08th Nov2016

CAMcast: We’re done at SEMA!

by Michael Chandler

WOOBOI! We managed to survive another SEMA, and a highly compressed SEMA experience at that.  If you remember, we missed out on Tuesday AND Wednesday, so we had to cram four days worth of the show into two.  Not ideal, but I think we did a good job.  We also didn’t die in the process.

In this episode Joey and I eat pizza, have some beers, and tell you about our experience at the show, inhaling an entire tire at Ignited, and some other stuff.  We’ll be back next week with another, less SEMA-centric episode.

05th Nov2016

SEMA 2016 Day 2

by Michael Chandler

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The SEMA show is open for four days.  Joey and I were only around for the last two days of it.  I wouldn’t recommend cramming four days of automotive ridiculousness into two.  Really burns you out fast.  Anyway, here’s some shots from the last day of the show, the roll out parade to Ignited, and a Formula D drift demo that featured Mike Essa, Odi Bakchis, Ryan Litteral, Dean Kearney, Kyle Mohan, and Alex Heilbrunn.  Enjoy!  

P.S. We’re gonna be hanging out at the Vegas Drift event tonight (11/5), and we’ll have some stickers to hand out.  If you want one, come find us!

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04th Nov2016

CAMcast: We’re at SEMA!

by Michael Chandler

Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s that magical time of year!  We’re down in Vegas, gathering you only the sweetest of SEMA show coverage!  We’re also bringing you some podcasts covering the day’s events.  In this episode we talk about the drive down, what we saw, and how sketchy Vegas driving can be.

04th Nov2016

SEMA 2016: Day 1 of 2

by Michael Chandler

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Words by Michael Chandler, photos by Michael Chandler and Joey Harrington

The problem with getting into Vegas late on Wednesday meant that we missed out on a day of SEMA.  We didn’t let that deter us though!  We ran roughshod through the show, and brought you a pretty healthy sized gallery.

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02nd Nov2015

SEMA 2015 Setup Day

by Michael Chandler

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Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Nicholas Cherpeski

The actual SEMA show runs Tuesday through Friday, but on Monday (and the weekend before) those displaying cars and wares, and also media members can come in and set things up and pick up badges.  If you’ve been following us on Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, you would have seen us do the latter today.  We then stuck around to shoot some photos.  Here’s what we got:

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14th Nov2014

SEMA Shots: Stay Crushing FRS

by Michael Chandler

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Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Joey Harrington

I saw a lot of people complaining that every car at SEMA was sporting a Rocket Bunny kit.  There were a ton of cars sporting the kit, because it’s the popular kit. It’s also because in the last couple of years there have been more kits released for more chassis.  Before the craze hit, you could get a kit for the modern Nissan S Chassis (S13, S14 and S15) and the Toyobaru twins.  Now you can get the kit for the afore mentioned chassis, the NSX, R35 GTR, FD3S RX7, and E36 chassis BMW 3-series.

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But before all that the only kits you saw were on the FRS/BRZ, and before everyone at SEMA had one there were only a handful.  Four to be exact at the 2012 SEMA Show.  Three belonged to big companies, and one was in the hands of Robert Kochis.  He poured every last cent into his build, and even Muira-san came over to help fit the kit.  It was an intense build that begat the Stay Crushing brand.

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Since then we, and thousands of other people, have seen the car progress and the Stay Crushing brand grow.  At this year’s show, after some drama getting in to it, we got to see the 2014 version of the car.  This year it had the V2 Rocket Bunny kit, and accompanying canards.  It was also sporting a prototype Big Country Labs wing, which is ridiculous and obnoxious and perfect for this car.  Almost any car for that matter, but that’s neither here nor there.  We’ll eventually get around to doing a full on feature shoot, but in the meantime go support him!  Buy a sticker and a shirt!

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12th Nov2014

The Custom Touch: Time Attack Integra GSR

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

What you see here is something we can all get behind.  Literally and figuratively.  This is an Integra GSR that has, to say the least, a lot of work done.  To say the most it’s had the custom touch applied to almost everything.

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We met Rhett at Miller Motorsports Park at a NASA event about a year ago.  He was there campaigning his GSR in  Time Trial.  We really dug the car, and Rhett.  He’s a humble, down to Earth guy.  We chatted with him for a little bit, then he loaded up the car and disappeared back to Idaho.  For a while.  We honestly thought he had disappeared  and was gone forever.  Thankfully that wasn’t the case, and he and the car reappeared .

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In his absence from the track he did some work.  Some very custom work to the front end especially.   He didn’t really like any of the aftermarket bumpers on the market, but he liked some aspects of them.  So, he bought one and cut it apart.  He liked the Voltex bumper for the Lancer Evolution, so he grabbed some cans of spray foam and got to spraying.  He cut and trimmed, and shaped and formed, and he had a mold for a bumper.  But then he decided he didn’t like it, and started looking at cars closer to his Integra.  Specifically the Honda S2000, because both are long hood vehicles, as opposed to the stubby hooded Evo.  Out came the knife and the spray foam and, after filling the garage with foam shavings, he had the foam cored Carbon Fiber bumper you see before you.  It’s so strong you can stand on the inlet and only have to worry about scratching the finish. The canards are are also one off pieces, made by vacuum infusing utilizing carbon fiber with foam cores.

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Continuing the one off theme, the hood is also something Rhett and company fabricated.  No, he didn’t just cut a hole in the hood and slap on a set of DMax vents.  It’s vacuum infused carbon fiber with a foam core.  The fenders have been heavily modified with a mix of carbon fiber and fiberglass around foam cores.  The roof is also vacuum infused carbon fiber around a foam core.  Even the APR GTC 200 wing sits atop custom chassis mounted stands.  The only exterior parts that aren’t custom are the Pro Car Innovations side skirts, rear bumper and doors.

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The interior hasn’t received nearly as many custom touches as the exterior, but it does have some nice touches like the carbon fiber panel with Carlyle rocker switches.  Cobra Sebring Pro seats replace the factory chairs, with Crow five point harnesses holding the occupants in place.  A Tuner View II display has been custom mounted, and JDM arm rest and airbag deletes installed.  Gear changes are initiated with a Hybrid Racing adjustable shifter, and directional changes are made with a 330mm MOMO steering wheel on an NRG quick release.  And since he runs in NASA sanctioned events, and not some fly by night series, he has a 6 point certified roll cage.

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Rhett campaigns the Unlimited class, where his competition includes an R35 GTR and an Audi R8 LMS.  He couldn’t just roll out there with crazy aero and nothing more than an exhaust, so he got to work on making the B18C1 mill ready to handle the stout competition.  The block itself is stock and retains the OEM 81mm bore, but the pistons and rods have been tossed in favor of Wiseco Race shaped and prepped pistons atop Eagle rods.  ACL race bearings keep things spinning in an orderly manner.  The cylinder head has received plenty of love as well.  It’s been ported, polished and bowl matched and lovingly stuffed with GSC T1 camshafts and Supertech HD valve springs and retainers.

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Up top there’s a Skunk2 Pro Series intake manifold with a 70mm Pro Series throttle body bringing in the air.  A Skunk2 composite fuel rail sends fuel to a quartet (…four) Injector Dynamics ID1000 injectors.  A 6 port B&R breather box keeps the air out of the oil, before sending it through the custom thermostatic oil cooler setup.  The cooler itself is almost the size of a stock Civic radiator! The 1.8 liter VTEC mill is held in place with Hasport billet mounts with 94a durometer inserts, and Avid billet torque mounts

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All of that oil cooling is necessary because there is a Turbo By Garrett GT3071 turbocharger hanging off of a LoveFab Mini EQ manifold. The manifold has been wrapped and the turbo itself sits under a blanket, both are from DEI. That hairdryer gets it’s fresh air from a custom, carbon fiber ram air air box and massive four inch piping.   Since this isn’t some old turbo Colt, there’s an intercooler.  A big one.  A big, custom dual back door piece.  The excess pressurized air is releived via a Synapse blow off valve.  Because of the increased thermal load, there has to be a big, custom radiator.  The spent air, after exiting the turbo, leaves the car through a custom three inch V-Band exhaust with a five inch, round, Magnaflow muffler.  Other custom parts include a custom electric power steering, and water pump system.  There’s also a custom transmission cooler and pump set up.

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Which is good, because there’s an Elite/Gear X Transmission straight-cut 1-5 dog box that needs to be kept cool.  Shoved in that transmission is an OS Giken 1 way plate differential, which sends power to Drive Shaft Shop 3.9 axles and hubs.  Massive StopTech four piston calipers clamp down on 12.9 inch rotors.  There are bronze and spherical bearings all over the car from Password:JDM, Pro Car Innovations and Special Motorsports Projects.

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Password:JDM also provided the rear camber and lower control arms, and Hard Race provides front camber A arms.  There are Eibach Multi Pro R2 coilovers at all four corners, because adjust-ability is crucial when you’re chasing fractions of a second.  An ASR subframe brace  and Integra Type-R rear sway bar are, well, in the rear. Rhett has two sets of wheels for the car, and three sets of tires.  Variety is the spice of life, and being well prepared for most situations is pretty awesome.  Depending on the day the car is either on a set of 17×9 Rota Grids, or 17×9.75 XXR 527s.  His choices for rubber are 235/40 Toyo R888s, 225/40 Hoosier R6s, and finally 255/40 Hankook RS3s.

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As we were shooting the photos, Rhett told me his car was invited to compete in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational and also have a spot in the SEMA show.  This was an awesome thing to hear, and really cool to see his car at the show and roll out.  How did Rhett do? Well, much like the day we shot the car he was having issues.  The fuel pump went out, so a stock one had to be used.  This meant 30% throttle, no more than 6500rpm, and no VTEC.  Suddenly becoming the lowest horsepower vehicle sounds like it would have been a disaster, but Rhett managed to finish twenty-eighth out of  ninety-two competitors.  Not too bad for something built in a garage in Idaho.

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10th Nov2014

SEMA 2014 Day 4

by Michael Chandler

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Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Joey Harrington

And so the whirlwind week that is SEMA came to a close on Friday with the Roll Out to SEMA Ignited, a big after party.  We skipped Ignited, because we had other things to do which (you’ll see fairly soon), but we did stick around for the Roll Out.  We also wandered around during the day and snapped some photos before hand, so here we go!

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06th Nov2014

SEMA 2014 Day 3

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

And now for the thrilling catch up episode! Wednesday was a busy day: regular event coverage AND two interviews with important, well known people.  Despite the increased workload, we managed to come through with quality photos and a couple of very cool interviews that you’ll be seeing more of later.  In the meantime: another big ass gallery!

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06th Nov2014

SEMA 2014 Day 2

by Michael Chandler

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Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Joey Harrington

A day late, but filled with lots of good stuff! The show officially opened its doors, and we were in there *just* before they did to grab photos.  We then stayed the rest of the day, before heading to parties held by Lexus and Roush.  Enough talk, time for pictures!

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