Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people put a good deal of effort into writing last Monday through Wednesday. It includes bumper installation 101, entry level luxury cars, forgotten race cars and more.
- Bumper Installation 101 - KB Garage
I would fist like to apologize for the lack of potato shots for this narrative. Since I know many of you are like me and don't like reading, I drew you pictures! I purchased a Smittybilt XRC bumper PN 76806. Removing the factory bumper is pretty simple task and doesn't require much more than removing (breaking) a few clips and bolts.
- Is entry-level luxury a dangerous race to a weaker brand? - Juan Barnett
A3, CLA, ATS – they all have one thing in common: the promise of luxury ownership at non-luxury prices. But does this new crop of enter-level luxury cars, with barrier-to-entry so low a grocery bagger could afford one, have the potential to damage the brand?
Let me start by saying I'm a devoted Corvette guy. I've had two C5s and three C6s. And I love the C7. But seeing the new Z06 in person I couldn't help but think it looked like it was one big forum-lead DIY project. The new C7 Z06 looks like it drove through a JC Whitney catalog and was attacked by stick-on parts.
- Automotive Memories - heliochrome85
The sun was setting just right today on my drive home from work. As I slowly made it through traffic, I was left to wonder why I so quickly fell out of love with my old car, a 2011 Kia Optima EX. For three years, it had been a wonderful friend. She successfully survived NYC, Baltimore, DC, Detroit and South Carolina, with nary a hiccup. Every time I drove past a glass window, I'd try to catch a glimpse, lovingly taking in her dark cherry red paint, and snarky look. Yet, today, she sits at home, unloved, and forgotten, largely because I've traded her in for a new friend.
- Forgotten Race Cars: The Lister Storm - CarlsonsRaiders
To some of you, the car pictured above, the Lister Storm. will evoke memories of a fire breathing, Jaguar V12 powered GT racer from the 1990s. But for most, it just brings up the question "What's a Lister?", and that's kind of sad. Well, for those of you who don't know of the Storm and its history, let's take a trip down memory lane and learn a little about it in this first edition of Forgotten Race Cars.
- Why LMP1 has Left USCC and Why That's Okay - willkinton247
The new United SportsCar Championship [kicked] off its inaugural season this weekend with the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a massive grid of 61 cars, including 27 prototypes. However, as you probably know already, there [was not] an LMP1 car among them. The elimination of the top prototype class has caused a lot of outcry from sports car fans since it was announced, and it is undeniably sad to see its death in North American series. But it's going to be okay.
- Why air travel sucks now - NotInDetroit
Air travel used to be very awesome. You even dressed up in a suit and tie just to sit in a metal tube! Now, for many passengers, it's a pain in the ass. What happened? The short answer is probably what you're expecting: $$$
- In Defense of the FWD Coupe - NotInDetroit
Many of the FWD coupes that have been passed off as consumer products are legitimately terribad. The Altima coupe is a pretty good example - Nissan still played with the structure a bit to get a car a good deal smaller than the sedan but at the end of the day it's still bloated, still too large. The so-called Monte Carlo was an even worse offender, especially in its very last iteration - not necessarily any smaller than the Impala, the exact same engine options (granted they included a V8 and a 300-HP V6) and perhaps maybe some lightly tweaked suspension. But I still very strongly feel that there is a place for the FWD coupe. They are a thing of beauty.
Ok so maybe I didn't become a racing driver, but I did get taught by one and you actually can too! For cheap! Because one thing is for certain about us Jalops, we are all fairly broke! Me very much included. However, after my wife got us tickets to last year's F1 race, I decided that this year I would try my best and pull a Caswell and just do as much as I could in the Motorsports and Automotive realm as money would allow! Which is not that much, and consists of a lot of looking on Groupon and ways to sneak into places so I don't have to pay. So essentially exactly what Bill does. Except I don't have a rally car.
- Yes to the F1 Double points rule - a counterpoint - Simplify, then add beer
I've been reading a fair bit lately about the hatred towards the pending double points rule in the 2014 F1 season. In the interests of fair debate (and because I'm a fence sitting asshat), I thought I would offer the counter points. Feel free to hate away in the comments.
- Go Touring In A Manual Trans BMW E39 Wagon For $6,000 - TheDailyTurismo
The E39 BMW 5-series (sold from 1997 to 2003 in North America) was an evolution from the outgoing E34 5er, but the classy styling was one of the last pre-Bangle designs and penned by Tokyo born Joji Nagashima. The touring version was particularly pretty and available with a manual gearbox. Also check out This Is What A Pre-Orloved V8 Corveetle Looks Like.
- How Cars and Music go hand in hand, and why I've become a Car audio nut - Beigemobile Supremo Commando
For all of us, they go hand in hand, don't they? Whether its cruising down Main Street bumpin' Still D.R.E, or ripping through canyons blasting Radar Love, music seems to have an integral role in the driving experience for a lot of people. I feel that none of my driving journeys (besides track days [in a Camry of all things]) would be the same without music. But why is that?
At the risk of being painfully obvious, winter is cold, summer is hot, and being broken down on the side of the road sucks. I think everyone can understand these three facts. So that being the case, how can you make sure that these three insignificantly minor facts don't end up being Extremely Deadly?
So far in my largely-theoretical (at least, until the summer, maybe, cross your fingers!) quest for the ultimate budget screamer, I've examined Some Ford blocks, some low-stroke Dodge Blocks, and the possibility of building an gen I based Chevy 302, as well as toyed around with the idea of an LT1-based 302 or 327. Both are possible, but I've decided to apply the same idea to LS-based engines, which are known for being unusually high RPM V8s to begin with, especially with their hydraulic cams.
A general instructional guidey thingy based on my knowledge of Motorsport, fire safety, and seeing and hearing about the kinda stupid stuff some people do at racetracks. A lot is common sense, but I see a lot of it ignored every weekend. Let's begin.
The Best of the Rest
Demon-Xanth visited the shoe tree seen on Top Gear. Brian, The Life of's neighbour unveiled his Countach. Ricepuddin auto crossed his 'murica-mobile. Jbh photographed the snowy streets of NYC. Cazzyodo attended the Boston Autoshow and played around in some fresh snow. DatASSun picked up an LS v8 for his Datsun. Aaron Brown's Porsche 944 didn't like its exhaust system. CrzRsn went to the Detroit Auto Show. Rory Farrell bought himself a JDM coupe. Offroadkarter documented his drive home through a snowstorm. MR2_FTW took some pretty snow pictures. Wolfezx visited PSI. NinetyQ sold his Audi 90.
As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.
There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion between last Monday and Wednesday. Take a peek and chime in on some of those listed below:
- Best Engine Sounds of All Time?
- World's Most Jalop Beer?
- Show Me: Cars Whose Design Will Age Well
- What Car Would You Break The Budget For?
- Road Trippin' Advice
- Debadged Cars, Who's With Me?
- Cheap Cars with 6-Speeds
- Which Do You Think Looks Better?
- What Are You Expecting From This Year's WRC?
- Show Us The Best Picture Of An Engine
- Dashcam recommendations?
- One Car Garage - Lottery car
- Oppo Poll - Truck Edition
- What's your car list so far?
- Things I Don't Understand: FWD Coupes
- Best looking car with worst aftermarket rims??
- What's the Most Embarrassing Car You Can Buy?
- What kind of tire pressure do you run in winter?
- What's the meanest police livery?
- Does your music match your car?
- If cars were genres of music... (calling all fellow music majors)
- CarDomaining - "Canadian Sweetheart" edition
- What is the most Jalop lawn tractor?
- Let's see Your work trucks
- Guess the Preproduction Prototypes!
- Show Me: The best garages/race shops
- What car had the worst federal bumpers?
- Coolest Federal Bumpers
- Which Intercooling System Is Best?
- What Car Is Perfect For Florida?
- I need suggestions for motorsports related movies
- What is the Best Track on Gran Turismo 6?
- What Real World Track is Missing from Gran Turismo 6?
- When cycling and and motor sports meet
- Realistic car pr0n
- What are some of the most interesting borrowed exterior parts?
- What is something completely overpriced (that's not a car) you want?
- Poll-erizing SUV super discussion
- Recommendations on a good all season tire?
- Summer tire suggestions
- Which Would You Rather? Malaise Muscle Edition
Just the #tips
- Dakar truck drifting around a race track
- A Hemi-powered Mini
- Found on Craigslist: Is the Answer Always MI4T4?
- 2015 Z06 8spd Auto "Faster and smoother than any dual-clutch
- Ezra Dyer knocks it out of the park (again) - review of BMW M235i
- Which Car Manufacturer's Allied To Which ? The Handy Infographic
- A Ride in a Typhoon
- Chris Runge's Handbuilt "Frankfurt Flyer"
- Turner Motorsport Rolex 24 Hour Driver Lineup Announced!
- Snowmobiles drag racing, circle track racing and hitting big jumps. All on water
- One Last Drive in the Outgoing STI
- Stolen S2000 (Help)
- Don't Drift and Drive, Folks...
- The Two-Wheel Driving Record Was Beaten in an AE86!
- DriverSports Virtual Support Series
- This Year's Bahrain Gran Prix to be Raced Under the Lights
- BMW CCA Rocky Mountain Chapter Ice Gymkhana
- GTO snow hooning
- (Rob) Ford Models
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted on Oppositelock:
- 1988 Mazda 626 GT Turbo 4WS
- An Extremely Valuable Life Lesson I Learned From Volvo...
- Did you ever wonder how a 2.0 V16 sounds?
- When Buying New is Smarter Than Buying Used
- The Claas Xerion Waltzes Over Crops, Tills Land Real Pompous-Like
- We Rolled Our Dream Car, A 1997 Miata
- The Truth About The Ford Raptor