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by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Apr 30th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, In The Lobby

The V10 has been a popular choice for our lobby show piece lately. Previously, we have had a twin-turbo Viper SRT-10 and a twin-turbo Gallardo Superleggera. This time the V10 is not boosted with twins but is a naturally aspirated race V10.

Comp Coupe V10.JPG

This N/A V10 sits in the engine bay of Cindi' Lux's Viper Competition Coupe.

Lux Perforance Mopar Viper at PSI.JPG

She has raced this car for a few seasons but she has moved on to an ACR-X Viper.

Lux Performance Viper Competition Coupe in lobby at PSI 2.JPG

This car is currently available for purchase. Serious inquires please contact Jason Oefelein, at 503.431.1395.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Apr 28th, 2011 | General

Radium Engineering stops by to PSI to install a pair of oil catch cans.  These are not any ordinary catch cans but cans designed by Radium Engineering.  They offer turbo kits for the Lotus Elise/Exige platform and universal parts like catch cans and fuel surge tanks.

This particular install features a custom mounting bracket for the Exige.

Radium Engineering Catch Cans on Exige.jpg

The catch cans mount off of the valve cover.  This specific mounting bracket will be available soon.

As the premier distributor for Radium Engineering, all parts can be ordered through PSI.  So come down to inquire about these and other products designed by Radium Engineering.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011 | Client Vehicles, In The Lobby

Our lobby is once again graced with a pair of turbos.  Last time, the turbos boosted a V10 in a 2006 Dodge Viper.

Lobby at PSI

This time around the turbos are boosting a V10 in a Lamborghini. They are in a Gallardo Superleggera to be exact.

Superleggera in Lobby at PSI.JPG

Like the Viper, this setup produces over 1000+whp. Since we like to constantly change things up here, this Lamborghini will soon be replaced by another V10 powered car. We will let you try to guess what the new car will be. Check back here to see if you were right.

Here is one more shot of the Superleggera,


by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Apr 21st, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Motorsports

Andrew Coomes was an instructor at Evergreen Drift School this past weekend in Monroe, WA. This event gave Andrew the chance to give back to the drifting community as an instructor but also gave him a chance to test his car before the 2011 ProAm season.

This season will bring several changes for the Andrew's LS2 powered 240SX. One major change will be going from an accusump to a dry sump oil system.

The ARE dry sump tank is located under the dash on the passenger side. It is tucked far enough under to not inconvenience the passenger.

Ryan Davis of Yaer Productions came down film this private test session.

Andrew Coomes sliding his V8 powered 240 around. Throughly testing the dry sump system with donuts and drifting around the parking lot.

While Andrew was drifting, Ryan Davis was doing what he does best, filming. He gets up real close to the drifting 240 to get the footage.

And here is the fruits of his labor.

Andrew Coomes Teaser - YAER Productions from Ryan Davis on Vimeo.

To see more of Andrew drifting his PSI built LS2 power 240 check out Evergreen Drift ProAm. The first competition of the season is coming up in May, keep an eye out for Andrew.  Thanks again Yaer Productions.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Apr 20th, 2011 | General

It is that time of the year again, summer is quickly approaching. Here at PSI summer is the busiest and best time of the year.

Another Day at PSI

Summer is the season for cars.  There are many races and shows going on this summer.  We have already tuned a few cars to get them ready for the season.

Turbo Mazda Miata on the dyno at PSI for tuning

Above: A turbo Miata tuned by Jason Oefelein.

We also are planning our Second annual Summer Cruise-In for late July. We will be picking a Saturday, but just have not confirmed a date yet. With a busy car season this summer, we hope many can make it down. Check back here for more details on the event and the other things happening at PSI.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Apr 12th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, Tuning

This particular GT-R has received many of the standard upgraded parts, intake, downpipes, exhaust, wastegates, and fuel pump.  It was now time to upgrade the injectors to a set that flows more to reduce the injector duty.  A set of Injector Dynamics ID1000s were chosen for the job.  The injectors were installed and the GT-R was strapped to the dyno for tuning.

Nissan GT-R on the dyno and ready to tune at PSI

Above: The GT-R is on the dyno and hooked up, ready to be tuned.

Jason Oefelein tuning a Nissan GT-R

Above: Jason Oefelein tuning the GT-R.

A proper tune is necessary to gain the full potential of any upgraded part. The larger fuel injectors will allow the duty of the injectors to be lower, which means they can work less but provide the right amount of fuel. These upgraded injectors also allow for sufficient fuel flow for future modifications to this GT-R. When building a car, having all the necessary supporting components is very important.

Check back here for more progress on this GT-R and the others.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Apr 11th, 2011 | Fabrication, General

Alex Laventure expanded his capabilities with the addition of a Lazze Bead Roller.

This bead roller allows him to put a bead in a sheet of steel or aluminum faster and more efficiently.  The uses are endless with this machines shaping options.  Alex has used it to recreate factory body lines and put a bead into a custom firewall for a drift car.

Above: A custom firewall with beads using the Lazze Bead Roller.

A bead is added to sheet metal to increase strength and style.  For the firewall above, the middle beads were applied to give added strength in the wide section of the metal.  The outer ring helps the firewall to keep its shape.  This was custom fabricated for a car with a tube frame rearend.

This is just one more tool Alex is adding that will allow to expand his fabrication capabilities even further.  Check back here to see what new things he creates from metal.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 8th, 2011 | Client Vehicles, John Reed Racing, On The Dyno, Tuning

A client recently brought his Datsun 510 to PSI for some minor electrical work and tuning.  This is a very clean and well built 510.

Bluebird Datsun 510 with KA-T and AEM

This particular 510 is powered by a turbocharged KA24.  The KA-T is controlled by an AEM standalone EMS that was setup and tuned by John Reed of John Reed Racing.


Here is the very clean engine bay where the KA-T sits.

Wiring work on a Datsun 510 by Russ

Russ Weimer rewired the charging system. This minor wiring job made the system more reliable and cleaned up the engine bay even further.

KA-T Datsun 510 on the dyno at PSI

The 510 was strapped down to the dyno and ready for John Reed to go to work.

John Reed tuning a KA-T powered Datsun 510

John Reed setting up the AEM and tuning it.

Check back for more high quality cars like this very clean KA-T powered 510.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Apr 7th, 2011 | General

Earlier this year, Jason Oefelein and John Reed took a trip out to the United Arab Emirates. Several of their clients had returned home to the UAE for the holidays and this was a perfect opportunity to visit.  After having their travel plans disrupted by the snow storms on the east coast, they both made it to the UAE.

The purpose was mix of business and vacation. They were there to tune a few cars and talk about some business. They toured the different areas to see the vehicles that were being built.

Nissan Patrols

They wanted to observe the culture and see how the automotive performance industry is doing in the UAE. They toured a few shops, Nissan Patrols were very popular.

Of course they had a some fun on the dunes.

They got to watch some intense racing up the Li Wa dunes. The goal was to get up this steep dune as fast as possible.

Along with the dunes, there were great mountain roads.

The UAE is a beautiful place and both of them had a very good time.  They did a lot of sightseeing and tried many new things.  The following photos will highlight the sightseeing portion of their trip.

The view from the hotel.

A visit to Ferrari World

John Reed in front of a big truck.

They also went jetskiing.

They both got to ride their first camel. Not all the transportation has an engine in it.

At the Dubai airport, heading back to Oregon.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Apr 5th, 2011 | General

Ryan Davis, of Yaer Productions, is at it yet again.  Last time he made us a sick promo video for an LS1 powered 350Z we built for a client.  If you missed it, here is a link.

This time, Ryan's focus changed to this high horsepower 06 Evo IX MR. 

Ryan Davis filming an Evo on the dyno at PSI

Above: Ryan grabbing some footage on the dyno.

 Here is the video.

This is the new highest horsepower 4 cylinder on our dyno.  It beat out another Evo with a similar setup by over 30whp.  This Evo IX MR makes 865 whp.  Both of these Evo's were tuned by Jason Oefelein with an AEM EMS.  If you think your 4 cylinder makes more power than this Evo, come down and prove it.

Thanks again Ryan for this video, can't wait for more from you and Yaer Productions.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Apr 4th, 2011 | General

This past year, we built an LS1 powered 350Z for one of our clients. The client is starting a new project and needs to part with this 350Z. He asked PSI to help him sell his car, so we are helping him. Instead of simply just posting that the car was for sale and listing out all the modifications, we decided to go beyond that. A list of specs is boring, so we thought a video would be better able to peak interest in this 350Z. So we commissioned Ryan Davis, of Yaer Productions, to make us that promo video that would build interest in the car.

Ryan Davis filming PSI built LS1 350Z 002

Above: Ryan doing some filming with his camera and jib.

What you are about to see, do not try at home.

If you are interested in the car, contact Jason Oefelein at PSI.  An LS1 powered 350Z may not be your style, but feel free to call or come down to talk about a project that you have in mind.

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