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The Reveal

Thursday 20 April | 0

  • - Speed Star Wheel SSR Professor SP1 wheels
  • - Continental ContiSportContact 2 tires
  • - HKS Hipermax Performer Coilovers
  • - Lexus Graphite Grey Pearl painted calipers with chrome decals
  • - Lexus Graphite Grey Pearl painted fan shroud (pics later)
  • - Modellista Designs Type 3 Front Bumper

The Tease

Monday 17 April | 0

Here is a glimpse of the finished product...


Monday 6 March | 0

No comment. =)

A couple of weeks ago, we attempted to corner balance the Supra. I say attempt, because we had to raise the driver front corner quite a bit and the cross weights still weren't where I'd like them. I, along with others, believe the suspension may be binding and the control arm bolts will need to be loosened and tightened with the suspension under load.

As you can see, the car weighs roughly 3460 lbs with approximately three-quarters of a tank of gas. Not too bad for an automagic Supra in my opinion.

For those of you who were wondering, the HKS Performers weigh 11 lb 14.80 oz and 10 lb 9.80 oz, per front and rear coilover, respectively.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to take any pics during the process, so this one was taken with flash as we were breaking down the scales and leveling pads. With less than 50 miles on the suspension, a road test review will have to wait.

Bumblebee Joints

Monday 20 February | 0

With the help of some friends this past weekend, I installed a set of HKS Hipermax Performer coilovers on the Supra. These are typical high-quality HKS goods with excellent fit and finish. Installation was fairly straightforward but think I've spoiled myself with a complete coilover system like this -they are direct swap out of the stock suspension, no need to compress springs and all that mess.

The spring rates are 12.0 kg/mm (672 lbs/in) and 7.0 kg/mm (392 lbs/in) front and rear, respectively. Out of the box, the front is lowered by 43 mm (1.7 in) while the rears come down 34 mm (1.3 in). I stopped by the Post Office to weigh the coilovers, but I don't have the info here in front of me.

Ride height adjustment, corner balance, alignment, and full review to come!!! More pictures of the Performers can be found in the gallery.

Up From The 36 Chambers...

Tuesday 14 February | 0

Heheh.. it's the Ghost..*Face*..*Killahh* Hehheheh
Wu-Tang Killa Beez, we on a swarm
Wu-Tang Killa Beez, we on a swarm
Wu-Tang Killa Beez, we on a swarm
Wu-Tang Killa Beez, we on a swarm
The RZA, the GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, U-God
Ghostface Killah, the Method Man, Raekwon the Chef, the Masta Killa..."

The entire Wu-Tang Clan came through 9:30 Club for the O.D.B. Tribute Tour and showed D.C. mad love. It's kind of hard to describe Wu's significance to hip-hop. The are the hip-hop group -on some hip-hop Beatles type shxt. I don't remember the entire tracklist, but they hit us with the darts: Bring Da Ruckus, Clan In Da Front, Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F Wit, C.R.E.A.M., Can It Be All So Simple, Method Man, Protect Ya Neck, Bring The Pain, Incarcerated Scarfaces, Brooklyn Zoo, Ice Cream, Run, Liquid Swords, Triumph, For Heaven's Sake, It's Yourz, Reunited, etc.

One highlight was when Rae and Meth felt that the bass was so right at 9:30 that they made the DJ stop Bring The Pain and restart the track just to feel the bass pump all over again. Another was when RZA brought up the fact that our Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man -and got away with it- the crowd got a good laugh outta that.

I can't even begin imagine how tough it was to have nine egos and personalities clashing on top of recording, touring, and so on, but it's good to see the Wu have ironed out some of their differences to honor one of their lost brothers: Rusty. R.I.P. Dirty. Towards the end of the first show, Rae and others reminded the fans that the sequel to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx: OB4CL II was due out sometime this year. I consider OB4CL one of the best hip-hop albums of all time. All time. Undoubtedly I have high expectations, so if OB4CL II is only half as good as it's predecessor, say goodbye to the beef rapp and derrty South era because Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing Ta F*** Wit!!!

Had To Put The Dawg Down

Monday 21 November | 1

The Supie's home for the next few months.

With the temps taking a dive from unseasonably warm 70's to the 40's and fallen leaves and other debris littering the roadways, it was about time to put the ol' [Sup]dawg down -for the winter. I'd like to perform some much-needed maintenance and, ideally, upgrades over this upcoming period of inactivity.

Got It Covered

Monday 14 November | 0

I tried on a custom-fit "Superweave"* car cover for a stock Supra from California Car Cover Co. yesterday. My friend made the comment that you couldn't really tell what the hell was under the cover. It could be an El Camino with an airplane wing if the exhaust didn't give it away. I was really impressed with it overall. The Nextec material was very lightweight and thin while supposedly being very element and UV resistant. It seemed to fit well, with the only exceptions being the baggy mirror pockets and being a little tight up front for my Top Secret replica bumper.

*Note: It appears that Covercraft makes most of the custom-fit covers for California Car Cover Co., Big Sky, etc. and the covers made out with the Nextec material are marketed under "Weathershield" by Covercraft.

SSR Professor SP1: School The Competition

Monday 7 November | 0

As many car enthusiasts know, Speed Star Co. Ltd and Speed Star Sales Co. Ltd went bankrupt on January 27 of this year, leaving many prospective buyers out in the cold. It appears, however, that the reports of Tanabe Co., Ltd purchasing the business rights and assets of Speed Star Racing and Speed Star Wheel were true. I check for updates regarding the buyout almost religiously and to say that I was ecstatic when I saw the Speed Star Wheel link on the front page of the Tanabe Japan site today would be the understatement of the year!!!

I have a one-track-mind when it comes to certain things, and wheels for my Supra is one of those things. Just a few of the qualities the SSR Professor SP1s have that that make it the right wheel for me are:

  • - wide range of widths
  • - wide range of offsets
  • - simple five-spoke design
  • - stepped lip that provides a sense of substance

I look forward to Tanabe setting up US distribution and hopefully I will have some new shoes for my 'dawg after nearly five years of ownership.