Category Archives: Late Nights

Getting Lost in the Build

You’ve just done your first drift day. You’ve had a great day and spent a lot of time setting up a mild tune in your early-mid 90s Nissan, Toyota, BMW or whatever. You got yourself some good-ass coilovers, some extra wheels, a track oriented alignment and a bunch of tires with similar compounds–the whatever’s free or cheap compound. Engine mods are minimal because you want to learn how to move the weight of the car; you’re doing everything right. Learning how the track and your modestly setup car fit together. You start to get a hang of the racing line, braking zones, and even ramped up some cool entry speeds in there.  At the end of the day, your car is one piece (mostly), you’re looking at several tires you’ve just murdered, you can’t get the shit-eating grin off your face, and you’re hooked. You’ve just completed your first successful  drift day.

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The next logical step would be to continue to drive this car and replace parts as they break, or as they need to be upgraded. E.g “My car rolls too much around that corner. I am going to do some research and possibly buy sway bars to prevent body roll.” Doing this after every track experience is bound to create a nicely balanced track setup. Unfortunately, here is where a lot of new drivers get confused – Maybe its the product of constantly searching and reading epic builds, telling tales of unheard of engine swaps, and tubes; maybe they just like fabrication and problem solving- nonetheless, said driver will now take his or her car off the road to “build” it.  In theory and with moderation, there is nothing wrong with that; after all, in places like Ontario we get five months of winter to build our daily/track toys. This can be a benefit as it gives us the opportunity to completely rip a car apart and worry about putting it back together later on–we can pick away at it.  During this time, it would be appropriate to tie up some ends that went loose at the end of the season. Things like worn ball joints, brakes, bent inner/outer tie rod ends, replacing multilinks, and bushings are all things that are usually addressed; especially in a beginner’s track toy.

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What I have been noticing more and more, though, are beginners who have driven one or two track days (if that) and then proceeding to take their cars off the road for ‘pro-like builds’. People driving one or two drift days, getting the hang of it, and instantly getting a roll cage, truck and trailer and pulling the car’s plates for tubs and a crazy swap with a huge turbo (or LS v8). They skip the whole process. They will usually document it, showing off to all their peers about their fully customized powder coated and reinforced sub frames, decked out with SPL and PBM parts (or another manufacturers equivalent), stating they only spend money on the best of the best- doing it right.

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I haven’t been around drifting much, but what I noticed even before I got my car was the consumerism of the build has started to take away from the actual driving experience. It has gotten to a point where people who have never even driven at a track are going around buying rolling shell 240s and spending all of their time and money building a complete monster that drivers with more experience would have trouble actually driving to its full potential; this is wrong. This is not how you enjoy a car. This is however, a great way to ruin a lot of hard work.

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Personally, there is no time I resent my car more than when I am working on it. There is no enjoyment in ruining whatever clothes you are wearing, working on the ground of a cold-as-balls garage (if you’re even privileged enough to have access to one) to install a set of rear upper control arms or something like that. I only ever do stuff like that because I need to upgrade or replace it, and as I said earlier that’s the way it should be: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. A car should be upgraded as a driver grows. A driver that is more advanced than a car is always cooler to watch than a car that is more advanced than the driver. There needs to be a seat-time to build-time ratio taken into consideration when taking up these projects. A car owner will never have as much fun building a car than they will beating the hell out of it. Cars are meant to be driven. #drivingnotbuilding

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Written: Devaughn Dunbar @devocat
Edited: Ronnie Fung  @ronniefung
Photo: Lucas Stanois – flickr.com/lucasstanois  @lucasstanois

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…

 

Daily Scraped #543

Via. SidTitus.

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Scraped Crusaders | H2Oi 2013

As seen by Matt.

Enjoyed this year a lot more and didn’t shoot as much, but still got enough to throw together a little video…hope everyone enjoys.

Cheers.

Disclaimer*   Mauncho is drunk as fuck at the beginning of the video.  It was taken 10 seconds after changing his clothes on my rear seats.  Contemplated burning those seats.

Deathlens Shoots Pt.1

Not sure why this is the case, it just is.  We’ve never had a shoot with Dan’s car before.  With an interior like this, we have no excuse.  Full S5 Interior (front and rear), along with door insert done by Stu.  Almost too nice to sit inside.  The car is also for sale.

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Peanut butter jelly time.

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We also took a few of this nice B6.

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Kristoff’s E28

Deathlens finally got the chance to shoot Kristoff’s BMW.  It’s been worth the wait. Moreover, it was an opportunity to get everyone out for what would have been a boring night.  Spending time with the brosephs is what we’re all about.
It isn’t over the top flashy it’s just big body sedan that breaks necks. The simple formula of nice wheels and a huge drop is demonstrated to a T.  Chipped M20B27, shortened strut housings and corrado shocks with 15×7 Gotti reps.  We’ve also added standard and widescreen wallpapers.  Enjoy.

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