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Off Road Gear - 4x Products

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2007
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Kingpin Dana 60 High-Steer Arms
Mad4WD has just come out with high-steer arms for kingpin Dana 60 axles that are machined from billet cold-rolled steel and are 1-inch thick. The spring cover and lock are also machined out of solid billet, replacing the stamped-steel cover. The arms feature a 10-degree angled plane to offset steering-joint misalignment. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, Mad4WD prefers to offer these arms blank, giving the customer the option of drilling or reaming steering-link mounting holes himself. This way the arm is not weakened with extra holes. However, you can also order them predrilled for specific applications. The steering arms are also compatible with Reid Racing (formerly Dedenbear) steering knuckles.

For more information, contact: Mad4WD, (330) 549-9082,

It's Time To Buy Your Man A Ring
Champion Beadlock has just released its newest beadlock ring style. The Rock Thrasher ring is the latest and greatest for hardcore rockcrawlers. With integrated Rock Knobs, the Rock Thrasher ring is designed to protect the tire, wheel, and beadlock mounting bolts as well as give additional traction when rubbed against rocks on the trail. Champion carries the Rock Thrasher already installed on American Racing 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheels, or you can have your existing aluminum wheels converted in two to three business days. Available in polished, red, blue, black, and gold finishes.

For more information, contact: Champion Beadlock, (951) 471-2183,

When A Locker Isn't Enough
JTs Parts & Accessories has just added a new line of high-quality, affordable full spools and mini spools, including a mini-spool for GM 10.5-inch, 14-bolt full-floaters. The units are manufactured using high-quality steel and are precision-machined using state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment. JTs offers a wide range of applications from GM 10-bolt and Ford 9-inch to AMC Model 20 and other less common applications. Some applications include: AMC/Jeep Model 20, Chrysler 8.75-inch, Dana 44, Dana 60, GM 12-bolt, Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick, and Toyota four-cylinder and V-6 8-inch axles.

For more information, contact: JTs Parts & Accessories, (866) 349-6801.

Hit The Brakes
Large vehicles can now enjoy shorter stopping distances, reduced fade, and greater wear-resistance thanks to The Brake Man's SuperBrakes kit. Using OEM-style rotors treated with The Brake Man's proprietary thermal process, and brake pads with an exclusive blend of friction materials, these brakes are showing results in performance that rival aftermarket brake systems at a fraction of the cost. During a recent test, after 65,000 miles, the thermally processed rotors exhibited only 0.003-inch runout. With a retail price of less than $1,000, these are a great option.

For more information, contact: The Brake Man, (805) 987-STOP,

Get A Grip
LoggerHead Tools is now offering 6- and 10-inch sizes of the Bionic Grip, an open-ended version of the company's patented, award-winning Bionic Wrench. The 8-inch Bionic Grip was introduced in June 2006 as the first open-ended wrench to distribute forces 240 degrees over a work surface. It automatically fits multiple sizes of fasteners, pipes, and tubes with the squeeze of a hand. Like all LoggerHead Tools products, the Bionic Grip is made in the USA and guaranteed for life. With four serrated jaw surfaces and an Interlock mechanism that stays locked while under torque load, the Bionic Grip is well-suited to a wide range of applications that require turning nuts and bolts or pipes and tubes.

For more information, contact: LoggerHead Tools, (888) 564-4374,

Toyota Side Protection
Although most wheelers initially opt for suspension lifts and big tires, proper body protection should really be one of the first things an enthusiast considers. Off Road Solutions (ORS) is proud to announce its new square-tube rock sliders for Toyota pickups and 4Runners. These rock sliders protect doors and rocker panels with 2-inch, 0.250-wall square tubing. The sliders feature a 45-degree tilt for less contact and drag with the rocks, and they weld directly to the frame for maximum strength.

For more information, contact: Off Road Solutions, (303) 278-6267,

Clear Bigger Tires With Your TJ
Sometimes you need a few extra inches of lift to stuff those massive 37-inch tires under your rig. The 3-inch BDS Suspension body-lift kit for the Jeep Wrangler TJ comes with new longer body-mount bolts, body blocks, a fuel-filler extension, a radiator relocation hose, a steering-carrier-bearing relocation bracket, transfer-case linkage relocation brackets, and a weld-in manual-shift-lever extension. BDS Suspension products are covered by the company's exclusive No Fine Print Warranty and are only available through authorized BDS distributors.

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

Your New Little Helper
So you've decided that it's time to try your hand at building your very own custom rig. Quickly, you learn how difficult that task is without the proper tools and equipment. Having a Backyard Buddy Easy Access dolly would definitely make things easier on you. This Backyard Buddy product will work with any vehicle, the legs are adjustable, and the entire unit is easily stored when not in use.

For more information, contact: Backyard Buddy, (800) 837-9353,

A New JK Rear Bumper
Durango 4x4's new rear bumper for the '07 Jeep JK Wrangler enhances the lines of the stock bumper while giving it a stronger, bolder look with the brute strength of a beautifully crafted bumper made entirely of 1/4-inch-thick steel. The 2-inch receiver and the all-new 3/4-inch laminated shackle mounts come standard. This design will allow up to a 35-inch spare tire without adding a swing-away tire carrier; however, a tire carrier with all accessories is available.

For more information, contact: Durango 4x4, (888) 259-8676,

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