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Title: AV8rZ (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 17, 2017, 06:11:51 PM
After several months of waiting and a few curves in the road, the time has come to formally introduce myself and my car.  I saw there are a few Purdue Boilermakers in here and I am as well so Boiler Up!.  "Go Ugly Early Boys!"  I'm also a USMC Veteran so to all my fellow Jarheads and other service members I salute you as well.  Thank You for your service!

I will throw my disclaimer out here from the start that I am not a mechanic and have only basic knowledge of wrenching!  That's even giving me too much credit.  I want to tinker and learn about working on cars because it is a challenge for me and I like doing it.  Growing up by Indianapolis and having a father who is a mechanic peeked my interest in cars from a very young age, I was just too busy chasing a good time to care.  I also could never afford a hobby this expensive until now and even that's questionable after knowing what I know now.

I am now the proud owner of the 1994 MB 416 c.i. LS3 Stroker built by XLR8. 

Link to his Build Thread http://www.norotors.com/index.php?topic=17976.0 (http://www.norotors.com/index.php?topic=17976.0) 

For Sale Thread http://www.norotors.com/index.php?topic=24700.0 (http://www.norotors.com/index.php?topic=24700.0) 

RX7 Club Build Thread https://www.rx7club.com/build-threads-292/94-build-gt35r-re-vmount-whole-lot-more-now-pistons-932044/

Getting here has been a journey that began at the end of September.  I owned a 370Z and had decided I wanted more power.  It was either Twin Turbo that or go a different direction so I chose option 2.  Before I bought my Z I had searched for FD's because ever since high school I loved them.  I graduated in the 90's so I liked them even before the movies!  I appreciated Japanese engineering and design.  I couldn't believe you could get that much out of such little motors.  I decided against the FD because of Rotary problems and price range for a toy.  I ended up with the Z and loved it.  THEN, after a couple months owning the car I go to a local Cars and Coffee meet only to see a RX7 FD.  Only to find out it was a Frankenstein with a LS motor.  I had no idea this even existed.  Owner would later be known to me as VladtheSmiter (Colt).  I couldn't get this car out of my head the past couple years so when the time came that I wanted more it was the car of choice.  I tell my wife it's all Colt's fault. 

So I started researching and browsing to learn what exactly I needed to go for and stay away from.  I originally wanted to build one, but knowing me, my skill level, time available, and my wife I wasn't sure I was up for the task.  After talking with several people I determined it was best for me to try and find the best FD I could afford and go from there. 

After XLR8 posted his for sale I saw he was only about 2 hrs away.  I just wanted to put my eyes on and see for myself what a clean swap looked like.  I honestly didn't like many things about the car in pictures compared to others and really just wanted it to be an educational tire kicking experience.  So my wife and I drive over to look at it and XLR8 pulls up in this beautiful RX7 right about sunset with the engine rumbling and shaking the ground and my chest.  All the feelings of dislike, especially the color went out the window.  In person the Montego Blue on this car looks amazing.  We talked so long I didn't even get to go for a ride or really go over the car with a fine tooth comb like I normally would have.  Part of it was my amazement and curiosity finding out more information about the build itself.  It turned dark and we ran out of time.  2 days later we reached an agreement for me to buy the car contingent on me selling my Z.  That didn't happen as easy nor did I get as much money as I had thought I would but it worked out. 

While waiting for my car to sell the FD's gauges stopped working, we broke a brake line on test driving it, and Josh had to go to the ER.  So I finally go to pick up the car, all goes well except it took us 3 hrs (maybe not but it was freaking long) to load the car up on a trailer because it's so low, mainly the headers and exhaust.  So I get the car home and park it for 9 days.  Go to start it and it wouldn't start!  So then the fun begins!  This thread would've happened earlier but I had no desire to post anything about the car due to heartbreak and frustration. 

The car was cranking so there was a level of confusion.  So once XLR8 and I determined the coils weren't firing we moved on to try and figure out why the ECU wouldn't send the signal to fire?  So research led me to change the Crank Sensor.  That didn't work.  Next was the battery.  Car seemed to crank slow but Josh (XLR8) said that was normal given the specs of the motor.  So next was to get the battery tested.  It's a Red Top and was in the storage bin.  This thing was a MF'er to get out.  I actually broke the latch off trying to get it out.  Josh swears he had taken it out once but I told him I want to see video of that because I'm calling BS! Lol.  I think he started with the battery and built the car around it.  Anyway, take the battery to get tested and test better than new!?!?  Next is calling Holley USA.  Guess what, they're stumped!  So I had bought a Cam Sensor thinking that was my next step and it was waiting.  After an hour on the phone with Holley they say go ahead and change the Cam Sensor then they will call me back in an hour after their lunch break.  I go to change the Cam Sensor and it literally gets stuck and won't come out.  I keep trying until finally the bolt tab breaks off and I'm screwed.  Holley calls back and I have to tell them I can't move forward.  I schedule an appointment where Josh had the car tuned at Schexnayder Racing but he couldn't get me in until after the holidays.  So my new Christmas present was broke and all I could do is look at it.  SMH.  Load the car up and make the hour and half drive to Earl's.  At this point I feel a little better about myself because it took the professionals over 2 hrs and all 3 heads together to get this thing out.  It was stuck!  Come to find out many people have this problem.  The day before I got there they had to hammer 2 different ones out from the inside of the blocks because they wouldn't budge either!  Crazy!  So we put new Sensor in and try to start and still won't fire.  Earl says it sounds like it's cranking weak and hooks battery charger up to it.  Battery still reads good but he turns it on starting amps and the car fires right up!  Earl tells me it's the starter going bad and drawing too much power during cranking.  We mess with the car all day starting and even did some street tuning to try and get some of the low speed bucking out of the car.  It's as good as it's gonna get, now I just need to learn how to drive it!  After all this I think Earl felt sorry for me and really gave me a fair bill considering we spent all day on the car. 

So I get the car home and go to start it the next morning and bam, won't start again.  At this point I learn how the starter is wired and find out there is no wire directly to the starter from the battery.  It actually goes through the Alternator.  So before I spent $350 on a new MSD Starter like Earl said I need I opted to try a $50 wire first.  If nothing else it would eliminate any future questions.  So I learn how to run a wire through the car and fire wall and ran a 1 gauge directly from the Battery to the Starter!  Didn't start.  So I sucked it up and ordered the MSD Starter, put it on and bam!  Car fires right up.  So even though car was cranking fine the Holley ECU would not send the signal to fire due to low voltage during cranking.  For any future or current Holley owners, just understand that it is more sensitive than other ECU's and if you run into this problem learn from me. 

While this was a frustrating and expensive journey I am glad to say that I learned a lot about the car through the process that I otherwise may not have until further down the road. 

So my plans for the car are to do things that will make the car better than what it already is.  My short list

~ New Holley USA Analog Gauges with Toby doing the cluster.
~ Coilovers.  Headers, Oil Pan, and Exhaust are too low for Louisiana.
~ Get the wheels flush, not sure what option I will go with on that one.
~ Convert the steering rack to better manual, probably Maval.
~ Get the Rear Differential rebuilt.  It's loud and whines.
~ Eventually Interior, starting with my JDM Tommy Kaira Shift knob and mats.
~ Enjoy the car

Here are some pictures under new ownership(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/4205828ddce272267042c5e045e88bda.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/749d2632b460c3624521d6c107f07f7e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/a0fca51fdf2bc3199453a2acb39f43ac.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/546cfbee9568849acca9b5da8287bd86.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/4537b83835061759e0688fef429ae5f7.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/9fbbbad5b6f0bc652739147036f528f0.jpg)My JDM Shift Knob, not sure how to get thus to work?(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/96cd382538317e4714cf51f13c36655c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170117/87ff9497dab6f057292da8a83e06b3ff.jpg)
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: largeorangefont on January 18, 2017, 09:34:00 PM
Well congrats. You'll have a pretty good car when you get this one all sorted out and dialed in.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: wickedrx7 on January 18, 2017, 09:37:02 PM
Welcome as well! Feel free to ask questions, we are all here to help!
Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 19, 2017, 09:33:51 AM
Welcome as well! Feel free to ask questions, we are all here to help!
Well congrats. You'll have a pretty good car when you get this one all sorted out and dialed in.
Thank you!  I love the car and feel like it was the right choice for me.  I have done a lot of reading and research and believe the people and this forum are second to none.  I will need all the help I can get for sure. 

I am not a very active poster but will try and do better both here and FB.  I just really started FB and Tapatalk the past few months.  I want to document the car to stay consistent with XLR8.  The level of documentation on this car was one of the reasons I felt so comfortable purchasing it.  With that said can someone explain how to create a link to a thread both on the website and Tapatalk.  I would like to imbed XLR8's links to my thread so it's there.

Also, on top of my rear differential whining like my sister, my rear is very clunky when accelerating and decelerating.  Is this normal?  When I was doing some road tuning with Earl I asked his opinion and he said it seemed excessive to him but he didn't know given the makeup of all the different parts mating together? 

Thanks again!


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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: GEAUX FAST on January 19, 2017, 09:34:44 AM
Welcome! Were are you located in La.? Congrats on joining the dark side! Get ready for lots of  :banghead: and be careful with who you let monkey around under the hood.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: freeskier7791 on January 19, 2017, 10:10:19 AM
Welcome!  That is definitely a cool car.  I would look into getting those wheels re barrelled in a more agressive offset to get the stance you are looking for unless you don't like the wheels at all.   
Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 19, 2017, 10:37:50 AM
Welcome!  That is definitely a cool car.  I would look into getting those wheels re barrelled in a more agressive offset to get the stance you are looking for unless you don't like the wheels at all.
I have called work and looked into it.  It will costly to re barrel them and more costly to get a new set, obviously.  I would save a little but not much.  It would make my wheel either a 10.5" or 11.0" and I am finding it very difficult to find tires in 295 or 305 for 18" wheels that aren't a drag radial.  Other problem with these is they aren't compatible for a BBK if I ever wanted to go down that route. 

Welcome! Were are you located in La.? Congrats on joining the dark side! Get ready for lots of  :banghead: and be careful with who you let monkey around under the hood.

I'm on the North side of Baton Rouge.  I've seen your posts and was curious if you were in LA or not?  Where are you located?



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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: freeskier7791 on January 19, 2017, 11:29:22 AM
Those are definitely good reasons to possibly look for another wheel.  Good luck with your search
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: largeorangefont on January 19, 2017, 12:31:36 PM

Also, on top of my rear differential whining like my sister, my rear is very clunky when accelerating and decelerating.  Is this normal?  When I was doing some road tuning with Earl I asked his opinion and he said it seemed excessive to him but he didn't know given the makeup of all the different parts mating together? 

Thanks again!


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If that diff is solidly mounted it is going to clunk and whine to some degree. Getting it rebuilt may help. You can isolate where the slack (clunk) is coming from with the back of the car in the air by trying to turn the driveshaft and halfshafts.

I don't remember if that car has the Ronin Explorer 8.8 kit, or a Samburg Cobra 8.8 kit.
Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 19, 2017, 05:47:01 PM
It has the Cobra 8.8.  I don't know about the solid mounting.  Are you referring to mounting without bushings?  Excuse my ignorance.


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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: Cobranut on January 19, 2017, 10:36:20 PM
My car also has the Samberg Cobra setup, and yes, it whines and clunks as you describe.
The worst clunks are when the tires slip, it really sounds like it's going to break something.  :o
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: largeorangefont on January 19, 2017, 11:51:41 PM
It has the Cobra 8.8.  I don't know about the solid mounting.  Are you referring to mounting without bushings?  Excuse my ignorance.


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Yea if it is the Cobra 8.8 conversion setup it is probably mounted with solid aluminium bushings to the subframe. That is why it is so loud. Rebuilding it could yield no change in noise.

The Ronin 8.8 conversion uses the housing out of an Explorer and you can retain the OE rubber mounts so it is a bit quieter.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 20, 2017, 09:18:54 AM
Thanks for the info guys.  Based on your input there may be a day I end up moving to the Ronin/Explorer setup.  I was already considering it on the bucket list because to my understanding it allows more ground clearance for the exhaust.  The roads are terrible here in Louisiana and every little bit will help.  There is nothing wrong with my current setup other than it's loud.  Thank you for the info!
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: wickedrx7 on January 20, 2017, 09:32:01 AM
The ronnin setup with Detroit true track is as quiet as stock. I love mine.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 20, 2017, 09:39:57 AM
The ronnin setup with Detroit true track is as quiet as stock. I love mine.

That's great to know and sounds like it's in my future.  When you have time would you mind PM'ing me what all is involved?  Thanks!
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: wickedrx7 on January 20, 2017, 09:46:31 AM
The ronnin setup with Detroit true track is as quiet as stock. I love mine.

That's great to know and sounds like it's in my future.  When you have time would you mind PM'ing me what all is involved?  Thanks!

I have a decent amount of pics/info in my build thread. There is also a good thread under ronnin about the development and feedback from people.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 20, 2017, 09:50:42 AM
The ronnin setup with Detroit true track is as quiet as stock. I love mine.

That's great to know and sounds like it's in my future.  When you have time would you mind PM'ing me what all is involved?  Thanks!

I have a decent amount of pics/info in my build thread. There is also a good thread under ronnin about the development and feedback from people.
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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: Negrok20r on January 22, 2017, 11:57:18 PM
Care to share the part number of the msd starter?
Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 23, 2017, 06:23:52 AM
Care to share the part number of the msd starter?
Part#5096 for LS1-LS7 engines.  It won't fit GTO's and I don't know why it says that.  Fits mine just fine
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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: largeorangefont on January 23, 2017, 02:14:09 PM
The ronnin setup with Detroit true track is as quiet as stock. I love mine.

That's great to know and sounds like it's in my future.  When you have time would you mind PM'ing me what all is involved?  Thanks!

I have a decent amount of pics/info in my build thread. There is also a good thread under ronnin about the development and feedback from people.
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You can get a 06+ Explorer carrier with 3.55s or 3.73s for between $200 and $250 on eBay. Also get some OE halfshafts, those are pretty cheap with some searching on eBay.

Carrier rebuild kit is $70 shipped, then you just need a diff because all the 06+ Explorers had open diffs. Expect to spend between $200 and $500 for a diff, depending on what type you want, and then get it all assembled. The driveshaft you have should work.

Yes it is expensive but you can recoup a lot of your cost by selling the Cobra setup you have.

Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 24, 2017, 04:14:14 PM
Thanks for all the information!  I am definitely going to have to wait because just found out my insurance isn't going to cover new Stucco that I need for my house.  That will be $$$$.  Wasn't planning on that expense.

When I bought the car it was more than my top end of my Budget I had set for my toy car but I justified it because it was such a clean swap and I didn't think I would want/need to do anything for awhile.  But of course there's always improvements to be made.  As much as I want to do this right now it will have to wait.  If I had a buyer lined up knowing how much I would get for my current setup I might start but for now I'm just going to have to live with it. 


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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: wickedrx7 on January 24, 2017, 04:32:45 PM
I will let you in on a little secrete... these cars are never "done" and there will always be something that you want to change.
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Post by: largeorangefont on January 24, 2017, 04:43:37 PM
I'm wondering why he didn't go with the Ronin Explorer 8.8 in the first place. But it's probably just fine for now, just noisy.
Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 24, 2017, 04:51:26 PM
I will let you in on a little secrete... these cars are never "done" and there will always be something that you want to change.
Not that I had that assumption at all.  I'm not the brightest star in the sky but my perfectionism gets the best of me, lol.  I knew there would be stuff to do but didn't realize I would have the urge so soon. 


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Title: Re: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on January 24, 2017, 04:52:37 PM
I'm wondering why he didn't go with the Ronin Explorer 8.8 in the first place. But it's probably just fine for now, just noisy.
It will be ok for the time being but hopefully by this time next year I'll have your setup!


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Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on February 09, 2017, 08:46:26 AM
When I decided to sell my 40th Anniversary 370Z there was one piece I wanted to keep, my original Tommy Kaira shift knob.  My 370Z was the first "Sports Car" I was able to purchase and it will always have that special meaning.  The shift knob was a rare JDM piece and on top of me loving the ergonomics of it, it's a reminder of my first "sports car" and more than just a picture I can hold on to.

I wanted to keep the original shift handle that fits the Cobra shift knob in tact but that ended up not being an option.  A friend of mine from church is a machinist and offered to try and make me an adapter so I let him give it a shot.  The first try was ok but didn't work for 2 reasons.  1.  It sat too high for me.  2.  The turtle didn't sit straight when tightened and my OCD couldn't take it.  I told him just to cut the handle down and I'd worry about dealing with the Cobra knob not sitting right later.  Here's the result.
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It's amazing to me how something so small can make such a huge difference.  I have a few more things in the works and can't wait for those improvements as well!



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Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on March 08, 2017, 04:07:05 PM
When I purchased the car I knew right away something needed to be done about the cars height.  It was too low for the roads in Louisiana. 

The car had Apexi adjustable shocks with Eibach Pro Kit Springs and were on the lowest ride height setting.  I could have saved money and just raised the car on that setup and been ok BUT, in keeping with the quality of the build and the rest of the car I knew I wanted Coilovers. 

I was going to go with Stance Coilovers and Swift Springs but after much research and advice from other members I went with Ohlins.  I'd like to thank Kevin and Michael at Improved Racing for hooking me up!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/46172b082cd43ecf8606c2ece5e0d45e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/6ddbc7e376bd329782e4ef2bd5b3b0b1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/e67fcc43520d76d0cd7647149f8316ce.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/4de7a997d5d7fe570b587d6e22bf0b93.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/890e85b85cc0a2e9a2be9f729c08fa36.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/7990e80c08ec902eca3e06d53d07f24e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/40fbdfb60a559ff5efcb3cf62f3630e7.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/981f23e81efa1c879550c5ed3386f869.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/913cca9f8139e35cbd528bb92e59d7fa.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/b264a8956ce8ba19829eee44d534f8a4.jpg)
There are 2 different size spacers and the directions didn't say what spacer belonged on the front or back coilover.  Ohlins said that is a complaint and they are trying to get that updated.  Long Spacer belongs on the Front, Shorter Spacer belongs on the Rear.

I am very impressed with the ride!  I raised the car about 1/2" and the Ohlins make the ride feel like a Cadillac compared to the Apexi's with Eibachs.  Not that they were bad but there is a significant improvement in ride quality.


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Title: AV8rZ RED (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: AV8rZ on March 08, 2017, 04:51:28 PM
I knew I wanted to improve the steering.  The steering was very stiff.  I'm not a very small guy and it took a significant effort to turn.  Previous owner had de-powered the rack himself.  While he did a great job, it was still very stiff. 

I like manual steering so I wanted to maintain that aspect, just improve on what the car had.  I chose to go with a proper de-powered steering rack from Chips Motorsports.  He needed a core though. 

Thanks to my friend Colt (Vladthesmiter), my down time was just for the install.  Colt let me send one of his extra steering racks off to Chips Motorsports so I could keep my car intact while Chip did his work.  I just had to give my rack to Colt once the install was done.  Thank you Sir!  Turnaround time from Chip was about 3 weeks total including the shipping to and from.  I highly recommend him.

My friend Brian pretty much did the install with my assistance.  He also helped on the Coilovers.  Did the Steering Rack install 2 different times.  First time rack wasn't centered, here's why.

My car had Pillowball Tie Rods.  Chip sends OEM style Tie Rods.  I wanted to use the Pillowball Tie Rods but on the first install we couldn't get the Pillowball Tie Rods to work.  So we ended up going with the OEM Style new ones.  Problem was we got the rack off center during the Tie Rod dilemma and didn't realize it.  Found out after first alignment. 

The reason we couldn't get the Pillowball Tie Rods to work was because they ran out of adjustment on the Passenger side.  After doing some research I found out that other people's racks weren't perfectly centered from the factory.  I couldn't figure out why my old rack worked with the Pillowball Outer Tie Rods but not the one I received from Chips Motorsports.  So we got the rack centered and I took some measurements of the Inner Tie Rods.  See pics.  The newly de-powered rack had shorter threads on the Inner Tie Rods by about 1/2".  After determining the rack was probably never exactly centered from the factory we adjusted the rack to be slightly off center and BAM!  Pillowball Tie Rods worked.  Josh (XLR8) also informed me that the Pillowball Tie Rods are part of Samberg's bump steer kit and are a necessary part of Samberg's Subframe so I am glad I was persistent in re-using them!  I had no idea. 

Note: Steering Wheel turns approximately 1.9 rotations to the left and 1.6 rotations to the right after install. 
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I am very happy with the new rack from Chips Motorsports!  While it still isn't a true manual steering rack due to gear ratio, it is very responsive and requires less effort than my previous rack.  I also think once it gets broken in it will be even easier to turn than it currently is.   

Took 2 more alignments but the guy spent about 6 hrs the second time and it is as perfect as it can be.  Only problem is I found out a Camber Adjustment Washer needs replaced.  I'll wait for the next alignment!  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/0b1322db1c845974bdee0c1c5d6ea213.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170308/2d1bd71e610d5684dd5cc7f7da907e85.jpg)
After the Coilovers, Steering Rack, and alignment the car drives incredible and I'm in love with the feel of it now!

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Post by: nadeem on March 08, 2017, 10:33:23 PM
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Post by: VladtheSmiter on March 16, 2017, 06:33:24 PM
Now just to get some bigger rubber on the car so it isn't all over the place when you gas it.  :punch: I'd go wider and taller personally. You have the space to fit them.

Just give them a nice 45 second burnout and tell your wife they're bald and need changing.  :secret:
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 17, 2017, 09:10:32 AM
Now just to get some bigger rubber on the car so it isn't all over the place when you gas it.  :punch: I'd go wider and taller personally. You have the space to fit them.

Just give them a nice 45 second burnout and tell your wife they're bald and need changing.  :secret:
I need to get better tires for sure!  Spins in 4th as you obviously know, lol.  Hopefully in the Fall I will be able to afford to re-barrel the wheels and get some rubber that can handle the power. 


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Post by: AV8rZ on May 03, 2017, 11:09:58 AM
Did a full interior and exterior LED bulb swap.  They all turned out fantastic, especially the reverse lights.  They will blind you if you look at them and you can actually see while backing up! 

I did have to do the circuit board mod for the turn signals but all I did was snip the wire, no need to add a resistor!
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Post by: AV8rZ on May 03, 2017, 11:29:55 AM
When I first bought the car I wasn't sure about the Ganador Mirrors.  The little mirrors with the wide fenders were throwing my sense of symmetry off a little.  Secondly was the ability to actually see out of them.  At their full adjustment i still had to lean over a little to see out of them, especially the passenger side.  When Eric (grandmighty) announced he was having some custom made that were going to be concave AND blue tinted, I was all in.  So I ordered them. 

While waiting on them to be completed I noticed mine already appeared to be concave.  This is what I found(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170503/1cf952964044a23fec8669f99be6bc6b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170503/a334a8c3ada37bfe2046d19ff6342b7f.jpg)
Sure enough mine were already concave.  So I told Eric and he said that he knew some were made with concave lenses but only knew of them for Honda cars.  I still went through because I was sure Eric's would be good no matter what and the blue tint would match the blue in my car too.  Final product with comparison.
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You can really see the difference in the color of the lenses and the concave shape in the last pictures.  After installing them I noticed the new ones are more concave and I can see better out of them vs the old.  I no longer have to lean to see out of the passenger side.  While it wasn't a huge improvement it was just enough but the quality of the glass was easy to see!  This was a great investment.



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Post by: AV8rZ on May 03, 2017, 11:52:23 AM
Car went up on jacks for about a month due to a small radiator leak.  I have the Samberg and found out this is a real problem with many Samberg Radiators.  On top of that he offers no support in repairing them or getting it fixed!  You've been warned!  See the thread titled "RADIATOR LEAK FROM CRACKED CORE" and you will find more info.  Luckily there is someone (VITOMAN1977) working on a new setup.

After much research here and Facebook, and more opinions than I can count, I found out from Earl Schexnayder (guy who tuned car and builds dragsters for a living) that the AC Delco tabs are perfectly safe and work great!  So I tried them and after a few days of driving and letting the tabs do their thing I don't have a leak anymore.  As everything else it may be temporary but that could mean 20+ years so I am thankful the car is on the road again. 

My leak was small and I caught it right away so I'm sure that played a role as well.  For more info read both mine and others comments in the thread mentioned earlier in this post.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170503/5acc22f3cad6ef66e92a379d3cead00e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170503/1f5cdbe7fe8edaa64b14026913d9b916.jpg)


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Post by: Nfinitecc on May 05, 2017, 12:35:09 PM
I had to put tabs in mine after only 50 miles, been over 4,000 on it now, no leaks, seems to be a pretty solid fix.
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Post by: Four on May 05, 2017, 01:36:59 PM
Excellent read so far. Dale seemed like a good guy, the few times I talked to him. I am happy to see the car is still on the forum and getting future updates. Ill be following along.

Cheers!  :cheers:
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Post by: FC3S Murray on May 18, 2017, 08:31:04 PM
Man this is such a beautiful FD. XLR8 did such a fantastic job maintaining the paint.


What was the price on your coilovers? I am contemplating upgrading to a higher quality setup.
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Post by: AV8rZ on May 18, 2017, 10:24:30 PM
Man this is such a beautiful FD. XLR8 did such a fantastic job maintaining the paint.


What was the price on your coilovers? I am contemplating upgrading to a higher quality setup.
The paint does have some minor imperfections that I wish didn't exist but they are minor and easily overlooked.  The only ones that weren't there are new rock chips on the front bumper, but that's because I do drive the car.  XLR8 owned the car more than 8 years and only put about 5000 miles on it during that time.  Crazy!

Coilovers were $2k and by far were the best money spent so far.  I am so glad I did.  They make the car ride so good!  Wouldn't hesitate if I were you FWIW.


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Post by: VladtheSmiter on May 20, 2017, 11:16:59 AM
You should maybe consider some sort of paint protection film or ceramic coating to prevent further rockchips etc. On top of making the paint harder to damage, the ceramic stuff is pretty much rain-x for paint. Give Hi Performance Detail a call. The owner Andrew is one of the main guys setting up the cars n coffee meets locally, really good guy. That's my plan for once my car is done and paint is cured at least.
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Post by: AV8rZ on May 20, 2017, 12:35:06 PM
You should maybe consider some sort of paint protection film or ceramic coating to prevent further rockchips etc. On top of making the paint harder to damage, the ceramic stuff is pretty much rain-x for paint. Give Hi Performance Detail a call. The owner Andrew is one of the main guys setting up the cars n coffee meets locally, really good guy. That's my plan for once my car is done and paint is cured at least.
I have something in the works, I'll fill you I. When we get together.  I think you're gonna benefit from it too!


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Post by: AV8rZ on June 14, 2017, 10:06:52 PM
Wife and kids are out of town so I finally have some time to update my thread.

 I actually HATE this part of it all but I feel that it is paramount for this community and my car!  The level of documentation on my car was the main reason I was so comfortable in not only purchasing it,   but paying a premium as well so I plan to keep it going.  Almost 10 years now with ZERO secrets or unknowns!

So my main goals in owning this particular car or any "fun" car I will ever own will not change.  Quality, functionality, reliability, and individuality.  My $0.02. Who gives a shit about how great something looks or wins car shows if it doesn't work and isn't practical.  Whoever gets my car after I'm done with it will not be disappointed, that's all I can say!

So I've driven the car MAYBE 500 miles at most.  All I really care about is feeling my neck snap and pulling G's from a stop to about 60-80 mph and I'm good.  I can't afford a reckless driving charge or my career will be over, so no street racing for me. 

So for drivability my next mod was HID Retrofit Headlights.  Now I don't plan on driving my car much at night but one of my biggest pet peeves in life is struggling to see because of poor lights. 

What prompted this was me driving home one evening and needing to use my lights.  When I flipped them on I was pissed!  I decided then I had to do something.

So I bought the clear lens housings off eBay and the HID kit from The Retrofit Source.  I can't say enough positives about them and their customer service!  And no I'm not getting anything for talking about them in return, it's just the truth!

This will be a pic dump but I will try and explain all in writing. 

Lights and buying from eBay were great.  Same with TRS. 

Many people helped me in this including 802projects and Truong Tran, but Truong is still rocking the Doritos so he's not on this forum yet. 

I will say this isn't rocket science but it was intimidating for me.  Many write-ups have been done and you can find that info there but I will share my personal experience.

1.  A lot more grinding was required than I expected
2.  It is EXTREMELY difficult to keep dust particles out
3.  There is no need for the extra glue TRS recommends!  (Biggest frustration)
4.  Perfectionism will be the death of me!

So I stripped the chrome finish with Easy Off Heavy Duty oven cleaner.  Al I did was spray it on and let it sit for about 2 minutes, then rinsed off.  Easy! 

I painted them satin black at first but that ended up showing too many imperfections for me so I went with Flat Black and turned out great. 

TRS recommends extra glue so I bought some.  They say heat it up in oven, stretch it thin and put an additional line around the housing.  I did this.  Problem is this; When I put the cover/lens back on with the extra glue, it seeped out WAY too much and you can see on the inside of the housing.  You will see this if you look close in the pics.  This affects absolutely nothing but drives me nuts.  That is until drove around the neighborhood with the new lights.  WOW is all I have to say.  And I went with the smallest upgrade TRS had for our cars, the Mini H1. 

Now I am all about supporting our community and would have bought from SakeBomb if I could have but I went this route.  I will agree with them and say I'm sure these aren't as nice and perfect as SakeBomb does for sure, but they are far better than stock and allow me to see at night now while driving the FD.

I also baked my headlights at 275 for about 12-15 minutes, 225 didn't cut it.

Also, I have about $450-$500 total in these.



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Post by: Four on June 15, 2017, 11:08:07 AM
For someone that said they didnt have a lot of experience turning a wrench, you look like you are doing a fine job!

Glad to see another good review of the Ohlins. I have them sitting in a box in my office. They are assembled, but just waiting as there are other things going on with the build.

If you have any issues with the LEDs you purchased, check out Diode Dynamics. I used to order LEDs from various places until I found them and haven't looked back. Every light I have purchased has lasted and not a single issue with them.

Nice chatting the other day. Its nice to learn who people actually are.
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Post by: markfluko on June 15, 2017, 11:35:01 AM
Nice! Looking good.
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Post by: kinger on June 15, 2017, 12:22:20 PM
Nice!  You and I are in the same boat, we arguably bought the two highest quality swaps on the market!  Like you love I to wrench, tinker, modify but have little time.  Its funny how our 'perfect' swaps that are highly documented still require tinkering.  For me its perfect (the minor tinkering) but on paper you and I should just be able to turn key and drive LOL totally not the case in either of our circumstances. 

If you watch my thread I am continually 'tweaking' and refining my car.  I had a no start issue as well as the car was being unloaded at delivery!  Mine was simple it was the clutch interlock switch and I bypassed and car starts perfect now. 

I like you had to adjust the top of my budget to get the quality of the car I did and boy am I glad I did!  I think a lessor build would force guys like us (OCDs) into WAY more money out. 

The car is simply epic, I mean the look of it, the performance of it they are insane and I actually enjoy fixing small things like my sunroof switch broke, etc because it fits into my little time windows between when kids go to bed but before I go to bed.  No major engine trans swaps will happen with my schedule.  There is no doubt these cars are special and will be very hard if not impossible to duplicate with any other model/swap/mod.  I spent 8 years looking for the perfect one and found it can couldn't be happier. 

Good luck with yours! 
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Post by: AV8rZ on June 15, 2017, 06:23:45 PM
Nice! Looking good.
Thank You!
Nice!  You and I are in the same boat, we arguably bought the two highest quality swaps on the market!  Like you love I to wrench, tinker, modify but have little time.  Its funny how our 'perfect' swaps that are highly documented still require tinkering.  For me its perfect (the minor tinkering) but on paper you and I should just be able to turn key and drive LOL totally not the case in either of our circumstances. 

If you watch my thread I am continually 'tweaking' and refining my car.  I had a no start issue as well as the car was being unloaded at delivery!  Mine was simple it was the clutch interlock switch and I bypassed and car starts perfect now. 

I like you had to adjust the top of my budget to get the quality of the car I did and boy am I glad I did!  I think a lessor build would force guys like us (OCDs) into WAY more money out. 

The car is simply epic, I mean the look of it, the performance of it they are insane and I actually enjoy fixing small things like my sunroof switch broke, etc because it fits into my little time windows between when kids go to bed but before I go to bed.  No major engine trans swaps will happen with my schedule.  There is no doubt these cars are special and will be very hard if not impossible to duplicate with any other model/swap/mod.  I spent 8 years looking for the perfect one and found it can couldn't be happier. 

Good luck with yours!
Yes, I am very happy I chose to spend a little more for a well sorted car.  I would probably not have bought the car from pictures alone though due to all the MB hate out there, lol.  It's just a car you have to see in person to truly appreciate it!  I wanted a black one, haha.  But I love my MB FD and all the things that make it unique such as the front bumper.  I've really grown to appreciate this car for sure.

The wrenching that fits me is in the "Optional" category and not the "Mandatory" category.  My skill level is low so it's easy for me to get overwhelmed and frustrated from hitting a brick wall.  I really enjoy seeing this car grow and get even better too.

The OCD thing is tough.  It's hard for me to find the balance between making the car better and more refined, and being too nervous about driving it or working on it so I don't mess something up.  You unfortunately understand that all you have to do is breath on our paint wrong for it to get a defect.  I will hopefully be addressing that soon enough though.
For someone that said they didnt have a lot of experience turning a wrench, you look like you are doing a fine job!

Glad to see another good review of the Ohlins. I have them sitting in a box in my office. They are assembled, but just waiting as there are other things going on with the build.

If you have any issues with the LEDs you purchased, check out Diode Dynamics. I used to order LEDs from various places until I found them and haven't looked back. Every light I have purchased has lasted and not a single issue with them.

Nice chatting the other day. Its nice to learn who people actually are.
it was great talking to you as well!  I too enjoy meeting people on the forum from behind the curtain.

Thank you for LED info, I'm sure it will come in handy someday.

As far as turning wrenches I am definitely a rookie but unfortunately I usually defeat myself before I ever get started for 2 reasons.  Fear is one and my perfectionism is the other.  If it won't be perfect I don't even want to try it.  I'm working on all that though!

No doubt the Ohlins were probably the best investment so far, you're going to love them.  The only change I will probably make with mine is lower them just a little once I get my wheels flush.



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Post by: AV8rZ on September 22, 2017, 10:28:08 PM
Time for an update!  Doing this often is where I struggle, but I have time tonight. 

Car hasn't been driven much all summer for 2 reasons.  1.  No gauges and 2.  Sorting out A/C. 

While doing my HID Retrofit Headlights I put a bad scratch below the headlight on the passenger side.  This happened because I was using some needle nose pliers to pull the spring back in place and it slipped off the spring which caused me to put the scratch in the bumper.  I literally almost threw up!

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So I took the car to my detail guy who is going to do my Ceramic Coating and you almost can't even see it.  It will be completely gone when I take my car for the full treatment.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/c28f40bde9d828c7ab9dd3f0804d2ce2.jpg)

This is when I became a believer in the ceramic coating.  He put a little spray on the scratch area and told me to pay attention to it when I washed the car next time.  Fair enough. 

I wanted to convert the A/C from the ES12 that was in the car from when XLR8 did the A/C to R134A.  While driving back from the detail guy I put a post on our local FB Cars and Coffee page and Vladthesmiter (Colt) was like "our shop can do it today."  So I went straight there.  So, they put the young kid on it, I'm distracted talking to Vladthesmiter (Colt) about his build and come back to my fender and bumper looking like a piece of sand paper was taken to it because the kid let the hoses rest and rub on the car!  Everywhere, except, you guessed it!  Right where my buddy had applied the ceramic coating on the scratch.  Even though I had already been sold from what I had read, to see it in action was impressive to say the least.  The guys buffed the scratches out and all was good.  Drove the car home and parked it (3 miles).  About 5 days later, got in car and drove right back to shop so me and Vladthesmiter (Colt) could do a little something to the car (details to come) and the A/C won't come on!  Compressor wasn't engaging but fan would blow fine.  When I was almost there A/C magically started working.  I took it for a glitch and ignored it.  THEN, days later got in to drive and same thing.  Drove for about 20 minutes then BAM, A/C would come on (and work all day). 

I find a local shop who is willing to look at it.  I went that route instead of taking it back to Vladthesmiter (Colt) shop because it's not exactly their specialty and I didn't want to burden them with the trouble.  I tell them everything that is going on, set my appointment, and drive up there on my day off.  On my way there I'm trying to get A/C to engage and nothing (30 minute drive).  Park car with it not engaging, guy gets it on rack and all works fine!  I'll be a MF'er!  I was so pissed.  So took it home and parked for days, then got back in and drive and same thing, A/C not working on start but later it did.  Take to shop thinking it's a simple leak.  They find one and recharge system.  Who would think something so small could cause a leak so big?  2 damaged O Rings.  The R134A is thinner and under higher pressure so even though the rings were good for ES12, they weren't good for the R134A.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/e5a36d0392e33a835724c3091666ad48.jpg)

It was fixed for about a day and then BAM, broke again.  It ended up doing the same thing. 

So with some consistency I took it back.  With XLR8 help with understanding the way he has it wired plus the way the Holley EFI controls it we were able to trace it down and realized the freaking relay was intermittent and having a mind of its own.  Didn't make any sense because it was working sometimes (after car heated up) but not when car was first started.  It was one of the big one's in halfspec (Lane's) wiring harness.  Afterwards XLR8 almost admitted to installing the system backwards from Lanes instructions and that may have done a number on that relay but there is no proof and I'm not trying to convict anyone, lol.  Couple videos XLR8 made for me explaining the Holley and how it controls the A/C. 

https://youtu.be/JRqe6S063Cg. 

https://youtu.be/wsWw5y0fN7E

This is where I'm frustrated I didn't take pictures.  Long story short, it was the relay having a mind of its own.  Crazy.  Would have never thought that for sure.  So A/C is working when asked and doing a good job, except the tunnel is emitting a lot of heat.  Addressing that now
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Post by: AV8rZ on September 22, 2017, 10:38:37 PM
I wanted to deal with my exhaust too.  The tail pipes were too close for comfort and causing a little blueing to go on my bumper so that had to stop.  Like I said before my theme is practical function first for sure. 

So in trying to keep in mind the car itself and all it's features/color schemes I went with a black exhaust tip.  This was a painful process BTW!  Finding one that fit was ridiculous to say the least.  Ended up finding one and had it welded on.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/a78ed13b05f7b447a011620b89608710.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/af9d0186beccec7093bf72102443ab44.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/4bfbb5b304421ea05a083687fcce84e3.jpg)  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/d376df570739237ba41de96fef2d410b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/a9746f84871959375a5d798856324808.jpg)I think it turned out great.  Not perfect but completely functional.  My plan is to paint the rear mufflers with exhaust paint to match the tips it just isn't shown here.


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Post by: AV8rZ on September 22, 2017, 10:46:56 PM
Also tried to stop water from getting in to my rear hatch.  No sure how I did but I know I made an impact (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/673b26d5de13574da53c4724b2d26cf2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/0dbacd94a35d22ed7c1a3022c466724b.jpg)Cant seem to find the video but there is definitely a guy that can help
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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 12:15:41 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/a99ca770053c01eea815c41b7a40f3ad.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/e6dd5951dee731a29c79b19428c0ba31.jpg)Trying to help y'all out


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Post by: VladtheSmiter on September 23, 2017, 09:27:47 AM
You could try removing the bolts for the wing and throwing some try putting some silicone around where the holes are then rebolt down the wing. Basically would make a gasket around the bolt holes. that combines with replacing the foam on my 99 spec wing is what I'm doing at least. Definitely looks like that's where your leak is based on the crusty bolts.

 I never asked before but when driving around does your exhaust bottom out much? It's a concern on my car mostly due to the DS loop. I'll be mocking mine up when i get home this time so i might have you and troung swing by so i can use your cars as references.
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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 09:58:39 AM
You could try removing the bolts for the wing and throwing some try putting some silicone around where the holes are then rebolt down the wing. Basically would make a gasket around the bolt holes. that combines with replacing the foam on my 99 spec wing is what I'm doing at least. Definitely looks like that's where your leak is based on the crusty bolts.

 I never asked before but when driving around does your exhaust bottom out much? It's a concern on my car mostly due to the DS loop. I'll be mocking mine up when i get home this time so i might have you and troung swing by so i can use your cars as references.
I thought about that but I didnít want to risk the 24 year old wing breaking.  Another guy did that and he said it cracked just by screwing it back down so trying this first. 

My exhaust doesnít bottom out but I know XLR8 did a lot of work to get it as high as he could.  It did bottom out while he and I drove it around the day I picked it up.  I didnít drive it in Baton Rouge until I installed the Ohlins because I knew it would and was too low.  I only raised the car about 1/2Ē but it was just enough and knock on wood havenít scraped yet.




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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 01:27:55 PM
Finished painting my exhaust.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/1a721be0494fff9ce40e5c5ae3d86a6e.heic)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/bbb13021a54557db4398c57217ab531e.heic)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170923/d5a35a75c44d4359a6c55067ee8ab69d.heic)


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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 01:46:06 PM
I have been on the fence of what to do for protection of my condenser.  Since my ultimate plan is to start driving the car a lot more now that my A/C is squared away and once I get my other main project completed, I didnít want to wait any longer. 

So I decided to install some grill mesh.  I went with Custom Car Grills powder coated Flat Black Perforated Hex mesh. 
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I felt like it was subtle enough to not draw too much attention.  You can see through it easily but it will still protect my condenser.  It is recommended to remove the grill/bumper for the install, but I wasnít about to risk that operation, so I left it in place.  Everything was straight forward except the center section and that was MFíer I must say.  The top part of the center section butts up to the crash bar almost touching it while the lower portion has the radiator resting on it.  Getting it in there just right was a PITA!  I used zip ties to hold it in place after cutting and shaping the pieces, and Amazing Goop for the glue. 

Before
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Post by: VladtheSmiter on September 23, 2017, 05:47:06 PM
It'll definitely help protect the stuff behind it. I've been looking for a good mesh for a while now. One that's more OEM looking than most bodykit mesh. I found this pic but haven't been able to locate the mesh and the owner doesn't know who makes it.
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Post by: VladtheSmiter on September 23, 2017, 05:49:16 PM
Exhaust came out great
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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 06:35:42 PM
It'll definitely help protect the stuff behind it. I've been looking for a good mesh for a while now. One that's more OEM looking than most bodykit mesh. I found this pic but haven't been able to locate the mesh and the owner doesn't know who makes it.
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I like that too!  Thanks on the exhaust, I like it.


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Post by: AV8rZ on September 23, 2017, 06:52:04 PM
My last project for this weekend was the dome light cover.  I had already swapped the lights out to LED a while back but the cover being yellow killed me!  Believe it or not I found it at my local Mazda dealer.  They had to order it but it was only $11.  Couldnít believe it.  The difference is crazy!
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Post by: digitalsolo on September 23, 2017, 07:25:34 PM
Wow, that's both amazingly cheap and amazingly better!
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Post by: kinger on September 25, 2017, 01:28:17 PM
Awesome update!  Looking good!
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Post by: Donthitme on September 25, 2017, 02:22:27 PM
Hey throw us the part number please!

Also what size grill did you get, did you install it as 1 piece or 3 pieces?
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Post by: AV8rZ on September 25, 2017, 10:45:34 PM
Awesome update!  Looking good!
Thank you Sir, getting there
Hey throw us the part number please!

Also what size grill did you get, did you install it as 1 piece or 3 pieces?
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170926/4ea9ef2e1e0e0abd98e816ec142d52fd.heic)i think Iím going to to buy a couple just to have for sure!


On the grill mesh, I bought the 16Ēx48Ē sheet and installed 5 different pieces.  Your bumper may be more or less depending on what you have obviously.  I cut each piece for each opening.  You almost have to due to the way the cutouts are in the back.  Iíll try and remember to take some pics behind the bumper but Iím out of town for a funeral at the moment. 



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Post by: Donthitme on September 26, 2017, 11:39:56 AM
thanks! you did such a good job it looks like it was 1 peice!
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Post by: AV8rZ on October 07, 2017, 11:12:51 AM
Finally worked up the courage to convert my HVAC panel lighting to LED.  Unfortunately there wasnít much info in the DIY step by step on this with good pictures so Iím going to do a pic heavy post for the future of the community.  Luckily there is however a thread on the RX7club with all the lights needed though. 

I had never pulled my HVAC panel so I didnít know what everything looked like on the backside.  I owe kinger a HUGE Thank You because he just so happened to have a spare HVAC panel that I could reference.  It was trashed but allowed me to see the inner parts and workings.  It also allowed me to familiarize myself and memorize what went where, kinda.  It wasnít fully intact but it was enough.  Thank you sir! 

Detailed pics of my panel
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I ordered the lights from SuperBrightLEDS.com.  Have had good luck with them.  I bought the 360í 74 for the backlighting and the NEO3 for the buttons.  Cool white with a red one for the Hazard Button.
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All disassembled.  Johnny #5
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New Gauge Dial Faces from BlackCatCustoms.  Thanks halfspec for the reference!  The only thing I donít necessarily care for is the Blue and Red didnít match my 1994 but other than that these are awesome.  I do personally like the 1994 better but thatís splitting hairs at this point!  I think they gave me both fan speeds to be safe.
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Old yellow vs new clear!
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Installed!
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I was concerned about hot spots from the LED backlights so I got some small mirrors from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them on the backside to help reflect light. 
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Amazingly my plastics came apart and went back together pretty easy.  I think that has to do with the fact my car is a 1994 plus being in great condition and being taken care of over the years.  Every time I work on my car I am reminded how good of condition it really is in and I thank God I spent the extra money on it.  These are the kind of things you canít put a value on because they are so rare and make owning a car like this so much more enjoyable!  With that said I purchased som Plast-aid beforehand to be safe.  A few of my screw holes were not in the greatest shape so I used this for some reinforcement.  I cut straws for a mold.  Borrowed idea from four, Thank you sir!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171007/2e867bcd99a2eb613605f21fa541ab2d.heic)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171007/60b1694eaf91cec2067c208a5757f980.heic)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171007/694c6960baeb3c713dcd2a159be8247e.heic)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171007/321f58926d20485a657120040fa0fead.heic)
I reassembled everything, plugged it in the car and only half of my panel lit up!  I was like ďoh *$&#@ what did I breakĒ?  Even though the lights are not supposed to be polarity sensitive I thought maybe just by chance they were.  I turned the 74 lights around that werenít working and BAM, it worked!  My Hazard button light wasnít working but that just ended up being the bulb.  I luckily had ordered 2 red ones to be safe.  The finished product!
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Sorry for the terrible pictures but you get the idea.  The very first pic is with the dimmer on low and you can see the difference. 

I think the mirrors really helped for sure because I donít have any hotspots and the light is very even.  Only the defrost symbol is slightly less bright but you can barely tell. 

The hardest part was unplugging the inner small plug on the backside.  That thing was terrible!  Also removing the old yellow coating from the gauge face was very difficult too.  I used everything (paint thinner, lacquer thinner, xylol, oven cleaner, acetone) and what worked the best was Turtle Wax label and sticker remover.  I still had to scrub with a toothbrush and my fingernail but it finally worked.  That was over an hour in itself! 

This was tedious but I am very glad I did it!  Now along with having HID headlights, the entire car from front to back, interior and exterior is lighted by LED!  Well, when the new gauges go in it will be! 


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Post by: halfspec on October 08, 2017, 08:58:27 AM
Nice work Curtis. I know from experience that those BlackCatCustoms overlays are a much harder install than most would think.
I also like the mirror idea. Thinking outside the box  :cheers:

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Post by: AV8rZ on October 08, 2017, 07:14:13 PM
Nice work Curtis. I know from experience that those BlackCatCustoms overlays are a much harder install than most would think.
I also like the mirror idea. Thinking outside the box  :cheers:

Lane
Thank you sir!  I did hear or read the mirror idea somewhere but I canít remember where so I canít take full credit but it did seem to work pretty good.  Not perfect but I think itís better than it would have been had I not put the mirrors in. 

Your LED work in your car inspired this and no way would I have been able to do it without your guidance in your build thread so hats off to you!


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Post by: markfluko on October 11, 2017, 12:24:19 AM
Wow man, great job. Looks real bright and nicely packaged.
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Post by: AV8rZ on October 11, 2017, 08:53:48 AM
Wow man, great job. Looks real bright and nicely packaged.
Thank you! 

It actually isnít that bright in person, but for some reason the pictures make it appear that way.  I wish the pictures were better and showed how they really look so it doesnít scare people from doing this.  I believe itís because of them being white in color and the iPhone camera enhanced the light.  I have sensitive eyes at night and the brightness doesnít bother me at all. 

Iíll get a much better idea when my new gauges go back in so I can compare them all lit up together.  I canít wait!


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Post by: Four on October 12, 2017, 01:55:35 PM
Excellent work on the LEDs for the HVAC. That is one of my peeves as well and will have to get mine changed out.

Glad to help with the straw idea. Works great!


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Post by: AV8rZ on October 13, 2017, 10:21:30 AM
Excellent work on the LEDs for the HVAC. That is one of my peeves as well and will have to get mine changed out.

Glad to help with the straw idea. Works great!


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Thanks man, youíll be glad you did!


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Post by: VladtheSmiter on October 16, 2017, 12:10:45 PM
Nice job on the plastaid fix, makes me want to blow apart all my interior and fix all my broken mounts I hot-glued back together.
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Post by: Four on October 16, 2017, 12:52:52 PM
Nice job on the plastaid fix, makes me want to blow apart all my interior and fix all my broken mounts I hot-glued back together.

It works great. I have gone through 2 bottles fixing all my little issues


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Post by: bstallion on December 24, 2017, 11:17:45 PM
I dig the lights.. and that shift knob..
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Post by: AV8rZ on December 24, 2017, 11:43:53 PM
I dig the lights.. and that shift knob..
Thanks brother, canít wait to cruise alongside yours too!


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Post by: kinger on January 15, 2018, 12:52:14 PM
Looks amazing man!!!!  Your welcome on the cluster glad it helped.
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Post by: AV8rZ on January 15, 2018, 08:25:15 PM
Looks amazing man!!!!  Your welcome on the cluster glad it helped.
Thank you, hope you enjoyed your goodies


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Post by: AV8rZ on January 15, 2018, 09:03:34 PM
There have been many items I have been researching and a few items I have actually accomplished since my last project.  After completing the HVAC Panel LED swap I wasnít sure how satisfied I was with the white color.  My new gauges (those will be covered next) are going to have white LED but I didnít have them in hand.  After seeing a post on the club of a Red LED HVAC Panel I got the genius idea to pull everything back apart and switch to Red.  After all, the first wasnít as bad as I had thought.  This is a BS statement BTW, it was just that my mind had blocked it out due the high stress levels associated during surgery on the panel.  So I swapped to Red.  Here is the picture of inspiration.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/7f0606e087404e9e84f68a78a3780ed3.jpg)
My gauges have red needles so I didnít think it would clash because my wifeís VW has White gauges with Red HVAC and buttons and it doesnít seem bad.  While it wasnít terrible, it wasnít right!  Crazy thing is I didnít take one picture of the Red HVAC panel lit up.  I must have really not liked it.  If you notice in the picture above the gauges are red and I think thatís why it looks good to me.  Either way I pulled the panel again and went back to white LED.  I had to redo some of the screw posts again but all in all it did go ok.  I wonít be doing it again! 

The end result looks amazing and really has given the car a very modern feel compared to before.
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Post by: AV8rZ on January 15, 2018, 11:47:11 PM
My gauges, oh my gauges!  I could make an entire build thread on these alone but I will try and keep it to a novel length and not Bible length.  First I will say thank you to Vladthesmiter (Colt) for his help.  He basically did the wiring while I was in the way.  On top of that he even took time away from his car while he was trying to get it done to help and that meant more than I can say. 

So the story of my gauges begins back in September 2016 on the night I first met XLR8 (Josh) to look at the car.  So I look the car over while we talk for a couple hours and he drives off.  We talk a few days later (September 30, 2016) and we negotiate a purchase agreement.  During our negotiation he informed me the gauges stopped working on his drive home the night I looked at the car.  The car was equipped with Digital Dakota and I guess it took a dump.  XLR8 informed me one of his visions was to convert the cars gauges to Holley EFI Digital Analog gauges.  It already had the 3.5Ē Digital Dash so I had all the info from the ECU to monitor the vitals except the Speedometer.  After researching the Holley gauges I felt like it was the route I wanted to go.  The thing about the car is it needed to have either Holley Digital Dash or Holley Digital Analog due to the Holley EFI.  The reason is because the gauges receive the information from the ECU, not directly from the sensors themselves.  So I ended up talking things over with Toby Broadfield to make sure he could Retrofit the gauges into my cluster since they were Holley and not Speedhut.  I ended up purchasing the gauges from Holley over that Thanksgiving, even before I had possession of the car.  They were on sale for Black Friday.  Funny thing is, the gauges are actually made by Speedhut for Holley.  They just have different internals and arenít the exact same sizes, close but not the same.  This was awesome because Toby could do them, but there was an issue that would show its face later, way later!  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/987a817c798fc52db28039f18453035e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/14e8f4ce60f033189c7db07387f3fe5b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/30c576551e61fa21138d32d66a76305b.jpg)
I canít believe how far back I had to go to find these pictures! 

There is a huge gap in the next part.  I sent my gauges off to Toby and he said he would let me know when it was time to send him my cluster due to his backlog of work in front of me.  This would have been roughly 8 weeks, 12 max.  He told me once he got my cluster it would be about 2-3 weeks.  I wasnít concerned about the wait at the time because if you go back to the beginning of this thread, the car wouldnít even start, lol.  Toby believed he had to order the Tach and Speedometer from Speedhut and just have them put the Holley EFI logo on because the sizes were slightly different.  So at this point I have to wait on Toby to get my stuff from Speedhut.  During this time Tobyís mother passed away and he checked out for a little while, rightfully so!  I told him to take as much time as he needed and this could wait.  I shipped my cluster to him the last week of May.  June 2 Toby notified me that he received my Tach and Speedo but they didnít have the Holley EFI logo on them and Speedhut couldnít do it for copyright reasons.  Ugh!  Also on June 14 he informed me the Speedo wasnít a GPS like we ordered.  I was like ďholy crap when does this train stop.Ē  Finally on July 28, 2017 he sends me a picture saying heís packing it up for shipment.  And it looks beautiful.  Praise Jesus!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/9f268dba3988791398eb8ed785c1f76d.jpg)
I get the box and it is wrapped great and no visible external damage but once I open it I find the top of the cluster cracked.  Itís not a small crack either.  You can see for yourself.  It must have gotten banged around just enough to crack.
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So after this I had to resource a new gauge cluster.  This proved to be VERY difficult.  My plastics are 1994 Texture and were in showroom condition!  I searched for 2 weeks on the forums and Facebook with no luck.  Finally a buddy said he had just saw one at a place in Georgia called MazMart.  I called and they delivered.  Wasnít perfect though.  Had a 1994 Gauge face with the texture but a 1993 smooth hood.  On top of that the gauge face had a couple of minor imperfections but it was the best I could come across.  Literally no one else in any forum or country responded.  Made me realize how rare my 1994 plastics really are, let alone MINT condition ones.  To say I was pissed that this happened is a complete understatement.  Part of the reason my car is so valuable is because of the plastics in it and shape of the interior so this was unfortunate to say the least.  Luckily Toby took the cluster and hood I found and combined my hood with the new cluster and it is almost as good as it was.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/9cff7b86a7ce0100d5e82b392b0d4edc.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/09c816a85bdfe96b7cd3a87d39152e58.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/fc0a386bcc03ec9a3b0c59d659eaa9cf.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/32a6da5002dadca95f07e2031d1eb05f.jpg)
And with all that said both my original completed cluster was mailed back to Toby with the one I purchased so Toby could work his magic once again.  I found out at the last minute that these gauges from Holley are not dimmable like the Speedhut gauges are.  Hereís the explanation from the man himself.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/1b58790715966a604adc0f6c0a3caa6f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/44c69f945f2c4812fa330a6a47db08ec.jpg)
This was very disappointing to me but unfortunately I have to live with it.  The main reason this is a disappointing factor for me is because Iím a pilot for a living.  What that means is my eye sensitivity to light while it is dark is very high.  My usual night lighting while either driving or flying is to have it adjusted as low as it can possibly go so my night vision is the best it can be.  With that said, the Holley EFI gauges at their preset level with me controlling the HVAC Panel has allowed for a tolerable lighting for me.  At the end of the day the night lighting is not overly bright and I am very happy with the end results

Toby does his top quality work once again and sends me the finished product.  When I say I am ecstatic with the results is an understatement.  In the middle of it all I changed the bezels from chrome to black and it ended up being a decision that was better than I couldíve ever imagined.  These gauges have been a very long time coming and I have to admit, have led me to be somewhat emotionally attached to the end result as well.  These have been in progress even before I had the car in my possession so the vision to see these through has been personally rewarding for me.  While I didnít do the swap on this car and have that personal connection with it, This gives me a sense of what guys who build these cars from start to finish actually feel when something gets finished.  Here is the finished product of both the gauges and a little glimpse of the HVAC Panel side by side with it.  I will get batter pictures for anyone who PMís me but this post has been an amazing accomplishment for me already.  If your interested in anything more PM me.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/549c50c8a076b70079decf909ae2b7f5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/745b1201b3fe30269616abd8420183f4.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/de5419ad2e738a4f9b9c65ba587990e4.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/9863370246f00171de64da1249f5a05b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/8191930b70102d25de3004da7822d0bb.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180116/c6a9c977efe1abf3268e948e67f62bde.jpg)
The thing that throws me off and I wish wasnít the case is that the lights on the gauges appear a little purple ish in these pictures but in real life that isnít the case at all.  These were taken in an aircraft hangar and I believe the lighting is throwing the iPhone camera off a little.  Even given my OCD and the minor imperfections in the new gauge face I am beyond thankful for Toby at Broadfield Customs and grateful for all the process that took place to get to this point.  I feel like Toby Broadfield at Broadfield Customs did everything in his personal power to make my life easier.  Thank you Toby!

There is also a double din visible in these pictures so I will cover that next.


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Title: Re: AV8rZ (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: kinger on January 16, 2018, 02:12:14 PM
wow just wow!  I was pissing on SpeedHut ahwile back for their poor performance but once I added another ground to the cluster they work perfect.  So you should be able to just enjoy them now!!! 

Now get a OEM Nardi wheel and the car will look like a 2018! 
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Post by: digitalsolo on January 16, 2018, 04:22:33 PM
Gauge cluster looks fantastic.   Toby does amazing work.
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Post by: AV8rZ on January 16, 2018, 05:24:57 PM
Gauge cluster looks fantastic.   Toby does amazing work.
wow just wow!  I was pissing on SpeedHut ahwile back for their poor performance but once I added another ground to the cluster they work perfect.  So you should be able to just enjoy them now!!! 

Now get a OEM Nardi wheel and the car will look like a 2018!
Thanks gentleman!  Toby does do amazing work and the wait is worth it.  I did order a Personal Steering Wheel but I wasnít happy with the look or the quality of the leather so I sent it back.  Eventually I will get to that but for now it really is time to enjoy the car now that I have worked out all the bugs, knock on wood.  The car really is to a point of being so refined it really could be a daily driven beast.  I am extremely happy with where the car currently is!


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Post by: VladtheSmiter on February 09, 2018, 02:14:45 PM
I'mma tell Josh you drove his old car in the rain. lol. Worst part about your car is I'd have a hard time modifying it. Everything's so clean already. You've done a great job tastefully adding touches here and there to make it your own. Now race me  :punch:
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2018, 12:02:02 PM
Installed a Pioneer 2330 NEX Double Din Touchscreen and backup camera.  This is a really nice unit.  I ended up going with this because it has Car Play and the screen sensitivity is fantastic and responsive.  You barely touch it and it responds.  I had went with another head unit that was older and had great reviews but was not happy with it at all.  Ended up sending it back because the sensitivity on the screen was terrible. 

Someday the speakers will come, but that will have to wait. 
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2018, 12:06:11 PM
New cup holder, Love this thing!
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2018, 12:17:04 PM
Completely custom One Off Holley EFI floor mats.  These are the highest quality Berber offered.  These have been in the making since the fall of 2017.  I had to get permission from Holley themselves to avoid any copyright issues.  I think this is such a cool feature for this car.

Iím very proud of these.  Jason on this forum had them done and I thank him for all his work.  There were a ton of back and forth between he and I to make this happen.   
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I also have these custom aluminum pedals that I havenít installed yet.  Itís the Wide Gas Pedal and Dead Pedal.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180329/e5ac6f2ae1f9d4fb09a72a665e7b642b.jpg)


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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2018, 01:02:30 PM
I'mma tell Josh you drove his old car in the rain. lol. Worst part about your car is I'd have a hard time modifying it. Everything's so clean already. You've done a great job tastefully adding touches here and there to make it your own. Now race me  :punch:
Thanks man, maybe if I get some ballin tires someday like you I will be able to.
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Post by: wickedrx7 on March 29, 2018, 01:25:21 PM
Mats look good!  I regret not getting my mats in Berber.... And now he can't do LSx mats anymore...
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2018, 01:35:34 PM
Mats look good!  I regret not getting my mats in Berber.... And now he can't do LSx mats anymore...
Thank you sir!  I wasnít going to initially but just choked it up and spent the money for that exact reason.  Same with the Cargo.  I already had a brand new ESH one but I knew this was my only chance to do it.  I literally had to get permission from Holleyís PR and Marketing Department and it took a few weeks.  Iím actually surprised they let me!


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Post by: AV8rZ on February 09, 2019, 07:00:51 PM
Have done a few things to the car.

1.  Had the brake calipers rebuilt and new Hawk pads all around.  Reason was because my drivers caliper had a piston that would occasionally stick.  When I would be coming to a stop it would let loose and send a loud clunk.  Took me a while to figure out what was actually going on.

2.  New black ARP Header Bolts to dress engine bay up a little.  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190209/f9848914bf88bd1ac85fc647297d30ca.jpg)

3.  Wrapped the exhaust with some heat shield to help lessen the amount of heat coming into the car through the center console area.  I have noticed it has definitely helped.
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4.  Finally fixed the leaky radiator for good!  Mine was weird.  It would only leak about a half dollar size spot at the first opening of the thermostat.  Then it wouldnít leak again as long as car stayed relatively warm.  I could park the car and come back several hours later, start it and wouldnít leak a drop.  As small and insignificant as this was it still wasnít right and I wanted to make sure it was addressed and fixed.  Took it to my buddyís shop and he had it holding fluid under pressure after a little welding so we put it in and all was fixed....For about 50 miles.  So back I went, he ended up cutting the entire radiator apart this time so the welder could get to the core easily.  After some welding and some epoxy for security all was good.  I also had a last minute idea while the radiator was at the welderís shop to have them install a drain plug of some sort.  He ended up welding in a petcock and Iím so glad I had this done.  Now radiator fluid changes will be a breeze.  Had everything repainted and put back together and it turned out fantastic!  The only negative is that there a little triangle piece on the corner that you can tell was cut off and re-welded but itís under the car and canít be seen unless youíre looking for it so itís really a non issue at all.
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Post by: Exidous on February 12, 2019, 09:21:35 AM
Glad to see another Megasquirt guy!

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Post by: AV8rZ on February 12, 2019, 09:21:44 AM
Yesterday I did a complete driveline fluid change.  Car was due for an oil change and I had never changed the transmission or differential so I figured why not. 

Valvoline VR1 20w50 for the engine, Mobil 1 ATF for the transmission, and Mobil 1 75w90 with Ford Friction Modifier for the rear differential. 

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Post by: wickedrx7 on February 12, 2019, 10:05:37 AM
I hated mobile atf in the trans. It was terrible when cold and only moderately better once warmed up. I switched to Amsoil torque-drive and have been very happy with it.  It might work well for you but just a forewarning if you do notice more grinding on up and downshifts.
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Post by: AV8rZ on February 12, 2019, 10:40:44 AM
I hated mobile atf in the trans. It was terrible when cold and only moderately better once warmed up. I switched to Amsoil torque-drive and have been very happy with it.  It might work well for you but just a forewarning if you do notice more grinding on up and downshifts.
Thanks for the heads up and feedback.  I did a lot of reading and there were so many different suggestions on this topic.  I ended up just calling Tremec and was told not to use anything but Mobil 1 ATF in the T56 Magnum directly from them.  I drove about 50-75 miles yesterday after all was completed and all seemed very normal, maybe even a slight improvement but we all know that we subconsciously believe everything is better with new lube, lol.  I will pay close attention in the future and if I experience anything negative Iíll report back for sure. 


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Post by: wickedrx7 on February 12, 2019, 10:49:14 AM
Mine is a rebuilt t-56 not a magnum so might not be apples to apples. And if thatís what they recommended, I would probably give it a try too.
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Post by: AV8rZ on February 12, 2019, 11:09:29 AM
Mine is a rebuilt t-56 not a magnum so might not be apples to apples. And if thatís what they recommended, I would probably give it a try too.
Noted.  I do know that Mobil 1 ATF is what was already in it and I had nothing but smooth shifting the entire time.  I only changed it mainly as a just because I was already doing differential too so why not.  I actually feel like the transmission shifts better than ever now that it has some mileage on it. 


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Post by: MPbdy on February 12, 2019, 04:20:55 PM
I put redline D4 ATF in mine and the magnum is the best shifting trans I've ever used.  I had non-synthetic ATF in there for break-in.  Honestly I never noticed a break-in period, and I didn't notice any difference between the two fluids.
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Post by: Exidous on February 14, 2019, 01:30:59 PM
I've also an upgraded t-56. Redline D4 for normal temps. D6(little thinner) for cold weather.

I've tried just about every fluid out there and the D4 was the only one that was really nice. I still have one more to try. AC Delco Syncromesh.

Mobil 1 almost felt like the blocker rings didn't exist when cold.
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Post by: Exidous on March 28, 2019, 12:36:04 PM
I was feeling ambitious last night and wanted to fix a very small leak in the extension housing of the T-56. Took the exhaust off and the housing. Resealed everything.

Put in the ACDelco syncromesh.

Best trans feel yet. Even better than the Redline D4 ATF!!!
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Post by: Venom13132 on March 28, 2019, 01:35:07 PM
Late to the party. .  Boiler UP!

Are you still in Indiana?


Build looks good.  I didn't have time to read through it all but I will here one day soon.
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 28, 2019, 02:42:58 PM
I was feeling ambitious last night and wanted to fix a very small leak in the extension housing of the T-56. Took the exhaust off and the housing. Resealed everything.

Put in the ACDelco syncromesh.

Best trans feel yet. Even better than the Redline D4 ATF!!!
Awesome man, thanks for the feedback!  I have had nothing but smooth shifts myself as well.


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Post by: AV8rZ on March 28, 2019, 02:45:24 PM
Late to the party. .  Boiler UP!

Are you still in Indiana?


Build looks good.  I didn't have time to read through it all but I will here one day soon.
Thanks!  Purdueís basketball is looking good this year, hopefully theyíll win today.  Not in Indiana anymore.  I live in Baton Rouge, LA now. 


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Title: Re: AV8rZ (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: digitalsolo on March 28, 2019, 03:08:21 PM
Boiler up!
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Post by: Venom13132 on March 29, 2019, 07:55:08 AM
Boiler up!


Thanks!  Purdue’s basketball is looking good this year, hopefully they’ll win today.  Not in Indiana anymore.  I live in Baton Rouge, LA now. 


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Boiler UP!! 


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Post by: shainiac on March 29, 2019, 09:10:40 AM
Wait, is Norotors entirely engineering nerds from Indiana?  :grin:
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Post by: Exidous on March 29, 2019, 10:36:38 AM
It really feels like it some days. Wasn't GNX there too at some point?
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Post by: scuter83 on March 29, 2019, 11:00:07 AM
Boiler Up!!, Class of 2006, mechanical engineering.
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Post by: Exidous on March 29, 2019, 11:07:37 AM
Someone explain boiler up. I'm from SKOL country.
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Post by: Venom13132 on March 29, 2019, 01:27:31 PM
Someone explain boiler up. I'm from SKOL country.

Purdue University is the Boilermakers.  So that's what people associated with the university say to each other.  Just like when people on motorcycles do the arm down two finger wave thing haha
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Post by: AV8rZ on March 29, 2019, 02:36:36 PM
There is definitely a presence of Purdue people in here and obviously many Engineer minded people.  I didnít go there for Engineering but was close.  Iím a pilot.  Aviation Technology - Professional Flight Class of 2004


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Title: Re: AV8rZ (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: kinger on April 19, 2019, 05:32:38 PM
Hey AV8rZ - How is the car??? 
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Post by: AV8rZ on April 25, 2019, 08:46:38 PM
Hey AV8rZ - How is the car???
Just now seeing this for some reason.  Tapatalk doesnít give me good notifications like it used to.  I see your car is coming along very nicely man!  Love seeing the progress!

Car is great man.  Just been driving and enjoying it for the most part.  I have been working on getting a pool put in my backyard and I had a tail light project going as well.  Since I didnít have any tail lights for a couple weeks the car sat.  Also my kids had spring break so we went to the beach.  Car is finished so any mods done at this point are just for fun.  Thatís what I love about it (knocks on wood) is that all I do is turn key and enjoy!  I have actually been on the fence of possibly selling it to help pay for the pool but am not definite.  Itís paid for so it doesnít really matter either way.  Problem with the swapped market as you know is itís flooded with cars that arenít premium swaps so anyone considering just doesnít understand why I just wonít let my car go for anything less than a premium price.  Maybe one day Iíll actually get aggressive but I just donít have the motivation to go through all that shit at this point in my life.  If someone will give me what I am comfort with to let this car go then I will but until then Iím just going to keep enjoying the hell out of it. 


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Post by: FC3S Murray on April 25, 2019, 08:55:37 PM
Clean FD no doubt. What is your premium price (just curious)?
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Post by: Exidous on April 25, 2019, 09:46:42 PM
I'm going to guess $38k. Anyone else? :-)
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Post by: freeskier7791 on April 25, 2019, 09:50:53 PM
I think 38-40 is a fair price considering stock FDs are selling for 25-30



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Post by: AV8rZ on April 26, 2019, 09:08:29 AM
I think 38-40 is a fair price considering stock FDs are selling for 25-30



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I'm going to guess $38k. Anyone else? :-)
Clean FD no doubt. What is your premium price (just curious)?

Yíall are some good guessers


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Post by: Exidous on April 26, 2019, 12:07:06 PM
You've got a very nice example so it would command a nice price. There are almost always places to improve but that car doesn't have too many of them.
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Post by: AV8rZ on April 26, 2019, 03:18:50 PM
You've got a very nice example so it would command a nice price. There are almost always places to improve but that car doesn't have too many of them.
Thank you for the kind words sir!


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Post by: AV8rZ on May 17, 2019, 05:04:06 PM
When I purchased the car one of the first things that needed some love were the tail lights.  They were bluing and fading as well as cracking.  I have been keeping my eyes open for a nice set of 99 tails for a reasonable price but it seemed like every time I would find some I was too late.  A really clean set of pre 99 Spec tails came up so I ended up jumping on those and did the 99 Spec conversion.  Instead of painting the lenses I used som Carbon Fiber wrap.  When I was done I had the tails and my center light sanded and clear coated to freshen them up.  Iím very happy with the end result!(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/0bf93dd4f89228e924044195760c1f2e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/02579591e9ee9dde7e97afba5cc4a13c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/fee5d6a1d09fd54a8414720a6c9c8a11.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/5fe866422c001783be5c2a56680f58c2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/4f8b4164db1e69d7d7702fbaeda5ee28.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/5d24c615d2b85cca8cd88ffc8ae825e0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190517/6588b302d781380d7f399e073b51ba54.jpg)


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Post by: Cobranut on May 17, 2019, 06:07:09 PM
Those look nice, but I have a question.
Why did you install the carbon fiber wrap with the weave in somewhat random orientation?
I think it would've looked even better to make the lights appear as a mirror image of each other.
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Post by: AV8rZ on May 17, 2019, 06:24:31 PM
Those look nice, but I have a question.
Why did you install the carbon fiber wrap with the weave in somewhat random orientation?
I think it would've looked even better to make the lights appear as a mirror image of each other.
Didnít even notice.  May just be the way the light was hitting it.  If it is the case it would be a pretty easy fix.  Truth be told you canít hardly even see it unless youíre right up on the back of the car even in direct sunlight


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Title: Re: AV8rZ (Refine, Enjoy, Drive) Build
Post by: Cobranut on May 18, 2019, 05:26:00 PM
Those look nice, but I have a question.
Why did you install the carbon fiber wrap with the weave in somewhat random orientation?
I think it would've looked even better to make the lights appear as a mirror image of each other.
Didnít even notice.  May just be the way the light was hitting it.  If it is the case it would be a pretty easy fix.  Truth be told you canít hardly even see it unless youíre right up on the back of the car even in direct sunlight


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Sorry, I've been accused of being a little picky, for some reason.  LOL
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Post by: AV8rZ on May 18, 2019, 06:03:12 PM
Those look nice, but I have a question.
Why did you install the carbon fiber wrap with the weave in somewhat random orientation?
I think it would've looked even better to make the lights appear as a mirror image of each other.
Didnít even notice.  May just be the way the light was hitting it.  If it is the case it would be a pretty easy fix.  Truth be told you canít hardly even see it unless youíre right up on the back of the car even in direct sunlight


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Sorry, I've been accused of being a little picky, for some reason.  LOL
No worries man, I am the same way too.  Like I said, it really wouldnít be anything to open the lights back up and just redo that portion.  I also saved my templates so it really would be a piece of cake.  But Iíll probably just leave it that way so it gives guys like me and you something to think about while trying to get a good nights sleep, lol. 


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