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Old 05-28-2009, 08:58 PM   #21
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:04 PM   #22
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you may not need to buy a vortech recalibration kit if you get clever with a $5 bleeder valve. it's pretty straightforward, but I will make a thread on how I did mine if there is enough interest.
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:20 AM   #23
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OK let's see... I'd like to cash in on Stein's promise... I believe you said you'd send me the injectors if I pay shipping... oh if I finish the build in less than 24 hours. Didn't read tha....

OH WAIT. I finished Up and running. Took pictures all night. Yep, stayed up all night, and to be completely honest, Stein's offer was a huge motivator.

You all were a HUGE help, both in tech support and "fan" support.

I ran into a few problems, I can't go into detail right now though, I'm going to have my exhaust made soon (open DP ftw! but wayyyy too loud).

First problem was manifold install. REALLY snug, had an extremely hard time getting it on.

Second was getting the stock exhaust cut out of the way (I have a custom one piece exhaust). I was in my DIRT parking lot with my car on tiny ramps, yet still found a way to get my recip saw under there. After separating from the mid pipe, I had to unbolt the stock "downpipe" brackets that are connected to the trans case. Tough stuff for a 1990, prob never been done on this car.

Last big problem was the DP fitament. It.. didn't fit. It was off on the bolt hole locations so I had to ghetto rig it for now until around 9 this morning, when I can start making it work at the shop.

Other than that, everything is up and running! 6 lbs is what I'm boosting.


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Old 05-29-2009, 07:28 AM   #24
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PS: I will be posting pics after the exhaust is made, my phone is messing up

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Old 05-29-2009, 09:17 AM   #25
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OK let's see... I'd like to cash in on Stein's promise... I believe you said you'd send me the injectors if I pay shipping... oh if I finish the build in less than 24 hours. Didn't read tha....

OH WAIT. I finished Up and running. Took pictures all night. Yep, stayed up all night, and to be completely honest, Stein's offer was a huge motivator.
Post those pics and PM me your address. Anyone that can knock it out in a dirt parking lot in a day gets my respect. Hell, I'll cover the shipping, too.
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:11 AM   #26
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Hey all, sorry about the long wait for update. I've been spending every waking minute either working on my car or working at work.

Short story: After 15 hours, I finished, all said and done. After fitting everything up and getting the turbo spooling, I went and made the ic piping at a friend's exhaust shop. Made the piping, hooked up the recirc line, hooked up the boost gauge, and finished all the vac lines.

Test drive revealed something real fun. I'm boosting 10 lbs. problematic when you figure I'm running stock injectors. so I'm trying not to romp on it, but it's sooo freakin' fun. Stein, I love you man. I'm PM'ing you my address in a sec.

4 problems have arisen:

1) My exhaust manifold, block side, is leaking. The gasket is leaking, so I have to do that tomorrow unfortunately. Pain in the butt b/c it's so cramped.

2) My Oil drain line (the one that had to be drilled and threaded into the oil pan) is leaking. I tried using the putty many people suggest before I ever started the car. Bad idea I guess, it's dripping at a decent rate. SOOO I have to chisel that away tomorrow morning and replace it with the thickest gasket sealer I could find at advanced auto.

3) I don't have timing control. Will be buying it used from a member here monday

4) Last, and BIGGEST problem-- Shaft play. I checked it when I bought it, none. Now, for some reason, it's pretty bad. I can hear the turbine scraping the walls of the snail.

Advice for any of these problems would be awesome. For the most part, I have plans for solving them, but input is still welcome.

Pics and video are starting to come, but all I have is a cell phone (college budget/turbo build kills my wallet). Here's two as teasers:

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More pics and video to come.

Any questions, just ask. I have a lot of touch-up work to do, so sorry in advance for a bit of a late replay.

Also going to replace my sparks tomorrow.

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Old 05-31-2009, 03:25 AM   #27
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Toddcod,

I can't send PM's (don't have 15 posts yet).

So here's my PM to you

Todd,

Any way you could do $75 for just the MSD box?


Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:27 AM   #28
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Just another post to get to 15... sorry mods :(
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:27 AM   #29
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Two more, I swear
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:27 AM   #31
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Old 05-31-2009, 03:39 AM   #32
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also have a question. I want to run atmospheric blow off. Obviously I can't b/c it kills my idle at 500 rpm. If I adjust my idle to 1300 or so and run atmospheric, and it doesn't affect my idle, would it then be ok to run such a setup?

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im selling my old o2 clamp if you want it
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:30 PM   #34
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ok did my research, found out about the vta bov. Oh well, guess I have to wait until I get MS.

Sam- I don't need an o2 clamp... yet. Once I get everything set up correctly and safely, such as the MSD box, I will prob need one. But I already have a guy selling me one for cheap.

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Old 05-31-2009, 02:05 PM   #35
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Just a comment, your air filter is sucking in hot air from the radiator fan causing high intake temps. I would move it and flip it to the other side behind the headlight.
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:47 PM   #36
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+1 you can actually feel the hot air behind the fans when they're running after a drive
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:07 PM   #37
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Yeah I know. Like I said, there are a lot of things to work out. I have to find a more efficient place for the intake, not only b/c of the heat, but also the 90 degree angle. But I really had no choice, my IC piping is right underneat it. I'll find a way, don't worry.

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OK man, 1.8L injectors shipped to you today. You earned them.
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Wow Kevin... That's all I have to say... you better clean up everything, and soon or you'll be carless again... You need to do a lot of servicing on your almost 200,000 mile car...don't ya think? you better fix that stuff seriously before I get back to school or you'll be left in the dust!!!! your going to need to rebuild that turbo and fix your boost leak, I'm impressed with what you've done in so far as the price other than that you've got tons to learn! (I'm not saying I don't) Your best bet is to put it back to stock then have your turbo fixed along with gather the rest of the parts you need
go in this order:
MS-Mega squirt (words can not describe how important this is)
WB- Wide band (AFR readings will save your ***)
INJ-injectors (need to be tuned correctly only with above things^^^)
Turbo **** you need (since you own the main bits, it's one less thing to buy)
It may seem like I'm bashing you and quite frankly it's because I am.... You need to do this one right the first time and save your self the problems of a rod or piston through the block....Again.......
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And put your location in your user cp
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