I have returned from Colorado! The trip was quite fruitful, the drive was beautiful as well. One thing I can definitely say is it's HOT. Humidity typically in the teens lets you be active (in the shade) though and stay mostly dry lol.
- On the way home from work the week before the trip, I encountered THIS scene... WAT. Driving by, I still couldn't make out how they ended up upside down, maybe taking the corner too quick and got rear ended? Also found out the exhaust was not going to be finished in time. Made some calls to see if I could get it fabbed elsewhere but ultimately paid the guy a little extra labor to finish it Friday night and picked it up the following morning.
- Here's the engine bay mostly buttoned up (oil/water lines, some other misc work) for the most part, being prepped for trailering to the exhaust shop to get a downpipe fabbed up. I actually didn't notice the vacuum routing being wrong on the turbo, luckily I had no desire to boost with Lacey and all of our clothes in the car or a WOT would have made some crazy boost. Or it would, the WGA can was binding up at 1/3 open so it never closed. I had to really try to make boost. FM clocked the turbo and adjusted the WG can a little and found the can was hitting the hoot support so that had to be cut out a bit. The FM2 silicone hose held up well, the tiny amount of buckling from making it go where it doesn't belong gets blown round again when I hit boost so it's hardly noticeable.
- Here's the manifold after about 500 miles, the behavior seen here is typical and I was advised it would do this. It's some portion of the coating working it's way out of the coating as part of the curing process, they didn't clarify what it was. All of this material flakes right off with minimal pressure. The coloration changed to a darker shade on the coating, this was also something they advised would happen over time.
- Not the prettiest piping but it works!
- After dropping the car off at FM, Jeremy took me for a tour of the shop. I stopped by an Exxocet and snapped this picture from the tire contacting the chassis; my friend recently got one and commented that this could happen with not enough offset, but man is that a lot of deflection! Someone was having fun :-)
- Took this picture while walking up Highway(?) 6 to the Texas Roadhouse for some steak. Took 25 minutes and the sun was brutal the entire walk. Sunscreen highly advised!
- Got a nice ice cold Margarita while at the Roadhouse, they throw in a shot of Patrone for $2 so hell WHY NOT?!
- Snapped this in Colorado Springs after picking up the car and heading immediately there from FM. I had ZERO issues with overheating and the car ran like a champ. She ran very smooth even in the 90* heat and driving on asphalt. Don't mind the green tape, I forgot to remove it before leaving.
- Visiting Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs on Friday (7-1) with Lacey and her sister's family. This place is beautiful. Lots of space to hike and climb the rock formations. I'll be returning here.
- Arrived a little late to our show due to traffic and rain coming from Colorado Springs. Sitting at Red Rocks listening to Shpongle before Beats Antique and the view was amazing. You can see Denver from where we were sitting though the camera failed to pick it up. At night the view was amazing. It was raining off and on during the show but not enough to get us to leave. Food was ridiculously expensive though, even for venue food. $32 for two footlong chilli-cheese dogs, chips, a Coors (ehhhhh) and a Pepsi. Not my idea of value.
- Found this guy had been rubbing on the filter and almost wore through; this line runs from the BOV from my FM2 kit, T's and runs over (under the filter) to the EFR BOV, and then to the CC module after going through a check valve. The CC module might need a vacuum canister after the check valve so it can operate better in the mountains. Worked great everywhere else. You can see the big SPAL motor and some of the crossflow rad in this picture.
- And now the part everyone is waiting for... I got an (uncorrected for the 4000' elevation difference) dyno comparison 91 vs e85. Check out those numbers! 346hp/279tq @ 208kpa on 91 octane and 428hp/338tq @ 230kpa on e85 - WOW! There's more room on the injectors too. The EBC has been setup and maintains boost very well, almost flat from target to redline. Typically I use PSI when I measure boost so I'll have to figure out what that corresponds to. I did a quick log on 91 and made 19psi, so probably mid to low 20s for e85?
At home (800' elevation) the spool moves left a great deal, I didn't get a chance to push the car yet but I was hitting boost at least what felt like 1k rpm sooner. Definitely lost a lot of the lag I was seeing up in the mountains. Shifting WOT->WOT the boost comes on almost instantly. I think dialing out a little more of the cams overlap (probably a deg or so each) will yield more spool as well as vacuum. Curious how increasing the LSA above 115 will affect things.
I need to get an After dyno done at the same shop that did my tuning for the 2560 so I have a true 1:1 comparison at some point. Had to buy another o2 sensor because the one they bought for me (per Jeremy) was grey market, it calibrates but the idle AFR was off while running (14.0 vs 14.7). I really don't like this bit though, was not expecting to buy another sensor..
- There's also a comparison of my setup (Uncorrected) vs the FM2 2560 setup on 91 octane. It's not a true 1:1 as mentioned but it gives you a good idea.
Now I sit at work and make money to pay off all of this work, eagerly waiting for my lunch hour. I'll take some logs while out and about so I can get a better idea of what my boost builds like on e85 since I switched last night. Oh, and my K&N PCV breather filter over the exhaust manifold has been getting.... melty. Not quite failure temps but it gets mighty soft and bendy. Is there a one I can find that will withstand heat a little better? I might have to make a heat shield to protect it at some point.
Oh, and the epoxy wont hold on the GV front lip, so we'll be riveting the cracked sections to aluminum sheet to secure it in place. Janky, but it'll work until I get a replacement. Now I gotta get things prepped to sell the old turbo and gear to recoup some of this money