The 4-Wheeler’s Holiday Gift GuidePosted in Product Reviews on February 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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
The wheel spacer kits from Spidertrax offer a wide range of spacer widths to give your rig that extra stance and/or clearance it needs. Each spacer kit is fitted with an anodized coating for corrosion resistance and is backed with a no-risk money-back guarantee. All spacer kits come complete with two 6061T6 anodized aluminum wheel spacers, preinstalled wheel studs, lug nuts, and Loctite. The current wheel-bolt pattern offerings are 5-on-41⁄2, 5-on-5, 5-on-51⁄2, and 6-on-51⁄2.
Solid-Axle Chevy Design
Offroad Design’s solid-axle swap kit lets you add a heavy-duty straight front axle to your ’88-’98 GM truck. Beefy 1⁄4-inch brackets are designed to use standard ’73-’87 GM lift springs and work with a variety of donor axles to get you the height and travel you need. ORD can also provide you with the steering, shock, brake, and other miscellaneous components needed for the conversion.
Information: Offroad Design
Love Thy Tree
The Tree Hugger from Bubba Rope gives you a safe and green way to anchor your winch line to a tree. The 3-inch wire strap, which has a break strength of 58,000 pounds, is made of 100 percent polyester webbing: extremely strong, lightweight, and easy on trees. The neon-orange strap is offered in 10- and 16-foot lengths and has reduced eyelets to secure a shackle more easily.
Information: Bubba Rope
The Straight Edge LED light system from Pro Comp features a heavy-duty 6061 aluminum case that earned the SEL system a 15.6 G-Force rating. The 3-watt Cree LEDs, which boast 90 percent efficient optics, create a dual-purpose 10- and 60-degree light pattern for your close and faraway lighting needs. The SEL systems are available in lengths of 5 to 46 inches, and each is protected by a Lexan cover and is completely waterproof. All kits include marine-grade wiring and connecters.
Information: Pro Comp
Light Up the Summit
Summit’s 6-inch off-road lights come with a 100-watt quartz bulb, a stainless steel housing, glass lens, and adjustable rubber mounted bushings. The light kits are available in packs of two and four and include wiring and a dash-mount rocker switch. An optional 50,000-candlepower titanium finish housing fitted with a super-white bulb is available as well.
Information: Summit Racing Equipment
Get Your Boots On!
The Boot Campaign is an organization that gives you the opportunity to put yourself in a military serviceperson’s shoes, literally. By purchasing a set of boots from the Boot Campaign, you’ll be assisting in charities that aid veterans and active troops dealing with emotional, mental, and physical issues. And since every off-road enthusiast could use a good set of boots, it’s a worthy cause for both your feet and the troops!
Information: The Boot Campaign
Super Computer Control
The Superchips Vivid Tuner merges Android smart phone technology with the latest in vehicle performance programming. Some of the tuner’s features includes user-friendly performance tuning, an integrated digital gauge display, HD video recording, and an inclinometer and G-Force meter. It can even be used as a GPS unit. Ford, GM, Dodge, and Jeep applications are all available and 50-state emissions legal.
Information: Superchips Inc.
The PSC Motorsports transmission and power steering Dual Cooler Kit is designed to secure a set of external oil coolers in front or behind the grille of the ’07-’11 Jeep Wrangler JK. The kit is designed to secure two 19-row oil coolers and comes with all hoses, fittings, and mounting hardware. The kit is also available for the ’97-’06 Jeep Wrangler and can be purchased with one or two coolers.
Information: PSC Motorsports
Zone Offroad’s ’05-’11 Ford Super Duty radius arm upgrade features heavy-duty replacement radius arms that will work with most 4- and 6-inch lifts. Each arm is a fully boxed 1⁄4-inch steel unit equipped 21⁄2-inch greaseable urethane bushings. The radius arm upgrade bolts directly into the factory arm mounts and is fitted with a lower cam lock adjuster.
Information: Zone Offroad Products
The Synergy Suspension Ram track bar conversion is a bolt-on upgrade designed for’94-’02 Ram 4x4 trucks. The kit upgrades the factory ball-joint style track bar to a vertical mount bushing similar to what’s found on’03 to present Ram 3⁄4- and 1-ton trucks. The laser-cut and CNC-bent kit is compatible for trucks with 0 to 3 inches of lift and ships with a gray powdercoat finish.
Information: Synergy Suspension
Stable Super Duty
Carli Suspension’s ’05-’11 Ford Super Duty Hi-Mount steering stabilizer gives your steering a little damping assist while keeping it out of harm’s way. The system is a bolt-on upgrade that uses a Bilstein 7100 series shock that’s specifically valved for the heavy-duty 3⁄4- and 1-ton Ford trucks. The system is designed to work with most factory and aftermarket suspension systems.
Information: Carli Suspension Inc.