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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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Wheelwell Community map found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hgINj4eg0D5TmWNWTeEf27lktMEFkE_1&usp=sharing Feel free to contribute I've been around car stuff my whole life. My dad was a mechanic and a huge DIYer so I got in to the hobby at a very early age. I've done just about everything you can do on a car, from rewiring to change what OBD level it is to rebuilding engines and paint/bodywork. I'm not an expert in anything but I have experienced a wide variety of stuff I like all kinds of vehicles from European Grand Tourers, to Muscle Cars, to JDM tuners and sport bikes. If it's got an engine and moves under it's own power then more than likely I'll enjoy it. Current automotive stuff I'm in to: Boost Tuning Detailing DIY I often post product reviews of new detailing products that I try and updates after I've been using them for awhile. On Tuesdays I post a blog called "Toolbox Tuesday" where I discuss various tools and talk about what tools are needed to do certain jobs.

#Movies #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild We're all familiar with the standard car movies like The Fast and The Furious, Gone in 60 Seconds, and The Italian Job but what I'm interested in finding is the more obscure and B-rate stuff. My personal favorite B-rate car movie is "Death Race 2000" from 1975 starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. It's about a Gumball rally style race across the country where the objective is to rack up as many points as possible by hitting

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[]Ernie Szots

Death Race 2000, a classic!

What about Steven Spielberg's "Duel"? Where the semi truck is trying to run the guy in the Plymouth Valiant off the road.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Oh shit, how could I have forgotten about that one!? Definitely a classic

#Travel #Vacation #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild With my vacation only 2 weeks away I thought it would be interesting to get some input on what sort of "automotive destinations" are absolute must see items for gearheads. While I'll be going to Phoenix, Arizona I'm interested in seeing suggestions from literally all over the world. What are your must see places for car culture?

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[]Robert Sixto

My favorite automotive destinations, tend to be places to actually drive my automobile. Sure an exotic dealership, car museum, and car shows are great to see, but the best for me is some time behind the wheel on a nice mountain/canyon road. Unfortunately, I'm not familiar enough with the Phoenix area to recommend any, but be sure to check back with your findings!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

At the moment I'm not sure if there are any nice twisty roads around Phoenix to carve some corners on but I am damn sure going to spend some time searching Google Maps to see if I can find a few. I'll report back with my findings, lol.

[]Robert Sixto

That's usually my first order of business upon arrival! Happy hunting!

[]Hayden Baker

When I was in Phoenix I went to the Ferrari dealership in Scottsdale and it was pretty dope. They are WAY over priced. I don't know who buys from them but they were stupidly expensive. There's a bunch of other luxury brands right there too. You could kill an hour there. And go to Big Matt's Breakfast. It was delicious.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Definitely planning on hitting up Matt's Big Breakfast while I'm out there. I may see about getting some time at one of the driving schools in the area but that's wholly dependent on cost.

[]Hayden Baker

I would also recommend the national park south of the city. I went for the cacti. It's very pretty. Didn't look into driving schools though. I'm more of a foodie when I travel. I also ate at In N Out just because. BTW the traffic there was so smooth. It was bizarre how well it flowed.

[]Landon Jurgens

Put Tail of the Dragon on your short list.

[]Robert Sixto

Agreed!

#Detailing #Review #DIY #TrimRestore #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Like many other enthusiasts with an older car I have some terribly faded trim on my cars. I've tried quite a few products to remedy the situation but most just fall completely flat in terms of results. I decided to give a different type of product a try, one that had dye in it to actually recolor the trim. Applying this is a little more involved than a standard trim restorer as you want to

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[]Robert Sixto

That is super impressive, I would also be curious to know how long lasting the effect is, but man you can't do much better than that other than to just spray paint it.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's what I was thinking. I'm sure the dye in it helps the color situation. I really hope this stuff lasts awhile because I could really use a better solution for some other trim stuff that's in worse shape than my Saab.

#Detailing #DIY #ProjectCar #JaxWax #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Finally got a chance to try out a high quality black trim restorer yesterday. Review coming very soon.

#Gaming #Dirt3 #Simulator #Racing #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Okay, so maybe I wasn't at an actual dirt track but it was still fun to slide some corners on Dirt 3. I'm not great but I'm slowly improving

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[]Yves Vds

Haha. I had a doubt when you said dirt. Are you using a steering wheel or a controlpad?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Right now I'm just using a control pad but I'd like to move on to a wheel/pedal setup sometime in the near future.

#Ford #Focus #DailyDriver #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Whether I need a power source to jump start with, a reliable parts runner, or something to give a little push with, this car handles it all. It might not be enjoyable to drive but man does it do well as a beater.

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[]Craig Crall

Can it be both Wilson?

[]Wilson Oberholzer

It's perfect as a "crap" car that I don't really care about but I could never see making it a project car (unless I get it to some crazy high mileage at which point a drive line swap to say "thanks for your years of hard work" would be in order)

#Mothers #MTech #Wax #Detailing #Review #Ford #Focus #DailyDriver #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild So it's been almost a month since I applied the Mother's M Tech synthetic wax to the headlights of my Ford Focus to clear up the headlights. The headlights were pretty bad before I waxed them. Here they are right after I cleaned them up. And here they are as of Sunday: I'll admit, they aren't quite as clear as they were when I first applied the M-Tech Synthetic but

#BMW #E46 #328i #DailyDriver #Wrecked #ForSale #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild It's an unfortunately sad day in my car history. Today marks exactly 2 years since my beloved E46 was wrecked. With any hope I'll have it sold within the next week or so and it's spirit can live on as upgrade parts for my E39

#DIY #Newmod #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild As I'm slowly planning out the overhaul and upgrade of my 525i I started tossing around the idea of getting an underdrive or lightweight pulley set. I figured that if I'm going to be tearing that deep into the car and plan to start taking it to track days that I might as well upgrade some things if I'm replacing them anyway. I can get the lightweight pulley kit for around $100 or the underdrive kit

#BMW #2003 #525i #E39 #Euro #ProjectCar #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild This has been a typical sight in my 525 lately. I'm constantly transferring parts from my basement to the E46 for sale and lets just say I have a "small" stockpile, lol.

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[]Yves Vds

Haha. Use those 4 doors. I wish the rear seats folded down on the E39 sedan, though.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Man, so do I. It would make the trunk space so much more practical.

#bmw #525i #e39 #ProjectCar #CarPorn #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Caught the sunrise this morning and decided to drive around to some of my favorite photo spots. There's something about catching the first light that's so soothing to me.

[]Yves Vds

She's looking fresh!

#Honda #Fit #DailyDriver #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild I was out and about running some errands earlier when I came across this: an exact twin of my wife's car. This is only the second time I've seen another one in the same color. It had the exact same trim package on it too including the same wheels.

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[]Yves Vds

Time for some mods...

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Lol, this thing is staying 100% stock. I know once I start modding things get carried away very quickly

#Weekend #DIY #ProjectCar #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild It's almost the weekend which means many of us finally have time to tackle those big jobs we've been wanting to do for the past week. I'm going to be trying out a new trim restorer, reorganizing my workbench, and hopefully removing the starter on my Saab (and maybe getting some new parts on). What are your car related plans this weekend?

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[]Ameer Idelah

Just installed a Cobb accessport and tuned it, later on today installing a catless Up pipe rest of the weekend brakes, wiring the afr gauge and putting fine adjustments on the tune and washing her. Then I’m done for a while.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Sounds like a pretty solid plan to get it performing a bit better

[]Timothy Markworth

Not sure. Honda needs CV axles pulled from the transmission before I can yoink the engine. Not really sure if I even have the tools for that. Won't be working on the ricer mower, but it needs some exhaust work. The current forward blowing setup is no bueno.

[]Hayden Baker

Test pipe gaskets and cleaning O2 sensors

[]Yves Vds

I have got a ton of small things to get done, but won't be this weekend.

#DIY #2003 #BMW #525i #ProjectCar #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild https://www.ebay.com/itm/62-MM-ALUMINUM-RADIATOR-BMW-E39-740i-750i-M5-Z8-525i-528i-530i-99-2006/263677402927?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 I'm currently in the process of collecting parts to overhaul the cooling system on my BMW and decided that since I may take it to the track in the future that I should not just replace, but upgrade whatever parts I can to make sure that they can take the abuse. I found a well known brand that sells them for nearly $1200 but that is way out of the price range for me. So

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[]Yves Vds

I have had good experiences with Chinese OE-equivalent radiators. All worked flawlessly for a fraction of the cost. No reason the full aluminum radiators are any different.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'm thinking one of the full aluminum radiators around the $200 price mark should be good enough for what I need/want. Going to have to give one a try.

[]Craig Crall

I have bought several inexpensive, Chinese made radiators from EBay and they have all worked flawlessly for me. All have had good quality, high density cores, with good welds and super cheap pricing.

A lot of things made in China, are better than people think. I got the chance to visit China in May of 2016 and met with some of their automotive engineers. I was extremely impressed by what I saw and even more so by the overall warm nature of the people I met. They are on the cutting edge of many manufacturing technologies, truly.

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[]Hayden Baker

Just pressure test it before you install it to make sure there are no leaks. The E39 radiators are already pretty big though so I doubt you'll need a full aluminum rad. I would spend the money on an electronic fan conversion and a lower temp conventional thermostat. My 540 now runs at 190 all day where as stock it runs at an insane 220 with the weird electronic thermostat

[]Wilson Oberholzer

What do you have to do for the standard thermostat conversion? I've heard of people going with all electric fans on the E46 but never doing away with the stock thermostat. With the fan conversion do you delete the fan/fan clutch assembly?

[]Hayden Baker

Yes it makes maintenance so much easier without the clutch fan. Im so glad I did it. And it appears the M54 has a conventional thermostat unlike the M62. Forget I mentioned the thermostat. I did a video on the fan conversation that will be almost exactly the same for your car

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think my M54 does have the weird electronic thermostat. I know at the very least it has a set of wires running to it.

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#Racing #Gaming #Simulator #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild I recently finished building a newer ":gaming" PC (to play a non-racing game, mostly) and realized that it would be a vast improvement over my old one to play racing games on. The problem is I'm still using a keyboard and mouse which just doesn't feel right on a racing game. I was wondering if anyone had input for a budget setup (<$100 for 3 pedal setup and wheel) that I could build off

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[]Matt Heeley

You can get a Logitech driving force gt for less than $100 on ebay. It was a good wheel for the time and is supported by Ps3 and PC.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That actually looks like a really nice little setup for the price. I may have to see about picking one up. I know Logitech makes some quality gear. It is kind of strange that it has the shifter built in but only 2 pedals.

[]Matt Heeley

My t300 only has 2 pedals and paddle shifting. The nice thing is I can upgrade the pedals with a 3 pedal arrangement, and an 8 position stick shift

[]Matt Heeley

I bought a Thrustmaster T300RS when it went on sale because it is one of the only decent wheels that works with a PS4.

I made up my money by making my own sim frame. I looked into a few different options, but they were $100's so I bought some 1"×2" AL tubing, took some rough measurements off my rx7's cockpit for wheel & pedal placement, and made a frame. Way cheaper than using the extruded tubing that a lot of people use. If you don't weld, you could totally design one that bolts together.

I made my seat mounts to work with my Rx7 seat rails since it's what I had handy but any junkyard car seat would do in a pinch. All told I probably have $60 in material, a seat I already had, and a weekend's worth of free time (while still being a dad).

There's a few plans out there for ones made from PVC pipe and some budget rigs made from MDF.

I have my sim rig in my wheelwell garage if you want a look. I still have yet to permanently mount the pedals, but that's more because my kids play and I don't have a good solution for adjustable pedals yet. They prop up on a wheel chock 😉

https://www.wheelwell.com/matt-heeley/2ad2/2017-homebrew-driving-sim-rig?utm_source=vehicle_embed_widget&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=vehicle_detail_page

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That is an amazing looking setup. I unfortunately don't have a welder at the moment but making one that bolts together should be a piece of cake. I really like the idea of measuring out your car so that the simulator seating position matches it.

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#Detailing #DIY #Review #Wax #JaxWax #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild I was at a car show over the weekend and came across a vendor selling detailing products. They had a huge variety but what caught my eye the most was this "Cherry Wax" and a black trim restorer. This wax is supposed to give a deeper shine over a standard Carnauba paste wax (which is what I normally use) so I was a bit skeptical. I bought both anyway and decided to

#BMW #318ti #E36 #SpottedModded #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Out running errands yesterday morning when I spotted this beauty. An E36 318ti with a full M Tech body kit. The dark tint looked great against the bright red paint. I really wish I would have seen the owner to chat with him about it.

#JaxWax #CherryWax #TrimRestorer #Detailing #DIY #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Picked up a few more higher end detailing products over the weekend. The cherry wax is supposed to leave a deeper shine while the trim restorer actually has black dye in it to really help out sun bleached trim. I can't wait to see what they can do.

#BMW #E39 #2003 #525i #project_car #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Parked at the local big box hardware store this morning and noticed the shadow of my Team Wheelwell banner.

[]Ernie Szots

Way cool. Makes me want to put mine on that way, but I don't think my windshield is big enough 🤣

#racing #DIY #AnotherBadIdea #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild #Guide I know what you’re thinking. “How could a Power Wheels even be a racecar, much less the ideal racecar?”. I know it sounds incredibly strange but hear me out, they really have some potential. What got me started down this seemingly insane train of thought was the other day I came across the video “Worlds Fastest Mustang Power Wheels Toy Car” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4a_Ek8lsGM) and got to joking around with a friend about buying a beat

#BMW #2003 #525i #E39 #Vinyl #Wrap #DIY #Project_Car #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Just picked up some green "carbon fiber" wrap to cover up the old, dull wood grain trim in the 525i. I wanted something that would be a nice colorful break between the grey and black of the interior. I think This'll do the trick and if it doesn't it was only $8!

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

Why does everyone hate a nice wood trim these days? I think you're the third person this past week that I've seen post on covering up their wood trim. I just spent my time making some minor repairs and polishing my wood trim, I like it! LOL

[]Craig Moody

Cause you are old Gregory.... Im currently looking at trying to find a good brushed alum vinyl to rewrap my saabs fake wood trim... but mostly due to the fake wood already starting to wear through (05 model. eh)

[]Pat Hadley

Order new trim pieces from someplace like carid

[]Craig Moody

Doesnt exist haha

[]Pat Hadley

Metallic finish paint?

[]Craig Moody

that could work too. I just prefer a good wrap to paint these days.

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[]Joost Van Dien

What is a brave colour for the interior. Please post some photo's when you are done!

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#CarsAndCoffee #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild #Event This past Sunday I had the pleasure of attending the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Cars and Coffee Horsepower event. Every month the group puts on an event with a focus on raising money to benefit a local charity or organization. The Horsepower event was set up to benefit the All In Rescue, an organization that works to save rescue horses from being slaughtered. The fundraising was done through raffles and through donations from attendees to the event.

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[]Joost Van Dien

Seems like a good meet with a lot of variaty in cars and brands.

[]Yves Vds

A lot of variety in the cars. I really like the 2002 and the supercharged Miata!

[]Ernie Szots

Wow; looks like a good turnout. Especially feeling the RX-7's and MR2's. Awesome that it's for a good cause.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

There's always at least one rx7 and 2 mr2' at these cars and coffee events. The guy who runs the group/events always has some local cause that the events raise funds for. I believe the one prior to this was to raise money for a police dog to get surgery

#BMW #E39 #2003 #525i #Euro #ProjectCar When I picked up my new intake over the weekend I also snagged 2 of these BBS wheels for a steal. They're a little rough around the edges but in nice shape overall. Now I just need to find 2 more, the center caps, and figure out what tires I want to wrap them with.

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

Nice find! I have had really good luck finding Volvo and Audi center caps for super cheap on Amazon.

[]Sebastian Nounou

Oh very nice.

#Carshow #Events #Trackday #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild I'm wondering how I can find more car related events around the area that I live in. I browse Facebook events (and am a member of a couple local car meet groups) but have a hard time finding stuff like race days at local tracks and other car events. How do you go about finding more events to attend?

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[]Hayden Baker

Most tracks have a calendar on their website showing when their booked and who booked it. That's how I found the track group I run with. And as others have said MotorsportsReg and SCCA will send out emails with events within like a 300 mile circle. Facebook isn't as helpful as it should be unfortunately

[]Robert Sixto

I think most have been covered that I know of and used, Mototsportsreg.com, local clubs, manufacturer based clubs, Hooked on Driving, and of course SCCA and NASA, all good resources. There's also Gridlife, which I mistakenly thought was just a party at a track day only, but they have straight track events as well. Sebastian mentioned this, but it may be the most practical, and that's just contacting or looking up your local track. Those other sources are great if you're willing to travel and/or plan to run multiple events/tracks, but if you have a specific location in mind, you may as well go direct to the source.

[]Sebastian Nounou

*** WheelWell staff have downvoted/hidden this post because because I am not liked ***

I’ve noticed the ‘car meet’ crowd doesn’t do the whole track day thing.

I found out about mine by calling the track I intended to visit. I spoke with the event coordinator and she filled me in on how to sign up for their events and find others.

Be prepared to travel! If you’re not satisfied with a few cones in a parking lot you just might have to take a trip. Since drivers meetings typically take place first thing you’ll either be leaving at the crack of dawn or getting a hotel around the corner from the track.

When you’re at the event, talk to other attendees. Find out where they go, and how to get in.

Good luck!

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[]Gregory Garoppolo

I have the same technique as you more or less. I also am a member of SCCA, Audi Club North Amercica, and Volvo Club of America, which informs me about some additional events. Then for track driving there are specific groups, companies and social groups, that send out information if you sign up. Hooked on Driving is one out here, for example.

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[]Ernie Szots

I know you joined Instagram recently. One of the ways I've learned about active, local car clubs in my area and meets they host is via Instagram. When you click on the magnifying glass button along the bottom of the app (search/discover) and then click into the search bar, one of the entities you can search for is 'places'. Do a search for the city you live in, as well as your surrounding cities to see a stream of posts tagged to those cities. I'd be willing to bet you'll see posts from car clubs in those cities about meets they're having. In my case, some of the local clubs throw several weekly meets i.e. munchie Mondays, park & chill Wednesdays, etc.

[]Sebastian Nounou

I think he’s after more action, and less hard-park lol.

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#bmw #2003 #525i #e39 #euro #diy #TeamWheelwell #ForTheBuild Found this at a great price locally. There are no brand markings on it but it feels solid. The biggest thing that sold me on it was that it has a 6" velocity stack and it makes wonderful noise. I think my next move is to get a quality filter to replace the unknown one currently on it.

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[]Rob Struck

A nice filter would be awesome

[]Yves Vds

Nice. I would recommend a K&N or RamAir filter.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'll probably be looking into wither a K&N or an AEM filter. I just need to take some measurements so I can have one that'll fit better.

#bmw #2003 #525i #e39 #project_car Started off my morning by taking advantage of the short period of the morning before the rain to get my Team Wheelwell banner put on. Followed that up by putting on my trunk lip spoiler. I definitely think the bigger lip was the right choice.

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[]Hayden Baker

Gotta delete that muffler!

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's in the plans for sure! I'm not sure if I want to just do a muffler delete, remove the resonator too, or just get a new catback system.

[]Hayden Baker

I cut the resonator, muffler and then put on a cherry bomb straight through deign. It's perfect. Might be a slightly different formula for the 6 cylinder

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I think I'm going to delete the muffler first and see how I like it first. I may just end up with the catback system from a local muffler shop with a Flowmaster 60 series to give it a nice tone from the smaller engine.

[]Landon Jurgens

+1 for creative sticker placemnt

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Thanks! I wish I could say it was my idea but I was inspired when I saw how Logan Staton put his.

[]Caleb Krebs

Dudddeeeee, sweet ride!! E39 isnt my favorite BMW but it's still a sweet ride!! What's next for it??

[]Wilson Oberholzer

The next thing may be an air intake and a green carbon fiber wrap on the interior trim. I'm currently piecing together the parts to overhaul the cooling system so I won't have issues in the future.

[]Caleb Krebs

Nice man!!!!

[]Yves Vds

That window sticker is pretty cool. However, state inspection would never allow it over here...

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