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February 2011 What's New

Posted in Product Reviews on February 1, 2011
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Light It Up
Check out the next generation of LED lighting from Baja Designs. At 3,500 lumens of light output, these new 10-light bars outperform most competitive products in a package half the size and one-third the weight. Features include high-efficiency TIR reflectors to optimize output and give precise and customizable beam patterns. The Stealth utilizes the most efficient LED currently available today, the CREE XP-G, with color, temperature and output best suited for trail performance. The integrated Atmel microprocessor provides you with options such as dimming and strobe effects. Also included is an advanced thermal management system to maximize light output and LED life. The Stealth is available in 10- to 50-inch lengths and start at just $429.95 at time of print. Info: Baja Designs, 800/422-5292,

JK Stubby Front Bumper
Feast your eyes on the new stubby front bumpers for the Jeep JK by OR-Fab. The design features a 2-inch-diameter steel tube grilleguard and integrated winch mount. The bumper is also available for use with offset winches like the Warn PowerPlant, or in a non-winch mount design. These bumpers are constructed from 3/16-inch-thick steel plate and utilize reinforced 3/4-inch D-ring mounts and 1/4-inch-thick steel mounting brackets. The entire line of OR-Fab Jeep JK bumpers now feature square-cut, boxed-in ends that increase strength and improve approach and departure angles for use with large-diameter tires. They are also available in a black gloss or wrinkle powdercoated finish. Info: Performance Automotive Group, 928/636-7080,

Jeep Bumpers With Built-In Storage
The "Switchback" bumper is like a chameleon because it was designed to fit a variety of configurations to fit your Jeeping needs. You can arrange this bumper three different ways. The first is a rock bumper that not only fits the front of your Wrangler JK, but also fits all TJs, and you can install the Switchback on the front and back of your Wrangler to give your Jeep's bumpers a matched look. The second function is a Smuggler lockable storage box that fits in the center of the bumper to stow your gear and tools. The third configuration is a winch bumper that can be accessorized with a protective tube or stinger to defend your grille and winch from trail mishaps. When you install the Switchback as a rear bumper, you have the option of installing a spindle-mounted swing-out spare tire mount that includes provisions for mounting a Hi-Lift Jack. Info: Olympic 4x4 Products, 323/726-6988,

982 Raptor Wheel
The 982 Raptor wheel completes the look of your daily driver or trail machine either in a machined and clear-coated finish, or in a mirrored chrome-plated finish with trendy black highlights creating a "spoked" look. (The wheel is also available in all black under the product name "981 Raptor Black.") The wheel comes in four sizes: 16x8, 17x9, 20x8.5 and 20x10. They are available for five-, six-, and eight-lug truck and SUV applications with various bolt patterns, backspacing, and center bores. Info: Raceline Wheels, 800/529-4335,

Remote Radio Rocker
You are beholding the epitome of R/C awesomeness: the Traxxas Summit, a rock-ready monster now equipped with a 2.4GHz radio system. The Summit's Multi-Function knob on the face of the transmitter can be programmed to control a variety of functions such as steering exponential, steering and braking rates, and throttle trim. Other tuning options include end point adjustment, servo reversing, and sub-trim adjustment. The new TQ 2.4GHz radio system pumps out a crystal-clear signal and provides rockin' and reliable performance. If that isn't enough, the Summit's got the first-ever remote locking differential system in an R/C car, allowing you to independently lock and unlock the front and rear differentials right from your transmitter. The unique high/low transmission adds even greater multi-terrain versatility, and the Summit goes where no solid axle truck can, thanks to its exclusive link-based suspension system with unmatched suspension travel, tunable progressive damping and independent ride height adjustment. Info: 972/265-8000,

Protect the Nose of Your TJ
The engineers at MetalCloak just keep pumping out new options for their innovative Frame-Built modular bumper line. Their latest is the Stinger/Grille Guard combination hoop. Available with a "Mid Stinger" at 20 inches or a "Full Stinger" at 26 inches, and supported with rugged 3/16-inch steel brackets. The unit is designed to protect the grille, radiator, and winch from rollover damage on the trail. Following the convenient bolt-on design philosophy of all Frame-Built bumper components, this latest hoop setup can be added easily as your rig as your wheeling trips become more adventurous. Info: MetalCloak, 916/631-8071,

Forged Rod Ends
Formerly known as the Ballistic Fabrications billet rod end, these new forged joints feature a 25-percent increase in strength and nearly a 40-percent drop in price. Features include large bosses around the greaseable zerk and set screw areas to help counteract the stress riser created by drilling and tapping; solid bronze races for long service life; and 70 degrees of total movement with a 9/16-inch ball. These joints are made in the USA and carry a lifetime warranty. Info: Ballistic Fabrication, 520/888-4441,

JK Coilover Conversion
Poly Performance has just released the all-new Jeep JK Coilover/Air Bump Conversion Kit, the ultimate way to add capability to any aftermarket JK suspension system. This weld-on conversion allows you to run 2-inch-diameter coilovers or up to 2.5-inch-diameter air shocks with 12 to 16 inches of travel. The kit also allows for easy ride-height adjustments, spring-rate adjustments, and compression/rebound damping adjustments. At each front corner, the optional Front Air Bump Kit introduces race-proven hydraulic bumpstops as a secondary suspension to further minimize those harsh impacts on the trail. All mounting components are engineered to be compatible with common body lifts, onboard air systems, and most suspension systems. Info: Poly Performance, 805/783-2060,

Clean Up Your Workspace
RaceDay peel-and-stick floor tiles from Better Life Technology were developed to provide an easy-to-install floor covering solution that looks great in any room. They are especially well suited for garages, workshops, and basements because they are impervious to water, salt, oil, gas, and gravel. These tiles are made from 100-percent solid virgin vinyl to create a beautiful floor with an extremely tough gloss finish surface that will handle the most demanding conditions. The result is a floor covering that not only looks great but also is backed by a five-year warranty. Info: Better Life Technology, 913/894-0403,

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