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Just Right

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A former e30 owner on recently posted some summer pictures of his e46  m3 that he had yet to share. This car is a great example of oem+ styling and I think the ride height is just right for a manageable daily driver/weekend warrior.

It also doesn’t hurt that he keeps it super clean.

No fender gap in sight
He is running 15mm spacers in the front and 10mm in the rear to fill out the wells
The smoked corners really help clean up the front end
While a little cushier and heavier than the e36 and e30 I wouldn't mind one... you?

On this same note I will be part of tonight , car chat is pretty rad as it’s a live blog via and you can login with your account. Tonight should be fun.

I will be embedding it into a post here later tonight as well.

I guess Quattro is usefull after all

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Well it seems as though Winter is finally losing steam which is great because I’m pretty tired of it how about you? Regardless I have a few pictures to take us through until the ‘official end of winter/start of spring March 21.

Audi lovers this ones for you.

Snow mudflaps are the best
This car looks killer
BMW vs Audi Driveway challenege! - Not sure the source of this one, hats off to them though

18 Days until spring!

Theme Tuesdays: Old School JDM

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Last week on called me out on the fact that I had not posted some old school JDM rides in awhile. Since he was right I decided to check some of my local sources for some old school goodness.

I’m not as up on my classic Japanese metal as I am my American but here goes.

Classy looking Starlet to kick things off
I think this is an old Celica? - (Nope Mazda rx-3 thanks joe)
Not sure what this is (TE21 Corolla 2 door sedan - thanks Phil) but the wheels look early Supra or maybe Mitsu Starion
Japans answer to the El Camino?
This old Subaru really does look like the wagon beside it
Judging by the plate this Celica is F20 powered, what happened with Celicas anyway
How did something start of so hard then go so soft?
This slammed wag is a popular one
Another classic wag
I love tubbed cars
Wish I knew what was under the hood
I love Datsuns
Just enough Japanese race influence for me
Another 1/4 set up piece of Japanese tin
What would this post be without a initial d esque ae86
This color looks like Hot Rod Flats Midnight blue, wonder if it is
No idea what this is anyone? (3rd Gen Celica thanks again Joe)
Respect your elders!

Feel free to heckle me with your theme of choice via the comments or

Supra Spot

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Saw this waiting for me after worked and sniped a few pictures with my iphone. but I figured I would share it here for those of you who don’t or are phobic.

After I took this shot I realized it was RHD and decided to take another
This car looks pretty serious made me wish I had stanceiseverything.com cards... hmmm

As the weather warms up expect more snipes!

Build, Build, Build, Build, Update

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Seems like every build I’ve been following along with you guys has had significant progress over the past month or so.Which makes sense because as the winter season begins to slowly give way to spring everyone begins to scramble to get their cars ready for another exciting summer.

Here are updates on Pat Cyr’s F20 AE86 Build, The M-tricks widebody 2002 build, the rebuilt track e30 build, and an introduction to Aidan’s Lexus IS300 build.

Pat’s F20 AE86

Pat cruised through the motor rebuild he started last update and has droppedthe motor back inside the freshly painted engine bay, while he was at it he also laid down a coat of paint in the interior.

There is still a lot left to do in this build but Pat seems to be plowing through the work as fast as he enters corners.

Bored out engine block
Motor with low comp pistons installed
Engine bay painted
Interior painted to match
The more assembled and ready to be installed
Until next time...

Gleb’s rebuilt e30

Last I showed you guys this build a lot of the hardest rebuild work had already been completed. Since then the car has been moved from the body shop back to the owners garage so that he can continue getting the car ready for the up coming race season.

So far the only hiccup has been that the cage is a little close to the owners head in driving position, he is hoping that some seats with generous side wings will the solution to his problems.

He could just notch his head….

Glebs car leaving the body shop, looks so mean
Got rubber?
This CF dash was removed from another e30 and installed with a bit of modification
The wheel tire setup on this car is so serious

M-tricks Motorsport 2002 Widebody Build

The last pictures of this build were in gray scale to hide the final color, but it look’s like that was all a rouse since these pictures show the car in black sealer with no base coat in sight.

Either way the car is looking great and it looks like a roll bar is about to find its way into the car. I like the rear strut bar/battery box combo looks pretty trick.

Lots of wide body and lots of dish, means this car is going to turn lots of heads
Another shot of the flares and wheels
The roll bar waiting install
Battery box/rear strut bar combo
Looks like a custom center console has also been thrown into the mix

Introducing Aidan Borges IS300 build

Not too long ago Aidan, a nomadic southern Ontario native, ed me regarding his love for the site and if I would be interested in showcasing his 2001 Lexus IS300 build. After taking a quick scan of what he had in mind I knew that I would have absolutely no problems sharing this build with you guys.

From the information he sent it seems like his car will be the most aggressive wheeled IS300, if not one of the most aggressive wheeled cars, in Ontario once it’s finished.

His plans stance wise include a set of 18×8 +36 Front 18×9 +35 Rear SSR Linea Sport Rims spaced out to +21 in the front and +25 in the rear while a a set of Tein comfort sport coil overs will be put in to replace the current Tien S-techs.

Body wise he has a Kaminari Roof spoiler, a Version Select front bumper and side skirts, in conjunction with a TRD lip for the rear bumper.

Performance wise he has a Fujitsubo cat back exhaust that should be going on within the next few days.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot more of this build as it progresses and being able to do full feature once it’s done.

Here are a few pictures of his car now and some of the parts:

Aidan's old Supra should give you an idea of what he is capable of
Aidan's unsuspecting IS300
Tein comfort sports
Nice new cat back ready for install
Nothing like a stack of parts waiting to be installed, and a cute dog

The Impracticality of it all

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Derek Kreindler is well educated, well spoken, Toronto based car nut who is not scared to voice his opinions. He recently wrote a article titled Hella Suck for his personal blog . Hella Suck touched on his feelings towards what is now known as the stance movement and was published on where found it and all hell broke loose.

If you have yet to read Hella Suck I suggest that you do, however might I also suggest that you take a deep breath before responding to it.

After reading Hella Suck it would be to say ‘you mad’ to Derek or call him a hater, and plenty have, but if you take a second to look past the harsh words he might have for your particular vehicle or styling prefrence you might just notice that he does raise some valid points.

One of his main points in regards to practicality is fairly valid:

Maybe it will fly in California, but in Toronto, with roads like the surface of the Moon and 6 months of snow, this style is impractical if not unfeasible.

While myself, and a fair number of others in Toronto, drive their lowered  car year round I would be lying if I said it was practical. I’ve pushed snow and scraped speed bumps from Toronto Ontario to London Ontario, and even as far as State College Pennsylvania.

The fact is Toronto’s best lowest, fitted, vehicles are rarely seen in both the summer and the winter months. This is because while six months of the year we have to compete with snow, the other six we have to worry about police officers pulling our rides off the road for being ‘too low‘ a practical mind field of newly formed potholes.

Have not and will not see this car in the winter

So Derek is right this look doesn’t really ‘fly’ in the GTA, it sort of glides with occasional touches on the ground or entangles in the power lines. Those of us who love it, do it, and those that don’t ride their cars a little higher.

The second point of Derek’s really got me thinking:

Setting up a car for drifting is usually ass-backwards to what actually makes a car handle. Still, it has managed to permeate the collective consciousness of young car enthusiasts, who are unaware that buying coil overs with absurdly stiff springs doesn’t actually make a car handle well, but rather masks the deficiencies of a poorly designed car.

I’m not going to pretend that I know the ins and outs about drift setup (or grip setup for that matter) but I know a little bit about both and I have seen a few people set their cars up for killer stance and try and also claim that they have improved their handling at the same time.

I think we all know that lowering a car has a breaking point and once you get past a certain height (which is different for all vehicles based on their initial suspension geometry) handling performance begins to lose ground to aesthetic.

Which is fine!

Yep slammed, but I can't imagine it tracks as well as it could

If the owner of the car, is willing to sacrifice performance for a look that is pleasing their eye than I think they deserve the freedom to do so. This freedom should also be granted to those who choose not to slam their cars as well.

Every aspect of the automotive hobby centers around personal choice and I think it would be beneficial for all of us if we all remembered this rather than trying to force our opinions on one another.

Moving on:

Most of the “cool mods” you can do to a given car makes it ineligible for most timed amateur competitions.

This point is one that really rang true to me and I think that a lot of people missed it because  it was closely followed the “Where else could anyone consider a Corolla as “dope” while keeping a straight face” comment.

While the modifications I made to my vehicle have not made me ineligible for timed competitions (that I am aware of) they have placed me in an autocross class that is not representative of my driving skill or experience which is, and I am not too proud to admit, a rookie.

When I do finally pop my autocross cherry there is a good chance I will be racing against drivers who have done the same modifications I have done not for looks but because they exceeded the limits of the factory components rather than just got sick of how they made the car look.

While I made sure the parts I fitted to my car were from quality manufacturers and took care to install them properly their is no telling how they will have positively or negatively affected my cars track performance and this is because I didn’t build my car with a track focus if I had I surely would have consulted the rule books of whatever classes I chose to participate in.

I think that while all of us become more and more wrapped up in our own preferred tuning scene it’s becoming to easy to forget that people outside of that scene do have valid opinions.

Instead of trying to shove the stance movement, or functional movement, down each others throats lets learn to respect aspects of each others point of view in discussion and go home to build our cars to our tastes.

We don’t have to agree but that doesn’t mean we can’t be civil because at the day we are all car enthusiasts that share a love for our cars that goes far beyond the transportation tool it really is.

If you are interested in reading more responses to Derek’s original article check out “Guys, I think we should let Rudolf play some of our reindeer games before he goes postal.” and ““

WTF Friday: By the power of Gray Skull

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As a child of the 80s (84) and a product of syndicated Television I spent a lot of my youth watching cartoons such as Transformers, M.A.S.K, GI Joe, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and He-man.

All of these shows involved a some sort of crazy vehicle that made an awesome toy but not an awesome 1:1 vehicle. Thank god for people with money, skills, and determination because two of these vehicles regardless of their practicality have come to life.

He-Man Land Shark

When I saw this on (a great blog for 80s nerds) I could hardly believe my eyes. Of all the toy lines the vehicles from He-Man could easily be considered the least practical to make into a 1:1 scale replica (well G.I. Joe had some bad ones too) and yet here it is.

The owner of this Land Shark says it was commissioned by Mattel originally but no one has any idea what for. My personal opinion is that someone had it commissioned on their last day at the company as some sort of elaborate joke.

Or Skellator really exists.

Yes for the curious the mouth opens and closes
Imagine the guns shot tennis balls like American Gladiator? Also note the car from Viper in the background
LOL, first diamond plate steering wheel I have ever seen!
Note the toy on the hood, this thing is alarmingly accurate
I wonder if fake tank tracks are in the works

This car is currently being restored by and I am not sure when it will be complete but if it is half as awesome as the video below it should be great!

TMNT Party Van

I am sure a lot of you saw this one on but I have been waiting for more photos of this car since I did the first ever Theme Tuesday on Vans. At that point I could only find one picture but thankfully now there are a few more.

Naturally this 1:1 replica is based on a VW bus and really makes me wish I kept the one I had as a kid.

Not sure why the Turtle looks so bad when the rest of the build is so good
Gotta live the stingers
The interior is spot on, and the memorbilia inside, epic
Again attention to details

Site Updates

I’ve got an idea for a spring themed post that will involve a bunch of my favorite independent bloggers (ie most my blog roll) so I am going to work on s to send to some of you guys this weekend.

Other than that I am going to bug my gf to clean up those stickers so I can send them off to .

Oh I also plan to weigh in on the big debacle that’s going on right now as well.

Flashback Friday

I am going to be posting some updates on basically every local build on Monday so for this Flashback Friday I decided to throw it back to my original Build Thread post.

A few of these builds I have not checked in on in awhile so I’ll probably check a few tonight and become reacquainted.

Knightx's build is still one of my favorites, I hear its going full track next year

You ma boy blue!

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I came across this DC Integra when looking for cars with BMX bikes on the roof for this weeks Theme Tuesday.

I know nothing about this car and can’t remember which forum I saw it on so for all I know these photos could be very old. Regardless I liked the car and the photography so up it goes.

Ironically I think I would prefer it without any rack at all.

Nice composition in this shot, I think anyway
Sittin pretty flush
The green actually works well with the blue under the hood
Clean interior with Bride seats
Don't you hate when summer showers come in the middle of a photo shoot?
DC integras take very well to a slightly raked stance
I think shocker stickers have run their course but I dig this rear shot
This shot really made me wish I could see the car without the rack

Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white

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I don’t post Acura NSX’s  nearly as often as I should, I posted this drift one and this one from CSCS5 sure, but other than that I can’t really recall posting anymore.

My lack of posting the Acura super car in no way represents that I don’t like the car, in fact I think they are awesome, its more due to the fact that I can count on one hand the amount I have seen in person. This means I often forget about this car all together which is sad really as the deserve shine time.

With that in mind I decided today would be a good day to share two NSX’s that have been on my hard drive for some time (Theme Tuesday idea that has yet to materialize). One black and one white because Grosirbajuanak is an equal opportunity blog.

This car looks mean as hell
Blackface and polished lips are still not played when done this well

Anyone else got some NSX’s they would like to share? Wouldn’t mind seeing some in the comments. Is the Phaze2 one still killin it?

Winter Wednesday: Apline White on Alpine White

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After I got in last night, from shoveling snow at my fathers place, I decided to torture myself and look at coverage from . I quickly found my self among the crowd.

After seeing a while 3 that caught my eye I ended up on , a site dedicated to Mazda’s in Southern California.

I’m pretty sure it doesn’t snow in Cali but had this car posted on their blog anyway. Seeing speed3s in the snow is not uncommon but seeing speed 3s on 18″ SSR’s in the snow is.

I love the front end of mazda 3s looks so meaty... in a good way
The wheels are SSR Vienna Kreis. - Thanks Rob
18×8.5 +37  225/40, 18×9.5 +37  235/40
The specs are: 8×8.5 +37 225/40, 18×9.5 +37 235/40

So far our winter has still been fairly tame and here is to hoping it stays that way!

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