Monday, February 27, 2012

Project-T Parts: Part 3 - Monitoring Equipment

Alright! You've got your kit and compensating equipment to balance your car to its new performance system model. What next?

Well, it's always a great idea to monitor your setup, especially for forced induction. One method in monitoring your monster is to setup a few gauges!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Project-T Parts: Part 1 - Turbo Kit and ECU

Now that I've chosen to go down the turbine path, the kit that I am after is the Zage Turbosystem Inc Yaris turbo kit! Complete with the Zage TD04H-15G-6 Turbo, manifold, oil pan, Blow-off Valve (BOV) and all the pipes and fittings needed to make the thing work.

The turbo isn't too bad. Oil and watercooled, the TD04H is a little bit bigger than the smaller T3 turbos but smaller than the TD05 Mitsubishi EVO turbos. The turbine pushes about 430 CFM to a max power gain of about 200HP. It also features an internal wastegate that actuates at about 0.5 bar (about 7.25 psi). Not too bad. For the size, it matches the 1.5L 1NZFE motor quite well.

Now for the Engine Control Unit (ECU)....

Monday, February 20, 2012

NanYang Cafe - Nasi Goreng


Ahh, NanYang Cafe, a favourite for surprisingly authentic Malaysian cuisine! Today I'm up for their Nasi Goreng!

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Let's take a quick detour from the Echo and have a look at on my (other) favourite cars right now, the Nissan GTR.

A cool feature of the GTR is the twin vents/scoops on the bonnet. Ever wonder what they are?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Supercharger or Turbo oh noe!

Since buying the Echo I've had my heart set on the BLITZ Supercharger.

After reading numerous forums and reviews, it turns out TRUST/GReddy also do a supercharger but they also bundle their e-Manage piggyback Engine Control Unit (ECU) with it! The BLITZ Supercharger has its own little ECU box but is not as tunable as the e-Manage so I switched my sights to the GReddy supercharger! But...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Pursuit of Performance - Part 2

Previously, weight reduction was discussed as a method of improving an automobile's performance. So how else can we better move the weight? Improve the motor! Let's look at how (in general) a motor works.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Pursuit of Performance - Part 1

Tuners out there are in an eternal pursuit of performance! So many elements, big and tiny, affect an automobile's capacity to accelerate faster, run further and be more efficient. So let's take a look at what affects the car's power and it's ability to use it!