PASMAG #147 February/March 2018

For a limited time, pre-order your copy of Issue #146 (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…

Hands On: Leland Kirton’s 2006 Subaru WRX STI

Like many young enthusiasts, Leland Kirton was amazed by Ken Block’s early gymkhana videos which featured his old Subaru WRX STI. “The unique styling, engine design and sound made it a must have for me,” Kirton reminisces. “As years went by my lust for the car grew, and I just kept saving my pennies until I was able to finally afford one. Now that I have owned one for quite a while, I find that I still have the same feelings towards it, which is an excellent sign that I made the right choice.” Kirton fancies himself a hands-on tinkerer,…

New Chapter: Connor Aigner’s 2013 Scion FR-S

Back when Scion’s FR-S (A.K.A. Toyota’s 86 in some parts of the world) was originally introduced, Connor Aigner was busy looking at Subaru STI hatchbacks. Once he saw the FR-S and its sleek coupe style, he found himself drawn to the RWD sports car that Toyota was toting as the ultimate driver’s car. He needed to have it. Aigner sold his 2007 Toyota Yaris, which he had gained minor build experience with previously, and started a new chapter. Being his first ever full build, the process was a learning experience. “I learned that things don’t always go as planned. In…

Miro Pavletic is Chopping & Dropping Another Classic

Some of you may recognize the name Miro Pavletic from last year’s “Cult Classics” issue. He’s the mad genius who saw a 1970 Camaro Z28 and thought, “This car needs to sit millimeters from the ground and boast 800+ horsepower.” The result was one of the most draw-dropping and controversial Camaro builds ever. Thankfully for us, he isn’t done kicking up industry dust, and he’s got another surprise in store. In the showroom of Cyrious Garage, the same shop that handled the majority of the Camaro work, sits a 1968 Dodge Charger that has been under construction. Already chopped and…

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.…

The Hellcrate – Raising Hell One Swap At A Time

Have you ever wanted all of that Mopar power found in the Hellcat models for your own project? Well, thanks to the mad masterminds at Mopar, that dream can officially become a reality. Just before SEMA 2017, Mopar announced the Hellcrate – the 707 horsepower supercharged V8 we know and love, now available as a crate engine for $19,530. No transmission is included, but they recommend mating the Hellcrate to a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual. For ease of setup and installation, Mopar also offers customers a $2,195 engine kit to get you started. It contains an unlocked powertrain control module,…

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…

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…

Clarion CMS4 Multi-Zone Marine Receiver Review

For our readers who enjoy spending some quality time on the water or find solace trekking through sand dunes in their powersports vehicles, we’re going to take a close look at one of the most popular multimedia hub receivers currently offered. The Clarion CMS4 is a brilliant solution for anyone who wants quality audio performance combined with the convenience of multi-zone capability. With the CMS4, you can control up to four completely different zones of entertainment from one spot, or you can add individual controllers for each zone. If you want some relaxing tunes below deck and some upbeat dance…

Pioneer TS-Z65CH Speaker Review

Recently, Pioneer launched a new marketing campaign called “Hear More.” The campaign promotes awareness of two new series of speakers: the Z series and the budget-friendly, next-generation D series. They were kind enough to send me a pair of the new Z series 6.5-inch components, known as the TS-Z65CHs. The Z series speakers are intended for people who desire high resolution accuracy, great tonal balance, and clarity at any volume. The Z series speakers were designed in Pioneer’s Tohoku facility in Tendo, Japan - the same factory that produces the highly acclaimed Carrozzeria products sold in Japan. Pioneer claims a…

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…

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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