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Air Cleaner Lite Bars – a few things to know.

Air cleaner light bars are a great addition to any truck. Adding front and rear bars helps to increase visibility on the roads – while adding some personal style to your rig.

  • SUNVISORS – SO MANY STYLE OPTIONS!

    Sunvisor style options

    Now that the boltless sunvisor mystery has been explained (see previous blog post Boltless sunvisors 101 – how do they attach to the truck?) it is time to clear up the other styles and descriptions we use for our sunvisors.

    Straight style – this visor is a box style that is mostly straight across the top and the bottom. Not many of our sunvisors are designed in this style, as most have at least a small degree of angle.

    The bowtie sunvisor – this visor appears just like it sounds, like a bowtie. Wider on the outsides of visor, at the edges closest to the doors, tapering at the center of the sunvisor. The visor can either be directed upwards to a point in the center, or be directed downwards towards the windshield.

    Flat bottom bowtie – this visor is similar to a bowtie sunvisor but has a straight edge along the bottom. The wider part of the visor is still at the edges at the doors, but narrows in the center at the top of the visor only.

    Flat top bowtie – the opposite of the flat bottom sunvisor. Similar to the bowtie, with the wider part of the visor at the edges, and narrow in the center. The flat top bowtie sunvisor is straight along the top of the visor.

    V-bottom sunvisor – this is the most common style of sunvisor offered. Exactly as it sounds, the visor comes to a point in the center to form a v shape. The top also angles in to the center, although not as at a sharp of an angle as the lower portion of the visor.

    Any of the styles of visor offered could also be the boltless design. Each of the Panelite sunvisors are expertly designed for proper fitment of the intended make and model – no cookie cutter options! The knowledgeable engineers carefully design the sunvisors based upon application – low roof, midroof, highroof, daycabs or sleepers – to ensure quality. We will not offer a sunvisor that doesn’t bolt up 100% safe and secure, in fact we use CAD software and CAD data from our OEM partners to ensure the fit is solid and watertight.

    To determine which the right visor for your truck is, connect with our customer service department at info@panelite.com or 800-331-7952.

  • Keeping it clean!

    Pride in your ride – long miles on the road can have a dirty impact on your rig and accessories. Just like the engine, regular maintenance and cleaning can go a long way.

    Having the right tools for the job is key to cleaning your stainless steel accessories – a good quality microfiber cloth and towels is a great place to start. Microfiber cleaning cloths are the preferred choice when clean ing and polishing stainless steel because they do a great job at absorbing all of the water without scratching the surface. The majority of the smudges will most likely disappear without the need of special chemicals.

    For dirt – a cloth and warm water is the perfect way to tackle the grime. Wipe the surfaces with the microfiber cloth moistened with warm water. The warm water and cloth will be enough for the routine cleaning. Dry with a towel or cloth to prevent water spots.

    When dealing with tougher dirt and debris, adding a drop of mild soap to the warm water helps. The combination of the soap and water won’t damage the stainless and is often all you need to get the dirtiest deposits off. Make sure, after cleaning with soap and water, to rinse well. This helps to avoid water spots. Towel dry to further reduce the probability of water spots.

    Of course, water spots will happen. The simple combination of a microfiber cloth and household vinegar to the rescue! This will not damage the stainless but will remove the spots while restoring the shine. Vinegar is a wonder product to spiff up stainless steel surfaces – spritz on white vinegar and wipe down. Make sure to dry with a soft towel or microfiber cloth to make it extra shiny!

    Have rust spots? Impossible! Our stainless steel products are manufactured using non-directional 304 stainless steel – which does not rust or corrode. After all, Our Reputation Is Stainless!

  • Boltless sunvisors 101 – how do they attach to the truck?

    If a sunvisor is boltless – how does it get attached to the truck? That’s a question our customer service team often receive. It isn’t a magic trick or an optical illusion – while the name of the visor has boltless in the description – the boltless sunvisors do attach to the truck in a safe and secure manner – using bolts and special brackets. A boltless sunvisor is simply a visor that has a smooth face – with no visible bolts.  Simply put, we have engineered the visor to hide the external fasteners to provide a clean, smooth appearance.

    The boltless sunvisor is a popular choice for those wanting a clean modern look to their truck. Due to this clean appearance some customers have even opted to color match their sunvisor to their truck, the lack of visible bolts makes this easier to do as they don’t need to worry about painting the face bolts. Afterall, there are plenty of places you want to soak in the sun, but your cab isn’t one of them. Stainless or body match our sunvisors help keep the cab cooler while reducing eye strain.

    Available for many makes and models – either as an OEM replacement or for those rigs that did not come with a factory sunvisor.  Each of the Panelite sunvisors are expertly designed for proper fitment of the intended make and model – no cookie cutter options! The knowledgeable engineers carefully design the sunvisors based upon application – low roof, midroof, highroof, daycabs or sleepers – to ensure quality. We will not offer a sunvisor that doesn’t bolt up 100% safe and secure, in fact we use CAD software and CAD data from our OEM partners to ensure the fit is solid and watertight.

    To determine which the right visor for your truck is, connect with our customer service department at info@panelite.com or 800-331-7952.

  • BACKLIT VS. UNDERLIT

    Backlit vs. Underlit – what is the difference?

    It is a common question our customer service department receives – what is the difference between underlit and backlit? While the two styles are similar, they are different. Panelite has developed these unique accessories that feature the lites in the underside of the panel instead of the face. There are 2 options for these panels – backlit and underlit.

    Backlit is the style that was created for the Kenworth W900 Icon package. The lights are on the lower edge of the stainless steel skirting, out of view. The stainless is bent at an angle – hiding the lights and creating a glow effect.

    Underlit is a similar style where the lights are also on the underside edge of the stainless steel skirting, but visible.

    Both styles use 3/4″ round LED lights – which are amber with a clear lens.

    Each of the styles creates a unique look. Not all makes, models and years are able to have the underlit or backlit skirting based upon design or possible interference.

    For assistance in determining part numbers, connect with a knowledgeable representative in our customer service department at info@panelite.com or 800-331-7952.

     

  • Air Cleaner Lite Bars – what you need to know

    Air cleaner light bars are a great addition to any truck. Adding front and rear bars helps to increase visibility on the roads – while adding some personal style to your rig. Light bars are available for both the front and the rear of an air cleaner.
    Determining which light bar is for you, requires a little information about type of air cleaner, size and a few other items.
    1. The first is to know if your air cleaner is a standard or a premium air cleaner. To determine your type of can, look at the top of the air cleaner – where the cover meets the can. If there is a flange, the air cleaner is Standard. If it is flat, with no flange, the air cleaner is a Premium.

    Standard Can VS. Premium Can

    2. The diameter of the air cleaner is also important – knowing if the air cleaner is 13” or 15”. As well, if the air cleaner is a Donaldson or a Vortox.
    3. The mount – which is the distance between the bottom of the can and the center of the first strap.
    4. The length – the distance between the bottom of the screen and the bottom of the air cleaner can.
    Now you can pick your light style and visit your local dealership to order. Why not add an air cleaner fairing to hide the intake hose? Our customer service department is also available to help with determining part numbers for you – connect with knowledgeable representatives at info@panelite.com or 800-331-7952