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Cool New Products For Your Jeep

Posted in Product Reviews on May 6, 2016
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Heavy-Duty 60
Dynatrac now offers bolt-in versions of the new ProRock XD60 for the front and rear of the Jeep JK Wrangler. The ProRock XD60 features a 10.1-inch ring gear, which is said to be 16 percent stronger than a traditional 9.75-inch Dana 60 ring gear. Front axles swing massive 1550 or 1555 series U-joints or 30-series CV joints. A 1550 LT lightweight wheel end is available to decrease overall axle weight by up to 68 pounds. The ProRock XD60 housing is made from high-strength nodular iron and is available with optional larger pinion and carrier bearings. Every ProRock XD60 comes with 3 3/4-inch outside-diameter axle tubes with either a 1/4-inch or 5/16-inch wall thickness, cast-in features for air locker and electric locker connections, and standard with 35-spline axleshafts with optional 40-spline ’shafts. The Dynatrac ProRock XD60 accepts a full range of differentials, including air lockers, electric lockers, and limited slips. Gear ratios are available from 3.54:1 to 5.38:1.

Open Top
Rampage Products introduces the TrailView Soft Top for the Jeep Wrangler JK. It’s a full top and a safari top wrapped into one. It combines the features of the company’s Frameless Trail Top with a fold-back sunroof that can be opened from inside the Jeep. Because it’s frameless, it allows for larger windows and improved visibility. The TrailView Soft Top features removable side and rear tinted windows with self-correcting zippers. There is also a flat overhead window storage panel so you always have your windows with you. The top is made from Rampage Products’ sail cloth material in either Black Diamond or Spice color. Every top comes with a three-year warranty.
Rampage Products

Grand Tuning
Need more oomph from your Jeep Grand Cherokee? Now you can soup up the 3.6L, 5.7L, or 6.4L under the hood of your Grand with a DiabloSport Tune & Modified PCM. The performance tune is said to improve throttle response, low end torque, and horsepower. The tune selections are based on the grade of gasoline you run. The tuner is said to make 28 hp and 24 lb-ft of torque over stock on a ’15 5.7L V-8 test vehicle running 93 octane gasoline. Other features include access to cooling fan control, active fuel management (V-8 only), traction control, fuel rich/lean adjustment versus rpm, idle rpm, rev limiter (3.6L/5.7L only), speed limiter, throttle booster, timing advance/retard versus rpm, and tire size recalibration. Drivability is said to be enhanced by tweaking key performance parameters like throttle response, timing, and fueling to create an optimal driving experience.

Rock Wheel
Pro Comp now offers the Series 34 Rockwell wheel with a machined face as an alternative to the all-black version. Both styles are available in 17-, 18-, and now 20-inch diameters in common bolt patterns. The Rockwell wheel features a counter-pressure cast aluminum construction with a multi-spoke design. The beadlock styling provides a reinforced bead area to help fend off trail debris. The bead lip is accented with stainless steel bolts. All Series 34 Rockwell wheels are said to accept tire pressure monitor systems. Like all Pro Comp wheels, the Series 34 Rockwell is backed by a two-year finish warranty and fully transferable lifetime structural warranty.
Pro Comp

Elbow Traction
Need more elbow traction on the center console of your ’02-’06 Jeep TJ Wrangler or ’07-current Jeep JK Wrangler? Rugged Ridge has you covered with the All-Terrain Center Console Cover. The covers are designed to prevent the accelerated wear and tear common to Jeep Wranglers, resulting from sun exposure and off-roading. Unlike cloth and leather consoles, these heavy-duty covers are said to keep your center console in showroom condition for years. Each tread design cover is molded from polyurethane foam to create a heavy-duty barrier to protect the vulnerable console from scratches, rips, stains, and even damage from pet claws. The Rugged Ridge All-Terrain Center Console Covers is said to install within seconds using the supplied automotive grade adhesive tape.
Rugged Ridge

Jeep Hammock
Jammock now offers a portable hammock that can be fit to nearly any Jeep Wrangler or pickup truck. It's said to be the first load-bearing soft-top engineered hammock to give you functionality and comfort in otherwise wasted space. The Jammock is actually six products in one including a hammock, a sling-seat, windjammer, tonneau cover, overhead storage rack, and lounge chair. Each Jammock is made from 1000 Denier Cordura nylon, which is said to be one of the strongest and most wear-resistant fabrics available. The Jammock is held in place with NRS buckles rated for 2,000 pounds each. Jammock can also be used as a sling seat off the Jeep. The asymmetrically arranged buckles and 36 1/2-inch straps allow it to be used similar to a regular small-sized hammock. This will enable you to use your Jammock between anchors up to 10 feet apart.

JKS Manufacturing now offers a stand-alone draglink flip kit for the ’07-current Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited JK. The kit repositions the draglink mount above the knuckle for more clearance without changing the existing suspension geometry. Each draglink flip kit includes a new draglink that directly replaces the factory link and uses the factory adjusting collar and tie rod end at the pitman arm. Installation requires drilling out the steering arm tapered hole in the passenger’s side knuckle and installing a machined tapered insert. A 7/8-inch step drill bit is included in the kit. The draglink flip flattens out the steering angles when combined with lift heights of 2 inches or more, which is said to provide a more solid steering feel over the factory setup. A front track bar bracket is supplied to correct the track bar angle.
JKS Manufacturing

Third Pedal Performance
Adding larger tires and then stalling out on inclines can significantly shorten the clutch life of your ’07-’11 Jeep Wrangler JK. To help overcome this, Centerforce now offers a Dual Friction Kit for the 3.8L V-6 engine. The clutch kits are said to be engineered to be street-friendly while also improving low-speed off-road performance. The new heavy-duty billet steel flywheel weighs 50 pounds compared to the factory 33-pound unit. The increased mass of the Centerforce high-inertia flywheel is designed to help maintain engine rpm in rough terrain. Each flywheel is said to be precision-balanced at the factory and meets SFI competition specifications, while the Dual Friction clutch provides greater holding capacity. The Dual Friction Jeep JK Kits are said to be designed for a direct-replacement bolt-in installation. Each kit comes complete with an alignment tool, pressure plate, friction disc, flywheel, pilot bearing, throw-out bearing and bolts.

DynoMax Performance Exhaust now offers the QuietCrawler stainless steel dual-muffler exhaust system for the ’12-’15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with the 3.6L V-6 engine. The oval Ultra Flo welded muffler is said to help to reduce sound without sacrificing performance, while a Race Bullet muffler acts like a resonator that is said to eliminate the drone so common with aftermarket exhaust systems. The new DynoMax Jeep system is said to increase torque by 12 lb-ft and add up to 11 hp. Like all DynoMax exhaust kits, the JK system includes all necessary hardware and instructions for a bolt-on installation.
DynoMax Performance

Universal Heat
Need heat? Maradyne High Performance Fans introduces the Santa Fe. It’s a new auxiliary heater designed to provide a heat source for older Jeeps. The compact 12V Santa Fe auxiliary heater features adjustable airflow louvers and a built-in two-speed fan control switch. It’s said to be capable of producing 13,200 BTUs per hour with a 6-amp draw. The heater measures 7 3/8 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches deep and 9 7/8 inches high. It can be installed on the floor using the included mounting hardware or under the dash with an optional mounting bracket. Optional louver and defrost kits are also available to keep your windshield clear.
Maradyne High Performance Fans

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