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New Air Intake Systems, Cash Back Rebates and Great Promos – AutoAnything Weekly Update


January has come and gone, the Steelers just barely beat out the Card’s in the Superbowl and Punxsutawney Phil gets to take another 6 weeks of PTO. As exciting as all that has been, we’ve got some breaking news of our own that hasn’t hit the papers yet.

We’ve added two new products, a cold air intake and a beefy throttle body spacer, both from Street & Performance Electronics. We also setup some fantastic promos with our vendors. They’re so good, in fact, that even our little groundhog friend will be sorry he hibernated through the deals.  :)

New Products from Street & Performance Electronics

  • Helix Power Tower Plus Throttle Body Spacer – The Helix Power Tower Plus gives incoming air the perfect swirly, purported to offer up to an extra 22 HP if you gun it or an extra 4 MPG if you feather it. This bolt-on spacer is pretty easy to install, taking about 45 minutes for most vehicles.
  • AirMax Spiral Flow Air Intake – Here again, Street & Performance puts to work the idea that spinning air swirls some extra horsepower out of the engine. This time, it’s a rifled sleeve inside the intake tube that starts the spin and gets all that extra air in line to burn. Good for extra power, torque and maybe even an MPG or two, this spiral flow intake comes with a high flow washable air filter and a steel heat shield for maximum engine gains. The whole kit comes powder coated for a flawless finish.

Promotions and Rebates

If you thought new products were the only thing we’ve been working on, then you should be stoked to know that we’ve lined up some $25 rebates on a few AFE products and some special promos with Truxedo, BAK, Extang, Undercover, Borla and MBRP. Here’s the deal:

$25 Rebate on AFE Stage 2 Intakes, Blade Runner Manifold & Exhaust Systems

AFE – Get a $25 cash card (via AFE mail-in-rebate) on AFE’s Stage 2 intake, the Blade Runner intake manifold, the Mach Force XP & Large Bore HD exhaust systems. The purchase must be made between 2/1/09 and 4/30/09, click the banner for complete details.

  1. AFE Stage 2 Air Intake – More than just an air filter and plenum, the stage 2 kit replaces your entire air intake tract, improving flow dynamics by providing a more laminar air flow straight into the manifold.
  2. AFE Blade Runner – Perfectly complement your air intake with the Blade Runner intake manifold. Larger than stock and constructed from high quality materials, AFE’s Blade Runner intake manifold will flow more air into your engine, letting it breathe easier and make more power.
  3. AFE Exhaust – Available in two flavors:
  • The AFE Large Bore HD Exhaust is a great way to beef up your exhaust tone. The Large Bore HD uses oversized aluminized tubing to free up extra horsepower and give your engine a nice low end grunt. Available in both cat back and turboback styles.
  • AFE Mach Force XP Exhaust – For maximum power gains, look no further than the Mach Force XP from AFE. Up to 5″ stainless steel piping is used on this monster exhaust, thereby minimizing back pressure and allowing your turbo to spool faster and make more boost. Turboback or catback, it’s your choice, but no matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed by the power gains.

We’ve also worked out a few truck tonneau cover and exhaust promos.  All of these promotions are valid through 2/28/09. Here’s the quick and dirty break down, click the links if you want to get all the details.

  1. Truxedo Tonneau – Free Tailgate seal with the purchase of any Truxedo Tonneau.
  2. Extang Tonneau – Free MaxSeal tailgate seal with the purchase of a Trifecta, BlackMax, Tuff Tonneau III , RT Tonneau or Revolution tonneau cover.
  3. Undercover Tonneau – Free MaxSeal Tailgate Seal with all Undercover tonneau cover orders.
  4. BAK RollBAK Tonneau Cover – Free Door Sill Protector with the purchase of a BAK RollBAK tonneau cover
  5. Lund Tonneau – Purchase any Lund Genesis tonneau cover and get a free MaxSeal Tailgate seal.
  6. MBRP Exhaust – Free MBRP Exhaust Tip with the purhase of an MBRP 4″ Diesel Exhaust System.
  7. Borla Exhaust – Free Borla Hat with the purchase of any Borla exhaust system or header kit.

That’s what I’ve got for you this week, but keep an eye on the blog to stay in the loop, we’ll have even more for you next week.

UPDATE: EDGE PERFORMANCE CHIPS PROMO

We’ve taken an additional 10% off the Edge Evolution, Edge Mileage and Edge Juice programmers. Not only that, but we’ll overnight ship your order for FREE and throw in a Edge sweatshirt at no additional cost.  This promotion just started today and ends 3/5/09, so if you’ve been wanting an Edge power programmer, don’t miss out on this deal because it’s the best you’ll find, on or off the net.

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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.

Automotive Lights, Performance Parts and More Bling than Your Christmas Tree – AutoAnything Weekly Product Update


Even as it gets close to Christmas, we haven’t slowed down a bit and we have a Big update for you this week.  Make sure to fasten your seat belt as I get you caught up to speed.

APC – If you’re thinking you’ve seen this name before, you’re right. Gone for a while but back again and better than ever, APC is now under the corporate wing of Pilot Automotive.

  • APC Headlights – Whether you choose the black or the chrome housing, these projector headlights will light up the road ahead with a brilliant luminance.
  • APC LED Tail Lights – LED tail lights offer you that new car look without the new car price.  Individual LED’s will illuminate your tail lights and ignite your ride’s style.
  • APC Diamond Cut Tail Lights – Inexpensive with a high quality finish, APC’s diamond cut tail lights will transform your auto into a real head turner.  You even get your choice of chrome or black housings.
  • APC Euro Tail Lights – Get that Euro look without violating any laws.  APC’s Euro style tail lights are SAE and DOT approved, so you’ll never get in trouble with the law for having some extra flare.  Sonically welded for superior moisture sealing, these tail lights are the clear choice for brighter tail lights.
  • APC Parking Lights – Custom made for your vehicle and DOT approved, APC’s parking lights are perfect for replacing broken and worn out parking lights.
  • APC Corner Lights – Available in diamond, euro and amber styles, these corner lights will be sure to accent your vehicle in just the right way.
  • APC Bumper Lights – Need some better light on the down-low?  No better way than getting a fresh set of APC bumper lights installed.  Constructed from plastic and precision molded to fit your bumper, these bumper lights are as durable as they are easy to install.
  • APC Headlight Bulbs – Are you tired of the light output of your dull-yellow stock headlight bulb?  Are your dim fog’s not cutting it anymore?  Then step up to a brilliant set of APC Plasma and fog light bulbs.  You’ll get brighter whites and more illumination for better visibility and safer driving.

Spectre

  • Spectre Air Filter – Get more horsepower and better filtration with a Spectre air filter.  Washable and reusable, Spectre’s air filters are made from tough cotton gauze to last you (and your vehicle) a lifetime.
  • Spectre Cold Air Intake – Letting your engine breathe better has so many benefits; faster acceleration, higher engine efficiency and even improvements to fuel economy.  Reap these benefits today by getting a Spectre cold air intake system.

Wellstar – We can’t get enough of Wellstar lately; they keep sending us new products and we keep adding them.  I guess we’re suckers for bling.

  • Wellstar Complete Chrome Kit – Smear your ride with chrome bits from Wellstar.  This chrome kit is easy to install on any vehicle, using 3M tape to adhere over your stock parts.  Made from tough ABS plastic and them chrome plated to a high shine, these kits will set your ride apart from the rest for years to come.

Thule

  • Thule 562 Ski Rack – This non-locking ski rack is both functional and cheap, perfect for those times you only need to get to and from the mountain without making a pit stop at BeauJo’s Pizza.  Vertically holds two pairs of ski’s; sorry snowboarders, you’re not invited on this trip.

Window Canvas – Plaster your ride with pride and expressions that only Window Canvas rear window graphics can deliver.  Many flavors to choose from, so take your pick.

  • Window Canvas Flag Window Graphics – Let everyone around you know where your allegiance lies with this vinyl flag graphic.  Available in lots of flavors, from American to Confederate to Jamaican.  And if your into this kinda thing, make sure to check out the “Vengeance Clown” graphic, it’s wild.
  • Window Canvas Military Window Graphics – Show your support to our troops with these Military themed rear window graphics.  By land, sea or air, these graphics will clearly let everyone know which military branch you back.
  • Window Canvas NFL Window Graphics – With the Superbowl just over two months away, nothing will let you support your team like an NFL window graphic.  If you consider yourself a die hard fan, let everybody know it by pasting one of these across your rear window.
  • Window Canvas NBA Window Graphics – Don’t like football? How about basketball?  Same story here, just different logos and different passions.
  • Window Canvas MLB Window Graphics – Is football or basketball in the off-season? Don’t get caught with your guard down by showing pride for your favorite baseball team.
  • Window Canvas Ford Window Graphics – Make your truck look like it was built Ford Tough with a Ford rear window graphic.  You choose: black background or burly diamond plate.
  • Window Canvas Personal Expressions Window Graphics – Personal expression is all about, well, personal expression.  So it doesn’t matter what you want on your rear window, from a hottie to a beefcake, from a kitties to camouflage, we’ve got it all.

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.

Top 5 Performance Products – AutoAnything Weekly Product Review


We’ve been keeping you up to date about all the new products we’ve been adding, but we thought it would be a good idea to list out the top five performance products that will give you the most bang-for-your-buck.  Whether you’re purchasing for yourself or your just doing some holiday shopping, these five products will be sure to put a smile on someones face.

Air Intake Systems

There are many different types of air intakes available, anything from air filters to throttle body spacers to forced-induction kits.  The most common type of air intake is the cold air intake, which intakes air from outside the engine bay to feed into the air-fuel mixture.  The colder air is more dense, which results in more combustibility and power.  The Volant cold air intake is the perfect combination of form and function, adding up to 18 horsepower and 40 ft-lbs of torque while always looking good under the hood.

Exhaust Systems

Putting exhaust on your vehicle not only improves performance, but it gives you enough presence on the road so that everyone will know you’re not rocking a stock vehicle.  Magnaflow exhaust systems are some of the most popular exhaust kits in the world.  Highly engineered for improved flow dynamics, mandrel bent for superior fitment and manufactured from quality steel, every Magnaflow exhaust will plaster a grin on your face for years to come.

Performance Chips

Another great way to improve horsepower and torque is with a performance chip.  Every power programmer works by tuning your factory ECU to adjust the air/fuel ration into a more combustible mixture.  On turbo engines, these tuners can even increase boost levels, resulting in even greater performance gains.  A common side effect of power programmers is an improvement in fuel economy.  This is due to the engine making more power, which means you need to use less gas to accelerate and maintain speed.

The Superchips Cortex is a popular power programmer that offers three levels of tuning so you can choose the level of performance you want.  The Superchips Cortex programmer also lets you calibrate your speedometer to reflect  gear changes and bigger tire sizes.  Installs in minutes, but you’ll notice the benefits after just a few seconds.

Truck Air Filters

Trucks have big engines, which means they need a lot of air.  Using a standard paper filter can constrict your engine by not letting it breathe.  A performance air filter improves your engines air intake, giving you more horsepower and torque for when you need it most.  K & N sets the bar for high performance air filters because of their superior filtration, dyno-proven horsepower gains and their 1,000,000 mile warranty.

Floor Mats

You may be asking yourself, “What makes a floor mat a performance part?”  Well when you’re working on your vehicle installing new auto parts or changing your oil, you’ll need a floor mat that can stand up to what is on the bottom of your shoes.  High performance all-weather floor mats will save your carpets from dust, dirt, grease, grime, mud and snow.  Husky Liners is a very popular choice due to their rugged construction and lifetime warranty.  Husky floor liners are custom-molded from a unique blend of rubbers to make them ultra-tough.  The tall rim around the perimeter of the floor liner ensures that no liquid will find its way into you auto’s carpet.

The Ghouls Are Out and So Are New Products – AutoAnything Weekly Product Review


It’s Halloween!  If you were in our office right now, you’d see everything from ghosts, goblins and werewolves to tennis players, hippies and 80’s rockers.  Even with all the fun and games, there would be no way you would miss the HUGE line up of new products we added this week.  No need to call the Ghost Busters, none of these new additions are haunted.

Yakima Q-Tower Base Rack System

We have been working really hard to build out our Roof Racks department with the best base racks available.  Thule and Yakima are the two biggest names in the roof rack game and this week we have expanded our selection of Yakima racks with their Q Tower base rack system.

Yakima Q Towers are a base rack system that attaches to your bare roof so you can add any of Yakima’s roof-mounted rack accessories.  Whether you need a kayak rack, a ski & snowboard rack, a cargo box or a bike rack, it’ll mount to the Q tower system.  Yakima Q Towers are easy to install and do not require any drilling. Included in the box is:

  • Four Q Towers
  • Two Crossbars
  • Mounting clips

Special Note: Yakima Q Towers are not intended to be used on vehicles with factory roof rails.

EZ Cover Cable and Key Lock

Remember the EZ Cover car cover we introduced last week?  Well now you have a way to secure that car cover with the EZ Cover cable and key lock kit.  This lock kit is available for purchase with every EZ Cover and comes in both 7 and 10 foot lengths.

Banks Super Scoop Ram Air Kit

Force feed your air intake with even more fuel-burning, oxygenated goodness with the Banks Super-Scoop Ram Air kit.  By drawing air from below your front bumper, you’ll be getting a rush of cooler, more dense air into your intake.  This leads to more horsepower, cooler EGT’s, better fuel economy and improved engine efficiency.  You can find this kit in our new Ram Air Intakes category.

This product is intended for use with your Banks Ram Air intake system and is not a stand alone air intake.  Maximize your performance gains by combining the Banks Ram Air Intake system with the Super Scoop and a Banks exhaust.

Gauges 

Two and a half months ago we added a pretty big line up of Autometer gauges.  We know that everyone has a particular style when it comes to customizing their vehicle and automotive gauges should be able to look like they were factory installed.  So what did we do?  We got 17 new gauge styles that will blow your mind and complement your ride.  Here’s a quick list of the gauges we think you’ll like the most.

  • Autometer Cobalt Gauges – Black faced and backlit by lots of cobalt blue LED’s, these gauges are easy to read and look great!
  • Autometer C2 Gauges – Similar to the Cobalt line, intense blue lighting is provided by multiple LED’s.  These gauges feature a white face with an orange needle.
  • Autometer Nexus Gauges – The Nexus series is top of the line.  The LED’s which backlight the gauges can be changed to one of seven different colors so you get a perfect match to your interior everytime.  The Nexus gauges can even playback recent measurements and have programmable warnings to help fine tune and protect your engine.
  • Autometer NV Gauges – Bright anodized bezels with brilliant green backlights, these gauges are perfect for most newer vehicles.
  • Autometer Sport Comp II – These black faced gauges scream high performance with their super white LED lighting and glowing red needles.
  • Autometer Ultra Lite II – The Ultra Lite II’s have a white face with amber back lighting and bright red pointers for an illuminating experience.
  • Street Rod Series – The Street Rod gauges are the perfect match for you old supe’d up hot rod.  9 different gauge styles means you’ll be able to find the perfect match to your old school interior. 

You’ll find pictures of all these gauges below, if you want to see the other styles we’ve added this week, head on over to the Autometer Gauges page. 

That’s all for this week, have a Happy Halloween!

 

HKS Releasing Nissan GTR HK570 Tuning Package


There are only a handful of tuners working on the GTR, but now there is another.  HKS is a BIG name in import-car tuning and they’ve stepped up to the plate with the GTR.  Later this year, Japanese GT-R owners will be able to upgrade their ride with new wastegate actuators, an electronic boost controller, race pipes that get rid of those stock catalytic converters, and an intercooler rework that includes all-aluminum piping and silicon hose couplers.  All these tweaks should bump up the engine output to 562 horsepower and 540 ft-lbs of torque.  These measurements are taken at the wheels, so this is quite an increase in power!  Keep in mind this is utilizing the stock turbos, so there is a lot more to be extracted from Godzilla.  Bigger turbos with a front mounted intercooler, an air intake system, and some weight reduction kits could make this already fast car move like greased lightning!

Source: 2009GTR

Video: Dodge Viper ACR vs. Corvette ZR1 on the Nurburgring


Much like the GTR vs. ZR1 video, this split-screen compares the two fastest production cars to ever run the Nurburgring. Listen to the sounds of these two super cars FLY down the straights and hear their air intakes gulp in huge quantites of air as they tear through the corners. 

The Easy-Bake Recipe for a Souped-up Diesel Rig


The following recipe for Triple-Baked Diesel Casserole is guaranteed to turn your diesel truck into a red-hot race rig. Careful baking lets the natural juices flow while a quick simmer extract the powerful flavors and tasty torque lurking deep inside your truck’s powerplant.

Ingredients:
1 Superchips Flashpaq Tuner
1 MBRP Turbo-Back Diesel Exhaust System
1 Quadzilla Monster Air Intake Kit
2 cups elbow grease
6-pack of sudsy brew
1 dash of tire smoke, according to taste

Directions:
Park your rig in a flat, shady spot and allow to cool. While your truck sits cooling, crack open a sudsy brew and open the other ingredients. Each component includes a complete instruction sheet—familiarize yourself with these while sipping the icy beverage.

The most labor intensive part of this recipe is the exhaust kit. Once your rig is cool, remove the factory exhaust and down pipe. Toss the remains aside. Carefully follow the included instructions and mount the MBRP exhaust kit and down pipe to your truck. This free-flowing system increases power and torque, decreases EGTs and lends a throaty rumble to your rig. Once bolted-up, let the truck sit while you prepare the cold-air intake kit. Crack another brew.

While the exhaust system steeps, open the Quadzilla Monster Air Intake Kit and prepare to blend with the exhaust. Skim the factory intake from the top of your powerplant, being careful not to damage the air sensor. This will prevent the dreaded check-engine light from turning on later. Install the intake kit according to Quadzilla’s directions—stirring occasionally. Once blended, the cold-air intake and the exhaust system rise together to form a free-breathing, power-producing machine. Relax for a spell with another brew, you’ve earned it.

The icing on this performance cake is the Superchips Flashpaq Tuner. Once the intake and exhaust has completely baked, it takes only a few minutes to install the tuner. Again, closely follow Superchips’ directions and plug the consol into your OBD-II port. Choose your tune and set the desired parameters. Now, pop open one final celebratory bottle of suds because your done!

Step into your well-done rig and fire it up. Depending on how closely the recipe was followed, your horsepower and torque numbers should look more like oven settings than factory specs. And, don’t worry—that billowing smoke is coming from the rubber burning beneath your triple-baked diesel rig.

A complete collection of hot-rod recipes can be found in “The Joy of Diesel Cooking” by Johnny Neptune. The required ingredients for the above Triple-Baked Diesel Casserole recipe are available from these fine manufacturers: Superchips, MBRP and Quadzilla Cold Air Intake.

Flying High With Performance Air Intake Systems


Sometimes ingenuity comes from the most unlikely of sources. What was designed for the soul purpose of this could greatly alter the performance of that. In the experience below, our resident daredevil Johnny Neptune straps an AEM Brute Force Intake to his jet pack.

Like my old man before me—and his before him—I’m a daredevil. I can’t explain it exactly, but it’s in my blood, something I can’t control. Even after sustaining serious injury and dealing with all the pain and suffering that go along with that, I always find myself heading back to the stunt life—it’s all I know.

As a kid I traveled the southwest visiting mostly blue-collar, high-desert towns, putting on daredevil stunt shows with my dad and pappy. They were known as the Notorious Jumping Neptunes of Catron County. Our show boasted a rabid fan base throughout the New Mexico area, where we’d never fail to dazzle ‘em with our aerial antics.

My dad did most of the actual stunt work; my pappy built the bikes, props and ramps and I became the de facto mechanic of the crew. I’d spend my afternoons in the back-lot of a hot, dusty state fairground, wrenching on our equipment. I learned fast, and it was imperative to my dad’s safety that the work I did was high-quality.

Our shtick was the flying motorcycle. We’d strap hang gliders, rockets, wings, parachutes—anything that flew—to the back of my dad’s motorbike. He speed off toward a big wooden ramp and just launch himself into the stratosphere. At that point he’d be air born and whatever winged contraption we strapped to the bike would take over from there.

A few years ago I lost the old man. It was a basic stunt, one we’d done a hundred times. Dad launched from the ramp a little cock-eyed and came crashing down to the horror of the crowd. Something went wrong with the ramp, I’m sure it was because we hadn’t kept up on ramp maintenance since losing Pappy.

We lost Pappy 2 years prior when he got pinned under a ramp we were taking down after a show. The old coot was 78, smoked 47 cigarettes—no more, no less—everyday, drank scotch like a fish and ate bacon and potatoes exclusively. We were sad to lose him, but the old man led a damn productive life.

The first and second generations have now passed the torch to me—it’s my turn. I plan to reclaim the soaring glory that was the Notorious Jumping Neptunes of Catron County. I acquired a jet pack and a parachute from my friend at the army surplus who saves such items exclusively for me. For the stunt, I plan to don both pack and chute, hurtle myself straight up, ditch the pack and parachute safely to the ground.

The jet pack needed some work though. I was surely happy for all those years I spent wrenching on my dad’s contraptions, because the jet pack was tricky. You see, the pack was missing an irreplaceable air intake system. In a moment of clarity, I pulled the AEM Brute Force Intake from the guts of my ’05 Silverado. With a bit of creative fabrication I was able to install the intake on the jet pack.

Wouldn’t you know it; the darn thing runs better’n ever. I guess by letting all that fresh air into the jets, just like the engine on my truck, the thing screams. And, just like on my truck, the AEM Brute Force Intake improved fuel mileage. Now, I’ll be able to get 3 or 400 extra vertical feet before I deploy my chute.

I’ve tested and retested and I’m ready for the stunt to go off. I have some air time reserved at Brown’s Field near the Mexico/USA border south of San Diego. If you’re out in those parts sometime in mid-August, keep your eyes peeled for the last breed of the Notorious Jumping Neptunes of Catron County!

Of course, the AEM Brute force intake, and other performance air intake systems for that matter are designed to optimize the performance of your vehicle, not a surplus jet pack. Expect the same power and fuel gains that I got for the pack though, only a slightly less thrilling driving experience. – Steven Duvall