PASMAG #147 February/March 2018

For a limited time, pre-order your copy of Issue #147 (February / March 2018) for only $1.99, and receive free shipping and handling! /**/ We're back from yet another exciting and exhausting SEMA show, and boy do we have a bunch of cool stuff to show you. The show gave us our annual fill of inspiration and admiration, and we can't wait to pass some of it along to our readers in this issue. Before we dive into the big show, we have a handful of other events to show you from the past few months, including the ever-popular annual…

Bringing Back The Brawn: A Different Take On Modern Muscle

American muscle has been enjoying a bit of a renaissance lately in the form of some of the most powerful muscle cars ever produced from the factories of the big three that pioneered the U.S. pony wars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Challengers, Chargers, Mustangs, and Camaros have all come back in a big way, with power numbers around 600 to 700 horses, but these monsters are a different breed from the solid-axled American metal of old. New Camaros are attacking the track and dancing around BMWs now, which isn’t a bad thing – muscle just means something different now.…

Ground Level: Jose Da Cruz’s 2009 Audi S5

Jose Da Cruz has always loved the Euro car scene as well as sports cars, so when he went shopping for a new car the 2009 Audi S5 checked off all the boxes for him. His original intentions were to have a nice daily driver, but we know how that goes. Inspired by the local car scene, as well as a close family friend who has always been into building cars, the desire to modify the Audi took hold. In addition to most modifications costing a lot of money, Da Cruz says that one major difficulty when building was a…

Performance Through Lightness: Clint Yesui's 2005 Lotus Elise

At one time, Clint Yesui owned a 2000 Toyota Celica GT-S, which he turned into a full blown show car, complete with an Xbox, a Playstation, and even a coffee maker. Owning that Celica made Yesui fall in love with the Yamaha 2ZZ-GE engine, and his research taught him that the Lotus Elise featured the same power plant. After reading more, he began falling in love with Lotus and their philosophy of performance through lightness. He had to have one of his own. Featured in PASMAG #147 (Feb/Mar 2018). Click here to order. It wasn’t long before he went and…

ST Suspensions Anti-Sway Bar Set for 2015+ Ford Mustang

ST anti-sway bars for the 6th generation Ford Mustang greatly improve road handling during rapid load changes and hard cornering by reducing the load difference between the inside and outside wheels. The steering behavior is a lot more direct allowing a sportier and more agile driving style. MSRP: $559.98 | www.STSuspensions.com…

United Speed Racing FK2/FK8 Civic Type R Turbo Blanket

The new 2017 Honda Civic Type-R has won many magazine "Car of the Year" awards and is a blast to drive, but heat management in the engine bay is an issue. The tight location of the factory turbo holds a lot of heat. The basic heat shield provided by Honda does little to contain this heat, but USR’s turbo blanket will lower the ambient temperature under the hood and limit heat transfer to surrounding critical components, decreasing the chance of overheating under heavy load. MSRP: $164.95 | www.UnitedSpeedRacing.com…

TurboKits.com QX30 Blow Off Valve Spacer for 2017-2018 Infiniti QX30

TurboKits.com is proud to introduce their billet aluminum BOV spacer. The spacers were developed in conjunction with Forge Motorsport, and they are only available through TurboKits.com. Specially CNC machined from solid billet aluminum, this spacer gives you that sound you have been looking for. When letting off the throttle you get that sweet and satisfying “whoosh". MSRP: $95.00 | www.TurboKits.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…

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…

Tickets On Sale for Formula DRIFT Season Opener in Long Beach; 15th Anniversary Season Begins on April 6 – 7, 2018

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship will kickoff the 2018 Pro Championship season beginning with Round 1 in Long Beach on April 6 - 7. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formulad.com. "Just in time for the holidays, tickets for our 15th Anniversary season are now on sale” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "The season kick-off is always exciting with new drivers and cars, it will be sure to sell out.” The 2018 Pro Championship season will consist of 8 rounds of competition. Round 1 in Long Beach…

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…

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…

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