Tuning Essentials: Car Audio Upgrade Guide, 9th Edition

Our Loudest Issue Yet! To build something worthwhile, you need to start with a solid foundation, and this is true for mostly anything, not just a project car. For PASMAG, that foundation is made up of a solid grassroots connection and the backing of the audio industry. Car audio is our bread and butter, and each year we put out this focused issue: the Mobile Electronics special edition, now in its ninth iteration. We’ve once again teamed up with our Technical Editor, Garry Springgay, to bring you seven Test Reports of the latest and greatest audio gear to hit the…

2018 Tuner Battlegrounds Playoffs

The Sixth Annual Tuner Battlegrounds Playoffs provide automotive enthusiasts with an opportunity of a lifetime - to compete against other passionate enthusiasts in North America* for the ultimate award: A PASMAG COVER FEATURE! Hundreds of automotive enthusiasts register each year but only 1 (one) will be left standing. Seeding for the Sixth Annual Tuner Battlegrounds Playoffs begins immediately, and inclusion and placement in the Top 64 depends on votes earned throughout the 2018 Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE Season. Between September 4 and October 15, 2018 weekly online voting in the Sixth Annual Tuner Battlegrounds Playoffs will take place to narrow the…


Groundwork: Luigi Saullo's 2010 Hyundai Genesis

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut? Like the same old day-in, day-out routine is starting to wear you out? For Luigi Saullo, that rut was the same old modified Honda. Having spent most of his teenage years doing the standard modification to Hondas in the garage, Saullo eventually got bored. When he expressed his boredom to one of his co-workers at PartSource, he was met with some advice that stuck. “Find a new platform – something different.” It didn’t take long before he did just that. Casting aside the naysayers who said things like “it’s just…

Do It First Or Do It Different: Ken Fuller - 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Ken Fuller once owned a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS which was fairly modified, but he started to feel like he had gone as far as he wanted with the car. Since he had started working as a tech at Hyundai, he decided to take the road less travelled and represent his home brand. With a love for hatchbacks, he picked up the 2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo as a different approach to the compact hatchback world. “I like being different,” he says, “and the Veloster, even though it is a good looking car, is a bit different and odd.” Fuller’s entire…

It's OK To Be Different: Mike Corrie - 2016 Hyundai Genesis

Mike Corrie had taken some time off of car building after starting a family and selling his old modified Chevrolet Tahoe, but as any enthusiast will tell you, they never truly leave the scene. He wanted to do something completely different this time, so he started with a 2016 Hyundai Genesis coupe, and built up from there. Corrie wanted to go for a sleek and clean VIP styled coupe, and by the look of his car, he seems to have succeeded. ESSENTIALS Owner: Mike Corrie Location: Antelope, CA Vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Genesis SOCIAL Facebook: Mike CorrieInstagram: @norcal_coupe ENGINE R2C air…

Wagner Tuning Competition Intercooler Kit EVO3 For BMW E82 E90

The BMW Competition Intercooler Kit EVO III has the following core dimensions (510mm x 303mm x 180mm / stepped, 20.650cm³). The high performance intercooler core provides a 162% larger frontal area and 182% more volume compared to the stock mounted intercooler. Our engineers have increased the intercooler core size and efficiency, as well as improved the endtank design to remove any OEM bottlenecks, resulting in increased flow rating and charge cooling properties. Vehicle: BMW E Series 335i(x), 335is, 135i, 1er M MSRP: $1090.00 USD ABOUT WAGNER TUNING We use our award winning WAGNERTUNING Competition Intercooler Core which is made specifically…

McLeod Racing Tuner Series: BMW E46 Mag Force SE Clutch

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. Vehicle: 2001-2006 BMW E46 MSRP: $1525.00 USD www.mcleodracing.com…

McLeod Racing by Raybestos: VW/Audi DCT Transmission Rebuild Kits

The DCT kits are equipped with a high material clutch pack and a steel clutch pack which provide smooth engagement and better shift performance to extend the life of the clutch. Along with high grade OEM replacement molded rubber pistons and a maximum protection transmission filter, this is a complete premium overhaul kit. Vehicle: Audi/VW 02E MSRP: $1080.00 USD www.mcleodracing.com…

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…

iBEAM Vehicle Safety Systems Real-Time Streaming Mirror Monitor Kit

A full sized 9.8” HD color monitor is built-into this rearview mirror, providing real-time streaming of a 1080p backup camera and additional camera view. At 60 frames per second the visual is fluid with almost no lag. Built into the mirror is an integrated compass with clock, and an HD DVR that records the forward facing camera and the rearview camera simultaneously. Part Number: TE-STM98 www.iBeamUSA.com…

Compustar PRO T11 Remote Starter

The Compustar PRO T11 is the most powerful remote starter on the market. This system is capable of up to 3 miles of range, provides 2-way visual and audible confirmation, and is fully IPX-7 waterproof! Additionally, the Compustar PRO T11 does not require batteries and can be recharged with an included micro-USB charging cable. Compustar PRO systems require professional installation by an authorized Compustar PRO dealer. To find a dealer near you, please visit www.compustar.com. All Compustar PRO products are sold with a 3-year manufacturer warranty.…

Momento R1 Rearview Mirror Replacement for Backup Camera

Add backup camera to almost any vehicle with the Momento R1 Rearview Mirror replacement! The Momento R1 works exactly like backup cameras sold in newer vehicles - except instead of a separate screen, the R1 mirror has a built-in LCD that is connected to cameras installed at the front and rear of your vehicle. When you shift into reverse gear, the Momento R1 screen comes to life, showing you what is happening at the front and rear of your vehicle. Momento systems require professional installation by an authorized Momento dealer. To find a dealer near you, please visit www.momentocam.com. The…

Checking Out New Craftsman Tools - #CRAFTSMANLAUNCH

For myself, and I'm sure for many of our readers, some of the first tools I ever got my hands on were CRAFTSMAN tools. Established in 1927, the CRAFTSMAN brand has found its way into garages, sheds, and workshops in countless forms as far back as our grandparents' generation, so it's no surprise that so many of us have come across a CRAFTSMAN tool or two in rustic boxes handed down through the family tree. Even at nearly 100 years old, some of the CRAFTSMAN tools we know and love are still viable and as tough as ever, but CRAFTSMAN's…

Drift Jam 2018 - Throwdown Round 2 @ Cayuga

Drift Jam was back in action on August 12, this time bringing the fun to Toronto Motorsports Park. This time around, the event format switched up from "Good Vibes," the debut event's style, and into "Throwdown," focused on friendly competition. The event was split into two competition types, Street Class and Pro Class, with some open drifting and practice in between. The cool thing about street class is that the format is intended to mimic skate and BMX jams we all remember from growing up. Instead of running head to head in judged runs, each driver had multiple attempts at…

Formula DRIFT Takes The Pro And Pro 2 Categories To The New St Louis Round For Its Action-Packed Return To The Mid-West

Bringing world-class drifting to the Mid-West, the 2018 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship and Link Pro 2 Championship headed to St Louis, MO for Round Six: Advance Auto Parts Crossroads presented by Rain-X. This would be the first time in its 15-year history the series had visited Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL and packed grandstands greeted the competitors. “We’re delighted to bring Formula DRIFT Pro and Pro 2 Championships to St Louis,” beamed a delighted Jim Liaw, FD president. “We’ve been looking for a suitable venue to bring the series back to the Mid-West and Chris Blair proved…

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: #149

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of PASMAG #149. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Input the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle below for a chance to win a PASMAG…
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Spot The Differences: Style Book #5

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of PASMAG Tuning Essentials: Style Book #5. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Input the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle below for a chance…
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Spot The Differences: Formula DRIFT 2018

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of the 2018 Formula DRIFT official event series program. Can you spot the 10 differences in the photos? Input the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle below for…
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