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Part 4: Liquid Intercooling (The Path Less Travelled)

The CA18DET motor comes from the factory running 7psi of boost and sporting a small, inefficient side-mounted intercooler that becomes relatively useless at boost pressures above 10psi. Since project CA18DET will see two iterations, one sporting a t25 at 12psi and then a ball-bearing t28 at 14psi, the side-mount has to go. Most will choose to upgrade to a front mount intercooler (FMIC) when...

2007 Mustang GT – Hypertech vs Diablosport Predator (Drag, Drive, Dyno)

Let the games begin, the utilitarian Hypertech is ready to face off against the eloquent Diablosport Predator. Add one part extravert, an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time and if it exists, a gene for luck, and you’ve got my older brother. And this time he’s scored a free tuner from Hypertech to be used in his 2007 Mustang GT. All he has to do is let them do a...

DC Header Install

The KA24DE motor found in the US market 240sx is not the most powerful motor in the Nissan parts bin, however, with a few bolt-ons this motor can really come alive in its Naturally Aspirated form. One such bolt-on is the DC 4 into 1 header that yields a claimed 12hp over the stock header. Set up As with most installs, the car should be parked on a level, clean surface with the parking brake...

Compression Test

Performing a compression test on a running motor can give you a wealth of knowledge about the engine. For instance, numbers too low may indicate a bad head gasket, likewise a large variance in numbers can help you isolate problems down to the cylinder. Most importantly, compression testing is perhaps the single most valuable tool when purchasing a used car. Note: This tutorial highlights a...

Introduction

We all draw lines for ourselves and I knew that I was crossing one when I bought a welder. It seems to be an unspoken code among enthusiasts but an untrained welder and a project car do not a match make. And quite quickly, I realized that I was in way over my head. But as with pretty much everything in life, we can choose to sink or swim. I chose the latter. The decision to start welding was an...

Tein Basic Coilover Install

Although I have seen people do this procedure using just a tire jack, I generally think that is a bad idea. To replace your shocks, do it the right way and put your car on a lift or place your car on jack stands. Furthermore, all 4 wheels will be removed during this install so go ahead and loosen (not remove) the lug nuts at each wheel so that the wheels can be easily removed once the car is...

240sx Subframe Spacer Install

Installing subframe spacers is an easy mod that will eliminate the wheel hop present in the 240sx. However, it is necessary to place your car on jack stands before beginning. Furthermore, you will need to loosen, but not remove the lug nuts on your rear wheels before lifting as these wheels will be removed once the car is in the air. There are several companies making subframe spacers for the...

Whiteline Adjustable Rear Sway Bar Install

Replacing the rear sway bar can be performed with the car parked on a level surface with the parking brake applied. However, it is a much quicker and easier install with the car lifted so I recommend placing your car on jack stands. Removing the factory sway bar Locate the stock sway bar’s connecting rods on the lower suspension arms and completely loosen them from the arm by removing the...

Whiteline Adjustable Front Sway Bar Install

Replacing the front sway bar can be performed with the car parked on a level surface with the parking brake applied. However, it is a much quicker and easier install with the car lifted so I recommend placing your car on jack stands. Remove the factory sway bar The factory sway bar (stabilizer) is connected to the suspension at the tension rod brackets and the control arm (transverse link...

Placing your Car on Jack Stands

Placing your car on jack stands is a simple process that will allow the average enthusiast to perform lots of work on their car from the comfort of their garage. Tools required 4 jack stands set at the same height (same brand and model for all 4 stands is highly recommended) 1 hydraulic jack 1 2x4x2 wood block Procedure Find a flat, clean surface to park the car on. Once parked, shut the car off...

Part 3: Making it Stick (Installment A – Bounciness be Gone)

(All items discussed in this entry will have full install walkthroughs posted in the Tech and How To’s page) This car has seen better days and after driving it back from Georgia, it is quite clear that most of the original suspension has remained on this chassis during its 170,000 mile existence as a commuter car. As a future drift machine, these have got to go. Removing wheel hop One thing...

Part Deux: Swapping in the CA18DET

Background For most the formula is simple, stock motors are replaced with SR20DET’s. End of discussion. But then you have the guys that do things different. There are the RB guys, the KA-T guys and finally the CA18DET guys. So why, when the majority says SR20DET would this car receive a CA18DET, a motor already down .2 liters and almost 20 hp to its younger brother? Although reasons vary...

Chris Simmons is a race car driver, instructor, business owner and all around gearhead. His passion for motorsport started in the drifting community over 10 years ago and progressed into wheel to wheel racing of all kinds. When off track Chris can be found training and working on a myriad of projects. After a hiatus from writing, he is back to share his passion, knowledge and experience in regard to motorsports on and off the track.

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