We're all for filling our toolboxes with the latest gadgets that gets the job done, and no gearhead can consider his collection complete without a variety of Vise Grips. The newest version from Irwin is the Curved Jaw (CR) locking pliers that feature a self-energizing lower jaw to deliver three times more gripping power than traditional locking pliers. Backed by the legendary Irwin Vise-Grip Lifetime Guarantee, they're available in two core models: Fast Release, with a one-handed, triggerless release and anti-pinch, non-slip ProTouch(tm) Grips; and Original(tm), with a classic trigger release. Visit irwin.com/tools for even more new products and gift ideas for your favorite tool fan.
Advanced Flow Engineering (aFe) has a new Stage 2 cold-air intake for GM's latest Duramax, the 2011 LML. The aFe Stage 2 air-intake systems feature a durable, one-piece 18-gauge powdercoated heat shield that blocks out engine heat and installs using factory-mounting locations. The system also includes rotomold plastic intake tubes to maximize air velocity and improve horsepower, torque, and throttle response. Choose between the Pro-5R filter, which utilizes five layers of progressive cotton media, the Pro Dry S filter, which uses a progressive synthetic media and requires no oil to recharge for maximum convenience, or the Pro Guard 7 performance air filter that has seven layers for maximum filtration. Call (951) 493-7155, or visit afepower.com for more information on this and other intake applications.
Craftsman 19-piece universal ratchet and socket set feature sockets with a knurled grip which distinguishes them from other sets in your toolbox while providing gripping power when changing sizes. The 19-piece set retails for $34.99 and includes a reusable caddy with a carrying handle with holes for hanging on a pegboard. Metric socket sizes include 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 19 mm. Inch socket sizes include 3/4, 11/16, 5/8, 9/16, 1/2, 7/16, 3/8, 5/16, and 1/4. The universal sockets will fit external Torx, hex, 12-point, square, and splined fasteners. Visit craftsman.com for even more applications.
We all know that the quest for power is never-ending, so even though Ford has unleashed the Raptor with the 6.2L engine as standard equipment, Kooks is ready to make your desert-thrashing ear-to-ear grin even wider. Their new long-tube headers for the Ford Raptor are made in the USA with 304 stainless steel and offer up 3/8-inch-thick flanges and a lifetime warranty. Two versions are available, one for stock trucks that use 13/4-inch primaries, and one for more race-oriented builds with 17/8-inch primaries. Kooks also offer full kits with high-flow catalytic converters and a race-only option without cats. To see them in action, visit kookstv.com.
We just got a scoop on Gianelle's newest wheel, the Santorini. It's available in 28- and 30-inch sizes in chrome or black finishes. To see the wheel mounted on a variety of trucks and SUVs, check out wtwcorp.com, and for more info, call (800) 307-8708.
PLX Devices has introduced the Kiwi Wi-Fi and Kiwi Bluetooth, which allow drivers to connect wirelessly from their iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android mobile phone to their vehicle's onboard diagnostic port. This in turn will allow you to effectively monitor vehicle efficiency by displaying detailed, vital information about your car's performance. The Kiwi installs into any 1996-and-later vehicle in a matter of seconds, plugging into your truck's OBDII port that is typically located underneath your steering console. Features include MPG meter, check engine diagnostic tools, horsepower and torque calculations, gauge themes, race utilities and much more. It is available now at a suggested retail price of $99.99. Visit plxkiwi.com for more information.