GReddy Magnetic Oil Drain Plug

GReddy Magnetic Oil Drain Plug

On our last shipment, we received another new item.  The GReddy Magnetic Oil Drain Plug is a powerful 5000 Gauss neodymium magnet.  The Neodymium magnet is one of the most powerful magnet on the market.    The hard anodized aluminum drain plugs are available in three popular sizes to match most Japanese vehicles.  By using the “GReddy Magdrain” plug, you can help reduce the amount of abrasive materials in your engine, while extending the life of your engine.  (ideal for use with GReddy Hi-capacity Oil Pans)

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Turbosmart Kompact BOV for Hyundai Veloster Turbo

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Direct Fit Design: Turbosmart Kompact BOV for Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Turbosmart’s latest addition to its model specific blow-off valve range is the new Kompact VR02 valve designed specifically to fit the Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

The Veloster’s factory bypass valve is a plastic unit that becomes brittle and wears out over time. It can also be forced open at high boost levels – especially if boost levels are increased over standard.

The Kompact VR02 is unlike any other Kompact BOV before, featuring a unique design to fit in the tight mounting location of the Veloster’s factory bypass valve. The result is a product that is truly a direct replacement for the OEM valve, requiring no cutting or special tools for a 100% reversible installation.

Machined from billet aluminium, the VR02 cannot be overcome by boost, and it won’t break like the standard plastic item. The Dual Port provides head-turning sound when the driver lets off the throttle, while still routing an amount of air back into the intake, like the standard valve. The Plumb Back configuration routes 100% of air back into the intake for quieter operation.

The Kompact VR02 Dual Port is modular in its design, meaning it is easily adapted from the standard 50-50 setup to either a full recirculating or full vent-to-atmosphere valve, based on the drivers’ preference.  Simply unscrew the unwanted fitting and replace it with the included blanking plug.

The Kompact VR02 will be available for purchase in December 2016.


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How To Avoid The Top 3 Clutch Installation Issues

How To Avoid The Top 3 Clutch Installation Issues…

The most important part of any clutch system repair begins with the initial diagnosis. The primary cause of complaint must be identified correctly, along with any secondary or related concerns, prior to replacing or repairing any components. For example:  a clutch might be slipping because it is old and excessively worn, but this phenomenon may also occur for many other reasons (such as grease or oil contamination, release mechanism problems, driver error/abuse, or an incorrect flywheel profile). If the initial diagnosis is not correct, then, despite repair work having been carried out, the vehicle will still be in a state of disrepair. The inevitable consequence of which is usually the premature failure of the replacement clutch.

EXEDY Australia always recommends following vehicle manufacturers’ individual clutch installation instructions, unless the kit selected requires a different procedure, in which case any special instructions required will be provided within the kit.

As with most things in life, prevention is better than cure, so here are the top three installation errors we encounter, along with sure fire ways to avoid them.

1) Incorrect Or Excess Grease Applied During Installation

This is a very easy mistake to make, which can result in contamination if the friction surfaces, leading to the clutch slipping and/or juddering. Simply apply a small amount of suitable high melting point grease to the input shaft, the splined hub, the fork (where it contacts with the release bearing) and the fork pivot surface. Slide the friction disc onto the input shaft then wipe off any excess grease before completing installation. EXEDY Australia includes a tube of high melting point grease with every clutch kit purchased.

2) Misalignment Of The Engine And Transmission

This can occur for various reasons, including: hanging the gearbox during installation; forcing the gearbox input shaft during installation; a worn or missing pilot bush (spigot bearing); warping of an alloy gearbox bell-housing; damaged or missing gearbox dowel pins; interference between the gearbox and engine mating surfaces caused by dirt or grease accumulation, metal chips, or even by wiring and pipework clips.

To avoid this, it is important to degrease and inspect the gearbox bell-housing thoroughly, ensure a transmission jack is used correctly, and use the relevant clutch alignment tool during installation.

3) Release Bearing Installation And Release Mechanism Faults

It can be very easy to overlook installation errors or incorrectly assume that there are no problems present in this area. Thoroughly inspect the gearbox bearing guide tube, the fork or lever and the cable or hydraulics system for any wear or visible faults. Always follow vehicle manufacturers’  recommendations when adjusting or replacing the bearing, the cable or any hydraulics components. Check for any clutch travel adjustment required upon clutch replacement. This may be necessary dependent on the vehicle.

If you encounter any problems or are unsure about any of the above, seek advice before proceeding further. Most vehicle manufacturers will have a technical hotline you can contact for advice or you can contact your local EXEDY office for assistance.

New Internal Wastegate Actuator and Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves

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New Internal Wastegate Actuator and Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves

Turbosmart releases new Internal Wastegate Actuator and Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves for Ford Mustang EcoBoost

With the long-awaited new Ford Mustang finally landing in Australia, Turbosmart have introduced a suite of products for the turbocharged Mustang EcoBoost. The IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuator and Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves help take the EcoBoost Mustang’s already impressive performance to the next level.

Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves
Stock blow-off valves like those that come standard with the Mustang often suffer from a range of problems. They are plastic, they leak, and if you want to up the power (who doesn’t?) they have trouble holding the extra boost. What’s more, they often fail to prevent compressor surge, even in otherwise standard cars.

Kompact Shortie Plumb Back

You’ll have no such troubles with Turbosmart’s Kompact Shortie blow-off valve. ​Like all Turbosmart blow-off valves, the new Mustang Kompact Shorties have been designed, machined and hand assembled in-house. Keeping the process in-house, ensures only the best quality, and the aircraft grade aluminum alloy construction means cracking and leaking even under increased boost levels will never be an issue.


Kompact Shortie Dual Port, showing fitment to the Mustang’s charge pipe
Manufactured and assembled in Australia, the Mustang Shortie is produced with a light-weight, brass/aluminium, two-piece piston, which is then perfectly matched with precision engineered springs, giving razor sharp valve response, and a serious increase in performance over stock valves.
Available in both Dual Port and Plumb Back variants, the Shortie range offers something for everyone. The Dual Port design provides one one plumb back port to keep the car’s computer happy, and a second vent to atmosphere port for that trademark Turbosmart BOV sound we all know and love; whereas the Plumb Back offers all the performance benefits of a Turbosmart BOV, but with quiet, ‘under the radar’ operation – it works just like the standard valve, but better!

IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuator

Turbosmart’s IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuators offer a significant performance boost to the EcoBoost Mustang, in an easy-to-install bolt-on part. The Mustang’s standard wastegate actuator is made out of stamped steel, and due to excessive spring pre-load, has less valve travel, meaning less accurate boost control. The use of a soft spring in the standard actuator means it can crack open unnecessarily at low RPMs – creating an inconsistent boost curve.

Turbosmart’s IWG-75 better controls the flow of exhaust gas to the turbine of the turbocharger compared to the stock actuator, resulting in a flatter boost curve which comes on sooner, with more stable boost and less drop off at the end of the rev range. The result is a more drivable car with smoother power delivery and less turbo lag.

IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuator, as installed to the Mustang’s turbo

Turbosmart’s Internal Wastegate Actuator can cope with the high stresses and temperatures of high boost applications for prolonged periods of time, and is highly customisable with interchangeable springs for a range of boost levels. Constructed with the level of precision customers have come to expect from Turbosmart, the IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuator allows the EcoBoost engine to realise its full potential.

Real world results
StangTV, a US-based Mustang enthusiast magazine, dyno tested the impact Turbosmart’s Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valves and IWG-75 Internal Wastegate Actuator on their EcoBoost Mustang – and they were left pleasantly surprised!

The Kompact Shortie Blow-Off Valve allowed the Mustang to reach peak boost faster, resulting in an average increase of nearly 10kW and 34Nm throughout the rev range.

The IWG-75 showed also returned impressive numbers, with an 11kW and 26Nm average increase across the rev range – but tellingly, the real change happens where you spend most of your time driving – in the mid range. At 3500rpm, the Turbosmart IWG saw a massive increase of 23.7kW and 63.8Nm – a seriously noticeable improvement for everyday driving.

Turbosmart really does take the Mustang EcoBoost to the next level!

Part Numbers and Pricing
TS-0203-1281 – Kompact Shortie Plumb Back BOV – Ford Mustang EcoBoost

TS-0203-1081 – Kompact Shortie Dual Port BOV – Ford Mustang EcoBoost

TS-0622-8072 – IWG75 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 7PSI

TS-0622-8102 – IWG75 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 10PSI

Yellow 2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG Pops While on Display in NitroFill SEMA Show Booth

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Yellow 2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG Pops While on Display in NitroFill SEMA Show Booth
Wednesday – December 2, 2015 4:40 PM

Roland Gotingco’s 2005 CLK55 AMGRoland Gotingco’s 2005 CLK55 AMG was already a step above the average Mercedes CLK, however extensive modifications & yellow livery made it pop in the NitroFill 2015 SEMA Booth
The Sarto Racing Rocket Bunny wide body kit, APR Performance carbon fiber wing, front & side splitters, and the competition yellow livery made this car pop at the 2015 SEMA ShowThe Sarto Racing Rocket Bunny wide body kit, APR Performance carbon fiber wing, front & side splitters, and the competition yellow livery made this car pop at the 2015 SEMA Show

Modifying cars to provide increased performance, or at least the look of increased performance, has been part of popular hot rodding culture for the better part of a century. The golden age of Hot Rodding following the Second World War eventually gave birth to factory muscle cars in the 1960’s. Rising costs of insurance, crude oil and prices at the pump, as well as federal emissions standards nearly killed the muscle car by the mid-1970’s. However, this also gave rise to a new movement in the car modification culture. In the United States, the overall sales trend toward smaller; more fuel efficient, compact cars being imported into the U.S. began to inspire the Tuner Car movement.

Due to the light weight of import cars from Japan or Europe, as well as improvements in technology, these compact cars began to exhibit high performance potential. While the Japanese sport compact import scene owes much of its current status to early Datsun/Nissan, Honda, and Toyota cars, Euro Car tuning can be traced back to early air-cooled Volkswagen Beetles. Similar to the Ford Model-T which inspired many early Hot Rodders, the affordability, widespread availability, and modification potential of Volkswagen Beetles created a path which many European car tuners would follow.

Also similar to the way hot rods gave way to factory muscle cars, the early European compact car scene has evolved toward sporty performance cars designed and factory built from Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Volvo, and even Mercedes-Benz. In a sub culture filled with cars built by Audi, BMW, and VW, Roland Gotingco dares to sway from the norm with his competition yellow 2005 Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG. AMG models typically have more aggressive looks, higher performance, and better handling, than their regular Mercedes counterparts. AMG models are also usually the most expensive and highest-performing of each Mercedes-Benz class.

2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG 5.4-liter V8 engineRoland Gotingco supplemented the 2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG 5.4-liter V8 engine’s performance with the superior airflow and superior performance of dual K&N air filters
Mercedes CLK-ClassAs an AMG tuned model of Mercedes’ CLK-Class mid-size luxury coupé, Roland enhanced his 2005 CLK55 AMG to be further beyond the average CLK’s performance and styling (Auktane photo)

As an AMG tuned model of Mercedes’ CLK-Class mid-size luxury coupé, Roland’s 2005 CLK55 AMG was already a step above the average CLK both in terms of performance and styling. The 2005 CLK55 AMG was factory equipped with a 5.4 L, 24-valve SOHC V8 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The AMG tuned CLK55 was rated at 60 more horsepower and about 40 lb-ft more torque than the top of the line non-AMG tuned CLK500 of the time. Because the 2005 CLK55 AMG is already powered by a healthy German built V8 engine, Roland decided to stick with basic engine modifications including a pair of K&N drop-in replacement air filters 33-2181.

With factory horsepower being properly supplemented by the superior airflow and superior performance of K&N air filters, Roland moved onto visual modifications that both physically and aesthetically enhance the performance of his 2005 CLK55 AMG Mercedes. The Sarto Racing Rocket Bunny wide body kit installed by DTM Autobody, APR Performance carbon fiber wing, front splitters, as well as side splitters, and the competition yellow livery made sure this car popped while on display in the NitroFill 2015 SEMA Show Booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Mercedes CLK-Class Toyo TiresRoland finished off the Euro Tuner look of his 2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG with a set of custom HRE Performance wheels, Toyo Tires, and bag over coil over suspension for the proper stance (Auktane photo)
2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG interiorA custom Novasuede diamond stitch two-tone interior provides plush seating while a custom roll cage by City Garage provides additional peace of mind inside the 2005 Mercedes CLK55 AMG

Roland finished off that proper Euro Tuner look with a set of custom HRE Performance Classic Series wheels in 19” x 10” in front and 19×12 out back. Stretched onto those HRE wheels are a set of Toyo Tires Proxes ultra high performance tires in a wide and ultra-low profile 245/35/19 and 295/30/19 sizes front to rear. Airlift Autopilot V2 air management air bag suspension over Megan Coil overs provide that tire tucking race car stance with the ability to adjust ride height when needed.

The inside of Roland’s 2005 Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG wasn’t ignored. Roland not only added amenities but he managed to up the race inspired styling at the same time. A Kenwood Excelon DNX8120 double DIN head unit is at the heart of a full custom Focal Audio System build which incorporates a rear seat delete. In place of the rear seat are two 12” Focal Flax sub woofers, a Powered by Focal PD900.1 amplifier and another Powered by Focal PD600.4 amplifier. A custom Novasuede diamond stitch two-tone interior provides a plush seating surface while a custom roll cage by City Garage provides additional peace of mind.

A complete list of modifications made by Roland Gotingco to his 2005 Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG is below.

2005 Mercedes Benz CLK55 AMG
Exterior:

Sarto Racing Rocket Bunny wide body kit – installed by DTM Autobody
Full color change from Black to Competition Yellow
Custom HRE performance wheels, Classic Series 303 – 19×10 & 19×12
Toyo Tires Proxes 245/35/19 front & 295/30/19 rear
APR Performance Carbon Fiber GT250 Wing
APR Performance Carbon Fiber front splitter
APR Performance Carbon Fiber side splitters
Motorsport Hardware titanium lug stud conversion
European rear trunk lid with custom Euro plate
Custom Livery

Performance:

Wavetrac Limited Slip Differential
Painted Brembo Big Brake kit. 6-4pot calipers w/ 2 piece rotors
Modified suspension (bag over coilovers) – Airlift Autopilot V2 air management on Megan Coilovers
OE Tune
K&N replacement air filters 33-2181

Interior:

Kenwood Excelon DNX8120 Double din head unit
Full Custom Focal Audio System build with rear seat delete
2 12” Focal Flax sub woofers
Powered by Focal pd900.1 amplifier
Focal PS 165FX 2 way components – front
Focal PC 165  2 way coaxial – rear
Powered by Focal pd600.4 amplifier
LED ambient lighting
Custom Roll cage by City Garage
Custom Nova suede Diamond Stitched two-tone Interior
Find a K&N replacement air filter for your CLK55 AMG on the K&N Air Filters for the Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG page, or use the K&N Search by Vehicle tool to find K&N performance upgrades for other vehicles. Use the K&N Dealer Search to find an authorized K&N dealer in almost any part of the world.

Add Horsepower to 2014, 2015 or 2016 Mini Cooper Turbo with K&N Performance Intake

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Add Horsepower to 2014, 2015 or 2016 Mini Cooper Turbo with K&N Performance Intake
Wednesday – December 2, 2015 4:11 PM

2014 Mini CooperThe Mini Cooper is an automotive cultural icon, and although changes can be worrisome the 2014 redesign included new turbocharged engines promising more power and better fuel efficiency
K&N Mini Cooper Cold Air IntakeThe K&N 69-2026TTK is guaranteed to increase horsepower on the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Mini Cooper with either the 1.5 liter or 2.0 liter turbocharged engine

The Mini Cooper is an automotive cultural icon, so whenever it undergoes a facelift, any car guy worth his weight in motor oil worries just a little bit. Thankfully, the 2014 redesign of the Mini Cooper didn’t disappoint. The Mini Cooper became a hair less mini yet still remained smaller than most subcompact competitors. It gained additional rear seat legroom, cargo room and a pair of new turbocharged engines. While the new 1.5 liter and 2.0 liter turbocharged engines provide ample power, there’s still room to add muscle to the Mini. Add a guaranteed increase in horsepower and torque to 2014, 2015 and 2016 Mini Cooper 1.5 liter or 2.0 liter turbo models with K&N Typhoon performance air intake system 69-2026TTK.

The 69-2026TTK air intake system is an easy to install performance upgrade and comes with all the hardware necessary for installation. A mandrel-bent aluminum air intake tube replaces a portion of the factory turbo inlet pipe to help streamline airflow into the turbocharger. This tube incorporates a mounting location for the factory mass airflow sensor and is finished in a durable flat black powder coat.

K&N Mini Cooper cold air intake engine shotThe 2014-2016 Mini Cooper intake air filter is shrouded by an application specific heat shield, and reuses the factory fresh air ducting to help provide cooler air from outside the engine bay
K&N Mini Cooper cold air intake dyno chartOn the dyno a 2015 Mini Cooper 1.5 liter turbo produced an estimated additional 6.5 horsepower at 3200rpm and 11.0 pound-feet of torque at 3200rpm with K&N air intake 69-2026TTK

Attached to the new K&N air intake tube is K&N RU-5176 conical performance air filter. This filter is designed to help minimize restriction in the airflow pathway while the oiled cotton gauze filtration media provides superior engine protection. Another benefit of this K&N air filter’s design is that it’s washable and reusable and can go up to 100,000 miles between cleanings, depending on driving conditions. The filter is shrouded by an application specific heat shield, and reuses the factory fresh air ducting to help provide cooler air from outside the engine bay.

Put all of these precision-engineered parts together and you have a recipe for increased performance. On the dyno a 2015 Mini Cooper 1.5 liter turbo produced an estimated additional 6.5 horsepower at 3200rpm and 11.0 pound-feet of torque at 3200rpm with K&N air intake 69-2026TTK. For a small 1.5 liter engine, those are some impressive power gains. Increases in performance for 2.0 liter turbo models will be similar, or maybe better, when 69-2026TTK is installed.

K&N backs its air filters and air intake systems with a 10-year/million mile limited warranty and a Consumer Protection Pledge so Mini enthusiasts can feel confident that their automotive cultural icon is covered. The heart and soul of what began over 50 years ago with the Mini Cooper is alive and well today in the newest generation. Give your little piece of history a boost in performance with the K&N 69-2026TTK Typhoon performance air intake system.

K&N air intake 69-2026TTK is designed to enhance the performance of the following Mini Cooper models:

2016 MINI COOPER 2.0L L4 F/I – All
2016 MINI COOPER 1.5L L3 F/I – All
2015 MINI COOPER S 2.0L L4 F/I – All
2015 MINI COOPER 1.5L L3 F/I – All
2014 MINI COOPER S 2.0L L4 F/I – All
2014 MINI COOPER 1.5L L3 F/I – All

Additional Mini Cooper performance intakes can be found on the K&N Air Intake Systems for the Mini Cooper page. Order K&N performance upgrades at KNFilters.com or find an authorized K&N dealer using the K&N Dealer Search.