Within the next ten days, America will celebrate two of the most important holidays of the year. One, Labor Day, we all know well. It’s the officially unofficial marker to the end of summer. A day some of us are lucky enough to have off from work and most of us pass with a barbecue or trip out of town.
But the other day, the day that’s arguably more important is today. A day that, while definitely not a government holiday, should still be celebrated with fervor and excitement because it’s the day you get to put man’s best friend first–if you’re fortunate enough to have one, anyway. Today is National Dog Day. Continue reading “#NationalDogDay: How to Bring Your Dog on a Road Trip”
The countershaft bearing in my 1998 Honda Civic sounded like a rain stick full of rusted lug nuts, and the clutch was starting to slip. Despite having spent only $760 to buy the black sedan, I had already injected hundreds more into a new exhaust header, aluminum radiator, stereo, and a dump bed full of other parts that hadn’t held up to 200,000 miles and almost 20 years of hard labor. And frankly, I didn’t feel like pulling the transmission out. People think that to prep a car for sale it will take a lot of time and likely a good amount of money, but I was not willing to give up either of those thing. It was time to sell the beast, awful paint and all. Here’s how I got it ready.
Continue reading “How to Prep a Hooptie for Sale”
If you are blessed with something called a carburetor sitting on your engine, chances are that you know your way around a device that most wouldn’t know any better than some obscure Etruscan artifact. It also means that from time to time, you find yourself called to diagnose a power plant malady of one kind or another, be it a stock or aftermarket carb. Should you have multiple carburetors attached to your engine, you are a saint and have my deepest sympathies.
When it’s time to diagnose a carb problem, these tips always seem to help.
Continue reading “Think You Have a Carb Problem? Let’s Talk it Out…”
Towing is one of the main reasons people buy trucks and large SUVs. However, despite all the towing that people do every day, towing safety is hit or miss. For every smart and safe driver with towing experience, there’s a yahoo throwing caution to the wind and putting everyone in his or her immediate vicinity in danger.
Here are the most common towing mistakes I see, as well as ten towing safety tips that anyone who tows should know.
Continue reading “Common Car Hauling Mistakes and 10 Tips For Preventing Them”
I bought a 1998 Civic for $760. The beater-to-project CRX’s abhorrent rust finally cracked its subframe, so it’s in a mechanically induced coma, and I needed something else to drive. When you buy a car for $760, unless it’s from your grandmother, and she’s not Cindy McCain, you’re going to have some issues to fix. The most obvious on this Civic was a cracked exhaust manifold, so I fixed it. With a little help from Magnaflow.
Continue reading “How to Install a Magnaflow Exhaust Manifold”
If you’re one of the billions and billions of lifeforms who frequent our blog, you may have noticed we have a bit of an affinity for K&N (or K and N, if you can’t find shift 7). We’ve written about them before. But who wouldn’t love them? There aren’t many bolt-on parts with million mile warranties you can install in ten minutes that look cool and are proven to give you an extra 20 hp.
Continue reading “K&N is Cooler than Me”
As a consequence of my trip to PRI, I’m working this week remotely from beautiful northern Indiana. This means I’m not wearing…shoes. And that my commute time was cut down to the 1.3 seconds it took to get from my bed to my desk. But it also means that the rest of my driving is hampered by about seven inches of gorgeous, seasonally-appropriate snow. Hate on it all you want, but there’s nothing like a white Christmas, as long as you know how to get around in it. That’s why we have long recommended snow chains for your car. But maybe we should get more specific, because cable chains are probably what you want. Continue reading “Looking for Tire Chains? You’re Probably Looking for Cable Chains.”
Mufflers are easy to install, so generally when we think about exhaust, we picture installing them in our driveways, trying not to let the passing traffic run over our ankles. What we don’t think about is how many legendary professional customizers use the very same Flowmaster mufflers we do. They just have the help of expensive lifts instead of crappy parts store floor jacks that aren’t to be trusted.
So we’ve gathered a few of our very favorite Flowmaster equipped custom classics. Continue reading “These Legends Use Flowmaster Mufflers – And You Should, Too”
Extang may or may not be an amalgam of Extra and Mustang (which wouldn’t make any sense at all), but they definitely make some incredible tonneau covers. They design them with obsessive precision and warranty them for life.
But not only do they make durable truck tonneau covers, they make several different kinds. I believe they did some extensive market research to determine their customers’ exact needs. Continue reading “Truck Tonneau Covers for Every Job, by Extang”
Fox Shocks, or Fox Shox, as they prefer to call themselves, have been champions in off-road racing suspension since they opened up shop in the mid-‘70s. If you’re a fan of all things dirty and bumpy, you’ve probably seen their logo a thousand times. You might have a set in your truck or SUV (even if you don’t take it off road). But there are a few things you might not know about The Fox, and none of them have to do with *Ylvis. Here are nine more reasons to love Fox Racing Shocks…
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