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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BMW engine mount replacement process for my 1994 BMW 325is.
So, I have had these engine mounts from RevShift performance sitting around in my garage for many months. I finally got around to this project which also included a set of Rogue Engineering transmission. This BMW engine mount replacement process was pretty straightforward, it just takes a bit of time. The new engine and transmission mounts result in a more firm ride overall, in addition to providing more feedback through the chassis. These polyurethane mounts will also last much longer than the OEM counterparts. At this point, I believe I have replaced nearly every OEM bushing in the car!
Here is a quick guide on coilover suspension ride height adjustment.
With any new coilover suspension system, properly setting the ride height is one of the first tasks you must tackle. Now, ride height adjustment can seem like a difficult thing to do. However, with a little bit of guidance, just about anyone can get the job done. This is of course, assuming you are familiar with coilover suspension systems to begin with. When installing my MCS suspension, I recorded the process on my 2017 BRZ. Follow this simple video and you will be a pro at adjusting ride height yourself!
The MCS suspension install is the first of my big off-season upgrades for my Subaru BRZ.
After gathering all of the required bits and pieces, I am all set to install my new 2-way suspension system! The coilover suspension system is fairly simple to install on a BRZ, FRS, or 86. In addition to the MCS suspension install, I am also installing new sway-bar end links from RacerX Fabrication. This should prove to be a pretty nice upgrade in the handling department and I am looking forward to testing! If you missed the Motion Control Suspension Unboxing video, don’t forget to check that out as well.
PLEASE NOTE: I assembled the Vorshlag rear shock mounts incorrectly in this video! You need to use the springs perches that come with your MCS suspension kit, as well as a small spacer, in place of the OEM black upper perch that I used. Your rear shocks should look like the one on the left in the below image, when using the Vorshlag rear mounts that I am using:
Every aspiring race car driver needs to learn the heel toe downshift technique. This technique has been around for ages, but is often learned on the job without much guidance. Effectively executing a heel toe downshift has a number of benefits. In addition to being faster, the heel toe technique is also safer. Our video “How to Heel Toe Downshift Like a Pro” covers all aspects of the heel toe downshift process. Including, examples on my Simracing rig as well as real time in my Subaru BRZ.