Car/Travel

Snow Joe Telescoping Snow Broom with Ice Scraper (Review : Conover)

A gift from my brother, the Snow Joe has been a life-saver in terms of digging my car out from under the snow. What some may not realize, is with most snow scrapers/brooms you run the risk of scratching your paint or glass. The Snow Joe features an inch think, Styrofoam rectangle (or technically polystyrene - Styrofoam is a brand of polystyrene, just as Kleenex is a brand of tissue and Band-Aid is a brand of bandage) that acts as a harmless squeegee for your whole car. You don't have to worry about that one rogue scrape that catches your paint job. There is no way to hurt your car with the Snow Joe, short of wailing on it with the handle...that's the beauty of the polystyrene. Leaving the scraper out of it for a moment, the Snow Joe features a telescoping handle/pole which is a game-changer! I have a 2-door coupe, so needless to say, the Snow Joe covers (or uncovers?) my car, rather quickly. The polystyrene head is removable from the pole for easy storage, and at the opposite end of the pole is the old-fashioned scraper for those stubborn patches of ice on your windows. Regardless, you still have to do the physical removing of the snow, but the Snow Joe makes it so much easier. Something as simple as a snow scraper, a simple item we all have in our trunks, something so easily taken for granted, has been taken to a whole new level with the Snow Joe!

Sylvania Silverstar Ultra Headlights (Review : Conover)

At the moment, I drive a 2002 Saturn SC2, so those of you that know enough about cars, know that regardless of what I do, short of putting 5,000 dollars under the hood, my car isn't going to be winning any street races. That said, it doesn't mean the car can't look good. My particular model of the SC2 uses two separate bulbs for the high and low beams. I have HID bulbs for my low beams, but didn't really see the need for HID high beams, simply because the HID low beams are plenty bright enough and are at the perfect height so I seldom actually use my high beams. However, when I do in fact use my high beams, when I'm on the way back down to the homestead that is farm town South Jersey, I find myself on dark roads with no streetlights so the high beams come in handy. Since I have a lot of pride in my car, Saturn or not, I wanted the best for my high beams, but didn't want to spend the money, or battery power for that matter, on HID high beams. Well the Sylvania Silverstar Ultras are the BEST non-HID bulb. They are the closest in terms of color matching; nobody wants to switch from bright white HID low-beams to canary yellow high beams, that just looks silly. The Silverstar Ultras deliver in this regard. Again, the closest thing you'll get to HIDs without spending HID money and having to splice them into a power source. Anytime I've had a friend ask me about headlights, I ALWAYS tell them if they don't want HIDs, Silverstar Ultras are the way to go.

Stanley FatMax Jumpbox 700 (Review : Conover)

A proverbial one stop shop for minor breakdowns, the Stanley FatMax Jumpbox is a life-saver if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road. Just as any other Jumpbox, this has the power to get your engine to turn-over on those cold mornings. Hell even if you know your battery is on its way out, but you need to just make it to your next paycheck, this Jumpbox will turn your car over most, if not all, of the time...I speak from experience. I was even able to help out a few guys who were stuck on the side of the road, broken down in the cold with a big Mountaineer equipped with the V8 350 motor. I must say, with how dead their battery seemed, I wasn't too optimistic I would be able to help, but the FatMax didn't disappoint and turned it right over. In addition to its efficient power output, the FatMax sports an air compressor for those cold winter mornings when your tire seems just a tad too flat to drive to work with. Or even if you've got a flat pretty much to the rim, the compressor has the power to get you pumped up, at least enough to get you to the nearest rest area or auto body shop. The compressor has a gauge as well, so even if you use it just to maintain balanced tire pressure it still serves a great purpose. Just as a couple of add-ons the FatMax has a USB port so you can directly charge your electronic devices and a port that fits those cigarette lighter plugs. What puts this over the top is the fact that it not often needs to be charged. I've gone quite some time with the Jumpbox just sitting in my trunk, I'd say months, and I'll pull it out and it still has the might to turn over a stubborn motor, or pump up a tire. Added plus: LED flashlight attached to the unit.

Rain-X Wipes (Review : Conover)

Whenever I need to clean my windshield and/or windows on my car, the first thing I reach for is my container of Rain-X wipes. I've got a lot of experience using Rain-X; the additive, the washer fluid, the wipes, wiper blades – I've used it all. I always keep their washer fluid running in my car, and always have a bottle of wipes in the trunk. You can use these wipes not only to just clean the glass on your car, but the solution in the wipes has the impressive Rain-X additive. So even if you're just cleaning the glass on your car, you're also wiping the rain repellent onto your glass. You'd be very surprised the difference these wipes make. They leave no streaks on your glass, they clean wonderfully, and as stated treat your glass to repel rain. I rarely have to even use my windshield wipers anymore these days because of all the rain-x products I am always using on my glass. The rain just beads up and rolls off the windows and windshield. These wipes are the perfect addition to any car care cleaning kit. Added tip: use them on your mirrors for the same formidable results.

Monster Car Stereo Wiring Kit (Review : Conover)

Every car I've had, I always end up installing a sound system. Even if just a little boom, I'm a self-proclaimed music snob so I need my sound quality to be as premium as I can afford. With that said, no matter what head unit and speakers I use, I ALWAYS end up using the Monster brand wiring kit. This kit comes with all the wiring you'll need set up your system. The cable that runs from the battery to the amplifier, some extra general speaker wire, and audio cables to plug the head unit into the amplifier. And if you're a perfectionist like me, the kit comes with PLENTY of wire length to run the wire and keep it hidden. So for example, I have the power cable running down along the firewall, all the way along the floor boards to the trunk and into the amplifier, and the audio cables run from the back of the head unit, hidden under the dash and then along the floorboards to the amplifier as well. So again, no need to worry about there being enough wire in terms of length. The product is exactly what it sounds like, it's a car stereo wiring kit, if you need to hook up an amplifier, subsequent sub-woofer and whatever else your heart desires for sound, this kit covers it all. Monster brand is renowned for their sound cables, and as musicians, Lutch and I both can attest to Monster's high quality sound and products. As a general rule of thumb, I tend to always get Monster brand cables for any sort of sound necessity, and my car stereo is no exception to that rule.

K&N Air Filter (Review : Conover)

Currently I drive a little old 2002 Saturn SC2 with a tiny 4 cylinder motor sporting a WHOPPING 120 horsepower. Just because my car isn't known for racing or high performance, it's definitely just an economy car, doesn't mean I don't take a LOT of pride in it. I absolutely love my car, and even though it is not by any stretch a fast car, I still like to do what work I can to improve its performance. One of the first things I do whenever I do get a new car, is swap out the stock intake system for a cold air intake. Well this car in particular, I decided to do something a little different. My brother and me built a homemade short-ram intake. We literally cut the stock air hose to about 10 inches off the the throttle body and I hose clamped a performance air filter to the end of the stock intake hose. Guess which brand filter I chose. That's right, the K&N Universal Chrome Filter. This is the same filter I use every time I run an aftermarket intake system. My last car, I purchased the whole K&N Cold Air Intake system, which performed as expected, but on this current car, I'm using just the filter head itself attached to the stock intake run. Not only does this filter keep the air coming into your car as clean as can be, but it also increases the amount of air your car intakes. Think of your car, more specifically the intake/exhaust systems, as your body's respiratory system. Intake is you inhaling, and your exhaust is the exhalation. So upgrading your inhalation, in this case the intake, means a fuller deeper breath for your body. This filter keeps your car breathing clean air and increases your car's lung capacity so to speak. Ask any gear-head what filters they prefer, and chances are K&N will be in the top three. Added bonus: the larger, exposed filter makes for a nice hefty purr, you can hear my little 4 banger motor comin!

Plasti-Dip Spray (Review : Conover)

As a do it yourselfer, I'm always looking for ways to make improvements to my car, both aesthetically and performance wise. Plasti-Dip became my best friend for my current car. My car is black, and I've always been a big fan of the black out, or “murdered out,” look on black cars. Well I can't really afford fancy black powder-coated rims, so you know what I did? I found a product that would present itself as a matte black finish on my rims without to much work. My brothers, much more knowledgeable about cars, turned me on to Plasti-Dip. They were telling me I simply can just spray the product directly onto the rim and it will adhere without issue. No surprise, they were absolutely right. I sprayed all four rims with black Plasti-Dip and although it doesn't look like a professional finish, for my car, the Plasti-Dip did the trick. But it didn't end there. After being pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the look of the rims, I asked my brothers what else I could do with the Plasti-Dip. Long story short, all of my badges have since been blacked out with the Plasti-Dip and it has held up wonderfully. The best part is you can just keep adding coats on top of coats of Plasti-Dip and it comes out looking new with every coat. Of course, when you add a coat you'll want to prepare the surface(s) for optimal outcome, but you don't HAVE to completely prep the surface, but I would definitely recommend it. The Plasti-Dip is durable, and even removable. If I wanted to, I could very easily peel the Plasti-Dip right off the rims, but it looks too good, I'm not going to do that. You don't even really have to worry about overspray because since it's a rubberized product, it pretty much just peels right off any similar surface. Whenever I add a refresher coat to my rims, I just grab the can, and give them a spray. It may come off as a cheap way out, but sometimes you just don't have the money for those fancy powder-coated rims and badges. The uses of Plasti-Dip do not nearly end there, but these are the only ways I've used it, and have been completely pleased. Added bonus: Plasti-Dip manufactures a 'glossifier' that turns the matte into a shiny, glossy finish.