Well here we are!
The Five Five Garage has been officially unveiled to the world and things are really starting to shape up on the site. Allowing myself a small break from the hectic pace of the last few weeks, something was bothering me, and this blog post is going to help me fix it! I noticed while I was doing some editing, that the true stars of this website have never been introduced! Allow me the opportunity to showcase the vehicles that make up The Five Five Garage!
Vehicle: 2010 Mazdaspeed 3 (Rocket)
Modifications: Corksport Stage II Power Series Short Ram Intake, Corksport High Pressure Fuel Pump Internals, Cobb Accessport V3, Corksport Short Throw Shifter Arm, and Corksport Shifter Aluminum Shifter Bushings.
I purchased Rocket two years ago after searching for a unmodded Mazdaspeed 3, thankfully when I found him he had less than 55,000 miles on the odometer! I always wanted a turbocharged car after playing games like Need for Speed and Gran Turismo. Rocket is part of the reason I decided on creating The Five Five Garage, as a place to share the information I learned, as well as having a video diary of sorts for my build.
Vehicle: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR (Nicky)
Modifications: BMC air filter, Venthill steel braided brake lines, Bazazz Z-Fi Fuel Control Unit, Bazazz Z-Bomb Timing Retard Calibrator, Air Duct flapper delete.
I purchased this bike brand new in 2010, as it was a holdover. Honda at the time slashed the price to $8500, and the dealer waived all fees and even paid title and license! Mind you this is late January in Illinois, there wasn’t exactly a rush to buy a motorcycle. But I quickly signed on the dotted line and then proceeded to ride my new stallion home on the coldest day of that year. Didn’t care that I was practically freezing, because…. new bike, duh! I have always been a huge Nicky Hayden fan, and when I got a Honda, I knew that I was going to have to name it after the ’06 MotoGP champ, The Kentucky Kid.
Vehicle: 2003 Chevy Trailblazer LT (Project Trailbastard)
Modifications: Rough Country 2″ front lift spacers, Bilstein B6 4600 HD front struts, Moog 81112 front springs, Skyjacker N8030 rear shocks, Moog 81069 Tahoe rear springs. Moog ball joints. A whole lot of replacement parts to get it running without issues.
Ahh, Project Trailbastard. The vehicle that no one loved. It was bought by family to be used as a daily driver, but sat for almost a year before it fell to me. After doing maintenance and repairs to make it reliable, I made the mistake of finding a website that would forever change the way that I looked at this truck: offroadtb.com. After doing a bit of reading and research, I did what any sane person would do: decided to put a lift on it and turn into an ORSV (that’s Off Road Support Vehicle). Future upgrades might include a custom welded steel bumper, a roof rack, LED lighting and bigger tires. Or sell it. I would REALLY love to own a Toyota FJ Cruiser….
Vehicle: 1990 Suzuki GS500
Modifications: Suzuki Katana 750 adjustable rear shock, SV650 rear wheel, Race Tech .95 springs, Race Tech Cartridge Emulators.
This was my first motorcycle, and I told myself that I would hang on to it and fix it back up to its former glory. I had that idea 5 years ago. It will live again one day! At least I am planning on it…
Sorry for not introducing them sooner, and keep an eye out for videos with them coming in the future! Well, maybe not the GS500…