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July 2007 New 4x4 Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2007
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Super Duty Bumper
R&H Longtravel builds bumpers that bolt onto all '98-'04 Ford Super Duty pickups. The main tube of this contoured bumper has eight different bends on two different planes, allowing the bumper to mold itself nicely around the shape of the truck. The main tube is constructed of 2-inch, 0.120-wall tubing, which should provide plenty of strength while providing mounts for up to four 9-inch auxiliary lights. Also included are a 1/8-inch aluminum skidplate and a glossy powdercoat finish. Info: 480/671-0820, www.rnhlongtravel.com

A New Source For Axle Parts
JT's Parts & Accessories specializes in differential parts and service, and stocks a full line of replacement and upgrade parts for nearly all applications. Whether you run on the street or strip, a grocery-getter or a rockcrawler, JT's is sure to have what you need. JT's has just added a new line of high-quality affordable full spools and mini spools, including a mini-spool for GM Corporate 14-bolts. Info: 866/349-6801

Creeper Locks
Check out Trail-Gear's new heavy-duty aluminum bead-locked wheels. Creeper Locks are 17x9-inch six-lug wheels with a backspacing of 3.75 inches. Each wheel weighs a whopping 45 pounds with locking ring and hardware, and each is rated at 2,800 pounds. Each wheel is cast with the inner bead lock as part of the wheel. All 24 bolt holes feature steel time-serts installed to prevent galling. A drop-down inner lip centers the tire onto the wheel during mounting. Included with each wheel are 24 Grade 8 5/16-inch bolts with time-sert inserts installed. Info: 559/252-4950, www.trail-gear.com

Havoline With Deposit Shield
This reformulated motor oil provides consumers with outstanding protection with its advanced deposit control for cleaner, smoother-running engines. An advanced detergent formula was used to help prevent deposit buildup for improved oil stability and increased engine durability. It works immediately upon contact with an engine's moving parts to create a protective coating that shields internals against deposits that typically lead to loss of performance. Info: www.chevron.com

Donahoe Racing JK Suspension
This new system for the '07 Jeep Wrangler JK is said to take a lot of the harshness out of the stock ride while allowing for great articulation in the dirt. The kit features adjustable ride height and is available in 2-, 4-, or 6-inch versions. Some highlights of this system include 2-inch-diameter walls on all of the link arms, Donahoe Racing 2-inch signature series shocks, or the race-inspired 2.5-inch ZooRoad shocks. Info: 951/279-8000, www.donahoeracing.com

Hitch Gate
TireGate is now offering an all-new swing-away spare-tire carrier that mounts to your 2-inch (Class III or greater) receiver in just minutes. The new HitchGate is perfect for SUVs, Jeeps, vans, and pickups. It opens wide to allow full access to the vehicle's cargo space and allows you to carry up to a 40-inch spare tire while maintaining the vehicle's ground clearance. The HitchGate simply slides directly into your 2-inch receiver, then you simply tighten the exclusive "Wedge Lock" draw bolt, install your hitch cross pin, and you're ready to go. Info: 877/945-2684, www.tiregate.com

Flashover4x4 Recovery Points
Need a place to attach a clevis on your tube bumper, tube frame, or buggy? Check out these new recovery points made from 2-inch solid cold-rolled bar. The end is machined to fit in a 1.5-inch inner-diameter tube. A large shoulder of material is left around the clevis hole to provide additional strength. The back portion of this shoulder is beveled for proper welding. Furthermore, the tail is left extra-long for rosette welds or a crossmember to provide additional support. Info: 970/674-3238, www.flashover4x4.com

Five-Link Coilover Conversion For '05-'07 Super Duty
Pro Comp's Double XX front coil conversion has developed a reputation for providing the smoothest ride of any available production 6- to 8-inch suspension lift. To complement the sweet setup, Pro Comp decided to develop a five-link coilover conversion system for the rear. Available for all '05-'07 Super Duty 4x4s, the system replaces the rear leaf springs with upper control arms constructed of 4130N chromoly tubing. Two CNC-formed 3/16-inch-thick steel plates are welded together with chromoly pivot eyelets to form each lower arm. A chromoly rear track bar is used to maintain rear axle alignment. A rear support bar prevents any frame flex when you start pressing the axle against the hydraulic bumpstops (included). The MX2.75cr remote-reservoir coilover shocks provide an outstanding ride quality. In order to deliver such an impressive ride from a 3/4-ton truck, some compromise was made for towing ability. Towing a fifth-wheel trailer or exceeding maximum tongue weight is not recommended with this system. Info: 619/216-1444, www.explorerprocomp.com

Off Road Solutions Rock Sliders
While most people opt for suspension lifts and big tires, proper body protection might be the first accessory you should consider adding to your rig before you go off-pavement. Off Road Solutions (ORS) recently introduced these new square-tube rock sliders for '80-'95 Toyota pickups and 4Runners. These rock sliders protect the vulnerable doors and rocker panels with 2-inch, 0.250-wall square tubing. They feature a 45-degree "tilt" for reduced contact and drag with the rocks, and are welded directly to the frame for maximum strength. Info: 303/278-6267, www.offroadsolutions.com



Six Shooter Heavy-Duty Knuckle & Steering Kit
With over a year in development and testing, this design sets a new standard in Toyota knuckle strength and reliability. The addition of two studs in each arm effectively prevents the steering arm from becoming loose and shearing off the studs. The knuckle housing is also thicker than stock, and larger gussets have been added around the outside of the knuckle for extra strength. Precision CNC-machined, each knuckle is a direct bolt-on, heavy-duty replacement.

Six Shooter Knuckles are sold as a pair and include a set of special six-hole shims for use between the top of the knuckle and the steering arm. Also included is a 1/2-inch coarse thread bolt to help remove the steering arms for knuckle service. Six Shooter Knuckles are a Marlin Crawler design and are manufactured exclusively by Trail-Gear Inc. The high-steer kit includes left and right six-stud steering arms, tie rod, drag link, four rod ends, and your choice of flat or curved pitman arm. To use this kit you will also need an IFS-style steering box, box mount, Six Shooter Knuckle kit, and four additional knuckle studs. Trail Gear offers a no-questions-asked lifetime warranty on all knuckles, arms, rod ends, and rods. Info: 559/252-4950, www.trail-gear.com

Self-Locking Adjustable Dual Ball-Mount Trailer Hitch
This stout new hitch provides security and adjustability in one complete package. It has built-in locking mechanisms on the adjustment and lockable keyed hitch pin, so there are no more separate hitch pins to worry about losing. Info: 702/266-3690, www.prodistributing.biz










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