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October 2009 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on October 1, 2009
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Go Green
We are so fed up with the "Go Green" mantra the sycophants are running around spouting because it is the in thing that we gag every time we hear it. The new camouflage Switch and Dash panels from Daystar are the exact opposite of that. With all the features of the other Daystar interior parts (made in the USA, computer designed for great fit, and UV-resistant plastic), there is nothing to be worried about here. If you are into camouflage, the company also offers a winch isolator in a similar woodland camo pattern. Information: Daystar, 800/595-7659,

Back Seat Lovin'
Riding in the back seat of a Jeep is some kind of cruel punishment, as anyone who has been crammed back there knows. There is no leg room, the seat is too small, offers no back support, and it is shaped more for Sponge Bob than a human. The all-new Corbeau Jeep TJ seat should take care of most of those problems with military-grade suspension cord system, a powder-coated steel frame, and comfort unlike any stock rear seat. With the available Jeep TJ bracket, the seat becomes a direct bolt-in for your TJ. Information: Corbeau, 801/255-3737,

Double the Power
If you've got a '07-and-up Wrangler but had worries about starting the rig after sitting in camp or at home running things off the battery, or just want more power, Wrangler NW Power Products has released a kit for you. As we've come to expect from the company, the JK kit allows you to bolt in two batteries with no cutting or hacking, and provides all relocation bracketry needed. The kit includes the battery tray, the high-amperage solenoid, and all the wiring needed (including the in-cab switch and wires to control the kit from your driver's seat). Information: Wrangler NW Power Products, 800/962-2616,

Cheese Removal
Some guys care about turn signals. The whole point of them is so that others can see what you are doing, and hopefully not hit you while you make that turn. So shouldn't the turn signal be as bright as possible? In this age of LED lights and cool looking aftermarket LEDs, the crappy amber turn signals in the front fenders of the '07-and-up Wrangler JK just don't cut it. They look cheesy, and they don't throw off the light they could. Recon Truck Accessories has come out with LED turn signals that exceed a 65,000 hour life expectancy, are three times brighter than the stock lights, are 100 percent waterproof, and available in clear or smoke. Information: Recon Truck Accessories, 877/377-3266,

Valved Right
If we had a dime for every set of shocks we've installed on our Jeeps that were totally wrong for the Jeep, we'd be rich. All too often suspension companies just throw whatever shock into the lift-kit box, as long as it is the correct length. That usually results in shocks that were valved for a bigger vehicle riding too stiff in our Jeeps and rattling our teeth out. Off Road Evolution has teamed up with King Shocks to bring the EVO shock for the JK to market. This high-quality line of shocks is available in a staggering array of bypass options, coilover sizes, shock length and more, all tuned to your Jeep, not some guy's Super Dootie truck. Information: Off Road Evolution, 714/870-5515,

Solid Pedal
You've got thousands invested into your Jeep, why cheap out with the factory gas pedal? Made of plastic and sheet metal, we all know the slop that it has and how imprecise the feel is when rockcrawling. Get rid of that worn out stock junk and step up to a Lokar Competitor Throttle Pedal. This pedal features a heavy-duty billet mount, spring-loaded throttle pad, Delrin bushings, infinitely adjustable arm stops, and a unique internal spanner nut to ward off slop. The pedal is available in a brushed or a black finish. Information: Lokar Performance Products, 877/469-7440,

Gen-Right calls this a body-lift kit, as it is designed to replace the three (per side) mounts welded to the frame. The idea is you cut off your old mounts, weld these 3/16-inch plate units higher on the frame of your YJ or TJ, and toss the 1-inch lift pucks for no more body mounts hanging on rocks. These mounts could also serve to replace rusted-out mounts on CJs and Wranglers that have seen too much salt. Information: Gen-Right Off Road, 805/584-8635,

Rock Stars
Who hasn't seen the Rock Domes from OMF? The aluminum domes get bolted on to your beadlock wheel and protect the bolts and the beadlock ring itself from too much rock damage. They work great, and now OMF Performance has come out with an updated look to the Dome in the shape of a star. They're called, you guessed it, Rock Starz. The 12-piece set of Rock Starz is available powdercoated in a number of different colors to match whatever you've got going on with your Jeep, or raw if you like the bare aluminum look. Information: OMF Performance, 951/354-8272,

Tough Torch
The X Tactical hand-held flashlight from Light Force is something we should all have stashed in the Jeep somewhere. It runs off of three "C" batteries, and can crank out 176 lumens for 68 hours (on high beam). The light has a rubber collar at the end which is great for holding the light in your teeth for late-night wrenching. The three-position switch allows saving power or distress functions (high beam, low beam, and flashing beam), and is available with optional red, blue, and green filters for better use in various environments. This flashlight is lighter than a Mag Light, burns longer, and fits in the Jeep better, all while still being priced right around $20. Information: Light Force Performance Lighting, 888/643-6723,

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