Our Favorite New Products At The 2014 Easter Jeep SafariPosted in Product Reviews on August 6, 2014 Comment (0)
If there is one single important Jeep event to not miss, it’s the Easter Jeep Safari held every year in Moab, Utah. Not only is the area around Moab an off-road mecca, the number of vendors that showcase off-road–worthy products at the end of the week is staggering. As a consumer, you get one-on-one time with the makers of each and every product. Of course, we take advantage of the situation and prod for more than what’s on display. Sometimes we end up striking out, and sometimes we hit pay dirt, like this year. The Jeep aftermarket is alive and well, with all sorts of useful trinkets coming down the pipeline. Here are some of our favorites.
Well-built FSJs always turn our heads, and this unfinished Cherokee Chief under construction by Off Road Power Products was just plain insane with the opened up wheelwells to the powertrain. Underneath, you’ll find low-slung link suspensions front and rear, a Dynatrac ProRock 60 front axle, a huge ProRock 80 rear axle, and an Atlas transfer case. The whole thing is motivated by a Viper V-10 engine and an auto tranny pilfered from a Dodge SRT-10 pickup. It was just too cool not to share.
Information: Off Road Power Products
We prodded the guys at Rock Krawler Suspension for more new products than the heavy-duty JK tie rod that the company had on hand. What we found out was that Rock Krawler will soon be the first to offer completely bolt-on external bypass 4x4 shocks. Bypass shocks, by design, are position-sensitive and easily adjustable to allow for better vehicle control and a smoother ride over any terrain. The shocks will be available for many popular Jeep applications by the time you read this.
Information: Rock Krawler Suspension
We spotted this overseas-offered Red Winches Hornet in the RubiconTested.com booth. The overdrive version of the winch provides a blistering unloaded line speed of 197 feet per minute. It’s more than two times faster than any other common production electric winch currently available in the USA.
It’s tough to add significant power to the Jeep JK given the confined engine compartment. To solve this problem, STS Turbo moved the power-adder under the Jeep. The turbo system is completely bolt-on and provides 300 horsepower at the wheels using an oil-less Comp turbo. Other remote-mount turbo kits are also available.
Information: STS Turbo
The new forged Warn Premium winch hook, snatch block, clevis, and tree strap with steel ends all had an awesome industrial look. The new Premium winch accessories feature a Cerakote coating for maximum protection against wear and abrasion, and the winch hook even has a built-in bottle opener.
Information: Warn Industries
Mopar is finally stepping up to the plate with real off-road–worthy products, including bolt-in JK Dana 60 axles. The 2-inch suspension kit featuring progressive-rate coils and Fox shocks, as well as the street-legal-ish beadlocks, were a welcomed sight too. We were also told that Mopar plans to offer more competitive pricing.
see your local dealer, mopar.com
Dump weight on your ’07-to-present Jeep Wrangler and you’ll improve overall performance. Rock Hard 4x4 can help you do this with their full-width aluminum front bumper for the popular JK. It’s so much lighter than the steel version that it can be easily picked up by only one person.
Information: Rock Hard 4x4
If you like maintenance-free suspension joints that flex, Synergy Suspension may have what you need. The DDT (Dual Durometer with Teflon liner) joint is a press-in joint that replaces many common Clevite Jeep rubber bushings. Keep an eye out for full-suspension kits and universal applications.
Information: Synergy MFG
If you need a high-amp alternator, welder, and full 120-volt AC power, all stuffed under the hood of your Jeep, the Premier Power Welder has you covered. The newest applications include the ’07-’11 and ’12-’13 Jeep Wranglers.
Information: Premier Power Welder
LEDwarehouse can brighten up your nights without draining your battery or pocketbook. There are many shapes and sizes available, with more on the way all the time. The giant bulkhead-mounted individual lights were some of our favorite, although we aren’t exactly sure where we would use them yet.
With 40 years of applications, Flex-a-lite has just about every popular Jeep model covered, including Jeeps with common engine swaps. The newest in the lineup is the JK Hemi V-8 radiator. All Flex-a-lite radiators feature finned aluminum tanks for improved cooling and easier mounting, especially in custom applications.
Parts Dude 4x4 offers officially licensed repops of many popular Jeep and Willys badges. They are perfect for replacing those worn out, damaged, or missing badges on your vintage Jeep. They could also be used to decorate your garage or give your office a bit of flair.
Information: Parts Dude 4x4
Artec Industries makes swapping 1-ton junkyard axles into your JK easy with these weld-on axle brackets. The brackets fit a Dana 60 frontend and 14-bolt rearend and allow you to properly locate all of your JK’s suspension components.
Information: Artec Industries
Over-tightening your round LED taillights is the number-one reason for LED light failure. Max-Bilt put a stop to that problem and made other improvements as well. The Trail Tail led taillights have built-in mounting bosses that protect the circuit board from heavy-handed installers.
The Factor 55 folding FlatLink replaces a conventional winch hook with a safer and stronger shackle thimble that holds a clevis. The winch end folds flat for more clearance when not in use. It’s available in many different colors to match your Jeep. Information: Factor 55, 208/639-1674, factor55.com
Twist And Flex
Iron Rock Off Road introduced its long-arm three-link TJ lift kit for those looking for more suspension flex. The extra heavy-duty control arms are adjustable and feature Rough Country Flex joints. A flat bellypan protects the underside.
Information: Iron Rock Off Road
Junkyard Power Adder
Boostec now offers complete kits to install a common OE junkyard GM supercharger on your Jeep engine. You source the inexpensive used supercharger, and Boostec supplies the necessary adapters and electronics. Applications include the TJ 4.0L, TJ 2.5L, XJ 4.0L, and ’07 to ’11 JK.
Now With Lift
JKS Manufacturing has wrapped all of its high-quality individual suspension components into complete Jeep lift kits. The lifts include progressive rate coils and application-specific Fox shocks.
Information: JKS Manufacturing
Catastrophic Wrangler Rubicon transfer case failure is possible at speed if your Jeep has a front driveshaft issue such as a small bend or worn out U-joint or CV. For a little added insurance, Rock-Slide Engineering has developed a transfer case girdle that supports the aluminum transfer case in such a scenario.
Information: Rock-Slide Engineering
Daystar introduced its JK Hood Vents and hood scoop for those battling high underhood temps caused by swapped-in V-8 engines. The vents and scoop also give your ’07-to-present Wrangler a different look. Installation is easy, and the components are designed to cover up any small errors in cutting.
Painless Performance Products brought out its 500-amp dual battery management system. The module allows both batteries to be properly charged when the Jeep is running so you’re never stranded when one battery becomes drained. We also really liked the multiple universal distribution blocks.
Information: Painless Performance Products
After some initial prodding on our part, Dynatrac let us in on a little secret: By the time you read this, the company should have affordable and easy-to-install high-performance big brake kits available for the ’07-to-present Wrangler.