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

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2009
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Trail Grappler
Nitto Tire is proud to release its newest tire, the Trail Grappler, intended for heavy vehicles such as work trucks, tow rigs, and other fullsize 4x4s. The pattern features zig-zag center ribs that interlock with sizeable shoulder lugs. The design features rectangular side-biters that protrude well into the sidewall on each side of the tire, allowing ample protection from pinch flats and unintentional curb damage. The 10-ply design is load range E-rated and comprised of a high-mileage compound that is said to run super-quietly on the highway. Each sidewall has a slightly different look, so consumers have two subtle options in appearance to choose from. Info: Nitto Tire,

Keep it Cool
Mag-Hytec has announced the completion of the new 45RFE transmission pan for Dodge's four- and five-speed automatic transmissions. These pans are cast from A356-T6 aluminum and feature a two-quart increase in capacity. Because of the thick-finned construction, these pans add strength and rigidity to your transmission's housing. A heavy-duty gasket and O-ring-sealed magnetic drain plug are included, and each pan is drilled and tapped for a temperature sending unit. Each comes with stainless-steel bolts and washers and the correct Allen wrenches to complete the installation. If you have a Jeep TJ or JK with a swapped-in 5.7L or 6.1L Hemi with the OE auto tranny, this pan will work for you, too. Info: Mag-Hytec, 877/786-6816,

WK Bumper Options
New from 4xGuard, LLC is the Matrix brushguard system designed specifically for Jeep 2005-09 WK Grand Cherokees. The system integrates a variety of features and uses a modular concept which allows the customer to purchase only the components they want or need. It also provides opportunity for future upgrades or customization, and minimizes shipping costs. Depending on configuration, the bolt-on system permits mounting locations for up to eight auxiliary lights, while also incorporating attachment points for 3/4-inch D-rings. Additionally, the design includes Hi-Lift jacking points and a 2-inch receiver for mounting portable winches (rated up to 9,000 pounds). Info: 4xGuard, 303/919-7133,

F-150 Leveling Options
If you need to level your F-150, Rough Country has you covered. This 2.5-inch leveling kit was designed specifically for '04-'08 trucks. This easy to install molded spacer is formed to fit the strut hat giving the appearance of a continuing strut. It's cool because it hides the fact that you have a spacer lift. Everything you need to clear up to a 35-inch tire is included in this kit. Info: Rough Country 800/222-7023,

Check out this new electronically controlled helper step for lifted vehicles. The unit features a linear actuator that drives the footpad into position at the flip of a switch. When not in use, the device tucks away stealthily and remains protected against the upper portion of the frame rails. Ideal for Jeeps and other lifted trail rigs, Step-n-Up includes right and left steps, individual controllers, door switches, and complete wiring harnesses. Kits currently offered include Jeep CJ and YJ, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40, and some Toyota pickups, with additional applications coming. Info: Parts Mike, 530/885-0673,

Universal High-Flow Filters
Advanced Flow Engineering (aFe) now offers washable/reusable high-flow filters for builders of off-highway vehicles. Comprised of a deep open pleat design and patented progressive cotton/synthetic media, these filters ensure maximum airflow without sacrificing filtration efficiency. Constructed with 100-percent polyurethane end castings, these filters seal better and hold their structural integrity through multiple cleaning cycles in a way few can match. Perfect for desert racers, builders of custom rock buggies, and even owners of RVs or buses, these filters are truly universal. Info: 951/493-7100,

Camouflage Interior Accents
Daystar's popular dash panels for the Jeep Wrangler TJ, JK, and Hummer H3 are now available in camouflage. These panels create usable storage space for small items, and with the addition of camo, they are the perfect interior addition for outdoor enthusiasts. The panels are designed using the latest computer-modeling software, so they match the contours of the factory dash for a precise fit. They feature a main tray that is suitable for mounting a GPS unit, or they can be used as convenient storage for cellphones, sunglasses, MP3 players, and other small items. The sides and back of the dash panel have been raised to maximize holding power for stored items while having virtually no effect on visibility through the windshield for the driver or passengers. Info: Daystar, 800/595-7659,

Nitro Charger Sport Shocks
Old Man Emu and ARB 4x4 Accessories just announced the arrival of a new line of shock absorbers that feature triple-stage valving, high density polyethylene dirt shields, and 35mm high flow pistons. Also included is a completely new valving system that handles dampening through disc deflection rather than aperture restriction. This allows for a much more open, free-flowing piston design, reducing heat and aeration. NitroCharger Sport shocks have a slightly firmer feel than the existing line of OME classic NitroCharger shocks, which is said to provide better control at low speeds and additional cornering stability at high speeds. Info: ARB, 425/264-1391, 800/761-8159

King of the Hammers DVD
If you have ever wondered what the latest craze in the world of competition rock crawling/desert racing is all about, we suggest you order a copy of the new King of the Hammers DVD. The "Second Crusade" offers viewers an in-depth look at the infamous event and the extensive efforts put forth by many of the teams who competed. We watched the epic event unfold in person, and we're happy to report that Hammer King Productions didn't miss a thing when compiling this film. Action-packed from start to finish, this DVD is sure to be a hit for the coming Christmas season. Info: Hammer King Productions,

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