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19

Wrench Tip: In Defense of Cheap Tools

by Matt Brown

I have a $400 multimeter in my toolbox. I’m not sure why, but at some point in the recent past, I decided I needed to measure voltage with an accuracy of less than one-tenth of one percent and current down to ten microamps. Sitting on top of it, is that red multimeter that Harbor Freight occasionally gives away free with any purchase. Guess which one gets used most often?


 

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18

How to Build Fredric Aasbo's Drift Toyota Corolla iM!

Make yourself comfortable and take a DEEP dive with Mike Kojima as he walks around Fredric Aasbo's 2017 Formula Drift Toyota Corolla iM with the legendary builder and team owner Stephan Papadakis!  Learn what goes into building one of the most technologically advanced cars in the 2017 Formula D field!


 

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16

We Look Inside Fredric Aasbo's Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla iM Drift Machine

by Mike Kojima

It is really hard to build a competitive car in Formula Drift nowadays. The rules set is mature, and the competition is ruthlessly tough. When even the best teams develop a new platform, it can take a whole season to sort a new chassis out. A radically different chassis can take a couple of seasons for even a top team to get competitive. Not so for Papadakis Racing and their Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM that they built for 2015 Formula Drift Champion, Fredric Aasbo.


 

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15

WATCH: Project V8 RX-7 gets ARP wheel studs, wheel spacers and a new set of nuts!

We were so excited about our new Sikky shifter video that we almost forgot to show you exactly how we approached new lug studs and spacers for the rear. We did a pretty good job guessing what offset would give us that perfect flush fitment of our SSR SP4 wheels on our Rocket Bunny widebody RX-7, but there was still room for improvement! We took care of all that with a set of 10mm FIC spacers, new ARP wheel studs and Muteki lug nuts!


 

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12

WATCH: Project V8 RX-7- Sikky T56 Magnum Shifter Install!

5 years ago we installed Sikky Manufacturing's original T56 Magnum relocation shifter, and it served us well, but now they've updated the design. We got our hands on one to compare and install in Project V8 RX-7! Click to watch and see more!


 

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11

Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Japanese Grand Prix

by David Zipf

Welcome back to our post-race breakdown of Formula 1! In case you missed the Malaysian Gran Prix review, MotoIQ will be bringing you its own particular nerdtastic take on the latest news and developments in F1. Impress your neighbors, stun your friends, and woo the ladies with your newfound F1 knowledge! Let's break down what happened during last weekend's Japanese Gran Prix and get into some predictions for the American Gran Prix!


 

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11

MotoIQ Takes a Trip to [HOONIGAN] With Project V8 RX-7 and Project Civic EP3 Si!

Wild burnouts, fun games and plenty of laughs. These are all things to be expected when watching an episode of the Daily Transmission on [HOONIGAN]'s YouTube channel. What they didn't expect was MotoIQ Editor-In-Chief, Mike Kojima, to come and enlighten everyone with some suspension knowledge and history. Click to watch to see what all happened!


 

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10

Straight From Japan: Nissan R33 Skyline GT-R

by Alvin Miles Jr. 

What started as a highly sought after performance choice in Japan, turned into an eight-second, 1000 horsepower drag build before leaving the Japanese shores. After being imported into sunny California's traffic-filled lands, simplicity was re-envisioned for the sake of drivability and enjoyment. This R33 GT-R is reminiscent of its history while being driven and appreciated in the States. 


 

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09

Project F150: Part Three - Center Line Wheels and Nitto Trail Grappler Tires

by S.Tate

We deal with a basic but important set of decisions when selecting wheels and tires for your vehicle. We’ll freely admit that aesthetics are a big part of our choice, but we have other considerations too for this racecar hauler rig. We selected Center Line RT3X wheels and a set of Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires. In addition, we reprogram our speedometer to accommodate the increase in rolling circumference. 


 

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05

Tested! Weego's Lunch Box Automotive Power Source

by Mike Kojima

We get all sorts of cool stuff in the mail at MotoIQ's palatial mega-garage. Manufacturers send us stuff in hopes that we will test it and write about it. This means that we have more than our share of miracle lubes and additives, car care products and weird gadgets. Most of these things end up not working, so well so you never read about it here. However, the other day we got a box from a company we had never heard of called Weego.


 

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04

Curly's Corner: A Nerd's Eye on Formula 1 - Malaysian Grand Prix

by David Zipf

Regular MotoIQ readers will know that I have a particular fondness for IndyCar racing. However, I also have a BIG passion for Formula 1. While the on track action can’t even begin to touch the excitement of the Indy 500, there is so much more to the sport than just what’s happening on track for 2 hours every few Sundays. In this new column (inspired by my appearance on the Cars & Popcorn podcast where we discuss the movie Rush), I will try to mush together all the big stories in F1 right now and try to turn it into a coherent narrative. If you’re a casual fan who wants to up your F1 nerd cred, you’ve come to the right place!


 

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03

Pinnacle of Charm - James Deane’s Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15

by Andrew Jennings

A multi-time champion for nearly a decade in Europe, James Deane came to Formula D for his first full-year campaign in 2017. The season isn’t quite over, and he has already lived up to his reputation, outgunning the best in the business weekend after weekend. Here we break down the finer points of his partner in crime: the Worthouse Drift / Falken Tire Nissan S15.


 

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01

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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28

A Gearhead's DIY: Toddler's Wheelchair

by Frank Ewald

A toddler floor seat. A cutting board. Bicycle wheels and castors. What is happening at MotoIQ! There is no motor anywhere and no licence is required! Well, it is creativity at its finest. First off, I have to confess that this is not my idea. There are a bunch of different versions of this DIY wheelchair floating around on the Internet. Is this one better than them- probably not. I am going to tell you about it, however, and that is where this toddler wheelchair is different. This DIY Todder wheelchair is not intended to be my grandson's prime form of transportation. The intent is to give him a means of travel at floor level, to encourage him to use his arms (which are gradually gaining strength), and because his parents and I think it is cool. The first step was to look for the necessary resources. There are a few different brands of infant and toddler seats that are designed to be stationary while the little one sits in it and watches the world go by. Collecting the tools is an important aspect of any project and, unfortunately, I had everything required so nothing new had to be purchased. Usually when planning out a project I figure out at least one piece of equipment that is a must have and, if it is not in my garage already, is a must purchase item. 


 

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27

Sneak Peek: Porsche Experience Center, Los Angeles

by Khiem Dinh

The Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles is just a mile down from my work office, so a few of us go there for lunch every couple weeks. There’s always some type of awesome race machinery in the lobby, and the cars are changed out every so often. There were some particularly tasty cars on this trip, so I whipped out the camera for some quickie snaps.


 

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26

K-Tuned Integra Type R Update: The Road to Super Lap Battle

James Houghton and His Integra Type R

by Frank Ewald

The Integra Type R is and always has been an amazing car. Over the seasons that I have been writing about James Houghton's Type R, I have been amazed at how this driver and this car come back year after year, both of them better and faster, and have been pulling off amazing victories. He may not have always finished at the top of the podium, but he is absolutely on the podium and in contention! Lavigne Motorsports has focused upon fine tuning every aspect of the K-Tuned Integra Type R to enable it to be competitive. James is the first to admit that the competition with his long time friend and neighbour, William Au-Yeung, has been incredible and has pushed him to develop the Acura Integra Type R. Rumour has it that more cars are being built to tackle James and Will head on. There is no question, this is a moment in Time Attack where James is absolutely battling time. The real question is how does he keep getting faster!


 

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25

Project Infiniti G37S: Suspension upgrade KW Variant 3s and Eibach Swaybars

by Aaron LaBeau

This is a pretty exciting step for us with this project because we can finally add some good handling characteristics to our car to go, along with the more aggressive wheel and tire setup. Despite all the beefy chassis parts that the G37 shares with the 370z, the G is starting to tip the scales as a bit of a porker and tossing this car into a corner really unsettles this car and the driver. We wanted to get the chassis setup right so that it’s fun to drive aggressively without sacrificing comfort- which is a lot to ask for.


 

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24

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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21

Cars, Bikes, and Excellent Road Surfaces: Epic Euro Trip- First Leg

by Corbin Goodwin

Seizing a chance to finally experience a grand slog through the fabled old world, I set out to see if there was any merit to the machinery, laws, and landscapes of the greater European continent.


 

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20

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Improving Stopping With a Chevy Performance Big Brake Upgrade Kit

by Mike Kojima

When we did our baseline test of Project C7 at Buttonwillow Raceway configuration 13 CW, we were pretty impressed with the stock Z51 Stingray's on-track performance. We felt the chassis was set up pretty well for the wheel and tire configuration that came on the car, and the whole chassis calibration was matched to the amount of tire the stock car had and the power level of the engine. 


 

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