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Must-Have Upgrades: Check Out the Newest Automotive Accessories

TREAD STAFF July 28, 2023 Feature Stories

A Roundup of the Latest Automotive Accessories

o1. BDS Suspension/Control Arms for Ford Bronco

BDS designed their new HD Adjustable Control Arms as a bolt-in replacement for late-model Ford Bronco applications. Heavy-wall tubing construction strengthens these arms so they won’t fail, even in intense off-road applications. One end uses an OE-durometer rubber bushing to isolate road noise and vibrations while the other end uses your choice of a rubber bushing or a threaded flex-end to allow adjustable length to position the axle up to 30 degrees of misalignment when you’re twisted up out on the trails.

MSRP: $441.04

o2. Bestop/Sunrider Top

Replace the hardtop on your late model Bronco and enjoy the open air with a Bestop Sunrider Top. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine by flipping back this soft top or close it with ease to keep the bad weather at bay. This soft top is available for both two- and four-door Broncos and comes in your choice of black twill or black diamond polymer cloth which is pre-installed on the frame assembly and door rails, ready to install with no drilling.

MSRP: $999.99

o3. Overland Kitted/Spare Tire Maxtrax Mounting System

This American-made mounting solution is designed specifically for Maxtrax recovery boards and rear-mounted spare tires. It features an anti-wobble design, dimpled-died holes for strength and mechanical grip, and a heavy-duty tire strap from Mac’s Custom Tie Downs. Specifically designed to accommodate vehicles with a rear-mounted reversing camera, like Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco, the mounting system is secure and stable.

MSRP: $339.99

o4. Tortuga Offroad/Fridge Slide

Handmade in small batches, these heavy-duty fridge slide outs feature signature incorporated cutting boards in their design. A tough 5052 aluminum contraction throughout means that your kitchen setup will be just as ruggedly reliable as every other accessory you put on your rig. Two sizes, 16×28-inch and 20×32.5-inch, will fit almost any fridge or cooler on the market. Plus, the 14×22-inch cutting board/work surface is among the largest available and is designed to accommodate most two-burner camp stoves.

MSRP: $479.00

o5. Bilstein/Jeep Wrangler JL Lift

This suspension system includes BILSTEIN B8 5100 monotube shocks and sway bar links, long travel cold wound springs, and other enhancements. With the lift kit, Rubicon models can fit 35-inch tires on stock or aftermarket wheels, and non-Rubicon models 33s. The kit will maintain proper suspension geometry without needing additional aftermarket components. The B8 5100 1.5-inch Lift Kit will fit all Jeep Wrangler JL Unlimited 4-door models with a 2.0L or 3.6L engine, except for the 4Xe and Extreme Recon Package.

MSRP: $1,191.00

o6. PPE/Premium high efficiency oil filters

PPE presents its latest innovation in diesel pickup truck maintenance; PPE Premium High-Efficiency Oil Filters for GM 3.0L and 6.6L Duramax 2001-2022 applications. Carefully engineered to deliver superior filtration performance, these filters protect your engine from harmful contaminants. Providing thorough filtration with a 5-micron rating, compared to the 20- to 30-micron rating of typical filters, PPE filters also integrate a high-power magnet that attracts ferrous metal debris. These filters deliver exceptional performance, enabling your engine to operate at its maximum potential in the most demanding conditions.

MSRP: From $1999 – 3999

o7. WAM Bumpers/XTerra Winch Carrier

With designs for 2005-2008 Nissan XTerras, WAM Bumpers offers heavy-duty bumpers for a wide variety of truck owners. WAM offers their Winch Carrier option as well as optional rock sliders. The Winch Carrier for Nissan XTerra use is, like the other WAM offerings, constructed mainly of 3/16” steel with 1/4” used in certain key components. It’s available in two basic styles (with extensions or without) and with standard features of two shackle mounts and two light tabs. Can be primed or primed with Black Raptor Liner.  Winches available on request.

MSRP: $525.00

o8. Mickey Thompson/Baja Boss A/T Tires

The Baja Boss tires start with Powerply XD construction with an extra-thick third ply to provide puncture resistance, quicker steering input reaction, and greater stability. Its asymmetric tread pattern improves all-weather off-road performance while keeping road noise to a minimum. Deep Sidebiter sidewalls provide better off-road traction and keeps your wheel safe from trail hazards. The Baja Boss A/T Tire is available in a wide range of sizes for wheels from 15 to 24 inches, and Mickey Thompson backs it with a 50,000-mile treadwear warranty.

MSRP: $394.09

Editor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in TREAD July/August 2023.

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