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Off Road Gear - 4x Products

Posted in Product Reviews on May 4, 2007
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A Real Lifesaver
Have you ever felt a surge of anxiety or paranoia while driving past the scene of a car accident? As you drive on and begin to imagine, do you cringe at the thought of trying to cut yourself or your passenger out of a seatbelt? Your best defense is preparedness, which is why Benchmade engineers created the ERT-1. For this versatile emergency-response tool, Benchmade combined the safety and utility of a foldable locking hook with an extremely sharp edge that won't break like many razor-style cutters. The rounded-hook styling protects your skin from slippage or accidental injury. The ERT-1 is also equipped with a fully submersible LED light that illuminates the cutting portion of the hook. At the rear of the ERT-1 is a glass-breaker. A firm push of the handle against glass will discharge the internal punch, shattering the window. The handle on the ERT-1 is bright yellow so that even in dimly lit situations you can locate it quickly. Storage is also easy with the ERT-1. Due to its compact size, it can fit in a glovebox, under a seat, or securely in your pocket with the included carry-clip. In addition to these features, Benchmade backs every product it sells with a limited lifetime warranty along with its LifeSharp service.

For more information, contact: Benchmade, (800) 800-7427,

Toyota Reduction Case Adapter To Atlas/Dana 300
Double or nothing? Not anymore, Toyota truck owners. Advance Adapters kit #50-5915 mates the rugged Atlas transfer case behind a Toyota reduction case. Now you can get increased strength, true twin-stick capability, clocking options, and numerous gearing options. The kit has been designed to also work with a Dana 300. Advance Adapters is always coming up with great new innovative products to satisfy our wheeling appetites and this new offering is no exception.

For more information, contact: Advance Adapters, (805) 350-2223,

Increased Storage
If you're the owner of a Warn TJ tire carrier, then you'll be happy to hear about this new product. Your frustrations of not being able to hold a jerrycan and Hi-Lift jack on your rear bumper are now over. Durango 4x4 has just released its new Hi-Lift jack and jerrycan holder for the Warn TJ tire carrier. The new holder bolts to your existing carrier in a matter of minutes with no cutting or welding required. Gone are the days of trying to bungee a jerrycan to the back of your trail rig or hide your Hi-Lift jack under your vehicle.

For more information, contact: Durango 4x4,

The Ultimate Teaser
Who doesn't like more power? With our Project X-Blade Nissan Xterra really taking off, we thought this would be a perfect time to inform all of our Xterra-owning readers about the new Stillen supercharger available for '05-'06 4.0L Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra vehicles. Stillen superchargers are among the most famous in the industry and always produce top numbers and reliability. This new system introduces up to 93 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. It is 50-state-legal, and the company offers an optional engine warranty program for those worried about installation.

For more information, contact: Stillen, (888) 455-0595,

Just Enough For Some
We know this may be hard for some of you to read, but it's true: Not all of us are hardcore wheelers who require 35-inch tires and lockers. When you need a more mild suspension setup, the new QuickLIFT kits from Rancho Suspension are worth a look. The new systems feature a fixed-seat coilover to replace the OE spring-seat shock absorbers and install in under two hours without cutting, welding, or drilling. Finished in Rancho's new Liquid Metallic Silver, the QuickLIFT kits provide 1 to 2.5 inches of additional lift, improving your vehicle's off-road manners. The shocks are nitrogen-gas-charged with a tri-tube patented monoflow system using Rancho's myRIDE tuning system to allow for remote or manual nine-position adjustability.

For more information, contact: Rancho Suspension, (734) 384-7804,

Just A Few More Inches
You finally installed your new suspension system and you are lacking a mere 2 inches to properly stuff those 37-inch tires - what do you do? BDS Suspension may have the answer with its new body lift kit for '07 Jeep JK four-door vehicles. The kit comes complete with new, longer body-mount bolts, body blocks, steering extension, and rear bumper brackets. Everything installs easily and can be done in your garage with the help of a few friends. As with all BDS Suspension products, this kit is covered under the company's exclusive No Fine Print Warranty and is only available through authorized BDS distributors and on BDS's website.

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

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