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Pilot Acquires Luxury Truck Accessory and Wheel Brand Rolling Big Power

Aligning with Pilot’s aggressive growth initiative, the acquisition of the iconic RBP brand strengthens Pilot’s brand portfolio.

City of Industry, CA, September 5, 2017

Pilot Inc. announced that it has wholly acquired Rolling Big Power (RBP), the premium truck accessories lifestyle brand, including its highly coveted custom wheels division – its second acquisition within the last year.

From grilles and lift kits, to wheels and almost everything in between, RBP manufacturers luxury truck accessories allowing the builder to feature their unique personality to be showcased in their truck. Utilizing Pilot’s strength in distribution and coupled with RBP’s innovative products, the combined powerhouse of RBP and Pilot will elevate the entire truck builder experience with the brand.

Level Ride Wireless Adjustable Suspension Controller

Level Ride Air Suspension (LRAS) now offers a highly refined way to control popular pneumatic and hydraulic suspension systems. Working with a vehicle’s existing adjustable suspension, LRAS uses an Android-based wireless control unit to change ride height by touch or voice: no more hitting switches. Plus, LRAS stores data from the WiFi-enabled controller in a secure cloud-based server. This permits remote diagnostics and troubleshooting anywhere in the world where a reliable WiFi connection is available.

“The Level Ride Air Suspension system is the culmination of 18 years of industry experience designing, manufacturing and distributing suspension products,” says founder/product engineer James Cloke. Launched in Australia in 1999 as Tubular Suspension Systems, the company originally specialized in retrofitting modern suspension components to older vehicles. James Cloke also served as a government consultant on suspension regulations and safety guidelines in his native country.

Spray Your Way To BIG SAVINGS With Apollo’s TrueHVLP™ TWIN-TURBO Maxi-Miser® 3000 Spray System

Apollo Sprayers International, Inc., a USA based leader in the manufacturing of HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) has developed the ultimate auto body spray finishing system, the patented TWIN-TURBO Maxi-Miser® 3000™.

The TWIN-TURBO Maxi-Miser® 3000 painting system is Made in the USA designed with professional body shops in mind. The system provides continuous clean, warm, dry air without oil or moisture and no need for expensive filters or dryers. The system includes the patented Pressure Control System (PCS™) that controls motor speed, voltage and amperage while adjusting automatically for altitude and barometric pressure; Variable Power Level Control which allows the operator to adjust the atomizing pressure accurate to 1/10th a PSI; LCD Message Center monitors all system functions and (3) HVLP spray guns for use with Primer, Base and Clear coats, a 37’ long flex hose and a 2-Year Limited Warranty.

Spray Your Way To BIG SAVINGS With Apollo’s TrueHVLP™ Maxi-Miser® 1000 & 2000 Mobile Spray Systems

Apollo Sprayers International, Inc., a USA based leader in the manufacturing of HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) has developed the ultimate portable auto body spray finishing systems for both mobile and shop use, the Maxi-Miser® 1000 & 2000 TrueHVLP™ Turbo paint spray systems.

“By using Apollo’s advanced TrueHVLP™ technology, the Maxi-Miser® 1000 & 2000 system offer dramatically less overspray (80% - 90% transfer efficiency) which translates to a documented 40% savings on paint. Mobile collision repair specialists that use the Maxi-Miser® TrueHVLP™ painting system see immediate savings in paint consumption and increased through put. In addition, users have experienced amazing finish results with solvent or waterborne Basecoats, Metallics and Clears.” states John Darroch, President of Apollo Sprayers International, Inc.

Focus Auto Design joins SEMA Data Co-op

August 28, 2017

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

SEMA Data Co-op:

Focus Auto Design, manufacturers of Canadian market OEM hood protectors, FormFit hood protectors and the newly released Tough Formfit Guard is pleased to announce we are now an active member of SEMA Data Co-op. We are proud that we were able achieve Platinum status on our initial upload. Congratulations to our team for compiling the data and for the many hours spent on this arduous process. Well done!

Come and visit us at Booth # 51547 at SEMA 2017!

Visit our website at www.formfithoodprotectors.com to view our complete line of hood protectors.

BIGFOOT #1 & BOB CHANDLER MAKE RARE PUBLIC APPEARANCE DURING 2017 SEMA SHOW!

Whittier, Calif. (August, 2017) – It is impossible to tell the story of the Monster Truck and monster truck racing without mentioning the BIGFOOT® Monster Truck. From stadium shows to the big screen (Roadhouse, Cannonball Run), no other monster truck has a worldwide following as vast as the BIGFOOT Monster Truck. And although Bob Chandler’s BIGFOOT Team is working on BIGFOOT #22, there will never be another BIGFOOT #1.

AEM Series 3 Standalone ECU Platforms Available for Ford, GM & Mopar EFI & TBI V8s!

Want to run your engine on programmable EFI on a budget? Here’s your best choice!
State-of-the-art engine control for only $999.00

Hawthorne, CA— AEM has released the Infinity Series 3 Programmable ECU platform for popular early- and late-model throttle body and port injected Ford, GM and Mopar V8s. The new Series 3 ECUs are simplified engine controllers designed to run a race, marine or crate engine without the need for, or cost of, additional features like variable cam control, Drive-by-Wire throttle control or internal wideband air/fuel sensor controllers. Initial release of the Series 3 includes the Infinity 308 (PN 30-7113) and Infinity 358 (PN 30-7114). Both Infinity Series 3 systems are offered at a special introductory retail price of only $999.00. Once this promotional introductory price ends, The Infinity 308 will retail for $1,198.00 and the Infinity 358 will retail for $1,248.30.

INFINITY 308

Electra Meccanica Shows Off SOLO at 2017 SEMA Show - All-electric, single-passenger vehicle to transform daily commuting

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corporation (EMV) will show off its new 2017 SOLO electric vehicle (EV) at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association’s (SEMA) show being held in Las Vegas from October 31 through November 3, 2017. After years of development, this one-person, innovative commuter vehicle is now available for the American viewing public to experience following its world debut in Vancouver last year. Fully-refundable deposits for the SOLO can be placed online at electrameccanica.com.

“The entire team here at Electra Meccanica is excited to unveil the SOLO at the SEMA show,” states Jerry Kroll, CEO of Electra Meccanica. “We encourage enthusiasts as well as any specialty equipment manufacturers to come over to our booth #50842 at the show and see this amazingly transformative commuter vehicle.”

Do-It-Yourself Engine Coating Kit Brings Ceramic Coatings to the Masses

Now anyone can coat Pistons, Bearings, Valves, Valve Springs, Cylinder Walls and more.

Ceramic coatings continue to be the best way to manage heat, reduce friction, increase power and extend part life. These cutting-edge coatings have only been available to professionals…until now.

These are the same coatings used by manufacturers, coating facilities, and race teams. Water-based coatings contain no hazardous solvents, no VOCs. Save time and money by applying performance coatings in your shop or at home.

The Engine Coating Kit contains:
CBC-1 Thermal Barrier Coating for piston tops, valve face, cylinder head, combustion chamber;
DFL-1 Dry Film Lubricant Coating for piston skirts, valve stems, valve springs, main/rod bearings, cams, gears;
PKSX Dry Powder Lubricant for cylinder walls, lifter bores and valve guides;
UltraGel Assembly Lubricant (used by top fuel teams) for cam, lifters, gears and more.

Clamping Down on the Competition

Clamping Down on the Competition
by Stephanie Bachman
“EVERYBODY IN AMERICA learns their swear words from helping their dad take off worm gear clamps.” These are the words of Tim Magagna, one of the business owners of TKO Clamping Systems in Pocatello. This statement allowed Tim to see an innovative opportunity to create a new type of clamp—one that is an American-made, custom fit.

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