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Nitto Auto Enthusiast Day 2017

Text and Photos by Richard Fong

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The car show scene has exploded in recent years, with car events happening across the country and around the world throughout the spring, summer and fall. There is almost nary a weekend during the summer months that doesn’t have some sort of an event happening somewhere. Unfortunately, the shows become a blur when local events feature the same cars every weekend. This is where the Nitto Auto Enthusiast Day presented by Drivingline stands out from the rest.

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STILLEN, of course, represented with a NISMO 370Z, a WRX and a Rough Country Lifted Titan, courtesy of Surf City Nissan.

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Held on August 12, 2017 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, the Fifth Annual Auto Enthusiast Day takes the common car show to the next level. This entirely free event (to both attendees and vendors) featured acres of asphalt with over 130 vendor displays of all types, 1,000 show vehicles and seven demo vehicles, including special drift and off-road machines, smoking their tires throughout the day. Sound like overkill? Perhaps, but it was the right size to entertain and intrigue the more than 23,000 people that came through the gates.

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Evasive Motorsports brought its R35 GT-R to display in the Turn 14 Distribution booth.

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The vendor area featured everything from wheel and parts manufacturers to automotive lifestyle brands. There were even a few key media companies like DSPORT magazine, MotoIQ and SuperStreet magazine covering the event and displaying project cars.

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DSPORT magazine showcased Project Fiesta ST in its booth.

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MotoIQ brought a pair of BMWs to represent in its booth.

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The Purist Group’s founder and leader, Sean Lee, represented at the event with his Porsche GT3RS.

The Autocon main stage featured interviews throughout the day with key personalities who drove their rides up onto the stage. Hosted by John “Nads” Naderi, the interviews gave attendees insight into their vehicle builds as well as the shaping of today’s automotive lifestyle and reflection of how it has evolved throughout the years.

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The Autocon Main Stage was abuzz with activity as John “Nads” Naderi interviewed vehicle builders and talked about their builds.

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Super Street Alumni John “Nads” Naderi MC’d the Autocon Main Stage. One of his guests was a former peer from Super Street, Jonathan “JDM” Wong.

The demo area, located behind the Nitto Tires booth, gave everyone a clear view of pro drivers drifting, spinning, smoking the tires and jumping off ramps.

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Ryan Sage of Formula Drift took command of the mic, as off-road drivers, Formula Drift competitors and stunt drivers took to center stage.

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Formula Drift commentator Ryan Sage perched himself on the Nitto Tires Trailer to get a birds eye view of the action on the demo track.

Over 50 lucky VIPs went for ride alongs throughout the day as Vaughn Gittin Jr, Matt Powers and Alex Heilbrunn executed three-car tandem drifts to the spectators’ delight. Former Formula Drift champion Samuel Hubinette and his wife Christina demonstrated car control while smoking the tires of their specially modified RWD Lamborghini Huracan and a BMW coupe.

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Thousands lined the fences as the first demo session was about to begin.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr, Alex Heilbrunn and Matt Powers delivered three-car tandem drifts around the demo track.

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Sam Hubinette drifted his specially modified RWD Lambo Huracan around the track with ease. For many it was a thrill to see the Huracan, but to watch it smoking the tires was incredible.

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Sam’s wife Stina Stunts drifted an M3 during the demo with the Huracan.

As the sun began to set against the “Big A”, so ended another successfully executed Nitto Auto Enthusiast Day. A big thanks goes out to Harry Kong at Nitto Tires for putting together a great event for both enthusiasts and the aftermarket alike.

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Surf City Nissan provided STILLEN with a Titan XD equipped with a Rough Country Lift Kit.

STILLEN, we’re everywhere you’d want to be! Check us out online at www.stillen.com!

 

Magnaflow is First to Market with a CTR Exhaust

Honda created quite a buzz when it’s new Civic Type R set a class record at the famed Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack in Germany. They maintained this momentum with the announcement that the Type R trim would be returning to America for the first time since 2001 and for the first time as a Civic Type R.

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The Civic Type R comes from the factory with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine generating 306 horsepower. As with any turbocharged engine, the easier that the turbo can breathe, the more efficiently it will operate and the greater the potential output. Unfortunately, most factory exhaust systems are built conservatively to keep sound levels and cost down. This is also a common bottleneck for performance.

Exhaust manufacturer Magnaflow prides itself for being at the forefront of development, especially when it comes to supporting new vehicle models and platforms. Magnaflow’s latest development is the first cat-back exhaust system to market for the new Civic Type R.

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The new Magnaflow Civic Type R Cat-back Exhaust (P/N 19383) is the latest addition to the Competition Series of exhausts. This exhaust features mandrel bent, 2.5-inch 409 stainless steel tubing with V-band clamp connections. A straight through pipe (included with this exhaust system) can be easily swapped with the resonated presilencer for a more aggressive exhaust note. The exhaust terminates into a triple muffler configuration finished with carbon fiber tips. Magnaflow states that this exhaust lends to a more aggressive exhaust note while reducing overall system mass, shedding unwanted, excessive weight. Like all Magnaflow exhausts, the new Civic Type R Cat-back Exhaust features Magnaflow’s limited lifetime warranty.

Magnaflow is first to market with this exhaust for the new Civic Type R… Be among the first on the streets with it! STILLEN is taking preorders on this exciting new exhaust, place your preorder today! Contact STILLEN at 866-250-5542, email us at sales@stillen.com, or hit us up on Live Chat at www.stillen.com!

STILLEN Dealer Profile: Infiniti of Melbourne x STILLEN Q60 Red Sport

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The twin-turbocharged Infiniti Q60 Red Sport has been gaining traction with the aftermarket as development progresses on this exciting new luxury coupe. This is evident to us here at STILLEN, as we get feedback from our vast network of partner dealerships. One such dealership, Infiniti of Melbourne in Melbourne, Florida, has seen an increase in the sales of the Q60.

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Body Styling and Lowering are on the Rise

In conjunction with this rise in sales is a corresponding increase in aftermarket upgrades purchased. We spoke to Infiniti of Melbourne’s Parts Department manager, Luke Degraff, who shared some of his observations. “The increased sales of the Q60 coupe, along with its sedan sibling, the Q50, have led to an increase in aftermarket parts sales, especially the STILLEN urethane splitter and diffuser for the Q50 and the STILLEN urethane splitter for the Q60. A good number of customers have also chosen to lower their new Q50 or Q60 with a set of RS-R Down Springs. We chose Vossen Wheels to complete the showroom model. The presentation has been very well received!”

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The STILLEN equipped Q60 was a hit at Infiniti of Melbourne’s Cars and Coffee event this past Saturday, July 22.

Infiniti of Melbourne also hosts a Cars and Coffee event at the dealership. During the recent event held last Saturday, July 22, 2017, the STILLEN/RS-R/Vossen equipped Q60 drew plenty of attention from visitors checking out the vehicles on display.

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Are you ready to upgrade your Q50 or Q60? If you’re already a customer or live near Infiniti of Melbourne, give Luke Degraff a call at 877-707-1190. If you have any other questions about STILLEN Products, please feel free to contact us directly at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com or via Live Chat at www.stillen.com!

STILLEN Dealer Profile: Holman Infiniti X STILLEN Q50S AWD

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The Holman Group is at it again! Knowing what the customer wants and working with the right companies to showcase what can be done is what Holman Infiniti does well. Kevin Shaw in the Parts Department looked at the Iridium Blue Q50S AWD that was sitting on the showroom floor and saw the opportunity to do something eye catching.

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The amber turn signals really stand out against the red lenses.

Holman Infiniti has used STILLEN products on several of its previous showroom queens, making the body styling decisions for this Q50S quite easy. Kevin started with a STILLEN splitter (p/n KB11226 for Premium, p/n KB11225 for Sport) and diffuser (p/n KB11222 unpainted, KB11222MB for matte black) followed by an Infiniti Sport Exhaust. Then, to make it really stand out from the rest, he ordered up and installed the first known set of JDM Q50 taillights in the USA. The dark red lenses with the amber turn signals stand out from the typical USDM Q50 variants.

The following images show the difference between the USDM factory taillights (bright red plastic with red turn signal) versus the JDM taillights (darker red plastic with amber turn signal).

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The US Domestic Market (USDM) Q50 taillights are red on red, including the turn signal.

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The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Q50 taillights feature an amber colored turn signal.

Holman Infiniti is a proud member of the STILLEN Dealer Network. They can assist you with all of your STILLEN parts purchases as well as installation on your new Infiniti vehicle. Reach out to Kevin Shaw at Holman Infiniti’s parts department at (856) 234-4400, Ext. 55512 to get more information or to place your order! You can also contact STILLEN at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com, or via Live Chat at www.stillen.com. We would be happy to address any questions you might have.

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2016+ Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 Axle-back Exhaust

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Nissan gave its fifth generation Altima a facelift for 2016, which includes revised front and rear bumpers, new headlights and taillights, and a refined interior. During the summer of 2016, STILLEN answered with a revised splitter and rear diffuser to complement the enhanced and striking lines of the Altima. STILLEN furthered its development of the revised Altima, offering its latest axle-back exhaust system for the 2016-and-newer Nissan Altima 3.5L V6 (p/n 508321).

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STILLEN’s stainless-steel axle-back system for the Altima features mandrel bent T304 stainless-steel piping welded to resonated stainless-steel muffler sections. The stainless-steel muffler tips can be adjusted to match the rear fascia and is a great complement to the STILLEN urethane diffuser (p/n KB13158MB). If you’re looking to make more power, STILLEN also offers its Hi-Flow Intake kit (p/n 402875).

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  • T304 Stainless-steel Construction
  • Slip-fit Connectivity
  • Adjustable Tips
  • STILLEN Precision
  • Designed and Manufactured in the USA

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STILLEN engineers select the components for every exhaust system to deliver the best performance, sound and fitment. STILLEN proudly designs, tests and manufactures every exhaust in the USA at the STILLEN facility in Costa Mesa, CA.

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To order or for more information, reach out to us at 866-250-5542, by email at sales@stillen.com or via live chat at stillen.com! We can barely keep these exhausts on the shelves, so order yours Today!

STILLEN Product Announcement: Street Scene 2016-17 Camaro RS/LT/LS Body Styling

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Due to popular demand and the huge success of its body kits, Street Scene Equipment proudly released its urethane body styling kit for all 2016-17 Chevy Camaros (including all V6 and 4 Cylinder models.) Drawing inspiration from the sharp design and sporty looks of STREET SCENE’S Camaro SS Body kit, this front splitter, side skirts and rear winglet kit takes the Camaro to the next level, making it more attractive than ever.

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Sculpted to complement the Camaro’s already aggressive lines, this new body kit adds a custom appearance that stands out on the road. Proudly designed and manufactured in the USA from a high quality, proprietary polyurethane formula, this new body kit features the durability, fit and strength that is backed by Street Scene’s limited lifetime warranty.

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Add style to your 2016+ Camaro RS/LT/LS with durable urethane body styling pieces by Street Scene Equipment! For more information or to place your order, please call STILLEN at 866-250-5542 or hit us up on Live Chat at stillen.com. You can also send our sales team an email at sales@stillen.com.

STILLEN Product Announcement: MagnaFlow Exhaust for 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

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It’s always nice to be the first to market with a product, and for the extremely popular 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, MagnaFlow has beaten everyone to the punch. For the new 2017 F-150 Raptor, Ford abandoned the naturally-aspirated V8 engine in favor of a potent, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine boasts improved mileage efficiency to go with its dirt-kicking 450 horsepower with 510 lb-ft torque.

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For even greater output and a more aggressive exhaust note, the new EcoBoost engine can benefit from being allowed to breathe easier. MagnaFlow developed its latest cat-back exhaust system for the Raptor to do just that. Composed of dual 3-inch piping for reduced backpressure and improved exhaust flow, the stainless-steel exhaust system incorporates a pair of MagnaFlow’s straight through mufflers that terminate in split black coated 5-inch diameter exhaust tips (part number MA19350). Polished tips are also available (part number MA19346). This exhaust allows the turbochargers to spool more quickly for improved response and output while adding a deeper, more aggressive exhaust note.

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This system, like all MagnaFlow performance exhaust systems, is 50-state emissions compliant. Additionally, all MagnaFlow exhaust systems come with a Lifetime Warranty, and each kit includes all the necessary hardware and components for a complete, bolt-on installation. MagnaFlow products are proudly made in the USA.

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  • Dyno tested and proven to make power
  • Performance gains in both horsepower and torque
  • MF Series: Balanced interior and exterior sound levels
  • Maintains exhaust system efficiency
  • Easy to install design made from mandrel-bent tubing
  • Welded Stainless steel construction that is built to last
  • Limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Be the first to add bark to your Raptor’s bite with this new MagnaFlow Exhaust today! Contact STILLEN for more information or to place your order by calling us at 866-250-5542. You can also reach us by email at sales@stillen.com or via Live Chat at stillen.com.

STILLEN News: STILLEN Cold Air Intakes Receive A.R.B. Exemption

May 26, 2017

 

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Street-legal status equates to being able to smog and register your car with ease while avoiding fix-it tickets and visits to the courts and/or the state referee. This becomes particularly important if you live in California or any of the 49 other States of America that subscribe to California’s style of stringent emissions requirements.

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Developing performance products that achieve street-legal status involve a significant investment of research, development, time and money. To this end, STILLEN prides itself on the engineering time invested to garner measurable performance while maintaining compliance with the standards set forth by the Air Resources Board (A.R.B.). STILLEN employs a Nissan “CONSULT III” diagnostics computer to monitor and log vital data channels to ensure reliable and consistent performance. This means that STILLEN Intake Systems do not require ECU calibration and are a truly “Plug and Play” performance upgrade. No “check engine” lights and no idling issues.

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Obtaining an Executive Order from the A.R.B. involves prototyping and testing to prove that our STILLEN Intake Systems do not affect the vehicle emissions control devices. Periodically, we resubmit and update our product listings with new products as well as updates to existing part numbers and additional qualifying vehicle applications. STILLEN’s most recent release included the highly anticipated VR30DDTT Intake System for twin turbocharged 2016+ Infiniti vehicles (p/n 402856, 402856DF).

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STILLEN’s list of qualified products has also expanded its coverage under A.R.B. E.O. # D436-22.

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402843                       2008-09 Infiniti EX35 – 3.5L V6

402843                       2008-10 Infiniti EX35 – 3.5L V6

402843                       2015 Infiniti Q40 – 3.7L V6

402847                       2015 Infiniti Q40 – 3.7L V6

403235                       2003-07 Infiniti G35 Coupe – 3.5L V6

403235                       2003-06 Infiniti G35 Sedan – 3.5L V6

402843                       2007-08 Infiniti G35 Sedan – 3.5L V6

402846                       2008-13 Infiniti G37 – 3.7L V6

402847                       2009-13 Infiniti G37 – 3.7L V6

402845                       2007-09 Nissan 350Z – 3.5L V6

402842                       2007-09 Nissan 350Z – 3.5L V6

402851                       2009-16 Nissan 370Z – 3.7L V6

402852                       2009-16 Nissan 370Z – 3.7L V6

403230                       2014-15 Infiniti Q50 – 3.7L V6

402856                       2016 Infiniti Q50 – 3.0L V6

402846                       2014-15 Infiniti Q60 – 3.7L V6

402970AS                 1995-97 Nissan Altima – 2.4L I4

402841                       2007-13 Nissan Altima Sedan – 3.5L V6

402875                       2013-14 Nissan Altima – 3.5L V6

402956                       2000-01 Nissan Maxima – 3.0L V6

402962                       2009-14 Nissan Maxima – 3.5L V6

403447                       2004-11 Infiniti QX56 – 5.6L V8

403235                       2003-08 Infiniti FX35 – 3.5L V6

402834FX                 2003-08 Infiniti FX35 – 3.5L V6

402835FX                 2003-08 Infiniti FX35 – 3.5L V6

403447                       2004-15 Nissan Armada – 5.6L V8

403440                       2005-16 Nissan Frontier – 4.0L V6

403447                       2004-15 Nissan Titan – 5.6L V8

 

Contact STILLEN today to get more information or to purchase your new intake today! Give us a call at 866-250-5542, send us an email to sales@stillen.com, or hit us up via Live Chat at stillen.com!

 

STILLEN Product Announcement: Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger x Eaton TVS R2650 Rotors

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Edelbrock announced the release of its E-Force Superchargers that now feature the new Eaton Gen VI R2650 TVS rotor pack for 2015-17 Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Charger and Ford Mustangs. Compared to the TVS R2300 rotor pack used in previous E-Force Supercharger kits, the R2650 rotor pack is 15-percent larger, yet it does not impact the overall supercharger dimensions, allowing it to continue to clear your stock hood without modifications.

Eaton TVS R2650 Rotor Pack Features:

  • Larger bearings and thicker timing gears for durability
  • Pressure relief ports in the bearing plate for reduced friction
  • 170 degree twist vs 160 degree twist on the R2300 series
  • Delivers 25 percent more air flow at 18,000 rpm and 14 psi boost compared to the R2300 series
  • More efficient, requiring 18 percent less input power compared to a competitors 2.9L design
  • Eaton TVS rotor packs are designed and manufactured in the USA for the best quality

These systems also utilize the Edelbrock exclusive DP-3C intercooler design which features 45 percent more surface area compared to the previous design. This allows the system to achieve lower intake air temperatures for improved power output and more tuning options such as spark advance. Together, the TVS R2650 and DP-3C are the ultimate forced induction combination for your high performance HEMI or Coyote equipped vehicle.

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Stage 1 – Street Systems
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Stage 3 – Pro-Tuner Systems
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2015-17 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Challenger 6.4L 15174

 

Are you ready to step up to forced induction performance? Contact STILLEN for more information or to order your Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger system today! If you’re not comfortable with the installation, be sure to ask a STILLEN associate about having your supercharger installed at the STILLEN Performance Shop! Call us at 866-250-5542, send us an email to sales@stillen.com or hit us up on Live Chat at stillen.com!

Port City Nissan x STILLEN 2017 Nissan Maxima

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Nissan has put the “sport” back into its original “four door sports car”, the Maxima. After unveiling the Sport Sedan Concept early in 2014, it built up anticipation for the eighth generation A36 Maxima for the 2016 model year. Nissan did not disappoint and the numbers prove it, as Maxima sales in March 2017 outperformed the previous 39 months and were the second highest overall in the last 88 months (according to ANDC research).

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Riding the wave of the Maxima’s popularity, Nate Price, a Parts Consultant at Port City Nissan in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, decided to outfit one of the hot selling sedans with aftermarket components. He installed a STILLEN Front Lip Spoiler and Axle-back Exhaust to add a more aggressive look and sound to the Maxima. The chassis was then outfitted with Giovanna 20-inch Haleb wheels before dropping the chassis on a set of Eibach lowering springs. According to Price, “We liked the way it turned out, the parts fit like a glove.”
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To outfit your Nissan with STILLEN products, don’t hesitate to contact the dealerships in the STILLEN Dealer Network. If you’re close to Portsmouth, contact Nate Price at Port City Nissan at 603-431-6500 extension #3.

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To order or if you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call (800-576-2131), shoot us an email (sales@stillen.com) or reach out to us on Live Chat at STILLEN.com.