Cool Cousins – Toyota Tacoma and FJ Cruiser Transmission Cooler R&D, Part 2 – FJ Cruiser Design Plans and Prototyping

Toyota's toughness isn't just limited to the multifaceted pick-up trucks in their lineup. Some of these trucks developed super-specific skills like navigating challenging terrain without breaking a sweat. Enter the FJ Cruiser. This towering off-roader might not share the same skeleton as its pick-up cousin, the Tacoma, but both of these trucks share the same beating heart dispersing power and traction to dominate dunes, crawl through crevasses, and ford raging rivers, all of which are not places you'd want your transmission to give out.

Remember your Roots – 2022+ Subaru VB WRX Performance Intake Kit R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

The WRX will forever be an enthusiast car. While the initial reactions to the latest iteration of Subaru's sporty sedan we're as gleaming as they once were, the essence of what made this namesake legendary still lurks under the slick new styling, layers of tech, and plush comfort features. The turbocharged flat-four mated to a full-time AWD system that still powers the WRX today is why it rumbled its way into our hearts and many of our driveways. As this rally racing legend evolved into the VB platform, however, some of those rambunctious roots were forgotten along the … Continue Reading ››

Cool Cousins – Toyota Tacoma and FJ Cruiser Transmission Cooler R&D, Part 1 – Tacoma Design Plans and Prototyping

The toughest trucks on the planet are typically sporting a Toyota badge. The Hilux might be the model responsible for Toyota’s rugged reputation, but that same DNA runs through the oil passages of the trucks we see on and off the roads here in the States. Specifically, the multifaceted Tacoma has become our crowd favorite, from commuting to the office to hauling you and all of your things across the wilderness. While plenty of things make all of this possible, the transmission is the driving force to accomplishing these tasks, so keeping the drivetrain in good health is … Continue Reading ››

Low Road – 2021+ Ford Bronco 2.3L/2.7L Performance Stock Location Intercooler R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample

Any EcoBoost is synonymous with power potential. Sure, these Broncos roll off of the assembly line with plenty of grunt, but we enthusiasts always want more. The hidden vault of speedy goodness is simple to find, but breaking in can turn into quite the heist without the right tools. Luckily, our engineering team has been hard at work crafting the proper implements to keep charged air temperatures low and give these wild horses a longer stride.

Our design has come a long way since … Continue Reading ››

Wild Breath – 2021+ Ford Bronco Performance Intake Kit R&D, Part 6 – 2.7L Production Sample

Lifting the hood on your 2.7L powered Bronco is like unfurling a roadmap. Roads and trails are heading in every direction to countless destinations that all seem to cross, merge, or repel each other at some point that can make anyone's head spin. However, carefully examining this labyrinth of possible directions can make the right path shine through and easily plot the best destination for your journey. While not quite as intricate as the highway system, finalizing this intake system still took some expert navigation.

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