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For Your Consideration: 19 Deluxe New Accessories at AutoAnything


Mother, do you wanna bang heads with me

According to my mother, the following 19 new product blurbs are on par with the comedic stylings of Mr. Red Skelton. Also, I’m not eating enough. And, I owe her some grandchildren already.

Clingo Universal Hands-free Mobile Device MountIn Klingon, the Clingo sales literature reads, “baQa’ ghuy’cha’ Qovpatlh vatlh Clingo jIH nuqneH petaQ taHqeq!” Roughly translated, it means, “From the eye sockets of our enemies springs forth these fearful Clingo mobile electronics holders with their dreaded, sticky green pad that grips phones, MP3 players and daggers without leaving behind a residue.”

Clingo Universal Hands-free Mobile Device Mount

Thule Slipstream Kayak RackSeven out of eight members of Slipknot agree on these two points: 1) this Thule kayak rack makes single-handed kayak loading a cinch, and 2) M.A.C’s Haute & Naughty mascara won’t run when you’re in a tour bus toilet weeping about being in Slipknot.

Thule Slipstream Kayak Rack

KONI Special D Red ShocksYeah, it’s cold in the D, but these KONI Special D Red Shocks are sure to warm you and your shorties right up.

KONI Special D Red Shocks

KONI Classic Red ShocksIn 1985, KONI changed the formula of their shocks, calling them “KONI New Red Shocks.” Immediate consumer backlash demanded a return to the original formula, thus “KONI Classic Red Shocks.”

KONI Classic Red Shocks

KONI STR.T Orange ShocksHieronymus Bosch has the Oranges triptych, REM has Orange Crush, and KONI suspension systems has Orange shocks, now with extra STR.T-ness.

KONI STR.T Orange Shocks

BedRug VanRug Cargo MatBecause lying down your area rug with crème-colored fringe definitely doesn’t make your van look chic, carpet your workhorse with one of these durable cargo & trunk liners from BedRug.

BedRug VanRug Cargo Mat

BedRug VanTred Cargo LinerSick and tired of your stuff slippin’ and slidin’ around your van’s cargo area? You could either give up your dreams of becoming an internet sensation by posting your homemade hooning videos, or you could turn to BedRug and score one of their custom-sized all-weather cargo liners.

BedRug VanTred Cargo Liner

Covercraft Gust Guard—In case of a hurricane, batten down your home, fill your bathtub with water and secure all car covers with this handy car cover accessory from Covercraft.

Covercraft Gust Guard

Premium Licensed Hitch Covers by PilotStudies show that if you add the word “premium” to a product title, it’llsell faster than Sproles returning a kickoff. (Look, I’m not exactly sure what a “Sproles” is because someone else wrote that line, and I’m too hopped up on Juan Valdez’s secret sauce to write something original about these hitch covers from Pilot.)

Premium Licensed Hitch Covers by Pilot

College Helmet Hitch Covers by PilotIt’s a twofold hitch cover: protection for your head and your hitch.

College Helmet Hitch Covers by Pilot

College Logo Hitch Covers by PilotBecause some cities actually have college teams worth cheering for, Pilot developed a bruiser line of covers for trailer hitches with officially licensed collegiate logos.

College Logo Hitch Covers by Pilot

Cool Cap Heat Reflective Car CoverFinally, a way to block those invasive mind-control transmissions from the government and/or the aliens. Plus, these car sun shades from Cool Cap drop your interior temperatures by up to 100 degrees.

Cool Cap Heat Reflective Car Cover

InstaJack 12V Automatic Car JackGetting a flat tire might be more enjoyable if you had Elvis Costello standing behind you playing Pump it Up. But, that cat’s busy. So, hum that track and use one of these ingenious tire-changing tools from InstaJack.

InstaJack 12V Automatic Car Jack

InstaWrench 12V Automatic Impact WrenchToday’s world is all about instant gratification. Scratch your “I want it now” itch with this 12V impact wrench from InstaJack that’s sure to pop stubborn lug nuts off lickety-split.

InstaWrench 12V Automatic Impact Wrench

InstaJack and InstaWrench Combo KitIt Takes Two, Two is Better Than One, One is the Loneliest Number—you know the songs. Now, put their message to good use and get both the InstaJack and InstaWrench together.

InstaJack and InstaWrench Combo Kit

Rugged Ridge Interior Trim & Dash KitsBecause some Jeeps like to feel strong, rugged and pretty all at the same time, dress your dune surfer with one of these deluxe dash kits from Rugged Ridge. They come custom configured with all the pieces you need to transform your barren cockpit into a harem on wheels.

Rugged Ridge Interior Trim & Dash Kits

Rugged Ridge Off Road Fender FlaresJust because these off-road fender flares from Rugged Ridge are specially made for trail rats doesn’t mean you need to start taking fire roads and bike trails to Grandma’s house…but, we won’t judge you for it.

Rugged Ridge Off Road Fender Flares

Rugged Ridge Flat Style Fender FlaresIn the past, the word “flat” has had negative connotations—flat soda, flat hair, flat tires. Rugged Ridge is turning “flat” around, though, with these pancake-esque fender flares.

Rugged Ridge Flat Style Fender Flares

RBP RX-2 Side StepsYou don’t have to boogie down in a honky-tonk to enjoy these RX-2 Steps from RBP. You just need a boss belt buckle, a steely stare and the will to upgrade with wheel-to-wheel nerf bars.

RBP RX-2 Side Steps

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

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

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

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

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

Bike Racks In The Sky With Diamonds


Fixie

Inhalants and bicycling? I don’t know. Would you really feel comfortable commuting to work on your fixie after sucking out the gas from a can of whipped topping? Not me. But, Thule’s trying to change that knee-jerk attitude with their latest and lightest bike rack. Check it:

Thule Helium Hitch Bike Rack—This new bike rack from Thule may not be quite as light as that balloon full of helium you were sucking on during the Dead’s last real show at Soldier Field, but it does weigh about half as much as traditional hitch bike racks. Why’s that important? If you’re prone to hernias, this bike rack won’t make your intestinal tissue jut into your abdomen like a pop-up turkey thermometer.

Thule Helium Hitch Bike Rack

For more tricky ways to find the right Hitch Bike Rack for your next trek, check out these helpful quick-links:

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New Kayak Racks, LED Lights and Automotive Kitsch, Oh My


Howling at the Moon

Full moons affect us in primal ways. No, we don’t go gallivanting around the countryside tearing open the bellies of surfs and snacking on their entrails. We work. And we work some more. And we collapse exhausted. Then, we wake up, dust the Pringles crumbs off our chests, and report on the aftermath. Here’s one such reporting:

Thule Top Deck Kayak RackPut on your barfly thinking cap for a minute—the Thule Top Deck may not be a top-shelf kayak rack, but Popov comforts just as well as Grey Goose and leaves you with some spare Washingtons for a pickled egg dinner.

Thule Top Deck Kayak Rack

Pulstar Eco-MPG Series Spark Plugs—These Pulstar spark plugs would definitely be cooler if they had a Flux Capacitor inside, but their standard capacitor does have the power to boost your MPGs up to 10%. Not too shabby for a spark plug.

Pulstar Eco-MPG Series Spark Plugs

Pulstar Performance Series Spark Plugs—If your allegiances lean more towards Sterling Moss than Iron Eyes Cody, these performance Pulstar plugs juice your ignition system with up to 12% more horsepower.

Pulstar Performance Series Spark Plugs

Putco LED Strip Lights—Got a wad of sweaty ones burning a hole in your pocket? This brilliant LED light strip from Putco mounts anywhere you need a little extra light and won’t get you in hot water with your significant other.

Putco LED Strip Lights

Putco LED Truck Bed Lights—Think your buddies down at the Elks Lodge are going to go easy on you after you string a strand of kitschy lights shaped like characters from Pink Flamingos around your truck bed?  You’re better off with some proper truck bed lights.

Putco LED Truck Bed Lights

Putco LED Toolbox Lights—Remember that kid whose hair had turned from black into bright white? The beam from these truck toolbox lights are just as white if not whiter.

Putco LED Toolbox Lights
TonnoPro Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover—There are good toupees, and there are rugs. The same goes for folding tonneau covers. Let’s just say this new TonnoPro tonneau cover won’t flap in the wind if you’re tobogganing down Mt. Whitney.

TonnoPro Tri-Fold Tonneau Cover

Go Boxes Canvas Chevy Bag—Ideal for stashing your jumper cables in the back of your HHR or carrying your sun mirror and cocoa butter down to the river, these tote bags from Go Boxes sure can tote.

Go Boxes Canvas Chevy Bag

Go Boxes Canvas Ford Bag—Miss swaggering around Tears for Fears shows with your Lacoste blazer tossed over your shoulder? Think of this Go Boxes tote as a surrogate.

Go Boxes Canvas Ford Bag

Go Boxes Portable Chevy Toolbox—This totally beats the Chevy bumper stickers that are stuck all over your old garage toolbox.

Go Boxes Portable Chevy Toolbox

Go Boxes Portable Ford Toolbox—Because hardcore Ford fans need hardcore Ford toolboxes.

Go Boxes Portable Ford Toolbox

Load Up Your Bikes and Hit the Road – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


The snow is melting, the cold weather subsiding and it’s starting to get nice outside again…what does all that mean? Spring is just around the corner! So if you’re a bike enthusiast of any sort, it’s about time you got it out of the garage, dusted it off and check the tire pressure before hitting the mountain, trail or road.

Over the last six months, we’ve been adding the hottest bike rack products from Thule and Yakima, from single bike roof mount racks to the very popular 4 bike hitch rack setups, so I thought it would be worth giving them a small shout out in this weeks AutoAnything update.

Roof Mount Bike Racks – To mount up a bike to your roof, you’ll need a base rack system that provides the proper mounting surface for the bike rack. This usually includes rack feet/towers and a pair of crossbars. If you’ve got a set of factory roof rails already, you may only need a set of cross bars to complete your base rack system. Either way, make sure you have the proper base rack setup to mount the following bike racks.

  • Yakima Raptor – This is Yakima’s entry-level upright bike rack. Upright means you don’t have to take any wheels off, so you can get right to business without turning any wrenches. Make of sturdy steel, utilizing ratcheting straps to secure the wheels, this bike rack offers solid value for your buck.
  • Yakima King Cobra – If you want the King of roof mount bike racks, look no further than the this Cobra. It’s an upright mount rack, so there’s no need to fuss around removing your front wheel before loading it up. This rack secures your bike by clamping down on the front wheel, making it easy to load and great for stabilizing bikes with 20″-29″ tires. Add a set of SKS locks and you’ve got the whole package; style, security and function.
  • Yakima Steelhead – This fork-mount bike rack is the king of roof mount fork-racks. It’s easy to load up your gear, upgradable security with SKS locks and it’ll glide through the air like a fish through water. The only catch to that it strictly mounts to Yakima’s round crossbars, so if you already have a base rack system that isn’t made by Yakima, you’ll want to look at the Raptor or King Cobra bike racks.

Hitch Mount Bike Racks – If you don’t want to mount up your bikes on your roof, then the next best option is a hitch bike rack. All you need is a trailer hitch with a 2″ (or a 1-1/4″) receiver tube and your set.

  • Thule Ridgeline – 4: The number of horseman in the apocalypse. Also, the number of bikes held by the Thule Ridgeline Hitch Rack (a mere coincidence…we think). This rack has some cool things to offer, like an integrated locking system and anti-sway cage that keeps your bikes from banging into each other.
  • Thule Parkway – Tow up to 4 bikes and still access your cargo with this super sturdy hitch bike rack. It’s got a fold down design that makes it easy to move stuff and it works with both 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes!
  • Thule Roadway – Do you and a buddy go biking together, or do you have a road warrior crew that never misses out on pounding the pavement? Either way, Thule’s Roadway hitch bike rack will haul your bikes with ease. Works with 2″ and 1-1/4″ receiver tubes and is available in three flavors; 2 bike, 4 bike and 5 bike carrier models.
  • Thule T2 – It doesn’t get any slicker than loading up your Cannondale on the Thule T2. The T2 has adjustable locking points, so it can securely clamp down on any bike, regardless of frame shape. It’s also expandable, holding up to four bikes on a single hitch.
  • Yakima BigHorn – The Bighorn offers big value at a low price. Switchblade clamps keep your bike from shifting around and a tilt-forward lever lets you get access your cargo area with out unmounting the bike rack.
  • Yakima DoubleDown – Like the Bighorn, the DoubleDown uses switchblade clamps to secure your bikes. The big difference here is the extra forward tilt that gives you better access to your cargo area and it comes in 2-, 4- and 5-bike models.
  • Yakima SwingDaddy – The creme de la creme of hitch mount bike racks. Tow up to 4 bikes where ever you go and when you need access to your trunk or hatch, swing this hitch bike rack out of the way and have total access to your cargo area. This completely emlininates bike sway too, so you don’t have to worry about dinging vehicle or scratching your bikes paint job.

And there you have it. Whether you’re a Yakima Bike Vigilante or the casual cruiser, we’ve got a rack that will carry your gear comfortably and safely.

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.

Surviving a Sales Trip with a Roof Top Cargo Carrier and a Cargo Liner


As a sales representative for a large medical supply company, it seems like my entire life is spent behind the wheel. I’ve crisscrossed the United States more times than Jack Kerouac. Every May, my boss sends me out on what he’s dubbed my “Summer Safari,” which basically means making the rounds between Baltimore and Milwaukee. This year, I’m arming my auto with a roof top cargo carrier and a cargo liner to keep my ride comfortable and protected.

If you asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing today, I would never have imagined saying that I rep compact kidney dialysis machines. I used to have dreams. When I started in college, I chose environmental studies as my major because I wanted to work for Greenpeace saving the planet from corporate and governmental pollution. Not to toot my own horn, but I was pretty brilliant. Then, I fell in love with one of my classmates: Gina. Her politics were similar to mine, but she had a more anarchistic sensibility. When she quoted McTaggart and Rousseau, I was putty in her hands. Unfortunately, she convinced me to take part in a midnight Lab Rat Liberation over at the Biology building. Someone must have tipped off campus security because they were waiting inside when we showed up. The whole crew was expelled, and Gina left me to go live in a redwood.

After the incident, my life spiraled into a tailspin. I went on a 2-month bender and woke up in Cincinnati with a gnarly gash on my forehead, a pocket full of beer caps, and $7 in my wallet. I had to donate plasma and sleep in the park for 3 weeks to save up enough cash for a bus ride home. I worked some odd jobs for a while—nothing I’m too proud of. And I kept drinking, heavily. There didn’t seem to be any reason not to be in an altered state. Sobriety just gave me an excuse to dwell on my failures, and that was the last thing I wanted running through my head. So I suppressed my reality with booze, and it was working well enough. However, I woke up one morning after a particularly hard night, and I spent 3 hours vomiting bile and blood. That’s when I knew I had to turn things around.

I checked myself into a local treatment center and started detoxing. I won’t lie; it was a rough couple of weeks working that poison out of my system, but I was determined and I persevered. Not only did I kick the sauce, I also made friends with a sales representative from a medical supply company. He said that he’d put in a good word for me once I got out, and I landed a junior sales position a week out of the center. Now, I’m a senior sales agent, which requires regular road trips to see clients.

Every May, my boss sends me on a 2-month whirlwind tour of the Eastern markets. He calls it my “Summer Safari,” but I hardly think that name is appropriate since I don’t really see any beaches. What I do see is a lot of fliers, samples and fast food in my car. Rather than let my Kia get wrecked, I’m making some upgrades. I added a roof top cargo carrier to hold my product brochures, and popped a cargo liner in the trunk to shield the carpet from all the samples. Now, I’m set.

Not all roof top cargo carriers are alike, the same is true about Cargo Liners.  I would avoid the corner auto parts stores that sell those cheap brands you’ve never heard of.  I found that Thule and Husky were the best, at least so far.