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 [...]

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|0 Comments

The Porsche 996 Turbo: Everything You Need to Know for the 30k-Mile Service

The 996 Carrera, which was produced from 1999 until 2004, is a sore topic amongst enthusiasts. Generally, those enthusiasts are quick to grab their bludgeons and wallop the IMS Bearing dead horse en-masse. Somewhere in that collective hatred of the 996, you will hear about the cracked eggshell headlights, water cooled engine, and how [...]

October 11th, 2018|About, DIYs, Porsche, Tech Tips, Turbo|Comments Off on The Porsche 996 Turbo: Everything You Need to Know for the 30k-Mile Service

How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

Summer is coming to a close and the fall air is drawing near, especially if you live up North. Some cars are put away for the winter and the trusty old beater is awoken once again to take the brunt of the salt and weather damage, while other cars are prepared for winter conditions. [...]

September 20th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

Do It Right, Do It Once: My 1988 BMW E30 Convertible and the Importance of Genuine Parts

It takes a special kind of person to pursue a passion they enjoy despite the existence of more convenient, more capable, and arguably more livable alternatives. With cars, the choice to drive something that is thirty years old or more requires the acceptance that some areas of ownership will be more time-consuming and labor-intensive than [...]

September 18th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain, General, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Do It Right, Do It Once: My 1988 BMW E30 Convertible and the Importance of Genuine Parts

DIY: How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way

Introduction: This article will give you all the information you need to successfully bleed your brake system. The following topics will be covered: When and why you need to bleed your brakes The different methods you can use The different tools that are available The different types of brake fluid and why it is [...]

April 23rd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Braking, DIYs, MINI, Porsche, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on DIY: How to Bleed Your Brakes the Right Way

ECS Transmission Street Shield for your Audi B8 A4 Quattro or B8 S4

Fresh out of our Research and Development department is a new protective measure for your Audi B8 A4 Quattro or S4: The ECS Transmission Street Shield Aluminum Skid Plate! Protecting your transmission is critical, especially in lowered vehicles. Potholes and various road hazards are frequent moments of terror that plague lowered and slammed cars.  This [...]

February 27th, 2018|Audi, Body & Exterior, Tech Tips|Comments Off on ECS Transmission Street Shield for your Audi B8 A4 Quattro or B8 S4

Stage 3 Big Brake Kit Installation Instructions (MKV, VI, Jetta, EOS, Golf/GTI, and Audi A3)

The ECS Big Brake Kit provides big improvements in braking power with a specially packaged kit containing quality brake components from the best names in the business. Start with large diameter ECS two-piece, drilled and slotted floating rotors that dampen [...]

January 4th, 2018|Audi, Braking, DIYs, General, Performance, Project Cars, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Stage 3 Big Brake Kit Installation Instructions (MKV, VI, Jetta, EOS, Golf/GTI, and Audi A3)

DIY: MK6 Kohlefaser & Luft-Technik Intake Installation

  Required Tools: Flex Driver For Screw Type Hose Clamps* Phillips Screwdriver Torx T25 bit Torx T30 bit 3/8” ratchet 1/4” ratchet with 6” extension 5mm Allen socket Spring clamp pliers (or locking plier) Schwaben VAG connector tool* *Available at ECStuning.com Before Installation, familiarize yourself with the [...]

December 21st, 2017|About, Carbon Fiber, DIYs, Engine, Intake, New Products, Tech Tips, Turbo, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on DIY: MK6 Kohlefaser & Luft-Technik Intake Installation

Power Stop Performance Brakes: The Right Choice

Similarities between performance cars and everyday commuter cars are incredibly limited. One crossover area that tends to hold uniform importance across all forms of motoring is the ability to brake properly. Put in simple terms, cars of all types need to match their braking force with how much power they produce. In this regard, [...]

December 15th, 2017|About, Audi, BMW, Braking, Car Care, DIYs, General, MINI, Porsche, Project Cars, Tech Tips, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Power Stop Performance Brakes: The Right Choice