Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Minus Blue

While Phil and I both have/had blue WRX's you never see to much of them on here. I guess when you DD something you start to think its not that special, you take it for granted, while others still worship it. I supposed this is why you don't see too many pictures of our suby's on here. We see them everyday so it's hard to see why others would want to look at pictures of them. While I sold this Subaru about a year ago, I took some farewell pictures, thinking to myself in about a year I'll want these, and now I know why, its to share it with you guys. So click read more for a little lesson on sold cars from a true car nut. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Quickie Review: Cheapo Chinese OBDII Adapter

I don't even need a page break for this.  All I need to say is that I bought this and it worked.  I plugged it into my 2011 Subaru WRX, I downloaded the $5 Torque app from the Google Play store for my Android phone.  You plug it in, turn on the car, pair your phone to it and you are done.  The android app is very nice, i'm sure there is something similar for Apple users.  It lets you do 0-60 runs without pushing any buttons, as well as all the cool diagnostic and data logging stuff that you expect.  I'm obviously a bit shocked that something so functional is so cheap. It's possible that your results may vary but at this price it seemed like it worth the risk.  Start reading your own DTCs today...(or hooning around doing 0-60 pulls for giggles, whatever)

Oh and I got 5.1 seconds with a full tank of gas and it gave me 235hp at the wheels.  That's a healthy estimate for car with 265hp at the engine from the factory, folks do say that Subaru sandbagged the rating a little on the newer WRX's.  Someone in a magazine claimed a 4.8s run but most are 5.1 so at least I managed to do my job properly as an automotive journalist right?

Stay Frivolous,
Phil B

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

RFOF: A Little Trail Riding on a Sunny Day

So what do you do when your hobby is cars and you need a break from it, but still want to do something vehicle related, because lets admit it, you love vehicles. A lot of people I know are so obsessed with internet fame, quarter mile times, or auto cross time slips they forget what brought us to cars in the first place. Fun. What if your hobby is just hooning cars in circles for fun and you need a break from that? Well It seems that a lot of the racefriv crew has found the answer to that and it comes in the form of 4x4s. As some of you  know I recently bought a Jeep Rubicon and I've wanted to take it out for a day of fun ever since. Seems like a lot of my drift buddy's had the same ideas recently and went out and bought themselves some 4x4's too. We took them out to fuck them up a bit. Click "read more" for some pretty awesome pictures of a fun hilly hoonage day.