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2002 Top Truck Challenge Prizes - Prize Scenario

Posted in Product Reviews on November 1, 2002
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Contributors: ManufacturersGabriel Sheffer
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They battled. They perspired. They hurt. They broke parts. Indeed, the challengers of Four Wheeler's Top Truck Challenge 2002 each took themselves and their rigs to the limit last June at beautiful Hollister Hills. And the payoff at the Friday awards ceremony was significant. Top Truck First-place winner John Reynolds took home a Warn HS9500i winch, a portable Fridge Freeze, a set of Detroit Lockers, a set of CTM U-joint joints and a $500 gift certificate, courtesy of the gracious folks at 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers. Sure, there was just one team lucky (and skilled) enough to win the whole shebang, but that doesn't mean the other nine TTC participants went home hungry and empty-handed. Besides stuffing them with breakfast burritos and other yummy things, we also gave all the TTC competitors some cool prizes. From axles and jacks to gloves and multi-tools, we set these guys up so well they thought we were about to propose. Nah, we just wanted them to be happy. And when the last-place finisher received his banner, Leatherman tool and shocks, well, even he was a little astonished. Hey, they all earned it!

Check out all these amazing prizes, because if you're selected for Top Truck Challenge next year, you might be winning them. Here's the stuff that'll make anybody jealous.

Brrr On The Go
Made of marine-grade aluminum, Fridge Freeze is the portable 12-volt/110-volt refrigerator/freezer that'll keep your food and drinks cold without ice. The Fridge Freeze can be used in 100-degree heat while drawing just 3.2 amps. In a 70-degree temperature, it only draws 2.3 amps. What makes the Fridge Freeze unique is that it uses an exterior aluminum casing as its condenser. Each Fridge Freeze is made with solid aluminum handles and stainless steel hardware. Information: Fridge Freeze, Dept. FW, 5343 Banks St., San Diego, CA 92110, 619/220-6003, www.fridgefreeze.com.

King O' The Jacks
With its 7,000-pound capacity, the incredible Hi-Lift Jack lifts, winches, clamps and pushes your 4x4 in all the right directions. Affordable and durable, these jacks now feature a great-looking powdercoated finish for a longer lasting jack. Information: Hi-Lift Jack Company, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 228, Bloomfield, IN 47424, 800/233-2051, www.hi-lift.com.


Slipping Into Traction
Tractech's new Detroit Electrac helical-gear premium locker was one of the pieces of hardware given away at Top Truck Challenge. A top-quality piece of equipment, when you need full lock-up to get where you are going, you can just flip a switch. Presto, you're locked up. Information: Tractech Inc., Dept. FW, 11445 Stephens Dr., P.O. Box 882, Warren, MI 48090, 800/328-3850, www.tractech.com.

Safe And Locked
This rear cargo security drawer is made from 16-gauge steel and offers nearly 7,700 cubic inches of storage space. The lockable drawer is designed to install in place of the rear seat in a Jeep CJ, YJ or TJ or any other vehicle with sufficient space. A textured powdercoated finish protects the unit. Information: Tuffy Security Products, Dept. FW, 25733 Road H, Cortez, CO 81321, 800/348-8339, www.tuffyproducts.com.

Strap City
We brought several of Pro Comp's Big Mama 4-inch-wide 40,000-pound recovery straps for the week's extraction use and expected to use up a few in the process. We ended up not hurting these things, so we were able to reward even more of the competitors with this nifty prize. Pro Comp straps are available in the lightweight 1-inch 10,000-pound ATV strap, all the way up to the massive 4-inch model. Straps are made of high-strength nylon throughout, with end loops that are extra stitched and encased in tear-resistant leather. Information: Explorer Pro Comp, Dept. FW, 2360 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914, 800/776-0767, www.explorerprocomp.com

Steer Clearly
Having trouble turning your big tires? The Rock Ram provides the added power necessary to turn those larger tires. The AGR Rock Ram System doubles your turning force for easy off-highway steering as well as improved highway manners. The pressurized Rock Ram cylinder stabilizes the steering to control excessive wheel movement and vibration, thus increasing tire life and improving on-pavement handling. Information: AGR, Dept. FW, 4920 Rondo Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76106, 800/662-3649, www.agrperformance.com.

Get-Back Bag
Warn's Accessory Kit is designed for winches of up to 9,000 pounds. It comes with a snatch block, 2-inch by 8-foot tree trunk protector and shackle, gloves and a solid Grade-7 choker chain with hooks. The kit will remain complete and undamaged in its handsome red heavyweight nylon soft case. Also, the case features four internal pockets for organizing your other recovery accessories. Information: Warn, Dept. FW, 12900 S.E. Capps Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015, 800/543-9276, www.warn.com.

Get Tanked
Advanced Air Systems offers the Powertank, a great air source for air tools and airing up your tires after a day on the trail. The tank, which uses compressed CO2 to deliver big bursts of power, was awarded to both the First- and Second-place finishers. Information: Advanced Air Systems, Dept. FW, 2214 Babson Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758, 800/641-3206, www.powertank.com.

Good Gears
Anyone who's anyone on the trail knows it takes tough gears to get massive torque and crawl-ability to make it through mud bogs, sand and rocks-not to mention the Tank Trap. Superior Axle & Gear offers a wide variety of gearsets for almost any axle application. Anyone planning on switching to larger tires-or perhaps doing some towing-would do well to install a set. Information: Superior Axle & Gear, Dept. FW, 3954 Whiteside St., Los Angeles, CA 90063, 888/522-2953, www.superioraxle.com.

Pull Me Out, Scotty
Warn's HS9500i winch went to our First-place winner. It offers reliable power and speed during winching. With a 9,500-pound pulling capacity and 125 feet of cable, Warn's HS9500i is a natural at TTC. Its no-load line speed of 62 feet per minute helps ensure that you'll make it to the finish line before your time is up. Information: Warn, Dept. FW, 12900 S.E. Capps Rd., Clackamas, OR 97015, 800/543-9276, www.warn.com.

Weld To Do
Weld anywhere with the highly efficient, completely solid-state Mobi-Arc welder. The device was designed to connect to virtually any alternator. During normal driving, the alternator is regulated at 14 volts. When welding leads are connected to the control unit and an arc is struck, the Mobi-Arc automatically and instantly switches the alternator into a high-current mode and electronically protects the vehicle's battery and electrical system. Optional expansion modules allow the user to create hyper-accurate voltage output for battery jump-starting and boost-charging applications. Available modules are programmed for 14, 28, 36 and 42 volts. Modules are programmable for custom applications as well. Information: Mobile Welding & Power, Dept. FW, 805 Niantic Ct., San Diego, CA 92109, 858/583-2146, www.mobi-arc.com.

Big Shoes
The Pro Comp Xterrain tire features a high-void directional tread pattern with full-length lug sipes for superior on- or off-highway traction that gives this tire superior performance in mud, snow, slush, loose dirt and rock. Its alternating open-lug shoulder grip induces increased traction and self-cleaning. Dualguard Polyester Body Plies, two-ply thick polyester construction combined with a blend of dual sidewall rubber allows for maximum puncture resistance with total flexibility when using lower air pressures. Xterrain size lineup includes 31/12.50R15, 33/12.50R15, 35/12.50R15, 33/12.50R16, 35/12.50R16, 315/75R16 and 35/12.50R17. Information: Explorer Pro Comp, Dept. FW, 2360 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914, 800/776-0767, www.explorerprocomp.com.

Tuff Axle
You can't go wrong with a tougher-than-average axle. That's because no matter how many horses you've got under your hood or how much torque you've got, it's all for naught if you're running weak axles. Superior Axle & Gears offers high-strength forged axles for maximum strength on or-especially-off-highway. Information: Superior Axle & Gear, Dept. FW, 3954 Whiteside St., Los Angeles, CA 90063, 888/522-2953, www.superioraxle.com.

Tools Tool
Take the Swiss army to school with Leatherman's Wave pocket tool. This little gizmo is a must-have for when you're on the trail. It features such essential tools as a knife, Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a saw, pliers and a bottle opener-all in a compact and easy-to-use format. Information: Leatherman Tool Group, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 20595, Portland, OR 97294-0595, 800/847-8665,www.leatherman.com

Mo' Town
The Detroit Locker is available for diffs with 3,000- to 70,000-pound capacities. Designed for extreme four-wheeling conditions, these lockers will help get 4x4 enthusiasts over the toughest obstacles they encounter. Information: Tractech, Dept. FW, 11445 Stephens Dr., P.O.Box 882, Warren, MI 48090, 800/328-3850, www.tractech.com.

Handy
Among your essential recovery equipment, you'll want to keep a pair of Mechanix Wear Gloves. Our TTC contenders and their co-drivers each got a set. These hard-core hand protectors will keep your hands clean and cut-free. And when it's icy and cold, M-pact gloves will keep your hands warm and toasty when doing emergency trail work. Information: Mechanix Wear, Dept. FW, 24950 Anza Dr., Valencia, CA 91355, 800/222-4296, www.mechanixwear.com.

Head Out
Headers are a great way to get more power out of your engine. Trouble is, sometimes they're too large to fit into an already cramped space. If you're having trouble stuffing quality headers into your engine compartment, stop. Try a set of JBA's shorty headers. They'll get your motor breathing free and clear, allowing it to pound out the horses like nobody's business, all in a compact, no-nonsense design. Information: JBA, Dept. FW, 7149 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite D, San Diego, CA 92120, 800/830-3377, www.jbaheaders.com.

'Ten Hut!
Pull Pal's Military unit provides a really tough anchor point for winching. This model has a larger spade (24 inches high and 14 inches wide) than standard models. As with all versions of the Pull Pal, this unit can be used in sand, hard-pan soil and even snow. Plus, the Pull Pal can be folded to the size of a standard bumper for easy storage. Information: Pull Pal, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 639, Carbondale, CO 81623, 800/541-1817, www.pullpal.com.

Spark It Up
Ensure a smooth-running motor with a set of JBA ignition wires. These wires, known as Power Cables, get the spark from your distributor to your spark-plug wires using 100-percent silicone jackets over an inner-braid covering. Smooth running engines are always nice. Information: JBA, Dept. FW, 7149 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite D, San Diego, CA 92120, 800/830-3377, www.jbaheaders.com.

So Many Lights
Pro Comp offers an array of lights and sizes for off-road applications. Among them, a 130-watt H3 bulb, a 100-watt 5x7 light, a 55-watt H3 bulb and many more. There are a variety of finishes and they are available in clear-spot or fluted driving patterns. Information: Explorer Pro Comp, Dept. FW, 2360 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914, 800/776-0767, www.explorerprocomp.com.

Just Adjust
The new MX-6 shock from Explorer Pro Comp offers users six-position external adjustability in a precision-built 46-mm monotube design. Specifically developed with the light-truck market in mind, MX-6 shocks allow you to play all day and ride home in comfort. Plus, its epoxy finish offers 300-plus hours of salt spray durability just in case you often cruise through the wet stuff. Information: Explorer Pro Comp, Dept. FW, 2360 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914, 800/776-0767, www.explorerprocomp.com.

Spent Right
Coax more horses out of your rig's powerplant with JBA's after-cat exhaust systems. Available in brushed T-304 stainless steel or high-quality aluminized steel tubing, these pipes use heavy-duty construction for a longer lasting exhaust. Information: JBA, Dept. FW, 7149 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite D, San Diego, CA 92120, 800/830-3377, www.jbaheaders.com.

In the Spotlight
Flood that object with Explorer Pro Comp's amazing spotlight. This 100-watt light features special shock-absorbing rubber gaskets plus double rubber anti-vibration mounts. The light's wiring is protected by a flexible metal conduit. Information: Explorer Pro Comp, Dept. FW, 2360 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista, CA 91914, 800/776-0767, www.explorerprocomp.com.

No Breaks
CTM's all new heavy-duty rebuildable front-axle U-joint features an unbreakable super-strong alloy. This could be the last U-joint you ever have to buy. The rebuildable feature is unique in the fact that as long as the cross or caps are intact, the seals, bushings and clips can be replaced indefinitely. Information: CTM Racing Products, Dept. FW, 32991 Calle Aviador #E, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675, 949/487-0770, www.ctmracing.com.

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