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Last updated March 27/2005
So I started off my modifications with a couple of simple custom milled aluminum parts. An oil cap and a custom battery tie down.
And then the next mod was the Ractive short ram intake. This was a fun mod, and was really cool to listen to under load. It made a nice whistling sound.
Then the next big engine mods I did were forged rods and pistons. I did this as I felt the need to make sure my engine would last some time, and be able to make extra power safely when I went FI. I also took this time to chrome my valve cover and heat sheild while they were off the engine. You can also notice the Sparco ignition wires I upgraded as well.
The next round of modifications included a chrome oil catch can and a Nology ignition wire conversion. This took me from a 2 wire system to a more conventional 4 wire system. I also felt it looked alot better.
And I figured while I was at it, I would chrome my strut bar and battery tie down also...
A picture of my custom radiator shroud, chrome of course to keep up with the theme I have going...
Turbo charger install, what more do I really need to say? I have finally reached that point where I needed to go forced induction to get the performance I was looking for. I guess this is the logical evolution of the modifying experience.
Big thanks to Mattic motorsports for letting me help with the install. Took about a day and a half, was hella fun and I learned alot about the inner working of my car.
getting everying under the hood
more install pictures...
Of course any good turbo system needs a proper boost controller and turbo timer. The turbo timer is mandatory so you don't kill your turbo by not letting it have the proper cool down period, and the BLIZT unit I really liked as it adjusts the amount of running time based on how long, and how hard you were driving the car. Just went to the corner store for groceries, great, car cools off for 15 seconds... Bombing around at 10psi, great car cools of for a minute...
And the Blitz SBC-IDiii, I went with this unit as it functions not only as my boost controller, it also functions as a full boost gauge with warning indicator, it will retard boost if I am over a pre-set limit, I can use it in a "valet" mode for when I give it to the wife, so she isn't driving around in boost all the time... This thing also helps me spool up so incredibly quick, if I get into it, I am at 10psi by 4,000rpm. Definitely quick enough off the line to surprise quite a few people thats for sure!
So then I had to figure out where to put my BLITZ goodies... I figured most people have pillar pods for their gauges, but since I was going a slightly different direction, I decided to build my BLITZ EBC and turbo timer into a custom pillar pod.
The first picture is a half completed pod, I did a quick paint job on it to check the color matching to the factory color.
The panel looks good, time to texture match. This was an essential step to ensure a flawless transition from the factory panel to the new pod I made...
Test fitting the electronics into the new pod.
And finally getting the new pod into the car, looks good and the visibility is perfect from the drivers perspective...
Here is the DEI cryo2 intercooler sprayer. I polished it up using my dremel. The picture on the left is a half and half shot, so you can see the difference between the polished side and the regular finish. The right hand picture is the finished product.
And mounting the sprayer onto my intercooler
A picture of the engine bay. If you look closely, you can see the tops of the D2 racing coilovers with camber adjustment and 36 way adjustability.
Here are a couple pictures of the engine all cleaned up and ready for the summer show season. Also you can see the beefy Stinger batter terminals. The positive terminal has a built in volt meter.
Rumor has it, we will have a DYNO in victoria in a couple of months.... I hope to have a dyno sheet with some concrete numbers soon. But similar setups at similar PSI are getting 190-224 whp, I figure I am really close to having doubled my factory horsepower. And the DEI cryo systems can add anywhere from 20-50whp depending on application. Can't wait for the DYNO