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January 2009 4x4 Truck Parts - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 2009
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Creeper Joints
These heavy-duty rod ends by Trail Gear are ideal for today's flexible suspension systems. Super-strong Creeper Joints will hold up to years of punishment. The outer is a single forged piece. The inner flex ball is made from 8620-tool steel and rides on high-quality polyurethane bushings. Heavy-duty, hardened-steel washers hold the joint together. Creeper Joints are super flexible and allow for up to 40 degrees of unrestricted movement when used with misalignment spacers. A threaded grease fitting is provided on top for lubrication. The flex ball is drilled for cross lubrication flow from the shell to the link-mount bolt. Each joint includes a jam nut as well. Available in three different sizes; 9/16-, 5/8-, and 18mm. Info: 559/252-4950,

HD Dana 60 Drive Flanges
These 35-spline 300M drive flanges by Longfield Super Axles are 11/8-inch thick. They feature a black oxide coating to prevent rust and come with a billet-aluminum cover and all necessary mounting hardware. Also included is a spring that is designed to push against the drive flange to keep the U-joint centered in the knuckle. This keeps your axles from floating in and out for a better seal against the spindle. Info: 360/893-0235,

New Bad Boy Winch
This new winch from Warn Industries features the longest duty cycle of any electric winch on the market and the fastest line speed in its class. The Endurance 12.0 is rated at 12,000 pounds of pulling capacity. It has a midframe design, and an innovative forced-air cooling system to help increase performance. A specially designed cooling fan sends air through a hose running into the winch's motor housing, cooling the motor. Other noteworthy features include a contactor that is designed for increased durability and a high-speed, three-stage planetary geartrain for fast, smooth operation. The winch wears a durable, glossy black powdercoat and much of the hardware, including the clutch lever, is stainless steel for added protection against the elements. The Endurance 12.0 also features a best-in-the-industry sealing system designed to keep water out. It is equipped with 80 feet of 3/8-inch-diameter wire rope; a mechanical brake; a remote with a 12-foot lead and fan-activation switch; and a separate control box for a wide array of mounting options. Info: 503/722-1200,

Adjustable Security Straps
Steelcore recently designed a new security tie-down for the evolving off-road, ATV, and sand sports industries. Its design is similar to previous generation straps with a stainless steel wire core, except this new design will accommodate just about anything the end user wants to secure both for transport and from theft. The new strap features a neoprene cover designed to protect the locking buckle from dust and mud. With this new strap there is no need to worry about how big or small the load is; the two-part tie-down strap adjusts to the desired length. This is a must-have product for serious off-highway travel. Info: 714/879-7999,

Carbon-Fiber UTV Wheels
The 12-inch-diameter all carbon-fiber Sidewinder wheel by HiPer Technology is the result of more than two years of research and development, specifically to produce the finest utility wheel available today. This new offering makes use of the latest innovation in carbon-fiber technology, allowing the lightest 12-inch wheel on the market. This wheel weighs in at just 8.5 pounds for an 8-inch-wide wheel. The wheel uses a two-piece modular design with a single beadlock ring. In addition to the performance advantages, the Sidewinder will also not corrode or degrade over time. The wheel is completely serviceable without any special tools for easy maintenance and reliability. The Sidewinder will be covered by HiPer's unconditional one-year warranty. Info: 877/GO-HIPER,

Add an Anchor
Do you wish your bumper had a shackle attachment point to aid with extractions? Have a custom bumper project but don't know where to get that final touch? Take a look at these shackle tabs from Overkill Jeep Fabrication. These weld-on tabs are made from 1-inch-thick steel and feature exactly the right sized hold for 3/4-inch shackles. Each tab is finish machined with beveled edges for good looks. Sold in pairs, these tabs are the perfect way to add function to your custom 4x4. Info: 408/626-8660,

JK Suspension Options
With decades of race experience, KORE knows about extreme performance. Now, for the first time, KORE offers the most extreme dollar/performance ratio on the market for the awesome Jeep JK platform. These kits are totally bolt-on, with no cutting or welding required. Proprietary valving and shock design in both the Fox reservoir shocks in the "Technical Series," or Bilstein 5100s in the "Recon Series," provide fade-free performance while exploring trails less traveled or on your daily commute. KORE's special variable-rate coil springs give a softer, more supple ride than stock. Both kits will let you clear 35-inch tires and almost double articulation relative to stock. Available in two different spring rates for two- and four-door applications, each kit retails for under $2,000 yet offers up to 4.5 inches of lift and retains OE driveline and steering geometry. Info: 760/749-8687,

Line and Hose Organizers
Poly Performance Inc. introduces Line Clamp Kits, the perfect solution for keeping your braided hoses, brake lines, and wiring secure when mounting along tube chassis', suspension links, or other tubular components. The rubber Line Clamp Kits are designed to fit tightly around 1.5-inch to 2-inch tubes and keep your lines movement-free and from being pinched, frayed, or transferring unnecessary heat to other lines. These easy-install isolators fasten with the supplied hose clamp. Line Clamp Kits are available in most popular sizes; 3/16-, 9/16-, 5/8-, and 11/16-inch. Each kit is sold in a five-pack with stainless steel hose clamps. Info: 805/783-2060,

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