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Stay away from XTR Performance /NewAgeAutoparts/ NewAgeAutoparts.com /Facebook Users Nate Baumberger Joey Lokken
Apr 16, 2014 - 6:48 PM - by GODspeed7
Ok guys here comes the story. I used to be an admin of mazdaspeed 3 owners group on facebook. I am no longer, but that's a different story for another day. Well one of the members was asking about clutch and flywheel options. I told them that I just bought a Luk clutch kit off of amazon for $181 and a Fidanza Flywheel from Edge autosport for $335 all shipped for free and how this was the best deal. Well XTR nate is an admin at mazdaspeed owners group on facebook (confusing as fuck I know) and a few minutes later I received these PM's from him on facebook ... [Read More]
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Corksport Brakes Pads - Mazdaspeed 3
May 11, 2013 - 4:17 PM - by Haltech

For anyone who has owned a Gen 1 or Gen 2 Mazdaspeed3 for any amount of time who enjoys spirited street driving will tell you, the stock brakes can fade quickly and give you an E ticket ride. Although our cars come OEM with top rate Ferodo compound, our floating single piston calipers do not properly apply pad pressure to the rotor. We also see a lot of fade when you push the car hard with increased braking.

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SURE Motorsports - Street Unit- StreetUnit.com - Design Flaws,Danger And Part Failures!
Feb 28, 2013 - 3:14 PM - by Haltech

Hi, i'm Kevin Pugh, owner and founder of Mazdaspeed Forums. I created this forum in January 2008 for the purpose of providing an actual performance oriented tech site for force inducted Mazda's. MSF was created and still operates, as a NON Agenda site for the hardcore performance enthusiast. My overall goal was to create a site that keeps true enthusiast engaged, informed and TEACH them that damn near anything related to these cars, can be tackled in your own garage,... [Read More]
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JBR Motor Mounts
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James Barone Racing is a relatively new name to the Mazda aftermarket. Jamie has been making quality products for the Mazda market since September 2009. Today, we will be reviewing a full set of his 80a durometer motor mounts for the Mazdaspeed 3 (Gen 1 and Gen 2). Since there has already been a MSF review done on the CP-E mounts, this review will only have limited coverage of the installation process. In addition to the installation tutorial in the existing MSF review, very thorough instructions are available here at the JBR... [Read More]
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1 in 5 vehicles has been recalled this year
Oct 20, 2014 - 5:50 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Recalls



2014 will forever be known as the year of the recalls. General Motors has been the biggest culprit, with over 70 recalls to date, but there have been plenty of other notable recalls competing for our attention.

Now, CNN Money is reporting that 2014 has seen a total of 544 recalls, or about two a day, so far. Those recalls have afflicted 52 million vehicles, or about one in every five on US roads. Disturbing as that figure may be, it's made worse by the fact that 2014 has easily eclipsed the previous record of 30.8 million units back in 2004. With another ten weeks left in the year, there remains a solid chance that this year will double the previous total.

While it's easy to chalk up the plethora of recalls to falling reliability, there's a much more obvious reason that so much is going wrong so often. "We all want our cars to do far more than they did in the past," Stericycle VP Mike Rozembajgier told CNN. "It takes a lot of gadgets to make that happen, and that adds to complexity."

With our demand for more and more technology in our cars, it seems likely that 2014 will be far from the last year of huge recalls.1 in 5 vehicles has been recalled this year originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne
Oct 20, 2014 - 5:10 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Crossover, Porsche, Luxury



This is how we imagine the conversation went in Porsche's Stuttgart headquarters: "Martini livery. Martini livery all the things." Okay, so maybe not, but that hasn't stopped Porsche from showing off images of its entire lineup bearing the iconic racing livery.

While we aren't sure about the questionably yellow 911 and lime green Macan, the navy blue Cayenne and the white Panamera both look pretty spectacular as they lap about the streets of Sochi, Russia.

As for why the liveried sports cars and crossovers were at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, we aren't totally sure. Porsche's Facebook page, where the images first popped up, was really light on details. Whatever the reason, we fully support Porsche doing more with Martini livery. Take a look at the full gallery to see what we mean.Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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This exploding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is angering, mesmerizing
Oct 19, 2014 - 4:40 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Sedan, Videos, Rolls-Royce, Luxury



Between Las Vegas and the emirates of the Persian Gulf, we're sure there are Rolls-Royces to be found in the desert all the time. And we don't doubt that, given those locations, one gets torched every so often. There'd probably even be someone in a tuxedo or evening gown running for cover when it happens, too. The thing is that we're seldom if ever there to watch it go down, much less capture it in stunning high-definition, frame-by-frame video when it does.

That's where this four-minute clip by Tyler Shields comes in. The American photographer and filmmaker staged and captured this Silver Shadow being doused in gasoline (or at least what we're supposed to believe is gasoline) and set afire in the Mojave Desert, along with actor Cru Ennis and actress Ana Mulvoy-Ten.

It's heartbreaking but mesmerizing, and you'll want to watch the video for yourself to see which side you fall on. If it's the former, take solace at least in the fact that the Silver Shadow is far from a rare beast. In fact, it remains by far the most prolific Rolls-Royce ever, with over 30,000 made between 1965 and 1980... so we doubt this one will be missed terribly.

In any case, scroll down below for the video, along with a behind-the-scenes look at how it was filmed. If you want to know more about Shields and the reason he blew up a perfectly good Rolls, click here for his blog.Continue reading This exploding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is angering, mesmerizing

This exploding Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow is angering, mesmerizing originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Chevy bringing party of five to SEMA
Oct 19, 2014 - 3:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, SEMA Show, Sedan, Performance, Chevrolet



Chevrolet has a seriously packed booth ready for this year's SEMA show. Not only does the company already have the Camaro SS Special Edition, Silverado Toughnology and Colorado Sport, but it is now announcing five more concepts to be on display.

Among this quintet of concepts is the Chevy SS Sport that wears some Australian inspiration. Sure, it has the grille kit, fog light bezels and rear spoiler out of the Chevrolet Accessories catalog, but the 20-inch wheels, floor mats and cargo tray all sport the logo for Holden, General Motor's division Down Under. Power is left alone for this Aussie-inspired muscle sedan with the stock 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque 6.2-liter V8.

The Impala Blackout gets a monochromatic look to fit its name with a black grille surround, rear spoiler and mirror caps. It uses the sedan's standard 3.6-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque.

Chevy also has two takes on the Sonic for SEMA. The Performance concept benefits from a cold-air intake and higher-flow exhaust for the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a suspension kit to chop the ride height. On the outside, it gets some Synergy Green paint and upgraded trim.

The aptly named Accessories concept shows off what's available from Chevy's aftermarket catalog with white headlight and taillight rings and black replacement parts for the grille, mirror caps and rear spoiler. It also gets the suspension kit.

Finally, the Cruze RS Plus wears a custom paint job in Wildfire Metallic with matte black stripes, and the interior gets some ambient lighting, illuminated door sills and upgraded amplifier and subwoofer. Under the hood, Chevy equips the 1.4-liter turbo engine with a cold-air intake and "performance-enhancing stage kit," but total power isn't mentioned. Scroll down to read the company's full release for these SEMA concepts.Continue reading Chevy bringing party of five to SEMA

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Ducati Testastretta DVT borrows VW tech for more power from less fuel [w/videos]
Oct 19, 2014 - 1:40 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Technology, Videos, Motorcycle



Just as much as (if not more than) any other automaker, the Volkswagen Group is all about synergies: making the most out of the considerable resources it has at its disposal, and letting one division help the other. But if you wonder what benefit Volkswagen could possibly get from its acquisition of Ducati, and vice versa, wonder now more. Just a few weeks ago VW demonstrated one thing it's gotten out of the Ducati takeover with the XL Sport concept, and now Ducati is showcasing its side of the bargain with the new Testastretta DVT motorcycle engine.

Shorthand for Desmodromic Variable Timing, this V-twin is the first motorcycle engine to employ independently variable timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts - a technology borrowed from its new German parent company. With continuously adjusting valve timing, the engine churns out an impressive 160 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque from a 1.2-liter two-cylinder engine, all the while returning 8-percent better fuel efficiency than the non-variable version, further enabled by a new fuel injection system that sprays directly into the intake valve instead of the intake port wall.

The DVT system in Ducati's new engine is just the latest advancement in motorcycle propulsion, arriving hot on the heels of the supercharged engine Kawasaki recently revealed and the turbocharged v-twin showcased by Suzuki nearly a year ago.

Want to delve deeper into the technical details of Ducati's new engine design? There's plenty to geek out on in the press release and pair of videos below.Continue reading Ducati Testastretta DVT borrows VW tech for more power from less fuel [w/videos]

Ducati Testastretta DVT borrows VW tech for more power from less fuel [w/videos] originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA
Oct 19, 2014 - 12:10 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Concept Cars, SEMA Show, Truck, Ford



Between the Mustangs you'd find in Formula D and the Fiestas in the Global and World rallycross championships, there's no shortage of Ford drift cars on the scene. But at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Blue Oval automaker intends to show off a different kind of drift machine.

Created in collaboration with driftmeister Vaughn Gittin, Jr., this custom F-150 has been designed for "on- and off-road capabilities, as well as drifting and jumping." It's got a suspension with components from Kibbetech King and Air Lift Performance to give it 12 inches of travel and comes packed with 5 Recaro seats. Other details remain limited, but if the rendering above is anything to go by, it ought to be pretty awesome.

Alongside the Gittin truck, Ford will also be showcasing another F-150 designed together with freestyle motorcross rider Brian Deegan, packing the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a long list of enhancements. Between these two trucks, Ford hopes to extend its winning streak for the Hottest Truck award that it's taken four years running now. Feel free to read more in the press release below.Continue reading Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA

Ford readying 2015 F-150 drift truck for SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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