Roman Pearce on Fate of the Furious

Family no more? If someone were to graph out car modification interest by year, that line would explode like a certain Eclipse with a “Danger to Manifold” warning right around The Fast and the Furious’ release date in 2001. The Fast & Furious series was the catalyst for so many enthusiasts to bring out that latent build bug and start modifying their cars their way. Sixteen years later, and PASMAG is still getting the response “Fast & Furious” when we ask our feature car owners what their biggest inspirations were. Over the span of seven films, we’ve seen Dominic Toretto…

California Love: Keith Young's 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

They say that we all have a moment in our lives that causes a shift. That moment could be a person, place, or thing, but that moment leaves such an impression on you that you change the course of your life because of the inspiration you’re left with. For Central California native, Keith Young, that moment struck on a beautiful day in Pismo, almost nine years ago. Perusing along the beach with his camera, Young was indulging in his hobby and snapping pics of modified trucks and posting them to his personal Facebook page (something his family and friends were…

New Jeeps are Wago-near!

After Donald Trump said some mean things about import taxes, Fiat Chrysler announced that they would pledge $1 billion to rework two of their plants in Ohio and Michigan, creating 2,000 jobs and build new Ram and Jeep vehicles. While there is talk that a new Ram announcement will rear its head sometime soon in 2017, the Jeep news that’s been uncovered is very exciting to anyone who’s familiar with the brand’s history: a new Wagoneer! Actually, there are two models coming: the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer, which will slot as fancy schmancy luxury SUVs above the Grand Cherokee in…

Continental Tire ExtremeContact Sport

Continental Tire introduces its newest ultra-high performance (UHP) tire, The ExtremeContact Sport. The ExtremeContact Sport was tested to the limits by five championship-winning race car drivers and satisfies the most demanding driver. The next generation of the ExtremeContact DW, is a dynamic, UHP street tire built for car enthusiasts and engineered for extreme grip in dry and wet conditions. CATEGORY: Summer WIDTH (mm): 205, 215, 225, 235, 245, 255, 265, 275, 285, 295, 305, 315, 325, 335 TREAD DEPTH (xx/32 inches): 10 UTGC TREADWEAR: 340 UTQG TRACTION: AA UTQG TEMPERATURE: A http://continentaltire.com…

Air Lift Performance Air Suspension (Porsche 964)

Porsche 964 is all about its renowned road holding and connectivity. The performance air suspension kit allows for a low profile while not compromising on vehicle ride and performance. VEHICLE: 1989-1994, Porsche, 911 (964) MSRP: $2,900.00 USD http://airliftperformance.com…

Outcast Garage OG Carbon Fiber Front Lip Grille Kit (F80 / F82 / F83 M3 / M4)

When it comes to carbon fiber, the Outcast Garage OG product shines at its finest. Outcast Garage utilizes vacuum infused resin with UV protection gel for all our carbon fiber products. Outcast Garage maintains a strict standard around fitment as this product fits perfectly. The carbon's affordability is geared to the right clientele looking for a quality purchase. With this, Outcast Garage produced a carbon fiber front lip for 15+ BMW M3/M4. TYPE: Aero (Splitters, spoilers, canards, etc.) MSRP: $699.99 USDUse Promo Code: PASMAG50 to get $50 off this front lip. http://outcastgarage.com…

Vertex Front Lip Diffuser (Nissan GT-R)

Upgrade your Nissan GTR with the Front Lip Diffuser from Vertex. It fits great and pre-drilled for ease of installation. The front lip diffuser is available in Vinylon Fiber or Carbon Fiber. VEHICLE APPLICATION: Nissan R35 GT-R MSRP: $2790.00 USD www.vertex-usa.com…

Vertex Lip Kit (Toyota 86/Scion FR-S)

Upgrade your Toyota 86/Scion FR-S with the lip kit from Vertex. The kit offers a clean look accenting the car rather than changing the lines of the car. Made out of the highest quality Fiber Reinforced Plastic and pre drilled for ease of installation. Made in Japan. VEHICLE APPLICATION: Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S MSRP: $1480.00 USD www.vertex-usa.com…

Vertex Digna Front Lip (Lexus LS 460)

The Vertex Digna Lexus LS 460 Front Lip offers one of the cleanest front lips you can buy for your car. Simplicity at its Finest! Great quality made in Japan. VEHICLE APPLICATION: 2007-2009 Lexus LS 460 MSRP: $640.00 USD www.vertex-usa.com…

Step Up: Mark Berentson's 2008 Lexus ISF

Mark Berentson is one of many enthusiasts who were inspired by the likes of Paul Walker and the crew in the first Fast and Furious movie. It wasn’t long after that when he built a 1989 R32 GT-R powered by a 2JZ. Unfortunately, that Skyline was the victim of a highway incident, and was subsequently totaled. Berentson didn’t let that get him down, and now it’s on to the next one. Since then, he has picked up the 2008 Lexus ISF, and gone down the inevitable modification path. “My original intentions were to just leave the car alone and daily…

New Heights: Keith Jarvis' 2002 Chrysler 300M Special

Keith Jarvis has had years of experience building and showcasing different show cars, but his latest creation is something unlike we’ve ever seen before. Despite a lack of prominent aftermarket support for the Chrysler 300M, Jarvis wanted to take the under-used and under-appreciated platform to show-worthy levels, and he’s managed to go well above and beyond what most people consider show-worthy. However, the road here wasn’t an easy one. “After being involved in such a devastating car accident and losing a newly built show car, I was frustrated, confused, and pretty deflated,” he writes, telling us about the time his…

Wild Style: Gerard Patrick Gonzales' 2015 Lexus RC350 F-Sport

Gerard Patrick Gonzales fell in love with the Rocket Bunny Lexus RC as soon as he saw the one built by Importfest making its way across social media. The aggressive front grille design combined with the wild style of the full kit was enough to push him to buy an RC350 F-Sport of his own after a test drive just one year later. Having previously gained building experience with a Scion FR-S, Gonzales had all the tools and skills he needed to assemble the car himself. “One of the major challenges was the installation of the kit. Fitting the kit…

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…

Morel Virtus Nano 602 Speaker Review

Every once in a while you come across a product that simply defies logic and makes you re-think everything. The Morel Virtus Nano 602 shallow-mount speaker system is such a product. First of all, “shallow” doesn’t begin to describe the incredibly thin profile of the 6.5-inch woofer. Think about this: when I mounted the woofer in a 0.75-inch-thick baffle it did not protrude through the back of the baffle. Now that’s shallow! The actual mounting depth of the woofer is an incredible 0.67 inches or just 17 mm! In fact, the woofers are so thin that as soon as I…

JL Audio RD400/4 Amplifier Review

If you are one of those people who think all amplifiers work and sound the same, the folks at JL Audio and I have news for you; they don’t. Not only are there big differences in amp designs (even within a specific topology), the sonic signatures of some of these amps can be as different as chalk and cheese. Case in point are the RD series of amplifiers from JL Audio featuring their NexD switching technology. The RD series of amplifiers offer perhaps the best value of any amp in the JL Audio lineup, and are designed to meet the…

Momento M5 Dash Camera

The Momento M5 dash camera adds up to 270º of surveillance coverage at the front and rear of your vehicle. All footage is captured in stunning 1080p high-definition resolution with a Sony Exmor-R sensor that improves image stability and low-light visibility. Watch incident footage on the camera's interactive LCD or on your desktop computer. MSRP: $299.99 USD http://momentocam.com…

Car Lighting District HELIOS LED Conversion Kit

The new HELIOS from Car Lighting District is the best LED Conversion Kit on the market today. Designed with an 11,500 rpm dual-ball bearing fan that cools every component and increases its lifespan. The CREE XHP50 LED chip generates a luminous intensity of 12,000 Lumens. The HELIOS is 100% Plug & Play with no radio interference, no flickering and no dashboard errors on all vehicles. It is also covered by our Lifetime Warranty. MSRP: $105.00 USD http://carlightingdistrict.com…

Car Lighting District X3 Fog Light LED Conversion Kit

The X3 LED conversion kit for fog lights from Car Lighting District provides 6000 lumens of luminous intensity. With no driver and its smaller body size, it adapts to all vehicles. You can customize it with three different color temperatures (3000K, 6500K, 8000K). Getting the Euro look on your car is easy with the X3. Shine on with Car Lighting District. MSRP: $65.00 USD http://carlightingdistrict.com…

Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge: 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Matt Field Takes His Second Consecutive Motegi Racing Super Drift Victory Formula DRIFT returned to Long Beach to host the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge as part of the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Matt Field in the Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240 goes back to back at the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge for the fifth consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Drivers competed on Friday…

Prestige Wheelhouse Grand Opening Meet & Greet

The state of Maryland showed support for one of its own. Prestige Wheelhouse, with Byron Mapp on the helm, strives in providing the automotive aftermarket community with the best in customer service and availability in product (tire, wheel, suspension). So it was no surprise that hundreds of enthusiasts, and their vehicles, were in attendance at the Prestige Wheelhouse Grand Opening, hosted by SoTrendy and Maryland Motor Club, at the Meade Senior High School in Junction, Maryland on April 2nd. Cars, DJ (The Kid), food trucks, dyno, vendors, car wash, giveaways and games and contests were on-site to provide the attendees…

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results

James Deane Makes His Return to the Series and Takes the Victory! Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras kicked off the 14th season with an exciting day of action at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. Irish driver James Deane returns to the Series and gets the win in the Worthhouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15. “What a way to start the season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “With not only a capacity crowd, record numbers on the Livestream, but proof that Formula Drift is…

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: Trucks, 6th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Trucks 6th Edition issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at…
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Spot The Differences: Feb/Mar 2017 (#141)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our February/March 2017 (#141) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to this puzzle at…
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Spot The Differences: Car Audio Upgrade Guide, 7th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Car Audio Upgrade Guide (7th Edition) issue. Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10 CORRECT answers to…
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