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PE Engineering's Racing Pedal Box: The Easy To Install Pedal Box

by Mike Kojima

When building a race car, the only way to get true brake proportioning is to install twin master cylinders and a balance bar. If you are not familiar with this sort of setup, we're talking about having a master cylinder for the front brakes with a separate master cylinder for the rear brakes.  The brake pedal activates both master cylinders at once through a threaded rod or balance bar.  As the balance bar is turned, the brake pedal's fulcrum point moves right or left which gives the brake pedal more leverage on the front or rear master cylinder thus adjusting the proportioning. 


 

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Project IS-F: Evaluating the Nitto Motivo Tire

by Mike Kojima

Our Project IS-F is still around, it has been quietly and reliably racking up the miles doing daily driving duties in and around Orange County.  Our car is driven at about 70% street driving and 30% highway driving. One thing we have noticed is that the car has a healthy appetite for tires even though the car is used mostly for family transportation duty. For instance, the factory Michelin Pilot Sports were gone after only 11,000 miles. 


 

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25

Steve’s STi: Doing It Right!

by Frank Ewald

When talking with Steve about his car you can sense the passion he has for his STi but also for amateur motorsport. Our discussions went on and on as we chatted about the car, friends we have met at the track, the challenges of building a car that performs how you want it to, and the joy of volunteering and seeing newcomers get inspired by track events. The heart of this story, however, is this 2004 STi which, when you get right down to it, has had almost every component and body panel modified in the pursuit of performance. And boy has it worked!


 

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24

Nerd’s Eye View: Ducati Panigale 959

by Khiem Dinh

The newest middleweight sport bike from Ducati gained few more cubic centimeters putting it awfully close to standard liter bike sizing. Of course, the bigger sibling Panigale 1299 has grown up to 1285cc. However, the 959 might just be the better buy with its upsized engine compared to the previous generation 899 and its price of $15k is right smack in the grouping of price on all the liter bikes on the market.


 

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24

MagnaFlow - Stainless Cat-Back Exhaust for the 2016 Honda Civic 1.5

Industry Press Release

MagnaFlow is one of the world’s most respected manufacturers of performance exhaust systems for both domestic and imported vehicles. It only makes sense then that they should flex their muscle on a new system for the completely redesigned 2016 Honda Civic with its new 1.5 liter turbocharged engine; a first for a US-bound Honda. The MagnaFlow Street Series performance cat-back will allow that new engine to breathe freely and sound amazing.


 

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23

DEI EXO Series Exhaust and Pipe Wrap Now Available in 30’ Black or Tan Rolls

Industry Press Release

DEI’s EXO Series™ Exhaust and Pipe Wrap provides superior heat protection for pipes and exhaust repeatedly exposed to abrasive or high impact environmental conditions. Whether it's hill climbing, rally, autocross, off-roading, or dirt track racing, the EXO Series thermal wrap is the most durable and rugged wrap on the market.


 

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20

The Alley: Enrique Perez's LS-1 powered TE72 Toyota Corolla

by Mike Kojima

In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive.  Much of our youth was spend modding these cars.  With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide. 


 

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19

The Life of Opy: Part 1 - Introduction

by Khiem Dinh

Joining the 2011 model year lineup from Nissan was this funky little subcompact crossover SUV. It had polarizing looks, but a spunky and fun personality universally liked. Underneath the quirky exterior laid a real performance foundation starting with a turbocharged 1.6L gasoline direct injection engine and handling more befitting of a sport compact. Throw in optional AWD and the Juke presented an interesting performance package.


 

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18

Polishing Project STurdteen with 57Xtreme Gramlights, DIY 5 Lug Conversion, and More

by Rathyna Gomer

While my S13 was serving as a POS missile car in the past, I had zero intentions of changing the stock 4-lug setup. However, as a part of polishing the turd I knew I had to start off by getting a good set of wheels that are good looking, light, and durable enough to withstand the tribulations of drifting. At that point it was a no brainer to go with the Gramlight 57Xtremes that have been on a few Formula Drift competition cars.


 

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17

Evaluating HKS Hipermax SP coilovers on the Mazda ND MX-5

by Mike Kojima

The Mazda ND MX-5 is the latest evolution of the Miata chassis.  We have found it to be an excellent handling car, one of the best and most well balanced cars we have driven.  We have, however, found the car to be too soft in completely stock form to really be fun.


 

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17

Holley Introduces Frostbite Aluminum Radiators

Industry Press Release

Holley Performance Products is proud to announce their all-new line of Frostbite Aluminum radiators.

These radiators are available in 2-row, 3-row, and 4-row units for GM, Ford, Chrysler, and platform-specific GM LS Swap applications. Dependable, reliable Frostbite radiators are perfect for trucks, off-road vehicles, drag cars, muscle cars, street rods, and modern-muscle applications up to 1,000 horsepower. They're available in down-flow, cross-flow, and dual-pass configurations, and all have more cooling fins per inch than can be found on lesser stock radiators.


 

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16

AEM Releases Vehicle Dynamics Module with Integrated Accelerometer, Gyrometer & GPS/GLONASS for Track Mapping and Chassis Tuning!

Industry Press Release

AEM has released its Vehicle Dynamics Module (VDM,PN 30-2203) allowing users with an Infinity ECU or AQ-1 Data Logger to add track mapping and chassis dynamics data to their engine data! The VDM provides G Forces, pitch, roll and yaw from its integrated 3-axis accelerometer and gyrometer, and vehicle speed, vehicle position and altitude through GPS/GLONASS coordinates and transmits it via AEMnet CANbus through a simple DTM connection. With a suggested street price of $375.00, there has never been a more affordable way to capture position data for track mapping!


 

 

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14

Wrench Tip: How To Fix a Faulty Key Fob

by David Zipf

If you drive an older car with keyless entry, you will notice over time that the buttons stop working.  The general solution is to simply replace the battery.  But sometimes that doesn’t actually fix anything.  Other times only one button isn't working while the rest are.  If this is the case, the real problem lies deeper and fortunately, it’s an easy fix with some simple tools and about 5 minutes of time.


 

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13

Project G37S UpRev Osiris Tuner

Project Infiniti G37S: Part 4 - UpRev Osiris Tuner

by Aaron LaBeau

When last we left our project in Austin, Tx we we’re making a solid 8hp from our Fast Intentions Exhaust and 10hp from the Stillen Gen 3 Intake. Over our last few articles we have lots of pictures of Donny and James from UpRev turning wrenches and now master tuner Omar Izaguirre cracks his knuckles and goes to work on the tuning.


 

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12

Project Autocross BRZ: Testing the Beastronix 86Nanny

by Bart Hockerman

Building the MotoIQ Project Subaru BRZ is always an adventure as is with building any car to a specific purpose. As the builder you always look for new products that may help the car or the driver to be more consistent. One thing many drivers of the BRZ, FR-S and GT86 have always complained about (besides the lack of torque and power) has been the intrusive traction (TC) and vehicle stability controls (VSC) built into the electronics of the platform. Subaru, Toyota, Nissan and other manufacturers have now been dumbing down our driving experience in the name of “Safety” or “to make is easier for the common person to drive” for years. With this in mind those of us who choose to push these cars to the limits or who find these nanny controls too intrusive for even daily driving are now forced to find workarounds to disable these nannies.

One such unit has been developed to literally be the easy button for this problem in the BRZ, FR-S and GT86 by Beastronix.


 

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11

Squirrel Power: Making our Suzuki FA50 Road Worthy

by David Zipf

When we picked up our 1982 Suzuki FA50 last winter, we spent all our time and effort making the old bird run.  And we succeeded!  But before we put some real miles under this old beast, we need to make it safer.  There are no mirrors and seeing as we will be slower than just about everything other than James May in an electric wheelchair, we really need to see what’s behind us when we stop or turn.  The front brakes are worn out, so we only have rear brakes to slow us down (and they are only slightly better).  The tires are rotten.  And we have no exhaust, so this thing is unbearably LOUD!!!  So let’s make our little bike safer, more reliable, and ready for emergency parts running.


 

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10

Product Development Testing with KW Suspension

by Mike Kojima

If you are interested in the way a suspension company does R&D, take a look at how a typical test session for KW Suspension goes.  We tagged along on the final calibration confirmation of KW's latest 3-Way adjustable Club Sport suspension for the BMW M2.


 

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10

Wiring Specialties 1JZ VVTI Plug 'N Play Harness

Industry Press Release

The time has finally come, the answer to your prayers, emails, calls and smoke signals. 1JZ VVTI pro harness is now ready for pre-orders!

Developed in house on an actual JDM VVTI engine to ensure a perfect fit to all engine sensors.

Designed for a 'Tucked' clean installation.


 

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09

Hooker BlackHeart Exhaust Products for C6 and C7 Corvettes

Industry Press Release

Holley is proud to announce the release of new Hooker BlackHeart exhaust products for C6 and C7 Corvettes. All Hooker BlackHeart products for C6 and C7 Corvettes are constructed of 18-gauge 304 stainless steel, which is meticulously hand-welded by the BlackHeart team in Bowling Green, KY for strength, longevity, and good looks. Tube geometry is designed for maximum ground clearance and a hassle-free installation that utilizes the OEM exhaust hangers. Exhaust systems are available with no mufflers, high-flow straight through mufflers, or dual mode mufflers designed to work with GM's factory NPP valve actuator. The exhaust then exits through 4" dual wall polished 304 stainless steel tips that are laser etched with the Hooker BlackHeart logo.


 

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07

Modeling Braking: Braking Harder Means Less Brake Fade

by Khiem Dinh

Almost every novice to track day driving exhibits the same fault; they do not brake hard enough.  I was guilty of this myself and I remember vividly plowing through many corners at my first auto-x killing a few cones along the way.  Whenever I do driving instruction, I almost always have to tell the student to brake later and harder.  It should be obvious that braking harder and later improves lap times.  However, braking harder versus braking lightly and longer can also reduce heat buildup in the brake system reducing fade.  To prove this theory, I made a little mathematical model.


 

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