January 29, 2013

BME Radio: 01/29/13

Song of the Day

Greetings from Illinois, where it is (somehow) in the 60's today! Extremely atypical for us this time of year, but who am I to complain? I'll take it! Although tomorrow we are back to reality in the teens... Anyway, here's some music.

"Simple Math" by Manchester Orchestra

January 24, 2013

BME Radio: 01/24/13

Song of the Day

This song is by a band called Pinback. They're a very mellow, earthy trio that makes some absolutely great music. I've seen them play live twice now, and have yet to be disappointed. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I do!

"Clemenceau" by Pinback

January 22, 2013

Fear No Evo: A Glimpse Of What's To Come

It is no secret that STI's and Evo's have a long history of competition. "EVO LOL" and "PFFT STI" license plates are commonplace in the racing scene. But there is absolutely nothing wrong with a little rivalry... It creates great competition and pushes both sides to improve. At BME, we support any platform that has a great racing heritage; and the Mitsubishi Evolution is no exception. Take for example, Sam's new 2006 Wicked White Evo MR. Sam has been in the Evo scene ever since he bought his black GSR back in 2006. It was minty, with just 3 miles on it when he picked it up from the dealer. Sam and his Evo have gone through many, many changes over the years. The idea was to build the best autocross machine possible, while never compromising its daily-driveability. I can speak first-hand when I say that this guy is nothing less than a perfectionist when it comes to his cars. We go way back to college days, and even started a racing league in Central Illinois that we ran successfully for a couple of years. But geographical constraints forced us to shut it down. GRM Article below.

Sam has been searching the used market for a fresh wicked white MR for about 6 months now. I honestly can't believe all that he has gone through to get this car... He finally picked one up in Cincinnati 2 weeks ago, and it was definitely worth the long search. With just 22,xxx miles on the odometer and not a single door ding, this thing is an absolute gem. We expect nothing but perfection when it comes to the build of Sam's new machine, and BME is proud to be able to get our hands dirty with it. While our shop operations are handled out of the Cincinnati-region, we will be meeting Sam in the Chicago suburbs to handle the work that he needs done. We consider it a small price to pay to work on perhaps one of the cleanest Evo IX's left in the scene.

Here's a short list of the work we'll be completing;

   - Ohlins DFV Coilovers onto the WW Evo
   - Swapping out his MR Suspension from the Black Evo
   - DW300 Fuel Pump
   - Buschur JDM-fit Catback Exhaust
   - Authentic JDM Rear Bumper Cover & JDM IX Taillights
   - Front & Rear Crash Beams
   - Buschur Quick-Release Harness Bar
   - ACD Computer, Coil On Packs, and a handful of bushings

Here's a little teaser to get you excited about the things to come! You can also follow Sam's journal at EvoM!

January 17, 2013

GoPro or GoHome

Well, I decided to splurge a bit and pick us up one of the new GoPro Hero3 Black Edition cameras. I figure that this will be a nice addition to the team, and will help us capture some great moments working on the cars. I'm excited to start messing around with it! Unfortunately, I haven't ordered an SD card yet, so I can't use it until that gets here...

Anyway, here are some pictures of the new hardware.

January 15, 2013

A little update from Illinois

Well... It has been quite some time since we've made any updates, and I apologize. The last few months have been hectic between me planning my wedding and searching for a new home. Pat also has accepted a job with Turn In Concepts and is now working there. He has officially gotten out of corporate America. Lucky bastard...

Anyway... I was able to pick up a nice little daily driver and put the AutoX WRX into storage for 2013.

Meet Layla, the scrappy little 1997 EK hatch. She had about 98k miles on her when I brought her home. The car is really fun to drive, and I have some future plans for a full LHD EK9 CTR conversion. But that must wait until the WRX is complete. As a California car, the paint is in really rough shape, but the interior is pristine. Mechanically it runs great.

Pat should be posting up the latest on the TT STI shortly. He has been super busy working on the TIC shop and customer cars, but has still been doing some awesome things.