EVERY YEAR WE GO TO THE SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT MARKET Association (SEMA) Show and wade through chromed-out show trucks and over-the-top 4x4s to find the products that will actually make your off-road vehicle more capable on the trail. As it was last year, the Jeep Wrangler JL was a popular platform, but this year the Jeep Gladiator JT was definitely the darling of the show. We skipped the halo headlights and 26-inch wheels in favor of things like suspension components that increase articulation and tires that will allow you to claw your way up the gnarliest of obstacles.
1 MICKEY THOMPSON BAJA PRO XS
We thought Mickey Thompson was nuts last year when the tire maker released the 43-inch Baja Pro X. Well, now we have the Baja Pro XS, the world’s tallest DOTapproved light truck tire. Designed after the extreme Baja Pro X, the Baja Pro XS is street legal with a tough four-ply bias construction. They will be available in 10 sizes, ranging from 35 inches tall all the way up to a ridiculous 58. Mickey Thompson also introduced the Baja Boss tire in a sticky compound for dedicated rock crawlers.
INFORMATION: Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, 800.222.9092, mickeythompsontires.com
2 SWITCH PROS RCR-FORCE 12
This patent-pending, 12-switch power system from Switch-Pros uses solid-state technology for a 150-amp capacity that controls 17 outputs. Programming options include dimming memory, multi-output switches, and On-On-Off. The switch panel has active switch indicators with custom labels and an RCR-Touch bezel to assist in switch selection while you’re wearing gloves. Plus, we love that it is made in the USA.
INFORMATION: Switch-Pros by Off-Road Engineering, 949.581.2991, switchpros.com
3 ARB ZERO FRIDGE FREEZER
ARB unveiled a new freezer-fridge with dual climate zones, a reversible quick-release lid, Bluetooth controls, and the most efficient compressor on the market. The Zero fridge will be available in 73- and 101-quart sizes.
INFORMATION: ARB USA, 866.293.9078, arbusa.com
4 ROTOPAX ROLLPAX
The new RollpaX from RotopaX is around fuel storage container that includes tube clamps to mount to roll cages and tire carriers. The Rollpax holds 1 1 ⁄2 gallons of fuel and is available with CNC aluminum clamps in a variety of sizes.
INFORMATION: RotopaX, rotopax.com
5 BRACKETLESS ULTIMATE DANA 60
Dana is offering Ultimate Dana 60 axles without mounting brackets, allowing for installation in virtually any application, with the end-user adding the proper mounting brackets. Other than the deletion of the brackets, the axles include all the features of the Ultimate Dana 60, like 10-inch ring gears, massive Spicer SPL -70 U-joints, and 35-spline Chromoly axle shafts.
INFORMATION: Dana Crate Axle, spicerparts.com
6 COME-UP BLAZER M3 WINCH
We thought that Come-Up’s Blazer winch with two motors was nuts, but now the company offers the Blazer M3 with three 8.0hp motors for a line speed up to 259 fpm! Three different gear ratios are offered depending on how much pulling power you need, and the free spool is pneumatically controlled.
INFORMATION: Come-Up Winch, 503.783.6142, comeupusa.com
7 SKYJACKER GLADIATOR LONG- TRAVEL SUSPENSION SYSTEM
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Where Sheetmetal Goes To Die
Easy Jeep JK Wrangler Brake Upgrade
Bigger Brakes For Your Bigger Jeep
HIGH SIERRA OASIS
DIY Auto Trans Flush & Fill
Fixing An Aged Truck Dash
Best Of Sema
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Add Quick & Easy Body Protection To A CJ-7
Wrangler - It's Not Hard To Enter Easy!
Install AMP Research Powersteps On A JL Wrangler
Quick Auto Cooler Upgrade
Jeep JK Transmission Cooler Installation
The Cost Of Free
Trying to revive a Chevy Vortec 454
Don’t let the square headlights fool you too much, this is a JL with some crafty throwbacks to the ’87-’95 Jeep Wrangler. It all started when Quadratec, a shining star in the Jeep aftermarket world, turned 30 years old.
Precursor to luxury: Looking back to the Kaiser Jeep Super Wagoneer
As we put hands to keyboard on this issue of Four Wheeler, Jeep has only begun to tease us with its latest entry in the premium luxury SUV field: the Grand Wagoneer concept.
STEER YOU RIGHT
A PSC Motorsports Big Bore XD steering box solved our Jeep’s steering woes
SHINE AND DANDY
We install some Denali LED lights and the sPOD Mini6 control panel
THE GOBI JEEP
Anatomy of a JK that’s built with important and problem-solving upgrades
HOMEMADE OFF-ROAD TRAILER
’65 Ford F-100 chassis
2002 Jeep Wagoneer Concept
Worth the wait?
THE MEN RIDE SHOTGUN
ON a Sunday morning last month, women from the midwest got behind the wheel of their Jeeps, some for the first time. The location was Robbers Cave State Park in Southeast Oklahoma as part of the Jeep Invasion, an organized event to support local fire and law enforcement departments, organized by Lori Spiva Long.
A POSITIVE OUTCOME ON YOUR DUI
Many vintage and performance vehicle owners are looking for an alternative ignition solution to a point type distributor and traditional coil.
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