GrimmSpeed Press Release – 2015 WRX/STI License Plate Relocation Kit Available Now!

October 1st, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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Available immediately is the famous GrimmSpeed License Plate Relocation Kit with infinite adjustability for the 2015 Subaru WRX and STI! With a ton of feedback from product testers, we were able to create a kit that fits perfectly and offers adjustability based on customer preference. Some people like the plate to face straight ahead while others prefer that it sit closer to their bumper. With our kit, there is a wide range of possible installations so that you can experiment before selecting your favorite configuration!

QUICK SPECS:

  • Most adjustability of any kit available!
  • Mounts in OEM tow hook location for clean, easy installation
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout, for maximum durability and corrosion resistance
  • Ultra heavy-duty, black zinc coated, 12L14 steel shaft will not bind or break like lesser aluminum kits

For more information on this product, check out GrimmSpeed.

MBRP Press Release – New 2011–2014 Ford F-150 Raptor 6.2L 3.5″ Cat-Back Exhaust!

October 1st, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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New from MBRP is the S5243409 3-1/2″ Single Turn Down with Resonator, T409, cat back exhaust for 2011-2014 Ford F-150 Raptor 6.2L CC-SB / EC-SB.

MBRP’s XP Series is the performance exhaust of choice for the enthusiast who needs a system that can take anything that the road throws at it. This system’s rugged sixteen gauge T409 construction can be counted on to withstand everything from salt to rocks, tar to grime. We have had such success with this line that we back it with a Lifetime Warranty.

For more information on this product, check out MBRP.

K&N Press Release – Ford EcoBoost Powered Fiesta ST Turbo Makes More Power With K&N Air Intake System!

September 30th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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The Ford Fiesta has been in production since 1976 and is one of the best selling cars from the Ford Motor Company. The 2010 model year saw Ford release the sixth generation Ford Fiesta worldwide and was the first time since 1980 that the Fiesta has been sold in the United States. In 2013 Ford decided to add some life to the party with the EcoBoost 1.6-liter turbo powered Fiesta ST making its debut for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST EcoBoost features overboost allowing the 1.6L turbocharged engine to make a claimed 197 horsepower when using premium unleaded fuel.

A sub-compact car, like the 2014 Ford Fiesta, with 197 horsepower may seem like overkill, however the electronic traction, and stability control combined with race inspired suspension make this a fun car to drive. In fact, many owners are searching for a Ford Fiesta ST cold air intake to increase power. If you’re that owner, look no further than K&N’s 63-2587 Performance Air Intake System. The 63-2587 Ford Fiesta ST air intake is expert-engineered and guaranteed to increase horsepower and torque. It replaces the restrictive factory system with a free-flowing, high-density polyethylene air intake tube to help minimize restriction, straighten, and increase airflow to the engine. More air means more usable power throughout the engine’s RPM range.

K&N RU-4960 reusable air filter is fitted to the inlet of the K&N roto-molded air intake tube to provide excellent airflow rates as well as outstanding engine protection. The filter is washable and reusable and can go up to 100,000 miles between cleanings, depending on driving conditions. K&N air intake 63-2587 for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST incorporates a heat shield which helps to deflect engine heat away from incoming air. To help direct relatively cold air toward the auto air filter the factory cold air inlet is incorporated into the design of 63-2587 for the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST EcoBoost.

The K&N 63-2587 Performance Air Intake System produces notable horsepower and torque increases worthy of the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engine. On the dyno, when installed on a 2014 Ford Fiesta ST 1.6L, the K&N 63-2587 Performance Air Intake System produced an estimated additional 7.21 horsepower at 5210 rpm and an impressive 10.07 pound-feet of torque at 3959 rpm. K&N is adamant about providing real world power gains and an explanation of how we perform dyno testing. Additional testing was performed to determine if replacing the turbo charge pipe was necessary for power gains. Replacing this additional section of the air intake tube did not result in increased performance, and made installation much more difficult than necessary.

The 63-2587 performance air intake system is an easy to install performance upgrade that can be installed in about 90 minutes or less using basic hand tools, and by following K&N’s simple step-by-step instructions. It maintains all necessary factory connections, including the factory crankcase breather clips, and does not require any additional modifications, like a tune, to be made to the vehicle. K&N backs their air intake systems with the famous K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty so owners can rest assured that their intake system can stand up to the test of time.

For more information on this product, check out K&N.

Skunk2 Press Release – Underdogs: R18 Camshafts and Return Of the Single Slammer!

September 29th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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Gain an extra 10+ hp with Skunk2’s Tuner Series Stage II Camshaft for the Honda R18, our premier line of high-performance camshafts for Honda’s R18A1 engines. Tuner Series Stage II Camshafts are designed to optimize horsepower and torque on mildly modified engines and are the result of Skunk2’s years’ worth of drag racing and road racing efforts. No other line of high-performance camshafts even comes close to Skunk2’s Tuner Series.

Skunk2 camshafts deliver unparalleled power as a result of continual, extensive development and testing. By utilizing advanced manufacturing techniques and the latest computerized simulation and modeling equipment, Skunk2 camshafts are able to deliver maximum power across the entire powerband. Skunk2 designs and tests all of its camshafts in-house to ensure the highest quality and performance. Each camshaft is new, not regrind, and manufactured from high-strength, hollow, iron-alloy cores featuring cutting-edge profiles. All Skunk2 camshafts are ground to exact specifications using state-of-the-art CNC cam grinding machines equipped with cubic-boron grinding wheels and feature hardened, wear-resistant lobes and surfaces.

Skunk2’s Tuner Series Camshafts for R18A1-based engines feature Fast Ramp and AMAX profile technology, which increases overall performance and results in unmatched response from idle to redline. AMAX technology simply maximizes the area under the lift curve but without compromising reliability or valvetrain stability. Skunk2’s profiles feature more duration than competitors’ at lifts above 1mm, resulting in greater efficiency and more power. And thanks to Fast Ramp, the same technology used in Formula One racing, seat timing is reduced, which results in additional cylinder pressure and more torque but without compromising valvetrain longevity. The Stage II R18A1 camshafts utilize the stock VTEC economy lobe. This mean you do not sacrifice MPG while cruising, your MPG will remain the same under cruse loads. The Stage II cam also provides more lift and duration, and is a drop in cam that requires no spring or retainer upgrade. To extract the utmost power a tuning device such as Hondata would be required.

For more information on this product, check out Skunk2.

GFB Press Release – SV50 High Flow Blow Off Valve

September 26th, 2014 by Matt Gold

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The only BOV rated at over 300psi
(That’s more boost than 13 stock Mitsubishi Evo Xs combined!)

GFB’s New SV50; the highest flowing blow-off valve in the GFB range, capable of supporting IMMENSE horsepower!

What makes the SV50 stand out from the crowd?
Take note, diesel guys – the SV50 has the strength to withstand over 300psi without breaking a sweat! Try doing this with a diaphragm-type BOV!

The SV50’s single-piece billet monoblock body design eliminates the need for fasteners and a separate cap, making it stronger and more compact.

The one-piece brass piston does not use a diaphragm. This ensures strength and reliability for the life of the valve.

Adjustability – other brands require you to pay extra for different springs to set the valve up to the engine’s idle vacuum. The SV50 can be used on applications with manifold vacuum ranging from 5-22”Hg (2.5-11psi vacuum).

New High flowing valve able to withstand immense pressures
Suits all High Powered Turbo or Supercharged Engines

The SV50 uses a v-band mounting system that is compatible with existing common v-band flanges. The billet hinged clamp design is both easier to use and stronger than other flexible band-clamp designs on the market.

Why do we use a one-piece brass piston instead of a diaphragm like other brands?

For good reason – good quality diaphragms are typically constructed from silicone and reinforced with a nomex cloth, and are usually a“rolling” design that allows relatively long piston strokes.

However, this design has its limitations. The most significant being they are only designed to have pressure applied to one side, which is the underside. The nomex reinforcing is on the top of the diaphragm, so that the silicone is blown INTO the cloth. Applying pressure to the cloth side can result in the silicone material de-laminating from the cloth. Secondly, applying pressure to the wrong side of a rolling diaphragm causes the bellow section to collapse on itself. This creases the nomex reinforcing, and also causes friction and wear as the piston starts to move when the pressure changes to vacuum.

BOVs must deal with both pressure and vacuum, combined with the fact that competitors’ products use wastegate diaphragms constructed the wrong way around for use in a BOV, meaning a diaphragm is not the ideal solution.

By using a robust and proven piston design, and carefully machined to close tolerances, the SV50 eliminates the diaphragm and the problems associated with them when used in a BOV. This is how the SV50 can be made to withstand such high boost pressures.

The SV50 comes with two springs and an adjustment screw, with which you can set the SV50 up for idle vacuum ranges from 5-22”Hg (2.5-11psi vacuum). This range covers anything from superchargers or all-out race cars, all the way to street driven cars with stock cams and high idle vacuum.

Other brands rely on swapping springs to set the valve up to the engine’s idle vacuum. Springs that you have to pay extra for.

The SV50’s v-band clamp is machined from billet, but that’s not the unique feature. Competitors’ one-piece designs rely on bending the clamp material to open up the clamp, with difficulty. Repeated bending will also cause the material to fracture. GFB’s 2-piece hinged design solves this problem by opening wide for easy installation and lasting longer than other designs.

aFe Power Press Release – New BladeRunner Street Series Turbocharger for 2003-2007 Dodge Diesel Trucks L6-5.9L (td)!

September 26th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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aFe Power is proud to introduce the all new BladeRunner turbocharger for the 2003 to 2007 Dodge Diesel Trucks with the L6-5.9L turbo diesel engine. The Street Series BladeRunner turbocharger is a brand new stock replacement unit with no core charge and comes with a 2-year warranty. This is a direct bolt-on replacement with all connections to the vehicle compatible with the OE geometry for a quick hassle-free installation. In testing this BladeRunner turbocharger produced a max gain of +10 horsepower and +28 lbs. x ft. of torque confirmed by our in house dyno. This turbo features a wastegate actuator that is mounted to the integrated cast bracket and comes preset to factory settings. An optional replacement turbine exhaust outlet is also available. Additional fueling is not required for improved performance over OE, but maximum gains are achieved from fuel system upgrades, either electronic or mechanical. Order Now! Turbocharger (P/N: 46-60050) or Replacement Turbine Exhaust Elbow (P/N: 46-60057)

For more information on these products, check out aFe Power.

Mishimoto Press Release – New 2-Port and 3-Port Compact Baffled Oil Catch Cans Now Available!

September 25th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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Mishimoto is proud to announce the release of our Compact Baffled Oil Catch Can, available in a three-port catch can or two-port catch can option. With years of oil catch can research and development time, Mishimoto has created the most effective compact oil catch can on the market. The Mishimoto Compact Baffled Oil Catch Can was designed to separate oil particles from the PCV/CCV air that would normally have just been routed back to your intake. The internal air diverter turbulates the air longer and ensures all the oil sinks to the bottom of the can, leaving nothing but clean air to pass through the 50 micron bronze filter to the intake. An internal baffle keeps the collected oil from splashing around under race conditions. This oil catch can features three ports, two inlets and one outlet, for easy installation on CCV and PCV systems.

The 100% billet, 6061 aluminum can features 3/8” NPT threads at the inlet, outlet, and drain area and includes three black nylon fittings to make installation effortless. For maximum fitment options, the top mounting setup allows the can to be mounted from multiple angles. To make maintenance easy, the drain plug can be removed to allow for a return to the oil pan. The can is also 100% washable, unlike many other cans that require you to replace your filtration system.

For more information on this product, check out Mishimoto.

APEXi Press Release – New N1 Damper ExV for 08-14 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X!

September 25th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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New from APEXi is the N1 Damper ExV for the 2008-14 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X!

APEX Integration Exclusive Design

  • Compression and Spring rates specially matched for US road conditions
  • Ride settings calibrated for excellent ride quality and sports driving
  • Incorporates the same N1 Damper Series high precision valve and piston for accurate settings
  • The Quick Adjuster allows for easy compression ratio (ride) adjustments
  • Strut types incorporates a pillow upper mount with camber adjustments
  • Other types utilize a rubber upper mount to eliminate noise and preserve ride quality
  • Includes dust boot to prevent oil leaks
  • Includes spring seats to minimize noise

Product Features

  • Full Coil Over Threaded Base
  • Monotube Shock Absorber utilizing a 44mm diameter piston
  • 32 way ride adjustment
  • 62 mm direct wound spring
  • 22mm Strut type rod (All others use a 12.5 mm rod)
  • Quick Adjuster, Coil Over Adjustment Wrench included
  • Aluminum Brackets (Strut utilizes steel brackets)
  • One Year Warranty for (Oil, Gas)

For more information on this product, check out APEXi.

APR Performance Press Release – New 2011-14 Subaru WRX / STI Brake Cooling Ducts!

September 24th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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The APR Brake Cooling Ducts for 2011-14 Subaru Impreza WRX/STI are aerodynamically-optimized to “funnel in” massive amounts of air. Also known as the venturi effect, when the vehicle speed increases, this funneled-in air increases in both pressure and velocity as it passes from the larger frontal area into the smaller pipe section of the brake duct. When matched with appropriate high-temperature air duct hoses (not included – purchase hoses from your favorite racing-supply shop), the APR Brake Cooling Ducts will help to channel in large volumes of fresh air to help cool down red-hot brake rotors lap after lap on the track.

For more information on this product, check out APR Performance.

AEM Press Release – Huge Power Increase for 2015 Subaru WRX STi 2.5L H4 Turbo with AEM Cold Air Intake!

September 24th, 2014 by Ernest Lo

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Subaru has given its flagship model, the WRX STi, a near complete redesign for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Subaru WRX STi, can’t be called all new because one thing hasn’t changed, namely the EJ257 intercooled and turbocharged 2.5L H4 boxer engine. Some critics are disappointed that the base model WRX would receive the cutting edge 2.0L FA20DIT engine, while the 2015 WRX STi would carry over the same engine from the 2014 model year.

For those critics Masuo Takatsu, program manager for both the base WRX and upgraded WRX STi, had this to say “I felt the STI’s weaker area was the handling side. If we didn’t have the chassis, why add more power to overwhelm it? Also, this EJ engine has proved itself in competition. It’s an engine we confidently bring to the track. The new FA-series in the WRX has not been proven in motorsports. Plus, we knew the aftermarket could supply more power to those STi owners who demanded it.”

Advanced Engine Management (AEM) has done exactly what Masuo Takatsu predicted would be accomplished in the aftermarket with the AEM cold air intake system for the 2015 Subaru WRX STi. AEM has a solid reputation for making Subaru WRX intake systems as the AEM cold air intake for the previous generation Subaru WRX STi made impressive power gains. AEM intakes has once again stepped up to the plate with cold air intake (CAI), number 21-735WR, and produced an amazing estimated 32 horsepower maximum increase at the wheels of an otherwise stock 2015 Subaru WRX STi. Dyno testing on the 21-735WR cold air intake was performed to back our substantial claims of increased horsepower. AEM dyno tests prove that CAI, number 21-735WR, produced an estimated maximum gain of 32 horsepower @ 5400 RPM and an estimated increased in torque of 31 ft-lbs @ 5400 RPM.

The AEM cold air intake for the 2015 Subaru WRX STi positions the AEM Dryflow Air Filter in a location near the front of the car to help pull fresh air from outside the engine compartment. Bringing in cooler outside air can result in more power. The AEM synthetic Dryflow air filter is designed for low restriction without compromising engine protection. The 21-735WR 2015 Subaru WRX STi cold air intake Dryflow filter is washable and reusable. An AEM dry filter uses a synthetic filter media and does not require oil allowing for quick, easy cleaning. An application specific powdercoated aluminum heat shield is included in the AEM CAI for the 2015 STi to help prevent engine heat from increasing the inlet air temperature. “Excellent air inlet temperature management ensures consistent and reliable power,” says product engineer John Concialdi.

A mandrel bent aluminum air intake tube is utilized to direct cool intake air smoothly from the AEM Dryflow filter and into the turbocharger. This aluminum intake tube is protected by a wrinkle-red powdercoat finish to ensure the AEM cold air intake will look just as good as it performs. The wrinkle-red powercoat finish was chosen in order to match original equipment parts visible under the hood of 2015 Subaru WRX STi models. The entire AEM cold air intake, as well as the AEM Dryflow air filter is backed by the AEM limited lifetime warranty.

The 21-735WR cold air intake system is a perfect upgrade for any 2015 Subaru WRX STi enthusiast looking to add more power and better performance to their Mustang or Camaro beating import car.

For more information on this product, check out AEM.

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