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Old 02-18-2019, 01:46 AM   #226
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Never really appreciated the quality of parts in your build til I started looking around in here... did you feel conflicted cutting the Billions rad hose?
Yeah, I don't want to waste time on the cheap quality parts.
And the answer is no, not at all. They're pretty reasonable. If it was a SAMCO hose, then that's big bucks.
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:42 AM   #227
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Got something on the way from Radium Engineering. Hopefully I see it on my doorstep when I get home tonight. One week shipping across the Pacific? Crazy.

OnTheWay by Lino Palatino, on Flickr
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:56 AM   #228
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The fuel rails spent three days waiting in customs and finally arrived on my doorstep this evening.
Radium Fuel Rails by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Radium Fuel Rails by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

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Old 04-07-2019, 07:09 PM   #229
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Put on some more CUSCO yesterday.

More CUSCO! by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Also the SMY cluster gauge pod I ordered arrived, though I didn't have time to install it. When I do, the AFR and fuel pressure gauges will fill it. Here's the before:

Before SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Looking forward to the dash having a cleaner, closer to stock look.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:29 PM   #230
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This Bug is sweet!!!! Keep up the beautiful work!
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:54 PM   #231
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Damn, amazing work! I will keep an eye on this thread for hints and tips about what to do to mine! :-)
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Old 04-08-2019, 06:48 PM   #232
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Thanks. I'm trying to keep it agile, rather than chasing big power. It's my daily driver and I'm always on mountain roads.
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Old 04-09-2019, 06:13 PM   #233
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I've been thinking about adding bracing. Was there a noticeable difference now that our chassis are getting older?
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:29 PM   #234
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I've been thinking about adding bracing. Was there a noticeable difference now that our chassis are getting older?
It's drastically different even during normal driving. I was shocked how much flex there was in the body and how much it affected the handling. Adding it on in pieces has really helped me understand how each part affects the handling too. The center floor braces really improved cornering stability, especially on mountain roads with elevation changes. Then adding the Beatrush power brace to the front made the steering feel tighter and more agile, and in turn helped the cornering even more.

The latest addition was the least noticeable in my opinion, though I haven't had a chance to really push the car. The rear of the car does feel slightly more stable, but not enough to change the personality of the car. I don't know if that makes sense to you, but I can't think of another way to describe it at the moment.

However, I am thinking about using those rear braces as a starting point and adding to it as well as using the new bracing as mounting points for a diffuser/flat floor. I have to play around with fiberglass when I can figure out a good source at a reasonable price. Or, if I can buy carbon fiber or aluminum sheets to get things done more easily. I'm leaning towards aluminum because I want it to be a bit more stout and be able to take daily abuse. But that's a project for another time.
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Old 04-10-2019, 01:19 AM   #235
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Back scrolling was my pleasure. I bet itís nice having all those great parts available locally.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:13 PM   #236
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Back scrolling was my pleasure. I bet itís nice having all those great parts available locally.
Yeah, it is. But I need a lot of self-control

Some of it is also just absolute junk for an astronomical price. I once saw an HKS downpipe with a blown-out cat and broken welds going for $400 on Yahoo Auction. Need a discerning eye for the used market.
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Old 04-10-2019, 09:30 PM   #237
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Very Clean bugeye, love it!
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:05 AM   #238
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Thanks. Can't wait to get everything where I want it to be and finally get the car resprayed. Going to keep the factory color, but I really want to get all the damage taken care of and fixed properly.

Finally got around to installing this gauge pod. I was really impressed with the finish and feel of it. The fit would probably have been very good on a LHD car, but does need filing in some areas to get close.

SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Still not super happy with the fit. Going to mess around with it a bit more to see if I can get it a hair more to the right. Can't do much about that lower part, but it isn't noticeable with the steering wheel in position.

SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

I am really happy with how the warning light and push button for the LC-1 turned out.

SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr


Before SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr
The old setup. Not bad, but a bit cluttered.

SMY cluster gauge pod by Lino Palatino, on Flickr
Much cleaner, but still needs some fiddling.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:13 PM   #239
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Got some more fuel system stuff in the mail and started fitting things up on the spare engine.

Untitled by Lino Palatino, on Flickr
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:39 PM   #240
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What an awesome build man, congrats on everything, I go to Japan every two years, love Hakone, last year I drove A gc8 type R along the hakone skyline, yugawara pkway, hakone turnpike, etc, the GC8 was so much faster then the BNR34 I drove on the same passes in 2016, Im definately subscribed to this, thanks for the updates we are watching!
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:48 PM   #241
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What an awesome build man, congrats on everything, I go to Japan every two years, love Hakone, last year I drove A gc8 type R along the hakone skyline, yugawara pkway, hakone turnpike, etc, the GC8 was so much faster then the BNR34 I drove on the same passes in 2016, Im definately subscribed to this, thanks for the updates we are watching!
Nice. I'd like to go to the Hakone Skyline myself one day. Even though I've been to Fuji-san twice, I haven't had time to go to Hakone. Maybe we could do a subie cruise when you're around again.

So this FST-R surge tank also came in the mail, along with all the wiring and mounting hardware, at the same time as the fuel pulse dampers and AN hoses featured in the last photo of the fuel rails. Radium forgot to install the vacuum fitting before shipping. So I emailed them about the problem and they got back to me within an hour and shipped the missing part along with a free T-shirt same day. Awesome customer service and I cannot recommend Radium Engineering enough.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:22 PM   #242
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Yeah, it is. But I need a lot of self-control

Some of it is also just absolute junk for an astronomical price. I once saw an HKS downpipe with a blown-out cat and broken welds going for $400 on Yahoo Auction. Need a discerning eye for the used market.
Agreed. That warning light is perfect. One of those oem style looking mods. You did an excellent job with that.
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Old 07-04-2019, 08:34 PM   #243
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Agreed. That warning light is perfect. One of those oem style looking mods. You did an excellent job with that.
Thanks. It's in just the right spot to not be annoying on the daily drive, but also easy to check quickly.

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Old 07-08-2019, 07:16 PM   #244
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The lip on the casting for the TGVs was too close to the -6AN fitting for comfort, so I shaved them off.

Shaved off the lip from the casting for fuel line clearance. by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Shaved off the lip from the casting for fuel line clearance. by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

Going to soda blast them the next chance I get. They will be coated in wrinkle red before final assembly.
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Old 07-17-2019, 07:18 PM   #245
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Said goodbye to the giant intercooler spray reservoir occupying too much real estate by the passenger's side fender.

Goodbye massive intercooler spray bottle by Lino Palatino, on Flickr

I will be replacing it with the Radium FST-R surge tank. Going to use the reservoir mounting points to attach a custom bracket for the FST-R. Already bought the steel, just need to make CAD template (a la Bad Obsession Motorsports), cut the steel, and get my mechanic to weld it up.

Also, planning to run 8mm phenolic spacers under the TGVs to give the fuel lines a tad more clearance. Being concerned about refitting TMIC, I was able to find some 8mm machined washers on Amazon to space it up. Hopefully all goes well, although it's only temporary as I will be switching to front mount in the future. Also looking into doing a reverse manifold when I decide to take that step.
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