Nakamichi Readies for KnowledgeFest Sin City

MIAMI, FL (01.23.23) – Nakamichi will once again be exhibiting at KnowledgeFest this time at the Las Vegas show to be held February 3-5, 2023 at MGM’s Paris Hotel and Casino.  New items on display will be two new  wireless CarPlay/Android Auto NA3625-Series receivers with the new Susumo Platform providing faster response and more intuitive menus for an improved user experience.  The two models are the companies first wireless units.  The NA3625-WUX is the company’s first floating face multimedia receiver release in North America.  It boasts a 4-way adjustable 10.1-inch glass HD touch screen. MSRP is $659.95.

Jason Proios holds an improved NDSK4085AU DSP.

Jason Proios, Product Development and Technical Services Manager, will be in the booth giving demos during the show.  “This new platform has been completely revised and is superior to any operating system we have released thus far”, stated Proios. “This took some time but as you will see it was definitely worth the wait”.

In addition to the wireless receivers Nakamichi will showcase several other new items during the show including an improved NDSK4085AU 8-channel DSP with built in amplifier.  “This DSP is so small and versatile it has limitless applications”, stated Proios.

Diplomat Trading is the exclusive agent for Nakamichi Mobile Audio in the U.S.A.   For more information visit

Don’t Jump Start Your Car, Safe Start It with CTEK

CHICAGO, IL (01.23.23) – As temperatures drop, so does an increase in the potential for a dead battery. Freezing weather drains a vehicle battery power by 30 to 60%. When a vehicle operator is stuck with a dead battery, many are tempted to jump start their vehicle from another vehicle, using jumper cables, or from a battery booster pack. But while this may get the vehicle going again, CTEK warns that jump starting can damage a vehicle’s sensitive electronics, leading to expensive repairs, as well as causing lasting damage to your battery. CTEK recommends to Safe Start their vehicles rather than using the traditional jump starting or boosting.  

Today’s modern vehicles have more than 200 mini computers or ECUs (electronic control units) performing a range of tasks from engine management to controlling air conditioning, lights and parking sensors. These computer systems have a sensitive level of around 16 Volts, but jump starting the lead acid battery on your vehicle causes a surge of power of up to 20 Volts – rather like hitting your vehicle’s electrical system with a lightning bolt – and this sudden spike in voltage can quite easily damage one of these ECUs. And with replacement ECUs costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars, this is a risk you really don’t want to be taking!

What happens when you jump start a vehicle?

When you jump start a vehicle, the battery booster pack – or, if you are using jumper cables, the battery on the connected vehicle – acts as a power reservoir to get the engine started, temporarily bypassing the drained battery. Then, once the engine is running and you disconnect the booster pack or jump leads, the alternator suddenly sees an empty battery and instantly reacts by opening the floodgates to refill it. This massive rise in current creates a spike in voltage, and this is what can cause the damage.

Jump starting a vehicle can damage your battery too, as the alternator is pumping in current at a higher rate than the battery can handle. This causes the battery to heat up, bending the battery plates, leading to the shedding of active material (lead dioxide) and causing a buildup of debris in the bottom of the battery. This damage will reduce the efficiency of your battery and dramatically reduce its lifespan, making earlier replacement necessary.

Safe starting with CS FREE
There is a safe way to get your vehicle started if you find yourself with a dead 12 Volt battery. CTEK’s fully portable CS FREE uses patented adaptive boost technology to get you going again in around 15 minutes.

This is completely safe for your vehicle’s electronics because the CS FREE gently refills the battery with charge and will let you know when it’s safe to start the vehicle. Then, when the CS FREE is disconnected, the battery is already partially full, so the alternator only raises charge slightly, and within safe limits, to top off the battery.

The CS FREE is four great products in one portable unit. Along with being an adaptive booster, CS FREE also works as a battery charger, a smart maintainer and high tech power bank. And if you use the CS FREE to maintenance charge your battery on a regular basis, you can extend battery life by up to three times.

You can find more information about the CS FREE, which is compatible with all types of 12V lead-acid battery as well as lithium batteries on

King Kong Custom Audio Wins KICKER Prize on The Spin-To-Win Wheel 211

SHREVEPORT LA (01.21.23) WTF…Win This Friday. King Kong Custom Audio won the KICKER prize on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel 211 on Friday morning, January 20th.

The 12volt Spin-to-Win Wheel was created to bring an element of fun to the 12volt industry. The weekly 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel is now spinning in Year 5.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for 211th time on Friday morning January 20th. The Wheel landed on the Kicker space and the King Kong Custom Audio slip was drawn from the jar. An Instagram post of the winning slip was posted. A video of the wheel spin was also posted.

We reached out with a phone call to King Kong Custom Audio in Albuquerque NM and the nice lady said owner Reggie Guzman was not there. We gave her the news and she said she would give him the great news a Kicker product would be headed that way.

Spinning out a winner each Friday, a lucky 12volt retailer can win a cool prize and top brands receive visibility across the marketplace.

12volt brands with a space on the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel include Kicker, NavAtlas, SiriusXM, PowerBass, CRUX, JBL, RDV Automotive, Kenwood, JVC, SD Lighting, Nakamichi and Maximum Power. 12volt News $100. cash awards have spaces on the 12volt Spin-To-Wheel for a winning 12volt retailer.

Past winners of the 12volt Spin-To-Win include…Stereo & Video Center-Tyler TX, The Outlaw Garage-Franklin TN, Exotic Sounds-West Palm Beach FL, Endless Possibilities-Aurora IL., Go Auto Sound in Union City NJ, Al&Ed’s South Bay CA, No Limitz Car Audio in Upland CA, Neil’s Specialty-Eureka CA, Sturgess Customs-Lexington SC, Audio By Art-San Antonio TX, SMS Car Audio in Marreo LA and Sweet Wheelz in Mississauga Ontario Canada, Cartronics in Biscayne FL, The CarAudio Shop in St Louis MO, Exotic Sounds in West Palm Beach FL, High North Customs in Grand Prairie Alberta Canada and AMS Audio in Bakersfield CA, Team QRT in Abbeyville LA and California Sound in Fontana CA and Jackie Cooper Electronics, Oklahoma City OK, MARS Audio-Orlando FL, All American Audio in Nutley NJ, Proline Car Stereo in Brooklyn NY, Custom Shop Miami, Tunes and Tint in Lakeland FL, Mobile Concepts Inc in Mokena IL, Seismic Auto Sound in Concord CA, Brooklyn Car Audio in Brooklyn NY, Audio Solutions in Florence MS, Enhanced Customs in Largo FL, Rayco Auto Clinic, Audio Design in San Jose CA, Go Bass Mode in Florida, Avenue Sound in Freeport NY, Audio Plus in Riverview FL, Stereo Zone in Whittier CA, In-Phase Car Audio in Omaha NE, AutoLife Group, N&H Electronics, SK Customs, Land & Sea, The Audio One, NC Custom Shop,Tint World Orlando, Ricky Smith’s Audio, VIP Custom Woks, Mobile Audio Concepts, Audio Lad, Sound Sensations, Dave’s Stereo, Stereo Design, Badlands Customs, Custom Audio-Erie PA, Voltz Autosports-Bridgeport CT, Infinity Sound and Security-Kissimmee, Autosport Plus-Canton OH, Stereo City Pros in Carmichael CA, Devine Concepts in Naples FL, The Sound Shop in Indian Trail NC, Extreme Performance Audio in Fresno CA, Audio Depot in Arlington TX, Audio Security in Houston TX, Earmark Car Audio and Marine in Lewisville TX, Audio Jam in Bear DE, Stereo City Ontario, Ontario CA, Audio By Art, San Antonio TX, Code Zero Customs in Tulsa OK, Ken’s Car Tunes in Mobile AL, Soundz Plus in Naperville IL, Markland Designs in Lithonia GA, Electronics Plus in Salinas CA, Xtreme Autosports in Santa Clarita CA, Superior Audio Sounds in San Angelo TX, Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Texas Dreamz Customs in Spring TX, Wired Electronics in Linden NJ and Intense Car Audio in OKC, OK, Underground Auto in Sarasota FL, Car Toys Tulsa in Tulsa OK, Real Audio in Erie PA, Go Autosound in Union NJ, DFM Stereo in Ukiah CA, Impact Tint and Audio in Tyler TX, Mobile Sound Systems in Arlington TX, Redline Audio and Performance In Spindale NC, Car Audio Land in San Diego CA, Audio X Custom Car Audio in Florence AL, River Oaks Car Stereo in Houston TX, American Radio Orlando in Sanford FL, Illustrious Customs in Woodbridge VA, Remote Start Pros in Lawrence MA, HiPro Audio in Victoria TX, AudioPlanetNY in Huntington Station NY, Endless Possibilities in Aurora IL, Audio Finesse in Santa Monica, Drive Customs in San Luis Obispo CA, Custom Works, Noblesville IN, AtoZ Detail in West Haven CT, Cars 843 in Charleston SC, CarTunes Atlanta in Atlanta GA, Mobile Concepts in Garwood NJ, Duke’s Car Stereo in Flint MI, Infinity Auto Sound, King Car Audio in Norwalk CT, PopTronics in Baltimore MD, Sanford Sound in Sanford ME, Angelvip2474 in Draper UT, Dynamic Car Audio in Baltimore MD, Hi-Pro Audio in Victoria TX, Car Stereo Max in Houston, Pro Audio Center in Richland MS, Rhodes Off-Roads in Farmington MO, Model Electronics in Ramsey NJ, Class A Sounds in Athens OH. Just Audio Video in North Providence RI, CT_Custom in Philadelphia, Audio Solutions in Florence MS and The Audio Shop RC in Rapid City SD, DG Motorsportz in High Point NC, ST Mobile in Texarkana TX, AR Custom OC in Orange CA, Temecula Mobile Sound in Temecula CA, Unique Auto Sound in Lindenhurst NY, D’s Garage in Corona CA and DS2 Mobile Solutionz in Tomball TX, C G Car Audio in Kissimmee FL, California Audio in West Valley City UT and The Action Audio Store in Wethersfield CT, Eclipse Car Audio in Vancouver WA, Electronics Depot Car Audio in Altamonte Springs FL. Car Audio Garage in Pearland TX, Pinnacle Autosound in Lake City FL, J H Audio in Bowling Green VA, The Car Audio Shop StL in High Ridge MO, Anthonys Car Stereo in North Highlands CA, Flynn Audio in Middleton WI, Living Loud Car Audio in Pelham AL, Trail Star Audio in Minnesota, On The Spot Audio in Pennsauken NJ, Animated Car Audio in Essex MD, West Coast Car Audio in Citrus Heights CA, Modified Auto Sound in East Alton IL, Star Car Audio in Hermiston OR, VapeNAudio in Clovis CA, SoundWorks in Millersville MD Eclipse Car Audio in Vancouver WA, J A Custom Audio in Houston TX Jose Electronics in North Hills CA, Sound Proof Car Stereo in Douglasville GA, Auto Additions in Springfield IL, Elite Car Audio in Hollywood CA, Masters Car Stereo in Greenville SC, Audio Plus in Eden NC, Seismic AutoSound in Novato CA, Car Audio Addicts in Pittsburgh PA and AudioKing Tinting in Yakima WA, Arias Tint and Alarms in Duncanville TX, Odeh Car Audio in Gadsden AL, 12volt Specialist in Newark DE, Cutting Edge Audio in San Diego CA, Southern Auto Fab in Lafayette LA, California Sound in Fontana CA, Big Boyz Toyz in Florence SC, 740 Audio in Athens OH and 12volt Outfitters in Hollywood FL., High Quality Auto Sound, Lawrence MA, Custom Car Stereo SC in Spartanburg SC, Zier Box in Dallas TX, Maximum in Manville NJ, Audio Car Stereo in Miami FL, Mach 1 Audio in Washington MO, Doren Car Stereo in Queens Village NY, Side-x-Side Audio in South Charleston WV, Sound Concept in Nanuet NY, Pda Road Gear in Littleton CO and A-Plus Audio and Tinting Newington CT, Audio Electronics in Indianapolis IN, Tint and Sound in Frederick MD, Tint World Wilmington DE, VIP Autoworks in Mentor OH, All Out Audio in Killeen TX, Yong’s Audio in Indianapolis IN, Custom Audio Concepts in Lima OH, Clear Vibrations in Quakertown PA, The Outlaw Garage in Columbia TN, Xpert Car Audio in Layton UT, No Doubt Window Tint in Ardmore OK, San Diego Car Stereo in San Diego CA, Smart Audio in Lawrence MA, Car Audio One in Chula Vista CA, Audio Excellence in Orlando FL and Ultimate Sounds 1in Wilmington NC.……Congratulations to all.

WTF… Where’s the Fun. On the next spin of the 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel… on Friday January 27th.

Alpine Now Shipping R-Series Shallow Subwoofers and Enclosures

AUBURN HILLS, MI (01.20.23) – Alps Alpine North America, Inc. (“Alpine”) is now shipping R-Series Shallow Subwoofers available in 12” or 10” raw or enclosed versions. The ultra-shallow subwoofers deliver the same “Loud and Fun” performance synonymous with Alpine’s R-Series Line, now in a shallow subwoofer designed to fit in most vehicle applications. 

Ultra-Shallow Design

The R-Series Shallow Subwoofers offer a 12” or 10” High-Performance Shallow Bass Driver that’s available in both a 4Ω (RS-W12D4, RS-W10D4) or 2Ω (RS-W12D2, RS-W10D2) dual voice coil (DVC) version.

With an ultra-shallow subwoofer design and powerful sound output, the R-Series Shallow Subwoofers provide the best of both worlds in size and sound. Even with a mounting depth of 3.25”, the shallow subwoofers still provide the same cone movement (20mm of linear excursion) as the full-size R-Series Subwoofers, for extreme low-end in a shallow woofer design.

At the heart of the subwoofer is an oversized, USA-manufactured 4” voice coil that is controlled by a powerful neodymium magnet and provides an impressive 600W RMS / 1800W of power handling. Exclusive to Alpine is the Gen2 DD-Linear Magnetic Circuit technology, a compact and efficient dual-gap voice coil structure that allows for better control over the motor, resulting in lower distortion and precise bass control.

Cosmetic design features like a lightweight aluminum dust cap allow the cone to stay cooler for enhanced reliability with minimal distortion for a deep, up-front bass kick. The die-cast aluminum frame provides rigid and sturdy construction with integrated heat sync fins to wick heat from the coil for uninterrupted performance. 

For extra protection, an optional Shallow Subwoofer Grille Kit is available in 12” (KTE-RS12G) and 10” (KTE-RS10G) version (sold separately).

Bigger Bass in Less Space

The R-Series Shallow Subwoofers are also offered in a 12” or 10” Sealed Preloaded Enclosure for those looking for a complete subwoofer application. Measuring a minimal 5.25” in depth without mounting feet, the enclosures are the ideal application for vehicles that lack bass and space.

Intentional designs like rubber modular “feet” allow the enclosure to be adjusted in height to accommodate uneven vehicle floors. The feet can also be configured for an upfire or downfire configuration where a pre-installed mesh grille provides a clean finish and extra protection for the speaker cone. The rear panel exposed motor radiates heat from the inside of the subwoofer to the outside of the box for enhanced thermal reliability.

The R-Series Raw Subwoofers are available now in a 12” (RS-W12D4, RS-W12D2) for $649.95 and 10” (RS-W10D4, RS-W10D2) for $599.95. Preloaded Subwoofer Enclosures are also available in a 12” (RS-SB12) for $799.95 and 10” (RS-SB10) for $749.95. Optional Grille Kits are offered in a 12” (KTE-RS12G) and 10” (KTE-RS10G) option for $29.95. All models can be purchased at Alpine Authorized retailers and Preferred Online Stores. 

Please check the store locator on for details.

Race Sport Lighting Launches New IQ Series Quad Optical Auxiliary Lights

RINGWOOD, IL (01.20.23) – Race Sport Lighting is pleased to announce the launch of their NEW IQ Series Quad Optical Auxiliary Lighting. This new auxiliary light series is 4 times brighter with more lumen and LUX Light output than any current products on the marketplace. IQ Series uses Race Sport Lighting’s New Exclusive Quad Optics that feature 4 high power diodes encased in one single long cast optic. The IQ series was designed and tested in the lab to Industrial grade standards, which exceed normal automotive grade testing standards and can take more abuse, more vibration, and are more durable in all environments they will have to endure.

The IQ Series auxiliary lights are in stock and shipping now out of their Midwest warehouse. There are 12 total skus in this simple line up featuring (4) round sizes, (4) square sizes and (4) rectangle sizes to choose from. There is a size and wattage for every install or job for the reseller or upfitters. The warranty is 3-years and is perfect for not only aftermarket offerings, but OEM, Dealership, and Upfitting vehicles and machinery.

“The IQ Series is going to be a great family addition to our lineup. As our auxiliary line up expands into multiple industries, there has been a growing demand for exponential brightness, more durability, and more variety of size and wattage requirements for various applications. The IQ Series gives our Resellers and Upfitters everything they are looking for in one product family and is unbelievably bright. This product was testing at 4x the performance of our flagship Street Series Auxiliary family on similar size lights. The lumen and LUX Outputs far exceed any of our competitors highest output product offerings and put us in the lead.” – Steve Jergensen, President of Race Sport Lighting.

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VAIS Technology Releases SiriusXM Add-On Adapter for 2021-23 Mazda

ENGLEWOOD. CO (01.20.23) – VAIS Technology has released new satellite radio integrated solutions specifically designed for 2021-23 Mazda. This solution allows owners of these models to add SiriusXM satellite radio to their existing factory stereo, without compromising factory functionality.

Dennis Hopper, VAIS Technology EVP, holds the new SiriusXM add-on adapter for 2021 through 2023 Mazda vehicles in the company’s HQ lobby in Englewood, CO.

“Since 2003, VAIS Technology have been developing satellite radio adapters for vehicles that aren’t equipped from the factory with SiriusXM tuners,” Dennis Hopper, EVP, says. “While satellite radio is more popular than ever, many new OEM vehicles still don’t come equipped from the factory with satellite tuners. For 2022 several more OEM’s have removed satellite tuners from their platforms. Over the last few years Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Jeep, Honda and Ford have removed satellite tuners from their base model vehicles. VAIS Technology develops simple, easy to install integrated solutions that add satellite radio, but preserve factory functions.”

The new kits provide coverage for new Mazda models equipped with Sync 4 Radios. Also, all these models are compatible with the GSR-UV01 (universal unit) which can be flashed using online software. This allows dealers to only stock one unit to do almost all applications. This adapter connects directly to the original factory radio and allows the vehicle owner to listen to satellite radio through the existing factory system. The VAIS integrated solution also allows for full control of satellite radio functions – changing stations, setting presets, steering wheel functions, etc.

GSR-MZ04 is available for order now.  Retail price is $349.99 with SXV300 tuner included.

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January Events This Weekend to Get The Ball Rolling in 2023

SHREVEPORT, LA (01.19.23) – There are 5 large events taking place across the U.S. this Friday, Saturday and Sunday weekend, January 20/ 21/22. The 12volt Central Studios is set to highlight each of these events and their positive contribution to the overall 12volt industry.

The AMA Kicker Aenacross will hit the track in Guthrie OK on Friday, January 20th.The AMA Kicker Arenacross series has expanded the series to 14 events this year. The previous 4 events on this year’s schedule have been very well attended with riders flying high and all in the event centers Livin’Loud. The previous Kicker Arenacross events at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie have been very well attended. Guthrie is a mere 33 miles from the Kicker World HQ in Stillwater OK.

“The AMA Kicker ArenaCross in Guthrie was really Livin’Loud last year and we plan for this year to be even stronger” Lorin Morrell, shown at last year’s event,  related.

ARC Audio will host a Dealer Open House at the company’s Modesto CA HQ Saturday and Sunday January 21/22. Scott Baughman, Reliable Product Marketing firm Principal stated “This is shaping up to be a great event for ARC Audio dealers in the area. It’s been a few year since we hosted an event like this. Dealers will see new products, catch up and do fun things like an amp toss plus enjoy special tacos. Weather forecast indicates we should finally have a sunny sky.”

Parts Unlimited will host the NVP Expo in Louisville KY January 21/22 and Patrick Brooks will highlight the latest from NavAtlas as one of the many exhibitors to be on site after a 3 year hiatus of the event. The NVP Expo continues to expand and this year the event will have an increase of over 40% from the previous event and all exhibits will be on one floor.

The HeatWave Tour will present the Texas Showdown Freedom Rally Custom Truck and Car Show January20/21/22 in Rockdale TX. David MacDonald related “Last years event was strong and we anticipate this year will be even larger. The sound-off component of the Freedom Rally has generated a lot of buzz across the area.”

The last of the Five events is the World of Wheels and the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburg. Team Nutz will be on site with a 5,000 foot booth. Ed Nuttall and a staff of 20 will work the event with 18 demo vehicles. On LIVE site installations will take place including leather seats, vinyl wrap, paint correction and more. In addition the Mon Valley Technical Center team will travel to set up and participate with a large booth. Buses, trailers and cars take 45 students, booth setup supplies and 8 demo vehicles to work their booth and network with a large number of automotive aftermarket brands and companies on the event floor. Attendance is expected to be north of 30,000 over the weekend.

Chris Mance, Mon Valley CTC Instructor stated “We are so excited to return to the World of Wheels this year. We have an even larger booth and exciting plans. Our first year students will get a chance to see real world opportunities for careers in the automotive aftermarket industry. Spending time with Ed Nuttall in the Team Nutz booth and see their team complete LIVE real world installations will be terrific.”

Set up began on Wednesday for the Team Nutz booth at the World of Wheels.
Mon Valley CTC Members Trent, Katrina, Marry and Nathaniel (LtoR) have plans to put something in this large box. Maybe a full-size motorcycle for their booth at the World of Wheels?

The 12volt Central Studios staff members are anticipating information from each event to provide coverage from each event. Stay tuned for more coverage from these events next week.

Next stop for these Mon Valley CTC team members, plus more, will be their booth at the World of Wheels in Pittsburgh this weekend.

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Ken Bundy Announces the CJO Sales Rep Firm

REDLAND, MI (01.19.23) – Ken Bundy has started his rep firm CJO Sales. “As of January 1st 2023, we opened the doors of the new firm CJO Sales. The firm currently is the rep for Kicker, Compustar, Focal, Sony, Diamond, and Cerwin-Vega within the borders of Michigan. I’m extremely excited to work with such reputable and well-rounded manufacturers” Bundy stated.

Ken Bundy

The CJO Sales firm represents the brands across the state of Michigan from the home-based office in the Detroit suburb of Redland. The firm’s goals are to grow each of the brands by showcasing the competitive advantages one-on-one in brick and mortar retailers throughout Michigan.

“I like to focus on traits that make for easy seamless installation, because that’s what always spoke to me as an installer” Bundy concluded.

Contact Ken Bundy at

Oracle Lighting Announces New LED Tail Lights for Jeep Comanche

METAIRIE, LA (01.19.23) – Oracle Lighting is proud to announce the launch of its new LED tail lights for Jeep Comanche (MJ). Scheduled to ship in mid 2023, the new taillights fit the 1986-1992 Jeep Comanche MJ models and feature an OEM appearance with modern refinements while still honoring its classic styling.

“Oracle Lighting has created LED tail light upgrades for many Jeep models and is now bringing that design expertise, innovation, and quality to the often overlooked MJ platform,” explained Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “Modern refinements include LED Stop/ Turn/ Parking lights which provide an updated appearance and provide better visibility than the original halogen lights.”

Another major refinement for these tail lights is a high powered LED Reverse Light integrated into the design. This module features six high powered LEDs designed to provide 1,000+ total lumens for ample reversing visibility. These LEDs are focused with mixed-beam reflector optics to provide both peripheral and distance light visibility for the driver when backing up at night. 

Another option that Oracle Lighting will offer is Standard (p/n: 5909-003) or Tinted Lenses (p/n: 5909-020). The standard lens option will have a more original OE-style appearance while the tinted option will have a more aggressive blacked-out styling. These options give consumers more ability to choose a traditional classic appearance or a more aggressive modern smoked lens.

Louisiana-based Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive aftermarket since 1999. Oracle’s philosophy is this: in today’s world of fly-by-night vendors, we think it is important to partner with businesses that you can trust to be there for you today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, please visit, call (800) 407-5776, or email

King Kong Custom Audio Rocks The Skate-O-Mania Ride

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (01.18.23) – King King Custom Audio recently completed a truly unique demo vehicle for a local skate rink… Skate-O-Mania. A 12volt Central Studios staff member noticed a King Kong Custom Audio post on Instagram and immediately knew there had to be much more to the story. There definitely was.

This neon graphic highlights the Skate and is showcased in the Skate-O-Mania rink lobby.

Reggie Guzman, King Kong Custom Audio owner, posted on Instagram “Skate-O-Mania dropped off this bad ass roller skate for some work. Disco ball, underglow, wheel halos, headlight halos and with speakers under the vehicle.”

Guzman filled the 12volt Central Studios staff in with more details during a phone call. “This was certainly the most unique vehicle installation we have done in the 11 years we have been in business. And yes, this is a street legal vehicle that is over 10’ tall and was constructed on an old VW frame. The windshield is mounted high on the skate for excellent visibility from the drivers seat with large side mounted rearview mirrors. Entrance is through a door in the back of the skate.”

Continuing “The Shake-O-Mania owner Coutrney Ballew was looking for a vehicle that would catch attention for his skating rink. We installed Memphis Audio amplifiers and underbody tower marine speakers. The music originates from a smartphone Bluetooth connection. The LED lighting really draws attention parked in front of his skating rink. This was an amazing project build for a local business. We were happy to be a part of this unique and amazing build.”

Click play to view this video via @KingKongCustom

A call to Skate-O-Mania added to the story. Ballew’s father owned a skating rink in North Carolina 40 years ago. The body of the skate was a spec build project of 20 large skates back in the ’80’s to draw attention for skating rinks. There are maybe 6 of the original skates left and one is now in front of Skate-O-Mania in Albuquerque NM.

Ballew related “It truly is an amazing story about this skate. One of the first chapters was to transport it on a trailer from North Carolina. The height on the skate created a problem that called for a special trailer. Once the skate arrived it took a lot of work to refurbish the frame and get the VW platform back in shape. The Skate-O-Mania looks terrific but there are still some minor thing on the body.”

Concluding Ballew stated “Reggie and his crew at King Kong Custom Audio did a terrific job with the sound system and lighting on the skate. We have participated in local parades and I can do 35 mph on the streets…always watching out for signs and overpasses. No doubt it grabs eyeballs everywhere. All the time people are grabbing selfies by the Skate-O-Mania and that puts is on their phones and social media. Our roller rink definitely gives ’80’s nostalgia while offering a great experience for the whole family.”

For more see @skateomania and @kingkongcustom on social media.