Trucks, SUV's & Off-Road

New Aftermarket Lights and Accessories for a Wide Range of Jeep Models to Debut from Metra Electronics at the SEMA Show

Metra Electronics® will debut new Jeep accessories from Heise LED Lighting® and iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems® at the 2018 SEMA Show. “Recognizing the desire for Jeep owners to customize their vehicles, we’ve engineered accessories for more Jeep models, from the new JL to older Wrangler applications,” says Jason Anderson, VP of Product Development at Metra Electronics.

Let’s Go Aero Brings a Second Level Revolution to Trucks with Nelson™ Line of VRacks™

The Nelsons™ are an all-new bicycle and multi-sport carrier product line for pick up truck beds. Utilizing Let’s Go Aero’s leading VRack™ technology, the Nelsons take bicycles and gear storage, transport, and organization to the second level, leaving the inside of the truck bed fully open for other cargo.

The Nelson family includes four models to accommodate varying truck bed configurations including the Full Nelson™, Half Nelson™, and Three-Quarter Nelson™.

Universal to all models is two bike carrying capacity using the modular and removable SpinWing™. The SpinWing turns 360 degrees for easy loading access from the ground or interior of the bed. A four-point adjustable wheel grip system provides Zero-G™ stability of each bicycle, while the adjustable Wings accommodate all bike sizes and frame styles. An all-new anti-theft RingLocker™ security system is included to lock bikes to the Nelson and separately, the Nelson carrier to the truck bed.

GoJak® SUV - Best in Class Stands Tall Above the Rest

Zendex Tool Corp. introduced their newest model in the GoJak® product line, GoJak® SUV G7016 at SEMA 2017 and the response has been quite impressive! The G7016 clearly filled a void on the upper end that the market was demanding. Average tire widths continue to grow, as do vehicle weights with truck sales quite strong in 2018. Heavier electric vehicles that are completely disabled when the batteries are disconnected during vehicle service has also played a role.

World’s Fastest Mercedes-Benz and other OPTIMA® Batteries-Powered Cars Featured at 2018 SEMA Show

OPTIMA Batteries to Showcase Industry Professionals and Their Vehicles at 2018 SEMA Show

October 17, 2018 (MILWAUKEE) – OPTIMA® Batteries, a global leader in high-performance automotive and marine batteries and digital battery chargers, invites SEMA attendees to visit the OPTIMA Batteries booth #20323 (Central Hall).

The OPTIMA Batteries booth will be jam packed full of vehicles including Porsches, Mercedes-Benzes, Mitsubishi and Mercury. In addition to one-on-one access with industry professionals, OPTIMA Batteries will be sharing new product concepts.

“The collection of vehicles in our booth this year highlights the versatility of the OPTIMA Batteries brand and our product portfolio,” said Cam Douglass, director of marketing, OPTIMA Batteries, Johnson Controls. “We’ll also be sharing new innovations and concepts around battery accessories that will elevate OPTIMA’s position as The Ultimate Power Source."

Finally sell light bars without wind noise and make lots of money - Aerolidz Light bar covers

You want to sell Light bars but tired of the problems that come with them. Aerolidz has solved that problem. We even let your customers customize it. Come see us at our booth to learn how we can make you money on the hottest product on the market!!

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Drive-by-wire systems explained: What is throttle lag and how can it be overcome?

What exactly is a Drive-by-wire throttle system (also known as fly-by-wire) and why does it create lag?

Well first we have to take you back, to the good old days of throttle cables and carburettors. In the old days, the gas pedal was directly connected to the engine's throttle plate by a cable, and any lack of response from the engine could be attributed to a couple of things. Either the cable has stretched enough to create slack and, consequently, a delay in pedal response, or the engine was out of tune which meant it was not making as much power as it should've been. Easy fix, by a new throttle cable for $20 and get your carby tuned. Nowadays though, unfortunately it's not that simple.

Let's look at how modern electronic throttles work.

Drake Automotive Group hires Brad Bricker as VP Sales and Marketing


Drake Automotive Group Hires VP Sales & Marketing

Growing brand adds industry veteran to expand sales and marketing efforts.

Henderson, Nevada – October 2018

Drake Automotive Group has named Brad Bricker as its Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Bricker will be responsible for leading all global sales and marketing activities, supporting the existing customer base and developing new opportunities.

Bricker has over 23 years of automotive aftermarket sales experience with a proven track record in developing strong customer relationships, developing new business and creating innovative marketing programs. Most recently, Bricker lead the sales and marketing team at Putco with the bulk of his career spent in a variety of positions at Bestop. Bricker comments “I am excited to be joining the Drake team with their strong portfolio of diverse and industry-leading companies that offer such unique, high quality products.”


Direct fit for 2015–2016 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost
Dual-can setup captures blow-by from both the PCV and CCV systems
Includes oversized 12 fl. oz. can for longer service intervals
CCV side accommodates stock pressure sensor for CEL-free running
Application-specific lines fit with stock engine cover
3mm thick steel bracket won’t bend, rattle, or break under heavy abuse
Includes stock-style quick-disconnect fittings
Filters and cans are fully serviceable
Patent Pending
Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty

Turbocharging and direct injection are quickly becoming the go-to method for building powerful and efficient trucks. However, if not carefully maintained, they can also mean the end for your 2015–2016 Ford F-150 3.5L EcoBoost.

Heise LED Lighting Introduces New RGB Backlit Lightbars and Cubes, 20” Lightbars, Replacement Headlights and More at SEMA Show

Heise LED Lighting® by Metra Electronics®, the leading manufacturer of aftermarket 12 volt installation solutions, will introduce a wide range of new automotive LED lighting solutions at the 2018 SEMA Show. Heise is unveiling a new Infinite Series, featuring RGB backlit lightbars and cube lights, to complement their existing RGB light kits. To fit more bumpers and hidden applications, three new 20-inch lightbar sizes will be added to Heise’s Dual Row, Blackout and Marine lightbar product lines. Adding to their existing line of high-output cube style lights, new 140-degree cubes will be introduced, featuring a hybrid beam pattern for better light coverage and more LEDs for an even brighter output. For retrofitting older Jeeps, trucks and classic cars, Heise is debuting 4x6” and 5x7” LED replacement headlights with a partial halo in black or silver. Additionally, Heise will be launching new Jeep accessories and lights, which will be announced closer to the show date.


Australian manufacturer, REDARC Electronics will be displaying its state-of-the-art battery management system, ‘The Manager30’ in the New Product Showcase in this year’s SEMA show.

“Displaying The Manager30 at this year’s SEMA show will allow members an exclusive look at this new product before we officially launch.

“Those who know REDARC and have known about the Manager30 have been anticipating for its release for quite some time”, said REDARC’s Managing Director, Anthony Kittel.

REDARC have been selling this Battery Management System in Australia since 2014 and is designed to charge and maintain auxiliary batteries by incorporating AC, DC and solar inputs. It is ideal for recreational vehicles, caravans and camper trailers with multiple battery banks.

The Manager30 is revolutionary for this market where users are now wanting freedom, autonomy and the ability to power their electrical equipment when camping off-grid and at a powered site.

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