Auto Upgrades for a Killer 6×6 Truck

6x6 SUV and truck auto upgrades in Provo UT
6x6 SUV and truck auto upgrades in Provo UT

You’ve probably heard the rumblings of late, as celebrities around the world jump on the 6×6 craze.

Rappers, pro athletes (or their wives) and at least a Kardashian/Jenner or two are all embracing these high-powered SUVs, originally designed for the Australian armed forces. This six-wheel drive behemoth is even getting its own feature film role. The popularity of the 6×6 stems from how well it transitions from the backroads to the highway to congested city streets.

Now available from various American and European auto manufacturers, this may be the ultimate vehicle for our active northern Utah lifestyle.

If you’re considering one of these mega-off-road vehicles, you know you can’t roll the 6×6 without some carefully selected automotive upgrades. The experts at Pro Audio Pro 4x4in Provo have put together a few recommendations for making your G-Wagon – or whatever it is that you drive – stand out from the rest.

Extra Horsepower

Depending on the make and model, 6x6s come off the line with somewhere between 450 and 550 horsepower. For some drivers, that’s just not enough. After all, these are heavy vehicles that require a heavy-duty power supply to get down the road.

How you eke out the extra horses depends on your vehicle but consider turbos, tweaks to the ECU setup, exhaust modifications or a front-mount intercooler – or all of the above!

LED Lighting

If you’re be taking your 6×6 off the road, an LED lighting package will make sure you can see where you’re going. If you want to turn heads as you cruise through town, a colored LED downlighting package is just what you’re looking for.

Upgraded Suspension

You don’t invest in a G-Wagon or another 6×6 vehicle to go easy when you’re off the road. Many mega-truck and SUV owners are opting for off-road racing suspension packages, for the ultimate in performance under any conditions.

Back-up Camera System

The 6×6 G-Wagon was the darling of this year’s Barrett Jackson event but did you know it clocks in at a whopping 19 feet long and seven feet wide? Try backing that out of a parking space at Trader Joe’s.

Of course, many new 6×6 trucks and SUVs come from the factor with back-up cameras but, if yours didn’t, you’ll want to add one as soon as possible. In fact, this is a great upgrade for anyone who drives a larger vehicle or who simply wants the convenience and peace-of-mind that comes from having eyes in the back of your G-Wagon.

Other options you may want to consider are upgrades to your bumpers and trim package, upgraded wheels with super wide tires, roll bars and beefed up braking systems.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we know vehicles of all types, even the six-wheel drive variety. Stop by our Provo shop today and meet our team of all-stars. We look forward to helping you choose the auto upgrades that will make anyone look and feel like a celebrity on the road.

 

Car Audio, Video & Nav Gifts for Grads

Giving the gift of car audio to your grad
Giving the gift of car audio to your grad

If you have a friend or loved one who’s graduating this year, consider giving the gift of a car audio, video or navigation system.

Whether your grad is finishing up high school, college or vocational school, they’re probably a little short on funds. And that means they will be especially appreciative of a gift they can’t give themselves just yet.

At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we help customers throughout the Salt Lake City area give thoughtful, affordable gifts of car stereo systems, navigation, video displays, car alarms and other auto upgrades.

Car Audio Gifts

Car audio systems and components are popular gifts for any occasion. For recent grads, who may not be inclined or able to invest in a car audio system themselves, the gift of full, rich sound in their vehicle is thoughtful as well as practical.

A new head unit compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is the in-demand car stereo gift. You can find some excellent options that are compatible with one or both of these subscription services at a surprisingly low cost.

Grads are all about the connectivity, so anything that will allow them to connect their device to their vehicle via Bluetooth will be a hit. Or, if you simply want to improve the listening experience, consider gifting them a new set of car stereo speakers this spring.

Video & DVD Systems

Does your grad enjoy road trips? Or may he or she has plans to grow their family over the next few years. Either way, a gift of car video screens and maybe even a DVD player will be a big hit.

Drop-down video screens offer the ultimate in in-car video luxury with a full range of functions, including individual headphone capability. Headrest video screens have a sleeker look but, if the front passenger wants to enjoy the over-the-road programming, consider also adding a drop-down screen at that location.

Navigation Systems

The safety of your loved one is paramount in your mind, so why not consider giving the gift of a navigation system?

Not only will a built-in navigation system insure that your grad always gets where they want to go, but it can also help the find the nearest gas station when the tank runs low or the closest restaurant when lunch time rolls around.

If you want to keep your loved one even more safe, consider integrating a back-up camera system with the navigation system, adding a car security system or remote start capability.

In Provo, Pro Audio Pro 4×4 has all the best car audio, video and navigation systems. We have options to fit every budget so, whether you’re looking for an upgrade in your own vehicle or you want to give your graduate a gift they’ll always remember, call or stop by today and talk to one of our friendly, knowledgeable team members.

Adding Off-Road Lights to Your 4×4

adding off-road lights to your 4x4
adding off-road lights to your 4x4

Adding off-road lights to your 4×4 truck, Jeep or SUV is a highly effective way to improve your safety and visibility on the trail. It’s also the perfect approach to customizing your vehicle, reflecting your personality and creating a distinctive look.

You have countless options for adding lights to your truck, no matter what your budget may be.

Choosing an experienced auto upgrade professional to help you select the right lights and approach to installation will help protect your investment and ensure that your vehicle looks great.

Vehicle Off-Road Lighting Options

For decades, your only lighting options were the once-ubiquitous KC fog lights. Every off-road racer, mudder and backcountry enthusiast sported KC lights on the top of their truck or Jeep. But that’s not the case today.

Today’s advanced technology has provided countless off-road lighting options for you to choose from. You can choose from halogen, Xenon, high-intensity discharge (HID) and LED bulbs mounted in arrays in straight or curved light bars, light pods, deck and dash lights, spotlights and more.

You also have countless options for mounting, wiring and controlling your lights, depending on how your vehicle is configured and what you want to achieve.

Choosing Your Off-Road Lights & Controls

To get the results you want, start by considering what you want to achieve with your upgrades.

For utility purposes, do you want to light the path up ahead, flood the area closer to your vehicle, or both? Would you also like downward lights to show you what you’re driving over? Do you also want to increase the visibility of your vehicle, so others in your caravan can follow more easily? Or maybe you want to illuminate your campsite.

From an aesthetic perspective, do you want to create a certain look for your vehicle? Some 4×4 owners want an obvious, in-your-face look for their lights. Others prefer a more low-profile, integrated appearance.

You must also consider the logistics of the installation and what your vehicle can accommodate. And that’s where having an expert 4×4 upgrade and aftermarket equipment installation professional.

Choosing the Right Light 4×4 Upgrade Expert

Depending on the equipment you choose, off-road lights can draw excessive power and potentially cause problems with your vehicle. For that reason, wiring and installation must be handled by an experienced professional.

Pro Audio Pro 4×4, located in Provo, Utah, has all the off-road gear you need for your truck, SUV, Jeep or any other type of 4×4. We have extensive experience with aftermarket equipment installation and upgrades, and we know precisely how to make your off-road lighting look as good as it functions.

In addition to lift kits, we install wheels, tires, running boards, rocker panels and more. Contact us today to talk about how we can take your 4×4 from stock to fully custom – or anywhere in between – with off-road lights and other aftermarket upgrades.

Binge-Watching on Your Car Video System

streaming on a car video and DVD system
streaming on a car video and DVD system

Did you know that you can binge-watch your favorite TV shows on your car video system?

If you think your car video and DVD system is only for watching movies on disc, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. In fact, with the right setup, you could be streaming the final season of Game of Thrones during your next road trip or catching up on Arrested Development Season 5 on the way to soccer practice.

The Rise of Streaming Services

Content streaming services – like Netflix, HULU, CBS All-Access, etc. – have become the preferred means of watching TV for many consumers.

Our viewing habits were, for decades, structured around the date and time of television broadcasts. Once DVR technology came along, consumers were able to watch their shows on their own schedule but were still stuck with having to watch at home (or wherever their DVR happened to be).

With the advent of streaming services, we now have the option to watch exactly what we want whenever – and wherever – we want to. And, now, that includes the car.

The other benefit of using subscription streaming for content is that, unlike the rigid programming packages of cable and satellite companies, you get to pay only for the programming you want.

Streaming to a Car Video System

You have a variety of options for streaming video content in your vehicle. You can connect to streaming services through an internet connection but one of the easiest ways is to use a streaming device – Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Roku Express, etc. – that plugs in through a USB port.

If you stream through your smartphone or tablet, you can connect the device to your car video system in a variety of ways, depending on the system you select.

Choosing a Car Video & DVD System

Although car video was once viewed as a luxury, consumers now demand the same high-quality, reliable content streaming in their vehicles as they do at home.

In fact, many systems can be integrated to use your vehicle’s factory controls. This improves the user experience while helping you maintain safety behind the wheel. And, with vehicle Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity now available, you’ll never have to worry about having the right DVD or Blu-Ray discs in the car to make the kids happy.

If you haven’t yet installed a car video and DVD system because you’re worried about cost, complexity or reliable operation, you may be surprised at how far technology has advanced – and how affordable it has become.

If you’re in Provo or the surrounding communities of northern Utah, Pro Audio Pro 4×4 is the locally owned and operated expert in car audio, automotive security, navigation systems, remote start systems, bed liners, lift kits and other auto upgrades. If you don’t yet have a car video and DVD system, call or stop by today. Our experienced installers will have your family binge-watching their favorite shows on the road in no time – at a price your budget will love.

Adding a Bluetooth Audio Receiver to Your Car, Boat or RV

Installing a Bluetooth audio receiver in your vehicle
Installing a Bluetooth audio receiver in your vehicle

Adding a Bluetooth audio receiver to your car audio system – or your boat, RV, trailer or ATV – is the best way to enjoy your music and preferred programming wherever you go.

Bluetooth technology is everywhere today, from your computer to your smartphone – so why not your car, RV or boat? To choose the right equipment for your installation, it helps to understand how this technology works and determine how you prefer to use your audio system.

Armed with this information, a professional car audio installer can ensure you get the results you want at a price that fits your budget.

How Do Bluetooth Audio Receivers Work?

The technology that powers Bluetooth replaces wires and cables with radio waves for short-range communication.

With Bluetooth connectivity, you can wirelessly stream any music or content through your vehicle’s speaker system. You have full control of your stream through your electronic devices, such as a smartphone, smart watch, tablet, etc.

You will also be able to make and receive hands-free calls through your car stereo system.

To ensure your streaming doesn’t get mixed up with your neighbor’s (or someone’s in the car next to you at a stoplight), you use your electronic device of choice to pair with the receiver you wish to stream through.

Will a Bluetooth Receiver Replace Your Head Unit?

You have options when updating your vehicle’s audio system to incorporate Bluetooth connectivity. You can upgrade your head unit to one that has this technology built in or, in many cases, you can add a separate adaptor.

Some vehicle owners do choose to forego a standard head unit and, instead, use only a Bluetooth streaming adaptor for their vehicle audio. However, as most vehicles already have a hole cut in the dash for a standard DIN (approximately 2” x 8”) or double DIN (approximately 4” x 8”) head unit, you’ll have to consider whether to simply leave the factory equipment in that location or swap it out for a video display or some other component.

How to Choose the Right Bluetooth Audio Receiver for Your Vehicle

The right choice for you will depend on your current car audio system configuration but, with the help of a professional installer, almost anything is possible.

One word of caution: Beware of the plug-and-play dongles you find online. Many of these seemingly simple and affordable gadgets lack compatibility with today’s high-tech car audio systems. Buy one on a whim and you may be wasting your money.

Pro Audio Pro 4×4, located in Provo UT, is the local expert in car audio systems. We carry the reliable, high-quality brands and models you want and our experienced installation technicians ensure that your system looks as good as it works. Contact us today to learn more about installing a Bluetooth audio receiver in your car, truck, RV, boat or ATV.

Help for Car Upholstery That’s Seen Better Days

The value of car reupholstery
The value of car reupholstery

If your car upholstery is starting to look tired and worn, what can you do to bring it back to life?

The wear and tear we put on our vehicles here in northern Utah can take a toll on your car’s exterior but it’s even harder on the interior. High-tech materials and paint finishes are designed to stand up to years of abuse but, unfortunately, upholstery materials don’t always have the same durability.

You can put on seat covers or even try to have your upholstery cleaned and repaired. In many cases, however, having your vehicle reupholstered makes more sense.

Can Your Car’s Upholstery Be Cleaned & Repaired?

In some cases, you can have your vehicle’s interior surfaces cleaned and repaired.

Unfortunately, much like the carpeting in your house, interior fabric surfaces might only look good for a short time after having them shampooed and cleaned. Stains from road tar and other stubborn materials may never come clean, especially if your upholstery is lighter in color.

As for car upholstery repairs, the potential degree of success will depend on the nature of the damage. Car seat coverings, for example, are designed to be durable as long as they’re intact. Once you develop a rip or a hole, the integrity of the upholstery may become compromised. A repair might hold for a month or a year but, inevitably, the problem is likely to reappear.

If the damage goes beyond the fabric – into the foam or springs – repair typically ceases to be a cost-effective approach.

The Benefits of Having Your Car Reupholstered

Automotive upholstery repairs can be costly, depending on the extent of the damage. In many cases, it may be more cost-effective to have your upholstery replaced instead. This protects the value of your vehicle and definitely makes it more pleasurable to drive.

Having your vehicle reupholstered can also improve your comfort while driving or riding in the car. If your seat padding has broken down, or if springs are broken, you could develop back or neck problems – especially if you take road trips or drive extensively for work or pleasure.

Finally, the safety of you and your passengers may even be improved with professional vehicle reupholstery. A torn headliner can affect visibility, for example. And, if you get into an accident, broken down seats may not provide an adequate level of protection.

How Is Car Reupholstery Done?

When you have your vehicle professionally reupholstered, the technicians will remove the seats from the car. They remove the existing fabric and inspect the seats for damage. They may repair the metal infrastructure, replace springs and add foam batting as needed, before applying the new seat covering material of your choice.

This is the perfect time to add lumbar support, seat heaters and even automate your seat adjustment controls, if you so desire.

In Provo, Pro Audio Pro 4×4 can assist you with all your vehicle upholstery needs. We offer a full range of car audio, security system, navigation and performance upgrade services too. Our exceptional service and competitive pricing make us the preferred northern Utah expert for all your automotive modification needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with updating your tired, worn car upholstery.

Custom 4×4 Modifications for Your New Truck

Custom 4x4 Modifications for Your New Truck | Pro Audio Pro 4x4
Custom 4x4 Modifications for Your New Truck | Pro Audio Pro 4x4

So, you got a new 4×4 and you can’t wait to get off the beaten path and romp around the breathtaking northern Utah backcountry.

Four-wheel drive trucks are designed to handle conditions that the typical two-wheel drive vehicle cannot. However, when they roll off the production line, few 4×4 trucks are truly ready for what our Utah terrain has in store for them.

Fortunately, you have lots of options for customizing your new 4×4. The right aftermarket 4×4 modifications depend on what you want to do with your truck and how much you want to spend.

Aftermarket 4×4 Upgrades for the Off-Roading Newbie

If your plans don’t include spending too much time charting new territory, your new 4×4 may have almost everything you need for those Sunday afternoon treks off-road.

The best investment you can make is in a set of good wheels and tires. Your new vehicle may have come with fairly decent tires but, to be safe, visit your local off-roading expert and ask for a recommendation.

If you do plan to be out at night, you might also consider high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights or an LED lightbar.

Custom Modifications for the Mildly Adventurous 4×4 Owner

If you’re ready for some more adventurous outings, you may want to make a few more custom modifications to your new 4×4, for both comfort and safety.

In addition to upgrading wheels and tires and adding lights that will provide higher visibility, you may want to put a lift kit on to improve ground clearance. This will also allow you to increase the size of your tires and wheels a bit.

You may also want to consider adding a skid plate to protect your vehicle’s undercarriage. This will help ensure you don’t get stuck somewhere and help protect the value of your truck.

Custom 4×4 Modifications for the Adrenaline Junkies

If you’re going to go all in when you go off-road, you have to step up your modifications. Choose mods that will keep you safe and that will protect the integrity and the value of your new truck.

You’ll want a lift kit and upgraded shocks. You’ll want larger wheels and tires, potentially resulting in the need for fender modification and new fender flares.

Off-road bumpers and brush guards are important for protecting your vehicle, as are rocker panels and sill covers. You’ll want a skid plate too, to protect your truck’s undercarriage.

Finally, consider upgrading your air intake and exhaust systems to boost your truck’s torque and power. These mods will also ensure that deep, beefy sound that tells the world you’re rocking serious power.

Whatever aftermarket modifications you need, trust the 4×4 experts at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 in Provo. We have all the brands you demand and the experience you need to get your new vehicle ready for your off-road adventures. Contact us today to discuss your custom 4×4 modifications.

How to Avoid Having Your Car Stereo System Stolen

Preventing car stereo system theft
Preventing car stereo system theft

Unfortunately, theft of car stereo systems, including after-market speakers, is a common problem in Utah.

You can take some common-sense steps to avoid this problem, but you will better protect your investment by adding a car security system or taking other high-tech steps to help avoid this invasion of privacy and the potentially costly damage it can cause.

Car Stereo System Theft Is Pervasive & Problematic in Utah

When someone breaks into your car and rips car stereo components out, it can cause costly damage and lower the value of your car.

Thieves stand to make good money by selling car stereo components on the black market. Stock systems are not in high demand but specialty stereo systems, speakers, amps and other components are attractive targets to criminals, who can quickly access your vehicle simply by breaking a window.

You will not only have to file a police report and a car insurance claims, but you’ll also have to go through the hassle of getting your car repaired and your audio system replaced.

Common Sense Ways to Avoid Car Stereo Theft

By taking a few common-sense precautions, you can help avoid stereo system theft.

Always lock your car. Never leave the engine running while you are inside your home or making a quick stop. Never leave anything of value in plain sight, as this can attract the attention of criminals. Don’t leave your windows cracked – not even a tiny bit – as this provides an experienced thief a quick and easy opportunity. Always park in well-lit areas and never keep a spare key in or around your vehicle.

High-Tech Ways to Avoid Car Stereo Theft

No matter how careful you are, you could still be the victim of a theft.

One possible way to protect your stereo system from theft is to have it installed so that it’s not visible to anyone looking into the vehicle.

Adding window tint can make it difficult for would-be thieves to see inside your vehicle. This also provides another degree of protection by making the glass more difficult to shatter. You can also ask your window tinting experts if they recommend acrylic shatter-proof anti-theft film or tint.

But the best way to protect your vehicle is to have a professionally installed car security system. Not only will this discourage theft, but many systems will even contact you remotely to alert you that a break-in has occurred.

The car audio and security experts at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 have the knowledge and experience to help you protect your vehicle and your car audio system. Today’s high-tech automotive security systems are designed to deter break-ins as well as vehicle theft. Contact us today to learn more about how a car security system can help protect your vehicle and car stereo system.

Car Audio Speakers: Understanding Power, Volume & Sensitivity

Understanding car audio speaker ratings
Understanding car audio speaker ratings

Your car audio system requires multiple components, working in harmony, to produce the high-quality sound you enjoy on the road.

The speakers are responsible for translating electrical signals into sound and delivering it to your ears without altering the original sound. They can’t do their job, however, unless they properly suited to work with the rest of the system’s components.

Unless you select the right speakers for your car – or motorcycle, RV, boat or Razr – you won’t get the results you expect.

Comparing Car Speakers RMS vs. Peak Power

Most speakers are rated by the manufacturer based on two factors: RMS and peak power.

RMS, or root mean square, indicates how much continuous power you can subject a speaker to without causing damage. Peak power is the maximum level of power you can put through the speaker in brief bursts without distorting sound or damaging the unit.

As much as overpowering a speaker can harm it, so can not providing enough power. For that reason, many manufacturers also provide nominal power ratings. This indicates the minimum amount of power the unit needs to avoid a problem. In fact, experts agree that underpowering a speaker is more harmful than overpowering them – at least in most cases.

Sensitivity Specifications for Car Audio Speakers

In addition to power ratings, car stereo speakers are rated for their sensitivity.

Sensitivity ratings indicate how effectively the unit converts a specific level of power into volume. In other words, this rating determines the amount of sound, in decibels, that the unit can produce. Some models can convert 50 watts of power into 90 decibels of sound, whereas a lesser quality model requires 100 watts to produce the same level of sound.

This is an effective way to compare the quality of different speakers you may be considering.

Which Speakers Are Right for Your Car Audio System?

If you plan to keep your factory head unit, you can choose speakers that are rated for a lower range of power. However, if you plan to replace your factory stereo, especially if you plan to add an amplifier, you will need speakers capable of handling a higher level of power.

It’s important to note that power ratings do not reflect the quality of the sound a speaker will produce.

You must also decide whether you want to use full-range or component speakers in your vehicle. The materials used to build the speaker are important, as are diameter and depth. If you hope to replace your factory speakers with aftermarket units that fit in the original locations, your choices may be limited.

The best way to ensure that you have the right speakers for your vehicle is to talk to a car audio expert. At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we are Provo’s experts in car, truck, RV, boat and motorcycle audio systems. We spend the time to learn your goals. We then evaluate your vehicle and, based on your budget, show you the best options for producing the sound you desire.

Contact us today to learn more about which speakers are right for your car audio system.

How to Choose a Car Audio Amplifier

Car audio amplifiers in Provo
Car audio amplifiers in Provo

Choosing a car audio amplifier can be confusing and, if you aren’t careful, expensive.

How can you make sure you get the amp you need without breaking the bank? The best way is to determine what your car stereo system goals are and then talk to an expert. At Pro Audio Pro 4×4 in Provo, our team of experts can help you choose the right amplifier for you, while ensuring you say within your budget.

Why Do You Need a Car Audio Amplifier?

The audio signal put out by your vehicle’s head unit is too weak on its own to make your car speakers produce sound. An amplifier boosts the power so that the signal comes through the speakers. Most factory car stereos have an amp built in, but it’s typically a weak one that does just enough to get the job done.

Not every vehicle owner needs a separate amplifier but, if you enjoy listening to music – or audiobooks, podcasts, sports, etc. – you want to clearly hear and enjoy your programming.

The bottom line is that, if you want great sound in your car, an amplifier is a necessary component. It will allow you to crank up the volume to a level you like without distortion. It also lets you get the most out of your car speakers.

What Type of Amplifier Should You Install in Your Vehicle?

The answer to this question is surprisingly complex. Amplifiers are classified according to their power ratings, based on how much power they put out per-channel. The higher the power rating, the more they amplify audio signals.

How much power you need depends on several factors, including the number and type of speakers you have and how loud you prefer to listen to your car audio system.

The right amp for you also depends on whether you’re adding an amp to your existing system or if you’re planning to also install a new head unit and new speakers.

Can You Add an Amplifier to Your Existing Car Audio System?

In many cases, you can add an amp to your existing car stereo system. You may want to do so if you have upgraded your speakers, or if you’re getting distortion when you turn up the volume on your system.

However, because amps are typically installed in a concealed location, the size and type of amp you can add will depend on your vehicle’s size, configuration and layout. That’s the second reason it’s important to consult a car audio expert.

In Provo, the Pro Audio Pro 4×4 team has the high-quality car audio components you need to create the system you need. Our installation team will ensure that your vehicle looks as good as it sounds, once the work is done. Stop by today to learn more about adding an amplifier to your car audio system.