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Flight Begins Boarding at 5:45PM LAS to OKC: Day 3 @ SEMA

Thursday was our last day in Las Vegas for SEMA 2017. We woke up at 8am(which in Vegas talk is EARLY) packed our bags, and other articles we had picked up at the show. Ordered a UBER, checked out of our hotel and made our way to the convention center. Once we got to the SEMA Show I promptly made my way to the FedEx location at the show and shipped nearly everything I could home. With an empty backpack and all of my needed meet and greets, and new product exploration out of the way I was ready to do what most attendees at SEMA, who aren’t in the industry or don’t conduct business there do…. Collect free stuff and take pictures of cars, or girls, or girls with cars.
This was my final day at SEMA 2017 and I was ready to rumble. I only had til 3:30, then I would have to catch a UBER to McCarran Airport in Las Vegas and make my way back to good ole Oklahoma.

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Viva Las Vegas y Carbon: SEMA Day 2

This year at SEMA, the amount of carbon fiber in products and in cars was ASTOUNDING. Seats, Steering Wheels, Wheels, Wheel Barrels, Fenders, Hoods, and Nearly EVERY OTHER THING YOU CAN THINK OF was dripping in Carbon Fiber weave.

At DH Designs we’ve always prided ourselves on working with outstanding brands, brands who are pioneers in the industry both in design and utility. This year SEMA delivered in both aspects! This year’s big news among the companies we work with was the massive acquisition of Weld racing, Forgestar, and MOMO wheels.
This is a HUGE move forward for the MOMO group, If you aren’t a frequent reader of our blog then know that MOMO was a huge name in the wheel industry in the 90s and 2000s, MOMO being the first company to have a 22-inch wheel. 4 years ago WELD bought CCW, 2 years ago WELD bought ADV.1, this year WELD bought Forgestar, and around the same time MOMO bought WELD Group. Not in a wild dream could anyone have thought of a more perfect group, each company bringing a specialty and niche market to a larger group along with the intellectual property that each company has gone through.
I met a few celebrities HAHA.
first being OG Magnum from the viral video of an older man doing a c walk and a few other dance moves after stepping out of a donked out Magnum seen here.
He’s actually seriously nice and before meeting him I wondered if there was something seriously traumatic in his life that led him to where he was but no, he’s a personal wealth manager in Florida. HAHA

I’ll talk more about the new products from the WELD/MOMO group later but for now let’s get on to the pictures from day 2!

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Day One at SEMA on Halloween with DH Designs!

Being my 5th year attending the show and every year growing closer in relationship to my suppliers and vendors, I made this year a priority to learn as much about the companies who make the products I sell. Knowing first hand the feeling of struggles and big breaks and even the “I made it” moments, I felt it would be interesting and insightful to learn the stories of not only the companies but also the founders/owners/presidents of those companies. I also wanted this year to be about the new products, I pride myself on knowing every detail of every product I sell. So instead of re-familiarizing myself with the whole catalog all in a 5-minute visit to a SEMA booth, I wanted to spend that time or more learning solely about the new products that company is or will be coming out with. Lastly, I wanted to meet and talk to the LEGENDS, these aren’t your people of youtube, your reality TV stars, or even your winning SEMA builders… I’m talking about automotive legends of myth, people who literally changed the industry.

A few weeks ago I got an email from SEMA saying something like, “last day for registration!”

Typically I put this kind of email into the junk folder and don’t think anything of it. This year was different, my birthday and the SEMA show nearly coincided and I decided to see what I could get with my airline miles and hunt for a deal on a hotel. Within a few hours I had the flights booked, passes to the show bought and a hotel reservation.


Without further adieu here are the longly awaited SEMA 2017 Pictures
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IMG_7441Pete Brock, Designer of the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette and Shelby Daytona Coupe^IMG_7442IMG_7443IMG_7445IMG_7446*Stares in Daytona Coupe*IMG_7448IMG_7452IMG_7453IMG_7454IMG_7457IMG_7459IMG_7460IMG_7461IMG_7463IMG_7466IMG_7467IMG_7468IMG_7470New AEM 5 and 7 inch display, works with ANY standalone ECU and has plug and play for 2008+ OBD2 PIDsIMG_7471IMG_7472IMG_7473Affordable Standalone for basic swaps and controls, total retail cost is $1100 IMG_7474IMG_7475NRG Innovations is NOW FIA CERTIFIED!

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The Mod You Didn’t Know You Need!

In the car world there are 4 go to mods that every car guy (or girl) goes to off the bat.

  • Lowering springs
  • Wheels
  • Intake
  • Exhaust

These are the core essentials, whether you are building a 200mph drag car, or your first car. Before I get some flack for this, yes – you might get coil overs or some other cheap/ghetto form of lowering your car like cutting coils, but the point is this: you are lowering the car.

Lowering your car isn’t as simple as just swapping some springs, or bolting in a coilover kit. Auto manufacturers spend literal millions on engineering the suspension geometry to be safe, and react like it should to bumps, braking, and steering input. When you buy a aftermarket set of lowering springs or coilovers you upset this geometry.

Even if the coilovers are at stock height, the cycle of motion in the aftermarket spring may be different and cause a single parameter of the suspension or steering to be out of the allowable working range.

In other words, just putting springs on your car can take your $40,000 sports car and make it drive and feel like a $400 clunker. Don’t worry… there is a solution!

This solution is a Bumpsteer Kit.
To picture what it does, first know that there are many kinds of suspension, I know most my readers are Mustang enthusiasts so I will focus mostly on 1979-2018 Mustang style suspension known as MacPherson Strut. When your car left the factory, the lower control arm and the steering arm (tie rod) had parallel movement, meaning that there was never a bind or a arch of motion different from each other. In this case there would be no need for a Bumpsteer kit, since everything is in a good working range of motion.

However, when you lower your car, you upset this parallel movement The control arm and steering arm no longer move in unison. How low you take your car from the stock height will determine how severe and when you feel the bumpsteer. You will feel the bumpsteer when you upset the steering, be it a bump, dip, or uneven surface on the road.

Here are some examples of extreme lowered cars, these pictures show very where the relationship of angle between the lower control arm and the tie rod. If either of these cars did not have the bumpsteer kit it is very obvious how much of a bind and toe bind the steering would be in.
Note: both these cars use 94/95 spindles and would benefit from a 96+ style spindle
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In both the examples above the bumpsteer kit uses shims, as most the kits on the market do. This is a very time consuming task as each time you take or add a shim to the stud then measure the needed “bump” with a bumpsteer gauge. However, there is a new product on the market, a “shimless” bumpsteer kit that allows you to keep the stud bolted to the spindle and simply turn a threaded body as needed. This makes the time needed to dial in a bumpsteer kit significantly less and a lot less headache.
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If you think that dialing in your bumpsteer kit might be over whelming don’t worry, there are a few solutions. First would be just getting your angle close, this is typically perfect for street use and a HUGE improvement over not having a setup at all. Second, would be contacting a local track shop, in our immediate market we suggest Chicane23 (chicane23.com), they can typically have the kit installed in a day or 2. Lastly, buying a bumpsteer gauge yourself and dialing it in.  To set the bumpsteer on a conventional spring setup, the spring has to come out, reinstall the strut, set the bumpsteer, and then reinstall the spring with strut. This process has to be done to allow the control arm and tie rod to fully articulate.

Here is a visual example of what bumpsteer is.

While the above video is describing the rear suspension of the concept applies to front suspension as well.

Please feel free to contact us at Sales@dashengst.com for recommendations for your bumpsteer kit.
http://www.dashengst.com/bumpsteer

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Time to bite the Bullitt? Is a 2v possibly the next cheap collector’s car?

In the 90s and early 2000s Ford built many special edition mustangs under the Ford flag before ALL the upfitting companies went big time with their mustang lines. A few of the notable editions were, the 7-Up Edition, the Boss Shinoda, The Spring Feature, The Mach 1, and The Bullitt. In 2000 the Bullitt Concept made a debut at the L.A. Auto Show. The audience was completely in awe of it. Roush was contracted by Ford to make the concept, at the time Roush had complete access to all the Ford parts bins and many of the original plans didn’t come to be, but I’ll tell you more about that.

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To see how the Bullitt ended up the way it is, you have to know where it came from. Back in October 1968 a movie about a detective in San Fransisco set the annual record for a weekend debut, the movie was “Bullitt”. Ive seen Bullitt some 17 times or so, and still don’t know what happens after the Charger wrecks. But I remember the Mustang scene, its widely considered to be the best car chase scene in film history.
Also the car is one of the most memorable Mustangs yet, a 1968 Highland Green Mustang GT 390 Fastback with blacked out grille, no running pony, siting on black face, polished lip American Racing Torque Thrust IIs. It was a icon, while the 390 wasn’t the fastest Mustang made, it was the best sounding and it really sang. Steve McQueen was the perfect fit for the drivers role, only 5 years earlier he had been the star of  “The Great Escape”  where he jumped a Triumph motorcycle over a POW camp barricade.

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Its clear to see why designers built a homage edition Mustang, the sound, the jumps, the tire shredding, the color. The scene was perfect and a tribute car with the proper backing by ford would be a surefire sale. To style the new car, designers had to get all the details right, it wasn’t going to be enough to paint the car green and put some Torque Thrust II wheels on it.

Starting with a 1999 Mustang they

  • Shaved the side scoops
  • Designed the seat covers to emulate the 68 GT styling
  • Deck lid pedestal spoiler was deleted
  • Added rolled stainless steel exhaust tips
  • Smooth rocker panels with integrated mud flaps
  • Blacked out grill with chrome running pony
  • A billet fuel door
  • Retro styled gauges
  • Brushed aluminum door sill kick panels with the Bullitt logo
  • Brushed shifter bezel
  • Brushed shift knob
  • Polished modern pedal covers with rubber grips
  • 13 inch cobra style front brakes, with red calipers and a embossed running pony
  • Sharper angled C pillar, later found on the Mach 1
  • 3/4 inch lowering springs
  • Larger rear rotors
  • Performance struts
  • A new Ford wheel styled after the American Racing Torque Thrust II
  • Tuned exhaust to give the Bullitt a unique old-school sound
  • A special intake using a Cobra style twin blade throttle body, bringing HP to 265, and TQ to 305.

The original design was to use the 4v 4.6L from the normal aspirated Cobras made in 1999 and 2001, but SVT claimed they were the only ones allowed to use this powerplant and halted any further use of the 4v in the Bullitt project. I wonder what that would have done to Cobra sales, and what it would have done for the ford brand as a whole.

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Only 5,582 of these cars were produced, they came in 3 colors. The best selling color by far was Dark Highland Green, but they also came in Ford True Blue, and Black. For comparison there were 7,251 Cobras made in 2001. Of the 5,582 built more than 4,000 were presold.

With the retro styling of the 2005 came the clear opportunity to make a encore to the 2001 Bullitt, and in 2008 they did.
Playing on a lot of the same styling cues as the 01, it was a mostly debadged GT with black Bullitt style wheels, and a interior with retro inspired features.
Honestly I don’t think this car will ever be as collectable, because instead of adding the subtle performance upgrades or paving a way in a homage car, they slapped on some Ford Racing upgrades you could have already found in the catalog. For me it just doesn’t do it.
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Do you think that the Bullitt be it the 2001 or 2008 will ever be a collectable car? let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!

Bonus footage: Bullitt chase remake

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“78° Days, Cool Autumn Nights”: A Mustang Show

Today started off well with the monthly Coffee and Cars OKC car gathering. After that cool morning event, I headed home turned on the OU Sooners game, and at halftime decided it was a shut out, a surefire victory for OU. After turning off the game I had some lunch and took a short nap. When I woke up I found that the Sooners had lost, a gut punch even for this Cowboys fan. But the day could still be saved! Today was the best show of the year on the Oklahoma Mustang Club’s annual schedule, “Cool Autumn Nights”. Starting at 3pm and running til around 8-8:30pm, makes it a perfect show for many of us who cant stand the heat.

I took the 65 Coupe and ended up placing first in my class, 1964-1998 Modified Mustang. A great time and a for sure on my list for next years schedule!

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Oklahoma City Coffee and Cars October, 2017

Some of the cars that caught my eye this morning!
duplicates are below, the duplicates are the same as the top series just without the apple portrait software. all of these pictures are straight out of my Iphone8, with no filtering.
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