AUTOMOTIVETOUCHUP BOTTLED PAINTS OFFER QUALITY, CONVENIENCE
Choose Custom-Mixed Paint in Brush-Top Bottles for Professional Finish
NEW ORLEANS – With a consistent focus on delivering quality and convenience for DIY automotive projects, AutomotiveTouchup offers its precision-matched basecoat, sandable primer and clearcoat products in easy-to-apply half-ounce and two-ounce bottles. For clean, exceptional control, AutomotiveTouchup bottles feature a brush with special filaments designed to deliver a flawless finish.
AutomotiveTouchup colors are custom-formulated from the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to create an exact color match. Products are designed for high performance in harsh climates, including high humidity and extreme cold or heat, for easy application and lasting results.
AutomotiveTouchup bottles come in a complete DIY system and include:
* Touch Up Bottle Primer -Sandable primer adheres directly to bare metal and plastics, providing a clean, neutral base surface over which to paint. Designed to be easy-to-control with strong adhesion, it easily fills scratches and chips.
* Touch Up Bottle Basecoat – Manufactured with the highest-quality solvents for precise application and no clumping, basecoat colors are custom matched to the vehicle’s original factory color code.
* Touch Up Bottle High Gloss Clearcoat – High gloss clearcoat is applied directly over the touch up basecoat to help blend the new paint to the proper color and protect the finish.
AutomotiveTouchup bottles are direct shipped to customers to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible. To order AutomotiveTouchup paint, all that’s required are the year, make, model and color code. For help finding a vehicle’s color code, use AutomotiveTouchup’s comprehensive online search tool on the AutomotiveTouchup website. Responsive, expert customer support helps DIY users achieve cost-effective, professional-looking results, and the company’s website features detailed how-to instructional videos.
Headquartered in New Orleans, AutomotiveTouchup is a division of Microfinish LLC, which produces coatings for vehicular and industrial equipment repair and refinishing in a state-of-the-art facility. By manufacturing its products to exacting standards, Microfinish has reduced volatile organic compound levels to below Department of Environmental Quality regulations and industry standards. For more information call 1.888.710.5192 or visit http://www.automotivetouchup.com/ or http://www.microfinish.com.
The Edge Evolution and EvoHT programmers are now loaded with new 2014 Ford Ecoboost and 6.7L Power Stroke tuning coverage! While power is something many crave, Edge delivers a host of options in addition to impressive HP & TQ gains. With today’s announcement, the gas Evolution CS (85150) and CTS (PN 85250), as well as the EvoHT (PN 16030) and California Edition EvoHT (PN 16130), now include 2014 Ecoboost tuning with Economy, Towing, and Performance tuning levels.
The 2014 Ford 6.7L Power Stroke can now be tuned using the diesel Evolution CS (PN 85100), CTS (85200), and EvoHT (PN 16030). Whether you’re towing, driving around town, or taking a road trip, Edge’s power levels, features, and user-adjustable settings make for an improved driving experience and practical upgrade for those looking to enhance fuel economy. Edge knows how to supply power, but we also know how to deliver some savings at the pump. Review the release documents below for a full overview of updated features and benefits for this new 2014 Ford coverage. At Edge we are driven to perform and we encourage you to see what separates our products from others in the marketplace.
New rectangular flood light offers easy mounting on trucks and trailers.
CLEVELAND – March 2014 – Buyers Products introduces a new LED flood light with adjustable stainless steel stud mount.
The waterproof flood light, rated at IP67, features six clear LEDs that produce 1350 lumens. With a black, powder-coated, cast-aluminum housing and adjustable mount, the new flood lights are ideal for use in rugged applications.
The rectangular flood light is 5.75-inches wide and 2-inches tall.
“Buyers offers a range of lighting products for trucks and trailers. These new flood lights give our customers the option that they need for a powerful, yet durable light,” said Brian Smith, marketing manager at Buyers Products. “The LED lights have a longer life and shine brightly in any application.”
The new LED flood light comes with a five-year warranty. Buyers Products also manufactures a full line of lighting accessories and electrical components for trucks and trailers.
About Buyers Products
Established in 1946, Buyers Products Company is a leading manufacturer of products for the mobile equipment industry. Buyers manufactures a full line of truck accessories and equipment including its SnowDogg® line of snow plows, ScoopDogg™line of snow pushers, SaltDogg® line of salt spreaders, DumperDogg® dump inserts and a comprehensive line of toolboxes. For more information, visit www.buyersproducts.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOLT, LEER WORK TOGETHER TO STRENGTHEN SECURITY, STREAMLINE FLEET AND COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – In addition to providing high-quality, durable products for the automotive aftermarket, BOLT and LEER work to develop problem-solving solutions for fleet and commercial operations. These synergies make the union of LEER’s Deluxe Commercial truck caps (DCC) with BOLT’s rugged “one-key lock technology” an ideal fit.
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 Security Corporation’s BOLT locks technology, a single ignition key can be programmed to open any number of BOLT locks.
“We partnered with BOLT because our commercial users have a real need for security and dependability combined with flawless operation,” said John Stethem, LEER’s national sales manager. “BOLT has a solid reputation for bringing quality and convenience to fleet and commercial operations, making it the right choice for LEER DCCs.”
With BOLT locks, the first time the vehicle’s ignition key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to only that key. When the key is removed, the cylinder moves into the locked position. From then on, only the driver’s ignition key is needed to unlock not only the vehicle, but truck cap doors, toolboxes, trailer hitch locks and any other equipment professionals use on a daily basis.
“We’re proud to have BOLT as standard equipment in LEER’s well-known, top-quality DCCs,” said BOLT National Sales Manager Erika Garcia. “The combination of our technologies will offer LEER’s commercial customers added value.”
In addition to security issues, fleet managers also face challenges with drivers losing or breaking keys, which ultimately results in unnecessary downtime and lost man hours. BOLT enables drivers to carry fewer keys, which is especially convenient for customers managing large fleets.
BOLT locks are built to OEM standards, performing well in harsh jobsite conditions where corrosion, wet freezing or airborne dust are factors. As a result, BOLT has undergone intensive testing, far beyond the rigors of any required testing, to ensure unequalled performance and resilience. This ensures higher quality, durability and corrosion resistance than any other locks available today.
STRATTEC Security Corporation is the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive locks, keys and related access control products, and is the primary lock supplier to Ford, GM and Chrysler. STRATTEC’s history in the automotive business spans 100 years. For more information, write to 3333 West Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53209; call 414.247.3333; or visit www.boltlock.com.
NEW ORLEANS – Looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for Father’s Day? For a guy who wants his car or truck to look good now and for years to come, give him custom-formulated AutomotiveTouchup paint. Working with the most comprehensive library of OEM colors in the industry to create an exact color match, paints are created per order using each vehicle’s specific make, model and year. Available in paint pens, bottles or aerosol cans, AutomotiveTouchup products are a convenient and cost-effective way to take years off the look of his vehicle.
Nicks, scratches and paint chips disappear with easy to use AutomotiveTouchup products. These professional-quality products are designed for easy application and high performance in harsh climates, including high humidity and extreme cold or heat, for great-looking, long- lasting results. Most small repairs just need a basecoat and clearcoat, and primer is available if more repair work is needed. For the serious auto repair guy with a spray gun and a bigger restoration project in mind, products also come in ready to spray pints, quarts and gallons.
AutomotiveTouchup products are shipped directly to customers to provide the highest quality products at the lowest cost possible. An easy to use online ordering process, responsive, expert customer support and detailed instructional videos helps DIY guys get professional-looking results. To order, visit AutomotiveTouchup.com or call 1.888.710.5192.
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces a tougher all-terrain tire is now available for truck and SUV owners. The all-new Toyo Open Country A/T II offers over 40% more treadlife than the leading competitors, exceptional all-season performance, an aggressive new tread design, and a quiet ride.
It also comes with an industry-leading 65,000-mile warranty for P-Metric and Metric sizes, as well as a 50,000-mile warranty for LT and flotation sizes. Last but not least, the Open Country A/T II qualifies for Toyo Tires’ No Regrets 45-day, 500-mile trial offer.
Improvements in performance and wear are attributed to changes in compounding and design. A new wear-resistant tread compound has significantly increased tread life while maintaining all-season capabilities. The new tread design delivers enhanced performance on and off the road, including in rain, mud and snow. At the same time, tread features were developed with low noise and comfort in mind.
“Our goal was to create the toughest, longest lasting all-terrain tire on the market,” said Fardad Niknam, senior director of product planning and technical services, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “When independent third-party test results showed the Open Country A/T II delivering over 40% longer treadlife than leading competitors we knew we had a special all-terrain tire.“
Nearly 100 different size combinations are available through Toyo Tires dealers across the country. They range from 15 to 20 inches in rim diameter, including original equipment and plus fitment sizes. For enthusiasts wanting an even tougher tire, Xtreme sizes such as 35×12.5R18 feature a deeper tread depth and a more aggressive tread and shoulder design.
Vehicle owners can use the Tire Finder on toyotires.com to find the right Open Country A/T II for their truck or SUV, and the Dealer Finder to help locate their closest Toyo Tires retailer.
Learn more about the new pinnacle of all-terrain toughness including details on the warranty program and treadlife testing at toyotires.com.
About Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.
Toyo Tires offers a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks. For more information log onto www.toyotires.com and connect with the community at Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Although I see plenty of snow during the winter months, there usually isn’t much on the valley floor where my house is. I had a pleasant surprise on a recent morning to find the ground blanketed in fresh snow. It wasn’t because I wanted to build snow forts or have a snowball fight with my brothers, at least not this time. My excitement was because the previous work day ended with getting a set of Hankook I*Pike RW 11 winter tires mounted on my Super Duty and now it was time to try them out.
Hankook I*Pike RW 11 winter tires are a studdable winter tire for light trucks. The tires feature a new silica tread compound, which Hankook says, provides outstanding performance in cold, icy and snowy winter conditions. We tested the I*Pikes in the studless configuration.
Just looking at the tire I knew it was build for snow and ice. The tread design feature lots of tread blocks with a good amount of void for snow cleanout. The tread blocks are all cut up, which is a good thing in a winter tire because all those kerfs, also known as siping, greatly increase the biting edges of the tire tread.
Hankook engineers maximized the kerfs in the siping of the I*Pikes by including a large number of zigzags in the kerf cuts. More zigzags mean even more biting edges to grip the road surface or ice.
I also noticed that the RW 11s have a V-shaped tread design which should mean improved grip, better water movement, better mud cleanout and less road noise. I also noticed a distinct center block where other treads have a void. This, I was to learn, was a highly kerfed zone for improved stopping grip on ice.
It was clear that the tire was pinned for studs, but what is less apparent is that the studs are arranged in six distinct orbits on the tire, which doubles the opportunities for studs to bite the ice when compared to most other stud layouts.
As part of the studdable characteristics, Hankook engineers designed this tire with a special rubber layer with increased hardness to absorb stud shock and prevent the studs from penetrating the inner walls of the tire. If you’re looking for a studded tire, Hankook has you covered.
The tread blocks themselves feature a tiered groove designed to add stability for improved cornering and better steering feedback. Indeed in our testing, we found the RW 11s have a firmer cornering feel than other soft tread compound snow tires we have tested.
Hankook calls one aspect of the tread design “stone ejectors” – built in shoulder grooves to prevent tire damage from rocks getting stuck in the tire treads. However, following our gravel road testing on 3/4 minus crushed rock, we found some rocks in the tread, which is pretty common with soft tread compounds.
We tested our Hankook snow tires in a variety of winter driving conditions. On the valley floor we’ve had a large volume of rain – it is Oregon, after all. We’ve also seen snow and rain mixed with snow producing a handy supply of slushy standing water for tire testing.
As we’ve moved higher in elevation we’ve gotten into plenty of fresh snow – definitely enough to cause problems for less prepared drivers who found themselves in the ditches. The Hankooks performed quite well in these conditions.
In the snow, we also saw how well the voids in the tires cleaned out. It was pretty cool to see the tread pattern displayed so clearly in the snow. A tire’s ability to release surface materials is important so the tread blocks can continue to present multiple biting edges to grip the road.
Driving in traffic is always a dicey part of winter driving. We had confidence with these I*Pikes that we could keep the vehicle under control with plenty of stopping grip. Of course you’ve still got to keep an eye on the other guy who may not be running I*Pikes.
We have not observed a drone from these tires at any speed. They are definitely quieter than the M/T tires we are testing on a couple of our other pickups.
I may not see dry pavement for months, but our pavement and gravel tests on an ever-changing mix of rain, snow and ice have proven these Hankook I*Pike RW 11s to be a good choice for the months ahead.
Long before I reached my destination I could hear the scream of tire tread on dry pavement. I could see and smell the tire smoke as I entered the Convention Center. It wasn’t hard to find the exhibition of off-road race pickups putting on a show for the gathering crowd. After exhibiting some serious drifting skills, they attacked a jump that launched them, side by side, into the Las Vegas skyline. Welcome to the Show!
Every year I go to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. SEMA is the Specialty Equipment Market Association, a trade association that consists of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more. What they have in common is a love for cars. What they do is make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again.
The 2010 version of the SEMA Show kicked-off on Tuesday, November 2, drawing more than 100,000 attendees and 1,800 exhibitors.
I cover the Show every year as an automotive journalist but this year I had the privilege of taking in the Show with the interests of you, our ProPickup readers, in mind. SEMA is the ideal place to research the latest in ideas, equipment and upgrades for the owners of pro pickups. There are so many things we can do to improve the functionality, comfort and looks of our pickups and often the best of these can be seen for the first time at the SEMA Show.
Upstairs in the South Hall of the Convention Center is a cavernous facility with hundreds of booths and thousands of products designed solely for the purpose of improving pickups. We checked out the latest in electronics, fuel tanks, tools, side steps, caps, tonneaus, cargo management, hitches, tires, exhaust systems, suspension, bumpers, grille guards, differentials, intake systems, chips, programmers, batteries and lights.
We hiked miles of rows of the latest in wheels and tires. We talked to the makers of power steps and nerf bars. We interviewed suspension engineers and chatted with the makers of receiver hitches and a variety of towing accessories.
We looked at GPS systems, backup cameras and in-cab office components.
We talked to manufacturers that want to make your pickup taller, run smoother, more powerful, weather proof and unique. Here are some of the latest ideas in equipment to upgrade your pro pickup from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas:
Cobra iRadar Detection System (MSRP: $169.95)
The Cobra iRadar system combines industry-leading radar/laser gun and speed/red light camera detection technology with the ease of use of iPhone to create a revolutionary detection system. The system consists of a state-of-the-art Cobra radar detector and the Cobra iRadar App for iPhone. The system uses Bluetooth® wireless technology to connect iPhone to the detector, and the iPhone Multi-Touch display to control the detector’s settings, which enables motorists to view, hear and log alerts for radar/laser guns as well as upcoming speed/red light cameras and other potential hazards.
“The Cobra iRadar Detection System is truly revolutionary,” said Sally Washlow, senior vice president of marketing and sales for Cobra Electronics. “It pairs Cobra’s industry-leading radar/laser detection technology with iPhone’s exceptional display and GPS capabilities to create a truly new standard for detection systems. What makes using Cobra’s iRadar system so remarkable is that it not only provides drivers an unprecedented amount of crucial information, it does so with clarity and convenience.”
The Cobra iRadar detector detects all radar and laser guns on the market and alerts motorists to upcoming threats from all directions with its 360o protection. Its large, crisp speaker provides clear and precise warnings while its escalating audio alerts let you know the distance to any threat. The Cobra iRadar detector unit also works as a standalone detector when not paired to the app, ensuring that it is in radar/laser gun detection mode at all times.
Drivers can control all the settings of the iRadar detector including which alert notifications it will provide and the audio volume at which they will be provided. In addition, the app allows drivers to view past alert locations on a map, mark user locations, and view their speed, compass heading and car battery voltage. Cobra Electronics Corporation; www.CobraiRadar.com; (773) 889-3087
DashCommand (MSRP: $49.99)
DashCommand is a touch screen friendly software application that is designed to integrate OBD-II data monitoring and logging into the in-car computing experience. Use DashCommand’s capabilities to create and display stunning virtual dashboards with many styles including digital gauges, analog gauges, indicator lights, and more! The dashboards are designed to look great on any screen size.
DashCommand is available on two different platforms, Windows and the iPhone/iPod Touch.
The Windows version is available at www.palmerperformance.com. The iPhone/iPod version is available from the iTunes App Store.
DashCommand features include skid pad, race track, virtual dashboards, inclinometer, and OBD-II data logging & diagnostics (find out why your check-engine light is on). Using WiFi technology and a supported hardware interface, you will be able to connect your iPhone to your OBD-II compliant vehicle and monitor, log, and playback vehicle information and parameters.
DashCommand provides interactive capabilities that allow objects such as buttons to be added to dashboards which can then trigger switching of dashboard screens and changing the state of objects on screen. You can now create a set of dashboards that suits your needs.
DashCommand also supports the scripts written in ScanXL. The scripts can be imported to supplement the data that can be displayed in the dashboards. Write scripts to calculate fuel consumption, boost pressure, power, torque, and many more based on data from the OBD-II values.
Palmer Performance Engineering; www.palmerperformance.com; For product questions, contact email@example.com
Toolbox and Refueling Tank Combo (MSRP: $1,724.35 30-gallon / $1,907.13 50-gallon)
Transfer Flow’s 30-gallon and 50-gallon toolbox and refueling tank combos work great for manually filling your fuel tank as well as filling other vehicles or equipment. The 30-gallon unit will fit short and long bed pickups, while the 50-gallon unit will fit long bed pickups only.
The toolbox and refueling tank combos come pre-assembled with a 12-volt pump located inside the locking storage compartment. The fuel nozzle is mounted on the outside of the toolbox, and comes with an 8-foot hose. The storage compartment of the 30-gallon unit has about 5 cubic feet of space, while the 50-gallon unit has a storage area of about 8 cubic feet. The tanks are made from 14-gauge aluminized steel for superior rust resistance and strength, and are mounted inside the bright aluminum diamond plate shell of the toolbox. The tanks are baffled to reduce fuel sloshing.
Transfer Flow’s refueling tanks come with a Department of Transportation special permit number, allowing them to carry gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, an optional riser kit is available that allows you to store several sheets of plywood or sheetrock under the tank. Transfer Flow, Inc.; www.transferflow.com; (530) 893-5209
Indexing Double Box Ratcheting Wrench
GearWrench’s indexing double box ratcheting wrench was developed as a result of end user input. Two ratcheting box ends index and lock into position. This saves technicians time and eliminates the need to switch wrenches while working on fasteners that are difficult to access. The wrench features an extra-long, forged steel beam with indexing lockable joints at each end enabling each ratcheting box end to pivot over 180 degrees. Currently available in six metric size combinations. Apex Tool Group; www.gearwrench.com; (800) 688-8949
Tomahawk 375 Air Plasma Cutting System (MSRP: $1,589.00)
Lincoln Electric’s Tomahawk 375 Air is a new plasma cutting system line designed for on-site maintenance, service tasks, small construction sites, HVAC work, demolition and rental applications.
The Tomahawk 375 Air includes an internal air compressor, eliminating the need for an external air source. This machine can be used anywhere 208 or 230 volt single phase 60 Hz power is available.
The 375 Air features continuous output control to focus the plasma arc for recommended 5/16 inch steel. The machine produces 10-25 amps output and is rated at 25 amps at 90 volts, 35 percent duty cycle. Tomahawk plasma cutting systems are designed for cutting mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum. Lincoln Electric; www.lincolnelectric.com; (216) 481-8100
MAXTRAX (MSRP: $595)
MAXTRAX is a lightweight nylon, vehicle extraction device that fits in your 4WD ensuring an easy way out if your vehicle encounters a sticky situation. MAXTRAX stows easily with the rest of your day tripping, camping, or picnicking gear. You can even use MAXTRAX upside down as a shovel to remove excess material from around your tires. Large cleats on MAXTRAX sink their teeth into the tire tread and the terrain under your 4WD vehicle to help it out of mud, snow, or sand. MAXTRAX; www.maxtrax.com.au; (855) MAX-TRAX (toll free)
Bridjit Curb Ramps (MSRP: $299)
Bridjit Curb Ramps are a high-quality green solution designed to help homeowners reduce the jarring and underside vehicle damage that occurs from a roll-over curb driveway entry. Simple to install, the Bridjit Curb Ramp is made from recycled tires and is generally sold as a set of three, 4 foot modular sections that provide 12 feet of driveway coverage. The only tools required are a hammer and screwdriver. Bridjit Inc.; www.bridjit.com; (877) 522-6611
A.R.E.’s ActionKover is a new fiberglass tonneau cover available for most current short bed and extra short bed trucks, including the Toyota Tundra, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150 and Dodge Ram.
Features include an aluminum base rail system, heavy-duty front hinges, Eberhard palm handle and Lift Assist gas strut system that makes the lid easy to open and close.
“Our talented team of engineers and production crew has designed a tonneau cover that not only looks great but has a great price point as well,” said Bryan Baker, director of Marketing, A.R.E.
A DuPont® base coat/clear coat paint finish gives the cover an original-equipment look. A.R.E.; www.4are.com; (330) 830-7800
DCU (Deluxe Commercial Unit) Truck Cap
A.R.E.’s product lineup for the 2011 Ford Super Duty includes their Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU). Specially built to withstand the rigors of any work situation, the DCU has a rugged, fully welded aluminum frame construction. More than 200 options are available, including door and window configurations, toolboxes, custom ladder racks and cap height design. A.R.E.; www.4are.com; (330) 830-7800
Portable Steel Tool Box (30” x 19”) (MSRP: $1,130)
Montezuma’s 16 ga. steel construction tool box with welded seams features a powder coat finish and holds both metric and S.A.E. tools. The lid secures tools in position when closed and a locking latch prevents unauthorized use. Lock cylinder has double-cut keys for easier locking and unlocking. Weather stripping creates a tight seal against dust and moisture and a gas spring raises the lid. Sturdy side handles make moving the tool box easy. Limited Lifetime Warranty. Montezuma Mfg., Inc.; www.montezumamfg.com; (800) 759-5157
EZ Self-Closing 7-Pin (EZS7) Electrical Towing Connection System
EZ Connector’s new EZ Self-Closing 7-Pin (EZS7) is a 7-Pin electrical towing connection system with robust magnets, spring-loaded pins, flat contacts and a water-proof design. Unlike the common blade plugs available in today’s market, the patented EZ Connector uses spring-loaded face-to-face contacts so that drawbacks such as arcing and contact abrasion from use are eliminated. The combination of spring-loaded pins and fixed contacts also allows for electricity to easily pass from socket to plug, and mitigates problems such as voltage drop due to increased contact deterioration and corrosion, and the resulting failure of brakes and lights. EZ Connector Inc.; www.ezconnector.com; (559) 686-5889
CrossContact LX (MSRP: Starting at $96)
The CrossContact LX by Continental Tire delivers crisp handling and all-season traction — even in light snow. This tire’s Asymmetric Tread Pattern is engineered to allow both sides of the tread to perform independently of each other. This computer-optimized tread face is designed to deliver a greater surface contact patch, with large, stiff blocks on the outside of the tire, a stabilizing rib to reduce shoulder wear and subtle tread elements on the inside tread for enhanced traction.
An innovative Tri-Net Silica Tread Compound adjusts to road conditions, cushions the ride, improves traction, lowers rolling resistance and prolongs tread life for greater fuel economy and long wear. Acoustic Alterra Technology minimizes tire noise. Interlocking sipes add lateral strength, excellent traction and directional control in all conditions — even mud and snow. Continental Tire; www.continentaltire.com; (800) 847-3349
Grabber HTS (MSRP: $105)
The Grabber HTS is General Tire’s premium all-season tire for today’s light trucks, crossovers and SUVs. Born from the Baja, the Grabber HTS is built on the technology that went into engineering the company’s Grabber off-road competition tires. Duragen ultra high strength steel belts, micro-fiber casing reinforcements, and a broad contour result in a strong, durable tire that provides even tread wear for longer mileage and confidence in challenging driving conditions. Response Grooves, Stabilink Bars and three kinds of siping result in an excellent all-season tire that promotes enhanced steering response and provides reliable performance when braking, accelerating and cornering.
This latest-generation tread compound significantly improves fuel economy by reducing rolling resistance. General Tire; www.generaltire.com; (800) 847-3349
DynoMax 2008-10 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty System]
Posting an additional 16 horsepower and 13-ft. lbs. of torque at the dyno, the new DynoMax 2008-10 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty system gives owners a boost of horsepower and torque while freeing up exhaust backpressure.
The new DynoMax system (p/n 39469) – built to match OE routing and provide added performance and sound enhancements – fits 2008-2010 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty 2WD/4WD 5.4L/6.8L V8 trucks. The system does not fit 2008-10 Ford F-350 Chassis Cab trucks.
The new system includes 3-in. stainless steel mandrel-bent piping to protect against corrosion. It also includes a DynoMax Ultra Flo Welded muffler, for maximum exhaust flow and an aggressive tone.
The single, cat-back system also includes necessary OE-grade band clamps, u-bolt clamps and 4-in. stainless steel slant cut, logo-embossed tip. All of the necessary instructions are included for fast and easy installation. Tenneco Inc.; www.DynoMax.com; (734) 384-7806
Rancho® 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 Suspension System
The new Rancho® 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 suspension system fits 2010 Dodge Ram 2500 gas and diesel truck models and the 2010 Dodge Ram Mega Cab model (manufactured from April 2010 and newer).
Compatible with up to 37-in. tires, the new 4-in. Rancho Ram 2500 system includes a forged pitman arm, new front track bar relocation bracket, and heavy-duty tubular-style front links. The system also works with stock wheels. Rancho engineers maintained the OE location of the rack and pinion while maintaining proper driveshaft angles to minimize vibrations. Rancho includes rear leaf spring blocks and a front track bar relocation bracket. The system contains all of the necessary alignment hardware and highly detailed information on the installation of the system. Rancho Suspension; www.gorancho.com; (734) 384-7809
Premier 6” Oval Side Bars
Westin’s Premier 6” Oval Side Bars offer the largest step area for sure footed entry into full sized trucks and SUV’s. Available in 4 universal lengths to accommodate full sized trucks and SUV’s. Vehicle specific mounting systems utilizing Westin’s current 22 Series Mounting Brackets are already stocked by most WD’s and Jobbers. The Premier 6” Oval Side Bars are OE styled for a finished look and are available in polished stainless steel and black powder coated finish. There is no drilling required for mounting the 6” Oval Side Bars making installation a clean and easy process. Westin Automotive, Inc.; www.westinautomotive.com; (626) 960-6762
Rancher Grille Guard
When you need extra protection from road debris and off-road brush, go with the Rancher Grille Guard from Go Industries. The one-piece, fully welded guard provides protection for the headlight and grille areas of your pickup. Constructed of 1.9”, 14 gauge steel tubing and one-quarter inch, laser-cut steel uprights, the grille guard has a center section made of 16 gauge steel with one-half inch punched holes and features a powder coat finish. Each Rancher Grille Guard is designed specifically for each vehicle model, contouring to the lines of the vehicle while providing an easy, no drill, hassle-free installation. A built-in, wide “Step Plate” allows easy access to the hood and engine on today’s big pickups. Go Industries; www.goindustries.com; (800) 527-4345
Cummins/Duramax Differential Cover (MSRP: $342.50)
aFe Power builds a rear-end differential for Dodge Ram pickups that provides a 5 quart lube capacity to replace the stock 4 quart version. Features include a magnetic drain plug and a magnetic tipped fill plug. Internal and external fins provide improved heat transfer. A large oil level site glass has a calibration plug to eliminate overfilling. aFe-advanced FLOW Engineering Inc.; http://afepower.com; (951) 493-7100
63 Series AirCharger® Intake Kits (MSRP: $320.99)
Guaranteed to provide more hp and increased acceleration, K&N’s 63 Series intake system is easy to install and lasts up to 100,000 miles before service is required (depending on driving conditions). The air filter is washable, reusable and comes with a million mile limited warranty. The kit works with the OEM computer systems and is street legal in most states (not street legal in CA – Check part number or vehicle listing for specific CARB status). K&N Engineering, Inc.; www.knfilters.com; (800) 858-3333
Insight CTS (MSRP: $448.88)
The new Insight CTS by Edge Products offers the most advanced technology in engine monitoring available today. The Insight CTS is compatible with any OBDII-enabled vehicle 1996 and newer. Features include a full-color, high-resolution, 4.3-inch touch screen (CTS). Displays available SAE data from your vehicle’s computer and is a great value because it monitors much more than just a typical 3-gauge cluster. Sounds user-defined audible alerts. Displays peak values such as speed and RPM. Performance testing: 0-60 and quarter-mile times.
Displays include fuel rail pressure on Duramax engines and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Regeneration Status on new diesels with DPF traps.
Add-ons include EGT pyrometer and back-up camera (sold separately).
MyStyle Software (included) allows users to choose from a variety of Edge custom background images. You can also upload an image of your choice. Edge Products; www.edgeproducts.com; (888) 360-3343
E-CON Power Programmer (MSRP: $435.99)
Hypertech’s new E-CON Economy Power Programmer is designed for the driver who needs better fuel mileage and more power, but doesn’t want to pay for other high-performance features. Every E-CON is programmed with Hypertech’s Max Energy Tuning, Diagnostics, and Back to Stock options. The E-CON also comes with a USB cable and a CD containing software to enable quick updates over the internet.
According to Hypertech founder and president, Mark Heffington, “With the rise of fuel cost, fuel economy is very important to our customers. So we developed the best-optimized fuel tuning programs possible for the E-CON that increases horsepower and torque. With the additional power, drivers use less fuel to maintain cruising speed, without torque converter un-locking and transmission down-shifting to a lower gear, providing a substantial increase in fuel mileage”.
In addition, Hypertech’s E-CON Economy Power Programmers have the ability to read and clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) or “check engine” lights. Plus, all Hypertech products are 50 State “Street Legal.” Hypertech; www.hypertech.com; (901) 382-8888