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November 2005 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on November 1, 2005
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New from Rough Country are these trick X Series Billet upper control arms for '02-'05 Dodge 1500 trucks. These control arms are dual-shock upgradeable. Designed by 3D modeling and CNC-machined from solid billet aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum, the X Series control arms work from the stock height up to 6 inches of lift while using OEM hardware. Information: Rough Country, 800/222-7023, www.roughcountry.com

True Flow now offers this new intake system for the '06 Hummer H3. True Flow says the free-flowing foam filter element increases performance by just over 6 hp. The True Flow intake system replaces the restrictive factory plastic tube and resonator box with a powdercoated, seamless tube and nylon-reinforced silicone couplers, which are designed to work in conjunction with the factory airbox. These durable air filters are easily cleaned and have a limited lifetime warranty. Information: True Flow, 866/999-9098, www.trueflow.com

Powertank says its Monster valve stems give you three times the flow, which should translate into lightning-fast inflations. For 2005, the Monster Valves have a deflation collar that dumps air faster than a coreless schrader valve with a simple twist. These replacement valve stems deflate a 37-inch tire from 30 to 10 psi in 20 seconds flat. Information: Powertank, 209/334-0898, www.powertank.com

Performance Distributors claims its new Live Wires for the Dodge 5.7L Hemi V-8 provide optimal performance and improved durability. The 1/2-inch-diameter wires come with a heat-resistant sleeving said to withstand temperatures ranging from minus 76 to 1,400 degrees F. Heat shrink is applied between the boot and sleeving to keep moisture and trail crud away from the wire terminals. They're custom-fit for the engine, no assembly is required, and they're available in five colors including red, black, blue, yellow, and purple. Information: Performance Distributors, 901/396-5782, www.performancedistributors.com

Transfer Flow, a manufacturer of aftermarket and OEM fuel tank systems, has introduced 30- and 50-gallon toolbox and refueling tank combos. The units come pre-assembled with a 12-volt pump located inside the locking storage compartment. The fuel nozzle is mounted on the outside of the toolbox, and comes with an 8-foot hose. The storage compartment of the 30-gallon unit has about 4 1/2 cubic feet of space, while the 50-gallon unit has a storage area of about 8 cubic feet. The tanks are made from 14-gauge aluminized steel for superior rust resistance and strength, and are mounted inside the toolbox. The tanks are also baffled to reduce fuel sloshing. Information: Transfer Flow, 530/893-5209, www.transferflow.com

Advanced Flow Engineering introduces a new cold-air intake system for the '05 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon that results in claimed max gains of 5 hp and 6 lb-ft of torque for the 3.5L five-cylinder engine. The Magnum Force Stage 2 Cold Intake (PN 54-10342) includes a molded intake tube, powdercoated heat shield, and high-flow, washable/reusable conical air filter. Information: Advanced Flow Engineering, 951/493-7100, www.afefilters.com

Train's 4x4 has introduced a billet aluminum spacer for '99-'05 Ford Super Duty front driveshafts. The spacer is said to be easy to install, comes complete with mounting hardware, and is available in different lengths to accommodate up to 10 inches of lift. The kit will allow you to keep the factory front driveshaft. Information: Train's 4x4, 831/449-8435, www.trains4x4.com


Rubicon Express offers these new 6-inch Boomerang Jeep XJ shackles. The shackles are said to provide a little over an inch of lift while giving XJ owners the ability to run a longer spring without damaging the body at the rear of the leaf spring. They feature greaseable Zerk fittings, urethane bushings, and a durable black powdercoat finish. Each shackle is laser-cut from 3/16-inch steel plate and has MIG-welded seams for superior strength. Information: Rubicon Express, 866/533-7705, www.rubiconexpress.com

The new piston fuel pump by RacePump works on the same principle as a master cylinder but with an ingenious floating valve mechanism that automatically adjusts for the amount of fuel needed by the engine. It acts much as the return line on a fuel-injected engine, and is said to be usable on any engine from 200 to 2,800 hp. The flow rate of this pump is 204 gph at 60 psi at any rpm level. It's constructed from billet 6061-T6 aluminum, has stainless steel internal parts, and special proprietary seals designed for gasoline and methanol applications. The RacePump comes with -10 and -8 inlet /outlet fittings. Information: RacePumps??, 800/476-9720, www.racepumps.com

This guide makes a great stocking stuffer for anybody interested in off-highway recreation in sunny Southern California. Author and filmmaker Andrew Siminoff spent countless hours developing the booklet/DVD combo to provide in-depth information about 15 killer 'wheeling areas in the Golden State. The DVD is packed with footage from each area along with examples of the type of activities each place offers. The guide includes easy-to-read maps, directions, difficulty ratings, as well as a bunch of other useful information. Information: Outplay Action Sports, 619/562-7028, www.outplayactionsports.com

AEM's new Dryflow Synthetic air filter is made of a synthetic fiber that the company says will eliminate the hassle of re-oiling after cleaning. This unique nonwoven polyester element filters out 98.6 percent of airborne dust in initial efficiency, 99.4 percent in cumulative efficiency, and filters down to one micron of particulates. Information: AEM Power, 310/484-2322, www.aempower.com



Bestop now offers its popular Bikini tops in three authentic camouflage colors-military, urban, and desert. Constructed from rugged fabric designed to exceed OE specifications, these Bikini tops are perfect for hunters, campers, and outdoorsmen who want a unique-looking addition for their Jeep. Information: Bestop, 800/845-3567, www.bestop.com



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