Safely Towing Your Trailer

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No one can deny that we are living out a typical, sizzling, North Carolina summer here in 2017. But the beauty of our great state is that we have all kinds of fun to be had in every direction, from the mountains to the ocean, with area lakes and trails in between! There’s so much to do, and many of us in this state are known for making our fun and taking it with us. We tow trailers with boats,  ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis, and even horses all over the state at this time of year. This month, we want to talk about towing safety, so that you, your loved ones, and your vehicles and property all stay safe out on the open road this summer. Here are some areas to consider as you think about towing any of the above items:

Your Tow Vehicle

The first point to consider with towing safety is to correctly match up the strength of your tow vehicle with the size trailer you would like to tow. The hitch must safely towing.jpgconnect both the tow vehicle and your trailer in such a way that provides both ease of handling and safety under the most extreme conditions. You don’t want to “rig” it to make it work. You want the connections to be fitted and the vehicle to work for the weight of what you’re towing. Also, do your research and make sure your tow vehicle can handle the weight you’re going to be asking it to tow for the long-term. You don’t want to shorten your vehicle’s life by asking it to perform beyond its capacity or cause costly damage in the process.

Here are a few more of the items you may need to research for your personal towing needs:

Axle ratio
Increased engine cooling system
Transmission cooler
Alternator and battery size
Heavy duty suspension system
Tire size or rating
Engine size, torque, and capacity
Towing Package (includes some degree of pre-wiring)
Special mirrors

Most of these items are needed for towing under any conditions: mountain driving, hot climate driving or when towing heavy class trailers.

Make sure you do some short drives with your set-up before you decide to hit the road for a long trip. Also, ease into hauling in the mountains until you are very comfortable with your rig and how it handles. You don’t want to get in a dangerous situation or find that you’re out of your realm of expertise when it’s too late. Take it slow and learn from someone who knows how to tow already. A great rule of thumb: if you can’t back your trailer, you shouldn’t be hauling your trailer. Learn the basics!

Keeping Your Vehicle Cool During Towing

guidetotowingprimarymediadesktopSince excessive heat is your transmission’s worst enemy, a trans-cooler is an ideal and often necessary towing accessory. Long trips, hill climbing, and towing larger trailers are especially hard on your transmission. Hot transmission fluid running through the cooling system causes most radiator boilovers. When oil temperatures exceed 200 degrees F., oil breaks down causing seals to crack and leaks to occur.

A transmission cooler will protect your radiator by reducing the temperature of transmission fluid. The fluid constantly passes through a series of air cooled tubes before re-entering your transmission. The engine oil cooler functions much the same way. You can purchase these two types of coolers separately or together. You should also check your engine oil regularly throughout your trip.

Tire Safety

Tire size and tire pressure are both important subject for your tow vehicle and your trailer. Under-inflated tires will get hot and can lead to tire failures and possible loss of vehicle control. Over-inflated tires can cause uneven tire wear. Tires should be checked often for pressures recommended on the Safety Compliance Certification Label for original equipment tires. And mini/spare tires should not be used while towing Class II or Class III trailers.

Mirrors

It may help to equip your tow vehicle with special mirrors: one flat to see the road, and one convex to see the side of your trailer. These mirrors extend out from your tow vehicle, which enables you to see all the way down the side of your trailer. Know that if you can’t see beyond your trailer with your regular mirrors, you need extended towing mirrors for safety.

Lights and Wiring

towing-a-5th-wheel.jpgMany new vehicles made for towing come with the set up for your trailer plug ins standard. If your vehicle is older or you need to retrofit it, find a  qualified hitch installer to wire up your taillights, signals, and brake light functions into a special plug or connector in order to access the trailer’s light systems.

Any trailer that tows 4 or more feet behind your vehicle or visually blocks your taillights must be equipped with its own taillights, and your vehicle must have a connection to the trailer’s taillights. If you are towing a trailer equipped with electric brakes, you must have a brake control installed and working in your tow vehicle.

These are just a few of things you should consider. But there are many more. We’re happy to answer any questions you have or check your towing rig to make sure it’s safe. Just give us a call: (910) 483-2958.  And remember, if you ever find yourself in a bad spot, Crumpler’s Towing is here for you. We’re just a phone call away whenever you need us!

Summer also brings….HUSQVARNA Equipment! All of this and more available at our shop….

 

And if you’re looking for a great pre-owned vehicle, check out what we have at the shop:

 

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Why Yes, You SHOULD Get a Motorcycle!

We’ve written about motorcycle safety and being aware of riders on the road. We’ve listed statistics about accidents and how to avoid them. This is all because we want motorcycle riders to be SAFE, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want them out on the road. We actually believe quite the opposite–we love seeing riders out there on the open road!

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Here are just a few reasons why you should get that bike and why we think you’ll love riding one:

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The average motorcycle has far more human hands involved in their builds than robotic parts. They’re a bit trickier to build out in a lot of ways and require more direct human contact.

It’s Good for Your Health

A 180 lb man will burn 40 calories more per hour riding a motorcycle than driving in a car. It’s also great for your mental health. The open space and the zen of the movement and are incredibly calming and promote peace in your daily life.

You Can’t Text and Ride!

Riding requires the type of focus that people driving cars SHOULD also have, but usually don’t. You are completely present and aware of your surroundings because your life depends on it, and because it’s not possible to multitask. We consider this a good thing. Isn’t it nice to just focus on one thing?

Fuel Efficiency

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Most bikes get as much per gallon as a car if not more, especially if you operate them well. Higher miles per gallon leads to less carbon-dioxide emissions, and this is a perk that can’t be ignored in your “pro” list!

Your Commute Will be Loads More Fun–and Easier

Beyond just the joy of hearing your bike rev up every morning and evening and the feel of riding, your commute may become less frustrating if you can ride in a place where lane-splitting is allowed. Seriously begin to consider this benefit as you consider buying a bike. It doesn’t have to just be for your weekends. Why not enjoy your bike every day, twice a day at least?

Parking is a Dream

Smaller vehicle and special parking for motorcycles make it so easy to find a spot.

You’ll Meet Some of the Best People

There’s a brotherhood and sisterhood you join when you buy your first motorcycle. Get ready for waves and nods all the time! Plus people will go out of their way to tell you stories and ask you about your bike. If you join a group, you can have some great trips riding and make a lot of good friends along the way. Bikers help other bikers and look out for each other.

We Have a Great Shop 

We have a great place to service, repair, maintain, and update your bike: Crumpler’s Custom Cycle. We always look out for our customers and guarantee that this can be your one-stop shop for all your motorcycle’s needs. Isn’t it nice to know there’s someone you can automatically trust to take care of your new bike? You’re not in this alone! Stop by or give us a call at (910) 483-9607.

What did we miss? We know there’s more, but these are the reasons that stood out to us. Add your own ideas in the comments–we’d love to hear from you!

We have so many items and vehicles for sale at our shop. We’re way more than a parts and service center. Check out all we have below and more!

 

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*Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are located in Stedman, NC at 7611 Clinton Road. Open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday-Friday.

Some Reasons Your Car May Not Start…

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It’s never convenient when your car won’t start. Because not only do you need to get somewhere usually, but now your “get somewhere” is going to soon be the automotive shop, which can be costly and again, inconvenient. To truly know what’s wrong with your vehicle, you’ll want to bring it into Crumpler’s Automotive and get it checked out by one of our mechanics. But we wanted to compile a list of some of the top reasons your vehicle may not be able to start, so that you can be better educated if it happens to you.

Fuel Pump Failure or Restriction

fuel pumpOne of the most common no-start issues is the failure of the in-tank electric fuel pump. This is generally due to lack of scheduled maintenance, because the fuel filter has to be changed at proper intervals. If it’s not changed, it tends to clog and not allow fuel to move through. The fuel pump can also fail if the fuel level is below a quarter of a tank for an extended period, or if you run out of gas, of course. If the fuel pump runs dry it can ruin the pump.

Timing Belt Failure or Timing Belt Tensioner Failure

timing beltTiming belts should last 40,000-60,000 miles by design. If the timing belt isn’t changed before it breaks, it can cause extensive damage within the engine in some vehicles. It’s a good rule to have the timing belt changed just before the recommended interval and at the same time check the tensioner. Replace that as well if it’s in question at the same time, as this is a common failure as well.

ECM/PCM Failure

car ecmThis is a failure in your vehicle’s computer. Unfortunately, computer failure does happen from time-to-time with automobiles. There are tests that can detect these issues quickly.

 

Batteries, Cables, and/or Clamps

Neglected and corroded batteries can cause a vehicle not to start. This can easily be avoided by regular maintenance as well.

Electrical Issues

There are many start-up issues caused by voltage variations. Even minor variations can cause issues in the computerized controls in most cars. This is diagnosed with a load test that will show if your vehicle performs to certain standards.

Other Issues

 

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Cam Sensor

Alternators: used to charge the battery. If it doesn’t work, your battery usually doesn’t either.

Cam Sensors: Sensors tell your computer when your cam is in rotation. This helps determine spark timing and fuel delivery. If they are bad, your car won’t run well or at all.

Vehicle out of fuel due to inaccurate gauges.

Engine locked due to lack of oil.

Plugged exhaust system.

If your car won’t start, it could be for one of the above reasons. Call us and we’ll be happy get it working again. We can even come and pick it up so that we can get you back on the road as quickly as possible. Call us at (910) 483-2958

 

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Our doors are open from 7 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday.

And if you’re ready to take care of your yard like the experts do, make life easier for yourself and check out all the Husqvarna equipment we have for sale at the shop. You will love how EASY this stuff is to use!

 

If you’re in the market for a vehicle, check out the great options we have for sale at our place. And if you don’t see what you like, just call us and we can find it for you!

(910) 483-2958

We also have 4-wheelers, motorcycles, and a golf cart for your consideration as well!

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FOR SALE: Outlander BRP 2013 model
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FOR SALE: Kawasaki Brute Force 2009 model
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FOR SALE 1998 Harley
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FOR SALE: Harley Ultra Classic, 1992 model. Engine recently overhauled, new paint, new exhaust, new stereo. Ready to ride!

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How to Know a Good Mechanic

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When something goes wrong with your vehicle, you want to be able to trust the person working on it. One of the worst feelings is that tingly one where you realize someone may be trying to take advantage of you. And unfortunately, mechanics can have a bad reputation for this. We decided to put together a list of expectations that you can keep with you in case you’re ever left wondering if someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes in our field.

  1. Mechanics should be able to quickly diagnose what your problem is and offer solutions.
  2. A good mechanic should fix your vehicle effectively and efficiently, within a reasonable and agreed upon amount of time.
  3. Excellent skills in customer service are required. A customer should feel like he or she can ask questions and get straight answers. Customers should also feel taken care of and put at ease on the possible scenarios associated with their vehicle.17854701_1868829986476449_5997395442752894966_o
  4. Communication skills are on-point. Plain English is much appreciated by our average customer. Though a car’s engine can be complex, no one wants to be talked to in a way that is over your head or talked down to like you are incapable of understanding the intricacies of the issue. A good mechanic can share on whatever level the customer prefers or requires. The most important piece here is that everything is clear to the customer as the decision process is made and the plans are laid out for the repairs.
  5. A solid work ethic is a given. Your mechanic should be committed to working hard on getting your vehicle ready to run well again.
  6. Certifications set a person apart. A good mechanic is certified. This is the difference between someone that is “good with cars” and someone who has a career in this field. Plain and simple.  Mechanics have changed so much in the past 30 years. If a mechanic doesn’t try to stay current, he or she will be left behind and unable to work on newer modeled vehicles. A good mechanic understands the most advanced technology in the field.

All these qualities are the kind that we build our business on. We can proudly and humbly tell you that if you come into Crumpler’s Automotive, you will meet mechanics with all of these qualities and more. Our team will provide you with the best in service all-around. To make an appointment, call us at (910) 483-2958.

A HUGE THANKS to all of you that helped to make our Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Open House such a huge success! Much thanks to our whole team for helping out, all our volunteers, Open Road for playing some great music, and to all of YOU who attended! We hope to make this an annual event, and as it goes with Crumpler’s, we intend to only get better with age…!

‘Tis the season for mowing and yard work….Come get your new Husqvarna at the beginning of the season, and make life easier on yourself!

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And if you’re looking for a great used vehicle or motorcycle, check out all we have at our place. We have golf carts and ATV’s too! Call (910) 483-3791 for more details.

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Crumpler’s Custom Cycle Open House

If you’re a true motorcycle lover, you won’t want to miss Crumpler Custom Cycle’s Open House on Saturday, April 1st!

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Starting at noon we’ll have our Dyno set up and running reports, open to the public. Add to that food, live music, and giveaways, and you’ve got a recipe for the perfect spring day! Hang out with like-minded individuals and pick our experts’ brains on what will make your bike the best it can be. No cost to attend–you just have to show up and enjoy a day in Stedman with us.

Definitely plan to be there to hear live music from Open Road from 2-4 pm, as well as a Pig Pickin’ with all the fixings around lunchtime.

In addition to giveaways, we’ll also have special discounts that day, so please make plans to attend, because you won’t want to miss these deals. We look forward to seeing you all there.

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Live music from Open Road from 2-4 pm at our event on Saturday, April 1st

More about Crumpler’s Custom Cycle:
Crumpler’s has been a family automotive business for as long as it’s been open. Of course, they like tradition, but they also like the freshness that new ideas bring to the table. That’s why when Richie’s son Richard “George” said he was interested in working on motorcycles, Richie decided to expand into having a custom cycle shop back in 2011. It’s not just exciting to see a family member pursue his dream, it’s a thrill to be a part of it too!

Crumpler familly, Leslie, George, RichieGeorge was 19 when Crumpler’s Custom Cycle opened but it’s not like he was a newcomer to working on cars or bikes at that point in his life. His grandfather and father had worked on automobiles and heavy machinery his whole life, and he’d had plenty of hours in the shop under their tutelage to be quite adept at moving right into those footsteps. But George wanted a chance to make something new happen at the place and to blaze his own trail. He’d spent countless hours in the shop learning and working, and when he suggested a new idea for the business, his dad was happy to give him the green light.

Since that time, the shop has grown to handle all kinds of custom work plus repair and service work. “We don’t just work people’s bikes in and shuffle them out–what we do isn’t about that, “George said. “What we want to do is try to fit the bike to exactly what the owner wants.”

Because of this, the Crumplers sell wheels, do custom paint jobs, add chrome accessories and do performance work. The beauty of this line of work is the variety. George and Shop Manager Allen Bass, work on anything from classic bikes to more current models, although each presents its own challenges always. “We love piecing the puzzle together and getting a great finished product to the owner, ” George said.

Although the shop is known for variety, they still do their fair share of service and repair work. They also work on wrecked bikes and head out to shows as often as possible to see all what’s new in the industry. “What I can’t see is getting sick of this,” Richard noted. “It’s my passion, and I love making everything run the best that it can.”

For more about the Open House on April 1st or on Crumpler’s Custom Cycle check out our website at http://www.crumplersautomotive.com, check us out on Facebook, or call us at:
(910) 483-2958

Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle are both located at:

7611 Clinton Rd
Stedman, NC 28391

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When Do You REALLY Need New Tires?

There’s no way to truly know how long a tire will last. We all have hopes and predictions, but each vehicle wears differently and each driver maneuvers down the road in a unique way. Climate and road conditions can also play a part in the way a tire wears. Read on below for some considerations as you look towards how long your tires will last. And if in doubt, always feel free to stop by Crumpler’s Automotive, and we’ll always be happy to check your tire wear as well.

Keep an eye on your tires. 

If you periodically make a point to look at your tires, the wear and tear will show up a bit more clearly to you. If you never look at the tread, you’ll really have no point-of-reference as to what they should look like. Note what the tread looks like when you first get them, and look for variances on each tire and through the months and years.  Keep five years in mind. After that milestone, you definitely need to keep an even closer watch on your tires and should have a professional check them yearly after the five-year mark, at least.

Do any of your tires look like this?

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If so, then regardless of how old they are, they need to be replaced.

Tread Test.

What should I look for when inspecting my tires?

One easy way to check for wear is by using a penny to test them.

To do so accurately, follow these three steps:

*Take a penny and hold President Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger.
*Select a point on your tire where tread appears the lowest and place Lincoln’s head into one of the grooves.
*If any part of President Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the legal and safe amount of tread. If your tread gets below that (approximately 2/32 of an inch), your car’s ability to grip the road in adverse conditions is greatly reduced.

Inspect the sides of your tires.

Though we’ve discussed it a lot, it’s not just about tread. If you look at the side of your tire and see any bulges, bubbling, or cupping shapes, then you are at risk of a blowout. Your tires need to be replaced immediately if so.

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Look for debris in your tires.

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If you see nails, screws, or anything breaking the surface of your tire, you need to bring it in, even if the pressure seems ok. It’s only a matter of time before you end up with a flat. We may be able to plug the tire, or you’ll need a new one. But the longer you wait, the great the chance of more damage.

Good maintenance makes all the difference.

In the end, proper care and maintenance make a world of difference in your tires’ lives. Make sure to get them rotated periodically. Maintain the correct tire pressure. And if you’re ever in doubt, come see us and let us check them out. We’d rather you be safe, than in a compromised position far from home. Call our shop at (910) 483-2958 with any questions. And by the way, a new feature on our website exists to help you browse, find, and order the right set for you. Check it out here!

In the market for a change? Check out all that we have for sale at Crumpler’s Automotive:

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1988 Monte Carlo SS for sale. This is a REAL and rare SS, folks!
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1996 cargo van for sale. Low mileage. Come check it out!
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For sale: 2002 Lincoln Navigator. Great riding and clean vehicle.
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2007 Ford Freestyle for sale. This one has ALL the bells and whistles. You’ll want to test drive this one before it’s gone!
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Toyota Solara 2004 model. It’s a convertible and rides nice!
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2008 Club Car golf cart for sale. It’s good to go!
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Take this piece of history home! Vintage Ford Tractor. Still runs well.
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We have all KINDS of Husqvarna mowers and lawn tools. Come see all of our stock at the shop!

 

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Crumpler’s Holiday Gift Guide

 

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Happy Holidays, from our Crumpler’s Automotive and Crumpler’s Custom Cycle families to yours!

It’s already that time of year, and if you’re like most people, you’ve got a person on your list that is hard to buy for. But you’re stubborn, and you’re not giving up! If he or she is a gearhead, then you’re in luck–because this month we have a holiday gift guide to share with you to help you find the perfect gifts for that special someone who likes all things fast, shiny, and loud this holiday season! We also have items that everyone needs, and can help you find the perfect one for each person on your list.

Shop owner Richie Crumpler and his son George have sorted through the shop to find the best items that they approve of to help you come up with the most unique and creative gifts for the people that you love.

#1 Cycle Care Detail Kit

This kit is for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life. Because if they can’t ride their bike a lot in the winter, then they can at least spend time with it detailing it! This comes with every formula you need and includes pads, towels, applicator and this great tote!img_1944

#2 Impact Gun

For those who like to do some of their own work. An impact gun or wrench is is a socket wrench power tool designed to deliver high torque output with minimal exertion by the user. Though it looks like a drill, it actually stores energy in a rotating mass, then delivers it suddenly to the output shaft. Wow someone with this beauty!img_1940

#3 Mini Ratchet and Bit Set

This is an outstanding set that is easy to keep close at hand to help you build or tighten anything in your house or garage! We had such a great response last year, that we brought this set back this year for the holidays. People love how easy it is to use.img_1941

#4 Jumper Cables

There’s no reason not to have jumper cables with you at all times. But take our advice and get a great pair with some quality, so that you have a product that actually works well and is SAFE. While you’re at it, get the 16 ft long variety so you have some room to work with.img_1903

#5 Forest Helmet

This lightweight helmet will protect your head, neck, and eyes while you’re working. It ventilates like a dream, has a great visor, and an adjustable sizer. Nothing but the best when you purchase Husqvarna.img_1904

#6 Plug n’ Play Stereo for Harley-Davidson

If you’re gonna ride, do it with some great tunes! This heavy-duty radio will withstand all the elements and keep you singing along down the road. We also do the installs too, to bring it back in with your bike, and we will have you good-t0-go in no time!img_1907

#7 Husqvarna Blower/Vacuum

First, you have the great quality of Husqvarna, which sets all of our inventory apart. Second, this blower also vacuums into a bag if you put it on. This will make yard clean up a breeze!img_1911

#8 Husqvarna Weed Eaters/Trimmers

Get these in either gas or electric models. The batteries last a long time and don’t lose power. And the gas variety is easy to crank and keep running.img_1915

#9 Husqvarna Chainsaws of all varieties and Masonry saws

You can choose your blade length and type and go as big and as efficient as possible. And this masonry saw will get the job done, hands down!

#10 Husqvarna Hedge Trimmers

Go big or go home! Trimming has never been so easy as it is with these great trimmers. You will absolutely love how fast and smooth they cut.img_1916

#11 Stocking Stuffers and Smaller Gifts

We’ve got you covered with small items from ratchet straps, cleaning brushes, wash mitts, motorcycle charms, jacks, safety glasses, sunglasses, goggles, motor treatments, tire cleaners, paste wax, bar-b-que sauce from the famous Bethany Historical Society, and more! You won’t run out of good options for smaller gifts as well.

 

And as always, if you want to knock some socks off, check out our vehicles and motorcycles for sale and our newest vintage item: a 1959 Ford Tractor!

 

You all mean the world to us as customers and friends. It is our sincere hope that you have the most joyous and peaceful of holiday seasons. Please let us know if we can help you in any way and call us if you need us: (910) 483-2958. We’re open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm at our shop at 7611 Clinton Road in Stedman. Follow us on Facebook at our Automotive Page and our Custom Cycle Page. Also at our website. Let us know how we can best serve you!