Truck Performance 101 - A Beginner's Guide

Jun 29, 2008


Today, the aftermarket gives truck owners more performance options than ever before. However, all the new truck performance products and gizmos can be a little hard to sort through. What you need for your specific truck's performance will depend on what type of truck you have and what you use it for.

What is performance? Basically, it is the word used to describe speed, fuel consumption rate and towing ability. Performance is primarily measured in terms of horsepower (HP) and Torque.

Horsepower, or HP, is by definition, the power of an engine in comparison to horses. For example, a truck with 100 horsepower is as fast as 100 horses all rolled into one. Horsepower is often indicative of a truck’s top speed. Horsepower does not necessarily mean that a truck is fast from a standing start (see torque) but instead it is often indicative of the speed attainable by a particular truck. This being said other factors such as weight and grade will impact the final speed achieved. In more scientific terms, HP is the common measurement when rating an engine's power. One horsepower equals 500 ft-lbs. per second, which is basically the power needed to lift 550 pounds one foot off the ground in exactly one second or the power needed to lift 33,000 pounds one foot off the ground in exactly one minute......


Torque refers to a truck’s ability to generate pick up. Torque is one of the most important factors at the beginning of any non-rolling start. It is the ability of the truck to send power to the wheels and turn them - moving the entire truck forward. The dictionary defines it as: “The moment of a force; the measure of a force's tendency to produce torsion and rotation about an axis…”. The most important thing to remember is that torque is what gets the truck rolling and is very important in towing.

The basics of performance, of course, center on your engine. Think of your engine as basically a big air pump. It breathes air in through the air intake and breathes it out through the exhaust. The easier your engine can breathe the more performance it will deliver. The stock engine you received from the factory comes with OEM air induction and exhaust. Modifying these two areas is relatively easy and can deliver significant increases in both HP and torque. One other primary factor affecting your performance is the engines computer. The stock OEM computer your truck came with is set to a “safe mode” to protect the truck against virtually any driver error…e.g., redlining. Although these settings are meant to protect the truck, they can impede performance significantly. Tweaking your truck’s computer can significantly increase HP and torque while still providing safety to the engine. We’ll look at each of these three performance enhancements below.

Air Intake

The air intake primarily consists of your vehicle’s air filter. Stock air filters are made of pleated paper. The problem with pleated paper is it often tends to become clogged which greatly reduces the airflow. Fragments of paper are ingested or sucked into the intake system creating a hole for gritty contaminants to enter the engine. In addition, these filters have to be replaced often to maintain a basic level of performance. Aftermarket filters are made of cotton gauze or engineered foam. These filters, made by companies like K&N, Airaid, Green Filter and True Flow significantly increase the flow of air through the filter. In addition, these filters defend against dirt at twice the rate or more than their paper counterparts and most come with a lifetime warranty…that’s one filter for the life of your vehicle. Installation of these filters is super easy…just replace your existing factory air filter.

The second factor effecting air intake is the temperature of the air coming into the engine. You’ve probably noticed that your truck runs better on cold days. That is because the air is denser and denser air allows more combustion when mixed with fuel and ignited. Stronger combustion means more power to move your piston in the cylinder. Aftermarket companies…many of the same mentioned above…have developed systems called “Cold Air Intakes”, that move the point of air intake from the top of your engine, which is normally very hot, to a point outside the engine. The result is that the air being sucked into your engine is much cooler than it would be using the normal air filter location. Cold air intakes require a little more handyman skills that just replacing a filter. However, they can be installed easily by anyone that has basic tools.

Exhaust Systems

Exhaust is the “exhale” to your engines lungs. The more twists and turns in the exhaust, the less your vehicle can breathe easily. Exhaust systems come with three primary elements…the muffler, exhaust pipes and muffler tips. The first two are the main ingredients that effect HP and torque. OEM factory exhausts are well made, but not designed to deliver maximum performance. Aftermarket systems from companies like Magnaflow, Banks and Gibson are engineered specifically for each truck and are designed to get the most out of your vehicle. In addition to more power, these systems also deliver an enviable “roar” that will let others know you have tricked out your truck. I do not recommend installing an exhaust system unless you are a true gear head and are prepared for cutting and welding. Although most muffler shops do not carry these products, they will be glad to install them for you.

Computer Chips and Programmers

Your truck’s computer is technically referred to by gear heads as the Engine Control Unit (ECU). The ECU that controls the engine is very complicated. OEM's program them to satisfy emissions requirements, meet EPA fuel economy requirements and protect the engine against abuse. The computer does this by controlling many aspects of the vehicles performance, but primarily controls the ignition, fuel injection and spark time. As mentioned above, the OEM’s set the default value of the ECU to an “ultra-safe” mode to insure adherence to government guidelines and to protect the engine from abusive driving. Aftermarket companies like Hypertech, Edge, Unichip and Superchips manufacturer chips and programmers that will either plug into your ECU or programmers that will alter the factory settings. Chip manufacturers set the products for each specific vehicle to a default performance setting. Programmer manufacturers allow more versatility in that they allow custom modifications to compensate for other performance add-ons like cold air kits and exhaust systems. These systems are relatively easy to install by anyone that has a little mechanical knowledge.

In conclusion, you can significantly increase your HP and Speed by just making these basic changes to your truck. Some all-in-one kits can deliver up to a 40% increase in overall performance. Finally, contrary to rumor, none of these products will void the warranty of your truck. There is a federal law called the “Magnuson Moss Warranty Act” that prevents automobile manufacturers from voiding warranties from the addition of aftermarket products. These are just a few of the many performance products available from the aftermarket.

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Truck Performance 101 - A Beginner's Guide


Top Truck and SUV Accessories


If you own a pickup truck or SUV chances are your vehicle looks quite a bit different than from the day that you bought it home from the dealership. I'm not talking about wear and tear, scratches or dings, or any other thing that may have happened to it over the course of time. Rather, I am suggesting that you have customized it to look the way you want it to look. Let's take a peek at some popular accessories on the market for pickups as well as for SUVs.

There are literally hundreds of after market parts and accessories available for trucks and SUVs. The following list is an alphabetical example [well, almost] of add-ons for your consideration:.....


Air Filter - Reusable air filters are growing in popularity as motorists see both the performance and environmental benefits of using one.

Bed Mats - Scratches and stains are a thing of the past with a properly installed bed mat on any pickup truck.

Car Bras - Also known as hood protectors, many truck and SUV owners are opting for this important accessory to keep their vehicles free from flying debris as well as to give their vehicle a custom look.

Dog Box - Even poochie needs his place. Especially a great idea for protecting your GMC Yukon from pet hair and dander.

Engine Module - Looking for more power? An engine module will allow your truck or SUV to obtain higher horsepower and acceleration.

Fender Flares - Going for a custom look? If so, fender flares are the way to go and they offer additional coverage for the fender area too.

Grille Guard - Especially helpful if you have to round up cattle or want to offer extra special protection to your front end.

Hitch - Great for towing!

Intake Tube - More air for your engine, means more power.

Jumper Cables - You never know...

Knock Sensor - Not really an accessory, but listed because I needed a "K" to complete the example.

Liquid Tank - When you just have to keep it all cool...

Mud Flaps - A cool as well as useful accessory to keep your wheels looking great.

Nerf Bars - Tubular free form bumpers beat out stock bumpers every time.

Overhead Storage - Hey, you have to store your firearms somewhere, don't you?

Performance Chip - A great way to crank out more horsepower and thrust.

Q - Not much use for this letter, is there?

Running Boards - Sometimes you need something more than a pole vault to enter your 4 x 4.

Seat Covers - Custom fitted seat covers can protect your seats from rips, tears, and stains.

Tailgate Door - Remove the door and go with the net. Keeps everything in its place.

Umbrella - You'll need one to get from your truck to your home.

Vent Visor - Keeps the water from drenching you while exiting your GMC Suburban.

Winch - You just never know when you'll get stuck...

X+Y+Z - Okay, close enough. They don't name hurricanes with these letters, so why should accessories be any different?

If you were to fully accessorize your truck or SUV with all of these parts you would pay thousands of dollars for the privilege. Your vehicle would also look overdone too! Of course, it would be better for you to be selective and choose those accessories that mean the most to you. Shop an online wholesaler of automobile parts and accessories for the best prices too.

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Buy a Cheap Smart Car and Make a Smart Purchase

Jun 27, 2008


Smart cars are fast becoming more popular over the last 12 months. Originally considered a novelty, the smart car is on the rise as a modern fuel efficient and cheap motoring alternative.

Cheap smart cars are now an excellent way to avoid the high cost of motoring.

You may already be familiar with smart cars. A tiny four wheeled vehicle no more than about half the length of a normal car. The smart car has a distinctive shape and look and you may well have seen them in the street.

If not you'll recognize a smart car when you do see it. The most distinctive feature of the car, apart from the fact that the smart car is extremely short, is the steep windshield sloping down to the front of the car, with the front bumper, if you could call it that, right in front of the front wheels......


The original intention of the smart car was to be of use as a vehicle that avoided the parking headaches of larger cars by reason of the fact that it was so short it could park in parking spots so small that not much other than a motorcycle could park there. Not only that but it was also so small that it could park nose or tail in to the kerb without the other end of the car poking out into the traffic and causing a traffic hazard.

It was intended that two smart cars could park in a space which would normally be taken by one regular car, or even 3 smart cars could park in the space occupied by a large vehicle.

The smart car was the result of a joint venture between Daimler Benz the car manufacturer and Swatch the Swiss watch manufacturer. The smart cars were manufactured in a purpose built factory in France which as established in 1994 and so have been around for some time. It is said that almost 1 million smart cars have been sold in over 25 countries.

In early 2008 smart cars became available in the US, and people started to realize that a cheap smart car was a smart motoring purchase.

Smart cars are cheap compared to average vehicles, and have many advantages over many vehicles as well. And of course they also have disadvantages. They take only 2 people, and are extremely small so it isn't practical to spend a day shopping and expect to put your new television in the back of the car.

That being said there are some good reasons to buy a cheap smart car, particularly for city dwellers. As said they are cheap to buy and cheap to operate. They have a gasoline motor but because of the small size and weight of the car don't eat as much fuel as just about any other car. They are easy to park and easy to house even in the smallest garage. They have achieved surprisingly good results in safety crash tests.

For the canny buyer there are good reasons to buy a cheap smart car. There are small numbers of used smart cars on the market and a second hand smart car is a good way to maximise your savings from a purchase of a smart car. There are a number of places where you can pick up a bargain on a used smart car online if you know where to look.

So if the price of gas is becoming an issue for you and you'd like to keep driving but at a much reduced cost then consider a cheap smart car. It's a smart purchase and may well keep you on the road when others can no longer afford gas.

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Toyota Highlander Hybrid Extended Review

Jun 26, 2008


Handling and Performance

When wanting power, the delivery of the power in a Highlander hybrid is pretty fast, near instantaneous, and the actual performance level of the vehicle is pretty close to being the best of any SUV on the market, regardless of hybrid or conventional engines. The power train in the Highlander is much closer to the Lexus RX 400h's, and the V6 engine has been modified to assist air conditioning and power steering, as well as being dual-cam. Both of the engines, electric and gas-powered together, give a combined horsepower of 167, as well as giving 247 lb-ft torque.

As for the gasoline engine itself, it is 3.3-liter V6, which is found in another one of Toyota's luxury vehicles, the RX 330. This particular engine is fantastic, being able to produce a horsepower of up to 268, and when it is given support by the two electric motors, it's only more impressive. As for the electric motor in front with the gasoline engine, the two together are definitely able to handle any driving conditions. The rear electrical motors are only used in the event that the front wheels may begin to lose traction or helping the acceleration achieve full-throttle.......



As for the gasoline engine, it has the same feature as many hybrids to simply turn off whenever the Hybrid is decelerating or stopping, so that the electric motor can take over.

The hybrid can reach 60 mph in about 8 seconds, and that is certainly considerably faster than a conventional Highlander. Not to forget, though, the Highlander only has to consume around the same amount of gas as a compact sedan.

As for the handling, the vehicle is tight and composed. With the 300 lbs of extra weight added by the electric motor in back, the Highlander settles on the ground much better than others. Other than that, the strut suspension, of the MacPherson variety, is along the front stabilizer bars and wit rear, making the vehicle much easier to put on rough roads.

Gas Mileage and the Green Factor

Toyota Motor Corporation has long focused on this move towards being eco-friendly, and so it is no shock that the Toyota Highlander is another in a long line of Econ and EV driving vehicles. The green quality of this vehicle is impossible to ignore, as this is a vehicle that actually limits what exactly the throttle can do in order to secure a more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly car. While that makes it more difficult for the engine to truly reach its full capacity, the EV mode still makes the vehicle more efficient.

The US EPA had a rating of 27 mpg in city driving and 25 mpg in highway driving, which is amazing in comparison to other hybrid sedans on the market, much less SUVs. In looking at the ratings, it is quite obvious that because the electric motor operates so often while driving in city conditions, the mileage is much better.

Finally, the Highlander is a Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, also known as an SULEV. This particular SUV is fairly straightforward, as the toxins and harmful emissions from this particular vehicle are even less than someone smoking a cigar. It sounds amazing, but it is true, as there is 80% less pollution from the Highlander than from a conventional, average-sized SUV. As a result, this vehicle is the perfect suburban vehicle.

Additional Features

Already previously mentioned, the Highlander is the only SUV currently on the market that actively offers a third-row seat. As opposed to the RX 400h or Ford's Escape hybrid, even the Mercury Mariner Hybrid, this vehicle is still hands down better than the competition for room.

As for safety features, the air-bags are strategically placed, as well as there being a reinforced body and an electronic brake force distribution. The brake systems are anti-lock, as well as there being a star safety system. There are also daytime running lights, helpful in the event that there is fog or other inclement weather. Finally, there is a theft-deterrent system in place that also causes an immobilization of the engine.

The warranty from Toyota is not as spectacular as the vehicle itself, mainly because it only covers the first 3 years, or for mileage up to 36,000 mi. The actual warranty for the power train is 60 months, or, of course, 60,000 miles, and that isn't quite as long as some of the other warranties Toyota offers for vehicles.

Although, given all of what has been talked about, the Highlander is a pretty amazing vehicle overall. The features and the description of the exterior are definitely in support of the opinion that this vehicle is the best hybrid SUV on the market now. When you're someone who doesn't normally like to buy SUVs, but you have a concern for the environment and may need to get an SUV, this is definitely the car for you.

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There are a number of things that I like about the 2009 camaro, But will it pick up where the first generation camaro left off, or will it build a legacy all it's own, I think it's going to be somewhere in between, I don't see it raising eyebrows like the first generation camaro did.

It has it's good points, and it's bad points, I'm going to start with the good points about it, first of all Chevrolet has done a great job in the engine area of the car, using the best of new technology to build horsepower, and keeping it low in the emissions area, the 2009 camaro is a contender in this area......



The LS6 engine putting out a respectable 400 HP is a good place to start with the camaro, and the idea of optioning a six speed standard transmission doesn't hurt either, for a real muscle car freak like me a standard transmission is a must, if for nothing else, the added fun factor of driving the car.

The rear end of the car is reminiscent of the 1969 camaro, a good place to get ideas for the new camaro, but they could have used a few more ideas for the 1969 model, the 2009 camaro has a true muscle car look, with it's low slung stance, and body lines that seem to make the car look wider then it is.

The front end of the 2009 camaro could use a bit of work, it look to much like a foreign car, and not enough like an American muscle car, all you need to do is look at the new Dodge challenger to see what a true melting of modern, and classic should be, they have done it better then anybody.

The front of the camaro needs to be taller in the grille area of the car, and it should look more muscular, and less sports car in the front, it should retain the idea of a 1969 camaro in the front also, and it can be done, just think a little more like a camaro person, and less like a modern art person.

The interior of the 2009 camaro could not be more perfect, they have combined just enough of the modern, with just the right amount of the first generation camaro look, the center console and dash gauges of the car are nothing short of awesome, the work on the interior is beautiful as it can be.

The interior is very sexy, a long with being totally functional, it has the feel of an air craft cockpit a long look and idea of a muscle car of the 1960's, as I have said above, it could not be more perfect of a design then it is.

It could go either way, we'll see what the progression of the camaro brings over the years, with just a few small changes it could be a top contender for one of the best new muscle cars on the market, all Chevrolet need to do is pay a bit more attention to the people buying the car, and they will have the full idea.

It has just enough of the old to get my vote to be a real contender for the gold, it could use a few more engine options, the rear quarter panels are perfect also, but a little work on the tail lights wouldn't hurt the 2009 camaro, make them a little less import looking, and a little more muscle car.

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Top 7 Best MPG Mopeds

Jun 24, 2008

Are you looking to find the best mpg mopeds on the market? Are you wondering which are the best gas powered scooters? Would you like to conduct a gas scooter USA comparison, between available models - in order to know, which are the best mpg mopeds that might fit your needs perfectly?

Are you looking at purchasing a moped with a specific number of cc's, for example the best scooter 150cc gas moped that you can find? Here we hope to provide you with the Top 7 best mpg mopeds available right now on the market today, in order to help you come to making a more informed purchase.

We provide specific details on the best mpg mopeds and the best gas powered scooters, your very own gas scooter USA comparison between models, exploring their individual strengths and further details about each moped in a very easy to read and perfectly clear, understandable format!......


Right, let's get started!

1/ First off the block for your best mpg mopeds is the:

Retro Scooter 150cc RR150RT RoadRunner i-Scooter.

The 2007 150cc Retro vespa style Scooter is an awesome looking gas powered moped, it's fast, reliable and has plenty of legroom for those of you who are somewhat taller.

This retro scooter is an i-Scooter; it comes with a good sized rear trunk to put whatever you need to into it, an alarm system with remote, disk lock anti-theft and comes with a scooter cover. This scooter is low maintenance. Returning 73 miles to the gallon, it has a 1.4 gallon gas tank which will give you a good range. It's air cooled, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valves and maximum speed is 60mph. Transmission is continuously variable and is fully automatic. Fuel is Premium 89 + octane only. Oil capacity and type: 0.9 liters / 15W/40 motorcycle grade. The oil change is done after the first 300km and thereafter every 1000km.

The weight of this i-Scooter is 89kg or 196lbs. It's maximum load is 145kg or 320 lbs. The total length is 191cm or 75". Seat height is 73cm or 29". Handlebar height is 93cm or 36". Comes in a range of colors. A great one for the category of best mpg mopeds returning as mentioned above an economical 73 miles to the gallon. This scooter is street legal in every state except California, be sure to check out local laws. If bought new, it comes with 24 months (2 years) power train parts only guarantee. New prices start around $1100 or thereabouts.

2/ Second up in the best mpg mopeds and best gas powered scooters top 7 is the:

50cc Speedster Scooter.

Returning a whopping 100 miles to the gallon plus, this is an ideal scooter for all your home errands around town. Achieving a respectable 40+ mph, this is the perfect city commuters bike. This is a reliable scooter. This is a reliable, quality scooter; it's fun to ride and road handling is superb, a very easy scooter to get used to surprisingly quickly. Saves a lot on gas this one! - This is a very, very economical method of transportation!

It's power comes from a 49.5cc air cooled, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valves engine which is pretty quiet too. Transmission is continuously variable and is fully automatic. A touch over a 200 mile range on one tank of fuel (2 gallons capacity). Gas - Premium 89 + octane only. Brakes front and rear. The maximum load of the 50cc Speedster Scooter is 145kg / 320lbs. The toal length is 167cm / 69". Seat height is 75cm / 30" and the handlebar height is 105cm or 41 inches. An excellent nippy little scooter which qualifies for our top 7 best mpg mopeds of choice. It is street legal in all states except California, check local laws first and comes with a power trains guarantee of 12 months (1 year).

This model will cost you brand new about $900. How long before these best gas powered scooters pay for themselves and start earning You money?!

3/ Next up in the Third pole position is the:

Road Queen 250cc iScooter by RoadRunner

This is truly one of the best mpg mopeds that you can buy, another qualifier for our top 7 ratings of best gas powered scooters. If a gas scooter USA comparison needs to be made, this choice could be high up on your list!

The manufacturer is: RoadRunner.

Boasting a top speed of 75-80mph and returning around 60 miles to the gallon this is a great fun scooter / moped to ride! Comes in a range of awesome eye catching colors, it is very stylish too with it's sleek, aerodynamic design. These best mpg mopeds are perfect for so many uses, whether commuting to work on a daily basis or even for those slightly longer trips on the road. It will give you a smooth ride with good acceleration.

The engine type is water cooled, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valves. Transmission is continuously variable and fully automatic. Fuel type is Premium 89 + octane only. The maximum load is 180kg or 400lbs. It's total length 222cm or 87 inches. Seat height is 73cm or 29 inches. The handlebar height is 103cm or 40 inches.

This is one of the best mpg mopeds that you can get for the money, saving you not only lots of money on gas but giving you a great stable and fully enjoyable ride experience also. Perfect for most adults. It comes with an alarm too. 24 months power train parts only guarantee and street legal for every state except CA, check local laws first.

Prices from close to $2000.

4/ Mid way through the range of best mpg mopeds and best gas powered scooters is the moped / scooter taking our 4th position on the starting grid of mopeds or scooters seriously worth looking at with a view to making a purchase and it is the:

Race Scooter 250cc 19HP - RR i-Scooter, manufactured by RoadRunner Scooters.

Prices for this lean, mean racing machine also start at an amazingly low $2000. With a top speed of 85mph this scooter really does take some beating supplied from it's 19HP engine. With this supremely quick scooter you need not balk at the idea of wasting money on gas, for it still will return for you, a very cool and surprisingly very high number of miles to the gallon.

This scooter is the epitome of stylish good looks and comes in a range of great awesome colors, something to suit everyone's individual tastes. Acceleration is smooth and very quick at picking up speed. Transmission is continuously variable and once again, fully automatic. The engine type is water cooled, 1 cylinder, 4 stroke, 2 valves. Very, very little vibration even at higher speeds. Great specification package. If you are wanting to know which moped is right for you, these best mpg mopeds are certainly worth your very serious consideration. Perfect for near everyone!

Prices start at an amazingly low price under $2000!

Well able to covey most adults in comfort and with ease even upon winding roads or hilly terrain. Loaded with features also which include:

MP3 player, Speakers, Over-Sized Trunk, Pre-Installed Alarm with Remote, Disk Lock and Waterproof Cover. What a great package!

Maximum load is 400lbs. Length is 77 inches total. Seat height 31 inches. Handlebar height 40 inches. Street legal in every state other than CA, check your local laws first and comes with a 24 months, 2 years guarantee for the power train parts only.

An awesome scooter - perfect for someone like you!

Heading towards the back of the grid now, but certainly not least are our final 3 best mpg mopeds and best gas powered scooters. These final three choices will complete our first part gas scooter USA comparison review and best advice, buying tips guide.

In fifth place then, number:

5/ Engine rip roaring to go in the line up of the top 7 best mpg mopeds in fifth position (remember, these are presented to you in no particular order), is the:

150cc Racer Scooter by TANK.

A well balanced and perfectly well behaved scooter returning a good top end speed of 65mph and returning just for you, a quite awesome and astonishing 90 miles to the gallon. Just three dollars of gas in this scooter will take you far. Perfect for light shopping trips or quick errands around your city. Never get stuck in traffic again! Not only will you save money on gas but you will save time too, which means that you can either make even more money from each day or spend the valuable time saved with your family and friends, doing what is more important to you, rather than sitting in a traffic jam wasting gas and time getting frustrated.

These best mpg mopeds, the 150cc Racer Scooter by TANK is a great all round model to choose for the average user. Acceleration is smooth, the road handling is very good, the ride stable, very little vibration, great rider comfort, just perfect for breezing around on these hot summer days and nights. This scooter is not only very well balanced and designed, it is very low maintenance and comes at a very economical best deal price new at around $1,250 - now that's what I call a bargain!

Capable of carrying most adults in comfort, the bike comes with extra accessories too.

Engine is Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, 149.7CC 8.84 HP. Air cooled. Electric or ignition start. Transmission is automatic clutchless centrifugal belt drive. Front brake is hydraulic disc brake with ABS and the rear braking system is a hydraulic disc brake. Wheel base 53". Seat height 30". Ground clearance 6". Warranty is 1 year engine and drive train parts only. Alarm and remote control are included.

At around $1,250 this moped / scooter is a steal and will pay for itself in no time at all!

Highway legal in CA and most other states - Check local law. Motorcycle license required in most states.

6/ Second to last in our recommendations in sixth place for the best mpg mopeds and best gas powered scooters is the:

Honda CT70 Replica - Street Legal Mini Bike 110cc

Not intended for highway use (although can be used on highways if you wish), check local laws (see below). This one is ideal for private estates, gated communities, RV and camping grounds, light trail use etc and returns a whopping and incredible 108 miles to the gallon! Certainly it's not going to set the world alight with any blisteringly hot world records for speed, nevertheless it will return for you 55 miles per hour and can easily convey all you big guys around with a degree of comfort.

Looks wise, it's not bad, in fact, some might call it pretty stylish in it's own inimitable way. With a 110cc 7.1hp engine, 4 stroke and manufactured by Lifan, reliability itself is assured for you.

Electric and kick start, 4 speed manual clutch, drum brakes, 7" ground clearance, it comes with a warranty of 1 year parts only engine & drive train - 30 days limited labor.

Street and highway legal in all States - Check local law. Not legal in California. A motorcycle license required in most States. A great little machine guaranteed to give you years of pleasure and use.

Cost just under $1000!!

Last but not least in our top 7 best mpg mopeds and best gas powered scooters is finally our number:

7/ And what a beautiful looking and totally awesome best mpg moped we have here, the one and only:

Lifan motorcycle Enduro Trail Bike 200cc.

Yours for just under $1,450. This is a proper full size dual purpose Enduro dirt bike. If you have been looking for a wickedly cool dual purpose bike to cruise around and go off road, then you need look no further, we've got your ultimate motor bike right here. This is an awesome, supreme, top quality motorcycle by Lifan. It has style, speed and complete and utter reliability. The Lifan 200 cubic centimeters 163FML-2 mono cylinder 16.1 HP motorcycle engine punches out plenty of power to the rear wheel making it not only quick but lots of fun too, to ride on or upon off road conditions. Top speed is a little over 65mph. And if you want to save on gas, this motorcycle is very fuel efficient, deliverly an astonishing 102MPG. Can you better that?! That's fantastic!

Engine is Single cylinder 4 Stroke, 196.9CC model 163FML-2. Maximum power is 16.1 HP at 8000 RPM. Max Torque 14.5 N.m at 6500 RPM. Electric and kick start. 5 speed manual clutch on the transmission. Chain drive. Steel frame. Hydraulic disc brake on the front, on the rear, drum brake. Seat height 29 inches. Ground clearance 8 inches minimum. A standard warranty: 6 months parts only engine & drive train - 30 days limited labor. Speed 60-70mph. Over 100 MPG. Highway legal in most states - Check local law. Motorcycle license required in most US states. Color choice is red or blue.

This concludes out top 7 best mpg mopeds article, which we hope has been useful to a good degree for you.

Remember, before taking to the highway, it is highly advised that you undertake some level of training first by fully qualified instructors, this will ensure your safety to a better degree and the safety of other road users too. Also remember that protective clothing is there to do just that, protect you - a safety motorcycle helmet is recommended at all times.

We hope that you have enjoyed our top 7 best mpg mopeds review guide to the best gas powered scooters, so that you can now make a more informed decision upon the gas scooter that will fit your needs perfectly.

Buying a gas powered scooter potentially will save you shed loads of cash and the savings made, particularly with today's very high gas prices, given time will be quite considerable.

When out on the road, whatever your mode of transport do please ride with care, concentration and consideration for others at all times!

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Search Google for "how to change traffic lights" and you will find numerous sources of information. There are techniques that actually work for example the use of a mobile infrared transmitter (MIRT) and those that don't like the universal remote control method. One thing that is consistent is that there is only one method that is legal for everyone in all 50 states.

A MIRT works by sending a signal to a traffic light that will either turn the light green or turn all the lights red. This technology is only authorized for emergency vehicle use. If you do not drive a police car, fire truck, or ambulance it is not legal for you to own or operate a MIRT. In Michigan the penalties of using a MIRT or pretty stiff and I assume they are similar for all states......


Michigan MIRT Law...

+ A misdemeanor and up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $5,000 for the unlawful POSSESSION of a MIRT.
+ A FELONY charge with up to TWO YEARS in jail and a fine of 10,000 for the unlawful SALE of purchase of a MIRT.
+ A FELONY charge with up to FIVE years in jail and a fine of $15,000 for individuals using a MIRT that resulted in a traffic accident
+ A FELONY charge with up to 15 years in jail and a fine of $25,000 for the use of a MIRT resulting in death.

In fact any device used by an individual to alter the normal operation of a traffic light is illegal in all states. With Penalties this stiff why risk it when there is a legal solution. Fortunately, a motorcycle accessory known as a Traffic Light Changer is perfectly legal and works great.

Most traffic lights use electro magnet sensors buried under the road surface to determine if a vehicle is present. They usually appear as large black outlined rectangles on the road surface. Left turn lanes are the most likely to find these sensors but some secondary roads also have lights that will not change until a car is present. These sensors have to be sensitive enough to detect a car on them but not trigger when a vehicle is in the next lane over.

A Traffic light changer does not alter the normal operation of any traffic device. It merely helps to inform the traffic light's sensors that you are there and waiting. Frankly there are not enough steel parts in a motorcycle to properly trigger the traffic light every time. A traffic light changer simply makes your motorcycle appear much larger to the lights sensors. The best part is that this form of a traffic light changer is completely legal in all 50 states.

The Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/12-601.1 reads, in part:

(e) This Section does not prohibit use by motorcycles of electronic or magnetic safety devices designed to allow traffic control signal systems to recognize or detect motorcycles.

So if you or anyone you know is tired of being stuck at lights for what seems like forever get a traffic light changer today. Most of them will fit on any motorcycle, install in minutes, can be hidden out of site and are fully self contained. It is a perfect inexpensive and LEGAL solution to a common motorcyclist problem.

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Trailer Buying Guide

Jun 19, 2008


Thinking about buying a cargo trailer, horse trailer or even a motorcycle trailer but aren't sure which trailer to buy? As you might have realized, choosing a trailer now-a-days can be perplexing. It's not surprising given the amount of trailer manufacturers and different types of trailers available.

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a trailer. One of the first considerations is to choose an established trailer manufacturer. As with most everything, you usually get what you paid for, so try to choose the best trailer that you can afford.

Deciding on what type of trailer you need for your application will help in narrowing down the manufacturers. There are trailers for almost every conceivable type of cargo, from motorcycles to horses to concessions. If you have to haul it, then there's a trailer made to haul it or at least one that can easily be converted to do the job......


After choosing a manufacturer, figure out what size trailer you'll need. Trailers come in several different widths and lengths. If you're considering an enclosed trailer, you'll also need to consider the height of the interior. If your trailer towing needs require that you spend very much time inside the trailer, choose one with enough interior height to keep you from bending your neck or back when standing.

Open or Enclosed Trailers

The next step in choosing a trailer is figuring out whether you will need an open or an enclosed trailer. An open trailer is one which exposes the cargo to the outside elements. If inclement weather isn't a factor for your cargo, then an open trailer may be the most economical choice. Open utility trailers can range in price from about $900 to $2500 new.

Open utility trailers are well suited for many applications including small landscaping businesses that are just starting out and need a way to haul their landscape equipment. As their business grows and they decide to move up to an enclosed trailer, the open utility trailer will still be incredibly useful for hauling all sorts of material such as mulch, rock and plants.

Another plus for open trailers is their weight. Open utility trailers tend to be lighter and provide less aerodynamic drag than enclosed trailers.

While open trailers are economical and very useful, they do not provide the protection from the outside environment that an enclosed trailer will. Enclosed trailers also offer an added measure of security because the trailer functions as a portable, lockable storage building.

Enclosed trailers tend to be heavier and less aerodynamic than open trailers. Enclosed trailers usually cost in the $1600 to $5000 range new, but can go much higher.

Single or Tandem Axle

Once you've decided on either an open utility trailer or an enclosed cargo trailer, you'll need to decide whether the trailer should have a single axle, dual axle or possibly even three to four axles.

Single axle trailers have just one load bearing axle. Trailers with single axles come with and without brakes, but as a general rule of thumb, most single axle open and enclosed trailers come without brakes. If you plan on hauling more than 3000 lbs, trailer brakes need to be considered. In fact, it's a legal requirement in most states.

Anything heavier than 3000 lbs should be hauled on a dual axle trailer, be it an open or enclosed trailer. Dual axle trailers use two load bearing axles and usually feature either leaf springs or independent torsion bar suspensions. Brakes are recommended for dual axle trailers and again may be required depending upon where you live. Also, dual axle trailers tend to track more accurately than single axle trailers over varying road surfaces.

Rear Access

If you decide on an enclosed trailer, next you have to decide on either a ramp rear door, double rear doors or one single barn-type door. Choosing the type of rear access will greatly depend on the cargo you intend to haul. If you're going to be hauling a motorcycle, race car or any other type vehicle, then a ramp rear door will provide the easiest loading and unloading method.

Be sure though when purchasing a trailer with a ramp door that the ramp is spring assisted as some of the ramp doors can be very heavy. Ramps are also nice for hauling furniture or other heavy items where you'll be using a dolly to load and unload them.

If you will be using the trailer quite often and will be in and out of it, then a ramp can become rather cumbersome. Enter double door trailers. It is much easier to open the doors, step in and get the tool or item you need and then step out and close the door than it is to drop a ramp every time you need access. Too, you have to consider the clearance needed for opening a ramp rear door.

Single barn type rear doors are usually found on smaller enclosed trailers and are comparable in convenience to double rear doors.

Trailer manufacturers are aware of the ramp issue and most now add a side door for access to their enclosed trailers giving those that require a ramp the best of both worlds.

Trailer Brakes

In addition to the various types of trailers, there are several types of trailer braking systems.

Electric braking systems are the most common type of braking systems found on trailers today. These type braking systems connect the brake system on the tow vehicle to the brake system on the trailer. This is accomplished by installing a brake controller inside the tow vehicle. The controller senses the braking force of the tow vehicle and in turn activates the brakes on the trailer.

A hydraulic surge brake system consists of an actuating cylinder that is usually integrated with the trailer tongue assembly. As the tow vehicle applies its brakes, the "surge" of the trailer towards the decelerating tow vehicle compresses the surge actuator. As this cylinder is compressed, force is applied to the master cylinder and from there to the braking cylinders.

Surge braking systems are more expensive and usually only needed if you'll be using several different tow vehicles that would each require a brake controller.

Electric brakes are usually preferred over surge brakes because their operation is independent from the tow vehicle. If for some reason the tow vehicle loses its brakes, there would not be enough deceleration surge to activate the surge brakes. However, with electric brakes, the driver could manually activate the brake controller thus allowing the trailer to slow the entire rig.

In some states, any trailer with brakes is required to have a breakaway system. In the event that the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle, the trailer brakes would apply automatically to stop the run away trailer. Trailer equipped with electric brakes carry a separate battery to activate the breakaway systems. Surge brakes use a cable that locks the breaks in a breakaway situation.

Informed Buying

The most important aspect of buying a trailer is to be an informed buyer. Ask lots of questions. Any reputable dealer will be glad to answer your questions and in fact, should ask you a lot of questions regarding your intended cargo load. Ask about the warranty. Does the manufacturer stand behind its work? Most established manufacturers offer a very good warranty program and will go out of their way to satisfy a customer.

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Muscle Cars - How to Rebuild and Modify Your Muscle Car

Jun 17, 2008


After the World War II, muscle cars became an instant hit, as motorists and car buyers aimed to acquire vehicles that would showcase and show great power and speed. The term was basically a name description of what the car was to the industry.

Muscle cars were considered the instruments to bring back the glory and profitability of the global car industry. Muscle autos were hugely popular in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

With the emergence of many other car brands and more superior car models, muscle cars are now nowhere in the map of global cars. However, there are still some of those vehicles that are in circulation within the market......


Those muscle autos are now considered novelty and collectors' items. If you happen to own one, it surely would be your interest to improve and revitalize the look and performance of your old car. Thus, you would certainly find ways on how you can rebuild and modify your muscle auto.

Here are some suggested procedures on how you can rebuild and revitalize the look and feel of your muscle autos. Take note that some auto detailing techniques may already be familiar to you, especially if you are into regular auto detailing.

1. Plan the restoration process ahead of time. Muscle cars are important and are sensitive cars. Any error or mistake on the rebuilding and auto detailing procedure could greatly harm and alter the overall appearance of the exterior of the car.

Thus, it would be advisable if you would do a research and ask experts on what to do right about your muscle auto. Make a simple list of things to do and do a checklist to serve as a guide as you do the rebuilding and modifying process.

2. Spend time and more effort rebuilding the body of the muscle cars. Pay particular attention to details. The overall body of the car should be given more care and proper treatment. Do you need to modify and do little changes at the engine and the overall system?

If you are not too familiar with it, just leave it to the experts. Just tell them what you want, what you aim and what you intend to do and let them do the rest.

3. Settle to do a major auto detailing. When the insides of the muscle autos are modified and improved, take time to do a major auto detailing process.

When you auto detail muscle cars, you aim to revamp and overhaul the total exterior and physical package of the vehicles. Repaint. Spend to repair damaged parts. Check the wheels. In no time, the muscle autos would look as awesome as new again.

4. To wrap things up, check the overall electrical system of the muscle autos. Pay attention to the electrical wirings responsible for the proper functioning of lights and horns. Make sure the battery is functioning well.

5. There is no need to change the overall physical appearance or the assembly of the body packaging, not unless you want to remodel your muscle autos. If you do so, your muscle cars would cease to be muscle cars and should be called through other names.

As your muscle cars take a new rejuvenation and look, always remember that muscle cars would not ever function like the modern powerful cars. During their time, muscle autos were the most powerful vehicles on the road.

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2008 Honda Mugen Civic Review

Jun 16, 2008


Honda has been the center of attention for the last few decades mainly due to the innovative models it has been producing. There is a long list of models to the name of Honda but the recent model that has caused the Honda enthusiasts to go wild is the Honda Mugen Civic model which is expected to be released by mid-October 2008. It is an M-Tec Sedan coming out as the Formula One version of Civic Si, co-developed by Honda and MugenIn Japanese Mugen means "without limit" and it is an auto part manufacturer. This company was founded by Hirotoshi Honda who is the son of the founder of the original Honda Motor Company Mr. Soichiro Honda. However, Mugen is not a part of Honda Motors and has been operating independently since its foundation. Mugen is famous for the parts that it has been developing mainly due to its involvement with F1 and super GT racing. This involvement has certainly refined the production of Mugen and those who want to give their car a sports looks and most likely to buy the Mugen auto parts. The company has also been known to produce high performance and racing parts for the racers as well as the street tuners.

The Honda Mugen Civic is a 4-door car and comes in Fiji Blue Pearl color at the moment only. It is a limited version so only 1000 lucky customers will be able to drive this beautiful car around with pride. Due to the limited version fact the price and the demand for the car has gone really high and most of the dealers are currently selling it at the price of $30,000 per piece. This is the right car for the Honda lovers and enthusiasts who have long been waiting for an elegant yet sporty look four doors Sedan......



The exterior of this beautiful Fiji Blue Pearl car is wrapped in an aero body kit that integrates side skirts, front spoilers along with matte black sports grille, adjustable rear view wing and black rear bumper diffuser that is much like M3. Although these changes might seem to be minor and of little importance however when put together you get a car that gives you a unique athletic look by still maintaining the elegance and beauty of Civic Sedan. But you need not worry that people might confuse it with its Civic Si version since the Mugen Si badge is clearly displayed at the front grille, spoiler and the rear deck.

The wheels are made from aluminum weighing less then 17 pound and are 18x7.5 inch wide only. The weight of these wheels is actually 27% less then the normally available 17 inch Si wheels. These seven spokes are encircled by BF Goodrich G-Force KDW 215/40ZR18 tires which have made this model ready for any race track.

Another good feature of this new model is that the suspension has been lowered by almost 0.6 inches. This change in design has caused major impact on the performance of the car by improving the damping force by 8% in the front and huge 24% in the rear. These figures are very much reliable since the fine tuning has been performed at the Japan's Famous Race Circuit Twin Ring Motegi. Another major change that has taken place in this high performance car is that the Mugen Civic have got better catback exhaust system. This change has resulted in the back pressure to be relieved much easily and the driver getting better performance without feeling much change except for the aggressive exhaust note they might hear.

The inside of this car is also as unique yet elegant as the outside. The center console have also got the Mugen badge embedded on it along with the spherical Mugen brushed aluminum shift knob which is 2.0 inch wide only. The inside of the car have also got the familiar Si dressing like Si embroidered in red color on the front bucket seat's back.

The safety of the driver as well as the others in the car has also been taken into consideration when designing this car. This car has the famous Honda Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. This body structure ensures the safety of the driver and is able to absorb and disperse the energy of the impact when an accident takes place. And even in cases when you have to suddenly stop the car your safety has been ensured through the ABS or anti-lock braking system as well as the 3-point seat belt.

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2008 Honda CR-V Review


The 2008 Honda CR-V is the latest in line with the Suv's keeping up the Honda style and technology. The CR-V 2008 is a step over its predecessor, the crv 2007. There are many significant changes in this car and higher technology integrated. From the outside the body is sleek and smoother. The car features body colored bumpers. The Ex and the EX-L classes include one touch power mono roof. Included in this is a tilt feature. Also this car sports folding power side mirrors.

The interior of the car is also improved a lot. It is bundled with the available Honda satellite linked navigation system to help you drive around. It essentially keeps you from getting lost. The leather seats are heated for driving comfort. The steering column is tilt and telescopic so that it can fit and adjust according to the driver.

Significant changes have been made in the engine also. The car is powered by a 166 hp DOHC I VTEC engine having 4 cylinders. It has a great fuel economy and the vehicle gives ultra low emission carrying the ULEV designation. It runs as 1800 rpm. It has a torque of 161 lbft. The mileage that this car gives is also very good averaging at 20/27 miles per gallon on the city and on the highway......



The style is basically a blend between the premium SUV and the SUV formula CR-Vs. The SUV adds to its features the power driver's seat and an automatic climate control. The CRV was one of the best selling SUV vehicles of the year 2007 with its many versatile features and providing a spacious five passenger seating.

This SUV has a sedan like handling features. It is engineered towards complete safety of the passengers. This car has a five star safety crash safety rating that is the highest rating to be ever given out by the federal government. This rating includes both frontal impact as well as impact from the rear. The CRV is rated as the top safety pick by the Insurance institute of highway safety. The CRV is only the second SUV that has every obtained the highest safety rating by the federal government for both frontal and real impacts and also obtain the top stop in Insurance institute of highway safety rankings.

The Honda CRV 2008 is built refining its own style and added further enhanced features. These are serious upgrades in terms of quality and control. One of the most essential features is having a dual zone climate control system in the car. The drivers' seat has an eight way power adjustment feature and a power lumber support that is an added feature in the CR-V EX-L. The EX-L models are also equipped with premium audio systems which are taken from the Honda satellite linked navigation system cars. This car brings together the features of the best SUVs and has the ride and comfort and the handling of a sedan. With the dynamic and the interior styling this car is sure to attract both new and old Honda buyers.

Also as mentioned the SUV is packed with safety features making this car the safest car of the year. A lot of detailed emphasis has been put into safety. The safety technology that has been applied to this out distances the nearest competition by implementing the features that are beyond the conventional industry standards. This includes side curtain airbags that contain a rollover sensor. Also a front side air bag with a passenger side occupant position detection system. It is equipped with antilock breaking system and electronic brake distribution. Also included is a tire pressure monitoring system. It has a rigid body with fully independent suspension. This results in a quite cabinet which has smooth and agile handling capabilities. The 4.2 v-tech cylinder engine and a standard 5 speed automatic gear transmission provide and excellent balance of power that makes driving this car a pleasure.

The construction feature of the SUV features extensive use of high speed steel to provide rigidity. There are various luxury features in the interior that make the car more delightful like the center table that is used for holding beverages. There is also a 12 v power outlet available as an auxiliary jack along with the audio system. The audio system provides the interior with 160 watts of power and allows portable music playbacks. Over all this is a splendid car to own in the city as well as for a smooth ride in the highways.

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Internet Access From Your Car

Jun 15, 2008


Mobile internet access generally refers to accessing the web from your phone. But what if mobile started to mean more? What if it incorporated systems that allowed you to access the web from your car, while you were driving? Wouldn't that be the ultimate in mobile? After all, cars are designed with mobility in mind.

In-car computers used to belong to the realm of science-fiction. They were a pipe-dream and nothing more. Now though, it seems that every major IT player is developing technology that will make that dream a reality. Microsoft is busy with Auto, a system that allows for voice recognition, as well as navigation and emergency response services. It currently has a contract with Ford, but that will expire soon and it's expected that either Hyundai or Kia will pick it up......


BMW is working on a system that will allow unrestricted access to the Net in all of their new 2008 cars. There are some restrictions in place, however, as the technology will only be available in Europe, at least for the time being. BMW has also wisely limited the access of front seat passengers so that they can only use the service when the car is travelling under 3mph (4.8kph). Front seat passengers searching the Net are one thing, but the idea of drivers searching for information is terrifying, regardless of how slowly they're going. Back seat passengers, meanwhile, are free to interact online to their heart's content, whether they're bogged down in traffic or cruising the open road.

The ATX Group, who consider themselves the "largest independent telematics services provider to the automotive industry" have been developing initiatives to address the safety issues surrounding in-car computing. Their partners in this endeavour are the Connected Vehicle Trade Association. One of their proposals includes a generic top-level domain that would "dumb down websites" while they're being used in vehicles. An article in engadget.com proposes text-to-speech software that would read text aloud, enabling drivers to concentrate on the road ahead.

Finally, Intel is working on a vehicle-friendly version of its Moblin OS. It's a Linux-based system, which runs on atom processors and will control in-car systems as well as multimedia functions. It also allows third-party developers to build applications and services that can be added to the platform.

In-car computing sounds like a terrific innovation and a significant step forward for IT-related industries. Traffic authorities, who are still struggling to get a handle on drivers using their phones while travelling, will bear the brunt of its disadvantages, however, and may not view it as favourably as others. Data recovery specialists, on the other hand, can expect business to go through the roof with the influx of hard drives damaged in automotive skirmishes.

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Have you bought a new automobile or maybe you are planning to remodel your old one? Are you looking for an audio system for your new automobile? One of the important parts of audio systems is a Subwoofer. If you are planning to buy subwoofers then it will be interesting to know the function of the woofers.

What are subwoofers? They are the drivers which produce low frequency sound. The sound produced by them ranges from 40 hertz to kilohertz or higher. They are meant to produce low bass frequency sound. This means sound frequency below 35 HZ.

A car audio system should be of high quality. Nowadays music systems come with various additional features. The main sub-parts of a system are radio, compact disc player and speakers. The speakers include tweeters and woofers. The quality of the sound depends on the quality of subparts used in the system. The main part which supports the sound quality is a loud speaker. But there is a small difference between a general speaker and a car speaker. A car speaker produces low frequency output sound but the power signal is high. Due to this acoustic energy is generated. The acoustic energy produced has a bad affect on the output of the sensors. The common solution of this problem is installation of woofers on the trunk of the car.......


Why the woofers are installed on the back seat space. The woofers are generally big in size and there is no enough space available on the dashboard or the doors.

Do you want to have high sound pressures in your automobile? It can be easily done by adding woofers in the cabin. This competition is increasing every day and people are looking for latest audio accessories which help them in enhancing the quality of sound. Because of this reason the woofers are getting more and more popular.

If your car is not so big then it is a good idea to opt for small woofers. As high power woofers can generate high volume levels. You should be very careful while selecting the level of volume in the car. High sound level for a long period of time can cause hearing loss and other acoustic problems.

How car woofers are made? Most commonly they are made up of electrodynamic driver. A woofer contains a cone which is driven by a voice coil. The voice coil is surrounded by a magnetic field. The working principle is very simple. The current flows through the coil and the coil moves in relation to the frame. The magnet and the coil form a linear motor. Due to flow of current voice coil moves like a piston. The motion of the cone creates sound waves.

Do you want to buy high quality subwoofers. Internet is good source of quality automobile accessories. You should look for a reputed online store. Lots of people love to do online shopping due to various discounts and bonuses. By following some tips and techniques you can easily buy a right woofer for your automobile.

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Top Benefits of Car Repair in Utah

Jun 12, 2008


If you own a car, then you know the importance of keeping a car maintained so that it will run well for as long as you have it. But there are times that you just can't avoid a breakdown. For those car owners that get stranded with a need for car repair, there are many places throughout Utah that can help you with what you need. But first, you will want to check out your car insurance company's preferred list.

Just like the healthcare industry, the auto insurance business will have a preferred list of car repair shops for each company. These lists are available to those who have insurance with that particular company. If you contact your insurance agent, they can give you a list of all their preferred car repair shops in Utah. What do preferred car shops have that the others do not? Any car repair shop that ends up on an insurance company's preferred list will be able to ensure high quality repairs that will quickly and affordably get your car running and back on the road......


Preferred car repair shops not only benefit the insurance company, but it benefits you as well. Not every car repair shop in Utah will be up to the standards to meet your needs quickly and inexpensively. If you use a car repair shop that has already been guaranteed by your insurance company, then you know that you can get things done faster. And with the savings, you will be able to keep your car on the road longer. The costs are cut for you because you are a preferred customer, and the insurers will get discounts on parts and labor for you in order for that repair shop to be a part of their preferred list. And since they are already known to have great service, this will keep overall insurance costs lower for the insurance company. Knowing about your insurance company's preferred car repair list and using it will help you and your company save time and money.

To get a repair shop on an insurance company's preferred list, the shop has to demonstrate the ability to handle and type of vehicle that the insurance company can send there way. The shop must also have a solid reputation for repairs. Too many complaints from customers could keep a shop off of many insurance preferred lists.

If you want your Utah car repair shop listed on a preferred list, you will have to agree to certain price requirements. Many times, your shop will have to agree to give the insurance company a discount for labor and parts. This means that anyone who is sent to you from the preferred list will see those savings on their bill. It is by no means a large discount for you, but it can save your customers a lot of money, especially if the car needs a lot of repair. It is a wise decision to try and get on a insurance company's preferred list so that you will have a guaranteed stream of business for your shop, and you can prove your reputation because the insurance company has put their trust in you.

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Author: Jordan Mcpelt is a professional author who specializes in Utah Car Repair and Car Repair in Utah. For more information on Car Repairs please visit http://www.cascadecollision.com


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