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Product Review: Xpel Headlight Protection Kit

Xpel Headlight Protection kit (PN H1421)

by Hib Halverson All the V-Series Cadillacs, including the V-Net’s ATS-V “project” have plastic headlights. We’ve all seen older V’s and non-V’s, with yellowed or hazed-over headlight lenses. The V-Net has a solution to that problem. I have owned cars and trucks with plastic headlight assemblies since the late-80s. To every one of them, I have applied polyurethane headlight protection ...

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Product Review: Innovate Motorsports LC-2 Wideband O2 Sensor Kit

Innovate Motosports LC-2 Wideband O2 Sensor Kit

If you do “tuning” or “calibration” work, or just “cal”, as some car company engineers say, undoubtedly, you are working with a wideband oxygen sensor (or WBO2S). At the V-Net’s sister site, the Corvette Action Center, for the last four years, when we have done cal work, we’ve used an Innovate Motorsports LC-1 Wideband O2S kit. With the Corvettes which ...

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Product Review: Summit Racing® Oil Filter Cutters

“Oil analysis”–if you’re an “advanced DIY”, you’ve probably heard the term. Proper nomenclature is “spectrographic oil analysis” and it’s been used for decades by oil companies, fleet operators, race engine builders and others who have a need to measure the condition of engine oil. The user sends a sample of oil to a spectrographic analysis laboratory, such as Blackstone Labs, ...

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Product Review: Xpel Ultimate Paint Protection Film

Xpel-trained installers, Bill DeBever (left) and Jesus Dominguez. hang the largest piece of the Xpel Ultimate "bumper kit" on the V-Net's ATS-V project. This part of the installation requires two people. Image: Author.

I think oldskool auto bras, no matter what the design, material or color, are ugly, especially when they’ve worked loose to flap in the wind. Another reason I’ve never liked them is they trap dirt. Because it’s impossible to keep a bra from moving, the dirt moves, too, and scratches the paint. For that reason, I used to live with ...

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Review: WeatherTech TechShade for Cadillac ATS-V, CTS-V and XLR-V

WeatherTech TechShade

I was on the WeatherTech web site several weeks ago reading about the “TechShade” product. As I read, I wondered why anyone needs a sunshade costing $50.00 when you can go to any mass-marketer of auto accessories and buy one of those acordion-folded sunshades for less than 10 bucks. Nevertheless, for me, WeatherTech products have a history of being well-designed, ...

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