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by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Jan 31st, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno, we had a 1UZ powered Toyota Corona.


This Lexus V8 is not stock in this car but was swapped in from a more modern Lexus sedan.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 30th, 2012 | On The Dyno

On the dyno, we have a 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit.

Volkswagen Rabbit on the dyno at PSI

This Rabbit is powered by a VW 8-Valve and sits on a set of BBS wheels. It produces 126 whp and 138 ft-lbs of torque.

Here is the dyno video:

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Jan 28th, 2012 | General

We are currently working on a new website. We like the website we have now, but it is time for something new. The new site has been designed by the creative team at Hybrid Industries, the same ones that designed our current site. We are consolidating a few sites we have into this one new site. Check back for more details as progress continues. We have over 300 blog posts so this may take awhile. :)

Here is a sneak preview,

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jan 27th, 2012 | Performance Products, Tuning

AEM’s EMS-4 Universal Standalone Programmable Engine Management System is a standalone Engine Management System for modified Powersports and four-cylinder race car applications. The EMS-4 was created using AEM's powerful Series 2 hardware and includes all of its advanced features without the unneeded ancillary components.

The EMS-4 is designed for four-cylinder applications that need more control than the stock ECU's ability. This is also an alternative to an AEM Series 2 Plug-n-Play EMS for applications that do not require as many advanced features.

Here are some key features:

  • 4 Saturated Injector Drivers
  • 4 Coil Triggers
  • 8 General Purpose Inputs/Outputs
  • Mag or Hall Cam and Crank Inputs
  • O2 Input
  • Knock Input
  • 8 MB Internal Data Logger
  • VSS Hall Input
  • Can Data Stream
  • USB Comm Port
  • Compact (4.8" x 4.55" x 1.44"), weather/shock proof enclosure
  • Utilizes AEMTuner Interface Software
  • System is fully enabled and unlocked – Never pay for Upgrades
  • Context Sensitive Help Eases Tuning Process
  • Maps can be Password Protected by the Tuner to Prevent Unauthorized Usage Sharing
  • Data analysis using AEMdata software.

We are no strangers to AEM EMS', here is Jason Oefelein tuning a turbocharged Mazda Miata with an AEM EMS.

Jason Oefelein tuning a turbo Mazda Miata

If you are interested in an AEM EMS-4 or any other engine management solution for your car, feel free to contact us and we would be glad to help you.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Jan 26th, 2012 | General

The race track at Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA has recently been completed. The build is taking place is several stages but the main track has been paved. This new track is a great addition to motorsports in the Northwest.

Above: The track layout.

Here is a video of one of the first laps around the new track.

We can't wait to have a chance to bring down some cars and run a few laps on the track. Maybe we can have one of our client appreciation days here.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Jan 26th, 2012 | Performance Products

This time in Performance Products, we have Injector Dynamics range of fuel injectors. These injectors are a key component of many of the fuel systems we have made for our clients.

Here is a little info from their site:


Application specific fitment is handled with the addition of various top hat adapters, and occasional machining operations. Standard fitment exists for most popular applications, and new fitments will be developed on request. All standard lengths and fuel rail bores are currently accomodated.

Dynamically Matched Sets

We only sell matched sets, and within each set the dynamic flow rate (slope) will vary no more than +/- 1%, and the dead time (offset) will vary no more than +/- 20 microseconds which is equivalent to +/- 1% at a pulsewidth of 2 milliseconds.

It is this dynamic flow matching across the pulsewidth range that separates the men from the boys.

Tight matching at low pulsewidths allows the use of high flow rate injectors without sacrificing idle, off idle, and cruise quality while the matched offsets insure that the individual injectors respond properly to atmoshperic and voltage compensations built in to the ECU.

Full Dynamic Characterization

We provide the data that you and your ECU need to do the job properly.

Flow and offset values are provided from 8 to 16 volts across the full pressure range in 5 psi increments.

Additionally, we publish full dynamic characterization curves: Raw flow vs pulsewidth, offset corrected flow, linearity curves, and pressure sensitivity plots.

We invite you to ask any of our competitors for the same.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Jan 25th, 2012 | Fabrication

In a previous post, we showed you the custom rear seat brackets for the this '72 Toyota Land Cruiser.  The client wanted to mount racing seats in the front and rear.

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets

When installing racing seats, a proper harness bar is needed to securely mount the seat harnesses. Seat harnesses hold the occupant into the seat better than traditional seat belts.

The bars needed to be mounted to give both the front and rear passengers enough room to be comfortable. Alex first built a 6-point roll cage to have secure locations to mount the harness bars.

72 Land Cruiser cage work

Above: Alex welding the cage and harness bars.

72 Land Cruiser Cage - front

72 Land Cruiser Cage - backseats

72 Land Cruiser Cage - rear

The bars were left raw because the client will handle getting them painted as well as supplying his own harnesses. With the new seats and cage, this 1972 Land Cruiser is ready for some fun.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Jan 24th, 2012 | Client Vehicles, Suspension

A client recently brought in his 2011 Corvette Grand Sport to be lowered on a new set of wheels.

Corvette Grand Sport

The Corvette was lowered with an Eibach Pro-Kit.

Corvette Grand Sport Lowered

The client chose a set of OZ Racing Ultraleggera's, which we had powder coated gloss black. The Ultraleggera's were wrapped in a set of Nitto Invo tires, 275/30 ZR19 in the front and 345/25 ZR20 in the rear.

OZ Racing

Corvette Grand Sport front wheel

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 23rd, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering offers an alternative to stock lug bolts for Lotus' and other European sports cars.

Radium Engineering Titanium Lug Bolts.

These fasteners are machined from forged 6AL-4V (Grade 5) Titanium alloy rod. They feature a 60 degree tapered conical seat compatible with most OEM and aftermarket wheels. The threads are rolled, not machined, for superior strength and wear resistance. Grade 5 Titanium has 94% the yield strength of a metric Grade 10.9 steel fastener and is over 43% lighter. A non-marring socket is recommended for installation.

Above: Radium Engineering Titanium Lug Bolts on their Turbocharged Lotus Elise on the track at PIR.

Mechanical Properties: Grade 5 6AL-4V Titanium Yield Strength: 890MPa Ultimate Tensile Strength: 952MPa Shear Strength: 550MPa Density: 4428 kg/m^3

Lug Bolt Features:

Material: Grade 5 Titanium
Threads: Rolled M12x1.5mm *
Thread Length: 28mm
Taper: 60 Degree
Conical Hex Head Size: 17mm
**Surface Finish Treatment: Nano Ceramic or Anodized

For more information you can check out their website.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jan 20th, 2012 | General

Kyle Pollard's Tomei SR powered RHD S13 is featured on MotorMavens. Click here for feature

Make sure to read the well written feature with photos and words by Yoshi Shindo.

Here is just one of the photos from the feature,

Make sure to follow Kyle Pollard as he prepares for the 2012 Formula Drift Season. PSI will be there to support him in his 2012 Formula drift campaign.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Jan 19th, 2012 | General

We recently picked up a golf cart.

PSI Golf Cart

This is no ordinary single seater golf cart, but one built by Fred Lux, of Lux Performance Group. The same people who prepares and runs a pair of Dodge Viper ACR-X factory built race cars.

Above: Dodge Viper ACR-X

Lux Performance is also the home of the Crippler.

Erick doing a wheelie on a rascal scooter

Above: Erick Sackhoff on the Crippler.

Before we got our hands on this golf cart, Fred used it in the pits to half parts and fuel around. We plan to do the same around the shop and at local events.

When we got the golf cart, it had a broken rear axle and needed a little work.

Jason working on golf cart

Above: Jason Oefelein working on the golf cart.

We quickly fixed it and now it is ready for some fun.

PSI Golf Cart - rear

This golf cart has dual rear disc brakes, mountain bike suspension, and multi-speeds. This cart will definitely be a lot of fun. Once the weather gets a little drier, we will probably be taking it for a spin around the shop.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 16th, 2012 | Performance Products

Many who watch Formula Drift or following drifting in the Northwest will recognize the name Kyle Pollard and his RHD S13.

Kyle Pollard speeding through the PARC.jpg

Above: Kyle Pollard's S13 at Pat's Acres Racing Complex (PARC) in Canby, OR. Kyle has been drifting for the past several years and over this time has gained a lot of knowledge and experience. He has been very hands-on with the building and preparation of his drift cars. He built his current Formula D RHD S13 by himself with some help from friends and some assistance from PSI. He offers custom modified S13/S14 drift knuckles that he personally builds himself. Kyle runs the same setup on his FD S13 to give him more angle. These knuckles allow for reverse entries and have Akerman and bump steer correction. Formula D driver, Walker Wilkerson, also used these knuckles on his S13 at the Palm Beach FD event.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Jan 11th, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering will be installing and documenting the installation of their turbo kits on a stock 2006 Lotus Elise.

Above: The stock Elise at PSI. They have selected PSI to be their preferred shop for installations of their turbo kits. So you can contact them or us directly for more information.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Jan 10th, 2012 | Tuning

We have recently become a dealer and tuner for UpRev engine management solutions. Using UpRev's Osiris Tuner, we will tune your car to get the most out of your setup. Osiris Tuner supports both naturally aspirated and forced induction setups. This is a great alternative to stand-alone or piggyback solutions.

The Osiris Tuner supports the following parameters:

  • Up to 5 Maps on cruise control equipped vehicles
  • Idle RPM
  • Speed Limiter
  • Electronic Throttle Control to achieve Wide Open Throttle at all speeds.
  • Rev Limiter
  • DTC disable
  • AFR Targets
  • Fuel Compensation
  • Ignition Timing Advance
  • Cam Phasing for equipped vehicles.
  • MAF transfer function
  • Cranking Enrichment and Ignition Advance
  • Injector Latency
  • K Fuel Multiplier
  • Intake Temp
  • Calculated Load vs. RPM
  • Minimum Effective Injector Pulse Width

GReddy twin-turbo 350Z converible on the dyno at PSI.jpg

Above: Nissan 350Z, one of the cars supported by the Osiris Tuner.

We are not only able to get the most out of your car but trucks, like the Titan and Armada, too.

Here is a list of some vehicles that can be tuned: 350z, G35, 370Z, G37, Titan, Altima, Armada, Cube, Frontier, FX35, FX37, FX45, FX50, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, QX56, Rogue, Sentra, Versa, Xterra, M35, M37, M45, M56, EX35, EX37, and more. Give us a call if you are interested and want more information. We would be glad to assist you with this tuning solution along and others.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 9th, 2012 | Suspension

Have you ever wanted to get your car really low but not have to worry about speed bumps or driveways?

You can have the best of both worlds with an air suspension setup.


Above: Lexus with an air suspension setup.

Cadillac sitting low, work in progress

Above: '65 Cadillac with an air suspension setup.  A work in progress.

63 Lincoln Continental in front of PSI.jpg

Above: '63 Lincoln Continental with an air suspension setup.

Another project that is currently in progress is Erick Sackhoff's '64 Lincoln Continental. This car will not only have an air suspension setup but was channelled so that the lowest part of the car is the frame.  The exhaust runs through the frame.

Lincoln on 22" Daytons

Above: '64 Lincoln Continental.

There are many different companies that offer air suspension setups, which include AirRide and AirRunner, so there should be one to match your application.  If not, we can make you a custom setup.

If you are interested in getting an air suspension setup, come down or give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about it.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jan 6th, 2012 | Fabrication

A client recently brought in his 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser to have new seats put in.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Above: '72 Toyota Land Cruiser

The client purchased a pair of Recaro Speed seats for the front.  However, the client wanted new seats for the rear as well. A pair of similar seats were sourced for the rears. A custom mounting system was needed to accommodate the two bucket seats. One thing that the client wanted was to have the rear seats be easily taken out if needed. He wanted the flexible to carry four people or more cargo if needed.

A flash

Alex fabricated a rack system that lets the seats be securely pinned down when installed.

Seat bracket with one seat in - raw

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets

Land Cruiser custom rear seat brackets - side - raw

Above: A simple mounting system that is secure and removable.

The seats are able to be easily removed by one person.

The client can now go off-road with three of his friends and ride comfortably and securely.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Jan 5th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

RB25 powered S14.5 on the dyno at PSI

Above: RB25 powered S14 on the dyno.


Above: RB25

The owner of this S14 brought his car in to take advantage of our winter tuning special.

Jason tuned this setup and the car now puts down 315 whp and 267 ft-lbs of torque.

Two S14's

Above: RB25 S14 next to a KA-T powered S14.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Jan 4th, 2012 | On The Dyno, Tuning

On the dyno we had this turbocharged S2000.

Turbo Honda S2000 on the dyno at PSI

This particular S2000 has a custom ERL 2.2L block. A Garrett 3076R sits on top of PFab turbo manifold. This new setup was installed because the previous GReddy setup needed to be replaced. The previous turbo had an internal waste gate but the 3076R does not. A Tial 38mm waste gate was added along with new custom down pipe, dump tube, and intercooler piping.

Turbo S2000 with ERL custom block

This setup was tuned by Jason Oefelein with an AEM EMS. It produces 350 whp and 237 ft-lbs of torque.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Jan 3rd, 2012 | Tuning

RB25 powered S14.5 on the dyno at PSI

Above: A RB25 powered Nissan 240SX that was recently tuned.

It is a new year, is your car ready? Many people wait until summer to have their car tuned. Why wait when you can do it now? We are offering winter tuning specials.

Power FC - any SR,RB tune D jet or L jet - 350.00* which includes dyno time. AEM EMS gen1 and gen 2 - any SR, KA-T, RB, VG - 550.00* which includes dyno time. Haltech- VQ - 550.00* which includes dyno time. Motec - call for special prices Apexi S_AFC or Neo - 200.00*

This will be for a limited time only --- Ending early February

* - Price is for one fuel type and doesn't include additional power adders like water/meth or NOS - additional charges will apply - Additionally car needs to be in good working order... No freebie diagnosis of mechanical or electrical issues. Bottom line ... make sure the car is ready to be tuned.

Jason Oefelein tuning a Nissan GT-R

Things I should check before scheduling an appointment.

Good spark plugs - Fresh Fuel - nothing over a few months old - hopefully 92 octane please. Good Tires - no bald or about ready to explode tires. Major oil leaks - I don't like fires!!! Boost leaks - Not so sweet for tuning MAF Fuel system - make sure your fuel system is capable of supporting the power you hope to produce. Fluids - Things work better with right amount oil and coolant.

finally realistic expectations for power and a safe tune ... a GT2871r will not make 900 whp even with a stroker motor

We look forward to seeing you guys.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 2nd, 2012 | Performance Products

Radium Engineering, the folks that developed a turbo kit for the Lotus Elise and Exige platforms, offers a few different Aluminum Wrenches.

Black Wrench Hex (-4AN, -6AN, -8AN, -10AN, -12AN): 1/2" 5/8" 3/4" 1-1/8"

Green Hex Wrench (-3AN, -4AN, -6AN, -8AN, -10AN): 7/16" 9/16" 11/16" 1"

Machined from high quality 6061 3/8" aluminum, Radium Engineeering multipurpose wrenches are used to prevent marring of the anodized surface of aluminum hose ends and adapter fittings. These wrenches feature short comfortable handle grips for tight spaces and to avoid over-tightening. They are laser etched with the appropriate hex size of each of the 4 different double open ends for easy identification. They are vibratory tumbled and then anodized for extended durability. Depending on how the wrench is orientated, both open ends offer two different angles for ease of use.

We can't wait to get our hands a set of these Aluminum wrenches. Check back for more info and an update.

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