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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October 10, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: One Year Edition

That’s right, folks, it’s been one year since we started bringing you the best and brightest of the Twitterverse with Follow Friday. To celebrate, we’ve racked up the very best automotive accounts to follow this week. Check them out, follow them, and have an awesome weekend!

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October 9, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Get a 2015 Mustang Exhaust from Gibson for 32 Extra HP!

So you’ve ordered your 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and you can’t wait to get it.  You’re burning to quietly creep it into your neighborhood, turn it off, and let it sit silent in the driveway.  It’s going to be so great when you’re whooshing along country roads, listening to the radiator fan, another bad radio station, and the wind whistling through your windows.  There will be nothing like cutting the engine before you pull up at the car show so as not to disturb anyone.  Right?  Heck no!  For the love of chowder, one of the greatest things about the car is that Mustang GT Exhaust noise!  Don’t trap it in the factory exhaust.  Let it sing with a Gibson Performance system.  And add 32 Camaro-slapping horsepower while you’re at it.

We were supposed to see the first 2015 Mustangs reach dealerships “sometime this fall,” but the leaves don’t seem to be changing yet in Dearborn.  In any case, the new Stang should hit the streets before the end of the year.  Gibson Performance, however, already got theirs, and although we could waste our energy burning with jealousy, we should really be glad, because they’ve used their time well, engineering the perfect cat-back 2015 Mustang Exhaust.

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October 9, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Here are the Winners of the Epic Thule Summer!

Epic Thule Winners
The Epic Thule Summer has come to an epic conclusion, and after much debate, deliberation, and a particularly brutal cage match, we’ve picked our three most epic entries.  Well, four, originally.  At first we picked a shot whose owner had stolen it from a forum post from 2002.  We only like a fast one around here when you’re talking about cars.  So we binned it and went on to the real submissions. Continue Reading →

October 8, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Hard Swagger: The Lamborghini Asterion

Shock, disbelief, and outrage are handed out like flutes of champagne at the average Lamborghini reveal.  Consider the Veneno, an Aventador variant someone designed with a machete.  Lamborghini followed that with the Egoista, which was basically a Veneno onto which someone had landed a Comanche attack helicopter.  Even the name was outlandish, “Egoista” meaning “selfish.”  They’ve done such a fine job of certifying themselves as lunatics that their latest concept the Lamborghini Asterion, unsheeted last week at the Paris Motor Show, stirred the pot just for looking so ordinary.

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October 7, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Airaid Intakes: For the Custom Crowd

In the smartphone world, there are two extremes.  Apple takes care of everything.  Their designers have the best possible options for the highest common denominator of customers, and that’s how things are set.  If you don’t like it, you can go to the Android extreme, where everything is customizable depending on preference.  You can even go so far as to root your phone and set things up down to your exact details.  In the world of cold air intakes, Airaid is like Android.  You have options.  Many of them.

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October 3, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Paris Motor Show Edition

The leaves aren’t the only things dropping. In Paris, new car concepts seem to be plummeting from the sky in heaps and droves, including new stuff from Lamborghini, Audi, and Cadillac, among others. The Paris Motor Show kicks off this weekend. Here’s who you should be following.

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October 1, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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The Local Motors Street Fighter: For the People, by the People

Driving is rather the wrong word. It conjures the wrong imagery, painting pictures of rules and limits and how you get to the office. This is more like sailing, or flying, on the ground. It’s that rush of the race track, when you can let go the surly bonds of earthly government and translate your soul into speed. Straight through the pedals. Local Motors aims to perfect the track car. They want to do it cheap, they want to do it right, and they asked you how. You delivered.

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September 29, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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How to Install a Lund Sidestep or Two

Lund 23575401Lund makes a brilliant sidestep for your truck, and they offer several styles and colors, like the 3 Inch Round Tube, the 4 Inch Oval Tube, and the 5 Inch Oval Tube.  But maybe you’re still hanging onto Labor Day, and you don’t want to undertake the huge job of installing them.  In the words of James May, “Great news!” Because installing a pair of Lund side steps isn’t tough at all. There’s usually no drilling involved, and it comes with all the hardware you can eat need.  We’ll use this example, a 5 Inch Oval Curved Tube Step for a 99-12 Ford F-250 to 450, to demonstrate, but other models are very similar, and just as simple.  Here’s our quick Lund International sidestep install guide. Continue Reading →

September 26, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Custom Edition

This week we’re dishing up a steaming helping of awesome. Raise your truck (or slam your car) with Air Lift, cheer on a beloved British brand, and follow three idiots as they journey into unknown lands. It’s an eclectic but essential mix. Follow these folks on Twitter. You won’t regret it.

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September 24, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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These Cars are Begging for an Engine Swap

The best cars are built by crazy people.  Now cars, from the Toyota Prius to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, come with engines that will help them sell, engines that will make their companies some bucks.  But once they hit the market, you can give them the engines they really need.  Here are six cars that could use engine swaps.  And what they should get instead.

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September 22, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Your Air Springs Want an On-Board Air Lift Compressor

Air springs are awesome.  Air Lift’s particularly so.  Air Lift is unique in that they offer air springs for cars, too, rather than just trucks.  In fact, they offer springs for over 540 different vehicles.  They have the best warranty in the business, and they’ve been in that business since America still occupied Japan.  They started in 1949, the same year as NASCAR, making air springs.  For NASCAR racers.

Air Lift Truck/RV Towing

But, like that one time when you went to Schlotzsky’s and didn’t have them heat up your sub, if you have just the springs and not a compressor on board, you’re not getting the most out of your upgrade.  Here’s why. Continue Reading →

September 19, 2014
by Andy Sheehan
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Follow Friday: Weatherproof Edition

Temperatures are cooling. There’s a soothing haze in the air. The leaves have begun to blush. Yes, the colder months are on our doorstep, and after that mortar storm of a summer, they’re quire welcome. Thankfully, our fun with cars and racing doesn’t have to die off with the flowers. Here’s a few people who are only accelerating into the snows. Follow them on twitter.

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