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March 1999 New Products

Posted in Product Reviews on March 1, 1999
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Tough Tuff Locks
The TJ Speaker & Storage Lockbox Set uses the space over the wheelwells to secure speakers and lock up valuables. Made for '97 and '98 Wrangler TJs, the lock boxes are made of heavy-duty 16-gauge steel and use cylindrical locks mounted in 3/16-inch-thick steel. The exterior is finished in powdercoat and includes Grade 8 mounting hardware. Information: Tuffy Security Products, Dept. Jp, 25733 Rd. H, Cortez, CO 81321, 970/564-1762.

Jeepers, Creepers, Where'd You Get Those Bumpers
Replace your '97-'98 Wrangler's front and rear bumpers with Crown Automotive's bumper replacements. For true showmanship, choose Crown's chrome replacement bumper. Information: Crown Automotive, Dept. Jp, 340 Oak St., North Pembroke, MA 02358, 781/826-6200.

Cool Your Q-Jets
Performer Series Q-Jet carburetor No. 1905 from Edelbrock is a direct replacement for Chrysler Thermo-Quad carburetors from '85-and-earlier 360, 400, and 440 engines. The all-metal carburetor features an electric choke, a throttle-level adapter, and a fuel line adapter for quick installation. The Q-Jet is suitable for many Chrysler vehicles. Information: Edlebrock Corp., Dept. Jp, 2700 California St., Torrance, CA 90503, 310/781-2222.

Pulsating Power
The 160-amp Premier Power Welder uses a pulsating, direct current that uses only two thirds of the amperage that a conventional welder requires. Batteries supply the current while the Premier alternator sends the reverse current back to your Jeep's battery, which recharges it. A heavy-duty regulator with LEDs allows visual monitoring. Information: Premier Power Welder, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 639, Carbondale, CO 81623, 970/963-8875.

Get the Winch Outta Here
A new Quick Mount (QM) Winch Mounting Platform for the RW 2500 Wonder Winch makes the winch easier to secure to your Jeep. The QM has carrying handles to attach the winch to either the front or rear bumper when you need it. The RW 2500 has a line pull of 2,500 pounds and comes with a 1.3hp/12-V DC reversible motor. Information: Ramsey Winch, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 58150, Tulsa, OK 74158-1510, 918/438-2760.

The Wind Maker
Increase airflow with the new Turbo Flex High Performance stainless steel flex fan from Perma-Cool. Made from hardened stainless steel and a two-piece center hub, the fans are designed for a long life of quiet operation. Available with a black powdercoat or chrome center in 13-inch through 20-inch diameters. Information: Perma-Cool, Dept. Jp, 671 E. Edna Pl., Covina, CA 91723-1314, 800/827-3762.

Tread On Me!
Dunlop has expanded its line of the popular Radial Rover A/T with the addition of 21 new sizes, bringing the total to 43, including a selection of P-metrics for traction with a passenger car-like ride. The line comes with a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty. The P225/75R15s and P225/70R15s fit Cherokees; P245/70R15s and P225/70R16s fit Grand Cherokees. Information: Dunlop Tire Corp., Dept. Jp, P.O. Box, 1109, Buffalo, NY 14240-1109, 800/828-7428.

Tow Everything-Including the Kitchen Sink
New Fram tow straps and tie-downs promise to keep things together when road conditions scream otherwise. Their DuPont Teflon coating resists abrasion, repels water, dirt, and stains. The Fram 16-foot ratchet tie-down has a safe working capacity of 467 pounds. The 20-foot loop-style tow strap has a safe working capacity of 6,000 pounds. Information: AlliedSignal, Dept. Jp, 105 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford, RI 02916-2422, 401/434-7000.

If You Can't Take the Heat, Get a Thermostat
A new thermostat design from Mr. Gasket allows electric fans to operate automatically at different temperature settings, including precise control between 140 and 220 degrees Fahrenheit. An anodized aluminum radiator probe is used to sense external surface temperature. Information: Mr. Gasket Performance Group, Dept. Jp, 8700 Brookpark, Cleveland, OH 44129, 216/398-8300.

Intake A Break
For that Chevy small-block conversion in your Jeep, the new TPI Aluminum Air Intake has solved the nagging installation headache by keeping the intake system directly in front of the engine but out of the way of the AC belt. Specifically designed for use with a RBO900 K&N air filter. Information: Painless Wiring, Dept. Jp, 9505 Santa Paula Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76116, 817/244-6898,

Winch-Be-Gone or On?
Remove your two-speed MileMarker winch from either the front or rear receiver hitch when it's not in use with the help of MileMarker's heavy-duty receiver mount trays. Available for YJ, TJ, and Grand Cherokees. Information: MileMarker, Dept. Jp, 1450 SW 13th Ct., Pompano Beach, FL 33069, 800/886-8647.

Get Bent Out of Shape
Create your own metal lines with Classic Tube's prebent and tubing made of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, or brass. Classic Tube carries both metric and SAE fittings as well as tube-bending tools and wrenches with a large selection of Jeep applications. Information: Classic Tube, Dept. Jp, 80 Rotech Dr., Lancaster, NY 14086, 800/882-3711,

Cool As A Cucumber
Prestone's new Cooling System Treatment is said to protect aluminum radiators and cooling-system metals. The treatment provides water-pump lubrication while it refreshes the corrosion inhibitor capabilities of older coolant. Information: Prestone Products Corp., Dept. Jp, 39 Old Ridgebury Rd., Danbury, CT 06810-5109, 860/677-8821.

Flare For Style
Fender flares for CJs and YJs are made of a shock-resistant plastic alloy and are built to withstand extreme temperatures. The fender flares are easy to install and come in black and are easily paintable. Measuring 2 inches wider than OEM flares, they come with all the necessary mounting hardware. Information: DC Ind., Dept. Jp, 175 Cote des Coutres, Pintendre, Quebec, Canada, G6C 1A5, 418/833-8655.

Clean Up Your Jeep
Remove light grease, oily preservatives, and contaminants from your Jeep parts with Eastwood Metal Wash. The wash leaves a swath of corrosion inhibitors and an adhesive layer for paints and other coatings-it's ideal for preparing bare metal. Metal Wash is a dry compound that can be mixed with water in any quantity needed. Information: The Eastwood Co., Dept. Jp, 580 Lancaster Ave., Box 296, Malvern, PA 19355, 610/640-1450.

Fair Dinkum!
Australian-based ARB has been appointed as the U.S. distributor for IPF lights from Japan. IPF lights feature weather-resistant connectors, double chrome-plated reflectors, stainless steel mounting hardware, and alloy and composite housings. Most IPF lights use high-pressure xenon/halogen gas for a high-output effect with a low-current draw. Information: ARB, Dept. Jp, 1425 Elliott Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98119, 206/284-5906.

Tanks for the Memories
Crown has a large supply of replacement under-the-seat gas tanks for older CJs. In fact, no matter what year your Jeep is, Crown has a gas tank replacement for it, going back to '42 and up to the current models. Information: Crown Automotive, Dept. Jp, 340 Oak St., North Pembroke, MA 02358, 781/826-6200.

Cold As Ice
Keep ice for five days in up to 90-degree heat with the new Extreme cooler from Coleman. The cooler features very thick insulated walls, a snap-tight lid, and a refrigerator-type lid gasket. The 32-quart cooler has sturdy handles that swing out for carrying but snap into a recessed cavity for storage. Information: Coleman, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 2931, Wichita, KS 67201, 316/832-2703.

Lead The Charge
Change a failed alternator quickly with the new Quick Disconnect Alternator Lead from Painless Wiring. With a simple twist, you unhook the main power wire at the alternator. The high-amp connector is designed for easy uncoupling of the output terminal of the GM-style alternator used on many Jeeps. Information: Painless Wiring, Dept. Jp, 9505 Santa Paula, Fort Worth, TX 76116, 817/244-6898,

Thinner, Remover...Whatever
Easily remove your Jeep's paint with a new spray-on paint thinner/remover from Por-Strip. The high-potency, nonacidic stripper is designed for use on steel, cast iron, or factory aluminum. Information: Por-Strip, Dept. Jp, P.O. Box 1235, Morristown, NJ 07962-1235, 800/457-6715.

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