Product Tests

 

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Project DC2 Integra, Testing the Fluidampr Crank Pulley

By Mike Kojima

We have big plans for Project Integra B18C engine.  Instead of swapping to a K Series engine to make easy big power, we are going to build up the older but still noteworthy B Series engine that the car comes with. Something that is relatively easy due to this engines huge level of aftermarket support.


 

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Controlling the Heat: HeatShield Products

by Frank Ewald

In the last article on the NX GTi-R there should have been no doubt in anyone's mind that the temperatures in the engine bay and the engine itself were bordering on the extreme. Temperatures that were under control in 30 minute track day sessions were now spiraling upwards. The larger turbo, the tighter clearances when the engine was built with forged parts, and the loss of the mystical factory manifold heat shield when I transported the NX across the country have all conspired against me.


 

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Can an Oil Change Make More Power? We Test Idemitsu ZEPRO Eco Medalist and Find Out!

By Mike Kojima

Can you make significant power gains just by changing oil?  In the past, we have proven that switching from a lower grade mineral oil to a premium synthetic oil can be good for a couple or three hp. However, is it possible to make serious gains in power from just an oil change by changing the viscosity of the oil as well as the type? 


 

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WATCH! IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 2 - Forged Performance Sway Bars

MotoIQ Video

You've read the article, now watch the video! Join us on our journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ! In Part 2 of our series, we install a set of Forged Performance sway bars.


 

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Project DC2 Integra- Getting More Grip With OS Giken and Better Response With Centerforce

by Mike Kojima

With our DC2 Integra rocking a state of the art suspension, it was time to get our drivetrain in order for our anticipated track use and increased power. To get the power to the ground, we needed a limited slip differential, and we selected what we feel is the best FWD limited slip on the market- the OS Giken 1 way differential.


 

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Project "My Fiancée's" Miata: Part 10 - Nitto NT05 Tires, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch & Flywheel, Two Track Tests and Road Trip Bonanza!

by Daniel O'Donnell

Take a seat and come along for the most epic road trip in MotoIQ project car history! Thirty hours each direction across the United States, with Buttonwillow Raceway being the halfway point, definitely brought some great excitement and photo opportunities. However at MotoIQ, we don’t just take leisurely road trips; we had to make sure that we made it in time for Global Time Attack’s Super Lap Battle. Click to read more! 


 

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Project DBA R35 GT-R: Getting the Ultimate Custom Car Cover with Covercraft

by Mike Kojima

The MotoIQ Megashop is in a pretty dusty industrial area in So Cal. Dust gets into our shop and mixes with the normal shop dirt of metal filings and other stuff that naturally flies around when you work with cars.

So unfortunately, some of the nicer cars in our fleet end up being quickly covered by a mixture of nasty shop dirt and neighborhood dust that can turn a freshly cleaned and detailed car into a pigpen in as little as a week. 


 

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Unpimp My Ride: Transforming a Modded BRZ Into a Civilized Daily Driver with Pedders, Verus Engineering and ARK Designs

by Mike Kojima

Not all of us want a race car for the street. Although many of us are hardcore track day participants, autocrossers or canyon runner nuts, there are a lot of enthusiasts who don't want a super edgy race car with a license plate as a commuter or daily driver.  


 

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Building an FA20 Race Engine for Michele Abbate: Part 1- Planning the Internals

by Mike Kojima

We have known Michele Abbate ever since she was a college student doing track days with her trusty Mazdaspeed Protege and have followed her career as friends as she has progressed up the ranks from recreational driver to a Scion Sponsored driver in SCCA's GT1 class. 

Up to now, Michele has been running her car with a bone stock FA20 engine at a very low boost street blower drive ratio. Although this is decent power, she needs a lot more to be competitive in one of SCCA's fastest classes for production-based cars. 


 

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All-Season Versus Winter Tires: A Racecar Driver's Consensus

Presented by Tire Rack and Michelin

by Karla Pestotnik

I think I can comfortably say that I’ve used all-season tires in almost any creative scenario that I can think of. I’ve used them on a racetrack countless times in several different cars, trying to drive as cleanly as possible with minimal grip in search of the best possible lap time for each given platform. I’ve used them as “rain tires” because that is what was available at the time and had better water dispersion than race slicks in a sprint race with down pouring rain. I’ve done some off-roading with them on trucks, SUVs and even vans, and had my fair share of times getting stuck in sand and/or mud with them (a few occasions with a trailer connected even). I have even used them for what they are generally intended for- you know, normal driving in a regular passenger car on public roads and highways. However, after attending the Winter Driving Event that Tire Rack and Michelin hosted, I can now say that I have used all-season tires in ice drag racing!

We did several comparison tests to evaluate whether or not it's worth it to buy winter tires, considering how versatile all-season tires can be. What does a racecar driver have to say about it? Click to find out!


 

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An inside look at the Feal 441 Suspension for the B13 Sentra SE-R!

by Mike Kojima

The original B13 Sentra SE-R has always held a dear spot in many of our hearts. Produced from 1991 to 1994, the SE-R combined the lightweight shell of the Sentra coupe with the sparkling performance of the beloved SR20DE engine. For its time, the SE-R offered a great performance bang for the buck, and to this day, it has scores of hardcore devotees who treasure them.


 

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TESTED: Ford Mustang GT Power Packs 1-3

by Billy Johnson

Ford Performance offers three different 50-state legal “Power Packs” for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT that increases horsepower without affecting the factory warranty*.  We back-to-back test Power Packs 1, 2, & 3 on a stock Mustang GT to see if Ford’s claim of 13-37hp increases are legitimate.  We then analyze the GT350 intake manifold’s effect on the torque curve to see if it really has less low-RPM torque than stock in favor of high-RPM power.  Finally, we determine which packages would be best for street and track use through in-depth torque and gear ratio analysis.


 

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Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers - Chevrolet SS Installation & Test Drive

by Martin Gonzales

We've had good experiences with companies from down under such as Whiteline, Turbosmart and PE Racing so we were anxious to try out the suspension offerings from another Australian company, Pedders. Although the name Pedders is probably new to most of you MotoIQ readers, they have been around for a long time, 67 years, in fact, being founded in 1950. 


 

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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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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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TESTED: Ford Performance Cat-Back Exhaust and GT350 Valence

by Billy Johnson

The Ford Mustang may be the best-selling sports car in the world at the time of this writing, yes you read that right, but it is far from the best sounding sports car in the world. We reached out to Ford Performance for their far more attractive and aggressive M-5200-M8TBV Touring Exhaust System and GT350 lower valence with integrated quad-tips to improve the looks and sound of our S550 Mustang GT.


 

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Project Tundra: 5000 Mile Evaluation of Nitto's New Ridge Grappler Tires!

by Mike Kojima

We were very pleased with the Nitto Terra Grappler tires that Project Tundra had been running the last 7 years. We had over 60,000 miles of towing, supercharged burnouts, daily driving and off-roading on them- including a day of driving hard around Willow Springs Raceway. We were very pleased to note that they still had at least 70% of their original tread and still worked quite well!


 

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TESTED: CXC Simulations Motion Pro II Driving Simulator!

by Karla Pestotnik

Let's say you are a serious or professional racecar driver with a race coming up at a track that you have never been to, or perhaps it has been years since you drove there last. You wouldn't show up to the track without doing any research about the course. You wouldn't expect to qualify first while learning where the course turns left and right in that field of 35 very talented and hungry racers for that top podium step. You do whatever your routine is for learning a new course and do your best to prepare before you strap in the racecar for the first practice day at the track. 

Many serious and professional racers spend hours on a driving simulator to help aid in this preparation. However, the more accurate and realistic the simulator is, the more that can be learned. In search of the most accurate driving simulator virtually possible, we stopped by our friends at CXC Simulations in Los Angeles to give their Motion Pro II Simulator a try. What contributes to higher accuracy in a simulator? Read on to find out!


 

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TESTED: BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil

by Billy Johnson

Changing out the factory transmission fluid for a higher performance oil is a common solution to reduce the notchy-ness and improve shifting feel. This is especially important in the Getrag MT-82 used in the 2011-2017 Ford Mustang. While we already changed out the trans fluid in our test car, Tim at OPMustang.com said I “HAD TO” try the BG Syncro Shift II Synthetic Gear Oil. I wasn’t really motivated, since the current Royal Purple Synchromax was already a big improvement over stock, but Tim offered to buy me a steak dinner if I didn’t think there was an improvement, so I gave it a try.


 

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Top Lube for E85?

by Mike Kojima

Admittedly, none of us on Dai Yoshihara's Formula D team have much experience with alcohol. We all knew methanol was a superior fuel but highly corrosive. We knew it would require a lot of post event maintenance, which would include pickling the engine and fuel system by draining the methanol and running gas through the system to remove the methanol. However, we didn't expect to run into the issues that we did. We needed a solution and were recommended some things from other teams' crew chiefs that all came down to one thing.


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