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Save your knees

Support your knees while working on equipment in a kneeling position with these fluid-filled kneepads from Gempler's. A removable gel pack helps support knee joints, and a T-wedge cap shifts weight and distributes it across the upper shin. The kneepads have a rugged nylon outer material and an inner layer that prevents moisture penetration. Two heavy-duty Velcro straps keep the pads from slipping. Price: $68. Contact Gempler's, Dept. FIN, Box 270, Belleville, WI 53508, 800/382-8473,

Pickup parts To find obscure parts for your pickup truck, log onto, which searches more than 300 online auction sites. Items are updated daily, and a keyword search takes you directly to a list of available items. We did a search for "pickup parts" and received 245 matches that ranged from doors for 1973 to 1979 Ford full-size pickups to parts for 1972 to 1977 Chevy Luv pickups. Using the keyword "Chevy" garnered 397 matches, which included parts and vehicles for sale.

Best pickup engines Each year, the editors of our sister publication Ward's AutoWorld rate engines they believe are standouts in the industry. These first two truck engines made the top 10 list and the last one came in close behind (editors' comments are in parentheses):

v Ford's 5.4L SOHC V-8/ 5.4L supercharged V-8, 260 hp for the F-15/ Lightning ("Great guts, excellent driveability, supercharged is a hoot.")

v Toyota's 4.7L DOHC V-8, 245 hp for the company's Tundra ("Absolutely car-like - maybe to a fault?")

v GM's 5.3L OHV V-8, 285 hp for its Sierra ("Just the sort of grunt real truck buyers appreciate.")

New in ATV batteries Here's an easy way to check whether your ATV battery (or other small engine battery) is fully charged. Yuasa offers the new YDMM05 digital multimeter to measure current, voltage and resistance. The multimeter's LCD display lets you know immediately if electricity is flowing properly to your machine. The device also can be used to check fuses, extension cords or wall receptacles or help in locating a short or ground. Contact Yuasa Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 14145, Reading, PA 19612, 610/208-1991.

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