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February 2009 4x4 Truck Parts & Accessories - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on February 1, 2009
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New Premium Winches from MileMarker
MileMarker unleashes its best performing, most innovative winches to date: the V-10 and V-12 electric winches. Featuring ground-breaking solid-state controls (no solenoids!), variable-speed line control, waterproof sealing, and blazing fast line speeds, this new entry is likely to get some attention. A durable, dual-compound black polyurethane coating and stainless steel hardware put the finishing touches on these 10,000- (V-10) and 12,000-pound (V-12) winches. Info: 800/866-8647, www.milemarker.com

The Ultimate Electrical Arrangement
Littelfuse Inc. set out to solve all wiring harness drudgery once and for all with its new ISIS Intelligent Multiplex System. Essentially, the ISIS is a solid-state electrical system that eliminates tangles of wire, slashes install time in half, and gives automotive enthusiasts complete control over their cars' electrical accessories in ways that are limited only by their imaginations. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first multiplex wiring system ever offered with OEM-level quality and function. Typically, wiring is the most complicated part of a project vehicle, requiring hours of planning to lay out circuitry between the battery, control switches and components, routing power lines, and hiding bundles of cables to achieve a clean look. ISIS changes the process of wiring a vehicle by employing a plug-and-play modular design identical to that used in OEM applications. Multiplexing uses computerized power distribution to reduce the amount of wiring needed to complete a system. Info: 800/323-2480, www.isispower.com

Jeep Header
Edelbrock delivers a cost-effective performance boost with its Shorty headers for Jeep applications. Edelbrock's Tri-Y design headers, available for '91-'06 4.0L Jeep vehicles, bolt directly to the factory exhaust system-no cutting or welding required. Using 11/2-inch-diameter, mandrel-bent 409 stainless steel primary tubes, 1/2-inch-thick laser-cut port flanges, and heavy-duty collectors, these headers improve performance and durability on and off the trail. Available with the Ti-Tech coating finish for heat stability to 1,600 degrees (F) or ceramic-coated for ultimate thermal protection. Info: 310/781-2222, www.edelbrock.com

New F-150 Suspension
Rough Country Suspension Systems now has a 6-inch lift kit available for '04-'08 Ford F-150 pickups. The system allows fitment of 35-inch tires without rubbing. Included in the system are front and rear crossmembers, a durable skidplate, kicker bars, differential drop brackets, front strut spacers, rack-and-pinion drop brackets, and new knuckles to keep the steering geometry proper. The front is finished off with new stainless steel brake lines. The rear lift is achieved by way of new 4-inch cast-iron lift blocks with incorporated bumpstops and add-a-leaves. Also included in the rear is an e-brake drop bracket, brake-line relocation bracket, and premium nitro-charged shock absorbers. Info: 800/222-7023, www.roughcountry.com

Nice Arms
JKS just released a new set of control arms for Jeep JKs. The arms are unique because they use a premium rubber bushing that features a semi-bonded design developed exclusively for JKS. The advantage with these bushings includes quieter operation, longer life expectancy, higher flexibility, and less restriction to torsional stresses. Each individual arm is adjustable in length, without the need for any special tools. In addition, each end rotates independently without binding thanks to ultra-durable rolled threads and an easy-to-lubricate internal brass bearing. Info: 308-762-6949, www.jksmfg.com

Fail-Safe End Links
Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension released its new Dodge Ram Front Sway Bar End Links. These simple-to-install replacement end links replace front factory end links by mounting to existing holes. Heim joints are used on the top and bottom to allow more flex and reduce binding. Designed to fit Dodge Ram trucks with 0 to 3 inches of front suspension lift along with all Tuff Country lift kits 2-6 inches. These end links will also fit with other manufacturers' 4- to 6-inch lift kits that are using upper sway-bar drop brackets. Info: 800/288-2190, www.tuffcountry.com

Get Shafted
There's a brand-new Series 1350 CV joint in town-the all-new-from-Cornay Company CVX-30. That's right, 30-degree constant-velocity capability-almost three times the angle of operation of competitive double-cardan products. It also happens to be the most technically advanced CV joint, featuring a ring-type bearing housing and sealed needle roller bearings. Designed to replace a Spicer 1350 double-cardan CV joint, the CVX-30 affords major performance advantages in areas where ordinary universal and CV joints are prone to premature failure, vibration, overheating, and numerous other design problems. Info: 303/651-9099, www.cornay.com

Fuel System Bling
Barry Grant fuel systems, long famous for reliability and durability, are now available as complete kits. Kits include fuel pump, regulator, and fuel filter; with plumbing, wiring, and hardware for each stage of the system-fuel cell to pump; fuel pump to regulator; regulator to carburetor-all the components necessary for installation from tank to intake. All pumps feature new "Walrus" seals and a limited lifetime free labor warranty. Info: 706/864-8544, www.barrygrant.com

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