Entries for 'Nick B'

07

Project E36 323is: Keeping The S52 Cool With CSF, Pelican Parts, SPAL and HPS

by Nick Betz

With a new S52 swap and the heat of Southern California always rearing its ugly head we needed to protect our new build from the dreaded E36 cooling problems. Read what parts we chose and why in order to make sure our S52 swapped E36 keeps its cool.


 

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Rywire/CSF Radiator SEMA Build: Taking An Integra From A Row Boat To Paddle Shifters

by Ryan Basseri

Paddle shift conversions can be done a million different ways using various components, theories, hidden secrets and technology that is well above my pay grade. What you’ll see here is not by any means the only way to do it, nor is it even the "correct" way to do it. I thought long and hard, weighing the costs vs. benefits, the pros and cons, and this is what I came up with. 


 

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02

Fluidampr - The Independent Test 

by Bart Hockerman

I was honestly very intrigued when I read the article here on MotoIQ about the development of the Fluidampr Crankshaft Damper. Seeing the dyno charts showing improvement in power and torque on a Stock FR-S and having a pulley/damper that should reduce harmonic engine stress on the engine would be the hot ticket. It really almost looks too good to be true. 


 

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16

Project Autocross BRZ: Dodging Cones With GT Radial

by Bart Hockerman

“Who is GT Radial?”

That was the 1st words out of everyone's mouth when reading the SCCA Solo Contingency Program page. 

What seemed to be a more known name on the West Coast was virtually unknown throughout the rest of the country. The next big question is “What tire do they have that we will want to use?”


 

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Project Autocross BRZ: More Nameless Art

by Bart Hockerman

We all know when Nameless Performance has an idea on how to increase the performance further on their designs they will put into motion a plan of attack and some awesome fab work. They are pretty much the most aggressive company I have come across in my years of dealing with manufacturers across the spectrum. Improving upon their design is one thing they are allowed to do when building parts per your order. You the customer get the most current fabrication of the latest, greatest part they can make at that time.


 

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15

Extreme Engine Tech: Building a BMW S52 - Part 2: The Cylinder Head

by Nick Betz

If the engine as a whole is the heart of a car the cylinder head would be all the supporting parts that make the heart pump. Without the opening and closing of certain valves of the heart you can’t get blood to flow into the atriums and out the ventricles. Just like the heart, a cylinder head has multiple valves that need to open and close at specific times to get air in to and exhaust out of the combustion chambers to keep the engine pumping.  


 

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08

Project Autocross BRZ: Swapping The Feal 441's to KW V3's

by Bart Hockerman

Since the first installment some time ago things have changed with the BRZ. KW has graciously supplied us with KW V3’s for use on this Project BRZ. With that in mind the 2014 SCCA Spring Nationals was the last event for us on the Feal 441’s. So we went out and gave them the last “Hoorah”. We brought home a solid 2nd and 4th place finish at the ProSolo and another solid 2nd place finish for the National Tour.


 

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01

Project Autocross BRZ: Keeping Her STX Legal With Nameless Performance And Whiteline 

by Bart Hockerman

With the arrival of the BRZ/FR-S platforms here in the Autocross world they have taken hold as cars to have and enjoy. Everyone saw that the twins with very minimal preparation could do the job as good as or better than many cars that have had years of time money and tuning to the rules of the STX class.


 

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Extreme Engine Tech: Building a BMW S52 – Part 1: The Short Block

by Nick Betz

There comes a time in a project build when you just have to throw everything out the window and rewrite your storyboard. Over the years we’ve been bolting on parts to Project E36 323is and not seeing the gains we were looking for. Sure it’s been fun but it’s time to make some real power. We had plans for an M50 manifold swap paired with M3 cams, bigger air meter, headers and throttle body but as the old adage goes, there’s no replacement for displacement, so that’s where our journey has taken us.


 

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25

2015 Season Opener: Redline Time Attack - Round 1 at Buttonwillow

by Danny Nguyen

With winter finally departing, for most of us car guys, that means racing season is back! F1 and Moto GP will soon get back on track and local time-attack and racing series kick-off their season as well. 


 

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07

Subaru Starvation Solution From King

Industry Press Release

Subaru EJ series engines are a highly reliable and fully competent engine that has proven itself over time in many naturally aspirated as well as turbocharged variants since its initial release in 1990. But as time went on, and the popularity of these engines increased, the limitations of the EJ platform became more evident.


 

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23

Reviewed: F1 2014 For Playstation 3

by Nick Betz

With the Forza franchise dominating XBOX and Gran Turismo the defacto race game for Playstation, the F1 series from Codemasters gets little to no attention from people outside of Formula One nerds. That doesn’t mean there aren’t gamers out there running laps at Monza, COTA, Dubai and the rest of the Formula One circuit, they just seem to be less vocal about it than the Forza/Gran Turismo crowd. 


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
09

Drivers Review: The Ferrari 458 Italia

by Mike Bonnani of Exotics Racing

The Ferrari 458 Italia, what needs to be said that isn’t already blatantly obvious? It is an amazing machine and you can tell just by looking at it. It is a Ferrari after all, but there’s much more to it than just being a fast looking car.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
11

CORSA Performance Air Intake Now Offered For Chevy Corvette

Industry Press Release

CORSA Performance has added air intake applications for 2008-2013 6.2L, 2006-2009 7.0L Z06 and 2005-2007 6.0L Chevy Corvette models (part numbers 45962 and 45860151). The air intake gives enthusiasts a state-of-the-art way to increase engine performance for significant improvements over stock systems.


 

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17

My Weekend At The USCA And Optima Search For The Ultimate Street Car

by Nick Betz

What's the best way to get out of organizing a brand new shop over the weekend? Well, here at MotoIQ the only excuse you can use that won't get you fired is "I'm headed to the track." That was my excuse to not put in a 4th day of shop moving, and it worked! 


 

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01

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach - My First Experience 

by Nick Betz

I gotta say, working for MotoIQ has its perks. I get to talk to the one and only Mike Kojima on an almost daily basis, even though 90% of the stuff he says goes directly over my head, there's track days on company time, talk with Industry insiders, and managing a bunch of fun Project Cars in our garage. The one thing that I haven't gotten to do is attend the local Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, why is that? Well I don't usually write and my photography skills aren't a match for our own Jeff Naeyaert's. However, they let me loose on the track this year and this is what I came up with. Enjoy! 


 

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Carbon Fiber Hood Installation, proper hood installation, seibon carbon, bmw e36

Project E36- How to Install a Seibon Carbon Hood

By Nick Betz

Project E36 is a pretty well used car.  It has been a non pampered, non garaged daily driver for its entire life.  With this sort of use and from continual baking under the hot California sun, the hood on our car was in sad shape.  After seeing just how much a bodyshop was going to charge to sand all the paint off the hood, get rid of the rust and to fix a few dents, we decided that perhaps getting a carbon hood from Seibon would be a similarly priced, and better alternative.  Want to know the correct way to do a durable installatation of a carbon fiber hood on a daily driver?  Read on!


 

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04

RFJP.ORG To Auction A Pair Of Tickets To Formula Drift Rd2, and more! 

Industry Press Release

...Also included in the acution will be Falken VIP access passes, Dai's HPI RC Drift Car, Sparco backpack, Dai and GT Channel Apparel.  Start bidding! 


 

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