Velocity Factor – MazdaSpeed3 Best Practices for Reliable and Safe Downpipe Upgrades

I wanted to make this post because we have been getting a lot of questions lately regarding performance downpipes for the MazdaSpeed 3, Mazda3, and Mazda3 MPS.

Whenever you install a mod that significantly increases airflow (such as a downpipe), it is important to also tune your engine for this increased airflow.  If you don’t, the ECU will still think that it has the stock downpipe and will inject fuel accordingly.  This means that there is not enough fuel being injected to match with the increased airflow that is actually going into your engine.  This causes a very lean condition, which can be very damaging to the engine because it increases the likelihood of detonation.  If the ping sensor picks up on the detonation, it will cause the ECU to lower your boost in order to avoid further damage.  You don’t want to flirt with overly lean conditions, this is how engines blow up.

Another thing to consider is specific to the Mazda3.  For some reason, the stock turbo on the Mazda3 does not like having a catless downpipe.  When there is a catless downpipe installed onto a Mazda3 or MazdaSpeed 3, the stock turbo tends to overheat and eventually experiences performance degradation and possibly complete failure.  This is something we have observed on many many MazdaSpeed 3 cars that have come into our shop over the years.  As a result, we HIGHLY discourage our customers from installing a catless downpipe onto their Mazda3 cars unless they are also putting in a different turbo as well.

OK, so that’s the bad news.  It’s not all doom and gloom though.  Depending on how long you have been driving around with the catless downpipe, your oil-change habits, your driving style, and your ambient heat levels; the stock turbo may still be in good working order.

The first thing is to take off the catless downpipe and replace the stock downpipe.  Then reset your ecu (disconnect your battery for a few minutes to an hour).  Then drive it around for a while.  This will allow the ECU to recalibrate itself back to the stock airflow levels.  If you notice your performance improving, that means the turbo itself is probably still fine.  If not, then you may need to rebuild or replace it.

Once you determine that your turbo is good (or replace it if it’s not), you can start adding power.  To safely build power, the first thing we recommend is to do a tune.  For the Mazda3, MazdaSpeed3, or Mazda3 MPS, we suggest the Cobb AccessPort.  This is really the best bang for the buck.  You can get around 9% increase in safe reliable daily-drivable power with just the stock car.  The AccessPort is nice also because it acts as a diagnostic device, gauge cluster, and will help you to continually optimize your car’s tune as you add more upgrades.  The Cobb AccessPort really is a wonderful tool and should be the first thing someone buys when they are looking to make power or increase efficiency.

If you want to add even more power, you can install a performance downpipe with a high-flow cat.  You will also want to upgrade the fuel pump since the stock fuel pump will not be able to keep up with the increased demand for fuel.  We recommend the Cobb high-flow-cat downpipe and cp-e high performance fuel pump.  Once those parts are installed, be sure to reflash your ECU fuel map with the Cobb AccessPort.

You can also look at some supporting mods such as upgraded intake, intercooler, turbo inlet pipe, and engine mounts.  These will all serve to give you increased performance or reliability.

Another thing to consider when driving a car tuned for performance is your fuel.  We suggest using 93-octane gasoline.  If you do not have 93-octane available in your area, then use whatever the best available grade of gasoline you have and adjust your tune accordingly.  Better fuel reduces detonation and keeps your engine cleaner longer.

If you would like some more help, please feel free to give us a call. We are always happy to provide free advice and support to our blog readers. Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.  If it is easier for you, we can also discuss your issue over email or through facebook at http://www.facebook.com/velocity.factor

Also, be sure to read our two-part article about stage-1 and stage-2 power upgrades for more details.

MazdaSpeed Stage-1 Power Upgrades

MazdaSpeed Stage-2 Power Upgrades

Porsche Cayenne GTS Brake Caliper and Wheel Power Coating

 

This beautiful #Porsche #Cayenne #GTS was once ordinary and stock looking. Not anymore! Our customer wanted to change up the look of his vehicle. We painted the #brake #calipers bright #brembo red to give vehicle more of an edge. We also #powder #coated the #wheels gloss black which easily catches any eye with the highlight of the bright red caliper. If you, or someone you know, need any painting or powder coating done, please give us a call at (561) 395-5700.

Velocity Factor – 2014 Mazda Miata Performance Upgrades

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This Mazda Miata came to us to get some added power and improved handling.  To increase airflow, we put in a Magnaflow Exhaust and designed a custom air intake.

To improve handling and to give the car an aggressive stance, we installed Eibach Lowering Springs.

We also fitted the car with new light-weight Enkei wheels to add a subtle classy improvement to the appearance and reduce unsprung weight.

If you are interested in improving your car’s appearance or performance, please give us a call.  We are always happy to provide free advice and support over the phone. Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Velocity Factor – 2014-2015 Cadillac ATS 2.0T Performance Upgrades

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This Cadillac ATS 2.0T came to us to get a increase in power.  We put in a K&N Drop-In Filter, created a custom turbo inlet hose, and installed a Magnaflow exhaust.  Modern cars have very advanced ECU systems.  To get the full potential of any power mod, a tune is essential.  To maximize the performance of this Cadillac ATS, we tuned it with the Diablosport Trinity ECU tuner.

We also fitted the car with new custom wheels to add a subtle classy improvement to the appearance.

If you are interested in improving your car’s appearance or performance, please give us a call.  We are always happy to provide free advice and support over the phone. Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Velocity Factor – 2015 Cadillac CTS-V Eibach Sport Springs Install

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This customer came to us with his 2015 Cadillac CTS-V to help improve the stance and driveability.  We achieved this by installing high quality Eibach Suspension Springs.

Eibach springs provide an attractive stance and improved suspension performance, while still retaining every day driveability and reliability.  We recommend this modification to anyone who is looking for an improvement to their daily driver without sacrificing comfort and practicality.

If you are interested in improving your car’s appearance or performance, please give us a call.  We are always happy to provide free advice and support over the phone. Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Velocity Factor – 2012 MazdaSpeed 3 Carbon Fiber Front Wind Splitter

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This Front Splitter for the MazdaSpeed3 was custom designed inhouse at Velocity Factor and manufactured by the carbon fiber experts at APR Performance exclusively for us.

This splitter has been designed specifically for the MazdaSpeed3 to improve aerodynamic efficiency, improve vehicle stability at high speed, protect vehicle under carriage, and add aggressive race car like styling!

This splitter is available exclusively at Velocity Factor.  You can order or learn more about it on our new website.  Please feel free to visit the Velocity Factor Website to learn more.  If you are local to the South Florida area, we can offer professional installation and adjustment at our facility in Boca Raton, FL.

At Velocity Factor we are able to custom design splitters for any car or application.  If you or someone you know are interested in a splitter or other aerodynamic improvement, please feel free to contact us.  Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Nissan 370z Nismo Stillen Generation 3 Ultra Long Tube Dual Cold Air Intake Kit Install

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This week at Velocity Factor, we installed some brand new Stillen Dual Cold Air Intake. The customer wanted some more gain in performance on his Nissan 370z Nismo. The customer was was not disappointed.

If you are interested in improving the performance or appearance of your car, please feel free to contact us.  Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Nissan 370Z Dual Intakes

STILLEN was the first national tuner to introduce a high flow intake for the Nissan / Infiniti VQ37 cars. Our first short tube intake provided a small gain in power with a great sound. Economical and easily installed, this Generation 1 Short Tube Intake became instantly popular. Some months later we introduced our Generation 2 Long Tube Intake, featuring polished tubes, even better sound and a power gain over the Generation 1.

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Our continuing dedication to getting the maximum performance from each vehicle has led to the introduction of our new Generation 3 Ultra Long Tube Intake for the 370Z. This intake has a radically new design that provides dramatically better power than any intake on the market for the VQ37 equipped vehicles. Our R&D team went engineered and dyno tested more than 50 variations before being satisfied that this system is the best that can be made for the VQ37 engines.

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The new Gen 3 Ultra Long Tube Intake places two large K&N filters in front of the radiator. Strategic placement of the filters allow for optimum cold air flow and easy filter removal for cleaning. It features additional polished tubes that pass through the front core support, larger air filters than the Generation 2 unit. On some applications such as the G37 a urethane splash guard is included in the kit to help protect the filter. This is only necessary on vehicles with larger grill openings from the factory. All kits feature a system of varied diameter tubing and steps to maximize air velocity.

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The power result: A dyno-proven 17.5 horsepower on the 370Z. This translates to an estimated 20-22 horsepower gain at the flywheel! No other intake for the VQ can match these power gains!

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Recommended installation requires removal of the front fascia clip (not absolutely necessary for some vehicles, but significantly aids in ease of installation) and slightly enlarging the holes through the front core support.

  • 17.5 Rear Wheel horsepower gain
  • Ultra Long Mandrel Bent Polished Aluminum Intake
  • Genuine K&N air filters with 1,000,000 mile warranty
  • Easy to follow step by step instructions
  • Great sound with no drone
  • Installation requires mild enlarging of core support
  • CARB Approved – E.O. #D-436-21

- See more at: http://www.stillen.com/product/intake-kits/generation-3-ultra-long-tube-dual-intake-kit—gen-3-ultra-long-tube-intake-kit-0913-370z-not-nismo-8778.html#sthash.N4qgrT2Y.dpuf

Velocity Factor – Mitsubishi 4G63 High Performance Engine Building

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At Velocity Factor, we often do full performance engine builds.  A fully built motor is a great way to maximize power, add strength, reliability, and take your performance to the next level.

Velocity Factor is your source for South Florida Engine Building.  We can build the engine in your Evo, STI, MazdaSpeed 3, or whatever other car you drive.  We have experience building 4G63, EJ25, MZR, and many other motors.

The pictures above show a 4G63 Eclipse turbo motor.  The expected power output is 500hp.

For this build, we are using forged parts from JE, Carrillo rods, Ferrea 6000 Series valves, GSC springs, ARP head bolts, and metal head gasket.  In addition to using these premium components, the head has received a port and polish job.  The engine build is then fully balanced and blueprinted, then torqued to spec by our trained and talented technicians.

To give the engine bay a touch of class and an attractive appearance, the valve cover has been custom powder coated with a candy blue finish.

If you or anyone you know are interested in taking your car’s performance to the next level with a professional engine build, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Velocity Factor – 2014 Tesla Model S Brake Caliper Painting

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This customer came to us wanting to give his brand new Tesla Model S a unique touch.  We improved the appearance with custom brake caliper painting.

We painted the calipers a nice bright red to stand out and be noticed.

At Velocity Factor, our slogan is Modernizing The Modern.  Call us today and ask about our Tesla Customization options.  Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.

Velocity Factor – 2005 Lotus Elise Painted Brake Calipers

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This customer came to us with his 2005 Lotus Elise, looking to make it a little more unique, but still classy and clean.  We improved the appearance with custom brake caliper painting.

Call us today and ask about our Caliper Painting options.  Our number is 561-395-5700. We are open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00EST, and Saturday 12:00-4:00EST.