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Old 05-18-2017, 06:55 PM   #521  
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FWIW - new Roadmaster towbar for flat-towing to the track;

Towed to Atlanta Motorsports Park yesterday for the TNIA. Worked like a boss - better'n renting a Uhaul dolly - hooks up in 15 min.

[BTW - Yes, it's purple. Yes, it's scruffy. No, I don't give a f**k.]
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:56 PM   #522  
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I did a thing...

I have a tablet in my dash, replacing the Blose, and it's been there for a long time;

There's also other stuff crammed behind the tablet, and it gets HOT back in there. How hot? Hot enough to cause the battery to start bloating and pushing the screen out of the bezel of the tablet. So, I had to replace the battery in the tablet;

But then I said, "Hey, why not cure the disease instead of treating the symptom?" So I found a 12v powered, temperature-sensing relay thingie and bought some computer case fans;


Stuffed the whole kit 'n kaboodle into the dash and...voila! Temeprature controlled fans that exhausts all of that bad old hot air and keep my tablet running for another 4 years!

BTW - with ambient temps in the low 90's the temp inside the dash was getting up to 120*F. At first I had a single 60mm fan blowing on the tablet. But that was not up to the job, So I swapped that for two 80mm fans, and they seem to be keeping the temps under control. And if you're wondering about battery drain...don't. I've had a 2-battery hookup (stock, in the stock location, and a motorcycle battery on the other side) for quite a while. The fans and relay all are running off the bike battery. So, if that goes flat, it doesn't jeopardize my "main" battery.

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To flat tow, do you have to leave key in ignition as to not lock the steering? I've never seen that before.
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...and in case you don't want to dig, here's the bike battery in the trunk (this was the first installation iteration - it's much better now, I just didn't feel like taking another picture);


...and this is the "Battery Doctor" isolator that keeps the main and aux batteries separate when discharging, but allows both to be charged from the alternator.

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To flat tow, do you have to leave key in ignition as to not lock the steering? I've never seen that before.
Key in the ignition, bungee around wheel to the bracket for the anti-sub belt on the floor. This helps the steering to re-center after turns. Works like a charm.
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Well, after 3.5 years of faithful service, my CXRacing chinacharger has finally given up the ghost.

Not really, it hasn't failed. But a seal on the hot-side is starting to leak oil into the impeller housing and I get some oil burning on cold starts. Once the hot-side gets hot the oil-burning stops, but my neighbors probably aren't happy with me when I leave out for work and trail a faint plume of smoke until I reach the main street. My long term solution is an EFR 6758, but I don't have that kind of coin right now. So I'm band aiding it with another CXRacing until I can save for "the real deal" and start playing with the Big Boys.

In the meantime, I've taken this opportunity to replace the trusty old FM log manifold, with the sexy new Kraken manifold that's been collecting dust on my workbench. That required some small changes because the Kraken manifold positions that turbo about an inch higher, and an inch forward of where the FM manifold did. So, I had to;
- Put a "connector" between the downpipe and exhaust pipe to take up the 1" difference (kludgy, yes, but I'll fix it when I get the EFR
- Cut a new notch in the (pseudo) frame rail to clear the compressor housing (again, because of the forward offset of the Kraken)
- Trim the intake air cleaner heat shield (ditto for the offset)

None of that was rocket-science, just minor annoyances.

The new/old CXRacing turbo comes in on Thursday. Before it goes on the car it'll get a full port-job on the IWG because, why not? And I'll probably port-match the IM as well (again, why not?). Then It'll be a few more months of slow spooling and power limitations until I can reach EFR-Nirvana.
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