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Stocking Stuffers

IMG_7427 Ok I know what your thinking, Black Friday has long past & December has started, but you still need that little extra something for your loved one. That’s right I’m talking about your Z or G. Well, Z1 motorsports has you covered on that final stocking stuffer that you have had your eye on. Let’s talk pedal feel, your ripping down the track in the top of 3rd, you shake the wheel right kick that clutch hard oh what’s that! It’s more solid than ever then throw your car sideways into that corner, feeling that thrill as you exit and straighten out but what!!!! Dude in front spun! You downshift and get on the brakes, response is amazing. “Thank you Z1 brake master brace thank you!” You say to yourself as you avoid nailing your front end. Glad you followed me on that one, now your thinking but Melissa, I don’t want to spend more at the snap on truck than on the parts just to install them. I got you, here’s everything you will need: 15 minutes of your afternoon, 2 10mm, 14mm, 17mm and a 17mm open ended wrench!

And don’t forget to ask Shanna to draw something special on that shipping box!

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With the Z1 Brace;

 

 

(Pictures by Melissa, write up by Chris Waters)

 

Fitment Rant

So this is something I’ve been thinking about for some time. We say these things or hear these things on a daily basis, ‘fitment’ ‘stance’ ‘hella-(insert whatever comes after hella here)’ ‘stance’ ‘slammed’ ‘stance’ stretched tires’ blah blah blah. Yeah this whole nicely ‘stanced’ thing is in right now but I really think its taking a shit ton of fun and safety away from actually driving.

You bought your car as an enthusiast to make it look nice, I know, but when did we take out the fun of actually driving them and start competing on who can get the lowest. And why the hell are we putting stretched tires on to get even lower!? Which leads me to probably my biggest point to address first…

Stretched Tires; being able to fit a 205 on your 10 inch wide wheel is not cool, it doesn’t impress me. What it does do, that I’m sure most of you arnt thinking about is making me think about the weight of your vehicle. Every size tire has a weight rating, this comes after the tire size and reads similar to this “92W” 92 being the weight rating and W being the speed rating-I’m not even going to get into the speed rating in this rant. That weight rating or ‘load index’ is there for a reason. To keep you safe.
Here is a handy guide from Discount Tire as to how much weight your tires are rated for…
http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoLoadIndex.dos
Ever seen a trailer tire blow out on the side of the road while carrying a car or under load? That generally happens from one of two reasons, the tires are old and the rubber is brittle, or the tire couldn’t handle the weight it was carrying. YOUR CAR TIRES WORK THE SAME WAY. Don’t be dumb.

Stance, Slammed, Whatever; Yeah my Z is low, but its not that low. I can make it over speed bumps-slow of course, I can turn corners really fast without rubbing and destroying my tires, and I can run over a McDonalds bag of trash that some ignorant person threw out their window while driving because they didn’t want the shit in there own car, and glance back in my rear view mirror relived that it didn’t get stuck in my radiator or intercoolers. So what’s cooler? Being able to drive your car like it was meant for with style, or hard parking to hide the fact you bought a car and can’t drive it without breaking a fender or your exhaust every time you take it out?

Wheel Spacers; ugh. Ok so I’ve ran spacers, they seemingly are harmless if you run extended studs or have bolt on spacers right? Wrong. Some engineer spent a shit ton of time designing every aspect of your car so everything would work together to last. Two years ago while I was running spacers I went through 3… THREE WHEEL BEARINGS!!! The spacers put a ton of stress on all the other components causing them to wear a lot faster than usual. Now, I know the fact I went through three in one year could’ve been because of added stress of drifting and road racing, or the fact that it had already been a couple years since I changed them-they shouldn’t have gone out that fast.
I no longer run spacers, now I run wheels with a better offset from the start, my wheel bearings are fine still.

Don’t get me wrong, they look nice. I can appreciate a car that has spent some time creating the perfect fitment that works and doesn’t effect how it drives too much. But we buy these cars to drive right? Why put small tires on your car just to make it lower and sacrificing our safety? If I see anything between a 275 and 335 on the rear of a Z, I’m going to know that guy or girl knows what’s up and isn’t a pussy. Get a tire that can handle the weight and power for your vehicle, not something that’s going to stretch the inner makings of the tires-the only things that are on your car that are touching the ground keeping you safe. If you want to replace wheel bearings and other suspension components more frequently, don’t expect them to be covered under warranty if your slammed, expect to pay to play.

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How-To Roll Fenders

Melissa’s Cheap Ass Way of Rolling Fenders…

Step one; Jack up one corner of the car at a time, but just a couple of inches.

Step two; Heat up the fenders with a heat gun for like 5-10 minutes. (Only do one wheel/fender at a time)

Step three; Use the top of a jack handle, pvc pipe, or baseball bat and slowly roll it in between the wheel and tire-STRETCHING THE METAL in the fender going back and forth using the wheel/tire as leverage

Step three; Make sure fenders stay warm and place about 5-8 magazines in between the fender and the tire…(The more magazines the larger the fender flair)

Step four; Slowly lower the jack onto the magazines.

Let sit for a few hours (I usually let it stand over night to make sure it cools off with the magazines under or else the job you just did won’t take full effect).

Before The Magnificent Fender Rolling
After The Magnificent Fender Rolling