Category: cars

Holy Traveling! A Taste Of The Nomadic Life

These past two weeks have been absolutely crazy when it comes to traveling and working. The combination of working two jobs and traveling to three different states in a span of a couple weeks has me running on empty pretty much the whole time….

Readiness Check. 2 DTCs Found.

Much like a car, I perform intermittent readiness checks just to make sure I’m still on track, that there aren’t any glaring issues. There are some issues, and they will have to be addressed. Soon. P0420 – Motivation Below Threshold Recently, motivation has been…

Underrated Dinner Meet/Photoshoot

It all started with a Facebook Event invitation to get some grub at Old Chicago. Actually, let me give you some background. Underrated is a car group mainly featuring Mazda vehicles, but open to other makes as well. We have several Chevys, a few…

Seriously, Just A Quick Message

To those who have been with me since the beginning, and those who are just joining in on The Nomadic Tire, I thank every single one of you. This sounds so cliché, but it’s so true. Without you guys reading my content, I wouldn’t…

UNDERRATED Install Meet – Civic Si BCR BR Coils Install

We just completed an install night/hangout meet last night for UNDERRATED in New Richmond, WI where we installed BCR (BC Racing) coils on a 2012 Honda Civic Si. Boy did we take our time with the install! Prepping the BCR’s. These BCR’s were purchased…

Winona-Bound For A MazdaSpeed3.

The date is Wednesday, November 1st, 2017. 2:10pm Central Standard Time. Snowing like a motherf***er outside. A quick backstory: my buddy Marc ended up crashing his Gen2 MazdaSpeed3 into a ditch avoiding a rodent on the road in rural Wisconsin. Though the damage was…

The Dealership Life – Part 2: The Broken Survey System

Satisfaction Surveys from manufacturers is an amazing way to gauge a customer’s satisfaction level from their point of view. They are also one of the worst ways to gauge a customer’s true satisfaction level with the actual department they came in to see. Allow…

The Dealership Life – Part 1: Behind The Scenes

To the average Joe bringing in their vehicle for repairs and/or maintenance, the face of the dealership can look one way, but almost always is a much different story behind the scenes. Something as simple as an oil change takes a lot of logistics…

Rally North America – The Rallies Of A Lifetime

“Road rallies are great; they’re usually for a good cause, they bring you to places you would never go otherwise, and it brings great people together.” – David Patterson (a.k.a. ThatDudeinBlue – YouTube) He’s right, you know. Road rallies are scavenger hunt based timed…

Letting Duke Go – The Story Of My 2016 KTM 390 Duke

>>meet duke.   Duke is a 2016 KTM 390 Duke with a 373cc single pounding out 44hp and 26 ft/lbs of torque. Duke and I first met Thursday, July 28th, 2016 in Cambridge, Minnesota. Having done a lot of research on motorcycles the weeks…

How To Survive Long-Distance Road Tripping – Sleeping During The Trip

You are almost all ready for your long-distance road trip! If you’re anything like me, you’ll value your sleep. There are a few options out there when it comes to sleeping during your road trip. This is a complete how-to on long-distance road tripping….

How To Survive Long-Distance Road Tripping – Driving & Staying Awake

You’re doing a cross-country road trip. One of the most difficult things as a veteran cross-country road tripper is staying awake and safe on the road. We’ve covered safety basics, rules and common sense in previous posts. Now it’s time to stay awake. This…