Category Archives: Engine Performance

18 New Ways to Spend Money on Your Auto


Is it just me, or is Freddy Prinze Jr.’s career buried next to Jimmy Hoffa? If today’s avalanche of new accessories doesn’t inspire another Scooby-Doo movie, I may have to get this Prinze4Eva tattoo lasered off.

Hella Optilux 1450 Fog LightsThese smallish fog lights from Hella lights were originally designed 42 years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but they were deemed heretical and locked away in the Pontiff’s chifforobe until now.

Hella Optilux 2020 Combo Fog and Driving LightsYou couldn’t even decide on which absurd TGIF cocktail to order last night, but you expect to decide between getting fog lights or driving lights? Son, just get these two-in-one lamps from Hella Automotive Lights and stop your hem-hawing.

Hella Optilux 1200 Series Fog LightsFeature: They’re oblong fog lights, dude. Benefit: Use ’em the next time you’re driving through Colorado in a snow storm after finishing your novel, and maybe you won’t go off the road and end up trapped in a sledgehammer-wielding kook’s basement, you dirty bird, you.

Hella Black Magic LightsAlthough perfectly titled to spotlight your next voodoo ceremony, these Hella driving lights summon black optics—not malicious powers.

Hella Micro FF Fun Cube Driving & FogJust imagine how much faster Mario could navigate through the streets of Dark Land with these automotive lights blinding the Koopa Troopas.

Hella Optilux 1300 Driving LightsThey’re round, they make light, they’re affordable, they’re driving lights.

Hella Optilux 1400 Driving LightsThey’re rectangular, they make light, they’re affordable, they’re driving lights.

TruXedo TonneauMateMate a golden retriever with a poodle, you get a golden doodle. Mate a pickup tonneau cover with a truck tool box, you get this deluxe tonneau accessory from TruXedo. Dr. Moreau would be proud.

Escort RedLine Radar DetectorIf the M*A*S*H unit had one of these detectors from Escort Radar, they would have detected Radar O’Reilly before he delivered the news of Colonel Blake’s copter crash, sparing us all the sadness.

ARB Safari SnorkelNot to be confused with a beautiful Hawaiian excursion, these safari snorkels from ARB are just what your off-roader needs to breathe underwater.

ARB Rear BumperWhere else can you transform your whole backside for under a grand? These rear bumpers from ARB do to your dune-surfer what Billy Blanks does to your rump.

ARB Deluxe Bull BarsNot just any run-of-the-mill truck bull bars; these ARB bars are Deluxe with a capital “D.”

ARB Sahara Bull BarsNever venture into the Sahara without your Sahara, and possibly a girl named Sarah. These boss bars from ARB 4X4 are both a bumper and center center grille guard combined.

FANMATS NHL Cargo MatsThese logo cargo liners from FANMATS are perfect for keeping your soiled hockey gear from ruining your ride’s carpeting.

FANMATS NFL Cargo MatsSame as above, but replace “hockey gear” with “football gear.”

FANMATS NBA Cargo MatsSame as above, but replace “football gear” with “basketball gear.”

FANMATS MLB Cargo MatsSame as above, but replace “basketball gear” with “baseball gear.”

FANMATS College Cargo MatsThese cargo & trunk liners are the perfect buffer between your Natty Ice keg and your ride’s carpeting.

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14 Funky Fly Fresh Accessories For Friday


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It’s Aloha Day (R.I.P. IZ) at work today, and we were treated to our usual Free Breakfast Friday. But I have a bone to pick: Were this an authentic Aloha Day, the break room would have been filled with the sweet sweet smells of grilled Spam, sticky rice and ketchup, rather than the usual aroma of Hot Pockets and Activia. Oh well. In spite of this cultural faux pas, we still added a whopping 14 new accessories onto AutoAnything.com. Sneak a peak:

Rhino Rack Ski & Snowboard Rack

  • Feature: These roof ski & snowboard racks from Rhino Rack carry up to six pairs of skis or 4 snowboards.
  • Benefit: If you always drive around with your Burton, you’ll have at least some justification for continuing to wear that fleece jester cap, even though your friends and coworkers really know that you’re just a raging Phish-head.

Rhino-Rack Ski & Snowboard Rack

Rhino Boat Loader

  • Feature: Rhino Racks boat loader automatically loads and unloads a boat onto your roof rack.
  • Benefit: Makes boat thievery a lot gentler on your hernia.

Rhino-Rack Side Boat Loader

Rhino-Rack Cargo Bag

  • Feature: Carries a grip of gear on your roof, keeping it protected from the elements.
  • Benefit: Strikes terror in your children after you threaten to stuff the next one who screams into the time-out roof cargo bag.

Rhino-Rack Luggage Cargo Bags

Softride Top Tube Bike Frame AdapterUnlike more common cosmetic enhancements, adding a top tube won’t clear up your wrinkles, inhibit you from showing emotion or drain your wallet. But, using one of these Softride bike rack accessories changes its look and functionality all for less than $30—no risks involved.

Softride Top Tube Bike Frame Adapter

Wrockit Wrench Open-End Ratchet WrenchesOr, as Scooby-Doo would call them, Wrockit Wrench Ropen-Rend Ratchet Wrenches. These ingenious tools combine the rapid-tightening of a ratchet with the convenience of a wrench. A geneticist would call it a chimera.

Wrockit Wrench Open-End Ratchet Wrenches

Clingo Universal Hands Free PodiumThe difference that separates the Clingo hands free podium from most lecture podiums is that this one doesn’t tend to result in sweaty palms, cracking voices and a roomful of people being pictured in their underwear. But seriously, folks. These deluxe mobile electronics holders are the perfect addition to your assortment of desktop distractions.

Clingo Universal Hands Free Podium

Clingo Parabolic Sound SphereEven if geometry was never your strong point, you’re sure to appreciate how Clingo uses parabolas and spheres to create this stylish sound system. It’s both a natural amplifier for your iPhone, iPod or other portable MP3 player, and it’s a helmet in a pinch.

Clingo Parabolic Sound Sphere

Clingo Universal Car Vent MountYour vents could be spewing out the coldest of air, but your new vent-mounted Clingo mobile electronics holder is still going to look hot in your ride.

Clingo Universal Car Vent Mount

Gorilla Net Cargo NetJust as Tarzan’s jungle canopy provides security for the creatures of the rainforest, the Gorilla Net Cargo Net provides security for the contents of your truck bed. The only way to keep your stuff more secure than with these cargo nets & tie-downs would be if you trained an actual gorilla to lay in your truck bed and hold everything down with her heft.

Gorilla Net Cargo Net

Tripledge Wiper BladesThese Tripledge wipers are so thorough, even Prince Akeem Joffer would be impressed.

Tripledge Wiper Blades

Tripledge Green Wiper BladesThese are the first windshield wipers deemed safe for septic tanks, plastic pipes and municipal water systems. We’re talking greener-then-Woody-Harrelson’s-cigarettes green, and that’s mighty green, baby. Thanks, Tripledge.

Armor All Ultra Flex Wiper Blades

Armor All Premium Wiper BladesJust like “extreme” and “supreme;” adding “premium” to a product name gives it the nebulous distinction of being better. But, these Armor All wiper blades are pretty premium—they leave a thin film of water-repellent goo on your windshield, so water beads up and wipes away easier.

Armor All Premium Wiper Blades

Armor All Ultra Flex Wiper BladesYou can juice up, shave your armpits, get a spray tan, apply a glistening sheen of posing oil and flex like Lou Ferrigno. But, it won’t clear your windshield like these travel accessories from Armor All. They’re curved like a banana, which keeps them pressed against your windshield for more powerful wipes.

Armor All Ultra Flex Wiper Blades

AEM Replacement Air Intake FilterMom was right: generic-brand dextro is just as good as Robitussin in purple drank, and AEM replacement air intake filters are just as effective as K&N air filters in air intake systems.

AEM Replacement Air Intake Filter

New Cooling Fans From Flex-a-lite Really Blow


Back Hair

Summer’s right around the corner, and you know what that means—it’s time to start manscaping your back for beach parties and preparing your ride for the hot July sun. You’ll have to look somewhere else for a Mangroomer, but AutoAnything has your back when it comes to giving your engine a Slurpee-grade brain freeze.

Flexalite Cooling Fans An electric cooling fan from Flex-a-lite won’t keep a veranda-swinging southern belle cool on a sweltering Savannah summer night, but they do a bang-up job of cooling your engine—way better than stock fans, that’s for sure. Factory blades move air over your radiator like a timid lover blowing into his girlfriend’s ear for the first time. Flex-a-lite is an experienced cooling libertine, blowing your motor with enough gusto to boost your horsepower and reduce MPGs, especially if you’re towing with a heavy-duty 5th wheel hitch or gooseneck hitch.

Flex-a-lite Electric Cooling Fans

DiabloSport Trinity In Stock Now!


DiabloSport Trinity

We don’t make announcements like this very often, but the long awaited, long antisipated DiabloSport Trinity programmer is now in stock at AutoAnything and ready to ship to your door.  This power programmer is one bad dude; not only does it manage boost, increase horsepower and produce gobs of torque, but it gives you a way to monitor the key performance indexes of your engine in real time, ensuring a safe path to horsepower heaven.  A few key points to know about the DiabloSport Trinity:

  • Get 20-185 more ponys under the hood
  • Customized tuning and user interface functions
  • Virtual drag strip lets you record your 0-60, 1-100, 1/8- and 1/4-mile times
  • Record and log data that is critical to your engines health, review later to make adjustments and fine tune your engine
  • Comes with 5 Gauge Types: Radial, Wiper, Horizontal, Digital and a Playback Timer
  • Check and clear diagnostic and check-engine codes
  • Comes with an SD card slot for memory expansion and a USB 2.0 hookup for tuner updates, data logging downloads and custom tunes

The DiabloSport Trinity is the all-in-one programmer solution you’ve been looking for, check’em out today, even more vehicle applications will be released in the near future.

PIAA Bulbs, Car Covers and More – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


We’ve been turning and burning over the last week and we’ve got some great new editions to our family of products. Performance stuff for the gear heads, bling for the show stoppers and enough car covers to protect everybodies ride from the tough UV rays of our sun. Here’s the low-down:

Got Go?

  • Quadzilla Scout Monitoring System – For added muscle and efficiency that will get your diesel rig powering through all of your daily challenges, the Scout Monitoring System plugs into any module, chip or programmer. Monitor your engine and tune your vehicle to take on anything.
  • Quadzilla Adrenaline – Get your blood pumping with the burly power of the Adrenaline Pulse Control System. This power programmer allows you to monitor a variety of engine parameters and make on the fly adjustments to accommodate for changing driving conditions. Get yours with the Pulse Control monitor that offers 7 different tuning options and a large display screen.
  • AEM UEGO – This wideband air-fuel gauge gives you an accurate reading on the pulse of your engine, allowing you to fine tune it for maximum power while not pushing the engine outside it’s safety zone.This gauge comes with a controller and a display so you can read your air-fuel reading in real time!

Need Show?

  • PIAA Intense White Bulbs – When you’re looking for a bright white light that doesn’t include a hint of blue, PIAA bulbs are just the thing to light-up your ride. Plus they’re DOT compliant so they won’t attract the attention of the local fuzz.
  • PIAA Xtreme White – We all know that nothing spells cool more than putting an “x” in the name. PIAA’s Xtreme White Bulbs live up to their name by simulating the look of HID bulbs, so you can get that same bright lighting power without the xtreme price.
  • Go Rhino Dominator II – I would make a veiled reference to Terminator II for rhyming’s sake, but to be honest, I’ve seen about 1/2 the movie. Once. Blasphemy, I know. That being said, if these cab-length nerf bars were Arnold Schwarzenegger, they’d be him in his prime—big, strong and flashy.
  • Go Rhino Dominator III – And like the great Arnold, Go Rhino Dominator Nerf Bars just get better with age. Dominator III Wheel-to-Wheel Nerf Bars extend their stainless steel power to dominate roads from Cah-lee-for-nee-ya to Washington, D.C.
  • IPCW LED Door Handles – You’ve got chrome front and rear, under-glow kits in your fenders and underbody, what else can you do? Harness the bling-power of LED’s and get a set of IPCW LED Door Handles. Available in black or chrome trim with either red or amber LED’s. The look great and they can blink with your turn signals!
  • Bull Ring Truck Anchor Points – Secure just about anything in your truck bed with a set of bull ring tie downs. These tie down rings have a tensile strength of 1,000 pounds, but they take just 60 seconds to install and require no drilling! These bull rings rise up when you need them and drop flush when you don’t, giving you maximum flexibility and style.

Protect It!

And once you’re done tricking out your ride, check out our newest category: Semi-Custom Car Covers. It’s packed full of car covers that keep the dirt off your vehicle and your inner bargain-hunter happy. We have packed this new category with our latest additions from the Covercraft line. These semi-custom car covers are made from popular Covercraft fabrics so you can get great protection at a fraction of the price.
  • Nifty Catch-It Floor Protectors – There’s just one word for floor protectors that catch spills, scrape dirt off your feet and look good—Nifty! Made from durably Vyram rubber, Nifty Catch-It Floor Protectors shield floors from big messes and boast custom style.

New Floor Mats, Cold Air Intake, a Jeep Soft Top and More – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


We sincerely hope you all enjoyed your New Years.  If you’ve got some resolutions for 2009, put them into action now, I’m sure that ’09 will fly by just as fast as ’08 did.

One of our resolutions for 2009 is to improve the amount of quality auto parts that we carry.  We decided not to slack on it, so this week we’ve got 1 new department, 2 new brands, 5 revamped categories and 5 more auto parts for you to quench your thirst for customized auto accessories.

  • Husky Chrome Fender Vents – Because no vehicle should be without fender vents, despite how it was made. Match your vehicle’s outside to how it feels inside with a pair of chrome side fender vents from Husky. No one can tell they’re fake – really.  Available in honeycomb, louver and punch styles, you can find all three of them in our new Fender Vent category.
  • Husky WeatherBeater Floor Liners – I could make a crude joke about the WeatherBeater’s double entendre name, but these custom-molded liners don’t deserve to be jerked around. They’re the spit of the Husky Liners except that they’re ribbed with grooves to manage fluids better. They’re only sold in sets (front and rear together) and are easily installed single-handedly.  Available in the standard black, grey and tan colors.
  • WeatherTech Bug Deflector – For some folks, deflecting the criticisms of envious peers is all in a day’s work. Same goes for the WeatherTech Stone & Bug Deflector—deflecting the onslaught of bugs and debris that blast your vehicle’s hood is just what it does. Aerodynamic, sleek, virtually indestructible and features a no-drill installation.
  • RBP Cold Air Intakes – Bask in the glory that is RBP. With all the benefits you’d expect from, say, an Airaid air intake, these cold air intakes also have RBP’s wicked logo embossed on the lid.  Includes a 5-layer filter for gas engines and an extra thick 7-layer filter for diesels.

We’re also throwing a major bone to all the Jeep heads out there.  We’ve got a new Jeep Top & Doors department.  Here you can find our new Rampage Jeep soft top.  We’ve also relocated our OR-FAB Jeep door sets, their sport Jeep roll cage, Jeep bumper and spare tire carriers to this new department for your convenience.

  • Rampage Jeep Soft Top –  Rampage Jeep Soft Tops are custom-made to factory specs, come in a variety of colors and fabrics, and just look good all-around.   Do you only need to replace the fabric and windows?  Not a problem; these are available as an OEM replacement soft top or as a complete kit, allowing you to maximize your dollar and minimize waste.  You can find them in the new Jeep Tops & Doors department, under Jeep Soft Tops.

New Winter Driving Products – AutoAnything Weekly Product Review


Turkey day is right around the corner, which means that fall is now behind us and we are on the cusp of the winter season. Much like that childhood story of the Squirrel and the Grasshopper, we’ve been working hard in preparation for the cold winter months ahead of us. We’ve got three new seat covers from Cal Trend to help keep your buns warm and your style fresh. Available in three styles;

In our Driving Accessories department, you can find our new line of Thule snow chains. We’ve got five chain-linked styles to help you get through whatever the winter weather throws at you.

  • Thule CB-12 tire chains are a standard, economical tire chain that will safely get you from point A to point B without breaking your piggy bank in the process.
  • Thule CS-10 tire chains are easy to slip on any tire and feature a self-tightening system to keep them hugging your wheels. When you’re ready to take them off, just hit the quick release button and prepare to stow.
  • Thule K-Summit tire chains are the creme de la creme of tire chains. Using a special lug nut mounted ratcheting system, these chains require no rear wheel clearance and feature tightening springs that eliminate wheel-slap and maximize grip.
  • Thule XB-16 tire chains are made from heavy duty chain links to claw through even the thickest road ice. Color coded assembly points make for easy installation in bleak weather conditions.
  • Thule XG-12 tire chains are specially made for heavier vehicles, constructed of hardened steel and designed to give extra grip when you need it most.

With these snow chains, you’ll be prepared to go out in any conditions, whether you’re going to the grocery store or hitting the slopes. Now that you’ve got the ability to drive in snowy weather, you should also be able to bring all your gear along too, which is why we added another ski rack, bike rack and a cargo roof bag line that will keep your necessities dry in rain, sleet or snow.

  • The Thule SnowCat ski and snowboard rack can latch onto your factory roof rails and then secure up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards for your mogul/shredding pleasure.
  • The Yakima Beddy Jo truck bed bike rack secures two bikes safely in the bed of your truck, keeping them from getting scratched up, dinged or stolen.
  • The Yakima GetOut roof cargo bag offers up to 13 cubic feet of additional cargo space and provides some weatherproofing, perfect for traveling through mild weather conditions.
  • The Yakima GetOut Pro roof cargo bag has all the same great features as the original GetOut, but has durable weatherproof seams and a bug-splatter-friendly finish.
  • The Yakima FarOut roof cargo bag is a campers dream. This triple-duty cargo bag can be strapped to your roof, used as a backpack or a hanging closest for maximum versatility. Offering 7 cubic feet of storage space, the FarOut cargo bag gives you the most functionality and portability for the buck.

If you’re rolling around in the snow, you should do it with some style. We added some more chrome accessories and another grille guard too:

And if you’re looking for more power, we got you covered there too. Remember last week when we added BBK? Well we got two more kick ass BBK performance products and a few from DiabloSport too.

  • BBK cold air intake systems net you an additional 7 to 21 horsepower by feeding your engine cooler air in bigger quantities than your stock air intake would allow.
  • A BBK intake manifold will let your engine produce up to 24 more horses by flowing even more air directly into your cylinders. Made from premium aluminum, this intake manifold saves weight, adds power and looks great.
  • The DiabloSport Mafia Mass Air Flow tuner will let you maximize horsepower gains from the modifications you make to your intake system, netting you maximum bang for the buck.
  • The DiabloSport PC Interface USB cable lets you hookup your DiabloSport Predator tuner to your PC so you can get the latest tunes and the most power from your engine.

Performance, Style and Safety – AutoAnything Weekly Product Review


It’s a killer trio; performance products that make you go, style products that make people say “whoa” and safety products that make sure you don’t go “doh!” Let’s cut right to the chase, we’ve got a lot of new additions this week.

BBK Performance

BBK is the King of bolt-on performance. For over 20 years they’ve engineered, fabricated and manufactured performance auto parts that have as much show as they have go. Here’s a breakdown of the parts we just picked up.

  • BBK Throttle Body kits are CNC machined for a precision fit and stunning looks. Available in 52-80mm sizes, the Power-Plus throttle body series does exactly what the name implies; it gives your engine more air to improve combustion efficiency and maximize horsepower & torque. Installation takes about 30 minutes due to the sleek bolt-on design.
  • BBK Headers will net you up to 25 more horsepower due to the smoother, laminar flow of the exhaust tubing. Available in both full-length and short-tuned header lengths, each piece is pressure tested to ensure a leak free exhaust system. You even get your choice of finish: stainless steel, chrome or silver-ceramic coatings.
  • BBK Underdrive Pulleys improve the efficiency of your engine by reducing both the weight and diameter of the pulleys that drive your auxiliary systems. This reduces the total load on your engine, thereby improving throttle response and freeing up an additional 8-15 horsepower. Depending on your vehicle, these pulleys are machined from either black powder coated steel or hand polished aluminum. You can find BBK’s pulleys in our new Underdrive Pulley department.
  • BBK X Pipe and H Pipes minimize exhaust gas back pressure and improve flow dynamics, bolstering up to 20 extra horsepower that your butt-dyno can confirm. O2 sensor bungs are in the factory locations and the dye stamped flanges mean you’ll have a hassle free, bolt-on installation. Choose your application: street-legal or off-road race approved.
  • BBK Fuel Pump kits deliver up to 255 liters per hour to make sure to never run too lean due to a wimpy fuel pump. These pumps are a must if you’re running high levels of boost or bottle feeding your engine.
  • The BBK Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator gives you complete control over your fuel delivery system. CNC machined from billet aluminum and adjustable up to 65psi, this fuel pressure regulator lets you fine tune your vehicle to get the most from your engine. You can find BBK’s adjustable fuel pressure regulator in our new Fuel Pump category.
  • BBK Lowering Springs drop your ride by 1-1/2″ for aggressive looks while the progressive coils provide excellent, predictable handling during spirited driving maneuvers. Some lowering spring kits even have optional camber and caster adjustment tools to improve grip in the corners.

Wellstar Auto Accessories

Wellstar is maker of all things bling. If you want to add some chrome bits to your ride, check out our new selection of Wellstar chrome accessories:

  • Wellstar Chrome Door Handles – These chrome handle covers fit directly over your factory door handles to add a nice touch to your exterior.
  • Wellstar Chrome Light Trim – Whether you want them for your headlights, tail lights or fog lights, these chrome light bezels will add that extra sparkle you’ve been searching for.
  • Wellstar Chrome Trunk Trim – Slap some bling on your trunk with Wellstar’s custom molded chrome trunk trim.
  • Wellstar Chrome Mirror Covers – 3M adhesive tape securely mounts the Wellstar mirror covers in place while the chrome plating reflects your desire for style.

Plasmaglow Neon Lights

Light up your ride at night with Plasmaglow, their LED lights will accent your vehicle in ways you never thought possible.

  • Plasmaglow Flexible LED Underbody Kit – These four flexible LED tubes can attach to virtually any vehicle and come in nine different colors so you can perfectly match it to your vehicles color scheme.
  • Plasmaglow LED Wheel Well Kit – Four brilliantly lit 3-foot long LED tubes will illuminate your wheel wells and highlight your rims like only Plasmaglow can.
  • Plasmaglow HotLinez LED Tailgate Bar – Available in 7 colors and 2 different lengths, this LED tailgate light bar activates when you hit your brakes, turn signals, running lights or hazards.
  • Plasmaglow Fire & Ice LED Tailgate Bar – Even more advanced than the HotLinez, the Fire & Ice features red and white LED’s that actively show if your braking, turning or reversing. They also light up if your turn on your running lights or hazards.
  • Plasmaglow Firestorm LED Tailgate Bar – Amber, red and white LED’s light up your tailgate whenever you use your turn signals, hit the brakes or throw it in reverse. Use the optional trailer plug adapter to make installation a breeze.

Rain X

Every Rain X wiper blade is made with premium rubber for excellent squeegee action. We’ve got two types of Rain X wiper blades and both come with a FREE glass treatment wipe, glass cleaner wipe and windshield washer additive to help give you the absolute best optical clarity.

  • Rain X Weatherbeater wiper blades are a straight blade that features friction-reducers for a streak-free wipe.
  • Rain X Latitude wiper blades are curved to better conform to your windshield, thereby minimizing friction spots and clearing away every last drop of rain. They also feature a spoiler to reduce chatter at highway speeds.