associated with common coil suspensions. The retention of the coil springs as the basis for the suspension means that airbag or air system failure will not result in a loss of driveability. The system is not intended as a substitute for a suspension lift; rather, it is an upgrade for a lifted vehicle that has been properly set up to compensate for increased driveline angles, steering geometry, track bar, increased tire size, and so on. The new kits are available for the Jeep Wrangler (TJ), Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (LJ), Jeep Cherokee (XJ) and Jeep Grand Cherokee (ZJ).

For more information, contact: 4WD Products, (714) 556-5661,

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