Project MKVI Golf TDI: Handling Upgrades Part Deux
By Steve Rockwood
Here's the thing: the nutjobs that make up MotoIQ are never happy. Give us an improvement, and we'll look at improving the improvement. Put a pea under a thousand race buckets and we'll still feel it. Such was the case with our Project MKVI Golf TDI: we were definitely impressed with our first round of suspension mods by ST and Whiteline, we also felt the handling improvement package wasn't complete. That pea started feeling like a boulder.
Project Lexus IS-F, Improving the ride via the brakes with FIGS Engineering
By Mike Kojima
In our last edition of Project IS-F, we had gone through our brake system with NS compound pads and slotted rotors from Project Mu, which replaced the stock, well worn OEM Brembo parts. We were pretty pleased with how the pads had a nice, well, Mu (or coefficient of friction in geek talk) and super low dusting with enough fade resistance so that we never noticed any in the car's daily driving routine. Please note that Mrs Nerd has been observed driving back from her lunch break rather quickly at times. She's a teacher so she absolutely can't be late and teachers only get 30 minutes to get some place, order eat and return.
Project Scion FR-S Part 4- Exhaust and Tuning Frustrations
When we last left off, we had just installed some bolt ons onto our Scion FR-S' motor and picked up some quick power. Our stock power levels were 145hp and 119 lb-ft of torque and after a few weeks of driving our power levels had returned to 147 whp and 122 lb-ft of torque for a big WTF. Determined to keep adding power, we continued with our testing and tackle the rest of the exhaust.
Project S2000 - Testing Track Upgrades and Custom Brake Ducts
By Khiem Dinh
All of the stars aligned a few weeks ago and I took Project S2000 to the track. Centerforce clutch and AP1 flywheel – installed and broken-in, Hasport engine mounts – installed and broken-in, custom brake ducts – prototyped and test-fitted, K.R.O.P.S holding track day at Willow Springs – scheduled, other MotoIQ project cars going – check. Custom brake ducts? Let's start with those.
Project V8 RX-7: Goin' Legit (Project RX-7 vs the State of California)
by Jeff Naeyaert
Now that it doesn't look like the world is gonna end we need to get our RX-7 smog legal and on the road! Since the car has been down for surgery with the heart transplant the registration has long since expired. It's only a matter of time before we get busted by the fuzz for old tags and excessive hooning around.
Project Husqvarna TE610 Part 7: Baja Designs Racelight with Boatman H4 Conversion
By Dan Barnes
The TE610's stock 25/30W enduro light makes the bike legal for an enduro event and road use in all 50 states. At night, it helps other drivers see you. However, it does little to help you see anything else. Baja Designs is the leader in lighting technology for off-road racing, with a full range of LED, HID and halogen technology solutions. They can help the TE610.
Project Civic SI Progress Suspension
By Aaron LaBeau
When searching for a Civic SI suspension we wanted to be sure this was an "upgrade" we could live with every day. Weekend garage queens and purpose built track cars are fun for the occasional poke but for daily driven street cars, comfort trumps performance. Any upgrade in performance would therefore have to be a bit of a doppelganger; refined for the commute but hard-edged enough not to roll over in the corners.
Project EVO X GSR- Upgrading the Fuel System With Cobb Tunning and RC Engineering
by Mike Kojima
When we last left off on Project EVO X, we had come close to maxing out the car's fuel system with our bolt ons up to this point. Since upgrading the turbo to Garrett's drop in GTX3071 is in the plans, we must first bring our fuel system up to snuff. On the EVO X this is a little more involved than earlier EVO's as the injectors we chose were not an easy drop in. Don't fear, it still was not that hard, check it out!
Project GD STI- Improving the Fuel System with Injector Dynamics and Other Details
When we had last left off on Project STI's engine, we had just upgraded the cooling system in anticipation of another round of tuning. What was supposed to be just some routine installation of a few parts to get a little more power ended up being something a lot more complicated, time consuming and involved.
DROWsports Grand Axis Two Stroke Powered Ruckus
The Honda Ruckus is a small 50cc scooter that has for some reason become the darling of the modified car crowd. You would never think that car people would have become enamored of a 100 mpg, 35mph small scooter but nevertheless the Ruckus is huge. MotoIQ has a project 50cc Ruckus that is probably the fastest stock engined Ruckus built so far.
Of course in our circle, if some is good, too much is always better. Andrew Horn, owner of DROWsports in Signal Hill is part of the MotoIQ crew and has helped us with many of our small powersports projects. We helped him with the construction in his quest to build the ultimate Ruckus, check it out!
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