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1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II Retrospective Part 1: Introduction, Intrigue, and Quirks in Abundant Supply

by Corbin Goodwin

The rationale for modifying a Rolls Royce explained, and we shine some light on the design and features of this old British brute. Stay tuned to see the unique plans we have for this 1979 Silver Shadow II!


 

Project EP3 Civic Si: Fixing the @$#%! Steering for Good with SHG Motor Works!

by Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project EP3 Civic Si, we thought we had fixed our car's bump steer and wandering steering with a roll center correction kit and a bump steer kit from Hardrace. Our car had serious issues since day one. When we first got it, no one wanted to drive it because the car would wander around on the freeway and everyone was afraid of getting pulled over for drunk driving.

So, we installed a bunch of suspension stuff and finished it with the Hardrace geometry correcting parts in the front suspension. With the car finally handling well, which is no small task with an EP3, we were finally having fun driving it hard. All was good for a couple of weeks, but then the wandering steering returned with a vengeance. 


 

COMP Cams® GM Sportsman Tool Steel Camshafts

Industry Press Release

Custom GM Sportsman Tool Steel Camshafts from COMP Cams® feature core technology widely used in NASCAR, NHRA and other professional race engines for its high strength and profile flexibility. Special ST4 grade tool steel is available only from COMP Cams® and 30 percent stronger than SAE 5150 or SAE 8620 options. Due to its higher carbon content, it has been shown to wear less than the S7 tool steel popular industry wide, as well as case-hardened grades up to SAE 9310. ST4 camshafts are also superior to those made from induction-hardened or carburized steel cores.


 

KW - Adaptive DDC Plug & Play Coilovers for the Ford Focus RS

Industry Press Release 

KW Suspensions' new DDC plug & play coilovers will be available for the current Ford Focus RS III (DYB). The new DDC coilovers feature all new DDC valve technology and are compatible with numerous factory suspension controls. The great advantage, like with the OE suspension, is the driver can switch between the modes via the push of a button and the KW DDC plug & play coilover changes the damper forces within one hundredth of a second. 


 

Project G37S: Survived the 2017 Phoenix Monsoon

by Aaron LaBeau

Imagine what you think Phoenix, AZ looks like in August, and unless you've lived in the area or visited after mid July, you'd probably have the wrong image in your mind. Replace that dry and 115 degree thought with microburst type rain that drops inches of water in a matter of minutes. What started out as a normal afternoon commute home ended up as a serious choice of whether or not to drive.


 

People’s Choice Car Show and Parade of Garages

by Pablo Mazlumian

During this time of the year, every week in the Kansas City area you'll find multiple car shows or meets to feast your eyes on. I went to this one not expecting to see much, but a few minutes into I had to grab some shots to show our readers. Check out this tremendous mix of cars, ranging from current and old-school muscle, to exotics and hot rods, to Jeeps with machine guns, and a garage parade! Enjoy flipping through the cars and garages of the Carriage Houses of Johnson County and KC Automotive Museum. If you make it to the last page, tell us what you think of our new styling updates on one of our Midwest garages!


 

TESTED: BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil

by Billy Johnson

Changing out the factory transmission fluid for a higher performance oil is a common solution to reduce the notchy-ness and improve shifting feel. This is especially important in the Getrag MT-82 used in the 2011-2017 Ford Mustang. While we already changed out the trans fluid in our test car, Tim at OPMustang.com said I “HAD TO” try the BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil. I wasn’t really motivated, since the current Royal Purple Synchromax was already a big improvement over stock, but Tim offered to buy me a steak dinner if I didn’t think there was an improvement, so I gave it a try.


 

WATCH: Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Baseline Track Test 

So, you read the Part 1 of our introduction to Project C7 Corvette Stingray and probably watched Mike Kojima give us all of the engineering explanations under the chassis. You even read the in-depth breakdown of the LT1 engine. All of this information is great, however, what does it mean for the performance on a racetrack?

We gave our test driver, Karla Pestotnik, a few hot laps to give us some insight and a baseline lap time before we add any performance upgrades in 100% stock form. We hit the tarmac with our friends at Global Time Attack at a Buttonwillow Raceway 13 CW (clockwise) configuration time attack event.


Project DC2 Integra: Starting the Journey Toward Better Lap Times with KW Suspension

by Mike Kojima

If you've been paying attention to our DC2 project car, then you know in the last installment we took our car to Buttonwillow Raceway (CW13) to record its baseline lap times and to get some driving impression of its 150,000-mile suspension and tires. Surprisingly the old DC2 was not horrible and not the slowest car entered in Global Time Attack's first ProAm event of the year. 

However, we never settle for "good enough" at MotoIQ, so we're outfiting our Integra with a set of KW Suspension Variant III coilovers as we embark on the journey towards better lap times.


 

Top Lube for E85?

by Mike Kojima

Admittedly, none of us on Dai Yoshihara's Formula D team have much experience with alcohol. We all knew methanol was a superior fuel but highly corrosive. We knew it would require a lot of post event maintenance, which would include pickling the engine and fuel system by draining the methanol and running gas through the system to remove the methanol. However, we didn't expect to run into the issues that we did. We needed a solution and were recommended some things from other teams' crew chiefs that all came down to one thing.


The Tech Garage Low Cost Borescope!

by Mike Kojima

Just a few short years ago having access to a borescope was a luxury that few racers, engine builders, and hobbyists could afford. You would typically have to spend a few thousand dollars for one. They were not that flexible, in that you would either not be able to record images or would have to spend a bunch of money for camera adapters. 


 

Wrench Tip: How to Do Your Own Alignment!

by Nikita Rushmanov

When most people hear the word alignment, they think of two things-- lasers and alignment racks. There is a preconceived notion that in order to achieve an accurate alignment, you need a $50,000 alignment rack. That is simply not true. With a little ingenuity and math, you can achieve extremely accurate alignments without any expensive tooling whatsoever. When racers hear the word alignment, they think of strings and levels. 


 

Project GD STI: Making More Power with Cobb Tuning and Precision Turbo Part 2!

by Mike Kojima

When we last left off with Project GD STI, we had just installed our drop-in ball bearing center section upgraded Precision Turbo. In our opinion, this is one of the best drop-in, non rotated mount turbos on the market for these cars, however, we wanted to be able to turn the boost higher. This brought the need for a tune utilizing Cobb Tuning's Subaru Flex Fuel System.


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray: Introduction Part 2, A Closer Look at the LT1 Engine

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project C7 Corvette Stingray, we were doing an overall look at the car including it's mostly all new LT1 engine. As we were saying, although the LT and LS share the same architecture, they are indeed very different engines. They are so different that they only share a handful of parts. 

The LT1 is a vastly different engine that has a lot of development differences over the already excellent LS3 engine and deserves a closer look at some of its unique internals. Most of the differences are to improve fuel economy, emissions, torque and powerband width, but there are are some tweaks to make more power overall as well. Take a close, detailed look with us!


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