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ODYSSEY® Battery Search App Now Available for Android® and Apple® Mobile Devices

Quickly finds the right battery models for vehicles

READING, Pa. (Nov. 27, 2012) – EnerSys®, manufacturer of the ODYSSEY® battery, introduced the ODYSSEY® Battery Search App, a free download for Android® and Apple® mobile devices. It enables quick identification of the correct ODYSSEY® battery model for many different vehicles, and also helps to locate the nearest dealer or to make a purchase from the ODYSSEY® Battery online store.

“The ODYSSEY® Battery Search App is a great tool for anyone looking to find and purchase the best battery for a vehicle,” said Dave McMullen, director of commercial marketing for specialty and UPS markets at EnerSys®. “Not only does the app find the battery you need, but it also makes it easy to buy the ODYSSEY® battery online or find a local dealer that has ODYSSEY® batteries in stock.”

The ODYSSEY® Battery Search App identifies the appropriate battery model for the year, make, model and engine type of the vehicle specified. It also enables the user to purchase the recommended battery through the ODYSSEY® Battery online store, or to locate nearby dealers that carry the battery with the Dealer Locator. Additionally, the results may include any special installation notes for the battery.

The Dealer Locator lists nearby retailers and their e-mail addresses, website URLs, phone numbers, distance and location.

For more information about the ODYSSEY® Battery Search App, visit www.ODYSSEYbattery.com.

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15 TIPS ON USING MVUMs.

3.  Most forests have a separate map for each ranger district. On the map, roads stop abruptly at district boundaries. When a trail crosses from one district to another, it is very easy to get confused or lost. A prime example of this is Moon/Gamble Gulch and Pickle Gulch (See both of these trails in our new Northern Colorado book coming in May.) In the real world, these trails are intertwined. Unfortunately, the Forest Service has a different map for each area. To maintain our sanity, we found it necessary to piece together the two maps like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
4.  The maps are very large and hard to handle. They tear easily and fall apart quickly.
5.  The maps are updated every year. Make sure you have the latest version.
6.  Some of the mapping was done with aerial photography, not actually tracked with GPS on the ground. We found a few roads on the maps overgrown and impassable. One example is F.S. 413.1 in the Moon/Gamble Gulch area. It narrowed to a single-track trail even though the MVUM showed it as a 4WD trail. The south end of F.S. 252 in the Miller Rock area had the same fate (see our new Northern Colorado book).
7.  If and when the Forest Service finishes placing new route markers in the field, the numbers are still not likely to match the MVUM exactly. For example, often on the MVUM the Forest Service puts a decimal point on a primary route, e.g. 413.1. 8.  Newly placed route markers often do not include the decimal fraction and appear simply as 413.
9.  Seasonal trails are highlighted with a wide gray line. A separate chart listing each seasonal trail shows the exact dates each trail is open. If a trail is not highlighted it means the trail is open all year. No chart is used if all seasonal dates are the same. In this case, you have to look very hard at the bottom of the map to find a single line stating this.
10.  Seasonal opening dates are not always adhered to. Sometimes wet weather or trail damage can delay opening, as happened on Kelly Flats in 2010. Often these closures are listed on the respective Forest Service Websites. If you have a long drive to the trail, look online or call ahead to be sure the trail is open.
11.  MVUMs do not show every existing road, just legal forest roads. It is very confusing to encounter roads not shown on the map. County roads are shown with a light gray line, making them appear less important, when in fact they are usually major roads.
12.  Laws for county roads are usually enforced by the local sheriff and not forest rangers. Typically, unlicensed vehicles are not allowed on county roads, but in some cases, enforcement is minimal and violations are common. Don’t assume since others are riding on a particular road that it is legal.
13.  Some very famous 4-wheel-drive trails (like Pearl Pass near Crested Butte) are county roads, not forest roads. Learn to recognize county roads when reading a MVUM, since different laws and closure dates may apply.
Some forest roads, like Gillespie Gulch in the Boulder Ranger District, are shown as open on the MVUM. The Forest Service doesn’t mention that gates on private property block entrance to the trail at both ends. Apparently, you are allowed to drive Gillespie Gulch if you drop your vehicle in by helicopter.
14.  Long before a MVUM is published, the Forest Service usually maps out other alternatives. Typically these are available online for public review. At some point, the Forest Service may share with you the alternative that is most likely to become final. FunTreks is sometimes forced to use the best alternative to select trails for upcoming books. For example, we’ve been using “Alternative G” for trails in the White River National Forest. This alternative shows that Lime Creek and Wearyman Creek trails will be closed when the new MVUM is published. Therefore, we did not include these trails in our last Colorado book, despite the fact that the trails remain open at the present time.
15.  Printed MVUMs are free at ranger district offices and most can be downloaded from ranger district Websites. A full size map is too large to print on a standard printer, but you can screen capture smaller areas and print individual trails.

Click here to see a listing of all National Forests that have issued MVUMs.

Visit FunTrek to see a complete listing of all Colorado MVUMs by Ranger District.

Visit FunTreks Guidebooks for more 4x4 and SUV Trail Guides

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Replacement tank for Dodge-Cummins available

GO THE DISTANCE WITH TRANSFER FLOW’S 56-GALLON REPLACEMENT TANK FOR DODGE-CUMMINS APPLICATIONS

CHICO, CALIFORNIA: Commercial drivers and enthusiasts alike can get more driving range without sacrificing bed space using Transfer Flow’s
extra-sized replacement fuel tank. Designed for 2003-current Dodge-Cummins 2500 and 3500 series long-bed trucks, this 56-gallon fuel tank is a direct replacement for the stock 35-gallon tank, and comes with mounting straps and all necessary hardware. Made from 12 and 14 gauge aluminized steel and powder coated black, this tank is fully baffled to prevent fuel slosh and is covered by Transfer Flow’s 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Transfer Flow, Inc. (800) 442 0056; www.transferflow.com

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Founded in 1983, Transfer Flow is the leader in auxiliary fuel systems and components for the automotive and RV markets. Designed for both aftermarket and OEM applications, Transfer Flow products meet the rigid requirements of the California Air Resources Board and the Department of Transportation. Transfer Flow is a member of NTEA, RVIA, SAE, and SEMA.

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Toyo Introduces 41 New Car and Truck Tires

May 1, 2008

Forty-One New Passenger Car and Light Truck Tires Have Been Rolled Out by Toyo®

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces it has rolled out forty-one new tires covering everything from economy to premium car drivers, performance car enthusiasts, to highway and hard core applications for light trucks.

Following its successes in drifting and SCCA® National Solo competition (autocross), Toyo’s Proxes® R1R™ will now have nine additional sizes appealing to the high performance purist. The D.O.T.-approved Toyo® Proxes® R888™ has six new sizes, supporting racers in both SPEED World Challenge® and club racing activities across the country. In fact, nearly all of Toyo’s Proxes® products will have new sizes available for a continuing growth in vehicle applications.


A new 275/25R28 Proxes® 4 niche size has been created exclusively for passenger cars (please see Toyo technical bulletin #0180331 at toyo.com/tiresafety), while a new 305/30R26 Proxes® S/T provides a 26-inch wheel fitment for light trucks and SUVs.

“Toyo continues to be the innovator with new applications and sizes for a broad variety of vehicles, whether cars or light trucks,” said Robert Waytashek, consumer products manager, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We work hard to be responsive to the needs of both our dealers and the consumer, and strive to deliver a premium product true to our company’s reputation for quality.”

The new sizes are listed below by product and include an example of suggested vehicle applications.

For Passenger Cars

Proxes® 4:
An ultra-high performance radial with a W-shaped unidirectional tread design and Toyo’s “Generation S™” silica-reinforced, high grip tread compound for exceptional all-season traction and durability.

Three New Sizes
255/40ZR18 - (BMW M3 ’01-’06, OE rear; Audi A4 ’02-current, plus-size; Lexus SC430 ’02-current, plus-size; Mazdaspeed6 ’06-current, plus-size.)
255/30ZR22 – (BMW 750i & 750Li w/Sport pkg. ’07-current, front plus-size)
275/25ZR28 – (Specialty passenger cars such as Hi-Risers, Donks, Bubbles, Boxes and Rounds – see Toyo technical bulletin #0180331 at toyo.com/tiresafety.)

Proxes® T1R:
Toyo’s flagship ultra-high performance radial designed exclusively for high-end sport sedans and coupes. It delivers high-speed stability in both dry and wet conditions with low noise and ride comfort.

Four New Sizes
235/45ZR18 – (Mitsubishi Eclipse GT ’07-current, OE; Chevy Monte Carlo ’01-’07, plus-size; Infiniti G35 Sedan/Front on Coupe, plus-size; Jaguar S-Type Non-Sport/Non-supercharged ’00-current, plus-size; Lexus ES350 ’07-current, plus-size; Nissan Altima ’07-current, plus-size; Saturn Aura ’07-current, plus-size; Toyota Avalon ’07-current, plus-size; Toyota Camry ’07-current, plus-size.)
255/30ZR20 – (BMW 3 Series ’05-current, rear plus-size; BMW 5 Series ’04-current, rear plus-size; Ferrari 599 GTB ’06-current, front plus-size; Infiniti G35, rear plus-size; Mazda RX8, plus-size; Mercedes SL ’01-’07, front plus-size; Nissan 350Z, front plus-size.)
275/35R20 – (Audi A8L W12, OE; BMW 760Li ’03-current, plus-size.)
265/30ZR22 – (Bentley Continental ’03-current, rear plus-size; BMW 7 Series ’02-current, rear plus-size; Ford Mustang ’05-current, rear plus-size; Jaguar XK ’07-current, rear plus-size.)

Proxes® R1R™:
An extreme performance 140 UTQG treadwear tire ideal for aggressive street driving, the street touring category of SCCA® autocross and the street classes at time attacks. It is also an excellent choice for drifting, high performance driving schools and track days.

Nine New Sizes
195/55R15 – (Acura Integra GS-R up to ’00, OE; Honda Civic Si ’99-’00, OE.)
205/50R15 – (Acura Integra ’95-’01, plus-size; Honda Civic ’99-’00, plus-size; Mazda Miata ’98-’02, plus-size.)
205/55R16 – (Acura RSX, OE; BMW 3 Series ’00-current, OE; Honda S2000 ’01-’03, front OE; Porsche Boxter up to ’05, front OE.)
205/50R16 – (Mazda MX-5 ’06-current, OE.)
205/45R16 – (Mazda Miata ’01-’05, OE; Honda Fit ’07 OE.)
235/45R17 – (Audi A4, OE; Audi A3, plus-size; Dodge Neon SRT-4 ’03-’05, plus-size; Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII/IX/RS/MR, OE.)
245/45ZR17 – (Audi A4 up to ’05, plus-size; Audi S4 ’00-’02, plus-size; Audi TT up to ’06, plus-size; Dodge Neon SRT-4 ’00-’05, plus-size.)
245/40ZR17 – (Audi TT ’99-’06, plus-size; BMW 3 Series ’99-’05, plus-size; BMW Z4 ’03-’07, plus-size; Subaru Impreza WRX/STi ’04-’07, plus-size.)
275/40ZR17 – (Chevy Camaro SS & Z28 up to ’02, OE; Ford Mustang Cobra SVT ’03-’04, OE; Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, OE.)

Proxes® R888™:
An R-compound, D.O.T.-approved competition radial that is ideal for road racing, track days and high-performance driving schools.

Six New Sizes for Racing Applications:
205/55R14, 225/50R14, 195/50R15, 195/55R15, 255/50R16, 245/45ZR16.

Toyo Spectrum®:
An economical, all-season, steel-belted radial that delivers long tread life and resists aquaplaning. It offers a smooth, quiet ride and is one of Toyo’s best buys.

Two New Sizes
P225/55R16 – (Ford Mustang ’02-’04, OE.)
P225/55R17 – (Buick LaCrosse CXS, OE; Chrysler 300M up to ’04, OE; Chrysler Concorde Limited up to ’04, OE.)

Versado™ LX: Toyo’s flagship non-directional, asymmetric all-season tire for the luxury car market features the company’s innovative Silent Wall™ design for a quiet and comfortable ride.

Three New Sizes
235/55R17 – (Buick Lucerne ’06-current, OE; Cadillac DTS ’00-current, OE.)
225/45R17 – (Lexus IS250/350 ’06-current, OE; VW New Beetle SE, OE; VW Jetta GLS 1.8T Wagon ’05, OE; VW Passat GLX wagon ’05-’06, OE.)
245/45R17 – (Audi A6 ’06-current, OE; Lexus IS250/350 ’06-current, rear OE; Mercedes E350 ’06-current, OE; Mercedes E500 ’03-current, OE; Volvo S80 V8 AWD ’07-current, OE.)

For Light Trucks and SUVs


Proxes® S/T:
An ultra-high performance sport truck and SUV radial that delivers superb dry handling and all-season performance. Its unidirectional design, coupled with its wide tread and low profile provides an eye-catching appearance.

Two New Sizes
285/40R22 – (BMW X5 ’00-current, plus-size; Chevy Colorado ’04-current, plus-size; GMC Acadia/Saturn Outlook ’07-current, plus-size; Mercedes G500 ’99-current, plus-size; Nissan Frontier/Pathfinder/Xterra ’05-current, plus-size; Toyota Tacoma ’05-current, plus-size.)
305/30R26 – (Full Size SUV, plus-size.)

Open Country® H/T:
An all-season highway tire for urban and highway use that delivers excellent all-around handling and stability in both dry and wet conditions. It delivers exceptional mileage along with a smooth, quiet operation throughout the wear range.

Two New Sizes
P245/55R19 – (Toyota Highlander, Toyo OE.)
P235/55R20 – (Nissan Murano, Toyo OE.)

Open Country® A/T:
An M & S rated all terrain dual-purpose tire for exceptional performance both on-and-off the road. Offerings include OE to flotation sizes for pickups and SUVs.

Six New Sizes
P255/70R18 – (Toyota Tundra ’07-’08, OE.)
P265/65R18 – (Cadillac Escalade ’02-current, plus-size & OE; Chevy Silverado 1500 ’07-current, plus-size; GMC Sierra 1500 ’07-current, plus-size; Hummer H3, OE.)
P275/55R20 – (Chevy Silverado 1500 4X4 ’07-current, OE; Ford F150 ’06-current, OE; Toyota Tundra ’07-current, OE.)
LT245/70R17 – (Dodge Ram 2500 4X4 ’03-current, OE.)
LT285/55R20 – (Ford F150/F250, plus-size; Chevy Silverado C1500/2500 & K1500/2500, plus-size.)
305/45R22 – (Chevy Tahoe ’03-current, plus-size; Ford Expedition ’05-current, plus-size; Lincoln Navigator ’00-current, plus-size.)
LT275/65R20 – (Ford F250 & F350 Super Duty ’06-’08, plus-size & OE.)

Open Country M/T®:
A mud terrain radial tire that features hook-shaped tread blocks, scalloped shoulder blocks and a high performance cap ply construction for excellent off road traction. A three-ply casing delivers superior handling both on and off-road while it is considered one of the quietest mud terrain tires on the market.

Three New Sizes
LT235/85R16 – (Dodge Ram 3500 ’00-’02, OE; Ford F250 Super Duty up to ’04, OE; Ford F350 Super Duty Dually up to ’04, OE.)
LT245/75R16 – (Full Size Trucks of various makes, OE.)
LT255/85R16 – (Full Size Trucks of various makes, plus-size.)

To learn more about the full line tires from Toyo, and to view the company’s newly updated “Tire Fitment Guide” with more than 21,000 vehicle fitments, log on to toyo.com.

Toyo® manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

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Toyo® Introduces Ten New Tire Sizes for Popular Fitments

July 31, 2008
 
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has introduced 10 new tire sizes appealing to the broad consumer market including passenger car and light truck.  The new products, released since the beginning of May, represent Toyo’s commitment to quality and innovation while meeting the demands of an expanding market.

 
Toyo’s flagship ultra-high performance passenger car tire, the Proxes® T1R™, now comes in a 245/40ZR20 size for both replacement and plus sizing.  European car fitments include the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series, while domestic cars such as the Cadillac CTS and DTS as well as the Chevy Impala SS/LTZ all benefit from this size.
 
Racers, track drivers and hardcore performance enthusiasts get to select from a new 245/40ZR17 and a wide 315/35ZR17 Proxes® R888™ D.O.T. approved competition radial.  The new 315-size is an ideal match with a 275/40ZR17 Proxes R888 for early Corvette ZR-1 and popular muscle car fitments.
 
With the recent launch of the new Proxes® ST II™ for SUVs, sport trucks and select crossovers; four new sizes of this advanced high-performance tire are included in the lineup.  New sizes include 245/50R20, 265/45R22, 285/40R22 and a 305/30R26 to fit everything from the new Ford Edge Limited to full-size sport trucks and SUV’s.
 
Additional new light truck product includes a P245/60R18 Open Country® H/T for a premium OE upgrade on a broad range of vehicles such as the Chevy Trailblazer, Ford Edge Limited, GMC Envoy, Hyundai Veracruz Limited and SE, Lincoln MKX, and the Mazda CX-9 Sport and Touring.  A new Open Country® A/T size is a P265/60R18 for mid-size pickups and SUVs.  Off-road enthusiasts also benefit from a new 33X10.50R15LT Open Country M/T®, adding a highly popular size to a legendary tire.
 
To learn more about the new products for passenger cars and light trucks by Toyo®, log on to toyo.com.  While there, be sure to check out the “Tire Recommender” link to find the right OE and plus size options for your vehicle.  Toyo manufactures and distributes a complete line of replacement tires for high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks, buses and off-road and construction applications.

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