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Flowmaster’s Clever “Show Us Your Flow” Video Contest

One of the reasons that I created was because I noticed on how Tundra owners would watch videos before buying an exhaust system, and I wanted to try and create a site where you could find videos for a specific make and model to make the buying process as easy as possible. To that end, we’ve cataloged a few hundred videos by make and model with plans to catalog many, many more.

While we’re busy writing up more models (getting ready to add a couple dozen new pages to the site very soon), Flowmaster has done a very smart thing and announced a video contest. The rules are very simple: Upload a video of your Flowmaster or Hushmaster muffler, then send us a link. If you win the weekly contest, you get a hat and t-shirt. If you win the monthly contest, you get a new exhaust system. If you win the annual contest, you get a free trip to SEMA! Nice, right?

Here’s the video they put together promoting the contest and the first couple of winners: Read moreRead more


Stick Shift Hacks

Recommended Reading: How to: Drive a Stick Without a Clutch – Feature

If you own a vehicle with a manual transmission, congratulations: You’re about to own a piece of automotive history.

In all likelihood, manual transmissions will disappear from brand-new vehicles in the next decade. The reason? Emissions rules, electronics, and fuel economy regulations. Read moreRead more


Mopar Exhaust for Off-Road Ram 1500

Recommended Reading: Mopar Launches Ram Runner Kits for Ram 1500

Everyone knows about the Ford F150 SVT Raptor – arguably one of the coolest production trucks ever made. It’s a dedicated off-road truck that’s available to regular old consumers like you and me for a reasonably fair price (figure $35k – $45k).

While there’s probably only room for one truck manufacturer to build a dedicated off-road package, that doesn’t mean that Ram 1500 owners can’t get in on the action. Mopar – Chrysler’s dedicated vehicle accessories division – is offering something called a “Ram Runner” kit for late-model Rams that includes a massive long-travel suspension upgrade, a slew of suspension enhancements, wheels and tires, etc.

However, one thing that Mopar doesn’t include in the Ram Runner kit is an upgraded exhaust system. Read moreRead more


Magnaflow Wins Popularity Contest

Recommended Reading: Magnaflow Exhaust Wins People’s Choice Award

Our congratulations to Magnaflow for winning the “Best Exhaust Manufacturer” People’s Choice award two years in a row. According to legend, will sacrifice a virgin in Magnaflow’s honor.

Magnaflow award will sacrifice this virgin in Magnaflow's honor.

OK fine. I made that up.

But seriously, winning a popularity contest is kinda cool. Recognition from the masses is never a bad thing. Read moreRead more


How Cast Aluminum Wheels Are Made

Recommended Reading: How They Build It: Aluminum Wheels

When it comes to after-market wheels, there are two common material options – steel wheels and aluminum wheels. While steel wheels are useful for dedicated off-road vehicles and heavy-duty trucks, aluminum wheels are a good option for almost all cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Aluminum wheels are preferred for most consumer vehicles because: Read moreRead more


GM Vehicles To Feature Wireless Cell Phone Chargers

Recommended Reading: GM Partners with Powermat to Offer Wireless Charging in Chevy Volt, Other Cars

Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) saw the debut of a number of new vehicle electronics systems. Hyundai announced BlueLink, Toyota announced Entune, and GM had two announcements: first, they’re going to start selling OnStar systems at BestBuy. Next, they’re going to start adding wireless charging pads to new GM vehicles (including, pardon the pun, the new Volt).

While it’s great to see GM thinking about integrating cell phones into vehicles, here are two questions: Read moreRead more


Dynomax Sponsors 2011 King of The Hammers Race

Recommended Reading: DynoMax® Sponsors 2011 King Of The Hammers Desert Racing Series

Rock crawling – which is commonly known as “driving a vehicle over things that no one thought possible” – is one of the most hard-core automotive endeavors. Desert racing – which is commonly known as “if we break down out here we just might die” – is also one of the most hard-core automotive endeavors. King of the Hammers is a racing event that combines the two –  here’s what you need to know: Read moreRead more


NEW – Corsa Axle-Back Exhaust for 2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Recommended Reading: Corsa Introduces Performance Exhaust System for 2011 Ford Shelby GT500

The 2011 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a beast. 550 horsepower and 510 ft-lbs of torque for as little as $50k…not too shabby all things considered. While Car and Driver’s review of the GT500 is critical of the Shelby’s understeer and rear live axle (more on that in a second), it seems generally positive. After all, what’s not to love about a 550 horsepower Mustang? Unless you’re staunchly anti-Ford, the answer is…I think I can build a better Mustang for $50k.

Take a stock 2011 GT Mustang for $30,500k, and then: Read moreRead more


New Corsa dB Performance Cat-Back Exhaust System for 2007-2010 Chevy Trucks

Recommended Reading: dB Performance Exhaust Systems for 2007-2010 Silverado and Sierra 2500HD Trucks

If you’ve never heard of dB Performance exhaust, that makes two of us. Despite being owned by Corsa – one of the bigger names in after-market exhaust  – I’d never heard of dB Performance until today. As far as I can tell, they’re a new division of Corsa that was created in 2009 (at least that’s when the domain name was registered).

dB targets Ford, Dodge (aka Ram), GM, and Jeeps, as well as diesel trucks. dB’s mission: “to develop systems that allow you to enjoy the look and big sound of your truck.” They list off a few of their system features, including: Read moreRead more


CarLashes…Seriously? WTF?

Pink Cadillac with Car-Lashes

Hopefully, this is *NOT* America's next must-have auto accessory.

They’re called “carlashes,” people, and they suck.

Or maybe not. If you’re into making your car look cute and cuddly-wuddly wike a wittle person, these may be the coolest accessory you’ve ever seen. Right up there with bumper stickers that have lots of flowers on them or that goofy and ridiculous “flower holder” found in every VW Bug made since 1998. Read moreRead more