As SEMA wound down, Warn was winding up a release of a new winch and other off-roading accessories, along with new leadership to many corporate positions.
During the show, Warn released its Toyota 4Runner and Tacoma mounting kits. These semi-hidden kits keep factory looks while improving performance. The winch mount is recessed and supports mid-frame winches with up to a 12,000-lb. pull capacity.
It comes with a Baja-style, 2-inch grille guard. There’s even built-in ports for a 4Runner’s clutch lever or light mount access.
Warn also announced its new heavy-duty bumpers and the Gen II Trans4mer mount system for Ford Super Duty pickups.
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The HD bumpers have a one-piece welded design, welded eyelets for more recovery options, and integrated winch mounts for Warn’s heavy-weight series winches. The new bumpers offer more ground clearance and allow for over-sized tires. Corrosion won’t be a problem with the powder coating.
The GEN II Trans4mer for the Ford Super Duty pickup attaches directly to the frame, making installation easier.
Warn’s offices are seeing new faces, too. On Nov. 1, Warn was acquired by LKQ corporation and as it becomes part of the larger company, changes in leadership have been made.
Kyle Shiminski, VP and General Manager of LKQ’s Specialty Products Group, will lead Warn. He has 32 years of experience in the industry and has a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Lean Specialist. Shiminski will take over the role of President from John Stransky, who recently retired.
The vacant position of Vice President will be filled by George Lathouris. Since the late 1970s, Lathouris has worked in the automotive aftermarket industry, including at Lund International, American Specialty and Dick Cepek.
With feet in the automotive and recreational vehicle aftermarket segment, and 15 proprietary brands among those segments, LKQ’s acquisition of Warn Industries will bring them more manufacturing and trusted line-up of truck, SUV, and ATV winches, mounts, hubs, and more.
To check out Warn’s products, please visit their website at www.warn.com.
Images Courtesy of Warn Industries.