Archive | July, 2009

From the WTF Files

31 Jul

Someone on a local forum we are a sponsor on was asking for the wiring diagram for the Inlet Air Temp. Sensor the other day on a G35. When asked what he needed it for (sort of a random wire to be splicing, and you figure if you’re doing a mod that involves splicing that wire (such as converting from MAF to MAP, you would own a factory service manual already..I don’t know, call me crazy), he replied that he was helping a friend install this:

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The manufacturer claims gains up to 20 hp and 15 lbs of torque just by wiring this little device in. I don’t know about you, but it looks like something that Realistic made (exclusively for Radio Shack) circa 1985.

So what is this thing really? It’s a little metal box with resistors in it, that’s what. The resistors intercept the air inlet temperature sensor signal to the ecu, and “fool” it into thinking the air is colder than it really is. Colder air (even though in this case, it’s fake colder air) = more timing advance on many ecu’s, and viola, you get the “feeling” your car is making hp. You have 3 modes to choose from – street, race (give me a fucking break), and “off” – hence the tri phase.

I’ve heard Motec, Pectel and Pi Research/Cosworth each have their own versions being shown at SEMA.

Do yourself a favor – save your money. Or if you really have $180 burning a hole in your pocket – donate it to your favorite charity, take your girl out for a nice dinner, or maybe go get some lapdances.

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Endless making your dollar go farther

31 Jul

From Endless USA:

PRESS RELEASE – ENDLESS PRODUCTS LAST, SAVE CONSUMERS MONEY

Huntington Beach, CA (July 31, 2009) – In a globally down economy, consumers are putting more care into the product choices they make. The dollars in their wallets must go further than they have before, and getting the most value from the dollars they spend is vital. With less disposable income available, they are more often seeking quality product that will last. Endless is proud to announce that these new recession-savvy consumers have found Endless products to be the best valued in the marketplace.

Endless has always had a name synonymous with quality, but the increase in new consumers trying Endless product has led to tremendous feedback regarding exceeded expectations in longevity and value. Consumers are finding that while they may be initially spending a small amount more for the brake pads or brake fluid, the pads and fluid last far longer than other brands they’ve used previously. Coupled with feedback reporting that the brake pads are far less abrasive to disc rotors, consumers are elated to find that they’re reducing their consumption and actually saving money by switching to Endless.

“We can choose any brake combination we want in IMSA/ALMS/ACO,” said Rick Mayer, Technical Director of American Le Mans team Risi Competizione. “Endless pads have significantly less wear then any pad we’ve used and are very gentle on the disks. We made the 12 hours of Sebring without a pad change where some of our Ferrari competitors didn’t. We can use a used pad at subsequent events without any concern about performance degradation. Our drivers like the good release and consistent friction level without any fading. We find them to be good consistent pads.”

“Sometimes it’s difficult for consumers to see the value in spending more for product that lasts longer,” said Dominic Chen, Executive Director of Endless USA. “But what we’ve been able to show is that our pads and fluid really do increase performance while reducing costs. Professional race teams and weekend track enthusiasts alike have all reported the same thing: with Endless they’ve won more races and saved more money.”

He’s Baaaaaaaaaaacccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkk

31 Jul

Filling in for Felipe, who we all hope has a speedy recovery.

I’ll tell you what, it’s a kickass time to be an F1 fan and be alive during this time period.

The Champ is here!!!

The Champ is here!!!

BMW S.X. Concept…

31 Jul

Old news for a concept car I know. I just wanted to state that I see a lot of design cues stolen borrowed from the Aston Matin One 77.

I’m actually not sure which one was designed first. I’m assuming the One 77 since it is already in production.

Cool car nonetheless.

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Another Clean E30 M3

31 Jul

I love these cars…

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Advan RCII 18×8.5 +45 5-100 Blow Out

30 Jul

One set in stock and ready to go. 18×8.5 +45, 5-100 bronze. Perfect for the Subaru guys (WRX, 2004 STi, Legacy, etc)

A once in a lifetime chance to get a rare, genuine set of wheels at an amazing price!.

Priced to move at $1479 shipped in the 48 states! To order, just give us a call at (631)863-3820, or paypal to z1sales@z1auto.com.

Thanks!

Porsche Week on Cornerbalance

29 Jul

I don’t know where the onslaught of Porsche material came from recently, but I’m not one to complain.  Here is another sick 993.

New AEM Analog Boost and EGT Gauges

29 Jul

Fresh off the release of the analog wideband gauge a couple of months ago, AEM is now rolling out the 2 latest analog gauges – Boost and EGT. These are packed full of features, but at a very attractive price.

• Adjustable backlighting via a dial on the back of the gauge (7 colors, user selectable)
• Available in white or black gauge faces
• Includes black and silver interchangeable bezels
• 320 degree viewing area for unsurpassed resolution
• EGT gauge includes high quality K-Type Thermocouple sensor
• Boost gauge includes AEM 35psi brass sensor
• 0-5v analog output included for use with data loggers and virtually any engine management system

To order yours, just click here for boost and click here for EGT

Or, contact us for combo deals with the wideband, or gauge pods, etc.

The last 993 from Autosports that I will post…

29 Jul

…for now.

’96 993 GT2 Street

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A few 2007 Z-Master Race Photos

28 Jul

Some of these cars have been extensively modified or sold since these pictures but boy did they look good then.

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Ok, ok one of the last two 993s I will post up from Autosports

28 Jul

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I love 993s but I don’t want to be super repeititve with our blog content.

By the way here is the link to Autosports for those who can’t find it 😉

1997 993 Turbo-S

1997 Porsche 993 GT2 Cabriolet

28 Jul

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I’m not in the market for one of these at the moment but I can’t help but to drool over Autosports’ inventory. I’ve never actually seen a 993 GT2 cabriolet in person before. This thing is clean.

PSA: If you’re a poser trying to front your replica as authentic you WILL GET CALLED OUT!

28 Jul

A funny thing happened today, well I’ll let you guys read the thread. Luckily for the OP he deleted it (essentially admitting he is lying and trying to avoid public embarrassment; thankfully the moderators decided to put the thread back up, but locked it,  before I was about to get “in that ass.”

Biggie said it best in his song Sky’s the Limit:

…I’m sewing tigers on my shirt and alligators. Ya wanna see the inside, huh, I see you later…

The thread: Poser trying to play off his replica kit as authentic

The culprit and his vehicle:

The greatest DIY guide in the history of DIYs

27 Jul

I found this gem of a DIY on my350z.com… lol, GHETT-O

DIY – Rear compartment sound proofing

Sorry if this has been posted before…searched and didn’t see anything on this.

While removing my spare tire to insure proper inflation I decided to sound proof the compartment where the spare resides.

I used cotton bath towels mostly (along with some old t-shirts) and completely covered and filled in under and over the spare tire compartment. I believe that this hollow space directly above the muffler acts like a drum in some respects and makes a much louder booming sound while driving that is necessary.

I think the more large towels you can cram in there the better the sound proofing. Also once its covered by the lid and carpet you cant see a thing but you will hear a difference. Especially on rougher pavement. A side bonus to all this toweling is that if you ever need to actually change out a flat you have towels to kneel on and clean your hands afterward.

1. Remove spare and re-inflate to proper PSI.
2. Cover floor of compartment with towels.
3. Re-install spare and insure lock down fastener tight.
4. Cover spare and fill in excess space with further towels. The more the better!!! PACK IN TIGHTLY as possible.
5. Install spare tire compartment lid and carpets.

I think Black towels would even look good if you could find some.

Time: 10 mins
Cost: Free if you use old t-shirts and rags

Good Luck 

I’m not making this up: Thread Link

V12 Mazda Miata

27 Jul

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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I won’t leave you guys hanging. Here are some details about the motor:

Originaly a 1987 jag [motor], but most of the motor has been modified. Parts are scarce so I had to make most of them, which included coming up with my own cam profiles. With the assistance of crane cams I am the first person to use a dual pattern cam with the Jag H.E. v12, because of camshaft changes it caused me to have to build my own timing chain setup,idler pulleys, which I made externally adjustable.
Jag rods are a heavy 975 grams each, so I had the crank ground to use H-Beam 351W ford rods, total saving was 11 pounds off the rotating assembly. Actually I could of used a lighter rod, H beam rods are good for 750hp, but thats for a V8 (94hp per rod) in a V12 the same rods means I could run 1128hp which this motor will never see. From here I used 1.5mm Honda rings, with custom BRC pistons for nitrous. Compression came out to 13.5:1. Heads were completely reworked and ported. Aluminum flywheel and custom bell housing let me mount a 2003 ford mustang 5 speed transmission and clutch. So far I have over 1 year in the making of the motor alone and probably spent more money then the car will ever be worth but I guess thats what a hobby is for.

Dude gets my respect for sure.