Monthly Archives: April 2011


Garage_08-Toyota Hilux with Carvox CX-880 Head Unit & CM-038 Reverse Camera

Toyota Hilux Carvox CX-880 Head Unit CM-038 Reverse Camera

Mr. Gary's Carvox Equipped Toyota Hilux

Here is an installation for the Carvox CX-880 and the CM-038 reverse camera into a Toyota Hilux, belonging to Gary.

Thanks for letting us shoot these photos Gary, and we hope you enjoy the Motive DVD too 🙂

Also, thanks to Ah Boy(David) and his boys, Ah Seng, Liang and the rest at Wira Sound System ( No.27, Jalan Manis 6, Taman Segar, 56100 Cheras,
Wilayah Persekutuan, Tel: 603-91304089 ) in Cheras for letting me poke my nose throughout the entire install. Not to forget the great job done by them.

I’d like to apologize for the poor image quality, but all I had that day was my little ol 2.0MP camera phone.

First thing was to remove the original Head Unit. This was a very straight forward process, so much so that we never even noticed the CX-880 going in.

The Original Toyota Hilux Head Unit

Next step was to checkout the undercarriage to determine the route of the reverse camera cable.

Checking the camera cable route underneath

The Carvox CX-880 went it before we even noticed anything. The benefits of Plug N Play.

When it comes to installing the reverse camera, there are 2 parts to it. One is the video cable and the other the power cable. The video needs to be routed to the Head Unit and the power usually is tapped from the reverse lamp.

Ah Seng tapping the power from the reverse lamp

Measure twice, cut once they say.

Let the drilling begin!

And while Ah Seng is busy installing the reverse camera, Gary is keeping himself busy on this own little


Is this what I think it is?

In goes the camera

The Carvox CM-038 Reverse Camera on a Toyota Hilux

Mr Gary showing us his support. Thank You Sir!!!

Spot the camera

The original Hilux panel, no mods done at all.

Snapping the panel back in

Jobs done. The Carvox CX-880 in its new home.

Ah Seng showing Gary the functions

Toyota Hilux, 12 Volts, Carvox CX-880 Head Unit, CM-098 Reverse Camera

Toyota Hilux & 12 Volts

Carvox CX-880 HD LCD TFT Touchscreen DVD CD MP3 USB SD card Ipod Aux Player

Higher Rez for ya viewing!

2011-06-07T18:10:19+00:00 April 28th, 2011|News|3 Comments

Lasers could replace spark plugs in car engines

By Jason Palmer
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Two or three lasers are focused to ignite fuel in more than one place

Two or three lasers are focused to ignite fuel in more than one place

Car engines could soon be fired by lasers instead of spark plugs, researchers say.

A team at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics will report on 1 May that they have designed lasers that could ignite the fuel/air mixture in combustion engines.

The approach would increase efficiency of engines, and reduce their pollution, by igniting more of the mixture.

The team is in discussions with a spark plug manufacturer.

The idea of replacing spark plugs – a technology that has changed little since their invention 150 years ago – with lasers is not a new one.

Spark plugs only ignite the fuel mixture near the spark gap, reducing the combustion efficiency, and the metal that makes them up is slowly eroded as they age.

But only with the advent of smaller lasers has the idea of laser-based combustion become a practical one.
Ceramic powders

A team from Romania and Japan has now demonstrated a system that can focus two or three laser beams into an engine’s cylinders at variable depths.

That increases the completeness of combustion and neatly avoids the issue of degradation with time.

However, it requires that lasers of high pulse energies are used; just as with spark plugs, a great deal of energy is needed to cause ignition of the fuel.

“In the past, lasers that could meet those requirements were limited to basic research because they were big, inefficient, and unstable,” said Takunori Taira of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Okazaki, Japan.

Spark plug Spark plugs only ignite the fuel mixture very near the spark gap

Spark plug Spark plugs only ignite the fuel mixture very near the spark gap

“Nor could they be located away from the engine, because their powerful beams would destroy any optical fibres that delivered light to the cylinders.”

The team has been developing a new approach to the problem: lasers made of ceramic powders that are pressed into spark-plug sized cylinders.

These ceramic devices are lasers in their own right, gathering energy from compact, lower-power lasers that are sent in via optical fibre and releasing it in pulses just 800 trillionths of a second long.

Unlike the delicate crystals typically used in high-power lasers, the ceramics are more robust and can better handle the heat within combustion engines.

The team is in discussions to commercialise the technology with Denso, a major automobile component manufacturer.

2013-04-23T13:28:44+00:00 April 25th, 2011|News|0 Comments

New California Scents Stocks Coming Soon!

Yes, we’ve got word that the new batch of California Scents will be arriving in our store by the 2nd week of May. Yes, I understand that many CS fans out there has been on the waiting list of the past one month. So, we’ll continue to update you on the latest California Scents stock status here.

Meanwhile, thanks to Noami for featuring us on her blog 🙂

12v's California Scents featured on

2011-04-24T17:40:39+00:00 April 24th, 2011|News|0 Comments

DIY – Perodua MYVI 1.3, Installing the Simota Replacement Air Filter

Replacing the stock air filters with an aftermarket version is the simplest way to improve your vehicles performance, longevity and economy. The Simota/Works Engineering Replacement Air Filters are quality built to high standards, plus improves performance and fuel consumption through rigorous research and development. Here, you will see the simple steps needed to replace your stock air filter with an aftermarket air filter for the Perodua MYVI 1.3. Other vehicles may not vary much in terms of installation.

Step 1

Find the right air filter and purchase. We at carry a number of air filters for various makes and models. Get yours today!

Simota/Works Engineering Air Filter for the Perodua MYVI 1.3

Closer look at the Works Engineering Replacement Air Filter

Step 2

Open up your hood and get to work. Locate the air filter box and unclip the cover. There are six clips holding the box. With the cover off, you’ll see the stock air filter, begging to be replaced 🙂

Unclip these

Unclip the six clips that hold the cover

The Stock Air Filter

The Stock Air Filter

Step 3

Take the stock air filter out and dispose of it. Put the new Simota/Works-Engineering Replacement Air Filter in it’s place. Make sure the right side is facing up.

Air Filter Comparison

Stock Air Filter and Simota/Works-Engineering Air Filter Comparison

Correct Placement

Make sure to place the filter correctly

Step 4

Put the cover back onto the box, and reclip the 6 clips, and you’re done! Good Job!!! Take the car out for a spin now, you know you want too 😉

2013-04-23T13:28:44+00:00 April 13th, 2011|News|0 Comments

Garage_08-Toyota Estima XR50 with Carvox CX-880 Head Unit

Thanks to Mr. Wong for sending in these pictures of his Carvox CX-880 installed on his Toyota Estima XR50. This is what Mr. Wong has to say about his Carvox CX-880,”Not a bad looking player”.

Toyota Estima Cockpit

Carvox CX-880 in the Toyota Estima XR50 belonging to Mr. Wong

Look how snugly the Head Unit fits into the panels. Good stuff. DVD, Bluetooth, MP3, USB, SD, DivX all at your fingertips. Could you ask for more?


Fits So Good!

2011-04-12T20:01:54+00:00 April 12th, 2011|News|0 Comments