All posts by Steven Bryson

Cooling a Cult Icon – Radiator R&D, Part 2: Design, Prototype, Production

When we last talked about our 2007-2014 Toyota FJ Cruiser performance radiator, we had just removed the stock radiator. Our engineer, Ye, used our 3D scanner to make a digital model of it. In this post, we’ll turn that digital model into a prototype, and if all goes to plan, we’ll turn that prototype into a full production sample.

The first step in the process was to make a prototype radiator, test fit it on the vehicle, and ensure our design would fit. But … Continue Reading ››

Cooling a Cult Icon – Radiator R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

The Toyota FJ Cruiser has become something of a cult icon in the off-roading community. Chances are, if you find somebody in your area who owns an FJ, they know three other FJ owners, and they all hit the trails together on the weekend.

Though their owners will likely never admit it, the FJ Cruiser shares much of its lineage with the equally iconic Jeep Wrangler. Like the Wrangler, the FJ evolved from a rugged military utility vehicle designed to withstand the rigors of … Continue Reading ››

Protect the Lifeblood – Performance Oil Cooler R&D, Part 2: Design

Attention to detail is key to keeping any hardworking truck healthy. In our quest to protect the lifeblood of the 2011-2019 Ford 6.7L Powerstroke, we’ve thought of those details. But before we look at our design, let’s recap our last post on the stock oil cooler.

The stock 6.7L oil cooler is a simple stacked-plate design that uses the engine coolant to warm and cool the oil. The inside of the cooler is separated into two sets of fins. Oil flows through one set of fins while coolant flows through the other. Once the oil … Continue Reading ››

Mishi Goes Myth Busting: Performance Air Intakes – Part 2

Look under the hood of any modified vehicle, and there’s a high chance you’ll find an aftermarket intake. But despite how prevalent aftermarket intakes are, there’s still a ton of misinformation about them floating around the internet. In this post, we’ll look at a few more intake myths and provide some more facts to combat the hearsay on the internet. If you haven’t already read through our first intake myth-busting post, be sure to check that out here.

Myth #5: … Continue Reading ››

Protect the Lifeblood – Performance Oil Cooler R&D, Part 1: Stock Review

Oil is the lifeblood of any engine; without it, the engine would self-destruct in a matter of seconds. But just having oil in the engine isn’t enough. It needs to stay just the right temperature too. Modern synthetic oils can withstand temperatures up to about 350°F, but as engine temperature climbs, oil begins to thin and lose some of its protective properties. There’s a sweet spot where oil is most effective: thin enough that it can flow into the tiny crevices of the engine, but thick enough to cushion the blows of combustion.

For a … Continue Reading ››