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July 2006 New 4x4 Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2006
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Larger Fuel Tanks For Dodge Ram Diesel Pickups
Transfer Flow recently introduced a 56-gallon replacement fuel tank for '03-'06 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 Quad Cab longbed diesel pickups. Transfer Flow also has tanks for the '06 Dodge Ram Mega Cab shortbed diesels. All Transfer Flow tanks are manufactured from 12- and 14-gauge aluminized steel for superior rust resistance, and feature internal baffling for extra support. They come with all components needed for installation, including straps and mounting hardware, and are powdercoated black for a durable finish. Info: 530/893-5209, www.transferflow.com

sPOD for Jeep Wranglers
This new switch panel from JC Fab lets '97-to-current Jeep Wrangler owners add up to seven additional power circuits to the dead zone between the factory sunvisors. Available in several different configurations, the sPOD is completely bolt-on and easy to install with the supplied aircraft-quality hardware. The sPOD switch panel is made of aircraft-grade aluminum that has been powdercoated black for an attractive finish. The kit fits most aftermarket rollbar configurations. Info: 818/367-9904

120hp Juice-Attitude
Edge Products is now shipping its Juice with Attitude application for the second-generation 24-valve Dodge Ram diesel. The system is said to add up to 120 more horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and features a built-in Turbo Timer that helps prolong turbo life by allowing the engine to run for a specified cool-down period or until a predetermined EGT is reached. This product also features a high-idle adjustment, low-boost smoke control, automatic defueling to prevent excessive EGT, turbo boost and transmission slip (accompanied by audible warnings) and cold-start protection. Five power levels to suit driving conditions ranging from heavy towing to drag racing are offered. Installation is said to take approximately 30 minutes. Info: 888/360-4434, www.edgeproducts.com

Howe Billet Coolers
Howe Performance has created a bulletproof universal cooler that will cool just about any liquid you pump through it. During testing, the 8-inch version lowered power-steering temperatures by 24 degrees without restriction. They are available in two different sizes: 8- or 13-inch lengths, and each features mounting cushions and billet-aluminum mounting brackets. Inlet and outlet fitting are available in JIC -8 or -10 sizes. Info: 619/ 561-7764, www.howeperformance.com

Monster Exhaust for Dodge Mega Cab
Gale Banks Engineering has introduced a Monster exhaust system for the largest pickup truck on the market, the new Dodge Mega Cab. This bolt-on, 4-inch constant-diameter after-cat exhaust system features Banks' free-flowing, straight-through polished stainless Monster muffler that is said to outflow the stock muffler by 74 percent. It also features an exclusive expansion chamber, which produces an authoritative sound without the annoying mid-range drone. Claimed benefits include a 60 percent decrease in backpressure, lower EGTs, and extended engine life. All Monster Exhaust systems come with Banks' lifetime warranty. Info: 888/294-5177, www.bankspower.com

Anti-Chatter Gear Lube
Today's 4x4s are smooth, refined, and quiet when new, but after a few thousand miles, these same vehicles equipped with New Venture and Borg-Warner clutch-driven transfer cases can begin to chatter and shake on acceleration. In most cases, the problem is simply lubricant breakdown. Many owners have wasted money on costly fixes, only to have the same problems reappear after another thousand miles. Rockland Standard Gear has just released Chatter-Free, a lubricant the company claims will instantly eliminate clutch chatter. Chatter-Free is compatible with all clutch-driven transfer cases, and since it contains no hazardous materials it can be shipped and disposed of like traditional lubricants. Info: 800/227-1523, www.rsgear.com


Chevy Truck Bumpers
ARB has just introduced a new winch bumper for popular '99-'05 Chevrolet pickups. Bumper strength comes from premium-quality steel that has been optimally folded to withstand impact. The bumper's five-fold, upswept wing design is said to greatly improve approach angle. All ARB bumpers are airbag friendly. Info: 206/264-1669, www.arbusa.com

Nitrous for Diesels
Gas and diesel nitrous systems are not the same. This is why TS Performance designed its Power Fool 2 nitrous system specifically for diesel engines. The system incorporates a computer-controlled command center and delivers the right amount of nitrous oxide to power up your diesel with up to 300 additional horsepower. The Power Fool 2 allows you to place the nitrous nozzles anywhere you want and comes with a plug-in harness, weather pack connectors and braided nylon nitrous lines and fittings. The Power Fool 2 can be easily installed without any wiring or solenoid mounting, and is activated from a Wide-Open Throttle Switch. The system also comes with a 10-pound nitrous oxide bottle and mounting bracket, two nitrous jets, and two nitrous nozzles. The kit fits all late-model Ford, Dodge, and GM diesel applications. Info: 270/746-9999, www.tsperformance.com

Trax 8 from American Racing
This new rugged one-piece forged wheel was designed specifically for today's lifted truck consumer who wants a large-diameter wheel in widths necessary to fit most 20- to 22-inch mud-terrain tires. With the correct backspacing available to fit most of today's lift kits, the Trax 8 is available in 17x9, 18x9.5, 20x10, and 22x11 sizes, and is available in High Polish (Series No. 9211) , coated with Teflon (22x11 only) and chrome-plated (Series No. 9210). The Trax is covered by a lifetime structural warranty. Info: www.americanracing.com

D.U.I. for Your Land Rover
This new compact, one-piece distributor from Performance Distributors is available for all '68-'95 Land Rover V-8s, Range Rover, Defender, 90, and Discovery. The weather- and vibration-proof distributor. comes complete with the 50,000-volt coil and high-output Dyna-Module. The coil and module work together to produce a longer-duration spark with a 0.055-inch plug gap, thus increasing power and spark-plug life. A heavy-duty cap and rotor are included, and caps are available in red, blue, black, yellow, and clear. Info: 901/396-5782, www.performancedistributors.com

Auburn Electric locker for Dana 30/35
This new Auburn Locker differential, which has long been available for Ford 8.8-inch, GM 10- and 12-bolt, and AMC Model 20 rearends, is now available for vehicles running Dana 30 and 35 axles. The ECTED technology in the Auburn Locker lets you go from smooth, limited-slip street action to full-performance locker action on the fly with the simple flip of a switch. Info: 260/925-3200, www.auburngear.com

Better Axles for FJ-40s
Poly Performance has just released its new 4340 forged axles for Toyota FJ-40/60 Land Cruisers. Designed to last a lifetime, these axles incorporate Poly Performance's tapered design for extreme torsional strength. For reduced material fatigue and maximum durability, all splines are cold rolled, not cut, and all axles are given a smooth finish to eliminate possible stress risers. These new axles are currently the only aftermarket performance axles available for FJ-40s and 60s. Info: 805/783-2060, www.polyperformance.com

Billet's Always Better
Fourtreks now offers a kit that allows you to mount your CB, ham, or whip antenna to your rollcage. It can be used as a permanent or removable mounting solution. This modular antenna-mounting kit includes a trick billet-aluminum clamp ring, a custom stainless steel antenna tab, an antenna-mount stud, and all the stainless steel hardware you need. The mount works best when mounted on a vertical tube, and yes, they are available in many popular rollbar diameters. Info: 818/517-6145, www.fourtreks.com

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