Looking Back at a Legacy: Remembering John Haynes, Author of Haynes Manuals

At the risk of appearing to capitalize on content provided by tragedy, I cannot pass by an opportunity to celebrate the life and achievements of such an influential person to so many enthusiasts as John Haynes. Last week, surrounded by his family, John Haynes passed away after a brief illness at his home in England. [...]

February 12th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|0 Comments

Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

I have always enjoyed building, creating, assembling, or otherwise challenging myself with projects. I relish the times I have overheard family members doubt my resolve or abilities as opportunities to both prove them wrong and realize a desire. As car enthusiasts, many of us likely can trace our interest in performing our own work and [...]

February 4th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, General, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|0 Comments

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

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

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 [...]

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

LIQUI MOLY: The Best Oil for your Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Porsche or Volkswagen

Cars, like all machines, require regular service to maintain their operational lifespan. This is common knowledge to just about everyone. Two or three times a year (depending on how much you drive) you can expect to have your car on jack stands in the driveway or at your preferred service center with an oil drain [...]

December 5th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on LIQUI MOLY: The Best Oil for your Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, MINI, Porsche or Volkswagen

How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?

Oil catch cans are incredibly common, especially on highly modified engines. On forums, you can find several roundabout answers ranging from ‘it helps keep your engine clean’ to proclaiming ‘it will prevent your engine from blowing.’ These vague responses are lacking in real answers as to what the actual purpose of a catch can is and how it functions to benefit your engine. This is a case where people are giving sound, albeit, uninformed advice. So what does a catch can exactly do?

November 28th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, Intake, Performance, Porsche, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Does a Baffled Catch Can Work and Why Do I Need One?

Rotiform Wheel Giveaway with ECS Tuning

Wheels make the car. They are the most visually striking part of a car’s exterior appearance and offer the widest range of changes to its attitude. A simple color change is one thing, but choosing the right size, offset, and style can drastically alter your car’s presence. This, of course, should come as news [...]

November 27th, 2018|Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen, Wheels|1 Comment

Wheel Look Book Part 1: Alzor 010 x Audi B8 S4

While looking through our catalog of wheels, I noticed we lack any galleries that display wheels installed on vehicles. When I look for new wheels, it is important to see what all my choices look like. Wheel catalogs make the wheels more tangible over the screen since you can see them installed on a [...]

November 5th, 2018|About, Audi, Wheels|Comments Off on Wheel Look Book Part 1: Alzor 010 x Audi B8 S4