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Jeep XJ Winch Bumper - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on September 1, 2005
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Jeep Winch Bumpers
Hanson Enterprise announces the release of its new winch bumpers for both XJ and ZJ series Jeeps. Made of 31/416-inch plate steel, these long-awaited additions to the Hanson family of bumpers will be available in basic form, or with the winchguard (pictured) and prerunner bars, as well as a full grilleguard with brushguards. Made from hot-rolled steel and formed into shape for both high strength and good looks, with clearance for larger tires, these should fill the needs of most owners wanting a stout winch platform and added protection on and off the pavement. Information: Hanson Enterprise, 877/757-9779,

Titan Intake
AEM claims power gains for Nissan Titan/Armada Brute Force intake system of 17.9 hp and 25.0 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm. All Brute Force intakes are constructed of CNC mandrel-bent 6061 aluminum, and feature reinforced, TIG-welded brackets and fittings for maximum durability. For superior filtration, AEM utilizes an extra-large proprietary four-layer, cotton-gauze element that reduces restriction without compromising filtering capability. Brute Force intakes are available with a silver powdercoat or mirror-polished finish. Brute Force intake systems are manufactured and assembled in the U.S. Information: AEM, 310/484-2322,

Hard-Core Heim
Evolution Machining and Fabrication of Alberta, Canada builds high-quality Heim joints specifically for the off-road aftermarket. Each joint features a one-piece body made from 4140 HTSR material. Virtually bombproof, they are designed for drivers who demand the highest quality money can buy. The Evolution joint allows 27degrees of deflection and is greaseable and adjustable. There are several sizes to choose from in both right- and left-hand threads. Information: Evolution Machining and Fabrication, 403/236-3545,

More Power For Cummins
BD Diesel Performance offers the X-Power Ram performance module for '03-and-up Dodge 5.9L diesels, including the Cummins 600 series. The X-Power achieves claimed performance gains of up to 130 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque by altering the duration timing of the injection pulse and not by increasing the rail pressure which has been known to cause fuel leakage and damage. The X-Power module has four adjustable preset power levels and is said to be easy to install. Information: BD Diesel Performance, 800/887-5030,

F-150 Sport Truck Suspension
Total Chaos has expanded into the Ford F-150 market, developing the first bolt-on sport truck suspension system that replaces the factory upper control arm and ball joint by installing a chromoly arm that utilizes a 1-inch racing-grade uniball. TC's package suspension system incorporates 8-inch-travel, 2.5-inch coilover shocks by Sway-A-Way, which bolt to the factory mounting location using TC's shock adapter and CNC lower shock hardware reducers. The coilover shocks feature reservoirs to help reduce fading and offer custom valving options to fine-tune your vehicle for your specific application while allowing for zero to 2 inches of adjustable lift. Information: Total Chaos, 951/737-9682,

Extended Drag-Link Coupler
Train's 4x4 introduces an extended drag-link coupler for '99-'04 Ford Super Duty owners. This is said to be an inexpensive and quick fix to gain back steering control when lifting a Super Duty 8 inches or more. This coupler is made from 11/44-inch-wall tubing and right- and left-hand threaded locking nuts. Sides are machined for easy adjustment. Information, Train's 4x4, 831/449-843

Tacoma Front Coilover Kit
If you own an '05 Tacoma, your suspension options are no longer limited. Donahoe Racing has developed a sweet Front Coilover Kit to meet the demands of the high-performance driver who wants more than just a lift kit. The kit includes a pair of 2.5-inch coilover shocks featuring a state-of-the-art digressive piston design that is said to be the first of its kind. The system is designed to increase suspension performance by increasing wheel travel 1-inch over stock, for a total of 9 inches total travel. The kit allows room for 285/75/R15 tires for more ground clearance. Information: Donahoe Racing, 714/632-3033,

Replacement Steering Shaft
Has your pickup developed a "clunk" in the steering column? Does it have a "ratchet" feel to it at slow speeds? Then Borgeson has a solution. Borgeson has developed a replacement steering shaft to eliminate the noise and upgrade the quality of your steering components. One model features the replacement shaft and zero-radial play needle bearing U-joint. Another version is the same shaft with a vibration reducer built into the system. Both shafts come with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty. Information: Borgeson, 860/482-8283

Dodge Ram Suspension
Forged in the crucible of Stock Full racing, KORE brings new suspension technology straight from the podium of the Baja 1000. Now available for late-model Hemi and Cummins-powered Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 4x4 pickups, these bolt-on suspension systems provide massive amounts of performance without violating the DaimlerChrysler new-car warranty. KORE's patented billet-aluminum components, proprietary 2.5-inch Pro-Series shocks, sophisticated conical coils, progressive leaf packs, heavy-duty bumpstops, and Mil-spec limiting straps provide 3 inches of lift and 10 inches of ultra-plush wheel travel. Information: KORE, 760/749-8687,

Diesel Tranny Pan
An ATS Aluminum Pan is an easy upgrade that can make more difference to your transmission than any other part that can be added to the exterior during a routine service. An ATS Aluminum Pan adds five additional quarts of capacity. Extend oil life and scheduled services, lower transmission heat, and make servicing easier due to the large 1-inch drain plug with a built-in magnet. Information: ATS Diesel Performance, 800/949-6002,

Self Locking Washers
Nord-Lock is a new unique type of self-locking washer that uses tension instead of friction to secure nuts and bolts where harmonic vibration is an issue. We've tested these washers on our Project Teal-J beadlock bolts and are very pleased with the results. Nord-Lock washers come pre-assembled, are reusable. They are available in a variety of sizes, and are unaffected by lubrication. They are also available in finishes such as yellow zinc-coated, Dacromet-coated, and even 316 stainless steel. Minimal surface marring is caused when used with soft metals like aluminum and mild steel. Information: Nord-Lock, 877/799-1097,

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