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A Triple Lindy Of New Products & One Update


Justing Bieber Hearts Justin Bieber

Today’s new product announcement goes out to Justin Bieber. Tiger, you put a beat in our normally bleak, protestant work ethic.

Bestop PowerBoardsIf machines had consciousness, I bet every time these shockingly high-tech auto-retracting running boards from Bestop tuck up against your rocker panels that they think to themselves, “I’d step on me” while Q Lazzarus’s Goodbye Horses plays through their mechanized and weatherproofed brain.

Bonus—There’s a $100 rebate for these Bestop running boards, but you only have until 10/31/2010 to save. So act with moderate haste.

Bestop PowerBoard Electric Running Boards

Bestop TrekStepA pickup without a retractable, rear-mounted truck step that works when your tailgate is open is like a key party without high balls and Herb Alpert records—the resulting knee aches, back pains and self-recrimination are rude awakenings, reminding you that you’re not 34 anymore (and it’s not 1974 anymore, either). Hey, pops. Act your age with a Bestop tailgate step.

Bestop TrekStep Retractable Tailgate Step

CalTrend Tweed Seat CoversKing Edward VII’s favourite fabric was tweed, and who are we to question the most dashing constitutional monarch in history? Besides, were we to speak out against his taste in canvas seat covers, especially the finely tailored seat covers made by Cal Trend, he’d repress us lowly peasants and demonstrate the violence inherent in the system.

CalTrend Tweed Seat Covers

PRODUCT UPDATE: TruXedo Lo Pro QT Harley-Davidson Soft Roll Up Tonneau Cover—Good news from the Lo Pro QT Harley-Davidson Tonneau front: TruXedo has redesigned these soft roll up tonneau covers with a more tastefully-sized, embossed bar and shield logo. They’re still the same tonneau covers that hog heads have known and loved for years, only a lot easier on the eyes.

TruXedo Lo Pro QT Harley-Davidson Soft Roll Up Tonneau Cover

13 New Accessories Flying At You Like A Zidane Headbutt


Zidane Headbutt

With the kick off of the World Cup underway, you may have been a tad busy honing your hooliganing abilities to notice that our digital shelves expanded with 13 new accessories from Thule, Kurgo, Edge, INNO and Party King Tailgate Grills. We don’t blame you—it’d be embarrassing to show up at the local sports bar with rusty sucker punching, smoke-bomb lighting and urine-filled-balloon tossing skills. If you do have some downtime between matches, check out these great new offerings.

Party King Swing N Smoke Tailgate GrillWhen your adult league softball game ends, the last thing you want to do is brave the long lines and overpriced Coors at Shakey’s. Besides, do you know what kind of grody shenanigans go on in the kitchens of family restaurants? Be your own chef with this smoking new hitch-mounted tailgate grill from Party King Grills.

Party King Grills Swing N Smoke Tailgate Grill

Thule Canoe Carrier—If loading and lugging your canoe around town leaves you squealing like a pig, it’s time to upgrade from your Rube Goldberg roof rack contraption and get a proper Thule racks canoe carrier.

Thule Canoe Carrier

Thule Goal PostMore than just a canoe carrier, this hitch-mounted vessel support doubles as the ultimate upright for your next paper football tournament.

Thule Goal Post Canoe Carrier

Thule Load StrapsNervous that the gear on your roof is going to fly off and become road kill? Lash it down with these heavy-duty roof rack accessories.

Thule Load Straps

Thule Hydro Glide Kayak RackThanks to the friction-free felt lining on these kayak racks, pushing a kayak onto your roof feels as smooth as bowling a baby down a Slip ‘n Slide slathered with Astroglide.

Thule Hydro-Glide Kayak Rack
INNO Wind FairingSick of getting slapped by your neighborhood chickas because they confuse the whistle of your roof rack with a cat call? This new INNO fairing should boost your game.

INNO Wind Fairing

Kurgo Tire TotesMove over Gucci, Coach and Jimmy Choo—make way for the newest Kurgo tote to hit the runway. Tire storage has never been so couture.

Kurgo Tire Totes

Kurgo Tire GarageIt’s the American dream: a chicken in every pot and a tire in every tire garage.

Kurgo Tire Garage

Kurgo Tire RooStrikingly similar to the storage units employed by Australia’s indigenous marsupial population, this Kurgo tire storage unit and organizer has enough pouch space for screwdrivers, socket sets and joeys.

Kurgo Tire Roo

Kurgo Skybox Dog Booster SeatFor the rich, a “skybox” is a metaphor for being out of touch with the working class. For your precious little pooch, a Kurgo skybox dog carrier is a metaphor for being out of touch with the fact he’s a dog.

Kurgo Skybox Dog Booster Seat

Kurgo Wander Dog HammockA hammock for a dog? It’s a pet and a Bob Denver thing—you wouldn’t understand.

Kurgo Wander Dog Hammock

Kurgo Wander Dog CarrierThere are 4 rules for mogwai care; don’t get them wet, don’t expose them to bright light, don’t feed them after midnight, and always transport them in one of these dog carriers.

Kurgo Wander Dog Carrier

Edge Insight CS/CTSFortune cookies are excellent sources for lotto numbers, but they can’t measure your ride’s 0-60 time like one of these new performance monitors from Edge chips.

Edge Insight CS/CTS

2 Deluxe New Accessories, 0 Flimflam


Joad Cressbeckler

We’re usually too busy scouring the globe for choice auto accessories to keep up with the talking heads on TV jibber-jabbering on about beltway skullduggery. But Joad Cressbeckler is a breath of fresh Black Hills air. He stands up against flannel-mouthed snake oil peddlers, and he isn’t afraid to give those he disagrees with a little what for. These two new accessories are dedicated to Joad, the orneriest prospector that ever had his own cable news show.

Dash Designs Suede Rear Deck Covers—You love the luxurious look, feel and aroma of a dead beast’s skin, but you’re tired of PeTA dumping red paint all over your ride because of your elephant ear steering wheel cover. Your first step on the road to compassionate accessorizing starts with one of these faux suede rear deck covers from Dash Designs.

Dash Designs Brushed Suede Rear Deck Covers

Flex-a-lite RadiatorsThese radiators from Flex-a-lite won’t keep your derelict 8th floor Hell’s Kitchen apartment warm, but they will keep your engine cool.

Flex-a-lite Radiators

iPod & iPhone Car Adapters, Coverking Seat Covers & Vintage Signs: An AutoAnything Weekly Update


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The work week is over.  It’s Saturday, which means you’ve got some time for a quick tune up before hitting beaches, bays, mountains, oceans, corn fields, etc.  Take a quick gander at what we added this week, there are some fun products in this grab bag! From new seat covers to vintage signs to iPod car adapters, get’em while they’re hot!

  • Dice iPod Adapter – Have you been wanting to thump the tunes like you pump your shoes? Well Dice Electronics has got the hooks you need to pimp your iPod or iPhone on your stock stereo.  This is our first iPod car adapter, but we’ve got more on the way, so keep your eyes peeled.
  • SignPast Signs – Perfect for the garage, bachelor pad, 60′s diner or office cubicle, these vintage signs will turn any drab wall into a more rustic…drab wall.

Coverking Seat Covers – And here’s another heaping helping of AutoAnything’s heritage product— car seat covers.

Auto Accessories Answer Desert Dweller’s Prayers


Whether you live in the desert or the tundra, having the right auto accessories can make or break your comfort. The following tips from an experienced desert dweller point out the proper auto accessories one needs to dominate the dunes.

Living below sea level, like I do, puts some serious demands on your equipment. First there’s the sun—oh my god the sun. Around here we get over 300 days of blazing sun each year and it rarely dips below 90 in the daylight. Then there’s the wind, relentless and uncaring it whips up from the west. The frenzy of dirt and debris that it carries combines with the blistering sun to turn our days into a sandy blast furnace.

All I can say is that sometimes paradise comes with a price. You see, I’m one of the hardy residents of the famed Salton Sea out in the California desert. After my early retirement from the ACME wire hanger factory in Pasadena, me and the Mrs. decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We heard about this enclave of retirees from some friends in Palm Springs who knew it would be the perfect spot for us.

Avid birdwatchers, the wife were overjoyed to settle in this beautiful little community known as the Salton Sea. Hailed as the “crown jewel of avian biodiversity,” this area was perfect for us. Since it’s smack in the middle of the Pacific flyway, the Salton Sea teams with American white pelicans and other fish-eating birds who stop on these salty shores for little snack. I’m currently writing a comprehensive study of these endangered birds, and the Salton Sea is pelican central.

Each day, we load our camera gear into our Toyota Camry and head out into the desert. Getting to the outskirts of our community is the best way to get some shots of these beautiful birds in action. This is when things get tricky. The temperature around these parts can skyrocket to over 120 degrees in the day and since there are no facilities nearby, we’re required to gear-up for these outings.

The first thing we make sure to take along is our auto Sun Shade. We do of course bring shades for our heads and eyes, but the auto Sun Shade is also a must. When we leave the car for even a few minutes, things tend to heat up quickly. With the Sun Shade, the car’s interior stays nice and cool. Without the shade in the windshield, the car resembles a crematorium more than it does a vehicle.

Another must-have accessory is one of those refrigerators that plug into the lighter. Since we don’t smoke, unlike most Salton Seanites, we just keep that baby plugged in the whole time. That way, after a long, hot hike, we come back to cold beers, sodas and my wife’s famous egg salad. It also makes a nice cool spot to store our film until we get it to the developer.

Once home, the car’s still not out of danger. The trailer coach we live in lacks a garage of course, so I built a makeshift carport from an abandoned Quonset hut I found in the desert. It keeps most of the weather off the car, but I supplement the protection with a quality car cover. When that wicked wind kicks up from the west, the cover keeps my precious Camry snug as a bug.

sunshades

Those are my tips for easy-livin’, desert-style. My little desert flower and I are loading up the Camry and driving over to the early bird special at Rezac’s in El Centro. In the meantime check here for windshield sun shades and other car accessories designed to make your desert stay all the more pleasant.