Archive for October, 2008
I think the issue a lot of times is that owners take shortcuts, make hasty impulse buys, don’t plan ahead for the future, or even have a general “theme” what they are trying to achieve. Take your time, this isn’t a race or competition.
It is very saddening when I see people treating their S chassis (whether its a daily driver or track car) poorly…take pride in your car, make it look nicer than when you found it.
Money isn’t the answer either…you don’t need a lot of money to do a car “right.” Just takes time, patience, research, and waiting for the right deal to come along. I’m not hating, I’m just saying that there are a ton of people here to help, sometimes you just gotta ask.
This quote doesn’t apply JUST to S-chassis owners. It pretty much applies to ANYONE looking to modify their car. I think the only reason why show cars look ugly as fuck is because of a damn schedule that certain sponsors want to keep. But hey, thats just me. Different strokes for Different folks.
I’ll use an example between 2 different owners.
Both are S-chassis fastbacks in the same color
Both are in Zilvia
I see a theme, a theme on the appreciation of Japanese drift cars + styling cues.
+1 on 326 Power + DG-5
Just shit thrown in on what’s “HOT”, body line is off, offset is OFF, Japanese plate has GOT TO GO including the spoiler, UGLY execution of strawberry face, and Lambo doors=So played out that Lambos don’t even have them. And dude, if you are reading this. QUIT WHORING OUT YOUR CAR ON NICO/ZILVIA. NO ONE GIVES A FUCK. THERE IS A REASON WHY YOUR CAR IS IN THE BACK OF MODIFIED MAG AND NOT IN THE FRONT.
P.S. that Wakaba badge has got to go. You are not in Japan n00b. THIS IS AMERICA.
see what alot of you ppl are forgetting, is to factor in the brand name. look at Greddy for example. the reason they went bankrupt is these knockoff companies. offering a product with the same (or lower in some instances) performance/quality for a way lower price.i have no problem rocking megan anything. they are an exact copy of alot of the parts made by a higher end company. dont get me wrong, im not some kid on a mcdonalds budget either (i make 140k+ a year) i just have other priorities to spend my money on. so i am building on a budget.
I agree suspension is an uber important part, and you definatley dont want to skimp on it, but hey. do as someone else said. go to a machine shop and have a megan/circut sports/ebay RUCA and a SPL ruca tested. i wouldnt doubt they are all close.
Get whatever brand you decide on. just remember, alot of times your paying for the brand name too.
personally im going with the kit on ebay for $300, by godspeed.
LOL WUT? You make $140K/Yr. I’m very aware of your “budget”. If you have a family, I understand but in my opinion, I still wouldn’t settle for cheap shit and damn $300 for coilovers. Unless you mean sway bars + camber arm + toe arm + pillow tension rods in the eBay listing. $300 for all that? NO THANK YOU. Godspeed sells their coilovers for $600? get the fuck out of here. What if you need to replace springs or dampers? oh wait, no replacements! FUCKING SCREWED DUDE. Godspeed makes fake shit, look into it. $80 BOVs and $120 wastegates. Their quality looks cheap as fuck, plus if the price is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. DON’T BUY IT. And if you NEVER heard of that brand, DON’T BUY IT. my .02. (unless you are new to the scene, RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH)
Respect a man’s car and the man respects you.
If you don’t, you can go fuck off.
Soo I went out to a car meet tonight, which apparently was a waste of time and was nothing but a headache. I have to say I’m so fed up with the car scene, 99% of the people have no idea what they are doing and are complete tools. As usual the minute I pull up people are drooling over my fitment, which doesn’t bother me after all the hard work making it happen it’s nice for it to be appreciated. But the fact that almost every single person who walks up to my car attempts to jamb their fingers between my fenders and my tire is really getting old. I just took some pictures today and I was very very happy with my fenders even after I pulled them almost 2 inches but of course that couldn’t last. I walked away from my car for 2 minutes and noticed a group of about 10 people gathered around my drivers front fender so I go back and I notice a large chuck of paint missing. Yes the metal had a crack in it, but the [freak]ing paint was completely intact, someone pulled a large chip of paint right off my fender. It’s honestly making me sick right now, I spent countless hour working on my fenders to keep the paint good and some asshole ruins. PLEASE everyone don’t touch or god forbid lean on another man’s vehicle, have some respect. I’m now forced to put a band aid over my once perfect fender becasue there is bare metal showing. All these kids fail so hard, their cars all suck and they all love their street racing and straight line pulls. Straight lines are for fast cars, Corners are for fast drivers!!! Has anyone else noticed this complete lack of respect for the time put into your car by people putting their hands all over it? It’s a shame because once in a while I meet some cool people who know what they are doing, I guess thats only going to happen at the track from now on.
A few hours ago I had paint where there is none now.
P.S. I’m not the owner of the S14 you see here, except I hate douchebags who go batshit fanboyism crazy while not respecting the owner’s property. That fender you tried to tuck under with your hand isn’t yours bitch. Would YOU like it if I went batshit crazy over your car? of course NOT. YES YOU, the 10 batshit crazy. CALM DOWN and if you aren’t the owner, then don’t touch it.
so a blogger for Wired who also happened to be blogging at that time and got his “dream job” in Wired specifically for BLOGGING is telling every blogger out there to kill their own blogs and go to the Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter Route. Well, one, I already have Facebook and Flickr but not a fan of Twitter. What if you are sleeping then all of a sudden *ring* *ring* “what the fuck I’m trying to sleep, I don’t give a shit on what the hell you are doing.” It’s really a status update for everyone’s cell phone. Here is the original article with my 2 cents.
Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug. [Too bad, I'm not pulling it.]
Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter. [folksy self expressions were the xanga days and of course there will always be e-thugs. Do I want to get noticed? not really, this is more for people who like automotive tuning.]
If you quit now, you’re in good company. Notorious chatterbox Jason Calacanis made millions from his Weblogs network. But he flat-out retired his own blog in July. “Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it,” he wrote in his final post. [Well, if I had millions and was making it rain then of course I would delete mine but I don't.]
Impersonal is correct: Scroll down Technorati’s list of the top 100 blogs and you’ll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day. [Well, those are the professionals as you mentioned but there are blogs out there that you don't see that takes a while to find.]
When blogging was young, enthusiasts rode high, with posts quickly skyrocketing to the top of Google’s search results for any given topic, fueled by generous links from fellow bloggers. In 2002, a search for “Mark” ranked Web developer Mark Pilgrim above author Mark Twain. That phenomenon was part of what made blogging so exciting. No more. Today, a search for, say, Barack Obama’s latest speech will deliver a Wikipedia page, a Fox News article, and a few entries from professionally run sites like Politico.com. The odds of your clever entry appearing high on the list? Basically zero. [so? if that blog is going to do what its meant to do, then I'll visit it.]
That said, your blog will still draw the Net’s lowest form of life: The insult commenter. Pour your heart out in a post, and some anonymous troll named r0rschach or foohack is sure to scribble beneath it, “Lame. Why don’t you just suck McCain’s ass.” That’s why Calacanis has retreated to a private mailing list. He can talk to his fans directly, without having to suffer idiotic retorts from anonymous Jason-haters. [or you can turn off comments plus e-thugs are bored as hell anyway.]
Further, text-based Web sites aren’t where the buzz is anymore. The reason blogs took off is that they made publishing easy for non-techies. Part of that simplicity was a lack of support for pictures, audio, and videoclips. At the time, multimedia content was too hard to upload, too unlikely to play back, and too hungry for bandwidth.
Social multimedia sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook have since made publishing pics and video as easy as typing text. Easier, if you consider the time most bloggers spend fretting over their words. Take a clue from Robert Scoble, who made his name as Microsoft’s “technical evangelist” blogger from 2003 to 2006. Today, he focuses on posting videos and Twitter updates. “I keep my blog mostly for long-form writing,” he says. [Vlogging and Twittering, not bad except I don't care what you are up to unless you can come up with something witty with your status.]
Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You’ll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there. They claim it’s because Twitter operates even faster than the blogosphere. And Twitter posts can be searched instantly, without waiting for Google to index them. [Great idea but still not going to change my mind.]
As a writer, though, I’m onto the system’s real appeal: brevity. Bloggers today are expected to write clever, insightful, witty prose to compete with Huffington and The New York Times. Twitter’s character limit puts everyone back on equal footing. It lets amateurs quit agonizing over their writing and cut to the chase. @WiredReader: Kill yr blog. 2004 over. Google won’t find you. Too much cruft from HuffPo, NYT. Commenters are tards. C u on Facebook? [LOL WUT? 2004? Blogging might have started around 04 ish but there are several OGs out there that you aren't aware of that started blogging before the term blog ever came along. i.e. SileightyMania. I don't care if Google doesn't find me. You fail to realize that some blogs might have sappy writing or what not but there are also blogs that blog on subculture. It doesn't matter what you're into, I'm sure there will be a blog about that and I don't want to see that killed.]
Paul Boutin (email@example.com) is a correspondent for the Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.