Blackjack: Cesar Olivas' 2016 GMC Sierra Denali HD

Doubling down for game over. You can count cards if you want to, but “Blackjack” is key. Holding an Ace and 10 value card in your hand during a game guarantees you your win, no matter which strategies have been put into play by other players. Over at Tweety’s Tire in Midland, Texas, owner Cesar Olivas has cast his hand down and declared “game over.” With a completely custom tow rig and a standout SEMA truck, we’re inclined to believe him. Let’s examine his hand, shall we? The aforementioned tow rig just has to be the only one of its…

Prancing Horse, Drifting Eighty-Six: Ryan Tuerck's Toyota GT4586

When you think “JDM supercar,” visions of Supras, GT-Rs and RX-7s probably dance around in your head. You’re probably not fantasizing about a Scion FR-S (“Toyota GT86” abroad, and now “Toyota 86” in North America after Scion’s demise) with its burbling two-liter flat-four. Sure, you could swap in a turbo’d 2JZ or an all-American LS, but that’s been done a few times. Ryan Tuerck knows all about swapped 86s, as he currently owns two: one personal and one business, both with a 2JZ under the hood. Other than being a Top 10 professional drifter, Ryan has always had it in…

Rotary At Heart: Kyle Mohan’s Mazda MX-5 ND

Kyle Mohan is a Mazda guy. From the Mazda FC3S drift car he drove to a fourth-place finish in Long Beach back in 2008, to the Mazda SE3P RX-8 drift car he piloted through the last seven seasons of Formula Drift, Mohan is one of the last rotary-powered Mazda guys in a professional drifting world that has been overrun by small-block-V8-swapped drift cars. As the main engine builder at Mazdatrix, Mohan knows the ports and passages of the rotary engine like the back of his hand, and has built several 1,000-plus-horsepower rotary motors over the past several years. When “Mad”…

Continental Tire ExtremeContact Sport

Continental Tire introduces its newest ultra-high performance (UHP) tire, The ExtremeContact Sport. The ExtremeContact Sport was tested to the limits by five championship-winning race car drivers and satisfies the most demanding driver. The next generation of the ExtremeContact DW, is a dynamic, UHP street tire built for car enthusiasts and engineered for extreme grip in dry and wet conditions. CATEGORY: Summer WIDTH (mm): 205, 215, 225, 235, 245, 255, 265, 275, 285, 295, 305, 315, 325, 335 TREAD DEPTH (xx/32 inches): 10 UTGC TREADWEAR: 340 UTQG TRACTION: AA UTQG TEMPERATURE: A http://continentaltire.com…

Air Lift Performance Air Suspension (Porsche 964)

Porsche 964 is all about its renowned road holding and connectivity. The performance air suspension kit allows for a low profile while not compromising on vehicle ride and performance. VEHICLE: 1989-1994, Porsche, 911 (964) MSRP: $2,900.00 USD http://airliftperformance.com…

Outcast Garage OG Carbon Fiber Front Lip Grille Kit (F80 / F82 / F83 M3 / M4)

When it comes to carbon fiber, the Outcast Garage OG product shines at its finest. Outcast Garage utilizes vacuum infused resin with UV protection gel for all our carbon fiber products. Outcast Garage maintains a strict standard around fitment as this product fits perfectly. The carbon's affordability is geared to the right clientele looking for a quality purchase. With this, Outcast Garage produced a carbon fiber front lip for 15+ BMW M3/M4. TYPE: Aero (Splitters, spoilers, canards, etc.) MSRP: $699.99 USDUse Promo Code: PASMAG50 to get $50 off this front lip. http://outcastgarage.com…

Vertex Front Lip Diffuser (Nissan GT-R)

Upgrade your Nissan GTR with the Front Lip Diffuser from Vertex. It fits great and pre-drilled for ease of installation. The front lip diffuser is available in Vinylon Fiber or Carbon Fiber. VEHICLE APPLICATION: Nissan R35 GT-R MSRP: $2790.00 USD www.vertex-usa.com…

Vertex Digna Front Lip (Lexus LS 460)

The Vertex Digna Lexus LS 460 Front Lip offers one of the cleanest front lips you can buy for your car. Simplicity at its Finest! Great quality made in Japan. VEHICLE APPLICATION: 2007-2009 Lexus LS 460 MSRP: $640.00 USD www.vertex-usa.com…

Password:JDM Pro-Forged Custom 3pc Wheels

Introducing Password:JDM's new line of custom 3pc forged wheels all cut to order to your exact specifications and all done in-house here in the USA! Our shop is AS9100 certified which means that we are certified to build aerospace and military parts, there is no one in the industry that can make that claim! Please visit our website to start building your very own custom set today! CONSTRUCTION: Forged, Muti-Piece SIZE (inches): 17-22 WIDTH (inches): 7-14 BOLT PATTERN: 4 x 3.93, 4 x 4.25, 4 x 4.33, 4 x 4.50, 4 x 5.12, 4 x 5.51, 5 x 105, 5…

Speed In His Veins: Marby Enriquez's 1992 Acura NSX

Building cars seems to run in Marby Enriquez’s family. Whenever he came home from school to see his brothers working on their car or taking delivery of new parts, his affinity for wrenching became stronger. “I guess you can say my family has speed in their blood,” he laughs. After working on some cars in high school and getting his hands dirty with his own 1989 240SX with an SR20DET swap, he gained enough expertise to move on to the next big project. Fast forward to today, and Enriquez has his very own 1992 Acura NSX. His love for the…

Rumble Love: Keith Jose's 2010 Subaru WRX STI

Keith Jose started building cars with his 1995 Toyota Celica, and soon caught the modification bug. It wasn’t long before he fell in love with the Subaru STI’s looks and sound. Soon enough, that rumble took hold of him, and he purchased his 2010 Subaru WRX STI. Jose’s original plan was to keep the mods to a minimum, and just make it look tasteful. We all know how that story goes. It was only a matter of time before the car was on its way from daily driver to full-blown neck-breaker. By now, Jose wanted to push the limits with…

Second Time's A Charm: Joel Quesnel's 2008 Honda Fit Sport

The Honda Fit you see here isn’t Joel Quesnel’s first. After owning a 2007 base model for five years, he noticed how good the Fit's Sport Edition looked with skirts and a spoiler. From that moment on, he knew his next car would be the Fit Sport, and it wasn’t long before he purchased the 2008 Sport Fit that you see here. The biggest challenge for Quesnel while building was not knowing where to start. “Having a car that was rarely modified was one thing but not knowing where to start was another,” he tells us. However, with a little…

JL Audio C5 653 Component Review

Any avid car audio enthusiast knows that the choice of loudspeakers for your system is perhaps the single most critical decision of the system design. It’s a well-known fact that the speakers you choose make more difference in the final sound of the car than any other component. For anyone who is looking for true high fidelity loudspeakers, the JL Audio brand is almost always near the top of the list. What began way back in the 1970s as a fun hobby for Jim Burch and Lucio Proni (JL Audio, get it?), grew into one of the world’s most respected…

Morel Virtus Nano 602 Speaker Review

Every once in a while you come across a product that simply defies logic and makes you re-think everything. The Morel Virtus Nano 602 shallow-mount speaker system is such a product. First of all, “shallow” doesn’t begin to describe the incredibly thin profile of the 6.5-inch woofer. Think about this: when I mounted the woofer in a 0.75-inch-thick baffle it did not protrude through the back of the baffle. Now that’s shallow! The actual mounting depth of the woofer is an incredible 0.67 inches or just 17 mm! In fact, the woofers are so thin that as soon as I…

JL Audio RD400/4 Amplifier Review

If you are one of those people who think all amplifiers work and sound the same, the folks at JL Audio and I have news for you; they don’t. Not only are there big differences in amp designs (even within a specific topology), the sonic signatures of some of these amps can be as different as chalk and cheese. Case in point are the RD series of amplifiers from JL Audio featuring their NexD switching technology. The RD series of amplifiers offer perhaps the best value of any amp in the JL Audio lineup, and are designed to meet the…

Momento M5 Dash Camera

The Momento M5 dash camera adds up to 270º of surveillance coverage at the front and rear of your vehicle. All footage is captured in stunning 1080p high-definition resolution with a Sony Exmor-R sensor that improves image stability and low-light visibility. Watch incident footage on the camera's interactive LCD or on your desktop computer. MSRP: $299.99 USD http://momentocam.com…

Car Lighting District HELIOS LED Conversion Kit

The new HELIOS from Car Lighting District is the best LED Conversion Kit on the market today. Designed with an 11,500 rpm dual-ball bearing fan that cools every component and increases its lifespan. The CREE XHP50 LED chip generates a luminous intensity of 12,000 Lumens. The HELIOS is 100% Plug & Play with no radio interference, no flickering and no dashboard errors on all vehicles. It is also covered by our Lifetime Warranty. MSRP: $105.00 USD http://carlightingdistrict.com…

Car Lighting District X3 Fog Light LED Conversion Kit

The X3 LED conversion kit for fog lights from Car Lighting District provides 6000 lumens of luminous intensity. With no driver and its smaller body size, it adapts to all vehicles. You can customize it with three different color temperatures (3000K, 6500K, 8000K). Getting the Euro look on your car is easy with the X3. Shine on with Car Lighting District. MSRP: $65.00 USD http://carlightingdistrict.com…

Fry's Loud & Proud: Las Vegas, NV

The Fry’s Loud and Proud event was held at Fry’s Electronics in Las Vegas, NV on March 18th. Fry’s became a MECA Retail Member this year "in a BIG way, with 34 stores in 9 states,” as stated by Commissioner, Steve Stern, in a MECA news announcement on December 30, 2016. The Las Vegas show was Fry’s Electronics’ kick-off event. The show offered Show & Shine, Sound Pressure and Sound Quality contests with Fry’s sponsoring the awards, providing the store’s parking area for the venue, and food vendor trucks for lunch. Jeff Staat, Tech Team Director, and Rick Barajas, Tech…

2017 Marks Eibach's 30th Anniversary in the USA

To celebrate Eibach's 30th Year Anniversary in the USA, an open house is planned for Thursday, April 6th. "We have built a strong foundation of partnerships and friendships over the past thirty years and we hope that you will help us celebrate these relationships by joining us on this day, " states Jesbran Silva, Marketing. Factory tours and refreshments will be available between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. RSVP with expected time of attendance to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Eibach USA Headquarters264 Mariah Circle, Corona, CA 92879 www.eibach.com…

KMS Drift Round 1 2017: Rockingham, NC

After the drivers dialed-in their new mods and goodies from the Santa's visit in December, and the rust and jitters knocked-off on Saturday's practice runs, the 40+ drivers and 250+ attendees were ready for the 2017 KMS Drift season opener at Rockingham International Dragway in North Carolina on Sunday, February 26th. Both classes were packed with competitors, and as the competition worked to the Final 3 the standards were tremendously raised. With the fans yelling "OMT" (On More Time) after several tandem battles, along with *judges' decisions to proceed (with an additional run), the final results were extremely close. *KMS…

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…

Neo-motorsport Coil-Over Install

Performance Installs
The Scion FR-S offers a true sportscar experience at a very affordable price point and is complimented by aggressive styling. For those looking to enhance and tighten up the handling of this coupe, there are a variety of aftermarket options available. One such company is NEO Motorsport, which offers a complete coil-over suspension kit. NEO’s passion and motorsport experience ensures that all of its products are tried, tested and true, both for track use and daily commuting. The following is a step-by-step guide for installing this fully-adjustable (ride height and dampening) suspension system on the FR-S. 1. Lift vehiclePrepare vehicle…

Spot The Differences: Feb/Mar 2017 (#141)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our February/March 2017 (#141) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at…
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Spot The Differences: Car Audio Upgrade Guide, 7th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Car Audio Upgrade Guide (7th Edition) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to…
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Spot The Differences: Tuning 365, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning 365 (4th Edition) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle…
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