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Project Gen 3STi: Testing the COBB Down Pipe and Exhaust

By Wes Dumalski

When last we left off we were singing the praises of AMS and the Cobb AccessPORT, what we left out was the fact that on the way home from AMS we were already making phone calls for more go fast parts. Yes, I had been in the car for all of 10 minutes enjoying the new found power only to realize that more power was just a phone call away. HMM what should I do next? Easy, free up horsepower through less exhaust restriction. The call was to Cobb and it was to discuss the downpipe in particular. I honestly had no plans to replace the stock exhaust as I am a stick in the mud when it comes to loud street cars and quite frankly every Boxer engine with a fart can sounds like Project 200SX with a blown head gasket... (No really they do). 


 

AMS Alpha Omega GTR Automotosport Chicago Mitsubishi Evo X IX XIIICompany Profile: AMS Performance 

By Wes Dumalski 

AMS Performance... No we are not talking about the knock off CDM version we are talking about the original Automotosport hailing from Chicago Illinois. Truth be told I spent some time at the AMS shop last November and began working on this article. It should have been before your eyes long ago, I should have been able to belt out a piece regaling you with their amazing records in the drag racing, power output, and time attack worlds. I should have been touting their accomplishments in the EVO and GTR worlds. SHOULD is the operative word here. The reality was that I didn't want to write THAT article. Hell every AMS article talks about their accomplishments from 8 Second Evo's and GTR's, to one of the most dominant time attack cars in US history. And while those are the things that AMS is best known for NONE of them would be possible without a key ingredient. That's right I am going to brush those things aside and focus on what makes AMS tick.... PEOPLE.


 

Project Gen 3 STi: Testing the COBB AccessPORT

By Wes Dumalski

As it turns out owning a project car is not easy! First and foremost these are real cars owned by real people that pay for them with their own money. Life as well as vehicle practicality and reliability have ways of getting in the way of project car progress and/or completion. Take our Gen 3 GR STi project for example... We had had the car repainted, put back to stock all just so we could start fresh. OK so that is a total lie, the real story is that the previous project car was sold by the owner after blowing up it's totally stock motor on more than one occasion...


 

Project Subaru STI Koyo Radiator

Project Gen 3 Subaru STI: Keeping it Cool with Koyo

By Mike Kojima

While awaiting the development of some ARK parts for our Project 3rd generation STI we decided to prep the cooling system in anticipation of the future installation of power parts.  Turbo cars run hot and when being track driven most have problems staying cool, especially on our Southern California tracks which are mostly located in the desert.  We turned to Koyo Cooling systems for one of their race radiators for our car.


 

Project WRX STI Brake System Upgrade

Project Subaru WRX STi Part 4: Brake System Upgrades

By Mike Kojima

The old engineers joke that “speed doesn’t kill, rapid deceleration does” applies to all vehicles capable of attaining dangerous velocities.  Since we have been concentrating on improving project STi’s acceleration and handling, we have definitely achieved the ability to reach deadly velocity on the track.  In our first foray onto the grounds of Willow Springs raceway we noted that perhaps we were starting to drive beyond the capabilities of the stock brakes due to the higher speeds that we were able to attain on the straights.

To read the rest about Project Subaru WRX STI click here!


 

MotoIQ's project GR Third generation Subaru STI

Project GR STI- Generation 3, an Introduction

By Mike Kojima, photos by Jeff Naeyaert

Introduced in 2008, the latest Subaru STI is the third generation of its model type.  Designated GR the new STI is an all new platform.  The new GR chassis has a 3.3 inch longer wheelbase but a 2.8 inch shorter overall length for less overhangs and a lower polar moment of inertia. The new chassis is 2.2 inches wider and 2.2 inches higher and has gained about 70 lbs for a curb weight of around 3,375 lbs.


 

MotoIQ Project Subaru WRX STi

Project Subaru WRX STi Part 3: Streetable Track Worthy Suspension

By Mike Kojima

In our last segment of Project Subaru WRX STi we tackled the car’s weakest area, its handling, and made significant improvements by installing Whiteline’s basic handling pack suspension kit. Although we were very favorably impressed with the kit’s enhancement of Project STi, we needed more. We wanted more than just a better handling car; we wanted one that had the potential to put the hurt on the competition in time attack events as well as a decent street ride because this car also serves as a daily driver.

To see the other articles in this series, click here!


 

Project STi Part 2, We test and witness the birth of Our Suspension System

By Mike Kojima

When researching suspension modifications for the STi, we came upon the name of the Australian company Whiteline several times and when studying their website found quite a few unique and innovative suspension products available for the STi and many other cars as well. With this information in hand, we sought them out at the SEMA show and met Jim Gurieff, Whiteline’s General Director. Over Dinner we had quite an interesting conversation on the technical aspects of suspension turning.


 

Project Subaru STi: Part One 

In this project we are going to improve on the STi's strong point, acquiring more torque and power but still keeping it street and road race friendly.  A lot of attention will be given the cars weak points, handling and braking.  Project STi's goals will be to be able to keep its easy streetability while being able to rip the ¼mile in the 11's in drag racing while winning a Time Attack on a road course, opposing yet possible goals.


 

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