Westin Offers Brackets For Mounting LED Light Bar To HDX Grille Guard
Westin Automotive announces the availability of HDX Grille Guard LED Brackets. The brackets are designed for use on Westin HDX Grille Guard applications to accommodate a single or double row LED bar with side mount capability. Brackets are sold in sets of 2 and include bolt plates and hardware. HDX Grille Guards can accommodate an LED Light Bar up to 30-inches in length. Consumers can choose polished stainless steel or a black powder coated steel to complement the HDX Grille Guard finish. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Jeep JK & JKU Products Now Available Through Go Rhino
Go Rhino's new Total Bumper System, patented Light Mount Bar and Windshield Light Frame now offers 2007-2016 JEEP JK and JKU owners the ability to customize the appearance to reflect their personalized style with a large selection of features, options and style choices available on the market today. Go Rhino's comprehensive line of JEEP products evolved as a response to consumer's and market trends demanding products that offer personalization, modularity, style and lighting options. For more information, visit www.GoRhino.com.
Bestop announced that it has acquired Baja Designs of San Marcos, California. “Baja Designs engineer’s elite-level products that are a perfect match with Bestop’s ultra-premium Jeep soft tops and accessories,” says John Larson, Bestop CEO. The acquisition reflects Bestop’s priority of growing both organically and through acquisitions in the automotive aftermarket. The company continues to invest in brand development and aggressive product innovation, while evaluating opportunities to extend into new product categories. For more information, visit www.Bestop.com.
Oil Eater has introduced a professional grade emergency spill kit that provides all-in-one solutions for containment and cleanup of hazardous spills in vehicle servicing facilities and other areas. A bonus five-gallon bucket of Oil Eater Original cleaner is included in each kit to clean surfaces after the spill has been absorbed. Each kit includes absorbent pads, pillows, universal snakes, booms, protective gloves, oil-resistant, high temperature disposal bags, and an emergency response instruction guide. Kits are available in 65-gallon and 95-gallon over-packs which can handle the corresponding volume of liquid. Oil Eater cleaner-degreaser is water-based, non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable and biodegradable. For more information, visit www.oileater.com.
DEWALT unveiled its FLEXVOLT system that features the world’s first batteries to automatically change voltage when the user changes tools. The two FLEXVOLT batteries, a 6.0Ah battery, and a 9.0Ah battery power the lineup of brushless 60V MAX and 120V MAX FLEXVOLT tools. The two batteries feature patent-pending technology that is backwards compatible with most existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools and chargers. Both the 6.0Ah and 9.0Ah FLEXVOLT batteries are said to extend the runtime of existing DEWALT 20V MAX tools, and also power five new 60V MAX tools and two new 120V MAX tools. The FLEXVOLT tools and 6.0Ah battery will be available in fall 2016, and the 9.0Ah battery will be available in early 2017. Each FLEXVOLT tool comes with the standard DEWALT three year limited warranty, one year free service, and 90 day money back guarantee; while the FLEXVOLT batteries come with a three year limited warranty, three year free service, and 90 day money back guarantee. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com.
Yakima Products, Inc. is partnering with Toyota for its Road Warrior Program. Yakima Road Warriors can be found at more than 75 cycling, outdoor, and automotive events across North America. Over the years, the program has spread to four representatives based in the Northeast, the Rockies/Midwest, the Southeast and the West Coast; giving consumers the chance to touch and test products first-hand. The new partnership makes Toyota the vehicle partner for the program, and features co-branded Toyota models, including the Tacoma Highlander, 4Runner, Rav4 and Sienna. For more information, visit www.yakima.com.
Mickey Thompson Adds Two New Sizes To Baja MTZP3 Line
The Baja MTZP3 product line from Mickey Thompson now includes two new 18-inch sizes, the LT275/70R18 and LT295/70R18 for a wide range popular trucks, SUVs and 4x4 vehicles. The Baja MTZP3 features a silica-reinforced tread compound, siped tread lugs, and shoulder scallops with mud-pocket scoops. The sidewall is reinforced with Mickey Thompson’s PowerPly technology along with decoupling grooves and signature SideBiters. For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
Air Lift’s Heavy-Duty LoadLifter 5000 Now Available for 2013-16 Ram ProMaster
Air Lift's heavy-duty Load-Lifter 5000 and Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE adjustable air spring kits are now available for 2013-2016 Ram Pro-Master’s 1500, 2500 and 3500 model rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Air Lift's Load-Lifter series air spring kit work with consumers existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000-pounds of levelling capacity. The Load-Lifter 5000 is engineered for hauling or towing heavy loads. The Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE features an internal jounce bumper providing added shock absorption and extra protection for heavy loads. All components including air springs and all hardware, are provided for both the Load-Lifter 5000 and Load-Lifter 5000 ULTIMATE, and does not require drilling. Air Lift offers automatic wired and wireless on-board air compressor systems to provide one-touch control from inside the vehicle or remotely. All Air Lift products are backed by a lifetime warranty, and a 60-day money-back-guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Pat Stewart Appointed As Director Of Marketing For Go Rhino/Big Country
IDDEA CA. LLC, DBA Go Rhino Products, Big Country and Go Rhino Public Safety appointed Patricia Stewart as Director of Marketing. “IDDEA is looking forward to Patricia’s marketing direction and experience to contribute to our next level of growth, consumer engagement and success,” said Peter Taylor, General Manager for IDDEA Ca LLC.
Stewart began her career in the automotive aftermarket arena and has spent 22 years in a variety of strategic and tactical marketing positions for Truck Accessories Group, LLC LEER, Pace Edwards, Century and Raider brands developing a wide range of brand-building initiatives and dealer-focused marketing strategies to support sales and marketing. “I am extremely pleased to have the opportunity to join the IDDEA Ca LLC, Go Rhino / Big Country team in this role and at this milestone in the company’s history,” Stewart said. “The company has a long heritage as a product innovator and industry leader, which showcases the vision and leadership of the Alvarez’ family.” For more information, please visit www.gorhino.com . 888-427-4466
Partnership Award and Ambassador of the Year Award Presented to CURT
CURT Manufacturing LLC. accepted two awards at The AAM Group Vendor Showcase in 2016. CURT was selected as an award winner for The Partnership Award and the Ambassador Award. The Ambassador Award is given to an individual within a manufacturing company who goes above and beyond to support the AAM membership and the goals of the AAM Group. The Partnership Award is an award given to the company that best exemplifies the qualities of a fully engaged partner of the AAM Group in the past year. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
Weapons Grade Fabrication now offers its Bomber Headache Rack to consumers. The headache rack window protection insert is manufactured from laser cut 1/8-inch & ¼-inch steel, using reinforcing ribs for rigidity and shape contour. All racks are designed to match the contours of the bed, cab and roofline for a precise fit on consumer’s specific model truck. The rack features full exposure of the third brake light, and modular load retainers are optional. For more information, visit www.wgfab.com.
Wide Wheel Tubs for 67-72 Chevy And GMC Fleet-side Pickups
Auto Metal Direct introduces its new Wide Wheel Tubs for 1967 to 1972 Chevy and GMC fleet-side pickup trucks. The wide wheel tubs are approximately 15-inches wide, are manufactured from heavy gauge steel, and according to AMD, allow consumers to install oversize rear tires and wheels while maintaining the look and styling of the original bed. For more information, visit www.autometaldirect.com.
Chevrolet debuts the 2017 Cruze Hatchback, the latest addition to the expanding Cruze lineup. The Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190 when it arrives in dealerships this fall. The price includes the destination charge, but not tax, title and other dealer fees. It will be offered in LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package. The car features an Ecotec 1.4L turbo, increased cargo space of up to 47.2 cubic feet, and segment-exclusive technologies such as 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Teen Driver and wireless charging, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibilities. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
PIAA has introduced two all new LED lights to its LP Series line. According to PIAA, both of the Ion Yellow LED lights are manufactured with quality components and feature an aluminum housing with a poly lens, and are 10g vibration rated. The smaller two and three quarter-inch LP270's come in a 30º driving beam pattern, while the larger three and a half-inch LP530's come in the 30º driving pattern as well as a SAE compliant 65º Fog pattern. All PIAA light kits come complete with pre-assembled wiring harness which include a lighted switch and relay. For more information, visit www.PIAA.com.
American Racing Offers Consumers Wheel Customization
American Racing announced the launch of its online Custom Shop feature that allows consumers to customize any wheel available for purchase. The option is made possible by its custom wheel building facility located in Southern California. Customers can build a custom wheel online with features including custom forging, specialty two-piece fitments, finishes that include paint colors, powder coating, tinted clear coat and vehicle paint matching; as well as drill-from-blank services and backspacing in eighth-inch increments. For more information, visit www.americanracing.com.
Westin Automotive announces that from June thirteenth through August first 2016, they will offer free LED Lights with the purchase of a Westin HDX Front Bumper. The HDX Front Bumpers feature openings for the mounting of two 10-inch Double Row LED Light Bars. Westin’s HDX Front Bumpers are one-piece and are constructed with seven-gauge steel for heavy duty winching capability. It also features an application specific chiseled design with welded bends, and is powder coated with a textured black finish or available raw. HDX Bumpers are designed, engineered, tested and manufactured in the USA. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Cequent Performance Products now offers the first line of Custom Quick Install 5th Wheel Brackets to fit 2009 to 2016 RAM 1500 series trucks with air ride suspension. The Quick Install 5th Wheel mounting brackets, and the Quick Install 5th wheel kit with mounting brackets and 10-bolt rails are in the Reese brand line of products. The kits were designed to fit all cab styles, bed lengths, and engine combinations for complete flexibility. The kits do not require any drilling, and feature a 10-year warranty. For more information, visit www.cequentgroup.com.
Roadwire Rolls Out Industry Leading Interior Extended Care Warranty
Roadwire Inc. has rolled out its new Roadwire Interior Extended Care program. This extended care program is a pioneering initiative that ensures repair or replacement of any stained, faded or damaged OEM or aftermarket cloth or leather interior installed in a new or used vehicle.
The program is the first of its kind available for the restyling industry and was developed to provide a seamless process for auto dealers to offer customers a long-term solution to maintaining the look and performance of their vehicle interior, while also generating a new dealership revenue stream.
The Roadwire Interior Extended Care program, administered by Innovative Aftermarket Systems (IAS) known for delivering high-quality F&I products to auto dealers, includes several unique features. For example, although a Roadwire initiative, the program is not exclusive to Roadwire OEM or aftermarket leather products. It provides coverage for all cloth, vinyl or leather interiors regardless of origin—no matter if they were supplied by other aftermarket manufacturers or an automaker. Coverage also includes protection against stains, fading and discoloration, as well as punctures, loose seams or stitches, tears and even protection against small cigarette burns. Coverage is available for three or five years, and requires no messy chemical sprays or applications.
“The new Roadwire Interior Extended Care program is a revolutionary concept. It’s the first time that auto dealers, working in concert with a nationwide network of authorized installers and restylers, are able to provide consumers with an unprecedented level of vehicle-interior protection,” stated Dave Edmondson, senior VP of Roadwire Inc. and its family of companies, Roadwire Leather, Distinctive Industries, Classic Soft Trim and Signature Automotive Products.
“Our partner, IAS, has a proven track record of delivering superior-quality F&I products to dealers nationwide, and we are excited by the opportunity to partner with IAS on this unprecedented initiative. This program not only creates a new F&I profit opportunity, but will also have a significant impact on customer satisfaction,” added Edmondson.
“IAS is pleased to provide our best-in-class services to administer the Roadwire Interior Extended Care program,” said Bob Corbin, IAS president and CEO. “By utilizing our award-winning administration infrastructure, Roadwire has the capabilities to grow and expand their protection program at a rapid pace. We look forward to a successful and mutually beneficial partnership.” For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.
Cap-it And Leer To Open New Outlet Stores in Dallas TX
Cap-it® has partnered with Leer to open new franchise stores in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) under the Trade Name “Cap-it® America’s Truck Accessory Stores™.” Cap-it’s 26-year relationship with Leer and its 30 locations in Canada have established the brands as upscale retailer/installers of quality truck accessories and adventure products.
Cap-it is now awarding franchise opportunities with exclusive territories to qualified applicants in the DFW market. “Whether you’re an auto dealership, an existing truck cap store, or an individual that wants to operate your own business, you’ll find Cap-it fun, profitable and an exciting opportunity to dominate in your town,” said Andrew Funk, Cap-it president. For more information, visit www.capitfranchise.com/us
BOLT Sponsors Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
BOLT Locks announces that they will be sponsoring Pro Lite rider Jeremy "Twitch" Stenberg from Temecula, Calif., in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. Sternberg won the overall championship for Off-Road Racing in 2010. In 2011, he won a Best Whip gold medal, and in addition to being a professional off-road truck racer, he is also a freestyle motocross rider. "Since four-wheel parts is the 'Official Off-Road Parts Retailer' for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series, our support of Jeremy Stenberg just makes good sense, "explained Erika Garcia, national sales manager, BOLT Locks. "Just like Jeremy, a large percentage of off-road enthusiasts own Jeeps or pickups to haul their toys like four wheelers and motorcycles. And our BOLT Locks makes it easier to keep these items secured." For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Westin Automotive Receives Recognition From AAM Group
Westin Automotive accepted three awards from AAM Group at their recent members meeting yesterday. Westin received an A+ Rating Data Certificate, the Ambassador Award (Junior Calvert), and the Vendor of the Year 2016 “Manpower” Award. AAM Group's acknowledgement is an encouragement of Westin Automotive’s efforts to improve communication. AAM Group bestows these awards to the manufacturer that has made a significant impact in the area of product data, communications, sales representative (Junior Calvert), and for most improved manufacturer relations overall. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Cequent Performance Products introduces its Tekonsha ModuLite ZCI, a zero contact interface to eliminate the need for cutting, and splicing. The product isolates the trailer light operation from the tow vehicle’s electrical system, eliminating all contact with the vehicles lighting system. Instead, ZCI uses sensors that snap around the wires to detect if current is present; and because ZCI is not directly connected, there is ZERO chance of feedback to the vehicle. The ZCI’s design is also universal, fitting every known vehicle in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, according to Cequent. For more information, visit www.cequentgroup.com.
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade was named the Most Satisfying Luxury SUV and also earned the President’s Award in AutoPacific’s 2016 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Escalade’s score of 810 was the highest Vehicle Satisfaction Award (VSA) score to date, and it was the most satisfying vehicle overall in this year’s ratings. AutoPacific conducts the VSAs annually, measuring how satisfied an owner is with his or her new vehicle. VSAs are based on survey responses from more than 65,000 owners of new 2015 and 2016 model year cars and light trucks. The Cadillac brand was also rated as the second most satisfying luxury brand overall in the California-based firm’s research. For more information, visit www.cadillac.com.
Team Toyo announces that its driver Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. and Toyo Tires won the 48th Annual SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend, finishing first overall for Four Wheel Vehicles and first in the Trophy Truck class. Vildósola endured 120+-degree temperatures to finish the 477.52-mile desert course in a time of 08:20:52.105. His #21 Vildósola Racing / Toyo Tires trophy truck relied on 40-inch Toyo Open Country R/T-R tires to get through the desert terrain. This is the first overall SCORE Baja 500 win and second class win for Vildósola, who joined Team Toyo in December of last year. “The SCORE Baja 500 is one of the toughest desert races in the world and to be first is a testament to Tavo’s talent and dedication. We are proud to make tires that can match his toughness and tenacity, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. For more information, visit www.toyotires.com.
Westin Announces Availability of E-Series Bull Bar in Black
Westin Automotive is now offering its E-Series Bull Bars. The Bull Bar tube is black powder coated and the skid plate is textured black. Westin's E-Series Bull Bar is a front-end light bar designed for trucks and larger model SUVs. It mounts to the vehicle's existing mounting points with no drilling required and comes complete with vehicle specific mount kit. It also features mounting points for two auxiliary lights up to six-inches in diameter. The E-Series Bull Bar features a laser cut Westin block letter logo design on the skid plate. Backed by a three-year warranty. Optional License Plate Re-Locator Bracket and LED Mount Brackets are available and sold separately. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Pro Comp Introduces Tundra Performance Long-Travel Suspension
Pro Comp announces its new Performance Long-Travel Suspension system for the 07-present Toyota Tundra. The kit provides four-inches of lift in order for consumers to fit 35-inch tall tires. The kit has passed FMVSS 126 testing, certifying that all Electronic Stability Control systems continue to function properly after the suspension modifications. In addition to being FMVSS 126 compliant, the new long-travel performance suspension is covered by the Pro Comp Promise Lifetime Warranty – 100% transferable, with no questions asked. The suspension system also qualifies for the Pro Comp Lift Shield five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty at no additional cost when installed by a Pro Comp Authorized Installer. For more information, visit www.ProCompUSA.com.
Transfer Flow, Inc. Honored at California Small Business Day
Transfer Flow, Inc. was honored by Assemblyman James Gallagher at California Small Business Day. As Small Business of the Year for the Third Assembly District, Transfer Flow, Inc. was celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the community. “The team at Transfer Flow has been an incredible asset to the North State community. One of the reasons why I selected them for this honor is because of their successful efforts to increase the region’s skilled workforce,” said Gallagher. “I am pleased to honor Transfer Flow to help celebrate the success of their entrepreneurship as well as their dedication to producing the highest quality manufacturing products.” For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.
3M Auto announces its new Trizact Precision Scratch Kit, ideal for a do-it-yourself solution to maintaining consumer vehicle’s. The kit includes a scratch pad, buffing pad, rubbing compound, polishing pad, and scratch remover. 3M Auto has also put together a product guide to help owners effectively remove scuffs and scratches in the appropriate steps; prep, sand, refine, and polish. Surface Prep is the first step; wash the area to remove any built up dirt and grime. Wet sand the area with the 3M Trizact Scratch Pad until the scratch is removed, then wipe the area clean. Buff the surface using a household drill (1200 to 1600RPM) with the supplied purple pad mounted securely, and apply 3M Rubbing Compound to remove the haze from the sanding process. Polishing the treated area is the last step after switching to the supplied black polishing pad. Using the household drill and the new fixture, apply 3M Scratch Remover to polish the treated area and surrounding area with light pressure, and use a microfiber cloth to remove any excess Scratch Remover upon completion. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
Maradyne introduces its new high performance fan, the Fast & Cool Air Blower. The Fast & Cool Air Blower is designed to be positioned at three different angles, 0-degrees, 45-degrees and 90-degrees. Made from roto molded housing, the 3,000 FPM (feet per minute) Fast & Cool Air Blower delivers two-to three-times the air-flow power of other small fans on the market, according to Maradyne, and is apparently ideal for the race track or shop, where rapidly cooling engines, brakes and clutches is essential; as well as being useful in drying a shop floor or in dyno settings. The Maradyne Fast & Cool Air Blower comes with a one-year warranty for both parts and labor. For more information, visit www.maradyneHP.com.
New for 2017, Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will feature a patented air intake system designed to drive cool, dry air into the engine for sustained performance and cooler engine temperatures. According to Chevrolet, the air intake system will provide 60-percent of the air to the diesel engine from an inlet at the front of the hood, while an air filter housing draws 40-percent additional air from one of the front fenders. According to Chevy, it blends with the cooler air from the hood inlet before funneling into the combustion chambers, assuring the engine can breathe even if the hood is blocked. The hood scoop includes an air/water separator to ensure only dry air is drawn into the engine. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
Rostra now has three all-new backup camera systems for the Ford F-150. The three products include a tailgate-handle integrated CMOS color camera with selectable parking grid lines, an LCD-equipped rearview mirror with a tailgate-handle camera, and a custom video interface module that comes with a tailgate-handle camera, for displaying rear-view video on factory-installed four point two-inch dash screens. The camera solutions cover almost every Ford F-150 trim level. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
Husky Liners announces its new removable and pivoting mud flaps. The mud flaps feature 14-guage anchor weights in two different finishes for consumers to choose from; a mirrored or textured matte black finish. The mud flaps also feature anti-spray micro grooves to funnel mud and water back down to the ground, and come in 12 or 14-inch options to cover the width of consumer’s tires. The flaps can be pivoted or completely removed for cleaning, and/or for when they are not needed. All Husky Liners removable and pivoting mud flaps are backed by Husky Liners no-hassle lifetime guarantee. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com.
Toyota Tundra named Official Truck for 2016 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
Toyota is continuing its partnership with the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and Team Lucas for the eighth season in 2016.Toyota is supplying a fleet of Tundra’s for the series' use as safety and support vehicles, as well as providing primary sponsorship for veteran racer Eric Barron in the Pro Four class and associate sponsorship for several teams in Pro two. The sponsorship agreement with Team Lucas also gives Toyota sponsorship rights for two of the eight events in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, an on-board camera for all races and space on vendor row for all event weekends. For more information, visit www.lucasoil.com.
Kleinn Automotive’s Bolt-On Vehicle Specific Air Systems
Kleinn Automotive announces its line of 100-percent Bolt-On Vehicle Specific Onboard Air Systems. Each kit comes complete with a custom designed, heavy-duty 6350 air compressor, and air tank bracket. For consumers with tires larger than 35-inches, Kleinn offers the kits with an ultra-heavy-duty 6450 air compressor. Installation of the systems do not require drilling, cutting or modifications to the vehicle. Both compressors are 100-percent duty-cycle compressors rated to 150 PSI with the larger 6450 compressor delivering over 20-percent more CFM for the larger tires. All Kleinn Onboard Air Systems are available as a complete air system with a Kleinn train horn and custom horn mounting bracket. For more information, visit www.kleinnautomotive.com.
Permatex has expanded its Fast Orange Hand Cleaner line with the addition of Permatex Fast Orange Xtreme Hand Cleaner. According to Permatex, the Fast Orange Xtreme Hand Cleaner leaves little residue, and features Permatex’s proprietary MicroGel technology that neutralizes the smell of gasoline, oil, and other common odors. The hand cleaner contains skin conditioners such as Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Lanolin, Vitamin E, and Jojoba oil. Permatex Fast Orange Xtreme is available in a 15-ounce Rocker Cap bottle, and a one-gallon pump bottle. For more information, visit www.permatex.com.
Rigid Industries Announces Toyota Tacoma Mounts & Grille
Rigid Industries announces its new mounts and accessories for the 2016-2017 Toyota Tacoma. Available for pre-order, the mounts and accessories Rigid is offering to consumers includes an LED Grille, fog mounts, fog mounting kit, bumper mounts, and a bumper mounting kit. The grille is constructed using 304 stainless steel with a powder coated finish, stainless steel button socket head bolts and nylon nuts. Rigid’s Bumper Mount Kit is made from stainless steel that features a scratch resistant powder coat finish. The kit includes one set of bumper mounts, one 30-inch SR-Series Hybrid Combo light bar, wiring harness, and installation hardware. The bumper mounts can be ordered separately. Rigid’s Fog Mount Kit includes two SAE D-Series Fog Lights, mounting brackets, wiring harness, and installation hardware. The Fog Mounts themselves are made of 304 stainless steel, feature a scratch resistant powder coat finish, and can be ordered separately with mounting hardware included. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.
A.R.E. Accessories Host Anglers At Bassmaster Elite Event
As a major Bassmaster sponsor, A.R.E. Accessories continues to bring together well-outfitted pickup trucks and bass fishing, one of the nation’s most beloved outdoor sporting competitions. As the title sponsor of the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend in Many, Louisiana, May 12-15, A.R.E. featured autograph sessions with its sponsored Elite Series anglers, Justin Lucas and Adrian Avena, who on Saturday worked the A.R.E. booth signing autographs and interacting with tournament attendees.
On Championship Sunday, A.R.E showcased its Bassmaster Toyota Tundra Fishing Team pickup truck on one side of the stage, as well as Avena’s A.R.E. built truck on the other side of the weigh-in stage. Avena’s pickup features an A.R.E.-emblazoned Z series truck cap, which keeps all his gear organized and secured with a keyless entry locking system. For fishermen, the Pickup Vault storage system keeps tackle and tools safe and dry, while the A.R.E. Rod Pods can securely store 10 to 12 professional fishing rods on the roof of the Z-series. “As much as we’re on the road, carrying all kinds of gear, it’s great to have the ability to stay organized and travel comfortably,” Avena said.
During Championship Sunday of the tournament, MC and host of TV show “Facts of Fishing,” Dave Mercer, displayed his truck at the A.R.E. booth as well. Kevin VanDam took home the ultimate prize as he won a historic 21st Elite victory with a 96 pound 2 ounce catch over the 4 day tournament. The second place finish and winner of the A.R.E. Top Angler $1,000 contingency was Chris Lane.
Throughout the tournament, A.R.E. hosted signups for two grand-prize fishing trips, complete with complimentary airfare, lodging and meals. One trip features a day on the water with Avena and the other with Lucas. Winners will be notified by email at the end of the season. The truck cap manufacturer also gave away swag, including t-shirts and roughly 3,000 A.R.E. rally towels.
As one of the nation’s leading commercial truck cap manufacturers, A.R.E. knows serious fishermen are also serious truck owners, who highly value hunting, fishing and camping. Sponsoring up-and-coming fishermen, and partnering with Bassmaster, is a natural fit for the company.
TruckVault Congratulates Kim Rhode and Introduces “Quick Shots” Videos
TruckVault sponsored shooter and member of the USA Shooting Team Kim Rhode, and she has once again qualified for Women's Skeet in the Olympic Games. Rhode finished the qualifying event in Tillar, Arkansas, besting her nearest competitor by 16 points. As part of Rhode's success and in honor of the 2016 Olympic games, TruckVault is kicking off a series of shooting tip videos called "Quick Shots" hosted by the Olympic gold medalist. TruckVault will release the series of videos highlighting Rhode's shotgun shooting techniques on TruckVault's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages as well as their YouTube channel. "TruckVault congratulates Rhode as she heads to Rio de Janeiro to compete for the United States," said TruckVault Director of Marketing Don Fenton. "We are proud to support her on this journey and are excited to share her shooting techniques with her fans." For more information, visit www.truckvault.com.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. recognizes National Tire Safety Week by introducing four new videos in the Tires 101 section of its website. The videos address four essential topics: How to Check Your Tire Pressure, How to Check Tire Tread Depth, How to Inspect Tire Wear, and How to Read Your Tire Sidewall. National Tire Safety Week is designed to educate motorists about the importance of tire safety and maintenance. For more information, visit www.toyotires.com.
Red Kap has expanded its line of automotive workwear by adding the Striped Color Block Work Shirt. The work shirts incorporates dark panels in locations that are prone to stains and, according to Red Kap, features breathable material, longer-lasting colors, and superior stain resistance. The Striped Color Block Work Shirt is offered in both short and long sleeves with sizes ranging from small – 4XL (regular) and Large-2XL (long). It is offered in two color options; navy/light blue stripe with navy contrast and red/charcoal stripe with charcoal contrast. For more information, visit www.redkapauto.com.
GMC announced the 2016 Yukon SLT Premium Edition; a chrome-trimmed special model offering a personalized appearance on SLT models.The Premium Edition offered on Yukon and Yukon XL models features 22-inch chrome-wheels, a chrome grille, bright chrome body-side moldings, and a polished exhaust tip. Additional standard and available features on SLT models include: fold-flat second- and third-row seats, including an available power-folding feature, power rear liftgate with multiple programmable height settings and hands-free operation, wireless phone charging, standard eight-inch-diagonal color touch-screen radio with enhanced IntelliLink and available navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone projection compatibility, keyless open and start, 8,500-pound max trailering weight for Yukon, and an 8,300-pound max trailering weight for Yukon XL (2WD models). For more information, visit www.gmc.com.
Mickey Thompson Returns As Title Sponsor Of Tough Trucks Challenge
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels returns as title sponsor of the Tough Trucks Challenge, part of the 2016 Lucas Oil four-Wheel Jamboree Nationals Series. The Mickey Thompson Tough Trucks Challenge showcases modified 4x4 trucks in an obstacle course competition. Skilled drivers race against the clock, testing the limits of heavily customized 4x4s. Now in its 31st year, the three-event four-Wheel Jamboree series features a variety of events for off-road enthusiasts in Lima, Ohio, Bloomsburg, Pa., and Indianapolis, Ind. “Mickey Thompson has been a long time supporter of this popular series and the Tough Trucks Challenge,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson. “For more than 30 years, the four-Wheel Jamboree has been a huge event for truck and off-road enthusiasts, with thousands of off-road vehicles at every event. And, the Tough Trucks Challenge is a legendary competition for modified 4x4s.” For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
Westin Announces National Promotion for New R7 Boards
Westin has announced a national consumer promotion, “GET ON BOARD” to promote its new R7 Boards. Consumers receive 25-dollars for the purchase of black powder coat finish R7 Boards, or 50-dollars for polished stainless steel finish R7 Boards. Promotional purchase dates are June first through July thirty first 2016. Mail-in rebate forms will be available to consumers online. R7 Boards are sold in complete kits that include the driver and passenger-side boards, vehicle specific mount kit, injection molded bracket covers, and are available in polished 304 stainless steel backed by a lifetime warranty, or black powder coated aluminum backed by a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Three Inch Lift Kits Now Available For Toyota 4Runner
BDS expands further into the Toyota SUV market with its three-inch suspension lifts for the 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner four-wheel-drive. These kits are a crossover from current FJ Cruiser applications, now approved for use on the late model 4Runner. These kits use a strut/preload spacer up front and in the rear replacement coils, sway bar links and shocks to all clearance for up to 285/70r17 (or comparable) tires. The kits feature a five-year, 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty, and BDS’s exclusive “No Fine Print Warranty.” For more information, visit www.bds-suspension.com.
Transfer Flow’s 70-Gallon Toolbox and Fuel Tank Combo
Transfer Flow introduces its 70-gallon toolbox and fuel tank combo for 1999 – 2016 Ford, Ram and GMC full-size diesel trucks. The toolbox and fuel tank combo sits on the bedrails, and has an adjustable toolbox storage box that adjusts to the depth of a short bed or long bed pickup for a custom fit. The adjustable toolbox storage area ranges from five and a half to nine-cubic feet. The toolbox tank is made from 14-gauge aluminized steel that is baffled in two places on all four sides. Features include an aluminum diamond plate lid, black powder coat finish, a fuel fill-neck that is located inside the locking storage compartment, Transfer Flow’s TRAX 3™ Fuel Monitoring System, and a dash-mounted LCD display. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.
Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels has collaborated with ROUSH Performance once again to create a one-of-a-kind 2016 Ford F-150. The 2016 ROUSH F-150 features a set of ROUSH-M/T Metal Series 20-inch wheels and Mickey Thompson Baja ATZP3 all-terrain tires. “Teaming up with ROUSH to design the new 20-inch co-branded ROUSH-M/T Metal Series wheels wrapped with the popular Baja ATZP3’s for this F-150 has been a great experience,” stated Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Mickey Thompson. “We’ve worked with ROUSH to create a show-stopping performance F-150 with impressive off-road capability.” For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
President of AACF appointed Mike Wilcox to its’ Board of Trustees
Mike Wilcox, Vice President of World Wide Sales at Hennessy Industries, has been appointed to the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundations Board of Trustees. “I look forward to serving on the Board and helping to see this valuable charity grow”, says Mike. Along with being a dedicated vice president of sales, Mike also serves on the AACF Golf Committee that organizes and leads the annual Bob Schoeberl Memorial Golf Tournament. Wilcox and his family reside in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.aacfi.org.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. Receives Co-Man of the Year Award
The Automotive Parts Services Group recently presented Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. with the Co-Man of the Year award, a distinguished honor earned by a member who exhibits continued support for and achieves commendable growth with The Group. “We at Keystone believe this is a valuable program beyond the discounted rates for members. Our partnership has opened doors, enabling us to connect with new manufacturers who are important to the continued growth of our OE business,” said Dave Burke, Category Manager at Keystone. “We’re honored to be the recipient of this year’s Co-Man of the Year award.” For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.
BOLT now offers an array of weatherproof locks specifically for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup. Designed with an electro-less nickel-plated carbon steel pin or shaft assembly, BOLT locks feature an automotive-grade stainless steel lock shutter, a protective rubber shell, and a six-plate tumbler sidebar that prevents picking and bumping. The BOLT product line for Nissan Titan XD pickups includes BOLT Cable Locks, Padlocks, Coupler Pin Locks, and Receiver Locks. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
Chevrolet Silverado High Desert Offers Refined Utility
Chevrolet revealed the Silverado High Desert package, which will arrive in dealerships this fall. Available on LT, LTZ, and High Country trim levels, the High Desert package combines refined exterior styling, an all-new cargo system that is lockable and water resistant, and available Magnetic Ride Control suspension on High Country. The lockable storage system features dual side storage bins and a three-piece hard tonneau cover, and is secured, along with the tailgate, with the keyfob. The High Desert package on the LT trim level features 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, while 22-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are available on LTZ and High Country trim levels. The Magnetic Ride Control suspension features a magneto-rheological fluid containing minute iron particles and under the presence of a magnetic charge, the iron particles align to provide damping resistance. Changes in the magnetic charge alter the damping rate of the shocks, with changes occurring almost instantly. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
April is proving to be a great month for light-duty truck sales. According to the latest Ward Report Sales figures, most all truck sales are up, especially for Ford’s F-150 that reached a double digit sales percentage increase in April 2016 compared to the same month in 2015.
For truck accessory retailers, the sales growth continues to fuel accessory product sales and stir up new products for 2016 model vehicles. Mid-size truck sales are also improving in 2016, with Chevrolet’s Colorado doing very well compared to last year’s introduction, but has still some catching up to do when compared to the Toyota Tacoma, who is getting ready to release it’s 2017 model later this year.
April 2016 Sales Figures vs April 2015
70,774- Ford F-Series +12.6% vs 2015
49,990 - Chevrolet Silverado +8.7% vs 2015
41,079 - Dodge Ram +8.3% vs 2015
20,531 - GMC Sierra +13.5% vs 2015
18,106 - Toyota Tacoma +15.6% vs 2015
10,259 - Toyota Tundra -4.0% vs 2015
10,362 - Chevrolet Colorado +47.8% vs 2015
7,509 - Nissan Frontier +28.9% vs 2015
3,026 - GMC Canyon +24.4% vs 2015
1,010 - Nissan Titan -2.7% vs 2015
2016 Sales YTD
258,895 - Ford F-Series
178,995 - Chevrolet Silverado
154,446 - Ram
71,662 - GMC Sierra
62,682 - Toyota Tacoma
35,794 - Toyota Tundra
32,982 - Chevrolet Colorado
28,904 - Nissan Frontier
10,063 - GMC Canyon
4,281 - Nissan Titan
Westin Automotive Receives Patent for Public Safety Division PIT Bar Elite
Westin Automotive announces the receipt of U.S. Patent US D755,094 S for the PIT BAR Elite, a Westin Public Safety Division component option to the Elite system of front-end protection products. Westin’s patented PIT Bar Elite design attaches to the Push Bumper Elite, and features a vehicle specific contour design. The PIT Bare Elite is made of seven-gauge HRPO steel to withstand repeated wear and tear. In a recent independent test, Westin Public Safety Division Elite program exceeded the competition for sustained PIT maneuvering hits and public safety vehicle protection standards. For more information, visit www.westinpublicsafety.com.
Westin Automotive introduces its R7 Boards with bracket caps for Chevy/GMC Colorado/Canyon and Silverado/Sierra, Dodge/RAM 1500/2500/3500, Ford 150/250/350/450/550, and Toyota Tundra and Tacoma applications. Nissan Titan is available without bracket caps only. Westin R7 Boards feature oversized step pads and OE style traction grooves, and are sold in complete kits. The kit features driver and passenger-side boards, a vehicle specific mounting kit, and comes with injection molded bracket covers. R7 Boards are available in polished 304 stainless steel backed by a lifetime warranty, and black powder coated aluminum backed by a three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Rapto Worx introduces its new heavy-duty set of grab handles for Jeep JK owners. The grab handles are manufactured from 6061 billet aluminum, are precision CNC machined for a precise fit, and come available in black, blue and red anodized colors. The Rapto Worx billet aluminum grab handles bolt onto the vehicle's factory roll-bar with stainless steel hardware, and does not require any drilling or trimming. The complete kit includes front driver and passenger grab handles, two rear passenger handles for Jeep JK Unlimited four-doors, and a long center grab handle that fits across the interior roof line. Each set of handles are also sold individually. For more information, visit www.raptoworx.com.
XPEL introduces two new window film products, XPEL PRIME XR and PRIME CS. The window films are designed with heat rejection technology that does not utilize metalized particles. According to XPEL, PRIME XR blocks more than 99 percent of harmful UV rays, and up to 88 percent of the sun's infrared radiation. The film also features nano-ceramic particle technology and is available in five percent up to 80 percent VLT. XPEL's PRIME CS film also blocks up to 99 percent of harmful UV rays and provides up to 45 percent of total solar energy rejection. PRIME CS comes in a black or a neutral charcoal color and is available in 5 percent up to 88 percent VLT. XPEL's PRIME CS and PRIME XR films carry a transferrable, lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.xpel.com.
Permatex Fast Orange Grease X Mechanic’s Laundry Detergent
Permatex has added an automotive first to its #1 selling Fast Orange Hand Cleaner line with the addition of Permatex Fast Orange Grease X Mechanic’s Laundry Detergent. The laundry detergent is specifically for automotive technicians and do-it-yourselfers. Fast Orange Grease X is designed to effectively clean clothing that has been soiled by automotive grease, oil, tar, greasy dirt, and automotive fluids. It features a built in pre-treater that, according to Permatex, can remove up to 99 percent of automotive stains and odors, helps repel future stains, and keeps the washing machine clear of residual grease. For more information, visit www.permatex.com.
Husky Liners introduces its form fit mud guards for the 2016 Toyota Tacoma with OEM fender flares. The mud guards are made from impact resistant all-weather thermoplastic, are precision cut, and feature easy installment with no drilling. The Husky Liner mud guards are backed by a no-hassle lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com.
Eibach Introduces Performance Shock Options For Ford’s
Eibach introduces three different Pro-Truck shocks for 2015 Ford trucks and SUV’s. Eibach’s Pro-Truck Sport shocks are designed for moderately lifted trucks with larger wheels and tires. The Pro-Truck Sport Leveling (RHA) shocks feature added front ride height adjustability, allowing consumers to lift their truck of SUV up to two and a half-inches. Both the Pro-Truck Sport shocks, and Sport Leveling shocks feature a mono-tube design, 46-millimeter pistons, nitro-coated rods, and zinc coating. The Pro-Truck shocks upgrade consumer’s stock truck or SUV with original equipment shocks and standard ride height. Like the Sport and Sport Leveling shocks, the Pro-Truck shocks feature a mono-tube design, 46-millimeter pistons, and nitro-coated rods. However, these shocks feature a powder coat finish. All Pro-Truck Shocks are made by Eibach and dyno tested. For more information, visit www.eibach.com.
Westin Automotive introduces its new HDX Drop Steps for truck and Jeep owners. The steps feature a solid one-piece steel construction and heavy duty punch plates for the traction step areas. The HDX Drop Steps also feature Westin's notched bar design providing consumers with more than two-inches of additional toe/heel placement. The steps are available in a textured black finish. The HDX Drop Steps have vehicle specific applications and include a vehicle specific mount kit, installation hardware and instructions. The new HDX Drop Steps are also backed by Westin's three-year warranty. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.
Ford released its preliminary information on its new 2017 F-150 Raptor. The truck is built from the same high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that is shared with the standard F-150. This lightens the Raptor more than 500 pounds, giving it a significant performance advantage over previous models.
The Raptor's suspension features larger diameter Fox racing shocks and greater suspension travel. Tough terrain is managed with the Raptor's new terrain management technology, which allows the truck to change suspension characteristics on various types of terrain. As expected, the new 2017 Ford Raptor uses a 3.5 Liter EcoBoost engine that has more power than previous models. Considering that means it makes more than 411 horsepower and 434 lbs.-ft. of torque than the 6.2 liter. Coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Raptor sounds like it was worth waiting for.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. Welcomes New Lines
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc. added four new lines to its supplier roster. Vogtland, FiTech, JMS and Turbosmart have joined the speed and performance division to continue growth of the sport compact, domestic, import, modern muscle, and street rod segments. Larry Montante, Vice President of Category Management says, “These new lines are reputable additions to our existing speed and performance inventory and provide our customers with a great opportunity to grow their businesses by reaching even more end consumers.” For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.
Paramount Automotive Introduces Full Width LED Bumpers
Paramount Automotive introduces its new full width LED front bumpers and winch plate for the 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler JK’s. The Full Width Front Bumpers are laser cut, robotically welded to exacting specifications and are manufactured from 5/32-inch steel with high strength D-ring mounts welded both inside and out; featuring a 4.75-ton capacity. The Bumpers include high powered LED’s, a built in winch plate that accepts a 12,000-pound winch, and is finished with a two-stage black powder coated finish. For more information, visit www.paramount-automotive.com.
3M Auto Introduces The Trizact Scratch And Scuff Remover Kit
3M Auto introduced its new Trizact Precision Scratch Kit with new restorative abrasive technology. Utilizing micro-replication, Trizact’s pyramid-shaped structures contain multiple layers of abrasive minerals that produce, according to 3M, easier and finer results for scratched and scuffed surfaces. “Our goal was to offer both new and seasoned car maintenance customers an easy-to-use solution that combines cutting-edge technology with DIY practicality,” said Darcy Backman, Global Marketing Manager at 3M Auto. The 3M Trizact Precision Scratch Kit features a 3M Trizact Scratch Pad, Orange Compounding Pad, Black Polishing Pad, Drill/Pad Adapter, 3M Rubbing Compound and 3M Scratch Remover. For more information, visit www.3M.com.
LEER announces the availability of its removable Ricochet and Ricochet XRT tonneaus. Pickup trucks can be driven with the cover open, closed or partially open with secure stops every 12-inches along the rails. The tonneaus retract into a canister at the cab-end of the pickup. The Ricochet XRT model features heavy-gauge, extruded aluminum panels with a powder-coated, matte black surface. For more information, visit www.leer.com.
E-Force Supercharger Systems For 2007-13 GM HD Trucks
Edelbrock has expanded its E-Force Supercharger systems for 2007-13 GM trucks to now include 2011-13 Heavy-Duty models. The systems increase the stock GM 6.0L engine output up to 424 rear wheel horsepower and 431 foot-pounds of torque for improved towing performance. The systems include all of the upgraded components needed to support the increased power output of the engine, including a high flow air intake system and handheld programming module to update the ECU. They’re also designed to work with all OEM emissions equipment, making them 50 state emissions legal. Systems are also available without tuners. For more info, please visit: www.edelbrock.com.
Ground Force announces its two-inch front leveling kit for the 2015 and up Ford F-150, two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The kit features urethane construction, an internal coil spacer design for proper suspension clearance, molded in coil stop for coil alignment, and laser cut strut spacers for height adjustability. For more information, visit www.groundforce.com.
Dee Zee Inc. announces its continued primary sponsorship of Jon Agan and Agan Motorsports. Dee Zee has been in the light truck accessory market business since 1977. Teaming with Agan Motorsports promotes their outdoor product line and the large audience following the sport of Sprint Car Racing. Jon Agan is a professional sprint car racer with multiple years of experience. Jon looks forward to bringing home another championship this year and Dee Zee is excited to support his achievements. For further information, visit www.deezee.com.
Air Lift Offers Rebate on Air Spring Kits and Compressor Systems
Air Lift Company announces its mail-in rebate program. Through June 30, 2016, buy Air Lift adjustable air springs and get $25 back with a mail-in rebate. Consumers can choose between the Air Lift LoadLifter 5000, LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE, or the RideControl with leaf springs. Adding an Air Lift on-board compressor system can get consumers $75 back with a mail-in rebate, for up to $100 in savings. Buyers can choose from a WirelessAIR, SmartAIR, WirelessONE, or a LoadCONTROLLER. Air Lift air spring kits include a lifetime warranty and on-board air compressor systems include a two-year warranty. Both have a 60-day money back guarantee. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
LEER Announces New Velocity Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
LEER introduces its Velocity roll-up soft tonneau cover for truck owners. The Velocity features pinch release latches for opening the tonneau from either side of the truck, a dual-latching system allowing for quick opening and closing, commercial-grade, reinforced vinyl, and a simple-to-use, no-tools-needed tension adjuster to keep the tonneau tight across the bed. The roll-up soft tonneau cover does not require any drilling for installation. For more information, visit www.leer.com.
Mickey Thompson Adds Two New Sizes To The Baja ATZP3 Line
The all-terrain Baja ATZP3 tire line from Mickey Thompson has been expanded to include two new sizes, the LT325/50R22 (35X13.00R22) and 37X13.50R22LT. Designed with three-ply PowerPly sidewall construction, tread blocks and an extra-wide footprint, the Baja ATZP3’s feature stone ejector ribs that, according to Mickey Thompson, resist stones and cracking; while the tire’s sidewall construction provides durability with added strength for puncture resistance. For more information, visit www.MickeyThompsonTires.com.
A.R.E. Expands LED Lighting Options For Its Deluxe Commercial Unit
A.R.E Accessories now offers an expanding palette of lighting options to light the interior and exterior of truck caps and tonneau covers. A.R.E.’s LED options are rated for 100,000 hours. Lighting options include a dome light with an optional prop switch, rope lighting, Rigid Industries LED lighting which includes a lifetime warranty and has 36-inch or 48-inch bar lighting options, rear door lighting that is mounted inside the truck cap above the rear door, and exterior lighting that offers up to ten different locations on the rear quarters of the DCU. For more information, visit www.4are.com.
Coast To Coast International Offers New Mirror Covers
Coast to Coast International presents the new mirror covers for the 2009-2015 Honda Pilot. The new mirror covers go over the existing OEM mirrors, upgrade both vehicle and trim level appearance, and complement the styling of the OEM design. Install with confidence, CCI accessories use 3M double sided tape for secure fitment. CCI mirror covers are chrome plated for a long-lasting shine and come with a limited lifetime warranty. For additional information, please visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
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Coast to Coast International Offers New Tailgate Handle Cover
Coast to Coast International announced a new one-piece tailgate handle cover for the 2015-2016 Ford F150. This lever-only restyling accessory goes over the existing OEM handle and complements the styling of the OEM design. CCI accessories use 3M double sided tape for secure fitment. CCI tailgate handle covers are chrome plated and come with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.coast2coastinternational.com.
Moto Metal Becomes Official Wheel Of Santa Cruz Syndicate
Moto Metal announced that the brand is the official truck and automotive wheel of Santa Cruz Syndicate. The partnership will support the team of racers, who kicked off the 2016 season in the UCI MTB World Cup Downhill Series. “Moto Metal Wheels is proud to become the official wheel of Santa Cruz Syndicate, as they represent the innovation, passion and talent that are required to win at the highest level,” commented Mike Bell, Moto Metal Sports Marketing Manager. “Santa Cruz Syndicate is highly respected in the world of mountain biking, and they encompass all we look for in a long-term partnership.” For more information, visit www.motometalwheels.com.
LEER announces that its fiberglass caps are now available for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. For Nissan TITAN pickups with five-foot six-inch beds, LEER now offers the high-performance 100XL, 100XR and 100R caps, as well as the full-featured 700 tonneau for the Nissan Titan pickups with six-foot six-inch beds. For more information, visit www.leer.com.
BOLT Locks Showcases Product Line in New 2016 Catalog
BOLT Locks has released its 2016 catalog, showcasing its expanding line of award-winning locks, featuring BOLT's Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology. The new 16-page catalog features BOLT Locks designed for a range of applications, from towing campers to securing outbuildings to locking toolboxes. The series is tested to ISO-TS 16949-2009 standards. The new catalog contains detailed breakdowns of the exact vehicle brands and years compatible with BOLT locks. BOLT offers locks for Chevy, GMC, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, and Nissan vehicles. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.
JKS Manufacturing expanded its product lineup for the Jeep Wrangler JK/JKU with its new JK MiniSkids. The MiniSkids were designed to further protect consumer’s front axle against rocks and other objects while off-roading. The new MiniSkids weld directly to the OE lower control arm mount on the axle. Compatible with stock or aftermarket control arms, the skids are built from .250-inch steel that is construction folded for added strength and bushing clearance. The skids come in a raw metal to be painted after installation. For more information, visit www.jksmfg.com.
ARIES Offers Side Bars and Running Boards As Complete Kits
ARIES Automotive now offers kitted part numbers for its running boards and side bars with the universal track mounting system. The kits will include both the boards and vehicle-specific mounting brackets to provide one complete package without the need for separate ordering. ARIES also expanded its product offering for 2016 by adding several side bars and running boards, including AdvantEDGE side bars, RidgeStep commercial running boards and AeroTread running boards. The option to order the boards and brackets separately will continue to be available. For more information, visit www.ariesautomotive.com.
Tuffy introduces its new line-up of console inserts for full size trucks beginning with the 2015 Ford F-150 flow-through center console insert. The security console features a Pry-Guard locking system with 1/8-inch thick welded steel components, welded 16 guage steel construction, ten tumbler double bitted lock with built in weather seals, and installs quickly with no drilling. The console maintains full use of the factory accessory tray, armrest and lid, and features a texture powder coat finish. For more information, visit www.tuffyproducts.com.
Snugtop announces its 2nd generation model XTR truck cap, refined with aerodynamic enhancements. The XTR G2 features an integral full-width fairing that serves as a front attachment point for its built-in two-inch diameter tube roof rack, flush-mounted glass side windows and a curved all-glass tailgate, a rotary latch with stainless steel rods, a Snugrug interior shell headliner, and a honeycomb-reinforced roof that is covered by a Lifetime Structural Warranty. Painted to match factory colors using Axalta ChromaPremier basecoat/clearcoat, the XTR G2 also has a Lifetime Paint Warranty. For additional information, visit www.snugtop.com.
Pace Edwards New RUBC- Retractable Utility Bed Cover
The Retractable Utility Bed Cover (RUBC) from Pace Edwards is a workhorse in the service industry. Available in both manual and electric-powered models, the RUBC is a lightweight hard tonneau delivering secure, convenient storage for tools and a wide variety of equipment. To maximize access to the truck bed, the cover retracts into a front canister. The cover fits most 8-foot and 9-foot pickup models, with longer lengths available. For more information visit www.pace-edwards.com.
March 2016 Light Duty Truck Sales Stay Strong Into Spring
Truck accessory retailers can continue to stock popular work truck and lifestyle accessories for popular model trucks, knowing that light-duty truck sales continue to be on the positive side. With the exception of the Toyota Tundra and GMC Canyon, truck sales were good for the OE's in March, with Nissan's Titan and GMC's Sierra shoing double digit increases. For the Ford F-series, the truck remains as the best selling pickup on the market, and in March, the company exceeded 70,000 units earlier than previous years.
March 2016 Sales Figures vs 2015
73,884- Ford F-Series +9.1% vs 2015
47,966 - Chevrolet Silverado +6.1% vs 2015
44,966 - Dodge Ram +7.9% vs 2015
21,548 - GMC Sierra +23.9% vs 2015
17,687 - Toyota Tacoma +11.3% vs 2015
10,002 - Toyota Tundra -13.1% vs 2015
9,718 - Chevrolet Colorado +46.8% vs 2015
8,198 - Nissan Frontier +15.0% vs 2015
2,867 - GMC Canyon -2.9% vs 2015
1,274 - Nissan Titan +21.6% vs 2015
2016 Sales YTD
186,121 - Ford F-Series
128,985 - Chevrolet Silverado
113,367 - Ram
51,131 - GMC Sierra
44,576 - Toyota Tacoma
25,535 - Toyota Tundra
22,620 - Chevrolet Colorado
21,395 - Nissan Frontier
7,577 - GMC Canyon
3,271 - Nissan Titan
Dee Zee Inc. announces its support of SEMA Cares by donating to its Pinewood Drag Races. Dee Zee has been the leader in the light truck accessory market since 1977. According to Dee Zee Inc., it is an honor to be a part of the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Cares committee. The Pinewood Drag Races was established by the SEMA Cares committee in 2007 to bring the voice and resources of the SEMA community together, making a positive difference in the lives of others by raising money for various SEMA Cares charities. For further information, visit www.deezee.com.
Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels Introduces New Sizes to Extreme Country Tire Line
The Extreme Country tire line from Dick Cepek has been enhanced to include two new sizes - LT255/85R16 and LT295/70R18. Now available in 21 popular 15- to 20-inch sizes. The Extreme Country tread features special chamfers and notched inner and outer lugs for stability and responsive grip on irregular surfaces. The heavy-duty carcass is reinforced with two-ply high-tensile body cord for sidewall strength without increased weight or rolling resistance. Wide outer tread voids and self-cleaning angled shoulder scallops provide enhanced traction in mud and loose soil, and stone-ejector grooves resist stone retention. For more information, visit www.DickCepek.com.
Scosche Industries is celebrating 36 years as an award-winning pioneer and innovator of consumer technology and car audio installation products. From its origins in a garage in Southern California back in 1980, the family-owned and operated company has grown to become an industry leader, with products sold in over 50 countries. According to Scosche, its passion for and unwavering commitment to its car audio products business will yet again manifest itself throughout 2016 as the company introduces new installation kits, harnesses, interfaces, sound system hardware and more. For more information, visit www.scosche.com.
Cequent Performance Products announces its Reese Elite Gooseneck Accessories Kit, now for use with the Nissan Titan OE under-bed kit. The Reese Elite Gooseneck Accessories Kit includes a two -5/16” Pop-In Ball that is rated up to 30,000 – pounds, two safety chain attachments, one hole cover, and a storage bag to keep all of the items together when not in use. The Pop-In Ball’s lift and turn lever makes for easy installation, while the ball bearing locking system holds it in place. The Pop-In Ball can also be removed easily and stored away, allowing towers full use of their pickup beds. The entire kit is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.reeseprod.com.
Avery Dennison Adds Transparent Overlaminates and New Giovanna Colors
Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of new Transparent Colored Overlaminates for Conform Chrome films, and two new colors in the Giovanna Edition of Supreme Wrapping Film. Transparent Colored overlaminates for Conform Chrome are available in three distinct colors – orange, green and purple; to combine with the five existing Conform Chrome colors. Satin Azure and Satin Pearl Koko join Satin Pearl Cielo Blu, Matte Metallic Grigio and Satin Pearl Nero in the Giovanna Edition of Supreme Wrapping Film line. When paired with Conform Chrome, the films offer a multi-layer functionality intended to help protect the chrome film from being scratched or damaged. For more information, visit www.averydennison.com.
CURT Manufacturing Acquires Towing Electrical Systems
CURT Manufacturing LLC. announces the acquisition of Towing Electrical Systems (TES) and ProTek Philippines. TES, which owns ProTek Philippines, has been a long-time supplier of CURT towing electrical products. “TES’s technical capabilities, along with their manufacturing capacity, will allow CURT to offer an even larger electrical line,” says President of CURT Manufacturing Philippines and Sr. VP CURT Manufacturing, Phil Cushman. This means more new products for the customer, and an even more inventory of all electrical products. TES will allow CURT to keep pace with electronic manufacturing technology on a global basis. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
Tuffy Introduces Its Deluxe Security Deck Enclosure
Tuffy announced its Deluxe Security Deck Enclosure, a large and lockable storage area for 2011 to current Jeep JK’s. The Security Deck Enclosure features a large storage area that is secured shut when the rear vehicle door is locked, is constructed using welded 16 gauge steel, heavy duty fasteners, and finished with a textured powder coating. The enclosure also features built in weather seals, and easy installation to the vehicle's floor with standard hand tools in both two and four door models with and without an OEM hardtop. For more information, visit www.tuffyproducts.com.
Air Lift Releases LoadLifter Series for 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pickups
Air Lift Company has released its LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE air springs for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup. The kits work with the existing suspension on many 3/4- and one-ton pickup trucks. Both the LoadLifter 5000 and LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE series are fully adjustable and offer up to 5,000 pounds of leveling capacity, require no drilling, and are designed for underframe installation. Each air suspension kit includes air springs and hardware, with easy-to-follow instructions. All Air Lift products are backed by a lifetime warranty and a 60-day money back guarantee on all load support air springs and on-board compressor systems. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Rostra announces the availability of its five all-new Sentry Pro-Grade camera systems for the 2014-2016 Full-Size Ford Transit. Each Pro-Grade camera system includes an innovative third brake lamp assembly with an integrated Super CMOS color camera, wide viewing angle, and a combination of five-inch or seven-inch dashboard or windshield mount monitor. According to Rostra, the kits greatly improve the rearward visibility of the large utility vans that at times do not include side or rear windows. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.
Dee Zee Supports the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation
Dee Zee Inc. announces its support of the Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation. Dee Zee has been the leader in the light truck accessory market since 1977 and teams up with the industry’s only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping members of the automotive aftermarket industry and their families. The AACF has assisted numerous individuals and families of the Automotive Aftermarket industry who have fallen on hard times due to a death, catastrophic accident, or illness leading to financial or emotional hardship. For more information, visit www.deezee.com.
CURT’s Ball and Chain Anchor Kit Available For Nissan
CURT Manufacturing LLC. announces that its OEM-compatible gooseneck ball and safety chain anchor kit is now compatible with the new Nissan Titan XD. The patented ball features a quarter-turn latch-locking system, and a gross trailer weight capacity of 30,000-pounds. The anchors are also designed for fast, simple installation with no tools required. The package includes the ball, anchors, a rubber ball-hole cover and a storage case. The ball and anchors can also be purchased individually. The packaging for all three products will be updated with the new application information after existing inventory has been consumed. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.
OR-Fab announces its heavy-duty Rock Doors. Made for 2016 and earlier model Jeep JK Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimited vehicles, the Rock Doors are made from a single piece of one and one fourth-inch .095 thick steel tubing that is precision bent for superior strength and durability. Each door comes with nylon safety pads with a sewn-in zippered carrying pouch, and feature adjustable hinges and latches to fit the Jeep’s factory hinges. Available in front and rear, OR-Fab Rock Doors can be ordered in a heavy-duty gloss or wrinkle black powder coat finish. For more information, visit www.orfab.com.
HELLA Inc. introduces the new HELLA LED Light Bar 350. It features a new design that combines LED lighting with an aerodynamic low profile, low weight and thermally conductive, polymer body. The HELLA LED Light Bar 350 incorporates 12 high-performance automotive grade LEDs that produces 145,000-candela power at a very low power consumption of just 25-whatts. The housing on the HELLA LED Light Bar 350 is injection molded from a ceramic-based polymer that is resistant to corrosion, lightweight, and protects the LEDs from overheating. Weighing one and a half pounds, the bar is hermetically sealed and submersible. The housings feature stainless steel brackets that allow flexible positioning. The HELLA LED Light Bar 350 is available in four beam patterns configurations, including: Driving Beam, Pencil Beam, Wide Beam, and Narrow Beam. For more information, visit www.hellausa.com.
GMC introduced the 2017 GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition, a stylized special edition combining blacked-out exterior details and wheels, with popular technologies such as IntelliLink with available 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot. It joins the Canyon Nightfall Edition and the all-new Sierra All Terrain X. The Terrain Nightfall features 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels and gloss black spokes, a charcoal grill with a gloss black surround and accents, gloss black front and rear fascia accents, gloss black rear license plate surround trim, gloss black outside mirrors, and black luggage rails. The Terrain Nightfall Edition will be offered on SLE-2 and SLT models with four exterior color options: Summit White, Onyx Black, Graphite Gray Metallic and Crimson Red Metallic. For more information, visit www.gmc.com.
Chevrolet announced that a new trailering camera system will be available for 2014-2016 model year Silverado’s. It joins a new factory-installed, fifth-wheel prep package, compatible with either gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitches available from Chevrolet Accessories. As with all offerings from Chevrolet Accessories, these packages are warranted and integrated to work with the customer’s vehicle and are available through Chevrolet dealers. Chevrolet partnered with Echomaster to develop the blind-spot-assist towing package system, which includes three cameras: two side view cameras, and one for mounting on the rear of the customer’s trailer. The system also supports the use of an optional fourth camera. The trailering camera system will be available for purchase through Chevrolet dealers in April. For more information, visit www.chevrolet.com.
Air Lift Introduces Ford F-250 Side Mount RideControl Air Springs
Air Lift announces its new side-mount RideControl suspension kits for non-fifth-wheel or gooseneck towers and haulers. The side-mount RideControl kit is compatible with 2011-2016 Ford F-250 two and four wheel drive pickups and work with the vehicle's existing leaf spring suspension to deliver up to 2,000-pounds of load levelling capacity. RideControl air springs can be inflated when carrying heavy loads and deflated when riding empty. The kits include air springs with all the necessary hardware. All Air Lift RideControl kits are backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee and covers its products with a lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.airliftcompany.com.
Dee Zee Inc. announce its sponsorship with professional Polaris Team Rider, Dan Adams. Dee Zee has been in business since 1977 as the leader in the light truck accessory market and teaming with Dan Adams promotes its enthusiastic outdoor product line and the large audience following the growing snowmobile sport. Dan Adams is a professional snowmobile rider with over 20 years of riding and coaching experience. Adams took second place in the 2000 Gravity Games freestyle event, and has toured with FSX freestyle snocross. For further information, visit www.deezee.com.