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David’s 2007 Nissan 350Z

Editor’s note: Team Hybrid’s David Angeles David had a simple goal: build a car he could drift as well as he could show it. With a SEMA Show feature in 2018 behind him, we’d say he’s well on his way. 

 


 

I’ve always owned cars that were front wheel drive, but because I am interested in drifting, when I saw this 2007 Nissan 350Z on Facebook Marketplace, I knew I had to have it. The 350Z is a good platform to learn how to drift on, and I've always liked the style of a sporty two-door car.

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So far, this car has a widebody kit, custom paint, a roll cage, WORK Wheels, Bride seats, a carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber hatch, carbon fiber front bumper, BFGoodrich® g-Force COMP-2 A/S tires, and plenty more. My build isn’t complete, and there are more exciting modifications to come. 

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My plan is for this car to be both a show car and a drift car. I want to able to have fun with my friends at the track and also put it on display at car shows. I love how I can take the car into an open parking lot to get it sideways, and then drive four hours away for a car show.

Of course, I didn’t build this car by myself. When I was a kid, I watched my uncle build his Scion XB from the ground up. From there, I started building RC cars and began wrenching and learning in garages with my older friends whenever I got the chance. 

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Then, I came across Team Hybrid when I was 16 years old. I had just gotten my first car, and I was at an Import Face-Off event in Las Vegas when I saw them. Then, I went to college in Arizona and met Team Hybrid's Arizona chapter director, Albie Sanchez. He was in one of my classes at Universal Technical Institute, and he introduced me to the legendary team. I decided to join Team Hybrid’s Arizona chapter and later transferred to the Nevada chapter.  

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I was very fortunate to have my 350Z be a feature car at the SEMA Show in 2018, and I have to thank Team Hybrid founder and president James Lin for creating an undefeatable team and all his hard work for over 24 years. He is always leading by example and innovating day-in and day-out. I also want to send Hybrid Luv to Nevada Chapter Director, Archie Concon and future leader, Charleston Penesa.  I would also like to thank all the team title sponsorships that have helped us along the way, especially BFGoodrich® Tires, Meguiar's, AMSOIL, Whiteline, K&N Filters, Mishimoto, NRG Innovations, and Password:JDM.

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See more of David’s 350Z on Instagram at @davidx2__z33. Photographs courtesy of Alex Sanchez (@rex.media), Ignacio Varela (@nacho__photos), and Paul Delapena (@pjdmedia_).

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Adventure Build

Wild Man

Editor’s note: Andrew Barber loves the mystery of the wilderness, and his 2008 Jeep Wrangler is his preferred method for investigating. He spends his time outdoors, all over Vermont (and the rest of New England), but he’s got his sights set on bigger adventures in the future.  

 


 

Growing up in rural Vermont, I have always been an amateur outdoor adventurer. I enjoy hiking, trail running, kayaking, skiing, and trying to get as close as I can to wild animals I probably shouldn’t get close to. I never really had an interest in automotive until I was in college. While I was there, I made friends with someone who showed me what a well-built vehicle is capable of in the wild. We would go out and explore the backwoods of Vermont in his 1980-something Toyota 4Runner on the weekends. I became hooked instantly. Once I graduated college, it was time to buy an new vehicle and I knew it would have to be something I could venture into the wilderness with. The decision to get a Jeep was an easy one, considering I had been driving around my mother’s TJ every chance I could get.

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Four years later, I have explored miles of abandoned roads and trails all around Vermont. While doing so, I have also picked up photography as skill. I find so many cool places while wandering and I wanted to find a way to share them. While setting up my camera, I try not only to get a good Jeep pose, but also share the scenic spots I find and show the types of environments my Jeep has traversed through.

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Luckily, Vermont has an array of trail environments. My Jeep has seen it all. I have traveled through mud, snow, ice, rocky roads, ledges, water-crossings, long distance highway trips, and pothole-riddled I-95 outside NYC. (I broke some U-joints there.) While a well-built Jeep is always capable, arguably the most important factor (other than the engine) of any type of travel would be the tires. If you don’t have good tires, you will be limited.

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I knew from the beginning I wanted to go with BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires.  I’m currently running a 285/70/R17 tire on Black Rock wheels that have 4.25” backspacing with a Teraflex 2.5” suspension lift. This combination gives me plenty of tire room and clearance for almost any obstacle.

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The tires are rugged, have great sidewall protection, and are one of the most favored tires in the overloading community. I have read many accounts by professional overlanders that these tires are well worthy of any conditions, and those accounts have all proven to be true. As mentioned before, I have traveled through all types of terrain, and my KO2s are awesome. They are smooth on pavement, and perform very well in snow and mud — two things Vermont has a lot of. I have had them for three of the four years I’ve owned my Jeep, and I don’t plan on changing tires anytime soon. When it’s time for new ones, I will be going with BFGoodrich again.

Wilderness exploration has been and always will be a big hobby of mine, and I hope to plan bigger journeys in the future. I am slowly building up my Jeep, and hope to start giving overlanding a shot soon. I have had a lot of practice with rough terrain here in Vermont, and I’ve learned so much about driving off-road, wrenching, and what equipment is truly necessary for traveling deep into the woods without cellphone service or anyone knowing where you’re located.

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The mystery behind what I’ll find out there is what keeps me going back. You never know what you’re going to see.  Whether a large animal, an abandoned house, a runaway convict, a cool Jeep trail, or just a nice place to take a picture, I’m always ready for a surprise. The more practice I get, the more adventurous I become, and I have no plans of stopping anytime soon. My ultimate adventure would be to ship my Jeep over to Africa or Australia and travel across one of the continents. I still feel I have a lot to learn before I do that, but I will get there eventually. Until then, I will continue to find new places on a more local scale, plan a cross country trip, and practice my photography.

Here are my current vehicle specs:

  • 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK X
  • BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 (285/70/R17) on Black Rock 909 Type-D 17x9 Wheels
  • Teraflex 2.5” Suspension Lift with Rough Country Easy Disconnect swaybar links
  • Warn Zeon 10s Winch
  • JCR Offroad Crusader Midwidth Bumpers (Front and Rear)
  • JCR Offroad Classic Rock Sliders
  • Carbon Offroad front axle shafts
  • Hi-Lift Jack mounted on sportbar with River Raider Offroad mount
  • Bartact Seat Covers
  • Bestop Trektop NX
  • A pair of KC lights on the front and rear bumpers, and a lightbar
  • My all-time favorite mod: a shift knob replica of John Hammond’s mosquito in amber cane from the movie Jurassic Park. I made it myself.

 


 

Keep up with Andrew Barber’s adventures on Instagram at @gothewild

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Gon’ Dirtin’

Editor’s note: Karissa and Linhbergh are regulars in the automotive industry, which means they have plenty of experience with all the gear and equipment out there. But for their 1999 Mitsubishi Montero, they chose BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires for one simple reason: they wanted the best.

 


 

Karissa was born and raised in a small town in Texas. She grew up around her family’s car audio shop, attended car events, and was surrounded by the automotive consumer industry. She became heavily influenced by her older brother, and is also a huge fan of Japanese culture. Karissa began wrenching on cars at a young age and found herself behind the wheel of a fully built 1994 Mazda RX-7.

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Linhbergh was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He grew up immersed in the outdoors. Hiking in the mountains, days in the forests or on the lakes and the beach were all normal weekend activities in Northern California. He was never into cars growing up. But when he relocated to Los Angeles 15 years ago, he spent around 2.5 hours a day, in a car, commuting to work every day. The thought of wanting to love the car he spent so much time in became real! And thus, he got his first real car: a 1992 Mazda Miata. From there, it became an explosion of parking lot meets, track days, tinkering in the garage, weekend drives up the mountains, and exploring other car cultures. He, of course, started experimenting taking photos of his Miata with a point-and-shoot camera, which has blossomed into a decade-long career.

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Fast forward to today, the JDM stayed strong with both Karissa and Linhbergh as they’ve added a 1999 Mitsubishi Montero to their garage. It’s nice to not always think about steering clear of potholes, and knowing that their vehicle is capable of clearing rocks on a trail is still something the both of them are getting used to.

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The Montero came about because they realized how often they wanted to trade the hustle and bustle of the city for the solitude and stillness of nature. They started looking at Toyotas, but realized they were out of their budget. They started looking at alternatives, and fell in love with the look and features of a 1999 Mitsubishi Montero with its stock over fenders. The Montero offered them everything they had hoped for. It was rugged, reliable, cost effective, and looked so damn cool with a bit of dirt flung all over it.

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One thing led to another and they started to modify their truck to suit their needs for living on the road. What was originally a simple point-A-to-point-B weekend vehicle became a full-fledged SUV to carry them, and their dog, out on a trail for weeks, and potentially months! Upgrades to suspension, tires, and adding an ARB roof top tent helped them be a little more comfortable while out in the bush. The installation of solar panels and a second battery helped supply their power needs for a refrigerator and the ability to work remotely wherever they may be.

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“Working more than 10 years in the automotive industry has definitely influenced our choices in equipment and gear,” says Linhbergh. “You start to realize that paying money upfront really does go a long way. When you pay more, you get a much, much better product, and one that lasts a long time. Gone are the days of buying cheap modifications, or gear. We categorize ourselves as “heavy use” users of equipment, which means we put everything to use its absolute limit: tires, suspension, wheels, camera gear, tent, sleeping bags, hiking clothes, and cooking equipment all see pretty heavy, and sometimes extreme, usage.”

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That’s what led them to choose BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires for their Montero. “Working in the automotive industry, you know that BFGs are the best in the off-road sector. KO2s are the quietest, best functioning, and aesthetically aggressive all-terrain tire on the market,” says Linhbergh. “We, of course, wanted the best.” (For the record, they run a 285/75R16 on a 16x8” +0 wheel.)

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Karissa and Linhbergh have owned their Montero for two years, and in that time, they’ve put over 40,000 miles on it. “Long weekend getaways have been what our schedules allow,” says Linhbergh. “We spend much of our time up California’s infamous Highway 395 in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Living in California, we are blessed with an abundance of scenery. The epic coast lines along PCH, with its stunning views, never get old.”

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The couple recently did a two-week trip to Utah and Colorado. Making their way east of California, they began to fall in love with the desert. They explored Zion NPS’ narrows, and Colorado’s vast network of OHV trails and parks. They’ve explored countless places which makes it tough to narrow down favorites, but Yosemite, Sedona, and the public land of Northern California and Utah rank at the top.  For 2019, they’ve got even more in store.

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“We plan to spend the New Year with friends in Baja, Mexico, and explore the whole peninsula. Throughout 2019, we hope to venture out further across the United States. In 2020 and beyond, our goal is to trek to Alaska, and eventually tackle the South American continent. Exploring southern Africa is also on the books!”

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Follow Karissa and Linhbergh on Instagram at @gondirtin

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