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Imagine it, Design it, Live it… IDL Grand Opening

At IDL Design USA‘s grand opening, the only thing rolling deeper than your car crew were the squads wearing NMDs and Anti Social Social Club or Super Street Garage apparel.

No L’s Taken Here

Spotted front center was the Yeezy-inspired turtle dove wrapped Liberty Ferrari 458 on Rotiform LSR dumped on Airlift and wrapped by Impressive Wrap.





Work It

Amongst all the fresh new exotics and imports, Joel Tan’s 1972 Work-Style Hakosuka stands the test of time.



Run by Milky Bun

Scott from After’s Ice Cream brought out the Liberty Walk McLaren wrapped on gold plated Rotiform QLB. According to Cody at Deity Motorsports, it’s an MP4-12c with a 650s front conversion and P1 rear styling.


Homecourt Advantage

While the neighborhood continues to fill with hypebeasts, the Phaze2 line up is low-key chillin’ in the iDL garage.

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Fresher than a stick of gum.

I Don’t Have Friends, I Have Family

If you were there, you might have thought you saw Vin Diesel. Sorry to say, that was just Phaze2’s Hubert Barnum. Either way, iDL Design isn’t just a business, it isn’t just a friendship…it’s a family affair.

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That’s all folks!

Words: Denny H. / Justin P.
Photos: Denny H. / Justin P. / Tyler H.

SEMA 2016 Recap

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sema-2016-6064If you are an automotive enthusiast, then you know the mecca of car events, SEMA. We’ve covered it through the years and since the recession, it has gotten bigger and bigger every year. This year SEMA celebrates it’s 50th year and without a doubt, it’s also a reunion of current and past partners. It’s a week where you can gorge on 50 dollar buffet dinners and not feel too guilty because you’re walking an average of 10 miles a day. With over 3000 vehicles, it’s easy to miss a good amount. therefore. you walk though the halls and snap whatever catches your attention.

For example, the field-savaged, body-dropped, rotary-powered, 510 built by Twisted Images, sitting low on AirLift suspension and classic BBS wheels.sema-2016-6236

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Thanh’s Scion FR-S built by Auto Tuned in Monrovia, and styled by Fatlace with a Ilene million-piece kit. Twiggy’s FR-S sits on AIrLIft Performance Suspension on custom Rotiform WGR wheels and powered by Sprinted Supercharger.sema-2016-6118

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This copper and black Cadillac sled was tucked away in the North hall, which was accompanied by this nicely built bike.sema-2016-6103

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AirLift Performance had an ultra-wide RWB Porsche with Rotiform wheels and an 80’s classic BMW E30 on Rotiform Wheels. OMG!sema-2016-6153

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Mikey made waves in Toyo Tires booth with his 997 fitted with a Old&New kit from Japan. A kit which resembles the 930 slantnose Porsches of the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a Porsche that I always admired, especially in the Targa form. Ah, 911 Targa Slantnose, YUM!sema-2016-6197

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Ace Wheels / AMF Forged teamed up with Kuhl Racing and stopped anyone in their tracks. The hand-carved GTR and STi, were just amazing!sema-2016-6190

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Japanifornia, a Dodge Charger on TE’s. Oh, Yeah!sema-2016-6205

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Too fresh is Ryan Tureks Ferrari powered 86. LS What?sema-2016-6111

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The Tjin Edition Explorer made its debut in Falken Tire’s booth as you enter the North Hall and Gold Parking lot. It sports a matching Honda Quad.sema-2016-6063

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Fortune’s Cinemamotive Focus front and center in Ford’s booth.sema-2016-6098

WD-40 Camaro, designed by Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition at PowerNation TV for SEMA Cares. The 1967 Camaro will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale and the proceeds will go to Childhelp, a non-profit organization aiding victims of child abuse.sema-2016-6219

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From a technology stand-point. I couldn’t get my eye’s off AccuAir’s ENDO Series of modular air tanks. Seriously, an air suspension game changer, again!sema-2016-6137

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Dump Trucks, Yea! Can go wrong with slammed x boost!sema-2016-6082

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And… I’m going to leave you with some NsEX!sema-2016-6172

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Thanks for checking out the feed, now unto the rest of the gallery! Have a great day! -Denny @dayuumden

5 Crowd Pullers from SEMA 2015

Come one, come all to the greatest automotive trade show on earth! SEMA Show 2015 has made its annual stop to the wild, wild desert known to most as Las Vegas, Nevada. Be thrilled by gorgeous Booth Babes, be amazed by the the strength of the Four BOSSes, be mesmerized by new kid on the block, stand in awe of the looks of yesteryear and leave yourself at the mercy of beasts for an experience you will never forget! These are 5 crowd pullers from SEMA Show 2015!

1. Girls, Girls, Girls

“Girls, all I really want is girls! And in the morning it’s girls! Cause in the evening it’s girls!” -Beastie Boys
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Driving Line’s Alicia Cummings taking a selfie with “Mad” Mike Whiddett

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Look out Janey! Hopefully that giant Mishimoto tank is enough to protect you from all the creepers.

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MST Wheels’ Regina standing guard by their “Attack on Titan” 240sx

For more babes, check back to Jae’s Ladies of SEMA 2015!

2. I’m a BOSS

You’ve just entered the Boss Level. There were 4 epic S14 Rocket Bunny BOSSes at SEMA Show, are you ready to take them on?

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Make sure you’ve collected all your JDM Badges before you take on the Good Show Automotive Art BOSS.

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Don’t slip up when you face off against the Autofashion USA X ENEOS Oil BOSS.

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Corey Hosford’s Street Standard BOSS will definitely pack a mean punch with it’s V-8 engine.

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Don’t let the cycles fool you, the WD Ultimate BOSS is ready to take on all and any Challengers

3. The New Kids On The Block: Driving Line

Go big or go home. Driving Line started off their first SEMA Show with a bang and these three white knights were only part of the reason why their booth caught our eye.

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Sung Kang’s Fugu Z by GReddy proves that the perfect build doesn’t always have to be fast or furious.

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Just in time for the winter season, the SSA X Autofashion USA Rocket Bunny NSX is one sexy Snow Bunny.

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Evasive Motorsports Porsche GT3, “Just imagine how much cooler I’ll be in summer.”

4. Don’t Call Me Rusty

Out with the new, in with the old. Or something like that. Put that Rust•eze Medicated Bumper Ointment away, Rust is in this year!

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Rusty Slammington. No introduction needed.

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Check out that Rad Rusty Rat Rod! Whew, try saying that ten times fast.

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Even choppers were all about that rust life

5. What the TRUCK?

Big tires and lifted beasts ruled SEMA Show this year. Because well…’MURICA

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Derek West’s ULTRA4 Off-Road buggy took a break from its weekly mud bath to be part of the showroom floor.

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The Starwood Motors Jeep JK8 with custom Bandit Kit wasn’t afraid when the rain, hail and lighting decided to make an unwelcome appearance.

There’s always a lot going on at SEMA Show, these are just 5 of the things we picked up on. What else was provocative at SEMA Show 2015; what was it that got the people going?

By: Justin Pagtalunan

Photos by: Michelle Ishida

SEMA Show 2014: Jayson’s Pick(s)

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Las Vegas becomes the mecca of automotive geniuses and visionaries every time SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) event is in town.  Fortunate enough to attend this year’s event to feast my eyes on creations that I know were done with extensive planning, hardwork and good partnerships.  This year I was able to witness a good variety of vehicles that impressed me due to its craftsmanship and details – creations that conformed to my liking.  So let’s start…

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#Brotherlylove.  Tjin Edition Ford Fiesta ST and Honda Fit

It’s one thing to work with friends on car builds but to make it a family affair is another.  I can just imagine how the brothers bounced ideas at one another -as crazy as these guys are; they probably used, and abused Denny (@dayuumDen) as a cushion to exert their brotherly frustrations.  But in the end, both vehicles were highly recognized by Ford and Honda for an outstanding vision.

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#NotaRocketBunny. The internet breakers Noel’s Varis FRS and Yogi’s widebody GS

These Asiatic Red Devils just killed it… Nope Kim K didn’t break the internet first… Do you remember when this FRS flooded the facebook and IG feeds? When Noel first broke out the FRS with the Airrex suspension? How about the time when he revealed his Rocket Bunny with the Work VS-KF wheels  and lastly showing off with the full Varis Kit and SSR’s newest wheel, the Professor TF1.  Simple but tasteful details can be noticed not only in the exterior but under the FRS’ hood and interior as well.  I am sure brother Bert had his share of scrapes and bruises working on this FRS.

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Well Yogi broke the internet a few days before his GS showed up in SEMA.  After months of non-stop preparation and work to complete the GS with the help from Buddha Paint, Weds, Falken and Airrex, and many more; the handcrafted widebody sedan stole the spotlight the day it was revealed.

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#TheRocketBunny.  Lexus RB RC350 Fsport, SSA x AutoFashion RB NSX, RB RX7, RB R35 and RB Genesis Coupe

One build that I really wanted to see in person was the Lexus RB RC350 Fsport.  I have not driven one yet but I read a number of good reviews about the vehicle most specially the RC-F.  For me, it was like a luxury FRS on steroids. Or maybe I am just a little Lexus biased but seeing the first renderings of the RC with the RB kit, just made me want to see one in person. The RB kit enhanced the already aggressive look of the RC.  Meaty tires, mesh wheels, perfect stance, the RC will definitely be a hit once it reaches the dealerships.

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Six Sigma AUTOdesign said it best, “We knew many aspects of the project would be controversial, but we wanted to stir the pot. In the end, modifying cars is like an art, what’s the point if we are all painting the same picture? Don’t be afraid to take risks! We love how the car turned out…” Kudos to you guys for taking that leap -out of the norm.

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#Fanboyfavs.  Falken IND M3, Artisan NX200t, Ironman4x4 LC60, Vossen LS460, Vorsteiner M4, Sarto Racing CLK and the Hotchkis Road Runner

This IND-Distribution (based from Chicago, Il)  M3 under the Falken booth was simply stunning – no widebody add-ons but simply utilizing the usual aero enhancements that screams Form and Function. But what really drew me to this vehicle was the color scheme which may be too bold for some. The BMW Yas Marina Blue, cement gray and mint green highlights worked great for this build.

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The very first Lexus NX200t that was fitted with an Artisan kit.  I didn’t imagine that the NX would look so good with just the kit, wheels and low ride height.  The NX series maybe the vehicle that puts the RX series out of the Lexus lineup – only time will tell…

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I have always been a big fan of Ironman 4×4 products.  This year they used an LC60 VX Diesel Turbo to display the quality of accessories, gear and parts they offer. I would not mind taking this LC out on a trailing trip…

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The big body sedan LS460 has always been in my “want” list and this long sled from Vossen was tastefully done.  The elegance of the LS460 Fsport was maintained with the addition of the Skipper front lip and air suspension.

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BMW Widebody M3 suited up with Vorsteiner aero.

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Who would not want to own an American Muscle if it looked this good? This Plymouth Road Runner Superbird was under the Hotchkis booth.

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In addition to the vehicles mentioned above , this year I’ve decided to deviate from my typical wheelhouse and highlight trucks for my SEMA 2014 picks.  From the plethora of new Jeep Rubicons and Wranglers around most of the halls, I found a few that really caught my eye.  I could not pick just one so here it goes…

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3.  The Legacy Classic Trucks: Scrambler and 1942-1943 Dodge WC-53 conversion

These Legacy Classic conversions gives you the old classic feel with new reliable hardware.  The Legacy Classic Trucks are assembled to a customers liking – in terms of its looks and application that it will be used. The Classic V8 Legacy Scrambler Conversion symbolizes the heritage of the Jeep CJ, with full fenders, 33” tires and classic line. This is equipped with a 430Hp LS3 engine which is capable of adventures both on and off-road. The Scrambler is also available as a Soft-top, Hard-top and 2-Door version. Also, this is made with a mandrel bent fully boxed frame as well as Atlas transfer-case, Dynatrac 1-Ton ProRock 60 axles with ARB locking differential. Long travel suspension and air-bump stops are used to fit ones adventure needs.

The Dodge Carryal WC-53 is a rare and unique multi-passenger truck also available from Legacy Classic trucks in limited number. Each truck is handcrafted since it takes at least 1,200 hours to build. This is also powered by a 430Hp LS engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic. This comes standard with locking differentials and an Atlas Transfer-case.

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2.  Vortech BOSS F100

One of Vortech Superchargers’ booth vehicles is this 1973 Ford F100 done by High Octane Hot Rods. Owner: Jason Jones, On the Ground Designs. This truck is seriously looking like a Boss sitting still and laying frame. Under the hood you will find a 5.0L Ford Coyote engine, BOSS intake and Vortech Supercharger. Hard to find pieces and details were sourced from LMC trucks. One will not miss the massive tubs of the truck which tucks the B-Forged 595 wheels 22×9 up front and 24×14 rear. These are wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires 265/30/22 for the fronts and super wide 405/25/24 for the rear. Sew it Seams from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania completed the truck’s interior. Audi RS4 Red Volker was used to complete the exterior looks of the BOSS.

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1.  1949 Chevrolet 3100 five window pickup

Under the bright lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing with the PAC racing springs booth tucks a truck that really caught my eye, this is the 1949 Chevy 3100 five window pickup. At first, its rusted out exterior will throw you off as this seem to not belong with the big boys with their shiny paint schemes. But look under the hood and you will immediately know that this beast will blow your doors off standing still. The 3100 is equipped with a fully built 442 LS engine with a 4.125 Bore and Stroke using K1 Technologies Forged Crank and Wiseco Pistons. This also has a Trick Flow Fully CNC LS3 Heads with OE LS7 rockers and titanium retainers from PAC Racing Springs. All ARP hardware was also used in putting together the powerplant of the truck. The 442 was also partnered to a Tremec 6-speed transmission with Centerforce DYAD dual disk clutch. As for its low slung ride height, PAC-JRi Racing coilovers were used. The Red Steel wheels from Coker Tire really did set off the look of the truck – wrapped in Firestone Nostalgia Drag Slicks Wide White. Although it cannot be seen behind the wheel, stopping on a dime is achieved using Wilwood Six Piston Calipers with 12 inch rotors. One of the eye catching details of the truck was the TIG Welded Butler built “Bomber Seats” with custom leather enhancements. I also liked the squared tubing interior styling as well as the bad ass grenade shift knob. The rear end of the truck just shows off the old and new pieces that really set this truck apart from the others.  Eighteen glorious months is what it took to put this beast together, this 3100 deserves a spotlight under the bright lights of Las Vegas.

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Hope you guys enjoyed a little flashback of SEMA 2014.

Until the next one… Peace!

-jayson (@dayuumjayce)

SEMA Show 2014: Justin’s Pick

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SEMA Show 2014, this is the Super Bowl of car enthusiasts. There are hundreds upon thousands of show cars on display in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center that it’s difficult to pick just one. I do my best to plan out what and where I will go to first to make sure I don’t miss anything on this week long extravaganza, so I didn’t find my beauty until the third day at the SEMA Show.

And where has this cool little BMW E30 been all my life?

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On display outside of the convention center allowing it’s super clean engine bay to breathe the fresh air outside. (Not quite sure the air outside of Las Vegas is fresh though, it might not even be air, but you get what I mean).

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What caught my eye first are the Individual Throttle Bodies that CA Tuned put inside this little machine.

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Low isn’t just a thing you do to a car, its a lifestyle. And for this Bimmer, it’s stanced out to perfection on some gold, vintage-style Rotiform wheels and Airlift air suspension.

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This E30, is filled through out with a lot of classy BMW insignias to stay true to being a purist.

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Inside and out, up and down, there is nothing to hate on this car. CA Tuned did a perfect job on this modern classic.

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AutoCon LA 2013 – Santa Anita Park

AutoConLA40For the last 4 years Automotive Connection has steadily grown. In the beginning, they where in an underground parking structure located in the City of Industry, the following year it expanded to the abandoned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine. 2011 is when they introduced “The Runway” and the event continued into the night. MCAS El Toro was a great site but the staging area was cramped and insufficient. In 2012, they brought us to Santa Anita Park. The venue was large and had ample room for staging and spectator parking, the weather was scorching and the venue was packed. This year, Automotive Connection, also know as AutoCon, returned to Santa Anita Park. During an interview on “No one likes the TUNA” on YouTube, Justin spoke about the weather, “heat is one thing so I tried to schedule it [AutoCon] earlier this year.” The days leading up to the event was bearable, just a typical 70’s Cali weather, but to much surprise the day of the event was marked as the “Hottest Day of the Week”, ironic don’t you think? For the first time, the weather predictors where right and indeed it was hot, but unlike the previous year there was a nice breeze.

This year’s staggered roll-in made it smoother and quicker, they seemed a bit short handed for an event of this capacity, but event planning is hectic and anything that can go wrong typically will. Even finding reliable and useful help can be difficult. When we rolled into the venue I was surprised to see the aisles were a bit tight since we have been conditioned that emergency vehicles needed at least 10-15 feet of space for them to pass. Somehow, AutoCon seemed to have dodged that bullet as it seemed like we were on top of each other. Nevertheless, we had a great spot. Given the fat cars we had with us, a portion of our booth was tightly packed with little space to move. In some cases it was awesome to keep  people from cutting through the booth, but it was challenging when we needed to get into our cars.

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AutoConLA1We had 7 cars in total: Nilo’s AirREX NSX, David’s CLK AMG Black Series, and Tjin Edition Ford Fusion.

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Thanks to Jae Alba *(@dayuumjae), Benjamin Garcia *(@bgarciaphotography), and Jayson *(@dayuumjayce) for the photo contributions. *(Instagram)
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Not Your Mom’s Regular “grocery getter” – Joe’s E46 Wagon

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Almost two years ago, Jayson featured an immaculate S38B36-powered Diamond Schwartz E30 M3 from Joe Barrios’ BMW collection.  To refresh your memory, Joe has a garage, or better yet, his own man-cave equipped with a couple of lifts.  This man-cave houses two E30 M3s, a twin screw supercharged E36 S52B32-powered 332ti, an E31 850i being built for Bonneville, a 1974 2002tii stocker, an E46 332it wagon (featured here),a BMW G450X supermoto, and a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth.

I know it may be every BMW enthusiast’s dream to have more than one bimmer, but Joe is no ordinary enthusiast.  He is the owner/operator of The M Shop in Eagle Rock.  The M Shop specializes in the service and performance of BMWs, Mini Coopers and Fiats.

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This time, we decided to feature Joe’s 2000 BMW E46 323it wagon.  Looking at it, one might ask if the vehicle is even modified beyond the lowered stance and the mesh wheels, but don’t judge a book by its cover.  If you ever see and hear this car on the street, it will definitely make you look twice. To understand, one has to know what’s going on underneath the skin of this wagon. We bring you Joe’s grocery getter!

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Around 2005, Joe was presented an offer he couldn’t refuse – a totaled 2002 E46 M3 with SMG sequential gearbox once owned by friend, Jon Caldito.  This particular M3 met its demise when it got sandwiched between a fwy center divider and a FedEx truck.  It was the perfect case scenario.  Both sides of the car were destroyed, but everything within the frame rails was untouched.  Joe didn’t hesitate and immediately paid the insurance company for the whole car.

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After about a month spent looking for a BMW he could drop the M3 drivetrain into, a customer of The M Shop informed Joe that she wanted to sell her Diamond Schwartz E46 323i wagon. Joe thought how cool and different it would be to have an M3 wagon as a daily driver.  The deal was made and the journey began.

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First, Joe was thinking of using a conventional manual 6-speed transmission that would have made this swap a slam dunk.  At the time, another BMW tuning company on the east coast had just completed an S54 swap in an E46 wagon with a conventional 6-speed transmission.  Joe thought he’d do it one better and transplant the whole drivetrain including the SMG transmission with complete SMG logic.  In order for this all to work seamlessly in the wagon, everything from the E46 M3 donor car had to be transferred, including front and rear subframes, LSD, suspension, brakes, complete body wire harness, engine harness, instrument cluster, ABS/DSC hydraulic pump, speed sensors, and yaw sensors.  Yes, folks!  The SMG transmission, ABS, and DSC traction control logic is all M3, and it all works just as it did in its original home.

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The cool thing about running the SMG transmission in the wagon is the automatic mode which becomes a blessing when fighting the L.A. traffic, but when the roads are clear, toggle the shifter to manual mode and you can bang through the gears via paddle shifters or shift knob.  “Kinda’ like a video game” as Joe describes.

Since the M3 donor car was equipped with many options, Joe went ahead and transferred over the factory navigation units, Harman Kardon sound system, Xenon headlights, IHKA automatic climate control, and M3 front seats.

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For added rigidity and to prevent front shock tower flex, the upper strut tower bar from the M3 was also transferred over.  Joe could have gone with an aftermarket strutbar but wanted the engine bay to look as factory as possible.

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Joe stated that around the time this swap took place, many BMW owners would have never thought to put Japanese parts on their German made cars.  Joe came from the ‘Old School’, right around the time when HKS was starting to bring their products into the US (mid/late 80s) and when his friends from HKS USA told him of the products they were importing for the E46 based BMWs, he was all over it.  Joe stated, “HKS is known for their quality and I had no doubt in my mind that their stuff would fit correctly and perform as claimed.  The Hypermax coilovers are perfect for the street and can be adjusted for weekend track duty if needed, and the Ti exhaust sounds perfect behind the E46 M3 euro headers and euro cats.”  Needless to say, Joe installed a 30-way adjustable HKS Hypermax coilover set and HKS Ti exhaust system.  As you read this, Joe is trying to get the vehicle BAR labeled so that smog inspections are not an issue.  Yes, all emissions control devices for the S54 engine are installed and working as designed.

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The wagon is currently sitting on HRE 3-piece mesh wheels – 19×9’s in the front, 19×10’s in the rear.  Wheels are wrapped with Continental Extreme DW tires.  Behind the front wheels sit Brembo 6 piston mono-blocks and 380 mm floating rotors.  Behind the rear wheels sit Brembo 4 piston calipers and 345mm floating rotors.  The stopping power of the Brembo’s is right on par with the 350 bhp that the S54 engine is putting out.

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Joe kept the exterior modifications simple but still unique to the wagon body style by adding a color-coded front M Tech bumper and M Tech splitters.

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Joe managed to complete this project over a 6-month period working on it off and on after work and on weekends in his backyard.  This swap isn’t for everyone and Joe states that he would probably not want to do another S54/SMG swap like this one anytime soon, but would definitely swap one with a conventional manual transmission anytime.  Joe has accomplished building a stylish, quick, fun, CA emissions legal daily driver M3 wagon that can get groceries like no other Bimmer wagon can.  Big ups to Joe!

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Until next time. Enjoy.

Torque Meet Tour – Orlando

TMTORLANDO--90This year we are pretty excited to join the Torque Meet Tour presented by Universal Technical Institute (UTI). The Torque Meet Tour is  a 5-city FREE AUTOMOTIVE EVENT SERIES, that’s right, free admission, free entry, free vendor space, and free to spectate. The tour travels to  5 different UTI campus from east to west.

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The first meet was in Orlando and it went off with a bang. The event was hosted by Jade Motorsports, an automotive club based in Florida. The turn out was spectacular, over 400 cars, over 40 vendors, and over 3000 spectators.

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TMTORLANDO--6The Tjin Edition Roadshow rig was in attendance showing off their Toyota Tacoma which was a collaboration between them and UTI. The Tacoma will be given away at the end of the year to a lucky entrant.

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In their booth was a slew of goodies such as the Vortech and Paxton Superchargers.

As a partner of the Torque Tour Meet, we sponsored an award called the “Choice Award.” The requirements to win the award is simple, “The DAYUUM Choice Award is judged on the overall build. The build must show consistency and harmony with the parts being used. Clean paint, cleanliness of the vehicle, and fit ‘n finish will play a large role in this award.” That’s it.. Pretty simple.

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TMTORLANDO--47At Orlando, Jose Guadalupe of Team Solo took the “Choice Award” with his Acura RSX that featured a K24 swap.

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TMTORLANDO-04Vishal Mathur’s S13 with a Silvia conversion features an LS swap that was boost assisted by our friends at Vortech Superchargers which also took home their “Hottest Supercharged Setup” award, an award that was presented by Vortech Superchargers and Paxton Superchargers. Vishal’s LSX-Swapped S13 has dyno’ed at 698RWHP @ 11psi. On the left is Mark Harston from UTI.

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Here is Russ’ sick widebody from Jade Motorsports and is super clean.

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Honda Ruckus’ also made a nice appearance.

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The show wouldn’t be a show without supporting teams and cars.

We hoped everyone enjoyed the show, see you in Chicago, May 4th at 601 Regency Drive, Glendale Heights, IL 60139

Here is a video from Backyard Garage Stars.

@DaYUUMDen

M3 & RX7: A Purist’s Nightmare

A purist is “one who desires that an item remain true to its essence.”  Often times, a purist strives for uniqueness by staying within the known conservative realm.   In the automotive scene, acronyms such as JDM, USDM and DTM may sound very familiar.   Often times, capturing and preserving how automobiles were originally made or improved in Japan, United States, and Europe in terms of parts / aesthetics are religiously followed and admired.  However, there are individuals who seek to bend these boundaries and want to be simply creative on their own way – simply channeling their creative juices to their own standards and satisfaction.

By no means will I consider myself a purist but I always had that niche to stay with the norm and conservative. Don’t’ get me wrong, I have always admired people that have been open minded, brave and bold enough to go with their own inventive – instinctive ways.  In one of the events, I’ve met Ryan and Ulysses, individuals that pushed their personal boundaries, ingenuity, automotive knowledge and engineering.  One gentleman at an event where I met both guys said it best, “It took a little more thinking to put it together.”

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Ryan Castro owns a 1995 E36 M3 along with numerous Bavarian machineries through the years.  The avus blue E36 M3 coupe looked like one common E36 on the road.  Close your eyes – listen to the rumble it makes and it is more than likely that you will second guess yourself.  The E36 M3 packs a 5.7L LS1 aluminum block from a Camaro SS under its bonnet.  It zips through freeways or from time to time track days using its 350 whp and 311 ft-lbs of torque Americana centerpiece.   The LS1 aluminum block was also paired with a T56 – 6 speed transmission with a Z06 clutch.  This is also equipped with a rebuilt 3.91 LSD with a 40% lock up.

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Road turns and curves are handled by custom BC racing coilovers with custom spring rates.  Also added to the E36 were Turner front – rear sway bars as well as Mason Engineering front – rear strut bars to provide some extra stiffness.

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Closely look at its stoppers and one will notice the C6 Z06 Silver 6 piston calipers paired with the 355 mm DBA slotted rotors and PFC-Z brake pads.  Stainless steel brake lines were also installed at each corner.  This M3 uses Miro 111 18×9.5 +20 offset all around with Hankook V12 EVO 245/35/18 as its street kicks.  On track, Toyo R888 255/35/18 is the tire of choice.

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Subtle exterior modifications of the M3 such as the Max Velocity GTR front lip and Hard Motorsport Fender Flares add to the deceptive euro look that this midnight blue machinery goes for. EVO II Recaro seats with Corbeau 4pt. harness, Kirk 4pt roll bar, MOMO Champion steering wheel, STRI 60 mm Tach -water temp -oil pressure gauges and AEM UEGO wideband were all installed to prepare the E36 for any track battle.

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Similar to that of Ryan’s midnight Euro machine, Ulysses Aguayo chose a similar path for his knightly FD after numerous (2) rotary powerplants failed him. Ulysses owns a 1993 Mazda RX7 R1.  Sitting still this RX7 looks simply stunning.  With the one too many tasteful modification added to the RX7, one will think that this came straight from the JDM gods.  However, peek under the hood and you’ll see an LS2: 6.0 liter V8 from a 2006 Pontiac GTO.  This was also paired with the GTO’s T56 6-speed transmission. Ulysses also installed a Hurst short-shifter with Steeda Tri-ax shifter handle while an E40 ECU keeps this RX7 always in check.

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The FD’s front end was completely converted to a 99 OEM front end spec with the front lip.  The taillights were also switched to the 99 spec.  Shine Auto OEM style 20 mm wider front fenders were also used to accommodate some wider wheels and tires. The rear fenders were also widened to 25-30 mm for the same reason. Top Fuel style rear wing, Shine Auto Sanai rear diffuser and feed side skirts complete the devious but understated look of the RX7.

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Keeping this FD close to the ground are Tein Type Flex coilovers.  Optimizing cornering for its track day run ins are Powerflex polyurethane suspension bushings, AWR solid front sway bar mounts, OEM front / rear sway and strut bars. SSR SP1 black face is the wheel of choice with 18×10 +25 all around sizing.  However, an 18×11 +8 rear set is already on its way to provide a more intimidating look to an already aggressive bearing. SSRs were mounted on Hankook Ventus RS3 – 265/35/18 Fronts and 275/35/18 Rear tires.

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Keeping the all black theme – JDM RX7 RZ spec Recaro seats (Carbon Kevlar shells), complete Di-noc  carbon wrapped dash/clusters/hvac/shifter, Redline leather wrapped transmission tunnel cover and shift boot can be seen inside this FD.  FlyRX7 center quad gauge pod with the 4 Prosport gauges and the Nardi 350 mm Deep Corn racing wheel with Works Bell hub cannot also be missed.

Of course most of the work was put into the engine and drivetrain.  Aside from the Pontiac GTO transplant, this FD used components from a Ford Cobra as well.  2003 Ford Cobra IRS differential with OEM carbon traction-lock LSD and Samberg Rod and Custom rear Cobra differential cradle were also used to transmit all that torque and rotation to the massive rear wheels.  Professional products LS2 fuel rails and Supra Denso fuel pump were also installed to keep this V8 from thirsting. Greddy 3.5” exhaust and custom stainless piping fabricated by Rene Motorsports fulfills the exhaust notes that Ulysses wanted to hear out of his black beauty.

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Purists may be cringing just by the thoughts of doing american muscle V8 swaps especially to such iconic vehicles as the M3 and RX7.  However, one can’t deny that V8 swaps are now common -to get that certain torque and horsepower that one desires.  As shared by Ryan and Ulysses, the engine swap gave them a reliable and a well balanced car on the track.  Parts are also cheap and now easy to get.  For the laborious settings that these engines were put to, they are extremely satisfied with what they have accomplished.  What both these men have put together may be a purist’s nightmare but what counts is the completion of what was once an ingenious vision.

Until the next one… Peace.

-jayson (Dayuumjayce)

 

AirPower Group Hits the Street – Part 3 – Vortech Superchargers

Just released is Vortech Superchargers part 3 of their famous “Hitting The Streets” series. Aside from the impressive cars, this video features the lovely DaYUUM Angels,  Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda as they will take part in 2012’s SEMA Show with the AirPower Group (Vortech, Paxton, Lysholm) at booth# 23063

The 3rd chapter is all about the power, the boost, the lifestyle. Marissa starts off the video with the brand new, hot off the presses Vortech Supercharging System for the 5.7L Challenger R/T. This complete kit takes your HEMI up to an amazing 503 Horsepower and 563 Torque at only 7.5psi.

Next, we meet up with Arseniy’s VF-Engineering Supercharged E92 M3, which utilizes a Vortech V-3 Si Supercharger and brings the Vorsteiner widebody equipped Bimmer up to a staggering 650 Horsepower and 420 Torque. Got a BMW of your own that needs boost? Maybe you should get in touch with VF-Engineering too!

After that, we get a short glimpse of what a ride along with 17 time IJSBA National Champion Dustin Farthing would be like on his Vortech V-50 B60 Supercharged Yamaha Personal Watercraft. Could you hold on when he rockets 0-60 in just over 2 seconds?

The boost and the power keep rising from there, as we catch up to Ashley with Jeremy’s Triple Threat Fox Body Mustang. This car is the real deal, and can impress everywhere – On the street, at the track, or at the car show. Equipped with a built 347 engine and a Vortech V-7 YSi @ 23psi, Jeremy’s Fox annihilates the road with an incredible 806 Horsepower and 689 Torque TO THE REAR WHEELS!

Last but certainly not least, after a little help around the shop from Amanda, Ashton hits the street and then the track with his V-3 Si Supercharged 2012 5.0L Mustang GT. Lapping those other guys is no problem with over 600 Horsepower on tap at just 7.5psi!

Enjoy!

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