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Redusernab Asks: What is the least expensive yet best fix you’ve done on a vehicle?

Jeff Glucker December 6, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Jalopnik’s Raph Orlove posted . Specifically, Orlove attacked the aging, sagging suspension under his Volkswagen and installed new shocks. The resulting ride change is remarkable, and the fix itself is relatively easy.

That has me thinking about swapping out the shocks under my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280. The ride, while cruising down the highway, is comfortable but there’s a lot of dive and roll during braking and turning. I’d like to stiffen that all up, and a fresh set of shocks should accomplish just that.

So now I’m wondering, for all you do it yourselfers reading along, what’s your favorite fix you’ve done on a vehicle? To make it more specific, I’d like to narrow it down to relatively inexpensive fixes. It could be akin to the inexpensive fix shown above, , or something similar to Orlove’s suspension swap.

Redusernab Asks: Can you pick a decade for your preferred car show?

Jeff Glucker December 5, 2017 Redusernab Asks

Radwood 2 just went down this past weekend and it was, well, quite rad. All manner of machine from the 1980s and 1990s arrived to wow those in attendance. If you were born in the 70s and 80s, this makes Radwood one of the greatest gatherings of vehicles you’re likely to find, at least as it might relate to your sense of nostalgia.

The 80s and 90s, of course, are not for everyone. If you had to pick a decade on which to focus for a car show of your own, which block of years would you pick? What would you call your show?

For me, it would be 1961 – 1970. I think I’d just call the show “Alright Alright…” and sit back and smile while all the awesome machines rumble into the lot.

CAR BROS completely covers all that the LA Auto Show has to offer

Jeff Glucker December 4, 2017 Hoonivercinema

The LA Auto Show is open to the public right now and …you don’t need to go. Why you ask? Well, because the folks at CAR BROS have already covered everything you’re going to want to see there. Reveals, rumors, and non-manufactured controversy are on the menu for today. Eventually though, CAR BROS figures out that the way to really grab ahold of auto show Internet traffic is by creating awards for deserving attributes.

Finally, it’s all capped off with an exclusive First Drive of the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. CAR BROS has made it, because that’s access you dream about.

Can I fix the headlight switch on my W114 Mercedes-Benz?

Short answer: yes I can… this isn’t clickbait, broski and bro-ette-ski.

In the last Shift Happens, I left off attempting to get my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan sorted. The W114 four-door suffered a crapped out headlight switch (technical term) and it needed replacing. In the process of removing it, I found it was quite necessary to actually having the car run and drive…

So I ordered a new one and attempted to reinstall it. This is how that went down.

Podcast: Episode 228 – Heidts Suspension [SEMA 2017]

Jeff Glucker November 30, 2017 Redusernab Podcast

Our SEMA journey continues, this time with the good folks at Heidts Suspension. This is a brand that’s been around for sometime now, and they know all about chassis improvement.

Hit that play button and come along as we talk about all things suspension… and then some.

Out with the old: Bidding farewell to the Aston Martin Vanquish S

It’s old technology. An old chassis, wrapped around an old dinosaur of an engine, and coddled with outdated gadgets. I’m talking about the Aston Martin Vanquish, and it’s time to say good-bye to this fantastic machine.

That old engine I mentioned is a nearly 6.0-liter V12. Here it’s making 580 horsepower. Perhaps more importantly, it’s making tremendous noise and it’s not having its pipes chopped down thanks to any added induction. This is a naturally aspirated mill, and it’s might is apparent when it’s allowed to bark.

Aston Martin are moving into their Second Century Plan. That’s being realized by the DB11 (both V12 and V8), the new Vantage, and a few more models still to come. While those will all likely be emotionally gratifying machines, none of them will wail and howl like this Vanquish.

It’s an aged monster, and it’s fading into the darkness not with a whimper but with a guttural roar.

An update on my 1974 W114 Mercedes-Benz 280

The new car stuff has been fun lately, but now it’s time for a brief update on my old Benz. This is my 1974 W114 Mercedes-Benz 280 sedan that serves as my daily driver. It’s in decent shape for a car that’s 43 years old. Still, it has some issues that need to be worked out.

Recently, the headlight switch decided to crap out on me. In the process of taking that out, I have to remove the entire gauge cluster. I also need to address some trim pieces on the Benz. The driver’s side door seal and window channel need to be replaced, as does the side mirror bolt cover.

There’s more to cover on the car, but I’m going to save that for a future Shift Happens where I actually drive the thing and talk about what that’s like.

For now, please enjoy this update on the Benz as she sits in my garage… waiting for parts to arrive.

Wagon Wednesday: Is this Mercedes-Benz E63 wagon worth your time or a headache in the making?

Jeff Glucker November 22, 2017 Wagon Wednesday

Wednesday always seems like a good day to plunk those magic letters “w-a-g-o-n” into Craigslist to see what’s out there. Today that search term has returned an interesting and rare beast of a longroof. The car above is a 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon. Between 2007 and 2009, just 166 were sold in the States, according to the seller. This specific color combination of the exterior and interior is apparently one of… one.

When new, the base MSRP was just under $90,000. This isn’t a vehicle that suffers too greatly from depreciation either, as the amount of units in the market is low. So why is the seller asking just $24,000 for this one?

Because it has 162,500 miles on its odometer.

It’s reportedly in excellent shape and wears nearly new Michelin tires. There have been no aftermarket modifications, the engine runs strong, and the transmission shifts well. Those are promising things to read. But the lingering thought of any mechanical work conjures up colossal bills totaling more than the amount being asked of the car in the first place.

I don’t have $24,000 to gamble with on a car like this, and I don’t have the technical know-how to DIY an otherwise costly dealer fix. Are any of you souls out there brave enough for an endeavor like this one, or is the idea of something going wrong too daunting?

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Podcast: Episode 227 – Dan McNiff of Dinan [SEMA 2017]

Jeff Glucker November 22, 2017 Redusernab Podcast

Dan McNiff has turned into one of our favorite podcast guests over the last few years. Dan is a technical project manager and oversees warrantying all the beautiful upgrades for BMWs (and Minis) at Dinan. Reprising his SEMA role from last year Dan stops by to share details on their new product offerings but as per usual we deviate from the roadmap shortly thereafter. 

We get the inside story on Dinan’s forays into the VW/Audi world only to be interrupted by their parent company purchasing APR tuning. Beyond business dealings though, we discuss some of the common maladies of modern BMWs and the limitations they reach building warrantee-ready upgrades that can be overcome by their more ambitious clientele.

Check out Dinan’s product offerings at 

 

Once again thanks to  for hosting ShoutEngine podcast on their stage at SEMA 2017

First Drive: 2018 Kia Stinger GT

Here’s a car we’ve been looking forward to driving for some time now. The roll out of the 2018 Kia Stinger GT has been happening for awhile and we’ve waited quite a bit to see if the car lives up to the hype it’s generating. First off, you should know it lives up to its own hype because it’s an entertaining, stylish, grand-touring sedan with a hatchback booty and 376 horsepower under the hood.

Is it good *enough* though to get folks with the necessary cash to head into Kia dealerships to pick one up? That’s a far tougher question to answer. This is a good car, with an appropriate price tag but it’s a price tag that keeps it out of reach for the younger enthusiast crowd that might long to own such a machine.

On paper, the Kia Stinger GT is a true competitor to the likes of the BMW 440 and 640 Gran Coupe, the Audi S5 Sportback, and the base (BASE, people… Not the V8s) Porsche Panamera. It’s quick, comfortable, and good looking and it can be had for a good deal less than that mighty competitive set.

My fear with the Stinger GT, however, is that it will be a car beloved by enthusiasts and journalists… and purchased by few. I really hope I’m wrong though, and I truly believe that if it sells well it could be the car that gets people finally worrying about what the badging on the nose and tail.

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