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Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Malaysian Grand Prix

by David Zipf

Regular MotoIQ readers will know that I have a particular fondness for IndyCar racing. However, I also have a BIG passion for Formula 1. While the on track action can’t even begin to touch the excitement of the Indy 500, there is so much more to the sport than just what’s happening on track for 2 hours every few Sundays. In this new column (inspired by my appearance on the Cars & Popcorn podcast where we discuss the movie Rush), I will try to mush together all the big stories in F1 right now and try to turn it into a coherent narrative. If you’re a casual fan who wants to up your F1 nerd cred, you’ve come to the right place!


 

Pinnacle of Charm - James Deane’s Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15

by Andrew Jennings

A multi-time champion for nearly a decade in Europe, James Deane came to Formula D for his first full-year campaign in 2017. The season isn’t quite over, and he has already lived up to his reputation, outgunning the best in the business weekend after weekend. Here we break down the finer points of his partner in crime: the Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15.


 

Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to be More Drift Happy with Z1 Motorsports!- Part 2: Tuning the Differential and Installing the Ring and Pinion

by Rathyna Gomer

Where we last left off, we had disassembled, cleaned and inspected all the parts of my differential. Now the fun and important stuff starts- setting up my limited slip differential to work better for the specific demands of drifting. We will also show how to set up a new ring and pinion gear set.


 

A Gearhead's DIY: Toddler's Wheelchair

by Frank Ewald

A toddler floor seat. A cutting board. Bicycle wheels and castors. What is happening at MotoIQ! There is no motor anywhere and no licence is required! Well, it is creativity at its finest. First off, I have to confess that this is not my idea. There are a bunch of different versions of this DIY wheelchair floating around on the Internet. Is this one better than them- probably not. I am going to tell you about it, however, and that is where this toddler wheelchair is different. This DIY Todder wheelchair is not intended to be my grandson's prime form of transportation. The intent is to give him a means of travel at floor level, to encourage him to use his arms (which are gradually gaining strength), and because his parents and I think it is cool. The first step was to look for the necessary resources. There are a few different brands of infant and toddler seats that are designed to be stationary while the little one sits in it and watches the world go by. Collecting the tools is an important aspect of any project and, unfortunately, I had everything required so nothing new had to be purchased. Usually when planning out a project I figure out at least one piece of equipment that is a must have and, if it is not in my garage already, is a must purchase item. 


 

Sneak Peek: Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles

by Khiem Dinh

The Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles is just a mile down from my work office, so a few of us go there for lunch every couple weeks. There’s always some type of awesome race machinery in the lobby, and the cars are changed out every so often. There were some particularly tasty cars on this trip, so I whipped out the camera for some quickie snaps.


 

K-Tuned Integra Type R Update: The Road to Super Lap Battle

James Houghton and His Integra Type R

by Frank Ewald

The Integra Type R is and always has been an amazing car. Over the seasons that I have been writing about James Houghton's Type R, I have been amazed at how this driver and this car come back year after year, both of them better and faster, and have been pulling off amazing victories. He may not have always finished at the top of the podium, but he is absolutely on the podium and in contention! Lavigne Motorsports has focused upon fine tuning every aspect of the K-Tuned Integra Type R to enable it to be competitive. James is the first to admit that the competition with his long time friend and neighbour, William Au-Yeung, has been incredible and has pushed him to develop the Acura Integra Type R. Rumour has it that more cars are being built to tackle James and Will head on. There is no question, this is a moment in Time Attack where James is absolutely battling time. The real question is how does he keep getting faster!


 

Project Infiniti G37S: Suspension upgrade KW Variant 3s and Eibach Swaybars

by Aaron LaBeau

This is a pretty exciting step for us with this project because we can finally add some good handling characteristics to our car to go, along with the more aggressive wheel and tire setup. Despite all the beefy chassis parts that the G37 shares with the 370z, the G is starting to tip the scales as a bit of a porker and tossing this car into a corner really unsettles this car and the driver. We wanted to get the chassis setup right so that it’s fun to drive aggressively without sacrificing comfort- which is a lot to ask for.


 

Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to Be More Drift Happy With Z1 Motorsports!- Part 1, Installation

by Rathyna Gomer

Recently, I took my 350Z drift car out to a practice event at Irwindale's Thursday Night Drift. As I was coming out of a turn, I clutch-kicked in third gear, and heard a BOOM, stopping the car right in its tracks. Upon inspection, we discovered that my diff had fallen out of place! The bolt holding my differential to the subframe snapped, causing the diff to fall coming completely out of the car, which then caused my driveshaft to explode at the u-joint. Fun stuff. 

This all ended up being a blessing in disguise because I was in desperate need of rebuilding my diff for competitive purposes. In the 350z platform, the final drive gear ratio is a 3.50 which had been handicapping me significantly during competitions. Sensei Mike Kojima has been monumental in setting up my Z this year and one of the biggest changes was dialing in more grip.


 

Cars, Bikes, and Excellent Road Surfaces: Epic Euro Trip- First Leg

by Corbin Goodwin

Seizing a chance to finally experience a grand slog through the fabled old world, I set out to see if there was any merit to the machinery, laws, and landscapes of the greater European continent.


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Improving Stopping With a Chevy Performance Big Brake Upgrade Kit

by Mike Kojima

When we did our baseline test of Project C7 at Buttonwillow Raceway configuration 13 CW, we were pretty impressed with the stock Z51 Stingray's on-track performance. We felt the chassis was set up pretty well for the wheel and tire configuration that came on the car, and the whole chassis calibration was matched to the amount of tire the stock car had and the power level of the engine. 


 

Project Golf R MKVII: Fluidampr Test

by Isaac Sandoval

The Golf R is back for another round of modifications. Now that we have addressed the suspension and feel the car is handling the way we want it, it is time to move on to the powertrain. We are not entirely sure which direction the powertrain modifications will ultimately go, but the best place to start is by making sure our foundation is solid. In this article, we are going to be installing the Fluidampr crankshaft pulley, as well as doing some baseline Dyno testing on Project Golf R.


 

Project DC2 Integra: Truing up the Suspension with Whiteline

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project DC2, we greatly improved our car's suspension by replacing the ancient, worn out Koni Yellow shocks with some state of the art street KW Suspension Double Adjustable Variant III coil-overs. When paired with a stock front anti-sway bar and the excellent Comptech rear anti-sway bar that came with the car, we had a well-balanced combination that worked pretty well on the track and the street.  

All was good, but we wanted to go through the entire suspension and replace all of the old and well-worn rubber bushings in the car with new, hard polyurethane parts from Whiteline. This would bring our suspension up to snuff with the current best stuff out there.


 

Wrench Tip: How To Plug A Tire

by David Zipf

Flat tires suck. They're always a hassle and they ALWAYS come at the most inopportune or annoying times. As a former tire changer/ tire repair man, I've seen all sorts of weird stuff in people's tires: nails, screws, screwdrivers, spark plugs, large chunks of metal (I'm not making any of those up either).  In the old days I'd be going to a repair shop to fix my tires, but these days, I just do it myself.


 

Project AP1 S2000: Installing Hasport AP Differential Mounts

by Vincent Soto

Our Project AP1 S2000 is a daily workhorse. It’s almost 17 years old and is coming up on 140,000; the car has been a good reliable daily driver that sees some spirited driving every now and then. 

Recently, we discovered that the differential mounts on Project AP1 S2000 were torn and started to leak. Instead of going back to the OEM liquid filled mounts, we decided to just go with a more solid mount. After driving Project AP2 S2000 and feeling how well the Hasport mounts felt, it was a no brainer to go with them again! 


 

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