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July 2011 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on July 1, 2011 Comment (0)
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Clutter Buster
Bed-mounted toolboxes are great for storing stuff in the back of your truck, but most of them aren’t that secure, and none of them can keep all the stuff you put in them organized. Now Tuffy solves both those issues with the dual-drawer Heavy-Duty Gear Drawers. The drawers open on eight heavy-duty precision stainless steel ball bearings and feature optional dividers and carpet. Each drawer is rated to handle 400 pounds and the system can handle 2,000 pounds put on top of it. Information: Tuffy Security Products, 800/348-8339, tuffyproducts.com

Rotund Coolness
Vision Wheel makes high-quality sturdy wheels and has released two cool new models. The twin-spoke 394 Wizard and five-spoke 395 Warlord both would look good on a Jeep. They are available in an open-lug design or with an optional covered-cap style. The two aluminum wheels are available in chrome, matte black, and matte black with a machined finish in 17- to 22-inch sizes. Information: Vision Wheel, 866/645-2664, visionwheel.com

Covered Timing
Until a few years ago, if you had a cracked or broken AMC V-8 timing chain cover/distributor mount, your only recourse was the junkyard. Then a few aftermarket companies stepped up with new castings. Unfortunately, the quality was hit or miss depending on where they were made that day. Proform Parts manufactures parts for both GM Performance and Ford Racing and has brought that level of quality to these AMC V-8 timing chain covers. Cast from aluminum, it fits the 304, 360, and 401 V-8s and includes a new crankshaft oil seal. Information: Proform Parts, 586/774-2500, proformparts.com

See Clearly
Those cheapie little parts store lights are nice and all, but when you really need some light, they often fall short. It always seems that no matter where we put the light, our hands are in the way of the beam when we go back to work. That isn’t a problem with Snap-On’s new light. It features 30 LEDs and a broad rectangular head that pivots from -5 to 90 degrees and rotates 300 degrees. The light runs on AA batteries. Information: Snap-On tools, 877/762-7664, snapon.com

Windows of Youth
We usually end up replacing the soft top windows twice for every time we actually have to replace the top. Scratches from shrubbery are certainly killers, but where we get the most damage is when we pull the windows out and store them. If you don’t store them in the Jeep, it will rain. So, we store them in the Jeep but then they get dirty and the dirt causes scratches. The Window Sock allows you to roll up all three rear windows in one neat package that fits across the wheelwells behind the rear seat. It also features three layers of soft non-woven fabric to keep the windows and zippers from scratching each other and is available in six colors. Information: Performance Jeep Chrysler, 888/569-5228, performancejeepchrysler.com

Rebuild WK Diff
When it comes time to rebuild or regear the front axle on your ’05-’10 Grand Cherokee, you will likely want to turn to the differential division of Jasper Engine. Carrier bearing preload and backlash are adjusted with heavy-duty snap rings and the pinion depth shim is also quite thick. These aren’t parts you are likely to find at your local auto parts store and Jasper stocks all 98 different snap rings and 75 pinion depth shims to rebuild your Grand Cherokee’s IFS to like-new shape. Information: Jasper Engines, 800/827-7455, jasperengines.com

Stick to It
So many companies are leaving halogen lights out in the field in favor of newer and sexier light sources. Lightforce, on the other hand, has taken an already stellar line of luminary devices and made them better with the new Genesis line. There is a lot to be said for sticking to your guns and you can see it in the Genesis line. The lights deliver awesome light output from a halogen bulb and choice of reflector types. Ruggedness is another word to describe the impact-resistant housing and poly lens covers. The lights are 210mm and fit well on any Jeep. Information: Lightforce, 877/510-9204, lightforce.com

Stabilizer Lift
The factory steering stabilizer on the ’07 and up Wranglers might damp bumps in the road really well, but its location in front of and below the front axle’s centerline leaves it wide open to damage from just about anything. This stabilizer lift bracket from JKS is made from ¼-inch-thick steel and is precision cut and formed for a perfect fit. The heavy-duty mounting stud is robotically welded and the entire bracket is coated in a gold-colored zinc alloy for corrosion resistance. Information: JKS Manufacturing, 308/762-6949, jksmfg.com

Not Going Home
“Go big or go home.” We hear it all the time. It isn’t often that a manufacturer steps up and goes big in a big way. Well, Rugged Ridge has gone big by stepping up with a brand new line of bolt-in seats. They feature a patent-pending base that bolts into ’97-’06 Wranglers and ’84-’01 Cherokees. If that wasn’t enough, the company is making them in 4 lines: Reclining, Ultra, Sierra, and Off-Road. Each line is made with a durable powder-coated frame, wide seat bolsters, and dense memory foam for comfort. They are available in a variety of colors to match whatever you have going on in your interior. Information: Omix-Ada, 770/614-6101, omix-ada.com

Big Hit
Swag Off-Road has named its new rear bumper for ’87-’06 Wranglers the Big Hit. Not because they expect it to be a big hit (but we are sure they are hoping it will be), but because with its fully-boxed construction and low profile it can take a big hit. Even though it is much smaller than what we are used to, it is still feature-packed with the receiver hitch and D-ring mounts that so many other minimal bumpers get rid of in the name of simplicity. We don’t know about you, but we like our rear recovery points. Information: Swag Off-Road, 541/915-2775, swagoffroad.com

Playless
Whether you are looking for a removable steering wheel for security for your street-driven topless Jeep or you just want it for your off-road play toy, one thing you don’t want is play in your steering wheel. Chris Alston’s Chassisworks has introduced a new line of hubs that feature a unique polygon-indexing shape and collar lock. The unique shape eliminates play and the collar lock eliminates frustrating pin-style retainers. They are available with common three- and five-bolt hub flanges as well as an undrilled hub for your truly custom application. Information: Chris Alston’s Chassisworks, 800/388-0298, CAChassisworks.com

Stealth Power
If you want the luxury and performance of an electronic ignition in your old Jeep, but want to keep that old Jeep look, Performance Distributors has the answer. The Performance Distributors (home of D.U.I. ignition) Duraspark unit features a full-length oil-impregnated bronze bushing rather than the short bushing in the stock application. The full-length bushing will last longer and cures potential timing wander that the smaller bushing can cause. In addition, the distributor can spin accurately further than you are ever likely to need, up to 10,000 RPM in fact. Every Performance Distributors distributor is blueprinted on a distributor dyno for maximum power, torque, and instant throttle response. Information: Performance Distributors, 901/396-5782, performancedistributors.com

Grease Be Gone
Tired of cleaning your Jeep and applying a plastic protectant only to end up with greasy, oily hands every time you touch it? Or maybe you just hate the Jeep having that “wet look” only to find it more faded or streaked next time it actually gets hosed down. Eagle One’s new trim protector Gel might be in a spray bottle, but it goes on thick and penetrates plastic and rubber to last through more than a few car washes. It also features a semi-gloss finish, conditioner, and UV protectors to keep your plastic looking good for the life of the Jeep. Information: Eagle One, 800/354-9061, eagleone.com

Higher War Horse
Given that the last ZJ Grand Cherokee rolled off the line 14 years ago, we aren’t too surprised we don’t see more new lift kits for them. That’s why we are happy whenever we do see a new lift for the old war horse. Rough Country has brought its X-series long arm kit to market for the ’93-’98 ZJ. It offers 4 inches of lift to clear 32-inch tires, a ¼-inch-thick steel crossmember/belly skid, and adjustable upper and lower control arms with the X-flex joint. The kit is very complete with an adjustable track bar and drop bracket, sway bar disconnects, and more. It requires no welding to install and retails for just $1,499. Information: Rough Country, 800/222-7023, roughcountry.com

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Jp Magazine, New Products
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El Segundo, CA 90245

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