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August 2010 What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2010
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Lighten Up
Most off-road bumpers are made from heavy-gauge steel. Aberle Off Road uses heat-treated aerospace-grade A356 aluminum. The result is a bumper that is stronger than stock and weighs less than 70 pounds for the front and 120 pounds for the rear (with a spare tire carrier). Aberle Off Road bumpers are naturally rust-free, and were designed to accommodate bolt-on accessories such as Hi-Lift jacks. These bumpers are cast from a single mass of molten aluminum that is not weakened by the fabrication process (i.e., welds, bends, etc.).
Info: Aberle Off Road, 303/908-4697,

Ram Pickup Steering Solution
Ram (neé Dodge) pickup trucks are known to have problematic steering boxes, or do they? PSC has just come out with a new steering box that addresses the wear issues associated with some Ram steering units. Over time, the inner bore of the gear case can wear unevenly and eventually distort, inducing slop into the system. The result is vague, wandering steering that requires continual input to drive in a straight line. Unfortunately, rebuilding doesn't always address these problems and new replacement gears have been out of production for some time as well. So PSC started from scratch to offer the first all-new steering gear for '94-'02 Ram trucks. This gear is proudly made in the U.S. and can't be found at your local Ram dealer.
Info: PSC: 817/270-0102,

LED Auxiliary Lamps
At Moab, Truck-Lite announced a new 7-inch auxiliary work lamp that features 10 powerful LEDs protected by a durable polycarbonate lense, housed in a tough cast-aluminum housing. The lamp's body doubles as a heat exchanger for the built-in weatherproofed electronics. The result is a bright white light that will not let you down when conditions get tough. Because LEDs are more energy-efficient than other popular light sources, you can expect an immediate reduction in amperage needed to keep darkness at bay. Each lamp comes with a durable exoskeleton-mounting bracket that allows for multiple mounting solutions. Weatherproof covers are also available to keep you legal on pavement.
Info: Truck-Lite Company, 800/562-5012,

Secure Cargo the Quick Way
Check out the new Quick Fastening System for securing cargo boxes and other storage containers to flatbeds, roof racks, trailers, and other surfaces. The system is by Caribou Luggage Systems, and consists of durable interlocking stainless-steel brackets that you can attach to virtually any surface for a quick-release mounting method. Storage cases attach to the QFS brackets easily, and thanks to a tamper-resistant quarter-turn latching mechanism with included key tool, remain anchored in place, safe from thieves no matter where you leave them. The system is easy to install and can handle up to 560 pounds per corner, so you don't have to worry about loose cargo shifting around or unintentionally falling out ever again.
Info: Caribou Luggage Systems, 303/786-8947,

Walker's New Wheel
New from legendary Baja racer Walker Evans comes this new aluminum beadlock wheel. This lighter-weight version of his original design features a machined-flat face, and this high-quality, vacuum-cast aluminum wheel is available in either a street-lock or beadlock version. Available sizes include 14x7 for UTVs and quads, and 15x8, 17x8.5, and 20x8.5 for 4x4s. Additionally, a thin or thick beadlock ring is available.
Info: Walker Evans Racing, 888/933-7223,

Jeep Wrangler Security Solution
Ever wondered how to keep your precious valuables secure without permanently sacrificing the cargo carrying capacity of your Jeep Wrangler? The Security Deck Enclosure from Tuffy Security Products is now available for all '87-'06 Jeep Wrangler models. The heavy-duty steel enclosure creates an ultra-secure storage area inside your Jeep to help protect valuables. Tuffy's innovative design and mounting system allows for a quick, no-tools-required removal for those times when the entire cargo area is needed. The robust weight-bearing lid that incorporates a convenient storage tray allows heavy items such as toolboxes to be stacked on top of the enclosure.
Info: Tuffy Security Products, 800/348-8339,

Play It Safe
Miller Electric has added a new Arc Armor line of safety glasses designed for optimal comfort, fit, and durability. Available in three different frame colors and either clear or shade 5.0 lenses, these new glasses keep your eyes safe while reducing facial discomfort for long periods of use. Arc Armor safety glasses feature shatterproof polycarbonate lenses with an anti-scratch coating and soft foam eye guards that keep out dust and perspiration. The shade 5.0 glasses are ideal for plasma or oxy-fuel cutting, thanks to a reflective outer coating that protects eyes from ultraviolet light.
Info: Miller Electric, 800/426-4553,

Affordable Protection for Your JK
If you own a Jeep JK and are looking for an inexpensive way to protect your rocker panels, check out the latest from OR Fab. These bolt-on units protect the entire length of the two- or four-door Jeep JK rocker panel without sacrificing ground clearance. Made from CNC-formed steel sheet material and DOM tubing, these attractive protectors include a functional step to ease ingress and egress into and out of the passenger areas. A durable wrinkle black powdercoat finish will keep looking good for years to come.
Info: OR Fab, 928/636-7080,

Keep It Cool, Even Underwater
Say hello to the new SBL300-a completely sealed brushless fan for extreme 4x4 uses. This new fan from Spal is available in two sizes-12- or 15.9-inch diameter-and features IP68-certified waterproof construction along with a low-inertia inner rotor. The energy efficient design also offers unrivaled resistance to vibration and heat-a fan's two worst enemies. Spal's new motor design reduces the total number of wear components over standard brushed motor technology. The results are an extremely long-lasting motor (30,000 hours) with built-in safeguards such as automatic power de-rating that guarantee performance in over-temperature operating conditions.
Info: Spal USA, 800/345-0327,

JK Armor
Leave it to the creative minds at Smittybilt to come up with the new line of XRC Fenders for Jeep JKs. Designed specifically to ensure body protection and tire clearance for the toughest of trail conditions, each piece of armor is manufactured out of 3/16-inch cold-rolled steel and then powdercoated in Smittybilt's signature series two-stage textured finish. Each fender is designed to be a complete bolt-on with included stainless-steel fasteners. The simple bolt-on design requires no modification to the vehicle. All of the XRC Fenders come with an inner fender liner to keep mud, snow or any other trail debris at bay. Replaceable slide plates provide users with a sacrificial element should body damage occur. The design also increases wheelwell clearance for those who want to run larger tires with less lift.
Info: Smittybilt, 888/717-5797,

Adjustable Sway Bar, Anyone?
The SwitchBlade Swaybar from JKS Manufacturing is the industry's first variable-rate, antisway bar for Jeep vehicles. Designed as a high-performance replacement for the factory antisway bar, the SwitchBlade can be adjusted by the user to improve performance both on- and off-pavement. Unlike single- or dual-rate antisway bars that offer limited or no tuning capability, the SwitchBlade Swaybar allows the user to match the level of swaybar resistance to virtually any vehicle, terrain or driving style. With five unique settings to choose from, the vehicle's owner gains control of roll stiffness in a way that was never before possible. It's like having a pair of indexable leaf springs in place of the traditional lateral arms found on every other aftermarket sway bar. To adjust, simply press the red button on the spring-loaded indexing heads and rotate the arm to the desired spring rate-no tools necessary.
Info: JKS Manufacturing, 308/762-6949, FW

Ditomic Armor
Recognizing the user-driven trend towards lightweight aluminum body armor, the engineers at MetalCloak have developed Ditomic Armor for YJs and TJs. MetalCloak tells us that the new line is the perfect balance of aluminum and steel for incredible weight savings and rock-biting strength. The design includes steel where you need it and aluminum where it counts. The unique bolt-on, trail-tested steel flares combine with their aluminum fenders and corner guards to produce truly unique looking protection that weighs less than most others in the industry.
Info: MetalCloak, 916/631-8071,

Fire Extinguisher Quick Mount
Mac's Custom Tie Downs showed off a new billet aluminum fire extinguisher mount at Moab that allows for quick removal when the need arises. The mount comes in two different styles for flat- or tube-mounting arrangements and features a trick billet aluminum actuation knob that releases the extinguisher from the mount. A simple billet receiver bracket attaches to any size of fire extinguisher via appropriately-sized hose clamps. Once installed, the extinguisher remains tightly secured and rattle-free.
Info: Mac's Custom Tie Downs, 866/371-5175,

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