Moab Easter Jeep Safari New ProductsPosted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2013 Comment (0)
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
The Torq-14 is based off of the GM 10.5-inch 14-bolt gearset and packaged into a nodular-iron dropout third member. Torq-14s are said to be lighter than a Dana 60 and have ground clearance only 3⁄8-inch less than a fabricated 9-inch axlehousing. Front axles built to bolt into the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK are said to weigh in at 510 pounds and 405 pounds for the rear. The Super-14, which is fitted with an aluminum third member, is said to cut axle weight by 40 pounds. Additional armor, trussing, and 40-spline axle upgrades are available.
Info: Torq Motorsports
DC Custom Fabrication’s front bumper is designed for the ’97-’06 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The 3⁄16-inch steel bumper is CNC-cut and press broken, and includes a Hawse fairlead and clevis mount as standard equipment. Race Series (shown), Summit Series, and Crawler Series versions of the bumper are currently available, and aluminum versions of each are said to be in the works. All bumpers are made in the USA.
Info: DC Custom Fabrication
Hydra front fenders from Nemesis Industries are crafted for the ’97-’06 Jeep Wrangler TJ. The high-line front fenders are comprised of 3⁄16-inch aluminum. Each fender set comes with inner fenders and an underhood accessory relocation kit that includes a bracket for the washer bottle. The Hydra front fenders are said to allow room for up to 35-inch tall tires with no lift. Trimming of the factory hood will be required. Rear fender kits and sliders are available.
Info: Nemesis Industries
Buggy in a Box
The IBEX chassis from Goat Built are weld-together tube buggy kits that ship directly to your doorstep. Available in basic, full, and complete versions, the 1020 DOM tubing (chromoly available as well) is shipped to your home already notched, bent, marked, and numbered. Four- and two-seat versions, along with suspension links, fuel tank, and pedal mounts can all be optioned at time of purchase. Each IBEX chassis is built around the LS 4.8L, 5.3L, and 6.0L truck engines. Fully welded (MIG or TIG) roller, bare, and turnkey chassis are also offered, along with an assortment of accessories and panels.
Info: Goat Built Design and Engineering
J.W. Speaker has launched two new LED fog lights. The 6145 model is a bumper-mount LED that is designed to be a direct replacement for the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK fog light. The 6150 model shares the same light technology, but comes with a pedestal mount. Each light features heavy-duty sold-state electronics, a hard-coated polycarbonate lens, die-cast housing, and a choice of a silver or black finish. The lights are said to surpass DOT and Transport Canada requirements and are built in the USA.
Info: J.W. Speaker
The GT gauge and tuner from Bully Dog is made for the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK. The compact display module allows you to monitor fluid temps and engine parameters, along with adding adjustable power tunes. An off-road mode is designed to adjust throttle input and allow you to turn off the engine fan for water crossings. An axle and tire calibrator is built-in, and for those with Rubicon models, you will be able to engage the factory selectable lockers and disconnect your sway bar in any two- or four-wheel-drive setting up to 30 mph.
Info: Bully Dog
The Rubicon Express three-link upgrade is crafted for those looking to change from the company’s original rear radius-arm setup. The new three-link kit works with the existing 3.5- and 4.5-inch long-arm systems and is completely bolt-on. Included with the kit are an adjustable chromoly upper link, axle truss, Dana 44 differential support ring, and all necessary hardware. The made-in-the-U.S.A. kit is also backed by the Rubicon Express Advantage Lifetime Warranty.
Info: Rubicon Express
G2 Axle and Gear’s Core No. 44 axles utilize the larger, next-generation Dana 44 ring-and-pinion sets. High-pinion front Core No. 44 axles will be fitted with 3x0.25-inch axletubes, have forged inner Cs, reinforced centersection ribbing, and ¼-inch laser-cut brackets that include built-in lower control-arm skids. Maybe the most novel innovation is the G-Lock spanner nut design, which allows you to adjust the differential carrier’s backlash and bearing preload, sans shims. The differential is also said to be compatible with the factory JK Tru-Lok electronic locker as well as conventional aftermarket lockers. Front and rear bolt-in Wrangler applications should be ready by the time you read this.
Info: G2 Axle & Gear
Icon Vehicle Dynamics launched its new front and rear coilover kits for the ’07-’13 Jeep Wrangler JK. In addition to the coilover conversion, the company had its new compression adjuster shocks on hand. The new adjusters are fitted to the shocks reservoir and designed to allow users to easily tune their shocks’ compression damping with a simple twist of the knob. By the time you read this, the coilover kit and compression-adjuster shocks should be ready to ship.
Info: Icon Vehicle Dynamics
Pump It Up
PSC Motorsports has a new series of power steering race pumps designed specifically for the high-revving and demanding performance market. These new series pumps have been tested on King of the Hammers race buggies, and a few trick varieties are now on the monster truck circuit. PSC can work with the customer to determine the correct pump and how it needs to be tuned for either fully hydraulic or hydraulic-assist applications.
Info: PSC Motorsports
SPC Performance’s xAxis sealed flex joint is designed to replace OE-style bushings on a number of applications. The sealed joint is said to retain grease and increase element protection over traditional joints and has up to 45 degrees of angularity for high-misalignment applications. Some of the benefits are said to be reduced deflection, improved durability, and increased range over traditional rubber and poly bushings. Inside, the joints are fitted with an electroless nickel-plated ball that rides on a wear-resistant nylon sleeve and has zinc-plated retainer rings to keep the boot secure. Builder versions and direct OE applications are available.
Info: SPC Performance
Aqualu Industries has been building aluminum tubs and bodies for Jeeps, Land Cruisers, and Samurais for years. The company’s latest offerings include a quad-cab tub that is based on a CJ/YJ body. The 1.8-inch (.156) 5052 marine-grade-aluminum tub is fitted with a 116-inch wheelbase (same as the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK) and designed to work with a custom or stretched CJ or YJ frame. Also new are Aqualu’s Samurai front fenders and clip. The Aqualu Samurai front clip has built-in headlight buckets, and the inner skirts of the front fenders are said to be slightly taller than stock to accommodate larger tires.
Info: Aqualu Industries Inc