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May 2013 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on May 1, 2013
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Compact Air Ratchet
Snap-on has developed a lightweight, Compact Air Ratchet with a long neck and small head so it will fit in those hard-to-reach places inside your truck. The 3⁄8-inch air ratchet weighs just a little over 2 pounds and uses 2.6 cfm of air, yet it offers 410 rpm of free speed and 30 lb-ft of maximum torque.
Information: Snap-on Inc.

ARB SkyDome Swag
The swag is to Australia what apple pie is to the U.S. of A. Now ARB is offering these durable little tents in America so you can have your pie and eat it too. Constructed of waterproof canvas, the ARB SkyDome comes complete with a thick mattress and is designed to stow your sleeping bag and pillow inside. The SkyDome is available in one- and two-person models, and both can be set up in under three minutes with just three short poles.
Information: ARB

aFe Power 6.0L BladeRunner EGR Cooler
Advanced Flow engineering has just released its BladeRunner EGR Cooler for the ’04-’07 Ford 6.0L diesel engine. The cooler utilizes tubes larger than OE diameter with a thicker wall to reduce clogging, extend life, and resist failure, and they are TIG-welded and pressure-tested at the factory. Constructed from new stainless steel components, the large-diameter flow-through tubes resist clogging, resulting in extended life of the cooler. There is no core charge or core exchange with the BladeRunner EGR Cooler because it is 100 percent brand new, not remanufactured.
Information: Advanced Flow Engineering Inc.

Performance Accessories GM Leveling Kit
Performance Accessories designed a 2-inch leveling kit for ’07-’13 GM pickups and SUVs that allows the use of larger-diameter tires. This coil spring leveling kit features precision laser-cut billet steel spacers that sit on the coil spring mount and the top strut mount plate. Dividing the lift between the coil spring and the top of the strut eliminates excessive coil spring preload, and limits the overall length of the strut, resulting in a smooth ride while maintaining proper suspension geometry to prevent premature component wear.
Information: Performance Accessories

Rancho RockGear RearBumper & Tire Carrier
New from Rancho’s RockGear line is this rear bumper and tire carrier for ’07 and later Jeep Wrangler JKs. The tire carrier is integrated with the rear door latch, utilizing a swing-away design that allows for easy, fast access to the cargo area. The system is constructed from 1⁄4-inch steel and can accommodate up to a 37-inch tall tire. The RockGear rear bumper is designed to maximize ground clearance and includes a CB antenna and a Hi-Lift jack mount with a provision for a padlock.
Information: Rancho

Rubicon Express Rear JK Three-Link
Rubicon Express recently unveiled its new three-link rear suspension upgrade for the Jeep Wrangler JK. With a single upper control arm, this three-link provides better traction while eliminating “rear steer” and bushing bind. This system features a robust CNC laser-cut axle truss, an adjustable chromoly center link, a differential support ring, and high-quality hardware. It is designed as a bolt-on for Dana 44 housings and can be ordered as an upgrade kit for vehicles equipped with Rubicon Express Extreme Duty long-arm suspensions.
Information: Rubicon Express

Open Country A/T II
Toyo’s redesigned Open Country A/T tire, the A/T II, offers 40 percent more tread life than its predecessor, says the company. To back up the claim, Toyo offers a 65,000-mile treadwear warranty for P-Metric sizes and 50,000-mile treadwear warranties for LT and flotation sizes. Credit for the improvement goes to a new tread compound that offers extended wear capabilities as well as improved performance in the rain, snow, and mud. The A/T II is available in nearly 100 sizes, in rim widths from 15 to 20 inches.
Information: Toyo Tire USA

Trail Gear Rock Defense Tacoma Rear Bumper
Trail Gear’s new Rock Defense rear bumpers for ’05 and later Toyota Tacomas are made of 13⁄4x0.120-wall DOM tubing and will give you all the protection your Tacoma needs while playing on the rocks. These American-made bumpers are designed for maximum ground clearance and closely match the smooth lines of your Tacoma. The Rock Defense rear bumper has also been tested and exceeds Class 4 tow rating requirements (10,000 pounds).
Information: Trail Gear

Scratch Repair Kit
This Exact Color Scratch Repair Kit from PlastiKote lets you touch up brush scratches and other trail wounds before demon rust can set in and start eating your sheetmetal. PlastiKote has an inventory of 23 OE paint colors—from domestic and import brands—making it easy to find a Scratch Repair Kit to match your truck’s paint.
Information: PlastiKote

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