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Hours, Not Days - Products You Can Easily Install at Home

Posted in Product Reviews on February 12, 2016
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Building a trail rig isn’t necessarily easy. Custom suspensions, axle swaps, and fabrication are all commonplace these days in an effort to personalize your vehicle and make it stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of modifications you can make to make your rig more functional without breaking the bank though. To prove the point, we rounded up a gaggle of products that you can install at home in an afternoon.

Quadratec Tailgate Cargo Shelf
Looking for more storage in your JK? Quadratec’s cargo shelf safely stows tools and gear inside of your JK tailgate. The one-piece design is constructed from 11-gauge steel that is formed, welded, and finished with a textured black powdercoat. The shelf floor measures 19 3/4 by 7 3/4 inches with 3 1/4-inch-tall sides and has a capacity of 40 pounds. Installs easily with no drilling required. Information: Quadratec, 800.745.2348,

Rugged Ridge Boulder Differential Covers
Rugged Ridge recently announced a new line of Boulder aluminum differential covers for Dana 44 and Dana 30 axles. These matte black diff covers are constructed from A356-T6 cast aluminum for strong impact resistance and feature a precision-machined sealing surface, allowing gaskets or RTV sealant to be used for a leak-free seal. Information: Rugged Ridge, 770.614.6101,

EBC Brake Pads
If you are looking to gain back some of the braking performance that you lost when you added larger tires, EBC brakes has what you need with a complete line of replacement brake pads and rotors. The company’s new carbon-granule-based Extra Duty pads use material that is extremely rotor friendly, with minimal dust and noise, all with improved braking distances and long pad life. What more could you want? Information: EBC Brakes, 702.826.2400,

Drake Off Road Hood Hold Downs
Replace your boring rubber hood hold-downs with these race-inspired Drake Off Road hood hold-downs. They featuring a billet aluminum turnbuckle and stainless steel rod ends. The quick-release pushpin gives you easy access to opening your hood and won’t be lost thanks to the attached stainless steel lanyard. Information: Drake Off Road, 800.999.0289,

Bushwacker Max Coverage Pocket Style Fender Flares
Bushwacker’s new Max Coverage Pocket Style Fender Flares offer the same easy bolt-on installation as the regular Pocket Style flares, but with even more tire coverage, making them ideal for vehicles with wide wheels and big tires. Made in the USA, these flares feature durable construction, a premium fit, and no sheetmetal cutting. Information: Bushwacker, 800.234.8920,

Hypertech Max Energy 2.0
Hypertech’s Max Energy 2.0 Power Programmer delivers more power per dollar, installs in less than 15 minutes, and optimizes engine tuning for maximum horsepower, torque, and performance. The Max Energy 2.0 is the only tuning that allows you to use the highest power level for towing while maintaining safe EGTs, reprograms the TPMS threshold when installing larger than stock tires, and is available in a California emission-certified version. Information: Hypertech, 901.382.8888,

LMC Truck Special Edition Dress-Up Kit
Dress up the front end of your truck to go from stock to style in minutes. This kit comes complete with all chrome special edition grille, chrome headlight bezels, grille molding, custom headlights, park lights, and side marker lights. Available with a chrome or billet grille for 1983-1987 square-body Chevy and GMC trucks. Installation is easy, and you save money by ordering the whole kit with one part number. Information: LMC Truck, 800.562.8782,

Zone Offroad Dual Steering Stabilizer
Zone Offroad has the fix for the front end shimmy on your 2013-2016 Ram HD front end with OE radius arms. These kits mount a pair of hydro or optional nitrogen charged stabilizer cylinders to control the front-end movement caused by oversized tires and improve the drivability on the road, making death wobble a thing of the past. Information: Zone Offroad, 888.998.9663,

Synergy Spare Tire Relocation Bracket
Are you running oversized tires on your Jeep JK Wrangler? This Synergy Manufacturing spare tire relocation bracket moves the spare tire up to fit a 35-inch tire on the stock JK tailgate mount and eliminates interference with the factory bumper. Manufactured from laser-cut and CNC-bent 1/4-inch steel and powdercoated for maximum durability. The bolt-on installation only takes minutes with basic handtools. Information: Synergy Mfg., 805-242-0397,

Performance Distributors DUI Ignition
The Davis Unified Ignition (DUI) from Performance Distributors provides 50,000 volts of ignition power while eliminating the messy wiring of stock systems. The coil and module are virtually water-, mud-, and vibration-proof because they are inside the distributor. The distributor comes complete, including the dependable Street/Strip DUI Coil and Dyna-Module, which allow you to open up your plug gaps to 0.050-0.055 inch, burning your fuel more completely. Information: Performance Distributors, 901.396.5782,

Daystar Dash Panel Cell Phone Cradle
Upgrade your factory dash to sleek usable space with Daystar Products’ new upper dash panel and cell phone cradle. This panel offers recessed compartments for glasses, coins, or other treasures. The adjustable cradle fits current smartphones or GPS units and rotates 360 degrees, allowing you to safely talk, navigate, or record on- and off-road. Information: Daystar Products, 800.595.7659,

Classic Tube StopFlex DOT Brake Hoses
Classic Tube offers StopFlex stainless steel DOT braided brake hoses featuring a three-layer design with applications for stock and modified 4x4s. A Teflon core with a PTFE liner is followed by a stainless steel braid and a clear outer vinyl cover. These hoses have reliable weight-saving crimp/swage fittings that exceed industry standards. Use for brake and clutch applications to eliminate the spongy pedal feel and provide greater braking efficiency and clutch operation. Information: Classic Tube, 800.882.3711,

Tuffy Security Glove Box
Keep the factory look of your dashboard and add one more secure place for the little things you take with you on the road with the JK Security Glove Box from Tuffy. The glovebox is constructed from 16-gauge steel and finished in powdercoat black, dark slate, or medium khaki to match factory interiors. Each glovebox features Tuffy’s patented Pry-Guard II Locking System, which consists of a heavy-duty pushbutton lock and latch operated by a 10-tumbler, double-bitted key. Information: Tuffy Security Products, 800.348.8339,

Summit Racing Equipment Bedrail Caps
Pickup bedrails get bumped, banged, and scraped. It’s a fact of life. But you can protect them from damage with Summit’s bedrail caps. Available for most pickup applications and made from high-impact polymer, the caps have a wraparound design that provides full protection and install without drilling. Information: Summit Racing Equipment, 800.230.3030,

JKS Flex Connect Swaybar Links
The Flex Connect is unlike any other sway bar link on the market today. Developed jointly with PAC Racing Springs, this patent pending design creates a dual-rate sway bar system with customizable spring sets that allow the link to dial in the roll stiffness for optimal performance. The springs allow the link to extend and collapse for more off-road articulation connected and keep you under control while cornering and off camber. Information: JKS Manufacturing, 517.278.1226,

K&N AirCharger Intake
K&N AirCharger intakes replace the restrictive factory air filter and air intake housing to dramatically reduce intake restriction as they smooth and straighten airflow. This allows your engine to inhale a lot of air, which translates to more usable power and acceleration throughout the engine’s rpm range. The oversized air filter can be used for up to 100,000 miles before needing service (depending on driving conditions). This air intake is relatively easy to install, requiring only a screwdriver, a socket set, and wrenches. Information: K&N Filters, 800.858.3333,

Optima RedTop Battery
How is a battery an upgrade? Well, when it provides more cranking amps and more reserve capacity and is vibration resistant and won’t spill, it is certainly an upgrade over stock offerings. The Optima RedTop high-performance AGM battery is the ultimate starting battery designed to deliver a powerful burst of ignition power for a reliable startup every time. The RedTop is maintenance free, lasts twice as long as traditional batteries, and can be mounted in any position. Information: Optima Batteries, 888.867.8462,

Painless Performance Trail Rocker
The Painless Performance Trail Rocker allows you to control up to eight accessories on your Jeep JK Wrangler. The heart of this kit is enclosed in the weatherproof housing that surrounds the power center with eight fuses and relays. Five prewired switches are mounted in our custom dash panel for a clean factory-installed look inside your Jeep. Easily installed with detailed instructions and plug-and-play design. Information: Painless Performance, 800.423.9696,

ORD Steering Box Brace
The frame behind the steering box is an area where every truck will have problems at some point. Offroad Design’s steering box brace helps prevent problems on any 1969-1991 solid axle GM vehicle and will often even tighten up the steering feel by preventing frame flex in that area. The brackets tie the framerail to the crossmember to keep steering forces from flexing the frame. Information: Offroad Design, 970.945.7777,

Rancho RockGEAR Oil Pan Skidplate
The Rancho RockGEAR oil pan skidplate adds security for the OE oil pan under your JK Wrangler, with applications for both the 3.8L and 3.6L Pentastar engines. Constructed from 1/8-inch steel, the Rancho oil pan skidplate installs easily and features new mounting tabs to keep the body armor in place while providing convenient drain hole access. Information: Rancho, 734.384.7804,

Spidertrax Wheel Spacers
Spidertrax wheel spacers are a great way to increase the track width of your rig to prevent rubbing. The company has been providing the off-road market with quality wheel spacers since 1999 with vehicle-specific designs, aluminum anodizing for critical corrosion resistance, and a no-risk money-back guarantee. All Spidertrax wheel spacer kits come complete with two 6061-T6 anodized aluminum wheel spacers, preinstalled wheel studs, lug nuts, and thread locker. Proudly manufactured in the USA. Information: Spidertrax, 800.286.0898,

Superchips Trail Dash 2
The Superchips TD2 was designed with the hardcore Jeep enthusiast in mind with specific tunes and features to help your Jeep own the streets and dominate the trails. The new 5-inch, high-resolution touchscreen delivers unmatched monitoring capability combined with custom features for full Jeep control. The TD2 has a full suite of performance tunes, including a Crawl Tune, along with the ability to increase the idle when using a winch, an onboard welder, or an air compressor. Information: Superchips, 407.585.7000,

American Expedition Vehicles Corner Guards
AEV's rear corner guards are built for ultimate protection. Available for either the two-door or the four-door JK Wrangler, they feature 1/8-inch-thick stamped steel construction to protect the rear corners of your Jeep from all sorts of off-road abuse. E-coated and powdercoated to provide years of enhanced corrosion protection. Information: American Expedition Vehicles, 248.926.0256,

ARB Awning
Easy to mount and operate, ARB’s retractable awning fits on to the side of your vehicle’s roof rack and uses telescoping legs for height adjustment. Designed for harsh outback conditions, the awnings are rugged but lightweight and provide fast and convenient protection from the elements. Multiple accessory add-ons are available, including a four sided room with a floor and single sun/windbreak panels. Information: ARB USA, 425.264.1391,

Warn TJ Fuel Tank Skidplate
Warn’s fuel tank skidplate puts 3/16-inch steel between the gas tank in your TJ Wrangler and obstacles, and it bolts directly onto the frame using the existing factory attachment points. The skidplate has a dropped center relief for proper fuel pump clearance, drain holes to keep the plate free of debris, and a durable black powdercoat finish to fight off rust. Information: Warn, 800.543.9276,

BOLT JK Hood Lock
BOLT (Breakthrough One-key Lock Technology) now offers a Jeep hood lock that fits all 2007 and newer Jeep JK models. The JK hood lock uses the same key as your ignition, eliminating key clutter while also being a strong deterrent against theft and tampering. It easily installs into preexisting holes. Information: BOLT, 844.972.7547,

Rough Country Steering Box Brace
Get extra strength where your truck needs it the most with Rough Country’s steering box brace for 2003-2008 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 trucks. This durable brace adds rigid support for the sector shaft, eliminating any side-to-side play or wander. This brace also ties the frame horns together, helping eliminating frame flex and offering a tighter steering feel and a longer lifespan for your steering box. Rough Country's steering box brace features a 100 percent bolt-on installation for easy installation. Information: Rough Country, 800.222.7023,

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