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26

Project S550 Mustang GT: Installing Airlift Suspension Digital V2 

by Nathan Brummer

In planning the next phase of Project S550 Mustang GT, we began looking at suspension kits that would give the versatility of a comfortable daily diving experience and still provide a somewhat capable track setup. Before we move forward, it’s also important to revisit our goals with this project. This is NOT an all out performance track car, but rather a daily driver that we want to transform into a competitive street car. It’s something that will see light track day action, as well as something that we can show off at local car shows. Given this direction, this build will come to points where compromises are made for street-ability and comfort. While a race-spec coilover kit would be a great solution for the track, daily driving this kit would be less than desirable. Having made this mistake on previous daily drivers, we were determined not to do the same with this project!


 

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25

Daily Driven, HKS Supercharged Scion FR-S Autocross and Track Car

by Frank Ewald

Simon Chan's Scion FR-S attracts attention. Just sitting in a parking lot or driving by on the street, you will take a second look. We certainly did - and then contacted Simon and asked if he was interested in doing an article for MotoIQ. He was and so a meeting was set up at River's Edge Road Course, part of Mission Raceway Park in Mission, B.C. where he would be participating in a track day. A nice balancing point from the Autocross event that first brought this FR-S to our attention. The weather was initially overcast with some light rain on the way to the track, however, by early afternoon the sun was drying off the track and, by mid-afternoon, was out in full force. This was certainly a more balanced day than the early spring autocross event which blew us away with snow in the first few hours before the sun also came out to stay.


 

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23

Japanese Cars That Don't Suck

by Mike Kojima

I pissed a lot of people off with my Japanese Cars Suck article a few weeks ago, where I expressed dismay at the boring state of the Japanese car industry. Japan Inc. seems to be producing either the uninspired transportation device or the trying too hard, over the top stuff that seems like something out of the Fast and the Furious or Transformers franchises.


 

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19

Global Time Attack Round 2: Buttonwillow Raceway Park

by David Kim

Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.

From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.


 

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18

Project EP3 Civic Si, Improving the Brakes with Fastbrakes, Stoptech and Willwood

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project EP3 Civic Si, we explained how we went about converting our car from 4 lug to 5 lug hubs. We did this for two reasons: one to take advantage of the larger selection of 4x114.3 bolt circle wheels available on the market and to take advantage of the larger RSX Type-S wheel bearings and axles to stiffen up the bearing system in anticipation of performance fixed caliper brakes and more power from a possible engine swap.


 

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17

Turbo Tech: Calculating Turbocharger Compressor and Turbine Performance Advantage with the New Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2

by Khiem Dinh

In our Turbo Tech series, we have covered a lot of segments of turbocharger performance. We have looked at various aspects of compressor efficiency and performance, turbocharger mapping, and turbo sizing and matching among other things. This time around, we are going to do some more calculations on the turbine side, calculating pressure ratio and wastegate flow along with estimating power gains from the Honeywell Garrett GTX Gen2 turbos over the first generation GTX. You better get your Excel spreadsheets warmed up.


 

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16

The Blackbird Fabworx Morpheus Miata!

by Mike Kojima

The cars created by Moti Almagor of Blackbird Fabworx have always caught our attention. More for less has always been the theme his creations. The Blackbird Fabworx cars have always eked amazing speed out of stock, very low powered engines. Lightweight, meticulous care in chassis setup, balanced brakes and carefully thought out aerodynamics have had a harmonious interplay in developing incredible speed from very little horsepower.


 

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13

Testing Meguiar's Two Step Headlight Restoration Kit!

by Mike Kojima

Any car that has the newer plastic headlights will experience weathering and yellowing eventually. This is caused by UV light exposure degrading the protective coating on the surface of the lights. Once the coating is eroded, UV light makes quick work of the clear plastic underneath, and the light becomes cloudy and yellow. 


 

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12

The Nissan Figaro: Back to the Future

by Alvin Miles Jr.

In 1989, The Figaro was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show that’s held every other year at the largest convention and exhibition center in Japan, the Tokyo Big Sight. Naoki Sakai and Shoji Takahashi’s “Back to the Future” design really soaked up many and all possibilities and made something that one wouldn’t know which generation it belonged in.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
11

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
10

Project Sim Racer: Part 3 - Enhancing the Experience With Fanatec

by Erik Jacobs

After spending a good number of hours behind the Logitech G920 controls on our GT-R Simulator GTA-F cockpit, we wanted to see if we could enhance our experience. There wasn’t anything wrong with the Logitech setup, but there is a whole lot more high-end gear out there that we wanted to try. Enter Fanatec and another pile of boxes!


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Features
09

How To Do A 5 Lug Conversion the Right Way! Project EP3

by Mike Kojima

As we finally start to mod our much-maligned shop EP3, the car that everyone loves to hate, we came to the realization that the car had pretty big wheel wells. To us, big wheel wells does not mean room for offset, slammed to the ground ride height or dumb camber but room for big grippy tires!


 

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06

Testing Radium Engineering's Advanced Self-Draining Catch Can!

by Mike Kojima

Having proper crankcase ventilation is critical on a performance engine, especially forced induction ones that have more blowby past the rings by nature. The pressure needs to be relieved. Excessive crankcase pressure can blow seals, cause severe smoking from the turbo and affect piston ring seal causing smoking and losing power. 


 

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05

Project F150 EcoBoost: Part One - Opening Things Up With a MagnaFlow Exhaust System

by S. Tate

MotoIQ's latest project car is a (tow) truck! Let's get it introduced and find out what happens when we install a MagnaFlow four inch exhaust system.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech, Ford
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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03

anti lag rocket beyond the dyno

External Combustion Rocket Anti Lag System + JDM Spec C Impreza STI

By Eric Hsu 

The external combustion anti-lag "rocket" combustor was used on the factory Prodrive built WRC STi Subaru cars to improve the EJ20 engine's inherent mediocre torque and engine response. The rocket is so good that a version of it is still in use today in the 2012 Japanese Super GT GT300 STi BRZ which also uses an EJ20. Last time I wrote a teaser article, but this time we'll take a look at some of the details of the rocket combustor anti-lag system as it applies to my buddy Ben's JDM Impreza STi Spec C street car over in the UK. 


 

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02

Project MKVII Golf R: Part 2 - Bilstein Clubsport Suspension

by Isaac Sandoval

Project MKVII Golf R has been doing an absolute killer job of being a boring daily driver for the past few months while we slowly decided which aspects of the car needed to be addressed and with which components. While we didn’t have the opportunity to make it to many driving events, we did manage to get some initial shakedown runs in at Adams Motorsports Park at one of their grip events. During that event we got a feel for the car and quickly decided to address the suspension first. The stock suspension on the Golf R is more than adequate for a daily driver and weekend drive fun, but we are going for serious on track performance.


 

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CafeIQ Debut: Every New Beginning is Some Other Beginning's End

by Erik Jacobs

When Nick recently left us to go take care of the family coffee and espresso equipment repair business, we didn’t think much of it. But recently, founder Mike Kojima attended a NASCAR Xfinity series event and lamented on the emptiness of the stands. It was clear from this singular, isolated experience that racing is, in fact, dying, and dying quickly. So, it was time to make a change. Enter, CafeIQ.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we are hanging up our driving gloves in favor of aprons and bar rags. Sorry Patrick Stewart fans, but there’s no Earl Grey (hot) where we’re going. It’s all about coffee.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
29

Tech Tip: How to Fix a Broken Mazda Door Handle

by David Zipf

It is important that we start off this Tech Tip be noting that it mostly applies to Mazda 3 owners, but also likely applies to 5 and 6 owners as well.  Mazda built the doors of all of these cars in a similar way.  If you own one of these vehicles (specifically the first generation from 2004-2010 or so depending on the model), you WILL have to deal with this problem at one point or another.  At some point your door handle WILL break, and you WILL have to replace it.  This will be a 100% failure rate over time and if you fix it early, it will make your life a bit easier.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech
28

AEM AQ1 - Installing & Setting Up the AQ1 Data Logger

by Ramitha Edirisinghe

In Article 1 we went over the features of the AQ1. In Article 2 we showed the power behind the data logging. In this final section, we’ll go through our installation of the AQ1 into the Jager Racing car, and some lessons we learned in the process.


 

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