Now available for Jeep vehicles, BajaRacks are designed to be lightweight and tough. Complete with zinc-plated fasteners, these powdercoated, tubular steel roof racks can handle up to 300 pounds of properly distributed cargo with ease. The eye-pleasing long-radius top bars don't just look good-they actually help avoid snagging on low-hanging tree branches. Each rack comes with a stylish aluminum wind deflector to cut down on wind noise.
Info: BajaRacks, 760/621-0171, www.bajarack.com
Viking Offroad recently released a new line of recovery straps that are color-coded for the two different types of vehicle recovery techniques commonly used today. The orange color distinguishes that the strap is for dynamic pulls, i.e., tugging a stuck vehicle with another. The green strap is for static winching scenarios, where little or no stretching is desired. Only ARB and Viking Offroad currently employ these color-coded standards, but we expect others within the industry to follow suit soon. The Viking tow straps are 100 percent made in the U.S. and feature the Max Edge, which is an anti-abrasion element that is designed to protect the edge of the strap from sharp objects.
Info: Viking Offroad, 818/506-9789, www.vikingoffroad.com
American Racing recently released the new Justice cast aluminum wheel for pickups and SUVs. Featuring an attractive five-spoke design highlighted with a matte black, machined finish. This style is available in five-, six-, and eight-lug applications. Available sizes are 17x9, 18x9 and 20x9 inches.
Info: American Racing, www.americanracing.com
Affordable Hemi Swap for JKs
If you own a 2007-'08 Jeep JK and would like to get Hemi power under the hood but don't want to spend a fortune, Jeep Speed Shop of Petaluma, California has developed an affordable kit. The system was designed to greatly simplify the conversion process, allowing shade-tree mechanics and home-based builders a cost-effective way to swap in a 5.7L Hemi engine in place of the 3.8L V-6. The kit includes all the parts needed to perform the conversion and sells for just $3,500 (at time of print). In addition to offering the conversion kit, Jeep Speed Shop also offers low-mileage used 5.7L Hemi engines mated to 545RFE automatic transmissions for just $3,500. On top of that, you can have the conversion experts at Jeep Speed Shop perform your JK Hemi swap for an additional $3,500 in labor. The best part of this setup is the fact that Jeep Speed Shop has been working with the California Air Resources Board to secure an E.O. number for this kit, making it the only JK Hemi conversion to be emissions-legal in California. We're told that the conversion will be CARB-certified by the time you read this.
Info: Jeep Speed Shop, 707/338-3154, www.jeepspeedshop.com
Check out the new line of batteries from Duracell. This new series features Absorbed Glass Mat technology (AGM) to deliver two times the durability, dependability, and long-lasting high-performance of traditional lead-acid batteries. With this technology, the battery has no free-flowing liquid to spill. Instead, Duracell uses special micro-fiber glass mats absorbed with acid. These batteries are designed to safeguard against damaging temperatures that can decrease battery life to give the driver confidence to start a vehicle in virtually any condition.
Info: Duracell, 877/344-8971, www.driveduracell.com
Ram 1500 Suspension Options
Skyjacker just released new 4- and 6-inch suspension system for the 2009-'10 Dodge Ram 1500. These kits include CNC-machined steering knuckles, front and rear crossmembers, one-piece differential skidplate, four-link relocation brackets, and replacement variable-rate Softride rear coil springs. Skyjacker claims that this kit improves ride quality while maintaining OEM steering geometry.
Info: Skyjacker Suspension, 318/388-0816, www.skyjacker.com
Bypass Oil Filtration, the Easy Way
The TopDog V is a parallel oil bypass filtration system that filters engine oil down to two microns for superior engine protection. Unlike other bypass oil filters, the TopDog V can be installed by virtually anyone in just a few minutes, using one ratchet and a hand drill. The TopDog V system attaches to any engine that uses a spin-on-style oil filter. TopDog V's innovative system uses an adapter which allows the system to be connected to an engine in a couple of minutes, rather than the three to six hours of labor required by most other systems. The system super-cleans oil down to two microns at a rate of approximately one to two quarts per minute. At that rate, it's like performing an oil change every five minutes.
Info: Pareto Point Industries, 323/726-2199, www.paretopoint.com