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  • #61
    Since we dorked with the stock sensor, if I had to estimate, my gauge is pegged hot when the car is about 140. I blame myself for messing with the sensor. I was curious about the slim fans. I might put the one for the ac back in and wire it in so it runs with the other.

    Also trying to find a reputable transmission shop here in town. I asked syncrotech if they had an installer here and they told me to send them my transmissions. My b17(?) transmission grinds 3 bad and I think I might need that. I'm not positive what either of my transmissions are since some jack wagon took off both stickers. I'm not patient enough to rebuild it myself. I used mfactory gear calculator to determine that I have the stock gsr transmission in the car. I'll have to drive it again to see.
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    • #62
      Some updates. Installed AeroCatch hood pins. Not sure if I will keep the OEM latch. These are somewhat difficult to install on our cars. The standard kit uses a long threaded stud, then nut, then washer, another washer, then nut. Obviously, the front cross member goes between the washers. It was way too tall. I ended up having to not use the top washer and also grind the nut down some. A little bit of JB Weld for added safety, and they're on.

      Also, I swore I wasn't going to mess with the sound deadening and tar. Well, I got my handy sander and wire brushes out. Started sanding the cage to prepare for paint. Soon after I realized that roughing the tar up would be a real chore. It looks like junk and had insulation stuck to it. Up to this point I've just wanted to get the car running and to the track, but I always end up doing things the 'right way' even if I didn't originally intend to. Picked up some dry ice and since it was around 100 yesterday, the majority of the tar came up in less than 2 hours. It was actually pretty fun to strip that out. Put down dry ice, listen to the car creak and moan, hit it with a hammer, repeat. Still need to figure out a way to get the tar off on the rear wheel wells, around the shifter and the passenger side foot well. It's pretty tough up in those hard to reach places. I ended up with some burns on my arm from leaning against the dry ice for too long. I will try to get some pictures once all of the sound deadening out. Then I'll paint the interior. My guess is I'll be running in September. Anyways...

      AeroCatch Closed by Rob Heckel, on Flickr
      AeroCatch Open by Rob Heckel, on Flickr
      Dry Ice Sound Deadening by Rob Heckel, on Flickr
      Roll Cage sanding by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

      Until next time...
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      • #63
        Hood pins look good, I've been debating whether to get aero catch or not. Is the fitment issue due to the aero catch design, perhaps because the latch mechanism piece is thick compared to standard hood pins?
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        • #64
          The actual pins stand pretty tall on their lowest adjustment point, so with the hood closed, the actual hole in the pin would be sitting above the hood. The design would work fine on most cars but with our hoods sitting so close to the core support, it takes a little adjustment. The latch sits below flush with the hood. So in order for this to line up, no washer on top, and ground down the nut, not an extreme level, maybe 2-3mm so that the pin slides freely when latching.
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          • #65
            Well that sucks. Any chance you have a pic of the pin installed in the radiator support to show how high it sticks up and the amount you had to trim?
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            My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

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            • #66
              No, didn't even think to take a picture. I'll take a couple when I get back out to the garage on Wednesday. (As long as no one makes fun of my sweet sweet JB Weld lol) I think that you might be able to remedy it by mounting further toward the middle.
              Also, we probably had to take 1.5-2 inches off of the threaded pins so as to not hit the headlight.

              What I think you could do is just put a large washer on top, that the bottom, but not the top, of the pin will fit through, then use the rubber insulators to hold the pin steady against the head of the pin which is a bit wider that the rest of it.

              This will make sense when I send over pictures.
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              • #67
                Thanks, I'd appreciate it!
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                My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

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                • #68
                  Here's the picture of how high the pin is. You can see that the actual locking mechanism could go higher into the pin.
                  Aerocatch Close by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                  Here you can see that I have the pin cranked to it's lowest setting. Again, ignore the JB Weld.
                  Aerocatch Pin by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                  I feel like you, of all people, could make this work in a cleaner way. If you want any additional measurements, let me know. I can take some if need be.

                  Last night, more dry ice. Got the tar off of the wheel wells. Duct Tape, razor blade, and plastic painting drop clothes helped a ton with this so we wouldn't have the hold it on.
                  I've pretty much given up on the tar that is furthest forward on the shift tunnel and the passenger floor board. The juice is no longer worth the squeeze up there. Hopefully, interior paint next. Picked up a Harbor Freight HVLP gun with a regulator. I'm going to do Rustoleum with a little thinner in it. The color will be as close to the exterior as possible, unless I change my mind. I've also heard some tips about putting the 3m rock protector stuff that would normally go on clear bras, around the high traffic areas of the cage. We'll see how much, and where, the foam guard lines up when I'm finished. Also not sure how it would react in the event of a fire. The last thing I want is flaming adhesive sticking to me...
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                  • #69
                    Yeah, that definitely looks a bit crammed. But your solution should work just fine, especially since the biggest worry is pulling out not having the pin fall down so even if there's some kind of failure due to the epoxy or lack of washer it's a failsafe sorta situation.
                    Track Project DB2 #896
                    LeMons Project DA9
                    My OG DA9, Wrecked, Stripped, R.I.P

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                    • #70
                      One of the parts I've been putting off and dreading was painting the interior/rollcage. Tackled it this weekend. Went to harbor freight and grabbed a HVLP gun for $30. 1 Gallon of RustOleum grey. Sanded and scuffed the interior, wiped down with thinner. Sprayed away. Didn't come out great, but it's done! If anyone does this, painters tape was so weak. Use tin foil! Easy to manipulate and get into odd places... Still a few more spots I need to do with a spray can, but the majority is done.
                      Interior paint by Rob, on Flickr
                      Interior paint by Rob, on Flickr

                      I need to get the majority of the stuff out of the passenger side door as well. I haven't tackled the Power Locks & Windows removal yet, but there's a ton of wiring for those that can be removed. Also, there's tint on the windows so I'll be using aircraft stripper on those to get it off. This is why it wasn't taped up. Also need a new windshield at some point.
                      Also, turns out I have a resistor box, presumably from when it was boosted. I'll be removing this soon and likely switching to the OBD2 injectors that came with the B20. I prefer the OBD2 clips over the OBD1 with clips that are easy to lose.

                      Until next time!
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                      • #71
                        GSR Case opened up. Everything seems to be in good working order with this trans. The one in the car now grinds third, so it will probably get the same treatment next...
                        Synchrotech carbon synchros on order, even though the brass ones looked fine. (Would have been nice to know before my swap...) Likely putting in a Mugen LSD.
                        B17A1 Transmission opened up by Rob, on Flickr

                        Very clean case. Looks like someone took pretty good care of this thing. The sludge is likely just from it being on the shelf for 2 or 3 years.
                        B17A1 Transmission opened up by Rob, on Flickr

                        Until Wednesday I suppose, otherwise my girlfriend is going to murder me...
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                        • #72
                          Picked up the transmission today. The guy who did the work took the LSD apart and made sure everything was in working order. The clutch plates looked good, etc... Needed to switch over to a newer GSR/ITR 4.4 (same as oem in the GSR) FD so the LSD would fit. The carbon synchrotech carbons are in. Here it is looking much cleaner.




                          Realized I had a resistor box that was unnecessary, but just continued to add confusion to this build. I got rid of it. In the process, switched to OBD2 injector connectors and injectors. They're easier to work with/around, in my opinion. When moving wires, one of the MAP wires literally fell out of it's crimp, so I resoldered all of of that.



                          Anyways, none of this really helped with the car running like sh*t. Going to start pulling/swapping intake parts from the TB to the manifold and see which mix gives me the best results.
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                          • #73
                            Long time no see G2IC! I installed a Blox adjustable FPR. (These things fit like poop, I siliconed the hell out of it) I cranked it all the way up and my fuel pressure hangs around 45lbs. I believe I have another leak somewhere, because I'm loosing pressure, but it's something that I can troubleshoot moving forward. I changed all of the injector gaskets. I also added a AN fitting directly to the fuel rail, and have an inline 30 micron filter. I put 5 gallons of fresh 93 and now the car idles pretty damn smooth. Ignore my ugly bay, I'll get around to cleaning it up soon. Wiring is still everywhere!

                            I also installed the rear extended studs and open end extended lugs. I removed the brake dust shields, found out I have ES trailing arm bushings, goodridge lines are all in good condition, and the rear bearings are really clean. I also think there are Hawk blues in the rear, so one less thing I need to dork with off the bat. Pictures, videos, etc... (The first two are videos, clicky)

                            Thursday workday by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                            Thursday workday by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                            Thursday workday by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                            Thursday workday by Rob Heckel, on Flickr

                            Thursday workday by Rob Heckel, on Flickr
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                            • #74
                              More updates. Sorry it's been a while, got married, bought a house, graduated college, etc...
                              I finally got to drive the car, just around the block. I ended up taking the transmission apart and putting my Quaife back in. I believe the adjustment for the Mugen was off or something, but it kept binding up when trying to drive. I sold my RS-R exhaust. I'll be rewiring the battery shortly, putting padding on the roll cage, and wiring in the kill switch within the next 7 days or so. I'll also be getting an exhaust shortly. Will probably opt to come out of the passenger side with no modification to the bumper. Once it was running, some friends put the car on scales for me. Keep in mind, I just eye balled the settings on the coilovers. No changes have been made yet.

                              Weights without a driver #2215, cross 47.3

                              Weight with a friend a little bigger than me.


                              Hopefully next will be video of me driving for the first time.
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                              • #75
                                Car is coming together well. Are you getting out on track this year?

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