Two of the most prevalent products on four-wheel-drive vehicles these days are an onboard air compressor and a winch. Warn has now taken the best of both and put them together into a single unit called the PowerPlant. The air compressor uses a massive 4.6hp motor, has a built-in intercooler to reduce air temperature, and has a high airflow rating of 12 cfm at 0 psi and 5 cfm at 90 psi. When called upon as a winch, the PowerPlant unit answers with a three-stage planetary geartrain, a Gen II motor, a new contractor design that requires less current draw for improved reliability, and an automatic load-holding brake for effective winch operation and positive operator feedback. The new unit is available in two configurations: 9,500 pounds for enthusiasts who demand faster line speed, and a 12,000-pound high-duty for longer motor duty cycles.
Audio books are becoming more and more popular these days and are great road trip companions. First Overland is one book we as 4WD enthusiasts should all spend some time listening to. It is the extraordinary account of one of the longest overland journeys, from London to Singapore. As the book relates, the journey was one that "several expeditions had already tried. Some had got as far as the deserts of Persia; a few had even reached the plains of India. But no one had managed to go on from there: over the jungle-clad mountains of Assam and across northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya."
CAGE Offroad Products has just released its new 4-inch Jeep TJ lift for all '96-'06 Jeep Wranglers. The lift kit features progressive-rate coil springs for excellent ride quality and suspension travel. Complete systems come with CAGE's nitrogen-pressurized twin-tube shocks made of heavy-duty, 0.200-inch-wall tubing with greasable polyurethane bushings to allow for caster and driveline angle correction while also producing a much stronger overall suspension system. A transfer-case drop kit is included with every system to reduce rear driveline vibrations.
The mounting system you select has to perform as well as be practical: Not everyone has the skills or resources to build a custom front bumper and winch housing. Whoever you are, you need to check out the new Superwinch Jeep mounting systems. Mounted to the front of your Jeep, the mount plate securely handles 9,000 pounds of pull for effective, twist-free performance. The mounting systems are compatible with all CJ, YJ, and TJ models and can handle 6,000- through 9,000-pound winches (except Husky) to make a complete, affordable winching system that promises convenience, safety, and great looks. Superwinch Jeep mounts are constructed of high-strength steel and feature a rugged, powdercoated finish.