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CruToys – Just the Good Stuff, because some things are pretty cool, but our wives like them too. Cru is the French word for “Raw” or “Growth” depending on how you use it. Many people refer to Cru Wines as “Vintage” or “higher quality”.
CruToys are all of that. If it has the raw essence of cool without being trendy, it is on the path to being a CruToy. Yes of course we like wine so you will see a lot of things related to wine and cooking. Some will look great and be epic fails like the Cork Pops wine cork remover. It looked simple but the cheap Chinese plastic eventually. Having your hands covered in black plastic goo when you are serving wine is the fast path to an embarrassing moment. We know because it happened to us.
Classic cars like Scott’s old 1966 Mercedes SL would count as a CruToy. Let’s face it, no one NEEDs a classic sports car, but they are fun and wife approved. Even cheap sports cars like early Porsche Boxters that can be had for half the price of a new Kia, count as CruToys. Yes, many say the Boxter is the “Girls Porsche”, but We’d rather drive a Boxter than a Kia.
Living the CruToys Lifestyle means being engaged with the world, letting go of the trends and finding your own raw essence. There are dozens of self help books that talk about building a brand. Inside all of us we have a raw personality, which when unfiltered by political correctness, is our true self. For CoolToys host Scott, his brand is CoolToys with a little Cru on the side.
Look for videos coming soon. Buy Your Swag Now!
Don’t liked scratched doors on your JL? Get over it or protect it.
Door sill protectors are like many things when a new car comes out. They just don’t exist. The switch from the JK to the JL for Jeep was no exception. Since our JL was pretty early in the 2019 model year finding non mopar add on parts has been a bit challenging, but leave it to the Chinese to get something on the market right away.
Since we have a dog on the show that goes everywhere the CoolToys Jeep goes, we decided to put in some door sill protectors. We bought three different types from Amazon that said they were exactly the same size on the description. All of them looked very similar in the photos to the non-existent Mopar door sill protectors. When they arrived not one met the actual dimensions posted and all were way to small.
So after test fitting all three brands and deciding not one was worth the $12-$39 we spent we sent them all back. I looked closely at the dealer installed Mopar version and thought they were a little small too. Since they still weren’t available for purchase at the dealer parts counter, the decision to skip them was easy.
Then we found the Quadratec door sill protectors. At $49 plus shipping they were a bit pricey but we thought we would give them a try. After waiting nearly five weeks and forgetting we had ordered them, they arrived.
After putting in the first one on the back passenger side we noticed a small flaw in the molding. That is why there is the super sized close up. Both back door sill protectors have the same problem. I also figured out the front door sill protectors cover so much territory, that I probably needed to mark them to get them aligned perfectly.
Blue painters tape was used to install the front two protectors. I probably should have done the same on the back. I didn’t follow the instructions that came in the box to the letter. Instead I removed the protector film from the large strip and then pulled the corner on the skinny top part.
This way I could line it up and hold it against the lip and slide it into place. Then I just removed the little corner tab to remove the film from the skinny section on top and they were in.
In the back they could go another 3″ towards the back. That is where the dogs foot lands when she jumps in. I put a small piece of 3M Clear protection tape there. The stuff they make clear bras out of. Our friends at G1 Graphics hooked me up with the scraps.
The front protectors are nice and long and even cover the bolt where the body parts meet.
See you on the trek, and don’t forget the wave – Scott
The Jeep JL or the Jeep JK That is THE Question!
Dealers are making deals. The Jeep JK and JL are both on the lot. In fact in 2018, Jeep was selling both the JK and JL models and many dealers still have both 2018 models hiding out back with great prices on them. We were very tempted to go with a 2018, but we picked up a 2019 Wrangler Unlimited Sahara JL. While we think it is a little too civilized, it is still a serious Jeep.
The 2019 Jeep JL we picked up arrived nearly identical to the Jeep JK we gave back. We added a lot of CoolToys approved upgrades like LED Halo head lights, Diamond LED tail lights, a headliner, and roof rack. The 2019 had all of that from the factory. Well the roof rack was an add on but it was a Jeep Mopar part and we like it better than the Rhino Rack even though it whistles a bit at speed.
After taking it into four foot snow drifts and spending a week in the Lake Tahoe area, we brought it back to the studio for a review and a couple quick add ons. The review is pretty straight forward since our 2019 came equipped just like the 2016 JK left.
Two things we already added to the new JL. First was the fold down tray for the back door which is great for long road trips. Next was a WeatherTech seat cover for co-host Chloe the dog because the old seat cover was not cool. After using several slightly less expensive seat covers in our JK, we spent our own money and bought the WeatherTech. It is the hands down winner, but we suggest a couple of those elastic clips for holding the sheets on the bed. Chloe manages to get it all bunched up when she jumps in. Other than that, the Weathertech seatcover is CoolToys Approved!
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The CoolToys Jeep JK Gets a Headliner Kit
If you have trouble talking on the cell phone, if your head is hot on long trips, or cold in the winter, maybe a headliner kit can help. If you have a Jeep JK that is.
In this episode Scott spends 5 hours in 103+ heat driving up to the old garage studio and then does it again coming back to the beach. On the way up, no headliner and the main camera is in a duffle bag.
On the way back, new headliner and the Canon XF 100 is in a nice Pelican case for the ride home.
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If you want your interior to be even a little quieter, a headliner kit will do the trick.
At COOLTOYS we are always looking for the next COOLTOY our wives won’t approve and we’ll want to buy anyway.
In the home audio ABUS and Amazon Echo Dot review and test we discovered that the first generation Echo Dot would “clip”. It initially sounded like digital skipping, a result of low bandwidth or bad wifi, but it was something else. The fix is easy.
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The Crew is out for Spring Break and Scott takes the Volt on the road.
ABUS is an industry standard (sort of) whole home audio solution. As our world gets more and more wireless, the range and dependability of the wireless systems becomes an issue. At COOLTOYS we have found that wired is always the best but the cost can be prohibitive.
If you want an easy to install and grow whole house audio system, or maybe even a small office system, see how ABUS does in the COOLTOYS test.