The Overdrive Inverter from InterMotive Products automatically disengages the Overdrive gear at startup on Ford, Dodge, and Jeep 4x4s. The company says its Inverter prolongs transmission life and provides a performance feel. The Inverter prevents the transmission from shifting into Overdrive too soon, and the Overdrive gear can be selected during high-speed driving with the press of a button. Information: InterMotive Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 2791F N. Texas St., Ste. 155, Fairchild, CA 94533, 707/438-7828.
Standard Abrasives' E-Z Handy Roll comes with 50 yards of aluminum-oxide abrasive designed for sanding spindles, resurfacing disc-brake rotors, removing metal deposits from bearings, finishing hard-to-reach places, scuffing-up brake drums, and cleaning metal from transmission shafts. The E-Z Handy Roll comes in a variety of grits in 1- or 2-inch-wide rolls. Information: Standard Abrasives Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 4201 Guardian St., Simi Valley, CA 93063, 805/520-5800, Web site www.sa-motorsports.com
Roof-level TJM Airtec Snorkels can prevent water from entering the engine during river or stream crossings and improve overall air intake under normal driving conditions. Other benefits include a ram-air effect at higher speeds and cooler airflow into the engine. The snorkels are available for Land Rover Discoverys, Isuzu Rodeos, and Toyota pickups, 4Runners, and Land Cruisers. Information: Hella Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 201 Kelly Dr., Peachtree City, GA 30269, 800/247-5924.
Thermoplastic Hose Clamp
The PowerGrip SB clamp from Gates is designed to provide a maintenance-free connection on high-performance engine hoses. Made of heat-sensitive material, it can be installed by shrinking it with a heat gun and can correct coolant leakage problems, even on out-of-round fittings. Gates says the clamp never needs retightening and won't rust or corrode like metal clamps. Information: Gates Rubber Co., Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 5887, Denver, CO 80217, 800/788-2358, Web site www.gates.com.
Gale Banks Engineering is rolling out three levels of bolt-on power products for '94-'98 Ford Power Stroke trucks. Banks builds Stinger, Stinger-Plus, and PowerPack systems to suit every budget and taste for torque. All three systems contain Banks' OttoMind, an exclusive engine-calibration module that maintains perfect fuel delivery and safe exhaust temperature, according to the company. The popular PowerPack is said to add up to 120 horses and 256 lb-ft of torque to Ford 7.3L turbodiesels, with an average 10 percent increase in fuel economy. Information: Gale Banks Engineering, Dept. 4WOR, 546 Duggan Ave., Azusa, CA 91702, 800/GET-POWER (438-7693), Web site www.getpower.com.
High-Efficiency Oil Filters
Mobil 1 says its new high-efficiency oil filters remove significantly more contaminants than conventional filters. Designed for all types of vehicles, Mobil 1 filters are compatible with either conventional or synthetic oil. In SAE multiple-pass efficiency tests, Mobil 1 high-efficiency filters demonstrated 96 percent weighted-average efficiency in removing damaging particles compared to an average of 82 percent for conventional filters and 88 percent for other premium filters. Information: Call 800/ASK-MOBIL (275-6245) for a retailer near you.
Replacement Door Panels
Coverlay Products announces its new replacement door panels for Ford F-series trucks and Broncos. The door panels fit '80-'86 models and feature leather-like texture, a padded armrest, and an OE look, and they are drilled to fit power-door locks, slide locks, and mounting hardware. Information: Coverlay Mfg., Dept. 4WOR, 4017 Hwy. 67 N., San Angelo, TX 76905, 800/633-7090.
Replacement Rocker Panels for Explorers
Sherman & Associates has replacement rocker panels for two- and four-door '91-'97 Ford Explorers. The company says replacement rocker panels are available from Ford only with a complete quarter panel attached, while Sherman offers the rocker by itself. Sherman produces a variety of sheetmetal repair parts for many vehicles. Information: Sherman & Associates Inc., Dept. 4WOR, 28460 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, MI 48066, 810/774-8297.
The new Outback FX from Sportsman replaces the tailgate on fullsize pickups with an easy-access double-rear-door assembly. This cab-high, frameless-window shell is constructed with a Dev-Loc rail-mount system to reinforce stress areas and provide a rigid base and bed/cab seal, is 100 percent premium unfilled fiberglass, and is Ultra-Seal finished to prevent condensation and mildew. Information: Sportsman, Dept. 4WOR, P.O. Box 680, Hwy. 60 E., Rogersville, MO 65742, 417/753-3839.