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Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk (Model No. 1386), a product by Okamoto Industry Co. Ltd based in Japan is probably one of the most pirated air freshener in Malaysia.

For the uninitiated, ‘Carall’ is the brand name, ‘Regalia’ is the series that the product belongs to and ‘Velvet Musk’ is the name of the fragrance. The model number for this product is 1386.

1386 has a distinctive fresh and calming smell, with a light citrus tint that makes it very acceptable and easy on the nose. Adding to that is the quality glass jar packaging that stands out among the many varieties of air fresheners in the market.

The popularity of the 1386 eventually caught the attention of bootleggers and in the past few years, imitations of 1386 got so good that even experienced stockists find it hard to differentiate between the authentic and the fake. Also, do take note that under the Regalia series, there’s also Platinum Squash (Model No. 1385) and Silky Veil (Model No. 1384) which is nowhere as popular.

It is believed that these 1386 imitations are manufactured in China and made its way into Malaysia through East Malaysia, where custom surveillance is not as strict.

We would like to advise consumers to be extra vigilant when shopping for their favorite air fresheners. You may not feel the effect of these chemicals immediately but prolonged usage of fake air fresheners manufactured without taking care of consumer’s well-being and safety will cause many health issues in the long run.

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

2017-01-20T20:58:59+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Air Fresheners|0 Comments

Kenwood KCA-WL100 Firmware Update Procedure for iOS 10 Support

As the owner of iPhone, you would have noticed that the KCA-WL100 stops working after you updated your iPhone’s operating system to iOS 10 since September 2016. The KCA-WL100 is an HDMI Wifi Dongle which allows you to mirror your iPhone’s display to supported Kenwood head unit, without the use of a HDMI cable. Hence, the KCA-WL100 is also known as the Air-Mirrorlink or Air-Miracast Wi-Fi Dongle.

A few days ago, the Kenwood engineers has finally released a firmware update that resolves the incompatibilities with iOS 10. So, for owners who are having problem earlier with their iPhone and KCA-WL100, this is your solution. Alternatively, get an Android smartphone 😛

Before you begin, you will need Wi-Fi connection, preferably Wi-Fi from your home’s network or tethering from a mobile hotspot. You should not use the hotspot from the iPhone device you will be pairing the KCA-WL100 with later. In our guide below, we will be using an iPhone 7 (with iOS 10) as the device which we want to mirror with the Kenwood head unit and we will use 2 Android Phones- a Huawei P9 as the mirror link phone and a Samsung Galaxy S7 as our Wi-Fi access point. Take note that at this point, your iPhone 7 is not yet compatible with the KCA-WL100.

To avoid interruption during the firmware update, keep your engine running and battery power optimum.

Step 1: On your Head Unit, navigate to the HDMI source.

Step 2: In the HDMI menu, select mode ‘Wireless Link’. If you are automatically shown the ‘Wireless Mirroring Mode’, press the ‘Back’ button in the screen to go to ‘Mode Select’ Page, and then select mode ‘Wireless Link’.

Step 3: Once you are in the ‘Wireless Link Mode’ menu, use our Huawei P9’s Wi-Fi connection to connect to the KCA-WL100’s Wi-Fi Network, which should look something like ‘KCA-WL100_XXXXXX’.

If prompted to insert password, use the default ‘12345678’. If you’ve changed the password before, use the password you’ve assigned instead.

Step 4: On the ‘Wireless Link Mode’ menu, you should see a URL (web address). Type this URL onto our Huawei P9’s browser and press enter to go to the said webpage.

Step 5: Once the website loads completely, you should see a series of icons. Tap the Wi-Fi icon with the text that says ‘Touch Icon to Make Dongle Connect to Wi-Fi AP’.

Step 6: Next, on the website, click on the ‘Scan’ link. This will scan nearby Wi-Fi networks and asterisks indicates the Wi-Fi signal strength.

Step 7: With our Samsung Galaxy S7 nearest to the KCA-WL100, it should show the strongest signal and we should connect to the Samsung Galaxy S7’s hotspot.

Step 8: If the connection is successful between the KCA-WL100 and our Samsung Galaxy S7’s hotspot, you should see the screen on the Kenwood head unit showing a notice saying ‘Connected to Samsung Galaxy S7 Hotspot’.

Step 9: On the Huawei P9’s browser which we’ve used earlier to scan for nearby Wi-Fi networks, press back to return to the main setup page. Under ‘Firmware Update’ press the ‘Submit’ button to download the firmware file to the KCA-WL100.

Step 10: If the download process is correctly executed, the Kenwood head unit will indicate on the bottom left of the screen a message that says ‘New Update Found 3.21.20’. On the bottom right, you will also see the download progress in percentage.

Step 11: The download process is completely automated. Do not power off your Kenwood head unit during the entire process. Once the download is complete at 100%, the update will begin. You will see 4 rows labeled ‘Disk1’, ‘Disk2’, ‘Disk3’ and ‘Disk4’ with corresponding ‘Erase’ and ‘Write’ columns. Each of these ‘Erase’ and ‘Write’ columns need to reach 100% for the update to complete.

Step 12: Once the update is complete, the screen on our Kenwood Head Unit will show ‘No Signal’. Do not panic, this is the KCA-WL100 way of telling you it’s rebooting with the new firmware. You should panic only if the Kenwood Head Unit shows nothing.

Step 13: The finale- connect our iPhone 7 that’s running iOS 10.

(i) On the Kenwood Head Unit, go to HDMI Source and in the menu, select ‘Wireless Link Mode’.

(ii) Using our iPhone 7’s Wi-Fi settings, connect to the KCA-WL100.

(iii) Press the ‘Home’ button on the iPhone 7 and swipe from the bottom of the screen to select ‘KCA-WL100 Mirroring Using the AirPlay’ function. And now, your iPhone 7 is finally connected to the KCA-WL100.

2016-12-22T00:04:56+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Car Audio & Video, Guides|0 Comments

Guide to shopping for Wiper Blades

Wipers are probably one of the most crucial yet often overlooked replacement part on vehicles. It’s been around pretty much since the invention of automobiles and will probably be around for years to come. Wipers should be checked often and replaced BEFORE they fail. I’m sure we can all imagine driving with wipers that don’t work well. Especially in our tropical climate where it rains very frequently and heavily. You may have a powerful engine and a bangin’ stereo, but if you have poor visibility, you ain’t going nowhere my friend. You can still enjoy your stereo though.

Checking Your Wiper

Most of us will know to change the wipers when we realise how poor visibility is when we are caught driving in a downpour. But usually this is a little too late, especially if you are already on a long drive out to another state. Here are a couple of steps to help you figure out if your wipers need replacing. We recommend doing this monthly.

1. Visual Inspection

Make sure to do this in a well lit area or outside when its bright. Things to look for are cracks, tears and discolorations.

2. Touch Inspection

Feel for roughness, uneveness and also hardness. Wipers need to have a certain amount of flexibility in order to work when wiping in both directions.

3. Test It

Spray some water on your windscreen, sit in the drivers seat and turn on the wipers. If you see streaks, juddering or hear screeching, it may be a good idea to change the wipers.

PIAA Silicone Wiper Inserts

Shopping for New Wipers

Buying new wipers can be a confusing process. The best thing you could do is head down to a trusted shop and get them to help you out. For those who want to pick out wipers yourselves, here are a couple of things to know.

1. Wiper Arm Type

Wiper Arm Types

The first step in narrowing down your search is figuring out the type of wiper arm your vehicle uses. The most common would be the Small J Hook type which is used by most Japanese and Malaysian makes. Know your wiper arm type before you proceed further.

2. Wiper Length

Measuring Your Wiper Length

Firstly, check if your car owner’s manual has any recommendations. You can also refer to PIAA’s guide here However, the guide may not be 100% accurate as we have discovered many cars out there to have wiper lengths that differ to the guide. These may very well work anyways as sometimes different lengths can be matched to fit. We recommend that you measure the length of your wipers and compare it against the guide and manual. Then decide for yourself which lengths you want to go with.

3. Wiper Material

There are 3 types of materials most commonly used for wipers.

a. Rubber

b. Graphite Rubber – Rubber infused with graphite

c. Silicone Rubber – Rubber infused with silicone

There are a ton of brands offering various wiper types out there. Do a search online for some reviews to get an idea on the quality of these wipers. Personally for us, silicone infused wiper blades tend to last longer than the other types.

4. Wiper Style

Traditional metal frame type wipers

a. Traditional metal frame

Aerodynamic type frame

b. Plastic aerodynamic modern frame

Flat or Beam type wipers

c. Flat or Beam blade

Besides replacing the entire wiper assembly, there are also options for refills / inserts. PIAA makes inserts for some of their wipers and also inserts for some OE wipers such as Mitsuba brand which is used on many of the new Honda’s models and also on some newer Toyota’s. Other brands may also offer such solutions.

PIAA Wiper Inserts

d. Wiper Refills / Inserts

Wipers on Fasmoto


Below are some of the wipers available on We have also placed some key info to help you identify the difference.


PIAA Si-Tech Silicone Wiper

PIAA Si-Tech Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook, Large J Hook, PTBrm, I&L Arm, Pin & Hook, Small Side Pin and Large Side Pin.

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Flat / Beam / Frameless

More Info


PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Wiper

PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Plastic

More Info


PIAA Radix Silicone Wiper

PIAA Radix Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook (Except for 28″ which is Large J Hook type)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Metal

More Info


PIAA Silencio XTRM Silicon

PIAA Silencio XTRM Silicone Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Car Model Specific

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Frame Type : Flat / Beam / Frameless

More Info


Bosch Eco Plus Graphite Rubber Wiper Blade

Bosch Eco Plus Graphite Rubber Wiper Blade

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Graphite rubber.

Frame Type : Traditional metal

More Info


Goodyear Moly Graphite Rubber Wiper

Goodyear Moly Graphite Rubber Wiper

Wiper Arm fitment : Small J Hook

Wiper Insert Material : Graphite rubber.

Frame Type : Traditional metal

More Info


PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (6MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (6MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 6MM

More Info


PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 8MM

More Info


PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8.6MM Width)

PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert (8.6MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 8.6MM (Commonly used in new Toyota wipers)

More Info


PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill / Insert for Mitsuba wipers (10.2MM Width)

Wiper Insert Material : Silicone infused rubber.

Insert Width : 10.2MM (Commonly used in Mitsuba wipers)

More Info


PIAA Silicone Wiper

2016-12-19T22:15:08+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Maintainence & Repairs|0 Comments

Toyota Vios 1st Gen. Kenwood DDX1035 Car Stereo Installation

Last week we had an opportunity to work on Wee’s 1st Generation Toyota Vios.  He wanted to replace his 1 week old no brand stereo as he was not satisfied with it. So the plan was to remove the currently installed stereo and replace his mom’s Perodua Axia standard stereo head unit. Check out the Axia install here.

In place, Wee wanted to install the Kenwood DDX1035 which is the entry level double DIN receiver by Kenwood. Below is the before pic.


Here’s a closer look. If you notice, this is a Toyota 200MM size head unit that should plug n play into most Toyota and Perodua as it comes with the Toyota type harness sockets.


Out comes the player, and to our horror, the wiring on the this was horrible. Messy wiring aside, what we could not believe was that the previous installer had wired 1 channel to two speakers.


He wasn’t bothered to wire each individual channel to the respective speakers. Irresponsible. No wonder the customer wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the unit. This is probable one of the factors. We hope all installers out there would take more pride in what they do and provide better and honest workmanship to customers.



We proceeded to wire up the Kenwood which is a fairly straightforward job, even though the original harness was cut before.


And of course, always keeping it neat.


When installing a double DIN player such as this Kenwood DDX1035 into a Toyota 200MM size trim, you will need to add the Toyota Side Spacers/Fillers to close the gap since double DIN’s are usually around 180mm wide.


In goes the Kenwood. No trouble here.


As usual, quick test and check to make sure everything is ok.


Snap the dash kit in and another test. All good! The sound is definitely way better than before, and radio stations all clear. Amazingly the speakers could handle it when we turned the volume up. Satisfied.


For installation enquiries, please contact:
1) David +60196593061
2) YC +60195692664

Our installation center is located here:

2016-06-09T18:01:27+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Car Audio, Motorsport Performance|0 Comments

Car Battery Chargers. Do You Need Them?

No. In general, most of us who drive a single daily driver will never need them. When our batteries go dead. We change them. That’s it. However, this may not ring true for some. So who might need it you say?

You would need it if you:

  • Own an expensive car that uses expensive batteries. Batteries cost a bomb and we know you have the money. So why not buy a charger instead and keep your car battery going for longer? Be a smart consumer and donate the savings to a good cause 🙂Oh, and bikes too.
  • Have too many cars to drive daily.  Ok, so you’re a car guy and you have been lucky to own a whole bunch of cars, bikes boats and stuff. We all know that you need to start your car every now and then to keep the battery from draining and going flat. So battery chargers make sense in this case. If it’s good enough for ultimate car guy Jay Leno, I think it should be good enough for all of us.
  • Own an RV, caravan, bikes or boats which you use every once in a while. A battery charger would be useful to keep them batteries healthy and ready for your next adventure.
  • Are away a lot. Mr. Worldwide, always needed all around the world.  Perhaps you’re a celebrity who needs to be away a lot. Or maybe you’re an international spy on a mission. Whatever the case may be, having a battery charger will make sure that your baby is waiting and roaring when you get back.
  • Own a work shop. It would benefit you a great deal if you had one of these as you could easily charge up flat batteries your customers bring in.
  • Thrifty. Yeah, you heard me right.  Even the average joe would benefit from a good battery charger as it would make your battery last longer, so you change it less often and save money in the long run. What more if you have more than one car in the family.

So, at this point, you might be saying, what the heck are car battery chargers? I’ve never seen one before. Is there such a thing. Well. There is and here is how they look. At least this CTEK one.


So, how does it work?

Ok, I can’t say all chargers are equal. For the sake of keeping things simple, let’s just stick to CTEK chargers, which is among the better chargers, if not the best. In general, you will need to connect the charger to your battery terminals, then plug in the other end to a wall socket. It will draw power through to the batteries and charge it. But the CTEK chargers do more than just charge. It also conditions and maintains the batteries so they last longer. Furthermore, there are many features that make charging as simple as plugging it in, and leaving it. You do not have to worry about overcharging or heating up.

Here’s Leno again

We recommend CTEK Battery Chargers. They make a wide range of chargers to suit every need. From 6V to 12V and even 24V application. Compact models. Larger full feature heavy duty models. Fast charging models. Waterproof models and so on.

We hope you find a CTEK that suits you and if you are overwhelmed and need assistance, don’t hesitate to write in to us in the comments section below.

2016-04-14T23:50:47+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Battery Charger, Tools & Equipment|0 Comments

CTEK 12V Monitor Battery Sense with Smartphone App via Bluetooth


Battery Sense makes it possible to show you the state of charge of all your batteries in real time.
Battery Sense provides valuable knowledge about your batteries in a simple, user-friendly and transparent way. Knowledge of your batteries’ charge level makes it easy to monitor their health status and thus maximize your battery performance and service life. Knowledge that will allow you to avoid costly battery replacements and annoying vehicle breakdowns. Battery knowledge presented directly in your pocket.


Connect BATTERY SENSE to the battery and download the app. Your batteries will now start talk to you via your smartphone. With Battery Sense connected you don’t have to worry about when to charge. Just walk to your car or vehicle and Battery Sense will talk to you via Bluetooth – you don’t even have to start the engine. Battery Sense will show you all your batteries State of Charge. Battery Sense will warn you when you have to charge, well in advance.

Battery Sense gives you full control of all your vehicles’ batteries and allows you to choose the CTEK charger that suits you and your vehicle when it’s time to charge. CTEK has a wide product range that enables you to choose a charger for each vehicle and occasion. With Battery Sense and appropriate CTEK chargers, you get a complete battery care package.


Compatible with: Android OS 4.4 (or higher) iPhone iOS 7 (or higher) and Bluetooth 4.0 hardware.
It is delivered with a 2-year warranty.


BUY CTEK MONITOR BATTERY SENSE 12V Lead-acid Battery Monitor Online


Death to Bad Wipers!

Death to Bad Wipers

Today, we start our war on bad wipers!

I’ve heard many horror stories from our customers about how their wipers crack under the pressure of extreme heat, UV rays and thunderstorms.

And if you have been using the amazing wipers from PIAA, you would appreciate how silicone can make such a huge difference in clarity.

Yet, we have problem reaching out to drivers who wants to get the real silicone deal. There are just too many wiper vendors out there who claims their silicone wipers are just as good. To that we say- “Put these PIAA wipers to test, and then decide for yourself.”

And to make the experiment hassle-free, we are giving you free installation and windscreen wash at our retail outlet here:, Kuala Lumpur

And to top it off, we are offering trade-in value of RM20 for your existing wipers (regardless of condition), so we can destroy them for good.

This bad wipers destruction programme is only applicable to the following PIAA wipers models only:

1) PIAA Radix Silicone Wipers

2) PIAA Aero Vogue Silicone Wipers

Let us know if you are dropping by!

Enjoy the weekend.

2016-04-06T19:36:29+00:00 February 27th, 2016|Maintainence & Repairs, Promotions|0 Comments

California Scents Clearance Sale 2016


We’re cleaning up in preparation for new California Scents Air Freshener goodies. Till then, go ahead and take advantage of rock bottom prices on our existing stock. If you ever wondered what a particular scent smells like, this is your chance to have a go. If you haven’t tried California Scents, why not now. It’s safe for the family after all.


2016-01-08T18:53:25+00:00 January 8th, 2016|Car Care, Promotions|0 Comments

Save on wipers by getting the PIAA Silicone Wiper Refills

Find out your vehicle’s wiper measurement:

Fits all PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade assemblies. Match the length of the refill to  the length of the wiper blade currently installed on the vehicle. PIAA wiper refills may also fit some Original Equipment and other manufacturers’ wiper blade assemblies. Verify that wiper has a square-type claw and stop as shown below. We cannot check for compatibility for you here, sorry.
PIAA Silicone Wiper Refill Diagram

PIAA’s silicone refill width sizes are available in 6mm (for 12″ to 22″ wiper lengths), 8mm (24″, 26″ and 28″) and also 8.6mm (20″, 28″ and 30″).


The PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade Refill is made of silicone rubber to ensure greater visibility by coating the windshield with silicone to promote continuous water beading in inclement weather. Water beads up into droplets at low speeds that are easily removed by ordinary wiping. And at higher speeds, wind pressure pushes the water off the windshield, often without even requiring wiper use. The silicone coating also reduces drag and eliminates annoying and inefficient chattering, regardless of the shape of the windshield to provide greater comfort for both driver and passenger. The PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades reapply the silicone coating every time the wipers are used.

PIAA wiper blades maintain a sharp, clean edge and offer better resistance to all climates — heat, ozone, ultra-violet, and wear — clearly outperforming the industry standard.


2015-11-17T16:04:47+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Maintainence & Repairs, Motorsport Performance|0 Comments