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December 2009 Long Term Updates

Posted in How To on December 1, 2009
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KC HiLites KC-Pod
It's tough to talk ill about this light. It's big, bold, and bright as hell and is off the charts in coolness factor because of its luscious carbon skin. Over the past six months the only problem we've had with these lights is the wiring job we fashioned up in our garage. That is, of course, our fault. Getting used to adjusting the light direction took a few tries as the KC system is different than most off-road lights. Light output is consistently bright, and for only three lights, we've yet to be outshined by any other threesome we've come across.

Yamaha Rhino 700FI Sport Edition
Our Rhino has been treating us well and working great no matter what rumors have been spreading around the Internet. As a utility vehicle, it's hands down one of the best. For a fast moving desert racer, we still prefer our Polaris RZR-S. The versatility of the Rhino to go from one terrain to another is great. Tight twisty mountain trails is where the Rhino shines. It has tons of torque providing fast quick-in and quick-out of corners, and the downhill braking is well controlled. Maybe one day Yamaha will improve the wheel travel straight from the factory for us fast-moving folk.

SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker
Okay, so we have to admit after the initial testing of this unit we didn't think we would end up using it much. However, we have found the SPOT to be great both on vehicles and on mountain bikes. Sure, this is a vehicle-based magazine but this device can be used for any outdoor activity. The ability to see where we went online later is great. We would like to see some sort of screen on the unit to check your track, though. I guess we'll leave that function to our GPS navigation units. We recently heard that they are releasing a smaller unit soon, which was going to be our other suggestion; it can be bulky to carry around.

Accel Shorty Spark Plugs
If you have certain header configurations on your engine, there might not be any way to keep spark plug boots (straight, 45-degree, or 90-degree) from getting burned on fire-hot header tubing. When we ran into this problem, we found some Accel Shorty spark plugs for guys like us who have clearance issues. We were able to buy them at a local parts store for our Dodge 440 V-8 engine, and the Shortys seemed to work just as well as any other spark plug we've tried on the truck. The extra few millimeters of plug wire clearance that we gained were enough to keep the boots from melting, even years later.

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