Show your solidarity with the original Compton crew when you deck out your rearview with these Hangin' With The Homies Air Fresheners ($10). This first run comes with three air fresheners, featuring Eazy-E and Dr. Dre of N.W.A., and Darlene Ortiz (in her famous pose from Ice-T's Power), scented in apple, black ice, and vanilla, respectively. Even if you aren't from the mean streets of South Central LA, that doesn't mean you can't represent with three of Hip hop's most iconic personalities — and make your '64 smell as fresh as possible.
Roof boxes are a necessary evil from time to time — so why not make sure they do something more for you than just carry your stuff? The Boatpack ($1,600) is an ingenious box that, as the name suggests, doubles as a boat. Crafted from Acrylic-capped ABS plastic, the 'pack is double-skinned, offers a capacity of 650 Liters, and can unclip from its base in seconds. As a boat, it weighs under 50 lbs., and includes a wooden seat, folding oars, and rowlocks. It's a great way to make your summer adventures a little more fun.
Never be forced into the driving-with-your-head-out-the-window thing again. The Eva Solo Foldable Ice Scraper ($27) folds in half so you can keep it close at hand, like in your side door pocket or center console. The two-sided scraper (hard plastic and soft rubber) has a stainless steel handle.
When something claims that it's "guaranteed indestructible", you tend to take notice. That's the case with the Tuf Rack ($170-$200). MIG welded using laser-cut 16-gauge steel, these bike racks — available in mountain bike and BMX styles — are tough as nails, hold you bike down using a single custom ratchet strap over the top tube, and thanks to a modular design, can be connected several at a time to the back of your truck or SUV.
We've long thought it was stupid to hook up your iPhone to a car stereo that then makes you use its convoluted control system instead of the iPhone itself. Apparently, so did these guys. The Devium Dash ($290-$340) is a new in-dash car stereo that is built around a faceplate made to accomodate an iPhone or iPod touch, securing it in a CNC'd aluminum and plastic cradle while giving you full access to the touchscreen and all your apps. Other features of the Dash include a double-din body, 50W x 4 output with 2 preamp outputs, and your choice of standard aluminum or anodized black or white finishes. Arriving in July.
Don't have time to make yourself a proper cup of coffee before you head out for the day? Use the Handpresso Auto (€150; roughly $200) to brew up a jolting shot of espresso from the comfort of the driver's seat. Powered by your car's 12V cigarette lighter, the Handpresso takes water and E.S.E. coffee pods, and lets you know when your drink is ready with three audible beeps, so you don't need to take your eyes off the road.
That ain't a toy model kit. If you've been waiting on Jeep to release an official successor to the Scrambler, the Mopar JK-8 Jeep Kit ($5,500) is as close as you'll get for now. This heavy-duty, officially-supported kit will turn your Wrangler Unlimited into a pickup, using a 44" x 50" steel bed, inner and outer bedsides made from stamped sheet metal, sport bar extensions, a removable fiberglass hardtop with sliding rear window, and a fiberglass bulkhead. As for those sweet Scrambler decals, you're on your own.
Wintertime is nearly here, and with it comes the prospect of getting stuck somewhere with a flat tire or dead battery. Consider the Energizer Jumpstarter & Air Compressor ($135) your insurance against such a debacle. It features a 12V, 18Ah sealed lead-acid battery with an external charge indicator and a 12V internal charger for charging it up, a 250 PSI internal air compressor with pressure gauge that can inflate most auto tires in 10 minutes, two 12V DC and one three-prong AC power socket, and 4 gauge cables with a 29-inch reach, 400A insulated battery clamps, shortened clamp and reverse polarity audio alarms, and a clamp docking station in the handle. Blankets, flashlights, and a flask of belly-warming bourbon not included.
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Even if you're an experienced off-roader, you can still sometimes find yourself stuck in a situation where you could use a little more lift and a little more traction. The LiftTrax Off-Road Recovery Device ($250-$300) offers both in a rollable, portable, inflatable package. These ultrarugged air mats feature a flexible outer shell covered in rubber grips which offer traction in nearly any condition to vehicles weighing up to 8,800 lbs., letting you get on with your adventuring no matter what sort of 4x4 you're driving.
Have a longer than average driveway, or live so far out in the sticks that the DOT laughs when you ask if they're going to clear your road? Fight the good fight and plow away the snow yourself with the Meyer Home Plow ($2,600). Engineered for SUVs and light pickups, the Home Plow attaches using a Quick-Link system that lets you attach or detach it in less than a minute with zero tools, and features 14 gauge steel construction, a width of 6 feet 8 inches, and a patented auto-angling system that detects which side of the plow is seeing the most action and angles the blade in that direction for maximum efficiency. You'll never look at your shovel with contempt again.
Lest you actually have to start your car with your car keys, Viper SmartStart ($300-$500) is a cool new system that allows you start your car with your iPhone or iPod touch. Using a GSM signal, SmartStart either plugs into your existing Viper security/remote start system or comes bundled with one, letting you not only start but also lock or unlock the car, arm or unarm the alarm, open the trunk, and activate the panic mode, no matter how far away you might be from your vehicle. [Thanks, Dan]
Outsmart your local speed and red-light cameras with the Cheetah GPSmirror ($250). Packing a built-in GPS that checks through a massive database of enforcement cameras throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, the GPSmirror also offers voice, tone, and visual alerts, advisory speed limit announcements, a GPS-based speedometer display with compass, and the ability to give you your GPS coordinates should you need to call for help. [via]