You may be pretty upset when your old equipment like a golf cart or generator is down for the count. If you are afraid of the replacement costs, you are not the only one. There are many people out there like yourself that has had to go down this road. You can make your equipment like new again rather than replace it with a new vehicle. So how do you make your old clunker purr like new again? Repowering the engine is the solution.When it comes to small engines, the work that it takes to handle the repairs is sometimes not worth the cost of trying. Finding an experienced and reliable mechanic to work on your small engines can be difficult. Replacing the engines yourself may seem like more trouble than it is worth, and time consuming to boot. Thats where easy to use repowering kits make the difference.These kits will breathe new life into your old gas powered engines by allowing you to replace them instead of dealing with the expense of replacing the entire vehicle. There are some things that a newer electric engine just cannot handle. When the gas powered engines in your fleet start to fade, it is time to install a repower kit and hit the green with a renewed vehicle beneath you.These engine kits by companies like Honda and Kohler can also save you money. They run better, require less maintenance, are more efficient than the original engines, and can use cleaner burning fuel. A two year warranty enforces the promise that your newly repowered vehicles will be up and running for a substantial length of time.The government is behind the repowering idea as well, often offering incentives such and grants to repower a high emissions vehicle to make it more environmentally friendly. These incentives vary by state, so check your home state to find out if you can apply for a grant that will pay for you to refit your engine to lower emissions or even pay for you to repower your current engines. Everyone wins when your repowered vehicles work better and cheaper for you and are less of a negative impact on the environment.Once you have your golf cart engines replaced and running smooth, turn your attention to your greens keeping equipment for a total refit. This will make your entire operation run that much nicer. Repowering the engines on old equipment will save you the cost of replacing that equipment over time. It will also add a new life and kick to old equipment that you might have thought was on the verge of retirement. You will realize otherwise when you see what the simple change of a repowered engine can do!Thanks to repowered engines, maintenance has also become a snap. These engines are much easier to find parts for than old, outdated engines which are often no longer manufactured, and the maintenance on these engines was designed to be easier than ever. Everything you need is easily accessible and you will find yourself wondering how you ever managed with the old, confusing engine designs that were originally installed.With all of these wonderful benefits, it is easy to see how repowering the engines on your gas powered golf carts, utility vehicles, and even greens keeping equipment is to your benefit. Not only will you save a great deal of money on repairs and replacements as your old engines begin to go, you will also enjoy the ease of maintenance that allows you to do the work yourself with little to no extra training or effort. You can also fill good in knowing that the change will benefit others as well. Because repowered engines have lower emissions levels, you can be sure that the environment will thank you too.~Ben Anton 2007
One of the first things most riders do when they first purchase a bike is change out the stock exhaust system with an aftermarket motorcycle exhaust. If you have a sport bike you may just opt for some slip-ons. A cruiser will usually require a full exhaust system. The benefits of aftermarket systems is an increase in power as well as that it will improve the sound of the bike. When you get your bike from the factory the baffles usually restrict the sound of your bike so much that it can be barely herd as well as restrictions in exhaust flow are in place which restrict the horse power. The other most significant factor especially on sport bikes is the weight reduction a full race exhaust system can offer.If you are the proud owner of a Cruiser you are most likely to replace the stock exhaust system with an aftermarket system. Their are many manufacturers available for cruisers. Cobra, Vance and Hines and Samson are just a few. Most of these will reduce the weight of the stock exhaust system by about 15 pounds, increase the performance of the bike and will make it louder. A new system will run somewhere between 300 to over 1000 dollars depending on the system you choose. Cobra makes some nice exhaust systems at a very affordable price. If you have a V-Twin whether its a American or metric bike a new motorcycle exhaust will make the bike sounds ten times better then any stock exhaust. If you do decide to drop the OEM pipes and go with an aftermarket system you will need to adjust your carburetor or have someone remap your fuel injection system in order to accommodate the new pipes. If you do not you will find that the bike will not perform properly or it may even cause engine damage. If you have a fuel injected bike you will likely need to buy a power commander to make the adjustments needed to accommodate the new exhaust. When figuring out the cost of getting a system make sure you figure this in to the equation. I recommend that you have the system installed and the bike tuned by a reputable motorcycle shop.OEM Exhaust Systems on Sport Bikes have become fairly decent, however many restrictions are still put in to the OEM systems due to laws that have been passed. For a sport bike you will tend to have a choice of just replacing the Cans or replacing the whole exhaust system. This is really a matter of how deep you want to get in to it. Re tuning is going to be needed either way, the only real question is if you want to spend a few hundred bucks or a thousand or so. Usually their is significant weight reduction by going with a full system replacement versus just the slip-ons. The Slip-ons are the cheaper way to go and still get the most bang for your buck. You will definitely need to get a power commander to remap the fuel injection. A lot of the newer liter bikes that are coming out already have a full titanium exhaust system on them so all you need is to replace the cans to take out the restrictions. Their are lots of manufacturers to choose from when picking a aftermarket exhaust for a sport bike. Here are a few: Cobra, Vance and Hines, Two Brothers, Yoshimura, Jardine to name a few. Choosing one is just a matter of taste.Remember not matter what system you decide to go with it is important that you get the bike tuned to it to get the best performance form your bike. It is recommended that you have the exhaust system installed and the bike tuned by a reputable shop.
American car manufacturers offer greater incentives than Japanese car manufacturers. For example, Chevy offers incentives as big as $5,000 on their Silverado trucks; whereas Toyota never offers more than $1,500. Why is this? Its simple. More people choose to drive Japanese cars than American. Japanese automakers dont have to entice consumers because consumers are willing to buy their vehicles without them.The reason for this is that Japanese vehicles are much more reliable than American cars. In most cases, people who own Japanese cars never have to worry about their car breaking down or needing major repairs. Oftentimes, they only need to be concerned with putting gas in the vehicle and having the oil changed regularly for the entire life of the car. You cant get this sort of quality with American made autos.Since Japanese vehicles tend to be pricey because of the lack of incentives they offer, if you want one, you can always buy used, and if used is still a little out of your price range, then your best option is car auctions. Car auctions combine the legendary quality of Japanese vehicles with extremely reasonable prices that will keep you bragging to your friends for weeks.Japanese car auctions happen quite frequently. You just have to keep an eye out for them. If they dont happen often in your city, then you may have to check surrounding areas, but rest assured, you will find one. It may require a little extra driving, but you will find one.There are different types of car auctions. If you prefer the comfort of your own home, then the Internet is an option at your disposal. It may seem complicated, but shopping at an online auction is actually very simple; all you have to do is set up an account, and your off and shopping. Using the Internet gives you access to hundreds of car auctions all over the world. You can get all the facts about a car, such as what options they have and how much mileage, as well as make a bid.Once you win the auction, you have the option of having the car shipped to wherever you choose. By taking this route in buying a car you can save you as much as $3,000, a much better deal than shopping locally.But if youre the type that prefers to do business with a person, rather than a computer, then you have other options besides the Internet available. These options include police auctions, IRS sales and private financial corporation auctions. In the case of police and IRS auctions these vehicles often have been seized from people who were convicted of a crime or owed back taxes. For private corporations, the cars once belonged to individuals who fell behind on their payments and the cars were repossessed.Japanese cars are the best sort of investment you can make in a vehicle. They last longer and generally depreciate slower than other vehicles. By shopping for them at car auctions you can acquire them at a fraction of their actual value, an impossible deal to get on a car lot.
Picture this. Five days a week, you get into your car, ready for the hour long commute to work, school, the caf your sister insists has the best breakfast. You turn on the radio, plug in your cell phone to recharge the battery, plug your Bluetooth into the second outlet on the console, adjust your ipod on the dash, and decide you're ready to go. Sound familiar? With commute times of U.S. drivers on the rise since ABC News reported in 2005 that 220 million Americans spend an average of more than 1.5 hours a day in their cars, it's reasonable that we've done all we can to make that portion of our day as comfortable and efficient as we can.And we've done a pretty good job. MP3 players, cell phones, Bluetooths, DVD players, even laptop computers have become commonplace in the car but what impact has that had on our vehicles themselves?Most car batteries aren't designed to support an apartment-worth of electronic equipment and the result: they don't last nearly as long as they used to.What's the solution? Well, if we take our cue from Japan (another country that loves the convenience of small, portable, electronic equipment), we should pay attention to the name Enova Systems.Enova Systems, Inc. is a leader in the development and production of specialized digital power management systems and stationary power generation systems in cars. In short, new ways to get electricity to all your necessary toys when driving or idling. Essentially, power management systems monitor and control electric power in automobiles.More specifically, Enova has engineered a hybrid electric drive system that provides the same functionality as a system that relies on an internal combustion engine, but consists of an electric motor and electronic controls to regulate the flow of electricity at various voltages to support the vehicle's batteries as needed.Asia jumped on board early and is eating this technology up. Isuzu, popular in the United States for its high-performance pickups the i-290 and i-370 as well as its contribution to the SUV market with the five-passenger Ascender, is already working with Enova to include the HybridPowerTM drive system in some of its vehicles. In Singapore, they're using the system in battery-electric trains for the Singapore Land Transport Authority. In South Korea, service vehicles for the Seoul Mass Rapid Transit Circle Line system is utilizing the technology as well. In addition, the company is working with China to develop vehicle systems to accommodate the explosion of mass transit anticipated at the 2008 Olympic Games.A good idea? Probably. There's no reason to expect that with the growth of urban sprawl that commute times will decrease in the near future, or that people will be willing to give up all the amenities that make their time on the freeways more comfortable. With newer cars (like the 2007 Nissan Altima) providing multiple outlets to plug in electric-powered accessories, we seem to be headed in a direction where stationary power (provided by the battery during idle) will become more necessary.
Baseball, apple pie, and pickup trucks three symbols of the down-home American heartland. Americans tend to love all things American and the pickup truck is no exception. The very first pickup truck debuted, thanks to Henry Ford, in 1925. Although a bit lengthy for today's marketing standards, Ford described it as a "Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body." It was surprisingly similar to current pickups with an adjustable tailgate, a large cargo box, and heavy-duty springs in the rear.Throughout the United States' short history, the pickup truck gained popularity and continued to evolve. Three years later, Ford replaced the Model T with the Model A which was the first closed-cab pickup and included new features like roll-up side windows and a safety glass windshield. Capable of a whopping 40 horsepower (impressive at the time), the Model A sported a four-cylinder engine and three-speed transmission.By 1931, Chevrolet stepped up and offered its first pickup model in an effort to compete with Ford. But Ford wasn't going anywhere. They countered the following year by releasing an even more powerful pickup with 65-horsepower and the Ford flathead V8 engine, a strategy that proved profitable to say the least. By 1936, there were three million Ford trucks on the road and the pickup led the industry in sales.When the Great Depression hit, farmers needed to scale back and could no longer afford a truck for their farms and a car for their families. Thus, the need for a passenger-ready pickup was born and an Australian Body designer at Ford Australia designed the "coupe utility" -- the precursor to today's full cab pickups by marrying the front of a car body to the rear of a pickup body. The result was successful worldwide and because they were designed for work, American banks didn't hesitate to loan farmers money to buy them. Sales skyrocketed and the modern pickup became a staple of growing America.While pickups were prevalent all over the country, Texans became particularly fond of them. Calling them "rancheros" because of their importance to Texas horse ranches, the state is sometimes referred to as "the land of pickup trucks." And rightfully so. The state of Texas actually offers a lower tax on pickup registration than it does on any other vehicle.Portrayed as a rough and rugged symbol of the ultra-masculine American man, pickups began to make appearances in Hollywood movies from neo-Westerns to the preferred vehicle of tough guys like Clint Eastwood in "Every Which Way But Loose," and John Travolta in "Urban Cowboy." And when a symbol of America emerges, politics are right behind, ready to exploit it. In a campaign speech, presidential nominee hopeful Fred Thompson even described his opponent's faults by saying, "He hasn't spent enough time in a pickup truck," suggesting his opponent had trouble connecting with the "real" America. Even President George W. Bush a proud Texan has been observed driving around his ranch in a pickup.Pickup trucks are no less popular today. Car companies find that while car sales in the U.S. are less stable, the pickup truck holds its own. Even companies like Isuzu now offer only high-performance pickup trucks (two models the i-290 and i-370) and a single SUV model. Although people tend to love their SUVs and their flashy sports cars, pickup trucks continue to hold on as one of the best selling American vehicles. And from what we surmise, apple pie isn't going anywhere either.