About Craig Daugherty

Writer, amateur photographer, and BMW nerd to the core.

Specialty Tools and DIYs Every VW Owner Needs

Part of becoming an enthusiast is recognizing that performing maintenance services on your VW aren’t inconveniences, but rather, opportunities. You gain new skills and confidence with every service that requires more work, build a relationship with your car, and become quite self-sufficient with these mechanical skills that transfer fairly universally to other parts of your [...]

2022-04-29T13:41:40-04:00April 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Car Market Inflation, The Global Situation, And You

Since March of 2020, we’ve seen extreme, generation-defining, events happen real-time back to back. Most recently, for the past fifty-three days and amidst an ongoing global pandemic, Ukraine is attempting to repel Russian invaders and millions of refugees have fled the country as a result. What this most recent global event, and the preceding line [...]

2022-04-15T13:28:32-04:00April 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|4 Comments

The Perfect Daily Driver? New C7 S6/S7 Performance Upgrades and Derek’s S6 Build

Getting older proves challenging for some car guys. At a certain point, it’s just not feasible to roll around in something purpose-built for racing on the morning commute, so you have to pick something more civilized. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice power, though. That’s the sentiment Derek has with his C7 S6 we’ve [...]

2022-04-10T09:05:47-04:00April 8th, 2022|Audi|Comments Off on The Perfect Daily Driver? New C7 S6/S7 Performance Upgrades and Derek’s S6 Build

ECS Axle Delete Plugs and Center Diff Delete Are Here!

As enthusiasts, we ultimately want more from our cars. We build them around a goal, whether that’s for motorsport competition, shows, or just for fun, all that matters is making the car a reflection of yourself. We understand that intimately here at ECS and often find ourselves pursuing product development solely for selfish reasons because [...]

2022-04-01T10:04:28-04:00April 1st, 2022|Audi, BMW, Performance|39 Comments

Spring for Spring Maintenance

Ah, spring has finally sprung. The flowers are blooming, the salt from winter has mostly washed away, and the sound of motorcycle and modified car exhausts are returning to the air. Nature sure is beautiful. Fortunately for you, we’re in an extremely pleasant mood with all these days above 60 degrees kicking in. This week, [...]

2022-03-18T15:42:59-04:00March 18th, 2022|Suspension|Comments Off on Spring for Spring Maintenance

Give Yourself A Lift: Overlanding & Off-roading Coming To ECS!

Since our reorganization from a service and repair facility into a performance parts developer and retailer, most of our attention has been exclusively focused around upgrades and parts for street and track oriented European vehicles. As many of our employees have started to explore other avenues of automotive enjoyment, we’ve seen firsthand the cool build [...]

2022-03-11T10:25:21-05:00March 11th, 2022|Audi, BMW, Suspension, Volkswagen|3 Comments

Movie Car Shootout!

This month, people who don’t spend their evenings and weekends in the garage or out enjoying their cars are all focused on basketball. Us car guys, however, as a majority tend to ignore this championship entirely. So, in order for us to have some fun with competitions of our own before show season and racing [...]

2022-03-04T09:46:29-05:00March 4th, 2022|Uncategorized|33 Comments

Best Use For 2022 Tax Return Part 2: Performance!

Last week, we focused on the more sensible option for investing your tax return in your daily transportation. However, we know some of you are either magnetically attracted to the fun go-fast bits or you’ve got all your maintenance under control. For you, this week we’re looking at some of our favorite upgrades that are [...]

2022-02-25T10:52:19-05:00February 25th, 2022|Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on Best Use For 2022 Tax Return Part 2: Performance!

Best Use of Your 2022 Tax Return Part 1: Maintenance!

It’s tax time once again here in the United States, which means many of us receive a nice chunk of change back in the form of tax returns. This year, the average returns as of early February are around 2,200, though it’s of course based on your income and tax bracket. Regardless, this time of [...]

2022-02-18T11:04:24-05:00February 18th, 2022|Project Cars, Schwaben|Comments Off on Best Use of Your 2022 Tax Return Part 1: Maintenance!