Entries for 'Mike Kojima'

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Industry Insider: Tein's shock service

by Mike Kojima

One of the markings of a better shock company is if the company can service their product by offering rebuilding and revalving if the the customer needs it for their usage.  We recently visited Tein Suspension since they are rebuilding and revalving the shocks on our Project Supra.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Getting More Power with an HKS Supercharger and More Cooling with a CSF Radiator 

By Mike Kojima

Our SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge car's progress is coming along nicely.  With all of our other mods coming together we now will focus on getting serious power out of our FA20 engine with an HKS supercharger.  With power comes heat and we will be relying on a CSF racing radiator to take care of our cooling needs. 


 

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The Alley, Enrique Perez's LS-1 powered TE72 Toyota Corolla

by Mike Kojima

In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive.  Much of our youth was spend modding these cars.  With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide. 


 

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Project White 5.0 Liter Mustang - Bolting on More Power with Borla Long Tube Headers 

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project 5.0 Mustang, we added some basic bolt on's being a cat back exhaust system from Borla and a cold air intake from AEM.  We got excellent results for these mods.  In this week's edition of Project Mustang, we are continuing to work on the engine with the addition of some long tube stainless steel headers from Borla.


 

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The CSF Radiator Challenge!  CSF vs Masiv

by Mike Kojima and Khiem Dinh

During the summer CSF radiator launched a bold ad campaign with MotoIQ: the CSF Summer Challenge.  CSF boldly challenged the entire radiator industry to s shootout to see who makes the most effective radiator with us conducting the test.  CSF's only rule was that a radiator for the challenge had to be an off the shelf part built for a given car available to the general public, not a one off bespoke radiator designed just for the test.


 

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12

Keep It Simple - Go Tuning's Spoon Sports Civic

by Mike Kojima

What's the best thing to do to re launch a performance brand in the USA?  Go racing. That is exactly what Go Tuning, the official North American distributor of Spoon Sports parts has done in the world of Time Attack in a big way.  In practice for the last Super Lap Battle, Dai Yoshihara, previous Formula D and MPTCC Champ peddled Go Tuning's Spoon Sport Civic to a blistering 1:46.3 second lap time around Buttonwillow's famed configuration 13 CW. This was faster than Chris Rado's long standing FWD Unlimited lap record in the high tech 1300hp F-Wing Scion TC, a record we assumed would be out of reach for a long, long time.


 

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01

Killer Conquest - LS Powered Conquest Starion 

by Mike Kojima

We are starting a new feature at MotoIQ called "The Alley". The Alley is our ultimate photo location area, which also happens to be the alley behind the palatial and luxurious MotoIQ Megashop. With its mix of legit urban backdrops, great lighting and convenient location, it's perfect for our lazy ass photographers! The Alley moniker will be used when we feature street builds that we would be proud to drive ourselves.

When I first saw John Lazorack's 1988 Conquest TSi at the Japanese Classic Car show, I immediately did a double take and backtracked to get a closer look.  You see I have always had a soft spot in my heart for these cars after having wanted one really badly when I was a young man.  Well not a Conquest but but its badge engineered sibling, the Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R.


 

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29

ARK Design Team America BNR32 GT-R Update

by Mike Kojima and Eric Hsu

The Team America crew has been busy and the car has really come together in the past couple of weeks.  The goal is to be able to have the car dyno tuned and track session tested before it has to go into a shipping container and hopefully end up in Australia this time (if you have been following our story, two years ago, instead of going to WTAC, the car ended up in China for a few months due to the freight forwarder making a huge mistake).

Eric Hsu and Gary Castillo have been working around the clock to get the car done with everyone else on the team pitching in on the weekends. The major fabrication is nearly complete and the engine has been started and run.  What's left is to finish up the top secret Andrew Brilliant designed aero package, do the final installation of the wire harness and to clean up and work on the cosmetics of the car like the Team America inspired wrap.


 

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28

The Fabulous Flog: A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara's Falken Tire Subaru BRZ

by Mike Kojima

What is the Flog?  It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car.  Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about.  Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog. 

The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this.  Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date.   One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, Getting More Power with a Ganador Exhaust

by Mike Kojima

Our first step in extracting more power from our FR-S's FA20 motor was to add an Unorthodox racing crank pulley which went pretty well.  Now we are going to take another baby step along the path of bolt on modifications by testing out a Ganador Exhaust system from Japan.


 

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Project White 5.0 Liter Mustang - Bolting on Power with a Borla ATAK Exhaust

by Mike Kojima

In the last installment of Project Mustang, we freed up the engine's breathing with an AEM intake.  Now we will work on the other end of the car by reducing backpressure with a free flowing ATAK exhaust system from Borla


 

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Project White 5.0 Liter Mustang - Getting More Easy Power with an AEM Intake!

by Mike Kojima

Our Project Mustang has been doing just fine with its new suspension and tires which have drastically improved the car's handling.  With the chassis doing a lot better and with the car's factory Brembo brakes adequate for now, we decided to do the classic Mustang thing and tackle the engine.  Our first step will be the addition of an AEM air intake.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Easy Power with an Unorthodox Racing Pulley

by Mike Kojima

In previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S, we've worked on improving the suspension, braking and improved the grip with a new set of wheels and tires.  Now we will start focusing on getting more power out of the engine.  We will begin with simple modifications and start to ramp things up in our quest for power.

Our first step is perhaps the most basic, adding a lightweight Unorthodox Racing front pulley. The Unorthodox pulley is not an underdrive pulley but a lightweight pulley that takes several pounds off the engine's reciprocating mass. Spinning up extra mass takes power and a lightweight pulley can free up some of that power to reach the rear wheels.


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S: Improving the Brakes With Wilwood

by Mike Kojima

In our last installment of build a SEMA car in two weeks, we went over our suspension refresh with parts from Whiteline and KW Suspension.  Now we are turning our attention towards stopping power using brake components from Wilwood. 


 

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Protect your FR-S Airdam with Protekt Skidplates!

by Mike Kojima

No matter how careful you are, you will do it eventually.  We have done it plenty of times. Modern high performance cars now almost always come with low airdams which make a big difference aerodynamically.  This means that you have probably hit them on the ground and damaged them on speed bumps, driveways and parking lots no matter how anal you are. 


 

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Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S 

by Mike Kojima

MotoIQ is teaming up with the good folks at The GTChannel to produce a Scion FR-S for the SEMA Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge.  The Challenge will be between Speedhunters, Superstreet and GTChannel/MotoIQ to see which media group can build the best FR-S with the car to be displayed at the SEMA Show in the Scion Booth.

We figure that our competitors at Speedhunters and Superstreet will be putting out cars with a heavy emphasis on cosmetics, most likely with special bodywork done by Kei Mura of TRA-Kyoto fame or something like that. We also figure that Superstreet will probably outsource their build and will have a much bigger corporate fired budget than us. Speedhunters seems to be working on their build by themselves so hats off to them!


 

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Project Fiesta ST - Improving the Brakes with mountune USA

by Mike Kojima

So far we have improved the handling and shifting on our Project Ford Fiesta ST with some stuff from ST Suspension and mountune USA.  We are very impressed with the base car.  If you are into tuning FWD Sport Compacts you can really appreciate just how good this car is from the factory. If you have built Turbo Hondas or perhaps a Sentra SE-R we equate the Stock ST to one of those cars with a T28.

The car is a lot of turbo fun but with solid OEM reliability, great handling and OEM refinement. On the track the car has proven to be exceptionally reliable putting down lap after lap with not a single problem.  No overheating, no fade, no unbalanced handling and most of all, the brakes are up to snuff for track abuse even stock!


 

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The Ultimate Guide to Suspension and Handling Part X: Bump Steer/Toe Steer

by Mike Kojima

It's time to think about suspension.  Some of the most common handling problems that you are the most likely to see on modified street cars and race cars based on production chassis, especially in racing classes that do not allow relocation of suspension pick up points are bump steer and toe steer related handling issues.  Bump and toe steer can have significant negative effects on a car's handling which is manifested by steering pull, twitchiness, instability, steering inaccuracy and unpredictability.  All of these things are scary for drivers to deal with.


 

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Project Ford Fiesta ST - Improving the Shifting with mountune

by Mike Kojima

Although the Fiesta ST has fairly decent stock shift feel, which is quite positive for a cable shifter FWD car, we still thought that the longish throws could be shortened for a more performance oriented shift feel.  Traditionally we have never been fans of short shifters that the aftermarket is full off. Your typical short shifter shortens the throws too much destroying shift feel as well as sometimes overstressing syncros, to the point of damaging them.

With this in mind we were somewhat reluctant to install mountune's short shifter developed for the Fiesta ST.  If you haven't heard of the name mountune, it's because in this country tuning of Ford's FWD offerings has not been the popular thing to do.  Not so in Europe where compact Fords have been a mainstay of the enthusiast market for 3 generations.  In Europe the name mountune is closely associated with Ford Performance and with the new Fiesta and Focus ST mountune will become a mainstay for Ford performance in North America. 


 

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Project IS-F: Getting New Shoes with Nitto Tires

by Mike Kojima

Project IS-F is a real daily driver, driven every day by a little old Asian lady back and forth to work. On weekends the car also hauls the family along, fast.  The car gets a lot of miles on it and day in and out wear and tear.


 

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