Monday, July 8, 2013

MaxPider Floor Mats review Lexus LS460

I contemplated for quite some time on a set of floor mats for my car. It was either the 3D MaxPider Kagu floor mats or the WeatherTech custom fit floor mats. I liked the quality of the WeatherTech, but just didn't like the look of plastic in my car. My brother has the WeatherTech in his truck and it fits well for the truck, but I had a luxury car and plastic floor mats didn't seem to fit the luxurious feel. So I ended up doing a bit of research on the MaxPider. I didn't find many reviews that answered the questions I was looking for. I bit the bullet and purchased a set.

Before purchasing I asked the dealer if the floors mats had holes in them to accommodate the floor mat retaining clips. He said yes. The reason I asked this was because from the pictures I saw online the floor mats did not have the holes for the retaining clips. I just assumed the pictures that were shown were stock pictures and that the actual product differed.

Onto the review.

I purchased a full front and rear set for a Lexus LS460 SWB (short wheel base)

It came in one box and it was very light.

back of the box shows that the mats are made with 3 layers. A bottom layer that grips the carpet so it doesn't move, a foam middle layer, and unique textured top layer. The top layer is the reason I purchased MaxPider over WeatherTech.

If you haven't noticed already. We had a minor problem. There are only holes for the driver side floor mat, that's it. The Lexus has retaining clips on all the mats front and rear.

A close up shot of the top layer. I really like it. The material reminds of the floor mats that are made for kids play pens (you know those foam floor puzzle pieces). Kind of like a really dense foam.

The back of the floor mat was like a really light version of velcro. I can see why these would stick very well.

Yes I still have the dealer protective cover on my floor mats. Don't judge me.

My original intention was to replace all my mats and still be able to keep the protective cover on my stock mats for when I sell this car to the future owner, but seeing that the MaxPider mats did not have the holes to accommodate the retaining clips. If I took the stock mats out the new mats would sit on top of the retaining clips and would not seat properly. So I assumed the new mats were to be placed over the stock mats.

but with placing the new mats over my stock mats we ran into a problem. Because I had the protective cover on, the new mats would not grip and kept sliding around.

As you can see the mats fit relatively well, but just would not hold due to the protective cover. I eventually gave in and pulled all the covers off the stock mats.

Eventually I got to the driver side. At least the mat for the driver side had the holes for the retaining clips, but I ran into another problem. The holes were not large enough to accommodate the retaining clips, so I couldn't replace the driver side mat even if I wanted to. I ended up just putting it over the stock carpet mat.
The next day I came up with the idea of removing the stock retaining clips from the car. I simply pried the clips out from the carpet.

The mats fit a lot better once I took the stock mats out.

In regards to the driver side mat I had two options. I could either pry the stock clips out or I can file the holes larger to accommodate the clips.

So I chose to file the holes larger.

The MaxPider mats are a lot lighter and thinner than the stock carpet mats so the retaining clips stick out a little bit, but not that big of a deal.

Ultimately the damaged had been done and I tore off my protective cover off my stock mats. I really wish I would have came up with the idea of removing the retaining clips first before removing the film from my carpet.

Overall I really like the MaxPider Kugo floor mats. It gives me the all weather protection without the look of plastic.

My only complaint would be the hole for the retaining clip. For floor mats that retail around $160 I would have expected them to fit properly without requiring me to slightly modify them.

Tahoe cabin trip 2013. Day 2

Woke up early Sunday morning and pretty much veg'd out on the balcony for a few hours. 

It's a chipmunk.

Decided to make myself some breakfast while everyone was still asleep.

This was barely the morning of day 2 and already they have gone through this much beer.

Pretty much didn't do anything for the day other than watch a bunch of movies at the house and eat food.

For dinner some Salmon tacos.

A few of us headed out to the casino at night but it was pretty dead.. Nothing much to report. A pretty relaxing second day. The weather was not that nice. A bit windy. Pretty much cleaned the house the next morning and we headed home.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Tahoe cabin trip 2013. Day 1

We did another Tahoe cabin trip this year for Peter's belated birthday. Stay in the exact same as last year. Some of the group went up early on Friday and the rest of us arrived on Saturday morning. We arrived at 7am and pretty much crashed for a few hours. 

When I woke up I had snapped a few pictures of the mess that was already made the night before. 

We pretty much got dressed and headed to Zepher cove.

It's 10am and it was time for sand, drinks, and tomfoolery.

Parker warming up for his calender shoot.

I have no idea why these guys like to pose like that.

Peter tried to do a sexy hair whip. I think it came out well.

We ran out of booze probably within 45 minutes... So it's off to the bar.

It was a nice 75 degrees. Nice weather to be at the beach, but probably not in the water.

Peter trying to sneaking up on Nichole.

but Nichole was well aware.

Still splashed her anyways.

Dung and Nichole discussing politics.

At this point I had handed off my camera to Alyn.

The beach ended up getting really busy. This year there was no cocktail server working the beach like last year, so we had to frequent the bar.

What you got there Anthony?

Look who got caught sleeping.

This was the last picture that I had. We ended up going back to the cabin around 3pm, after unsuccessfully trying to locate a Jack in the Box. Partied at the cabin for a while and cooked spam eggs and rice. I passed out at 5pm.

Woke up to the guys playing beer pong. I was ready to get dressed and hit the club. Woke up thinking it was 9pm or so. Came to realize it was 3am and the group had already left ages ago.

Well not bad for a first night.

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