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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.

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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.

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Toyo Tires Recognizes National Tire Safety Week

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.

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Red Kap’s Striped Color Block Work Shirt

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.

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GMC Announces Yukon SLT Premium Edition

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mickey Thompson Partners With ROUSH

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.

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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.

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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.

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BOLT Locks Now Available for 2016 Nissan Titan XD

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.

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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.

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April Light Duty Truck Sales Continue Strong

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

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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.

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Westin Automotive’s R7 Boards for Trucks

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.

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Rapto Worx Grab Handles Now Available For Jeep JK

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.

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Window Films From XPEL

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.

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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.

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Husky Liners Custom Mud Guards For Toyota

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.

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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.

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Westin Automotive’s New HDX Drop Steps

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.

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Ford Debuts Its 2017 F-150 Raptor

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ricochet and Ricochet XRT by LEER

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.

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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.

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Ground Force Leveling Kit For Ford

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.

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Dee Zee Sprints To Racing Sponsorship

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Get The Most Extensive Database On Truck Accessory Manufacturers Available

Trucking Times' 2016 April Directory offers retailers and restylers the most comprehensive listing of truck accessory and restyling product manufacturers and suppliers. The 2016 April Directory features 64 pages of manufacturer listings with company names, addresses, phone numbers, and contact information, all organized in a variety of categories to make finding the right company quick and easy. For many retailers, the Directory is an important tool for finding products and manufacturer contacts. "Trucking Times is one of our most valuable resources. We rely on the magazine to keep us informed about new  products and our industry. And the annual product directory is an indispensable tool--we refer to it often all year long," said Ron DiVincenzo, General Manager, Cap World. 

Trucking Times Magazine subscribers get the issue free. Non-subscribers can also get a Directory by simply contacting Wiesner Media at 6160 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 300, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Or call 303.662.5200.

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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.

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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.

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LEER Caps Now Available for 2016 Nissan Titan

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.

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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.

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JKS Manufacturing Now Offering JK MiniSkids

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.

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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.

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Security Console Insert From Tuffy

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.

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Snugtop Introduces 2nd Generation XTR

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.

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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.

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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

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Dee Zee Donates to SEMA Cares Pinewood Drag Races

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.

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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.

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Scosche Industries Celebrates 36 Years

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.

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Reese Gooseneck Kit Fits Nissan Titan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Five Sentry Pro-Grade Camera Systems From Rostra

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.

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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.

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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.

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OR-Fab Rock Doors For 2016 Model Jeeps

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.

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New HELLA LED Light Bar 350

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.

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GMC Introduces 2017 Terrain Nightfall Edition

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.

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Trailering Camera System Available for Silverado

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.

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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.

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DeeZee sponsors pro snowmobile racer Dan Adams

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.

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PIAA Corporation Introduces Specific Kit For Toyota

PIAA Corporation announces a specific kit for 2014-2016 Toyota Tundra model pickups. The kit includes all mounting and hardware, pre-assembled harness, and lights. The stock fog lights are replaces with LP530 LED lights; providing consumers with three times the light output over the stock bulbs. The LED lights are available in SAE fog, and driving patterns. For more information, visit www.PIAA.com.

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2016 GMC Yukon Named Best Large SUV for Families

U.S. News & World Report today announced the 2016 GMC Yukon is the Best Large SUV for Families, praising the vehicle for its capability, features and comforts. Evaluation and methodology for the award included: overall sentiment of professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. The Yukon also was recently ranked highest in its segment for the third-straight year in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study. For more information, visit www.gmc.com.

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Bestop Launches New Sunrider for Jeep Hardtops

Bestop announced the launch of the Sunrider for Hardtop. The Sunrider for Hardtop replaces the Freedom Panels on Jeep Wrangler factory hardtops with an all-purpose, all-weather, year-round soft top that flips back for an open-air experience. Bestop has rolled out a campaign called “Open Up and Breathe.” The Sunrider for Hardtop fits 2007 – 2016 JK Wrangler two-door, and Wrangler Unlimited four-door models. It comes ready-to-install, with mounting rails and hardware included. Installation of the Sunrider for Hardtop requires removal of the factory Freedom Panels. The Sunrider for Hardtop will hit stores in mid-April. It will be available in factory-style Black Sailcloth fabric or an ultra-premium Black Twill fabric. For more information, visit www.Bestop.com.

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Owens Introduces Venom Style Jeep Hood

Owens Products has announced the introduction of its Venom style hood for Jeep’s. The new hood features multiple vents for functional heat extraction, aluminum inner reinforcement structure to reduce weight and add strength, retains all factory mounting and latching hardware, and is made of dense layers of fiberglass with inner and outer panels. For more information, visit www.OwensProducts.com.

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Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels Named Presenting Sponsor Of Bassmaster

Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels announced its role as presenting sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at St. John’s River in Palatka, Fla. on March 16th. Dick Cepek sponsored Elite Anglers for the season include Clifford Pirch, David Walker, J. Todd Tucker and Justin Lucas. Along with displaying its products and providing promotional material at B.A.S.S. events, the company will offer the Dick Cepek Rolling Forward Award to Elite Series anglers, and will award $1,000 to the angler who makes the largest gain in Angler of the Year standings from tournament to tournament. For more information, visit www.Bassmaster.com.

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NTEA’s Work Truck Show Sets Attendance Record

NTEA announces that the Work Truck Show for 2016 drew a record-setting 11,905 industry professionals to North America’s largest work truck event. This breaks the event’s previous attendance record of 11,005, set in 2015. Attendees came from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 19 countries. The Work Truck Show 2016 was held March 1–4 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is produced annually by NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. Over the last five years, NTEA expanded the exhibit floor by more than 40 percent, but still had a sizable waiting list of potential exhibitors. In response to this demand, NTEA has maxed out all available room at the Indiana Convention Center for The Work Truck Show 2017. For more information, visit www.worktruckshow.com.

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Women’s Automotive Association International Announces 2016 Spirit Of Leadership Honorees

The 2016 Spirit of Leadership Award is presented annually by the Women’s Automotive Association International in recognition of professional accomplishments, community involvement, and contributions to the growth and progress of the automotive industry. This year, five exceptional women business leaders have been selected to receive the award. These are Mandi Fang, VP product management, vAuto; Kathy Gilbert, director, sales and business development, CDK Global; Shellie Medici, commodity manager, FCA;  Michelle Primm, managing partner, Cascade Auto Group; and Christy Roman, founder, Women in Automotive Conference.

The women will be honored at the 18th annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, April 2, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at The D Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The reception, hosted by WAAI and presenting sponsor Cox Automotive, will be held in conjunction with the NADA Convention and includes an exclusive automotive art experience with renowned artist Daniel Cascardo.

“It’s a privilege to recognize these outstanding women for their professional achievements,” said Lynn Wilhelm, WAAI president. “Our honorees have a proven track record as industry leaders and as role models, and we applaud their many accomplishments.. We also extend our appreciation to Cox Automotive for its outstanding support of this event.”

The award was established in 1999 to honor women in the automotive industry who have achieved noteworthy accomplishments in their profession, community and family, and who have served as role models and mentors, noted WAAI Founder and CEO Lorraine Schultz.

Event tickets may be purchased online at http://tinyurl.com/J4mu5t8. Cost to attend:  $65/members; $85/general, and students/$25. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI Scholarship Program and a local nonprofit supporting women. For additional information, email Lynn Wilhelm, lmwwaai@gmail.com or visit www.waai.com.

Founded in 1995, WAAI focuses on recognizing achievements of women in the automotive, industry, providing networking opportunities, and encouraging growth through education, mentoring and scholarships.

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Rigid Industries Chosen For Toyota’s 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro

Rigid Industries announces that the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro will feature unique, TRD-specification Rigid Industries LED fog lamps as standard equipment. Compliant to SAE Standard J583, the Rigid Industries LED fog lights on the 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro are built to TRD-specifications to be street-legal and help enhance visibility on or off the trail.  The fog lights project a long-range high intensity beam, while the LEDs draw very little power. Rigid’s patent pending design and quality allows the low-profile design of the lights to blend into the custom bezel situated just below the grille in the bumper. For more information, visit www.rigidindustries.com.

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Keystone Expands Partnership With Decked

Keystone recently expanded its partnership with DECKED in-vehicle storage systems to expand delivery of the company's products to the U.S.. This builds upon Keystone's exclusive disribution of the company's products in Canada, and allows U.S. retailers to easily fill demand for DECKED products. “We couldn't be more pleased to be expanding our relationship with Keystone into the US market. It's been a very productive and positive arrangement inmCanada and the opportunity to grow our business with Keystone in the US is very exciting,” said Greg Randolph, Vice President of Marketing.

Contractors, outdoorsmen and commercial fleet operators are the core customers of DECKED products. “Demand for the product continues to rise. This is a testimony to the practicality of ergonomic storage and the quality of what we are making. Customers love this product, as it solves a real problem at an attractive price point,” said Randolph. “Keystone gives us broader distribution to more dealers and greatly improved logistics that makes our product available next day to most customers.” For more information, visit www.keystoneautomotive.com.

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February 2016 Light Duty Truck Sales Turn Strong Numbers

Ram started February with a great sales month, turning better than 23 percent gains compared to 2015 sales figures. WhileFord still remains the top selling pickup brand overall GM and Honda sales were sluggish. With spring sales figures projected to be as good as or better than last year (the best sales year in decades), truck accessory retailers should be poised to expect aftermarket sales to be good, especially for the fleet and work-truck markets.

February 2016 Sales Figures vs 2015

60,697- Ford F-Series +9.9% vs 2015
43,136 - Chevrolet Silverado -5.0% vs 2015
38,555 - Dodge Ram +23.2% vs 2015
15,202 - GMC Sierra +0.3% vs 2015
14,172 - Toyota Tacoma +14.5% vs 2015
8,301  - Toyota Tundra -8.3% vs 2015
7,394  - Chevrolet Colorado +12.7% vs 2015
6,834  - Nissan Frontier +11.9% vs 2015
2,240  - GMC Canyon -2.9% vs 2015
1,060  - Nissan Titan +29.9% vs 2015


2016 Sales YTD

112,237 - Ford F-Series
80,999  - Chevrolet Silverado
68,493  - Ram
29,583 - GMC Sierra
26,889 - Toyota Tacoma
15,533 - Toyota Tundra
13,197  - Nissan Frontier
12,902 - Chevrolet Colorado
4,710  - GMC Canyon
1,197  - Nissan Titan

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BEDSLIDE Now Available For Nissan Titan 6.5-Foot Bed

BEDSLIDE announces the availability of the company's cargo system for the Nissan Titan pickups with a 6.5-foot bed. The system fits model years 2004 through 2016 and are manufactured with a one-fourth-inch dimension tolerance. For more information, visit www.bedslide.com.

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CargoGlide Announces Its Co- Sponsorship With Trail Hero

CargoGlide is proud to announce its co-sponsorship with Trail Hero in the upcoming October Mega 4x4 rally in Hurricane, Utah. Trail Hero offers access and awareness to its trail system and sport with the combination of four days of wheeling trails and themed days. Once done with the trails, participants can attend various features throughout the week like the Night Rock Crawl, Endurance Rock Race and Bounty Hill. This entertainment is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, visit www.cargoglide.com.

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New Q-Series Hitch Tops CURT Fifth Wheel Line

CURT Manufacturing LLC. announces its new Q25 5th wheel hitch. The Q25 operates on a patented spherical axial bearing featuring a pair of dual jaws that lock onto the kingpin with 360 degrees of contact to reduce noise and ensure a secure connection. Three grease fittings and a polyethylene lube plate ensure the fifth wheel can be properly lubricated, extending the product’s life and further reducing noise during operation. The Q25 also offers a gross trailer weight capacity of 25,000-pounds and a vertical load limit of 6,25-pounds. The hitch also features a durable carbide black powder coat finish and comes with a ten-year limited warranty. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

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TriMotive To Take Part In Exclusive Ford Event

Cequent Performance Products is proud to announce that its OEM division, TriMotive, will be participating in the 2017 Ford Super Duty Vehicle Event, hosted by Society of Automotive Engineer's Detroit Section and Ford Motor Company. This invitation-only event, featuring the 2017 Ford Super Duty, will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Mich. TriMotive is one of only a select few suppliers invited to be a part of this exclusive event. The event will give its guests the opportunity to see the new Super Duty first-hand and hear details about its development from key team members at Ford. Meantime, suppliers like TriMotive, who have been invited to attend and take part, will also be available to answer questions about their OEM products like the Reese AutoGlide and the Tekonsh Integrated Brake Controller at their individual exhibitor booths. For more information, visit www.cequentgroup.com.

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ARIES to Attend Not-for-Profit Four-Wheel Drive Rally

ARIES will be hitting the dunes this week for the 54th annual Tierra Del Sol Desert Safari. They will be joining thousands of other Jeep enthusiasts in southern California. This year, ARIES will be showing a 2015 Jeep Rubicon customized with several of its products, including their new Jeep rocker steps, modular bumpers, aluminum tube doors, security cargo lid, fender flares, tire re-locator, removable mud flaps and more. The Tierra Del Sol puts on events like the Desert Safari and donates the proceeds to various charities to help keep trails and public lands open. The Desert Safari will be taking place March 4th, 5th and 6th. For more information, visit www.ariesautomotive.com.

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Scosche’s New MagicMount Pro Series For Mobile Devices

SCOSCHE Industries announces the availability of its MagicMount Pro line. The new addition to the multi-award-winning MagicMount series of magnetic, cradle-less, mobile device mounts enables drivers to select the location to securely mount virtually any mobile device. Uniting style and function, each of the three MagicMount Pro Magnetic Mounts include two interchangeable trim rings in Black and Silver, with additional color options available soon in Carbon Fiber, Rose Gold, Gold and Space Gray. The new line consists of the MagicMount Pro Vent, MagicMount Pro Window/Dash and MagicMount Pro Dash. The Pro Window/Dash and Pro Dash models provide a 30 percent stronger grip, while the Pro Vent magnetic mount offers extensive “on-the-go” versatility for travel, adapting easily for desktop display. The entire MagicMount line is built with powerful earth magnets, designed to securely maintain a tight grip on devices in both smooth and bumpy terrain. The Neodymium magnets are 100 percent safe and will not damage mobile devices, according to Scosche. For more information, visit www.Scosche.com.

 

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Limited-Time Consumer Rebate From Lund

Between April 1 and May 31, 2016, when consumers purchase any LUND Genesis or Genesis Elite Soft Tonneau Cover, they'll be eligible to receive a $50 prepaid Visa card. Retailers are not required to facilitate the rebate, but knowing the details may help its customers understand the process. To receive the $50 Visa card, customers will need to visit lirebates.com and download the appropriate rebate form, attach the original 12-digit UPC barcode from the product packaging and a copy of the in-store/online receipt. All requests must be mailed in by June 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.lundinternational.com.

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Auburn Gear Announces New Line Of Dana Differentials

Auburn Gear LLC. has announced another addition to their collection of products with the introduction of Dana 60 and Dana 70 Ected Max Open-to-Lock Differentials. The new differentials feature 9310 heat treated gear material, a high strength ductile iron case construction, a patented four-pinion arrangement, and minimized gear geometry to lock the gears to the differential housing. The differential uses electronic locking rather than a pneumatic system, and can be operated through the switch from the driver’s seat. Each product comes with everything needed for installation. The new model will be backed by Auburn Gear’s Differential Replacement Exchange (D-REX) Program, which offers replacement of any differential within four years of purchase. For more information, visit www.auburngear.com.

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Former President, CEO, David Sharp, Passes Away

It is with regret that Westin Automotive announces the passing of David Sharp, President, CEO (retired, 2015). David joined Westin in 1979 and served in many influential positions over the years, including: Corporate Controller, V.P., Finance, V.P., General Manager, President, COO, and President, CEO of the company. “David Sharp’s leadership was an instrumental part of Westin’s growth and reputation for over 30 years.  Everyone at Westin will miss him and I will especially miss his friendship and loyalty. His memory will be with us always.” – Bob West, President, CEO. Funeral Services will be taking place Saturday, February 27, in Brea, CA. David was 64 years old.  For more information, visit www.westinautomotive.com.

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GMC Yukon Receives Large SUV Segment Award

The GMC brand gained five spots, moving up to number five overall in the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study while the Yukon full-size SUV ranked highest in its segment. The 2016 study tracks 2013 model year vehicles in the third year of ownership. The Yukon also achieved the highest score in its segment in the 2014 and 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Studies. Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing said, “We expect all of our vehicles to perform at the highest level every time a customer gets behind the wheel and this achievement validates our commitment to dependability and reliability.” For more information, visit www.gmc.com.

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Learn More About The Fleet Market At The 2016 Work Truck Show

The National Truck Equipment Association has been serving the work-truck and fleet markets for more than five decades. Over the years, as the commercial market has grown, so has NTEA’s annual Work Truck Show. Consequently, show organizers have expanded the event’s footprint significantly. Up by as much as 40 percent in response to growing demand for exhibit space, the show now occupies more than 500,000 sq. ft. and brings together more than 11,000 industry professionals, including manufacturers, fleet managers, distributors, upfitters, accessory retailers, and automakers.

Slated to take center stage at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis on March 1-4, the show is poised for another successful run. Not only was exhibit space sold out within days of last year’s show, there are other positive indicators. Consumer confidence is high. Fuel costs and interest rates remain low, and buyer registration is running ahead of last year.

Billed as the largest work-truck event, the show will be awash with the latest job-related equipment, products and technologies. Buoyed by brisk truck sales and a growing market for commercial-grade accessories, the exhibit floor will feature many well-known truck-accessory suppliers intent on tapping into growth opportunities in the fleet and commercial market.

Held side-by-side with the Green Truck Summit, which focuses on clean-energy innovations for commercial vehicles, the two events will offer expanded educational programming. Topics include recruiting and retaining millennials, fostering next-generation leaders, work-truck trends, advanced technology innovations, and more.

“The Work Truck Show offers the best opportunity to see and try the latest products, get questions answered and develop a better understanding of industry trends, all in one place and at one time,” said Steve Carey, NTEA executive director.
With scores of manufacturers, a full slate of educational workshops, a popular Green Truck Ride-and-Drive, networking events and a keynote address by comedian and car enthusiast Jay Leno, the Work Truck Show clearly has a lot to offer any retailer, upfitter or restyler looking to cash in on the growing market for commercial-grade accessories. For more information, or to register, visit www.worktruckshow.com.

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HELLA’s New Generation Of 90mm LED Modules

HELLA, Inc. introduces its new generation of 90mm LED Modules. The new L4060 LED series is offered in low beam, high beam, and fog light modules. The design of the modules is compact, maintenance free, and allows up to three light functions in one module without the need for additional electronics. The modules are suitable for universal application on a wide range of both OE and aftermarket vehicles. The LED modules feature a low power consumption of 20W reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The series is rated for operation in 12V and 24V vehicle electrical systems and incorporate integrated driver electronics. For more information, visit www.hellausa.com.

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XD Holeshot From KMC Wheels

KMC Wheels announces the Holeshot – its most recent addition to its XD off-road wheel series. It is the first wheel in the custom wheel market to allow a 37” tire without modification on the Ford Raptor. The wheels are forged from cast aluminum, are available in satin black, and will be available in March 2016.  According to KMC, the Holeshot is lightweight, strong, trail-tested and features the patented XD Series interchangeable Pro Cap and ring system making it highly customizable. For more information, visit www.kmcwheels.com.

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A.R.E. Offers Truck Cap for 2016 Nissan Titan XD

A.R.E. announces its Z Series truck cap for the new 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup. The cap is designed to blend with the lines of the Titan to give the truck and cap more of an SUV like appearance.  It comes standard with a frameless compound curve rear door with OEM integrated palm handle and vent screen side windows.  A slam latch system allows the cap to be closed and locked in one motion, with die cast metal strikers that provide additional security. Optional equipment includes tilt down or sliding front windows, a Yakima roof rack and remote keyless entry. All A.R.E. products are painted to match the owner's truck using the exact OEM paint code and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the life of the original pickup truck it is installed on. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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A.R.E. Offers Tonneau Cover for 2016 Nissan Titan XD

A.R.E. introduces its LSII Series Tonneau cap for the 2016 Nissan Titan XD. The cap features a Lift Assist System with supportive gas struts, reinforced roof, and gray carpet-like foss lining.  A matching painted palm handle with automotive grade lock blends with the LSII design. Optional equipment includes LED rope lighting, a sport wing, a sport wing with brake light, a 12V power strip, interior clothes rod and a remote keyless entry system. All A.R.E. products are painted to match the owner's truck using the exact OEM paint code and are backed by a limited lifetime warranty for the life of the original pickup truck it is installed on. For more information, visit www.4are.com.

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Valvoline Launches Fuel System Service For Gasoline Direct-Injection Systems

Valvoline engineers have developed a groundbreaking solution for treating and restoring gasoline direct-injection fuel systems with the EasyGDI Fuel System Service featuring Power Dispersal Technology. The fuel system service removes carbon deposits from hard-to-reach intake valves, piston tops, cylinder heads, and fuel injectors in gasoline direct injection engines. The service features an intake cleaner, fuel rail cleaner and a complete fuel system treatment. The results include greatly improved injector flow, improved fuel economy and power, and elimination of rough idle, hesitation and knocking. For more information, visit www.easygdi.valvoline.com.

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TrailFX Introduces New ATV Winch

TrailFX has announced its new ATV Winch to the market. The winch features either high strength wire or synthetic rope models. The winch is available in 3,500 and 4,500-pound weight capacities and includes 40 or 50-feet of rope, a wired remote, handlebar controls, and an aluminum hawse or roller fairlead. Wireless remote options are available. The TrailFX ATV winch is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.TrailFX.com.

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TrailFX Announces New Three-Inch Side Bar

TrailFX introduces its new three-inch premium side bar for Chevy/GMC, Ford, Dodge, and Toyota truck consumers. The steps feature stainless steel brackets and hardware, a weight capacity up to 250-pounds, easy bolt-on installation, mounting to either the body or rocker panel, and is available for two or four-door pickups. The new three-inch side step bar from TrailFX is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.TrailFX.com.

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Moto Metal’s “Link” WHEEL Is Here

Moto Metal announced that its most recent wheel, Link, is available.  The latest induction to the Moto Metal family is available in 18, 20 and 22-inch wheels. Link features a chain design and is also available in an all-black satin finish. With 29 inter-changeable pieces, the wheel is highly customizable to each driver’s individual personality. Link features also include removable stainless steel bolts, cap components and links that expand consumer customization. The covered cap design allows for dual bolt patterns. For more information, visit www.motometalwheels.com.

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LUND International introduces New Hard Fold Tonneau Cover

LUNDS introduces its new LUND Hard Fold tonneau cover as the latest addition to their top selling tonneau cover line. The Hard Fold features an aluminum underbody frame covered with double sided, tear resistant 24.5 ounce marine grade black vinyl on top that is scuff and dent-resistant. Maximum security is provided through impact resistant panels. To open, simply unclamp the locking handles and fold the cover forward. The nylon straps hold the cover in the open position for consumer’s while loading and unloading cargo. The cover comes completely assembled with no-drilling required, has an evenly distributed weight rating of 350-pounds, and is backed by LUND’s limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.lundinternational.com.

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New Two-Muffler DynoMax System For Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6L Models

DynoMax Performance Exhaust has launched a new performance exhaust system as a result of customer feedback for 2012-15 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 3.6L models: the DynoMax QuietCrawler. The QuietCrawler system includes two mufflers, an oval Ultra Flo welded muffler, and a Race Bullet muffler. The new DynoMax Jeep system helps increase torque by 12-foot pounds and adds up to 11 horsepower. The system also includes two and a half-inch mandrel bent piping for increased flow and is constructed from stainless steel to protect against corrosion. Like all DynoMax exhaust kits, the JK system includes other necessary hardware and instructions for easy, bolt-on installation. The kits are backed by a limited lifetime warranty and a 90-day money back performance and sound guarantee. For more information, visit www.DynoMax.com.

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PopUp Towing Products Introduces New RV33

PopUp Towing Products introduces its new RV33. The RV33 is a fifth wheel to gooseneck adapter. The adapter is 32lbs lighter than PopUp’s RV3.  Consumers can now adjust the height up to four-inches, and handles trailers up to 24,000-pounds. The adapter also features PopUp’s patented GN8 coupler with a V-19 rating, and is topped off with a powder coated finish. The RV33 is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.popuphitch.com.

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Rostra Precision Controls, Inc. Hires Chris Luft

Rostra Precision Controls announces that industry veteran Chris Luft has joined the company's Product Development team as Applications Engineering Manager. Luft brings 30 years of experience in the 12-volt industry from his beginnings in vehicle installations to most recently serving as Product Development Group Manager with the Audiovox Corporation.  "With the extensive background Chris has in bringing 12-volt products to market, we look forward to having his knowledge in the areas of product strategy and development as we grow our Accessories line for fleets, expeditors and the aftermarket," said Pete Kallgren, Rostra's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. For more information, visit www.rostra.com.

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CURT Adds New 5th Wheel Legs For GM Truck Applications

Similar to CURT's Ford and Ram 5th-wheel legs, the company has introduced a new set of 5th wheel legs made specifically to fit GM trucks. These new legs are bolted onto the 5th wheel hitch head and easily drop into the truck bed mounting platform. They use a quarter-turn anchoring system for fast installation and removal, and the anchors can be adjusted to eliminate chucking between the legs and under-bed rails.

For maximum versatility within the CURT 5th wheel line, the OEM-compatible legs for GM feature a gross trailer weight capacity of 25,000 lbs., allowing them to be compatible with any CURT 5th wheel hitch. The legs can be purchased as a standalone or as a package with each CURT 5th wheel hitch model, including the Q25, Q24, Q20, A20, A16 and E16 (capacity limited to lowest-rated towing component). For long-lasting reliability, the legs also come with a durable carbide black powder coat finish and a limited lifetime warranty. For more information, visit www.curtmfg.com.

 

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Dodge Unleashes Appearance Packages for 2016 Dodge Durango

Dodge announces two new appearance packages for the 2016 Dodge Durango. The Brass Monkey appearance package available for the 2016 Dodge Durango limited model features 20-inch Burnished Bronze aluminum wheels, Gloss Black grille and exterior badge, and a monochromatic exterior. The Anodized Platinum appearance package available on the Citadel model adds 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels, Platinum grille, exterior mirror caps, fog lamp bezels, exterior badge, door handles and lower sills. Dealers will be able to start placing orders February 11th, and these new appearance packages will start arriving in dealerships in the second quarter of 2016. For more information, visit www.fcanorthamerica.com.

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Transfer Flow Expands Fuel Tank Systems

Transfer Flow's toolbox and fuel tank systems are available in 30, 40, 50 and 70 gallons,  for Dodge Ram, Ford and GM diesel pickups. The toolbox fuel tank is computer controlled, and the fuel transfer process is entirely automatic by our TRAX 3 operating system. The TRAX 3 operating system comes with a dash-mounted LCD that show the percentage of fuel in the main and auxiliary tanks. The LCD screen will also show consumers when the fuel transfer is occurring. The 30 and 50 gallon toolbox and fuel tank combos are made from bright aluminum diamond plate, while the 40 and 70 gallon unit is made from aluminized steel and is powder coated black. They come with all components needed for installation. The toolbox and fuel tank combos are fully baffled to prevent fuel slosh, and feature a six year/ unlimited mile warranty. For more information, visit www.transferflow.com.

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