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The classic Acura was one of Honda's biggest gambles. Japanese vehicles had a reputation for being economical above all else, putting functionality over form. Thus, when Honda unleashed the Acura on the Western market, the sense of shock at seeing a Japanese luxury vehicle took a while to die down. Some might argue that the classic Acura design generated a shock that never really died down. After all, the arrival of the Acura heralded the release of more Japanese luxury vehic...

The History Of Honda's Classic Acura

The History Of HondaThe classic Acura was one of Honda's biggest gambles. Japanese vehicles had a reputation for being economical above all else, putting functionality over form. Thus, when Honda unleashed the Acura on the Western market, the sense of shock at seeing a Japanese luxury vehicle took a while to die down. Some might argue that the "classic Acura" design generated a shock that never really died down. After all, the arrival of the Acura heralded the release of more Japanese luxury vehicles into Western markets, something that had been previously unheard of.Debuting in 1986 after nearly ten years of development and design, Honda released the Acura, which became a success. In 1990, Honda announced plans to expand their manufacturing and research operations in the US, the company's primary market for the classic Acura. At the same time, plans are set into motion dealing with how to release the Acura into other markets, such as Canada and Europe. In 1991, Honda successfully released the Acura into the Hong Kong market, as well as integrated new technology into the design to improve performance. Unfortunately, design problems led to slower sales in the mid-1990s, which prompted Honda to both reduce production and attempt to do a major re-tooling of the overall design of the vehicle. However, at the same time, the niche market of import tuners were drawn to the Acura because it was easy to modify.The classic Acura designs were eventually revamped in 2000, which did away with what many described as bland design elements. The new designs, combined with technologies to upgrade the performance and fuel efficiency, and decreased costs, allowed Honda to once again make the Acura one of the main import luxury vehicles in the market. Combined with the retained ease of modification that attracted car tuners to them in the previous decade, the effect was a startling resurgence to the initial strong showing that the Acura made when it was first introduced to the market. Later models followed the concept of a luxury vehicle at an affordable price, with good features and some customization options. So far, the strategy has been successful.In 2004, the classic Acura designs were revamped into the Acura TSX for the European market. Apart from the upgraded design and internal systems, it was also given four-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder engine. Minor modifications were made to make the Acura TSX more suitable for the European market. The new design was received well by the market and quickly became one of the premier import luxury cars in the European market at the time.However, certain features like rear wheel drive and V8 engines, have become prominent among the competitors of the classic Acura. Honda currently is sticking to its guns in maintaining the simple but elegant design, combined with functional technologies and systems. While opinions vary, there is some worry over the fact that the latest models have not been as tuner-friendly as previous ones. Some speculate that Honda will have to once again rethink the design of the classic Acura in order to keep up.

Pets And Cars: Protecting Both (From Each Other)

Pets And Cars: Protecting Both (From Each Other)

We love our pets. We love our cars. And we love to put our pets in our cars and take them with us to the park, to the beach, on vacation.But pet fur and paws can do a number on our car's interior. Luckily, it doesn't have to. There are several ways to protect a car from canine (or feline) family members. A seat cover is a great way to do this; you can find them online or at most large pet supply stores.Depending on the type of vehicle you own, you may also want to check with your dealer to see if they sell a seat cover as an accessory.For example, the Isuzu Ascender 5-Passenger offers a rear seat protector as an option to protect the second or third row seat upholstery. The Isuzu's seat protector is a heavy-duty, water-resistant poly-cotton fabric that can be easily washed in a washing machine.Keeping your car in pristine condition is important, but so is the safety of your pet. Letting your dog or cat move about the car without being strapped in is like letting a child sit in the back seat without a seatbelt. Even a minor accident could cause your pet to be injured.The best way to prevent injury to your pet during a car accident (or even routine driving in which quick stops might be unavoidable) is to install a pet car seat. Several different models exist. For dogs under twenty pounds, you may want to consider a car seat that mounts temporarily to the front or back seat using the seat's existing seat belts. Many of these types of car seats mount high enough that the dog can look out the window but will still stay protected during an accident.For larger dogs, we suggest the hammock style back seat protector which prevents the animal from being thrown to the floor or into the front seat in the event of an accident. Hammock style protectors mount to the back of the front seats and to the front of the back seats, and run the entire width of your vehicle.Pet seat belts are also an option. The seat belt is worn like a harness and attaches to the regular seat belts in your vehicle.Should you get into an accident with your pet in the car, the restraint will prevent him or her from flying into the front seat area or out a window.For a cat, the safest option (for both pet and driver) is a soft or hard case pet carrier. Push the seat forward just enough to fit the carrier on the seat and behind the dash. Too much space will allow the carrier to slide forward or even off the seat altogether on impact. Many vehicles can now sense when there is something in the front passenger seat other than a person, and if so, a mechanism prevents the air bag from deploying during an accident. If your vehicle doesn't have this feature, it's best to keep your pet in the back seat since the force of an air bag is likely to severely injure a small or medium-sized dog.

Pace Edwards Full Metal Jackrabbit Tonneau Cover Review

Pace Edwards Full Metal Jackrabbit Tonneau Cover Review

First of all, lets start off by letting you know what a Full Metal Jackrabbit Tonneau Cover is exactly. Not everyone knows, there are a lot of people who are not familiar with this truck bed cover. This is a retractable tonneau cover also known as a roll top tonneau cover. The cover has tracks that go on each side of your pickup truck bed for the cover to travel in. It has a canister that goes at the front of your pickup box below your cabs rear window. The canister is the part of the retractable system which the tonneau cover itself retracts in and out of. This basically is how the retractable or roll top cover is designed. Different covers have some different features. I will now describe the "Full Metal" Jackrabbit and let you know about some of its features.Pace Edwards say that their Full Metal "Jackrabbit Tonneau" Cover is designed and manufactured for an exact fit on each make, model and year pickup truck that they produce the cover for. They say that the design of the cover has a cleaner, sleeker look than traditional roll-up tonneau covers. Of course as with all other tonneau covers there is less wind resistance at the tailgate, improving gas mileage. The Full Metal Jackrabbit tonneau cover is constructed of all metal which is powder coated and the aluminum panels are linked together with hinges that do not collect debri. This lid rides flush along your truck,s bed rails that gives it a nice low-profile sleek look. The continuous tension spring allows smooth operation with less pulling force when closing. This cover has a "Latch n Lok" system that enables you to bolt the cover at the tailgate or every 12 inches along the track of the tonneau. The canister is made of ABS making it lightweight, rustproof and dent proof.This covers requires no drilling to install. You install it with clamps. The tonneau is made in the USA and backed by a 3 year warranty.Some of the advantages of this tonneau cover would be the fuel savings by allowing the wind to pass over your tailgate rather than smacking into it causing a drag and an increase in gas consumption. The cover also protects your cargo from the high winds caused by driving and protects your cargo from the weather. It deters thieves with its locking system as well as keeping your cargo out of sight, out of mind. It adds a great look to your pickup truck. And I have to mention the 3 year warranty which is a real plus compared other retractable tonneau covers. Another great advantage that comes to mind is being able to get at your truck bed quickly and easily, not by just lifting the cover up but by retracting ahead, completely out your way. Some of the disadvantages that I got from customer reviews would be maybe a slight sag in the cover. Instructions that are with it may be a little vague but can be managed with a little common sense. The price tag is a little high.All in all the Full Metal Jackrabbit Tonneau Cover is a very nice looking retractable truck bed cover. I think this cover will protect your cargo as well as any roll top pickup covers and better than most. I hope this little article will help you decide if this tonneau cover is for you.

Smart Family Finances: How To Get Your Money's Worth From Owning An SUV

Smart Family Finances: How To Get Your Money

With a spouse, three kids, and a dog, you've got a big family. And big families usually mean big budgets, so you're all about making wise financial choices. Can you do that without sacrificing style, comfort, and reliability in a vehicle. Yeah, you can.Despite the negative press SUVs seem to be getting lately due to their inferior gas mileage compared other family-designed vehicles like mini-vans and wagons, there are some features that actually make SUVs better buys for the long-term, so don't discount them yet. Choosing the right SUV can actually save you thousands of dollars over the course of six and a half years if you do your homework and choose well. Here are three essential features to look for in an SUV if you want a bigger bang for your buck over a wagon or mini-van.Gas mileage isn't as important as you think. Don't get this wrong, filling up less and saving a few bucks each month does add up. But not as much as you probably think. For example, the average SUV gets 22 mpg on the highway while the typical wagon, for example, the Subaru Outback 2.5 XT Limited gets 26. That's a four mile savings per gallon. If you drive on average 10,000 miles each year, you're burning through only 70 more gallons of gas in an SUV than you are in a wagon. Sounds like a lot, but in reality, at the average gas price of $3.00 per gallon, you're only saving $210 each year.If gas mileage is silver, warranties are gold. We're not suggesting you don't try to save money in fuel-efficiency, but it's all for naught if you wind up spending all that savings on major repairs down the line. Finding an SUV with better warrantiesparticularly the powertrain warranty which covers typically the most costly repairscan save big dollars down the line. For this, we like the Isuzu Ascender.With a 7-year/75,000 mile powertrain warranty, you're covered for twice as long as you would be if you bought the Dodge Durango, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, or the GMC Envoy. The Ascender's impressive warranty also puts to shame that of most mini-vans including Dodge Caravan, the Ford Freestar, and the Honda Odyssey.When it comes to safety, look at the data. If you've heard that SUVs they are more likely to roll over in an accident than say, a minivan, due to their high center of gravity combined with a short wheelbase, that's true. But while marketing departments saddled with the task of promoting mini-vans and wagons would like you to think SUVs are unsafe, they're not. And when one major accident can thousands in medical bills and lost work time, safety is an important financial factor when choosing a vehicle as well. Look at the data. According to statistics collected in 2005 by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), very large sport utility vehicles have the lowest death ratesabout 24 occupants killed for every million registered vehicles.Midsize SUVs average 57 deaths, while fatalities associated with midsize cars top out at a whopping 70 deaths per million vehiclesmore than three times that of large SUVs. The advantage large SUVs have over other cars is their size and their weight. When it comes down to it, would you rather be in an SUV hit by a mid-size car, or be in a car hit by an SUV?A vehicle is one of the most important purchases you can make. A large chunk of your money will inevitably be dedicated to it, so research your options and make the best decision you can based on facts, not marketing. And when it comes to SUVs, don't be so quick to rule them out. There's a reason their popularity surged so quickly.People like them.

Styles Of Truck Tool Boxes

Truck tool boxes are great for carrying tools for work. They are also beneficial for carrying sports or fishing equipment. Pick up trucks have limited space in the cab for hauling tools and other items. Tool boxes allow items to be carried safely in the bed. There are a variety of different styles made for every type of truck.Top mount tool boxes are mounted in the bed behind the cab of the truck. They may have single or dual lids; one compartment or several smaller compartments are used. The style you choose depends on what you will be carrying in the box. For several smaller items, you may want something with multiple compartments. If you carry larger tools, you will probably want one large compartment.Side mount boxes mount on the side rail of the bed. Most of the box sits inside the bed. These come in a variety of sizes to fit every size truck, from a compact to a full size bed. The box opens from the top. Look for a model that locks into the bed to prevent theft. The lid should also have a lock. These features are good for any type of box.The crossover box is the most popular type of tool box for a pick up truck. These fit behind the cab of any size truck. A variety of models and styles of box are available to fit every need. Most of these tool boxes can be bolted to the bed of the truck to discourage theft. Most major manufacturers make crossover boxes. Materials Used in Truck Tool Boxes Plastic tool boxes are the least expensive type. These are cheaper than other materials and not as durable. They are a good basic box, if cost is an issue. Plastic is great for recreational use, but may not stand up to heavy duty professional use.Aluminium is another common material used in tool boxes for pick up trucks. It is light weight, yet more durable than plastic. The cost is slightly higher, but the box will last much longer. The finish is durable and easy to clean. These come in either aluminium color or black.Steel is the most durable and strongest of all materials. Steel boxes are great for professional use and will stand up to regular, heavy use. They are also the most expensive type of all boxes. Look for powder coated steel, which increases the durability of the finish. This coating allows the box to stand up to the weather.Manufacturers of Truck Tool BoxesDelta tool boxes are one of the most preferred brands by professionals and recreational truck owners. A variety of styles are available in both steel and plastic. The plastic models are good quality, but not as durable as the metal. These are good for carrying fishing equipment, camping gear or any other recreational equipment.The delta champion series is a good collection of crossover tool boxes. A variety of sizes and styles are made to fit full size, mid size and compact beds. These boxes have a rigid insulated lid, with three layer laminate. This design increases durability and security. A lock system helps prevent theft. Weather stripping on the lid helps seal out water.The pro series delta tool box is made of steel and aluminium. The crossover has a double jaw latching system and reinforced front rail to help prevent theft. There are storage areas for small tools, or other small items. This model is the sturdiest of all tool boxes made by delta.

What To Look For In Motorcycle Boots

Buying a good pair of motorcycle boots can be an exercise in patience unless you know what to look for in motorcycle boots. Here are a few points you can keep in mind when you go searching for one:1. Motorcycle boots should be at least 160 mm in height, and must provide impact protection for the shins, instep and ankles. 2. The soles that are sewn are stronger than the ones that are bonded. Often, the glued soles come off when the rider drags the feet along the road while stopping the bike.3. The soles should be oil resistant and waterproof. You should be able to walk through a puddle. Fortunately, most leather motorcycle boots can manage this with ease. 4. Lighter boots are better in summers. 5. The leather should be ISO 11642 compliant. This is a test of color fastness in water. 6. Your boot should have at least 10 mm clearance from the edge to the upper. 7. Uppers should be abrasion resistant. 8. Leather should be at least 2.5 mm thick and soles should be 4 mm not including the cleats.9. Contoured boot soles aid in traction and should be made from a durable material.10. The leather used should be thick enough to offer protection but supple enough to be comfortable and soft.11. A flex panel in the ankle area is very comfortable. It allows you to flex your ankles while applying the brakes, or even while walking. 12. Flex sections are missing in engineer-style slip-on boots because the wide upper allows enough movement within the boot. However, slip on boots are also likely to slip off. 13. Its best to have boots secured to your ankle with laces, zippers, hook-and-loop straps or a combination of the above.12. The lining in a motorcycle boot is very important. It should keep you dry, ventilated and snug in all kinds of weather. Wearing the right socks can also make a big difference. Stores that sell serious backpacking equipment will in all likelihood have high-tech socks.13. Functional motorcycle boots must provide enough tread for stability. A tread pattern that runs sideways as well as fore and aft is great.14. Thick rubber soles help to absorb vibration. You can also consider some padded inserts. There are enough available at the local stores.15. Motorcycle boots should provide adequate heel and toe cups designed to flex under pressure.

Summary

The classic Acura was one of Honda's biggest gambles. Japanese vehicles had a reputation for being economical above all else, putting functionality over form. Thus, when Honda unleashed the Acura on the Western market, the sense of shock at seeing a Japanese luxury vehicle took a while to die down. Some might argue that the classic Acura design generated a shock that never really died down. After all, the arrival of the Acura heralded the release of more Japanese luxury vehic...