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August 2011 Parts Rack - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2011
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DIY 14-Bolt Truss
This is an inexpensive way to add some serious strength to your 14-bolt rear axle. The system utilizes CNC-cut interlocking steel plates, and mounts above the axle centerline to provide additional support for extreme abuse. The 3⁄8-inch-thick truss extends from flange to flange, reinforcing the axlehousing against deflection that can occur during hard landings. This product is made in the U.S. Info: Artec Industries, 520/906-9977,

Cruise Level
If you are looking to level out the front of your ’07-and-later Toyota FJ, another new option comes in this kit from Tuff Country. It consists of two 2-inch billet aluminum spacers that install easily to achieve a leveled stance front to rear. Info: Tuff Country, 801/280-2777,

Spare Up Additional Storage
Check out the newest generation of swing-away tire carriers for all models of Toyota pickups and SUVs. These durable units come standard with solid ½-inch-thick mounting flanges and side impact reinforcement bars that further fortify the frame mounts. The swing-out utilizes a spindle and bearing assembly along with a spring-assisted locking mechanism to help hold the rack open. A tamper-proof locking clasp prevents unwanted openings when in motion while doubling as added security against break-ins. Additional features include a 2-inch receiver and Hi-Lift Jack mount. Other custom options are available. Info: Badland Bumpers, 360/886-0601,

Sanitary Shifting for Toyotas
For those with dual transfer case setups in Toyota pickups or SUVs, check out the new Triple Sticks shifter from RADesigns Products. The system allows you locate three shift levers in the same area, freeing up valuable space between the seats for a cleaner center console and interior. The setup is compatible with automatic or manual transmissions and is made in the U.S. Info: RADesigns Products, 509/552-9439,

Make It Shine
Eagle One Trim Protector Gel is designed to give all your exterior rubber and plastic trim a lustrous shine. We tested the product on the factory plastic fenders of our Jeep Wrangler JK and found excellent results. After applying the concoction as directed, a rich, shiny black color appeared and lasted for more than a week during constant travel and exposure to the elements. Well worth the money ($5.49 at time of print), it can be found at AutoZone and many other automotive retailers. Info: Eagle One, 800/432-4531,

Quiet Performance
This is the new 4-inch after-cat exhaust system that fits all configurations of ’09-’11 GM Silverado ½-ton pickups with the 6.2L gas engine. Made from 16-gauge, aluminized tubing that is CNC mandrel-bent for added flow, the system uses Heartthrob’s new HVS welded performance muffler, designed specifically for higher horsepower engines. A noticeably quiet exhaust tone is achieved while adding up to 13 horsepower on the dyno. Info: Heartthrob Exhaust, 320/693-0222,

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