Redusernab Asks: What Are Your Automotive Resolutions For 2018?

Robby DeGraff January 3, 2018 Redusernab Asks

Just like that, we’re off to the start of a new year. A fresh, clean slate. A new opportunity to better ourselves professionally, personally, and for the sake of this post, hobby-ly. Yep, I just coined that term and I’ll take it to the bank for 2018. So as you sit down and write a list of goals, ideas and resolutions for 2018 (because you should), make sure you bullet a few automotive-related ones too.

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HCOTY 2017 Nominee: Kia’s 2018 Stinger

When the topic of “Redusernab Car of the Year” started to float across our team of editors’ on Slack this weekend, one brand immediately came to my mind for nomination: Kia. No joke.

This brand, has completely taken the spotlight this past year and shaken up the new car scene. Ever since I’ve been into cars, not once have I told myself “Oh I really want to drive that Kia,” or “Mmmhmm I would totally buy that Kia.” It’s not really a sad realization, but rather just there hasn’t been a model in their lineup for as long as I can remember that’s screamed “Robby look at me, look!”

That has now changed, with this machine called the Stinger, and it’s brilliant. In conversations with friends and other obsessed car geeks about this intriguing sports sedan, there’s been this collective mutual shock of just how Kia came out of nowhere with the Stinger.

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Why We Should Be Thankful for Audi’s New A8

Robby DeGraff November 27, 2017 All Things Hoon

Have you heard about Audi’s latest A8 coming for the 2019 model year? It’s insane. Not just in the performance sense and not so much on the appearance front; but in all-things the technology that is. While on my lunch break, I stumbled across a video showing all of the new German luxobarge’s technology highlights (both standard and optional), and I’m not going to shy away from saying that I was in fact, impressed. Very.

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Embracing Fall Driving While You Can

October wraps up next Tuesday and November’s arrival come the following morning to me signals the start of way less than ideal conditions for all-things car hobby. This is especially true for us living in two season states (winter and construction) like Wisconsin. The past few days I’ve been scanning Craigslist and shooting off emails about storage units and reaching out to my insurance to company to put a stop on coverage once that garage door comes slamming down shut. Depressing, yes. Chances are right now, if you peak out your window and gawk at the the nearest tree, its colors have either peaked in hues of gold, copper, yellow and orange, or its leaves have completely dissipated leaving bare branches. Let’s hope the first observation is correct for driving enjoyment’s sake.

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Rotten Rental Car Review: Hyundai Accent SE

I recently returned from a breathtaking backpacking trip in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park and the neighboring Never Summer Wilderness, part of the Arapaho National Forest. It was three, adrenaline-filled, heavenly days of backcountry exploring through deep forests of lodgepole pines and aspens, raging chilly streams and towering snow-capped mountains. Every time I embark on some kind of outdoor adventure, I strive to drive my own car, especially because nothing is more embarrassing, wasteful and foolish than paying for a rental car and then simply parking it for a seventy-two hour period at the trailhead. If only rental car companies could comprehend the idea of pay-by-the-mile, then I’d only have to swipe my credit card for a few hours of driving to-and-from the national park. And, to carry-on with this rash rant, why can’t US-based rental car companies follow suit with international rental car companies and offer manual-transmission cars for a cheaper price? Last year in Iceland, My wallet was heavier in cash when renting a five-speed Suzuki Jimny 4×4 rather than its two-pedal cousin. Keep dreaming.

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Takeaways I Learned From Lowering My Car

Robby DeGraff October 9, 2017 All Things Hoon

After years and years of having friends joking call my fourth-gen Chevrolet Camaro a monster truck, I decided to splurge on a whole bag of new, suspension goodies. The end goal was to lower the ride height close to two-inches all-way around. And do it entirely by myself. To draft a simple timeline before jumping into what happened, heavy cardboard boxes filled to brim with parts arrived at my doorstep back in May… and I finally twisted the handle left on my floor jack to bring the car down to the ground on Labor Day.

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Moto-Fied Cycles is Passion Built on Two-Wheels

A chain-link fence slowly creaks open out front of an old industrial building on Milwaukee’s west side. I pull up next to a red Chevy van with black wheels and an LED lightbar on top. Nick Petterson is there, unloading a towering tank filled with argon and C02 for a new MIG welder he just bought.

He leads me back, down a long narrow hallway and around a corner to a big plywood door with a padlock on it. “Supposedly they used to build stock cars here, back in the day,” he told me.

Nick has been anxious to find a home for his growing custom motorcycle repair and fabrication business: Moto-Fied. Business has been booming, jobs are coming in and when that plywood door swung open, my jaw dropped.
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Rotten Rental Car Review: Mitsubishi Outlander

What do you do when you’re in rural New York, have the keys to a brand-new car and a few hours to kill before a wedding? You drive! And then write about it. I’ve got the keys to a 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander ES for the next three days and similar to other posts, I always try .
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2017 Milwaukee World of Wheels!

The cure for winter seasonal depression is a prescription of car shows. Especially in Wisconsin, where days of single-digit temperatures matched with negative windchill gets miserably obnoxious. Thankfully the month of March brings a bit of warm relief to frozen gearheads across the dairy state. We have two car annual car shows on the calendar; the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show and World of Wheels.

While my Camaro currently sits under a one-foot cover of snow (remind to never skimp out on paying for indoor storage during the off-season), a whole fleet of unique and custom machinery rolls into State Fair Park ground in West Allis, a city just a few minutes west of Milwaukee.

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Redusernab Asks Bonus: How Are You Spending Your Tax Return?

Tax returns are coming! Tax returns are coming! Tax returns are coming! Is anyone else super excited about getting their refund checks in the mail or seeing a few extra numbers boost up your bank account? Sure, we all want to be somewhat financially responsible adults, using some of that bonus cash towards bills, home improvement, whatever you fancy…but obviously we need to dish a few dollars towards purchases that benefit our inner hoon. Maybe you want to add a few more Hot Wheels cars to your massive collection or scoop up an old bike off Craigslist to transform into a flashy café racer. Gosh I miss that green 1982 Honda CM250c I rebuilt in my parents’ garage during my college years. Perhaps you’ll use it towards a down-payment on a new car. Yes, while writing this post, I opened a separate browser window open to realistically determine how much higher my tax return would need to be in order to secure a down-payment on a new Challenger Hellcat. Doesn’t hurt to dream right? Or you’ll just finally buy and install a few go-fast parts on your project car.
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