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March 1998 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on March 1, 1998
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Bigger Pans
B&M Racing & Performance Products now offers its deep extra-oil-capacity transmission pans. Made of cast aluminum, these pans are designed for passenger cars and light trucks where the advantage of extra oil helps cool the transmission. Units are easy to install and include a built-in drain plug and an extended filter pickup. Information: B&M Racing & Performance Products, Dept. 4WOR, 9152 Independence Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311, 818/882-6422.

Instacharger for Rangers
Improve your pulling capacity with the BBK Instacharger supercharging system for '89-'97 4.0L Rangers and Explorers. BBK says the Instacharger can deliver up to a 45 percent dyno-proven increase in horsepower and torque while maintaining factory fuel efficiency numbers. Other features include the custom-programmed plug-in computer upgrade and a fully epoxy-coated rotor design. Throttle bodies and headers are also available. Information: BBK Performance Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 1611 Railroad St., Corona, CA 91720, 909/735-2400, Web site

Tie-Down System
New from Anchor USA are the Pro-Trak tie-down kits. Available in 3-foot and 4-foot lengths, kits can be mixed or matched to create a full truck tie-down system for a variety of uses. Each kit offers two tracks, two removable load rings, and installation hardware. Information: Anchor Products, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 1354, Temecula, CA 92593-1354, 800/500-9690.

Three of a Kind
Superwinch announces three new models in its "S" Series of winches introduced last year. The S4500, S3500, and S2500 all include a low planetary gear box, a heavy-duty cable tensioner for level winding, and 50 feet of wire rope. They also feature power out and power in, freespooling, circuit breakers, and battery cables with terminals. Information: Superwinch Inc., Dept. 4WOR, Winch Dr., Putnam, CT 06260, 860/928-7787.

Manual Idle Speed Controller
There may come a time when you'll need to manually adjust the idle speed on a computer-controlled engine. That capability is what Howell Engine Development's Cockpit Idle Speed Control provides. When the unit is connected to a vehicle's idle air controller, a flip of a switch allows normal computer regulation to be overridden and the idle speed to be adjusted by pushing a toggle switch up or down. Another flip of the switch sends control back to the vehicle's computer. Information: Howell Engine Developments Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 6201 Industrial Way, Marine City, MI 48039, 810/765-5100.

Baja King Tires
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires has reintroduced three new sizes of the Baja King off-road tire. The Baja King is constructed as a nylon, blackwall tubeless tire with 19/32-inch tread depth and is available in sizes 36x13.50-15LT (six ply), 36x13.50-16LT (six ply), and 36x13.50-16.5LT (eight ply). These tires are designed to provide excellent flotation in sand with a rugged sidewall for protection in rocky terrain. Information: Mickey Thompson Performance Tires, Dept. 4WOR, 4670 Allen Rd., Stow, OH 44224, 330/928-9092.

Limited-Slip Differential
Reider Racing offers its GM 8.5-inch Torsen T-2 limited-slip differential for Chevy and GMC 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton trucks. The T-2 is a full-time, all-gear drive, torque-sensing, torque-biasing unit. The all-gear design is said to operate smoothly without the worry of clutch wear or preload. The T-2 is available for 28- and 30-spline axles with oversized journals for increased durability. Information: Reider Racing, Dept. 4WOR, 12351 Universal Dr., Taylor, MI 48180, 313/946-1330.

Tube Steps
Constructed of 3-inch aircraft-grade T-304 stainless steel, Back Country Tube Steps from the Design Automotive Group use existing frame holes so there's no drilling or welding. Available in polished stainless or black powdercoated steel, all steps include easy-to-follow instructions, brackets, and hardware. Information: Design Automotive Group, Dept. 4WOR, 1410 W. Fullerton, Addison, IL 60101, 800/323-6147.

Heavy-Duty Swaybars
Off Road Unlimited announces the availability of a new front swaybar system for all '87-and-newer fullsize Chevy and GMC trucks. Kits include a larger-diameter solid-steel swaybar, low-deflection urethane bushings, and zinc-plated hardware, which is said to improve handling by limiting body roll and understeer. Information: Off Road Unlimited, Dept. 4WOR, 40 E. Palm Ave., Burbank, CA 91502, 818/563-1208.

Bandit Bumper
Wedgestone's Bandit contoured drop-center bumper is made of highly polished 12-gauge, cold-rolled brite steel with a dual-nickel-chrome finish and features a molded polymer step pad for sure footing. A lighted version is available with a 10-inch drop, or you can get unlighted versions with either an 8-inch or 10-inch drop. The Bandit bolts into existing holes in the chassis rails, so no drilling is required. Information: Wedgestone Automotive Corp., Dept. 4WOR, 15854 Ornelas St., Irwindale, CA 91706, 800/345-8476.

50-State-Legal Exhaust
JBA Headers has a complete line of 50-state smog-legal cat-front exhaust systems for late-model GM, Ford, and Dodge trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles. Systems feature 14-gauge mild steel or stainless steel high-flow headers with Firecone technology, and mandrel-bent pipes designed to maximize exhaust flow to the factory catalytic convertor. Information: JBA Headers, Dept. 4WOR, 7149 Mission Gorge Rd., Ste. D, San Diego, CA 92120, 619/229-7797.

Underhood Work Tray
Flexxll introduces an underhood mechanics' work tray designed to provide a place for open repair manuals, work lights, removed parts, and tools. Made from ABS plastic, the tray is 9 inches wide and extends from 41 inches to 57 inches to sit above the engine on the inner fender lips, shock towers, wheelwells, or radiator support. Information: Flexxll Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 1315-K N. Tustin Ave., P.O. Box 287, Orange, CA 92667, 800/601-TRAY.

Toy Carrier
Constructed from lightweight steel and aluminum, the Toy Loader allows you to transport your ATVs, snowmobiles, or watercraft while still leaving the option to tow a travel trailer. Available for any size pickup, the Toy Loader is designed to carry up to 2,000 pounds and can be removed from your vehicle in 10 minutes. No drilling in the bed of the truck is required. Information: Toy Loaders, Dept. 4WOR, 622 Butte Falls Rd., Prospect, OR 97536, 541/560-3242.

Great Timing
Edelbrock's new Victor-Link timing chain and gear set is designed for high-performance small-block Chevy engines operating in the 6,500-8,500 rpm range. The set features nine keyway setting points to ensure precise timing. The chain is manufactured from high-strength steel with machined link holes and link pins that are cold hardened. The gears, machined from stress-proof steel and induction-hardened, feature a larger tooth contact area. Information: Edelbrock, Dept. 4WOR, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, 310/782-2900.

No-Stick Gaskets
MaxJet introduces its new line of fuel bowl and metering block gaskets for Holley carburetors. Manufactured from a composite polymer, MaxJet no-stick gaskets are said to be durable and reusable and eliminate having to clean off the fuel bowls and metering blocks every time a jet or power valve is changed. They are available individually and in packs of 50 or 100. Information: MaxJet, Dept. 4WOR, 3418 Democrat Rd., Unit 14, Memphis, TN 38118-1541, 901/547-9995.

Auto Repair on CD-ROM
Designed for use on IBM PC-compatible computers, Popular Mechanics Automotive Repair on CD-ROM uses standard navigational tools in a user-friendly graphics interface to speed users through the program. The CD-ROM contains information for 99 percent of all makes and models of '82-'93 domestic and import cars and light trucks. Information: Popular Mechanics, Dept. 4WOR, 9412 Big Horn Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95758, 916/684-5200.

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