Entries for 'Jeff Naeyaert'

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Project V8 RX-7:  Part 14 - Going Wide with Rocket Bunny's new FD3S Widebody Aero Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

If you follow us on our Instagram or Facebook page (and if you don’t why the F not?  seriously, click up there on the top right of the page and connect!) you know we received one of the first batch of FD RX-7 Rocket Bunny kits to come into the states!  If this seems out of character for us, it is—never in our history have we put a bodykit on one of our project cars—and for good reason, most of them look terrible, are molded poorly and are difficult to install. 


 

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Project Honda Ruckus - Part One

by Jeff Naeyaert

Enjoy a Throwback Thursday to one of our very first projects!  In typical MotoIQ fashion we decided that our Ruck was going to need some help in the suspension, handling and brakes department before we increased the power to help keep things safe.  We had almost rear ended cars due to weak brakes and ended up doing a flying W by hitting a water dip at 35 mph on the street. Although this sounds somewhat comical, it was not safe and had to be addressed.


 

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Project MKVI Golf TDI: Dieselgeek "Panzer" Heavy Duty Aluminum Skid Plate

by Jeff Naeyaert

In our last update we were impressed so much with our Dieselgeek shifter we took a look at some of the other products Dieselgeek makes for our MKVI Golf and found a nice skid pan or as Dieselgeek calls it—Panzer Plate.   We’re not sure if the name is paying homage to the old German tank or the literal meaning of the word meaning “armor” but we get it…  It’s a tough ass piece of aluminum bent to fit underneath the engine and protect all the vital stuff that’s vulnerable to impact now that we’re riding considerably lower than stock.


 

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Project MKVI Golf TDI: Dieselgeek Sigma 6 Short Throw Shift Kit

by Jeff Naeyaert

In our LAST update we brought the torque and horsepower of our little oil burning Golf up 30% and 24% respectively!  Before that we sorted out our wheels and suspension.  The most glaring problem we had left in our daily driver was the row-boat shifting of the stock 6 speed manual.  Installing a short-throw shifter is a very common modification drivers do to improve the interaction with the vehicle and in most cases is fairly easy to do.  We looked no further than Dieselgeek, a small company out of San Antonio, Texas and their Sigma 6 short throw shifter kit for our MKVI. 


 

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WPC is Neat Stuff

By Mike Kojima

If you are a longtime MotoIQ reader you will probably know that we are big fans of the WPC process and use it extensively in many of our engine build projects and wherever we need durability and lower friction of a part from transmissions to limited slip differentials.


 

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Posted in: Magazine, Tech, Engine
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Project V8 RX-7: Goin' Legit (Project RX-7 vs the State of California)

by Jeff Naeyaert

Now that it doesn't look like the world is gonna end we need to get our RX-7 smog legal and on the road!  Since the car has been down for surgery with the heart transplant the registration has long since expired. It's only a matter of time before we get busted by the fuzz for old tags and excessive hooning around.  


 

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Formula D LIVE Broadcast from Seattle!

We are pleased to bring you the live broadcast of Formula D Round 5 from Seattle today and tomorrow here on MotoIQ thanks to a media partnership with YoParts and DriftStream.  Click inside to see the Schedule & Chat Live!


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Formula D LIVE Broadcast from New Jersey!

We are pleased to bring you the live broadcast of Formula D Round 4 from New Jersey today and tomorrow here on MotoIQ thanks to a media partnership with YoParts and DriftStream.  Click inside to see the Schedule & Chat Live!


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Project V8 RX-7: Part 12 - The Intake & Moment of Truth! (VIDEO INSIDE)

by Jeff Naeyaert

Welp, the last day of Project V8 RX-7 Week is upon us!  If you’re a rotary zealot or Vh8er and we’ve been pissing you off all week, your suffering is almost over my friends!  All we've got left is the intake and this son of a bitch should be ready to roll! 


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Project V8 RX-7: Part 11 - Finishing the Driveline

by Jeff Naeyaert

The end is in sight!  Only a couple of things left on the TO DO list and the most glaring is our driveshaft and rear end.  Ordinarily this wouldn’t be a really big deal; you just get up under the car, take a few measurements and head to your local driveline shop where they can either modify your old driveshaft or build a whole new one.  But we've got a few other things in mind! 


 

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Project V8 RX-7: Part 10 - Power Steering

by Jeff Naeyaert

We want power steering!  Even though our RX-7 is pretty light at 2,843 pounds with 3/4 of a tank of gas (to be exact), doing 3 point turns in the neighborhood or negotiating parking lots sucks.  That suckness is compounded by the smaller 330mm Sparco steering wheel we're using.  Some argue you get better steering feel at higher speeds without power steering, but the best argument for NOT having power steering in your V8 converted RX-7 is that it’s a buttload easier to just plumb a bypass line on your power steering rack and ditch the power steering altogether.


 

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Project V8 RX-7: Part 9 - The Exhaust

by Jeff Naeyaert

The title picture already gave it away, so I’ll save the prose, it’s time to build an exhaust!  This isn’t going to be a sissy grandma exhaust either like on Project G35 whose owner couldn’t stand how loud the Berk exhaust they originally installed was… in fact, it's the same folks at Berk that are gonna kick it up a notch and help us make a super bitchin’ set of pipes that’ll make children cry and leave no question in any Rotard’s mind that our dead Wankel was replaced with a big ol' hunk of American Iron aluminum!


 

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Project V8 RX-7: Part 8 - The Shifter & Some Engine Dress Up

by Jeff Naeyaert

Hey guys!  Long time, no write.. I'm sorry.  We've had a lot going on and recalling the last episode of Project V8 RX-7 I hastily titled it “Bringing the E-ROD LS3 to Life (Almost),” which unless we were going to do a lame “(REALLY Close Now)” followup article, committed us to have a running engine by the end of the story.  Unfortunately, there turned out to be a lot of things we still needed to cover before turning the key—so much so that our article woulda turned into a novella and lost the attention of even our most devout reader by page 12!  Thus, Project V8 RX-7 Week was born! 


 

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VIDEO: GReddy Racing FR-S - Behind the Build

Check out this behind the scenes video of Ken Gushi's new FR-S drift car! Eric Hsu (who makes a cameo appearance around the 2 and a half minute mark) will be doing a feature on this car very soon! If you won't be at Formula D Long Beach this weekend be sure to watch it streamed live here on MotoIQ!


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VIDEO: Dai Yoshihara's 2012 Formula D S13 on the Dyno
VIDEO: Dai Yoshihara's 2012 Formula D S13 on the Dyno

MotoIQ Staff Report

Just a quick teaser of things to come. We caught Team Falken doing some pre season dyno testing of Dai Yoshihara''s Discount Tire Nissan S13 while covering another story. We were asked not to shoot the car until it was officially released to the public but were able to take this iPhone video.



 

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Project V8 RX-7: Part 7 - Bringing the E-ROD LS3 to Life! (Almost)

by Jeff Naeyaert

Now that we've checked "mount the engine and transmission" off our E-ROD LS3 swap checklist we can turn our attention to all the little things needed to get our RX-7 on the road.  What's left?  We need a fuel pump, cooling system, shifter, driveshaft, exhaust and we still have all the wiring left to do.  In this episode, we figure we can tackle the fuel and cooling systems as well as the wiring before we put you to sleep.  Let's get to work!


 

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Tested: 2012 Mazda3 SKYACTIV-G

Tested: 2012 Mazda3 SKYACTIV-G

by Jeff Naeyaert

The 2012 Mazda3 is the first for the manufacturer to get a taste of SKYACTIV technology--Mazda's philosophy of optimizing engine and drivetrain efficiency, body rigidity and overall vehicle weight reduction to achieve 40mpg on regular ole unleaded gasoline and at the same time be a fun car to drive. 


 

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VIDEO: Vaughn Gittin Jr. at WDS in Hangzhou, China

VIDEO: Vaughn Gittin Jr. at WDS in Hangzhou, China

MotoIQ Staff Report

Last month, Vaughn Gittin Jr and some other Formula D stars traveled to China for the World Drift Series.  In this video Jr shows you more of China than just drifting which is actually pretty interesting.  The humorous into is kinda of reminiscent of Dai Yoshihara's Behind the Smoke Series or Rocky! 


 

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VIDEO: Dai Yoshihara Wins the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship Season Finale @ LVMS

MotoIQ Staff Report

Come ride with Team MotoIQ's Dai Yoshihara and APD's Brian Smith as they battle it out at the MPTCC finals at Las Vegas a few weeks ago in an exciting in-car short video by our friend Andrew Escarcega.



 

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Happy Thanksgiving from MotoIQ!

It's that time of year again folks; time to dust off those photohacks of Mike, Dave and Eric!  Looking back at how we've grown over the last year it's highly likely this is the first time you're seeing this work of art--and it IS a must see, so enjoy!  Once again we're thankful for all of our readers and the traffic they create, supporters and the sponsorship they provide, and the whole Nerd Alliance for making this site what it is!  We're thankful for our friends and family who put up with our terrible hours, travel and stress we bring home. 


 

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