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Categories: Body Styling

Custom Aftermarket Steel Rollpans
Rollpans are an excellent addition to your truck or SUV’s exterior. These custom body parts create a smooth and custom look to the rear of your vehicle. There are many styles of rollpan to choose from, so before you being your purchase get to know what your dealing with and the options you have available to you to customize your truck.

Some of the more popular and readily available pans are built out of fiberglass. These rollpans are built to be installed with hardware (nuts and bolts) and will show a seam between the bed section (metal) and fiberglass pan. Metal stamped rollpans or fabricated rollpans are built to either be welded or mounted with hardware. Installing a metal pan with a weld offers a seamless look which can really add that sweet custom style your looking for, but keep in mind it is sometimes an issue with customer that do not have a welder and can be more costly due to minor fabrication work and paint. The other option is using hardware with a steel fabricated rollpan which can give you a bit of that custom smooth look without the welding involved. A metal fabricated pan has a slight lip that overlaps each side of the bed section to somewhat hide the seam.

No matter what rollpan you are looking for or are considering purchasing there are some initial steps that will need to be taken to accommodate these custom exterior enhancements. One of the biggest modifications that you will have to make when installing any kind of rollpan is trimming your far rear frame section. This section mounts your factory bumper and must be removed to allow clearance for your new rollpan so be sure to cut this frame section back far enough to clear a straight across rollpan from side to side. A good way to tell if you have trimmed the frame back far enough is to take a string line holding one end at each side of the lower bed panel sliding it up and down to see if any part of the newly trimmed frame catches the string. Once you have this done then the hard part is over, to wrap everything up be sure to wire you license plate light and mount the pan.

For instructions on rollpan installation please visit our install documents on each of the rollpan products under the “DOCUMENTS (INSTALLATION)  tab.

Custom Steel Rollpans

Steel Smooth RollPan Installation Documentation / Welding / Fabrication / Body Filler / Paint
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Categories: Lighting

Light Tube DRL Projectors.
These Headlights have a built in Light Tube for a splash of custom style.

There are many styles of projector headlights on the market nowadays, and it is important to know what your getting when you make the leap to install custom headlights.

To begin we will explain the difference between standard OEM Headlights or even crystal clear headlight in comparison to Projector Headlights. Projector Headlights for vehicles work in the same manner as a projector system in a movie theater. Light is emitted through a high magnification lens or lenses that modify the light from a blurred 360 emitting scenario to a more focused direct light. The lenses used for projector headlights are converging and can be distinguished by the way the lens bows thicker in the center which refracts light to a focused point ahead, this creates a very strong light output on one area. The benefits of this brighter light focused on the road, where you need it, is increased distant visibility and a brighter light output. Take a look at the picture below to get an idea of how this concept works:

Projector Headlight Concept
Projector Headlights offer a refraction lens for focused high output light.

Other then the amazing clarity and focused output of these projector assemblies, projector headlights also offer an abundance of style. Some of the luxurious styles of these custom projector headlight assemblies include LED Daytime Running Lights, LED Halo Rings, CCFL Halo Rings and Glowing Light Tubes. Many of these lights mimic some of the newer Audi headlight assemblies and come in various shapes and sizes to match the contour and style of your vehicle.

The difference between LED’s and CCFL’s are simply the output of light they offer. While LED’s last quite a long time, they do not offer the lighting output that a “Cold Cathode Florescent Light or Lamp” does and the CCFL tubes in CCFL headlights are rarely able to be replaced due to the sensitivity of the Halo Tube, as they are very fragile but do seem to last quite a long time. To give you a better understanding of the output of these CCFL lights, they are also used in scanners, laptop screens and just about any flat panel display for the back-lighting output, so you can imagine the light output of these units.

Keep in mind some of the projector headlights offered on the market today will not allow you to swap out the LED’s or CCFL tubes when they go bad so in most cases another set of headlights are required to fix the issue unless this feature is specifically specified within the product specifications.

If you have questions or are looking for additional specifications for your set of headlights please feel free to les one of our knowledgeable sales staff know, we are always here to help.

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Categories: Suspension

Complete Air Ride Suspension Systems, Parts, Switches, Valves, Compressors and Accessories
Air Ride Suspension Kits, and Parts Information and Education.

Many of our customers have asked how there particular vehicles air ride system would work, and what is involved to get it installed and if we offer systems that are completely bolt on… Well this is our attempt to try and answer some of these questions and provide our customers a better understanding of what is involved with these systems.

Unfortunately not every vehicle is the same, so the approach to installation needs to be considered based on the type of chassis we are dealing with.

To start we need to understand the suspension components in the front and the rear. The best way to do this is to check behind the wheels in the front and the rear. Some of the standard chassis components you will find are Leaf Springs, Coil Springs, Struts, or possibly Torsion Bars. No matter what you have we can accommodate a system for you by engineering hardware to either replace your current suspension component or in the case of torsion bars remove the tension of the bar with slammer torsion keys and add an assembly to then support the vehicle relying completely on air. This torsion assembly will also retain your AWD by utilizing the equipment above your drive train. Coil spring suspension and conversion is also fairly straight forward and in most cases is a simple removal of your coils and a upper and lower coil spring cup is installed. To elaborate this cup is built to slide into your old OEM coil mounting location and adapt to your Air Bag, quite basic. Another suspension component which can be found in most newer cars and trucks today and combines a coil spring with a shock is called a strut. These struts are built to be one assembly and are in most cases bolt in with little to no modifying required. We offer struts that will take the place of your old strut by compressing the coil spring and removing the shock body and coil, leaving the upper strut retaining plate intact. Once removed our air strut will retrofit using the hardware from your old strut to get you on air quickly and efficiently. Many trucks will require removing your leaf springs and retrofitting a new 4-link assembly in its place. 4-links take the place of your leaf springs by allowing up and down travel out of your axle without the suspension, so basically it will offer a free up and down movement axle keeping everything lined up so that the air bags which mount off of your frame and saddle over your axle can take over as the new suspension for the front or rear of your truck.

Thought these components utilize the same concept many of them will almost surely look different depending on the vehicle they will be installed in.

Next we will discuss the Air Management hardware and components required to get your vehicle equip with the air supply needed to lift and lower your newly installed air suspension. This equipment will range in cost depending on the how much power you would like with your final installation. The basic hardware required for this air ride management equipment includes a compressor, tank (air pressure storage), manual or electronic pneumatic air valves, check valve, pressure switch, switches (for adjusting the air in and out of your suspension/bags), relays, circuit breaker and of course don’t forget airline and fittings. All of this equipment is used in conjunction with each other to provide a system of events that will fill and dump air from the air bags. We will discuss some of the more prevalent hardware needed and that customers usually have questions about. Some folks may choose to utilize two compressors or possibly a larger tank to allow longer play time without the compressor triggering on and off more. It is always a good idea to consider compressor output when choosing the size of your tank. Of course the larger the tank the more air stored, but remember the compressor is your lifeline to compressing the air and if it becomes overworked due to an over-sized tank you may be doing more harm then good. Another aspect of the management system are the valves. These are very important parts to your air ride system and control the flow of air to and from your air spring/bag. There are many styles of valves, some of which are separate and you installation may require 8 independent valves, where other equipment is a block that houses 4 – 3 way valves which function differently but ultimately offer the same outcome. Last but not least the switches, or a control unit. Switches are the most basic way to control your air ride suspension system and in most cases allow up and down control for each corner of your vehicle. Some switch control boxes allow for multi-function ability like 3-wheel motion, front, back, or side to side and more. Or if you are less into manual push button control and would like something to take care of that for you, then consider upgrading or purchasing a computer controlled digital air ride controller. These digital modules come with pressure sensors, or in some cases height senders for a more accurate ride adjustment and will allow you to preset ride heights for a quick one button adjustment, which is very convenient.

For your air ride suspension kits and parts be sure to check out our aftermarket air ride suspension section here: https://www.x2industries.com/aftermarket-air-suspension-c-76.html

For additional information and explanation as to how air ride suspension works please check out our AIR RIDE GUIDE at the link below:

Air Suspension Guide

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Categories: Lighting

Plasmaglow LumaWave Swimming Pool LED Light
Plasmaglow LED LumaWAVE Swimming Pool Light, with Wireless Controller.

Plasmaglow has just introduced a new LED light kit for us homeowners that are looking to spruce up there backyard. Its amazing output lights up any pool with extreme clarity. The cost is definitely reasonable for what you get, and the unit is wireless. and comes with over 550 LED’s which provides a great output in comparison to other equivalent products on the market. It is new to the industry right now so we are excited to see what people think. The remote accommodates a speed control, on-off button and a program key. This is a quite simple upgrade and screws in like a standard 120v house bulb.

Check out the product listing here: https://www.x2industries.com/home-lighting-plasmaglow-lumawave-led-swimming-pool-light-p-11342.html

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