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vbRides – Garage 1.0.6

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vbRides is a vBulletin Garage plugin for vBulletin Suite 4 forum software. Members of your website can showcase their rides with the community. This is not a port or copy of another garage but a unique mod designed by a car guy for the car community. My intentions with vbrides is avoid the bloat of unnecessary extensions an keep a simple 'showcase' style garage.

I have wanted to build a 'garage' add-on since I first started with vbulletin an worked on something with Magnus ten years ago. It was Christeris new add-ons that had the style an layout that inspired me to create this new add-on. He has since abandon his work an given ozzy47 his code who has given me permission to use Christeris code to build a new garage add-on called "vbRides".

Due to starting with code from another project this add-on will remain free an not offered as a pro or lite edition. However there was extensive work writing vbrides an would appreciate your support.

Key Features
  • User management of rides through the User Control Panel
  • Forty fields of specifications to fill out for a detailed ride profile.
  • Support for an audio clip embedded with the HTML5 audio player.
  • Ride owners can add a single YouTube video.
  • RSS feed for new rides with photo, title, an description.
  • Searchable fields include owner, VIN, and keywords.
  • Unlimited categories an subcategories.
  • Lightbox presentation of ride images
  • Create new ride thread in a specified forum showing the ride year, make, model, an it's main image with a short description.
  • Up to 5 ride listings can be automatically generated an added to owners forum signature.
  • Social Media block can either use AddThis account or choose Twitter, Google, Pin It, an Facebook like buttons.
  • Owners ride listings tab can be shown on their user profile.
  • Vehicle of the day within it's category added with cron.
  • Extra fields can be added under the user stats block.
Under Construction
  • SEO Friendly URLs has not been tested an should be considered under development.
  • Custom Facebook Open Graph isn't working as intended.
  • Signature hook is only showing ride for first post. To Fix Plugin Manager > Edit Plugin vbRides: Postbit, Signatures and PM's, Remove the "_once" from require_once.
  • Missing side padding for text in side blocks with last update.
Future Plans / Wishlist
  • Drag Strip stats, an extension to add drag racing information with timeslip images.
  • Modification system, an extension to add searchable database based on the parts. So a Holley carb install would be linked to other rides who have done the same install.
  • Add activity stream support
  • Download and unzip the file ''
  • Upload the content of upload folder to your existing vBulletin directory. If your admincp folder is renamed from default manually move vbrides_admin.php to it.
  • CMOD 777 the directories:
    • vbrides/photos
    • vbrides/audio
  • Goto Admincp, Plugins & Products > Manage Products > Add/Import Product and import product-vbrides.xml
  • Set the various settings in vbRides
  • Set Usergroup permissions See Post

YouTube Channel
vbRides Instructional & Demo Videos


Demo Account:


More Screenshots

Phrases are included in the install xml, the file in downloads is extra for use in translating or rephrase for different uses.

Change Log

  • Version 1.0.1
    • Updated functions_vbrides.php to correct missing deleteDir() function
    • Fixed template bugs in 'vbrides_view_ride', 'vbrides_my_comments_bit'
    • Added post new ride button to front page in 'vbrides_rightside' template
    • Product xml should now install on forums without cms although template is still added
  • Version 1.0.2
    • Updated vbrides.php, vbrides_modcp.php, vbrides_usercp.php to fix bugs with comments
    • Updated add_rides_forumhome.php to hide block if no rides to show
    • Changed the moderate.png from site_icon folder to a filled in comment bubble
  • Version 1.0.3
    • Added hard coded avatar width in comments to avoid breaking the layout
    • Redesigned how thumbnail images are made, now set a fixed height an width
    • Reworked RSS feed, now 100% validates so should work as intended
    • Fixed various bugs, so reupload all files
  • Version 1.0.4
    • Inserted link to "AddThis" in AddThis profile ID description
    • Fixed Show Empty Categories to work as intended
    • Removed removeslash function as it didn't work on all servers causing fatal error
    • Removed bbc table structure in new ride forum post template to work with TapaTalk
    • Added min/max character info to small description input description so users are aware
    • Added style variables for adjusting the rating text in view ride page
    • Reworked pm and new thread code an phrase template
    • Edited moderate.png, moderated.png, and stars.gif
    • Fixed broken style in member ride tab caused by last update
    • Rewrote vbrides_stats.php to correctly count photos and main images as total images
    • Fixed various bugs, reupload all files
  • Version 1.0.5
    • Ride report permission should be fixed to hide from Guests
    • Removed dependancy on cms an blog css tags
    • New setting Show Create Rides Button as graphic button, link, or hide
    • Fixed bug if overwriting main photo would add to the photo count
    • Performed a spellcheck on the phrases to fix misspelling an grammar
    • Added new style variables for list header to make up for removing blog.css
    • Fixed various bugs, reupload all files
  • Version 1.0.6 Thanks to Keyser Soze for his contributions regarding this version.
    • Changed breadcrumb nav to better use vbulletins breadcrumb-navbits
    • Removed dependency on cms an blog css tags
    • Changed how YouTube videos are added, can now enter full urls
    • Fixed bug with comment counter
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