Outfitted: A Roundup of the Latest Automotive Accessories
CTEK makes the power management of a vehicle’s two-battery system simple, safe and smart. The brand has combined its D250S Dual Smart Charger and Smartpass, along with a new Digital Power Monitor, which shows you how much “Time to Go” before your secondary service battery is fully discharged or fully recharged. No more “guesstimations”— with this all-in-one system installed in your vehicle, you can sit back and relax, knowing how long your battery will last.
Keep the safety and factory looks of your JK’s stock bumper, while increasing its lighting and recovery utility, with this completely bolt-on Tow-Hook Light Bar by Wilco. The bar offers increased frontend protection, a closed recovery system, multiple options for mounting lights and simple installation. It can accommodate a 20-inch LED light bar or two work lights without the need for drilling or removing anything from your Jeep.
MSRP: $285 (light bar sold separately)
XPR LED Light Bar provides HID-like light-beam distance, with the reliability and low-energy consumption benefits of LED lighting. Its dual mounting options of both end-cap mounting and patented mounting feet makes this affordable light bar a sensible solution for your truck, Jeep or ATV application. Featuring Prime Drive Technology, the XPR is able to control vital functions, such as temperature control and dimming.
If you get stuck, the last thing you’ll want to deal with is getting your recovery gear to where you need it. Most duffle-style recovery bags require two hands to properly hold, which leaves you with an awkward and sometimes dangerous balancing act as you transport heavy recovery gear over slippery terrain. WARN’s Epic Recovery Backpack keeps your hands free, and it has a modular interior designed for heavy-duty recovery gear.
ARB now offers an easy-to-install external sensor kit, which shows tire pressure in real time. Drivers of vehicles without factory tire-pressure-monitoring systems (TPMS) can monitor and detect punctures or excessive temperature, giving both a visual and audible warning to alert the driver of possible tire failure. Its display unit plugs into a 12V socket, and includes a USB port that allows you to charge the device without removing the unit from the socket.
Put an end to the severe “jolt” when your bumpstops bottom out on the axle. Unlike OEM bumpstops, easy-to-install Active Off-Road Bumpstops absorb the shock upon impact. The result is a smoother ride and greater control of your off-road vehicle. Active Off-Road Bumpstops are made of tough, natural rubber. This new kit for Toyota Tacoma includes a U-bolt flip kit, which gives your truck even more ground clearance.
Designed to fit 1987 to 2017 Wranglers, this fully-lockable, theft-proof storage solution mounts to the inside of your Jeep’s rear door. Load-bearing hinges allow its shelf to keep gear in place when opening and closing the table. Rubber snubbers and riveted latches mean this table will not rattle or vibrate when off-road. It’s also constructed of aluminum panels, with a heavy-duty, powder-coated, steel frame.
Well-known in the high-performance and racing industries, McLeod Racing’s line of high-quality and high-value clutches have been a favorite of performance purists for decades. McLeod’s line of clutches continues to grow with new applications for the Jeep Wrangler 4.0. Clutch kits range from entry-level to street and trail applications. No slippage here, these new clutches are ultra high quality and very affordable.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the winter 2016 print issue of Tread Magazine.