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Parts & Accessories - Off Road Products

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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Parts & Accessories - Off Road Products

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 V6 8-inch axles. For more information, contact: JTs Parts & Accessories, (866) 349-6801.

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 a squeeze of the 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, www.loggerheadtools.com.

Flowmaster's new Super 44 muffler with its 4.00x9.75x13-inch case offers distinct advantages over the company's original 40-series muffler. The Super 44 muffler delivers a rich, deep tone with improved flow-path radius, optimum internal flow, and sound control, all created with Flowmaster's Delta Flow technology.

In two years in development, Flowmaster's goal was to build a compact, super high-performance muffler that met all the critical Flowmaster performance improvement numbers. These mufflers are American-made and are being built to fit a wider range of vehicles while exceeding OEM build-quality specifications. For more information, contact: Flowmaster, (800) 544-4761, www.flowmastermufflers.com.

Your new JK is a more-than-capable off-road vehicle straight from the factory, but why not give it that extra edge to take on your favorite trail system with ease? BDS Suspension has released a 4.5-inch Pro-Ride suspension lift kit for the '07 Jeep Wrangler JK four-door and a 4-inch lift kit for the two-door. Each kit features four new Pro-Ride coil springs capable of full coil-bind. Also included are bumpstop extensions, front Ultimate Sway Bar Disconnects, rear solid sway-bar links, a pitman arm, front and rear track-bar relocation brackets, brake-line relocation brackets, and front and rear lower control arms. New rear upper adjustable control arms are included to properly adjust pinion angle. For more information, contact: BDS Suspension, (517) 279-2135, www.bds-suspension.com.

Dress up those cast-iron or aluminum disc-brake calipers with POR-15's new caliper painting kit. The handy kit comes with everything you need, including a super-tough paint coating that will stand up to just about anything and make your calipers look terrific. Typical enamel paints can't survive the temperature extremes, road debris, and brake-dust cleaning solvents that hit your calipers regularly, but POR-15 is famous for its resistance and beautiful color. For more information, contact: RestoMotive Laboratories, (800) 725-0682, www.por15.com.

Inchworm's latest creation, Lefty, is the only currently available, direct bolt-in, low-geared, single transfer case setup available for the Toyota Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, or 4Runner. Lefty is a complete transfer case that replaces the stock chaindriven unit and comes built with your choice of 4:1, 4.7:1, 5:1 or 5.71:1 gearsets. The beauty of the Lefty is that it bolts up in a few hours with no driveline, floor, or crossmember modifications. It also provides additional ground clearance by clocking the transfer case to keep it tucked away from the rocks. Lefty is the simplest way to get rockcrawling gears in your Tacoma, FJ Cruiser, or 4Runner. Lefty is also compatible with Inchworm's dual transfer-case setup and is available with other options including: heavy-duty output shafts, your choice of driveshaft flanges, twin sticks, and an electric or cable-driven speedometer. For more information, contact: Inchworm Gear, (530) 677-8111, www.inchwormgear.com.

New to the impressive lineup of winch units from Mile Marker is the SX 9.5 electric winch system. This winch offers solid-state MOSFET control technology in an illuminated, waterproof control box with built-in wireless control technology as well as a wired, 12-foot LED hand control. The illuminated controls offer the user crucial safety warnings and performance status information. The SX 9.5 also features an automatic-shutdown feature to prevent excessive operating temperatures and low battery voltage (with manual override). The Mile Marker SX 9.5 is powered by a heavy-duty, series-wound motor. For more information, contact: Mile Marker, (800) 886-8647, www.milemarker.com.

ARB has just redesigned its entire recovery gear product line, which includes products such as tree trunk protectors, snatch straps, and winch extension straps. These products still have all of the same great features, including the internal safety flag which shows bright-red tape through the fibers of the straps to let the user know that the strap is wearing out, along with some great new benefits.

Traditionally, all ARB straps were a matching blue color and while this was great for illustrating that the straps were a set, it was not particularly practical for three different straps with three different functions all to look the same when searching for one in the depths of a gear bag during a serious recovery situation. To remedy this situation, each of the three different types of straps are now individually colored for easy identification, and ARB has used a new high-visibility color scheme to encourage safer vehicle recovery operations. Reinforced seam sleeves offer extra durability, and the redesigned eyes allow shackles to be fitted with ease. To properly accommodate various vehicle weights, a variety of differently rated versions of each of the three recovery straps will be available, allowing the correctly rated strap to be matched to the vehicle weight. For more information, contact: ARB 4x4 Accessories, (425) 264-1391, www.arbusa.com.

If you've ever wondered how fabrication shops make all those precision cuts to create bumpers, suspension products, and more, typically it's done with a plasma cutter. Hobart Welders has just released a new plasma cutter: the AirForce 250ci. Featuring a built-in air compressor and lightweight inverter technology, the unit offers powerful cutting and weighs just 27 pounds - half the weight of the previous model. The AirForce 250ci is powered by standard 115-vac household current, and it can cut steel up to 1/4 inch thick. The unit allows cutting with an arc up to 3/16 inch long, which is three times longer than some competitive units. The AirForce comes ready to use with a 16.5-foot, ergonomic HP-25 torch designed for increased comfort, more efficient postflow air cooling, and economical replacement tips. For more information, contact: Hobart Welders, (877) 462-2781, www.hobartwelders.com.

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