29th Jun2012

Forum Fest 2012

by Trent

[func-shun] Episode 6: Forum Fest 2012 from [func-shun] on Vimeo.

It’s 5pm on Friday, Mike and I are picking up Tommy from his work in Orem, 14 hours away from Forum Fest. There’s no time to sleep though, Forum Fest begins in 17 hours and we still have to pick up Nick. This, my friends, is a road trip!

It started like any other road trip, Tommy screaming in the back seat for food and cable. We only had one iPhone charger going at the moment and it was in demand. We also were in the middle of nowhere Idaho and we realized we shouldn’t have left Utah without food. Anyway, I drove the whole way while Tommy slept and we entertained ourselves with the musical hits of our high school(college for Nick) years.

Arriving in Washington was beautiful and Pacific Raceways was a great location for Forum Fest. Drifting, drag racing, and a car show. What else could you ask for? Well, for the rain to hold out.

The cars in the Pacific Northwest are something else, and so is the rain. It started pouring about an hour and half after showing up. And it didn’t let up the rest of the day.

Next year, we hope for more sunshine because what we saw was pretty awesome. Learn about the return trip and WaterWerks on the Green next week.

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Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler, Nick Cherpeski, and Tommy Ratsipasith

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21st Jun2012

$30K Check: Scion FR-S

by Trent

Scion FR-S CAMautoMag

You could see this one coming from a mile away, couldn’t you? The world is in a storm created by the Toyobaru twins. It’s an intriguing car with RWD, a Boxer-4 with adequate power and a relatively low entry cost. What’s not to like? This car isn’t made for big, smoky burnouts. It’s made to fuse the driver with the road, and although they are virtually identical, the front fascia on the Scion FR-S looks nicer and more aggressive in my opinion.

Scion FR-S Toyota 86 Subaru BRZ

The potential of these cars is undeniable. You’ve no doubt seen our coverage at the track with Brody’s white Subaru WRX in Lap Battle. Well, he already has his white BRZ lowered on Volk Racing wheels, and saying that I like it is an understatement.

I wouldn’t throw lots of power at the FR-S, just a few bolt-ons, as to not upset the balance and character. I wouldn’t scrape the ground with it’s low-ness. I would drive it and enjoy it like it should be enjoyed, connecting corners in the canyon.

-Trent Bray

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08th Jun2012

Photo Friday

by Michael Chandler

Ahh the weekend is almost upon us!  I know, you gotta slog through this last day of the work week.. We’ve all been there, but hopefully these purdy new wallpapers will help make today a little less painful.  You know the drill by now: right/control click and view image, then right/control click and save as.

JDM Legends is all about the old school.  Old Skylines, Celicas and 510’s are the usual fare.  Sometimes those cars come with awesome stuff under the hood, such as these Mikuni carburetors.  They were hanging off an old Toyota motor.  It’s in black and white for two reasons: #1 it keeps with the old school feel and #2 black and white is just so awesome sometimes…  Like right now

 

We go from the classic to the going-to-become-classic.  Despite being an impostor, this base model RSX looks just as good (if not better than) the more sought after Type-S’s and Type-R’s.  Nothing too crazy going on, just the right amount of modifications to get this thing going down the path to being a classic.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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06th Jun2012

Impostor!

by Michael Chandler

 

I know some of you are going to just look at these pictures. I’m ok with that. What I’m not ok with is the odd chance that you’ll mis-label this base model RSX as a Type-S or a Type-R clone. It’s neither of those. It’s better than those.

 We’ve been following this car for a few years now. We used to see it at Supremacy Racing a lot, but we never really followed the build in detail. We would just ask “How is Ryan’s DC5 coming?” and Frank or Kel would say “It’s going good” and that was that. As you can see here, it has become very good.

 

Now, back to dispelling those Type-R/S myths: outside it’s sporting some, SOME, JDM ITR pieces such as the front bumper, red H badges and the Integra badge on the back. The fenders are just plain old JDM pieces, along with the sidemarkers. It’s sporting a full VIS Type R lip kit (front and rear lips and the side skirts), which accentuate the fine lines this RSX already has, and a TopOne splitter sits below said lip to help this thing move alone smoothly. A Buddy Club hood with Aero Catch hood pins round out the exterior modifications and keep the beating heart of this thing out of site, but not out of mind.

 

Much like the Telltale Heart, the motor lies out of sight. Tormenting those that attempt to cross it. That heart is a K24A2 with an RBC intake manifold and a SSR Race header, which dumps into a three inch K Teller exhaust. It might not seem like much, but like the red Civic from our Odd Couple article there’s not much to this car. That 2.4 liter mill resides in a wire-tucked engine bay (courtesy of Alex Prasop) and is held in place by a set of Innovative motor mounts. A RyWire millspec wiring harness connect, among other things, the Hondata ECU to the necessary bits of the engine. Necessary bits like the fuel injectors, which are attached and fed via a Golden Eagle Pro Series fuel rail. That jet black fuel rail sits in front of the trademark Wrinkle Red ITR valve cover, which sports a matching ITR spark plug cover.

Hanging off the engine is a six speed transmission from an RSX Type-S, which has been stuffed with oh so many goodies. An ITR limited slip diff has been added, along with the 5.0 final drive from a Honda CRV. The synchros have been upgraded to carbon pieces and the stock clutch has been tossed in favor of an Exedy piece.

The car rests upon a set of Enkei RPF1’s. The rears are 17×9 +22 with 235/45 Falken tires, while the fronts are almost the same, except they’re +35 and wrapped in fatter 255/45 Falkens. Behind those front split six spoke wheels is a Stoptech big brake kit and ITR control arms with PCI bushings. Behind the rear split six spoke wheels are Powerslot rotors and Hawk brake pads, Skunk2 control arms, a Beaks tie bar, an ASR subframe brace and a SPC camber kit. Tein Type Flex coilovers provide the stance, Stoptech steel braided brake lines provide the hydraulic pressure to reel this coupe in, and an Autopower 6 point roll cage keeps the occupants safe in case things go horribly wrong.

 

Speaking of the occupants, they sit in F1 Spec Type 3 seats and are held in place by Sparco harnesses. Course adjustments are made with the MOMO steering wheel, which is attached to an NRG adapter hub and quick release. Pertinent information is gathered from the Autometer Oil Presure and Water temperature gauges, the AEM UEGO wideband, and the Type-S gauge cluster. You perform your fancy footwork on a set of Mugen pedals.

 

This car started life as a ho-hum base model RSX, but after an infusion from it’s Type-R and Type-S brothers (and TSX and CRV cousins) this DC5 is better than the both of them.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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04th Jun2012

JDM Legends Grand Re-opening

by Michael Chandler

On June 2nd Eric Bizek and the rest of the crew at JDM Legends opened the doors to show off their new Murray digs.  The new shop is now more centrally located AND next door to ZipTie Dynowerks.  It was quite the bash, with cars lining the street and a burger van showing up to sling some sliders.  The weather was threatening, but thankfully it just looked cool and didn’t rain.

For those who don’t know: JDM Legends is a shop that specializes in the importation and restoration of classic Japanese cars.  KGC110 Skylines, turbocharged FB RX-7’s, KP61 Starlets and TA22 Celicas are some of the vehicles they’ll help you find and/or restore.  For more info on who they are and what they do and how to get a hold of them you can wait until we give them their long awaited shop feature.  But if you’re impatient (and after seeing the photos, you will be) head over to JDMLegends.com

 

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 Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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01st Jun2012

The Gentleman’s Hot Rod: 426 Hemi Chrysler 300C

by Trent

fatchance 2.0 Hemi 300C“Holy $#!* that sounds awesome!” Nick exclaimed as we walked up to see John’s Chrysler 300. He wasn’t exaggerating either, the Mopar exhaust on this thing set the tone for the photo shoot. I’d been waiting since November to get a chance to shoot this car. I spoke to John about his car at the SEMA Show, and this was the first time our schedule’s aligned.

fatchance 2.0
By the time I could park my car, a group of teenagers had gathered around the car to ask questions. This thing gets attention EVERYWHERE. We then hopped in the car and toured through John’s hometown of Huntington Beach, CA. The re-done interior is a comfortable place to be as we cruise down the PCH to the photo shoot location. We begin to talk about the car you see here, fatchance 2.0 and the first iteration fatchance 1.0.


You see, John is a pivotal member in the LX(Charger, 300, Magnum) Community as he hosts Spring Fest, a gathering of LX vehicles every year and in previous years he has shown off his newest mods on his original Chrysler 300. Well Chrysler took notice of the attention he was getting and approached him with the idea of building the gentleman’s hot rod.

426 Hemi Chrysler 300C
300C on the PCH
The starting point was a 2011 Chrysler 300C with the 5.7L Hemi V8. Not a bad starting point, but things were kicked up a notch with an aluminum 426 cubic inch Mopar crate motor with a powder coated intake manifold. This gave the beast the power boost it needed to take on the bravest of cars. Mopar also supplied the Cold-Air Intake, fuel rails, strut tower bar, and Cat-back exhaust. As if that wasn’t enough, they added a 3.91 rear gear set for good measure. Despite a conservative tune right now, it will still throw you into your seat back!

426 Mopar crate motor
LX 300C at the beach
Most cars we shoot have the looks that kill, but also the ride from hell. Not so, here. What car would properly crane necks without the right stance? Universal Air stepped in and put an air ride system on it before most dealers even got to see the 2011 Chrysler 300. Accuair provided the air management system with their E-Level remote. This thing rides smooth and lays flat out when parked making fatchance 2.0 the first bagged 2011 Chrysler 300.

Bagged Chrysler 300 at the beach
The car sets itself over a set of USW Forged Uprise wheels measuring 22×9.5″ up front and 22×10.5″ out back wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. The lips on the rear seem to stretch to the middle of the car. And filling in those wheels are SUV-sized Brembo 6-piston calipers and 15″ rotors. The rear rocking an equally massive 14″ rotor and 4-piston caliper.

FC 2.0 300
The body kit was designed by Xenon specifically for this car and Lanzini Bodyworks applied the white hue. Rounding out the modifications is a plethora of Billet Technology underhood pieces, BF Xenon foglights, Samco Silicone hoses, and Hilco Fasteners. Nothing was left untouched on this car in pursuit of perfection. The result, a car in it’s own class.

Hemi 300 driving
Chrysler 300C Airbag setup
Special thanks to John, and to Nick for helping me out on this shoot. John would like to thank Brett, his build partner.

Slammed Chrysler 300
fatchance interior

Words, Photos, and Video by Trent Bray

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