Quick Tech | Sleeving Gives New Life

2JZ, RB26, 4G63, B-series, SR20 and now even K-series and 4B11 are becoming harder and harder to find. Until a few years ago, finding good used core engines or cheap Japanese import engines was relatively easy. If you didn’t have luck locating one, purchasing a new block from the dealership […]

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Turbo Tech | Xona Rotor XR Green GT-R V2 Turbo

The R35 GT-R is Nissan’s most capable and impressive vehicle to date. Nissan teamed an exceptional engine with a capable dual-clutch transaxle and tied everything together with arguably the world’s best AWD torque management system. While Nissan never designed the vehicle to be a record-setting drag and top-speed machine, owners, […]

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Quick Tech | Fuel Efficiency Tips and Tricks

We are looking forward to the promise of having an average gas price over $6 per gallon in the next two weeks right now in California. Sanctions on the importation of Russian oil is pushing crude prices through the roof. While Californians are hit the hardest, residents of all 50 […]

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Engine Tech | Catalytic Converters

Every car enthusiast loves the sound of an engine starting. We all look forward to starting the combustion process so we can hear that sweet sound from our engine – but not the way I experienced it. Roughly two months ago, I got in my car to get to DSPORT so […]

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Engine Tech | Choosing the Right Head Studs

Today’s import-performance engines are generating more power per cylinder than ever before. On the street or at the track, it is not uncommon for these engines to be modified to generate four to six times the original horsepower output. There are now four-cylinder engines generating over 1,500 horsepower while six-cylinder […]

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Engine Tech | Dumb Ways to Die…for your Engine

You finally get back your valve cover from the powder coater with the sick new finish that sets off your engine compartment. Days later, your engine has spun a rod bearing and needs to be rebuilt. Can these seemingly unrelated events be connected? Can a simple cosmetic upgrade kill an […]

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Quick Tech | Drive-By-Wire Throttle Systems

Drive-by-wire (DBW) throttle is a technology that  is hated by some and praised by others. Purists often claim that DBW throttle bodies disconnect the driver from the engine. They argue that throttle response is slower than a cable throttle and that the OEM uses DBW throttle bodies to limit the […]

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Quick Tech | SAFR Paint Remover

Often times, the simplest tasks could be the cause of extreme issues. Something as simple as removing some old paint using a traditional paint stripper could cause serious damage to humans when methylene chloride fumes are inhaled. After more than 64 horrific cases since 1980, something had to be done […]

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Quick Tech | Piston Skirt Abradable Powder Coating

While you might’ve had the time of your life rocking out at an AC/DC concert, your engine won’t be having the time of its life if its pistons are rocking excessively. While all pistons exhibit some amount of “rock,” modified engines are more likely to have a more significant “rocking” […]

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Power Tech | New Engine Oil System Priming

With the original small block Chevy engines, priming the oiling system was an easy affair. A priming tool was sent down the hole where the distributor was normally located and a connection to the oil pump shaft was made. From there, you would fill the engine with oil and then […]

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Quick Tech | Turbo vs Supercharger

More power. We all want it and there is usually more than one way to get it. Serious solutions will involve a “power adder” in the form of a supercharger, turbocharger or nitrous-oxide injection system. These power adders can add anywhere from 30-to-300-percent more power. For those looking for big […]

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Engine Tech | Reflash, Piggyback & Stand-Alone ECUs

Twenty-five years ago, “chipping” an OEM ECU for high-performance or racing use left much to be desired. The “piggyback” came to the rescue for some, but others needed to “stand-alone” to unlock the potential of their performance combination. Early stand-alone solutions featured “flying lead” harnesses that required many hours of […]

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