Entries for August 2017

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Fabricated Exhaust ... on a Grand Caravan!

by Frank Ewald

The first question you have to be asking is 'Why'? The second is what kind of performance driving is going on here? The third has to be 'Why'! The answer is simply because it is better and actually easier. The answer is also like grandfather like grandson - I have a modified car, so he wants a modified van. I should explain that this is my grandson's van. As he is only two and a half, he certainly is not behind the wheel, but he identifies the vehicles in the driveway as daddy's car, Emmett's van, and in the garage... mommy's lawnmower! So, when Emmett's van started demonstrating excessive noise from the exhaust, we started making plans to make it better. That is what we do at MotoIQ, even if it is a mini-van.


 

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Posted in: Features
30

TESTED: CXC Simulations Motion Pro II Driving Simulator!

by Karla Pestotnik

Let's say you are a serious or professional racecar driver with a race coming up at a track that you have never been to, or perhaps it has been years since you drove there last. You wouldn't show up to the track without doing any research about the course. You wouldn't expect to qualify first while learning where the course turns left and right in that field of 35 very talented and hungry racers for that top podium step. You do whatever your routine is for learning a new course and do your best to prepare before you strap in the racecar for the first practice day at the track. 

Many serious and professional racers spend hours on a driving simulator to help aid in this preparation. However, the more accurate and realistic the simulator is, the more that can be learned. In search of the most accurate driving simulator virtually possible, we stopped by our friends at CXC Simulations in Los Angeles to give their Motion Pro II Simulator a try. What contributes to higher accuracy in a simulator? Read on to find out!


 

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29

AES Auto: A Civic for Street and Strip!

by Frank Ewald

Two years ago, we first met the AES Auto team at Mission Raceway Park. That chance meeting has resulted in many hours of joint work on projects and the enjoyment of a great group of car enthusiasts. At the centre of it all is the shop - AES Auto. In the shop is the quarter mile car. The AES Auto Civic is an ongoing work in progress. It's currently a ten second car that runs consistent 140 mph passes in the quarter mile. It's a street car. And, it has served as a tow truck to move disabled vehicles about the shop yard.


 

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28

Project Bugeye GDA WRX: Fixing the Clutch with Exedy

by Mike Kojima

Poor Ian, MotoIQ's FNG's daily was his trusty Bugeye GDA WRX. The WRX has given many years of faithful service, but since joining the MotoIQ crew, Ian's commute has gotten much longer and the miles were taking their toll on the car which has over 200K miles. To make matters worse, on his way to work, the car sprung a huge oil leak and oiled down the super old clutch, and Ian barely limped into the MotoIQ garage. 


 

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27

Nerd Alert! Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Engine

by Khiem Dinh

As we are sure many of you have heard, the little car company that could, Mazda, has announced their Skyactiv-X engine with the technology to run Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). Two major challenges to make HCCI work: timing of the combustion and smooth transition between HCCI and regular spark ignition. The HCCI combustion process has been researched for decades, but the technology to bring an engine using HCCI to market has been elusive until now.

So how did Mazda do it? We are going to take a few guesses, but as with most technologies, it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, we would say Mazda’s first big step was a few decades ago. The final piece of the puzzle is a technology Mazda has called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), and we will exclusively get into how that ties into making HCCI work.


 

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26

AEM X-Series Pro Inline Wideband UEGO Controller for Professional Motorsports 

Industry Press Release

AEM has released the X-Series Pro Inline Dual Channel Wideband UEGO Air/Fuel Ratio Controller for professional Motorsports applications (PN 30-0350). The X-Series Pro Inline Wideband features two Lambda controllers in an IP67-rated, waterproof billet aluminum enclosure with an Autosport connector and the fastest responding wideband technology available. They are made to order direct from AEM and retail for $1,230.75.


 

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24

Italy Road Trip! Cruising in a Fiat 500L 

by Khiem Dinh

So, I did a thing where I said some words, exchanged some rings, and eventually hopped on a plane to Italy! The wife and I probably could have taken trains to get around, but we’re MIQ, we drive. And, when you’re in Italy, you drive a Fiat if you’re a person of normal means. Plus, the Ferrari 488 didn’t fit our luggage. So, I’m going to fill you in a bit on the 500L and some tips and tricks for driving Italy. 


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
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Project E46 BMW M3: Part 19 – Rear Trailing Arm Bushings and Maintenance

by Pablo Mazlumian

BMW rear trailing arm bushings are rubber and prone to cracking. Ours cracked and rendered the car uncontrollable at the limit. We give you step-by-step how-to on installing Powerflex polyurethane bushings from BimmerWorld!


 

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22

Building the FR-S FA20 with Stay Crushing: Installing the Engine and Making Big Power!

by Mike Kojima

If you have been following our story, we are now ready to install the engine in the chassis.  Our engine has been built for durability with forced induction, and it was time to put it in the chassis to get it tuned!


 

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21

1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II Retrospective Part 1: Introduction, Intrigue, and Quirks in Abundant Supply

by Corbin Goodwin

The rationale for modifying a Rolls Royce explained, and we shine some light on the design and features of this old British brute. Stay tuned to see the unique plans we have for this 1979 Silver Shadow II!


 

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20

Project EP3 Civic Si: Fixing the @$#%! Steering for Good with SHG Motor Works!

by Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project EP3 Civic Si, we thought we had fixed our car's bump steer and wandering steering with a roll center correction kit and a bump steer kit from Hardrace. Our car had serious issues since day one. When we first got it, no one wanted to drive it because the car would wander around on the freeway and everyone was afraid of getting pulled over for drunk driving.

So, we installed a bunch of suspension stuff and finished it with the Hardrace geometry correcting parts in the front suspension. With the car finally handling well, which is no small task with an EP3, we were finally having fun driving it hard. All was good for a couple of weeks, but then the wandering steering returned with a vengeance. 


 

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20

COMP Cams® GM Sportsman Tool Steel Camshafts

Industry Press Release

Custom GM Sportsman Tool Steel Camshafts from COMP Cams® feature core technology widely used in NASCAR, NHRA and other professional race engines for its high strength and profile flexibility. Special ST4 grade tool steel is available only from COMP Cams® and 30 percent stronger than SAE 5150 or SAE 8620 options. Due to its higher carbon content, it has been shown to wear less than the S7 tool steel popular industry wide, as well as case-hardened grades up to SAE 9310. ST4 camshafts are also superior to those made from induction-hardened or carburized steel cores.


 

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19

KW - Adaptive DDC Plug & Play Coilovers for the Ford Focus RS

Industry Press Release 

KW Suspensions' new DDC plug & play coilovers will be available for the current Ford Focus RS III (DYB). The new DDC coilovers feature all new DDC valve technology and are compatible with numerous factory suspension controls. The great advantage, like with the OE suspension, is the driver can switch between the modes via the push of a button and the KW DDC plug & play coilover changes the damper forces within one hundredth of a second. 


 

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17

Project G37S: Survived the 2017 Phoenix Monsoon

by Aaron LaBeau

Imagine what you think Phoenix, AZ looks like in August, and unless you've lived in the area or visited after mid July, you'd probably have the wrong image in your mind. Replace that dry and 115 degree thought with microburst type rain that drops inches of water in a matter of minutes. What started out as a normal afternoon commute home ended up as a serious choice of whether or not to drive.


 

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16

People’s Choice Car Show and Parade of Garages

by Pablo Mazlumian

During this time of the year, every week in the Kansas City area you'll find multiple car shows or meets to feast your eyes on. I went to this one not expecting to see much, but a few minutes into I had to grab some shots to show our readers. Check out this tremendous mix of cars, ranging from current and old-school muscle, to exotics and hot rods, to Jeeps with machine guns, and a garage parade! Enjoy flipping through the cars and garages of the Carriage Houses of Johnson County and KC Automotive Museum. If you make it to the last page, tell us what you think of our new styling updates on one of our Midwest garages!


 

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15

TESTED: BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil

by Billy Johnson

Changing out the factory transmission fluid for a higher performance oil is a common solution to reduce the notchy-ness and improve shifting feel. This is especially important in the Getrag MT-82 used in the 2011-2017 Ford Mustang. While we already changed out the trans fluid in our test car, Tim at OPMustang.com said I “HAD TO” try the BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil. I wasn’t really motivated, since the current Royal Purple Synchromax was already a big improvement over stock, but Tim offered to buy me a steak dinner if I didn’t think there was an improvement, so I gave it a try.


 

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14

WATCH: Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Baseline Track Test 

So, you read the Part 1 of our introduction to Project C7 Corvette Stingray and probably watched Mike Kojima give us all of the engineering explanations under the chassis. You even read the in-depth breakdown of the LT1 engine. All of this information is great, however, what does it mean for the performance on a racetrack?

We gave our test driver, Karla Pestotnik, a few hot laps to give us some insight and a baseline lap time before we add any performance upgrades in 100% stock form. We hit the tarmac with our friends at Global Time Attack at a Buttonwillow Raceway 13 CW (clockwise) configuration time attack event.


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13

Project DC2 Integra: Starting the Journey Toward Better Lap Times with KW Suspension

by Mike Kojima

If you've been paying attention to our DC2 project car, then you know in the last installment we took our car to Buttonwillow Raceway (CW13) to record its baseline lap times and to get some driving impression of its 150,000-mile suspension and tires. Surprisingly the old DC2 was not horrible and not the slowest car entered in Global Time Attack's first ProAm event of the year. 

However, we never settle for "good enough" at MotoIQ, so we're outfiting our Integra with a set of KW Suspension Variant III coilovers as we embark on the journey towards better lap times.


 

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10

Top Lube for E85?

by Mike Kojima

Admittedly, none of us on Dai Yoshihara's Formula D team have much experience with alcohol. We all knew methanol was a superior fuel but highly corrosive. We knew it would require a lot of post event maintenance, which would include pickling the engine and fuel system by draining the methanol and running gas through the system to remove the methanol. However, we didn't expect to run into the issues that we did. We needed a solution and were recommended some things from other teams' crew chiefs that all came down to one thing.


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09

The Tech Garage Low Cost Borescope!

by Mike Kojima

Just a few short years ago having access to a borescope was a luxury that few racers, engine builders, and hobbyists could afford. You would typically have to spend a few thousand dollars for one. They were not that flexible, in that you would either not be able to record images or would have to spend a bunch of money for camera adapters. 


 

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