Everybody was KUNG FU FIGHTIN!!!!

The words Mitsubishi Evolution and Jackie Chan go hand in hand, if you have watched any of his movies and many of the car scenes.

Reblogged from Bob’s Your Uncle, this fresh set of Jackie Chan modifications that are custom tailored for the Evo IV and V. Enjoy!

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Firesports by Jackie Chan? I knew he was into cars like the Evo IV and V from some posts I’ve seen a long time ago but never knew he was into design and making parts. WOW Jackie Chan! Nice to see there’s real car enthusiasts that are into the scene and supporting it. http://img399.imageshack.us/img399/8421/42513978sq.jpg

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Here’s the man himself in one of his Evo

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Testing AEM’s Failsafe on a Turbo D17

The 7th generation of Honda Civics are funny cars that never quite took off in the aftermarket segment. Many changes seperate the 7th version of Honda’s Civic from the previously very popular models, including ditching the double wishbone suspension up front, and the new D17 motor which most tuners never could figure out what to do with.

Mostly because the car wasn’t too popular to begin with, and nothing from the D17 crosses over to its venerable D16 family of SOHC motors.

That’s where Andy comes in, who is the proud owner of this 2003 Honda Civic with a Homebrew turbo kit consisting of a Dezod manifold, T3/T4 hybrid Turbonetics turbocharger and a Griffin double sided front mount intercooler.

At 8psi, the car belts out a healthy 161 hp and 152 ft lbs of torque a solid gain over the stockish numbers of 87/90 hp to the wheels.

Today we’ll be testing AEM’s new Failsafe UEGO Gauge, which promises to do a whole hell of a lot for tuners worldwide.

The new gauge from AEM will not only monitor Air Fuel ratios, but will warn you and enact a predetermined safety protocol when your A/F ratios fall out of the safe window.

All parameters are user defined, which means you tell it what to do when you want it! Pretty neat huh? So if you want ignition cut, fuel cut or boost cut, the optional 5v switched wire will allow you do any of that within any parameters you wish to define!

Another cool feature of this unit is that it also includes a full datalogger that will let you datalog, capture and record your engine’s vitals.

A look at setting the parameters in question, you can see here that I have set the warnings to below stiochmetric mixtures and under boost. In this example we’ll be alerted, boost will be reduced and the warning flashers will go off, very very cool stuff.

Not to mention that this gauge will also function as a full service UEGO, there’s really not much reason to purchase anyone else’s wideband kit now that this Failsafe UEGO is available.

Next up.. Hitting the dyno and cranking up the boost… all while using the new Failsafe UEGO from AEM!

Happy boosting!

Case Studies – Upgrading injectors in a VQ35

We will be upgrading the injectors on a 350Z drift missle for the upcoming Open Track event, and slapping in a set of 600cc Deatschwerks injectors. These injectors are a direct fit, and as they are customized for each car there is no need to fiddle with inline resistors for those wanting to move from high or low impedence.

The part number in question is 21S-05-0600-6and you will need an adjustible fuel pressure regulator if you don’t want to trip the good ‘ol P0175 OBDII System Too Rich check engine light.

To begin, remove your stock intake snorkel and disconnect all electrical sensors from the intake plenum and throttle body area

Now remove the lower 10mm bolts that hold the upper half of the intake manifold in place, and undo the 10mm bolts that hold the upper plenum to the lower half.

Make sure to use the sequence in the diagram below whenever removing or putting the stock intake manifold back in place

With the intake manifold removed, you can now access the fuel rail and injectors. Open your gas cap and undo the factory gas cap to relieve any pressure from the system. Disconnect your battery, as gas and gas fumes will be prevalent and then undo your factory fuel return.

Undo the clips to the injectors, and pull gently to remove the entire fuel rail assembly. The picture above shows that I have not clogged the intake ports to the engine, because I am incredibly overconfident in myself. In reality however, it’s a prudent idea to block these intake ports as you don’t want any isolators or nuts falling into your motor.

With the factory rail removed, you can now install the upgraded units with relative ease. Make sure not to rip or tear the oring isolators, and make sure not to lose any of the isolators that space out the rail from the heads.

Now may be a good time to install a intake manifold spacer, like this BLOX one. This car will be getting a new intake manifold in anticipation of….

BOOST!!!!

Next up, mocking up the turbo manifolds and wastegate locales before deciding on what engine management.

Happy boosting!

SRT-4 Civic? Say it isn’t so……

Civics are funny cars.

Most will garner negative responses from people, the occasional “ricer” or other obligatory insult, usually uttered by those ignorant of Honda’s rich racing tradition or what Honda has done for automotive enthusiasts for the last 2 decades.

But they are also some of the coolest machines on the road ( well, at least for me ) and I for one love Hondas for their cheap price, light weight and an excellent choice of modifications.

So it’s not everyday when I see a motor swap in a Civic that makes me scratch my head. And that’s what makes this Civic so special?

Yes, that’s a SRT-4 engine stuffed into a EG!! I can hear Honda fan boys gasping in shock all across the world!

If you can get over the obvious Honda – Dodge hate, it’s clear to see why this is a cool choice. Cool gimmicks such as oil squirters, oversized diameter valves and seats, exhaust valves made of Inconel and a larger displacement are all great upgrades over the usual GSR or K series swap.

440hp / 424 ft lbs of tq from one unique swap.

Happy boosting!

Project Fit : Hondata Flash Pro and bolt ons

This 2008 Honda Fit Sport has recently been equipped with the recently released Hondata Flash Pro, and we hit the dyno to try and get a baseline before further mods.

Current mods on vehicle :

AEM CAI Intake
DC sport 4-1 ceramic header
Skunk2 60mm cat back exhaust
Denso IK-22 plugs and 91 octane pump gas

Equipped with basic I/H/E and nothing too fancy, we visit Dynospot Racing once more to use their Dynojet 448x. With no changes to the factory tune, the Fit puts down 87 whp and a very decent curve but overly rich at 12.1:1 air fuel ratio. At redline the car approaches a 11.7:1 ratio….. lol rich much?

After the basic changes to speed limiter and rev limiter, we advance the VTEC engagement point 500 rpm, and make adjustments to the lo and hi fuel tables.

Leaning out the midrange and top end of the car helps out quite a bit, and the Fit improves 14 hp and gains 8 ft lbs of torque. As this vehicle is primarily a road course and autocross vehicle, and straight line performance is not as important, we conservatively tune the car for serious duty and optimum safety.

The Hondata has allowed us to extract the horsepower that our mods were supposed to provide. The basic header, intake, and exhaust mods made the stock ecu compensate by running the car rich, and after tuning the car is much more responsive across the board.

The modest gains in power aren’t as evident as the increase in overall driveability and response. This FlashPro is an excellent choice for anyone looking to maximize their modifications or even take the next step by going forced induction.

Next up, a Honda Fit header comparison before our other Project Fit goes turbo!

Happy tuning!

Project Fit – Hondata’s New Flashpro

Well, it’s been a long time waiting for our 2008 Project Fit Sport, and with dreams of turbo whooshes, we’ve finally received our Hondata FlashPro. Our FlashPro is part number FP-FIT-US-120001, (yep number one baby!) and after our supporting turbo mods, we are ready to install the FlashPro and start tuning!

Newest changes to the FlashPro as it pertains to our Honda Fit are :

  • Added support for the 2012 Civic Si, 2013 ILX, 2007-2008 Fit.
  • [Traction Control] Firmware 6
  • FlashPro firmware updated to version 47
  • [Civic Si / Type R] Added learned fuel trim under closed loop parameters

After flashing the unit, we are ready for install and setup of the most basic parameters. I will outline a few of the settings we’ll be adjusting. As this Fit is still a daily driver, we’ll be aiming to retain it’s factory emissions and gas mileage without disrupting how the car drives or feels on the road.

To do this, we’ll be looking at tuning the Fit in closed loop mode while referencing the “closed loop target lambda” table in the FlashPro.

This controls the target lambda (air/fuel ratio) when the vehicle is running in closed loop. A combination of tables is used the set the target lambda, based on temperature and load.

Next up : Trying to squeeze as much power and torque from the engine stock as possible, before slapping on our turbo kit and going for broke.

Happy tuning!