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April 2006 New 4x4 Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on April 1, 2006
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ORU Super Duty Defender Series Bumpers
This attractive bumper guard from Off Road Unlimited was designed to fit all '99-'06 Ford F-250/F-350 pickups and '00-to-current Excursion SUVs. Made from 2-inch steel tubing, these bumper guards are fully welded, and feature integrated light mounting tabs. Each Defender kit includes mounting hardware. Info: 818/563-1208, www.offroadunlimited.com.


Shim Tool
Right Gear & Axle recently introduced a handy shim installation tool that significantly aids the process of setting up differential carriers. The tool comes with four different-size shim drivers that allow trouble-free shim installation on most axle applications. Laser-cut from 316 stainless steel plate, these shim drivers are said to put a stop to all shim failures while cutting installation time in half. Info: 800/99-RIGHT, www.rightgear.com.

Van Aaken Smart Box
Van Aaken introduces the SmartBox, a plug-in module that provides optimum performance and fuel efficiency while remaining emissions-legal. Designed specifically for U.S.-manufactured diesel engines-GM Duramax, Dodge Cummins, and Ford Power Stroke-the SmartBox is also available for the Jeep Liberty engine and for Dodge and Freightliner Sprinter vans, as well as popular, European-manufactured turbodiesel passenger cars including Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen. Info: 208/234-5660, www.vanaaken.com.

WFO Concepts' Dana 60 Hi-steer Arms
These new billet arms from WFO Concepts are designed for kingpin Dana 60s. Each are CNC-machined from a solid chunk of steel, then drilled and tapered to accept Chevy tie-rod and drag-link ends. They can also be ordered to accept 3/4-inch rod ends. The arms are held down by ARP studs and tapered nuts. (They can also be ordered to accept stock GM studs.) Info: 530/268-9494, www.wfoconcepts.com.


HyperPac for the Ford 5.4L and Dodge 5.7L Hemi
The HyperPac from Hypertech brings a new level of accuracy with sophisticated tuning features. It's like having a dragstrip, a chassis dyno, a diagnostic computer, a data acquisition system, and a power tuning computer on your dashboard. Info: 901/382-8888, www.hypertech.com.




Weld Racing 17x9-inch Commando Bead-Locked Wheels
What happens when the undisputed leader in wheel forging technology decides to enter the competitive off-road racing market? This new wheel is called the Commando P.R.O. and was designed for the rigors of desert racing. We think it will create quite a stir in upcoming months. This wheel raises the standards because the bead-lock receiver is an integral part of the forging, unlike other wheels, where the receiver is added to the wheel after the forging. Hot forged from an ingot of 6061 aerospace-quality aluminum alloy, this one-piece wheel sets a new standard for strength and durability. Like the wheel, the bead-lock ring is also a forged piece, containing a continuous grain structure along with 32 recessed bolts. This wheel also features threaded-in valve stems positioned out of harm's way, and every Commando wheel can accommodate a liner or be run without one for reduced weight. Info: www.weldracing.com.

Camburg 2005 Tacoma Long Travel kit
This is Camburg Engineering's new 2005 Toyota Tacoma performance suspension system. This kit utilizes Camburg's all-new 2.5-inch coilovers and Uniball upper A-arms. This system gets up to 10 inches of wheel travel and works with the Prerunner and 4x4 trucks. This system is 100 percent bolt-on and installs in a few hours. Info: 714/848-8880, www.camburg.com.








Justice Brothers Gear Oil Treatment
This high-tech additive contains Justice Brothers' exclusive JB Metal Conditioner, which bonds to the metal surfaces and helps manual transmissions and gearboxes run smoother, cooler, and quieter for improved gear and bearing life. Gear Oil Treatment also helps to resist corrosion, which is especially important in harsh climates or severe-duty vehicles. Info: www.justicebrothers.com.








Titan/Armada Snorkel
Automotive Customizers now offers a snorkel for the popular Nissan Titan and Armada. This is a true cold-air intake designed to route clean, fresh air from the roofline to the OE airbox. The design is said to increase the volume of intake air, which should in turn boost torque and horsepower levels. Some drilling is necessary to attach the snorkel to the fender and A-pillar. Info: 954/971-3510, www.4x4parts.com.

Mickey Thompson MTZ Tire
Mickey Thompson introduces the Baja MTZ Radial, an aggressive Mud/Terrain Radial for owners seeking aggressive off-road traction, and a smooth on-road ride. The Baja MTZ Radial comes in 24 sizes from 31 to 38 inches tall, up to 15 1/2 inches wide, and rim diameters up to 20 inches to fit almost every light-truck application. Info: 800/700-0384 ext. 6502, www.mickeythompsontires.com.








"Hard Kore" Dodge Suspension
KORE LLC now offers a more affordable version of its popular Chase Series suspension system. The new kit uses specially designed Fox 2.0 Pro Series remote-reservoir race shocks that provide 10 inches of travel up front and 11 inches in the rear. The Fox Racing Shox included with the system were designed specifically to fit heavy-duty Dodge Ram pickups and are only available through KORE. From cross-country highway travel to long-distance washboard, this suspension system provides dramatically increased control and smoothness. Powdercoated coils, zinc-plated U-bolts, cadmium-coated shock bodies, 17-4 stainless steel shock shafts, and tough rubber bushings provide unparalleled corrosion and wear resistance, no matter the climate or conditions. The KORE Chase Series was designed for people who need an excellent, general-purpose high-performance suspension for hauling loads, heavy towing, long-distance highway travel, and serious off-highway travel. This system also addresses freeway expansion joint bounce. Info: 760/749.8687, www.koreperformance.com.

Edge Attitude Performance plus GPS
This new monitor from Edge Diesel Performance features all the benefits of the existing Attitude controller plus numerous new capabilities made possible by the A2's color LCD monitor and integrated GPS technology. Carryover functions include mode-control for Edge underhood Juice power modules. Additionally, the A2 can capture 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times as well as display horsepower and torque levels in an easy-to-interpret graph format. The A2's color LCD monitor facilitates user-friendly GPS navigation using TomTom's award-winning GPS software. The A2's navigation capability includes verbal directions, rerouting, ETA, and points of interest. The A2 monitor is currently available for all late-model Big Three diesel pickups. Info: 888/360-EDGE, www.edgeproducts.com.

More Power with Help from The Q Power System
Quaker State says that its new Q Power System line of products is engineered to help optimize the power and performance of your driveline from bumper to bumper. The Q Power System is an extension of the Q motor oil line introduced in 2004. The new line consists of Q Power System Coolant with Radiator Quench; Q Power System synthetic Gear & Differential Lubricant SAE 75W-90; Q Power System Radiator Quench Super Coolant; and Q Power System TF synthetic Transmission Fluid. Quaker State says that these products work together throughout the vehicle to control heat, friction, and shear, thus delivering maximum power and performance. Kenny Tran, Q-sponsored NHRA Sport Compact Racing driver, says that he was able to lower the coolant temperature and increase his high-performance car's output by 3.6 hp using the Q Power System. Info: www.qpower.com.

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