It doesn't matter what we call this New Products release, we think you will agree that you've just gottahaveit. The AirForce 250ci from Hobart Welding Products runs on 115 VAC, has a built-in compressor, can cut 1/8-inch mild steel (Jeep frames), and can sever 1/4-inch steel. With plasma comes a faster and more precise cut than with an oxy-acetylene torch, and this unit just requires a regular household outlet to cut anywhere.
Information: Hobart Welders; 800/626-9420, hobartwelders.com
With two electric air compressors, Viair's new Dual Onboard Air Systems put out enough air to run air tools, seat tire beads, and still run your air lockers. The kits include the dual compressors, a 2-gallon tank with six-ports, a dash panel monitor, and all required relays and wiring for a seamless install. There is also a 200-psi inline regulator, blow gun, tire-inflation gun, and a coiled hose for ease of storage.
Information: Viair Corporation; 949/582-6868, viaircorp.com
The new Outback line of winches from T-Max are available in 9,000-, 10,000-, 12,500-, and 15,000-pound capacities. The failure-prone solenoids have been replaced with a solid-state system that works wirelessly up to 200 feet away and features a joystick design that's more intuitive to use. All gears are heat-treated machined steel, and all moving parts ride on bearings.
Information: T-Max Industries; 877/862-8629, t-maxwinches.com
With so many companies now putting limitations on lifetime warranties (or not even offering one on some tools), it's nice to see a company that has a real lifetime warranty. K-Tool has released a 44-piece socket set that includes 1/4- and 3/8-inch drive ratchets and sockets, exclusive six-point sockets, and a blow-molded case.
Information: K-Tool International; 800/762-6002, ktoolinternational.com
If you haven't heard of Davis Unified Ignition (DUI) by now, we feel sorry for your Jeep. The company manufactures high-output, complete distributors for Jeeps. With a one-wire hookup, a 50,000-volt coil, and a high-output Dyna Module under the cap, all you've got to do is run a switched positive to it and enjoy the newfound power for your '83-and-later, non-computer-controlled, four-cylinder Jeep.
Information:Performance Distributors; 901/396-5782, performancedistributors.com
If you're building a dedicated wheeling Jeep and want to ditch the loose tilt column without losing the tilt function, this is for you. The adjustable steering-column mount from Poly Performance is available in three models with up to 38 degrees of tilt. It's cut from 1/8-inch steel and uses a standard 3/4-inch shaft size with a high-grade MDS-filled nylon bushing for smooth steering wheel motion.
Information: Poly Performance; 805/783-2060, polyperformance.com
Finally, tire gauges that can go off-road and read the pressure in the tires accurately. With large and small gauges that are water-filled and have various pressure ranges (0-15, 0-30, 0-60 psi, and so on), you can now get a gauge that fits your Jeep for the air pressure you actually run in your tires. No more guessing what psi you're at because every little tick is 2 or 5 psi.
Information: Intercomp; 800/328-3336, intercompracing.com
The new Safari Tank from Gen-Right Off Road is specifically designed to utilize the extra space under the rear portion of an '04-'06 Unlimited to carry more fuel (10 additional gallons) in essentially the stock location, retain a low center of gravity, and reduce the amount of weight from gas cans hanging off the back on the rear tire carrier. Each tank is manufactured from tough, 1/8-inch-thick aluminum alloy and is assembled into a foam-lined, heavy-duty, 3/16-inch-thick skidplate with straps and factory Mopar roll-over valves.
Information: Gen-Right Off Road; 805/584-8635, genright.com
The new Jeep JK has a neat storage compartment behind the rear seat, but unfortunately until now, it wasn't secure. Tuffy Security Products solved this dilemma with the new JK Cubby Storage Security Cover. This unique lockable cover bolts to the tub and replaces the original flimsy cover with a powdercoated, 16-gauge and 11-gauge steel assembly. When closed, the tailgate closes over a lip on the Cubby Cover to offer extra security.
Information: Tuffy Security Products; 800/348-8339, tuffyproducts.com
Mittler Bros. has introduced off-road 5x51/2-bolt circle hubs and matching 40-spline drive flanges. The hubs are made from proprietary alloy steel forgings and are CNC-machined to exacting tolerances. The companion 40-spline drive flanges are heat-treated alloy steel. The special rotor adapter ring prevents hub damage when there is an accident and rotor damage occurs. We think this might be the next big thing for Jeepspeed racers.
Information: Mittler Bros.; 800/467-2464, mittlerbros.com
ARB's new snatch block features high-strength, low-density materials that reduce the total weight of the block by up to 50 percent over other comparable rated snatch blocks. The design includes self-righting plates to eliminate the need to correctly position the block while introducing cable tension. The inner pulley is made from self lubricating crystalline polymer to enable operation under high loads.
Information: ARB Products, 888/427-2872, arbusa.com