Nicholas Betz posted on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 3:34 PM
by Bart Hockerman
I was honestly very intrigued when I read the article here on MotoIQ about the development of the Fluidampr Crankshaft Damper. Seeing the dyno charts showing improvement in power and torque on a Stock FR-S and having a pulley/damper that should reduce harmonic engine stress on the engine would be the hot ticket. It really almost looks too good to be true.
Martin Gonzales posted on Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:47 PM
In this latest installment of Project E39 M5 we will be outfitting our M5 with a set of KW V3 coilovers. We will not only be giving you our usual evaluation, but will also be spending some time explaining our basic theory of basic shock adjustments. It's no secret the grand majority of the MotoIQ staff are huge proponents of KW Suspension's products. Either from personal experience in their own cars or from simply test driving one of our KW equipped project cars. I fell in the latter category.
Mike Kojima posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:03 AM
Not so long ago we evaluated HKS's new Max ST coil over suspension system on a Honda AP2 S2000. The S2000 is a pretty decent handling car from the factory that is pretty suspension sensitive, the AP1 in particular has a lot of toe change with suspension moment and some wonky suspension can make it quite a handful.
For our next evaluation we decided to try the other HKS coilover in the lineup the Max GT damper. While the Max ST is calibrated for the serious driver being set up like a hard core street and or weekend warrior track day shock, the GT is made for a mildly performance oriented driver that wants to lower their vehicle with a decent ride and have handling that is a step up from stock but with little sacrificed in the way of ride comfort.
Mike Kojima posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015 4:53 PM
We have been working with Motovicity for the last few weeks to demonstrate the building of a potent Honda K24Z7 motor, built completely from in stock and off the shelf parts available from Motovicity themselves. We chose the K24Z7 as it is currently the OEM engine for the Civic Si and is relatively difficult to modify due to it's emissions bound cylinder head. Our goal is not to build a dyno queen or a drag motor but to build a strong K motor all from off the shelf parts with the intention of getting the most power possible on pump gas with the widest most useable powerband.
In the last two editions of our series we focused on the cylinder head and bottom end of our K24Z7. We swapped to an earlier model K20Z3 head to get Vtec on the exhaust side and and removable exhaust manifold and installed Skunk2 camshafts, Kelford valvesprings and Supertech valves better suited for turbocharged use. For the bottom end we added lower compression JE pistons and stronger K1 rods, removing the problematic balance shafts while we were in there.
Now it's time to finish off our motor.
Nicholas Betz posted on Monday, June 01, 2015 6:24 PM
With the arrival of the BRZ/FR-S platforms here in the Autocross world they have taken hold as cars to have and enjoy. Everyone saw that the twins with very minimal preparation could do the job as good as or better than many cars that have had years of time money and tuning to the rules of the STX class.
Mike Kojima posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 12:38 AM
The guys at Motovicity have been singing the praises of HKS's new Max IV coilover systems to us for a while. While we have generally always been impressed with HKS's tidy OEM like engineering, it was a while since we had experienced their coilovers. In the early 2000's we had tried some of the original Hipermax suspensions on a few of our cars and although we found them to be of high quality and smooth riding, they did not have enough spring rate and damping for serious performance with big sticky tires and especially track use. We sort of regulated the brand as nice for street use only and looked toward other places for suspension for our projects.
Fast forward 10 years and 4 generations of Hipermax suspension later, plus Motovicity's raving about them made us eager to get our hands on the Hipermax or Max 4 suspension system for another review.
Dave Zipf posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 5:29 PM
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.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 3:57 PM
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.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, July 20, 2014 12:31 AM
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.
Colin Holte posted on Monday, June 09, 2014 8:33 PM
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!)