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A New Boost Controller that Multitasks!!

8 Aug
Innovate SCG-1 Boost Controller with Integrated Wideband, Shift Light, and Datalogger

Innovate SCG-1 Boost Controller with Integrated Wideband, Shift Light, and Datalogger

If you have a turbo charged car, the 2 most important gauges you can install are a boost gauge and a wideband air fuel ratio gauge. In the past, this generally meant individual gauges stacked up on your a pillar, or on top of the dash. Let’s face it, that look went out even before the original Fast and Furious movie.

Innovate Motorsports came up with this thoughtful, intelligent solution. An all in one gauge that combines a powerful electronic boost controller with a wideband air fuel meter. It even includes an integrated shift light! Housed in a convenient 52mm (2 1/16″) body. The boost controller portion will control up to 44 psi (4 bar map), has programmable waste gate reference pressure threshold, has programmable solenoid duty cycle (with separate gain control function), and the best part, a user-programmable boost cut safety using Air/Fuel and Pressure as as data reference points!

The wideband portion is compatible with ALL fuel types, gives you the bility to calibrate O² sensor for maximum accuracy
has one configurable linear 0-5v analog output and gives you 4 channels of log-able data (MAP, RPM, A/F, WG duty)

We are offering Free Shipping to ALL 50 states on this through 8/15/2014!! Click here to contact us to get yours on the way

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New AME/Fatlace Wheels

6 Aug

Everything old is new again! Fatlace recently teamed up with AME Japan to resurrect 2 classic JDM style wheels while stepping up fitments to more modern levels.

First up is the FZero1, which comes in 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 sizes in both 4×114.3 and 4×100 bolt patterns with a very classic mesh spoke pattern. 15×8.5 4×114.3 features offsets of -6 or +15. 15×9.5 with 4×114.3 features offsets of 0 and +15. 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 in 4×100 bolt pattern both feature offsets +16 or +25. All sizes and offsets feature a 2 inch lip. They are available in a Nickle finish or Asphalt. Each wheel includes metal valvestems and stylish center caps, adding a very upscale touch despite their low price.

AME-Fatlace FZero1 and Fzero2

AME-Fatlace FZero1 and Fzero2

The FZero2 is a very 70’s inspired slotted disk face. These come in 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 sizes in both 4×114.3 and 4×100 bolt patterns with a very classic mesh spoke pattern. 15×8.5 4×114.3 features offsets of -6 or +15. 15×9.5 with 4×114.3 features offsets of 0 and +15. 15×8.5 and 15×9.5 in 4×100 bolt pattern both feature offsets +16 or +25. All sizes and offsets feature a 2 inch lip. They are available in a Nickle or Granite finish, and again metal valvestems and center caps are included.

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Squared setups (same width all around) are $780 for the full SET in 15×8.5, $820 for the full set in 15×9.5. Staggered setups (15×8.5 front, 15×9.5 rear) are $800 for the set of 4 wheels!

To order, just drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com

Anything but Neutral

2 Apr

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We were contacted over the winter to get hold of one of the very rare and exclusive Prodrive steering wheels and Works Bell hub for a client in Switzerland. Recently got some installed pics and wanted to share them! This was installed into a European spec WRX

Improving the View in Paradise

2 Apr

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Dmitri recently sent us pics of his gorgeous STi, all the way from New Caledonia!

He received a set of Ganador mirrors from us, which he had painted to match the car.

Gauntlet Is Thrown

8 Feb

Varis is one of the few JDM firms left that are still turning out exciting designs. For 2014, they have their widebody kit for the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. 35mm wider than stock up front, 38mm wider out back with a range of carbon or FRP options. Pieces can thoughtfully be purchased as a full kit or individually. Varis items are all hand made, not mass produced, and fit and finish is absolutely first rate. As such, they are not inexpensive to produce, but that also means you won’t find replicas, and you won’t find 100 cars with them installed.

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Tanabe Springs for your new Infiniti Q Ship

17 Jan
Tanabe NF-210 Sport Springs Infiniti Q50

Tanabe NF-210 Sport Springs Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 (the replacement/rebadging of the G37) is a new car to the market, and Tanabe already has you covered as far as getting your height in order. Their NF (Normal Feel) springs maintain the luxury ride of these awesome cars, but lower your stance 1 inch in the front, .6 inches out back. Click the picture to order a set for your car!

New Plug and Play Engine Management for 350Z and G35

16 Jan
AEM Infinity Series ECU

AEM Infinity Series ECU

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AEM’s Infinity series ECU is now available with a plug and play harness for all 2003-2006 350Z and G35’s with Manual Transmission only (will not support automatics).

This is one of the fastest, most powerful ecu’s on the market at any price point, with a feature list that reads like many higher priced units.

Full Drive by wire control, supports factory widebands on 04.5+ models, full CAN support (so your gauges, check engine light, traction control VDC all remain functional), programmable 3 step rev limiter, even the ability to store and cycle through multiple maps via the cruise control switch.

Click the picture above to read more about it, or to place your order.

The Sparco Sale

3 Dec

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Take another 5% off all Sparco, and get free shipping in the 48 states, and 50% savings on shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and PR.  Discounted international rates available too.

This applies to seats, steering wheels, harnesses, suits….don’t miss out!   Click the logo above to contact us

 

 

 

Do it in the Dirt

13 Nov

Yesterday we showed some clips of a rallycross 911.  But that was when the car was all nice and shiny and driving on tame, paved roads.  Here are some clips of the car in it’s more natural habitat…enjoy!

As expected, the car wears venerable Braid wheels, some of the strongest, and affordable street and competition wheels you can buy!

Built with a Purpose

12 Nov

A 911 built to rally

 

 

Paul, we need some in-dirt footage next 😉

Cross Cultural Assault Weapon

6 Oct

The family friendly Bavarian missile wearing Japan-built 57 Motorsport G07FXX wheels

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When JDM Meets NASCAR: Full Split

3 Oct

A close friend of ours down south has a 350Z. For the last several years it served as faithful daily driver, and weekend track slut. Now that the stars have aligned, and a truck now handles daily driving duties (and doubles as the track-rig on the weekend), the Z has been relegated to primarily track use only. He runs the car all over the Southeast, and despite the fact that it (for now) is still a stock engine with some bolt on’s, it’s wildly competitive. The reason? Intelligently selected modifications. Everything on the car has a purpose. Nothing was selected by accident, and in several cases, it took some trial and error of different components in order to come up with the faster combination.

The car was recently in NASCAR country, North Carolina, for a recent round of upgrades, including a differential and ring and pinion change. While there, a former NASCAR tech got hold of it, and using some fabrication skills and NASCAR carbon splitters (the rear deal), this was the creation. Next set of shakedowns is a few weeks ago at Barber, stay tuned!

High Society

2 Oct

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Best of the best on this 350z – Endless Racing 6 big brake kit, Zeal Coilovers with Eibach race springs, Roberuta Cup Kit (to adjust height on the fly), Esprit forged adjustable a-arms, and a bevy of Whiteline and SPL bushings. The end result is going to be out of this world, stay tuned!

Here’s the Scoop

26 Sep


Chargespeed carbon hood duct for the GC chassis Impreza as shown on a customer car. A great, stylish option for guys running a front mount (or non turbo guys just looking to change up the look)

Tech Talk: FRP (Fiberglass) vs Blended Materials for Aftermarket Body Kits

24 Sep

We get this question ALL the time – what is the ‘right’ material to select when buying aftermarket body parts? There are a range of materials that manufacturers use. Several higher end manufacturers, mainly in the Japanese realm, offer several of their products in both FRP as well as a blended, or hybrid material. FRP stands for Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic. This term is tossed around alot in the aftermarket aero world. It’s a bit of a catch all term, that generally describes a range of composites (parts made by mixing various materials together). Without getting boring, there are differences among “FRP” blends. Not only do the materials mixed together vary, so do the epoxy types used to hold them together. Since a fiberglass part is only as good as the quality of the mold used to produce it, that is why you see such a huge variation in pricing among parts that on their surface look similar. This is an area where you get what you pay for. For ease of terminology, I will stick to using the generic term “FRP”, but I am specifically referring to the better-branded/manufactured stuff out there, since that is what I am most familiar with. FRP has many fantastic properties. It is extremely strong relative (especially) relative to it’s weight (it’s light), it can be molded into many complex shapes, it is easily repaired should it get damaged, and it’s able to be produced at relatively low costs. FRP really has no downsides in and of itself, it is a terrific material for these type of parts. Some will say that urethane is ALWAYS better, and it’s simply not the case. Urethane molds are extremely expensive to produce, which is why you rarely see aftermarket aero parts offered in the material to begin with. When you do, they tend to be extremely heavy relative to their FRP counterparts. Urethane is extremely durable, mainly because it has so much tensile strength, but should it be damaged via impact, it’s very difficult (and often impossible), to repair. Most times when it suffers such an impact, it has to be replaced. Fiberglass on the otherhand can literally be decimated – shattered into multiple chunks after an impact, but joined back together relatively easily. Serviceability is a big benefit of FRP parts. Another issue with aftermarket urethane, that is often overlooked, is longevity. Depending on where in the world you live, the urethane can break down over the course of time, due to environmental conditions. This process can cause the urethane to lose its shape and literally deform. As this happens, its aesthetic value and its durability both suffer.

In the last 10 years (give or take), we’ve seen variations of fiberglass hit the market. These are components use a combination of different man made materials (urethane, various plastics, etc) added into the “FRP” mixture, and sealed with a different type of epoxy. The purpose of this type of material was to bridge the gap between the aftermarket urethane parts and the OEM plastic/urethane level parts. These blended, or hybrid materials are more flexible vs their straight FRP counterparts, but not as flexible as a full urethane part. In the case of manufacturers like INGS and CWest, their blended materials have the added bonus of requiring much less prep time before they are ready for paint. This type of manufacturing is more expensive to do, so only a handful of worthwhile companies offer it. Several try (mostly knockoff firms), and succeed to varying degrees. In many cases I have seen, while the material itself is generally quite good, in the interest the mold quality suffers. Molds are used for longer than they should be, or simply are inaccurate in the first place. This results in unwanted gaps when installed, or parts that are too long, too short, and require significant prep work in order to actually install on the car. Prep work is expensive, generally charged per hour, and can quickly make the ‘savings’ vs the genuine article disappear. While the hybrid/blended parts are slightly heavier than their FRP counterparts, they are nowhere near the level of a urethane part. Somewhere on the order of 5% or so heavier.