Moab Must-Haves: Cool Products From The 2017 Easter Jeep Safari Vendor ShowPosted in Product Reviews on August 4, 2017
The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab is the pinnacle of off-roading adventure. Near the end of the event, the two-day Jeep Expo, a vendor show, gives attendees an opportunity to get up close and personal with manufacturers and retailers that have cutting edge innovations for your off-road needs.
Held the Thursday and Friday before Easter at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, the Jeep Expo brings in companies from all over the globe. Suspensions, tires, lights, winches, interior and exterior accessories as well as anything else you can image can be found in the rows of vendors. We went through the Jeep Expo at the 2017 Easter Jeep Safari and got info and photos of some of the coolest stuff.
1- ReadyLIFT Suspensions (readylift.com) recently launched a line of Jeep accessories including new billet door handles and adjustable billet grab handles for the front and rear of JK Wranglers.
2- New from Rigid Industries (rigidindustries.com) is the Adapt lightbar. This lightbar is the next generation of lightbars and will change the way you light up your off-road adventures. The Adapt lightbar can adjust from spot to flood pattern with no mechanics or moving parts. The controller allows you to adjust the pattern however you want as well as change the accent light color and set up eight presets. The unit can also be connected to the vehicle’s ECU to vary from spot to flood based on throttle position.
3- Red Peak Off Road (redpeakoffroad.com) brought out its innovative and heavy-duty on-board vehicle camera system that can give you a much better view of the road, obstacles, and anything else in front or back of your vehicle. The system features aluminum materials, waterproof connectors, and an infrared night vision system.
4- Dynatrac (dynatrac.com) introduced the new Dynatrac Axle-Set exclusively for JK-based vehicles. There are three options; Elite, which comes with a paired up ProRock XD60 and 80 combo; the Hard Core which combines front and rear ProRock 60s; and the Serious Performance package that includes a ProRock 44 and 60. Each set is designed for your level of wheeling and budget.
5- Crawl King Portal Axles are the combination of efforts between EmWest Motorsports (emwestmotorsports.com) and AxleTech (axletech.com) and are a serious high-clearance solution for your vehicle. The base axle features oversized kingpin Cs; a high-clearance and high-pinion Dana 60 centersection; 35 spline chromoly axleshafts; and 3 1/2-inch-diameter, 1/2-inch-thick axletubes.
6- Bestop (bestop.com) brought out their brand-new Trektop NX Glide that eliminates zippers from the side windows. The new design allows for the windows to be removed quickly and easily on an already premium soft top. Bestop also debuted the new RoughRider Tailgate Shelf that doubles as an easy workspace and temporary storage location.
7- Let’s face it, factory lighting fails to provide enough usable light. AnzoUSA (anzousa.com) brought out a host of LED lighting accessories for Jeep Wranglers and many other vehicles. The company also introduced a new rechargeable battery-powered work lamp that pumps out a useful 800 lumens from a 10-watt LED array.
8- Skyjacker (skyjacker.com) has jumped full force into the coilover game to provide a pretuned and high-performance system that is ready to bolt on to any JK Wrangler. The Skyjacker LeDuc Series suspension systems utilize Fox coilovers combined with Fox reservoir shocks and hydraulic bumpstops.
9- Trail repairs are never fun. However, with the help of a Stash Stand from Klinzmann Fabrication (klinzmannfabricationllc.com), they may not be as bad. The Stash Stand collapses down to make it far more travel ready. Built from 3/16-inch steel, each unit has a 4-ton suggested weight limit and has been tested up to 20,000 pounds.
10- Bead Assist Device (B.A.D.) Wheels (badwheelsinc.com) are revolutionizing the beadlock wheel industry. The company’s new Eklipse 17 wheel features an internal clamping system and use a DOT-approved wheel design on the inner and outer lips. To protect the outer lip from damage, a sacrificial rock ring bolts onto the wheel and can be unbolted while the tire is installed and not affect drivability.
11- Bug Out Rack (bugoutrack.com) is in the process of launching its new rollbar-mounted rack that compliments the popular tire-mounted Bug Out Rack. Built by the same folks that created the Pull Pal, the design is extremely useful. The two sides of the “L” are different widths and can be flipped around to best suit your needs.
12- sPOD (4x4spod.com) is expanding upon their original proven design. The company’s eight-circuit SE system can be used with the switch panel, touchscreen or programmable remote switch system, or any combination thereof for up to 32 circuits.
13- Superwinch (superwinch.com) is changing the winching game. The new U.S.–made EXP mid-frame winch includes built-in wireless control, power ports, steel or synthetic line, and a fully gasket-sealed housing.
14- Dana (dana.com) has upped its game with the Ultimate 60 axle assemblies by adding the ARB Air Locker option. The Ultimate 60 features OEM quality in an ultra-heavy-duty package for superior strength and fitment.
15- Mountain Off Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.) (mountainoffroad.com) just launched its Retractable Roller Shade for JK Wranglers. The Roller Shade is a quick and easy way to go from shady to sunny while driving down the trail or road. The unit can be pulled forward to cover just the back seats or all the way to the front windshield.
16- AMP Research (amp-research.com) boosted the strength of its retractable side steps with the PowerStep Extreme. The power step uses a motor on each retractable arm to provide a more rugged design that can handle heavy loads. Additionally, AMP added a pushbutton switch option for doorless vehicles.
17- Rampage Products (rampageproducts.com) just launched its new steel half-doors. The door systems are fully adjustable at both the hinges and latch mechanisms and have provisions for a factory mirror to be installed. The webbing comes with the kit and is optional to install for a more open feeling.
18 – Bushwacker (bushwacker.com) just released its new aluminum flares using 1 1/4-inch tubing. The flares extend out to give tire coverage while offering the rigid strength of a metal unit. Front sets include a side marker light to keep the vehicle legal on the road.
19- MetalCloak (metalcloak.com) is constantly building new innovative products. Recently, the company launched its new DB3 Rear Control Arm Correction Bracket kit for JK Wranglers. The system is a fully bolt-on solution to correct the angles of rear control arms, which improves ride and flexibility without needing to go to the extreme of a long-arm suspension system.
20- Pit Bull (pitbulltires.com) launched its new PBX A/T Hardcore all-terrain tire. The aggressive all-terrain tire utilizes alternating lugs in a close pattern to reduce air cavitation and lug slap on the ground all while being extremely grippy on the trail in dirt, mud, and snow. Currently only built in a true 35-inch tall tire, Pit Bull plans to expand the size options.
21- Motive Gear (motivegear.com) brought out its new locking differential assemblies. The PowerTrax Grip Pro uses six helical cut gears and locks up stronger the more throttle you give the vehicle and releases when you back off like a true limited slip. Motive Gear also has the new PowerTrax Grip Lok. It’s a full-blown locker that is 100 percent locked any time you are on the gas.