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« Reply #50 on: July 29, 2013, 09:55:48 AM »

Good stuff.  It looks happy, especially in the last picture.
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« Reply #51 on: July 29, 2013, 05:21:12 PM »

I agree it looks happy




Great job on getting it back together, especially if you have a mechanic like this


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« Reply #52 on: August 04, 2013, 03:24:16 PM »

Ok. Mindy and I got a hot moment, between family events, on the car this weekend. I'll let the photos do most of the talking.

Started mounting the bumper. Picked this up for 89 shipped brand new on ebay. Gotta love ebay crap...



Used a simple hood pin setup that I did with the VW. Works really easy and when I need to go on a trailer... which seems to happen a bit... It pulls off super easy with 2 clips.



If the readers remember back I started making an intake. This weekend I figured I finish that up and get it on the car.



Started pulling the wiring apart for the head lights, fan and LC1. Then rolled it outside to sweep up the shop.



New jack point works well too.



Then Mindy finished painting the front silver.





Look how much room I have now to pull a motor!





Then I cut the front for some intercooler flow.







More next weekend I hope. Boost pipes, radiator tubing, a little wiring clean up, fan mounted, and make a coolant tank. Then we will see what happens.
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« Reply #53 on: August 04, 2013, 05:37:59 PM »

Great work, looks good. I like the hood pin idea !

These new bumpers give you a great start to put some flares on the front fenders, if I look at this picture on the right fender.



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« Reply #54 on: August 05, 2013, 06:18:38 AM »

Keen eye there! I've already got some flares from the VW here that I matched up and they fit very well. However Mindy isnt a fan of plastic flares so we will have to work it out.
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« Reply #55 on: August 05, 2013, 08:17:37 AM »

After seeing Jeff's csp miata and Martin Kriz's sti I'm a fan of flares :-)
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« Reply #56 on: August 05, 2013, 04:42:53 PM »

If it is done right. It looks pretty sweet as those cars do.

I wish I could afford/cared enough to get a real cosworth flares.

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« Reply #57 on: August 05, 2013, 06:58:26 PM »

It looks like it came from the factory like it. Wait a minute.... this is not your car.. LOL


How about this version, some fiberglass and some patient, and replace the Labatt's with Legends or Extra Billie's






Looks like you got the center cooling opening correct.

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« Reply #58 on: August 08, 2013, 09:42:59 AM »

I'd love too. Even have rolls of carbon fiber sitting right here. However this thing is suppose to be a "budget build" as the VW is getting all the goodies. We are hoping to do a CF hood for this thing this winter if time allows to lose another 25lbs on the nose.
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« Reply #59 on: August 19, 2013, 06:39:06 AM »

Didn't get much done this weekend. Lots of chores that weren't car related but here is what I have done.

Started another attempt at getting a hood latch and other fixture in the car. I want to retain the OE hood latch and not drill holes in the hood. Hopefully it was worth the extra amount of time. The best part is I made a quick hood prop, no more tubing. You can see the top has weld on tabs for a plastic panel that gets laid in. That way air can't escape up and over the intercooler. Side skirts are next around the intercooler possibly.



Started making another water tank. This one is smaller and should fit better. The other wasn't working due to the various tubes I had put in. Just need to get some fittings so I can finish welding on the bungs and what not.





I'm in the area where it doesn't look like much is getting accomplished with the time invested. Next planned event is Sept 21st and 22nd. Wish us luck
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« Reply #60 on: September 02, 2013, 06:43:54 PM »

I got some time on the car this weekend. I hadn't in the last couple so it was nice seeing a little progress.

Started by finishing the coolant tank. This was also pressure tested for the first time and seemed to be fine at 10psi.





Then I moved onto the boost pipes. This didn't go so well as I made the mistake of buying cheap aluminum piping. I know I remade the driver side 3 times. Such a waste of time but now it's done.









From there I started a bunch of details. This included porting my intake some.



Adding features to the bumper support and started playing with wires.



Running boost lines and water lines







Just before I left I removed the sway bar. It is bent slightly so I'll have to figure something out very soon. Is a 28+mm bar, do it must be a rapido.



Still a huge amount but getting closer.
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« Reply #61 on: September 09, 2013, 08:00:30 AM »

Got the car running this weekend.

Swapped out the bent/tweaked sway bar with another I bought local. Turns out is was bigger than the Rapido bar.



Scorpio wagon bar.



That straightened out the front pretty good. Still need an alignment since a few little things are different.

Got everything else buttoned up somewhat. Coolant tank isn't leaking which is a plus and I like my little gauge.











Issues:

Car is getting hot sitting at idle outside with the fan on? 205-210
Coolant leak from around the front main? May be water pump gasket or the like.
Different hoses will be used for upper and lower.
Wiring is still loose.
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« Reply #62 on: September 09, 2013, 01:55:05 PM »

Nice!  What temp thermostat do you have in there and have you replaced it recently?  Could be causing it to run hot.  Also make sure you purge all the air from the coolant system, can be a pain in the ass.  Since your expansion tank is pressurized - do you have a bleed valve at the high point on the cooling system or something?  May need to add one.
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« Reply #63 on: September 09, 2013, 02:10:36 PM »

Coolant tank is actually the high point in the system. I'm going to put in a new t-stat or gut the current one for the following weekends event. Also running new upper hose as it has a kink in it as it, not bad, but not how I like to see it.

I asked a few other 2.3 turbo owners and they said 205-210 is normal.... IDK. I'm metering the water temp from the coolant returning to the tank (hottest possible) vs post t-stat like last time. So I expect the temperature to read a little higher. Once I get it back on the computer I should also be able to compare the temperature from the ECU sensor as well. I've got old data logs showing running temperatures.



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« Reply #64 on: September 26, 2013, 03:43:37 PM »

Ok update.

Got the car pieced together very quickly for a two day event. Car did ok. Still the same complaints.

Day one:

Had a water leak so I replaced the water pump and t-stat gaskets.



Car was overheating quickly when I had last ran it with the new radiator and hoses. So I found a small pinching issue with the "universal" hose I used. So I went to ebay and got a few Samco hoses with the correct bends. I also threw in another t-stat. This seems to keep the temperatures down most of the way at idle while in the garage at least.





Then pulled the car on the trailer, wrenched on the launch control switch and headed to the event. Up until this point the car had run maybe 5 minutes since the accident. So I wasn't going to risk driving it to the event. Father and Uncle assisted with the loading early that morning.



The event was 2 hours away at RIR and I showed up late. Got in the car and ran some times with the street tires. Those tires are incredibly hard and old. From there I moved to the hoosiers. It was a short course at about 35 seconds. Spun the car big time (360*) for the first time staying in it after a straight trying not to lose boost over the little crest in the middle of the lot. Complaints where the same as they always are. TURBO LAG!

The car ran really really bad at idle and I found out that the Alternator was messing with the TPS sensor. Fixed it on day 2 by twisting the wires and moving it above the TB. Thanks for the advice Bernard!



Day Two:

Points autox. Long course at about 60 seconds. I thought I was doing better than I really was. FTD was around a 52 seconds. I landed a 57.2. I knew I could do a 56 but it never materialized. I wish I had GPS this event as I thought I made some improvements to the line in several areas but never could prove it. Playing with how early I could get on power as there were 4 big sweepers.

I think David took pictures at this event. I'll post them when they post them.



Complaints:
    1. Turbo lag still, looking for deals on ebay and the like. Once I get it on, I'm going to the dyno for tuning.
    2. Measured rear toe. Toe'd in 1/4" after the accident! something has moved. It was 0. Rear seems to "jump" around now.
    3. Car was overheating after a run. I've decided that I need more fans, the oil cooler installed and water wetter. It would climb to 220F+ if I let it.
    4. The front of the car seemed to bite better with lower strut settings, however everything up front feels numb by comparison.
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« Reply #65 on: October 08, 2013, 01:36:46 PM »

ITS BEEN A YEAR!

Wow car has really really changed over the last year. Hopefully next year will go a bit more smoothly with more tuning and less big changes.

Not much to add this weekend. Things are going to slow down a bit until early next season I think. Still have two events however they are farther away and towing a car for 6+ hours round trip for 5 minutes of driving seems silly.

But...

I did pick 4 of these things up for 100 bucks. They need a little work but should work nice as a HPDE/street wheel wrapped in 225/45/16 starspecs. Sorry for the blurry pictures.





Then I played with the VW tires on the xr. I dont think these will fit easlily Smiley I'm pricing rubber and wheel combinations for next season. Got all kinds of ideas in my head. I refuse to pay more than $100 a tire, so that puts a damper on what I can afford to do and how fast the car will be.

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« Reply #66 on: October 08, 2013, 07:32:56 PM »

Are these road race slicks ?

They looks bad A$$
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« Reply #67 on: October 08, 2013, 09:25:49 PM »

Paul,

Here is a list of used tires this guy named JP publishes. I got this form an autocross friend from DC. I have not used him, but Danny recommends him.

 October 7, 2013 Tire Inventory

20- 225/45/17 Continental Dry $400 for 4 shipped
12- 225/45/17 Continental Wet $500 for 4 shipped

20- 275/35/18 Continental Drys $500 for 4 shipped
4- 275/35/18 Continental Wets $600 for 4 shipped

4- 275/35/18 Continentals Dry NEW $200 each plus shipping

4 305/645/18 Pirelli slicks with 3/4 tread $150 each shipped

8 285/645/18 Pirelli Slicks NEW $200 each shipped

3- 205/50/15 Hoosier SM6
12- 205/45/16 Hoosier A6
4- 205/45/16 Hoosier HWET
6- 205/45/16 Hoosier R6

8- 245/40/17 Hoosier A6
2- 225/45/17 Hoosier HWET
2- 225/45/17 Hoosier H2.0
1- 280/680/18 Hoosier R100 Cup
1- 280/680/18 Hooser R100
3- 245/40/18 Hoosier R6
1- 275/35/18 Hoosier R6
10- 205/50/15 Toyo Proxes RA1
2- 200/600/16 Pirelli Slick
2- 245/620/17 Pirelli Slick
6- 225/45/17 BFG R1 (NEW): $180 each plus shipping
4-255/40/18  Yokohama Advan Neova ADO8



2 Bridgestone Potenza 225/40/18 RE050A RFT Run Flat Tire
2012 Build Date
9/32nds tread
Retail for $275 each

Asking $350 plus shipping ($175 each)


205/50/15 Toyo RA1
225/50/15 Toyo RA1

205/50/15 Hoosier R6
225/50/15 Hoosier R6

23/9.5/15 Hoosier R80

245/580/15 Hoosier R80

245/45/16 Toyo RA1

225/45/17 Hoosier A6
245/40/17 Hoosier A6

240/640/18 Yoko Slicks
280/680/18 Yoko Slicks

255/30/18 Hoosier R6
255/30/18 Hoosier A6

275/35/18 Hoosier A6
315/30/18 Hoosier A6

285/30/18 Hoosier R6
295/30/18 Hoosier R6

30/68/18 Michelin Slicks
30/65/18 Michelin Slicks
27/65/18 Michelin Slicks

2- 275/645/18 Pirelli Slicks
2- 305/645/18 Pirelli Slicks


Everything is $125 each plus shipping and 3/4 tread unless noted otherwise.

JP

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« Reply #68 on: October 09, 2013, 02:17:17 PM »

Tires are from the VW. Originally from Bobby. I hope to run them on the EMod car.

Here is a blurry picture from way back.



An obligatory better one.



David: Thanks for that list. I have a much better idea of what I will/should be getting by looking at that. Hmmm
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« Reply #69 on: October 17, 2013, 09:58:03 AM »

Thanks David, as always, for the photos. I think Gunny took some of these as well. Thanks!

Here is a little bit of the wheel lock up we are experiencing. As soon as a wheel gets light, it locks. Even in small trail brake maneuvers.



When I tightened down the front grill it bent it slightly. I'm now using zip ties so it doesn't look like this. Stupid mistake



Couple of Mindy driving.





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« Reply #70 on: October 28, 2013, 05:00:00 PM »

So the off season has started on the car. Currently we are trying to get prepared to buy our first home in the coming months so money and time are a little tight.

Fast, cheap and reliable... Pick 2 so we are going to cheap and reliable this next season.

First order of business is the unreliable wiring. I started cleaning up unused items by stripping the loom and labeling the important items. Next I'll try running the wiring around in clever places to keep it looking decent.








Other reliability issues.

1. Brakes: Need to get bigger so I've got a plan using some more off the shelf items. I'll provide more details when I get some items in.

2. Cooling: Oil cooler installed and bigger fans that are ECU controlled

3. Tires: Street tires, drive to event and participate. I think there is a lot of "tuning" to do before jumping back to slicks again.

4. Turbo: The item on there now is a 60 dollar ebay unit. Moving to something like a used OE "modern" turbo.

5. Camber/Caster plates: If I can get them on in time. Not a expensive upgrade.

We will see how much time I have over this winter to complete the list.
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« Reply #71 on: November 04, 2013, 08:39:03 PM »


Did you catch the XR4Ti article in the latest issue of Grassroots Motorsports?
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« Reply #72 on: November 05, 2013, 11:12:02 AM »

I'm still waiting to see it. That is Ben Martinez, really nice guy with loads of experience. I've been talking to him for a year or so now and actually had to turn down an invite for Mindy and I drive that exact car at nationals this year. He since has retired the car from nationals, shoulda coulda woulda. Hopefully his retirement won't last long and we can finally meet.

Glad someone recognized it. They are hard to find in the autox world.
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« Reply #73 on: November 05, 2013, 12:37:40 PM »

Glad someone recognized it. They are hard to find in the autox world.

Oh it's easy to recognize.  Just hard to spell.
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« Reply #74 on: December 02, 2013, 02:47:50 PM »

Long weekend but not any real work on the car. Hope everyone had a good turkey day.

Here is the electrical box I'm using and how I'm running my new wiring stuff.

Found these ammo boxes for 12.15 on ebay. Reason: its water tight, dust tight, keeps the heat off and organizes stuff pretty well.

Put a couple terminal blocks inside for common ground and common +12V supply (there will be more later).



Added these NEMA 6 cord grip fittings for all of the various wiring.



Here is one installed



Started running ground and starter as well as some other circuits like LC-1, and sensors that need power from a common source. So far so good.



Also ordered my custom "big brake kit calipers". Details coming soon!
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