Installing the Low Range Off-Road Defiant Armor Suzuki Samurai Bumper

Every year around this time I clean up my garage with a garage floor cleaner and other stuff to get ready for the winter and what I will be working on through the season.

I stood there and looked at my Samurai and considered all the things I have going on with it. Right now, the engine is being built (I hope), the factory fender flares are off because I will be putting Bushwackers on (which will be covered in another article), the factory plastic rocker guards are off because I am in the middle of putting on Low Range Defiant Armor Rocker Mount Rock Sliders (also to be covered in another entry in the near future, after some minor body work is done), and then there is the Low Range Defiant Armor Modular Front Bumper kit that I ordered which is still in the boxes.

I wanted to wait until I had a good recovery winch picked out before I did the bumper kit install, but I got to thinking…

Since I now have a giveaway in process for a FREE Low Range Defiant Armor Suzuki Samurai Front Bumper kit, perhaps this would be a good time to mockup the install

… plus, I was dying to see what it looked like in person.

Before I knew it, I was under the rig with the Sawzall, struggling to cut through the hack job of a bumper extension that the previous owner(s) did before I bought the vehicle. You’ll see what I mean in a bit. The instructions that Low Range provides with the kit state that cutting the ends off the bumper mount tube is optional, but the way mine was already modified I had no real choice.

Speaking of the instructions, they are very concise and expertly written (you can check them out on the product page). Follow along with my exploration into making the front bumper go from something weak and useless to something strong and useful.

Shown is the factory bumper with a basic bar welded to it as it came to me when I bought it.

I removed the driving lights and turn signals from the bar and bumper.

Here is how the previous owner(s) extended the front bumper out to clear the 31″ tires. Have you ever seen a more shoddy weld job?

I have to admit, I have never used a Sawzall that much, but I removed the factory bumper without too much issue. I was very surprised at how light the factory Samurai bumper is. It barely offered any real protection at all compared to the Low Range kit.

After making the cuts, I shot the exposed areas with some flat black rust preventative spray paint to keep it corroding.

After removing the factory bumper, it is pretty simple from there. Just position the winch plate per the instructions…

… then bolt on the winch plate cover, the bumper ends (and you have a choice of them, I ordered the short version) and your choice of stinger bar. Then torque the supplied hardware to the specs provided in the instructions and you are good to go!

All in all, it took me around an hour not including cutting the bumper tube off. Makes a hell of a difference, doesn’t it? I think I am going to call up Low Range and place another order for the additional available stubby ends to widen it up a bit and offer more tire protection. Once I get a winch picked out, I’ll revisit this with the final installation. Until then, I am not sure what I am going to do with those Hella driving lights. Maybe I will figure something out by the time I figure out which winch I will go with.

Above all, this is a very high-quality kit made with precision and durability. It is designed very well and even packaged with care. I am thankful that Low Range made these for the old’ Samurai!

Do It Yourself Car Window Tinting: Things You’ll Need to Consider

Do it yourself car window tinting is so tempting because it appears that it can save a lot of money compared to hiring a pro. Some online tinting kits claim to cost about 10 bucks plus the $15 to $25 cost of the half a dozen tools you may need. The idea that you might be able to reduce glare, increase privacy, decrease theft potential, keep cooler in the hot times and maybe add a nice looking touch to your favorite ride for less than $35 can be a tempting proposition.

Well that’s the up side. The question is how difficult is it to actually apply the tint, have it look great and last like the professional jobs?

It starts with the prep. Obviously when you apply the tint to the inside of your auto windows you will need it to be absolutely spotless. Any dust or dirt particles will need to be completely removed with the proper cleaning chemicals and a razor blade. You will need to be careful to not scratch the glass while cleaning because any scratch will be apparent under the tint.

If you own a dog its hair can be a royal pain to control. You not only have to remove the hair stuck to the window surface but as you move around the car you will be stirring up hair that is resting on the floor and seats. You may have to continually re-wipe the glass prior to applying the tint. Sometimes this can be such a big problem that you may even need to first have your car detailed professionally which will add quite a bit to the final cost.

Another nuisance occurs with the hairy felt-like spacer bars that are often found at the bottom of any roll-up windows. The felt needs to be tediously covered with something like masking tape in order to prevent the little tiny hairs from landing on the window and getting pressed under the tint film during the preparation and application processes.

The rubber door window seals often get in the way of cleaning and installing. They need to be pried away from the glass with expensive duct tape. Sometimes it is best to remove them altogether. It’s even necessary to remove the door panels of some car models in order to get it just right.

One of the most challenging parts is fitting the tint to the back window of just about any car. Sometimes the 3rd brake light makes it difficult or nearly impossible to work and will need to be removed and reinstalled after the job is complete. It can be necessary to actually remove the entire deck at the top of the back seat.

The windows usually bend vertically as well as horizontally and require very careful piecing and fitting so that the seams become invisible and that there is no crinkling. Some professional installers will practice under the coaching of a master, experienced installer on 6 or 8 cars for free or at a greatly reduced price in order to begin to get enough experience to do a competent job. It can really be that challenging.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the problems that can occur to make your first tinting job a nightmare. Like any craft it takes time to efficiently solve the many challenges that inevitably will come your way. Unless you are a very patient, mechanically inclined and experienced do-it-yourselfer you may find that the complexity and craftsmanship requirements of this type of project is well worth leaving it to the experienced professionals.

Cleaning Oil, Grease, Butter, Vegetable Oil, Margarine, Cosmetic Creme Stains From Your Car

One of the worst problems in the cleaning of cars is the wide variety of stains that appear on the seats, carpet and interior. We will discuss the ways to clean such tough stains in car interiors as Oil, Grease, Butter, Vegetable Oil, Margarine, Cosmetic Crème Stains. First off the important thing is to use a Neutral soap or Neutral products with a ph of 7. (PH is measured on a scale of 0-14 for acidity or alkalinity) 7 are in the middle meaning neutral. This way none of the products used will form chemical reactions while using them.

Mobile Auto Detailing and Mobile Car Washes use a variety of trade secrets to clean such stains effortlessly and efficiently and charge quite a bit to do it. The average cost to detail the interior two front seats of a car is $25.00 plus carpet shampoo of $25.00.

Some companies recommend certain brands to their mobile car wash teams. The best types of cleaners for these stains are solvent based and should be used carefully. They can combine and make more of a mess if not used properly. Caution is important and a virtue and this is truer in this scenario than in any other part of auto detailing. First clean up the main mess by scraping excess and getting it down to as small an area as possible. Plastic razor blades work good for this. Then gently dab your solvent cleaner on the stain without ripping and it should start to come up. If you get no discoloration from this you can then wipe gently. When you are all completed try using some foam type upholstery cleaner and wipe. Then perhaps some warm water on a rag to finish the job.

A Beginner’s Guide To Installation Of Custom Wheel Spacers And Tires

The biggest problem with motorcycles is that their tyres often get punctured, and you can do very little about it. Roads are littered with so many prickly things and the tyre does get eroded with time. So, you have to change your bike tyre, and it is going to be a big job for you if you don’t know how to do it yourself. You can get into deep trouble if you have to do it in the middle of nowhere because your bike may be punctured anywhere, and you are going to do it yourself. For this, you need some amount of instructions.

Every bike or motorcycle has its unique way of getting its tyre changed or installed, and it is best to consult the instruction manual that accompanied your bike or two-wheeler for the best help. It is sure to give you a detailed account of all the nitty-grittes involved in getting tyres replaced or installed. Be sure to collect all the different parts of your bike in a single place, so you have all of them in one place when you need to put them back. It is going to reduce the confusion.

Here are a few steps you are going to find helpful. Let us begin with the rear-wheel.

1. It is going to be best to use a centre-stand to get the bike off the ground. The point is to get the rear wheel off the ground, but you should always be sure to keep the bike firmly balanced. It shouldn’t tip over and fall.

2. Bikes with caliper brakes need a removal of the disk brakes before everything. Be sure to use caliper bolts for this.

3. Be sure to get the axle-nut in a comfortable position. It shouldn’t be tight. Remove all accessories that come into the way of loosening the nut. Make sure you mark the exact position of the axle properly because you are going to have to position it in exactly the position it was before you tried anything on it.

4. Be sure you keep all the spare parts you remove from the bike like nuts and washers in a clean and safe place. You are going to put them back in the same position after a while.

4. Shift the wheel a way ahead.

5. Remove the motorcycle-axis from its position by gliding it out.

Now let us tackle the front wheel.

1. Position your bike in such a position that it becomes easy to handle the nuance of tyre changing. Lift the front wheel in order to have a perfect working plateau. This should allow access to parts of the bike that need to be changed.

2. Make sure you can spin the wheel comfortably and easily. Use the jack to get the bike into such a position if it is not already in one. At the end of the day, the front wheel of the bike or two-wheeler should be able to spin.

3. Be sure to remove calipers fastening the brake before you attempt the operation. You should move in a logical way, removing bolts at the bottom before those in the upper part. Don’t let the caliper fall in any case. The axle of the bike needs to be removed. You are going to have to get rid of the mount bolt first.

A removal of calipers is going to leave the field empty for a thorough inspection of brake discs. Any form of damage or chances of damage should be addressed in the best manner possible. Attention should be given to the condition of brake pads, for they are very crucial for proper functioning of brakes. Ensure a replacement of brake pads if you find them to be deficient in thickness. They should be at least 1/8-inch thick. They wear off when they are regularly used.

4. Axle pinch bolts need to be loosened for a safe removal of the axle. You must use an adjustable wrench for the purpose. But before sliding it out, keep an eye on the wheel spacers. It is best to use some custom wheel spacers. They shouldn’t be allowed to touch the ground.

5. The wheel of your bike is now going to come off like butter.

Luxury Car Performance Parts

If you are looking for luxury and comfort in your vehicle, you do not necessarily have to buy the most expensive car in the town. Most people would agree that if you wish to experience the joy of driving a luxury car then you would have to spend thousands of dollars. However it is now possible to enjoy the features and functions of a luxury car without blowing your budget. How? Well, you can use the luxury car performance parts to enhance the power of engine, comfort level and performance.

The car manufacturers try their best to make sure that the vehicles they produce meet your specific needs and demands; however they may sometimes miss the mark. This is where the car parts come in, because with a few modifications you can have the vehicle of your dreams. There are several types of car performance parts available in the market to meet the diverse requirements of different people.

Some people are obsessed with speed and they desire a car that will have the greatest speed. Thankfully, there are performance parts that assist in enhancing the power and capacity of the engine so that the car owners can enjoy the experience of driving their vehicles at a high speed. Those who wish to make their car more comfortable and luxurious can add performance parts to enhance the interior of the vehicle.

There are some people who like to modify their old car to make it more stylish and up to date. There are special car parts that help you improve the design and appearance of the vehicle. You can change the windows, lights, roof top etc, to make the vehicle look more fashionable.

Besides improving the speed, performance and appearance of the vehicle, some drivers also make use of the performance parts to add more safety to their car. There are several parts that are designed to protect you in case of an accident. If you are planning to get car insurance, having additional safety parts installed in your vehicle can get you a good deal.

Sometimes these are small details that give you the joy of driving a luxurious Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. At times, these performance parts create a huge difference such as giving a detailed feedback to the driver about the performance, speed, battery levels, and temperature. Getting timely and detailed feedback about the vehicle can help the driver make proper adjustments before the issues become serious.

The luxury parts are usually high in demand, especially by owners of cars such as BMW, Mercedes, and Volkswagen, to name a few. You may look for the luxury parts in a dealership near you, or search online. Internet is no doubt the best platform to find a wide range of luxury parts that can help improve the power and performance of your vehicle.

After all, the whole point of buying a luxury car is to feel pampered and enjoy the ultimate in performance. So why spend so much after an expensive car when you can modify your own car and make it more luxurious.