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Featured Ride: Chris Savard’s Lightning

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Addiction is a funny thing, it drains wallets, consumes time, and changes lives immensely. While most addictions are negative this is not always the case, some addictions are nothing put positive. Chris Savard is an addict, but his vice of choice isn’t snorted, injected, or swallowed, no, the only way his addiction can be quenched is via long nights, hard work, and dedication. Chris Savard is addicted to the build.

Originally from Peterborough Ontario, but currently living in Australia attaining his masters, Chris has been building cars since he got his first fox body Mustang at the age young age of 15. Since then he has owned and worked on over 30 foxes.

Having owned 30 of the same car in such a short period of time is impressive alone, but when you factor in the fact that he has also bought, built, and sold 10 e36s BMWs and 3  Ford SVT Lightnings in that same time period one begins to wonder if Chris ever sleeps and if his projects are fueled by profit gained from other peoples addictions. Chris used this mystery to his advantage and took on the ‘Infamous’ nick name that was eventually bestowed to him. Chris is now getting ready to show the car world just what a true car nut can achieve with his own two hands.

Chris’ currently daily driver of three years (a near record for him) is a Silver 2000 Ford SVT Lighting which he purchased in Chicago after the owner moved there from Arizona. This clean southern platform came with a JDM (this not Japanese Domestic Market) stage 1 performance package already installed.

While the stage 1 package consists of a 4lb lower pulley, upgrade valve body, CAI, and a 90mm maf Chris knew right away that more modifications were in order.

Chris's Lightning early in the modification process
Chris’ Lightning early in the modification process
Seems Lightning struck Chris twice
Lightning has not struck Chris twice but 3 times

Chris originally dropped the truck down four inches in the front with two inch drop tubular control arms and matching two inch drop springs, and four inches in the rear via a DJM flip kit and C notch.

However after taking a step back and looking at his freshly dropped ride he realized that he could, and needed to, go lower. He had a set of custom three inch drop springs made and added a two inch drop shackle to the rear to give the truck its final 5/7 drop.

To help make the new ride height livable Chris installed drop shocks on all four corners.

The new coils, arms, and shocks
The new coils, control arms, and shocks
Hitting the bump stop is probably an everyday occurrence
Hitting the bump stop is probably an everyday occurrence
With the new stance this truck rolls hard
With the new stance this truck rolls hard
I'm sure these were all done at the legal limit
I’m sure these shots were all taken at the legal limit

To set off the new drop Chris added custom painted 23″ 3 piece OZ vela rims with 295/30/23 Nitto tires. With such a drastic drop and large wheels some would say that Chris took a perfectly functional truck and made it impractical, however this Lightning is still capable of helping you move and towing water crafts to the lake.

23" Oz's sitting just right in the fenders, that's one of Chris's many foxes in the back
23″ Oz’s sitting just right in the fenders, that’s one of Chris’s many foxes in the back
The 23" wheels pre paint job
The 23″ Ozs pre paint job
Haulin is still no problem
Haulin is still no problem
Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Or ride it in this case
Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Or ride it in this case
Even though its slammed the truck still launches Sea-doos fine
Even though it’s slammed the truck still launches Sea-doos fine

With the suspension and wheel set up squared away Chris decided that the already fast truck needed some more ‘umph‘ when the loud pedal was smashed. This lead to the stock exhaust being ditched in favor of a MAC catback system, and the silencer holes in the blower being filled. Once that was all done the truck received a Royal Purple blood transfusion.

Shot of the motor
Shot of the motor

With the wheels, suspension, exterior (via billet grill, tails and 2pc headlights), and motor all being addressed Chris set forth to add his ‘Infamous’ touch to the interior.

Chris made his own suede black head liner in addition to dyeing the rest of interior black. He also swapped out the factory passenger bench seat in exchange for a bucket seat, finally the center console from a Ford Expedition was added along with a triple gauge pod and full stereo system.

The Lightnings custom interior
The Lightnings custom interior

Future plans for the truck include a Cervinis tailgate wing, smooth side steps and eventually a whipple blower once the current motor pops.

These future plans may have to wait at least three months as Chris is about to dive head first into which will see him build a 1992 BMW AC Schnitzer and a 1989 Mustang GT Convertible for this years in Toronto.

The Infamous project will set a new standard for internet builds since not only will it be largely privately funded it will also be one of the only builds, to my knowledge, that will contain a live video feed of garage while Chris works on both cars.

If this double build is anything like his past builds it will be interesting, detailed, and clean, just what we all need to help us get through another long Canadian winter.

Probably not a coinicidence the wheels match the 5.0
Probably not a coincidence the wheels match the 5.0
stang
One of Chris’ many fox body Mustangs

Thanks to Chris for sending his ride in for the feature and good luck goes out to him for both of his builds. I’m eager to see how the turn out.

WTF Friday: The Name Game Returns

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Just because I am giving the stickers away for free right now doesn’t mean we can’t play some name that ride for bragging rights. This week we have a car on it’s victory lap from way back in July as well as a few other question marks that have been sitting on my hard drive for awhile.

This car has proven difficult to name
This car has proven difficult to name
I've actually seen more of these modified than in stock form
I've actually seen more of these modified than in stock form
Those reminds me of the Vista Cruiser from that 70's show but way cooler
Those reminds me of the Vista Cruiser from That 70's show but way cooler
Looks straight forward enough but might be a little harder than you think
Looks straight forward enough but might be a little harder than you think

Site Updates

Traffic has continued it’s steady upwards momentum, a lot of it referring traffic from all over so whats up to: , , , , , , , , and , just to name a few.

The amount of people wanting stickers has me dumb struck, honestly, I knew I had a few fans but not this many so fast and from all over the U.S. as well as Canada. I can’t really put into words how motivating it is for me that you guys want to put my stickers on your cars.

Garrick, Jesse, Stanley, Ross, Megan, and Lukas all your stickers are in envelopes already.

Bryce, Jon, Adrian, Nat, Julian and Kris I am going to put yours in envelopes after work today.

They will all make their way to the post office tonight along with any other s I get between now and then.

To fit into normal postage envelope I have folded the stickers between letters but being dye cut this shouldn’t be an issue. Everyone has received more than one anyway and if for whatever reason a sticker gets ruined just send me an and I will mail you some from the next batch.

Also the pinks are all gone 🙁 next run I will get more pink and less black as I think I will have a bit of a black sur.

That Neon

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That Neon I posted in the “Working with what what  you’ve got post” is pretty sick, but I wasn’t sure if y’all would appreciate a post dedicated to it’s a first generation Neon. However I noticed yesterday that reader  Cody Ace was interested in seeing more photos of it, and since I aim to please I decided to throw up the 3 additional photos I have of the car.

Dumped with no skirts or lip kit in sight
Dumped with no skirts or lip kit in sight
Tripodding
Tripodding
Good to see the owner is putting something new under the hood
Good to see the owner is putting something new under the hood
The pic that peaked everyone's interest
The pic that peaked everyone

If anyone can forward a little more information on this Neon it would be greatly appreciated. These are the only pics I’ve found and I am pretty sure I spotted them on

Pat’s killing it

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I’ve mentioned Pat Cyr before and when this video popped up in my feed this morning I knew I would end up posting it sometime today. The amount of driving skill Pat has is pretty mind boggling so it’s good to see it getting some exposure across the border.

put this video together and it contains footage of Pat drifting at the and in NJ. Hopefully one of these days Pat, and I can hook up and do up something real original for stanceiseverything.com.

from on .

Stick em up!

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My stickers courtesy of arrived last week after the first set got abducted by the mail man (if you see a mail truck rocking a stanceiseverything.com sticker that’s how it happened) and I’m really excited to finally have these in my hand. This blog is one of the only ideas I have had over the past few years that I have followed through so the fact that I showed enough follow through to get stickers printed and that people want to run them just makes me want to put more and more work into the blog it’s a rad feeling.

But enough about me this first run of stickers read stanceiseverything.com and come in pink(2), blue(5), green(5) and white(25) and black(10) and are 100% free and all I ask is that those of you who do rock them send in a picture of the sticker on your car so I can post it up here.

Scattered
Scattered
I ruined 1 pink sticker and have 2 on my car hence only 2 being left
I ruined 1 pink sticker and have 2 on my car hence only 2 being left
The stickers are 10.5" wide and 1/2" tall
The stickers are 10.5" wide and 1/2" tall

If you would like a set hit me up with your mailing address at I plan to mail them out via normal mail every Friday (and therefore ship Monday) so shipping times will depend on where you live but as long as more postman don’t snap them up they should arrive.

Quantity Update as of Friday November the 16th:

Pink: Sold out!
White: Sold out!
Black: Sold out!
Blue: Sold out!
Green: Sold out!

I am currently out of stickers, I will order another set soon stay tuned!

Theme Tuesdays: JDM Minitrucks

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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: JDM Mini trucks

I’ve liked mini trucks for as long as I can remember, s-body (s10s and blazers) mini’s are still my favorite but as a rule I like all lowered trucks (I know big surprise). Before really getting into a lot of automotive blogs I thought that the mini truck craze was something native to North America. I figured everywhere else the either didn’t have a lot of trucks or needed their trucks to be practical.

I was wrong, and I am glad I was because these mini’s are a new take on a classic slice of the automotive hobby.

Traditional

Import trucks with traditional mini truck treatment.

This locak Nissan 720 is a great change of pace from the rotted out B2200s around the gta
This local Nissan 720 is a great change of pace from the rotted out B2200s around the gta
Clean  swapped and bagged Nissan
Clean, swapped, and bagged Nissan
Smooth and laid out Datsun 620
Smooth and laid out Datsun 620
Having never seen a Datsun 320 before this caught me off guard
Having never seen a Datsun 320 before this caught me off guard
Wouldn't be a mini truck post without some primer spots
Wouldn't be a mini truck post without some primer spots

Classically styled

Period correct if you will.

This trucks look spans generations
This trucks look spans generations
I really  dig the fender mounted mirrors on these boxy trucks
I really dig the fender mounted mirrors on these boxy trucks
This truck was completed recently but looks  like it could have been  done years ago
This truck was completed recently but looks like it could have been done years ago

Old meets new

Sometimes the best things happen when people take older platforms and introduce new trends and technology.

This truck doesn't have a lot of visible mods but looks perfect to me
This truck doesn't have a lot of visible mods but looks perfect to me
Diggin the color matched bra on thos oddly enough
Diggin the color matched bra on thos oddly enough
I have not seen or heard of Izuzu in some time but check out the size of the intercooler
I have not seen or heard from Isuzu in sometime, but this guy seems to like them, check the size of the intercooler
Joe from The Chronicles spotted the next few at a classic JDM show
Joe from The Chronicles spotted this and the following at a classic JDM show in the cali area
Normally I like these Volks but the centers to fit this Mazda pushes me away, the Rotary under the hood wins me back though
Normally I like these Volks but the centers needed to make it fit put me off a little. The Rotary under the hood wins me back though
A lot of people will dig this Datsun with a skyline motor swap
A lot of people will dig this Datsun 720 thats more skyline than anything else
Closer look at the engine bay
Closer look at the engine bay
Ballin on a set of emotions
Ballin on a set of emotions
Lighting them up
Lighting them up
So good
So good! Looking at the Garage Miniz site they do a lot of trucks like this
More from the Garage Miniz crew, I like their style.
More from the Garage Miniz crew, I like their style.
Only in Japan would a truck like this be both made and VIP'd
Only in Japan would a truck like this be made and then VIP'd

Sam H’s take on the max e30 meet

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A few weeks ago I promised to post Sam’s shots of the Maxbimmer Autumn e30 meet. Then I got sidetracked with some other posts today I make good on my promise and liberate these photos from my inbox. Enjoy.

Autocross

Before the e30 meet there was autocross event I really wanted to make it out this event since I have still yet to auto cross myself but I had a wedding the night before and was therefore out of commission in the early morning. Sam however went to the event to participate and shoot some action shots.

Trillium bmw reppin
Trillium club reppin
Rudy killin the auto x course
Rudy killin the auto x course
Pretty sure  Rudys dad is a racer  so  the apple doesn't fall far
Pretty sure Rudys dad is a racer so the apple doesn't fall far from the tree
I would love to take one of these  out on the course
I would love to take one of these out on the course
When I first got my e30 I wanted a set of these bad
When I first got my e30 I wanted a set of these wheels bad
e34 m5 doin work
e34 m5 doin work
Great to see e46 m3s getting driven as well
Great to see e46 m3s getting driven as well
Rich has been putting in work both behind the wheel and behind the scene this year
Rich has been putting in work both behind the wheel and behind the scene this year
It wouldn't be an auto c without a Miata
It wouldn't be an auto cross without a Miata
Storm troppered e36
Storm troppered e36
Little sideways
Little sideways
Road kill
Road kill

The e30 Meet

Sam left his car at the initial meeting spot so he could free up his hands for some shotgun photography during the meet. He sent in a lot of nice shots and here are my personal favorites.

Jays dialed fitment and stance that he did at least 3 years ago...
Jay's dialed fitment and stance that he did at least 3 years ago...
Haha Brooo!
Haha Brooo!
Tourings are such sick unique platforms
Tourings are such sick unique platforms
More of that dished out Mtech II from the Bimmersport crew, jackass in the bg ruining the shot (me)
More of that dished out Mtech II from the Bimmersport crew, the jackass in the bg ruining the shot would be me
The craziest thing is that all of these cars are different types of red
The craziest thing is that all of these cars are different types of red
Chris cruisin
Chris cruisin
Devon rollin on those big ass steelies
Devon rollin on those big ass steelies
Upfront all you can see is dish, sick as hell
Upfront all you can see is dish, sick as hell
Rudys super clean is
Rudys super clean is
Sometimes it sucks to roll hard
Sometimes it sucks to roll hard as the lower apron will tell you
Like I said last time expect Devon to be in front of a lot of e30s for quite some time
Like I said expect Devon to be in front of a lot of e30s for quite some time
I still have a soft spot  for black e36s
I still have a soft spot for black e36s
My dirty car being dirty.
My dirty car being dirty.
I parked away from the pack but Sam still found me
I parked away from the pack but Sam still found me

WTF Friday: Take that Physics!

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Normally I have my WTF Friday topic picked out pretty early in the week and find myself biting my tongue all week long. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to share it with more people, it was actually hard for me to not just throw it up on my and msn it to my friends. I like things that shouldn’t be and the Scania R99 probably shouldn’t be.

Admittedly I do not know a lot about big rigs, I have a few friends that work on them and tell me stories of drivers with the floors cut out so they can poop when the drive, but other than that my knowledge is quite sparse so if this truck is actually unimpressive for those of you who do know a lot about big rigs I apologize.

Practicality aside the Scania R99 really stood out to me since it was a convertible big rig and it does doughnuts. When I saw the video of this truck throwing itself in circles I imagined physics as a little nerd and the Scania R99 as a jock slapping it in the face for questioning its ability to do whatever the hell it wants.

Most information I found on this truck was in dutch so extracting information on it was a little tough but from what I can tell The Scania R99 convertible is powered by a turbo 16 liter v8 and makes about 1000hp (which actually seems pretty low) and scoots to 60mph in 5 seconds. While this truck may not be the prettiest thing you have ever seen this is pretty cool.

The R99 pre rear fenders, I wish I could find info on the suspension setup it interests me
The R99 pre rear fenders, I wish I could find info on the suspension setup it interests me
I have to wonder what happens in when it rains....
I have to wonder what happens in when it rains....
The bumper to ground clearance is pretty minimal but the wheel gap damn!
The bumper to ground clearance is pretty minimal but the wheel gap damn!
The R99 with the rear fenders and mean looking exhaust system installed
The R99 with the rear fenders and mean looking exhaust system installed

Site Updates

Stephanie’s feature really out did everything else on the blog this week which I was really happy to see and I’ve lined up another female featured ride for the near future as well.

My stickers have also finally arrived! I am rocking the first set right now (in pink!) and I plan to take some photos of them this weekend for anyone interested in supporting. This first batch is free and I have a few ideas for some creative ones to put out over the winter.

As the blog/site/procrastination tool of mine gains more exposure I have realized I need to continue to improve my online voice and proof reading skills as well so bear with me, contrary to home some posts read English is actually my first (and only) language and I will stop making silly typos soon enough.

Or I will just hire an editor.

Have a good weekend!

Youtube is on to me…

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I’ve noticed that whenever I go to youtube that my recommended videos are of slammed cars, bmx, and girls.Is big brother watching or am I just that predictable? Either way I guess I should thank youtube for the content today since I am slammed at work and could only offer a little hit and run.

Randys e30

I posted about Randys e30 two weeks ago with a shorter video but here is a longer one

Hopping Uhauls

Funny I just mentioned Rich Boy yesterday…

Low VW Bus’s

Never really see these around here but it’s a good thing the oil pans in these buses are nowhere near the ground.

Nasty Fasty

How this guy got his girlfriend to ride with him I will never know, my gf hardly wanted to ride in my truck

Murdered out VIP

Vip cars done right are things of beauty, even if they push pebbles.

Draggin Golf Cart

Stance everything, once again

Ok back to work…

Dat Ass

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I’m not sure if everyone’s up on but one that has been kicking around for a few years now is ““. This one started with a picture of rapper Rich Boy biting his lower lip, looking at the picture it’s easy to imagine he just saw a girl with a nice Gluteus maximus bit his bottom lip and made that ‘ssss’ noise right before saying look at ‘dat ass’. Its really the best thing ever contributed to the internet and the segue I am using to post some cars with nice rear ends.

This is the automotive version of an upskirt
This is the automotive version of an upskirt
A little junk in the trunk never hurt anybody
A little junk in the trunk never hurt anybody
Porsche has been doing vehicle rear ends justice forever
Porsche has been doing vehicle rear ends justice forever
This Miata just looks evil
This Miata just looks evil
Best of both worlds? I just checked the data on this photo, I saved it in 03
Best of both worlds? I just checked the data on this photo, I saved it in 03

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