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New Products - May 2014

Posted in Product Reviews on April 17, 2014 Comment (0)
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See Clearly Now
If you weren’t one of the lucky four people to actually talk a dealership out of half doors, it’s likely you’ve cursed your full doors while wheeling at some point. The half doors for the ’07-up JKs are rare as hen teeth, and that’s why we are happy to introduce these tubular steel doors from OR-Fab. Made from 1.25-inch, 0.95-wall tubing, they are both light and good looking. They include a zippered pouch, nylon safety pads, and adjustable hinges and latches for a great fit on your Jeep. Available for two- and four-door models.
Information: OR-Fab
928/636-7080, orfab.com

Bolt-On
If you’ve seen under the hood of the ’12-up JKs, you know how little space there is under there with the new Pentastar engine. We like the new compressors from ARB, but they are bigger than the old units and harder to squeeze into our Jeeps. This $60 bracket from Synergy can mount the new single ARB compressor, the old mini compressor, and many Viair compressors under the hood next to the brake master cylinder with ease. It puts the compressor in an easy-to-reach spot, and the bolt-on mounting won’t void your warranty.
Information: Synergy Manufacturing
805/783-2060, synergysuspension.com

Pucker Up
Hopefully you only need new seat covers for your Jeepster because of age, not from some horrible puckering experience. But whatever the reason, from the same company reproducing soft tops for them is now a complete replacement seat cover set done in the original style. Available in a wide variety of colors with plain or pleated vinyl, these seat covers attach with a combination of Velcro and hog rings. This is the way to go to keep your Jeepster looking retro-tastic and get some comfort at the same time.
Information: Gregs 4x4 Extreme
303/946-3313, gregs4x4extreme.com

Active Shock Management
While we are generally distrustful of all new electronic gee-gaws until we beat on them ourselves, there is no denying the idea behind the Berserker ASM shocks is neat. There is a controller and the shock can automatically electronically adjust its own valving up to 1,000 times per minute. It is also user-adjustable through a laptop with smartphone apps on the horizon. Think about it, gonna blast down a wash? Go on your phone and dial in the pre-run setting. Rocks at the end of the wash, hit the rock setting on your phone, and away you go.
Information: Viking Performance
800/236-6001, viking.com

Rear Seat Glovebox
Sure you can technically fit three people in the back of a four-door JK, but have you ever tried it with normal-sized people? It’s a squeeze and not comfortable for anyone. Unless you are smuggling kids or little people, just admit that the JK is better for four people. And once you do that, you need this: the Rear Seat Organizer from Rugged Ridge. It is now available for the ’11-and-up JK Wrangler as well as the ’07-’10 Wrangler. Made from a sturdy molded plastic in colors to match the Jeep’s interior, it is a great way to catch your rear seat passenger’s cell phones and lattes.
Information: Rugged Ridge
770/614-6101, omix-ada.com

Jeepster Carpeting
From the same company that is reproducing tops and seat covers for Jeepsters, now comes carpeting kits as well. Available in floor sets for $375 or six piece sets for $425, including the rear inner wheelwells, these carpeting kits are made by Jeepster people for ’66-’73 Jeepsters and Comandos—so the fit will be better than any other kit out there. If you can find another kit, that is. And the attention to detail with edging and factory cut-outs is second to none. There are many colors available, but there might be longer lead times on rarer colors.
Information: Greg’s 4wd Extreme
303/946-3313, gregs4wdextreme.com

Not a Hose Clamp
Let’s face it, if we are trying to save a few bucks by buying a winch with non-integrated solenoids such as a Warn M8000, we accept the cheesy solenoid mounts that are included with many of them. Whether they are sheetmetal, hose clamps, or zip ties, we often just use the cheese whether we like it or not. Well, we don’t have to anymore. This solenoid mount from Searchers 4wd Supply and Outfitters is designed for the Warn M8000 winch and offers a much better solenoid solution. Available in steel or aluminum, no new fasteners are needed and the solenoid can be optioned in a center or offset mount. Looking at the design, we imagine that it could be used for other similar-style winches.
Information: Searchers 4wd Supply and Outfitters
225/744-4947, searchers4wd.com

Getting High…
…Intensity Discharge that is, with Explorer Pro Comp’s new HID driving lights. The lights feature a 35-watt bulb that is more than 300 percent brighter than a 55-watt halogen bulb and will last 500 percent longer. Those snazzy bulbs are mounted in a compound curve aluminum reflector that is housed in an impact-resistant high-strength ABS housing for great light control and the strength you need when wheeling. The 6,000 Kelvin light color is very easy on the eyes, and an adjustable 90-degree mounting setup means that it can handle vertical or horizontal holes. Interlocking splines mean that it will stay adjusted wherever you set it. The lights feature internal ballasts and a long 4-foot wiring loom for an easy installation.
Information: Pro Comp USA
800/776-0767, procompusa.com

Guess-Less
Electric fans can be cool (no pun intended) but so often after we install them, we are forced to guess what they are doing and getting out of the Jeep to check gets old really quick. Sure we’ve added LEDs in parallel with the switch, but what a pain that is. Flex-A-Lite has introduced as simple solution in this switch. Blue is for towing, hauling, or rockcrawling and puts all the fans on at 100 percent. Red is to indicate they are off for a water crossing, and the middle position puts them back on the default setting.
Information: Flex-A-Lite
253/922-2700, flex-a-lite.com

Max Flex
Tired of bolt-on kits that don’t? Or kits that bolt on, only to discover the tires rub just about everywhere? This suspension system from ReadyLIFT solves a lot of those problems. It comes with 4-inch front and 3-inch rear coils to lift and level your ’07-present JK. The 13⁄4-inch-diameter, 5⁄16-inch-wall lower arms are formed for the best tire clearance possible. The silver and black finishes are powdercoating, while the included Currie Enterprises Johnnie Joints are zinc-plated. The kit provides clearance for up to a 38-inch-tall tire on a wheel with 4.5 inches or less of backspacing. Longer rear shocks are required, but not included, and heavy-duty track bars are suggested (but 3⁄16-inch-thick relocation brackets are included to reuse existing track bars).
Information: ReadyLIFT
702/410-2300, readylift.com

Drop It
We normally call them simply “drop brackets,” but according to this press release from Rubicon Express they are “Control Arm Geometry Correction Brackets.” These are new to the market and intended for the ’07-present JK with 2.5 to 4 inches of lift. No matter what you call them, they reduce the angularity of the control arms for a much better ride experience. This makes small bumps and irregularities smooth out and reduces nose dive under braking. There is no cutting or welding required, and these brackets work with stock and all aftermarket short arms.
Information: Rubicon Express
877/367-7824, rubiconexpress.com

Shiny Object, Shiny Again
While it was developed to polish discolored stainless steel headers, we won’t hold that against it. We imagine that you guys will be way more likely to use this Manifold Destiny polish for your chrome and stainless stuff on your old Jeeps – nothing can touch it. It is from Burns Stainless, and we figure if it can polish discolored headers it should be great for that old tarnished chrome and stainless on our older Jeeps. It is available in both 2-ounce and 8-ounce sizes.
Information: Burns Stainless
949/631-5120, burnsstainless.com

This Here’s The Rubber Duck
If you’ve got a CB in your Jeep, and like listening to music, this will make your life a lot easier. It seems that every time we turn the radio back up someone else decides to chatter over the CB. The CB Monitor automatically mutes your stereo and sends the incoming CB message out over your front speakers (which also eliminates the need for an external speaker). It is made to be a plug-and-play in all JKs with a universal unit for other Jeeps also available. About 2 seconds after the incoming CB signal, the stereo returns to whatever it was doing before.
Information: Audio Interrupt
858/349-4918, audiointerrupt.com

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Jp Magazine, New Product
831 S. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

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