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One For All – Only Charged Dubs’ 2000 Audi C5 A6 Allroad

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

I think that we may have a slight addiction to wagons, just check out a few of our recent features and all will become clear! Regardless of manufacturer, they just transform so well when introduced to a fancy wheels and lowered suspension. There’s also something satisfying about essentially turning a ‘boring’ family car into something that can turn heads. Estate cars are ultimate practical cars, with plenty of people using them over small vans if they can get away with it, which is exactly what today’s feature car is used for. It may not be a show piece, but Only Charged Dubs’ Audi Allroad has been subtlety, yet tastefully, modified to handle their daily duties as well as transporting the OCD trade stand around the UK and Europe (just like we do with our own Audi wagon, in fact). Plus, it works hand-in-hand as a demo car for many of the products they offer, too, featuring an Airdynamiks air suspension package with AccuAir e-Level management and more.

 

 

Matt Payne (head honcho at Only Charged Dubs) was using his trusted Skoda Fabia MonteCarlo as their demo car through 2014-2015, which pretty much helped OCD with their journey into the air suspension market. However, as the company grew, the need for a bigger vehicle grew at the same time. “This led to me looking at a range of options, I knew I didn’t want a van as whatever I bought also had be my daily driver and demo vehicle for OCD and our products, so I wanted something that would tick as many boxes as possible.” Matt explains.

 

 

Being a Volkswagen fan at heart, Matt started looking at B5 & B5.5 Passat wagons, which he’d always had a soft spot for. “The American’s seem to get these looking just right, which is where I pull a lot of my style & tastes from when modifying cars” he admits. However, he noticed that most Passats had “been around the world in mileage” and it was difficult to find one with a bigger engine than a 1.9tdi, along with the bodywork never being in good condition. Matt didn’t want to have to pay out for lots of paint and body repairs. So, the search expanded to Audis, such as B5 and B6 A4 wagons, but they were just too small for OCD’s needs.

 

 

With the A4 out of the equation, this left him with the A6, notably the C5 platform, given the budget. “The C5 has always been a bit of an ugly duckling – I’ve never been a fan of the boot lid and plate holder. But after looking around, and then seeing modded Allroad’s, I started to change my mind.” Matt explains, mostly down to James’ at BecauseBags and Jules Loose’s modified examples, to name a few. Matt mentions that the upsides to the A6 platform are that they come very highly spec’d from factory, have good engines, loads of room and plenty of comfort for daily use – ticking most of his boxes!

 

 

With a newly found love for the factory wide arches, Matt began the search for an Allroad. “I spent weeks casing cold trails of sold Allroads, with dealers saying that they never have them in stock for long”. So, when the ideal, 1 lady owner car, popped up near London, Matt quickly made the trip down from Doncaster, and did a deal. Not surprising, considering the Allroad in question had under 90k on the clock, was fitted with the optional Recaro leather interior from factory (also found in the S6/RS6), had good service history, and more importantly to him, “no fake wood trim!”.

 

 

“We wanted the Allroad to grab people’s attention at shows, as well as showing off the products and brands we can supply” Matt explains, so the first port of call was to get the car on to better air suspension. Well, it turns out the Allroad is actually fitted with factory air suspension with three different selectable heights. Unfortunately, being pretty dated, it’s not the best system and a lot tend to fail when they get on a bit, plus the factory air would never give OCD the actual drop that they wanted. Being the sole UK distributors of Airdynamiks, they teamed up to create a brand new C5 air suspension kit with them, bringing a new option to the market.

 

 

With a new strut and bag package all round, an AccuAir e-Level management kit (Rocker switch kit) with height-sensor technology was a no-brainer for Matt for trouble-free usability, especially since the car would be fully loaded up a lot of the time. The air installation was carried out just in time for the  Ultimate Stance show back in 2015… “It went in pretty simple, mounted in the spare wheel well nothing showy, just making it neat & usable.” he explains, utilising dual stealth VIAIR 44c compressors, dual VU2 valve units, iLevel WIFI control, and dual 3-gallon seamless air tanks.

 

 

However, Matt soon worked out that the Allroad is fitted with a slightly different front wishbone and upright setup than most of the models of the same platform. “The Allroad arms are taller, meaning drop is limited, so we sourced RS6 uprights and replaced these. The wishbone arms were also replaced RS6 examples with the addition of SPC camber adjustable top arms, which got attacked with the angle grinder to save us a few more mm’s clearance to the body when air’d out.” To add insult to injury, the OE front brakes didn’t fit either! Essentially, the whole front suspension setup had to be changed, bar the ARB and callipers, for the required drop.

 

 

With the Allroad finally sitting as he had imagined, the next jobs were to sort out a few cosmetic changes, starting with the headlights. “Another bugbear of these vehicles is headlight lenses going yellow – mine had too.” Matt says, which he replaced with a newer set of US-spec examples, sourced directly from the States. These feature amber running lights, instead of sidelights, which most people don’t even notice, but totally bring the silver car together. Interior-wise, a Kenwood double-DIN SATNAV unit was installed, making those long drives to Europe much less daunting. Additionally, Matt swapped out the generic automatic gear shifter in favour of a Black Forest Industries knob, which actually makes the car look like a manual – a nice touch. The original 4-spoke steering wheel was also replaced with an S6 3-spoke wheel to complete the transformation.

 

 

Finally, let’s get down to the wheels – probably the most aggressive part of the car’s appearance. Along with the S6 and RS6 models, the Allroad ideally demands wide wheels to fully make use of the factory arches. The OZ Futura has always been one of Matt’s favourite wheels, so he decided to make a set work on the Allroad. This meant stepping up a much smaller faced wheel into a usable size. “We took a set of 17″ OZ Futura’s and stepped them up to 19” using bubble style lips (which we had to wait seven months for!), plus 7” barrels front & rear, 3” front dishes, 4” rear dishes. Sandwich mounted, with high polished dishes, black powdercoated barrels, silver powdercoated faces, with spoke fronts brushed, then full faces clear coated for protection. SRR black chrome hardware was used to finish them off”. The built wheels land at 19×10.5j (235/35/19 tyres) up front & 19×11.5j (245/40/19 tyres) at the rear, resulting in perfect arch-to-lip fitment all round – “The US look I wanted from day 1!” Matt says joyfully.

 

 

OCD have had the Allroad for 18 months now, with parts still stored away and waiting to fit. It’s fair to say the car still isn’t “done”, but then again, when is anything? A custom RS6 style grille is being put together, plus the S6 steering wheel is going to be retrimmed to match the BFI gear knob. Black headlining and pillars from an S/RS model are also on the cards. But, being a big Audi, there’s always something to be maintained… The team have already replaced the alternator (which requires the complete front end removed for access), sorted various oil leaks, replaced countless tired parts and checked the cams over (as these commonly wear on the V6 engine). Whilst it was apart, they cleaned the bay up, had some parts wrinkle-black coated and put together with new stainless fixings, which just makes it look that little bit extra special. There are plenty of jobs to keep them busy, but most importantly, Matt finally has an all-rounder that delivers on looks, practicality, is a pleasure to drive, and works as the perfect demo vehicle for OCD, too.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Elsecar at the Races 2017

Date: 9 April 2017

Location: Doncaster Racecourse, South Yorkshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Elsecar at the Races is a new one for us at Slam Sanctuary, so let’s begin with a little history… What started out as a car meet known as ‘Elsecar Mega Meet’ / ‘Club GTI Mega Meet’ a whole 19 years ago, this historical gathering of cars has grown into something much, much bigger. With previous meets taking place at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley, they were seeing over 200 show cars and 200 club cars in attendance! With popularity continually growing, 2016 saw the organisers move the event to Doncaster Racecourse, which has the the capacity for 700+ vehicles. This went hand-in-hand with re-naming the show to ‘Elsecar at the Races’. Our friends at Only Charged Dubs (and Elsecar show sponsors) had been raving about last year’s show, which meant we had to come up this year to see what all the fuss was about. We were met with one of most chilled-out events we’d ever been to. The whole vibe was perfect and everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly to each other. Along with an excellent mix of stanced, classic, air-cooled, and a whole host of club stands on display, Elsecar is a show that any petrolhead can enjoy – catering for all tastes. With so much to see, we captured some of our favourites, check them out below.

 

Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s

@brad_mckee

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@smithjack

 

Dan Birkinshaw’s Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@birk999

 

Carl Atkins’ Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@carl_onlychargeddubs

 

Jack Butlin’s Ford Mk6 Fiesta on BAGS by OCD suspension & OZ Futura’s

@jackbutlin_

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@onlychargeddubs

 

Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s

@hoho15_nmls

 

Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX wheels

@sole_flavours

 

Matthew Hartle’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W202

@hartle93

 

Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@vick_nagi

 

Dan Smith’s Porsche 966 on Eta Beta’s

@dsmithmobile

 

Jemima Cox’s Volkswagen Polo 9n3 on Air Lift suspension & Autostrada Modena’s

@jemimacox

 

Joe Bycroft’s BMW E21 on BBS RS’

@joeey_brokeboys

 

Adam Sheldon’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@sheldonr32_nmls

 

Jak Johnston’s Mk1 Golf G40 on StillStatic / H&R suspension

@jak_lowsocial

 

Ryan Hall’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & PLS Daytona’s

@_ryan_hall_

 

James Hellewell’s Audi RS5 on BC Forged wheels

@_jam45_

 

Jack Betts’ 1968 Beetle

@jackbetts1994

 

Adam Berry’s bagged 1966 Karmann Ghia

@vw_ratbug90

 

Jas Virdee’s Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension

@jasr32

 

Cameron Stead’s Lexus IS220 on BAGS by OCD suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@clstead_2is

 

Craig Hugill’s Porsche 911 Cabriolet on BBS RS’

@craggle_man

 

Jay Polson’s MK5 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@jaybogti

 

Paul Foster’s Mk1 Golf on BBS RS’

@paulfosterdj01

 

 

Max Edwards’ ’78 Beetle on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@maxisadogsname

 

Leo Jackson’s Mk1 Jetta on Tramont’s

@leomk1jetta

 

Dale Grainger’s BMW E38 740i on AirREX / Air Lift suspension

@its___dale

 

Jason Buckley’s Mk1 Golf on H&R suspension & BBS E52’s

@j12buk

 

 

Aksan Cy’s Mk5 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@akki_cy

 

 

Chris Robson’s Audi A1 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@chiffyrobson

 

Jamie Fagan’s Mk1 Jetta G60 on Ronal Turbo’s

@jamiefagan

 

Ben Gill’s Mercedes-Benz W204 on Air Lift / HP Drivetech suspension & Rotiform SCN’s

@ben._.gill

 

Vinylimage’s Passat R36 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VLE-1’s

@vinylimage

 

Kirsty Greatrex’s 1969 Beetle

@kirsty9169

 

So, was it worth the 8-hour round trip? Based down on the South Coast, we don’t often get up to Yorkshire, but 2017 is all about expanding our horizons and we’re so glad to have made the journey. It was totally refreshing to visit to a car show with so many different sorts of vehicles to lust over, and, although it’s predominantly a VAG show, there were still plenty of other marques being shown off – with no hatred (often the case at similar events). Of course, The glorious weather made the day even better, and it was nice to have the indoor part of the show to catch some much needed shade from the sun. No doubt, Elsecar at the Races will be added to our annual diary for the foreseeable future. Thanks to the guys at Only Charged Dubs for letting us tag along for the weekend, too.

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Ultimate Dubs 2017

Date: 11/12 March 2017

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

It’s been a long, drawn out, winter for us at Slam Sanctuary. So, we were fully stoked to finally arrive at Ultimate Dubs in Telford last weekend for the ‘show season’ opener. Hosted over a Saturday evening and all day Sunday, it’s a great chance for friends to catch-up after being busy with their normal lives… With the majority of people staying overnight, there’s plenty of time for social gatherings, whether it’s over cars, food, or beers – unless you’re too busy setting up and running a stand, like us, unfortunately! That’s because we’ve been sitting on the brand new Spring ’17 clothing collection for a couple of months waiting to drop it on you all at Ultimate Dubs. Well, it went down an absolute treat – we can’t thank everyone enough for almost clearing out the whole store. In fact, we’ve already had to restock a lot of items, which should be available through our online store in a few weeks time. We also supported our good friends at Distinct Detail Co. with debuting their new brand of boutique car care products on our booth – they’re definitely a company to watch!

 

This year we displayed Ben Rye’s ’57 Beetle (which we recently featured), Jack Royston’s incredible Type 3 Notchback, and of course, (with us being us) we had to have a BMW on the booth… in the form of Jack Williams’ E28, which was finished just a couple of days prior! I’ll let the photographs do the rest, sit back and enjoy…

 

Our Pop-up Store all set up and ready for the day

 

Jack Williams’ M52-swapped BMW E28 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Breyton’s

@j2xck

 

Ben Rye’s ’57 Volkswagen Oval Beetle on Air Lift suspension & custom 3pc smoothies
@oldrag57
(Click here to check out our feature on Ben’s Beetle)

 

Jack Royston’s ’71 Volkswagen Type 3 Notchback on Air Lift suspension & BBS E30’s

@notchjack

 

 

Richard Skinner’s ’83 Volkswagen Santana on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@g60golf1980

 

Parm Panesar’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LAS-R’s

@parm_m3

 

 

Dwane Thompson’s Vauxhall Adam on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@dwxne__

 

Vick Nagi’s Mercedes-Benz W126 560SEL on Air Lift suspension & BBS E28’s

@vick_nagi

 

Mark Riccioni’s Mazda RX-7 on Rotiform LAS-R’s

@mark_scenemedia

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform ZRH’s

@s30bmx

 

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E46 M3 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister R’s

@dte46

 

Jay McToldridge’s Datsun 260Z on Rotiform GTB’s

@players_jaymac

 

 

Ryan Stewart’s Alpina B10 3.3 Touring on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@7th.seal

(Click here to check out our feature on Ryan’s B10)

 

Becky Evans’ BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@queenb_uk

 

Jason Zeigler’s VW Mk7 Golf R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LSR’s

@f3jbl

 

Nicholas Pritchard’s Ford RS500 Cosworth on Compomotive TH1882’s

@63np

 

Kat Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform ROC’s

@kagggie

 

 

Max Lumb’s Porsche 944 S2 on Airdynamiks / Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@h1mvx

 

Julian Loose’s Audi B7 RS4 Avant on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Ispiri FFR7/FFR8’s

@julesloose

 

Ben Chandler’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on Rotiform SLC’s

@ben_scenemedia

 

Faye Collins’ Audi RS3 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform YVR’s

@xofsc

 

Jack Hogg’s Audi A7 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & AG AGL24 SPEC3’s

@hoggy_x

 

Alex Begley’s BMW F80 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula GT’s

@alex_3b

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 S4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 VR’s

@rachidlkk

 

Jordan Warren’s Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7 on AirREX / Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister R’s

@jay_l_w

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up OZ Futura’s

@onlychargeddubs

 

 

Alex Challinor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & BBS CH-R’s

@alexchallinor

 

Kristof Mombaerts’ Porsche 964 on KW suspension & Rotiform STR’s

@kleenfreaks_kris

 

David Paiva’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’

@davidzzz6

 

Black Sheep Belgium’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@blacksheepautomotive

 

Rob Kelly’s Audi C7 A6 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@rob_fitteduk

 

Sean Robbins’ bagged Datsun 240Z with BMW M52 2.8l engine swap on Extreme Offset Wheels

@seannaayyy

 

 

Ben Braeckman’s Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 LR 2.0’s

@benbraeckman_

 

 

Corey Nolan’s BMW F32 435i on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@corey.nolan

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@smithjack

 

Maarten’s Porsche 964 on KW V3 HLS suspension & Cargraphic Racing wheels

@dimmaman

 

André Neudert’s Volkswagen Beetle on Air Lift suspension

@andrew030bln

 

Sam Curtis’ Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & custom-built BBS RA’s

@_samcurtis

 

Glenn Sweeck’s Audi Allroad on Air Lift / Accuair suspension & BBS RS2’s

@sweecky

 

Bradley Mckee’s bagged ’78 Volkswagen B1 Passat on BBS LM’s

@brad_mckee

 

Auto Finesse’s BMW F80 M3 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & ADV.1 wheels

@autofinesse

 

 

Niall Fearon’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@niall_4n

 

Alistair Cox’s Porsche 996 GT3 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & BBS LM’s

@coxy914 / @ceautomotive

 

Angus Munro’s Porsche 964 on Air Lift suspension & BBS Super-RS’

@dubfordstyling

 

 

Liam Handley’s Volkswagen Mk2 Polo Coupe GT on BBS RS’

@liamhandley1

 

 

Toby Wilkinson’s Mk2 Audi TTS on StillStatic / H&R suspension & MB LV1’s

@milkytts

 

Alex Wright’s static BMW E36 328i Sport on ACS Type 1’s

@a4lexx

(Click here to check out our feature on Alex’s E36)

 

Marc’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC300’s

@maaarcmk4

 

Ian Kelly’s Audi SQ5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform wheels

@onenightinthemuseum

 

James Munro’s Porsche 356 Speedster on Air Lift suspension

@tosh_carrera

 

Yeah, yeah, I know… It didn’t seem like much of a ‘Dubs’ show, but let’s face it, that argument is getting old now. Times are changing, and there just aren’t as many people building Volkswagens anymore, or at least there aren’t many stand-out builds. Ultimate Dubs is much more of a trade exhibition these days, and if companies are building BMWs, Mercs, and Jap cars, then that’s what you’re going to see. We still did our best to showcase some of our favourite VAG examples, though – but we’re always going to photograph what captures our attention and what we feel is ‘cool’. We hope you all had a fantastic weekend if you attended, and you’ll be glad to hear that our next event will be entirely Volkswagen based, as we’re heading to The Volksworld Show on the 25/26th March!

 

BONUS GALLERY

 

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Ultimate Stance 2016

Date: 30 October 2016

Location: Telford International Centre, Shropshire

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

Additional Photos by Matthew Dear

 

Slam Sanctuary has just hit another milestone! One year has passed since debuting our booth, clothing range and pop-up store back at Ultimate Stance 2015. That’s one whole year of taking our brand and products around the UK and Europe, and I have to say, the reception has been phenomenal and better than I could’ve imagined. You are all making my dream come true, so thank you – every single one of you who continues to read the blog, purchase our products and visit us when we are out at events. I’m seeing more and more people wearing our clothing at shows – it means so much that so many of you want to spend your hard earned cash on supporting the brand. With that said, the return of Ultimate Stance this year meant that we had to top our previous efforts. Naturally, we returned to our favourite spot, the VIP carpeted hall in the Telford International Centre, with four of the UK’s best BMWs… representing the two worlds of suspension that we now offer, with Bekir’s E39 & Az’s E92 both on air, and Nick’s E34 & Alex’s E36 showing what can still be achieved on static coilovers. As well as having our new Autumn/Winter clothing collection available, we also brought down our sofa and TV with Xbox One S and Forza Horizon 3 for people to play during the day, it turned out to be a great hangover cure for those not wanting to do much after a heavy night of partying. Ultimate Stance is always the perfect end-of-season event – there’s always a huge variety of cars on display, and I’d say it’s a show completely different people and cars from the automotive world finally come together for one final blowout. Take a look at the highlights…

 

 

Xbox One and Forza Horizon 3 set up on our booth

 

AIR vs STATIC

 

Bekir Iskender’s BMW E39 540i on Air Lift suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@beck34ist

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i on BC Racing coilovers & custom-built 3pc Throwing Stars

(Click here to check out our feature on Nick’s 540i)

@nicksinghsahota

 

Alex Wright’s static BMW E36 328i Sport on ACS Type 1’s

(Click here to check out our feature on Alex’s E36)

@a4lexx

 

 

Az Riz’s BMW E92 330d on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX’s

@azriz

 

 

Prakash Thanky’s M52-swapped BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & CCW wheels

@prakash_thanky

 

 

Dan Guirey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf

@wrigleysmk1golf

 

Sam Duckett’s Nissan Pao

@the_static_bearded_bellend

 

Adam Jones’ Rocket Bunny Toyota GT86 (Stage 3 AVO Turbo) on WORK Meister M1’s

@rocketraccoongt86

 

 

 

Rob Blackwell’s Honda S2000 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110’s

@rob_blackwell

 

Nath Howell’s static Subaru WRX on WORK Emotion CR’s

@original_bath_towel

 

Nicholas Pritchard’s Supercharged BMW E91 M3 Touring on Breyton wheels

@63np

 

 

Barry Smith’s BMW E36 328i Sport on AccuAir suspension & 3SDM 3.19’s

 

3SDM’s wheel lineup

@3sdm_wheels

 

Danny Mellor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Airdynamiks / Air Lift suspension & 3SDM 3.25’s

@danny_onlychargeddubs

 

Sam Muccinni’s Vauxhall Astra VXR on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@sammuccini

 

Ben Anson’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@bm_bean

 

Chris Phillips’ static Lexus IS200 on WORK Equip’s

@chrispy_clean

 

Jack Smith’s bagged Mk1 Golf on Fifteen52 Tarmac 348′s

@smithjack

 

Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 330ci M Sport on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister S1′s

@e46_alex

 

Jack Smith’s Lexus GS300 on D2 / Air Lift suspension & Weds Kranze LXZ’s

@smithjack

 

Josh Parker’s wide-body BMW 2002 on 7Twenty Style44′s

@76build

 

Lala Miah’s BMW 635CSi on Air Lift suspension & custom-built M-system Throwing Star splits

@lamodz_official

 

 

Rory Hamilton’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W115 240D on BBS Mahle’s

(Click here to check out our feature on Rory’s Mercedes)

@rory_fourtyfour

 

Ben Fraser’s Nissan 180SX on Rotiform LVS’s

@benfraserbmx

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS’s

@s30bmx

 

 

 

Charlie Croker’s bagged 1977 Lotus S1 Elite

@kampfreddie

 

Carl Raine’s Fiat 126

@93carlraine

 

Sean Robbins’ bagged Datsun 240Z with BMW M52 2.8l engine swap on Extreme Offset Wheels

@seannaayyy

 

Beinn Dale Goodchild’s static Volkswagen Polo Coupe

@beinndg

 

Retro arcade gaming consoles set up in the ‘Retro Display’ hall

 

Oxford Car Audio’s Audi S5 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Avant Garde F541’s

@oxfordcaraudio

 

Adam Rhys Burford’s Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta coupe on BBS RF’s

@adz_infamous

 

 

Kenny Germeau’s BMW E32 730iL on BC Racing coilovers

@kenny_germeau

 

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ BMW E28 525i on D2 Racing coilovers & stepped-up BBS RS’s

@juangti86

 

Ford Focus ST Mk2 on Air Lift suspension & Jaguar wheels

@focairs

 

Kiran Halsey’s Rocket Bunny Toyota GT86 on Air Lift suspension & BC Forged HB29’s

@mrkhalsey

 

Dips Amin’s BMW E46 M3 ‘vert on Air Lift suspension

@dips346

 

Zak Hobbs’ VW Lupo on “Sudani-style” Compomotive CX501’s

@zak_hobbs

 

 

Conor Christy’s Volkswagen Mk4 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 TurboMac’s

@conormk4

 

Arfan Talib’s Mercedes-Benz W126 “Trasco” 1000SEL on BBS RF’s

@arfan.retrobling

 

Ben Rye’s bagged 1957 Volkswagen Oval Beetle ragtop on custom 3pc smoothies

@oldrag57

 

Plush Automotive’s Audi RS6 on AccuAir suspension & Rotiform SFO’s

@plushautomotive

 

 

Christian Pack’s bagged Seat Leon on VSP Type2’s

@chris_dvsn4

 

Mat Ward’s Eurocco kit car

@drummer_mat

 

 

Pete Blackhurst’s El Camino lowrider

 

Steve Townley’s Cadillac Fleetwood lowrider

 

 

’65 Chevrolet Impala ‘vert lowrider

 

Ultimate Stance really is a great way to end the car show season. Turning into an overnight event for those displaying cars and trading, it’s a bit more chilled, allowing more time to be spent with friends that probably won’t be reunited again until next year when the season starts again with Ultimate Dubs at the same venue. With some cool touches, like the Wheel Whores display, a Retro Hall packed with classic cars and retro gaming consoles free to play, and even a gathering of Lowriders outdoors… there was plenty going on to keep everyone occupied for the day. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this season of events in the UK, plus the few we were lucky enough to head over to mainland Europe for. Our next show will indeed be Ultimate Dubs in March 2017 – keep an eye social media and save the date when it’s announced. In the meantime, we have plenty of content coming up to keep you entertained during the winter months, so check back to slamsanctuary.com soon.

 

More info on Ultimate Stance:

Ultimate Stance website

Ultimate Stance on Facebook

Ultimate Stance on Instagram

 

 

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FittedUK 2016 – Part 1

Date: 31 July 2016

Location: EventCity, Manchester

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

If you were to step inside FittedUK’s new venue for 2016, you wouldn’t believe that they’re only into their third year of putting on events. Now, I thought their show was big last year, but this time they’ve taken it to the next level and beyond by renting out EventCity in Manchester. That’s 28,000 square metres of indoor space, making it the UK’s biggest indoor car show… Quite a step up from Wetherby Racecourse, leaving a hell of a lot of space to fill with cars, traders and public ticket-holders of course. The FittedUK team have been promoting this year’s event throughout social media and constantly teasing us with photographs and videos showing off the size of the venue – so turning up on the day before the show to set up the Slam Sanctuary trade stand was an incredible chance to see it all come together and watch Alex and the team’s vision come into fruition. To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect.. could they deliver on everyone’s high expectations? Well, sure enough Sunday morning arrived, the doors opened to the public, and rest-assured, people started flowing in. It was BUSY – all day long. Normally at shows, people tend to get bored towards the end of the day, but with an event this big – there was always something new to see. So much in fact, that we’ve had to split our photo coverage into two articles! So sit back and enjoy Part 1 below…

 

Ashley Scutt’s BMW 2002 Tii

 

 

 

Grant Owens’ Audi 100 on Rayvern Hydraulic suspension

@granty_gee

 

Sean Robbins’ bagged Datsun 240Z with BMW M52 2.8l engine swap on Extreme Offset Wheels

@seannaayyy

 

Aaron Gemmell’s Honda Civic EK on hydraulic suspension & BBS RF’s

@aaron1066

 

 

Tom Healey’s Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS’s

@texastom_lowcollective

 

Josh’s Mini Cooper on Airdynamiks & AccuAir suspension

 

Joe Yip’s Mk6 Golf on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s by Eighty8 Customs

@joe_onlychargeddubs

 

Yes, they even had Audi R8 GT cars…

 

 

Michael Yip’s Mini Cooper S on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & stepped-up BBS RS’s by Eighty8 Customs

@michaelyip14

 

Only Charged Dubs’ bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on custom Barrock splits

(click here to check out our feature on the OCD Merc)

@onlychargeddubs

 

Lewis Barnes’ BMW Z4 on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension & WORK Seeker FX’s

@__lewisbarnes

 

 

 

Danny Mellor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Airdynamiks / Air Lift suspension & 3SDM wheels

@danny_onlychargeddubs

 

 

Edward Johnston’s wide-body BMW E36 Touring w/S50 M3 conversion, Air Lift suspension & custom BMW splits

@edward_e36

 

Ethan Sexton’s BMW E30 318is on Air Lift suspension & Schmidt TH-Line’s

@ethansexton

 

Eden Cayless’ VW Type2 on Gotti’s

@eden__rh

 

Douglas Flockhart’s static Mk3 Golf VR6 Turbo BBS LM’s

@b19trx

 

 

Justin Appleford’s Audi RS5 on AccuAir suspension & BC Forged HB-R5’s

@scuffedrims

 

Gordon Milne’s bagged Mk4 Golf R32 on carbon BBS GT’s

@g_lowcollective

 

Tom Penny’s Mini on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Formula TR’s

@tompenny_

 

Brandon’s BMW E30 on AccuAir suspension and VIP Modular VXS210 wheels

@25_brandon

 

Amando Frijns’ bagged 1962 Deluxe Beetle on custom 3pc splits

@ignition62

 

 

 

Shaun Lewis’ bagged Volkswagen T5 on Rotiform FUC’s

@sl301

 

Jesse Cheung’s Lexus IS250 with Lexon Exclusive Rocket Bunny kit on D2 Air suspension & WORK VS-XX’s

@j8yuh

 

 

XenonzUK’s widebody Audi A7 on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension & LOMA RS1-SL’s

@xenonzuk

 

Sam Roden’s bagged Renault Clio 197 on OZ Futura’s

@samrodenn

 

Richard Smith’s Mk3 Toyota Yaris on custom Air Lift suspension by Only Charged Dubs & BBS RF’s

@r11xws

 

Bagged Ginetta G15

@cjimp

 

Hoho Chan’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS2’s

@hoho15_nmls

 

Jordan Clifton’s VW Beetle on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@jordanclifo

 

Prakash Thanky’s M52-swapped BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & CCW D110’s

@prakash_thanky

 

Mark Allen’s bagged Mk4 Golf estate w/Bora front-end on Eta Beta’s

@markvw89

 

 

 

 

Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on AccuAir suspension & WORK VS-XX wheels

@sole_flavours

 

Ruairi Coleman’s bagged BMW E36 on OZ Futura’s

@ruairicoleman1

 

 

Josh Neville’s static Honda Civic EF sedan on OZ Turbo’s

@biggielxws

 

Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911 “Porkchop” on Fuchs’

@corv26

 

Julian Loose’s widebody Audi B5 RS4 on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 RSI’s

@julesloose

 

 

Aneysha Wakelin’s static 1964 Beetle

@aneysha_fitteduk

 

Robert Cumberbatch’s Hillman Imp on Air Lift suspension & J A Pearce Magna’s

@robertiain

 

Jake Stanford’s VW Tiguan R on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform TMB’s

@jake_stanford91

 

 

Zak Hobbs’ VW Lupo on “Sudani-style” Compomotive CX501’s

@cgod_zak

 

 

 

Jake Clarke’s Vauxhall Astra VXR on Air Lift suspension & WatercooledIND MD1’s

@y16_jdc

 

Adam Close’s Nissan 350Z on VIP Modular VX210’s

@350adam

 

Jake Hilling’s 1965 Beetle on Air Lift suspension

@littlejakebmx

 

Dean Meeson’s Lotus Esprit on AccuAir suspension & custom Lotus splits

@dean_esprit

 

 

Having spent a few years visiting all the UK’s car events, the FittedUK team have realised what will and won’t work for the automotive calendar – mainly the fact that indoor shows are the future for this country due to such uncertainty with our weather. All their hard work that went into planning this event has well and truly paid off, and we’ve only shown you 50%! So make sure you check back to Slam Sanctuary later in the week to discover the second part of our coverage and the final words on the event. More cars, more halls and more platforms – how cool were those?!

 

CLICK HERE TO GO TO PART 2

 

More info on FittedUK:

FittedUK website

FittedUK on Facebook

FittedUK on Instagram

 

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Eurosunday 2016

Date: 29 May 2016

Location: Lommel, Belgium

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

Last year was my first outing to Europe to experience a car show, it was a last minute decision to head over to Lommel in Belgium with my friend Mark in just one day. The show completely blew me away, and I knew that it would be on my list for this year. After speaking with the organiser, Kristof, I decided it would be worthwhile to trade at the event, a perfect opportunity to offer our European fans a chance to pick up some clothing without having to pay the overseas shipping charges. Naturally, in addition to setting up our pop-up store, I wanted to make the event coverage just as special as last year’s. Therefore, this is one our longest articles yet – so a WIFI connection is recommended before you continue, unless you’ve got unlimited data! You’ll notice the best thing about Euro shows is the pure variation. The Europeans don’t seem to limit themselves at all, so you’ll see plenty of newer Mercedes-Benz’s, Jaguars and even new Fords on air ride – it’s pretty incredible to see, really, as well as the classic cars that have received pristine makeovers. Plus everything in between. With so much to capture, this article highlights the cars that made the event so special for us…

 

 

 

Costa Xouras’ 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 on stepped-up BBS RS

 

Ivo Kusters’ Volkswagen Mk1 Jetta on Air Lift suspension & BBS RS

@ivokusters

 

Kenneth de Bock’s BMW E92 335i on AccuAir suspension & OZ Futura’s

@kaydibee4

 

 

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Audi C5 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

& our C5 A6 on Air Lift / Bags by OCD / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform IND-T DDT’s

@onlychargeddubs / @henry_slamsanctuary

 

Only Charged Dubs’ Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@onlychargeddubs

 

Karel Spijker’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on Air by OCD suspension & custom Barrock splits

@karel190e

 

Lucy Barlow’s bagged BMW E21 on BBS RM’s

@lucybarlow1994

 

 

Davy en Ine Huygen-Cox’s bagged Ford Focus estate on Bentley’s

@davyhuygenphotography

 

Nick de Prins’ bagged Volkswagen Jetta

 

 

 

 

Timmy Hermans’ bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on BBS RM

@den_timmy

 

Danny Swartz’s bagged Beetle

 

 

 

Sam Wookey’s Volkswagen Mk1 Polo

@s_wookey

 

Stephan Calles’ bagged Volkswagen B8 Passat estate on BBS RS2

@stephan_calles

 

 

Fill Thws’ Volkswagen Mk2 Jetta on Gotti’s

 

Nick de Rond’s Volkswagen Mk3 Golf on face-mounted BBS RF

@nickderond

 

Danny Busker’s BMW E60 on Air Lift suspension

@beemer_danny

 

Diego Coppens’ Volkswagen Passat CC on Air Lift suspension

 

Sven Deridder’s Volkswagen Mk7 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & OZ Futura’s

@dub_gti

 

Tijs Van Breda’s Volkswagen Derby on BBS E50’s

@tijsvanbreda

 

 

Georgie Marlow’s Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension & BBS RM’s

@georgie22

 

Gary Morgan’s Mk1 Ford Escort

@gmbodycraft

 

Alan King’s Volkswagen Mk3 Scirocco on Air Lift suspension & Ispiri wheels

@a20kgy_rollingroyaltyoffical

 

Rene Sauer’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI on Zero-RS Racing centerlock wheels

 

Langer Patrick’s bagged Volkswagen Passat CC on 19″ Rotiform BLQ’s

 

Pietjo Pruymboom’s Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG on AirREX suspension & Rohana RC7’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s widebody Mercedes-Benz E-class W212 on AccuAir suspension & Ferrada FR3’s

@prestige_auto_couture

 

Jordy Mullens’ bagged Audi A4 on Rotiform BLQ’s

@jordymullens

 

Achten Nicky’s Volkswagen Beetle on Fuch’s

 

Kiran Mistry’s Audi 80 on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@blackman_k

 

 

 

Connor Hollamby’s bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E

@connorhollamby_

 

bagged Audi A5 on 3SDM 0.08’s

 

Quentin Allegretti’s Mazda RX7 on AccuAir suspension

@quentinrx7

 

 

Sam Curtis’ Mk2 Golf GTI on Air Lift suspension & custom-built BBS RA splits

@_samcurtis

 

Prakash Thanky’s BMW E21 on Air Lift suspension & Gotti’s

@prakash_thanky

 

Quentin Ghysens’ Audi S3 on Air Lift / AccuAir suspension & Awlest QG.001’s

@ragequitsch

 

Haps Gill’s Mk5 R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform NUE’s

@hapsss

 

Arnout van Brummelen’s Volkswagen Mk2 Scirocco on BBS E50’s

 

Rachid Ait Moumad’s Audi B5 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & OZ Ultraleggera’s

@rachidlkk

 

 

Jeremy Onyn’s bagged BMW E28 on Style5’s

@jeremy_onyn

 

Daniel Knight’s Audi S5 on D2 / AccuAir suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@s5_daniel

 

Mitch’s static Volkswagen Mk3 Golf 20vt on BBS RS

@mitch_mk3

 

 

 

Ollie Roberts’ Audi B5 RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & RAD48 PR’s

@ollieberto

 

RM Concept’s bagged Audi 100 on BBS RS

@rubenmellaerts

 

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2’s

@s30bmx

 

Jordy Vandergeeten’s widebody Audi A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BWE’s

@jordyvandergeeten

 

 

Guido Schreur’s Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI G60 on BBS RS

@g_u_i_d_o__

 

Guy Manilla’s bagged Volkswagen Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished

@plexuz82

 

 

bagged Jaguar XF

 

Thomas Putman’s Audi B5 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Turbomac’s

@b5_thomas

 

Roy Reimerink’s Volkswagen Mk3 Vento on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC042’s

@roy_jetta_mk3

 

Matthias Weertz’s Audi B5 RS4 Avant on H&R suspension & Vossen VFS1’s

 

 

 

 

Alessandro Costantino’s static Audi A8

 

Sven Raymaekers’ Audi B8 A4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@raymaekerssven

 

Gary Lux’s Porsche Panamera 4S on HP Drivetech suspension & OZ wheels

@gary_ggrounded

 

 

Kenaii Vanransbeeck’s Volkswagen R36 Passat on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@kenaiipsst

 

Mazda 6 on Vossen CVT’s

 

Vanoppen Steve’s Volkswagen Type3 Notchback

@nopke_lupke

 

Volkswagen Scirocco on BBS GT-2’s

 

 

Prestige Auto Couture’s Mercedes-Benz E-class estate

@prestige_auto_couture

 

David Petit’s BMW E30 M3 on PLS splits

@petit_david_

 

 

bagged Audi A4 Avant on Rotiform IND’s

 

Porsche 356 on BRM wheels

 

 

Gregory Granado’s BMW E28

 

BMW E34 540i on OZ Futura’s

 

 

 

 

What a turn out, don’t you think? Especially when the afternoon turned into rain showers, which was rather disappointing, although this didn’t seem to stop the attendees. Considering the poor forecast and dim day, the quality and quantity of cars was still incredible and bigger than a lot of UK shows. We all love Euro shows so much, it wasn’t surprising to see handfuls of British cars making it over for the weekend, too. So, if you’re thinking about heading over to Europe, Eurosunday in Lommel is definitely worth it. There’s plenty of accommodation locally for a nice weekend away which works out super cheap if you’re in a group, alternatively stay in Antwerp the night before like we did. It’s really not that far from the Eurotunnel/ferry. Anyway, thanks to Kristof and the whole Eurosunday team for having us. We’ll be back for the next chapter!

 

 

More info on Eurosunday:

Eurosunday website

Eurosunday on Facebook

Eurosunday on Instagram

 

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Shop Visit: Only Charged Dubs

Words & Photos by Henry Phull

 

The popularity of air ride has grown considerably over the past couple of years. Not only has it become more accessible, but many people have finally realised how practical it really is. With so many options now available, it doesn’t have to break the bank either. The question is, if you want someone else to do the work for you, then where do you go? Whilst there are plenty of shops dotted around the UK, Only Charged Dubs (OCD) have put out some incredible work as of late and are one of the few that go above and beyond to cater for the customer. The key word that comes to mind with these guys is variation. If you read our show reports, you will have seen plenty of their cars (and customers’ cars) pop up. They were kind enough to invite us up to their headquarters in Doncaster, South Yorkshire where we were welcomed with open arms. Spending a few days with these guys was more like hanging out with mates than visiting your typical garage – the whole experience was a pleasure. Although mostly known for their air installs in the ‘slammed/stance’ scene, the business didn’t actually start off by working with suspension. In fact, OCD is a lot more than just an air ride shop. So let’s take an inside look…

 

 

 

 

Catching up with the owner Matt Payne is always a refreshing experience. Unlike so many people in the industry, he’s completely open about his business and the community in general. One thing that has always stuck with me is that he’s always looking to solve problems, however big or small, so it’s really no surprise that his company has achieved so much. But how did OCD get to where they are today? “It all came about from my Mk2 Golf project. I was working as an apprentice for my local VW dealership when I bought my Golf, which I spent 3 years fully rebuilding from a 1.6 Driver to a G60 8v conversion. Fully overhauled, the only thing I couldn’t do myself was the paint work as I was building it on my parents drive.” Matt reminices. This led him onto the path of G-Lader rebuilds (superchargers found on the G40 & G60 Volkswagens – hence the name ‘Only Charged Dubs’), after other enthusiasts saw the work on his Mk2. He even started developing his own parts for the Golf that weren’t available, as you do. Slowly but surely Matt began to build a customer base on the main UK G60 online forum at the time.

 

 

 

“As well as doing more work at home on friends’ cars, word of mouth spread, leading to more and more jobs” Matt explains. At the time his daily driver was a Skoda Fabia, and to make this more practical he started to look into air suspension. Because he was starting to lug more and more parts around, Matt wanted to lower the car in a way that would accept the excess weight. “I managed to get a trade account for air suspension which led on to installing air to a friend’s car shortly before the Elsecar Megameet 2013, which made OCD more well known in the ‘stance’ scene.” he says. Anyone starting up on their own cannot wait until they’re in a position to quit their full time job and concentrate on their true ambition, I can tell you this myself from starting Slam Sanctuary. Well, for Matt this opportunity came soon after that Megameet. He said goodbye to his job at Volkswagen and set up shop in a unit next door to Darkside Developments in Barnsley. With help from their team, together they pushed the OCD brand forward by modernising the website, adding more products and providing the much needed extra space for installations and “crazier work!” Matt laughs.

 

 

 

 

After 12 months in his first ever unit, neighbours Darkside Developments decided to re-locate to a new premises, which meant that Matt could also move the business back to Doncaster, his home. Not only was the new unit on his doorstep, but it was also closer to Carl Atkins, the man behind OCD’s boot installs and custom fabrication, overall making it a worthwhile move. “OCD had reached a point where it could stand on it’s own two feet much better and was needing much more operating space, both for stock and workshop.” Matt reveals. They’ve just finished it off to a state where they are happy with it, with a brand new showroom and waiting room. Having spent a good few days there myself, I can tell you it’s a great place to be and hang out.

 

 

 

With the facilities covered, OCD can offer anything from VAG servicing to full-blown engine swaps and classic car restoration. “Of course, G-Lader services, parts and expertise is something we will always offer. It’s where my VW love came from and I still believe there’s nothing quite like a well tuned 8v G60 engine in a classic dub!” Matt points out. One thing I do love about OCD, is that they give their customers a broad range of options to fit most budgets. Unlike a lot of salespeople, Matt and the team won’t just try and sell you the most expensive product. This has been an aim of theirs from the beginning. “Everyone loves an R8 on air with expensive wheels, but in reality only a lucky 1% can own that. So we aim to offer the same parts, service and options to every customer.” Matt explains. The key to Only Charged Dubs? Offering a wide range of products of course. If you’re looking to bag your car, a look on their website shows that there’s several options. From the popular Air Lift Performance, HP Drivetech, AccuAir and VIAIR options, to brands such as Airdynamiks, Air Zenith and several BagRiders products. Plus, they even offer their own “Bags by OCD” branded items – which we’ll look at shortly. If there’s no kit readily available for your car, Matt and the team will come up with a solution.

 

 

 

OCD keep a large variety of stock on their shelves, from air tanks of all sizes, fittings, compressors, and tons of spares which makes them one of the few companies that can offer their people specialist items next day to your door if needed. This is always handy if any of your components fail and you get stuck. With shipments coming in every week from the USA, OCD are now the sole UK distributors for BagRiders (a large air ride distributor in the USA), meaning that you can order most hard-to-get items from OCD without paying those dreaded import charges if you were to order direct from the States. With their online sales ever increasing, Matt says that 2016/17 will show an even bigger expansion with more and more products being added across their range.

 

 

 

Only Charged Dubs recently introduced their ‘Bags by OCD’ range of air bags. The idea initially came up whilst they were working on their demo Mercedes-Benz W201. Of course, being a classic car everything on the Merc had to be custom made… “We found that there is an ‘ok’ range of bags to work with instead of independent springs. But bags that work over dampers are hugely limited, and the ones available are ok on some platforms but offer poor drop or lift on others depending on how they are set up.” Matt explains, “Plus there’s no options of sleeves over dampers too, meaning some cars with tight suspension space either have to lose out with no air option or undergo expensive custom work to the rest of the suspension.” To combat this, they launched ‘Bags by OCD’, a product that is moderately priced alongside most air suspension kits, which work and perform to the same level, but allowing a bigger range of custom bags. Designed to work with BC Racing’s Extreme Low coilovers, they allow customers to mount the bag on to the threaded body, sealing it to the damper giving the maximum drop and lift that the damper gives. Obviously this still allows for BC’s threaded body adjustment, dampening adjustment all round plus camber front top mounts of most applications. Most kits retail at around £1300-£1500 depending on the rear bag mounting. So far they’ve used these kits on a BMW Z4, VW Mk6 GTI and will soon be testing on a Honda S2000 and Lexus IS220. Plus, having universal bags readily available means they can be used on cars with absolutely no air options available, such as our own Slam Sanctuary demo Audi A6 FWD which we’ll be showing you soon!

 

 

 

Being the main UK distributor of Airdynamiks, this was the first time I had the chance to check out their products in person. I have to say that the build quality and attention to detail is second-to-none. After noticing them testing various car kits around 18 months ago, they got in touch and began working on a kit for their Audi C5 A6 Allroad demo car, a customers Audi A1 (and Polo platform) and their Audi Mk2 TT Quattro demo car. Based in Canada, the turnaround time on these products means a slightly longer wait, but it is definitely worth it. Sister company to Scale Suspension, who primarily build top end racing suspension for track, time attack and drifting, Airdynamiks use the same dampers which they convert into air suspension. “Their twist is using a range of air bag sizes to suit certain models of car. Giving a smaller air bag if space is tight but also giving a much better spring rating. A smaller bag allows for a high bag pressure at ride height, whilst using less air tank volume. So less compressor time!” Matt says. These kits come with threaded body dampers, dampening adjustment and optional camber top plates for most applications. “As well as anodized components, stainless hardware and powdercoated mountings these kits don’t just work well, they look the part too as well as lasting for years!”. I was so impressed with the quality of these products that we decided to make them available through the Slam Sanctuary online store, too.

 

 

 

“Our air suspension work is something we have grown slowly and worked hard to get to the point we’re now at. We feel we aim our work to an ‘OCD’ level of fit and finesse, being able to carry out almost any modification to a customers car. From simple suspension swaps, crazy show installs & wheel/tyre fitting and fitment.” -Matt Payne

 

 

 

I asked Matt the all-important question, what he thinks OCD are best known for?… “I’d like to think our friendliness and social side” he replied, and I completely agree. In fact, I often come across his comments throughout social media which are always trying to assist people, not just selling a product 24/7. That’s absolute gold right there and a rare thing. “OCD has always been something more than just a specialist shop. Friends and customers are always welcome to our shop to just chill out. We feel this is something that has quickly dropped from the scene and made things more of a competition than an enthusiasm.” he continued. The idea of bringing back this enthusiasm for the cars and seeing customers projects go from standard to magazine featured is what it’s all about for Only Charged Dubs. Plus, that VAG group technician training really gives them the upper hand when it comes to find their way around most Volkswagens, Audis, Seats and Skodas. That background has built Matt’s vision of keeping to a certain quality of work which he strives to keep to a factory level. “I’d always like to think should our work be seen at another garage their technicians wouldn’t notice what we’d installed against the factory components of the car.” he adds.

 

 

(left-right) Carl, Joe & Matt

 

With four main members of staff; Matt the owner and technician, Carl who carries out the boot install work, Joe who runs front of house – answering customers calls, emails and handling orders including packing day in, day out, as well as Danny who runs the graphic design side of things behind the scenes, Only Charged Dubs are some of the friendliest and approachable bunch of guys in the industry. Not forgetting, professional, full of knowledge and brilliant at what they do – so there’s no stopping them! With plans to completely overhaul their online presence this year by adding an even bigger range of air suspension kits, expanding on their coilover range in addition to a much-needed FAQ section and an overall easier shopping experience, it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled to their social media and website. In the meantime, you’ll find them at most of the UK car shows, so hit them up with those tricky questions for your build! Also, make sure you check back to Slam Sanctuary soon to find out how they got on with bagging our Audi A6 Avant demo car that we let them loose on for a few days.

 

More info on Only Charged Dubs:

OCD website

OCD on Instagram

OCD on Facebook

 

Near Doncaster, South Yorkshire?
Check out the OCD Open Day this Sunday 22nd May 2016!

 

Ultimate Dubs 2016

Date: 12/13 March 2016

Location: Telford International Centre, Telford

 

Words & Photos by Henry Phull / Additional Photos by Steph Clarke

 

It’s been a long time coming, but show season has finally returned for 2016, kicking things off last weekend in Telford at the one and only Ultimate Dubs. To most of us this is the big show to start the year with – a perfect opportunity to show off the new builds and projects which have been hidden away during the cold Winter months. With that in mind, there was pure excitement in the air – we’ve all been away from the car community for a a few months which seemed like forever. Not have we been away from the cars, but friends too – so UD is the perfect reunion! Plus, following our success at Ultimate Stance back in November, we decided to bring back our Pop-Up Store for this show, with plans to hit a lot more events throughout the year – so keep your eyes out for us. As hectic as it is trading at a busy show like Ultimate Dubs, we still managed to get some time in for the all-important photographs. So sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy what the modified car scene has to offer so far…

 

Our pop-up store all ready for trading!

Missed us? Check out the online store HERE

 

 

Pipey McGraw’s W8-powered Volkswagen K70

@pipey_mcgraw

 

 

Nick Sahota’s BMW E34 540i manual on BC coilovers and custom built 18″ Throwing Star M-system wheels

@nicksinghsahota

 

 

 

Shaun’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & OZ Superleggera’s

@greedforspeed

 

Kleen Freaks Belgium’s Caddy on Rotiform YVR’s

@kleenfreaksbelgium

@blacksheep_kris

 

Route 32’s R32-swapped Mk1 Golf on Air Lift suspension

@route_32_that_mk1_golf_

 

Kats Giles’ Audi Q3 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ-2 DDT’s

@kagggie

 

RAD 48’s bagged Scirocco on LR 2.0’s

@rad48

 

Haps Gill’s Mk5 R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform NUE’s

@hapsss

 

Prakash Thanky’s M50-swapped BMW E21 on custom Air Lift suspension & Gotti splits

@prakash_thanky

 

Radioworld’s Lamborghini Gallardo on D2 Air suspension

@radioworld_dale

 

Amar Flora’s static Polo 6n2 on BBS RM’s

@amarrrrr

 

 

Dan Taylor’s BMW E36 328i ‘vert on WORK Meister’s

@dte46

 

 

Only Charged Dubs’ bagged Mercedes-Benz W201 190E on custom Barrock splits

(click here to check out our feature on the OCD Merc)

@onlychargeddubs

 

Carl Atkins’ bagged Mk2 Golf 16v on BBS RM’s

@carl_onlychargeddubs

 

Danny Mellor’s Mk2 Audi TT on Airdynamiks suspension & 3SDM 3.25’s

@danny_onlychargeddubs

 

Matt Payne’s Audi A6 Allroad on Airdynamiks / AccuAir suspension

@onlychargeddubs

 

 

Josh Hall’s bagged Mk6 Golf on BBS RS (step-up from 16-18)

@joshmk6

 

Ryan Castleman’s bagged Mk5 Jetta wagon on custom built Audi A8 Winter wheels

@ryancastleman93

 

Guy M. Plex’s bagged Mk1 Golf on custom built 4×100 17″ Smoothies by 2Polished

@plexuz82

 

Juan van Oversteyns’ Mk2 Golf GTI 16v on BBS RS

@juangti86

 

 

Corbyn Dickason’s ‘Manila Green’ Mk1 Golf on BBS E75’s

@cdbmx

 

Richard Colvill’s custom Porsche 911

@corv26

 

Eden Cayless’ Type2 Bus

@eden__rh

 

 

Dave Paulus’ Mk1 Golf GTI on AccuAir suspension & BBS E50’s

@daveke1977

 

 

Eddy Chhlang’s Mk2 Golf on BBS RS

@clubgolfidf

 

Stefan Vandenabeele’s Mk1 Golf on KEAN Suspensions & BBS E50’s

@stefan_vda

 

Auto Finesse’s BBS-kitted Mk2 Golf on Air Lift suspension & Ronal centrelocks

@autofinesse

 

Auto Finesse’s Mk1 Caddy on Air Lift suspension & BBS E50’s

@autofinesse

 

 

Jamie Hitchcock’s static BMW Z4 on WORK Emotion CR2P’s

@bigj_223

 

Forge Motorsport’s Mk1 Golf

@forgemotorsport

 

Alex Hurd’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & WORK Meister’s

@e46_alex

 

Grant Owens’ Audi 100 on Rayvern Hydraulic suspension

@granty_gee

 

Vento R32 on BBS E50’s

@rawr_32

 

Brandon’s BMW E30 on AccuAir suspension and VIP Modular VXS210 wheels

@25_brandon

 

Matt Clifford’s BMW E81 840ci Sport on Air Lift suspension

@matt_wcs

 

Liberty Walk UK’s Mini Cooper S with their full LB kit & 3SDM 3.01 FX’s

@libertywalkuk

 

 

Kelly Holliday’s bagged Mk4 Golf R32 on HRE 501’s

@hrekel32

 

Plush Automotive’s Audi RS6 Avant on HP Drivetech / AccuAir suspension

@plushautomotive

 

Jay McToldridge’s G60-swapped Mk1 Golf on Rotiform YVR’s

@players_jaymac

 

Sole Flavours’ Mk4 Golf on WORK VSXX wheels

@sole_flavours

 

The Install Company’s Type 3 Fastback on Fuchs

@theinstallcompany

 

Steve Fraser’s Audi S3 Saloon on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform OZT’s

@s30bmx

 

Parm Panesar’s Audi RS4 Avant on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform KPS

@parm_rs4

 

Will Drayson’s BMW E92 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform BLQ’s

@will_dra

 

Chris Scragg’s Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform CCV’s

@fatlo_chris9n

 

Raj Sangha’s BMW M4 on Air Lift Suspension & Rotiform RSE’s

@rajsangha964

 

Vick Nagi’s T5 on Air Lift suspension & 19″ steels

@vick_nagi

 

Jack Dinsdale’s Audi TT on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Tarmac’s

@j44jdx

 

RIIVA Design’s Mk6 Golf wagon on Air Lift suspension

@riivadesign

 

Alex Rogers’ Polo GTI on Air Lift suspension & BBS RC041’s

@alexrogers92

 

Alex Begley’s BMW E92 M3 on Air Lift suspension & Fifteen52 Integrale SC’s

@alex_3b

 

 

 

Patrick Brennan’s wide-arch Mk1 Golf on BBS RS

@mk1_vw

 

Mk5 Jetta coupe on Air Lift suspension

@mk5jettacoupe

 

Still Static’s Audi B8 on Vossen LC105-T’s

@stillstatic

 

Matt Woodgates Porsche 997 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform LHR’s

@bagged_997

 

 

Mk2 ‘Shorty’

@motdate_mot_tax_reminder_app

 

Rob Palmer’s Mk3 Golf VR6 on ceramic polished BBS RS

@robg60

 

Balls’d Type 181 (Trekker)

@ballsd

 

Vick Nagi’s Mk5 Golf R32 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform IND-T’s

@vick_nagi

 

Tom Harding’s Mk5 Golf Edition30 on Air Lift suspension & BBS GT001’s

@tom_x3trh

 

Bagged Mk6 Golf GTI

 

BMW E21 Alpina

 

Craig Sims’ bagged BMW E28 on Gotti’s

@_craigsims

 

 

Conor Elliott’s static Mk2 Golf on Extreme Offset Wheels

@thatconorkiddy

 

 

Jason Bowes’ Audi A5 on Air Lift suspension & Vossen VFS2’s

@lordbowes

 

Ryan Stewart’s Porsche Cayman on Fifteen52 Formula LTW’s

@ryan_garage_midnight

 

Ben Hughes’ bagged Mini Cooper on BBS RF’s

@ben_r56

 

Dave Mcdiarmid’s BMW E46 on Air Lift suspension & BBS RF’s

@dmcd_46

 

Manda Fry’s Audi B8 A4 on Air Lift suspension & Rotiform SNA’s

@audi_manda

 

And there you have it, it was a long one so thanks for sticking it to the end. As you can see, we have another exciting show season ahead with some incredible cars, if Ultimate Dubs was anything to go by. We’d also like to say a big thank you to everyone that came down to support our trade stand – we were tucked away, so it does mean a lot to those that made the effort to track us down! Look out for us at upcoming shows if you’re interested in grabbing some of our clothing.

In the meantime, you can check our our web store (store.slamsanctuary.com) which now includes Air Lift, Rotiform, VIAIR, AccuAir, Airdynamiks and BC Racing coilovers in addition to our soft goods.

 

 

More info on Ultimate Dubs:

Ultimate Dubs website

Ultimate Dubs on Facebook

Ultimate Dubs on Instagram

 

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