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Trail Hardware 2013

Rocky Road Outfitters 1
Kevin Blumer | Writer
Posted September 26, 2013
Photographers: The Manufacturers

Year-End Roundup

As we bring this year to a close, let's look back on some of the best products that appeared in our 4xProducts department. We've also added a few here that haven't appeared yet. Since we're 4Wheel Drive and Sport Utility, this roundup includes trail hardware, and trail hardware only. Tools, lubes, and other ancillary items are certainly important, but we'll save those for another time. Here's Trail Hardware: the 2013 version.

Mickey Thompson's Mickey Metal
Mickey Thompson is best-known for aluminum performance wheels, but there's a new wheel in town and it's called Mickey Metal. A steel wheel, Mickey Metal is designed to be rugged, aesthetically pleasing, and affordable.

Style options include the MT-28 (original eight-hole) and the MT-88 (10-hole D-window). Look closely: Notice the Mickey Thompson logo stamped directly into the wheel face.

These wheels are available in the popular 15-, 16-, and 17-inch sizes, including the 17x9 size common to today's vehicles with larger brakes.

For more information, contact:
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels


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Warn ZEON Lineup
There are a lot of players in the winch game, but Warn Industries isn't just a player. The company is a serious competitor and the one all other winches are measured against. Warn's latest winch lineup is called the ZEON series and brings several new features to the self-recovery table.

The series includes the ZEON 8, ZEON 10, and ZEON 12 with respective capacities of 8,000, 10,000, and 12,000 pounds. These winches are equipped with wire rope and a roller fairlead. The ZEON 8-S and ZEON 10-S are equipped with synthetic ropes and aluminum Hawse fairleads.

The sleek new design is only the beginning: Warn added a host of new features. A quieter motor and planetary gear train to reduce noise. Faster pulling speed un-sticks your vehicle sooner, and improved sealing keeps the elements out. A new winch drum has an integrated rope anchor for easier rope installation.

For more information, contact:
Warn Industries

Trail Tough TT Towers
Trail Tough's new shock tower is designed for front or rear use on the Suzuki Samurai.

It positions the shock as high as feasible to accommodate long-travel shocks.

The kit includes two TT Towers and all necessary hardware for bolt-on installation. Choose from bolt-on or weld-on applications.

For more information, contact:
Trail Tough Products

Cam Can Trail Box
Daystar's original Cam Can offers a clever way to carry fuel and other liquids in a secure, convenient manner. Now the Cam Can Trail Box lets you carry recovery ropes and other trail needs in a hinged container that's easy to carry and easy to access.

Snap the Trail Box inline with your other Cam Can containers. The durable design withstands rugged use.

Available with or without a mounting kit. The hinged design provides quick access to essentials.

For more information, contact:
(800) 595-7659


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Replacement JK CVs
Until now, replacing a bad CV joint in a JK Wrangler driveshaft meant replacing the whole driveshaft, as stand-alone replacement CV joints aren't available from the OEM supplier. Rockford Driveline offers a replacement CV assembly for the JK that allows you to replace the CV by itself and retain the rest of the driveshaft.

Bottom line: This will save you money.

Fits both front and rear drive shafts on 2007 to 2013 JK Wranglers. Kit includes CV boot, end cap, grease, and required hardware.

For more information, contact:
Rockford Driveline
(815) 312-5728

JK Three-Link Upgrade
Rubicon Express now has a way to make your Rubicon Express-equipped JK's rear suspension that much better. The three-link Upgrade adds improved suspension geometry and better traction to the mix.

Includes heavy-duty axle truss, chromoly centerlink, differential support ring, and high-quality hardware.

Eliminates rear steer and bushing bind. Designed as a bolt-on for JK Dana 44 axle housings. Compatible with Rubicon Express Extreme Duty Long Arm Systems.

For more information, contact:
Rubicon Express
(310) 900-8728

Mastercraft Nomad Seat
Mastercraft's Nomad Seat shares the same philosophy as Henry Ford's Model T. It's designed to be basic and affordable, and you can have any color you want as long as it's black. Even so, the quality remains high. This is Mastercraft, after all.

A budget-minded import version of the legendary Rubicon fixed-back seat, the Nomad is a true suspension seat with a precision-crafted tubular frame, open-mesh suspension liner, and high-resiliency foam.

The bolt-in application fits most CJ-5s, all CJ-7s, and all YJs, and mounting kits are available for many other vehicles. They're Federal motor-vehicle safety-standard tested and rated.

For more information, contact:
Mastercraft Safety
(619) 449-9455

Rugged Ridge Modular JK Bumper
Rugged Ridge successfully introduced an aluminum JK bumper system, but discovered many JK owners wanted something more affordable. To that end, Rugged Ridge released a modular bumper rendered in tough, affordable steel.

It fits 2007 to 2013 JK Wrangler models. Hardcore users benefit from steel construction, as it's more rock-resistant than aluminum.

A center section forms the base, and options bolt to the base. Options include a winch plate, bumper ends, and upper hoop.

For more information, contact:
Rugged Ridge
(770) 614-6101

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