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Old 02-07-2009, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default 18psi's Build Thread finally :)

The time has come (finally) for me to make my own build thread

The build up of my manifold, downpipe, and intercooler can be found in my signature, so I wont clutter this thread with every single one of those pictures. Hoping to keep this thread mainly as a list of stuff made/bought and stuff needed as well as all my noobish *** questions while I finish this up.
Here are some pictures from tonight when we finally decided to install the manifold/downpipe/turbo permanently:





Bought some gasket material from tognotti's and made the t3 gasket as well as the manifold-to-head gasket. Hopefully they hold up well. Torqued the nuts to specs. Oil return is routed and oil pan tapped. Downpipe finished and bolted to turbo and stock exhaust, with a bracket holding it to the transmission. Intercooler build/routing in process.

setup so far:
HKS gt2535 internally gated turbo
stainless steel tubular mani
bellmouth 2.75" downpipe
stock exhaust (for now)
egr blocked off
hallman mbc
forge bov
ebay i/c and piping
oil feed/return lines
aem eugo wbo2
autometer boost gauge

Ecu wise:
I chose to go with the Adaptronic unit in parallel. I will eventually build an MS2 (in future) but I just can not wait to boost my car and decided to give this ecu a try. It is pnp, deletes the maf and runs on 3bar map sensor. Hopefully it proves to be as great as TravisR claims it to be and controls my car smoothly.

Injectors wise:
Running the stockers for now on low boost (5-6ps?) and on the lookout for rx7 460's or 550's. Really dont want to spend more than 100 so I guess I'll have to look around for some time. If anyone has a good deal on some 460+ pnp injectors gimme a holler.

Spark plugs:
stock ones in there now, but I know I need to get some 1 step colder and gap them apropriately? I'll have to read up on it a bit, but would apreciate some advise/input.

Anything I'm forgetting? Please dont hesitate to comment and add your opinions/advise. I am looking for all the input I can get so as to boost this thing successfully.

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Old 02-07-2009, 03:18 AM   #2
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Who photoshopped that for you!?

Good to see your finally getting the ball rolling. Your manifold and downpipe look awsome living together.

You know, since Im such a nice guy... I have a se of 550cc 2nd gen RX7 turbo injectors I was planning on keeping for a rainy day, but since you could maybe use them, I could part with them. Once has a cracked pintle cap, and they could surely use a rebuild, but they are yours for a little cash.
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thanx man. they are SOO ******* SNUG I mean when everything is bolted together everything is just so close together and strong. I hope I never have to take off my downpipe or at least not any time soon cause the bottom bolts are a BITCH.
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I'm such a lying dick. I only have 2 injectors apparently, I forgot I only replaced 2 when I went with 720cc primaries. I can still give you those 2 for cheap though if you want just 2.

N/m, just found a 3rd one, so the 4th must be around somewhere. Its been so long ago, and my memory is that of a 90 year olds, so I forget. I guess I did replace all 4. I didnt think it was like me to get 2 brand new ones, and leave 2 200k+ mile injectors alone.
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Looks nice, glad to see it all together. When do you plan to be doing the first start? What kind of power are you looking to get when all is done?
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well on the stock injectors at low boost I'm sure I wont get any more than about 150-160whp out of it, even if I can I probably wont even attempt to get more.

It is when I buy some 460's or 550's that I will start really tuning the car and hopefully if all goes well I'm hoping for at least 220whp. Dont want to have high hopes just to be disappointed later. Also it depends on this ecu I will be running. It SOUNDS and LOOKS like it will be great, and provide all the control and features I need, but we have yet to see.

As far as I know, Stein and myself are among the first 99+ owners to give this thing a shot, it will be interesting what kind of numbers we both end up with.
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why a top mount?
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Couldnt fit on the side? We measured and I guess this turbo has a weird hotside shape, because we could not fit it in there to the side.
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Just got home working on the intercooler setup all day. Phew. Intercooler thread updated.
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Looks like it's coming together nicely, should be a lot of fun. How many hours you have into the build so far?
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Cant really say for sure. I've been working on the different parts at different times. I'd say 2 full days for sure. Then on an off about 2 more. We are making most of the kit from scratch though, so Its not exactly a "bolt on" ordeal.

I'd say I have 2 more full days of working on it till its COMPLETELY done. Then comes tuning
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Looking good bro, congrats.

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Ecu wise:
I chose to go with the Adaptronic unit in parallel. I will eventually build an MS2 (in future) but I just can not wait to boost my car and decided to give this ecu a try. It is pnp, deletes the maf and runs on 3bar map sensor. Hopefully it proves to be as great as TravisR claims it to be and controls my car smoothly.
I'm also interested to know how your Adaptronic work out for you. I'm also considering the Adaptronic.

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-1 on using gaskets. If the surfaces are warped, have them machined flat or I can tell you how to DIY. Then put heavy grease on them and bolt it all up. Grease turns to carbon and seals any small imperfections. Now it don't leak and there's no gasket to blow out. Those gaskets will fail. I promise.
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Looking good. My Adaptronic should be here Tuesday. I'm ready to install it as everything else is done and waiting for it.
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Looking good. My Adaptronic should be here Tuesday. I'm ready to install it as everything else is done and waiting for it.
He said mine should come in to him on tuesday. That means I'll get it a few days from then
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-1 on using gaskets. If the surfaces are warped, have them machined flat or I can tell you how to DIY. Then put heavy grease on them and bolt it all up. Grease turns to carbon and seals any small imperfections. Now it don't leak and there's no gasket to blow out. Those gaskets will fail. I promise.
The surfaces were machined flat man. I also used gaskets that I made myself from the **** I got from tognotti's....What is wrong with that? because if thats a bad Idea I'll definitely fix it before I get the car running
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Looking good bro, congrats.

This thread needs moar pics
Check my signature
all the links are full of lots and lots of pics
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Spark plugs:
stock ones in there now, but I know I need to get some 1 step colder and gap them apropriately? I'll have to read up on it a bit, but would apreciate some advise/input.
Nice build. How are you running the oil feed line... is it going to run over the engine like the picture?
I would like to know what advice you get on the spark plugs too, so I can do that before I do my first start...
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He said mine should come in to him on tuesday. That means I'll get it a few days from then


The surfaces were machined flat man. I also used gaskets that I made myself from the **** I got from tognotti's....What is wrong with that? because if thats a bad Idea I'll definitely fix it before I get the car running
If there's a gasket, then there's a failure point. If there's no gasket, there is one less failure point. Pretty simple.
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haha makes sense
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