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In the third of our four-part series of simple, at-home upgrades for your vehicle, you’ll find how out easy it is to add style and convenience to your truck or SUV without forking over big bucks for the "Sport" package at the dealership. Part three: installing your own running boards.
Here’s the second in our four-part series of simple, at-home upgrades you can make to your car or truck, adding an enhanced level of protection for a fraction of what you’d pay your dealer or local body shop. Part two: installing your own bug deflector.
Here’s the first in our four-part series of simple, at-home upgrades you can make to your vehicle, adding both style and functionality for a fraction of what you’d pay your dealer or local body shop. Part one: installing your own tonneau cover.
The holidays are just around the corner. When it’s time to pack up the kids and the hit the road, make sure trailer hitches are at the top of your pre-drive checklist. Here’s why.
The surest way of protecting your valuables is with tonneau covers. But, the one you choose has a lot to do with what you’re hauling and the level of overall convenience you’re looking for. Not sure which is right for you? Here’s where to start.
Worried about your front end? Whether you're a matador staring down the long horns of an irate bull or your auto's front bumper, you should be worried. But, protecting it is a lot easier and more affordable than you think. Here’s how.
How do you know it’s time for new brakes? If you hear squealing or grinding every time you come to a stop, it’s time…past time actually. Don’t get another brake job without reading about the virtues of EBC, Brembo and Hawk brakes first.
If it’s a sunny day but the view behind you looks like a foggy fall afternoon, it’s time to replace that stock mirror with something a little more robust and dependable. So, if you’re still riding around with stock mirrors, here’s what you’ve been missing.
Is that first step a big one? You shouldn’t have to jump in about out of your cab. That’s because safety and convenience is literally only a step away when you upgrade with nerf bars from Westin or Putco. But, how are they different, you ask? Read on to find out.
Your Toyota needs a continuous flow of fresh, cool air to function efficiently, especially when under performance demands. There are a number of ways to streamline your intake. Want to know the easiest? Read on.
There are way too many things in life you can’t entirely protect yourself against. But ,among the things you can help to prevent is damage to your bodyline. And, there’s no time like the present. Here’s how.
Tonneau covers revitalize the stock appearance of your truck, providing a finished-looking appearance while protecting your gear and saving you gas…all at the same time. Here’s how.
When you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your interior and tailor it specifically to your unique sense of style and taste, dashboard covers are the easiest means of doing so. Not sure which is right for you? Read on.
No matter where you’re headed, make sure you can safely pack enough to get you there and back. Is there a chance you may run short of space? Well like the good book says, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Here’s why.
Bumper stickers are great for some, but many people prefer something a little more subtle. When you want to blast your favorite sports team or impart that timely political statement, license plate frames are the way to go.
Air filters keep the worst of the environment from getting into your engine where it can erode power and performance. But, there’s a huge difference between your stock filter and the aftermarket variety – chief among them: reusability. Read on.
Sitting through a long, boring speech by the boss can really make you itch for the minute when 5:00 rolls around. When you make a B-line to your commuter, are you happy with the condition of your cockpit? If not, here are some suggestions for making your interior more livable.
You may have the latest rims, the lowest ride or the most custom paintjob within a 500 mile radius. But if you’re still rolling around with a stock grille, you’ve got a serious break in the action buddy. Here’s the fastest way to get back on track.
Power upgrades are the usual first step for anyone looking to mod their auto. But, hairy horsepower gains and tremendous torque put serious stress on your brake system. Before you bolt on that exhaust, intake or turbo, boost your braking power first with performance rotors and pads.
Preserve your resale value by providing a buffer against rocks and other road debris. Don’t wait until you suffer that first chip or ding. Enhance your level of protection today. Here’s how.
Reports estimate there are nearly 250 million registered vehicles out on the roadways today. So how do you set yourself apart? Simple: a unique lighting scheme.
From long trips across state lines to short runs up to the local grocery store, bugs are inexplicably drawn to your vehicle. And, the newer your paintjob (and the cleaner it is), the more they want at it. Protecting your ride is easy—here’s how.
Fall is here, and that means one thing: fashion. This season’s top designers have come up with a selection of the best and brightest to revitalize and refurbish everything from the inside of your vehicle out. You’ll find the essentials right here.
The great outdoors stretch well beyond the boundaries of your fenced-in yard. But, you'll need to equip your vehicle with the right accessories to haul your bikes, boats and boogie boards. Here's the lowdown on bike racks and cargo carriers.
Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or just take pride in a pristinely-kept yard, everybody who owns a truck has need of a winch and trailer hitch at some point. If you’ve never considered the benefits, here’s what you’ve been missing.
Create the smoothest ride possible by chucking those stock suspension components and upgrading with performance-grade shocks. It’s easy and affordable. Here’s how.
Purge your vehicle of the toxins of stock programming! With a simple installation that’ll only take you about 20 minutes, you can unleash the full potential of your ride and all of its systems. Here’s what the auto manufacturers don’t want you to know.
From scorching heat to the freezing cold, your car seats can do a number on your backside. Protect yourself from a scorching burn or any icy chill with this simple, affordable solution.
Auto lesson number one: the cooler your vehicle runs, the higher the performance output you’ll receive. So if you’ve noticed a dip in response or gas mileage when placing performance demands on your auto, here are a few simple upgrades that can keep your gauges in the black.
Leaving your safety, not to mention that custom paintjob, in the hands of stock brake components is a risk. If you’re looking for some added-bite to ensure stop-on-a-dime power, here’s what you’ve been missing.
When it comes to performance driving, the discerning automotive palate requires more than stock parts can deliver. So if you’re looking for a simple and affordable way to maximize the output of your engine, look no further than air filters and exhaust systems.
If you’re looking to keep the interior-damaging forces off the carpeting of your floorboards, you need high-grade aftermarket floor mats. And, there’s no better place to find the widest selection at the best prices than right here!
Noticed the lack of chrome in modern automobiles? It's as though manufacturers are afraid to touch the stuff, let alone install it onto your vehicle. Lucky for you, it's easy to take matters into your own hands and customize your street chariot with chrome.
If you live in the South, you never know when you may end up in a stampede. Make sure your vehicle is protected with a form-fitting vehicle specific car cover because it only takes one scratch to ruin your whole bodyline.
For all his talent and business-savvy, not even Jay-Z can beat out the Flowmaster. Curious how the two stack up? Read on.
Like any other component on your vehicle, wiper blades will eventually wear out. Funny how you never notice it until you need them the most. With lousy weather on the horizon, are you ready?
If the tops of your truck bed are covered in scratches, dents and dings, you’ll take a hit when it comes time to sell or trade in. Stem the tide of potential damage with truck accessories like bed caps and bed rails.
Whether you’ve spent the time and money on a custom paintjob or are just looking to refurbish your exterior one piece at a time, nothing makes more of a statement than billet grilles. Summer may be over, but grille season is still in full swing!
If you’ve ever thought about raising the height of your ride to set yourself apart from the crowd, you’re not alone. Here you’ll find the comprehensive low down on lift kits, enabling you to get the most height for the least green.
Any day now there will probably be an ‘app for that,’ enabling you to scope out the heat with nothing more than your iPhone. But for now, the use of a radar detector can save you thousands in “accidental” traffic citations. Here’s how.
Nobody wants to look dainty and be the one to harp on others, especially when it comes to a car or truck. With a solid set of rubber floor mats, you don’t have to give your floorboards a second thought. Forget stocks and bonds—this is the best automotive investment you’ll ever make!
There are guys who’d rather walk than ride around with a crappy suspension. Sound familiar? Whether you’ve been in the market for a suspension upgrade for a while or just realized you need one, here’s what you need to know to get the ball rolling.
If you’re looking to upgrade your ride but want to do it on a budget, look no further. Aftermarket body kits are the Extreme Home Makeover of the auto world. Here’s what you need to know.
For any guy who’s ever struggled with a clasp in the heat of the moment, you’ll be glad to know: car bras are designed to be user-friendly, enabling you to take them off (or put them back on) with one hand tied behind your back. Here’s how.
Your car will still run with a stock air filter under the hood. But, it won’t run at its peak. Performance-grade air filters are one of the fastest and most affordable ways to remedy that. Here’s how.
If you’re considering the refurbishment of your ride, make sure you’ve got billet grilles at the top of the list. Here’s why.
Nobody upon nobody wants a ruined finish. You have two options to keep your ride looking fresh: repaint every two years or invest in a car cover. And, one is considerably more expensive—guess which.
Nerf bars provide a convenient step up, ensuring comfort and safety when climbing in or out of your vehicle. Custom designed for your rig, they also provide a luxurious finishing touch to any bodyline. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
In order to produce tire-burning power, your auto needs to breathe in fresh air and blow out exhaust fumes. Stock exhaust components, though, are putting a chokehold on your performance. Here are some quick tips on how to streamline your exhaust flow.
Rams, Silverados and F-150s may be the top three full-size pickups in these United States, but the plucky Toyota Tundra has a passionate cult following of loyal owners. Drawn by the Tundra's reliability, durability and unique look, these truck owners know that their rigs can be just as burly as the big three with the right accessories. Here's a brief rundown on the most popular add-ons.
Ruffles may have ridges, but they're not going to unlock massive power from your ride (trust us, we've tried mashing them up and adding them into our gas tanks like an additive…big mistake). Performance chips, though, are engineered to unleash the beast under your hood. Here's how.
The hood of your highway horse doesn't have to look like insects reenacted the Battle of Antietam with live rounds. If you're sick and tired of scrubbing June bug juice off your front end, it's time to take a stand and upgrade with a bug deflector. Here's a rundown on what's the what with these invaluable upgrades.
Life is sloppy business. Try as you might, your shoes is eventually going to connect with a wad of gum, a glob of grease or a patty of dog squeeze. If you're riding with floor mats, though, you don't have to worry about staining your floorboards and destroying your resale value.
Let's just put it this way: an air intake is like your vehicle's lungs. Comparing stock parts to aftermarket upgrades is like comparing Humphrey Bogart's smoky lungs to Lance Armstrong's. Which of them do you think would win in an old-school leg race, and which would you want under the hood of your ride?
As the A4 moves into its fourth generation, Audi has incorporated improvements that seem to be more user-friendly with each incarnation…but that isn’t fast enough for some. Here’s a rundown on a few of the more popular aftermarket upgrades among Audi owners.
Sure, Thanksgiving is the one day out of the year that celebrates gorging yourself silly on all the stuff you love. Eating like that everyday, though, is an invitation for diabetes. However, stuffing your Chevy with rich, buttery accessories is not just good for your health. It's good for your ride's health, too.
After Tasmanian Devils, typhoons and the zombie apocalypse, few things are more harmful to an automobile than kids eating fast food in the backseat. But, fighting off stains is much easier to deal with than fending off the undead—you just need car seat covers.
Slack-jawed staring is usually frowned upon. People call it impolite, but we don't have those kinds of hang-ups. When an ample rack rolls by, we check that roof rack out and say, "Daaaaaamn." Why do racks get our blood pumping? Here's why.
Our parent's generation may have been the greatest generation, but their gadgets and gizmos left a lot to be desired. These days, the kind of technology that you'll find in a radar detector is more advanced than all the hardware on the Apollo 13 rocket. Check it out.
My mama told me, "You better truck around." I may have misheard her, but I've lived my life by that simple credo, and I don't truck around when it comes to trucking. I do, though, prep my rig with quality truck accessories before hitting the wilds. Here's a quick rundown on the gear I recommend.
You invest the time to run through that Billy Blanks Tae Bo routine every morning to keep your body toned and looking good. Why then would you let your dashboard go to pot by leaving it exposed to harsh sunlight? It's time for a dash cover.
Gladiators used to mount spears on the wheels of their chariots. Though not as overtly bloodthirsty, an exposed trailer hitch can cause some serious damage, especially to the bumper of the ride you're trying to parallel park in front of. Unless you've got TARP money to tap into, protect yourself with a hitch cover.
Nothing's worse than a limp gas pedal. If you're throwing the hammer down but it feels more like you're tossing wet spaghetti against a wall, it's time to step it up with performance chips and monitors. Here's the skinny on these natural automotive enhancers.
Choice. We have it here in the US, but other places aren't so lucky. Just ask Yakov Smirnoff. He'll tell you, "In Mother Russia, choice choose you!" The only trouble with having the freedom to choose, though, is narrowing down your options. Here's some advice on picking the perfect tonneau cover.
In the world of Blade Runner, hard choices have to be made: do robots have humanity and deserve their autonomy, or are they just machines to serve us dutifully? Lucky for you, the hardest decision you're faced with right now is deciding between nerf bars and running boards, not whether they dream of electric sheep. Here's some advice.
You may be shocked to learn how much smoother your ride can be with the modern components found in a performance suspension system. If you've ever jumped out at the filling station and can still feel the vibration of the steering wheel in your hands, it's time to upgrade.
It's a hard-luck life for your auto's flooring and upholstery. Not only do have to withstand the daily grind of your shoes and pants, but they also bear the brunt of spilt drinks, fumbled French fries and the occasional backseat upchuck. But, protecting them is as easy as laying down floor mats and seat covers.
You've passed along the most important piece of collegiate advice to your child: not to wear a pledge pin on his ROTC uniform. But, words of wisdom won't make his or her car safer, cooler or more practical. For that, you'll need to send them off with quality car accessories.
You spend all day in an office. Do you really want to spend your free time indoors too? If your pastime involves outdoor activity, it's well past time for you to consider the benefits of a bike rack.
While stock intake components will keep you up and running, they can also leave you choked up on the sidelines under many situations in which performance driving pushes your engine beyond its capacity. If you’ve never considered the benefits of a cold air intake system, you might be amazed. Read on.
From off-road adventures to hauling that old stump out of your front yard, winches are truly multi-faceted when it comes to the wide range of their potential uses. If you own a tuck, here’s what you need to know.
Whether you drive a Chevy Suburban or a Saturn Sky, there's never enough room to pack along all your gear—unless, of course, you equip your vehicle with a proper roof rack. Here's a quick rundown on why roof racks are an essential upgrade.
Summer's here and that means two things: vacations and moving. If you're up to either this season, you're not going to be able to do it without a hitch mount. Installing one only takes a matter of minutes and it's guaranteed to change your life. Here's how.
Rolling Rock may not be much of a beer, but the ingenious Roll N Lock is one refreshing tonneau cover. Blending the best of both tonneau cover worlds, it gives you the security of a hard tonneau and the convenience of a soft-roll up. How can it do both? Read on to learn more..
Ring? Check. Tuxedo? Check. Bride? Check. A way to tow your boat down to the lake for your weeklong honeymoon on the water? Uh, oh. While you're getting hitched, be sure to upgrade your soon-to-be family vehicle with a proper trailer hitch.
Whether you're gearing up to spend your weekends at the track or just want the extra get-up-and-go to blow away your neighbor, performance chips give you winning edge. Best of all, they're one of the easiest performance upgrades you can make.
If the maniacal manager of the local Carpeteria had her way, the whole world would be covered with carpet. In this fantasy land, your boots would never get dirty and you'd never need floor mats. In the real world, floor mats are a sine qua non if you want to preserve your resale value. Here's why…
When you get the travelin' bone and find yourself on country back roads, make sure you're equipped with the proper lights to guide you safely there and back. Simple to install, you can mount them in about the time it will take you to read this article.
Your bumper sticker might say, "I brake for dive bars," but a faulty brake system might interfere with your thirst for well-priced vodka tonics in dimly lit joints. For stop-on-a-dime braking strength, be sure to check out this informative guide to your brake system and how to keep it well maintained.
Not only did Ford revolutionize automotive production, but they've also built some of the most iconic cars (Mustangs), trucks (F-150s) and SUVs (white Broncos) of all times. Best of all, Fords are engineered for aftermarket upgrades, like these popular bolt-on accessories.
When it comes to improving the appearance of your exterior, there's no faster or simpler way to do it than by enhancing your billet grille. Here's how.
Beefing up your ride with high-performance power is as easy as adding on a few aftermarket components to a couple of key systems: namely, your air intake and exhaust systems. If you’re not familiar with the benefits you can achieve, read on.
With a wide selection of seat covers, we have your seats covered with products that boast style and performance in equal measure. If the words ‘generic’ and ‘lame’ come to mind when you think about seat covers, think again. They’re one of the most popular items we sell for a reason.
When considering the popularity of some of the following accessories, it’s clear: Sierra owners aim to blow the competition out of the water! If that’s you, here’s what you’ll need to get up to speed.
Whatever your next getaway holds and wherever the road may take you, make sure you gear up with aftermarket accessories. Providing convenience, comfort and enhanced-fun, they maximize your vacation time and simplify your life. And who among us couldn’t use a little more of that?
Trucks are built for guys who aren’t big on limits. And, with the plethora of aftermarket upgrades available, the possibilities for truck owners are absolutely unlimited! Here’s a few of the most popular add-ons.
The aftermarket car accessory niche is flooded with accessories that can protect your interior from just about anything, or cover it up when it’s too late. Don’t want to change your habits just to protect your interior? Look no further.
Summer's here and the cops are on patrol. Make sure you can slow down when you need to with performance brakes. Simple to install, they're the smartest companion upgrade to any engine modification, instantly providing a high level of reliability and added bite.
Tired of that momentous climb into your truck or SUV anytime you want to go somewhere? Get a leg up between the pavement and your cab with nerf bars and running boards. Enjoy a comfortable and convenient first step for both you and your passengers.
Forget worrying about how you’re going to pack all your gear, food and other supplies and still have room for passengers. With a roof rack, life can be so much easier. It’s time to get your rack on.
With all that classic Chevy steel on the road, owners are turning to the aftermarket industry to upgrade and refurbish worn out parts like never before. Affordable and easy to install, here’s a few of the more popular components currently on the market.
The simple design behind performance-enhancing air intake systems has one thing at its core: more air to your engine. And the more air your engine receives, the higher the output. If you’re still riding around with stock components, here’s what you need to know.
When it comes to your vehicle and its overall health, a performance muffler is a proven method for clearing the crud from your engine and streamlining its output while maximizing your fuel economy. Ready for a boost in performance and savings? Here’s what you can expect.
Tonneaus add a finished-looking appearance to your truck. Plus, they improve gas mileage and protect whatever load you're hauling. Here you’ll find a quick rundown on the various styles to help you choose the one that will fit best for your rig.
There are some things that are as much a part of summer as the sun itself. And many times those things can leave a lasting mark on your vehicle. Here’s a rundown on some of the most popular add-ons, whether you’re hitting the beach or just cruising around town.
In recent years, fuel efficiency and the concept of an environmentally-friendly footprint have caught up in popularity to the gas-guzzling SUVs. With limited resources, it’s practically become your civic duty to drive something more fuel efficient. And believe it or not, the engines aren’t as gutless as you might think.
Designed to withstand the rigors of high-output racing, parts like performance-grade brake pads provide a direct replacement for stock pads and surpass their lesser counterparts in durability by 20 - 40 percent. If you’re still riding around on stock parts, it’s time to brake on through to the other side.
Now in its tenth generation, the Toyota Corolla has quickly become the standard when it comes to economy automobiles. And if you don’t know why, it’s time you met the Corolla.
While also popular for their performance, SUVs are known for the luxury and style they provide. Upgrade your SUV today, quickly and affordably, with two of the most popular aftermarket modifications: billet grilles and nerf bars.
Just about every component you’ll find under the hood contributes to the level of output and performance you receive behind the wheel. But if ever there was a part that deserved a little extra recognition, it would be the air filter. Here’s why.
An increase in protection can often mean a serious compromise in style. Not so when it comes to your vehicle, thanks to the wide selection of aftermarket accessories that protect your finish and interior while giving you a serious boost in style.
Hope for the best. Plan for the worst. With car bras and the wide assortment of vehicle-specific protective accessories, you can safeguard your front end and entire vehicle against the little chips and dings that can quickly ruin the appearance of your ride.
Your exhaust system streamlines horsepower, gas mileage and the overall efficiency of your car or truck, making it one of the key systems directly related to overall performance. And with a performance exhaust system in place, your engine won’t be the only one breathing easy the next time you fill up your tank.
Whether you want to add that set of monster tires or just raise the body of your truck up a little higher, a lift kit is the solution. Even if you’re not up to installing it yourself, buying the parts separately can save you some serious coin. Here’s how.
With summer in full swing and the open road calling your name, it’s time to pack up your gear and hit the trails. To do that safely and efficiently, you’re going to need a bicycle rack. Here’s a quick look at summer’s best accessory.
With an ever-increasing array of aftermarket add-ons, truck owners are upgrading stock components from headlights to exhaust…and everything in between. Here’s a list of the most popular items to keep your rig ahead of the competition.
Comparing the Accord and the Camry is like trying to decide between ice cream and broccoli – the choice isn’t really all that difficult. But with the aftermarket upgrades currently available, either vehicle is capable of leaving you in the dust. Here’s what you need to know if you’re in the market and don’t want to spend a fortune on that dealer “sport” package.
Muscle cars are like anything else. They each offer a varying range of performance and quality. But you’d be amazed at the difference between models within the same price range. Here’s a rundown on the major factors to consider when looking into purchasing a new vehicle or upgrading an older model.
Whether you use your rig to haul gear to and from the jobsite every day or just help a friend move on occasion, you’ve probably found yourself needing to protect your cargo. Don’t want to spend a fortune on a permanent tonneau? You’re not alone. Here’s the lowdown on two of the most popular tonneaus that feature the added benefits of convenience and affordability.
Chevy accessories aren’t for everyone – only those who want to improve the appearance and performance of their vehicle. If that’s you, here’s a list of the most popular Chevy accessories among auto aficionados.
Depending on how many bikes and other related gear you want to take along on your next outing, there are a few basic features to consider when buying a bike rack. Here’s a quick rundown on the major points.
To get optimal performance out of every last pony, you have to keep your bike maintained. That’s why Ducati motorcycle covers are the number one accessory for the race-bred enthusiast. If you’re still covering your bike with a plastic tarp, it’s time to trade up.
Your car's exhaust system carries away spent gases produced by the combustion taking place inside your engine. Here’s a quick rundown on the major components of an exhaust system and how each functions, delivering the highest level of performance possible from your vehicle.
Triumph is known for producing bikes that look and sound like the originals but also include modern components to meet today’s performance demands. And the best way to keep your classic looking classy is with a Triumph motorcycle cover.
Changing your brake pads yourself can save you a ton of money. For those with a little extra time on their hands and looking for a fun do-it-yourself project, here’s how.
Your muffler’s job is to minimize the force and noise created by your engine. If you can't remember the last time you changed it, you may want to examine its condition to see if it needs to be replaced. And, if you’re up to doing the job yourself, here’s how.
Preserving overall performance is essential to the reliability of your bike. To keep it running at its peak, you have to protect it from the elements that can damage the bodyline and components. And, the best way to do that is with BMW motorcycle covers.
All trucks are definitely not equal. When comparing the Silverado and Ram, there are a number of subtle differences to consider. Of the latest models, which one is best? Decide for yourself after considering the following.
Kawasaki emerged from World War II to become a major player in the production of motorcycles, earning a reputation less than three short decades later for crafting some of the most powerful engines on two wheels. Protect yours by tucking it in at night with a Kawasaki cover.
Climatic elements like rain, dust and wind can quickly ruin the components and finish on your Suzuki, eroding performance and resale in one fell swoop. One of the easiest ways to protect both is with a Suzuki motorcycle cover. Here’s why you need one.
The Yamaha is practically unbeatable when performing at its peak. And, part of maintaining optimal performance is protecting it when not in use. At times like these, take cover with a Yamaha motorcycle cover.
Producing a wide range of motorcycles to suit just about any taste, the average starting price tag for a Honda motorcycle runs around $5,000. That means a motorcycle cover protects far more than just your paint job.
Toss out that old piece of plastic you’re currently using as a motorcycle cover. With reputation and resale value at stake, one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect both is with a Harley Davidson cover.
No matter where you take your Jeep, the interior doesn’t have to suffer. With a few simple, affordable Jeep accessories, you can still play without paying for it in the morning. Here, you’ll find a rundown on the most popular accessories for the Jeep adventurist.
To keep things cool, you need a quality, performance-grade automotive cooling fan. Still riding around with stock parts under the hood? Here’s how to replace them.
On looks alone, there is no better way to add immediate pop to your rig’s appearance than through a custom billet grille. But, what exactly is a "billet grille?" Find out here.
The aftermarket business for Suburban accessories has flourished in recent years to serve those looking for modern, upgraded components without having to fork over a small fortune to their dealer. Here are some of the most popular do-it-yourself add-ons.
From ice and snow to road grime, mud and loose gravel, the surface you step onto as you climb in and out of your rig can be treacherous. Reduce the risk while guarding your bodyline with a set of durable truck step bars.
The exhaust is one of your vehicle’s key systems when considering overall performance. Two of the most popular manufacturers are Magnaflow and Flowmaster. Here’s how they compare.
Keep everything looking new while adding some color and style to your interior with a set of high-quality dash covers. Used together with a few other interior-saving car accessories, custom dash covers can extend the life of your interior and preserve your resale or trade-in value. Here’s a quick rundown on their primary benefits.
There are a number of upgrades to your rig that require special tools and expert know-how, but changing your shocks is not one of them. If you’re looking to improve performance or just replace underperforming stock components after the manufacturer's warranty expires, pick up a set of aftermarket truck shocks and install them yourself to save a ton of money on dealer fees and labor costs. All it takes is a few basic tools and a little spare time. Here’s how.
Whether you’re hauling a full-size camper or just a couple of jet skis, you’re going to need a reliable trailer hitch to keep from losing your load on the first sharp curve. Here’s a little background on some of the more important and mysterious features of trailer hitches.
Catalytic converters. They have something to do with smog control. But beyond that, what are they? What do they do? Here’s everything you always wanted to know about catalytic converters (and a little bit more).
Whenever you modify the height of your rig, whether you’ve raised or lowered it, one thing to be aware of is your suspension system. Without question, the single most important component in your suspension system is the shock absorber. Here’s how to get the smoothest ride possible with this marvel of the modern auto age.
With so many F150s on the job, a number of highly popular Ford F150 accessories have emerged to capitalize on the strengths of this unique truck, one of the best selling full-size pickups ever manufactured. Here’s a rundown on the top five.
Don’t head out for the walk of shame just yet. Because from Amish country to the red-light district, there is one Escort you’ll never regret paying for the morning after—an Escort radar detector.
In this day and age, a guy that goes around without protection is just asking for trouble. Taking the time to slip on a seat cover saves you thousands of dollars in future expenses…and here’s how.
Sleeping on the lumpy, damp ground is not fit for modern man, especially when there are so many convenient and affordable upgrades to the camping experience. Chief among them: the truck bed air mattress.
Whether in a busy parking lot or sitting in your own driveway, nobody likes to get stuck with a dead car battery. Here’s how to jump start one quickly and safely, as well as maintain a battery that sits for an extended period of time.
With summer comes laid-back trips to the lake, journeys into the great outdoors and road trips that require an array of recreational gear. To accommodate it all, here you’ll find the top five truck accessories to stay cool, maximize your free time and outfit your vehicle for everybody’s favorite season.
For the modern truck, especially a tricked-out show truck, there are few accessories more fitting than a tonneau cover. They transform your truck bed into a locking, sheltered compartment, protecting gear, tools and anything else you’re hauling. Here’s a brief rundown on how they came about.
Few things ruin your trip faster than having to sit in an enclosed cab for hours on end or arriving at your destination to find your windshield caked with the multi-colored splatter of bug guts. The good news is: both of these driving-downers are completely avoidable with the simple addition of rain guards and a bug deflector.
You drive a truck for a reason: versatility. Maximizing your truck bed takes just minutes and can be both simple and affordable. You've got the space—why not make the most of it? Here's how.
In general, there are two types of traffic-monitoring methods currently in use: radar and laser. Here you'll find the difference between the two and some tips on how you can choose the one that will work best for you.
When you want to add some meatier tires or just want to raise the body of your truck up a little higher, you need a proper lift kit. Here's how to incorporate one into your rig safely and effectively.
Whether you're off 'into the great wide open,' just 'learning to fly' or 'running down a dream,' you'll never have to worry about cranking it up loud and putting the pedal to the metal with a solid set of running boards. Here's why.
Social networking streams support the unbiased collection of knowledge, information and opinion, transforming people from content consumers to content producers. Here's a brief rundown on the major players.
The Corvette was designed with strict adherence to the bottom line and production feasibility, intended to appear only as a fixture in the 1953 New York Auto Show. Fifty years and six generations later, it's recognized as America's first true sports car. Here's a brief history.
Whether you're hitting the dusty trails or barreling down the interstate in a custom rig, there are certain essentials no cowboy should be without on the road or in the saddle.
When it comes to car culture, few things are more prized than a rare make, model or year. One make that consistently appears on the top of many wish-lists is the Corvette. And, while Chevy has produced a number of sought-after Corvette models, few beat out the 1969 Stingray ZL1.
Whether you're in charge of the weekly car pool or use your car like a mobile office on wheels, your interior takes a beating. But with a few quick and affordable add-ons, you can achieve ultimate protection with items that are easy to yank out and hose off when they become soiled.
Transforming your ride into something fast and furious is a lot easier and more affordable than you might think. In a single afternoon, you can quickly go from sideline sucker to speed demon simply by adding a few of the following upgrades.
Keep them quiet by keeping them entertained. With a mobile movie theatre, you can alleviate the boredom (and accompanying whining, fidgeting and hassle) that often come with excessive time spent on the road. Here's how.
NASCAR is an American success story. Founded in 1947, it has remained a family-owned business that generates over $3 billion worth of licensed product sales annually. Here's a brief glimpse at its phenomenally successful history.
With long commutes, high gas prices and road obstacles, like bumper-to-bumper traffic and stoplights on every corner, knowing exactly how far that full tank will take you is essential knowledge. Here's how to figure it out.
When it comes to performance trucks, few have surpassed the overall quality and reliability of the Chevy Silverado. Here's a brief history of this legendary workhorse.
A fictional story about getting into a fight by the bike racks in elementary school...and the lesson it teaches us.
From Jack Johnson to Jimmy Buffett, beach bums on both coasts are famous for the time spent on the beach, whether surfing, singing or just taking in the sun. Here are some of the easiest and most affordable upgrades to protect your vehicle when you're parked by the sand.
Trail braking is an advanced braking technique racecar drivers use that allows them to slide through a quick corner. But no matter how experienced the driver, without performance parts, he's just another guy behind the wheel.
Other than baseball, few things are more distinctly American than the Ford F-150. Like melted cheddar cheese on top of a warm slice of apple pie, many F-150 owners have found aftermarket parts to be an easy way to make their American legends even more powerful, stylish and efficient.
You haul your gear from city to city, logging the miles as you wait for that big break to finally come. Turn up in style at your next gig with four essential accessories no touring band should be without.
For many a sports car, aftermarket upgrades turn factory bland into works of art, providing everything from an eardrum-shattering sound system to a performance exhaust system. Here you'll find some of the top accessories to upgrade your Corvette.
Maximizing your time outdoors is as easy as equipping your vehicle with some basic Jeep accessories that will get you and your gear to and from the wilderness as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Adding a tonneau cover to your truck is one of the best upgrades for your rig. Sure, the finished, tricked-out appearance is reason enough. But, a tonneau does a lot more than just look good. Here are five more money-saving benefits, some of which may surprise you.
You wouldn't hit the beach without sunblock. So, don't compromise your resale value by letting the sun destroy the exterior and interior of your vehicle. Consider the following preventative measures.
The aftermarket business is booming as drivers look for premium upgrades to maximize the output of their performance vehicles. But, the best thing about aftermarket parts is how easy and affordable it is to find and install them.
Street and drag racing are tearing up the track (and city streets). Believe it or not, with minimal effort and a little extra cash, pimping out your ride with racing style is a lot easier and more affordable than you might think.
Whether you're looking for something to hold it all together or something to take your mind off of it when it all falls apart, here are 5 must-have travel accessories you shouldn't leave home without.
Your dealer will be more than happy to sell you costly add-on packages. But, there's a much simpler and more cost-effective way to upgrade your Ford truck, all at once or piece by piece. Here you'll find eight must-have accessories.
Seat covers are the perfect solution for the highest-trafficked area in your vehicle: the seats. They provide a protective barrier and preserve your interior and resale or trade-in value, all at a price that makes them well worth the investment.
When you're doing anything with your diesel truck that requires a high degree of performance, like towing or racing, stock components in your exhaust system slow you down. Performance exhausts are engineered to maximize your engine's exhaust flow, allowing the engine to breathe easier. Plus, these upgrades are fast and affordable to install.
Import cars have been ranked at the top of the dependability charts by J.D. Power and Associates since 1990. All that notoriety on just stock parts! Throw in the performance potential found in aftermarket upgrades, and it's no contest.
Your exhaust system plays a vital role in the overall performance of your vehicle, which is why it's important to have a basic understanding of its components, allowing you to upgrade your vehicle to achieve maximum performance.
Aftermarket air intake systems are available in many different styles and sizes, and they're relatively simple to install. They provide a cost-effective way to increase performance for those who demand the most from their engine.
We have two very important questions for you: Are you a safety-first type of car owner or are you all about the style? Go ahead and think about that for a moment.
Floor mats, the unsung heroes of the auto industry, more than make up for their cost through the money they save you. If your floorboards aren't covered, it's time to upgrade.
Passenger vehicles have a suspension system to minimize the impact from uneven or cracked roadways. There are a number of different types of suspension systems used, and here we'll take a look at three of the most popular types.
You take pride in the exterior of your vehicle because you know what it says about you to others. So, what do you think it says when they see that faded, stained and worn-looking upholstery? With a wide variety of car seat covers to choose from, it's easy and affordable to protect your investment (and your image) with style.
Is the price tag on the 2011 Ford Mustang worth it? The quick answer is yes. But, if you're short on green, some genuine Mustang parts can quickly and affordably revitalize your existing model.
Whether you're on the west coast or east coast, winter means tougher weather than you're typically used to driving in. Here are a few tips to help you put it together courtesy of Become.com.
Wherever the trail takes you, there are a number of truck accessories for the outdoor enthusiast to minimize the mess and resulting damage from a day of R & R. Collected here are the top five.
Jeeps are known for their high level of customization. And while many upgrades are available through a dealer, the same add-ons can be installed piece-by-piece at home for a fraction of the cost.
Motorcycle Protection: Protect your Bike with Motorcycle Covers, Gear and Our Motorcycle Maintenance TipsPublished: Jan 30, 2010
Unlike an automobile, motorcycles are more susceptible to the elements. But, with some basic care and a small investment in protective gear, your bike will be ready to tear up those long deserted stretches of asphalt at a moment's notice.
When it comes to maintaining and upgrading your vehicle, sometimes you have to prioritize. But without question, brakes are at the top of the list every time. Here you'll find a handy checklist of steps to keep the most vital system on your vehicle performing at its peak.
Preparing your vehicle for the unforgiving winter months doesn’t have to be an uphill climb. Here are 14 easy tips and tricks that even Sir Edmund Hillary would approve of.
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