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August 2007 New 4x4 Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2007
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Ram-Air Intake For Ford F-150
Banks now offers a cold-air intake system that dramatically improves the breathing capacity of '04-'07 Ford F-150 pickups. Together with its High-Ram intake plenum, Banks Ram-Air Intake System outflows the stock setup up to 79 percent. Banks' lifetime Ram-Air filter has eight plies and deep filter pleats for maximum high-flow filtration. The large filter and outlet provide a greater filter area, resulting in fewer filter cleanings and more sustained performance. The Banks engineers gave every component a wide-open, streamlined design. And to give the engine greater power, Banks' complete air filter housing draws in the cooler, denser, under-vehicle air. It's available separately or as part of Banks' Stinger and Power Pack systems. Information: 877/227-5610,

Exhaust Options For 2008 Power Stroke
MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust, after extensively researching and testing the new '08 6.4L Ford Power Stroke and its particulate filter system, has now released nine stainless steel exhaust options for the vehicle. MagnaFlow's engineers have developed these particulate filter-back systems to provide a performance increase, more attractive intercooled tip options (allowing up to 15 percent better cooling than the OE tips), and a lifetime warranty (all without affecting the truck's computer system or particulate filter system). These stainless steel exhaust systems encompass three different MagnaFlow exhaust lines to fit any budget. Peak power gains of the systems over the stock exhaust are up to 24 hp and 36 lb-ft of torque for the 4-inch single-exit system, and up to 29 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque for the 5-inch single-exit system. These systems fit the F-250, F-350, and F-450 Super Duty trucks with the crew-cab shortbed, crew-cab longbed, or extended-cab longbed configurations with either single- or dual-rear wheels. Information: 949/858-5900,

A Clutch For The Big Dogs
Centerforce just introduced this dual-friction clutch assembly for all '03-'06 Ford F-250 through F-550 trucks with 6.0L diesel engines. This new clutch replaces the stock pressure plate with a more reliable assembly with a higher holding capacity. The unit is designed as a direct bolt-in for a perfect fit and is intended for use in high-torque street driving, towing, and racing applications. Information: 928/771-8422,

More From Power Stop
Power Stop LLC introduces a major part number expansion of its successful Z16 Evolution Clean Ride ceramic-disc pad program. With the addition of 180 new part numbers, they now offer brake options for applications such as the '05-'07 Hummer H3 and '05-'07 Silverado 1500. The Z16 advanced ceramic non-ferrous technology, combined with rubberized Wolverine shims, slots, and chamfers ensures vibration-free, quiet braking performance for the spirited urban driver. With a friction coefficient of 0.36 at an operating temperature above 800 degrees F, you and your family can expect safe, reliable braking under extreme panic-stop conditions, hot or cold. Information: 888/863-4415,

Winch Lobster
Knight Scan has introduced an innovative new winch-cable rewind tool, the "Winch Lobster." This patented design temporarily clamps to your roller fairlead and makes the time-consuming job of respooling your winch faster and safer. Respooling correctly will extend the life of your cable and will be less likely to kink, fray, or break. Now you can put a straight, tight "Factory Wind" on your winch cable anytime, anywhere in a matter of minutes. Information:

Hemi Programmer
Superchips just came out with a Flashpaq for all '07 Hemi Ram pickups. Users can gain up to 26 hp and 32 lb-ft of torque with this easy-to-use unit. With updates available online, the Superchips unit is essentially never out of date. Consumers can update their Flashpaq with the latest programs via the Internet, in a matter of minutes, just by following a few simple steps. Other features include the ability to save stock settings, raise the vehicle speed limiter, recalibrate the speedometer for tire size change, and read and clear diagnostic trouble codes. Information:

Simpson II Rooftop Tent
This Simpson II roof-top tent is new from ARB 4x4 Accessories. Now you can have your bed already made when you arrive, and with the simple clamshell design, your accommodations can be flipped open and ready for sleeping in minutes. Easily stowed on your roof rack, the ARB Simpson II provides a hint of luxury, no matter how remote your location. Furnished with a 2 1/2-inch high-density foam mattress with removable cover, this tent offers paramount camping comfort. Spread out on a larger-than-queen-size bed and, at just under 8 feet in length, this tent provides plenty of space to sleep two people and store their gear. A vaulted ceiling ensures ample headroom and the poly-cotton exterior is both waterproof and breathable. An aluminum frame and clad base reduce weight and insulate occupants from cold weather. A raised fly-sheet helps keep the tent cooler in the sun and reduces condensation in the cold making it ideal lodging in foul weather. Supported awnings permit the windows to be opened during rain and screens on the doors and windows will keep the insects at bay. Also included is an aluminum ladder that is compatible with bare feet. Sold complete with ladder, mounting hardware, tools, and comprehensive instructions, the ARB Simpson II Rooftop Tent has a suggested retail price of $1,540. Information:

Go Loud!
Flowmaster's new Super 44 muffler with its 4.00x9.75x13-inch case delivers a rich aggressive tone with optimum internal flow. The Super 44 is the deepest-sounding, highest-performing 4-inch-case street muffler Flowmaster builds. American-made, these all-black mufflers fit a wider range of vehicles while exceeding OEM build-quality specifications. They are designed for use on high-power machines, rock rods, and sport trucks. Information: 800/544-4761,

Drop-In Replacement Filters From Afe
Check out the new Pro Dry S OER line of oil-free, performance air filters from aFe. Consumers may now choose an oil-free alternative for their performance automotive air filtration needs. These air filters are high-flowing and designed to replace the factory air filter. Users will experience slight increases in airflow, horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. The unique Pro Dry S media uses two layers of synthetic material designed to work without oil and still exceed the performance characteristics of natural fibers. All Pro Dry S OER air filters are lifetime filters that can be easily cleaned instead of replaced. Information: 951/493-7100,

FJ Cruiser Intake
AEM is proud to introduce a new Brute Force Intake setup for the '07 Toyota FJ Cruiser. All AEM intakes are dyno-tested against the competition to deliver more torque and horsepower than every comparable intake system on the market. These intakes are tuned to deliver big gains at every throttle position, while eliminating the chance of throwing a "check engine" light. They are available with a silver powdercoat or mirror-polished finish. Information:

Race-Inspired Light Cage
Off Road Unlimited (ORU) just expanded its Defender Rack line to include this killer protective housing for up to four auxiliary rooftop lights. The cage is fabricated from 16-gauge 1-inch tubular steel. Fully welded and finished in a black texture powdercoat, this unit will hold up to abuse. The race-inspired design accents the Defender Rack's already rugged look. The cage is built to accommodate up to 9-inch-diameter lights. Applications are available for the 4- to 5-foot-wide racks. Information:

Toyota Tacoma Cage Options
More and more Tacomas are popping up on extreme trails. Subsequently, Off Road Solutions (ORS) came out with a new in-cab cage kit to lesson the risk of injury during a tumble. The kit is constructed from 1.75-inch 0.120-wall DOM tubing and places the feet of the cage over the cab mounts for added strength. It is available for '95-'04 Tacoma Xtracab models and allows full use of the glovebox, visors, and window cranks. Information: 303/278-6267,

Dana 60 Locking Spindle Nuts
New from Stage 8 are these Dana 60 Locking Spindle Nut Assembly kits. Replace your outdated, loosening-prone jam-nut system with the X-Lock patented locking spindle-nut assembly and never worry about your spindle coming loose again. Guaranteed never to loosen, even under the most extreme conditions, the X-Lock is cheap insurance for your expensive front-axle. No special tools are required. Laser-cut from 4130 chromoly steel, these nuts lock easily in any position and they are heat-treated and through-hardened. Also they're guaranteed to maintain bearing preload value while withstanding over 450 lb-ft of reverse torque. Information: 800/843-7836,

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