August 22, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Superfresh Edition

F1 is back, you guys. This Sunday, two days from now, we’ll get to watch the fastest cars in the world rip around Spa Fracorchamps in Belgium. It’s been a long wait. So Lewis and Nico, if you’re scrolling through your Twitter suggestions, looking for people to follow, we’ll save you the time and concentration with a handy list of newsmakers this week: the Superfresh Edition.

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August 20, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Choosing Your Dodge Hellcat: Challenger or Charger?

It’s inevitable.  You’re going to buy a Dodge SRT Hellcat.  That supercharged six-two butters your toast with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of Chrysler All Purpose Earth Rotation Assistance.  So yes, of course you’re getting one.  It’s a fixed point in your future, like your next dentist appointment.  Except that it doesn’t suck, and far fewer people will put their hands in your mouth.  But when Chrysler announced the Charger Hellcat last month, it posed an interesting question: Will you wind up with a Charger Hellcat or a Challenger Hellcat?  Here’s a handy guide to help you choose.
Dodge Challenger vs Dodge Charger
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August 18, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Firestone Ride Rite: Air Suspension Basics

We all know the familiar hiss of a kneeling city bus or the bulging air bags under semi trailers.  But air suspension is becoming a more popular aftermarket addition to noncommercial vehicles, as well.  Especially big pickups.  Firestone is leading the charge with their Ride Rite system.  Here’s how it works.

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August 15, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Feel Better Edition

Look, it just hasn’t been a great week for everybody. Nobody has a good week when we first lose a young sprint car racer, and then somebody like Robin Williams. But we’re here with some good news. Yes. Good news. You don’t have to give up on life and sit around in your boxers watching telenovas and eating deep fried Mounds bars all day. Here’s some cool people doing cool stuff, and you can follow them on Twitter. And feel better.

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August 13, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Epic Thule Summer: Now For Everybody

Epic Thule Photographer

An Epic Summer for Everyone

There’s about a month left in our Epic Thule Summer photo contest. A month for you to share your epic photos for a chance to win up to $300 in Thule travel gear. A month to make good choices. But we’re willing to admit that we’ve been a little light on the entries. We can’t say how many we’ve had, but we can say that judging the winners would be pretty easy right now. So here’s what we’re going to do about it. Continue Reading →

August 11, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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What Mickey Thompson Tires, Off-Road and Drag, Have in Common

Mickey Thompson in BonnevilleMickey Thompson is such a famous name in wheels and tires that it’s easy to forget it’s also the name of the guy who started the company. Mickey was an interesting fellow in that he didn’t just race one type of sport. His resume included stints in off-road racing, drag racing, land speed record racing, and even an Indy team he founded. The company he started, Mickey Thompson tires and wheels, still bears that diversity of interests. They’re widely known as some of the best in the business, whether in the dirt or on the strip. Obviously off-road tires and street rod tires are vastly different in look, application, construction, and appearance, but there are a few things these two wings of one bird share. Continue Reading →

August 8, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Back to School Edition

All right, you little anklebiters, put your little cap-erasers and your Trapper Keepers in your Wiz backpacks and pretend to at least be excited to see your friends again, because it’s time to go back to school. And before you start complaining about Miss Barth’s Algebra II class, just realize that when you’re grown up, or at least when your body gets older, your summer will consist of a long weekend driving to Iowa to see the in-laws. That’s right. You have to work all summer. You don’t get as much time to obliterate the sides of your mouth with freezy-pop wrappers or burn your eyes on chlorine at the public pool or find people for this week’s Follow Friday on Twitter. So here’s some people for your busy, tired parents to follow.

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August 6, 2014
by Jason Lancaster
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Why Are Spark Plug Wires so Important?

Wires. They’re not exactly exciting, are they? When we talk about performance parts, we usually talk about air intakes, exhaust systems, nitrous kits…anything but spark plug wires. However, spark plug wires are vitally important, and a simple upgrade can make a tremendous difference in performance on an older vehicle and/or a vehicle with other upgrades.

The Anatomy of a Spark Plug Wire

Here’s everything you probably never knew you wanted to know about spark plug wires.

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August 4, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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4 Advantages of Holley EFI over Carburetors

Holley 0-76750BK
The Holley brothers pretty much invented the performance aftermarket carburetor.  For years, nay, decades, Holley was the go-to name if you wanted to upgrade your fuel delivery system.  You were going to bolt on a bigger Holley carb.  And from the 1950 Ford Police Package to the 1967 Z/28 Camaro to the 1968 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, manufacturers turned to Holley to get the best results for their high-performance special editions.  But the age of the carburetor is over.  Now carbs are to be appreciated for their velocity stacks and intake screens, but not necessarily for their modern power benefits.  Here are 4 reasons you should upgrade your carb to a Holley EFI system. Continue Reading →

August 1, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Smoke a Tire Edition

It’s a new month, and some of us are still buzzing from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy last night. The rest of us haven’t seen it yet. But enough about awesome, hilarious, and hilariously awesome movies. What about cars? Alot of folks have been in the news this week, so here’s just a few of them you should follow.

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July 30, 2014
by Jason Lancaster
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Six 2-Minute Detailing Techniques

Driving a dirty vehicle isn’t fun, especially when you’re proud of your ride. Unfortunately, it’s hard to make time to completely clean your car every time it rains, every time you get some dirt splashed on your rims, etc. The solution? Use some old detailing techniques to keep your car looking reasonably clean until you get a chance to do a serious cleaning.

Detailing Techniques - Dirty Car

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July 28, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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How to Choose the Right Draw-Tite Hitch Receiver

Draw-Tite Hitch on a Scion

It’s summer, and it’s time to hit the American vacationscape.  And for the first time, you’re towing a trailer.  Maybe it’s a camper, a car carrier, a boat, or maybe it’s just a couple of bikes or kayaks.  But you’re looking at hitches and they keep mentioning classes and inches and adding wheels and something about goose heads?  And right now you’re about ready to just put the trailer up on Craigslist and hope you don’t get murdered when the buyer offers to meet you on the other side of town.

Draw-Tite 5350Don’t, friends.  The terminology of towing can get a little screwy at first, but it’s not unfathomable.  Here’s a quick guide to trailer hitch classes, and the specific Draw Tite trailer hitch you should get. Continue Reading →

July 25, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Distant Thunder Edition

Another Friday, another week closer to temperatures that don’t resemble satan’s bowels. But I kid. It’s been lovely here in KC, as across most of the Midwest, including Ohio, where the now-famous Eldora Speedway just hosted a NASCAR truck race. On dirt. Whatever the whether, you’re probably chin-deep in summer car projects, track days, or getting ready for the Hungarian GP on Sunday. So let us take care of this week’s Follow Friday on Twitter.

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July 23, 2014
by Jason Lancaster
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Off-Road Tire and Winch Advice

Are you getting ready to take a trip off the beaten path?  There’s two major, yet simple, things to consider first: tires and winches.  Here’s what you need to know about outfitting your truck or SUV with the right tires and winch for off-roading. Off-Road Tire and Winch - Shannon Campbell for Fox Racing Shox Continue Reading →

July 21, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Why Dynamat Works

Some day when we’re all floating around on our silent electric hovercraft, drifting off to sleep as our robotic overlords ferry us back to our living units after our service assignments, we’ll suddenly open our eyes, turn down holovision devices, and look out our windows.  There, rumbling past with an aggressive cam and illegal exhaust, will be a 454 Chevelle.  That will be the tipping point.  We’ll long for better days and simply revolt against the technocracy.  Why?  Because loud cars are better.  But sound in cars isn’t just something to be added.  It must be designed.  The best way to design your sound is a family of awesome stuff called Dynamat.  Here’s why it works.

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