14th Aug2014

Grocery Getter

by Michael Chandler

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (10 of 12)

“Bags Are For Groceries” read a sticker on a 2.5RS I saw at a meet once. That particular Impreza was lowered on coilovers, which for the uninitiated means he was static.  And while the debate of bags versus coilovers will most certainly rage on for a while, the sticker’s sentiment isn’t entirely true. Bags aren’t just for groceries, they’re for grocery getters too. Grocery getters like Jenny Nielson’s Forester XT.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (1 of 12)

This isn’t her first foray into the wonderful world of Subaru modification. She used to own a hawkeye WRX, which wasn’t too shabby. And it wasn’t her boyfriend’s car, which is often the case whenever a woman gets out of any nice or modified vehicle. The hawkeye was hers, as is the Fozzy. And this thing has come a ways.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (5 of 12)

As we’ve all seen, Foresters are tall. Tall enough to be classified as SUVs for insurance and marketing purposes. This is a problem for a gal who has a license plate surround that says “Stance Will Make Him Dance”. So it had to go lower. A lot lower. First came some Raceland coilovers, which for the purposes of dumping something are pretty fantastic; however, those were not to last. Nor were the wheels. First were a set of XXRs. Then those gave way to a set of Rotiform Nues. Finally she has settled on a set of STRs. The current setup measures 18×10 with a +25 offset all around. That’s a bit of wheel.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (9 of 12)
Back to the suspension. And the whole “bag” thing. If you haven’t figured it out yet, she bagged her once static Forester. Airlift was contacted and suddenly eventually the car was sporting Autopilot V2 digital bags. Stance achieved, right? Technically yes, but she wasn’t quite done.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (11 of 12)

Before the Rotiforms, and after the Racelands she got to work adding a little bit of power and noise to the car.  Breathing is helped by an SPT intake, an Invidia catless downpipe, and a Blitz Nur Spec exhaust. A Go Fast Bits blow off valve relieves excess intake pressure, while making fun noises.  And because it’s a turbocharged Subaru it’s totally got an Accessport and a Stage 2 tune.  It’s just a rule of life.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (3 of 12)

The Regal Blue Pearl (a factory color by the way) looks lovely on any Forester. It looks more lovely one this one because she’s spruced it up a bit. There’s the factory spoiler which wasn’t there when she picked up the car. There are the 04/05 taillights which have been fitted. And most noticeably, there is the 2008 sport bumper and lip on the front of the car which help separate it from the pack.
Then there are the little details, like the headlights. The housings have been painted black, and the amber reflectors have been removed. The lights themselves were replaced with 8000K HIDs, and all of the windows are sporting 20% tint.

Grocery Getter Subaru Forester Michael Chandler CAMautoMag (12 of 12)

Also, there’s a child’s seat in the back seat.  This is for two reasons: #1 she has a kid (it would be weird if she didn’t have a kid, but still had the seat) and #2 this is her daily driver.  She takes it to all the fun places! The gym, work, the gym, and finally the store.  Where she gets groceries, and puts them in her grocery getter.

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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