New 4Wheel Products - March 2014Posted in Product Reviews on January 23, 2014 Comment (0)
Wiring Products Custom Switch Panels
WiringProducts offers made-to-order switch panels. The company claims that normal turnaround time is 24-48 hours. Each panel is made to the customers’ specs, including size, number of switches, switch styles, and labeling. The panels mount with four screws.
Information: WiringProducts Ltd.
Adventure Tool ShopRoll
The ShopRoll tool roll is designed to hold all required hand tools for adventure vehicles, thereby streamlining trailside repairs. It also includes pockets for parts, manuals, rags, gloves, and so on. The ShopRoll is made in the USA from heavy waxed canvas and mil-spec components. It has reportedly been tested extensively on numerous overland expeditions. It has a lifetime warranty.
Information: Adventure Tool Co.
M/T Sidebiter II Wheels
Mickey Thompson revolutionized the off-road tire industry with “sidebiters”: tread patterns that extended onto sidewalls. The latest M/T wheel pays homage to those tires. The Sidebiter II incorporates the tires’ signature sidewall-tread styling on its seven-spoke design. Initial fitments are 15-, 16-, 17-, and 20-inch diameters in five-, six-, and eight-lug patterns. The wheel is covered by a lifetime structural warranty, with a one-year warranty on the satin-black finish.
Information: Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels,
Zone 61⁄2-Inch Lift for ’14 Chevy
Zone Offroad offers a knuckle-style lift kit for the ’14 Silverado/Sierra K1500. The kit is advertised at 61⁄2 inches of lift, achieved by Zone’s ductile-iron steering knuckles and rear 5-inch tapered blocks. A fully boxed front crossmember system relocates the control arms and lowers the front diff to correct pinion angles. A skidplate is integrated into the crossmember. Spacers and brackets are provided for the front struts. This kit has apparently been independently tested to comply with NHTSA’s FMVSS 126 Electronic Stability Control requirement.
Information: Zone Offroad Products
Adventure Brothers Simple Slide
This sliding mechanism is designed for fridge/freezers but can also be used for other appropriately sized equipment. The Simple Slide has all-steel construction and uses sealed roller bearings and rubber bumpers for rattle-free glide action. The latch can be mounted on either side. Six mounting holes in the lower pan provide securing flexibility, and two bottle openers are built in. The Simple Slide is designed to fit most popular portable fridges. Outside dimensions are 193⁄4x291⁄2x25⁄8 inches. The framed is finished in black powdercoat; hardware is black oxide.
Information: Adventure Brothers
Jak Jaw Adapter
The Jak Jaw covers the jack’s lifting nose with a steel cradle. This minimizes potential for body damage by providing firmer contact and positioning the jack farther away from the vehicle. Construction is laser-cut 3⁄16-inch mild steel that’s machine-formed and finished in red powdercoat. The load rating is 7,750 pounds.
Information: Jack Jaw
Daystar 2-Inch Leveler for ’13 Ram
Daystar’s polyurethane 2-inch front leveling kit for the ’13 Ram 3500 is engineered to retain factory coil orientation and minimize metal-to-metal contact. The claimed benefits: optimized handling and ride quality. Bumpstops are included to prevent the coils from binding at full compression. Longer-than-stock Scorpion shocks are also offered. This kit was designed to work under the new NHTSA FMVSS 126 Stability Control requirement.
Information: Daystar Products
Red Line Landcruisers LED Light Bar
Red Line Landcruisers offers a bolt-on LED light bar for pre-’75 FJ-40s that don’t run hardtops. The system uses an Iron Moose 4x4 bar with 96 LED bulbs. This bar puts out 22,000 lumens and is available in a choice of spot (30-degree) or flood (60-degree) patterns. Powdercoated black brackets bolt the bar to factory windshield holes with the included stainless hardware. Applications for other Cruisers are pending.
Information: Red Line Landcruisers
Miller Syncrowave 210 TIG Welder
Miller’s new TIG system is designed for hobbyists and light-industrial use. Running on either 115- or 230-volt power, the Syncrowave 210 does AC/DC TIG (GTAW), DC Stick (SMAW), and Pulsed TIG (GTAW-P) welds. Features include Pro-Set preset controls based on material thickness, pulse control for better-looking puddles, and DIG control for optimizing weld quality with different electrode stiffnesses. Weighing 1331⁄2 pounds, the Syncrowave 210 comes with a 10-foot power cord, power plugs, a 12-foot TIG torch (150 amp), a 12-foot ground cable with clamp, an electrode holder, a foot control with 20-foot cord, a regulator/flow gauge, and a hose.
Information: Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
AFE JK Crossover Pipe
AFE now offers a Y-pipe for ’12 to current JK Unlimiteds with manual transmissions. This bolt-in patch kit is contoured to clear aftermarket suspension-lift components. It connects the catalytic converter to either the OE system or AFE’s exhaust kit. Construction uses MIG-welded stainless tubing. A merged collector improves exhaust flow where the 2-inch head pipes connect to the 21⁄2-inch intermediate pipe. OE-style flanges are used, and the kit includes band clamps to prevent against leaks.
Auburn Dana 60 Electronic Locker
Auburn Gear has a new electronic locker for front and rear Dana 60 applications. The company touts durability and efficiency thanks to the locker’s case strength and gear geometry. The design locks the gears to the ductile-iron differential case for dependable torque-transfer. Electronic operation is also engineered for dependability and allows the driver to conveniently transition from an open to a locked differential mode as the need arises, all without leaving the driver’s seat. The new differential is backed by a one-year warranty and Auburn’s pro-rated Differential Replacement Exchange (D-REX) Program.
Information: Auburn Gear