High-Intensity-Discharge Lights (HID’s) a.k.a. Xenon Bulbs/Lights: Which one is right for you?

HID BMW M3
In the quest of customizing our rides, as well as getting better night driving visibility (and being noticed by onlookers), the most common aftermarket upgrade that auto enthusiasts do to their rides is replacing the Halogen Bulbs of the headlights for Xenon Bulbs, or to be more precise, High Intensity Discharge Lights (HID’s).

The term “Xenon Headlight” is actually is a misnomer. There are several types of HID lamps, and those without xenon follow this sequence when turned on: A sudden bright flash of light, followed by the lamp turning dim, then slowly becomes bright as it reaches its normal operating condition. The xenon gas is only used to speed up this process and provide instant light upon ignition of the lamp.

Upon purchasing HID’s, there are a multitude of Kelvin Temperatures to choose from, usually starting from 3000K, all the way up to 12000K or even higher. Be wary of this as it is a common misconception that the higher the Kelvin Temperature, the brighter the light. This is NOT TRUE.

HID Color Comparison
The Kelvin Temperature is also known as Color Temperature. Simply put, the Color Temperature, measured in degrees Kelvin, determines the color of the light output, not the brightness. The lowest color temperatures used in HID lights usually have yellowish hues, and as you go up the color temperature chart, it goes from white, to blue, to purple. The stock halogen bulbs are around the 3200K range.

HID Color Temperatures
So if you are to choose which one is right for you, well you first have to determine your application. Are you installing this for show, or are you looking to get the HID lights which can provide the most useable light output? If you are using this for show, then go ahead and purchase any color temperature you’d like to get to produce the desired look. But if you’re looking for brightness and useable light output, then you’re limited to a small range.

To give you an idea, manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes Benz use 4300K to 5000K HID lights on the models they release which have HID’s as stock options. These are the models which usually come with the “Bi-Xenon Headlamps” or “Xenon Adaptive Headlights” tags. Why do they stick with this range? Because it is this these color temperatures which produce the greatest useable light output.

If you’d still want to mix “show” with “function”, for safety reasons, HID’s with color temperatures above 8000K should not be used as the main headlights but instead, as an accent to be used as foglights. Higher color temperatures tend to reflect off fog and rain, and therefore do a bad job in illuminating the road in poor conditions.

And going back to the example of Bimmers and Mercs, the reason why they come with halogen auxilliary fog or driving lights is because lower color temperatures are known to be better at penetrating water molecules. These compliment the HID’s in poor road conditions. Low color temperature HIDs (yellow hue) should be able to do work the same way if used as fog lights.

4300K HID’s have about 3100 lumens of output, which is more than 3x the light output of halogen bulbs. This is the color temperature which give the most output. The light is fairly white, with a slight hint of yellow when reflected off the road surface. OEM HID’s come in color temperatures from 4300K to 5000K.

6000K HID’s have about 2900 lumens of output, which is about 3x the light output of halogen bubs. The light output is white, with a slight hint of blue.

8000K HID’s have about 2500 lumens of output, about 3x the light output of halogens. The light output is blueish white. The most popular aftermarket HID conversions are from 6000K to 8000K color temperatures.

10000K HID’s have about 2300 lumens of output, which is more than 2x the light output of halogens. The light output is blue and approaching violet.

12000K HID’s have about 2000 lumens of output, which is more than 2x the light output of halogens. The light output is blueish purple.

Though you should be warned about retrofitting HID’s into headlamps meant for Halogen bulbs. These are not without fallbacks due to the scientific differences between HIDs and Halogens. But there are many different HID headlamp units available for various vehicle makes and models, making this upgrade very doable for almost any of your rides.

References:
unique-coatings.com
hidextreme.com

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The Uncredited Heroes pursuing the Typhoon Ondoy Relief Operations

Ondoy Flood
The 26th of September, 2009 is the day when Metro Manila was hit by the most devastating calamity in decades – Typhoon Ondoy. With a month’s worth of rainfall pouring within just 6 hours, almost 80% of Metro Manila became submerged in flood water as high as 2 storeys.

As of 3pm on the 3rd of October, 2009, the total number of casualties had soared up to 335, with 288 Dead, 5 Injured, and 42 missing; and there are currently 17,940 families currently staying in evacuation centers.

But rather than tuning into the TV networks only to find out about the increasing death toll, and the efforts to collect relief goods and funds worth tens of millions of pesos, I would rather see the valiant souls who traverse the mud, flood water, and unpassable terrain just to bring relief goods for our hungry and needy brethren. Watching TV only makes you feel depressed and helpless. But what if the media focused on airing the relief operations? Wouldn’t it foster feelings of hope to our countrymen?

It is worth noting that it is not only the government who is physically working to collect and deliver relief goods, but also the normal day-to-day civilian Pinoys and Pinays, students and professionals included. These are the undaunted men and women whom we should give credit to, and it is these efforts that we should be transmitting on the airwaves. Because despite the world suffering from the global recession, and our country being tagged as part of the 3rd world, Filipinos are still considered as one of the happiest people in the world. And with this, I’d like to show you why. Look at the last picture in the slide show hehehe.

So rather than writing an article with pictures about the aftermath of the depression, I would like to give hope to our fellow Filipinos that despite the calamities, there is light. Here are some shots of the relief operations being conducted by our fellow Filipinos to bring help to those in need.

And, as this is CustomPinoyRides, no relief operation can be done without the help of our trusty 4x4s. These offroad vehicles plunged ahead on roads which were closed to ordinary traffic because the havoc wreaked by Ondoy. These are not special emergency vehicles, but rather, 4x4s and daily drivers used in our daily commutes to work, or the occassional weekend offroad outings.

Credits and a standing ovation goes to the many members of 4x4ph for the relief operations, as well as the pictures.
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The Ultimate Ride against National Disasters and Calamities


This may not be Pinoy made, but if the government may not be willing to purchase something like this (though I think they should), I believe that with Pinoy ingenuity, we can come up with something similar… Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the Aton Impulse Viking-2992 Advanced All Terrain Amphibious Vehicle.

This extreme machine was built with it’s main purpose in mind – Flood Relief Operations. Just what we need in the Philippines! This gives response teams immediate access to flood water, without having to pull out rubber boats. And take note that this is street-legal in the US and Europe. Plus it isn’t subject to our local truck ban, as it only has 4 wheels!

Aton Impulse Viking
The Viking is available in various configurations, all optional depending on what you will be using it for. But the necessary accessories which make it applicable to conditions in the Philippines are:

  • 3.5 ton Electrical Winch
  • Adjustable Ride Height
  • Centralized tire air pressure adjustment
  • Power Steering
  • Water Propulsion Unit with Floatation Unit (capable up to 15kph in water)
  • Searching Headlight
  • Fog Lights
  • Front Axle Differential Lock
  • Rear Axle Differential Lock
  • Mechanical Inter-Axle Lock
  • Rear Search Light
  • Rear Parktronic with Rear-View Camera
  • Motorola Radio
  • Additional air compressor socket for inflating rubber boats

By the way, how heavy do you think this is? Because I know you’d start to think that with such a heavy vehicle, you’d probably never get anywhere offroad and in slippery mud. Well this vehicle weighs only 1.5 tons! Compare that to the Mercedez-Benz SLR McLaren Supercar which weighs nearly 2 tons! I bet you doubted that eh? And due to its ginormous 1300x600x533 tires, and low center of gravity due to it’s centrally-mounted engine, its offroad capabilities are close to that of tracked vehicles.

On-road, this baby is capable of traveling up to 80 kph, and is the only amphibious off-road vehicle in the world to have passed through certification to meet UN/ECE regulations for unrestricted on-road use.

For more information about the Aton Impulse Viking, check out their main web site at http://www.atonimpulse.com.

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Pinoy Drift King Ian King drifting an E39 BMW M5 at Caliraya

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How to deal with a Flooded Car

Flooded Car
If you find yourself in a situation like this, where your car gets submerged in flooded waters, I, along with many other Pinoy’s out there, truthfully understand how you feel. But we cannot turn back time to undo what has already happened. The only thing we can do is move forward, recover, and make preventive measures so this wouldn’t happen again.

Soon as you open your car, you’ll most likely find it to be smelling like a sewer canal. If your engine died whilst going through flooded streets, you’ll really have to tow your car to a shop and have it checked. The repairs for the damage incurred due to those instances may be beyond the scope of this article. But if your engine was off the entire time that your vehicle was submerged in the flood, please do read on.

Steps to take:

Step 1: Disconnect the battery
Water may have contaminated your battery. If it has, it’s a good idea to replace it. Maintenance-free batteries are less prone to this, but it’s still best to double check. A tester will enable you to see if it is still charged. Keep it disconnected while you check on the rest of the vehicle.

Step 2: Open the air filter box
Again, check for water intrusion. If water has entered the engine, you’ll have to flush it out. Otherwise, you risk catastrophic engine failure by starting it up with water in it.

Step 3: Check the oil dipstick
If you see water droplets clinging to the end of the dipstick, you will have to change the engine oil and filter before attempting to start the engine.

Step 4: Open the fuel drain plug
Do not open the fuel filler cap while doing this so the fuel flows slowly. Go underneath and find the fuel drain plug under the fuel tank. Fuel (gas or diesel) is denser than water, so it will float on top of the water. Hence, when you open the drail plug from underneath, water, if present, will flow out first. Make sure it drips into a basin while you check. If you’ve drained a liter and there’s still no water, well and good. But if water is present, you’ll have to drain the entire fuel tank.

Step 5: Drain the combustion chamber of water
For gasoline engines, remove the spark plugs. For diesel engines, remove the fuel injectors. Then connect a charged battery, and crank up the engine. Fuel with water may spurt from the orifices, so stay clear of the engine bay.

If you’re successful with all of the above, then you’ve completed all the absolute basics. If you can get the car running after this, then consider yourself lucky. You can now take your car to the nearest repair shop for a thorough checkout. Have all fluids replaced, including those for the brakes, transmission, and differentials. Make sure these comply with the recommended fluids specified on the owner’s manual. Reputable shops as well as your local “casa” would know that.

If it still doesn’t work, more components must’ve been soaked. Water has a nasty way of ruining electronic components. Dry out the ignition system, spark plugs and wires, coil, etc. Unplug the sensors and dry them out as well. The ECU may have also gotten wet. Try drying it out but be prepared to replace it. If it still doesn’t run after all of the above, it’s best to have it towed and brought to your local repair shop or better yet, your local “casa”.

If you’re quite mechanically inclined, and are comfortable with proceeding further and dealing with all the nitty gritty stuff yourself, you can read this article with what you can do next. Otherwise, take your car to the shop and let the experts deal with it.

Once the mechanicals are done, have your car detailed inside and out. Professional detailers charge a hefty price, but that price might just well be worth it in ridding your car of the swampy, smelly, bacteria infested interior.

Preventive Measures:

It’s pretty obvious that next time we expect the streets to flood due to typhoons, that you should find an alternative parking slot that’s high up to prevent your car from getting submerged. But other than that, if you find yourself on the road about to cross flooded water, take the necessary precautions:

  1. If the water level is passable, turn off your airconditioning. This will ensure your a/c fan is off to prevent it from splashing water all over the engine bay. Also, if the plastic fan cracks due to the water, shards of plastic can penetrate the radiator and other important parts.
  2. Once you pass the flooded area, you may feel that you’ve lost your brakes. Try stepping on the brake pedal lightly with your left foot whilst accelerating to heat up the brakes and get the water out. After a few meters of doing this, you’ll get the feel back in your brakes.
  3. If the water level is deemed too deep for your vehicle to pass, DO NOT attempt to go any further. You will risk catastrophic engine failure if water gets into the combustion chambers. Remember that it’s better to stop, turn the engine off, and just push your car through to safety.

Insurance:

Flood damage is not covered by your standard comprehensive car insurance. So most likely you will have to shoulder all the charges for the repair under such instances. But do not fret, there is an additional insurance policy that can be purchased separately. Ask your insurance agents for what covers “Acts of God” or “Acts of Nature”. They’ll be able to come up with something under their sleeves.

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Captured on Video: Pinoy Drift King Ian King drifts a BMW M5 through the Caliraya Mountain Pass


Shot, directed and edited by Struan Wallace
Driver – Ian King
Venue – Caliraya Mountain Philippines
Note: Roads were cleared before every shot.

As with all motorheads, Ian King loves tuning cars. Having been modifying cars since he was 16, and driving since he was 14, he has become one of the most famous drifters in Philippine motorsports today.

You will usually see him in our local drifting competitions in an all carbon fiber body kit Nissan S14, or an RB26DETT powered Nissan R33 GTR Ute (which started life as an A31 Cefiro with the rear chopped into a pickup ute by DMF, and the front clip changed to that of a Nissan R33 GTR).

This video of the M5 has been shot at in the Caliraya Mountain Public Road in an effort to experience the Touge drifting known in Japan, made famous to the world by the Inital D series. Touge is a Japanese word literally meaning “pass.” It refers to a mountain pass or any of the narrow, winding roads that can be found in and around the mountains of Japan? and other geographically similar areas.

Of course due to the location, safety had been the primary consideration before the shoot. Spotters were strategically located in key positions to give advance warning of other motorists or potential hazards.

Ian came from the rest house wearing slippers, when suddenly his friend with the HD camera said that they should try drifting in the mountain. Having always wanted to do a Touge drift, Ian grabbed the opportunity, and off they went to Caliraya Mountain Pass. During the whole drifting sequence, Ian had been on his bare feet! To think that this had been sort of a “spur of the moment” video, the results are awesome!

The only drifting technique used by Ian in the entire video sequence was the clutch kick. The handbrake was not used the entire time.

A substantial list of modifications had been done to allow this car to drift as graceful as you can see on the video. And apart from the specifications list below, Ian’s mechanic had also done some tuning to tighten the rear differential.

E39 BMW M5 owned by Ian King

Specifications

Ian King’s E39 BMW M5
2000 Model

Exterior:
Black Kidney grilles
ATOY Custom Chin Spoiler
ABS plastic eyelids
AC Schnitzer rear visor
Custom Brake Ducts
Debadged
White angel eyes
4000k yellow fog lights

Interior:
Custom painted interior trim
No wood
Removed Phone and Antennae
UUC Short Shift Kit with DSSR

Suspension:
PSS9 Bilstien Coilover Suspension
Eibach Front and Rear Sway Bars
Dinan Front and Rear Strut Bars
Power Flex bushings
Rouge Transmission mounts
TC Rear Swaybar Mounts

Engine:
Meisterschaft GT Exhaust with Xpipe
Supersprint Headers
K&N Air Filter
Custom Fuel Mapping

Brakes:
Stoptech Option 2 Big Brake Kit
Stainless brake lines

Wheels and Tires:
19 inch Staggered Breyton wheels
255/40/19 front INVO Nitto tires
285/30/19 Rear INVO Nitto tires

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A Drifting Hyundai!? The new Hyundai Genesis Coupe!

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The PROPER use of the JDM Tilting Plate Holder

S2000 Tilting Plate Holder
Did you ever wonder what the controversial “tilting plate number holder” seen on a lot of modified Japanese cars in Manila is actually for?

Did you ever think that the slight tiling angle helps the aerodynamics of the car?

Did you think it just looked cool? Or people were just following a trend in the Japanese Tuning scene and everyone else had to follow suit?

If you’ve had all those questions ringing in your head, well here’s the answer:

IT WAS MEANT TO HIDE THE PLATE NUMBER FROM SPEED CAMERAS!

Tilting License Plate
How? As you gather speed, air pushes the license plate backward. The swivel point allows it to tuck under the bumper or within the air dam. Speed cameras which take pictures of overspeeding cars won’t be able to capture the details on the number plate. Hence, they cannot charge you with overspeeding.

Below are a few more examples of CORRECT and PROPER installations of the JDM Tilting Plate Holder:

Toyota MR2 Tilting License Plate
Japanese Custom Toyota MR2

Veilside RX7 Tilting Plate Holder
Even the Veilside RX7 used in the Tokyo Drift movie sports the Tilting Plate Holder.

Note that it is installed incorrectly and against its purpose if it cannot swivel upwards and tuck either under the bumper or inside the air dam. Usually, the movement is restricted by the stock air dam blocked by the plastic grille. Forcing the issue by installing it despite the restriction is so NOT COOL.

Also, using this with the glass or plastic plate number covers will just make it so heavy that it cannot tilt backwards. It is again against its purpose. NOT COOL.

Just be wary of some of the MMDA-folk who may try to charge you with a certain violation.

Hope this helps all the Pinoy Tuners out there!

Sources:

Local versions of the Tilting JDM Plate Holders are available at your local tuning store, while originals are available from Cusco and Mugen.

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Land Rover Defender 90 by Team Land Rover Philippines

The first China-Sanya International Off-Road Challenge, which shall be held from 19-23 September 2009, is a competition brought to us by the Founder of the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) – widely considered as the Formula 1 of the 4×4 world.

At CustomPinoyRides, we are proud to present you with the vehicle that Team Land Rover Philippines is using to compete in this extreme event – the Land Rover Defender 90, arguably the best 4×4 by far. Read on to find out about the various customizations and modifications done to allow this Defender to traverse all the challenging obstacles that it will be facing in this extreme event.


Photos © Robby Consunji

Suspension

The stock Defender 90 Pick-Up has been lifted 3 inches with Scorpion Racing Coil Springs. Combined with fender trimming front and back, this allows the fitment of 35 x 10.5 r16 Simex Extreme Trekker Centipede Tires.

Team Land Rover Philippines Scorpion Racing Coils
The orange +3 inch lift springs are from Scorpion Racing.

Team Land Rover Philippines Front Fender Trimming
Front fender being trimmed.

Team Land Rover Philippines Rear Fender Trimmed
Rear fender trimmed.

Aside from the coil springs, the Scorpion Racing Extreme Suspension Kit has been installed. This replaces most of the stock suspension components and allows the Defender to flex its suspension like never before. This keeps all wheels on the ground for traction no matter how uneven the terrain may be.

Team Land Rover Philippines Front Suspension
The Scorpion Racing front shock tower allows the fitment of longer shocks (12 inch stroke), which are courtesy of Bilstein.

Team Land Rover Philippines Rear Suspension
The rear suspension from Scorpion Racing has angled radius arms, and allows the fitment of longer Bilstein shocks (16 inch stroke). If you’re wondering why the rear springs are not attached to the upper mounts, that’s because it really isn’t attached! The Scorpion Racing kit allows this to happen so as not to limit downward suspension travel. This might look scary when you see it happen for the first time as the spring would dislocate itself from it’s upper mount and travel almost a foot downward. But once it starts to compress back upwards, the spring is guided back into place by the wedge-shaped upper spring mounts.

Team Land Rover Philippines Articulation
Check out just how much flex the Scorpion Racing Extreme kit can take!

Wheels and Tyres

Team Land Rover Philippines Wheels
The wheels are 16 x 7 steel rims from a Land Rover Discovery fitted with custom beadlocks to keep the 35 x 10.5 r16 Simex Extreme Trekker tyres from unseating themselves through the rough terrain.

Team Land Rover Philippines Simex Tires
Look at the voids on those Simex tyres. Perfect for clawing your way through extreme terrain.

Drivetrain

Team Land Rover Philippines Front Axle
The front Axle has been stuffed with an ARB Air Locker for maximum traction, and an MJ Lee differential guard to protect the front pumpkin from protruding rocks.

Team Land Rover Philippines Rear Axle
The rear Axle also has an ARB Air locker installed, and the left-hand side axle shaft has been replaced with a Salisbury heavy-duty piece to prevent breakage, as this is the longer side of the axle.

Engine

Team Land Rover Philippines Engine
The Land Rover 2.5L 300Tdi diesel engine has been kept mostly stock for reliability. Though the alternator had been repalced with a 110 ampere unit due to the additional load from the accessories such as the external lighting, winch, and dual battery system.

Team Land Rover Philippines Side View
The snorkel has been modified as well since in the jungle, branches and vines somehow have the tendency of wanting to decapitate snorkel components. Hence, the elbow of the raised air intake was moved from the side of the front wing or fender to the wingtop, and the pre-cleaner or snorkel head was replaced with extended flexible tubing and a perforated pipe installed at the b-pillar rollbar.

External body Protection and Recovery Points/Gear


External body protection consists of a roll cage, winch bumper, tree sliders, rock sliders, limb risers from the front wingtops to the top of the rollcage to prevent wayward branches from smashing on the windscreen, and diamond plating covering various body parts. Also check out the custom ground anchor stored on top of the bumper.


Several recovery attachment points have also been installed. And see the shovel and Hi-Lift jack attached to the swing-away spare tire carrier.

Interior and other gear and accessories

Team Land Rover Philippines Concept One Seats
Concept One racing seats and 4-point harnesses.

Team Land Rover Philippines Interior
The interior has a two-way radio, switches for the external lights, ARB lockers, and other accessories.

Team Land Rover Philippines Air Compressor
Air compressor and tank.

Team Land Rover Philippines Jerry Can
Jerry Can.

Team Land Rover Philippines Gear
Survival Gear and Spare Parts.

Team Land Rover Philippines Batteries
Twin Optima Yellow Top Batteries.

External Lighting


External lighting for the night stages.

The Team

Team Land Rover Philippines is composed of Driver Larry Mendiola and Co-Driver Sergio Jamila.

Larry Mendiola is the recipient of the “Driver of the Year – 4×4 Category” from the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) in 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2004. Larry ranked 5th and 6th places respectively in the field of international competitors in the Rainforest Challenge of Malysia (RFC) 2005 and 2006.

Atoy Jamila is an experienced sportsman adventurer. AtoySergio holds the distinction of being the most seasoned Filipino to compete in the RFC, having competed in the RFC thrice in the years of 2000, 2005 and 2006.

LRPhils Motors, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Land Rover vehicles in the Philippines, has provided the Land Rover Defender 90 for the Challenge in Sanya. They have sponsored the modifications of the Defender 90 in order for it to withstand the rigors of this competition.

Team Land Rover Philippines Team Picture
Team Land Rover Philippines. From left to right: Marc Soong, Executive Director of LR Phils Motors, Inc‚ Marvin Roxas Mechanic ? Cameraman, Atoy Jamila Co–Driver, Larry Mendiola Driver, Dennis Javier Technical Advisor; Willy Soong President of LR Phils Motors, Inc., Robby Consunji, Rainforest Challenge representative Philippines.

Team Land Rover Philippines arrives in China
The Defender 90 arrives in China. This is the most extreme Land Rover from the Philippines.

Specifications and Modifications

1998 Land Rover Defender 90 Pick-Up
300Tdi 2.5 liter diesel engine
5-speed manual transmission
ARB Air Lockers, front and rear
ARB Air Locker air compressor, with tire inflation line
Land Rover Salisbury heavy-duty axle shaft, LH rear
Concept One racing bucket seats, 2 pieces
Concept One 4-point seatbelts, 2 sets
Warn M8274-50 Electric Winch, with 6 HP motor & freewheel winch drum
Scorpion Racing Extreme Suspension Kit
Scorpion Racing Coil Springs +3”
Bilstein Shock Absorbers 5150 Series
Super Pro Polyurethane Suspension Components
Simex Extreme Trekker Centipede Tires, 35 x 10.5 x 16
Discovery Steel Rims, custom bead locks
MJ Lee differential protector, front
Optima Yellow Top Batteries, 2 pieces
Dual battery charging system
Battery cut-off switch
110 ampere alternator
Halogen sealed beam headlights
Auxiliary lights front, 4 pieces
Auxiliary lights rear, 2 pieces
Custom modifications: — winch bumper, roll-cage, roll-bar, skid plate, rear differential protector, front suspension guard, rock sliders, tree sliders, rear lamp guards, recovery swivel hooks, wing top protectors, tree limb risers, raised air intake, swing-out spare wheel carrier, tarpaulin bed top, body panel checker plate protection, heavy duty steering rods, front axle retaining chain, radiator mud screen, jerry can mounting, steering wheel, storage locker.
Ground anchor
Perforated aluminum platform, 2 pieces
Hi-Lift Jack
Shovel
Jerry can
Fire Extinguisher, 2 pieces
First-Aid Kit
Pintle hook rear
Dyneema plasma synthetic winch rope, spare
Two-way radio
On-board video camera

Thanks goes out to Atty. Robby Consunji, Offroad Editor for Top Gear Philippines, for the Pictures and Specifications. Cheers!

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Honda CRV customized by Projekt AI

Incriminator Audio Honda CRV Front
If you find your self out in the streets, and you start feeling and hearing some earth shaking, chest thumping bass, I know you’d start looking for the source. And you’d actually be surprised to find it coming from this discreet looking Honda CRV. It’s so clean, stock looking, looks like a practical daily driver, it doesn’t even have tinted windows, and no subwoofer wall!

But then you’d start to wonder why the amount of bass that this thing is capable of producing rivals those who have extreme installs with subwoofer walls? Is there an imaginary wall somewhere? The secret here is…

Incriminator Audio Honda CRV Warden Subwoofer
An Incriminator Audio Warden Subwoofer. What!? All that bass out of just one single subwoofer? It might not look like much, but this particular subwoofer was actually made to move air. It wasn’t built to look good, but to perform. It was built for extreme SPL! Underneath that cone, hidden inside the ported subwoofer enclosure, are neodymium magnets which make this subwoofer move. READ: Strongest type of Permanent Magnet on Earth! To give you an idea of how powerful this subwoofer is, this Incriminator Warden Subwoofer has six 130 Oz neodymium magnets, for a total of 48.75 lbs. Compare that with the electric motor in a Toyota Prius which has only 2.2 lbs of neodymium! WOW!

Also seen is where the power comes from – a pair of Incriminator Audio IA 20.1 Mono Block amplifiers. Non-enthusiasts may not know it, but I’m telling you, you’re looking at a hardcore system right here! With Rockford Fostage connections, you’re ensured that these thristy amplifiers have enough juice whenever the volume is cranked.

But if you think this system is all bass and no sound quality, well you haven’t seen the speakers up front yet.

Incriminator Auido Honda CRV Interior
Posh Italian Mids and tweets courtesy of Caire Audio. And take note: More neodymium technology! Which means you not only have sound quality, but high SPL as well!

Moral of the Story: Never underestimate.

Sources:

Project Audio Innovations
Address: #5 Sumulong Highway, Brgy. Mayamot Lower Antipolo City
Landline: +63 2 6828554

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