Project Land Speed Racer 240SX: All The Right Gauges
by Stephen Quinn - Photos by Joe Lu and Chuck Johnson
Project GD STI- Keeping Cool with Greddy and Koyo!
By Mike Kojima
At this stage in the modding of Project STI's engine, it is time for us to lay down some base parts to support our plans for more power later. One of the weak points of the Subaru intake tract is its top mount intercooler or interheater as some call it. It is pretty ineffective at cooling the charge air as it sits in a heat chimney right over the engine. It is fed by a large scoop but air only flows through it at speed. This makes for irregular intercooler effectiveness. The top mount intercooler is a legacy of the car's rally heritage where the Subaru engineers wanted to move the intercooler out of harms way. Interestingly enough the last generations of Subaru's WRC car had front mounts.
Project Honda Civic EJ: Building the B18C1 Part III
By Chuck Johnson - Photos by Joe Lu
Last we left off, we had just figured out how to improve the rod ratio of Project Civic's B18C1 through the use of a Nissan QR25DE spec rod from K1 Technologies. With the details of this rather strange relationship of Nissan and Honda componenets figured out, it's now time to forever join them in holy matrimony.
Project Nissan 370Z - Keeping it cool with a CSF radiator, HPS Hoses and a Nissan Motorsports Oil Cooler
The Nissan 370Z is a notoriously under cooled car. It has a pretty bad reputation for easily going into overheat limp mode very quickly under track conditions and sometimes even on the street during normal driving in extremely hot conditions. Nissan knows about the problem - 370Z press cars are fitted with oil coolers and diff coolers. Probably Nissan does not want to add to the price of the car and instead relies on cheaper electronic nannies like limp mode to control the engine's and driveline's temps.
Project Toyota Tundra Part 10- Suspension by King Shocks
When we last left off, we had installed bigger brakes as well as wheels and tires on Project Tundra. The big wheels left us with rubbing problems which we addressed by moving the fender liners and modifying the front crossmember. We wanted to get even more wheel well clearance so we decided to raise our truck slightly. The stock Tundra has a nose down attitude which looks a little funny so we wanted to raise the front of the truck by about an inch. We did not want to build a Metal Mulisha bro mobile, just raise our truck a little and improve handling if we could.
To do this we decided to get a set of King Offroad coilover OEM replacement shocks. The King shocks were designed to maximize performance on a stock truck at close to the stock ride height. The King Shocks were designed to run at the stock rear ride height while raising the front about 3".
Project Husqvarna TE610 Part 6: Horsepower and Handlebars
By Dan Barnes
This might be a record among MotoIQ projects for number of articles before engine work to improve performance. Reliability and durability were higher priorities, but the TE610's stock silencer is big, a bit heavy and leaves some performance on the table without being really quiet. Plus, we wanted to clean up some rideability issues.
Project Nissan 370Z- Kinetix Racing Suspension, Enkei Wheels and Continental Tires
In our last edition of Project Nissan 370Z, we installed a basic suspension with KW V3 coilovers and Whiteline sway bars. To continue to develop our car into a dual purpose track/daily driver we needed to add some more adjustability to the suspension, we had to get more negative camber in the front and less in the rear. We also had to get more rubber on the road.
To achieve this we added some adjustable suspension links from Kinetix and some super light Enkei PF01 wheels with Continental Extreme Contact DW Tires.
Project GD STI- Keeping Cool and Protected with 3M Crystalline Tint and Protective Film
Project GD STI is a daily driver that we put a lot of miles on, from driving to our daily appointments, to the office and to the track on the weekends. Just in case you didnt know this, Southern California is a hot area, desert really, with a lot of sun exposure and all tracks around here are in the pit of the earth, really in the desert!
Project 240SX Land Speed Racer: The Sheet Metal Whisperer
Fear and Loathing in Bonneville (My Trip to Speedweek)
No this story is not a tale about a classic blowout to Sin City but something almost as bad, the conclusion to my 2012 Motorsports world tour which started on the Formula D circuit at the end of July and just ended this last weekend at the Las Vegas round of Formula D. During this time I have probably only been home for about 7 days with perhaps 5 uninterrupted days being home straight.
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