Trucks Vol. 7

For a limited time offer, pre-order your copy of Tuning Essentials: Trucks Vol. 7 for only $1.99 per copy, and receive free shipping and handling! /**/ Lifted, Leveled, and Low We’re back! This is our 2nd annual Tuning Essentials: Trucks special edition issue of the 2017 calendar year. If you’re reading, we have reason to believe that big wheels, chrome accents, bright lights, and loud exhausts are some of your favorite things. Luckily for you, we’ve got a healthy dose of those things crammed into these pages. As you make your way through the issue, you’ll be met with some…

The Goldilocks Zone: Dustin Ng's 2JZ-GTE Powered 1998 Nissan Skyline GT

This Kiwi Skyline is not too hot and not too cold - it’s just right To you, mid-July probably conjures up fond memories of long summer days, cold beers by the lake and barbeques in the back yard, but all the way down here in New Zealand? July is the worst. July, for us, means mid-winter (being in the Southern Hemisphere and all), and it isn’t even the fun type of white-out winter like you get; it’s more of a grey and dull time of year that brings a damp, oppressive cold that you just can’t seem to shake and…

All-In: Joey Valenti's 2008 Honda Civic Si

Joey Valenti has always been a bit of a tinkerer of Hondas, but never someone to go into a full-blown build. For him, the passion just wasn't there - that is until he had to put a new motor into his Acura Integra. Calling up a friend of his, Darryl, to see if he could do the job, Valenti was hit with a surprise answer: yes, but he wouldn't take money. Instead, he'd show Valenti how to swap out his B18, step-by-step, so he could learn the maintenance required. After the satisfaction of doing the job with his own hands,…

Nostalgic Grains’ Resto-Mod BMW 3.0 CSL Race Car

Willy Izaguirre of Nostalgic Grains has one cool project in the works for SEMA 2017. What started out as a factory 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL has gone under the knife over the past year, building up to a full blown replica of the famous 3.0 CSL Race Car – with a bit of a modern twist. The original motor just wouldn’t cut it for what Izaguirre was after, so he sourced an S50 out of an E36 M3. With the addition of a Precision 6266 turbocarger and a trunk radiator setup, the “race car” moniker isn’t just some fluffed up…

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…

SPEC Clutches & Flywheels SB55

Direct bolt-in Super Twin multi-disc clutch and flywheel assemblies available in 4 different trim levels, supporting over 1000 pound feet torque with stock-like drivability and 1470 ft lbs in a street-friendly but slightly more aggressive trim.The kits are inclusive of a billet lightweight flywheel that promotes good drivability for all driving environments, while providing greatly enhanced throttle response and higher hp gain with very little audible gear noise. Application: 2014 and up BMW M2/M3/M4 MSRP: $1999+ www.specclutch.com…

Vortech V-30 Race Series Superchargers

Vortech is proud to announce the next evolution in race supercharger technology - the V-30. Utilizing notable achievements in all facets of design and execution, the V-30 is the culmination of years of research & development into new centrifugal compressor technology. Nano-Tolerance Technology, Diverging Diffusion Technology, Superior Bearing Components, and multiple advancements in Enhanced Air Inlet Design come together to produce the most technologically advanced superchargers to date. The V-30 Supercharger Units available from the 94A to the 128A, supporting race applications from 1,000 to over 3,000 horsepower. MSRP: $4,290.99 www.vortechsuperchargers.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…

Morel MPS 4.400 Amplifier Review

As a function of running my business and writing reviews for PASMAG, I get to see a lot of amplifiers, and I’ll be the first to admit it’s fun to see what’s coming in the future and where trends are heading. It also seems like we live in a world of "shock and awe," where the more grandiose or high tech a product is, the more likely it is to strike an emotional chord with consumers and sell. More often as not, if something is professed to be “leading edge tech,” even if it is highly flawed, people buy in…

Clarion NX807 Navigation/DVD Receiver Review

Smartphone users currently in the market for a new DVD/Navigation receiver would do well to take a close look at the new NX807 from Clarion. The new source unit combines a trifecta of premium navigation with 3D mapping, a great audio source with optical digital output, and iPhone fanatics will love the full integration of an iPhone via Apple Car Play. Dual zone entertainment and a full complement of available sources make it an excellent choice for anyone who spends time in the car. The double DIN sized chassis will fit a very wide variety of vehicles, and the built…

Cadence QR80.5 Amplifier Review

Whether you are a sound quality aficionado or an SPL basshead, the goal for the Cadence product team is to provide you with products that exceed your expectations. Their creed is to “take extraordinary measures to create extraordinary products,” and that’s precisely the goal of the new “Ultra Performance” QR series of amplifiers. Based on modern Class D technology, the $569.99 Cadence QR80.5 is a compact five-channel amplifier easily capable of being the only amplifier required in your system. The QR80.5 is rated to provide 80 x4 into four ohms, or four channels at 125 watts each into two ohms.…

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…

Navdy With Harman

Navy with Harman lets you make and receive calls, listen to message, control music, receive calendar reminders and stay connected to the apps on your phone. It also connects to your car to show your speed, RPM, and automatically recommend nearby gas stations when your fuel level is low. Its heads-up display helps drivers focus on driving using a rich, full color, fully transparent display with unmatched clarity in any light that projects information into the distance. MSRP: $499.95 www.jbl.com…

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…

IASCA Has Strong Competitor Turnout At Unified Car Audio Championship

Car Audio Competition organizations dBDRA (dB Drag Racing Association), MECA (Mobile Electronics Competition Association) and IASCA (International Autosound Challenge Association) once again joined forces to produce a unified finals event at the Kentucky Exposition Center, October 14-15, 2017. The event overall was once again a great success, with SQ and SPL competitors from across the country. IASCA saw yet another increase in competitor attendance, achieving some of the highest competitor attendance numbers since becoming part of the Unified Car Audio Championship effort in 2012. “Every year, IASCA’s competitor attendance continues to grow” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA…

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: 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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Spot The Differences: Car Audio Upgrade Guide, 8th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning Essentials: Car Audio Upgrade Guide Vol. 8 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this…
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Spot The Differences: Aug/Sept 2017 (#144)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our August/September 2017 (#144) 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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