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MRDANGERUS 01-15-2018 12:04 PM

S4s UPDATES & IMPROVEMENTS
 
OK, many of you probably took a wager how soon I start modifying my new car.
Yep, here we go...
Improvements and upgrades, of course, why not... I'm not going to go Ape-ballistic like on my 88"ET, though.
Who won the bet? LOL.

FYI: Struts-hold open, rear hatch
On Amazon, price $22 Prime/pair

Search for:
BOXI 2pcs Gas Charged Universal Lift Supports Struts Shocks Springs Dampers Extended Length 19.70 inches, Compressed Length 11.75 inches, 75 lbs Force,10mm Ball Sockets 6938

If you have a glass hatch and/or wing you need 90 lbs force due to an additional weight.

esprit888 01-15-2018 03:17 PM

Looks like they do not have the electrical connectors for the CHMSL so would not work for most applications except the S4s

MRDANGERUS 01-15-2018 09:43 PM

Just unscrew the plastic ends and transfer the connectors from your old ones. Fast and easy!

MRDANGERUS 01-16-2018 08:48 AM

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Have you looked under your chargecooler, Lately? Well, I did!
And... I found a surprise waiting!

One of the vacuum/boost lines came off the plastic Tee. I noticed, that once upon a time, someone replaced a short section of the line between one way valve and the manifold Tee with silicone hose!
Silicone has a bad habit of swelling and getting mushy (what-t-a technical lingo!), and eventually disintegrates in a presence of the oil vapours.

Quick fix: replace any silicone vac. line with rubber and add mini tie wraps or metal clips to prevent slipping off under boost.

Whilst the CC is off, a nice thick layer of Thermo-Tec insulation should be attached to the bottom to minimize thermal absorption of the engine heat by the CC.

carbuff 01-16-2018 09:33 AM

I like the 'old school' photo labeling!

Time to replace ALL of the vacuum tubing on that 20+year old car...

Vulcan Grey 01-16-2018 11:05 AM

#2 Very important = MAP sensor line. Cracks in rubber elbow common, leads to real running problems, idles ok, but does not run well under any load.

#1 very important, increases fuel pressure with boost! Line from intake manifold internal pressure rail to fuel pressure regulator is very important, as is the one way check valve between that and the crank case breather. Valve must be the correct direction to prevent boost loss at fuel pressure regulator!

pete inno 01-16-2018 11:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Vulcan Grey (Post 5687057)
#2 Very important = MAP sensor line. Cracks in rubber elbow common, leads to real running problems, idles ok, but does not run well under any load.

#1 very important, increases fuel pressure with boost! Line from intake manifold internal pressure rail to fuel pressure regulator is very important, as is the one way check valve between that and the crank case breather. Valve must be the correct direction to prevent boost loss at fuel pressure regulator!

I've had experience with #1. I had trouble maintaining full boost and found #1 disconnected. It made a big difference when fixed. The engine was a lot noisier with it disconnected as well, sounded like valves tapping.

esprit888 01-16-2018 12:02 PM

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Originally Posted by MRDANGERUS (Post 5686585)
Just unscrew the plastic ends and transfer the connectors from your old ones. Fast and easy!

Sounded like a plan, thought i would give it a whirl, but......Amazon wont ship those to Canada! others no problem, those no :scratchhead:As you can see we pay a LOT more for things up here :crazyeyes


BobWeber 01-17-2018 09:00 AM

Are those hoses/connections visible with the CC in place? Pete's comment about 'sounds like valves tapping' is something I'm hearing.

Vulcan Grey 01-17-2018 11:52 AM

They are somewhat visible, but if you just loosen the chargecooler mounting bolts, grounding strap, and the intake silicone hoses, you can easily swing the chargecooler out of the way without draining the coolant.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/jT...G7=w1591-h1193

An intake manifold leak at that location (the rail for the MAP sensor, IAC valve, and crankcase breather) definitely sounds like valve clatter.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BN...86EG=w608-h565

Extratx 01-17-2018 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by pete inno (Post 5687105)
I've had experience with #1. I had trouble maintaining full boost and found #1 disconnected. It made a big difference when fixed. The engine was a lot noisier with it disconnected as well, sounded like valves tapping.

Under boost, that is the sound of detonation!

pete inno 01-17-2018 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Extratx (Post 5688377)
Under boost, that is the sound of detonation!

No, at any engine speed.

pete inno 01-17-2018 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BobWeber (Post 5688041)
Are those hoses/connections visible with the CC in place? Pete's comment about 'sounds like valves tapping' is something I'm hearing.

The chargecooler completely hid the problem. I did the same as Travis suggested and then it was obvious.

Extratx 01-17-2018 02:28 PM

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Originally Posted by pete inno (Post 5688513)
No, at any engine speed.

That's good news!

MRDANGERUS 01-17-2018 05:41 PM

What is the best spot to connect BOV signal line?
I assume, that the upper rail should be used for this purpose?
.

MRDANGERUS 01-19-2018 06:26 PM

Porting Inlets
 
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Whilst poking around the charge cooler, it may be prudent to port inlets of the CC and the diffuser.
According to Garry Kemp, this could improve the air flow as much as 10-12 cfm.

BobWeber 01-19-2018 07:51 PM

Saw that on Dermot's old website where he radiused the inlets and matched mating surfaces to the gaskets.

MRDANGERUS 01-23-2018 10:35 AM

Programmable windshield wiper for your S4/ S4S
 
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See the file I attached.... http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EGui...ammeWiper.html


A small relay from VW / Audi works really well and it is just a swap....

BobWeber 01-23-2018 10:39 AM

You drive your car in the rain??

MRDANGERUS 01-23-2018 10:51 AM

Have never done that, but what if you get caught away from home base?

You carry life preservers, does it mean you intend to scuttle your boat?


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