Shop and Garage Directory

See our growing list of Shops and Garages where you can go to in order to get things done with your rides.

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Auto Vision Car Restoration
Landline: +63 2 5292040
Address: Main Road, Silcas Village, Biñan, Laguna

Custom fabrication by tinsmith Toto
Address: #3 Jennys Ext., Pasig City
Contact Details: 09187695070

Full Throttle Auto Workxs
Address: Lot 2-A Gil Fernando Ave., Sto. Niño, Marikina City
Landline: +63 2 7964815

Kid Audio
Landline: +63 49 4113282
Mobile: +63917 8445099 or +63917 5274488
Address: Unit 10-13 Rhineland Bldg., Nat’l. Hi-way San Antonio, Biñan, Laguna

Mickey’s Autosound
Address: A. Rodriguez Ave. Santolan, Pasig City 1610
Landline: +63 2 6472298, +63 2 6472808

Projekt Audio Innovations
Address: #5 Sumulong Highway, Brgy. Mayamot Lower Antipolo City
Landline: +63 2 6828554

Team Racing Autoshape
Landline: +63 49 5118174
Mobile: +63 922 8470004
Address: Biñan Metropolitan Plaza Commercial Complex, Tubigan, Biñan, Laguna

Warp Zone New Age Customs
Address: #554 Altura St., Sta. Mesa, Manila
Landline: +63 2 4949863

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DIY Auto Detailing Part 2: The Body

Welcome to CustomPinoyRides’ second installment on DIY Auto Detailing,. Our first installment was all about Detailing the Engine Bay. While in this post, we will discuss How to Detail the Body.
Detailing The Body

Materials Needed for Detailing the Body:

  • Clean Water
  • Car Wash Soap
  • Washing Mitt (100% Cotton)
  • Terry Cloth Towels
  • Clay Bar
  • Car Polish
  • Car Wax
  • Trim Dressing

Detailing The Body:

This area covers two parts: Washing the Body, and Polishing & Waxing.

Washing The Body: Never wash the body while it is hot, or exposed to the sun. Doing so will make it more prone to developing water spots and streaks. Always make sure you wash it in the shade. And always wash the body with real car wash soap/shampoo, as using household detergents may strip off the wax, or even harm the paint.

Using clean water and a clean 100% cotton mitt will ensure that dirt is removed, while not scratching the paint. Rinse the mitt between soaping and rinsing the body. You can use a very soft bristled toothbrush to get between tight spots such as emblems. Don’t forget to get under the fenders, bumpers, and side skirts.

Make sure you dry it up before the water starts to dry up and form water spots. So soon as it’s clean, dry the body up using soft clean terry cloth towels.

Right after drying, rub your fingers over the paint and inspect it closely to check for any paint defects. What you are looking for is if the imperfections are on the surface (road salt, asphalt, acid rain, traffic film), or underneath (clean surface but dull, flat looking paint). This important procedure will determine what you will do in the next step.

Polishing and Waxing: Surface imperfections are best removed with a Clay Bar. After the clay bar treatment, any further imperfections will be those underneath. This can be taken care of by polishing.

Polish is not required in every single detailing session; but wax is. You might think that polish and wax is one and the same! It is NOT.

Polish is slightly abrasive, like extremely fine sandpaper. This is only used when the paint starts to look dull. Polishing it removes a small layer of paint to remove paint defects and imperfections, and makes it shine. But doing this too often will eat through the paint until the only way to bring back its luster is a full respray.

Wax, on the other hand, is non abrasive. It fills in any microscopic gaps, and becomes an even, shiny, protective coating over the paint. But waxing over paint that has imperfections will just seal those defects underneath! You may want to apply more than one coat of wax, as this will provide you with the best finish. Use the best terry cloths you have for wiping, and use cotton swabs to remove excess wax from tight crevices.

After all the waxing, you can now apply trim dressing on all the trim and fenderwells. Then, take a few steps back and smile at the remarkable job you’ve done.

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DIY Auto Detailing Part 1: The Engine Bay

Auto detailing, as defined by Wikipedia, is the performance of an extremely thorough cleaning, polishing and waxing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. It can be practiced for personal satisfaction, and it is also performed to prepare a car for car shows that feature the appearance of cars. Besides improving the appearance of cars, detailing helps to preserve the car, and thus, increases resale value.

But the labor cost for detailing a car costs money! So why not Do It Yourself (DIY)?

Welcome to CustomPinoyRides’ first installment on DIY Auto Detailing: How to Detail the Engine Bay.
Pajero Engine Bay

Materials Needed for Engine Detailing:

  • Citrus-based Engine Degreaser
  • Plastic Cleaner
  • Rubber Dressing
  • Quick Detailer

Detailing the Engine Bay:

Turn the engine on until it is warm, but not hot to the touch. Then cover any plastic panels that can be damaged by the degreaser. Start by degreasing the engine with the citrus-based engine degreaser. On areas which have accumulated heavy dirt, use a brush to allow the degreaser to penetrate. Allow around 5 minutes or so for the degreaser to work its magic, but do not let it dry on the engine. After hosing the engine down and drying, use the Plastic Cleaner on the areas which you’ve covered up. Use Rubber Dressing on the hoses and plastics, and the Quick Detailer on painted surfaces. If you’re entering it into a car show, you might also want to consider working some metal polish to make the shiny bits stand out. :)

You can continue reading about DIY Auto Detailing on our second installment: Detailing The Body.

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E36 BMW M3 3.0 Euro ready for the Street… and the Track!

Dakar Yellow BMW M3 Rear
Who wouldn’t want to be seen rolling down the street in this no-tint, dakar yellow, 2-door, BMW? If that still isn’t enough for you, what if I told you that it were a BMW M3? Let me repeat myself… BMW M3!!!

The BMW M3 is the high-performance version of the standard BMW 3-series. This is the creme-dela-creme with BMW’s magical S50B30 3.0L engine which BMW engineers probably created with their local sorceror. Aside from the styling queues which make it distinct from its 3-series brethren, it also has improved handling and suspension, and lightning fast acceleration. It can reach 100kph before you can even say “Oh my God this car is so d*#m hot!”, well, that’s in just a little less than 6 seconds.

But what’s even hotter is that this particular M3 isn’t used to just roll down the street to look pretty and impress the spectators. This car receives regular exercise on the track!

Here’s a video of this BMW M3 being put through its paces together with buddies from the Bimmer Club Philippines and the Euro Car Club of the Philippines at the Subic International Raceway.


It’s also worth noting that this M3, driven by its owner Aldous Anacion, set the fastest lap time for that particular track day at 51.87 seconds.

Dakar Yellow BMW M3 Front
Aren’t M3’s so d*#m hot?

Specifications:

E36 BMW M3 3.0 Euro
Dakar Yellow
S50B30 Individual Throttle Body

Performance:
Pro-Auto Performance Race Chip – 97 Octane optimized / 8k rpm redline
Carbon Fiber Intake Kit
UUC Design Full straight. dual 2.5″ stainless steel exhaust with twin barrel mufflers
Auto-Rx rinse cycle
UUC Magnetic oil drain nut
Motul Engine, Transmission & differential Fluids

Brakes:
BMW ///M Motorsport Brakes
HPS- Plus Track Brake Pads
Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid

Exterior:
BMW GT LTW Front Adjustable lower spoiler
BMW GT Front splitter
BMW GT LTW Low rear Spoiler
Facelifted Shadow Grill

Wheels / Tires:
18×8 BBS LM Wheels
Goodyear Assymetric Tires (225/40/18)

Suspension:
Dinan Carbon Fiber Front Strut Bar
BMW GT X-brace
Eibach Pro-kit Springs
Monroe SensaTrac Shocks
Poly-Urethane Bushings

Interior:
BMW GT Carbon fiber interior
BMW ZHP Weighted Shiftknob
Alluminum Pedals
Chrome Guage Rings

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Tips and Tricks on How to Build an SPL Monster!

Subwoofer Wall
So you’ve been bitten by the car audio bug. You’ve enjoyed bouncing to the beat while rolling down the street, magnetizing the eyes of passers by (half hoping it would be the ladies) looking for the source of the bumpin’, thumpin’, boom boom pow kinda’ music.

To tell you the truth, building a chest-pounding SPL machine isn’t rocket science. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you on your way to building your very own SPL monster:

  1. Select the watt class that you would want to be in. Categories are usually at 1 to 300 watts, 301 to 600 watts, 601 to 1200 watts, 1201 to 2400 watts, and 2401 watts and up. Some people may take this for granted but this is probably the most important decision you would have to make, and would determine what would happen on the next steps.
  2. Choose your equipment. DO NOT choose a specific brand name just yet. Without the right equipment, your installation will be a failure from the start. Do your research first to find out what would work best for your application. Every SPL system requires the same basic gear, whatever type of car you install it into. Here’s the run down on the basic gear you’d need:
    • Consider upgrading your alternator to a higher amperage unit. Some extreme installs even utilize more than one alternator!
    • One battery per amplifier for high-wattage systems, or one battery every for every two amplifiers for low-wattage systems. This will ensure your equiment gets enough juice to keep the power up even when you crank the volume all the way.
    • One amplifier for every two speakers for high-wattage systems, or one amplifier for every four speakers for low-wattage systems. Do you now see why the first step of selecting your wattage class is of utmost importance?
    • Use one-gauge wire from the battery and alternator to the distributor, and four-gauge wire everywhere else.
    • Use at least 12-gauge speaker wires from the amplifiers to all your speakers. You can go larger as necessary, but for most applications, 12-gauge is suiteable.
    • Ensure your fusing is consistent with the amplifiers.
  3. Design your Subwoofer Box. The designs will change depending on the vehicle where you’ll be installing it in. And you should have done your research based on your application and equipment as to whether you’ll be using a ported or sealed design. If you wouldn’t be using fiberglass or plexiglass, use 3/4-inch MDF (Medium-Density Fiberboard) wood for your subwoofer box. Keep it down to 2 subwoofers per chamber when making your design. When putting the wood pieces together, the steps to follow are: (a) Glue it together, then (b) Nail it, then (c) Screw it down, then (d) Seal it with Silicone. Make sure you’ve applied the proper bracing.

I hope this guides you in order to achieve the hard hitting bass you’ve always wanted to have. And be reminded that these are merely tips and tricks, and not a manual on how to build. So always feel free to consult with your local sound shop, or drop me a line below and I’ll be glad to answer any questions as much as I could. Cheers!

Reference:
Auto Sound & Security Magazine

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Shop and Read Product Reviews: Speakers

The CustomPinoyRides.com online store is powered by Amazon.com. If you have any hesitations about purchasing our products online, read on about how to buy at Amazon from the Philippines.

Clicking on the items below will also give you descriptions of the Speakers and Speaker Enclosures, as well as product reviews. Items are listed from most to least popular. Enjoy!

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Shop and Read Product Reviews: Subwoofers and Sub Enclosures

The CustomPinoyRides.com online store is powered by Amazon.com. If you have any hesitations about purchasing our products online, read on about how to buy at Amazon from the Philippines.

Clicking on the items below will also give you descriptions of the Subwoofers and Sub Enclosures, as well as product reviews. Items are listed from most to least popular. Enjoy!

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Shop and Read Product Reviews: Amplifiers, Crossovers, and Equalizers

The CustomPinoyRides.com online store is powered by Amazon.com. If you have any hesitations about purchasing our products online, read on about how to buy at Amazon from the Philippines.

Clicking on the items below will also give you descriptions and product reviews of the Amplifiers, Crossovers, and Equalizers. Items are listed from most to least popular. Enjoy!

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How to buy at Amazon from the Philippines

(Updated 14-October-2009)

I know a lot of you are concerned about purchasing items online. And it is usually due to 2 major factors:

  1. Fear of Credit Card or Bank Account details stolen, or fear of fraud;
  2. Concerns about Shipping and its corresponding costs.

At CustomPinoyRides.com, we do sell products such as car audio equipment, aftermarket accessories, and the like, online. So I will answer the 2 major concerns to and provide you with an understanding on how it works.

Fear of Credit Card or Bank Account details being stolen, or fear of fraud:

The CustomPinoyRides.com online store is powered by none other than the world-famous Amazon.com.

The Web site CDNOW (cdnow.com) is powered and hosted by Amazon. Amazon.com powers and operates retail web sites for Target, Sears Canada, Benefit Cosmetics, bebe Stores, Timex Corporation, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, and Lacoste among others. So who else should we trust to give our details to than Amazon.

Concerns about Shipping and its correspoinding costs:

Since the warehouses are mostly from America, I know that a lot of you may be thinking that the costs for shipping to the Philippinse may be sky-high, especially if you’re buying only a few items. So there are 2 options I can provide to offset the costs:

  1. If you have relatives or friends in the US, have Amazon ship the goods to your relatives’ or friends’ address, and then they can ship the product/s to you on a balik-bayan box or when they come visit you in the Philippines.
  2. If you do not have friends or relatives in the US, there are several Filipino-owned shipping businesses who can do this for you. An example of which is JohnnyAir.com. They have several offices in the East Coast and West Coast of the US; as well as in Makati, SM Megamall, and other offices around the Philippines. The offices serve as pick-up and drop-off points for items, and their business is to ship the goods to and from their offices. This is also what OFWs use to send in balikbayan boxes into the country.

You can compare the costs of having the products shipped directly to the Philippines, or by the methods discussed above. But the fact that JohnnyAir is a “pick-up and drop-off point” style of delivery rather than a “door-to-door” type, it is usually cheaper. I actually know a bunch of photographers who purchase their camera gear at Amazon using this method. It works wonders I tell you!

To take advantage of these further, there are a number of items sold (above $25) that offer the FREE Super Saver Shipping to a single U.S. address.

Here are sample rates for Air Shipments via JohnnyAir:

(Guiding Rate: PHP 50.00 / $ 1.00)

1. Regular – Metro Manila = $ 3.50 per lb, Provinces = $ 5.00 per lb. Minimum of 6 lbs. 7 to 8 days delivery time.
2. Express – Metro Manila = $ 5.50 per lb, Provinces = $ 6.50 per lb. Minimum of 2lbs. 4 to 5 days delivery time.
3. Other Highly Taxable Items including Electronics – Metro Manila = $ 7.00 per lb, Provinces = $ 8.00 per lb. Minimum of 2lbs. 5 to 7 days delivery time. There is a surcharge of $ 30.00 for laptops and ipods.

You can apply for optional insurance at 5% of the value of the item/s.

You can pick up the items at any Johnny Air office. In Metro Manila, there’s one in Makati, and one at Megamall. But you can opt for it to be delivered to you for an additional charge of $ 5.00, or $ 10.00 to $ 15.00 for provinces.

So here’s the step-by-step process on how to Buy at Amazon from the Philippines:

Step 1: Choose the products you’d like to buy from the CustomPinoyRides.com online store.
Step 2: Add product/s into your shopping cart and pay online. Since the store is powered by Amazon, you’re sure that your details are secure.
Step 3: If you’d like to take advantage of free shipping to any US address, look for the “eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping” note beside the pricetag. Have the item/s delivered to any JohnnyAir office address in the US.
Step 4: Contact JohnnyAir about the delivery or better yet, go to an one of their local offices to inform them about the delivery. You can arrange to have the item/s picked up at any of their US offices, and have it delivered to any of their offices in the Philippines or directly to you. The rates are shown above.

Viola! You have your products! I hope this helps, and happy shopping!

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River Crossings or Flood-Stricken Streets: Get through them with a Snorkel!

Of the 199,950kms of Highway roads in the Philippines, only 39,590kms are paved (1998 est.). The remaining 80% of which are UNPAVED. This probably makes 4×4 vehicles the most suitable form of transportation in the country. And with the recent calamities brought about by the succession of typhoons mercilessly drowning the Philippines in flood water, we’d need to further modifiy our rides to adapt to these conditions.

The best customization we can do to our 4×4 vehicles for these types of conditions is the 4×4 Snorkel.

4x4 Snorkel
The purpose of a Snorkel is to relocate the air entry point of your engine’s air intake from its stock location which is low and under the hood, to a higher and safer position, usually near the roof line of the vehicle. This ensures the best engine protection possible in situations where deep water wading becomes necessary.

Fitting a Snorkel will allow you to wade through deep water like this:

This type of modification can make one feel quite “godly”. So you must be warned that just because the air intake is situated high up, you might think that the only thing limiting you from going through deeper water is your ability to keep your head above the water while driving. There are other things to take into consideration. To keep the engine running, there are 3 things required: (1) Air, (2) Fuel, and (3) Spark. The snorkel only has the first part covered. The fuel isn’t really much of a problem as most vehicles’ fuel systems are sealed. Spark, on the other hand, is an issue if you have a gasoline-powered vehicle.

Water can still seep through the spark plug threads and end up inside the combustion chamber. It can also seep through the distributor cap and coil. And another thing to take into consideration is the electrics, which when submerged, can lead to irrepairable damage.

The only vehicles almost immune and waterproofed for wading are military-spec gasoline engines which have the entire ignition system completely sealed, and diesel engines since these do not require spark plugs.

You should take the radiator and auxilliary fans into consideration. These plastic fans have a tendency of breaking or exploding when submerged underwater while spinning. Plastic shrapnel can puncture vital organs such as the radiator. Some experienced offroaders install electric fan kill switches to manually turn off the fans during deep water wading. It is also a good idea to maintain a steady bow wave in front of you while going through deep water by and keeping a steady pace to prevent damage.

And contrary to popular belief, the exhaust doesn’t need to be rerouted to go above the water. Exhaust pressure from the running engine will always be stronger than the pressure of water trying to enter through the exhaust. Though the exhaust blockage can lower the engine RPM, it may be a good idea to gun the throttle a bit to keep from bogging down under load.

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