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Jeep Parts and Performance Products 4 Trucks

For Jeep partsJeep accessories, and anything else Jeep-related, Performance 4 Trucks highly recommends 4 Wheel Drive Hardware for all your Jeep parts needs.

Here are a few samples of the top name brand Jeep parts you’ll find at 4 Wheel Drive Hardware:

Jeep Lift Kits
Add those extra inches to your Jeep and also improve articulation with Jeep lift kits. Choose from all the best name brands in Jeep lift kits, like Pro Comp, Fabtech, Skyjacker, Rancho, Superlift and plenty of others. Read More…

Jeep Tops at 4 Wheel Drive Hardware

Finding the right Jeep tops for your situation can be a tough choice. Whether you’re looking for simple hardtop Jeep tops, or maybe the more off-road-styled halftop, you have a multitude of options for installing Jeep tops.

Here is a brief glimpse at a few of the Jeep tops you can choose from:

Jeep Hard Tops
Hard top Jeep tops are the way to go for protection, warmth, and insulation. Plus, Jeep hard tops also come equipped with a number of popular features, such as power windows, rear window defrosters, and more. Read More…

Jeep Winches: Jeep Winch Profile

From top Jeep winches and Jeep accessories manufacturer Smittybilt comes the all-new XRC-10 Jeep winch.

The XRC-10 Jeep winch follows the success of its bestselling younger brother, the XRC-8. Together, these heavy duty Jeep winches make up a duo of hardcore recovery systems with great features and premium price points.

For those wanting a Jeep winch with some serious pulling muscle and a comprehensive set of features, the XRC-10 sets a whole new standard for top quality Jeep winches. Read More…

Jeep Lift Kits: A Review of Top Jeep Suspension Lift Kits

Purchasing Jeep lift kits can be an extensive and involved process. Thankfully, there are many Jeep suspension lift kits to choose from, and each kit is build by well-reputed manufacturers who specialize in crafting top name off road parts.

But then again, sorting through the many choices of Jeep lift kits can be a bit of a complicated process if you don’t know what’s out there.

To assist you in your shopping needs, Performance Products would like to take an exclusive look at top name brand Jeep lift kits to see which kits will best suit your needs. Read More…

Leveling Kits: Get Even with Leveling Lift Kits

Leveling kits are just one of the many components that work to give your rig that perfect, custom look. Though not as prominent or crucial to your ride as suspension kits, leveling lift kits still play a fairly important role in vehicle customization.

But the fact is leveling kits are somewhat overlooked when it comes to vehicle modifications. Sure, many know what they are and what they do, but many also probably don’t possess an intimate knowledge of leveling lift kits.

For this reason, Performance Products 4 Trucks would like to take a closer look at leveling kits, with special attention on the benefits and different types. Read More…

Benefits of Installing a Tonneau Cover

The extra storage space a truck provides is often a key factor for someone purchasing a truck. Whether you’re going on a weekend off roading trip, helping someone move, or just picking up some new purchases, your truck bed is there to help. But what do you do about keeping your cargo safe? Tonneau covers are designed to fit almost any style of truck bed perfectly, and will keep your cargo safe in two main ways.

Tonneau Covers Protect Cargo from Harsh Natural Elements

Even if you live in a milder climate, you’re bound to encounter some kind of potentially harmful weather, even if it’s just rain. An open truck bed is the perfect place for water to just pool and sit, causing irrevocable water damage to any possessions you’ve been Read More…

Level-Lift Suspension Buyers Guide

Daystar Leveling Kits For Chevy Hd Trucks

Building a Level Lift kit for Chevy 2500 and 3500 HD trucks has always been a challenge. The HD platform uses a proven IFS torsion bar front suspension design, but the factory suspension utilizes one of seven different torsion bar keys. Each of these keys is indexed differently, which results in a wide range of factory ride heights. Leveling the stance of any torsion-bar-equipped truck involves replacing the factory torsion bar keys with new ones that have been re-indexed to allow more ride height adjustment. OE factory keys can vary up to 18 degrees. Daystar has the final level lift solution for the HD with two different torsion bar keys that provide lift regardless of how the truck was equipped from the factory. The HD torsion keys are forged from high-quality steel and designed to OE specifications, providing up to 2″ of lift to level the front. Part number KG09107 fits vehicles equipped with purple, blue, and yellow-colored factory torsion keys. Part number KG09114 fits vehicles with orange, green, white, or brown factory keys. HD owners will need to verify which factory torsion bar key their truck uses before ordering. Kits also include extended shock brackets so that the factory shock absorbers can be retained. The maximum recommended tire size this kit will allow is 285/70 or 33×11.5. Read More…

K & N Intakes & Air Filters: How to Breathe Easier and Save Fuel

by Steve Temple

Are you experiencing the following symptoms? You feel your stomach knot, your breathing constrict, your heart pound. That’s a fairly typical condition the closer you get to your local gas station, especially when you spot the latest highway robbery taking place at the pump.

Okay, there’s obviously some sort of virus going around, as so many folks report having the same affliction. But when your off-road passion is fed by fossil fuels, you feel even sicker. After all, the last time we checked there wasn’t any public transportation to take you down Titus Canyon.

So, short of looking for a Prius lift kit (yeesh!), what to do? You’ve tried all those fuel-saving tricks like pulling up to the pump in the pre-dawn hours to get the first gulp of chilled, denser gas; you maintain 65 mph even with your foot twitching on the throttle. Now, maybe it’s time to look at the efficiency of your engine. One of the first components that come to mind is your intake system. Just ask K&N.

Better airflow, less gunk in your engine, horsepower gains – that has to translate into maximum efficiency and improved fuel-savings. But as the old saying goes, your results may vary (depending on your vehicle and usage). Even though K&N can’t provide a hard number, the company is known for product claims backed by thorough testing. What K&N can definitely establish are improvements in raw power: “We can test for air flow; we can put a vehicle on the dyno and prove horsepower increases,” says Tim Stewart of K&N. It stands to reason that more power, used properly, will mean you save fuel too.

Fortunately, K&N customers have provided their own road testing on the testimonial section of the company website… After installation of a K&N Intake System, a Jeep Liberty went from 16 mpg (or 285 to 310 miles on a 20-gallon tank) to 18 mpg (330 to 350 miles per tank), a gas-savings of 2 mpg. A Subaru Forester gained 2.5 mpg with a K&N replacement filter. A Hyundai Tiburon’s mileage went up by 5 mpg! And a diesel Jeep Liberty went from 24 mpg to 27 mpg on the highway. The testimonials keep rolling in – all realizing a minimum of 10 percent gas-saving gain, which should mean an extra day or so of driving before you have to face that highwayman at the gas pump.

The concept of K&N air filters is pretty simple. Turbulent air hits the pleated, multi-layered, oil impregnated surgical cotton filter surface. Contaminants are caught on the filter surface; the oil barrier holds the dirt, which acts as an additional filter medium without clogging the filter.

The key to improved airflow starts with the fact there are no “holes” in the filtration medium – just crisscrossed cotton fibers that hold the particles in suspension with the oil. The bonded mesh straightens the airflow and sends a high volume of clean, less turbulent air into the intake system. After 30,000 to 50,000 miles-sooner for off-road vehicles that live in dust-you clean the filter, pop it back in and off you go. K&N began developing air intakes systems in 1992-if stock replacement filters increased airflow. Just think how much better the performance increases would be with improvements to the air box and tubing. The best way to deal with the factory air box is to just remove it (since they’re basically designed to reduce engine noise by restricting airflow). An air filter’s ability to increase flow and filter out dirt is limited by the size of the air box – so out it goes.

In its place is a large conical open element filter. Now you’ve got just that much more filtration ability and huge increases in air flow.

K&N engineers next addressed the often twisted, narrowed path between the intake system and the carburetor or throttle body. They compare this restrictive breathing system to the effort it would take an athlete to run a marathon breathing through a snorkel, or worse yet, a soda straw. The solution is to eliminate the bends and tweaks in the tubing and use either molded high-density polyethylene or aluminum tubing to increase volume and eliminate the soda-straw effect.

Even if gas prices ever drop to something sane (or when pigs fly), or if our incomes increase to absorb the ever-rising cost of oil-based products (like when pigs start doing loopdy-loops), you’ve still got an air filter or intake system with all sorts of benefits. Such as dyno-proven performance, a million-mile warrantee and the ability to filter out all your off-road dust. That’s not a complete cure, but it should help you endure those fossil-fuel symptoms that are now so common. Not to mention it can help to save gas too.

K&N Filter

Banks Power – Investing in Performance Pays Big Dividends for Off-Roaders

By Steve Temple

Gale Banks has become synonymous with high performance. Since the late ‘60s, Banks has been servicing off-road and dune buggy enthusiasts with parts to enhance performance and maximize off-road capabilities. Plus, he is renowned for powering drag trucks, showing great versatility. In fact, in the spring of 2008 he clocked 7.72 seconds at 179.21mph with his diesel-powered Sidewinder Chevy S-10. It’s this kind of power that has singled out Gale Banks as a leader in high-performance engines. Yet what makes them truly stand out is that they simultaneously provide optimal efficiency, making Gale Banks Engineering a master of both speed and practicality.

At a spry 12 years old in ‘50s south central Los Angeles, Banks decided that not having a key to his Mom’s 1931 Model A was hardly a deterrent to making some improvements on it – hot wiring worked just as well as any key. His work on the Model A was soon transferred to a ’41 Chevy, which became the first vehicle to have a Banks-crafted intake. From there, he souped up a ’36 Buick to become a standout racing vehicle. This inspired him to make a business out of his talent, starting with machine work and valve jobs in his very own family garage. Read More…

Mickey Thompson: The Man and Legend Behind Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels

by Steve Temple

If you Google “Mickey Thompson,” you’ll find a lot of listings for tires and wheels. This is because Mickey Thompson Tires and Wheels have a stellar reputation. Take a little more time searching Wikipedia and other sources and you’ll find out about the man behind the company that bears his name.

Usually, in a manufacturer’s profile we like to focus on products a company offers to give readers an idea of what’s offered and what the products do for you. However, in this case, a closer look at the company founder and automotive legend, Thompson, will also give you some clear insight into the product. So, here goes. Read More…

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