Shiflet & Dickson to Distribute Maximum Power Amp Kits

GASTONIA, NC (06.28.22) – Shiflet & Dickson announces the company has added the Maximum Power line of amp kits to their extensive lineup of 12volt brands and products.

On the back of each Maximum Power Amp Kit there is a list of the installation accessories included.

David Holland, GM/VP related, “Each of the kits uses OFC/TINNED copper to enable these kits to used in automotive, Power Sports, marine and motorcycle applications. For 12volt systems to perform to their MAX using top quality wiring kits is critical. OFC Copper ensures maximum amplifier power is delivered for top system performance. The Maximum Power kits were designed and manufactured to perform in all environments.”

Each of the Maximum Power amp kits include 3 feet of ground wire and 17 feet of power wire with all the accessories needed by installation techs to get the job done.

Holland concluded, “The Maximum Power Amp Kits are priced right. Dealers receiving early orders are very pleased with the price and quality of this new line.”

For more, contact your Shiflet & Dickson sales person at 800-222-9411.

Cruise Your Classic Truck in Comfort with Design Engineering

AVON LAKE, OH (06.29.22) – On the heels of its successful Interior Insulation Kit release for 1973-’87 Chevrolet/GMC regular-cab truck models, Design Engineering, Inc. is following up with a custom-cut solution specifically for 1988-’98 extended-cab GM pickups.

Using a combination of proven 2mm damping material and Under Carpet Lite to control heat and block unwanted road, tire and engine noise, the kits are an easy, affordable way to cruise your classic truck in style.

“Pre-cut Interior Insulation Kits ensure the correct material to cover specific interior areas including floors, firewalls, headliners and more,” says Mike Buca of DEI. “Everyone knows how popular these older pickups are with consumers, and now DEI is making the ride even more enjoyable.”

For the quietest, most comfortable interior, first put down the damping kit to eliminate noise and vibration, and then follow with an insulation kit for superior thermal protection. Add the roof-specific part numbers for a total cab makeover.

DEI insulation kits are CNC-cut for a precise fit and easy installation:

Insulation Kit (# 50023)
Damping Kit (# 50022)
Roof Insulation Kit (# 50299)
Roof Damping Kit (# 50300) 

For more information about custom-cut Interior Insulation Kits for 1988-’98 Chevrolet/GMC extended-cab pickups and DEI’s complete line of performance heat and sound control products, visit

PowerBass Now Shipping New & Improved XL Series Amplifiers 

ONTARIO, CA (06.28.22) – PowerBass is now shipping its new and improved XL Series amplifiers. The XL series was developed for the growing Power Sports market including UTV and Marine applications, where electronics must withstand harsh damp environments. The circuit boards have been conformal5coated with a layer of transparent material that protects the parts against moisture, dust and extreme temperatures.

These ultra small weather resistant amplifiers are ideal for all types of outdoor audio applications such as motorcycles, golf carts and off road vehicles. But the small size also makes these amps a great choice anywhere space is a premium.

Utilizing the latest Class D circuit design these amplifiers may be small on size but they are big on power and have a much lower current draw compared to other amplifiers with similar power output. The wrap around aluminum heatsink keeps everything running cool.

Extremely versatile, each model gives you’re a choice of low level RCA input or 3.5mm (1/8”) mini-pug Aux Input. The Aux Input allows for easy connection of portable devices such as an iPod, MP3 player or smartphone to become your source unit.

XL-600.1D 600W x 1 @ 1Ω
XL-400.1D 400W x 1 @ 2Ω
XL-250.2 250W x 2 @ 2Ω

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CRUX Interfacing Intros a New Solution for Select RAM and Jeep Solutions

CHATSWORTH, CA (06.28.22) – CRUX Interface Solutions has released a new Interface (Part # LVCB-07) that retains the OEM / Factory-installed Digital camera when replacing / upgrading the factory radio in select RAM and Jeep vehicles.

Newer vehicles from 2018 upwards are the target market since OE manufacturers have recently started switching over to such “Digital” cameras which now require a specific LVDS Interface for retention with aftermarket radios.

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Tint World Expands into East Tennessee with New Chattanooga Store

CHATTANOOGA, TN (06.27.22) – Tint World Automotive Styling Centers continues expanding with a fifth store location in Tennessee. This marks the first store in the Chattanooga area, under the ownership of Brian Weed, a multi-store franchise developer.

“Tint World’s predictable franchise model allowed me to open multiple stores in the first year of ownership to quickly reach my desired level of success after leaving the corporate world,” Weed said. “Drivers here are passionate about their vehicles. They recognize the value Tint World provides with its comprehensive range of premium services and best-in-class products. I’ve experienced tremendous success as a Tint World franchisee in Middle Tennessee and look forward to building on those results here.”

Tint World Chattanooga, the fifth Tint World location in the state, provides premier automotive aftermarket services and accessories throughout southeastern Tennessee.

“Brian is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products and services to the communities he serves,” said Charles J. Bonfiglio, CEO and president of Tint World. “His proven success as a multi-store developer in Tennessee is evidence of his commitment to Tint World. It’s also proof that our unique franchise model offers fantastic opportunities for owners who share our mission to provide the industry’s best quality and value.”

Tint World Chattanooga is located at 7327 Lee Highway, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421. To book an appointment, request a quote or find out more about Tint World’s products and services, call (423) 381-8300 or visit

Massive Audio at Slamology 2022 in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (06.27.22) – Hundreds of vendors and thousands of enthusiasts packed the Lucas Oil Raceway for Slamology 2022 June 11th and 12th. Massive Audio was a standout.

“We would like to thank all Team Massive Audio members for helping promote the Massive Audio brand at Slamology 2022. A special thanks to Jeremy and the “Pimpala” posting over 161 dB with HippoXL 8” beating cars with 12” and 15” woofers in the lanes,” Rigo Ibarra related for Massive Audio.

Jeremy Roller and the ‘Pimpala’ posted over 161 dB at Slamology in Indy.

Continuing, Ibarra related, “Also a special shout out goes to Cabe Sipes, of Pimp My Ride fame, for building the Hyundai SUV to show off Massive Audio’s sound quality capabilities. Many commented it was the best sounding car at Slamology. Cabe was told by show officials, that if the SUV would have had upgraded rims and a body kit it would have taken 1st place and not 5th place at the show out of 74 cars that entered.”

“As a company Massive Audio is doing all it can to not raise prices in support of its’ dealers. Massive Audio has held its pricing for the last three years unlike many other brands that have recently raised their pricing, two to three times, in the last year or so. Massive Audio is a supporter of authentic pricing and helping its’ customers out in times of need,” Ibarra concluded.

Massive Audio is looking for a few select “influencer” dealers to help with product development and to showcase products and installs. Call 323) 262-2262, ask for JR or email at for further information on perks offered. Hablamos Español.

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KICKER Names New Trainer to Tech Force

STILLWATER, OK (06.24.22) – KICKER has announced the promotion of Jacob Luckey to its group of global product-training specialists, known to the brand’s dealer base as the Tech Force.

“Following an extensive interview process, we invited Jacob to join the Tech Force and will begin his training duties on July 15,” said Aaron Malin, Tech Force Global Training Manager.

Jacob Luckey

Prior to his promotion, Luckey has been a vital member of the KICKER Consumer Technical Support team for the last three years.  During that time while learning KICKER’s vast product offerings, he also worked to earn MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Professional) certification. Luckey began at Stillwater Designs, the manufacturer of KICKER products, in 2016 and has held duties in various departments prior to landing the Consumer Tech Support position.

Luckey becomes the fourth member of the KICKER Tech Force, a team that’s responsible for educating KICKER dealers and installers about KICKER audio products through live appearances, recorded video and live digital streaming.

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Matthew Botos Joins DEI Team as Lead Engineer and Designer

RAPID CITY, SD (06.24.22) – Design Engineering, Inc. welcomes Matthew Botos as its new Lead Engineer and Designer. 

Botos joined the team on May 10, with his main role focused on designing new products and improving current products. He brings extensive experience in mechanical engineering, computer aided design, computer-numerical control (CNC) machining and information technology.

After 16 years owning his own company, Botos Design & Distribution, Botos is excited to be part of DEI’s work to design and engineer products that solve problems across a multitude of industries. 

Matthew Botos

“The sky is the limit for companies like DEI who have the foresight and flexibility to adapt in an ever-changing world,” Botos said. 

“It’s great to have Matt on the Team, and we’re thrilled to work with him on developing new products” Mike Buca, Product Manager of DEI said.

He has a passion for designing new products and bringing them to market, and is bringing that enthusiasm and experience to continue DEI’s commitment to providing customers with the highest-quality heat and sound insulation products on the market.  “Working at DEI is a perfect fit for my passions,” he said.

An Ohio native, Botos was born and raised in Grafton, and was the 1991 Ohio State Pole Vault Champion. In his free time, he enjoys motocross and anything CNC. 

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Avenue Sound Showcases The Kenwood Motorsports Action Camera System

FREEPORT, NY (06.23.22) – KENWOOD USA began shipping the STZ-RF200WD Integrated Dual Camera Recording System in December of 2021. Since that time motorcycle and motorsports enthusiasts have been utilizing this stealth solution to simultaneously record in both the front and rear of their vehicle in full HD 1920 and 1080 resolution.

Vik Moolchandani with the KENWOOD Motorsports display and product in the Avenue Sound Freeport NY store.

Avenue Sound, with stores in Freeport and Patchogue NY, quickly brought this new product into their inventory. Vik Moolchandani, for Avenue Sound related “The KENWOOD STZ-RF200WD was a product that was definitely needed in the marketplace. Soon after learning about the product we placed our order. I how have one installed on my Kawasaki bike and my Jet-Ski. Morris Hartman, from Big Daddy’s, let us know about the in-store product display for the STZ-RF200WD and we have one of the free-standing displays in both our stores. The displays draw attention to the product category.”

Moolchandani points to the KENWOOD Motorsports system camera mounted on the handles of his Kawasaki outside the store.

Continuing, Moolchandani stated, “These working displays are great for making product sales presentations and demos since the Kenwood STZ-RF200Wd motorsports action camera system is fully functional on the display. Kenwood had a program for the displays and we are happy we have the displays in our stores to drive sales.”   

The KENWOOD USA motorsports-grade STZ-RF200WD Integrated Dual Camera Recording System has a MAP of $399.95.

Motorcycle and motorsports enthusiasts now have a stealth solution to simultaneously record in both the front and rear of their vehicle in FULL HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The STZ-RF200WD consists of 2 externally-mounted cameras, a control switch, and a GPS antenna, all carrying an IP66/67 rating, meaning that they can resist high-pressure, heavy sprays of water and are fully sealed against dust entry. The “brain” of the system is an IP55 rated hide-a-way control box, meaning that it is protected against dust ingress and low-pressure water jets. The control box would typically mount underneath a seat or in another covered location in most motorcycles, side-by-sides/UTV’s, ATV’s and more. When additional length beyond each camera’s 6.6 ft. cable is needed, optional camera extension cables in lengths of 3.3 ft. (STZ-RFCC100, MAP $34.95), 9 ft. (STZ-RFCC300, MAP $49.95), and 16 ft. (STZ-RFCC500, MAP $64.95) can be added.

The STZ-RF200WD’s compact cameras come in at just under 1” in size for ease of installation and a stealthy look, all without compromising recording quality or their wide viewing angle of 195°. High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology is implemented to ensure the image is clearly defined in all lighting conditions day and night. They also feature Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which creates a smooth and clear video by reducing blurring caused by vibration.

With its Auto On/Off recording functionality, the STZ-RF200WD’s built-in GPS records speed, latitude, and longitude whenever the system is active. It’s also equipped with a 3-axis G-Sensor and adjustable sensitivity, which is designed to detect a collision and store that event in a dedicated folder. Its built-in Super Capacitor provides enough backup supply to ensure that even if the system’s power is lost, the recorded video file will save correctly and not become corrupted.

Users have two methods to access recorded videos. They can install the KENWOOD Motorsports CAM App on their iOS or Android device, then connect via a localized Wi-Fi network by pressing and holding the STZ-RF200WD’s control switch for 3 seconds and continuing to follow their device connection prompts. Once connected, this method enables users to visually adjust each camera’s field of view, adjust all system settings and review all recorded files. Upon reviewing, each file can be downloaded directly to the user’s device for easy file sharing. Alternatively, the included 32GB microSD card (upgradeable to 256GB) can be manually removed from the control box, allowing users to open the files from their PC or Mac using the KENWOOD Motorsports CAM viewer desktop software. This viewing software expands upon the app’s reviewing capabilities, including map data and speedometer display.

“From protection in case of insurance fraud to capturing beautiful road, backroad, and water scenery, motorcycle and motorsports enthusiasts have long demanded a high-quality dashboard camera-type recording solution. This product is more than just safety, it allows you to capture and share your epic adventures with your friends and family,” said Mike Roberts, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for KENWOOD USA’s car electronics sector. “Our team of engineers has truly delivered on this challenge and we are thrilled to be continuing to fulfill our mission of expanding our motorsports presence.”

For detailed information on specific features for each product, please view their respective product pages at

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The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel Spins Out A Winner Every Friday

12VOLT CENTRAL STUDIOS (06.23.22) – The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel rolled for the first time almost 4 years ago. With each spin there is a happy 12volt retailer receiving a prize from a top company in the 12volt industry. Dealers that follow the 12volt News on Instagram or #12voltspin have their store’s slip placed in the jar.

The Spin-To-Win Wheel Winner 183 on June 17th, Maximumts in Manville NJ, will be receiving their prize via FedEx this week. We know they will enjoy the Kenwood Qi Wireless charging mount.

ZierBox won the 12volt News $100 prize on June 10th…Spin-To-Win 182. We reached out by Instagram message several times requesting an address to send the check with no reply. Hope we can reach Todd in the Dallas area to get the check in the mail.

Still waiting to hear back with address info to send this winner’s check for Wheel 182.

We received a nice voicemail from 12voltOutfitters letting us know they received their $100 winners check for Spin-To-Win 179.

The crew from 740 Audio in Athens OH sent an in-shop image of the DS18 components prize for their for Spin-To-Win 178.

Received a nice voicemail ‘Thank You 12volt” from Joshua after he received his winner’s check.

12volt brands on the 12volt-Spin-To-Win Wheel include KICKER, JVC, Alphasonik, DS18, JBL, PowerBass, USA Spec, KENWOOD, AIS, SiriusXM, CRUX and NavAtlas. There are 12volt News spaces on the Wheel and we love sending winners a $100 check in the mail.

The 12volt Spin-To-Win Wheel was created to have some fun across the 12volt industry and rolls each Friday morning. That day we contact the winning 12volt retailers, post an image of the winning dealer’s slip along with a video of the spin.

The DS18 Spin-To-Win prize in the shop at 740 Audio in Athens OH.

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