Monthly Archives: June 2010

Alcon Means Business

Why does Double D Garage like Alcon?  Simple: because Alcon develops for Formula 1 and is used in Formula 1.

There are way too many wack ass aftermarket brake companies out there.  If the big brake kit you’re eying doesn’t have some sort of credible racing heritage, it is probably wack.  On the other hand, we know 1.) Alcon has done their research 2.) their craftsmanship is trusted by Formula 1 teams 3.) they have a wide selection of brake pads to accommodate your needs 4.) ultimately is freagging badass because any well informed car enthusiast knows Alcon means business.  All this encapsulates the Double D Garage ethos: 1.) function over form 2.) quality 3.) rarity – we like to take the less traveled path, especially if it’s functional and quality.

“Baldy” picked up this Alcon 6-piston 14″ rotor big brake kit from STaSIS Engineering for his DoLuck Evo.

Dat, the other part of Double D Garage, is trying to figure out how to jack up a widebodied Evo.

Damn, enough detergent to clean up the BP oil spill.

STaSIS / Project Mu brake pads.

Baldy needs some new tires…… “from tracking too hard”.  I think he needs some Falken RT-615Ks.

Nice to know your caliper was assembled by an Alcon engineer who takes pride in their work.


Race calipers: no rubber dust boots.

Comparing stock Evo rotor vs. 14″ Alcon rotor.

Check Baldy’s car out at Spocom!  If you should have any questions about Alcon, please direct them to STaSIS Engineering.

Brad’s RX-7 @ Industry Track Day

This is Brad’s RX-7 at Mackin Industries’ Industry Track Day.  If he’s not at the Tokico booth, he’s usually with the Double D Garage’s lineup at car shows.  He’ll be at the Tokico booth at Spocom next month!

Here are a few comments from Brad:

A few pics from the Mackin Industry track day from Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow CA.
The car ran great all day long, nice cool coolant temps and air temps great response from the turbo very fun day.
The only hitch in the day was the last session where the tires lost grip and the brake fluid started to boil so I had to do alot of left foot pumping of the pedal so I had a
firm pedal going into the corners. no brakes and worn out tires made for a handful on the track but still a blast!
But those are easy fixes, new tires and flush the brake system and all is well. The car is in one piece and I’m already looking forward to the next track event at Cal Speedway in Augest for Mazfest.

Full Metal Jacket

Dat and I did some driving around town because I wanted to break in my clutch ASAP.  We stopped by Attic in Buena Park and I picked up a few t-shirts. As you may know, guns is my current obsession and this t-shirt caught my eye.

Too bad the Heist & Co’s Full Metal Jacket t-shirt didn’t have my size.

I’m trying to figure out which round this is suppose to represent: the .50 Browning Machine Gun (BMG) used in the M2 (“Ma Duece”) “fifty cal” heavy machine gun or the 7.62x39mm used in the ubiquitous AK-47.  As much as I like to see John Browning’s work (.50 BMG, M2, 1911, etc…) represented, I think it looks more like the 7.62.

But anyways, I will definitely be ordering this t-shirt in the near future!

Mugen Thermostat

Since my last post was about Mugen, I threw in a Mugen thermostat when doing my recent clutch job.  It’s the only Mugen product on my car.  After installing the thermostat and according to my Defi guages, my average operating temperature dropped from 190F to 170F and I know it won’t blow up. The OEM thermostat opens up at 190F; the Mugen thermostat opens up at 170F. I can see this pretty useful on the track when I’m staging on the grid or cooling down after my session is over.

From what I can tell, the thermostat housing is Honda OEM while the thermostat itself is Mugen.