Tuesday, June 21, 2016

John Deere Enhances Family of Gator Utility Vehicles With Affordable Mid-Size Model

Gator XUV560
Gator XUV560
XUV560 and XUV560 S4 bring even more value and versatility to the crossover utility vehicle market

CARY, N.C. (June 21, 2016)John Deere updates its crossover utility vehicle lineup with the addition of the Gator™ XUV560 and XUV560 S4. The mid-size model is designed for operators seeking an affordable, comfortable and versatile 4x4 utility vehicle. Outfitted with an ergonomic operator station, quiet V-twin engine, independent four-wheel suspension, four-wheel drive and availability of more than 75 attachments, the Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4 can help you tackle all of the tough jobs around your property.

“This update to our Gator family provides even more options for our customers to choose from,” said Mark Davey, John Deere marketing manager, Gator utility vehicles. “The XUV560 was crafted to deliver all the bells and whistles you expect from John Deere, at an attractive price tag.”

The vehicles are designed for all-day comfort with car-like convenience. The XUV560 and XUV560 S4 offer easy entry and exit through an occupant protective structure, and safety is a top requirement, with three point seat belts and side grab handles. Both models offer sealed under hood storage and feature a large, one-piece cargo box made of material that eliminates rust and dents and reduces noise. The tailgate features truck-like performance, only requiring one hand for operation and can be opened or removed for easier cleanout or to carry longer items.

The Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4 come standard with four-wheel independent suspension, providing an unparalleled ride over challenging terrain and excellent handling through tough corners. The Gator models are powered by a 34.8 cu in. (570cc), V-twin gasoline engine, and the carburetor is tuned for rapid throttle response, reliable cold-weather starting, smooth mid-range power delivery and quiet idling. They feature swift acceleration with a top speed of 28 mph (45 km/h) to quickly handle the toughest jobs on your property.

Available in a two-seat or four-seat model, the XUV560 can seat a single passenger or a crowd. Optional add-ons for the cargo box such as a rail system, power lift, wall extensions and a spare tire rack make the list of projects operators can accomplish seemingly endless. To get the most out of the XUV560, consider the 75 attachment options from lighting, to tire upgrades to racks and guards, for a custom vehicle that is all your own.

The Gator XUV560 and XUV560 S4 utility vehicles are currently available at your local John Deere dealer. For more information, visit www.JohnDeere.com/Gator.

About John Deere

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at www.JohnDeere.com.
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Friday, June 17, 2016

ITP Unveils New Finish for Severe Duty Beadlock Wheels

CLINTON, Tenn., June 17, 2016 - ITP unveiled today a new finish for its Severe-Duty ("SD") Single Beadlock wheel for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. The all-new ITP SD Alloy Single Beadlock wheel's finish is striking in appearance, but is also functionally durable to meet the demands of challenging terrain.

The new ITP SD Beadlock wheels for ATVs and side-by-side vehicles feature a durable black powder-coated finish with milled edges, producing a custom appearance.

"The ITP Severe Duty Alloy wheel remains a popular choice for racing and those riders serious about off-road performance," said Rhett Turpin, Head of ITP Sales. "The new black finish with milled edges and 16-spoke configuration combine with the durable single beadlock design to give the SD Alloy wheel a high-grade appearance and enhanced tire security for aggressive driving."

Engineered from lightweight, superior-strength aluminum alloy, the SD Alloy wheel uses an "advanced manufacturing process" that molds a single piece of aluminum alloy into a light, yet incredibly strong wheel.

The all-new ITP SD Single Beadlock wheel features a modern 16-spoke design, trendy black finish and an authentic, matching black center wheel cap.

The lightweight SD wheel, which allows more inner clearance between the wheel and hub, includes the proprietary ITP "Rock Armor" inner wheel lip and a fully functional outer beadlock. The durable design gives vehicle owners peace of mind by offering optimal wheel strength against breakage from rocks and debris and outer tire bead security for when the conditions demand it. In addition, ITP backs the wheel with its Limited Lifetime Warranty.

"The Severe Duty Beadlock design was designed as the 'go-to wheel' for those who demand the ultimate performance products when they ride off-road," adds Turpin. "We engineered the wheel to take you into the depths of the gnarliest terrain and get you back again. The more modern finish better appeals to those buyers who enjoy customizing their vehicles, but aren't willing to sacrifice durability for good looks."
The new ITP SD Single-Beadlock wheel includes a secure beadlock on the outer lip, and "ROCK ARMOR" reinforced inner wheel lip for long-lasting endurance in the field.

The new SD Alloy wheels are slated to arrive in dealerships in August 2016. Two sizes will be available - 14x7 inch and 15x7 inch - in all popular bolt patterns. Pricing for the ITP SD Alloy Single Beadlock wheel starts at $160. 

About ITP

Since 1982, ITP has been the world's #1 ATV/UTV aftermarket tire and wheel source. The premier ITP products are developed utilizing an experienced staff of engineers, designers and technicians at its two American tire facilities in Clinton, Tennessee, and Jackson, Tennessee, to develop award-winning tire-and-wheel designs for virtually all ATVs and side-by-side vehicles. Numerous outlets distribute ITP tires across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. ITP is a registered trademark of The Carlstar Group, LLC. For a free, full-color ITP catalog, call toll-free: 1-800-889-7367. Tech questions call: 1-909-390-1905. Visit: www.itptires.com

About The Carlstar Group

The Carlstar Group is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, and is a global manufacturer of original equipment and aftermarket specialty tires and wheels for the agriculture, construction, outdoor power equipment, powersports, high-speed trailer and flat free/manual markets. The diverse portfolio of solutions are offered under several leading brands including Carlisle® tires and wheels, ITP® tires and wheels, as well as Cragar®, Black Rock® and Unique® wheels and Marastar® flat free and manual tires. The Carlstar Group employs 3,000 associates in 16 facilities located in five countries. Since 1917, a culture of converting great ideas into advanced products has created a legacy of excellence in product innovation, quality, and customer service. For more about The Carlstar Group, visit www.carlstargroup.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DragonFire RT Seats For Serious Players

DragonFire’s HighBack Racing Seat
DragonFire’s HighBack Racing Seat

Chandler, Arizona, June 15, 2016 — DragonFire’s HighBack racing seats were designed to keep riders comfortable and securely in place, enabling them to focus on driving rather than sliding around. The deep bucket design makes it so that you sit ‘in’ your seat rather than ‘on’ it, which in turn gives you more control rather than having to worry about bracing for tight turns or rough terrain. Building on the performance aspect and introducing an element of high style, DragonFire introduces the next generation of seat upgrades, the RT Seat series.

“We first expanded our seat lineup to include the XL seats for riders with 40+ inch waist sizes,” says DragonFire Sales & Marketing Manager Megan Dible. “Now we are proud to announce another DragonFire game changer for serious players, the RT Series of performance seats.” The best just got better!

“Both our original GT and XL series of HighBack seats upgrade the stock versions without compromising the OEM slider/adjustment capabilities,” she explains. “However the HighBack RT seats combine improved functionality with high style.” The RT and GT seats come in Black and three color accent options: Black/Red, Black/Blue and Black/Titanium.

“Hot rodders know that the R/T designation has been used by Dodge since the 1960s,” she adds. If you are not a Mopar maniac, the R/T models get upgraded performance components and special trim packages. “Like the cars, DragonFire RT seats are a performance upgrade for the Race/Trail crowd.”

RT seats bolt directly to the OEM base plate, making installation a breeze! Complementing the RT seats are the new DragonFire DoorBags. These bags get color-matched trim to match the new seats, along with plush knee pad bolsters and zippered storage compartments.

  • Wide slotted for harness mounting 
  • Vented rear section for drainage 
  • Heavy duty color-matched stitching 
  • Retention of the factory slider on applicable models 
  • 4 Color options to choose from – Black, Blue, Red and Titanium 
  • Removable seat cushion 
  • Reduced side bolsters to make ingress and egress easier 
  • Works with O.E. seat belts and 4 or 5 point harnesses 
  • Higher seating position provides additional leg room and increased forward visibility 
  • Pair with DragonFire Harnesses and a Quick Release Steering Wheel Kit for maximum comfort 
  • Heavy duty seat base available, 15-1111, sold separately 
Made in the USAGet more specifics of the RT Seat at http://www.dragonfireracing.com/category/19/seating or via your Tucker Rocky rep.



DragonFire shares your passion for the sport! Whether it is exploring the badlands, racing at the local track, hauling a bale of hay to the north 40 or taking the entire family to the dunes for a holiday weekend to make some memories, DragonFire is there! Not only does DragonFire pride itself on #MakingMemories, with the 2015 BITD Pro Unlimited title, another Heartland Classic win and three Mint 400s in the bank, we are also pretty darn good at #MakingChampions!

Terracross Announces Partnership With EnerSys®, Manufacturer of ODYSSEYBatteries for the 2016 season


ODYSSEY® batteries will field a driver in the Polaris® RZR Turbo Class for the 2016 season.  EnerSys® will also provide ODYSSEY® batteries to all vehicles entered in the 2016 Terracross Turbo RZR class.  Terracross offers dynamic competition through its athletes who come from all different disciplines of racing and action sports bringing a variety of entertainment suited for spectators of all ages to enjoy.

“We are excited to add ODYSSEY® Battery to our great list of partners, with Terracross Championship we start and turn off our Polaris® RZRs hundreds of times a day and having ODYSSEY® batteries on board really gives our mechanics and top level athletes the ability to focus on other aspects of the event onsite and on track, knowing their Polaris® RZR will be ready to start when they are!” said Joe Duncan, Terracross Sport Organizer.

“Terracross is a perfect example of the harsh conditions ODYSSEY® batteries thrive in,” said Maria Orlando-Krick, marketing content and sponsorship manager at EnerSys. “The punishing conditions the athletes and vehicles endure in Terracross competition perfectly showcases the durability and performance of ODYSSEY® batteries. We are proud to support a series that aims to keep competition costs affordable while still providing maximum entertainment value for the fans.”

Terracross attracts high profile athletes, action sports stars, sports stars and celebrities offering them the opportunity to compete in equally equipped vehicles which allows for talent to determine the winner. In addition to the Pro Classes, Terracross features a Women’s Class, a Celebrity X Class and a Military Veterans/Hero Adaptive Class which sees Adaptive athletes/soldiers competing against one another in specially modified Polaris® RZR’s. The 2016 season is set to kick off at the beginning of September in the Midwest.  Then will head east in late September and will wrap the season on the west coast in late October.  The exact schedule to be announced soon.

For more information on EnerSys® and its full line of products, systems and support, visit www.enersys.com.

Connect with ODYSSEY®battery on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For more details including upcoming events and how to purchase ODYSSEY®batteries, visit

The Terracross Championship features the best of off-road, action sport athletes, and celebrities competing on rough, tough and muddy courses complete with obstacles like: rocks, logs, crossover jumps and tight turns. With events televised on CBS Sports, spec Polaris RZR® XP 1000 vehicles, and top athletes from diverse racing backgrounds, Terracross has become one of the premier racing series in the world.

Terracross website: www.terracrossracing.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TerracrossChampionship
Twitter: @terracrossrace

EnerSys® , the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility, transportation industries and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

PIAA Releases Two New Ion Yellow LED Lights

LP530 Ion Yellow LED light
PIAA LP530 Ion Yellow LED lights

Portland, OR, (06/14/2016)- PIAA has introduced two all new LED lights to the already extensive LP Series line. The LP270 and LP530 Ion Yellow LED lights feature PIAA's world renown Ion Yellow color output. The distinctive 2800k pure yellow output is far less reflective than standard white light output allowing it to easily cut through rain, fog, snow, and dust giving riders an advantage in a variety of harsh conditions.

Reflector Facing Technology and computer designed reflector of LP Series lights gives these lights a sharp cut off line that keeps the light where the driver needs while preventing dangerous glare for oncoming drivers.

Made from only the highest quality components, both lights feature an ultra-durable aluminum housing with a near indestructible poly lens. Both lights are 10g vibration rated to withstand any terrain, and the Ion yellow lens gives the front end of any vehicle a custom look.
The smaller 2.75" LP270's come in a 30º driving beam pattern, while the larger 3.5" LP530's come in the 30º driving pattern as well as a SAE compliant 65º Fog pattern. These compact LED lights are the perfect size for any bike looking to increase safety and conspicuity with major vision gains.

Paired with our Multi-Fit Fork Mounts, these LED lights are a must have for any rider. All PIAA light kits come complete with pre-assembled wiring harness which include a lighted switch and relay. With the widest range of SAE compliant lights on the market, customers can use PIAA's lights with confidence and less worry of passing inspection or costly tickets.

About PIAA Corporation: 
PIAA Corporation was established in 1963 with the commitment to manufacture world-class driving lights that our customers could use with pride and confidence. Today, PIAA upholds that commitment by combining market driven concepts with the latest technology to make night, inclement weather, and off-road driving as safe as possible. 
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