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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.

  • ORDERING PANELITE PRODUCTS

    On the assembly line, at the dealership or in your garage, Panelite puts the original in original equipment.

    Trusted as an industry leader in quality & innovation, Panelite is the preferred lite panel and “chrome” accessory supplier to nearly every heavy truck manufacturer in North America.

    Panelite is also the aftermarket brand of choice for truckers everywhere.

    So wherever you buy parts – spec the most original equipment available & demand Panelite. Our Panelite line of products are available for purchase through all OEM dealerships in North America. Any dealership – Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, Volvo and Western Star – are able to purchase all of the products regardless of manufacturer. That means even if you drive a Peterbilt, your local Western Star dealership is able to order that sunvisor for you. That being said, there is a bit of secret code for each OEM dealership to have our part numbers load in their ordering system. In order for the parts contained in this catalog and on the panelite.com website to load in your ordering systems, the following pre-fix or suffix is needed:

    Freightliner: PNL…

    International: PL…

    Kenworth: …PNL

    Mack: 7139-

    Peterbilt: …PNL

    Volvo: PNN…

    Western Star: PNL…

    For example, if you are interested in a license plate bezel constructed of high-quality 304 non-directional stainless steel available in quantities of 30 as part number 90851004 you can take that part number to the OEM dealership of your choice. If you visit a Freightliner dealership, they will enter the part as PNL90851004. An International dealership will enter the part number as PL90851004, Kenworth would enter 90851004PNL, Mack enters 7139-90851004, Peterbilt enters 90851004PNL, while a Volvo dealership enters PNN90851004 and a Western Star dealership would enter PNL90851004. Regardless of how the part is entered at what OEM dealership – the customer is receiving the same great product, just each OEM has their own system for part numbers.

    The Panelite products are made to order, and have a 2 week (10 business day) lead time and then will ship direct to the dealership that placed the order.

    Still have questions on where to order our products? Reach out to our customer service team at 800-331-7952 or info@panelite.com with your postal or zip code and our team can locate a dealership for you.

  • W900 CAB PANELS

    When designing a replacement for an OEM part, our Research and Development team takes a careful look at the space the part is going and evaluates many options. Many times, changes are made to improve the design of the piece – and adding an enhancement. This is the case for the cab panels for W900 models.

    While the OEM kick panel is 40” long on the passenger side and 43” long on the driver side, our kick panels are listed as longer – measuring 51.67” long – for a very simple reason. The Panelite and Dieter’s cab panels are designed to extend under the hood latch – to protect the paint area in that location.

    W900 cab panels

     

    Adding length and extending the cab panel/kick panel into this location also adds stability to the panel as there are additional mounting locations. It also provides with a continuous look to the under door area.

    While the cab panel is longer, lights are not able to be accommodated in this extended area due to interference from the mounting block.

     

    w900 cab panels

     

    A few key things to know when looking to replace the OEM panel on the W900 with one of our kick panels – the year of the truck, the model  – is it a W900B or a W900L? DayCab or Aerocab? Block heater(s), step lights? Our customer service team is available to assist in determining part numbers and can easily locate the right accessory.   Reach out to a member of the team at 800-331-7952 or info@panelite.com

  • NOT JUST FOR SHOW-AND-SHINES

    Panelite products don’t just belong in show-and-shines; they belong on the highways and backroads of North America. High-quality stainless steel accessories can provide more benefits than just great looks for today’s semis.

    Canadian weather and its elements are no challenge for our stainless steel accessories. Our products offer both function and a layer of protection to today’s trucks.

    “The new bug deflector is a hit,” said Tim Thom, a Panelite and Dieter’s customer. “Light snow goes above the windshield – no need for wipers. They did an awesome job!”

    Bug deflectors redirect more than just bugs – adding a layer of protection to the windshield and hood. The durability and functionality is paramount – as is the lifetime warranty that Dieter’s offers on the bug deflectors.

    “A lifetime warranty on our bug deflectors reaffirms Panelite’s commitment to quality,” said National Sales Manager Colin Thur. “We believe customer’s want products that will match the life of their trucks. After all, how good will they look if they rust or corrode within the first year?”

    A new product that we have developed is the rear window guards for 2007+ Cascadia DayCab,  manufactured of durable 304-stainless steel, the window guards add the ultimate protection from rocks and debris.

    “The rear window guards protect the rear glass from breaking – while doing so with style,” commented Thur. “Designed to act as a screen, the guards are able to open and close as needed – locking into place when required with a durable center latch.”

    Back at the front of the truck, fender guards are another functional accessory – designed for each truck make and model. From below headlight, to full headlight surrounds, fender guards are a near must-have layer of protection.

    “Fender guards are one of the best defenses against road debris and the effects of high mileage wear and tear,” Thur said.

    Another protective product manufactured are kick panels –  nearly every make and model have a kick panel available, these help protect against wear and tear from daily entry and exit.

    On Peterbilt 579 models with fairings, a kick panel has been meticulously designed for both the driver and passenger sides of the truck. Available under Dieter’s brand products, as well as the Panelite line of products – a variety of options to suit every configuration is available.

    “The battery/toolbox cover kick panels protect the paint on the fairing – which is a vulnerable area on the truck,” Thur said. The panels are available individually – either with or without a grab handle cutout, or in a pair.

    When spending a large amount of time in the cab of the truck – fresh air is always welcome. This problem is solved with the door window shade – these adhere to the outside of the door and channel away rain, sleet and snow when the windows are open – allowing for fresh air even in less than desirable weather.

    Our dedicated staff develops and manufactures functional, top-quality products for today’s trucking industry. “Being known as one of the most respected names in the truck aftermarket industry has come by listening to our customers,” said vice-president Peter Hohendorn.  “Then deliver a product that not only meets their expectations, but exceeds them. We take our reputation as a trusted name in truck accessories seriously.”

    The results of the above are the highest quality stainless steel accessories available at over 2,000 dealership throughout North America. Out Work, Out Play, Out Drive, Out Last and Out Shine – with high quality custom products for today’s professional drivers. Visit www.dietersaccessories or www.panelite.com for product listings.

  • REWARD YOUR DRIVERS!

     

    With the news in the trucking industry saying there is a shortage of qualified drivers, it is a great time to make sure you reward those who are behind the wheel. A great way is to add some shine!

    Your top drivers deserve recognition for a job well done. Why not add some shine and protection to the investment at the same time? Many fleets offer stainless steel accessories as a reward program – which is a great way to provide an incentive to your drivers.

    It doesn’t have to be over the top – as companies also must be fiscally responsible – but adding bug deflectors not only shows a little pride in the ride, but also adds a layer of protection to the rig. Add a set of fender guards, or a sunvisor – all will go along way to improve the quality of the drivers experience. When a driver is proud of the rig they drive, it can go a long way to set yourself above the competition.

    Like any job, employees appreciate being acknowledge for the good things they do. Having a fleet-wide incentive is a great way to recognize the individual in the driver seat.

    There are a variety of ways to show your drivers you appreciate their hardwork out on the roads – connect with your local dealership on adding Panelite products to your rig or fleet.

    Also, check out this article from a few years ago about safety incentive programs for some great ideas https://www.hubinternational.com/blog/2018/07/truck-driver-safety-incentive-program/

  • BIG RIG, BIG INVESTMENT

    Big Rig, Big Investment – Stainless Steel Accessories for Today’s Professional Drivers

    When you own or operate a big rig – it is a big investment. Knowing that customers need reliable, high quality products that are built to outlast and outshine – Panelite strives to keep their reputation stainless.

    Listening to the customer and delivering a product that is worthy of your hard earned dollars, is just one of the key successes behind Dieter’s and Panelite. As the high-quality accessory manufacturer of choice for North America’s heavy truck OEM’s, Dieter’s and Panelite stands behind their products. After all, the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

    “Being known as one of the most respected names in the truck aftermarket industry has come by listening to our customers,“ said Dieter’s vice-president Peter Hohendorn.  “And then delivering a product that not only meets their expectations but exceeds them. We take our reputation as a trusted name in truck accessories seriously.”

    The accessories designed and manufactured at our facility use only high-quality 304 mirror finish stainless steel – which is non-magnetic and non-corroding. Using the 304 grade stainless steel is another distinguishing factor from competitors – who often opt for the lower grade 400-series stainless steel.

    “We believe most customers still prefer quality when it comes to their accessories, especially exterior products that are subjected to harsh environmental conditions.  After all, stainless is all about appearance, how good will they look if they rust or corrode within the first year?” said Colin Thur, Dieter’s National Sales Manager. “At Dieter’s we source a higher nickel content in our stainless steel, which allows it to look great through first ownership – if not the lifetime of your truck.”

    Accessories produced by Panelite don’t just belong in a show-and-shine, but on the highways and backroads of North America.

    “The more popular accessories provide both function and style,” commented Thur. Among them extended sunvisors that greatly help reduce eyestrain, fender guards and bug deflectors that protect against high mileage wear and tear, and cab and sleeper panels – designed to enhance visibility and safety at night.

    The meticulous manufacturing process involved to produce superior quality that underscores Dieter’s international reputation starts with the design team then progresses to the highly trained fabricators – who ensure that products are handled properly through the entire fabrication process to protect products from dents and scratches.

    “Our core business is manufacturing semi truck parts and accessories,” said Hohendorn. “We use #8 finish stainless most often, since the mirrored finish is ideal for decorative parts such as exhaust shields, sunvisors, light bars as well as many other accessories.”

    Building on the high-quality products is the company’s commitment to customer service – including standing behind their products with an unbeatable warranty. Confident in the products they manufacture and sell, Dieter’s is required to offer a one year warranty though the OEM distribution channels, however Dieters offers a second year on our stainless steel simply because we can.

    The results of the above are the highest quality stainless steel accessories available at over 2,000 dealership throughout North America. Out Work, Out Play, Out Drive, Out Last and Out Shine – with high quality custom products for today’s professional drivers. Visit www.dietersaccessories or www.panelite.com for product listings.

  • QUALITY PRODUCTS – BACKED BY WARRANTY

    Panelite is available through multiple distribution channels. If you are a Panelite dealer and order directly or through one of the OEM aftermarket parts programs the following policies will apply to you. If you purchase Panelite through any other distribution channel, please see your distributor for their specific policies and procedures. If you are uncertain of how to proceed with these policies, contact Customer Service for proper instruction.

    WARRANTY - STAINLESS STEEL PRODUCTS
    Panelite stainless steel products, excluding any electrical components, are warranted against defects in material or workmanship for two years from the original retail purchase date. This warranty does not cover damage due to accident, abuse, misuse, corrosive environment, improper installation or other mishandling. Only the defective component part will be replaced. This warranty is applicable only to the original purchaser. The defective part, accompanied by the date and proof of purchase, must be returned freight prepaid to Panelite. If determined to be defective, the replacement part will be returned freight prepaid. Panelite assumes no responsibility for the cost of installation or removal of any products.

    WARRANTY - MILLENNIUM SERIES MARKER LITES
    Millennium Series LED Lites are warranted against leakage and failure to the original retail purchaser for 3 full years (applies only to failed components). Millennium Series chrome-plated bezels are warranted against defects in workmanship for 1 full year from the original retail purchase date. These warranties do not cover any damage resulting from road hazards, accident, abuse, misuse, corrosive environment, improper installation or other mishandling. Damage includes breakage, wear and tear on the lens, severing of the wiring and/or modification or alteration to any part of the unit. Panelite assumes no responsibility for the cost of installation or removal of any products. Any alteration or modification of the lite or the wiring will void the warranty.

    RETURN POLICY
    Panelite return procedure is designed to be as fair and hassle-free as possible. Customers can receive a Return Material Authorization (RMA) number by speaking to a member of our Quality Department.

    TO OBTAIN A RMA NUMBER, PLEASE PROVIDE:
    · Purchase order number
    · Sales order number
    · Date of purchase
    · Part number
    · Quantity
    · Reason for return
    Merchandise will not be accepted without prior authorization. The RMA number must be referenced on the outside of the box or it will not be accepted for return. Returned merchandise must be in saleable condition. Accepted returns are subject to a 30% restocking charge and must be returned freight prepaid. Exceptions will be made for warranty products and/or erroneous shipments. No returns will be accepted on custom ordered products. All purchases are considered final after 12 months, and will not be accepted for return. Stock returns may not exceed 10% of total purchase from the previous calendar year.

    All quality and warranty questions can be directed to our Quality Department – connect with them at quality@dietersaccessories.com

  • FAQ – VOL II
    Frequently Asked Questions Green Road Sign with Dramatic Clouds and Sky.

    FAQ – Volume II

    There are many questions that our customer service team receives on a regular basis. We thought we would answer some of the common ones in our second installment of FAQ. Here are the answers to three of the top questions we receive.

    Question 1 – Male vs. Female wiring harnesses?.

    While it may seem straight forward, the male and female wiring harnesses actually refer to the connection on the inside of the plug  – be it a metripack or a bullet plug. Diagrams are available of the harnesses on the website, and we can always email you a bigger diagram if you need it.

    This is one that still makes our customer service team flinch – everytime there is a call for wiring harnesses. We often need to take a few minutes to look into the customer’s question and call or email back the information – as we value our clients time and know that it is more efficient for us to take your contact information and look into the question and call you back, instead of keeping you on the line. We often also double check with other members of the team, or our Research and Development department just to make sure we are providing the accurate information.

    Question 2 – Kenworth T680 transition panels – highroof vs. mid-roof – what’s the difference?  For Kenworth T680 sleeper models with underbody exhaust, there are transition panels designed to link the cab panels to the sleeper panels. As there are different variations on the trucks – either high-roof or mid-roof – there needs to be a specifically designed transition panel for each application. For high-roof models, there are a few more panel options offered for this piece, due to the shape. Unfortunately, for mid-roof models there is only one option available for this piece, 20962029. Due to the size and shape of the panel, no lite options are available.

    Question 3 –  Peterbilt 579 – why only a filler panel for EPIQ models?  Along the same lines as the question above, we often get asked about transition panels for the 579 underbody exhaust sleeper models. When it comes to the Peterbilt 579 (and 567 for that matter) there are many variations available – from shorthood (117” BBC) to long hood (123” BBC), underbody exhaust, cab exhaust, Ultraloft and EPIQ packages – that our Research and Development team carefully designed panels to meet the many options. As a result, Peterbilt 579 sleeper models with the EPIQ package require specific cab, transition and sleeper panels. The transition panel for the EPIQ model is available under part number 10962032. For those Peterbilt 579 sleeper models with underbody exhaust but without the EPIQ package, the transition panel that links the cab and sleeper panels is built into the sleeper panel. .

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  • NEW PRODUCTS – LET US KNOW!

    Our customer driven approach!

    As Panelite strives to continue to be the aftermarket brand of choice for truckers everywhere, our product lines are driven by customer demand. While our Research and Development department works on creating new products or altering existing offerings as changes to trucks occur – one of our greatest resources is you, our customers.

    Many new products are developed as requests from the truckers, mechanics, fleet managers, owners and salesmen come into our office. From the need to protect glass from breaking, which is how the Freightliner Cascadia rear window guard was developed, to protecting from glare from the side light, our engineers carefully examine the requests and work towards a solution.

    We welcome all feedback and inquiries – from requests to modify a product, further explain installation instructions, or ask for a new product – our customer service team answers each and every email or phone call we receive in a quick and detailed manner.  Connect with the team to let us know what products you are looking for – we’d love to hear from you! Of course, not all suggestions and requests can be developed – either due to location, size and reliability or other factors – the Research and Development team do try to get the customer the product they are happy with.

    New products are rolling out on a regular basis, and while we try to print catalogs as often as needed  – one of the best resources for the latest products is our websites and our social media handles.

    Listening to our customers, and delivering a product that not only meets their expectations but exceeds them, is one of the factors that Panelite and Dieter’s strive to achieve to keep our reputation stainless.

    Trusted as an industry leader in quality & innovation, Panelite is the preferred lite panel and “chrome” accessory supplier to nearly every heavy truck manufacturer in North America. On the assembly line, at the dealership or in your garage, Panelite puts the original in original equipment.  After all, in a world of knockoffs, be original. Choose Original. Panelite.

    So wherever you buy parts – spec the most original equipment available & demand Panelite.

     

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  • 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

    5 things you should know – some insights of behind the scenes

    5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

    We hope that our blog posts have been providing some great information and explaining some of the common questions asked about our accessories.

    As a customer driven company, each and every employee strives to do their best to bring the customer a high-quality product they can be proud of. Each member of the Panelite and Dieter’s team, takes our slogan of Our Reputation Is Stainless! to heart and understands that our customers have a lot riding on our products – after all it is being installed on their livelihood, their rig!

    Here are some 5 things you should know about how things go on behind the scenes at our manufacturing facility.

    1. Our CAD (Computer Aided Design) files that our Research and Development team use to develop and create product are typically supplied by our OE partners to ensure exact fit applications. That being said, many of the parts are developed by using the actual physical truck that product is being designed for. This allows just another level of quality assurance, to confirm fit, installation technic, feasibility and reliability.

     

    1. All of the products that leave our facility has labels and barcodes on the one side. While this does help identify the part and component, it also gives us a lot of information should there ever be a warranty inquiry or question. We use this information to trace the product and component back to who packaged the item, who it was assembled by, who cut and formed the piece, which sheet of metal was used and when all of this was completed. By doing this, we can provide further training if needed to our team, or identify improvements in our process to help our high level of quality.

     

    1. Just about all of our products have lights – from ¾” round to 4” round, and many different oval sizes. While we do not manufacture the physical lights themselves, we do hold these components to the exact same high quality standards as our stainless steel. For example, for any new light type we bring out in our product offering we put it through rigorous testing. This testing includes water testing – our vice-president has been known to have containers of lights immersed in water sitting on a shelf in his office, just to make sure that they are water tight.

     

    1. We are currently registered to ISO14001:2015.Why is this an achievement? ISO14001:2015 Environmental Standard is written by the International Standards Organization (ISO). We are required to pass a yearly audit completed by an independent company to ensure we are conforming to a standard set of requirements. This registration sets us apart from companies that do not have a registered Environmental Management System because as a company we are demonstrating our commitment to protecting and improving the environment by complying with environmental regulations, including reducing waste, increasing recycling and ensuring that our processes are being carried out with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

     

    We are currently registered to IATF16949:2016.Why is this an achievement? IATF16949:2016 the International Standard for Automotive Quality Management Systems written by the International Automotive Task Force. This standard piggy-backs on the ISO9001:2015 standard which means we need to meet the requirements of both standards. We are audited yearly by an independent company to ensure we are conforming to all the requirements of both standards. This certification gives us credibility to supply the automotive industry and creates a continual improvement culture that improves our efficiencies. It also requires a systematic process of problem solving that reduces the impact of issues when they occur and decreases the time needed to recover from issues which improves customer confidence and satisfaction.

     

    1. We pride ourselves in the industry leading customer service. On a regular basis we hear from dealerships, end users and other customers on our immediate or faster than normal response times. Our customer service team is well trained to quickly and efficiently find the answer our callers and email inquiries are looking for. After all, Our Reputation Is Stainless!

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  • ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT – OUR BRAND

    Our Brand

    Everyone has their favorite brand – from clothes to food, vehicles to beverages and everything in between people prefer one over another more often than not.

    The same can be said about trucks – from Freightliner and Western Star, Kenworth and Peterbilt, Mack and Volvo as well as International – each driver, owner, fleet manager, mechanic and salesman has their brand.

    Panelite products are the preferred brand for truck accessories, since Our truck accessories don’t just belong in a show-and-shine, they belong on the highways and backroads of North America. At Panelite, listening to the customer and delivering a product that is worthy of your hard earned dollars. Dieter’s and Panelite have become the high quality accessory manufacturer of choice for North America’s heavy truck OEM’s.  We use only the highest quality, non-magnetic 304 stainless steel and back it up with award winning customer service.  In fact, we are so confident in our products, we stand behind them for a full two years. Try finding that with one of our competitors! 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!

    Quality parts will save you money. This can be seen in many ways, for example, after you decide to buy and fit quality parts for your rig, you will avoid cases where you will be required to buy other parts more often. You will also eliminate cases you will have to hire a mechanic who will replace parts on your truck. This will – at the long run – lead you to saving a lot of money which you can use to meet other financial obligations. In order to realize the value of your money you should always insist on buying quality. After all, in a world of knockoffs, be original. Choose Original. Panelite.

    There was recently an article on trucknews.com about how the trucking symbols and nameplates came to be – check out the inspiration behind the symbols here

    As always, our customer service team is available to assist and can be reached at info@panelite.com or 800-331-7952.