Metra PowerSports to Introduce Switch Panel, Mirror Monitor, Speakers, Whip Lights and Off-Roading Products at SEMA Show

HOLLY HILL, FL (10.15.2019) – Metra PowerSports by Metra Electronics has new water-resistant off-road accessories designed for UTVs, ATVs, dune buggies and more heading to the 2019 SEMA Show. An 8-panel switch, lighted side mirrors, rearview mirror monitor, speakers, Polaris Ride Command audio adapter and three new whip light styles will debut at Metra’s booth 37017 in the South Hall Upper Level. These new products are specifically engineered to meet the harsh requirements of outdoor vehicles and will be showcased alongside Metra’s existing accessories for off-road applications, trucks, Jeeps and powersports.

Universal 8 Gang Switch Panel System by Heise LED Lighting Systems
The HE-SWP8 can integrate lighting control into any vehicle and fit into the dash panel, center console, vehicle pillar or even the overhead sunglass holder. This gang switch panel system controls up to 8 different auxiliary LED lights or electrical devices and has 50 different switch stickers included for customization. Blue LED backlighting illuminates the switches and it can handle all types of 12V DC accessories. The panel is ideal for applications such as cars, trucks, Jeeps, ATVs/UTVs, RVs and even boat installations. The compact control panel measures 2.6 by 4.6 inches while the under-hood mounted control box has a 4.2 by 7.5 inch footprint.

HE-SWP8 Product Specifications:
● Dash illumination control wire
● Latched or momentary switch operation
● Input voltage: 12-24V DC
● Power handling: 600W @12V DC and 1200W @ 24V DC (max)
● Maximum current: 60A
● Panel material: die-cast aluminum
● Control box material: die-cast aluminum
● Control box cover: ABS plastic
● Operating temperature: – 40 degrees F to +302 degrees F
● Panel size: 4.53 x 0.59 x 2.60 inches
● Circuit box size: 7.48 x 1.34 x 4.13 inches
● Products Included:
● 8 gang switch panel
● Control box with cover
● 50 switch labels and 6 extra fuses
● 60 amp resettable circuit breaker
● Power harness and battery cables
● 2 switch panel brackets
● 1 control box bracket
● Mounting hardware, screws and zip ties

UTV Rollbar Cage Side Mirrors with LED Spotlights
The MPS-RBSVMS is a universal accessory that functions as both a forward-facing spotlight and side mirror to increase the driver’s overall visibility. The anti-glare mirrors with a wide-angle viewing convex are constructed with aluminum alloy housing and rated IP68 to withstand the demands of the off-road environment. Each mirror has a light with 9 LEDs inside a smoke colored lens that produces 4,500 lumens to illuminate the left and right side of the UTV. They are designed to attach to rollbars between 1.5 and 2.5 inches and are ideal for most powersports vehicles.

MPS-RBSVMS Product Specifications
● 1 pair of side mirrors (left and right)
● Aluminum alloy housing designed to withstand the most extreme punishment
● Anti-glare mirror surface
● Wide-angle viewing (convex)
● Smoke colored lens
● 9 LEDs in each mirror producing 4,500 lumens of white light
● Universal adjustable brackets fit 1.5” to 2.5” rollbars
● 1 wiring harness with relay, fuse, and carling switch
● All necessary hardware included

Universal 4.5” Water-Resistant Replacement Rearview Mirror Monitor
Display video from two different camera inputs onto an IP69 rated rearview mirror monitor with the MPS-WRM45. This monitor has signal sensing to show the rearview camera feed when driving in reverse. It is engineered for outdoor vehicles and recommended for use with iBEAM’s TE-MIFM or TE-SBC cameras, but will work with most aftermarket camera inputs. The replacement rearview mirror is 9 inches wide by 3 inches high and features a 4.5-inch digital color LCD screen integrated within the mirror.

MPS-WRM45 Product Specifications:
● Replacement rearview mirror with integrated 4.5” digital color LCD screen
● Fits roll bar mount: TE-RBM
● Water-resistant monitor rated IP69
● 2 video inputs: rearview camera input and second video input

Universal Powersports Bluetooth Media Player with Speakers
Add an FM radio that can also stream music via Bluetooth or from a USB input to 3-inch speakers designed for a wide range of 12volt UTVs/ATVs, motorcycles and outdoor electric vehicles. The pair of water-resistant speakers come with an IP66 rated backlit, blue LED touch screen, control panel and are capable of producing a peak stereo output of 20 watts each (40 watts total). The USB input will play MP3, WMA or WAV music files and provide 1 amp device charging.

MPS-SBSMP3 Product Specifications:
● Touch screen display
● Blue LED back-lit control panel (3” x 2”) with water-resistant IP66 rating
● Built-in FM radio tuner with auto-search and save
● USB input supports MP3/WMA/WAV music files with 1 amp device charging
● Plays music via Bluetooth audio streaming
● Pair of 3-inch flush mount water-resistant speakers
● Peak stereo output power: 2 x 20W
● Suitable for DC 12V UTVs/ATVs, motorcycles and electric vehicles

Polaris Ride Command Audio Adapter
Take full advantage of the audio capabilities in the Polaris Ride Command system with this audio adapter that allows speakers and a subwoofer to be connected to the vehicle. This adapter retains the factory Polaris Ride Command as the source unit and utilizes its built-in crossovers.

MPS-RCLOC Product Specifications:
● Designed for Polaris RZR, Ranger, and General with Ride Command 7” display*
● Retains factory Polaris Ride Command as source unit
● Utilizes built-in crossovers from Ride Command
● Harness plugs into any amp with RCA inputs
● Works on AMP-1, AMP-2, AMP-3 Ride Command connectors
● Includes remote-out to turn-on amplifiers
*See MetraPowerSports.com for up-to-date, vehicle specific information.

RGB LED, Fiber Optic and Dancing Whip Lights
Three new styles of RGB whip lights available in 4 or 6 foot lengths have been added to the Metra PowerSports product line and began shipping this fall. These new whip lights will be on display at SEMA and styles include an RGB LED, fiber optic RGB and dancing RGB whip lights. These whip lights are designed for ATVs, UTVs, dune buggies, quads, side-by-sides, go-karts and other powersports applications, and strong enough to withstand dust, mud, rain and other rough use of off-road applications. They are constructed with a bendable, weather-resistant polycarbonate cover and rated IP67. These long-lasting lights have 50,000 hours of life and include an RF wireless remote control. A demo video and additional product specifications are available online at MetraPowerSports.com.

Whip Light Models:
MPS-RGBWHIP4-1 RGB LED Whip Light 4ft
MPS-RGBWHIP6-1 RGB LED Whip Light 6ft
MPS-FORGBWHIP4 Fiber Optic RGB Whip Light 4ft
MPS-FORGBWHIP6 Fiber Optic RGB Whip Light 6ft
MPS-CRGBWHIP4 Dancing RGB Whip Light 4ft
MPS-CRGBWHIP6 Dancing RGB Whip Light 6ft

Metra Electronics will showcase these new products at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 5th – 8th at booth 37017 in the South Hall Upper Level with their off-road, truck and powersports products. They will also be at Metra’s main booth 11639 in the North Hall. A new catalog from MetraPowerSports will also be released on the opening day of the show and available for download at MetraPowerSports.com.

Thinkware 4K Dash Cam Now Available from AAMP Global

CLEARWATER, FL (10.15.2019) – AAMP Global, an official distributor of Thinkware, has announced the launch of Thinkware U1000 Dashcams. This is the first Thinkware dash cam to feature Ultra HD 4K resolution.

The Thinkware U1000 is a premium 4K UHD Sony Exmor R STARVIS front camera that provides flawless recording quality with Super Night Vision, and Advanced Clear Vision Technology – all managed by the Smartphone Application. Parking Surveillance Mode provides motion and impact detection, time lapse, and energy-saving mode for protection without losing battery.

With built-in ADAS the U1000 owner will have forward collision warning, forward departure warning, and lane change assistance. It will also provide safety camera alert notifications such as red-light camera alerts and speed camera alerts.

Thinkware U1000 also includes Thinkware Cloud. When connected to a smartphone via Wi-Fi, it connects U1000 owners to their vehicles through Thinkware’s app, offering features such as:

  • Live View – Vehicle status can be monitored real-time with the smartphone while driving.
  • Geo-Fencing – Users can set geographical zones, allowing for notifications when the vehicle drives in and out of the pre-selected boundaries. Practical for the parents, rental companies, and fleet management.
  • Locate Vehicle – Users can always know where their vehicle is located, with status updates of the vehicle’s current location every 10 seconds, fully integrated with Google Maps.
  • Driving/Parking Impact Notification – Provides vehicle impact notifications and the ability to remotely check 20 seconds of video of incidents via the cloud.

AAMP offers the following options for the Thinkware U1000:
TW-U1000MU32CHF (MSRP $599.99)

Includes:

  • 4K UHD Forward Facing Camera with Mount
  • 2K QHD Rear Facing Camera
  • Connection Cable From Front to Rear Camera
  • 32GB Micro SD Memory Card with Reader
  • CPL Filter
  • Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
  • Hardwire Kit
  • Installation Hardware

TW-U1000MU32C (MSRP $499.99)

Includes:

  • 4K UHD Forward Facing Camera with Mount
  • 32GB Micro SD Memory Card with Reader
  • Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
  • Installation Hardware

For more information visit EchoMaster.com or contact your AAMP Sales Rep.

2019 SEMA Show Mobile App Available Now

The official 2019 SEMA Show mobile app is now available for download. The free app gives Showgoers access to a comprehensive list of all exhibiting companies, seminars, events and more so users can create a personalized plan and maximize their time at the exclusive trade show, held November 5–8 in Las Vegas.

“The SEMA Show mobile app enables Showgoers to leverage all the Show has to offer,” said Tom Gattuso, SEMA vice president of events. “The app has been updated and new features have been added, making it the ideal tool to stay informed on everything happening at the 2019 SEMA Show.”

The free SEMA Show mobile app gives Showgoers access to a comprehensive list of all exhibiting companies, seminars, events and more so users can create a personalized plan and maximize their time at the Show.

New this year is an interactive feature that gives users detailed information on featured vehicles displayed throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center. By simply scanning a vehicle’s QR code, located on a Feature Vehicle sticker attached to the vehicle during check-in, the app will display the vehicle’s year, make and model, information on the exhibitor displaying the vehicle and a list of products used on the vehicle. The app also allows users to access a list of exhibitors from 2018 and any saved product information.

Other features of the 2019 SEMA Show mobile app include:

  • Turn-By-Turn Directions: Find the quickest route from one place to another without the need of a GPS or data service. Simply enter an exhibitor name or room nearest to you and where you want to go, and the app will provide directions.
  • My Schedule: Create a schedule to keep track of the events you wish to attend.
  • New Products Showcase: View all of the products entered into the New Products Showcase, complete with detailed information and photos, exactly where within the Showcase the product is displayed, and directions to the exhibitor’s booth on the Show floor.
  • Product Scanner: Use your smartphone as a scanner at the New Products Showcase to create a list and map of the scanned products.
  • Maps: View floorplans of all SEMA Show halls and how/where they connect to make passage from hall to hall as easy as possible.
  • Exhibitors: Look up all 2019 SEMA Show exhibitors by name, Show section or product category.
  • Events, Celebrity Appearances and Speakers: See lists of all the events, seminars, conferences, celebrity appearances and speakers, including day, time and location.
  • Social Media: Keep up with the feeds of the official SEMA Show social media accounts, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Ground Transportation: Find the best way to arrive at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Obtain information on the Las Vegas Monorail, rideshare and hotel shuttles, including pickup locations.
  • SEMA eNews: Stay up to date with the latest news before, during and after the Show.

“A lot of planning has gone into making the app a valuable resource for Showgoers and will make navigating the Show and staying informed easy,” said Gattuso. “Attendees should use it in their Show preparation, while experiencing the event onsite and after they return home form the Show.”

The 2019 SEMA Show mobile app can be downloaded at no cost from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or www.semashow.com/app

RPM Is a Southeast Rep Firm Coming On Strong

ATLANTA, GA (10.14.2019) – Real Performance Marketing is an Atlanta, GA based rep firm that was started four years ago by 37-year industry veteran Scott Hochmuth. He started in retail in 1982 when an under dash 8-track with a radio/tape switch was still a thing and transitioned to sales rep in 1989. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the Powersports Industry as well which put his company in a good position with the merging of the 12-Volt Audio and Powersports industries.

RPM started in 2016 primarily with Powersports lines since that was where the opportunities were at that time and most audio lines required regional coverage. Scott has never lost his passion for audio and was able to secure MTX Powersports Audio in 2016 and Audio Legion in 2017.

Scott Hochmuth

The last year has seen explosive growth for RPM as they have added Wetsounds, ARC Audio, Audiofrog, MMATS, and MTX Car Audio. They also represent some of the best lines in Powersports with lines like KLIM, LS2, Oxford Products, Brooks Leather, and VEGA.

This year RPM was joined by 31-year Audio Industry veteran Mike Hall to work North Carolina and South Carolina as well as 10-year Powersports Industry veteran Jay McLaurin to work the southern parts of MS, AL, GA and north Florida. Jerry Mattox is handling inside sales and customer service and Jessica Mattox serves as the Office Manager. RPM is in the process of bringing a fourth rep on board for the lines that they cover in South Florida.

Scott stated that “I would have never guessed that 12-Volt Audio would have moved so aggressively into the Marine, side by side, and Harley Bagger markets. We were in the perfect position to benefit from the two industries converging like they have.”

Real Performance Marketing can be reached at 706-386-3550 or scott@realperformancemarketing.net

Sturgess Customs at Home in Their New Location

LEXINGTON, SC (10.14.2019) – Sturgess Customs moved to a new larger facility in Lexington in July. The official Grand Opening was on August 10th.

Jesse Sturgess pictured with db Drive and Euphoria subwoofers in the company show room.

“Our new location is twice the size of our previous store at 2,400 square feet. We have room in the install bay for 2 large vehicles. With the tall bay doors we can get boats and Sprinter type vehicles into the bay” store owner Jesse Sturgess told the 12volt News.

The Grand Opening graphic shows the Company’s creativity.

Sturgess is a 22 year veteran of the 12volt industry. Sturgess Customs is active on social media @sturgesscustoms. Posts of vehicles outside the store, in dash installations and custom work grab the attention of the store’s followers. Google ads and word of mouth add to the company’s outreach to consumers.

Jesse’s wife is always ready to help at the store.

Concluding Sturgess offered “We do a big job with db Drive and Euphoria lines. Randy Goodwin helped us a lot with posters for the showroom and their subs and amps really perform for us.”

Custom enclosures, featuring LED Lighting, showcases the store’s work.

Sturgess Customs covers the spectrum of 12volt products including Audio, Video, Security, Remote Start, PowerSports, Marine, In-vehicle connectivity and safety plus LED lighting.

Visit sturgesscustoms.com for more.

Oracle Lighting Debuts Corvette C6 Concept Side Mirrors at SEMA

METAIRE, LA (10.14.2019) – Oracle Lighting has announced the launch of the new C6 Corvette Concept Side Mirrors (p/n 3901) for model years 2005-2013. Oracle Lighting will showcase the new C6 Corvette Concept Side Mirrors during the 2019 SEMA Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Nov. 5-8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #C21505.

“Our new side mirrors feature an impressive aerodynamic design for a sleeker and more aggressive look on your C6,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “The integrated LEDs inside the mirrors can be used as both turn signals and parking lights. An aspherical mirror is added for a wider field of view, so no visibility is compromised. These Oracle Lighting mirrors even include heated glass and XM antennas (optional) and feature a plug & play design that connects into the factory harness to allow for full control over the mirror adjusters.”

Robert Smith, Oracle Lighting National Sales Director, points to the new Corvette C6 Side Mirrors in the Company’s New Orleans showroom.

Theses mirrors can be ordered painted any factory GM color code. Oracle Lighting offers these parts professionally painted to order, and Oracle Lighting strongly recommends using this painting service when ordering these parts. If you choose to paint these products yourself, please note that parts not properly painted with a UV clearcoat will not be covered under material quality warranty. MSRP starts at $499.99.

Celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive market since 1999. Oracle thrives on low-to-mid production specialized components with a goal of providing a dual benefit to clients by lowering manufacturing costs and reducing lead-time for product development.

For more info, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com

KICKER Appears at Unified Car Audio Championships for Third Straight Year

STILLWATER, OK (10.11.2019) – KICKER returns to co-sponsor the 2019 Unified Car Audio Championships, held in the Louisville Expo Center October 12-13. The event will occupy the Broadbent Arena and Pavilion, taking up more than 110,000 square feet of indoor space. KICKER is proud to support the Unified judges’ hospitality suite and will have support staff in the lanes for anyone who requests it.

dBDRA’s Wayne Harris at the mic in 2018.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that three car-audio organizations have come together for their championship events, dubbed “Unified Finals.” More than 400 dB Drag Racing, IASCA and MECA competitors pre-registered. All three organizations are holding triple-point events in addition to the invitation-only finals, allowing any competitor to build up points for next season.

Brian Mitchell hosted Big Iron in 2018 with IASCA’s Moe Sabourin in the background.

“Many of our sponsors have been staunch supporters of the Unified Car Audio Championship for years now and we are proud to help gain some exposure for them and their products,” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide. “In turn, their support over the years has been a driving force in the growth of car audio competition, from competition teams to industry membership support of our organization’s missions.”

One lucky attendee will win this ‘Livin Loud’ Kicker system.

dB Drag Racing will continue competing in two locations simultaneously, via online streaming. The satellite location will be at Chris Alston’s Chassisworks in Sacramento, Calif., where competitors will run head-to-head against their Louisville counterparts for the North American Championships.

MECA plans on several events during the show, including a Sound Quality competition, a Show N’ Shine, and SPL competitions.

The Finals will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more info, visit www.dbdragracing.com, www.iasca.com, or www.mecacaraudio.com.