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Best Customer Ever – Abdul Sends Us New Install Photos


Abdul’s New 2013 Accord Coupe

Abdul has been one of our best customers for years now. If you’re an Rvinyl Super-fan (if those even exist) you might remember that we used to have a bunch of awesome photos of our products on a sweet Mini Cooper. It has blue smoke headlights and carbon fiber accents everywhere. Abdul even made a video for us that you can see here:

So, when Abdul contacted me earlier this year to let me know that he had gotten a new ride I was happy to hook him up with whatever he wanted (which was in my power to give him).

As you can see from the photos, not only did he do a great job on installing the pre-cut tail light tint in black smoke but he really knows how to bring the best out inn any car. When I asked him what to expect he told me the following:/


MGP Caliper Covers – Customer Installlation Photos






A Few Customer Installations

MGP has really made great inroads in the past five years and become a nationally recognized brand (some may even say internationally). Not only can you see their caliper (brake) covers on the streets but you’ll also find them in movies and video games. Don’t believe me? Check out the latest Need for Speed edition from EA Sports or you can see the video here which shows the installation of custom covers on a Scion FR-S:

Believe me now? Obviously MGP’s on to something because you don’t just get product placement because you think so should. You have to offer something that is both useful, filling a need and is innovative and stylish enough to attract the attention of video game and movie studios alike. MGP’s custom caliper covers do both as you can see from the customer installation photos above and below.




Dodge Challenger SRT and Caliper Covers – A Match Made in Automotive Heaven

Around the same time that MGP was rising to prominence in the world of automotive accessories, American car manufacturers we’re getting their acts together with thee result that we are now experiencing a Renaissance of American Muscle. Despite what people may say about Dodge it’s clear that we can put the past behind us now that they are releasing instant classics like the 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT, Chargers and the slight, compact Dart. Maybe it’s because of their acquisition by the Italians but they have really reinvigorated American automaking.



Ford – Don’t Call It a Comeback

Ford has been a hard and heavy hitter since day one and was the only major US manufacturer not to take a government handout in 2008. The celebrated and fabled Mustang is the American Pony car par excellence and has consistently been the number one selling sports car in America. With a pedigree descending from the Shelby GTs and performance that’s unparalleled it’s not hard to see why Mustangs scream for the style and protection of MGP caliper covers.



The Chrysler Prowler – Gone But Not Forgotten



The Prowler was a victim of circumstance but its design and styling were innovative enough to earn it a loyal following and a permanent place in the minds of car lovers everywhere. Like the Pontiac Solstice, though, it has passed out of production and into that hallowed twilight where they are preserved in collectors’ garages and see the light of day only rarely.

As you can see, the style and quality of MGP caliper covers make them unique in the world of wheel accents and accessories.


Are LEDs Really Any Better than Your Incandescents?

Super-White-Halogen-Headlight-BulbsLet me start off by admitting to the fact that I have an obvious bias here since I work for Rvinyl and we sell tons of ProFocos LEDs and lighting accessories everyday. Okay, so now that we’ve gotten that out n the open we can ask the question again: Are LEDs really any better than the incandescent bulbs that came with your vehicle?

Seeing Is Believing

The short answer to that question is, of course, a yes. A big, fat YES actually. I promise that I’m not going to bore you with a complex discussion about lumens and wattage (mostly because I’m not an electrical engineer but also because it would be BORING) but it is really clear that LEDs put off a lot more light than their filament burning cousins.

No. I don’t expect you to blindly believe the guy selling them which is why I’m posting a video which shows, among other things, the difference that a ProFocos LED can make. Towards the end of the short one-minute video you’ll see one of our customer’s Camaros. He installed ProFocos on the passenger side and kept the factory bulbs on the driver side. See the difference?

So, Mike, What’s the Catch?

No catch as far as I can tell. LEDs burn brighter, last longer and use less energy than conventional bulbs do. Plus, they’re ridiculously cheap (in price that is, not in quality). About the only thing you need to be aware of is that some vehicles may require you to add an adaptor or load resistor (also known as a warning canceller) to prevent hyper flashing or an error warning. Why is that? Simply because LEDs use so little power that the vehicle’s computer interprets it as a missing or burnt out bulb.

Convinced yet? If not, you should definitely do some research on your own but once you find out that I wasn’t just blowing smoke up your rear come back and pick up a set for your almost any interior or exterior application on your vehicle. We’ve literally got thousands of bulbs for every application and almost every vehicle so what are you waiting for? Check out our selection and, when you’re ready to buy your LEDs, send me an email to michael@rvinyl.com mentioning this blog and I’ll send you a 10% discount just for you.

What’s It Like to Work at Rvinyl?

Today is the start of something we’ve never tried to do before at Rvinyl: we’re repurposing our blog to make it more about people. Whether its the people who work everyday here at Rvinyl and make us the company we are or the customers who support us and write our paychecks we’re turning a new leaf given the major changes we’ve made over the last year. If you’re interested in our ever-growing selection of aftermarket accessories, tint and vinyl products be sure to check out our main site where you can find updated, high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions of the items. So, rather have the blog become a useless relic or a place where repeat the same tired sales pitches we’kl be using it to highlight the real people who make us what we are.

A Little History

Rvinyl truly began as a company in a one bedroom apartment in Westchester NY in 2004 when college roommates and best friends decided to give their dreams a shot and risk everything for a chance at success. Through ridiculously long hours, hard-work and sheer stubbornness they (Mike and Phil) were able to build up enough of a savings to make the move to their own space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Throughout the following ten years they worked with a lot of great people, made connections with thousands of customers and relocated to Manhattan and back to BK. It’s been a long and awesome trip and it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting off any time soon. So, let’s meet one of the key players who makes it all happen everyday.

Darius – Production Manager and Jack-of-All-Trades

The one thing we’ve learned being in business for a decade is that not only does it matter how hard you work but who you work with. Despite the fact that Rvinyl might appear to be a big company if you look at our feedback on eBay or our website’s design we’ve only made it this far because of the type of people we hire and the way we treat one another. What this means is that we have remained a small business despite the temptation to hire more people for less money to ramp up our sales. Our philosophy is simple and may be one of the keys to our success: create a core team of skilled employees who like working with each other and understand that each dash kit and every squeegee we send out can make or break us. Sure, we pay a little more than average but its well worth it when you have employees like Darius.

I don’t recall exactly when but we hired Darius at least three years ago (we stole him from the movie theater on 42nd St when we were still in the Garment District). Darius is probably one of the most genuinely nice people I know with a work ethic that dwarfs any other I’ve ever seen. In fact, just yesterday I saw the man plot out, weed and prep 68 window tint kits without flinching. And, once he was done with that he edited photos for a few hours. Darius is quite literally, a monster when it comes to work and he is equally talented at producing precut window tint as he is at shooting product photos and videos and editing them.

So, everytime you order a window tint kit or browse one of our product galleries you now know who made them. Want to know more about Darius? Well, check out his Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/dariusweedentv 

Fun Facts about Darius

  • Darius’ YouTube page was the number one viewed page in Germany in 2006
  • Darius has often been called Derrick and Garius by co-workers
  • Darius is the only person I know who questions the reality of death-seriously, the kid doesn’t think it will happen.


Harness the Power of Your Ride with these Easy Engine Mods

American Car Craft Engine Dress Up KitIntake Engines Mods

Most people think that modifying their car or truck is an expensive
proposition and are just downright skittish when you mention performance or engine mods. But, with the vast variety of products available on the market today this simply is no longer the case and you can make any vehicle both look and sound great without breaking the bank and in no time at all.

Short RAM Air Intake

SRIs or short RAM intakes may look scary and complicated to the novice, especially if you  don’t know what goes on under the hood. Still, installation of ann intake is a fairly easy to learn process that can take as little as twenty minutes to do and will give you performance and sound gains that will make you the envy of anyone who hears you as you pass them on the road.

SRIs suck hot air from inside of the enAir-Intakesgine bay but they allow for more of it to be delivered into your engine and at a faster rate of speed so that you get more bang for your buck, literally. The cost of a Short-RAM air intake is incredibly affordable and will generally only set you back $20.

Cold Air Intakes

Cold air intakes are slightly more expensive and tricky to install than SRIs.  The key is to purchase one that is specifically for your vehicle unless you are very comfortable with working on engines. But, what do CAIs do anyway? Cold air intakes take air from outside of the engine (hence the “cold” part of their name) by positioning the filter outside of the engine compartment. Some are even located in the engine but in a heat shield to keep hot air out and vented to let the cold air in (See image to the right).

The price is another major difference between SRIs and CAIs. The price for a cold-air intake can range from $100 to $300 but the advantages of having one installed far outstrip the cost. Cold air intakes boost MPG and HP for your vehicle and are especially helpful in hotter climates.



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