InterCOOLactic Planetary – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Intercooler Kit R&D, Part 1 – Stock Review

The weeks surrounding the new year are always a time for both reflection and a look ahead. If we look back on how Honda did in 2017, one could say that they made a splash. The previous year was the release of their spiced-up models, such as the Sport Hatch, aka the pseudo-Si, and the real Si as well. How … Continue Reading ››

The Civic has Boost! 2017+ Honda Civic 1.5T Intake R&D, Part 5 – Civic Si Development

Ever since the mid-1980s, the Si has had a reputation for adding just the right amount of flavor to the standard Civic. With a tablespoon of suspension upgrades, an ounce of body kitting and interior trim, and just a dash of extra power, the Si follows the same recipe that Volkswagen set with the MK1 GTI. As the Civic has … Continue Reading ››

Heavy Breathing – 2017+ Honda Civic Type R Performance Intake R&D, Part 3 – Production Sample and Test Results

At some point early on in our car obsessed years, we’ve all dropped in a cone filter, with a shiny tube, possibly with some flimsy heat shielding and called it an intake. We’ve also claimed we could feel the unharnessed power now bellowing out from under the hood. We’ve all been guilty of it. Really, it was just louder, and … Continue Reading ››

Cooling to the Duramax – Transmission Cooler, Part 2: Measure Twice

No matter how many trucks I write about, I’m always surprised how often a critical part of the drivetrain is underdeveloped. It’s even more surprising when a truck built for towing and hauling has a major flaw in the transmission system. The transmission is the heart of towing, and when you’re asking it to carry over five tons of truck … Continue Reading ››

Diff’s Hot, Take it Easy – Rear Differential Cooler R&D, Part 5: A Tale of Two Track Days Part 2

At first, admittedly, it didn’t look like we were flexing as hard as we could with the Focus RS. With our full PTU/RDU cooling kit installed, we extended the time on the track with all four wheels producing power by about three minutes. However, after some reassessment, Dan transplanted the PTU temperature sensor from the gear oil into the coolant … Continue Reading ››

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