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August 2013 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on July 23, 2013
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Tired of looking at tube fenders only to discover they require you to cut your inner fenders out of your factory fenders, or offer no inner fender at all? Us too. That’s why when we saw these new tube fenders from Dave’s Customs Unlimited we knew we needed to bring them to you. The company offers fenders to fit any CJ, YJ, or TJ from ’76 to ’06 and they are all made from 1 1⁄2-inch-diameter, 0.120-wall tubing. The 1⁄8-inch-thick plate is hot-rolled steel that is then CNC laser cut and formed. Each fender is then welded in a fixture for a precise fit every time. The fenders feature a small inner fender well for mounting underhood accessories but can be easily trimmed to clear shocks and suspension components.
Information: Dave’s Customs Unlimited

Cooler Attraction
We don’t know about you guys, but we find it a pain to strap our coolers down when we are going wheeling. Based on what other parts and supplies we are bringing, we are always moving our cooler around the Jeep, and it seems like our Jeeps sprout footman loops all over to deal with it. Well what if there was a cooler that would stay in place when wheeling without strapping it down? Sounds too good to be true? Nope. With four large, powerful magnets integrated into its base, the Stick It Magnetics cooler will stay place in or on any steel-bodied Jeep, just about anywhere you put it. The cooler is available in many different colors and will hold 24 12-ounce cans.
Information: Stick It Magnetics

Plug It
Daystar Products International has introduced this “Do Not Flash” plug primarily for the diesel market to save costly reflashing fees. But we know of a few Jeeps that could benefit from this $15 product as well. It fits all OBD2 ports, and is available in black on red or white on black. Whether you’ve got a custom tune, or just have an open-top Jeep and are tired of dirt and water destroying the terminals in your OBD2 port, you owe it to yourself to check this out.
Information: Daystar Products International

Goes Bump
This might be the next level for recovery bumpers. The new ’97-’06 Wrangler front bumper from Iron Rock Off Road is full width and very well executed. The winch mount is recessed into the top of the bumper for a clean look and maximum air flow, while the fairlead mount has the ability to flush-mount a hawse-style fairlead for a really clean look. The 1-inch-thick D-ring brackets are fully welded and located high for maximum approach angles.
Information: Iron Rock Off Road

Cooking Out
We’ve all done it, and we really shouldn’t. That is, decide to go wheeling or camping, and toss the propane tank in the Jeep at the last second. First off, it should ideally be outside the passenger compartment, and second, it needs to be fastened securely. Whether you are an adventure kinda guy or just a ground-camping Jeeper, this new propane tank mount from Power Tank is just the thing. It is designed with dirt in mind and features many of the same cool design cues as the company’s CO2 tank holders, including CNC-cut and formed aluminum brackets, a stainless steel strap, and an adjustable cam-over latch to guarantee that your propane tank will safely get wherever you are going.
Information: Power Tank

EZ Tunes
If you want to actually hear the music in your Jeep without cracks, pops, and whirls, but don’t want to get into a long and drawn out project, check out Kicker’s PowerStage sound upgrade for your ’07-‘13 Wrangler. The system is precisely tuned to offer the best sound possible in your Jeep and is designed with ease of installation in mind. The kit includes a 10-inch subwoofer and amplifier as well as a multi-channel DSP amplifier to kick up the output of your factory speakers. You might think that an amp on factory speakers is a bad idea, but it isn’t. Most of the popping and distortion you hear is caused by an inability of your radio to provide clean power to your speakers.
Information: Stillwater Designs

Dizzy Bear
After more than a year with a Grizzly 60, we’ve come to really like the durability and how long it keeps ice cold. However, it doesn’t fit in our smaller Wrangler, CJ, or flattie Jeeps too well. That’s why we were so happy to see the Grizzly 16 introduced. With the same heavy-duty rotomolding and similar insulation characteristics, we knew we’d like it. When we saw it had a removable divider inside and a shoulder strap, we were psyched. Then we got one, and found that it fits behind the seats of TJs and YJs with the tailgate closed. The Grizzly 16 is available in many different colors and holds 18 12-ounce cans; it’s rated to keep ice for 4 days and 5 hours.
Information: Iowa Rotomolded Plastics

The Anti-Tape
For years now we’ve been taping our U-joint caps on our spare driveshafts, and we’ve always thought it was OK. It just goes to show there is a reason we are magazine editors and not inventors. New from FM Fabrication is the Joint Jacket. Made from polyurethane and available in two sizes (Size 1 fits 1310-1350; Size 2 fits 1410-1480), this flexible U-joint holder is way better than electrical tape, and at $3.99, it is still very cost-effective. It resists, oil, grease, solvents, and fuel and is also tear- and rip-resistant.
Information: FM Fabrication

Cool Feet
Most of us are familiar with the heat that comes up from the floorboard of our Jeep when we are out wheeling. It can be felt through carpet, and without carpet can simply be brutal. Well suffer no more. This adhesive aluminum-over-fiberglass heat shield is easy to install and is said to reflect 90 percent of heat when used with as little as 1-inch of airspace. Constructed with 1⁄8-inch-thick fiberglass insulation with 0.003-inch-thick aluminum for heat reflection it is designed to be installed under the Jeep or on the engine side of the firewall. As long as you’ve got a clean surface for it to stick to, you are good to go.
Information: Heat Shield Products

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