Turn your Jeep into something even more useful with the AEV Brute Jeep Pickup ($9,000). Made for TJ Wranglers, this complete conversion kit turns any average Jeep into a manly truck in just 60 hours. Winner of the Daimler/Chrysler Design Excellence Award, the kit includes mid- and rear-frame extensions, a hardtop with dual integrated skylights, a cab closeout, a complete bed assembly with tailgate, and more. [Thanks, Stu]
Leave nothing behind on your summer travels with the Yakima SkyBox LoPro Titanium ($700). This quick-installing, low-profile cargo box is great for holding any type of luggage or goodies, whether it's backpacks for hiking, extra clothes for the beach, or tourist knick knacks that you got suckered into buying. In addition, it will fit crossbar spreads as short as 24 inches, so it fits on nearly any vehicle, and has the added bonus of a solar-powered lighting system, which kicks on as soon as you open the box.
Keep track of your driving history with this Driving Activity Reporter ($230). Powered by an internal 16-channel GPS receiver, the USB device mounts anywhere in your car and records locations, routes, date/time, and speeds of every trip you take. It stores the reports — up to a 100 hours of them — on its built-in flash memory. When you're ready to see your stats, just pop into your computer and use the included software to examine it. Google Earth integration makes things really interesting. Also great for catching cheating lovers.
Save your auto's flooring from the nastiness of winter with WeatherTech DigitalFit FloorLiners ($100/up). Made using digital laser measurements of interior surfaces and made from patent-pending High-Density Tri-Extruded material, these ultimate floor mats also feature channels to help keep fluids and debris off your carpet. [Thanks, Joe]
Less than a month after crowd favorite Dash ceased making hardware to focus on software solutions, longtime software provider Telenav has announced its first full hardware solution the Shotgun ($300). The device is Internet enabled to receive up-to-the-minute updates on everything you might need to get you from point A to Z. While the device normally includes three months of free service, if you act today, you can get six months free as part of Telenav's Cyber Monday bargain.
Get a better view of the road ahead with the Navigon 8100T GPS ($600). This brushed metal GPS offers a 4.8-inch display and Panorama View 3D, a new feature that offers a true 3D experience by leveraging NASA terrain height data and a built-in graphics accelerator to provide geographic guidance complete with digital elevations. Other features include free real-time traffic updats for life, voice recognition-driven destination entry, Bluetooth, a charger built into the car mount, visual lane guidance, Zagat ratings and reviews, and more.
Want to get more diagnostic info than your car's built-in computer provides? Check out the Car Chip Pro ($120). This deceivingly-simple gadget plugs directly into your auto's OBDII port, recording all sorts of data about your car's performance, your driving styles, and more. When you're ready to review, simply unplug the dongle and connect it to your PC via USB to extract the data. No greasy car repairman required.
Ditch your car's unwieldy (and sometimes unsafe) mini-jack and pick up a Titan Exhaust Air Jack ($120 and up). Available in three sizes, the Titan uses a hose connected to your car's exhaust pipe to inflate smoothly and quickly, lifting your vehicle up to 30 inches off the ground, and giving you plenty of space to work. It can stay inflated for up to 45 minutes, and can deflate in just 5 seconds, getting you back on the road in no time.
Give your car's paint the protection it deserves with Meguiar’s NXT Generation Tech Wax 2.0 ($17). Featuring new Hydrophobic Polymer Technology, Tech Wax 2.0 provides protection against oxidation, corrosion, UV rays and surface degradation, and its hydrophobic properties make sure that water beads up and glides off your paint finish, wash after wash.
Yea. You read correctly. Prepare yourself for the coolest damn thing to come to the car since air conditioning. The Knight Rider GPS by Mio resembles the iconic Knight Rider HUD from the classic TV series. It features SiRFInstantFixIII GPS technology which will pinpoint your location quickly anywhere but NYC (a GPS sinkhole). More importantly than the actual navigational benefit, however, is the fact that the Knight Rider GPS will actually speak to you in the K.I.T.T. voice while synthesizing the audio with red LED sidebars. Price and availability TBA.
Feel the need for speed? Then you probably need the best radar and laser detector you can get. The Cobra XRS R9G IntelliLink Wireless Radar/Laser Detector ($258) fits the bill with a myriad of features like GPS, an exclusive Speed/Red Light camera database covering the entire U.S. and Canada, a wireless remote for discreet operation, detection of all 12 radar and laser bands with super-fast lock-on detection circuitry, and more. It's the closest thing you can get to a full-on cloaking device, and a lot more legal.
If you're serious about your tailgating, you'll want to hear about the Party-A-CarGo ($2,900-$3,800). The hitch-mount unit is a complete CO2 beer kegerator/draft dispensing system with party extras like 6x9 speakers, a 10" subwoofer, 2 or 4-channel amplifier, and CD player. Built with durable 16-gauge polished diamond plate aluminum on a steel frame, the Party-A-CarGo has a deep cycle marine battery that keeps things going for up to 12 hours. Optional add-ons include a 9" LCD screen, iPod dock, and a hitch stabilizing bracket. [via]