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April 2012 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on April 1, 2012
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Finding a good spot for that fullsize spare tire just got a little easier. New from Wilco Automotive Products, makers of the TireGate, comes the Hitch2Tire spare tire carrier. The hitch-mount holder simply slides into your vehicle’s 2-inch receiver and is rated to carry up to 150 pounds. The holder is shipped with a semigloss black powdercoat finish and can be outfitted with an optional gas tank holder and/or a utility rack.
Information: Wilco Products

XJ Lift Upgrades
Rough Country has upgraded its popular 41⁄2- and 61⁄2-inch Jeep Cherokee XJ lifts into the N2 ranks. Features include front coils, rear springs, an adjustable track bar, stainless steel brake lines, adjustable control arms, and N2.0 shocks. The 41⁄2-inch series is designed to clear 32-inch-tall tires, while the 61⁄2-inch can handle 33s or 35s with fender trimming. Both kits retail for under $1,000.
Information: Rough Country Suspension Systems

TJ Tailgate
If you already treat the back of your Jeep Wrangler TJ or YJ like a pickup, then why not give it a tailgate? The tailgate conversion kit from Swag Offroad is designed to convert your factory swing door into a dropdown tailgate. Included with the kit are hinges, cables, brackets, hardware, and detailed instructions so your tailgate conversion will be easy. The bolt-on kit doesn’t require any welding and is said to be capable of holding 400 pounds!
Information: Swag Offroad

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4.0L Performance Pump & Reservoir
PSC Motorsports’ new 4.0L high-performance power steering pump with integral aluminum reservoir is designed to add performance and durability to the ’97-’06 Jeep Wrangler’s steering system. Though it was crafted originally for the 4.0L Jeep Wrangler, the high-flow pump (1,600 psi, 4.5 gpm) is designed to work on virtually all Jeep 4.0L inline-six engines. The replacement pump and reservoir combo bolts in-place of the factory pump and plastic reservoir, no fabrication or modifications necessary. The TIG-welded aluminum reservoir can be purchased separately as well.
Information: PSC Motorsports

Micro Reader
Snap-on’s Microscan is designed for advanced use, as it allows access to all 10 modes of OBD-II for a complete diagnosis. This includes reading and clearing codes and viewing live data, emissions readiness, onboard monitors, pending codes, and permanent codes, and it allows you to record and playback 64-frame data files. A data graphing feature is also built in so you can see live changes and side-by-side graphs.
Information: Snap-on Inc.

PentaStar Pan Protection
To help protect the new 3.6L V-6 engine for the ’12 Jeep Wrangler, Evo Manufacturing has created a bolt-on oil pan skid engineered specifically for the 3.6L PentaStar engine. Comprised of 1⁄8-inch steel sides that are welded to a 0.375 steel lower plate, the pan protector offers heavy-duty protection without sacrificing ground clearance. The skidpan bolts on using factory hardware and doesn’t interfere with service points.
Information: Evo Mfg.

Beefy Bumpers
Factory bumpers work well for pushing shopping carts out of the way, but don’t always cut it off-road. Perkins Performance has some bumper options for those looking for more nudging power. With a full line ranging from 3⁄16-inch laser-cut winch mount front bumpers to heavy-duty rear tire carriers, Perkins has a variety of options for both fullsize and Jeep platforms. Most bumpers are designed to bolt on and include Grade 8 hardware.
Information: Perkins Performance

Wheel Bully
KMC’s XD Series Bully wheel has a satin black wheel with a new web spoke design that offers a fresh take on a traditional off-road rim design. The Bully’s simulated beadlock ring can also be removed for an all-black look or painted to personalize the rim set. Currently the Bully is available in five-, six-, and eight-lug patterns, and sizes range from 15 to 20 inches.
Information: KMC Wheels

JK Trail Master
Trail Master now offers a new Stealth series 41⁄2-inch-long arm suspension system for the ’07-’11 Jeep Wrangler JK that is designed to keep the Jeep low while providing enough room to cycle a 37-inch tire. The new long-arm system uses 2x0.250-wall DOM control arms fitted with flex-joint bushings to help the Jeep articulate more easily. Optional steering, Fox shocks, and driveline upgrades are available at time of purchase.
Information: Trail Master Suspension

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