Work Truck Review New Products Profile - Issue 12. 2014
Parts That Can Make A Difference
Tons of Tonneaus
TonnoPro recently announced new applications for each of its three tonneau covers. The LoRoll, TonnoFold (pictured), and HardFold covers are now available for most late-model imported and domestic pickups, as well as several classic trucks. As before, each vinyl tonneau cover installs without the need for drilling into the truck bed. This eliminates much of the hassle of removing and reinstalling the tonneau cover, while also preserving your truck’s stock look when the cover is not installed.
Charming New GPS
The Cobra 8500 HD Pro Navigation System just might become the professional driver’s best friend. In addition to all the functionality you’d expect from a GPS system, the 8500 also comes with pro-specific features like real-time diesel pricing, route and weather updates, and lifetime access to Cobra’s AURA database of traffic cameras, speed traps, and dangerous intersections. The system is also FMCSA-compliant and can provide truck- and Hazmat-specific routing for the lower 48 states and Canada.
BFGoodrich Tires, creator of the first all-terrain tire in 1976, has launched its new All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire. Taking cues from the Baja T/A KR2 tire, the KO2 features tougher sidewalls due to CoreGard technology, longer treadlife thanks to a new tread design and rubber formulation, and aggressive traction due to side-biter lugs in the sidewall, raised bars in the shoulder, and 3-D sipes. This all-season, 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake tire is fit for the highway as well as the toughest job site.
Stop With Confidence
CURT Manufacturing’s TriFlex proportional trailer brake controller is a compact, feature-packed unit that utilizes a triple-axis accelerometer within the unit to provide appropriate, smooth, and safe braking power for trailers with up to four axles by sensing the inertia of the tow vehicle. It’s easy and quick (about 10 minutes) to install and can be mounted at various angles. A mounting bracket and all hardware necessary for installation are included.
For the Record
Looking for a little more peace of mind? Check out the Genius DVR-FHD568 camera. A good dash cam can be the best tool for protecting your safety, as it can help track down the culprit behind a hit-and-run and protect your innocence in a crash that wasn’t your fault. Genius’ new model provides a 140-degree field of view and is capable of continuous looping, but a G-sensor that can detect a collision helps ensure important video never gets recorded over.
Hundreds of Uses
From securing contents in your truck’s bed to bundling items on the job site, there are literally hundreds of uses for TitanStraps. These 25-inch, non-marring utility straps are made from a stretchy, high-performance polymer with a UV additive for extra longevity. A polished, heat-treated aluminum buckle is safer than the hooks found on typical bungee cords. These made-in-the-USA straps are available in orange, blue, and gray.
Innovation Creations, Inc. (ICI) has released its new Magnum Bumpers for the 2014 Ram HD. They are constructed from premium-grade, cold-rolled steel and feature a two-stage black powdercoat finish. The factory tow hook–compatible bumpers feature two 4-inch square light hole pockets and forced air ventilation for good engine cooling. Installation requires no drilling. There is an optional prerunner or RT-Series lightbar.
ICI Innovative Creations, Inc.
Accessory Clamps – Downsized
Rugged Ridge has added a smaller version to its X-Clamp Mounting System, which is a clamping system that enables the attachment of Hi-Lift jacks, cameras, recovery gear, lights, and more to roof racks, pushbars, and rollcage tubing. The original clamps fit 2¼- to 3-inch-diameter tubing, while the new clamps fit smaller, 1¼- to 2-inch-diameter tubing. The clamps are constructed from high-quality die-cast aluminum and are available in either black or silver powdercoat finishes.
PureFlow AirDog has released the next generation of its Fuel Air Separation System, the AirDog II-4G. The new pump introduces an intermediate pump shaft that moves the electric motor away from the fuel, eliminating “wet motor” issues. Its ability to self-align, as well as an improved low-amperage motor, make the 4G pump efficient, long-lasting, and more enjoyable.
Information on the latest TRICO wiper blade products—applicable to transit and school buses, Class A and C recreational vehicles, and heavy trucks—is now available in Trico Products Corporation’s 92-page 2014/2015 Heavy Duty Application Guide. Find information on the new 36-inch and 40-inch heavy-duty wiper blades, as well as the 32-inch beam blade that will be available this fall.
Trico Products Corporation