DROWsports Grand Axis Two Stroke Powered Ruckus
By Mike Kojima
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!
Project Civic SI RAYS 57Xtreme wheels and Nitto Motivo tires
By Aaron LaBeau
For a long time this journalist has lusted after having a set of expensive three piece wheels with an aggressive and deep polished lip. Unfortunately, the narrow offset and extra wide wheel necessary for this look can be problematic on FWD cars for clearance with both the suspension and fenders.
Project Infiniti G20 Racecar: Transmission Upgrades
By Steve Rockwood
It seems that every time we try to do something to make Project G20 faster, we find a faster way to break something. This time around, we were certain that while the stock Nissan RS5F32V transmission in our G20 was made of sugar glass, that our modest turbo power levels, stock clutch, and not-so-abusive driving habits should make it last through a season. After three race laps, we were greeted with the all too familiar sound of a fork in a garbage disposal coming from the transmission. Someday, we'll learn a lesson the easy way.
Project Scion FR-S Testing GReddy's Cold Air Intake!
The Scion FR-S is a pretty exciting car to be involved in. It has single handedly given our industry a shot in the arm and parts are rapidly being made for it. Our FR-S is being worked on fast, so fast it is kind of a blur as we were cramming a lot in just a few days to get the car ready for the SEMA show.
In our last edition of the Project we tested the GReddy EVO 3 Exhaust and now we are going to test GReddy's cold air intake. In reality this happened on the same day but we didn't have time to write much about it during the SEMA and PRI shows so now we are trying to catch up!
Project S2000 - Making a More Responsive Drivetrain
By Khiem Dinh
The AP2 generation of S2000s were made a bit cushier and street friendly compared to the AP1s for the general American consumer. A larger displacement engine along with shorter gearing were specified to give more torque at the wheels which Americans desired. However, Honda also matched a heavier flywheel and modified the clutch system with both negatively impacting the level of track aptitude. Step 2 of Phase 2 is to shift the drivetrain bias more towards the track side of the equation compromising some everyday livability for better performance.
Project Nissan 370Z - Installing B&M's Short Throw Shifter
by Clint Boisdeau
One item that is typically at or near the the top of a performance enthusiast’s list of modifications is a short throw shifter. In many cases short shifters are relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and are a modification that is directly related to improving the driver’s interaction with the vehicle. B&M, a long time aftermarket manufacturer of products related to precision gear selection, has a short shifter offering for the 370Z/G37/350Z/G35 6 speed manual transmission cars.
by Eric Hsu
I realize it's been a long ass time since I've published an update, but they'll start rolling out again somewhat regularly after the new year. The car arrived safely back to Design Craft in September from the giant shipping mishap to China. Progress has been slow with Team American members busy with the remainder of the Formula D season, SEMA, the holidays, and new jobs (for several of us ex-Cosworth people). I never did completely finish the coverage on what happened up until we rolled into the shipping container so part 9 will continue directly from part 8.
Project: Fried Turkey
MotoIQ Staff Report
Well, the holiday season is upon us and we decided we were going to cook something MotoIQ style which means it has to be technical and dangerous. What better thing to cook than a fried turkey? Frying a turkey gets the job done in only 45 minutes and leaves you with a succulent and tasty bird with very little hassle and an easy clean up.
Project Evo X GSR- Keeping Cool with Greddy and Koyo
When we last left off with our Project Evo X, we had achieved some good results with simple bolt ons from Greddy and AMS in the form of an exhaust system and a downpipe. With some further open source ECU tuning we were then able to extract another pretty good gain from our car.
Project Scion FR-S Part 2- Uncorking the exhaust with Greddy
The more time we spend behind the wheel of Project Scion FR-S, the more dear it is becoming to our hearts. This car is really fun to drive. What really puts a damper on things is that it simply just doesn't have enough power. If power is the FR-S's weak point then that's what we are going to address first. To help us get more power, we turned to our friends at Greddy who supplied us with their new Evo 3 exhaust for our evaluation.
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