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January 2008 New 4x4 Products

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 2008
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Check out the newest creation from Inchworm. Nicknamed "Lefty," this setup is the only one currently available as a direct bolt-in, low-geared, single transfer case. It fits all late-model Toyota Tacomas, FJ Cruisers, and 4Runners. Lefty is a complete geardriven transfer case that replaces the stock chaindriven unit and comes built with your choice of 4:1, 4.7:1, 5:1 or 5.71:1 gearsets. The beauty of the Lefty is that it bolts up in a few hours with no driveline, floor, or crossmember modifications. It also provides additional ground clearance by clocking the transfer case to keep it tucked away from the rocks. Lefty is also compatible with Inchworm's dual transfer-case setup and is available with other options including heavy-duty output shafts, your choice of driveshaft flanges, twin sticks, and an electric- or cable-driven speedometer. Info: 530/677-8111, www.inchwormgear.com

We've been waiting for this. If you own an '05-'07 Yamaha Rhino, you're in luck. Fabtech has a sweet new long-travel suspension system designed for improved performance and durability. The kit features 4130 chromoly tubing, Delrin bushings, and Teflon-lined rod ends. Optional replacement 4340 heat-treated axleshafts are available for aggressive drivers. With this kit, you get a wider track width and 3 inches of added height. Combine that with Fabtech's Dirt Logic 2.0 reservoir coilover shocks, and you end up with 13 inches of usable wheel travel. This could be the perfect system for aggressive high-speed desert driving. Info: www.fabtechrhino.com

Fab Fours has this beefy Jeep bumper which enhances the visual impact of the popular JK, while remaining lightweight and functional. Included are two 3/4-inch D-ring mounting points. It's available with or without a grilleguard, and each comes winch-ready. Plus you get the option of a textured two-stage black powdercoat finish or bare metal for custom paint applications. Info: 866/385-1905, www.fabfours.com


BDS recently introduced four new 6-inch lift kits for '08 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty 4WD pickups. The kits come with either rear blocks or rear leaf springs, and the front features radius-arm drop brackets to put the stock radius arm back at factory angle, maintaining your stock driving characteristics. The kits also are available with a new steering stabilizer, antisway bar drop brackets, a dropped pitman arm, a track-bar relocation bracket, and bumpstop extensions. There is also a new four-link system that allows 10 inches of wheel travel. Don't worry, no welding is said to be required. Info: 517/279-2375, www.bds-suspension.com

Hi-Lift Jack Company introduces a new addition to the Hi-Lift product line. The Handle-All is a multifunctional tool that is essential emergency recovery equipment for your 4x4. The Handle-All tool is perfect for camping, farming, ranching, and forestry use. It consists of a telescoping steel handle and four fullsize implements, providing full functionality and convenience. The key advantages of the Handle-All are that it is compact and rugged while maintaining fullsize utility. Benefits include a shovel, sledgehammer, axe, and pick axe, all of which are super-easy to change. Info: 800/233-2051, www.hi-lift.com

Rough Country is proud to announce an all-new 2.2-series shock absorber to its product line. The Performance 2.2 shocks are designed to meet the needs of demanding enthusiasts while still delivering the desired on-road ride quality we all love. Featuring a large 41.4mm-diameter piston, the Performance 2.2 creates 40 percent larger displacement than traditional shocks and gives greater control and durability for extreme use. Info: 800/222-7023, www.roughcountry.com







Superlift bolsters its 4-inch, 6-inch, and 8-inch lift systems for '05-'07 Ford F-250/F-350 4x4s with a new front four-link upgrade. Replacing the factory radius arms offers several advantages, primarily less caster change as the suspension cycles. This yields more stable steering and handling characteristics in all types of terrain. All components are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Info: 877/843-5351, www.superlift.com


This new hitch is CNC-machined from a solid bar of alloy steel that is said to be three times stronger than any other product on the market for similar use. It comes black zinc-coated for years of rust-free service. The Tiger Claw Extreme 4x4 hitch has a 3/4-inch shackle and a massive tow hook rated at 10,000 pounds of working load. Info: 714/545-5707, www.tigerhitch.com



JET Performance Products has just released a new Powr-Flo Mass Air Sensor for '08 Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC trucks and SUVs. The JET Powr-Flo Mass Air Sensor delivers improved horsepower, torque, and mileage by simply replacing the restrictive stock mass air sensor. The factory sensor not only is a major restrictive point in stock intake systems, but it also limits the full potential of aftermarket cold-air intake systems. The flowbench-tested design of the JET Mass Air Sensor provides airflow increases of up to 45 percent and installs easily in 10 minutes or less. It's available for '08 GM trucks and SUVs with 4.8, 5.3, 6.0, and 6.2L engines. Info: 800/535-1161, www.jetchip.com

The Odyssey 34-PC1500 battery employs a unique thin-plate-pure-lead (TPPL) technology to provide two essential performance characteristics in one battery: Maximum cranking power and true 400 deep cycles to 80 percent depth of discharge. The 34-PC1500 battery is 12 volts and provides 1,500 cranking amps for five seconds and 135 reserve minutes, with superior deep-cycle and charging capabilities to provide repeatable power for a long service life. It will perform at its 5-second cranking power in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Terminals are SAE 3/8-inch receptacles. Info: 660/429-2165, www.odysseybattery.com

This is the new Rancho suspension system for '04-'07 Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX56 models. Up front the kit includes a two-piece, high-clearance crossmember and extended-length steering knuckles. Out back it utilizes a bolt-on rugged sub-assembly that lowers all factory pivot points. The system also includes front differential drop brackets that correct pinion angle, thus minimizing driveline vibration. The arrangement maintains the vehicle's rack-and-pinion location and preserves OE steering geometry for as-stock handling. No drivetrain or exhaust modifications are required. The system is fully compatible with stock tire/wheel packages. Info: www.gorancho.com

Lift kits and larger wheels and tires look great, but on '99-and-later GM trucks and SUVs, that aggressive stance comes at a price, and lazy steering and premature component failure are almost a guarantee. But now, SuperSteer, a division of Henderson's, has teamed up with Cognito Motorsports to offer a kit that solves these problems. The SuperSteer idler support features a stronger cast-iron housing and heavy-duty tapered roller bearing to reduce play and eliminate steering "slop." Meanwhile, the Cognito Motorsports brace ties in the pitman arm, centerlink, and idler support to prevent premature ball-socket wear and changes in toe-in. The result is precise steering, reduced effort, and long component/tire life. The SS175K6 Brace Kit fits all '99-and-up 1500-series 4x4 trucks and SUVs; the SS175K8 Brace Kit fits '99-and-up 2500/3500-series 4x2 and 4x4 trucks and SUVs (and Hummer H2). A weld-on idler frame gusset (which reduces flex in the frame-mounted idler bracket) is available separately. Info: 800/245-8309, www.hendersonslineup.com

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