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Guys, I think we should let Rudolf play some of our reindeer games before he goes postal.

“Below a certain ride height and beyond a certain offset, the geometry of the suspension and steering goes out the window, and the car rides like a bag of sloppy [Expletive Deleted].”

In case you arent up do date with the latest in the auto blogging community this is an exerpt from the article http://www.speedsportlife.com/2010/02/25/rich-corinthian-leather-2-hella-suck/ that fellow Up Shifter Jeris Jones recently posted his responce too.

Wow, so where do I start?

No wonder I’ve never heard of the blog page Speed:Sport:Life but you know what, here is the really important part. I’m not mad at them, and here is why.

Not long ago I wrote an article for Modified Magazine which I shall shamelessly self promote with this link HERE. I posted this on a few forums I frequent and one person came back to me talking about how the term JDM had been over used and completely misunderstood, taken out of context and how the trend had gotten so faddish that it made no since whatsoever. This sparked a pretty decent back and forth between this member and I. We were eventually able to agree on this one thing. When it comes to a form of expression in the aftermarket or tuning culture you have beginners who know absolutely nothing about cars other than they roll forward by themselves, and then there is the old school guys who have scared there knuckles with experience and can diagnose a cars problems by listening to it. We also agreed that at some point in time, we were both beginners who thought we knew something but often mis-quoted facts all the time. When it came to my article I had to keep the attention of the beginner, but keep the respect of the gurus who have been patient enough to educate me in the automotive game.

To the uninitiated I can see how a relatively super low stance or leaning tower of Enkei could cause some to scratch their head. However, if we were to take a step back and look at a few of the trends, or should I say genres of our car culture, we would recognize that this type of “tuning” is nothing new. Anyone venture to give a guess at what this is?

62 Buick Special
Thanks www.autotraderclassics.com

Or how about this:
Thanks http://earlyrods.com
Thanks www.earlyrods.com

Take note of the ’65 Mustang in the back left and NSX to the right, sitting peacfully with the rat rod. Hows that for a juxtaposition? What’s really funny is that this last one kind of reminds me of another style of tuning:


Yeah I think this low slung, large and loud piped crazy stance car thing has been going on ALOT longer than the last 10 or so years drifting and the “stance movement” has been around. And if that wasn’t enough to give you a heart attack, here is another shot of Jimmy Crack Corn.

Thanks www.forums.nicoclub.com

Sure some people do things to their cars just to “look dope”. But Low Riders, Boso, Rat Rods and Missile cars have been around for ages and inspired many artistic as well as functional expressions as well as presenting very large communities that people can share their love of not just a certain style of car, but cars in general. Am I going to go out and put a 5 foot section of 2.5″ pipe on my AE86…well actually I have been thinking about it. With one of those little tractor exhaust tip flaps. That would be monkey nuts. But I also don’t see a problem with clear hoods, chrome 20s, or even Big Sausage Pizza Delivery race cars like the one the guys at S:S:L seem to like…

Thanks www.speedsportlife.com.

So what would you have? Clean, shining 4×4 trucks or glossy coupes that show up on trailers? To each his own I say. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why this website was started. There is so much out there in the car world that everyone has a place. There is something for all to love and of course were not always going to like someone’s choices. Because there not ours. Who cares? Someone is having a blast doing what it is that there into instead of smokin crack or stabbing babies. In fact no one was complaining about what was going on over at S:S:L until just a few hours ago.

So, here is the deal. Enjoy what YOU enjoy about cars. Start your own blog and let people know why you like it, share what you’ve learned and help others who want to come behind you. Heck we did. And so have hundreds of others. You can even learn why people are so excited about what there into by reading up a bit like I did with S:S:L which actually isn’t a bad site, though it may be a bit misguided here and there. Just remember, you’re not the Adrian Paul of tuning styles. There can be more than one.


Thanks www.ekhatch.wordpress.com

Drift Stylings debate: To Slam or not to Slam

    The one thing that makes the Tuner community so grand is the widespread variety of styles. Whether you are a Drifter, auto crosser, quarter mile racer, full blown track driver or something in between we all have our cars tuned and modified depending on what the main use of our car will be. So when our friends at Stanceiseverything.com directed me to an article bashing the “slammed” or drift auto style it got my attention.

 It is a fairly interesting read on someone’s take on the recent drift styling’s of some auto enthusiasts but One quote in particular stood out to me: “Setting up a car for drifting is usually ass-backwards to what actually makes a car handle. Still, it has managed to permeate the collective consciousness of young car enthusiasts, who are unaware that buying coilovers with absurdly stiff springs doesn’t actually make a car handle well, but rather masks a the deficiencies of a poorly designed car.” 

 This quote looks to imply that tuners that modify their cars to drift don’t actually know that they are doing for their everyday drivability. Most tuners that modify their vehicles for a specific purpose typically know that it will take away the ability to perform in other areas. For example if you set your suspension up for 1/4 mile racing you wont necessarily be successful in your endeavors to race your car on a road course. Even still I’m sure most everyone is aware of some drivers who do modify their vehicles solely based on what they see without knowing the functionality aspect of the tunes; but as a whole from my experience people who take the time to dial in settings and adjust their cambers just right actually KNOW what they are getting themselves into.

 All in all it was an interesting article taken from a perspective that I may not wholly agree with but still respect, take a look and see what you think: http://www.speedsportlife.com/2010/02/25/rich-corinthian-leather-2-hella-suck/

Bullrun Team NSX

Its a little known fact that Bull Run is one of my favorite shows on TV, and believe me if I had the opportunity I’de treck my RSX through each one of those 4,000 miles without breaking a sweat. Anyone who knows me knows im a Honda guy, Ive never owned a car outside of the Honda Family so when I saw that this seasons cars included a 94 Widebody Veilside NSX needless to say I got a little giddy. Check this video out of Ryan and Nic’s Acura powerhouse, a beautifully designed Automobile with the grit to actually take the title this season.

The most awsome practice spot ever – want

Thanks to Ryan Tuerck for this video from his facebook page. Its really making me want to get my RX-7 back out there. Thanks Ry!

off seasons from Drift Alliance on Vimeo.