January 29, 2016
by Andy Sheehan
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Can the Focus RS save us from crossover malaise?

Focus RS

This is in no way exclusive, but it’s usually a mom, or someone planning to be a mom sometime soon.  They’re ready to dump the old cars they drove in high school or college, even though they’re extremely reliable OBD1 Hondas or 3800-powered Buicks.  It’s time to get into something more “serious.”  And it’s always a crossover.  Prospective moms want the utility of a minivan, of course, but the minivan is anathema, apparently a sign of surrender to age.  They’re just too momish.  What protoparents fail to realize is that those of us on the leading edge of car culture already view crossovers the same way, and the rest of society won’t be far behind.  Until then, we have to put up with roads packed and clogged with an endless stream of ugly, unwieldy, good-at-nothing crossovers.  It’s depressing.  But our warm salvation from crossover Antarctica could come from an unlikely hero: the Ford Focus RS. Continue Reading →

January 13, 2016
by Andy Sheehan
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Detroit Auto Show: What’s New For 2016

2016 Detroit Auto Show

Auto show season has been flung back upon us like a cold, sweaty towel, and this week’s Detroit Auto Show has ushered in waves of mediocre boredom boxes and depressing news.  The Chrysler Town and Country will be renamed “Pacifica.”  Scintillating.  But it’s not all bad.  In fact, several awesome things have shown up in Cobo Hall this week already.  Here are the trends they follow. Continue Reading →

December 8, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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Winter Lighting 101

Vision X Winter Lighting

It’s dark.  It’s dark when you leave in the morning and it’s dark when you drive home.  You know what makes darkness better?  Rain and snow.  Wait.  No, that makes it worse.  Yet winter often serves them to us in an ensemble platter with a side of bad drivers.  I mean, don’t these people remember last year?  When it also snowed?  Anyway, we can’t fix the bad driving of others, but we can help equip you for the cold, snowy, dark gauntlet that is your daily commute in the winter.  There are many ways to do this: better tires, cable chains, winter wipers, and a good dose of courage.  But none will do you any good unless you can see, which is why we’re talking about winter lighting.  A good set of auxiliary lights in the winter can make your drive safer and reduce your stress level. Continue Reading →

November 10, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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Trans Am at Circuit of the Americas – Racing in the Aftermath

Trans Am at COTA

I wanted to check out Elkhart Lake.  Road America is one of the most famous and celebrated tracks in the country, and since Trans Am driver Ron Keith had invited me to ride along for a race this year, just as he did last year, I was finally going to head north.

But then I noted that Trans Am would head to Circuit of the Americas in November.  You know the place.  It cost $400 million to build.  It hosts the only F1 event in the US.  It has a gigantic observation tower with a postmodern mullet. Continue Reading →

October 12, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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Ram 1500 Mods: A Complete Guide

Ram 1500 Express

You finally bought your dream truck, a muscle-bound, full size Ram.  It has enough torque to carve the sequel to the Grand Canyon, and room enough to protect your entire family from the definitely impending zombie apocalypse.  It’s an awesome tribute to American ingenuity, a monument to getting dirt under your fingernails and working hard enough to work out while working.  But there’s always room for improvement.  So we put together a list of some of our favorite Ram mods and upgrades, many of which you can install yourself, right in your garage or driveway.  We get it: You have to budget for parts.  Since they’re not made out of cardboard and corn starch, they tend to cost a little more than your average giant barrel of cheese poofs, which is okay, since they last longer and are more nutritious.  So we organized these parts by price, from lowest to highest, so you can map out your own path for your Ram upgrades. Continue Reading →

September 25, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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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 →

September 17, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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Transforming Your 2015 Ford F-150 Interior in 20 Minutes or Less

2015 Ford F-150 Interior Accessories - Husky Liners

There are parts that are easy to install, and then there are parts you could install in your sleep.  While juggling chainsaws.  And riding on a water buffalo.  Strapped to a Saturn rocket.  Improving the look, feel, and functionality of your Ford F-150 interior is the easiest thing you can do, but the rewards are monumental.  We’re going to be generous and say you can finish all of these mods in 20 minutes, though you’ll probably get through them much more quickly.  Here are our top four mods for the 2015 Ford F-150 interior.  Continue Reading →

September 10, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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AutoModding Your Ford F-150: Truck Bed Accessories

2015 Ford F-150 Truck Bed

Versatility. It’s why you bought your truck.  You can carry almost anything you’ll need.  You can tow.  And because you have a Supercrew, you can take your entire family along.  Your F-150 is a vehicle you can use for everything, but can you make it even more versatile?  Of course you can.  In terms of customizing your Ford, truck bed mods are the easiest way to increase its versatility.  You can transform your bed into just about anything with some F-150 truck bed accessories.  Let’s get started. Continue Reading →

September 3, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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Cool Ford F-150 Accessories: AutoMod Exterior

2015 Ford F-150 Accessories

It’s been the most popular vehicle in America for decades.  You can’t take a trip to the grocery store without seeing another one.  The Ford F-150 is unquestionably America’s truck.  And this year, Ford made it 700 lbs lighter with aluminum bodywork, improving the gas mileage and making it even more desirable.  But sometimes your F-150 can be like a needle in a bin of needles.  It’s time to make it stand out with some cool aesthetic mods while improving its overall functionality.  Today we’re going to look at a handful of simple, easy to install parts that will transform your 2015 Ford F-150 from America’s truck into your truck. Continue Reading →

August 27, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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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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August 20, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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AutoModding your Chevy Silverado Interior

Chevy Silverado

It’s what’s on the inside that counts.  No, we’re not making fun of your figure.  We’re talking about your Silverado.  As important as it is to mind your paint and your engine, the interior is sometimes neglected, making it a rather unpleasant environment for you and your passengers.  Seats get ripped, floors get muddy, and your stuff flies all over the place.  Life doesn’t have to be this way.  Your truck’s cabin can be a nice place to hang out.  We’ve narrowed down our four favorite Chevy Silverado interior accessories to make that happen.  Here are our top four Chevy truck interior parts for the 2015 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. Continue Reading →

August 13, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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AutoModding Your Silverado’s Truck Bed: 4 Simple Mods

Silverado Truck Bed Accessories

You didn’t buy some three-row, seven seat, softroading SUV for hauling around your kid’s soccer team.  You bought a truck with a bed.  And in your day, you’d just toss the whole soccer team back there anyway and head on down to the Dairy Queen for a post-tourney choco-dipped chocolate cone.  But since that will get you arrested, imprisoned, and ostracized on Facebook for three seconds these days, that leaves your truck bed open to do truck bed things.  But it can only do them so well.  The truck bed leaves your cargo disorganized, exposed to the weather, and vulnerable to the damage that comes with flopping around on a metal truck bed, like that soccer team.  We’ll help.  Here are four of our very favorite bed mods for our 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab with a 5.8 ft bed. Continue Reading →

August 6, 2015
by Andy Sheehan
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AutoModding Your Chevy Silverado’s Exterior

Chevy Silverado Accessories

The 2014 refresh of the Chevy Silverado made it one of the toughest looking trucks on the road, with beefier fenders and a big fist of a grille.  But now that they’ve been out for a few years and you see them everywhere, the latest generation of Silverado doesn’t look so unique anymore.  So we came up with some Chevy Silverado mods to make your truck stand out in the crowd, while adding more functionality than you can shake a light bar at.  For our purposes, we’ve gone with a 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab with a 5.8 ft bed.  Your fitment may vary if you have a different year, cab style, bed length, or trim level, so be sure to give us a call us or drop a note in the comments if you’re not sure what part you need.  Onward to truck awesomeness. Continue Reading →

July 31, 2015
by Matt Caden
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Campbell’s Ledge: A Jeeper’s First Adventure

Trail

Seeing this trail again for the first time might elicit the same reaction from me.  Excitement and anticipation, a lack of hesitation, all culminating in the echoing thought, “let’s go.”  It’s not a rough trail or even a challenging one, it’s just a great way to get your feet wet.

For a few months now since my friend John bought his new 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, JKR for those who own them, and all the parts he’s added to it, he’s wanted to go wheelin’.   Being home for a short while gives me a good opportunity to show him some the trails, dirt roads, and grass-covered paths I would venture down in my own JK.  But there was one in particular he kept talking about: Campbell’s Ledge.

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July 30, 2015
by Matt Caden
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Jeep Wrangler JK: Death of a Driveshaft

2007 Jeep Wrangler JK

Looking back over the last 8 years, we’ve had some trying times.  From broken drive shafts to flooded differentials, electrical gremlins to broken clock springs and even the dreaded and sometimes scary “death wobble”. Honestly, some of these events shook my faith in what we had together.

But none of these dark days could compare to the satisfaction that goes with finally reaching the summit of a mountain pass after a long, rocky climb.  Even the mundane, daily on-road driving is better.  The latest of these semi-paved adventures was a cross-country trek from northeastern Pennsylvania to the great and flat state of Kansas with little more than tire wear and a good sunburn to show for it.

She’s gotten me out of more trouble than she has ever gotten me in and with a few more modifications, I expect her to continue to.

All of these experiences, good and bad, I will keep with me long after we have parted ways.  There are things I would do differently, of course.  Especially if I knew then what I do now.  But those challenges have given me an experience I would not want to give back.  If you don’t know me or haven’t guessed yet, I’m talking about my beloved 2007 Jeep Wrangler JK. Continue Reading →