Because Ricer is back with our third installment. Featured today is a young man with a need for speed and a taste for, well, no taste. As usual we bring you the biggest duchebags we catch at meets and shows to further educate you on what to not to do at your local meets, and who to kick the fuck out when they turn up. So kick back, grab a pair of chop sticks, and enjoy a helping of rice.
Yesterday we attended the Spocom Pre-Show at K1 Speed in Anaheim. Spocom has always been known as one of the more prestigious shows we have roll through Southern California. However, with all the talent and massive turn out yesterday, I was left a bit disappointed. For a large name such as Spocom, you think they would filter who showed and who parked in one of the sub-lots scattered around the area. People like the massive biker club that filled the air with roars and noise on there way out, or people like this Jetta need to be ostracized from such events and gathering do the fact that they are… well… ricers. Yes Euro enthusiasts! You can be ricers too!
I am a fellow Bora (4th Generation Jetta) owner myself. If theres one thing I’ve learned from Euro scene its that everyone will do what they want to do to there cars, its someones behavior that justifies wether or not there a ricer. If you want to paint red lips on your OEM wheels and make it look like you bought me them at PepBoys. Thats fine. If you want to paint eyelids onto your headlights. Do you bro. However, pulling into a prestigious car show, and revving the shit out of your 1.8L Turbo is not the way to rep your crew, or our community.
If any Volkswagen enthusiasts are reading this you already know that to have a blow-off valve on your turbo motor is sacrilege. Your car already has a recirculating dumpvalve installed from the factory. If you replace that with an aftermarket one that vents to atmosphere, you completely mess up the fuelling of the car. When you get off the throttle to shift gears, a non-recirculating DV vents the excess pressure outside, but the ECU is programmed to expect the extra air so you run rich momentarily. Then when the oxygen sensor catches up and reads the rich condition it will lean out the mixture far too late, because now you’re in the next gear and accelerating, requiring a rich mixture. This yo-yoing all the time will cause bore wash and could even cause momentary detonation on the lean side of the cycle.
Finally, everyone who knows something about Volkswagen engines will point and laugh if you drive past and they hear a whoosh from an aftermarket blow-off valve. Much like Joel Reyes of Legitmotion and I did when this guy flew into the parking lot, revving first gear like he matters to someone. Be smart. Be educated. Don’t. Be. Rice.
- Story by Aleksey Royt
- Photos by Aleksey Royt
- Edited by Aleksey Royt