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Stay away from XTR Performance /NewAgeAutoparts/ NewAgeAutoparts.com /Facebook Users Nate Baumberger Joey Lokken
Apr 16, 2014 - 6:48 PM - by GODspeed7
Ok guys here comes the story. I used to be an admin of mazdaspeed 3 owners group on facebook. I am no longer, but that's a different story for another day. Well one of the members was asking about clutch and flywheel options. I told them that I just bought a Luk clutch kit off of amazon for $181 and a Fidanza Flywheel from Edge autosport for $335 all shipped for free and how this was the best deal. Well XTR nate is an admin at mazdaspeed owners group on facebook (confusing as fuck I know) and a few minutes later I received these PM's from him on facebook ... [Read More]
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Corksport Brakes Pads - Mazdaspeed 3
May 11, 2013 - 4:17 PM - by Haltech

For anyone who has owned a Gen 1 or Gen 2 Mazdaspeed3 for any amount of time who enjoys spirited street driving will tell you, the stock brakes can fade quickly and give you an E ticket ride. Although our cars come OEM with top rate Ferodo compound, our floating single piston calipers do not properly apply pad pressure to the rotor. We also see a lot of fade when you push the car hard with increased braking.

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SURE Motorsports - Street Unit- StreetUnit.com - Design Flaws,Danger And Part Failures!
Feb 28, 2013 - 3:14 PM - by Haltech

Hi, i'm Kevin Pugh, owner and founder of Mazdaspeed Forums. I created this forum in January 2008 for the purpose of providing an actual performance oriented tech site for force inducted Mazda's. MSF was created and still operates, as a NON Agenda site for the hardcore performance enthusiast. My overall goal was to create a site that keeps true enthusiast engaged, informed and TEACH them that damn near anything related to these cars, can be tackled in your own garage,... [Read More]
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JBR Motor Mounts
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James Barone Racing is a relatively new name to the Mazda aftermarket. Jamie has been making quality products for the Mazda market since September 2009. Today, we will be reviewing a full set of his 80a durometer motor mounts for the Mazdaspeed 3 (Gen 1 and Gen 2). Since there has already been a MSF review done on the CP-E mounts, this review will only have limited coverage of the installation process. In addition to the installation tutorial in the existing MSF review, very thorough instructions are available here at the JBR... [Read More]
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Weekly Recap: Alfa Romeo's US plans take shape
Aug 23, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Recalls, Chevrolet, Lincoln, Alfa Romeo


In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland.

Alfa Romeo was in the news this week, and for once, it didn't involve another rumor the brand was going to be sold off to the highest bidder.

Quite the opposite. In a strong signal of support, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles moved to reinforce Alfa with a new head of North American operations, Reid Bigland, who had been in charge of the Ram division. Harald Wester remains global CEO of Alfa and Maserati.

It's a significant move, as Bigland has been considered a rising star within the Fiat-Chrysler conglomerate, and pulling him away from the important Ram business was not a decision made lightly. At first blush, it even seems questionable, as Alfa has only one car, the 4C, that's about to go on sale in America.

But that will change - or at least FCA says it will - in short order.Continue reading Weekly Recap: Alfa Romeo's US plans take shape

Weekly Recap: Alfa Romeo's US plans take shape originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Europe's BMW 1 Series hatch caught looking fresh faced
Aug 23, 2014 - 8:20 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Spy Photos, Hatchback, BMW



Hey, remember the BMW 1 Series? Yes, German brand's successors to the US-market coupe and convertible have one-upped the old car to wear the 2 Series designation now, but in other markets, our No. 1 crush still lives on, and as evidenced in these spy shots, the entry-level hatch appears to be undergoing a modest facelift.

We've spotted prototypes of the refreshed 1 Series before, with the majority of the car's changes focused around the front fascia. This time around, we're seeing the three-door variant, with wheels seemingly fitting of a Sport or even M Sport trim.

Of course, this One's not for US, as the small BMW isn't slated to come to our market anytime soon. Click through the gallery above to see what we're missing.Europe's BMW 1 Series hatch caught looking fresh faced originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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John Deere announces second big round of layoffs
Aug 23, 2014 - 6:10 AM - by Haltech
Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Work



Farm and heavy equipment manufacturer Deere - of John Deere tractor fame - has announced that it will indefinitely layoff some 460 workers at its Waterloo, IA facility, effective as of October 20.

This latest round of layoffs comes just about a week after Deere revealed it would be doing the same at facilities in Ankeny, IA, Moline and East Moline, IL and Coffeyville, KA. All this, following and August 13 earnings announcement that showed sales falling by some 15 percent in the third quarter of this year.

In a statement, the company said that it "must match the size of its manufacturing workforce with market demand," to keep its edge in an increasingly global marketplace.

The layoffs fall in contrast to a relative boom in employment in recent years, when Deere says it took on "several hundred manufacturing employees" in the Midwest, to keep up with demand.Continue reading John Deere announces second big round of layoffs

John Deere announces second big round of layoffs originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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'67 Chevy Corvair convertible vs. '86 Pontiac Fiero in cult classic showdown
Aug 22, 2014 - 5:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Classics, Convertible, Coupe, Videos, Chevrolet, Pontiac



Every few a decades, the folks running General Motors lose their minds briefly try to market a car that public doesn't see coming and often aren't ready for. In the '60s there was the rear-engine, air-cooled Chevrolet Corvair, then the mid-engine Pontiac Fiero in the '80s and the completely bizarre Chevy SSR in the 2000s. What all of these had in common was that they bucked the trend for American models of their era, for better or worse. The latest episode of Generation Gap tasked the hosts with finding two cult classic vehicles to choose between; they came come up with two of these quirky products from The General.

On the classic side, there's a 1967 Chevy Corvair Monza convertible. Being from later in the production run, it wears slightly more aerodynamic styling than the earlier, boxier examples. Hanging out back is an air-cooled, 2.7-liter flat-six pumping out a robust 95 horsepower. In the other corner is the somewhat more modern 1986 Pontiac Fiero SE with a mid-mounted, 2.5-liter "Iron Duke" four-cylinder, an engine nearly ubiquitous in GM cars of the '80s.

Judging by when they were new, the Corvair was far more successful than the Fiero with over 1.8 million sold. Of course, Ralph Nader's book Unsafe at Any Speed kind of poisoned the well, even if the poor safety reputation wasn't entirely deserved. The Fiero on the other hand only lasted for a few model years before shuffling off, but it eventually got its own performance boost with the V6 version and rather attractive GT models. Check them both out in the video and tell us in Comments which you want in your garage.Continue reading '67 Chevy Corvair convertible vs. '86 Pontiac Fiero in cult classic showdown

'67 Chevy Corvair convertible vs. '86 Pontiac Fiero in cult classic showdown originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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What you missed on 8.22.2014
Aug 22, 2014 - 4:50 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, SUV, Truck, Work, Chevrolet, Land Rover, Luxury, Off-Road, Racing, Ram



2015 Corvette Z06 wins on power and price

We started off this happy Friday by learning that the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 would come to dealers with a starting price of $78,000. That's not an insignificant fund, but when you start to cross-shop other cars with comparable performance, you quickly find (and we do mean quickly) that the Z06 is actually kind of an incredible bargain. Find out which of its pricy competitors comes closest to the new über 'Vette, here.




Quick Spin: 2014 Range Rover HSE

No company in the world does a quick, off-road-capable, posh luxury SUV (in sparkling brown paint, no less) quite like Land Rover's epic Range Rover. Having done full tests on the Rangie already, this time around we tackle the HSE model fitted with the supercharged 3.0-liiter V6 engine, to see if it suffers without a V8. Spoiler Alert: aluminum is a wonderful thing.




Ram to stay steely through 2020

...Then again, steel is nice, too. Pickup truck rival Ford may still be grabbing headlines for its intensive use of weight-saving aluminum in its new F-150, but Ram believes that it can stay competitive with the more conventional material. Despite a Ram 1500 refresh due out in 2015,... [Read More]
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Australia's Joss supercars not dead yet, needs Kickstarter help [w/video]
Aug 22, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by Haltech
Filed under: Concept Cars, Coupe, Performance, Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Supercars, Australia



Australia's Joss Developments made it further than some boutique supercar makers having actually produced a test car. However, the auto industry has always been a hard place for start-ups, just look at the failures of even high-profile ventures like Fisker, and Joss eventually succumbed. Or so it seemed. The Aussies are back, and this time they hope to raise the necessary funds to sell their JP1 track car via a Kickstarter campaign. It's certainly an ambitious goal, especially since they are hoping to raise $480,000 Australian dollars ($447,150).

According to the campaign, the point of the Kickstarter "is helping take a company that has built a car, run it as a prototype, learnt from these lessons and now taken the design and engineering one enormous step forward." If successful, the team hopes to build a running version of the JP1 with a mid-mounted, aluminum 5.0-liter V8 pumping out 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) to the rear wheels and wrapped in a carbon composite body. Joss promises acceleration to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds and a top speed of 211 mph.

From there, it wants to sell five of them before further developing the JP1 as a small-volume production car for Europe and eventually the world, if it all goes to plan. Because so much of the work is already done thanks to the earlier prototype, Joss thinks it could have the first JP1 ready within about 17 months of the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Production versions would cost about 600,000 Australian dollars ($560,000).

So far, though, it's quite slow going. The funding is only at $12,751 with 93 backers and ending on September 30 for those in the US. That's a really long way left to go to get the car built. Scroll down to check out the team's Kickstarter promo video.Continue reading Australia's Joss supercars not dead yet, needs Kickstarter help [w/video]

Australia's Joss supercars not dead yet, needs Kickstarter help [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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