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December 2010 What's New

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December 2010 What's New

Stubby Bumpers for Jeep TJs
Looking for a unique bumper that adds functional trail protection? Check out the new Stubby Bumper for Jeep TJs from OR-Fab. Made from 3/16-inch steel plate with two 3/4-inch D-ring mounts, D-rings, a heavy-duty winch and fairlead mount, and a sturdy jacking point for Hi-Lift jacks, these bumpers pack a punch. There are three models available: The unit shown here features a 2-inch-diameter stinger hoop that is made from 0.120-inch-wall steel tubing. These bumpers fit all 1997-2006 TJ models and bolt directly in place of the factory bumper. They are available in a wrinkled or gloss-black finish, and work with any aftermarket winch system. Info: OR-Fab, 928/636-7080, www.p-a-g.net

Something New for Something Old
This adapter kit from Advance Adapters fits Land Rover Series I, II, IIA and III transfer cases and adapts them to a circular-six pattern, allowing series Land Rover owners the opportunity to repower and install different transmissions to the very durable and strong "series" transfer case with the PTO function retained. This adapter is to be used in conjunction with one of their Dana 300-style adapters or, on some applications, bolted directly to a stock transmission tailhousing. Info: Advance Adapters, 800/775-4407, www.advanceadapters.com

Tools for the Trail
Check out the new 10-piece plier and wrench set from Kobalt. This set is an unbeatable value at a suggested retail price of $39.98 (item no. 278610, at time of print). The set includes the following: slip-joint pliers, linesman pliers, long-nose pliers, diagonal pliers, bent-nose pliers, groove-joint pliers, end nipper, curved-jaw locking pliers, long-nose locking pliers, and an extra-wide opening adjustable wrench. All pliers are made from chrome nickel-steel, and the adjustable wrench and locking pliers are made from chrome vanadium-steel material. All feature a micro-nickel finish for long-lasting corrosion resistance and durability. Info: Kobalt Tools, 800/445-6937, www.kobalttools.com

Bring the Kids
The TeraFlex 3rd Seat Bracket Kit allows JK Unlimited owners the ability to add a third-row seat for seating up to seven people. This seat bracket kit allows the use of a JK (two-door version) rear bench seat, and retains the ability to keep the fold-and-tumble functionality. The seat can be mounted front-facing or rear-facing, and it matches the factory interior styling. The kit allows the seat to be removed without tools for quick conversion for cargo use. The CNC laser-cut bracketry is powdercoated, and some drilling, and trimming are required. TeraFlex offers a lifetime product warranty on the fold-and-tumble seat, belts and mounting hardware included with the kit. Rear rollbar extensions are not included. Please check all local laws and ordinances regarding auxiliary seating and safety restraints. Info: TeraFlex, 801/288-2585, www.teraflex.biz

Atlas II Comp-Grade Gear Sets
Advance Adapters just announced competition-ready, heavy-duty gear sets for the highly popular Atlas II transfer case. As vehicle builders push the envelope further in terms of power, tire size, and vehicle weight, the tried-and-true internals of the Atlas II have remained virtually unchanged until now. The new gear sets have an increased torque capacity of 15 percent, an overall life expectancy increase of 300 percent (under standard operating conditions), an overall efficiency gain of 2 to 5 percent, which allows cooler oil temperatures due to the increase in gear set efficiency. The new cogs are also said to reduce gear noise by 3 to 5 percent in 4-Lo at 4,000 rpm input. Also available is a selection of 300M shaft upgrade options. Info: Advance Adapters, 805/238-7000, www.advanceadapters.com

Protect Your Tail
Warrior Products now offers steel taillights for all Jeep JK applications. These steel replacements bolt onto the rear of the vehicle with minimal amounts of cutting into the factory sheetmetal. Light kits and load resistors are available separately. With moderate trail use, the factory taillights can often become damaged. This solution provides a strong steel housing that will accept standard grommet-mounted taillights and/or reverse lights. They're available in three distinct styles, including a premium version that features LEDs, these taillights are durable with a modern utilitarian look. Info: Warrior Products, 888/220-6861, www.warriorproducts.com

Torque Arm to Eliminate Axlewrap
This universal torque arm kit by WFO Concepts will help eliminate most of the shortcomings of rear leaf-spring suspensions, such as unwanted axlewrap, spring fatigue, and or premature U-joint failure. This DIY weld-on kit is made from thick-wall DOM tubing, and features adjustable rod ends, and polyurethane bushings. The kit features your choice of QA-1 or Midwest Control rod ends for pinion angle adjustability and ease of installation. These parts come uncoated and are ready for assembly. With just a few hours of fabrication time, this universal kit fits most applications. Info: WFO Concepts, 530/268-9494, www.wfoconcepts.com

Shine On
To maintain a glossy shine on your rig with a minimum of time and effort, check out Eagle One Gel Wax. It lasts as long as traditional paste wax but is easier to use than liquid wax. Gel wax is unique because it does not need to haze or dry after application. Just apply the wax to one section at a time, wipe off immediately, and enjoy the look of a showroom shine. Made with natural carnauba and proprietary polishing compounds, Gel Wax can produce a protective finish that repels paint-damaging materials and water. Additional benefits include no white residue and no discoloring of black trim and molding. Eagle One has also made Gel Wax environmentally friendly; it contains no harmful petroleum-based solvents. Gel Wax is available at most leading auto parts retailers. Info: Eagle One, 800/432-4531, www.eagleone.com

A Handy Stash Spot
The Gear Safe is a lockable steel enclosure, inconspicuously disguised as a spare tire mount, creating secure storage from otherwise wasted space. The setup mounts directly to a swing-away spare tire carrier or your factory tailgate with no drilling, while allowing you to run up to 37-inch tires over your factory bumper. Info: Little Boys Off Road Toys, 866/601-8021, www.thegearsafe.com

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