We Got Hitched!

By John M. Arnaud

Last Thursday, Total Truck Centers and The AAM Group enjoyed a special visit with representatives from two of our program vendors: CURT Manufacturing, a giant in the towing industry, and ARIES Automotive, whose custom pickup and Jeep accessories help trailblazers everywhere break their own ground.

We spent the day brainstorming ways that Total Truck Centers’ marketing tools and services could introduce CURT and ARIES products—hitches, grille guards, bumpers, seat covers, and towing accessories—to more of our jobbers and their customers.

Thanks to Jeff Perez, Joe Thompson, and Patrick Cripe for flying out to see us. We loved having you and look forward to an exciting year ahead!

To add towing power or aggressive styling to your truck, head on over to your local Total Truck Centers retailer, or find an affiliated store using our dealer locator.

If you are a truck accessories retailer who would like to become part of the nationwide Total Truck Centers network, please join us today!

CURT / ARIES Group Shot
CURT / ARIES Group Shot

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Putco (12001): Jeep Wrangler JK Luminix High-Power LED Fog Lamps

Putco’s 12001 Luminix LED Fog Lights for the 2010-2015 Jeep Wrangler JK deliver intense illumination while being 300% smaller than other products on the market.  Each assembly comes fully assembled and ready to mount on your vehicle.

  • Fully compatible OEM harness for plug and play
  • Uses existing fog lamp housing for OEM installation and adjustable design
  • CNC 6061 aluminum housing
  • Black-coated stainless steel hardware and fasteners included
  • Highest-rated LED housings (certified by an independent lab)
PUTCO 12001
Putco 12001

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T-REX Grilles (6312671): 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Torch Series Main Grille

T-REX Grilles, market leaders in quality and innovation, have created several new looks for the 2015 Chevy Colorado with styling elements that include both form and function. Grilles are an exciting and eye-catching way to give your truck a personality that matches your own. The T-REX Grilles for the Colorado are easy to bolt on and require no cutting or welding.

This new Torch Main Grille is precision formed from heavy-duty wire mesh with 12-gauge framed construction and encloses a curved 30” LED Light Bar. The integrated LED lighting component is secure, with hidden mounting brackets for a superior fit and finish. These one-piece wire mesh grilles are distinguished by a flat-black powder-coated finish and directly replace your stock grille.

T-Rex Grilles 6312671
T-REX Grilles 6312671

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TruXedo: Titanium Hard Roll-Up Tonneau Cover

TruXedo, Inc. is proud to announce the release of its newest cover, Titanium. This hard rolling tonneau cover offers the same full bed access that TruXedo’s soft rolling covers are known for, with the added strength and security of a hard rolling cover.

Titanium’s aluminum slats are bonded to UV-resistant, industrial-grade leather-grain fabric to create a unique cover that combines superior strength with TruXedo’s signature low-profile look. Titanium rolls up and can be secured safely at the front of the truck bed, leaving the truck bed wide open. While closed, this cover offers superior durability, security, and protection.

Truxedo Titanium
TruXedo Titanium

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BOLT (7028648): J-Mount Hi-Lift Jack Mount

Features:

  • Fits 1997+ TJs and JKs
  • Secure your Hi-Lift Jack with your Jeep key
  • Easy to install; bolts into existing holes. No drilling required!
  • Hi-Lift Jack held securely in place with 2 knobs
  • Easy to remove and mount your Hi-Lift Jack
  • Automotive-grade, weather-proof, solid steel construction
  • Extra security!
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

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    BOLT_7028648

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ReadyLIFT® (T6-3072-K): 2 Inch Leveling Kits for 2015 Colorado/Canyon

The new T6-3072-K Leveling Kit for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon provides 2 inches of front leveling lift. This kit installs with no cutting to the suspension or strut and will provide the necessary lift for a level stance without compromising the factory geometry or limiting suspension. Aligns perfectly after installation and will allow for an increased tire size and no rubbing up to 275/70-17.

This kit is constructed from durable and popular CNC-machined 6061-T6 aircraft-grade billet aluminum. Includes new hardware and spacers to keep that sway bar operating in the factory position.

ReadyLIFT® leveling kits are the fastest, safest, and easiest way to lift the front of your new 2015 Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon. If you are looking for a true, level stance, this is the kit you want!

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ReadyLift_T6-3072-K

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CURT (16017): OEM-Compatible 5th Wheel Legs for Ford

CURT has developed OEM 5th wheel legs that are made to fit specific models of Ford trucks that have the included towing prep package. The legs mount directly onto the existing under-bed platform or mounting locations and allow any CURT 5th wheel hitch head to easily mount into the truck bed. With a gross trailer weight capacity of 24,000 lb., they are compatible with the CURT Q16, Q20, Q24, and E16 hitch heads.

The most unique feature of CURT’s OEM-compatible 5th wheel legs is the special anchoring system, which allows for quick installation while still supplying the necessary strength for heavy-duty towing. The variable-position anchors allow the 5th wheel hitch head to easily drop into the under-bed mounting brackets, and with a quarter-turn, the head can be installed or removed as needed. The anchors can also be adjusted to limit the movement of the hitch head and eliminate chucking noises.

To give you confidence in every job you undertake with your Ford pickup, CURT gave its OEM-compatible 5th wheel hitch legs a durable finish of black carbide powdercoat, making them extremely resilient to scratching, rusting, and UV damage. We also back our 5th wheel legs with a limited lifetime warranty to put your mind at ease with every mile traveled.

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CURT_16017

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Shedding Light on Road Safety

by John M. Arnaud

A recent AAA report described deficiencies in standard halogen headlights on roads lacking overhead lighting. Rural roads, which convey 40% of this country’s overall vehicle traffic as measured in miles traveled, are the most likely to exist under such low-visibility conditions.

AAA found that halogen headlights were insufficient to illuminate dark roads at speeds as low as 40 mph. Though high-beam settings offered better results than low, halogen “brights” provided sufficient reaction time only for an additional 8 mph in real-world conditions. With halogen bulbs used in more than 80% of today’s vehicles, the study highlights serious opportunities to improve safety—specifically the ability to see and react to road hazards—using aftermarket HID and LED lighting.

HID and LED lights did a better job enabling faster reactions to road obstacles. In particular, their high-beam settings provided sight distances up to 500 feet—equivalent to 55 mph. No bulb can replicate the visibility of full daylight, and the US still has some work to do to catch up with the lighting output available in Europe, due to restrictions imposed by domestic regulations.

One final tip: Clean or replace your headlight housing at least every five years! Deteriorated or cloudy lenses can reduce intensity and increase scattering.

Total Truck Centers partners with several manufacturers that offer advanced HID/LED products, including Anzo, PIAA, Pilot Automotive, Putco, Race Sport, Rigid Industries, Vision X, and Westin Automotive. So head in to your Total Truck Centers retailer to find the bulbs perfect for your application. Or find a store using our dealer locator.

If you are a truck aftermarket accessory retailer who would like to become part of the nationwide Total Truck Centers network, please join us today!

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CURT (60609): Factory-Style Gooseneck Ball & Safety Chain Anchor Kit for Ford

Outfitting your Ford pickup to tow a heavy-duty flatbed or livestock trailer is easy with the CURT factory-style gooseneck ball and safety chain anchor kit. In addition to the original-equipment-compatible gooseneck hitches that we carry to easily install on your truck, CURT offers the necessary gooseneck accessories to complement the towing prep package—all available in a convenient kit.

The factory-style gooseneck kit includes a Ford-specific gooseneck ball. This gooseneck fits perfectly into the Ford factory-style gooseneck hitch, and it provides a 2-5/16″ diameter to fit most standard gooseneck trailers. The factory-style ball also comes with a patent-pending installation system, operating with a simple quarter-turn latch lock for ease of use and a secure mount. It features a gross trailer weight capacity up to 30,000 lbs. and a vertical load limit of 7,500 lbs.

Curt MFG 60609
Curt MFG 60609

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Hypertech (742502): Speedometer Calibrator for 2015 Ford F-150

Hypertech’s 742502 Speedometer Calibrator for 2015 Ford F-150 can correct the speedometer and odometer for tires up to 54″ (depending on the application) and/or non-stock rear gear ratios. This new device is engineered for consumers who want the speedometer recalibration functions of the Max Energy Programmer without the additional expense of the other tuning features. The Speedometer Calibrator comes with a USB cable and a CD with software to enable quick updates and upgrades over the Internet.

Hypertech 742502
Hypertech 742502

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