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Transfer Flow Under Tonneau Auxiliary Fuel Tank

Transfer Flow offers a way to Increase fuel capacity and driving range with its in-bed auxiliary fuel tank system. Made in the U.S.A. the Transfer Flow in-bed auxiliary tanks are available in 37, 50, 75 and 98 gallon capacities and feature a sturdy aluminized steel and bright diamond plate finish. Transfer Flow fuel tanks are fully baffled to minimize sloshing and come complete with all necessary installation components and detailed instructions. With a patented and industry leading TRAX-II or the company's MaxFlo-TFI operating system, the transfer process is entirely automatic and worry free. Exclusive design features allow some tanks to be used in conjunction with other popular cargo accessories such as retractable truck bed covers, tonneau covers and camper shells. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com

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TWN Industries Patriotic “One Nation” Hydrographic Film Pattern

TWN Industries Inc.announces the release of its "One Nation" film pattern of the United States flag. The One Nation water transfer printing film patterns are available exclusively through TWN Industries, and come in a vintage, traditional and midnight patterns. For more information, visit www.watertransferprinting.com.

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Flowtech Headers For Late-Model Trucks

Flowtech exhaust now offers three new shorty headers for ‘02-13 GM Trucks, ‘09-14 Dodge Ram HEMI and ‘05-11 Toyota Tacoma platforms. Machined 3/8” thick flanges and TIG welding deliver maximum strength and durability. These headers are available in both high temp black paint and a silver satin ceramic coating for an aggressive under-hood look. Large mandrel bent primary tubes are used for maximum flow increasing performance and improving throttle response. For more information, visit www.holley.com.

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New Pace Edwards POP Displays

Pace Edwards recently introduced its new POP displays, that are designed to be lighter, eye-catching, easy to assemble, and very different than traditional tonneau cover displays used in the past. According to Vern Kaufman, Pace Edwards' Sales and Business Development Manager, the old-style rectangular displays used in may retail stores often get broken, and end up piling-up with junk and pamphlets on top of them. The new POP displays weigh only seven pounds, and are easy for salespeople to carry into a retail store and assemble in a matter of minutes.

Pace Edwards designed their POP displays with  elliptical sections that each showcase the product's features and benefits at a glance, with integrated pockets that allow take-home brochures to be mounted to the display. Two POP displays are available. One features the entire Pace Edwards product line, while another features the Pace Edwards Switchblade tonneau cover. For more information visit www.paceedwards.com.

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Xpel Door Edge And DoorSill Guard Kits

Xpel now offers an easy way to provide paint protection products for the most commonly damaged areas of automobiles and trucks. Made from XPEL's durable paint protection films, these DIY products are designed to protect vehicles from chips, scratches, scuffs and abrasions. XPEL's clear paint protection films are virtually invisible when applied, while the black embossed PVC films hide existing damage to paint and protect against new scratches and abrasions.

Xpel's Door Edge Guard is an 8 mil polyurethane film. Invisible when applied, XPEL's Door Edge Guard Kit includes enough material to protect four doors. Available in a 12-foot DIY kit and a bulk 100-foot roll. Xpel's Doorsill Guard Kit protects the highly visible doorsill area as occupants enter and exit the vehicle. XPEL's Doorsill Guard Kit includes one 60-inch x 2.75-inch strip of durable removable film that protects the doorsill plate. Available in a 12-foot DIY kit and a bulk 100-foot roll in clear and black. For more information, visit www.xpel.com.

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Rigid Industries LED Roof Mounts For 2014 GM and Dodge Trucks

Rigid Industries now offers new OE Mounting Products for the 2014 GMC/Chevy 1500/2500/3500 E-Series 50” Roof Mounts, the 2010-2014 Dodge Ram E-Series 50” Roof Mounts, the 2014 GMC 1500 Fog Light Kit and the RDS-Series Bar Mounts.

The 2014 GMC/Chevy 1500/2500/3500 E-Series 50” Roof Mounts and the 2010-2014 Dodge Ram E-Series 50” Roof Mounts are made of steel construction that is UV resistant and abrasion resistant with a polyester based powder-coat.  The legacy E-Series light bars which Rigid Industries is known for will now have a custom fit option for roof mounting for the GMC, Chevy or Dodge owners to stand out in the crowd!

The 2014 GMC 1500 Fog Light Kit allows you to mount the D-Series (Dually or D2) LED lights in your GMC 1500’s OE fog lamp locations. This kit gives your otherwise square D-Series lights a clean, from-the-factory look without having to drill or cut into your bumper. Made from high quality stainless steel, these adaptor plates are powder-coated black for a durable, long-lasting finish.

The RDS-Series Bar Mounts are circular powder-coated steel bar mounts of multiple dimensions to hold your RDS-Series light bar. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.

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Toyo Tires Open Country AT-II Now OE Tire For Ford F-250/350 Trucks

Toyo Tires announced that its Open Country AT II truck tire has been adopted as original equipment for the Ford F-250 and F-350 picup trucks. The Ford trucks will use a LT275/65R20 tire that features a bold, rugged design, with improved treadlife and excellent traction. For more informaiton, visit www.toyotires.com.

Read Our Review On The Toyo Open Country AT II Here.

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Bolt Lock Technology Is Standard On Undercover Elite Tonneau Covers

The Elite tonneau cover by UnderCover now comes standard with Bolt Lock technology. The Bolt lock is incorporated into the new, ergonomically-friendly handle of the cover to provide improved security with the ease of using only one vehicle key.
"Consumers who choose the UnderCover Elite for being easily removable from a truck bed without the need for tools or adjustments, will value the convenience of using the vehicle's ignition key to also unlock the tonneau cover," said Bolt National Sales Manager Erika Garcia.
     
All BOLT products feature patented one-key lock technology, an innovation which permanently programs the lock to the vehicle's ignition key and allows for the use of just a single key, no matter how many BOLT locks are in use. For more informatio, visit www.boltlock.com.

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3M Introduces New Carbon Fiber Colors

Available in black or anthracite, 3M's Fiber film provides a way for restylers to provide a unique and creative appearance for their customer's vehicles. The new films are part of the 1080 series that includes a vvariety of finishes and textures and can be applied right out of the package without overlaminating. “Our current carbon fiber films are still available and were designed with a slight weave in the pattern to mimic real carbon fiber,” said Doug Blackwell, marketing development manager for 3M. “However, some customers prefer a straight pattern. We now offer both patterns to give the customer the flexibility and freedom to choose either effect.” For more information, visit www.solutions.3m.com.

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Revtek Dodge Ram 3500 6.5-inch Lift Kit

Revtek Suspension now offers a 6.5-inch Radius Arm lift kit for the Dodge Ram 3500. The kit fits 2013 and up one-ton models and includes replacement radius arms fabricated from 1-1/8-inch hardened steel tube, DOT approved replacement brake lines, super heavy-duty, plated and powder coated components. The kit installs easily and retains the factory geometry in the front suspension. Revtek also includes a drive line spacer to prevent over extension of the front drive line. For more information, visit www.revtek.com.

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Rugged Ridge Jeep Styling Packages

Rugged Ridge now offers 10 new Jeep® restyling packages for ’07-’14 Wrangler’s. Each of these packages groups common sets of accessories into easy to order kits for the dealer, jobber and upfitter; providing everything needed to transform an ordinary, stock Jeep into an attractive, off-road capable, vehicle that stands out among the rest. The restyling packages serve as one-stop-shops allowing store owners simple options for their customers looking for something different, or the Jeep dealer looking to pre-load inventory. Each of the packages combines a variety of products from the Rugged Ridge catalog ranging from wheels, lift kits, modular snorkels, bumpers and recovery winches, transforming the Jeep into a lean, mean, trailblazing machine. For more information, visit www.ruggedridge.com.

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June 2014 Truck Sales Plateau, But Not For All…

While sales are hitting a pleateau for Ford, GM and Toyota, Dodge is showing some of their best truck sales since 2007. For the most part, the third quarter of 2014 may seem flat, but as 2015 models are soon to be released this quarter, and in the 4th quarter of 2014. Manufacturers hope that this may help boost sales and allow them to finish off the year as predicted. 

June 2014 Sales Figures For Top Automakers
68,560 - Ford F-Series -11.0% vs 2013
43,519- Chevrolet Silverado +0.6% vs 2013
33,149 - Dodge Ram +11.8% vs 2013
15,046 - GMC Sierra -7.0% vs 2013
12,173 - Toyota Tacoma -13.2% vs 2013
8,997 - Toyota Tundra -8.0%% vs 2013
5,722  - Nissan Frontier +5.7% vs 2013
1,309  - Honda Ridgeline -16.7% vs 2013
976    - Nissan Titan -24.9% vs 2013

Year-To-Date Sales As Of June 2014
Ford F-Series = 365,205
Chevy Silverado = 240,679
Dodge Ram = 203,860
GMC Sierra = 93,191
Toyota Tacoma = 75,149
Toyota Tundra = 57,987
Nissan Frontier = 35,943
Honda Ridgeline = 7,906
Nissan Titan = 6,416

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Leer Trilogy Folding Tonneau Cover

LEER has expanded its product line with a new folding, hard tonneau called the Trilogy. The top-mount Trilogy tonneau cover is easy to use, provides maximum functionality and comes with a three-year warranty. The tonneau is designed to be lightweight, tough, secure, and can be installed in minutes without any tools. In addition, the Trilogy can travel in both open and closed positions, accommodates large cargo, and can also be completely removed. For more information, visit www.leer.com.

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Westin Receiver Hitch For 2009-15 Ram 1500

Westin now offers a Class III Receiver Hitch for the Dodge RAM 1500 that features a 10,000 lb. towing capacity and two inch receiver tube. This hitch design bolts up to the vehicle’s existing underbody tube. It is made of e-coated steel for maximum corrosion protection and has a textured black powder coat finish. It also features a unique delta cut safety chain loop and a stylized forged steel collar. The RAM 1500 application is classified to have an estimated 45-minute no-drill install time.
For more informaton, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Blue Ox Appoints New President And CEO

Blue Ox announced that Ellen Kietzmann, will take over as the company's CEO and president. This announcement comes after the death of Blue Ox's former CEO and president Jay C. Hesse, who recently passed away from his battle with cancer.
Kietzmann will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of Blue Ox. Her 20 years of experience with the company working side by side with Jay Hesse and within in the industry, has made her uniquely qualified tolead the company and to build on the legacy Jay Hesse put in to place. The new Board of Directors consists of Ellen Kietzmann, Mike Hesse and Sandy Hesse. Everyone at Blue Ox looks forward to serving the needs of our customers and continuing the Company’s growth with this leadership team in place. For more information, visit www.blueox.com.

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TRIMAX Razor RP Hitch System

TRIMAX now offers an adjustable hitch system called the RAZOR RP, patented by inventor/owner Philip Wyers of Denver, Colorado. The RAZOR RP is a unique adjustable hitch system that is easy to care for and is made from 100 percent solid polished aluminum. The hitch comes in three sizes and is fully adjustable in one-inch increments up and down. The unit attaches easily and can be removed at any time. The RAZOR RP comes with dual hitch balls, includes a pin and clip for easy installation, and can be purchsed with a custom key option. For more information, visit www.trimaxlocks.com.

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Agri-Cover Rockstar Mud Flaps

Agri-Cover’s line of ROCKSTAR™ Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps are contoured to fit a truck’s bumper and shield the truck — and any equipment being towed— from rocks and other road debris. The model-specific design is easy to assemble, requires no drilling,
and features a built-in stabilizer plate that keeps the frame level with the bumper. The rust-proof aluminum frame is available in smooth or diamond plate finish. Frame openings offer quick access to pin and wiring. The hitch-mounted mud flaps are covered by a one-year warranty. For more information, visit www.agricover.com

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Rigid Industries Radius Light Bar

Rigid Industries® LED Lighting is now shippng RDS-Series radius light bar in 20” and 30” sizes. This linear light bar is the legendary flagship E-SeriesTM light bar treated to a gentle arc, creating a curve in a 20”-54” extruded aluminum housing and packed full of Rigid Industries SpotTM LED technology to produce an astonishing custom look for any car, truck or off-road vehicle. For more information, visiw www.rigidindustries.com.

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Meyer Distributing Adds Two New Centers

Meyer Distributing Inc. announced it has added two new distribution locations. One is in Valdosta, Georgia, and the other in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The cross-docks will have a direct feed from Meyer's Jasper, Indiana, and Dallas, Texas distribution hubs.

“The Valdosta crossdock will greatly enhance service to one of the few areas that didn’t have next-day delivery from our Jasper core,” states Jeff Braun, CFO of Meyer. “Cities in Georgia like Valdosta, Brunswick, and Albany, and cities in Florida like Jacksonville and Tallahassee will see four-times-a-week next-day service.”

Of the Oklahoma City location, Cale Rees, Meyer's general manager of Dallas operations said, “We will improve frequency and time of delivery to our customers with this crossdock," says Cale Rees, Mayer's general manager of operations in Dallas. "Cities such as Oklahoma City, Altus, Lawton, Wichita Falls and Duncan are just a few that will benefit from the new location.” For more information, visit www.meyerdistributing.com.

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Covercraft Appoints New National Sales Director

Long time Western Regional Sales Manager, Beth Velarde of Covercraft Industries, Inc. (Covercraft) has been selected as the company’s new national Sales Director. In this expanded role, Velarde will continue to serve in her current role while also overseeing product sales in North America across all product categories with the exception of the company’s OE products. She will also oversee the further development of the customer service department.

As a 32-year veteran of the automotive industry and a 14-year Covercraft team member, Velarde brings an exceptional record of success in both sales and customer service to her new position. She is also a long time SEMA member, SBN member and a 27-year SEMA Show veteran.

“Beth is an incredible asset to our team,” stated Marty Lichtmann, President of Covercraft. “Because of her strong background in both customer service and sales, she has a unique perspective on the important connection between sales and service. Her years of experience in the industry and record of success have earned her the respect of her co-workers as well as the industry as a whole, and we look forward to the contribution she will make in her new position.”
For more information, visit www.covercraft.com.

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Torklift’s SuperHitch Magnum 30,000 lbs. Hitch

Torklift International's SuperHitch Magnum is rated at 3,000 lbs tongue weight, 30,000 lbs pull with weight distribution, and 20,000 lbs pull and 2,500 lbs tongue weight carrying. The SuperHitch doesn't require drilling in most applications and is compatible with stander ball mounts.

This 30K hitch uses the company's patented dual receiver design (2-1/2" upper and 2" lower) that features high penetration dual shield welding and includes hardened reinforced hitch pin locations. The SuperHitch Magnum 30K has a Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA. For more information, visit www.torklift.com.

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Innovative Creations Inc. Hires new Sales Specialist

ICI announced Oscar Martinez as the company's new Sales Specialist. According To ICI, Martinez has an extensive knowledge of the production side of the business and will cover Canada, Mexico, and the Northeast United States as his territories. “I just love to talk to people. When you’re doing sales you get so close to the people. It’s not like they are your customer anymore, it sometimes becomes a friendship,” says Martinez. “I am looking forward to have the opportunity to grow with ICI and be part of the family.”With more than 20 years of experience, Martinez worked his way up through the ranks at another automotive manufacturer – first starting in shipping and receiving, then gaining experience in production, then moving on to sales, eventually becoming the Sales Manager, and finally the General Manager.  For more information, visit www.icionline.com.

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CargoGlide New Headquarters

CargoGlide annouced that it has moved into a larger headquarters in St. George, Utah, due to expanded growth in the truck accessory marketplace. "We moved into a much larger and better equipped building," says David McInturf, Principal at CargoGlide. "It was very exciting watching this happen in late February into early March of this year. CargoGlide manufactures cargo managment systems that help truck owners organize and access cargo in truck beds and sport utility vehicles. For more information, visit www.cargoglide.com.

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Delta Tech Industries New Lighted Hood

Delta Tech Industries, domestic automotive lights manufacturer, has introduced a lighted Jeep hood. The hood is made of 100% Carbon Fiber but also available in Hi-Temp hand-laid fiberglass. This hood features a low-rise center air scoop and two heat extractors.

The scoop holds two six watt LED DRL lights which illuminate when the ignition is turned on. The aluminum grill protecting the air scoop highlights the laser-cut Delta logo. Delta Hood offers another lighting function, an under-hood LED light which illuminates the entire engine bay the moment you lift the hood up. All these unique features come with the distinct performance/racy look handmade Carbon Fiber which is very light in weight but super tough and durable. The Carbon Fiber hood installs in minutes and requires no paint finish. The fiberglass model can be painted any color to match your vehicle. The installation is very simple using existing factory hardware and basic tools. For more information, visit www.deltalights.com.

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PIAA Driving Lights For Toyota Tundra Pickups

PIAA has introduced two new kits for mounting LP530 LED lights in 2014 and 2015 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks. These kits allow for the installation of PIAA’s LP530 LED lights, and feature the Reflector Facing Technology (RFT) that PIAA pioneered. The LP530 lights come in either 20° driving pattern, or 70° SAE-compliant fog pattern. These kits have been specifically engineered to replace the dim OEM lamps in the bumpers of the new Toyota Tundra, and provide roughly three times the light output of the stock lights. They are also easily installed in trucks that were produced with no OE lamps in the bumper, requiring only the addition of factory bezels readily available from any Toyota dealer. Plus, these kits offer truck owners the choice of driving or fog lamps depending on the nature of their night time driving. For more information, visit www.piaa.com/lp.

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Superchips Tuner For 2013 Ram 5.7L

Superchips now offers its Flaspaq tuner for the 2013 Ram, 5.7L Hemi. The Superchips Flaspaq provies the vehicle with an additional 23 horsepower and 46 lb-ft torque. With five tuning modes, Ram truck owners looking for economy, towing power, and peace of mind by way of Flashpaq's powertrain warranty, will be pleased with the options now available to them.  Superchip's '13 HEMI tuning is CARB compliant via Executive Order D-330-15. For more informaiton, visit www.superchips.com.

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Roadwire Expands Into New Headquarters

Roadwire Inc. has relocated its headquarters to Austin, Texas to strategically realign the company’s executive and administrative operations. According to Roadwire Inc. VP Dave Edmondson, the new, 20,000 sq. ft. headquarters serves as the hub for the company’s global operations. “We are excited by our move to new headquarters,” said Edmondson. “Roadwire Inc. and its subsidiaries—Roadwire Leather Interiors, Signature Sunroofs, Distinctive Industries and Classic Soft Trim—are experiencing significant growth. The employee-centric environment in our new facility provides an ideal work setting for our team of dedicated professionals, ensures that we will attract talented, high-caliber employees, and is integral to strategic positioning with our global facilities throughout the U.S., and in Ensenada, Mexico, and Shanghai, China."

The new facility features expansive office space housing executive and administrative staff, including innovatively designed work stations, community work space and other amenities conducive to fostering creativity, teamwork and social interaction.

Roadwire, a third-generation, privately owned company was founded in 1969. The global automotive technology company provides and manufactures innovative products to new- and pre-owned vehicle markets facilitated by more than 2,000 authorized installers. Its portfolio of products includes OEM and aftermarket leather-trimmed interiors, climate-controlled seating, seat heaters, electric sunroofs, myTop®, the world’s first all-electric convertible top for the Jeep® Wrangler, and other patented technologies designed to enhance comfort and security for the next generation of automobiles and light-duty trucks. For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.

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Rigid Industries Appoints Jim Heckman As VP Engineering

Rigid Industries®,  has recently hired accomplished technologist and electronics industry leader Jim Heckman to assume the Vice President of Engineering post. Prior to his arrival at Rigid Industries, Heckman held a succession of positions in fields such as materials and process engineering, failure analysis, quality engineering, product management and resource management, at companies ranging from Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, to General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, and most recently with Boulder, Colorado’s Ball Aerospace. At each company, his level of responsibility and resource management increased.

Heckman will be tasked with ensuring Rigid Industries continues to deliver superior lighting solutions in some of the toughest, most demanding conditions in the industries it serves. As a product where failure is not an option, Heckman will oversee development of Rigid’s extremely rugged, durable product line, backed by a world-renowned warranty program and customer service by an American-made company located in Gilbert, Arizona. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com

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Hellwig Big Wig Rear Sway Bar

Hellwig's Big Wig Rear Sway Bar provides your towing customers with a significant increase in sway control and improved handling both loaded and empty.  There are three mounting points for the end link to provide adjustability for the amount of sway control needed for your vehicle. Provides more cornering traction and better handling loaded or empty. Excellent for commercial trucks, heavy haulers and when towing. The massive 1 5/16” solid 4140 chromoly steel bar is heat-treated and powder coated for long lasting performance and good looks.  Heat treating the steel sway bar increases its tensile strength by almost 100%.  Each kit is designed specifically for the vehicle and includes hardware, powder coated plate steel brackets and polyurethane bushings. For more information, visit www.hellwigproducts.com.

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Magnaflow Stainless Steel Exhaust System For Dodge Ram V6

Magnaflow now offers a stainless steel exhaust system for 2009 thru 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 series pickups equipped with the 3.6L V6 engine. The three-inch diameter cat-back exhaust system features mandrel bent tubing and Magnaflow's performance muffler with dual outlets. The system utilizes dual polished exhaust tips that exit out past the rear tire. For more information, visit www.mganaflow.com.

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May 2014 Truck Sales Rebound In Spring

May 2014 truck sales are clearly rebounding after a hard winter that kept customers from new vehcle lots. While Ford still maintains the top selling truck position, its May 2014 sales are down from last year, but spring sales may help boost that number for the summer months. In the meantime, the Dodge Ram continues to have some of the strongest sales numbers, followed bo the GMC Sierra pickup.

May 2014 Sales Figures For Top Automakers
68,520 - Ford F-Series -4.3% vs 2013
46,648- Chevrolet Silverado +7.8% vs 2013
37,131 - Dodge Ram + 17.2% vs 2013
18,326 - GMC Sierra +14.1% vs 2013
13,876 - Toyota Tacoma -5.8% vs 2013
11,391 - Toyota Tundra + 14.5% vs 2013
6,662  - Nissan Frontier + 1.4% vs 2013
1,425  - Honda Ridgeline - 12.4% vs 2013
1,166    - Nissan Titan - 16.8% vs 2013

Year-To-Date Sales As Of May 2014
Ford F-Series = 305,265
Chevy Silverado = 197,160
Dodge Ram = 170,711
GMC Sierra = 77,785
Toyota Tacoma = 62,967
Toyota Tundra = 49,010
Nissan Frontier = 30,221
Honda Ridgeline = 6,597
Nissan Titan = 5,440

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Highway Products Aluminum Truck Tonneau

Highway Products, Inc. added an Aluminum Truck Tonneau Cover to their product line. Highway Products claims that the aluminum tonneau is stronger than fiberglass and lasts virtually forever and is covered by the company's lifetime warranty. The aluminum construction also keeps valuables safe and secure from bad weather and thieves. "Highway Products sets a new standard in security” said Gene Gros, President and founder of Highway Products. "While the tonneau cover is closed and locked, your tailgate can still easily be opened for easy access to your truck bed." The Tonneau also easily folds in half, allowing the truck owner to carry tall items when necessary.

Highway Products also manufacturers Toolboxes and Headache Racks for Pickup and Semi Trucks, Aluminum Flatbeds, Service Bodies, Truck Bed Slide-Out Cargo Trays, and Pickup Packs. For more information, please visit www.highwayproducts.com.

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Curt Manufacturing Acquires Aries Automotive

CURT Manufacturing announced the acquisition of Aries Automotive, manufacturer of tubular-style truck accessories and 3D floor and cargo liner interior accessories. “We are very excited for the opportunity to add high-quality truck and interior accessories to our portfolio of products,” says Greg Hooks, CEO of CURT.  Jeff Perez, Presidentof Aries added, “We are all pleased with the acquisition of Aries Automotive and we are very much looking forward to working with the CURT team.” Jeff Perez and his team will continue to be the contacts for Aries Automotive. All contact information for Aries, including phone numbers and email addresses, will remain the same. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com and www.ariesautomotive.com.

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CTEK Announces Roger Parker As Logistics Coordinator

CTEK Power Inc. announced that it has hired, Roger Parker as logistics coordinator and inside sales representative. “Roger’s exceptional interpersonal skills combined with his automotive experience, including his time as an ASE certified automotive technician, provides CTEK with a strong technical support background that will benefit our customers,” said Andreas Naeslund, president of Americas for CTEK.

Most recently, Parker was general sales manager for Fitzgerald Automotive Group and spent four years as the park services director at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. In his new role at CTEK, Parker will help lead technical support for the company. He will also be responsible for order fulfillment, customer service, inventory planning and marketing support for CTEK’s sales team. For more information, visit www.smartercharger.com.

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Truck Accessories Group Adds Jim Blayne To Director Of Fleet Sales

Truck Accessories Group, LLC (TAG) announced the addition of Jim Blayne as the new Director of Fleet sales for the company’s Commercial Division. Blayne will deliver the vision and the experience to help TAG’s commercial and fleet customers meet their exacting budget and transportation needs. Blayne joins TAG with more than 22 years of  industry experience, including holding senior management positions at A.R.E. Accessories in Ohio. He will establish the Division’s overall strategy and oversee all aspects of its sales efforts. “Jim’s addition to the Commercial Division team, along with his unique experience, impeccable integrity and drive, will help the company establish important relationships with new and existing commercial customers throughout North America,” said Kevin Page, vice president of sales and marketing for LEER. “We now have the Commercial team in place to deliver exceptional value and service to our fleet customers.”

Blayne will be assisted by Elizabeth Peck, National Fleet & Commercial Sales, whose experience includes 25 years of work with fleet management companies and OEMs. And by Bob Tessier, Fleet & Commercial Sales Bid Coordinator. Tessier’s expertise is preparation of all fleet commercial sales proposals. His product knowledge, and technical and research skills ensure the highest level of customer service.

Commercial customers and fleet managers who want to explore the expansive line of high-quality LEER products, as well as the company’s unrivaled support services, should visit the LEER fleet Web site at www.leerfleet.com.

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TruXedo’s New Saddlebag Truck Bed Storage Bag

TruXedo now offers a cargo storage solution called the Saddlebag. The Saddlebag is a foldable storage bag with internal compartments, which mounts behind the driver's side wheel weel for easy access. The strong commercial grade fabric of the Saddlebag is weather resistant and makes it perfect for storing tools, and keeping loose articles in one place. Exterior pockets make it easy to access gear in the bag and it is completely portalbe and easy to install or remove. For more inforamation, visit www.truxedo.com.

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3M Scotchgard Pro-Series Paint Protection Film

3M introduced its new Scotchgard™ Paint Protection Film Pro Series. The new Scotchgard Pro Series features a flexible, clear top coat with exceptional stretch, making it much easier to install and reposition. The new film also enables faster cutting with less scrap, helping installers save both time and materials. Scotchgard Pro Series has unrivaled scratch and stain resistance, making it easier to clean and harder to scratch, ensuring that it keeps the vehicle looking newer, longer. The film’s innovative technology also has self-healing properties, which allow minor scratches to disappear by themselves. For more information, visit www.3M.com/paintprotectionfilm.

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TruXedo Expedition Cargo Storage Sling

TruXedo now offers a cargo storage sling called the Expedition. The Expedition attaches anywhere along the rails of the truck bed, providing quick and convenient storage space that can be removed in seconds. The Expedition fits under most tonneau covers and installs without drilling. The Expedition includes a frame, rail system, and cargo bag that is made from commercial grade fabric that's tough and weather resistant. For more inforamation, visit www.truxedo.com.

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Go Rhino Safari Racks

GO RHINO! Products introduced its new line of Safari Rack cargo carriers. The Safari Rack features a stainless fairing with light tabs for mounting accessory driving lights. Side plates feature tie-down points to secure cargo. Available in two sizes, 40" x 48" and 40" x 60", these universal fit cargo carriers will fit most vehicles with factory or aftermarket roof cross bars. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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A.R.E. Reorganizes Fleet & Commercial Sales Division

A.R.E. announced that is has implemented a strategic realignment of the company's fleet and commercial sales division. A.R.E.has assembled a team of professionals with over 50 years of combined experience in the fleet and pickup truck aftermarket industries. The division will be led by Jose Reyna, national fleet and commercial sales manager. Norm Brown will serve as fleet and commercial sales representative. Scott West is in place as the commercial fleet coordinator, and Anna Maher continues in her role as the commercial fleet customer service representative. According to A.R.E. president Todd Hoffman, "This team is excited and looking forward to the fresh perspective that we have in place, while bringing a wealth of A.R.E. experience to the proven structure and system."
     
The team will continue to lead and respond to national commercial fleet needs for durable and functional products such as A.R.E.'s popular Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) aluminum truck cap, which is just one of many fleet solutions.  A.R.E.'s "one-stop shopping" approach and partnerships for over two decades have allowed leasing companies, fleets, upfitters, dealers, and end users to succeed in the commercial fleet markets. A.R.E. has manufacturing facilities dedicated to commercial products and solutions, and the company anticipates further growth with the new team. For more informaiton, visit www.4are.com.

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Xpel TracWrap Temporary Paint Protection Film

XPEL has expanded its product line with the addition of TRACWRAP, a temporary paint protection film designed to prevent rock chips and other paint damage. Unlike traditional paint protection film, TRACWRAP can be easily self-installed for temporary use.
     
Designed initially to protect vehicles at race tracks, TRACWRAP also answers a need for short-term paint protection for vehicles, motorcycles or RVs during road trips, vehicle delivery or long-distance service. TRACWRAP is an 8mil thick urethane film, which provides robust protection for automotive paint, unlike other extremely thin protection films on the market. For more information, visit www.tracwrap.com.

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A.R.E. Rod Pod Roof Mounted Fishing Rod Carriers

A.R.E. now offes a roof-mounted fishing rod carrier called the Rod Pod. Developed by professional Britt Myers, a Bassmaster Elite Series Top 100 Pro and vehicle customization expert, the Rod Pod is a solution to safely transport fishing gear while being mounted on any type of roof rack. Constructed with durable PVC plastic and corrosion-resistant stainless steel hardware, the Rod Pod is eight feet four inches long and six inches in diameter, and can comfortably accommodate a number of rods. A spring-loaded end cap can accept a padlock to protect the rods stored inside, and the unit is protected by textured black LINE-X elastomeric coating for long-lasting good looks.
     
The Rod Pod concept grew out of A.R.E.'s participation in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's (B.A.S.S.) Bassmaster professional fishing tournament series featuring the nation's top bass anglers. A.R.E. is a title sponsor for two of Bassmaster's Elite Series events and the company also provides support for four Elite Series pro anglers. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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Cargo Ease Extreme Side Rails

Cargo Ease now offers its aluminum extreme side rails as an option to any of the company's products. The larger side rails are designed to maximize cargo space and make loading and unloading easier, while also clearing the factory wheel wells. The extrme side rails are spacially cut and feature a durable powder coat and feature tie-down locations to secure cargo. For more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com.

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Westin Pro Traxx Step Bars For Ford F-150 Pickups

Westin offers its Pro Traxx Oval Step Bars for 2009 thru 2014 model Ford F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew models. The Pro Traxx Oval Step Bars include a vehicle specific mount kit, so there's only one part number to order. The bold step pad is available in a four or five inch design and provides a heavy-duty appearance. Pro Traxx steps feature seamless domed ends, so there are no end-caps or exposed bolt heads. The step bars feature 30-degree OE style bends and are finished in either a polished stainless steel or mild-steel with a  black powder coat finish. For more information, visit www.WestinAutomotive.com.

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INNO Racks’ Aero Base Rack System

INNO Racks now offers a new aerodynamic Aero Base Rack System that features a low-profile design with a solid black, scratch resistant coating, and comes with a key an lock. The Aero Base Rack System provides a quite ride and better fuel economy due to its aerodynamic design. The system is available for vehicles with a raised rail, naked roof and fixed point system, as well as low-rail style vehicls. No tools are required for installation. For more information, visit www.InnoRacks.com.

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Go Rhino Dominator III Side Steps For Dodge Ram HD Pickups

Go Rhino now offers its modular One-Piece Dominator III Series Wheel-to-Wheel SideSteps for 2010 to 2014 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 HD pickups. The side steps are made of three-inch round tubing and come in black powder coat with a five year warranty or polished stainless finish with a limited lifetime warranty. The Dominator hoops feature a wide and slip-resistant step pad, and install without drilling on most applications. A third-step allows for easy access to the bed of the truck. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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Buyers Products SaltDogg Salt Spreaders

Buyers Products now offers the SaltDogg® SHPE1500-, SHPE2000- and SHPE2250-series salt spreaders standard in red and yellow polymer as well as the black.

The SaltDogg® series salt spreaders are intended for medium- to heavy-duty commercial spreading. The light-weight polymer material makes the spreaders easy to install and maintain. “The red and yellow standard color options are ideal for uniformity among fleets or to fit personal preferences,” said Brian Smith, marketing manager at Buyers Products. SaltDogg SHPE1500-series spreaders have a 1.5-cubic-yard capacity and SHPE 2000-series spreaders have a 2.0-cubic-yard capacity. Both have a 2.5-inch stainless steel, screw-type auger. SaltDogg SHPE2250-series spreaders provide a 2.2-cubic-yard capacity and have a 5.25-inch full length steel variable-pitch auger. For more information, visit www.BuyersProducts.com.

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Chevrolet 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle

Chevrolet announced the availability of a 2015 model Silverado SSV for law enforcement agencies. According to Chevrolet, the pickup will feature a 5.3-liter V8 that puts out 355 horsepower and 383 lbs.-ft. torque. The truck will be available in WT and LS trim package, both in 2WD and 4WD. Included in the SSV package are heavy-duty cooling, alternator and battery, upgraded brakes and transmission, and 110-volt outlets and accessory switches for liglhts and sirens.

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Air Lift LoadLifter 5000

Air Lift Company has expanded its line of suspension solutions with the release of its new LoadLifter 5000(tm) ULTIMATE air spring kits. Air Lift's exclusive LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE air springs kits are designed to fit half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickups equipped with leaf springs, boosting towing and hauling safety and comfort when drivers need it most.

The new air spring kits provide all the benefits of the LoadLifter 5000 air spring kit line, which works with the existing suspension to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of load-leveling capacity, with the addition of an internal jounce bumper. The jounce bumper is made with Air Lift's specially engineered, closed-cell urethane foam and replaces the factory jounce bumper. Virtually maintenance free and able to safely run on zero air, the LoadLifter 5000 ULTIMATE air spring kit provides a cushion of air that absorbs shocks and protects vehicles with heavy loads, eliminating jarring on rough roads. For more information, visit www.airlliftcompany.com.

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Performance Accessories Lift System For 2014 Toyota Tundra

Performance Accessories'now offers it's Premium Lift System for the 2014 Toyota Tundra that raises the vehicle 5.5-inches without changing or modifying any of the vehicle's OE suspension components. The Premium Lift System, PN-PLS573 raises the vehicle by combining the company's high-quality body-lift and leveling kit, allowing the vehicle to run up to a 35-inch diameter tire, and without affecting the vehicle's warranty or electronic stability controls. For more information visit www.PerformanceAccessories.com.

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CargoGlide Announces Ryan Colvin as Customer Support Manager

CargoGlide appointed Ryan Colvin as the company's new Customer Support Team Manager. According to CargoGlide, Colvin has many years of experience from which he and his team will be able to provide customers with sales and serives assistance and support. For more information, visit www.cargoglide.com.

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T-Rex Grilles Offers Torch Series LED Lights For Ford Raptor

T-REX Grilles now offers a series of LED lights that fit 2009-2014 Ford Raptor pickups. The LED lights and bracket kits are part of the Torch Series line and are designed to accept most three, six or 20-inch LED light bars. The new LED light kits include four  three-inch bumper mounted LED light cubes (two on each side), two six-inch corner mounted LED light bars (one each side),  a 20-inch LED light bar mounted in the center of the bumper, and two hood bracket mounted three-inch LED light cubes (one each side). These new Torch Series LED light bracket sets fit most three and six-inch LED lights and mount in the corners of the bumper. The bumper bracket kit fits most 20-inch LED light bars for mounting in the center of the bumper, and a bracket set to hold most three-inch LED light cubes mounts to the top side of the hood brackets. For more information, visit www.trexbillet.com.

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April 2014 Truck Sales Begin To Heat Up For Some Automakers

April 2014 truck sales continue to heat up after a cold start to the year. The Dodge Ram continues to have a hot streak into Spring, as well as the Toyota Tundra. Ford's F-series still tops the sales figures this month, while the Chevrolet Silverado although up this month, is not doing as well as last year at this time. 

April 2014 Sales Figures For Top Automakers
63,387 - Ford F-Series +7.4% vs 2013
42,775- Chevrolet Silverado +8.5% vs 2013
36,674 - Dodge Ram + 16.8% vs 2013
17,246 - GMC Sierra +21.4% vs 2013
13,781 - Toyota Tacoma +6.9% vs 2013
10,217 - Toyota Tundra + 23.5% vs 2013
5,697  - Nissan Frontier + 10.5% vs 2013
1,328  - Honda Ridgeline - 14.7% vs 2013
956    - Nissan Titan - 7.9% vs 2013

Year-To-Date Sales As Of April 2014
Ford F-Series = 236,745
Chevy Silverado = 150,512
Dodge Ram = 133,580
GMC Sierra = 59,459
Toyota Tacoma = 49,100
Toyota Tundra = 37,619
Nissan Frontier = 23,559
Honda Ridgeline = 5,172
Nissan Titan = 4,274

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Accel Extreme 9000 Ceramic Boot Wires For Trucks

Designed to perform under the most extreme underhood temperatures, the ACCEL Ceramic Boot spark wire sets are ideal for a variety of truck and SUV appllications, especially vehicles with tight header clearances and limited engine bay space. The wire sets feature ceramic ends capable of withstanding temperatures where conventional boots would simply fail – up to 2,000-degrees Fahrenheit. The Extreme 9000 wires also feature double silicone protected 8-mm Ferro-Spiral core construction with stainless steel terminals to deliver the fastest, most powerful spark while maintaining the highest level of RFI/EMI suppression. ACCEL Extreme 9000 Ceramic Boot Spark Plug Wires are available in universal configurations with straight, 45 or 90-degree ceramic boots to accommodate a wide range of engines. For more information, visit www.accell-ignition.com.

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T-Rex Grilles Offers Torch Series Grilles For Ford Raptor

T-REX Grilles added eight new part numbers of its Torch Series line for 2009-2014 Ford Raptor pickups. All Torch Series grilles come fully assembled, ready to mount, and wire into the vehicle.  T-REX Grille's Torch Series parts are backed by T-REX Products' industry leading Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty and three-year limited finish warranty. For more information, visit www.trexbillet.com.

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Cargo Ease Now Offers Chevy Tahoe Application

Cargo Ease now offers a sliding rear cargo ramp for for 2007 to current model Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicles. The Cargo Ease ramp provides four-inch cargo side rails and is available in all Cargo Ease models except the Ramp and Heritage models. For  more information, visit www.cargo-ease.com.

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New Westin Toyota SUV Mount Kit For Sure-Grip Running Boards

Westin Automotive is proud to announce the availability of the Mount Kit (PN#27-2165) for the 27-Series Sure-Grip Running Boards for the Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition (2011-14) and SR5 Edition (2014).

Sure-Grip Running Boards are universal in length and feature a cradle mounting technique. The 69 inch board for these applications are available in brite (PN#27-6610), brushed (PN#27-6110), and black (PN#27-6115) finish. A vehicle specific mount kit is required (PN#27-2165) and is sold separately. Sure-Grip Running Boards are made of an extruded aluminum base board and feature a slip resistant rubber step area and stylized molded end-caps for a finished look. Westin also offers an optional Sure-Grip Running Board Light Kit PN# 27-6000 (sold separately) to light the step area when doors are in the open position. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Draw-Tite’s Rebate Program Includes Donation To Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation

Draw-Tite launched its 2014 spring consumer rebate that includes a donation to Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation. “For every rebate received, Draw-Tite will donate $5 to Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation,” says Tom Benson, President of Cequent Performance Products. The Checkered Flag Foundation (CFF) honors military members, veterans, first responders and their families, among others. NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski founded CFF in 2010. “We find the partnership between Draw-Tite and the Checkered Flag Foundation to be ideal. Draw-Tite has been a sponsor of the #19 BKR truck since 2011, which is owned by Brad Keselowski. Brad’s efforts both on and off the track have recognized American heroes and the sacrifices they have made on our behalf,” says Benson. The rebate promotion runs from May 1st to June 30th. For more information, visit www.Draw-Tite.com.

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Truck Covers USA American Truck Rack

Truck Covers USA has designed its easy-to-install American Truck Rack to work with the American Roll Cover, or as a stand alone rack, that installs without any drilling. The American Truck Rack can carry loads up to 500-lbs. and is manufactured from an integrated steel and aluminum design. It can also disassemble for easy, compact storage, and has optional LED lights for improved visibility. For more information, visit www.truckcoversusa.com.

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Suspension Maxx Chevy Silverado Leveling Kit

Suspension Maxx's MaxxStak adjustable GM leveling kit is the perfect way to add 2, 2.25, or 2.5-inches of front end lift to level out the ride height on GM pickups and SUVs. The leveling kit PN SMXGM0725, fits 2007 and up GM half-ton trucks and 2006 and up GM half-ton SUV’s. Super lightweight and ultra-durable, the MaxxStak spacers are manufactured in the U.S.A. from impact resistant cast aluminum alloy, making them not only tough, but rust resistant to last the life of the truck. For more information, visit www.suspensionmaxx.com.

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RoadWire Launches EBay Motors Online Store

Roadwire Automotive Innovation has announced the launch of an all-inclusive eBay store offering consumers the ability to purchase aftermarket leather interiors and seat heaters online, and have the products installed through an experienced and trained installer network. “This is another set of firsts for our industry,” stated Roadwire VP Dave Edmondson. “Our goal is to meet consumer needs by providing a reliable and proven process for installing aftermarket products with advanced, in-seat passenger safety electronics, such as occupant classification systems (OCS) and airbags. By including installation in the sale, the consumer is treated to a professional experience from start to finish through a nationwide network of professional installers, provided by InstallerNet.”

InstallerNet (www.InstallerNet.com) is an installation-solutions provider for the consumer electronics industry, which delivers technology, services and logistics to consumer electronics retailers, manufacturers and installers. The company specializes in merchandising and coordinating consumer electronics installation services through the nation’s largest network of independently owned mobile- and home-electronics installers. “We are excited to partner with eBay on this breakthrough program," says Edmonson.
"Not only will the Roadwire eBay Store build awareness of the availability of aftermarket leather interiors and seat heaters. It will greatly enhance the consumer’s vehicle-ownership experience.”

Roadwire, a third-generation company based in Austin, Texas, is a global automotive technology company that provides and manufactures innovative products to new- and pre-owned vehicle markets facilitated by more than 2,000 authorized installers. Its catalog of products includes OEM and aftermarket leather-trimmed interiors, climate-controlled seating, seat heaters, electric sunroofs, myTop®, the world’s first all-electric convertible top for the Jeep® Wrangler, and other patented technologies designed to enhance comfort and security for the next generation of automobiles and light-duty trucks. For more information, visit www.Roadwire.com.

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SnugTop Promotes Dennis Bowe As VP Of Commercial Sales

SnugTop promoted Dennis Bowe to the position of Vice President of Sales of their Commercial Division. Bowe joined SnugTop in 2011, previously served as National Commercial Sales Manager. “Dennis has a high level of expertise in sales and distribution” said Hartmut Schroeder, president and chief executive officer. "Along with his great reputation in the industry and hands-on knowledge, he has been a perfect fit for Snugtop”.

Dennis is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of experience in the commercial industry and has been leading the sales effort of Snugtop’s Commercial Division. Prior to joining Snugtop, Dennis has held several key positions with Fortune 500 companies. Among his many notable accomplishments, as Director of Distributor Sales, he has developed strong distribution networks for Magna International, Leggett and Platt and Durakon Inc. For more information, visit www.snugtop.com.

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RetraxONE Low-Profile Tonneau

Retrax’s low-profile tonneau cover, the RetraxONE, incorporates a front cover flush with the rolling cover to provide a dependable, water-resistant seal and is key lockable in any position along the rail. Retrax tonneaus provide outdoor enthusiasts with the security and functionality they need to become weekend warriors with the reliability and security to leave gear in the cab. For more information, visit www.retrax.com.

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aFe Transmission Pan For 2011-14 Ford F-250/3

aFe Power now offers a new new deep transmission pan for 2011- 2014 Ford truck's 6R140 transmission. aFe Power’s transmission pan adds an additional three quarts
over stock. Internal and external fins transfer heat from the fluid to the ambient air for maximum cooling. Constructed out of durable A380 aluminum with reinforced ribs for maximum strength. This pan also features a black, powder-coated finish with machined fins for protection and styling. Internal and external fins transfer heat from the fluid to the ambient air for maximum cooling. This system incorporates a large neodymium magnetic drain plug that captures loose particles for maximum transmission protection and can be tightened using a 1/2" square socket drive. The threaded 1/8" NPT port comes ready to use for the transmission temperature sensor. This transmission pan comes complete with all necessary hardware to bolt directly to factory location for a hassle-free installation. This pan is compatible with the stock transmission filter and can be reused with the stock factory gasket. For more information, visit www.afepower.com.

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Titan In-Bed Diesel Fuel Tank With Tool Box

Titan's In-Bed Fuel Tanks for diesel trucks provides additional fuel with an optional large aluminum diamond-plate tool box on top. The tool box features 6.8 cubic feet of capacity that bolts to the top of any Titan In-Bed Fuel Tank and works with the Transfer Pump Kit when installed. The In-Bed Fuel Tank provides an extra 60 gallons of diesel fuel and is available with an electronic controller and pump transfer system. The Titan In-Tank Fuel Pumps and tool box is avaialble for all year Ford, Dodge and GM diesel pickups. For more information, visit www.titanfueltanks.com.

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BedSlide GO Entry-Level Cargo Carrier

With 1,000 lb. capacity and a full-width grab bar, the BEDSLIDE GO allows your customers to haul up to a half ton of their favorite gear. The skid-proof Fuzz deck and 3-inch 14 gauge cargo cages make sure everything stays secure—your rod and tackle, your camping gear, and the all-important ice-chest. Equip your rig with BEDSLIDE and GO. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.

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BedSlide Appoints New Plant Manager

BEDSLIDE/Takit announced that Tim Meloy as the Plant Manager to oversee their manufacturing facility in Elkhart, IN. With 14 years experience in a variety of plant management positions for R-Vision RVs and, since 2009, Plant Manager for Monaco RV, Tim brings a wealth of experience and talent to the his new position at BEDSLIDE. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.

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Volant Performance Cool Air Intakes For 2014 Silverado/Sierra Pickups

Volant now offers a Cool Air Intake system for 2014 5.3L V8 1500 Chevrolet Silverado and 1500 GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The cool air intakes are available for both the Silverado and the Sierra in a choice of either Volant's PowerCore(r) Closed Box Air Intake System (part #155536) or Pro5 Closed Box Air Intake System (part #15553). Volant Cold Air Intakes are designed to perform in all condition and environments from highway driving to off-road racing. For more information, visit www.volant.com.

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Go Rhino 4000 Series SideStpes For Ram HD Trucks

Go Rhino! Products® now offers its 4000 Series three-inch SideSteps for the 2010 - 2014 Ram 2500 / 3500 HD pickup. The SideSteps offer ease of entry and exit from the vehicle and feature a powder coated bracket system that makes installation simple with no drilling on most applications. Available in black powder coat or chrome finish with a five-year warranty, or polished stainless finish with a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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March 2014 Truck Sales Coming Back

March 2014 sales proved to be good, but slow for some automakers. Dodge, Toyota and GMC however, had impressive sales despite the previous month's inclement weather that kept people away from new vehicle dealerships.

March 2014 Sales Figures For Top Automakers
70,940 - Ford F-Series +5.1% vs 2013
42,247 - Chevrolet Silverado +6.8% vs 2013
42,532 - Dodge Ram + 25.7% vs 2013
16,863 - GMC Sierra +22.0% vs 2013
14,445  - Toyota Tacoma -5.0% vs 2013
11,589  - Toyota Tundra + 25.0% vs 2013
7,140   - Nissan Frontier + 4.7% vs 2013
1,538  - Honda Ridgeline - 10.2% vs 2013
1,314  - Nissan Titan - 36.9% vs 2013

Year-To-Date Sales As Of March 2014
Ford F-Series = 173,358
Chevy Silverado = 107,757
Dodge Ram = 96,906
GMC Sierra = 42,213
Toyota Tacoma = 35,229
Toyota Tundra = 27,402
Nissan Frontier = 17,862
Honda Ridgeline = 3,844
Nissan Titan = 3,318

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Hellwig Hires New East Coast Rep

Hellwig Products recently hired Will Rowe to help cover the company's sales on the East Coast. “He is energetic and has a great customer service attitude. We look forward to how he’ll represent us on the East Coast," says Melanie White, Hellwig Vice President. As a West Coast company, Hellwig has been looking to increase their representation on the East Coast, and see having representation there as an advantage. 

Hellwig Products Company, located in Visalia, California was founded in 1946 with solutions for handling of loaded passenger cars. The family operated company produces components for trucks, RV, muscle cars and military vehicles. Hellwig is ISO9001 certified and is proud to develop, test and manufacture products in the USA. For more information, visit www.hellwigproducts.com.

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A.R.E. WorkCover LS For 2009 to 2014 Ford F-150 Trucks.

A.R.E. expanded the WorkCover LS fiberglass tonneau cover to fit short bed Ford F-150 trucks from 2009 thru 2014 models. WorkCover LS features two doors on each side, and the entire cover opens effortlessly from the rear of the truck using a hinge system at the front of the cover. Painted to match the vehicle, the WorkCover LS features approximately three extra inches of storage room above the bed rail and offers the driver excellent rear visibility from the cab of the truck. Designed to keep products secure and out of sight, A.R.E. offers options such as remote keyless entry and LED strip lighting technology to illuminate the bed. For more information, vist www.4are.com/fleet.

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Husky Liners Now Offers Wheel Well Protection

Husky Liners now offers rear wheel well liners for trucks, which the company will be introducing as Husky Liners Wheel Well Guards. The liners are designed to both provide protection and enhance a truck's appearance. Husky Liners Wheel Well Guards cover and shield a truck's exposed frame, painted metal components, struts and all suspension-related underpinnings in the rear wheel housing. The liners will also protect aftermarket air-suspension lift and fifth-wheel components.

Made from a highly durable, impact-resistant thermoplastic olefin, the liners' primary benefit is to shield against the damaging effects of rocks, dirt and salt. A secondary benefit is the ease in which mud and road debris can be easily flushed from the wheel well. For more information, visit www.huskyliners.com.http://www.huskyliners.com

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UnderCover Adds New Features To The Elite Tonneau

The Elite by UnderCover has undergone a completely new design to make it the most refined UnderCover to date. The Elite hard tonneau cover now features a handle with a BOLT Lock technolgoy, and a brighter LED light that can be removed and uses a a flashlight. The tonneau also features a new lanyard that allows you to access cargo that is out of reach. The Elite is available for a wide range of truck applications. For more information, visit www.undercoverinfo.com/elite.

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Roadwire Automotive Appoints New-Business Development Manager

Roadwire Automotive Innovation announced that industry veteran John “JJ” Marsh has been appointed new-business development manager for the company. According to Roadwire VP Dave Edmondson, Marsh is responsible for growing sales of Roadwire’s legacy products, including leather interiors, sunroofs and seat heaters, as well as the company’s national and international network of professional restylers and OEM customers. Marsh also will assist in the launch of new products, such as myTop®, the world’s first all-electric Jeep® convertible top, and the exclusive, vehicle-specific line of factory-integrated sunroofs.“We are excited to welcome John to Roadwire and its family of companies, Signature Automotive Products, Classic Soft Trim and Distinctive Industries,” said Edmondson. “John brings a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships that will play a pivotal role in Roadwire’s continued growth.” For more information, visit www.roadwire.com.

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Du-HA Humpster Truck Bed Storage

The DU-HA Humpstor is an all-in-one storage unit, tool box, and gun case that provides extra storage. he lockable latches also help give piece of mind that valuables are locked up safely and securely. The Humpstor is easy to install. Brackets are included that clamp to the lip of the bed rail and can be adjusted up or down to your height preference to fit underneath toppers, tonneaus, and roll up covers. No drilling is required! The sealed lid is designed to keep out moisture and dust, to help keep your gear and belongings clean and dry. The Humpstor's lockable latches can be locked using any standard padlock to provide additional security for your valuables and belongings. For more information, visit www.du-ha.com.

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Performance Accessories 5-Inch Lift Kit For 2014 Ford EcoBoost F-150 Pickups

Performance Accessories' new Premium Lift System for EcoBoost equipped 2011 to 2014 model Ford F-150 pickups, raises the vehicle five-inches while retaining all of the factory suspension geometry. Performance Accessories combines the industry's highest quality body-lift and leveling kit that allows the use of up to a 35-inch diameter tire, but won't alter the ride, electronic stability controls, or void the warranty. The kit also leaves the turbo system and engine unmodified to preserve the factory powertrain warranty. For more information, visit www.performanceaccessories.com

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CORSA Cat-Back Exhaust For 2014 Sierra/Silverado 1500 Pickups

CORSA Performance now offers its premium stainless-steel exhaust system for the 2014 5.3L Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500. The new CORSA Cat-Back system is designed to enhance pickup truck enthusiasts' driving experience by delivering noticeable performance gains, an aggressive exhaust note and a guaranteed drone-free ride. The exhaust system will be available as a single side exit (part numbers 14871-14874) or as a dual rear exit design (part numbers 14867-14870). Each system comes with either CORSA polished stainless steel 4.0-inch diameter Pro-Series Tips or black PVD-coated tips, laser etched with the CORSA logo.  PVD, physical vapor deposition, technology is a vacuum coating process that vaporizes solid metal to a plasma of atoms or molecules, and is applied as a high-performance coating to harden, coat and enhance an objects durability. CORSA's PVD-coated Pro-Series Tips display a deep, brilliant, reflective, black finish that won't chip, flake or peel, and resists corrosion. For more information, visit www.corsaperformance.com.

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BOLT And Leer Ad Security To Fleet And Commercial Applications

LEER's Deluxe Commercial truck caps (DCC) now feature BOLT's rugged "one-key lock technology" to improve and streamline Leer's commercial and fleet applications. LEER DCCs, which are custom built based on each customer's specific business requirements, offer a wide range of options that includes various door styles, tool boxes, shelves, dividers, roof racks and lighting. All LEER's tough commercial caps are built to provide strength and security at the jobsite. Now, with the addition of BOLT cylinders as standard equipment in LEER'S heavy-duty aluminum DCCs, fleet managers and commercial users can take advantage of not only added security but also BOLT locks' ability to streamline daily operations. With STRATTEC(r) Security Corporation's BOLT locks technology, a single ignition key can be programmed to open any number of BOLT locks. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com.

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Win A Jeep Wrangler From Westin Automotive and Meyer Distributing

Westin Automotive and Meyer Distributing are giving away a 2014 Jeep Wrangler for a nationwide promotion to dealers and jobbers. Outfitted with Westin products that include Wade Floor Mats, and a 50 inch LED Light Bar, the Jeep two-door Wrangler will also have products from ReadyLift, Toyo Tires­, Rockstar, Airaid, Bully Dog, MagnaFlow, Rugged Ridge, XHD, Bestop, Bushwacker, Truck Lite, Yukon Gear, and X-Treme Jack. For more information on how to enter, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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Experian Automotive 20143 Market Report

Experian Automotive, a credit reporting business that collects information and provides analytical tools, recently released a 2013 market report that shows significant trends in the automotive marketplace. One of the trends shows that the overall automotive market decreased slightly, with approximately 900,000 vehicles taken off the road from a year ago. In addition, the report shows that there were 98 million vehicles within the aftermarket “sweet spot” (vehicles between model years 2002-2008). This means a good number of vehicles out of warranty are available for aftermarket companies. However, with a shortage of model year 2009 vehicles due to low sales volumes, the report suggests this number to decrease next year.

Findings from the report also showed that total vehicle sales were up in 2013, increasing by nearly three percent from a year ago. Furthermore, new vehicles sales continued to increase its share of total sales, reaching 28 percent of vehicles registered in 2013, up six percent from last year.

From a regional perspective, while all regions saw an increase in vehicles sales compared to last year, the Western region experienced the strongest growth, improving by more than four percent. Both the Southern and Northeast regions saw a 2.6 percent growth rate in sales, while the Midwest saw a 2.3 percent improvement.

Additionally, General Motors emerged as the manufacturer of choice when it came to new vehicle purchases in the Midwest and Southern regions, while Toyota was the top manufacturer in the Western and Northeast areas.

Other findings from the report include the average age of vehicles on the road in 2013 was 10.4 years, remaining flat from the previous year. In addition, General Motors had the highest market share in 2013 at 17.9 percent, followed by Ford (15.6 percent) and Toyota (14.4 percent). The Midwest was the only region to have domestic brands make up a larger percentage of its new vehicle registrations (62 percent); South (48 percent); Northeast (39.5 percent); West (38.4 percent).

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BOLT Coupler Pin Lock

STRATTEC® Security Corporation’s BOLT® product line has expanded once again with the release of the BOLT Coupler Pin Lock, which features an adjustable pin, making it ideal for many types of couplers and offering travelers peace of mind when leaving hitched vehicles unattended.
The Coupler Pin Lock features STRATTEC’s patented one-key lock technology, which streamlines travel by enabling the lock to be permanently programmed to the vehicle’s ignition key—that means the driver can use a single key no matter how many BOLT locks are in play.
The weather-proof BOLT Coupler Pin Lock fits couplers from 1/2" to 3 3/8" and is adjustable in increments of 1/8" allowing for a snug fit in any size. The lock is designed to slide easily along the stainless steel pin and is engineered with no exposed shackle, helping further deter theft. It features a plate tumbler sidebar to prevent picking and bumping and its stainless steel lock shutter helps keep out dirt and moisture. For more information,visit www.boltlock.com.

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A.R.E. ToolMaster Series Caps

The ToolMaster Series is a rugged truck cap featuring heavy duty doors, two steel toolboxes each with a 120-pound weight capacity, and a commercial-grade Prime Design AluRack roof rack with a ladder rack roller. Side and rear doors with aluminum inserts for privacy and security also come standard on the ToolMaster Series. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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Baja Designs Squadron XL LED

Baja Designs' new Squadron XL LED light provides 4,300 lumens of light that draws only 42 watts of power. The mounting brackets allow the light to be mounted in a variety of positions on a work-truck, to illuminate the job site. The Squadron XL includes Baja Design's CopperDrive LED Managament system to sneure maximum brightness and longevity. These lights are also field serviceable and customizable. For more information, visit www.bajadesigns.com.

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Gladiator Cargo Net

Gadiator Cargo Gear povides an easy way for work-trucks to secure cargo to the truck bed with the Gladiator Cargo Net. The cargo net has a working load rating of 2,250 to over 8,000 lbs, features multiple connection points, and is certified to AS/NZS4380.2001 standards. For more information, visit www.gladiatorcargonet.com.

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Phoenix USA 60-inch Tool Box

Phoneix USA enhanced its 60-inch stainless steel work-truck tool box with a new single three-point latch system. This design proies theusewer with the convenience of one-handed operation while still providing the security of multiple latch points. Other changes include a more secure carabiner latching door supprt cables, a rear vent hole and a pluggable bottom drain hole. For more information, visit www.phoenixusa.com.

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AMP Research Plug-And Play Harness

AMP Research simpified installation of the company's Powerstep with a new Plug-and-Play wiring harness. The harness makes installation easier by plugging it into the OBDII wiring port but still allows useo of the port for diagnostic tools and more.  The Plug-and-Play harness eliminates the need to tap into factory wires to complete the installtion of the system, and reduced installation time and effort. For more information, visit www.amp-research.com.

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THI Acquires BAK Industries

Tectum Holdings, Inc. (“THI”) announced the acquisition of Laurmark Enterprises, Inc.(d/b/a “BAK Industries” or “BAK”). “We are very happy to welcome BAK into the THI family," says Bill Reminder, Chief Executive Officer of THI. "The BAK team has done an outstanding job of introducing industry changing products to truck owners which is highlighted by BAK’s highly successful BAKFlip tonneau. BAK’s product line-up is an excellent addition to THI’s extensive product portfolio and BAK’s online marketing expertise will be highly complementary to THI’s current distribution and marketing initiatives.”

BAK is the seventh acquisition on the THI platform. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, THI is a premier manufacturer of tonneau covers, bed liners and related truck accessories. As the leader in the U.S. light duty truck aftermarket, THI is known for the quality and breadth of its product line, engineering excellence and innovative new product development. THI’s family of brands include Extang, TruXedo, BedRug, UnderCover, Advantage, Retrax and, as of today, BAK Industries.

Based in San Fernando, CA, BAK Industries was founded by Julian and Ivan Maimin in 1988. Over the past 26 years, the company has expanded its product offering from bed liners to a comprehensive line of dynamic and innovative tonneau covers. BAK’s philosophy has been to craft rugged and strong products while still maintaining a clean look of style and sophistication.

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The Hitch Company Changes Name To 5Seasons Distribution

Towing products warehouse distribution leader The Hitch Company announced today that it has changed the name of its North American operation to 5Seasons Distribution.

According to Glyn Evans, owner of 5Seasons Distribution, the name addresses a changing marketplace and reaffirms the company’s ability to adapt in order to offer the best product selection and value for their customers. “In changing our name we are better serving our products, markets and customers, continuing to support the partnerships and service level we’ve built our reputation on," says Evans. "Our mandate remains to provide products throughout four seasons of the year, where our 5th Season is year-round FUN and enjoyable experiences for all of our customer bases.” For more information, visit www.hitchcompany.com.

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Audax Group Acquires CURT Manufacturing

CURT Manufacturing was acquired by Audax Group, a Boston-based private equity group. “We are excited to have Audax as our new partner," says  Greg Hooks, CEO of CURT. "Its track record of sourcing and integrating add-on acquisitions will enhance our ability to grow, while continuing to build on our brand’s reputation of market-leading value.”

CURT Manufacturing has been an employer in the Eau Claire area since 1994. CURT has added hundreds of jobs to the area and to ten warehouses in the US and Canada. Recently, CURT made a multi-million dollar expansion to its Eau Claire, Wisconsin manufacturing facility. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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ICI Truck Armor

Innovative Creations Inc. offers a way to protect your vehicle with Trunk Armor, a new product that protects the rear bumper from scratches and dings while loading and unloading items from the trunk. Trunk Armor is made i the U.S.A. from the same material as ICI’s Rocker Armor and mounts with High Performance 3M adhesive. ICI has Trunk Armor applications for most vehicle makes and models. For more information, visit www.icionline.com.

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Westin Light Bar And Running Board For 2014 Ford Escape

Westin now offers a Contour Light Bar and Stylized Running Board for the 2013 and 2014 Ford Escape. Available in a polished or black finish, the Stylized Running Board's accent trim combined with a front-end Contour Light Bar of the same finish brings out the best in the Ford Escape. For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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T-Rex Grilles For 2014 Toyota Tundra

T-REX Truck Products now offers a total of 17 new grilles for the 2014 Toyota Tundra. The new T-REX Grilles include the aggressive X-Metal Series, the stylish mesh Sport Series and the popular Torch LED Grille Series (shown). Each of these T-REX Grilles Series is designed in house to compliment the rugged styling of the 2014 Toyota Tundra and all are manufactured to exacting standards in the U.S. for a perfect fit and finish every time. All T-REX 2014 Toyota Tundra Grilles are available in polished, chrome or black finish (depending on the series) and are backed by an industry leading Limited Lifetime Structural Warranty and 3 Year Limited Finish Warranty
For more information visit www.trexbillet.com.

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After Effect Stainless Steel Step Bars And Bull Bars

After Effect offers a variety of chrome and black stainless steel step bars and bull bars. Available in five, six and seven inch diameters, all After Effect products are made in teh U.S.A. and fit a variety of full-size pickups. For more information, visit www.aftereffectproducts.com.

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February 2014 Truck Sales Sluggish, But May Be Good News For Upfitters

February 2014 sales still sluggish despite great excitement over new models. Many auto experts agree that the severe weather may be to blame, as customers don't purchase vehicles in heavy snow and rain conditions. Despite low sales from Ford and Chevrolet, Dodge Ram pickups are still surging in positive territory. The company repored its best February sales since 2007.

With unsold inventory, many expect to see some excellent incentives in the spring to move product out from dealer lots. For truck accessory and truck upfitters, the extra inventory may be a good opportunity to work with dealerships to add accessories that will help make trucks fly off the lot this spring.

February 2014 Sales Figures For Top Automakers
55,882 - Ford F-Series +2.6% vs 2013
36,854 - Chevrolet Silverado -12.1% vs 2013
29,303 - Dodge Ram + 25.8% vs 2013
14,232 - GMC Sierra +0.7% vs 2013
10,942  - Toyota Tacoma -13.5% vs 2013
7,923  - Toyota Tundra + 8.4% vs 2013
5,791   - Nissan Frontier + 111.7% vs 2013
1,143  - Honda Ridgeline - 12.1% vs 2013
1,117  - Nissan Titan - 31.6% vs 2013

Year-To-Date Sales As Of February 2014
Ford F-Series = 102,418
Chevy Silverado = 65,510
Dodge Ram = 54,374
GMC Sierra = 25, 350
Toyota Tacoma = 20,784
Toyota Tundra = 15,813
Nissan Frontier = 10,722
Honda Ridgeline = 2,306
Nissan Titan = 2,004

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AFE Air Intake For 2014 Hemi Dodge Ram

Advanced Flow Engineering now offers a Stage-2 air intake system for 2009 thru 2014 Dodge Ram pickups equipped with the 5.7L Hemi V8. The intake system uses a powder coated heat-shield type air box that is connected to a one-piece air intake tube. The company's PRO5R high-flow air filter features five layers of cotton/gauze media and a 100 percent polyurethane consstruction. The intake is also available with the company's Pro DryS performance filter that uses three layers of synthetic non-oil media. For more informaiton, visit www.afepower.com.

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Go Rhino Winch Guard for 2009 thru 2014 model Dodge Ram 1500 pickups

Go Rhino! Products® now offers its Winch Guard for 2009 thru 2014 model Dodge Ram 1500 pickups. The Winch Guard offers a combination of style, function, durability, and comes with special no-drill mounting brackets. The installation kit includes a pre-mouunted channel that will accommodate almost any commercially available winch brand. For more information, visit www.gorhino.com.

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Pace Edward’s SwitchBlade Tonneau Maximizes Hauling Potential

Pace Edwards Retractable Truck Bed Covers provide secure storage to maximize commercial truck and fleet hauling potential. Close and lock the cover to protect cargo and improve fuel efficiency. Covers roll and stow inside a durable, flush fitting canister behind the cab. These rugged, retractable truck bed covers are custom built for service trucks and oversized loads, with plenty of room to store tools and additional cargo. For more informaiton, visit www.pace-edwards.com.

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ICI Offers OE Lighting Solutions

ICI now offers OE Lighting Solutions, special brackets that allow you to mount your off-road or driving lights to your vehicle. OE Lighting Solutions are available for fog lamp openings, center bumper openings, windshield mounts, cowl mounts and more. Fore more information, visit www.icionline.com.

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Bulldog 3-Inch Ball 40,000 Pound Capacity Gooseneck Coupler

Cequent Performance Products now offers it's Bulldog® 3-inch ball gooseneck coupler with a 40,000 lbs. capacity. The coupler is based on the Bulldog 2 5/16 BX1 and includes a force transfer feature and two-position adjustabilty. For more information, bisit www.cequentgroup.com.

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