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October 2008 New Products - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2008
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Check out the new concept in axlehousing design from Trail Gear. This exclusive design features axletubes that have been offset above the housing centerline for better ground clearance. The axleshafts ride near the bottom of the axletubes rather than in the center. The results are a 3/8-inch increase in ground clearance under the axletubes. What's more important, however, is the fact that the axletubes are made from 1/4-inch-thick DOM tubing, which is much tougher than the OE design. The heavy-duty, press-formed, 1/4-inch-plate steel centersection ensures 3/4-inch additional clearance under the differential. The third-member mounting surface is made from 1/2-inch-plate steel to ensure studs can not pull out, even under heavy loads. The outer offset flanges are made from 4130 chromoly to prevent distortion or bending. The Rock-Assault axlehousings use stock or aftermarket '86-'95 Toyota Pickup/4Runner axleshafts. Optional fill/inspection cap and custom widths are also available.

Info: 559/252-4950,

Comp Cams Beehive Valve Springs offer benefits not found with standard cylindrical springs. Reduced spring (and retainer) mass, better valve control with reduced spring pressure, and a harmonic-resistant shape, make them perfect for serious diesel drag-racing applications. Made of Super Clean chrome silicon steel, these ovate wire premium springs are for GM 6.6L Duramax diesel engines and are simple drop-in replacement components that require no machining or special fitment.

Info: 800/999-0853,

Arm your Hummer H3 with this slick-looking winch bumper from ARB. The bumper adds significant strength to the H3's front end, allowing you to feel more confident driving through areas where wildlife and motorists frequently intersect. Constructed from premium sheet steel with a tapered-wing design, this bumper has been crafted for optimum approach angles. ARB's unique airbag-compatible mounting system ensures both occupant and vehicle safety. A durable powdercoat finish completes the look while preventing corrosion. Features include recessed indicators, optional recessed foglamps, Warn winch compatibility, Hi-Lift jacking points, driving-light provisions, twin CB antenna mounting positions, and the option to reuse the factory recovery points.

Info: 866/293-9078,

BD's new Crank Case Vent (CCV) Filter Kit for Ford 6.0L and 7.3L Power Stroke applications reduces crankcase oil vapor that passes through the crankcase vent and contaminates the intake system. Oil vapor residue reduces turbocharger and intercooler efficiency, and also deteriorates the silicone boots-causing them to balloon and blow off. BD's Crank Case Vent Filter Kit prevents all of these issues, and collects oil vapor in a 1-quart container with drain petcock. The kit installs in just two hours and includes all hardware and clamps.

Info: BD Diesel Performance, 800/887-5030,

This new kit from Rancho fits all Yamaha Rhino side by sides and features billet 6061 aluminum upper control arms. The system increases track-width by 4 inches per side, improving both safety and performance. Also included are steel lower control arms, exclusive self-lubricating control-arm bushings, high-strength tie-rod ends and inner tie rods, and fully adjustable RS 9000X coilover front and rear shocks. Every Rancho system includes all of the necessary components to complete the installation. No spindle modification or drilling is required during installation. Stock wheels can be reused.


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-Hytec announces the new 68RFE transmission pan for Dodge's '07.5-and-up six-speed. This new pan offers a 21/2-quart increase in capacity. Added strength and rigidity over a stock unit, each includes a heavy-duty gasket, provisions for temperature sending unit, stainless steel hardware, and an O-ring sealed magnetic drain plug.

Info: 818/786-8325,

Blazen Off Road Chevy winch bumpers bolt on to '73-'91 trucks, Blazers, and Suburbans, with 1st generations available soon. The bumpers are constructed out of 13/4-inch, 0.120 HREW, 1/4-inch plate, and 1-inch-thick shackle mounts. They feature a winch plate, a roller fairlead mount, light tabs, shackle mounts, a skidplate, and a custom stinger hoop. Aluminum fairleads and recovery shackles are available. These winch bumpers custom made to work with Warn, MileMarker, Ramsey, Superwinch, T-Max, and other popular winch models. Now available in DOM tubing.

Info: Blazen Off Road LLC, 530/416-7902,

Correcting axlehousing alignment on the newest Jeep Wrangler models is easier now that JKS Manufacturing has released adjustable track bars for this popular application. The axlehousings are often forced out of alignment when a suspension lift is installed. This creates undue stress on related components and causes excessive wear and handling problems.

Adjustable track bars from JKS feature a variable length design, allowing the user to realign the axlehousing after ride-height alterations. Manufactured from high-strength 1.25-inch by x 0.156-inch DOM tubing, adjustable track bars are formed on a mandrel bender to OE specifications for proper geometry and clearance. Ultra high-quality rubber bushings are utilized at each end for noise isolation, comfort, and flexibility. The latest applications fit the front and rear of '07-and-up Jeep Wrangler JK models with up to 6 inches of suspension lift. The company also offers an extensive range of adjustable track bars for other Jeep models.

Info: 308/762-6949,

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