For Scion FR-S fans tired of the stock ride height and soft handling, this week’s #TechThursday piece features a coilover suspension upgrade utilizing NEO Motorsport’s “Green” suspension. From factory the FR-S is incredible compared to more higher priced sports coupes, however it does require some work to dial in handling and for this, a suspension […]
For those fans of the Mitsubishi Evolution X, this week’s #TechThursday piece features a short shift install. The Evo X is a beast of a machine with it’s powerful 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, however like any factory vehicle it lacks refinement for endless thrashing be it on the street or race track. A simple swap of the long-throw shifter in way of a short-throw piece from TWM Performance will turn the spirited Evolution into a menacing one cutting down the throw by as much as 30% if not more! The overall install is a one-hour job that takes patience more than skill as there are many pieces to the disassemble and re-assemble unlike the previous tech install on the 370Z. Follow these step by step guidelines and you’ll soon be banging gears quicker than your competitors!
Other than installing an air intake system, a short shifter is the next easiest and must-have modification for any vehicle. From factory most manual transmission vehicles are fun to drive with the only complaint being a long throw between gear changes, this is where a short shifter kit like this one courtesy of TWM Performance makes all the difference. As TWM Performance puts it, “By reducing the angle that the shaft travels through between gears, the distance that your hand needs to move between gears is also reduced. In many cases, the shifter shaft is also re-designed to be shorter than stock thus creating a sportier look and feel, as well as aiding in reducing the linear throw length when coupled with the reduced angular throw.” In this week’s #TechThursday piece we install this beautiful kit in the AMF Nissan 370Z project car and show you a step-by-step on how you too can do it with readily available tools in just over an hour.
Installing a cold air intake system is one of the simplest modifications to do on any vehicle and also the most fun in way of end result. Surely there are never any major power gains as most people would expect, but throttle response and that signature suction sound is enough to make anyone a fan. The car in question is a Chevrolet Corvette C6 with the potent 6.0-liter, V8, LS2-engine that needed some help breathing better in way of a K&N intake air system.
Exhaust headers are crucial for power gains and more so contribute to the signature exhaust note from engines, especially on the naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE on this Lexus IS300. The owner needed to replace the factory piece that was starting to show severe signs of wear through the endless heat cycles and in the meantime, could also get a nice shiny new piece under the hood – a true win-win. For the replacement, the owner chose a piece from Megan Racing as it was a perfect bang-for-the-buck compared to an OE unit. For those looking to do this install, it is advised that you take your time as the cramped room in the engine bay will prove to be quite frustrating for the average gear head.
There are endless ways to personalize one’s vehicle – be it a daily driver or project car. One of the fastest and least expensive forms is by installed what is known as a dash trim kit. Put simply, a dash trim kit is a unique accessory that covers the bland looking OEM’s dashboard trim with a material of choice (be it carbon fiber, high gloss colour, brushed aluminum, etc) and is encased in a gel-like coat with a 3M adhesive backing. To some enthusiasts adding a dash trim kit is seen as tacky and we couldn’t agree more – generally speaking that is. However, with the right combination of material and vehicle, the overall appearance not only adds a touch of personalization, but also a different appeal from the original look of the vehicle. In simple terms, consider a dash trim kit like a car’s underwear – surely few will ever see it, but when they do they’ll be intrigued!