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DECEMBER 2018 THE SHOP 89 Partnering with MEA to Get It Right Ask Chris Cook, president of the Mobile Electronics Association, about a retailer who gets it and he quickly mentions JK Automotive Designs in Stoneham, Mass- achusetts. Owner Jeremy Katz is no stranger to maximizing the information available each year at the industry trade show in Dallas. "KnowledgeFest is great because it connects you with like-minded people in the industry," Katz says. "I have learned a lot from seminars on fabrication, OEM integration and high-resolution audio." Katz and his team had a vision of creating a shop that could handle custom mobile electronics installations with fabrication done in-house. Training, therefore, was vitally important. "A lot of our clients choose us just on how we treat our vehicles in the shop," Katz explains. "We are extremely careful and tidy with parts. You don't see a cli- ent's car parts lying on top of the car." The projects get so big and prestigious that the JK team even employs two upholsterers to create masterpieces in a reasonable amount of time. The shop ( recently took on a project Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro pickup to add the latest and greatest while keeping the vehicle looking stock. "This truck was fully outfitted with almost every service we offer at JK Auto- motive Designs featuring JL Audio, Focal America, Mosconi America/Gladen Audio, Rigid Industries, AL Priority Net Radar, Compustar and SoundSkins USA," Katz notes. The team installed a Rigid Industries LED light bar that fits in the opening above the bumper. If you look closely, you can see there are three amber LED running lights integrated into the top of the grille opening. All the wiring was routed in Tesa automotive-grade cloth tape to make it indistinguishable from the factory wiring looms. For sound quality, the team integrated Focal tweeters and woofers into the factory locations. Then it created an enclosure to house a JL Audio 10-inch subwoofer mated to a JL Audio amplifier. The amp has an access panel using magnets in case any adjustments are needed. The Tacoma's owner also opted for a radar/laser defense system from AL Pri- ority. The sensors were integrated into the front bumper and the controller was masterfully installed into the steering column. Even the toggle switches were routed into the dash for the auxiliary lighting and aftermarket horns. The shop gets it, indeed. —Brett Solomon A recent Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro pickup project at JK Automotive Designs touched on almost every product category the Massachusetts shop offers.

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