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Off-Road Products - New Products - June 2007

Posted in Product Reviews on June 1, 2007
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A Few Inches Goes a Long Way
For those of you looking for a simple lift kit for your '00-'06 Toyota Tundra truck, check out the new 2.5-inch upper strut mount kit from BDS Suspension. This kit comes with new upper strut mounts that add preload as well as a top spacer all in one piece. The rear is lifted with a 1-inch block that bolts directly to your leaf pack, or an optional 2-inch rear kit is available so you can customize the stance of your truck.

BDS Suspension products are covered by the company's exclusive No Fine Print Warranty and are only available through authorized BDS distributors and on BDS's website.
For more information, contact: BDS Suspension(517) 279-2135

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Coleman Retro Family-Size Rechargeable Lantern
In keeping with the retro design and feel of Coleman's most popular camping lantern, the company's newest lantern is fully rechargeable and ready for years of service. Able to operate for up to 9 hours on a single charge, a powerful 11-watt fluorescent light bulb provides pure white light, while a reflector directs the light upward and outward for the most efficient dispersion.

A built-in night-light is incorporated into the lantern. In the event of a power failure while the unit is being charged, an "Emergency on" circuit activates, automatically turning the light on.
For more information, contact: The Coleman Company, (800) 835-3278,

Hobart Handler 187
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.
For more information, contact: Hobart Welders, (800) 332-3281,

Let Marlin Help You Crawl Right
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.
For more information, contact: Marlin Crawler, (559) 25-CRAWL,

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