Five Ford F-150 Accessories to Revolutionize your Truck

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories - Exhaust System

We got through the responsibility stuff.  We added protection and practical functionality to the F-150, the modding equivalent of a 7-year-old cleaning his bedroom.  It’s not very fun, but you feel better after doing it.  NOW, however, we can have fun.  Now we can talk about horsepower, torque, and lift.  Here are our favorite performance modifying Ford truck parts for the 2015 F-150. Continue reading “Five Ford F-150 Accessories to Revolutionize your Truck”

AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Power

Welcome to our very first edition of AutoMods, our new, bi-weekly series that takes one of your favorite vehicles and virtually builds it into a beast.  Have a suggestion for the next AutoMods vehicle candidate? Shoot it our way in the comments and if we pick it (we’ll pick on the final Friday of each month – February 27 this month), and you could win a $100 gift card.

Find a parking lot.  Any lot in America will do.  If it’s full or nearly so, there’s a good chance you’ll see more than a few new pickup trucks slotted between those yellow lines.  Pickups are far and away the best selling vehicle category in America, dominating the charts for decades.  Why?  The reasons are myriad.  Many people use them for work.  Some use them for play.  But most just buy pickups because they can.  American roads are wider, American gas is cheaper, and the American psyche loves anything that’s bigger.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is no exception.  The redesign was brand new just a year prior, with an even tougher look and platform.  Captain America even “borrowed” one in The Winter Soldier.  GM’s 5.3 liter L83 V8 sits under the hood, pumping out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, all a very usable package, appealing to a sensible, reserved customer base. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2014 Chevy Silverado: Power”

Muffler Buying Guide

The humble muffler plays an important role in your vehicle’s exhaust system.  It’s largely responsible for the tone of your engine and your vehicle’s overall noise level, and has some influence on vehicle performance as well.  As you can imagine, choosing the wrong muffler can have a host of bad consequences, which is why it’s a good idea to understand what mufflers do and why they are so important.

Muffler Buying Guide

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Automotive Follow Friday Helper: Week 19

Motorsports fans, this is your weekend. The Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR is throwing down on Sunday. But this afternoon and tomorrow, the Rally in the 100 Acre wool will be spitting dust and gravel all across central Missouri. We’re just getting set up at the latter, and we’ll hopefully catch the former on Sunday. And since you’re so busy getting ready for such events, we put together a short list of who to follow on Twitter.
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Flowmaster Forever

Flowmaster MufflerFlowmaster understands why electric racing doesn’t work.  It should, but it doesn’t.  Think about it.  It’s extremely fast.  Electric motors offer tsunamis of torque on demand.  Batteries can be arranged low in the chassis for perfect weight distribution.  It’s simple, too, with far fewer components than a traditional engine, so it should eventually be cheap and accessible.  It even shuts up the environmental crowd, as long as you don’t tell them the batteries were acid mined in Siberia.

But we don’t find ourselves particularly desirous of electric racing, do we?  And it’s not because we think hippies are taking over our beloved motorsport.  It’s because e-racing is silent.  When we watch a race, or even a street car rumble by with a pleasantly tuned V8 growling through a custom exhaust, there’s a sudden surge of emotion.  In the moment, we don’t understand what it means.  In fact, we don’t know how much that sound really matters until it’s gone.  Lap times, styling, power, speed – these are all the bricks of car enjoyment.  But the noise, nay, the music…  That’s the mortar.   Continue reading “Flowmaster Forever”

Top 50 Automotive Twitter Accounts To Follow

Follow Friday: Best of 2013 Automotive Twitter Accounts

With the year coming to an end, we have compiled the ultimate Follow Friday list for all your automotive needs and desires. We have done all the work, so you can sit back, relax, and ring in the new year with the Top 50 Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2013.

Best of Follow Friday: Automotive Twitter Accounts
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Automotive Follow Friday Helper: Week 7

Hopefully your Black Friday hasn’t become Black and Blue Friday, and you avoided getting trampled/tased/shanked with an emory board on your way to the blender department. But you were likely up at an absurd hour, pressing your body against that of a complete stranger for warmth, and uttering sale prices to yourself in order to stay sane, all in hopes of scoring some great deals. So you’re tired, sore, and hungry, and the best way to avoid thinking about a giant robot made of Walmarts rubbing its blue and brownstone palms together and laughing at your misery is to jump on Twitter. Here’s who to follow:

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These Legends Use Flowmaster Mufflers – And You Should, Too

Flowmaster Mufflers 30th AnniversaryMufflers 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”

Streetside Ideas: The Suppressor

If you’re a fan of gangster movies or one of the 13,762 crime dramas currently airing on network television, you’ve likely seen the “silencer,” that magical cylinder screwed onto the end of a gun barrel to change the boom boom to a pew pew.  But “silencer” is a misnomer.  The correct term is suppressor, because it never really silences a weapon, it just reduces the noise.

And though suppressors are illegal for the civilian market, they gave me an idea.  It’s not the first idea I’ve written about, but it’s probably the best.  And it actually works, too. Continue reading “Streetside Ideas: The Suppressor”

Ooh Barracuda!

2013 Dodge ChallengerEverybody loves a Dodge Challenger right?  Well, not really.  See, you and I love it.  The massive, unruly Hemi, the old-school styling, the straighline performance are all awesome enough to haunt your drunkest of dreams.  But for some people, especially those in European countries, the size and thirst of Dodge’s muscle boat present a problem.  It’s just too huge to import to Europe.  The fuel economy doesn’t play well with Europe’s CAFE standards (who would?), and the big barge isn’t quite right for cultures revolving around smaller cars. Continue reading “Ooh Barracuda!”