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by Branden Scalera on Mon, Feb 24th, 2014 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, General, Modification, Performance Products

When the stock KA just isn't enough.

by Branden Scalera on Thu, Feb 13th, 2014 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Modification

This customer came all the way from Chicago. He had an unique project that he wanted us to handle, placing a supercharged V-10 out of a Dodge Viper into his '72 Monte Carlo.

by Branden Scalera on Tue, Feb 11th, 2014 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, General, Suspension

Magnum on bags.

by Branden Scalera on Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, General, Modification

One of our current projects is this Dodge Ram SRT10.  The customer would like to make 2,000HP and break 200MPH in the standing mile.  There's a lot of work involved in reaching these goals, but first and foremost is safety....

by Branden Scalera on Fri, Dec 20th, 2013 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Suspension, Tuning

Take a look at this boosted Mazda Miata....

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Aug 17th, 2012 | Fabrication, General, John Reed Racing, Tuning

During the summer, we see an influx of sandrails and offroad vehicles and this season is no exception. Along with the turbo Polaris RZR project we have been working with John Reed Racing, there have been several sandrails in for tuning.

PSI and JRR Polaris RZR Turbo Kit 001

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Aug 7th, 2012 | Fabrication, John Reed Racing, Modification, Research and Development, Tuning

This is the latest project that we have been working with John Reed Racing on.  It is a turbocharged Polaris RZR.  We handled design and fabrication of the turbo kit and John Reed handled the wiring and tuning.  

PSI and JRR Polaris RZR Turbo Kit 005 

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, May 7th, 2012 | Fabrication, Modification, On The Dyno, Tuning

Justin Shreeve - PARC 3-11-2012 - 001

Above: Justin drifting at PARC.

Justin Shreeve is one half of Tandem of Die.  He was out at Pat's Acres in March drifting, while Joe Ayala, the other half of Tamdem of Die, was taking some photos.  

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, May 4th, 2012 | Fabrication

Here at PSI, we work on all types of engines.  From turbocharged inline 6's to large displacement V8's and  some that are a lot smaller.  

Nitro RC Boat - .56 hp

Like this .56 hp Nitro RC boat engine.  

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Apr 19th, 2012 | Fabrication, Modification, On The Dyno, Research and Development, Tuning

On The Dyno, we have a 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1.  A stock ZR-1 is a pretty impressive car with its supercharged LS9.  However, this is no ordinary ZR-1 but has had a few custom upgrades.  

ZR1 on the dyno at PSI

Above: The ZR-1 on the dyno.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Apr 18th, 2012 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Modification, Research and Development, Tuning

Turbo Mini Cooper - 001

One of our clients is an avid autocross driver and competes in his Mini Cooper S. For the past several seasons, he has been running a modified supercharged setup. This past year, John Reed installed and tuned a ViPEC V88.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Feb 16th, 2012 | Fabrication, PSI Projects

We are starting to write about this 1961 Cadillac project to catch you up on where it currently stands. This project is the current undertaking of our main fabricator, Alex Laventure. With over 20 years of experience in fabrication, this project looks like it will be something very special.

This project started so quickly, we do not have many initial photos. Alex has put in a lot of work so far and the project is well on its way.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Feb 10th, 2012 | Fabrication

We recently finished up the exhaust for an LS3 in a Datsun 280Z.

Custom LS3 280Z exhaust

This Datsun is being built for one of our clients in California. The LS3 was not pulled from a Corvette or any other car but was shipped from the factory. It is an E-Rod version, which is CARB legal. This one fact is the reason it was chosen for this project. The LS3 also came with catalytic converters to be fitted onto the exhaust system. These cats made it a little more challenging than a normal race exhaust system to route.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Feb 7th, 2012 | Fabrication, PSI Projects

The PSI Celica Project car has been disassembled. The engine and interior have been removed. This was all in preparation for the roll cage.

We plan to take this Celica to jump it and drive it like crazy, so an ordinary roll cage would not do.

PSI Celica Project - Cage - Inside

Above: The view from the inside.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Jan 25th, 2012 | Fabrication

In a previous post, we showed you the custom rear seat brackets for the this '72 Toyota Land Cruiser.  The client wanted to mount racing seats in the front and rear.

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets

When installing racing seats, a proper harness bar is needed to securely mount the seat harnesses. Seat harnesses hold the occupant into the seat better than traditional seat belts.

The bars needed to be mounted to give both the front and rear passengers enough room to be comfortable. Alex first built a 6-point roll cage to have secure locations to mount the harness bars.

72 Land Cruiser cage work

Above: Alex welding the cage and harness bars.

72 Land Cruiser Cage - front

72 Land Cruiser Cage - backseats

72 Land Cruiser Cage - rear

The bars were left raw because the client will handle getting them painted as well as supplying his own harnesses. With the new seats and cage, this 1972 Land Cruiser is ready for some fun.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jan 6th, 2012 | Fabrication

A client recently brought in his 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser to have new seats put in.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Above: '72 Toyota Land Cruiser

The client purchased a pair of Recaro Speed seats for the front.  However, the client wanted new seats for the rear as well. A pair of similar seats were sourced for the rears. A custom mounting system was needed to accommodate the two bucket seats. One thing that the client wanted was to have the rear seats be easily taken out if needed. He wanted the flexible to carry four people or more cargo if needed.

A flash

Alex fabricated a rack system that lets the seats be securely pinned down when installed.

Seat bracket with one seat in - raw

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets - side - raw

Above: A simple mounting system that is secure and removable.

The seats are able to be easily removed by one person.

The client can now go off-road with three of his friends and ride comfortably and securely.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 30th, 2011 | Fabrication, John Reed Racing, Tuning

The Mazda Miata platform has been used in motorsports for many years, including a Miata spec racing series. One of our clients contacted us to turbocharge his Miata.

We started this build by selecting a properly sized turbo and a DOC Race turbo manifold.

Precision Turbo.jpg

Above: Precision PT5557 Turbo

Turbo on a Miata.jpg

Testing fitting the turbo and manifold.  The intercooler piping and intake path was routed and then fabricated by Alex Laventure.

Alex welding.jpg

Alex welding the piping.

Mazda Miata Turbo Kit.jpg

Along with the Precision turbo and DOC Race manifold, the custom piping and Tial waste gate finish off this Miata turbo setup.

Tapped Oil Pan.jpg

Before everything could be reassembled, the oil pan needed to be tapped for the turbo.

A custom downpipe and exhaust system was fabricated to mate up to a Magnaflow single exhaust.

Turbo Miata engine bay

Above: The completed turbo setup.

Once everything was back together, the car was ready to be strapped down to the dyno and tuned.

Turbo Mazda Miata on the dyno at PSI

This setup is tuned with a ViPEC ecu by John Reed. It produces 206 whp and 171 ft-lbs of torque.  This initial tune is for break in purposes.  This Miata will be back for further tuning in the future.  Dyno run video also coming soon.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011 | Fabrication

Supercharged Toyota Sequoia.jpg

A few months ago, Alex Laventure fabricated an exhaust system for one of our client's supercharged Toyota Sequoia.

PSI Custom Exhaust on 2011 Toyota Sequoia 001.jpg

The larger diameter exhaust and MBRP tip gave the exhaust the look and sound that the client was looking for.

The client recently returned and wanted us to install a new set of headers and continue the custom exhaust up to those headers.

Sequoia Headers

Alex welding Exhaust

Alex did some welding and fabricated a section to go from the headers to the rest of the exhaust.


This not a simple job of running a relatively straight pipe. The exhaust was routed along each side of the transmission and joined up at the muffler.

The owner wanted a little more out of the exhaust system and the headers and exhaust modifications gave him what he was looking for.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Oct 27th, 2011 | Fabrication, Motorsports

This coming Saturday the final event for Evergreen Drift is taking place in Monroe, WA. Evergreen Speedway will be the location for EVD70 - Open Drift / Halloween Party!. It will be going down from 11am to 6pm. Here is a the Facebook link to the event.

Kyle Pollard is planning on attending this event and getting in some drifting before the season ends. He stopped by PSI today to work on his car. At the last event in Irwindale, Kyle's S13 met a barrier during a qualifying run.

Kyle Pollard S13 fender repair

Kyle had a spare front bumper but did not have a spare Koguchi Power front fender. Instead of running without a fender or a broken one, Kyle repaired the fender. He fiberglassed the two pieces back together.

Kyle Pollard repairing his Koguchi Power fender

Kyle's car is looking ready to drift. If you happen to be in or around Monroe, stop by for the last drift event of the season at Evergreen Speedway.

In case you can't wait to see Kyle drift, you can check out Loren Haleston's Formula Drift Irwindale video. Although Kyle did not finish as well as he wanted, Loren did capture some good footage of Kyle and the other FD drivers. Check it out below.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Oct 26th, 2011 | Fabrication

Dodge Viper in front of PSI - red.jpg

Recently a client brought in his Dodge Viper because he was not satisfied with the stock exhaust.  He wanted a solution that was louder and allowed better airflow.  The side exhausts on a Viper are deceiving because there is a lot more metal under than it seems.  The stock exhaust crosses before exiting.

Dodge Viper Custom Exhaust - In Progress 2.jpg

Alex fabricated an exhaust system that allow exhaust gases to flow easier. The crossover and restrictions were removed.

Viper Side Exhaust - PSI.jpg

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Oct 3rd, 2011 | Fabrication

A client of ours recently got a new rear bumper for his Z06 Corvette.

This new diffuser's single center exhaust opening leaves little options for an exhaust both stock and aftermarket.

Alex Laventure started fabricating an exhaust solution for the Z06.

Alex started with the exhaust tip, which would be the hardest part of the project. The client wanted an exhaust tip that would match the contours of the opening in the diffuser. Alex first made a template that would be used to shape the tip out of stainless.

Once the template was done, it was time to start forming the tip. Below are some photos of the fabrication process.

Forming a Custom Corvette Z06 Exhaust Tip 002.jpg

Fabricating a Custom Z06 Exhaust Tip.jpg

Forming a Custom Corvette Z06 Exhaust Tip.jpg

The finished tip.

Custom Exhaust Tip.jpg

Custom Exhaust Z06.jpg

Alex installing the exhaust tip.

The final product installed.

Custom Corvette Z06 center exhaust 006.jpg

Custom Corvette Z06 center exhaust 004.jpg

A close up.

While the car was here, we also installed a set of carbon fiber side skirts.

Carbon fiber side skirts 1.jpg

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Aug 26th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

After the paint had dried, it was time to put the car back together.

AJC Work-1603 copy.jpg

The hatch has been put on and all glass is in. The fuel cell is and mounted.

AJC Work-1586 copy.jpg

The heart of the Rocket Bunny LS240 is in. The 6.6L LS2 is in but still needs to be plumbed and wired.

AJC Work-1579 copy.jpg

Fabrication still continues on the front of the car.

Work will be continuing late into the night as the deadline approaches quickly.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Aug 25th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, John Reed Racing, Tuning

Acura NSX after a detail

This 2005 Acura NSX is owned by one of our clients.  In the photo above, it sits in stock form.  The NSX's design and styling set it apart.

Powered by a all-aluminum V6, this mid-engined sports car produces 276 whp and 220 ft-lbs of torque.  The power, weight, and mid-engine design make this a very fun car to drive.

However, our client wanted to take it to the next level.  He wanted a little more power, so a turbo solution was devised.

A custom PSI turbo kit was created starting with a LoveFab turbo manifold and a Precision T4 turbo.  A Tial waste gate and boost controller were added to the mix.

Turbo Acura NSX engine bay.jpg

The custom intake we had made previously for this car was replaced by a charge pipe with a Tial waste gate.

The mid mounted V6 makes turbo placement tricky. The turbo sits under the car near the rear bumper.

Precision Turbo on an NSX.jpg

Some custom fabrication was needed for this solution. A PSI custom spec throttle body was used for this application.  A special adapter was fabricated to utilize this throttle body.

Custom PSI throttlebody adapter.jpg

Alex Laventure designed and fabricated an adapter.

Throttlebody and adapter for NSX.jpg

The custom adapter and Lamborghini throttle body installed.

A ViPEC V88 was added to control the entire package.

ViPEC v88.jpg

The ViPEC sits conveniently behind the passenger seat.

John Reed tuning a turbo NSX with ViPEC.jpg

John Reed setup the base map for this setup.

Turbo NSX on the dyno at PSI.jpg

The NSX was strapped down to our dyno and the tuning continued.

This setup puts down 385 whp and 279 ft-lbs of torque at 6 lbs of boost.  Update: The car has come back in for a retune and now produces 404 whp and 300 ft-lbs of torque.  (the video is from the original run and does not reflect the new tune)

Here is a video on the dyno:

2005 Turbo Acura NSX on the dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

The NSX now sits on a set of custom chromed SSR Professor MS1's.

reedit-SSR Professor MS1.jpg

Here is a quick picture.

Turbo NSX.jpg

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Aug 24th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

It has been several long nights and many more to get Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny LS240 (LS2 powered S13) ready for Evergreen ProAm this coming Sunday.

Late nights at PSI.jpg

So far, the work has been focused on getting the new chassis ready.

Preparation for Round 4 - 001.jpg

The rear fenders needed to be cut and rolled to fit the larger Falken Azenis tires.

Fender rolling.jpg

After cutting the fenders, the outer fender was rolled up over the inner fender. This allowed for the fenders to be rolled after for additional clearance.

The front was also modified in preparation for larger tires and increased steering angle.

The trunk floor was cut out to make room for the fuel cell and other fuel system components.

AJC work before Round 4.jpg

Alex welded in new trunk floor.

The entire car was stripped and prepped for paint.

AJC new chassis painted.jpg

Once painted, it will be a few long days and nights to get the LS2 back in and running. There is a lot of work to do but it will be all worth it when Andrew Coomes is drifting the LS240 along the bank at Evergreen.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Aug 23rd, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, John Reed Racing

Recently, we teamed up with John Reed Racing for a Ignition solution for a client's Mark III Toyota Supra powered by a 7M.

A M&W Ignition CDI was chosen for the added benefits it provides for the ignition system.

M&W Ignition CDI in MKIII Supra.jpg

A custom mounting plate was needed for the M&W CDI.

Alex making a template for a M&W Ignition mount.jpg

Alex making a template for the mounting plate.

M&W Ignition mounting platform.jpg

Mounting plate for the M&W CDI.

John Reed built a custom wiring harness for this application.

John Reed Racing M&W Ignition Harness

Custom harness.

JRR Custom M&W Ignition wiring harness in Supra.jpg

The custom harness and M&W Ignitions CDI installed in the Supra.

7M Toyota Supra.jpg

After the installation, it was time to tune the car.  The Supra ended up making 690 whp.  

MKIII 7M Supra on dyno at PSI.jpg

Check back here for more JRR and PSI collaborations.

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