Rotary At Heart: Kyle Mohan’s Mazda MX-5 ND

Kyle Mohan is a Mazda guy. From the Mazda FC3S drift car he drove to a fourth-place finish in Long Beach back in 2008, to the Mazda SE3P RX-8 drift car he piloted through the last seven seasons of Formula Drift, Mohan is one of the last rotary-powered Mazda guys in a professional drifting world that has been overrun by small-block-V8-swapped drift cars. As the main engine builder at Mazdatrix, Mohan knows the ports and passages of the rotary engine like the back of his hand, and has built several 1,000-plus-horsepower rotary motors over the past several years. When “Mad”…

Prancing Horse, Drifting Eighty-Six: Ryan Tuerck's Toyota GT4586

When you think “JDM supercar,” visions of Supras, GT-Rs and RX-7s probably dance around in your head. You’re probably not fantasizing about a Scion FR-S (“Toyota GT86” abroad, and now “Toyota 86” in North America after Scion’s demise) with its burbling two-liter flat-four. Sure, you could swap in a turbo’d 2JZ or an all-American LS, but that’s been done a few times. Ryan Tuerck knows all about swapped 86s, as he currently owns two: one personal and one business, both with a 2JZ under the hood. Other than being a Top 10 professional drifter, Ryan has always had it in…

Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 Tire Review (One week in)

Ah, November; the transitioning month for all Canadian auto enthusiasts where we all must choose whether to drive on through, or give in to vehicle storage for the coming winter. Personally, I prefer to slap on some snows because my car is a blast to drive in the winter, but I always procrastinate putting away the summer tires and nice wheels. The past few Novembers have actually been fairly mild and allowed those of us to enjoy driving our pride and joys for just that little bit longer. Now, Cooper Tire, it seems, has given us even more of an…

Second Time's A Charm: Joel Quesnel's 2008 Honda Fit Sport

The Honda Fit you see here isn’t Joel Quesnel’s first. After owning a 2007 base model for five years, he noticed how good the Fit's Sport Edition looked with skirts and a spoiler. From that moment on, he knew his next car would be the Fit Sport, and it wasn’t long before he purchased the 2008 Sport Fit that you see here. The biggest challenge for Quesnel while building was not knowing where to start. “Having a car that was rarely modified was one thing but not knowing where to start was another,” he tells us. However, with a little…

All In The Details: Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz's 2009 Acura TSX

Ira Alani Fouquette Muñoz grew up in Playas de Tijuana, a place known for low-riders and slammed custom classics. When he was in high school in Orange County, the late 90’s Hondas caught his attention and turned him into a genuine import fan. He quickly grew to love Japanese sedans, and it didn’t take long before he bought one of his own. In 2009, Muñoz went down to his local Honda dealership in North Carolina and purchased a brand new Acura TSX fresh off the truck. He noticed that building a newer car was a bit of a challenge, especially…

Practice Makes Perfect: Edgar Cabrera's 2004 Nissan 350Z

Edgar Cabrera has regarded Nissan’s 350Z as his dream car since he was younger, so it’s only fitting that he was able to build one after all that time dreaming. He knew it was the right platform for him after taking note of the wide variety of aftermarket support. Seeing that there were many possible looks to go with on the platform, he started building his vision. His high school auto body class gave him the skills he needed to work with, which he practiced on his 1992 Infiniti G20 that he had while attending class. While that car remains…

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…

DD Audio 3510-ESP Subwoofer Review

Some people agonize for months over their choice of subwoofer. Do you go more sound quality or SPL? High power handling or high efficiency? Sealed or vented? Well, if you ask the folks at Digital Designs, they’ll tell you that you don’t really have to compromise. To prove the point, they sent us one of their amazing Power Tuned 3500-ESP series dual voice coil woofers. FEATURES The Power Tuned woofers are constructed with additional mechanical and electrical damping to handle the daily rigors of any bass enthusiast. DD Audio’s 3500 series woofers are some of the most sonically accurate woofers…

Memphis Car Audio VIV900.5 Amplifier Review

Brand-new from the folks at Memphis Car Audio comes a line of DSP-powered amplifiers, with all-new looks and leading edge technology. The new series is known as the Six Five Series, and is Memphis’ first real foray into the DSP world. There are seven different models in the series with one-, two-, four- and five-channel variations. All of the amplifiers have a cool new cosmetic treatment and have the controls hidden behind a magnetically-latched cover panel. For the purposes of this review, they sent us a pre-production prototype of the five-channel version, called the VIV (Six Five, get it?) 900.5.…

Elite Showdown 2017: Las Vegas, NV

When a beast from the east sets foot in a city that never sleeps, something epic is going to happen. In this case, Ranger Ramirez and Duy Nguyen of Elite Tuner teamed up with Giovanny Ayala of Team Elevate and Elite Throttle Motorsports to organize one of the largest shows in Las Vegas on February 11th. With the support from Advanti Racing, R1 Concepts, Braum Racing, Top-UPS and Western Auto Crafters, the first-ever Elite Showdown took place at Silverton Casino with a parking lot full of custom cars and trucks. A few gorgeous models were also seen at the Model…

Freezefest 2017: Lebanon, TN

The 17th Annual Freezefest Is The Biggest In History! MECA competitors from 8 states enjoyed a huge event at the Lebanon Fairgrounds on Sunday, February 12, 2017. 111 vehicles competed in SQL, SPL and Show & Shine contests. Jeremy Kough (dB Revolution/Sundown/XS Power) from KY scored 170+ dB high of the day in Radical X. Tim Smith (Audio X/Brax/XS Power) from TN earned SQ Best of Show with score of 82.8 in Modified Class. Robert Corwin (Audio Specialists/OH Generator) from OH won The Zenner SQL Best of Show. Anthony Caldwell (Team XFL/True Bass/XS Power) from TN had the Park &…

SQOLOGY Winter Warm-Up 2017: Clarksville, TN

In November of 2016, SQOLOGY expanded its vision of car audio meets to reach a broader audience and set out to hold at least a dozen car audio meets in 2017, the first of which was successfully held this past weekend in Clarksville, TN at Audio Specialists. It requires some risk to host an event in February, on Super Bowl Sunday, with commitments required months in advance. However, the weather cooperated and 'SQOLOGY Winter Warm-Up' drew more than 50 individuals with over 20 vehicles competing in the sound quality event sanctioned by MECA and IASCA. Audio Specialists operates two locations,…

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: Tuning 365, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Tuning 365 (4th Edition) issue (available on newsstands in January 2017). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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Spot The Differences: Dec/Jan 2017 (#140)

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our December/January 2017 (#140) issue (available on newsstands in November 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the 10…
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Spot The Differences: Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition

In this edition of Spot The Differences, we look in the pages of our Ultimate Performance Guide, 4th Edition (available on newsstands in October 2016). Can you spot the 10 differences between the top and bottom photos? Send us the…
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