Jingle bells, Nadsy smells, Jonny laid an egg... Can you believe it? It's already that time of year. Time for cups of spiked eggnog, Johnny ambushing the staff (female and male) under strategically placed mistletoe, prematurely chopped pine trees decorated with festive ornaments rotting in living rooms, and of course, the dreaded gift missions to the fight-for-a-parking-space mall.
Despite all the hassles and bah, humbug-ness associated with the holidays, we still enjoy it. Maybe it's from the lingering nostalgia for our younger years or because people are generally more cheerful around this season. It's as if the deep-rooted fear of appearing on the naughty list makes people more positive. In keeping with the spirit of holidays and our feeble attempts at landing on the nice list-all comments posted about readers' rides will be merry. Scratch that-being naughty is much more fun.
As for you readers, yes, you, the one sitting with a pen and paper in hand about to write Santa pleading him to help you get in Readers' Rides. Don't waste your time. Send them here: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Super Street, Attn: Readers' Rides, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Whether your ride is naughty, nice or a little bit of both it doesn't hurt to try. Oh, and unless you want us to throw a lump of coal in your face, make sure all entries are complete.
This month Algier Redoloza and his Mitsubishi Evo scored a Wireless Wheels remote control car (controlled by the included cell phone) courtesy of Motorola (www.motorola.com).
CARTER'S RIDE OF THE MONTH
OWNS AN '04 Mitubishi Evo 8 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN San Jose, CALOOK FOR HKS cams, cam gears, downpipe, exhaust, Hipermax coilovers, ground kit; Samco turbo hoses; GReddy intercooler; Koyorad radiator; Splitfire ignition amplifier; Helix O2 housing, test pipe; A'PEXi intake, SAFC2, gauges, Cusco strut bar, front lower bars, rear carbon strut bar, trunk bar, rear sway bar; Hallman boost controller; Buddy Club bucket seats; Bride rails; Pioneer AVIC N1; C-West front bumper; JDM EVO 7 rear taillights; Rotora cross-drilled and slotted front and rear rotors; Volk 18-inch GTU rimsALGIER SAYS, "Current setup is making 350 hp and 344 lb-ft torque and I have to thank my sponsors Enduromotorsports, 500whp.com and of course my girlfriend." PLANS TO upgrade the turbo to a GT35R and stroke the motor to a 2.3L to make 500 hp! CARTER SAYS Algier's ride is cleaner than a white Christmas. From the bumper and rims to the performance mods, his taste in product selection is flawless.
OWNS A '91 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN New Oxford, PA LOOK FOR PPG Pure Yellow paint; Stillen body kit; JDM headlights, taillights, corner lights; Auto Meter and A'PEXi gauges; Kenwood head unit; Infinity speakers; Nismo bushings; Eibach springs; KYB shocks; 18-inch iForged Aero wheels; Nitto tires; GReddy exhaust; Z1 ECU; Koyorad radiator; RPS clutch and flywheel ROBBIE SAYS, "Special thanks to my dad. Without him I couldn't have painted or built the car by myself." PLANS TO upgrade the turbo and rebuild the engine CARTER SAYS props to Robbie and his dad. Next mod you guys want to work on is a front-mount intercooler.
PAUL "POLIWOG" STAYLEN
OWNS A '96 Honda Accord SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Addy, WA LOOK FOR Vertical doors; Focuz carbon wing; Wings West body kit; 15-inch Alba rims; DC Sports headers; Colorstorm LED lights; TYC taillights; Clutch Masters stage 2 clutch; Eibach coilovers; front-mount air intake; Pioneer head unit and amp; 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subs PAUL SAYS, "Thanks to Decalkits.com and StreetFX lighting and my mom, Kim for everything else." PLANS TO add a carbon fiber hood, 18-inch rims, turbo and start on the interior CARTER SAYS I'd go with 18-inch wheels next. Is it me, or does this picture look like a prop car from The Fast and the Furious got lost on the set of Brokeback Mountain?
OWNS AN '00 Honda Civic Si SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Stockton, CA LOOK FOR Eternal Blue paint; Wings West body kit; Extreme Dimensions spoiler; Seibon carbon hood; Axis wheels; Nitto tires; AEM intake; GReddy exhaust; Audiobahn DVD player, amplifier, subwoofers; Comptech springs; SPC camber kit THANH SAYS, "Thanks to my Koketsu homies and 209 Car Audio!" PLANS TO purchase a GReddy turbo kit, Tein coilovers and Recaro seats CARTER SAYS it looks like you're on the right path, make sure you spring for the front-mount and blow-off on the GReddy kit.
OWNS AN '03 Toyota Celica GT SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Queens, NY LOOK FOR a JDM Varis front lip, side and rear skirts, Xenon lights; TRD fuel lid and gas cap; Kaminari carbon wing; APC clear sidemarkers; Sprint springs; Konig Next rims; Falken tires; TRD exhaust; AEM cold air intake; Razo pedals and shift knob; five-inch Sport Comp tach; Pioneer navigation unit SELWYN SAYS, "Special thanks to Speedway Auto, Newcelica.org, Allgencelica.com, my mom, my wife and everyone that supported me." PLANS TO swap to coilovers and build a sound system CARTER SAYS pretty clean, or as Selwyn might put it, cl3an. If you're bold enough to use your name for a vanity plate, go all the way.
OWNS A '98 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Palm Harbor, FL LOOK FOR APR carbon mirrors; Razo bulbs; Auto Meter gauges; A'PEXi Super AFC; GReddy boost controller, turbo timer, blow-off valve, intercooler; Sparco pedals, shift knob, seat belts; HKS cams, Twin Power ignition; Nitrous Express kit; Tanabe exhaust; 18-inch Axis Racing Spec rims; Michelin tires; Skunk2 coilovers; Alpine head unit; JL Audio speakers SHAKER SAYS, "Yes, my real name is Shaker." PLANS TO gain some sponsors CARTER SAYS Well, either way you shake it, this is a nice Eclipse. I'm glad you didn't shake the stock body and buy some gi-normous vented bumpers.
OWNS AN '03 Infiniti G35 SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Chino Hills, CA LOOK FOR a Data System spoiler; Nismo front bumper; Extreme Dimensions side skirts; Impul rear bumper; Speed Force Racing twin-turbo kit; Arias pistons; Carrillo rods; ARP studs; Nismo cams; Ferrea valvetrain; Auto Meter gauges; High Stall torque convertor; Cusco sway bars; Fujitsubo exhaust; Tein springs; 19-inch HRE 547 rims; BFGoodrich tires; Boston Acoustic speakers STEVE SAYS, "I've spent $50k-plus to mod it inside-out and now I would like to have my car featured in a magazine." PLANS TO get it featured CARTER SAYS you're so close. All you need are the accents to set it apart.
Owns a '96 Acura Integra GSR SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN in Minneapolis, MN LOOK FOR an AEM intake, cam gears; HKS exhaust; DC Sports strut bar, short shift; Brembo front brakes; KYB shocks; Sparco Torino seats, harness, steering wheel, pedals, shift knob; carbon hood, mirrors, spoiler; 17-inch Volk GT-N rims; Goodyear tires; Alpine head unit, subs ADAM SAYS, "Sponsors showed no love, why would I need them now?" PLANS TO turbocharge it and buy Tein coilovers and Wilwood brakes CARTER SAYS Manufacturers can't give free 'ish out to every Tom, Dick or Adam, Adam. It's more rewarding doing it on your own (credit card), anyway.
Owns an '05 Dodge SRT-4 SEE IT ON THE ROAD somewhere on Earth LOOK FOR Mopar stage 1 injectors, ECU short shift; AGP wastegate; PTP wastegate spring, fuel pressure regulator, 3-inch downpipe custom exhaust; GReddy catch can; manual boost controller; AEM intake; Eibach springs; 17-inch Motegi FF7 rims; Fuzion tires; AGP Dog Bone motor mount; Auto Meter gauges; custom airbrush, gauges, lights; JBL speakers, amps MAX SAYS, "$7,000, give or take some." PLANS TO put a .50 trim turbo and bigger axles to hit 11s on the track CARTER SAYS for $7,000, I'll give or take all of it. Hell, Jonny will give and take for $2, a Big Mac combo and a fake Mugen emblem.
Owns an '01 Honda Prelude SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Rockville, MD LOOK FOR Mugen Showa suspension; Suspension Techniques sway bars; Tanabe lower tie bar; 16-inch Rota Slipstream rims; Toyo tires; Thermal exhaust; Walbro fuel pump; Vortech FMU; A'PEXi V-AFC II; AEM UEGO wideband 02; Turbonetics t3/t4 turbo; TiAL wastegate; HKS blow-off valve; Spearco intercooler; Alpine head unit; Sony speakers JOSH SAYS, "Thanks to Will, Kenny and all my friends who've helped me. To all who doubted-proving you wrong feels great." PLANS TO build the internals CARTER SAYS get a boost controller and injectors while you're at it. Is it me, or do we have very bitter readers?
Owns an '89 Toyota Supra Turbo SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Silver Lake, WI LOOK FOR a GReddy blow-off valve, turbo timer, boost controller, exhaust, strut bar; Spearco intercooler; Walbro fuel pump; HKS head gasket; ARP studs; Centerforce clutch; A'PEXi Super AFC II; Eibach springs; KYB shocks; Auto Meter gauges RON SAYS, "I would ask you to kindly consider publishing my car in Readers' Rides. I would like to thank you in advance for taking time to review my email request." PLANS TO thank Super Street some more CARTER SAYS you need to add a little naughty to your overwhelming nice. Your ber-graciousness is making me feel a little self-conscious. Stop it you nice bastard!
Owns an '03 Hyundai Tiburon GT SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN Brighton, MI LOOK FOR an Ixion body kit; VIS carbon fiber hood; GT Wing from Korea; Vertical Door kit; 17-inch Tenzo RS5 rims; GReddy EVO2 exhaust; Eibach springs; Bomz intake; Evo Fusion strut bar ERIC SAYS, "I'm always getting the thumbs up for the two tone paint job." PLANS TO buy bigger rims and a supercharger CARTER SAYS next time you get props for your paint job, give them a thumbs up right back by lifting your Lambo doors-or not.
Owns an '04 Subaru WRX STi SEE IT ON THE ROAD IN San Francisco, CA LOOK FOR a Tanabe exhaust; Helix downpipe; GT Spec manifold, uppipe; A'PEXi intake; Samco hoses; HKS turbo timer, SBC-R, Whiteline rear sway bar; Cusco strut bars; Seibon hood; 18-inch Volk Racing LE28N; Toyo tires; Panasonic head unit; Zapco amplifier; Alumapro subwoofer JOSH SAYS, "Thanks to Eli, Milo, Shea, MPJ Performance, GB Motorsports, Forced Induction Authority and I-Club." PLANS TO buy an Ecutek reflash, Defi gauges, ings body kit, Bride seats and Blitz twin turbo kit CARTER SAYS gold wheels on white cars are fresh. Once you buy your next set of mods, drop me some images.