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I love Sara, boxing, tech, guns, gaming, hip-hop, cars and a bunch of other stuff. #TeamWheelwell

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Ernie Szots17 days ago

Following up on my last post, here are a couple better, daytime pics of the car after Seibon Carbon lip kit install. #Wheelwell #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild #newmod

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[]Andrew Johnson

Looking slick

[]Ernie Szots

Thanks, man!

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Ernie Szots18 days ago

These were taken as I was picking it up. I'll get better pics during the day. Wasn't sure I'd like side skirts, but they are conservative (no flares). The rear bumper lip that came with the kit is for the JDM version, so I couldn't install that, but with the OEM mudflaps on the rear bumper, it doesn't look incomplete. I think it looks great and am really happy with the result. Huge thanks to my bro, Henry Hernandez @BigHeadRacing,

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Ernie Szots32 days ago

The 16th of this month was my one and eleven year anniversary. The wife and I decided to take the day off to take a stroll down memory lane. We drove to the office building where we met, stopped by the old courthouse where we were married and then had lunch at the restaurant we ate at after getting married. Once the blast from the past was over, we grabbed the dog for an afternoon/evening in Melrose and the

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Ernie Szots32 days ago

Hey Wheelwell gang! Just a quick update... Headlight eyelids are on and a Seibon Carbon lip kit has been acquired. Doing my homework on getting the four pieces clear coated before installation, but they should be on soon... #Wheelwell #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild #Toyota #Yaris #headlights #3M #eyelids #carbonfiber #seibon

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Ernie Szots110 days ago

Check out this short clip of a Bugatti Chiron flying down the back straight at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, during the First Annual OC Festival of Speed. Is it just me, or does it sound like a jet flying by?! The guys face at the end says it all! #Wheelwell #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

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Ernie Szots112 days ago

Hey Wheelwell gang! It's been a little while since I've posted, apologies! With all the changes happening to the community side of the site, it's been a bit challenging finding notifications from connections. Hopefully, you're all having a great start to the new year, are able to find your way to this post and enjoy. A few weeks ago, I attended the First Annual Orange County Festival of Speed at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. The event was

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[]Skylar Siegel

So much carbon!!!

[]Ernie Szots

🤯😍

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Ernie Szots164 days ago

I'm not a fan of the manufacturers teaming up to design cars that will wear both companies' badges but like the Supra, I'm willing to see it through. A hybrid MR2, though? The rumored 296 hp is nothing to sneeze at but still, my initial feeling is not the excitement you'd expect for a new mid-engine Toyota. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. For more, check the JNC link below: http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/news-revived-toyota-mr2-to-be-built-with-subaru/

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[]Michael Jobusch

If they throw a manual in it CRZ style, and avoid the problems of having neither power for enthusiasts, nor economy for everyone... I could go for one...

[]Ernie Szots

Like the Supra, going to be interesting to see how it plays out.

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Ernie Szots191 days ago

A Yaris forum buddy posted this and I had to share. https://www.facebook.com/JamesMay/videos/1034431596729051/

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Ernie Szots214 days ago

What a Sunday it was! Met up at 9 am in the Macy's parking lot at the Cerritos Mall. Hung out, chatted and took pics for about an hour. Yes, yes that is a Blitz supercharger on a Yaris sedan. Unfortunately, a few people had last minute things that kept them from joining so in total, we were a squad of four. We planned a route that included some scenic coastal driving along PCH, as well as a little

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[]Chris Martinez

Tuna no crust

[]Ernie Szots

😁

[]Michael Jobusch

Looks like fun! Makes me want a Toyota! 😁

[]Ernie Szots

It really was! I love all car culture, but I must say that Toyota folks typically show a lot of love. You don't always see that.

[]Brian Nguyen

Ahh man, I want to go on a cruise off the coast now. Nostalgia

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Ernie Szots223 days ago

My mobile detail guy came through this week to really put the shine on the Vader helmet. It didn't look it's best coming out of the body shop. Snapped a couple pics because as we all know, pics are fun. #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

[]Chris Martinez

Oooo shiny

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Ernie Szots232 days ago

Hey Wheelwell gang! A few of us SoCal folks will be doing a cruise up to Malibu. All are welcome. When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:00 AM PT. Where: We'll initially meet up in the Macy's parking lot at the Cerritos Mall. Once assembled like Voltron, we'll have a nice, casual cruise up to Malibu where we'll pick a spot to park, chill, take pics and maybe have some food. We have 5 cars/people confirmed and 4 tentative. If interested in

[]Craig Moody

T_T

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Ernie Szots235 days ago

Got around to taking some pics of the final body shop result. I think it came out as good as you can hope. What do you folks with body work experience think? #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

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[]Craig Moody

oh man put a clear bra on that!

[]Ernie Szots

Ha, thanks. Sadly, I think that ship has sailed. Like all cars, mine looks much better in pics than in person. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't look like a 10+ year old car and I get compliments on it all the time but upon closer inspection, you'll find a handful of rock chips and little door dings. Enough to probably not make a clear bra worth it. Maybe if I repaint the car, but I'd prob do a full wrap, if anything.

[]Kit Lau

Omg it’s shinier than my car when I first bought it lol!!

[]Ernie Szots

🤣

[]Kit Lau

it's true. I can never get my car to shine like that unless I use a pro service. And that one time I did, I realize I couldn't do it again because i had way too many microscratches.

[]Ernie Szots

Yes; swirls/micro scratches are a pain the arse!

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Ernie Szots248 days ago

I was supposed to get the car back from the body shop yesterday, Monday 9/17. Due to them waiting on a window molding, protective decal and supplement approval, that's been pushed to tomorrow, Wednesday 9/19. On a positive note, I noticed my front bumper on the passenger side wasn't perfectly flush with the fender. At the worst point, it was about a half inch off. I mentioned it to my adjuster when I dropped the car off and upon

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[]Craig Moody

ohhh I cant wait to see it on the road again.... and then buy my bbk for extra bling!

[]Ernie Szots

😁

[]Craig Moody

just for you, cheep!

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Ernie Szots261 days ago

I dropped Vader off at the body shop this morning and got into a rental. They gave me a choice of a Chevy Cruze or Mazda 3. I had to keep it JDM! I've only driven it from the Hertz rental location to my house, no more than a few miles, but my first impression is positive. This particular model has leather, all power and alloy wheels. It's a trip going from a car like mine, one of the

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Ernie Szots262 days ago

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent Saturday in the Wheelwell booth with my wife and brother-in-law at the first annual On Grid for Charity track day event. Although less attended than I expected, I still had a chance to speak to a few people about Wheelwell and had a good amount of time to enjoy the day's action. Here are a few short clips of some groups exiting the track after a session, as

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[]Kit Lau

awesome! thanks for sharing Ernie!

[]Ernie Szots

My pleasure!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I really wish that I could have made it out to that

[]Ernie Szots

Would have been awesome to connect. Hopefully in the near future!

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Ernie Szots265 days ago

Has been in effect since 7:00 AM Pacific! More to come...

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[]Craig Moody

Again so upsetting I missed out on this, we Yarii owners need to stick together

[]Ernie Szots

All good, amigo! We'll catch-up soon. I've been meaning to get to your neck of the woods anyway to have Tom give my throw out bearing a look-see.

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Ernie Szots266 days ago

This was my first time attending a Spocom Tour event. It was held at the Anaheim Convention Center; which is the same venue I try and make it out to each year for the OC Auto Show. I usually also make it out to several other car events throughout the year, events such as Hot Import Nights, All Toyotafest, Eibach Honda and others, but Spocom flew completely under my radar. Per the Spocom website, they are “the nation’s largest

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[]Craig Crall

Great pics Ernie, thanks for posting them. The blue Sirocco grabbed my attention, don't see many of those.

[]Ernie Szots

My pleasure, thank you!

[]Craig Crall

So Ernie, I take it that you took all of those pictures yourself? Do you have any more of that Scirocco?

[]Ernie Szots

I did take them but only snapped those two. There were quite a few cars to see. Skylar referred to it as a Corrado. Is it a Scrirocco? I'm far from an expert.

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Ernie Szots268 days ago

So, this happened last night... Drove out to Palos Verdes Estates to visit a friend and his neighbor backed into my car while pulling out of his garage. Said he didn't see it because it's black. It definitely put a damper on our hang session, but i'm trying to be positive about it by thinking about how no one was hurt, the damage isn't terrible and at least the brain surgeon had the decency to come knock on my

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[]Craig Moody

So borrow my white yari?

[]Ernie Szots

Ha, that would be fun but thankfully, they're providing a rental.

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Ernie Szots269 days ago

The owners of these two toasters live a house over from me. I enjoy passing by them as I leave the house, so I thought I'd share with the many Volvo lovers here on Wheelwell. As Volvos go, are these desirable, or more run of the mill models?

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Well, they aren't worth much of anything, they aren't hard to find, and they are the slowest version available. That being said, their still super comfy, slow means 165 HP, which isn't the end of the world, they are of course safe, and that naturally aspirated engine is super reliable and will outlast the turbocharged relatives. I like p80 Volvos, I own two, but most are not inherently special.

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Ernie Szots280 days ago

Spotted while at the stereo shop today.

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Ernie Szots305 days ago

Bro-in-law came over to check out the slick new Occupant Detection Sensor Bypass I got to resolve the dash light issues that came with installing the sparco seats, and have some dinner with us. As you'd expect, that led to a driveway photoshoot. Wifey came away with the shot of the night! #Enkei #RPF1 #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

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Ernie Szots305 days ago

From SuperStreet's Instagram. It even has the livery. I know guys like Tom A. will appreciate that! To see all the photos they posted of it, including some interior shots, check SuperStreet's Instagram post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BllSKLZgUk6/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link EDIT: JNC dropped a post about it on their site, too. That can be found here: http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/news-toyota-86-trd-special-edition-with-retro-tricolor-announced-for-2019/

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[]Tom Armstrong

Copy-cats! lol!

Actually, I copied them so disregard​...

[]Ernie Szots

Ha!

[]Craig Moody

Saw Larry' Chen's reveal video on this. the wheel gap is huge! but that's for a reason, was talking with one of the Techs for Goodwin racing and the car is set up mechanically to use that wheel gap to force the body to move for the suspension. it maximized grip mechanically before the tires are even considered.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

That’s old school! And really cool to see someone taking an approach that isn’t just more low and more stiff. I like it

[]Craig Moody

yes, mazda does the same thing to maximize grip regardless of tire compound. its nice to see toyota having the same thought process.. now if it would only be 200 lbs lighter

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Very true!

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Ernie Szots318 days ago

#TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild #sparco #R100

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[]Skylar Siegel

How are they after the first week?!

[]Ernie Szots

Feeling better as they break-in, thanks.

[]Mike Macias

Nice bro they look clean, how do they feel when you're driving

[]Ernie Szots

Thanks, man! As far as how they feel goes, it's interesting. The sparcos sit lower than the factory seats, so my door arm rest and center arm rest have become more comfortable. I'm also able to bring the steering wheel down to its lowest position and don't bump my knee against it when braking. I feel like I've gained an inch or two of leg room, which is great. The back support is far better on the sparcos than the factory seats. My only complaints are that the bottom part of the sparcos have some heavy bolstering and because I'm a bit of a bigger dude, that bolstering bites into my hips more than I'd like. I wouldn't call it uncomfortable, but I notice it where I didn't with the factory seats. A byproduct of sitting lower also means the seat belt cuts into my neck a tiny bit more than it did with the factory seats. Overall, there are far more positives with them than negatives, so I'm super happy.