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Project Update: TF 5.0 Mustang Part 1

Our latest venture here at TF has been the new Ford Mustang (GT) with the 5.0L Coyote engine. Although we are more than comfortable with our standard 240s and other Import car projects, going outside of our comfort zone with this Mustang is proving to be a really rewarding process. Come on, who doesn’t love the easy power gains you can get from headers and a tune on these cars? Where as their 4 cylinder counterpart would take much much more for 70+ horsepower gains from simple comparable bolt-ons.

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Project Update: Christine’s 280Z Part 3

“You can have any color that you want, so long as it’s black…”

So much has happened since the last blog post on the 280Z; intake manifold finalized, everything powder coated and ceramic coated, engine bay painted, etc. The car is coming together beautifully, and we can’t wait to show you the progress!

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Wekfest Chicago 2016

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Wekfest USA returned to the Chicago area for the first time in over 5 years, and here is the result!
Tons of quality cars came out of the woodwork and from coast to coast to show what they have been up to this winter. Many over the top builds were present, some familiar cars with a few updates, and some classics. Thank you to everyone who stopped by the TF booth and said hi, enjoy a few photos and the gallery from some of the cars of Wekfest!

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Project: E46 M3 SMG to Manual Conversion Part 2

Over the past few weeks, a lot has happened since the E46 entered the shop doors; pulling the transmission, exhaust, and suspension as well as the subframe to fix a few common problems with this chassis. Plenty more is on the way, but we wanted to go ahead and throw an update your way to keep the public informed and dump all of the photos we’ve taken over the past few weeks.

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Product Spotlight: Koyorad Racing Radiator for E46 M3

While the market for the E46 chassis is large, it is no where near the size of the more common import chassis’, such as the S chassis. Comparing these two seems a bit unfair; the market appeal of each was aimed at an entirely different demographic, and the cars are years apart from each other technologically speaking. The E46 M3 was regarded as one of the best sports cars of all time for its superior handling and performance, and they are much more affordable to the masses now as time has gone by. The market for these cars was growing exponentially as they became more affordable so it was a no brainer for companies such as Koyorad to start developing more products for the chassis. Koyorad aluminum E46 M3 radiator

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Christine’s 280Z Project Part 2

Stepping forward a couple of months from the last dedicated blog update on Christine’s blackest of the black 280Z, and the car is now approaching it’s finishing point faster than ever. If this is your first time reading about the Z, be sure to check out the build thread HERE, as well as Part 1 to our blog regarding the Z HERE.

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Project: SMG E46 M3 Manual Conversion + 280Z & R32 GTR Updates

Where is the third pedal? A common question in the car enthusiast community, referring to the belief that a car with an automatic (using that term loosely, DSG and SMG fall under this category) transmission is not a true driver’s car. There’s no denying the evidence that having a flappy paddle gearbox means more efficient up and down-shifts, which translates to faster lap times. Super car manufacturers such as Porsche, Nissan, McLaren, and Ferrari have almost phased out the traditional gearbox in favor of the newest shifting technology. Purists will always prefer to do the work themselves as far as shifting goes; there is something satisfying about nailing that perfect heel-toe downshift that allows you to rocket out of the corner; it’s a much more involved process and it comes down to the feel.
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Project: Nissan Skyline GT-R

With the 25 year law in place, we are seeing a huge influx of what used to be extremely rare cars come through our shop. Many of the cars that drop by our shop, start out with the basic maintenance jobs and bolt on upgrades. This particular customer, was able to obtain a very low mileage R32 GT-R (12,000 original documented miles). Shipped directly to us before the owner even had a chance to smell it, drive it, or touch it. As a long time customer of ours, it started out as a “Hey I’m getting a GTR, and need some maintenance parts” to “Might as well do it all at once.” Not looking to build the fastest car, but wanting a build using only the best parts and making it reliable and most importantly fun to drive.


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Product Feature: NecksGen REV

The current availability for head and neck restrains is fairly slim, and HANS is the most common choice for anyone looking for this type of device. It has became the standard for head and neck safety, and it is used in various racing sanctions. Due to there being only one company dominating the market, NecksGen has come up with their own restrain system that has some advantages over the HANS.

Most SCCA and NASA events require SFI approved head and neck restraints and HANS has been extremely popular within. The next contender for this system is NecksGen and they have introduced their REV unit. Available in three sizes, small, medium, and large, each size except for the small will accept a 2″ and 3″ harness. The small variant will only accept the 2″ harness.


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Volkswagen Type 2 Vanagon Westfalia

Everyday, customers drop their cars off for anything from general maintenance, to a full build. The cars are typically ones you see commonly on the road, with the exception of some that have been imported from overseas. A few weeks ago, a customer approached us about putting in some time on a T3 Vanagon with an engine swap that is becoming more popular for these cars. The engine compartment is situated in the rear of the car, and it is very limited for engine swap options. The Subaru boxer engines are ideal for this application because they are readily available, and put out a good amount of power.

For our situation, we were given a Westfalia edition vanagon, with a Subaru SVX engine, straight from an auction, and asked to make everything function together. After a few weeks, the car was all buttoned up, and the owner saw the car for the first time since purchasing it.

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Service: Custom Roll Bar

Participating in a track day event is one of the best ways to improve your driving skill level. As your ability to pilot your car becomes greater, you are going to push yourself and your vehicle to the limit. That need to get a better lap time will result in buying parts to make the car lighter, faster, and more agile. But with all of these components to consider, safety needs to be the top priority.


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Product Spotlight: STANCE Suspension Coilover Covers

STANCE Suspension recently released a new product that will aid in preserving the life of their coilovers. Made from breathable neoprene, these covers protect your investment from salt, ice, and extreme road conditions. The neoprene covers feature a zipper on the back that allows for an easy install. Both ends of the covers are elastic and create a tight seal around the unit. Since coilovers come in varying sizes, 325mm and 395mm long variants are available.


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Product Spotlight: NISMO LMGT4 Omori Factory Spec Machining Logo Version

During the first quarter of 2015, Nismo announced that it was going to make a limited run of their iconic wheel, the LMGT4. This production was made only in a glossy black finish, and featured a state of the art machining process to achieve an etched Nismo logo on one of the spokes. Being 30% lighter and stronger than previous releases, this production is the ultimate set of LMGT4s to own. The GT-R specialists at Omori Factory arranged the following three sizes of this wheel to be released:

  • 17 x 9.0J 114.3 x 5H offset 22 BNR32 – 7.6kg
  • 18 x 9.0J 114.3 x 5H offset 22 BNR32 – 8.9kg
  • 18 x 9.5J 114.3 x 5H offset 12 BCNR33 BNR34 – 8.9kg

A knurled tire bead is used to avert the separation of the wheel and tire at high-G conditions.


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Product Preview: Cusco Miata ND5RC Under Braces

Mazda only recently released the new iteration to the Miata family, and companies are already working hard at developing new parts for the chassis. Cusco has extended their line of Power Braces by creating such components for this ND5RC chassis. The front, center, and rear under braces strengthen the chassis and minimize body flex during cornering, and ensure ideal suspension articulation. A similar effect can be achieved by stitch welding a worn out chassis.

These parts are 100% bolt on, with no modification needed, and designed with plenty of ground clearance.

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Event: TF RHD Meet

With the recent availability of importing Japanese cars older than 25 years, more and more RHD cars have been popping up around our area. The cars that are being brought in were previously not commonly allowed due to them not passing NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Association) regulations. The only legal way to get around it was to have the car be used for “Show and Display,” but you could only put 2,500mi on the car annually, pay a large sum of money, and fill out heaps of paperwork. So, the 25 year rule treats these cars a little different and is more lenient on what cars can be on the road.

With the popularity of these cars increasing stateside, we thought it would be fun to team up with GTR-Garage and throw a meet specifically for RHD cars at our facility on a gorgeous Sunday in November. Sure, not every local RHD car and driver could make it, but we still had a great time and turn out.


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Christine’s 280Z Project Part 1

The only way to keep moving forward is by constantly progressing and changing things up. Part of what makes the car community exciting is seeing what car enthusiasts will come up with next. Anything from small modifications to full-out builds keeps everyone looking forward to what is in store next.

Christine is someone who has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into creating a 280Z that always turns heads and puts a smile on her face. Since obtaining the car in 2011, she has been restoring her Z (check out her build thread HERE). A little bit ago, she started building an L28 that would replace the current one in the car. And now we have reached the time to swap the car and further improve other components of the car. One of the crucial parts of the build will be turbocharging the L28! We are really excited to get a chance to work on this car, especially because she drops by so often!

As the build keeps progressing we will keep updating you with more content!

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Product Review: KOYORAD Oil Coolers

In the recent weeks, Koyorad has been introducing new products for consumers to implement into their cars. Among all the substantial products, the new universal oil cooler line caught our attention. The design is result of a collaborative effort with Koyorad’s Japan, Singapore, China and US offices. For many years in Japan, Koyorad custom oil coolers have proven their effectiveness during competition in D1 Gran Prix and D1 Street Legal on Koyorad sponsored vehicles. These purpose-built drift cars are subject to indirect and inconsistent flow of air, occasional contact between vehicles, and high oil pressures, therefore they require superior build quality and high heat transfer efficiency. The all new Koyorad universal oil coolers are extremely well built, highly efficient and tough.

Since Koyorad has built their reputation for precision and attention to detail from their all aluminum racing radiators, you can expect the same level of high efficiency within the tightest of engine confines. Koyorad Oil Coolers incorporate -10 AN ORB (O-Ring Boss) provisions for the inlet and outlet allowing versatility. Users may easily reduce AN to AN, or convert from AN to Push-Loc style barb fittings for any needs. When you’ve invested so much into you engine, function and quality is paramount. Choose the all-new Koyorad universal oil coolers in combination with a Koyorad Racing Radiator for the best cooling system on the market.


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Event: Final Bout II Part 3

View Final Bout 2 Part 2 Here

As the sun sunk below the horizon on Saturday, anticipation for the final day of drifting was upon everyone. With the first day in the books, some cars suffered damage that made them inoperable for the second day of the event. Unfortunate as it was, everyone shared high spirits and a positive attitude.

Just like any drift event hosted by ClubFR, Sunday began with a driver’s meeting and a general info session. Sunday was the day where the track would become a free-for-all. Most of the drivers already got the chance to get to know one another and each other’s driving style, so tandems and larger trains were constant throughout the day. Besides the brief lunch break, drivers were getting as much seat time as possible by constantly attacking the track.

Final Bout II was just as good if not better than the pilot event, and this event has the possibility of constantly growing year after year. The amount of spectators, media, and drivers present at this year’s event trumped that of the previous event. There were people everywhere, taking photos, enjoying the event, and we were probably using all of Shawano bandwidth for sharing our experience!

Large-scale grassroot gatherings like this one are the best way to keep everyone in from all over the continent (and from overseas) together. People from various countries and states made the trip to spend time with one another. When there’s a good event like this, people will do anything to make it! We cannot wait for next year’s iteration, but for now we have to thank everyone who made the event possible!


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Event: Final Bout 2 Part 2

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Last time we spoke, we looked at all the drivers preparing for the team competition portion of the weekend. For some drivers, this course is their home course, while for others it was completely new. However, the sheer skill of the drivers allowed them to get the hang of the layout quickly.

Saturday afternoon rolled around and the competition was in effect. Every team lined their cars up near the starting line and anticipated their turn to hit the track. Just like last year, each team had two runs to get judged on. Runs by every team were intense, and everyone was pushing their cars to the limit to get closer to their teammate! Once everyone had the chance to put down their runs, the top four teams were announced. Proceed, Heatbloom, Risky Devil, and Faction made the cut and moved on to the finals! After the top four, each team had two more chances to put down a solid lap to impress the judges with style, speed, angle and proximity. Once the final team ran and the smoke had cleared, Faction (3rd), Heatbloom (2nd), and Risky Devil (1st) were called! Once the news was announced by the judges through the megaphone at hand, pure joy was in the air, along with champagne getting sprayed everywhere! The cheer from the crowd and drivers for the newly crowned victors slowly faded out and everyone went back to their cars for more drifting, which went non-stop until the sun began to set!


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Event: Final Bout 2 Part 1

Ever since the departure of last year’s drivers and spectators, we have all anticipated the second iteration of Final Bout and worked hard to get ready for this year’s event. It is also no surprise after all the positive feedback from the inaugural event that once the list of the attending teams was posted, the excitement was real. Social media was buzzing as drivers and spectators began counting down to when all of the rad cars, previously seen online, would all be in one location again for a few days.

The Saturday of the event, the two seemingly never-ending pit lanes were amazing. Each featuring some of the best cars that the USA and Canada have to offer. Walking around the pit, seeing all the hard work everyone put in for the event was impressive. There were cars present that we had never seen before. A few cars even debuted at this event and that made everything seem so surreal.

Looking around, we noticed everyone was smiling, laughing, and getting to know one another. This event felt like a family reunion. Everyone was there; media people, spectators, drivers, social media car celebrities, eFamous divas, and those who had that one cool car but you didn’t know who drove it.

However, none of this could be possible if it wasn’t for the organizers. ClubFR teamed up with some judges, who ventured from Japan, sponsors, and USAIR to create an amazing event. The photos are taken by Nick and Darian. We hope you enjoy the coverage!


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Feature: Raymond’s Varis FR-S

Who: Raymond
Occupation: Duce Bigilow Male Gigolo
Car: Scion FR-S Series 10

Ray embarked on his FR-S journey with a limited edition Series 10 FR-S not even two years ago. Since then, the car kept on evolving through various stages and styles. Each evolution showcased attention to detail and thorough execution. With the great platform at hand, Ray wished to have a completely built car that did not resemble other builds in the community. After months of tinkering with off the shelf and custom parts, his vision has come to fruition.

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Recent Customers Part 10

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few recent customer cars we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Project: D-Spec AE86 Part 2

Since the last time we left off, a lot has changed on this car. The wiring is complete and now a tune is the last electrical based item left on the list. All of the wiring was taken care of by FENESS Engineering, and everything is tucked and organized.

One of the most noticeable changes is the presence of the J-Blood front bumper, which is painted in a two tone fashion. Being influenced by styling cues from Japan, the owner opted for a Ueo style silver bumper. The rear bumper has a matching two tone, as well.


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Does Size Matter?

We recently had the chance to witness two iconic tuning cars parked front to back. Even though they differ greatly in size and power, both of these powerful cars seem like a blast to drive. Whether we’re looking at the 300PS Miata or 700PS GTR, does power and size play a part in how we view a car? We certainly don’t think so.

Recent Customers Part 9

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few that we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Event: TF S2000 Meet

To start of the month of August, we held a S2000 themed meet at our location. Like our other themed meets, these gatherings are a great way to stay in touch with our friends and customers. Just because it was a purposefully held for the S2000, we had bunch of different cars drop by.


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Lowered Custom Tesla Model S

A few days ago, one of our frequent customers dropped off his family’s Tesla Model S for some custom suspension work. Unlike the newer models, which feature air suspension, this version of the car was equipped with a more common spring over strut setup. Our project was to lower the car about two inches. In order to effectively do this, notches had to be precisely lathed into the strut body. The notch is home to a c-clip that supports the spring perch. A few notches were made on each strut so that the height can be adjusted in the future. Below is a set of before and after pictures. Note, the perches were set at the second lowest notch all around in the after picture.

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Customer: Madd Max 180SX

After little over five years in the making, Max is near completion with his take on the ever popular 180SX. Max went with Type-X aero to start off the exterior and added on Rocket Bunny V1 flares to compensate for the wide SSR Koenig Monster’s. Since these flares are best suited for Rocket Bunny aero, he trimmed down the bottom portions of the flares so that they meet the OEM exterior components. At this point, the exterior already looks pretty wild so a Origin GT wing, with custom stands, GT mirrors, and a splitter and canard combo are put on to further the aggressiveness.


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Recent Customers Part 8

Everyday customers drop by; some new and some regulars. Here are just a few that we had the chance to snap pictures of over the past couple days:

Each week we will be posting a new iteration of this series so stay tuned for more!

And be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tfworks) and Facebook for more content from behind the scenes, event coverage, exclusive sales, product updates and more!

Project: D-Spec AE86 Part 1

Several months ago, one of our long time friends came to us with a fairly bare AE86 and an amazing wishlist. His plans were to make this chassis into a great turn-key car to get back into drifting with. Immediately after receiving the car, we got to work!


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Event: TF Drift Car Meet

Last weekend we hosted a Drift Car themed meet at our location. Many people took time out of their day to drop by and hangout with other car enthusiasts while hopefully enjoying the really hot weather. Even though this meet was geared towards drift cars, there were cars with different tuning styles that drove through throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who had the chance to come by! We will definitely have more themed meets throughout the year!


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Customer: Nick’s GR STI

Without a doubt you have probably seen Nick dela Rosa’s Subaru GR STI in one of multiple features online and in print. It is one of the most complete Subaru builds in North America, and needless to say when Nick contacted itsProper to collaborate, they were extremely excited for the opportunity to grace the car with one of their designs. Although this livery was actually put together about a year and a half ago, they were finally able to turn the concept into reality in two days in preparation for Hot Import Nights Chicago. We had the chance to take some photos before the car left for the show.


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Event: Gridlife at Autobahn Country Club – Drift

Check out our Gridlife at Autobahn Country Club – Time Attack coverage HERE.

We left off with the grip cars attacking the track at Gridlife. During the heats when those cars were not on the track, the drifting showcase took place on the track. Many of the local drift cars were in attendance to put on a show for the audience. The main viewing area was situated at turn one which has a large straight section preceding it, and that allowed some of the drivers to accomplish triple digit entry speeds! Whenever these cars hit the track, everyone flooded to the fence to see some of Chicago’s better known drivers


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Event: Gridlife at Autobahn Country Club – Time Attack

Check out our Offset Kings Showcase coverage HERE.

While Offset Kings was taking place near the pits of the Autobahn Country Club, the track was constantly attacked by sessions of grip and drift cars that we part of Gridlife Round 2. The variation between the great show cars on one side of the fence and racecars on the other made it a great experience, from a spectators point of view, because there was always something feast your eyes on.

Earlier in the day, the different classes of track cars had the chance to learn and practice the track a few times and then put down some qualifying times for the time attack heats that took place on the later part of the day. The morning sessions were a little difficult because there were standing water portions from the previous night’s rain, but they eventually dried up. All the drivers were split up into two groups based on speed, but regardless of group, everyone on the track was pushing to decrease their lap times. So much so that there were a few near misses with the walls!


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Event: Offset King Showcase Chicago 2015

Few days ago, the second annual Offset Kings Showcase was hosted in Chicago by Fatlace, JDMChicago, and Gridlife. This event consisted of a track day (Gridlife Round 2) and a car show at the Autobahn Country Club. Just like the last year’s show in Chicago, the turn out was great, and the amount and quality of cars was vast. Drivers from Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, and even California drove the distance to make this show! Even though we did not participate in the show portion of the event, we had a great time checking out all the cars, meeting new faces, and putting down some lap times.


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TF-Works FR-S Brake Cooling kit for Wilwood BBK

This TF-Works Brake Cooling Kit is engineered specifically to cool the Wilwood BBK for the FR-S under continuous heavy braking. The stock brake setup, and even the Wilwood kit, is well suited for the weight of the car and for daily driving, however in road racing or autocross environments the brakes lack sufficient cooling and are susceptible to over heating. This will lead to reduced stopping power and inconsistent brake pedal pressure. Cooling the brakes will reduce brake fade and prolong the life of your pads. This kit comes with a rotor backing plate which is designed to a very specific tolerance to force cool air through the rotor vents. The backing plates are made out of durable 6061-T6 aluminum, which is lightweight and will not corrode. Our kit also includes custom bumper ducts which captures and directs air through the high temperature silicone hose to the brake rotors. The NACA ducts easily zipties behind the front grill to capture the most direct air flow.


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Event: TF Nissan Meet

Last weekend we hosted a Nissan themed meet at our location. Many people took time out of their day to drop by and hangout with other car enthusiasts while enjoying the warm weather. Even though this meet was geared towards Nissans, there were some different brands that drove through throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who had the chance to come by! We will definitely have more manufacturer specific meets throughout the year!


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Event: ClubFR DDay51 at USAIR

As the spring weather is rolling around, ClubFR is back at hosting drift events yet another year at USAIR in Shawano, WI! At the first event of the year, there were many new faces at the drivers meeting, and it is great seeing the community grow after every event. For many of the returning drivers, this event allowed them to test out all the new modifications that were done in the off season. Some drivers didn’t even touch their setups from last year! Talk about reliability or laziness.. Whatever works, right?

Since it was still April at the time, the morning was quite chilly. Apparently, the previous night saw some isolated snow showers! The cold track was something the drivers had to get used to.


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Recent Customer: Satin White Pearl FC3S

Since the recent Chicago weather has been steadily improving from its winter state, more and more of our customers are beginning to wake their cars from hibernation. One of our many favorite local cars is this RX-7. For those of you who know the owner of the car, will know the history of it and the stories that parts of this car hold. We highly recommend you meeting the owner, Fred, and listening to what he has to say!

The execution of this car is outstanding! Everything from the exterior to the interior. Cars are an extension of their owner and you can definitely feel that vibe when looking at this car. Just take a look!

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Event: GPS Track Time – Autobahn

Few times throughout each year, GPS Track Time hosts non competitive track days at a two racetracks in the Chicago-land area. These events are geared towards drivers with zero track experience to professional drivers. Since this event was noncompetitive, everyone was pushing themselves to improve his or her lap time as the day progressed. The atmosphere was very friendly and an overall great place to be. From our perspective, it was great seeing some of our customers push their cars to the limit!

We brought out two of our cars, the S14 and the recently completed 350Z, to perform the first shakedown of the season. In the off season, the S14 received very minor changes and the main setup remained nearly identical to the one from last year. The 350Z is a completely new car. With the few runs it was on the track, we found the car’s strengths and weaknesses. Overall, both cars met our expectations and were a blast around the track!


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Ray’s Transformation

After his Greddy turbo kit was recently installed, Ray decided to stand out from the rest by implementing a fresh TRD inspired livery. It features reflective red, chrome, white, and matte black accents throughout that really make this car stand out from the rest.

Event: Tuner Galleria 2015

For the past few years, a local Chicago convention center has annually hosted one the largest modified car shows in the area. Just about each hall in the building is packed with cars suited for any kind of taste the spectator might have. Since there are so many varying approaches to modified cars, the show was split in two. The domestic side was called Autorama and brought forth some of the best muscle cars, hot rods, domestic race cars from the Midwest and further! Tuner Galleria showcased the imports and the types of cars we are used to. Both were awesome and you really have to appreciate the amount of time and effort that builds from both shows required.

From functional track cars, to builds focused on wheel fitment, to VIP, to promotional cars, Tuner Galleria had it all. We’re going to take a look at some of our favorite builds from the show. Towards the end, checkout our flickr to see more!


We are extremely honored with this build. Three days before the show, we received the shell from paint and within those days we put the car back together and drove it around the venue. Taking home Best In Show feels amazing for a car of this caliber!
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Project: Rocket Bunny Engine Makeover

For the upcoming car season, we decided to give the tried and true Rocket Bunny a nice engine makeover, amongst other things. There will now be even more power to utilize when on the track thanks to machining, Fast92 intake manifold, headers, and other small internal work. Many of the components for this overhaul came from Sikky. While it is still in the process of being put together, check back soon another sneak peak at what is going on behind the scenes.


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Event: Osaka Auto Messe 2015 Part 1

Every year, there is a gathering of some of the wildest car’s in the Kansai region. Emulating the Tokyo Auto Salon, Osaka Auto Messe showcases some of the wildest cars in Japan, hottest products that will be introduced into the market, and more. This year, we had the chance to travel to Japan to see what this show had to offer. Hope you enjoy our coverage!


Black Pearl Diamond introduced the new Jewelry Line Diamond aero for the Lexus IS.
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2015 Chicago Auto Show

With each passing year, the Chicago Auto Show provides consumers with an inside look at most of the new cars that they can expect to see on the road that year. Alongside readily available cars, the show is also made up of concept vehicles, tuner show cars, and full on race cars. This year, our intern got the chance to visit the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and see what was going on. Below is his set. Enjoy!

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Product Spotlight: Defi Smart Adapter W unit

Since the dawn of man, the human species has been wired to follow what our ancestors has established and improve upon throughout the evolution of our well being. Back then the car gods has invented a nifty little device that measured the amount of revolutions a engine shaft spun. That such device was called a Tachometer and it had a big display with segmented lines and a dial that displayed the revolutions per minute. This device was the precursor to many other important monitoring devices needed to manage the engine in each car. At it’s bare core, these devices were considered analog devices that takes in mechanical or electrical signals and convert them into a mechanical dial and rotated on a faceplate displaying various parameters in increments. You had A/F gauges, Boost gauges, Water temp gauges, Oil pressure gauges and etc.

Over the years OEM companies has standardized on a few devices such as Volt gauges, engine temp gauges, boost pressure gauge, oil temp gauge along with the typical Speedometer and Tachometer. As technology advances thru time, more and more digital solutions were implemented in manufactured cars. But where technology makes things easier, it also dumbs down the audience that uses such technology. Case and point, the Apple iPhone has simplified the operations of using a MP3 player through their 1 cable/1 software setup where everyone was able to just plug in and download all their songs from one source to their device without having to deal with setting up and installing various plugin’s and searching websites for songs. It was a one stop shop for all music lover. However in the automotive world, you probably noticed that back in the 80’s-90’s there were car’s manufactured with all sorts of gauges on the dash that made you felt more in touch with the car with all the analog dials spinning in front of you every time you pressed the gas pedal. The newer car’s of today from 2000 and up has got rid of most of those nifty gauges in place of “idiot” lights that remind you that your car is overheating or something is wrong with your car. This “dumbing” down of the audience always made me feel like I never know what my car is doing without having all those gauges. Technology gotten so good in the automotive industry that they feel that the computer can monitor everything and just display a “idiot” light to tell you something is working or not.

Now if you are like me and other car enthusiast out there, I would rather prefer everything laid out in front of me to decide what is crucial to me and my operation of my vehicle. Companies like DEFI, Greddy, AEM, Innovate and etc, all have been in the fore front of bringing us aftermarket gauges in various shapes and forms throughout the years. We are use to seeing big and small analog and digital gauges that clutter all over the dash. All those gauges usually tells people that you are serious about keeping your car in tip top shape either for racing or just increasing your rep points at shows. No matter how you choose to display them, they all come down to one big question “how do I place it on my dash so I can properly view it?”


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