The 4-in-1 Safety Stick emergency tool is a compact piece of insurance in case of a breakdown or an accident, and could prove especially useful in these winter months. We all hope to never need to cut a seatbelt or break a car window to escape, but there's nothing wrong with knowing you can do it in an emergency. The SafetyStick combines a steel-pointed hammer to break auto glass and a seatbelt cutter into a surprisingly compact unit. What's more, the base can be magnetically attached to the side of your car. And once you activate the flashing red LED strobe lights to signal oncoming cars, you should be able to attract help or stay safe. There's even a bright flashlight to make it even more indispensable. It's definitely something we'll be keeping close to hand.
Audi V6 connecting rods
H-beam forged 4340 steel; It sounds tough and, not surprisingly, it is. Pop a connecting rod made from this stuff into your 12v or 30v six-cylinder Audi engine and you'll benefit from a substantial increase in strength and durability. Integrated Engineering carefully developed these rods to fit the stock cylinders, allowing you to continue using the stock pistons if you don't want to change your compression ratio or displacement. They even play nice with aftermarket pistons. They join Integrated's extensive line of products covering most of the VW/Audi applications.
RS6-204 replica wheels
Info: www.hartmannwheels.comDo you like the wheels on the latest Audi RS6? Well, you don't have to order them from Audi (or buy an RS6) to get ones that look just like 'em. These rims from Hartmann have a triple-split five-spoke design and can be fitted with OEM Audi or VW center caps. The wheels are available in Hyper Silver with a clearcoat. Check your bolt pattern before ordering, as this wheel is only available in 5x112 bolt pattern with OEM-style 14x1.5mm ball seat lug bolts. Sizes range from 18x8" to 19x8.5" and adapters should allow you to fit them on most VW/Audis.
Widebody BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne
Several months ago we brought you an illustration of the proposed widebody conversion from Lumma Design for the BMW X6. It was a lime green rendering from US importer, Strictly Foreign. Since then, German specialist Lumma has released the kit, which is called CLR X 650. It features a front spoiler/bumper, skirts, rear bumper with diffuser, sport hood with carbon inserts, a tailgate apron and headlight eyebrows. The tuner also offers 23x11" Racing 3 one-piece wheels with stainless steel outer rims and fitted with 315/25-23 tires.
In a similar vein, Lumma Design has also created the CLR 550 R for the facelfited '09 Porsche Cayenne. Its widebody kit includes a front spoiler/bumper, skirts and fender extensions, a rear bumper, carbon/Kevlar hood and headlight eyebrows. It comes with the same 23x11" wheels as the X6.
Mini Hose Coupling
The Craven Speed Hot Link may sound like a delicious sausage, but it's actually a new adapter that replaces the stock hose coupling on the Mini R56 engine. This allows Mini drivers to add a gauge to keep track of their engine temperature. Instead of mustard and relish, this Hot Link comes with a cap screw for the port and a pair of worm clamps to replace the stock clamps.
LED Daytime Running Lights
Many of the newest features are fitted to luxury cars first. One benefit that may not cross your mind is safety features like LED daytime running lights. But even if you drive an economy car, you can improve your visibility and give it a luxury look with in.pro's LED-line of DRLs. The European Union's study into Daytime Running Lights has shown they have a positive effect on accident reduction. By using LED lights you use less energy, have a longer bulb life and, of course, enjoy their cool appearance. With a low installation depth, the LED-line can be mounted on most vehicles and they include all the necessary cables and hardware.
Mercedes CLK Carbon Wing
evosport already has a full set of performance enhancements for the Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series, but it wasn't enough. Trying to go one better, they've developed a dry carbon rear wing for the super-Coupe. Providing more aggressive styling, while maintaining a factory look, this wing weighs less than 3 lb and mounts on the trunklid, replacing the factory spoiler. It's available in a carbon weave to match the other carbon components on the Black Series (but you can paint it, if you so desire). The wing also fits all W209 CLK coupe and cabriolet models if you so desire.
Rear Stress Bar
Can't handle the stress? Well, we can't do anything about your personal life, but ABD Racingwerks can do something for your '05-up VW/Audi. Its new rear stress bar installs easily in the cargo area, adding instant rigidity. Just fasten it to the OEM mounting points. Why add a stress bar here? Well, by studying the upper spring mounts in the rear, you'll see how vulnerable this area can be to flexing. All you need is something to tie the structure together, and this sturdy bar is just the thing. And it shouldn't interfere with the cargo space either.
Air Suspension Systems
Floating on air couldn't be easier with AccuAir's new line of e-Level electronic leveling systems and air management packages. The system features three different programmable heights, a Ride-Monitor-Mode that adjusts height as needed, and TruPosition Height Sensors to provide accurate leveling. It's easy to install, coming with a plug-n-play wiring harness for easy installation and automatic calibration to any vehicle (no programming required!). It's also weatherproof if you decide to mount it under your ride, and you can monitor voltage so you don't drain your battery.
Level 10's torque converters utilize components best suited to specific applications. So if you're mainly on the racetrack, don't pick up a torque converter made for cruising. In fact, Level 10 invites you to send them your requirements so they can design a converter especially for your ride. Each converter includes a pump, stator and turbine. Small changes in each of these components will affect stall speed, flash and slippage. The billet internals are combined with an anti-balloon ring and top-notch lock-up clutch.
Digital Media Receiver
Alpine's iDA-X305 is all about connectivity. It features a dedicated USB input for iPod/iPhone digital sound and control. The input also supports many other USB MP3/WMA players and USB storage devices. It also has the ability to connect to hands-free Bluetooth, HD radio and satellite radio with various add-on equipment. It even has a built-in 18Wx4 RMS amp, three pairs of pre-outs and a 24-bit DAC.
Exhaust Cleaner & Polish
A shiny aftermarket exhaust isn't so fancy once it's become discolored or coated in a thick coat of grime. Enter Borla's Exhaust Cleaner & Polish. The specially formulated product brings back the original shine to stainless steel exhaust systems. It uses a state-of-the-art formula to clean and protect stainless steel for an outstanding finish. Cutting through layers of dulling oxides and eliminating colorization, the product is easily applied and buffed off. Afterwards, enjoy the shiny steel and know the product keeps on working, protecting your exhaust from the elements.
Audi A3 S.Tech Springs
Tein's S.Tech springs give your Audi A3 an instantly aggressive appearance and helps it stick to the road better. Used with OEM or replacement shocks, the springs drop your vehicle approximately 1.5" for a great balance between performance and comfort. The Vanadium springs have a spring rate of 157 lb/in front and 258 lb/in rear. They come with a 1-year limited warranty and a guarantee the springs won't sag more than 5mm.
VW Rabbit/Jetta 2.5
Advanced Flow Engineering
If you've got an '05-09 VW Rabbit or Jetta with the L5 2.5L engine, aFe's got a couple of filters they promise will produce higher flow to boost power, torque, throttle response and fuel efficiency. The filters have a progressive bump seal to prevent debris going through the filter. The Pro 5R uses five layers of cotton gauze for maximum airflow, while the Prod Dry S uses two layers of synthetic material that don't need special oil and can be washed in regular soap and water. In recent testing, the Pro 5R flowed 109% more air than the factory filter.
BMW 7-Series suspension
We only just drove the first version of the new F01 BMW 7-Series but there's a new suspension kit already developed. H&R stepped up to the task of improving the incredible ride with a spring set that lowers the car by about 40mm. They also enhance the elegant style of the 7-Series, especially when teamed with H&R TRAK+ high-strength aluminum wheel spacers (pushing the tire shoulder to the fender edge). They apparently improve the handling without negatively impacting the legendary comfort, and these springs even work with BMW's adaptive suspension system.
Passing the DMV Written Test
If you struggle to take in a mass of dull information, you might be interested in "Passing the Written DMV Test." Rather than reading the DMV manual, you can spend 45 minutes watching this DVD and apparently learn everything you need to know. Designed for teenagers, seniors and anybody who has to take the test again, the video packs in information for all 50 states (a separate menu lets you learn what's different in your state.) You could spend a day or two reading the manual or spend less than an hour watching this DVD.