’Tis The Season for 4x4 Goodies!
With the holiday season in full swing it’s easy to create that wish list full of wants, needs, and have-to-haves. While we understand that most money trees were plucked, trimmed, and clear-cut by the early settlers, many of us still find ways to shake a few pennies loose around this time of year. Since most of us don’t get too excited about new socks or kitchen appliances, we thought we’d put together a gift guide full of awesome goodies that can fit in almost every wheeler’s budget. So here’s to hoping that you receive that perfect gift, and don’t worry if you have to gift it to yourself—it’s the thought that counts!
BDS Suspension offers a long-arm upgrade kit that fits ’94-’01 Ram 1500 and ’94-’02 Ram 2500 trucks with 5 to 6 inches of lift. The mainly bolt-on system includes long lower links with greaseable bushings and mounting brackets. The system is designed to reduce the control arm angles to help increase handling and lessen caster change throughout wheel travel.
Information: BDS Suspension
The SMP Fabworks roof racks are a universal rack designed for pickups and SUVs. Each rack is comprised of 11⁄8x0.090-wall steel tubing that’s finished with a stain black powdercoat. All units are designed to work with all Yakima and Thule cross bars, so you can utilize their accessory line as well. The rack comes in a variety of standard sizes and custom lengths upon request.
Information: SMP Fabworks
The V-Series Pull
Warn’s entry-level series VR8000 winch is an 8,000-pound winch that offers Warn’s legendary reliability and performance at a budget-friendly price. With an exclusive internal brake design and heavy-duty, three-stage planetary gearset, the VR8000 is engineered with speed, strength, and safety in mind. Each unit comes with a 12-foot control lead, 94 feet of 5⁄16-inch wire rope, and a separate control pack for multiple mounting options.
Information: Warn Ind.
Modern Classic Enterprises’ Gen II fender kit is designed to give your Jeep TJ or YJ that classic flatfender look. The MCE fenders are a one-piece design constructed of a UV-stable TPO plastic that comes with a lifetime warranty against cracking. Each flare system uses a rubber grommet mounting system so the flares can easily pop on and off.
Information: Modern Classic Ent.
The RX-300 shocks from Rusty’s Off Road are designed to bridge affordability with performance shock technology. Each of the 2-inch-diameter reservoir shocks is fitted with a 14mm chrome-hardened piston shaft and progressive valving to help smooth out off-road turbulence. Filled with a high-pressure nitrogen charge, the 10-inch-travel shocks can be used on most Jeep platforms with 3 or more inches of lift.
Information: Rusty’s Offroad
KC’s 8-inch 35-watt HID (high intensity discharge) lights are fully self-contained with the ballast and starter located inside of the housing. The durable Polymax housing holds a computer-designed polished reflector that sits behind a heavy-duty Lexan lens. Both of the long-range and driving beam patterns are rated at 3,500 lumens per lamp, and the lights come fully assembled with a preterminated wiring harness to expedite the installation.
Information: KC HiLites
Tools On the Go
The Kobalt 138-piece tool set, found exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores, is designed to offer professional quality at an affordable price. Some of the features include 72-tooth ratchet drives, laser-etched and color-marked standard and metric sockets (6- and 12-point), wrenches, nut drives, and Allen keys. Each combo kit comes with a hassle-free lifetime warranty and Kobalt’s exclusive “sockets for life” program.
Information: Kobalt Tools
OR-Fab’s Gecko Skin rear quarter armor is designed to protect the rear tub of the ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK. The 10-gauge steel plate armor is available with or without the 11⁄2x0.120-wall rock slider bar and comes powdercoated or bare. The armor can also be used with factory and/or aftermarket fenders and includes all necessary hardware and a taillight instillation kit.
The 4x4 Posi-Lok replaces your rig’s vacuum or thermal linear actuated central axle disconnect (CAD) with a heavy-duty cable-operated device. This allows the driver to engage the front axle from inside of the cab with a simple pull of the actuator knob. The Posi-Lok upgrade also aids in maneuverability off-road for rigs equipped with a fulltime front locker.
Information: 4x4 Posi-Lok
JK Electronic Upgrades
The ProCal Module from American Expedition Vehicles is an easy-to-use tool that helps recalibrate the complicated electronics on the ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK. The small device plugs into your vehicle’s OBD-II port. Some of the features include speedometer and gear ratio calibrators, Tire Pressure Motioning System threshold adjustment, high-idle control for electrical accessories, trouble code clearing, and steering wheel on-center verification.
Information: American Expedition Vehicle