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by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 31st, 2011 | Client Vehicles, John Reed Racing, On The Dyno, Tuning

A client of ours brought in his 2007 Ford Mustang with a supercharger.  It has a Vortech Supercharger, Ford Racing intake manifold, and Ford Racing Large Throttlebody.  The Mustang's engine management solution was not adequate enough for this application.  The limitations were not allowing for the amount of control necessary to get the most out of the car in both performance and drivability aspects. 

Ford Mustang on dyno at PSI

We suggested that the client try an alternative form of engine management solution.  Because of PSI's close association with John Reed Racing, a MoTeC solution was at the top of the list on possible solutions.  The client went for it and ordered a MoTeC M800. 

Custom mount for MoTeC M800

A MoTeC M800 was never used for this application before.  Like many of our other projects, we try to push the limits and do things others have not.  John Reed worked closely with MoTeC to figure out how to control every aspect of the engine. 

John Reed tuning a Mustang with MoTeC

While John was working on the tuning side of this project, Alex Laventure began to design some mounting solutions for the MoTeC M800 and various sensors that needed to be installed.  The M800 allows the use of several other sensors to closely monitor the engine. 

Bosch sensors hooked up to a MoTeC to monitor this supercharged v8

Check back for more updates with this MoTeC build and also a G37s build.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Mar 29th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Tuning

It is quickly approaching that time of year, summer. It is almost April and the weather is starting to get better and motorsport events are starting up. Evergreen Drift is starting to hold open drift events and the Formula D Pro-Am series will be starting shortly.

Formula D Throwdown & Pro-Am Practice 16

Above: Professional drifters at a Formula D event at Evergreen Speedway.

We are getting one of our client's drift car ready for the season.  He will be competing in the Evergreen Drift Pro-Am series. 

Andrew Coomes' Rocket Bunny LS Powered S13 1

During the off-season, his LS2 was gone over completely and got a dry sump oiling system.  It is coming together and will be ready for a few practice session before the competition begins. 

Other events like rallycross and PIR track events are starting up too, which means it is time that people are getting out their cars from winter storage.  It is also the time when people are preparing their track cars for a fun season. 

Lotus Track day at PIR 006

Above: Lotus track day at PIR.

Another one of our clients is doing exactly that.  He is getting his turbo Mazda Miata ready for some track usage this season. 

Turbo Mazda Miata on the dyno at PSI for tuning

A part of any good preparation for the season is to check the tune and get it retuned if necessary.  During the off-season, our client got some parts upgraded and so a proper tune was in order.  Jason Oefelein tuned this turboMiata with an AEM EMS.  An AEM is a popular choice for engine management because of the cost and functionality.  As with other standalone systems, the AEM gives Jason more control of the engine to get the most power and the best powerband for the particular type of racing. 

Jason Oefelein tuning a turbo Mazda Miata

Here is a video of the turbo Miata on the dyno after a tune.

1993 Turbo Mazda Miata on dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Mar 28th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, On The Dyno, Tuning

A client recently brought in his 1965 Chevy Malibu SS for a power steering conversion and carb tuning. 

1965 Chevy Malibu SS on the dyno at PSI

The owner recently purchased this restored Malibu and wanted power steering so it would be easier to drive. 

Above: A photo of the engine after the power steering pump and power steering box were installed. 

65 Chevy Malibu SS on lift at PSI

A Technician installed a Holley 570cfm Street Avenger Carb onto the 283 Chevy small block. 

Russ adjusting the timing on a 65 Malibu SS

Above: Adjusting the timing.

Here is the video,

1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS on dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Mar 25th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, General

Over the past year, we have been using different intro videos for our dyno runs, which can be found on both Vimeo and YouTube.  Since the intros were getting so much attention, it was about time we focused on the outro.  We finally made a new and here it is:

Nissan GT-R with PSI Fuel System on dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

It is at the end of this new video of a Nissan GT-R on our dyno.  This GT-R has been on our dyno several times before.  It just got a PSI custom fuel system and tune by Jason Oefelein using the Cobb AccessTuner Pro.

The custom fuel system features components from Radium Engineering.  Their Fuel Surge Tank with single Bosch pump and a Fuel Pressure Regulator were used.

Hope you enjoyed that video, there will be many more in the future with new intros and outros.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 24th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication

Like many parts of this project, the exhaust needed to be a custom fabricated unit because of the space limitations.  Under the car is TCI's rear torque arm suspension.  This suspension prevents binding under corner and allows for a lower ride.  However, this new setup poses an issue for the exhaust system. 

Above is a shot of the underside of the car. 

Alex Laventure needed to fabricate the exhaust system so that it weaves around the suspension setup and other components. 

The exhaust bolts up to the custom made headers Alex fabricated previously. 

The exhaust runs toward the rear and goes up and over the rear torque suspension setup.

The exhaust ends with a Magnaflow muffler. 

The Frankenstang project is progressing well.  The transmission was also installed.  The car should be ready to start up soon.  Check back for updates.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011 | General

After a long few days, we finally have all our dyno videos that were on Vimeo also available on YouTube.  There are over 180 videos available.  Check them out at, http://www.youtube.com/user/tunedbypsi.  And don't forget to bring your cars down to PSI and run it on the dyno.  We definitely like to see new and powerful cars.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Mar 22nd, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication, Motorsports

For the upcoming season, AJC's LS2 powered 240, dubbed the LS240, will be converting over to a dry sump setup. 

Above: The oil tank for the dry sump system.

Above: Oil pump for the dry sump system.

Since the LS2 was out for the off-season being rebuilt, it was a perfect time to perform this upgrade, along with many others.

Above: LS2 being assembled. 

As this is being written, Andrew's car is being worked on in preparation for the upcoming Evergreen Drift series.  The car is quickly going back together as the first event date draws near. 

Also the exterior of his car will be changed for the upcoming season.  Check back here for more updates on the progress as AJC's drift car takes shape once again.

Photographs for this blog were provided by Ryan Davis, of YAER Productions.  Ryan is a fixture around drifting, check out his videos on vimeo.  Thanks again Ryan for the contribution.

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Mar 19th, 2011 | General

The World Team Battle is the ultimate world cup of automotive design, where artists from countries all around the world come together in teams and go to battle for their country in the arena of virtual tuning, at Autemo.com.  PSI did not enter this competition but a photo of their dyno room was used by one of the competitors.

Team Poland 1 decided to place the Mitsubishi Evolution X, the car chosen for round 1, on the Dynojet dyno at PSI.

Here is the photo they started with.

They then virtually modified it and placed it on the dyno.  Here is the result.

That Evo looks really good on the dyno.

Here is also a video of Round 1.

The Evo in PSI's dyno is about 2:52 into the video.  Thanks Team Poland 1 for showing off PSI's dyno in Round 1.  We look forward to seeing the rest of the World Team Battle.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 17th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Fabrication

The prototype custom fuel system designed by PSI for the GT-R has been completed. 

Here is a photo of the engine bay of the GT-R.

Nissan GT-R with PSI Fuel System

For reference, here is the engine bay of another GT-R with a stock fuel system. 

Nissan GT-R with stock fuel system

Their is not a lot of noticable differences between the two engine bays at least in terms of the fuel system.  Minimum exterior changes were the goal for this custom fuel system.  We wanted to offer an upgraded fuel system without it sticking out.  Luckily, most of the components of the fuel system are hidden. 

The fuel system upgrades include larger 1000cc injectors from Injector Dynamics, a Radium Engineering fuel surge tank and fuel pressure regulator, and Russel fittings and line. 

Radium Engineering FST on Nissan GT-R

This particular Radium fuel surge tank houses a single Bosch fuel pump.  This upgraded fuel pump will provide enough fuel for the larger 1000cc injectors. 

Whenever installing new components to a car, finding a suitable location for the component can be difficult.  Sometimes the best spot available may be near other components such as the exhaust system, which is common for under car locations. 

In this case, the fuel surge tank was mounted in a location that we felt a heat shield was a necessity.  Alex Laventure fabricated a heat shield that would protect the fuel lines from residual heat from the exhaust. 

Radium Engineering FPR on Nissan GT-R

The fuel pressure regulator is one of the only components easily noticed under the hood.  The fuel pressure regulator has a gauge on it to provide the tuner with more information.   It is used to help with checking on the system to ensure that enough fuel pressure is maintained. 

After the system was installed, it was time to tune the GT-R.  With all major changes to a vehicle, a new tune is necessary. 

Jason Oefelein tuning a Nissan GT-R

Jason Oefelein is using a Cobb AccessTuner Pro to tune the GT-R for the upgraded fuel system.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Mar 15th, 2011 | Client Vehicles

GT-R's meet at PSI 006

Work continues on the two Nissan GT-R's that are currently at PSI.

GT-R's at PSI

The white one is waiting for its upgraded transmission to arrive from ShepTrans.

Removal of GT-R transmission

Above: They were removing the transmission and rear subframe so that the transmission could be sent out to ShepTrans.

The new rebuilt transmission will be able to easily handle much more power than the stock transmission. With the future upgrade plans and the owner's driving style, this strengthened transmission offers reassurance that the the transmission will last.

While the GT-R was at PSI waiting for the transmission, the team at PSI worked on other aspects of the car.

2010 Nissan GT-R interior - rear

The backseat area was removed to allow for the installation of some lowering springs to give this GT-R a more aggressive look.

Under the hood, a Cobb Tuning intake system and a pair for HKS blow off valves were installed.

GT-R with Cobb Intake System

The VR38DETT with Cobb Tuning intake system and HKS blow off valves.

Both GT-R's received a pair of Forge Motorsports wastegate actuators.

Nissan GT-R wastegate actuators (Forge Motorsports and OEM)

Above: The Forge Motorsports wastegate actuator on the left with the OEM one on the right.

The other GT-R is the testbed for the PSI custom fuel system. This fuel system will feature larger 1000cc injectors, Radium Engineering Fuel Surge Tank, Radium Fuel Pressure Regulator, upgraded fuel pumps, a large plethora of Russel fittings and hoses, and a few other components. The goal is to provide a better fuel system solution for high horsepower GT-R's.

PSI Custom GT-R fuel system development

Above: Planning the path of fuel lines and the placement of the fuel pressure regulator.

Check back here for more progress on these GT-R's and the other cars at PSI.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Mar 14th, 2011 | General

Another busy day at PSI

Above: A snapshot of the shop. 

We have been kept very busy with several different projects.  This blog will be a brief overview of the various projects going on here at PSI.  In the next week or two, we will be going over many of these projects as they progress. 

Let's start with the two Nissan GT-R's. 

Above: Nissan GT-R being worked on.

The silver GT-R in the front will be receiving a custom PSI fuel system, which will utilize Radium Engineering Fuel Surge Tank and Fuel Pressure Regulator and Injector Dynamics Fuel Injectors.  The stock fuel system is being disassembled. 

The white GT-R recently had Forge Motorsport's wastegate actuators installed.  It is currently being prepared for the transmission to be reinstalled.  The transmission was sent out to Shep Trans to be upgraded. 

This Toyota Supra was recently tuned by Jason Oefelein.  It runs on an AEM EMS.  An upgraded fuel system is being installed to ensure the 2JZ always has enough fuel.  A pair of Bosch 044 fuel pumps will be replacing the current ones. 

We are keeping Alex Laventure busy also with another custom exhaust system.  Last week we had him fabricating an exhaust system for a sixties Mustang with a big block and this week it is a Dodge Charger with a modern hemi. 

The LS2 for AJC's drift 240 has come back from the machine shop.  Russ Weimer is building the LS2 and will be installing it soon.  AJC's next upcoming event will be an Open Drift event at Evergreen Speedway, in Monroe, WA.  This LS2 will be oiled by a dry sump oiling system similar to those found on the LS7 in the Z06. 

This was just a brief overview of what has been going on at PSI.  Check back here for more updates on these and upcoming projects.  Also check out http://dyno.tunedbypsi.com to see what vehicles have been on our Dynojet dyno recently.

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

Radium Engineering Fuel Surge Tank

Recently, Radium Engineering has released their fuel surge tank for various applications.  As the exclusive northwest distributor and installer for Radium Engineering products, we are excited for the release of these Fuel Surge Tank solutions.  Radium Engineering is known for their innovative solutions for the Lotus platform, including their turbo kits.  They also offer products with universal applications, like these Fuel Surge Tanks and oil catch cans.

These fuel surge tanks have been in development for the past year.  These products provide a fuel starvation solution and upgraded fueling capability in an attractive and functional package. Like all Radium products, the FST was throughly tested in controlled environments to ensure quality and functionality.  The FST was shown to have the additional benefit of lowering the temperatures of the fuel pump, when the fuel pump is installed within the FST.

The FST's come in various levels depending on the application.  They offer solutions for 600 hp to 1400 hp applications. The utilize both Walboro and Bosch fuel pumps in their different setups.

Above: Single Walboro fuel pump setup.

Above: Twin Bosch fuel pump setup.

Above: Universal Fuel Pressure Regulator

We will be using these Fuel Surge Tanks and other Radium Engineering universal components to create custom fuel system solutions for various other platforms.  One such platform will be the Nissan GT-R.  Our goal is to create a less invasive fuel system for the GT-R platform.  The fuel system will be able to provide the VR38DETT with more than enough fuel for this high horsepower application.

GT-R's meet at PSI 010

PSI has collaborated with Radium Engineering on some of the prototyping, design, and testing elements of this product and others.  Because of this involvement with Radium, PSI is proud to offer their products to their clients.  Please feel free to contact PSI with any inquiries about Radium Engineering products, we would be glad to talk to you about them.

Radium Engineering Turbo Lotus Elise on dyno at PSI

Radium Engineering's Lotus Elise on our dyno during the development of their turbo kit.

Lotus Track day at PIR 001

PSI offers assistance whenever they can, like helping out in the pits at Portland International Raceway.

Check back here for an update when the FST is installed in the GT-R and future product releases from Radium Engineering.  Also check out Radium Engineering's write-up on their blog about the FST, http://radiumauto.com/blog-page.php?Radium-Fuel-Surge-Tanks-are-Alive-27.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Mar 9th, 2011 | Client Vehicles

Our blog has been lacking for awhile, not because we have not been busy but for the exact opposite reason.  We have been very busy with builds and IAP.  The Institite of Automotive Performance, http://iapedu.com, will be having their first course starting April 9th.  We have spent a lot of time preparing for that and their Open House last week Thursday.

We also have been working on some new things for our dyno videos.  We create a dyno video for each client's vehicle that has been on our dyno and we have that video available for viewing on our Vimeo account and at http://dyno.tunedbypsi.com.  We have been using the same few intros for awhile now and we wanted to change things up.  Here is our newest intro with a video of a client's Toyota Supra.

The Supra runs on AEM EMS and was tuned by Jason Oefelein.

Here is the video, enjoy.

Single Turbo Toyota Supra on the dyno at PSI from Portland Speed Industries on Vimeo.

Check back here for more updates.  We have a lot of things in store for the upcoming summer season.  Look out for details about our Summer Cruise-In.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Mar 4th, 2011 | Events and Shows, Institute of Automotive Performance

Last evening, the Institute of Automotive Performance had their first open house event.

IAP Open House 1

The inaugural event was a big success.  There were over 30 people in attendance.

IAP Open House 4

Before and After the presentation, the attendees were able to walk around and talk with some of PSI's staff.

IAP Open House 3

Talking with some attendees.

IAP Open House 7

John Reed talking with an attendee.

Jason Oefelein started out by talking about the high performance automotive industry.  He discussed the different courses offered at IAP and how they will prepare students for the automotive industry.

IAP Open House 5

John Reed continued by expanding on the tuning aspect of the automotive industry.

IAP Open House 6

After they concluded their presentation, the attendees were given a tour of PSI's facilities.

IAP Open House 8

Jason lead the tour by first going to the fab shop.  He and Alex talked to them briefly about fabrication and its part in the industry.  Erick's Continental was included in the discussion as it sits in the fab shop as a work in progress.

IAP Open House 9

Next, they headed over to Russ' area to learn about the electrical side of the industry.  Russ showed them an custom wiring harness and engine and transmission control box.  This system is going into a Toyota Supra.

IAP Open House 11

The tour ended in the dyno room where John Reed was tuning a client's Toyota Supra. v IAP Open House 10

The attendees got to briefly see what is involved in tuning a car.  As John was tuning, Jason was describing to the attendees what John was doing.

The event was a big success and very informative for all the attendees.  The upcoming generation of tuners and technicians looks promising.  We hope to see many of the attendees at our IAP's first class, Intro to Tuning Basics, on April 9th.  For more information, go to IAP's website at http://iapedu.com.

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