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How To: Don't Smoke? Turn Your Car's Ashtray into a DIY Smartphone Dock

If you don't smoke, your car's ashtray is probably either unused or, if you're like me, full of loose change. And if your car is older, unless you've installed one, it probably doesn't have a place for you to plug in your phone. This quick hack by Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky will solve both of those problems by turning your ashtray into a simple DIY smartphone dock that will charge your phone and let you play music through your car's speakers. After removing and cleaning the ashtray, Jason to...

How To: Pimp motorcycles

Ever seen the MTV show "Pimp My Ride?" Well now with these free motorcycle video clips you can pimp your own one seater ride. This motorcycle expert will show you over a dozen great ways to spoof up your two wheeler and catch a few more stares on the road.

How To: Install running boards on a classic VW Beetle Bug

In this short automative customization and restoration tutorial Chris shows you how to properly mount your running boards on your vintage VW. He also give you tips on what to look out for before buying a Beetle. Watch and learn how to replace or add some running boards to your Volkswagen beetle bug in this classic restoration tutorial.

How To: Install two stroke pistons in a Honda DIO scooter

This engine modification tutorial gives some tips on installing or taking off your two stroke pistons from the crankshaft in a Honda Elite DIOS scooter motor. Always keep the parts clean and take your time and do the job right. Remember that the piston always goes on with the arrow on the piston crown, pointed towards the exhaust port. This modification may seem daunting at first, but with the two stroke piston installation tips given in this video it should become much easier.

News: Will Dry Ice Work for Dent Repair

I have always heard about how dry ice can repair dents. I have been asked this question, so I put it to the test. I got some dry ice on a hot day and even used a hair drier to heat the surface more. Do you think it worked for me? Well, watch the video to find out.

How To: Build a go-kart

As kids, we couldn't wait to drive drive a car and the best way the ahcieve that was by driving a go-kart. Although it's not exactly a car, go-karts are one of the closest things to cars that kids have to drive. It all all the basic fundamentals of a car: steering, the gas nd brake pedal, being able to hurt others with this mechanical beast. It was the best option for kids. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to build a go-kart. Enjoy!

How To: Install LED gauge lighting in a Volkswagen MKIV

This detailed video series shows you everything you need to do to install an LED lighting gauge cluster in your Volkswagen MK4 (Jetta, Gulf, or GTI). Part 1 starts with disconnecting the battery, Part 2 has you remove the interior cluster, Part 3 you disassemble the instrument cluster, Part 4 covers LED ring installations, Part 5 goes over the interface removal, Part 6 covers the gauge face installation, Part 7 is 6 videos long (video 7 to 12) covering preparation for installing the cluster, ...

How To: Install sequential (chase) tail lights on a Mustang

In this video, we learn how to install chase tail lights on a Mustang. First, you need to remove the rear trunk panel and trim piece. Next, prepare your tail light kit by following the directions that are given to you with the package. Next, cut the tail light wire. Now, put on your turn signal and take note of which light it still blinking, then mark it with electrical tape. Now, swap that light into the in board position and run the new wires by rewiring the new lights into the tail light. ...

How To: Mix automotive or car paint

In this video, we learn how to mix automotive or car paint. To begin, you want to look at your car information to find out what kind and color of paint they used on it originally. Once you have this information, you can take it to an automotive shop and they can do a code search for what to mix together to get this specific color. You may have more than one option on how to make the color, depending on what it is and what year your car is. Next, you can have the paint made and tested to see i...

How To: Pair your phone with a Microsft Sync system

In this tutorial from CNet, learn how to pair your phone with Microsoft Sync. The Microsoft Sync is in the head unit of many new Ford and Mercury vehicles. This clip will walk you through the easy process of connecting your Bluetooth ready phone to your car's new head-unit and use its other great features.

How To: Install wheel spacers

A wider wheelbase will improve handling and make your vehicle look more aggressive. Here they show you one option to fill out those wheel wells: wheel spacers. Check out the before and after shots. Such a small change makes a huge difference!

How To: Remove the seats from a classic VW Beetle Bug

If you plan on restoring a VW Beetle, or are in the process, one area that you'll have to tackle are the seats. Taking them out can be a bit of a pain if you have no idea what yo're doing, so this tutorial is here to help. Check it out and see what it takes to remove the seats from a classic VW Beetle Bug Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Install a wiring harness on a Chevy Express van

f you are going to be towing a trailer, using an enclosed cargo carrier with lights, or if you want to use an electrical accessory (such as lights, or a winch) you are going to need to add a wiring harness. This video will show how to install a wiring harness on a Chevy Express full size van. It also includes some helpful tips about installing the ground wire, using dielectric grease, and installing a bracket to hold the wires so they are protected from damage.

How To: Upgrade Your Car's Digital Clock with a Dash-Mounted iPod Nano

Have an older car with nowhere to plug in your iPod? Rather than paying to have one installed, you can mount your iPod nano on your car's dash like Redditor hyeinkali did in his 2001 Honda Accord. Normally, there's just a boring digital clock between the air vents, but it's perfectly suited for a nano-mod. This is a great hack if you plan on getting one of the new nanos or iPod touches, because it gives you a chance to get some more use out of your old nano and its old school 30-pin connector...