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Theme Tuesdays: Dub Steppin

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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: Volkswagens

I think it’s safe to say that Volkswagen owners have always been on the fore front of this stance game and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. I always have a lop sided amount of Volkswagens on my hard drive in comparison to everything else so it’s time to liberate some of my favorites. Don’t expect this to be the last VW Theme Tuesday.

I think VW guys are the only ones who embrace hub caps
I think VW guys are the only ones who embrace hub caps
Boost
Boost
Borbet Type A's are beautiful
Borbet Type A's are beautiful
Murdered out with shine
Murdered out with shine
Something about this pic, so clean so simple
Something about this pic, so clean so simple
Once again green for the money gold for the honeys
Once again green for the money gold for the honeys
I think I have seen this car at a few shows in the summer
I think I have seen this car at a few shows in the summer
I've never seen that Audi before though
I've never seen that Audi before though
LM's can never fail
LM's can never fail
Keeping it clean and simple with a bagged LM setup
Keeping it clean and simple with a bagged LM setup
Down and out
Down and out
This is one of the better camo jobs I have seen that wasn't a wrap
This is one of the better camo jobs I have seen that wasn't a wrap
Interesting wheel choice on this bug, works though
Interesting wheel choice on this bug, works though
I am a big single round headlight fan
I am a big single round headlight fan
This one slipped through the cracks of the painted wheels Theme Tuesday
This one slipped through the cracks of the painted wheels Theme Tuesday
Had to end this post with a bang, this ride is serious!
Had to end this post with a bang, this ride is serious!

Two Local Heart Transplants

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I’ve never been a vehicle purist, I am all about doing whatever it takes to get your vehicle to suit your needs, if a motor from another company fits under the hood of your car and can make more power cheaper than one of it’s parent brand then by all means put it in there. If  you are a die hard Honda Hatch fan and an RWD vehicle fan at the same time and the only way to combine the two means sacrificing a clean CRX shell that a lot of people would pay good money for than so be it.  As long as the end result is better than what it started as then why not cut, weld, and modify? I love off the wall builds and these two are some of the GTA’s finest.

SR20 E30

Ryan and the crew at are not out to make any friends with this swap, they are out to make a competitive street/drift machine. As soon as Ryan posted pics of his e30 on Toronto BMW message board the crowd was split down the middle, purists on one side non purists on the other.

The m20 isn’t really anything to write home about so I am not sure why everyone has their panties in a knot, and additionally the guys from seem pretty cool so I am going to watch this one progress and hopefully check out this car at a few events next summer.

The Diamond Racing steelies and zip tied air dam are the first tip that Ryan isn't the average e30 owner
The Diamond Racing steelies and zip tied air dam are the first tip that Ryan isn't the average e30 owner
Some modification required
Some modification required
A little bit of sparkle added
A little bit of sparkle added
Few friends and an engine hoist are all you need... where is the beer though?
Few friends and an engine hoist are all you need... where is the beer though?
The red headed step child in it's new adoption home
The red headed step child in it's new adoption home
The last item on this list could get a little messy
The last item on this list could get a little messy

This build can be followed on the blog and I must say I am jealous that they have a nice and presumably warm spot to work in, wish I had one of my own my dads garage is getting mighty cold these days.

RWD CRX

This rwd crx build is completely insane, and I love it. To take a reasonably sought after shell (in this part of the world where Honda’s crumble to rusty dust) and hack into it to create what you want takes guts, confidence and fabrication skill. Aaron seems to have n short supply of any of these traits.

Aaron  has embarked on a 2 year, give or take, RWD crx project that is going to be using the running gear out of a Honda s2000. Unlike Ryan,  Aaron likes to keep things all in the same family and I have no issues with that either, quite frankly this car is going to be so unique when its finished that it hardly matters what is under the hood. The amount of fabrication and calculation that is going into this build is truly impressive. I check on this build from time to time and each time I leave more impressed than the last.

CRX mid dissection
CRX mid dissection
New subframe in place for the F20
New subframe in place for the F20
RAPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSH
Did I forget to mention it's boosted?
Incredibly well done transmission tunnel
Incredibly well done transmission tunnel
Rear suspension progress
Rear suspension progress

You can follow this build over on the images on the first few pages are down so I linked you in about half way through.

Got a crazy build in the works? Let me know at and if you want to see some more crazy builds head over to , the is bananas.

WTF Friday: Tow Truck Fail

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Tow truck drivers are an interesting bunch, I’ve had both the pleasure and displeasure of using their services at different times in my life. If nothing else anytime you get into a tow truck you are going to have a memorable experience. However I hate ‘chasers’, chasers are the tow truck drivers who race to an accident first to ‘claim’ the cars they often drive erratically and can cause more accidents themselves. Today’s WTF Friday is an example of just that.

The general word on the street as to what happened is that the tow truck driver in question was doing 140km in a 60km zone trying to make it to a fatal car crash first, in his haste he was almost in a fatal car crash himself.

The driver escaped with minor injuries and power was taken out of the area for a little bit but it was all restored. Cost the tax payers 20,000 though…

For the local folk this was Dundas/College way area in Mississauga
For the local folk this was Dundas/College way area in Mississauga
It takes a lot of speed to wrap a 1 ton like this
It takes a lot of speed to wrap a 1 ton like this
wtftow4
That's pretty twisted...
The driver was trying to avoid the bus and ended up hitting the pole
The driver was trying to avoid the bus and ended up hitting the pole

This really could have been worse and its a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed. But man wtf 140 in a 60?

Site Updates
The Function vs Form article I wrote has been fairly popular and even got a which is great because I have been trying to get my foot in the door relationship wise with them for awhile, Bryans T-bird has also rightfully garnered a lot of traffic.

In sticker news I ordered 90 more yesterday the colors are as follows:
15 Black
15 White
15 Green
15 Gold
15 Gunmetal
15 Pink

Once they arrive I will let you all know how to get them. I am thinking about setting up pay pal donations this time just so I can put the proceeds into more stickers sort of like a perpetual motion machine. Anyway TGIF!

Readers Rides: Bryans Beautiful Bagged Thunderbird

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Just the other day I was thinking about how now that the weather has gone sour I really  miss going out to Street Classics and Applewood Plaza shows. I’m a pretty  big fan of older American iron so I was really excited when  the account and had these pictures BC Stance is Everything fan Bryan M’s 63 Thunderbird waiting in my inbox, his car is a real beaut and I am glad to be able to share it with you.

Bryans 63 is sitting on bags and looks amazing
Bryans bagged 63 sits perfect
Older T birds have such nice body lines
Dude in the hat is checking out Bryan's Bird's ass
I think my heart belongs to older vehicles
I think my heart belongs to older vehicles

Thanks Bryan for sending in pictures of your bird, it’s great to see someone keeping the classics alive and proper.

For those of you who have sent in pictures of your rides rocking Grosirbajuanak pictures don’t worry I am going to post them soon I am just going to compile them all into one post. Just waiting on a few more promised shots 🙂

Function Vs. Form

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Every day I like to make my rounds in the automotive blogsphere to keep a breast of what’s happening in other scenes. One of the blogs I frequent is . For those of you who don’t know Speedhunters is an automotive culture blog run by Electronic Arts, this blog touches on every part of the automotive hobby. Every month they do a theme, October was , and November was . Surprise, surprise, I was a big fan of slammed month. One thing I did notice via the comments though was that was that quite a few people were not fans of slammed month. It seems most of the people who were not fans based their arguments around function and those who were fans based theirs around form.

I think the age old function vs form argument is an interesting one and I look at it perhaps a little different that most. I think that regardless of what the factory’s original functional intentions were, beyond meeting the necessary requirements to move someone around, the final function of the vehicle is up to the owner.

Cars can be built a variety of ways; track rat, street machine, hard parker (show car), garage queen, dyno queen, knee jerker and so on.

that recently took the internet by storm is definitely what I would call a knee jerker.

Form: Exhibit  A
Form: Exhibit A

This car was built to the owners tastes and it causes a knee jerk reaction. I am quite sure that everywhere this car goes the same few questions are asked ‘Why would he do that?’, ‘How did he drive that here’, ‘How can someone do such a thing’, ‘When is he going to paint it’ and ‘Why would someone ruin a Datsun like this?’ I know because when I saw it I asked some of those same questions.

One could say that the owner took what a great platform and totally robbed it of its handling ability by slamming it do the ground via , sure, but at no point does the owner of this vehicle pretend it’s a track car. He built this car to bring a smile to his face every time he looks at it and drives it and as far as I can tell it’s working so the car is, in a way, being functional is it not? It’s new function is to bring enjoyment to the driver.

To flip the coin lets look at car that was built to put in a lot of track duty:

Function: Exhibit A
Function: Exhibit A

Similar to the aforementioned 240z this e30 was built to turn heads, however the difference is that it was meant to turn the heads of fellow competitors and people watching it slide sideways around a track rather than those who walk up and down the isle at shows. Sure the fact that it’s an e30 pick up would make it stand out at a show but little else was done to make this car flow together as one cohesive looking vehicle.

It’s interesting to note however that while this car now functions very well as a drift car it’s original factory function has been compromised. Non m e30s were built to carry people around in luxury, not to be track machines of any sort. BMW never intended for someone to lop off the ass end of an e30 and slide it around some pylons and corners. So if you want to look at it from that angle this e30 is now just as non functional as the 240z.

But I am not here to split hairs, we all know that cars leave the factory with a lot to be desired in both form and function.

As car enthusiasts we need to be able to embrace and appreciate at least to some degree all aspects of the hobby. but stop and think for a moment that while we are argue with each other non car nuts are laughing at all of us for putting our money into depreciating assets.

Now with that my opinions on the matter sufficiently off my chest lets look at some cars that I think function and form factions alike will find appealing.

Function meets form
Function meets form
This z28 looks great and performs
This z28 looks great and performs
I've never seen an aston look bad
I've never seen an aston look bad
Both capable machines
Both capable machines
Who said you can't rock wide dish and kick  it sideways?
Who said you can't rock wide dish and kick it sideways?

Theme Tuesdays: One Brands Trash

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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: One Brands Trash

In the early days of this blog I wrote an article titled One Brands Trash where I outlined some of the pros regarding putting down the parts catalog and looking at some other manufacturers wheels for your next set of rims. I love this trend/look and I think it helps push creative modding.

This local VW looks amazing on these e46 m3 wheels
This local VW looks amazing on these e46 m3 wheels
I know BMW owners who don't rock these rims this hard
I know BMW owners who don't rock these rims this hard
Flawless execution
Flawless execution
Another VW on e46 kicks
Another VW on e46 kicks
Apperently this e36 was rocking these c5 wheels about 2 years ago, trend setter?
Apperently this e36 was rocking these c5 wheels about 2 years ago, trend setter?
There are quite a few people getting into the vette wheel game these days
There are quite a few people getting into the vette wheel game these days
Grosirbajuanak reader Dan rocks these Vette rims hard
Grosirbajuanak reader Dan rocks these Vette rims hard
Faisal keeps it G on his Fat 5s
Faisal keeps it G on his Fat 5's
Anyone know what a set of Bentley wheels go for?
Anyone know what a set of Bentley wheels go for?
I'd drive this over a B machine...
I'd drive this over a B machine...
I actually don't like these wheels on the Benz they come from
I actually don't like these wheels on the Benz they come from
Classy
Classy
This Volvo looks right at home sitting on Porsche wheels
This Volvo looks right at home sitting on Porsche wheels
An easy way to up the status on your ride is an upscale set of wheels
An easy way to up the status on your ride is an upscale set of wheels
Another Audi on a set of Benz rims, this time something a little flashier
Another Audi on a set of Benz rims, this time something a little flashier
The Porsche/Audi/VW swapping is a family affair
The Porsche/Audi/VW swapping is a family affair

This is how it’s done

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Being Canada’s largest bmw community is known for having a few nice rides, however it’s been minute since someone on Max built up a simple, clean, low, e36. Doogee has been a max member for awhile now and every time he started a new thread with photos of his car I saved them for a future e36 Theme Tuesday. When he got a new set of wheels and spun his coil overs down I knew that this car deserved a post all to itself.

Doogee’s 328is has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last year or so. After being rear ended by a preoccupied young driver he took his car to one of the best shops in the city and got it repaired to essentially factory, if not better, condition.  At this point the car already had a few appearance and performance related modifications however the car really caught my attention when he pulled out his H&R sports and installed Bilstein PSS9s.

Dooge and a local BMX legend showing of their clean e36s
Dooge and a local BMX legend showing of their clean e36s
Doogee's ride sittin on K-1s with shave Toyo tires
Doogee's ride sittin proper on K-1s with shave Toyo tires
Doogee's car in track trim
Doogee's car in track trim with the PSS9s spun down

With an M bumpers, a new stance, Kosei K-1s, and a bunch of performance mods including: an M50 manifold, AA intake, Remus Exhaust, X brace, sway bars, and a reinforced sub frame it seemed like Doogee was just about done with this e36 modification wise and ready to make the jump to an m3 (some argue he might not actually notice a difference at this point).

That was until he found a set of oem style 5’s and lowered his car a bit more. His new look proves once again that not only are style 5’s one of the best oem BMW rims ever made (M parallels are another), but that you don’t need much more than subtle mods, clean paint, dope wheels and a perfect stance to look dope.

Being friends with a former black e36 owner I know how hard it is to keep clean
Being friends with a former black e36 owner I know how hard they are to keep clean
This is fitment.
This is fitment.
It's pretty wild that we are in November and it still looks like fall
It's pretty wild that we are in November and some areas still looks like fall
Real men rock amber corners
Real men rock amber corners
The body shop did miracles to this car, you can't tell it was ever hit
The body shop did miracles to this car, you can't tell it was ever hit
The side profile shows off just how serious this stance is
The side profile shows off just how serious this stance is, this car is perfect

While I should have posted this car multiple times before judging by Doogee’s sense of style, taste in mods, and photography skills this is not the last time you will see this car posted on stanceiseverything.com e36 owners take notes, this is how it’s done.

WTF Fridays: Two very strange things

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The world is a very, very strange place and will continue to be strange with or without the internet, the internet just makes it easier for strange stuff to be passed from person to person. While I’m not sure if that is a good thing it is at least something and it means WTF Fridays will be going for a long, long, time.

Mechaphile

I’ll tell most people I love cars, but I don’t love cars, not like this. During the course of a restoration on his VW beatle this lad fell in love with his car to the point where he needed to express his love sexually. He uses a condom, the exhaust pipe, and his imagination to get the job done.

The weirdest part is that he bought another car he considers male and is experimenting with a gay mechaphile relationship…WTF?

WTF?? Seriously
Looks like he should have spent more time restoring less time diddling

Flairs – Truckers Delight

This animation is super well done and loosly car based and very loosely based in reality. It contains animated nudity and sexuality so if your work is really tight wad might be best to watch at home.

Site Updates

This weeks been pretty textbook sent out the last batch of stickers I had on Monday so pretty much everyone who asked for them should be receiving theirs soon. If I didn’t you and say we were out (and I only had to tell that to one person) then expect some soon.

Even though no feature this week traffic was still pretty good and I have a few fans a lot farther away than I expected. I’m planning to write another article for Monday since it’s been awhile and I already have next weeks Theme Tuesday all sorted out so onwards and upwards!

Readers Rides: Nelsons VR6 Corrado

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Nelson, a member of , owns a very clean purple-ish VR6 Corrado which I first spotted at the CSCS Finale back in October. He has ed me a few times about doing a full feature on his car but my schedule and the weather just made it really hard to do late in the season, we are planning to do a full one next summer so consider this a taste of what’s to come.

Toronto  graffiti makes for great back drops
Toronto graffiti makes for great back drops
Really like this color it's unique
I really like this unique color
I've always been a fan of the fenders on Corrados
I've always been a fan of Corrado fenders
More of Toronto's great graffiti, going to have to ask Nelson where these were taken
More of Toronto's great graffiti, I'm going to have to ask Nelson where these were taken
My gf informs me Wicked is a swinger bar, but I have never been with her...
My gf informs me Wicked is a swinger bar, but I have never been with her...

Big thanks to Nelson for sending these pictures for the site and being extremely patient in waiting for his full feature.

Nice 2002 build continued

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A few days ago brought up this 2002 as the owner lives nearby where we used to work and we used to see it all the time. I mentioned to him that the car was under the knife and would look completely different the next time he saw it. Coincidentally updated his with progress pictures of the build and since the last time I mentioned it here are some of the updated shots.

This is about where we left it last time, wheels on fenders somewhat in place
This is about where we left it last time, wheels on fenders somewhat in place
Now the kit and flares have been molded to the vehicle
Now the kit and flares have been moulded to the vehicle
Early stages of the flares being attached to the body
Early stages of the flares being attached to the body
Front fender nearing completion
Front fender nearing completion
Close up of the molded rear fender
Close up of the molded rear fender

In addition to the new wheels, wider fenders, and m20 swap the car is also receiving the TLC necessary for a 70s car that has spent its entire life in Canada. The rockers and spare tire tub have already been replaced and any and all rust is being removed as work continues.

All of the work is being done by M-tricks autosports and this car should be ready in time for next summer.

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