Rock chips and dings are unavoidable and unsightly. Fortunately, in the paint of many of our Jeeps that is all they are and a once-a-year automated car wash with wax will go a long way towards keeping them from rusting. However, under the Jeep our shocks and steering stabilizer aren’t so lucky. Not only do the rock chips and dings look unsightly, but they will promote rust and large dings can make the absorber stop working properly. Enter Daystar with a thermoplastic polyurethane boot that installs in minutes without having to disconnect the shock. They are available in black, red, yellow, and blue and will work with most shock bodies.
Information: Daystar Products International
The new Scorcher programmer from aFe performance packs a big punch in a small package. Available for many Jeep applications, the programmer is small, stylish, and easy to use. It can kick up fuel delivery for custom tunes, optimize shift patterns of your automatic transmission, and recalibrate the speedometer for those bigger tires and gears. It not only allows you to adjust the low-tire-pressure warning (Jeeps only) for airing down but provides the ability to both read and clear diagnostic trouble codes. The Scorcher also has the ability to change boost control and vane pitch of VVT turbos.
Information: aFe Power
New from American Expedition Vehicles is a very complete 2-inch polyurethane spacer lift. Like all AEV’s products, this one is well thought out and complete. It includes durable front and rear polyurethane spacers, front and rear bumpstop extensions, extended swaybar end links, shock extension brackets, and front brake line relocation brackets. With proper rim backspacing you should be able to clear 35-inch tires and still have the factory ride characteristics.
Cut to Fit
If you have a custom or oddball axle you have probably cursed the need to ship your axleshafts somewhere for modification. That is, if you can even find shafts suitable to modify. These cut-to-fit axleshafts solve all those problems. They fit Ford 9-inch, Dana 44, 60, and Chrysler 8¾ differentials. Available in stock replacement or chromoly steel to suit any budget they have up to 11 inches of splines and multiple bolt patterns predrilled in the flanges.
Information: Sierra Gear
If you need more fuel than your in-tank fuel pump can deliver, up until now the only option was to mount a pump on the frame. In-tank pumps are usually quieter and more reliable than their frame-mounted counterparts. The Aeromotive 340 in-tank pump features an innovative turbine style pumping mechanism which results in a 30 percent increase in pumping power. At 40 psi the 340 flows 340 liters per hour (which translates to just under 90 gph). The 340 Stealth Pump comes in three different inlet styles and works for 65 different popular fuel-injected applications.
Information: Aeromotive Inc.
Once we lift our Jeeps, the shock is often the limiting factor. If we put one in there that is long enough to allow enough droop, it often bottoms out. Put in one that doesn’t bottom out and it becomes a limiting strap at full droop. That has always left us scrounging to change the upper or lower shock mount to fit a longer shock that works on both ends. No more. The 6Pak from MetalCloak is a unique solution with two parallel shafts and a floating body with dual opposing reservoirs which allow for twice the overall travel of a conventional shock. If that wasn’t enough it is packed with all the good stuff: ASTM seamless-drawn 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum housing, stainless steel butterfly-type valve stacks, dual polyurethane wipers and seals, and Teflon-impregnated bronze piston wear bands, and is charged with an adjustable-pressure nitrogen gas.
Our shop teacher had a saying, “You have ten fingers and ten toes but only two eyes and ears. Protect them.” And if you’ve ever been working on the Jeep and gotten some crud in your eyes you know the pain. This full-face protection is like a helmet and will keep the crud out of your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. That means no more dodging the grinding sparks underneath the Jeep. This ABS plastic helmet features the lowest profile on the market and interchangeable lenses. It comes with a No. 10 lens and a clear lens, which means you can use it for anything from welding to chipping rust off the frame.
Information: Snap-on Tools
Made from 3⁄16-inch-thick steel tubing and featuring a 13⁄4-inch, 0.120-wall tubular rub rail, these rocker guards from White Knuckle Off Road will protect your ’07-and-up JK’s rockers with authority. The rocker guards are available in bare metal and semigloss black powdercoat and feature 1⁄4-inch-thick gusseted brackets that mount to your frame. The tubular rub rails are available in your choice of DOM or HREW tube and are angled up at 20 degrees for even more ground clearance. All needed mounting hardware and installation instructions are included.
Information: White Knuckle Off Road
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