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.

Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

We’re cranking out the hits lately. First, the MK5/6 2.0T FSI/TSI fabricated aluminum intake manifold drew tons of attention from big turbo builds. Now, we’re helping you reach those goals to reduce weight and increase efficiency. The new in-house designed MK5, MK6, and MK7 GTI/Golf R OEM Intercooler Delete Brackets are the best way to [...]

2020-11-13T11:34:45-05:00November 13th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

The Volkswagen MK4 GTI with the 1.8T engine is one of the most commonly modified platforms available. Thanks to its availability, affordability, and the aftermarket support offered for this engine, it’s more of a question of where to start rather than what to do. Everyone knows bolt-on upgrades paired with a software tune are the [...]

2020-11-10T15:31:15-05:00November 10th, 2020|Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

The MK4 platform is one of the best-selling VW models of all time, especially if you include all the possible variants. The Jetta, Beetle, and Golf all shared the MK4 platform from 1998-2005 (give or take, some versions started later, others ended later). With several engine options, layouts, and even models to choose between, it's [...]

2020-11-09T16:19:57-05:00November 9th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

The ECS Tuning BMW E46 M3 Buyer’s Guide

The BMW E46 M3 has always been considered one of the most celebrated dedicated performance platforms. It’s powerful, rear-wheel drive, includes a limited-slip differential, was equipped with either a manual transmission or a single-clutch automated manual, and checks all the boxes for enthusiasts. However, as with any high-performance BMW built with cutting-edge technology, there are [...]

2020-11-06T16:47:50-05:00November 6th, 2020|BMW, Buying Guide|Comments Off on The ECS Tuning BMW E46 M3 Buyer’s Guide

Most Common BMW E46 M3 Problems

The E46 M3 is considered the last analog M3 and is still used today as the benchmark quintessential sports car. With a celebrated history, massive enthusiast community, and astounding aftermarket support, it has maintained relevance and still commands a premium price, even for SMG-equipped examples. Despite all those positives, and the 333bhp S54 power plant [...]

2020-11-05T10:59:50-05:00November 5th, 2020|BMW, DIYs|Comments Off on Most Common BMW E46 M3 Problems

Winter Project Car Ideas

If you’re in the market for a new headache (project car,) there’s no better time to get started than in the winter. You’re not going to be driving, you spend a lot of time at home, and need something to keep that seasonal depression at bay. Why not take advantage of those aspects and do [...]

2020-11-03T14:15:43-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Buying Guide|Comments Off on Winter Project Car Ideas

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving

In the never-ending 2020 adversity, we still have to handle the normal seasonal work that always seems to come out of nowhere. Winter is quickly approaching and that means shorter days, colder temperatures, and fewer weekends to spend in the garage preparing for it. Right now is the time we put our fun cars, bikes, [...]

2020-10-29T16:11:30-04:00October 29th, 2020|Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving

Big Power: 2.0T FSI/TSI Fabricated Aluminum Intake Manifold Upgrade

The 2.0T FSI/TSI engine has the potential for substantial power. Despite its small displacement, the power ceiling is fairly high for even simple bolt-ons. An intake, turbo-back exhaust, coil packs, software upgrade, and a K04 turbo make the 2.0T an absolute weapon. However, in the process, weak points that would otherwise not be an issue [...]

2020-10-26T12:11:06-04:00October 26th, 2020|Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|2 Comments

Riverside Fall 2020: A Look Book By Basyir and SubtleNoise

Coming down from the high that was Euro District and finishing that article has me all upset that car season is already coming to an end, especially since we didn’t have too many opportunities for shows this year. I was fortunate enough to attend Riverside ‘Unofficial’ in the spring, Slammedenuff Nashville in the summer, H2Oi [...]

2020-10-23T11:55:41-04:00October 23rd, 2020|car show|Comments Off on Riverside Fall 2020: A Look Book By Basyir and SubtleNoise

Must-Have Tools For Your Garage This Winter

If you’re like me, the winter is good for staying inside under a blanket with a glass of whiskey or next to your heater in the garage tackling large projects. With my recent trip to Euro District, I have a newfound motivation to start cleaning up that last 10% of my BMW E30 build to [...]

2020-10-23T11:27:43-04:00October 22nd, 2020|DIYs, General, Schwaben|Comments Off on Must-Have Tools For Your Garage This Winter