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DEI’s EXO Series™ Exhaust and Pipe Wrap provides superior heat protection for pipes and exhaust repeatedly exposed to abrasive or high impact environmental conditions. Whether it's hill climbing, rally, autocross, off-roading, or dirt track racing, the EXO Series thermal wrap is the most durable and rugged wrap on the market.
In keeping with our new tradition of using our secret photoshoot location behind the palatal MotoIQ Mega Shop, our next Alley feature is a very special car. Enrique Perez's 1980 TE72 Toyota Corolla. The TE70 series Corolla produced from 1978 to 1983, is one of our favorites as it is a classical Corolla with a front engine and rear wheel drive. Much of our youth was spend modding these cars. With their near bulletproof 3TC engine they could take a lot of hard use and we spent a lot of time boring them to 2 liters, strapping on dual sidedraft carburetors and hosing them with Nitrous Oxide.
Joining the 2011 model year lineup from Nissan was this funky little subcompact crossover SUV. It had polarizing looks, but a spunky and fun personality universally liked. Underneath the quirky exterior laid a real performance foundation starting with a turbocharged 1.6L gasoline direct injection engine and handling more befitting of a sport compact. Throw in optional AWD and the Juke presented an interesting performance package.
While my S13 was serving as a POS missile car in the past, I had zero intentions of changing the stock 4-lug setup. However, as a part of polishing the turd I knew I had to start off by getting a good set of wheels that are good looking, light, and durable enough to withstand the tribulations of drifting. At that point it was a no brainer to go with the Gramlight 57Xtremes that have been on a few Formula Drift competition cars.
The Mazda ND MX-5 is the latest evolution of the Miata chassis. We have found it to be an excellent handling car, one of the best and most well balanced cars we have driven. We have, however, found the car to be too soft in completely stock form to really be fun.
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Holley Performance Products is proud to announce their all-new line of Frostbite Aluminum radiators.
These radiators are available in 2-row, 3-row, and 4-row units for GM, Ford, Chrysler, and platform-specific GM LS Swap applications. Dependable, reliable Frostbite radiators are perfect for trucks, off-road vehicles, drag cars, muscle cars, street rods, and modern-muscle applications up to 1,000 horsepower. They're available in down-flow, cross-flow, and dual-pass configurations, and all have more cooling fins per inch than can be found on lesser stock radiators.
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AEM has released its Vehicle Dynamics Module (VDM,PN 30-2203) allowing users with an Infinity ECU or AQ-1 Data Logger to add track mapping and chassis dynamics data to their engine data! The VDM provides G Forces, pitch, roll and yaw from its integrated 3-axis accelerometer and gyrometer, and vehicle speed, vehicle position and altitude through GPS/GLONASS coordinates and transmits it via AEMnet CANbus through a simple DTM connection. With a suggested street price of $375.00, there has never been a more affordable way to capture position data for track mapping!
If you drive an older car with keyless entry, you will notice over time that the buttons stop working. The general solution is to simply replace the battery. But sometimes that doesn’t actually fix anything. Other times only one button isn't working while the rest are. If this is the case, the real problem lies deeper and fortunately, it’s an easy fix with some simple tools and about 5 minutes of time.
When last we left our project in Austin, Tx we we’re making a solid 8hp from our Fast Intentions Exhaust and 10hp from the Stillen Gen 3 Intake. Over our last few articles we have lots of pictures of Donny and James from UpRev turning wrenches and now master tuner Omar Izaguirre cracks his knuckles and goes to work on the tuning.
Building the MotoIQ Project Subaru BRZ is always an adventure as is with building any car to a specific purpose. As the builder you always look for new products that may help the car or the driver to be more consistent. One thing many drivers of the BRZ, FR-S and GT86 have always complained about (besides the lack of torque and power) has been the intrusive traction (TC) and vehicle stability controls (VSC) built into the electronics of the platform. Subaru, Toyota, Nissan and other manufacturers have now been dumbing down our driving experience in the name of “Safety” or “to make is easier for the common person to drive” for years. With this in mind those of us who choose to push these cars to the limits or who find these nanny controls too intrusive for even daily driving are now forced to find workarounds to disable these nannies.
One such unit has been developed to literally be the easy button for this problem in the BRZ, FR-S and GT86 by Beastronix.
When we picked up our 1982 Suzuki FA50 last winter, we spent all our time and effort making the old bird run. And we succeeded! But before we put some real miles under this old beast, we need to make it safer. There are no mirrors and seeing as we will be slower than just about everything other than James May in an electric wheelchair, we really need to see what’s behind us when we stop or turn. The front brakes are worn out, so we only have rear brakes to slow us down (and they are only slightly better). The tires are rotten. And we have no exhaust, so this thing is unbearably LOUD!!! So let’s make our little bike safer, more reliable, and ready for emergency parts running.
If you are interested in the way a suspension company does R&D, take a look at how a typical test session for KW Suspension goes. We tagged along on the final calibration confirmation of KW's latest 3-Way adjustable Club Sport suspension for the BMW M2.
Modeling Braking: Braking Harder Means Less Brake Fade
by Khiem Dinh
Almost every novice to track day driving exhibits the same fault; they do not brake hard enough. I was guilty of this myself and I remember vividly plowing through many corners at my first auto-x killing a few cones along the way. Whenever I do driving instruction, I almost always have to tell the student to brake later and harder. It should be obvious that braking harder and later improves lap times. However, braking harder versus braking lightly and longer can also reduce heat buildup in the brake system reducing fade. To prove this theory, I made a little mathematical model.
Recently we were privileged to be able to take a look behind the walls of Garrett Turbochargers' research and development facilities. We were able to get an insider view of the intensive engineering inside a Garrett Turbo and viewed first hand what differentiates it from your typical aftermarket fare. We were very impressed by what we saw and we would like to share it with you by breaking some of what a World Class OEM supplier puts into the performance turbos any consumer can buy into easily digestible lessons that we will be presenting to you periodically. Perhaps the key part of any turbo is the compressor wheel. Let's look at what Garrett does to bring you one of the best compressor wheels on the market.