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BFGoodrich® Tires making tracks at SEMA with racing and new product integration

Company’s Toughest All-Terrain Tire, the All-Terrain T/A® KO2 Tire To Be Featured

Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov 3, 2014) – As the automotive world descends on Las Vegas for the premier automotive specialty products event, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, BFGoodrich® Tires arrives with a focus on the brands’ racing heritage and its new all-terrain tire.

As part of its long-standing partnership with SCORE International and the world of desert racing, BFGoodrich Tires is sponsoring the SEMA Show SCORE Baja 1000 experience, which includes the qualifying for the 2014 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 to take place Nov 4 at a specially designed course around Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dozens of the world’s top desert racers, many on BFGoodrich Tires will participate in the qualifying event in preparation for the race which will run down Mexico’s Baja peninsula from Ensenada to La Paz beginning on Nov. 13.

BlocHead Gear Debuts the BlocHead Entry Tool System at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

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BlocHead Gear Debuts the BlocHead Entry Tool System at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Charlotte, N.C. – (November 3, 2014) – BlocHead Gear designs and manufactures tools for first responders, fire fighters, law enforcement and military use. Its flagship product – the BlocHead Entry Tool System – will debut at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, November 4 through Friday, November 7.

The BlocHead Entry Tool System is a patented device that opens oval and euro profile cylinder locks in less than 30 seconds. In the event of a forced entry, using the BlocHead Entry Tool System will allow the first responder to gain access of the location with minimal effort and harm to the door security. When leaving the scene, the first responder will be able to secure the door with only minor repairs, as opposed to total door and doorframe destruction experienced when using manual, hydraulic or mechanical entry methods.

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LeTech USA Introduces New Mercedes G-Class Portal Axle System at SEMA Show 2014

LAS VEGAS, NV – Nov. 2, 2014 – New SEMA Show exhibitor and New Product Showcase participant, LeTech USA (South Hall Booth #38169) introduces a new product for the Mercedes Benz G-Class SUV. The official supplier and installer of the LeTech Portal Axle Conversion Kit for the Mercedes Benz, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway based company also offers other high quality LeTech accessories for the G Wagon.

LeTech Portal Axles are designed and manufactured in Germany to the highest level of quality and standards. These axles have been used to test and develop the system that eventually led to the current axles being used in the Mercedes Benz G63 6x6. LeTech USA Manager, Bill Rader, said, “All LeTech products are meticulously designed and manufactured for extreme off-road use while maintaining all of the standard handling and performance characteristics these luxury machines are known for.”

Specifications of the renowned LeTech Portal Axle System include:

TREADSPEC™ PRECISION LASER DIAGNOSTICS DELIVERS AUTO DEALERS NEW LANES OF PROFITABILITY FOR REPLACEMENT TIRE SALES AND ALIGNMENTS

TREADSPEC™ PRECISION LASER DIAGNOSTICS DELIVERS AUTO DEALERS
NEW LANES OF PROFITABILITY FOR REPLACEMENT TIRE SALES AND ALIGNMENTS

New GrooveGlove™ Handheld Laser Measurement Software Solution Delivers Mobile Technology to Evaluate Consumers’ Vehicle Needs for Replacement Tires and Alignment

CHICAGO (November 4, 2014) – Today’s automotive dealers have an incredible opportunity for replacement tire sales and alignments in their service bay, but many are only capturing 6.5 percent of the current market, even though 20 percent of their customers need new tires and 30 percent need an alignment.

Until now. A new technology – TreadSpec™ Precision Laser Diagnostics and the hand-held GrooveGlove™ system – is putting these profitability building services in the fast lane for auto dealers and tire retailers.

THE FUTURE OF TIRE ALIGNMENT MEASUREMENT JUST GOT PORTABLE

THE FUTURE OF TIRE ALIGNMENT MEASUREMENT JUST GOT PORTABLE

New Groove Glove™ Handheld Laser Measurement Software Solution Delivers Mobile Technology to Evaluate Consumers’ Vehicle Needs for Replacement Tires and Alignment

CHICAGO (November 4, 2014) – Tire Profiles™ is proud to introduce the new Groove Glove™, a first of its kind laser powered tread depth and alignment measurement instrument that fits in the palm of your hand. Ideal for service centers and tire retailers, the Groove Glove allows technicians to quickly complete a vehicle scan anywhere in the service facility.

When It Comes to Compounding, Size Drives the Preferred Process 3M Offers Perfect Solutions for Small, Medium and Large Paint Finishing Jobs

When It Comes to Compounding, Size Drives the Preferred Process

3M Offers Perfect Solutions for Small, Medium and Large Paint Finishing Jobs

3M Paint Finishing Experts Provide Tips on Choosing the Right System for the Project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 4, 2014) – When it comes to paint refinishing, compounding is the most debated step in the process. For paint professionals, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division offers two excellent systems – one with a compounding step and one without. But how can you tell which process is right for your paint finishing job?

The 3M paint finishing experts say size matters when selecting the best process to deliver high-quality results, as does the color of the vehicle.

Select the Right Orbit Size for the Best Results

Select the Right Orbit Size for the Best Results

Large Orbit Tools Can Significantly Impact Your
Abrasive Cut Performance and Increase Production in the Shop.

Technical Tips from Adam Spah, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Technical Expert

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – There is often a perception in the auto body industry that the sander of choice is dependent upon what part of the shop it is used in. In some cases this is true, but there is much more to consider. In the past, tool companies have touted the orbit of a dual action sander by “coarse throw” and “fine throw.” This has given the industry a false sense of what the orbit does to the performance of an abrasive disc.

The assumption has been that coarse throw or large orbit tools are used with coarse grade abrasives, while fine throw or small orbit tools are used with fine grade abrasives. With further investigation and testing, this has shown to be a false way to look at sanders and applications.

New High-Strength Steel Poses Challenges for Repair Time and Materials Costs

Steel Yourself for Changes

New High-Strength Steel Poses Challenges for Repair Time and Materials Costs

Technical Tips from Branden Loesch, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Technical Service Engineer

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – The collision repair industry is seeing more vehicles with high-strength steel, posing some new challenges for technicians. As OEMs push to meet future CAFÉ standards, they are looking to new alternative body materials that provide greater strength to meet crash and rollover standards, while also allowing them to lighten the vehicle to reach the 54.5 MPG goal for 2025. The change in part composition is sure to impact your shop’s repair time and materials cost. What actions can you take today to improve your processes for tomorrow?

What’s Different about Aluminum Repair?

What’s Different about Aluminum Repair?

Differences in Aluminum and Steel Can Impact the Repair Process and the Results

Technical Tips from Shawn Collins, 3M Automotive Aftermarket Technical Expert

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Have you heard about the 2015 Aluminum F-150? Of course you have, unless you’ve been living in a paint booth somewhere. Aluminum is the topic du jour and the hype is only escalating.

The collision repair industry has been through significant changes before and has weathered the storm just fine. Need I remind you of the unitized structure, waterborne paint, ultra-high strength steels and Lean Manufacturing? Early adopters and shops that have been adjusting to these curve balls as they came along will have little difficulty making aluminum repairs mainstream. For shops that have not adjusted as the industry changed it may take a little more time and investment, but now would be a good time to make those upgrades.

Collision Repair Shops Finding Endless Applications for 3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Sander

Collision Repair Shops Finding Endless Applications for
3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Sander

Technicians Are Experiencing Huge Benefits in Work with High-Strength Steel

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Collision repair body technicians are experiencing huge time and cost savings with 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division’s 3M™ Cubitron™ II File Belt Tool. With many of today’s automotive panels being constructed of high-strength steel, traditional ways of removing spot welds with drill bits during disassembly is now more expensive, time-consuming and harder on the technician. With the 3M Cubitron II File Belt Tool, that process is now easier and faster, saving both time and money.

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