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DPAccessories D3142P-2308/20 20 Painted Black Closed Bulge Acorn Wheel/Lug Nuts (1/2-20) 1.4" Tall, 3/4" Hex
DPAccessories D3142P-2308/20 20 Painted Black Closed Bulge Acorn Wheel/Lug Nuts (1/2-20) 1.4" Tall, 3/4" Hex
Offered by DP-accessories
Price: $23.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Pay a little more for something better, April 24, 2015
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These appeared to be a decent lug nut, especially for the price. However, I learned the hard way that while installing them for the first time via compressed air and an impact, they don't hold up at all. The top of the lug nuts literally popped right off on 4 of the 20 nuts. Two days later; I installed some new shocks, at which point 2 more lug nuts failed and had the "tops" popped right off.

Now, you could probably make the argument that you'd be safe installing them with a standard four way, or equivalent. However, any time you take your auto in for work that requires the removal of wheels, will likely leave you disappointed down the road.

If you give these a try, at least hang on to your current lug nuts, assuming they are in acceptable condition.

Duracell Alkaline Battery Aa Carded 6 Pack
Duracell Alkaline Battery Aa Carded 6 Pack
Offered by Bargenz
Price: $7.99
27 used & new from $3.25

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice batteries!, September 26, 2013
Not sure about all of the other reviews about red over black and what so and so said from Duracell and what so and so probably reviewed the product negatively presumably from the competition, but these batteries outlast "cheap" batteries by a long shot.
I own a coast brand high lumen/intensity flashlight that mauls through cheap "typical" alkalines like an angry starving grizzly bear in a trout pool...
Put these batteries in and got about 5 hours of good quality light in my flashlight before any noticeable dimming occurred.
To put that in retrospect, a typical alkaline lasts roughly 2 hours before dimming.
Cost seems about the same, whether you are going through 6 "cheap" batteries or 3 expensive ones. What really makes these worthwhile is the fact that you don't have to strip apart the light every couple of hours of use and replace the batteries, which under repetition, gets old fast!

Dupli-Color HVP106 Flat Black High Performance Vinyl and Fabric Spray - 11 oz.
Dupli-Color HVP106 Flat Black High Performance Vinyl and Fabric Spray - 11 oz.
Price: $7.54
22 used & new from $6.96

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good and bad..., August 14, 2013
Edit to prior review, (important for best results & reinforces 3 star average rating):

After just a few days of my new interior paint job, I've noticed in areas of "higher usage" spots are beginning to fade and rub off from rubbing my leg or adjacent surfaces to the painted parts. Long story short, not cool BUT I have a fix to this, as followed:

Prior to painting the parts, after cleaned, I highly encourage using a primer that is both compatible with plastics AND a comparable color to your desired finished painted product. For example, if you are painting from light to dark, use a darker colored primer and vise versa. Why? Better coverage and more importantly, better surface adhesion to help prevent peeling and cover any harsh stains.

After painting, to protect your new paint color, I highly recommend using rustoleum brand MATTE clear coat. One light first coat and a slightly heavier top coat should do the trick. This will provide MINIMAL additional gloss without getting too much gloss like a typical clear and as previously stated, add an additional layer of protection to the surface to help aid in the prevention of "rub off". If my paint is rubbing off slightly in just a couple of days, I couldn't imagine what it would look like a year or two down the road!

Products used:
rustoleum black 2x coverage primer (bonds to plastic surfaces and black because painted the parts black) 1-2 light coats
Duplicolor flat black vinyl and fabric adhesive 1 light coat 3 top coats.
Rustoleum 2x coverage MATTE (low gloss) clear coat. 2 light uniform coats.

Allow yourself plenty of time between priming and painting and painting and clear coating to avoid chemical reactions and blending of products. I waited about a half hour between products. Might be longer if weather doesn't cooperate.

Beautiful end result once these addition steps are taken!

About me: I have my own automotive detailing business so I know a thing or two about car interiors. I own a 1994 Ford Bronco that was my "test" vehicle when it came to this product.

Vinyl/plastic: this product adheres quite well to properly prepped vinyl and plastic. Please be advised however that if you have extremely flexible rubbery vinyl surfaces that this product will NOT adhere to the surface efficiently and as it flexes it WILL crack and peel off. This doesn't effect the overall rating, just something to keep in mind. Moderately firm vinyl is a NON issue.

Fabric: ive seen positive reviews and I can NOT trust these sources. First of all, if you are thinking of spraying seats and or carpeting, stop wasting your time and money HERE. It will take way too much product to cover the surface, it will NEVER look completely thorough and this is especially true when trying your hardest to change from a darker color to a lighter color. Finally, when finished, the end result is stiff like you just sprayed hair spray all over your carpeting and cloth upholstery. Don't believe me? Buy a can and test it first on an old worn out floor mat. Sure, someone out there might feel "somewhat satisfied" with the overall outcome, but even that person deep down inside will have some regret once they are finished. Bottom line, try it first and DON'T even try going from a darker original color to a lighter color. Even going from a tan floor mat to black took me an amazing two cans which translates to about 15.00, for a single floor mat. You can buy quality replacement mats for cheaper, new ones!

My trucks tan interior has always bothered me. I hate tan unless its on some sports illustrated supermodel... Tan has no place in the world though when it comes to me and vehicles. I successfully transformed the tan interior into black interior and the black accents were successfully transformed to silver. I do not recommend the gloss for dash boards and areas of direct sunlight reflection concern. I used the flat black instead.

Your product WILL scratch easily when finished. Be sure to take extra precaution as to not excessively rough the surface up or you will be unpleasantly surprised at the outcome. With that being said, I did not use nor see the product in the duplicolor line "low luster clearcoat" but it does exist in other lines. This may be a very good choice to consider to help protect your freshly painted parts without adding excessive blinding gloss and glare from the suns reflection.


I cleaned all of my painted pieces with Meguiars all purpose cleaner, which I HIGHLY recommend to you automotive enthusiasts out there. It's cheap and effective on many surfaces including your own homes carpeting, upholstery, plastic, etc. etc etc...

Before cleaning, I REMOVED all parts to be treated. Depending on the tools you have at your location, and your general skillset/ease or difficulty of your vehicle, this may not be feasible. But it is highly encouraged 1. For your own safety and 2. To prevent overspray on undesirable areas.

If you do spray the parts in your vehicle make sure to properly mask off all surrounding surfaces and WEAR a chemical respirator. This stuff is strong and will put off nauseating fumes. Open all windows and doors as well.

Once cleaned, I took a fresh lint free towel along with a 50/50 blend of alcohol and water. This is a fast drying "solution" that ensures any oil and grease has been removed. While we are at it, wear nitrile or at least latex gloves. One thing I've learned in working within the auto body industry is your hands sweat and generate oils and grease. Your wasting your time cleaning if you are soiling the parts in the process.

Paint application: first cost must be a light misting. The part won't look covered at all at this point. I waited 10 minutes between costs at 75 degrees and low humidity. Wait longer if the temperature is colder, the air is still and or the humidity is high. I happened to have perfect painting conditions., for being outdoors that is.

Second coat and at least third coat your surfaces. The more coats the merrier but I wouldn't suggest you need more than 3 coats after your first light coat.

One nice thing is, under favorable weather conditions, this product dries quickly, even to the touch. I reinstalled all of my parts about an hour after final coat with no issues whatsoever, if you removed your parts, take care when reinstalling not to scratch the surface. This is easier said than done considering often times parts will fight you, slip, fall and mind you, you will be using tools to reinstall often times, allowing for sharp objects to damage your freshly painted surfaces.

Bottom line: hard plastic and firm vinyl, I highly recommend this product for older vehicles or vehicles that have seen much wear, I couldn't recommend taking this product to a brand spanking new car that has minimal to no flaws though.

Fabric: avoid at all costs. By the time you get done you likely won't be satisfied and you will have spent a very good fraction of the cost that you could have spent to just replace your vehicles carpeting or headliner altogether. My own personal estimation of my vehicle is that if I were to do the entire carpeting and headliner I would need about 9-10 cans only to marginally yield a somewhat subpar result. At 7.00 a pop, that's roughly 75.00. Comparably, I can replace my own carpeting and headliner with NEW material for about 225.00. Yes, 3 times the cost, but if well maintained, I could get it to last as long as my original 20 year old carpeting and be thoroughly satisfied with the end result.

Hope this helps! Thank you!
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Metra 99-5716 Dash Kit for Taurus/Sable 00-03 Kit with Harness
Metra 99-5716 Dash Kit for Taurus/Sable 00-03 Kit with Harness
Price: $67.00
49 used & new from $45.22

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked as intended..., August 2, 2013
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Summary: Works as you would expect a head unit conversion kit to.

- Easy to install
- works as intended
- Includes all materials needed to complete head unit install

- Feels cheap/Plastic is grainier than OE material and feels more "brittle/delicate".
- Must reuse some old hardware *Directions cover this*, although i'd prefer that if I spent $60+ dollars for something that it would include a couple of cheap small required pieces of hardware and a couple of wire nuts or something.

Tips: You don't NEED the Ford head unit removal keys to remove the original unit. Save yourself the $10-20.00 depending on where you are looking to perhaps purchase these from and use a wire coat hanger if you have one on hand. Just cut it into two sections and bend, use as you would the keys.

Get yourself some wire nuts, butt connectors or whatever you prefer to use to complete your install as these are not included in the kit.

Directions are pretty clear for the most part, however, your new stereo may install into this kit differently than the directions would suggest. I had to take the face plate that was included with the head unit and discard it as it would not fit with this kit. I just used the one included with the kit instead, although it wasn't as sleek looking and felt less durable. Additionally, you may not need all of the screws included as the holes in my stereo would not allow for all of them to be installed, this did not present a problem for me though.

You will be working from the front dash all of the way back to the trunk with this kit. Make sure you have a ratchet and sockets, torx bits and some drivers on hand, a flash light by no means hurts at all. You will find your factory stereo tuner on the drivers side of the vehicle behind some fabric in the trunk. I just ran the wires from that through the rear of the vehicle where it meets the seats, tucked it under, removed the trim panels on the front and rear drivers side up behind the bottom of the dash and through. The trim "just" pops off **very useful to have a pry bar or equivalent on hand at this point*...

Helpful tools, although not necessary (to make your life easier and the job faster).
Pry bars
A cold beverage of choice
A second pair of helping hands, to grab stuff for ya, haha.

Easy Spanish Platinum 11 [Download]
Easy Spanish Platinum 11 [Download]
Price: $10.99

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that great..., July 30, 2013
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Let me start off by saying that based on my original first hand perspective of this software, it is ok, but ok at best.

It seems like any computer software I have purchased in regard to learning Spanish has been subpar, at best and this software fits the bill to a T.

In today's era, Spanish is becoming an essential language to learn. My wife has been applying for jobs and it seems that at a rate of every one in three job postings has the phrase somewhere in the job requirements of "bilingual preferred". Not being bilingual, is now a disadvantage as someone who meets the same skill set as my wife or myself for that matter automatically gets the +1 for being bilingual and in turn, likely gets the job.

I mainly purchased this software because it shows as a "newer version" of another software with a different title that had average to above average reviews without having to spend 300.00 on the big brand software as that is just not economically feasible at this point for me.

Before my review gets too critical, let me point out a few pros...

-intuitive if you ONLY know very little to absolutely no Spanish. If your Spanish vocabulary is limited to words such as "hola, and como esta" then this software may be a step in the right direction for you.

Much like any other Spanish software I've tried, this software is more or less for the vacationing tourist to learn simple/boring, yet perhaps essential touring vocabulary such as currency exchange and banking vocabulary, "where is" phrases, etc. If you are looking to make a friend, this isn't the software for you. I would like software that teaches basic essential socialization skills such as when you meet a fellow English speaking person. You know, like, wow it's really cold outside, hey, do you have a boyfriend? Or, have you ever tried the food at Olive Garden. This software is missing it all.

I suppose if you want to get really good at learning Spanish than you'd have to take a firsthand course where someone is speaking it directly to you, etc.

A couple of other things I would like to mention are as followed:

With Spanish there seems to be multiple forms for specific regions. Although while it is comparable, it is not exact. I work with some Spanish speaking Mexicans and started tossing around some of the phrases I've learned to them and they simply looked at me like I was an idiot and had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Mind you, I know basic casual chit chat Spanish and communicate with these guys on a daily basis in their language.

With technology advanced in this era, you can yield similar results by using online free translator services such as google translate. In my opinion, this makes software such as this program almost essentially unessential.

Final note: the software does try hard to teach you and I like the fact that it uses the computers microphone to allow you to say and hear yourself repeat a word or phrase, but even that system seems somewhat flawed as voice recognition is somewhat mediocre at best and sometimes miss hears what you say even though you a certain you said it correctly.
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AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black
AmazonBasics Apple Certified Lightning to USB Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - Black

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than others, still not as good as Apple cords., July 26, 2013
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This cord is functional, cheaper than Apple manufactured cords and black, which for me is a pro since the white ones always look like trash after minimal use seeing I am always working in less than astonishingly clean conditions.

With that being said, I am yet to find a non apple Original equipment cord that charges my device as fast as it's OE counterpart. I thought it was just me, but after 3 years of Iphone ownership I put this cord to the test from two completely dead Iphone 5's, (purchased at the same time) left them untouched other than the occasional check and repeated this test twice while swapping cord for iphone on the wall charger both manufactured by apple at my skepticism was confirmed. First time, OE cord charged phone 100%, amazon cord charged phone 83%. Second time, OE charged to 100%, Amazon charged to 85%.

Unless this cord comes down in price, when it comes time to replace I think I will just purchase the Apple manufactured cord... Sometimes when you need as quick of a charge & as much of a charge as possible it's nice to have the OE.. I have found myself in numerous occasions where I didn't have a charger nearby or forgot it and regretted having these slower charging cables.

Diamond Gloves Black Advance Nitrile Examination Powder-Free Gloves, 6.3 mil, Heavy Duty, X-Large, 100 Count
Diamond Gloves Black Advance Nitrile Examination Powder-Free Gloves, 6.3 mil, Heavy Duty, X-Large, 100 Count
Price: $13.82
7 used & new from $13.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite gloves..., July 26, 2013
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I use these for just about anything to do with automotive detailing, painting, body work, crafting, taping and mudding, etc and these hold up better than any other brand that I've purchased. Fit is true, price is right, my go to gloves of choice. They hold up much nicer than any other brand I've tried as well. Most Nitrile gloves I've tried have either been untrue to fit and or will tear with minimal usage. Often times, I remove the gloves, turn them inside out, let them air dry out and reuse.

1999-2003 Mercury Sable Pink Keyless Entry Remote Key Fob w/ Free DIY Programming Instructions
1999-2003 Mercury Sable Pink Keyless Entry Remote Key Fob w/ Free DIY Programming Instructions
Offered by S&I Remotes
Price: $8.00
3 used & new from $5.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked as intended, July 26, 2013
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This product worked exactly as intended. It included directions for the programming instructions for my make and model (Mercury Sable).. Product was very affordable and fully functional. Has the same quality feeling of factory. My wife and I purchased a vehicle off of my father who lost one of the factory transmitters. We were scared it would cost at least $50.00 to replace and thankfully we found this instead for less than $10.00.

Easy set-up for ford Taurus/Mercury sable, turn ignition to on and cycle to off 8 times, but on the 8th turn leave it at on. You will hear the vehicle ding and the door locks will cycle. You can then just hit lock on the transmitter and it will be programmed. As simple as that.

OtterBox [Commuter Series] Apple iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S Case - Retail Packaging Protective Case for iPhone - Boom
OtterBox [Commuter Series] Apple iPhone 5 & iPhone 5S Case - Retail Packaging Protective Case for iPhone - Boom

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many better cases on the market.., July 23, 2013
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My wife and I each got an Iphone 5 in June of 2013 when we became eligible for an upgrade. Rather than letting the annoying verizon retail store talk us into purchasing cases for well over fair market value, we decided to stop at a local big box store and get a 2 pack of very affordable silicon cases for our phones until we had enough saved up to get more protective cases. With that being said, we each had Iphone 4's in the past and both had Otterbox defender cases for our phones in the past. My wife didn't care for the overall bulkiness of the case so we decided on the commuter for her, and the defender for myself (being the clumsy fool that I am, I opted to have more secure protection). My case aside, lets stick to this cases review...

FEEL: Immediately my wife and I noticed that this case felt cheap. Light, hard, yet brittle feeling plastic, you know, that same feeling of plastic that they have in most modern day cars.. Gone are the subtle feelings of soft materials and in with the feeling of thin hard bumpy plastic. This has to be nothing more than an economically friendly way for manufacturers these days to save the most $$ during production. I am surprised that haven't gotten the hint yet, this sort of material is not very appealing to the general public.

Durability: If you are looking for great protection, this is NOT your case. For starters, this case does not have an edge to protect the home button nor the entire top of the phone when compared to the otterbox defender. It doesn't have the bulk either. When it comes to a scale of phone protection of 1-10, 10 being great, I would probably rate this a 5 or 6 at best. Much better than those paper thin worthless phone skins, but leaves a lot to be desired.

Appearance: This kind of coincides with the general feel of this device, but to us, it looks cheap. Otterbox FORTUNATELY allows you to pick your own color combinations through their website at an additional cost (of course). These pre-bundled color combinations for both devices flat out SUCK in my honest opinion. Blues with greens, purples with pinks, oranges with reds? Although these combinations may not reflect this specific device in its entirety to a T, you get the idea. It's no wonder why I have always found myself going back to the ever so common and tasteless all black case. I've got an idea, how about a black background with a blue inner case, or neon green with black? Otterbox, didn't your mother teach you how to dress when you were a child?

Usability: This case may not interfere with any of the phones capabilities, however, there is one MAJOR drawback to this case (like some of the other users have reported)... The top edge that meets your headset that contacts your ear is hard and sharp. I thought my wife was crazy and just finding something to complain about because the case overall didn't live up to her expectations, but after she told me to use it, as much as I wanted to disagree with her, I simply couldn't. The edge makes your ear tender immediately, use this case on the phone enough and I bet you could dig a groove in the skin of your ear.

Bottom Line: This case is not worth even the reduced price here on Amazon. If someone were to gift me this case, I would simply turn to a previous case that I currently have or spend the money on a newer one. I do like my defender better than my wifes commuter, if otterbox is what you desire and above average protection, choose defender. Otherwise, I would say look towards the incipio dual pros that not only offer the similar protection of the commuter, but also look and feel much better as well. Your ears will thank you later!

Spyder Auto BL-CL-FB92-LED-SM Ford Bronco Smoke LED Third Brake Light
Spyder Auto BL-CL-FB92-LED-SM Ford Bronco Smoke LED Third Brake Light

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so bad after all, July 11, 2013
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At the point of this review, another reviewer claimed that this product is a 1 star product. I beg to differ...

Yes the wires needed to be cut and tied into each other. However this is no big deal if you have any idea what you are doing with wires. I believe it's like 6 total wires (may be wrong here, it's been a long time since I've installed my light).

Sounds like the other guy has an issue with a loose connection rather than individual led bulbs being burnt out...

Don't just use electrical tape, at least use wire nuts but even better yet use the weatherproof self adhesive butt connecters that you heat up with a lighter and they glue shut.

These lights look very nice when installed and really gives an old bronco a fresh new look. Still lighting bright for me after 2 years now!

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