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May 2014 Gear

The Latest Great Stuff For Your Driving Life

Mar 14, 2014

Neuspeed RSe52 Wheels

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Weighing a mere 19.5 lb, the Neuspeed RSe52 lightweight wheels were created with advanced flow-forming technology for weight reduction. Compatible with big-brake kits, the RSe52 claims to be the ultimate track wheel for VW/Audi owners. They come in 18x8 and 18x9" sizes with the correct stud pattern and offset for your car. They also accept factory TPMS sensors.

From $299.95

SuperPro Control Arms

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Australian suspension specialist SuperPro has introduced alloy control arms for the BMW 1 Series coupe and E9X 3 Series. Available separately or as a kit, the front radius arms and lower control arms allow up to 1° of camber change and 0.8° of caster adjustment while on the car. They come with SuperPro polyurethane bushings to provide more control, particularly on modified cars. If you visit the website, click "Where to Buy" and it will take you to a map of the US with a list of dealers that can provide pricing.

Corbeau Sportline Seats

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The Sportline RRS seats were created for sports driving and feature a fingertip reclining mechanism that allows the seat to be infinitely adjusted, but can be returned to the full upright position with a separate lever for track use. Designed for comfort, the seats hug the body, resulting in a reduction of driver fatigue. The Sportline has harness slots for three-, four- and five-point harnesses and the seats are wrapped in vinyl with a carbon-look center section.


AWE GLI Exhaust

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AWE Tuning announced the release of its complete exhaust solution for 2013+ VW GLI and its third-gen EA888 2.0T motor. Engineered, developed, and handcrafted in-house, it includes a downpipe constructed from mandrel-bent 3" T304 stainless steel with a V-band turbo flange and a 200-cell HJS catalytic converter. The Track and Touring exhaust system was designed with Helmholtz resonators to eliminate unwanted frequencies while maintaining an aggressive tone. It uses mandrel-bent 2.5" T304 stainless and comes with either 90mm black diamond or chrome tips. The full system is claimed to gain 24hp and 23tq when used from the turbo-back without software.


IE Camber Plates

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Integrated Engineering has stepped away from its usual internal engine components to produce these camber plates. Designed to allow maximum camber adjustability, they provide a stable front suspension by replacing the OEM rubber mounts with steel bearings. The camber plates will maximize grip levels while eliminating unwanted movement under heavy loads. To combat the spring "popping and binding" issues common with many camber plates, the IE design incorporates a heavy-duty thrust needle bearing and the bearings are completely sealed from the elements.


Mk3 1.8T Swap Kit

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After months of R&D, Black Forest Industries has introduced its "basic" drop-in kit, allowing a quick and easy swap of the 1.8T engine into the VW Mk3 ABA chassis. The conversion kit now features all the key components, including a 3.5bar fuel pressure regulator. There's also BFI's custom-machined distributor, ignition wires and billet throttle cable bracket. The final component is C2 Motorsports' custom software, ensuring the engine will run smoothly.


CTEK Test & Charge

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This new battery charger was designed to give users a full diagnostic report on their vehicle charging system. By combining an advanced microprocessor-controlled battery charger with a battery and alternator test function, the CTEK MUS 4.3 provides critical feedback in battery testing, charging and maintenance. The device is said to have superior performance on batteries from 1.2Ah up to 11OAh and solves a broad range of problems thanks to features like the patented automatic desulphation program and a special reconditioning function that revives and restores deeply discharged and stratified batteries. We've had a chance to sample the charger and found it to be easy to use and reliable, although we've not had any severely depleted batteries to deal with as yet.


Forge Big Brake Kits

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Forge Motorsport has released its new brake kits for BMW and Mini, designed for bolt-on simplicity. Fitting many BMW platforms including E9X, as well as every generation of Cooper and Countryman, the Forge kits come in two sizes; four-piston/330mm for cars with 17" wheels, and six-piston/356mm for 19" or larger. The rotors are track-quality and utilize separate bells for optimum heat dissipation. Machined from solid aluminum, the calipers feature 7075 billet aluminum and use heavy-duty weather seals. The brake kits come with all necessary hardware, including Hosetechnik teflon-lined lines and EBC fast-road pads.

From $1800

Pioneer NEX

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Pioneer's latest NEX interface was designed specifically for smartphone users, allowing them to control a combination of onboard features with connected services via large touchscreen displays. The benefits include connectivity with AppRadio Mode, AVICSYNC Networked Navigation, iDatalink Maestro support, MirrorLink compatibility, Siri Eyes Free mode, expanded Bluetooth capabilities, Pandora, SiriusXM, HD Radio, FLAC file playback, dual camera input and pretty much anything else a smartphone-user would need. All this technology means your phone and its apps become part of the entertainment system, allowing a versatile and upgradable experience.

From $700

Advan GT Wheel

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Now available in North America by popular demand, the 18" Advan Racing GT wheel by Yokohoma features a five-spoke design cut from a single piece of A6061-T6 aluminum. It's offered in European and Japanese bolt patterns in three finishes: Machined and Racing Metal Black, Racing White or Semi-Gloss Black. There are three different rim depths to suit your stance requirements, as well as two different center cap designs.

From $771 each

Milltek Black Tips

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Milltek is now offering a Cerakote "Black Velvet" coating on its GT 100 exhaust tips. The ceramic technology offers better scratch and impact resistance while being able to maintain its finish for longer, even under grueling heat cycles. It will be available on Milltek tips for cars like the Golf R, Audi S6, Panamera, etc as a no-cost option.


PowerPot X

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Here's a phone charger with a difference. It's designed for users who go off the beaten path. Made possible by Kickstarter funding, the PowerPot X from Power Practical is an upgraded version of its original PowerPot that converts energy from heated water to generate electricity to charge your personal devices. PowerPot X got a boost in size and strength but maintains its minimal weight, making it a great solution for backpackers or weekend camping. It can emit 10 watts of power, and hold up to one gallon of liquid, keeping everybody refreshed and devices charged.


Meguiar's Tire Coating

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Bringing long-lasting shine to dull tires, Meguiar's new Ultimate Black Tire Coating provides a durable coating that dries with a deep, black, wet appearance. And while other tire shines can fade, peel or crack over time, the Meguiar's coating is guaranteed to last more than one month. It's resistant to water and wear and won't peel or crack. Simply spray it onto a clean, dry tire and walk away. The coating leaves tires with a protective shine that should outlast the competition.


Forge Mk7 Kit

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In preparation for the arrival of the new Mk7 VW Golf, Forge Motorsport has a 19-piece coolant kit designed to handle the latest OAT-formulations used in VW coolant. As a result, the hoses have a fluorosilicone lining to ensure longevity, while the hoses were also designed to withstand higher pressures and temperatures than any original equipment hose, as always. The kit is available in black, red or blue.

From $415

Volk Racing G25 Prism

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Volk has a number of new wheels available, including the G25, which applies the latest forging technology to keep weight to a minimum, specifically from the back of the spokes. Offered in 18, 19, and 20" diameter, the G25 can be ordered in Prism Dark Silver or Prism Crystal White. The rainbow effect of the prism colors creates a unique color shift as light catches it.

Sportline RRX

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The new Sportline RRX seat has got it all, from good looks to incredible comfort, whether on street, track, or off-road, the RRX boasts ample lateral bolster support, with the comfort of a daily driver. That comfort, style and support is pumped into every inch of the RRX, which features top of the line injection-molded foam, strategically placed bolsters for support in all the right places, and harness belt capability. Available in a black vinyl with a grey carbon-fiber vinyl contrast, RRX will fit up to a 38" waist.


PowerPak Ultra

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Without even trying, we seem to be on a mission to find the best power packs for charging your electronic devices. We've found a few we liked, including the predecessor to the Trent PowerPak Ultra. However, nothing that's gone before has been able to compete with this marvel. That's because it packs a 14000mAh battery, keeping USB-based devices juiced no matter what surprise lies around the bend. Built rugged to survive most drops, the device can even be temporarily submerged in water for up to 30min without damage (providing the rubber covers are in place. This makes it the perfect accessory for outdoor trips and sports. Powerful enough to store 700% of the average smartphone's battery life and featuring a rugged exterior, the PowerPak Ultra is available in black or orange. To date, we've charged our phone five times before depleting the battery. It has twin USB outputs to simultaneously charge two phones, tablets, etc.


Car Lover's Guide to NorCal

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If you're planning a trip to Northern California, or maybe you're a resident and want to check out what's around you, we recommend the Car Lover's Guide to Northern California published by Via Corsa. It's the third book in the series, following guides to Arizona and Southern Germany, and each is produced by driving enthusiasts for drivers. The NorCal book debuted at last year's Pebble Beach Concours and covers everything from Monterey Car Week to Pebble Beach, plus recommended wineries in the area, local racetracks, museums, car-themed movie locations, driving schools, rally routes and major events. We've enjoyed the series and this is another handy guide for your bookshelf. It's available from the publisher or Motorbooks International.


Hitcase Pro Case, Lens & Mount

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We bring you a lot of phone cases with an array of functions, and the new Hitcase Pro seems to wrap everything into one sturdy package. The case itself is waterproof to 33ft thanks to a proper latched sealing system. It's also shockproof, and should be able to take a 6ft tumble without damage to the iPhone 4/4S or 5/5S inside (two models available). Additionally, it houses a 3x wideangle lens that appears to have excellent clarity and isn't so wide the images look cartoonish. But there's more... The case has a rail system that allows an included mount to be slid very securely onto the case. This is attached to either a tripod or the supplied StickR adhesive footing that can be stuck to any flat, non-porous surface. However, Hitcase also makes a number of other mounts that are bought separately, including the SuckR sucker mount seen here. There's even tube, rollcage and chest mounts, among others. We've been using the Hitcase and like its versatility. It does make the phone slightly bulky, and it's hard to hear people, but that's the price of protection. The buttons and screen now require a more positive push to overcome the waterproofing protection, and they advise you to open the bottom latch to allow the microphone to operate properly, but everything else works as it should. We're slightly worried about scratching the lens but there are protective caps available at extra cost. Hitcase seems to have thought of everything, including its free iPhone Vidometer app that allows you to overlay speed, altitude, g-force, etc onto your videos with several different layouts.

Hitcase $129.99, SuckR $39.99

Wren V5 speaker

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Having experienced the frustration of purchasing a remote speaker to use with a phone, we've made it our mission to seek out the quality products so you can purchase with confidence, and the Wren V5 wireless speaker is one of the very best we've heard. It's packed with clever ideas, that start with a ported, braced MDF cabinet covered in either bamboo or rosewood veneers. It also has a thick silicone base to avoid vibration and eliminate unwanted noise. It uses twin 3" speakers with four-layer drivers plus a 19mm tweeter to provide crisp, clear sound with real quality. If all you listen to is hiphop or thrash metal, this might be more than you need, but if you want to hear the voices and instruments, the Wren V5 delivers genuine quality. It has USB and Aux inputs but is available in V5AP versions for Apple Airplay, or V5PF for Android users. These will sync to the device and allow streaming playback. As part of the package, if you change devices during its three-year warranty period, you can exchange the speaker for the alternative operating system for just $99. Alternatively, there's a third V5BT that will work with either device using Bluetooth. We really enjoyed the sound from the V5 and loved how it looks. This is definitely a cut above the average wireless speaker.


booq Laptop Bag

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booq bags is making a name for itself with affordable, intelligent designs for modern lifestyles. The Viper Courier seen here is available for either a 13 or 15" laptop, with each costing the same. It has a protective laptop pouch inside that uses thick padding, with separate storage for an iPad, pens and a lanyard. There are two unzippered exterior pockets that allow more storage, with one side offering stiffened protection. The handles fold away and there's an attached shoulder strap made from seatbelt nylon if you prefer. The Viper is part of booq's lightweight Fibre Collection, constructed from natural fibers that are both waterproofed and organically dyed. It includes a metal plaque with a unique serial number so the bag can be returned to you if lost.




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