Still not dead.

So it’s Jett. A lot has happened in the past year, main being I got a car! And shortly after my second. Already following my dad’s footsteps right?

So for my sixteenth and as most privileged kids do, I got a car. It was a 2006 2.0T Passat, that’d be loved on previously by some guy trying to get his wife over from Africa. As most of you if anyone actually will see this knows that we’re a German family when it comes to cars, so a Volkswagen fits in quite nice.  It was a solid car, but it started to get boring to drive after a while, mainly because it was an automatic. So I got talking to my dad, and we agreed if I found a buyer for the Passat and found another car in the with the money it sold for he’d set it up for me. So he ended up finding a bright yellow 2003 twentieth anniversary edition  GTI. The Passat was sold, and turned around and bought the GTI. The GTI doesn’t make any more power then a regular 2003 GTI but it has a six-speed manual, and the color was a one off for the twentieth’s. Also fun is the fact we’re not sure the clutch has been replaced in the last 100k miles. So kudos to the previous owner, but it kinda feels like sitting on a time bomb. I’ve got pictures of cars and things I’ll post later, but for now enjoy this little update.


Time for another story

Hi I’m Quinn or porschephds youngest son call me either I don’t care. So last time my dad posted about me was when I was  5 or 6, well now I’m twelve and in 7th grade where my brothers real life began. When my dad and mom moved I moved to a new school, I was in 3rd grade I made friends not real friends but friends for that moment in time. Well I was in 4 the then 5th grade when 6th grade came along there was a girl I liked she never liked me back. So sooner or later I gave up, I made good friends that year. One in particular was better than all the others. They just seemed to understand everything I do and what I like. I didn’t really focus on friends so I focused on school and I had a’s and b’s.

Then came 7th grade (this year) I made new friends but I had my circle of main friends ones that I talk to every day. I really started to get into music and I’ve always played video games. I started to love them I wanted all the new ones and old ones. I eventually made lots of other friends one that I have never met in person. My dad (porschephd) started letting me write on this blog to type anything really, how we feel, popular stuff, etc. but I plan to post every week with a story or big news thanks for reading see you later.

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997 Center Radiator install


Ok, we are back after a mandatory blog vacation issued by the boss! Oh wait, that was me and I really was just slacking. So time to stop slacking and post some of what’s been in the shop!


 In normal iA fashion nothing should ever be left stock. In this case we take a 997S and add a center radiator. We install and sell these as a whole unit. So whether you are having a shop install it or doing it yourself the kit comes with everything you need. Radiator, lines, bolts, screws, plastic shroud, plastic diverter and so on. It is a pretty nice kit that is great for any 997 headed to the track or someone that simply wants to drop the water temperatures down in a cost effective way. Yes, I did say cost effective. I know that seems foreign to use Porsche and Cost Effective in the same sentence.


dsc00934 The first thing is to remove the bumper. The install should take about 4 hours maybe more if you are a weekend warrior and tripping over that 6 pack of Budweiser on the floor with your buddies. You will want to remove the plastic cover around the latch area. This simply pulls up and around the latch. You will want to also remove the left and right turn signals. Next you will want to remove the torx. You will want to grab T30 and a T20. There are both sizes used in various positions. Pull the torx along the top of the bumper. Next remove the ones in the turn signal area and then work your way under the car and remove all the torx around the lower edge. Next you will want to remove the inner fender liners. I have seen guys do it without removing them, but to be honest to struggle around their placement is a pain and especially if this is your first and only time…it is easier to remove them. There should be 4 torx in the well then I believe two under the car. I always get these mixed up between the turbo and NA cars.


Once you have these all remove you will want to look in-between the fender and bumper just inside the trunk area. There is a blade that pushes like a latch, it mates the bumper and fender together to suck in the body line around the headlight. You can remove these by using a pick and grabbing the hole that is pictured in the jpg. Just tug on the piece. It may seem stubborn but it will come out. Next make sure that you disconnect the plug in the passenger side wheel well by the radiator. The last thing to remove is the headlight washer line. You can do this by pinching in the clip and pulling the hose out. This is located on the driver side on the inside of the bumper just forward of the turn signal.


Now pull the bumper off. Make sure you don’t scratch it!! You have now exposed the front bumper support. It requires a 17mm socket on each of the bolts. Remove these and simply pull the support off. Next you will want to pull the plugs in the radiators on the side. In each radiator there is a factory block off plug in each end. This is so that you can add the center radiator easily and don’t have to change the hoses or the units in order to cool things down! As you can see from the pictures you just pull the clips and then the plugs can be pulled out. Once this is done you can now install the rear shroud. The kit comes with the bolts and nuts to attach it to the body. Grab the hoses and install these. There will be a left and a right hose to connect to the proper ports. I use a little silicone grease around the o-ring. This ensures that the hose drops into the neck and the outer clip seats fully. If it doesn’t and you do not hear a click then the hose will pop out under pressure.







Now install the radiator. Same theory applies here with the silicone grease on the o-ring. This will help slip the hose in to the neck of the radiator. Once you have these in then install the lower support with the 6mm bolts from the kit. Next install the outer shroud. Suck the coolant system down and reinstall the bumper







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Another IA engine build

Just a quick warning you might find the pictures below disturbing, I know everyone at the shop did.  So this engine was rebuilt by us just about 4000 miles ago and some how they managed to punch a hole in the front mounted oil cooler spilling out about every ounce of oil,  after we drained the tank and sump we got about six ounces out.  Despite the oil level gauge, oil pressure gauge, oil temp gauge, and dummy light once the engine no longer has oil pressure all reading nothing and the light shining ,  they continued to keep driving and from the damage that was done this was not a slow speed Sunday Cruise this had to be caused by high RPM’s HIGH boost and VERY high speed. 

after a full day of trying to disassemble of the upper half of the motor which is not very easy with the engine locked solid!! We then had to figure how to spit the case halves,  very difficult with a lock motor cause if you cant rotate the engine over you cant get the wrist pins off to remove the pistions we found that once the rod end broke it continued flying around in side the case and dammanged both halves of the case and the cylinder.  it also spun every rod bearing and made the main journals in the case eggshaped.  with metal every were in this case and oversize and egg shaped main journals the case will soon become a table in the shop or a very big paper weight! 






After every thing was cleaned inspected and measured we ended up with a lot of scrap metal and very few usable parts, I think the heads are about the only thing that was not damaged.  stick around for the Start of the Build and we do have more pics i can put up it just makes we sick to look at this much damage.


Dyno Day at iA, Saturday December 6th – Don’t Miss!

No doubt all your Christmas shopping is done by now and you are looking for something to do this weekend?!  ImagineAuto has you covered.

10 Dyno Spots – ONLY 5 REMAIN – ONLY 2 REMAIN – any make, any model.  Are you up for the challenge?

Bring your friends and your friends’ friends and enjoy a day filled with revved engines, raw horsepower, and a little smack talk.  Admission is free and ImagineAuto is providing a free BBQ lunch.

Meet the ImagineAuto tuning specialists! PLUS Chad and his gang from KC Trends will be on hand to show off some of their product and join in the fun.

Call 913-310-9927 or email questions@imagineauto.com for more information.


KCDA Drift Event II

Last thursday KCDA held it’s second Drifting event at Heartland Park’s skidpad. This time the course was set up a bit differently. A few more corners, a couple walls, and one seriously long straightaway added a whole new element to the equation. This course gave the drivers a bit more room to apply their own entry tactics. Lots of feint entries and even more dori action on the straights. Though the number of cars was slightly less than the last event due to other national drift events, there was still a good turn out. Now if we could just get some 944’s out there….


Porsche has accused Nissan of cheating in the GT-R’s record bid at the Nurburgring racetrack. he

While normally I don’t post what someone else has written I found this article amusing. The bantering in the Nissan vs. Porsche world has been as bad as any Vett Vs Porsche argument I have ever seen.

Porsche has just run its own back-to-back tests with the Japanese company’s GT-R supercar and says it could not get within 25 seconds of Nissan’s claimed record time of seven minutes 29 seconds in April.

It also found its 911 Turbo and GT2 were both quicker than the GT-R.

“This wonder car with 7:29 could not have been a regular series production car,” says August Achleitner, the 911 product chief for Porsche, speaking to the CARSguide at the Australian press preview of the latest 911 Cabrio.

“For us, it’s not clear how this time is possible. What we can imagine with this Nissan is they used other tyres.”

He believes the time achieved by Nissan with ex-Formula One driver Toshio Suzuki would only be possible with a semi-slick race-style tyre.

Achleitner says Porsche took a standard GT-R, running on regular road tyres, and ran it around the Nurburgring within two hours of its own cars, on the same day with exactly the same weather conditions.

He says there was no tweaking of any kind and the GT2 and Turbo both ran on regular Porsche road tyres, the Michelin Sport Cup.

“We bought the car in the US. We drove a GT-R with new tyres,” he says.

Achleitner was initially protective of the exact lap times, which were run during a program when Porsche also compared its upcoming four-door Panamera with a range of potential rivals.

But he eventually revealed his team clocked the GT-R at 7 minutes 54 seconds, with the 911 Turbo managing 7:38 and the GT2 getting down to 7:34.

The laps were not run by Porsche’s usual hot-lap specialist, former world rally champion and race winner Walter Rohrl, but one of the company’s chassis development engineers who is an expert on the Nurburgring.

Achleitner says the back-to-back comparison was run because Porsche was concerned by Nissan’s claims for the GT-R, which is heavier than the 911 with similar power.

“The Nissan is a good car. I don’t want to make anything bad with my words,” he says.

“It’s a very consistent car. But this car is about 20 kilos heavier than the Turbo . . .”

In the end, Porsche believes its testing has achieved the right lap times for the Skyline GT-R and benchmarked it against its own 911 heroes in the right context.

“For us it has been clearly the result. This technical puzzle now fits together. With the other numbers we had problems to understand it,” he says.

– Herald Sun