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May 2012 New Products

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May 2012 New Products

Bolt-on Double Ds
Everyone likes double Ds. Even more so when the two Ds stand for a bolt-on long-arm lift kit for your ’07-present two- or four-door Wrangler. This new kit from EVO Mfg has a lot of nice features for both ease of installation and adjustment once installed. The fully bolt-on assembly is nice, or you can weld it on if you want. Either way, removal of the gas tank is not required and the kit is fully adjustable after installation without removing the Currie Johnny Joints at either end. The kit provides an optimal roll center both front and rear and is engineered to provide a true 14 inches of wheel travel.
Information: EVO Mfg
714/879-8913, evomfg.com

Claustrophobic
We are always trying to shove our impact guns in places that are way too tight for them to fit, and we can’t help but wonder if they go see a tool shrink for claustrophobia when we are done using them. We then often resort to our air ratchet that fits, but without that impact action it just can’t get the job done. Ingersoll Rand has crossed the DNA of impact guns and air ratchets to get this new Hammerhead Impactool. It fits in all the spaces an air ratchet is likely to fit, while delivering 180 ft-lbs of torque and an impact action which will break bolts loose just like that claustrophobic impact gun.
Information: Ingersoll Rand
800/866-5457, ingersollrandproducts.com

A Good Vice To Have
A vice is a great thing to have on the trail, but a bench-mounted vice is big and heavy and not worth all the drawbacks for how frequently it might be used. If you want a vice and have a trailer receptacle on your Jeep, the Trail-D-Vice is what you need. It weighs in at only 17 pounds yet has all the features of an 8-inch bench vice and packs away compactly when not in use. Features include high-grip, cross-hatched jaws, a convex pipe holder, and a bottle opener. The special design of the jaw has no problem holding square or round objects or anything in-between and the CNC-cut handle is removable to save space when stowed.
Information: Mac’s Custom Tie-Downs
800/666-1586, macstiedowns.com

Stung
If you’ve been waiting for a simple stinger bumper for your ’07-and-up Wrangler, Elevated Off Road might have your answer. The base is constructed of 3⁄16-inch-thick steel with a 11⁄2-inch-diameter stinger bar for protection and the stinger is gusseted to the bumper for strength. There are two light mounts that can accept up to a 7-inch-diamter light, and two 3⁄4-inch-thick D-ring mounts are present for extraction duties. The bumper also has a winch mount built in, which works great with the company’s stubby winch plate for the fairlead.
Information: Elevated Off Road
402/672-4413, wearelevated.com

U.S.-Made
ASR Offroad’s new synthetic winch rope is designed to bring you many years of reliable, high-performance recovery. The line is made from Plasma 12-strand rope, which is one of the strongest on the market and is up to 85 percent lighter and 40 percent stronger than steel winch line. Unlike some other manufacturers’ synthetic winch lines, ASR’s lines are made in the U.S.—Washington state to be exact. The lines are available in many colors, with your choice of a sling hook, self-locking hook, tubular thimble, or safety thimble ends.
Information: ASR Offroad
425/686-8644, asroffroad.com

2012 Power
As we write this, the ’12 Wrangler is still spanking new, so we are pleased to see aFe Power’s Mach Force- XP Y-pipe for it. The Y-pipe will work with the factory catalytic converter and features stainless steel mandrel-formed tubing with full TIG welding for a long service life. The two 2-inch-diameter downtubes dump into a 21⁄2-inch-diameter tube via a true merged collector to significantly reduce backpressure and exhaust noise. The smooth curves don’t hurt anything either, and the entire assembly is designed to fit under any stock-spec skidplate.
Information: aFe Power
951/493-7100, afepower.com

Keep Your Stuff
Open-top Jeeps and Jeep trucks are great, but going anywhere with them means our gear is out in the open under watch of prying eyes and sticky fingers. The Lockstrap is a locking tie-down strap that features a steel-reinforced core with two combination-locked carabiners. The beefy strap with dual-riveted construction is rated for a test load of up to 500 pounds. The strap is 81⁄2 feet long with many available accessories, including an optional soft extension to keep your valuables from scratching, a 24-foot extension with an extra locking carabiner, and neoprene covers to keep snow, rain, and dirt out of the combination dials.
Information: Lockstraps
951/506-3682, lockstraps.com

Anti-Ammo Case
One of the reasons so many of us use military surplus ammo cases on the trail to store tools, parts, and even food is that they are water- and dust-proof—and years ago, they were fairly inexpensive. Today, unless you buy a pallet of them, they aren’t that cheap, and even if they were we still have to dump all of our tools out on the trail to find the one we need. Pelican Products has been making dust- and water-proof enclosures for years and the company now has a compact toolbox—the 1460TOOL. It features a two-level, extra-deep, customizable tray system that lifts out on stainless steel brackets. When open to the full 180-degrees, the lid forms a secondary base for stability; when closed, everything is kept in its compartments, even if turned upside-down.
Information: Pelican Products
800/473-5422, pelican.com

Write Us!
Are you building a product that the Jeep world needs to know about? Take a high resolution digital picture (at least 1,600x1,200 pixels) and email it along with a brief description of the product to pete.trasborg@jpmagazine.com. Or, snail mail it to:
Jp Magazine, New Products
831 S. Douglas St.
El Segundo, CA 90245

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