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AC Schnitzer MSRP: $TBA
You've turned to AC Schnizter to upgrade your BMW. So how about asking them to change the look of your wrist? With the same style they bring to a set of wheels, Schnizter has released a new set of timepieces. For example, the Chrono S1 features a six-screw base, not unlike its Type II alloy wheel. It performs as well as it looks thanks to "Caliber Dubois-Dprasz 2025" automatic movement powering the watch. Scratch-resistant sapphire glass protects the hand-applied numerals on the face. Other timepieces in the line-up include the Chrono S2, another stainless steel watch. It borrows from Schnitzer's wheels with the Type III embossed on the base! For non-automatic lovers, the line rounds out with the Quartz Chronograph 2, which not only looks like a diver's watch but can withstand water pressure up to 10-bar.
Toyo Proxes TQ
DOT Drag Radials
Toyo Tire MSRP: website
Designed for high-horsepower, high-performance cars, Toyo's first DOT-approved drag radial delivers maximum grip during launch for quicker 60ft times and lower elapsed times. It does this thanks to a new tread compound, strengthened radial construction, and new dual-purpose, low-void asymmetric tread design. The tread includes a semi-slick inner area to improve traction of independent rear suspensions, and a variable pitch outer area to reduce noise while driving on the street. Currently, the Proxes TQ comes in the following sizes: P255/50-16, P275/45-16, P275/40-17, P315/35-17, P345/40-17 and P315/35-18.
Sprint Booster MSRP: $329.95
Slam a heavy foot on the gas pedal and what do you get? If it's not an instant roar, you may need the Sprint Booster. The product provides increased acceleration times on drive-by-wire cars by measuring and converting the digital signal. It then gives the ECU a new signal for quicker response. So, when you put the pedal to the metal, you can really feel the response. The application-specific power converter can be found for numerous high-performance models and it's a simple plug 'n play installation.
To make it a little easier for the memory-challenged and to offer a new choice for incurable customizers, BMP Design has new shift knobs. On top of the knob, there's a visible LED display that spells out exactly which gear you're in. You can also choose from four display colors and three knob colors: classic titanium, white or black. Installation couldn't be easier (you only have to work with one screw and two wires), and training the knob simply requires passing through the gears. BMP's custom shift knobs fit most vehicles with shift lever diameters of 10-14mm.
Titanium M3 Exhaust
The Titans, mythological giants who ruled the earth, were understandably bad-ass, so a metal named after them has to be good. And titanium possesses strength in a lightweight package. So Vorsteiner's titanium exhaust maximizes the power-to-weight ratio in E90 and E92 M3 models. They're apparently 37 lb lighter than the stainless factory unit. These cat-back exhausts also improve power and torque thanks to efficient airflow and reduced back pressure. 90mm tips (with an optional Blue Torched finish) cap off the system. Another change you'll also notice is the distinctive sound without the interior drone. According to the company's testing, gains peak at 14hp and 13 lb/ft.
2.0TSI Boost Hose
Don't get us wrong, we appreciate the improvements of the new 2008-on VW/Audi 2.0TSI engine, but there's a drawback - AWE points out there's no accessible boost or vacuum source. So if you want to install aftermarket boost gauges or diverter valves, good luck! Fortunately, AWE has an easy and cheap way to tap into the motor for both boost and vacuum: its 2.0TSI Boost Hose. Constructed from five-ply silicone, the hose is reinforced with Nomex fibers for greater strength and heat resistance. Install this hose and you'll be adding your gauges and diverter valves without headaches.
MSRP: Approx $85
With aftermarket gauges and bobbleheads taking up valuable dash space, where's a guy to put his portable GPS device? If you're hooked up with Craven Speed's mounting system, you've got no worries. They have two new mounts for Nuvi and TomTom units. The mount kits attach to any pre-existing Craven Speed bracket. Rather than cluttering up the dash, your nav device will be where you need it most. And because the mounts swivel, you can change its angle or position. No more reaching across the dash to input an address or squinting at glare.
Applied Chemical Specialities
Keeping cool has its benefits. When it comes to high-performance vehicles, the more heat you can transfer out of your cylinder heads, the more horsepower you can gain. This happens because the ECU can safely advance ignition timing if you're keeping cool. HyperKhl SuperCoolant, a new coolant additive, promises to reduce engine temperatures by up to 20 F! Developed using technology from industrial water treatment, it includes "high cloud point surfactants" to provide maximum temperature reduction in extreme conditions. While it's cooling your engine, it also protects against corrosion.
Mini Clutch Kit
Designed and built as a clutch/flywheel package, OS Giken's streetable clutch kits and limited-slip differentials ensure the best match for your Mini Cooper and Cooper S (R50/R53/R56). Several options fit your performance needs - for the 1.6L motor, single-plate (STR1CD) versions are available in the STR series, which is designed to hold more power while keeping clutch pedal movement as light as the factory unit. Stepping up is the Superlock limited-slip diff, which can house twice as many plates as competitors, and locks progressively up to 100%. This tuneable kit requires no break-in period and, with periodic maintenance, won't need to be rebuilt.
Retro-Mod Wheel Line
Do you have an Mk1 or Mk2 GTI in your garage? Have you always liked the look of the original VW wheels but wished you could get them bumped up to today's big-wheel fashion? Well, you're in luck because fifteen52 saw fit to produce a series of retro rims in a variety of "plus" sizes. Manufactured in limited quantities, the first design will be 15x8 "Snowflake" design. They're produced with VW-specific bolt patterns, offsets and center bore. Following this limited production will be "Teardrops", "P-Slots" and more.
Continental Tire Website
Making it easier to navigate through the company's offerings, Continental Tire North America has a new website:www.continentaltire.com. And, in case you're wondering if it was just a coincidence, the new graphics were designed to reflect Continental's "Confidence" ad campaign. Check the site for links to latest news, promotions and events. If you're in the market for new tires, you'll find a dealer locator and links for selecting and registering tires. So you won't have to sort through the light truck/SUV and commercial offerings, the site divides the tires into recognizable categories. Other areas of interest include the FAQ page and a "Tech Docs" section that answers questions and provides advice.
BMW X6 Tycoon
By calling its latest body conversion "Tycoon", Hamann Motorsport gives a hint about its goals for the BMW X6 makeover. The body kit couldn't be more menacing with new fender extensions made from light composites. It broadens the body by a noticeable 60mm. The front apron features large air inlets and LED daytime running lights. In the back, the apron features a three-piece diffuser and a roof spoiler. In all, it looks good while optimizing airflow over the X6. Complementing the kit, the Design Edition Race Anodized wheel measures 23" in diameter. Special springs enhance these wheels, lowering the vehicle 40mm. The performance kit increases engine output to 360hp and is helped by sport mufflers. Inside, aluminum and carbon details reflect the other stylish Hamann upgrades.
ZN-502 Alarm And Starter
Car alarms are more than a simple siren. The Zenesis ZN-502 offers all the advanced features you'd expect to find in a high-end remote, such as code-hopping, anti-jacking, and dual-stage shock sensors. The attractive remote, featuring an organic LCD display looks like a monochrome TFT and can communicate with the system from as far away as a mile. Other features include the Z-Pass Touch system (pictured here) - the exterior pad lets you disarm and unlock doors by touching your own personalized PIN number on the pad. And, when it comes to installation, Zenesis kept it simple with nine built-in relays and a built-in data-port for CANBUS modules. That equals a shorter, less costly installation.
Who doesn't hate those little scratches that come out of nowhere? You know what we're talking about. You probably have them yourself. You park at the market and when you return there are light scratches from a shopping kart on your door or bumper. Let go of the hate (and the scratches) with Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0. The new formula features a micro-abrasive system that actually removes paint blemishes such as scratches, fingernail marks, paint transfers, scuffs and other defects while restoring the original high gloss. Compare this to other products that merely hide the defect or scratch in the paint. You can apply ScratchX 2.0 with a dual-action polisher or by hand, so keep a bottle close for whenever one of those little blemishes shows up.
Headlight & Clear
Meguiar's MSRP: $24.99
You can buff your paint all you want, but if your headlights and other plastic parts look aged and discolored, your car will still look below par. Meguiar's has a solution with its new Headlight & Clear Plastic Restoration Kit. Without using sanding or other abrasives, the kit clears up cloudy, oxidized and yellowed headlights. It consists of PlastX Clear Plastic Polish, a microfiber towel and a propriety buffing pad. Put them together and you'll have clear headlights that not only look better, but let you illuminate the dark road ahead. Try it on your brake lights and indicators as well. Also, use it on any uncoated plastic surface such as convertible rear windows, motorcycle windscreens and more.
Mk5 VW Rabbit & GTI Service Manual
As modern cars become increasingly more complex, fewer people choose to do their own servicing. However, Bentley Publishing has produced this comprehensive manual for the 2006-09 Rabbit 2.5 and GTI 2.0T for anybody who might like to try. At almost 2" thick and with 978 pages, the manual covers everything from oil changes and belt replacement to drivetrain maintenance, wiring schematics and OBD2 fault codes. The manual includes 1792 photos and illustrations to guide you through each step of the procedures, helping you to get the job done quickly and efficiently. It even includes factory tolerances and tightening torque values to ensure you screw the car back together properly. So whether you need to replace a wiper motor, repair bodywork, replace suspension or you need a wiring diagram, this book has it all. In fact, if you're planning to work on a Mk5 car any time soon, or you're finding dealer repair bills a little steep, you should definitely consider investing in this invaluable reference source.
Finding a pre-molded hose to fit your application can sometimes be a hassle. Even worse is having to get a custom one made. Unicoil gets rid of the frustration with its bendable design. Simply slide the stainless steel coil over a length of hose to wherever you need a bend. Then, just use your hands to create the bend. It will conform to up to 90 without kinking. Despite the malleable property of the product, the stainless steel will stand up to harsh conditions under the hood. It's available in 0.25-1" diameters and will work with most standard hoses, such as water, air, emissions and oil pipes.