Chickened out. Going with the 87mm H22 high comp pistons instead of the 88mm. This should leave a bit more meat in the cylinder sleeves to handle the higher cylinder pressures. After receiving the custom 155mm Pauter rods, checking rod/block clearances, and making the dry sump oil pan the block is off to the machine shop. (M&B Cylinder Head of Portland OR. Much more reputable than the last shop i chose.)
Anyone had experience with King Bearings? ACL doesn't make a race bearing for a Kia Sportage.. (who would have thought...) but king makes a street bearing for the FE3. From what I've seen its either this or OE. Might be another option out there though.
FYI, PREracing is now a dealer for Redhorse fittings. Myself and another shop car (Project Heavy Weapon) needed a TON of AN fittings and hoses so we talked the boss man into it.
I've been thinking about how i'm going to put the power down recently so I've been hunting for fender flares, body mods, wheel tire combos that will all jive. I've also been thinking about wrapping the car instead of re-painting this time. I havent settled on the exhaust manifold design yet but i know it'll be utilizing a GT30 flange. I've had enough of the leaky T25 flange. It seems like the longest I've been able to get out of it before leaking has been about 4000 miles. (Best results after using a vice grip to hold 1 corner down after stripping out one of the M8 tapped holes in the flange. Haha?
This means i'll also be modifying the exhaust housing on the EFR6258. It hurts to think about doing this but i love everything else about this turbo. Any welder Bros have any advice (besides not doing it or waiting for treadstone to get their **** together) on which filler to use / tips and tricks for welding cast stainless to a Stainless GT30 flange?
FYI the new exhaust manifold will be reduced to 1.25" runners instead of 1.5" in order to more tightly package the manifold and to keep the exhaust gas velocity up.
High comp H22 CP pistons (SC7132) with Custom 155mm C-C rods.
Rod and piston comparison.
collector in progress.
FE3 Dry sump oil pan. 1/2" flange will get re-surfaced to remove any warping after welding. Bungs and fittings by ARE dry sump. I did the welding myself so of course its not perfect but i'm confident i'll be functional.
FE3 Dry sump oil pan front view.