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.

The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots

Maintenance on your car is critical. Fresh oil, plugs, coils, brakes, and the essentials of the ‘basic tune-up’ are second nature to car guys. No one needs to tell us what our intervals are, generally speaking, and we keep track of mileage on most major wearable parts either in our head or on paper to [...]

January 30th, 2019|BMW, Car Care, DIYs|Comments Off on The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots

ECS Tuning Rear Control Arm and Trailing Arm Pre-Installed Polyurethane Bushing Kits for VW MK5, MK6, Audi A3/TT DIY Instructions

The VW MK5/MK6 and Audi TT/A3 platforms are exceptional choices preferred by tons of enthusiasts around the world. As these cars age, it is important to address those more involved maintenance concerns from worn and degraded parts, especially if you are modifying your car for performance. Unfortunately, this often requires refreshed bushings and suspension components [...]

January 21st, 2019|About, Audi, Volkswagen|Comments Off on ECS Tuning Rear Control Arm and Trailing Arm Pre-Installed Polyurethane Bushing Kits for VW MK5, MK6, Audi A3/TT DIY Instructions

The ECS Take on the 2020 Supra/BMW Z4 M40i

Okay, one more story from the greater car community, then we promise: back to the regularly scheduled ECS-exclusive content. Once again from the Detroit Motor Show this past week, something we felt has to be discussed was finally presented for the world to see. The new 2020 Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 M40i, which have [...]

January 17th, 2019|BMW|Comments Off on The ECS Take on the 2020 Supra/BMW Z4 M40i

Big News from Volkswagen Auto Group and the MEB EV Platform

As mentioned in our previous article about that incredible E34 barn find including a gaggle of minty sedans and a touring, we at ECS would prefer to telling our own stories and offer an internal perspective to our readers. This week, we are going to break that tradition again. On January 14th, Volkswagen announced at [...]

January 15th, 2019|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Big News from Volkswagen Auto Group and the MEB EV Platform

Bulgarian Barn Find E34s: What Would Be the Best Modifications for the BMW E34 5-Series?

At ECS, we prefer to relate stories to our readers that are unique and exclusive to us. Whether that is our own words about an individual’s car or products we have developed, these articles are uniquely ECS Tuning. However, as a BMW enthusiast and fan of the elusive barn find, I couldn’t pass up an [...]

January 10th, 2019|BMW, Engine, Exhaust|Comments Off on Bulgarian Barn Find E34s: What Would Be the Best Modifications for the BMW E34 5-Series?

Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4

Perhaps the most tempting part of owning a B8 S4 is the sound produced by the 3.0T FSI engine. The downsized engine from the previous V8 models still offers the grunt of a higher displacement engine, but it is now paired with the iconic supercharger whine and exceptional fuel economy for its power output. With [...]

January 7th, 2019|About, Audi, Exhaust|Comments Off on Loud Button: ECS Valved Cat-Back Exhaust for Your Audi B8 S4

Lowering Springs, Coilovers, and Air Ride Suspension: Which is Best for My Car?

One of the first places many enthusiasts begin when modifying their car is the suspension. If you want to make a change to your car’s appearance, ride height, and handling performance, finding the right suspension for the job is how to do it. However, there are three types of suspension products, all with their own [...]

January 2nd, 2019|About, Suspension|Comments Off on Lowering Springs, Coilovers, and Air Ride Suspension: Which is Best for My Car?

Electric Future: an Enthusiast’s Apology for Electric Vehicles and the Fate of Internal Combustion

The automotive world in the last decade has experienced a dizzying swing of seemingly contradictory directions. Fueled by innovation, progress, and forward-thinking while held to increasingly conservative and stagnant political decisions, we have reached a point in 2018 where a distinct rift has appeared in the market. Increasingly, as governments like those of Spain and [...]

Bye Bye Beetle: Farewell to the Volkswagen Icon with the Top Five Performance Mods for your 2012+ VW Beetle

As the technology around vehicles developed, there were influential models that defined the automobile market and the vehicles that would follow as the world embraced an internal combustion future. Of these influential models, many come readily to mind when asked what cars most directly impacted the vehicles produced today. Cars like the Ford Model T, [...]

December 10th, 2018|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Bye Bye Beetle: Farewell to the Volkswagen Icon with the Top Five Performance Mods for your 2012+ VW Beetle

Introducing the Winter Beater Challenge Presented by ECS Tuning

Love it or hate it, winter happens every year. Here in Northern Ohio, the season means snow, salt, and face-hurting temperatures. As a result of the conditions, most of us are forced indoors and our car projects take on an excruciatingly slow pace. Despite the weather and its demotivational characteristics, some of our team have [...]

December 6th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche|Comments Off on Introducing the Winter Beater Challenge Presented by ECS Tuning