Cool 4x4 parts at the 2016 Moab Easter Jeep Safari #EJS2016Posted in Product Reviews on April 6, 2016
The Moab Easter Jeep Safari brings off-road enthusiasts and aftermarket manufacturers together from all over the nation, and in some cases, the world. Of course Moab offers some of the most scenic and difficult trails imaginable, but one of the events that we always look forward to during the Easter Jeep week is the vendor show held at the Spanish Trail Arena. Unlike industry-only shows, this vendor show gives you, the consumer, an opportunity get up close and personal with the latest aftermarket off-road products and access to the manufacturers that build them. The vendor show is only held the Thursday and Friday before Easter. You’ll find everything from the hottest in current off-road tire technology to the newest suspension, electrical, and axle widgets. It took the better part of a day for us work our way through the show, cherry picking the coolest new 4x4 products. For more information about the annual Moab Easter Jeep Safari and the vendor show, visit the Red Rock 4-Wheelers website at rr4w.com.
Torq Motorsports (torqaxle.com) introduced the Ultra-14 high-pinion third member. The Ultra-14 is said to be the strongest high-pinion third member differential currently on the market. The differential case is CNC machined from billet aluminum and features a 10 1/2-inch high-nickel, high-moly alloy reverse-cut gearset. Each third member is driven by a 1480 series 37-spline billet yoke seated on a 2-inch diameter pinion shaft, which is housed in a billet pinion support with 4-inch bearings. The 40-spline spool or optional 40-spline ARB Air Locker is supported by 2-inch-thick four-bolt carrier bearing caps that hold 4-inch-diameter carrier bearings. A 5.38:1 ratio is currently available with 5.13:1 coming soon. The Ultra-14 is 100 percent manufactured in the USA and sold fully assembled with 12-point race-spec alloy fasteners and a carrier load bolt.
Dakota Customs (dakota-customs.com) now offers a pickup conversion for the Jeep JK four-door Unlimited model. The kit comes complete with all the body panels needed for the truck transformation. Don’t fret if you don’t have the skills to do the work yourself— the company can do it for you. Other Dakota Customs products include DIY Hemi V-8 engine swap kits for the Wrangler and complete turnkey Jeeps.
Got an old Warn 8274 winch that you want to speed up and stop more quickly? Red Winches (red-winches.com) may have exactly what you need. The Storm 8274 twin-motor Top Kit is available with or without air brakes. The standard kit comes with gearing for a 25 percent faster unloaded line speed than a stock 8274 winch. An optional overdrive version allows for a 40 percent faster unloaded line speed. Torq Motorsports (torqaxle.com) is offering the kits here in the US.
DeWalt (dewalt.com) brought out this compact and lightweight portable cordless welder. The DCW100K can stick weld up to 140 amps or TIG weld up to 150 amps. It weighs in at a svelte 24 1/2 pounds so you can take it almost anywhere. We were told the battery would last long enough to burn through 17 3/32-inch rods, which should be more than enough for most trail repairs. It can also weld off of 120V AC power in hybrid mode. Each welder comes complete with an electrode holder with a 13-foot lead, a ground cable with a 10-foot lead and clamp, a 120V charger, and a charge cord.
If you want to stop rust in its tracks, you might consider the all-aluminum Aqualu (aqualu.com) replacement body tub for your ’07-current Jeep Wrangler JK. The tub is available for both two- and four-door models. Three different aluminum JK tailgates are available including a swing out model, a storage tailgate, and ambulance doors. As with all Aqualu aluminum bodies, the JK tubs are made from 0.156-inch, 5052 marine-grade aluminum alloy. Aluminum front and rear fenders were also at the show and should be available by the time you read this.
Maxxis (maxxis.com) introduced the new RAZR MT tire. The radial RAZR is available in 34 different sizes up to 40-inches in diameter. Most sizes have two-ply sidewalls. However, the 40-inch version and a few others have more robust three-ply sidewalls. The RAZR is said to be newly designed from the ground up for best performance both on- and off-road. It features an all-new tread design to help minimize noise, sidewall armor blocks to protect against punctures, and a new compound with chemical fillers that are said to help the tread resist chipping and tearing, while allowing the tires to last longer.
Skyjacker (skyjacker.com) has teamed up with off-road legend and Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Curt LeDuc. The team has developed the LeDuc Series coilover kits for the ’07-current two- and four-door Jeep Wrangler JK. The shocks have been tested and tuned by Curt LeDuc with application-specific valving, which is said to provide the best performance both on- and off-road. The coilovers can be purchased as a kit, or you can simply get the coilover upgrade for your current Skyjacker suspension system.
If you like Jeeping, camping and cooking, you might want to take a look at the products from Jeep Kitchen (jeepkitchen.com). The Jeep Kitchen is available in galvanized or stainless steel and fits the ’08-’15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, the XJ Cherokee, and two-door JK models when the back seat is removed. The slide-out drawers allow for the storage of all your cookware and food and are said to be rattle-free when driving thanks to the high-quality hardware. The three-part pullout design offers a deeper main space for cooking pots and dishes, a flat cutting and prep-surface, and a stove platform, which all roll out like a countertop.
EVO Manufacturing (evomfg.com) introduced the on-demand air-operated conversion for the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon electronic disconnecting sway bar. The new system gives you the ability to disconnect and reconnect the sway bar at any speed in any transfer case shifter position. The new billet aluminum end cap bolts in place of the problematic factory electronic actuator on an OE Rubicon sway bar.
Oztent (oztent.com) brought out several different camping solutions including the Jet Tent Bunker. The Jet Tent Bunker is a great option for those that hate the cumbersome process of folding ground tents but want more protection from the elements than an open cot provides. Each Jet Tent Bunker is built on a steel frame with a cross-leg stretcher design that is said to support more than 330 pounds. The bunker walls are made from water-resistant coated cotton with a waterproof ripstop poly-cotton canvas fly. The pvc-coated polyester bed comes fully padded. The Jet Tent Bunker also features large mesh window panels for ventilation and comes complete with its own heavy-duty carry bag.
Dometic (dometic.com) offers a full line of automotive and recreational vehicle camping equipment including this massive portable refrigerator. There are many thermoelectric and compressor style portable refrigerators and freezers to choose from. Fridges are available for multiple power supplies. The larger CFX cooler/freezers offer dual-zone convenience so you have both a refrigerator and freezer, just like at home but much more compact and portable. Some Dometic refrigerators even have USB charging ports for your electronic devices.
Spidertrax (spidertrax.com) already offers a full lineup of 4x4 wheel spacers and wheel adaptors. The newest is for the ’07-current Toyota Tundra. Like all Spidertrax wheel spacers, the Tundra parts are machined right here in the USA from U.S.-sourced 6061 T6 aluminum. Even the wheel studs are U.S.-made to Spidertrax specifications. The Tundra spacers are 1 1/4-inch-thick and are double anodized in dark blue, which is said to provide twice the corrosion resistance. Each wheel spacer is both wheel and hub centric.
Looking for a little more oomph under the hood of your Jeep? Boosted Technologies (boostedtech.com) may have what you are looking for. The company offers genuine Eaton Gen IV M90 superchargers modified to fit many different Jeep applications, including the JK Wrangler 3.6L Pentastar V-6, WJ Grand Cherokee 4.7L V-8, and a Cherokee XJ 4.0L model that fits under the stock hood. All kits include the components and hardware needed for a complete plug and play conversion.
Fabtech (fabtechmotorsports.com) now offers more than 60 new suspension systems for the ’07-’16 Jeep JK Wrangler. The coilover conversion kits feature Dirt Logic 2 1/2-inch stainless steel coilover shocks. Also new is the Fabtech 5-Ton Joint, which can be found on many of the new lift kit control arms. Each of these massive joints comes with a lifetime warranty against wearing out.
TeraFlex (teraflex.com) offered up the extruded aluminum hard anodized JK Nebo roof rack. The rack mounts through the hardtop of a Wrangler Unlimited and attaches to the factory sport bar so the load is fully supported. The low-profile and streamlined design is said to reduce air resistance and wind noise. Each JK Nebo rack is said to be compatible with the most popular and readily available roof rack accessories. All fasteners are coated to OEM specifications for corrosion resistance.
The new addition to the Fox (ridefox.com) shock lineup is the 2.0 Adventure Series IFP shock. The Adventure Series IFP shocks are available for both lifted and stock-height bolt-on applications. Every Adventure Series shock features a seamless alloy shock body, a 5/8-inch hard-chrome-plated heat-treated alloy steel shaft, internal IFP mono-tube reservoir, nitrile rubber bushings, and a thick silver powdercoat. Optional Roost Shields are available to protect the shock shafts and seals from kicked up rocks.
Offroad Design (offroaddesign.com) now offers a rear link and coilover suspension system for ’67-’87 GM trucks, as well as Blazers and Suburbans up to ’91. The weld-on kit is said to supply 16 inches of vertical wheel travel, precise steering, and axle wrap control. Each kit includes massive U.S.-made 1 1/4-inch FK rod ends on the lower arms and King 2 1/2-inch coilover shocks with reservoirs. The spring rates and ride height are easily adjustable to your needs. The kit comes with DOM steel links, but optional solid 7075 aluminum links engraved with the Offroad Design logo are also available.