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The BD25-GR series from Kowa will make debut at SHOT in Las Vegas

Los Angeles, Ca – Kowa Optimed, the innovators in high performance sporting optics is pleased to announce the newest series to their popular BD binocular series. The new BD25-GR series are designed to be compact so users can carry them virtually anywhere. The BD25 binoculars, with 25mm objective lenses, are small in size yet have serious optical performance. The advanced optical design provides crystal clear viewing in various lighting conditions.

“We have designed our new BD25-GR series to fit the demanding needs of the outdoor enthusiast,” said Josh Lazenby, Channel Manager of Kowa’s Sporting Optics Division. “We have combined our high performance optics in a compact ergonomic body design.”

Kowa’s compact sporting optics has always been the choice for the outdoor enthusiast who seeks bright range with a smaller more durable casing. The lenses of Kowa’s BD binocular series are fully multi-coated, ensuring a clear visual range and high image resolution and the prisms are phase-coated with Kowa’s proprietary C3 prism coating for maximum light transmission. The lightweight yet rugged aluminum alloy body with a comfortable rubber coating makes it fit comfortably into the hand.

The much anticipated BD25-GR models will make their debut appearance at the 2008 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “We foresee a positive response,” said Mr. Lazenby.

About Kowa Optimed: Kowa Optimed was founded in 1980 to provide direct presence to the North and South American markets for Kowa’s Electronics and Optics products. Kowa Optimed is a part of Kowa Ltd., which was founded in 1894. Kowa is one of the largest privately owned companies in Japan and is ranked as one of the largest trading companies. For more information contact KOWA Optimed, 20001 S. Vermont Avenue, Torrance, CA 90502, Phone: (800) 966-5692 or visit www.kowa-usa.com

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High horsepower street and racing engines can develop enough power and torque to snap OEM cast iron pinion yokes—but not forged steel pinion yokes from Inland Empire Driveline Service (IEDLS). These yokes are precision machined for a perfect fit and heat-treated to handle up to 2,000 horsepower. Designed specifically for Spicer 1350 use, these U-bolt style yokes are available for 29 spline Chrysler 8-3/4”, 10 spline Chrysler 8-3/4”, Dana 60, 30 spline Ford 8.8”, 28 spline Ford 9”, 35 spline Ford 9”, GM 8.5” 10-bolt and GM 12-bolt. Inland Empire Driveline Service, (909) 390-3030; www.iedls.com


Inland Empire Driveline Service was established in 1981 as a driveshaft repair facility serving the Ontario, CA. auto repair and heavy duty trucking industries. Since then, IEDLS has grown to include additional facilities in Corona, CA. and North Palm Springs, CA., and has become widely recognized as the leader in driveline technology. IEDLS drive shafts and related components are the choice of Baja 1000 winners as well as NHRA and IHRA Pro Stock champions and street rodders everywhere.

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Revtek Suspension is proud to announce the introduction of its brand new 2.5-inch lift system for the ‘08 Toyota Sequoia full size SUV, two and four wheel drive models. Based on Revtek’s proven Split/Spacer design, this new system incorporates billet aluminum front spacers, steel differential drop spacers, rugged polyurethane rear coil spacers, and all necessary hardware. Designed to work with the stock suspension geometry, this new system does not require new shock absorbers and allows the fitment of up to 35 x 12.5-inch tires. Easy bolt-in installation with no drilling, cutting or welding required. Not compatible with optional air suspension. Revtek Suspension, 877 LIFT TOY; www.revtek.com


Based in Portland Oregon, Revtek Suspension prides itself in producing “real world” engineered suspension systems and components for Dodge, Ford, GM Jeep, Nissan and Toyota trucks/SUV’s. Revtek systems are designed and tested in-house, resulting in the most installer-friendly, best-riding kits on the market.

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Viking Offroad introduces a new winch with a modern look and high performance

Using proven technology from years of research and development, the GS-9 features:

Viking TieBridgeTM

The Viking TieBridge provides more room under the traditional chrome tie rods, giving the availability for more rope length. As the rope stacks on the drum, off center, the additional space from the TieBridge lets the rope stack without interference from the tie rods. This bolsters overall reliability and safety. “These winches have been beaten up in Johnson Valley. They’ve been used in Iceland, Russia and Antarctica. They work,” says Jónsson.


At just over 58 lbs fully outfitted with a Viking Safety Thimble and Hawse fairlead, this full size, full featured package is as light as specialty winches without compromising line capacity or strength. This lighter package reduces load on suspensions and drivetrains by as much as 30% over the competition, all without sacrificing performance.

Designed for Synthetic Winchlines

As the leader in the synthetic winchline industry, Viking has designed this winch to be 100% synthetic winchline compatible. “From the design of the drum, to the type of braking system and the finish of the winch, we integrated design features into this winch from the ground up with the synthetic line in mind,” says Jónsson. “The traditional issues of heat build up are virtually eliminated by this design.”

Patented cone brake outside the drum design

Friction braking inside of the drum increases the level of heat in the middle of the drum where the line has the largest contact area. By moving the brake outside of the middle of the drum, it lessens the heat buildup and increases safety and line life.

Sealed Albright solenoid

Providing a water and dust tight environment, the GS-9 ensures dependability in the harshest conditions. These Albright solenoids are the new standard for top of the line winches within the industry. Packaged in a remote mount housing (control box), the solenoid will provide a lifetime of service. The control box is intended to be mounted behind the grill or under-hood, this allows for a lower visual impact from the winch and increased airflow to the radiator. Where hidden mounting is impractical, traditional motor based mounting is provided.

There are five models of the Viking Winch GS-9 available. These models offer either an Excel Hook or Viking Safety Thimble, as well as choice of black or orange winchline. The GS-9 comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty for mechanical components and a Limited 1 Year Warranty for electrical components.

The GS-9 retails for $1,297.45 with a winchline and fairlead or $949.46 for the standalone winch. The Viking Winch GS-9 is available now from Viking Offroad and Authorized Viking Offroad retailers.

About Viking Offroad

Thór Jónsson founded Viking Offroad to design high quality aftermarket parts for 4X4’s. The Jónsson brothers, Thor and Jon, worked closely together developing the full range of recovery gear using the best materials and craftsmanship available. With a full line of recovery equipment for four wheel drive vehicles with some of the most widely used synthetic winchlines it was a logical progression to winch design. We manufacture recovery and safety equipment for Military, Search and Rescue, Space (our lines were on board the historic Dragon capsule that flew to the Space Station in 2012) and of course the off road industry.

View detailed product specifications: Viking Winch GS-9

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2009-2013 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd/4wd Truck 1.5" Body Lift

For more info on this lift kit and other available options, check out zoneoffroad.com or call (888) 998-ZONE.

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