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May 2006 New 4x4 Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on May 1, 2006
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Super 300M U-joint
Longfield Super Axles now offers a virtually indestructible 300M Dana 44/60 U-joint. The design utilizes caps made from 4340 chromoly, which lack needle bearings and bushings, a common failure point on other high-strength U-joints. Instead, Longfield U-joints rely on a special military-spec synthetic lubricant and polished friction surfaces to prevent wear. Each cap features a low-profile grease fitting for easy maintenance. Priced well below other heavy-duty U-joints on the market, these joints come with a lifetime warranty against breakage. So if you break it, Longfield will replace it for free. Info: 253/843-0551, www.longfieldsuperaxles.com.

Morphic Lightbar
This new lightbar from Morphic Industries is the first CNC billet-aluminum lightbar with "on-the-fly" adjustment. The lightbar features a 4-inch linear actuator that can easily change the aim or lights via a remote-mounted toggle switch. It is machined to fit up to four 9-inch lights. Lights are sold separately. The lightbar easily mounts to most vehicles and is also offered in a manually operated version. Info: 928/505-0245, www.morphicind.com.

Vibration-Absorber Carburetor Spacer
This new item from Competition Cams is sure to help out any domestic V-8 equipped with a carburetor. It's designed to prevent both high-rpm lean-out and irregular fuel atomization while insulating carburetors against power-robbing engine heat transfer. These spacers will work with 4150-, 4500-, and 2300-model four-barrel carburetors, and both gasoline and alcohol application spacers are offered. The spacers feature shock-resistant composite construction, making them desirable for off-road racing applications. Info: 800/999-0853, www.compcams.com.

A TH400 Transmission Built for Torque
TCI designed this transmission specifically for towing applications. It features a 34-element sprag for increased torque handling, and a high-capacity cooling system designed to prevent heat buildup. Utilizing the TCI valve-body improver kit, the TCI TH400 transmission delivers the option of a manual low gear for taking off with heavy loads. Info: 662/224-8972, www.tciauto.com.


Perm-Lok for Dodge & Jeep
4x4 Posi-Lok has developed a cool fix for those temperamental Central Axle Disconnect systems on popular Dodge and Jeep applications. Perm-Lok is ideal for 'wheelers because it takes the mystery out of front axle engagement. Posi-Lok's system replaces the vacuum or electrical actuator with a cable-operated actuator. The Perm-Lok line of permanent engagement products is also available. Applications include '87-'95 Jeep YJs, '84-'91 Jeep Cherokee XJs, '86-'91 Jeep Comanche MJs, '94-'01 Dodge Rams with the Dana 44 or 60, and all Dana 30s with Central Axle Disconnect (CAD). Info: 517/278-7453, www.4x4posi-lok.com.

Environmentally Safe Car Wash
We tested this new automotive cleaner from Lusterlab and found that it worked great on all vehicle surfaces including glass and rubber. The best part is that it replaces five other products you might use when cleaning your vehicle. It also doesn't hurt that Lusterlab LXR is environmentally safe and gentle on your skin too. Info: www.lusterlab.com.









F-150 Evolution
Edge Products now offers a performance programmer for all '04-'06 Ford F-150 pickups. The system has three levels of increased performance. It also recalibrates the speed signal to show actual road speed on F-150s running larger aftermarket tires. The Evolution also functions as a scan tool, a state-of-the-art gauge display, and can be updated anytime over the Internet. The best part is the Evolution mounts permanently in the cab in a custom-designed pod that looks factory. Info: 888/360-3343, www.edgeproducts.com.

Race-Proven HID Lighting
Baja racing champions depend on the very best to see their way to victory. Last year, the top three Baja 1000 winners trusted Baja Design's new SolteK lights, which utilize beam patterns and lamp construction specifically designed for rough off-highway terrain. The new SolteK Fuego 4-inch light shown here is perfect for space-limited applications that require maximum light output. All SolteK lights incorporate Baja Design's exclusive stainless-steel mounting system with aluminum quick adjusters for unrivaled aim and dependability. Available in HID or halogen, driving or spot pattern, Fuego lights are ideal for all 4x4 vehicles. Info: 800/422-5292, www.bajadesigns.com.

Turbos for Toyotas
LC Engineering now offers turbocharger kits for 22RE, 2RZ, and 3RZ Toyota engines. These high-performance turbochargers are said to significantly increase horsepower and torque. LC Engineering offers these complete kits for both street and racing applications. A replacement turbo kit is also available for the factory turbo 22RE owners. Info: 928/505-2501, www.lcengineering.com.

LR3 Winch Bumper
This new bumper for the Land Rover LR3 features a split-pan design that promotes maximum airflow while maintaining optimum strength and lighter overall weight. It's said to effectively improve approach angle while recessed indicator pockets protect turn signals and driving lights. This bumper retains all factory tow points and is compatible with a range of winches. Info: 800/761-8199, www.arbusa.com.

Adjustable Bumpstops for Jeeps
Take the guesswork out of choosing the right bumpstops for your lifted Jeep vehicle with these new variable length bumpstops from JKS Manufacturing. Capable of six different length combinations, these interlocking billet-aluminum pucks allow you to set a desired bump position, which in turn ensures proper bumpstop operation. Applications are available for front and rear of TJs and XJs, as well as the front of ZJs. Info: 308/762-6949, www.jksmfg.com.

New TJ Snorkel
With this new snorkel from Volant you won't have to fear deep water crossings in your TJ anymore. Designed to fit all '02-'06 4.0L Jeep Wranglers, Volant's Snorkel is a three-piece molded air-intake duct constructed from durable polyethylene. The system connects through the front fender and works with the Volant Cold Air intake system. The scoop uses a polished aluminum front cover that prevents debris from entering the snorkel. Info: 909/476-7225, www.volantperformance.com.






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