Trucks, SUV's & Off-Road

ODYSSEY® Battery to Present Check to the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross Extreme ODYSSEY® Performer Award Winner

READING, Pa. (Oct. 31, 2014) – ODYSSEY® battery by EnerSys®, an official battery of Red Bull Global Rallycross (Red Bull GRC), has announced that it will present a bonus check to the winner of the 2014 Extreme ODYSSEY® Performer Award following the final circuit event of the season in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The big reward is the final part of a contingency award program developed earlier this year, in which the top three finishing drivers at each race who meet eligibility requirements receive a cash bonus and points award. The driver with the most points at the end of the season receives an additional bonus. A representative from ODYSSEY® battery will present the bonus check to the winner during the post-race trophy presentation on Nov 5.

Solar Gard: Delivering More Per-Vehicle Profit at SEMA 2014

With next-generation paint protection film (PPF) and industry-leading window film solutions, Solar Gard has you covered from SEMA 2014 @ Booths #12965 & #13061

Las Vegas, NV - Solar Gard®, a company of Saint-Gobain, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of specialty films, is pleased to announce displays and demonstrations with two booths (#12965 and #13061) at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov 4-7. A key product focus at the booths will be Solar Gard’s invisible paint protection film, Clearshield Pro®, which keeps a customer’s entire vehicle looking as good as the day it was applied – while also boosting per-vehicle profits.

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:

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.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Products Keep Ford Tough!

3M Automotive Aftermarket Products Keep Ford Tough!

3M Selected as Approved Source for Rivet-Bonding Adhesives and Repair Tools

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Ford has selected 3M™ Panel Bonding Adhesive PN08115 and the 3M™ File Belt Sander as approved products for repairing the new Ford F150 aluminum cab pickup.

As the new Ford F150 pickup rolls out across the country, collision repair professionals are preparing for the new repair tools and techniques needed for the high-strength aluminum vehicle. Now, the 3M Panel Bonding Adhesive and 3M File Belt Sander are approved solutions for their repair challenges.

3M and Ford have had a working relationship for almost a century, especially in the collision repair industry. From abrasive discs and masking tapes, to structural adhesives and seam sealers, 3M products have been an integral part of keeping Ford Tough.

Oh Hail! Don’t Let Hail Season Slow Your Repair Time

Oh Hail! Don’t Let Hail Season Slow Your Repair Time

3M™ Dynamic Mixing System Speeds Hail Dent Repair with More Efficient Filler Delivery System

Technicians Can Fill 100 Hail Dents in Less than 15 Minutes

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 4, 2014) – Hail season is sweeping the country with violent storms, and without a doubt, auto body repair shops will be busy repairing the damage. Collision shops are challenged to balance the workload and maximize profits but still deliver quality repairs and eliminate waste. Every minute spent mixing, cleaning and reworking repairs represents dollars down the drain.

3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has a better solution for hail damage repairs -- stop mixing and start fixing!

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