Like vehicles themselves, car seats have also become more and more advanced with a more ergonomic design, materials and controls. Along with car seats their respective accessory (covers) has also progressed, maybe not as much, but it has come a long way. Car seat covers were first introduced in 1932, 5 years after the first seat cushion was patented. Before there were car seats, there were flat bench seats. After the second World War, vehicles came with bucket seats – a more comfortable and stylish upgrade that had to be covered with a cloth like-fabric to protect it from wear and tear.
In a perfect world, all of us would have enough space in our garage just for storing our motorcycles and cars! However, many of us don’t, which means that some of our rides just have to be stored outside. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep them protected from the unnecessary wear and tear of sun, dust, wind, and rain, along with the unwanted attention of thieves who can easily spot a nice motorcycle out in the open.
Since the invention of automobiles, engineers have been looking for ways to improve performance. This includes drivability, mileage, handling and most important for any car enthusiast, horsepower. Although many of today’s cars already come with impressive horsepower, some people want more. For that very reason, today you can find a variety of engine upgrades which can quickly and easily increase horsepower and improve your ride’s overall performance. Here are a few steps you can take to give your car a bit more muscle.
Keeping food items fresh and tasty is something we all want. Although plastic fridge bags are great for this, the air that stays inside the bag can sometimes change the taste and look of the products, even when kept in a freezer. Luckily these days, there is a possibility to change this with the help of vacuum sealers. These sealers leave no air inside the plastic bag which can lead to fresh looking and tasty food which can stay like that for several months (depending on the type of food).
Every off-road vehicle is designed to get you away from the suffocating city and into the peaceful embrace of the bush. But once you reach your desired outdoor destination, the vehicle doesn’t offer much in terms of comfort. So, if you want to make your stay a lot more comfortable and enjoyable, you should consider bringing along a few off road accessories. Here’s a list of the essential 4×4 accessories that no off road trip would be complete without.
Installing an aftermarket performance exhaust system on your Mitsubishi is one of the most affordable and efficient ways to improve its performance and fuel economy. Stock exhaust systems are made for the average everyday driver. This means that they’re made using affordable materials that make the vehicle’s overall cost lower, they are silent-running and restrictive, and they don’t provide the optimized flow that you would get with aftermarket Mitsubishi exhaust systems. Here are some of the ways that aftermarket performance exhausts will take your Mitsubishi to the next level.
Whether you’re looking to hit some off-road trails on your mountain bike or tear up the asphalt with your road bike, biking can be one of the most rewarding, fun and healthy hobbies. One of the best ways to take it to the next level is to get your 4×4 involved. I know this may sound weird but bikes and 4x4s can be great partners as the 4×4 can widen your horizons and help you bike on new, unexplored and fun terrain.
As much as we hate to admit it, we heavily rely on our electrical devices, even when we’re out in the middle of nowhere trying to escape the urban jungle. Some people make the mistake of actually believing that they don’t need any power source for a couple of days, and end up frustrated and disappointed with their experience. If you’re one of the rare people who actually can stay sane without any sort of electricity for days, then all the power to you. However, if you’re in the majority of people who can’t, then no worries, all you have to do is get a leisure battery and you’ll be set.
There are many reasons why people want their HiLux to go faster, but you don’t really need one. Like really, who doesn’t want a faster car? Especially for riding off-road, where you can’t get into trouble with the police. If you’re one of those people who want to improve their HiLux’ performance for whatever reason, there are a couple of different ways you can do that, even on a budget. The best way to do it is to add more combustion in the fuel chamber, and adding more oil isn’t an option, so modifying it to allow more clean air and to make it capable of working with more fuel is typically the way to go. You can accomplish this with the following steps.
As far as upgrades for your Nissan go, side steps, and their close mates – running boards are kind of special. They’re part of the small group of aftermarket upgrades that can bring both real practical use and high-level aesthetic appeal to your Nisan. For that reason, investing in the best Nissan side steps you can find can be extremely beneficial to the comfort and protection of your vehicle. But how do you find the best side steps available? Well, there are a few important factors to consider, here are some of them.
Venturing off the beaten trail with your Mitsubishi will oftentimes entail driving through rough surfaces and close encounters with kangaroos who are eager to come to say hi. And anyone who’s been in a close encounter with a ‘roo knows how powerful they are, and the damage they can do if you accidentally hit them with your car. Suffice to say, they’ll leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere and possibly ruin your engine and entire front end. In order to avoid all of this, there’s a simple and affordable solution – bull bars.
We’ve all experienced it – you are driving your car, and just want to open the window to get some fresh air because it’s gotten a bit stuffy, but it is raining outside and opening the window will do more harm than good. The solution? Car window shields. They may be small, subtle and inexpensive, but car window shields (also known as ‘deflectors’) can make a great difference in your riding experience.
Even though we claim to go caravanning to escape the mundaneness of the everyday city life, we’re still going to find ourselves sitting in front of the laptop or TV eventually. That being said, being unable to watch TV because you don’t have the proper antenna set up can get frustrating at times. If you’re on the market for buying a brand new caravan TV antenna, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind to ensure you don’t have a weak signal, even when traveling far away from the urban jungle. Without further ado, here are the three most important factors to consider when buying a 12 volt caravan antenna.
Flange plates (not to be confused with skid plates) are one of the smallest, most simple by design, yet equally as important as any other part of any vehicle’s exhaust system. They secure the connection between the exhaust manifold and the tube segments, thus ensuring the flow of the exhaust gases that come in and out of the exhaust system have an unobstructed path. A lot of people overlook these small parts, until they become an issue and they have to replace them. The two most important things to consider when replacing a worn down and damaged flange plate are the material and size.
One of the most vivid memories I have of being a pre-teen is when me and my family went on a vacation, and ended up getting stuck there for slightly longer than we intended, and it ended up costing my parents a couple hundred dollars. This was before the mobile phone era, and one of the few ways to listen to some music was on the car radio.
One of the best-selling commercial vehicles on sale in Australia has been the HiLux. It’s by far exceeded sales of any other van or ute on the market. For the off-road enthusiast and hard working tradesman, it’s difficult to argue against buying a HiLux, just because of its sheer reliability, value, strength, safety features, driving experience are just a couple of the many reasons it’s one of the best commercial vehicles on the market.
Even though the HiLux is rough, strong and reliable, the average off-road enthusiast should still consider investing into some protection 4×4 accessories to prevent damage to their valuable HiLux. One thing that comes on top of my mind when talking protection accessories for the HiLux are HiLux bullbars.
If you’ve ever participated in any sports, the concept of a bullbar should be pretty familiar. Whether you’ve taken a knee in your sack after trying to defend the basket, or a random ball made its way to its friends between your legs, you can surely appreciate the necessity of some extra protection and padding when it comes to personal safety. Your HiLux is no different. Your front end is very fragile, and all it takes is a robust tree branch, an oversized boulder to punch through it, and you’re looking at considerable repair costs.
However, with HiLux bullbars, you can rest assured that your vulnerable front end is protected from damage. Moreover, they add an improved off-road, tough-guy appearance to your HiLux. Bullbars are typically made of stainless-steel or aluminium tubing and are sealed against weather elements with a polished finish or durable powder coating. Finding a trusty manufacturer is essential, so that you can get a specific model for your specific HiLux make, year and model to make the most out of the purchase.
If the idea of a bullbar isn’t appealing to you, there’s a pretty good alternative – skid plates. They give the same functionality as the bullbar, except they offer more protection to the underside of your vehicle instead of your hood and windshield. Skid plates also offer reliable protection from all the elements for years to come. Furthermore, they most commonly come with pre-drilled holes which you can mount fog lights or other aftermarket accessories onto. They make a pretty good mount, if you don’t want to heavily modify the body of your HiLux.
Bottom line is, if you’re an off-road enthusiast that frequently ventures off the beaten track, front end protection is essential to prevent thousands and thousands of dollars of repair costs. It’s a long-term investment that will certainly pay off for itself.