Locked in Time
We aren’t sure why it’s taken so long for a good, screwdriver-proof hood lock to come along, but finally Tuffy Security Products has introduced this one-piece lock that bolts right in. That’s right, installation requires no drilling. When locked it not only locks the hood but prevents it from being pried open with a screwdriver. It is made out of 11-gauge steel and comes powdercoated in a black textured finish. The 10-bit tumbler can be keyed to match your other Tuffy products and a lock dust cover is available separately to keep road grime out of the mechanism.
Information: Tuffy Security Products
Maybe we are old, but we don’t feel very comfortable relying solely on a GPS to navigate the backcountry. There is nothing like a good guidebook written by a knowledgeable person. Montana is a huge state and is filled with old mining towns, magnificent views, and high-elevation lakes. Willie and Jeanne Worthy have spent the last 20 years exploring Western Montana and have amassed enough information to put together this 225-page guidebook. Every route features mileage, turn-by-turn directions, a description of what you will see, and even GPS coordinates.
Information: Back Roads Publications
Lucky Number 7
Drawing on almost 50 years of experience, Dick Cepek has come up with another winner. The new Dick Cepek Gun Metal 7 is a tough-looking seven-spoke wheel available with both high and low offsets. The aluminum is protected by a tough, glossy clearcoat, which provides UV protection, durability, and ease of care even in the harshest climates. Currently they are only available in 17- and 20-inch-diameter sizes but hopefully by the time you read this 15- and 16-inch-diameter sizes will be available. The wheels are also available in all popular Jeep bolt patterns.
Information: Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels
Ammo Can Replacement
We are big fans of ammo cans but we also know how much of a pain in the butt it can be to find whatever we are looking for in them. Borrowing from another military storage solution, Coverking’s new M.O.L.L.E. (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) seat covers and storage bags can put whatever you want readily at hand safely and securely. The seat cover itself is made for an exact fit, leaving none of the factory seat material uncovered. The bags are available in a variety of sizes so that no matter what you need to stow, the perfect size is always readily available.
Most Durable Hammer
We don’t know about you, but marketing a hammer as being “Most Durable” sounds like a challenge to us. But, a steel-cored handle that runs all the way to the head with the head locked in with a steel plate sounds like a good start. From there, Wilton paid special attention to the grips with an ergonomically designed vulcanized rubber for superior tactile feel. The rubber not only improves grip, but lessens vibration transmitted to the user and is resistant to oil and solvents. At the end of the handle is a steel loop to attach a lanyard.
Information: Walter Meyer Manufacturing (Wilton)
Who doesn’t want good looks, low price, an integrated winch mount, increased approach angle, and light weight all in one front bumper? Rough Country’s new bumper offers it all. The JK Hybrid Stubby weighs in at only 40 pounds and retails at $229.95 as of press time. It features a thick steel winch-mount center section with removable end caps and mounts using the JK’s factory tow hooks and bumper mounts, so it spans no further than the frame. The bumper ships in sleek Carbon Black powdercoat finish and doesn’t extend up past the radiator shroud. The ’12 Wrangler requires that the charcoal canister be moved, and a relocation bracket is available from Rough Country for $12.95.
Information: Rough Country Suspension
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