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September 2011 Parts Rack - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on September 1, 2011
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Tundra Gearing Options
Owners of ’07-and-later Toyota Tundra trucks may find it difficult to source lower gears for the factory axles. This is because until now, nobody offered any aftermarket ratios. Nitro Gear & Axle recently released a front and rear 4.88:1 gearset for axles found under all late-model Tundra and Land Cruiser vehicles. This solves a pesky problem for those who have installed suspension lifts and/or larger tires. Info: Nitro Gear & Axle, 866/349-6801,

Roc Joint
These new Roc Joints from Dave’s Customs feature 1-inch threaded shanks, and 5/8-inch bolt holes. Each Roc Joint uses a unique bushing design that allows up to 20 degrees of misalignment, while the forged housing provides superior strength. Included are fluted polyurethane bushings and a heavy-wall DOM sleeve. These joints are a great alternative to traditional rod ends. Info: Dave’s Customs Unlimited, 602/639-1213,

Aluminum-Bodied Shocks
Check out the new Black-Ops Edition Night Hawk shocks from Top Gun Customz. These new dampers are manufactured from aerospace-grade aluminum and feature fluting on the exterior to help dissipate heat. The black exterior treatment comes from a Mil-spec anodization process that, in addition to looking good, also creates extremely durable wear surfaces inside the shock. Available in 2- or 2.6-inch-diameter versions, these new shocks are ideal for lifted trucks and SUVs alike. Info: Top Gun Customz, 877/274-9362,

Lightweight Storage for JKs
Known as the Black Box, this lightweight aluminum storage vault is designed exclusively for the popular four-door Jeep Wrangler JK. Once installed, the setup utilizes a unique mounting system that allows for easy removal without the need for hand tools—handy for those times when you need to free up additional cargo space for bulky items. Additionally, the divided drawer features a sliding lid that doubles as a work surface. This makes a great place for preparing meals on the trail. We love the fact that the unit is lockable and features VersaTie tie-down tracking around the perimeter of the top of the box. We’ve tested this product in our project Silver Bullet JK for over six months and have yet to find a reason not to like the versatility it adds. The Black Box is made in the U.S. Info: Mac’s Custom Tie Downs, 800/666-1586,

SuperDuty Sway Bars
Hellwig now offers front and rear sway bars for the 2011 four-wheel-drive Ford Super Duty pickup. They feature high-clearance mounts to help avoid snags in the dirt. Made from heat-treated 4140 chromoly steel, these bars are designed to last the life of the vehicle, and each bar is powdercoated in Silver Vein for long-lasting good looks. Info: Hellwig Products, 800/367-5480,

Level Your Chevy
If you own an ’11 Chevy Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD, these torsion bar keys from Tuff Country provide you with an affordable way to level the front of your truck to match the rear. Forged from steel, these keys are re-indexed to allow additional ride height without the need to crank up the factory torsion bars. Info: Tuff Country, 800/288-2190,

Prerunner System for JKs
The LCG PreRunner system combines go-fast-friendly components into a purpose-built system that is tuned to handle desert terrain. The system minimizes rotational mass while maximizing wheel travel. This kit is intended to diminish high-force impacts and add strength to key areas for greater longevity. Intended for 35-inch tires, the PreRunner system is good starting point for those who want streetability with the ability to tackle wide-open Baja-style terrain. This kit is intended for two-door Jeep JKs with factory axles. Info: TeraFlex, 801/288-2585,

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