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Clipboard Off-Road News January 2014

Posted in News on November 28, 2013
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I just saw the Jack Link’s Sasquatch in his new truck!
J. Hare

Up and Coming
I wanted to tell you guys about racer, Jason Blanton.

A young group of guys out of Washington state got together and showed up at KOH a few years ago with a cheaply homebuilt buggy and finished. They’ve finished every year since and upped their finish position each year, with a Top 20 in 2012. This last year, Jason built a new car and is just rocking it, finishing 9th at KOH this year. He’s doing really well and should continue to improve as he learns the new car.

My baby girl really does love the magazine you and your staff work so hard on every month. I can’t imagine how hard y’all work to send out such a well-done publication every month. Please know how much all of us wheelers appreciate it
R. Knoell
Thanks, Mr. Knoell! It’s much appreciated.

Long-Term Updates
Sure, it works great for the first week, but what about after?

Brake Pads
We left the house one morning with working brakes and by the time we hit our destination, it sounded like we were using a grinder wheel for a brake rotor under our truck. With 55,000 miles on the odometer, we had not yet changed the brakes once in our ’11 F-250, as the brake life indicator told us things were fine, and no noise had come from the undercarriage yet.

But without much life left on the front brakes, the pad material had gotten thin enough to crack and break away from the pad’s backing plate and crumble away. We’ve seen this happen before, but rarely. It’s a good reminder to replace your brake pads if they’re looking skinny—even if there is still life on them. A skinny pad can become brittle and break apart when you need it most.

Equal Air
We got this Equal Air deflator/inflator years ago. It allows two tires to be simultaneously hooked up to an air source, or both to be deflated at the same time. Not only is this useful for balancing out left and right tires with air pressure, but we’ve found it to be a great way to transfer air to an air bag or flat tire in a pinch.

News Blips
What’s going on in the off-road world

First Class Finish
The KC Hilites/Glass Chiropractic racing team recently competed in the BITD Silver State 300, held near Alamo, Nevada.

“We picked up the pace and charged to the finish, first in Class 8 and 32nd overall. This was our first win of the year, and it feels really good to get back on top of the podium.”

Ram Announces New EcoDiesel Max Towing Number
3.0L EcoDiesel towing capacity rated at 9,200 lbs—approaching large V-8 capability, with best-in-class fuel efficiency of better than 25mpg on the highway

No direct competitor for new Ram 1500 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel with best-in-class fuel economy that will exceed the current title holder, Ram’s 3.6L V-6 gas engine at 25mpg

Rigid Industries One of Fastest Growing Companies
Rigid Industries, which started in a garage in 2004, has been recently ranked as number 151 of 500 fastest growing companies by Inc. magazine

Win for 4Wheel Parts’ Adler
Greg Adler won his first Pro 4 Unlimited race in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series in Glen Helen, California. Adler has raced the LOORRS season in Pro 2 and Pro 4 groups on Pro Comp Xtreme MT2 tires.

EnerSys Marks 125 Years in the North American Industrial Battery Business
EnerSys, the global leader in stored-energy solutions for industrial applications and makers of Odyssey batteries, celebrates their 125-year anniversary in the industrial-battery business in North America.

Pro Comp Suspension Passes Govt. Electronic Stability Control Test
Pro Comp proudly announced it has tested and successfully passed the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 126) test. This highly specialized test was performed to show that the installation of a Pro Comp 6-inch suspension system, Pro Comp wheels, and 35-inch Pro Comp Tires on a 2014 GM 1500 4WD would not compromise the performance and effectiveness of the vehicle’s Electronic Stability Control system.

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