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October 2011 Parts Rack

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Load-Handling Four-Link for GM Pickups
If you own a Chevy pickup equipped with a 14-bolt rearend and want to improve trail performance while also maintaining load-carrying capacity at the same time, consider the new four-link/leaf-spring rear suspension conversion from Triple X Traction. This system blends the awesome load-bearing attributes of leaf springs with the control and flexibility of a four-link conversion. Shipped as shown, this version welds onto 11.5-inch GM Corporate 14-bolt rear axles. The kit is also available for the 10.5-inch version as well. This is an easy way to convert the rear portion of a truck to floating double-shackled leaf spring arrangement. The truss and brackets are laser-cut and CNC-bent from 3⁄8- and 3⁄16-inch steel material, and feature integrated link mounts that use common 1¼-inch rod ends with misalignment spacing. The system requires use of a bed-mounted fuel tank or cell. Application-specific frameside upper link mounts, shackles, and shackle hangers are also available. Info: Triple X Traction, 831/899-2144, www.xxxtraction.com

4:1 Low-Range for Toyota Land Cruisers
Advance Adapters just released a new replacement 4.0:1 low-range gearset for the popular FJ60 and FJ62 (’81-’87) Toyota Land Cruiser. Some machining is required on the transfer case to fit the new gearset, but you get a 10-percent overdrive and a 4.0:1 low-range while keeping the stock drivetrain. Info: Advance Adapters, 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com

Cold Climate Kit for Bulletproof Oil Coolers
If you remember reading “Ford Power Stroke Bulletproofing Tactics” (Sept. ’10), you already know that Bulletproof Diesel has all the answers for ill-mannered and/or suffering 6.0L Power Stroke diesels. However, you may not know that the oil cooler retrofit we featured in that story is not ideal for extreme cold climates without the special thermostat bypass valve shown here. For 6.0L trucks that regularly operate in sub-zero climates, this valve will allow the engine oil to bypass the air-to-oil cooler unit until it reaches the recommended operating temperature suggested by Ford. We tested this upgrade on the donor truck originally showcased in the story. The system functioned exactly as advertised, and allowed our donor’s Power Stroke to warm up quickly despite 12-degree outside air temperature. Info: Bulletproof Diesel, 602/620-1544, www.bulletproofdiesel.com

A New Wheel for Tow Rigs
Check out the new Gazario 471-series wheel. It’s available in 17x9, 18x9 and 20x9 sizes, with either -12mm or +12mm offset. This wheel is offered in Chrome or Black with a machined finish for five-, six-, or eight-lug applications. Info: Gazario Wheels, 909/476-6418, www.gazariowheels.net

Billet Serpentine Conversions
Eddie Motorsports has recently introduced a new line of S-Drive billet aluminum serpentine pulley kits. American-made to the strictest manufacturing standards, the compact S-Drive kits feature pulleys and mounting brackets that are CNC-machined from 6061-T6 aluminum. Available for LS, big-block and small-block Chevrolet engines, these kits work with or without power steering and/or air conditioning. Included are all stainless-steel fasteners as well as your choice of name-brand accessory components including Edelbrock water pumps, Powermaster 105-amp alternators, Gates tensioner, and a six-rib serpentine belt. You can also specify a Sanden A/C compressor, Maval power steering pump, and ATI dampers (LS engines only) where applicable. Info: Eddie Motorsports, 888-813-1293, www.eddiemotorsports.com

Bombproof Dana 60 Bushings
Reid Racing’s heavy-duty bronze upper kingpin bushings for Dana 60 steering knuckles are designed to replace the OEM nylon cone bushings for severe-duty applications where the OEM bushings succumb to accelerated wear and premature breakage. These bushings are designed specifically for extreme rockcrawling, desert racing and other extreme motorsports applications. Info: Reid Racing, 925/935-3025, www.reidracing.biz

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