Not Just Another Bolt-On Widebody: Sam Dobbins' 2015 Volkswagen GTI RS

Sam Dobbins is a man who is well versed in our crazy world of aftermarket automotive pleasure. Currently boasting a position as Creative Director at Vossen, he’s had quite the tour of duty in our industry, serving as a professional photographer for countless projects both inside and outside the Vossen brand’s reach. Not all that long ago, the proximity to the world’s wildest cars was enough to satisfy his desire to enjoy cars, all without diving into the money pit of modified car ownership we are all too familiar with, but the release of the MK7 changed everything. The stunning…

Woman in the Red Dress: Andrew Vespoli's 2009 Audi S5

An S5 That's Cursed in the Best Way Possible. In this world of car modification that we live in, there’s a collection of words that are the bane of every car enthusiast, and they always appear once a new car comes into their lives. You know exactly what I’m talking about: “Yeah, I just bought this car as a daily and…” you probably know what the next few words are. “… I’m only going to do _____ to it.” That blank could be tint, wheels and tires, even suspension, or a combination, but no matter what they say they’re “only”…

Stealthy Sound Quality: Mobile Toys Inc Takes On A Low-Key Install In An SL55

The goal with this customer’s 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG was to have a custom sound system with a sound quality focus, but integrate it into the classy interior of the Benz in an OEM-plus feel. After carefully taking apart the interior and laying down sheets of Focal’s B.A.M. (butyl acoustic mousse) sound deadening for damping, a custom set of pillars for housing the Illusion Carbon C3CX coaxials were built. The C3CX’s partners in crime, the C6 mid-bass drivers, were installed in the front doors using custom half-inch PVC baffles. More fabrication took place up front via plexiglass to mount up…

Chase Bays Brake Booster Eliminator

Saves space and weight, improves aesthetics, and gains consistent braking. The best way to describe how your brakes will feel with this product is: 10-80% braking is about the same as good brakes on a booster setup. The heavy 81-100% braking requires slightly more leg effort but it's where this product really thrives. This experience is preferred by those in order to balance the lock up and max braking threshold. With the BBE you get the exact same braking every time. MSRP: $199.99 http://chasebays.com…

McLeod Racing Tuner Series BMW E46 Twin Disc Clutch Kit

McLeod’s Tuner Series introduces a BMW kit to its line. The kit fits the 01-06 BMW E46 M3 with a 6 Speed transmission. The kit includes a performance flywheel that replaces the factory dual mass flywheel. The clutch is designed for high horsepower street cars. http://mcleodracing.com…

McLeod Racing Tuner Series FR-S/BR-Z/86 Single Disc Clutch Line

McLeod’s Tuner Series of clutches continues to grow with new applications for the FR-S/BR-Z/86 with 4 different power levels. From the Street Tuner, which is an entry level clutch, to the Street Supreme, designed for the street & track, the new clutches are ultra high quality at a very affordable price. MSRP: $468.75 http://mcleodracing.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…

Orion HCCA5000.1DSPL Amplifier Review

Over the last 30 years, the Orion brand of car audio has garnered a high level of respect from folks who insist on high quality, high performance products. The marque has a proven track record for performance and reliability that only a handful of brands can match. Over the years, their flagship product series has been the HCCA series, and in this review we are going to take a look at a very powerful example: the new HCCA5000.1DSPL. FEATURES One look at the outside of the box tells you this is a serious piece of kit. A large warning sticker…

Memphis Car Audio VIV60C Component Review

From a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is famous around the world as the home of blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll. Home to famous places, such as Beale St., the Gibson guitar factory, and Elvis’ Graceland mansion, the musical history is rich, deep, and abundant. Another historical company in the music business not only calls Memphis home, but it’s the company’s namesake. Founded in Memphis in 1965, Memphis Car Audio has been a leader in the car audio marketplace for decades, and has won “Best Overall” brand from Inside Track for eleven consecutive years. You…

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…

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 Round 6: James Deane Continues His Winning Ways

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Evergreen Speedway for the Round 6: Autozone Throwdown. Points leader James Deane once again finishes on top of the podium to increase his lead in the Pro Championship standings. Round 6: Autozone Throwdown was a highly competitive event that sets up a two-way battle for the championship between Deane and former Formula DRIFT champion, Fredric Aasbo with only two events remaining in the season. The capacity crowd was kept entertained throughout the event weekend, while the Livestream drew over 1 million views over the course of the…

Formula Drift Round 8: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale

The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will conclude the 2017 Pro Championship season on October 13-14 at Irwindale Speedway. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formulad.com/schedule. The final event of the season never fails to disappoint with drivers putting it all on the line for their chance to complete their season on top of the podium on a high-note. The high-energy and exciting competition at Irwindale Speedway is one of the largest drifting events in the world and will feature world-class drivers, fan midway featuring over 60…

RPM Show: Burnaby, BC

The Mobile Electronics Competition Association, known as MECA has now hit Western Canada! On July 23, 2017, MECA Event coordinator Steve McIntyre and MECA sound quality judge Bill Pleasant traveled to RPM Electronics in Burnaby, B.C. to put on the first MECA sound quality and Show & Shine event in British Columbia. Representatives from RPM Electronics have been traveling and competing in events in Washington State for the last few years, always placing very well in the Sound Quality competitions. In the Spring of 2017, MECA event coordinator Steve McIntyre was approached about scheduling an event in B.C. “When Edwin…

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: 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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Spot The Differences: Japan Special (3rd Edition)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Japan Special (3rd Edition) 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…
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Spot The Differences: Jun/Jul 2017 (#143)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our June/July 2017 #143 issue. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? CONTEST HAS EXPIRED. Here are the 10 differences:…
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