Dee Zee | 1000 | GMC | K2500 Pickup | SIERRA XC, V8, 6.5 | Running

Dee Zee, Inc, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is celebrating over 28 years as a leading supplier of aftermarket truck accessories. Dee Zee announced their arrival with the introduction of 12 custom fit britetread or extruded aluminum running board applications at the 1977 Sema Show in Las Vegas. From that November to today, Dee Zeesâ mission is to market the highest quality truck products while satisfying the needs of their customers. Dee Zee has expanded the initial offering of 12 boards to over 120 running boards and accessories. Their product lines now boast over 80 different toolboxes, 20 tube products, 34 Mossy Oak® Break Up ⢠CAMO products, and 32 heavy-duty products. The various product lines account for over 2,000 total SKUâs.
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1997 Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder – M50 Left Front Brake Caliper

1997 Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder – M50 Left Front Brake Caliper

Left Front Brake Caliper (as you are sitting on the bike). Mounts to the Left Front Fork. The Front Brake Caliper is operated by the Front Brake Master Cylinder. The Condition of this part is Used.

A used Brake Caliper will be fully functional. Piston(s) move freely and operate properly.

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2001 Honda VT 750 CD Shadow Ace Deluxe Oil Cooler

2001 Honda VT 750 CD Shadow Ace Deluxe Oil Cooler

Motorcycle Oil Coolers are either configured as a radiator style cooler with cooling fins, or an intercooler that fits between the engine block and the spin on oil filter. In either case, the Oil Cooler increases the engines ability to dissipate heat. The Condition of this part is Used.

This item will be straight and will not leak. Due to the location of this part on the bike, cosmetic imperfections are considered normal wear, but will not effect the performance of the part.

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Duro-Med Relax-a-Bac, Lumbar Back Support Cushion Pillow with Insert and Strap to Properly Align the Spine and Ease Lower Back Pain, Gray

Duro-Med Relax-a-Bac Lumbar Back Support Cushion Pillow with Insert and Strap
Turn your favorite chair into a more ergonomically correct seating solution! This attractive lumbar support cushion gives you relief where you need it most – in the lower back. Whether you suffer from chronic back pain or just get fatigued after a long day, this pillow will help relieve some of the tension. If you have a tendency to slouch, this cushion will help you sit up straight and avoid the pain and stress that comes with bad posture. Simply place the cushion on your chair and attach the convenient elastic strap to hold it in place. Or put it on the sofa as you’re watching TV. It also makes a great bedrest to use when reading or working on your laptop or tablet while sitting in bed.

Recommended by Chiropractors and Healthcare Professionals to Ease Lower Back Pain
Keeping your spine in proper alignment is an important key to relieving back pain. The Duro-Med Relax-a-Bac provides the ideal lumbar support to ease lower back pain. There are five lumbar vertebrae located in the lower back. These vertebrae receive the most stress and are the weight-bearing portion of the back. All the more reason to properly support this crucial and highly sensitive-to-injury area. The orthopedic design of the Relax-a-Bac helps to relieve tension and keep the spine in proper alignment, reducing stress and strain on this region. Chiropractors and physical therapists recommend lumbar support cushions to help maintain good posture while at home, in the office or on the road.

Ideal Travel Pillow
Relax-a-Bac can also provide lumbar support in your car, truck or SUV and give you comfort on the go. If you find yourself stiff and in pain after a road trip, this travel pillow could be your answer for a more pleasant journey. Those with arthritis or chronic back pain will find it especially helpful in keeping their backs straight while on the road or when traveling in trains or planes. The elastic strap makes the cushion easy to carry when you go on trips.

Features

  • Orthopedic design relieves tension and keeps spine in proper alignment
  • Made of molded, highly-resilient foam
  • Convenient elastic strap holds the cushion in place
  • Composite board insert adds increased support
  • Includes removable and washable cover
  • Ideal for home, office or travel
  • Available in four attractive colors: gray, black, burgundy, navy

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When to Use Manual Exposure

Digital cameras have a built in computer that can take a light reading then adjust the settings to give you the correct exposure. This auto exposure system is ideal for beginners and those who either don’t know about or are not interested in ISO numbers, shutter speeds and f/Nos. However, if you do understand these terms, or want to learn about them, this fully automatic exposure system is actually a hindrance, because you have no control over what your camera is doing.There are very few situations where the experienced photographer will not want to control these settings themselves and using a manual exposure mode will give them complete control. In manual mode, the auto system is totally switched off and you have to “use the force” to control the camera by yourself. If you set the wrong exposure, you get the wrong exposure.The manual mode is unique in this respect. All the other exposure modes available are automatic. These different modes only allow you to choose what you will let the camera control but, in terms of exposure, it will always have the last word. If you don’t like the result, you can only use exposure compensation to change it.Manual mode is not for the faint hearted. It leaves you completely on your own and it reduces the technological level of your camera to that of the first one ever built. Auto exposure systems only exist because photographers demanded them. The earliest cameras were all fully manual and only experience could help in setting the right exposure. Once the light meter was invented, photographers no longer needed to guess the exposure but they still had to transfer the meter reading manually on to the camera.This was quite a tedious process so, over the years, meters and cameras became more integrated and exposure systems became more automatic. Auto exposure existed before digital cameras even appeared on the market. It is a very useful labour and time saving system so why on earth would anyone in their right mind ever want to switch it off?

There are very good reasons for doing so, but only in particular situations. These are situations where you know exactly what settings you want. This can only be because either you know what the result will be or you have some other means of adjusting the exposure outside of the camera. The first of these situations is probably the most obvious.Working in a studioStudios are designed to give you complete control over the lighting and this includes the exposure. You would set the shutter and aperture to suit the shot you want and adjust the lights for the correct exposure. If you are about to use a studio for the first time, you will save yourself a lot of time and effort by leaving your camera on manual. As you make adjustments to the lighting, the last thing you need is your camera compensating with adjustments of its own.Even lighting – grey cardIf you take an exposure reading off a grey card then you are setting the exposure for the available light and not for the brightness or darkness of your subject. It is similar to manual colour balance (or white balance) in this respect. When you do a white balance, you would use the same setting for all the shots taken in the same lighting. To some extent, this is also true for your grey card exposure setting.No matter what type of reading you take or how you determine the exposure, once you have decided on the settings, you might prefer to dial them in manually so they stay the same for all the shots taken in the same lighting. If you leave the camera on auto, it will make constant small adjustments to the exposure from shot to shot.There are times when you really don’t want this to happen. Imagine if you were shooting in a room that had one or two windows letting in bright daylight. Your auto system would change the exposure quite dramatically depending on how much of the window could be seen in each shot. If there were people in the shot, their faces would be brighter or darker simply depending on your framing.You might prefer to set the exposure for the people and let the windows bleach out. You might also prefer to keep that setting for all the shots. After all, the actual level of the light won’t change no matter which direction you point or how you frame up the shot.Flash photographyHere too, it can be easier to leave your camera on manual. Unless you are doing fill-in flash, the shutter speed hardly affects the exposure because it’s unlikely to be faster than the flash anyway. On Dslr cameras, it needs to be slower than the sync speed, so you may as well set it there and forget it. The aperture doesn’t affect exposure either. All it controls is depth of field and the range of your flash. Using a wide aperture allows you to take flash pictures at greater distances.The flash itself controls the exposure, it takes a light reading either through the camera (TTL) or through its own light sensor. The reading is made as the picture is taken and the flash is cut off as soon as the correct exposure is reached. Working manually, you would set a speed of 1/60 – 1/125 or thereabouts and an aperture to suit the maximum distance you wanted the flash to cover. Even though your camera is set to manual, the flashgun is still controlling the exposure.Using flash with auto exposure can lead to problems. The camera might try to set the exposure as though you weren’t using flash, which may lead to a shutter speed that is actually too slow to avoid camera shake. Most of the time this won’t be a problem because the flash is fast enough to freeze the action and the camera shake.

Sometimes however, you will get a strange double image. This is because there is actually enough light to have taken a picture without flash at the settings your camera has chosen. What you end up with are two images superimposed on top of one another. Even if there is not enough light for that effect, if there is anything in your shot that is very bright (like a light or its reflection – known as a specular highlight), that can show the effects of camera shake, even though the rest of the picture doesn’t. In those situations, working manually is actually easier.You are not aloneSetting the exposure manually doesn’t mean that you have to just take a guess at it or even use a light meter. There is still one built in to your camera and you may as well use it. In working manually, you would start by taking a test shot with auto exposure on. From this, you can easily work out what settings to use. The point of using manual is to stop the camera changing those settings between shots. If the lighting changed or you moved to another location, then you would take another test shot and work from there.Once you have decided on the settings to use, make a note of them, switch the camera over to manual then dial them in. It makes no difference whatsoever to the quality of your pictures whether the shutter speed and aperture were set automatically by your camera or manually by your own fair hand.

A 2013 Call for Financial Literacy

April is a busy month honoring as it does everything from the Holocaust and the Armenian Genocide to autism, poetry, trees, and the earth, too. It is actually also a month devoted to financial literacy-an absolute must given the ongoing state of the American economy and the impact it’s having on all of our lives.Unfortunately, the federal government is the last place to look for an example of responsible money management. A quick perusal of Obama’s new “budget” plan tells it all, calling as it does for a deficit reduction of more than $4 trillion over the next ten years-but new spending in fiscal 2014 of $3.8 trillion.Couple that with the fact that, as of 12:28 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, the national debt stood at $16,814,506,044,148. Breathtaking, no? Just two days later on the 15th-tax day, no less–that figure had jumped to $16,821,032,503,046, and the numbers keep spinning onward.Unfortunately, many of us, like the federal government, are swimming in debt. Indeed, the average U.S. household holds about $15,204 on their credit cards alone. Then add to that our average $148,818 in mortgage debt, and you end up with a whopping total of $848 billion owed on credit cards and $7.93 trillion on mortgages! Then too, 25% of us have no savings whatsoever, and just 11% of us with a 401(k) are putting enough money aside for retirement.So much for role modeling… No wonder, then, that young people owe countless sums, too. Student loans alone have them in their grip with numbers that speak for themselves:
Average student loan debt: $33,005
Total student loan debt: $1,007.6 billion
Then add in what they also owe on their credit cards, cars, and mortgages, and it turns out that 20-somethings hold an average $45,000 in debt.Some say part of the problem is that only 13 states require high schoolers to take a course in finance, despite evidence that those who do are likelier to pay their credit card bills on time and save, too. Moreover, while 45 states have adopted them, the Common Core State Standards do not address personal finance or economics whatsoever, instead focusing only on English and math.As journalist and author Dan Kadlec explains, “Personal finance is ‘reality’ in the post-financial crisis world and should be regarded as the Fourth R. This is an emerging core subject area in schools throughout the world.” For that reason, GW economics professor Annamaria Lusardi says, “We don’t ask parents to teach math and physics and history. Why would we ask them to teach financial literacy?’True enough; schools certainly have a responsibility to prepare their students for the real world of money management, but, at the same time, we parents do our children a huge disservice by keeping financial matters off the table, so to speak. Indeed, an ING survey reports that one-third of us are actually more prepared to talk to our kids about drugs, alcohol, sex, and, dating than we are money. The result: 87% of teens admitted that they know little about personal finance.Additionally, a T. Rowe Price survey found that among parents:
77% said they don’t always tell their children the truth about money matters;
50% admitted to regularly setting aside money to save or invest;
43% set savings goals;
32% avoid talking about their family’s current financial situation with their kids.
Advises personal finance expert Howard Dvorkin, “Financial education must start from an early age. In the same way children learn about writing and reading, they should learn to manage money. It doesn’t mean that at the age of 8, children should know how credit cards work, but they should be able to administer their allowance, and later on learn basic finances to avoid falling into debt once they obtain their first credit card.”In other words, we’ve got to do a better job and the younger the better. As author David Bach has suggested, the time is right when you hold up both a $1 bill and a $100 bill and your child knows which one to take. Start with an allowance and teaching your child to divvy up his “earnings” between spending, saving, and charitable giving. Add chores, too, to better prepare your child for real world work.A recent online research study found that only 51% of parents give their kids an allowance, and 21% of them said they do so in recognition for chores. Meanwhile, just 47% use allowance as a way to teach about how to handle money irrespective of chores.Another good idea is to gift with cash. It might not be as exciting as the latest Lego set or scooter, but doing so paves the way for youngsters to save for a dream list item and leave the rest untouched and accruing interest in the bank. Yes, you should also consider opening a bank account for your child, and Pennsylvania’s Univest has just what you need. It’s called the Eaglet Saving Account, and to get things started, the bank will deposit $10 in the account for you. Plus, no minimum balance is required nor is there a monthly fee.Meanwhile, the Internet is a goldmine of financial resources for families. One of the most notable is DoughMain which offers “a set of integrated online applications, including a family calendar, chore tracker, and an allowance and rewards tool.” It also offers three gaming websites, featuring “teacher-developed content including specially selected concepts in financial literacy for kids.” And all that is just for starters.Another site worth a look is tykoon.com, which calls itself “the premier financial tool for kids and their parents, empowering kids to develop stronger financial values with real money and real-life experiences-all under the safe and watchful of eyes of their parents.” It simply doesn’t get any better than that-plus it’s also available as an app.Also lending support is the FamilyMint™ Money Management Certification Program, “a complete step-by-step program for learning money management.” As the site says, “Teach your kids to be good stewards of their money with this award-winning program. Only a few minutes a week results in lessons that will last a lifetime.” Offering workbook and online versions, the program will help form and reinforce such essentials as:
Saving
Tracking money
Setting goals
Delaying gratification
Writing checks and deposit slips
Budgeting
Understanding interest
The bottom line: In the face of our deficit-bound federal government, stumbling economy, and all-around out-of-control debt, making money management a family priority is an absolute must. Ditto when it comes to saving for rainy days and retirement, too. In other words, teach your children well, and serve as an example of wise financial decision-making. Be sure, as well, to convey the difference between wanting something and actually needing it-and then behaving accordingly. No regrets.