Toyo-Open-Country-AT-II-7-8-14Osaka, Japan – 08 July, 2014 – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (Akira Nobuki, president) announces that the company’s OPEN COUNTRY AT II (“OPAT II”) SUV tire produced by U.S. subsidiary Toyo Tire North America Manufaacturing, Inc. (“TNA”; Jim Hawk, president) has
been adopted as an original equipment tire for the Ford F-250 & F-350 pickup trucks. This is the first time a TNA-produced tire has been adopted as OE by an American car maker.

U.S. tire sales subsidiary TOYO TIRE U.S.A. CORP. launched sale of the OPAT II as a replacement tire in August 2012, and in less than one year the tire became a hit product with sales in excess of one million units. Renowned for its significantly improved tread life and bold,
aesthetically pleasing design, the OPAT II continues to enjoy enormous popularity in the replacement tire market.

Read our Toyo Open Country A/T II Review

TNA, which manufactures the OPAT II, was established in 2005 as a tire production base for the North American market and is currently undergoing its fourth production expansion.

TNA is a state-of-the-art plant that delivers high-quality, high added-value products to the marketplace using Toyo’s highly automated and proprietary A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module) tire production system designed for multi-product, small-lot production with reduced lead times.

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Robby Bell sent us over his race report on the recent 10 Hours of Glen Helen race. Check out his recap below:

When Ryan Abbatoye, Justin Seeds and I decided we wanted to race the 10 Hours of Glen Helen we started thinking of a way to make the experience a bit different for us. As fate would have it, Justin had a 2003 KX250 two stroke that he was just starting to assemble and it didn’t take much deliberation for us to come to the conclusion that racing a two stroke sounded like a lot of fun. Justin delivered the bike to Precision Concepts and a couple weeks later we had a race bike. We couldn’t wait to start burning laps on it.

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CHARLOTTE, NC
– REDLYNER Racing (#4550) places 2nd in the 2014 Ultra4 Badlands 4500 Class race on June 28, 2014, in Attica, IN.  Competing in a two and a half hour endurance race, Ultra-4 racer, Jay Callaway, battled the elements and pushed his daily-driven Jeep through one of its toughest tests to date.

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Rob MacCachren is one of 19 racers still in the hunt for SCORE’s Milestone Award.

RENO, Nev. — Through the third of five races in the 2014 SCORE World Desert Championship, 19 of SCORE’s toughest drivers remain in the hunt to earn 2014 SCORE Milestone Awards. Two of SCORE races to date were both approximately 250 miles each, one in San Felipe, Mexico and one in Plaster City, Calif., USA while last month’s Tecate SCORE Baja 500 was nearly 450 miles in Ensenada, Mexico.

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Both MotoTrial and Enduro events occurred simultaneously this weekend. The Final rounds of the AMA/NATC National MotoTrial Championship were held at the world famous Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee. while up north in Marquette, Michigan the Beta USA National Enduro team took on the Upper Peninsula at the annual Loose Moose National Enduro. Contrary to what you would believe, the UP terrain is sandy and has lots of moon rock embedded in the ground making it a unique area to ride.

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This August 7-10 near Truckee, California, the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs (CA4WDC) will host the 47th Annual Sierra Trek, one of the West’s premier four-wheel drive events. Sierra Trek offers some of the best four wheeling in the country and has a long-standing reputation for great family fun.

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Signing ceremony in 1990 establishing Tread Lightly! as a non-profit.

Salt Lake City, Utah – July 7, 2014 – Tread Lightly!, the nation’s leader in promoting responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs, is kicking off its 25th year anniversary celebration as a non-profit in conjunction with a historic Land Rover charity auction fundraiser on eBay.com.

Suzuki-Logo-11-6-12Brea, CA – Suzuki Motor of America Inc., (SMAI) is excited to announce the Suzuki Star Spangled Sales Event as we head into the summer season! The industry leading retail finance rates continue to be the anchor of our retail programs with 2.99% financing for 60 months on almost every new Suzuki model, plus Customer Cash options up to $1,500!

SMAI is also pleased to announce the return of our popular SFV650 Yoshimura Exhaust promotion included in our new Suzuki Star Spangled Sales Event now through August 31, 2014. Suzuki SFV650 customers can choose a Yoshimura Exhaust muffler or $350 in Customer Cash along with our Industry leading 2.99% financing for 5 years or $700 in Customer Cash and financing as low as 7.99%!

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Valcourt, Québec
– Can-Am DS 450 racer Joel Hetrick earned second overall in the Pro class at round six of the 2014 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship Series held near Millville, Minn. Can-Am Pros secured three top-five finishes in both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at the iconic Spring Creek Motocross park. Can-Am Pro Travis Moore also won both the Pro and Pro-Am classes at round five of the New England ATV Motocross series held in New Hampshire.

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Suwanee, GA
– Rugged Ridge, a leading manufacturer of high-quality Jeep accessories today announced the availability of 10 new Jeep restyling packages for ’07-’14 Wrangler’s. Each of these packages groups common sets of accessories into easy to order kits for the dealer, jobber and upfitter; providing everything needed to transform an ordinary, stock Jeep into an attractive, off-road capable, vehicle that stands out among the rest.

Merging style, performance, and convenience into an all-in-one-package, Rugged Ridge’s restyling packages serve as one-stop-shops allowing store owners simple options for their customers looking for something different, or the Jeep dealer looking to pre-load inventory.

Ranging from mild to wild, each of the 10 packages allows owners to create their dream “take-me-anywhere” Jeep outfitted with the most cutting edge parts and accessories available on the market today.

“What’s great about these packages is that they offer so much versatility for the Jeep,” said Henk Van Dongen, Director of Marketing at Omix-ADA. “Whether the owner wants to climb over a rocky landscape, trump through sand dunes, or cruise the boulevard, these packages offer everything they could possibly need to achieve this; instilling confidence that their Jeep can go anywhere and do anything.”

Each of the packages combines a variety of products from the Rugged Ridge catalog ranging from wheels, lift kits, modular snorkels, bumpers and recovery winches, transforming the Jeep into a lean, mean, trailblazing machine.

For more information on each of the exclusive Jeep build packages offered by Rugged Ridge, the company’s complete line of high-quality Jeep and off-road products, or to find an approved retailer, please contact Rugged Ridge at (770) 614-6101 or visit its website at www.RuggedRidge.com.