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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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Project Mustang 5.0: Data Logging, Tuning, and More with HP Tuners nGauge

by Vince Illi

HP Tuners has been at the forefront of automotive engine tuning and diagnostics for Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler vehicles for over a decade now. Their VCM suite is used for tuning by professional speed shops around the world. Furthermore, HP Tuners is one of the only aftermarket companies who has completely “unlocked” the Copperhead Powertrain Control Module (PCM) used in Ford’s latest engines, including the Coyote 5.0 V8. Their VCM Scanner is available to consumers and can perform the vast bulk of factory-level diagnostic testing on a laptop computer—tools normally only available to Dealers using Ford’s expensive Intelligent Diagnostic Scanner (IDS) tool.

Recently, HP Tuners partnered with E-Motion products to create a new handheld tuner device with a twist. The aftermarket is already flooded with OBD-II tuning devices that run the gamut from good to terrible, so HP Tuners wanted to set themselves apart by making something that could do more than just standard tuning.


 

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Tested: Radium Engineering Coolant Expansion Tank

by Vince Illi

Recently, Radium Engineering released a kit to easily install their Coolant Expansion tanks onto 2011+ Mustangs. We test it out on our Grey Project Mustang 5.0 and discuss how an expansion tank works!


 

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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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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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TESTED: Continental Tire ExtremeContact Sport

by Billy Johnson

“Same level dry performance as a Michelin Pilot Super Sport”. That is a HUGE statement by Continental when the PSS is hands down the segment leading benchmark.  Continental is extremely proud of their brand new ExtremeContact™ Sport tire that was just released earlier this month as a replacement for their ExtremeContact™ DW tire.  We logged nearly a thousand miles on the new Sport in both the wet and dry, and put it up against the outgoing DW in a back to back test at Palm Beach International Raceway to see if it lives up to Continental’s claims.


 

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Project 5.0 Mustang (The White One) Building the 302 Coyote Engine!

by Mike Kojima

We were eager to get into our motor and install the Ford Motorsports parts that would basically enable us to rev to over 8000 rpm reliably and breathe better on top. The parts we accumulated would bring us to a spec about the same as the Ford Motorsports Aluminator performance crate engine and a little bit more than the Drag Racing Cobra Jet NA engine. 


 

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Project S550: Part 2 - Addressing Shortcomings in the Suspension and Drivetrain

by Nathan Brummer 

We’ve gotten pretty familiar with Project S550 since our last update, having logged several thousand miles to date. While we’re still very much in love with the car, it has begun to reveal some of its quirks and shortfalls but, like any good relationship, we’re willing to work through these in exchange for our long-term goals. As with any good therapy session, it’s time to be completely honest and get all those ugly irritations and disappointments out in the open. We’ll start by recapping the issues we’ve encountered and then outline what we’ve done to address them.


 

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Project 5.0 Mustang (The White One) Building the Bottom End

by Mike Kojima

In the last segment covering the engine build on our 5.0 liter Mustang, we addressed the top end with CNC ported heads and camshafts from Ford Motorsports. Now it's time to fortify the engine's bottom end so we can have a screaming high-revving naturally aspirated Coyote engine that is still reliable. 

Our target for this build is to have a safe 8000 rpm redline, wheel horsepower in the high 400 range and run on 91 octane California pump gas with reliability and track car endurance. We feel that this stuff is all pretty easily done.


 

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Project 5.0 Mustang (The White One) Making it Stop with Essex Parts AP Radi-CAL Brake System

by Mike Kojima

Our Project Mustang came stock with pretty decent brakes. From the factory our Ford features 4 piston Brembo calipers with 355x32mm one piece rotors. However, we still wanted to upgrade our brakes as our much wider tires, 20" wheels, upgraded suspension and engine would stress the brakes a lot more. Our Mustang also weighs a punishing 3700lbs with really cooks the brakes. The Ford factory has put larger brakes on some of the higher end SN197 Mustangs so we figured we should follow suit as well.


 

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Tested: Schroth Quick-Fit Harnesses

by Vince Illi

We've heard that a good set of harnesses can make a difference in lap times, but who wants to go through the ordeal of figuring out where to anchor them and cutting up a car's interior to install them, only to lose the use of the back seats?  We test out Schroth's solution with their Quick-Fit Harness system.


 

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05

Project S550 - 2015 Mustang GT Introduction

by Nathan Brummer

Ford followed up their hugely successful S197 Mustang with a completely redesigned platform. The 2015 model year known to Mustang enthusiasts by its chassis designation S550 is now coveted around the world (even outselling the Porsche 911 in Germany this past March) and boasts two major differences from its predecessor, the S197. While aesthetics are subjective – and always hotly debated - the first, and most obvious, difference is how much sleeker this new model looks. Secondly, it now sports an independent rear suspension, meaning the new Mustang no longer suffers from the live rear axle, which has been widely panned as a critical shortcoming for many years. While always a formidable straight-line drag racer, it has never been considered a great handling car. Those days are now long gone, making the S550 a perfect candidate for a performance-oriented daily driver project.


 

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Project Focus ST: Getting More Power with Cobb Tuning!

by Mike Kojima

In our last segment of Project Focus ST, we reviewed some parts from Cobb Tuning for our car. To get a nice safe boost in power, we got a Cobb Stage III upgrade which includes a V3 Access port ECU flasher, larger more efficient intercooler, larger charge pipes, a cold air intake, a larger freer flowing downpipe, a freer flowing exhaust and a heavy duty motor mount.  In this installment it's time to put these parts to the test!


 

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Project Fiesta ST, Improving the Drivetrain with mountune USA and SPEC Clutch

by Mike Kojima

If you have been following our series in the transformation of our Fiesta ST from a street car to a race car, we have addressed a lot of the basics involved from getting excess weight within the rules out to building a solid cage, fuel system and safety systems. 

In our prior driving of Project Fiesta ST on the track we noted that a lack of limited slip differential was a serious issue.  The car wanted to spin its inside front wheel on corner exit but the electronic nannys, namely traction control, stability control and electronic torque vectoring would kick in.

With the stock power levels and tires, this would not be so bad but with stiffer suspension, much higher cornering speeds and more power, the electronics were overwhelmed and the car would do something like a terminal shuttering understeer, not conducive to fast lap times. 


 

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SEMA

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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Project 5.0 Mustang: Getting More Power and Durability with Ford Racing

by Mike Kojima

We have just about maximized the bolt on potential of Project 5.0 Mustang in our last installment with the addition of the Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake manifold.  Now, in order to attain still higher power levels from our engine, we will have to dive into the internals

We are big believers in the benefits of parts designed by factory engineers with factory technical resources for factory race programs.  Many of the parts we will be using for our build are straight from the Boss 302R Grand Am and Cobra Jet NHRA drag racing programs. Factory engineered and best of all factory validated and proven on the track is good enough for us.


 

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Project Focus ST- Making Power with Cobb Tuning!

by Mike Kojima

It's been a while since we have done much with our Project Focus ST but that is about to change.  In the past installments we worked on upgrading our car's suspension.  With the suspension done it's time to focus on other stuff.  What a bad pun.  The other stuff is going to be handled with the arrival of a big pallet of goodies from Cobb Tuning.

Our stuff from Cobb is mostly going to focus on getting more easy and plentiful bolt on power from the engine with their Stage 3 Power Package with a few other goodies to enhance the car's handling as well.  Man we cannot get away from these focus puns.


 

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Project 5.0 Mustang: Improving the Breathing With Ford Racing and Cooling with CSF

by Mike Kojima

In previous installments of our Project Mustang we had installed most of the common bolt ons for our 5 liter Coyote engine.  We had gotten a pretty decent boost in power but we had noted that our power would really fall off at higher RPM, more that what we thought a free breathing 4 valve motor should.


 

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Project Ford Fiesta ST, Getting Done-More Details 

by Mike Kojima

It takes balls to tear into a brand new car and turn it into a race car but that's exactly what the owner of our Project Fiesta did after just a short few thousand miles of street driving.  First it was the track day bug and now the car will be campaigned in our MPTCC race series in the TU class!

Our Ford Fiesta ST's conversion to a full time track car at SPD Motorsports is moving along and we are almost ready to address the motor with a bunch of parts from mountune.  The craftsmanship and attention to detail of SPD's Scott Dodgion is superb.  What is also cool is Scott's ability to do great work within a reasonable budget.  We are getting excited as our car is getting closer and closer toward it's track debut.  It will probably be one of the first racing Fiesta ST's in the country. Check it out!


 

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Project Mustang 5.0 (White)- Reducing Understeer  with Ford Racing

by Mike Kojima

The McPherson strut suspension found in our Mustang has some good and bad points.  The good points are that it is simple, lightweight, inexpensive to produce and takes up minimal space in the car. This in turn allows room for more narrow shock towers so the wider DOHC Coyote engine can fit. The bad points are few but perhaps the worse is that strut type suspension has some compromises when it comes to geometry, particularly when lowered.

The benefits of lowering a car can be nullified in a strut car if the car is lowered by more than just a little.  Often lowering a strut equipped car makes the car handle worse, particularity in the front of a strut equipped car where over lowering manifests itself as increased understeer.  Some lucky owners of cars where there is a healthy aftermarket have off the shelf solutions to fix the front suspension geometry.  If you are a Mustang owner you are in luck as Ford Racing has a well engineered geometry correction solution available for you right at your local dealership's parts counter.


 

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