About Craig Daugherty

Craig Daugherty is a writer and BMW enthusiast from Nashville, TN. His writing focuses primarily on performance tuning, DIY articles, and automotive history.

Best Upgrades For Your Audi B7 A4

The B7 A4, produced from 2005 until 2008, is still modern enough to remain relevant on the road but is certainly beginning to show it’s age. As prices drop and these executive sedans become available, picking one up and turning it into something contemporary, striking, and stylish is within reach for any budget. If you [...]

2020-06-09T14:35:13-04:00June 9th, 2020|Audi|0 Comments

Visually Transform Your Volkswagen MK5 GTI On A Budget

The MK5 GTI is one of the least-loved generations of the namesake but we don’t think that’s fair. Just because the lovable boxy styling of the GTI faded into the past with the introduction of the rather bubbly and rounded MK5 generation doesn’t mean it can’t be cool. Some of the best-looking cars I notice [...]

2020-06-08T13:54:59-04:00June 8th, 2020|Exhaust, Suspension, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on Visually Transform Your Volkswagen MK5 GTI On A Budget

Audi B8 A4 2.0T Catch Can Install DIY

The B8 A4 is a wonderful example of both luxury and performance but it isn’t perfect. As we mentioned in our last article about the common issues known to B8 A4 2.0T models, there are a few inherent flaws that need addressing for long-term reliability to be assured. As with any modern car, the crank [...]

2020-06-08T10:56:45-04:00June 8th, 2020|Audi|Comments Off on Audi B8 A4 2.0T Catch Can Install DIY

How To Fix Common Problems With The Audi B8 A4

The Audi B8 A4 is the S4’s less angry counterpart. If you want all the style but aren’t concerned with having the most powerful engine available for the chassis, the B8 A4 is an excellent choice. It has all the refinement you could want from an executive sedan and plenty of ‘get up and go’ [...]

2020-06-03T13:48:17-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Audi|Comments Off on How To Fix Common Problems With The Audi B8 A4

Everything You Need To Know About the ECS Tuning Virtual Car Show 2020

We’re all missing car shows and events. However, it is important that we do our best to maintain safe and healthy practices in the middle of this pandemic (which is still very much happening, along with other turmoils that have mounted in tandem.) What we can do, though, is have virtual car shows, which have [...]

2020-06-02T14:28:54-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Audi, BMW, ECS Show Nation, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Everything You Need To Know About the ECS Tuning Virtual Car Show 2020

Common Problems with the Audi B8/B8.5 S4

If you want a stately sedan with plenty of power from the factory and massive potential for aftermarket improvements, the B8 or B8.5 S4 is perhaps one of the most well-rounded cars you can find. With its 3.0T supercharged V6, available manual transmission, four doors, sporty yet luxurious interior, and iconic Quattro AWD system, the [...]

2020-06-02T12:42:29-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Audi, Buying Guide|Comments Off on Common Problems with the Audi B8/B8.5 S4

Solve Your VW MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI Misfire and Check Engine Light

The Volkswagen MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI took the MK5 and made it more appealing. It was better than just a facelift. It took what the MK5 did well and made significant improvements to the car at every corner. The MK6 is still an incredible platform and is more affordable than ever, but they’re becoming older [...]

2020-06-02T10:52:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Solve Your VW MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI Misfire and Check Engine Light

The Right Performance Exhaust For Your Build

When you are modifying your car for better performance, there are basic formulas you follow. One is to add power by reducing restriction. That can be as simple as a few bolt-on upgrades or as involved as a full engine build and tons of custom fabrication. Wherever you decide to take your build, there is [...]

2020-05-28T12:26:52-04:00May 28th, 2020|Exhaust|Comments Off on The Right Performance Exhaust For Your Build

Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Basic Performance Upgrades, or BPUs, are the parts we enthusiasts primarily pursue. Most folks don’t do engine building, honing, boring, fabrication, and extensive custom work themselves, and certainly not on their daily drivers. No one is going to break any records with BPUs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. The simple formula of [...]

2020-05-27T12:32:44-04:00May 27th, 2020|Intake, New Products, Performance|Comments Off on Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Upgrade Your E46 M3 for Power on a Budget

If you have an E46 M3, we don’t need to tell you how awesome it is. With the values at an all-time affordability for new enthusiasts to pick up, there are likely quite a few of us who grew up with the E46 M3 as our dream car who now are able to snag one. [...]

2020-05-26T13:23:54-04:00May 26th, 2020|BMW, Performance|Comments Off on Upgrade Your E46 M3 for Power on a Budget