Quality Counts

When first receiving the invitation to the 1st ever Quality Counts Pop-up meet I was expecting a modest turnout, dominated mostly by Subaru. Lower Standards rolled into the show fashionably late, scraping underbody up 4 stories of the parking structure. The turnout was impressive with a good mix of JDM, euro, and even American cars. (more…)

OEMeticulous Plus – Matt Christensen’s Cabriolet

As trends come and go in the Volkswagen scene, one style has seemed to not only hold it’s own, but taken off in popularity over the last few years.  OEM Plus is arguably one of the cleanest styles in the import car scene. Maybe it’s the subtlety of the modifications that make one do a double take.  Maybe it’s the intricately well planned simplicity of creating a modified “version” of what Volkswagen would have produced if they churned out factory modified cars from Wolfsburg or Puebla.

Enter Matt Christensen’s 1993 Cabriolet…. (more…)

Sunday Morning

With the arrival of what we consider “nice” weather in the Midwest, many of us at LS have been getting projects wrapped up and spending some time behind the wheels of our cars.  With full blown show season just a week away, LS has been working hard on hammering out the details for our show,  planned for October 12th this year.   With this being our first show, we’ve found out how much work goes into planning an event and have gained a new level of appreciation and respect for shows that have been around for years. (more…)

LSHQ

A constant light peering through the tiny rectangular entry door window accompanied by the muffled sound of 90s hip hop tracks can only mean one thing…..show season is right around the corner and there’s work to be done. The magic of Lower Standards all takes place at a shop in the suburbs of Milwaukee, which has been dubbed “LSHQ”.

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And we became brothers

Lower Standards started in 2007 as a group of friends who all shared the common interest in lowered Volkswagens and Audis.  The group began its humble roots on VWVortex’s midwest forum as the Lower Standards thread, which still exists today.  The thread became a place to share ideas and pictures.  As the thread and its following grew, friendships began to form through get togethers and car shows.  Guys became good friends over this common love of near non-functionally low cars.  It didn’t matter whether we were hanging out in a parking lot or a garage. It was always a good time. (more…)