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Old 06-04-2008, 12:08 AM   #81
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I slacked today and didn't get much done. I spent most of my day powerwashing my driveway and cutting down tree branches. But at least I got to get something done.

So the deal with my bodyshop guy is this. Plain and simple, he's half stupid. He does amazing work, knows his ****, has all the equipment, and has two guys that do awesome work as well. Problem is it takes him f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get to any restoration work. His money makers are the Saturn and Honda dealerships, they both bring him sometimes a dozen cars a week. So 90% of the time, he's replacing fenders or bumpers, then its in the booth and out the door. He had my miata the first time for almost 7 months, the second time about 2. And the second time was when he left the ebrake up in a corvette and let in roll into my car, pushing my car then into a wall.

So....that being said, I'm trying to do alot of the timely work myself. I've never done any bodywork before now, but I find it relaxing. I fiberglassed the back bumper and it looked good, so now I'm doing the front. I got the supplies and went at it, I have no idea if I'm doing good or if I'm sanding too much. I just remember everytime I read about anything autobody that the saying is "its all in the prep". So I'm taking it word for word. I fiberglassed the center crack already and its nice and solid now. The two side cracks I just did tonight and I'll hopefully finish up the front bumper tomorrow. As of now I have about 5 hours, maybe a bit more into the front bumper alone. I have no idea if that's on track, or if I got married to the job.

Then after I cleaned up all the tools I finally got to adjust the new headlights. I want to try and fit the CF headlights myself. I think if I bang each fender a bit with the rubber mallet, that I have a better chance of fitting them.

And I just made a HUGE order from siliconeintakes.com, so I'll probably be able to fab up the IC pipes this week. I'm going to find the absolute best way to run them, do the cuts, bring to my welder, then have them powdercoated. I think I have enough pipes to make 2, maybe 3 sets. If I can I will make an extra two sets and see what I can get for them off ebay. As it is I have no idea what to be asking for the FM setup.

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Old 06-04-2008, 12:48 AM   #82
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that filter is going to get very very dirt
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inspired to finish up my loose ends...way to go bro!
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I think I have enough pipes to make 2, maybe 3 sets. If I can I will make an extra two sets and see what I can get for them off ebay. As it is I have no idea what to be asking for the FM setup.
Wait, aren't you planning on running under the driver headlight box? I don't think there are many out there with your headlights, so trying to sell IC pipes for your particular setup may not work very well.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:09 PM   #85
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Wait, aren't you planning on running under the driver headlight box? I don't think there are many out there with your headlights, so trying to sell IC pipes for your particular setup may not work very well.
Nah, just the air filter. I still don't have a solid plan on how I'm going to route them. I figure once the couplers and clamps come, then I can sit down and figure out what has the best clearance and shortest lengths. I have a shitload of new pipes, so it was just a thought.

The air filter setup should be cool though. I'm going to figure out a way to maybe enclose the whole area under the headlight with aluminum. And then put at least mesh, maybe even a pre-filter before the actual filter.

This got me thinking when I have the extra dough, I think I'll try and fit me a oil cooler under the passenger side headlight. I just don't know if enough air enters the TSI's that all this makes sense, but I would imagine so.

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This got me thinking when I have the extra dough, I think I'll try and fit me a oil cooler under the passenger side headlight. I just don't know if enough air enters the TSI's that all this makes sense, but I would imagine so.

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Without anything in that opening, yes. With TSI's, I don't think there would really be enough volume. IMO what I'd do is go RX8 style, and put it behind one of the large openings in your front bumper, that'd ensure enough flow. Fo sho.
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ya theres definitely a clamp on that exhaust, Im sure it will prolly fit just fine

I dont care about no clamp.

look at the length after the bends. but outlets are on the same plane, the muffler looks like it will sit parallel to the bumper.

the one tip has a 90* then tip. the other, 90* then a bit of length, the tip.

to me it looks like the one will stick out a few inches from the car and the other under the car.....its odd.
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I dont care about no clamp.

look at the length after the bends. but outlets are on the same plane, the muffler looks like it will sit parallel to the bumper.

the one tip has a 90* then tip. the other, 90* then a bit of length, the tip.

to me it looks like the one will stick out a few inches from the car and the other under the car.....its odd.

Looking at the photo of it on the cement it doens't even look like it'll come close. I sat there looking at my monitor for five minutes attempting to figure out if it'll work or not.. Once he installed it, I couldn't believe it seemed to fit perfect!
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Looking at the photo of it on the cement it doens't even look like it'll come close. Once he installed it, I couldn't believe it seemed to fit perfect!
lol...Tell me about it! I opened the box, took the stuff out, took pictures, then went back to work on the tbird. The entire time all I could think was how in the **** is that going to look flush at all.

Here's a better picture of the tips from the back straight on. I used the black plastic bumpers to measure from and both tips are right on.

Does anyone else have a dual setup from Jason that works like this?

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Nice work on the build Vash.

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Without anything in that opening, yes. With TSI's, I don't think there would really be enough volume. IMO what I'd do is go RX8 style, and put it behind one of the large openings in your front bumper, that'd ensure enough flow. Fo sho.
You got me thinking, and that makes sense. Why the **** do I even need the TSI's really? I'm gonna try no a total turn signal delete with some black mesh inside the opening instead. I have some LED's coming, so I'll just figure out a way to hide them in something behind the mesh.

I know its not like what some of you guys do on here with the CAD stuff, but it speaks my mind. I'm gonna give a shot at tig welds and make some aluminum air boxes down at the shop.

I've welded random **** before, soldered before, but I've never made anything beautiful before. I figure I have all this **** down at the shop to use....and now is the time to do it.

I wait until I get prices on the aluminum and practice my welding skillz before I get crazy. I hope this turns into something good and I can make it look decent!

I also ordered my Defi boost gauge today and I hope to decide on a Sparco wheel and hub soon. I'm just soo close to being done!

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You got me thinking, and that makes sense. Why the **** do I even need the TSI's really? I'm gonna try no a total turn signal delete with some black mesh inside the opening instead. I have some LED's coming, so I'll just figure out a way to hide them in something behind the mesh.

I for one really like the look on the front bumper w/out the signals, just wish the openings were a little more clean. I attempted to make a mesh thing to cover the hole, but didn't spend too much time doing it and ended up looking like complete ***.

Again I can't speak for TSIs, but I can tell you on a 90 degree day w/out hood hinge spacers, removing the signals and leaving them open dropped underhood temps by nearly 40 degrees on my car. Looking forward to what you can come up with.
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Here's a better picture of the tips from the back straight on. I used the black plastic bumpers to measure from and both tips are right on.

ok, nice! looks like the muffler doesn't sit perfectly perpendicular so everything lines up.
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elesjuan: Yea, I'm gonna give the aluminum boxes a try. I'll have some time tomorrow hopefully to go down to the shop and make them. I just don't have and idea what the prices are on aluminum. My buddy down there owns the welding shop, so I'm sure he'll give me a deal, I just hope they don't end up costing a fortune to make/play with.

Braineack: I'm excited to see what the exhaust looks like with them bumper back on and all. I swear, I have no ******* idea how it lined up....but thank god it did. That would have sucked having one tip flush with the bumper and the other sticking out like 1ft!

Well, today I decided to try and give my electrical skillz a shot. Anything with wires is definitely my weakest department. I mean, I've wired up things like a pivot headlight control, turbo timer, greddy gauge, EMB, AAC headlights, etc. Mainly small stuff with exception to the EMB, but I had someone watching over me for that. I feel like I need to just jump in head first and learn this ****. Its just that I don't have alot of experience with schematics and just general knowledge of electronics, but I'm getting better day by day.

I got the LC1 DB gauge in, as well as the Defi boost gauge. By in I mean in the new A-pillar and routed under the dash (what a bitch). I swear my neighbors must think I'm crazy. I'm under the dash just saying "******* ****....you BITCH...****!" I cant really tell how loud I am with my ipod on, I just pretend they cant hear me. lol....and the A-pillar that was on the car did not want to come out nicely at all. I tried to be careful in-case I didn't like the new look, but I snapped that ****** right in half.

My only problems so far is I cant figure out what to do with the yellow wire on the LC1, and where to grab the constant 12v for the boost gauge from. The kid at the hardware store gave me terminals to crimp the wire to and just pop into the fuse box. But now that I think of it....is that ok?

Ohhh and my order from siliconeintakes.com came today. But I got the wrong size bolts at the hardware store to mount the IC, so I'll probably leave that project for tomorrow. So much to do....I have no idea how a brake job turned into all of this.

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Im Loving this thread. Everything seems to be going smoothly.
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Im Loving this thread. Everything seems to be going smoothly.
Thanks man! I'm really trying my best with everything.

I just came in to grab my camera, the ******* bung for the LC1 is perfect! I just was checking the fluid in my shifter _____ and had the hardest damn time putting the thing back in! Years ago I put the Simpson short throw and some redline oil in there. I was thinking "don't even tell me I need to go inside to read how this goes back in", right when it gently popped back in.

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elesjuan: Yea, I'm gonna give the aluminum boxes a try. I'll have some time tomorrow hopefully to go down to the shop and make them. I just don't have and idea what the prices are on aluminum. My buddy down there owns the welding shop, so I'm sure he'll give me a deal, I just hope they don't end up costing a fortune to make/play with.

Braineack: I'm excited to see what the exhaust looks like with them bumper back on and all. I swear, I have no ******* idea how it lined up....but thank god it did. That would have sucked having one tip flush with the bumper and the other sticking out like 1ft!

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Cool, Good luck with the box.. That really shouldn't be too hard at all to build, just takes some time and patients. Looking forward to pictures! lots and Lots of pictures!

As for the exhaust hanging out 1 foot on one side.... That'd fit in perfectly around here! Every piece of **** chevy/ford/dodge truck running around has some crappy *** redneck built dual exhaust coming out under the rear bumper.. They're NEVER level, and NEVER flush with the rear bumper... 100% of them sound like complete and total ****, yet the owners still seem to think they're badass or something??

I mean its not that hard to weld exhaust on and make it level.. Hell I cut the muffler off my system and welded a new one, and a 90* 2.5" bend/tail pipe myself. It looked perfect when I was done, then I cut out that POS "resonator" that fell apart and replaced it with a piece of pipe.. doing that I kinda fucked up the alignment, but it still looks good. What I'd give for a TIG welder though...
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Got LC1 almost in. I just need to drill holes for the calibration button and LED, and connect it to 12v. I re-routed a shitload of wires, and also found out why my turbo timer randomly stopped working. The ******* connections are a joke, I cant wait to talk with my bodyshop guy. I' so happy I'm learning this fast because I will never again let him/them touch a single wire in the car again.

In the 1st picture you can see (kinda) the bung to the right of the yoke on the driveshaft. It was nice and straight under the shifter.

It just clears hitting the PPF by an inch. I got it strapped up nice and ready to roll. The sensor itself is sitting right at 3 o'clock, I know its not 12, but I hope its ok.

Ran out of light and need to get away from this and go out for some beers. My friends know that 90% of the time lately I've been with my car.

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Everything is wired up, but not everything works right. It was getting late so I rushed and must have fucked up somewhere. So I need to redo some of the wires, but at least everything works.....kinda.

I took the steering wheel off and I'm ready to order the new one, once I decide on the wheel. And my stimulus check came today, so that's gonna get me the Megasquirt PNP.

I also got some stuff to mount the IC, so hopefully I can get it mounted and mock up all my pipes today. This way I can bring them to the powder coating place on Monday.

I just hope I can figure out the electrical stuff a little better. I sucks knowing I need to crawl back under the dash and figure out where exactly I fucked up.

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Got some more done. I'm hungry like crazy, so I'm going to wendys.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves for what I did tonight. 90% of the pictures are blurry, so I'll only post a couple and take better ones tomorrow when its light out.

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