BOLT J-MOUNT JEEP HI-LIFT JACK MOUNT WINS SEMA
2015 NEW PRODUCT AWARD MILWAUKEE – The new BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology) J-Mount(tm) Jeep hi-lift jack bracket mounting system was named a 2015 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) New Product Award winner in the Van/Pickup/Sport Utility category. With 16 different award categories, this popular annual competition recognizes outstanding achievements in the development of products being introduced to the specialty automotive aftermarket at the SEMA Show.
BOLT’s uniquely-designed Jeep accessory, the J-Mount, allows Jeep TJ and JK off-road enthusiasts to securely attach their hi-lift jack to the side of their vehicle for easy, vertical access, and features the one-key convenience of BOLT lock technology. This patented innovation permanently programs the lock to the Jeep owner’s vehicle ignition key, eliminating the need for extra keys. Once the ignition key is inserted into the lock cylinder, spring-loaded plate tumblers move up and down and the first time the key is rotated, the cylinder is uniquely coded to that key. An auto-return spring locks automatically when the key is removed.
SEMA used a number of important product aspects as judging criteria for the award, including potential, innovativeness, consumer appeal, quality and workmanship, and availability (cost). “We designed the J-Mount and our other Jeep products to offer the simplified, convenient security of BOLT’s one-key lock technology to Jeep owners, on-the-go consumers that really benefit from easy access to protect their vehicle’s accessories, spare tire, under-hood contents, trailers and equipment,” said Erika Garcia, BOLT national sales manager. SEMA attendees can learn more about the J-Mount and all of BOLT’s products at Booth #35133 Upper South Hall. For more information on the complete selection of Jeep lock products, visit BOLTLock.com.
BOLT and other SEMA New Product Award winners will be recognized at the annual SEMA Industry Awards Banquet on the evening of Thursday, November 5.
About BOLT (Breakthrough One-Key Lock Technology)
BOLT locks come with a limited lifetime warranty. Find a BOLT retailer by using the zip code finder, www.boltlock.com/retail-finder, or purchase from the BOLT website athttp://www.boltlock.com/shop. BOLT locks are also available at 4-Wheel Parts stores, advanceautoparts.com, Basspro.com, Cabela’s, Canadian Tire, Pep Boys, and Summit Racing.com. For more information, visit www.boltlock.com or call 844.972.7547.
DIAMOND BAR, CA (January 6, 2015) – Featuring more than $30,000 in aftermarket parts and accessories, the SEMA Cares 2015 Jeep Wrangler that debuted at the recent SEMA Show is set to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ, on Wednesday, January 14.
The vehicle, which was donated by OMIX ADA/Rugged Ridge, includes:
– Falken Tire’s new WildPeak M/T 37″ tires
– Superchips Flash Programmer
– Rugged Ridge cat-back exhaust
– Rugged Ridge Exploration Package (which includes All Terrain Modular Front Bumper, Textured Black, XHD Swing & Lock Tire Carrier, Billet Grille Inserts (black), Euro Guard Light Kit (black), Locking Gas Cap Door (black), Hurricane Flat Fender Flare Kit, Performance Vented Hood, Aluminum Hood Catches (black), Lift Kit w/ shocks (4-inches), XHD Snorkel, Sherpa Roof Rack, LED Driving Lights (16-Watt/3-inch Square), Front Floor Liner, Rear Floor Liner, Cargo Liner, Light Bar Lowering Kit
– Custom paint by LGE-CTS Motorsports
The auction will mark the seventh vehicle developed for SEMA Cares, a committee established by the SEMA Board of Directors that brings the voice and resources of the SEMA community together to make a positive difference in the lives of others. More than $1 million has been raised since SEMA Cares was established in 2007.
The SEMA Cares 2015 Jeep Wrangler is set to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at approximately 8:00 pm Eastern Time/5:00 pm Pacific Time. The Lot # is 3001. Additional details: http://www.barrett-jackson.com/or contact Mike Spagnola at firstname.lastname@example.org; 909-978-6707.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $33 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit http://www.sema.org/or www.enjoythedrive.com.
A.R.E. ACCESSORIES’ FORD F-150 PROJECT TRUCK WINS 2014 MOTHERS CHOICE AWARD AT SEMA
MASSILLON, Ohio – The new A.R.E. Accessories’ 2015 Ford F-150 Extreme Sport Project Truck was selected for the top 10 Mothers(r) Choice Award at the 2014 SEMA show. Started in 2001 to honor excellence in vehicle design, the awards are presented to the most outstanding SEMA vehicles chosen by a panel of industry judges. According to Jim Holloway, vice president of Mothers, “This truck is a prime example of engineering execution, it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into it, and while there are a lot of lifted trucks here this F-150 has unique styling cues throughout that really got our attention and deserve recognition.”
The winning project truck, built by A.R.E. and Trent’s Trick Upholstery, is designed to showcase the extreme sports lifestyle and create a maximum coolness factor for the Ford F-150 truck. Featuring a completely customized interior from award-winning Trent’s Trick Upholstery and the contributions of over 20 aftermarket product leaders, the project truck is equipped with an array of sporty, eye-catching customization features including an A.R.E. fiberglass truck cap, DUB wheels, Rigid Industries light bars, Corsa exhaust, Bushwacker fender flares, Skyjacker suspension, Air Lift air springs, Toyo tires and a Lynch Concepts custom gloss/matte paint treatment. In addition, GoPro cameras integrated into the design help capture and share all of the extreme sports action.
According to Trent’s Trick Upholstery owner Trent Van Arsdalen, “Receiving this award is a great finishing touch for this collaborative effort, and we are proud to have created a special truck that stood out from the dozens of other great project vehicles at SEMA.”
A.R.E. marketing manager Andy Clutter notes that this is the second year in a row that a project truck created by A.R.E. and Trent’s Trick Upholstery has received design recognition at SEMA. “In 2013, our Wounded Warrior Project(r) truck received two GM Design Awards for a customized 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, winning both Chevrolet’s Best New Off-Road Silverado and Best New Chevrolet Interior,” said Clutter. For a history of the past Shine Awards and Mothers Choice winners, visit www.shineaward.com.
About A.R.E. Accessories
A.R.E. Accessories began manufacturing aluminum frame truck caps in 1969 and has become a leading manufacturer of fiberglass truck caps and hard tonneau covers. At its ISO-9001:2008-certified manufacturing facilities, A.R.E.’s more than 700 employees create the products that are sold through a network of more than 650 independent authorized dealers. For more information, contact A.R.E. at 400 Nave Rd. S.E., P.O. Box 1100, Massillon, OH 44648, email email@example.com, call 330-830-7800 or visit www.4are.com.
Mothers(r) is known worldwide for its premium-grade polishes, waxes and cleaners, and offers a broad array of finish care products under its Back-to-Black(r), California Gold(r), Marine, PowerBall(r), Professional and Reflections(r) lines. Go to www.mothers.com for information on all of these products, along with a host of how to videos and car care tips in the online Mothers(r) Detail Guide at www.detailguide.com and the Wax Forum at www.waxforum.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mothersusa.
About Trent’s Trick Upholstery
Since 2009, Trent and Tricia VanArsdalen have been creating one-of-a-kind custom vehicles at their state of the art shop in Baltimore, Ohio. The company has received many awards for their unique treatments of street rods, muscle cars and pickup trucks, including a 2009 SEMA award for their 2010 Chevy Camaro SS show car. For more information, visit www.trentstrickupholstery.com.
2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship and Loan Forgiveness Award Winners Announced
Diamond Bar, CA (September 19, 2014) – The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $152,000 to 61 individuals this year. This includes 44 SEMA scholarships presented to current students, and 17 loan-forgiveness awards presented to employees of SEMA-member companies. In addition, one student was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to Ohio Technical College for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Recipients of these scholarships will be entering into the disciplines of Automotive Engineering & Technology, Automotive Aftermarket, Mechanical Engineering, Business Management, Electrical Engineering, Education, Industrial Engineering & Design, Automotive Machinist, and Public Affairs/Administration.
More than $2 million has been awarded to over 1,000 deserving students since the program’s establishment in 1984. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund and the SEMA Loan Forgiveness Program are dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators by helping them get off to a successful start in their education and automotive aftermarket career.
The online application for next year’s awards will be accepted November 3, 2014 through April 1, 2015 at www.sema.org/scholarship.
For questions or additional information, please contact SEMA Education Manager Juliet Marshall by phone at 909/978-6655 or email julietm@SEMA.org.
2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Award Winners
• Tyler W. Bagby, Johnson County Community College
• Damian T. Begler, School of Automotive Machinists
• Brandon J. Belcher, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Brenden D. Bungert, University of Minnesota-Duluth
• Alexis Art Cadiao, Mira Costa College (Steve Woomer Award)
• Ryan A. Call, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Trevor A. Chaney, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Dalyn M. Cirac, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Austin T. Ellis, Colorado School of Mines
• Lee S. Engelhardt, Northwood University
• Sara J. Erhart, Wyoming Technical Institute (SEMA Businesswomen’s Network Award)
• Chester L. Fisher, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Justin L. Furman, Washtenaw Community College
• Matthew Fusco, Northwood University
• Hugo Hernandez, California State University-Northridge (Louis L. Borick Award)
• Austin W. Hiebert, McPherson College (John Menzler & Hot Rod Industry Alliance Award)
• Nicholas V. Hines, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Leonard R. Howe, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Eric A. Jiskra, Eastern Michigan University
• Jeremy Johnson, Columbus State Community College (Melvin Burton Award)
• Jeffery Kesterson, Oregon Institute of Technology
• Thomas C. Klein, University of Northwestern Ohio (Don Turney Award)
• Mark Lopresto, Cleveland Institute of Art (Harlan Felder Award)
• Brent Maynard, University of Northwestern Ohio (Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council Award)
• Shaun Michael McCarthy, Stanford University
• Jacob E. Mischel, North Dakota State University-Main Campus
• Sara E. Mohon, Clemson University
• Tyler K. Nelson, Brigham Young University-Idaho (Performance Warehouse Association & Light Truck Accessory Alliance Award)
• Harmon L. Newhouse, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Kaj Niegmann, Georgia Institute of Technology (Bernie Karp Award)
• Joel R. Ortberg, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Amir Sadeghi Pari, Austin Community College
• Masey S. Peone, Central Washington University (Thurston Warn Award)
• Kyle D. Peterson, University of Northwestern Ohio
• Garrett Rider, University of Missouri-Columbia (Mike Kunzman Award)
• Bobby J. Robertson, Jr., McPherson College
• Juan Rodriguez, Jr., Universal Technical Institute-Sacramento
• Robert S. Rose, University of Northwestern Ohio (Joe Hrudka Award)
• Mclane T. Rowley, University of Northwestern Ohio (K&N Engineering Award)
• Paul J. Sakalas, Kent State University (Jeff Moses-Automotive Restoration Market Organization & Manufacturers Representative Network Award)
• Andrew J. Smallman, Kettering University (Emerging Trends & Technology Network Award)
• Zachariah J. Sprenger, De Anza College (K&N Engineering Award)
• Michael C. Sydow, Ferris State University
• Sarah K. Wilkerson, Santa Barbara City College (Louis L. Borick Award)
2014 SEMA Loan Forgiveness Award Winners
David M. Chamberlain, COMP Performance Group/Lunati LLC (Dan Borre Award)
• Laura M. Conrad, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America Inc. (Trudy Thompson Award)
• Michael DiCanzio, Turn 5 Inc.
• Debra S. Dixon-Coen, Nissan North America (Leo Kagan Award)
• Kyle J. Fichtner, DEEZEE Manufacturing (Joseph Amato Award)
• William Filter, Dana Holdings/Spicer
• Mitchell R. Kaup, BluePrint Engines (Young Executive’s Network Award)
• Jennifer LaFever, Roush Yates Racing Engines (Top Student Award)
• Adam C. Lovelady, Toyota Motor Sales USA
• Joshua Mishler, Advanced Plating
• Kelly A. Muldoon, Venchurs, Inc.
• Philip F. Muscat, Pratt & Miller Engineering
• Thomas Rousseve III, Falken Tire Corporation (JA Borre and Wheel & Tire Council Award)
• Jordan S. Sneathen, SEMO Classic Mustang, Inc.
• Kirstin E. Stone, Turbosmart USA (Wally Parks Award)
• Heather Vance, Tenneco (Nat Danas Award)
• Joshua C. Wang, JE Pistons
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $33 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.
DIAMOND BAR, CA (August 15, 2014) – For the first time, media attending the SEMA Show, the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, can get a head start on their coverage before the Show’s official opening. At the SEMA Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Media Preview registered and credentialed journalists can avoid the rush of 60,000 buyers to get a sneak peek at some of the newest parts and accessories for the truck & SUV segment of the automotive aftermarket, including those for the very popular and newly redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 pickup and Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon SUVs. A limited number of LTAA manufacturers will have their new products on display and representatives will be available for interviews from 1:00-5:00 P.M. PST on Monday, November 3 in the SEMA Show Media Center located in room N110 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Media can register online by visiting the Media page at http://www.semashow.com. “With more than 2,000 exhibitors spread over a million square feet, there’s a lot to cover at the SEMA Show, even for the most seasoned journalists,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA VP of events and communications. “The Media Preview event gives journalists an opportunity to connect with exhibitors and see new products before the Show opens, making it that much easier to get the stories they need.” The SEMA Show is where the industry comes to do business. The 2014 SEMA Show is set to take place Tuesday-Friday, November 4-7, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The annual trade show is where manufacturers of automotive parts and accessories gather to connect with buyers from all over the world.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $31.3 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,814 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.
About the SEMA Show: The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details are available at www.SEMAShow.com or 909-396-0289.
About SEMA Councils: Over the decades, as SEMA grew and diversified its member base from performance part manufacturers to almost any business type involved in the automotive aftermarket, specific advocacy groups were created, or integrated from outside organizations, to give special attention to specific markets and industries. SEMA councils and networks offer members a variety of niche-specific programs and activities designed to provide educational and networking opportunities while promoting their particular market segment. About the Light-Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA): Members of the LTAA are industry professionals dedicated to the ideals of quality and service, and to facing the challenges associated with them head on. They’ve joined together to form a potent coalition whose mission is to determine and shape the future of the light-truck accessory industry. Through cooperative action, members work together to develop effective strategies and programs that specifically address the needs of this industry. The ultimate goal: to ensure the viability and longevity of this increasingly expansive and vibrant market segment. For details about the LTAA, contact Clayton Drescher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 909-978-6696.
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (June 6, 2014) – For one night, the SEMA Garage – Industry Innovations Center is taking a break from the welding, scanning and development that typically takes place in the facility, and will welcome the $31 billion automotive specialty equipment industry for an Open House on Thursday, July 17, in Diamond Bar, California. “The SEMA Garage is available to help manufacturers develop automotive parts and accessories from start to finish,” said Mike Spagnola, SEMA VP of OEM and Product Development Programs. “With the recent completion of the photo cove, the SEMA Garage is now fully operational. We want the industry to join us in celebrating this incredible building and to see all that it has to offer.” The only facility of its kind, the SEMA Garage helps auto parts manufacturers develop products in as little as six weeks. Members are able to gain access to new vehicle models from automakers, and have final products available for sale before the vehicle is even available to the public. Tools in the SEMA Garage include a portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM), a 3D printer, digital race car scales, a dyno and emissions lab, a training center, and a photo cove stocked with an abundance of lights, strobe kits, umbrellas and more. During the SEMA Garage Open House, members will be able to see each area and learn about all the equipment that is available. “The SEMA Garage is the ultimate production facility,” said Spagnola. “The building was purpose-built to include state-of-the-art equipment specific to auto parts manufacturers. We’ve further filled the SEMA Garage with tools and equipment, so that members simply need to show up and do what they do best.” To learn more about the SEMA Garage or to RSVP for the Open House, visit www.sema.org/openhouse or call Rachael Salazar at 909-978-6744.
SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association founded in 1963, represents the $31.3 billion
specialty automotive industry of 6,537 member-companies. It is the authoritative source for
research, data, trends and market growth information for the specialty auto parts industry. The
industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for
passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information, contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista
Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, tel: 909-610-2030, or visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.
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