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December 15, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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How Yakima Roof Racks Actually Work

Yakima Ski/Snowboard Roof Rack Being Used
Scenario: You pull up to the ski lodge, your car having deftly carved its way up the mountain passes though precipitation in every frozen form.  Oh yes, you’re in for a great weekend of not breaking your ankles with your new snowboard.  But as you awkwardly wrestle your board out of your trunk, and back seat, and front seats, you realize that all the other cars have their boards in those sweet snowboard carriers.  On the porch, the man or woman who would have been your spouse just shakes his or her head and walks away.  No, you don’t shatter your ankles, but your life has been ruined, all because you thought roof racks were too complicated and hard to install.  DON’T LET IT HAPPEN TO YOU.  Just check out our quick guide to putting together your Yakima roof rack system in three simple stages. Continue Reading →

December 9, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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ReadyLift: Lift it Right

Monster trucks are awesome.  You can drive over anything, and you have to get the stair car from Arrested Development just to climb into them.  But it might not be the best car day to day. What if you just want to lift your truck a little bit?  If you’re just going for a cooler look or bought some new wheels and tires that suddenly don’t fit?  You can lift it just a little, but it’s easy to do it wrong.  Or you could just go with a lift kit from ReadyLift and get it right.

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December 3, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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An Accel Super Coil Set is What Your Tune Needs

All power tuning can be boiled down to the basic needs of the engine: fuel, air, and spark.  Increase them all in proper proportion while strengthening the elements and you get more power.  Air is pretty simple unless you’re going with forced induction.  Just a great cold air intake and an exhaust.  Fuel is easy, too, if you drive a car with modern fuel injection.  Just plug in a power programmer.  But spark, though just as easy, is often neglected.  Here’s how the Accel Super Coil can get your tuned car an extra 10 hp.

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November 24, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Fight the Winter Dark with Hella Driving Lights

Darkness is coming.  It shall engulf all the lands in its inky shroud.  No, we’re not talking about some kind of mystical invasion from Game of Thrones.  Just winter.  Yes, winter is here for a while, which means you spend more time driving in the dark.  Well, unless you have some Hella driving lights.  Then you won’t have to worry about a little thing like darkness.

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November 20, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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New Mustang Attacks with Two-Pronged Campaign to Conquer Our Want

New Mustang Gymkhana7

Ford’s Mustang marketing department knows what they’re doing.  They know how to deliver a one-two punch to your resolve against selling your pancreas in order to buy a Mustang.  On Monday they dealt such a brace of blows, with Ken Block’s epic Gymkhana 7 and the official press release for the new Shelby Mustang dropping within an hour of each other.  I don’t need both my livers, right? Continue Reading →

November 18, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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How Rancho Suspension Can Lift Your Truck Cheaper than the Rest

Few pickup trucks are bought without their owners wanting to lift them.  If you’re going to have higher ground clearance and a heavier vehicle, why not make it look awesome?  But far fewer trucks are actually lifted, since full truck lift kits can be complex, expensive, and difficult to install.  Plus, lift kits are generally for extreme heights like 4-6,” when you’d much rather just lift your truck a couple of inches.  But the Rancho Quick Lift system installs like a strut and offers just the lift you need.  Here’s how it works.

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November 13, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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SEMA 2014 – The Coolest Cars Ranked

SEMA 2014
Last week Las Vegas hosted SEMA 2014, the automotive aftermarket’s most sacred annual holiday.  From all around the world manufacturers poured into Las Vegas for a four day exposition of some of the wildest custom cars in the world.  SEMA show cars tend to have a special flavor.  Though many are beautifully and tastefully resto-modded, others are wacky, tacky, and rude.  But they’re all welcome, because to any detractors, their constructors can simply announce, “I built it for SEMA.”  We picked a few of our favorite SEMA show creations below. Continue Reading →

November 10, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Slow Cars Made Faster by the Diablosport Trinity

Want to know what’s so awesome about the Diablosport Trinity t-1000 programmer, aside from the great display and all the cool features like the virtual quarter mile and the engine code reader?  The fact that a single module comes preloaded with tunes for thousands of cars.  It’s a massive, inclusive list of cars.  We all know what a Diablosport tuner can do for performance cars.  But what about the plain old slow cars?  Let’s take a look at a few of the benchwarmers and how the Diablosport Trinity T-1000 gets them into the game.
Diablosport Trinity - 2011 Dodge Avenger Rally 271 Continue Reading →

November 7, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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The Strength Secrets of UWS Toolboxes

Cars have these lockable, secure metal boxes behind the back seats.  You can put stuff in there to keep it safe from weather, thieves, and road wind.  But trucks don’t have trunks.  It seems like they should, since trucks often carry the most valuables, like tools and supplies.  Thankfully, you can get your own trunk to put in your truck bed.  You can get a tool box.  And if you want the strongest tool box on the market, you can get a UWS toolbox.  UWS has a few secrets to making a stronger box, and we’re here to dish them up for you, because the real secret is that they’re not really secrets.

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November 7, 2014
by Kyle Simmons
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Dynamat Installation – Eliminate Road Noise

You’re on a Dynamat installation mission.  You want to eliminate road noise, noise from outside the vehicle, and all sorts of little vibration and resonance noises that penetrate the cabin of your car, truck or SUV.  If you succeed, you’ll achieve the “nerve calming quiet” that a lot of luxury car makers charge top dollar for. The following is a Dynamat installation guide using a 2005 Ford Escape which details the tools you need and steps you take when installing Dynamat Xtreme series products.

Dynamat Installation- Dynamat Quarter Panel

2005 Ford Escape hatch area

Here’s a quick guide to sound-proofing your vehicle with basic materials and tools. Continue Reading →

October 27, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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The 8 Stages of a CTEK Battery Charger

If you’ve spent any time reading product descriptions on the internet, you can probably recognize marketing language. Big, shiny words and inscrutable terms are thrown around in hopes that you won’t ask any questions about the actual quality of the product.  But when CTEK Battery Charger claims to use 8 stages to charge and maintain a battery, they’re not just making this stuff up.  Each stage does something unique and interesting, and knowing what they are could keep your battery healthy and active for much longer than most batteries its age.  Here’s how to use a battery charger.

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October 22, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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The M4 Sherman Tank in Brad Pitt’s Fury Had a Ford V8

Last weekend’s Fury has a stellar cast.  With Brad Pitt leading a tank crew including Logan Lerman, Michael Pena of End of Watch and Shooter, The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, and Transformers frontman Shia LaBoeuf, it promises to be a full eight knuckles of action greatness.  But the biggest star might be the title character: a 1944 Detroit/Fisher M4A3E8 Sherman tank.  Here’s a little more about Fury’s 30 ton showstopper.

Sherman Tank

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October 20, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Dynomax Cat-Back Exhausts: Not Just for the Street

The rivals inched up to the line, their massive V8s- his a 428, hers a 426- shaking nearby windows and the nerves of small children, even at idle.  Then the lights turned green and the whole world turned to thunder.

Dynomax Exhausts at the King of the Hammers

A pair of tuned, American muscle cars is the general picture we get when we talk about aftermarket exhaust, as if the only vehicles needing the benefits of higher flow are found on the street and strip.  Dynomax is here with their Jeep line to make sure you never forget that you can make just as much thunder off-road as you can on the pavement. Continue Reading →

October 13, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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A Guide to Auto Meter Gauges

It’s a well known fact that the more gauges your ride has, the more awesome it is.  For example, an Amish buggy has zero gauges.  An A-10 Warthog close air support jet has at least 25.  Which is cooler?  You know what’s not awesome?  Not knowing what those gauges do.  You can load your car up with a dashboard full of readouts, but no one’s going to be impressed when you tell them your pyrometer measures how many flames shoot out of your exhaust, or that your Auto Meter tachometer measures the tachyon count in the atmosphere.  Here’s a quick guide to what some of Auto Meter’s most popular gauges do.
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