I'm Logo For These Hats
The holiday season is upon us. (I know, you're reading this in November, but if you look at the spine, this is the December issue. Besides, I already saw light-up reindeer at Costco.) You can't go wrong this holiday season when you ask for Import Tuner attire. Represent! Our beanies and hats will hide your I-didn't-feel-like-using-gel-today hair and get you noticed by the ladies. Plus, you can't beat our stylish logo. They make great stocking stuffers (not to mention Hanukah and Kwanzaa gifts). Our beanies and hats are made by Aquarius and are available in major retail stores. So remember, Santa Claus is making a list and checking it twice, so you better be naughty (oops, I mean nice).
We Like 'Em Smooth
Unless you're French-in which case we pity you-you like your women hairless and smooth. I mean, we grew up on a healthy diet of Nair commercials. (Who wears short shorts?) Therefore it makes perfect sense this obsession would spill over into our cars. That's where AutoLc comes in. They've added the six-channel, 75-lb remote shaved door handle kit to their lineup. True tuners will realize that this product is a must for any custom ride. The heart of the system is the 75-lb solenoid. Its supporting cast includes: a 6-function computerized remote control system with two long-range remotes, a self-grounding bracket, a 10-gauge wire, two interior buttons, three heavy-duty 40-amp relays, 2x retention springs, code rolling technology and detailed instructions-thanks goodness for those, because that's a mouthful of parts that I have no idea what to do with. The product is backed by a limited-lifetime warranty. Order yours at www.autoloc.com and you'll be on the path to smoothness.
Put A Little Spring In Your Step
The county that gave us Hefeweizen, du hast meich, and Wienerschnitzel does it again. Those of you who answered France need to pay more attention in social studies and stay off of "Jeopardy." Germany is the right answer, my friend. H&R brings us precision, German-engineered springs and coil-overs. We all know good springs are the key to the suspension system. They support the weight of the chassis and smooth out irregular road conditions. (I don't know about you, but sometimes I like a rough ride.) Anyway, the springs come in two varieties: sport and racing. The sport springs will drop your car 1.5 to 2 inches and will improve handling-especially if you take turns a bit too fast. The sports springs are great and all-especially if they're going on your mommy-mobile-but we recommend the racing springs. These babies drop your car 1.75 to 2.5 inches for a sweet look and come with high-quality, sport-tuned shock absorbers. The coil-overs help you turn on a dime, and provide a more-aggressive look. All of the springs meet or exceed ISO 9001 quality-assurance standards and won't sag, fatigue or lose their coating. We think it's because of the German engineering. Spring over to www.hrsprings.com or call (360) 738-8881 to get yours.
Mini Me For Your Car
My girl gets mad because I have a picture of my car in my wallet but not one of her. What can I say, my Z has a smooth physique and a nice ass. Hey, I wish I could take my car with me everywhere. Well, my dreams have been answered, my friend. Muscle Machines introduces Import Tuner die-cast cars just in time for the holiday rush. They're certain to be this year's Tickle Me Elmo, so make sure you get yours fast. The cars are 1/25-scale model kits and come in '03 Honda Accord and '97 Mitsubishi Eclipse platforms, not to mention the 350Z. Get yours at your local hobby shop, or toy store. Seriously, I'm going to buy a special back pack for mine and carry it with me where ever I go.
Color Me Purple (Or Blue, Or Red, Or Yellow)
Ever wonder why the girls just giggle when you try to pick them up in your beater? Maybe you need a new paint job. RestoMotive Laboratories comes to the rescue with its new coating product, ColorChrome. You can take any metal with a brightly reflective surface and paint over it. You can even darken or lighten the paint job by adding more or fewer coats. If you've always wanted those vanishing ghost flames-you know those ones that disappear and reappear in different light settings-this is your answer. With ColorChrome you can easily blend colors, like blue into gold, or red into purple. And the color stays firmly attached to the chrome surface and keeps its brilliant hue. So get your paintbrush and your beater ready and get over to www.por15.com.
Hey There Speed Racer
We can't get enough of those sporty Mazda RX-8s. Man, I wish I could get my hands on one! Just when we thought the 1.3-liter, 238-hp beast couldn't get any better, the folks at iPE Motorsports threw us a curve ball. The company introduced the True Mold line of carbon-fiber products with the RX-8 engine cover. This baby is a complete replacement piece, not a shoddy overlay. The piece is made from dry carbon fiber that is vacuum bagged and autoclave processed to ensure structural integrity, strength and quality. These guys know how to do it right. In fact, they use the same materials that are found in Formula One racing. Try that as a conversation piece. But believe me fellas, it probably won't impress the ladies so just brag to the guys. To get yours, speed over to www.iptmotorspots.com.
Get Your Fix
In our opinion, great wheels make a vehicle great. You'll be well on your way if you pick up Tenzo's touring-style eight-spoke wheel. The wheel is called Overdose for a reason, folks. It'll make your heart flutter and your senses overload. The wheel is precision designed, and the deep lip has a high-luster polish. It comes in black, hyper-black and gun-metal finishes and is available in sizes 17 and 18 inches. It's available for most FWD applications. To get your Civic up and running with the finest, head to www.tenzoracingsports.com or call Autotech Accessories, Inc. at (661) 250-3000.
Who's The Boss?
No, I'm not talking about that late '80s TV show starring Tony Danza, which was hella-cool anyway. I'm talking about Boss Gloss by POR-15, the new cleaner for plastic, rubber and vinyl interiors. All sorts of gross stuff can end up on your seats-I won't even go into listing them (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). So clean up your act with a bottle. The formula contains a higher amount of solids in its formula, compared to its competitors, and contains no alcohol or solvents, which can remove vital plasticizers from vinyl and rubber causing fading, cracking and curling. It even brightens your car's interior. Protect your ride with the best by stopping at www.por15.com.
So Take Off All Your Clothes
Engineers and hobbyists alike will appreciate the new digital temperature sensor by Zirgo. You can put the sensor pretty much anywhere, including the glove box, the engine compartment, and radio or amp enclosures. It even monitors hard-to-reach places and coolant temperatures. You're limited only by your imagination. In mine I see a very naughty nurse taking my temperature! You can set the temperature limit, and after it has been breached the sensor will send a signal relay to turn on the cooling fan. Did I mention that it was getting hot in here? Cool down at www.zirgo.com.
It's Friday Night At The Movies
If you can't go out and drift yourself, the next-best thing is watching others do it, so grab your girl, your popcorn and the edge of your seat; it's drifting season. (Think of Elmer Fudd chasing Bugs Bunny at the start of rabbit season.) Live Sockets Entertainment releases their latest DVD smash Drift Battle. Drift Battle is to drifting what Endless Summer is to surfing: a classic in the making. It's more of a "mockumentary" than a documentary because it replaces the dry, regurgitated film with fresh footage and new camera angles. It features exclusive coverage of local drifters in Oahu and events at the Irwindale Speedway in California. We even get a sneak peak at D1 drivers Imamura Youichi and Katsuhiro Ueo at a secret practice session. I can honestly say I enjoyed it more than the Fast and the Furious. Not like that's saying much. To get your copy race over to www.onthescene.tv.
The Lazy-Maker 2205
Seriously people, are we now so obese we can't even get a little exercise turning our keys in our ignitions? At least your girlfriend can say her nails are wet, but what's your excuse? Mine's that I don't want to ruin my chances of being the next Xbox world-champion by hurting my agile gaming fingers. Call it an insurance policy. Astrostart protects my fingers with their new 2205 Remote Starter System. I won't lie to you, you're going to have to buy a couple of add-ons to get this baby to work on your car, but it's worth it. The 2205 Remote Starter has an L.E.D. remote transmitter with a 2000-foot range-hey, that's better than Tiger Woods. It also works with up to two different cars and with both gas and diesel engines. It even has a timer so your car can run for 2, 4, 8 or 18 minutes while it remains locked and secured. That means you can run the air and cool off the metal seatbelt buckles before you get in. But here's the catch: you need to buy the interface module (part #310-067-500) to start your manual transmission-there's no use pretending we have an automatic. You can also integrate an alarm system into the unit, again for a nominal fee. The alarm (part #310-120-503) provides a six-tone siren, a shock sensor and an alarm-status L.E.D. So, really it's three parts for the price of three parts, but you can't beat the coolness factor. By the time you're reading this, mine will already be installed. To catch up with the in crowd, go to www.astroflex.com.
Buzzzzzzz...Ouch, You Shocked Me!
That editor of mine watches over me as I type the "Power Gear" reviews every month. When I misspell words, he sends a small electrical current to my hand. He thinks it'll help me remember all that "i before e" jargon they teach in school. Tokico Inc. introduces an entirely different type of shocks. Their D-Spec shocks combine a sophisticated piston and valving system with a variable-aperture adjustment mechanism to fine-tune both compression and rebound damping. In fact, it has so many settings and adjustments it can be used for street, drag racing, drifting and road racing. Now that's one flexible system! The suspension kit comes with shocks and struts as well as TOKICO sport lowering springs. The kit is currently available for the 350Z, the Infiniti G35, the 2001-'02 Civic and the WRX. If you have a RX-8 don't despair; a kit is in the works. The kits start at $800 for a set of four and can be obtained at www.tokicogasshocks.com or by calling the sales department at (800) 548-2549.
Back That Ass Up
If you're like me, you probably don't look in your rear-view mirror as often as you should. Maybe you've even hit a white pole while backing out of your underground tandem parking space. (Oh, you haven't? So it's just me?) Well the At Ease Back Up Sensor by Stellar would have come in handy and saved me from having to tell an embarrassing story. The sensor sends ultrasonic waves out behind your vehicle while you are reversing and alerts you to any obstacles. Danger Will Robinson, danger! C'mon, you mean you never watched syndicated "Lost in Space" shows when you were home during summer vacation? What's that? Oh, you were more of a "Supermarket Sweep" kid. I see. The unit emits a beep to alert you, and the beeps get louder and more frequent the closer you get to the object. And shoot, with all those people running over their own kids and cats and shit, this sounds like a smart option. The install is a snap so head over to www.stellaralarms.com to get yours.
Full Of Cold Air
We're always looking to add a few ponies to our fleet. So we were quite impressed with the new high-performance cold air induction kits made by Protocol. The kit increases airflow to your engine to increase horsepower, fuel mileage and throttle response. Don't you wish everything responded this easy? The EqualFlow filter allows for greater air volume with less resistance. The kit also offers greater performance by delivering denser, cold air directly to the engine. All parts in the kit are precision engineered with a CAD program and have a lifetime warranty. For the details scroll to www.protocolperformance.com.
So this next product is a little different than most of the gadgets featured in our "Power Gear" pages. This one is mostly geared at those who own their own shops-unless you like displaying empty product boxes in your bedroom. This 2X5 grid wall display makes it easy to show off all the products you carry. The display includes an adjustable shelf and support feet so you can put it anywhere. It's made to work with all AutoLc, Keep it Clean, Zirgo, Stellar and Protocol brands. Get organized by stopping at www.thehoffmangroup.com. And come to think of it, I have some Ninja Turtles still in their boxes that I'd like to hang up on these things! In fact, my plan for tomorrow while I'm at work is to construct a wall in front of my office door so I can look at those cute little green guys all day. And then that editor of ours can't see me either.
Get Ready For Rambo
Remember growing up watching Stallone battle it out in the jungles of Vietnam? Rambo was the ultimate fine-tuned killing machine, and his headband was pretty hip, too. Rambo was a Green Beret who went overseas to rescue prisoners of war, but he was captured by the Viet Cong and tortured. Rambo escaped and went on a revenge killing spree...Wait, you didn't say Rambo? You said Lambo? Oh, well that's a whole different bag of worms. In case you didn't notice, Lambo-style door kits are making their way into the import scene. (If you don't believe me, check out last month's cover car.) Chassis Tech enters the ball game with their Lambo Door Hinge kit. The hinges are designed to open Lambo style or lame-o style (that's the stock way for those of you who are slow to catch on.) But this way you can change back and forth with the same hinges. The hinges have a universal mounting style and built-in wire hoops to fit nearly every vehicle. For quality assurance, each hinge is CNC machined before it's shipped. You'll have to do some minor welding but the company assures us the instructions are very detailed. If you want the limited-lifetime warranty, go to a Chassis Tech dealer for the install. Another nifty feature is the lift-assist strut that keeps your door open and closes your door gradually. The kit costs $995-that's a small price to pay to feel like batman! To get to a sales representative call (888) 761-1525 or click over to www.chassistech.com.
Gloves Be Gone
Tired of wearing rubbers to get the job done? I am. Gloves, that is; get your mind out of the gutter. This new product, Gloves in a Bottle, should do the trick. I'm a genie in a bottle; you gotta rub me the right way, baby. Gloves in a Bottle is an alternative to annoying gloves. It's a lotion that turns your outer layer of skin into an invisible pair of gloves that keeps the irritants out and retains your skin's natural moisture. Remember that sundae topping called Magic Shell? It's a chocolate syrup that hardens when you put it on ice cream. We think the same concept applies. The lotion doesn't allow any harsh chemicals like paint, cleaning products or battery acid to penetrate and dry out your skin. Traditional lotions only replace the natural moisture that your skin loses with artificial moisture, and it comes off every time you wash your hands. Worse, an artificial lotion won't penetrate to the deeper layers of your skin, so your skin will remain dry. It will send the wrong message to your skin (that it hydrated when it's actually dry). Gloves in a Bottle won't penetrate either (only your skin's natural moisture will), but it will help you hydrate better than traditional lotions. Gloves in a bottle is virtually undetectable once dry, lasts for at least four hours, and comes off naturally with exfoliated skin cells. I know, exfoliation sounds like something your girlfriend does at the make-up counter, but it really just means the lotion will come off. To lube up call (800) 600-1881 or log onto www.glovesinabottle.com.
The next time you and your girl are out on the town, consider riding in style. Audio industry icon, Rich Inferrera of Rich's Car Tunes, has turned an ordinary taxi into a pimped-out audio-mobile. The London Taxi is equipped with two 16x9 ratio LCD screens plus a 10-inch dropdown screen and a 7-inch fixed screen mounted on the headliner so that you and the homies can cruise and watch "Trading Spouses" at the same time. Hey you can dream about life without her nagging, right? In the off chance there's nothing to watch, you can also plug your favorite gaming console into the 110-volt outlets. Controlling the sound and video is a Pioneer AVIC-N1 in-dash controller coupled with XM satellite radio, custom iPod inputs and mounting-system, and front and rear Alpine SPS speakers. Are your senses on media overload? We know ours are. To see the taxi for yourself and get the know-how to pimp your ride, go to www.ltna.com.
"Siemens, Where's The Nearest Taco Bell?"
An informal 2NR survey proves it: guys don't stop for directions. And why should we? If you pick up the VDO Dayton MS 5500 state-of-the-art navigation system, you'll never have to, because it offers full-coverage mapping of the United States on both DVD and CD-ROM. The graphic interface and voice guidance has been upgraded to deliver more information, better clarity, and reduced driver distraction. Here something to try the next time you get lost: ask the nav system, "Where's my house?" When the computer doesn't respond ask, "Can I go to yours?" Okay, pick-up lines work better on people, but it might be good for a laugh. If you're lost, get to www.siemens.com.
A new Focus
If you're unfortunate enough to drive a domestic-like the lame guys who work at the Taco Bell I always cruise-FX Designs is here to help. You may not be able to match the fuel efficiency of a Japanese import (hell nah!), but at long last you can rival them in looks. I'm sorry. Did I just say that? The new VSX body kit gives the 2000-2004 Ford Focus a much-needed facelift-and if you seriously drive a Ford and are still reading this, there are bigger issues we should discuss. You can completely revamp your car with a front bumper, side skirts (for the four-door model only) and rear bumper. The kit is made of hand-laid fiberglass for an excellent fit and finish. Sweeeeet! If you're lacking in the girlfriend department cruise over to www.fxdesigns.com, buy the kit, and never spend another Friday night alone. What are we saying? A Focus will NOT get you a smokin' hot lady, but it might get you a swanky job delivering pizzas.
Steering At Your Momo
Do you have problems precision-steering through turns? Maybe your wheel is too big (unlike feet, large steering wheels don't say much about the application). Get that wheel feel by slipping into something a bit smaller. MOMO's new Race Metal series steering wheel comes in red and black! Perfect! It also comes in gold and black, blue and black and silver and black. The Race Metal series is available in both 350mm and 320mm, and fits most applications. For further information, point your mouse to www.momo.it or call them at (800) 251-7625.
Round 'N' Round
You spin me right round, baby, right round. Oh, not an '80s fan? You're more of a closet Paula Abdul idol? (Pun intended.) Well, at least she's hot on "American Idol." Even the pop enthusiasts will like the new wheels by RonJon, because they're designed with you in mind. They are the first company to specialize in Honda and Acura wheels. The company is dedicated to making quality wheels that not only look fabu, but also fit like your I'm-gonna-get-some jeans: perfectly. In fact, you can even use your OEM tires (but really, why would you?), and possess OEM offsets that prevent rubbing. They are available in 17-, 18- and 19-inch diameters and come in a variety of widths, like 7 to 8.5 inches. They come in chrome or metallic silver finishes, and each bears the RonJon emblem on the center cap. Roll over to www.ronjonwheels.com or call (888) 8-RONJON for a retailer near you.
Shifting Into High Gear
If your knob isn't up to the job, switch to a high-performance model. No, this isn't a blurb about male enhancement. Get your mind out of the toilet! Razo introduces the Drift Spec high-performance shift knob dedicated to drifting. So what are the advantages of a drift spec? The secret to its success is its raised center of gravity, which increases inertia while shifting and shortens the shift times. The company even claims that it will smooth out the shifting on older-model cars. It comes in three positions so that you can adjust the height for your preferred style-drifting style, that is. The Drift Spec model also greatly reduces the chance of the transmission popping out of gear. Razo makes two different models: the Power Drift 480g and the Direct Drift 150g. With pretty color descriptions like "deep luster" and "highly-polished surface" how can you go wrong? To brighten up your interior and smooth out your moves, click on www.carmate.com.
What A Gas!
Think you've already made every possible modification to your Civic? Think again! The latest buzz is carbon-fiber gas-lid doors. That's right, now you can replace the cheesy stock lid with a nice carbon-fiber accent. The guys at CFtype take the core of your gas cap and create a custom-fitted cover. It saves some green, so you'll still have a few bucks leftover to top-off your tank. The company's products are known for their shininess and symmetrical weave, so you're sure to get quality work for a reasonable price. In fact, the gas lid door can be yours for the low-low price of $79.99-hey, that's cheaper than a new pair of shoes. It's the one time good things really do come in small packages. (Despite what your mom told you, this is the only case where that saying applies.) It's available for Integras, Civics, Preludes, Accords, Del Sols, S2000s and CRXs, but will soon be available for most compacts. Visit www.CFtype.com or call (619) 429-8973 to pick out yours.
Workin' At The Car Wash
Wish you could wash your car and dry it without those irritating water marks? Well, stop wishing and start washing because now you can dry your vehicle without scratches or lint. The Absorber by CleanTools Products is a towel that absorbs 50 percent more water than a towel or chamois and pulls less wax from the surface than any other drying product. After using the Absorber, just wring it out and store it wet in its convenient storing case. (Now, I don't know about you, but that sounds like a mildew fest waiting to happen.) The Absorber can be machine-washed, and unlike towels, it won't shed or disintegrate after years of use. For more details on the Absorber, call (800) 654-3933.
Oh, Thank Heaven
Things to do today: wake up at 10 a.m., call that girl from the grocery store, pick up your mom's dry cleaning. Oh wait, where are you going to put your mom's newly cleaned clothes if you have compact car and a trunk full of audio equipment? Use the Coat Caddy by Heaven for Cars. This coat caddy fits right over the back of the headrest in just seconds and keeps clothes from getting wrinkled or falling. Plus it doubles as a chin up bar (insert your own legal disclaimer here, because we aren't going to strength test the bar.) For more information, contact Heaven for Cars at (800) 411-4582 or log onto www.heavenforcars.com
Go Go Gadget Gas Cloud
People want nitrous oxide for two reasons: One, they want to drive fast; two, they want the "nitrous glow" (you know, the cloud of colored gas purged from your vehicle). If you got excited at the second reason keep reading. So someone actually kept reading? Don't worry I won't tell your friends, but we should really talk about your priorities. ZEX has the perfect product for you. It's the ZEX Show Purge kit. Regardless of whether or not you actually have nitrous, you can look like you do. (Isn't that the definition of a poser?) The ZEX system installs anywhere on your vehicle including the base of the hood, the exhaust system and other highly visible locations. The kit comes with red, blue or green gas so you can really put on a good show. So grab your RS Integra with the Type-R badge and head over to www.zex.com or call (888) 817-1008.
The 2NR staff has a soft spot for monkeys and shiny stuff. We think it's because monkeys eat bananas and throw shit at people-something we've always wanted to try-and because shiny stuff appeals to the caveman inside us. (Ugo see shiny; Ugo like shiny; Ugo take shiny.) So imagine our joy when Shining Monkey introduced its No Spitting Tire Shine. This tire-dressing spray isn't messy and doesn't spit goo onto the side of your car-because girls hate that. It won't leave any residue on the car, and you'll get a great, show-quality shine. Before you wash, pick up a bottle at www.shiningmonkey.com or hit them up at (800) 975-0772.
America has a long history of stuff that changes color. My sister used to have these My Little Ponies, and their manes used to change colors in sunlight. I know because I used to cut off the tails when she wasn't looking and use them for dart practice. She had a whole slew of those little plastic friends and a pony hair salon to boot. Then in the '90s, a smart manufacturer made those temperature-changing shirts that would change colors in the sun or when they got wet. Man, I was the cool kid in school with my day-glow orange tie-died tee. The latest incarnation of color-changing merchandise is Xposure paint from the Alsa Corporation. The chameleon-like paint changes color when it heats in the sun. But then-like a magician turning a quarter into a dove-the paint returns to its original color from the wind resistance on take off. The line includes base colors, candy concentrates, clearcoats, traditional flakes and additives. To revamp your paint, head over to www.alsacorp.com or call (323) 581-5200.
If you're already driving an RX-8-yes, we're obsessed-then you're living life on the bright side. Things are only looking up for this sporty little number as the aftermarket explodes with new performance parts. SR Motorsports announces its entire line of new products. The new underdrive power pulley kit is a lightweight 6061 T6 billet aluminum kit that is dyno proven to free up horsepower. You can even choose from a wide assortment of colors such as red, blue, black or silver anodized aluminum. Too many choices! If you're into matching, make sure you pick up the flywheel made from the same lightweight material. It's available in 9.75- or 11-lb designs. You can also pick up a new high-flow catalytic converter made of mandrel-bent 304 stainless steel tubing. It increases horsepower and is 50-state legal. (What a winning combination.) Why not go whole-hog and pick up the ram-air cold air intake system while you're at it. This high-performance cold air intake has been dyno proven to increase horsepower in a major way. It pulls cold air from the front through a sealed aluminum chamber, so it's the quietest intake system on the market. Available in an assortment of colors, this intake has a patented reusable performance air filter that will be trouble free for years to come. If you're looking to accessorize your RX-8 cruise over to www.rsmotorsports.com.
Let's Get Loud!
Do you like it deep and loud? I do. That's why I picked up Kove Audio's XK 12 Series subwoofer. What did you think I was talking about? Naughty, naughty! It is designed with a 5-stratum thick, custom-molded, double-density foam surround. The XK12 uses long-throw, high-temp, high-mass voice coil formers that produce amazing output capabilities with a superior magnetic field and exceptional heat-dissipation characteristics. Wow, that was a lot of double modifiers. What's a double modifier you ask? I think it's the action word in a sentence. No wait! That's an adjective. I'm confused. For more information, contact Kove at (888) 716-KOVE or point your mouse to www.koveaudio.com.
Rollin' On Dubs
I've been looking at new products all day now, and frankly, I'm tired. So I'll keep it short and simple. Stern introduces its latest wheel, the ST-2 Touring Sport. It comes in a chrome finish and is available in sizes 18, 19 and 20 inches. It comes in fitments 5x100, 5x108, 5x112, 5x114.3 and 5x120. Dubs baby. Yeah, we love 'em. To get your dubs roll on over to www.sternwheels.com.