iM Highlight

iM Highlight: Taylor’s VR Coupe

Often times I find that I am being asked by many others to shoot their cars that it is extremely hard to find the time to shoot my own. I usually go out with the regular group of car enthusiasts, thinking that I will finally take a few shots of my car, the end result being I am taking photos of others. This past week was different, I set out a day away from the crowds and it was actually great to get my first “real” photos of the car I have been staring at for so long thinking of the possibilities. While winter is in full force on the island, the day resulted in having dry roads and the opportunity to put the summer shoes on for a few waterfront photos. Hope you enjoy my mk2 coupe.

|OWNER: Taylor Smith
|VEHICLE: Mk2 Jetta Coupe

|ENGINE & DRIVETRAIN:

– 2.8L VR6
– Ported and Polished Big Valve Head
– 42mm Intake (+2mm over stock)
– 36mm Exhaust (+1.8mm over stock)
– Heavy Duty Schrick Valve Springs and TT Titanium Retainers
– Lighter MK4 INA Lifters
– Intake ports reshaped
– 268 Dougherty Racing Cams
– Exhaust Manifolds Ported and Polished
– Megasquirt ECU (Dyno tuned on 94 octane, 200 whp, 184 lbsft)
– Megasquirt and Spark-Extra using a Ford ICM EDIS for Ignition
– Cat Back 2.5″ Custom Exhuast with Flowmaster Muffler
– Rebuilt Tranny with Peloquin LSD
– TM Tuning Short Throw

|SUSPENSION & BRAKES:

– Rokker Coilovers
– Polyurethane Bushings
– ABD 25mm front sway bar
– Autotech 28mm rear sway bar
– Rear Brakes converted to discs
– Wilwood Dynalite Calipers and 11″ G-60 Rotors

|WHEELS:

– 15×8.5 Schmidt TH Lines
– White Lips with BMP Baskets
– 195/45/15 Toyo Proxes T1R

|INTERIOR:

– 16v GTI Recaro Pleather Door Cards
– VR6 Corrado Front and Rear Recaro Seats
– Custom Revolution/VDO Gauge setup
– Momo Steering Wheel

|EXTERIOR:

– Car Painted Hot Rod Satin Black
– Engine Bay Painted Dolphin Gray from a 1964 356 Porsche
– Real OEM Euro Bumpers Front and Rear w/ OEM Euro Rebar
– 16v Flares
– 16v Front Lip
– Badgeless Grill
– Single Round Headlight Conversion
– GLI Rear Wing
– Single Wiper


iM Highlight: Tim’s Lexus IS 300

What is perfection? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as: “an exemplification of supreme excellence”. Lexus has been striving for perfection since its debut in 1989 with the Lexus LS 400, or “FlagShipOne” for all you history buffs. As we all know, Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota that has created cars that feature comfort, style, performance and sex appeal as standard options.

Fortunately, I had the chance to experience three of those features in person by shooting Tim’s Lexus IS 300. Tastefully modified, it stands out, but not too much. It’s very subtle, timid and clean. When he purchased it back in 2004, Tim’s goal was to take a fairly common car, at the time, and turn it into something that is unique, subtle, and to customize it in a way that mostly represents him. Tim told me he got a lot of inspiration from the website My.IS, a Lexus IS forum.

As far as modifications go, here’s what Tim’s done so far:

AERO:
Carson-Tuned Front Bumper and Rear Valance
RMM Side Skirts
UGO Roof Spoiler
Gloss Black Roof Vinyl
TRD Trunk Lip Spoiler
Matte black JDM Altezza Front Grille
Matte gunmetal WORK Emotion CR-Kai Wheels

ENGINE:
TurboEast Headers
HKS Super Drager II Axle Back Exhaust
K&N FIPK II Intake
Titan Motorsports Adjustable Exhaust Cam Gear
Apexi SAFC-IIStage 1 Valve Body Upgrade
M Transmission Cooler

SUSPENSION & BRAKES:
Rotora Cross Drilled Rotors
ARK CoiloversTanabe Sustec Sway Bars
SRT Member Braces

Again, he wanted to keep it clean and subtle. In the near future, he does have plans to add a little more juice to his “FlagShipOne” car. But for the time being, I’d say he’s got a pretty fly ride. Wouldn’t you?

Thanks for reading. Stay fresh kids!

More photos in the gallery HERE


iM Highlight: Porson’s EVO X

Earlier this year, Porson replaced his Civic Si with a full Mugen RR conversion with an Evo X. After a few months of ownership, lots have already gone into this daily driver. Last week Porson took the first step of going winter mode by installing his roof-rack for his fat cat. We decided to go downtown for a quick shoot before the sun set. Now to the pictures.

Lots more is planned for this car after winter. Both cosmetic and performance. Even though I love his wheels and they look super aggressive with his Evo, he may be getting new wheels because another Evo around town is rolling on the same setup. 😦 Big ups to Porson for making this photo shoot happen.

– Words and pictures by Uno Lee


iM Highlight: Ger’s 350z

If your an avid reader of our site then you’ve seen a couple snapshots of Ger’s dumped and flushed 350z in the past at various events out east. He is a member of the infamous Level One crew out of Toronto, and in true Level One fashion his car is jaw dropping with a long list of baller, top notch parts.

Ger started out in the scene with a couple euro cars. First one being an Audi A4 with a respectable list of upgrades (wheels, suspension, lip kit and various other bolt ons) however after running into some problems with that project car he quickly sold it off for a VW Jetta GLI. In typical euro fashion the Jetta was promptly slammed on some flush BBS wheels and it was also rocking 6 pot Porsche brakes.

At this point he wanted more. And he wanted JDM. Enter 350z.

Over the 4 years+ of owning the 350z Roger has transformed it from stock to an all out track car and then into an extremely clean, show worthy daily driver. This is mostly due to the large time and financial commitment that comes with beating your car up on the track.

Regardless of what the car is currently use for this iteration is looking mighty fine! And as mentioned above its clad with only the best of the best, JDM parts from Nismo, Amuse and Top Secret to name a few.

//EXTERIOR
Authentic Nismo V2 bumper
Authentic Nismo sides
Authentic Top Secret rear diffuser
s2000 antenna

//ENGINE.&.DRIVETRAIN
Amuse Titanium exhaust
Tomei V2 header
Tomei Cams
Megan test pipe
Motodyne 5/16″ Intake Spacer
Tuned ECU

//SUSPENSION
Tein MonoFlex coilovers
Hotchiba front/rear sway bar
Cusco front camber kit
SPC rear camber kit

//WHEELS.&.BRAKES
Volks Racing TE37 19×9.5/10.5 +12
Dunlop DZ101 Tires 245/35/19 265/35/19
Kics Spacers 10mm (front), 15mm (rear)

//INTERIOR
Bride Zeta III racing seat
Key!s Racing 350mm leather semi-cone
WorksBell quick release
WorksBell short hub
ARC shift knob
Takata 4-point seat belt
JVC NX-7000 double-din deck

More pictures can be found in our Flickr page HERE

Also be sure to check out our friends over at Stretch & Pokes recent article, interview and video coverage of Level One HERE


iM Highlight: Al Patel’s 2006 Audi S4

For any Luxury tuner out there in the game, there are probably three simple words that first come to mind when modifying their vehicle. Now, not to get things twisted, these three words are not “I’m A Boss”, these three simple words are “Keep It Classy”.

When Al Patel acquired a practically mint 2006 Audi S4 earlier this year, there is no doubting the fact that keeping it classy was his master plan. Starting with the basics of smoking the headlights, taillights, fogs and blacking out the S4’s silver metallic front fascia, this S4 was on it’s way to NOT looking like your average daily driven Audi on the streets.

Complete with subtle yet effective exterior changes on the S4, Al told himself that he would give the car an aggressive stance and be done with it since the S4 after all, comes with a pretty beastly 4.2 V8 out of the box. With a set of Tein S.Techs dropping the car exactly where he wanted, and a set of 10mm/17mm ECS Tuning Spacers pushing out the OEM S4 wheels, was Al’s S4 really done with? Nope.

A few short months later, Al decided it was time to let the S4’s V8 breathe a little more. Long story short, Al went from initially deleting the resonators and from there resulted a completely custom and one-off exhaust system. The outcome, a sound so menacing, it literally feels like your heartstrings are being pulled right out of your chest.

To neutralize the refreshed sound of this S4, Al added a K&N Intake System. With the help of Calgary’s VW/Audi Specialists over at Concept-1, an APR Stage 1 Tune was upgraded into this S4’s ECU. To roll with the homies of stance, form and all that jazz, Al ditched the OEM S4 wheels and continued to play the stance game with a nicely staggered set of Miro 111s.

As the car stands now, only time can tell if Al will continue on with this S4 and make it his daily driver/project car, or move on to something bigger, better and badder. Whatever Al ends up doing, we’ll definitely be paying close attention.

Keeping it classy can go a very long way, and Al’s S4 has all the evidence in the world to back this statement up. With an overall impressive set up, Al achieved all of this without taking away nor compromising Audi’s luxury brand name status.

And on that note, don’t forget to keep it classy, kids.

|CAR:2006 B7 Audi S4
|OWNER: Al Patel

|ENGINE.&.EXHAUST
-4.2L V8 with APR Stage 1 Tune via Concept-1
-Modified K&N Air Intake Box
-Custom Exhaust System and Piping
-Relocated O2 Sensors
-Gutted Front & Rear Catalysts
-Resonator Delete
-Custom Rear Set-Up with RS-4 Style Flo-Pro Mufflers

|WHEELS.&.TIRES
-18×8.5 +35 Miro 111 Front
-18×9.5 +40 Miro 111 Rear
-ECS Tuning 10mm Spacer Kit (Rear)
-235/40R18 Continental ContiSportContact2 Tires (Front & Rear)

|SUSPENSION.&.BRAKES
-Tein S.Tech Springs
-1.1″ Rear, 1.4″ Rear
-Red Painted Calipers

|EXTERIOR
-Vinyl “Iron” Headlights
-Vinyl “Iron” Tailights
-Vinyl “Iron” Foglights
-Matte Black S4 Radiator Grille
-DDM Tuning 6000K HID Kit

More pictures can be found in our Flickr page HERE