Project Cars

Project Supra: Part 14 – Precision Turbo's GEN2 PT6870 CEA Turbocharger

by Pablo Mazlumian

Since the recent wintery weather hasn’t allowed this Midwest import to have much fun, we've been rather quiet with regard to Project Supra. But the weather's breaking, and so will traction--thanks to the GEN2 PT6870 CEA turbo madness from Precision Turbo! Check it out...


 

Project E36 M3: Part 6 - Short Shifter and Engine Mounts

Project E36 M3: Part 6 - Short Shifter and Engine Mounts

by Jonathan Lawson

After reading the glowing magazine reviews for two and half years in the mid-90s, I finally test drove my first BMW E36 M3 back in 1997. That drive was all I could think about until July of 1999 when I finally gave in and bought my first M3. I was coming from a 1994 DC4 Acura Integra LS, so everything about the E36 M3 was incredible to me… Except the shifter. The first thing I remember from that very first test drive was the feeling of churning butter just to shift gears. The overall feel was acceptable, but the length of the throws was ridiculous compared to the notchy goodness of the Acura, so that was the first thing I changed on my original ’99 M3, and it’s the first thing I’ve changed on each E36 I’ve owned since then.


 

Project G37S Stillen Gen 3 Intake and Brakes

Project Infiniti G37S: Part 2 - Stillen Generation 3 Cold Air Intake and Performance Brakes

by Aaron LaBeau

Stillen tried over 50 variations before settling on what they call their Generation 3 intake for the G37.  Topped off with two large K&N filters this intake system passes through the core support to pull in big gulps of fresh air from the front of the car. We install and dyno test the intake and match it up with improved stopping in the form of a Stillen brake upgrade kit.


 

"My Girlfriend's" Miata: Part 3 - Lotus Elise Seats and Flipside Customs Brackets

by Daniel O'Donnell

Spring in the midwest is a lovely time of year. A pat on the back is earned for making it through winter without committing suicide and this can be a big challenge in an area with snow, yet no mountains to make any use of it. Gray immediately turns to green. As if out of nowhere, all sorts of bugs and birds appear and try to have sex with one another. More importantly, racetracks open up and whatever project you’ve been procrastinating on calls out to be finished up post haste.


 

Project Audi A4 Quattro: Part 2 - VAG-COM Fixes, Cam Follower and Coil Packs

by Colin Holte

In this installment we put our VAG-COM cable to good use, fix misfires and replace the dreaded failure prone VAG 2.0T cam follower.


Project Focus ST: Getting More Power with Cobb Tuning!

by Mike Kojima

In our last segment of Project Focus ST, we reviewed some parts from Cobb Tuning for our car. To get a nice safe boost in power, we got a Cobb Stage III upgrade which includes a V3 Access port ECU flasher, larger more efficient intercooler, larger charge pipes, a cold air intake, a larger freer flowing downpipe, a freer flowing exhaust and a heavy duty motor mount.  In this installment it's time to put these parts to the test!


 

Project G37S Sedan Introduction

Project G37S Introduction

by Aaron LaBeau

When the Infiniti G35 coupe came on the scene in 2002-03 it was an overwhelming success for Infiniti.  I remember when our very own Mike Kojima drove a pre-production model to a race day at Buttonwillow...


 

Tested: Nitto's new 555 G2 High Performance Tire!

by Mike Kojima

It seems like only yesterday but it was actually 20 years ago in 1996 that the Nitto 555 was first launched. Aimed at the center of the growing, red hot sport compact market, the 555 was the new kid in town, the performance leader of a new tire company that burst upon the scene right as it exploded into the mainstream. As Nitto's flagship tire, the 555 was a summer ultra high performance or UHP tire that offered excellent all around grip with good wear to boot.


 

Project Integra DC2: Introduction

by Clint Boisdeau

MotoIQ has long been synonymous with Nissan oriented project and race car builds. Proof can easily be found in the "Projects" drop down menu on the site.  However, when our Project VW Golf TDI suffered a major fuel system failure, Jeff--its owner--was without a daily driver and got the itch for a reliable, inexpensive spare daily driver he could also take to the track for some road course fun.  I've been hanging around the shop a lot lately working on my 90's Hondas and telling Jeff all the positive aspects about them, giving him just enough interest to start combing the classifieds for a solid condition, wishbone suspension era, front wheel drive Honda.


 

Project Isuzu VehiCross: Part 6 - Getting Sprung With OME

by David Zipf

One of the biggest complaints about the Isuzu VehiCross, even when new, is its ride.  It is very stiff; much stiffer than your average SUV.  Part of the reason for this is the stiff springs and motorsports derived shocks (Isuzu did run VehiCrosses in the 1998 Dakkar Rally).  While the ride is stiff, the handling is reasonably sprightly for a two ton, body on frame truck.  The other reason for the stiffness is the very long, hard rubber bumpstops that help prevent body roll.  While these work in keeping the trucks upright, the hard rubber makes for a jarring ride over speedbumps, bumps and potholes.  Cutting down the bumpstops is an easy way of improving the ride quality on most Isuzus.  However our VX has a third reason for a crappy ride: those awesome shocks are completely worn out from 170,000 miles of hard use.  So to kill three birds with one stone, we turned to Old Man Emu's 3" lift kit.


 

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