How to Pick The Right Color Optima Battery

Optima Batteries are the first major overhaul of automotive power cells since they were invented way back in the dark ages.  They’re more stable at extreme temperatures, have a much longer lifespan, and are extremely vibration resistant, thanks to their unique AGM composition, which also gives them the appearance of six-pack holders.  Which would be a pretty cool promotional idea for Optima.  Anyway, we’re getting off track.  Optimas come in three colors of top and two colors of case, and it can all be a little confusing if you’re new to the brand.  So here’s a quick and easy run down of each type of Optima battery, and which color would suit your vehicle best.
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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 Performance for your 2015 Chevy Silverado

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Okay, everybody.  We’ve done our due diligence.  We’ve made your Silverado safer, more practical, and more protected.  Now it’s time to have some flippin’ fun.  It’s time to upgrade your truck’s performance.  Today we’re adding power and torque, tuning the sound, improving the off-road capability, and boosting the electrical capacity.  Here are our top five Silverado performance parts.
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AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1

We picked this truck because a reader gave us the idea, and not just because we have alot of 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 accessories.  He dropped it in the comments, and we gave him $100 for his trouble!  Want your own $100?  Just drop your own suggestion in the comments section, and you could win!  More below.

2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel

It’s time for a turbo build.  Yes, after our usual magazine of tuners, exhausts, and cold air intakes, we’re going to force the issue, and the induction.  Okay, so we’re taking a bit of an easy route, because this week’s AutoMods vehicle comes with a turbo in stock form, but we can’t pass up the opportunity to size up the snail, especially when it can buy us so much power.  Reader Brian Hampton’s suggestion of the Dodge Ram was a great one, and we chose a 2005 2500 diesel Quad Cab because turbo. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel: Part 1”

AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1

Want to win $100 for suggesting our next car to AutoMod?  Just drop your suggestions in the comments.  Details below.

2013 Toyota Tacoma

It was crashed, smashed, drowned, dropped, burned, and dropped again.  And Top Gear‘s Toyota pickup still started and ran.  From then on our suspicions were confirmed: Toyota makes the toughest trucks on the planet.  Now Top Gear is likely dead, but we’re guessing that Toyota is still alive.  Your Tacoma is worth investing in.  That’s the conclusion Streetside’s own Danny came to when he started modding his 2013 Tacoma TRD.  That’s right, folks, for the first time in AutoMods history, we’re actually modding a vehicle, rather than just doing it virtually.  Real mods, real pictures, real performance. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD: Part 1”

Bring Your Optima Battery Back from the Dead


Maybe you ran a few too many passes at the drag strip.  And maybe that Optima battery under the hood of your alternator-free drag car was a Red Top starting battery instead of a Yellow Top deep cycle battery.  Or maybe you just left your lights on.  At the airport while you were on a two week vacation.  However you did it, you killed that Optima dead.  Deader than ska music. Deader than Bob Dole’s presidential hopes. Deader than the bird in that amazing Monty Python sketch. But like some kind of walking, breathing defibrillator (in more ways than one), you can bring it back to life. Continue reading “Bring Your Optima Battery Back from the Dead”

Optima Batteries and the USCA Crusade for Cool

Optima Presents the Ultimate Street Car AssociationOptima Batteries has decided to be even more awesome by sponsoring another racing series.  But this isn’t your average operation.  You don’t have to sell the right half of your brain to afford the tires.  It’s a series strictly for street cars: the Ultimate Street Car Association.  You can only run what you drove in, and it’s designed to be the best looking racing series of the year. Continue reading “Optima Batteries and the USCA Crusade for Cool”

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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PRI 2013 – Helmets Required

PRI Show 2013Do you ever see that guy? He drives a Toyota Corolla, but he’s bolted a gigantic racing wing to his trunk lid? You know the guy. That guy’s not a racing driver. His Corolla is not a race car. But then you see that other guy with the really nice Mustang. It’s been modded to Timbuktu and back, and it’s fast. He takes it to the drag strip on Saturday nights and pulls a pretty decent 1320. What do both of these guys have in common? They’d both have trouble getting into the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis. Because they’re not professionals.

Thankfully, we don’t have that problem, and that’s why we’re here.

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Automotive Follow Friday Helper: Week 6

It’s cold out there, folks. Winter has arrived, and you’d rather be curled in a down comforter doing every kind of sleeping there is. We know it’s little consolation, but we’ll make things a little easier for you with this week’s edition of the Automotive Follow Friday Helper. Here’s who you should be following on Twitter. It’s on the house. Stay warm. The weekend is hours away.

Automotive Follow Friday Helper

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