Thread: Engine Build
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:37 PM   #21
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Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Somewhere in the Northeast
2006 Baja 5 Speed


So I just posted more pics above, I've had the brakes powder coated and just waiting for the seal kit to come in. I also have to replace the rear hubs becuase they're humming. So rear brakes, hubs, and stainless steel brake lines will all be done at once.

Up front I'm waitnig on a new alternator, I've had the cages powder coated, but the inner electronics are starting to go, no use installing them on this one. I'm also getting new control arms and bushings. I think I'll have the arms coated blue. Also the tranny bushing is coming in. That will take care of everything I plan to do with the driveline / engine except I may clean up the power steering pump, It's just so dirty looking hah.

I also install the fluidampr, I lost some time on the spool up, but the engine idles much nicer at 90MPH you can barely tell it's on when you put your hand on the stick.

Other fun things I've learned, DO NOT install silicone tubing for the PCV line, there is too much oil inside it. It will swell and break down. The valve cover lines appear fine so far with 5k on the engine.

So as for my goal of increased MPG, I'm averaging 25 in the city. 29ish,mpg on highway at 75mph, 34mpg at 50mph tonight taking back roads home instead of the interstate.
Multiple trips over the green mountains so far, typically getting there at 28-29MPG, without holding back on the gas, 72 interstate, 62 secondary roads. I definatley get a bump using the no ethanol gas. I think the engine is running a little rich however. I've been watching the AFR and it hovers around 14.3-6 range, I would think that it should be in the 14.7-15 range which is sticho for normal gas, unless the 06 ecu was remapped for e10 then it would make sense.
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Last edited by steven765; 10-21-2012 at 11:48 PM.
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