Mag-Hytec's differential covers are equipped with a magnetic drain plug, 1/8-inch NPT temperature sender fitting, lube reference plug, and a magnetic dipstick. They will let you do routine axle maintenance without removing the cover. The cover's plugs are fitted with ARP O-rings, and do not require sealants or gaskets. The covers are available for Dana 44, 60, 70, and 80 differentials, and TorqueFlite transmission pans. Contact: Mag-Hytec, Dept. FW, 14718 Arminta St., Van Nuys, CA 91402, 818/786-8325, www.mag-hytec.com.
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Pictured here is the 12-ton shop press from Lincoln Automotive. The Eagle series, offered in 12- and 20-ton sizes, can be useful for installing and removing gears, axle bearings, bushings, U-joints, wristpins, pulleys, and driveshaft bearings. They have dual return springs that retract the ram, a steel crossbrace that prevents frame spreading under load, and an adjustable press bed. Jacks are pre-tapped for optional pressure gauges. Contact: Lincoln Automotive, Dept. FW 443334, 1 Lincoln Way, St. Louis, MO 63120-1578, 314/679-4300.
Jeep Ball Joints
Crown Automotive offers this ball joint kit for 1984-98 Wranglers, Cherokees, Comanches, and Grand Cherokees. Each kit includes one upper ball joint and one lower ball joint. While Crown does not sell directly to the public, its products are available through a local Crown Automotive distributor or four-wheel drive store.
Sealed Deep-Cycle Battery
Hawker Energy's Odyssey SLI has 100-percent deep-cycle capability. It's also completely sealed, so you'll never have to add water. It is said to have two to three times the cranking power of conventional batteries, and can run at extremely cold temperatures. These batteries are available for use on heavy-duty trucks, large-engine motorcycles, personal watercraft, emergency vehicles, and marine applications. Contact: Hawker Energy Products, Dept. FW, 617 N. Ridgeview Dr., Warrensburg, MO 64093, 800/546-9611,660/429-2413, www.hepi.com.
Door Top Shortcut
The QuickNut is a fastener that will allow you to remove the door tops from a soft-top Land Rover Defender 90 in less than five minutes. These fasteners prevent the need for the stock tool or socket wrench when removing the tops. They are made of CNC-machined stainless steel, and are corrosion-resistant. The QuickNuts can be hand-tightened for fast on-and-off, or you can use a wrench when preparing for winter. Contact: GeoGear, Dept. FW, 321 33rd Place, Suite 1, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310/344-0475, www.geogear.com.
Pelucid is said to be a tough yet flexible topcoat that dries to a clear finish. It won't crack, chip, peel, or yellow in sunlight, and is strengthened by exposure to moisture. Pelucid can be used on painted or unpainted steel, fiberglass, and wood. Contact: Restomotive Laboratories, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 1235, Morristown, NJ 07962 1235, 800/457-6715.
Pivoting Bike Rack
The Pro Rider 2 is a bike rack system that allows you to fold the rack up against the vehicle when not in use, or tilt it away to get to your gear. It can mount to any vehicle with a 1 1/4- or 2-inch box receiver hitch, and uses roof-rack style fork mounts and rear tire stabilizers that will secure two bicycles. Bike-to-bike contact is eliminated. Contact: Hollywood Racks, Dept. FW, P.O. Box 627, Gardena, CA 90248, 800/747-4085, www.hollywoodracks.com.
Chrysler Carb Replacement
The Performer series Q-Jet carb from Edelbrock was designed and calibrated to replace Thermo-Quad carburetors. They're not rebuilds, and feature all-metal construction, throttle lever adapter, fuel line adapter, and triple primary venturis. These carburetors will fit 1985-and-earlier 360, 400, and 440 Chrysler V-8 engines. Contact: Edelbrock Corp., Dept. FW, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, 310/782-2900, www.edelbrock.com.