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Afterhours Automotive Custom BMW 850 carbon roof

Afterhours Automotive's Carbon BMW 850 Roof!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Afterhours Automotive is one of the shops MotoIQ uses when we have a special project.  Master fabricator Brian Kono, owner of Afterhours is a very capable guy, Brian has built race cars from a pile of tubes and can do anything from paint to custom one off composite parts.  We frequently visit his shop and during one of our last visits we spotted a project so cool, we just had to share it with our readers!


Project Infiniti G35 Sedan: The Poor Man's M3

Project Infiniti G35 Sedan: The Poor Man's M3

By Mike Kojima

Not all of the cars in the MotoIQ stable are cutting edge performance machines.  Sometimes we do have to have cars that are practical.  Our current office car is a 2004 Infiniti G35 Sedan.  The G35 is an excellent car for daily driving, it gets reasonable mileage in the low 20 mpg range and has 4 doors and plenty of inside room for taking the staff to lunch or meetings. The automatic transmission for dealing with bumper to bumper daily commuter traffic makes jumping into the G35 to go somewhere a no hassle proposition.



Project Miatabusa Part 7 - Mounting the Gauges

by Dave Coleman

Last time we looked at cramming the Hayabusa's instrument cluster into the Miata housing, it proved to be a shockingly good fit. There was a very large unresolved issue of how to actually secure the Hayabusa cluster's circuit board, though. Here's how that project was finished:


We Test Synapse Engineering's Synchronic Blow Off Valve and DV Diverter Valve

We Test Synapse Engineering's Synchronic Blow Off Valve and DV Diverter Valve

By Mike Kojima

We have been friends with Synapse Engineering's chief engineer Peter Medina for a long time, since before he started the company and even before he had the ideas that launched its product line.  Many years ago Peter came up with an original twist for pneumatic controlled devices, a piston actuated control valve.  Not just any piston actuated control valve either, Peter's valve had an actuator piston with two substrates, basically two individual pistons coaxially divided on one piston head, basically a stepped piston.


AEM Water/Methanol Failsafe Device Evaluation

By Mike Kojima

We are very familiar with water and water/methanol injection; many years ago, we were one of the first to tune with modern water injection systems and took advantage of water's ability to inhibit detonation and provide charge cooling in forced induction engines.  With water you can run more timing, more boost, leaner air fuel mixtures, a combination of all three or just use water to gain a measure of safety and to control engine temperatures for track use.



Project Miatabusa Part 5 Wiring Job From Heck

Project Miatabusa Part 6: The Wiring Job From Heck...

By Dave Coleman


Yea, well, it wasn't really the wiring job from Hell, but it was damn near the wiring job from Purgatory, considering how long it took me to get around to mostly finishing it. Surprisingly, nothing about the complete de-wiring of the Miata's engine control system and the integration of the Suzuki Hayabusa engine harness was really all that complicated. 


 Wrench Tips

factory spliceWrench Tips #22 - Making a Clean Splice


by Dave Coleman

Splicing two wires together is the most basic of wiring tasks, and yet most people seem to do a crappy job of it. Those standard insulated butt connectors are crap. They're bulky, offer no strain relief to deal with bending and vibration, and it's hard to tell when they're crimped enough not to fall out. 



Formula D Abu Dhabi 350Z Dai Yoshihara

The Road to Abu Dhabi: Part One - Mission Impossible

By Mike Kojima

A few weeks ago Formula D Team Falken ace Dai Yoshihara got an invitation to participate in a Formula D expansion event in none other than exotic Abu Dhabi the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.  The event will be held at the World Class Yas Marina Circuit, a world class F-1 approved facility on February 25th 2011.


Annie Sam Project Racer

Project Racer: Back to the Track with NASA, Part Two

By Annie Sam

Our last article gave you a brief introduction to the learning curve for the average driver through the different stages of HPDE (High Performance Driving Event). As promised, this month’s article will give you a little more detailed tutorial on the basics of driving on the road course. Keep in mind that since this Project NASA PT car is an NX2000, the information given here pertains primarily to FWD vehicles, the typical drivetrain of many compact racing cars.

Follow Annie's travels in the world of Motorsports here!


Project CRG Go Kart: From Basket Case to Bitchin

By Mike Kojima

Lately the MotoIQ staff has been Karting a lot to get our speed fix for few bucks.  Running MotoIQ is an expensive endeavor and we have had to mostly give up racing cars for now to keep MotoIQ growing and strong. Looking for cheap used Kart parts on Craigslist one day, we happened upon an ad for what seemed like a lost cause.


NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill with BMC Tool Racing, Part 2

by Eric Hsu

In part 2, I cover most of the engine and some of the drama with the engine and engine installation. Racing's never easy is it? I included pictures of some of the engine's internals and components selected for the turbo Mazda DISI/MZR hybrid power plant.

MotoIQ's project toyota tundra

Project Toyota Tundra Part 4: Genuine Toyota Accessories

By Mike Kojima

We hate cheesy aftermarket accessories whose lower quality often degrades a cool truck like our Tundra.  Well we found solutions to all of our practical issues with a trip to our Toyota dealer who helped us out with some high quality Toyota genuine accessories to fix our problems.  Toyota accessories are built to the same quality standards as the vehicle and will not degrade your warranty.  They are also warranted the same as the vehicle and if installed by the dealer at the time of purchase, can also be financed through the dealer.

Read more about Project Tundra Here!


Fastbrakes New AP Racing Brake Kits

Fastbrakes Announces New Low Priced AP Racing Big Brake Kits!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Our friends at Fastbrakes have just added a line of low cost big brake upgrades using the famous AP Racing caliper line.  Fastbrakes has an extensive line up of big brake kits for many cars using Willwood calipers and the addition of AP Racing calipers simply makes for an even more impressive list of applications.


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