UR Tech Lab - Techlab #35Techlab #35
Can You Say Graphite Gray???
The Christmas season is known for red and green but this year I am really identifying with Graphite Gray and Snow White. As the more savvy may have deducted the winner is Evo. My nerve-racking car search has finally come to fruition. Graphite Gray is a Lancer Evolution color and just such a car recently landed in my driveway. I have sold my automotive soul, my '87 Buick Grand National, and parted ways with my aging yet agile '97 BMW 540i/6 to consolidate into one vehicle.
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By: Evan Griffey - 12/19/2008

 

 

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UR Tech Lab - Techlab #34
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #34
Viable brain cells are scarce these days. Since July I have been on the warpath trying to sell my 11-year-old BMW E39. Sealed the deal a week before the SEMA Show but in the two weeks since 'liquidation' I have been in suspended animation. I have zeroed-in and narrowed the field to an Evo and it's now a matter of a "Late VIII" 2005 model or a 2006 IX but have yet to target the individual car. Leading candidates will have less than 40,000 miles on the clock and I would like something with the SSL package. SSL stands for Sun (sunroof), Sound (Infinity system) and Leather (interior). Further, I have had enough silver cars and would love to dodge that bullet. Black is not very photogenic. Heck, Graphite Gray would be fine. Ditto white, Wicked White or otherwise. Red and blue would provide a welcomed contrast to the Northwest's bleak fall and winter months. Unfortunately it's just not clicking for me right now.
11/21/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - 2008 SEMA SHOW DAY 3: TECHLAB SEMA WRAP-UP
UR Tech Lab-2008 SEMA SHOW DAY 3: TECHLAB SEMA WRAP-UP
Well the grind is coming to an end and my last hours of the show were spent trying to gauge the future direction of the sport compact aftermarket. I admit to having zero Greenspan DNA when it comes to economics but everybody knows were up against it going into 2009.
11/6/2008 - Full Article - SEMA Day 3

UR Tech Lab - 2008 SEMA DAY 2: TECHLAB NEW PRODUCTS ATTACK!
UR Tech Lab-2008 SEMA DAY 2: TECHLAB NEW PRODUCTS ATTACK!
Day 2: My DVS' are coming apart at the seams with all this walking...time to hit the Piloti booth for some new shoes. We about had a system overload but have scrambled brilliantly to up today's new product count by 50 percent. But it's still the tip of the iceberg. Economic roller coaster aside, there are some pretty trick products at the show.
11/5/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - 2008 SEMA DAY 1: TECHLAB NEW PRODUCT BLAST
UR Tech Lab-2008 SEMA DAY 1: TECHLAB NEW PRODUCT BLAST
SEMA is at full song and we are stalking the aisles in search the trickest parts to debut here in Sin City. The New Products Section has gone high-tech with journalists using key fob-sized scanners to zap the barcodes of interesting products. The scanner is turned in to SEMA staffers, the product description and photo link of the selected items are downloaded and then e-mailed to our account where we can catch up with it and pull out the best of the best.
11/4/2008 - Full Article - SEMA Day 1

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #33 : got optimism?
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #33 : got optimism?
Hope, optimism and other such states of mind are in short supply these days. With Wall Street enduring tortuous body blows and the automotive industry-OE and aftermarket-also taking hits like Rocky Balboa the outlook does not seem to include a sappy, stagger-from-the-canvas-and-land-a-miracle-roundhouse ending. This is historical.
10/24/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #32
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #32
The Spanish Inquisition had the horrific 'Rack' that tore its victim's limbs from their torso in a most leisurely and agonizing fashion. Well I am here to say The Rack is a posh tanning bed compared to the torturous trade-in racket that the dealerships have dreamed-up.
9/26/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #31 - Old Trick, New Pony
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #31 - Old Trick, New Pony
I am back up to my old tricks. The focus of my automotive Obsessive Compulsive Disorder this time around is the new Lancer Ralliart. I am slated to drive one at a Mitsubishi press event across the Puget Sound the first week of September and have been trying to decipher some of the car's tuning potential prior to getting behind the wheel. Wanting to think the possibilities through in order to prepare poignant questions for the Mitsu peeps at the event was the genesis of this line of thought but as usual I have gone way overboard.
8/29/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #30-Tunnel Or Abyss
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #30-Tunnel Or Abyss
I have been looking at the big picture lately. Even in the midst of "Shark Week" on Discovery channel and still reeling from the shock of the Manny Ramirez-to-Dodgers trade, it's hard to escape the floundering economy. Shrinking housing prices, inflating everywhere else, fuel, food, healthcare is slamming disposable income up and down the class hierarchy.
8/1/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #29 Turbo Edition: Intake Manifold Basics
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #29 Turbo Edition: Intake Manifold Basics
The intake manifold is responsible for delivering the air portion of the combustion equation to the cylinder where the magic happens when fuel and spark join the party. It serves to take the singular air charge and divide it, sending it to individual cylinders where the intake valve grants it entrance to the combustion chamber. The main design features of an intake manifold are the plenum, runners, mounting flanges and throttle body flange. The plenum and runners have the biggest impact on power production and this is where savvy fabricators focus their expertise.
7/18/2008 - Full Article

UR Tech Lab - Techlab #29
UR Tech Lab-Techlab #29
The Scene: At the local repair shop my 1997 BMW 540i was in for a small oil leak. I know that the 540i's 4.4-liter engine is suspect in the valve cover gasket department. Other early E39 quirks include catalytic converters, plastic radiators, plastic water pump impellers, upper A-arm bushings, yada yada yada. I was still not convinced that the valve cover gaskets were the culprits as the gaskets had been replaced at 49,000 miles, 3,000 miles before I bought the car. But 30,000 miles later here we are again.
7/4/2008 - Full Article

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