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It’s going to happen. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there’s going to be an incident that causes a paint chip on your vehicle. It can happen in your garage, at the track, in a parking lot…anywhere. Recently our GT-R received a nasty chip on the edge of its door while visiting a fabrication shop. After a flash of rage and a five-minute cool-down session, it was time to come up with a solution. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara Step #1: Assess the damage A chip or scratch can be categorized into one of four stages…

Polyurethane Bushings: Getting the Most Out of Your 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata If you’ve had a look at issue #170, you’ve seen the benefits of making the switch over to polyurethane suspension bushings. When we tested Energy Suspension’s Hyper-Flex polyurethane bushings on our 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, we found notable improvements in both lap times and the car’s driving characteristics. Installing a new set of bushings is no simple task, but the proper tools and know-how come a long way in getting the job done and reaping the benefits. In this How-To, we’ll take a look at the installation process…

What is bulletproofing? In terms of high-performance engines, bulletproofing refers to increasing the power handling capacity of an engine beyond the desired power level. Depending on the design of the engine and the magnitude of the power handling increase desired, the bulletproofing process will vary. The parts and processes needed to build a Honda B20 and a Mitsubishi 4G63 to be bulletproof at 700whp are going to be different despite the fact that both engines are 2.0-liter, four cylinders with DOHC 16 valve cylinder heads. Additionally, the process and parts to bulletproof a Toyota 2JZ to support 800whp is going…

Have you decked your block? Resurfaced your head? Installed an aftermarket crankshaft or camshafts? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, your camshaft timing may not be what the camshaft manufacturer specified. Improper cam timing can lead to reduced performance, increased fuel consumption and an increased likelihood of detonation. Text & Photos by Michael Ferrara TOOLS NEEDED: Degree Wheel ($25-$40) Piston-Stop Tool ($9~$15) 1.000-inch Dial Indicator and Stand ($25-$150) Wire Coat Hanger (from your closet) – – A Single-Issue If you have a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) engine, a camshaft that was not degreed-in properly can cause the…