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Art or function, aesthetics or aerodynamics. When it comes to swapping out your vehicle’s bumpers, fenders, skirts or wing, you are likely to run into some critics. Some may question your decision, while others will support your choice. When you change these parts for a reason other than just for “looks,” you are likely to gain supporters and performance from your decision. Choosing an aerodynamic kit that allows a wider wheel-and-tire combination and that delivers additional downforce will garner much more appeal than a show-only body kit that makes your Accord look like a Skyline. While many body-kit manufacturers have…

While the quality of Subaru’s production line machine work may be adequate for an EJ257 engine to live a long life at factory power levels, there are few EJ257s that will spend their lifetime at factory power levels. At elevated power levels, it’s common that the OEM’s slight misalignment of the crankshaft centerline becomes a problem. This misalignment places stress and strain on the main bearing housings that leads to distortion in the main bearing bores. This is especially common in the main bearing bores that are thinner than the rest as these see the highest loads. Once the distortion…

Real track killers look fast because they are fast. In speed contests of any type, function ends up dictating fashion, never the other way around. Varis Corporation, based out of Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, has made a name for itself by creating functional aerodynamic solutions created from and informed by research and experience in Super GT and Super Endurance racing series. These trials by fire led to the creation of the Kamikaze-R aero kit for the venerable Nissan R35 GT-R. With this direct-from-racing heritage, constant data acquisition necessitates constant revision; the Kamikaze-R Version 2 is the latest iteration of their top-line…

“Ricer”. Is it a slur, a racial put down, a term meant to put down a vehicle for looking the part, but not having the goods to back it up? In Rochester, New York, “Ricer” takes on a new meaning. “Ricer” is the nickname given to STM’s 9- second street and strip EVO. While the ignorant often label all types of Japanese performance vehicles “Ricers,” STM figured there’s no better revenge than to build a “Ricer” capable of decimating just about anything found on the street. Considering that this EVO has already run a 9.27, we’re pretty confident that one…

DGARAGE Remove the games of drafting behind other cars, playing chicken in braking zones, or sharing the road as you battle in tight corners and you have time attack racing; one of the purest forms of motorsport. The goal is simple: build the fastest car possible and put a capable driver behind the wheel. When the winner is determined only by the quickest lap time, there are no politics and no excuses. While Time Attack racing in the United States doesn’t hit on the glitz and glamour of IndyCar or NASCAR, it still serves as a premiere proving ground for…

Overkill or insufficient. When it comes to selecting the standalone solution for your racecar, it’s really easy to spend too much on an Engine Management System (EMS) that does more than you actually need. For those that have tons of disposable income, that’s probably not a major concern. Just buy the best standalone ECU and sensor package, get a custom motorsports harness, hire the best calibrator for your particular ECU, and $15K-$40K later – call it a day. For the rest of us that skip meals to buy performance parts, wasting money on an overkill EMS solution (if it can…

Owners of Toyota’s GT86 can improve the pedal feel, engagement and performance over their stock clutch with McLeod Racing’s latest performance offering. The Mag Force Street Edition clutch system is capable of handling extremely high horsepower engines in street and race vehicles. This clutch system will provide the strength and durability you have come to rely on in all of the McLeod Racing family of products. McLeod Mag Force clutches are the perfect choice for racers looking for a lightweight, high-torque capacity unit. The Mag Force SE features an easy engaging ceramic friction material and a strapped floater design to…

If you’ve been to a professional motorsport event, you have definitely noticed that there are many people involved aside from just the drivers. Large groups of people are behind the scenes making sure everything gets done on race day. From race officials to team transport drivers, everyone has a job to ensure that the race weekend goes smoothly. Many of these people participate for their love of the sport, while others end up finding their love for the sport as they work the race events. Text by Austin Cabot  //  Photos by Chris Sullivan and Austin Cabot For Savanna Little,…

It all started $100,000 ago when Jose Gonzalez was in search of a project car. The hunt for the project wasn’t an issue; however, the budget was. Gonzalez had crunched down his options to three vehicles: Datsun 510, Toyota Celica, and Nissan Hakosuka. Fortunately for Jose, a friend of his introduced him to Eric of JDM Legends; the man that made it all happen. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Kayla Ringle A Change of Luck With a long line of people ahead of Jose looking for the same car, which he had narrowed down to the Japanese legend…

Your Chance to WIN Enter our raffle to during the month of February* to be eligible to win a Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ High Torque ½” Impact Wrench from our friends at Mikwaukee. How to Win* Subscribe to any DSPORT Magazine bundle between February 1st and 28th You will be automatically entered in the raffle The winner will be announced on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 Click HERE for USA Subscriptions >> Click HERE for Canadian / International Subscriptions >> OR Click HERE to download and print the raffle form for free entry Fill out the raffle form Mail the form to…

In a world where where fake news and alternative realities are daily headlines, it can be a struggle to get past all the misleading advice, exaggerated claims, and flat-out hoaxes. While it is important to remain vigilant in the campaign against misinformation, the old saying  “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” is not always correct. The pessimistic belief that all claims are false can discourage an enthusiast from realizing his or her full potential. As always, our mission is to educate, entertain and inform our readers. So, let’s take a look at ten common automotive…

You can learn the personality of any car from the very moment you step on the gas pedal. How is the power delivered? Does the engine run rough or smooth? Is it comfortably drivable for the street or does it only feel at home on a race track? Many components contribute to the car’s driving personality, from ECU tunes to turbocharger upgrades, among countless other items in the engine bay. However, the valves act as the final gatekeepers for intake air and exhaust gases to enter and exit the cylinders. Ultimately, these valves and the camshafts that manage them establish…

The Tokyo Auto Salon is the mecca for the best and latest Japanese performance vehicles.  The aisles are filled with thousands of modified car enthusiasts along with the most iconic tuning shops in the world. With another DSPORT TAS tour in the books, let’s take a look at some of the best cars at this years Tokyo Auto Salon. Text by Tyler Hirashima // Photos by Tyler Hirashima, Michael Ferrara, Bassem Girgis  and Henry Hoang

Most enthusiasts can relate to the drug that is modifying cars. Once you start, it only gets harder to stop. Coming from a background of drag racing his turbo Supra and daily driving large displacement monsters like the C6 Corvette and Dodge Viper, Al Rhee knows the horsepower addiction all too well. When he acquired his latest daily driver, a 2017 Subaru WRX STI, he knew early on that he’d have to tread carefully when starting this project. Since its introduction to the D’Garage, we’ve tested 13 exhaust systems, upgraded the intake and intercooler, added flex-fuel capabilities, and opened the…

There used to be a time where impact wrenches were only used by professionals, simply because they required an air compressor. Most DIYers didn’t have the space to store a giant tank in their garages, but this changed when battery-operated impact wrenches were introduced. However, performance has always been an issue with the cordless impact wrenches that use batteries. With the technology of the compact impact wrenches evolving, we chose one of Milwaukee’s newest products, the M18 FUEL High Torque ½” Impact Wrench, to test out in our Club DSPORT. Text by Bassem Girgis // Photos by Joe Singleton Milwaukee…

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