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Project Unpimp My Ride: Pedders Easyfit Suspension and Swaybars, Street Performance for the Toyota86/BRZ/FR-S

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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The Tech Garage Low Cost Borescope!

by Mike Kojima

Just a few short years ago having access to a borescope was a luxury that few racers, engine builders, and hobbyists could afford. You would typically have to spend a few thousand dollars for one. They were not that flexible, in that you would either not be able to record images or would have to spend a bunch of money for camera adapters. 


 

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Tested! Honeywell Garrett Upgraded Intercooler for the EcoBoost Mustang

by Mike Kojima

Honeywell by Garrett has recently released a direct fit bolt-on intercooler solution for the EcoBoost Mustang, and we didn't wait any time to verify how it performs! We knew our friends at HPS Performance Products had been time attacking their EcoBoost Mustang, so it would be the perfect test bed for our intercooler test. Read on for all the details and DATA!


 

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TESTED: STEEDA Anti-Wheel Hop Package

by Billy Johnson

First iterations of new technologies are rarely flawless. When the Mustang ditched the solid axle in 2015 in favor of a 21st century Independent Rear Suspension, it transformed into a modern-day sports car with greatly improved ride quality and handling dynamics. Unfortunately, the new diff and subframe are mounted with soft, compliant rubber bushings that cause a significant wheel hop when launching the car and unwanted toe changes in corners. This affects drag and road racers alike. In order to eliminate these issues, we tested Steeda Autosport’s Ultimate ‘Stop the Hop’ Package and Adjustable Differential Bushing Insert System.


 

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Tested: Mirror Bright Vinyl and Rubber Treatment

by Mike Kojima

We usually don't get excited enough about car care products to write about them, but every once and awhile, we get something in the mail that gets our attention. Tire treatments are something we could usually care less about. The market is saturated with all sorts of goop to put on tires.


 

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Project AP1 S2000: Installing Forbidden Side Diffusers

by Karla Pestotnik

Project AP1 S2000 has specific plans to be the ultimate, fun street car that can hold its own performance-wise, without losing its street-ability factor by turning into a full-blown racecar or track dedicated car. However, what is a good handling street car without its good looks? We clean up the S2000's rocker panels with a set of Forbidden USA's carbon fiber side diffusers.


 

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Tested: Rally Ready Driving School!

by Khiem Dinh

I started watching WRC around fifteen years ago and more recently rally cross, but I had never learned the skills required to drive a car in dirt. I’ve done drag racing, auto-x, road courses, motorcycle track days, and more recently supermoto. Heck, I have even gone mud bogging and driven dune buggies, but I haven’t gone sideways in dirt. It so happens our buddy Texas Dave has his Rally Ready driving school in my favorite city of Austin, Texas. 


 

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AntiGravity's XA 4-1 Multi-Function Flashlight!

by Mike Kojima

A lot of you might be familiar with AntiGravity Batteries as the supplier of ultra light and powerful Lithium Ion batteries used in Motorsports. Their batteries have been used by us in a few of our projects, and most of our personal race cars sport their batteries. 


 

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