May 012012
 
Spring Rate 101 by H&R Springs

Spring Rate 101 by Roland Graef. Suspension customers shopping for aftermarket springs will sometimes resort to shopping for springs by spring rate. While the rate of the spring is a measure of spring performance, it is not the only influence of vehicle performance and handling, especially when the chassis is lowered.  There are many factors that come into play when it comes to suspension tuning. When does a higher rate spring feel softer than a lower rate spring and a lower […Continue Reading…]

Apr 252012
 
Which PERRIN Endlinks Are For Me?

We have listened to our customers and dealers to bring you something that you have been asking for, that hits a particular price point as well as performance levels that until now, we have not offered! Our endlinks have gone through a major revamp over the last few months and we now have three different styles to choose from for each application. With virtually the same design bodies, we now have 3 different types of bushings you can get in your endlinks. […Continue Reading…]

Apr 202012
 
Bumpstops are Not Bumpstops Anymore

Micro Cellular Jounce Bumper. by Roland Graef. Attention – calling all bumpstops.Well, we call them bumpstops because we always have. It is what we are used to calling them. But in the age of specialized tech-talk they are “bumpstops” no more; now they are micro-cellular progressive jounce bumpers. – What? … That was a double decafe Mocha, skinny, no whip! “The song, “Head out on the Highway, look’in for adventure” keeps ringing in my head. Where was I, oh yeah, trying […Continue Reading…]

Apr 192012
 
Boost Control Systems Explained..... Part 3

Why Do I need the EBCS Pro? In Boost Control Systems Explained Part 2, we described the basics behind adding more boost using Manual boost controllers along with how OEM boost control systems work. In this article, we are going to explore using our EBCS Pro solenoid in place of the OEM part. You will see how this can benefit you and your car. The PERRIN EBCS Pro is a solenoid designed to replace the OEM part to create better […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on April 19, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune
Apr 062012
 
My First BRZ Part

Its not really the very first part as we know of a few that already fit the car, but this is at least the first part made specifically for the car. One of our most popular parts for the EJ engine (current Subaru Engine design) is our lightweight crank pulley. Its been a staple for PERRIN for a long long time, and its only obvious that we need to continue this tradition of removing a few pounds from the rotating […Continue Reading…]

Feb 092012
 
91 Octane Fuel for Your MINI is Bad!

Recently we have been getting more and more customers with poorly runing cars, or check engine codes for super knock.   A large source of these customers are in California or where 91oct fuel is the highest they can get at the pump. In any turbocharged or supercharged engine, octane is very important for performance and for keeping knock/detonation at bay.  This article isn’t about knock or what it is, or why its bad, you can find out about this […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on February 9, 2012 About Your Car, Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only
Dec 012011
 
Your STI Doesn't Need an Intercooler, Right?

Around the shop we talked about this a bunch but never actually did it. Of course it sounds crazy to run your STI with no intercooler, but what if we added Meth injection?? Would this solve the air density issue? Would it cool temps enough to run the same ignition timing? Would this offset a necessary richer AFR do to the hotter charge temps?  Would it be more responsive? Results were very interesting for sure. The car we used was […Continue Reading…]

Nov 152011
 
How-To Datalog Your EBCS Pro

Helping Us Build Our EBCS Pro Map Database Over the years we have gotten hundreds of requests for custom PERRIN maps which are setup to use our EBCS Pro (Electronic Boost Control Solenoid).  From time to time we have offered custom mapping to customers that asked but we are taking this a step further and trying to offer this service to all customers.  In order to create a map for your car that works with the EBCS, we require some data from […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 15, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 102011
 
How-To Load Custom Maps Onto Your AccessPORT

With all our PERRIN customers, we consider all our maps to be Custom maps, because each map is tailored to each car.  With our ALTA customers, all our maps are preloaded onto the Mini AccessPORTs so normally there is no need to go through these extra steps.  There are cases where we feel it requires something beyond the supplied maps or when we are trying to fix a problem, which will require you to follow the below instructions.  In all […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Nov 102011
 
How-To Install your AccessPORT (MINI)

Special Notes About Your ALTA AccessPORT Install: Install the AP Manager Program and Check for updates. This is the first most important step to make sure your AP has the most up to date ECU, Vehicle data and MAPs for your car. After the update, you will not see the maps in the AP manager until the AccessPORT is installed on your car. Make sure your key is in the on position.  The AccessPORT will not install and say “Can’t […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on November 10, 2011 How-To's Tagged with: , ,