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June 1998 What's New - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on June 1, 1998
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Reunel Front Winch Bumper
This bumper, made of 1/4-inch steel solid-weld construction, is made for the 1999 Ford Super-Duty pickup. The new design will accommodate the drop grille face on this new truck. A Warn winch is fully enclosed in the center channel. Each bumper is individually handcrafted to match the truck's color, with a variety of available options. Contact: Reunel Manufacturing Co., Dept. FW, 1781 Colusa Hwy., Yuba City, CA 95993, 800/338-2077.

Piaa Fog Lamp
The 510 series fog lamp is a compact 4-inch lamp that accommodates a variety of installations under most bumpers and air dams. The lenses are prism-cut glass, and the housings are high-grade alloy steel, making them impact-resistant and nearly corrosion-proof. The 55-watt bulb powers this light, which delivers 85-watt performance as it penetrates rain, fog, dust, and snow; the light will neither bounce back into the driver's eyes nor offend oncoming traffic. The 510 comes pre-wired. Contact: PIAA Corp., Dept. FW, 15370 S.W. Millikan Way, Beaverton, OR 97006, 503/643-PIAA, 503/643-9144 (Fax).

Centerforce Clutches
Centerforce manufactures clutches to fit the needs of Jeep owners. The clutches give early- and late-model Jeeps more powerful grip, which can come in handy on steep grades, gullies, and rocky terrain. Their patented diaphragm and centrifugal weights are also designed to provide this grip as engine speed increases; the centrifugal force of the weights increases the diaphragm spring's lever-action upon the pressure plate. Contact: Centerforce/Midway Industries, Dept. FW, 2266 Crosswind Dr., Prescott, AZ 86301, 520/771-8422,

Smittybilt Outland
The one-piece, fully welded Outland is designed for SUVs and trucks. It's precision-welded for a quality fit and is said to be easy to install. It features all stainless-steel hardware and comes in black or black texture-coat finish. Contact: Smittybilt, Inc., Dept. FW, 395 Smitty Way, Corona, CA 91719, 909/272-3176,

Early Bronco Windshield Frame
According to the manufacturer, this is the first time a new windshield frame has been available for 1966-77 Broncos in quite a long time. James Duff Enterprises is manufacturing these 16-gauge, corrosion-resistant steel frames. They include the mounting hinge, and accept the factory hard top, windshield, and electric wiper motors. Contact: James Duff Enterprises, Dept. FW, 261 340 Hwy. 101, Sequim, WA 98382, 360/683-2160, 360/683-0159 (Fax).

Brantz Trip Meter
Northwest Off-Road Specialties is the exclusive importer of Brantz International trip meters for Toyotas. They're accurate units that feature 5/8-inch high red LEDs for easy readability. The trip meters map off-pavement travel, intersections, and turns. They calibrate electronically in miles or kilometers, and recalibrate for changes in tire size or gear ratios. It's a direct hookup to Toyota manual or electronic speedometers with a plug-in harness. Contact: Northwest Off-Road Specialties, Inc., Dept. FW, P.O. Box 1617, Bellingham, WA 98227-1617, 360/676-1200, 360/676-5401 (Fax).

Transgo Performance
TransGo Performance shift kits are said to provide crisp full-throttle auto shifts, and can also convert an automatic to manual shift for off-pavement performance. They are available for standard or electronically controlled automatic truck transmissions. Contact: TransGo Performance, Dept. FW, 2621 Merced Ave., El Monte, CA 91733, 626/443-4953.

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