KICKER Awards Car Toys as Multi-Location Dealer-of-the-Year

STILLWATER, OK (03.24.2021) – To give credit to one of the hardest working teams in the 12-volt category, KICKER has honored retailer Car Toys with the Multi-Location Dealer-of-the-Year award. Based in Seattle, the 48-store chain has locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Texas. KICKER recognizes Car Toys to be an outstanding partner through a challenging 2020, and into 2021.

JQ Quesada, Senior Merchandising Manager for Car Toys

“Car Toys did an extraordinary job overcoming the hurdles of 2020,” said Tracy Focht, KICKER’s Western Regional Sales Manager. “Car Toys explored new inventory options last year, allowing [it] to keep up with rigorous demand. [It] has consistently shown a willingness to try new gear that fits customer’s needs.”

A long-standing partner with KICKER, Car Toys expanded its 2020 commitment to the brand by bringing in several sizes of wiring kits and loaded enclosures. Focht received ample feedback from the Car Toys install team, resonating how pleased its customers were with the product.

“Car Toys appreciated the convenience and performance of an enclosure that was made specifically for the subwoofer it is loaded with, and tuned for peak output,” Focht continued. “Their dedication is doing – and getting – the best for their clients. We’re going to continue to grow with them.”

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In other West-Coast dealer news, KICKER sales representative Dana Doyle (Weser Sales, Folsom, Calif.) presented Rick Khan of West Coast Car Stereo (Citrus Heights, Calif.) and Stereo City Pros (Fair Oaks, Calif.) with the Northern California Dealer-of-the-Year award. Michael Topalian (Audio Outlet) and Sarkis Topalian (559 Car Audio and Alarm) won Most Improved Dealer awards, and John Tatro (Sierra Select Distributors) won the Distributor-of-the-Year.

2021 Polaris RZR Kicker Audio Build At LakeTown Speed And Sound

DRAPER, UT (03.15.2021) – An Instagram post of an amazing Polaris RZR build by Laketown Speed and Sound grabbed eyeballs at the 12volt Central Studios.

The Polaris RZR pictured by the Laketown Speed and Sound facility in Draper, UT.

Angel Rivera and Isai Hernandez spent the better part of 4 days completing the amazing build that featured Kicker products and included substantial customization. Customized door pods, mount panels and modification to the glove box were color matched in neon green and made using weather resistant Sinatra plastic. All wiring, interconnects and aux battery to help with voltage stabilization were from Stinger Electronics.

The Kicker Pods and Tubes installed and ready to be Livin’Loud.

“This Polaris RZR screams with 2000 watts of Kicker RMS goodness. The system is extremely loud and projects extremely well thanks to the Kicker 11” HLCD,” Rivera offered.

Check out the custom panel work and neon green paint to match the RZR body color.

The list of equipment is as follows:

  • Kicker KXMA 800.8 running Mids and HLCD mounted on custom amp board made of Sintra plastic
  • Kicker KXMA 1200.1 running subwoofers mounted on custom amp board made of Sintra plastic
  • 3 sets of Kicker KM654L LED Coax
  • 2 Kicker KMTC11 11″ Horn Loaded Compression Drivers
  • 2 Kicker TB10 10″ tube subwoofers (mounted to custom sub board made of Sintra plastic and attached using factory mounting points for durability and functionality)
  • Stinger X2 series interconnects
  • Stinger 0 gauge power and ground
  • Stinger 0 gauge to 4 gauge distribution blocks
The Kicker gear to be installed in the RZR in the installation bay at Laketown Speed and Sound.
System wiring in progress.

Concluding, Rivera stated, “In our Big Sky area the Powersports category is growing rapidly. We see Polaris RZR quite often plus the Can Am Maverick. Thanks again brother for the shout outs and for your work in this industry. We need more people like you keeping things alive, especially in these unusual times.”

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Lone Star Throwdown, KICKER ArenaCross and Jeepin’ With Judd Attracted Crowds

SHREVEPORT, LA (03.01.2021) – The last weekend of February saw 3 well attended consumer events. The Lone Star Throwdown (LST) in Conroe, TX, KICKER ArenaCross in Tampa FL and Jeepin’ With Judd in Bartow FL drew strong crowds to the outdoor events. All three events benefited from warm weather.

The LST event was busy from the opening bell Saturday morning. Mike Barcia’s ‘No Compromise Dually’ was featured in front of the Lone Star Expo Center.

The Lone Star Throwdown celebrated the events 10th anniversary with over 2000 vehicles pre-registered for the event at the Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe, TX. Event organizers anticipated attendance to be 15,000. For the 6th straight year KICKER was a title sponsor. Company COVID-19 restrictions limited KICKER’s onsite presents. However there were plenty of vehicles Livin’Loud with KICKER gear on site.

Unique vehicles were featured at the LST event in Conroe, TX.

James Halter, Stereo and Video Center, made the trip from Tyler to Conroe for LST. James, and daughter Katelyn, made the trip a Father Daughter Day with the down and back 300 mile trip. Along with family time Halter wanted to see the cool rides and installs for future work at Stereo and Video Center.

James Halter and daughter Katelyn made the trip to LST from Stereo and Video Center in Tyler, TX. Katelyn supplied cool images for this article.

“There were definitely a lot of cool cars. Main thing was just alot of people and it seemed busier than last year. Could be people wanted to be out again with some many shows cancelled. The sun came out and it was humid but it was a great show. There were a lot of KICKER banners around and I missed seeing the KICKER XRV this year. We are a longtime KICKER dealer and are excited about the new products this year” Halter related to 12volt News. 12volt News eyeballs saw a post that James and Katelyn would attend LST. James supplied info above and Katelyn was a staff photographer sending very cool images from the event.

The floor of the Lone Star Expo Center was filled with rides with thousands more on the LST event grounds.

An crowd shot highlighting Mike Barcia’s ‘No Compromise Dually’ at the event was the first image Katelyn sent for this article. Barcia traveled from Florida to show his award winning ride to the large LST crowd.

KICKER Lifestyle products and PowerSports in the side-by-side were featured on the grounds at the ArenaCross in Tampa.

The KICKER ArenaCross at the East Bay Race Park in Tampa was a 2-day event on the outdoor track. Maddog_Media handled onsite setup and KICKER activities at the event. Lorin Morrell offered “The Saturday Pro Racing was super with a good crowd under the sunny sky. We had a number of KICKER Lifestyle products set up under the tent that really opened eye and ears. In addition, when attendees took a seat in the KICKER Side by Side they understood Livin’Loud! The racing on the track Sunday was also great. Seeing riders flying under the finish structure brought a lot of cheers from the crowd.”

Racers flying side by side as a large crowd watches from trackside.

The Tampa KICKER ArenaCross event featured Rounds 7 and 8 on the 2021 schedule.

The Jeepin’ With Judd event in Bartow FL is a non-profit charity event to raise funds for the Polk Sheriff’s Charities INC. The family friendly event featured bounce houses for children, food truck and vendors. There were raffles and great prizes offered too.

Team Phoenix Honda supporting KICKER and ArenaCross on the semi-trailer. @phoenixhonda

DS18 was on site as an event sponsor and had a major presence on the grounds that included over 4000 Jeeps. “DS18 was standing loud as always. We had several DS18 tents set up with 18 Jeeps under those tents.In addition we counted 10 more DS18 equipped Jeeps in other vendors booths. DS18 offers so many Jeep specific products and the Jeepin’ With Judd” event was a great place to show them to Jeep owners and enthusiasts” DS18’s Aaron Zook stated.

DS18 Had a major presence at Jeepin’ For Judd with 18 Jeep around their tents.

It was terrific to get a sense that spring with bring outdoor events and consumer excitement to the 12volt marketplace.

March begins the 28th year for the 12volt News publication that began as a 1-Page 12volt Advertiser flier in February of 1994 and grew to 192 pages a month. Through the years the marketplace has changed dramatically.

DS18 showed all at Jeepin’ For Judd ‘We Like It Loud’. There were over 4,000 Jeeps on site at the event in Barlow Florida.

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KICKER Returns Its Brand and Award-Winning Rides to the Lone Star Throwdown

STILLWATER, OK (02.24.2021) – This weekend KICKER Audio will sponsor the Lone Star Throwdown (LST) for the sixth straight year. The show will take place Feb 26-28 at the Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe, Texas, and though KICKER will not have the physical presence it once had, the brand will still be represented by award-winning show trucks.

A past “Top 100” award winner, KICKER’s own Tim Smith will take his custom 1994 Chevy C1500 to the show. A member of KICKER’s Special Projects team, Smith runs a pair of KICKER IQ1000.5 5-channel amplifiers, KICKER Q-Class component speakers and KICKER CompRT slim subwoofers as the cornerstone of his system.

On behalf of KICKER, LST promoters will offer credit of up to $2000 in KICKER audio equipment to a pair of lucky winners as part of show prize giveaways.

“One system always goes to the person that gets the ‘Hard-Luck Award’,” said Jarrod Dunahoo, one of the Showdown organizers. “The other system, in our travels throughout the weekend, we try to find a vehicle that could actually use a system. We call that the ‘Promoter’s Pick’.”

During the 10th anniversary of the popular show, more than 2,000 show cars have already pre-registered. LST officials anticipate attendance exceeding 15,000 people this year, with Top 100 and Best-of-Show awards being presented, along with a number of other cash prizes.

For more information on LST, consumers can visit www.lonestarthrowdown.com.

JD Glassworks Connects with the Custom PitBox

LUBBOCK, TX (02.15.2021) – Creativity is a hallmark across the 12volt industry. JD Glassworks, a proactive 12volt retailer located in Lubbock TX, takes the standard shop toolbox to the next level. The JD Glassworks PitBox is a totally customized shop toolbox that connects with consumers by showcasing the company’s creativity.

The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc PitBox in the JD Glassworks shop.

The PitBox caught the12volt News eye at the recent KICKER AMA ArenaCross in Levelland TX. JD Glassworks, a longtime KICKER dealer, was an exhibiting retailer at the event with a customized pickup demo and a red PitBox project for Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. The red Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox drew attention at the event from afar with the red color, flashing RGB lights and crankin’ KICKER Livin’Loud sound.

Jimmy Davis, JD Glassworks owner, related “We came up with the idea of a customized shop toolbox for exhibiting at local shows for our store. We customized a standard toolbox from Harbor Freight as a mobile office area for us at a show. The word got out to some local companies and we have done several of the custom PitBoxes. The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox is the wildest to date.”

KICKER Marine Speakers, along with battery and power supply, shown inside the PitBox.

The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc. PitBox is wrapped in custom red vinyl. The 8 KICKER marine speakers are framed and arranged around the PitBox. Inside the PitBox is a KICKER L715. Three KICKER Amps deliver the power. A KICKER Bluetooth Media center provides plenty of music source options. A Viking battery is aboard along with a power supply. The Mesquite Oil Tools Inc PitBox is on heavy duty casters for mobility at events. At 400 pounds plus the PitBox is a load put easily fits into a pickup truck bed.

The KICKER Bluetooth multimedia source unit provides many content sources.

“Off and on around the shop we probably spent a couple weeks on the Mesquite Oil Tool Inc project. The company is a regional oil field provider and utilizes their PitBox in the company”s HQ gym, at company events and tailgating at games. We have created PitBoxes for other companies and some are also around swimming pools and on patios. Depending on the gear we install, and level of customization, the PitBoxes are in the $3000 to $5000 range. The Mesquite Oil Tool Inc project was more.”

Concluding, Davis offered “We also have space in our showroom to display a PitBox and use the store’s PitBox at events where is works great as a mobile office. PitBoxes always start a conversation with consumers. We had several customers come into the store after the KICKER AMA ArenaCross who wanted more info on a PitBox and gear for their vehicles, boats and Side-by-Sides.”

See @jd_glassworks on Instagram to see a short video and images of the Mesquite Oil Tool Inc PitBox.

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KICKER CompR Subwoofers Shipping to Dealers, Increases Efficiency with Forced-Air Cooling

STILLWATER, OK (02.12.2021) – KICKER has begun shipping its new-for-2021 CompR Subwoofers, featuring Forced-Air Cooling and available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers nationwide both in-store and online.  Introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live show in October, CompR Subwoofers will retail from $99.95-$269.95. CompR Subwoofers are also available at www.kicker.com.

The CompR features a stacked magnet structure for improved power handling and sound quality, while withstanding extraordinary levels of power. The woofer’s innovative thermal system, dubbed “Forced-Air Cooling,” uses its own cone movement to route even more air than previous through the CompR’s motor, forcing unwanted heat out of vents built into the backplate and allowing the sub to run 25 percent cooler than previous versions. Users get the bass they love, the sleek look, and the reliability expected.

The subwoofer also features the SoloKon cone system, defined by a signature red, double-stitched surround and all-polypropylene woofer cone. It is available in 8-, 10-, 12- and 15-inch models with dual voice coils (2 or 4 Ohm). The CompR is engineered to maintain a superior level of volume and musical accuracy, while delivering reliable performance everyone can enjoy.

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KICKER Now Shipping CompRT Thin Subwoofers with Forced-Air Cooling

STILLWATER, OK (02.01.2021) – KICKER is now shipping its new-for-2021 CompRT Thin Subwoofers, featuring Forced-Air Cooling and available for purchase at Authorized KICKER Dealers nationwide both in-store and online. Introduced to the world on the KICKER UnMASKED! Live show in October, CompRT Subwoofers will retail from $109.95-$219.95. CompRT Subwoofers are also available at kicker.com.

CompRT’s Forced-Air Cooling contributes to the woofers’ efficiency and durability, allowing it to run more than 20 percent cooler than previous versions of the ultimate KICKER thin woofer. High-temp voice coil wire windings surround a high-mass, solid pole piece adding to CompRT’s excellent thermal management. As a result, the CompRT boasts one of the highest power ratings of any thin sub on the market.

The CompRT’s magnet structure provides superior power handling and sound quality, while dual-ended, satin nickel terminals allow for multiple wiring possibilities. The CompRT utilizes a large-diameter, progressive-roll spider for increased linearity and better overall sound quality. A bumped top plate allows for full voice-coil clearance and excursion, creating outstanding bass.

Now with a sleek, blacked-out look, the CompRT Subwoofer is currently available in 8-, 10- and 12-inch versions with dual voice coils (2 or 4 Ohm) and still requires less than four inches of mounting depth. The thin-mount, weather-proof design is ideal for trucks, motorcycles and UTVs off-road or in the outdoors – anywhere that needs big bass without a big box. Six-and-three-quarter-inch CompRT subwoofers will ship later in the quarter.

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The KICKER AMA ArenaCross Series 2021 Stops in Guthrie, OK

GUTHRIE, OK (01.25.2021) – The Kicker AMA ArenaCross was Livin’ Loud at The Lazy E Arena on Friday and Saturday evenings January 22nd and 23rd.

A KICKER tent, showcasing the company’s wide selection of products for PowerSports, Marine, Automotive and LifeStyle was set up for enthusiasts to see on the Lazy E Arena floor. A KICKER RZR was positioned next to tent loaded with KICKER PowerSports products.

On Thursday work was underway to set the Lazy E Arena floor.
KICKER’s Monster General build put on a Livin’Loud show during the KICKER AMA ArenaCross opening ceremonies on Friday.

The Lazy E Arena features the world’s largest indoor rodeo arena. The arena floor is over 2 acres that was prepared with a tight track for the racers with areas for the racers to fly through the air.

While the racers showed their skills on the track the KICKER RZR was at the ready to show members of the crowd why KICKER is known around the world for “LivinLoud.”

KICKER’s latest Audio, Powersports, Marine and Lifestyle products-with Bullfrogs too-were displayed underneath the tent with a KICKER RZR set to show all why KICKER is known for Livin’Loud.
This shot from @arenacrossusa shows a rider catching big air in front of a packed house.

Lorin Morrell, maddog_media, was on site as a Brand Ambassador for KICKER. “Both days were filled with a lot of activity. On Saturday there was a really big crowd in the stands. The floor of the arena was set for riders to show their skills against the clock with amateurs running in the day. Top amateurs raced again in the evening followed by the pros. In light of COVID-19 mandates, with masks and social distancing in place, attendees in the stands were enthusiastic as they watched riders on the track fly and heard the bikes rev.”

KICKER, as a leading 12volt brand, participates in multiple national circuits to put their products in front a broad audience of consumers. 

The KICKER AMA ArenaCross continues on February 5th and 6th at the Reno Livestock Event Center in Reno, NV.

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The KICKER AMA ArenaCross Series Raced into Stop 2 on the 2021 Season

LEVELLAND, TX (01.18.2021) – The Kicker AMA ArenaCross was Livin’Loud at Mallet Event Center and Event Arena in Levelland TX on Friday and Saturday evenings January 15th and 16th.

The arena was set on Friday at the Mallet Center for the KICKER AMA ArenaCross in Levelland TX.
Jimmy Davis (L) and Bobby Crawford from retailer JD Glassworks by the KICKER RZR under the tent displaying KICKER products.

A KICKER tent, showcasing the company’s wide selection of products for PowerSports, Marine, Automotive and LifeStyle, was set up in the lobby for enthusiasts to see as they entered and exited the arena both days. A KICKER RZR was positioned next to tent. Local retailer JD Glassworks was on site with a customized ’83 C-10 Silverado and adjacent to the KICKER tent. The custom KICKER system in the decked pickup gave members of the crowd an opportunity to hear, and feel, their favorite artists like never before.

The super custom JD Glassworks ‘83 Chevy drew a lot of attention from attendees.

Jimmy Davis, JD Glassworks owner, related “Having a presence at the Kicker ArenaCross event was a terrific experience. People were very impressed with the demos in RZR and our ’83 Chevy C-10. Bobby Crawford, from the store, and I spent time with members of the crowd and passed out a big stack of business cards. In addition, we had one of our customized shop ‘Pit Boxes’ that we use as a demo and mobile desk at car events. It also rocks with KICKER gear. We would definitely look forward to having a presence at future KICKER AMA ArenaCross events. Our store has been a KICKER dealer over 10 years and are looking forward to a strong year with KICKER’s new products.”

Riders were flying high on the track.
Riders start young and these two show their winning hardware in the 50cc in the 7-8 class.

Lorin Morrell, maddog_media, was on site as a Brand Ambassador for KICKER. “Both days were filled with a lot of activity. On Saturday there was a nice crowd in the stands. The floor of the arena was set for riders to show their skills against the clock with amateurs running in the day. Top amateurs raced again in the evening followed by the pros. In light of COVID-19 mandates, with masks and social distancing in place, attendees in the stands were enthusiastic as they watched riders on the track fly and heard the bikes rev.”

JD Glassworks also makes custom Pit Boxes with chests from Harbor Freight. KICKER Audio is featured and the Pit Boxes are used as demos and desks at car events.

KICKER, as a leading 12volt brand, participates in multiple national circuits to put their products in front a broad audience of consumers. 

Visit kicker.com and arenacrossusa.com for more.

The KICKER AMA ArenaCross Series Raced into the 2021 Season

STARKVILLE, MS (01.11.2021) – The Kicker AMA ArenaCross was Livin’ Loud at the Mississippi State University Horse Park Arena in Starkville MS on Friday and Saturday evenings January 8th and 9th.

The KICKER Tent was set up in the lobby of the Horse Park Arena in Starkville, MS.

A KICKER tent, showcasing the company’s wide selection of products for PowerSports, Marine, Automotive and LifeStyle, was set up in the lobby for enthusiasts to see as they entered and exited the arena both days.

Racers on the track in Starkville.

Lorin Morrell, maddog_media, was on site as a Brand Ambassador for KICKER. “Both days were filled with a lot of activity. The floor of the arena was set for riders to show their skills against the clock with amateurs running in the day. Top amateurs raced again in the evening followed by the pros. In light of COVID-19 mandates, with masks and social distancing in place, attendees in the stands were enthusiastic as they watched riders on the track fly and heard the bikes rev.”

KICKER, as a leading 12volt brand, participates in multiple national circuits to put their products in front a broad audience of consumers.

Riders are off and racing as the KICKER AMA Arena Series 2021 got under way.

The next event on the KICKER AMA ArenaCross Series is set for January 15th and 16th at the Mallet Event Center and Arena in Levelland, TX outside Lubbock.

Visit kicker.com and arenacrossusa.com for more.