first time out with the new rear end

Posted on 10th May 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

So i took it to ORP the weekend after the new rear end was installed and it got a brief break in and then on the trailer it went for the no label drift event at ORP which was a blast. ORP is an amazing track and I take every opportunity I can to drive it.


some really awesome photos from InJust media


ORP No Label drift from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

Ford 8.8″ rear end swap

Posted on 31st March 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

So as you may know I broke the spider gears in my fancy aftermarket LSD in my old 6.7″ toyota rear end so I think ive taken the old rear end as far as it will go power wise. so its time to upgrade.
here is the comparison of the new to the old. so at this point I have already shortened the Ford rear end to match the old toyota size and I have also installed custom axles which allow me to keep the car 4 lug and match the modified housing length. I Picked up the rear end from a ‘98 ford explorer so it came with a Track-Lok Differential and 31 spline axles and it also included the factory disk brakes, and it was crazy cheap compared to the old toyota stuff.

There is also a company not far from where I live Called Excessive Manufacturing and they make a full bracket kit for doing custom rear end swaps into these cars which made it so that I wouldn’t have to cut the mounts off my old rear end and significantly devaluing it.

Next up I made a jig with a metal table and some square tubing so that I could simulated it being bolted to the car to help locate the new brackets which came out great. I was even able to put it back in with the stock solid 4 links so the jig method was VERY precise in locating the brackets where they needed to be.

then I had some help for the final welding of the bracekts since im not the greatest welder

and then time to fit it to the car with the adustable 4-links that I got from Techno Toy tuning and it looks awesome I also have a fancy ford racing diff cover as it add strength to the housing and it presses on the bearing caps

then it was time to fully build the rear end, so I replaced the factory 3.73:1 gears with 4.30:1 which match the old toyota ratio, also used a yukon crush sleve eliminator as I have had issues with crush sleves in the past. all new bearings and rebuild the differential with the ford racing Carbon clutches. new axle bearings and seals and then set up my new gears and i was learning as I was going as ive never set up gears on a rear end before always been a daunting task that requires special tools but this one was really easy. I was able to borrow a dial indicator with a magnet mount and armed with that and my trusty harbor frieght digital calipers and a torque wrench i got it all set up.


then came brakes so no one makes a dual caliper brake kit for a ford 8.8 so I took the design of my old dual caliper setup which used a 240SX front rotor (non ABS) and some wilwood dynalite calipers and it really didint take much to make it work, although again thanks to my understanding employer it went really smoothly as I had some help at work running the CNC burn table to make the parts.

this looks super close to the rotor but its just the angle of it its really not that bad.


almost done just needs some final assembly and fluids.

Moar ridge racing school

Posted on 12th March 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

so I broke the corolla at that last ridge racing school. oddly enough I broke the spider gears in the LSD so looks like im going Ford 8.8 rear so while that has been in progress for a while now another ridge racing school event came up and well it was time for my new daily driver to take one for the team.

so some of you may or may not know that I also have a FRS as a daily driver and I can tell you from first hand experience they are amazing fun on the track absolute blast to drive. mine was completely stock and it was soooo much fun. the only thing that couldn’t really cut it as far as factory equipment goes was the brakes had em literally rolling smoke after my last session and seeing as how I had a 5hr trip back home from the ridge I thought I wouldn’t push my luck any further.

heres the car (also all photographs are thanks to my sister Cherie thanks!


Also Jake was able to make it as well he is my nephew on the left and im starting to look old

and here it is the best part the in car on track footage (no FRS’s were harmed in the making of this film (ok maby it was a little but not much and ive already been working on the brakes to make sure its safe for every day use again :P ))

3/6/2016 The Ridge Racing School from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

The Ridge Racing School 1-16-16

Posted on 19th January 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

So I got my low front end tubed thanks to SDMF also got the new intercooler installed that I got at Garage 808 and SDMF also made me a valve cover trim piece, so since the car was all ready to go i signed up for the ridge racing school track day event which was a lot of fun.

so here is my ridge experience this is nearly a full session it was my last of the day started having issues with a boost leak when then allowed hot exhaust gasses onto my brake lines a boiled the fluid which caused braking issues near the end.

The Ridge 1-16-16 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

PARC 10/3/15

Posted on 5th October 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

So I’ve still been having some issues with my catch can filling up but i think i may have figured it out this time. so this last event i took my oil cooler off and that was definitely a mistake as oil temps were much higher. i still have a water temp issue though as i only can do about 2 consecutive laps before getting up around the 220 F mark. so the new motor definitely makes quite a bit of heat. but ive tweaked on the tune a little right before the event and got an accel enrichment issue solved and found a few lean spots in the lower throttle / rpm ranges which are also now solved so im getting close to having this new setup all dialed in.

it also awesome to have so many great media guys coming to the events thanks!!!

i was playing around with some left foot braking to reall roast the tires and slow down the car on a few corners hence the brake lights being on




also met some new drivers this guy in the red S13 coupe was doing awesome, had some great tandem runs never did ask his name though…. (sorry) these photos are thanks to Thomas Batzlaff Photography BTW



this one is diffacult to see but thats me back there so close to that mustang that im almost completely hidden

Thunder Hill GGD Round #4 event 9/20/15

Posted on 29th September 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

So Justin saw that golden gate drift was having an event at Thunder Hill west and i jumped on it. car was just barely ready and had some issues, but luckily it worked out and didnt cause me to loose any track time as its quite a journey from central Oregon to norther California. Met up with Chuck and Nathan and we all joined in on the Team Tandem comp and ended up winning it which was a great victory perhaps I should look into doing ProAm events would be fun to see how i stack up but living where I do its a massive undertaking as either way its either 6hrs north or 6 hrs south give or take and to actually compete for season points would take a lot but perhaps next year.

In the mean time check this out (I’m the balding old guy on the right):



car is ready new engine swap is making power

Posted on 6th August 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

so I’ve been totally neglagent in my keeping this website up to date. so in the last 10 or so months a lot happened like this:


its a Nissan SR20DET motor a red top with a Garrett GT2874R Ball bearing turbo, on a custom made by Gabe V. Exhaust manifold. fairly freshly built motor with improved bottom end and rocker arm stoppers running on AEM engine management. right now making 210hp at the wheels 200 ft/lb torque not much past my last motor at 190hp at the wheels but im on low boost and its about to get turnt up and i figured ide stop at 300HP to keep from having to do more drive train upgrades.


The swap took longer then anticipated by a few months and i had a lot of little dumb mistakes i made and other random various difficulties, but now its back, annnnnnd its been to PARC.

and before that I also took it to medford for a shakedown.

and with each event its getting better, and ive been figuring it out little by little. in medford I had too restrictive of an oil catch can which was causing me crank case gasses to build up in the block and eject oil around the dip stick with the dip stick ziptied down even. fixed that with a breaker catch can that had 2 NPT fittings for hose connections and a large filter on the top. I also picked up a vacuum manifold to simplify my mess of harbor frieght vaccum line Tee’s but thats still in progress as i have been procrastinating on taking the intake manifold off yet again because I have to swap out the plug i put in on the manifold where the old brake booster vacuum line went to route it to the vacuum block main connection.

Also my injectors were maxxed out (stock 375cc/min) but I have some Tomei 740CC/min ones to install soon and then i should be ready after a quick dyno tune session.

Some old PIR footage

Posted on 26th September 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So since Ill be driving at the NASA PIR event September 20-21 I got all motivated and made this video with my old footage. new footage will be on its way soon.

PIR Spring of 2014 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

ThunderHill West!

Posted on 26th August 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So I dont have any media ready yet however I was there! and the track was amazing but my car was being less then stellar as I had all kinds of heat issues. anyway I have some on car footage and somewhere possibly with Justin there are some photos as as soon as I dig this stuff up i’ll post it I also even have some video from the NASA PIR drift event I did at the beginning of the season but I havent taken the time to do any editing yet sorry

in the mean time enjoy some content from lifeblasters unfortunately I didnt make it into any of the media on that writeup but they have some amazing pictures of the event and it give a good feel for what it was like

As per usual Ive allowd the old website to get out of date again

Posted on 26th August 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

First off you gotta see this video by chris campbell its awesome and its from the event mentioned below

AE86 Attacking The Track from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.

then I went to FD which was awesome saw some friends from my old home town per the yearly now tradition

then I tried to photobomb sam when I saw a great opportunity to make it look like he was picking my nose but he noticed what I was doing

Then after FD I met up with NASA Northwest to drive in the HPDE class at Pacific Raceways which was awesome even if I did get meatballed several times for trivial things



I even talked my dad into jumping in the car with me

me-dad-720p at pacific raceways with NASA northwest July 20 2014 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

Then I went and had some fun at PARC but I’m fiarly sure I dammaged my turbo at Pacific raceways it was backfireing alot on that track and its never made full boost again since but it still kinda works so game on