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arctic-rodz 12-31-2013 01:27 PM

My "Auto"-Biography (PICS)
 
Hello everyone, just thought I would make a thread documenting my “Auto”-Biography. My personal automotive history if you will. Builds of my personal vehicles with the modifications I have put them though.

Sorry for the long thread ahead of time but I hope you enjoy checking out my few builds as I enjoyed doing them and driving them.

I've always been a car freak, but what started it all was when I was in high school (2001 or so), my dad gave me a 1994 Camaro Z28. I started doing some bolt ons to it:
52mm TB
2400 Stall
Moroso intake
Hypertech Programming.

Unfortunately, money was tight and when it messed up I couldn’t afford to fix it up. This is the last picture I have of it. I would eventually redeem myself with another LT1 F-Body.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps6b9a9e1c.jpg

Between this car and 2007 I didn’t have anything special. Just transportation vehicles. In early 2007 I got my first Motorcycle.

2007 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Custom
MODS:
Cobra pipes
Cobra R Tuner
Bat wing mirrors
Flamed ISO grips with Stiletto end caps

In Late 2007 I bought a Black 2008 GMC Sierra Ext Cab 5.3L V8. This is when I really started to take pics of my builds. So unfortunately I don't have many pics of the Vulcan as it went through its minor upgrades.

In mid 2009 I found a 1998 GMC Yukon SLT 4x4 that I got as a project/beater. In stock form it was nice but did have room for improvement.

Heres a shot of the Vulcan, Sierra, and Yukon. One of the only pictures I have left of that Vulcan.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...k/DSCN0637.jpg

2008 Sierra details:

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...k/SSPX0049.jpg

K&N intake
Custom Bent Borla Side exhaust
HP Tuners Custom Tune
Summit Racing underdrive pulley
PaceSetter long tube ceramic coated headers
Taylor wires
Circle D 3000 Converter
Off-Road y-pipe
Electric cut off w/switch under the dash
DJM 4/7 drop
22” Switchblade wheels on Nitto NT-420S tires
Colormatched grill surround, front and rear bumpers
Brushed finish diamond plated cut grills
Viper remote start alarm

Here are a couple of in between pics

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...k/DSCN0361.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...iewdropped.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...iewdropped.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...s/DSCN3513.jpg

The Yukon was a diamond in the rough. I always liked this old boxy body Yukon.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...2-13-20102.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v.../2-13-2010.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...T/DSCN0157.jpg

The changes I made were subtle:

Removal of Brush guard
Clear/black headlights, blinkers and corner lenses
Eagle alloy 17x9” wheels
295/70R17 Nitto Trail Grapplers
And of course tons of maintenance like, fluid changes, suspension improvements and so on. With 200k miles this thing ran like a champ.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...T/SSPX0239.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...T/DSCN0161.jpg

I enjoyed them but later sold all three (Vulcan bike, Sierra and Yukon)

I liked the 4x4 SUV so I got me a 2004 Chevrolet Z71 Tahoe.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...e/IMAG0021.jpg

Mods received:

6” RCX lift kit
18x9” Eagle alloys
35x12.5R18 Toyo M/T
K&N Intake
Borla Exhaust
HP Custom Tune
4.56 gears front and rear differentials
Clear/Black headlights and blinkers
HID fog and headlights
LED / Carbon fiber look taillights
Excalibur alarm w/ remote start
JVC double din w/ back up camera
LED roof cab lights

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...e/IMAG0091.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...e/IMAG0147.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...e/IMAG0127.jpg

arctic-rodz 12-31-2013 01:29 PM

I then began to look for something more like a sports car and found a 2008 BMW 550i M-Sport. This car was FAST. 4.8L V8

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...323_155942.jpg

Changes on this were also subtle as it was already a REALLY nice platform.

Carbon filter delete
K&N filter
RPI ram air scoop
Magnaflow Exhaust
LED Halo bulbs
Truck spoiler
LED fender blinkers
black out front grille

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...326_112822.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...7_183552-1.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...425_024123.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...rremovalx2.jpg


I wanted a Camaro again, to make up for the lack of a build from back in High School. I found an actual 30th Anniversary Edition 1997 Z28 Camaro and it needed a lot of help.

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...y/DSCN4054.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...y/DSCN4045.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...505_122836.jpg

Started to work.
Mods/Upgrades:

Fresh paint and Hugger Orange stripes
Newly upholstered interior
30th Anniversary trophy trunk mat
30th Anniversary floor mats
Cross drilled and slotted rotors / ceramic pads
BMR level two handling package:
(Front and rear sway bars
Rear lower control amrs
lowered springs w/shocks all around
Strut tower brace
Sub-Frame connectors)
Engine rebuild
40 over block
304 comp cam
PaceSetter long tube ceramic coated headers
Flowmaster exhaust w/ off-road y-pipe
PCM for less custom tune
SS (ZR1 style wheels) 17x9”
275/40 Nitto NT555 Extreme Performance tires
New built transmission w/2400 stall
3.73 gears and rear end rebuild

Still have more to do to it as of now. But here is how it sits now

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...DSCN4174-1.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...y/DSCN4187.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...y/IMAG0505.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps018f3c2e.jpg

Wanted a motorcycle again. Luckily a local dealer started to carry Triumph Motorcycles. I got this 2013 Triumph Storm 1700cc in Matte Graphite

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...112_120706.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...112_120722.jpg

arctic-rodz 12-31-2013 01:30 PM

Mods:

Hogslayer Exhaust in black ceramic coating
Highflow filter
Triumph tune
Dart fly screen
New headlight bulbs (clear/blue)
Rear seat delete (wife didnt like that too much)

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psky9zznhb.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps8kpw0idi.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psfcd57d76.jpg

Sold the Z71 Tahoe and Traded in the BMW. I wanted to get back in a Truck. As a GM trucks guy I never thought Id buy a Dodge/RAM. But after driving it and seeing how much they had improved I got one!
2013 RAM 1500 Crew Cab 4x4 5.7L Hemi

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps5ce7d3e9.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps630d4414.jpg

Mods:

Billet Tech Catch can
Vararam Intake
Moe's 87mm Throttle Body
Magnaflow Exhaust
HBS 2.5” Level kit
Diablo Trinity Tuner with HemiFever Custom Tune
Amp Power steps
Line X
All weather Mopar Mats

I still have a lot to do to it since this is one of my most recent projects. But here is how it sits now

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...pskm8uygl8.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...ps7347ccc3.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psmzossg1i.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psrmi5qrbr.jpg

Last but not least, the last vehicle I've bought. Wife needed a new car so I got her a 2014 VW GLI. 2.0L TSI Turbo 6speed manual.
Stock for now :)

http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psca77b516.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...pssuey4exo.jpg
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/v...psfkflgkdp.jpg

Plans include:
Turbo Back exhaust
Intake
Tune

Gonna keep it simple with this one.

My forum resume includes:

rgvtruckperformance
performancetrucks
houstonperformancetrucks
rgvcycles
triumphrat
5series
tahoeyukonforum
ls1tech
southtexasfbodies
gmfullsize
ramforum
ramforumz
vwvortex

and im sure a few more I am forgetting.


Thanks for letting me share my “Auto”-Biography with you all. More to come, I hope.
God Bless

maust1 12-31-2013 02:06 PM

Nice wright up and pics.

Grubrunner 12-31-2013 02:14 PM

You have my attention.

Brilliant post!

Thank you.

arctic-rodz 12-31-2013 03:23 PM

Thanks a lot. :)

ShawnC13 01-01-2014 02:55 AM

WOW is all I can say that is a lot of vehicles!! I am on my 4th in 24 years of driving!!

arctic-rodz 01-01-2014 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShawnC13 (Post 1282244)
WOW is all I can say that is a lot of vehicles!! I am on my 4th in 24 years of driving!!

What can I say, I'm a car addict! :)

Chunkem 01-03-2014 11:45 PM

Thanks for the write up and sharing the pics.......

arctic-rodz 01-13-2014 09:33 PM

Thanks for looking


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