Entries for 'Clint Boisdeau'

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Project DC2 Integra - Addressing Gaskets and Maintenance

by Clint Boisdeau

With most DC2 Acura Integras being anywhere from 15 to 20 years old by now, it takes some smart maintenance to keep everything running well and the engine bay clean. Good thing is, most B-series OEM parts are still readily available through several sources. Strategic preventative upkeep can keep Honda B-series engines running for an extremely long time. 


 

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Project Integra DC2: Keeping Things Cool with CSF and HPS

by Clint Boisdeau

One of the first things that we knew would require attention with Project DC2 was the cooling system. Clear visual signs of aged and leaky hoses and end tanks were prevalent upon initial inspection of the car before purchase (catch up on the buying process here with article one). The plastic end tanked radiator, which seemed to be the original unit from the factory, looked to be an uphill on a hot day away from separating at the core. Since the plan for Project DC2 is to have a reliable street driven and track capable car, the cooling system needed a big upgrade in terms of safety and a higher overhead in heat dissipation.


 

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Project Integra DC2: Brake Upgrades and Maintenance for the Street

by Clint Boisdeau

As eager as we are to do big upgrades to Project DC2, a good amount of basic maintenance was required.  Since our goal was to drive the car regularly on the street, we wanted the confidence of knowing we wouldn't be left stranded because of an avoidable failure.  Some of the items on the list of such upgrades were the brakes and wheel bearings.  The pads and rotors on the car were not necessarily in poor shape, but they were of unknown origin and brand.  There were no familiar markings present on the brake pads and the previous owner had no idea either.  We decided to start fresh with brake related parts, since it's the most important safety item on any car. The left rear wheel bearing was making a very audible humming noise so we knew it was on its way out. Erring on the side of caution, we will be replacing all four wheel bearings with new Centric Parts bearings.


 

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Project Integra DC2: Introduction

by Clint Boisdeau

MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site.  However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun.  I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.


 

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23

Global Time Attack "Super Lap Battle" 2015

by Clint Boisdeau

I've joked in the past that "Time Attack" is the "Professional Wrestling" of Motorsports.  Not in the sense that it's questionably real or has obnoxious intro music.  More so, that it's over the top, a great show, and takes a high level of skill, guts, and charisma to be successful.  As well as being dramatic, full of characters, and having a core fan base that truly respects and enjoys the sport, even if others just think its nothing more then "qualifying" (which I don't agree with at all).  Having been on both sides of the coin with both time attack and wheel-to-wheel racing, without having done both at a high level of competition, judgements cannot be made.


 

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09

Project Civic EF Racecar: Part 4 - Improving Cooling Efficiency with Earl's Performance

by Clint Boisdeau

It's been a while since Project Civic EF Racecar has had an update outside of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race coverage articles.  So here we'll take a closer look at the oil cooler upgrade thanks to Earl's Performance.  The oil cooler setup which came with Project EF worked fine, but had some room to improve in regards to overall performance with the core, and durability with the lines.  With the heat and abuse a wheel-to-wheel race car can put into the engine oil during 30 minute sprint races, having a cooler configuration with high levels of effectiveness is critical.  Also essential is having lines sized correctly for proper flow and oil pressure.


 

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08

MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Round 7&8 Finals

by Clint Boisdeau

The final rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brings the gang back to Buttonwillow Raceway Park, but this time running the popular time attack configuration Clockwise #13.  With the track setup in such a manner, there's ample amounts of data and video on what it takes to be quick for such a configuration.  The interesting thing for me was despite my many years of time attack and HPDE driving experience on the CW #13 config, I have 0% experience on it during a wheel to wheel race situation.  So I was extremely excited to get a new perspective on a course I had so much seat time on.  Another exciting factor was that the year end championship points winner would be decided also.  With myself and Justin Taylor neck and neck in points, whoever finished higher both days wins the final championship.  But if somehow both of us DNS or DNF, Martin Gonzales is close enough in points to win as well.  With many possible outcomes, the race weekend's was to be an interesting one.


 

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MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championships Presented by Motul, Round 5&6 Coverage plus 7&8 Preview

by Clint Boisdeau

With the final race weekend of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul coming up quickly in less than 2 weeks, we are due for a much needed recap and what the teams have been busy working on in preperation for the final round of the season. Let's take a closer look at the last race weekend which ultimately shaped the close championship points chase. 


 

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Motoiq Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Round 3 & 4, AutoClub Speedway 

by Clint Boisdeau

Races 3 and 4 of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brought us to AutoClub Speedway in questionably beautiful Fontana, CA.  What was amazing was the weekend's cloudy and cool weather which yielded happy engines and good surface grip.  The "roval" configuration utilizes the front straight and turn 1-2 of the NASCAR oval.  But instead of continuing on the back straight of the oval, road racers are subjected to a brake zone from 130+mph to about 40mph for a tight left/right leading on to the infield road course.  The majority of the passes at this track happens under brake zones and through the oval.  With 3 very different cars with a variety of pros and cons each, it was going to make for a very interesting race. 


 

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MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Round 1 & 2, Willow Springs International Raceway

by Clint Boisdeau

The first MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul was an interesting start to my 2015 wheel to wheel race season.  The combination of scrambling to get Project Civic EF ready enough to race,  the predicted rainy weather in the forecast, and new unproven setup changes put a significant amount of stress on my shoulders.  The added factor of being on a provisional race license and rookie status with the sanctioning body NASA left me in a mindset of "Finish without incident" above all else.  The more positive aspects going into the opening rounds was that the competitors in the field mostly consists of friends so the likelihood of a bonehead maneuver causing contact or a wreck was lower, and Willow Springs International Raceway is my favorite local track.


 

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Project Civic EF Racecar: Part 3 - Preparation for First MPTCC Race

by Clint Boisdeau

With the first MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race weekend approaching fast after the initial shakedown at Buttonwillow Raceway in part 2, Project Civic EF Racecar had a laundry list of modifications, parts installs, and safety preparation to take care of.  In retrospect as I write this article, I’m truly shocked but also proud how it all came together.  But during the process, I was under a lot of stress.  With not only a significant amount of mechanical changes happening to the car, but also a big exterior overhaul, the scheduling had to be extremely precise.  The collaborative effort between myself, principal sponsors, and contributing shops was the only way Project EF made it to the MPTCC grid.  Here’s the story as to how it all came together, right down to the wire.


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Project Civic EF Racecar: Part 2 - First Track Shakedown

by Clint Boisdeau

In Part 1 of MotoIQ Project Civic EF Racecar, we familiarized you guys with the car's state when it was first purchased and how that purchase came about.  In Part 2 you get to see how the EF starts to come together in preparation for its first track shakedown and how it ultimately performed.  Was it slow? Was it fast? Do we even like the car?  All these questions and more will be answered.


 

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Project Civic EF Racecar: Part 1 - Introduction

by Clint Boisdeau

I’m sure some of you are curious as to how a 1990 Civic hatch has now become a part of the MotoIQ project car fleet.  Others who are fans of the 88-91 model range of Honda front wheel drive cars might be excited to see the old and gold econo car on the pages of this very site.  Regardless of your preference, this former grocery getter is going to make a run in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship for 2015, but that wasn’t always the plan.


 

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Project 370Z - ARK Design Superflow Exhaust Test

by Clint Boisdeau

So Project 370Z has not seen a power part upgrade since the first installment of the series which included the AEM “E.T.I.” cold air intake nearly 3 years ago.  Despite the Fairlady’s solid power to weight ratio as it stands, a bit more power, sound, and weight reduction from an aftermarket cat back exhaust system was desired.  With the help of ARK Design USA, the exhaust side of Project 370Z was going to see its first step in unlocking some power and performance oriented notes. 



 

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Posted in: Project 370Z
09

Maxxis RC-1 Race Tire: The Prolonged Review

by Clint Boisdeau

Maxxis has been in the tire game for a long while, but only recently have they jumped into the road race DOT R-compound market with the RC-1.  The goal for the tire was to be an all-around performer as well as being durable and affordable.  Such characteristics will appeal to all crowds of motorsports whether it is wheel to wheel racing, time attack, or HPDE (high performance driving event) "track days".  The size availability covers a lot of the more popular ranges, with some niche sizes that will be out shortly.  The test vehicle was my own project 370Z, which represents a street car that gets tracked often being the norm for the majority of HPDE attendees.  Project 370Z is a full weight, relatively softly sprung, daily driven car.  So the RC-1’s had their work cut out for them in the wear and heat cycling capacity department.  Also, Project 370Z is driven to and from the track on the tires it uses for the event since I have only one set of wheels for the car.   So I have to get the tires mounted the day before I leave for events and changed back after the weekend which is a scenario that a significant amount of track day goers deal with regularly.


 

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Posted in: 370Z
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Project 370Z - Heated Battle, Testing the CSF Triple Pass Radiator

by Clint Boisdeau

Last Year Project 370Z received some much needed cooling modifications thanks to CSF race radiators.  Their single pass/higher capacity radiator and AC condenser combo made for improved water cooling and retained the factory AC performance.  But as the year went on into the hotter months during summer,  water temperatures started to again fall victim to over heating.  The 370Z front end design only has one opening for radiator air flow.  So from the get go the top half of the radiator's surface area does not get fresh air.  On top of that, I have an external oil cooler taking up the left half of that single opening.  So even though the CSF radiator is a large improvement over the OE unit, there is still alot of factors working against it.  Top it off with 90 to 100+ degree summer track weather in SoCal, an engine known for high heat production and decently quick pace on track with a significant amount of time spent at wide open throttle, you have a recipe for overwhelming the cooling system.  There were a few things we tried before the CSF triple pass unit was implemented though.


 

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Posted in: Project 370Z
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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
09

Project Mustang 5.0: Part 1 - Establishing a Performance Baseline

by Clint Boisdeau

Mustangs in general are misunderstood when they show up to a road course.  It seems like a significant amount of prejudice starts to manifest itself from owners of more popular platforms for road course duty, especially here in SoCal where the scene is dominated by S2000s, turbo AWDs, FWD Hondas, and Miatas.  The notion that the big horse should stay on the drag strip because it is "slow in the corners, and fast in the straights" give this thoroughbred a bad rap.  In recent years Ford has put forth the effort to change this stigma, as the current 5.0 liter powered ponies are no longer something to be scoffed at.


 

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Tested: Qstarz LT-Q6000 GPS Lap Timer

by Clint Boisdeau

Proper technique, experience, and seat time are usually what gets you faster around a road course.  But once a certain level is reached, finding time and consistency takes more then just instinct and a lap time.  Lap telemetry and data acquisition used to be the dreams that race teams were made of.  Such data loggers were either out of most grassroots drivers' budgets, and/or more complicated to use than sending a man into space.  Within the last few years though, the combination of high market demand and  cost reduction in technology have made way for many different lap telemetry products that are not only affordable, but also easy to operate with high levels of available tech support.  Qstarz is one of these companies, and the LT-Q6000 is their flagship lap telemetry/data unit.


 

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