NSX Unleashed: 2011 Acura NSX Finally Hits the Nürburgring

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Tuesday 30 June 2009 8:43 am


FOR MORE ABOUT THE ACURA NSX SPY VIDEO: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=127446?tid=edmunds.il.futurelanding.latestnews..4.* The latest prototype of the 2011 Acura NSX has finally hit the Nürburgring and it's looking — and sounding — better than ever. Unlike the previous prototypes — which were nothing more than cobbled-together test mules built from the S2000 platform — this NSX has bodywork that looks close to production specification. Although the design of the …

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5Zigen Acura TSX

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Friday 26 June 2009 6:46 am


http://riceboytv.com presents: 5Zigen wanted to campaign a racecar that US car fans can relate to; a car that American enthusiasts may possibly even own. So for 2008, 5Zigen brought over its Super Taikyu Honda Accord Euro R (known as the Acura TSX to us Hillbilly Yokles) to compete in various time attack series across the country. Keywords: 5zigen 5Zigen Acura race TSX Willow Springs Riceboytv …

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Honda S2000 vs Acura Integra Type R

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Friday 26 June 2009 12:15 am


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How to Choose the Best Hid Kits for Your Car

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Monday 15 June 2009 8:52 am

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HID stands for High Intensity Discharger and HID kits are used for upgrading a vehicle’s headlights. Some of the benefits of this modification include low power consumption and a better intensity of light. Many companies have recognized the worth of HID lights and therefore these lights are part of almost all new car and truck models. However, if you have an old car and would like to improve its performance then installing an HID conversion kit can prove to be a great modification. Buying these kits from a reputable car parts manufacturer is a good option to avoid legal issues and other reliability problems.


It has been found that HID lights produce up to 3 times more light than simple halogen bulbs which are factory installed. Furthermore, they require only 35 Watt power as compared to 55 Watt required by halogen bulbs. The technology used in these types of headlights is somewhat different and the functionality is optimized to bring about a positive change to your car’s performance. Reliable manufacturers provide waterproof and shockproof HID kits to their customers that can last for many years to come. Many people want to install these kits as they are not only cost effective but are also very easy to install.


There are some factors that contribute to overall good design and longevity of HID headlights. Keep these points in mind when you order your kits online. There are basically four types of HID car kits available on the market. These include single beam, hi/lo beam, telescope kit and bi-xenon kit. It depends on your requirements, budget and some other specifications to decide which of these kits to install. You may also want to read the specifications of different kits that come under all these types to choose the right one for your car or truck.


The brightness of light coming from these bulbs is measured in Kelvin or simply K units. HID kits are designed to produce double brightness as compared to halogen bulbs. They come in color variations ranging from white to blue. 5000K to 7000K is a common range of color temperatures used in the construction of HID lights. HID conversion kits are safe to use and manufactured by keeping in view the traffic rules regarding the intensity of car headlights and other legal issues. These kits come with complete instruction booklets to help you out through the process of installation.


Different car kits are provided by the aftermarket car parts manufacturers for different models. The best way to find out which car kit is best suited to your requirements is to conduct an online search. By using this method you can easily browse through a number of options available for the modification of your car’s headlights. You can also simply replace the bulbs with new ones made with xenon technology by finding out about the specifications of factory installed bulbs in your car. This way you can assure that the new headlights will work fine with no technical problems.


For all those automobile enthusiasts out there, installing HID kits in a car can be very beneficial as well as attractive. A generic HID kit is composed of three parts: bulbs, ballasts and igniter. When choosing HID lights for your car you can either go for a generic kit or individual parts depending on your requirements. You can search for these kits online and if you are able to find a package that comes with a good warranty period and easy to install parts, you can be assured that you have found an excellent deal. These kits are not only very popular but also a great option for upgrading your car as they also serve to enhance engine performance and overall operation.

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How to Detail Your Car

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Sunday 14 June 2009 10:31 am

Komaka Wilson
Some say that Guido da Vigevano built the first car in 1335 that used a windmill type assembly to drive a set of gears to turn the wheels. I would say that if that is the case, that he probably was also the first one to clean a car. Now the car wash/detailing industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Although why would you want to spend you hard earned money on having some one else detail your car? When you could do it yourself, and make sure it is completed correctly and the way you want. Besides I know a lot of car enthusiast out there who would really prefer to detail their cars themselves.

After years of experience and talking with some of the best product/technical representatives around today, I have compiled a how to guide for car owners that want to do there own work. This guide is intended for all car enthusiasts on all levels. Maybe you are new to car detailing or you are just looking for some new “tricks” to give you the advantage at your next car show. Either way I hope that this guide helps you on your journey.

First off detailing is hard work and time consuming. No matter what your reason for wanting to detail your car from wanting to attend a car show to selling your vehicle detailing will be well worth your time and effort. Now there are products out there that say that it will cut your time in half, and that you only need to do it once a year. However, several professional detailers I talked with said that many of the new cheaper products are indeed too good to be true and can damage paint jobs. This is why I suggest staying away from low quality products and sticking with the known products. There is nothing that works as well as hard work and some elbow grease. I will make some suggestions as I continue through the guide, but if you have a product you really like, go ahead and use it.

Detail Kits are available at www.mpcustoms.com

Before you get started you will need:

Paper towels, rags, and chamois. Old t-shirts work well, and if you can find any old “clean” cloth diaper use them because they make excellent rags for polishing the finish and are great for windows.

Brushes. You’ll need a few different varieties and sizes to get into the hard to reach areas. An old toothbrush works well, and several cotton swabs.

Wash bucket. Make sure it is clean, and you may want to keep is as your car washing bucket only. This may help prevent getting unwanted dirt and chemicals in a bucket you use to clean your car with.

Wash mitts and or a good quality sponge.

Bug removal sponge

Power Washer or a good hose nozzle with different head types. Power Washers are getting pretty reasonably priced now and you can pick them up at any hardware store.

Shop Vacuum or equivalent.

Orbital Buffer. Again these are getting pretty reasonably priced.

Now where to begin? Most professionals I talk to suggest starting on the interior first, so the dust and dirt you brush out won’t settle on a cleaned exterior. Remove any floor mats and give the carpeting and upholstery a good vacuuming. Move the seats forward and backward to get all the dirt including in the tracks, and door jams. You should also use one of your harder bristled brushes to get any dirt out from the cracks; it is also good for stirring up the carpet matt so you can get most of the junk out of the carpet.

Now if you have any stubborn stains in the upholstery or carpet this is the time to deal with them. Use an all purpose cleaner to get the stubborn stains out. Saturate the stain with cleaner, working it in with a damp sponge. Let it sit awhile and then blot it out with a dry towel. Make sure to read the direction on the cleaner for specific precautions. You can also use a window cleaner sprayed on a rag to get the headliner clean. Don’t forget the trunk/hatchback areas as well.

You can repair burns and holes in your carpet by cutting out the area with a razor blade. Then cut a similar size piece from a hidden spot, such as underneath the seat, and cement it in place using a water resistant adhesive. Blend in the repair by brushing the repaired piece with the old. You can also go to a carpet outlet and can buy a carpet sample for pretty reasonable price that could match the carpet of the car. If your carpet is still looking bad you can shampoo it to get any remaining dirt and grease out. You can usually rent these machines at a carpet store or even you local grocery/retail chain. Start with the carpets on the driver’s side then the seats; this keeps the water to a minimum. Move around the whole car until you’re done. Again make sure you read any precautions from the manufacturer.

Now move on to the interiors hard surfaces, clean them with a damp cloth and a mild all-purpose cleaner. If you have leather upholstery, dress the surfaces with a leather conditioner; spray it on a rag for tight areas. Never use a vinyl product on leather. Worn or torn areas of vinyl can be repaired using kits made for this purpose. Repairs are made with a patch that lets you match the color and grain of your upholstery. Worn areas of leather can be touched up with dyes or a high grade shoe polish.

Now for one of the harder parts the dash. First you can blast any dust away with a can of compressed air. Clean air vent grilles with cotton swabs and brighten them up by misting on some spray on rubber dressing. Spray any dress up cleaner on a soft towel and then apply it to the rest of the dash, be careful around the instrument panel.

Then move on to the windows. If you are like me, then you **** cleaning windows for the fear of streaks. Some pointers in this area are to don’t spray directly on the window, but onto a rag. Have a dry cloth ready to wipe it dry. You can even use newspaper to wipe it dry, the abrasiveness acts like a polish and it won’t leave any streaks. Also make sure you rinse your hands off before cleaning your windows, this will help remove any unwanted dressing. If you have aftermarket window tint film, it may be degraded by cleaners that contain ammonia or vinegar. Factory tinting is in the glass and is not affected by these cleaners.

Now it’s time to move to the exterior of your car, well kind of, detailing your engine. First you will need to cover any sensitive equipment such as electrical components. Try using a heavy duty aluminum foil for this step. If you use a home pressure washer for this, be careful, you can blow water in areas that weren’t meant to get wet. I prefer using a regular garden home for this step. After you have sealed everything off, spray a heavy duty degreaser on to the cool temperature engine. Again read any warnings or precautions on the degreaser. Use a pointy brush to get any stubborn deposits. Then spray down with your hose, making sure you get all of the degreaser off.

Once you’re satisfied, start up the motor and let it run for a while with the hood down. Then remove the foil and use a rag sprayed with the degreaser and wipe down any parts covered. Now you can wipe everything down with a rubber dressing or shining product. However, do not spray or wipe down your belts, and make sure you read any precautions on the product.

Were finally on to the part about actually washing your car. Make sure that you are using a clean wash mitt or sponge, and that your bucket is free of dirt and contaminates. Work in the shade and make sure the surface is cool. Make sure that you are using a good car wash, and don’t use dish washing detergents. The dish washing detergent damages the finish, stripping it of vital oils causing it to dry out.

Presoak the car first making sure you get rid of any of the big dirt. Also remove any bug and tar items time using tar & bug remover with a sponge. Move on to the rims, since rims collect brake dust and road debris. Use a wheel cleaner that is made for your type of rims such as being clear coated or not. Don’t overlook the under side of the vehicle, and the gas cap lid as well. Now start at the top of your vehicle and move your way down. Make sure that you get all areas, and rinse often. To do a final rinse, remove the spray head from the hose and flood the finish. The water will tend to run off in sheets, minimizing spotting. When drying the vehicle off, you can use a chamois to get the bulk of the water, but finish it off with soft towels.

When you’re done washing and the car is mostly dry, apply your rubber dressings to the tires, bumpers and any plastic parts you want to shine. This gives the car to finish drying and you can then look for missed areas or water runs.

Most people stop here and say they are done, if they even get to this point. They over look one of the most important steps in detailing and preserving a vehicle, and that is waxing. Now the market is full of different types of waxing products, but how many of them actually work? Most of the average cheap waxes contain a very small portion of wax in them, and use petroleum instead. Products that are like this do very little in preserving and waxing the paint, if anything they just waste your time and money. Also be aware of the spray on wax with water. These waxes might give some protection for a day or two, but nothing like the protection of a carnauba wax.

Before you wax you need to get rid of any oxidation you may have. Typically, you will not have to do this every time. Oxidation depends on how much you wax, when you wax, how much sun the car is exposed to, and other weather conditions. Oxidation can usually be removed with a clear coat compound. For standard finishes you can step up to polishing compound, which is mild but still too harsh for clear coats. If you do use these products, you must seal the paint after.

If you decided to use a compound for oxidation, then you must seal the paint. You can buy a glaze/sealer to do this. Most sealers or glazers you apply by wiping on. Then use soft towels to remove it after it has hazed over.

Now you are ready to wax. Make sure you are using a good wax, preferably one with high amounts of carnauba wax in it. Again, start at the top of your vehicle and do small sections as you work your way down. Don’t let it sit more than 5-8 minutes before removing, and two thin coats of this is much better than one thick coat. Also apply it with a side to side motion instead of circular to prevent swirls. Be sure to include door jambs, and the areas beneath door hinges and behind bumpers. Minor blemishes may be neutralized by wrapping a cotton cloth around your index finger and burnishing the polish into the finish.

If you machine-buff the polish/wax to a high luster, go with an orbital rather than a rotary model, which would be more likely to burn the paint. The rotary buffer is much faster than orbital but in the wrong hands can easily damage paint. Treat the plastic chrome as if it were a painted surface and protect it with a light coat of wax. Try and not get any on the black rubberized parts. If you do, spray it with a mist and wipe product and wipe it down with a terry cloth towel. If that doesn’t work a professional detailer gave this as a suggestion: Microwave some peanut butter and apply it to the stain with a soft toothbrush. Peanut butter’s oils dissolve the wax and its abrasive enough to lift the stain. If you get a polish/wax residue around emblems or in crevices, break out the cotton swabs and toothbrushes. After removing it all go around and remove any excess from the cracks and emblems using a brush and towel. Cloth diapers are excellent for buffing up a shine.

Here’s a tip: break the car down into equal sections. Apply the prep/sealer/wax to one section at a time before moving on to the next. This let’s you concentrate your efforts on small areas at a time.

Also keep a good car duster around for getting the dust that some products leave behind.

Plus remember to protect your cars finish from the elements as much as possible. This means storing the car in a garage, covered area, or with a good quality car cover. A car that is constantly exposed to sunlight and other environmental hazards will deteriorate quicker and require significantly more cosmetic maintenance.

We hope that you found the information helpful.


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How To Decide Whether Or Not To Customize Your Car Stereo

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Friday 12 June 2009 5:25 pm

Gregg Hall
It’s pretty obvious isn’t it? It’s just a simple stereo system in an automobile, you say. Although a few people like to install home stereo systems in their automobiles, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Maybe prior to today’s high powered systems it could’ve worked just fine. All you required was a radio and a cassette player (or 8 track, for those other dinosaurs out there) lug those big box speakers into the backseat and you would be rocking down the highway. But today there are things like compact disc players and mp3 players and your popup liquid crystal display panels and all that other high tech gadgetry you would believe they would like to establish a home theater system right on the console of their van. If you don’t know anything about stereo systems but want to have some good sounds in your vehicle anyway, here are a few things to know about a car stereo.

As I mentioned above, back in the day head units and speakers from home audio systems and professional markets were just merely installed into vehicles. Nonetheless, they weren’t well appropriate for the extremes of temperature and vibration which are a natural component of the surroundings of an automobile. Since car stereo enthusiasts were not content with the audio quality of regular car sound systems, and with the coming of the CD player, they really had to begin altering some of these home stereo systems in order to function properly in an automotive environment and now we have the modern car stereo system.

If you own a new vehicle, that you bought from about 1990 to present day, odds are you already have a factory car stereo system in your vehicle unless you replaced it with an aftermarket system yourself. Some auto makers produce their own car stereos, like BMW which includes a respectable car stereo package head unit and speakers. It is standard equipment which comes with all their cars (which isn’t astonishing when you consider that BMW is included in the league of “luxury car makers”). Or comparable to Mercedes Benz or Volkswagen, they employ car stereo systems from a German audio system manufacturer by the name of Blaupunkt.

A normal car stereo receiver (also called a head unit) commonly includes an auto-reverse cassette deck, a CD player and occasionally the optional CD changer, which automatically changes the compact disk in play. On newer automobile models, the stereo may also play mp3s and additional digital audo file types like WMA and AAC, whether on a CD or a storage device which can be connected to the head unit.

These days the car stereo receiver is connected to numerous speakers. Older automobiles usually had just one speaker mounted underneath the dashboard, directing the sound through perforations towards the front windshield. The standard for automobile stereo today is a pair of “tweeters” (employed to bring out high treble) on the driver side/front passenger side dash, along with a pair of normal mid-range speakers in both doors, and sometimes even the backseat passenger doors if it’s a larger car or SUV and larger speakers able to bring out low ends at the back portion of the backseats.

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Car Insurance : Why it is a Must?

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Tuesday 9 June 2009 3:29 am

Smith James
As per the reports revealed by surveys on car crimes in the UK, there were over 1.3M1 vehicle thefts and break-ins last year. While there is a steady increase in both these types of crimes, the latter actually has increased by 1% year on year. Thus, car crime remains a major issue in the UK, and enhances the importance of car insurance even further. Hence, it is not surprising at all that auto insurance is a must in the country.

Data shown by surveyors also reveal that the financial impact of having a car stolen is significant as it costs the average theft victim over £3,000. Car owners in the UK had to spend approximately £315M2 annually on aftermarket security products. That is why it is necessary to get a car insured so that the loss one incurs because of such incidents can be compensated. Car insurance is exigent for this.

Though a legal necessity and must be taken by all, car insurance does not come free of cost. Rather, sometimes the cost gets high and out of easy rich. That is why effort is made to keep he cost low by using various ways and means. One of the effective ways of lowering cost of car insurance is to fit the accessories of certain companies to it. As per the survey made by the Home Office in the UK, certain products are effective as a car can be up to 70% less likely to be stolen if they are fitted to it.

Car insurance agencies want to ascertain that the car they are insuring has minimum risk of being stolen. So, they want the car owner add such products that are approved by the companies that are jointly owned by the car manufacturers and insurance industry. There are other ways of minimizing the cost of a car insurance deal. But addition of accessories approved by the insurers remains the best bet.

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Body kits – making your car your own

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Tuesday 9 June 2009 3:29 am

You like your car because of its performance. You like it because it gives you trouble free service. But primarily you like it because it is your car. Have you ever thought what makes it your car? Is it your car just because you own it? It becomes your car when not only you but others also recognize it as your car.

Others will recognize it as your car if it projects your personality. All the cars of a particular make look similar. Car after market products such as body kits, wisely selected and installed would give it a unique look. Body kits are available in so many designs and colors that they are well suited for this purpose. They will improve the looks of your car and at the same time project your personality.

Body kits are very popular. Some people cannot imagine a car without them. Front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and spoilers have uses. They provide safety and improve aerodynamics of a car. Their function demands that body kits be made of a tough material. Therefore, materials used in their manufacture are metals, or polyurethane, or fiber glass. Body kits made of some materials last longer than those made by others. This has to be taken into account while selecting them. Normally new body kits ought to be installed in new cars. Used body kits can be installed in used cars.

Proper installation of car body kits is equally important. A professional should be hired for this purpose.

Despite their utility and their ability to improve the looks of a car body kits are not expensive items.

For further information on body kits you can go to www.ilovebodykits.com. You will find there a wide range of latest designs of body kits.

A car equipped with body kits and other after market products of your choice will in reality look like your car. Where ever it goes it will announce your presence. People will see your tastes reflected in the style and color of your car. When you drive in it you will feel that much more at home because the car has been personalized by you. You will be proud to own it.

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2007 Acura TL-S

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Monday 8 June 2009 7:13 am


This is segment three from the Fuel show. The team take a first look at the 2007 Acura TL-S …

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Why Do You Need A Good Car Audio System?

Posted by Lexus Fast | Aftermarket | Thursday 4 June 2009 9:22 am

Cheow Yu Yuan
sized chrome rims for your car, if you do have a good car audio system, all of those mentioned above are useless. To enjoy a good experience with your car, a good car audio system is a must to have.

As you know that having a poor car audio system will definitely spoil the experience when you are driving your favourite toy. Although the investment for a good system is steep, it is definitely worth to have for the marvellous experience that you are going to enjoy. However, not all expensive system performs well if they are not installed properly. Therefore, be sure to hand it to a professional if you are not proficient enough to do a good job.

How do we determine whether an audio system is good or great? The answer is that only you can decide as it must first exceed your expectations. If you find that the new system that you are testing is way much better than your current system, then that one is definitely better.

The type of car you drive also play an important role in what kind of car audio system you should build. As most of what hear inside a car is a recording of the original artist in a given environment, the music are played in a totally different environment with us being placed in awkward listening positions relative to the placement of the speakers. This will give us a poor listening experience. A great audio system is created with the understanding of acoustics, basic electronics and the different products that are to be used.

To prevent you from getting a poor listening experience due to different environments, you should compare your audio system and experience it live in as many different environments as possible. One of the best ways to compare is to visit car audio conventions. As you move from exhibit to exhibit, you can notice the difference in sound characteristics of each system. By doing so, you will be able to find some systems that you prefer over others. Once you have found your favourite, as for the specs from the promoters.

There are many benefits in getting aftermarket speakers. Firstly, they have a larger frequency response which means that there is more music coming through your speakers. Secondly they have more power handling capabilities and are able to increase your car audio system bass.

Lastly, other than getting the right speakers, you need to have good amplifiers. Weak amplifiers damage good car audio speakers. With a good amplifier, it can help eliminate distortion and improve the sound clarity tremendously. One way to test whether an amplifier is good, you can turn the stereo system above half volume and if the sound is not distorted, you can consider getting it.

A good car audio system is something to show for. It can bring satisfaction to you, and to those who will witness it

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