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Year in Review 2014

We look back at some of our fondest memories of 2014 (in no particular order).  This year has been a bit of a lull for us.  A few of us moved further apart, new jobs, new cars, we just didn’t have our coverage up to par from years past.  We’ve made a few changes to get coverage quality up next year.  We did however hand out a few of our custom made awards.  It is very satisfying presenting awards at some of the biggest modified car event sin Canada.  As a social tool, we’ve used the site to garner new friends, and cement the relationships with friends we have in place already.  In that regard it has been our most successful year to date.  What’s the point of bolstering social media likes when you know none of these people where it matters?  ..in person. We look forward to further relationships with the people at Fitted Lifestyle, Eurokracy, Airsociety, Stanceiseverything, Ivy League East, Broadway Static, and Seven Automotive.  I sincerely apologize to anyone I forgot.

Our year started off by watching Steve and company slay some tires at TOPP Drift.  The crowd on the wall, gets VERY involved.
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We’ve been great friends with the boys over at FITTED Lifestyle since their second ever event 4-5 years ago.  Their event is more or less the season opener in Toronto, as well as being its biggest and IMO the best.  Its where most of the top tuner/show/stance cars come out of the winter sheds.  It was extra special for us, as we were able to present Richard with our Favourite Ride Award.  Its the first time we’ve handed out an award of our own at a big event.

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More friends and awards at Eurokracy.  I may have botched my time with the mic at the Eurokracy award ceremony but just being up there was more than we’d ever expected.  The event is at a scale that is very hard to imagine.  There are so many cars,that walking around to see all of them was a tough ask.  Getting to the event is an adventure on its own.  As our Kruise was in full effect this year.

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Eurokracy Kruise via Preet
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Getting rid of the Subaru meant I needed new suspension on the BMW, and also Mauncho’s E36.  We called upon Broadway Static for some help.  So far its been a  great 3-4 months, with many more months ahead.  Hopefully next years update will include some RSs for me and Modenas for Mauncho.
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My first Lowrider show, was an eye opener.   The stance scene isn’t really know for its extensive builds.  While the tuner scene has some thorough builds, few if any are as comprehensive.  Polished suspension and engine components, engraved sub frames, metallic pinstripe paint jobs, etc.  I can’t think of any other car subculture that spends more effort into looking good.
Majestics BBQ.

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I was lucky enough to make it out to a handfull of CSCS events.   No other local event combines show and shines, judged showing, time attack, and drifting into one big experience.   The sound of 500+hp Imprezas and sideways E30s make the blistering heat more bearable.  Looking forward to more on track action in 2015.
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Who knew, we’d be a part of the inaugural Pfaff Tuning Show and Shine?  Matt asked us to create a custom award for the show, which we kindly obliged.  Geoff and Mauricio both had their cars in the show so it was decided the best option was to leave the judging to the staff at Pfaff as I’d be biased towards their cars.  Fortunately for Mauricio, they felt his car was best in show anyways.
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Pfaff Tuning via Gill

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Another staple in our year is Vagkraft.  You can’t have a crew of mostly VWs without going to VK. Having moved to Brampton this year, the trek to VK was a short 10 mins.  If you’re a local VW fan, you need to be here every year.
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Berlin Klassik.   Apart from the long drive to Kitchener, BK turned out to be a very pleasurable show.  I think it on the cusp of overtaking VK as the go to Euro show in Ontario.  Certainly the BMW and Mercedes content overshadows that of VK.
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Berlin Klassik via Gill

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And the big one.  Our year has always been focused around the weekend of H2Oi.   The strip, the friends, the show or the time off from work add up to my favourite week of the year. Traffic definitely put a hamper on a few things but I now view H2Oi as the place I get to unwind and have a good time with friends.   Be it meeting up with friends of years past or make new friends. Regardless of the shenanigans, we’ll be at H20 2015.  We hope to see many of you there.  Happy new years!

H2Oi Arrival
H2Oi BMW Meet
H2Oi Leftovers
Mauncho does the strip

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H2Oi 2014 Leftovers

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The last few shots from our H20i trip consists of the multitude of visitors and random cars that came by 75th.   Most of whom stopped by to see Brian Arthus who seems to know everyone with a car in the U.S.   Including @farklefitment.

@blowin_bags’s A8L

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@jdmodz`s BestJDM winner at First Class Fitment

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I’m now a bit biased on big body black BMWs.

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Clean Impreza, stopped by for the views.

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Fellow feathered Canadian brethren stopped by too.

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H2Oi 2014 – BMW Meet

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After last years pretty successful E30/early BMW meet, we decided to replicate the meet but on a smaller scale.  It was now 5 series oriented, since Bron and I both drive one.  We had only planned on having 10-15 cars as we were both just looking to meet other e34 owners.  But it quickly grew on Instagram and we knew we were getting a bigger meet then initially planned. The plan was to hold the meet at the lot behind BJ’s restaurant.  However the owners were none too please.  So Rose’s seemed like the best alternative.  Predicably we were swiftly kicked out of there too. :(

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@see_trees, @patrickw5 and @saeed87    e34 Instagram brethren

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When I made it back to 75th after Rose’s our street was pretty packed with BMW.  I was told by Mauncho this was on the light side.  A few minutes earlier he was hard at work rerouting cars to Rose’s while dealing with the owner’s of BJs.  All in all, in was poorly planned on our part.

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@willem’s bagged M5 trailering an e30.

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Tetanus.

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Unfortunately, the meet was not how we had hoped.  We should have chosen a much bigger lot.  We also should have made a proper back up plan (other than Rose’s).  Let’s hope next year goe better.

The E34 Gets Broadway Static Equipped.

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Having ridden is an abundance of different suspensions setups, I came to realize its worth it to spend that little bit extra to purchase a better product.  Be it bouncy, harsh, too soft, or too stiff I am definitely not a fan of a poorly setup coilover system.  BC Racing was my previous choice on the Subaru.  While their product was great, I chose Broadway Static for their familiarity with BMW products and their willingness to work with us.

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You won’t be worried about the coils not going low enough.  If anything be prepared to be really slammed.   The before and after on the rear units.  I believe this is all the way up.  It ended up being a tad too low.  I’ll need a few more inches to be able to drive in the winter.  Luckily I was able to order just the rear lower mounts, with a little more adjustability.  Of course if I were in a warmer climate, this would not be needed.

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The E34 front suspenson design calls for the front spindles to be cut and welded to the Broadway Static unit (this is the case with all coilovers for the e34). Its a bit of a pain, but only BMW is to blame for that.  Dan was gracious enough to provide not only the garage space, but the welding skills to get the job done.  I rarely work on my own car as I lack to skills and confidence to complete most of the work.  However, I figured a coilover install was doable with the support of friends, beer and pizza.  All of which were plenty.  Dan, Dave, Geoff, Adrian, Talukah, Bronson, and Mauncho, thanks for the help!

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Here’s a great look at my dented rear quarter, missing side light, hole riddled bumper and replica Throwing stars.  Internet scene points, just took a huge hit.

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Cutting struts are above my pay grade and competency.  Dan and Talukah wielded the saws on that one.

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However, sitting and looking like I’m actually doing work, I have down pat.  Joking aside, it felt really rewarding installing my own coilovers. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.  It may not be an engine swap or turbo install, or something with a higher degree of difficulty, but the feeling of working on your own car was still rewarding.  Obviously, having friends who watch your every move, so you don’t hurt or kill yourself is a plus.

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Although I don’t know if that still counts after they are a few beers in.


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I wish I could explain this photo.

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Credit where it’s due.  Bronson’s car is definitely lower in the front.  To rake, or not to rake?

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Rolling the car onto the road, I realized the 100km trip back home from Dan’s house will be a cringefest.  Having not driven a lowered vehicle for around 8 months, there are many habits I developed that are not low car friendly.  I will say that driving a dumped Subaru is MUUUCCHH easier.  Oil pans and control arms were never a wear item on the Subaru.

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I’ve put on a little over 1000kms on the Broadways and I can say with confidence that the ride is fantastic.  I’ve set them to full stiff as I’m still weary of oil pan clearance.  Even at that setting its able to soak up many bumps and divots on the highway, and absorbs any imperfections I see on local roads.  Obviously, a really low coilover setup will not ride as soft as a stock setup.  But a great stiff ride can be just as comfortable.  It’s also girlfriend approved.  “I think it rides better than the Subaru”.  While Dave’s girlfriend says “comfy for a lowered car, especially of that age”.

 

CSCS August 11th

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CSCS,  show and shine, time attack and drifting.  There are no other events locally that combine these three things.  As a person who’s attention span is very very limited ,the multiple aspects to the show are welcome.  It’s hard not to be a fan of time attack and drifting when they are witnessed in person.  Even if the cars and brands aren’t up to your fanboy code.  I’m not exactly a fan of Hondas but I can watch them thrash around the track for hours.

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I rolled to the show with Adrian.  The lack of VWs was obvious.  I still don’t understand why the VW crowd does not show up.  Even the biggest of VW, rear beam fan boys, Adrian had a good time.  The main reason we went was to see Steve skid in the Scraped Crusaders X Swang Bang Money Gang E30. I don’t want to stroke his ego, but for a guy that’s only been drifting on the track for less than a year, he’s doing incredibly well.

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As a Subie fanboy, Riley’s Impreza ticks all the right boxes.  RWD and 500hp?  Yes, please.

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Dylan Sharpe was killing it all day.  Not surprised he was able to win.  More impressive, is that he drove it home afterwards.

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Kitted S13s, make me rethink me car choice constantly.

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Jover’s AE before punting Steve’s car.  Though, the damage to the Corolla was minimal.

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Innovative Tuning had my two favourite cars of the day.  Their LS3 swapped E46 M3 drift car. Purists aside, this thing is awesome.

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Their Impreza time attack car was my other favourite.  At 20 years old. this GC shouldn’t be as competitive as it is.  Watching it slide and power its  way sideways out of corners made my day.

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As an amateur photographer the intricacies of camera settings still confuse me.  So, the photos are limited to mostly the pit lane variety.   That does allow me to get way closer to the machinery, so I’ll have to view it as a plus.   Especially regarding the time attack cars.  I prefer to shoot a closer view of the aero bits, allowing me to watch the racing action without bothering with photos.

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Porsche 944, which the track announcer confused for a 928.

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Mazda’s version of the 944, the FC….bro.

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It must feel awesome when your 150hp, 1500lbs fwd Suzuki Swift is able to overtake a McLaren MP4.

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I was only able to grab a few photos of the show and shine cars.  A lot of the cars were too Dark Knights (old Toronto rice scene car show) for me.  While I appreciate craftsmanship.  I don’t appreciate the terrible taste that goes with some of them.  I don’t have to like your car because you spent money on body work.  Ugly is ugly.

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The complete opposite of ugly is this Z.

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Mike’s crazy eyed FC.  Mismatched wheels never looked so good.

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Veilside?  Brings back memories of videos I used to download off Scour/Kazaa/Limewire.   The season finale it scheduled for September 21.  Unfortunately,  I’ll have to miss it as we’re driving to H20i.

NextMod Mississauga X Scion Meet.

This was a last minute meet I heard about through Instagram. I checked the forecast to see if there would be rain, clears skies ahead they said.    So I made my way down to Mississauga, to meet Dave from Stanceiseverything.com.  Unfortuntely, it started to rain within 20 minutes of my arrival.  Back to Brampton I went.  I was only able to grab a few shots.

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Chris’ Rocket Bunny Scion is definitely one of my favourite Tra Kyoto builds.  The charcoal silver and black wheels work very wheel together.

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Navin’s Rocket Bunny FD.  Whats not to like about an RX-7?  I’m not sure any other car has aged as well is the FD.

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Mathew’s S14.  Cleanest S chassis around.  While I love S chassis that live the drift slut life a clean S is so damn refreshing.

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FITTED 2014 via Gill

We have two commitments in Canada FITTED and Eurokracy.  These are the two events that we attend no ifs, ands or buts.  Now on its 5th year, the show decided to ramp up the quality over quantity.  I can’t remember another show in Toronto where the competing cars were of this caliber

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Scraped.Crusaders. Favourite Ride at Fitted Lifestyle presented by Broadway Static Suspension

After much deliberation we chose the W114 owned by the mustachioed Richard C. We didn’t have certain criteria to go by. We didn’t hold prejudices against Euro, Domestic or Japanese rides. We simply chose the car that we loved, that had that je ne sais quoi.

An Old Merc, bagged on RSs coloured matched to an awesome cream interior. Finished off with blue centre caps. It’s not an extensive build. But its a build that was built with all the correct choices.

Bravo, Richard.

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I’ve always preferred static over air but with the first 5 rides pictures, i can’t help but love air.   Johnathan Prem’s Best of how winning 240sx.


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Continuing the bagged coupe theme is this awesome RX-7.

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Scott had a bagged white E46 M3 last year.  He now owns THE most unassuming 450hp+ car I’ve ever seen.  This is phase 1 for his 135.

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Tyler Griffin’s freshly redoine Corrado.  Fresh as in, out of paint and final assembly being complete mere hours before the drive to FITTED.

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A Y O G R L.

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Mark’s freshly painted and Beebed S2k.

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I didn’t spend too much time outdoors as I haven’t adjusted to the warm weather yet.  However there were some great example of cars that could had easily been displayed indoors.  Including that EF civic, the Teknotik EVO and Jay’s 2.7TT swapped B6 Audi.

 

Performance VW X Eurokracy X Scraped.Crusaders.

Performance VW has enlisted our help to cover Eurokracy 2013.   The article was published in the April issue.  The Scraped.Crusaders. provided the words and images, while the Eurokracy crew provided the one of best car shows in Canada.  The issue also happens to feature UNIX Performance’s amazing grean MK1, and a bagged Audi 80.  We suggest you take a gander.

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Scraped.Crusaders’ B34TER Pt.1

The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter.   But then realized what’s the point in that.  Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers?  Damn right we are.

First I need to send off the Lesbowagon.  All in all ,she’s been a great car.  While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.

What I do know for sure is,  I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist.   I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out.  Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly.  It was much more than that.  Good times and good people, I was hooked.  Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels.  The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be.  We still made it work, with some nice photos.

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Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies.  I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene.  At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year.  Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me.  I took the punches and just rolled with it.  Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors.  Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.

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While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small.  The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff.  We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.

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This year turned out to be the most trying of them all.  NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues.  We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly.  As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i.  That was the low point.  I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs.  A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip.  I was able to save face for H20i.  Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down,  I was just desperate to get to OCMD.  Luckily it worked out.  To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.

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I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership.  I should really move closer to work  :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped.  So considering that,  I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues.  Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage.  She’ll be relegated to winter duty.  And possibly ice racing next year?

-Edit.  I had started the above paragraph months ago.  Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely.  Thus ice racing is not in the cards.  Instead….junkyard.

She’ll be missed,  on to the next one.  Continued…

 

Season Has Scaled Down.

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Its off season for us.   Not much on the docket.  Dan is working away on his Caddy, Adrian on his motor build, I’m looking for a new car,  Mauncho is shopping for items for his new ride, and a few other things in the works.  That’s about it. Nothing major and no real progress in the last few weeks. The start of winter is usually the lull before the winter builds start going.  Headed over to Dan’s in the winter beater.  The Subie will not be seeing summer anymore, good riddance.  Still dumped though.  :)

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Dan and Geoff decided to build on a smaller scale.  1/24th to be precise.  I sort of wanted to join in too.  But I have issues with patience….I have none.  I’d end up tossing the kits out after a few days of painting, gimme Minichamps and Autoart die-casts over these any day.  I MIGHT end up changing my mind later though.

Dan bought a 993 GT3, Tom Kristensen DTM car and a VW golf.   Geoff bought a Mike Rockenfeller DTM car.

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Not a whole lot was accomplished as time was taking up watching Pacific Rim.  Engine components mostly.

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