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December 2006 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on December 1, 2006
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With a larger replacement fuel tank, you'll be able to bypass those expensive filling stations, and fill up where the fuel is cheaper. Transfer Flow manufactures oversized replacement fuel tanks for '99-'07 Ford diesel and '99-'06 gas heavy-duty Ford F-250 and F-350 pickups. A 46-gallon replacement fuel tank is available for crew-cab and extended-cab pickups with a 6-foot bed, while a mammoth 57-gallon fuel tank is available for crew cab and extended cab pickups with 8-foot beds. Information: 530/893-5209, www.transferflow.com.

Nanotechnology, the cutting-edge science of the small, has been harnessed by Eagle One engineers for a brand-new wheel polish designed for use on mag, chrome, and aluminum wheels. Its technologically advanced polishing agents prevent surface scratching and fill imperfections in the surface, while an anti-corrosion formula provides a barrier against rust, oxidation, salt, and acid rain. Eagle One products, including their new Nanowax and Nanoprotectant are available at leading auto parts retailers and mass merchandisers. Information: 800/432-4531, www.eagleone.com.

Dick Cepek introduces the Mud Country Radial, an aggressive Mud Terrain Radial designed for light trucks and SUVs. This tire is perfect for owners seeking aggressive off-pavement traction and excellent handling on the street. The Mud Country has three-ply sidewalls for added toughness, and a unique boulder-like stepped tread design to help disperse mud and rocks. The Mud Country Radial comes in 24 sizes, ranging from 31 to 40 inches tall, in rim diameters of up to 20 inches to fit almost every light truck application. Information: 800/222-9092, www.dickcepek.com.





Centerforce recently introduced this new DFX clutch assembly for the '98-'03 Dodge Ram truck with the 5.9L turbodiesel or 8.0L V-10 engine. Designed as a direct bolt-in, this new clutch adds significant holding capacity over the stock clutch. All DFX performance clutch systems utilize a patented centrifugal weight system for increased holding capacity with rpm. A ball-bearing design ensures a light pedal feel and quick release. Information: 928/771-8422, www.centerforce.com.

Mr. Gasket's new ThermoCap has a built-in thermometer that displays coolant temperatures, providing a quick reference to help prevent injuries from hot coolant-without having to depend on inaccurate factory gauges or expensive aftermarket thermometers. Also, using a high-pressure ThermoCap can increase your engine coolant's boiling temperature to as high as 272 degrees to prevent engine damage under even the most extreme operating conditions. Information: www.mr-gasket.com.






BDS Suspension now offers a 6-inch kit for the '97-'02 Ford Expedition 4x4. This system requires no welding and features CNC-machined steering knuckles to maintain factory steering geometry. Also included are heavy-duty, one-piece front and rear crossmembers, compression struts, and a differential skidplate for added protection. Out back, the kit uses dual rate coils for a comfortable ride on and off the road. An optional stainless steel skidplate is also available. Information: 517/279-2135, www.bds-suspension.com.

Goodyear just introduced a new version of their popular Wrangler line. The new Wrangler Pro-Grade tire features Silent Armor Technology Pro-Grade-basically, a new tread compound with enhanced toughness and tread wear capability. This new tire was designed for contractors, landscapers, boaters, horse enthusiasts, or any other professional or private pickup truck owner who regularly hauls or tows heavy loads. Information: www.goodyear.com.






Kilby Enterprises now offers attractive formed rocker panel protection that incorporates a useful step surface. Virtually bombproof, these rockers were developed for hard-core abuse while improving aesthetics. Sierra Rocker Guards are built from 3/16-inch steel plate and feature laser-cut construction, stainless-steel hardware, and a satin black powdercoat finish. Spending nearly three years in development, Kilby figured out the perfect equation for uncompromised strength and ease of installation. Currently, Sierra Rocker Guards are available for Wrangler TJs and LJs. Additional versions are coming soon for YJ and CJ owners. Information, 818/565-5945, www.onboardair.com.

Pit Bull Tires recently announced the addition of new sizes to its Rocker, Growler, and Maddog LT lines. The new sizes are: 33x1250-17LT Growler, 35x1450-20LT Rocker, 35x1450-20LT Growler, 35x1450-20LT Maddog, 37x1350-20LT Rocker, and 39.5x1650-20LT Rocker. Information: 800/645-2006, www.pitbulltires.com.









Total Chaos now offers a bolt-on upper control arm for '05-and-up Nissan Xterras, Pathfinders, and Frontiers. The system eliminates the factory ball joint and upgrades it to a 1-inch Teflon-lined uniball. This product will prevent the factory upper arms from contacting the coil bucket during the droop cycle. Additionally, these arms incorporate a tab designed to bolt on a urethane droop stop, which contacts the coil bucket during extreme droop travel. These arms will also add caster, which will aid in vehicle cornering and overall handling on and off the pavement. They also assist in correcting alignment when aftermarket lifts are installed. Manufactured from 4130 chromoly tubing, these arms are way stronger than the factory units. They come powdercoated silver with an additional clear powdercoat to retain a long-lasting finish. The system is 100 percent bolt-on and requires no drilling or welding for installation. The kit comes complete with 1-inch uniballs, high-misalignment spacers, urethane bushings, inner sleeves, bumpstop pads, and Grade 8 hardware. Information: 951/737-9682, www.chaosfab.com.

Trail-Gear Inc. now offers heavy-duty Rock Sliders for the popular Toyota FJ Cruiser. These heavy-duty rails come fully welded and are ready to bolt on to any new FJ using the existing holes. The Sliders are made from 1 3/4-inch, 0.120-wall tubing. All mounting hardware is included. These sliders come unpainted and ready for spray paint or powdercoating. Information: 559/252-4950, www.trail-gear.com.


Wilco Products has just introduced its line of VT TireGates. This tough, powder-coated 2-inch tubular steel carrier allows you to haul up to a 40-inch tire while maintaining your truck's ground clearance and bed space. The TireGate is mounted directly into the factory tailgate mount positions with no cutting, drilling, or welding necessary. The TireGate opens wide to allow total access to your truck bed. This product is available for most fullsize trucks. Information: 877/945-2684, www.tiregate.com.

MGT Motorsports presents "Blendmount," an innovative mounting system designed for mounting aftermarket accessories. This particular Blendmount was designed for the Edge Juice Attitude Monitor. The monitor is encapsulated in ABS plastic and is attached to the linkage of the rearview mirror utilizing a two-piece shaft collar that requires no drilling. The mounting brackets are constructed of durable, lightweight, black anodized aluminum. Information: www.mgtmotorsports.com.

Hot days and humid temperatures can make wearing gloves uncomfortable. Despite the weather, hands need protection to perform tasks without compromising dexterity. That's why Mechanix Wear went back to the design room to create a glove specifically made for the hottest, most humid days at the track, in the garage, or around the house. The Original Vent Glove features the same great fit of the Mechanix Wear Original with a special vented palm and cuff material. as well as a lighter and more breathable spandex to encourage airflow and comfort. Information: 800/222-4296, www.mechanix.com.




Daystar is proud to unveil its new line of auxiliary lights. Race-inspired polycarbonate bodies and a state-of-the-art reflector are standard on these new lights. Equipped with H1 halogen 55-watt bulbs, these lights are perfect for daily drivers and race vehicles alike. Sizes range from 5 to 9 inches, and each set comes with a lower power setting for increased visibility while in town. Daystar offers a complete plug-and-play wiring harness for up to four lights. Information: 623/907-0081, www.daystarweb.com.






Superchips now offers propane injection for diesel pickups. We like this kit because it features a closed-loop ECM that constantly monitors the engine parameters, such as propane vapor temperature, overboost, and of course, rpm before any propane is allowed to be added to the engine. If the engine management parameters are not met, no propane is used. Or, if you simply do not want to use the system at certain points, it can be disabled with the flip of a switch. This system also has the capabilities to data-log a number of engine parameters. When propane is injected into a turbocharged diesel engine, there is a significant increase in power and torque. Information: 800/501-3351, www.superchips.com.

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