Riverside 2020 and Show Season Maintenance

Here we go again. I am about to drive back to my hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee for a meet I look forward to every spring: Riverside. I have a love/hate relationship with the show, but I still consider it my favorite. That relationship, though, has nothing to do with the meet itself. It’s with my [...]

2020-03-10T15:54:06-04:00March 9th, 2020|BMW|0 Comments

Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

With most of the preventative replacements and maintenance, there isn’t much you can do to improve performance. However, once you’ve completed that maintenance, you can begin to modify your 135i with performance parts that give you more power and, in some cases, remedy some issues you might otherwise encounter. The 135i, especially the early N54-powered [...]

2020-03-02T15:56:47-05:00March 2nd, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

The Volkswagen MK8 GTI is Here

The car that started the modern era of affordable enthusiast ownership and simultaneously introduced the world to the idea of a hot hatchback is finally getting its official eighth generation. Yesterday, Volkswagen showed us the MK8 GTI, GTE, and GTD options we will see in showrooms everywhere quite soon. Here is our first look at [...]

2020-02-27T16:18:31-05:00February 27th, 2020|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on The Volkswagen MK8 GTI is Here

How Reliable is the BMW 135i N54

BMW has always been successful with their compact sports car platforms. It’s in their roots. As their models grew in size with every generation, they saw a need to create a new model that filled in the gap they had created with the bulking-up of their iconic 3-series. In 2008, the world was given the [...]

2020-03-02T14:43:27-05:00February 26th, 2020|About, BMW, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How Reliable is the BMW 135i N54

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: Battery Replacement

Anytime the battery is replaced on your newer BMW, you must register it using a scan tool.  This will only work, however, with an identical battery to the factory equipped battery being uninstalled. The battery will not register if you change from Lead Acid to AMG. Using an identical battery to factory equipment, this will [...]

2020-02-12T16:49:43-05:00February 11th, 2020|About, BMW, MINI, Schwaben Professional Scan Tool BMW, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: Battery Replacement

How to Lower Your BMW With No Downsides

If you want to show off, you build your engine. If you want your car to perform well around corners and put all your power to the ground, you tune your suspension. Of course, you can just lower your car for looks, and that’s fine, but you aren’t receiving all the benefits from a lower [...]

2020-01-30T14:27:42-05:00January 30th, 2020|About, BMW, Suspension|Comments Off on How to Lower Your BMW With No Downsides

Add Style Points to Your Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen

Modern cars have come a long way. I know, every writer from ever automotive decade has said exactly those words. Mind-blowing tech and performance capabilities at the time lose their luster and eventually become a joke. Like claiming a 9-second 0-60mph as ‘sporty.’ Today, though, we are at the peak. Cars don’t need engine swaps [...]

2020-01-27T15:02:13-05:00January 27th, 2020|About, Audi, Body & Exterior, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Add Style Points to Your Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen

Builds Don’t Take Breaks: ECS Sales and Customer Support are Now Available 7 Days a Week

It's Sunday. You're in the garage, wrenching away, tackling that project you need to finish as quickly as possible. You go to install your fresh new parts when suddenly, you realize you forgot something. Maybe it's just a simple part, like a hose or a filter. Maybe it's something bigger. Or, as is sometimes the [...]

2020-01-23T11:54:27-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Builds Don’t Take Breaks: ECS Sales and Customer Support are Now Available 7 Days a Week

How to Make Your MK6 or MK7 GTI Look Better in Five Minutes: ECS Direct Fit Exhaust Tips

When it comes to adding personal touches to our cars, you often have three qualities to expect, and two you can pick per upgrade. As the old saying goes; you can have it fast, you can have it good, and you can have it cheap, but you can’t have all three. You have to pick [...]

2020-01-22T15:14:33-05:00January 22nd, 2020|About, DIYs, Exhaust, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How to Make Your MK6 or MK7 GTI Look Better in Five Minutes: ECS Direct Fit Exhaust Tips

How to Bleed Your Brakes Alone or With a Friend

Brake service is a regular part of owning any car. We don’t have to explain to you why brakes, and their condition, are important for a car’s functionality. However, one part of the brake system that is often overlooked is the fluid and brake lines. With brake lines and fluid, much of their condition is [...]

2020-01-21T17:08:40-05:00January 21st, 2020|About, Braking, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to Bleed Your Brakes Alone or With a Friend