Raise your hand if you need some help getting the perfect weld every time. Well, we know our hands are in the air. Luckily, Hobart has just introduced its new Handler 187 MIG welder. The new system offers a seven-tap voltage selection control which enables users to make arc adjustments in finer increments and simplify creating the classic "sizzling bacon" sound that signifies a perfect arc. Combined with the seven taps, better inductance enables the Handler 187 to provide better arc starts and smoother arc performance, create less spatter for easier cleanup, and create weld beads with a professional appearance. Anyone welding stainless steel will especially notice beads with a flatter crown and good wet-out at the toes of the weld.
The hallmark of the Handler 187 is an extremely stable arc when welding steel as thin as 24-gauge while maintaining this performance on materials up to 5/16-inch thick. The Handler 187 weighs 68 pounds and has a welding output range of 25 to 185 amps.
New Jeep, New Air System
Jeep's next-generation Wrangler, code-named the JK, is all-new from the ground up. For '07 and the first time in Jeep history, the Wrangler will be available in a four-door model as well as in the classic two-door version. What's new for '07, besides the obvious styling and model changes, is an all-new powerplant under the hood. A 3.8-liter V-6 replaces the venerable 4.0-liter six-cylinder that has been offered in the Jeep vehicle lineup for years.
Airaid has found a way to unleash more of the 3.8-liter's hidden horsepower and torque with the development of a new Cool Air Dam intake for '07 Wranglers, including Rubicon and Unlimited models. The new system features a full-length intake tube and a computer-designed Cool Air Dam built to isolate engine heat from the air inlet. The heart of the system is Airaid's premium SynthaFlow filter that allows for both maximum airflow and superior filtration down to 2 microns.
Better Fuel Regulation
Bosch is always releasing new and exciting products for the car nut in all of us. The company has a brand-new fuel pump available that includes full coverage of in-tank electric modules, fuel pumps, and fuel-pump filter screens. The OE turbine upgrade pumps are designed to ensure safe, easy installation and conform to OE fit and function. The new Bosch impeller has 47 evenly spaced blades, providing virtually silent operation and smooth, precise fuel delivery. Other features include a precision, polymer-encased and spin-balanced armature that operates in excess of 7,000 rpm; a noise-suppressing coil; and a non-return valve that maintains good system pressure to help reduce vaporlock and hot-start issues.
Bosch Auto Parts
Increased Stability on the Trail
Having a reliable sway-bar system on your trail rig is about as valuable these days as gas in your tank. TeraFlex has just introduced its new Dual Rate S/T Swaybar System. The new setup features two torsion bars: one for heavy-duty highway handling and one tuned for off-road articulation. Engaged in the "street" position, the bar allows for a stable highway drive. Disconnected in the "trail" position, it allows your vehicle to articulate and your tires to bite despite the terrain with balanced suspension travel and enough resistance to limit excessive body roll when in off-camber and sidehill situations. It also helps to maintain and keep constant the vehicle's center of gravity by keeping the vehicle's weight distributed evenly. To disengage the sway bar with the S/T system, simply twist the knob one quarter of a turn clockwise, and you're on your way. To re-engage, rotate the knob counterclockwise, and the sway bar will self-engage when the vehicle is level.
No Ring Needed
The expense of welding on an external beadlock ring to your existing rims can be a bit steep for some of us. Staun Products is proud to release its new and improved, easy-fit Staun Internal Beadlock system. Over the past year, the folks at Staun have made several strategic changes to their original Internal Beadlock system and have now made it stronger overall and easier to fit and remove. The additions of acrylic-coated, polymer-weave sidewalls and a laminated cap have improved the overall strength of the internal tire, thus reducing the risk of punctures even more. The beadlocks are now laser-cut, creating a better wheel fit and allowing users to install them more easily. Purchasers of the new model receive a free installation-guide DVD with their systems, as well as a five-year material and workmanship warranty.
Toyota Transmission Help
It's hard to find a wheeler these days who doesn't know the name Marlin Crawler. Why? Because most of us want to run its products on our rigs as they are known for being extremely reliable and strong. The company has just announced the newest addition to its four-cylinder Tacoma/T100 product line: a world's-first 2/3RZ-to-R-series transmission bellhousing.
The new bellhousing for all 2RZFE or 3RZFE-powered Tacoma/T100 pickups allows either an R151F ('86-'87 turbo four-cyl five-speed), early R150F ('88-'95 3.0L five-speed), or late R150F ('96-'04 3.4L five-speed) transmission to be directly bolted up to the 2.4L or 2.7L "RZ" engine block.
The R-series transmission is much stronger than the factory-equipped W59 transmissions used in four-cylinder Tacomas and T100s, and it utilizes a true 23-spline transfer case. The R-series transmission features larger internal components and doesn't suffer from the inherent problems of the W-series transmissions, such as a weak Fifth gear, mainshaft bearings, and Reverse gear.