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WATCH! IMPROVING the R35 GT-R! Part 2 - Forged Performance Sway Bars

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You've read the article, now watch the video! Join us on our journey to improving what is arguably the best car ever made. Inexperienced "tuners" can easily ruin the R35 GT-R's performance prowess by just throwing parts at it without giving any thought to how all the parts are going to work together. That is NOT how we do things here at MotoIQ! In Part 2 of our series, we install a set of Forged Performance sway bars.


 

Project DC2 Integra- Getting More Grip With OS Giken and Better Response With Centerforce

by Mike Kojima

With our DC2 Integra rocking a state of the art suspension, it was time to get our drivetrain in order for our anticipated track use and increased power. To get the power to the ground, we needed a limited slip differential, and we selected what we feel is the best FWD limited slip on the market- the OS Giken 1 way differential.


 

Project "My Fiancée's" Miata: Part 10 - Nitto NT05 Tires, Exedy Stage 1 Clutch & Flywheel, Two Track Tests and Road Trip Bonanza!

by Daniel O'Donnell

Take a seat and come along for the most epic road trip in MotoIQ project car history! Thirty hours each direction across the United States, with Buttonwillow Raceway being the halfway point, definitely brought some great excitement and photo opportunities. However at MotoIQ, we don’t just take leisurely road trips; we had to make sure that we made it in time for Global Time Attack’s Super Lap Battle. Click to read more! 


 

Project DBA R35 GT-R: Getting the Ultimate Custom Car Cover with Covercraft

by Mike Kojima

The MotoIQ Megashop is in a pretty dusty industrial area in So Cal. Dust gets into our shop and mixes with the normal shop dirt of metal filings and other stuff that naturally flies around when you work with cars.

So unfortunately, some of the nicer cars in our fleet end up being quickly covered by a mixture of nasty shop dirt and neighborhood dust that can turn a freshly cleaned and detailed car into a pigpen in as little as a week. 


 

Unpimp My Ride: Transforming a Modded BRZ Into a Civilized Daily Driver with Pedders, Verus Engineering and ARK Designs

by Mike Kojima

Not all of us want a race car for the street. Although many of us are hardcore track day participants, autocrossers or canyon runner nuts, there are a lot of enthusiasts who don't want a super edgy race car with a license plate as a commuter or daily driver.  


 

Building an FA20 Race Engine for Michele Abbate: Part 1- Planning the Internals

by Mike Kojima

We have known Michele Abbate ever since she was a college student doing track days with her trusty Mazdaspeed Protege and have followed her career as friends as she has progressed up the ranks from recreational driver to a Scion Sponsored driver in SCCA's GT1 class. 

Up to now, Michele has been running her car with a bone stock FA20 engine at a very low boost street blower drive ratio. Although this is decent power, she needs a lot more to be competitive in one of SCCA's fastest classes for production-based cars. 


 

All-Season Versus Winter Tires: A Racecar Driver's Consensus

Presented by Tire Rack and Michelin

by Karla Pestotnik

I think I can comfortably say that I’ve used all-season tires in almost any creative scenario that I can think of. I’ve used them on a racetrack countless times in several different cars, trying to drive as cleanly as possible with minimal grip in search of the best possible lap time for each given platform. I’ve used them as “rain tires” because that is what was available at the time and had better water dispersion than race slicks in a sprint race with down pouring rain. I’ve done some off-roading with them on trucks, SUVs and even vans, and had my fair share of times getting stuck in sand and/or mud with them (a few occasions with a trailer connected even). I have even used them for what they are generally intended for- you know, normal driving in a regular passenger car on public roads and highways. However, after attending the Winter Driving Event that Tire Rack and Michelin hosted, I can now say that I have used all-season tires in ice drag racing!

We did several comparison tests to evaluate whether or not it's worth it to buy winter tires, considering how versatile all-season tires can be. What does a racecar driver have to say about it? Click to find out!


 

An inside look at the Feal 441 Suspension for the B13 Sentra SE-R!

by Mike Kojima

The original B13 Sentra SE-R has always held a dear spot in many of our hearts. Produced from 1991 to 1994, the SE-R combined the lightweight shell of the Sentra coupe with the sparkling performance of the beloved SR20DE engine. For its time, the SE-R offered a great performance bang for the buck, and to this day, it has scores of hardcore devotees who treasure them.


 

TESTED: Ford Mustang GT Power Packs 1-3

by Billy Johnson

Ford Performance offers three different 50-state legal “Power Packs” for the 2015-2017 Mustang GT that increases horsepower without affecting the factory warranty*.  We back-to-back test Power Packs 1, 2, & 3 on a stock Mustang GT to see if Ford’s claim of 13-37hp increases are legitimate.  We then analyze the GT350 intake manifold’s effect on the torque curve to see if it really has less low-RPM torque than stock in favor of high-RPM power.  Finally, we determine which packages would be best for street and track use through in-depth torque and gear ratio analysis.


 

Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers - Chevrolet SS Installation & Test Drive

by Martin Gonzales

We've had good experiences with companies from down under such as Whiteline, Turbosmart and PE Racing so we were anxious to try out the suspension offerings from another Australian company, Pedders. Although the name Pedders is probably new to most of you MotoIQ readers, they have been around for a long time, 67 years, in fact, being founded in 1950. 


 

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