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January 1999 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on January 1, 1999
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Studless Treads
Dunlop Tire introduces the Grandtrek SJ4 Ice-N-Snow tire made specifically for the SUV market, with applications for the Jeep Cherokee. This tire is said to improve foul-weather handling, with improved steering control and greater directional stability. Features include zigzag siping for better acceleration and braking in ice and snow, a studless winter tread compound for better traction, and a directional tread for better linear and lateral grip under all road conditions. Information: Dunlop Tire Co., Dept. JP, P.O. Box 1109, Buffalo, NY 14240, 800/828-7428.

TBI Ring Things
These aluminum rings from Don-A-Vee Jeep are two versions of throttle-body spacers for '93-'97 Jeep Cherokee V-8 engines. Originally designed for racing, the spacer increases airflow to boost low-end torque, increase mileage, and bolster horsepower, according to the company. The blue anodized rings are fitted with an inset 0-ring for sealing and are easy to install. The spacers are available for the '93-'95 and '96-'97 Grand. Information: Don-A-Vee Jeep, Dept. JP, 17306 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706, 800/533-7696.

Spring Time
Eaton Detroit Spring, known for its coil and leaf springs for the restoration and enthusiasts market, now carries installation kits to put it all together. With a library of over 17,000 OEM blueprints, it's a good bet the company has the application you're looking for. The company can provide shackles, T-bolts, U-bolts, eyebolts, and rubber or polyurethane bushings in addition to custom applications and springs. Information: Eaton Detroit Spring, Dept. JP, 1555 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48216, 313/963-3839.

Start Me
The PriorityStart! is a patented device that protects batteries from depleting their starting power. According to the company, the device disconnects the battery from the vehicle if the voltage drops below 12 volts, such as when the interior lights have been left on overnight. This allows the engine to be started without jumper cables or a new battery. The unit also senses when the engine is running or when the hazard flashers are on, and it won't disconnect the battery in these circumstances. Simple to install, the PriorityStart! will fit almost any Jeep with 12- or 24-volt systems. Information: BLI International Dept. JP, 17939 Chatsworth St. Ste 521, Granada Hills, CA 91344, 818/363-5390.

Totally, Dude
Stainless steel pipe plugs for your Jeep engine are now available from Totally Stainless. The plugs are made in the USA from 300-series stainless and are available in three designs. Totally Stainless also offers complete engine bolt kits for the Jeep V-8 and six-cylinder, all of which could outlast your engine since they don't rust. Information: Totally Stainless, Dept. JP, 1709 Old Harrisburg Rd., Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717/337-2151.

Cool Cat
Reducing the engine oil temperature can extend the life of your engine, but usually requires the addition of an adapter and plumbing problems. The Cool Collar is a simpler way to cool the oil. You simply strap the aluminum heat-sink collar around the oil filter. The collar is easily taken off when the filter is changed and, according to the company, as much as a 20-degree drop in fluid temperature can be realized. Information: Cool Collar, Dept. JP, P.O. Box 24819, Lyndhurst, OH 44124, 800/774-3368.

Tuff Stuff
Available for Jeep Wranglers and CJs, the Tuffy Speaker and Storage Boxes mount on top of the wheelwell to turn unused space into a convenient place to mount speakers. The extra storage space also offers a place to store tools and equipment. Tuffy's Pry-Guard locking system includes a high-quality cylindrical lock mounted in the 3/16-inch-thick steel. A continuous steel hinge attaches the reinforced lid to the fully welded 16-gauge steel lockbox, which is finished in a textured powdercoat. Information: Tuffy, Dept JP, 25733 Road H, Cortez, CO 81321, 907/564-1762.

Tool Time
Compound leverage action is what makes the new SOG CrossGrip miniature multitool so handy. By increasing the leverage through a gear drive, the tool increases the mechanical advantage and decreases hand-squeezing pressure. The CrossGrip also includes screwdrivers, bottle openers, tweezers, a nail file, and a knife blade. Information: SOG, Dept. JP, 6521 212th St. SW, Lynwood, WA 98036, 425/771-6230.

Get A Grip
Constructed of durable nylon webbing and with a Velcro attaching system, the Grab This! convenience handle easily attaches around most rollbars. Though not designed as a safety item, the Grab This! will give you something to hold on to while traversing rough terrain or during that sudden lane change. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the handle functions as well as it looks. Information: Grab This!, Dept. JP, P.O. Box 981501, Park City, UT 84098, 801/649-0397.

Give It A Brake
Complete your restoration on your Jeep and improve the beast's stopping power with a brake overhaul kit from Kanter Auto Products. This all-inclusive kit provides the linings, hoses, springs, and boots and cups in the master cylinder and wheel cylinders. Information: Kanter Auto Products, Dept. JP, 76 Monroe St., Boonton, NJ 07005, 800/526-1096.

Bad Gas
When gasoline sits for days, weeks, or months at a time it gradually goes bad. The fuel in the gas can on the back of your Jeep may be even older. Restomative Laboratories suggests the use of its Gasoline Stabilizer and Preservative to keep the fuel in your vehicle fresh and free of rust, oxidation, and varnish buildup. And it can be used in concentrated doses to clean the fuel lines. Information: Restomotive Laboratories, Dept. JP, P.O. Box 1235, Morristown, NJ 07962, 800/457-6715.

Light The Night
The new Micro FF Auxiliary Lamp from Hella features a free-form reflector to deliver more light output than many larger lights. The compact design is easier to mount on many vehicles and is available as a complete kit or as individual lights. Due to the precise beam pattern produced by the free-form technology, the lens can be totally clear of fluting. Information: Hella, Dept. JP, 201 Kelly Dr., Peachtree, GA 30269, 800/247-5924.

Reverse It
The Reverse Shackle Kit from 4 Plus is designed as a total bolt-on kit for CJs that use CJ or Wrangler springs. Moving the shackle to the rear of the front spring can provide better drivability and less road wander, according to the manufacturer. Kits are available with or without springs and come complete with all the brackets, spacers, plates, poly bushings, and hardware needed to bolt on the kit. A kit for flatfender Jeeps is in the works. Information: 4 Plus Mfg., Dept. JP, 624 W. 7250 S., Midvale, UT 84047, 888/447-5871 or 801/255-4914.

Night Light
The new underdash Courtesy Light Kit from Painless Wiring can light up the darkest corners under the dash. Especially helpful in Jeeps without dome lights (or a top), the kit comes with doorjamb switches, terminals, wiring, and two screw-mount lamp sockets. Information: Painless Wiring, Dept. JP, 9505 Santa Paula Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116, 817/244-6898.

Leak no More
If your Jeep gas tank has a pinhole leak or two, the Gas Tank Repair Kit from Eastwood may save the day. the kit contains everything needed to clean and seal a steel fuel tank as large as 20 gallons. Sealing the holes and eliminating fuel contamination can lead to better mileage and a vehicle free of gas fumes. Information: The Eastwood Co., Dept, JP, Box 296, Malverne, PA 19355, 610/640-1450.

Computer Upgrade
A Mopar Single Board Engine Controller from Don-A-Vee Jeep is now available for your '96 Grand with the 5.2 V-8. This high-performance Magnum Computer takes only minutes to install and provides 24 extra ponies and 26 lb-ft of torque between 1,600 and 5,200 rpm without affecting drivability. The computer swap is legal in all 50 states and retunes the engine for maximum efficiency. Premium fuel is recommended for best results. Information: Don-A-Vee Jeep, Dept. JP, 17306 Bellflower Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706, 800/366-5337.

Remote Light
The Golight 2020 is a remote-control searchlight that's controlled by a joystick mounted on the console or dash. The 100,000-candlepower light features 370 degrees of rotation and 120 degrees of elevation and is great for night runs. The fingertip control allows the light to spot hidden obstacles that the headlights can't illuminate. The kit comes complete with wiring and instructions. Information: Golight, Dept. JP, Rte. 3, Box 37B, Culbertson NE 69024, 800/557-0098.

Better Batteries
The sealed battery market is hot, and the Hawkers Odyssey Drycell battery has the benefit of sealed-lead technology and 100 percent true, deep-cycle ability-which is important to many Jeep owners with winches and extra lighting needs. Available in a variety of sizes, the Odyssey Drycell uses virgin lead plates of a high-density design for optimum starting and deep-cycle ability. Designed for an 8-year life, the batteries feature a two-year warranty. Information: Hawker Energy, Dept. JP, 617 N. Ridgeview Dr., Warrensburg, MO 64093, 800/546-9611.

Gearless Locker
New from the makers of the famous Detroit Locker is the innovative Gearless Locker. According to the company, the locker fits inside the standard differential case and delivers automatic 100 percent lockup smoothly and quietly without using internal gear teeth. The special Tunkenel-V Power Driver cross pin separates the two high-strength clutch members to lock the unit, but allows differentiation around corners for seamless operation. The Gearless Locker is easy to install and requires no special lubricant. Applications include Dana 30, 35, and 44 along with the AMC 20 axle. Information: Tractech, Dept. JP, 11445 Stephens Dr., Warren, MI 48090, 810/759-3850.

Road Armor
Stuck zippers, drafts, and noisy flapping may be gone forever with the six DOT-approved, hardened acrylic panels by Road Armor that can be taken off or installed in seconds. These rugged panels are highly scratch-resistant and store behind the seats. The Outlaw is available for CJ-7s, the Prowler for YJs, and the Stealth for TJs. Information: Road Armor Corp., Dept. JP, 8712 44th Ave.W., Mukilteo, WA 98275, 425/290-5503, www.roadarmor.com.

J Products Boulder Bars
Designed for hard-core Jeepers, Boulder Bars by J Products can provide extra body protection from those boulders that always seem to jump out of nowhere. The design provides for maximum ground clearance, and the heavy wall construction and numerous mounting locations are said to create rigidity and durability. Information: J Products, Dept. JP, P.O. Box 21066, Riverside, CA 92516, 909/352-2556.

Trail Rack for Jeeps
With the introduction of Garvin Industries' Wilderness Trail Rack, Jeep owners can now take enough gear to make their trip more enjoyable. Designed for '87-'98 Jeeps, the rack bolts on, requiring only minor drilling. The one-piece, welded rack measures 18.5 by 41.5 inches with 6-inch sides. Information: Garvin Ind., Dept. JP, 316 Millar Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020, 619/440-7415.

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