Alloy Diff Protection
What is it: Cast aluminum differential covers.
Why it's cool: These covers are made in the USA from a proprietary heat-treated aluminum alloy. They hold more oil and dissipate heat better than the OE stamped steel units, which helps the diff lube stay cool. The unit shown here is for the AAM 11.5 that is found under late-model Chevy and Dodge pickups. It features a magnetic dipstick, bearing support griddles, and a port for temperature gauges. Great for towing, G2 covers protect your ring and pinion from wear caused by housing deflection. They're available for most popular applications.
Where to get it: G2 Axle & Gear, 310/900-2687, www.g2axle.com
H20 Power Boost
What is it: Comp/One water-methanol kit.
Why it's cool: This system, available for both gasoline and diesel applications, interfaces through your vehicle's OBD-II port and utilizes a dash-mounted touch-screen monitor/programmer to get as much as 25 percent more power out of your turbocharged or supercharged vehicle. Adding water and methanol to the intake air charge significantly lowers exhaust gas temperatures while also cleaning up combustion chamber componentry.
Where to get it: Snow Performance, 866/365-2762, www.snowperformance.net
JK Wiring Harness For TJs
What is it: 3.8L V-6 wiring harness for Jeep TJs.
Why it's cool: Ditch that tired four-cylinder or I-6 and install a 3.8L V-6 out of a JK. The harness allows a JK engine to work in a TJ. It's an affordable alternative to a Hemi swap, and it uses OEM connectors to greatly simplify wiring.
Where to get it: Hotwire Auto, 479/243-9115, www.hotwireauto.com
Offset 5th Wheel To Gooseneck Adapter
Why it's cool: This problem-solver allows people the ability to tow a fifth wheel trailer behind a short-bed pickup truck with a gooseneck-style connection. Thanks to an internal cushion system, this hitch adapter will not transfer harsh road inputs and insulates the pin box from additional stress of added leverage. We tested this unit on a 40-foot Eclipse toy hauler behind a 2005 Chevy 2500 crew cab shortbed. It worked flawlessly to provide us the ability to pull a fifth wheel trailer that was intended for a long bed truck. Rated at 20,000 pounds, the unit features a locking mechanism that prevents accidental disconnects. The setup is adjustable for lifted applications and includes appropriately sized safety chains for added piece of mind. The device also enables security for trailer storage as a padlock provision was incorporated right into the design of the connection device. We like the fact that this offset adapter is made entirely in the U.S. and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
Where to get it: Convert-A-Ball, 800/543-1732, www.convert-a-ball.net
What is it: Deluxe cable shifter for Jeep TJs.
Why it's cool: This setup alleviates the problematic shifting of Jeep TJ transfer cases. It corrects binding, hard shifts, and slipping out of gear that is inherent to lifting a TJ or altering its drivetrain components. This setup replaces the body-mounted mechanical system with a robust cable-actuated design that provides crisp and carefree shifting.
Where to get it: Advance Adapters, 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com
Nine Tons Of Pulling Power
What is it: Talon 18.0SR electric winch
Why it's cool: This heavyweight puller comes with synthetic winchline and is sealed against the elements. It employs Superwinch's legendary waterproof electronics to provide 18,000 lbs of reliable recovery power.
Where to get it: Superwinch, 888/234-5450 www.superwinch.com
Ramp Up To Up-Load
What is it: Premium aluminum arched folding ramps
Why it's cool: These ramps provide a safe and convenient way to load or unload a quad or side-by-side in the back of a pickup truck. The unique anti-skid ramp surface ensures ample traction while the folding design allows for easy stowing. Rated at 1,500 pounds per pair, these ramps can handle almost anything you want to haul.
Where to get it: Sainty Tools, 86/25-52250454, www.saintytools.com
More Power, Less Weight
What is it: Ultra-light automotive batteries
Why it's cool: These innovative automotive batteries are packed with features that make them light and powerful. Available in most popular sizes, these U.S.-made batteries are hard to beat if weight savings is your game. Shown here is the Micro-liTe ML30C lithium-ion version, which produces 1,384 pulse-cranking amps from just a 9-pound package.
Where to get it: Braille Battery, 941/312-5047, www.braillebattery.com
Bumpin' Body Armor
What is it: Rally front bumper for popular trucks and SUVs
Why it's cool: Designed with today's aerodynamic pickups in mind, the Rally front bumper integrates cleanly and uses unique finishing touches that match the vehicle. Designed for extreme terrain, this bumper improves approach angle while allowing use of a 16,500-pound winch. The bumper kit includes chassis reinforcements, extraction anchor points, and provisions to mount auxiliary lights.
Where to get it: Viper 4x4 LLC, 305/468-9818, www.viper4x4parts.com
Riding On Air
What is it: Air Ride towing suspension for fullsize pickups
Why it's cool: This system ditches the factory leaf spring arrangement and replaces it with a four-link, air-ride configuration. It requires only 25 psi to reach ride height, and is 100 percent bolt-on for Ford, Chevy, Dodge and Toyota pickups. It makes the rear of your pickup ride like a passenger car. The system "kneels" to accept your fifth wheel, and allows up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Where to get it: Chassis Tech, 800/842-8789, www.airbagit.com
If You Billet . . .
What is it: Billet steel leaf spring shims
Why it's cool: They can correct the pinion and/or caster angles in your leaf-sprung vehicle. These U.S.-made, heavy-duty steel axle shims will not crush, break, or twist under heavy loads. They're available in 2- , 4- , and 6-degree angles in either 2.5- or 3-inch width configurations.
Where to get it: Warrior Products, 888/220-6861, www.warriorproducts.com
Stoppage Rx For Big-Meat Jeeps
What is it: Big brake kit for Jeep JKs
Why it's cool: This bolt-in kit boosts your JK's stopping power for bigger tires and wheels. Twin-piston oversized calipers provide additional clamping force, while a pair of 13.3-inch, mill-balanced vented rotors keep the braking system cool for maximum stopping in all conditions. Also included are composite-resin, semi-metallic pads designed to increase the lifetime of the brake system.
Where to get it: Teraflex, 801/288-2585, www.teraflex.biz