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GrimmSpeed Subaru top mount intercooler tested MotoIQ

Tested: GrimmSpeed Subaru Top Mount Intercooler

by Wes Dumalski

Around here we appreciate quality and well thought out parts that fill a void in the marketplace. Regardless of company size or the expanse of their market reach it is refreshing to see a company and its collective mindset introduce a product that doesn’t re-invent the wheel but goes a long way to making it much more efficient. In this case that company is GrimmSpeed and that product is their Subaru Top Mount Intercooler. 


 

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Motovicity's Ticket To Ride FR-S Update- Exedy Stage 2 Clutch

By Mike Kojima

In anticipation of more added power to the Motovicity Ticket to Ride FR-S from the HKS Supercharger it was decided to also upgrade the clutch.  What we wanted is something that could take the abuse of the extra power and doing some occasional drift clutch kicking fun while maintaining as much daily driven ability as possible.


 

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Motovicity's Ticket To Ride FR-S Update- HKS Supercharger Kit!

By Mike Kojima

Just about all of us can agree that the Scion FR-S is a pretty fun car, a car that has been a long time coming and that the market has been hungry for for years.  Most of us will also agree that the FR-S is really hurting for more power.  More power would make the car more balanced and better able to reach its full fun potential. 

Well we are going to bring more power to the Motovicity Ticket To Ride FR-S in a big way by adding forced induction.  We're not talking about your typical forced induction turbocharged power infusion either but rather with a centrifugal supercharger kit from HKS!


 

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Road Trip: Global Time Attack PRO-AM style

By: Wes Dumalski 

Photograhps by: Wes Dumalski and BPhotography

So as many of you know I am the dork here at MIQ who loves time attack. I go to these events and cover them as they are my passion, something that at one point in time I participated in with our Project 200SX and in reality I just cannot stay away. After our last event with Global Time Attack at Road Atlanta I returned home and thought to myself "Shit…. I won't be heading to another event until November for the GTA/Super Lap Battle event." This did not sit well with me and in fact I knew that I would not be able to stay away.

Traveling to these events on a regular basis allows you to develop relationships (I know it's a stretch for an asshole of my caliber to pretend that these people actually enjoy my company but please bear with me for the sake of this editorial) and even in some cases you make friends. I will even offer that if you attend these things and you do NOT make friends then perhaps you need social help… I always thought it was the cars that drew me to these events. The speed, the builds, the sounds and smells; as it turns out that is not the case. What draws me is the people and one of those friends that I made is solely responsible for me heading out to the blazing dissolve that is Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the Global Time Attack/Shift Sector Pro Am event's 2 and 3. Follow along as I take you on a brief road trip, Time Attack style. 


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Motovicity's Ticket To Ride Mustang Update- Stack Pro-Control Gauges

By Mike Kojima

Having a lot of trick parts on your car means nothing if you blow it up because you didn't know critical parameters were going out of range.  Of course we don't want that to happen to the Motovicity Ticket To Ride Mustang so we enlisted the help of Stack with a set of their Pro-Control Gauges to ensure we would not accidentally burn the house down.

What sets Pro-Control gauges apart from other gauges is their ability to control switched devices that can be triggered whenever a pre programmed high or low setting is surpassed.  Fans, pumps, nitrous, the list of things that can be switched on or off by a Pro-Control Gauge is only limited by your imagination.


 

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Industry Insider - Seibon Carbon

By Mike Kojima

Seibon Carbon is what we are defining as a second wave Asian performance parts company.   A few years ago, our booming performance industry was decimated by several factors, one of which was the economic downturn, another of which was a big influx of fly by night Asian companies that made cheap rip offs of established parts, distributing them with little overhead cost on Ebay and marketing them for free on Forums.


 

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

by Tatsu Tsuchida photos by Akio Hirano

For some reason I think when foreigners (the Gaijin) imagine the Tokyo Auto Salon they expect to see some multi-level parking garage filled to the brim with not only performance cars but also a dance club like atmosphere with music provided by "one-box" style wagons with booming sound systems. Then an orgy of drifting up the parking embankment, scantily clad women in school girl outfits, and J-Pop ensues.


 

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hondata flashpro

Hondata FlashPro - New Honda and Acura Applications

Industry Press Release

World leading Honda / Acura engine electronics tuner Hondata Inc. continues to expand their range of FlashPro supported vehicles to include the 2012 Civic Si, 2013 Acura ILX, 2007-08 Honda Fit and the 2007 – 08 Acura TL. This move brings the power of FlashPro into the hands of many more Honda and Acura owners.


 

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walker wilkerson drift car stolen

Help!  Walker Wilkerson's FD LS7 Powered S13 has Been Stolen!

MotoIQ Staff Report

Walker Wilkerson's competition drift car and race trailer was stolen from an industrial storage area in Carson California. The thieves cut down a reinforced security gate and cut off the trailers wheel locks to steal it despite security cameras.  Please be on the lookout for unusual parts for sale. Spread the word!


 

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Introducing the Go-Puck from Braille Battery

Industry Press Release

The mad scientists at Braille Battery, who are better known for bringing Lithium-Ion technology to the motorsports world, are now putting their race proven Lithium-Ion technology right in your hands! The Braille Go Puck is a portable USB charging station designed to quickly charge all your electrical goodies while on the go.  The days of dead cell phones at the track are over!


 

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Nerd's Eye View: 2012 LA Auto Show

by Khiem Dinh

I have to say, attending a Press Day at the LA Auto Show is really nice.  The crowds are minimal and you have more access to all of the vehicles.  Pop the hood, poke around the engine bay, snap a bunch of pictures, spend all the time you want and no one cares.  It provides me the opportunity to bring you guys and gals geeky content like this.  On with the show!


 

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Industry Insider - We Visit Turn 14 Distribution!

By Mike Kojima

You are probably used to our looks inside some of the more technical producers of parts for our industry here at MotoIQ but we recently had the opportunity to visit the folks at Turn 14 distribution to tour their facilities.  Distribution of parts may seem boring but it is actually an important customer service item for you - the end consumer.


 

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Project Nissan 370Z - Installing B&M's Short Throw Shifter

by Clint Boisdeau

One item that is typically at or near the the top of a performance enthusiast’s list of modifications is a short throw shifter.  In many cases short shifters are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and are a modification that is directly related to improving the driver’s interaction with the vehicle.  B&M, a long time aftermarket manufacturer of products related to precision gear selection, has a short shifter offering for the 370Z/G37/350Z/G35 6 speed manual transmission cars.


 

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Nerd's Eye View – SEMA Edition 2012, Part II

By Khiem Dinh

SEMA isn't just for tuner cars (which we checked out in Part I).  Some heavy duty race hardware shows up along with big budget OEM projects.  The OEMs have gotten into the business of making tuner performance parts too and come to SEMA to show them off.  Let's have a look at what can be built with big OEM and professional race team resources.


 

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Nerd's Eye View: SEMA Edition 2012, Part I

By Khiem Dinh

Mediocre Photos by fresh Khiem Dinh

Crappy Photos by SEMA induced sleep deprived, overly caffeinated Khiem Dinh

SEMA 2012 is now in the books and it was PACKED.  I think it might be some new record for the number of booths and cars in attendance.  A previously unused parking lot was full of show cars and trailers.  Registration had to be moved to make space for more booths.  There was so much cool stuff that I'll have to do this in two parts.  Part I will cover some parts and cool 'tuner' race cars.  Part II will look at some of the professional race car builds.


 

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SEMA 2012

SEMA 2012 Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA 2012 invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center this past week.  Every year, SEMA unveils the top cars, products, and trends to salivating auto enthusiasts.  Follow MotoIQ around as we try to survive the hypermiler foot race during the day and the liver challenging networking at night.  Get out your dirty sock - I'm about to recap SEMA for our MIQ readers.  


 

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Overdose: The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Invasion of SEMA Show 2012

By Chuck Johnson and Annie Sam

Each year at the SEMA Show, there is always one model car that dominates the spotlight. This year, there is no doubt that the Scion FR-S's and Subaru BRZ's are dominating the 2012 SEMA show. A bit of an overdose to say the least. To spare you from the blisters on your feet, we've walked the show for you to bring you this compilation of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ's from the SEMA show.  Enjoy.


 

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Global Time Attack Round 5 - Texas Edition

By Wes Dumalski

"Everything is bigger in Texas!" At least that's what they say... When I stepped off the plane my first destination was the bathroom. I unzipped with nervousness and as I relieved myself I realized that so far, the above cliche was completely untrue. After leaving the facilities with my head hung in shame I realized that something WAS bigger in Texas... The ASS whooping that Global Time Attack was going to deliver to the infield course at Texas Motor Speedway!


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: Scoot TV's "Honest Mike" and Justin and Kerryann Discuss Light Weight Cars

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

Exciting show for you Scooter fans! We'll have Scoot TV's Honest Mike call in and we'll talk scooters, mopeds, and the future of small two wheel technology. Then, J-Ban and Kerryann will talk shop about lightweight cars and future automotive technology! Opinion bombs away!


 

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MotoIQ Radio

MotoIQ Radio: AEM's Paul St. Clair, Playboy MX-5 Cup Driver Beth Chryst, and Global Time Attack's John Naderi

By Justin Banner & Kerryann De La Cruz

AEM's Paul St. Clair will join us once again to give his background in Automotive Racing, AEM talk, and the future of AEM. Beth Chryst who races in the Playboy MX-5 Cup will come on after him to discuss the MX-5 Cup, a little about her career, and we'll get into a discussion about Mazda and its involvement in motorsports. Then, a man who needs no introduction, but I'll give him one anyway! From the Global Time Attack series, John "Nads" Naderi will join us to close out the show. We'll talk about the recent controversy on Nemo, the GTA season to this point, and what we can look towards for 2013 in GTA and Time Attack in general. We'll probably even discuss cutlery and the perfect steak knife to have in your kitchen!


 

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