Up and Downgrade? – How Mods really affect your Ranger’s Performance

Keen-eyed readers might have noticed that our 2019 Ford Ranger has been going through some changes lately. It’s gotten a bit taller thanks to a 3.5” lift kit from BDS Suspension and a set of KMC wheels with Dick Cepek 33” Trail Country EXP tires. We’ve also added 3,150 lumens to the front end with a Baja Designs Squadron LED light kit. Less evident in photos are the performance upgrades we’ve made. Under the hood, the Ranger’s boost is controlled by a Turbosmart Kompact plumb back bypass valve, and under the dash, we’re squeezing all the power we … Continue Reading ››

We Rate The 4 Types of Intercooler End Tanks And Help You choose Which is best for you

So, you’re ready to pull the trigger and get an intercooler, but all of the options available are overwhelming. How do you choose? Looking at the end tanks of an intercooler can be a great place to start. Once you determine the type of end tank that fits your needs, you can narrow down the endless options making selection much more straightforward.

Airflow for the Masses – Performance Air Intake R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

The last few years have solidified Honda's turbo generation. Sure, there have been sprinklings in the past, but the 2016 Civic was a gateway to the flood of turboed Hondas, including the darling mid-sized sedan, the Accord. The 2.0T variant stole the show with boasting CTR-esque power in a big cushy sedan, but let's face it, as good as the 2.0T is, the 1.5T is going to be the Accord for the masses. Even with the smaller displacement, there's still plenty of available power and efficiency that lend the 1.5T Accord for being a great all-around sedan and … Continue Reading ››

Cool Integration – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

It's hard not to be a showoff behind the wheel of the A90 Supra, and we can't exactly blame you either. The car begs to be thrashed, and resisting the exhaust pops is futile. The namesake is one that demands attention (ISSAT A SUPRA?!), all wrapped up in a sleek, not exactly subtle body design. The fact is, the Supra is showy, and that's fine. We're just as eager to be just as showy with our new means of reducing the intercooler temperatures in the form of a performance heat exchanger. So, rather than getting existential about the … Continue Reading ››

Steal the Limelight – Transmission Cooler R&D, Part 2: Design

Despite its simple appearance, improving upon the stock 2018+ Jeep Wrangler JL transmission cooler will take some clever engineering. In many cases, the solution to extracting more efficiency from a heat exchanger is to make it bigger, but with the cramped cooling stack of the JL, the size of our cooler would be limited.

In our last post, we looked at the stock 2018+ Jeep Wrangler JL transmission cooler and its home in the 2.0L Wrangler. Our performance trans cooler … Continue Reading ››

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