NEW PROD­UCTS AT MOAB

COOL NEW PROD­UCTS FROM THE EASTER JEEP SA­FARI

4 Wheel & Off Road - - CONTENTS - Tren­ton McGee BY EDI­TOR@4WOR.COM PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TREN­TON MCGEE

The best stuff from the im­pres­sive two-day ven­dor show at Easter Jeep Sa­fari.

THE MOAB EASTER JEEP SA­FARI is the largest trail ride event in the na­tion. The two-day ven­dor show has mor­phed into a minia­ture SEMA Show, with tons of cool new wid­gets and gad­gets mak­ing their de­but, all in­tended to meet the needs of off-road­ers. Here is the neat new stuff we saw when we were cruis­ing through the show. Search for the hash­tag #moab­ex­pe­ri­ence2018 to see all the in­cred­i­ble cov­er­age of the 2018 Easter Jeep Sa­fari.

GLAD­I­A­TOR XCOMP TIRES

All the new X Comp M/T and A/T tires by Glad­i­a­tor (glad­i­a­tor­tires.com) come with a

100 per­cent free re­place­ment guar­an­tee. In a nut­shell, if an XComp tire fails be­fore the end of its tread life, Glad­i­a­tor will re­place it for free. The X Comp M/T is avail­able in pop­u­lar sizes up to 40 inches tall with a 17-inch wheel, as well as 37s in 17-,

20-, 22-, and 24-inch wheel sizes.

M.O.R.E. JL SKID­PLATES

While the JL is pretty cool, it suf­fers from a vul­ner­a­ble un­der­car­riage. M.O.R.E. (moun­tain­of­froad.com) has been hard at work ad­dress­ing the fac­tory short­com­ings with a va­ri­ety of skid­plates de­signed to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble un­der­car­riage com­po­nents while max­i­miz­ing ground clear­ance. The largest and most sub­stan­tial is this en­gine and trans­mis­sion skid, which of­fers full pro­tec­tion of the en­gine and trans­mis­sion oil pans. Trans­fer case and evaporative can­is­ter skids are also avail­able, along with bumpers and as­sorted other heavy-duty ac­ces­sories.

JL BOLT-ON RAM AS­SIST

West Texas Off Road (west­tex­a­s­of­froad.wixsite.com), home of the Red­neck Ram and other in­no­va­tive steer­ing prod­ucts, has de­buted a bolt-on bracket sys­tem that makes it easy to add ram-as­sist steer­ing to the new JL Wran­gler. The brack­ets use ex­ist­ing mount­ing points on the axle for a no-weld in­stal­la­tion. The com­pany is cur­rently fi­nal­iz­ing its pro­gram for tap­ping into the JL power steer­ing box but re­ports that the sys­tem works with the JL’s fac­tory elec­tric power steer­ing pump.

CHRIS DURHAM MO­TOR­SPORTS COMPETITION JK HOOD

A fol­low-up to the Chris Durham Mo­tor­ports (cdm­rac­ing.com) pop­u­lar Heat Re­duc­tion Hood for the JK, the com­pany now of­fers a nar­rower 54-inch ver­sion for use on bug­gies and competition ve­hi­cles. This hand-laid fiber­glass hood is light­weight and comes in paint-ready gel­coat. This lat­est hood joins a grow­ing line of rock­crawler and competition hoods for a va­ri­ety of Jeep mod­els.

RENE­GADE LED LIGHTS

JW Speaker (jwspeaker.com) has re­leased di­rect re­place­ment LED head­light as­sem­blies for the Jeep Rene­gade. These com­plete units are a ma­jor up­grade over the stock head­lights and of­fer plug-and-play in­stal­la­tion with no mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the fac­tory wiring har­ness re­quired. In ad­di­tion to the new Rene­gade head­lights, JW Speaker of­fers up­graded head­light as­sem­blies for most pop­u­lar Jeep ap­pli­ca­tions and are made in the USA.

SKY­JACKER JL SUS­PEN­SION

Not sur­pris­ingly, all of the sus­pen­sion man­u­fac­tur­ers made de­vel­op­ing lift kits for the JL Wran­gler a huge pri­or­ity. Sky­jacker Sus­pen­sions (sky­jacker.com) re­leased both a 2- and 21⁄2-inch sys­tem and a 31⁄2- and 4-inch sys­tem, and had sev­eral Jeeps on dis­play with the new kits. Both kits fea­ture dual-rate coil springs and sway bar link ex­ten­sions, as well as your choice of ei­ther Black Max or M95 shocks. The taller sys­tem adds an ad­justable front track bar and a rear track bar bracket. The com­pany says kits are in stock and ship­ping now.

PAINLESS TRAIL ROCKER FOR TJ, YJ & CJ

You couldn’t swing a dead cat at the Moab ven­dor show with­out hit­ting a new prod­uct for the JK or JL, so it was re­fresh­ing to see some com­pa­nies still pay­ing at­ten­tion to older mod­els. Painless Wiring (painless­wiring.com) re­leased new ver­sions of its pop­u­lar Trail Rocker sys­tem that are spe­cific to TJs, YJs, and CJs. The Trail Rocker is a stand­alone wiring har­ness that al­lows you to con­trol up to eight ac­ces­sories with­out touch­ing the ve­hi­cle’s fac­tory wiring har­ness. Each new sys­tem in­cludes brack­ets that make it easy to mount the fuse panel and switch panel for the Trail Rocker in each plat­form.

WARN JL WINCH MOUNT

Not sur­pris­ingly, Warn In­dus­tries (warn. com) didn’t waste time de­vel­op­ing a winch mount for the new JL Wran­gler. What some peo­ple might not re­al­ize, how­ever, is that the new mount works with the JL’s op­tional steel front bumper. Un­like some of the other mounts on the mar­ket, this one also works with the com­pany’s Zeon line of winches, in ad­di­tion to the VR Se­ries and oth­ers. The com­pany plans to re­lease many more JL-re­lated prod­ucts in the com­ing months, in­clud­ing bumpers.

TEN FAC­TORY DRIVESHAFTS

Ten Fac­tory (ten­fac­tory.com), well known for a line of heavy­duty chro­moly axle­shafts, now of­fers bolt-in front and rear driveshafts for se­lect Jeep ap­pli­ca­tions. Fea­tur­ing heavy-wall tub­ing and high-qual­ity CV joints, these driveshafts are a di­rect re­place­ment for the trou­ble­some Rzeppa joints used on the JK. The new driveshafts are avail­able for JKs, TJs, and LJs, and will soon be avail­able for the JL.

BFGOODRICH MUD-TER­RAIN T/A KM3

It has been teased for months, but BFGoodrich (bfgoodrich.com) of­fi­cially un­veiled the KM3 dur­ing Easter Jeep Sa­fari. Although it doesn’t look rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent from the im­mensely pop­u­lar KM2, the new KM3 is bet­ter in al­most ev­ery way. The re­fined tread pat­tern im­proves the tire’s abil­ity to self-clean as well as vastly in­creases lat­eral trac­tion. The tire car­cass is a di­rect de­scen­dent of BFG’s rac­ing tires for im­proved strength and punc­ture re­sis­tance. The com­pany plans to of­fer the KM3 in sizes up to 39 inches tall.

VHF RA­DIO KIT JKS HD AD­JUSTABLE TRACK BAR

Amongst the sea of new JL prod­ucts on dis­play at Moab was a new JKS (jksmfg.com) heavy-duty ad­justable track bar. Con­structed of heavy-wall DOM tub­ing with a pro­pri­etary heavy-duty joint for the axle end, this new track bar al­lows the end user to prop­erly cen­ter the axle un­der the ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing a lift kit in­stal­la­tion. This new track bar joins other ex­ten­sive JKS sus­pen­sion prod­ucts for the JL, JK, TJ, and more.

Rugged Ra­dios (rugge­dra­dios.com) helps take the guess­work out of adding a VHF ra­dio to your Jeep by in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing you need in a sim­ple and com­plete pack­age. The new Jeep Ra­dio Kit in­cludes a 25-watt ra­dio to mount in the Jeep, coax ca­ble and an an­tenna, an an­tenna mount­ing bracket for a JK, and a 5-watt hand­held ra­dio for your spot­ter. The ra­dios are pre­pro­grammed with most pop­u­lar chan­nels and can even be cus­tom pro­grammed by the com­pany if you have a spe­cific fre­quency you use.

POWER TANK DIG­I­TAL TIRE INFLATOR

Power Tank’s line of dig­i­tal tire in­fla­tors is rel­a­tively new, but we spied a re­cently re­leased ver­sion that needs to end up in our tool­box. Power Tank (pow­er­tank.com) now of­fers a zero- to 60-psi tire inflator with a 6-foot braided stain­less steel lead and a clip-on chuck at the end. This is per­fect for putting some dis­tance be­tween your­self and a freshly mounted bead­lock when seat­ing the in­ner bead for the first time. Not only does this of­fer ad­di­tional safety, but it also makes seat­ing tires on rims much less stress­ful.

SE­RI­OUS SPIDERTRAX AXLE JOINTS

No doubt as a re­sult of 37s and 40s be­com­ing the new norm on trail rigs, Spidertrax (spidertrax.com) has de­vel­oped these su­per-beefy axle U-joints to ad­dress a known weak link. Larger than 1480-se­ries joints and man­u­fac­tured en­tirely from 300M al­loy, these U-joint “caps” are re­tained within the cross with a me­chan­i­cal lock­ing mech­a­nism (no more snap rings) and are egg-shaped to pre­vent them from spin­ning within the axle yokes. Heavy-duty nee­dle bear­ings pre­vent the metal-on-metal con­tact of some other HD joints, and the joints re­quire the use of spe­cial Spidertrax yokes. Ini­tial re­lease will fo­cus on Dana 60 and larger ap­pli­ca­tions.

MAXBILT RE­VERSE LIGHT KIT

Most Jeep T-90 trans­mis­sions had no pro­vi­sion for a re­verse light switch, and up un­til now adding a switch in­volved mod­i­fy­ing the top of the shifter in some way. Maxbilt (maxbilt.com) has come up with this sim­ple so­lu­tion. A small bracket bolts to two ex­ist­ing shifter bolts and po­si­tions a switch on the back of the open shift rail, which de­presses the switch when the trans­mis­sion is put in re­verse. It doesn’t get much eas­ier than that!

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