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Old 04-30-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Project started roughly after 1 year of ownership. Photos taken here are original shots before touching anything. Details of what I want out of this are listed below. Everything done (except for final tuning for the e85) to the car are/will be DIY.





Edit: 03/11/2012 - ^^^ yes that bov is long gone and sold..

hmm.. I noticed I don't have any interior shots saved. I'll take some tomorrow and add them to it same day.

Final Project Goal
Performance:
Power: e85 setup using a 68hta, 1000cc ID's, Walbro, Process West TMIC, Perrin up-pipe, Perrin DP, invida N1 race exhaust, port polish stock headers and ceramic coating
Handling: Brakes-Undecided, Suspension Work-Undecided

Cosmetics:
Wheels: Rota Grids 17x9 Hyper Black wrapped in 245/40s, 1" drop via springs and strut combo
Exterior: Stock
Interior: Completely customized gauge cluster, Brides, Harness Bar, custom DIY engine bay work

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Old 04-30-2011, 10:23 PM   #2
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you started off strong with your wishlist. until I saw the headlights... you're not driving a honda.

The s-techs are also a pretty bad idea unless you have a stock pile of struts laying around to change
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:26 PM   #3
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you started off strong with your wishlist. until I saw the headlights... you're not driving a honda.

The s-techs are also a pretty bad idea unless you have a stock pile of struts laying around to change
Yea I was also debating about leaving the headlights I have, however I do need to order a new cover for the left because for some reason it's not clear and has a handful of fine scratches. Do explain about the s-techs. Are they just murder on the struts?
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Old 05-01-2011, 01:35 AM   #4
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Yea I was also debating about leaving the headlights I have, however I do need to order a new cover for the left because for some reason it's not clear and has a handful of fine scratches. Do explain about the s-techs. Are they just murder on the struts?
It is really easy to polish out the haze on headlights. People will also do this for a fee.. No need to buy new. Black out the headlight housing/remove orange lense if you want too. A few hours and a can of paint is all it takes. It looks really good that way too. Search headlight mod or Koji mod..
S-tech Springs will over work the struts and wear them out prematurely.. Eibach, Prodrive(if you can find them), H&R and RCE make really good springs for stock struts..

other than that, wishlist looks good.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:26 AM   #5
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Prodrive(if you can find them)
I love mine. But I will probably be going on to coils to match the new rims once I get them refinished and polished.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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Original interior shots

Thinking about doing some Flat Black to the center console


Carpets need to be cleaned again... damn winter!

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Old 05-24-2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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I had this happen. Nothing like this to help slow down your project right? =/


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Old 05-24-2011, 09:08 PM   #8
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Parts list has been changed around and updated due to the help of most of you guys around here and with more thought put into it.

Also, I had this happen. Nothing like this to help slow down your project right? =/

oh no!:0
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:36 PM   #9
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What happened?
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:58 AM   #10
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It was one of those situations where you're pissed off at yourself because you've never done that to any other car. So all I will say is "Garage Door." grrrr
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:39 PM   #11
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Alright so I started on some engine bay dress up today. The theme I'll get going under the hood will be blue. Today I started with the alt cover. The list of next editions will follow after the pictures.

Today was kind of a bad day to do this because it was windy with the fuzzy tree seeds flying around and plenty of bugs. So in the end this caused some flaws but I am still happy with the finished product.

First the base coat was applied and let to dry


Then the vinyl was added carefully


After that, layer and layer of clear coat and left to dry


Once it's dry (drying right now) I'll bolt it back on.

Dried up enough to bolt on but not enough to attach cable back to it yet, so anyhow, here is the finished product


Anyhow, let me know what ya guys think! Thanks for looking.

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:49 AM   #12
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I think it's time I've posted some pics of what I was up to over summer and winter of 2011 At any rate, here's the latest:

Wired up blue hellas


Received order from Boston Motorsports




Putting in the iridiums


Working with the pain in the ass bolts on turbo. Ended up using a breaker bar on some of them


Now for the worst ones of them all...


Ended up using a torch to heat up the crap that would not budge. Broke 2 ratchets and then WD-40 ended up saving the day with the hangar bolt

Before
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:50 AM   #13
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After



Perrin Tuned Stage 2


This project was taken shortly after the P0302 misfire issue I had which ended up being a coil pack. Details of that adventure can be found in the CEL thread.

-Stage 2 Results-
Test Gear: 3rd
Target AFR: 11.2
Target Boost: 20psi
RPM Range - 2,000 up to 7,000
Ambient Temp: 40 F
Intake Temp: 34 F
265awhp @ 4.5K - 308lb-ft trq @ 4.6k


Next project was a must because it was just killing me with how badly scratched the headlight was and how it had a dark almost brown yellow haze which made the chrome look like crap... Photos honestly don't show how bad it was.

Before


Using a 3M restore kit, DeWalt 18v pwr drill

500 Grit


800 Grit


3000 Grit Wet Sand


Compound, Buff, Polish



And currently right now I am trying to finish up some underhood projects before spring and summer then I'll be ready for this year's meets

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Old 02-15-2013, 01:48 PM   #14
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I keep forgetting to update this thread... lol

Anyhow, since the last time I updated this thread my factory radiator cracked somewhere so I had to replace that and I also changed catbacks to something I like much more.





Radiator in, however my shroud no longer fit


So we modded it


To update, this coming monday my Mishimoto Carbon Fiber oil catch can will arrive as well as a carbon fiber heat shield for the bumper.

I'll post pics during and after install.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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Good choice with the Mishimoto radiator, I plan on purchasing one next week for the track car. Will you be getting thin fans?
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:36 PM   #16
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Looks Good!
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:59 PM   #17
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Nice work
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:00 AM   #18
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Nice!!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #19
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Good choice with the Mishimoto radiator, I plan on purchasing one next week for the track car. Will you be getting thin fans?
Well, the factory fans have always worked great for me. Now with this radiator in, they haven't even had to kick on yet. Even with spirited driving.

There was even an instance where I did some casual driving in the morning and even after a propper warm up and 10min of driving, temp was still in the 130s. I believe that day the morning temp was mid 40s.

As for my catch can, it came in today so at some point this week I'll put that in and do install photos.




Thanks for the compliments!

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Old 02-18-2013, 08:33 PM   #20
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Looks great!
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:13 AM   #21
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everything looks great! Headlight restore always a must on these cars lol.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:53 PM   #22
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Did the exhaust shield today!

This kit is from Carbign Craft. After looking things over I noticed that using the provided screw & nuts kit would require removing the bumper which I was not game for.

Fresh out of the box


With my tape measure and my silver paint pen, I marked my pre-drill locations all 3/4" from the edge.


Drilled with a 3mm bit then to a 5mm bit


So after ditching the kit, I found a much easier route and went with 5mm rivets.


Catch can next!!
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:35 PM   #23
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Alright! Mounting the catch can turned out to be quite the game of tetris but we ended up going with what seems to be a common location for tmic setup bays.

At any rate, we managed to mount up perfect in from of the battery where nothing can rub it and the level hose can be seen in plain view. Also for good removal to drain when necessary.

Only issue now is gotta go get some more hose. There was enough provided in the mishimoto kit to reach the pcv, but not enough for a return hose.

But basically, job done!

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Old 02-20-2013, 09:59 PM   #24
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coming along great but i would clean that engine bay
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:13 PM   #25
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Now that is a sexy car
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