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THE RETURN TO JDM LAND Mark your calendars and get ready to join DSPORT Magazine in Japan for the 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is packed with an itinerary to cover all the best automotive culture of Japan. The official tour begins in Los Angeles, California as the DSPORT staff and attendees kick off the tour with the included flights to Tokyo. Once in Japan, the highlights of the tour include lodging at the Shinigawa Prince Hotel near the heart of Tokyo, private guided tours to the Nissan DNA Garage, TOMEI, Toyota Megaweb, and other facilities. Exclusive tuning…

SPEED SENSING GPS IS NOT USED JUST FOR NAVIGATION ANYMORE. SELF-CONTAINED GPS UNITS CAN simplify dash setups while adding useful functions. Auto Meter recently introduced a full lineup of GPS speedometer options and are now adding the Carbon Fiber, Traditional Chrome and Z Series to the list. These speedometers require no calibration and are ready to go with just power and a ground, making the setup process very plug-and-play. Beyond simple speed readouts, the GPS speedometers carry features like trip odometer, time/date, GPS coordinates, compass and peak speed recall. MSRP starts at $337.59. Auto Meter 866.248.6356

TITANIUM POWER WEIGHT HINDERS PERFORMANCE. IN SOME CASES, SHEDDING WEIGHT IN MATERIALS and construction a vehicle also leads to a loss of build strength. When it comes to the exhaust system, corrosion is added to the list of concerns. Tomei Powered, USA addressed these concerns with its Expreme Ti exhaust for Nissan’s 350Z and 370Z models. Available among this lineup are the cat-less straight pipe, mid Y pipe and muffler, all made from titanium. Tomei Powered selected titanium in order to achieve a stronger, lighter, less corrosive and more powerful than the stock exhaust system. MSRP starts at $690. Tomei…

PERFECT PSI BOOST TOO LITTLE AND YOU’RE DOWN ON POWER, BOOST TOO MUCH AND YOU END up with a repair bill. Some engines may appear more bulletproof than others, but they all run at their best with specific tunes and tolerances. Turbosmart’s new Twin Port IWG-75 wastegate actuator, available in both turbo-specific and universal applications, intends to improve boost response, provide a more stable boost control and allow for a wider boost range between minimum and maximum boost. The Twin Port IWG-75 accomplishes this by using the air pressure differential between two sealed chambers to create a dynamic force which…

POV IN STYLE WHILE MANY DIFFERENT ACTION CAMERAS CAPTURE EXTREME MOMENTS from mounted or handheld angles, a true point-of-view perspective makes for an entirely different viewing experience. Pivothead has introduced a lineup of eyewear that allows users to capture HD video and high-res images from their perspective with a simple push of a button. Multiple styles are available, each with interchangeable lenses. These units include 8GB of internal storage and a built-in lithium polymer battery provide for ease of use with micro USB connectivity for charging and file transfers. Records in 480p, 720p and 1080p at 30fps or 60pfs, and captures photos…

2016 Honda Civic Sedan Honda unveiled the sedan trim of its 10th iteration of the beloved Civic, and it’s not a simple rehashed update. The car manufacturer announced that this generation is the first to include a sedan, coupe, high-performance Si model, a 5-door hatchback and the first ever Type-R for the US. Two new engines will be available, and we still await performance figures. However, Honda claims the new 2.0-liter, 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 4-cylinder in the Sedan LX and EX trims is the most powerful base engine ever offered on a Civic. A smaller 1.5-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged, 16-valve DOHC…

POWER EVERYWHERE A NARROW POWER BAND CAN MAKE A CAR DIFFICULT TO CONTROL WHEN on a racetrack and frustratingly uncomfortable when driving around town. To add some extra grunt without sacrificing the power band, AMS Performance offers the Alpha Performance R35 GT-R Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold. Utilizing lightweight, strong and CNC-precision machined construction, this intake is designed to deliver high performance without sacrificing reliability. The airflow design of this manifold intends to improve the overall driving experience. Includes manifold plenums, billet aluminum upper and lower sections, mounting brackets, gaskets, vacuum fittings and hardware, and adapters for stock throttle bodies. MSRP is $7,999.95.…

LEVEL UP FLUID LEVELS AND TIRE PRESSURES ARE WHERE BASIC CAR MAINTENANCE BEGINS. Wilwood’s new Master Cylinder Reservoir Caps with Electronic Fluid Level Sensors allow drivers to view the level of their brake fluid and to receive an indication when the fluid level requires attention, all from inside the car. The black caps are manufactured from durable lightweight Nylon with a high melting point to withstand the demands of engine compartment surroundings. The internal float is made from a proprietary material for extra dimensional stability to yield accurate readings. Electrical connection is accomplished through standard automotive 12V DC male terminals.…

Invite Only A small group of lucky enthusiasts were invited to the Honda Headquarters in Torrance, California for an exclusive S2000 event. On September 12, 2015, the S2ki community held the third and final S2ki Homecoming event. The event began in 2007 as a tribute to the Honda S2000 and its Project Leader, Shigeru Uehara. The second event was held in 2010 and since then plans have been in the works for Homecoming 3. This year, the 250 enthusiasts that have been waiting since 2010 caravanned from Irvine, California to Torrance, where they were given access to the secret Honda…

World Challenge Here We Come When DSPORT was presented with the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a racecar in The Pirelli World Challenge, we went all in. With help from our friends at Mazda, we were able to dial in a Mazda2 for the Touring Car B-Spec class. World Challenge is a sprint-format championship series based on modified production vehicles. Consisting of four classes – GT, GTS, Touring Car, and Touring Car B-Spec, the fast-paced series is renowned for its exciting standing starts and door-to-door racing. To see DSPORT’s own racer, Cameron Parsons, tune into World Challenge TV…

KEEP IT SIMPLE IDENTIFYING ESSENTIAL ENGINE VITALS QUICKLY CAN BE A PAIN IF YOU CAN’T them amongst the clutter. Why pay for luxuries and features that you might not ever use? “Simple, Clean, Affordable” is the tagline for Prosport’s new lineup of 52mm Clear Lens Performance Gauges, providing users with everything they need and nothing they don’t. The 270-degree dial sweep provides essential information at a quick glance, featuring white numbers against a black face and bezel, with a red needle and white LED lighting. MSRP starts at $37.00. Prosport Performance 727.572.9011

SCOOBY SPRINGS THE MOST CRUCIAL VEHICLE COMPONENTS ARE THE ONES THAT LINK YOUR car to the road surface. For the 2015+ model Subaru WRX and STi owners, KW has announced its stainless-steel constructed Variant 1 and 2 coilover models. These coilovers are meant to enable owners to lower their cars 15-35mm on the front axle and 5-35mm on the rear, while maintaining enough travel to handle maximum loads and dynamic loads during driving. Variant 1 is built with preset dampening rates and allows for customized suspension lowing. Variant 2 allows for adjustments to both dampening rates and ride height. MSRP…

SMOOTH IT OVER THE PUSH AND PULL OF PISTONS AGAINST A CRANKSHAFT THOUSANDS OF TIMES A MINUTE DEMANDS a lot out of one spinning piece of metal. To counteract the resulting torsional vibrations, Fluidampr has released a performance crankshaft damper for the 2015 WRX and 2013+ FR-S/BRZ. This SFI 18.1 certified performance crankshaft damper is a direct bolt-on upgrade for the existing OEM elastomer style harmonic balancer and requires no modifications for installation. Given the SFI rating, the crankshaft damper is thus approved for competition in many racing series and sanctioning bodies. Fluidampr developed and tested this damper to provide…

BOOST PARTY STOCK BLOW-OFF VALVES LIKE THOSE THAT COME STANDARD WITH THE FIESTA ST OFTEN suffer from a range of problems. They are plastic, and they leak, and if you want to up the power, they have trouble holding the extra boost. For those who want extra zip from their EcoBoost engine, Turbosmart designed the Fiesta ST Kompact Shortie Blow-off Valve (p/n TS-0203-1066). The aircraft grade aluminum alloy construction means cracking and leaking even under increased boost levels will never be an issue. The Fiesta ST Shortie gives razor sharp valve response, and a serious increase in performance over stock…

Bottle Warmer NITROUS HAS A SWEET SPOT, AND THAT TEMPERATURE MUST BE MAINTAINED for the system to work most effectively. To get nitrous bottles ready to perform, Nitrous Express developed its Express Hot Water Bottle Bath (p/n 15935). This bottle bath features a high-strength composite tank design that will never rust or oxidize. Inside, a separator shelf keeps the bottles from sliding into the heating element during transport. Carrying slots are flush molded into the side of the tank to minimize the overall footprint of the bath. Furthermore, the digital control circuit is easy to set and automatically maintains water temperature…

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