I try to kick it with my good friend and WFC boss Brian (Lynk) as much as possible despite him living over a hour away. I drove out yesterday to spend some quality time since his Bday was recent. We’ve been buying and working on more and more Euro cars it seems. The different generations of white BMW 3 series cars all parked together was too good not to snap a photo.
I’ve always pulled a lot of my styling ideas for my personal cars from other makes and styles. I don’t like to surf any one particular forum for ideas. I feel like the reason why you see a lot of similarly modded cars on the same forums is because that is all people ever look at. If they know A + B is the combo to set up their ride then why take a harder road? My personal style is function always following the looks of the vehicle. Now that doesn’t mean it will be the fastest around the track or have Rcomp tires on it 24/7, but I always set my rides up so that I can hop in them at anytime without worry. My newest project the E90 is a great example. I stretched the tires and have the wheels millimeters away from the fender lip, but at the same time the car rides excellent and doesn’t rub no matter what happens. To me a car is not complete if it only looks a certain way. Making it perform (whether that just be driving on the highway without issue) is just as important. I don’t mind a dedicated car (for performance or looks) either, but for myself I need my cars to be used on or off the track and parked or doing 80. I’ve always liked old school Toyota’s that are drift inspired. They typically look good and are meant to be used also. I feel like you get a bit of that influence by looking at my E30 drift/street car.
I finally got around to ordering longer studs so I could replace the 10mm rear spacers with 20mm. The fitment now matches the front nicely and the car sits pretty good. I am eventually going to switch out the entire suspension setup for something a little stiffer and better for going low without bottoming out.
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
It was an accident I promise!
We put together a little private meet for all of our WFC homies at Venice Beach yesterday. It turned out to be awesome. These are some of the best people in the world to kick it with. I even dance on the boardwalk in it haha!
rounding out 2012
If you are a Socal car guy that is into wheel fitment then you’ve probably either heard of Tony or seen his E30. He’s rolled and pulled several of the Wrong Fitment Crew’s rides. I always snap a few pic of his ride when he comes out. I don’t know why he’s never rocked a front lip, but I still love it!
This is one of the brands I’ve been following for a little while now. They always come out with cool old school style BMW stuff. Check them out! http://elefantsupply.com/
the life of a grippy
As always I am going to keep you guys posted on what’s going on over here. It’s been busy lately so my updates have been more spread out, but I figured I put a few things together real quick. I recently took on a 4 month old puppy which takes a chunk of your time in itself. He’s learned so much already, and has turned out to be an awesome dog. His name is Max.
The car stuff will always be my passion. Once the E30 got messed up a bit from my travels up to the Bay Area I figured it was time to just fix it for now and park it. Take it off of daily driver duties and keep it for special purposes.
I quickly ordered up stuff when I got my Fiat 500 to get it low and looking good. There was a few things I didn’t know about the car when getting it. It’s not the easiest vehicle to get low, and then it’s difficult to drive at any height that would be considered that. The rear is a solid beam setup which runs out of travel very quickly, and the front of the cars subframe sits extremely low even at moderate heights. If you want to tuck tire you will certainly lay frame on nearly flat ground. The BC coilovers I ordered have been great, but I felt there was a few things they could improve on. I think they set the suspension up to be safe still at maximum dropped levels, but for guys like myself sometimes you just want to turn down the coilovers to an unreasonable height for a meet or show. The length of the front coilover spring and collar adjustability leaves you wanting a little more. I ordered some new shorter front coilover springs which are just slightly uprated. I wanted to do the same for the rear, but the awkward spring size is making it nearly impossible without spending a ton to have something manufactured. For now I’ll just have to play with the rear collars like I did before.
I decided if I lightened the duties of my E30 I would need something fun but cheap with some potential. I’ve always wanted to mess around with a Cressida. I found a great price on one so I grabbed it before it was too late. It’s turned out to be a good running car so far. It is definitely a beater in the strongest sense. There isn’t hardly a panel, switch, lock, handle, or speaker that hasn’t been destroyed. The paint is faded, but the body is straight. The motor and trans seem to be smooth so that’s good enough for me. I’ll be able to get this sitting low and somewhat fitted on the cheap, and that’s the only real plans for it now.
do work 2
This last weekend was an awesome trip up to the Bay Area for Hellaflush/Word Up drifting at the Vallejo Fairgrounds. I went up with a good friend from San Diego, and we met the rest of our WFC friends there in Norcal. The weekend went very good, but there was a little mishap. I happened to fold my wheel over and pop the tire while drifting. I hit this one in a million little pothole while completely sideways and mid-corner. I had my helmet on so I thought my car just bottomed out and spun. I kept on drifting and felt that something was really off about the feel of the car. I get back to the pits and see that my wheel and tire are toast. Luckily my 21 year old spare still holds air so I was able to throw that on and get back on the road the next day to Los Angeles. I thought everything was going nicely until I was about 45 minutes from home. There was some strange rotational noise that started, and then a loud thud and bang. The car was still driving ok after that so I figured getting back home was better than pulling over and risk getting hit or something at night on the busy highway. Turns out one of my axles blew and my rear diff took a dump.
Yeah that’s me drifting on no tire haha!
Not bad for hitting a pothole and getting slid on around the rest of the track.
The leaking diff, blown axle, and blown mount which you can’t really see.
E30 at LBC
I did a quick rolling video of the E30. It was kind of hard getting anything decent from another car on coilovers on a bumpy highway, but I still love seeing this thing roll.
black and white
It was a sad day for Grippy’s Garage. The E30 got smashed into by a lady not paying attention in a parking lot. The door is toast. Luckily there is nothing else damaged. The hard part is sourcing a door since they don’t make them anymore. I’ll need to get it painted, and I’ll fit it on myself like I did the other side when I got the car. Projects never end whether you like it or not.