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Perrin Short Ram Intake Subaru Installation

Perrin Short Ram Intake Subaru Installation

  Here's the setup we're installing today. You need the air filter, MAF housing, silicone inlet pipe, mounting bracket and three hose clamps, including the two you're going to take off the stock setup.   Find more tips like this in the book: HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUBARU BUILDER'S GUIDE Get your copy here!SHARE THIS ARTICLE: Please...

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Installing a Subaru STI Top-Mount Intercooler

By Jeff ZurschmeideYou can easily install the upgraded STI top-mount intercooler in your garage using basic tools. This procedure was documented on a stock 2004 WRX. Follow these steps: 1. Disconnect your battery and make sure you have all the necessary tools. You need a flat bladed screwdriver, a 10mm...

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Basic Brake Job

Basic Brake Job

When it’s time to freshen up your brakes, you can do the job in your own garage with two people in just a couple of hours. This job was done on a 1999 2.5RS. Because this is a competition car, we were limited to a set of good Axxis Metal...

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Dyno Test: 1996 Talon 3-inch Exhaust

Dyno Test: 1996 Talon 3-inch Exhaust

By Travis Thompson I recently got the itch to start modifying my Talon, but was disappointed with how little dyno-test data was out there. There are plenty of highly modified DSM cars out there, and their owners are happy to tell you what their cars run in the quarter mile...

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Installing an MSD 6AL Ignition Box

Installing an MSD 6AL Ignition Box

By Bob WilsonThe test mule in this case is a 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback, affectionately dubbed Ol’ Paint (for lack thereof). Recently installed in the engine bay is a major update to the factory 351 Windsor two-barrel engine. The engine now is a bored and stroked version of the 351...

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Tire Tech: Load Index and Speed Rating Charts

Load Index Load Index Pounds Kilograms  71  761  345  72  783  355  73  805  365  74  827  375  75  853  387  76  882  400  77  908  412  78  937  425  79  963  437  80  992  450  81  1019  462  82  1047  475  83  1074  487  84  1102  500  85  1135...

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Expert Interview: Buying a Garage

by Jeffrey Zurschmeide Mark Scholz is a realtor specializing in finding “garages with attached homes” for automotive enthusiasts. He runs Portland Homes for Cars (www.portlandhomesforcars.com). He offered a few insights into the business end of automotive workshops. Interview conducted by Jeff Zurschmeide, author of How to Design, Build & Equip...

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Automotive Bodywork: Metal Finishing Guide

Metal finishing is the critical step in preparing metal for painting. It occurs between the bumping stage, where metal is hammered, pried, pushed, or pulled into shape, and the filling stage, where very small defects in metal finished surfaces are filled, just before panels are painted. By its nature, metal...

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BMW E30 Engine Swaps

BMW E30 Engine Swaps

  The M10 and M20 engines are designed around some old technology and the M42 engine is hampered by a small displacement. Turbocharging is not a valid option in some states (such as California). That leaves one option for increasing the horsepower of the E30: an engine swap. The later 3-series...

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