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How To | Be "Hella Flush"

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How To: Be Hella Flush | 300ZX
“Hella Flush”, what exactly is it? Some lament it and some attempt to prevent it. No matter what you think, many people are doing it. How can you do it? We show you how!

Driving on your sidewalls instead of on the tires thread area is growing in popularity. It was popular in the Euro Tuner cars, but now everyone’s doing it! The idea is to get your car as low as possible but, at the same time, somehow be able to fit the wheels in the wheel wells. You can pull this off by using wheel spacers, coilover suspensions, certain wheels and tires, adjustable control arms, and a few other tricks. The end result should be a very low car with wheels up to the quarter panels and, at the same time, having just the right offset to create the sexy “Stance”. Don’t get too ahead of yourself though! As with anything, there are horror stories that will make your car look bad and drive terribly. Before you get started, first see if this is the right setup you want to have.
Hella Flush Subaru: Before & After

Take a look at the stock Subaru. It’s a good looking car, no questions asked, but that big gap in the wheel and fender has to go! Not only does it sit like a monster truck, but the wheels are tucked in. This makes the car look narrow, which does not give it a strong and confident stance. Now, check out the modified Subaru. What a difference! You notice right away the drop, the nice wheels accenting the car. The wheel offset and the flush fitting of the wheel with the body of the car gives it that wide look. This kind of setting will turn heads and you’ll notice double takes left and right.

     How Not To | Be "Hella Flush"

But, like I said earlier, there are horror stories and some like to take things to the limit.  These are just ugly.
Hella Flush: Ugly Horror Stories

Most wouldn’t believe that’s even possible until they’ve seen it for themselves! Camber- Negative, Zero, PositiveIf you think this is cool, by all means, it’s a free country, but be warned though! Driving with that much camber means the weight of the whole car is resting on the edge and sidewall of the tire. This means you will have terrible traction, bad launching, and will be broke! I say broke because you will burn through tires within just a couple of months, since wires will be sticking out of the one edge area you are driving on. Those are no stock rims either. You will need a wide tire to wrap that thing with so be prepared to spend around $1,000 just on tires every couple of months (if not sooner)!

     How To | Be "Hella Flush" & What You'll Need

KW Suspension Coilover Variant 3That’s enough teasing and warnings. On to the good stuff! The first thing you’ll need is a good drop and the one thing that will give you that is a coilover suspension setup. KW Suspension coilovers will deliver that and then some. These fully adjustable coilovers will go all the way down to the ground if you wanted them to!  In addition to them enabling you to go "Hella Flush", they are also known for being the most comfortable suspension setups on the market. The great thing is they make them for so many different cars that they will most likely have something for you!   KW Suspensions Coilover Variant 3

After you make any significant drop, the camber also significantly changes on the negative side. Negative meaning the top of the wheel will be leaning towards the car. Some cars will seem to have more negative camber than others, but that’s not a problem for long because there is a pretty simple way to solve this. Many companies out there make adjustable control arms that will correct the camber and set it to what you want it to be. The nice thing is that you get rid of the stock control arm with bushings and replace it with an adjustable one with solid bushings. This also allows you to stiffen things up while you’re at it. As there are thousands of different adjustable control arms out there for different kind of cars, here are a few examples of some of the most popular.
// Hotchkis Trailing Arm
Improve the traction and handling of car with the Hotchkis Double Adjustable Upper Trailing Arms. These exceptionally durable control arms allow for easy pinion angle adjustment for reduced vibration ...
// Hotchkis X-Tend Suspension System
The Hotchkis X-Tend rear suspension package moves the axle back on your vehicle allowing for better looks and more wheel tire options. Drive shaft modifications are not necessary and installation is a ...
// SPC Alignment Components - Camber Kit
Now it is possible to adjust the your camber with a full range of camber kits. These kits will provide positive or negative change for camber and/or caster and/or toe. To install, simply remove the OE ...
// SPC Alignment Components - Control Arm
*ADJUSTABLE CONTROL ARMS* These fully adjustable Upper Control Arms transform your classic Mopar from sluggish, non-responsive handling to high performance FUN! Dial in additional positive caster, ad ...
// SPC Specialty Tools - Camber and Caster Tools
*1-1/8” PUNCH* This tool is used to cut holes necessary to install our 83115 camber kits. A must to ensure a good, round hole. *DODGE CAMBER TOOL* This wrench is specifically designed to access ...
// Stance Suspension Links
*Rear Upper Control Arms* Rear Upper Camber Arms are an ideal suspension modification after lowering any 240SX. The RUCA will allow for proper rear camber adjustment and aid in maximizing handling an ...
// STILLEN Adjustable Upper Control Arms
Necessary to adjust camber on cars that have been lowered or are competition driven, the STILLEN built Adjustable Upper Arms allow you plus or minus 3 degrees of precise adjustment. The unique rack ...

Stillen Adjustable Control ArmThere are ones like this where you simply twist the sleeve and the tract or retract.
Adjustable Control Arm

Pillow Ball Mounts by KsportThere are pillow ball mounts that allow you to move the shock itself at an angle creating camber adjustments.
Pillow Ball Mounts

Hotchkis Alignment CamsThere are eccentric bolts like these that make adjustment to the camber. By turning the bolt, the off centered washer will either push away or pull towards the control arm.
Pillow Ball Mounts

Eibach Pro SpacerA lot of wheels out there come with a choice of offset for you to choose from. Even with that, sometimes more is needed depending on what you’re trying to do. Wheel spacers come to your rescue and offer many different offsets that you can put on top of whatever the wheels offset is. What the kit includes is longer studs and hub centric disks with a thickness of your choice that are installed between the brake disk and the wheel itself. This way you can push the wheel out and make that wide footstep that is mandatory for having a good stance.

H&R Racing TRAK Spacers / Mercedes & VolkswagenIt is important to use a wheel spacer kit like one of these for a couple of reasons. The actual hub is centered so you won’t have balance or vibration issues. The material is strong so you don’t have to worry about losing a wheel! The quality is as precise as you need it.

Wheels are completely up to you, but one thing is for sure, stock has to go! There is no good looking stance with stock wheels. There are thousands of options out there, here are a few.

Now that you know how to do it and how to do it right, get in the garage and start wrenching at it!  If you have questions about this article, leave a comment below or simply call us @ 1.800.959.0145


Routine Vehicle Service: DIY Fluid Inspections

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DIY Routine Vehicle Service Check List
After a night of heavy drinking and partying we usually try to take our vitamins, drink a lot of water, and eat healthy the next day so our body will be fresh and replenished to continue doing its duty.  Like a night of heavy drinking, driving hard takes a toll on the components and fluids in our engine. Regular scheduled maintenance is no longer at its regular suggested schedule when the engine is being used under hard load. Regularly checking fluids, inspecting for leaks, and making sure everything is in order under the hood will keep your engine running longer so you can enjoy it with fewer breakdowns to ensure reliability. There are a few options on servicing your car, you can go to a shop and have it done, which can be at either a Firestone, dealership, or you can do it yourself. Doing it yourself is not difficult and since we are enthusiasts we are going to try it on our own.

Engine Oil Inspection

DIY Oil Change & InspectionThe first fluid we are going to check is the engine oil. Everyone has heard about the engine oil at some point of their lives so that says that it has at
Engine Oil Inspection
least some kind of significance to a car. Oil is what some people say is the blood of the car. It lubricates the engines internals, which keeps the bearings and rings from burning up and prematurely wearing out. The oil lasts about 3,000 miles and should be replaced with a new filter. Oil changes are between $20 to $100 dollars depending on what oil you use and how much you need. All you have to do to check your oil is open the hood and pull out the oil dipstick. If the oil looks nice and clear, you have good healthy oil in the engine. If it looks dark and charcoal it is burnt and needs to be replaced. Failing to replace the oil will lead to less lubrication which then leads to catastrophic engine failure. A new or rebuilt engine can cost thousands of dollars. Replacing your oil is a small price to pay compared to the consequences that result in being lazy and overlooking such a simple thing. Remember if you like to drive hard and fast, make sure to check your oil more often as tough driving will wear out the oil even quicker.  Performance Vehicle Engine Oil

Engine Coolant Inspection

Engine Coolant InspectionThe next fluid to inspect is the engine coolant. Coolant is what keeps the engine from overheating by circulating around the
Engine Coolant Inspection
engine, moving to the heater core, flowing through the radiator where it gets cooled down and so on in a cycle. Keeping up with the coolant and its components is so important because the effects of an overheated engine are as bad if not worse than not changing or running out of oil. Coolant has lubricant in it which keeps your engine from corroding, your thermostat working well, gunk in the radiator from building up, and your water pump from seizing up. Checking your cooling system is easy. First inspect the hoses and seals for leaks. If there is any leaking you will have to seal it up first or else your new coolant will just leak out and you will be wasting your money. If there are no leaks look at the coolant and see if it’s a nice bright green color. If it looks brown and muddy it’s time to clean out the system. Having a clean cooling system will improve cooling during hard driving and hot days. Failure to keep the system clean leads to corrosion, clogged radiators, overworked water pumps and a dirty sludge all over the engines internal coolant passages. A coolant flush at a shop usually costs about 100 bucks and they inspect the cooling system for you. For $100 dollars you can’t beat the gained confidence that your engine will be protected against heat.  Performance Engine Coolant Additive

Transmission Fluid Inspection

Transmission Fluid InspectionAs we move on through our checklist of engine service points, we get to the transmission fluid. If you have
Transmission Fluid Inspection
an automatic transmission and have over 100,000 miles on the car it’s a little too late to change the fluid. The reason for that is that the small clutches inside the automatic transmission used for slipping into the next gear smoothly eventually wear out. The surface that wears out will be floating around in the transmission creating friction so the car can move. If that material is flushed out the transmission will just slip and your car will not move due to the reduction of friction between the plates. If you do have 100,000 miles or less then it is strongly suggested you take a look at how the fluid is doing. Take out the dipstick and inspect the fluid level and color. It should have a nice bright red color to it. You can also smell it to see if it is burnt. If the fluid looks dark or smells burnt you should get it serviced as soon as possible. If it is held up for long enough it will ruin the transmission just like not changing the oil. A shop usually charges around $140 dollars for a transmission flush which includes cleaning out the old dirt. Transmissions can be up to thousands of dollars, keeping up with the transmission fluid pays off. Most dealers suggest replacing the transmission fluid around 50,000 miles.

The manual transmission has fluid inside it as well. The process is a little bit different but the cost usually stays the same. A manual transmission has synchros that wear out over time. Keeping clean and good lubrication inside the transmission will not only help the gear shifts go smoothly, keep the noise down, and most of all increase the life of the transmission. There are a few different transmission fluids to choose from which vary in price but are all affordable enough to keep a close watch on the fluid. Another type of fluid in our cars is the differential fluid. This fluid is usually recommended for service at around 100,000 miles and usually only requires a few quarts to fill up. The differential in every car works hard and has many gears inside it which need constant lubrication and clean particle free fluid. Differential fluid is often referred to as gear oil and it is a lot thicker than engine or transmission oil. In some cases transfer cases take gear oil like the differential but other cases they take automatic transmission fluid. To find out which fluid your car takes make sure to look in the owners’ manual. Keeping quality and new fluid in your differential and transfer case will prolong the life of the gears inside and keep everything from becoming brittle and weak.  Peformance Transmission Fluide

Brake Fluid Change

Brake Fluid InspectionOne of the most overlooked fluids in the car, yet one of the most important is
Brake Fluid Inspection
the brake fluid. As a customer service advisor and salesman for Firestone I have never seen such a large group of customers who have not heard of changing their brake fluid and why! Over the years the brake fluid gets old, deteriorates and takes in moisture. There have been many cases of accidents where the brakes seemed to suddenly give out. When technicians went to look over the system everything seemed fine. Usually this happens because the brake fluid is too old and overheats as its boiling point drops. This can result in the brakes dragging because you can’t release the caliper. Do not be a victim of a fluid flush that comes with big benefits. Usually when you have a brake job the warranty can be around 12 months. When you include a brake flush with the job you get an extra 12 months, that equals to 2 years of warranty on your brakes. That is a great deal as in 2 years many different kinds of things can happen. Not only do you get fresh fluid, longer warranty, but you also get your brakes bled of all the air in the lines ensuring you a great pedal feel and a safe car.

In this economy it is important to keep your car at a reliable state so you do not have any unexpected surprises on the road which can be very expensive. Most of the parts in your car depend and rely on the basic service procedures that should be checked as often as every oil change. If you like to drive fast and push the car to the limits you must be even more cautious about keeping fluids clean and leak free. As long as your fluids are kept at a good clean state, your car will last a lot longer. People that service their vehicles regularly end up paying less in repairs and have a better running and performing car for a much longer time.    Performance Brake Fluid

How To: Paint Your Car

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DIY Paint Job
Behold as we come face to face with one of the most feared things for auto tuners, the paint gun. As cars age they start to rust, clear coat peals off, and sometimes dings and dents are visible from the years of usage. Painting a car is an art and will truly make your car stand out as there are so many different colors and ways to spray the car. Body shops take in a lot of money from a paint job and it’s a price many people can not afford out of pocket. Some go to the shop to get their exterior refinished as they are afraid of the tedious work and want someone to do it right the first time, others want to do it themselves because they have done all of the work on their car themselves and don’t want the finishing piece to be done by someone else. I was one of those people that wouldn’t go to a mechanic or a body shop as I wanted to take all of the credit for the work that is done to my car. I'll take you through the steps to help you understand and hopefully do your own cars paint job.

How to Replace Front Brake Pads and Rotors (FWD)

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DIY Brake Pads and Rotors Installation How To
We know that there's many DIY's (Do It Yourself) out there, so we found this video on Youtube, How-To Install New Brakes & Rotors. We also decided to put together step-by-step intructions on "How-To Install New Brakes & Rotors" also. Enjoy!

Agency Power Hyundai Genesis Exhaust Install

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Agency Power Hyundai Genesis installation instructionsInstallation of the Agency Power exhaust systme for the Hyundai genesis is a fairly simple operation, that is, unless your car is already rusted.  Since these cars are still new, you should need to blow torch!

A client of Ageny Power was kind enough to document their install of the Hyundai Genesis exhaust for the 2.0T and send it to us to share with all of you.

A quick tip for removing the stock exhaust for faster install is to unbolt the cat-back from after the 2nd Catalytic Converter, unbolting the cross brace under that smashed area of the exhaust, and then remove the exhaust hangers.

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