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Parts Rack: Cool New Products For Your 4x4

Posted in Product Reviews on February 25, 2019
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Communicator

Rugged Radios introduces the all-new RRP696 Bluetooth intercom with enhanced music controls. It gives you the ability to shuffle through your music playlist while wheeling. The unit is based on the RRP660 Plus intercom, but the new RRP696 offers wireless music streaming from any Bluetooth device. You simply pair your device with the RRP696 intercom and everyone in the vehicle will hear the music through their connected headset or helmet. You can change the volume and skip or repeat tracks with the front-facing touch membrane controls, giving you the ability to keep your Bluetooth device secured and out of the way from dirt and debris. The RRP696 includes Voice Operated Control, which is used to adjust microphone sensitivity to cut out loud background noises. It will also lower the music volume when someone begins talking and resume once the conversation has ended. Info: Rugged Radios, 888/541-7223, ruggedradios.com

Anywhere Electricity

Midland now offers the PPG1000, a portable power station that provides electricity without the need for a generator. The PPG1000 is a 1,000-watt inverter with a built-in lithium-ion battery. The entire assembly is integrated into a waterproof and dustproof, IP67-rated, impact-resistant case. It weighs in at 27 pounds and can power a 5-watt smartphone and tablet for up to 157 hours. The PPG1000 features 924Wh battery capacity, two GFCI AC outlets, two USB ports, two USB-C ports, and a 12V DC port. The unit can be charged through an AC wall outlet, 12V car outlet, or via an optional solar panel. An LED light strip in the lid helps you see the front panel at night. Info: Midland, 816/241-8500, midlandusa.com

Skeletal Shifter

Want a skeleton theme in your 4x4? Schmuckatelli may be able to help you. The company now offers the Rose Skull shift knob. It’s made from solid oil-rubbed bronze, utilizing the classic lost-wax casting method. Each shift knob includes a universal threaded insert system to fit most popular shift levers. Every Rose Skull shift knob is made right here in the USA. Info: Schmuckatelli Co., 310/803-9432, scskulls.com

Chef Station

GCI now offers the Master Cook Station. It is said to be designed with Slimfold Technology and sets up and breaks down with a one-piece design. The Master Cook Station features an aluminum countertop, a lower rack for storage, four plastic side tables, a telescopic lantern pole, and a soft-shell sink with a drain that collapses when the unit is folded up. Side table features include beverage holders, stem glass holders, and hooks that can be used as a garbage bag or paper towel holder, and also to hang cooking utensils. The frame is constructed of powdercoated steel and the countertop is made from heat-resistant aluminum. It folds flat and includes a carry handle for transporting to and from the fun. Info: GCI Outdoor, 860/345-9595, gcioutdoor.com

LED Pressure Relief

Currie introduces the EZ-Deflator Pro, the next generation of tire deflator. The new deflator features include an illuminated digital gauge, an extended tip for use on beadlock wheels, and a mode button, which illuminates a light on the back so you can find your valve stem at night. The EZ-Deflator Pro is said to give you the ability to quickly deflate large tires to very low pressures with accuracy. Each deflator comes in a foam-lined plastic storage case to protect it from damage and the elements. Info: Currie Enterprises, 714/528-6957, currieenterprises.com

Fan Flow

Flex-A-Lite now offers the Flex-Wave electric fan. The new design is said to be more efficient, quieter, and provide greater airflow than traditional S-blade and straight-blade fan designs. The Flex-Wave fan is said to move up to 20 percent more air than Flex-A-Lite Trimline fans and up to 25 percent more air than comparable electric fans from its competitors. Using computational fluid dynamics software, Flex-A-Lite engineers developed a blade consisting of an aerodynamic profile flowing through a sine-wave path. The design was then prototyped and tested in a wind tunnel to verify increased airflow and improved efficiency. The Flex-Wave electric fan is available in 12-, 14.25- and 16-inch diameters with airflow ranging from 1,325 cfm to 2,660 cfm. Info: Flex-A-Lite, 800/851-1510, flex-a-lite.com

Multiprocess Welder

Miller Electric introduces the new Multimatic 220 AC/DC all-in-one multiprocess welder. The Multimatic 220 AC/DC is capable of MIG, flux core, DC TIG, and DC stick welding, as well as AC TIG welding. It can TIG-weld from 24-gauge to 1/4-inch-thick aluminum. QuickTech technology automatically determines the correct polarity and switches to the right process when the operator hits the trigger or taps the foot control. This technology also allows a MIG gun and TIG torch to be connected at the same time. In addition, the Multimatic 220 AC/DC features two shielding gas connections so both MIG and TIG gases can be attached simultaneously. The Auto-Set Elite feature automatically adjusts weld parameters for each process. The Multimatic 220 AC/DC weighs 56 pounds and features the Miller Multi-Voltage Plug, which allows users to plug the welder into a 120V or 240V power receptacle. Info: Miller Electric, 920/734-9821, millerwelds.com

Tire Lock

Pro Comp now offers the new Series 75 Trilogy race beadlock wheel. It is said to be engineered to be 27 percent stronger than Pro Comp’s previous competition wheel. The wheel features eight spokes and a completely redesigned bead ring, which has doubled in thickness and is forged from T-6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. The beadlock ring is held in place by fully countersunk Grade 8 bolts, which are protected from rocks, impacts, and abuse. Nord-Lock wedge-locking washers ensure that the ring hardware stays properly torqued. The new ring uses a specialized 45-degree diamond knurl pattern, and the bead area of the wheel features Pro Comp’s Infini-Grip figure-eight pattern. The Trilogy race beadlock wheel is available in 17x9 with a Satin Black or Super Machined finish in popular 5-, 6-, and 8-lug bolt patterns. Info: Pro Comp, 800/776-0767, procompusa.com

Warm Sleeping

Kammok introduces the Thylacine high-performance sleeping bag designed for elevated camping. The Thylacine is said to be one of the most technically advanced sleep systems on the market, offering complete versatility and adaptability as needs and environment change. It allows users to go from 20 degrees F to 0 degrees F in just 60 seconds. The Thylacine is fully customizable, featuring a functional design, lightweight fabric, and durable hardware. The Variable Warmth Technology allows the warmth of the bag to be adjusted through a system of insulated liners. Additionally, the Thylacine can be tailored directly to the body with the CustomFit adjustments. Cinch straps keep the bag snug, which is said to eliminate cold spots and maximize warmth in the backcountry. Info: Kammok, 888/815-5162, kammok.com

Red-White-and-Blue Gear

Eaton now offers a full line of aftermarket ring-and-pinion sets in street and competition configurations. They can be ordered with an optional isotropic Super Finish process, which is said to coat the gears with a highly polished surface engineered to reduce friction, improve wear resistance, increase oil retention, and eliminate the need for break-in. The ring-and-pinion gearsets are available in a wide range of ratios for popular Chrysler, Dana, Ford, and General Motors axles. All Eaton ring-and-pinion gears are made in the USA and feature CNC-cut teeth and rolled splines. Street series gearsets are made from high-quality 8620 or 4320 steel. Competition series gearsets are made from high-quality 9310 steel for higher impact resistance. The optional Super Finish is available on all Eaton ring-and-pinion gearsets. Info: Eaton Performance, 800/328-3850, eatonpartsonline.com

Supercharged JL

Increase the power of your JL’s 3.6L by 50 percent while running 7 psi of boost with ProCharger’s High Output Intercooled System. The supercharger, brackets, and intercooler are available in satin, black, or polished finishes, and all exhibit OEM quality and good looks. The system also features ProCharger’s self-contained oiling design with no external oil lines, as well as a brawny intercooler that uses every available inch of space in the JL. Info: ProCharger, 913/338-2886, procharger.com

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