The holidays are a time for giving, but it can be tough to shop for the four-wheeler who seemingly has every tool and trinket under the sun. So this year try giving your loved ones some great ideas for what they can give you! Fortunately the 4x4 aftermarket is constantly in the process of building better mousetraps for any possible situation on the trail. We skipped the big-dollar items like 40-inch-tall mousetraps and coilover shock mousetraps in favor of more reasonably priced options for every rockcrawler, mud bogger, or trail rider.
ARB Premium Recovery Kit, $418
The ARB Premium Recovery Kit includes everything an off-roader needs before hitting the trail, in one box. By buying all of the gear in one kit, you get exceptional saving over buying components. The kit includes a high-visibility bag, a 17,500-pound snatch strap, a 26,500-pound tree protector strap (10 feet), a 9,900-pound winch extension strap (66 feet), a recovery line damper, leather gloves, two D-shackles, and the ultralight ARB 9000 snatch block.
Information: ARB USA,
Daystar Roller Fairlead Isolator, $29.99
Daystar’s Winch Isolators provide a clean and easy way to store the winch hook when not in use. Installed over the winch cable, the Winch Isolators nest with a roller or hawse fairlead and provide a convenient rest for the winch hook that also prevents it from rattling. Available in either red or black and made from durable polyurethane.
Pittsburg 11⁄2-Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack, $89.99
This compact racing jack from Pittsburg Tool is constructed of durable, aircraft aluminum billet. A knurled aluminum handle ensures a steady grip while you quickly lift your load in just 31⁄2 pumps. The racing jack also features a universal joint release mechanism for smooth precision lowering and a compact design for easy storage and transport.
Information: Harbor Freight Tools
Mechanix Wear Original Insulated Glove, $27.95
The brisk cold air makes even the simplest tasks more burdensome, so Mechanix Wear created The Original Insulated glove. With sizing from small to XXL, they lock in the warmth for any size hand. A comfortable single layer of formfitting fleece lines the entire glove, preserving warmth without sacrificing valuable dexterity. Then they added a durable water-resistant coating and liner in the palm to keep your hands dry.
Information: Mechanix Wear
Smittybilt Tire Plug Kit, $24.99
Even the toughest tires can have a rough day on the trail. That is why Smittybilt has released a new tire plug kit designed specifically for off-road enthusiasts. The new kit comes complete with everything you need to mend a punctured tire, including: (30) self-vulcanizing plugs, rugged handtools, lubricant, a folding knife, a pair of needle-nose pliers, extra valve stems, a dual-head tire pressure gauge, sidewall bailing wire, and interior tire patches, and illustrated instructions.
Trail-Gear Oil Carriers, From $28.93
Tired of having quarts of oil and fluids bouncing around in the back of your truck, buggy, or off-road vehicle? Trail-Gear Oil Carriers are your solution to this problem by securing and organizing your automotive fluids. They are constructed from CNC laser-cut 16-gauge steel with a spring draw latch with a 200-pound breaking force that features a safety catch to prevent accidental openings.
Information: Trail-Gear Inc.
Spot Trace, $99.95
The newest addition to the popular SPOT line of products, SPOT Trace uses 100 percent satellite technology to track anything, anywhere, anytime. SPOT Trace is a theft-alert tracking device that will monitor valuable assets virtually anywhere in the world, on a smartphone or computer. Affordable and easy to use, SPOT Trace’s tracking capabilities are perfect to monitor trucks, Jeeps, UTVs, and other valuables.
Rugged Ridge Hood Catch Kit, $99.99
The Rugged Ridge aluminum Hood Catch Kits for TJ Wranglers are built as a strong direct replacement for the OE catches that degrade and fail after years of off-road abuse. Built in the same black powdercoated finish as Rugged Ridge’s JK kit, the TJ kit also incorporates an adjustable tension rod, guaranteeing a precise fit.
Information: Rugged Ridge
Herculiner Bed Liner, $99.95
Herculiner is the only polyurethane and rubber granule coating that is applied in just three easy steps to your truck bed using rollers and a brush: prep, apply, let dry. When cured, Herculiner provides a tough, durable, skid-resistant coating. Because of its unique properties, it can bond to virtually any surface or material.
Rubicon Express Sway Bar Disconnects, $139.99
Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty Sway Bar Disconnects provide a fast, easy way to disconnect your front sway bar, increase front axle articulation, and tackle challenging obstacles with greater flexibility. The heavy-duty threaded body adjusts to different lift heights and allows for easy sway bar angle setting for a wide variety of Jeep models, without the need for tools.
Information: Rubicon Express
Rancho RockGear Glide Plates, From $139.99
Rancho RockGear front and rear differential glide plates for Jeep JK Wranglers allow for confident off-road exploration as each provides added protection and a smoother glide over rough terrain. Constructed from 1⁄4-inch high-strength, low-alloy steel, the diff glide plates are compatible with OE and other aftermarket differential covers and available in durable red or black powdercoat.
Truck-Lite LED Headlight, $425
Truck-Lite’s 7-inch LED headlight outputs a brighter, crisper, whiter light, dramatically improving light projection and overall visibility. The LED headlight exceeds FMVSS-108 and CMVSS-108 DOT requirements for low- and high-beam performance.
BDS Coilover Spanner Wrench, $13.63
BDS Suspension now offers a simple solution to adjusting ride height of the Fox Racing 21⁄2-inch coilover shocks offered in BDS Performance Lift Systems. This unique tool design fits the adjustment collar of the Fox Racing coilovers and accepts any 1⁄2-inch drive ratchet or breaker bar. The ratchet allows the spanner wrench to function in multiple positions for easier use in IFS setups and reduces the chance of damage to the tool, adjustment collar, and your knuckles.
Information: BDS Suspension
Energy Suspension Toyota Tacoma Master Bushing Set, $497
Energy Suspension now offers a suspension bushing and mount Master Set for ’05 and later Toyota Tacomas. The kit replaces worn-out, soft OE rubber bushings with Energy’s unique Hyper-Flex performance polyurethane for improved handling and control. Made in America, Energy’s Master Set is available in red or black polyurethane.
Information: Energy Suspension
Oasis Trailhead Tire Deflators, $59.95
Trailhead Automatic Tire Deflators are for off-roaders who want to air-down fast. They deflate accurately and evenly in all four tires, to a user-defined pressure, within seconds—even while you’re driving. To use, simply screw on to valve stems and drive off.
Information: Oasis Mfg.
More Power Puller, From $211.75
Regular come-alongs just aren’t heavy-duty enough for use off-road, but the More Power Puller is made of solid iron and steel. The Wyeth-Scott Company has been manufacturing More Power Puller hand winches since 1934, and offers them with 35 feet of 5⁄16-inch Amsteel Blue synthetic rope. With double line, they can dead-lift up to 6,000 pounds and pull up to 12,000 pounds, making them a perfect, go-anywhere, fix-anything puller
Information: Wyeth-Scott Co.
Wilco Tiregate Bed Mount, $169.95
The Tiregate Bed Mount tire carrier is designed and fabricated to the same high standards as the company’s swing-away tire carriers. In fact, it uses the same Y-bar, urethane wheel cone, and wheel safety tether cable that the PR and HT Series Tiregates use. The Bed Mount tire carrier is designed to hold up to a 40-inch tire and wheel. When bed space is needed just remove the tire, and the base plate sits flat to maximize floor space.
MasterCraft Wrench Roll, $25.95
Constructed from rugged 100 percent cotton duck canvas, these organizers from MasterCraft Safety fit open-end/box wrenches and close with a Velcro strap. Designed with 16 slots, in widths ranging from 1 to 3 inches. Make rattles a thing of the past!
Information: MasterCraft Safety
4x Innovations Universal Portable Winch Tray, $183
4x Innovations has created this great-looking and highly functional portable winch tray that mounts to any standard 2-inch receiver. It accepts any standard winch that has a 10x41⁄2-inch mounting pattern and a line pull up to 9,500 pounds. Better yet is that the main hitch tube is easily removed for storage when not needed, and a storage position is included in the winch mount tray.
Information: 4x Innovations
Mac’s Utility Mat, $29.95
Mac’s Utility Mat is a knee-saving 2x4-foot foldable mat that is plush yet ultratough with a 3⁄4-inch thick foam pad. Fused with 100 percent polypropylene fibers, the mat resists stains, oil, and chemicals and can withstand whatever you throw at it while effortlessly providing convenience and comfort.
Information: Mac’s Custom Tie Downs
Spidertrax Wheel Spacers, From $99.95
Spidertrax has been producing quality wheel spacer kits since 1999. Every Spidertrax wheel spacer kit is designed vehicle-specific, is engineered and manufactured in house, and uses only the finest domestic grade aircraft quality aluminum. Kits come complete with everything needed for installation. Applications include Jeep, Suzuki, and Toyota as well as wheel adapter kits, which allow you to change your vehicle’s wheel bolt pattern.
PEAK Wireless Backup Camera, $149.99
The PEAK wireless backup camera is a safer way to back up. It comes with a 4.3-inch LCD color monitor, which securely affixes to your windshield or dashboard with suction-cup mounts for easy-to-see rear coverage. A water-resistant color camera attaches to the back of your ride’s license plate for complete rearview coverage, and a 2.4 GHz wireless transmitter installs on most vehicles in just minutes.
Information: Peak Auto
Factor 55 ProLink, $124.95
Engineered and machined in the USA from lightweight billet 6061 aluminum, the ProLink provides a safe means to easily attach a standard 3⁄4-inch screw pin shackle to existing winch cable and rope eyes The cable or rope eye is captured into the body of the ProLink by a removable oversized 5⁄8″ double shear pin. The ProLink is compatible with both Hawse and Roller fairleads and snugs neatly against both versions.
Information: Factor 55
Advance Adapters Yoke Removal Trail Tool, $49.95
This clever new tool from Advance Adapters removes differential pinion yokes as well as transfer case yokes for your trail fixes or for use in the shop. Compatible with CV, non-CV, and companion flange yoke series: 1310, 1330, 1350, 1410, 1480, Toyota Truck, Toyota Land Cruiser, and Land Rover.
Information: Advance Adapters
Shirt & Swag Club, $25 a month
Need a gift that keeps on giving for the guy or gal who has everything? Want the coolest 4x4 T-shirts around? Check out the Shirt & Swag Club. Get a quality authentic T-shirt and a bag full of goodies delivered each month, bimonthly, or quarterly. Pick between 4x4 or desert racing styles from small to 4XL.
Information: Shirt & Swag Club