Trucks, SUV's & Off-Road


Timberland Tires will be the first line of tires purposely created to be recycled
into footwear outsoles at the end of their life on the road

STRATHAM, N.H. and TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Nov. 3, 2014 – Global lifestyle brand Timberland today announced a collaboration with tire manufacturer and distributor Omni United, to create a co-branded line of tires under the Timberland and Radar Tires brands. Timberland Tires will be the first tires ever purposely designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles after their journey on the road is complete. The tires will be unveiled at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) automotive trade show in Las Vegas tomorrow, setting new standards for sustainable innovation in the tire industry.



--Leading Distributor of Truck Accessories to Provide Greater Availability
of DECKED Pickup Truck Bed Storage Systems--

KETCHUM, IDAHO (NOVEMBER 3, 2014) – DECKED, a manufacturer of full-sized pickup truck bed storage systems, today announced a new national distribution agreement with Truck Accessories Group (TAG), the nation’s premier manufacturer of truck caps and tonneaus (LEER, Century, Raider and Pace Edwards). The new partnership provides consumers greater access to DECKED systems through TAG’s network of retailers across North America. The network of TAG warehouses will stock all 19 different models of the DECKED system and accessories enabling quick local delivery and optional installation at all authorized TAG retailers.

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.


Rhino Linings Run My Build Trail ReaperSan Diego, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2014)—Doetsch Off-Road is working to finish the fan-designed custom Jeep® known as Trail Reaper in time to unveil it at the Rhino Linings booth during the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

In June Rhino Linings and Doetsch asked fans to “Run My Build,” and more than 8,400 fans voted online on their favorite theme, color, graphics and aftermarket accessories for the Jeep Wrangler JK. Since then, Doetsch Off-Road, a three-time SEMA “Best Build” award winner, has been working to turn the fans’ dreams into reality.

Some of the biggest names in the industry have been involved in this build including Rhino Linings, Doetsch Shocks, Bushwacker, TIS Wheels, Truck-Lite, TeraFlex, JcrOffroad, Rigid Industries, DayStar, Katzkin Automotive Leather, Rugged Ridge, Gibson Performance, Interco Tires, Warn, Airaid, Active Grafix and Gearshade.

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?

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