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January 1998 What's New

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January 1998 What's New

Autoshade
The Aeroshade, new from Auto Ventshade, is available for extended-cab pickups and selected two-door cars. It can be installed using 3M-brand OEM-approved tape, and no tools are required. The Aeroshade comes in a smoke color acrylic and can be painted to match your vehicle. Contact: Auto Ventshade Co., Dept. FW, 655 Raco Dr., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 800/241-7219, 770/339-5839 (Fax), www.ventshade.com (Website).

Fogcutter
Grote Industries introduces its new Fogcutter line of lights, including the High-Intensity Fog Lamp, Off-Road Lamp, and Hand Held Spotlight. The Off-Road lamp is a 100-watt, 250,000-candlepower lamps in a round or rectangular steel housing, in chrome or black finish, which uses replaceable halogen bulbs. Also designed for off-highway use, the Fog Lamp has a plastic lens that guards against cracking and breaking. Contact: Grote Industries, Marketing Dept., Dept. FW, 2600 Lanier Dr., Madison, IN 47250.

Transmission Fluid
TCI introduces a synthetic lubricant for automatic transmissions. The manufacturers states that the product will increase transmission life, reduce maintenance and improve mileage in high-performance or heavy-duty applications. They further state that STF (Synthetic Transmission Fluid) is compatible with conventional fluid, and that it contains additives to prevent metal-to-metal contact. Contact: FP Performance, Dept. FW, One Equion Dr., Ashland, MS 38603, 601/224-8972.

New Skyjacker Kits
Skyjacker introduces the 3-inch Softride Suspension lift for the Cherokee XJ and Comanche. The kit includes front coil springs, extended lower links with poly bushings, two-stage Softride rear springs (or blocks), U-bolts and Softride shocks. A 3-inch kit for the Grand Cherokee ZJ includes front and rear coil springs, extended front and rear greaseable lower links with poly bushings and Softride shocks. Skyjacker also offers a 4-inch suspension kit for the new Wrangler TJ. The kit includes: front and rear springs, extended lower links, pitman arm, poly bumpstops, extended swaybar links (front quick disconnect), track bar bracket, transfer-case lowering kit and Softride shocks. Contact: Skyjacker, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 1678, Dept. FW, West Monroe, LA 71294, 318/388-0816.

SUV Batteries
The Trailblazer battery from GNB Technologies comes in three new cca ratings-725, 1,000 and 1,025-which GNB states will fit 95 percent of the trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. The Trailblazer is designed to deliver the power demanded by winches, foglights and other electrical accessories. Off-pavement advantages include silver-enriched AC9 alloy construction, Shockstop anchor bonding to reduce vibration, fully encapsulated terminals to prevent acid leakage, a pop-up handle, and an easy-to-spot state of charge indicator. GNB states the Trailblazer is 100-percent recyclable. Contact: 800/CHAMP-50 for your nearest Champion Trailblazer retail location.

Super Mount
Superwinch introduces Supermount, a new mounting system designed to be easily installed or removed by one person. The system consists of two receivers, a bracket kit and winch cradle. Supermount can also be used for rear winching, using an adapter to plug into any standard 2-inch Class III receiver hitch. Superwinch states that Supermount can handle 9,000 pounds of vertical pull and rear pulls of 4,500 pounds or maximum hitch rating. The system is compatible with all Superwinch models EX1 through S9000 (not the Husky). Contact: Superwinch, Inc, Dept. FW, Winch Dr., Putnam, CT 06260, 860/928-7787.

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