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Even with the Monday during our TAS tour being a Japanese National Holiday, that didn’t stop our friends at UpGarage from holding a formal welcome event for the tour group. As the group flooded into UpGarage, announcements went up over the PA system, welcoming our group and informing them that their purchases would be duty-free. The chairperson of Up Garage, Mr. Makoto Ishida, welcomed the group and offered everyone a souvenir UpGarage swag bag. He also sat down for an interview with DSPORT’s Publisher Michael Ferrara and TAS Tour Coordinator Toshi Hayama. Ishida shared a little about the company and…

For this DSPORT classic we revisit the 1999 Battle of the Imports race in Palmdale, CA. Hosted by the founder of Turbo Magazine Kipp Kington and DSPORT’s publisher Michael Ferrara. This race feature many of the popular cars & stars from the late 90s drag racing scene.

After making the necessary upgrades to the turbo system, electronics and fuel delivery, our good friend Beau Brown from AEM Electronics came down to help us get the car fired up. In just a half hour, he set up the AEM Infinity and the KA24 rumbled back to life. Once we verify that the engine is healthy and that all of the sensors have been calibrated correctly, we’ll begin testing all of the turbo combinations available with the divided V-band.

We went deep into the IDRC vault and uncovered this classic event from 2002. Watch drag racing stars Ari Yallon, David Buschur, John Shepard, Carlos Montano, Ron Lummus, Sav Leone, Erick Aguilar, and Shawn Geers battle it out in the high altitude of Bandimere Speedway.

When it comes to enthusiasts, most want the stickiest max performance summer tires on the market, whether they need it or not. However, expensive summer tires generally wear out very quickly and aren’t spectacular or even sometimes safe in the rain. What most enthusiasts need is a tire that can deliver great summer performance, deal with the wet conditions and last for many, many miles. This is the winning combination that the ultra-high performance all-season category looks to fulfill. For 2015, BFGoodrich is launching a new tire that aims to fulfill these criteria, its g-Force COMP-2 All-Season. We get to…

Connect Six Above 700 ft-lbs. of torque, the factory connecting rods of the VR38DETT engine begin to quickly bend out of shape. Achieving a 9-, 8- or 7-second E.T. simply requires the internals to be fortified, beginning with the rods. To meet the needs of high-horsepower R35 GT-R’s, Manley Performance introduced its new connecting rod for Nissan GT-R applications made from its 300M material (p/n 15424-6). According to Manley, its proprietary 300M material and ARP2000 bolts make this rod the strongest connecting rod on the market for the VR38DETT. The rods are precision machined at Manley’s Lakewood, NJ facility to…

Cooler Charge Factory intercoolers simply aren’t designed to withstand repeated abuse at the track, suffering from heat soak and hindering engine performance. To help increase the amount of cool, dense air rushing into the intake, Buschur Racing developed its Race and Street intercooler kits for the R35 GT-R. The race kit consists of a core 22x14x4.5-inches thick core while the street core measures 22x12x4.5-inches. The included upper and lower piping kit is mandrel bent 2.75-inch 6061 aluminum. Keeping the same piping diameter from the throttle body inlets to the turbo outlets creates a smoother and more consistent airflow. Both kits…

THIS IS STEP 1 TO BUILDING A 1000WHP HONDA B-SERIES ENGINE!!! The line boring process ensures that all of the main journals are properly sized and in-line. This is critical at 11,000RPM and over 1,000 horsepower in order for the main bearings to survive. All of the caps must be ground first (in this case 0.005”) and the block must be properly positioned for this high precision operation. Vertical line boring eliminates the issues that plague conventional horizontal line boring operations or line honing operations. Stay tuned and subscribe to our DSPORT channel as we will soon be releasing our…

Flex Solution Worn rubber bushings offer too much deflection while spherical joints can cause an unbearably harsh ride on the street. To help address the needs of the street, SPC now offers its proprietary xAxis joints in both forged receiver assemblies and sealed flex joints. xAxis flex joints joints are recommended for use when higher performance or joint angularity is desired. Available in a wide variety of sizes, xAxis joints can be easily retrofitted into many stock configurations plus several ‘standard inch’ sizes ideal for custom projects. xAxis Forged Receiver Assemblies include an xAxis flex joint, forged receiver, jam nut…

Maximum Strength Whether it is fatigue of the bearing overlay or improper clearances and bearing crush, almost all engine bearing issues require a complete engine teardown. Selecting an engine bearing that can meet the needs of a high-output engine is imperative to both performance and longevity of the engine. To this end, King Engine Bearings engineered its XP line of main and rod bearings. XP Race bearings incorporate King’s proprietary pMAX™ black overlay that it claims is 24-percent stronger than other race bearings. In addition, XP Race bearings benefit from geometric features for better oil flow and a U-groove to…

College is expensive. SEMA can help. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. College scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in: For more information, visit the SEMA Automotive Scholarships page here: http://goo.gl/oxkLTj SEMA Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association www.SEMA.org

Super Studs Have you ever gone to remove a nut and had the stud snap right off with it? You aren’t alone. Factory studs often shear due to extreme heat, fatigue, corrosion, rust and a number of other factors. Many engine builders, tuners and sport compact enthusiasts utilize ARP’s “bulk” M8 studs that come in a variety of lengths and are ideal for both intake and exhaust applications. To complement its M8 stud offerings, ARP developed a series of M10 studs that can be employed for a number of tasks. They are available in 48 or 55mm lengths, and sold…

Slow Your Roll Upgraded brake pads can improve the stopping performance of a vehicle, but usually at the expense of disc wear. Many popular high-performance street pads make compromises in terms of drivability as well. To this end, PFC Brakes now offers its CarbonMetallic pads for the 2013+ Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ vehicles (p/n 0929.XX.17.44, 1124.XX.16.44). PFC offers these high performance, race-ready pads in both its 08 and 11 compounds for different duties. The 08 compound gives excellent release and modulation with low abraded disc wear. The 11 compound is a sprint and medium distance friction material that features…

Keep Cool For any full racecar, there’s never such a thing as too much cooling. While some see aftermarket radiators with polished tanks as no more than a flashy upgrade, CSF Radiators recently released its R35 GT-R radiator (p/n CSF7041), designed with purpose. This twin-core heat exchanger features an all-aluminum construction with polished end tanks and an OEM fitment for bolt-in ease. This vertical flow radiator utilizes all of the factory mounting points and hardware and includes an aluminum drain plug. MSRP is $499.00 CSF Radiators (800) 827.1991

Full Flush The best way to avoid cooling issues is to preempt the cause of them. Keeping your radiator free of deposits, build up and contamination helps to ensure that your engine does not suffer from overheating due to a clogged cooling system. Royal Purple’s new Royal Flush cooling system treatment was formulated for just that purpose. Composed of industrial grade cleaning agents first used in large scale heat exchangers, Royal Flush is said to clean the coolant pathways in the engine, radiator and piping by removing oils, accumulated scum, gel, corrosion byproducts and other contaminants. This flush features a…

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