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Project V8 RX-7: Part 17 – Eimer Engineering Arms, Wheel Spacers and the Hunt for Perfect Stance

by Mike Kojima

In our last articles about Project V8 RX-7, we left you last with photos of our new SSR Professor SP4 wheels and Toyo R888 tires looking flush, but we weren’t ready to explain how we accomplished that task yet. With our Rocket Bunny aero kit giving us a huge space in the wheel wells to fill, we were going to take advantage of all of that.

Our car had to use all of the space for wide wall-to-wall rubber. More rubber means more grip, and with our LS3 providing the torque and power to use it all, we were obligated to do so. However, just putting wide rubber on a car not designed for it creates a few technical issues that, since we are MotoIQ guys, have to be engineered out of the equation. This means the typical spacer to fit and beat to match approach was not going to be a solution.


 

WATCH: MotoIQ Project V8 RX7 Suspension Update

From custom fabricated control arms to revalved KW V3 coilovers with HLS, Mike Kojima goes under Project V8 RX7 to explain everything we did to address the new suspension geometry challenges we faced when adding 50mm to each corner with a Rocket Bunny wide body kit.


 

Project F150: Part Two - Lighting Things Up with LEDs!

by S. Tate

Everything (and more!) that you wanted to know about upgrading your halogen headlights. We get down to all of the details in deciding which type of bulbs to use and all other factors that must be considered. We use our Project F150 as a test mule and show you how to do the installation.


 

TESTED: STEEDA Anti-Wheel Hop Package

by Billy Johnson

First iterations of new technologies are rarely flawless. When the Mustang ditched the solid axle in 2015 in favor of a 21st century Independent Rear Suspension, it transformed into a modern-day sports car with greatly improved ride quality and handling dynamics. Unfortunately, the new diff and subframe are mounted with soft, compliant rubber bushings that cause a significant wheel hop when launching the car and unwanted toe changes in corners. This affects drag and road racers alike. In order to eliminate these issues, we tested Steeda Autosport’s Ultimate ‘Stop the Hop’ Package and Adjustable Differential Bushing Insert System.


 

Motor Massive, Global Time Attack, 86 Fest: Everything You'll Want In One Place

by David Kim

Toss in a little Global Time Attack into the mixing bowl, add a little 86Fest into the mix, include a touch of Auto Club Speedway, then sprinkle in everything motorsport to make yourself a delicious treat of Motor Massive. Enjoy on a beautiful, but very hot, Sunday afternoon- the collaborative affair between GTA and 86Fest brought one massive automotive event to Southern California, and yes, I was probably a little hungry at the time of writing this, but this event catered to literally all forms of automotive interests. Want a slice of high performance Time Attack? Sure, it’s only a few steps this way.


 

WATCH: Project DC2 Integra Baseline Track Test 

We did some baseline track testing of Project DC2 Integra in almost 100% stock form with our friends at Global Time Attack. This test will allow us to find out just how much faster our future upgrades will make the car go around Buttonwillow Raceway’s 13CW configuration. With over 150,000 miles on the chassis, all original suspension components and bushings, no LSD, and OEM replacement tires of an unknown age, our GSR Integra was put to work on a harsher track that requires compliance and balance. We were, however, granted with upgraded street composition brake pads, rotors, and stainless steel lines for the test.

How did the Integra hold up to the tall task? Which upgrades do we predict to make the largest improvement in lap time? Watch the video to find out!


 

Project Mustang 5.0: Data Logging, Tuning, and More with HP Tuners nGauge

by Vince Illi

HP Tuners has been at the forefront of automotive engine tuning and diagnostics for Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler vehicles for over a decade now. Their VCM suite is used for tuning by professional speed shops around the world. Furthermore, HP Tuners is one of the only aftermarket companies who has completely “unlocked” the Copperhead Powertrain Control Module (PCM) used in Ford’s latest engines, including the Coyote 5.0 V8. Their VCM Scanner is available to consumers and can perform the vast bulk of factory-level diagnostic testing on a laptop computer—tools normally only available to Dealers using Ford’s expensive Intelligent Diagnostic Scanner (IDS) tool.

Recently, HP Tuners partnered with E-Motion products to create a new handheld tuner device with a twist. The aftermarket is already flooded with OBD-II tuning devices that run the gamut from good to terrible, so HP Tuners wanted to set themselves apart by making something that could do more than just standard tuning.


 

Sneak Peek: Killer B Motorsport’s KILRB1

by Khiem Dinh

Those who race a Subaru know the name Killer B Motorsport. They likely have a number of Killer B parts on their car, such as the engine saving Killer B oil pickup, which replaces the failure prone OEM component. Aside from their oil related products, Killer B is well-known for their unique and highest performing Holy Header too. KILRB1 is the car all those parts were developed on, and it is the highly regarded STi in the Subaru world for its top-notch build quality and innovation. 


 

Whiteline S550 Ford Mustang - Introduction and Initial Testing

by Mike Kojima

Recently, Whiteline obtained a late model S550 Mustang to function as both a test mule for their S550 chassis parts development program, but to also act as a rolling showcase for their Mustang product line. The Mustang will also feature upgrades to the engine, braking system, and the car's cosmetics to make it an all around performer. We will be documenting the build and testing progress here on MotoIQ. 


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Introduction (Part 1 of 2)

by Mike Kojima

MotoIQ recently suffered a great loss, our project Golf TDI. A victim of the great VW emissions scandal, we got a cash deal we couldn't refuse to return her to the motherland for whatever VW plans to do with all those dirty diesels. Although getting great money for a well-used car is always good, it still left us short one very versatile daily driver.  

So the search for the next MotoIQ long term project car started. We looked at a bunch of other cars to try to find a new unicorn. While we were in the showroom waiting on the sales dude to get pricing on something else, we sat in a C7 Stingray on a whim. The rest became history, and we finally found our next project!


 

WATCH:  MotoIQ Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Introduction

If you’ve kept up with us for a while, you know what we are about.  We’ve perfected the art of turning our "daily drivers" into "barely streetable" for the sake of best possible lap times on the tracks we rarely have time to visit.  Will this new Stingray project be any different?  

Watch as Mike Kojima goes underneath the Stingray to give his take on the engineering inside the C7 Corvette and get a little preview of what the future holds for our newest project vehicle!  For those of you who still like to read, stay tuned for our intro article next week!


 

#LeMansDay at the Petersen Automotive Museum

by Khiem Dinh

The Petersen Automotive Museum has started a tradition of holding a 24 Heures du Mans (that’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in English) watch party. This year, a little competition on Forza was also held to be entered into a raffle to win a set of tires from Michelin. But really, the Petersen Automotive Museum has a stunning array of vehicles showing both history and modern technology, so anyone should visit the museum regardless. 


 

Tested: Mirror Bright Vinyl and Rubber Treatment

by Mike Kojima

We usually don't get excited enough about car care products to write about them, but every once and awhile, we get something in the mail that gets our attention. Tire treatments are something we could usually care less about. The market is saturated with all sorts of goop to put on tires.


 

Project Lexus SC300 Road Racer: Part 11 - Engine Bay Wiring

by Erik Jacobs

When we left Project SC300 last, we had done most of the preparation work in the engine bay getting ready to start pulling the engine harness work. Now it was time to actually do the engine bay harness. Of course, some ancillary components needed to be wired and set up, too. Take a look at what we did.


 

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