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Parts Rack - August 2014

Posted in Product Reviews on July 4, 2014
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2015 GM Up
BDS Suspension is now offering its 6.5-inch high-clearance suspension for new 2015 Chevy/GMC 2500HD 4WD trucks. The front suspension utilizes a pair of one-piece high-clearance crossmembers, diff relocation brackets, heavy-duty differential skidplate, support brace, and front skidplate to create a sturdy subframe and improved off-road protection. A pair of CNC-machined ductile iron steering knuckles dwarf the factory units and span the extra distance without increasing track width. A pair of lower A-arm mounted relocation brackets with integrated bumpstop extensions maximize ground clearance without lowering the torsion bar crossmember as with other kits. Out back, the kit is offered with 3- or 5-inch rear blocks to achieve your desired stance, and new stainless brakes lines, extended sway bar links, and your choice of BDS 5500 or Fox 2.0 gas shocks are available.
Info: BDS Suspension

Link Up
Chris Alston’s Chassisworks has added a selection of billet antisway bar links to its gStreet product line. The gStreet end links utilize Chassisworks’ low-friction, high-misalignment pivot mechanism to eliminate free-play for a more positive connection. The threaded pivot assembly design allows tightening of the joint if free-play develops over time and facilitates simple rebuilding if needed. Pivot ends require 5⁄8-inch-diameter bores at the antisway bar and suspension mounts and are available in 90-degree or inline styles. The current product selection can accommodate installation lengths of 31⁄4 to 81⁄4 inches with adjustment ranges of 1-2 inches depending on application.
Info: Chris Alston’s Chassisworks

Getta Grip
The Wilton ATV is a combination vise and sleeve that slides into a standard 2-inch receiver without interfering with the tailgate. A provided mounting bracket that bolts to a stable surface converts the ATV into a stationary bench vise. The 33-pound vise is constructed of high-strength, powdercoated steel and features 6-inch-wide jaws that open to 53⁄4 inches with a 5-inch throat depth and 1-ton clamping force. The top of the ATV features a large striking anvil for forming and shaping and an integrated carrying handle located beneath the anvil. The ATV also is equipped with two sets of replaceable jaws (straight and V-groove).
Info: Wilton Tools

Patina Protection
The Eastwood Company now offers Patina Preserver, which is a durable, clear protective coating that preserves a weathered, patina’d look. Patina Preserver creates a safe, invisible barrier between weathered paint, worn metal, and natural elements to prevent further rust and deterioration. It is virtually invisible, so it doesn’t alter the gloss or look of the finish. Patina Preserver is packaged in an aerosol can for easy application, and just two to three light coats provides up to 12 months of UV and weather protection. One can covers 12-16 square feet.
Info: Eastwood

Wrangler Axle Beef
G2 Axle & Gear’s new CORE 44 axlehousing for the 2007 and newer Jeep JK is engineered to utilize the newer generation ring-and-pinion. The CORE 44 housing features large 3-inch-diameter axletubes, forged inner-Cs for high strength and resistance to bending, and accepts late-model JK gears. The brackets are laser cut and CNC formed from 3⁄8-inch steel to add strength and feature a contoured bottom and integrated skidplate to prevent hanging up on obstacles. The brackets feature stock mounting points for a bolt-in fit, and probable weak points are strengthened to prevent bracket damage.
Info: G2 Axle & Gear

Ditchy the Squishy
PROTHANE offers its Total Kit for 2007-2011 Jeep Wranglers that replaces the spongy OEM rubber bushings with urethane components designed to absorb harsh shock loads and vibration while providing a firm, stable ride. The PROTHANE components are impervious to oil and grease for a long life. The Total Kit includes body mounts, front and rear control arm and sway bar bushings, Panhard bar bushings, sway bar end links, and front and rear control arm bushings.
Info: Prothane

Got a JK Wrangler? Then you’re probably used to your hood fluttering at freeway speeds or when traveling into a stiff headwind. Off Road Only created its bolt-on Hop-Stopper to cure this very phenomenon. Unlike stiffer aftermarket hood latches that can place a strain on the factory sheetmetal, the Hop-Stopper bolts between the hood latch hook to firmly secure the hood while driving and to eliminate flutter. It bolts on in less than 30 minutes and costs less than $60.
Info: Off Road Only

Heat Beat
The new JK Hood Louvers from Rugged Ridge mount to the factory hood and are designed to help promote more effective airflow, alleviating overheating issues some Jeep owners face when operating their rigs at slow speeds under extreme trail conditions for prolonged periods of time. Intended as an affordable alternative to a full replacement aftermarket hood, some cutting and drilling is required to complete installation. The Hood Louvers are made from high-quality stamped steel and finished with the rust preventative E-coat. Rugged Ridge offers your choice of black or ready-to-paint primer and includes a set of both black and stainless steel hardware to customize the final look.
Info: Rugged Ridge
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The new Banks Sidewinder Turbo System is now available for 2005-2006 Jeep Wranglers with the 4.0L engine for up to an additional 66 hp and 84 lb‐ft at the rear tires -- all with only 6 psi of boost pressure. Everything required for a complete installation is provided. Components include a 46x58mm oil‐cooled turbocharger with an integrated recirculating blowoff valve, new Bosch 35 lb/hr injectors, a two-bar MAP sensor, billet throttle-body spacer mount with a port provision for the Banks boost gauge, stainless steel turbine inlet/outlet pipes, and provisions for water-methanol injection nozzles. Banks also includes its AutoMind hand-held programmer for recalibration of the ECU. The Turbo system is compatible with both the Banks TorqueTubes and the Banks Monster Exhaust.
Info: Banks

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