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FORD NAMED BEST OVERALL TRUCK BRAND IN 2015 KELLEY BLUE BOOK

FORD NAMED BEST OVERALL TRUCK BRAND IN 2015 KELLEY BLUE BOOK BRAND IMAGE AWARDS

DEARBORN, Mich., April 1, 2015 – Ford claims Best Overall Truck Brand in the 2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards – the latest accolade for the brand that introduced the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever. This is the second consecutive year and the sixth time in seven years Ford has captured the award. Along with the all-new 2015 F-150, truck shoppers’ favorable perceptions of Ford Super Duty F-250 and F-350 helped Ford clinch the award. Read more details at http://mediaroom.kbb.com/2015-04-01-Kelley-Blue-Book-Announces-2015-Brand-Image-Award-Winners.
.2015 Ford F-150 Super Duty

The 2015 Ford F-150, its groundbreaking technology and the engineering team behind it have won the following awards and accolades:

  • 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year
  • 2015 Motor Trend Truck Trend Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Utility Vehicle of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Detroit News 2015 Vehicle of the Year
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Truck
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner Best of What’s New
  • 2015 MotorWeek Best Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature
  • Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year
  • New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup
  • Automotive Fleet Magazine 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year
  • Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Over $30K
  • AutoGuide 2015 Reader's Choice Truck of the Year
  • New Car Test Drive 2015 Truck of the Year
  • Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
  • 2015 Detroit News Reader’s Choice NAIAS Awards Most Innovative
  • Automotive Science Group
    - 2015 Best All-Around Performance Award Winner
    - Best Full-Size Truck of 2015
    - Smallest Carbon Footprint
  • Urban Wheel Award for Urban Truck of the Year
  • Green Car Technology Award
  • Edmunds.com 2015 Most Popular Awards – Large Truck category
  • Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award – Engineering and Technology category
  • Greater Atlanta Automobile Media Association Best Pickup/SUV

2015 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on the Brand Watch study from Kelley Blue Book Market Intelligence. Award calculated among non-luxury shoppers. For more information, visit www.kbb.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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blank 03/30/15 12:09PM Ford Assembly Plant, Ford F-150, Readers Pics

Kansas City Ford F-150 Plant On Line

KANSAS CITY ASSEMBLY PLANT COMES ON LINE AS SECOND U.S. FACTORY BUILDING ALL-NEW FORD F-150

  • 2015 Ford F-150 starts production at Kansas City Assembly Plant; along with three shifts in operation at Dearborn Truck Plant, Ford is now producing even more units of the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever
  • All-new F-150 is turning more than four times faster than the overall full-size pickup truck segment; In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, Kansas City exclusively builds specialty F-150s with 8-foot cargo boxes and heavy payload packages to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers
  • Kansas City Assembly Plant facilities transformed with the latest in manufacturing technology to build the first mass-produced truck in its class featuring a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and bed 

Ford F-150 Kansas City Plant


CLAYCOMO, Mo., March 13, 2015 – Ford today marks the official start of production of the all-new 2015 F-150 at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.  

This means Ford has expanded production of the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. In addition to producing all F-150 models and cab configurations, production at Kansas City Assembly Plant now includes F-150s with an 8-foot cargo box and heavy payload package to meet the needs of commercial fleet customers.

“The all-new F-150 has surpassed our expectations – setting new standards for full-size truck capability, technology and efficiency,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “With production starting at Kansas City Assembly, we are better poised to start meeting growing customer demand for our pickup.”

The all-new F-150 is off to a strong start. In January, F-Series had its strongest sales month since 2004 – Ford’s best sales year ever for F-150. Retail sales increased 7 percent in February. These numbers make F-Series one of Ford’s fastest-selling vehicles, at just 18 days to turn on dealer lots – well below the light-duty full-size pickup truck average of 105 days.

F-150 is part of the Ford F-Series lineup. Now in its 67th year, F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle in America for 33 consecutive years and America’s favorite truck for 38 years.

“The rollout of the all-new Missouri-made F-150 cements our position as America’s truck manufacturing headquarters and marks a historic moment that has been years in the making,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. “Six years ago, we made a commitment that the vehicles of the future would be built right here in the Show-Me State, and with today’s launch of the 2015 Ford F-150, we are delivering on that promise.”

Kansas City Assembly Plant renovation
In 2011, Ford announced a $1.1 billion investment to retool and expand Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of both F-150 and the Transit full-size van family. 

Similar to the work Dearborn Truck Plant received, 13 weeks were spent upgrading Kansas City Assembly Plant with the latest in advanced materials and forming and joining technologies to support F-150’s innovative manufacturing process. 

Upgrades to the facility include: 

  • More than 900 new workers added to ensure the new 2015 F-150 is built with the highest level of quality and craftsmanship
  • All-new body shop with more than 500 new robots:
  • Robots to conduct state-of-the-art joining technology using riveting and structural adhesives – resulting in a tougher, more durable truck and a quieter, nearly spark-free manufacturing environment
  • More compact robots to install roof and door panels and to transfer the light-weighted truck to final assembly – resulting in a smaller manufacturing footprint
  • Robots with cameras to scan truck body to ensure the highest quality standards are met
  • Updated paint shop with dirt detection technology and increased robotic paint automation for a durable, best-in-class exterior appearance
  • Innovative production processes to support installation of new truck features such as class-exclusive 360-degree camera with split-view display 
  • Rough-road test course to replicate extreme, real-life road conditions to ensure delivery of quiet, more durable truck

“The hardworking men and women of UAW Local 249 and Kansas City Assembly Plant are proud to be part of the F-Series tradition – one that continues to set the standard by which all American trucks are measured,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president and director, National Ford Department. “But the real contribution goes far beyond these walls; the addition of 900 new jobs and more than $1 billion in financial investment provides tremendous stability to the Kansas City, Missouri community, for which the entire UAW-Ford family can be proud.”

Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.

Toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever
The all-new F-150 is the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever – boasting a military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and high-strength steel frame, and shedding up to 700 pounds for a lighter, more efficient truck than any previous F-150.

The weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-size gasoline pickup on the market. When equipped with an available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the new F-150 4x2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.



Numerous groundbreaking features debuted in the all-new F-150, including these class-exclusives:

  • 360-degree camera view uses exterior cameras to create a bird’s-eye view of the truck to help drivers park, maneuver in tight spots, and navigate narrow roads and trails when driving slowly
  • Integrated loading ramps enable easy loading of ATVs, motorcycles and mowers
  • BoxLink cargo management system combines metal brackets and custom cleats to secure a variety of accessories in the cargo box – from ramps to storage bins to bed dividers
  • Trailer hitch assist adds a new rearview camera feature that incorporates a dynamic line based on steering wheel angle in the display to help customers line up their truck and trailer with no spotter or need to exit the vehicle
  • Remote tailgate allows for tailgate to be locked, unlocked and released with the key fob

    The 2015 Ford F-150 has won the following awards and accolades:

  • 2015 North American Truck/Utility of the Year
  • Detroit Free Press 2015 Truck of the Year
  • Detroit News 2015 Vehicle of the Year
  • AAA Top Pick 2015 Pickup Truck
  • Motor Trend’s Truck Trend Magazine 2015 Pickup Truck of the Year
  • Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Truck and Best Buy Overall
  • Popular Science Automotive Grand Award Winner Best of What’s New
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Truck of Texas
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Luxury Pickup Truck
  • Texas Auto Writers Association Best Technology Feature for high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy
  • New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup
  • Automotive Fleet Magazine 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year
  • Motor Press Guild 2014 Innovation Vehicle of the Year Over $30K
  • AutoGuide 2015 Reader’s Choice Truck of the Year
  • Automobile Journalists Association of Canada 2015 Best New Pickup Truck
  • New Car Test Drive 2015 Truck of the Year
  • Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pickup Truck
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blank 03/26/15 09:48AM Car show, Events, Florida Hot Rods & Hogs, Truck Show

Florida Hot Rods & Hogs Paradise Festival for Cars & Trucks

4/11/15 Saturday,
10:30am-2:30pm

Florida Hot Rods & Hogs Paradise Festival for Cars & Trucks at the Seminole Casino,  Immokalee, FL 34142   

Balloons Over Paradise

Registration includes car and a Free Paradise T-Shirt, Free $20.00 Play & Free Registration
Please see our website for full details! http://www.flhrh.com 

Presented By: Florida Hot Rods & Hogs   

Music by: DJ Candy Girl of 107.9 WSRZ

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blank 03/25/15 01:16PM Catalytic Converter, FYI, How to, MagnaFlow

MagnaFlow on “How Cats Work”

Few parts on a car are surrounded with more mystery and misconception than the catalytic converter. How could it not be? It’s a sealed box with no user serviceable parts, it’s expensive, and has a somewhat generic sounding name? Why do cats cost so much? How are they made? Hopefully we’ll be able to shed some light on this metal mystery and clear up some confusion with a series of blog posts.

If we’re going to explain how catalytic converters work, first we’re going to have to talk a little about their basic construction. The most important part of a catalytic converter is the ceramic matrix. This honeycomb is made predominantly of a ceramic called cordierite. The honeycomb is created via an extrusion process in which lengths of honeycomb are squeezed through a die and supported by computer controlled jets of air that keep the honeycomb straight as it leaves the machine.

Once the honeycomb is fired and set, it receives a washcoat of various oxides combined with the precious metals that function as the actual catalyst. The washcoat is used because it most evenly disperses the metals throughout all the pores in the ceramic matrix. The metals are generally mixed so as to best utilize their individual properties. Most catalytic converters in the United States use some combination of platinum, palladium, and rhodium. Outside of the US, copper has been tried, but will form dioxin, a toxic substance with carcinogenic properties. In other places in the world, materials like nickel, cerium in washcoat and manganese in cordierite are used but again, each has its disadvantages.

Earlier catalytic converters were of a two-way type, but due to stricter environmental regulations, a more elaborate 3-way converter has become the norm. Cats work using what is called a redox reaction. This means that once the catalyst is up to operating temperature (anywhere from 500 to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit) both an oxidation reaction and reduction reaction are occurring simultaneously. That sounds a little complicated but what it means is that molecules are simultaneously losing and gaining electrons. Redox reactions are extremely common. Things like photosynthesis and rust are both good examples of redox reactions.

The ceramic matrix is fragile, and wouldn’t survive long hanging under a car if it was left to fend for itself. This is where the metal shell comes in. Most catalytic converters feature more than one ceramic “brick” in a shell. The shell helps the cat manage heat and keep the ceramic bricks in their ideal operating temperature range. Between the steel of the shell and the ceramic matrix is a heat resistant insulating barrier that locks the bricks in place inside the shell and limits the amount of vibration that the ceramic sees.

MagnaFlow uses vermiculite based mat for this, though other manufacturers may do things differently. Once assembled, the shells are welded shut and flow tested before being boxed and shipped to retailers and customers. MagnaFlow tests every cat that comes off of our assembly line for air tight performance so you, as a customer or installer, can be sure that it’s going to be good.

In our next article we’ll delve a little deeper into the chemistry of how cats work and why they’re so important in reducing vehicle emissions. We’ll also try and dispel some performance myths about cats.

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blank 03/18/15 08:34AM Commercial Trucks, F-650, Ford, Medium-Duty, Readers Pics

ALL-NEW FORD F-650/F-750 MEDIUM-DUTY TRUCKS
TOUGH ON WORK, QUIETER ON THE EARS

ALL-NEW FORD F-650/F-750 MEDIUM-DUTY TRUCKS ARE TOUGH ON WORK, QUIETER ON THE EARS
2016 Ford F-650/F-750 powered by Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel engine is 25 percent quieter inside the cabin at 60 mph than the previous model

Ford F-650/F-750 Medium-Duty Trucks

2016 Ford F-650/F-750 with available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine at idle is as much as 45 percent quieter inside the cabin and 35 percent quieter when outside the truck in front of the grille
All-new F-650/F-750 goes on sale this summer and will be built at Ohio Assembly Plant
INDIANAPOLIS, March 3, 2015 – Ford is lowering noise levels in the all-new Ford F-650/F-750 – the company’s toughest, smartest and best-value F-650/F-750 medium-duty commercial trucks ever – to give drivers and their customers a quieter, more comfortable experience inside and out.

Thanks to its exclusive Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbocharged diesel engine, those inside and outside the truck will notice a quieter, more refined sound compared to the previous F-650/F-750’s diesel engine.

“Our all-new F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks are purpose-built to give our hardworking vocational customers maximum capability,” said John Ruppert, general manager, Ford Commercial Vehicle Sales and Marketing. “While the truck is able to work harder, we also made life inside the cab easier. Lowering in-cab and exterior noise levels improves driver comfort and minimizes disturbances while idling at work sites.”

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 powered by the Ford-designed and -built 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 25 percent quieter inside the cabin at 60 mph than the previous model, with noise levels dropping to 68 decibels from 74 decibels. At idle, noise levels are improved as much as 45 percent, dropping to 48 decibels from 63 decibels.

Decibels measure the intensity and power of sound. Each 10-unit increase represents a 10-fold increase in sound power, so a 10 decibel sound is 10 times more powerful than a zero decibel sound, and 20 decibels is 100 times stronger than zero decibels.

Advanced and quiet diesel engine

The 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 with the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engine is 35 percent quieter at idle than the previous model for a listener standing outside in front of the grille.

Ford is the only medium-duty truck manufacturer that designs and builds its own diesel engine and transmission combination – ensuring the powertrain will work seamlessly with all chassis components and vehicle calibrations. This approach enables Ford engineers to optimize vehicle performance across the entire lineup and further refine the powertrain to specific customer needs.

Enhancements to the Power Stroke combustion system, structural integrity of the compacted graphite iron block and single turbocharger mounted to the engine block account for many of the noise, vibration and harshness improvements over the previously offered diesel engine.

Specific design upgrades were made to the fuel injectors to optimize the combustion process, which features a two-stage combustion event instead of a single-injection event, further avoiding harsh, sudden and loud combustion. A starter or pilot fuel injector in the 6.7-liter engine begins the compression process before the main injection. The result is smoother combustion with less diesel clatter and a reduction of intrusive engine sound both inside and outside the truck.

At idle, two pilot injection events are used to make the firing process even smoother and to aid in quietness. The “ticking” of the high-speed injectors is masked by specially designed covers on the engine.

Mounting the engine’s turbocharger inside the engine block valley also brings improvements in overall noise, vibration and harshness.

“We used smart engineering and our unique Power Stroke engine architecture to create a powerful yet quiet diesel for our commercial customers,” said John Davis, chief engineer, Ford Commercial Vehicles.

In addition to quieter operation, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine will feature three engine power ratings, including best-in-class standard diesel horsepower and torque, and no vocational limits on top ratings.

The three diesel power levels available for the 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 are:

Best-in-class standard 270 horsepower, 675 lb.-ft. torque
300 horsepower, 700 lb.-ft. torque
330 horsepower, 725 lb.-ft. torque
Multiple ratings provide customers the flexibility to scale engine power to work applications and operations.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 comes with a five-year, 250,000-mile warranty.

In addition to its Power Stroke diesel engine, Ford remains the only automaker in the segment to offer a gasoline-powered engine for a medium-duty truck. The 6.8-liter V10 engine with 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque is now available for both F-650 and F-750 models with the TorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. The 6.8-liter V10 engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or propane autogas as cost-effective alternatives to gasoline.

More information about the all-new F-650/F-750

The Ford F-650/F-750 anchors the Ford commercial truck lineup – America’s best-selling line of commercial trucks for 30 years – giving vocational customers an unmatched one-stop shop to meet their needs, from a Class 1 Ford Transit Connect cargo van to a Class 7 Ford F-750 tractor rig.

Offered in Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab styles and in straight-frame, dock-height and an all-new dedicated tractor model for heavy towing applications, the 2016 F-650/F-750 features a bold look inside and out.

The new exterior styling commands attention on the road with Built Ford Tough looks that also help deliver improved functionality. The all-new mesh grille framed by hallmark Ford nostrils helps improve airflow for optimal cooling performance. Also new are sharp fenders, aerodynamic headlamps and F-650/F-750 badges embossed in “Bold Leadership” font. Available PowerScope® trailer tow mirrors feature large standard mirrors as well as spotter mirrors and a segment-exclusive power telescoping and folding design.

The area behind the cab was redesigned to more easily accommodate custom work bodies, such as tow truck, dump truck and ambulance bodies.

The new medium-duty truck lineup will be available this summer and built at Ohio Assembly Plant.
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blank 02/27/15 10:40AM Car Shows, Events, motorcycles, Trucks

Upcoming Events

Events

The All Ohio Parts Spectacular Indoor Swap Meet in Medina will be this weekend on March 1, 2015 and it promises to have many of those parts you are looking for. ---more info---

For those enjoying the SW Florida sunshine, It's time for Charlotte Classics and Cruisers Fire Ant Follies show at Centennial Park in Venice, FL. Great show in a great location. Local Resturants and shopping by the park. ---more info---

Are you planning on going to the Detroit Auto-Rama that takes place March 6th through 8th. There are many Bus Trips posted on the website that take you from your town to the show and back. The savings in gas and parking make it worth going. They drop you off at the door, hand you a ticket, and pick you up later for a safe ride home. ---more info---

Spring has Sprung at the Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama March 20 through 22 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Cars, Trucks, Planes, Bikes, Hot Rods, Antique Machinery and anything that runs with a Piston will be on display. Over One Million square feet of anything Piston Powered.
The Slick Devils Car Club will be Hosting the Hot Rod Asylum in the South Hall with a Pin-stripers event with Krazy-Paint like you have never seen before. This could be a whole show all by itself!

This show is less than a 3 hour drive from Detroit or Pittsburgh and well worth it. Registration is filled for exhibitors vehicles, but plenty of room for spectators! Get your tickets for the show at all Ohio Discount Drug Marts, at Summit Racing Equipment in Tallmadge and at ALL Rad Air Complete Car Care & Tire Centers! Here is more ticket info, including online tickets. ---ticket info---
For ANY show information, contact Steve Legerski, Show Manager via slegerski@ixcenter.com or 216-265-2514

Billetproof Florida will be holding it's 7th Annual Car Show & Swap Meet at Big Daddy Don Garlits in Ocala Florida on March 21, 2015 ---more info---

Spring Daytona Turkey Run is looking good for March 27, 2015! One heck of a way to break the Winter Blues! ---more info---

The AACA Western Reserve Chapter Annual Indoor Swap Meet is coming up on March 28, 2015 in Jefferson, Ohio and as always you will be able to find darn near anything you want there! I'm not sure, but I think I once saw a kitchen sink on one of the tables. They call it an indoor Swap Meet, but there are usually parts laying up and down the midway! I'll see you there! ---more info---

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blank 02/25/15 09:25AM , 4 Wheelin, Off Road, Sports Trucks

Sportsman Light Truck - On Track in 2015


 



The Sportsman Off-Road Series will launch the Sportsman Light Truck class for the 2015 race season. The class is based off the popular mid-size tube frame truck PRO class, but with some limitations that will ensure a true "level playing field," as well minimizing the overall cost of the race truck. The concept of this Sportsman class began as project of Flying Dutchman Off-Road Racing nearly two years ago, and will be on the track beginning June 6-7 during the Louderville Steel Off-Road Super Challenge at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.

 

  "This class is really needed in our series," noted Crandon's Cliff Flannery. "There are PRO truck teams that don't have the support needed to travel back and forth across the country, but want to race. The Sportsman Off-Road Series will give them that opportunity. We went a step further and with the support of several vendors, we have an engine and drivetrain package that will keep costs under control as well. This class will grow by leaps and bounds in the next three years."

 

Sportsman Light will be the first Spec Class ever introduced at the Sportsman level of short-course off-road racing. All participants must run a Spec Engine, Spec Transmission, Spec Torque Converter, and a Spec ring and pinion.

 

The powerplant is the Ford 347 from Ford Performance Parts. The sealed engine is available from several performance outlets. If a team has a PRO version of the Ford 347, it can be inspected, recertified and resealed by ProPower Racing in Sullivan, Wisconsin.  

 

"Ford Racing developed the D347SR specifically for racing applications," notes Mike Delahanty, Ford Racing Performance Parts Product Manager. "It's built with the best race parts - from the best in the Racing Aftermarket companies like SCAT, Mahle, Edelbrock, Clevite, Crane Cams, PAC Valve Springs, MSD and more.  Every engine is hand assembled with racing clearances - and every rotating assembly is individually balanced.  The 347SR has the power and durability to win - right out of the crate.  Ford Racing is looking forward to working with the Sportsman Off-Road Series in 2015 and beyond."

 

The spec transmission rules were a joint effort from some of the premier off-road transmission builders in the sport. Auto Trans Design from Germantown, Wisconsin, J & H Performance Transmission in Garden City, Michigan, and Stoney Automotive Engineeering of Lansing, Michigan are the exclusive vendors for Sportsman Light. 

 

The exclusive vendor for the torque converter is Dynamic Motorsport of Melrose Park, IL. Dynamic will dyno test every converter and ensuring performance equality. 

 

Currie Enterprises of Corona, California will be the exclusive ring and pinion suppler of Sport Light. Currie is offering every Sport Light competitor two sets of gear, one short-course and one long-course combination. The ratios will be the same for every competitor.

 

The class will be fully supported by the companies in the MORR contingency program as well as Ford Racing Contingency Program - http://fordracingparts.com/register/default.asp.

 

For complete rules information and spec contacts on the Sportsman Light Truck class, visit:  www.sportsmanoffroadseries.com/rule-book.html 

 

If your company is interested in any marketing opportunities, with the Sportsman Off-Road Series as well as the MORR Contingency Program, please contact Mike Reusche:  mikereusche@yahoo.com   847.343.4658.

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2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series Schedule

 

May - MORR Test Day  Crandon, WI

 

June 6-7 Crandon, WI

June 27-28  Crandon, WI

July 18-19  Bark River, MI

August 15-16  Bark River, MI

September 5-6  Crandon, WI

 

Jan. 9, 2016 Banquet  Bark River, MI*    

 

www.sportsmanoffroadseries.com 

www.facebook.com/SportsmanOffRoadSeries 

  

   

  

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blank 02/15/15 09:29AM Chevy Trucks, SEMA, Silverado Hottest Truck

The Hottest Vehicles of the 2014 SEMA Show

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SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products.

The awards are presented on the first day of the SEMA Show based on the total number of vehicles chosen for display in exhibitor booths at the annual event. Each booth vehicle represents a vote by the exhibitor. The SEMA Award honors are presented in the categories of Hottest Car, Hottest Sport Compact, Hottest Truck and Hottest SUV.

“The SEMA Show has always been the premier event where the newest and most innovative automotive aftermarket products and trends are seen first,” said Chris Kersting, SEMA president and CEO.

“With the SEMA Award, SEMA exhibitors recognize the vehicles they consider the top enthusiast prospects for the coming year.”

The 2014 SEMA Award was presented to the Ford Mustang as Hottest Car; the Honda Fit as Hottest Sport Compact; the Chevrolet Silverado as Hottest Truck; and the Jeep Wrangler as Hottest SUV.

The accompanying brief photo album includes commentaries from some of the exhibitors and the builders whose vehicles were chosen to be displayed in the SEMA Show booths to provide a greater understanding of why the selections were made.


2014/2015 Jeep Wrangler, 2014 SEMA Show Hottest SUV

SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. For Lund International, the overall design of the Wrangler lends itself to many different products and product categories that the company can highlight. The utilitarian aspect of the Jeep allows Lund to creatively design and develop functional products to meet the needs and demands of the multifaceted customer base.

“This is an iconic vehicle for our industry, and we are steadily gaining momentum with new products particular to it,” said Billy Bibb, Lund International’s new product development manager. “This is an awesome vehicle that has evolved with the industry, and the award goes without saying: most accessorized vehicle at the 2014 SEMA Show.

Lund International’s wide range of products for the Jeep Wrangler include vent visors, vent shades, hood protection, fender flares, floor liners, hood scoops, grilles, Rhino Lining panel guards, headlight/taillight covers, rock rails, nerf bars, cargo management and tool chests. The Wrangler in the Lund Show booth was also outfitted with wheels, tires and lift supplied by Georgia dealership Akins as well as a Rampage top, lighting accessories and bumpers.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Bulldog LED Lighting supplies a wide selection of off-road products for the Jeep Wrangler, including double- and single-row LED light bars and new 500-lumen Claw lights as well as mounting brackets made exclusively for the Jeep Wrangler and Bulldog Lighting LED light bars.

“This Wrangler was built by LGE*CTS Motorsports out of San Dimas, California,” said Dylan Sievers, president and founder of Bulldog.

“We have a great working relationship with this team of builders and trusted them to not only display their talents in manufacturing their own U.S.-made bumpers and steps but also our U.S.-made LED light bars. The way they incorporated our lights into the bumpers and mounts was eye-catching, but the paint was definitely right there with it. Custom styling is something that LGE is known for.”

In addition to Bulldog’s own products, the Jeep was equipped with a lift kit from Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Toyo tires, Factor 55 safety components and many other top products. “Jeep offers one of the highest content of parts that are made in the U.S.A.,” Sievers said, “and that is something to be proud of.”



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Superlift Suspension offers a variety of lift kits and steering-correction components for the Jeep Wrangler, and the company introduced its new Reflex Suspension components at the 2014 SEMA Show.

“We wanted to display a vehicle that exemplified us as a company,” said Joey Arbogast, Superlift’s director of marketing. “Jeep and Superlift Suspension are both off-road originals, so the Wrangler was a perfect choice. As long as Jeep Wranglers are on the road, we’ll keep designing new products for them.”

The Wrangler was fitted with Interco tires, BMF wheels, a Volant COI system, Drake Off-Road upgrades, JCR Off-Road bumpers and sliders, Wet Okole seat covers, a Warn winch, MBRP exhaust, a Kicker sound system, Rigid Industry lighting, an Optima battery and Knipex tools.

“It’s pretty cool that the Wrangler took home the prize as the top SUV at the SEMA Show,” Arbogast said. “I wasn’t long ago that Jeeps were afterthoughts when it came to building SEMA rigs. The JK Wrangler has made people look at Jeeps in a whole new light, and they are now the show-stopper for any SEMA booth.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels supplies a wide range of products for the Jeep Wrangler, including tires, wheels, front bumpers, grille guards, rear bumpers, rear tire carriers, high-lift jack mounts and third brake light extenders.

“The Jeep Wrangler has become an iconic brand of the American outdoor lifestyle,” said Ken Warner, the company’s vice president of marketing.

“As another iconic brand, Mickey Thompson was a perfect match. We also saw continued growth in the Jeep accessory market, and we expect this trend to continue. We are working on the development of other metal accessories to be added to the line.”

More than 30 SEMA-member companies participated in the Jeep project for the Mickey Thompson booth, which was spearheaded by owner and builder Mike Duval of X-Treme Toyz. An abbreviated list includes Fabtech suspension, Synergy Suspension steering components and axle reinforcements, Lazer Star lighting and light bars, Katzkin leather interior and M/T Metal Series bumpers and tire carriers.

“Mickey Thompson is proud to be offering high-quality accessories for the most accessory-friendly vehicle around,” Warner said. “The Jeep was a hands-down favorite for the SEMA Award.”



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Most of Omix-ADA’s business is built around ’41–’15 Jeeps, and the company has focused on developing unique accessories for the ’07–’15 Jeep Wrangler, which continues to bring enthusiasts into the fold.

“The Wrangler is one of the most customized vehicles currently in the market,” said Henk van Dongen, Omix-ADA director of marketing. “We currently cover wheels, suspension, interior accessories, soft tops, bumpers, hood, lights and exterior accessories. We offer more than 10,000 total SKUs, more than 2,500 of which are accessories, and most of those are for the Wrangler. The market seems to continuously ask for more products and new innovative ideas, whether they are completely new products such as our Exo-Top or another type of bumper, such as stamped steel bumpers.”

In addition to its own products, the booth Wrangler was outfitted with BFGoodrich tires and a Superchips programmer.

“We are very excited to see the number of Wranglers that Chrysler is producing,” von Dongen said. “They continue to be strong, which in itself continues to support a growing aftermarket.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. TeraFlex manufactures premium suspensions, body protection equipment, heavy-duty axles and unique accessories that are designed specifically to enhance a Jeep owner’s experience.

“Living and promoting the Jeep lifestyle has been our mantra since 1959,” said Vinson Pratt, the company’s marketing manager. “TeraFlex is a Jeep Wrangler company focused on the performance and function of this unique vehicle. Every product is meticulously designed, engineered, tested and developed with the user experience in mind.”

Pratt pointed out that the Jeep Wrangler posted best-ever October sales just before the SEMA Show with a 52% increase, and it set sales records in each month of 2014.

“A large part of the reason that the Jeep Wrangler is a perennial favorite with industry manufacturers and customers alike is because it is so aftermarket-friendly, allowing all enthusiasts to build Jeeps their way,” he said. “It is no surprise that the Jeep Wrangler won the SEMA
Award again!”

The TerraFlex Wrangler was also outfitted with BFG KO2 All Terrain tires, Raceline Wheels, ARB locking differentials and fridge freezer, Star Fabricating leather seating and an Action Truck conversion kit from Thaler Design.


2014/2015 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 SEMA Show Hottest Truck

SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. MaxTrac Suspension supplies everything from 5–6-in. lift kits to 2–3-in. leveling kits and even 2–7-in. lowering kits for the ’15 Chevrolet Silverado. The company is also developing more lift kits up to 7.5 in. tall, along with new products that will enhance its existing kits.

“The Chevy Silverado has the most potential when it comes to the aftermarket industry because Chevrolet releases information so that we can build our products in a timely manner,” said Bob Sager, national sales manager for Maxtrac. “We were able to see the truck at the SEMA Garage and were able to test fit several different products on the vehicle in just one day. The parts were simple to build and install, and our most complete lineup of kits are off of this platform.”

The Maxtrac booth Silverado was also fitted with Falken tires; Versante wheels; N-Fab bumpers and nerf bars; a Rigid Industries grille, light bar and lighting; an Undercover pre-painted bed cover, bed rug and swing cases; Magnaflow exhaust; and an Airaid intake.

“Having great companies such as Chevrolet and SEMA working with us makes our job and making great products much easier,” Sager said.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Performance Accessories/Or-Fab’s Chevy Silverado 1500 kits are the most popular systems in the company’s line. In fact, Performance Accessories says that it sells more 1500 Chevy body lifts than any other brand. It also offers lift systems, leveling kits and gap guards for the truck.

“The Silverado has a very loyal group of customers with lots of aftermarket support,” said Steve Rezek, president of Performance Accessories/Or-Fab. “It has great body lines, good engine performance and a very capable factory suspension that complements our body lift kits to allow for larger wheels and tires, enhancing the truck’s overall performance affordably. Silverado customers really enjoy personalizing their trucks, which makes it a very successful product line for us.”

The Silverado in the company’s booth, with help from Lamb Chevrolet, was also equipped with Fox Racing shocks, Fuel Off-Road wheels, Toyo tires, Bushwacker fender flares, AnzoUSA lights, a T-Rex grille with light bars, an RKSport hood, Go Rhino side steps, Beal’s Auto Body paint, Katzkin leather seats, Gibson exhaust and a GM Performance cold-air intake.



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Westin has designed products for the Silverado in virtually every category the company produces, including 12 different nerf/step bars and running boards, 10 different grille guards, bull bars and light bars with winch mounting options, toolboxes, bed mats, headache racks, overhead and ladder racks, acrylic wind deflectors and bug shields as well as floor mats, receiver hitches, electrical connectors and accessories.

“Silverado accessories have been a large part of Westin’s product offerings for more than 30 years, so when Chevrolet releases a new body style, it provides us with a tremendous opportunity to showcase new and innovative products designed specifically to enhance the appearance of this vehicle,” said Bob West, Westin executive vice president.

The Westin booth truck was also equipped with an RBP grille, a Bully Dog tuner, Magnaflow exhaust, Fuel wheels, Toyo tires and ProComp suspension.

“The Silverado is very deserving of the SEMA Award, and Westin congratulates Chevrolet,” West said. “Chevrolet builds trucks that look great and provide a platform for us to show off our products. What could be better?”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. Aeroklas offers products for the Silverado that includes tonneau covers, a three-way toolbox and AeroHook cargo tiedowns.

Aeroklas Co.Ltd. is a member of Eastern Polymer Group (EPG) which has been producing finished rubber and plastic products for over 35 years. In 1996 EPG started Aeroklas to produce truck bed liners under the Aero liner and Hero liner brands. Since that time Aeroklas has expanded internationally including a presence in Australia and the UK. In the process Aeroklas has obtained international certifications for their products. Including the ABS Double Shell Canopies, which Aeroklas was the first in the world to produce and sell. We at Aeroklas USA take this history of dedication to quality and innovation seriously. We inspect our product thoroughly to ensure that what we sell is of the utmost quality and that our customers are completely satisfied.

“The new Silverado gave us a fresh platform for the release our new covers, which were styled specifically for the new body,” said Tom Capps, Aeroklas USA director of sales and marketing.

“We especially like the ease of access to the rear of the truck bed with the new built-in step platforms. We maximized the viewing of our booth Silverado with the Aeroklas Aggressor Series manual-tilt hard cover. We would like to congratulate the Chevrolet team on a job well done.”


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. A.R.E. Accessories offers its entire line of fiberglass and aluminum truck caps and tonneau covers to fit the Chevrolet Silverado. The company also offers a wide variety of complementary accessories that go with its caps and covers. The prototype of A.R.E.’s new LZR Series was designed to be on the company’s booth Silverado at the SEMA Show.

“The Chevrolet Silverado continues to be a popular truck for both our dealer partners and end users,” said Andy Clutter, A.R.E.’s marketing manager. “We wanted to show a truck that the visitors to our booth wanted to see, so it made sense to include a Silverado this year. The Silverado’s versatility is impressive. You can build an amazing show vehicle with all the bells and whistles or build an everyday work truck, and it won’t skip a beat.”

In addition to its A.R.E. Accessories products, the truck was outfitted with Plain an Simple lights, American Force wheels, Toyo tires, a Wicked Customs lift kit, a grille from All Wired Grilles, a Hypertech programmer, MBRP exhaust, Fusion bumpers and Rigid LED lighting.



SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. The AnzoUSA offerings for the Chevrolet Silverado include its patented U-Bar projector headlights along with LED taillights and third brake lights. The company also produces a five-function OE replacement spoiler and an LED five-function corner step as well as an LED light bar roof mounting kit and LED light bar.

“The ’14 Chevy Silverado was the first model this year to show significant changes in design,” said Suzie Kirby, AnzoUSA director of sales and marketing. “The innovative style of this model allowed us to develop unique LED aftermarket performance lighting products that are in a category of their own. With our sleek designs, AnzoUSA products give the truck a completely unique look.”

The AnzoUSA booth truck was also fitted with N-fab front and rear bumpers, Amp Research Powersteps, Nitto tires, KMC wheels, a Bully Dog monitoring system, RoadWire leather interior, an RBP grille, Firestone Ride-Rite airbag suspension, Fabtech lift kit, Surf City Garage car-care products, Bushwacker fender flares, AVS window deflectors, a Monster recovery tow hook, a Magnaflow exhaust system, an RK Sport fiberglass hood and Line-X spray-on protective coatings.


SEMA annually recognizes four vehicle models that specialty-equipment manufacturers believe are the best platforms for accessorization and that showcase the year’s coolest products. GM vehicles have been at the core of ReadyLIFT Suspension’s product development and marketing strategy since the company started in 2006. Every year, the company’s top-selling suspension products are those for GM trucks, and ReadyLIFT now offers nearly 125 different kits and individual products just for Silverados.

“We display a GM 1500 truck in our booth at nearly every SEMA Show to visually illustrate to our customers and dealers the progression of suspension systems that we have developed for that platform,” said Brian McCormick, media & marketing director for ReadyLIFT. “The suspension designs have always lent themselves to efficient product development and ease of installation for consumers—and Silverados look great lifted with larger wheels
and tires!”

Many of the industry’s top companies partnered with ReadyLIFT and Extreme Offroad & Performance for the build of the booth Silverado, including Fiberwerx, Magnuson Superchargers, Comp Cams, aFe Power, Corsa Performance Exhaust, Edge Products, Method Wheels, Toyo Tires, Deaver Springs, Fox Shox, UnderCover, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, T-Rex Grilles, Alea Leather, Kicker, ADD Offroad, Monster Hooks, Plain An Simple and ARH.

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