Off-Road Expo Special
The Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo in Pomona, California, is a public showcase of vendors and builders of exciting 4x4 and off-road wares and vehicles. We recently spent a weekend there and found a plethora of neat new products you’ll be seeing in your local 4x4 shops and online retailers soon. To attend next year, visit www.offroadexpo.com.
Currie RockJock 70
As the Jeep JK market booms, so do the weights and tire sizes of the popular two- and four-door Wranglers hitting the trail. Currie Enterprise is addressing that issue with the largest high-pinion axle currently available, the new RockJock 70. This high-pinion axle will be available with a 5.13 or 5.38 ratio and a 10.6-inch ring gear and will have a strength comparable to a low-pinion Dana 60 in a rear application, but with much better driveshaft angles when used in the rear of a 4x4.
Information: Currie Ent.
RockHard Jeep Parts
RockHard 4x4 has rock sliders, cowl light mounts, and a new vacuum pump relocation mount for the ’12 Jeep Wranglers. The rock sliders are made of rectangular tubing with round tube side rails to keep the body away from trail obstacles. The cowl mounts are perfect for the new-style LED off-road lights, and the vacuum pump relocation mount is important when installing an aftermarket bumper on a ’12 JK.
Information: RockHard 4x4
Artec 8.8 Axle Upgrade
Considering stuffing a Ford Explorer 8.8 axle under the rear of your TJ? Artec Industries can help with its 8.8 axle truss and suspension mount kit. The 1⁄4-inch-thick steel truss helps locate all the spring, shock, and link mounts for easy installation in a Jeep TJ Wrangler. Some welding required.
Information: Artec Ind.
MetalCloak 6Pak Shocks
One of the most talked about products of Off-Road Expo was these new 6Pak long-travel shocks from MetalCloak. Design for optimal travel with minimal compression length, these shocks will allow your axle to compress farther up toward your frame for greater wheel travel. The innovative design uses dual opposing reservoirs and four shock shafts with a floating body, yet the shocks are fully rebuildable and tunable and bolt into the stock location.
Reel Big CV
JE Reel heard the call for a massive monster constant-velocity joint for monster mud trucks, big disco show trucks, and deepwater swamp buggies and has answered with its new 1500 series CV joint. The 1500 series is rated to 1,000 lb-ft of continuous torque at 3,500 rpm with a maximum angle of 45 degrees. As a comparison, a 1350 CV is rated for 350 lb-ft of torque.
Information: JE Reel
Gen-Right & Left Steering
GenRight’s new Jeep four-link front suspension is an innovative attempt to combine a steering box and vertical travel. The kit includes a system of links, bell cranks, and a slider box to remove bumpsteer, and a track bar from the front suspension, eliminating side-to-side axle movement through the travel of the suspension.
Information: GenRight Offroad
Baby Raptor From McNeil
Got a Ranger and want a Raptor? Order up the new Ranger Raptor (Raptanger?!!) fiberglass from McNeil Racing. Included are fiberglass front and rear fenders along with hood and a Ford logo grille. Special head and tail lights required.
Information: McNeil Racing Inc.
Giant Motorsports had its innovative Daily Driver link kit on display at the expo. The DD is a pseudo rear radius arm with an airs hock on the link for wrap control while still allowing some articulation. The arms, when combined with a track bar and frame crossmember, offer a rear link suspension without affecting exhaust routing or some fuel tank relocation. Available for Ford and Chevy trucks.
Information: Giant Motorsports
714.265.1450, www. giantmotorsports.com.