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Parts Rack: Cool New Products For Your 4x4

Posted in Product Reviews on March 5, 2019
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Pro Scanning

Harbor Freight Tools introduces the Zurich ZRPRO professional OBD-II scanner. The new automotive diagnostic tool is also an Android tablet, which is said to be designed to give master mechanics the power of sophisticated diagnostics with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capability. It features a high-resolution camera; an 8-inch IPS touchscreen; and a dustproof, water- and impact-resistant case. The built-in DTC Code Search look-up function can connect to the Internet for diagnostic help and repair information for additional fault codes. With the features of a full tablet, the ZRPRO can save fault reports and print vehicle diagnostics reports. Each scanner comes with two styluses, a wall charger, a USB data cable, and a 14-inch extension for connection to hard-to-reach OBD-II ports. Info: Harbor Freight Tools, 800/444-3353, harborfreight.com

Deegan Teeth

Mickey Thompson now offers the new Deegan 38 all-terrain tires. The Sidebiters on nine Deegan 38 all-terrain sizes are 50 percent deeper and up to 50 percent longer. In addition to the new, larger, and more aggressive Sidebiters, Deegan 38 all-terrain tires are also said to have a larger open-void tread pattern, a proprietary compound, and a durable construction suited to today’s pickups and SUVs. The new features are said to include a silica-reinforced tread compound; siping for all-weather performance; cut/chip resistance and longevity; a high-tensile, two-ply body cord for increased durability with reduced weight and improved ride; variable draft angles and tread edge chamfers that reduce stone retention; angled shoulder scallops and two-pitch Sidebiters for off-road traction; and tread element side bars for stability and responsiveness. The Deegan 38 all-terrain tires are now available in 35 sizes for wheels from 15 to 22 inches in diameter. Mickey Thompson offers a 55,000-mile limited treadwear warranty on LT sizes and a 60,000-mile limited treadwear warranty on SUV sizes. Info: Mickey Thompson, 330/928-9092, mickeythompsontires.com

Fold-out Shade

Rhino-Rack introduces the Batwing Compact Awning. It’s said to be packed with all of the same features of the original Batwing Awning, but it has been redesigned to fit small to medium vehicles, while giving you the same protection from the elements. It’s made from ultra-durable, water- and mold-resistant lightweight material, and it creates 270 degrees of shade. It features a maximum UPF 50+ sun protection rating. The Batwing Compact Awning comes with fully integrated aluminum black powdercoated legs that unclip from the storage position and drop into place. The legs also feature molded fittings to accommodate two pegs directly through the base to offer further stability in gusty conditions. The Batwing Compact Awning bundle is stored in a heavy-duty black UV-resistant bag with an integrated pocket for the pegs and rope so that you never leave home without everything you need. Info: Rhino-Rack, 303/706-9700, rhinorack.com

Shocking Toy

Elka introduces a new line of off-road shocks, which are said to deliver higher performance and improved comfort for daily driver Toyota 4x4s. Each shock is tuned to be vehicle-specific for improved on- and off-road performance. The adjustable model shocks feature independent high- and low-speed compression and spring preload (front only). Other features include a 56mm (2.5-inch) or 66mm (3.0-inch) body, depending on application; high-volume external remote reservoir; CNC-machined and forged aluminum parts; aluminum bodies; and light-viscosity, semi-synthetic oil. Coilover models use Elka’s ultra-lightweight, high-tensile alloy springs or Eibach springs, depending on model and configuration. All shocks are fully rebuildable. All necessary mounting hardware and brackets are included. Applications include the Toyota Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner/Lexus GX470, and FJ Cruiser. Ford F-150 and F-250 models are also being developed. Info: Elka Suspension, 800/557-0552, elkasuspension.com

Fresh Pulling

Harbor Freight Tools now offers the redesigned Badland ZXR 9,000- and 12,000-pound winches. Each winch features a series-wound motor, three-stage planetary gear system, 65 feet of aircraft-grade wire rope, and an automatic load-holding brake. The new chrome-plated clutch lever is said to be more ergonomic and allow for faster and easier freespooling, and an integrated heatsink helps keep the fully sealed electric motor cool during long pulls. Other features include 6-foot battery cables, a 12-foot handheld remote control, and a roller fairlead. The 12,000-pound winch also comes with a cable tensioner to help prevent cable tangling. Info: Harbor Freight Tools, 800/444-3353, harborfreight.com

F-Series Urethane

Daystar introduces new polyurethane body bushing mounts for the ’08-’16 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty. They are said to be a direct replacement for worn or failed factory rubber mounts. The complete set replaces all OEM rubber body bushings, sleeves, and hardware. Each Daystar bushing is made from a polyurethane blend, which is said to insulate the cab while maintaining superior durability. Also included are zinc-plated, OE-style replacement steel sleeves and high-strength Grade 8 fasteners. As with all Daystar urethane products, the body bushing mount kits are made in the USA and vehicle-fluid and road-grime resistant. Info: Daystar, 800/595-7659, daystarweb.com

Tuned Toyota

Radflo Suspension Technology now offers 2.5-inch front coilover shocks with remote reservoirs and 2.5-inch rear shocks with remote reservoirs for the Toyota FJ Cruiser, 4Runner, and Tacoma. The shocks are said to be designed to maximize the suspension performance of these vehicles, while maintaining the OE mounting points in order to ensure ease of installation. Each Radflo shock features velocity-sensitive valving that’s said to automatically adjust to terrain for improved control, handling, and comfort. Other features include a completely rebuildable, serviceable, and tunable design for virtually unlimited service life; Radflo high-temp foam resistant suspension fluid; mirror-polished, hard-chromed steel shafts; and available optional compression adjusters. Each shock is handmade in the USA. Info: Radflo Suspension Technology, 714/965-7828, radflo.com

Cool Hemi

Mishimoto introduces the ’04-’08 Dodge Ram 5.7L Hemi V-8 radiator. The construction is all aluminum with TIG-welded end tanks. The new radiator features a 29 percent increase in coolant capacity, a 78 percent thicker core than the stock radiator, and a 74 percent greater fin surface area to make the most use of the airflow through the grille. As with all direct-fit Mishimoto performance radiators, it is said to require no cutting, drilling, or modification. Each radiator comes complete with a magnetic drain plug and the Mishimoto lifetime warranty. Info: Mishimoto, 877/GOMISHI, mishimoto.com

Lightweight Shield

Heatshield Products now offers db Stealth Armor. It’s said to be designed to block noise and heat from a vehicle’s interior without the added deadweight of other products. Heavy acoustic thermal barriers can create bulked-up interior flooring and make for double the installation work as well. The Heatshield Products db Stealth Armor is said to cut install labor time in half by performing as a single barrier against noise and heat. The aluminum thickness is designed to deaden sound, without requiring a thick layer of butyl. At only 0.176 inch thick, it helps eliminate fitment issues under carpet and vinyl flooring. It features adhesive backing for simple installation, weighs only 0.65 pounds per square foot, and is made in the USA. Info: Heatshield Products, 844/723-2665, heatshieldproducts.com

Accessible Air

Power Tank introduces a new bracket to mount your 10-, 15-, or 20-pound Power Tank in a four-door Jeep Wrangler JK or JL Unlimited. The new Behind-the-Seat (BTS) Bracket mounts your Power Tank underneath the rollbar and behind the rear seats of four-door Wranglers on the driver or passenger side. It can be used with the hardtop, soft top, or topless. The BTS Bracket is said to give you the peace of mind that your Power Tank will not come loose on any trail. Ease of access to the regulator and valves is another key feature of this mounting solution. Installation utilizes your stock hardtop mounting hardware and requires drilling holes for the two included bolts. You will also need a Power Tank Super Bracket, which is included with most Power Tank packages, or can be ordered separately. The BTS Bracket is constructed of 1/8-inch aluminum with stainless steel hardware and is available in silver or semi-gloss black. Info: Power Tank, 209/366-2163, powertank.com

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