GrimmSpeed Press Release – New FA/FB Series Lightweight Crank Pulley

December 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Lo


Your factory crank pulley is responsible for transferring energy from your crankshaft to your water pump, a/c compressor and alternator. It does this by way of a rubber belt and it does it’s job well. The drawback to the factory pulley is that it’s quite heavy. Reasons for this include less expensive manufacturing and using the pulley’s mass to smooth out ‘noise’ in the accessory system (NOT to be confused with functioning as a harmonic dampener, which it does not). The GrimmSpeed Lightweight Crank Pulley reduces the rotational mass of the system, allowing your engine to accelerate and decelerate the rotating assembly more quickly.

Quick Specs:

  • 78% Reduction in Rotating Mass - weighs 1.1lb vs. the 4.9lb OEM pulley
  • Machined 6061 T6 Aluminum - high quality, precision construction
  • Hard Anodized Finish - ensured a durable finish and resists corrosion
  • Removal Tool Mounting - allows the use of the GrimmSpeed Crank Pulley Tool
  • Factory Fitment - direct replacement for easy installation

For more information on this product, check out GrimmSpeed.

K&N Press Release – New 2014 & 2015 Honda Accord Performance Air Filter for 2.0L L4 Hybrid Models!

December 22nd, 2014 by Ernest Lo


The 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is perhaps one of the most advanced gasoline and electric hybrid vehicles on the road today. The Japanese auto manufacturer has combined an already advanced 2.0-liter 16 valve DOHC i-VTEC engine with a lithium-ion battery and permanent magnet electric motor to create a comfortable mid-size vehicle capable of an EPA estimated 50 MPG city and 45 MPG highway. The 2014 and 2015 is rated at 196 total system horsepower, however the gasoline engine is only rated at 141 horsepower. This means the K&N 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord Performance air filter for 2.0L L4 Hybrid models can improve the car’s drivability during Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive modes.

K&N can be considered the authority in washable air filters, and the 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord Performance air filter for 2.0L L4 Hybrid models has been engineered fit into the stock air filter box without any need for modifications. Installation of a K&N Honda Accord Performance air filter is simple, and can usually be completed in less than five minutes. Additionally, a K&N replacement air filter is made with specially woven cotton gauze. Typical auto air filters are made of a restrictive paper material, and must be thrown away when dirty. The cotton gauze is a K&N Honda Accord Performance air filter allows it to be washed over and over again saving money over time and reducing waste.

Because cotton, by nature, is more breathable than paper, a K&N replacement washable air filter can flow more air than a typical paper automotive air filter. More air can result in increased performance and better acceleration. It would be false to assume that an increase in airflow with a K&N reusable air filter comes at the expense of filtration efficiency and engine protection. K&N performs filtration efficiency testing following the ISO 5011 protocol with ISO coarse test dust to guarantee that our air filters will provide high airflow without sacrificing engine protection. K&N replacement Honda Accord Performance air filter 33-5006 was tested and showed a 99.05% overall filtration efficiency rating. Detailed filtration test results for this air filter are available for viewing.

The ability to wash and reuse a K&N Honda Accord Performance air filter means that it will pay for itself over time. The K&N washable air filter for 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord 2.0L L4 Hybrid models can be washed and made like new using one of the K&N Recharger air filter service kits. Recharger kit 99-5000 includes 12 fluid ounces of air filter cleaner and a 6.5 ounce aerosol bottle of air filter oil for quick and easy application. Recharger 99-5050 differs in that it includes an 8 ounce squeeze bottle of K&N filter oil for a more precise application.

The K&N 2014 and 2015 Honda Accord Performance air filter for 2.0L L4 Hybrid models is backed by the K&N Million Mile Limited Warranty. Honda Accord Performance air filter 33-5006 is designed to provide increased performance, reusability, and long air filter service intervals without any need for modifications.

For more information on this product, check out K&N.

DC Sports Press Release – New Carbon Steel Strut Tower Bar For 2013+ FR-S / BRZ and 08+ WRX / STI!

December 19th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


New from DC Sports is the Carbon Steel Rear Upper Strut Bar for the 2013+ Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / 08-14 WRX / STi!


  • Dual bar design with integrated steel brace virtually eliminates body flex for improved handling and drivability
  • Mounts directly to strut tower with no modifications required
  • Includes comprehensive instructions and all necessary hardware
  • Titanium-Look grey powdercoat delivers lasting good looks
  • Available for upper rear

For more information on this product, check out DC Sports.

aFe Power Press Release – New Silver Bullet Throttle Body Spacer for 2012-2015 Ford Explorer Sport V6-3.5L (tt) EcoBoost!

December 19th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


aFe is proud to introduce the Silver Bullet throttle body spacer for 2012-2015 Ford Explorer Sport with V6-3.5L twin turbo EcoBoost engine. During testing, this Silver Bullet throttle body spacer resulted in up to +10 Horsepower and +14 lbs. x ft. of torque max gain. The Silver Bullet throttle body spacer is constructed from precision machined 6061-T6 billet aluminum and uses a serrated/helix design that creates turbulence in the airflow at the point just prior entry into the engine, thus optimizing the combustion cycle. This turbulence helps the air/fuel charge burn completely providing increased horsepower, torque and improved throttle response. Order Now! (P/N: 46-33018)

For more information on this product, check out aFe.

COBB Tuning Press Release – New SS 3″ Turboback Exhaust for 2015 Subaru STI!

December 18th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


The long awaited COBB Turbo Back Exhaust for the 2015 Subaru STi. This mandrel bent exhaust uses twin straight-through mufflers terminating in beautifully laser-etched 3.5″ quad-tips to make your presence known in the way that only COBB Subaru exhausts can provide. The outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident in every aspect of this gorgeous turbo back exhaust!

For more information on this product, check out COBB.

Aeromotive Press Release – The Phantom Family Introduces the E85 Compatible Phantom Flex!

December 18th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


Aeromotive is proud to release a new addition to the existing Phantom line up. The Phantom family introduces the E85 compatible Phantom Flex (P/N 18310).

Aeromotive’s Phantom line of universal in-tank fuel systems goes green with the new Phantom Flex. As E85 makes its way into mainstream hot-rodding, its higher octane rating creates a cheaper fuel alternative for higher compression performance applications. E85 wasn’t without a few problems, namely its corrosive nature and stoichiometric ratio (fuel needed per unit of air). These problems, however, are no match for the sealed electrical connections and 450lph pump included with Phantom Flex, making Aeromotive’s latest addition true to its name.

The Phantom Flex has a lot in common with the original Phantom. Whether you’re using E85 or gasoline, the Flex provides easy installation in virtually any fuel tank. It comes with 30% more flow over its 340lph predecessor. The system also includes a larger foam and bladder design to feed the 450lph pump and combat fuel slosh in many harsh driving conditions. Reliable and quiet, the new Phantom Flex provides you with a viable solution when using renewable energy.

The Phantom line is unique because it’s the first fuel system on the market to address the three major issues that plague performance fuel systems: (1) It features an innovative baffle and basket that reduces fuel slosh. (2) It solves hot fuel handling issues like cavitation and vapor-lock, which gives you more reliability and better performance from your system. (3) This system can be retro-fitted into almost any kind of fuel tank, whether it’s an original tank, a new fabricated tank, or even a composite fuel cell. This versatility makes it a universal solution.

For more information on this product, check out Aeromotive.

AEM Press Release – AEM Releases Plug & Play Infinity ECU for 2007-’09 Porsche 997 Turbo and 2001-’05 Porsche 996 Turbo!

December 17th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


AEM has released its Infinity ECU (PN 30-7109) and Plug & Play Adapter Harness for the 2007-’09 Porsche 997 Turbo (PN 30-3901) and 2001-’05 Porsche 996 Turbo (PN 30-3902). When combined with AEM’s Plug & Play Adapter Harness, the Infinity completely replaces the factory Porsche ECU and does not require any additional accessories, sensors or modules for proper operation. Installation can be completed in about an hour when using all of the factory sensors.

Full Drive-by-Wire and VarioCam Plus Control
The Infinity ECU for the Porsche 997 and 996 provides two Drive-by-Wire profiles and complete control of the VarioCam Plus variable valve timing system for optimizing mid-range torque. The factory Sport button is used to change DBW throttle curves.

Full Engine Support for Mass Airflow Sensors, Wastegate-less Turbos and More
AEM’s Porsche 997/996 Infinity ECU supports both stock mass airflow (MAF) sensors and does not require the addition of a MAP sensor for operation. The factory wastegate-less variable turbine geometry turbos used in the 997 Turbo are also supported, as are the factory electronic bypass valves.

The Infinity ECU also provides full support for:

  • Stock charge pressure sensor
  • Engine compartment temp sensor
  • Engine blower fan
  • Electronic water pump
  • Dual stock fuel pumps
  • Dual stock EGT sensors
  • Dual stock UEGO sensors

Plug & Play Harness with Expansion Port
AEM’s sealed, weatherproof Plug & Play harness (sold separately) includes an AEMnet port for communication with other AEMnet enabled devices and CAN integration of the factory inputs for brake switch, clutch switches, cruise buttons, wheel speed sensors, sport button, coolant fans and A/C. The factory dash remains functional (coolant temp, oil temp, oil pressure, tachometer, dash lights/notifications, boost pressure readout, etc.).

An expansion port with a Deutsch DTM 12P connector is included in the Plug & Play Adapter Harness for adding common aftermarket sensors including fuel pressure, air inlet temperature, MAP, boost control solenoid and ethanol content. The expansion port also includes a sensor ground, 5v reference, power from relay and high side output for activating a solenoid, and switched inputs for boost target, no-lift shift, etc.

Racing Enabled Functions via Configurable Cruise Control Buttons
On the Porsche 997/996, the Infinity programmable ECU delivers the ability to enable racing functions through the Cruise Control buttons. Using InfinityTuner software, users can now select from 8 modes for boost control maps, fuel maps, timing maps, Lambda target and select maps on the fly using the factory cruise UP (+) and DOWN (-) buttons. AEM incorporated the Infinity’s map switching capability into the factory steering wheel buttons, eliminating the need to wire in and mount an ancillary position switch.

Users can configure the CRUISE CANCEL as a temporary three step limiter switch through the InfinityTuner software (vehicle speed or time after launch dependent), and can set rev limits at specific rpm by points or set a flat limiter and use it as an RPM hold for launches.

Launch anti lag and traction control slip target can also be programmed.

Traction Control
The Porsche 997 Turbo and 996 Turbo come with wheel speed/ABS sensors from the factory, and the Infinity is able to use them for traction control via fuel cut, spark cut, spark retard or retracting DBW throttle response. This eliminates the need to install additional sensors for traction control.

The CRUISE SET/HOLD can be configured as a traction control enable or disable button through the InfinityTuner software. Users can define a specific slip target for traction control in the software and turn it on or off using this button, or set two slip targets and use it for a mild and aggressive traction control strategy.

User Definable DBW Throttle Response
Using the Sport button, users can define throttle curves in the InfinityTuner DBW software and take full control of throttle response. This allows users to change throttle response rate on the fly and is ideal for setting rain mode throttle curves.

Fits In Factory ECU Location
AEM’s engineers have designed the Infinity ECU and harness to fit in the factory ECU location under the shelf to maintain overall weather resistance of the electronics.

Enhanced Security
Users can configure a number of analog, digital or CAN inputs to enable starting when using the Porsche 997/996 Infinity ECU and Plug & Play Harness. The supplied base calibration is configured to allow factory like starting with the clutch switch, or by pressing the cruise control enable button to effectively bypass the clutch switch. For added security, users can install a hidden switch to enable starting, and can fully disable the 2D Start Enable table and password protect it, preventing starting until the table is unlocked and re-enabled through password input.

Infinity ECU Features:

  • Airflow model based (VE) tuning
  • ECU Set Up Wizard simplifies start up
  • Flex fuel compatible
  • Programmable drive by wire
  • Variable valve control
  • Multiple programmable boost control strategies
  • Programmable nitrous control
  • On-the-fly map switching
  • Dual internal Lambda controller
  • Dual knock sensing circuits
  • Data logging up to 64GB, logging rate up to 1KHz/channel
  • Outputs to 3rd party dashes and data loggers
  • Industry leading data transfer speed (up to 480Mb/sec)
  • Integrated engine protection strategies
  • Sealed enclosure and IP67 rated comms ports

The Infinity ECU makes state-of-the-art ECU technology affordable for both professional teams and amateur racers. Built around a latest-generation 32 bit floating point 200MHz automotive processor and Real Time Operating System (RTOS), the Infinity is capable of processing 400 MIPS (millions of instructions per second). To our knowledge, the Infinity ECU currently has the fastest processing speed of any aftermarket Motorsports ECU available. This processing speed combined with a RTOS provides more accurate ignition timing for increased power, more responsiveness to truly custom tailor the driving experience to the driver, allows the Infinity to perform more computational features without a sacrifice in processing performance, and enables tuning of features and sub strategies without affecting other features and sub strategies. It allows you to do more, faster, in a more stable programming environment.

For more information on this product, check out AEM.

SEIBON Press Release – New VR-Style Carbon Fiber Hood for 2012-2013 BMW F30

December 17th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


Seibon Carbon’s VR-style carbon fiber hood for the 2012-2013 BMW F30 is crafted using only the finest materials. Its advanced production process allows exceptional carbon/resin ratio, creating high product stiffness that leads to extra strength.

For performance, the VR hood features multiple heat release vents to help get hot airflow out of the engine bay all while being light-weight and durable.

For a stunning finish, this hood is coated with a glossy clear coat to produce show quality appearance.

For more information on this product, check out Seibon.

AVO Turboworld Press Release – Let Your FR-S / BRZ Breath

December 16th, 2014 by Matt Gold

Boost and high RPM’s increase the amount of crank-case blow-by causing problems for the stock engine breathing system as it very quickly becomes overloaded. This can lead to oil being blown into the air-intake, increasing the possibility of detonation due to oil entering the combustion chambers. This can be solved by fitting AVO’s oil/vapor separator tank kit, which removes oil mist from crankcase gas before it is returned back to the engines air-intake. The AVO Turboworld Breather Tank kit comes with all fittings and accessories necessary, including a turbo-specific high pressure PCV valve replacement that will deal with any potential boost leaks and protect against pressurizing the crankcase under boost. This is also a requirement for higher boost builds.

This kit also includes a oil filler cap replacement, that allows you to directly route excess oil from the turbocharger oil reservoir tank back into the engine. This is designed to alleviate any overflow issues from extended high-rpm usage at the track.

The secondary tank vents to atmosphere to cope with the heavy vent demands of circuit racing.

For more info, check out AVO Turboworld.

aFe Power Press Release – New Magnum FORCE Stage-2 Air Intake System for 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 (WK2) V8-6.4L HEMI!

December 15th, 2014 by Ernest Lo


aFe is proud to introduce the all new Magnum FORCE Stage-2 air intake system for the 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 (WK2) with the V8-6.4L HEMI engine. In our testing, this Stage-2 intake system resulted in +28 horsepower and +28 lbs. x ft. torque and outflowed the factory intake by 37%. This highly engineered system features a one-piece, durable 18-gauge, wrinkle-black powder-coated heat-shield and a mandrel bent, wrinkle-black powder-coated aluminum intake tube. Improving airflow further is a large 8″ tall conical filter with inverted top which attaches to a 3-angle adaptor that optimizes the airflow for maximum horsepower and torque. The air filter frame is constructed using 100% polyurethane for long life and durability. The air filter media is washable and reusable which allows for multiple cleaning cycles. The kit comes complete with all necessary hardware. Order Now! Pro 5R (P/N: 54-12662) or Pro DRY S (P/N: 51-12662)

For more information on these products, check out aFe.

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