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August 2008 4x4 Truck Parts & Accessories - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2008
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All-Inclusive Center Console
This is the new Command Center Console by MaxBilt. It is designed for Jeep CJs and YJs and features waterproof exterior LED lighting so that you will never feel lost in your Jeep at night again. Made from heavy-duty 16-gauge steel, the unit provides peace of mind knowing all your valuables are locked securely inside. Additional features include a weatherproof 12-volt accessory power socket, a locking stereo compartment with a prewired plug-and-play harness, a durable powdercoat finish, stainless steel hinges, an easily accessible fuse panel, dual accessory switches for whatever you want to power at your fingertips, and oversized cup holders that accommodate 24-ounce bottles with ease. Info: 715/210-0256, www.maxbilt.com

Mac's D-Vise
This is one of those trail tools every rig should have. The D-Vise is a receiver-mounted vise designed by Jeepers for Jeepers. It features a wide-opening tool-steel jaw and anvil to aid with trail-side U-joint changes and other repairs. The ACME thread allows for smooth actuation and even clamping force. Able to open up to 7 inches without deflection, this compact trail vise will help resolve issues before frustration sets in. Info: 800/666-1586, www.macscustomtiedowns.com

JK Spare-Tire Bumpstop
Did you know that mounting an oversized spare to the stock tire carrier presents a problem? Different wheel offsets space the tire away from the factory rubber stops mounted on the tailgate, which causes annoying rattles and additional stress on the tire carrier. Daystar's replacement tailgate bumpstops kill the rattles permanently. Constructed of Daystar's unique EVS foam, the tailgate bumpstops are a direct replacement for the factory pieces. The Daystar stops thread into the factory locations on the tailgate and are designed to accommodate all tire-and-wheel packages; simply trim them to fit snugly against the new spare tire. Info: 800/595-7659, www.daystarweb.com

Billet Jeep Bumper
Check out this unique new bumper for Jeep CJs, YJs, and TJs. The entire bumper is milled from a solid chunk of billet aluminum and features integrated extraction points with a pair of cleverly designed, patented quick-release pins built right in. They are also available with a cargo rack and a spare-tire mounting system. Forget about durability issues, this bumper will likely outlast every Jeep on the road. Info: 619/561-5341, www.friar-engineering.com

JK Hemi Swap
American Expedition Vehicles is proud to announce its Hemi V-8 engine-conversion package for the Jeep JK Wrangler. This comprehensive package sets a new standard for OE appearance and compatibility and eliminates the headaches of missing or mismatched parts. The package includes motor and transmission mounts, an aluminum cross-flow radiator with hoses, a custom radiator overflow bottle, complete stainless steel exhaust, a custom battery tray, custom AC/PS/fuel lines, a reflashed PCM, and a 100-percent computer-tested wiring harness that is literally plug-and-play. Info: 406/251-2100, www.aev-conversions.com

JK Snorkel
American Expedition Vehicles is proud to announce the release of its snorkel intake system for the Jeep JK Wrangler. Constructed from cross-linked polyethylene, this snorkel is offered with its own highly effective cyclonic pre-filter that literally separates dust from air, extending the service life of the engine's factory filter. The complete package includes detailed instructions along with hardware, and is installed with only minor modifications to the stock JK hood. Info: 406/251-2100, www.aev-coversions.com

Electronic Hand Throttle For JKs
Designed specifically to interface with the new drive-by-wire technology found in late-model Jeep JKs, the EHT 300 is a plug-and-play device which allows you to control your vehicle's idle rpm electronically. By toggling up or down, your JK will crawl smoothly over obstacles without the accelerator pedal bouncing, allowing you to tackle rocky terrain with comfort and ease. The EHT 300 is also ideal for powering winches and engine-driven air compressors. Increase your alternator output by adjusting the EHT 300 to the idle speed of your choice. The system installs easily by plugging directly into factory connectors. No wire cutting or complicated electrical knowledge is necessary. You can even power the EHT 300 up to a preset, user-adjustable rpm level by adding an optional dash switch. Info: 949/581-2991, www.offroadengineering.com

Open-Top Security For Your iPod
Designed especially for your iPod, the TuneSafe 100 is a sturdy, protective case that not only protects your iPod from damage but also keeps it safe from would-be thieves. The convenient design allows you to use your iPod just as you normally would, even while locked and secure. The TuneSafe 100 is especially handy when you're out on the go in your open-top 4x4 or anywhere else you might need to secure your iPod. Info: 800/873-9415, www.pacsafe.com

ORO SwayLOC For Jeeps
The SwayLOC dual-rate antisway bar system improves balance and control while providing full articulation during off-road use. The system delivers near-OEM on-road ride quality without having to struggle with disconnect links. SwayLOC is now available with either the proven air-operated remote-controlled latching mechanism (shown) or the new "Flip-a-Lever" simple manually controlled latch. With the air-operated control, the rate is selected by a switch inside the Jeep. Additional applications are currently under development for the new JK Wranglers as well. Info: 651/644-2323, www.offroadonly.com

C-Clip Problem Solver
Check out the new Broken Axle Tool by Off Road Trail Tool. It's purpose is to allow trail recovery for any wheeler who has a broken "C" clip-type axleshaft. Designed exclusively to help get off the trail and back to base camp for repairs, the easy-to-use system includes a steel roller unit with nylon anchor straps that connect to the frame on either side of the tire. Info: 520/579-2079, www.offroadtrailtools.com

Crane RS60 Axlehousing
The RS60 is the centerpiece of Crane's extensive product line. The unit is 100 pounds of high-strength ductile iron with a chromoly steel diff cover. The top of the RS60 has three machined lands with six 1/2-inch holes for link suspension mounts. Inside, the RS60 is precision CNC-machined for perfect gear setup and oiling. The exterior of the RS60 is in keeping with Crane's signature stealth-bomber look. Extra webbing in critical areas ensures the differential will survive even the most abusive drivers. Info: 303/917-4851, www.cranehiclearance.com

Voltair 12V Air Compressor
This tankless compressor by Voltair mounts just inside the bed between the wheelwell and the tailgate. Powered by a 1hp, 90-amp thermally protected, permanent-magnet DC motor, this unit is capable of producing 6 cfm at 100 psi with a heavy-duty twin-cylinder cast-iron, oil-lubricated compressor pump. It weighs 110 pounds, comes with a 1-year warranty, and is available with a whole assortment of tanks, fittings, and wiring to make custom installation easy. Info: 402/723-4985, www.12-voltair.com

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