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July 2009 4x4 Truck Towing Parts And Accessories - What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2009
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Photographers: Chris Doane For Brenda Priddy & Co.

Go Led and Never Look Back
If it is time to replace your old worn-out trailer lights, consider making the switch to LEDs. Valley now offers a whole assortment of common trailer light housings with improved optical output, thanks to brighter LED technology. The new assortment includes replacement lighting for the industry standard 4-inch round and 6-inch oval lights, as well as a complete line of marker light kits in a variety of sizes. Additionally, 31/2-inch round and 4-inch square boat and utility trailer lights (shown) are available. These lights are also offered in submersible versions for boat trailers. Info: 800/344-3112,

Fifth Wheel Hitch Options
Building off of an already successful fifth wheel hitch line, Valley now offers a re-styled line with a less utilitarian-looking exterior appearance. The new 5th Wheel Hitch Line includes: a 15K model (PN 70530) with a single pivot that is rated up to 15,000 pounds, a 16K model (PN 70540) with a double pivot that is rated for 16,000 pounds maximum trailer weight, and 20K models: one with a Glider setup for shortbed applications (PN 70430), and one without (PN 70720). Each feature double pivots and are rated up to 20,000 pounds. All hitches feature a powdercoat polyester black finish for superior rust protection. Valley offers fifth wheel installation components for most popular late-model Chevrolet/GMC, Dodge, Ford, Nissan and Toyota fullsize pickup trucks. Universal components are also available for older fullsize trucks. Info: 800/344-3112,

More Stopping Power
EBC Brakes 3GD-series Sport Slotted Rotors are ideal for towing duty on popular full-size pickups. Featuring wide-aperture full-width slots that clear dirt, dust and debris from the braking area, these rotors are perfect for vehicles that see dirt regularly. The wide slot design actually assists in keeping the rotors cool by drawing cool air under the pad surface. The dimple-drilled slots help further de-gas the brakes while preventing cracks. Info:

Less Drone for Tundra Tow Rigs
On long trips, especially those that include trailer towing, exhaust drone can get pretty irritating. Corsa Performance Exhaust is out to solve the drone dilemma with a new after-cat exhaust system for the rugged '07 and '08 Toyota Tundra Crew Max and Double Cab pickups. The Corsa system enhances the Tundra's robust V-8 sound while also freeing up 7 additional rear-wheel horsepower and 11 lb-ft of torque. Aside from uncorking the restrictive OE exhaust the new system features Corsa's patented Reflective Sound Cancellation technology that eliminates unwanted drone noise without disrupting exhaust flow. Each system is constructed from stainless steel and is designed to use the truck's factory hangers, so there is no welding required. It is available in two tip configurations-a single side exit with twin 4-inch Pro-Series tips or a dual split side exit with a single hydroformed oval tip. Info: 800/486-0999,

Add a Trunk
Let's Go Aero recently announced the next generation of its telescoping cargo carrier, made specifically for recreational vehicles, light trucks and SUVs. The new GearSpace 34 is able to carry up to two bicycles and 300 pounds of gear inside the 34-cubic-foot container. The patented clamshell lid allows for every inch of cargo space to be utilized and accessed easily. Supporting the cargo box is a TwinTube telescoping frame system with up to 31 inches of rear slide adjustment from the receiver pin hole. The design allows users easy access to rear doors and cargo areas. The system is offered in a light or dark gray color and includes LED stop, turn, and tail lights, an illuminated license plate bracket, corrosion-proof automotive draw latches, two Silent Hitch Pins and a stainless steel pin lock to secure the carrier's contents from theft. Info: 877/464-2376,

Wireless Air Control
At last you can get the control and convenience you want with just one innovative, compact remote-only about the size of a garage door opener. WirelessAIR by Air Lift controls two air springs independently for maximum flexibility. Because WirelessAIR doesn't use wires, installation is as simple as clipping the device to your sunvisor. The controller, once set, automatically maintains desired air spring pressure by continually communicating with the included control manifold and frame-mounted compressor. Info: 800/248-0892,

Gooseneck Hitch Options
Whether you're hauling a horse trailer or a heavy backhoe for your construction business, Valley offers a gooseneck hitch system to meet your towing needs. These hitches features a new receiver socket that is capable of withstanding increased vertical loads over the previous-generation hitches. The new design has been applied to Valley's Stow-A-Ball gooseneck hitch, which allows the tow ball to be turned upside down and stored inside the ball socket, flush with the bed of the truck, until needed. The setup is rated at 7,500 pounds trailer tongue weight and 30,000 pounds gross trailer weight. Both the gooseneck head and installation kits are coated with Valley's new A-Coat technology that provides a high-quality finish that withstands up to 1,000 hours of salt spray testing without degradation. Head assembly and installation kits are sold separately and are available for most popular Chevrolet/GMC, Dodge and Ford pickup trucks. Info: 800/344-3112,

Manage EGTs with aFe
If you have a pumped-up Dodge Ram with the Cummins 6.7L, you may want to check out the new Blade Runner intercooler from Advance Flow Engineering. The Blade Runner intercooler uses patented MDV technology end tanks, which consist of multiple airfoil vanes to help distribute hot compressed air evenly throughout the whole intercooler, resulting in a more even cooling effect. The company claims the unit greatly lowers exhaust gas temperatures while handling upwards of 200 psi of boost pressure. Also included is a mandrel-bent 3-inch 409 stainless steel boost tube upgrade designed for maximum cooling efficiency. Three heavy-duty, 5-ply Aramid reinforced couplings give this upgrade the much-needed strength to maintain reliability while holding pressure drop to less than 1 psi. All hardware including constant-tension T-bolt clamps are supplied with the kit for an easy installation. In recent testing, the Blade Runner out-flowed the factory intercooler by 45 percent and produced a stunning 20 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque increase at 1,750 rpm. Info: 951/493-7100,

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