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by Branden Scalera on Tue, Aug 5th, 2014 | Client Vehicles, General, Performance Products

by Branden Scalera on Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014 | General, Motorsports, Performance Products

We have joined forces with Taper Pro USA, we run their products on our drift cars. Contact us for prices.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Mar 12th, 2014 | Formula Drift, Performance Products, Suspension

Formula Drift Long Beach is approaching fast.  It will be many long nights preparing all the cars for the Streets of Long Beach.  

Check out these BR Racing ER series coilovers Ryan Tuerck just posted on his Instagram,

We will have Brian dial these in for the Streets of Long Beach, hope to see you there.  

by Branden Scalera on Tue, Feb 25th, 2014 | Formula Drift, Motorsports, Performance Products, Tuerckd

Wisefab has released some prototype aluminum front and rear knuckles for the FR-S platform. We will be testing these out on Ryan Tuerck's FR-S in the upcoming formula drift season. 

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 Tue, Feb 18th, 2014 | Client Vehicles, General, Performance Products

We recently installed a Vortech Supercharger kit on a Subaru BR-Z. 

by Branden Scalera on Fri, Dec 27th, 2013 | Client Vehicles, General, Modification, Performance Products

This Mitsubishi Evo X recently came in for a few bolt on goodies.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jul 8th, 2013 | Performance Products

GReddy Performance announced the release of their T518Z Tuner Turbo kit for the 2013-on Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ.  

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Feb 25th, 2013 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering has recently released their Multi-Pump Fuel Surge Tank.  

Radium Engineering Fuel Surge Tank - Portland Speed Industries

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Nov 7th, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering has just released their PnP EMS solution for the Lotus 2ZZ-GE.  After 2 and a half years in research and development, they offer a fully programmable plug and play solution with an AEM EMS.   

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Feb 29th, 2012 | Performance Products

AEM, known for the EMS, are now offering AEMdata Data Analysis Software to their users.  AEMdata allows the user of certain AEM products to get even more out of these products. 

AEMdata is a customizable data analysis package for select AEM products.  It was designed as a user-friendly interface that features advanced 3D graphics.  The displays data using charts, dash displays, gauges, or custom user-created displays, allowing the user to review and playback vehicle, driver, or engine data. 

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jan 27th, 2012 | Performance Products, Tuning

AEM’s EMS-4 Universal Standalone Programmable Engine Management System is a standalone Engine Management System for modified Powersports and four-cylinder race car applications. The EMS-4 was created using AEM's powerful Series 2 hardware and includes all of its advanced features without the unneeded ancillary components.

The EMS-4 is designed for four-cylinder applications that need more control than the stock ECU's ability. This is also an alternative to an AEM Series 2 Plug-n-Play EMS for applications that do not require as many advanced features.

Here are some key features:

  • 4 Saturated Injector Drivers
  • 4 Coil Triggers
  • 8 General Purpose Inputs/Outputs
  • Mag or Hall Cam and Crank Inputs
  • O2 Input
  • Knock Input
  • 8 MB Internal Data Logger
  • VSS Hall Input
  • Can Data Stream
  • USB Comm Port
  • Compact (4.8" x 4.55" x 1.44"), weather/shock proof enclosure
  • Utilizes AEMTuner Interface Software
  • System is fully enabled and unlocked – Never pay for Upgrades
  • Context Sensitive Help Eases Tuning Process
  • Maps can be Password Protected by the Tuner to Prevent Unauthorized Usage Sharing
  • Data analysis using AEMdata software.

We are no strangers to AEM EMS', here is Jason Oefelein tuning a turbocharged Mazda Miata with an AEM EMS.

Jason Oefelein tuning a turbo Mazda Miata

If you are interested in an AEM EMS-4 or any other engine management solution for your car, feel free to contact us and we would be glad to help you.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Jan 26th, 2012 | Performance Products

This time in Performance Products, we have Injector Dynamics range of fuel injectors. These injectors are a key component of many of the fuel systems we have made for our clients.

Here is a little info from their site:

Fitment

Application specific fitment is handled with the addition of various top hat adapters, and occasional machining operations. Standard fitment exists for most popular applications, and new fitments will be developed on request. All standard lengths and fuel rail bores are currently accomodated.

Dynamically Matched Sets

We only sell matched sets, and within each set the dynamic flow rate (slope) will vary no more than +/- 1%, and the dead time (offset) will vary no more than +/- 20 microseconds which is equivalent to +/- 1% at a pulsewidth of 2 milliseconds.

It is this dynamic flow matching across the pulsewidth range that separates the men from the boys.

Tight matching at low pulsewidths allows the use of high flow rate injectors without sacrificing idle, off idle, and cruise quality while the matched offsets insure that the individual injectors respond properly to atmoshperic and voltage compensations built in to the ECU.

Full Dynamic Characterization

We provide the data that you and your ECU need to do the job properly.

Flow and offset values are provided from 8 to 16 volts across the full pressure range in 5 psi increments.

Additionally, we publish full dynamic characterization curves: Raw flow vs pulsewidth, offset corrected flow, linearity curves, and pressure sensitivity plots.

We invite you to ask any of our competitors for the same.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 23rd, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering offers an alternative to stock lug bolts for Lotus' and other European sports cars.

Radium Engineering Titanium Lug Bolts.

These fasteners are machined from forged 6AL-4V (Grade 5) Titanium alloy rod. They feature a 60 degree tapered conical seat compatible with most OEM and aftermarket wheels. The threads are rolled, not machined, for superior strength and wear resistance. Grade 5 Titanium has 94% the yield strength of a metric Grade 10.9 steel fastener and is over 43% lighter. A non-marring socket is recommended for installation.

Above: Radium Engineering Titanium Lug Bolts on their Turbocharged Lotus Elise on the track at PIR.

Mechanical Properties: Grade 5 6AL-4V Titanium Yield Strength: 890MPa Ultimate Tensile Strength: 952MPa Shear Strength: 550MPa Density: 4428 kg/m^3

Lug Bolt Features:

Material: Grade 5 Titanium
Threads: Rolled M12x1.5mm *
Thread Length: 28mm
Taper: 60 Degree
Conical Hex Head Size: 17mm
**Surface Finish Treatment: Nano Ceramic or Anodized

For more information you can check out their website.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 16th, 2012 | Performance Products

Many who watch Formula Drift or following drifting in the Northwest will recognize the name Kyle Pollard and his RHD S13.

Kyle Pollard speeding through the PARC.jpg

Above: Kyle Pollard's S13 at Pat's Acres Racing Complex (PARC) in Canby, OR. Kyle has been drifting for the past several years and over this time has gained a lot of knowledge and experience. He has been very hands-on with the building and preparation of his drift cars. He built his current Formula D RHD S13 by himself with some help from friends and some assistance from PSI. He offers custom modified S13/S14 drift knuckles that he personally builds himself. Kyle runs the same setup on his FD S13 to give him more angle. These knuckles allow for reverse entries and have Akerman and bump steer correction. Formula D driver, Walker Wilkerson, also used these knuckles on his S13 at the Palm Beach FD event.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Jan 11th, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering will be installing and documenting the installation of their turbo kits on a stock 2006 Lotus Elise.

Above: The stock Elise at PSI. They have selected PSI to be their preferred shop for installations of their turbo kits. So you can contact them or us directly for more information.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering, the folks that developed a turbo kit for the Lotus Elise and Exige platforms, offers a few different Aluminum Wrenches.

Black Wrench Hex (-4AN, -6AN, -8AN, -10AN, -12AN): 1/2" 5/8" 3/4" 1-1/8"

Green Hex Wrench (-3AN, -4AN, -6AN, -8AN, -10AN): 7/16" 9/16" 11/16" 1"

Machined from high quality 6061 3/8" aluminum, Radium Engineeering multipurpose wrenches are used to prevent marring of the anodized surface of aluminum hose ends and adapter fittings. These wrenches feature short comfortable handle grips for tight spaces and to avoid over-tightening. They are laser etched with the appropriate hex size of each of the 4 different double open ends for easy identification. They are vibratory tumbled and then anodized for extended durability. Depending on how the wrench is orientated, both open ends offer two different angles for ease of use.

We can't wait to get our hands a set of these Aluminum wrenches. Check back for more info and an update.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 21st, 2011 | Performance Products

Today we wanted to talk about the Aeromotive 340 Stealth Fuel Pump.

This fuel pump joins the ranks of the Bosch 044 and Walbro 255 fuel pumps that we often recommend. We have used them and recommend them. Our friends over at Radium Engineering also have added the 340 Stealth fuel pump as an option for their Universal Fuel Surge Tanks.

Above: Radium Engineering's Universal Fuel Surge Tank with a dual Aeromotive 340 Stealth Fuel Pump setup.

Here is a little bit of information from Aeromotive's website,

The Aeromotive 340 Stealth Fuel Pump is a high-output, in-tank, electric fuel pump that fits most popular EFI applications. The Aeromotive 340 is a compact, lightweight pump that bolts into many existing hanger assemblies. What sets the 340 Stealth Pump apart is its superior flow throughout a wide pressure range. Compared to other popular aftermarket pumps, at 40 psi the 340 boasts more than 340 lph. That’s over 30% more flow. This pump is ideal for applications requiring more flow while retaining the factory lines and mounting provisions available in the Original Equipment (O.E.) configuration. The 340 is also perfect for use as a universal replacement for applications that require more flow to support forced air power adders such as turbo and supercharged applications.

For more information of these fuel pumps and other alternatives, feel free to contact us and we will be glad to assist you.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Dec 19th, 2011 | Performance Products

A fuel surge tank is a great option for some of the fueling issues plaguing car enthusiasts. We have used them on some of our client's vehicles, including a Nissan GT-R and two Formula Drift cars.

Here is some information from Radium Engineering's website:

A fuel surge tank (FST) is designed to prevent fuel starvation to the engine on vehicles with inadequate fuel tank baffling. Mounted internal (or external) to the surge tank is the FST fuel pump(s) that feeds the fuel rail. The volume of fuel inside the surge tank acts as a buffer to always keep the FST pump supplied with fuel. This volume is maintained by the main fuel tank's pump as well as the fuel returning from the fuel pressure regulator. Excess fuel is returned back to the vehicle's main fuel tank. The fuel surge tank can be mounted near the main fuel tank or in the engine bay, but preferrably away from excessive heat, moving parts such as suspension components, and clear from common collision areas.

Here are a few applications where we have used a Radium Engineering fuel surge tank.

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Above: Surge Tank setup on Andrew Coomes' LS2 powered Nissan S13.

Radium Engineering's Fuel Surge Tank in a drift S13.jpg

Above: Dual pump surge tank setup in the trunk of Kyle Pollard's Formula Drift Tomei 2.2L SR powered Nissan S13.

Both of these cars are used in drift competitions. These tanks are perfect for drifting applications because the fuel in a fuel cell moves around a lot with the forces of sliding a car at speeds exceeding 100mph. The sudden shifts, often at high rpms, put a lot of strain on a fuel system. Fuel cells are baffled but these surge tanks give extra insurance that the fuel will be able to get to the engine when needed.

Radium Engineering, offers various fuel surge tank setups, which include pumpless single and dual pickups, Walboro single and dual pumps, Aeromotive single and dual pumps, and Bosch single and dual pumps. For Kyle Pollard's drift car, we used a dual Bosch 044 setup. The fuel system only required a single Bosch 044 because of another inline pump so the second Bosch 044 acts as a spare. If one pump fails on the track, a few leads are switched and the car is ready to go.

Feel free to come down and talk to us about your application. We usually have several Radium Engineering components around the shop in case you want to see one in person.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 9th, 2011 | Performance Products, Tuning

Since PSI began, we have been installing and tuning AEM EMS'.

Jason Oefelein tuning a turbo S2000 with AEM

Above: Jason Oefelein tuning a turbo Honda S2000 with an AEM EMS.

Now AEM has a new EMS that they announced at SEMA, the Infinity-10.

Above: Tech sheet.

We can't wait to get our hands on one of these new boxes.

Also don't forget about our Winter Tuning specials.  Call in for details.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011 | Performance Products

Here is another great product from Radium Engineering, Universal Catch Cans.

These catch cans are a great alternative to boring catch can.  They have a black finish that allows them to blend into an engine bay, but still look good when seen.  Like all Radium Engineering products, many engineering hours went into the development.

We have used their catch can on a variety of our client's cars.

Radium Engineering Catch Cans on Exige.jpg

A dual catch can setup in a Lotus Exige.

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A single catch can setup on John Reed's Dodge Viper.

Here is some information from their website,

An oil catch can is essential on a performance vehicle to protect the engine from elevated levels of crankcase blow-by accumulated from aggressive driving. Excess oil saturated air circulating back into the air intake stream can lead to degraded performance. Unlike many catch cans on the market, this catch can features an integrated oil separator that accelerates oil condensation. This stainless steel filter media is cleanable and reusable. The liquid oil is then collected in the reservoir. The fluid can be easily disposed without removing the can from its bracket. The lower half of the body simply unscrews for draining or the bottom port can be used with the RADIUM Petcock Drain Kit if the cans cannot be easily separated. The integrated dip stick unscrews for a quick way to check oil level.

Benefits: -Effectively raises the octane and increased engine performance from cleaner inlet air -Prevents oil buildup in the intake or intercooler system walls, throttle body, intake manifold, etc. -Excessive oil collection can be an indicator of a damaged engine. -Lowers hydrocarbon emissions

Features: -6061 Billet Aluminum O-Ring Sealed Oil Can -Integrated Oil Separating Condensers -Stainless Steel Cleanable and Reusable Filter Media -Ports: 7/8"-14 Female Threads -Powder Coated Laser Cut Mounting Bracket -NEW O-Ring Sealed -4AN Drain Plug -Stainless Steel Mounting Hardware -Safe for Pressurized Applications -NEW Anodized 6061 Billet Aluminum Oil Dipstick

Dimensions: -Capacity: 6 fluid ounces -Height (without fittings): 5 inches -Outside Diameter: 2.45 inches

There are a variety of optional parts available for this catch can. Check out their site for more info. Here is a link to their in-depth write-up. As of this writing, they are currently out of stock, but check back soon.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Nov 16th, 2011 | Performance Products

Do you have a Lotus Elise? This winter is a perfect time to take your Elise to the next level. Radium Engineering, based here in Portland, OR, offers their Turbo hard parts kit to help you reach the next level.

We have had the privilege to witness the development of this kit.  We have provided Radium Engineering with rapid prototyping of their in-house engineered components and the use of our dynojet dyno.  We also were invited to join them at Portland International Raceway, PIR, for a Lotus Track day to see their turbo Lotus Elise in action on the track.

Lotus Track day at PIR 002

Lotus track day at PIR.

Lotus Track day at PIR 006

Radium Engineering's turbo Lotus Elise lapping PIR.

Radium Engineering also brought out their turbo Elise to our Customer Appreciation day at Packwood.

JTP testing Radium Engineering's Turbo Lotus.JPG

While there, they let Professional Driver, Justin Pawlak, put it through its paces.

We have used their universal components on a variety of our customers cars and have been very impressed with the quality. The owners come from engineering backgrounds and this is evident in the design and development of their various products.

Check out their website or come in and we will be glad to talk to you about this and other products from Radium Engineering.

The following is from their website and describes a little about this kit.

"The Hard Parts Turbo Kit is a complete bolt-on kit and includes everything needed with the exception to the engine management system and any engine wiring harness adapters. NOTE: In late Fall 2011, we will be releasing our Lotus Plug N Play Programmable EMS. This Hard Parts kit is ideal for someone using a stand-alone EMS, piggy back ECU, or reflash ECU that their tuner is comfortable using.

This kit is designed to be a complete bolt-on system that requires no special tools or permanent modification to the car allowing the vehicle to be returned to stock if necessary. Furthermore, all factory equipment is retained but the relocation of certain items is required for proper installation."

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Nov 11th, 2011 | Performance Products

Keep a better watch over your engine with AEM's 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller. Collect useful data about your engine to help increase power and safety. Here is a little from AEM's website

OVERVIEW AEM's 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller is a powerful, cost effective tuning tool that allows users to monitor the Air/Fuel Ratio (AFR) of up to 4 individual cylinders simultaneously (or up to 12 cylinders if multiple units are paired together). This unique controller features an optional exhaust back pressure compensation* kit to correct AFR readings of Wideband sensors mounted pre-turbo. The system includes stainless steel bungs specially designed for use in individual port applications which feature a finned stand-off design which both cools the sensor body and minimizes exhaust port restriction. The 4-Channel Wideband UEGO controller is ideal for datalogging, engine management systems or racing applications where individual cylinder trims are needed. The system features simple wiring and installation with 0-5v analog outputs for each AFR channel as well as a CAN datastream output. The controller is shock & weather proof and can be mounted anywhere in or outside the vehicle. MAXIMIZE ENGINE POWER AND SAFETY When tuning an engine, accurate Air/Fuel Ratio data is critical. Running rich can cause a loss in power, while running too lean may result in serious engine damage. The AEM 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller is a must for anyone using an engine management system or data logger to monitor individual cylinder AFR in an effort to maximize engine power and safety. Many modern engine management systems, including the AEM EMS, are capable of utilizing individual cylinder fuel trims and the 4-Channel Wideband Controller provides tuners with the precise information required to tune each cylinder to a targeted AFR. AEM's innovative exhaust back pressure compensation feature* allows the wideband sensors to be mounted in each exhaust runner pre-turbo, which eliminates the need to measure an average AFR over multiple cylinders on turbo charged applications. The system can be integrated with almost any data logger or engine management system through 4 unique differential analog outputs or the AEM CAN datastream output. The Bosch 4.2LSU sensors, which give the controller its speed and accuracy, are laboratory calibrated at the factory and never require free air calibration! The unit features a shock and weather proof housing, allowing it to be mounted virtually anywhere in the vehicle without worry.

A screenshot of a Data Log,

KEY FEATURES No free air calibration required - ever Four unique differential analog outputs CAN output for use with AEM EMS or CAN enabled devices Exhaust back pressure compensation to correct AFR readings on wideband sensors mounted pre-turbo* Multiple units can be paired together for use on 6, 8, 10, 12 or 16 cylinders Two status lights per sensor for error detection and operating status Stainless steel bungs specially designed for use in individual port applications which feature a finned stand-off design which both cools the sensor body and minimizes exhaust port restriction Compact (4.8" x 4.55" x 1.44"), weather & shock proof enclosure Accurate to 0.1 AFR Reads Gasoline values from 8.5 to 18:1 AFR Reads E85 values from 5.7 to 12:1 AFR Reads Ethanol values from 5.2 to 11:1 AFR Reads Methanol values from 3.7 to 7.8: AFR Reads Lambda values from 0.58 to 1.22 AFR

* AEM Performance Electronics Exhaust Back Pressure Sensor kit part #30-2064 is offered as an option and sold separately.

4-CHANNEL WIDEBAND UEGO CONTROLLER KIT CONTENTS 4-Channel Wideband UEGO Controller Complete Wiring Harness 1 X Wideband UEGO Sensor with Stainless Tall Manifold Bung Install Kit (additional sensors & bungs sold separately) Installation Instructions

Call in or stop by for more information about this and other products we offer.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Nov 9th, 2011 | Performance Products, Tuning

AEM’s Dyno-Shaft on-vehicle dynamometer system is literally a dyno on your car. It provides Horsepower and Torque numbers by measuring a vehicle’s Torque and RPM at the driveline, while you drive. It allows you to gather information under real-world conditions.

A little info from the AEM website:

Eliminate Guesswork - Know for sure if slower times are due to a loss of power, vehicle set up or driver error.

Engine tuning - Stop trying to approximate real world test conditions and start testing in the real world! Finally you can test with actual intake air conditions, actual vehicle loading and the hundred other things that make a real vehicle behave very different than it does when on a dyno.

Chassis Set Up - Know when the tires will break loose. Ideal for optimizing drag launches and determining the longitudinal forces your tires can handle in road racing.

Torque Converter and Clutch development - Finally know what your Torque converter or clutch is doing while you are making a pass!

Dyno It All - The Dyno-Shaft accurately reads in all conditions including steady state, uphill or downhill, even while coasting down!

RECORDING, READING AND OUTPUTTING DYNO-SHAFT DATA At its core, the Dyno-Shaft is a sensor that measures Torque and RPM and uses this data to output a vehicle’s Horsepower and Torque in real time. You will need a ‘host device’ to record, view and output data from the Dyno-Shaft.The following devices are capable of reading and logging data from the Dyno-Shaft via AEMnet:

  • AEM AQ-1 Data Logger
  • The AQ-1 is the ideal host device solution for the Dyno-Shaft as it provides the broadest set of features and functionality, including:
  • The ability to create dyno charts which can be saved, printed or shared electronically.
  • The AQ-1 is a full featured data logger, so continuous power data can be recorded and replayed along with a wide variety of other vehicle information. See AQ-1 product page for more information.

See the screen captures below for outputted dyno graphs from the Dyno-Shaft and ease of set up.

AEMData - Dyno-Shaft Data Plot AEMData - Dyno-Shaft Dyno Plot AQ-1 Dyno-Shaft Configuration Screen 1 AQ-1 Dyno-Shaft Configuration Screen 2

  • AEM Series 2 Programmable EMS
  • Like the AQ-1, the Series 2 EMS allows logging of continuous power data which can be replayed along with a wide variety of vehicle information however this device currently does not feature the ability to create dyno charts. This functionality will be added in the future.

Certain CAN-enabled devices from other manufacturers are configured to read Dyno-Shaft data. If you do not have one of the AEM devices listed above you will need one of the devices listed below, and will need to confirm that it can read the data from the Dyno-Shaft by contacting your manufacturer:

  • CAN-enabled Data Logger
  • CAN-enabled Programmable Engine Management System
  • CAN-enabled Racing Dash

The dyno-shatft on-vehilce dynamometer is offers in two forms, Sportsman and Pro series.

For more information call us or stop by, we would be glad to help you.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Nov 9th, 2011 | Performance Products, Tuning

MoTeC adds to its already impressive line-up with the M84.  This ECU is designed to offer customers access to the quality and race proven performance of the M800 in a package suited for more modest system requirements and budgets.

This is a shot of a John Reed Racing M84 kit for the Mark IV Toyota Supra.  John Reed, of John Reed Racing, has already tested one of his kits on one of our client's Toyota Supra.

Widebody Toyota Supra

John Reed sponsors an up and coming Evergreen ProAm driver, Tyler Grimsley, and recently installed a custom M84 kit on his car.

Evergreen ProAm Rd 4 - Tyler Grimsley 003.jpg

Tyler's car is powered by an SR20DET.  John built a custom harness, for the M84, for Tyler's car and now offers it as a kit.  If you have a SR powered S13 and want to step up to a MoTeC M84 ECU, contact us or John for more details.

Evergreen ProAm Rd 4 - Tyler Grimsley 002.jpg

Here is Tyler drifting on the 5/8ths bank at Evergreen Speedway in his S13 controlled by an M84 ECU.

The applications for this MoTeC ECU will be expanded immensely throughout the next few months.  John Reed Racing, in association with PSI, is working on many more kits, including V8 applications and a supercharged VQ.

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