Dubai 2009 AutoShow

We went for the car show weekend, didn’t know what exactly to expect their but I was really looking forward to it. We went to the convention center bought our tickets and walked in, starts off by the modified vehicles area, motorcycles, and ATVs. The variety of the machines was amazing, so many amazingly tuned cars, they looked really good, and some very very ugly machines as well, tasteless, the best part was seeing so much in real life. The SLS looks better in real life then I expected, the LFA is a beast, I wish they had the normal version rather then the racer version. I liked the organization of the whole expo, from car modifiers to car manufacturers, there was a simple pattern to it. I was surprised not to see Chrysler or Lamborghini or Honda there, and they had some new cars too so I was expecting everything, but they really must have a tough time not to show up. I know that I will be looking forward to visiting it again next year, click below for a ton of pictures.

Surprises:

  • Mercedes SLS
  • VW Scirocco
  • Fiat 500
  • Ferrari California Hamman Edition
  • Chevy Stingray Concept
  • Toyota Landcruiser Extreme
  • Mercedes ML 63 Barabus
  • Subaru Sti
  • Benley Mulsanne
  • Lexus LFA
  • BMW M1
  • Cadillac CTS Coupe

Disapointments:

  • Aston Martin Rapid
  • Bugatti – All the Models

Be careful when you click this post, there are over 100 pictures to see, but so many nice cars :)


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TAM Auto Engineering in Dubai

Went to Dubai a couple of weeks back and took the opportunity to check on my car at TAM Auto Engineering. As usual they had a lot of sports and race cars parked outside, not including what was inside their garage. I was shocked to see they had the KTM X-Bow sitting right in their entrance, my first impulse was to jump into the car and drive right off, if only the keys were in the ignition. As usual I found the team of people working side the garage, and the owner Moataz is under the hood of one of the cars from early in the morning. You have to love a garage where the owner of the place is working on the cars with his team under him.

There are so many different types of cars they are working on, and the funniest part is that they are fixing the work of other garages in Dubai. They are known to be brutally honest with the customer, and that is a very rare quality. I found out about them a couple of months back, and after looking into their work and a few people’s cars they worked on I couldn’t wait to get the Beemer there. So the plan is install and tune the Motons for my car, then I made a few other requests from them to tweak the car a bit while its being track tested, also asked for a Dyno since I have never dynoed my car after all these modifications.

Craftmenship such as this is rare in the middle east, hopefully they continue this level of service. They were even fixing an MTM Audi R8 which was smoking like crazy, and a one month old Hennessy Dodge Viper which had burnt out wiring. Then there was the monster of a Z06 which was turned fully into a race track car, also a beautifully restored 1967 Chevy Chevelle. Just so many cars, and the garage was pristinely clean and that reflects greatly on the team and company.

Link: TAMAutoEng

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GulfRun – Al Falah Car Wash

That was one hell of fun event! I haven’t seen this many cars in one place in a long time. I honestly think that it is extremely organized and professional. Most of the paperwork taken care of before the show, and these sticker guys were on these cars like clock work flying form car to car.

The amount of unique cars there was just amazing, there were a few that I think are going to be interesting. And there are the sleeper cars, those are the cars that look stock but are far from it they are extremely modified vehicles which are meant to eat up the road.

All the cars are stickered up with the sponsors from Agility, Al Fahad Travel, Huberoptic, Slider Station, Magic Energy Drinks, and 3gg Head. Turtle Wax was there giving away their cleaning, detailing, waxing, and other products to be used on the vehicles. Then Castrol was there and giving a nice lottery so that you can win Oil, I managed to win 6 liters of Castrol Edge Sport 10W-60 which is exactly what I need and I’m taking that to the track. It was a great show up of most of the participants and Al-Watan TV was there as well. Al Falah Car Wash did an amazing job cleaning these cars to have ready for the stickers, and they closed down the car wash for this day and the whole place was filled with the colorful cars.

Now the show event is taking place in Marina on Thursday and Friday, most vehicles are already there and looking very nice.

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BattleStar Galactica Case

I have seen some computer case mods in my time, but this one takes the trophy. Runway lights on the top for the raptors, the laser cut BSG emblem in the front and you can see the disc spinning. The small LCDs so you can see the radar system and whats going on. Its nothing short of an amazing effort, and probably the best I have ever seen, I’m still in awe of this case. From the looks of it, its going to take off, check out the videos after the break.


The Specifications:

• EVGA nForce 590 SLI motherboard
• AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ CPU
• Two EVGA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics cards in SLI
• 4GB (2x2GB) Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red DDR2 800MHz
• Cooler Master 850W modular PSU
• Pioneer slimline slot loading DVD drive
• Logitech G15 keyboard and G9 mouse
• IZ3D 22″ 3D monitor
• Western Digital RaptorX 150GB HD (x2)
• Swiftech pump, blocks
• Black Ice Stealth 360 radiator
• PC Ice clear fluid
• Primoflex red tubing
• 10″ LCD
• 2.5″ LCD (x3)

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KTM RC8 – Some Mods


168 Km and counting.. only 831 Km left until the first service. 

I wasn’t in my best health recently so I wasn’t able to ride the KTM as much as I wanted and being the last days of Ramadan I had other engagements which preoccupied me from riding. These days I think I will have a little bit more time to break the bike in and enjoy the machine. A lot of people keep asking me for a comparison between the RC8 and 1098s, and at this point it would be premature to say anything, I haven’t even scratched the surface of it. One thing I am very happy about is that you can clearly see the signals when you are behind or in front of me, they are bright LEDs. The stock mirrors are extremely good you can see people behind you and next to you, there is a blind spot of course but not unlike any other sports bike. This is a different machine for sure, it feels more civilized, you feel more confident when riding and stock seating position is very comfortable. I have nothing but good things to say about the KTM but there is a lot to discover and more to describe at a later point. 

The one thing about purchasing a motorcycle from the first creation of it is that you have to wait for the aftermarket parts. I’m not looking for performance modifications as much as cosmetic in the beginning, luckily KTM has a huge selection for every motorcycle they release, but I’m also looking for a few other items. I look for performance upgrades which give me the ability to ride the RC8 better, not necessarily something that makes it stronger. And the current modifications I have made are mostly cosmetic. 

Mods

  • Tinted Windshield
  • Tank Protector
  • Racing Fuel Cap
  • Rim Sticker Set
  • Aluminium Cap Clutch Reservior
  • Aluminium Cap Brake Fluid Reservior

I just received the Tinted Windshield and Racing Fuel Cap so I decided to install it. As things were progressing I started off with the Windshield, started unbolting the screws, for some reason it wouldn’t budge, and this is when things always get interesting. I thought maybe I need to remove the top front fairings (body panels), so I started unscrewing those as well. And I noticed they are really held together perfectly, looking at it I knew I was doing something wrong, I shouldn’t be taking the front fairing off to install a wind shield, its usually a straight forward process. So I started look for something I missed, and turns out I missed a set of screws which were holding it in place and I took it off and easily slid out. Then installed the tinted windshield and it looked really different. Now it came time to install the Racing Fuel Cap instead of the standard fuel cap, the instructions were clear and said to make sure I don’t drop any screws into the tank and that is what I was most worried about. Took it step by step and followed the clear instructions, made sure the air pressure valve was placed correctly with the racing fuel cap and it fit perfectly.

All these subtle changes made this bike look a little nicer, it is a beautifully designed machine. I don’t even know what to modify, its just something that you have to personalize.

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