Monthly Archives: July 2010

Extra, Extra! 8 New Accessories Available Now


Newsies

Hot off the presses, it’s the New Product Times-Picayune-Gazette, bringing you only the finest automotive bric-a-brac fit to print.

Adarac Truck RackFor this rack upgrade, you won’t have to take a medical holiday to Thailand or hole up in your apartment recouping—it’s a turnkey solution for your application and verbiage verbiage verbiage. Beyond the marketing jibber-jabber, this tonneau cover rack from Access racks bolts directly into your stake pockets, so there’s no need to hunt down and dust off your Makita for this project. And, it leaves your bed open for any inside-the-rails tonneau cover.

Access Adarac Truck Rack

Truxedo B-LightTruXedo wanted to call these truck bed lights “A-Lights,” but the only celebrities who responded to the endorsement listing were Delta Burke, Rudy Ray Moore and Dave Coulier. Personally, we think that if these LED lights were to show up to the A-list Hollywood club, Voyeur, the bouncer would be so impressed by the powerful bulbs and ease of installation that he’d let them in. Not to mention, these Truxedo lights are backed by a one year warranty.

TruXedo B-Light Tonneau Lighting System

PlasmaGlow Fire & Ice LED Mud Flap LightsLike a mullet, these LED lights from PlasmaGlow attach to your mud flaps to give your truck a business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back kind of look.

PlasmaGlow Fire & Ice Mud Flap Lights

Thule Rack PadsYou could strap some elbow pads to your crossbars, but you better be prepared to get clowned in the parking lot by your boys. Save some face by cushioning your base rack system with these spongy roof rack accessories from Thule, Sweden’s finest export after Nordic swimsuit models.

Thule Rack Pads

Thule StackerBecause untangling your bikes from the heap you piled ’em in isn’t conducive to the start of a relaxing jaunt down the boardwalk, keep those two-wheelers organized with this deluxe bike storage rack from Thule racks.

Thule Bike Stacker Storage Rack

MAXPRO Brake Bleeder KitPut down your leeches and give your kid a reprieve from the pump-pump-pump-hold duty—these professional-grade brake bleeder kits from Phoenix Systems come complete with everything you need to self-bleed your own brakes or clutch right in your garage.

Phoenix MAXPRO Brake Bleeder Kit

Phoenix V-12 Brake Bleeder KitThe perfect gift for the DIY phlebotomist and the amateur grease monkey who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles of the MAXPRO but still wants to do solo brake bleed jobs. Armed with a Phoenix Systems brake bleeder, anyone can get rock-hard brakes in about 10 minutes. Rock-hard buttocks, though, are not guaranteed…but, hey, there is a lot of squatting involved.

Phoenix V-12 Brake Bleeder Kit

Armor Lid Tonneau CoverDress your truck with the best form of defense since the moat: the new Armor Lid. This tough-as-nails hard tonneau cover boasts a triple Triplex design that can shoulder up to 1,000 lbs (that’s like an entire kindergarten class) and dual twist locks (to keep the grubby, paste-covered fingers of said kindergarteners off your valuables).

Armor Lid Tonneau Cover

New Coverking Car Cover Discounts


coverking covers

We will be running a promotion on all of our Coverking car covers until August 31st, 2010. So if you’re looking for a cover for the red hot summer conditions, or even if you want to use it to protect your ride indoors, Now is the time to click on over to our Shopping Website to grab a brand new car cover.

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Four for Friday: Your Weekly New Product Gab Sesh


Taster's Choice

Pop in your hair curlers, pour a steamy mug of your favorite Taster’s Choice and take a dainty bite from a madeleine because it’s time to nestle in for our weekly new product gab sesh. You know the score—we’ll share juicy nuggets of gossip about what Thule’s been doing behind Softride’s back, and what we think about HitchSafe’s outrageous new faux alligator pumps.

HitchSafe Key VaultIt’s like a mobile Fort Knox for your receiver hitch, but better because you won’t have to worry about evil geniuses hatching dastardly schemes to set off a nucular (sic) bomb under your ride. With one of these trailer hitch accessories from HitchSafe mounted to your hitch, all you have to worry about is forgetting your combination.

HitchSafe Key Vault

Softride Dura Hydraulic Assist Hitch Bike RackRemember Mrs. Deagle’s radical chair lift from Gremlins…you know, the one that the Gremlins hotwired so she’d launch out the window? This deluxe new hitch bike rack from Softride is a lot like that, only less likely to ruin your x-mas.

Softride Dura Hydraulic Assist Hitch Bike Rack

Thule Insta-gaterYou’re motoring down to the trailhead with your Huffy clamped down in the jaws of this Thule truck bed bike rack, you’re tuned to 98.7 The Gator (Palm Beach’s ROCK Station), and The Boss’s Chicken Lips And Lizard Hips is bumping on the speakers. Baby, life in Florida couldn’t get any better…unless Florida were New York City, and your Huffy were a custom Bologna Bike.

Thule Insta-gater Truck Bed Bike Rack

Rampage Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down StrapSick of the flimflammery perpetrated by the likes of Harry Houdini, Doug Henning and David Copperfield? Well, they’re not gonna wriggle their way out of these cargo nets & tie-downs from Rampage Jeep. It’s the ideal security harness for valuable freight, be it a motorcycle, an armoire or a prestidigitator. Just remember: always have a safe word.

Rampage Lockstraps Locking Tie-Down Strap

AutoAnything Goes All Anti-Viral With New Commercial


AutoAnything Commercial

Yes, yes. Renegade gorilla marketers love to spout off about the power of viral media. But what has it gotten us? A lot of lame, quasi-handheld video clips of  people pulling off superhuman feats and bozos creating Diet Coke geysers. Hey, OK Go: if you made music that wasn’t so pedestrian, you wouldn’t have to hole up in warehouses constructing elaborate Rube Goldberg devices to get attention. Holden Caulfield wouldn’t buy into this phoniness, and we live by his example.

Here’s the thing about viral/virus/flu media: if your product or service isn’t interesting or valuable, you have to manufacture interest and value by talking about something other than your product or service (e.g. OK Go’s music—listen to it without watching the video, and you’ll understand the subterfuge). But, if you’ve got something smoking hot, you just gotta dish it up without the contrived gimmicks. And AutoAnything is like molten-Velveeta-scorching-the-roof-of-your-mouth hot.

Thus, our new commercial: simple, direct, satisfying—the media equivalent of a dry-aged New York strip steak cooked rare with a baked potato and two-fingers of scotch, neat. Check it out:

We have a grip of other videos, too, at our official AutoAnything YouTube page. Swing on by and see what’s cooking.

AutoAnything Joins the BBB


 Blueribbon Motoring LLC BBB Business Review You might remember AutoAnything from such professional associations as SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) and BCE (BizRate’s Circle of Excellence). We’ve added another feather in our cap—as of July 12, 2010, AutoAnything is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Check out AutoAnything’s BBB page here to see our sterling A+ rating. Continue reading

Choosing the Onboard Air System That’s Best for You


If you drive in a variety of conditions – off road in hard-pack, off road in dunes, highway travel, etc. – then you’re probably constantly tampering with the air levels of your tires. While it’s easy to let some air out of the tires, putting air back in can be a bit more challenging unless you’re equipped with a high-quality onboard air system. There are several onboard air systems that will get the job done, but when choosing one, you need to make sure it will work with your size tires and perform to your standards. Here are some specs on some of the top-selling models to help make your decision easier.

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Bike Racks 101: The Cliff Notes Edition


Cute Bike NymphSo, you dropped a mint on a hand-made Rivendell bike, but now you’re running out of routes to ride in your neck of the woods. Or, you converted your old lugged-steel Nishiki into a fixie, but you don’t yet have the thigh muscles to summit the San Franciscan-sized hill separating your apartment from the meet-up point of your local Critical Mass. What’s a bicyclist to do? Park your 2-wheeler on your car and head out, that’s what. For that, you’ll need a proper bike rack, but which type is right for your ride? Here’s a quick rundown on the three main types of bike racks. Continue reading

10 New Trick Treats for Your Ride from AutoAnything


Sidewalk Fired EggStepped outside lately? Ma Nature’s set the sun to broil. To avoid having our faces melt off, we’ve been squatting in the office afterhours to soak up the free A/C. But, you can only have so many chair races and cheese-puff eating competitions before growing so bored that you resort to working just to escape the tedium. Thus, this hefty schmear of new accessories from plucky brands like PlasmaGlow, Smittybilt, Hi-Lift, INNO and ATS Designs.

PlasmaGlow Lightning Eyes LED Headlight Strips—Legend has it that these automotive lights came into existence when a particularly comely strip of flexible, sticky-backed wiring caught the eye of mighty Zeus, who took the form of dazzling LED lights and had knowledge of the wiring, which in turn begot these PlasmaGlow lights.

PlasmaGlow Lightning Eyes LED Headlight Strips

Smittybilt Fire Extinguisher Holder KitsSmittybilt jeep trail tip #27: fire extinguishers (essential Jeep roll cage accessories) should be easily accessible in the event that your co-pilot tries to sneak his Prodigy cassette into the radio, requiring a quick shot of retardant in his face, Cheney-style.

Smittybilt Fire Extinguisher Holder Kits

Smittybilt Sport Handle KitsSmittybilt trail tip #46: when you pull up next to a Jetta packed with stunning undergrads, grab onto your Sport Handles and flex for maximum gun-flashage. More than a few happy marriages began because of a veiny forearm.

Smittybilt Sport Handle Kits

Smittybilt Tow Strap KitsSmittybilt trail tip #6: don’t head out into the bush unless you’re equipped with: Top Gun soundtrack, sleeveless Ts with off-color jokes about installing carpeting, tow straps & recovery gear, jerkies of mixed meats, and a cooler of O’Doul’s.

Smittybilt Tow Strap Kits

Hi Lift Handle AllWhen it comes to helping hands, the Bradys have Alice, the Tates have Benson—you have this, the mother of all Swiss Army tools from the bossest off-road brand: Hi-Lift.

Hi-Lift Handle-All

Hi Lift JacksLifting, pushing, pulling, winching, clamping—for some, great qualities in high lift jacks. For others, a spouse. But seriously, folks. If there’s one thing off-roaders should never leave home without, it’s one of these jacks from Hi-Lift.

Hi-Lift Jacks

Hi Lift Slide-N-LockWhen you just can’t decide between the Slip ‘N Slide and the Crocodile Mile, go for these deluxe cargo tie downs from Hi-Lift.  Engineered for versatility and strength, every Hi-Lift tie down is crafted from solid 6061-T6 aluminum, making it a strong, light addition to any vehicle.  Great for trailers too!

Hi-Lift Slide-N-Lock

INNO Upright Lock Bike RackThink Lance Armstrong pops off the front wheel of his cycles just to mount them to his roof bike rack? Please. The man is a cancer survivor—he knows life’s too precious to be wasted fiddling with quick release skewers. INNO agrees.

INNO Upright Lock Bike Rack

ATS Uni I Running BoardsOf course you don’t need a boost into your huge, lifted truck; we know you’re only buying ATS running boards for their aesthetic appeal.

ATS Uni I Running Boards

ATS Uni II Running BoardsThese running boards are sure to stop your spouse from nagging about the climb in and out of your truck. Now if only you would wash the dishes, take out the trash, manscape, clean the bathroom…

ATS Uni II Running Boards

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Superchips Tuners (But Were Afraid To Ask)


Superchips

Some questions are best left unasked. Should I have waited 30 minutes after eating before jumping into that pond? Should I have imported a Croatian bride sight unseen? Should I have seen the doctor before it turned green?

Other questions, though, are best left asked. Is this half and half expired? Is that hitchhiker twitching too much to pick up? What’s the difference between the different Superchips programmers? Today, we’ll answer one of those questions. Since dairy and dudes on the side of the road with their thumbs drawn are beyond our expertise, we’ll stick with what we know: Superchips. Continue reading

15 Fresh Accessories From Griot’s Garage, INNO & CURT


ChekovChekov said that if there’s a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it has to be fired by the second. We say nuts to waiting. This week’s new products are coming out guns a blazin’, booyakasha-ing you in the face with their 20-ought quality and full-metal savings. Break yourself:

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Swedish Plugs: Thule Atlantis Cargo Carriers Edition


Thule Atlantis Cargo BoxNo one’s going to fault you for ditching out on a trip to some pretentious martini bar downtown if you give them the old Morrissey excuse, “I would go out tonight, but I haven’t got a stitch to wear.” Trying to worm your way out of a road trip because you haven’t got a cargo carrier to pack away your junk isn’t going to fly, my friend. Like it or not, you can make room for hauling your stuff by equipping your roof with a cargo carrier. When you’re ready to bite the bullet and engage in some road-tripping with your boys or your brood, you can’t go wrong with a Thule Atlantis roof cargo box.  Continue reading

Niner, Niner: We’ve Got Ourselves A Convoy Of New Accessories


Honore BalzacFrench novelist Honoré Balzac was often pursued by passionate woman seeking to kiss the hand that wrote Séraphîta. Similarly, AutoAnything will be pursued by passionate car modders looking to spice up their street chariots with this bevy of new accessories.

CURT Front Mount Receiver HitchWho says you can only have one Bumper Dumper going at a time? With a front mount trailer hitch from CURT, you and your hunting buddy can both go see a man about a horse at the same time.

CURT Front Mount Receiver Hitch

Eastern Catalytic Converters – 49-state LegalSelf-medicating on your cat-less exhaust‘s unfiltered fumes won’t bring Earlene back. Eastern Catalytic thinks it’s time to move on, and removing the temptation to huff hydrocarbons starts with a new catalytic converter.

Eastern Catalytic Direct-fit Catalytic Converters

Superchips Racing Diesel TunerJust when you thought Ralph Nader couldn’t get any more upset, Superchips developed the mother of all diesel power programmers and performance tuners. Maybe it’ll shake him so much that his googly eye squares away.

Superchips Racing Diesel Tuner

Go Rhino Dominator Hitch StepSingle stainless-steel Go Rhino dom hitch step seeks submissive 2″ receiver for mutually beneficial/humiliating encounter. You host.

Go Rhino Dominator Hitch Step

Coverking Car BraThe best bras in town are no longer Victoria’s Secret. A car bra comes with a standard warranty and doesn’t utilize clumsy clasps to hold it together… lets see you push-up bra do that. And once you slip into one of these custom-tailored Coverking car bras, Vic’s will seem about as comfortable as that vintage over-the-shoulder-holster you picked up at a dead woman’s estate sale.

Coverking Car Bras

Tokico HP Blue ShocksNo, your Hewlett-Packard doesn’t need new shocks—it just needs to be switched out with a Mac. In this case, HP is Tokico short-hand for high performance shocks.

Tokico HP Shocks

Tokico HTS/D-SPEC ShocksUnless you’re like the Black Eyed Peas and enjoy that Boom Boom Boom, set your ride up with these race-ready Tokico shocks.

Tokico Illumina ShocksWe’d like to claim that these Illuminas are the official shocks of the Illuminati, but then we’d have to send an albino monk to your house for some back-alley ministry.

Tokico Illumina Shocks

Tokico Trekmaster ShocksStairmaster, Thighmaster, Trekmaster: all things everyone could use a little more of in their lives. That, and gravies.

Tokico Trekmaster Shocks

Move Over Mel Torme—The PlasmaGlow Scat Master Cometh


Mel Torme Master ScatterSome say scatting is a dying art, but I beg to differ. Sure, your father’s generation of scat men are dying away, but their squidally-bop-squidally-bop-squidally-bop-skeet-skeet legacy lives on. Want proof? Just check out this new install video from PlasmaGlow. The man slings scat like a short-order cook slings hash browns. The throbbing electric organ and bumping bass line are nothing to scoff at, either.

Good news: these boss LED lights are coming your way soon, so stay stuuudally-doot-stuudally-doot-stuudally-doot-dee-dee tuned.