Best Upgrades For Your Project Car

Last week, we covered the first steps you should take with a new project car or build. The focus was on setting your project up for success with maintenance on the front end so you can enjoy upgrades worry-free down the road. Well, this edition of Tuned In Weekly is all about the fun stuff [...]

2021-09-03T11:05:00-04:00September 3rd, 2021|Project Cars|Comments Off on Best Upgrades For Your Project Car

How To Identify and Service Your VW or Audi Haldex AWD System

Owning a Haldex-equipped Volkswagen or Audi is convenient when you need the AWD, but they require regular service to operate effectively. Luckily, we're here to help build your confidence in the garage with this handy guide to all things Haldex.   What is a Haldex AWD System?  The Haldex system derives its name from the Haldex [...]

2021-08-18T09:47:05-04:00August 18th, 2021|Audi, DIYs, Volkswagen|4 Comments

Everything You Need To Know About Brake Upgrades

Last week, we took an in-depth look at some of the best coilovers on a budget. This week, we're sticking with drivability and performance modifications that are guaranteed to offer better results than more horsepower. If you plan on improving your car’s performance capabilities, want a better overall driving experience, or it’s just time for [...]

2021-07-23T10:48:22-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Braking|1 Comment

So You Want To Do An Engine Swap?

Engine swaps are fairly common, even among the non-enthusiast crowd. Whether you’re simply swapping in an identical engine to replace a completely broken one or trying to stuff the biggest thing you can into your little VW for all the power, the fundamental principles are roughly the same. In this article, we’re going to cover [...]

2021-07-08T14:05:18-04:00July 8th, 2021|About, BMW, Project Cars|2 Comments

Project Car Rescue!

If you’re a car enthusiast of any kind, you’ve probably seen countless YouTube videos or programs where the host pulls some junky old car out of a field and brings it back to life. Due to the rising cost of 'cool' cars, it has become increasingly popular for enthusiasts to search for broken or forgotten [...]

2021-06-03T13:15:34-04:00June 3rd, 2021|BMW, Project Cars|10 Comments

Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

The MK4 platform is one of the best-selling VW models of all time, especially if you include all the possible variants. The Jetta, Beetle, and Golf all shared the MK4 platform from 1998-2005 (give or take, some versions started later, others ended later). With several engine options, layouts, and even models to choose between, it's [...]

2020-11-09T16:19:57-05:00November 9th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

Must-Have Tools For Your Garage This Winter

If you’re like me, the winter is good for staying inside under a blanket with a glass of whiskey or next to your heater in the garage tackling large projects. With my recent trip to Euro District, I have a newfound motivation to start cleaning up that last 10% of my BMW E30 build to [...]

2020-10-23T11:27:43-04:00October 22nd, 2020|DIYs, General, Schwaben|Comments Off on Must-Have Tools For Your Garage This Winter

OE, OEM, Aftermarket, What’s It All Mean?

If you are fairly new to the wonderful world of DIY maintenance and upgrades on your car, you’re probably a bit overwhelmed with all the acronyms, like DIY (do it yourself, if you didn’t know.) These acronyms, like DCT, LSD, ASC, and the alphabet soup of other shorthand signifiers are pretty easy to google and [...]

2020-09-30T14:29:49-04:00September 30th, 2020|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on OE, OEM, Aftermarket, What’s It All Mean?

First Maintenance Services for a Second Hand BMW E46 330ci

If you’re like our own Josh Shirk, you have taken advantage of the extremely affordable E46 330ci prices the market has seen lately. While exceptional examples are still selling for north of $5,000, you can pick up an E46 330ci for much, much less if you don’t mind doing a bit of work. However, work [...]

2020-08-14T11:16:57-04:00August 14th, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on First Maintenance Services for a Second Hand BMW E46 330ci

How To Protect Your BMW E9X M3 With This Skid Plate Install DIY

With the prices of BMW E9X M3 reaching affordable levels, it's no surprise the M-powered legend doesn't last long on the second-hand market. When you can pick a 414hp high-strung V8 powered luxury sports compact with no compromise to reliability and quality or a thirty-year-old Nissan with no parts availability and half the horsepower, it's [...]

2020-07-07T10:54:33-04:00July 7th, 2020|BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs|Comments Off on How To Protect Your BMW E9X M3 With This Skid Plate Install DIY