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Fuel Checker Makes Sure You Grabbed The Right Handle

By Luke Anderson

Have you ever put the wrong type of fuel in your car? I’m not talking about skimping out and getting regular when your car calls for premium. No, I’m wondering if you’ve ever put diesel into your gas tank by mistake? Well, now there’s a handy gadget that can check whether or not you’re putting the right stuff in your vehicle.

Install this little gadget on the inside of your fuel flap, then just hold the fuel nozzle up to it ever time you fill up. It will light up to tell you whether or not you’ve got the right type. Seriously, do we really need something like this? Why not just look at the pump and make sure you grabbed the right one? Heck, if I’m not mistaken, the nozzle on a diesel pump is actually larger than that of regular gas so it won’t fit into your car. If you’re really paranoid, then by all means pick one of these up for around $40

[ Fuel Checkers ] VIA [ Red Ferret ]

Party-A-CarGo Ensures You’ll Be The Life Of The Tailgate Party


By Luke Anderson

With rising gas prices, I’m trying to find new and creative ways to save on fuel costs. However, if money is no problem, and you love throwing parties, you have to check out the Party-A-CarGo. Essentially this is a portable party machine that hooks up to the back of your vehichle.

The Party-A-CarGo hooks up to your tow hitch and provide tunes and booze to all of your closest pals, wherever you go. That’s right, the bulk of this is a dedicated kegarator. Of course, just having this thing attached to your vehicle is probably one of the best ways to get yourself pulled over for no good reason. You’d better do a lot of partying, as this thing will set you back a cool $3,000.

[ PartyaCarGo ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Measure Your Car’s Performance With K.A.T.

By Luke Anderson

If you’re the kind of car enthusiast that loves trying to squeeze ever last drop of performance out of your ride, then you probably like measuring things like 0-60 acceleration and ¼ mile times. While there are ways to measure these sorts of things, few are as simple as the K.A.T. Matrix.

This handy little gadget mounts to your windsheild or dashboard and gives you readouts on everything from horsepower, g-forces, acceleration and ¼ mile speeds. It manages to pull this off using a built-in accelerometer, which is likely more accurate than your buddy standing back watching with a stopwatch. You can pick one up for around $60, which isn’t bad when you consider all of the features.

[ Computer Geeks ] VIA [ Dvice ]

Turn Your Exhaust Into A Flamethrower

By Luke Anderson

I’m sure at some point you’ve all imagined having an awesome car that would turn heads everywhere you go. Of course those are merely dreams, and you end up driving a Saturn that blends in with every other car on the road. Well here’s an upgrade for your ordinary car that will get you some attention next time you’re sitting at a red light.

Something tells me that shooting 20-foot flames out the back of your car isn’t street legal, however, there are few accessories for your vehicle that will make you feel more like James Bond. Just install this Autoloc Flame Thrower to the ends of your exhaust, and press the button on your remote to send flames shooting out. The site does note that these are for off-road use only, so use at your own risk. Kits start at $125 for a single exhaust system.

[ Hoffman Group ] VIA [ GearFuse ]

Make A Hot Meal Right In Your Car

Sandwich maker

By Luke Anderson

I do my fair share of traveling, which means lots of time in my car. If I’m driving across several states, I’ll pack some food to supplement my stops in order to cut down on my expenses. I usually go the route of lunch meat and pretzels, as it’s cheap and I can live off that stuff forever. I’ve honestly never considered actually preparing a hot sandwich while driving. If I were so inclined I could now do so, thanks to the Road Pro 12 Volt Sandwich Maker.

The Sandwich Maker reminds me of a small Gorge Foreman Grill (only without the promises of a healthy less-fattening meal) which simply hooks into the cigarette lighter of your car. I suppose it would be kind of nice to pull over and make something warm, rather than cold lunch meat. The price is right on this one, at $19.50 you can’t go wrong.

[ SkingCompany ] VIA [ Crave ]

GPS Tracking System Lets You Find Your Car Anywhere

Intellitrac X1

By Luke Anderson

I’m not really a paranoid person. I grew up in the country, so I rarely lock my car these days (unless I have my bag of gadgets with me). I’m lucky if I remember to lock up the house when I leave. That said, I’m hardly concerned about someone driving off in my car. However, if you’re the type that think everyone is out to get behind the wheel of their vehicle, you might like this GPS tracking system from Intellitrac.

The X1 has a multitude of features, which can be used in various ways. It has real-time GPS/GSM tracking that will let you find your car in as little time as possible. Other features like mileage logging and wiretapping (you can actually listen to what’s going on in the car) make me think that some parents might enjoy using this to keep track of their teenage drivers. It even features a 3-day backup battery (just in case).

They haven’t found a distributer just yet, so we won’t get any juicy information on pricing or availability just yet.

[ Systech ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Show Your Trekkie Pride With A Star Trek Car Horn

Star Trek Horn

By Luke Anderson

I’ve always been a Star Wars nut, which means that I tend to stay away from anything related to Star Trek. I’m not really sure what it is, but the two worlds just never seem to mix well. Anywho, while I’ll admit that George Lucas has put is stamp of approval on some wacky stuff, I can’t help but find an abundance of weird Trekkie gear in my travels across the interweb. Today’s specimen is a horn for your car.

This set of five horns will blast the Star Trek theme song whenever the corresponding button is pressed. By blast, I’m talking about 118 decibels of pure female repellent. The kit comes with everything you’ll need to hook this up to your car, and is powered by your cigarette lighter. If this is your kind of thing, then you can beam one up for right around $70.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ SlipperyBrick ]

YourPND – For People That Love To Hear Themselves Talk


By Luke Anderson

I have a tendency to talk a lot, especially in long car rides. I think it’s mostly because I just don’t like the silence, even if there is music playing. Other people seem to think it’s because I enjoy the sound of my own voice. This is actually far from the truth as I hate listening to recordings of myself. That’s exactly the reason why I wouldn’t ever use the YourPND service, which would have me being bossed around by myself every time I got in the car.

The service actually lets you replace the generic GPS voice with your own, thus you can give yourself directions around town. Seriously, am I the only one that’s just a little weirded out by this? Well if you aren’t then you can use this on your TomTom GPS, Garmin, Mio and MyGuide products are expected to be supported sometime in the future. It’ll only cost you around $10 to set up.

[ YourPND ] VIA [ GearFuse ]

Rayzer Makes Nighttime Traveling Much Safer And Brighter


By Luke Anderson

I was fortunate enough to be born with excellent eyesight. I’ve never needed glasses, I can spot minute details from very far off, and I have incredible night vision (which must be my trade-off for being colorblind). Despite being able to see well at night, I still wouldn’t mind a little extra light on the road. Rayzer has to be one of the coolest ways to add a little extra lighting for your nighttime travels that I’ve seen.

You just mount this gadget behind your rear-view mirror and it syncs up with your headlights. The use of HID Xenon bulbs give you 3x more brightness than your headlights, and they’ll last around 5 years without needing changed. The really cool thing is that since they sync with your headlights, they actually shut off when you turn off your brights. I’m sure the other drivers out there will be thankful for this feature. We’re not sure on a price yet, but the Rayzer is due out early next year.

[ Visualeyes ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]