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AEM ETI Technology Enhances Cold Air Intake Performance

By Mike Kojima

If you have been in the game of modifying cars for 10 years or so and got your start modding compact cars, you probably remember the good old days when adding a cold air intake was probably the first or second engine mod you did to your car.  In those days a really well designed intake could add as much as 10 or more whp to your car's output and even the most basic poorly designed ebay intake usually added at least a few dyno verifiable horsepower.  A cold air intake was considered to be a good bang for the buck modification and thousands were sold.  Even the most mechanically inept were usually able to install an intake with a few simple hand tools.


Stainless tubular manifold

Project Nissan Sentra SE-R: Fmax Manifold

By Aaron LaBeau

In this third part of our series, we travel down to F-Max Fabrication in San Diego, CA for our turbo manifold buildup. Jhame Peters, owner and fabricator, was ready to take the SR20DE to a new level. His turbo manifolds for Toyota, Honda, Lexus and Nissan engines have proven to make high hp numbers and give incredible reliability. Still, we wanted something better than what was currently available and, at the time, we were willing to sacrifice durability to get better flow from an exhaust manifold. As it turned out, we got a lot more than we were asking for.

To read the series click here!


VIDEO: Climb - Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a Monster

Another video by our buddy Skylar Smith.  This one was cool because we were there and it shows all of the stuff we didn't get to see.  We were camped out by the starting line so that we could do a tech feature on Nobuhiro Tajima's Monster Suzuki hill climb special.  More inside...

Read about the Monster here!


Project Honda S2000

Project S2000 Part 4- Taking it to the Track!

By Khiem Dinh

The Honda S2000 is one of our all time favorite cars.  In stock trim, it is also pretty capable.  With its 50/50 weight distribution and low polar moment of inertia and sophisticated multilink suspension, the S2000 is pretty darned good out of the box.  So good that it's one of those cars that tuners often mess up and actually end up reducing the performance on.  Well hopefully that won't be us.

To see what else we did to project S2000 click here!


VIDEO: 24H of Nurburgring - Falken Tyre Takes 3rd in Class

MotoIQ Staff Report

This video was shot and edited by our buddy Skylar Smith of Falken tires.  We spend a lot of time with Skylar on the road, especially this year and he is one hell of a funny guy who helps make being on the road for long periods of time more bearable or even fun.

More inside....


Cosworth 3D Renderings

by Eric Hsu

Inside is a video by AMD about Cosworth using the ATI video cards for creating 3D renderings that were only possible with super computers and a ton of custom coding just a short while ago.




Engine Tech, Building the Nissan VG30DETT part 2

By Mike Kojima

In the last installment of our build, we delved into building the bottom end of our VG30DETT engine for the goal of reliably achieving 550 plus horsepower.  In this segment we will look into what was done to our top end including the cylinder heads to support this power level.

See part one about the bottom end here!



detonation damage to piston

Suck, Squish, Bang, Blow part 4- The Five Deadly Sins of the Beginner

By Mike Kojima

We all make mistakes, especially when we are starting out as beginner enthusiasts. Cars can be very unforgiving machines, especially modified cars that have been tweaked for more performance. Unfortunately many seemingly minor mistakes can have very devastating and costly consequences.

For part one of the series click here!

For part two of this series click here!

For part three of the series click here!


Project Toyota Tundra TRD Intake

Project Toyota Tundra Part 2, TRD Cold Air Intake

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

In our last edition of Project Tundra, we discussed why we selected what is now our favorite truck of all time. We basically needed an office hauler, capable of carrying parts, carrying our staff and towing race cars all over the place under all conditions.  It had to tow like a diesel and be reliable like a daily driver.

Read More about Project Tundra here!


Ask Sarah is my lube still good? oil shelf life

Ask Sarah: Is My Lube Still Good? (Safe for Work)

By Sarah Forst

Hi Sarah,

I got 8 quarts of Royal Purple 5w-30 and it’s been sitting for at least a year and a half.  Is it still good?    

Thanks -Will C.

Got a difficult tech question? Email Sarah at


ARK release

Sydney, Australia - May 2010, Part 1

by Eric Hsu

This is part one of a short series about my trip to Australia back in May. I've already covered the World Time Attack so in this series I attempt to minimize the amount of car stuff and cover more about my short stay in the wonderful city of Sydney and the new friends I made there.

VIDEO: Project Scion tC at Watkins Glen!

Check out Project Scion and her sister car taking 1st and 2nd place at Watkins Glen in World Challenge Touring Car class!  Congratulations guys!


Revenge of the Nerd, Track Day Douche Bag VIDEO

By Mike Kojima

A lot of us at MotoIQ are driving instructors for NASA, Speedventures and other groups.  As instructors we get all kinds of students, some good, some bad.  This is a classic example of a typical type of bad student.  More inside....


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