Project Cars

Project Silvia lead JIC Strut story

Project Nissan S13 Silvia: How to Polish Your Tube
(or What to do When Your JIC Struts Dry Up)

By Dave Coleman

Engineering a car is a series of compromises. When Nissan decided to make the 240SX a slow, soft piece of suck, it was a compromise calculated to make it durable, quiet, easy to drive every day, and cheap to build. When I decided to take this same worn-out, 300,000-mile piece of suck and make it fast, I was naturally sacrificing some of that comfort and undoubtedly some durability.


Project Low Buck Nissan SR20DE Part 2

By Mike Kojima

In our last edition of Project Low Buck SR20DE, we stated our goals to obtain a decent amount of naturally aspirated horsepower and good track day drivable reliability from an underdog plain jane SR20DE without braking the bank. Fulfilling these goals would also create an engine with excellent street driving characteristics as well. All of our engine work will be done on the cheap with a tight budget in mind but with plenty of attention paid to minor details that can really help an engine live under the stress of track day pounding, perhaps the most abusive environment that a grass roots enthusiast will subject his engine to.


Project NSX: Part 1 - Building the Bulletproof Transaxle

by Billy Johnson and Mike Kojima

Now  the Acura NSX is becoming affordable on the used car market and there are many fine examples for a reasonable price for sale at any given time.  Although the car is still quite modern, some of the technology has become a bit long in the tooth and needs some upgrading to stay in line with current supercars and even what can be done to some of the other Japanese exotics in the aftermarket.


Project Silvia lead wheel bearing storyProject S13 Silvia: The official guide to not screwing up your wheel bearings like I did.

by Dave Coleman

The first one died after an ordinary day at the Streets of Willow Springs. Rolling to the trackside gas pumps to satiate the car's bottomless thirst for petroleum, there was a nasty growling noise. Turning right made it go away. Turning left made it get worse.


Project Silvia black spray paint story

Project Silvia: Once we went black, there was no going back.

by Dave Coleman

Achieving a passable paint job with a spray can is not nearly as simple as you might imagine. Here are some tips:


Project Silvia after the honeymoon rusty brembo

Project Nissan S13 Silvia: After the Honeymoon

by Dave Coleman

Experience teaches you a lot. Like why all car's aren't spray pained flat black, how long JIC coil-overs will last without any maintenance, and just how many wheel bearings one car can chew through. Do yourself a favor, read this and learn your lessons the easy way.


Project 200SX- Getting it Down the 1320

By Wes Dumalski

"Hey Brah, wutz it run in da quarter mile"

In the 6+ years of building this project this is the question we have gotten asked more than any other, sometimes it was asked in a less ghetto fashion, the fact remains that people wanted to know how fast the car could cover 1320'...


HKS Hyperdamper for Mitsubishi EVO VIII and IX

Project EVO VIII Part Two, Improving Braking and Handling

By Mike Kojima

At MotoIQ headquarters, it’s no secret that we love the EVO VIII.  To us it’s one of the best-balanced all around car we have ever driven for any price.  It has reasonable power with tons of upgrade potential for its well developed bulletproof 4G63 engine.  The killer engine is one thing but the best thing about the EVO is its handling.  The EVO just flat out rocks, there are very few cars that are so easy to drive hard at the limit.


Project Infiniti G20 Racecar - Roll Cage

By Martin Gonzales and Steve Rockwood

Accidents, the downers of all motor sport related activities, and reminders that things don't always go as planned.  Though spinning out of control or taking Dukes of Hazard jumps are not part of anyone's dreams of racing glory, it doesn't mean shit has to happen before preparing for the worst..


MotoIQ Project Mitsubishi EVO IX

Project EVO IX Part One: Really Simple Bolt Ons

By Jeff Naeyaert

The venerable Mistsubishi EVO is a known commodity in the tuning world.  It seems that wherever you look you see EVO’s and it also seems, at least in our Southern California locale that a stock EVO is about as common as a Ferrari Enzo.  The EVO IX was the final evolutionary development of the superb, destined to become a classic CT9A chassis which includes the EVO VII, VIII and IX.  The features that define an IX are the changes made to the legendary 4G63 engine to make it even better than its predecessors.


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