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December 2005 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on December 1, 2005
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Advance Adapters is well known throughout the industry for its killer Atlas II transfer cases. Now you can install the Atlas II in an old-school pickup with a divorced-mounted transfer case found in 70's-era domestics. This new application also adds versatility for 4x4 builders who may need to custom mount a transfer case in a rock buggy or trail machine. A divorced case is also good for applications where a two-wheel-drive transmission is required. Information: 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com.

If you own a new F-150 and you're looking for an upgrade that looks good and is easy to install, check out these new LED taillights from Stylin Concepts. These attractive units are said to last 10 times longer than a standard incandescent. They install in minutes and add a futuristic styling to '04-and-up F-150s. Information: 800/434-1578, www.stylinconcepts.com.


Own an '05 GM pickup or SUV? JET Performance Products has a new power programmer that increases horsepower, and at the same time allows control over fuel and timing ratios, shift points, and even rev limit. In addition, this powerful tool can change the top speed limit and correct the speedometer for changes in tire size. Information: 800/535-1611, www.jetchip.com.


Superwinch now offers a bigger line of 12,000- and 16,500-pound rated winches designed with fullsize trucks in mind. Each winch has a durable wired remote control and powerful 5.6hp series-wound motor. Available in 12- or 24-volt configurations, these winches come with a full drum of cable, and are ready to mount out of the box. Information: 860/928-7787, www.superwinch.com.


The turbodiesel experts at Gale Banks Engineering have come up with a new toy for owners of Ford, Chevy, and Dodge diesel pickups. They call it the PowerPDA. Essentially it's a Palm Tungsten 2e PDA equipped with Banks interface software. The unit ties into the Banks Six Gun control module, allowing a whole host of cool user-operated features. We tested one recently and can confirm this little unit packs quite a punch. Information: 800/709-1693, www.bankspower.com.

If you love high-performance automobiles, you need to go out and get this new book written by Vic Edelbrock. Made in USA is a comprehensive hardbound book that highlights the history of automotive performance and the aftermarket industry. Information: 310/781-2222, www.edelbrock.com.




ARB has a new line of Bull Bars for the popular '98-'04 Ford Super Duty pickups. These bumpers will work with all OE safety mechanisms, and provide a much-needed degree of protection to the front of Super Duty trucks. Winch-ready and currently in stock, these stout bumpers are a great way to improve the looks and functionality of any Super Duty. Information: 425/264-1392, www.arbusa.com.


Brakes are commonly overlooked by truck builders. Wilwood is out to change this. Wilwood now offers brake upgrade kits for all '99-'05 late-model GM pickups, SUVs, and even the Hummer H2. The systems are said to improve braking over stock to help compensate for larger wheels and tires. They come with 16-inch rotors and billet six-piston calipers. High-performance pads are also available. Information: 805/388-1188, www.wilwood.com.

TS Performance of Bowling Green, Kentucky, has come out with one simple-to-use programmer for all three American diesel-powered pickups. The MP-8 is compatible with Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, making it the first all-in-one programmer to the market. TS Performance claims the MP-8 will add up to 100 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque to any one of the big three diesel-powered pickups. Additionally, the MP-8 can be upgraded as new performance programs become available. Information: 270/746-9999, www.tsperformance.com.

Valley Industries has the perfect solution for times when you wish you had just a little bit bigger vehicle. This new folding basket carrier mounts to any standard receiver hitch and can accommodate up to 500 pounds. A steel mesh floor, along with 6-inch-tall sides, make the Deluxe Folding Basket Carrier perfect for toting extra gear that won't fit inside the vehicle. It's also great for wet items or messy loads such as fire wood. Information: 800/344-3112, www.valleyindustries.com.

Squires Turbo Systems has a new turbo kit for Hummer H2 SUVs and SUTs. The kit comes complete with everything you need to turbocharge a Hummer. A significant increase in power is the result. STS locates the turbo underneath the vehicle, so we wouldn't recommend installing one if you plan to take your H2 in deep water or mud. However, if the street is your thing, this kit promises to wake up that 6.0L. Information: 866/WE-TURBO, www.ststurbo.com.

Light Racing has come up with a beefy new skidplate system for '99-and-newer GM 3/4-ton pickups. The ShockArmor system clamps directly to the rear axlehousing and is designed to protect low-hanging OE shocks and mounting brackets from damage. The kit installs easily in minutes-no drilling or welding is required. ShockArmor brackets come with a red powdercoat finish. Information: 800/525-6505, www.lightracing.com.

This new winch from MileMarker is perfect for Jeeps and SUVs that need enough power to pull fullsize pickups from mud, snow, or sand. With a 4.8hp DC motor, the SE 1200 has plenty of power for ranch trucks, hunting Jeeps, and emergency vehicles alike. The SE 1200 comes complete with 100 feet of 3/8-inch cable and a 12-foot corded remote control. Specify 12- or 24-volt when ordering. Information: 800/855-8647, www.milemarker.com.

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