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June 2013 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on June 1, 2013 Comment (0)
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Bag of Air
Sometimes on-board-air systems just don’t fit on every engine, and what if you’ve got two Jeeps? Gonna swap engines every time? Sure you could use a tank, but tanks ain’t small. Well Viair has the solution. Pick the pump you need and check the “portable” box. That will get your pump of choice bolted to a vibration-resistant sand tray and delivered in a heavy-duty carry bag. Also in the bag are wiring with alligator clips, a high-flow airline with a pressure gauge. All pumps feature an air filter element with replaceable filtration media.
Information: Viair Corporation
949/585-0011, viaircorp.com

Cold Solid
Tired of subpar aftermarket rear track bars? Not a problem. Iron Rock Off Road was too, so the company took matters into its own hands with the design of this 1.25-inch-diameter solid cold-rolled track bar. The company claims it is the strongest track bar out there and ships with black powdercoat finish and zinc on the adjustable link to handle the elements as well. The bar features enough adjustment to handle any ’97-’06 Wrangler from 0 to 6 inches of lift, even without an aftermarket axle bracket.
Information: Iron Rock Off Road
952/210-7185, ironrockoffroad.com

Groovy
If you have an ’07-up Wrangler and your factory door retaining straps are stretched, frayed, or broken, you probably know about Smart Straps—the only kit on the market that allows you to replace your door straps without paying the dealer the $65 for the factory strap/wiring loom part. The Smart Strap is stronger than the factory part and allows for two stopping positions. They are washable and allow for the front doors to open wider. But that isn’t the news. The news is that Smart Straps are now available in eight new colors. Colors include black and grey checkerboard, white and grey checkerboard, green, yellow, red, tie-die, grey digital camouflage, and green digital camouflage.
Information: Star Fabricating
801/244-5859, starfabricating.com

Steer Ease
While we pay a lot of attention to fitting bigger tires, the fact is that a lot of us just don’t need high-flow power steering pumps, big-bore boxes, or rams to move our tires around. And, often fitting all the stuff can be a huge pain. So whether you’ve got a lightweight Jeep on smaller tires or just want to move your project around without peeing power steering fluid all over the place, we found the solution. Borgeson recently acquired Saginaw’s manual steering box production capabilities and rights and is now offering a staggering array of all-new (not rebuilt) manual boxes for all sorts of applications.
Information: Borgeson
860/482-8283, borgeson.com

Guessless
Buying new tie-down straps can be a staggering experience with a vast array of lengths, colors, and accessories available; it is easy to grab the wrong thing. Mac’s Tie Downs has made this whole mess much easier with the Ultra Pack. It can be ordered with your choice of hooks, in six and eight feet lengths, and includes four strap wraps and four axle straps. The hardware on the axle straps is custom-designed to fit tight applications. The whole shebang stores neatly and easily in a nylon carry bag. Mac’s tie downs feature more than double the stitches-per-inch than competitor’s products, and are available in blue, red, black, and yellow.
Information: Mac’s Tie Downs
800/666-1586, macstiedowns.com

Gauges, Dummy
Hate wiring? We hear you. So does MTS Company. Whether you’ve got an early or late YJ Wrangler, MTS has the replacement gauge panel to fix any of your gauges that died 10 years ago and you’ve been afraid of wiring in a replacement. The formed plastic panel comes with the gauges already installed and wired to a year-specific plug. Gauges include fuel level, oil pressure, water temperature, and voltage. The pods are available in both black and tan. Just remove a few Philips screws, unplug the old gauges, plug these in, and enjoy another 20 years from your YJ Wrangler.
Information: MTS Company
800/522-1622, mtscompany.com

Stage 2
If you want a little more power out of your ’07-’11 Wrangler, you aren’t alone. This Stage 2 kit from aFe Power boasts 58 percent more flow than the factory intake, resulting in 10hp and 11 lb-ft more power on an otherwise-stock engine. The massive 4-inch-diameter air filter is both washable and reusable and enclosed in a black powdercoated 16-gauge heat shield. The heat-shield is one-piece and requires no assembly while the roto-molded intake tube is also dyno-tuned and helps to keep heat out of the intake air flow. The filter element itself is of five-layer cotton construction to keep dirt out of your engine while still out-flowing paper elements.
Information: aFe Power
888/901-7693, afepower.com

Extreme Sequel
The new ProComp Xtreme MT2 tires feature a tread designed with advanced computer modeling to deliver unsurpassed grip without excessive road noise. The two-step design provides stability while improving braking performance while the alternating scalloped shoulder lugs and continuous tread pattern on the sidewall really bite into the dirt. Strategically based rock rejection ribs keep rocks from clogging the tires and also help shed mud. Tri-ply construction means you get two steel belts in the sidewall with a nylon overwrap for massive sidewall protection. The tires are currently available in 31-37-inch sizes and all feature a 40,000-mile tread wear warranty.
Information: ProComp Tires
800/776-0767, procompusa.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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