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Top Truck Challenge 2010: Booty Is Truth

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Top Truck Challenge 2010: Booty Is Truth

When it comes to carnage, Top Truck Challenge is the epitome of vehicular awesomeness. From the opening of the Tow Test to the end of the Tank Trap, axleshafts break, hydraulic lines snap, winches burn out, and engines overheat. Of course, we wouldn't have it any other way-it wouldn't be Top Truck if it were any easier-but most of our competitors end their week in Hollister Hills with an extensive list of bruised and busted parts. Enter our 40-plus sponsors, who generously donate a plethora of product and myriad gift cards to lighten the burden on our competitors' wallets-the better to get their rigs buttoned up and wheeling again. Here's what they got for their efforts this year:

Warn Winch

  • What It Is: Retrieval power from a legendary name.
  • Why It's Cool: You gotta have one to compete at TTC.
  • More Info: 800/912-1122, www.warn.com

$50 and $500 Gift Certificates from 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers

  • What It Is: An easy way to cash in at any one of 4Wheel Parts' more than 40 retail stores nationwide.
  • Why It's Cool: For each competitor, 50 reasons. For one lucky winner, there are 500 of 'em!
  • More Info: 877/474-4821, www.4wheelparts.com

Set of Black Rock Wheels

  • What It Is: A set of 15x8 Type 8 Series 997 steelies.
  • Why It's Cool: They come with a black-matte nonstick surface and they're made in the USA!
  • More Info: www.blackrockwheels.com

$200 Gift Certificate from BDS

  • What It Is: Two hundred reasons to smile for one fortunate finisher.
  • Why It's Cool: He can use it to lift or level a truck, or to purchase a new Jeep bumper.
  • More Info: 517/279-2135, www.bds-suspension.com

Metalcloak Gift Certificate

  • What It Is: Good for $650, which can go a long way towards the purchase of some cool body armor.
  • Why It's Cool: Your rig can't be fortified enough in the Mini-Rubicon.
  • More Info: 916/631-8071, www.metalCloak.com

Gift Certificates from Amsoil

  • What It Is: A pair of $600, $300, and $200 gift cards for our three top teams.
  • Why It's Cool: After the Trap, the Twister and the Mini-'Con, their gearboxes will be ready for a little liquid love.
  • More Info: www.amsoil.com

Set of Mickey Thompson 35-inch Tires

  • What It Is: A set of treads from the maker of the new 54-inch Baja TTC tire.
  • Why It's Cool: A set of free tires? What's wrong with this picture?
  • More Info: 800/222-9092, www.mickeythompsontires.com

MBRP Exhaust System

  • What It Is: A complete after-cat exhaust system.
  • Why It's Cool: It flows more freely than restrictive OE systems, so they make more power, and sound cool, too.
  • More Info: 888/636-7223, www.mbrp.com

Poly Performance Gift Certificates

  • What It Is: $150 reasons to shop for new gear for your rig.
  • Why It's Cool: If it bolts in, or on, an off-road rig, you'll probably find the part you need there.
  • More Info: 805/783-2060, www.polyperformance.com

Leatherman Super Tool 300

  • What It Is: From screwdrivers and knives to pliers and files, it's 20 tools in one.
  • Why It's Cool: You don't need to enlist in the Swiss Army anymore.
  • More Info: 503/253-7826, www.leatherman.com

Airaid Gift Certificate

  • What It Is: A certificate good for one Airaid air intake system.
  • Why It's Cool: The filters are washable, re-usable, and backed by a "No Hassle" warranty.
  • More Info: 888/876-8984, www.airaid.com

Ouverson Engineering Gift Certificate

  • What It Is: $250 worth of bolt-in beef for your Rockwell axle.
  • Why It's Cool: Rockwells have become the gold standard for serious TTC aspirants.
  • More Info: 320/983-3030, www.ouversonengineering.com

MBRP Mufflers & Exhaust Tips

  • What It Is: A pair of new performance mufflers and tips.
  • Why It's Cool: You can choose from louvered-core, perforated-core, or chambered designs to give your rig the perfect exhaust note.
  • More Info: 888/636-7223, www.mbrp.com

Tuff Country Suspension System

  • What It Is: A complete suspension system for Chevys, Fords, Dodges, Jeeps, or Toyotas.
  • Why It's Cool: You can't fit those bigger tires and wheels without one.
  • More Info: 800/288-2190, www.tuffcountry.com

Optima Yellow Top Batteries

  • What It Is: A dual-purpose, deep-cycle battery for every TTC competitor.
  • Why It's Cool: Fully sealed and eco-friendly, it runs in any position-straight up, sideways, or upside down.
  • More Info: 888/867-8462, www.optimabatteries.com

Advance Adapters Gift Certificate

  • What It Is: Five hundred bills towards the purchase of their gear, including an Atlas II.
  • Why It's Cool: Is there anything about an Atlas t-case that isn't cool?
  • More Info: 800/350-2223, www.advanceadapters.com

Mechanix Wear Gloves

  • What It Is: Premium protection for hands that wrench and winch.
  • Why It's Cool: They can make spooling out winch cable a whole lot safer in the Tank Trap.
  • More Info: www.mechanix.com

Set of Mickey Thompson Wheels

  • What It Is: A new set of rims, such as the Classic II wheel shown here.
  • Why It's Cool: You're gonna need 'em when you step up to bigger rubber.
  • More Info: 800/222-9092, www.mickeythompsontires.com

Traxxas R/C Racer

  • What It Is: The latest generation of micro-mini 4x4 fun.
  • Why It's Cool: Come on, admit it. You really want one.
  • More Info: 888/872-9927, www.traxxas.com

12VoltGuy Switch Panels

  • What It Is: A clean, convenient way to organize your rig's switches and controls.
  • Why It's Cool: Besides consolidating your switchgear, they can be custom-engraved.
  • More Info: 530/532-4529, www.12voltguy.com

Baer Brake Systems Gift Certificate

  • What It Is: Five hundred dollars of increased stopping power.
  • Why It's Cool: Bigger, heavier tires and wheels need bigger binders.
  • More Info: 602/233-1411, www.baer.com

Losi Night Crawler R/C Racer

  • What It Is: Solid-axle rockcrawling on a 1/10th scale.
  • Why It's Cool: With LED lighting, you can keep on crawling long after nightfall.
  • More Info: 877/504-0233, www.losi.com

King of The Hammers Entry Form

  • What It Is: An entrée to the Mother of All Rock Races.
  • Why It's Cool: It's a deserving prize for the winner of the Tank Trap.
  • More Info: www.kingofthehammers.com

Daystar Winch Isolator

  • What It Is: A clean and easy way to store your winch hook when it's not in use.
  • Why It's Cool: It's easy to install, and eliminates the dreaded "hook rattle."
  • More Info: 800/595-7659, www.daystarweb.com

Masterpull Superline XD Winch Line

  • What It Is: One hundred feet of synthetic pulling power.
  • Why It's Cool: It's rated at 26,500 pounds, and comes with a heavy-duty sling hook.
  • More Info: 877/797-0202, www.masterpull.com

Monster Hooks

  • What It Is: A receiver-mounted recovery hook.
  • Why It's Cool: It's available in a variety of colors and finishes-and is rated at 40,000 pounds!
  • More Info: 408/313-0716, www.monsterhooksinc.com<
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    Mag Dog Filter System

    • What It Is: Magnetic insurance for your vehicle's oil-filtration system.
    • Why It's Cool: It's not subject to bypass-valve surges, and it's easy to install.
    • More Info: 323/726-2199, www.paretopoint.com

    Superior Axle & Gear Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: Five hundred excellent reasons to upgrade your axle.
    • Why It's Cool: They manufacture axleshafts and complete third members for hundreds of applications.
    • More Info: 888/845-0470, www.superioraxlegear.com

    Daystar Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: It's good for one leveling kit.
    • Why It's Cool: It's an affordable way to lift your fullsize truck to accommodate a bigger tire.
    • More Info: 800/595-7659, www.daystarweb.com

    Wyeth-Scott More Power Puller

    • What It Is: A heavy-duty portable ratchet puller/hoist.
    • Why It's Cool: It makes a great backup recovery device if your winch stops working on the trail.
    • More Info: 800/743-4521, www.wyeth-scott.com

    Masterpull Kinetic Tow Rope Kits

    • What It Is: Everything you need for a safe and efficient vehicle recovery.
    • Why It's Cool: You get tow ropes, shackles, clevis, and winch extension in one portable kit.
    • More Info: 877/797-0202, www.masterpull.com

    Thermotec Heat Wrap Kits

    • What It Is: Everything you need to keep header heat away from other underhood components.
    • Why It's Cool: You can get 'em for motorcycle applications, or for truck
    • V-6s and V-8s.
    • More Info: 800/274-8437, www.thermotec.com

    Discount Tire Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: Fifty smackeroos towards the purchase of rubber or rims.
    • Why It's Cool: They wouldn't be Discount Tire if they didn't give you a
    • discount.
    • More Info: 800/589-6789, www.discounttire.com

    Tom Wood's Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: One hundred and 50 bucks' worth of custom driveshaft goodness.
    • Why It's Cool: Wood's shafts are as good they come.
    • More Info: 877/497-4238, www.4xshaft.com

    Bubba Rope

    • What It Is: A super-strong double-braided nylon recovery rope that's cured in a urethane polymer base.
    • Why It's Cool: If it's good enough for Bubba, it's good enough for us.
    • More Info: 407/331-6677, www.bubbarope.com

    Pirate 4x4 Gift Packs

    • What It Is: T-shirts, stickers, and Gold Star membership at pirate4x4.com.
    • Why It's Cool: You don't wanna be seen wheeling the Rubicon without one.
    • More Info: www.pirate4x4.com

    Rockauto.com Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: Two hundred and fifty reasons to order up some new car and truck parts.
    • Why It's Cool: From Audi to Zundapp, they've got parts for every vehicle under the sun.
    • More Info: 608/661-1376, www.rockauto.com

    Bonaco Fittings Gift Certificate

    • What It Is: Five hundred ways to upgrade your rig's hoses and fittings.
    • Why It's Cool: They even make hose lines for paintball guns.
    • More Info: 909/985-3429, www.bonacoinc.com

    Warn HID Light Set

    • What It Is: A set of the latest driving lamps from an off-road industry leader.
    • Why It's Cool: Their Xenon HID bulbs are 300-percent brighter than conventional halogen lamps.
    • More Info: 800/910-1122, www.warn.com

    Benchmade Mini-Ambush Knife

    • What It Is: A stainless 7-inch retractable cutting tool.
    • Why It's Cool: It weighs less than three ounces and fits in your pocket.
    • More Info: 800/800-7427, www.benchmade.com

    LMC Truck Synthetic Chamois

    • What It Is: Synthetic cloth to keep your ride looking clean and new.
    • Why It's Cool: It's super-absorbent, and because it's synthetic, it's lint-free.
      1. More Info: 800/562-8782, www.lmctruck.com

    Gear Centre Dana 60 Outers

    • What It Is: A pair of chrome-moly front axleshafts.
    • Why It's Cool: They run Spicer 5-806X Universal joints
    • More Info: www.gearcentregroup.com

    JT's Parts "Excalibur" 300M U-Joints

    • What It Is: Precision-machined billet beef for Dana 60s.
    • Why It's Cool: Full circle snap rings, and no needle bearings to crush.
    • More Info: 866/349-6801, www.justdifferentials.com

    Spyder Industries Exhaust Tip

    • What It Is: An easy way to dress up your 4x4's exhaust.
    • Why It's Cool: They're 100-percent stainless steel and feature powdercoated accents.
    • More Info: 877/665-6705, www.spyderindustries.com

    Top Gun Customz Leveling Kit

    • What It Is: A way to level out your fullsize truck.
    • Why It's Cool: It's an easy and affordable method to free up room in your wheelwells for bigger tires.
    • More Info: 877/274-9362, www.topguncustomz.com

    Gear Centre Group Winch

    • What It Is: Twelve thousand pounds' worth of Tank Trap insurance.
    • Why It's Cool: If you wheel long enough, you're gonna need one.
    • More Info: www.gearcentregroup.com

    Gear Centre Super Steering Pump

    • What It Is: A hydraulic steering pump.
    • Why It's Cool: It's a high-flow unit that translates into lower steering effort to steer big tires.
    • More Info: www.gearcentregroup.com

    Gear Centre U-Joints

    • What It Is: A set of 1310-series 5-153USQG U-joints.
    • Why It's Cool: They're 30-percent stronger than conventional U-joints.
    • More Info: www.gearcentregroup.com

    Mac's Custom Tie-Downs

    • What It Is: A set of sturdy, professional-grade tie-downs.
      1. Why It's Cool: You can't beat it for securing coolers, tires, or anything else in your pickup bed.
    • More Info: 866/371-5175, www.macscustomtiedowns.com

    Uberwürx Detailing Bag

    • What It Is: A bagful of high-quality car-care products.
    • Why It's Cool: From tires to wheels to leather to glass, they've got something to make your truck shine.
    • More Info: 877/823-7979, www.uberwurx.com

    Falken Tire Model 18 Wheels

    • What It Is: A new set of 18-inch rims.
    • Why It's Cool: Every truck needs them.
    • More Info: 800/723-2553, www.falkentire.com

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