Tow Mirror Upgrade

My 7.3L diesel Ford F250 is in need of a tow mirror upgrade!

One of the things I have noticed when towing race car trailers over the years, is that mirrors are very important! Most pickup trucks come with small, inadequate mirrors for towing trailers. Unless, you opt for a truck that has a towing package which often has upgraded mirrors. My 2002 Ford F250 with the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel engine came with telescoping mirrors with a small blindspot mirror. However, I found them to be inadequate as well, and went on the hunt for a tow mirror upgrade. After doing some searching, I found YITAMOTOR towing mirrors which have been a fantastic upgrade over the stock towing mirrors. The mirrors include features not found on my OEM truck mirrors, such as a turn signal and heat mirrors. In addition, they are telescoping and have a huge blindspot mirror which increases visibility in your blind areas. The installation is fairly straightforward and my video below covers all of the details, including the wiring of turn signals and heat!

7.3L Powerstroke Diesel

Upgrading my tow vehicle with the legendary Ford 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel powered F250!

So, my old 2010 Ford F150 was not quite up to the task of towing our new 22ft enclosed race car trailer. It managed only 4mpg and just did not have the power to pull the trailer at a reasonable speed. I got really lucky searching for a replacement and found a nice 2002 Ford F250. This truck is equipped with the legendary 7.3L Powerstroke Diesel engine. This turbocharged diesel engine pumps out 275 horsepower and 525lb.ft of torque! Plenty of power to safely and economically pull our new trailer. I am looking forward to the upcoming modifications for this truck!

JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe

The JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe replaces my old Berk front-pipe.

I have gone through quite a few different catback exhaust systems on my 2017 Subaru BRZ. However, I have always had the same front-pipe, which is the Berk high flow cat version. After a few years of use and abuse on the track and autocross course, it seems this pipe has finally started to fall apart. First, I noticed a hissing sound of sorts coming from my exhaust system. It got worse over time. Finally, I pulled the exhaust system from the car and found a hole in my Berk front-pipe! So, my broken BRZ exhaust needs to be repaired or replaced. I chose to replace the Berk front-pipe with a brand new JDL Ultra Quiet front-pipe instead of attempting to repair the hole in the Berk pipe.

Backup Camera Install

Check out my latest DIY backup camera install video for my Ford F150!

As a lot of my YouTube followers might know, I often tow my race cars to events. Attaching my trailer to the truck hitch can be a frustrating affair because the truck was not equipped with a backup camera from the factory. After many failed first hitch attempts, I decided a backup camera install was in order to aid in connecting the trailer. Now, there are all kinds of aftermarket and add-on backup cameras on the market. I wanted something that was inexpensive and easy to install. The Hopkins Backup Camera System fit my description coming in at under $100 dollars. Also, it was completely plug and play, assuming your vehicle already has trailer connections. In addition, it included a small display screen so you do not need to worry if your truck lacks an in dash screen. The installation process was also pretty simple and covered in my latest video below.

Roadmaster Active Suspension

Installing Roadmaster Active Suspension on my Ford F150.

It’s not very often that I am doing modifications to my Ford F150 pickup truck. But, this video is going to go over the process of installing Roadmaster Active Suspension kit for Ford F150 trucks. The “RAS” does a couple of things. First, it will smooth out the ride in the truck by soaking up bumps and road imperfections better. Second, it helps to increase load capacity enabling you to tow or haul more weight. I found that the Roadmaster Active Suspension did a good job of the former, but not necessarily the latter. Most driving conditions were improved and I saw less bounce and disruption in the rear of the truck, when going over bumps. However, I felt like it did not really increase my ability to tow more easily or haul heavier loads. Check out the video for all of the details on this howto video.

Best BRZ Exhaust

Is this the best BRZ exhaust yet?

It seems like I have spent years trying to find the best BRZ exhaust for my racing requirement! Some of my favorites have been my single exit Tanabe Concept G exhaust and the Blitz Nur-Spec VSR dual exit exhaust. However, both of those exhausts had their flaws. They were either too heavy (the Blitz), or too loud in the case of the Tanabe exhaust. Now, I have picked up yet another exhaust to review. This time, I ordered the Dezod Motorsports Dual Catback exhaust. Will this be the last exhaust I will ever need for my 2017 Subaru BRZ? I hope so!

OS Giken Differential Install

OS Giken differential install process for your Subaru BRZ, Scion FRS, or Toyota 86.

The OS Giken Super Lock limited slip differential is a high end product that will improve your cars cornering grip. This is the latest in my Subaru BRZ upgrades for competing in SCCA STX autocross. The OS Giken differential install process is fairly straightforward. However, it does take time and some familiarity with how the rear differential comes out of your car. With the OS Giken unit installed, you can expect improved grip during mid-corner and corner exit phases. Going fast requires putting the power down and the OS Giken differential definitely helps with that.

Low Cost Headlight Restoration

Restoring headlights was never this easy! Our low cost headlight restoration video shows you how!

If you have an older car, chances are you have yellowed and faded headlights. Skip the videos where people use toothpaste, of all things, to clean their headlights. I have used a number of products for restoring headlights with good results. Most recently, I have found a low cost headlight restoration kit that comes from Mothers, a well known detailing product company. The kit I like to use is the Mothers NuLens headlight restoration kit. This is a simple to use kit that has great results. You can restore your headlights in your own garage, with basic tools. There is even a no tool kit available called the Mothers PowerBall headlight restoration kit. Follow my straightforward video and you will be on your way to clear, clean, and protected headlights.

BMW M3 Reveal!

My new and improved BMW M3 is here!

Ok ok, so it is really not a true BMW M3. BUT, my trusty old 1994 BMW 325is has gotten the M3 treatment. We did a lot of upgrades to this car during the off-season. The various upgrades were aimed at improving reliability, as well as improving driving feel and stability. The are a lot of new M3 front brake parts, including calipers, rotors, pads, and more. In addition, I installed a fancy new e36 M3 bumper to improve the looks! The new bumper also makes it possible to run the Hard Motorsports brake duct kit. Lastly, I added a new Sparco steering wheel and topped it off with a Z3 steering rack. No more slow and sloppy steering like in my stock 325is!

Suspension Basics

Compression and rebound are two things I cover in this suspension basics video.

Suspension and shocks can be very confusing. Even for those like myself, who have worked on and raced cars for a long time! To help others understand some suspension basics, I created this video which explains the actions of compression and rebound. Understanding these two basic functions will help make more sense of car suspension and how shocks work. In future garage talk videos, we will go over in more detail the effects of higher or lower compression and rebound. If you are curious as to what suspension I use, you can check out my MCS suspension install video.