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1997 Nissan Sentra GXE
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Nissan Sentra has been around for ages, and we felt that it would be nice to test drive an older one to see how they are still holding up. The answer is that after 10 years and 120,000 miles they are holding up as well as could be expected. They still aren't any fun. ...
 
New Porsche Cayenne Gts Debuts at The Iaa in Frankfurt
Posted Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ATLANTA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2007 - Porsche underlines the real sporty edge of its successful Cayenne series with the addition of a new model to be unveiled at the Frankfurt International Auto Show next week and going on sale in 2008: the Cayenne GTS boasts a specially developed chassis with permanent all-wheel drive, a V8 engine that offers a sizeable increase in horsepower and for the first time in North America will be available with a six-speed manual transmission. With its lowered body, the new Cayenne GTS reveals a distinctive front and rear look combined with striking wheel-arch extensions that provide plenty of space for the standard 21-inch alloy rims with 295/35 R21 tires. Redesigned front and rear seats reflect the sportier personality of the new model. Two new paint finishes will...
 
BMW 1 Series
Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007

BMW 1 Series: On sale in the spring of 2008, the 1 Series Coupe will be available in two versions; the 128i and the 135i. Powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline 6-cyinder engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque, the 128i Coupe will feature Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium construction—core elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics. The powerful 135i Coupe features BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in...
 
2008 CBR1000RR (Plus my Experience on an earlier Model)
Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

"In 2008 Honda reinforces a long-standing legacy of creating breathtaking breakthroughs in the liter bike class. The all-new CBR1000RR establishes a higher standard for weight reduction and compact, centralized mass to produce the pinnacle of sportbike performance and rideability." Allen: I bet you're wondering, why post about a motorcycle (maybe not)? We at 62mph like to review all thing motorized. I'd put a post about a go-ped if it could do 200 mph, but mostly because both Austin and I ride. This is a gorgeous motorcycle. I picked the color for the picture that I liked but there are many options including a black/ metallic gray combo that will cost you extra because only 500 are going to be produced. I can only imagine that this bike like its predecessor packs some serious...
 
Want To Ride?
Posted Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Interested in learning to ride? Well, it is one of the greatest pleasures that I have found. I started on the first model year of this motorcycle. It is a...Suzuki GS500 and it is one of the best beginner motorcycles out there. I had just graduated high school and was looking for an adventure so I decided that I would do motorcycle school. Which is the best way to start to ride because they teach you everything you need to know from how to operate the bike, avoid accidents, proper braking and if you get good at riding they have a stunt course as well. When you're done with your eduaction from the school they give you a certificate for your motorcycle endorsement and WHAM, BAM, thank you MAAM, you're good to go. Not to mention, you get to screw up their equipment so you don't have...
 
My 240sx Suspension
Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Allen: I figured I would write a post about the suspension set-up in my 240sx. Suspension modification is one of those things that if done incorrectly can make your car handle worse. I spent several month researching on what I wanted to do. I chose the Whiteline suspension kit which can be purchased at www.pdm-racing.com (these guys are awesome! I've ordered other things from them than just my kit.). The reason I chose this kit was because it had been tried and tested on the 240sx (S13). It comes with lowering springs, adjustable sway-bars, and full polyurethane bushings. It is very labor intensive to replace all of the bushing on a 240sx or any car for that matter. It took me 11 hours with a lift, press and torch because some of the bushings could not be pressed out and had...
 
Forced Air Technologies STI
Posted Saturday, November 17, 2007

This is a pretty sweet setup in this 2006 Subaru WRX STI. It has a compound system with a turbocharger, and a supercharger created by Forced Air Technologies Allen: It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut and let Austin ask the questions (I hate being the camera man). I love the fact that the supercharger kicks off when the turbo is under boost to eliminate any parasitic drain from the engine. It is a good feat of engineering and testiment to modern technology. I go into all sorts of techno-bable on this suject but Austin would just delete them from the post. Keep up the good work F.A.T.!...
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways!
Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Initial your D... "Drifting" is basically defined as a controlled slide, and it can only really be accomplished in a Rear-Wheel (RWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) vehicles that are rear wheel biased. There are many techniques to accomplishing drifting around corners all resulting in oversteer. The first and easiest way to get your car sideways is by using the emergency brake. Many front-wheel-drive car owners use this, however, it is hard to keep the drift going. That is where the RWD comes into play. Next is the Braking drift which is accomplished by braking hard before and during a turn with a combination of steering and accelerator inputs causing the rear wheels to loose their grip. What is happening here is that when you brake the weight is thrown forwards onto your...
 
How I Handle Envy
Posted Monday, March 10, 2008

For the past couple of months, while I have been waiting / trying to get my bike fixed, I have been borrowing Allen's 240sx. To be totally honest and totally clear, this car is pretty much rice. The paint is bad, there is a big dent in the front corner (a standard on these cars), the lights no longer go down, it has an exhaust that battles with the jets at the airpark, and it is lowered. One thing that doesn't really count but is worth noting is that it is NOT front-wheel-drive. It is at this point that I should also note that Allen didn't just lower it but completely redid his suspension from the ground up and that he also added a LSD to it so it is pretty easy and ready to drift (a fun rainy day event) While I was driving today I see a car in my rear view mirror creeping up. I...
 
My New Project: Honda CL360
Posted Friday, January 16, 2009

One of my good friends moved away almost a year ago and gave me a motorcycle. As our conversation progressed over the phone about the motorcycle, I asked what it is was. "It's a Honda CL360 street bike." "What is that?" My brain was running at full throttle when a poof of smoke rose from my ear. I had never heard of it. "It is just a little street bike; you have to know about a 1975 CL360. You know about almost everything else." He said. "First off, I don't know about every motorcycle ever produced. I can hardly tell you about the different types of Harley Davidson and much less any thing older than 1989." "Are you interested in it or not?" He said. "Heck yeah!" A free motorcycle who couldn't pass that up. The day arrived, when I picked it up with a trailer. Apparently...
 
The Basics: LSD stands for Limited Slip Differential
Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tonight I was driving home late and it was raining. I have a rear wheel drive car but I don't have a limited slip differential (or LSD). This is an annoying set of circumstances. As a layman, I only need to kind of know what an LSD is and how it works. In a car there is a point at which the axles meet together in conjunction with the drive shaft. The drive shaft comes directly from the transmission and is spinning. The differential then transfers the power to the axles and gets the wheels turning. Essentially, the inside tire is supposed to turn slower or at a different speed than the outside tire during a turn, hence "differential".  This action allows the vehicle to make a smooth turn. Now in a standard run-of-the-mill differential, if one tire does not have grip then all of the...
 
Garage: 1994 Mazda Miata (another one)
Posted Friday, December 19, 2008

How I deal with envy... In the not to distant past, in a location fairly close to where I live, Austin asked me to take a look at vehicle he was keen on purchasing.  Being the good brother-in-law and only mechanic in the family it was my duty to go. As we pulled in the driveway I was eying the gleaming red Miata with quite the skepticism.  My gaze shifted over to Austin.  "You're sure you want to drive that, Austin?" "Just shut up and look at the car.  I know what I want."  He retorted.  Not wanting to the press the issue, I stepped out and gave the little convertible a good used car look over.  After finding almost no problems, except for a few minor leaks which is common for a car that age, I hopped into the passenger seat and Austin pulled the car out for a test drive. I...
 
How To Inspect a Used Car For Purchase
Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If you are ready to test drive and look at the car, I'm going to assume you already talked about the title (No leins, No salvage) and that you have done your homework on the car (dependability, common problems, major maintenance concerns).  I always want to recommend to people to take a car you are serious about to a good and trusted mechanic, but I know some times you don't have one or one is not available when you are looking.  These are guidelines and by no means am I to be held responsible for you buying a lemon.  With that said, now it is the time to check the car out for any major mechanical problems.  If you are doing this at night bring a flashlight. Make sure the car is placed in an open place where you can walk around the vehicle.  If possible make sure the car has not...
 
Honda S2000
Posted Thursday, February 5, 2009

Time to pay homage.  Honda announced last week, this is the last year of the S2000 roadster; a brilliant car that ran a 10 year stretch.  I for one am sad to see such a keen car be removed from Honda's dependable but fairly boring line-up.  That's not to say that Honda is a bad company but the only other sporting oriented car they have is the Civic SI. The S2000 roadster is almost a perfect combination of sport, handling and fun.  It is a tribute to the company to pull 237 HP out of a 2.2L engine without forced induction and still maintain dependability.  If you've ever driven one you know. I had the privileged of driving a 2002 s2000 with the 2.0L f20c engine with 240 horsepower (all stock just smaller displacement than the later model S2000).  It wasn't too spectacular below...
 
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I haven't been terribly interested in Chevy's compact car, the Cobalt.  The styling is so reminiscent of a beached whale except the whale has a better tail fin.  But some how, some way, the Cobalt has caught my attention.  At least the SS model has. Looks aren't everything especially when you have the horsepower and handling to put the Honda Civic Passer-by-er in his place. What's caught my eye with the Cobalt SS?  The engine, the power-train, the price and the performance.  The SS is equipped with a dual overhead cam 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injected Ecotec engine capable of  260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.  Yeah, that's not a small number for a compact car.  You get all that and 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. And just cause you...
 
Chevy Volt
Posted Friday, February 27, 2009

"One small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."  Well, the Chevy Volt isn't really a giant leap but it is a small step in the right direction.  The Volt is a car that can change the way Hybrids are looked at, operate, and change the mindset of the general public. What makes the Volt Different from other Hybrids? What makes the Volt unique is its power train; the engine, electric motor, and transmission.  The Volt truly is an electric vehicle first and a gasoline vehicle second.  This idea goes against the grain of all other Hybrids out there.  The 1.4 L gasoline engine is essentially a generator for the batteries not unlike a Honda generator someone might use for camping.  The engine does not supply horsepower or torque directly to the drive wheels, that is all supplied...