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Project Pathfinder Part 7, External Shock Adjusters

By Mari Umekubo

In our previous installments of Project Pathfinder we corrected the sloppy handling and loose steering of our machine.  Our project is handling superbly, more like a sports sedan than an SUV.  Our next mod is one more for convenience than adding any additional performance.


 

project scion tc, painting the cage

Project Scion tC Part 3

By Mike Kojima

After Technosquare was done fabricating our cage we proceeded to paint the cage for corrosion resistance and a finished look.


 

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Project Nissan Sentra Spec-V part 4: Installing Sway Bars

By Mike Kojima

For racing, adjustable swaybars are important because adjusting the stiffness of the front or rear bars helps adjust the amount of under or oversteer a car will exhibit under hard cornering. Adjustable bars are critical as they can be adjusted at the track much faster than changing springs or other ways of altering roll stiffness to change the understeer to oversteer ratio when tuning the suspension to suit the situation.

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Technobabble: Irvine Syndrome

by Dave Coleman

How the Irvine company, the Emperor of Japan, and your bumpstop-thumping street machine blew up my girlfriend’s Sil80.


 

Best engineered cars of lemons 3 - the angry hamster part II

The Best-Engineered Cars of LeMons - #3: Angry Hamster PART II

By Dave Coleman

At 1400 lbs and 116 hp, the Angry Hamster has the power/weight ratio of an S2000. It packs a mid-mounted, 10,000-rpm V4 engine mated to a 6-speed sequential dog box, and puts its power down thorugh a limited-slip diff. Weight distribution is a dead-even 50/50, and the wheelbase is nearly a foot shorter than a Lotus Elise's. And all of it was built for $449.


 

Summer Road Trip: Silver State Classic Part 2

By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam

As the Silver State Classic is in all classes except for the Unlimited Class, a high speed TSD rally, it is critical to stay as close as possible to the class target average speed for the win. Of course this is harder in the higher speed classes.


 

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Wrench Tips #6: Re-Using Copper Washers

by Dave Coleman

Your weekly helpful hint from the MotoIQ garages. Enjoy!


 

Best engineered cars of lemons 3 - the angry hamster

The Best-Engineered Cars of LeMons - #3: The Angry Hamster.

By Dave Coleman

At 1400 lbs and 116 hp, the Angry Hamster has the power/weight ratio of an S2000. It packs a mid-mounted, 10,000-rpm V4 engine mated to a 6-speed sequential dog box, and puts its power down through a limited-slip diff. Weight distribution is a dead-even 50/50, and the wheelbase is nearly a foot shorter than a Lotus Elise's. And all of it was built for $449.


 

Project Scion Wins WERC Endurance Series Championship

MotoIQ Staff Report

The Scion road racing team added another highlight to their 2009 season with yet another championship. The six-hour win at Thunderhill clinched the season championship for the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC) series. The team won every race, save one, en route to the E1 class victory, for a near perfect record…impressive, especially in an endurance format series. The team also accrued more points (585) than any other team in any class in the series. The Scion tC race car was completely bulletproof even with the engine spinning 5,000 to 7,500 rpm for three to six hours straight.


 

Mazdaspeed3 SEMA

Wrench Tips #5: Retracting Pistons the Easy Way

by Dave Coleman

Your weekly helpful hint from the MotoIQ garages. Enjoy!


 

MotoIQ Project Honda Ruckus

Project Honda Ruckus Part 6: The Final Option, Tuning the Transmission

By Jeff Naeyaert

In our last installment of Project Ruckus we got our super motor tuned and running well, however although our acceleration was vastly improved, we did not see much of an improvement in top speed, only gaining about 3 mph before hitting the 10.500 rpm rev limit. To make matters worse, our Ruckus is now always topped out on the rev limiter. Doubling our power has enabled our bike to zoom right on up to its top speed but once that speed is reached, the engine is screaming at 10,500 rpm continuously. This probably is not the best bet for long life!

Read the Series Here!


 

BMC Tool Racing Update from Thunderhill - Saturday 12/5/09

by Eric Hsu

The trials and tribulations of endurance racing have begun. Shit hits the fan, but can we fix it?


Project Honda Ruckus

Ask Sarah-Hey Sarah, what did the cost of all the Phase 3 mods on project Ruckus cost?

By Sarah Forst

If bling isn’t your thing, you can skip some of the pretty stuff and save about $600 but to get to the 50mph, open your wallet. READ ON...

Got a Tech Question?  Email Sarah at asksarah@motoiq.com


 

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Wrench Tips #4: Sort Your Bolt Bucket.

by Dave Coleman

Your weekly helpful hint from the MotoIQ garages. Enjoy!


 

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