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Readers Rides: SSgt Phil B’s Aircraft Loader

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When I started this blog aside from the somewhat far fetched goal of going to SEMA I didn’t really have any goals set goals, I figured I would post and let things unfold as they will. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined that one day stickers with my url would be next to a sticker on an army vehicle, on an army base, without someone going to jail.

Although never a goal, seeing this makes me feel very, very accomplished.

SSgt Phil B ed me in the comments of the Stickr’d post asking how he could get some stickers to throw on his hydraulic equipped Air Force Loader and contributing photographer Keven Soldo covered the cost of the stickers to make it happen.

Shortly before Christmas I went to the post office, and after a bit of confusion about sending packages out to the middle of nowhere a few Grosirbajuanak url stickers were on their way to .

Yesterday Phil sent along some pictures of  those stickers on the loader along with some stickers and it honestly made my week. It’s so cool to know that when he is on R and R from fighting for his country he takes time out to visit Grosirbajuanak and takes time out to me.

For a vehicle that spends it's time in the Desert it has surprisingly good stance

Wonder what its like to drive at full height
Fatlace and myself holdin it down
The clear bit was removed after these pictures were taken
How wide you guys figure these wheels are?
Phil ride that's waiting for him at home
And the man himself

I’m not going to get into the politics/controversy/opinions/whatever about ‘the war’ as there is already enough of that as it is and this isn’t the place for it.

I will say however, that I hope everyone currently fighting for what the believe in make it back home safely to their families, friends, pets and cars.

Thanks Phil for being a fan and sending in these photos!

If you want a set of your own stickers click the donate button at the bottom of this post and I will get them out to you asap.

Alternatively you can wait until my next contest/challenging question.

SSgt

Theme Tuesdays: Vintage Lowrider Extravaganza

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The concept of theme Tuesdays here on Grosirbajuanak is simple, every Tuesday I pick a theme and post a collection of vehicles with that theme that meet the stance criteria (modified suspension that suit the vehicles intent). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: Vintage Lowriders

This one might be a little weird for some of you and if so I apologize but I fell asleep Saturday night watching the, woke up Saturday morning in time to watch Living with , and then yesterday after reading a I stumbled across some vintage pictures of vintage low riders.

I figured all of this was some sort of divine intervention telling me to post some real classic stuff for this weeks theme so I searched for some vintage low rider scans on google and this is what I dug up.

Hopefully you guys enjoy!

Photo Scans

Imagine this was the family car growing up?
Hovercraft
Slammed Corvair, big afro
Lots of time and love into this paintjob
Classic lowrider style on a classic bug
Gotta love the vintage graffiti in this one
Strawberry Jam!
The hair and open shirt make this photo
How can you not want this in your driveway?
A Riviera I do believe

New pics of classic rides

I love these paint jobs...
Crushed velvet explosion!

Magazine Scans

Not a lowrider but not a car I was going to leave out
I love this gen Trans Am, normally in Smokey and the Bandit Trim but this works
Imagine when muscle cars and gas were plentiful?
Too sick
Low ridin, side pipin, suicide doored classic Mustang... crazy
I still dream about the same things today...
Seems like in those days models wore more clothes
Lol surprisingly no drug references in this article
Another bug, this time a magazine feature
If you have never been to a hop contest I suggest you try to get to one
Till the bolts fall out the license plate
Finish things off with a cool little article

Since these are all obviously classic material and non watermarked here are the threads/pages I got the pictures from:




Big shout out to all the people who scanned these and I can only hope that our generation documents our past as well and that it’s so fun to look back on later

Drift Build Updates

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Decided to check in on the two ongoing drift builds today; Pat from F20 ae86 build and Ryans sr20e30 build from . Both of these guys have been feverishly spinning wrenches to get these cars slide ready for the upcoming spring season if not sooner.

Pat’s F20 AE86 Build

Last we left Pats build he was working on reinforcing the uni body of the car and making the necessary modifications required to get the motor to sit in the engine bay. This time around he’s finished off most of the large fabrication items regarding mounting the motor and has shifted focus to getting the motor running.

Pats new modified cross member, welds are looking solid
Modified oil pan
Well there's your problem
Motor tear down begins
Internals laid out for rebuild

Ryan’s sr20e30

Last we left this e30 the build was just starting and there was a long list of stuff left to be completed. Now it seems like things have been moving so smoothly in the mechanics department that a bit of time has been devoted to the aesthetics of the car.

Since the bay has a complete wire tuck all of the wiring is actually in the glove box
Nicely done trans cross member
Exhaust work under way
Intercooler piping nearly complete
Late model bumper swap
Boso esque exhaust?

Pats build is basically a exclusive but if you want to follow Ryan’s build you can do so and

Random Dopeness: Volume 3

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Just a quick dose of stance on a Sunday morning.

This VW is really different than most of the cars I post but I dig this shot a lot
Slammed murdered 7 series
Normally I like body panels to match but this car works
Hard launch
This truck is beautiful as is

WTF Friday: Coming or going?

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When I was writing about this weeks totally unexpectedly popular post on the Boso Box I came across quite a few funny looking Boso cars. This one however is really something, the whole Boso thing makes me question what exactly is required to register a car for the streets of Japan…

I’m actually not even sure what kind of car this is a Nissan President maybe? So I guess this car raises two questions WTF is going on here and WTF kind of car is this?

Double the fun!

Not sure why it was done but it's farily well done....

Site Updates

Got another feature lined up for the upcoming week or so and I am planning on installing the word press mobile plug in to make mobile browsing easier.

I think I will be around/near a computer for one of if not both of the days of this weekend so I should be able to throw up some Sunday Swag or Random Dopeness so drop by between drinks, food, fun and friends.

Introducing: Keven Soldo

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This has actually been on the about page for awhile but I figured that I should make an ‘official’ announcement since as of yesterday he is now an official student of photography. I ‘d like to welcome My friend Keven aka K.Sold aboard as a contributing photographer to Grosirbajuanak.

Keven, , is not new to the site at all. He has been contributing photos and Theme Tuesday ideas for awhile now, and comments quite a bit.

He was actually the photographer behind the feature on Dales 62 Impala and he was a driver/shooter for the rolling experiment shoot.

Aside from his work behind the lens he has been a big part in my continuing motivation to keep this little project going as we talk about cars basically non stop and while his current car is at stock height he has big plans for it. His old e36 high sided on a speed bump once so I know he has it in him to create another head turner.

Look for more photos with the K.Sold watermark to appear here on Grosirbajuanak and enjoy some of the work he has already sent in.

My gfs car, did you know lowering these is really expensive?
They see me rollin they hatin
Kev is my way into the Subaru community
Our secret super close photo shoot location
The mini is actually his girlfriends car, she out stances him!
Keven was one of the first people I knew to go to Mosport
Who doesn't love Subaru Blue?
Ahh the elusive Saabaru
Kev's car is the red 4x4
It was tough to pic a fav from the Impala shoot but this is it

Pretty soon I am going to have to learn how to work my Rebel XT a bit better…

Winter Wednesday: Another snowy veedub

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Keeping it short and sweet today since yesterdays Star Status feature was the most writing I have done thus far on this blog.

Fresh snow looks so nice before it turns to slushy garbage, hopefully I can get some shots like these this winter (sans summer rims cause I am not crazy like that).

Silver MKIV looking awesome in the snow

It was snowing a little this morning in Toronto but it has stopped now which is good because I am too sick to deal with cold feet.

I am going to be introducing a new contributing photographer tomorrow so stay tuned photography heads.

Featured Rides: Star Status

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Volkswagen drivers are serious when it comes to stance. They have been doing it for a long time, and arguably do it the best. Therefore, anytime a pack of proper VW’s scrape down the street together, it’s a rolling lesson in stance 101. I hope that Northern Jersey and area residents have their pens and paper at the ready, because when Star Status is in town they put on a clinic wherever they go.

MKIII GTI – Ramon

The MKIII GTI is a popular platform among the VW crowd, and no VW crew would truly be complete without one. That’s why Star Status has this beautiful example in their fold. Ramon’s MKIII is heavily modified, but never looks over done which is proof of a keen eye to detail.

The body is set off by a JOM badge-less grill, vr6 chin spoiler, fk long turn signals, clear red hella tails, french headlights and chrome mirror caps.

Motor wise, the perpetually loved vr6 has been hopped up with a MarkIV headgasket, Autotech 262 cams, Schrick VGI intake manifold, Giac cam file chip, Secondary Air delete, and a Suitcase muffler delete. To help put all this new found power to the ground, a stage 1 clutch has also been installed.

Inside this dub, and behind a leather wrapped dash, sit a pair of r32 seats, which are complimented by matching leather wrapped door panels with Bentley diamond stitched inserts. The leather continues to flow over the A-pillars, glove box and center console. Finishing off the interior, a suede Bentley diamond stitched headliner was installed alongside a Weichers polished 4 point cage, should this car ever have the misfortune of ending up upside down.

The chances of this car rolling are, thankfully, pretty slim since it squats down in the weeds on a bagyard “bomber” air setup that tucks the 17×7.5 and 17×8 MAE crown jewels perfectly into the wheel wells

Sitting at FDR this GTI looks dialed

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Black MKIII Cabrio – Danny (Mouth)

The second Star Status car is Danny’s MKIII Cabrio, and it’s a serious bit of machinery. The boser hood hints that this car has a little bit of attitude, but I think few would expect that come spring time, underneath that hood and behind the badge-less grill an all black super charged 2.9L vr6 with a Shrick manifold, will sit in the red, shaved bay (which matches the red diamond stitched interior) for anyone ready for a little fun.

Additionally little birdie informed me that by the time spring rolls around Danny’s current 3 piece OZ Pegasus 16×7.5″ wide wheels will be history in favor of a deeper and wider set of wheels. The new set of wheels should be the icing on the cake for this mean little Cabrio.

This car has a motor under the hood that backs up its mean look

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UG MKV GTI – Sal

If Danny’s Cabrio wasn’t an indication that Star Status doesn’t believe that riding low always means riding slow, this GTI should be.

Sal’s GTI has been boosted up and beyond factory specs with a GT3071R turbo upgrade while the ride height’s been adjusted with a set of FK silverline coil overs.

With such a potent motor and suspension setup this car needed a pair of wheels to pull everything together and the HRE 449r 18×8’s do exactly that.

I wouldn’t mind taking this car out for a boot

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The Star Status Black Rabbits

Star Status likes to double their fun, and does so by having two sets of identical body, identical color cars in their flock.

The first Star Status pair is a duo of black MKV GTI’s that drive home the point that often nothing looks cleaner, or meaner than a slammed, clean, black, car.

Furby

Furby’s rabbit keeps the mod list short but very sweet, this car has; B&G coils, Radinox lipped Th-line rims (17×8 and 17×8.5), blacked out headlights, and amber turn signals.

Each of Furby’s modifications compliment the one before it, and create an extremely clean enviable ride.

Clean, nothing else to say

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Matt

Matt is from the same school of thought as Furby, and as such, his rabbit also has a tight list of well thought out modifications which play off one another to create a portrait of stance perfection.

This black beauty is hammered down onto polished Benz six slots with an air ride setup and has an cutout free oem votex rear, a badge-less grill, and projector headlights.

Both the no dumping and no parking rules have been broken here

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Slammed Matt’s way

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The Star Status Yellow GTI’s

Yellow is a hard color to pull off correctly. It takes a certain type of finesse to modify a yellow car knowing that one misstep can cause an endless amount of big bird references to take flight.

With two yellow cars in their collective, it’s safe to say that Star Status knows how to keep things tasteful when it comes to dealing with yellow rides.

Before Star Status, I would have been hard pressed to post two modified yellow cars in one post, but the decision is basically made for me when the yellow cars look as clean and proper as these. If all yellow cars looked as clean as thisGrosirbajuanak would be 90% yellow cars.

Paige

The first Star Status GTI was featured in the Girls with hot rides Theme Tuesday and upon seeing it again I remembered just why I liked this car so much.

The female touch behind this build knew that the factory body needed a little bit of help, so a badge-less grill was installed, half of the door cups were shaved, and the hatch was smoothed out entirely.

Once the body was all squared away, a set of RH wheels were installed and an air ride kit brought the body down to ground level.

A lot of guys in the game could take lessons from Paige on what it takes to build a clean, slammed, ride.

Beautiful car, beautiful photo

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Ahmet

Ahmet’s GTI starts out with the same Imola Yellow paint as Paige’s, and truly upholds the clean look that Star Status is known for. This GTI has an oem votex body kit (Super rare!) and smoked golf tails. Ahmet installed these taillights as something for slower cars to watch fade into the distance as his APR stage 3 turbo kit propels his car into the night.

Not about to leave the under hood area untouched, this car has received a flawless Star Status quality shaved engine bay as well. Inside a set of cloth r seats were installed.

Finally Ahmet’s car achieves it’s immaculate stance and fitment by sitting super low on Brown AC Schnitzer Type 1s at 17×8 upfront and 17x9s out back.

Notice how ever Star Status crew car is hammered but the bumpers are in great shape

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MKIV – DTek

Another Star Status black beauty DTeks MKIV is a head turner. The paint on this car is so deep that it’s easy to overlook the shaved hood notch, bumper notch, side markers and hatch. But what’s not hard to miss is the crushed red velvet that covers the headliner and pillars. This deep red provides a perfect contrast to that flawless black paint.

Under hood the motor breathes better thanks to an intake, turbo inlet pipe, down pipe and exhaust. While an aftermarket chip has been added to remove the restrictive factory ECU settings for a final power push.

The UV airbags on H&R struts bring this Golfs fenders down closer to the polished lips of the 18×8 and 18×9.5 J line 5SL2 rims and if anyone says that black face chrome lip rims are played out the need to look at this car again. When done right this look is tough to beat.

Simply Stunning

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MKV GTI – Dan

Last but not least in Star Status is Dan’s flawless red GTI. The body of this car has been fitted with euro R32 tails, and a no-cutout euro R32 rear bumper. Inside the engine bay, it packs an extra punch with a stage 2+ tune and bolt ons.

Inside this vw, the front and rear seats have been wrapped in black leather and alcantara to keep the occupants in place during high speed maneuvers, and since Star Status believes in the complete package, the door cards were also done to match.

Star Status is clearly a fan of air ride set ups, and this car is more of the same since it sports a bag over coil setup that allows the lips of these 17×8 and 17×9 polished faced RS rims to sit flush with the fenders when fully aired out.

With these wheels sitting so perfectly in the wells, you just know that a lot of time and measurements went into this final stance.

Once again the photo work of Daniel Berenson makes for a great photo of a great ride

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I’m no fortune teller but I can see Star Status making waves in the euro tuning scene for years to come. The nine cars you see above are just a few of the cars in the crew.

I’m very happy to have been able to showcase some of their amazing lineup of cars here on Grosirbajuanak, and look forward to posting more.

Thanks to for being the liaison between myself and Star Status and for splitting photo duty with his friends Ahmet Baran and D Tek.

If you would like to see more of their work photo work their flickr accounts are:


Theme Tuesdays: Down Del Sols

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The concept of theme Tuesdays here on Grosirbajuanak is simple, every Tuesday I pick a theme and post a collection of vehicles with that theme that meet the stance criteria (modified suspension that suit the vehicles intent). This weeks theme Tuesday topic is: Down Del Sols

This summer I saw a few nice local Del Sols and after writing the mini feature on Eric’s Del Sol I figured I would try and throw together an all Del Sol Theme Tuesday. Not too many people stick with this platform it seems but they are actually fairly receptive to different tuning styles.

Start things of with a local grown Del Sol, this was his first set of wheels
The car really came together when he got these RM's and swapped wings
Car looks money on these custom painted and lipped RMs
Not a big fan of the bumper guards but everything else comes together nice
Looks like the same car as above just at a different point in time
Don't think I have ever posted 3 versions of the same car in one Theme Tuesday Before
Keepin things simple and clean
Not often you see white and red wheels but they work on this Del Sol
Sportmaxx wheels are so hard to hate
Mugen Equipped
BBS wheels look good on almost anything
This Del Sol is looking sick on Schmidt th-line rims
Another shot, love the smoothed body on this one
I think these might be ccws but either way they look proper!

Point of discussion: The Boso Box

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I’ve seen this Scion a few times in my travels in the interweb. The man behind is a big fan of this car and I get most of updates regarding it from there. The style is a fairly rare in North America so it’s interesting to see someone with enough guts to try and tackle it but it raises the questions are we ready for this style to come here and do we even need it?

The Boso style came from so over there Boso cars are probably not really that strange but here the are a different story all together.

They really are strange and stand out quite prominently making a statement about the owners individuality.

As we all know the nail that sticks out gets hammered down and as such the Boso Box has been met with criticism on various automotive forums all over the internet.

This Is The Boso Box

The Boso Box is a custom home made flared scion sitting (at stock height) on 15×13(!!!) -119 Ronal wheels with magnesium faces. Since no one really knows anything about these wheels it’s probably safe to say they were some sort of racing one off’s.

In addition to the wheel and flare setups the box also has a crazy exhaust and a pretty accessorized interior and trunk area.

The Boso box
That's a lot of dish!
Flare's under construction
I can't imagine how these are legal...
Hood visor under construction, I've yet to see the final completed pics

Personally the Boso Box doesn’t do anything for me, I would never drive it myself, but chances are I will never see it in person and no one is forcing me to like it or to do this to my own vehicle.

While our tastes may differ myself and the owner (and all of you reading this) are still car enthusiasts all the same and we should each share somewhat of a mutal respect for each other.

I do see why some people feel so strongly against it but I’m not sure its worth worrying about that much. Far worse things have been done to cars before this and far worse things will be done after.

Do I want to see a bunch of cars like this on the streets here in Toronto?
No not really as it will just make our car laws more stringent but at the same time some Boso cars are not too outside of my realm of appreciation:

This is probably the only 'Boso' styled vehicle I could drive
This one looks pretty sinister

I think what it ultimately comes down to is different strokes for different folks. If we all modded our cars exactly the same things would be pretty boring no?

If you saw this car in your hood what would you think, and what would you do?

If you want to read more about the Boso box .

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