By Mike Kojima
Stillen’s air intake came with some large power claims and we were skeptical. We had tested several other 370Z air intakes and had noted either small or no gains at all. The stock 370 has a really efficient air intake to begin with. The engines intake plenum is fed by two generously sized throttle bodies leading to twin intake tubes, twin mass air flow sensors, and two large airboxes with big filter elements both sucking cold air from in front of the core support. It doesn’t get much better than this. Our opinions were solidified by the fact that some air intake companies have given up on the 370Z after not getting any power gains or these ones that have made it to market have gotten very small gains if at all.
Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage
By Martin Gonzales and Steve Rockwood
Accidents, the downers of all motor sport related activities, and reminders that things don't always go as planned. Though spinning out of control or taking Dukes of Hazard jumps are not part of anyone's dreams of racing glory, it doesn't mean shit has to happen before preparing for the worst..
MotoIQ Staff Report
If you drive a Nissan S13 240SX, S14 240SX, S15 Silvia, Z32 300ZX or R32 GT-R and do some serious track work, you have probably been frustrated by the lack of adjustment range of the stock links. You have also probably experienced the awful twitchiness of the rear suspension. This is largely due to the huge amounts of soft squishy rubber in the many bushings of the multilink rear suspension.
By Annie Sam
Maneuvering nimbly through the grocery store parking lot with your kick-ass suspension set up has also probably lost its thrill by this point, leaving you wanting more. But, where do you go? How do you start? Now that you've finally decided to get off that bench and into the drivers seat, let's introduce you to the world of racing, real racing.
By Jeff Naeyaert
The venerable Mistsubishi EVO is a known commodity in the tuning world. It seems that wherever you look you see EVO’s and it also seems, at least in our Southern California locale that a stock EVO is about as common as a Ferrari Enzo. The EVO IX was the final evolutionary development of the superb, destined to become a classic CT9A chassis which includes the EVO VII, VIII and IX. The features that define an IX are the changes made to the legendary 4G63 engine to make it even better than its predecessors.
Nitto NT05 Tire Review
MotoIQ Staff Report
Although the Nitto NT05 was released a few months ago and is now somewhat old news, we would still like to report on it as we were part of the team that help conceptualize the tire from when it was proposed a few years ago. Because of this attraction we are proud to see it on the market. Although Nitto has always had good product in its DOT Race and street tire market classes, Nitto was notably absent in offerings in the highest niche of ultra high performance near race, street legal tires.
Project Honda Ruckus Part One
By Jeff Naeyaert
In typical MotoIQ fashion we decided that our Ruck was going to need some help in the suspension, handling and brakes department before we increased the power to help keep things safe. We had almost rear ended cars due to weak brakes and ended up doing a flying W by hitting a water dip at 35 mph on the street. Although this sounds somewhat comical, it was not safe and had to be addressed.
By Charlie Barnes
For all you dreamers and customizers alike who wondered what the Nissan 370Z looked like in different skins, one thing we all have in common is the desire to put our "wonders" into some sort of reality. I wanted to see what making my own wallpaper...
Mario's Wall of Wisdom
Sometime late last year, I cruised by Toespeed Fabrication to meet up with Tod. Mario is the local 510 guru and master fabricator. If you can think of it, Mario can design it. Or if you can’t think of it and just want it done, give Mario a call if you have a budget (good fabrication isn’t cheap). If you’ve seen buff 510s around southern California like Tod’s, chances are Mario built it. In his shop was a wall with writing all over it. I dubbed it the “...
By Sarah Forst
A header is one of the first bolt-on modifications most tuners undertake but there are many factors involved in how to choose the best header design for your ride. Let’s get into the detail behind header design and how to choose what will work for your ride! Part 1 of this article will discuss the components of a header and the materials used to manufacture them. Part 2 will go into detail on how a header makes power and what design will produce your desired powerband.
By Frank Ewald
“If I had just a couple of more laps, I would have caught you!”
How many times have you heard that while you were out at the track? Did you smile and brush them off? Or were you worried because you could tell that they really and truly were starting to take chunks out of your time? And are you man enough to be beaten by a woman! How about a woman driving a "lowly" Nissan NX1600 powered by an underdog 1600cc GA16DE.
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By Mike Kojima
A lot of you are probably familiar with me and my name, you probably know me from the pages of Sport Compact Car Magazine. I have been actively involved with the publication of SCC for the last 14 years since editor Larry Saavedra "discovered" me as a writer in early 1995. Larry was the one largely responsible for elevating SCC to its position as the premier tech based magazine for the import/compact performance market.
By Dave Coleman
The epidemic of bad driving in America starts with your mom, or whomever it was who napped through the critical job of teaching you how to drive. I've been shocked by the kinds of people I catch downshifting with a lurching clutch drag. Hard-core car enthusiasts, drag racers, auto executives, automotive journalists… the guilty are all around us.