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Coverlay Manufacturing has dash covers to fix your cracked dashes and offers you plain replacements or ones with a bit of flair (and in a variety of colors you can choose from). They're a piece of cake to install and will make labor really easy if you're looking to have an upholstered dash that'll require removal of the top piece. Information: Coverlay Mfg., 800.633.7090, www.coverlaymfg.com
Sun-Tech Innovations has figured out a dependable way to balance driveshafts using its wheel-balancing technology. The Balance Masters are mounted at either end of the driveshaft and are filled with liquid mercury that keeps the 'shaft balanced by centrifugal force, at the same time reducing harmful vibrations. Balance Masters are not affected by weather and have no parts to break or dry out. Information: Sun-Tech Innovations, 800.786.8324, www.balancemasters.com
Don't waste your time trying to modify your existing fuel rails when Professional Products has these Fuel Rail Kits that include a pair of anodized billet-aluminum fuel rails with options like stainless mounting hardware, AN connector braided stainless hoses, a billet adjustable fuel-pressure regulator, and all the necessary fittings. And if you can believe this, Professional Products expects even the most complete (option wise) kit to sell for under $200! They're available for MPFI Chevy, Dodge, and Ford engines. Information: Professional Products, 323.779.2020, www.professionalproducts.com
Don't Trash Your Hardtop
Bestop has come up with a convenient way to store your hardtop, doors, softop, and other Jeep body parts. The Hoss hardtop cart attaches to your hardtop while it's still on your Jeep, allowing for easy removal. Information: Bestop, 303.464.2509, www.bestop.com
Check 'em out. Cable swing steps that will flex when you hit rocks with them, yet they'll support you and three buddies as a step and let mud and snow fall through their grates for no dirt buildup. They're fairly easy to mount in either weld-on or bolt-on versions and are 12 inches tall by 14 inches wide. Simple, effective, and a heck of a lot cheaper than that chrome nerf bar on your neighbor's ride. Information: Opam Inc., 303.449.7337, www.opaminc.com
Alcan Spring is offering Orbit-Eye jointed springs for custom orders. The Orbit-Eye joints allow greater axle articulation while reducing spring fatigue since the springs are now allowed to turn at the spring perch. The Orbit-Eyes provide 46 degrees of flex, are precision machined, and are rebuildable should one wear out. Information: Alcan Spring, 888.321.0870, www.alcanspring.com
Ride Like a Winner
Tuff Country introduces its newest Trophy Truck Series suspension line. This first system is for the current Ford F-150 2WD and 4WD trucks and provides 13 1/2 inches of wheel travel while still retaining the stock spindles. Billet Aluminum upper A-arms, boxed 4130 chromoly lower arms, coilovers, and shock towers will let you fit up to 37-inch tires while leaving your competition in the dust. Information: Tuff Country EZ-Ride, 800.288.2190, www.tuffcountry.com
Royal Purple, maker of the infamously purple engine and drivetrain lubes, wants to remind you that heavy-duty loads like big-honking tires and great big trailers will fatigue gear oil more quickly than you could ever imagine. Max-Gear is a special synthetic formula designed to hold up to the high-heat, high-stress conditions of off-road, while reducing shock load on gears and bearings. It's available in 75W90, 75W140, and 85W140 viscosities. Information: Royal Purple Ltd., 281.354.8600, www.royalpurple.com
Off Road Chick Wear
For the off-roader of the female persuasion, Off Road Chicks has come out with a new line of cool apparel to keep you out of those too-big guy shirts from Bubba's off-road shop. Started by a couple girls who like to play in the dirt, Off Road Chick's apparel is made so the girls who are wrenching and 'wheeling with the boys don't have to look like them. Information: Off Road Chicks, www.offroadchicks.com
OK, so this isn't a movie about trucks, but it is about competing in the dirt and has some cute girls in it to boot. The storyline is about KC Carlyle and his brother Trip, two brothers riding against the odds and sponsored riders while trying to make it on their own. It's no award-winning plot, but it is entertaining and has some great dirt-bike footage. Dirt is dirt, and if the movie has some action in the rough stuff, than we're probably gonna like it. Check it out at your local movie renter or at www.foxhome.com.