My Space Gray BMW E92 M3 with Titan 7 T-S5 Wheels

I recently finished installing my wheels, tires, brakes and suspension on my E92 M3 and wanted to share the finished product. My car is a 2012 BMW M3 E92 Coupe Competition Package (ZCP) with DCT transmission and in Space Gray with Carbon Fiber roof. When I saw the new Titan 7 wheels and found out they were one of the only forged wheels at an affordable price, I really wanted to get them. I ended up buying them in black and in a 18×10.5 +25 offset square setup. For tires, I went with 275/35/18 Federal 595-RSRR. Suspension is Ohlins R/T and brakes are StopTech Trophy ST60 front and ST40 rear.

Above is a side shot of the car. I love the wheels from this side shot as their design really lets the brakes shine through and are easy to see. I love mods where I can see them every day.

Here’s a sneak peak at the tread pattern of the Federal 595-RSRR tires, which I think look great. The tires are a little bit noisy and almost sound like the car has diff whine, but personally I don’t mind it. The grip makes up for the noise.

The brakes here look massive, with their 380mm rotors and 6 piston calipers. Perfect fitment with these wheels, they clear with no problem.

The Federal treadwear is nice, looks mean!

The front of my car is pretty stock with an iND painted tow cover with red tow strap, painted bumper reflectors, gloss black kidney grills and a GTS replica front lip.

Above is another closeup of the wheels/tires/brake setup. I also have Titan7 center caps, but haven’t installed them yet. I might just paint the center of the wheel hub black to make it blend in better.

Above is the rear shot of the car showing the Magnaflow exhaust system and black M3 emblem.

Fortune Auto 510 Coilovers Install & Review on my BMW E46 M3

I picked up my E46 M3 about a month ago and knew already which suspension I wanted to buy for it. I contacted Redline360 and placed my order. I went with the Fortune Auto 510 Series (their track version) and opted for the Swift Spring upgrade. I went with 10k front springs and 12k rear springs. When ordering, I made a mistake and mixed up the 10k/12k and ordered it as 12k/10k, which is not the right front/rear bias for an E46 M3. Fortune Auto was kind enough to swap me out for the right springs. So you’ll see in the pics below that it shows it as 12k front and 10k rear, but it’s really 10k front and 12k rear 🙂

I went with Fortune Auto coilovers because I’ve done a lot of research on them and their new Generation 6 coilovers. They hand build the coilovers in Powhatan, VA using very cool race technology. Also, with their 5 year warranty, they really stand behind the product and if anything happens, it’s fully rebuildable in the USA. Also, their coilovers are all modular. If I ever want to upgrade to 2 way, or to their latest generation, they can do it all in house.

My coilovers come with centered top mounts, 7″ front springs and 6″ rear springs. Here you can see the 12k and 10k spring rates, which I didn’t even notice were reversed of what I wanted – oops!

The coilovers come packaged pretty well. Thick cardboard box with good packing inside.

Chris Smith at Fortune Auto was the one who build, shock dyno’d and assembled mine. They also include a shock dyno chart.

Some material inside that explains a bit about their shocks as well as basic setup.

Ah, we’re getting closer to the final product! Everything came perfect with no scratches or marks.

The front shock comes assembled and ready to be put on. Keep in mind, when you get yours that these are not set to any specific height. They’re adjusted to fit into the box. You’ll need to do some trial and error to get yours to the height you want. I ended up going full low in the front and I love the look but might have to lift it up about half an inch to match the rear. I might just lower the rear. You can lower your car with these without affecting shock travel.

The front camber plates are made from thick aluminum and are good quality. Everything on the kit feels solid and well built. Interestingly enough, when I had my alignment it appeared these camber kits as they came were already set to around 3 degrees front negative camber.

The rear springs are 6″ tall and come with a nice sleeve that fits perfectly into the rear control arm.

The rear shock is adjustable, but you don’t adjust the height with it. You need to adjust the length of the shock here to set your preload. What I did was use a jack to raise the car in the rear by the control arm. Once the spring had 1/4″ of compression, I adjusted the height of the shock and bolted it down to keep that preload on the spring.

The rear top mount. Again, great quality top mounts.

The rear dampening adjuster.

The front spring is 7″ long. I set the preload here to 1/4″ as well, same as in the rear.

They include two spanner wrenches, both different sizes, and two allen keys. You need these keys to take apart the dampening knob and other components if you ever need to service your suspension.

This is what my front wheel well looked like before. Dirty and with 115k miles, I wanted to clean it up.

Ah, much better. I used a degreaser that worked pretty well to cut through everything, but after some research and a recommendation from a friend, I went with Purple Power degreaser. I’m going to try this next to clean up the wheel wells and under carriage next time.

I even cleaned up the bracket that holds the brake line and other various lines around the front suspension. Looks so much better.

Here is the front coilover installed. I slid the bottom into place, set it to be in center, and then used a jack to lift it up to the strut mount. You need to have both sides in the front lifted up or you won’t be able to get the sway bar back into the bracket.

Front camber plate installed. I ended up using the Fortune Auto nuts that they supplied.

Bummer, the OEM cover doesn’t fit. Was hoping to use this to keep dirt out of the camber plate.

I love this picture. Even with the car in the air, the front suspension doesn’t hang low and looks nice.

Here’s the car on the front all set. I think the height is perfect and it really fills out the wheel well with my wheel and tire combo. For reference, I am running 18×9.5 +35 APEX ARC8 Square with 265/35/18 Federal 595-RSRR.

Another angle of the front.

Here you can see the AKG Motorsport rear top strut mount installed as I move to the rear of the car to finish the suspension.

After setting the rear preload, this is the finished product.

The rear spring looks a little angled here, but it sits straight once lowered. In this position the spring did hit the perch a bit and cause some small scratches. I was worried it would rub, but once lowered it straightens out and doesn’t rub.

Aww yeah. All done!

I love the finished product.

First drive impressions were great. The car rides firmer, but very comfortable, and if I daily drove the car, I would have no problems. Very nice ride for a track suspension with firmer springs.

The shocks are 25 way adjustable. I initially started with 15/25 in the front and 18/25 rear. I made the rear 18 to be 20% stiffer than the front to match the spring rates.

I’ll see if I like this setup when I take it to the track and dial in the settings. Once done, I’ll follow up here and give my impressions.

So initial review of these Fortune Auto 510 coilovers are great, and I do highly recommend them! I also recommend when doing this to get the front and rear upper strut reinforcement plates as a bit of added insurance.

Megan Racing EZ Coilovers for the Honda Civic Type-R

The new Civic Type-R has been released for over a year now, and finally more and more manufacturers are starting to release parts for it. While many of these manufacturers have had parts ready for a while, they haven’t stocked them yet as they are still feeling out the market.

Today Megan Racing has announced that they have released their new EZ Street budget minded coilovers for the new Civic Type-R. With a price of $649, these are what I believe are the least expensive coilovers on the market. But don’t think just because they’re cheap that they’re bad. In this case, they’re designed to be or those who mainly want to lower their car but don’t want any fancy features.

These coilovers have a spring rate of 6k front and 6k rear, are 15 way adjustable and you must reuse your OEM top hats – this means you need to get a spring compressor and take apart your OEm suspension (yes it’s more work, but you save money on parts).

Megan Racing includes new sway bar end links to ensure you have a complete kit. So for those of you guys with the new Civic Type-R that mainly use it on the street, track 1-2 times a year (or not at all), this kit is for you.

Godspeed Coilovers for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Civic Si and Sport

It didn’t take long for the new 2016 and up Civic Si and Civic Sport hatchback to get some available suspension modifications. What seems to be one of the newest and already a popular one, is the MonoSS Coilover kit by Godspeed Project which includes all 4 shocks, adjustable height springs and front camber plates.

Godspeed coilovers have had pretty good reviews recently as their quality has increased and they’re no longer known as just an eBay coilover. Godspeed has been standing behind their products and developing kits that offer great ride quality and long lasting performance.

These have pretty high end features such as front camber plates, mono-tube stainless shocks with 16 way adjustability, Japanese internals such as Koyo bearings and various other goodies to make them an awesome entry level coilover.

Damn! 2019 Corvette ZR1 Dyno Video – 668 whp bone stock!

Besides the car looking a little boy racer, this thing hauls ass! This video shows the new 2019 Corvette ZR1, which is rated at 750 hp, dish out 668whp on the dyno.

Keep in mind, this is just baseline and as the motor breaks in and the guy gets some mods, I wouldn’t be surprised to see 800+ whp with minor bolt ons.


misshift – What is it and why am I here?

Well, here you are and here I am.  I’ve been thinking for a long time about starting an automotive media site and figured I might as well stop thinking and start doing.

Let me give you a bit of history about myself.  My name is Alex, and I’ve been in the automotive industry since 2002.  I’ve owned a race shop, owned an automotive e-Commerce site and have done online marketing for many years.  I haven’t ever had a blog/media site and that is something I’ve always wanted.

So why misshift?

Honestly, no idea.  During one day at my day job a few years back, someone on my team found a tool that lets you scan a site and find broken links.  So I asked him to run it for me on a popular site I used to go to and one of those broken links was – and I jumped on it.  The name was short, it was available and it was automotive.  The only problem is that it’s a negative word, no one likes to misshift their car, so I thought of how I could make it into a positive thing… and I’ve thought about it on and off for years.   At this point, whatever.  Let’s see if I’ll even do this and then we can go on from there.

So this is going to evolve over time.  I’m not the best writer, nor do I claim to be, but this site is going to be my outlet for everything automotive.  I hope you follow my journey!