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August 2012 New Jeep Products

Posted in Product Reviews on August 1, 2012
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Completely Bushed
Energy Suspension is renowned for high-quality urethane components that resist tearing, compressing, and most organic and artificial contaminants; the company’s new JK bushings are no exception. In addition to urethane replacement body bushings for both the two- and four-door ’07-and-up Wrangler, the company offers 1-inch body lift kits to lift the body the right way, with no puck stacking. If that weren’t enough, Energy has also rolled out a full line of suspension bushings including front and rear control arm bushings, front and rear sway bar bushings, and front and rear track bar bushings.
Information: Energy Suspension

Have you ever been welding on something and get flashed because your auto-darkening helmet didn’t? We have, several times. There are just some positions where something is blocking the sensor on the helmet and avoiding the flash is next to impossible. The new Tweco WeldSkill auto-darkening helmet features 4 sensors which helps avoid sensor blockage as well as ensures speedy darkening. So speedy, in fact, that it darkens in 33 microseconds. For comparison, the human eye takes about 300,000 microseconds to blink. The helmet weighs 16 ounces and features a viewing area of 3.86 inches by 1.69 inches. MSRP is $129 and the helmet has an adjustable sensitivity so it can be used for grinding, TIG welding, MIG welding, and regular arc welding. It is available in four finishes: carbon fiber, patriot eagle, chopper rider, and skull and fire.
Information: Thermadyne Industries

Ignition Locked
We aren’t too worried about losing our spare-tire off-road, but let’s face it, we have a lot invested in this stuff. Not everyone in the urban jungle can be trusted, and many parts store wheel lock kits don’t include anything for the spare. Sure, we can go to other means, but after a while our key ring starts looking like a high school janitor’s. The BOLT spare tire lock uses your ’91-up Jeep’s existing ignition key to securely lock the spare tire down. If the convenience of using the key you already have isn’t enough, it features an automotive-grade shutter to keep out dirt, mud, dust, and other elements that would jam up normal locks.
Information: Strattec

Wallet Winching
Cheap winches are all well and good, but what happens if it dies? Is the company you got it from going to be there for support? Worry no more. Quadratec has been slinging Jeep parts for over 20 years and their catalog just seems to get bigger every time we get one. They aren’t going anywhere and now they are offering a 9,000-pound winch for the bargain price of $294.99. It features a 4.8hp series-wound motor and dual solenoid mounting brackets for top or side mounting availability. Speaking of being around, the winch is backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty on all mechanical parts and a 1-year warranty on electrical components. There is also an 11,000-pound-rated winch available for the heavier four-door Wrangler.
Information: Quadratec

Cover It
So often we see guys putting their fuse blocks in Rubbermaid containers or duct taping plastic bags over them to keep crap out. Painless Performance Products must have noticed the same thing because the company has introduced molded ABS plastic covers for the company’s 12- and 18-circuit fuse blocks. It won’t make the fuse block waterproof like a Rubbermaid container, but it looks a lot better, will last longer, and will still keep flung mud and debris from getting into your fuses. It will also combat the water spray that flies into the Jeep from behind when you get caught topless in a rainstorm.
Information: Painless Performance Products

Link and Lengthen Yourself
It isn’t commonly accepted just how self-limiting the factory 5-link suspension in many Jeeps is. Having two upper control arms means at all times one is fighting the other. Well, if you’ve been looking for more flex and are handy, Dave’s Customs Unlimited has the solution for you. The kit includes fully-welded CNC-cut frame brackets, upper and lower track bar brackets, lower link mount tabs at the axle, right- and left-hand-thread 3⁄4-inch by 7⁄8-inch rod ends, right-and left-hand-thread 3⁄4-inch by 3⁄4-inch rod ends and misalignment bushings. The kit also includes threaded tube inserts, high-misalignment bushings, jam nuts, Grade 8 mounting bolts, and all-metal lock nuts. Just add tube for the links and you are good to go.
Information: Dave’s Custom Unlimited

Optimum Charging
We’ve all run into it in the past. Either we’ve drained an Optima Battery to the point a normal charger wouldn’t charge it, or one of our friends has. Sure there are tricks to get the battery to charge, but it sometimes seems that they don’t come back all the way. Well, Optima has introduced the new Digital 1200 battery charger that can recharge a battery, even if it has been discharged down to 1.25V. The microprocessor-controlled charger can charge, maintain, and display faults. But wait, that’s not all. This unique charger also features an LED work light and the availability of USB charging for your hand-held devices.
Information: Optima Batteries

High Tuck Exhaust
This performance exhaust from aFe Power combines high-clearance and high-performance. The kit fits ’97-’06 Wranglers and replaces everything aft of the catalytic converter. It is made from 21⁄2-inch-diameter 409 stainless steel that has been mandrel-bent with welded-on bayonet-style hangers that won’t work loose with vibration. The tailpipe tip is designed for high clearance to avoid getting snagged on rocks and has a turndown to keep exhaust gasses out of the Jeep. All hardware needed for installation is included.
Information: aFe Power

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