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November 2012 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on November 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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Tail Cap
If you don’t lug your spare tire around on the rear of your ’07-’12 JK, you are stuck staring at an ugly plastic tailgate vent that features no style whatsoever. Sure, it works for what it was intended to, but then again, so does a drain snake, and who wants to look at those? If you want to pass people on the freeway without embarrassment, check out OR-Fab’s new tailgate vent cap. It is laser-cut from 18-gauge steel and powdercoated with a wrinkle black finish. It mounts using the original bolts and features the OR-Fab logo and gecko.
Information: OR-Fab
928/636-7080, p-a-g.net

More Than Peanuts
While the current Grand Cherokee WK2 is no hardcore rockcrawler, if we were paid in something other than peanuts we’d probably own one. And, if we did own one, we’d want to put this brush bar/winch mount from Rocky Road Outfitters behind the factory bumper shell for that factory-look every Jeep should have. The winch kit completely replaces the factory bumper frame and the only non-bolt-on part of the installation is the trimming of the factory bumper shell. Includes all hardware and detailed installation instructions with tons of pictures.
Information: Rock Road Outfitters
435/654-1149, rocky-road.com

Heavenly Half Doors
We are big fans of Jeeps with half-hard doors, but the ’07-and-up Wranglers are very hard to get with half doors from the factory. And, let’s face it; they just aren’t as secure as hard doors are. Still, when the weather permits, there is nothing like tossing the canvas upper halves in the back of the Jeep, enjoying better visibility, and feeling that wind blowing. Prepare to spend well over 4-figures to get factory half doors for your Jeep. Rugged Ridge has the solution. Of course, they are a direct bolt-on replacement. Under that paintable impact-resistant ABS skin is a reinforced internal steel frame. Each pair includes lockable handles, door straps, interior grab handles, interior storage pockets, mounting hardware, and a step-by-step installation guide.
Information: Rugged Ridge
770/614-6101, ruggedridgeoffroad.com

Not 4 California
Flowmaster has introduced a new line of catalytic converters for the first time in its 30-year history. The line features many sizes and fitments from OEM-spec to universal. The outer shell is of high-grade stainless steel while the catalyst is of high-grade OEM-spec material. Flowmaster is so sure of the new line that the company is offering a 25,000-mile warranty for the catalyst material and a 50,000-mile/5-year warranty on that stainless steel. While the converters meet or exceed the USEPA specs for converters in 98 percent of the country, they aren’t “good” enough for California. That most likely means Flowmaster didn’t bother paying the Commonwealth enough to approve them. So, everyone but California, enjoy!
Information: Flowmaster
800/544-4761, flowmastermufflers.com

Coil Spring Fix
Coil-sprung Jeeps are awesome for both flex and ride quality, but they just can’t touch a leaf-sprung Jeep for weight-carrying capacity. We aren’t talking axles and engines either. We’ve seen coil-sprung Jeeps sagging with anything from camping gear to family vacation gear and the new JK is no exception. Firestone has stepped in with a Coil-Rite kit that will keep your Jeep riding straight no matter how much gear you have. The company states that it fits the ’11 Mountain-edition Wranglers (both two- and four-doors) but we aren’t aware of any suspension differences between the Mountain edition and the other ’07-’12 Wranglers and reckon it will fit all JKs. The kit is rated to provide leveling for up to 1,000 lbs of cargo and doesn’t require any drilling. It includes all brackets, hardware, and necessary air lines for installation.
Information: Ride-Rite
800/888-0650, ride-rite.com

Reasonable and Works
We don’t consider ourselves JK hood lock experts, but we do know that Tuffy Products generally doesn’t make claims that aren’t true. So when this came across our desk with “The only reasonably priced JK hood lock on the market that actually works!” in bold at the top of the press release we figured we’d share. This hood lock works for ’07-’12 Wranglers and is formed from one piece of 1⁄8-inch-thick steel. It is then powdercoated and stuffed with a 10-tumbler, double-bitted security lock.
Information: Tuffy Security Products
970/564-1762, tuffyproducts.com

Milk Crate B-Gone
Our lifted Jeeps might make it easy to work on the bottom of the Jeep, but at the same time can make engine bay access difficult. We normally use old milk crates or home speakers. That works great, until they kick out from under us and we end up hanging on the Jeep or catching our chin on the edge of the Jeep while we hurtle to the ground. This Tech Step is marketed to Ford Super Duty owners, but after looking at it, we think it would work for us, too. It hangs from the front bumper, is adjustable, and features all-steel construction. The step is made in the U.S., is height-adjustable, and additional step hooks are available to fit whatever Jeep you might have.
Information: Neal Technologies
888/967-6653, bulletproofdiesel.com

New Fenders
Tired of all the cookie-cutter steel fenders you see for the JK Wrangler? We hear ya. So, when we spied these 1⁄8-inch-thick replacement steel fenders out at EJS we decided to show ’em to you. They are two inches wider than stock, so you can run wheels with less backspacing and stay street legal. The fenders are made from 1⁄8-thick steel, which has been CNC-cut and formed. The tube backbone is of 11⁄4 x 0.188-wall steel tube and the whole package is TIG welded for a clean look. The fenders bolt into the stock locations and include all nuts, bolts, and even nutserts for the rear fenders. Detailed instructions are included, and you can modify your plastic inner fenders for use with these high-clearance fenders.
Information: Ortech Suspensions
918/398-0222, ortechsuspension.com

Stiffer Stiffener
Unless your Jeep has been wrecked, we tend to suggest formed-steel frame stiffeners for Unitbody Jeeps. So we were happy to see that T&T Customs is now offering a front Unitbody Stiffener made from 3⁄16-inch-thick steel plate. They are CAD-designed and CNC-cut, then put in a monster press and formed under immense pressure. This method of building stiffeners is less likely to bend than flat plates and will never crack. They are designed to be welded-on and are available in raw steel.
Information: T&T Customs
307/775-9565, tntcustoms.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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