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Car Hacks - DIY Tips to Improve Your Ride

Discussion in 'Vehicle customizing' started by Rvinyl.com, Dec 11, 2013.

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    I hope no one minds but I wanted to start a thread where everyone can contribute quick, easy and low-cost ways to improve your ride. I'm primarily interested in this thread being about non-cosmetic mods although this first one kind of straddles the fence.

    Anyway, here goes the first one which is a hack that recommends simply wrapping the inside of your car door in order to make it more visible when you open it on the street:

    http://auto-trim.org/2013/12/11/prevent-accidents-by-wrapping-the-inside-of-your-door/
     
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    That isn't bad and I could see it being really useful in some areas. For around here and in my cars I couldn't do it. I think it would drive me nuts. I'm a little odd like that.

    Another idea which might better for someone with a newer car is to uses a 3M reflective dots or strips. They would reflect well so they would stand out really well with car headlights. They wouldn't look like a cover up which would be a pain when reselling. And they wouldn't take away from the look of the car.

    Something like this. [​IMG]

    James
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    I did something close to that on one of my cars years ago. I can't remember which one.

    James
     
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    That is a pretty good how to. I think I would have to use a brand other then Dynex. Not a fan of the build quality of their products. And I would drive myself crazy trying to clean up the opening for the usb plug as clean as possible.

    Thanks for posting it.

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    Hey everyone,

    Today's hack is one which kind of surprised me simply because it involves a product that we are quite familiar with. I found it while trolling the interwebs on Popular Science's website and it is an idea that is both elegant and eminently practical: sheets of static cling vinyl that you use as window shades. Read more here: http://blog.rvinyl.com/2013/12/27/car-hack-repositionable-static-cling-window-shade/
     
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    That isn't a bad idea. I don't like the exposed screws. I'm sure there is a way that it can be done without leaving a screw that can cause problems. But it is an inexpensive way to protect a wall in a narrow garage and more importantly, the car door. But the one that is available on your side looks like a much better option. It would be more durable. The noodles can tear over time. And the price isn't so bad. I think it is worth it for the protection it will provide.

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