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Monday, May 31, 2010

Trail Tech Review and Giveaway


Thanks to Trail Tech I was able to install a TTO Temp Sensor and a TTO Tach/Hour Meter on my dirt bike.  I realy like these sensors.  They are small, easy to install, and work great!  Even though I put them on my dirt bike these could be used on any type of engine that you would like to keep track of temp, RPM, or hours the engine has run.  I installed a combination tach and hour meter but if you would like to just keep track of time they also have a hour meter only model. 
I found that having these saves me a lot of guess work with maintanance on my bike.  Now when I need to set my throttle screw I have accurate engine RPM right on my bike, no more setting by ear.  I will also have a better way of keeping track of when to do maintenence.  I can put my bike on a by the hour schedule.  This is more accurate and better for the engine in my opinion.  Having the ability to know when my bike is getting hot helps with maintenence and engine settings too.  Trail Tech has an assortment of different computers and sensors to choose from.  I am sure you will find what you need for you specific application.

Each Digital Gage comes with adhesive mounting strip with plugs for the screw holes.  I chose to build a mount for mine and had to purchase allen screws, washers, and lock nuts plus a small piece of alluminum for the mount.  Other than these small items everything you need is in the kits.  The stick on mounting would be very fast and easy.  Trail Tech also has mounts for your handel bar or for your gas tank if you don't want to make your own.
There are three different styles of sensors to choose from for the Temp Gauge.  I used the inline style.  It was very easy to install in a radiator hose.  Another bonus is if you mess up a new radiator hose wont cost an arm and a leg to replace.  It is also very fast in picking up temp changes.  You can also choose a spark plug sensor type or a sensor that you tap into the radiator.  The only thing that was a bit of a problem was that I chose a hose that was at the bottom of the bike and so the sensor wire was too short.  I just spliced in some wire I had laying around so not too much of a problem.  I wish I would have remembered to measure the wire.  Some of the high lights of the digital gauges are: 

  • Engine, water, or air temperature
  • Sensor options for all standard radiator hoses, oil lines and spark plugs
  • User selectable display: 30-500°F or 0-260°C
  • Measures current and maximum temperature, resettable
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Flashing dot indicates 6 second sample rate
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Peel-n-Stick or Bolt-on


The Tach/Hour Digital Gauge is just as easy to install.  Just rout the wire to the ignition coil.  I ran into a small problem with where to put the lead wire.  This was actually a good thing though, because I was able to try customer support out.  I called the number on the back of the packageing and a actual person answered!  They were very friendly and put me right on track.  I have a coil over ignition system so a little bit different set up worked better for my aplication.  I actually think that something could be put on the instructions about this but with such great customer support it's not a big deal.  It didn't slow me down but maybe a minute or two.  The lead wire is plenty long enough for what I was doing, 70".  I ended up cutting it shorter.  A note that this is OK would be nice too.  There are several settings to go through but they are simple enough.  Some highlights on the Tach/Hour Gauge are:

  • Works on all gas engines (including newer fuel injected four cycle engines)
  • Tracks total hours on motor, non-resettable
  • Measures tach up to 20,000 RPM in real time
  • Measure and records max RPM, resettable
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Adjustable settings for Fast/Slow updates, Hi/low spark sensitivity (for electrical noise suppression)
  • 99,999 Hour Digital Display
  • Spinning-arrow activity icon
  • Peel-n-Stick or Bolt-on
Trail Techs Digital Gauges were just what was missing from my WR's factory computer.  I now have all the information I want with a great little product.  If you would like to suppliment or start a Digital Gauge sytem Trail Tech has just what you need, and starting on Tues June 1st there will be free shipping on orders over $80.00  Thank you very much to Trail Tech for these great gauges and for the chance to try them out.  I highly recomend the products I tested.  Trail Tech has several other products too.  they have lighting systems, handel bars, kick stands, bar clamps, and other products too.  So check them out and make sure if you order something you tell them Solutions Sleuth sent you.




See slide show of how I made the mount for the gauges click here.



Trail Tech has provided three Digital Gauges to give away. 2 Tach/Hour and one Hour gauge!

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Giveaway ends on June,18 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Winner of X-Sight.

X-Sight Winner!!!!!

Annette Hansen is our winer!  Congratulations Annette!

Make sure to tell everyone how much you like your X-Sight remote.

Thank you to Acoustic Research!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tugger Winners

Here are the lucky winners of the Tugger!

Nolan.black
Moabdaze
michelle@flyinggiggles
Kody
Doug

E-Mail solutionssleuth@gmail.com with your address and 1,2,3 choice between Front, Rear, or the Bar Savers and I'll mail your Tugger away ASAP. 

You have until May 21st to email your info.  If no response we will choose a replacement winner.

Thanks for your interest and don't forget a Tugger is great for a Fathers Day present.
Also a huge thanks to Highline Recreation for the awesome products to give to you!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

X Sight Touch Universal Remote with RF Extender Review and Giveaway


The X Sight is a new remote from Acoustic Research.


The X Sight comes in two different versions.  We tested the touch remote.  It includes an X Sight Touch remote, Lithium Ion Battery, Charging Cradle with extension, Installation Disk, Power Adapter, USB Cable, and Start Up manual.  I didn't spend too much time with the manual, I'm too impatient to do that.  Normally skipping the manual could be bad but not with this remote!  In fact I think it's encouraged.  I have had a few universal remotes before, and to be honest I wasn't too excited about searching through the thousands of codes to try and talk this remote into controlling my devices.  GOOD NEWS, NO CODES TO SEARCH THROUGH!!!  Just slip in the provided disk in a pc, (I used a laptop and highly recommend this as it will save you some back and forth from the pc and devices), and the X Sight EZ-RC software guides you through it all.  Just enter the model number of the device OR remote and the software finds the info for you.  Just like that you are ready to control your device.

Another great thing is EZ-RC is web based.  So if you need to access your settings on a different computer it will be saved for you online.  As you can see the software is very simple to use.  Just click on what you want to do and follow the onscreen prompts.  It does install in the system tray so it will be running all the time so when you plug in the remote with usb EZ-RC will automatically start.  I like to keep my system tray as clean as possible and with as little as I will be needing to change the remote I just simply removed it from my start up folder.  After setting up your devices to be controlled by the remote now you can go in and get things the way you want.  Or just stop and use the remote.  If you want to use all the features like I do, just use the simple software to customize start up and shutdown sequences.  I did a Movie, TV, and Good night sequence.  Now with just a couple of button pushes my home theater is turned on and ready for a movie or TV.  One button and it's all off.  Yah no more receiver left on by the wife and kids.  In all I probably spent 45 minutes setting up the remote.  With tweaking the delay times and everything.  I even used the Learn function to get a few of my special buttons on my receiver to work.

X Sight is built very well except for a few of the top buttons under the LCD.  It seems these are a little flimsy but only time will tell.  The rest of the buttons are very sturdy and smooth to operate.  I have had one other touch remote before.  We ended up ditching it because the touch pad was too difficult to operate.  This one seems a little better but occasionally I have to press the touch area just right to get it to function properly.  I would choose the non touch if I had the choice, the touch is the only one that has the RF available.  Over all the X Sight is a sturdy remote.  My one year old managed to throw it on the hardwood floor just after I had opened it.  It still works fine though!  The surface is just as most remotes a shiny black and tends to show finger prints.  Not really a deal breaker though.

All in all I would definitely recommend this remote!  The X Sight is  very easy to use with almost no setup, if you don't want to get fancy.  If you like to dig into electronics and get the most of them like me you wont be disappointed with the options and flexibility of this universal remote.  X Sight picked two out of three of my devices with no trial and error.  Just enter model and go.  My VCR is a bit old and I had to try three codes before it worked correctly.  No need to enter codes though the remote already has a list in it to try. 

Some of the features I like are: 
  • Motion light up,  when you pick up the remote it automatically lights up ready to use.  You can disable if you like though. 
  • Easy set up, this is by far the easiest remote I have used.
  • Learn your old remotes specific buttons,  sometimes this is the best way to get exact control.
  • Light and size,  this remote is just a normal remote size.
  • Full button labels, you can name the on screen buttons whatever you want and its easy to type in from the pc.
  • Feel,  the X-sight feels like a quality product.
  • PC connectability, at the same time not required.
  • Ability to program the remote for individual family members preferences.

A few misses in my opinion:
Touch buttons, this is just something that doesn't seem to work 100% of the time on the first try.
Some functions take a few pages to get to, the original remote would be quicker.  With a little more time spent this could be minimized though.




Not a whole lot to say about this little guy.  What you see is what you get, a RF Receiver, Power Supply, and six IR repeaters.  This RF extender is easy to use all you do is plug the small receiver in and plug each IR repeater in the back that you need.  One IR per device.  Each repeater has an adhesive back to place anywhere you need to get the line of sight to your devices sensor.  I just stuck them on the device to the side of the sensor.  If you had a larger cabinet you could stick then in front of or on the side or your device. 


              I love how small the receiver is, you can hide it just about anywhere.  The best thing about this is now I can put my components anywhere I like.  Mine are in a cabinet I built into the wall so I had limited remote service area due to the angle.  With this I can control my devices from anywhere in the room, in fact I can control them from other rooms too.  There is plenty of  IR repeaters for expansion too.  A very simple device but it works like a charm.  With  100' range the IR Extender will work in any situation.  If you wanted you could put your AV gear on a different floor of your house.


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Giveaway ends on May 28, 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Winner!

The winner for the HAIR FLAIRS Reflective Hair Highlights is.....

Comment #11

Madison D

Congratulations!  I hope you enjoy them.


P.S.  Watch for more Hair Tinsel reviews and giveaways coming up soon!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Winner!

Congratulations to Phyllis winner of the World's Softest Socks!!!!

Jiffy Lube $35 Gift Card Giveaway

My husband is picky about the strangest things.  Motor Oil is one of them.  He has worked on engines most of his life and has seen first-hand how crappy motor oil can ruin engines.  I have always just taken his word for it until I checked out MotorOilMatters.org

With the informative Web site http://www.motoroilmatters.org/ (created by the maker of industry-leading brands Pennzoil and Quaker State) you can easily locate key information about how quality motor oils can help prolong your engine’s life and improve overall efficiency, as well as help answer other questions you may have about motor oil. In addition, the site offers a fun, educational game for you to play called “M.O.M. Knows Best” where you can put your motor mind to the test with an interactive quiz.


Did you know?

  • Using a high-quality motor oil in the right grade can help maximize fuel economy
  • Low-quality oils that do not meet industry standards or the vehicle manufacturer’s requirements could cost consumers in the long run by potentially damaging the vehicle’s engine or possibly voiding the manufacturer’s warranty
I am giving away at $35 Gift Card to Jiffy Lube to one of my lucky readers!  Follow instructions below to enter.

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