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Different faces of iA-Performance

During our current face lift, I found it fun to look over the website templates of the past and wanted to share them. The biggest difference for us was the jump from the Blue Template to the Red since it was 400 pixels wider. This allowed for better product spacing as well as a better overall layout. Sadly, I could not find an image of our first ever website back in 2004 :( Thank you to all of those that have supported us over the years!!!

2006-2010                                2010-2012                               2012- ?

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Subaru Forester Limo

This has to be one of the rarest Subarus on the streets today! We ran across this Forester XT Limo on Ebay a little while ago and could not believe our eyes! Hard to believe, but the photos speak for themselves. Sadly, all we have are the photos to share, no power and handling (LOL) stats at this time. Hope you enjoy these crazy photos as much as we have.

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Resurrection of the Mighty s2000!

Here lies a story with a twist. Or should I say, twisted metal… Roughly 1 year ago the smashed Garage Queen entered the iA-Performance stables (shop car).  Over the course of this year it went through an extensive repair process, to say the least. The end result is a car that delivers an unforgettable driving experience plus it turns quite a few heads in the process.

Below are a few photos from the beginning up through the rebirth. Looking back over the photos I nearly forgot how many hours went into repairing this beauty. The body work was performed at Vanderpools Auto Refinishing, Tucson, AZ. As always, their work was flawless and this project was no exception. Although the damage looked quite intense it turned out to not be too bad. The first 10″ of the right side frame rail was bent upwards which was corrected after a short visit on the frame machine. In addition, a 2005/6 s2000 front clip was purchased for replacement fame rail segments (first 10-12″) plus sheet metal, fenders, and headlights.  The project really started to take shape once the new clip items were installed. From there the body work was hung and checked for gaps, they are perfect I must ad. After a complete wax job the car was finally ready to hit the streets for the first time.

First impressions… Despite the car’s size, I quickly realized what fellow s2000 owners relish, true roadster performance.  Not only did it have decent acceleration, but the steering response was also very predictable at both high and low speed corning situations.  Overall, I’m very happy with how the project turned out, plus the wife likes it too :)

Note: As shocking as it may sound, the s2000 was restored back to stock without the implementation of any performance parts, although they were a tough temptation at times.

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Wicked Wide WRX

widebody rear quarter

iA-Performance was fortunate enough to take this 2004 WRX to a whole new level. Not just a new level for our shop, or Tucson, or Arizona, but for most of the Subaru community nation wide!  Come on, when is the last time you saw a wide body WRX with a customized drivetrain/motor? Probably not very often…

The Back Story: we were lucky enough to have the owner walk through our door in late 2005.  At that time the car had a stock drive train / motor, yet it sported this killer wide stance.   Sadly, he had been give the ‘run around’ by a shop in Phoenix, since out of business, for  a JDM ver7 STi motor. Money had exchanged hands, yet 6 months later there was no motor to be seen. Luckily a full refund was tendered by the ’shady shop’ (cough…kingpin) and in that very same week we just received a large JDM container with (5) Sti motors. We wanted to step things above the customer’s previous experiences and in doing so had the new motor installed before that week was up! He was ecstatic with a grin ear to ear. Finally the car had power behind its looks. We thought this was the last power level for the car, or so we thought…

Flash forward to May of 2006 when the car rolled through our shop for yet another motor change. This time the owner had plans for bigger power. This included: CP pistons, GT3076 turbo, 800cc injectors, rotated intake manifold, front mount intercooler, and on and on. This time the turn around was not quite 1-2 days, but the end result was definitely head turning. Here is a brief run down of what all was done:

Widebody Polished Engine Bay

Rotating assembly / Fueling

Turbo / inter cooler / manifold

  • Customer supplied Garrett gt3076 rotated turbo kit consisting of: up-pipe, down pipe, turbo.
  • Perrin Front Mount inter cooler
  • Custom iA-Performance TIG welded aluminum tubing to connect the 2
  • Mirror Polished and reversed intake manifold

Drivetrain / Braking

  • StopTech 355mm brakes up front
  • JDM Brembo Rear brakes
  • JDM STi axles / hubs
  • Stoptech SS lines
  • JDM ver7 nonDCCD SURETRAC transmission
  • JDM sti r180 rear differential
  • motul brake fluid

Miscellaneous

  • Polished A/C, Alternator, P/S housings
  • Coolant reservoir relocation (customer supplied kit)
  • Cusco Motor / Transmission mounts
  • Heat wrap A/C lines and line firewall around turbo
  • Hydra Nemesis ECU

widebody transmission swap

As time progressed the drive train and engine bay started to flow with the wide body appearance. In the end this was one unique machine! Contenders at Hot Import Nights stood no chance as this beast took top honors for Subaru.  Further steps were planned for the WRX including:

  • Cobb tuning accessPORT w/ a blow thru MAF housing (the Hydra was found to be a faulty unit)
  • Suspension and handling enhancements
  • More engine bay work

Sadly, it met a sudden demise on a cold icy morning. The occupants were safe, but the wide body project finally came to an end.  Or so we thought! The bare rolling chassis was sold to a gentleman in Canada who rebuilt the WRX from the ground up using what type of donor you ask??? If you guessed JDM then you were right! This car went full circle and ended up with a JDM ver8 STi complete drive train / motor and a fresh face lift with a 06/07 front end (the wide body fenders were removed). We still can’t believe the journey this magnificent car has experienced.

Unfortunately, I do not know too much about the body kit, but the car’s owner also owns the mold cavities for anyone looking to replicate this look.  Feel free to drop us a line via phone (520.882.2821) or email if you wish to reach him.

Widebody WRX Engine Bay

Widebody Hood with Insert

Widebody Side View

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2011 BMW Goes Low with KW

100% Stock

After months of anxiously waiting, our customer finally received their 2011 BMW 328ix. The first item on the agenda was suspension. This is where KW Suspension came into play with their Varient 1 series coilovers. Their coilover system allows for a smooth & comfortable ride in addition to height adjustments.

Once the dust settled iA-Performance had installed and  lowered the vehicle by roughly 2″ in the front and 1″ in the rear. The overall change is quite noticeable, especially once the wheels were installed. They are Advan RS 19×8.5 et32s Front and 19×9.5 et35s rear. The tires are Conti Extreme Contact DW 235/35/19 and 275/30/19s.  With less than a 1,000 original miles this car has definitely gone through a transformation.

Front and Rear Coilovers Installed

KW Suspension components fit perfectly at each mounting point.  There are no points where it binds, nor were any modifications needed to fit these.

Once the test drive was completed it was time to fine tune the ride height.

With coilovers and Advans installed

Front wheel photo

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Grand Opening of Dyno Shop 2006

With the growing success of Tucson’s Modification scene we decided it was time to Go Big or Go Home. Everyone in Tucson talks about buying a AWD dyno, but apparently we were the only ones that took the plunge (great learning lesson, more to follow on that in later posts).

That brings me to the next question: What better way to make a splash with a new shop location (INA SHOP) & Dyno? With a Grand Opening of course. The following photos will show the events as they transpired that day.  It is interesting to see what shows up when you have an open mind to Import, European, and Domestic cars. We had a handful or rods, buckets, slammed Euro’s, plus a parking lot full of Japanese imports! Our local neighbors came out to help celebrate which included Ride Now Sports, gracious donors of several raffle items, as well as Hooters Restaurant, wonderful food kept showing up. Thanks again to everyone that helped make that day so memorable for all of us at iA Performance!

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mustang blows up

This video marks that CRAZIEST and LARGEST engine failure that our Dyno ever experienced, or most ever will.  The Oil and Coolant clean up took 2 employees roughly 4 hours of time. We even found oil spots 16 ft tall ceiling!

Q: So what caused all of this joy?

A: It seems that one of the pistons melted down which allowed for excessive crank case pressure that ultimately shot through the aluminum oil galley, yes shot right through.

Please note, we simply rented the dyno space. We were not responsible for driving the car nor deciding to stay on the gas. With that said, please enjoy.

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