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Working overtime, selling personal belongings, putting in elbow grease, and searching for deals; David Uy of Northern California has done everything possible to provide for his family and support his passion of automotive tuning. With that said, he quickly learned the value of a dollar early on and began hustling to acquire just about everything he has, including the 2009 GT-R on these pages. Text by Sami Sharaf // Photos by Watson Lu FLIPPIN’ KICKS As a teenager, Uy had amassed quite the collection of sneakers. He spent way more time cleaning and admiring his coveted shoe collection than actually…

Since its release in 2012, the FR-S/BRZ has received an enormous amount of praise for its excellent chassis, abundance of aftermarket support and entry-level price point. Yet, both the press and enthusiasts unanimously agree that the power output of an unmodified FA20 engine leaves much to be desired. Instead of simply showing how to make the car look fast, DSPORT will show you how we put together a reliable, daily-driven combination to produce over 300 wheel horsepower. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong STOCK BLOCK & BOOST From what we’ve seen from TOMEI Powered’s…

Car shows are just car shows, right? Not according to BLOX Racing. For the past four years, BLOX has held its Open House event in Northern California to bring enthusiasts, fans and the industry together for a summer gathering. However, the event faced numerous challenges as crowds became bigger and bigger and cars began flooding over to neighboring streets, lots, and anywhere parking could be found. Although 2014 would have marked the fifth annual Open House, BLOX decided to go all-out and launch an evolution of its event at a neverbefore- seen venue. In just five years, the BLOX Open…

From springs and coilovers to sway bars and suspension systems, Eibach USA engineers, develops and builds these parts in house at its plant in Southern California. Although many companies now choose to outsource production, there are still companies like Eibach going strong right here on American soil. Stay tuned for more behind the scenes looks at some of your favorite parts manufacturers in upcoming issues of DSPORT Magazine. Text by Jun Chen // Photos by Jun Chen and Richard Fong Utilizing a spring dynamometer, a coilover spring can be measured and specific characteristics analyzed. From muscle cars to imports, Eibach’s…

Life comes packed with learning experiences, and some of them cost more than others. When it comes to project cars, you’ve got to pay to play. Though these lessons are often costly, the knowledge gained helps pave the way to bigger and better builds. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Brandon English has first-hand experience facing the disappointments of project pitfalls, gaining experience from a costly vehicle build, and persevering to see the project through. The story of his project began in 2003 with the purchase of a Subaru WRX. He chose the bug-eyed GDB because of its all-wheel driveline,…

August signals the end of the summer, but it also heralds the three-day extravaganza known simply as “The Shootout.” On what would become a long weekend for many, August 15-17, 2014, thousands poured into the Village of Wakeman, Ohio, the home of Buschur Racing. Attendees came from across America and flooded into Ohio, filling up the hotels in neighboring towns Norwalk and Milan. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Friday, Dyno Day Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms that had been forecasted for weeks prior, many racers and spectators still traveled, undaunted. An estimated 1,000 people came out to…

Perseverance often tips the scales when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds and adversity. For those who stick with a project given all the possible challenges that come with automotive tuning, the reward of seeing a project completed can be great. While this sounds a little too melodramatic to describe a vehicle build, we can attest to this particular instance as it took over a year and a half to finally photograph this vehicle for the pages of DSPORT. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Andrew Linga Daniel Spielman had been set on the Z33 since it first came to…

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When cars get old, things begin to rattle, vibrate and become loose. Most people looking to improve the suspension of their vehicle seek out performance upgrades such as a set of adjustable coilovers, sway bars and even adjustable arms. Few people realize that trying to improve a vehicle’s suspension without addressing worn out rubber bushings is pretty much pointless. However, the reality is that when bushings deflect under high-load braking and cornering, dynamic changes in camber, caster or toe will result. These changes often reduce the size of a tire’s contact patch. In the case of cars that have endured…

Simon and Garfunkel, Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Cheech and Chong, Madonna and Sean Penn, Miley and Liam, J.Lo and Diddy, Justin and Britney. These were all famous couples that all made headlines, yet eventually split. The same can now be said for DSPORT and the FAME Civic. Call it creative differences or whatever you like, both sides will be focusing on their solo careers going forward. Fortunately, fans of DSPORT’s engineering approach to exploring the outer limits of Honda B-series power capabilities won’t be left out in the cold. Instead, we’ll be heating it up with the…

Strategies revolve around the rules. Sometimes rule changes can be worked with while others send competitors back to the drawing board. In the world of racing, this is normal. At the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1, rule changes resulted in completely redesigned chassis, aerodynamics and drivelines for the 2014 season. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw // Back From Leave Photography CHANGES FOR SHAKE UPS In the homeland of professional drifting, Japan, the D1 Grand Prix (D1GP) provided drivers with the first professional, organized and sanctioned drift competition. With relatively loose rules and few restrictions, it was…

No matter how “cool” automakers think they’re making the sub-30,000-dollar econoboxes, the reality is that most economy cars are utilitarian, practical and just plain boring. While the hot hatchback phenomenon has begun to spread from Europe to the States, many of these cars settle for low-rent interiors and a harsh suspension at the expense of sheer performance. Although the younger generation might enjoy the rough ride of stiff suspension and a noisy exhaust, not everybody wants an obnoxious box. Can a hatch with a supple ride and polished appearance still be hot? The 2015 VW GTI SE asks this exact…

These days, few can claim to have truly built an entire vehicle by themselves. Since the tuning knowledge base and information online (both good and bad) have grown exponentially, automotive enthusiasts theoretically have more data about how to modify vehicles than ever before. But too often, use of incorrect information, along with misuse or misinterpretation of proper knowledge lead to damaged engines and bad experiences that prove discouraging. Jeff Chang stands among the few enthusiasts that refused to give up, and despite his early misadventures, Jeff forged ahead by learning and doing much of the work on his Subaru himself.…

Watching GoPro videos online really gets the adrenaline flowing, especially when the clips feature the exploits of Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Sebastien Loeb. These record setting drivers have plenty of accolades to their credit, but in Colorado, the only one that really counts is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Larry Chen The 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marked the 92nd running of the “Race to the Clouds.” Just last year, Sebastien Loeb attacked the 12.42-mile course, smashing the standing record and raising the standards with a 8:13.87 elapsed time, an…

If you’re going in, go all in. This is the mentality and motivation behind HKS Japan’s special projects workshop builds. HKS engineers and tuners pour their experience in racing and high performance into the machines that emerge from this workshop. Anything less than record breaking is not an option. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Dino Dalle Carbonare Time Attack Heritage In 2001, HKS unleashed its carbon fiber Track Attack Altezza, otherwise known as the Tsukuba Record Breaker Version 1.0 (TRB-01). It broke the standing track record with a 55.800 second lap time. A few years later, HKS developed…

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