Have you checked out http://www.boosthead.com/home.php? They make
an electric supercharger that can produce 20 psi of boost!
Looks good! Have any
readers had any experiences with this product?
Everything's For Sale...
Do you go to the shops and buy adverts? I'm currently
subscribing to AutoSpeed and receiving feature length articles on Skylines and
similar, which are for sale. Are you getting kickbacks from these articles when
the cars do sell? There is another point that I must make - feature cars are
becoming pretty redundant, although there have been a few very good examples
lately (the twin-turbo Ford, XR6T ute and Suzuki Cappuccino). However, I must
note the Ford TT was for sale. The feature cars, from my point of view, are the
basic import method taken - bigger turbo(s), chip or A'PEXi Power FC, monster
exhaust, bigger injectors, new clutch and advertise for sale. It's almost as bad
as selling DVDs and then selling the reviews.
Like it or not, many of the modified cars that we feature
are for sale - it's the nature of the owners to finish the build-up and
move on to something else. The fact that a car is for sale does not detract from
the quality of a feature car at all. And, no, we do NOT receive
kickbacks.Our feature car selection is based largely on the popularity of existing
stories. DVD reviews... Well, the DVDs might not be your cuppa tea but there are
a lot of readers who appreciate our tell-it-as-it-is reviews. See Double DVD Review as
I find the article Airflow Meter Swaps looks interesting. But before I
spend any money on it I'd like to know if it is going to have any useful
information for a GM 3400 OHV V6 (Pontiac Grand Am GT) engine owner in the U.S.
Could you please let me know?
We don't give away info regarding story content. In this type of article,
however, it's the themes and techniques that are as important as the sort of car we're looking at.
I am looking at importing a car in the next few months and
would like to get an opinion (or perhaps, an online comparison) on the R32 GTS-t
and the R32 GTS4. I am looking for a car that handles great (on the road and the
track and solidly in the wet), responds well to intake and exhaust modifications
and is very controllable. If you could help me out with this, it'd be
Check out our stories at Pre-Owned Performance - Nissan Skyline R32 GTS t and Unknown Warrior - Skyline GTS4. If
stability in the wet is at all a priority we'd be looking at the GTS4 -
the GTS-t isn't a recognised drift machine for no reason... Basic intake and
exhaust mods give good performance gains. The GTS4 is slightly slower, but such
mods easily remedy that situation!
Regarding your segment on Mazda/Honda engines... great reading,
but what happened to B18a and B18c Honda engines? These are some of the most
famous Integra/Civic engines out there. Honda has only recently (in their last
models) started using 2.0-litre engines in the Integras. What happened to
the B18 series engines? Even the last photo shown is the B18 series. I'm not a
mechanic, but am I the only Honda owner to notice this?
The engine series is due for an update, depending how much demand there is
from readers. What's the word, people - do you want a redo?
Surgery on ET
I was just writing to say that I own a Nissan Pulsar ET 1984
model that has recently cracked its head. I just wanted to know how available
the parts are nowadays. I have the workshop manual, but if you could please,
please, please send me any info regarding the ET that you might have that could
We don't have any
info on the head replacement process but we imagine there should be plenty of
parts available. Gaskets etc should be available through Nissan dealerships and
a head would be available from the wreckers. A web search that covers your local area would be the best approach.
Have you guys considered doing any articles on Caterham Sevens
and their Australian competitors? They are about the most driver-focussed
vehicles you can drive on the road. It would be interesting to hear your honest
opinions of them, and also to see how any Australian competitors stack up
against the real thing.
certainly the most driver-focussed... Have a look at Podium Pouncer and Surreal Sensation for
a couple of similar vehicles. We do have more Caterham style cars on our list of
things to do - has anyone got one available in Australia for a test?
I was wondering if you could tell me of any vendors who sell
the turbocharger turbine housing in one of your technical articles - http://us1.webpublications.com.au/static/images/articles/i9/0914_18mg.jpg
That photo was originally taken for our feature car
story - Let's Fli. The
housing (which incorporates an external wastegate passage) is produced by
Turbonetics - try your local dealer for cost and details.
I drive a Rover Mini and have put in a Rover 1293cc MG Metro
turbo engine. It has a carburettor, electronic ignition inside the distributor,
but no kind of ECU to control the timing. What I want to know is if there anyway
I can get my car to spit flames out the exhaust? Is there any way that I can fit
an anti-lag system to my car? If not, is there anyway you can think of that will
help me on my quest to spit flames? I do a bit of hill climbing, sprinting and
track days and I think this will help me get my car into one of the Mini
magazines and, if you can help, YOU WILL BE THE FIRST to get pics and words of
Atmo race cars are
often seen spitting flames - you just need the 'right' combination of fuel, air
and ignition timing. In general, you need to dump in excess fuel and it's also
common to set a lot of retard ignition timing under these decel conditions.
We have touched on anti-lag systems (specific to turbo
engines) at Michael's Speed Zone and Michael's Speed Zone l. Hope
this helps in your quest for flames!