8 Cool Must-Have Off-Road Products Under $1,000Posted in Product Reviews on April 23, 2014
Getting sizable upgrades and quality parts for under a grand is easier than ever. From suspension seats and ultra-bright LEDs to hardcore rocker protection and reliable recovery devices, for those looking to spend under a grand, but are not afraid to break the $500 mark, there is plenty to be had. All of the items on our list would make for a sound investment, but in lieu of dividends, you’ll get off-road prowess.
1. Weld-On Rockers
How much: $605
Hard facts: The frame-mounted JK Rocker Knockers from Poison Spyder Customs are crafted for the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Each Rocker Knocker is fitted with three 3⁄16-inch steel baseplates that attach to the bottom and side of the JK’s frame. Attached to the outriggers is a 1.5-inch, 0.120-wall DOM slider rail with a 1.75-inch, 0.120-wall DOM rocker rail. The rocker guards can be bolted or welded in place. A two-door JK version is said to be available in late 2014.
Contact: Poison Spyder Customs
2. Suspension Seats
How much: $299 (each)
Hard facts: The Baja XP suspension seat from Corbeau is intended to fit the needs of everyone from a weekend wheeler to hardcore off-road racer. Each seat is said to provide a trampoline effect, which translates into a seat that will absorb harsh impacts so your body doesn’t have to. The extra-high bolsters are designed to keep you secure and in place and each Baja XP comes equipped with slots for three-, four-, and five-point harness. Durable automotive-grade cloth and vinyl materials, which contain UV inhibitors, are standard with the Baja XP.
3. Cage Kit
How much: $775
Hard facts: Synergy Manufacturing’s Sport Cage kit (part #5211) is offered for the ’97-’06 Jeep Wrangler TJ. Included with the kit are 1¾-inch, 1026 DOM tubing, soft top brackets, and windshield mounting tabs. The Synergy cage is said to be compatible with most soft and hardtops and will not interfere with stock seatbelt mounts. Welding is required.
Contact: Synergy Manufacturing
4. Bullet Proof LED
How much: $799
Hard facts: Bullet Proof Diesel’s LED light assembly is made to work with ’03-’07 Ford ¾- and 1-ton F-series trucks. The LED light assembly comes complete with mounting brackets, a 20-inch white-light LED from Rigid Industries, and two wiring harnesses.
Contact: Bullet Proof Diesel
5. ZEON 8
How much: $799.99
Hard facts: Warn’s ZEON 8 is a premium recovery winch that features an 8,000-pound pulling capacity and fast line speed. Packed inside each winch is a three-stage planetary gearset and 162:1 gear ratio. Standard with the Zeon 8 is a 100-foot, 5⁄16-inch galvanized steel wire rope, stainless steel fasteners and clutch lever, along with a roller fairlead. The ZEON 8 as shown here weighs in at 94 pounds.
6. Antirock Sway Bar
How much: $359 to $529
Hard facts: If you’re tired of having to disconnect your rig’s sway bar every time you hit the trail, then Currie Enterprises has a trick solution for you. Offered for the Jeep Wrangler TJ, JK, and Cherokee XJ, the Antirock sway bar is crafted as a more versatile sway bar that can remain connected on- and off-road. Given that the Antirock isn’t as rigid as a stock sway bar, each bar is tuned to provide a balance of increased stability off-road without substantially limiting the rigs articulation. Front and rear Antirock kits are offered for Wrangler applications. In addition, you can opt for steel or aluminum arms and universal kits are also available.
Contact: Currie Enterprises
7. Better Ball Joints
How much: $599 to $659
Hard facts: Dynatrac’s heavy-duty ball upper and lower ball joint sets are comprised of high-strength billet steel with heat-treated bodies and chromoly stems. Along with seals that are said to be more effective, the serviceable ball joints also have Teflon-coated internal wear points and a precision-ground stainless steel ball which conforms to military specifications. Ball joints are offered for Ford, Dodge, and Jeep applications.
8. F-150 Country
How much: $551
Hard facts: Tuff Country Suspension’s 3-inch lift is built specifically for the ’09-’13 Ford F-150. The kit includes upper control arms, coil spacers, and rear lift blocks. Each bolt-on kit is said to allow for 35-inch-tall tires and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. New shocks are not required, but recommended.
Contact: Tuff Country Suspension