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August 2010 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2010
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Real Jeep Cage
The JK Wrangler made a lot of steps forward in design, but one place many of us feel underwhelmed is with the stock "roll cage." We know that a tube is stronger than any other shape, but to interface with the top and seatbelts, the stock JK cage is some kind of formed sheetmetal, and like all jeeps before it, doesn't tie the front portion into the floor. Fix that easily with the JK Sport Cage from OR-Fab. Made from 13/4-inch diameter, 0.120-inch wall tube, the kit bolts together and features driver and passenger grab handles with two front streamer bars for addition strength and rigidity. There is also an optional floor mount kit that bolts in along the pinch-seam welds. Information: Performance Automotive Group, 928/636-7080, p-a-g.net

Strong Shiny Turd
We know how much the straps that hold our U-joints in suck. We would all rather use U-bolts, but not all of us are willing or able to replace the yoke to get them. Enter Pro Gear's T.U.R.D. (Titanium U-joint Retaining Device). These burly caps are CNC-machined from titanium, and ship with Grade 8 cap head bolts. The T.U.R.D.s are a much easier swap than a new yoke, and at under $50, they are cheaper than a replacement yoke and U-bolt setup. Information: Pro Gear, 858/571-1158, progeardifferentials.com

Flexy Fender
In a world gone tube-fender mad, it is nice to see a company that thinks outside the box. Modern Classic Enterprises has come up with a slick solution to the bent sheetmetal fender issue. The company is building ABS plastic fenders that flex and then return to their original shape instead of transferring impacts onto the body tub and/or the hood. They are lightweight and made in the USA. Information: Modern Classic Enterprises, 425/260-8781, modernclassicenterprises.com

Bolt-On
Stronger than the OE driveshafts, featuring .188-wall tubing and 1310 or 1350 U-joint availability, these heavy-duty drivelines from J.E. Reel are an easy bolt-on solution to your lifted JK shaft woes. They are rated for up to a 41/2-inch-lift for a two-door and up to 61/2-inch-lift for a four-door. If going over 41/2 inches of lift on a two-door, a 1350 rear U-joint is suggested. The available Canyon Crawler upgrade features a bigger and stronger slip joint and splines. Best of all, the guys at J.E. Reel are Jeep people, so they know what shaft you need for your Jeep. Information: J.E. Reel Driveline, 909/629-9002, reeldriveline.com

Crucial
When we hear words like "lighter" and "smaller" to describe multi-tools, we get really skeptical really fast. If you are going to carry a multi-tool, you need it to fix whatever breaks on your Jeep, or to pull that random part in the junkyard, you want it to work when you need it. With tools made from 420HC steel, a blade that is 0.114 inches thick, and Gerber's lifetime warranty (you strip or break something and they replace it), we can vouch that this multi-tool works well and takes a beating. Not only that, but this multi-tool is small enough to clip inside your pocket with the included clip; no bulky leather belt pouch needed. Information: Gerber Gear, 800/950-6161, gerbergear.com

New Old Mount
If you've got a Gen III or Gen IV small-block Chevy V-8 in your Jeep but want to retain a nostalgic look, Inglese has the solution. This billet aluminum adapter will let you bolt that vintage-looking valve cover to your reli, including large aftermarket shaft rockers and aftermarket springs. Includes all needed mounting hardware. The kit features an O-ring channel for reuse of the stock LS valve cover seals and has an oil-deflecting lip on the spacer. Information: Inglese, 866/450-8089, inglese.com

Strong Featherweight
We all want a stronger-than-stock bumper, but the cost in weight is not always one we want to pay. Aberle Off Road's new '07-and-up Wrangler bumper and hoop are cast from aluminum and heat-treated to an A356-T51 spec, so the bumper is comparable to the strength of many aftermarket steel bumpers. It weighs under 65lbs; together with the hoop the package is under 80lbs with the 510 series PIAA lights that the hoop can accommodate. Information: Eberle Off Road, 303/908-4697, eberleoffroad.com

Buffetless Billet
These race-inspired and easy-to-install hood hold downs include eye-catching billet aluminum turnbuckles and stainless steel rod ends. Drake Off Road also includes billet mounts that allow fitment using factory holes. The push pin allows a quick release of the hold down and is tethered with a stainless steel lanyard. They are available for '97-'06 and '07-present Wranglers. Information: Drake Off Road, 800/999-0289, drakeoffroad.com

Hot, Hot, Hot
The Aqua-Hot 100 delivers big heat in a small package. It weighs only 31/2 pounds and measures 51/2 by 51/2 by 91/2 inches. The brushless radial axial fan is quiet and the variable speed switch allows adjustment from 0 to 100 cfm and draws just 0.5 amps at full-throttle. It retails for under $200 and can be plumbed inline with your existing heater as an auxiliary rear seat heater or used as a stand-alone heater for smaller cabs. For larger interiors, the Aqua-Hot 200 provides a fan output of 0 to 200 cfm and draws just 2 amps. Information: Aqua-Hot Heating Systems, 800/685-4298, aquahotoffroad.com

Organized Freedom
M.O.R.E. has the solution to your Freedom top panel storage problems. The JK Freedom Top Rack can safely and securely hold your top panels in either a horizontal or vertical position. When in the horizontal position, the rack is sturdy enough that you can load items on top of it. It makes a great place to store a cooler, and the included slots make for easy tying-down of whatever you stow atop it. It comes powdercoated black and fits '07- present four-door JKs. Information: Mountain Off Road Enterprises, 877/533-7229, mountainoffroad.com

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