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Las Vegas, Nevada: Nov. 5, 2018 —AAC Brands’ Trigger 4 Plus earned a Best New Products Award (Mobile Electronics Product) on the opening day of the 2018 SEMA show. The awards recognize the most innovative and cutting-edge aftermarket products that will be available in 2019. Winners are selected based on a variety of factors, such as superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability, and more.

“We’re pleased to see the Trigger 4 Plus honored in this way at the 2018 SEMA Show,” Rory Connell of AAC Brands said. “So much of the research and development on designing the Trigger 4 Plus was a direct result of customers’ feedback. At the end of the day, it’s all about creating the best experience and product for our customers.”

The Trigger 4 Plus delivers a high-quality, cost-effective solution for controlling aftermarket lighting, e-lockers, race radios, whips, cooling fans, even compressor systems, when installed with the optional relay kit. The product lets users quickly and easily upgrade and simplify wiring 12-to-24-volt accessories, and control them all with the full rocker RF remote and optional Bluetooth-connected Trigger ACS Plus mobile app. The package includes all necessary wiring harnesses, mounting and wiring accessories and a decal sheet for switch identification.

The Trigger 4 Plus also features:

  • Four solid-state channels; two 30-amp, and two 10-amp circuits
  • 12-to-24-volt input/output
  • Waterproof connectors on outputs
  • Manual control buttons for on/off on top of case
  • Built-in DIN connector for manual control with conventional toggle switches (harness sold separately)

For more information, including where to buy the Trigger 4 Plus, go to



River City Rods puts the final touches on their blockbuster build, dubbed “El Chapo,” in advance of the 2018 SEMA Show.
DAVENPORT, IOWA: Not many builders have the guts or the gumption to blaze new trails in advance of a high- profile stage like the 2018 SEMA Show, but that’s exactly what Craig Piggott of River City Rods & Fabrication has done with his landmark GTB100 build, dubbed “El Chapo” (English translation: “Shorty”).

The show’s high visibility, and the innovative tactics Piggott and company have embraced to complete the build, mean the stakes for the truck’s unveiling in Las Vegas, and entry in to the coveted Battle of the Builders competition, couldn’t be higher.

For the follow-up to the Davenport, Iowa shop’s 1968 C30 camper project, which took last year’s SEMA Show by storm, Piggott and the River City team wanted to challenge themselves, rather than rest on their reputation.

“We are very excited to see what the crew at River City Rods has done with such a unique body style and short time frame,” said Phil Gerber of The Roadster Shop. “We have done a lot of one-off chassis for over the years…but a GTB100 Ford was definitely a first.”

Speaking of firsts, Piggott and team had never pulled off a Coyote swap on a truck frame before working on “El Chapo.” Accomplishing the swap meant the team was in for a great deal of research, development, experimentation and custom work, from engineering alternators and power steering pumps, down to moving the oil pan and the coolant fan. The retro-style of the swapped Coyote engine looks like something out a different era, and the team built a custom valve cover for it to complete the retro feel.

Just about every last detail of “El Chapo” has been custom-designed, fabricated and built to stun, right down to the grille, which started off as a 1,000-pound piece of billet aluminum that was shaved down to just 73 pounds and required more than 300 hours of design and cutting time.

And now, seven months after commencing work on the project, and with just a week to go before SEMA, the team has put the finishing touches on the interior—a lounge-inspired concept bathed in red—buttoned up wiring and finished paintwork (also custom).

“The exterior color is a Porsche factory color,” said Piggott. “The metallic base of Porsche’s factory Graphite Blue has been removed, making it darker and subtler. Working with PPG to get the right paint color down was a blessing. They were incredibly helpful and great to partner with.”

With “El Chapo,” the team proudly represents the project’s cadre of manufacturer

sponsors, which includes: Energy Suspension, PPG, ididit, Odyssey Battery, Performance Business Media, Painless Performance Products, Holley, Magnaflow, Wilwood, Thermo-Tec, Currie Enterprises, Precision Weatherstripping, Kicker, Falken Tires, Jalopy Hat Company, Aeromotive, Ridetech, 3M, White Diamond Detail Products, Coverking, Dakota Digital, Roadster ShopBillet Specialties, GC Cooling,, Hurst Performance, AutoKraft, C&R Racing, and Switch Suspension.

“El Chapo’s” unveiling is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Energy Suspension Booth #23267 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center during SEMA 2018.

About River City Rods and Fabrication

River City Rods and Fabrication was founded in April 2017. The Davenport, Iowa, custom shop specializes in building unique vehicles that create interest while keeping costs low for customers.



CORONA, CALIFORNIA— Accurate, timely information about changes in tire pressure and temperature can mean the difference between life and death for motorcycle riders. BLU Premium Technology Products‘ state-of-the-art BLU TPMS aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system provides riders with total peace of mind through the system’s innovative approach to providing vital tire information in near real-time.

The BLU TPMS monitors the pressure and temperature of tires using low-energy Bluetooth sensors, which transmit the information to the free iOS or Android app in virtually real-time. Users can elect to receive push notifications if tire pressure or temperature deviates from their custom user settings.

While the BLU TPMS isn’t the first motorcycle TPMS product on the market, the high quality and versatility of the BLU system sets it apart from similar products. Additional features of the BLU TPMS system change the landscape of safety and connectivity for rider.

The BLU TPMS is smaller and lighter than its counterparts, which translates to little or no effect on overall tire balance. Mos

t motorcycle TPMS products require a weight to be installed when the sensor is in, which can cause further tire balance inconsistencies for riders and result in unpredictable handling.

Some additional features unique to the BLU TPMS:

  • For more than just your motorcycle: BLU TPMS monitors allow for up to 99 sensors to be linked to a single device and information for up to 99 distinct vehicles can be stored in the app’s memory. Choose from two, four or six-piece kits to outfit any vehicle, trailer or RV with BLU TPMS and monitor them all with one, central dashboard from the app.
  • For more than just one rider: The presets from the BLU TPMS can be stored on cloud-based platforms, which allows multiple devices to display critical tire information via one login.
  • For more security: Riders who choose BLU TPMS also enjoy the peace of mind that added security brings — the sensors feature a locking mechanism that deters theft.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 733 fatalities in 2016 in which tire malfunction was a contributing factor. For motorcycle riders, the consequences of tire malfunction can be deadly. BLU TPMS arms users with valuable, near real-time information – and takes the guesswork out of tire safety.

“Nothing is more important than safety when you’re on the road. We’ve created a simple way for riders to have important tire information at their fingertips, information that can help keep them safe and worry-free on their ride,” said Rory Connell of BLU Premium Technology Products. “And since this is an app-based system, it leverages technology they already have in their pockets, so there’s no need for an additional external display.”

BLU TPMS installation is simple when using the external sensors, which easily attach to tire valves. Internal units, which require professional installation, are also available.

For more information, including download links for iOS and Android, visit



GREENWICH, OHIO – Aug. 28, 2018:  The full Formula Drift truck featured in the Discovery series “Twin Turbos” will appear at Thermo-Tec’s 2018 SEMA Show booth (#23013). Attendees can see the truck, built by father-son duo, and stars of “Twin Turbos,” Doug and Brad DeBerti, up close and in person during the automotive aftermarket’s biggest show of the year.

“The DeBertis create some of the most innovative custom vehicles on the market and we’re thrilled to partner with them to showcase their creation on this massive stage,” said Nick Helms of Thermo-Tec.

To produce the truck, the DeBertis applied the geometry of drift cars to a Silverado single-cab, slashing it to a fraction of its original weight, increasing its turning radius and creating a first-of-its class vehicle.

“Not only does it look amazing, it has the ability to drift sideways at more than 100 miles per hour with over 1,000 horsepower,” Brad Deberti said.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one location. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with seminars, demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more. The 2018 SEMA Show is Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about the 2018 SEMA Show, visit For more about “Twin Turbos,” visit



Racers get ready to go for the biggest purse in drag racing history this weekend

GREENWICH, OHIO – Aug. 8, 2018: With more than three decades as the premier source for heat and sound issue solutions in street performance and racing, Thermo-Tec joins the list of sponsors for the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod (WSOPM), the highly anticipated, invite-only drag race Friday and Saturday at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, CO.

The first-of-its-kind, winner-take-all event will feature the 32 of the best Pro Modified drivers and teams in the world. The champion will walk away with a $100,000 grand prize.

And with stakes that high, Thermo-Tec knew it had to get in on the action. As the original heat insulation company for the aftermarket industry, Thermo-Tec provides top heat control solutions for high-performance cars, from street to strip. 

“Thermo-Tec understands how important it is to remain cool under demanding circumstances, which is exactly what these drivers are going to need to do to win the biggest purse in drag racing history,” said Nick Helms, sales director of the Ohio-based company. “We’re proud to partner with WSOPM to bring this exciting event to life.”

In addition to on-site support at WSOPM, Thermo-Tec is also offering fans a 20 percent discount on Thermo-Tec products by using the code WSOPM at checkout on The offer is only valid Friday and Saturday.

“This is the greatest spectacle in drag racing, so partnering with top-quality companies like Thermo-Tec to bring the magic to our fans just makes sense, ” said Wes Buck, founder of the World Series of Pro Mod and publisher of Drag Illustrated. “By making the WSOPM an invite-only deal, by essentially ‘casting’ our field with colorful, energetic and competitive drivers, then drawing the first-round pairings a month ahead of time, we can build rivalries and develop a compelling story around the race. There is absolutely zero make-believe here. There’s no staged antics or staged outcome. We do, however, want to pour as much gasoline on this fire as is possible, lean on racers who share our vision for changing the trajectory of drag racing and taking this sport to the next level, and we believe the World Series of Pro Mod is where it begins.”

For more about the Drag Illustrated World Series of Pro Mod, including a complete schedule, rules and ticket sales, visit



CORONA, CALIFORNIA—Off-road enthusiasts continue to install LED lighting and other electrical accessories as important aftermarket additions to aid them when traversing extreme terrain and tackling tough elements. But controllers for electrical accessories often use complicated wiring; and installation is often problematic, even for experienced installers. 
Until now.

New from Advanced Accessory Concepts (, the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Wireless Accessories Controller adds convenience to the typically arduous process of wiring 12- to 24-Volt accessories by eliminating the need to run wires under the vehicle dash or through the firewall.

Time saved on installation means more fun on the trail. The TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER’s six solid state channels—including two 30 amp, two 10 amp, and two 5 amp solid state circuits—accommodate up to six accessories. The durable and water-proof controller makes it possible to cut costs when installing LED and conventional lighting, E-Lockers, race radios, compressor systems, whips, cooling fans, and more.

The accessories can be controlled from inside or outside the vehicle with the convenient RF Remote, or with a mobile device using the TRIGGER ACS Plus app for iOS and Android phones or tablets. The RF Remote assembly included with every TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER features a sturdy mounting base, detachable back-lit toggle switch assembly, and is programmable for security or use with additional remotes. The App can control dimming and flashing functions for installed lighting, and the controller itself utilizes LED indicators to notify of an active switch (blue) and blown fuses (red), and has its own set of switches for controlling each channel.

Switch location is no longer dictated by existing dash mounted switch panels—the TRIGGER RF Remote universal mount system allows for flexible mounting locations throughout the vehicle. The remote attaches to its mounting base with strong rare-Earth magnets. Once detached, the remote provides accessory control from up to 20 feet away.

When mounted to the roll bar of a UTV, the RF Remote buttons are easier to reach compared to dash switches—no more straining against the seatbelt to reach the dash!

The complete TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER package also includes all necessary wiring harnesses, mounting and wiring accessories, and a decal sheet for specific switch identification.

The functionality of the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER can also be expanded with several add-on accessories from Advanced Accessory Concepts, including under hood mounting brackets for Jeep JK, the Trigger ONE, individual 40 amp Bluetooth relay, TRIGGER VOLT Bluetooth Battery Voltage Monitor, JK Jeep Wrangler overhead remote mounts, 6- and 36-inch 12 gauge Y harnesses, 8-foot M/F extension, and connector kit. Several Trigger control boxes and remote’s can be used together to control up to 24 accessories.

Users who download the free TRIGGER ACS Plus app open up even more possibilities for their TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER Wireless Accessory Controller. The mobile app allows users to control power to all circuits, set a custom master voltage cutoff for the system, monitor vehicle battery voltage and set a low voltage notification, set custom RF Remote background colors, toggle or momen

tary switch functions, and more.

Additional features and details for the TRIGGER SIX SHOOTER include:


  • Six solid state channels; two 30-amp circuits, two 10-amp circuits, two 5-amp
  • 12-to 24-volt input/output
  • Water proof connectors on outputs
  • Manual control buttons for on/off on top of case
  • Built in DIN connector for manual control with conventional toggle switches (harness sold separately)
  • User adjustable low voltage cutout to shut down TRIGGER if battery voltage gets low
  • Fuse’s built in
  • 100-amp fuse installed on positive input wire for protection
  • Waterproof cover case withstands temperatures as high as 250 degrees, and as low as below freezing.
  • LEDs indicate when the relay is on (blue), and if the fuse is blown (red)
  • Three wire connection to vehicle: ground, switched positive and battery positive


  • Usable inside or outside the vehicle.
  • 2.4 ghz RF connection to the control box
  • Replaceable battery power and/or 12-Volt hardwired option for backlit switches
  • Back lit with press of button
  • Delayed off for the back light
  • User adjustable color changing background/switch light when hardwired to 12-24 volts
  • Custom switch labels included
  • Weatherproof design

TRIGGER ACS Plus Mobile App

  • Bluetooth control from iOS and Android phone and tablets
  • Simple interface for turning on and off the six channels
  • Allows customized names for each channel
  • User adjustable main power cutoff for low voltage
  • Battery voltage shows in app screen
  • Controls backlight color in the RF Remote switch pad
  • App allows for dimming, strobe, on and off functions
  • Screen switches user selectable between toggle and momentary


  • Kit includes six 8-foot wire harnesses—two 12 gauge, two 14 gauge, two 18 gauge—with the waterproof mating connector to the control box on one end and blank wires on the other
  • Harnesses include sturdy vinyl shroud

For more information visit or call Advanced Accessory Concepts at 951-339-1460.



Poway, California, April 20, 2018 –
Ryan Beat wins round one of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. Showing the results of all the hard work he and BILSTEIN have been doing off the track in preparation for the 2018 season, his BILSTEIN Pro Lite truck was in the top 3 every time he hit the track. BILSTEIN’s proven damping technology and precise adjustability allowed Ryan to adapt to changing conditions on the track.
“We made some minor adjustments after practice and qualifying to make us faster every time,” said Beat, “We made major changes to our Pro Lite truck in the off season and BILSTEIN worked with us the entire way to get our program dialed in. We had a game plan, and it worked perfectly. We switched back to General Tire this season and went with the fuel injected engine package. The new motor required changes to our torque converter and gear ratios.”
“Our BILSTEIN shocks completed the package and they helped us to get the power to the ground. It was really cool to be able to work with them to get the most out of our Pro Lite truck; it feels really good to win. It is a huge victory for us, and BILSTEIN, and we are looking forward to the rest of the season. BILSTEIN has given us everything we need to win.”

BILSTEIN’s 50 years of shock development in racing has helped Ryan Beat to come out on top in round one as it has for Darren Hardesty, and Jerett Brooks, who have both won back to back championships in the Lucas Oil series. Recognized for his hard work and determination, Ryan Beat will also be racing under the BILSTEIN banner in 2018.  



TECUMSEH, MICHIGAN: Classic ignition cable company Vintage Wires (an ididit brand) is proud to annou

nce a new wire set specifically for 426 Hemi applications.

The 7.8mm braided spark plug wires feature a lacquer-covered cotton braid outer casing wrapping a spiral-wound suppression core for high-tech performance and old-school style. Distributor cap ends are not finished so that they can be custom-tailored to length—whether run through a loom or simply over the valve covers.

The cable sets for 426 Hemis are available in six color options: Black with two Orange tracers (PN 4002200100), Red with Black tracers (4002200200), Red with Black and Yellow Tracers (4002200300), Black with Red Tracers (4002200400), Satin Black (4002200500), and Yellow with Red and Black tracers (4002200600).

Retail price is $260, with custom sets available for updated ignition systems.

Vintage Wires are the popular choice for vintage racers and other classic projects, as they mimic the original look of classic fabric wires but use proven spark-carrying technology. Universal Ignition Cable Kits are available for 6- and 8-cylinder engines.

Vintage Wires was acquired in 2017 by custom steering column maker ididit, blending the two companies’ missions to bring modern technology and convenience to classic vehicles while maintaining the original aesthetics.

More information can be found at For model applications and ordering information, contact ididit at (517) 424-0577 or email