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April 2005 New 4x4 Products

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April 2005 New 4x4 Products
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GOCLAWS = NO PAUSE, IN SNOW AND SAND

Flex-Trax announces GoClaws, a revolutionary traction device for snow, mud, or sand. Made of high-quality injection-molded Duratanium, the GoClaws are of a sectional design, which attach with zinc-coated steel fasteners. The Claws' chambers are self-cleaning, self-tracking, and self-tensioning, and fold up for easy storage and reuse (no more untangling old-fashioned tire chains). The Claws can be used on front-, rear-, and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Information: GoClaws, 423/538-3880, www.goclaws.com.




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HARD-CORE HARNESSES FOR EARLY JEEPS

Painless Performance has introduced three new chassis harnesses for the Jeep CJ-2/CJ-5, Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, and a universal design that is said to be adaptable to any pickup or SUV. All harnesses are 12-circuit kits with waterproof fuse blocks and heat-sealed crimp-on terminals, waterproof horn relay, and weatherproof shrink tubing. The harnesses are designed for hard-core use where rain, snow, or water could otherwise leave you stranded. Information: Painless Performance, 817/244-6898, www.painlessperformance.com.

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NEW E-Z STEERING SHAFT

Flaming River Industries' EZ Fit steering shafts are said to deliver precise steering control to trucks using a two-joint steering system. Using a specially manufactured splined slip-shaft design, the shaft is said to provide excellent shock absorption qualities and minimize vibration caused by chassis-frame binding. The shafts are said to install with simple handtools in less than an hour. Applications include Dodge and Ford trucks, as well as Jeeps. Custom lengths are available. Information: Flaming River Industries, www.flamingriver.com.

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4-INCH KIT FOR '05 SUPER DUTYS

Rancho has developed a brand-new 4-inch suspension system for '05 Ford Super Dutys that is said to allow fitment of 37-inch tires. The system is comprised of competition-grade tubular radius arms, precision-calibrated coil springs, forged pitman arm, track-bar relocation bracket, extended swaybar end links and brake lines, and rear spacer blocks. No cutting or welding is said to be required for installation, and the system can accommodate Rancho's new remote-reservoir 9000X shock absorbers as well. Information: Rancho Suspension, 734/384-7805, www.gorancho.com.

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SOFT-TOP ALTERNATIVE FOR PICKUPS

Bestop's new Pickup Top is a lightweight alternative to hardtop/bed shells. The black, heavy-duty frame attaches to the bedrail with no-drill clamps. The frame assembly collapses the bow and top forward to the front of the bed when needed, which means you don't need to remove the top completely to stow oversized items. The top, which weighs about 100 pounds and is constructed of 18-ounce Haartz stretch-and-set fabric, is available for '94-'05 Dodge Rams, '99-'05 Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras, and '97-'03 Ford F-150s. Information: Bestop, 303/465-1755, www.bestop.com.

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BAJA DESIGNS CARRERA SINGLE HID LIGHT

Baja Designs has a new 8-inch pedestal HID light with a patented, billet-aluminum, Quick Adjust System built right in. This allows for full on-the-fly, up-down adjustment of the light-no tools required. The light mounts easily to your existing bumper or rollcage thanks to its integrated chromoly frame. Since you don't have to worry about an external ballast, mounting these lights is quick and painless. This light weighs in at a slim 4 pounds, 10 ounces! The light is available in driving or pencil beam. It features a TIG-welded 4130 chromoly frame, rubber vibration isolators, billet-aluminum light ring, integrated HID ballast, all stainless steel fasteners, high-quality Baja Designs glass optics and is double O-ring sealed. HID components are neatly confined within a High-Impact glass-reinforced UV nylon housing. Contact: Baja Designs, 800/422-5292, www.bajadesigns.com.

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HOLLEY 950 STEALTH RAM MPI

Holley now offers a Stealth Ram MPI system for small-block Chevys running Holley's Commander 950 electronics. The system comes complete with everything needed to install an EFI system, including a CNC-machined billet-aluminum throttle body, H.O. inline fuel pump, rails and injectors, wiring harness, all sensors, and the Holley 950 ECU. Stock GM or Lokar TPI setups allow for proper throttle cable setup, and the system comes with a comprehensive tuning manual for a no-hassle installation. Information: Holley Performance Products, 270/782-2900, www.holleynews.com.

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NEW MAN O' WAR 5.0L FORD BLOCK

World Products, in collaboration with Ford racers, has developed a new 5.0L V-8 for Ford 289/302/351 applications. Made of high-density cast iron and manufactured to QS-9000 specs, the block is available in four deck heights ranging from 8.2 to 9.5 inches. It can be safely bored to 4.200 inches and has bottom-end clearance for a 4.250-inch-stroke crankshaft, which means it can potentially displace up to 470 cubic inches. Other features include billet-steel four-bolt main bearing caps, a choice of three journal sizes, and the ability to enlarge cam bore up to 60 mm. Information: World Products, 631/981-1918, www.worldcastings.com.

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