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2017-06-23T16:09:04+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|News, Promotions|0 Comments

PIAA Automotive Sports Horn for Cars, Bikes and vehicles running 12V

Car horns. Love it or hate it, is undeniably an important part of our vehicle. It has also become part of the soundscape of many large and busy cities. Originally created for safety reasons, its usage has evolved and is used in many other ways these days. The main use of car horns are to caution others on the road of possible dangers.

Such dangers could be:
1. Another drivers lack of attention.
2. When making a turn that has visibility issues due to obstacles.
3. When driving on a road with many pedestrians.

Other uses may include:
1. To let someone know you’ve arrived without having to politely walk up to the door and knock.
2. To alert the person who double parked behind you.
3. To let the neighborhood know that you’re coming for the bride.
4. To get the attention of a pretty lady on the sidewalk.

Agree or disagree on the other uses, you can’t deny those are what car horns are often used for these days.

So, if you have ever been in a situation where you needed to use the horns, you know how important it is for it to be loud and attention grabbing, but not so loud that is will damage ones hearing. Ever been in a situation where you pressed the horn but the sound was less than impressive. Asthmatic to an extent. Look at the photo below to understand why.

That is how most factory horns look like. It is no wonder that they sometimes fail to get any attention at all.

Do you REALLY need horns to be loud?

A valid question really. It is without a doubt that car horns are one of the most annoying sounds to most of us. So why would you want a louder horn? Easy. The horn, if not misused is a safety tool. It is supposed to get attention. Having a horn that isn’t loud enough is like having a knife that is not sharp. It won’t work, and to a degree, would be useless.

Why do manufacturers equip such poor horns?

We don’t know, but our guess would be cost. It isn’t exactly the first thing you check when buying a car. I doubt most people even think of the horn until after the are driving it home. So its an easy target for cost cutting.

Aftermarket to the rescue (as usual).

Luckily for us, PIAA has some excellent horns that are within regulations, and are able to be installed easily in most cars.

1. PIAA HO-2 Dual Tone Light Weight Twin Super Car Horn 12V (400/500Hz)

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Sports Horn

Loud horn with a beautiful tone. The HO-2 is perfect to ensure others hear you when it matters, excellent safety aspect. The twin horn produces a wonderful tone with its 400Hz and 500Hz combination. Furthermore, this easy to install horn also comes with weather guard to ensure your horn is kept clear from elements.

Made from tough ABS material and rust resistant black chromate, this horn will be of service for a long time. Its light weight and compact design enables it to be installed in most cars.

  • Powerful 112dB Dual Tone.
  • 400Hz and 500Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 194g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-2 here

2. PIAA HO-8E Dual Tone High Pitch Euro Sports Car Horn 115dB (500/600Hz)

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Euro Sports Horn

If the “luxury car” horn tone is what you’re after, the HO-8E is perfect for you. Always featuring the PIAA loudness, this horn proves to be the buyer favorite everytime.

The higher pitch 500Hz and 600Hz dual tone combination simply sounds perfect. Light weight and compact, this horn can be installed to most cars easily. On top of that, it comes with a weather resistant cover to keep your horn free from contaminants.

  • Powerful 115dB Dual Tone.
  • 500Hz and 600Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 194g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-8E here

3. PIAA HO-9 Dual Deep Tone Superior Bass Car Horn 112dB 12V (330/400Hz)

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Superior Bass Horn

The depth of sound of this new “330 Hz” horn far exceeds the popular “PIAA Sports Horn.” The 330Hz combines the dignified depth of sound that swept the world with the tone and quality of a 400Hz horn, achieving a refined serene sound with plenty of depth!!

  • Powerful 115dB Dual Tone.
  • 330Hz and 400Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 187g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-9 here

4. PIAA HO-12 Dual Tone Slender Ultra Light Twin Horns 12V (400/500Hz)

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Slender Horn

The “Slender Horn” represents a lightweight horn that is the world’s thinnest spiral horn. It is a new horn with the world’s thinnest body in the popular “400Hz / 500Hz” bass range.

Big sound in s small package. The HO-12 is ideal for tight space applications. The twin horn produces a wonderful tone with its 400Hz and 500Hz combination. Do not underestimate this horn given its slim build. It will blow you away.

Equipped with a stylish guard fin that prevents water and dust permeation.

  • ECE Regulation No. 28 approval
  • Powerful 112dB Dual Tone.
  • 400Hz and 500Hz combination
  • PIAA Horn can be installed on one and two terminal cars.
  • Black Housing
  • 2 terminal type
  • (Includes ground wiring)
  • Light weight: Approx. 180g/pc
  • Made in Japan

More info on the PIAA HO-12 here

2017-04-29T19:12:35+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Automotive Horn, News|0 Comments

RaceChip Pro2 for Honda Civic FC 1.5 Turbo Install

Here is a simple video and some photos of our RaceChip Pro2 Chiptuning install on the Honda Civic FC 1.5 Turbo.

Thanks to Adrian for driving all the way down from Penang. Thanks also to Felix and Khairul from RaceChip Malaysia for taking the time to help us out even though it was your day off.

Enjoy!

 

2017-03-09T23:00:39+00:00 March 9th, 2017|News|0 Comments

Chevy Bolt Hits The Road

Rolling off the pipelines before Tesla Model 3, the Chevy Bolt is now hitting the road.

The Bolt, with a starting price of US$37,495 (appx. RM165,393) including shipping, is the first EV offered in the U.S. with a range of more than 322km on one battery charge (its official EPA-estimated range is 383km) and a price of less than US$40,000 (appx RM176,443). Most buyers are eligible for a US$7,500 (appx. RM33,083) federal tax credit, effectively lowering the base model’s price to US$29,995 (appx. RM132,310).
2016-12-14T07:45:10+00:00 December 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Android Auto & Apple CarPlay is here!

Recently Kenwood has released its latest flagship DDX916WS and DNX8160S models which supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Exciting times people. Hey, but where is DDX9106S? We’re hoping Kenwood will release it soon.

So, for those who don’t already know what Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is about. In a nutshell, it extends the use of your smartphone into your car safely. Anything that Google or Apple deems unsafe will not be usable or available while on Android Auto or CarPlay.

It does allow you to use a number of the common features of your smartphone in your car such as:

  • Making and receiving calls
  • Using map navigation
  • Receiving and sending texts
  • Listening to your favorite music app such as Spotify, iTunes and others
  • Listening to podcasts or audiobooks
  • Voice recognition

A couple of things to note is device support. Android Auto only supports devices that run Lollipop 5.0 and higher. CarPlay will require iPhone 5 upwards.

Check out our favorite review of Android Auto by  MobileSyrup.  They also have an iPhone 7 review if you’re interested.

And also a fun comparison of Apple CarPlay and also comparison video by The Virge

Do subscribe to them if you like the videos.

For more info on Android Auto, you can check out https://www.android.com/auto/

For more info on Apple CarPlay http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/

Find out more about Kenwood DDX916WS here http://www.fasmoto.com/kenwood-ddx916ws

Find out more about Kenwood DNX8160S here http://www.fasmoto.com/kenwood-dnx8160s

2016-09-09T20:27:28+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Car Stereo Receiver, News|0 Comments

6 Tips for Buying and Caring for Your Car Wipers

Measure Your Wiper Lengths

1. Use a measuring tape to get the length of the driver side’s wiper and passenger side’s wiper.

2. Japanese, Korean and Malaysian car models generally uses the u-hook wipers which are widely available in most car accessories and auto parts shops. For continental cars, ensure the adapter of the replacement wiper can fit your car before purchasing. Some continental car models can also use u-hook wipers by getting a specially-made wiper adapter.

3. For some wiper brands, you can save money by just purchasing the ‘refills’ for the wipers, instead of buying the entire set of wipers.

4. Silicone wipers generally withstand the elements better than normal graphite rubber wipers.

5. Wipers can be easily damaged when there are twigs or sands caught between the wiper and your windscreen during the wiping action.

6. Using windscreen wax such as RainX or wiper blades that contains wax coating can prolong the lifespan of your wipers (water beading effect on the windscreen reduces wiping especially at higher driving speed).

2016-04-06T19:35:59+00:00 March 1st, 2016|News|0 Comments

Ecothetic engine oil – The Practical Choice

Best cheap engine oil Malaysia

Ecothetic Oil – The Practical Choice

Ecothetic is an advanced synthetic petrol engine oil with unique propertis to reduce friction across a wide range of driving speeds and conditions. It maximizes engine performance and is formulated to provide superior all round protection under severe operating conditions.

  • Superior engine protection for turbocharged & multi-valve engines.
  • Reduces engine temperature Improves vehicle acceleration
  • Enhances fuel economy
  • Keeps engine clean
  • Prolongs engine life
  • Longer service interval

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2015-08-19T01:28:41+00:00 August 19th, 2015|News, Random|0 Comments

Death of the “Car Scene”

Is the “Car Scene” dead?

Looking around me these days, I can’t help but to ask myself, is the “car scene” dead? By “car scene”, I mean car modification, racing and car lovin’ in general. Everything to do with cars basically. Gone are the days of weekend races, loud exhaust mods, loud stereos, loud body kits and loud everything else.

“What do you mean the car scene is dead?” ,  asks a voice in my head.

Well, look around. Remember the days of the Proton “Wiralution” VR4, Honda Vtec EG, 4 Throttle Corolla, Perodua Kancil Turbo and the likes. No doubt a pitiful few are left roaming the streets, but the rest have been replaced by stock standard Gen2, Altis, Camry, Golf, Myvi, Vios and City. I hate to say this, but cars I see these days are…downright boring. Where has the imagination gone? Where has the individuality gone?

Volkswagen Old School GatheringEven the most recent, supposedly “biggest” car expo in KL which I went to, things seemed to be rather mild. Turnouts weren’t great, even the cars on display was dissapointing. Yes, yes, the big boys like Toyota, Honda and Perodua (no show from Proton) still showed up with a bang, but that’s about it my friends. These big name manufacturers will always be around as far as I’m concerned. Well, at least till they go broke. But where are the smaller guys? We used to see smaller aftermarket parts manufacturers out in droves during these events. Brands like Tein, HKS, Greddy, Blitz, Motul, Apexi, Defi and many more.

Throwing the question around the room, I get answers like, “Economy slow lar bro’, where can afford”. Then there are those who say cars these days are so good that you needn’t do anything to it anymore. I beg to differ on the latter, but first, let’s take a look at the so-called “reasons” why the scene is dead.

  • Poor economy – Which leads to less spending on cars (or car modifications to be accurate).
  • Cars are good enough out the factory.
  • Cars are less customizable these days.
  • Car prices has gone through the roof.
  • Shift of interest to digital lifestyle products.
  • The “cool” factor is lost.

Poor economy / Shift of interest to digital lifestyle products.

True to an extend I would say. The rise in prices of everything, be it due to inflation, currency exchange or other factors has probably had an impact on the ability of car enthusiasts to spend. However, I think that spending has somewhat shifted more towards digital lifestyle products such as smartphones, tablets, camera’s, portable music players and so on. Smartphone and tablets being the most obvious. Look at how a very well known online phone seller is now having a building by the Federal Highway. I bought my phone from these guys when they were just a couple of shops about a year back. They have a building now???

Another place I notice where spending has increased is in travel holidays. With the availability of cheap flight tickets, everyone is taking a holiday or two (some three and more) yearly. Now, back in the day, having an overseas vacation was a true luxury. These days it seems, it is a necessity. Facebook is further helping promote this. I think everyone has probably noticed some of  your “FB” friends posting holiday photos all the time. Some even during the holiday, because its soooo important that your friends get updates right? Go figure. So this increased social pressure causes others to feel inadequate unless they too update their holiday photo’s on Facebook.

Well, I’m all for travel and have been guilty of taking too many holidays myself. The only thing I would like to say to the many people who complain about the poor economy is “Cut down the freakin’ holiday trips!”. If you go on holiday, then quit bitchin’ about the economy for goodness sake.

Cars are good enough out the factory / Cars are less customizable these days.

Bullshit! Yeah, you heard me. I mean yes, cars have improved by leaps and bounds. They are faster, safer and more efficient. Nevertheless, car modification is about pushing the factory limits and a display individualism. Flames on cars never made the car any faster, but boy did it make the owner feel good. Pink fluffy interior never made the car safer nor more efficient. It is all about individual expression, making it your own.Pink Box

And if you’re going to tell me that cars are fast enough out of the factory, you are probably right. But it was never a question of fast enough. It was always a question of how much faster…

Cars are too expensive these days.

Agree. Here are a few tips to help you save.

  1. Do not opt for the fancy upgrade options. They charge you multiple times of what it is actually worth. They temp you with warranties and such. Do the math yourself and see if it makes sense.
  2. Consider getting a used car.  A new car is not necessarily better, safer nor less problematic. The opposite is also true. A used car is not necessarily worse, less safe nor more problematic. Distinguish between myths churned out by the manufacturer and common sense.
  3. Take cheaper holidays.  Cheap flights are really not cheap. If you never even flew once a year before and are flying 2 to 3 times a year now. Then it’s not really cheap is it?

The “cool” factor is lost.

I agree. This is somewhat bittersweet for me. You see, I’ve always loved the whole “car scene” even from back in the day. I remember flipping through magazines and salivating over super clean rides, chrome engine bays, 20″ rims, super loud stereos, lowered stance, turbo charged kits and the list goes on. I remember friday nights when we used to head down to Batu 3 Shah Alam circuit to enjoy drag races between Skyline’s and Satria’s, Corolla’s and Evo’s, Kancil’s and Subaru’s….all modified of course. I guess it was cool those days, but apparently no more. But I’m thankful. Just as in business, where it takes an economic downturn to weed out businesses that create no value. It’s just the same, but in this case, weeding out the fake enthusiasts. What remains are those who still pursue the love of cars and everything about it, even though its unpopular. It’s always good to be around genuine people.

Having said all that, I still do wish the scene was alive and kicking, that everyone around me could “talk car”, that car magazines made a comeback and car themed tv shows were aplenty. Perhaps I’m asking too much. Perhaps I’m a fool, a dreamer even. I am a car enthusiast after all and if there is one thing we have, its imagination and passion.

2015-04-08T00:16:24+00:00 April 7th, 2015|News, Random|0 Comments

Why 12V Discourages the Use of Anti AES Number Plates

Testing the AES

Yes, like every Malaysian drivers out there, we feel that the implementation of AES speed cameras is a pain-in-the-AES. We feel that normal human just cannot drive under 90km/h on a straight 3-lane highway. These speed limits are probably set during the 1950s. Many a time, while you are driving happily within the legal speed limit 110km/h, all of a sudden there’s a stretch that says “PERINGATAN: 90KM/H” (usually behind an advertising billboard or hidden conveniently behind a tree) and before you can slam the brake, you realized you just had a Kodak moment courtesy of JPJ (Road Transport Department). There’s a reason why they are called speed trap.

That being said, we have come across many creative ideas developed by heroic Malaysians who attempts to outwit the AES system, where a rumored RM717 million was invested by the 2 appointed contractors- ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd.

Heroic Malaysians from all walk of life join their hands in the effort to bring own the AES.

Heroic Malaysians from all walk of life join their hands in the effort to bring own the AES.

One of the more technological advance measures I’ve encountered so far is the Anti AES Number Plate device. And we thought these devices only exist in the movies.

You can have a look at these videos below on how it works.

Let me repeat that I am not encouraging anyone to drive any faster. As I write this, I still manage to keep my Non-Claim Discount (NCD) at 55%, although I seriously feel that I deserved more discount for being a super safe driver, but that’s a story for another day. I feel that having these cameras are not going to stop people from speeding. Rather, instead of punishing, sometimes, the authorities should also consider rewarding people who drive safe. NCD is just not enough. Safe drivers like us should enjoy lower road taxes, if not free. We should get petrol vouchers for keeping the street accident-free.

Anyway, back to my point on the Anti AES Number Plate. Yes, I have to admit it’s a very cool device, almost looks like it came from Q’s lab (James Bond).

And we thought we could only see these in the movies.

And we thought we could only see these in the movies.

However, we feel that, as much as we despise the AES, this is not just an Anti AES Number Plate device. You cannot just tell these devices to only respond to AES camera, and it’s because of this, we felt that these number plates can be abused in many other ways.

Just to imagine a few potential abuses one can actually do with these number plates:

1) Drunk Drivers – I have enough encounters with drunk drivers on the road to know that if you ever get into an accident with one, they are pretty much going kick into their ‘hit-and-run’ mode before you can say ‘F**K!’, provided you survived the crash that is. So, imagine drunk drivers start installing these number plates…

2) Red Light Devils – These monsters terrorizes the junction like the Al-Qaedas with their AK-47s. And with these number plates, they basically upgraded their License-to-Kill on to a whole new STEALTH level. They can jump all the 18 traffic lights from Alor Gajah to Melaka Town and nobody would have a clue whose car is that.

3) Kidnappers & Hijackers – These number plates would just make their operations much more smoother. In fact, it’s the perfect getaway gadget for criminals.

4) Stolen Vehicles – Imagine your car, equipped with this device, is stolen and the car thief who watched enough James Bond movies manages to activate the Anti AES number plate. It would be difficult or near impossible for anyone to help trace your vehicle.

One of the known design of the Anti AES number plate.

One of the known design of the Anti AES number plate.

Yes, we seriously doubt these Anti AES number plates is going to solve the AES issue. In fact, this is one of the cases where the solution actually creates more problems that it solves. I would encourage you, my dear readers, to think about the consequences of these Anti AES number plates if they go wide spread and easily accessible. It will definitely make life on the road more dangerous than it already is.

Let the lawmakers, which we’ve voted into Parliament, to decide if these speed cameras are necessary to reduce accidents. Ok, maybe we don’t have very intelligent lawmakers in the first place, but that’s another story for another day.

And sorry to have brought up an itch, but worry not, I am not going to sign out without offering a solution. You can down the comprehensive list of AES camera locations here, 16-pages in all:

2015-04-09T02:48:12+00:00 February 19th, 2013|News|0 Comments