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Finishing Touches – 2011+ Dodge Charger and Challenger Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D Part 1 – Stock Review

I have a confession to make. I’ve never been a fan of American muscle cars. Most of this sentiment can be attributed to my two older brothers, who both molded my young mind to favor BMWs, Audis, and Mini Coopers over the fire breathing V8s of Detroit. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the mighty muscle car. In fact, it’s almost a strange concept as an automotive enthusiast not to have a soft spot for engines measured in cubic inches. With a roaring V8 in the front that sends all that power to the rear wheels, creating warp … Continue Reading ››

The Chink in the Armor – Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D, Post 1: Stock Review

It goes without saying that the cooling system routed throughout the engine bay of any vehicle works best when the coolant stays in the system. It’s one of the main design requirements in fact. If that sounds familiar, that’s because this same statement was made about the Ford 7.3 Powerstroke’s expansion tank, which begs the question, is there a chink in the armor of Ford’s self-proclaimed tough built trucks? While most of the F-150 is "Built Ford Tough" the factory expansion tank doesn't exactly live up to that standard. Continue Reading ››

Ford 7.3 Power Stroke Aluminum Expansion Tank R&D Part 1 – Stock Review and Design Plans

When it comes to the icon of reliability, durability, and longevity in the automotive world, all eyes are on the diesel powertrain. The recognizable chugging sound of a diesel engine has become synonymous with the thought of tractor trailers, incredible fuel economy, and reaching 300,000 miles with ease. “Built Ford Tough” reigns true for all the general features of the diesel platform, the Powerstroke. Giving our loaner F-250 a look over, it’s easy to see why. Everything incorporated into the design was done so with the intent to develop an invincible machine. Everything except for the expansion tank, it seems. [caption … Continue Reading ››

Tank Love – Expansion Tank R&D, Part 2: Final Reveal

I told you this project was going to move fast. In the last update, we laid down our design plans for how we will give this RS coolant expansion tank some sprucing up. Not only did we make the tank more pleasing to look at, we also increased the capacity and added a neat sight tube so you can check your levels with ease. You guys have been asking for it, so let’s get up close and personal. The stock unit pales in comparison to the size of the Mishimoto tank.Continue Reading ››

Tank Love – Coolant Expansion Tank R&D, Part 1: Design Plans

Anyone with a car older than 15 years or so likely has a coolant expansion tank with the structural integrity of wet toilet paper. These tanks rarely get aesthetic love in the factory vehicle design. They are usually plastic, look weird and can start cracking given enough time. After 20 years, the expansion tank in my 1995 Nissan 240SX project car will literally begin crumbling around your finger if any sort of pressure is applied. We don’t want that happening to your RS/ST a decade or two from now, so we decided to design a sweet looking expansion tank that … Continue Reading ››