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2008 4x4 Truck Parts Christmas Gifts - Make It A 4X Xmas

Posted in Product Reviews on February 1, 2009
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Contributors: Ali Mansour
Photographers: The Manufacturers

'Tis the season for giving and a great time to boost the spirits of your favorite off-roader with an awesome gift much better than a goofy tie. Christmas is quickly nearing, and we want to make sure you give a gift worth giving, so here's our annual gift guide.

After all, you wouldn't want to be pegged as a holiday Grinch. We've gathered some cool gifts that are sure to make any dirt- and rock-loving enthusiast smile.

Cool Gifts Under $200

Cabin Air Intake Filter
Off Road Trail Tools now offers a solution to not having a cabin air filter. The Clean Cabin Air Intake is a kit whose primary function is to provide you and your occupants with fresh, clean air-free of most dirt, debris, allergens, and smog odors. Along with filtering out most particulate matter and dust, the intake provides increased airflow for better efficiency for your HVAC.
Information: Off Road Trail Tools, 520.579.2079, www.offroadtrailtools.com

80 Lumens Of Backup
SureFire, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical products, has just released the sleek, powerful E1B Backup, which was designed as an everyday flashlight. Its hard-anodized aluminum body features melted styling and no knurling or rough edges to catch on clothing. The Backup's two-stage, click-on-and-off tail cap is programmed to deliver all 80 of its lumens when fully depressed. At a length of only 4 inches and a weight of 2.8 ounces, it delivers maximum output for 1.3 hours and offers useful light levels for 37 hours on a single SureFire lithium battery.
Information: Surefire, 800.828.8809, www.surefire.com

Evo Trail Table
The Trail Table is made specifically for the JK to maximize area while clearing the rear subwoofer and offers a surface for cool things like a BBQ, a cooler, or a camp stove. It can also be used as a workbench. The table folds up when not in use, taking up very little cargo area. It's constructed from 1/8-inch steel and is powdercoated black. It can be mounted so the table folds up or down.
Information: Off-Road Evolution, 714.870.5515, www.offroadevolution.com

Combo Compact Power Tools
The new Craftsman NEXTEC 12V lithium-ion three-piece combo is great for any trail toolbag. What makes these tools stand out is their ergonomic, ultracompact design and impressive performance. The three tools include a 12V drill and driver, a multisaw that functions as a jigsaw and reciprocating saw, and a 24-LED work light-all powered by a 12V lithium-ion battery pack that recharges in 30 minutes. Lithium-ion batteries are lighter and outperform Ni-Cd-powered tools.
Information: Craftsman, www.craftsman.com

Hands-Free Bluetooth
The EGO CUP FM Bluetooth car kit offers a quick and easy, plug-and-play way for drivers to comply with the hands-free legislation that many states are now putting into action while incorporating the advanced features typically found in professionally installed devices.
Information: Funkwerk Americas, 858.566.2159, www.egohandsfree.com

Heavy-Duty Diff Covers
T&J Performance Center offers these heavy-duty differential covers for the Dana 30, 35, 44, and 50 axles. While providing greater protection against rocks and other hazards, the extra 1/8-inch steel plating along the bottom of the cover also acts as a skidplate to make getting by obstacles much easier.
Information: T&J Performance Center, 714.633.0991, www.tandjperformance.com

Synthetic Winch Rope
Master-Pull's synthetic winch rope is 5/16 inch by 80 feet, rated to 13,000 pounds, and has a heavy-duty sling hook. Synthetic line is up to 45 percent stronger than wire cable and, unlike cable, doesn't dangerously snap back if broken. Winch rope is only a fraction of the weight of cable, making it much easier to handle.
Information: Master-Pull, 877.797.0202, www.masterpull.com

JK Harness Bar
Rockhard 4x4 Parts now offers this harness bar for the four-door Jeep Wrangler. The bar makes a secure mounting point for safety harnesses and a great grab handle for rear-seat passengers. A custom fit cover is also available.
Information: Rockhard 4x4, 308.750.4690, www.rockhard4x4parts.com


SeatSavers
These SeatSaver seat protectors are easy to install and remove and protect seats from harmful UV rays, which cause cracking and fading. When the covers are dirty, simply wash and dry at home. The seat protectors are fabricated from heavy-duty polycotton, which eliminates that tacky, sticky feeling while driving.
Information: Covercraft Industries, 405.238.9651, www.covercraft.com

Wireless Winch Control
The wireless control system operates a winch remotely from up to 50 feet away. The system will work with any Warn winch with a five-wire electrical system, plus it is easy to install and operate. Included is a receiver with an integrated antenna, a transmitter, and mounting hardware.
Information: Warn Industries, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com


Rockcrusher Diff Covers
Rockcrusher diff covers are made from ductile steel and are 0.250 inch thick, with reinforcement ribs. The larger-diameter oil fill hole is located higher on the cover to aid in filling rotated housings. The covers include mounting bolts and a fill plug. Applications include Dana 30, 44, 60, and 80; Ford; GM; and many more.
Information: Rockcrusher, 234.567.4706, www.rockcrusherdiffs.com

Fairlead
This new big hawse fairlead is CNC-machined from billet 6100 aluminum. It is 11/4 inches thick with a large radius on both the front and back, which provides greater abrasion resistance and reduces friction and wear, thus extending the life of your synthetic line. Fits standard winch plates and aftermarket bumpers. Grade 8 hardware included.
Information: Rokmen, 303.907.6303, www.rokmen.com

Cool Gifts Under $100

JK Grab Handles
This four-piece grab handle set from MasterCraft is manufactured from 11/2-inch nylon webbing for strength and durability. The 5-inch Thermo-Press handle does not collapse on your hand, and there is a third mounting strap for extra support when you really need it. Available in 2- or 3-inch sizes and in two colors, red or black.
Information: MasterCraft Racing Seats, 800.565.4042, www.mastercraftseats.com

Off-Road Entertainment
Rick Russell has been exploring the backwoods of California and Mexico for 20 years. The videos are fun and informative and show enthusiasts from all walks of life enjoying backcountry trips in their 4WD vehicles. These DVDs are a great way to pass a cold and frosty winter waiting for the trail to open again.
Information: 4x4 Books, 308.381.4410, www.4x4books.com

Personalize Your Rig
Customize your 4x4 with a personalized billet-aluminum license-plate frame. These frames are CNC-machined from solid billet aluminum, and the lettering is CNC-machined into the frame. The frames can be ordered in anodized black or polished and clearcoated. So announce your love for your sweetheart, or tell everyone the name of your trailblazing machine. These make great stocking stuffers.
Information: Billet Frames, 262.250.1500, www.billetframes.com

Super Yanker Tow Rope
This awesome tow rope has the ability to stretch up to 30 percent while in use, which stores kinetic energy and greatly aids in vehicle extraction. It also has excellent shock absorption, which takes stress off the chassis. Excellent in the sand, mud, or snow.
Information: Master-Pull, 877.797.0202, www.masterpull.com


Tube Joints
The art of tube notching just became as simple as paint-by-numbers with these PipeMaster tool. These handheld, metric and SAE-sized tools remove the guesswork of notching tube or pipe for professional-quality joints at home garages or in the welding shop. With a flush fitment, welding single or compound joints is easier, allowing for cleaner and stronger welds. Tools fit tube or pipe from 1/2 to 12 inches outside diameter.
Information: PipeMaster, 360.668.3291, www.pipemastertools.com

Seat Booster Pad
MasterCraft offers this seat booster pad, which comes in a 2-inch thickness. For comfort, the back or bottom of the bolster can be used separately. The bolster also comes in many colors to match your MasterCraft seats. They can also be used with any factory or aftermarket seating.
Information: MasterCraft Racing Seats, 800.565.4042, www.mastercraftseats.com

Standard Manual Hubs
Warn standard hubs are the ideal choice for OEM hub replacement, and they share many features with the premium hubs such as a steel clutch ring and inner drive gear, and a precision-cast hub body. These hubs make a great gift.
Information: Warn Industries, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com


Dash Panel for '97-'06 TJ
The Jeep Wrangler TJ has a problem with convenient storage for small items. Daystar Products offers a dash panel that converts the all-but-useless coin tray just above the radio on the factory dash into usable space. The panel matches the contours of the factory dash for a precise fit. It also matches that of the factory center bezel so it blends in with the rest of the dash and looks just like a factory piece.
Information: Daystar, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com

Tool Roll
Make it easy to find what you need with Off Road Trail Tools custom Tool Rolls, made to fit in a toolbox or by itself. Heavy-duty construction provides years of trouble-free service. Multiple compartments allow complete customization.
Information: Off Road Trail Tools, 520.579.2079, www.offroadtrailtools.com


JK Door Hinge Locks
These external door lockers provide theft protection for otherwise vulnerable Jeep Wrangler JK hard doors. The door lockers prevent the expensive doors from being lifted off and fenced for big bucks. The high-security 10 tumbler locks allow the owner to unlock and remove the door-locker assembly and then remove the hard doors. Separate models available for two- and four-door models.
Information: Tuffy Security Products, 800.348.8339, www.tuffyproducts.com

Colorado Compass
See Colorado like it's never been seen before. With over 500 pages of GPS coordinates, off-road trail guides, and interesting doses of Colorado's rich history, the Backcountry Adventures Colorado book is a must for any outdoor enthusiast looking to explore the Centennial State. If someone you know is looking for new Rocky Mountain roads to travel or a new place to get a terra fix in the wild west, then check it out.
Information: Adler Publishing, 800.660.5107, www.adlerpublishing.com

Wrench Roll
Make it easy to find the tool you need with Off Road Trail Tools' custom Wrench Rolls. Heavy-duty construction provides years of trouble-free service. Multiple compartments allow complete customization.
Information: Off Road Trail Tools, 520.579.2079, www.offroadtrailtools.com



Rope Rollers
Daystar Products now offers a simple and economical way to upgrade a standard winch roller fairlead to work with any synthetic rope. The Rope Rollers replace the steel rollers on any conventional fairlead so you can retain the benefits of a roller fairlead while running synthetic winch rope. The Rope Rollers will not groove or gall during angled pulls. They work with any standard 5,000- to 9,000-pound roller fairlead regardless of manufacturer.
Information: Daystar, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com

Steering Skid
Rokmen has a new option for protecting the vulnerable steering box on '97-'06 Jeep TJs and LJs. More of the steering gear is protected, and with the unique mounting on the framerail, torsion style sway bars are not interfered with. Constructed of 3/16-inch steel that is fully TIG-welded for super toughness and great fit and finish. Available in bare steel as well as black powdercoat. Hardware is included.
Information: Rokmen, 303.907.6303, www.rokmen.com

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