Frequently Asked Questions
Not at all! It is fairly easy to add an aftermarket CD changer or MP3 player to any vehicle (and it’s a lot more economical than going to the dealership). Many of our CD changers and new MP3 hard drive devices (like the Kenwood Music Keg) can be hooked up to a simple RF modulator that will broadcast your music via a set FM station on your stereo (usually 89.1). Most of them come with the modulator that you need and a wired remote with display (or sometimes even a wireless remote). Those that do not can be used with an RF mod that you purchase separately. That way you can keep your factory stereo and get mass music storage without a trip to the dealership.
When matching up an amplifier to a subwoofer, it’s important to look at continuous power. Many subwoofers and amplifiers are rated at both continuous and peak power; however, continuous power is the best indicator of what your gear can really handle. Try to match the continuous (or RMS) power rating of the sub to an amplifier with a similar continuous (or RMS) power rating. Err on the side of too much power. It is actually better (for the amp and the sub) to have too much amp and run it below its maximum output than to try and push a sub with an amp that is a little underpowered. Using an underpowered amp causes it to clip, which causes distortion that can damage your sub and amp.
It varies from model to model and trim level to trim level. They are normally much less powerful than their aftermarket cousins, however. Recently, more and more car manufacturers are coming out with upgraded stereo options that make high-wattage claims. What is important to remember is that the ratings displayed are usually a bit… optimistic. The 100 watts that the window sticker brags about probably translates into something like 4 channels of power at 25 watts peak power per channel. This means that the factory system is actually supplying about 10 watts per channel of continuous power (a more usable measurement). That’s not bad, but most aftermarket decks provide around 22 watts of continuous power per channel: that’s more than twice as much clean power getting to your speakers — delivering improved sound and increased volume. Even if the power difference doesn’t matter all that much to you, aftermarket stereos offer a wide variety of advantages also. These include compatibility with aftermarket upgrades like CD changers, amplifiers and high-tech toys like MP3 changers, or mobile video systems and nice features like detachable face security and enhanced displays. They also give you the reliability of a recognized audio brand, which gives you peace of mind.
Auto Window Tinting Answers
Absolutely! With the modern adhesives found in today’s window tinting products, you can tint your vehicle even in the most freezing conditions without having to worry. However, the curing time may be extended during extreme conditions. Our professional installers will ensure that they take more time to apply heat to the edges of the tint to activate and expedite the drying process. Make sure to purchase high quality, name brand products to maximize the life of your tint!
UV rays from the sun that are responsible for damaging your cars interior and excessive heat build-up are usually the cause of bubbles forming in the window tint. The bubbles are a result of a failure in the adhesive system. Protect yourself from this potential problem by purchasing a major brand name window tint material. The major window tint manufacturers, in their high performance and metal window tints, have a high temperature adhesive system and 99% of UV protection capabilities, which along with the metalizing technology, allows them to give a manufacture backed guarantee against bubbling of window tinting. These films are available from most reputable dealers such as ourselves.
One question we've been asked thousands of times about durability is, “Will my kids tear it up?” We are glad to report this is not a problem. Pets are also a concern but damage is usually confined to smudges that just need to be cleaned. The hard scratch-resistant coating found on quality window tint products do an excellent job protecting window tint from everyday use as well as kids and pets. A word of caution is to remember window tinting is installed on the inside of the glass and is usually coated with a high quality scratch resistant layer for protection. However, the key word is “resistant”. Take care when loading and unloading objects with sharp or hard edges, boxes, sporting equipment, etc. It is possible to tear even the best window tinting material with a sharp or hard object hitting against the tint. Glass without tinting, or with factory window tint; can be damaged in this fashion also. Remember if you accidentally damage a window, the cost of replacing the window tinting material on one window is not that expensive.