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    • By Counterman
      The KBS Coatings Ultimate Frame Coater Kit provides everything needed for ultimate inside-out rust protection for auto frames, auto bodies and more.
      The easy-to-use DIY kit employs the KBS 3-Step System combined with KBS Cavity Coater to prepare and coat up to 50 square feet of metal, according to the company.
      KBS Klean, a nontoxic and biodegradable super cleaner, removes dirt, grease, grime and other contaminants. Next, water based and biodegradable RustBlast effectively dissolves rust and corrosion while etching metal for best adhesion of KBS RustSeal. RustBlast also leaves a zinc phosphate coating to stop flash rust from forming.
      The third step is RustSeal, a rust-inhibitive and preventative paint that’s applied by brush, roller or spray gun. RustSeal chemically bonds to metal, including rusted metal, to isolate it from moisture and oxygen. Without those present, metal can’t rust.
      RustSeal comes in 11 colors and flows out to provide a beautiful, smooth finish that resembles a powder coat. RustSeal provides a flexible, yet rock-hard barrier that’s extremely resistant to abrasion and impact – so it won’t crack chip, or peel, according to the company.
      For ultimate protection, KBS Cavity Coater Aerosol provides rust protection in hard-to-reach areas such as inside frame rails, rocker panels, doors, tailgates and more. Cavity Coater, a self-healing corrosion-inhibiting coating (CIC), provides long-term protection and wicks into welds and seams that primers and top coats can’t reach.
      For especially hard to-reach-areas, the KBS Cavity Wand is provided to extend the reach of aerosol Cavity Coater with a reusable 48-inch hose featuring a 360-degree spray tip.
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    • By Counterman
      Air suspension provides drivers and their passengers with luxurious ride quality, increased safety and load-leveling capabilities. But the high-tech components in an air-suspension system come with high-tech replacement costs.
      Chip Lofton, founder of Strutmasters, learned this the hard way.
      In 1999, Lofton purchased a 1989 Lincoln Continental. While on vacation, the car’s suspension system failed. Lofton took his beloved Lincoln to a dealership, only to find out that it would cost several thousand dollars to repair the suspension.
      Determined to find a more affordable strategy to repair the vehicle, he called salvage yards in hopes of tracking down used air struts, without any luck. To his surprise, however, Lofton found a wrecked Lincoln with a regular set of struts on it. After figuring out where to drill holes in the body and make adjustments to the height, he was up and running – at a fraction of the dealership’s estimated cost. The air-to-coil conversion was complete, and Strutmasters was born.
      From the early days of making conversion kits in Lofton’s goat barn and selling them on eBay, Strutmasters has grown into a nationwide provider of affordable suspension solutions, headquartered in Roxboro, North Carolina.
      While the Strutmasters portfolio today includes control arms, sway bars, shocks, trailer hitches and other replacement parts, the company’s bread and butter continues to be conversion kits – and with good reason. Citing RepairPal, Strutmasters estimates that the average cost of a replacement air spring is $1,200, while the average cost of an air compressor is $875. Suspension-control modules average $685, while ride-height sensors average $450. And that’s just for the parts.
      According to Strutmasters, one OE-replacement front air strut for the Lexus GX 470 costs just under $1,500 for the part alone. A four-wheel conversion kit for the 2003-2009 Lexus GX 470 costs about $800. That’s the entire suspension replaced for less than the cost of one OE air strut.
      “Air suspension is extremely expensive, especially for OE-quality parts,” says Scott Beaddles, director of operations for Strutmasters. “If you go back to the dealership with a Mercedes and you want to get your suspension replaced, it’s going to cost you about nine grand. We sell a kit for a fraction of that cost that replaces it all, and it’s not going to fail either.”
      A conversion kit enables the customer to remove their vehicle’s air springs, ride-height sensors, compressor and air lines, and replace them with coil springs, hardware, mounts and passive struts. The kits are designed to bolt onto the vehicle, so no welding, cutting or modifications are necessary.
      For Strutmasters, a typical customer might be the second or third owner of an air-equipped luxury vehicle.
      “When you get that second or third Mercedes owner who bought a $10,000 car and now they need $12,000 worth of suspension parts – they’re not willing to do it,” Beaddles says. “That’s where we come in.”
      Air suspension used to be the exclusive realm of luxury sedans. However, more and more OEMs are using air suspension to provide a luxury feel for SUVs and pickups. In parallel with this trend, conversion kits for models such as the 2011-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2013-2018 Ram 1500 have become top sellers.
      While conversion kits are a cost-effective alternative to air-ride replacement, the original air-ride quality can’t be duplicated with conventional springs and hydraulic dampening. Still, for a customer with a long-dead system, the improvements will be noticeable.
      “The people who are coming to us, their suspension has been screwed up for a while,” Beaddles adds. “They’ve been riding on just nothing, basically. By the time they switch over, the ride is much better because it’s actually functioning properly, and they’re not bouncing on the bump stops anymore, so the strut isn’t locked up or whatever the case may be.”
      Beaddles notes that Strutmasters offers conversion kits for several types of active suspension systems – not just air. For example, a number of GM vehicles dating back to the 2002 model year feature MagneRide suspension technology. MagneRide systems utilize monotube dampers filled with magneto-rheological fluid, which contains soft iron particles that become magnetized when electromagnetic coils in the damper pistons are energized by the ECU. Strutmasters offers four-corner OE replacement kits for the 2007-2014 GMC Suburban 1500 and other GM models with magnetic suspension systems.  
      One final point: Beaddles emphasizes that an affordable price shouldn’t be mistaken for a cheap fix. Strutmasters’ conversion kits are assembled in the United States and are made with durable, high-quality materials such as cold-wound steel springs.
      “We also have an ASE-certified staff here,” he says. “If you’re having a problem with your install, call us up, we’ll walk you through the entire install, step by step. If you’re having a problem getting your module installed, or a light’s still on, give us a call. We walk people through it all day long.”
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    • By NAPA
      NAPA News: The Hottest Electric Vehicles Coming In 2023
      The idea of a world where roads are dominated by all-electric or hybrid vehicles isn’t too far off. As consumer demand for alternative-fuel, emission-free vehicles continues to grow, manufacturers are ramping up production. Industry titans are shifting their focus to create EV spinoff models to join in on the competition.
      link hidden, please login to view This upcoming year, the NAPA experts expect to see a wide selection of high-tech EVs from traditional manufacturers like GMC, Subaru, Chevrolet and Nissan, who plan on redesigning well-loved models for the electric market space.  Now, more than ever, EV models are being designed for the average commuter, car enthusiast and amateur DIY mechanic. Today’s EVs are versatile, advanced and soon becoming the norm for new-car shoppers. Get ready for 2023, when many mainstream manufacturers plan to launch a variety of EVs that fit multiple lifestyles and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a high-end, deluxe sportscar or a family-oriented crossover with trusted brand reliability, there is something in this lineup to pique your interest. If you’re on the hunt for an electric vehicle or just entertaining some EV curiosity, keep reading as we guide you through some of the coolest models hitting car shows and highways in the near future.
      The Electrifying Future Of Automobiles

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      For a classic-looking ride with some trusted towing prowess, the Chevrolet Blazer EV triumphs in all expectations. Get up to 320 miles on a full charge, haul up to 1,500 pounds secure over 59.2 cubic feet of cargo space. This Blazer goes from 0 to 60 mph with Wide Open Watts, making it the perfect ‘everyday’ or ‘getaway’ vehicle for those who value vehicle comfort and adaptability.
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      The all-new electric Chevrolet Equinox isn’t your average Equinox. It fully embraces futuristic style without losing that compact, SUV-feel and affordability. Get up to 290 horsepower with intense towing strength, along with Super Cruise — a hands-free driving mode. With new safety technology (like Reverse Automatic Braking) and a great selection of color options, the Chevy Equinox is shaping up to be a versatile EV, suitable for a variety of lifestyles and budgets.
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      With sleek design and cutting-edge technology, the Genesis GV60 presents a first-class EV ‘crossback’ experience that’s stunning in terms of visuals and potential. The illuminated Crystal Sphere shifter and eco-friendly, deluxe interior upholstery bring a unique look to the Genesis GV60 cabin, while the intense horsepower, fast throttle response and charging capability extends the range of your road time.
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      For the adventure-hungry pioneers who want modern off-road machines, keep an eye on the GMC Hummer EV SUV! This electrifying take on the Hummer will help you establish off-road dominance with multiple driving modes, HD Surround Vision and UltraVision, high clearance tires and a revolutionary design engineered to crawl, climb and claw your way through the toughest obstacles.
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      Hyped as ‘the EV of your Dreams,’ GMC has pushed the limits of what an all-electric truck can truly be. The Sierra EV harnesses intense horsepower, torque and mileage along with advanced technology (like Super Cruise) for an exhilarating off-road experience. Charge up in less than 10 minutes to drive 100 miles. Get ready for GMC’s EV power, that’ll allow you to trek mountains and lakes in total luxury.
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      Lexus’ all-electric RX 450e is a stunning vision of what luxury crossovers can be. With an intense powertrain featuring dual-motor setup, Lexus brings advanced handling and acceleration with its all-wheel drive. While the maximized motor power increases speed and driving finesse, Lexus takes interior comfort and style to the next level with a large 14-inch touchscreen display, an aerodynamic Spindle Body, Ultrasuede-trimmed upholstery and patterned cabin illumination for an other-worldly driving experience.
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      The Nissan Ariya, inspired by ‘Timeless Japanese Futurism,’ boasts comfort, magnificence and incredible range. The simplistic design pays homage to Japanese elements, while the advanced safety technology minimizes operator error. Certain models like the VENTURE+ carry an estimated range of up to 304 miles. That, coupled with the 59.7 cubic feet of cargo space and foldable seats, means the Ariya comfortably fit five passengers.
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      Subaru’s all-electric lineup beings with the Subaru Solterra — a lean, outdoors-ready machine with all-terrain capability, zero-emissions powertrain and advanced safety and assist technology. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and 8.3 inches of ground clearance provide unmatched stability for better off-road adventures. If you love the trusted reliability and longevity of a Subaru, keep an eye on the 2023 Solterra for next-level features that’ll bring you into the electric age. 
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    • By Counterman
      Lumileds is launching a new line of powerful LED-upgrade retrofits for fog light and powersports headlights.
      With automotive-grade LEDs that produce a cool-color temperature of up to 6,000 K, Philips UltinonSport LEDs provide “incredibly bright white light” and durable, long-lasting performance for snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs and other off-road vehicles, according to the company.  
      These LED solutions allow users to better illuminate the path ahead, detect obstacles faster and deliver a safer driving and riding experience. The new Philips UltinonSport LED line includes 12 SKUs and is compatible with both 12-volt and 24-volt electrical systems.
      “Our new UltinonSport LED line helps drivers and riders find their next adventure,” said Aubry Baugh, Lumileds product manager. “These bulbs feature the latest in LED technology and are backed by the quality, safety, and reliability that Philips bulbs have been built on for over 100 years. They deliver brilliant illumination for roadways, trails, beaches, and backroads. Their advanced technology provides exceptional service lifetime, and their extremely compact size allows for an easy installation.”
      To ensure long lifetime and optimal performance, the UltinonSport LED bulbs feature Philips “AirCool” technology with two types of heat dissipation. A built-in fan helps to actively cool the LED and electronics, while an aluminum heat sink further dissipates heat and maximizes airflow around the components. The durable construction and improved heat transfer means that UltinonSport LED bulbs deliver a lifetime of up to 2000 hours.
      The Philips UltinonSport LED-upgrade retrofit bulbs are available for 9003, 9005/9006, 9007, 9008, 9145, H1, H3, H7, H8/H16, H11 and PS24W for off-road and fog-light applications. Each Philips UltinonSport LED package contains two bulbs.
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      Performance Ridge Technology (PRT) announced the addition of 46 complete strut assemblies to its product portfolio.
      The complete strut assemblies for light vehicle, SUVs and pickup trucks cover popular models such as the BMW 5 Series, Jeep Renegade, Subaru Forester and 2020 RAM ProMaster 1500, among others.
      The new products represent more than 6 million vehicles in additional coverage for the North American aftermarket.
      PRT is a brand of the ADD USA group, one of the largest manufacturers of complete strut assemblies in the world. PRT products are produced under the strictest OE-quality processes required by the major automakers.
      “These new products comes to expand our coverage to the North American aftermarket,” said Bruno Bello, director of category and marketing at PRT. “As an OEM supplier, PRT is always offering best solutions with the same quality from the OE market. All new items are in stock and ready to ship.”
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