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Parts Rack: Cool New Products For Your 4x4

Posted in Product Reviews on March 21, 2018
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Mud Road
Nexen Tire now offers the all-new Roadian MTX (Mud Terrain Xtreme) tire. The Roadian MTX features a reversible design with two different sidewalls. One side is more aggressive with sidewall traction, while the other provides a more traditional look. Other features include three-ply sidewalls; large, open tread lugs; and rim protector bars around the bead on 20-inch wheel sizes. The Roadian MTX is available for 16- to 20-inch wheels in flotation sizes from 33 to 37 inches. Info: Nexen Tire, 800/576-3936, nexentireusa.com

Easy Diagnosis
Harbor Freight Tools introduces Zurich, its new line of four automotive diagnostic tools. The Zurich OBD2 code readers are said to make complex vehicle diagnostic systems easy to understand and repair. All Zurich readers diagnose and clear trouble codes and lights on foreign and domestic cars, light trucks, minivans, SUVs, and hybrids manufactured since 1996. The new Zurich ZR4 is ideal for service writers and weekend mechanics. The Zurich ZR8 is best for the more serious do-it-yourselfer, and the Zurich ZR11 and Zurich ZR13 are said to be designed for master technicians. Info: Harbor Freight Tools, 800/423-2567, harborfreight.com

Vulcan Welding
Harbor Freight Tools introduces the Vulcan Master Welders. Each Vulcan welder features inverter technology, which is said to allow for better arc control, higher efficiencies, and make the unit lighter overall. The new lineup includes the Vulcan OMNIPRO 220, PROTIG 200, PROTIG 165, MIGMAX 140, MIGMAX 215, and the COMMANDER 225. All welders in the Vulcan Master Welder Series come with a one‐year risk‐free trial. A full line of Vulcan accessories and consumables, including TIG torches, MIG guns, spool guns, wire, rods, electrodes, gloves, and helmets, is already available. Info: Harbor Freight Tools, 800/423-2567, harborfreight.com

4x4 Foodie
MORryde now offers the Trail Kitchen. It’s said to be designed to fit in the back of the JK Wrangler but can be adapted to many other applications to help convert your 4x4 into a rolling kitchen. Each MORryde Trail Kitchen incorporates a sliding tray and a collapsible table that can be paired with several different outdoor appliances including a refrigerator/freezer, cooking grill, or a sink. Info: MORryde, 574/293-1581, morryde.com

Suitcase Compressor
Campbell Hausfeld introduces the new Quiet Suitcase Air Compressor, the latest addition to its line of Quiet Air Compressors. It’s said to be ideal for inflation, hobby painting, stapling, and fastening. It weighs in at only 29 pounds so its compact size lends itself to being packed away in tight spaces. It features a 1.3-gallon tank, 1.0hp 120V motor, oil-free compressor, and it operates at 68 dBa. Each compressor delivers a maximum of 125 psi and produces 1.2 cfm at 90 psi and 2.0 cfm at 40 psi. Info: Campbell Hausfeld, 800/543-6400, thequietcompressors.com

Light Bender
Rigid Industries now offers the Radiance Plus Curved lightbar line. Each lightbar is said to feature improved LED technology and more light output than ever before, while consuming a fraction of the power compared to incandescent lighting. The Rigid Radiance Plus Curved lightbar is built with the same aluminum alloy housing as the RDS-Series and features Broad Spot optics, which combine the attributes of a spot and flood beam pattern. The Radiance feature offers back-lighting available in white, amber, red, blue, or green. Rigid Radiance Plus Curved lightbars are available in 20- to 54-inch lengths. Info: Rigid Industries, 855/760-5337, rigidindustries.com

Shine On
Permatex introduces Spray Nine Glass & Chrome Cleaner. The new cleaning spray is designed to outperform and eliminate the need for traditional polishes and pastes and cleans a variety of surfaces. It’s said to be strong enough to remove tough dirt, dust, fingerprints, smudges, and light grease from interior and exterior automotive glass, chrome, stainless steel, mirrors, plastics, and many other surfaces throughout the garage and home. The cleaner features a clinging foaming action that leaves a refreshing lemon scent. Spray Nine Glass & Chrome Cleaner comes in a 19-ounce aerosol can. Info: Permatex, 877/376-2839, spraynine.com

Stopping JK
Dynatrac has added the bolt-on ProGrip II brake system to its ’07-’18 Jeep Wrangler JK brake upgrade lineup. The kit is said to double the brake torque output of the stock system while also improving brake pedal feel, reducing pedal travel, and decreasing nose-dive under braking. Each kit includes lightweight 13.5-inch two-piece front rotors, 14.25-inch one-piece rear rotors that retain the integral parking brake system, forged six-piston front and forged four-piston rear brake calipers, ProGrip front and rear brake pads, and new caliper brake lines and mounting hardware. It is available with the original wheel bolt pattern as well as the larger 5-on-5.5 bolt pattern. The brake system fits Jeep Wranglers with 18-inch wheels. Info: Dynatrac, 714/596-4461, dynatrac.com

Up Armor
Rugged Ridge now offers the new Steel Body Armor Cladding for ’07-’17 Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited models. The Steel Body Armor Cladding is built from heavy-duty 3mm-thick steel plate and is treated to a black powdercoat to protect it from corrosion. Included stainless button-head hardware attaches the armor to the body. The body cladding is said to be designed to provide a high level of protection to the vulnerable rocker panels. Some drilling is required for installation, but the Steel Body Armor Cladding can be used with OE or aftermarket flares as well as Rugged Ridge Armor Fenders. Info: Rugged Ridge, 770/614-6101, ruggedridge.com

Recovery Essentials
Speedmaster introduces the 10-piece 4WD Winch Recovery Kit Plus. Each kit includes a 5-ton winch extension strap, an 8.75-ton snatch strap, a tree trunk protector, an 8-ton snatch block, two bow shackles, a pair of heavy-duty leather gloves, a winch cable dampener, and a foldable shovel that all fit into a reinforced recovery bag. Info: Speedmaster, speedmaster79.com

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