Entries for March 2014

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Project [Rotary] FD RX-7: Part 4 - Turbo System

by M-P Spierer

Designing and installing the turbo setup is one of the most enjoyable aspects of any build. There are many decisions to make when planning out a turbo setup and each decision has significant effects on subsequent decisions. It is a balancing act of desired goals and undeniable trade-offs. Many questions need to be answered like, am I looking to maximize mid-range response or top-end power? And, how much response will I be giving up if I choose one turbine housing A/R over another? These are questions that have different answers for every build. For this RX-7 we are trying to maximize response around a specific power limit without breaking the bank.


 

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Project Infiniti G20 Racecar: Making it Stick With APR’s Wing and Splitter

by Steve Rockwood

Project G20’s an aerodynamic disaster. It’s blockish shape leads to a car that makes masonry look sleek. As a result of poor aero combined with suspension balance in line with “loose is fast, don’t be a <sissy>”, we needed all the APR aero help we could to tame this bronco.


 

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Meguiar's Announces “Ultimate Sweepstakes” Enter to Win the Ultimate Car Guy’s Trip to the 2014 SEMA Show

Industry Press Release

Meguiar’s, worldwide leader in car care, is excited to announce that the company will kick-off the Meguiar’s “Ultimate Sweepstakes” on March 17, giving entrants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the ultimate car guy’s trip to the 2014 SEMA Show.


 

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Aeromotive’s New A3000 Fuel Pump Debuts In Style With Awards And A Trip To The Winner’s Circle 

Industry Press Release

Aeromotive is proud to announce the release of the all-new A3000 Fuel Pump. This new pump is an upgrade and redesign to one of the winningest fuel pumps in drag racing, the popular A2000 Fuel Pump.


 

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Motovicity Ticket to Ride - Scion FR-S Build Part 1

by Martin Gonzales

We are now nearing the end of our coverage of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride builds, but before we get to the results of our back to back shootout between the Ticket to Ride cars and their stock counterparts, we will take you through one more build. This time we make a stop in Alpharetta, GA to see how the team at SpeedForSale Motorsports was doing with their new 2013 Scion FR-S. The techs at SpeedForSale Motorsports are usually wrenching on chassis' like the MK4 Supra or R35 GT-R, so bolting on some performance to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Scion FR-S should be a walk in the park. 


 

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Project E36 323is: Part 7 - Cleaning Up the Office With Driven Steering and BMWPedals.com

Project E36 323is: Part 7 - Cleaning Up The Office with Driven Steering and BMWPedals.com

by Jonathan Lawson

There’s something to be said for having a comfortable and productive work space, and that goes for your regular work desk or your driving office. We decided to clean up the look and feel of the Project E36 323is office with a new suede steering wheel from Driven Steering mounted to a MOMO hub adapter, and with some new pedals from BWMPedals.com, all as a way to increase driver focus, and to simply make it look a little better.


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Kerryann talks about the California Superbike School

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

Kerryann mentioned it last week, she went back to school! Well, alright, it was the California Superbike School. She's actually been riding for many years so I'll ask her what she learned, relearned, and what to stop doing. We'll then touch on the bike she was able to ride on and get a quick review on it and the school itself. We'll also talk a little IMSA, Formula 1, and NASCAR to see what the hell is going wrong with motorsports in 2014. Got comments on what you've seen of any of these series? We'll have a Facebook hashtag for you to use so we can comment on it!


 

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TESTED: Crawford Performance FR-S/BRZ Power Blocks Intake Manifold Spacers

by Mike Kojima

Last week we got a text message from Subaru tuner extraordinaire Quirt Crawford.  Quirt was pretty excited about one of his company's, Crawford Performance's new products, a set of Power Blocks intake manifold spacers for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ FA20 engine.


 

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Project FR-S: More Rear Suspension with Cusco and Whiteline

by Mike Kojima

In our last segment we brought the front suspension of our FR-S up to the latest top standards with new parts developed for the car since we started developing our project.  Now it's time to bring the rear suspension up to snuff with some of the latest parts now out for the car.  Since we started out project, Cusco and Whiteline have come up with more parts for the rear suspension.

Our suspension had first gotten done well over a year ago and we used Suabaru STI parts in the initial stage.  We used Cusco adjustable lower arms and some Whiteline bushings and their first generation of rear swaybar.  As we are running tires much bigger than stock, (265 vs 215), the additional grip was causing a lot of body roll even with our KW coilovers and upsized swaybar.


 

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23

Project 350Z - Testing AEM's Short Ram Air Intake

by Mike Kojima

When we first got Project 350Z as a well used and beat up car, one of the mods the car came with was an Injen Cold Air Intake.  Since Injen intakes have a pretty decent rep we simply left in on the car.  However, when we installed the intake manifold spacer, we noted that the manifold was full of dirt and that our engine was a little low on compression for the amount of miles that it had.


 

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Whiteline Introduces The 2010-2013 Chevy Camaro "Vehicle Essentials Kit"

Industry Press Release

Now available from Whiteline is the much anticipated Vehicle Essentials Kit for the 2010-2013 Chevy Camaro designed to effectively increase vehicle stability and handing characteristics by targeting known problematic areas in the vehicle.


 

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21

“No Holds Barred” Corvette C6 Competition Exhaust Muffler System From Burns Stainless LLC

Industry Press Release

Burns Stainless LLC is pleased to announce the production of the Burns NhB Racing Exhaust for the C6 Corvette Z06/ZR-1 (2006 – 2013). The NhB Racing Exhaust is a serious racing-only exhaust system that amazingly sheds ½ the weight (25 lbs) off of the stock muffler system with a true 3” core diameter for improved flow resulting in faster acceleration and improved handling


 

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Motovicity Ticket to Ride - Ford Mustang Build Part 2

by Mike Kojima

With a few more ponies under the hood and increased braking performance, it is now time for the team at Performance & Styling to tackle the handling and power delivery of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang. The goal of the Ticket to Ride builds has been to showcase the performance gains that can be obtained from readily available quality bolt-on parts. and we now take a look at some of the better options available to keep your Mustang under control. In part two of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang Build we stay on target with a set of KW Varient III Coilovers, Exedy Clutch, STACK gauges, Whiteline swaybars, Watts link and more.


 

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Nitto Dura Grappler

TESTED: Nitto Dura Grappler

by Steve Rockwood

Tires on a truck are often ho-hum items. Most truck owners aren’t interested in shaving tenths off of lap times, nor are they generally interested in how well they perform at the limit of adhesion. Generally speaking, as long as it’s comfortable, doesn’t feel too dangerous, lasts long enough and generally holds air, most are happy to let them be. For our Nissan Xterra, while we’d like to say otherwise, we were of about the same mindset. When Nitto approached us with a set of their new Dura Grapplers, however, we were amazed at what happens when a manufacturer strives to make something better than just "good enough".


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Chris Anderson of KMC Wheels and Earl Fannin of Motegi Wheels

by Justin Banner and Kerryann De La Cruz

MotoIQ Radio goes "pro" thanks to Wheel Pros! First up is Chris Anderson who is the head of the off road wheels program and we'll talk about the domination of KMC Wheels at the Mint 400. Then we'll have Earl Fannin who works PR for Motegi Wheels. Not only did Motegi wheels score podium at the 12 Hours of Sebring, they also scored points at the Australian Grand Prix thanks to Sahara Force India cars finishing in P6 and P10. Have questions on their first Formula One points for this first time F1 car wheel manufacturer? Ask us in the comments or on Facebook!


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Project 370Z - Stillen Brake Duct Kit Install and Testing

by Clint Boisdeau

Brakes, the all so critical system of a automobile that turns momentum into heat as well as being the most important safety feature of any car.  Unfortunately they're often over looked or marginalized, even by those who choose to track their cars on road courses.  Seems as though braking upgrades are not nearly as "cool" as power or suspension modifications, even though braking is far more important.



 

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Posted in: Project 370Z
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Motovicity Ticket to Ride - Ford Mustang Build Part 1

by Martin Gonzales

You've seen the cars, you've seen the parts, now it's time to check out the builds! We kick off our Motovicity Ticket to Ride build series by visiting the team over at Performance & Styling in Manchester, Conneticut. In part one we take a close look at how the team from Performance & Styling turns up the performance output of the Motovicity Ticket to Ride Ford Mustang with the help of StopTech, Gates, BBK, Royal Purple and Sparco.


 

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5 Trick Fixes for High Mileage Cars: Get Better Power, Fuel Economy and Engine Longevity

by Pablo Mazlumian

"So you guys are really going to test that thing?"
"Of course, we're from MotoIQ.  Now make like a tree."
With five simple steps that will work for any car, we take a high-mileage minivan and make it run better on the dyno and in the quarter mile.  Yes, really.


 

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Deatschwerks New DW65v In-Tank Fuel Pump For VW/Audi 1.8t

Industry Insider

DeatschWerks has expanded its fuel pump range to now cover Volkswagen and Audi 1.8t applications. Brand new for 2014, the DW65v fuel pump is the company’s first application-specific fuel pump for the European market.


 

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Radium Engineering New Product Announcement: Catch Can Kits for FR-S / BRZ / 86

Inustry Press Release

Radium Engineering is proud to announce a new addition to their application specific product offerings. A comprehensive catch can system is now available for all 2013+ FR-S/BRZ/86 variants. The kit places the catch cans in strategic locations in the engine bay and is compatible with RHD, LHD and all aftermarket forced induction kits. 


 

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