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January 2007 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 2007
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NCD Customs just announced its new long-travel suspension system for the '04-present Ford F-150 pickups. This kit is awesome for the go-fast desert community because it allows fitment of larger tires with minimal lift, and gains crucial inches of ground clearance for improved trail performance. The system consists of fabricated lower front A-arms, a 6061-T6 billet-aluminum upper control arms, and a pair of 6061-T6 billet-aluminum steering arms. Also included with this kit are extended braided stainless steel brake lines, limiting straps, and black delrin bushings with laser-cut sleeves. The 2.5-inch King coilover shocks, with remote reservoirs are standard and all necessary hardware is Grade 8. Info: 805/983-7222, www.ncdcustoms.com.

This new mounting system from Superwinch is designed to simplify the task of mounting a winch to the front of your Jeep. It is said to securely handle up to 9,000 pounds of pull for effective, twist-free performance. This new system is compatible with all CJ, YJ, and TJ models. Mounts handle 6,000- through 9,000-pound winches (except Husky) to make a complete, affordable winching system that promises convenience, safety, and great looks. They're constructed of high-strength steel and have a rugged powdercoated finish. Info: 860/928-7787, www.superwinch.com.

The unique patented design of the ARB E-Z Deflator allows the valve core to be removed to deflate the tire at an increased rate. An integrated sliding valve provides an accurate reading of the tire pressure while deflation is in process, ensuring the desired psi is achieved. The design ensures accuracy and is not affected by changes in temperature, humidity, or altitude. Made from corrosion-resistant brass and stainless steel, this tool is the perfect gift for any wheeler. The gauge is covered with a protective rubber guard for maximum grip and features an easy-to-read dial with 1psi increments from 4 to 60 psi. Packaged in a canvas pouch styled to match the new ARB Off-Road Accessory bags, the ARB E-Z Deflator would make a great addition to any recovery kit. Info: 425/264-1391, www.arbusa.com.

Due to bigger tires and lower gearing, the AX5 transmission becomes the weak link in most late-model four-cylinder Jeeps (YJs & TJs). Advance Adapters is proud to introduce an adapter plate to mate the larger AX15 Jeep six-cylinder version transmission to the stock four-cylinder bellhousing. This kit works for both internal and external hydraulic clutch-slave applications, and upgrades both the NP231 and NP207 to a 23-spline input. This kit also fits the Atlas transfer case. Info: 805/238-7000, www.advanceadapters.com.

Got an '87-or-later GM V-8 engine? Want to make it really sing some usable power numbers? Try this Power Package Top End Kit from Edelbrock (PN 2096). Designed to take the guesswork out of building a stroker engine, this kit comes with all the vital components you need to turn your short-block into a bad-to-the-bone, stroked 383. Depending on the application, these kits can be topped off with an Edelbrock Performer series or Thunder Series AVS carburetor for up to 460 hp. Info: 310/781-2222, www.edelbrock.com.

Enhance your FJ Cruiser's trail prowess with this new system from All Pro Off Road. The kit features front coilover shocks, rear coil springs or spacers, rear shocks, and optional rear heavy-duty links. The front of this system is adjustable from zero to 3.5 inches of lift and is the only FJ suspension available with Walker Evans shocks. The kit includes new upper shock mounts and 650-lb/in coils. The shocks are valved specifically for the FJ, and are available with or without a 12-way-adjustable compression-damping remote reservoir. The rear of this kit offers options for every budget with either coil spacers or new longer coils, matched with rear Walker Evans shocks, also available with or without a 12-way adjustable-compression damping remote reservoir. All-Pro's new lower links are made from powdercoated 1.75-inch, 0.281-inch-wall DOM tubing, and the upper links are made from 1-inch, 0.156-inch-wall DOM steel tubing; both feature high-quality Johnny Joint ends. Info: 951/658-7077, www.allprooffroad.com.

Trail-Gear Inc. now offers a hydraulic-assist steering upgrade for Toyota vehicles. It is called the "Rock-Assault" ram steering-assist kit. It works on all solid-axle-equipped Toyota pickups and 4Runners. The kit features a 6x1.5-inch-stroke hydraulic ram with high-quality inner and outer seals for a long leak-free service life. This specially designed ram features a 3/4-inch rod that is 50 percent stronger than other 1/2-inch rods on the market today. Easy-to-install 1/4-inch-thick steel brackets make mounting this kit a breeze. All hardware is specially designed to fit the Toyota axle equipped with crossover high steering. Each kit includes, ram, hoses, brackets, and mounting hardware. Tapped steering boxes and fittings are also available separately. Info: 559/252-4950, www.trail-gear.com.

This cool-air intake system for '06-and-newer Duramax-equipped GM vehicles is said to increase intake airflow by up to 32.7 percent and is also said to stop 99.44 percent of particulate matter. We like the fact that all S&B filters are end-user-customizable with S&B's interactive Web site. S&B claims each of its intake kits are designed to increase horsepower by 5 to 10 percent, depending on the application. Info: 800/358-2639, www.sbfilters.com.

T-Max Winch announces its new wireless Outback Series winch, now available in 9,000- and 10,000-pound sizes. This new series also utilizes the ZST technology that eliminates the need for any solenoids. No solenoids equals much better reliability by removing old-style electromechanical moving parts. This enables these winches to be submerged for longer periods while maintaining water resistance. The control handle is an ergonomic "joystick" style. It also may be controlled by wire as well. This all comes at a bargain price of about $100 over the standard series price at retail. Info: 574/266-1444, www.t-maxwinches.com.

Developed to work with the unibody structure of the new '05 Grand Cherokee, this new bumper promises to spread loads evenly across the platform under both winching and impact conditions. The design does not interfere with the vehicle crush rate or sensitive airbag deployment systems. Although, built to accommodate Warn low-mount model winches from 8,000 to 9,500 pounds, ARB also designed the bumper so a license-plate bracket can be fitted over the roller fairlead opening if a winch is not wanted. This bumper also incorporates tow points, Hi-Lift jacking points, and combination parking and indicator-light provisions. To add to the practicality and individual styling, this bumper will accommodate a range of auxiliary lights and two CB antennas. Finished in a durable satin black powdercoat, an ARB Bull Bar offers all of the style and protection a new WK could hope for. Info: 425/264-1391, www.arbusa.com.

Manik just released these new taillight protectors for the Toyota FJ Cruiser. Made from 3/4-inch tubing, these guards will prevent the vulnerable plastic taillights from falling apart during encounters with trail obstacles. They are available in polished stainless steel or black textured powdercoat. They are super easy to install and are said to be vibration-free. Info: 323/869-2299, www.manik.com.


The folks in charge of Warn Industries are well known for innovative products that actually hold up to abuse on the trail. The winch shown here is the result of three years worth of R&D and marketing research. It is called the Warn Powerplant. We believe this winch compressor duo is going to make all other 9,000- to 12,000-pound winches on the market seem obsolete. The Powerplant combines Warn's legendary high-performance winch with a high-output electric compressor. When we say high output, we mean, "Wow, this thing kicks butt!" The recipe is a sure winner, as owners will not have to source a separate air compressor, mount a separate tank, or run separate electrical circuits to get the benefits of compressed air on the trail or job site. We had an opportunity recently to test a Powerplant unit for ourselves. Let's just say it's at the top of our Christmas list. The Powerplant is available in either 9,000- or 12,000-pound configurations. Stay tuned to Four Wheeler for more in-depth coverage. Info: 800/910-1122, www.warn.com.

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