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November 1998 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on November 1, 1998
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Premium Body Lifts
Trail Master, Inc. has recently released a new line of light truck body lift kits that contain 50 new applications for SUV and truck models, 1990 and newer. The kits include all necessary hardware, brake-line extensions, gas filler extensions, steering extensions, and bumper relocation brackets. Information: Trail Master, Inc., Dept. Jp, 420 Jay St., Coldwater, MI 49036, 517/278-4011.

Add-On Room
Back Country is now offering an add-on tent to expand the sleeping and storage capabilities of its standard Back Country tent trailer. The Back Country base camp measures 7x17 feet, is made of flame- and water-resistant rip-stop nylon, offers front and rear screened openings, and comes with its own storage bag. Information: Back Country, Dept. Jp, 2331 D2 East Ave. S, Suite 128, Palmdale, CA 93550, 800/558-5512.

Door Window And Top Kits
Bestop has introduced two new products designed to improve the ride comfort of the YJ Wrangler. The upper-door slider kit for the upper driver- and passenger-side doors are designed to fit into the factory lower steel doors. They are made of a rugged half steel frame surrounded by durable fabric, and feature tinted and tempered automotive grade glass, which slides open from the rear to the front of the door. A toggle latch secures the window when closed. Also new is a tinted-window kit to fit the company's Replace-A-Top soft-top windows. Produced with a 31-percent tint, the kit includes both quarter-windows and a rear curtain. Information: Bestop, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 307, Broomfield, CO 80038, 800/845-3567.

Bumper Step
Tired of using a stepladder to wash the top of your Cherokee or Grand Cherokee, or to load and unload your luggage rack? If so, you need Hobrecht's FatBack combination rear bumper/ stepladder. The FatBack features a pull pin that allows the unit to drop down and act as a ladder. It comes in either steel or aluminum, and is offered in Gloss Black, Wrinkle Black, and Reflective Finish. Information: Hobrecht, Dept. Jp, 1502 W. 134th St., Gardena, CA 90249, 310/380-1700.

Engine Gaskets
ROL high-temperature head gaskets are now the cornerstone of the company's line of performance gaskets available for AMC and Chrysler engines. Catalog No. B10261 features ROL's high-temperature/high-compression graphite cylinder head gaskets (high heat-resistance-tested at 13.5:1 compression), a Hi-Per Blue valve cover and oil pan gaskets (gaskets swell 30 percent upon contact with engine oil), standard and modified port intake gaskets, standard and modified port exhaust header gaskets, as well as carburetor and air-cleaner mounting gaskets and exhaust header collector gaskets. Information: ROL Manufacturing of America Inc., Dept. Jp, 8041 Broadstone, Perrysburg, OH 43551, 800/233-6272.

TJ Tow
Currie Enterprises introduces a towbar kit for TJ Wranglers that bolts directly to the framerail. The brackets do not hamper the performance or appearance of the Jeep, and the towbar is collapsible for easy storage. The package includes mounting hardware and instructions (drilling is required), and a safety chain kit is available separately. Information: Currie Enterprises, Dept. Jp, 1480 N. Tustin Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807, 714/528-6957.

Two Cool
A fully enshrouded dual electric fan for Wranglers mounts to existing framework. By replacing the stock fan, this dual electric fan extends water-pump life, reduces drag on the engine, and increases horsepower and mileage. Information: Flex-a-lite Consolidated, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 580, Milton, WA 98354, 800/851-1510,

Hot Exhaust
Super Competition headers for '87-'90 Wranglers increase torque and horsepower, and have 1 5/8-inch primary tubes and 2 1/2-inch-diameter collectors. Information: Hooker Headers, Dept. Jp, 1024 W. Brooks St., Ontario, CA 91762, 909/983-5871.

Bumpers Rising
The Phoenix Series bumper for Wranglers allows for a hidden rechargeable air tank, is winch-ready, and comes with 1-inch steel tow hooks. Information: Radius Off-Road, Dept. Jp, 2532 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804, 406/728-5088,

Trick Clutch Links
Heim-joint clutch linkages virtually eliminate wear at the clutch rods. They're constructed of polished 304 stainless steel and self-lubricating spherical rod ends. Information: Harvey's Complete Jeepshop, Dept. Jp, 5901 Paramount Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805, 562/428-3678.

TJ Seat Covers
Bestop now offers front- and rear-seat covers for the TJ Wrangler. The front-seat covers are custom-designed to fit the sleek contours of the factory seat and offer convenient map pockets in back. The rear bench-seat cover contains an extra-large storage pocket under the seat for those hard-to-store items. The pocket is accessible when the seat is upright or when fold-and-tumbled. Information: Bestop, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 307, Broomfield, CO 80038, 800/845-3567.

Quick Tire Fix
Emergency tire repair has never been easier. The Tire Plugger from Stop & Go has everything you need to make emergency highway or trail tire repair due to average tread punctures. Simply load a mushroom-shaped rubber plug into the plug gun, install the "nozzle" into the tire, screw the gun into the nozzle, and seat the mushroom head on the inner wall. Trim the excess rubber shaft to complete the process. Information: Stop & Go, Dept. Jp, 385 Dartmoor Dr., Crystal Lake, IL 60014, 800/747-0238.

Super Cats
Direct-fit Super High Flow replacement catalytic converters for most '81-'97 Jeeps are now available from Random Technology. Random Technology converters offer maximum exhaust-flow capacity and emissions-legal horsepower and are legal in all 50 states. The Super High Flow converters feature all stainless steel construction, an aluminized heat shield, and high-efficiency monolith bricks. Information: Random Technology, Dept. Jp, 1313 Temple Johnson Rd., Loganville, GA 30052, 770/978-0264.

Towing And Recovery Gear
R&P 4WD Parts introduces a new universal bolt-on recovery point. The cast, high-strength aluminum bracket can be mounted on any secure, flat surface with 1/2-inch bolts. The bracket is designed for a 3-ton working load, even at a 45-degree angle, and will accept up to a 3/4-inch clevis or D-ring. The brackets can also be used for towbars. A minimum 3/16-inch-thick material is recommended for the attachment point of the bracket. Information: R&P 4WD Parts, Inc., Dept. Jp, 11889 S. New Era Rd., Oregon City, OR 97045, 503/557-8911,

Too Cool Equipment
Two slick new products are now available from Four X Doctor. The U-bolt reversal kit for '82-'86 CJs provides extra clearance for serious four-wheeling. By reversing the U-bolts with the Four X Doctor kit, CJ owners can gain 1 to 1 1/2 inches of additional ground clearance, eliminate the need for U-bolt skidplates, and forget about damaging U-bolt threads on rocks. The kit comes with 9/16-inch U-bolts that are made of zinc-plated steel.

Also new from Four X Doctor are these rocker-panel protectors for Jeep CJs, YJs, and TJs. The rocker-panel protectors are made of 1 1/2-inch, 0.120 wall tubing with a 60-degree-angle cut, and are capped on the ends. The outer tube is angled to protect the body or to be used as a step. These units come standard with a gloss black powdercoated finish, and custom colors are available at extra charge. Information: Four X Doctor, Dept. Jp, 1033 N. Victory Pl., Burbank, CA 91502, 818/845-2194.

Desert Sport Styling
Electrodyne, Inc. is offering its Desert Sport Front Effect for Jeep Grand Cherokees. The Desert Sport is made of a durable material in a shape designed to compliment the lines of the vehicle, and can be installed using existing factory mounting points with little or no drilling required. Molded-in brass inserts accommodate auxiliary lighting, and all mounting hardware is stainless steel or plated for corrosion resistance. In addition, all lighted models include a complete wiring harness and come with mounting instructions. Information: Electrodyne, Inc., Dept. Jp, 4750 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304, 800/296-8850.

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