Entries for 'Rathyna Gomer'

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Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to be More Drift Happy with Z1 Motorsports!- Part 2: Tuning the Differential and Installing the Ring and Pinion

by Rathyna Gomer

Where we last left off, we had disassembled, cleaned and inspected all the parts of my differential. Now the fun and important stuff starts- setting up my limited slip differential to work better for the specific demands of drifting. We will also show how to set up a new ring and pinion gear set.


 

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Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to Be More Drift Happy With Z1 Motorsports!- Part 1, Installation

by Rathyna Gomer

Recently, I took my 350Z drift car out to a practice event at Irwindale's Thursday Night Drift. As I was coming out of a turn, I clutch-kicked in third gear, and heard a BOOM, stopping the car right in its tracks. Upon inspection, we discovered that my diff had fallen out of place! The bolt holding my differential to the subframe snapped, causing the diff to fall coming completely out of the car, which then caused my driveshaft to explode at the u-joint. Fun stuff. 

This all ended up being a blessing in disguise because I was in desperate need of rebuilding my diff for competitive purposes. In the 350z platform, the final drive gear ratio is a 3.50 which had been handicapping me significantly during competitions. Sensei Mike Kojima has been monumental in setting up my Z this year and one of the biggest changes was dialing in more grip.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
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Project STurdteen: Prepping SR20DET Heads with Portflow Design

by Rathyna Gomer

For those of you who have been keeping up with my Project STurdteen drift car, you will see that we spent a good amount of time overhauling the suspension and making small gains with some bolt-ons. After I took her out for my first track day, I unknowingly lost the dipstick at some point and discovered a slight ticking noise in the head. After conducting a leak-down test we discovered that two of the cylinders were down over 25%. In other words, the Turd’s heart was a bit worn down and it was time for a rebuild!


 

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Project STurdteen: Installing Parts Shop Max Suspension

by Rathyna Gomer

Hopefully you've been keeping up with the awesome progress that we've been making on Project STurdteen. We just finished installing some KW Clubsports and some Progress swaybars. We also gave you all a sneak peek of the Parts Shop Max (PSM). Now we've reached the the last phase of the suspension overhaul, and we are installing the PSM parts. 


 

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Project STurdteen: Installing Progress Sway Bars

by Rathyna Gomer

To run sway bars or to not run sway bars? That is the question. In the drift world, there's been a reoccurring debate if there is any true benefit to running sway bars. Sometimes it comes down to the driver's preference and sort of drift "style" they're aiming to achieve. As the debate continues, we opted to run sway bars. Sensei Kojima tells me there's no other way!


 

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02

Project STurdteen: Installing KW Clubsport Coilovers

by Rathy Gomer

STurdteen's primary focus is to become a demo car and to be a grassroots-level competitive and reliable drift car. The car will see the streets on occasion, but will mostly be track dedicated, so choosing the appropriate suspension is imperative. This is the exact reason we decided to go with KW Suspension Clubsport coilovers. 


 

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Keep Drifting Serious: ProAm Competitor Andrew Attalla

by Rathyna Gomer

The editorial series, Keep Drifting Serious is intended to shine some light on what it takes to build a competitive drift car (some of you may have read the first Keep Drifting Serious article featuring Vaughn Gittin Jr. a little while ago). 

If you've been following Formula Drift (FD) for the last few years, I'm sure you've made note of how quickly the cars have been evolving. The competitiveness has trickled down into many ProAm series as well. Nowadays, ProAm cars are what FD cars used to be 8+ years ago. 

So as we continue looking at what it takes to build a professional drift car, we take a look inside ProAm driver, Andrew Attalla and his LS1 E46.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
04

Project STurdteen: Ultimate Drift Suspension with Parts Shop Max, Part 1

by Rathyna Gomer

If you've been keeping up with Project STurdteen, you know that there are some pretty extensive changes that needed to be made to transform the turd into the beautiful, performance-based s13 we all know it can be. 

I had initially purchased this vechicle from a friend who had a small budget for the build. Rather than buying an off-the-shelf steering angle kit, he had cut and extended some knuckles in an attempt to increase steering angle. Although was more angle than an OEM setup, it was still pretty horrible. The steering oftentimes binded while I was drifting because of these mods. Since I'm trying to get more serious - even with the missle car - I figured it was time to upgrade my steering angle and suspension overall.


 

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Making the Ford F-150 Ecoboost Drive and Tow Smoother with Eibach Shocks

by Rathyna Gomer

My dad's Ford F-150 Ecoboost is something I frequently drive, usually to pick up car parts and to tow one of the racecars out to the track. Similar to many folks who also own a racecar, the majority of my focus and money has gone into the racecar, not the tow rig. In actuality, I'm spending hundreds of more hours in the truck picking up parts for the car and towing the car to the track, than actually driving on the track. 


 

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Keep Drifting Serious - Vaughn Gittin Jr.

by Rathyna Gomer

What many fail to realize is that there is an incredible amount of passion and fun to be had in the competitive realm. Fun and competitive/pro drifting are not mutually exclusive. It’s not a decision between keeping drifting fun and competitive driving. There is not more passion in the grassroots world. The two are just very different. The point of this editorial series is not intended to further divide professional and grassroots drifting, but rather to bring the two together and showcase that there are many similarities in the passion, commitment, and enjoyment levels for those involved in either.


 

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Posted in: Feature Vehicles
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Getting Project STurdteen (S13) Running Right with an AEM Infinity PNP EMS and Wiring Specialties Engine Harness

by Rathyna Gomer

Hopefully, you've been keeping up with the steady progress of transforming my STurdteen into a reliable and worthy demo drift car. Powered by an SR20DET and with all of the new goods going into this build (see the new Turbonetics setup I went with here), I needed an adequate engine management system to handle engine control duties.  The search for the perfect EMS didn't last very long because I soon discovered what I consider the best solution out there - the AEM Infinity Plug and Play EMS.


 

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Polishing Project STurdteen with 57Xtreme Gramlights, DIY 5 Lug Conversion, and More

by Rathyna Gomer

While my S13 was serving as a POS missile car in the past, I had zero intentions of changing the stock 4-lug setup. However, as a part of polishing the turd I knew I had to start off by getting a good set of wheels that are good looking, light, and durable enough to withstand the tribulations of drifting. At that point it was a no brainer to go with the Gramlight 57Xtremes that have been on a few Formula Drift competition cars.


 

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05

Project S550 - 2015 Mustang GT Introduction

by Nathan Brummer

Ford followed up their hugely successful S197 Mustang with a completely redesigned platform. The 2015 model year known to Mustang enthusiasts by its chassis designation S550 is now coveted around the world (even outselling the Porsche 911 in Germany this past March) and boasts two major differences from its predecessor, the S197. While aesthetics are subjective – and always hotly debated - the first, and most obvious, difference is how much sleeker this new model looks. Secondly, it now sports an independent rear suspension, meaning the new Mustang no longer suffers from the live rear axle, which has been widely panned as a critical shortcoming for many years. While always a formidable straight-line drag racer, it has never been considered a great handling car. Those days are now long gone, making the S550 a perfect candidate for a performance-oriented daily driver project.


 

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Project STurdteen: Cooling, Bolt-Ons, and More

by Rathyna Gomer

In Part 1 of Project STurdteen we discussed some of the future plans of the car as a purpose-built entry-level drift car that can be used for competitive purposes in ProAm. One of the big issues I experienced previously had to do primarily with heating and cooling issues. We decided to go with a complete Koyorad cooling system, which incudes a radiator and oil cooler. We also included a power steering cooler to address steering pumping up issues \i had experienced in the past once the car would get hot, which is a common complaint in many drift cars.


 

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Polishing Project STurdteen with KBD Body Kits - Part 1

by Rathyna Gomer

A few years ago, this ridiculous trend swept the drifting community after the introduction of what us drifters call a “missile car”. During a track day a few months ago I was doing some tandem runs in my missile car and ended up getting hit after I spun out and went off course by the follow car. 

If I hadn’t already proved it to you after Part 1, drifters destroy everything – side skirts, fenders, doors, bumpers, and more. Unlike other forms of racing, it isn’t necessarily about the lightest, most aerodynamic parts – it’s about the most durable parts! For that reason, I decided to go with KBD Body Kits, owned by parent company American Plastic Technologies. 


 

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