You use your brakes a lot. But do you really know how they work? We test out Hawk Performance’s new HPS 5.0 pads and DBA’s 4000-series rotors and examine how brake pads and discs work together to stop your car!
When we last left our Project Ford Fiesta ST it was being converted into a race car by the capable hands of SPD Motorsports. As progress continues, SPD is working on installing a crash resistant fuel system using components from Fuel Safe, Deatschwerks, and Aeromotive. Other details like Lexan windows, brake ducting and the interior are coming together as well.
In the last edition of Project Tundra, we had installed Hellwig's adjustable rear antisway bar in an effort to improve our truck's balance and limit body body roll to help keep our stability control from activating prematurely.
Now to finish up our chassis tuning we wanted to address a problem all trucks that tow have. With tongue weight in place the back of a trucks sags lower and the front lifts higher. This makes the handling a little squirrely at times, the steering getting light a lot due to the geometry changes of the front end when under droop. The heavily loaded rear suspension is also prone to bottom out with bigger enclosed trailers which can make things interesting and possibly damage the trailer jack.
To fix this by leveling out our truck without hurting our ride, we decided to go with a set of Hellwig Big Wig air bags. The air bags can increase the rear suspension's capacity by 2700 lbs and restore the proper ride height improving stability and laden ride. When finished towing, the bags can be depressurized for a stock ride height. and smooth ride.
Thinking about going racing this weekend? Karla Pestotnik and Rob Choo use the GTChannel S2000 to show you step-by-step how to change your differential oil, motor oil and transmission oil, as well as how to bleed your brakes and clutch fluid.
We decided to be different and tackle the Subaru WRX as our latest Project Car because it's big sister, the STI has been always getting all the attention. More people can afford the WRX which we consider to be a performance bargain and more enthusiasts drive them. We will be working with ARK Design to get this car going and make it more fun to drive.
One of the first things we did as is typical on most of our project cars is to work on the suspension first. Since we are still deciding on what to do for dampers on our project, we decided to start with changing the soft rubber suspension bushings with some polyurethane parts by Superpro.
If you have been following Project Tundra, you know we have been struggling with excessive activation of our truck's stability and traction control systems. The improved power of our supercharged engine and additional traction of our larger tires have been driving the electronic nannys of the truck's OEM systems crazy. We were hopeful that a new adjustable rear antisway bar from Hellwig would help.
MotoIQ Staff Report
Furious 7 stunt driver has taken over the controls (and ownership) of MotoIQ Project Nissan 350Z! Our 350Z project was originally built as a reliable street/track performer, but like any car with an overworked odometer the miles have been stacking up and the original engine finally threw in the towel. It's no surprise either, as it has been in the hands of stunt driver Jay Lynch for almost the past year. Jay has not only been using the car to work on his stunt driving techniques, but Jay has also been using the car to pass down his driving skills to his daughter Brionna Lynch.
We test out Auto Meter’s incredibly advanced Elite gauges and examine the technology that makes some gauges better than others.
In our previous installments of Project SEMA Scion Tuner Challenge FR-S we have been working on getting the performance of our sports coupe up to snuff. Now it's time to look at stuff that we usually don't care that much about: the looks stuff and cool JDM bits needed for car show points!
Since we figured that every FR-S at the SEMA show was going to sport the new Rocket Bunny wide body kit, we decided to do something completely different. We came up with a theme of restraint. At the risk that no one would get it, we decided to go MotoIQ style and come up with a look of a practical daily driver car, one that would look trick with a few high quality parts but not something that would scream look at me. Would the judges get it? Probably not but we had to do something radically different.
Driven: 2015 Subaru WRX
The 2015 WRX is the first time in a long time the WRX has received really major changes. Sure, they changed the head lights, wing size, and the body style some over the years. But mechanically, the cars had remained remarkably similar for a decade. That has all changed with the 2015 WRX. The new WRX is so good (reminds me quite a bit of my 2005 Evo 8 actually in terms of performance), I actually recommend it over the STI if used purely as a fun daily driver.