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August 2005 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2005
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The Tow & Stow provides a safe, functional, and attractive solution to today's towing needs. The Tow & Stow eliminates the need for multiple ball mounts, and is available in 6-, 8-, or 10-inch models with a dual- or tri-ball configuration. The unit stows under the vehicle when not in use. Each unit has a Class IV tow rating and a 1,000-pound tongue weight. Information: 800/248-6564, www.turnoverball.com.


Looking for more power and torque for your Dodge Ram common-rail turbodiesel? TST has released a new PowerMaxCR add-on computer that adds up to 195 rear-wheel horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque at the ground above stock power in the competition mode. This new unit has on-the-fly power adjustment features that allow nine power settings above stock in 20hp steps at 2,900 rpm, and nine torque settings in 60-lb-ft steps at 1,600 rpm. The PowerMaxCR is available with or without built-in gauges that monitor boost and automatically control boost and exhaust gas temp. Information: 812/342-6741, www.tstproducts.com.

New from Mastercraft Race Products is a line of "Factory Fit" slip covers for '65-'86 Jeep CJs and '87-'04 Wranglers equipped with an OEM fold-and-tumble rear beach seat. The Factory Fit line was designed to be a direct upgrade replacement, while retaining the functionality of Jeep's rear seat. The slip covers are made from high-quality rogue naugahyde with a center insert of close-weave nylon. Information: 800/565-4042, www.mastercraftseats.com.

This new coilover shock is designed for owners of rock buggies and other coilover-equipped vehicles. Offered in extended lengths of 32 and 36 inches, these coilover shocks provide fast in-cab adjustment of both rebound and compression damping. Each coilover features a gas-charged anodized-aluminum remote reservoir to provide additional fluid capacity for extended four-wheeling situations. Information: 734/384-7804, www.gorancho.com.

Hanson Enterprise introduces a new line of winch bumpers for the popular Jeep Cherokee XJ. Each bumper is built from 1/4-inch formed steel which is first laser-cut, then brake-formed. Each bumper utilizes existing mounting holes and is pre-drilled for most standard winch footprints. The one shown here has optional clevis tabs, which are made from 1-inch-thick steel plate featuring a 7/8-inch hole for use of a 3/4-inch shackle. These have a working load of approximately 9,000 pounds (straight pull). Hanson bumpers are available in a standard bare metal finish; custom powdercoat colors are available upon request. Information: 831/757-9779, www.hansonenterprise.com.

This new 6-inch suspension system from BDS is for '01-'05 GM 2500 non-HD, 2500 Suburban, and Avalanche 4WDs. Heavy-duty steering knuckles are included to correct steering geometry and ease installation. This kit utilizes the factory control arms. One-piece front and rear crossmembers are included to increase frame rigidity and ease installation. No driveshaft change is required. Vehicle protection is achieved with a differential skidplate and compression struts. An optional stainless steel skidplate and steering stabilizer is available. Information: 517/279-2135, www.bds-suspension.com.

Volant has a new line of diesel exhaust systems for Ford Power Stroke, Dodge Cummins, or GM Duramax diesel-equipped vehicles. These systems are manufactured from 304 stainless steel tubing that is mandrel-bent and highly polished from end to end. The 4-inch-diameter tubing feeds into a high-flow muffler that absorbs unwanted resonance without limiting exhaust flow. Featuring TIG-welded construction and the use of stainless-steel clamps, the systems are said to be completely bolt-on. Each exhaust system uses a polished 5-inch-diameter tip. Information: 909/476-7225, www.volantperformance.com.

Now you can put a very small wrench on hard-to-reach bolts with this handy new Socket Assist (PN 67575) from Proform. Each Proform Socket Assist has a 12-point end for maximum finger traction and for minute turns. Also, the Socket Assist uniquely allows using a combination wrench that's equal to, or smaller-not larger-than the socket drive size, so the Socket Assist allows a large spark-plug socket with a 3/8-inch drive opening to be turned by a small 1/4-inch wrench. Information: 586/774-2500, www.proformparts.com.

This new skidplate/crossmember is designed to create a smooth belly under Toyota trucks and 4Runners. Built from 3/8-and 1/4-inch steel plate, this skidplate/crossmember combo offers recessed bolt locations and a large poly bushing to better isolate vibration. Each unit comes with all required mounting hardware and is said to be easy to install. These are available in a durable powdercoat finish and ready for double or triple transfer-case arrangements. Information: 970/881-2418, www.frontrangeoffroadfab.com.

This new 6- or 8-inch suspension system was derived from Fabtech's desert race trucks and is said to offer maximum ground clearance and articulation for extreme trail use. The kit is available in either a standard coil-sprung version or in an optional front coilover version. Each kit features a radius-arm front setup and a three-link rear arrangement. Compatible with either Dynatrac or stock axlehousings, this kit retains both streetability and off-road prowess. Information: 909/597-7800, www.fabtechmotorsports.com.

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