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July 2012 New Products

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July 2012 New Products

Just Good
No hydraulics, no electronics, no gimmicks to fail. This step is made of good-old-fashioned steel and lowers the step-in-height of ’07-and-up Wranglers a full 11 inches (does not fit Sahara models with factory rocker guards). Made by Mountain Off Road Enterprises, the steps are sold individually and feature Class IV zinc plating to withstand winter’s worst. They are low-profile and use is simple. Just step on the edge of the step, climb in, and then the heavy-duty springs retract the step automatically. If you really bash your rockers and are worried about killing the step, the step is easily removed by pulling two pins.
Information: Mountain Off Road Enterprises
877/533-7229, mountainoffroad.com

Titanic Bungee Replacement
There is no doubt that bungee cords are very useful, but there is also no argument they have huge downsides too. From snapping in cold weather to dry-rotting in hot weather, it seems every time we need a bungee cord we have to go buy new ones. Enter the Titan Strap. Somewhere between a bungee cord and a motorcycle strap, it is both stretchy and heavy-duty. The straps are made from a performance polymer that has been injected with a 10-year UV protection formula so from extreme cold to extreme heat, no matter how much sun, they are ready to go. They are non-marring, can be daisy-chained together, and with no hooks they are safer than bungees too. Not only that, but they are made in the U.S.
Information: Lawson-USA
406/556-7234, lawson-usa.com

Sector Sucker
Thanks in part to the ability to fit larger tires and the higher curb weight of many JKs we’ve been seeing a bunch of them spitting their sector shafts out. This bracket from Synergy Suspension borrows a steering reinforcement trick from bigger trucks. The bracket uses a carrier bearing to reinforce the nose of the steering box sector shaft and ties it into the frame. The bracket clears most aftermarket differential covers. The factory track bar will clear with a set of 3-inch bumpstop spacers to limit uptravel, or Synergy’s track bar clears with no spacer, allowing full uptravel. It is made from precision cut and formed steel plate.
Information: Synergy Suspension
805/242-0397, synergysuspension.com

JK Spec Lift
JKS Manufacturing has long built beefy products for Jeeps that are both well thought out and executed. The company has taken that experience and put it into the design and manufacture of a complete lift kit for the ’07-’12 Wrangler under the name JSPEC Products USA. The new product line promises American ingenuity and craftsmanship without sacrificing performance. The kit is available in three trim levels. The Standard kit provides an economical boost while maintaining factory ride quality and comfort levels. The Sport package includes rugged lower control arms to handle harsh conditions. The Spec package includes adjustable lower control arms and front track bar for maximum off-road capability.
Information: JSPEC Products USA
802/762-6949, jspecusa.com

Fire Strap
If you have a removable headrest in your Jeep, we’ve discovered a new and easy way to mount a fire extinguisher. The mounts are made from 1-inch-wide heavy-duty polypro webbing, which is UV-stable for years of long use, even if you have an open-top Jeep. The length of the primary straps are adjustable to fit just about any seat, and the straps which hold the extinguisher are adjustable as well to fit a wide range of sizes. They are available with your choice of nickel-colored or black rings. Like all Safari Straps’ products, they are made in-house in Santa Clarita, California, and custom modifications aren’t a problem if you have specific needs.
Information: Safari Straps
661/294-3000, safaristraps.com

Any/Every Light
If you are in the market for a vibration- proof and bright LED light but are having problems finding something to fit your application, look no more. Lazer Star has a truly dizzying selection of lights. There are three lines, available in varying lengths. The Atlantis line features a single row of 3-watt LEDs in a compact 13⁄4-inch-tall profile in lengths from 6 inches to 42 inches. The Discovery series features a double row of 10-watt LEDs, each producing 1,000 lumens. It stands 23⁄4 inches tall and lengths range from 6 inches to 50 inches. The Endeavor group features a double row of 3-watt LEDs with a 23⁄4-inch profile and is available from 4 to 42 inches in length. Each light bar is IP-68-rated, which means it is both dustproof and waterproof. Each light bar has a polycarbonate lens and has been tested up to 8.6 Gs of force.
Information: Lazer Star Lights
805/226-8200, lazerstar.net

Bear-Proof Cooler
Grizzly Coolers has been rotomolding coolers since 1983, and we recently ran across the company’s newest, the new Grizzly 60, and this thing is beefy. Now we don’t know “rotomolding” from “scrapbooking,” but two of our big issues with most coolers was fixed with this one: the handles and hinge is molded into the body of the cooler which will prevent either from ripping off. The 60 can hold 78 12-ounce cans; 42 12-ounce bottles; or 40 20-ounce bottles and fits well in the back of a Wrangler. There are two bigger sizes as well: The Grizzly 400 is a monster which could be good for base camps or huge tailgate parties out of a J-truck while the Grizzly 150 fits well into the back of an XJ. Weighing in at 25.8 pounds, the Grizzly 60 is the heaviest-duty cooler we’ve seen outside of military surplus.
Information: Grizzly Coolers
800/553-0050, grizzlycoolers.com

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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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