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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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Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide Gran Turismo documentary now free on YouTube
Aug 27, 2014 - 5:30 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Videos, Toys/Games, Celebrities



The video game Gran Turismo arguablywasn't the first great driving simulator, but it came along at just the right time to do things no other console game had ever done so well before. First, the Sony PlayStation allowed for 3D graphics that could create a recognizable model of a car in 360 degrees. Also, GT offered a huge breadth of vehicles that could get almost anyone interested. Up to that point in time, most driving games focused on just Formula 1, rallying, production cars, or other specific subsets of the autosphere, but GT had everything, which made it possible to find your dream car and go racing. The full-length documentary movie Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide delves into the mind of series leader Kazunori Yamauchi, and now it's available for anyone to watch for free.

Kaz originally launched in the US on Hulu in January, but not everyone has access to that streaming service. The documentary looks at the history of Gran Turismo starting from its early development and interviews Yamauchi about his theory behind making it. It also examines some of the racing that the series of games is emulating and influencing, including little kids getting into karting and the Nissan GT Academy. It's all done with beautiful cinematography and direction from Tamir Moscovici, who also helmed a 30-minute documentary about Magnus Walker. Note: Large portions of the movie have Yamauchi speaking in his native Japanese, so you're going to want to turn on subtitles to watch this intriguing film.Continue reading Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide Gran Turismo documentary now free on YouTube

Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide Gran Turismo documentary now free on YouTube originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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What you missed on 8.27.14
Aug 27, 2014 - 5:00 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Coupe, Truck, Crossover, Ford, Kia, Volvo



2014 Kia Forte Koup reviewed

It's not a sports car, but the Kia Forte Koup offers 200 turbocharged horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission, and retuned suspension geometry to make it a more engaging offering than its sedan counterpart. But does all that add up to a car that's actually engaging for enthusiasts? Brandon Turkus puts one to the test in our latest review.




Tailgate up vs. down: which is more efficient?

We don't normally think of pickup trucks as being the most aerodynamic vehicles on the road, but drag does play a key role in how the vehicles are designed. Some folks think it's actually more efficient to drive with the tailgate down, but is that actually the case? Greg Migliore finds out with the help of the 2015 Ford F-150.




2015 Volvo XC90 deep dive

Yesterday, we brought you the full specs of the 2015 Volvo XC90. But our man Noah Joseph was on hand at the crossover's live reveal in Sweden, and reports that there's way more to this XC90 than you might think. This isn't just a new crossover, this is a new direction for the brand, and there's a whole lot to learn in our Deep Dive, here.



Top StoriesWhat you missed on 8.27.14 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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NHTSA opens investigation into Ford Explorer PI brakes
Aug 27, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Safety, Crossover, Ford, Police/Emergency



This year more than most, it's pleasant when we can string together a few days without word of an automaker or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing a bunch of new recalls. It's seemingly been a little quiet on this front lately (barring a spider-related Suzuki issue revealed early today), but now we have word of the government safety agency opening a Preliminary Evaluation into the 2013 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor, a probe that could potentially affect an estimated 20,000 vehicles.

The issue being investigated concerns failures of the front brake hose on the vehicle that show "small splits in the hoses near the body side ferrule of the hose assembly," according to the agency, and the issue could result in longer stopping distances. The feds have reports of 13 malfunctions affecting 11 Explorer units. However, it's important to note that all of the incidents come from a single, unnamed metropolitan police fleet that operates 46 of them. According to The Detroit News, the failures generally took place between December and July.

NHTSA is investigating further to find if this is a more widespread issue than just this one fleet. Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker confirmed to us, "We are cooperating with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do." Scroll down to read the agency's report.Continue reading NHTSA opens investigation into Ford Explorer PI brakes

NHTSA opens investigation into Ford Explorer PI brakes originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Buick Envision spied fully disrobed in China
Aug 27, 2014 - 3:40 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Spy Photos, China, Crossover, Buick, Design/Style



The Buick Envision crossover is supposed to have its big reveal on August 28 and be on display at the Chengdu Motor Show, but apparently the new midsize crossover just can't wait to meet its public. Car News China caught a completely undisguised example parking outside of the convention center where the show is held.

The Buick designers are going right down the middle with the styling with nothing too flashy to turn off potential buyers. Still, it's a handsome CUV that kind of looks like a stretched Encore from some angles with vents along the hood, a large greenhouse and a prominent crease running down the side.

This new midsizer is hitting the Chinese market first and reportedly rides on GM's Delta platform that's also found underneath the Buick Verano. According to Car News China, prices there are between 160,000 yuan and 220,000 yuan ($26,000 - $35,800 at current rates). However, it's also rumored to eventually make its way across the Pacific to give Buick buyers in the US an option between the Encore compact crossover and larger Enclave.

Buick has already let a lot of the details slip about its newest Chinese model, including its interior with premium features like a heated, leather steering wheel and Bose noise cancelation. Power comes from two tunes of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with either 256 horsepower and 260 pound-feet or 200 hp and 207 lb-ft. Both get a six-speed automatic. We should know more about the brand's latest crossover when it fully debuts in Chengdu.Buick Envision spied fully disrobed in China originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo wins Motor City Masters
Aug 27, 2014 - 3:00 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Etc., Videos, Chevrolet, Design/Style, TV/Movies



Motor City Masters pulled off its concept of Project Runway for cars rather well. In the end, the TruTV reality series came down to former Ford designer Camilo Pardo and multi-disciplined designer Bryan Thompson, but Pardo was always kind of the show's ringer as the person instrumental in the gorgeous shape of the Ford GT. In addition to the title of Motor City Master, he won the grand prize of $100,000 and a 2014 Camaro Z/28.

If you missed it, Motor City Masters challenged 10 designers and fabricators to come up with a concept around a different theme each week. The contestants were judged by former Mercedes-Benz designer Harald Belker and Jean Jennings, recent editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, plus a celebrity guest. Their final task spread over the last episodes was to first create a clay model of a next-generation Camaro SS, then mock up a full-size version of it.

You can still watch all of the episodes streaming on TruTV's website, and we suspect it'll be in rerun status on the cable network, too. Or if you just want a taste of what the show was like, check out our included show clip.Continue reading Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo wins Motor City Masters

Ford GT designer Camilo Pardo wins Motor City Masters originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Ferrari 458 M spotted, is there a turbo under there?
Aug 27, 2014 - 2:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Spy Photos, Coupe, Performance, Ferrari, Design/Style



While it's still absolutely beautiful and a performance marvel (especially in Speciale trim), the Ferrari 458 Italia has to keep up with the rapidly evolving world in supercars if it wants to continue its success. Ferrari seems to know that it can't sit back and relax, because we're now seeing a disguised 458 testing for the second time.

Since we first saw it, rumor has emerged that it updated 458, reportedly called 458 M, may follow the lead of the recently revised California by using its turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine. The mill makes 553 horsepower and 557 pound-feet in that application, but those numbers clearly won't be enough for the Prancing Horse, because the standard 458 already makes more. Instead, Ferrari is expected to turn things up significantly to produce around 670hp, even more than the already gutsy Speciale.

Of course, to make the big change work, the 458 M must be able to ingest huge quantities of cool air to feed those turbos, and the camouflage on this test car is likely hiding the body changes to make that possible. Ferrari does a great job here of disguising things up front on this prototype, making it frustratingly hard to spot any changes.

However, there's much more to notice in profile and at the rear. The tape seams of the camo make it appear that there are some alterations along the rear shoulders, which would seem to be a perfect place for new air intakes. Around back, you can also clearly see a different exhaust design than the standard 458's three-outlet layout. This has two pipes nestled fairly deep into the diffuser, which doesn't quite match the design of the Speciale.

The 458 M is reportedly hitting the roads sometime in 2015, possibly with a Geneva Motor Show debut. Until then, feast your eyes on these spy shots.Ferrari 458 M spotted, is there a turbo under there? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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