Best Ways to Modify a Jeep

One of the hottest vehicles to modify these days is the Jeep Wrangler. Each generation of this legendary off-roader has its own set of positive attributes. While Jeep enthusiasts will debate the finer points of YJs vs TJs vs JKs, in general you should know some modifications for Jeeps are just plain cooler than others. That’s important, because the sheer range of Jeep aftermarket products is staggering. Before you fall for “Angry Eyes” or a chromed-out bull bar, consider the following.

 

Rooftop Tent

 

Even if you’re not looking to do some serious overlanding, but just want to use your Jeep for camping, having a tent that goes on the roof can be super helpful. Quite a few different companies make tents you can slap on your Jeep. Many just attach to the roof rack with simple hardware, and have a fold-out platform, plus a ladder to climb up. The best tents pretty much just fold out with the platform, so you don’t need to set up much.

 

One of the main advantages of these tents is that they get you up and away from animals. Once you’ve had a run-in with little or big critters in the backcountry, you’ll understand why that’s so important.

 

Side Armor

 

If you plan on taking your Jeep on some serious trails where it might rub against rocks, trees, or other solid obstacles, give some serious consideration to side armor. It comes in many forms, with rock rails being perhaps the most useful. Thoroughly check out any option you’re considering, because some “side armor” provides light protection against damage, if even that much.

 

While side armor looks cool, if you don’t need it, putting it on your Jeep might not be the best move. Real armor weighs a lot, which puts strain on your suspension, kills fuel economy, and makes you Jeep handle more like a tank.

 

Snorkel

 

These can be controversial in some circles, but a snorkel does have its uses. Plus, they just plain look cool, giving your Jeep a more safari appearance.

 

Of course, the main function of a snorkel is to put the air intake opening at a higher level for water crossings. If you like to venture where deep water can be common, this modification is a solid move. Even if you don’t, a snorkel does something cold air intakes don’t: it draws in genuinely cooler air. Cold air intakes, even those what close off the element in a box under the hood, are subject to heat soak to an extent. Dealing with an overheating Jeep in the middle of nowhere is no fun. Snorkels guarantee a Jeep will be sucking in outside air, which even on a hot day is cooler than what’s under the hood.

 

Lift Kit

 

Jeeps just look better once they’re lifted. Even if you just go for a little 2-inch lift, your Jeep’s stance improves. Of course, you should upgrade your tire size as well, otherwise the result could be comedic.

 

Not only does a lift make your Jeep look more rugged, it serves a purpose. Once you install larger tires, your ground clearance increases, which is a huge benefit when off-roading. Just remember to watch out for rubbing between your tires and fenders/suspension components, since that can hurt articulation.

 

Some lift kits have beefed-up suspension components that are better suited for hardcore trail runs. Dealing with a blown shock is no fun, while having a disconnecting sway bar is.

 

Auxiliary Lighting

 

Basically, auxiliary lighting is any lights on the outside of your Jeep you can’t legally turn on while you’re traveling on the road. Thanks to LED technology, this type of modification has exploded. You can mount lights all over the place, including on the A-pillars, rear bumper, and roof rack.

 

Know that not all lights are created equal. You need to consider how much electrical draw your setup needs, because you don’t want it to strain your battery. Also find out about color temperature, how many lumens each light produces, and the beam pattern. All those factors affect performance in different ways.

 

Bumpers

 

Let’s face it, the factory bumpers on Jeeps aren’t the best, especially what you get with JKs. If you think you might encounter any obstacles to speak of, or you just want to make your Jeep look better, you have a huge array of aftermarket options. This may be one of the most common modifications out there, so be prepared to lose a few hours just perusing products.

 

Some points to consider is the construction of the bumper, which will be dictated by what kind of trail runs you might do. Also, look to see if a front bumper has light tabs, making it easier to mount auxiliary lighting, plus a winch mount. If you’re interested in bigger tires, or already have them, a stubby bumper doesn’t extend as far, and so it’s less likely to result in rubbing of any kind.

The Craziest Convertible Vehicles

The Craziest Convertible Vehicles

 

Convertibles offer a tremendous way to get in touch with nature, at least in one way. They’re wildly popular with people for that reason alone. With the top down, you’re always quite aware of the outside temperature and any precipitation, for better or worse.

 

While you might automatically think of sexy sports cars when someone says “convertible,” there are some rather interesting examples that go beyond that stereotype.

 

Ford F-150

 

No, this isn’t a production version of an F-150, but instead is the creation of Newport Convertible Engineering, or NCE for short. The company chopped the roof off a perfectly good pickup, then outfitted it with a power-folding soft top.

 

Usually you don’t associate pickups with convertibles for practical reasons. For example, the soft top folds up over part of the bed. That won’t work if you have anything in there. Of course, if you are hauling anything, whether the top is up or down, it doesn’t provide the same level of protection as a hard top, just in case you forget to tighten the load straps completely.

 

While this convertible pickup truck might not be entirely practical, it is cool and unique.

 

Yugo Cabrio

 

Yes, the vehicle that once was called the worst car in the world came in convertible form for a time. it didn’t sell super well, maybe because without a top, it made hiding your poor life decisions more difficult.

 

In general, people pointed out that the Yugo embodied everything that was wrong with communism. That may or may not be the case, but if you have ever driven one, you’ll know it’s truly a poor decision to make.

 

For a time, this car gained popularity with hip young folk. Eventually, they saw the errors of their ways, even though some poor souls are still trying to unload theirs for healthy sums.

 

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

 

Another vehicle you don’t normally associate with convertible tops is SUVs. Nissan decided to go out on a limb and make a convertible version of the Murano, called the CrossCabriolet.

 

This was a controversial move. One thing critics pointed out about the Murano CrossCabriolet is that instead of having four doors like a regular Murano, the vehicle only has two extremely long doors. Not dinging the car parked next to you becomes seriously challenging with this convertible.

 

Another thing: SUVs are supposed to provide some utility. When the top folds into what little cargo space you have, that kind of goes away. Finally, people in the backseat get hit with a ton of wind, because this is such a long convertible.

 

Despite its many flaws, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet does have a dedicated cult following.

 

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Convertible

 

Not only does this vehicle have one of the longer names out there, it’s another modern example of a convertible SUV. Pretty much the same flaws that apply to the Nissan apply to this thing. It looks marginally better, but that’s about the only real improvement.

 

What’s more, most people think of Land Rovers as being fairly capable off-roaders. If they didn’t realize the Evoque doesn’t fit that mold, the convertible version will definitely tip them off.

 

Reva Zephyr

 

India has quite the interesting, eclectic automotive market. One of the strangest things to come out of the Asian nation is its first convertible, called the Zephyr. Essentially, Reva took its G-Wiz, chopped off the roof, and outfitted with a soft top. The result is something resembling either a clown car, or a Power Wheels toy, or maybe a mix of the two.

 

Zimmer Golden Spirit

 

Back in the 1970s, Zimmer got the idea to use a Lincoln Towncar as the basis for a luxury convertible. The result was an incredibly strange topless land yacht, complete with an awkward roll bar and gaudy custom front end. Zimmer tried to channel the stately luxury cars of the 1920s, but failed miserably.

 

While the Golden Spirit lacked any kind of finesse or aesthetic beauty, you could at least have a butler drive you around in this car, while you lounge in the back and feel the breeze rustle through your hair.

 

How Autocross Will Make You a Better Driver

Who doesn’t want to become better at driving? Sure, there are some people who’re content to swerve back and forth between lanes while eating a jelly-filled donut and checking their email. But if you’re reading this, likely you’re not that person.

 

The better you are at driving, the more enjoyable it is. Excelling at something is fulfilling, especially if it’s something most others aren’t good at. Improving your driving skills will also keep you safer on the road. A dull knife is more dangerous than a sharp one, or so goes the saying, and the same is true with dull driving skills.

 

Learning to autocross well will result in your becoming better at driving on the street.

 

Autocross Advantages

 

Getting involved in motorsports can be risky. The thing about Autocross is that you remove pretty much all the dangers of racing.

 

Since it’s done in big, open areas, you don’t need to worry about hitting a wall or barrier, like you do at a track. Sure, you might murder a few cones, but that’s all part of the learning process. They won’t damage your car, or endanger your life.

 

When you do autocross, it’s one car at a time. You don’t have to worry about crashing into other vehicles, or even swapping a little bit of paint.

 

Instead, the only real risk is that you overdrive and roll your car. As long as you don’t get too aggressive too quickly, that probably won’t happen.

 

What Autocross Teaches

 

You can learn many valuable lessons from autocross, which transfer over to how you drive on the road.

 

If you use your everyday car, you will learn its limits intimately. Of course, this may come with participating in a few autocross events. Over time, you’ll find if you push to go through a turn too quickly, or wait too long to brake, your car won’t respond the way you need, and you might hit some cones. It’s best to learn this in an environment where you’re not at risk of killing someone, including yourself.

 

You’ll learn more about understeer and/or oversteer than you could in many other ways. Short of going to a race track and dealing with the risks involved there, there are few other ways of learning how to manage understeer and/or oversteer with your vehicle. This has a real-world application, because you might find that you’re on a slippery road surface, or maybe on a dirt road, and start to feel the front or back end of your car break loose. If you autocross enough, you’ll know how to fix the problem immediately and effectively. Without that skill, you might be in for a big crash.

 

Autocross teaches you to not ride the brakes. If done properly, you learn the value of throttle control to slow your car down. You also learn to only apply the brakes when absolutely necessary. This helps to avoid brake fade, and it will make your brake pads and rotors last longer.

 

Instead of staring down the course in front of you, you must scan ahead with your eyes. Too many drivers on the road are guilty of staring at just one thing, when they should be concentrating on everything going on around them. This will make you more aware of dangers early on, so you can avoid bad situations with greater ease.

 

Overall, autocross teaches you to be precise in your driving maneuvers. You’re punished for being sloppy or rushing, because efficiency is everything. Too many people on the road today think they’re driving aggressively, when in actuality they’re driving sloppy, which is just downright dangerous. If you ever need to drive aggressively, autocross will give you the skills to do so, without being overly dangerous.

 

What You Will Need

 

Before you go autocross your car, you need to do a few things. First off, your vehicle needs to be in good shape, because you’ll be pushing it to the limits. Check all the fluids and refill anything that’s low. Look at your tire treads and ensure they’re not too worn, as well as the brake pads. Tighten all your wheel lug nuts to spec.

 

You can bring a helmet, although most car clubs provide them, but you might be a germaphobe and so will appreciate having your own. Definitely ask before you show up, just in case helmets aren’t provided. Some clubs might have specific rules, like how to mark your car, so ask about those as well.

Ways to Get Rid of Unpleasant Car Odors

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The last thing you want is for people to climb in your car and gag. They might be diplomatic about it and not make a big deal, but rest assured they won’t be pleased. Such a situation is embarrassing, and it reflects poorly on you.

 

Even if the odor in your car isn’t your fault, you need to do something about it. Maybe the previous owner liked to store fish in the trunk, or had other disgusting habits. Whatever the cause, you need to correct the situation quickly, and fully. After all, you don’t want to remove the offending smells, only to have them come back full-force just days or weeks later.

 

Cabin Air Filter

 

Most people never think to change the cabin air filter in their car, even though it’s listed in the recommended maintenance. The filter, which is usually located behind the glove box, is designed to trap pollen, dirt, and even odors.

 

A dirty cabin air filter can just be blowing stinky smells around each time you turn on the AC or heater. By swapping it out for a fresh one, you can immediately improve things. While you’re at it, take a Q-tip and clean the air vents throughout the car, just to be thorough.

 

Junk in the Trunk

 

Garbage, sports equipment, clothing, food wrappers, drink containers, and other items left in your car can generate plenty of bad smells. Most people wouldn’t dream of leaving such things in their home, yet they barely have a second thought about doing it with their vehicle.

 

The solution is simple: go through your car and clear out all the clutter. It will look and smell much better.

 

Cleaning

 

Beyond just clearing out items, you need to clean your car’s interior regularly. Again, just like with your house, if you don’t clean it, the cabin will start to smell.

 

Get a vacuum and remove anything stuck in the carpet fibers, plus the seat creases and upholstery. If you don’t have automotive cleaners for the plastics and other materials, get some. Those surfaces smell from sitting in the heat and sunlight, plus getting everything from skin oils to dust on them. Also, clean the inside of all the windows. They fog up over time as the plastic in your car oxidizes, and that carries an unpleasant odor.

 

You can even clean the headliner, since it often traps odors. Just remember that the headliner is sensitive, so proceed with caution. Get a good carpet cleaner and spray it on a microfiber cloth or small paint brush. Dab the cleaner onto the headliner, scrubbing gently. Go back over everything with a dry microfiber cloth, again being careful to not push hard.

 

Baking Soda

 

One of the best odor removal agents out there is baking soda. Maybe you’ve put a box in your fridge and noticed an improvement overnight. The same can be true with your car.

 

As you drive along in the heat, you sweat. That becomes trapped in the seats. You walk through disgusting things on the ground, and then track them onto the vehicle carpeting or floor mats. These smells don’t leave easily.

 

After you’ve cleaned the interior, sprinkle baking soda on all the carpeting, floor mats (outside the car), and cloth upholstery. It’s ideal to let the baking soda sit overnight, so it soaks in as much of the smells as possible. In the morning, vacuum out the baking soda, taking the stench with it.

 

Keeping Smells Out

 

Obviously, staying on top of regular cleanings for your car helps greatly with keeping the odors from returning. Also, avoid leaving food, food wrappers, or open drink containers in the car.

 

Beyond cleaning and maintenance, you could get a moisture absorber product to leave in the car. This is especially helpful if you don’t drive much, which can lead to a musty stench.

Places to See Movie Cars

Love movies? Love cars? These are the places where you can see the vehicles that have starred in some classic films. If you live even remotely near any of these destinations, a road trip is definitely in order.

 

Petersen Automotive Museum

 

It only makes sense to visit an automotive museum in Los Angeles to see movie cars. The Petersen Automotive Museum is located on Wilshire Boulevard, right in the city’s Museum Row.

 

While you can see quite a few impressive cars in a building that used to be a department store, the real draw is the movie cars. Petersen swaps out exhibits often, but you can catch the likes of the DeLorean DMC12 from Back to the Future, Herbie the Love Bug, and even the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s Batman movie.

 

Petersen will periodically play a clip behind each movie car, on a big screen. It shows the vehicle in a famous scene, so you get a sense for why it’s so famous and deserves to be there. That alone makes hanging out in the movie cars section worth the time.

 

Admittedly, the movie vehicles area is only a small portion of one of the museum’s floors. But kids will appreciate the second floor Cars discovery area. It features those lovable Pixar creations, and teaches them a thing or two about how automobiles work.

 

Voto Auto Museum

 

You probably don’t think of Illinois when it comes to movie cars, but it actually hosts one of the best collections around. As the name suggests, it’s located in the city of Volo, which is north of Chicago, about halfway to Milwaukee.

 

You get to explore over 33 unique exhibits, with a little something for everyone. Remember the Russian Duck, or car-boat thing from Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? It’s there. So is the 2014 Subaru Impreza WRX STI form Fast & Furious 7, Batman’s Tumbler, the Flintstones car, and many more.

 

The museum is actually contained in 12 different buildings, so you have plenty to explore. That consumes two city blocks, ensuring you get plenty of exercise, too. If the weather’s nice, park-like outdoor areas make for a great way to unwind after seeing all the cars.

 

Hollywood Cars Museum

 

From the name, you’d expect this to be located at least near Hollywood, or in Southern California at the least. Instead, check this museum out when you hit the Strip in Las Vegas.

 

Inside, you’ll find 30,000 square feet of vehicles that are somehow tied to movies and TV shows. Some of the highlights include Robocop’s ride, the General Lee, K.I.T from Knight Rider, several Fast & Furious cars, and the Coffin Dragster used in The Munsters.

 

There are enough vehicles, that they represent over 100 movies and TV shows. Some zany customized vehicles, like a piano car, are also included just for good measure. All in all, the collection is valued at about $7 million.

 

Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum

 

If you’re in the South, head to Jackson, Tennessee to check out Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum. While it’s not the largest museum on this list, if you can’t get to the others, this one still delivers some pretty iconic rides.

 

The 25-plus cars include one of the General Lees from the Dukes of Hazard, the AMC Gremlin from Wayne’s World, Lightning McQueen, the Mystery Machine, and one of the Back to the Future DeLoreans.

 

As you might be able to tell, this museum was started by a guy named Rusty. He’s been hard at work, collecting interesting vehicles for almost a quarter of a century. His private collection has reached 35 vehicles, and is still growing.

 

 

Auto Detailing Techniques to Elevate Your Ride to the Next Level

Some people rarely wash their car. You always know who they are, because their ride just doesn’t impress in the least. While you might wash and wax often, likely you’re missing some important details. Those with truly critical eyes will notice, and maybe you have, too.

 

Before you throw in your wash towel, literally, try these tips. They’ll take your auto detailing skills to the next level, and your car with them.

 

Kick the Bucket

 

You’ve probably been told to use two buckets for washing your car. One’s for the soapy water, and one’s to rinse your sponge or whatever you’re using to scrub the car. While that’s better than using just one bucket, some of the dirt from the rinse bucket will transfer to the other, defeating the whole purpose.

 

Better, ditch buckets altogether. Wash different sections of the car, starting from the roof and working your way down. Wet the area down, apply soap to your wash mitt, then clean the area before rinsing it thoroughly. The result will be obvious, and this technique is faster, as well as less tedious.

 

Use the Cleaning Tool

 

Many automotive shops, and even some hardware stores sell these auto detailing tools. They look like a small rubber utility knife, at least in a way.

 

The idea is to use the rubber edge to reach where you normally can’t. One prime area is the panel gaps in the center console. Crumbs, dirt, and even skin cells like to gather there. Sure, you can try vacuuming that out, but that might scratch the plastic or leather. Plus, the cleaning tool is more thorough.

 

Sometimes the kits come with small brushes, too. Use these aids, and your interior will look far better for it.

 

Banish Hair

 

Getting rid of hair, whether it’s from pets or humans, can be tricky. The individual hairs often don’t all come out of carpeting or cloth upholstery, leaving at least some behind. The situation isn’t hopeless, if you have the right tools.

 

Likely, you’re just using a vacuum or your hands to do the dirty work. You’re going in the right direction with a hose, but you need something to loosen the hairs first. A pumice stone or rubber pet comb should do the trick. Even better, you can use them repeatedly, which you can’t do with tape or a sticky roller. Besides, this method yields better results.

 

Move the Seats

 

Surprisingly, people often keep their seats in the same positions, even when cleaning. If you do that, crumbs and other debris will gather under them, just like the floor beneath your fridge.

 

Scooting your seats all the way forward or back will reveal the filth underneath. It’s just another way to be more thorough with your detail efforts.

 

Follow Directions

 

There are many good cleaning products, including soaps and waxes. You might have your preferences, and that’s fine. Ultimately, no matter what you use, always follow the directions printed on the container. Disregarding them can at best not give you the best shine possible, and at worst ruin whatever you apply the product to.

Top Camera Rig Vehicles

When film crews need to take moving shots, they need a vehicle that’s up to the task. In the past, minivans have been default rig vehicles, but they come with numerous shortfalls. Sometimes crews will outfit a truck with a crane and other necessary gear, but that’s often because of a tight budget.

 

These are the vehicles crews use when they have the cash, and want the best.

 

Porsche Cayenne

 

This flashy SUV isn’t just about impressing people at the country club when you pull up. As a large and luxurious vehicle, it can easily handle a camera rig, even a large crane, without getting wobbly, which would mess up a shot. The wide track and heavy curb weight keeps everything firmly planted.

 

Also, the Cayenne is famous for being not only powerful, but also quick. It can keep up with sports cars, so if you need to film a quick chase scene, a vehicle whipping around a track, or whatever else, the SUV can handle the task.

 

Large brakes mean even with all that extra equipment, including a camera and large rig, the vehicle can stop quickly. After all, you don’t want to risk crashing, damaging your gear and possibly injuring anyone riding inside.

 

Speaking of people riding in the Cayenne, Porsche designed the SUV with loads of interior space. Considering you might have the cameraman, director, crane operator, driver, or any number of other people in it, with additional equipment crammed into the cabin, that’s super helpful as well.

Porsche Panamera

 

It might be the most controversial modern Porsche, and the second Porsche on this list, but the Panamera has become a favorite of some camera crews.

 

Chase Car has famously modified the four-door hatchbacks to make them even more practical than the Cayenne. It’s still fast and stable like the other Porsche, but the unique rear layout adds another dimension, and extra utility.

 

With the Cayenne, some crane operators complain that they can’t see well enough out the back. Chase Car builds a bubbled safety glass canopy on the hatch portion of the Panamera. This allows the crane operator to see well all around the car, remedying the problem.

Mini Cooper

 

Another car known for its stability, the Mini Cooper has also won over camera crews. It really shines because of a compact shape, enabling it to squeeze into more confined spaces so you can get that perfect shot not possible with a larger vehicle, such as filing in a parking garage.

 

Minis are also known to be surprisingly quick, as well as agile. That comes in handy if a crew needs to film a subject that’s moving quickly and changing directions often.

4 Must-Have Interior Car Cleaners

Cleaning the interior of your favorite vehicle doesn’t have to be complicated! There is a sea of products out there, but these are some of the best rated. Don’t hesitate, pick them up at your local Walmart or at Amazon.com. They also make great Christmas gifts for the upcoming season!

1. Leather Honey Conditioner

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Does your car have leather interior? There is simply no better product to care for your leather than the cult classic Leather Honey Conditioner. Recognized as the number one leather cleaner seller on Amazon, this product has been transforming worn out, stiff leather for years.

Leather Honey Conditioner has been around since 1968 and is super easy to use on the inside of your vehicle. Once you’ve cleaned your leather of grime and dirt, you can apply the product all over your leather seats and interior. According to the Leather Honey experts, “Let it absorb for a minimum of two hours – preferably overnight — then wipe off any excess using another dry lint-free cloth.”

One Amazon reviewer was fascinated at the outcome of using this effective product.

“Conditioning the cars’ seats took some time and plenty of effort, and I wish it were warmer so the Honey may be better absorbed into the leather, but I’ll tell you what, the difference in feel is amazing! The seats in my wife’s 9 year old Lexus weren’t this soft when the car was two years old! They didn’t ‘moo’, but it was close.”

You can pick up Leather Honey Conditioner on Amazon for under $18. For more information on the product line, visit their site here.

2. Armor All Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner

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When you jump into a brand new car, the smell is intoxicating. It just smells…new. There are no random stains on the upholstery and other unwanted smells haunting the interior. You can recreate this experience in your own car with Armor All.

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Although there are a bunch of different Armor All products, one of our favorites is the Carpet & Upholstery Foam Cleaner. You can use this product on fabrics in your car. This product won’t discolor your upholstery and removes dirt, grease, and odors! You can buy this up for less than $6 at most stores like Walmart.

One reviewer explains, “I just received an older car with a very light colored fabric interior. I used this Armor All Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner on all the seats to get rid of the build up they received over the years and it did better than expected. It got rid of all the set in stains and the car looks much brighter! I used one entire can on the whole backseat, two front seats and most the carpet on floor in the back. I recommend this cleaner and will be ordering it again :)”

3. Car Vacuum Kit

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Have you ever tried to clean the dirt between the seats of your car and not been able to reach it? How frustrating! Instead of hauling your own home vacuum outside and cleaning your car, why not invest in a car vacuum kit? One of the best is the Metro Vac N’ Blo 500 Car Vacuum. Considered one of the greatest by Best.com, this product comes with different attachments so you can get your car spotless.

Light at only 3.5lbs, you can easily maneuver this product around the interior of your vehicle. You have the option to use your cigarette lighter for power or a standard outlet plug. The 500 watt motor keeps the product working beautifully and the suction is guaranteed for up to five years.

One very happy truck owner offered up a great review on Autoanything.com

“Very portable and can easily be stored in vehicle for routine cleaning of interior. Has great suction and helps keep the inside of my truck spotless. A must for any neat freak.”

4. Meguiar’s Ultimate Interior Detailer

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Looking for a product to wipe down your interior surfaces quickly? Meguiar’s G16216 Ultimate Interior Detailer is the perfect solution! Known as the “quick interior detailer,” this product safely cleans ALL surfaces of your car, even the LCD displays!

According to AutoDeets.com, all you need to do is spray and wipe. If you want to keep your vehicle looking sharp, keep a bottle of this spray and a roll of paper towels in your trunk. Whenever you car is looking less than fresh, grab it and go at it! The cleaning only takes about five minutes and Meguiars wipes away dust efficiently. The smell is also great.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, order it online for less than $5 and get free shipping. One reviewer on the site said this,

This is a great product. Doesn’t leave a glossy and slippery residue so it can be used throughout the entire interior of the car including the steering wheel. This is a hard-to-find product as this is usually only found in higher end auto parts stores. Definitely will buy again.”

What are you waiting for? Treat your car right now!

 

8 Songs To Groove To When On A Road Trip

There’s just something about jamming with the windows down. Whether you’re headed a few blocks or a few states, you’ll want to turn these beats up!

1. Shut Up and Drive, Rihanna

Isn’t it obvious this tune is perfect for driving? Instead of chatting it up, Rihanna encourages everyone to just “shut up and drive.” Released in 2007, this song was on her third album titled Good Girl Gone Bad. Fun lyrics like,

Cause it’s zero to sixty in three point five

Baby you got the keys

Now shut up and drive, drive, drive”

Make this song perfect for driving on an open road and try not to talk.

 

2. Send Me On My Way, Rusted Root

Depending on your age, you may recognize this song from the children’s movie, Matilda. Matilda is a little girl who has magic powers. Her family doesn’t appreciate her and she’s passionate about reading and education. When her parents leave her home alone, this song comes on as she makes her own pancakes and gets herself ready for the day on her own. This upbeat song will remind you of Summer weather and fun times with friends.

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The lyrics of Send Me On My Way include,

“Well, I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl, we will

I would like to hold my little hand

And we will run, we will, we will crawl”

The song doesn’t hint where they are headed, but the song’s about moving! The lyrics were written by Rusted Root’s Michael Glabicki. The song is from the album When I Woke.

3. I’ve Been Everywhere, Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is a traditional road trip pick. Covering blues, country, and folk, Cash could easily be the backdrop of an entire trip. If you’re not keen on playing Johnny the entire time you’re traveling, add the single song, I’ve Been Everywhere.

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This classic song, which was covered by Cash in 1996, was written by Geoff Mack, an Australian country singer. The American version was switched up to include American cities like “Boston” and “Nashville.”

4. Highway To Hell, AC/DC

Let’s hope you’re not driving straight into Hades…but this song is catchy. Highway To Hell is a rock ballad from AC/DC. Perfect for the hardcore rockers at heart and a group of girl besties, this song has lyrics that fit driving perfectly.

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The song was released on the 27th of July, 1979. The title of the song also was the title of album. The lyrics explain that the singer is driving to Hell. There’s not a lot of room for interpretation with the words like,

No stop signs, speed limit

Nobody’s gonna slow me down

Like a wheel, gonna spin it

Nobody’s gonna mess me around

Hey Satan, paid my dues

Playing in a rocking band

Hey mama, look at me

I’m on my way to the promised land, whoo!”

Don’t be tempted to speed while listening to this track, but do imagine joining AC/DC and rocking out.

5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers

Walking five hundred miles is very different than driving five hundred miles, but this song from The Proclaimers sets the mood for a road trip anyway. A song most pals will know and will want to sing along with, I’m Gonna Be, is an energetic song about a man that will walk five hundred miles to be near his lover. When the chorus begins, singing,

“But I would walk five hundred miles

And I would walk five hundred more

Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles

To fall down at your door”

…it’ll be hard to not yell out the lyrics. Whether you’re driving for business or are celebrating a bachelorette party, this song will hit the spot.

6. Homecoming, Kanye West

Rapping about Chi-city, his hometown, Kanye West wrote Homecoming. This song is all about him coming home to his city. If you’ve ever been far from home, you know the emotions that come when you’re driving back. Memories flood back and sometimes it’s comforting to be nostalgic.

Even though you may be driving from or to NYC, this song may hit a nerve. Some of the lyrics that reflect coming home say,

“I’m coming home again

Do you think about me now and then?

Do you think about me now and then?

Cause I’m coming home again”

7. Mud On the Tires, Brad Paisley

Have you ever felt the excitement of driving a new car? Even if you’re driving a rental, you will still feel the energy of a different vehicle. As our friend Brad Paisley says in Mud On the Tires,

“And I’m holdin’ the keys to a brand new Chevrolet

Have you been outside, it sure is a nice night

How about a little test drive

Down by the lake?”

The song highlights the romantic thought of driving out into the sunset and spending time in the back of a truck bed. Even if you’re not behind a four wheel drive vehicle, you may still appreciate the idea of getting away. Mud On the Tires was released in 2003 and was also the name of the album. Sometimes a little bit of country fits a driving afternoon perfectly.

8. A Thousand Miles, Vanessa Carlton

If you’ve seen the 2004 movie, White Chicks, you have probably sung this song a time or two while driving. A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton is the girl’s “song” in the movie and they sing it obnoxiously in the car. Later, another actor, Terry Crews, sings the song to one of the men posing as a woman. As hilarious as the movie is that highlights the song, there is something about A Thousand Miles that makes you want to get behind the wheel.

The lyrics highlight the singer walking 1000 miles just to be by their lover’s side. Some of the words hit close to home for those who are traveling to be near friends or family.

“Making my way downtown

Walking fast

Faces pass

And I’m home-bound

Staring blankly ahead

Just making my way

Making a way

Through the crowd”

The song was released in 2004 and was nominated for a Grammy.

Get Your Shopping On At These 4 Interesting NYC Shops

Planning on going shopping while in New York City? You’re in luck because The Big Apple has some of the most interesting stores in the world! From a store that sells superhero supplies to a shop that changes their look on a regular basis, you won’t ever run out of things to spend your money on!

1. Global Table

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Since 1996, the Global Table has been a popular stop for design lovers in New York. The store showcases table-top accessories and decor accents for the home. You can find items from all over the world in the store ranging from bowls to candles.

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The main style focus of Global Table is “simple lines and vivid finishes.” You may recognize the shop from popular magazines such as Oprah, Elle Decor, and Bon Appetit.

Fun products include the Sperm Whale Platter, a beautiful serving tray which has a large sperm whale on the front, and a Seagrass Pitcher, which is made of seagrass and glass. This past November, Global Table was voted “best tabletop accessories” in the ONE STOP SHOP Guide from Real Simple magazine.

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One shopper, Charles, reviews on Yelp saying,

Tiny store packed to the gills with cool housewares. We have been to this place half a dozen times and have always find things we “really need”. On our last visit we purchased one of the large faux snakeskin rectangular trays…Their selection is constantly changing and their prices appear to be moderate for the ultra cool designs.”

2. CityStore

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So, you’re visiting New York City? It may be time for indulging in some “I heart New York” items. Sure, there are hundreds of shops everywhere you look selling mementos, but there is one that sticks out from the rest. CityStore is known as “the official store of the city of New York.” This shop has anything and everything you’re looking for that falls under the theme New York City.

Some of the categories of gifts at CityStore include: magnets, jewelry, home accents, books, and much more. The shop is a licensed store that sells NYPD, FDNY, and DSNY items. Unique and quirky items are to be found at this fun location. A popular item is the NYC Manhole Cover Floor Mat. This mat looks like a real manhole and says “NYC Sewer” on it.

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Of course you can’t forget the kids in your life while away on a business trip or vacation. At the CityStore you can pick up a Wooden Taxi Teether, onesies in a number of different designs, and map playing cards. Another hot item is the FDNY Mini Ladder Truck, which is part of the NYC toy fleet available at the store.

CityStore is operated by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services. 100% of sales benefit the city of New York and the shop is located in the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building.

3. Brooklyn Superhero Company

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At one time or another everyone wanted to be a superhero, right? Well, if you’re even remotely interested in saving the world in a single bound, you may want to visit the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. The shop isn’t a myth, it’s a real brick-and-mortar storefront in NYC. The coolest part is that when you purchase items, the proceeds go to the nonprofit which supports students ages 6-18 with their writing skills.

In fact, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. explains it in their own words saying, “826NYC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

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The shop sells capes, masks, maps, books, posters, and mugs. Stranger items that are more for the novelty include cans of “doom” and “gloom,” muscle massive strength enhancer, and secret identity kits. One of the best purchases from Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co? Pick up a Make Your Own Superhero Cape Kit From Seedling. This adorably DIY kit comes with a base cape, glitter glue, and felt squares to design your own costume!


A tip about visiting? Call ahead to make sure they’re open! They have irregular hours since they are ran by volunteers.

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4. Story

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Chances are, you’ve never visited a store quite like Story. “Point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, sells things like a store,” is this NYC establishment’s motto. Basically, this means that the store takes a 180 degrees every four to eight weeks. The merchandise and the style inside the 2,000 square foot space changes.

Time Out NY has placed Story on the list “15 Top NY Shops.” Founder Rachel Shechtman is the brains behind the operation and has received accolades from other top entrepreneurs. Each shop is called a “story.”

Different stories have included: Have Fun! Home For the Holidays 2015, Well Being, His, and more. Until July 24th the current story at Story is called Disrupt. This “shop” looks like you’re in a garage. There are tube lighting and even a skee-ball machine between shelves.

Story explains, “The word “Disruption” has become a startup mantra, but what does it actually mean to disrupt culture and alter the status quo? From June 6th through July 24th STORY is joining forces with USA’s award-winning series MR. ROBOT to highlight a blend of disruptive creatives, technologists, and entrepreneurs and explore the people, objects, and ideas that will ultimately give shape to our future.”