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Winter Wednesdays: Banzai!

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Today’s  Winter Wednesday pic is pretty much on par with the weather we have been having here in the GTA. Small amounts of accumulation and a lot of slush and gray. I’m not really complaining but it’s not like I am stoked on it either. Anyway this 510 owner decided to have a little fun with the snow on his car.

I like 510s, infact I like them a lot. In a perfect world I would own one of them along with hundreds of other cars, too bad the worlds not perfect. This Banzai flag however is pretty perfect for being made out of snow on the hood of a car, maybe snow hood designs will be a new trend of winter 2010?

That 510 in the background looks like Anth's from buildthreads.. could it be?

Hopefully it’s dry enough today for me to wash my car, it’s filthy…

Going Against The Grain

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I first saw this Subaru but until my friend Dave sent me the link to the picture thread on I had not seen any photos of it in action. It’s good to see the owner uses the lift as it would have been a shame for him to build it just to get under the skin of people like myself and the crew over at

No need to worry about speed bumps...
...with this much ground clearance you could run over a small animal and not even notice
I bet the HF guys got a chuckle out of this
Flexin
Monster truckin!

I respect the owner for going against the grain but it sort of seems like he took his hate from one extreme and went to the other as it looks.

However I will admit it looks like a lot of  fun drive in the mud. Thoughts?

Theme Tuesdays: Race Stance

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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: Race Stance

There is a  definite breaking point when it comes to stance and when it becomes more of an aesthetic modification over a purely functional one. I have discussed my thoughts on this before so I won’t go into large detail about it again but I feel that as long as the owner is happy other people shouldn’t get too upset. However I think that we can all agree that these cars  look great and perform just as great.

This Porsche is looking serious on a set of works
e30 m3 touring/dtm cars are works of art
Painted wheels and polished lips are nothing new
Tuckin' front and rear with a super low splitter, gotta love it
I swear if any other car had this color I probably wouldn't like it
These Saab's looked a little funny in street trim but down right mean like this
Imagine someone running that wing on the street? It would be unacceptable, works on the track though
Track flares > Ricer widebody
I like how this class of racing retains little things like the door handles and tri star emblem
I'm not the biggest Ferrari fan but I can't hate on this
Flush, low, fast
I know a few of my readers are Miata owners and will know way more about this one than me
Is it just me or does it look like the one in the rear has a bit of over steer kicking in?
I love the early 90s touring series cars always had nice stance and nice center lock wheels
Volvo touring wagons get nothing but love
No M bumpers or lips here
Another Volvo this one is getting a little loose
Spark it or park it!

Race stance can prove as inspiration for street stance so hopefully some of you wrenching over the winter got some ideas.

Small Scale Stance

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Being the holidays I’ve been at my moms place the past few days and therefore away from Stance H.Q. I didn’t have much time to be bouncing from forum to forum and blog to blog looking for new content nor did I feel like cluttering up her computer with photos of cars she won’t appreciate. So I made due with what I had (my iphone and creativity) and figured that perhaps some of you might be interested in my latest model car project that’s been hiding in the depths of my moms basement waiting for me to finish. Hopefully this will be the year I actually finish…

My dad got me into building model cars fairly young since he realized it was a great cheap way to keep me out of his hair for hours at a time. As I got more hobbies and my 1:1 cars started to consume my time I started building less and less and slower and slower. Regardless of how much time I might have I still buy kits that catch my eye and store them away for when little bits of time make themselves available.

This 1955 Chevy Nomad is one of those kits. I chose the Nomad because I’ve never built a wagon before and I liked the fact that this one came with nice (but somewhat over scale) wheels and a nice stance. I figured it would be something I could build fairly easily and ad some custom touches along the way, if I recall it was under 10 bucks too so the price was right.

The very first thing I did to the model once I got it out of the box was chop the top, I decided the stock roof-line was a little to mundane for the wheels and ride height of the car and that a slightly lower top would help it all flow better. This is my first chop top so it’s a cool challenge, I eliminated some pillars and scratch built some others, while I was working on the body I decided to get rid of the door handles and emblems as well.

I've still got a lot of sanding left to do but automotive spot putty is working really well
I've still got a lot of sanding left to do but automotive spot putty is working really well
I like the new roof-line, makes it look a little more aggressive

The interior and chassis are getting normal treatment, with nothing over the top just adding detail where I can and how I can. The brake setup was done with red calipers while the rotors got some detailing so the look cross drilled and slotted. The interior is going to be tan with silver accents once complete, and I am also looking into building, or finding a tank and some hose to simulate an air ride set up but we will see if that actually happens.

I had more or less finished the chassis since the last time I worked on it
I had more or less finished the chassis since the last time I worked on it
I used some textured plastic paint I had to simulate undercoating of the floor of the vehicle
I spent a while detailing the motor, caliper, and rotors the next kit I build I want it to have photo etched pieces
I still have to go in with a fine brush and clean up a lot of the edges of the interior but most of the base colors are down
In reality this car probably could not turn
There is a firewall garnish missing hence the gaping hole
While I was workin on the Nomad I brought my s10 and highboy down for some repair after falling off shelves

Once the Nomad is done and the s-10 and 32 Ford are fixed back up I plan to get my on and shoot some creative shots of all of my slammed models. I’m back at home now so you can expect more 1:1 scale content tomorrow.

Merry Christmas

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Or should I say Happy Holidays? I’ve never been too polictally correct, but I am going to assume that none of my readers are too uptight about which vernacular I use ;). Today’s a day to be spent with family and friends enjoying the spirit of the season so I hope everyone is doing just that. To those of you who have found the time to stop by here today leave a comment and I will send you a free set of S.I.E. url stickers of your choosing. Happy Holidays!

Man I love Transformers
I know it's a small gift but it's the best I can do :P
I know it's a small gift but it's the best I can do 😛

The 12 Auto Blogs Of Christmas

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I’ve been meaning to compile a list of some of my favorite automotive blogs for awhile now and sadly this idea for the ’12 Auto Blogs of Christmas’ hit me after I could have done it for the twelve days leading up to Christmas. But I decided to not let a little thing like time stop me and went ahead and compiled a list of the 12 auto blogs I visit regularly in no particular order.

I’m not really sure how I originally came across Noah’s blog but chances are pretty good that it was via the blog roll of one of the the other eleven blogs posted today. Noah has a diverse hatch fetish that causes him to in addition to cars .

Noah is also a really down to earth person with a big heart who is using his blog as a way to raise money for someone in neeed. Check out the  and lend a hand if you can it’s a great cause.

Who else but Noah could find a pic of a sick looking Yaris?

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It’s always cool when worlds collide () and that’s what happened when I found . Logan and I both ride BMX and love cars, the difference is that unlike me Logan is just as crazy behind the wheel of his car as he is on his bike.

When he’s not sliding his car or blasting airs on his bike you can find Logan writing about awesome cars of all sorts on: .

Logan Putting in some work at Full-lock

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is a crazy crew out of Santa Barbara who like their cars low and live by the A few rules from the handbook should give you an idea of what these guys are about:
1. Shock travel is for bitches.
14. We like our girls how we like our cars, HAMMERED.
29. The home of bad taste and poor geometry.

While not for everyone I dig this crew and their blog.

Slamburglars Miater at Left Cost Low

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is written by the working class car nut for the working class car nut. Written by a group of authors with years of industry experience is the place to visit for industry news, product reviews, and car recommendations.

In 2010 Up-shift is going to launch on a new platform to match their new content (), personally I am looking forward to the ask an officer column, who else has that?

Jon from Up-Shift's dynamic duo

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Ford and Fiat – The Automotive Saviors?

Ever known a photographer who’s work you can’t seem to get away from? They are just so good that their photos are posted on every local forum you visit? That’s Chris.

Chris is an amazing GTA based automotive photographer who uses his connections in the scene to shoot a unique collection of cars and events. Being  winter here in the GTA updates have slowed a little but expect big things this spring.

Chris went out the the 09 Rally of Tall Pines event and true to form took some great shots

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Meg is a die hard car girl who happens to be married to a car guy, between the two of they they have three cars two of which belong to her and are big followers of the function follows form school of thought.  This doesn’t mean that their cars look bad though, it means is that the cars in their family are equal performers and lookers.

Meg is currently in the middle of a SR20DET swap in her 240 and has promised that when it’s done stance and flush is next on the agenda in the mean time she writes in depth thoughtful posts from her perspective as a female tuner.

Foxy's main ride, her Miata

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is a big, big, reason why I started my blog. I was jealous of the fun it seems like Joe is having with his. Joe noticed something missing in the automotive blog sphere (a Honda/Acura focused blog) and capitalized on it and I am trying to do the same with a stance/gta based blog.

Being a freelance writer for a few Honda publications also allows Joe to do things like go to SEMA, shoot cover cars, and have a large audience diverse audience willing to listen to him talk about Saved By The bell, lucky.

Long Beach Represent EG hatch

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is similar to in that it’s written by a collection of car mavens (connoisseurs). The crew sure do get around since their event coverage and featured cars are at a level that which can only I hope to one day achieve.

They also do an excellent job of combing the internet for unique rides to post in their “” category while I check this blog daily I have yet to see any Canadian content, a bit of a bummer, but hey that’s where I come in.

That sick Z again

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I don’t really know much about Phil as his blog contains no about page. But from what I can tell from reading his blog and the fact that he named every car in a WTF Friday post without batting an eye is that Phil really knows his cars. His short to the point posts are always a pleasure to read.

Lancia Delta Integrale! Not too many people talk about these, Phil does though

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Before I found I used to spend a lot of time hopping from board to board looking for long in depth build threads wishing I had the time and money to do one myself. Now that I have found Build Threads I spend less time looking and more living vicariously through others.

I can relate to Anth in the fact that he’s a guy that just wanted to blog about something he enjoys and the fruits of his labor have paid off since he recently got featured in , awesome.

Anth's clean Datsun on works

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Next to The Chronicles HellaFlush was probably the second biggest influence I had to create this blog, it’s just a really awesome, well designed, well done, and well run blog that posts flushed (and occasionally slammed) cars from all over the internet. Getting mentioned on this blog means a lot to me and I’m proud to say that I have not done it once but twice.

This car is so G, if I was dapper I would drive this

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It’s been a long time since I have played any version of Need For Speed but that doesn’t stop me from liking speed hunters. Another combined effort Speed Hunters is similar to Motor Mavens in that it covers “the car culture at large” everything from Rally to Lead Sleds can be found here and if you respect and enjoy the car hobby you will easily lose hours of your day at Speed Hunters. I am hoping to one day be able to contribute to this blog somehow… fingers crossed.

Speedhunters has pin up girls.

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Well that’s it for the 12 blogs of Christmas but that’s hardly it for my favorite Automotive Blogs, I look for new blogs almost daily since each new blog I find helps make S.I.E. better as each inspires and motivates me differently. So expect another post or two like this in the future as I find new blogs everyday.

Have a safe and happy Holidays and if you have a chance drop by tomorrow, it will be worth it 😉

Readers Rides: Friendly Rivalry

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and are two friends (and S.I.E. fans) from Tucson, AZ, Adrian whips a slammed Accord while Will pushes the dropped bug on phone dials I posted in one of the first readers rides. The two of them got together to do a photo shoot sent the snaps my way . When I asked who’s lower it seemed the topic was up for debate between the two but a little friendly rivalry never hurt anyone.

So many good things going on in this picture, I dig the sticker the lower sticker cluster
Accords are pretty hot right now and Adrian's is one of the reasons why
Accords are pretty hot right now and Adrian's is one of the reasons why
Adrian says depending on where you measure from he is lower, Will says he is, looks about even to me
Adrian says depending on where you measure from he is lower, Will says he is, looks about even to me
Adrain's sticker cluster, I want that boobies sticker pretty bad.
I need that boobies sticker, and the cheap wheels one

In addition to sick cars both of these guys also have pretty rad flickr accounts (Will: , Adrian: ) that are worth a gander.

I noticed via some creeping and it was Will’s Birthday yesterday so happy belated dude.

Thanks for sending in the pics guys, keep me updated on the rides.

Theme Tuesdays: Pics with attitude

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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: Pictures with attitude

Today’s theme is inspired by the following picture posted on :

To me this picture says 'I know you think this is wrong and I don't care'
To me this picture says 'I know you think this is wrong and I don't care'

As soon as I saw this photo I knew that I had a theme for all the cool photos that I had sitting on my hard drive that immediatly stood out to me but I was not sure what capacity to post them in.

All of these photos have great looking cars but what these photos really do is caption the passion and attitude of the car, club, scene or event and cram it down the viewers throat.

Another sparker that took the internet by storm last week, shouts to stanceworks/fluid motor union
Another sparker that took the internet by storm last week, shouts to stanceworks/fluid motor union

Sure his car probably still stinks but somewhere in there someone is smiling
Sure his car probably still stinks like burnt rubber but somewhere in there the owner is smiling
I love that sticker, doesn't hurt the owner is getting awesome
Imagine walking down the street doing some mundane shopping and seeing this?
Imagine walking down the street doing some mundane shopping and seeing this?
Sure you guys can hop in but my girlfriend gets shotgun, note the rubber chicken
Sure you guys can hop in but my girlfriend gets shotgun, note the rubber chicken
Nah mean?
This s2000 is amazing, nah mean?
This pic reminds me of when of my cats hops over something to get the other
This e30 looks like it's on the hunt for slower vehicles
One day I have to go to a Stateside minitruck show, these dudes get loose
One day I have to go to a Stateside minitruck show, these dudes get loose
With this shot I assume she is the owner, you should too
I've always liked M1s so to see a picture of one given er on the track is a treat
I've always liked M1s so to see a picture of one given er on the track is a treat
You know I have still never seen this in person?
Few quick runs then it's off to the grocery store, I love a car that can do both
Looks to me like a lot of fun was had in this photoshoot
Looks to me like a lot of fun was had at this shoot
Always fun to roll with similar car owners, I'm sure the van owner wonders if he drove onto a race track by mistake
Always fun to roll with similar car owners, I'm sure the van owner wonders if he drove onto a race track by mistake

I enjoyed this one, probably going to start collected for ‘Pics with attitude part 2’ tonight.

Size doesn’t matter

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I’m not really sure where I came across this Mini but I’m glad I did. This Mini is wears a set of CCW rims and wears them quite well. CCW rims have to be one of the more popular wheel choices of 2009, I’ve seen them on almost everything and I’m not mad at that.

I'm not up on my Mini knowledge but I'm sure there are some aftermarket tricks in that bumper
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What I would do for a rig...

Our tower is bigger!
This car looks mean as hell and yet fun as hell at the same time

Indecisive

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I’ve heard of indecisiveness before but this is pretty crazy. Wicked Mayhem from is a pretty crazy guy who works faster than most people and always has more than one in the works at any given time. One guarantee with Wicked is that no matter what vehicle he drives it’s not going to stay stock height, but it might be both lowered and lifted during his ownership.

Wicked bought this Blazer to replace his first and promptly lifted it, and mudded it, then get got bored… so he dropped it and notched it. During that time he also went through three or four sets of rims, and an equal amount of stereo setups. Then suddenly he decided he was done and sold it for a profit.

Lifted

Lifted and used
Lifted and Mudded
Gettin down and dirty
Gettin down and dirty
My friend likes Rangers, I like Fords, so I had to include this one
My friend likes Rangers, I like Fords, so I had to include this one

Dropped

I wanted a set of these Iroc Replicas so bad when I had my Blazer
I wanted a set of these Iroc Replicas so bad when I had my Blazer
Vette Calipers peeking out from those Chrome Irocs
Vette Calipers peeking out from those Chrome Irocs
This would make a nice daily, clean and to the point

Silvarado

Using the profit from his Blazer he decided to jump into a full size so he picked up a Silverado. This time he started out by immediately slamming the truck as far as it could go without bags. This time his indecisiveness kicked in before he had a chance to go wheel shopping because the truck is now lifted and he swapped out the factory tires for something a little more aggressive.

Call me crazy but I think Full size trucks look sick slammed
Call me crazy but I think Full size trucks look sick slammed

Raised

Imagine this as a tow pig? Sick.
Imagine this as a tow pig? Sick.
Lifted on mudders, sadly, it looks kinda typical like this
Lifted on mudders, sadly looks kinda typical like this
However Wicked Mayhem is not one to have a typical truck for long so I have faith this will get much sicker
However Wicked Mayhem is not one to have a typical truck for long so I have faith this will get much sicker

What I find really odd about all of this is that Wicked Mayhem has a large number of tattoos which you wouldn’t expect from a guy who can’t make his mind up about which way his trucks go. It would seem that his indecisiveness stops with trucks.

I wonder what his tastes in women is like…

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