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Parts Rack: Cool New Products For Your 4x4

Posted in Product Reviews on July 10, 2018
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Video-Venture

Tired of movies with unrealistic plotlines that you can’t relate to? How about a mud-slinging, gold-hunting, off-road adventure movie with 4x4s? Rough Stuff is a new action-packed flick. It’s about an eco-activist group making a dubious deal with treasure-seeking Aussie Rovers and their modified four-wheel drives for an expedition through remote and dangerous Australian terrain. Tensions rise and ulterior motives are revealed with off-road chases, rescues, and amazing discoveries to follow. Rough Stuff is said to have its roots firmly planted in ’80s-style action-adventure films like Indiana Jones, Die Hard, and Romancing the Stone. It could be just the no-nonsense ’80s throwback movie you’ve been waiting for, with an Aussie twist. The film is available nationwide on VOD and Digital HD. Info: Rough Stuff, roughstuffmovie.com

Bug-Out Bag

Uncharted Supply Company now offers the Seventy2 Survival System. The company says that 95 percent of all survival situations are resolved within 72 hours, but those first 72 hours are extremely critical. Having the right gear can mean the difference between life and death. With that in mind, the company worked closely with first responders, doctors, Special Forces operators, mountain guides, and other experts to develop the Seventy2 Survival System. Everyone from the city-dweller to families to the extreme adventurer were said to be kept in mind while developing the Seventy2 Survival System. Each kit includes comprehensible directions and organization for each of the 35 items in the pack, which is said to give even the most inexperienced the confidence that they can navigate an emergency. Info: Uncharted Supply Company, 435/631-1113, unchartedsupplyco.com

Convenient Tug

VooDoo Offroad introduces kinetic recovery ropes with integrated soft shackle ends for easy attachment to nearly any open- or closed-loop recovery point. Each recovery rope features an 11,700-pound breaking point and will stretch up to 28 percent for more pulling power. VooDoo Offroad ropes are made in the USA and feature a water-, UV-, and abrasion-resistant polyurethane coating. The 1/2-inch, 12-strand nylon, single-braid ropes are available in VooDoo green or black and in lengths from 10 to 30 feet. Info: VooDoo Offroad, 844/866-3661, voodoooffroadropes.com

Smooth Terrain

Bridgestone now offers its next-generation Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 tire for crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks. The Dueler A/T Revo 3 is said to be engineered for smooth handling on the highway while also offering off-road capability. The Dueler A/T Revo 3 features all-new Traction Claw technology for better off-road handling and snow performance. A new tread pattern with large tread blocks and staggered shoulder lugs gives the tire an aggressive look and is said to provide longer-lasting performance. The Dueler A/T Revo 3 is designed with open shoulder slots to help reduce the risk of hydroplaning. It is available in 37 sizes and is backed by a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty. Info: Bridgestone, 844/261-2837, bridgestonetire.com

Safe Shackle

Rough roads and off-road travel can cause the D-ring bolt to loosen over time, which leads to you losing your recovery shackles. Daystar Products may have the solution to lost D-rings with the new Locking D-Ring Isolator. It snaps on to any standard 3/4-inch D-ring and keeps it from banging against your bumper, while also protecting your bumper’s finish. The built-in lanyard loops through the hole in your D-ring bolt, preventing it from unscrewing on its own. The Daystar Products Locking D-Ring Isolator is made in the USA from polyurethane and is available in 10 different colors. Info: Daystar Products, 800/595-7659, daystarweb.com

Dirt Nav

Alpine Electronics now offers the X209-WRA-OR, a 9-inch touchscreen system with off-road features for the ’11-’18 Jeep Wrangler JK. The X209-WRA-OR is an AM/FM/CD/DVD receiver with Bluetooth wireless technology and embedded navigation on a 9-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with a matching Wrangler-fitted dash bezel. To protect against the elements when off-roading, the entire system has a weather-resistant rating of IP53 for protection against dust with limited ingress and vertical fresh water spray up to 60 degrees. Off-Road Mode records information about trails, which can be shared with friends. A navigation database includes points of interest for popular vehicular recreational areas, FunTreks trailheads, and campsites across the U.S. It can be used with a variety of rear and/or front Alpine cameras. Infotainment features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto with the Google Assistant, a built-in HD Radio receiver, Pandora control, and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Control) music playback via USB. Info: Alpine Electronics of America, 800/257-4631, alpine-usa.com

Birthday Wheel

Drake Auto Group now offers the CS15 Carroll Shelby wheels. The CS15 is Drake Auto Group’s first production-ready aluminum cast wheel for the Jeep crowd. They are available as a 17x9 for both the JK and JL Wrangler. The wheels are said to handle up to 37-inch tires and are available in a black or gunmetal finish. The 41 reference on the center cap is a hat-tip to the birthdate of the Jeep’s 1941 production, which is coincidentally the same year that Carroll Shelby went into the service for the Army Air Force as a pilot. Info: Drake Auto Group, 800/999-0289, drakeoffroad.com

Colorado Bumping

ARB introduces the Summit Bumper for the ’15-and-up Chevy Colorado. It features press form cover straps, larger ARB foglight and surround, and a three-piece split-pan grille with access doors for winch clutch operation and a recessed winch control box. The full-steel Summit Bumper is airbag compatible; designed to fit the WT, LT and Z71 Colorado models; and is attached via included high-tensile bolts. Each bumper is finished with ARB’s ultra-low-sheen, textured, matte-black Integrit coating for corrosion resistance. Other features include twin Hi-Lift jack points, ARB LED indicator and clearance light, provisions to accommodate off-road lights, and the ability to accommodate Warn low-mount-model electric winches up to 10,000 pounds. Info: ARB, 866/293-9078, arbusa.com

Ten-Four

Rugged Radios now offers the RDH-16C digital 5-watt handheld two-way radio. It features 16 channels and automatic error correction to cancel out loud-engine background noise and rebuild voice data if a signal becomes corrupted. The digital voice transmissions are said to carry through to distances where analog radios start to fade, ensuring that your message is still heard loud and clear. The RDH-16C radio is capable of both digital and analog signals and comes pre-programmed with a selection of both analog and digital channels. Available in either UHF or VHF, the RDH-16C handheld radio reaches distances of 1-3 miles depending on the terrain. It also comes with a standard two-pin accessory port making it compatible with Rugged Radios’ current accessory line. Info: Rugged Radios, 888/541-7223, ruggedradios.com

Lit Switch

Painless Performance Products introduces the Trail Rocker Switch Panels. They feature weatherproof LED-lit switches enclosed in a powdercoated steel housing. The Trail Rocker Switch Panels are available in 4-, 6-, or 8-switch versions. Mounting options include a dash mount, a rollbar mount for 1 5/8-inch and 1 3/4-inch tube, or a flanged underdash mount. Each kit is said to be designed to be a plug-and-play system. Everything required to wire and mount the switches is included. Optional winch wiring is also provided. Info: Painless Performance Products, 817/244-6212, painlessperformance.com

New All-Terrain

Cooper Tire has announced the new Discoverer A/T3 all-terrain line, and one of its trio of tires is the all-new Cooper Discoverer A/T3 XLT. Cooper says it has resistance to shredding built right in, superior control in all seasons, and a design to give you strength that won’t quit. The tire features Durable-Tread Technology and has a long-wearing rubber compound that equips it for endurance, while its tread pattern spits out rocks and debris on the roughest of roads. Initially the tire will be available in 27 sizes in 17- to 20-inch wheel diameters with more sizes to come. Info: Cooper Tire, us.coopertire.com

Coilover Conversion

BDS has added to its premium suspension lineup with new 4.5- and 6.5-inch coilover conversion systems for the ’01-’10 Chevy/GMC HD trucks and SUVs. These new systems bring next-level performance converting the factory torsion bar IFS over to BDS’s tried and true high-clearance IFS design with the off-road pedigree of Fox’s 2.5 factory series remote DSC coilovers for unmatched on-road comfort and off-road capability with room for 35- to 37-inch tires. Kits contain high-clearance crossmembers, CNC-machined steering knuckles, multipoint differential relocation, skidplates, heavy-duty UCAs, LCA brackets, Fox coilovers, and your choice of rear lift. MSRP at time of print is $4,778-$5,479. Info: BDS Suspension, bds-suspension.com

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