Project STurdteen: Prepping SR20DET Heads with Portflow Design

Project STurdteen: Prepping SR20DET Heads with Portflow Design

by Rathyna Gomer


For those of you who have been keeping up with my Project STurdteen drift car, you will see that we spent a good amount of time overhauling the suspension and making small gains with some bolt-ons. After I took her out for my first track day, I unknowingly lost the dipstick at some point and discovered a slight ticking noise in the head. After conducting a leak-down test, we discovered that two of the cylinders were down over 25%. In other words, the Turd’s heart was a bit worn down and it was time for a rebuild!

Before diving into the block, we decided to work with the amazing Tom Fujita from Portflow Design to begin working on my SR20 head. Portflow designs uses the Newen valve seat cutting machine.

The Newen is innovative as it does not use stones or cutters like the traditional valve seat cutting machine used in valve jobs. The Newen is a CNC style cutter that uses a tool bit to shape the seat and surrounding head for optimal flow. Instead of abrupt angles like old style cutters, the Newen makes a smooth radius for best flow.  

The Newen also blends the valve seat into the combustion chamber and the port, eliminating turbulence causing steps. If done correctly, a Newen valve job can make much of the flow gains that a fully ported head can make!


Before getting started, Tom measures the diameter of the valve seats. From this, Tom can program the Newen to open up the seat larger to accommodate more airflow. With a larger cross section area and having everything blended together, the valve job can greatly increase flow.

We didn't show it, but my head was pretty hammered. This required getting new bronze valve guides from Supertech to go along with my Supertech stainless intake valves and heat-resistant Inconel exhaust valves. SR20's are pretty hard on guides, so this is not unheard of for an SR that has seen a rough life.


Like we said before, Portflow Design is one of the flew places that has a Newen machine which is a much more advanced and precise way of conducting high-performance valve jobs.  The Newen machine, like a CNC machine, needs to be programmed to cut the desired valve seat contours. 

Tom programs the Newen to cut the valve seats and contours. The software is extremely impressive. There is infinite flexibility on the angle of the valve seat and angle cuts. You can see how the machine pictures the cut contour on its own screen. 


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