Entries for April 2009

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Got a Tech Question?  Ask Sarah!

Email asksarah@motoiq.com

By Sarah Forst

I have a 1996 200sx Se-R and I had a GTI-R Pulsar motor put in it. I want to upgrade the brakes.  In your book, “How to Build Performance Nissan Sport Compacts,” you mention some upgrades. One in particular is the Fastbrakes upgrade kit for the front brakes that uses NX2000 (AD22VF) calipers, rotors, and pads. And for the back brakes upgrade kit, using the 1995-1999 Maxima rear calipers, rotors, and pads.  Are these all the parts that I would need if I were to buy them from an auto parts place?


 

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Nissan 370Z convertible roadster badass

motoIQ Feature; Nissan 370Z Convertable Hits the Street!

by Sarah Forst

The Nissan 370Z Roadster also uses the Z Coupe’s multilink 4-wheel independent suspension. This suspension setup is a double wishbone 2-link front and 4-link rear suspension, an improvement over the over-complicated articulated lower multi-link setup in the 350Z. The suspension is lighter and stiffer with forged aluminum arms, lighter stabilizer bar offering a 35% improved leverage ratio, and lightweight rigid rear cradle incorporated as a single piece. The rack and pinion steering design is speed sensitive and includes a solenoid valve that damps unwelcome steering kickback and vibrations. The Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system is still a standard feature.

From our sister site 370z.com

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Honda S2000 Wheel Stand


The words Honda and wheelie never really go together, but here's a video of the InlinePRO S2000 showing the V8s in the world what's really going down.



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Project Nissan Sentra SE-R

By Aaron LaBeau

Our idea of a project car is one that can go fast, have even better handling characteristics, can bring things to a stop without any drama and be competitive on the racetrack. Back in the early/mid 90's finding a car like this was simple.


 

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Ken sent me a link to some cool videos from 1981 on the Cosworth DFV Formula engine. These are pretty interesting:

1981 Cosworth DFV Videos

Ken sent me a link to some a couple of old school videos from 1981 on the Cosworth DFV Formula engine. These are pretty interesting.

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Tuning, Life, Beef Ribs and Remodeling


A couple months ago when Ben and Roland from Pi were visiting from the UK, we were having dinner somewhere and this conversation came up about tuning. I think we all ordered big ass beef BBQ ribs at Lucille's that night. Ben finished the ENTIRE full rack. Believe it or not, they don't have big ass tender tasty meaty beef ribs in the UK. They do have the best Guinness in the world, but that still doesn't quite make up for the missing beef ribs. Anyhow, as I remember the conversation it went a little something like this (in full on English accents except for me):

Roland, "You going to move into that big house and work on the t...

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Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Intro/Gutting

by Martin Gonzales & Steve Rockwood

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  Life handed us a wrecked car (and a mild case of whip-lash), so we're making a race car!  That pretty much sums up how we came to the idea of transforming the ultimate grocery getter into a formidable road racing machine.  The manual transmission, multi-link front suspension, independent rear suspension and SR20 engine may have persuaded us a bit too.


 

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AVO Widebody STI @ HyperMeet 2009 - Tsukuba


I'm not sure what happened to the camera mount, but pretty cool in car video. Ross Wilson from AVO Turboworld was behind the wheel. Ross used to drive all kinds of race cars back in Australia, but he dusted off his years of absence behind the wheel and took to the track. The AVO GDB has an all sheet metal widebody so it is ultra nice. The Cosworth long block keeps the 600bhp engine reliable of course. The lap time looks to be about 1:00. At the Hypermeet you must use full tread street tires excluding the cheater A-048s, R888, etc.

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Super Street: Reader's Rides


I was flipping through an old Super Street Magazine from 2008 and I saw an image that looked familiar. The background, the toolbox, and the turbo all looked familiar. Then it struck me: Vanessa's was fondling the old turbo from my GS300 between her thighs while sitting on top of Pete's Snap-On box at XS Engineering. ...

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After I tuned Wen's car to 900+whp (HKS T51RSPL turbo) on the XS Engineering dyno, it was time for practice. Wen was using too much clutch and eventually fried the clutch the next day at the IDRC GT-R Challenge. Although Wen has run a best of a 10.6 second 1/4 mile before with less power and no two-step (Palmdale 2600 ft. elevation), he actually only ran a low 11 the following day at Fontana which is close to sea level. Going in right now is a PPG straight cut dog box and a new Exedy triple. Now Wen will have no more excuses. Wen's car is one of the cleanest, high powered, GT-Rs in existence with a lot of attention to detail. But if you think Wen drives like a bitch, be sure to leave a comment. Wen works at DSPORT magazine so you can give the office a call and let him know there too.

Wen's R33 GT-R Launch Practice


After I tuned Wen's car to 900+whp (HKS T51RSPL turbo) on the XS Engineering dyno, it was time for practice. Wen was using too much clutch and eventually fried the clutch the next day at the IDRC GT-R Challenge. Although Wen has run a best of a 10.6 second 1/4 mile before with less power and no two-step (Palmdale 2600 ft. elevation), he actually only ran a low 11 the following day at Fontana which is close to sea level. Going in right now is a PPG straight cut dog box and a new Exedy triple. Now Wen will have no more excuses. Wen's car is one of the cleanest, high powered, GT-Rs in existence with a lot of atten...

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Garrett EVO X Bolt On Turbos


FINALLY releasing this week are the Garrett EVO X bolt-on turbos based on the GT3071 and GT3076 CHRAs. Khiem and the engineers at Garrett spent A LOT of time on designing this turbo for precise OEM quality fitment and maximum performance. These turbos are not a generic Garretts made to bolt into place of the Mitsubishi TD05. A lot of time was spent perfecting gas flow with bespoke compressor and turbine housings. The results are a whole new volute shape for the divided turbine housing and a slightly tweaked volute shape of the legendary high flowing T04S compressor housing...

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EVO X Twin Plate Clutch


The guys over at ARK Design sent me a press release on their new twin plate clutch for the Mitsubishi CZ4A EVO X. They just released their G700 twin plate clutch for the EVO X. I've heard that EVO 8 and EVO 9 clutches are the same as EVO X, but I'm kind of out of it (aka I mostly play with engines these days). If that is the case, then the ARK G700 will work with EVO 8, 9, and X (maybe EVO 7?). My EVO X MR has the twin clutch trans so I haven't paid attention either.

The ARK G700 twin plate clutch is available in two models: standard and lightweight. Some features of the clutch:

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These days I don't get to work on my own project cars or engines that often. My GT-R is parked at XS which is about 40 minutes away and my MA70 Supra ...

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Prodrive WRC Impreza (GD) Rebuild


Ben and I were emailing about his newly acquired ECR33 and he sent me a link to the UK GTR forum (GTROC) that shows an early (circa 2002) Prodrive WRC GD Impreza being rebuilt. I think it's somewhere in Trinidad or Barbados if I were to guess. The thread has a lot of cool pictures. Here's some of them:

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VQ35 on the Engine Dyno


Several months ago when we had the VQ on the engine dyno at Cosworth, I snapped a couple of pics. Since I never got to work on engine dynos very much in the past, I thought it was way cool to see a street car engine that we [the mostly unibody car crowd] commonly build/tune/whatever on a professional grade engine dyno. The ease of working on the engine is nice: there are no cut arms, burnt hands, busted knuckles, and emanating under hood heat blasting you in the face like on a chassis dyno. The amount of data we can collect is ridiculous too.

In the US, we do not have transient dynos. I think Cosworth has 7 transient dynos in the UK, but that is the SUPER big dollar equipment for ...

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Red Nissan 370Z

motoIQ Feature; Nissan 370Z Styling Impressions

By motoIQ Staff

We had known something was up at Nissan when we spotted 7/8 scale 350Z's with bulged hoods and flared fenders rolling around at night and when peering through the plastic slats in the chain link fence surrounding Nissan's Gardena California Headquarters—slats that were intended to block causal viewing, but didn't quite stop the observant curious from looking.  We knew Nissan was probably up to testing a new Z car and our wish was to be able to take a peek at it.

From our sister site 370z.com

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