Mike Kojima posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 12:13 AM
So far we have tried some easy bolt ons like a manifold spacer, headers, high flow cats and exhaust on our 350Z all with good results. Naturally at this point it is time to change camshafts to get more bolt on power out of our VQ35DE engine. One thing that discourages many people from going this route is that changing cams on a VQ engine is quite a big job. Having two banks of cylinders and 4 cams is a lot of the reason. It's not super hard technically but it requires at least a couple days of wrenching and some care has to be taken to avoid problems.
Time consuming or not, camshafts are the next logical progression in the evolution of Project 350Z so we asked our friends at Jim Wolf Technology or JWT to provide us with some of their excellent C2 cams. We chose the C2 because they were probably the biggest practical camshafts that would work in the stock bottom end engine.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, March 09, 2014 8:11 PM
The suspension on our FR-S was originally done over a year ago when we were prepping the car for the 2012 SEMA show. At the time the car was pretty new on the market and our choices were limited to a few prime items plus stuff we made work from the Subaru STI that shares some parts with the FR-S/BRZ. Since the time when we first built the car, Whiteline has come out with a bunch of parts dedicated to the FR-S/BRZ chassis that we have been eagerly awaiting.
Vince posted on Sunday, March 02, 2014 6:00 PM
Project Mustang gets a bunch of parts for the next season to improve throttle response, braking, and gauge information!
Dave Coleman posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:50 AM
If you don't understand this secret code on your sidewall, you'll crash and die until you're dead!
Mike Kojima posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 12:56 AM
In looking for more low hanging horsepower fruit for Project 350Z, we decided to try an intake manifold plenum spacer from MotorDyne Engineering. The 350Z's VQ35DE engine has a very thin intake manifold plenum that slopes toward the front of the engine to clear the low hood line. Although this is good for styling, the engine would prefer more plenum volume and the flow to the front most cylinders is somewhat choked off due to the low overhanging plenum wall.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 8:09 PM
by Pablo Mazlumian
We install a Magnaflow system in hopes to quiet the car down a little further, given car's cat-delete setup. Find out how the test goes--with video included!
Billy Johnson posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:58 PM
Kook’s Custom Headers might not be a household name in the tuner market, but they pride themselves as the pioneers in the stainless steel header revolution. Their headers are trusted in some of the most demanding environments in the world, where every last horsepower matters. Championship-winning NASCAR, NHRA, ADRL, IHRA, NMCA, NMRA, SCCA, and NASA teams go to Kook’s Headers for their decades of experience and their high quality state-of-the-art products.
Pablo Mazlumian posted on Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:10 PM
With the engine almost fully complete and near-ready for start up, now's not the time to skimp! Check out our new fuel and engine breather systems, ensuring we get the most out of this 2JZ!
Mike Kojima posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:54 AM
To be honest we were not big fans of octane boosters. In the past, we have not been able to get good quantifiable results with them over the years. Older boosters ate up the fuel system or left weird deposits on the plugs and chamber. Engines that usually need higher octane are generally expensive so we have always just used racing fuel in them, Pump gas with conservative tuning for street cars and race fuel for race cars.
Meanwhile, Royal Purple had been bugging us about testing some of their new Max Boost octane booster. They told us that it would give us 3 points in octane for sure and burn clean. Not being too enthusiastic about octane booster in general we let it sit around for about a month.
Mike Kojima posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:43 AM
Last time we saw Project Mustang, it was off getting some new suspension. With much improved underpinnings the stock wheels and tires were pretty wimpy. Our Mustang came with 255/40-19 tires on a 19x9 inch wheel from the factory, pretty small for a heavy and powerful car. With an improved Whiteline and KW suspension setup we wanted wider and more grippy tires to exploit all that our highly adjustable suspension has to offer. Well look out, HRE and Nitto are coming in to fix the situation, check it out!