Entries for January 2011

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Wrench tips #23: tube fabrication tips

Wrench Tips # 23: Tube Fabrication Tips

By Mike Kojima

When hanging out at Costa Gialamas' shop, Gialamas Technical Innovations, we picked up on some really good ideas Costa uses when fabricating.  Costa has many years of fabricating experience in both the Motosports and Aerospace worlds.  This is not a story on how to build an exhaust, instead it's about some tricks we have seen Costa use that can help speed your fabrication. Check these few simple tips out!


 

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MotoIQ's Pacific Tuner Car Challange Web Site is Live!

MotoIQ's Pacfic Tuner Car Championship Web Site is Live!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Now it's time for the moment all of you motorsports fans and racers have been waiting for, the official launch of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship Web site!  All the information about the series is to be found on the site from the car rules, to competition license requirements and applications, event registration, spectator ticket sales and the 2011 schedule.

More Inside!


 

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100 MPG Madness: Project Aprilia RS50

100 MPG Madness: Project Aprilia RS50

By Mike Kojima

With the specter of high prices once again looming over our heads, we bring you yet another fuel sipping project; Project Aprilia RS50.  You might wonder what an RS50 is; it is really a very unusual machine.  It is a street legal, two stroke 50cc GP replica bike. 


 

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30

ACT S2000 Clutch Kit

ACT - SFI Approved Clutch Kits for Honda S2000

MotoIQ Staff

Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released new SFI approved performance clutch kits and components for the 2000 - 2009 Honda S2000.


 

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29

PFC Release

PFC - Z-Rated Kits for the STi & Evo

MotoIQ Staff Report

Z-Rated Brake Kits are now available for the 2004-2010 Subaru WRX STi and Mitsubishi Evo 7-9.  More details inside....


 

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27

Project Ducati Hypermotoard

Project Ducati Hypermotard Part III: Protection

By Jeff Naeyaert

It was bound to happen sooner or later, while riding Project Ducati Hypermotard; we had the unfortunate opportunity to crash the bike.  Although it was a very minor low side while going slow, our bike got off really lightly thanks to some crash protection we had the foresight to install and what got damaged allowed us to put a few more cool new bits on the bike.

 


 

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26

 faster

Project Sipster Part 6 - Faster Sipster

by Dave Coleman

 

If you want a Diesel to make more power, you just have to squirt in more fuel. If you've never tuned an engine before, this is the most obvious thing in the world. But if you're used to tuning gas engines, this is the most preposterously naive and wrong-headed thing we've said in at least a week. Diesels, it seems, are a bit different.

UPDATE! I just found the dyno chart!


 

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25

4 Stroke cycle- the power stroke, igntion timing

Suck, Squish, Bang, Blow Part Six:  Ignition Timing Basics

By Mike Kojima

Ignition Timing is expressed as the number of degrees of crankshaft rotation in advance of Top Dead Center or TDC, when the sparkplug is fired.  This kicks off the explosion of air and gasoline that pushes the piston down to drive the crank.  Since even explosions take a few milliseconds to develop, the engine’s ECU usually commands the sparkplug to fire a few degrees of crank rotation before TDC. 

For more engine basics click here!


 

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24

Ask Sarah ITB VS Carbs VS Single Throttle body

Ask Sarah: What's Your Intake?

By Sarah Forst

Hi Sarah, 

I'm debating going carbs or ITB's with EFI.  What is the advantage to using carbs over EFI?  How do ITB's perform over a single TB?

J.T.

Got a difficult tech question? Email Sarah at asksarah@motoiq.com


 

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24

Turbo: Once Round the Block

by Eric Hsu

Two videos after the jump of the development process of the 1986 Cosworth GBA 1.5L V6 engine. The video also covers the development of the ECU and car, but what interested me more was the 4 cylinder Cosworth BD that was built as a tester on the engine dyno and its failure mode. This was before the time of CAD, FEA, CFD, and all that computer mumbo jumbo. 25 years ago it was all about your past experience and empirical testing which is a lot closer to how things are done in most parts of the tuning parts market today.


 

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23

Progress 370Z sway bars

Progress Group:  New Nissan 370Z & Infiniti G37 Sway Bar Set

MotoIQ Staff Report

The Progress Group, Inc. has developed a new anti-sway bar set for the Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37.  Details inside...


 

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21

Synapse Diverter Valve Nissan Juke

INDUSTRY NEWS:  Synchronic DV Kit for 2011 Nissan Juke

MotoIQ Staff Report

Synapse Engineering releases their Synchronic Diverter Valve Kit for the 2011 Nissan Juke 1.6L Turbo.  It's a direct replacement “Plug & Play” kit that can be installed in just minutes!


 

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20

Lexus IS-F K&N Typhoon air intake dyno test

Project Lexus IS-F Part 1:  We Test the K&N Typhoon High Flow Air Intake

By Mike Kojima

When our friends at K&N heard that we had gotten an IS-F, they got excited and insisted that we try out their Typhoon high flow air intake system as they claimed that they had gotten excellent results in their testing.


 

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19

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!


 

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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.


 

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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:


 

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15

AEM Electronics In-line Fuel Filter

AEM Electronics - Universal High Flow Fuel Filter

MotoIQ Staff Report

AEM Performance Electronics is pleased to introduce its Billet Aluminum Universal High Flow -10 AN Inline Fuel Filter (part #25-201BK).


 

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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.


 

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11

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.


 

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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. 


 

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