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Old 03-05-2016, 01:34 PM   #161
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I think most of the photo's you see of 15x10's on cars, the fenders have already been rolled and pulled to try and fit other wheels/tire combinations before they went to a 15x10. This is the stock bodywork, doesn't even have a roll, so it shows decently well just how much bigger these wheels are.
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holy cow your going to need some flares.. that's some poke!
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Yeah I'm definitely gonna need to figure something out down the road. I'll figure it out when I'm at that point I guess haha

Got some sensors in the mail. For anybody reading through this in the future with a holley hp efi harness and an ls3 here's what you need

dbc throttle body, I chose the Nick Williams 92mm, never heard a bad thing about Nick Williams
Throttle position sensor - 17123852
Intake Air Temperature sensor - 25036751
Idle Air Control Valve - 17113391
Oil Pressure sensor - 554-102
Fuel Pressure Sensor - 554-102 (I opted out on this one)

Yes these are needed, no your crate ls3 did not come with them. The hp efi is not compatible with dbw and it needs these sensors to operate with the dbc throttle body, you should already have everything else on the engine. Yes that oil pressure sensor on the engine is useless, use the holley one.

Now that that is over I can get back to the build. I'm planning on putting the IAT in the intake where the MAF used to go since that hole isn't used anymore becasue of the map. I'm gonna make a little plate out of aluminum on the mill at school and drill .160" into the center so that the entire sensor part of the sensor is in the airstream. Basically it'll be .160" further in than in the picture.


I also worked on the go kart a little bit, more header stuff. This time I'm building it from the rear to the front and it's definitely gonna go smoother. But hey, this was part of the point, it's a learning process.



I also worked on a buddy's turbo e36 a little bit last weekend. He's paying me to do all of his cold side work and I'll be welding all the tube. (zipties were for mock up)



And then here's the new throttle body. The IAT came in the mail the other day but it's not a very exciting picture. The TPS was out in the garage at the time of the picture and the IACV is already on the throttle body.
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Flywheels is in the mail as well as the trans mount. Went with the ACT flywheel, looks like the lightest option without getting into more exotic and expensive flywheels. An inline thermostat is also in the mail but that's for the go kart. Planning on fabbing the trans mount sometime next week.
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Love this thread man, impressed by your progress despite school and other life projects, lookin good.

E36 set up looks neat, turbo angle looks questionable though (oiling)?
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Love this thread man, impressed by your progress despite school and other life projects, lookin good.

E36 set up looks neat, turbo angle looks questionable though (oiling)?
Turbos can be clocked up to a certain degree. Something like 15-20 degrees.
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I'd have to ask him again but I believe it's clocked at or almost at 20 degrees. It's actually extremely close to the head, a little closer than I'd like it it was my build. The silicone tubing is basically rubbing on the valve cover. But he didn't want a bottom mount turbo so I guess that's pretty much the only way he can run it. His exhaust is another story, glad I'm not fabbing that part, it's gonna be a tricky one for sure.

Oh I also bought a dual regulator for purging stainless, couple of guys I've done welding for payed me yesterday so I went ahead and used the money I had made off welding to buy more welding equipment. I'll need to purge both the headers and the miata's exhaust so it's a worthy investment. I can also do other people's stainless exhuasts now too which I'm hoping to bring in some extra cash with. Kinda running out of random **** to sell, and I'm not about to start selling my guitars haha

Edit: And thanks NBoost, I appreciate the kind words.
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Turbos can be clocked up to a certain degree. Something like 15-20 degrees.
I know this, angle looked too steep, which is why I was curious.
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on the intake temp sensor. check the rubber boot for the intake. on the passenger side should be a hole, just pop the iat into that.
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Old 03-10-2016, 04:44 PM   #170
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Are you running your crankcase vent open or a catch can? Also I figured this would be a nice clean approach, seems the hole might need a little enlarging in the rubber boot. Obviously easier than milling a little piece to adapt it but at the same time I kinda like machining stuff haha

Also I've been thinking a lot about the whole slave cylinder and boiling fluid thing. So I'm guessing most of the heat is coming from our lines being in such close proximity to the exhaust and all that heat being stuffed into such a small engine bay. It seems that a lot of the problems in the camaro community come from a shitty stock master cylinder as well as the clutch fluid becoming contaminated. Maybe you've already thought of/tried this but what if we added a sort of heat sink. I know a lot of cars use a loop of hardline to cool fluid, or at least that's my only guess as to what it's for since it seems to have no other purpose. What if we implemented a similar thing? Like a double or triple loop of hardline in the engine bay where there's some ventilation, then from there go to a stainless line and to the transmission? Because I feel like if the fluid is boiling from being to close to the headers, if you change to a more expensive slave you'll still be boiling fluid. Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, you have more experience with this type of stuff, but it couldn't hurt right?
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Are you running your crankcase vent open or a catch can? Also I figured this would be a nice clean approach, seems the hole might need a little enlarging in the rubber boot. Obviously easier than milling a little piece to adapt it but at the same time I kinda like machining stuff haha

Also I've been thinking a lot about the whole slave cylinder and boiling fluid thing. So I'm guessing most of the heat is coming from our lines being in such close proximity to the exhaust and all that heat being stuffed into such a small engine bay. It seems that a lot of the problems in the camaro community come from a shitty stock master cylinder as well as the clutch fluid becoming contaminated. Maybe you've already thought of/tried this but what if we added a sort of heat sink. I know a lot of cars use a loop of hardline to cool fluid, or at least that's my only guess as to what it's for since it seems to have no other purpose. What if we implemented a similar thing? Like a double or triple loop of hardline in the engine bay where there's some ventilation, then from there go to a stainless line and to the transmission? Because I feel like if the fluid is boiling from being to close to the headers, if you change to a more expensive slave you'll still be boiling fluid. Maybe I'm looking at this wrong, you have more experience with this type of stuff, but it couldn't hurt right?
On the crank case I'm just running the factory pcv stuff. It burns a little oil but I'm not worried. I did have a breather tank. That would allow some blow by gasses out and let those gasses into the cab. That wasn't fun.


I actually tracked town the tremic Trans am team last week. I told them about my issues. It won't shift over 5500rpm and on long straights I'll lose the pedal. I'm actually working with the guy now that builds all the tremics for pwc. He says I'm over throwing the clutch that the clutch fingers are going so far and actually pressing the clutch plate into the flywheel. I'm still a good month away from digging into it any more. He was recommending running a smaller mc so the slave won't travel as far.
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The loops of hard-line are to allow movement between the engine and body.
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The loops of hard-line are to allow movement between the engine and body.
Right. Brake fluid and clutch fluid is fairly stagnant.
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While it should be fairly stagnant if you somewhat cool the fluid up top, it should move lower, correct? If nothing else conduction through the fluid should cool it a tiny bit. I figured the loop was for body movement originally, however our van had them on the brake lines up top which doesn't really makes sense. That's why I was thinking maybe they were for cooling too. But looks like it doesn't matter either way since that's not the problem haha

That's interesting about over throwing the clutch. I'm gonna hold off on buying the slave and master until (hopefully) a solution is found. On the other hand my flywheel and trans mount get here today! Props to summit for free shipping that gets there 2 days later
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Got some stuff in the mail. New flywheel, transmission mount and a little inline thermostat (not for the miata). Also did some welding this morning for a couple people, made a decent amount of money so that's cool. Hoping to get some work done on the miata tomorrow during my study breaks. Spent most my morning cutting and welding stuff for other people. Trying to not be so self-conscious about my welds so I'll post a couple once in a while, try not to rip me a new one lol, tips are appreciated though.






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Well ****, went to put the chain on the axle and it hits the shifter on the engine. May have to hold off on the go kart. I need to move the axle back about three inches but in order to do that I need new bearing carriers. May as well get a bigger axle while I'm in there and going down that road costs money that I don't want to sink into the go kart at this time. I'm thinking that I'll finish the cooling system as well as the exhaust since I don't really need to put more money into those and call it good for now. That'll allow me to have most of the kart done and then move it out of the way so that we have more garage space. Kinda sucks, I was really looking forward to getting it done this year. One the other hand it frees up that $500 I had set aside for the go kart.
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wait wait wait what's up with the blow off valve?
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wait wait wait what's up with the blow off valve?
I'm guessing that's the welding he was doing for his friend. That threw me off too haha.
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Haha yeah the blowoff valve picture is for my buddy's e36 and the other one is for my buddies 1jz 240. Guess I didn't make that very clear haha

Yesterday was a bust, power went out, couldn't do my hw or work on the car. The NW has been getting hit with some pretty nasty windstorms lately, that's the second power outage in the last couple weeks, a lot of places still don't have power. Since I didn't get my matlab done yesterday today will be spent doing that which sucks, thankfully that class is over in 2 days. The teacher's great but it should really be an 8 credit class, he assigns a stupid amount of material and I'm spending well over 20 hrs per week on it.
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The NW has been getting hit with some pretty nasty windstorms lately, that's the second power outage in the last couple weeks,
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