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Ernie Szots
@emceeprotech

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

I consider myself a bit of a renaissance man, as my interests vary widely. From boxing to video games to cars to guns, I can get into just about anything. Being from SoCal, car culture has always been a part of my life. Although I bloody some knuckles from time to time, I'm not a hardcore wrench turner, knowing just enough to be dangerous lol. Ultimately, I embrace all facets of car culture and love chatting with others about their vehicle interests here on Wheelwell. #Wheelwell #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

Ernie Szots5 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!

Ernie Szots18 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

Ernie Szots19 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!

Ernie Szots21 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.

Ernie Szots22 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 on older VW's.

Ernie Szots25 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.

Ernie Szots26 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.

Ernie Szots36 days ago

Spotted while at the stereo shop today.

Ernie Szots61 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

Ernie Szots62 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!

Ernie Szots74 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.

Ernie Szots74 days ago

When I set out to replace my tired, foot-worn factory floor mats, I knew I wanted to do so with a set of more durable, all-weather mats. Living in southern California spares me from dealing with slush and snow, but aside from providing protection to the carpet underneath, I thought all-weather mats could also give the interior of my 2007 Toyota Yaris hatchback an aesthetic improvement. As you would assume, they should also last longer than carpet mats, which

Ernie Szots83 days ago

I discovered the @helicoptopus Instagram account today. Some funny edits on it, so thought I'd share to lighten up this Monday. Happy 4th of July week, everyone. #widebody #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

These pictures make me feel uncomfortable. I'm going to have to follow them for more of this nonsense

[]Ernie Szots

LOL

[]Robert Sixto

Lol, amazing

Ernie Szots86 days ago

Made a trip down to Sparco today. Picked up a few necessary pieces for my next mod... #Sparco #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Aaaaye, can’t go wrong there....

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't think I could ever go to a high performance automotive parts store like that. Id end up going broke, lol. What did you get while you were there?

[]Ernie Szots

Man, you said it. There were quite a few goodies on display. I picked up left and right seat brackets specific to my car, along with a couple sliders and all necessary hardware. If all goes as planned, I should have some new Sparco R100 Tuner seats in very soon.

Ernie Szots96 days ago

Toyota getting back to performance with their Gazoo Racing Division makes me happy. I don't follow racing closely, but seeing Toyota's return to the WRC with a fantastic Yaris, reading about their first win at Le Mans (albeit against no real competition), following the news about the new Supra (even if it will be automatic) and reading about them confirming a new 986 HP super car are all welcome bits of information. Here's hoping more of this cool stuff

[]Tom Armstrong

OMG 😯

Ernie Szots101 days ago

Looking for a set. Any in particular I should be looking at?

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[]Sebastian Nounou

In my experience they do little to deter professional scumbags, so I've never bought any.

I have however experienced receiving customer vehicles without the lug key lol.

[]Ernie Szots

I've had the same thoughts. I've always thought locks are to keep people out that will respect the lock. Someone intent on jacking will get the job done one way or another. Additionally, my car is garaged. Having said all that, there's been a huge uptick in wheel theft in SoCal lately, mostly OEM wheels off of new Accord Sport and Acura models. I figure if it takes someone a few extra moments to deal with locking lugs, it might be the difference in someone coming along to scare them off.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Better spent on a shock sensing alarm that can alert you... + some lead. Lead is a great deterrant :D

[]Ernie Szots

I have a K.A.R.R. alarm system. I'm 100% with you on lead as a persuader lol and very much have that in place for our house. Unfortunately, I'm in Southern Commiefornia, so lead persuasion when out in public is a no-no. One of the many reasons I've been looking at houses outside of CA.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Hahaha. Hell yes.

[]Robert Sixto

This is very true! "It's not in the glove box? Maybe the trunk?" Can't tell you how many times I've had that conversation. 🤣

[]Tom Armstrong

I agree with Robert about Mcgard, but sometimes they don't fit on aftermarket wheels.

I've seen some REALLY nice sets from RAYS and VOLK, but theyre about $150. The most reasonable recommendation I have is Gorilla. I've been using their stuff for 10 years, racing and all without a single issue.

[]Ernie Szots

Amazon says these will fit my car and the product description says for aftermarket wheels. Think they'll work?
http://a.co/5iezl5j

[]Tom Armstrong

Yep, that’s correct

[]Robert Sixto

Oh yeah, Gorilla is another good one, forgot about them. I've gotten some from them before too.

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Ernie Szots107 days ago

Just a short clip my bro-in-law took of Romario, a few friends and I cruising to the 23rd Annual All Toyotafest 2018 in Long Beach, CA. #toyota #toyotafest #toyotafest2018 #yaris #corolla #mr2 #carcruise #socal #teamwheelwell #forthebuild

Ernie Szots109 days ago

The 23rd Annual All Toyotafest did not disappoint! Romario and I were the only two Yaris' representing at the show this year but overall, it was the largest Toyotafest to date; over 550 cars registered. Some folks came from hundreds of miles away to show their cars. Just an awesome day of awesome cars and awesome people. I heard from a few folks during the show (and since) that they went to register too late and missed the

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[]Skylar Siegel

There were some absolutely unreal cars out there. Cool people too. Thanks for hosting me Ernie!

[]Ernie Szots

My pleasure! Thanks for coming down and hanging out.

[]Robert Sixto

Cool stuff, I think I may have to try to make it out to one of these in the area.

[]Ernie Szots

If you do, it's like Toy Story, you have a friend in me lol.

[]Robert Sixto

Hahaha

[]Tom Armstrong

Do we know how many we need to create a class?

[]Ernie Szots

If I'm not mistaken, 10 of a particular model qualifies it for it's own category.

[]Tom Armstrong

Oh boy

[]Ernie Szots

Last year we had close to ten. If we can get the same group to register next year, we'd only be 3-4 Yaris' short of ten. It's doable if we coordinate. I plan to start harassing people on the forum earlier next year lol.

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

So many nice looking Toyotas there. That first Bososoku car looked absolutely ridiculous.

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Ernie Szots115 days ago

For regular maintenance 😁🔧 Just in time for Toyotafest, coincidentally.

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[]Tom Armstrong

Glad to see you at the Dealer, what did ya get done?

[]Ernie Szots

Intermediate service, MAF sensor cleaning, cabin air filter and injection cleaning/flush were the recommendations this time. I like the dealer for regular maintenance but would have taken it to an independent shop for any bigger repairs. Dealer rates on labor seem a bit excessive.

[]Tom Armstrong

Depends on where you go. A shop with REAL certified master techs will charge just as much since they have to pay the guys more

[]Ernie Szots

Fair enough however, I've found several highly rated (Yelp) shops that seem to do quality work for nearly half the labor. For example, this same Toyota dealership wanted around $900 to do my water pump. One of the local shops did it for $400 and offered a better warranty. Certified master tech or not, I don't think anyone would agree that $900 is fair for a water pump job on a Yaris. I'd watch a YouTube video and try doing it myself before paying that. Some of my wrench turning friends thought $400 was too much!

[]Tom Armstrong

Holy crap $900?! I can do it in an hour and the one pump was $60

[]Ernie Szots

There you go lol. So again, I HIGHLY respect guys like you that really know their stuff, but my feeling is the dealership rapes and that money doesn't always see it's way down the line.

[]Tom Armstrong

That’s true, they do everything possible to pay us the least as possible

Ernie Szots139 days ago

Hit up the 2018 West Coast Eibach Honda Meet at the Auto Club Speedway. My bro-in-law and his team entered their cars. Wasn't there long --which was good because it was heat stroke hot. Snapped some pics and these are some of the more interesting ones...

Ernie Szots139 days ago

Still waiting for a shipment of Sparco seats to arrive but in the meantime, this little touch is ready to go...

Ernie Szots168 days ago

I've owned my car for just over 10 years. Despite not thinking I'd have it very long, it's become the car I've owned the longest --and modified the most. My previous cars had decent audio systems but I've never gotten around to it with my Yaris...until today. I had a local shop install some JBL 2-way components, JBL 4-channel 1000 watt amp, 10" Image Dynamics subwoofer in sealed box and a bass knob on the dash for easy low

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[]Joost Van Dien

It looks very professional! Good job. This is a way of modifying I never did myself. Seriously never did anything with it.. How do you route the cabeling and do you need to modify the dynamo and or battery for such things?

[]Ernie Szots

Thanks; I was really pleased with it. Those are great questions. I actually had it professionally installed by a highly Yelp rated, local audio shop, so I'm not 100% sure but in my experience, cabling is routed through the floor paneling (amp was installed underneath the passenger seat to save space in the hatch area) and is typically routed through a hole in the firewall. Main power is piggybacked off the battery terminals. Serious folks might consider installing a capacitor to provide surge at max power points to keep other systems, such as interior lighting, from dimming but given my basic setup, I'm not having those issues and don't see a need for one going forward.

[]Antoni Dabrowski

Niiice I've got a set of components going in the front of my car soon and then gonna wrap it up with amp and a sub for the rear

[]Ernie Szots

Makes a huge impact, eh?

[]Antoni Dabrowski

Gonna find out soon hahaha my stock speakers are shot so it definitely will

[]Robert Sixto

You know this is one thing I've kind of been ignoring in the RX-7, the car's so darn loud anyway I figured. Lately though, I'd like it to have something decent. It is tough, like Gregory says, there's so much other stuff to address, audio usually gets bumped way down in priority.

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[]Brandon Marquis

I miss those car audio days. Now I just worry bout the weight that would bring. I used to tell people, amps are not just for being loud, it enhanced the sound so much when paired with a sub and crossover.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I bet that sounds really nice. One of these days I'll get to adding a nice amp and subwoofer into my car so I can really kick out the bass.

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Ernie Szots174 days ago

It's that time of year again, Cali folks! That's right, it's Toyotafest prep time. Last year was my first year entering and attending. It was awesome to see the variety of Toyotas in attendance. From a mint condition 'Back to the Future' pickup truck to heavily modified 4Runners, all generations of MR2's to completely restored classics and JDM market stuff; the show is simply fantastic. If you didn't have a chance to see it, my photo album of last

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[]Tom Armstrong

Not going this time, spending too much on racing this year

[]Ernie Szots

Def will be missed!

Ernie Szots210 days ago

...only 73,600 miles. Still not the lowest mileage 2nd gen Yaris on the forum, if you can believe it. Some folks on the forum have posted recently about the mileage you typically get rid of a car at. I'll never get rid of this car because it's worth far more to me than I'd ever be able to sell it for but it's an interesting question. Some were saying they never keep a car past 100k, which I thought was

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Only if I am looking for an excuse to buy something new anyways. On the other hand, I will buy certain vehicles with higher miles than others, or would consider and or advise someone to do so. There's cars out there where miles aren't the issue, maintenance history is what you want to know about, like Mercedes diesels from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, red and blue block Volvos, or 7.3L Ford SuperDuty trucks.

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