Rear End Possession
If you want a different look for your front or rear differential, Zingology has a solution. Nationally renowned fine art sculptor Raymond Gibby has designed a line of hand-sculpted, foundry-cast differential covers made out of stainless steel and aluminum. Some of the outrageous 3-D designs include an emerging skull, a gear head (skeleton with spider gear embedded in head), an ogre, and the word "help" (forget about those goofy stickers).
Information: Zingology Manufacturing, 479/616-2850, zingology.com
This is one tool no Jeeper should be without. Featuring a multi-position shovel and a serrated blade, the collapsible E-tool is a great tool in any Jeep. We can't tell you the number of times we've dug the Jeep out with our E-tool, and now Gerber has brought this great tool to market. No more rusty Army cast-offs, the Gerber tool also features a cast pick attachment, a powder-coated carbon steel blade, and a glass-filled nylon handle.
Information: Gerber, 800/443-4871, gerbergear.com
Good looks and extreme protection that blend in with the look of the XJ all come together for a great looking guardian for the rear of your XJ. Made out of 0.120-wall, it fits XJs from '84-'01 and includes heavy-duty hardware for mounting which ties into the tow hitch mounts. Available in gloss black or wrinkled powdercoat finish, lights can be mounted behind it and the hardware kit includes D-ring shackles.
Information: OR-Fab, 928/636-7080, orfab.com
If we were to be honest, we'd admit that the new JK Wrangler doesn't need much more elevation to fit the tires needed for the best in off-road clearance combined with on-road manners. This kit from ReadyLift raises the front of the JK 3 inches and the rear 2 inches for a leveled Jeep. Powdercoated front and rear spring spacers, rear track bar relocation bracket, and front and rear shock extensions keep the stock on-road handling at a budget price.
Information: Readylift Suspension, 714/862-2968, readylift.com
Sweet New Heavy Bling
These new rims from TrailReady Products sure are sweet and definitely bring the bling, which sure is heavy, man. All kidding aside, this 15x9 inch aluminum rim is available in all bolt patterns with backspacing from 3 to 4 inches, and is purpose-built for high-abuse situations such as off-road racing and professional rock crawling. This is not a modified aftermarket rim, it is born a beadlock and pressure-cast with an extra thick inside bead.
Information: TrailReady Products, 425/353-6776, trailready.com
Get out there with Rocky Ridge's new overhead rack that easily carries all your gear. Made with curved and brushed stainless-steel anchored roof rack bars, an aluminum roof rack, and stainless steel light bar with integral wind fairing, corrosion should be a thing of the past. It installs with no drilling and the rack tips back for easy access to the Jeep soft top.
Information: Rocky Ridge Products, 440/241-3638, rockyridgeproducts.com.
Flip For It
Teraflex has solved a couple of issues with higher-lifted JKs with its flipped drag link, frame-side track bar drop, and frame brace. The forged drag link is 50 percent stronger than the stock unit and helps eliminate front end shimmy and other issues. The kit includes a new drag link, a tapered insert, and works with lift heights over 4 inches.
Information: Teraflex, 801/288-2585, teraflex.biz
Replace your Hi-Lift jack's standard top clamp with the JackMate which can transform your jack into a myriad of tools. New for 2010 is a super-grip diamond plate top, wire fence pulling slots, bottle-opener, an easier ball pin for attaching the JackMate to the jack, and a quick-release pin for the jack's base.
Information Rescue 42, 888/427-3728, rescue42.com
Latch and Link
The new Corbeau five-point belts feature SFI 16.1 approved military-grade nylon webbing, extra-strength computerized stitching, super-lightweight adjusters, and bolt-in or wrap style mounting. Available for less than $100 per belt, it's a great price to get a great name in belts. Plus, they have a lot of upgrades over yesterday's units.
Information: Corbeau Seats, 801/255-3737, corbeau.com.
We all know what our Jeeps and 4x4s go through, but sometimes it seems like the people who build them don't. How many Grand Cherokee rotor-warping horror stories have you heard? Well, Disc Brakes Australia will keep the campfire tales to a minimum with rotors that are actually designed for towing a fully-loaded vehicle in hilly country or stop-and-go traffic. Not only are they built for a beating, they also deliver reduced stopping distances and reduced fading.
Information: Disc Brakes Australia, 800/747-2220, dbusa.com
Everyone knows that a coil-sprung Jeep with a big lift needs adjustable track bar, but any coil-sprung Jeep can benefit from an adjustable track bar. Once you increase the distance between the axle and the frame, the axle shifts thanks to the fixed-length OEM track bar. Enter Rough Country with a unit made of heavy-duty DOM tubing for Cherokees with 2 to 6 inches of lift. The kit includes a track bar bracket, adjustable track bar, bushings, and all necessary hardware.
Information: Rough Country Suspension Products, 800/222/-7023, roughcountry.com