First Look At The Aftermarket's Latest Goodies
If you are like us, then you are constantly on the search for cool new products for your 4x4. Sure, we can’t afford every neat thing we run across either, but we love seeing the innovation and new parts making their way onto the scene. For those fortunate enough to spend the week in Moab, Utah, for the annual Easter Jeep Safari, they not only get to enjoy lush wheeling, they also get a chance to see some of the aftermarket’s newest wares at the Old Spanish Trail Arena. Located on the south side of town, the Old Spanish Trail Arena is the site of the massive two-day vendor show that spans both inside and outside the property.
Not only is the show a great way to interact with companies that support wheeling and produce aftermarket parts, but the EJS vendor show has become a launch pad for new goods. We spent hours perusing the vendor booths and found that many companies are kicking off spring with a host of fresh items. One exciting thing we noticed was that more items are being made in the USA! That’s something we really like to see and worth considering before you commit to your next purchase. Compiled here is a mere sample of what’s new and ready to ship in the off-road market.
Airaid’s MXP cold air intake is now available for the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK. The new intake system is said to use a special urethane-blend air filter to prevent cracking and shrinkage. The filter is available in either SynthaFlow composite or SynthaMax, which uses non-oiled filtration technology. The system uses the Jeep’s factory inlet duct to help protect the filter during the occasional water crossing and is compatible with most aftermarket snorkel systems.
The Super 81 Work Lamps from Truck-Lite are compact LED lights that are said to produce up to 2,850 warm lumens. The 4.7x4.7-inch die-cast aluminum housings are fitted with an impact-resistant polycarbonate lens and rear fins to reduce heating effects on the light. The Work Lamps are available in 4-, 8-, and 12-LED versions. All lamps include 18-gauge blunt-cut wire and a black E-coat finish.
Dynatrac’s ProRock 80 is said to merge all of the strength of the Dana 80 with the refinement and clearance of a ProRock housing. The low-pinion housing uses a massive 11.25-inch ring gear, 2-inch pinion, and is fitted with 40-spline axleshafts. The ProRock 80 is compatible with the Jeep Wrangler JK ABS and stability-control system. The ProRock 80 can be ordered as a front or rear bolt-in housing for a variety of applications. The 8-lug, heavy-duty axle is also said to have the most ground clearance of any axle using a 10.5-inch or larger ring gear. All Dynatrac axles are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA and include a 1-year, no-fault written warranty.
The full-width front bumper from OR-Fab is said to fit ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JKs. Each bumper is comprised from 3⁄16-inch steel plate and features two heavy-duty D-ring mounts, and integrated pockets for the OEM fog lights. The bumpers are all hand-welded and CNC press-brake formed. No cutting or drilling is required and the bumpers are designed to work with a variety of winches. The full-width bumpers ship with a black powdercoat and come with all necessary hardware and two D-rings.
Dave’s Customs Unlimited now offers heavy-duty replacement tube fenders for Jeep CJ and ’87-’06 Wrangler applications. The fenders are equipped with a mini-inner fenderwell that can be trimmed to fit aftermarket shock towers or shock hoops. The inner fenders are also said to offer enough area to mount under hood components. The fenders are built from 1½-inch x 0.120-wall DOM tubing and CNC laser-cut and formed 1⁄8-inch steel. Fenders are said to mount using the factory hardware and are sold unpainted.
Info: Dave’s Customs Unlimited
The Ballistic Bottle Box from Ballistic Fabrication is comprised of 14-gauge steel and designed to work with most one-quart oil bottles. In addition to securely holding up to six quarts, the box is designed to carry a two-inch-wide roll of utility tape, a 12-ounce can of WD-40, and an additional 12-ounce bottle for things such as brake or power steering fluid. A flat back and pre-cut holes on the box are meant to provide additional mounting options. The Bottle Box is shipped bare and has a safety latch that uses a cotter key to prevent accidental unlatching.
Info: Ballistic Fabrication
The Dana 300 Ultra-Short HD rear output assembly from Novak Conversions is designed to replace the stock tailhousing assembly on the Dana 300. The heavy-duty output ships pre-assembled and includes a host of features. These include a 32-spline output shaft, opposed tapered roller bearings and cups, a drive flange, and reluctor ring. Along with a heat-treated and hardened alloy shaft, the 356 cast aluminum tailhousing is said to be hardened to a T6 condition. Speed sensor is sold separately.
Info: Novak Conversions
Artec Industries axle truss and armor kits are new for the Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK. The heavy-duty kits are said to provide rigidity and strength to the Dana 30 and Dana 44 front axles and include ¼-inch-steel brackets that gusset the axles knuckles and tubes. Rear axle kits, such as the company’s 8.8-inch rear TJ and ZJ truss system, is designed to make swapping in a Ford Explorer rear axle much easier. All kits are weld-on and shipped bare.
Info: Artec Industries
That ’70s Show
Currie Enterprises had its new full-float rear RockJock 70 on hand, which was set up with a full-bracket kit to bolt into a ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK. The RockJock 70 utilizes a Dana 70 ring-and-pinion and is available in a 5:13:1 or 5.38:1 gear ratio. The full-float axle is fitted with 3⁄8-inch wall, 3½-inch-diameter axletubes standard, and can be optioned with either 35- or 40-spline axleshafts. A drain and oil fill plug is standard, and currently the axle is offered in a 5-on-5½ and 6-on-5½ wheel-bolt pattern.
Info: Currie Enterprises
GenRight Off-Road’s iPod weatherproof audio system is available for Jeep Wrangler’s equipped with a GenRight rollcage. The Rock-Garden system is a four-speaker, two-piece assembly that clamps in overhead and installs with a two-wire, waterproof hook up. The fiberglass enclosure includes a 50-watt, four-channel amp, auxiliary input for MP3 and/or satellite radio, 6.5-inch waterproof speakers, four-LED map lights, and built-in FM tuner. The weatherproof docking station is designed to hold and charge your iPhone or iPod and is latched behind a see-thru polycarbonate door. Optional RCA low-level output and additional speaker pods are available.
Info: GenRight Off-Road