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December 2014 Gearbox

Posted in Product Reviews on October 24, 2014
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Longfield Axles
If you are swapping out the chaindrive T-case in your Tacoma for a geardriven T-case you are going to need a 27-spline driveline flange that matches your driveline bolt pattern. Longfield has a new driveline flange to suit your needs. You can drill this flange with any bolt pattern that will fit on the 4.4-inch diameter flange. It is available by itself or with your choice of a differential or T-case dust shield installed on the flange.

The Longfield Blank Driveline Flange is made from forged 5140 chromoly steel. Longfield recommends replacing your driveline bolts when installing a new driveline flange. Longfield carries the 10mm pickup/4Runner driveline bolts and nuts, and the 11mm Tacoma driveline bolts and nuts.
(877) 4X4-TOYS,

Nitto Tire USA, a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has announced that it has added a new tire to its popular Grappler series that really is a true all-weather tire: the Exo Grappler AWT.

The Exo Grappler AWT features a number of advanced technologies that give it both superior off-road and on-road capabilities, even in freezing temperatures. The tire utilizes a new rubber compound that is a mix of natural rubber, high-strength polymers and wear-resistant materials that is durable and allows for traction in freezing temperatures. Specially designed sipes also help create better biting edges and water evacuation on icy surfaces while the tire’s large lateral grooves help evacuate snow and slush.

Vision X
The new 220mm (8.7-inch) artillery from Vision X Lighting marks another groundbreaking move by the progressive light manufacturer, as they have continued their exclusive alliance with Luminus, the world’s leading big chip LED manufacturer. This is the first Single Source LED light to achieve 1,000 meters or 3,280 feet of usable light. Like the other Cannon LED Series lights (4.5- and 6.7-inch), the new 8.7-inch Light Cannon supports snap-on filters to change beam and color, turning this light into 20 lights in one. The rugged single-bolt mounting platform ensures a strong hold under high vibration, while the hybrid aluminum/polycarbonate housing is engineered for extreme environments.
Vision X
(888) 489-9820,

Mac’s Tie Downs
Those familiar with hauling vehicles on a trailer understand the problems that arise when the distance between the vehicle and the tie-down fitting is too close for conventional tie-down methods. To solve this problem, Mac’s Tie Downs has created the new Cinch Pack, a 10,000-pound capacity assembly that shortens to 2 feet in length.

With the Cinch Pack you no longer have to worry about whether or not you’ll be able to tightly and securely tie down your load when space is limited. Available in four colors—red, blue, black, and yellow—the Cinch Pack meets the high standards that customers have come to expect from Mac’s. The Cinch Pack consists of four 2-inch by 6-foot Cinch Straps, four Strap Wraps for securing your tie downs when they aren’t in use or wrapping up excess webbing, and comes in the Mac’s signature duffle bag.
Mac’s Tie Downs
(800) 666-1586,

Auburn Gear
Auburn Gear, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of high-performance differentials, introduced its new MAX Lock Locker to the industry today. Made of durable heat-treated billet steel alloy for enhanced strength and endurance, the MAX Lock Locker fits inside the original equipment’s open differential case and automatically eliminates wheel slip in both two- and four-wheel-drive vehicles. The reasonably priced unit is precision engineered by Auburn to match OE case specifications and is designed to be easy for even a novice to install.

The new MAX Lock Locker is economically priced and does not require OE case replacement. The black-oxide-coated unit comes in a complete kit with easy-to-follow instructions. Installing the unit is as simple as removing the OE beveled gears, side gears, and pinion gears from the existing diff case, and replacing them with Auburn’s dog clutches and spline couplings.
Auburn Gear
(260) 925-3200,

Icon Vehicle Dynamics
The ’11-and-newer GM 2500HD/3500HD requires significant shock damping to comply with the massive spring rate of the factory torsion bar system. Icon Vehicle Dynamics has developed a range of suspension systems with optimized vehicle specific shock damping. These systems offer excellent on- and off-road driveability. Icon’s Stage 2 system is comprised of V.S. 2.5 Series IFP front shocks, 2.0 Aluminum Series IFP rear shocks, and tubular uniball upper control arms. The Icon vehicle specific–tuned 2.5-inch shocks are the key to attaining optimum ride quality and getting that desired comfort with the ¾- and 1-ton working capability. Additionally, uniball upper control arms add strength and durability, with the ability to use a longer extended length shock offering 25 percent more droop travel.
Icon Vehicle Dynamics
(951) 689-4266,

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