Tuning Essentials: Style Book, 5th Edition

STYLE MAY BE SUBJECTIVE, BUT WHEN SOMETHING REALLY LOOKS GOOD, IT’S HARD NOT TO NOTICE. When it comes to automotive style, there are countless subsections and niches to look at – thankfully, we think we’ve managed to cover all the bases in this issue. Back for its fifth annual run, it’s the PASMAG Style book. Kei Muira’s design influence is widespread in the automotive world. The famous Rocket Bunny designer has his hands in a few off-brand projects that have been making waves in the scene. Our cover car, the Old & New Japan-kitted Porsche 996, is the beautiful result…

Groundwork: Laying A Foundation For Genesis Owners Worldwide

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…

Optimal Optima: Sunny Suravarapu’s Show-Stopping Kia

Since 2000, the Kia Optima (also the Kia Magentis, depending on where you live) has become so much more than a spin-off of the Hyundai Sonata. All the way up until the 2010 model year, the Optima has been a cheaper, underwhelming platform compared to the other entry-level luxury cars that it desperately tried to compete against in North America, but with a European injection from ex Volkswagen Auto Group designer Peter Schreyer, Kia’s four-door would finally become a viable player. This move also introduced the Korean sedan to enthusiasts, who are always hungry for a new platform to build…

Rebuild, Restore, Refinish, Convert: How To Make Your Old Wheels New Again

In a time where “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” has turned into “if it’s broke, just go buy something new and shiny,” it’s pretty great to see more and more enthusiasts in the wheel scene kick that trend and make what was once great, great again for their modern builds. Restoring or retrofitting a wheel to fit your ride can be a great way to remain authentic and still rock a classic design, or stay painstakingly period correct – if that’s what you’re into. With that in mind, we spoke to two guys that are ingrained in the…

COBB Tuning Mk6 GTI Stage 2 Power Package

The Stage 2 Power Package for the Mk6 GTI includes an Accessport V3, COBB Big SF Intake System, and Turboback Exhaust. Removing intake and exhaust system restrictions allows our calibrators to produce maximum gains of 34% HP and 35% TQ over stock! www.cobbtuning.com MSRP: $2375.00 USD…

COBB Tuning Mk7 Golf R Stage 2 Power Package

The Stage 2 Power Package for the Mk7 Golf R includes an Accessport V3, COBB SF Intake System, and an AMS Front Mount Intercooler. Removing intake system restrictions and cooling the charge-air temperature allows our calibrators to produce maximum gains of 34% HP and 42% TQ over stock! www.cobbtuning.com Vehicle Application: 2015-2018 Golf R MSRP: $1900.00 USD…

COBB Tuning Accessport V3 for Volkswagen

Simple ECU flashing with gauge package! The in-cabin mountable Accessport V3 has a large, full color, high-resolution screen which allows you to monitor up to six parameters in real time. Fully customizable from the look (multiple bezel colors), layout (set up race, street, or dyno gauge clusters), and mounting options (choose from 1,000s of standard vehicle mounts). Unlock power hidden within the vehicle by replacing conservative factory settings with more aggressive calibrations. www.cobbtuning.com Vehicle Applications: USDM Mk7 Golf R, USDM Mk7 GTI, USDM Mk6 GTI MSRP: $650.00 USD…

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…

Oracle Lighting Ultra High-Output LED Headlight Bulbs

These new ultra high-output LED headlight bulbs form Oracle Lighting create a 4,000+ LM blanket of light for the driver to increase safety and night time visibility. The new Philips Luxeon ZES chips allow for the increased Lumen output and unsurpassed reliability. This amazing light output efficiency is not the only change you will notice on these new lights. The new internal driver features USA-made components and offers excellent performance in an even smaller package. $149.95 | OracleLights.com…

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…

Driven Aftermarket Autoshow: Winnipeg, MB 2018

Birchwood BMW presented the return of Driven to Winnipeg, Manitoba for a 1-day only aftermarket autoshow at The Red River Ex Park, featuring Pro Drift! Attendees spent the day drooling over show cars, watched drift or learned about new aftermarket products, services and experienced ride-alongs, a first-ever for 2018, on the drift course with the latest dealer vehicles! Pro Drift presented by Option Plus Show Competition presented by Speed Factor Tickets presented by Kal Tire Canada and LLumar Canada Powered by Liqui Moly Canada, OBSSSSD, Voltex Canada For additional information on the Driven Aftermarket Autoshow national tour, go to www.drivenshow.ca.…

Car Fever: Napierville, QC 2018

The annual Car Fever event took place at Napierville Dragway in Quebec on Monday, June 25th. The spectators at Car Fever were treated to many aspects of the automotive aftermarket scene, including a Car Meet, SSPA Québec Drag Racing, and Show & Shine, AM Drift, Car Audio, Burn Out and Limbo competitions. www.carfever.ca (function(d, s, id) js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "https://embedsocial.com/embedscript/ei.js"; d.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(js);}(document, "script", "EmbedSocialScript"));…

The History of Waterfest

With Waterfest now entering its 24th annual event, featuring a VW & Audi car show and motorsport competitions, we celebrate the last 16 years of the event hosted at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ with these tidbits of info to recap the history of Waterfest, and look forward to the event now being held at Atco Dragway on July 21-2, 2018. www.waterfest.net History of Waterfest Most VW shows in 1995 catered primarily to the Air-Cooled Bug crowd. At VW shows the watercooled VWs were in the back of the show, like relatives that most people were embarrassed of. Waterfest was…

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: 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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Spot The Differences: #148

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of PASMAG #148. 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: Trucks, Vol. 8

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of PASMAG Tuning Essentials: Trucks Vol. 8. 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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