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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.

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Above: Precision PT5557 Turbo

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

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Alex welding the piping.

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

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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 Thu, Dec 29th, 2011 | Motorsports

During this winter off-season, we are not going to be sitting around and waiting for 2012 but help improve AJC's program.

AJC Drift - Meeting to prep for Formula Drift Season 2012

Above: Jason Oefelein meets with Andrew Coomes and his father to discuss the plans for the 2012 season.

The 2012 season will be Andrew's rookie year in the Formula Drift Series. With stepping up to the next level of drifting, we want to ensure his car improves as he does.

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Above: AJC's PSI built 6.6L LS2 powered Rocket Bunny S13.

Along with the off season run thru of the motor, we will work on extracting more power from the LS2. The increased power will help Andrew keep pace with the more powerful cars of many of the Formula D drivers.

AJC & PSI - off-season going thru engine

Above: Inspecting the LS2.

We will also be using this time to improve upon the current suspension setup and use it to develop new parts. We have a good amount of work to do before the start of next season. Check back here for more updates.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 28th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

On The Dyno, we have a custom Bronco Rock Crawler. It was recently here for a tune by Jason Oefelein before being taken to the King of the Hill competition. This custom tube chassis crawler features a front headlight cluster from an old Bronco and a Ford power plant.

Ford Racing Engine - Rock Crawler

Above: This Bronco rock crawler is powered by a 351 Ford V8 stroked to 408.

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This setup produced 262 whp and 310 ft-lbs of torque (numbers are skewed because of 5.13 rear gears).

Here is the video:

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Dec 27th, 2011 | On The Dyno

On the dyno, we had this 2004 Subaru Legacy. It had come into the shop for a new Exedy clutch, custom down pipe, and a tune with a Cobb AccessPort. After the installation, it was time to go on the dyno for tuning.

2004 Subaru Legacy on the dyno at PSI

After the tune, this setup produces 253 whp and 325 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the video:

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Dec 26th, 2011 | On The Dyno

On the dyno we had a 1971 Datsun 510.

S15 SR powered Datsun 510 on the dyno at PSI 002

This is a very clean example. It sits on a set of Volk Racing TE37's and stops by way of Stoptech brakes.

A SR20 with a stock turbo from a Nissan Silvia S15 powers this 510. It features a Tomei stage 1 tune.

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This setup produces 224 whp and 221 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the video:

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Dec 24th, 2011 | PSI Projects

Loren Haletston, of LorenInHD, recently came down to the shop to do some test shots for a future shoot. Jason Oefelein and Loren were throwing around some ideas and Loren wanted to test some of them out with the Skyline.

Behind the Scenes - LorenInHD - Skyline Test 002

Loren has filmed and edited some great stuff for us in the past and we can't wait to do the full shoot with him.

Here is the test video footage he shot:

In case you wanted to see more of Loren's work or the Skyline, here is a video from an event we held at Packwood.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 23rd, 2011 | On The Dyno

On the dyno we have a 1967 Chevelle SS with a 502 crate motor.

1967 Chevy Chevelle SS 502 on the dyno at PSI

It produces 275 whp and 381 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the video:

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011 | General

From all of us at PSI, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays.

It has been really cold for the last few days but there has not been any snow. Last night, the temperatures got below freezing and still no snow. We decided to take matters into our own hands.

Snow at PSI Dec 22 2011

Above: A light layer of snow covers the ground.

Cold morning at PSI

Above: Icicles covered the railing.

Snow at PSI Dec 22 2011 - 2

Above: The snow reached a few inches thick in some areas.

We used a SG6 Xstream Snowmaker™ from Snow At Home. It is rated to produce 80 ft³/hr of snow. Check out their website for more information. Once the weather gets colder, we plan to make more snow.

It just feels more like the holidays to us now. Hope everyone is having a fun and safe holiday season.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 21st, 2011 | General

It is more than halfway through December and the weather has been really good for this time of the year. It has been very cold, but the sun still comes out. We have yet to see snow this season and that is good for Corvettes.

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Above: From left to right: Supercharged Corvette, Grand Sport Corvette, and Supercharged Z06.

The Corvette is an iconic American muscle car that has been a very popular platform. Their current LS power plants are also very popular and have been swapped into many different platforms.

Andrew Coomes' White Rabbit 3

Above: Andrew Coomes' PSI built Rocket Bunny S13 features a 6.6L LS2.

We are currently working on a project with the Corvette Grand Sport that promises to impress. The specifics are still under wraps but forced induction is in its future.

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Above: The LS3 in its stock form. It will not be like this for long.

Another upcoming project will be an LS1 swap into a FC RX-7. One of your guys, Kyle, recently picked up an FC and will be swapping in an LS1.

Check back here as we will be covering both of these projects.

Here are a few more shots of the trio of Corvettes.

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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 Tue, Dec 20th, 2011 | On The Dyno

Swapping an LS1 into a car has become very popular. Here is a 1986 Chevrolet Camaro with an LS1.

This setup makes 318 whp and 324 ft-lbs of torque.

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.

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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 16th, 2011 | On The Dyno, Tuning

This week on the dyno, we had a unique Datsun 510 wagon.  It is rare to see a 510 wagon but this one also has a swapped engine.

Datsun 510 Wagon on the dyno at PSI 2

Above: Datsun 510 wagon

2JZ in a Datsun 510

Above: 2JZ in the engine bay.

This Datsun 510 wagon is powered by a Toyota 2JZ. The client brought it down for Jason Oefelein to tune it.  A Haltech E11 controls this 2JZ.

Power is transferred through .

Tire on the dyno

Here is the video:

This current setup up makes 426 whp and 378 ft-lbs of torque.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 14th, 2011 | General, Suspension

We would like to offer Air Runner Systems to our clients who want a comfortable ride and extremely low when parked.

Here are a few examples from their website:

Above: 2007+ Lexus LS460

Above: 2002+ Infiniti Q45 2WD

Above: BMW 3 Series E90

Above: 2005+ Chrysler 300/300C

They have over 200 different applications for many different makes and models. They offer several different series depending on your specific needs. Contact us for more information and we will be glad to put together a solution for you.

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Above: Air Runner setup with AccuAir on a Lexus IS250 done by Revision Audio in Hawaii.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 14th, 2011 | General

Snow car

Temperatures have been dropping below freezing lately.  Are you letting your car sit outside or under a carport?  Don't do that to your car anymore.

Portland Speed Industries is offering secured indoor storage at our facility in Hillsboro, OR. Our indoor facility will protect your car from rain or snow.

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Above: Arial view of our facility in Hillsboro, OR.

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Being car guys, we have project cars and summer cruisers that we need to store. We wanted to give fellow enthusiasts the same options for indoor storage that we use. We will store your car as if is one of our own.

Please come down or give us a call for more information.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Dec 13th, 2011 | General

If you are like us, you dream about cars.  We often have our next car project designed in our heads but lack the artistic skill to draw them out.  Fortunately we work with a very talented artist named Todd Johnston, of Todd Design.

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Above: Todd at our Summer Cruise-In.

Todd puts your dream down on paper before the build even begins. Often times, new ideas are born from seeing your design on paper. Being able to see it on paper makes it one step closer to becoming a reality.

Here are few examples of his work:

Above: One of our client's bagged 1963 Lincoln Continental.

Above: Custom motorcycle.

Above: Custom roadster.

Above: '32 Ford Coupe powered by a turbocharged Subaru B9 Tribeca motor. This is an idea of Erick Sackhoff, owner of PSI. We will begin work on it once his custom '64 Lincoln Continental powered by a '03 Cobra Kenne Bell supercharged 4.6L V8 is done.

Above: A rendering of our Skyline.

Todd has rendered many more designs for our client's and ourselves. He also did renderings during the design process of our shop. If you want to see some of his work in person, come down and check it out. In both offices, we have a few of his renderings hanging on the walls.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Dec 12th, 2011 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

This past weekend, we went down to Pat's Acres Racing Complex to support two of our sponsored drivers, Andrew Coomes and Kyle Pollard.


Above: Andrew Coomes in his LS2 powered Rocket Bunny S13

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Above: Kyle Pollard in his Tomei 2.2L SR powered S13

Both drivers currently have their Formula Drift licenses. The 2011 season was Kyle Pollard's rookie year and he was only able to attend the last couple events. The 2012 season will be Andrew Coomes' rookie season after being rewarded his license after the Evergreen Pro-Am Championship this year.

Andrew Coomes' White Rabbit 1

Above: Andrew Coomes will be drifting his 6.6L LS2 powered PSI built Rocket Bunny S13 in the 2012 Formula D Season.

Here is a video that Loren Haleston, of LorenInHD, made this cool slo-mo video of Kyle Pollard drifting around PARC.

We will be posting up more coverage of the event as it becomes available online.

Andrew Coomes will be further preparing his car for the upcoming Formula Drift season. Kyle Pollard put the S13 into storage for the off season. We will be looking forward to continuing our support for both of these drivers and their two different S13's.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Dec 12th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Suspension

When modifying your daily driver, some concessions need to be made. There are luxuries that one comes to expect from a modern car. The Lexus IS250 has those comforts, which makes it the choice for one of our clients.

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Above: This is how the IS250 sits. It has been lowered and sits on a set of 19" SSR Vienna wheels.

This pearl IS250 came in to us in stock form. The client had a vision in mind for his car and we helped make that happen. Being his daily, he focused on a clean look.

We installed a set of BC coil overs, which lowered the car and got rid of the large wheel gaps. The coil overs offer better handling and make the car look good.

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Rolling around on stock wheels just would not look right, so we installed a set of 19" SSR Vienna wheels with Falken FK452 tires.

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A GReddy exhaust with Titanium tips was installed.

GReddy Exhaust - IS250 AWD

Above: GReddy exhaust system.

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Above: Titantium tip on the GReddy exhaust.

Here are a few more shots for you.

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Lexus IS250 AWD2

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These modifications come together and give this Lexus IS250 AWD a clean look that is perfect for a daily driver.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Dec 9th, 2011 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

This Saturday, Loki Motorsports is hosting an open drift event at Pat's Acres Racing Complex in Canby, OR.

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Above: Kyle Pollard, licensed Formula Drift driver speeding through PARC in his Tomei S13 at the November event.

We were well represented at PARC with the appearance by Kyle Pollard in his PSI livery Tomei 2.2L SR powered S13.

During the past few days, we have been busy getting Kyle's car and our other sponsored Formula D driver's car. That other driver is Andrew Coomes, who recently got his Formula D license from last years Evergreen ProAm series.

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Above: Andrew drifting his PSI built LS2 powered Rocket Bunny S13.

Andrew will be bringing down his LS2 powered Rocket Bunny S13 to take on PARC. This will be his first time drifting the track.

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Above: Rocket Bunny S13 on the four post getting prepped for PARC.

We will leave you with this video for the November event at PARC by Jared Cooper, of Hybrid Industries.

If you are in the area or just like drifting, come down to Pat's Acres to watch some great drifting.  We will be out there supporting our drivers and we hope you will be too.  See you there.

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 Thu, Dec 8th, 2011 | General

A website is your front door on the internet.  In today's society, a website is a must for any business.

Here is a link to ours in case you forgot.

We were fortunate that the great design team at Hybrid Industries created ours. The Adobe Flash site that they created gives our future client's the ability to take a virtual look at us and what we do.

We are continuously developing a new level of performance and now we want to improve our website. Once again, we are relying on the talented team at Hybrid Industries. They have already started on some new designs. We hope to have some rough layout and designs next week. Check back here for more updates on our website.

Recently, Hybrid Industries has been expanding into making videos. Check out this video Jared Cooper made at the last drift event at Pat's Acres Racing Complex. He got some great footage of Kyle Pollard's Tomei powered S13.

We look forward to increasing our internet presences and the new website will allow us to more toward that goal.  Check back for more info as the development progresses.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Dec 7th, 2011 | General

For some a job is just a job, but for us, it is what we enjoy.  We do this not because of the money but working on cars is what we like to do. Another group of people that share this same sentiment are photographers and videographers. The passion that they put toward their photos and videos is very impressive. We have been fortunate to work with many very artistic people and one of those people is Ryan Davis, of Yaer Productions.

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Above: Ryan Davis on his bike at Evergreen Speedway, in Monroe, WA.

Ryan has worked with us on many projects over the last few years.

Texas Mile October 2010 012

He made the trip down to the Texas Mile with us and here is a video he made:

Ryan Davis filming PSI built LS1 350Z 001

To help one of our client sell his PSI built LS1 powered Nissan 350Z, Ryan made us a great demo video.

Ryan not only makes awesome videos, here are some more by the way, he also takes great photos. Ryan recently teamed up with Connor Surdi, also part of Yaer Productions, to photograph the Skyline.

Here are some of those shots:

Skyline Natural Evening

Skyline Natural Roller

We have been returning the favor by helping him finish his 2JZ powered Lexus SC300.

Metal Box

Above: Alex fabricating custom overflow tanks for Ryan's car.

Ryan also has a passion for cars. He puts the same attention to detail in his car that he puts into his photos and videos.

Ryan Davis Does Everything

Above: Ryan working on his custom wiring harness.

Don't forget to check out some of the other work that he has done for us and others.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Dec 5th, 2011 | Tuning

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 on dyno

PSI is offering special tuning prices for the winter. The winter is often called the "off season" but here at PSI it is in the "on season" where we are working hard to get cars ready the next season. Unfortunately, too many people wait for the sun to start shining before they think about getting a car tuned. To help people get ready, we are offering discounted rates.

Power FC - any SR,RB tune D jet or L jet - 350.00* which includes dyno time. AEM EMS gen1 and gen 2 - any SR, KA-T, RB, VG - 550.00* which includes dyno time. Haltech- VQ - 550.00* which includes dyno time. Motec - call for special prices Apexi S_AFC or Neo - 200.00*

This will be for a limited time only --- Ending early February

* - Price is for one fuel type and doesn't include additional power adders like water/meth or NOS - additional charges will apply - Additionally car needs to be in good working order... No freebie diagnosis of mechanical or electrical issues. Bottom line ... make sure the car is ready to be tuned.

Jason Oefelein tuning a Nissan GT-R

Things I should check before scheduling an appointment.

Good spark plugs - Fresh Fuel - nothing over a few months old - hopefully 92 octane please. Good Tires - no bald or about ready to explode tires. Major oil leaks - I don't like fires!!! Boost leaks - Not so sweet for tuning MAF Fuel system - make sure your fuel system is capable of supporting the power you hope to produce. Fluids - Things work better with right amount oil and coolant.

finally realistic expectations for power and a safe tune ... a GT2871r will not make 900 whp even with a stroker motor

We look forward to seeing you guys.

2003 Evo VIII GSR on the dyno at PSI

Above: Fully built 4G63, which makes over 800awhp.

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Above: Kyle Pollard's Formula Drift Tomei 2.2L SR powered Nissan S13.

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.

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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 Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011 | On The Dyno

We had done a header install and a custom fabricated exhaust system for a client's Toyota Sequoia.  That Sequoia is now back on the dyno and ready to be tuned.

Supercharged Toyota Sequoia on the dyno at PSI

TRD Supercharged Sequoia

TRD supercharger.

It was tuned using UniChip.

After the modifications and tune, this Sequoia put down 476 whp and 474 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the video:

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