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March 2009 4x4 Truck Parts & Accessories - New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on March 1, 2009
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Twin Throttle Body
Howell Engine Developments has released a new twin throttle-body fuel-injection kit that increases air flow and fuel flow and improves starting and driveability, with noticeable gains in power and gas mileage. Controlled by a production-based GM ECU, the system is designed for use on twin four-barrel intake manifolds for small- and large-displacement V-8s. The included computer will also control 4L60E and 4L80E electronic transmissions. Information: Howell Engine Developments, 810.765.5100,

Wrangler JK Lift
Zone Offroad Products has released an economical and complete 4-inch lift for the new Wrangler. The system includes coil springs, a 1.25-inch solid adjustable front track bar, alignment cam washers, and 2-inch bumpstop extensions for the front. In the rear are a reinforced track-bar bracket, bumpstop extensions, brake-line relocation brackets, and longer sway-bar links. The kit also includes four twin-tube hydraulic custom-valved shock absorbers. Information: Zone Offroad Products, 888.998.9663,

Seat Protection
Coverking's neoprene seat covers provide water resistance, protection, and comfort. These custom-tailored covers feature heavy-duty three-layer construction utilizing a moisture-resistant neoprene base, foam padding, and a Lycra shell. The covers install easily and fit perfectly on headrests, armrests, console covers, and even 40/20/40 split-bench configurations. Information: Coverking, 714.850.0303,

CVX-30 CV Joint
The new CVX-30 series 1350 CV from the Cornay Company has a 30-degree constant-velocity capability. Its advanced design features a ring-type bearing housing and sealed needle roller bearings. A complete driveline includes the driveshaft and a CVX-30, which work reliably under a wide variety of extreme on-highway and off-road conditions. The tough assembly delivered smooth, quiet operation in off-road situations that required high angles, high speed, high torque, and long life. Information: Cornay Co., 303. 651.9099,

Chevy & GM Boost
Pure Performance set out to design a value-packed 4-inch suspension system for Chevy and GMC 1/2-ton 4x4 SUVs and came up with the X Factor system. It maintains factory ride quality and handling. The system is composed of high-quality one-piece laser-cut steel strut spacers and offset heavy-duty uniball upper A-arms. This system allows for up to 33-inch-tall tires and is a good choice for leased vehicles that need to be returned in factory condition. Information: Pure Performance, 518.270.9822,

Bulk Tubing
Classic Tube's stainless steel tube is now available in bulk. The tubing is double-annealed SAE 304-grade, which is easy to flare and bend. While stainless steel is impervious to weather, the OE steel is protected with a two-part Galfan galvanizing with a topcoat of an aluminum-rich epoxy. Color-coded SAE or metric end fittings in steel or stainless steel are also available. Information: Classic Tube, 800.882.3711,

Air & Fuel Monitor
The new JET Air and Fuel Monitor is designed for the driver who wants to monitor engine efficiency and fuel mileage. The unit features a backlit LCD screen and eight different monitoring screens to choose from, including air/fuel ratio and 02 sensor voltage. This information can be used to fine-tune the vehicle for performance and mileage. Information: JET Performance Products, 800.535.1161,

Tire Plug Kit
Every 4x4 rig should have a tire-plug kit in its glovebox. This kit includes all of the parts to repair nearly every common tire issue seen on the trail. There are 30 self-vulcanizing plugs, a heavy-duty reamer, and needle tools to plug small punctures. The kit also includes a stem, a core, plug lube, a knife, pliers, a four-way tool, and a 24-inch length of stainless steel wire to sew sidewall cuts. Information: Power Tank, 209.366.2163,

Nissan Traction On Demand
ARB has just released the latest Nissan ARB Air Locker. The locker is designed for the M226 Nissan axles found in '05-and-newer Frontiers, Titans, and Xterras. The new RD149 Air Locker features the patented "timed" locking mechanism that optimizes the internal gear mesh in the locked configuration, which increases its unlocking speed. Information: ARB USA, 425.264.1391,

More Stuff From Sema

Too Big?
While at the SEMA show in Las Vegas we ran across this wheel again, all 42 inches of it. Of course the only tire we know of that might fit is a Firestone tractor tire, but we aren't about to try. However, if you really want to try, we'll post a photo of your best effort. Information: Lexani,

Wild Boar has come out with a new rack/shade/whatever apparatus for Jeep JK Wranglers. Along with Wild Boar's other products-fastback tops, racks, bumpers, accessories-this rack is sturdy enough for even the brawniest jeepers. Information: Wild Boar,

Jack Bag
Safe jacking is the byword nowadays, so what better than a condom for your Hi-Lift jack? This rubber (neoprene) sock keeps the worst goo out of the inner workings, making it easy to lift the largest load with the long handle. Information: Hi-Lift Jack,

Discount Direct
One new product you never see is the man behind the scenes at Discount Tire Direct. Editor Pw's nephew Peter Clay now works for Discount and recently attended the '08 SEMA show for his first time. "It won't be my last time," said Clay. Information: Discount Tire Direct,

Rescue Me!
While hard to photograph, Rescue Tape is a self-fusing silicone, stretchable, lifesaving product we want to try in the field. From sealing a hose to making an O-ring, this stuff has so many uses that it should be in every wheeler's tool kit. Lovely Maria Sjogren showed us how it worked and made a waterproof bandage for a cut finger. Information: Rescue Tape,

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