Entries for October 2010

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Project Nissan Sentra Spec-V Part 6: Modifying the Brake System 

Project Nissan Sentra Spec-V Part 6: Modifying the Brake System

By Mike Kojima

When we last left off working on Project Spec-V, we were modding our engine and suspension for maximum power and road holding. Since we have will now have power and cornering capability, we now turn our attention to the other important part of the performance trifecta, the brakes.


 

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Project Miatabusa depowering the miata steering rack

Project Miatabusa Part 5 - De-powering the steering rack the right way

by Dave Coleman

That's right; this installment of Project Miatabusa has nothing to do with putting the engine in the car. This may be the only Miatabusa strory where I don't mention the 11,000 rpm redline at least 3 times. Don't get used to it.


 

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KW Suspension Factory Tour

Industry Insider: KW Suspension Factory Tour, Part 1

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

We were stoked when we got a call from KW Suspension asking if we would like to visit their facilities in Germany a few months ago.  We felt like how Charlie in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory must have felt when he found that golden ticket for a tour of a wonderful place.  If you don't know who or what KW is, they are the makers of some of the best suspensions available for both the tuner and the professional racing market.


 

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Our Mike Kojima Guest on GT Channel's Dai and Taro Show

MotoIQ Staff Report

Team Falken Formula D drifter Dai Yoshihara and GT Channel Editor in Chief Taro Koki have launched a web talk show which will discuss various aspects of Motorsports and the Performance Industry.  On episode one, the show guest is none other than our Editor Mike Kojima who also happens to be Dai's Team Falken engineer.

Click to See the Show Inside!


 

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27

Annie Sam installs JWT SR cams in her SR20DE

Project Racer Part 8: Nissan SR20DE S4 Cams from Jim Wolf Technology

By Annie Sam

So what was the cherry on top of our Nissan SR20DE horsepower upgrades? S4HL Camshafts from Jim Wolf technology. What are cams? First, let’s start off with the term “cams”. Cams are actually the lobes of the entire assembly, which is more formally known as the camshaft. But, for this article, we’ll stick to calling them cams, as that is the casual term for the part. So, let’s give a little introduction on the basics of cams.

Read More Racing Tips From Annie!


 

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27

SEMA Industry Party

You're Invited!

If you're in Vegas for SEMA next week, come join MotoIQ and a ton of other industry names at Subaru's Industry Party!  This promises to be one of the best parties of the week so start your Wednesday off right with a nice hangover!  Email semaparty@gmail.com for the guest list and we'll see ya there!


 

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Posted in: Magazine
26

Project Subaru STI Koyo Radiator

Project Gen 3 Subaru STI: Keeping it Cool with Koyo

By Mike Kojima

While awaiting the development of some ARK parts for our Project 3rd generation STI we decided to prep the cooling system in anticipation of the future installation of power parts.  Turbo cars run hot and when being track driven most have problems staying cool, especially on our Southern California tracks which are mostly located in the desert.  We turned to Koyo Cooling systems for one of their race radiators for our car.


 

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26

JE Pistons

JE Pistons Wants You!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Do you have an engineering degree? Are you a hands on enthusiast?  Do you want to work in the performance and racing industry?  If so JE Pistons wants you!


 

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25

GST Motorsports

Redline Time Attack 2010: Round 9 - Infineon Raceway

MotoIQ Staff Report
Photos by Kyle Lewis and Courtesy of Redline Time Attack

Despite rain snow and sleet, the MotoIQ staff loaded our gear into project Tundra and fought our way up North for Round  9 of the 2010 Redline Time Attack Season. The event was held at the famous Infineon Raceway (formerly Sears Point) in the heart of wine country, Sonoma, CA. While the normal culture of the region is all about Hybrids, Cabernet, Merlot, and fine dining, we really could care less about wine and tree hugging. We could not find any fine dining either.  Most places were closed by the time we left the track.  The other thing is that everyone in Nor Cal thinks that fine dining is Thai, Indian or Sushi.  Don’t people in the land of hipsters and hella flush eat normal food?


 

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25

Joon Maeng Video

Ride Along w/ Joon Maeng at Formula Drift's 2010 Finale

MotoIQ Staff Report

Check out this cool video of our friend Joon Maeng at Formula D Irwindale. Visually,  It is pretty well shot and edited.  Indie film star, Laura Nativo, the person doing the narrative could have made it a bit better if she had done just a little bit of research about drifting before interviewing Joon and other Formula D stars Like Charles Ng and Chris Forsberg.  Then again the editing could have gotten rid of some awkwardness.  Jarod DeAnda, the voice of Formula D is pretty entertaining, setting Laura straight on her vernacular and observations of the sport.  Enjoy.


 

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24

Replay XD: World's Smallest Action Cam

Replay XD: World's Smallest Action Camera (VIDEO INSIDE)

MotoIQ Staff Report

Easy to use, mount-anywhere technology, rugged alloy construction and crystal clear picture quality make the tiny RePlay XD a clear winner for on-the-go video.


 

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Project WRX STI Brake System Upgrade

Project Subaru WRX STi Part 4: Brake System Upgrades

By Mike Kojima

The old engineers joke that “speed doesn’t kill, rapid deceleration does” applies to all vehicles capable of attaining dangerous velocities.  Since we have been concentrating on improving project STi’s acceleration and handling, we have definitely achieved the ability to reach deadly velocity on the track.  In our first foray onto the grounds of Willow Springs raceway we noted that perhaps we were starting to drive beyond the capabilities of the stock brakes due to the higher speeds that we were able to attain on the straights.

To read the rest about Project Subaru WRX STI click here!


 

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20

Synapse Engineering - Synchronic Diverter Valves (DV)

Synapse Engineering - Synchronic Diverter Valves (DV)

MotoIQ Staff Report

Synapse Engineering releases new Synchronic Diverter Valve (part # DV001A).  A compact, zero-diaphragm, high-flow Diverter Valve actuating within 25 milliseconds.


 

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20

Ask Sarah Forst

Ask Sarah: I Need More Track Time From My Water Injection System!

By Sarah Forst

I have a 1996 Mazda Miata with a Jackson Racing MP45 supercharger and an ECU controlled Aquamist water/methanol injection system.  The water tank I use is about 3/4 gallon in size, so when I fill it up with straight windshield washer fluid (no additives, just water and methanol) I'm running the tank dry well before my 30 min. track session is complete. 

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


 

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Posted in: Tech, Wrench Tips
18

Mike Kojima Revenge of the Nerd 

 

By Mike Kojima

My involvement this year supporting Dai Yoshihara and James Deane with Falken Motorsports in Formula D drifting has been a wild ride.  It was a very interesting learning experience as I finally discovered what the dynamics of a really good drift car are and how to set up the chassis to deliver the performance a driver needs to do his job.  Modern Pro drifting is probably the greatest challenge for chassis set up out of any sedan based motorsport and the SPD Metalworks crew works pretty hard to get the car just right for any given course. 

 


 

 

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Nissan's MR16DDT 1.6L Direct Injection Turbo Engine

by Eric Hsu

Nissan's exciting new MR16DDT engine has all of the features and stats that you would want in a kick ass engine. It also sounds like it may have what it takes to be Nissan and/or Renault's entry as the GRE (global race engine). Imagine seeing this engine in the back of an F1 car...

JDM video inside of an animated  MR16DDT going together in thin air.


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ACT - Performance Clutch Kit and Components for Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky

MotoIQ Staff

Advanced Clutch Technology releases a heavy duty performance clutch kits for the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Redline.  Kits have options of sprung or rigid hubs and pad options.
 



 

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Conrad Grunewald camaro drift car

Bitchin Camaro: A look inside Conrad Grunewald's pro drift car 

By Mike Kojima

Unlike the Song by the Dead Milkmen, Conrad Grunewald's Hankook Tire 2010 Formula D pro drift car really is a Bitchin' Camaro.  Conrad like many top pro drifters comes from a road racing background.  He won the 2002 Skip Barber Mid West Championship with further success in Grand Am cup and Rolex GT racing before starting his career in Formula D.  We first ran into Conrad when he was the driver of the Technosquare built Tanaka Racing Z06 C5 Corvette drift car.


 

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AEM Electronics Water/Methanol Injection Monitor

AEM Electronics - Water/Methanol Injection Monitor

MotoIQ Staff Report

AEM Performance Electronics new Injection Monitor System (part #30-3020), the most advanced, easy to use water/methanol injection safety system on the market is now available!


 

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