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« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2014, 12:56:50 PM »

Nice Build and good to see it come together!
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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2014, 01:33:05 PM »

Thanks dude. I've been watching yours on Instagram. I'm cleanneon98 there
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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2014, 02:27:31 PM »

Dear Alex, As your friend and fellow car enthusiast. Please help the fight against vertical video recording. It's a serious issue and needs to be put to a stop.  help Just say no. Say no to George Lucas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

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« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2014, 01:56:06 PM »

Dear Alex, As your friend and fellow car enthusiast. Please help the fight against vertical video recording. It's a serious issue and needs to be put to a stop.  help Just say no. Say no to George Lucas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

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Lol I was so excited I didn't bother to turn my phone.
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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2014, 02:49:36 AM »

Any updates? New horizontal vids? This is an interesting build, nice work.
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« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2014, 06:03:46 PM »

Here's one of the car running. Mechanic had a lighter standing on the oil cap balanced for quite a while. Not easy to do considering it slopes back and has a slightly domed top

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=500186933425133&set=vb.316504851793343&type=2&theater

Got my catchcan installed



A bit complex but basically vapor comes out of driver's side of valve cover, goes into can, through steel wool, then out of can, through a PCV, and into the intake manifold. The PCV on the passanger's side valve cover now sports a breather.
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2014, 08:53:18 PM »

Drove it yesterday. Kept stalling in neutral when it got warmed up. Looking at the logs, it seems like the timing is too low which is causing things to get a bit hotter. Combine that with a powerful radiator fan that wants to kill the car when kicking on, and an injector pulsewidth that's too high, we have fouled the plugs in about 4 miles. The car shuts off, and when you go to restart it gives too much fuel and floods it, causing a misfire. Going to see if we can find Copper vs Iridium units to run with the fab9 coils for a bit better reliability.

We changed the timing a bit so now the car stays alive at idle when the fan kicks on. Need to sort out the issue with the plugs however. They were pitch black when we pulled them out, sprayed off with brake cleaner but still idles rough, though a bit better.

Here she is with all the pipes and heat sleeves done. We finally got the bumper and fog lights to fit with the piping after some mods.



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« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2014, 10:25:49 PM »

So according to the Denso site the plugs I have IK27 are a HEAT RANGE 9 what the?!

FM says "What`s the downside? In theory, more ignition noise in your stereo. We haven`t actually experienced that nor have we received any reports of problems from our customers. But you have been warned. You might also get a little burble at idle. These are a heat range 7 which is great for high power, but are going to be more prone to fouling if the car has starting problems. We used to run #7 plugs in all our turbo cars until a few years ago." They're talking about their NGK V-power Racing plugs, but if a #7 has the disclaimer, I understand why the 9 would be terrible.

So my gugy ordered some IK22 models which are a #7. Ideally I'd like to get the IK20 #6 but the 7 I feel will be a bit better. If not, I'll step down. We're going to change some MS settings before firing them up though. Learning a lot from Maduh's files.
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2014, 05:38:24 AM »

Is the catch can seeing any real pressure at all? I want to make my own but I wanted to make sure that the material is thick enough if it will see anything much above or below atmospheric. I'll admit I'm not totally familiar with how air flows through the head on this car.
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« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2014, 03:38:07 PM »

Is the catch can seeing any real pressure at all? I want to make my own but I wanted to make sure that the material is thick enough if it will see anything much above or below atmospheric. I'll admit I'm not totally familiar with how air flows through the head on this car.
I bought my CNC machined can for $80
Generic catch-cans are available from eBay in all shapes and sizes starting at $20 (thought the cheaper ones sometimes leak). Stuff it full of stainless steel scouring pads and go ham.

I don't know how much actual pressure it's seeing
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« Reply #25 on: April 15, 2014, 11:44:14 PM »

Havent really updated this but the car is home now and runs fine. Just doing some miles on it to get the engine and diff broken in for Ken Hill to tune the car.

It's so tempting to get into boost but I won't do it until its fully tuned. Makes awesome sounds though Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2014, 06:50:48 PM »

Let me know when you're headed up to see Ken. If I can make it, I'd love to see this car in action.
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« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2014, 03:53:32 AM »

May 3rd is the tentative date. I'll most likely be leaving the car with him for a few days.
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« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2014, 09:08:07 PM »

Have a small oil leak we are trying to pin down. I'm getting about a silver dollar sized oil mark whenever I drive somewhere and park for a few minutes. I'm not losing enough to affect the dipstick but its definitely coming out of somewhere. Possible culprit is the turbo oil return, RMS, or somewhere else. Shouldn't be hard to track down. We figured out to remove the PCV from the valve cover with the new catch-can, but the whole time we had it set wrong the car was seeing excess crankcase pressure, which I think may have busted the RMS. If we rule everything else out, the trans will come out and well go further. It is what it is, but there's no noises or smoke or anything. All around the pan is dry except for where the back of the oilpan and bellhousing meet.

Wherever its coming from, its hitting the subframe behind the oil pan first, and dripping down from that. I really think RMS.
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« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2014, 12:00:27 AM »

Well the leak is coming from the turbo oil return so I'm pretty happy right now. I ordered a new gasket from mazda for $3, but until we install it and I drive more and the leak disappears I'm not saying its found and fixed, there could be another small seep elsewhere.

Also found my front ujoint of the driveshaft falling apart.
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