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August 2008 4x4 Truck Parts & Accessories - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2008
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The vendor showcase put on by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers during the Moab Easter Safari is a great place to check out the latest off-road wares, buy parts for your 4x4, and hopefully win some great prizes in the raffle. Since we just returned from Moab, this month's new product section is directly from the vendors in Moab. The show usually runs Thursday and Friday of the week leading up to Easter Sunday, and is held at the Spanish Trail Arena just south of downtown Moab, so don't miss it next year.

Wheelie Ramp
On the drive home from Moab we came across some folks with a blown tire on their Airstream trailer. Luckily we had a set of Rocker Jacks from Valley Industries. These curved aluminum jacks can support up to 20,000 pounds and are great for fixing a blowout on a dual-axle trailer, and we impressed the Airstream owners with the ease by which we had them back on the road (it didn't hurt that we had our cordless impact on hand too). These rocker jacks can also help level your camper or trailer. Information: Valley Industries, 209.368.8881, www.valleyindustries.com

Rock JK-Rawler
Rock Krawler Suspension is breaking new ground with a coilover conversion kit for the JK Wrangler. Its main kit offers 51/2 inches of lift and clears 37-inch tires, but the company also offers a stretch kit that pushes the rear axle backwards for a 104-inch wheelbase in the two-door JK and with proper trimming will clear 40-inch tires. The kit incorporates a long-arm front and rear three-link with track-bar design utilizing high-clearance lower control arms, 2.0-inch coilovers, and rear links that offer adjustable rear antisquat. Information: Rock Krawler, 518.270.9822, www.rockkrawler.com

Revtek Raises A Rubi
Revtek Suspension has a new 51/2-inch suspension for the '07-and-newer Jeep JK Wranglers. The kit clears 37x13.50 tires and comes with adjustable upper and lower control arms, adjustable front and rear track bars, adjustable bumpstops, new coils, shocks, sway-bar end links, stainless steel brake lines, pitman arm, and CV driveshafts. Information: Revtek Suspensions, 877.543.8869, www.revtek.com

StaK Slugs
STaK 4x4, maker of the Monster box three-speed transfer case, is now offering drive flanges for Dana 44 and Dana 60 axles. These Monster Hub Slugs are made of hardened 8620 steel with black, red, or blue anodized aluminum covers and designed to replace selectable hubs for the toughest abuse. The 19- or 30-spline Dana 44 sizes and 30- or 35-spline Dana 60 sizes are available. Information: STaK 4x4, 915.584.2400, www.stak4x4.com

Home 4 A Hemi
American Expedition Vehicles has been converting Jeep Wranglers to run Hemi V-8s for years, and now it's offering a new conversion kit so you can do the swap at home. Designed around the '07-and-newer Jeep JK, this package includes motor and transmission mounts, an aluminum cross-flow radiator with hoses, a radiator overflow bottle, a stainless steel exhaust, a battery tray, custom AC/PS/Fuel lines, a reflashed PCM, and a 100-percent computer-tested wiring harness that is literally plug-and-play. Information: American Expedition Vehicles, 406.251.2100, www.aev-coversions.com

Axle Armor
Crane Hi Clearance had the prototype of its new high-pinion RS60 axle center-section. The RS60 is 100 pounds of ductile iron with a chromoly steel diff cover and has three machined surfaces with six 1/2-inch holes for link-mount systems on top. The RS60 is CNC-machined for optimum gear setup and oiling, while the exterior is distinctively angular in keeping with Crane's signature look. Information: Crane High Clearance, 303.917.4851, www.cranehiclearance.com

EZ Axle Upgrade
Dynatrac has new Pro-60 housings ready to bolt into your JK Wrangler. Built with 35-spline axleshafts, gears and locker of your choice, and heavy-duty brackets and brake packages, these rear axles are available as semi- or full-floating 5-on-51/2 pattern or semifloating-only 5-on-5 bolt pattern. Dynatrac includes its No-Fault one-year warranty on these standard-rotation axles. Information: Dynatrac, 714.596.4461, www.dynatrac.com

Moab Vice
Need an extra hand during a trail repair? Mac's Custom Tie-Downs revealed its new Mac's Trail D-Vise. This hitch-mounted vise is great for assembling U-joints, holding parts that need welding, and crushing empty cans. It is made of thick steel with an Acme thread that allows an 8-inch opening and a 2x4x1/2-inch anvil to take a pounding. It slides into a standard 2-inch receiver and stores in a carry bag when not in use. Information: Mac's Custom Tie-Downs, 800.666.1586, www.macscustomtiedowns.com

4140 4 UR JP
Alloy USA is offering new chromoly axleshafts for Jeep JK Wranglers. The front axles are dual heat-treated 4340, and they use the factory spec U-joint, have the proper seal surface, and come assembled and ready to install. Alloy's rear axles are made of dual heat-treated 4140 and come with the ABS tone ring and all the bearings, seals, and wheel studs. The rear axles also have dual bolt patterns so either 5-on-5 or 5-on-51/2 can be used. These axleshafts come with Alloy's 10-year, no-questions-asked warranty against failure, including U-joint failure. Information: Alloy USA, 866.35.ALLOY, www.alloyusa.com

Shackle Sweaters
We knew we had seen everything when we saw these shackle booties from Mule Expedition Equipment. We're not the type to be bothered by the clanking of recovery shackles against the bumper while banging down the trail, but if you are, then these are what you need. We wonder how soon the Truck Nutz guys will be selling a similar product covered with hair. Information: Mule Expedition Equipment, 801.540.1300, www.muleequipped.com

Rubicrawler
Advance Adapters gave us an advanced look at its new Rubicrawler gear-reduction box designed to replace the tailhousing of a 42RLE automatic. The 42RLE is the four-speed automatic found in Jeep TJs and JKs as well as Libertys and some smaller Dodge 4x4s. The crawler will have a 2.72:1 six planetary reduction that goes in front of your Jeep transfer case, giving it three or four speeds of reduction. No length change and direct bolt-in mean that driveshafts and mounts stay the same. Expect this patent-pending product to be available by the end of 2008. Information: Advance Adapters, 800.350.2223, www.advanceadapters.com

Boxing Champ
PSC Motorsports offers new hydraulic cylinder-assist steering kits for '07-and-newer JK series Jeep Wranglers. The kit is designed to assist with 35-inch-or-larger tires and consists of an all-new steering gear and pump. No cutting or welding is required and the steering cylinder mounts onto the stock axlehousings and tie rods with special brackets. The only special tools required are a pitman-arm puller and a 15/16-inch socket for the removal and replacement of the pitman arm. Information: PSC Motorsports, 817.270.0102, www.pscmotorsports.com

A Tougher Tank
Expedition One has a new style of thin jerrycans that are made of high-density crosslink polyethylene, hold 4 gallons, and are up to 3/16-inch thick. These tall thin units can be mounted up tight behind a spare tire so rear overhang isn't compromised and in emergency situations could be used as sand tracks. Red or white (for water) versions are available and the design incorporates lots of handles. Expedition One, 801.726.4338, www.exp-one.com

Superior Axle Support
Superior Axle & Gear is offering the Evolution Series line of axle trusses for Dana 35 and 44 axles found under Jeep TJs, XJs, YJs, and JKs. Designed to add strength and rigidity while still being a bolt-on addition, these truss systems relocate shock mounts to work with stock or lifted vehicles. They also have reinforced sway-bar and track-bar brackets, plus a toughened diff cover that can easily be removed for service. Information: Superior Axle & Gear, 909.476.8295, www.superioraxle.com

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