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by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Apr 30th, 2012 | Tuning

As many of you know, those who keep up with Formula Drift that is, Robbie Nishida's new Lexus SC was not ready for the Streets of Long Beach but he drove the Nissan S13.5 from last season.  

Above: Robbie Nishida in the Achilles Radial Nissan S13.5 at the Streets of Long Beach.  Photo courtesy of David Karey for MotoIQ.com.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 27th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno, we have not one but two Nissan 350Z's.  These Z's came in for tuning with UpRev Osiris.  We have been tuning several cars with the UpRev Osiris system lately but this is the first time we had two on the same day.  However, with the increase in the popularity of UpRev tuning, this probably won't be the last.  

Each of these Z's had a few upgrades but were running the stock tune.  

2007 Nissan 350Z on the dyno at PSI - dark blue

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012 | Modification, On The Dyno, Tuning

On The Dyno, we have a 2010 Nissan 370Z.  This Z has an aftermarket intake and a Fast Intentions exhaust system.  After the installation of the parts, the Z was tuned with UpRev Osiris.  After tuning, this setup produced 305 whp and 248 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the dyno run video,

The UpRev Osiris system works on many Nissan and Infiniti models.  Feel free to contact us for more information about having your car tuned.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 20th, 2012 | Motorsports, Tuning

This upcoming Saturday will be Round 1 of the Evergreen Drift ProAm Series at Evergreen Speedway.  

The Evergreen Drift is the Northwest's only sanctioned Formula Drift Pro-Am licensing series.  Evergreen Drift was the starting series for ten Formula Drift licensed drivers.  Five of those ten drivers had their cars tuned at PSI.  

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 Mon, Apr 9th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno we once again have the Matt Panic's 1973 Toyota Celica.  

1973 Toyota Celica on the dyno at PSI

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Apr 4th, 2012 | Motorsports, Tuning

Nissan 240 on the dyno at PSI - Rolland Gallagher Racing

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Mar 30th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

A client recently brought in his 2003 Honda S2000 in for a Full-Race turbo kit install and tune with an AEM Series 2.  

Full Race Turbo Kit S2000 - part 1

Above: Full-Race turbo kit with AEM EMS.  

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Mar 26th, 2012 | John Reed Racing, Motorsports, On The Dyno, Tuning

The Formula Drift season is starting very soon. The first event at Long Beach is on April 6. Here at PSI, we have been staying very busy with several Formula Drift cars. We have been working on a few of the Northwest competitors' Formula Drift cars to get them ready for the season opener.

Formula D Throwdown & Pro-Am Practice 36

Above: Photo from Evergreen Speedway a few years ago.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Mar 23rd, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

Radium Engineering often comes down to use our Dynojet dyno for their baselines and tunes.  We work closely with them so it is always a pleasant visit when they stop by.  The purpose of this visit was to tune a Lotus Elise that they recently installed their turbo kit  on.  

JP tuning a turbocharged Lotus Elise

Above: Radium Engineering Turbo Lotus Elise on the dyno.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 22nd, 2012 | Modification, Tuning

A client brought down his 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra to have us install a NOS kit and a retune with SCT.

Ford Mustang SVT Cobra on the dyno at PSI

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Mar 20th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

Mike Phillips Racing - LS1 240SX first time on dyno

After tuning, Mike Phillips Racing LS1 240 puts down 446 whp even with tires slipping on the dyno.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Mar 19th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

Recently, we had this Nissan Skyline R33 GTS on the dyno for tuning with Apexi PowerFC.

Skyline R33 GTS on the dyno at PSI

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 15th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On The Dyno, we have a 2003 Nissan 350Z.

Nissan 350Z on dyno at PSI for UpRev tune

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Mar 14th, 2012 | Motorsports, Tuning

Mike Phillips Racing made the drive down to PSI.  Mike Phillips has joined the small group of Northwest drifters that we sponsor and support in their drifting careers.  

Mike Phillips Racing - LS1 240SX first time on dyno

Above: Mike Phillips' LS1 240 on the dyno.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Mar 7th, 2012 | Tuning

People often wonder if we can tune their car or what ems' do we tune.  So, this short blog post will go over some of your options.  

The tuning solutions for you will depend on what is available for your platform and what are your goals for your car.  No matter which 

The top option we recommend for some of our clients is a standalone engine management system.  Some standalone ems' that we tune are MoTeC, AEM, Pectel, ViPEC, and Haltech.  

MoTeC M800 in supercharged Ford Mustang.JPG

Above: MoTeC M800 in a supercharged Ford Mustang.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Feb 22nd, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno we have a 1982 Toyota Corolla.

1982 Toyota Corolla on the dyno

by Kyle Tomita on Sun, Feb 19th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno, we have a 2007 Mazdaspeed3.  It has a turbocharged 2.3L inline 4 under the hood.  The client brought his car down to get a tune using a Cobb AccessPort.  Before the tune, the Mazda was putting down 263whp and 289 ft-lbs of torque.  After the tune, the car made 279 whp and 307 ft-lbs of torque.

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Feb 18th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno we have a 2004 Nissan 350Z.

2004 Nissan 350Z on the dyno at PSI

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Feb 15th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On their first visit to PSI, Garage Autohero brought down a few cars to be tuned. One such car was this SR20 powered Nissan S13 240SX.

Garage Autohero - SR S14 on the dyno at PSI

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Feb 14th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

Recently a client brought in a 2010 Nissan 370Z convertible for an Invidia cat-back exhaust installation and tune.  After the exhaust was installed the car was strapped down on the dyno for Jason Oefelein to tune it using the UpRev Osiris tuning solution.  After the tune, the 370Z put down 303 whp and 251 ft-lbs of torque.  

Here is the video of the run:

Here is a link to the dyno archive record for this car.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Feb 13th, 2012 | Tuning

Ray and the guys from Garage Autohero came down last Saturday for a tuning session at PSI. They brought down a couple of cars that they recently finished up. A Nissan S13 powered by an SR20 and a Nissan 300ZX also powered by an SR20.

Garage Autohero - SR 300ZX at PSI

Above: Jason Oefelein and Rob Primo checking out the engine bay of the 300ZX.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Jan 31st, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno, we had a 1UZ powered Toyota Corona.

1UZFE.jpg

This Lexus V8 is not stock in this car but was swapped in from a more modern Lexus sedan.

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.

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