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Wilson Oberholzer

I'm a product designer by day and a tinkerer by night. If it's got an engine and wheels I'm sure I'll like it.
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#Saab #Detailing I was discussing some detailing issues with a friend who recommended a lot of different stuff to me. His biggest concern was my use of a glaze when I should be using a Dual Action buffing machine and proper compounds to smooth out the finish on my car. I also talked to him about how my car could use a respray in certain spots due to chips in the paint to which he suggested touch up paint

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[]Jon Dagata

AmmoNYC products. His videos on Youtube are fantastic.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've heard his products are a bit overpriced but if it keeps him making videos like he does then I'm all for it. Anything in particular you'd like to see from them?

[]Ernie Szots

I've always been curious about those liquid etching products that are supposed to take the white oxidation off plastic trim pieces and make them look all shiny and black again.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Are you talking about "Back-to-black" types of products?

[]Ernie Szots

I think so. The liquid products you wipe onto plastic trim, let sit and then wipe off. They're supposed to remove the oxidation that turns black plastic trim pieces white and restore the deep, black plastic finish.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I wasn't sure that that was how they worked. I do have a couple of those planned to order as both the Meguiar's and Mother's trim restoring products left a lot to be desired in terms of durability.

[]Ernie Szots

Looking forward to it. I've enjoyed the practical, real world approach to these reviews that you've done.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Thanks! I try to make sure that I let people know exactly what I did so if they want similar results they can get them. I may start using a better camera than what my phone has for some of the products as I don't think the blemishes come through as they should.

Are there any particular brands of trim restorer that you'd like to see tested? I may see about picking up some of the usual suspects available at Walmart to put up against what I've been told is top notch stuff. I'm thinking treat 1 or 2 trim pieces with each kind and have a direct comparison for shine and durability.

[]Ernie Szots

Sounds good! I don't know of any specific brands. I just recall seeing some TV ads for them.

I've been having an issue with My Sony head unit lately where it won't play all of the music on my USB flash drive. I've always wanted a touch screen head unit both for entertainment purposes and for running gauges, plus I've got a Raspberry-Pi and a touch screen for it already so I figured I might have to give it a go. What do you guys think? Should I go through with it and make something cool?

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[]Mister Modtomic

Slightly off topic but, after daytime running lights, I feel like touch screens in a moving car (two to three thousand lbs of rolling death) are the worst idea ever. You Literally MUST take your eyes off the road to operate a touch screen in any capacity. How they are not only legal, but a much touted option in stock vehicles is beyond my comprehension.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I definitely understand how much of a distraction they can be. Any "advanced" stuff would just be done by my copilot when applicable or not done at all. I have steering wheel controls for the OEM radio that I could integrate in to it to lessen the distraction. I've noticed in most of the newer cars that I have gotten to drive that they have a "quick view" sort of display on the gauge cluster to show what you're doing (song titles, time, etc.) so you don't have to look too far away from your focus on the road.

[]Stephen Landon

I like where you are going with this, but I just went with an Android head unit instead. I know it's not as cool as a Pi dash but at the same time, I still want it to do competently at playing radio and stuff when I need it, and I feel that a Pi system like you are doing there is mainly a computer and display for the engine. Maybe I am wrong though.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'll admit just buying an Android head unit would be much easier (and probably work out cheaper) but I like to tinker and already have the expensive bits. I believe I have seen add-on boards for the Pi that retain the AM/FM functionality but I'm not 100% sure. I still have a lot of research to do.

My thought is that with the Pi I could add in a lot of non stereo functionality (control lights, have "James Bond" type gadgets, be a David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider wannabe)

[]Chris Dirkschneider

Definitely interested in seeing how you do this! I say try it!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I plan on giving it a shot. I have a decent start on parts for it but the main thing will be getting all of it to play nicely together. We shall see how it goes. Progress might be slow but I'll update every step of the way

[]Gregory Garoppolo

What functionality are you hoping to gain that you wouldn't otherwise have? You mentioned GPS, but there are definitely ways to get that, after that, people usually just want hands free whatever and blue teeth. It sounds like it could be a fun project but I'm not convinced it's practical. Would you be able to pickup additional functions like using streaming audio services?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think if I added the right modules I could get streaming services but I believe that would mean I'd need to buy a sim card with a data plan for streaming. It's not so much building it just to add the functionality, I know there are lots of existing head units that could do everything that I'd use. For me it's more of a way to gain some knowledge in programming/engineering and just build a fun project.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I get it, I have many impractical projects. You wouldn't need a SIM card if the new unit could stream from your phone via bluetooth. I bet it can be done. Those Rasperry PI interfaces are ridiculously flexible.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

My thinking with the SIM card was the unit would be fully standalone. Streaming from another device would be much cheaper though, and probably not too hard to implement. I may see about doing some stuff with it to add telemetry stuff as well (a yaw/pitch/roll meter would be really at home in a Swedish jet)

[]Gregory Garoppolo

That could be interesting! I wonder if you could make the screen give you auxiliary gauges. You might be able to get it to talk to some aftermarket engine monitoring devices.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That was my thought with the whole Bluetooth thing. I don't care as much about being able to connect to my phone as I care about connecting to the Bluetooth OBD2 adapter I keep in my car, lol.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Haha! I think driving is an excellent excuse not to respond to phone calls and text messages and thanks to the new Apple driving mode, I can now successfully use my bluetooth adapter to block those things but stream my music. What else do I need?

[]Ernie Szots

Man, I feel like this would result in a lot more leftover parts than the transmission! Best of luck to you if you do go for it; I'd certainly be looking forward to seeing the finished product.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

At this point I'm just in the the "How feasible is this/How much does this cost?/How much work is this?" stage of it. I haven't found a ton of write-ups on how to build one in to a standalone system. Most seem to be a mini PC/tablet type setup that then routes to the auxiliary input of an already existing head unit. The only leftover part that I'd technically have left is my current head unit (which has been in 3 cars so far), the mounts for it, and the adapter harness to connect to the stock plug. It looks like there is a lot of stuff I could add to really make it sweet (GPS modules, bluetooth, hifi audio stuff).

This also gives me an idea for adding my flight stick shifter knob and possibly reviving my KITT project.

[]Ernie Szots

You've def piqued my interest.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'll be sure to closely document what I do if I decide to go through with it. I may get it at least working outside of the car just for something to do.

[]Sheldon Hall

Yea, I'd love to know how this goes. Been toying with the idea of an integrated tablet on as a radio.

[]Christopher McDowell El

Do that shit!

[]Yves Vds

A car PC with a touchscreen would be cool.

#ToolboxTuesday #Detailing Two must have detailing tools for me are plenty of microfibers to use all kinds of different products and spray bottles. What do you have to have for detailing?

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[]Yves Vds

A soft paintbrush to clean dust in tight spots. I love Autoglym products and for leather I use Glyptone products.

[]Justin Cavallucci

Quick detailer. You want to preserve what you worked hard on!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I seem to have accumulated like 6 bottles of quick detailer over the years. You can never have too much, lol

[]Jeff Bowman

An overload of microfiber towels. Meguiars products.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Are there any Meguiar's products in particular that you like?

[]Jeff Bowman

There is not a single one I do not like! If I had to name a few off the top of my head without looking at my detailing shelf in my garage..... Quik Detailer, Quick Wax, Gold Class Wax, their claybar, I could go on for days.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I normally like their products but I've found that the black trim restorer just leaves a lot to be desired.

[]Jeff Bowman

Eh, from what I’ve heard theirs is one of the best, and basically you shouldn’t expect what you see in the commercials lol. Basically what I’m saying... don’t expect a night and day difference with those. Part of me thinks that plastic stuff will only look so good after sun abuse for x amount of years

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've been told there are things that will get that fully black look with a reasonably lasting result. I haven't tried them yet but I have a few that I'm going to purchase the next time I order detailing stuff and give them a go. I'll definitely review them like I have other things in the past.

[]Jeff Bowman

Let me know for sure. I don’t have a lot of plastic pieces on my current vehicles but could always use new products to detail with!

[]Andrew Taylor

I have many microfibers for various specific purposes, soap, window cleaner, apolstry cleaner, clay bars, wax, tire shine, amour all(leather and regular), instant detailer, wheel brushes and buckets. Edit: also I use chrisfix's ultimate detailing method.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I need to get better at organizing. Right now it's just a huge pile of dirty microfibers, packs of clean ones, and a couple tubs with all of my detailing products in them. It seems I like to buy more microfibers instead of washing them, lol. Gonna have to hit the laundromat and take care of that sometime soon.

[]Landon Shore

I am all about my spray detail and washes...and my microfiber towel sorting gets dangerously anal. Having specific clean and dirty towel bins...only washing the "contaminated" towels on their own.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

My towel system was recently compromised. It was a bad day.

[]Landon Shore

I hate that!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Many, many brushes! You can buy some cheap at Harbor Freight, and then cut longer bristles short to make a stiff brush, or different shaped brush as needed. I only buy detail specific brushes for dealing with surfaces like paint, where I want to ensure that they will not mar a surface. However, soft toothbrushes and oil paint (like for a landscape painting) tend to be plenty soft.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I may have to go to HF to see about some brushes soon. I've bought cheap makeup brushes to try out but haven't used them yet.

[]Sac Car Scene

I wash my car once a week depending on weather, but if it's kept dry I tend to keep it covered. I like using the water-less car wash products. Spray on and wipe dry and buff to keep the car clean between full washes.

[]Sammie Robertson

towels, towels, and more towels!

[]John Kimani

My name si john kimani and I always like to race place can your help me plxl I live in kenya at a place now langalanga

#Winter #Snow #Tire Pennsylvania had it's first snow over the weekend and I found out just how "good" my snow tires are. After this season I'm replacing them. What tire do you guys and girls recommend for dealing with cold temps and snow?

[]Thomas Hisaw

Bummer. Not something I’m familiar with....I’ve been running on summer tires through even the hardest winters here Oregon. With RWD and FWD.

I personally like Toyo Proxes 4+ I had those on my Audi and liked them a lot. Decent rating and unfortunately don’t remember the tire ratings themselves. But hey that’s a start

#Saab #Winter #LetItNo On the plus side at least I'll be able to see how the Meguiars Gold Class holds up

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[]Jeff Bowman

So it was you that brought this winter weather to the south? Well done sir!! LOL

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I wanted to make sure that everyone could experience it! Why else do you think I made my car super shiny and cleaned my interior?

[]Jeff Bowman

You the real MVP dude!!

[]Yves Vds

No one told you that winter is coming... ?? :)

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I knew it was coming, I was just hoping I could enjoy the fruits of my labor for just a little bit longer. I guess I did do the rain dance by cleaning it thoroughly and making it look much nicer than it did before.

[]Robert Sixto

Meguiars stuff is pretty good, I used it for a long time. I've since switched to a local company, Dr. Beasley's. They have some great paint protection, Formula 1201 or Plasmacoat are my typical go-to coatings from them. They hold even better than the Gold Class, and go on so much cleaner and easier.

[]Thomas Hisaw

It’s our favorite. And Chemical Guys Afterwash spray is the best as well. It helps keep it cleaner a little longer and is worth it. One bottle should last you a month if you wash your car every week.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'll have to give that a try sometime. I'm going to have to place a reasonable sized order for detailing stuff in the near future anyway

[]Chris Dirkschneider

The struggle is real! Clean cars matter dammit...

[]Hayden Baker

The last two times I detailed my car it rained less than a day later :(

It looks like this product may finally have a US supplier. After I reviewed the towel on here and another automotive forum, my UK contact spoke with the owner of Raceglaze. If enough interest is shown, these towels will be available stateside at a cheaper price than I had mentioned in my review. $10 shipped is the estimated price. All I need to know is: which of you would be interested in buying one? This isn't a commitment, just

#weekend It's pretty much the weekend so that means more time for car stuff. I'm probably just doing some small detailing like applying more AnGEL to faded plastics and measuring my dash to see if I can fit a 7" touch screen where my head unit is. What kind if car stuff are you guys and girls getting in to this weekend?

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[]Yves Vds

Back in Vietnam, no more car days for the coming 4 months... Motorcycle it is!

[]Timothy Withrow

Thinking of tinting the headlights on the Impala this weekend. I'm still waiting on parts for the full carpet install to replace the nasty vinyl flooring next weekend.

[]Rick Lawrence

If it shows like they've been saying probably gonna go have fun in a parking lot somewhere

[]Sheldon Hall

Taking the NSX for the first time on the track!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That should be a ton of fun. Are you planning on taking some videos?

[]Sheldon Hall

Yup! Hope to capture my crappy driving haha.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

You'll have to share it here so we can all critique you. And drool about your car, lol

[]Robert Sixto

Super jealous on multiple levels. Have fun, and definitely post up that video!

[]Sheldon Hall

Thanks! It'll be up soon.

[]Ernie Szots

Nada for me. This weekend, Lomachenko is fighting on ESPN and Salido is fighting on HBO, so that's my primary plan. The rest of the time will probably be filled in with Christmas shopping. Although, I would like to finally slap on the vinyl headlight eyelids I cut out. Do you have any experience with using 3M vinyl for headlight eyelids? I think it'll work, but don't know anyone that's done it. I also considered using plasti-dip, but think the vinyl will work better. My only concern is the exposed edge of the vinyl on the headlight. Afraid it'll start to peal up from that point, considering vinyl is usually stretched around the whole of a panel.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't personally have experience with using the 3m vinyl but I know that a friend of mine used it as "eyelids" on a Chevy cavalier and didn't have any issues with it peeling.

[]Ernie Szots

Good to know, thanks for that.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

No problem

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I have a friend that had it last for years on his Versa. He got rid of the car before it was ever an issue.

[]Ernie Szots

Great info; thanks. Makes me feel better about slapping these on...if I ever get around to it lol.

[]Phil Jagodzinski

More sanding

[]Dwight Callaway

I'm going to do the brakes on my truck. Not super fun, but it will keep me from dying.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Maintenance is always important. Gotta keep your vehicles driving.

[]Ernie Szots

And in this case, stopping lol.

[]Tom Armstrong

I'll be trying to finish up my cars cooling system so i can go for a nice drive.

[]Hayden Baker

Sadly just waiting on my throttle body in the mail until Monday

[]Simon Shrimpton

Getting the TT plugged into VAGCOM and finally finding out which ABS sensor is faulty so I can replace it

[]Robert Linsenbach

Probably. Little to none. All of the funds going to the wedding for the next few months lol

[]Chris Soares

Installing the 034Motorsport Rear Trailing Arm Spherical Bushings on the R.

[]Justin Cavallucci

Taking a little break from car stuff so I can have a clear head for finals week. Once finals already over, I plan on swapping the transmission in my 07 over to the tr3650.

[]Colin Rickard

LA car show and trying to get my be Corrado- to pass CA smog

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I'm hoping my orbital upholstery and carpet brushes arrive, along with my new seat guides, so that I can put the interior of the Cabriolet back together. I have a cream colored leather and carpet, so this represents an excellent time for a deep cleaning while I have the seats out of the car for other purposes.

#HotWheels It's been quite awhile but I finally found some more to add to my collection.

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[]Sammie Robertson

Nice! I'm pretty proud of my collection myself :)

[]Ernie Szots

Always fun.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I was happy as I hadn't seen any new models for some time. It seems like a new batch has been put out in my area recently.

#Review #Detailing #Saab #Shiny It's time to finish off the reviews of the 3 detailing products I received from the UK. Last, but certainly not least, is the Poorboy's Black Hole glaze. For the most part, my Saab's paint and body work was in good shape. The hood, however, was faded and chipped and in desperate need of some attention. Here's what I started with. A car that was freshly cleaned and dried, nothing else. You can see that the

#ToolboxTuesday When the weather starts getting worse you have to change up what you carry with you in case of emergencies. I personally like to carry a bucket of cheap kitty litter, an ice scraper, and extra low temperature windshield washer fluid on top of my usual stuff. What do you consider to be a "must have" tool in your car for winter time?

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

Road flares and/or traffic triangles! Make sure you're seen everybody!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's a great addition! I may have to see about getting some of those to keep in my cars year round.

[]Landon Shore

Don't forget the vodka...to combat freezing fluids of course ;-)
Being in California, the only necessary addition to my winter tool kit is an umbrella

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Vodka is only a requirement if you own a Lada, lol.

[]Landon Shore

or if a tow truck is required haha

[]Robert Sixto

Lol, I never considered a tool box Vodka, I may have to adopt that. I'd probably opt for scotch instead though! 😁

[]Tom Armstrong

You need to have a clean set of mechanics gloves just to keep your hands warm. There great for driving and clean jobs like cleaning your windows in the morning

Now that I have my "Summer" wheels off of my Saab I think it's time to start looking for a brand name tire to replace them with that actually hooks up rather than what I currently have that fights to get grip even with my untuned setup. I need something that is grippy for "spirited" driving but long lasting enough to be good on a daily driver with the occasional road trip. So my question is: What kind of tire

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[]Jeff Bowman

I’ve loved every set of Michelin’s that I’ve had, and I’ve had a few! BFGoodrich is not as good but still a very well-performing tire, and I’m going to pass on Dunlop’s every time based on my experience. Figured I’d cover the whole scale lol

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Are there any specific Michelin's or BFG's that stick out as best for this situation?

[]Jeff Bowman

What are temps like during the winter where you live?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'd say it's usually in the teens but can dip down below zero when it gets bad. The temps aren't a big concern as I'm looking for summer tire suggestions.

[]Jeff Bowman

Ah. Pilot Sport 4S or Pilot Super Sports are the way to go for me.

[]Chris Dirkschneider

Michelin Pilot Super Sports... but I might be looking to try the new Toyo R888R on my track car.

[]Yves Vds

I am very happy with the Hankook V12 Evo2's. But everywhere I look Michelin Pilot Super Sports are highly recommended.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

How do they grip in the wet? A long time ago I had a set of Hankooks on my '88 civic and the only real issue I had with them was they were a little lacking in wet conditions.

[]Yves Vds

I have driven them a few times in the wet. Overall grip is good. And when they let go, it is very progressive.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's great to hear. I was really happy with how the Hankooks I had held up and at the price point they had a good bit of grip. I'll definitely give them a look. I may have to see about some different wheels to go with them too.

[]Salvatore LoPresti

For good all season tires I have had good luck with the Hankook Ventus V12 Concept 2 and Continental Extreme Contact DWS. The Hankooks even took me through a whole season of autocross with zero issues. The Contis do really well in water too.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've got a set of dedicated winter tires so I don't exactly need the all seasons. Seems like a lot of people like the Hankooks. I had a decent experience with them when I ran a set of Ventus on my '88 Civic. Misalignment caused them an early death unfortunately. I'll have to check them out.

[]Salvatore LoPresti

If you are looking for another summer tire there are quite a few to look at. I have BFG Sport Comp 2's and they are doing well. I used them for a full autocross season and daily drove them and they look pretty good. I did the race break in of driving to autocross and beating the crap out of them. There is a little chunking from the side wall tread and the edges of the tread blocks are rounded over. It is to be expected and I have not see any issues otherwise. They do surprisingly well in the rain too. Popular, in the Miata community at least, are Yokohama S-Drives, Nitto Neo Gens, Direzza Star Specs. Also look into some of the Federal tires and the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500's are getting a little old in design but they were running some sweet deals last year. All these tires have relatively similar performance aspects for a street car.

[]Robert Linsenbach

I would say Michelin 100% nicer tires I’ve gotten time on and all my friends recommend them as well

[]Wilson Oberholzer

And specific model of them that you'd recommend? It seems like a lot of people are suggesting Michelins or Hankooks.

[]Tyler Dupree

Yokohama S Drives are really good. I've had nothing but good luck with them. Falken Ziex are alright too. They're not that aggressive, and they're compound directional so you can rotate them anywhere on the car when it comes time.

[]Sac Car Scene

I would love to run performance race tires year round, but they just don't wear long enough for daily driving. I currently run Pilot Super Sports.

[]Sheldon Hall

Everyone goes for Michelin, but they're usually a bit pricier. Falkens are really decent for the price as well as those Hankook V12's. Continentals are also a really good option.

[]Ernie Szots

I would vote Michelin. If it's strictly for spirited driving, I'd look at BFGoodrich, Falken, Toyo, but if you're looking for that longer lasting with grip combo, I'm a fan of the Michelin line.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Is there any particular model of the Michelin tires that you'd recommend?

[]Ernie Szots

I'm currently running Pilot Sport A/S 3 and find them to be very quiet and grippy with a nice all weather tread pattern. I hear even better things about the newer Premier A/S line. Again, 60k mile warranty with a grippy, all-season pattern and quiet ride is hard to beat.

[]Robert Sixto

It doesn't seem to be a popular opinion, but I've enjoyed my Pirreli P Zero's, maybe not quite as sticky as some, but good wear and good comfort level.

[]Carlos Julien Jr

BFG or Continental

[]Mister Modtomic

Totally wish Yokohama would bring back the A-008R. That radical tread pattern meant your car meant business!

[]Jordan Shuster

Yokohama’s are my jaaammm

[]Thomas Hisaw

I found Nitto Neo Gen do well with lowered cars that have a natural Stance.

But I Like Falken 615+
Nitto Invo
And Toyo Proxes

#MerryChristmas

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[]Robert Linsenbach

No the holidays has all the crazy drivers out about. Gotta rush to get that tickle me Elmo or some shit lol

[]Sheldon Hall

The snow and short amount of sunlight really test the ability of the drivers.

[]Chris Dirkschneider

Only us Subaru drivers, BMW drivers have the summer reserved! LOL

#Saab #detailing #clean After trying all sorts of interior cleaning products and having pretty much no luck in getting this annoying adhesive residue off I decided to take drastic measures. The final death blow to this eyesore was some Good Gone and a lot of elbow grease. There's still a tiny remnant of it but it's more than good enough for now. Unfortunately, I now have a super clean spot in the center of my dash. I'll definitely have

What car related shenanigans do you guys have going on this weekend? I'm planning on fixing a grounding issue in my Saab, detailing it a little more, and if everything goes right maybe reflashing my ECU.

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[]Sammie Robertson

Autocross this weekend! Can't wait.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That sounds like a lot of fun. Any plans to take video?

[]Sammie Robertson

I didn't. Wish I had.

[]Joost Van Dien

A bit over 8 in the morning here, good time for sanding the car. The rest will be family stuff!

[]Hayden Akiyama

Detailing, and installing a boost gauge next weekend hopefully.

[]Sheldon Hall

I'm planning to just drive my cars. So far, nothing much needs to be done as far as fixing goes.

#Saab #Tuned #Project_Car #Turbo #Boost I finally received the spare ECU I ordered to start tuning my Saab. I'm so excited to finally be able to get the most out of my bigger turbo and exhaust and get rid of that pesky fuel cut

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[]Joost Van Dien

Nice! Is it hard to get those older ecu's tuned?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't believe so. There are a few tuners around but I see myself changing my setup sometime in the future so I wanted to save myself some money and do it myself. There is a lot of support for tuning these ecus since it's easy to build power with the Saab engines.

[]Joost Van Dien

That sounds like a lot of fun! You tune while driving or do you dyno tune it?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'll probably just start with a reflash just to get familiar with the process and then move on to road tunes (I'm thinking I may try and do some tuning on the side to make some extra cash once I'm comfortable doing it). Sometime in the distant future I'd love to take it to a Dyno and do it

[]Justin Cavallucci

Nice! I'm waiting to install my new transmission before tuning the car and getting the big turbo hooked up

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I have a feeling driveline stuff will be on the list after I get tuned, lol. I'm sure adding 50% more hp to my car is not going to go over well with a stock clutch that has over 100k on it.

[]Hayden Baker

Nice! I'm hitting the dyno in a month for a tune

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'd love to be able to take my Saab to a dyno. Someday down the road I'll be familiar enough with tuning stuff that I'll be able to take it to a local dyno and really dial it in. For, it'll just be a flash tune.

[]Hayden Baker

I ran a flash for three years. No shame there

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I probably won't do a real tune with my current setup just because I don't think there would be any real benefit to it. Once I go with an even bigger turbo and some other things though, it's definitely going to need it.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Hurray! Fuel-cut + Big turbo = Scary

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It's like hitting a brick wall every time I accelerate. The boost is there but the car just doesn't want it to be. We'll get that fixed real quick

[]Sheldon Hall

That's pretty cool. Didn't know you can remap Saab ECU's.

#Review #Angelwax #AnGEL #Detailing Last week I received a package from the UK containing various detailing products. In this package was a clear sample bottle with just the word "Dashboard" written on it. As it turned out this little sample bottle contained a product known as Angelwax AnGEL Dash Renovator. The dash in my Saab has seen better days and has what appears to be remnants of some sort of adhesive that's baked in to my dash. No product

#Tools #ToolboxTuesday Personally my favorite tool is the Bluetooth OBD2 scanner that I have. It makes reading gauges and pulling codes from check engine lights super easy to do.

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[]Chris Dirkschneider

A really good radar detector!

[]Ty Schmidt

I'm gonna say an extendable ratchet that way u don't kill urself getting out tight bolts and sometimes keeps u from smashing the knuckles

[]Mister Modtomic

Current favorite: automatic wire strippers! So cheap and they do such a great job of making a medial task SO easy!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I definitely need to pick up a pair of those in the near future. I've only used a set a handful of times but man do they make it quick and easy.

[]Mister Modtomic

Who knew pulling the insulation off the end of a wire could be so satisfying?!

[]Greg Moore

6" crescent wrench

[]Levi Spaans

10mm socket ofc

[]Yves Vds

Good choice. I can disassemble half of my car with 10 - 12 - 14mm sockets.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

When I used to own a civic I carried a very small toolbox with me that mostly consisted of 10mm/12mm/17mm sockets and wrenches and a phillips head screwdriver. I swear I could have completely disassembled that thing with just those tools.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Solid choice. Definitely a very usable tool for me with owning multiple non-American vehicles. I've got quite a few of them in different styles, lol

[]Justin Cavallucci

I cant live without my ratcheting wrench set. They allow me to get bolts in incredibly tight spaces, like on top of my k member, to remove the oil pan bolts, where a normal wrench would struggle.

[]Sammie Robertson

breaker bar. I have weak little arms LOL

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I prefer the "cheater pipe" method where you put a long tube on the ratchet and hope for the best. Failing that, I've resorted to using a hydraulic jack to break bolts free when applicable. Sketchy AF but it's yet to fail me.

[]Robert Sixto

10mm socket, that's why I have about 6 of them but can only find one at any given time.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I recommend keeping some in a toolbox on a socket keeper. I don't have track of all of my 10mm sockets but it certainly helps

[]Robert Sixto

I technically keep them all on a socket keeper, in a tool box, but still...

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Lol, I know the feeling. I've got the equivalent of a small duffle bag that I keep my most commonly used tools in and I always have to dig to find a 10mm socket. Wrenches on the other hand are super easy to find but not always useful

[]Jon Dagata

I have a bluetooth OBD2 scanner as well. Super useful. I'd say that mine is probably my torque wrench and breaker bar. It just makes wheel changes go so much faster. Also, 10mm socket was already said... so... lol.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Torque wrench is an absolute must. I used to think I was okay without one but after having lug nuts come loose on me after working on a car I made sure I had one and frequently check the torque on my wheels. I don't have a breaker bar for whatever reason, I usually resort to a heavy ratchet and a 2' piece of pipe or a sledgehammer, lol.

[]Jon Dagata

Haha. I just have a cheap one from Harbor Freight. Does the job. :P

But yeah, i've had a lug nut come loose as well. It actually was so bad one day that my wheel was wobbling slightly. Never again. lol.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Lol, Harbor Freight is where it's at for cheap stuff. I have the $15ish torque wrench from HF and it has served me very well over the past couple years.

[]Jon Dagata

Same. haha. It's easy to joke that their shit is cheap, but I tell you what, nothing i've bought from there has broken yet. Except for one of those free volt meters. My buddy plugged that thing into a neon sign transformer and it didn't like that very much. haha.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Dewalt 21V 1/2 in drive impact wrench. This tool saves me more time than any other tool that I own.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Cordless impact is another good one. I've got a 19.2v 1/2" drive Craftsman that I use for taking wheels off. It certainly speeds things up

[]Andrew Taylor

A really really good(tight worm gear) adjustable wrench.

[]Thomas Hisaw

Battery Powered Screw Gun

[]Joost Van Dien

I read alot about mm I see? Is that not a odd size in Imperial heaven?

#Detail #Review #Raceglaze #Saab With winter weather on the way and it having been months since I washed my car I decided it was time to do a good detailing and review some products I received from a friend in the UK. First up was the Raceglaze One Pass drying towel. I started by taking my car to a car wash (Sacrilege, I know) and gave it a good scrubbing. I then drove about a block back to my working area. The

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[]Sheldon Hall

Great review! Looks like it can really hold up to quite a lot of water. "All I can say is, shamWOW" 😂

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Funny enough, I've used a ShamWow drying towel before with very disappointing results. All I can say is "Wow, what a Sham"

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Great review! Now we just need a follow up review in a few months to hear well it holds up! Then we will know if all of our car drying needs have been met.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I have every intention of revisiting all of the products I review later on to see how well they hold up

[]Jordan Shuster

WOW. I actually have been using these microfiber cloths I find at walmart (lmao) and while they do a decent job, they aren't quite one-pass material. I'll definitely be giving this a shot!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've got a few Walmart microfibers and a bunch of cheap Amazon microfibers. I wouldn't use them for drying but they do a pretty good job for applying products and buffing.

[]Jon Dagata

Darn! I really wish I would have seen this earlier! As an avid, by hand, car washer, I have been trying to find the perfect drying towel. For the longest time, i've used Meguiars X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel: https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-X2000-Magnet-Microfiber-Drying/dp/B0009IQZFM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511804960&sr=8-1&keywords=meguires+towel

This one worked great until I made the mistake of washing it and using a dryer sheet in the dryer. It no longer drys like it used to.

So to replace it, I went with one of the CleanTools, The Absorber Synthetic Drying Chamois: https://www.amazon.com/CleanTools-51149-Absorber-Synthetic-Chamois/dp/B0000AY69V/ref=sr_1_8?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1511805042&sr=1-8&keywords=drying+towel

I haven't actually gotten to use this yet, but i've read and seen good things about it.

That being said, I might pick up one of the towels you mentioned and compare them! Thanks!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'd highly recommend getting one. They work fantastically. I've been using the Chemical Guys microfiber towel to dry up until now. It worked good but the Raceglaze towel just outperforms it so well. I'm still planning on ordering a few more of these despite having to pay an extra shipping cost. They are definitely worth it.

[]Jon Dagata

It looks pretty similar to the Maguires towel with the waffling. I'd be interested to compare the two.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'd love to see how it compares to the Raceglaze. You'll have to let me know what you think

#Saab #Daily #Lifted I always wondered what my Saab would look like jacked up. Now I have bad project car thoughts A stinger bar and a rally light areay would just finish off the look

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[]Cameron Zirbel

Decent

[]Jeff Bowman

This I have never seen... and I love it!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't think I've ever seen a lifted Saab and with Saab's rally heritage I think it would just be so fitting to this car.

[]Jeff Bowman

I think a lot of people forget about Saab’s Rally heritage... and that’s a shame. I’ll definitely be following your lifted Saab!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

The lifted part may never come. I don't think I could convince my better half to let me do it, lol. It's a huge shame that so many people have no idea that Saab has a huge rally heritage

[]Robert Linsenbach

it'd be pretty cool.. the style of the 9-3 hatch could totally pull it off!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It just looks so "right" doesn't it? The hardest part would be making a lifted suspension for it

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Yes. You must do this. Just like I must jack up, outfit with offload radials, cage, and put 4 race seats in my Volvo 850 wagon. Also, we both need one of those Thule roof baskets and many, many Cibies.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think I could really get in to Swedish battle cars. That all sounds like like a solid off road package.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

It's basically a PreRunner only in station wagon form. Could be a pretty solid rally cross setup as well.

I have a super solid running 850 Turbo wagon that was cosmetically neglected to the point that it really needs a total repaint plus some dent removal and new trim. So I want to manual swap it and make the aforementioned mods plus some mild engine tuning, sway bars, lightening, and stiffening. I found a company that makes chassis braces for my 850 wagon.

As for making it a 4 seater, I don't know why but that just seems like the best idea ever to me. I don't know where I will go with 4 people strapped into in a modified, gutted, and caged, Volvo 850 Turbo wagon with 4 race buckets and 4 race harnesses, but it will be epic.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Those 850's can really get up and go with some basic mods. I know I've seen 7/9 series wagons made in to sweet "Baja" style off roaders and I've seen 850's made in to solid touring cars but I have never seen an offroading 850.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Me either!

#Saab #WinterIsComing #Steelies I finally got a chance to get my winter wheels on and my new E-brake cable installed so she's ready for snow. I just need to clean and detail it good one last time before the weather gets bad

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[]Thomas Flaishans

I hate taking the summer wheels off :-(. Oh well gotta love the Midwest.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Oh well. The steelies don't look too bad and my summer wheels could use some refinishing over the winter. That and my summer tires don't grip for crap in the snow

[]Thomas Flaishans

Yep- No since wrecking something so you look good, and the salt is so harsh on a nice set of rims.

[]Hayden Baker

Still need to experience a saab

I received a package from a detailer friend in the UK today. All of this is high quality detailing stuff. I'm hoping the weather holds out so I can get a couple things reviewed

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[]Sebastian Nounou

Looks like a dishrag and baby bottle.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

What's in the two bottles?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

The smaller bottle is a dashboard cleaner and protectant. I'm not sure what's in the big bottle, still waiting to hear back from the guy. I believe it's a glaze for the paint.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Like a UV protectant? I'm looking for something to restore the luster to the vinyl cover that covers the convertible top when it's down.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I don't think it is a UV protectant. It's mean solely for dashboards and interior vinyls. The stuff in the squirt bottle is called Poorboys blackhole glaze and is meant to give a shine to painted surfaces.

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Cool! I've never heard of those brands before. I'll be curious to hear how well it works

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I just got a chance to clean my car and use all of the products. I plan on doing full reviews on everything in the next week or so. I'm planning on putting up links for where you can by the products in the US as well

[]Gregory Garoppolo

Sweet! I look forward to reading your review!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you guys and girls on Wheelwell. If you're traveling leave plenty early and drive safely

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you guys and girls on Wheelwell. If you're traveling leave plenty early and drive safely

[]Ernie Szots

Right back at you!

Low light means the blemishes and dirty paint don't show through as much, lol

#BMW #Euro #Tuning Just picked up a K-DCAN cable for my BMW. I'm hoping I can use this to start tuning other KCAN cars in the near future.

I've been wondering what the "best" chassis for a project car would be. I'm thinking something that can handle daily driver duty but occasionally be taken to the track (road course type) on the weekend. What are your thoughts? #ProjectCar, #Daily, #Race,

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[]Thomas Hisaw

Good question! I like the BMW E36. And think it is the most perfect chassis for a proper LS Swap (I understand they made a V8 for a couple years with 100 more HP And was still slower than there Original counterparts) but I think it is the best chassis for suspension, weight and overall potential

[]Justin Cavallucci

S550 mustang. Those things are just perfect! Or a irs swapped 68 fastback mustang frame.

[]Joost Van Dien

Elise S1 and next to that anything BMW or Classic mini

[]Sheldon Hall

Oh man, many would say the answer is Miata. I personally own an E30 and I think that is a outstanding chassis to build. I've also heard great things about the Fox Body Mustangs!

[]Gregory Garoppolo

I got a Volvo 242 for similar reasons, 2700lb factory weight, 52/48 weight distribution/ manual transmission and cheap parts abound. People tend not to realize that they can be quite capable little track cars so you can still get one cheap

[]Mister Modtomic

Oh dag, I totally forgot about the Miata. Miata is Always the answer!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

For me the Miata loses some points as a daily driver just for being a smaller car. I'd love an E30 but finding one at a reasonable price that isn't in rough shape is getting harder and harder. The fox body definitely has potential but I've never really thought that they looked appealing enough.

[]Sheldon Hall

Yea the E30 is getting pretty hard to find in good condition. I suggest maybe an E36 since those seem to be plentiful and cheaper. If your budget allows for it, i also suggest the IS300's which seem to be a great choice to build out the motor or swap another one in.

[]Mister Modtomic

As a "project" car I assume it's gonna be a budget car...like, $2.500 - $5,000.

Personally, I think any grip car (what you'd want on a road course) should have a double wishbone coilover type suspension. The fourth, fifth and sixth generation Civic and it's variants (Integra - Del Sol - CRX) all have an amazing chassis to begin with and there has been tons of development and parts made for them. Sixth gen Civic Sis are pretty cheap right now and lots already have tons of go fast goodies already on them.

If FWD isn't your thing, DSM is the way to go. A second gen Eclipse or Talon GSX has the same basic suspension as the Civic platform above, but has the added benefit of all wheel drive. With the AWD you get added weight, but you also get cheap added horsepower with the easily modded turbo 4g63 engine. If you can't find a GSX, A GST is a good choice as well as you get the bullet proof 4g63 turbo engine without the added weight of the rear wheel drive.

RWD? All I can think of with double wishbone suspension is the Corvette. They can be very fast and can handle very well. You can also buy a C4 at just about the bottom of it's value right now and it very well may appreciate in the coming years.

There are tons of other chassis out there that can be made to handle, but without a double wishbone suspension, they start from a disadvantage, in my humble opinion.

Good luck, and have fun!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

The 4th and 5th gen civic's definitely came to mind. They are stupidly simple to work on, parts are readily available, and buying one to start with is cheap. Bonus points for the single cam versions too because if you blow it up they are super cheap to obtain and pretty simple to swap.

[]Hayden Baker

Best new chassis is the E46. It'll replace spec e30 sooner than you'd think!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Well, I was thinking about selling mine after I get it fixed but I may have to reconsider.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah man Spec E46 is coming on strong. Grassroots Motorsports did a great article a few months back about it

[]Jeff Bowman

It really depends on what wheels you want driving the car and what you want to build it for I think! There are too many kinds of project cars to choose a single one.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

My thought was something that could handle being a relatively reliable car to go back and forth to work but still be moddable and performance oriented enough to handle the occasional outing at a road course.

[]Timothy Markworth

Anything RWD that has been done to death. Miata, Foxbody, Swedish brick, whatever.

Why? Because you'll need to fit a T5 or something similar to do anything remotely fun. Probably not a bad idea to have some parts available for purchase even if you think you can fabricate them yourself.

[]Christopher McDowell El

What are your choices for drivetrain? What level of daily driving? Newer cars are usually a great choice for this due to mot needing much modifications to hit a track and retain daily drivability.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'm not limiting choices by any sort of drive train. This isn't a question of "what car should I specifically buy" but more of what does everyone think a good "all-around" project car is. I may have to expand this question with some limiting factors like cost.

[]Sac Car Scene

I would recommend either the Miata or one of the '86's ie BRZ, FRS or GT86. Easy to mod, reliable and good for both daily and track use. Also very dependable and received one of the best ratings for dependability.

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