PASMAG #148

Spring Tune-Up. The snow is gone now, right? I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like winter came and went about three times before spring decided to show up and punch it square in the face. Now that spring is here though, it brings with us the excitement of car show season! And if you live in a place where car show season never really “ends,” just know we’re all insanely jealous. Let this issue of PASMAG serve as an even further warm-up to the season. This is the latest issue of PASMAG’s Tuner Handbook, which contains some…

Into The Fray: Uzair Ashraf's 1992 Nissan 240SX

Uzair Ashraf’s friend let him drive his S13 once, and that was the beginning of a journey to the racetrack that wouldn’t stop for anything. Ashraf picked up his first S13 in 2011, and got started modifying. In the beginning, he was focused on street drifting, and ended up getting into some trouble. Wanting to continue pursuing his passion for drifting, he wisely took it to the track, where he learned to drift properly. Now with a turbocharged KA24 engine and a Deadman Wonderland Itasha livery, he can be found at the track getting sideways as often as possible. ESSENTIALS…

The Unicorn: Myth-Busting Aidan Borges’ IS300

We have a local legend in our corner of Southern Ontario, Canada about an elusive car that’s spotted only a few days a year during car season – a unicorn, if you will. A shining wheel lip is spotted, causing a double-take at the amazing fitment and high-class exterior, but on that second look, the car has already disappeared back to its hiding place to be meticulously detailed and reworked for a new season. On its last sighting, we made sure to track it down for a proper look behind the myth, the legend, Aidan Borges’ “Unicorn” Lexus IS300. It’s…

Restore To Former Glory: 1992 Mazda RX-7

The goal was to take a car that was very planted in the early 2000s and bring the build up to modern day standards. With the Veilside kit being the most dated part, Jason Neering brought the 1992 Mazda RX-7 back up to spec by shaving all rivets and side markers off and coating it in a metallic candy apple red paint. Under the hood, the 13B rotary got the Greddy treatment with a full V-mount setup, and even ported, polished, and refurbished the twin Hitachi turbos. Between the Apexi Power FC and nitrous and methanol injection (the first Cryo2…

Schroth Racing Profi II ASM FE

The Schroth Racing PROFI II ASM FE is the perfect belt for dual purpose vehicles, offering HANS compatibility, a DOT approved rating, and an FIA homologation. Featuring bolt in lap belts and shoulders that wrap to a harness bar (optionally bolted or snapped in), this belt is perfect for applications for vehicles with stock or aftermarket seats. This belt also incorporates Schroth's legendary ASM (Anti-SubMarining) technology that can protect drivers using a four point harness against submarining. Available Colors: Black, Red, Blue, Silver MSRP: $485.00 | www.schrothracing.com…

ISC Air Piston Kit

The ISC air piston cup kit allows for the normal function of our coilovers when not in use, but when needed can provide 1.5 to 2 inches of instant lift to get over that speed bump, or into that steep driveway. Hand assembled here in New Hampshire using 6061 aluminum, and top grade DOT approved hardware and fittings. ISC coilover springs included, or upgrade to our optional ISC Triple S coilover springs for increased spring stroke. Most air management systems on the market will work with these. MSRP: $805.00 | www.iscsuspension-na.com…

VIAIR 485C Gen. 2 Dual Performance Pack

VIAIR’s newly released 485C Gen. 2 Dual Performance Value Packs include two compressors with a duty cycle of 100% at 200PSI, two heavy duty 40-amp relays, and a 165 PSI cut-on, 200 PSI cut-off pressure switch. Each Dual Performance Value Pack comes with remote mount filter assemblies and mounting hardware. Dual Performance Value Packs are rated to fill tank volumes up to 10 gallons. This performance pack is also available in a Platinum finish. MSRP: $523.95 | www.viacorp.com…

Heise LED Lighting Systems High Output LED Light Cubes

If you want the brightest and most durable LED light cubes - this is your solution! These rugged, high output light cubes from Heise use OSRAM LED lights. They are torture tested and engineered with a virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens. Ideal for any vehicle, marine or power sports application. Available in various colors with white or black housing. http://heiseled.com…

2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship

The annual Tuner Battlegrounds Championship competition provides automotive enthusiasts with an opportunity of a lifetime - to compete against other passionate enthusiasts in North America* for the ulitmate award: to be featured on the cover of PASMAG. Hundreds of enthusiastic competitors register each year but only 1 will be left standing. Seeding for the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds Championship begins immediately, and inclusion and placement for the Top 64 depends on votes earned throughout the 2017 Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE Season. The #TBGLIVE competitors will be seeded 1 to 32 in relation to their total number of votes accumulated in the 2017…

Alpine ID X Series Complete System Review

Obviously, there are a lot of high quality audio components available for our cars. Some people choose a system because it plays loud, while others may prefer tonal balance over raw SPL, but when you ask a true audiophile what they look for in a system, the answer may surprise you. Real audiophiles already expect systems to sound natural and be capable of volumes high enough to mimic the live event, so they tend to look for more subtle characteristics that are not immediately evident to a casual listener. Alpine Presents a Purist’s Perspective If we look at things from…

JVC KW-R935BTS Receiver Review

Anyone who’s on a budget and needs a significant upgrade from their stock radio will appreciate the features and price of the JVC KW-R935BTS double DIN sized receiver. The unit was designed to provide connectivity to a smartphone and all the hands free and streaming goodness that comes with that pairing, as well as give you access to services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify. And it does all this for well under 200 bucks! (U.S. pricing) So let’s take a closer look at all the cool stuff you get for very few of your hard earned bucks. FEATURES and FUNCTIONS…

Pioneer TS-D12D2 12” Subwoofer Review

If you’re serious about pounding out bass, then you already know you want a no-compromise, truly high-performance subwoofer that can handle the abuse it’s likely to see on a typical Saturday night. Well, this is the reason Pioneer created the D series of subwoofers. Pioneer calls these woofers “Forceful, Deep, and Defined,” and if you are a fan of strong bass, the D subwoofer could be just the woofer you’re looking for. The D subwoofers are available in 10- or 12-inch diameters and feature either dual two-ohm or dual four-ohm voice coil configurations. For this review, we’re going to put…

Oracle Lighting Ultra High-Output LED Headlight Bulbs

These new ultra high-output LED headlight bulbs form Oracle Lighting create a 4,000+ LM blanket of light for the driver to increase safety and night time visibility. The new Philips Luxeon ZES chips allow for the increased Lumen output and unsurpassed reliability. This amazing light output efficiency is not the only change you will notice on these new lights. The new internal driver features USA-made components and offers excellent performance in an even smaller package. $149.95 | OracleLights.com…

Diode Dynamics: 2015-2017 Ford Mustang Sequential LED Turn Signals (USDM)

Diode Dynamics is pleased to announce the replacement Sequential LED Turn Signal set, for all trims of 2015-2017 Ford Mustang. With these turn signal housings, you'll gain a modern LED appearance, with plug-and-play installation. Upgrade your Mustang today! These housings are sold in a pair and are available with clear or smoked lens. This listing is for US/Canadian Mustangs only. Key features include: - Sequential LED turn signal, with programmable speed - Available with clear or smoked lens - 100% plug and play, with OEM connectors - Optically designed for OEM-grade performance - DOT/SAE compliant output pattern, brighter than factory…

AutoMeter 200 PSI Pressure Gauges

AutoMeter is pleased to introduce expanded support for applications requiring high performance, high pressure gauges. These new 2-1/16” 200 PSI pressure gauges are available in our most popular gauge lines, including Carbon Fiber, Cobalt, Phantom, Sport-Comp, Ultra-Lite and Z-Series. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to monitor critical Air Suspension, Oil or any other pressure readings on your vehicle. And if by chance you need a 200 PSI boost gauge, we absolutely salute you! Each gauge is built using by precision, race-proven movements directly descended from decades of AutoMeter’s motorsport heritage. Pinpoint accuracy and a lifetime of reliable…

2018 Formula DRIFT Orlando Victory Claimed By Chris Forsberg

The 2018 Formula DRIFT championship swapped the tight Streets of Long Beach for round two at Orlando Speed World this weekend. And the drama began early with an incident in practice that saw Chelsea DeNofa (USA) hit the wall in his BC Racing / Nitto Tire Ford Performance Mustang RTR. He was avoiding an accident on the track but was unable to avoid the wall. Following frantic work by his team, DeNofa made it to qualifying and scored 87 points on his first run. However, he was unable to complete his second run after the team discovered a more serious…

Soundcrafters, Kenwood, JL Audio and Arc Audio To Exhibit At Jeep Beach Festival 2018

Soundcrafters of Daytona Beach, FL, now in its 40th year of business, has teamed up with its core dealer brands Kenwood, JL Audio, Metra and Arc Audio, to exhibit in the Daytona Exhibitor section of the Jeep Beach festivities at the Daytona Speedway April 27th and 28th, from 9 am to 5 pm. The Soundcrafters 30X60 booth will feature 4 specially built vehicles focusing on numerous areas of mobile electronics, from a full custom Kenwood car audio system in a modified 2007 Jeep JK, a full lighting system from Heise on a 2015 JK, a full JL system in a…

The Panda Junction Spring Edition Is 2 Weeks Away

Only two more weeks until the return of one of the best meets in the Tri-State Area, The Panda Junction! On Sunday, May 6th at 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM EDT, The Panda Junction is being held at the place where it all started over ten years ago, The York Fairgrounds! Located in the heart of south central Pennsylvania (just a short drive from major cities like NYC, DC, Baltimore, Philly, Pittsburgh), the York Fairgrounds is a huge location with more than enough space to host the 2000+ cars that we see! Also new for this year - the VIP…

Coming in Clutch: McLeod’s Street Elite Tuner Series Clutch Install

Performance Installs
I’ll always remember talking with Pat Cyr of Cyrious Garageworks as he was buttoning up the install on the Vortech Supercharger going into my FR-S. We were both impressed that the tune from Vortech allowed the car to run at nine PSI and reach almost 300 horses, yet not need to upgrade the fuelling. You’re also able to run the stock clutch with this tune, but Cyr, a master of the 86 arts, knew that was only for a limited time. “You still have the stock clutch in there?” Cyr asked, grinning. “Yeah, I do,” I replied. “Not for long,”…

FR-Slow No More: Vortech V3 Supercharger FR-S Install

Performance Installs
There’s a magical moment when you get into your new FR-S or BRZ for the first time, where you’re convinced you’re behind the wheel of the pinnacle of simple sportscar engineering. The car is light, nimble, and above all, a blast to drive. “Never mind what the haters have to say about a sportscar with only 200 horsepower,” you say to yourself, grinning away. And for quite a few of you Toyobaru Twin owners out there, you’ll stay happy with that for quite some time, laughing your way down twisty lanes. There are also those of us out there who…

Engine Swap 101: Haute AG's Infiniti V8 Swap

Performance Installs
As car enthusiasts, we have all thought about our dream car, on several occasions. Along with that, some of us have also dreamed about the perfect engine inside of our favorite chassis. So, what does it take for that dream to become a reality? Luckily, we have some of the necessary steps it takes to get your project to go from paper to pavement. In this write up we will be referencing an LS V8 swap into an Infiniti G35 Coupe. Keep in mind that this is strictly a guide, however all of the planning and approach should be carried…

Spot The Differences: Formula DRIFT 2018

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Spot The Differences: #148

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