PASMAG #146 December 2017/January 2018

For a limited time, pre-order your copy of Issue #146 (December 2017 / January 2018) for only $1.99, and receive free shipping and handling! /**/ Land of the freeway. Home of the burnout. Do you remember the days when muscle car was synonymous with sports car? When the only tuning you needed could be done with a flat-head screwdriver and a socket wrench? The game has certainly changed, but the spirit of American metal is still alive and well in the world of performance automotive. Jokes about American cars not being able to handle corners are out the window, as…

The Reverse Entry Project: Chapter 1 - Initiation

The fate of almost every 240sx sold in North America over the past decade has been fairly similar: They're purchased "lightly used", gutted of everything possible, and sent off to the track to be abused. Often times they'll have an SR20DET swapped in, a welded differential, aftermarket suspension, and by the time they’re on to the next owner, some less than perfect fenders and quarter panels. By this time, they’re hardly fit to be a street car unless you're a bit of a masochist, so what would it take to do this in reverse and bring a track-beaten 240sx back…

Auto Dream: Kevin Nguyen's 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R

When Kevin Nguyen started working at Nissan as a first year apprentice, his friend and work colleague had an RB25-powered S14 that motivated Nguyen to dive into the world of old school cool Nissan sports cars. Nguyen then picked up a Skyline R32 GTS, but found that the car wasn’t wide enough for his goals, so he sold the GTS to upgrade to the full blown R32 GT-R. Featured in PASMAG Issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Click here to order. What started off as a stock GT-R meant to roam the streets of Calgary quickly became a big project for Nguyen…

Like Father, Like Son?: Luis Torres' 2003 Acura RSX Type S

Sometimes an enthusiast’s love for cars runs in the family, and that certainly seems to be the case with Luis Torres. When he was much younger, his father used to bring him out to cars shows and the drag strip, so it’s only natural that Torres developed an affinity for cars. His father was all about muscle cars, but Torres is the other side of the coin: he’s all about his imports. Featured in PASMAG Issue #145 (Oct/Nov 2017). Click here to order. Torres has long been a fan of Japanese cars, and held a particular soft spot in his…

Eibach Performance Suspension for the 2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD (Pre-Order)

Performance suspension components for the 2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD are now available for pre-order at Eibach! Products include Pro-Kit, Rear Anti-Roll Kit, Front Anti-Roll Kit, Front and Rear Anti-Roll Kit and Pro-Plus Kit. More info at www.eibach.com.…

MOMO Introduces Tire Line to North America

MOMO is proud to announce its full range of tires for passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs are now available in North America. Initially launched late 2012 in Europe, MOMO Tires have been received with tremendous success as it continues expansion worldwide. The strategically planned North American launch is anchored by a newly established corporate office based in Irvine California and led by Gianluca Grioni, a tire executive with more than twenty years of industry experience. MOMO Tires are engineered in Italy, tested in Europe and feature cutting-edge tread designs for enhanced performance in all driving conditions. Innovative engineering and…

Brake Maintenance Tips With Max Advanced Brakes

Good Brakes Don't Go Out of Style Let's face it - when it comes to car modifying culture, trends come and go. Things like neon lights, flashy paint styles and body kits are cool, but only for a certain amount of time (in one form, anyway). Although the difference in taste is what can cause a lot of controversy in the car community, one thing is for sure: good brakes don't go out of style. 1) The importance of cleaning your brakes The most important thing you can do immediately after an install (and before you put your wheel on)…

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…

Focal FDP SPORT Amplifier Review

As one of the world’s premier audio companies, Focal isn’t accustomed to taking a backseat to anyone, and they hold true to form with their newest offering in the hotly contested motorcycle and powersports amplifier segment. The new Focal FDP SPORT four-channel amplifier claims to be the most powerful motorcycle or powersports amplifier on the market, rated at an incredible 250 watts per channel into two ohms or 175 watts per channel at four ohms, the FDP SPORT is definitely in the running for that title. FEATURES The FDP SPORT is a very compact design, considering the incredible power it…

DS18 NXL400.4D Amplifier Review

For those of you who don’t get out much, DS18 is an up and coming brand of quality car audio products, as well as pro DJ equipment. These folks listen to and understand their customers, and as a result, produce product that is fresh, innovative, and trend-setting. You can think of them as the new kid on the block that makes the old-school brands just a little uneasy. And if that’s not enough, their motto is simple, “We Like It Loud.” For a change of pace, we thought it would be interesting to check out one of their newest marine/powersport-oriented…

SONY XAV-AX200 AV Receiver Review

Sony’s all new XAV-AX200 builds on the popularity of the XAV-AX100, but now it includes a CD/DVD transport as well. A perfect choice for smartphone integration, it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. This allows you to control your favorite features with the units touchscreen or voice commands, as well as receive spoken directions from navigation apps. To further simplify your life, it even automatically detects the type of phone you’re using! Features In addition to the DVD player, the XAV-AX200 also comes with a host of other features and functions, but the real story here is the availability…

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…

JBL Stadium 4100

Legendary JBL pro and home audio performance is now available for the great outdoors. The new JBL STADIUM UB4100 SELF-POWERED Powersports Soundbar is designed for UTVs, golf carts, boats and other personal and family vehicles built for fun and recreation. Take the wheel or helm and experience the sound of powerful JBL rollicking sound. (Try 105 dB at fifteen feet!) MSRP: $799.99 http://www.jbl.com/powersports…

Formula DRIFT Announces 2018 Championship Calendar

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship has announced the official 2018 calendar for the Pro and four Pro2 Championship. The 15th Anniversary season will feature eight rounds of competition within the continental United States. Notable changes include the addition of Gateway Motorsports Park, located just outside St. Louis, MO to fill a highly requested area in the Midwest. Las Vegas will replace the iconic Irwindale Speedway for the season finale, due to Irwindale’s closure this coming January. “Returning to the Midwest has been a goal for us since our last event in Chicago back in 2006,” said Jim Liaw, President…

Formula DRIFT Extends Partnership with PASMAG for Official Fan Guide

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras has extended the partnership with PASMAG, part of the Performance Publication Media Group, to continue to create the Official Series Fan Guide. The three year extension will extend into the 2020 season. The 2018 Formula DRIFT Fan Guide will celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the Series and will also mark the 10th consecutive year for the partnership between the Series and Publication, which began in 2008. “Working with Jim and Ryan and the entire team at Formula DRIFT each year to produce the souvenir Fan Guide is an…

Hot Import Nights and Wish Announce Global Tour Partnership

The No. 1 mobile shopping platform will be the Title Sponsor of Hot Import Nights 2018 Hot Import Nights today announced a major tour partnership with Wish, a California based, e-commerce platform. As part of the partnership, Wish’s logo will be featured alongside the Hot Import Nights brand mark for the 2018 season, as well as introducing the Wish HOT 100 Car Competition at each HIN tour stop. The top 100 modified vehicles of each show will be selected to receive bragging rights and awarded Wish Bucks at each HIN event worldwide. The partnership, which includes two global innovative lifestyle…

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: Ultimate Performance Guide, Vol. 5

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning Essentials: Ulitmate Performance Guide Vol. 5 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Input the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle below…
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Spot The Differences: Trucks Vol. 7

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning Essentials: Trucks Vol. 7 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Input the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle below for a…
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Spot The Differences: Oct/Nov 2017 (#145)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our October/November 2017 (#145) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and win…
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