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Podcast: Episode 97 – Pop pop pop…


In this episode Blake and I are initially joined by producer Chrisy Hayes before taking a brief break and returning with Friends of Hooniverse Cory Burns and Zack Klapman.

We talk about Blakes Miata, my HoonTruck, and the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Supercharged that I’m driving this week… and then shit gets real.

Mad real.

Hooniverse – Pop pop pop…

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Hooniverse Garage: DIY Installation of a Leaf Spring Lift

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This week we’re kicking off a series of DIY maintenance, fixes and upgrades to my 1969 Jeep Wagoneer with the installation of a four inch lift from Hell Creek Suspension. With leaf springs front and rear, this is about as simple as suspension modifications get: jack it up, unbolt the old springs and shocks, bolt the new ones in. The simplicity of this job makes it a great first “major” modification to a car to attempt. In fact, I got my start performing this very install on my 1991 Jeep Wrangler as a junior in high school. Because the Wagoneer has a spring-under-axle configuration up front and spring-over-axle out back, what we cover here applies to modifying any leaf-sprung vehicle, either lifting or lowering.

You can see the the video that things go pretty straightforwardly with only a minor snag when it came to the U-bolts and the new mounting plates. There’s no movie magic there, I did it all in my driveway with basic tools and it took a whole day instead of half like I was hoping. You can even see my neighbors walking their dogs by.

There are only two points not pictured, but worth mentioning. One, I soaked every bolt in penetrating oil the day before, which really speeds up the unbolting process. Two (and there’s a hint of this at the very end), the added height had my driveshaft drooping down and rubbing on part of the gas tank skidplate. That skidplate was a previous owner add-on that mostly just collected oil, so I removed it.

This is the first of what will hopefully (*cough*) be a long series of DIY features using our project cars as examples. Sound off in the comments about what what you’d like to see more of, less of, or other projects you’d like us to work on.

Hooniverse Garage is brought to you by Valvoline. We’re already fans of the brand, so teaming up to bring you focused wrenching content is a no brainer. Enjoy!

Hooniverse’s Massively Oversized Guide to Motorsports, 2015

Eric Rood March 23, 2015 Featured, Motorsports


Every week, Hooniverse gives you a simple weekly guide to the looming weekend in motorsport. Racing in those previews runs the gamut from the unobtainium-grade engineering of Formula 1 to the duct-tape-and-beer-can-aluminum garage necesseering of the 24 Hours of LeMons. However, in a quest to simplify those previews and create less work for the person who writes them by omitting explaining what each series is every week, we offer a guide to the racing series covered in the Motorsports Weekend Guide. Follow the jump for the Guide to our Weekly Guides.

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The Secret Mazda Basement Museum

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Mazda loves that Zoom-Zoom tagline. It means quite a bit to them. They take the idea of making driving entertaining quite seriously.

This is a brand that loves the very act of driving itself, be it on the street or on a trace track… and they’re good at both.

Hidden in a basement in Irvine, California sits proof of that….

Tire Review: BF Goodrich g-force Comp 2 A/S
A Performance All Season?


 In the interest of full disclosure, BF Goodrich invited me to Phoenix to test some of their new round black things. They flew me there, put me up in a posh room, fed me posh food, and gave me the opportunity to meet the infamous Judge Phil (but I won’t hold that against them).

I was, and remain, skeptical of the words “performance” and “all season” being used to describe the same tire. I’ve always been a summer tire/winter tire guy, and I probably always will be. So when BF Goodrich invited me out to test their new g-force Comp 2 A/S tire, I was eager to see whether or not the grip tradeoff would be worth it for moderate cold-weather use. I was curious to see if the ‘performance’ made them garbage in the cold or rain, and I wanted to see how they fared in warm dry conditions. Being in Arizona, the chances were quite low that we’d be testing them in any snow, even a light dusting, so that was out of the question, but really that’s not the point of this tire. So what is the point of this tire? Let’s find out together.

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Podcast: Episode 96 – The gang is all here


Blake, Chris, and myself are all together again for the first time in over a month. It’s a spring-time miracle!

Our guest this week is Hooniverse’s own Jason Connor, who serves as the camera car driver and occasional editor of cool car stuff. We briefly chat about some new car news but then drive into what we’ve been driving and our own car chatter.

This includes talk about the McLaren 650S Spider, Corvette Z06, Jason’s two fords, Blake’s Miata, Chris’ own Ford, and the HoonTruck.

Hooniverse – The Gangs All Here

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American Cars Living and Dying in Poland – Part 3

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There was a time, I am guessing sometime in the early 1990s, when container ships full of cars originally sold in the United States must have been departing Port Newark for Gdansk, Poland. Those cars varied from cheap econoboxes to limousines, to classic American land yachts. Also on these ships were European and Japanese cars that were sold in America and for some reason, probably related to their price, were being shipped to the land where they were actually available for purchase new.

Today we once again look at the cars that started their lives, or were at least sold, in North America. As always all pictures come from the awesome readers of zlomnik.pl. Enjoy.

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First Drive: 2016 Acura ILX

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The entry-level luxury market is a hot spot right now in the industry. Strong competition amongst the offerings typically breeds great options for the consumer. You have plenty of ways to get in with an upscale automaker, so deciding on the best course of action is a good problem.

Acura has an updated answer to the problem with its 2016 ILX. This is the second go-around for the car, which launched a few years ago and was viewed as not more more than a slightly more fancy Honda Civic.

Acura knew it needed to bring more to the table, so let’s dive in and see if that’s the case here…

[Disclaimer: Acura flew me to Napa and let me toss the ILX around on the backroads around wine country. I’m still waiting on the day that we switch to beer and cicerones over wine and sommeliers.]

HoonTruck: The Video Intro…

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You’ve met her in pictures, but now say hello to HoonTruck in video form. I’ll admit there hasn’t been much progress yet, but we have many parts now in the garage. So I had to get off my ass to shoot this so I can start diving in and getting some parts put on the truck.

Our new friends at LMC Truck have helped us out with a slew of items. There’s a new RF fender, rollpan, steering wheel, and a truck cover. Additionally, I’ve sourced a Retrosound radio from them, which looks old school but features bluetooh connectivity and USB inputs in the rear. Also, the truck has a set of Cragar D Windows (or Daytonas) ready to go on once the new rubber arrives.

The first upgrade we’ll be doing? New eyes! Our friends at Peterson lighting sent over a set of new seven-inch round lamps that allow us to get rid of the stock lights. These new units are LED and will throw a greater beam while drawing less energy.

On the mechanical side, there’s a new (and correct-facing) fan under the hood, and I’ll be changing the thermostat this week. Stay tuned for much more soon…

Podcast: Ep 94 AND Ep 95 this week!


I’ve been a bit of a busy traveling bastard as of late and haven’t been able to record a podcast. Thankfully, our producer Chris Hayes is a better man than I and he’s remained vigilant on the Hooniverse Podcast front.

So I’m dropping in this weeks episode as well as the one that ran last week. In Episode 94, Hayes is joined by The Smoking Tire’s Zack Klapman. Episode 95 sees co-host Blake Zanzibar Rong and Chris Hayes chatting with Ben Hsu, the founder of Japanese Nostalgic Car. Good times abound in both episodes, so your ear holes are lucky as hell today.

Hooniverse – Many F*ck$ Given
Hooniverse – Japanese Nostalgic Car

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