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"My Girlfriend's" Miata: Part 4 - Brake Upgrade with Good-Win-Racing and DBA USA

by Daniel O'Donnell

We’re doing it people. The impossible is becoming possible. We’re taking a car that I don’t own or insure and slowly turning it into a track vehicle that is someone else’s day-to-day responsibility. That being said, in order to keep up this ruse, I can’t screw up its daily manners too much or the girlfriend might catch on to my plan. This was a big concern for me when I was planning one of the most important systems for the track, the brakes!


 

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Race Ramps Portable Pit Stop BMW

Race Ramps: Portable Pit Stop

by Jonathan Lawson

Every car guy with a garage dreams of owning a lift, but not all of us have the room for one. Sure, there are small and even portable lift options that don’t require a ton of space, but for those times when you want full access to the underside of your car with the wheels supported, ramps are the ticket. Speaking from experience, however, I’ve never had much confidence in the plastic ramps you can pick up from chain stores, and those can cause a hassle when it comes to getting both ends of the car up, let alone the limited ground clearance they offer. Enter Race Ramps!


 

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"My Girlfriend's" Miata: Part 2 - Blackbird Fabworx GT3 Roll Bar

by Daniel O'Donnell

I’ll start off with a little bit of background for those that don’t know me. I occasionally drive the Professional Awesome Evo, and in 2013, the first version of the car was wrecked at Road Atlanta. Wise decision or not, I still had a loan on the Evo and there was a significant balance still remaining at the time of the accident. The monthly payment was nothing to scoff at and therefore, I like to consider those years I spent paying off that loan as my time in the "Valley of the Poor." It left me a changed man. I went in a naive money waster, I came out a tightwad.


 

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Project E36 M3 Suspension Version 1.1

Project E36 M3: Part 5 - Suspension V1.1 - Sway Bars, Control Arms, and Fender Rolling

by Jonathan Lawson

Coming off an unplanned hiatus, we’re ready to get back into full swing with Project E36 M3. In part 4 we covered our new ARC-8 wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires with a sneak peak of the finishing touches on V1.0 of our suspension, and that brings us to the present…


 

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APEX Arc-8 on M3

Project E36 M3: Part 4 - APEX Arc-8 Wheels and Michelin PSAS3 Tires

by Jonathan Lawson

I remember the first time I strolled onto a BMW lot back in the mid-90s to see the new E36 M3 in person. I fell in love with everything about it, including some of the factory wheel offerings. The wheels were considered large at the time, with 17" diameters, and no one knew that APEX would have their 18" x 9" Arc-8s within wheel wells. The M3s were also delivered from the factory with the then-impressive Michelin Pilot MXX3 tires, with no one ever thinking that the "all-season" Pilot Sport A/S 3 would not only perform even better, but allow you to drive in all but the most foul of winter weather conditions.


 

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STi Weds SA15R Kartboy Crawford FMIC

Project Gen 3 STi - Wheels, Bars, and Bits 

by Wes Dumalski

It's single digit temperatures outside and the car is under the knife for a HUGE round of modifications! It doesn't run, we have gotten 14" of snow in the last 48 hours and what are we doing? Why using our daily driver to tow it out of the garage to shoot pictures of our new goodies from Weds Wheels, Progress Suspension, Go Fast Bits, and Kartboy. We risk frost bite to bring you this latest installment of Project Gen3 STi, luckily for you the Internet is warm.


 

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Video: Happy Holidays from MotoIQ

MIQ contributors keep constant pipe dream lists of what they'd want if they won the jackpot or a genie appeared to grant three wishes, so it was a fair assumption they'd be setting out some California specially licensed cookies and spiked eggnog Christmas Eve, hoping to wake up to a well stocked garage of goodies.  See if you can pick up the themes!


 

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Project Garage: Part XI - Car Lifts

by Sarah Forst

When designing Project Garage, there were a few features I was set on including- a sink, a drain, and a lift. Then the local township got involved and put my dreams in park.  While I can make a sink functional somewhere/somehow, and I can use a hose or broom to clean up without a drain, a lift is the one dream I’m most disappointed in not having.  There were a few options I had considered from hydraulic lifts with all the components enclosed under the slab floor or increasing the ceiling height for a two or four post lift- nothing exists above two bays of Project Garage.  I really looked forward to not having to jack up a wheel every time I needed to work under the car but those plans were crushed like the demise of my NX.

So enter Project Guest Garage brought to you by a Canuck friend of mine.  Let’s start with the details- 30’ x 35’ main building garage space (1050 square feet for you math geniuses), 672 square feet 2nd floor storage (6’2” ceiling), 13’ cantilevered car port, and room for six cars nose to tail though it’ll house four for now.


 

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Learning the Craft: Grassroots Drifting

by Andy Noggle

Just outside Madison, Wisconsin lies Columbus 151 Speedway.  It's a family owned semi-banked quarter mile oval, a classic Midwest circle track, and home to Friday night stock car races throughout the summer. But every few weeks on a Saturday morning, as the staff are picking up the empty beer cans and hot dog wrappers from the last night's races, the track comes alive again.


 

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Project Gen3 STi GR suspension M7 coilovers SUbaru

Project Gen 3 STi: Suspension upgrade with M7

by Wes Dumalski

When last we left off with Project Gen 3 STi we were enjoying the power and up to this point the only modifications we had done so far were to make the car go faster. It was time to change that as the GR STi is a bit soft around the middle. Our friends at M7 came to our rescue with their Super Street Performance Coilover setup. We were eager to put this new suspension through its paces to see what type of performance it really offered so step inside and read all about it.


 

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Detailing 111 Connor Harrison Detailing CHD Wax Tech

Detailing 111: Wax Tech

by Connor Harrison

To many people, waxing is an annual hassle and the benefit is only temporarily appreciated.  It is treated as something that isn’t really necessary, and only needs to be done if we’re getting spiffy for a night out on the town.  Waxing once a year is simply not often enough (don’t believe what you see on TV)!  Your car is under attack every time you drive it; all the dirt, tar, bug guts, bird poop, hard water, and acid rain work to degrade the finish of your vehicle.  Your wax is your protection from these environmental offenders, and it wears away much sooner than you might think.


 

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Team America World Time Attack - ARK Design's BNR32 Skyline GT-R Part 5

Supposed to be by Eric Hsu but really again by Mike Kojima

Well it's getting closer to go time all the time and the Team America crew is working around the clock to get her done.  The deadline is nearly impossible but Eric and company are determined to make it.  Work on the car is progressing very fast.  The car might just get there but it may well be lacking a little in the cosmetics department.


 

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BNR32 Skyline GT-R Stage 1, Part 2

by Eric Hsu

The Stage 1 build of my personal BNR32 Skyline GT-R is a 500+whp, pump gas, street car designed for good throttle response and mid range torque for smokin cars on the street and track alike. Anyhow, this is part 2 of the Stage 1 build where I will break down in detail why I chose the parts I did.


 

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MR SST Transmission Kaput

by Eric Hsu

It's a good thing I have AAA Plus with 100 mile towing. After 22,000 super hard miles the SST transmission fails, but then again so would any other.


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These days I don't get to work on my own project cars or engines that often. My GT-R is parked at XS which is about 40 minutes away and my MA70 Supra ...

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My GS300


My GS300 is currently awaiting its conversion back to a stock body. In its heyday (I bought it new in 1999), it was what I thought to be the ideal street car. It was wide, low, big wheels (20x11.5 rear), turbo (420whp), big stereo (5500 watts rms) and was clean when it had new paint (BMW Brilliant Black). Power to keep up with a V8 M5, the chicks used to dig it, and it was comfortable. What's the difference between fiberglass aero parts and high maintenance girlfriends? Nothing: they both need constant attention, maintenance, and money to keep them happy. I hate taking care of my cars (outside of the mechanical realm) so...

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XS BNR32 GT-R Left Front Wheel in the Air


Sean the living GT-R database, posted a pic of the XS BNR32 lifting the front left wheel after I shifted into 2nd gear.


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Goodbye FD

 

This is, or was, my 6th rotary powered car and my 2nd red FD3S. While I eventually wanted to finish building it, I was just unable to find the time to do so. I was having a really difficult time getting a title for it. Learn from my lesson and avoid buying a car without a title. I got the run around from DMVs from 3 different states and the two previous owners. Eventually I said screw it and I just gave up. I would have hated to drop big $$$ into a race car only to learn that something was wrong with the title. So Pete and I cut the fucker up since I didn't want to burden the next guy. If anybody needs FD parts hit me up.

 

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Armada AEM BRUTE FORCE!!! Intake


About three weeks ago I walked up to my desk in the morning at Cosworth and there was this big ass red box sitting on my chair. I was thinking "who the hell sent me an Armada intake?" It didn't cross my mind at the time that I had just posted about using a K&N intake. So I put it aside and started my day. Later that day at lunch Tyler said, "Hey Greg is going to send you an intake. Would you run an AEM intake?" I said, "Yeah I'm down as long as its not an xxx." BTW, thanks for hooking up the BRUTE FORCE!!! intake, Greg. Sorry I haven't called to thank you, but it is non-stop super busy at work so I haven't had a...

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Lexus GS300 Valve Body


I have been way busy lately spending a lot of time putting my GS300 back to stock. Or at least that was the original plan. I was going to return the drivetrain back to stock and get the car ready to sell, but its a bit too difficult to return the car back to stock. So instead, Peter at XS is putting in a stock block (I had a Supra TT block before), stock head, with an Apexi 2.1mm metal headgasket for a 9.4:1 compression ratio, a fresh transmission (my old one is smoked), and a new higher stall speed torque converter. I wil...

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