MotoIQ Tech

Tested: EBC Brakes Long Term Review

by David Zipf

Most CR-V owners will go to their nearest dealership or trusted mechanic’s shop and get whatever brake deal is being offered.  But this is MotoIQ…why would we put boring old Honda or off-brand parts on one of our cars?  Besides that, the plan for this CR-V was to be a useful trucklet.  It needed to be able to go off-road, haul people, drive cross country, and tow small trailers.  With that in mind, it seemed prudent to install something better than what Honda originally gave the car.  Civics and Integras are popular platforms and have a seemingly endless supply of brake options.  The CR-V?  Not so much. Luckily EBC came to the rescue.


 

5 Trick Fixes for High Mileage Cars, Part 2: Get Better Handling, Visibility, Safety, and Looks!

by Pablo Mazlumian

In Part 1 we gave you tips on how to make an older car a keeper with simple, universal upgrades that can add better performance and fuel economy to any ride.  This time we finish up the two-part series with parts that add safety and further enjoyment.  Honest. 


 

Installing and Tuning the AEM Infinity EMS - Honda S2000

by Mike Kojima

You might have read our previous articles on how easy it is to set up the AEM Infinity EMS on the BMW M3 with great results in the heat of competition.  Well the AEM Infinity is not just for BMW's, it works great on just about anything and we would now like to show you just how easy it is to set up on a Honda S2000.


 

Exotics Racing

Exotics Racing: Making Your Dreams Come True

by Khiem Dinh

For me, it probably started around middle school. Up to that point, I wanted to be a fighter pilot after having watched Top Gun. Then my vision went blurry around 5th grade being Asian and all. So then my interests transitioned to cars. I had that poster with the garage containing a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Porsche on the wall. Since that time, it has been a dream to take a super car and drive the absolute piss out of it on a track with the engine screaming and tires squealing. Dream no longer as all you have to do is visit Exotics Racing in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. (Video from Khiem & Martin's track session on page 5!)


 

The Great ARK Design FR-S / BRZ Super Exhaust Shootout, Part 1

by Mike Kojima

ARK Design makes 3 high quality exhausts for the FR-S/BRZ twins.  The three exhausts are tuned to please everyone from the picky daily driver to the hard core street/track guy.  ARK Design makes the Road Spec exhaust for those who want a mellow exhaust that is not too loud and with styling that matches the stock car well.  The Super Flow exhaust is for guys who want the highest flowing exhaust, like people running forced induction, having internally built engines or Nitrous.  Finally, there is the Racing Spec exhaust for those who want light weight, low backpressure and who are not too concerned about noise level.


 


Tested: OPTIMA Digital 1200 Battery Charger

by Pablo Mazlumian

This is not your everyday battery charger!  After nearly throwing away two expensive batteries we thought were dead, and wouldn't charge on two other chargers, the Digital 1200 brings them back to life overnight.


 

TESTED: Crawford Performance FR-S/BRZ Power Blocks Intake Manifold Spacers

by Mike Kojima

Last week we got a text message from Subaru tuner extraordinaire Quirt Crawford.  Quirt was pretty excited about one of his company's, Crawford Performance's new products, a set of Power Blocks intake manifold spacers for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ FA20 engine.


 

Nitto Dura Grappler

TESTED: Nitto Dura Grappler

by Steve Rockwood

Tires on a truck are often ho-hum items. Most truck owners aren’t interested in shaving tenths off of lap times, nor are they generally interested in how well they perform at the limit of adhesion. Generally speaking, as long as it’s comfortable, doesn’t feel too dangerous, lasts long enough and generally holds air, most are happy to let them be. For our Nissan Xterra, while we’d like to say otherwise, we were of about the same mindset. When Nitto approached us with a set of their new Dura Grapplers, however, we were amazed at what happens when a manufacturer strives to make something better than just "good enough".


 


5 Trick Fixes for High Mileage Cars: Get Better Power, Fuel Economy and Engine Longevity

by Pablo Mazlumian

"So you guys are really going to test that thing?"
"Of course, we're from MotoIQ.  Now make like a tree."
With five simple steps that will work for any car, we take a high-mileage minivan and make it run better on the dyno and in the quarter mile.  Yes, really.


 

TESTED: Laptimizer Race Data Management iPad App

by Dave Pratte

If you’ve been hooked on the go-fast crackpipe long enough, you probably have a binder full of old race notes somewhere, even if it’s just some basic tire temp and pressure data scribbled on a scrap piece of paper. Maybe it’s in your trailer in a box labeled ‘spark plugs’, maybe it’s in your home office in a folder labeled ‘receipts’, or if you’re like me, your notes are in an old envelope in a duffle bag down in the basement.


 

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