Entries for February 2011

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2 Cars, 1 Bike

by Khiem Dinh

Different jobs require different tools.  What makes a tool great for one job can be the same characteristic that makes it difficult for another.  What is said about tools can also be applied to motor vehicles as a metaphor. The three jobs we are gonna talk about are: track work, romping through the canyons, and daily driver duties.  The three tools we will compare are: A 2005 Evo VIII, a 2005 Honda S2000 and a 2005 Honda CBR 600RR.


 

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27

 Fastlap with Billy Johnson - Willow Springs

Fast Lap with Billy Johnson:  Willow Springs International Raceway

by Billy Johnson

Willow Springs International Raceway (WSIR) is the oldest purpose-built road course in North America and has remained virtually unchanged since its creation in 1953.  The 2.5mile nine-turn track earned its nickname from its medium to high-speed corners including the infamous Turns 8 and 9.


 

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26

Whiteline Lateral Locks

Whiteline Flatout - Sway Bar Lateral Locks

MotoIQ Staff Report

Whiteline is pleased to announce its latest sway bar/ stabilizer/ anti roll bar accessory, the DIY alloy lateral locking system.  The lateral locking system can be utilized on factory, and more importantly, aftermarket sway bars.


 

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25

Lotus Cup USA

Lotus Cup USA Brings Lotus Racing and Track Events Nationwide

MotoIQ Staff Report

A new chapter in Lotus racing in the United States will be written in March of this year when the green flag drops on the first round of the Lotus Cup USA at Willow Springs Raceway.


 

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24

Total Seal gapless piston ring

Ask Sarah: Advantage of going gapless?

What are the pro's and con's of using gapless piston rings in a street motor?

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


 

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23

MotoIQ How-To: Customize Your Avatar!

Wanna get rid of those silly icons next to the comments you make on MotoIQ articles? We've had a lot of you ask us how to do that over the past year and we're finally getting around to telling you how to do it (officially)!


 

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22

Frankenmiata: Dyno Secrets Revealed For The First Time!

by Dave Coleman

Secrets? What Secrets? How about the secret to how we found 45 hp completely by accident? Or the secret to how we made 20 lb-ft of torque for $8.32?


 

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21

EVO X Tech Tips - February 2010

by Eric Hsu

The serpentine belt idlers on the 4B11T do not last very long. In fact they will probably not even last the factory recommended service interval. Read inside for the idlers you want to replace them with to ensure the belt doesn't break and you don't smoke an engine prematurely.


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20

 More Than the Sum of Its Parts

by Frank Ewald

May 2010
Two Drivers. Their eyes on two Championships. One Car. A lofty goal for any team, for our Father and Daughter team some considered it virtually unattainable. And when the car being shared is a 1992 Nissan NX1600 with a GA16DE engine, it is a goal that most would suggest bordered on lunacy.

September 2010
Two Championships! Katie is one of two women to win a CASC-OR SoloSprint class championship as she won the Touring 3 division. She is also the first woman to be in the SoloSprint overall top ten with a sixth place finish. She beat me soundly at TMP and Mosport to win the Father and Daughter competition. I finished 14th overall and won the Touring 2 division.


 

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19

Holley efi

INDUSTRY NEWS - Holley Self Tuning EFI Systems

MotoIQ Staff Report

Holley Performance Products is proud to announce the release of its complete line of Avenger, HP, and Dominator EFI systems.


 

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17

Project SipsterProject Sipster Part 7 - Sipster Indeed

by Dave Coleman

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the conclusion, but not the end. Now, with lots of goofy raw video footage and stories of RC planes!


 

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16

The Road to Abu Dhabi Part Two- Getting There is Half the Fun

The Road to Abu Dhabi Part Two- Getting There is Half the Fun

By Mike Kojima

If you recall, last month, Formula D Team Falken ace Dai Yoshihara got an invitation to participate in a Formula D expansion event in Abu Dhabi the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.  The event is going to be held at the Yas Marina Circuit, a world class F-1 approved facility on February 25th 2011.

Read Part 1 Here!


 

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15

Project Infiniti G35 Part 2: Improving Stopping Power with Brembo, Project Mu and DBA

Project Infiniti G35 Part 2: Improving Stopping Power with Brembo, Project Mu and DBA

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project G35 we set out to improve our handling with some suspension by KW.  To keep things in line with having a balanced performance daily driver we next turned our attention to the brakes.


 

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14

Project Lexus IS-F Part 2: We test the Joe Z/ PTS Exhaust

Project Lexus IS-F Part 2: We Test the PTS - Joe Z Series Exhaust, Video Inside!

By Mike Kojima

One of the bad things about having an unusual car like our Lexus IS-F is that it is, well, an unusual car.  The IS-F is the first attempt by a rather young maker, in this case Lexus to build and market a true performance car.  Lexus has a reputation for luxury with value and rock solid reliability, not a performance and racing pedigree.


 

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13

Preparing for Endurance: Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Preparing for Endurance: Racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

By Efrain Olivares

Magnus Racing is a second year team that has quickly made an impact in endurance racing in North America. The team, which will compete in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series, achieved a number of standout performances throughout its rookie season last year.


 

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13

Centerforce s2000 clutch kit

INDUSTRY NEWS:  New Clutch Kit and Flywheel for 00-07 Honda S2000

MotoIQ Staff Report

The Centerforce high performance DFX single disc clutch is now available for the 2000 to 2007 Honda S2000 2.0L VTEC 6-Speed.


 

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10

Project Garage Part IV: Air Compressors

by Sarah Forst

Many times I've struggled with stubborn bolts, cursing car manufacturers wth a number of expletives in languages I didn't know I could speak. Stripped, rusted, or fused, these bolts can make any breaker bar retire early and hit happy hour. Unfortunately if I ever wanted to mod any of my cars, my only other option was blowing off some steam… well, hot air really. My air compressor is not only convenient, but necessary.


 

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09

 

technobabble monkeypower

Technobabble - Redefining Monkeypower

by Dave Coleman

 

Automotive terms and definitions have a long history of being stupid and arbitrary, and I have no intention of changing that, but if we’re going to be stupid, let’s at least use monkeys.


 

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08

Project Mitsubishi EVO IX Part 5: More power

Project Mitsubishi EVO IX Part 6: More power

By Mike Kojima

We had to back up a little and relaunch our engine series getting help from our friend Naji Dahi and his company Looney Tuning.  We have known Naji many years from road racing as Naji is an avid racer.  Although Naji races Nissans he has gained a good reputation as a tuner for EVOs and WRX/STIs. 

Read More About Project EVO IX here!


 

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07

AEM Water Injection Monitor Part 2: Catching Our Mistakes and Upgrading Our Water Injection System

AEM Water Injection Monitor Part 2: Catching Our Mistakes and Upgrading Our Water Injection System

By Mike Kojima

Over the past few months in-between other projects we have been tinkering around with AEM’s water methanol injection kit on our in-house Evo IX project car.  You can read about the kit here.   A few weeks ago we installed AEM’s new injection monitoring system which you can read about here.


 

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