Category: grippy’s garage

E90 Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything new simply because life has been busy, fun, and exciting. In between being out of town many weekends recently I was able to buy some coilovers and wheels/tires for my E90. I spent the entire weekend turning my ride from a stock car to a completely modded daily driver. I wanted to knock everything out at once so I was riding just how I want it for weeks or months to come. I also had a small meet with friends that I wanted to have the car ready for.

I spent hours on hours installing suspension, painting and sanding wheels, and dialing in the ride height, camber and toe to exactly how I wanted. My goal was to have everything sitting just perfectly at the fender so I could still drive it around town sitting low without any issues. Here’s some cell phone pics from along the way, and the finished product at the end.

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new daily

I was extremely tired of the Fiat. It was good enough for around town, but it drove me crazy out on my long road trips from LA to Norcal or LA to Vegas. I started looking around for a clean E90 a couple months ago that would be in good shape but easy on the bank still. I was sold after driving my friend’s 2006 325i with 150k miles that still drove like a new BMW. So I will be doing a couple of mods to this of course, but I will be keeping it simple for the most part. Stay tuned!

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Porsche

This is the new GRIPPY’S*GARAGE project. There isn’t a whole lot to be done other than things that I just feel like doing to make it cooler, but this is definitely an awesome ride. It’s a 1976 Porsche 911s “narrowbody” with a 1986 3.2 liter swap. It’s a great combo with the lightweight body of the older Porsche 911 with a newer 911 big flat 6. It runs like a champ and pull strong on the highway. I am excited to get it dropped down with some Rcomp tires and Bilsteins.

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shut up

I am tired of hearing all the whining on the internet. I’ve always felt a real car enthusiast respects all aspects of the car community. I’ve been wanting to write up an article of how I feel about it all. I came across this article on Speedhunters and thought it was pretty on point. There’s people on either side that are just annoying.

http://www.speedhunters.com/2013/01/editorial-a-difference-of-opinion/

vegas 2013

I just sat down back on my couch in LA after what was another great weekend in Vegas. I went out there with some of my best friends and family. The food we had this time was incredible. I managed to break even for the entire weekend after all the money I spent on food, shopping, etc from the little bit of gambling money I won. I am looking forward to staying at the Mirage again. They took awesome care of me! Here’s a quick pic of the view from my room from my cheap pocket camera.

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Ben Sopra

At my last visit to the Fatlace Paddock I as able to spend some time looking around at 2012’s projects they worked on. The only thing that sucked is my camera battery died 5 minutes into the whole thing. I was able to snap off a few of the Ben Sopra Skyline they completed for SEMA.

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2012 Done!

I hope everyone had a great year, and if not 2013 will only be better! I can honestly say this year was amazing! I feel so blessed to be able to enjoy my hobbies to the fullest, get to travel some, and have the best friends and family on earth! I am excited for 2013. I know it will bring new obstacles and challenges, but it will also bring a whole new list of awesome experiences! I will be out of town for a few days, but when I get back then will start rolling full force for 2013!

– Josh Hooks

air

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Many of my friends are going are these days. I was a big time hater to start, but as I have gotten older and take a ton more roadtrips I see that having something that is adjustable anytime you like doesn’t seem so bad. My good friend Andrew has been installing and putting together some of the best Air setups in LA. I feel he is the guy to go to for Air these days. He doesn’t have all the overhead of some of these big name shops, and he probably has more experience.

Here’s pics from our recent BBQ of his WRX and our friend Brian’s WRX.

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I love the simplicity of this 911. It’s similar to my style of doing things, especially with cars. I like how he still kept it very original in its styling, but he lightened the car a huge amount to bring out an even better driving experience. I can only hope to own one some day 😉

cressida update

I’ve managed to get most of the basics out of the way really fast for the Cressida. It’s pretty fun putting together a bunch of random suspension parts that fit and work good. It’s on GC coilovers up front (eibach springs front and rear) and KYB’s all around. The rear KYB’s are for a Camaro. The wheels are just 15×8 -15 Bart racing wheels (steelies). They were dirt cheap, and I had a set of 15″ tires in the garage ready to put on them. I feel like the info I got for the front spring length was wrong because that is maxed out and there is still a little gap. I want to get another inch shorter spring and call it a day!