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January 2012 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 2012
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Ford F-150 5-inch Lifts
Performance Automotive Group has new 5-inch lift packages for the ’97-’11 Ford F-150. These economically priced lifts combine the company’s 2-inch leveling kit and 3-inch body lift. The Premium Lift Systems includes gap guards, bumper brackets, a CNC-machined steering adapter, nylon-reinforced body blocks, coil spacers, and all necessary hardware. These combo kits are also available for GM, Jeep, Nissan, and Toyota applications. Information: Performance Automotive Group, 928.636.7080, .

Jeep Shock Towers
Dave’s Customs Unlimited’s rear shock tower is designed to allow your Jeep Wrangler TJ or YJ to run long-travel rear shocks or coilovers without cutting into the tub of your Jeep. The tower set is laser cut and CNC bent from 3⁄16-inch steel. The towers are a weld-on upgrade that is engineered to be frenched into the rear section of your Wrangler’s frame. Information: Dave’s Customs Unlimited, 602.639.1213,

Snap-on Light
Snap-on’s new swivel light features 30 bright-white LED lights. Unlike hot-burning incandescent bulbs, this portable battery-powered auxiliary light is cool to the touch. Rated at 90 lumens, the 30 LEDS provide up to 100,000 hours or 11.4 years of continuous service. The horizontal head pivots -5 to 90 degrees and rotates 300 degrees. A built-in magnet and hook are located at the base of the handle. Information: Snap-on Inc., 877.762.7662,

The Jack Mate
The Jack Mate replaces a standard lift jack’s top clamp with a multipurpose attachment. The Jack Mate secures to the jack by sliding over the jack’s bar and is attached with a quick-release pin. As a top clamp, it’s designed to increase the jack’s winching, clamping, and crushing capabilities. When used as a base the Jack Mate is engineered to bite into boards or logs to help increase the jack’s stability. Information: Rescue 42, 888.427.3728,

The Hitch Step
The billet aluminum hitch step from Defederworx is built to make hard-to-reach items a bit more accessible. Available with a variety of manufacture brand names and logos, the easy-to-use hitch step is great tool for accessing the parts in the bed or hard-to-reach items mounted on your vehicle’s roof rack. The step simply installs into your hitch receiver and will hold up to 250 pounds. Information: Defenderworx, 714.630.9700,

Mile Marker Hub Conversion
If you’re tired of replacing the nonserviceable unit bearings on the front end of your XJ, YJ, or TJ, then Mile Marker has an upgrade for you. The Mile Marker hub conversion replaces the factory unit bearing with a fixed spindle and lockout hub on each side of the axle. This front axle upgrade is designed to reduce the wear and tear on your front drivetrain and help improve handling on the street. Information: Mile Marker Inc., .

HighRock4x4 Front Bumper
Made from the same quality craftsmanship that Bestop is known for, the new Narrow HighRock4x4 front bumper features 3⁄16-inch laser-cut stamped steel that’s MIG-welded then finished with wrinkle-free powdercoat. Available for both Jeep Wrangler TJ and JK platforms, the winch bumper includes 1-inch-thick D-ring attachment mounts and is completely bolt-on. JK models come with holes designed to accept the factory foglights. Additional tube grilleguard with light tabs is sold separately. Information: Bestop,

Ram Bushing
The Big O Bushin, aka the B.O.B., from 4x4 Plus is designed to take the loose steering feel out of the ’03-’07 Dodge Ram 3⁄4- and 1-ton trucks. The B.O.B. is a heavy-duty bushing upgrade that sits in place of the Ram’s factory track bar bushing. It comes with new hardware and works with gas or diesel applications. Information: 4x4 Plus, 208.623.2393,

Shock & Armor
Daystar Products’ Stabilizer Armor offers an inexpensive way to keep the bodies of shock absorbers and steering stabilizers protected while adding some color to a vehicle’s undercarriage. Constructed of tough thermoplastic polyurethane, the armor absorbs the impact of damaging road debris. The unique attachment method allows the armor to be installed without removing the shock from the vehicle. Currently Stabilizer Armor is available in four colors: black, red, yellow, and blue. Information: Daystar Products, 800.595.7659,

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