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HKS Summer Sale: Begins Monday August 12

9 Aug

HKS

Starting Monday August 12 and continuing through Friday, August 16, all HKS items are on sale! HKS is Japan’s premier manufacturer of performance parts for performance vehicles. Their parts are second to none because they race what they make. There are tons of items on sale, many more than we can just list here. Drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com with your HKS needs.

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Greddy Evo 3 Exhausts are Here!

28 Jun

The newest Greddy Exhaust, the Evo 3, is now available for the 2006-2009 Civic Si Coupe.

Features 70mm piping, with the signature bullet Evo muffler, and a 4 inch tip. Full stainless construction, and mandrel bent tubes ensure great fit and finish, and the smoothest possible flow. If you want an exhaust with a nice, deep sound, but that is still neighbor/wife/girlfriend-friendly, this is a great choice.

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to get yours!

Eibach Holiday Sale – Save 10%

9 Dec

Ends 12/31! All Pro Kit or Sportline Springs, and all Swaybar kits, get 10% off the purchase price from Eibach directly via a mail in rebate!

Contact us at z1sales@z1auto.com to order!

Tein S-Tech Springs for 370Z

1 Dec

Tein has just announced the specs on their S Tech springs for the 370Z, and we’ll have these in stock soon!

Just click here to reserve yours!

Lowers the Z34 .75 inch front and rear, with linear spring rates of 480 lbs (8.4kg/mm) front, 580 lbs rear (9.4 kg/mm)

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:

triphase

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.

Power Unleashed! Cobb Accessport for 2006 + Civic Si!

2 Jun

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Just released today, and we’re offering free shipping!

Read all about it on our site by clicking here

CBRD Products Now Available!!

1 Feb

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I’ve know Chad Block, the “CB” in CBRD, for a few years now.  Chad’s had the fortune of competing in motorsports on a world stage.  He’s run for the legendary Dyson crew, won at the 12 Hours of Sebring, driven in the 24 Hours of Daytona – the list goes on an on.   The man knows quality parts and construction when he sees it, and that’s something we have in common.

A few years ago, Chad decided to take his passion for motorsports, and performance cars, and turn it into a business.  C.B.R.D Speedfactory was founded to offer top quality service, installation and tuning, for popular performance cars. 

Late last year, Chad contacted us about some new products he was working on, and we were very excited to learn of the developments.  We’re now proud to offer these awesome products for your car!  These are not just “me too” products.  The offerings are specifically designed, engineered, and built here in the US, and the pricing is very affordable.  These are designed for guys who want the right stuff, the first time, and who don’t want to be stuck on a Saturday evening wondering why the part they received doesn’t fit, or doesn’t look as good in real life as it did in pictures.   

Two of the most compelling products are the new BBK Bolt On Turbo for the Evo, and the CBRD Aluminum Radiators for the Evo and WRX/STi.

The BBK Turbo is Chad’s answer to the ever popular bolt on upgrade for the Lancer Evolution.  This turbo starts out as a new Evo IX unit, and then the compressor and exhaust sides are thoroughly reworked.  The net result is a turbo that has it all.  Great spool, fat midrange, and doesn’t taper off up top.  If you’re looking for a great, stealth, bolt on turbo for your Evo, this is it!  We can also offer this as a rebuild option for those with existing Evo IX turbo’s – contact us for details!

Here’s a nice video showing the production of the BBK Turbo

CBRD also does some awesome, hand made aluminum radiators for the Evo’s as well as the 2002-2007 WRX/STi.   These are the same cores used throughout various forms of motorsports, including IRL and ALMS, are all TIG welded, and offer direct fitment, reduced weight, and improved cooling efficiency (up to 35%!) vs their stock counterparts.  Check out their unit for the Evo….you can just see the quality with your own eyes.

We’ve already added a bunch of these parts to the site, and more are on the way.  Chad’s recently begun work developing parts for the R35 GTR, and we’ll be sure to keep you all updated right here!

In the meantime, if we can help you with any of these awesome parts, just drop us a line.  By the way, CBRD also sells ultra clean performance cars, so if you or someone you know is in the market for a safe, reliable source for your dream car, check their site out and give ’em a shout at www.cbrdspeedfactory.com.

Z1 Performance
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(631)863-3820
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AIM: z1auto, kwame@z1

Eibach Pro Kit for GTR Now In Stock

4 Nov

Just arrived today!!  We’ve got 3 sets in stock and ready to go!

These springs were designed specifically around the stock Bilstein shocks, and lower the car .8 inches up front and .5 inches out back for an even, clean stance, and lower center of gravity. Springs are progressively wound, allowing them to retain a near OEM ride quality during day to day driving, but as the suspension compresses, they firm up to improve handling.

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Silver Streak

27 Sep

The other day I received an email from Saher, a good customer of ours from Saudi Arabia, showing me the status of his Evo project. Saher is one of those in charge of Ferrari sales for all of Saudi Arabia (and sales of exotics are booming over there), but by day, he likes to kick back JDM style with his awesome rally rocket. We sent a ton of parts to him a few months ago, and now that installation is complete, we’re happy to show it off!

Modifications reads like a who’s who of JDM goodness including:

INTAKE:

Cusco Suction Kit.GruppeM Ram Air System.HKS Super SQV blow off valve
COOLING: 

ARC All Aluminum Radiator SMC Prestige-R.

 

HKS Type R Intercooler Kit. 

HKS Oil Cooler Kit.

Ralliart Radiator cap.

Ralliart water thermostat.

Ralliart silicone water hoses.

Thermo-Tec insulation wraps.

Tomei oil cap.

Tomei oil thermostat eliminator.

Varis dry carbon cooling plate.

Varis dry carbon plug cover.

EXHAUST:

JSpeed wastegate.

JUN exhaust manifold.

Mine’s Titanium center pipe.

Powerhouse Amuse R1 Titan catback.

Thermo-Tec insulation wraps.

Tomei Extreme turbo elbow.

Tomei Extreme down pipe.

IGNITION:

Spark lightweight battery.

HKS Circle Earthing System.

Denso IW31 Spark plugs.

Ralliart Sports spark plug cable kit.

 

 

FUEL & OIL DELIVERY:

ARC Oil catch tank.

HKS fuel rail.

LAP 255l/h fuel pump.

LAP fuel pump harness kit.

Sard fuel pressure regulator.

Trust 720 cc/min injectors.

 

CAMSHAFTS & VALVE TIMING:

Tomei procam 270 camshafts.

Tomei adjustable camshaft pulleys.

Zaklee transparent pulley cover.

 

CLUTCH:

Exedy Hyper Series D-Core twin plate carbon unit (including flywheel).

 

ELECTRONICS:

A’PEXi Power FC ECU.

A’PEXi Commander.

A’PEXi AVC-R boost controller.

Apexi Turbo Timer with harness Evo. VIII (Black)

A’PEXi EL System Meter II.

A’PEXi fuel pressure gauge.

A’PEXi oil pressure gauge.

A’PEXi oil temperature gauge.

Zeitronix ZT-2 wideband & EGT Controller.

 

HANDLING AND BRAKES:

 

Brembo Big Brake Kits for Evo. VIII MR. (6-Piston Front, 4-Piston Rear) “Calipers in Silver Color”

O.Z.Racing 8X18’’ UltraLeggera Wheels (Black Finish)

Cusco Zero-2 Suspension Kit

Cusco Power Braces Kit Which include the following:

Front side member

Floor-Front center

Floor center

Rear trunk (boot)

BODY WORK AND STYLE:

 

Gialla Evo IX Style Front Bumper

Carbign Craft Carbon Fiber Exhaust Shield Evo. VIII MR

Two Tone Exterior Color in Matt Finish ( Silver and Black)

INTERIOR:

Full Alcantara Interior

Four Carbon Fiber Racing Seats

Racing suits material in all Doors and Seats inserts

Quick Release Steering Wheel

Gear Knob and Hand Brake Handle in Aluminum & Carbon Fiber

And that list just got bigger, as we’ve sent over a set of JDM Evo VIII MR headlights and tail lights too!

Rumor has it that there are some other JDM Monsters making there way to Saudi Arabia soon. Could it be a Godzilla spotting in the desert? Stay tuned!

Are You Well Adjusted?

24 Sep

By now many 350Z/G35 owners know how poor the stock endlinks deal with stiffer than stock swaybars.  We’ve even seen customer cars where the stock endlinks have bent, and/or the bushings have worn when using only stock sways.  When you start hearing creaking over small bumps, popping noises, etc, that’s usually a surefire sign that the endlinks are shot.   I was among the first to report this issue on my own Z, and  started development work on our own links in 2007.  In doing the research, I acquired all the known aftermarket endlinks that I could find from Whiteline, SPL, as well as few units made by independant suspensions shops on their own.  While each design was certainly beefier than stock, it was clear that they all were going to eventually wear and make noise due to the type of design they were using.  We had used similarly designed links on other cars before, and knew there had to be a better way.  One of the links we acquired as part of our research came out of a small company in Michigan called Powergrid.  The owner had a long standing reputation in suspension engineering for such prominent firms as Roush Racing, and had come up with a design that combined OEM reliability, with full adjustability.  They were nothing short of amazing.  I used these on my own car for about 6 months before deciding to offer them to our client base.  Now we’re the exclusive dealer for the Z/G application.

Powergrid Endlinks 350Z/G35 - Click for More Info!

Powergrid Endlinks 350Z/G35 - Click for More Info!

These links use a genuine THK ball link end joing. Each THK Ball Link is composed of a high-precision ball bearing, a die-cast holder, and a shank connected to the ball by a special welding method. Through a unique production process, the mirror surface of the ball bearing is copied onto the inner mounting surface for perfect contact between them, achieving outstanding wear resistance, exceedingly smooth motion, and high strength.

Unlike the other, more common heim joint style units, these are fully sealed, never require greasing, and are completely water tight and dust tight. In addition, you never have to worry about these links developing noise issues down the road due to the design of their ball joint ends. The dual lock nuts on either end of the link means that the length of the link will not change over time, which can happen on other style endlinks which only use 1 lock nut. In addition, the other style links on the market are not sealed units, so dust, grime, sand, and moisture is ever present, and leads to increased NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) and limited articulation.

Since introducing these to the 350Z/G35 market, they have fast become the endlink to have for street and track use.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  Powergrids Porsche endlinks are now widely used throughout the PCA, as well as SCCA.  GM’s Chevy Cobalt SS Teams have dominated the ST2 class using these links, and they have been prominently used throughout NASA, and other series. 

Any questions, drop us a line at z1sales@z1auto.com, or on AIM (z1auto, kwamez1auto) and we’ll be happy to assist you!  We can offer a wide range of links from Audi to Volkswagon, and we’re always interested in developing more applications!

Rally On!

24 Sep

With the winter months fast approaching, there is no better time to get that AWD car out in the snow and play.  But with so much salt, ice, rocks on the road during this time, it can quickly do a number on your paint.  Have no fear, RallyArmor is here!

Our buddies at RallyArmor make the finest bolt on heavy duty mudflaps on the market.  The most popular applications are the 02-07 WRX/STi, 03 + Evo, ’93-’01 Impreza/2.5RS.  Other applications include the Forrester, Legacy, Lancer, and even the new ’08 + STi and Evo X

RallyArmor Mudflaps Come in a Variety of Colors

RallyArmor Mudflaps Come in a Variety of Colors

Owners will find the “flex factor” of the “UR’s” to be advantageous as the material is resilient and very flexible despite extreme temperature variations. Rally Armor mud flaps are the ideal rally mud flap choice for lowered vehicles, competition, rally vehicles as well as daily driver set ups. They provide exceptional coverage without sacrificing the look and finish of your performance car! Each kit comes with all mounting hardware and full instructions.  Check them out on a few cars:

RallyArmor Installed on 2002-2007 WRX/STi - Click for More Info!

RallyArmor Installed on 2002-2007 WRX/STi - Click for More Info!

RallyArmor Installed on Evo X - Click for More Info

RallyArmor Installed on Evo X - Click for More Info

RallyArmor Installed on Evo 8 MR - Click for Info

RallyArmor Installed on Evo 8 MR - Click for Info

 

So if you’ve got an Evo, WRX/STi, Impreza, Legacy, Forrester, Lancer, etc. and you want a set of these awesome flaps, give us a shout!

Adam – z1sales@z1auto.com AIM: z1auto

Kwame – kwame@z1auto.com AIM: kwamez1auto

Jonathan – jonathan@z1auto.com AIM: jonz1auto

NA is Dead?

19 Aug

All too often on the web, you see guys talking about making big hp on cars through forced induction. Whether it’s a supercharger, turbo, twin charged, etc., there is always someone pushing the envelope here.  But what about good old fashioned NA power?  No boost, no having to inject various concoctions of combustible chemicals to be able to crank the timing – just plain ordinary air? I think it often gets left by the wayside.

I wanted to start a multipiece series on NA tuning, with particular emphasis on what to many people is the pinnacle of an NA setup – the Individual Throttle Body, or in web language, ITB. Let’s just get a basic understanding of what an ITB is and how it works.

As the name implies an Indivdual Throttle Body (ITB) means each cylinder has it’s own dedicated path for the air to reach the combustion chamber.  The bodies are linked together so that they open and close together, thus allowing the engine to ingest the air required for the combustion process.  There are several benefits that an ITB setup can have over a single throttle body.  First and foremost is cylinder balance.  With a single throttle body, you have little to no control over how much air is ingested into the the combustion chamber for each cylinder.  As a result, you end up with air reaching the combustion chambers in varying amounts, at various speeds, which can leave you with cylinders producing different power levels.  The amount this differs of course varies by the application.  With ITB’s there is no sharing of air.  Each cylinder is afforded unlimited air, and through tuning, the user can ensure that each cylinder is ingesting the exact same volume per air, at the exact same velocity. The second benefit is throttle response. With each cylinder now able to ingest it’s own dedicated stream of air, the combustion process starts quicker, and the engine responds faster to throttle inputs.  Furthermore, because you now have individual paths of air vs a large single path, the volume of air and the velocity that can be ingested into the engine as the throttle plate opens is often more than a single throttle body setup allows.  We’ll go into more detail on this last point in a future installment, as well as determining the right manifold design for a particular application, all with real world testing, graphs, videos and dynos!

As best I can tell, the first production car to use both ITB’s and fuel injection was the very rare BMW M1. This car was manufactured from 1978 to 1981, and used a combination of ITB’s and a mechanical fuel injection system developed by Kugelfischer and Bosch.  BMW still uses ITB’s today on their M series engines.

 
 

In the next installment, we’ll look more in depth into various ITB setups as well as design differences, etc. In the meantime, take a look and listen at this clip from Option Video from Japan of a tuned Acura with ITB’s.  If this doesn’t make you fall in love with an automobile, it’s pretty safe to assume you have no soul!