MotoIQ Tech

Wrench Tip: In Defense of Cheap Tools

by Matt Brown

I have a $400 multimeter in my toolbox. I’m not sure why, but at some point in the recent past, I decided I needed to measure voltage with an accuracy of less than one-tenth of one percent and current down to ten microamps. Sitting on top of it, is that red multimeter that Harbor Freight occasionally gives away free with any purchase. Guess which one gets used most often?


 

We Look Inside Fredric Aasbo's Papadakis Racing Toyota Corolla iM Drift Machine

by Mike Kojima

It is really hard to build a competitive car in Formula Drift nowadays. The rules set is mature, and the competition is ruthlessly tough. When even the best teams develop a new platform, it can take a whole season to sort a new chassis out. A radically different chassis can take a couple of seasons for even a top team to get competitive. Not so for Papadakis Racing and their Rockstar Toyota Corolla iM that they built for 2015 Formula Drift Champion, Fredric Aasbo.


 

Tested! Weego's Lunch Box Automotive Power Source

by Mike Kojima

We get all sorts of cool stuff in the mail at MotoIQ's palatial mega-garage. Manufacturers send us stuff in hopes that we will test it and write about it. This means that we have more than our share of miracle lubes and additives, car care products and weird gadgets. Most of these things end up not working, so well so you never read about it here. However, the other day we got a box from a company we had never heard of called Weego.


 

Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to be More Drift Happy with Z1 Motorsports!- Part 2: Tuning the Differential and Installing the Ring and Pinion

by Rathyna Gomer

Where we last left off, we had disassembled, cleaned and inspected all the parts of my differential. Now the fun and important stuff starts- setting up my limited slip differential to work better for the specific demands of drifting. We will also show how to set up a new ring and pinion gear set.


 

Rebuilding a Nissan R200 Differential to Be More Drift Happy With Z1 Motorsports!- Part 1, Installation

by Rathyna Gomer

Recently, I took my 350Z drift car out to a practice event at Irwindale's Thursday Night Drift. As I was coming out of a turn, I clutch-kicked in third gear, and heard a BOOM, stopping the car right in its tracks. Upon inspection, we discovered that my diff had fallen out of place! The bolt holding my differential to the subframe snapped, causing the diff to fall coming completely out of the car, which then caused my driveshaft to explode at the u-joint. Fun stuff. 

This all ended up being a blessing in disguise because I was in desperate need of rebuilding my diff for competitive purposes. In the 350z platform, the final drive gear ratio is a 3.50 which had been handicapping me significantly during competitions. Sensei Mike Kojima has been monumental in setting up my Z this year and one of the biggest changes was dialing in more grip.


 

Project DC2 Integra: Truing up the Suspension with Whiteline

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project DC2, we greatly improved our car's suspension by replacing the ancient, worn out Koni Yellow shocks with some state of the art street KW Suspension Double Adjustable Variant III coil-overs. When paired with a stock front anti-sway bar and the excellent Comptech rear anti-sway bar that came with the car, we had a well-balanced combination that worked pretty well on the track and the street.  

All was good, but we wanted to go through the entire suspension and replace all of the old and well-worn rubber bushings in the car with new, hard polyurethane parts from Whiteline. This would bring our suspension up to snuff with the current best stuff out there.


 

Project AP1 S2000: Installing Hasport AP Differential Mounts

by Vincent Soto

Our Project AP1 S2000 is a daily workhorse. It’s almost 17 years old and is coming up on 140,000; the car has been a good reliable daily driver that sees some spirited driving every now and then. 

Recently, we discovered that the differential mounts on Project AP1 S2000 were torn and started to leak. Instead of going back to the OEM liquid filled mounts, we decided to just go with a more solid mount. After driving Project AP2 S2000 and feeling how well the Hasport mounts felt, it was a no brainer to go with them again! 


 

Project GD STI: Making the Front of the Car Stiffer with Ultra Racing

by Mike Kojima

In the last installment of Project STI, we had greatly increased the chassis stiffness with a full complement of Cusco braces. From our EVO project, we had found that on the CT9A chassis, the braces that did the most were the fender braces that add reinforcement from the strong door hinge area to the top of the shock towers. From this experience, we wanted to add similar braces to our STI. 


 

TESTED: Ford Performance Cat-Back Exhaust and GT350 Valence

by Billy Johnson

The Ford Mustang may be the best-selling sports car in the world at the time of this writing, yes you read that right, but it is far from the best sounding sports car in the world. We reached out to Ford Performance for their far more attractive and aggressive M-5200-M8TBV Touring Exhaust System and GT350 lower valence with integrated quad-tips to improve the looks and sound of our S550 Mustang GT.


 

Project Tundra: 5000 Mile Evaluation of Nitto's New Ridge Grappler Tires!

by Mike Kojima

We were very pleased with the Nitto Terra Grappler tires that Project Tundra had been running the last 7 years. We had over 60,000 miles of towing, supercharged burnouts, daily driving and off-roading on them- including a day of driving hard around Willow Springs Raceway. We were very pleased to note that they still had at least 70% of their original tread and still worked quite well!


 

Hondata's Land Speed Record Honda CRX

by Mike Kojima

A lot of armchair racers like to comment on Land Speed Racing saying things like "how hard could it be to go 200 mph at Bonneville, it's a big flat dry lake, all you have to do is floor it" or "I can almost go that fast down the freeway with my Civic with a turbo kit".  Well, all we have to say about that is to go try and find out just how good you are if you think you can.


 

Project GD STI: Getting Rid of Chassis Flex with Cusco

by Mike Kojima

The GD STI/WRX had what was considered to be a very stiff chassis when it was first released internationally in 2000. The new Impreza platform was built to be much stronger than it predecessor and used much of the experience gleaned in rally competition to build a chassis that was over 100% stiffer than its predecessor. However, that was 17 years ago, and the design that was once the leading edge in unibody chassis integrity is now something that is just average.  


 

Project Bugeye GDA WRX: Fixing the Clutch with Exedy

by Mike Kojima

Poor Ian, MotoIQ's FNG's daily was his trusty Bugeye GDA WRX. The WRX has given many years of faithful service, but since joining the MotoIQ crew, Ian's commute has gotten much longer and the miles were taking their toll on the car which has over 200K miles. To make matters worse, on his way to work, the car sprung a huge oil leak and oiled down the super old clutch, and Ian barely limped into the MotoIQ garage. 


 

Nerd Alert! Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Engine

by Khiem Dinh

As we are sure many of you have heard, the little car company that could, Mazda, has announced their Skyactiv-X engine with the technology to run Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI). Two major challenges to make HCCI work: timing of the combustion and smooth transition between HCCI and regular spark ignition. The HCCI combustion process has been researched for decades, but the technology to bring an engine using HCCI to market has been elusive until now.

So how did Mazda do it? We are going to take a few guesses, but as with most technologies, it didn’t happen overnight. In fact, we would say Mazda’s first big step was a few decades ago. The final piece of the puzzle is a technology Mazda has called Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI), and we will exclusively get into how that ties into making HCCI work.


 

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