Pro Comp 4-Inch Suspension Systems For Chevy/GM 1500 And Toyota Tundra


Pro Comp is constantly adding applications to our long list of suspension systems in an effort to provide our customers with the best product regardless of what brand truck they drive, what lift height they desire, or what budget they are operating in. Pro Comp’s latest offerings are 4-inch suspension systems for the 2007-15 Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and 2007-15 Toyota Tundra. Both systems are FMVSS 126-compliant and integrate seamlessly with the factory electronic stability control systems and allow fitment of 33-inch tall tires.
The foundation of each of these Pro Comp suspension systems is a heavy duty one-piece crossmember and CNC-machined knuckles that work in conjunction with strut spacers that retain the factory struts to maintain the OE ride quality and handling. The rear suspension is raised to match the front ride height with lift blocks, new u-bolts, and nitrogen charged Pro Comp ES9000 shock absorbers. As you have come to expect from Pro Comp, all necessary bracketry and hardware is included with every suspension system.
Own a late model Ford or Ram half ton truck? Don’t feel left out; Pro Comp will be introducing 4-inch suspension systems for these trucks in the near future. Like all Pro Comp products, each kit is covered by the Pro Comp Promise Lifetime Warranty. These suspension systems also qualify for the Pro Comp Lift Shield 5 year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty at no additional cost when installed by a Pro Comp Authorized Installer. For more information about these suspension systems or any Pro Comp products please contact Pro Comp at 400 W. Artesia Blvd., Compton, CA 90220, 800.776.0767 and visit www.ProCompUSA.com.

Bendix Unveils Upgraded Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Facility

ELYRIA, Ohio – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has expanded its remanufacturing capabilities and capacity with a $3.2 million capital investment in equipment and facility upgrades at its Huntington, Indiana, plant. The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center now handles the complete salvage, coining, and assembly processes that make up start-to-finish remanufacturing and can produce several million remanufactured commercial vehicle brake shoes annually. Bendix, the North American leader in the development and manufacture of leading-edge active safety and braking system technologies, began serial production of reman shoes at the facility in the fall of 2012. Combining Bendix’s nearly 40 years’ experience in remanufacturing with Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake’s acknowledged leadership in wheel-end solutions and brake shoe manufacturing, the center has assembled more than 1.9 million brake shoes since its opening in 2012. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. “As the commercial vehicle industry continues to adapt to ever-changing regulations and compliance standards, fleets and owner-operators are turning in greater numbers to high-quality remanufactured brake shoes as a solution in their parts strategy,” said Henry Foxx, Bendix director of remanufactured products. “The Bendix Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center grew from our desire to provide reman brake shoes offering the durability, reliability, performance, and extended lining life expected of original equipment. With the completion of the next phase of production expansion, in tandem with our three-tiered portfolio of reman brake shoe offerings, Bendix is better equipped than ever to meet every customer’s need for safety, performance, and value.”
Bendix’s Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center employs 65 people, part of Huntington’s total roster of 430 employees. The center’s 74,000 square feet bring the Huntington operation’s total to 547,000 square feet, comprising four manufacturing and assembly facilities as well as Bendix’s primary North American distribution center. Key to the upgrades to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center is the coining process, which returns used brake shoes to the shape engineered by their original equipment (OE) manufacturers. Bendix has always coined 100 percent of its remanufactured brake shoes, and the upgrade increases coining capacity and capability. “A brake shoe undergoes a tremendous amount of force and drastic temperature changes during its life cycle,” said Frank Gilboy, BSFB brake shoe product line manager. “Over time, this results in deformation. It’s twisted, or it’s stretched, and if you just reline that shoe with new friction – like most brake shoe reliners do – you’re going to have issues when it engages with the drum, because it no longer has the correct geometry to provide full contact and stopping power.” The new Bendix 1,000-ton coining press reproduces the original manufacturing methods, applying the full tonnage necessary to return the shoe to its proper shape and OE specifications. All of those specifications are crucial to maintaining brake safety and performance in the era of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) mandate and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program. “We understand how critical it is for all the welds to be correct, for the thickness of the steel to be correct, and for all the other factors that go into brake shoe engineering to be considered,” Gilboy said. “Our inspection uses all of our OE design experience and criteria to make sure that the shoes we inspect and put into remanufacturing production are suitable to go back out there for another lifetime in the field.”
Other improvements to the Brake Shoe Remanufacturing Center include a self-contained salvage and de-lining area, which prevents dust and other contaminants from reaching the painting and riveting process; four automated de-liners that remove the friction with greater accuracy and reduce the chance of accidental shoe damage; and two new 24-cubic-foot blasters that clean the shoes in order to provide the best adhesion surface for the new lining. Additionally, a new 2,000-square-foot paint line can handle up to 500 parts per hour. When Bendix reman shoes undergo final assembly, the production line uses the same riveting procedure used by OE manufacturers. This ensures correct lining attachment for maximum lining service.
The improvements were also designed to meet Bendix’s rigorous standards for safe and environmentally sustainable workplaces. Employee ergonomic and safety considerations played significant roles in developing the production line, which also incorporates extensive wastewater treatment and waste diversion methods.
The always expanding remanufactured Bendix brake shoe product portfolio is supported with in-house research and development – along with ongoing comprehensive friction testing – conducted at the company’s engineering center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as a state-of-the-art order fulfillment operation to ensure that customers receive fast and easy access to inventory. Bendix remanufactured shoes are fully supported by field-tested sales and service professionals; a 100 percent ASE-certified field technical support team; and the Bendix Tech Team (at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE), an expert technical support group providing service advice, brake system troubleshooting, and product training.
Bendix remanufactured brake shoes are part of the company’s ever-growing portfolio of wheel-end technology that delivers on safety, plus other areas critical to fleets’ success. By delivering complete braking solutions and robust post-sales support, Bendix helps improve vehicle performance and efficiency, lowering ownership costs and increasing highway safety. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE or visit FoundationBrakes.com.
About Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group, develops and supplies leading-edge active safety technologies, energy management solutions, and air brake charging and control systems and components under the Bendix® brand name for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, tractors, trailers, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout North America. An industry pioneer, employing more than 2,700 people, Bendix is driven to deliver solutions for improved vehicle safety, performance, and overall operating cost. Bendix is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with manufacturing plants in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Huntington, Indiana; and Acuña, Mexico. For more information, call 1-800-AIR-BRAKE (1-800-247-2725), or visit bendix.com.
About Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC
Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC combines and expands the complementary wheel-end foundation brake technologies of two global leaders – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC. The joint venture, formed in July 2004, is a single, complete source for OEM brake system design, manufacturing, hardware, and support for all foundation brake components and actuation systems, as well as all-makes coverage of nearly 50,000 medium- and heavy-duty aftermarket parts. Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC is headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with engineering operations in both Elyria and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. For more information, call 1-866-610-9709 or visit FoundationBrakes.com.

Advance Auto Parts To Report Third Quarter 2017 Results On November 14, 2017

Roanoke, VA, October 31, 2017 - Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, will report its third quarter 2017 results before market open on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The Company will detail its results on a conference call scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, which will be made available concurrently on the Company’s website, www.AdvanceAutoParts.com. The call is also available by dialing (844) 877-5989 and referencing conference identification number 6275719. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Advance website for one year.
About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of July 15, 2017, Advance operated 5,073 stores and 131 Worldpac branches and employed 73,000 Team Members in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Company also serves approximately 1,250 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico and the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company's website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

LIQUID WRENCH Pro Penetrant And Lubricant With LED-Powered FlashSight™ Technology Earns 2017 New Packaging Award


Indian Trail, NC, Oct. 31, 2017 - The all new LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology was presented with the award for Best New Packaging in the Innovation category at the 2017 New Product and Packaging Award ceremony, held at AAPEX 2017 in Las Vegas today.
“Our goal was to create a product that not only set the standard for performance within its category, but to make it simple and efficient for our customers to use,” said Marshal Livingstone, VP of marketing for RSC Chemical Solutions. “The response within the market has been excellent and we are proud to see the team recognized for their efforts.”
Winners in the Innovation category demonstrated both new ideas and the creative use of existing ones through design, materials or techniques and reflected important new marketing strategies. Winners of the 2017 Best New Packaging Award were chosen by representatives from the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
For more than 25 years, the AAPEX show has been the premier global event representing the global aftermarket auto parts industry. In 2017, AAPEX will feature more than 2,200 automotive aftermarket manufacturers and suppliers.
A multiple award-winner this year, LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology has also received the 2017 Innovation Award from Southern Aerosol Technical Association (SATA) and a bronze in the aerosol category of the Canmaker Magazine Cans of the Year awards. For more than 75 years, generations of tradesmen and DIYers have come to know and trust LIQUID WRENCH®.
This first-of-its-kind product features a built-in LED light located directly above the spray nozzle, enabling users to see where they spray and improving accuracy in low-light areas. This, combined with an innovative product formulation that delivers the power of a penetrating oil, able to cut through the toughest rust, grease and corrosion, and a long-lasting lubricant that reduces friction and wear, makes LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant a truly versatile tool for all trades.
Additional product attributes include:
• Locking on-and-off collar for convenient no-mess storage
• 2 spray options - with or without a straw
• Pro-grade anti-seize formula
• Safe on metal, painted surfaces, plastic and rubber
• Breaks down built-up rust and cuts through tough grease
• Corrosion protection on all metals including copper, brass & bronze
• Zero VOC
• Patent pending
LIQUID WRENCH® Pro Penetrant and Lubricant powered by FlashSight™ Technology is available for $9.99 MSRP in 11 oz. cans.
About LIQUID WRENCH®
For more than 75 years, LIQUID WRENCH® products have earned the trust of hard-working tradesmen through consistent, superior performance and a commitment to innovation. Formulas are designed for professional and DIY applications across many industries including automotive, heavy duty, industrial, MRO, outdoor power equipment and original equipment manufacturers. For more information, visit www.liquidwrench.com.
About RSC CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS
With more than 1,600 customers in 81 countries around the globe, RSC Chemical Solutions, a division of Radiator Specialty Company, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance chemical products for automotive, hardware and industrial applications. Its 400,000-square-foot facility in Indian Trail, North Carolina is ISO 9001-2008 Certified and includes eight state-of-the-art production lines with an SAP Operating System. Today they make over 600 products under many well-known and well-respected brands including GUNK®, LIQUID WRENCH®, MOTOR MEDIC®, and TITESEAL®. Founded in 1924, RSC is headquartered at 600 Radiator Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. For more information visit www.RSCBrands.com.

AAPEX 2017 Buyers Select New Product Showcase Winners


Las Vegas, NV, Oct. 31, 2017 - AAPEX 2017 announced the winners of the New Product Showcase during an awards ceremony held Tuesday, Oct. 31, at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. AAPEX represents the $740 billion global automotive aftermarket industry and is taking place today through Thursday, Nov. 2. AAPEX buyers determined the winning entries by voting electronically for their favorite products in eight categories.

The New Product Showcase winners are:


Accessories & General Merchandise

Armor All Protective Mats - RPM
Drymate Oil Spill Mat


Appearance Chemicals & Car Care

Gold Eagle Co.
303 Metal Polish


Automotive Lighting

Tiger Accessory Group
24" LED Light Bar Kit with Remote


Chemicals, Lubricants & Filters

J-B Weld Company
J-B Weld Plastic Bonder - Black


Hard Parts

Federal-Mogul Motorparts
MOOG Complete Knuckle Assembly


Safety

Remington Industries
Stryder UX Ratchet Straps


Technology

Fuse5 Automotive Software
Fuse5 Automotive Software


Tool & Equipment

ITW Global Brands
Slime Cordless Inflator

Voting took place from Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Wednesday, Oct. 25. Entries are featured on the AAPEX website, www.aapexshow.com, and on the AAPEX Mobile App, as well as in the AAPEX 2017 Product Plus magazine published by Babcox Media and sent to buyers after AAPEX. For more details and photos of the award-winning new products, visit the AAPEX 2017 New Product Showcase Winners.
AAPEX is a trade-only event and is not open to the general public. AAPEX 2017 featured more than 2,200 exhibiting companies and 50-plus AAPEXedu sessions. AAPEX is co-owned by the Auto Care Association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the light vehicle aftermarket division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA). For more information, visit www.aapexshow.com or e-mail: info@aapexshow.com. On social media, follow AAPEX at #AAPEX17.