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Project DC2 Integra: Truing up the Suspension with Whiteline

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project DC2, we greatly improved our car's suspension by replacing the ancient, worn out Koni Yellow shocks with some state of the art street KW Suspension Double Adjustable Variant III coil-overs. When paired with a stock front anti-sway bar and the excellent Comptech rear anti-sway bar that came with the car, we had a well-balanced combination that worked pretty well on the track and the street.  

All was good, but we wanted to go through the entire suspension and replace all of the old and well-worn rubber bushings in the car with new, hard polyurethane parts from Whiteline. This would bring our suspension up to snuff with the current best stuff out there.


 

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Project DC2 Integra: Starting the Journey Toward Better Lap Times with KW Suspension

by Mike Kojima

If you've been paying attention to our DC2 project car, then you know in the last installment we took our car to Buttonwillow Raceway (CW13) to record its baseline lap times and to get some driving impression of its 150,000-mile suspension and tires. Surprisingly the old DC2 was not horrible and not the slowest car entered in Global Time Attack's first ProAm event of the year. 

However, we never settle for "good enough" at MotoIQ, so we're outfiting our Integra with a set of KW Suspension Variant III coilovers as we embark on the journey towards better lap times.


 

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WATCH: Project DC2 Integra Baseline Track Test 

We did some baseline track testing of Project DC2 Integra in almost 100% stock form with our friends at Global Time Attack. This test will allow us to find out just how much faster our future upgrades will make the car go around Buttonwillow Raceway’s 13CW configuration. With over 150,000 miles on the chassis, all original suspension components and bushings, no LSD, and OEM replacement tires of an unknown age, our GSR Integra was put to work on a harsher track that requires compliance and balance. We were, however, granted with upgraded street composition brake pads, rotors, and stainless steel lines for the test.

How did the Integra hold up to the tall task? Which upgrades do we predict to make the largest improvement in lap time? Watch the video to find out!


 

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Building the Naturally Aspirated Honda K Engine Part 3, Assembling the Engine

by Mike Kojima

In the previous two installments of our engine build, you were able to take a look at the parts we will be using to build the bottom end and the cylinder head of our Ariel Atom. Notably, we went with a Dailey Engineering dry-sump system, since the Atom has a lot of aero-enhanced grip, and we want to avoid oil starvation.


 

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Project DC2 Integra - Fixing Old Clutch Woes With Centerforce

by Mike Kojima

Our DC2 Integra was a great find, in near unmolested close to stock condition despite being a GSR and being over 20 years old. Most DC2's of this era have either been mauled by a few generations of ricers, stolen several times or kept as treasured garage queens behind locked gates only to be driven to meets or other special occasions. 


 

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Project Integra DC2: Brake Upgrades and Maintenance for the Street

by Clint Boisdeau

As eager as we are to do big upgrades to Project DC2, a good amount of basic maintenance was required.  Since our goal was to drive the car regularly on the street, we wanted the confidence of knowing we wouldn't be left stranded because of an avoidable failure.  Some of the items on the list of such upgrades were the brakes and wheel bearings.  The pads and rotors on the car were not necessarily in poor shape, but they were of unknown origin and brand.  There were no familiar markings present on the brake pads and the previous owner had no idea either.  We decided to start fresh with brake related parts, since it's the most important safety item on any car. The left rear wheel bearing was making a very audible humming noise so we knew it was on its way out. Erring on the side of caution, we will be replacing all four wheel bearings with new Centric Parts bearings.


 

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Project Integra DC2: Introduction

by Clint Boisdeau

MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site.  However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun.  I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.


 

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Project NSX: Part 6 – Building the Ultimate Fuel Pump Assembly

by Billy Johnson

The NSX’s stock 155lph fuel pump reportedly maxes out around 400whp which will not suffice for our turbocharged 500whp+ goal.  We upgrade the factory pump with the new Walbro 416 E85 compatible fuel pump and visit our friends at Brown and Miller Racing Solutions for motorsport-grade alcohol approved fuel lines, fittings, and electrical wiring.  We finish the build by taking our hanger to be PTFE coated by Calico coatings.


 

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SEMA 2015: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA is an absolutely insane whirlwind of auto nocturnal emission that leaves most enthusiasts gobsmacked and run down. Of course we wouldn't want you all to miss the action! Live vicariously through our SEMA-ntics and check out all the action without any of the sleep deprivation.


 

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SEMA 2014 Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

A pass to SEMA is akin to an invite to the Playboy Mansion for most nerdy teenage boys. But just like any 14 year old geek, once there, they have no clue how to navigate. The grotto first, the game room, the Aviara- where to start? Luckily it gets much easier after some experience but there's still so much to see that leaves a lot that gets missed. Come along as we find the Rocket Bunnies among other things.


 

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Project NSX Part 5 – We Dyno Test A Ported Intake Manifold and Headers

by Billy Johnson

In what will probably be the first and last article for pursuing naturally aspirated power gains in our 1992 NSX, we look into the design of the stock NSX’s Variable-Volume intake manifold, gut and port it, and add headers.  We then strap the car to a dyno to see how much power we gained over the factory rated 270hp @ 7,100rpm and 210lb-ft of torque @ 5,300rpm 90-degree 2,977cc V6 engine.


 

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Project NSX

Project NSX: Part 4 – We track test KW Suspension, Volk Wheels and Nitto Tires in Pursuit of a Track Record

by Billy Johnson

It’s been almost 5 years, but Project NSX is back!  While the turbo motor build has had some setbacks, we continue to move forward with the chassis of the car.  We made it out to Buttonwillow and broke some records with the help of a few new parts including KW Variant-3 Coilovers, Volk CE28 Wheels and Nitto NT05 tires.


 

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Dyno Detectives: Edik Stepanyan's Dyno Results

By Justin Banner

So, did he do it? Did Edik Stepanyan's DA Integra really pull too much power or was it a fluke? We go to Road Race Engineering to find out just what Edo was really pulling at Sonoma! What did Mike, Martin, and I see that day and what are the consequences? Read on to find out!


 

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Sneak Peek: Edik Stepanyan's DA Acura Integra

By Justin Banner

It's running away from you, that little, old DA Acura Integra. It's got to be cheating, there is no way your car, with a bigger engine and the same power to weight ratio is losing! Or is there? We take you into the machine that has nearly dominated both rounds of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship and shows that sometimes it is what is in the car that counts the most.


 

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