How to Install a Magnaflow Exhaust Manifold

How to Install a Magnaflow Exhaust Manifold

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.

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Ecoboost Intercooler: How to pull your boat better

Install Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 30-60 minutes

When your forced induction truck needs to cool off what is a person to do?  Enter the BladeRunner.  I’m not talking about the old early 80’s film.  I’m talking about aFe Power’s series of intercoolers for today’s late model turbocharged trucks.  As a guy with a 2012 F-150 Ecoboost that likes to haul a heavy 22ft boat, I wanted to make sure my truck kept its cool.  Cool intake air, that is.

The Ecoboost intercooler in its stock form has been proven to overheat quite quickly.  As RPMs go up from a hard dyno pull or yanking a load around, the stock Ecoboost intercooler is quickly heated up and power of course is reduced due to the hotter intake charge being delivered.  aFe Power has the solution.

Let’s take a look at a side by side comparison of the stock Ecoboost intercoolerand the aFe Bladerunner below.

aFe Power Intercooler Install - comparing side by side

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Dynamat Installation – Eliminate Road Noise

You’re on a Dynamat installation mission.  You want to eliminate road noise, noise from outside the vehicle, and all sorts of little vibration and resonance noises that penetrate the cabin of your car, truck or SUV.  If you succeed, you’ll achieve the “nerve calming quiet” that a lot of luxury car makers charge top dollar for. The following is a Dynamat installation guide using a 2005 Ford Escape which details the tools you need and steps you take when installing Dynamat Xtreme series products.

Dynamat Installation- Dynamat Quarter Panel
2005 Ford Escape hatch area

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N-Fab Nerf Bars: The Installation Guide

N-Fab’s Nerf Bars will get you into a lifted pickup truck faster than a lottery prize and a pushy salesman.  That’s because they’re not just good looking, sitting there all cool with their glossy black zinc-undercoated finish.  They’re also functional, helping you into your lifted truck so you don’t have to do a leg day every time you run to the store.  They work so well, in fact, that they’ve been tested to 465 lbs, so you can climb up no matter how many refrigerators you’re carrying.

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7 Tips and Tricks for Your Bestop TrekTop NX

Just about everyone on the entire galactic internet agrees that the Bestop Trektop NX is the best Jeep soft top on the market.  It’s widely applicable, fitting all Wranglers from ‘97 to present, and it fits so well, some dudes like The Jeep Doctor claim that it offers better leak protection than the factory hardtop.  And if you go with the NX model, the windows are all removable.  But because the TrekTop fits so well, installation and use can take some familiarizing.  We’ve scoured the infotubes for some unofficial, but extremely useful, tips and tricks to help with your Bestop Trektop NX install and operation.
Bestop Trektop NX Jeep
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How to Install a BedRug BedMat in a Bed

BedRug BedMat Installation
If you don’t know what BedRug makes, skip back a few words and read the name again.  They make rugs for the bed of your truck.  In all fairness, though, a BedRug BedMat is so much stinkin’ more.

Realistically, BedRug installation takes about four and a half minutes.  This is a do it yourself bed liner in the truest sense of the word.  But since management has hooked up electrodes from my seat to my computer to make sure I keep typing or I’ll get the jibblies again, I thought I’d walk you through it. Continue reading “How to Install a BedRug BedMat in a Bed”