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Parts Rack - December 2014

Posted in Product Reviews on November 7, 2014
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Wrangler Flop Top
The 2013-2014 JK Wrangler offers spring-assisted top opening and closing from the factory. Rugged Ridge’s new retrofit kit brings the same convenience to owners of older Jeep JKs. Designed to work with Jeep’s factory soft top, the new JK Soft Top Spring Assist kit is relatively easily installed and seamlessly integrates into the soft top, as well as other aftermarket factory replacement tops on the market. Engineered to allow just one person to raise and lower the top, each Rugged Ridge kit features dual spring arms and a quick-release locking mechanism that keeps the soft top safely locked in the lowered position for open-air driving.
Info: Rugged Ridge
770/614-6101, ruggedridge.com.

Clutch in One
Probably the most common clutch application in 4x4 history is the GM 11-inch pressure plate with a 11⁄8-inch, 10-spline input. That particular application covers 1966-1973 Buick, 1966-1972 Chevrolet, 1969-1995 Chevrolet light truck, SUV and van, 1971-1972 GMC and 1969-1995 GMC Light Truck, SUV and Van. Phew! Centerforce now packages its Dual Friction Clutch Kit for these applications under PN KDF355216. That includes the pressure plate, dual-friction clutch disc, alignment tool, pilot bearing, throwout bearing, and bolts. Also available for these applications are the Centerforce II kit under PN KCFT355216 and Centerforce I under PN KCF523516. Just choose your level of holding power and order up.
Info: Centerforce
800-93CLUTCH or 928/771-8422, centerforce.com

Chilled Wrangler Boost
ProCharger has announced its new Intercooled Supercharger System for 2012-2014 Jeep Wranglers with the 3.6L Pentastar V-6. The system uses the company’s P-1SC-1 supercharger set to deliver 7 psi boost on pump gas. The unit includes the intercooler, new injectors and handheld tuner with blower-specific tuning, brackets, and everything else required for a bolt-in installation. The blower’s oiling system is self-contained, so there’s no need to tap into the factory oil pan. Expected power gain is 50 percent over stock.
Info: ATI ProCharger
913/338-2886, procharger.com

Jeep JK Winch Mount
Jeep offers special editions of its Wrangler JK marketed under 10th Anniversary and Rubicon X that are equipped with a unique bumper requiring a mounting plate kit to make it winch ready. Bulldog Winch’s PN 20208 Winch Mount is designed to fit this unique OE bumper at a fraction of the Mopar kit’s price. The mount includes mounting hardware and a vacuum canister relocation bracket, a fairlead adapter plate, and two winch mounting positions to accommodate center-mounted winches. The OE bumper and Mopar kit only offer an offset mount.
Info: Bulldog Winch
855/327-1835, bulldogwinch.com

J-Spec…ial
After many years of development, testing, and fine-tuning, JKS Manufacturing is proud to announce the release of the JSPEC Suspension line, offering true dual-purpose suspension solutions engineered to provide premium on-road comfort with unrivaled off-road capability. Jspec Suspension launches with 2.5- and 3.5-inch systems designed specifically for 2007-2014 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited with other systems coming soon after. Systems are ready to install right out of the box and feature detailed step-by-step instructions along with video tutorials to guide you through the process. Each package can be further customized to suit your individual performance requirements with optional accessories designed by JKS for Jspec. Every JSPEC suspension package delivers exceptional value and is backed by the JKS Lifetime Limited Warranty.
Info: JKS Manufacturing
517/278-1226, jksmfg.com

All-In-One Welding
Ideal for both light-industrial applications and personal use, the inverter-based Syncrowave 210 supports AC/DC TIG and Stick processes, capable of welding up to 1⁄4-inch-thick material in a single pass. And now, add the Spoolmate 100 spool gun and MIG welding is an option. The Syncrowave 210 is the first Miller TIG welder to include the Pro-Set feature, which takes the guesswork out of setting weld parameters with preset controls designed by Miller weld engineers. Users simply select either the DIG or Balance feature and adjust until Pro-Set appears on the display. Miller-exclusive Auto-Line technology and the multi-voltage plug allow for easy hookup to any input voltages within 120-240 volts with no manual linking, providing reliable input power regardless of welding conditions.
Info: Miller Electric
920/734-9821, millerwelds.com.

Get Bent
With its 30-degree bend, the OffroadLEDbars 50-inch Curved Light Bar provides a wide field of view making it an extremely effective tool, whether off- or on-road, camping, or on the jobsite. This innovative light boasts 23,000 lumens at 288 watts while only drawing 17 amps of power. OffroadLEDbars back this light with a rock-solid lifetime warranty and at a price of $850, it is a much more affordable option than comparable lights on the market. The company offers a wide variety of mounting solutions for attaching to your vehicle.
Info: OffroadLEDbars
347/809-1602, offroadledbars.com.

Stop Bump
As you lift your Jeep higher, the distance between the frame and axle grows, which increases the drag link angle. This can result in quirky handling, but the Rubicon Express High Steer Kit raises the drag link location on the axle end to return the steering to factory angles. The kit is designed to work in conjunction with any 3.5- to 5.5-inch lift on 2007-present Jeep Wrangler JKs and JK Unlimited vehicles. This fully engineered kit includes a heavy-duty drag link constructed from solid bar stock for strength and is designed to use the factory tie-rod ends for a bolt-on installation and the ability to easily source spare parts when you are far from home. The track-bar bracket accepts the factory track bar and relocates the steering stabilizer above the drag link to protect it from harm on the trail.
Info: Rubicon Express
800/776-0767, rubiconexpress.com

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