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October 2017 Gear

The latest great stuff for your driving life

Aaron Bonk
Aug 22, 2017

HOT SHINE FOR TIRES

October 2017 gear meguiars hot shine reflect foam Photo 2/12   |   October 2017 Gear Meguiars Hot Shine Reflect Foam

There's nothing not to like about a spray-on tire dressing that says you don't have to touch those tires to get that glossy sheen you're looking for. Which means there's nothing you won't like about Meguiar's new Hot Shine Reflect Foam, a spray-on foam tire dressing that cleans, shines, and reflects with nary a finger getting anywhere near that rubber. Here, its thick foam powers through built-up debris while premium conditioners prevent cracking, browning, and premature aging for all sorts of tires. Hot Shine Reflect Foam gives tires a unique, sparkling shine when light hits the surface yet in the shade provides a deep, wet-look shine. Meguiar's says this one-of-a-kind shine is the result of combining advanced, reflective technology and highly water-resistant polymers with "anti-ozonant" technology to ensure a glossy and reflective appearance. Meguiar's Hot Shine Reflect Foam is a foam version of the company's already popular Hot Shine Reflect Tire Shine, which launched in early 2016 and was the first Meguiar's product to offer a reflective effect for tires.
Retail: $7.49
meguiars.com

PISTON RING HELPER

October 2017 gear ARP piston ring squaring tools Photo 3/12   |   October 2017 Gear ARP Piston Ring Squaring Tools

You've decided to rebuild that bottom end of yours—now make sure you do it right. Gapping those piston rings properly is essential to whether or not that engine of yours will achieve its power potential and minimize oil consumption. And now all of that's easier with ARP's precision Piston Ring Squaring Tools. Here, each ring can be positioned absolutely perpendicular to its bores thanks to the specialized tool that registers against the block's deck. It's a process far more accurate than using a piston or other device that can rock within the bore and place those rings at unwanted angles. ARP's Piston Ring Squaring Tools are precision CNC-machined from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and black-anodized for long-lasting protection. They come in six sizes, with ranges covering bores from 80 mm to 122 mm. Each size is prominently engraved on each tool for ease of selection. In addition to in-block gapping, ARP's squaring tools can be used in conjunction with the company's bore-specific Tapered Ring Compressors to make piston-ring gapping on a bench even easier. ARP offers Tapered Ring Compressors in more than 125 different sizes to accommodate virtually every popular SAE and metric bore.
Retail: $75.11
arp-bolts.com

MUSIC MEETS 911 GT3 DNA

October 2017 gear porsche design bluetooth 911 speaker Photo 4/12   |   October 2017 Gear Porsche Design Bluetooth 911 Speaker

On the racetrack, the sound of Porsche's 911 GT3 exhaust system is unmistakable. So is the appearance of its tailpipe cover, which is just as distinctive and is now more than just a functional element—it's a design feature. Porsche Design has taken the imposing rear aspect of the 911 GT3 and used the original tailpipe cover as the basis for its all-new Bluetooth 911 Speaker. The result: music that's as impressive as the 911 GT3's sound is on the track. Porsche Design's 911 Speaker has a powerful presence, with a base that replicates the original high-gloss black tailpipe cover of the 911 GT3. The iconic shape and the use of high-quality materials like its aluminum housing make the Bluetooth speaker the perfect balance between form and function. The system features 60-watt output and Bluetooth 4.0 and apt-X technology that ensure natural bass and precise tones. The easy-pairing function allows quick connection of the speaker to any mobile device or PC in no time, offering up to 24 hours of wireless CD-quality sound, and the option to sync two 911 Speakers together in stereo mode promises a state-of-the-art sound experience.
Retail: $550
porsche-design.us

BRABUS-EQUIPPED E-CLASS

October 2017 gear Brabus e class wagon Photo 5/12   |   October 2017 Gear Brabus E Class Wagon

BRABUS does what it does best and goes on to refine Mercedes' latest E-Class Wagon with its broad product range of upgrades that enhance everything from the E-Class' exterior to its interior to its performance. Outside, BRABUS fits the E-Class Wagon with a more aerodynamic appearance that's made up of a front spoiler and surrounds that accentuate the Wagon's side air intakes as well as a rear diffuser, all of which have been wind-tunnel-tested to help reduce front-end lift at higher speeds. It's all complemented with tailor-made BRABUS monoblock alloy wheels that range from 18 to 21 inches in various styles and designs matched with Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama tires. Handling's been improved by way of a choice of lowering springs or a specialized control module that enhances the E-Class' optional air body control system. Underneath the hood, engine performance is improved with one of BRABUS' plug-and-plug PowerXtra tuning systems that are each specifically designed for the E-Class' available powertrains and can yield as much as 49 additional horsepower, for example, on twin-turbo V-6 models like the E 43 4MATIC. A better-sounding and better-performing exhaust system is also available that's made from stainless steel and features an optional controlled exhaust flap for active sound tuning on select models. At the touch of a button located on the steering wheel, the driver can choose between a decidedly subtle mode or an extra-sporty sound. Final enhancements include interior refinements made up of stainless steel scuff plates, aluminum accessories such as pedals and door pins, and an all-leather BRABUS interior. All BRABUS components come with the one-of-a-kind three-year or 62,000-mile warranty.
Retail: Varies
brabus.com

SMARTPHONE DATALOGGER

October 2017 gear AutoMeter DashLink Photo 6/12   |   October 2017 Gear Autometer Dashlink

AutoMeter's DashLink lets you harness the accuracy and precision of AutoMeter gauges in an advanced hardware and software package that provides instantaneous feedback all with the help of your smartphone. The plug-n-play, virtual dashboard display system plugs into any OBDII-equipped vehicle and pairs with most Android- or iPhone-based smartphones for easy monitoring and logging of just about everything your car's OBDII electronics are already aware of. From monitoring vehicle and engine performance to tracking fuel economy levels, reading and clearing vehicle trouble codes, and managing check engine lights, the AutoMeter DashLink puts you in control. Log what your vehicle is doing, determine: 0-60 and quarter-mile times, horsepower, and braking performance, as well as map where your vehicle's been, how it performed, and how many g's you experienced with real-time track mapping. Just some of the parameters the DashLink can monitor include: engine speed, vehicle speed, boost pressure, ignition timing, coolant temperature, intake air temperature, mass airflow, and dozens of others, depending on the vehicle. The DashLink plugs into your car's OBDII diagnostic port in seconds and, once the app's been loaded onto your phone, can be up in running in just a few minutes.
Retail: $149.95
autometer.com

STREET-FRIENDLY TRACK WHEELS

October 2017 gear forgeline motorsports GF3 wheel Photo 7/12   |   October 2017 Gear Forgeline Motorsports GF3 Wheel

Forgeline Motorsports introduces its all-new GF3 and GF3 Open Lug wheels designed for club racing and autocross competition. Both offer the superior strength of Forgeline's three-piece construction in a style that's a twist on the classic five-spoke design. Made specifically to withstand the stresses of competitive driving, GF3 and GF3 Open-Lug wheels use I-beam spoke technology to minimize weight while adding strength and rigidity. GF3 and GF3 Open Lug wheels are also produced using Forgeline's traditional forging method that utilizes 6061-T6 aluminum with heat-treated rim shells. And just like any Forgeline wheel, both versions of the GF3 offer fully customizable fitments and finishes, including center-lock applications. Both are also available with a stepped lip in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch diameters in a wide variety of widths and offsets. Hidden ARP assembly hardware is also used on the GF3 and GF3 Open Lug for a smooth, clean appearance and easier wheel cleaning. Designed for additional weight reduction and exceptional strength, the Open-Lug version of the GF3 has additional material machined from the center area for improved access to the lugs.
Retail: starting at $1,310 per wheel
forgeline.com

WAXING SIMPLIFIED

October 2017 gear jay lenos garage spray wax Photo 8/12   |   October 2017 Gear Jay Lenos Garage Spray Wax

There's an easier way for you to wax your car, and Jay Leno wants you to know about it. Jay Leno's Garage Advanced Vehicle Care introduces the latest to its high-quality detailing lineup, an all-new Spray Wax designed to be the quickest way to apply carnauba wax protection to all sorts of painted surfaces. The spray-on system can be applied after every wash to extend the life of your vehicle's base wax or sealant application. For best results, begin with a cool surface, mist evenly, distribute over surface with a clean microfiber towel one panel at a time, and once the wax has hazed, wipe off and buff with a clean, dry microfiber towel. "Waxing a vehicle on a strict schedule isn't always an option for many people," says Chris Walters, JLG AVC product development specialist and director of marketing. "This Spray Wax lets people quickly protect the last application of wax or sealant to extend its life a bit longer." The Spray Wax is formulated with premium carnauba wax and, like all JLG AVC products, is made and bottled in the USA. The entire Jay Leno's Garage Advanced Vehicle Care line was specially designed by Jay and his team to clean and protect even the most delicate finishes with professional-grade formulations.
Retail: $14.99
lenosgarage.com

TOP-SHELF OIL CHANGE

October 2017 gear phillips 66 lubricants Photo 9/12   |   October 2017 Gear Phillips 66 Lubricants

Phillips 66 Lubricants introduces Shield Euro-Tech and Shield Euro-Tech+—two new premium-quality, full-synthetic passenger car motor oils blended in America and designed to protect the sophisticated engineering of European vehicles. The new oils are among the only American blended motor oils for gasoline-fueled and diesel-fueled vehicles that meet or exceed the specifications of major European vehicle manufacturers, including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Porsche. According to Phillips 66 Lubricants, the Euro-Tech product line will allow U.S. quick-lube installers to service 90 percent of all European vehicles in and out of warranty. The full synthetic formulations offer maximum protection and provide enhanced performance benefits when compared to conventional engine oils. Benefits like better oxidation resistance and thermal stability at high temperatures for improved protection against viscosity breakdown and deposit formation, lower volatility for reduced oil consumption, and better low-temperature pumpability for easier starting and faster oil circulation at low temperatures. Shield Euro-Tech motor oil is a full-SAPS engine oil, recommended for use in many gasoline engines and approved for leading European OEM specifications as well as BMW LL-01, Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.5, Volkswagen VW 502.00/505.00, and Porsche A40 (5W-40 viscosity). Shield Euro-Tech+ motor oil is a low-SAPS engine oil designed for modern diesel engines and is approved for service fill under leading European OEM specifications for extended drain applications as well as BMW LL-04, Mercedes-Benz MB-Approval 229.51, Volkswagen VW 504.00/507.00, and Porsche C30.
Retail: Varies
phillips66lubricants.com

WIDEBODY LEVANTE

October 2017 gear NOVITEC widebody maserati levante Photo 10/12   |   October 2017 Gear NOVITEC Widebody Maserati Levante

German refinement specialist NOVITEC introduces the all-new widebody Maserati Levante. In addition to the unique bodywork with its sporty yet elegant styling and the leather and Alcantara interior appointments, the NOVITEC Maserati features 22-inch wheels with dimensionally offset Y-spokes and an available 494 hp courtesy of NOVITEC's N-TRONIC tuning module that modifies the original computer's fuel and ignition maps as well as its boost pressure. Here, the top-of-the-range variant is an upgrade for the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that'll do 0 to 100 kmh in just 4.8 seconds and with a top speed of 272 kmh, making it one of the fastest SUVs available. Outside, the arched fender flares add 10 cm to the Levante's width at the front and 12 cm at its rear. The eight-piece aero kit also includes rocker panels as well as extension components that mold its flares to the original front and rear bumpers, which are designed to integrate the included front spoiler and spoiler blade and its rear diffuser. All of this, along with the carbon-fiber hoodscoop, has been wind-tunnel-tested for optimum efficiency and increased downforce at higher speeds. Ride height is also adjustable by way of the included NOVITEC control module that's compatible with Maserati's original air suspension and is good for a 25mm reduction.
Retail: Varies
novitec.com

THE A4 BY CARACTERE

October 2017 gear caractere performance audi a4 styling kit Photo 11/12   |   October 2017 Gear Caractere Performance Audi A4 Styling Kit

Belgian tuning firm and Audi specialist Caractere Performance introduces its complete exterior styling kit for Audi's A4 B9 Berline and Avant. Kits consist of a front bumper, rear spoiler with integrated exhaust tips, side skirts, trunk spoiler (Berline only), and lightweight, graphite-finished CW1 wheels measuring in at 18x8 up front and 19x8.5 in the rear.
Retail: Varies
caractere.com

A SMARTER JUMPSTART

October 2017 gear mychanic smart booster cables Photo 12/12   |   October 2017 Gear Mychanic Smart Booster Cables

Mychanic's Smart Booster Cables take the guesswork out of jump-starting and make the whole process safer at the same time. The specialty tool company's Smart Booster Cables feature an LED voltage meter that indicates battery voltage in real time and a reverse-polarity indicator that alerts users if they've made an incorrect connection. Now, make sure that battery's the problem before making that jump, and with the reverse polarity indicator, you'll be alerted by a beep and a flash instead of arcing or sparking should you connect the cables backward. Mychanic's Smart Booster Cables are made up of 12-foot-long, medium-duty, six-gauge cables that are tangle-resistant for easy use and storage.
Retail: $24.99
mychanic.com

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