We gotta admit that when we saw “axle armor,” this isn’t what we were thinking of, but we like it. Not every JK owner needs to go full-bore with a complete aftermarket axle assembly. Sometimes, with proper planning, you can make your factory JK axle live a lot longer, even with spirited driving. This kit from Artec Industries features a truss, lower control arm skidplates, inner “C” gussets, and a heavy-duty track bar mount. It is all made from 1⁄4-inch-thick steel and designed off of 3D CAD drawings direct from Chrysler. The truss spans both long and short sides, and the low profile stays out of the way of other under-vehicle components.
Information: Artec Industries
Need a heavy-duty weld-on track bar mount? Go Ballistic. These track bar brackets come unassembled and are CNC-cut and formed from 1⁄4-inch-thick mild steel. They feature adjustments of 5, 6, and 7 inches from the axle centerline and are designed to accept 3⁄4-inch rod ends. The brackets are available for all common axletube diameters and designed with relief cuts so that no mud or debris gets trapped on top of the tube. Tabs between the four plates make alignment for welding child’s play.
Information: Ballistic Fabrication
We don’t know about you guys, but there is nothing worse than heading out to a weekend of wheeling, getting caught in a storm, and ending up with a weekend’s worth of wet and muddy clothes. The Roll Top Dry Sack from Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs solves that issue. Available in four sizes, the bags are made from thermoplastic polyurethane-laminated 840D nylon and are truly waterproof. By simply rolling the top closed and snapping four Fastex buckles your clothes can stay dry and clean no matter what the Jeep looks like at the end of the day. The bags feature tie-down loops, a shoulder strap, and a hand-carry handle.
Information: Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
If you are tired of bear hugging your spare tire to get it back on the tire carrier, check out this fold-down carrier from Black Sands Fabrication. It mounts to any standard 2-inch receiver hitch with a wedge-type tensioner to eliminate rattling. A leverage bar reduces effort to lift the tire by 50 percent and doubles as a secondary lock. The mounting plate accepts all bolt patterns and the jack mount is optional. It ships in black powdercoat finish.
Information: Black Sands Fabrication
Ever break something on the trail where only a welder could fix it? Yeah, us too. Ever not have a welder with you because they were too expensive or too complex? Yeah, us too. That’s why we are happy to show you this $270 welding kit in a bag. The Metal Mender from Anza Products provides the means to weld out on the trail with nothing to add to the engine, nothing to mount, and it will still leave some greenbacks in your wallet. The only requirement is two 12-volt automotive batteries.
Information: Anza Products
By Jeepers for Jeepers
When we realized the CV was toast in our rear driveshaft, we went to the shop that was nearest to us. It just happened to turn out that the shop owner was a Jeep guy too. After a couple of hours of talking about all kinds of Jeeps and driveshaft issues, we came away impressed. This shop staff not only knows Jeep driveshafts, but they get out and whip their Jeeps more often than we get to. So, we had our CV replaced and the shaft rebalanced. The CV is completely greaseable, we got new U-joints, and best of all, the price was affordable. Not only can the company repair shafts, as it did with us in a pinch, they can create new custom shafts and ship to your location.
Information: Yarman Driveshafts
We make it a point to keep our ears peeled for new products that work and won’t break the bank. We recently stumbled across this direct-fit aluminum radiator that fits all ’87-’06 Wranglers. The standard radiator comes polished and includes provisions to accept all factory plumbing and accessories. The standard has three 5⁄8-inch-wide cores with factory outlet locations. Options include a radiator with two 1-inch-wide cores and a conversion radiator with Chevy output locations. For once, a bolt-in installation really is bolt-in. The radiators are fully welded and all-aluminum, which makes it perfect for our rattle-trap, vibrating-down-the-road Jeeps. Price comes in at $250 or less, depending on what options you go for.
Information: Jeeps R Us
The new 300 Axis Flipper from Benchmade has a lot of features that make it attractive for the active Jeeper. The Axis locking mechanism makes the knife stay open, saving your knuckles. This allows it to unlock easily, no matter how hard you use it—unlike lockback knives. The 154CM Stainless is American made for industrial applications and has good corrosion resistance, edge retention, and toughness. The textured brown and tan G10 handles provide good grip even with oil-covered hands. The drop point is a good blade profile if prying is in the game, although the manufacturer might not tell you to do so. Available with straight and combination edge blades.
Information: Benchmade Knife Company
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