Entries for June 2009

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Jim Wolf Technlogies Ultra light 370z flywheel on right, stock Nissan 370Z flywheel on left

Testing Jim Wolf Technologies Ultra Light Flywheel and Heavy Duty Clutch- Will it Work With SynchroRev? (New Video!)

By Mike Kojima

From a performance standpoint, the Nissan 370Z probably is one of the best candidates for performance improvement from a flywheel because of its extremely heavy stock clutch and flywheel. The stock flywheel weights a stout 32 lbs, the pressure plate 16 lbs and the clutch disc 3 lbs. That’s 51 lbs of rotating weight that must be spun to speed at the end of the crankshaft! Why is the stock 370Z’s flywheel so weighty? In an effort to reduce NVH (That’s engineers speak for Noise Vibration and Harshness) to extremely low levels, Nissan made the stock flywheel very heavy. The heaviness of the flywheel helps to smooth out power impulses of the VQ37VHR engine.

From our sister site www.370Z.com

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Project 200SX- Getting it Down the 1320

By Wes Dumalski

"Hey Brah, wutz it run in da quarter mile"

In the 6+ years of building this project this is the question we have gotten asked more than any other, sometimes it was asked in a less ghetto fashion, the fact remains that people wanted to know how fast the car could cover 1320'...


 

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Hi Octane Racing RB26 Dry Sump


 

I do get quite a few questions regarding RB26 dry sump oiling. I have stopped answering them because I feel like a broken record sometimes and then most people freak out on the cost in the end anyway. PLEASE CALL HIGH OCTANE RACING IN AUSTRALIA @ +61 2 9368 4643 or email them at sales@hioctaneracing.com.au. At AU$8180 it isn’t cheap, but dry sumps are a lot of work to fabricate. Check out the High Octane Racing site for more details. CLICK HERE for a detailed PDF on the dry sump kit.

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HKS Hyperdamper for Mitsubishi EVO VIII and IX

Project EVO VIII Part Two, Improving Braking and Handling

By Mike Kojima

At MotoIQ headquarters, it’s no secret that we love the EVO VIII.  To us it’s one of the best-balanced all around car we have ever driven for any price.  It has reasonable power with tons of upgrade potential for its well developed bulletproof 4G63 engine.  The killer engine is one thing but the best thing about the EVO is its handling.  The EVO just flat out rocks, there are very few cars that are so easy to drive hard at the limit.


 

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Stillen Gen 3 Nissan 370Z air intake

motoIQ Tech Exclusive! Stillen’s Gen 3 Nissan 370Z Air Intake, Tested!

By Mike Kojima

Stillen’s air intake came with some large power claims and we were skeptical.  We had tested several other 370Z air intakes and had noted either small or no gains at all.  The stock 370 has a really efficient air intake to begin with.  The engines intake plenum is fed by two generously sized throttle bodies leading to twin intake tubes, twin mass air flow sensors, and two large airboxes with big filter elements both sucking cold air from in front of the core support.  It doesn’t get much better than this.  Our opinions were solidified by the fact that some air intake companies have given up on the 370Z after not getting any power gains or these ones that have made it to market have gotten very small gains if at all.

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Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo


Ken sent me this pic. Somebody rolled up in a early 90’s Nissan IMSA GTP ZX-Turbo to Cars N’ Coffee last Saturday. And you wanted to bring your stock S2000 or stock EVO to Cars n’ Coffee?


 

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Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage

By Martin Gonzales and Steve Rockwood

Accidents, the downers of all motor sport related activities, and reminders that things don't always go as planned.  Though spinning out of control or taking Dukes of Hazard jumps are not part of anyone's dreams of racing glory, it doesn't mean shit has to happen before preparing for the worst..


 

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motoIQ Tech Exclusive! We Evaluate SPL Version 3 Rear Multi Link Arms 

MotoIQ Staff Report

If you drive a Nissan S13 240SX, S14 240SX, S15 Silvia, Z32 300ZX or R32 GT-R and do some serious track work, you have probably been frustrated by the lack of adjustment range of the stock links. You have also probably experienced the awful twitchiness of the rear suspension. This is largely due to the huge amounts of soft squishy rubber in the many bushings of the multilink rear suspension.


 

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Project Racer- Part 2: Drag Racing 101

By Annie Sam

Maneuvering nimbly through the grocery store parking lot with your kick-ass suspension set up has also probably lost its thrill by this point, leaving you wanting more. But, where do you go? How do you start? Now that you've finally decided to get off that bench and into the drivers seat, let's introduce you to the world of racing, real racing.


 

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MotoIQ Project Mitsubishi EVO IX

Project EVO IX Part One: Really Simple Bolt Ons

By Jeff Naeyaert

The venerable Mistsubishi EVO is a known commodity in the tuning world.  It seems that wherever you look you see EVO’s and it also seems, at least in our Southern California locale that a stock EVO is about as common as a Ferrari Enzo.  The EVO IX was the final evolutionary development of the superb, destined to become a classic CT9A chassis which includes the EVO VII, VIII and IX.  The features that define an IX are the changes made to the legendary 4G63 engine to make it even better than its predecessors.


 

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Nitto NT05 Tire Review

MotoIQ Staff Report

Although the Nitto NT05 was released a few months ago and is now somewhat old news, we would still like to report on it as we were part of the team that help conceptualize the tire from when it was proposed a few years ago.  Because of this attraction we are proud to see it on the market. Although Nitto has always had good product in its DOT Race and street tire market classes, Nitto was notably absent in offerings in the highest niche of ultra high performance near race, street legal tires.


 

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Sierra Sierra EVO 8 in Car Video

by Eric Hsu

Some in car video from the Sierra Sierra EVO 8 time attack car from Round 2 of the 2009 Redline Time Attack season at Willow Springs. Check it out.


 

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JGTC 370Z, Nissan 370Z, Photoshop 370Z

Building Your Own 370Z: Photoshop and Illustrator

By Charlie Barnes

For all you dreamers and customizers alike who wondered what the Nissan 370Z looked like in different skins, one thing we all have in common is the desire to put our "wonders" into some sort of reality.  I wanted to see what making my own wallpaper...


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
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Mario's Wall of Wisdom

Sometime late last year, I cruised by Toespeed Fabrication to meet up with Tod. Mario is the local 510 guru and master fabricator. If you can think of it, Mario can design it. Or if you can’t think of it and just want it done, give Mario a call if you have a budget (good fabrication isn’t cheap). If you’ve seen buff 510s around southern California like Tod’s, chances are Mario built it. In his shop was a wall with writing all over it. I dubbed it the “...


 

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ASP Nissan SR20DE header

Tech Exclusive! Header Design Part One

By Sarah Forst

A header is one of the first bolt-on modifications most tuners undertake but there are many factors involved in how to choose the best header design for your ride.  Let’s get into the detail behind header design and how to choose what will work for your ride!  Part 1 of this article will discuss the components of a header and the materials used to manufacture them.  Part 2 will go into detail on how a header makes power and what design will produce your desired powerband.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech, Engine
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Underdog racing Nissan NX1600

The Underdog; Making racing a family affair with a Nissan NX1600

By Frank Ewald

“If I had just a couple of more laps, I would have caught you!”
 
How many times have you heard that while you were out at the track? Did you smile and brush them off? Or were you worried because you could tell that they really and truly were starting to take chunks out of your time? And are you man enough to be beaten by a woman!  How about a woman driving a "lowly" Nissan NX1600 powered by an underdog 1600cc GA16DE.


 

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Mike Kojima Senior Editor motoIQ

Hello!

After quite a bit of work, we are finally live!  We will strive to make MotoIQ the high bandwidth, high signal to noise ratio home on the net for the driven automotive enthusiast.

We welcome correspondence, suggestions and opposing viewpoints.  Send it to mike@motoiq.com and we (or me) will attempt to answer the good stuff here.

I hope you like our place, we'll do our best to provide you with interesting content and a cool community to hang out at.

Happy Motoring

Mike Kojima

Editor,  MotoIQ.com


 

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