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July 2007 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2005
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Bucket-Free has a super-concentrated formula that produces thick, foamy suds that lift deep-down dirt to the surface. Just spray it on a wet vehicle, agitate with a wash mitt or sponge, and rinse with your hose. And, because you don't recycle dirty water from a bucket onto the surface of the car, the result is a spotless, shiny finish. Information: Eagle One, 800/432-4531,

On the heels of releasing the Hushpower II muffler, Flowmaster now introduces Hushpower II, "The Resonator." Styled with the same case profiles and form as the Hushpower II mufflers, The Resonator incorporates Hushpower II's latest exhaust technology into a unique 12-inch "Cool Shell" oval case and high-flow "tone-tuned" design. The Resonator is offered in both T304 and T409 stainless, and its compact size and insulated case allow for installation applications on a wide range of vehicles. It's said to be ideal for those seeking more control of exhaust tones and interior resonance, in conjunction with both Flowmaster's chambered and Hushpower II mufflers. Information: Flowmaster, 800/541-4761,

Vortech Engineering has introduced a new supercharging system for the '04 F-150 with the 5.4L 24-valve engine. The supercharger is said to increase horsepower from 300 to 429 and torque from 365 lb-ft to 473 lb-ft at 8-9 psi at the flywheel. Information: Vortech Superchargers, 805/247-0226,

The STaK 4x4 "Monster Box" is the world's first heavy-duty three-speed transfer case. It is built using a 356 heat-treated cast-aluminum housing, hardened 32-spline 8620 shafts, hardened alloy gears, and it comes complete with 1310 CV-style yokes and a universal shifter. Applications are for any transmission that mates to a Dana 300, either directly or via an adapter. NP231 and Bronco Dana 20 units are also available. Ratios are 1:1, 3:1, and 5:1. Information: STaK 4x4 Inc., 915/584-2400,

Detroit Locker's Truetrac limited-slip is now available for both Ford 7.5- and 8.8-inch axles. The Detroit Truetrac performs like an open differential under normal driving conditions and automatically transfers torque to the wheel with better traction when ground conditions call for it. Because of the proven helical-gear design, maintenance is not required as there are no clutches, cones, or friction plates to wear out, and no friction modifier to add. Information: Detroit Locker, 800/328-3850,

Superlift now offers 1- to 8-inch (shown) lifts for the '05 model, coil-spring-equipped Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 4x4 pickups. Contact: Superlift Suspension Systems, 800/551-4955,

BFGoodrich Tires is launching a limited-edition version of its highly popular Mud-Terrain T/A KM off-road tire. Introduced in an LT335/55R22 size, this tire was designed for consumers who are customizing their trucks and SUVs and want a rugged look on a larger wheel diameter. The design of the tire is based on the Krawler T/A KX, which has won more rockcrawling championships than all of its competition combined. If this new design is successful, this limited-edition tire could be the basis for the design of the next-generation Mud-Terrain T/A KM tire line including a full range of sizes. Information: BFGoodrich,

The popular AMP Research Power Step is now available for the '04-'05 Ford F-150 in both Super and Crew Cab configurations. This full-length running board automatically lowers when the door of the cab opens, then retracts behind the rocker panel when the door closes for an easy and natural access to the cab. Information: AMP Research, 888/983-2206,

Competition Cams' new XFI (Xtreme Fuel Injection) has three different camshaft combinations for late-model Hemi-powered Chrysler vehicles offering a net power increase of up to 61 hp. Each cam is compatible with OEM vehicle computer systems. Available for both 5.7- and 6.1L engines, these new camshafts are application-specific with designs for street performance and towing. Information: Competition Cams, 800/999-0853,

Drag Nasty Creek is now offering a line of bumpers for '97-'04 Wrangler TJs and '76-'86 Jeep CJs. Bumpers are available in a variety of widths ranging from 34 to 60 inches. Bumpers are press-formed from high-strength steel, then boxed and gusseted to withstand extreme off-pavement abuse. Each product line can be ordered with Integrated Recovery Points (IRP), a four-point mounted stinger, and a winch-plate kit. The IRPs provide direct tow line-to-frame connection uninterrupted by weld splicing. All bumpers bolt on using factory hole locations. Bumpers are offered in a standard black finish, but may be custom ordered in any color. Information: DNC of Georgetown, 334/695-2891,

Trail Tough Products has just released its new 4.24:1 transfer-case gears for the '91-'98 Suzuki Sidekick/Geo Tracker and the '99-'01 Suzuki Vitara/Grand Vitara. These gears provide the same 1.00:1 ratio in high range, but low-range gearing is reduced by 134 percent over stock. Information: Trail Tough Products, 877/789-8547,

Designed for '94-'03 7.3L Power Strokes with E40D/4R100 transmissions and for '98 1/2-'05 5.9L Cummins with 47RE/48RE transmissions. This torque converter features dual-disc lockup clutch assembly and an improved forged-steel billet cover surface, the heavy-duty billet torque converter is said to offer more torque capacity than ever before. Information: Gale Banks Engineering, 800/277-1991,

The Winch Saver is the latest safety and equipment protection device for your winch. The Winch Saver has a number of benefits for the winch owner. It's a backlash suppression device in the event of cable failure during the winching operation. When stowing the hook, the Winch Saver is compressed between the hook and the fairlead. This will hold the winch line tight, thus not allowing slack to accumulate in the layers on the spool. The Winch Saver will stow the hook in any position you like-vertical, horizontal, or straight out. Information: Winch Saver, 888/340-7681,

Mountain Off Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) has answered the problem associated with steering when you move your front axle forward. This new heavy-duty steering-box bracket will move your steering gear forward 1 1/4 inches. This will keep the drag link from interfering with the tie rod, and unlike other brackets, it will keep the steering gear from being ripped off the frame. Information: Mountain Off Road Enterprises, 970/625-0500,

Napier Enterprises announces its newest version of its popular truck tent, the Sportz III truck tent. The tent features a new nylon floor that is said to make the tent lighter and easier to pack, and interior tent space has been increased to give in excess of 5 feet of headroom. Additionally, a new color-coded pole system is said to simplify tent setup. Information: Napier Enterprises, Dept. FW, 2315 Whirlpool St., Ste. 161, Niagara Falls, NY 14305, 800/567-2434,

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