Good news today! Finally got the car buttoned up and out of Apex's garage! Sadly, the tune we did last weekend, and for which I paid $500 for, is basically useless as we ended up fixing a big vacuum leak and installed the proper IAT sensor. As of right now, the car definitely scoots but you can tell it's hamstrung. Plus, every time I let off the throttle the engine just wants to die immediately. Driving through town is super sketchy.
me73, it was great meeting you today. I'm glad you dropped by. It was such a nice day today in Seattle; couldn't have picked a better day to finish the project. Well, maybe a day that was six months earlier would have been better but whatever. You're probably right about the intake, but I'm pretty much done working on the car for now. That will be something for a later date. Driving home today, IAT cruising temps were about 85-88, on boost they went up to about 98-100 something.
The more worrying thing is the Civic Si transmission that we've got in the car. Right now it is REALLY loud. It sounds like straight cut gears! It's damn near louder than Apex's sequential. It worries me because, at this point, it is the basically the only thing that the shop touched that we haven't gone back and redone. Forum member Exiged and I swapped final drives and the shop installed it in for me. With their track record, I'm willing to bet good dyno time they botched the job.
The thought of having to pay someone to pull the tranny out and fix it literally makes me want to throw up. (My stomach flu from the past two or three days is not helping either.) But at the same time, I don't want to have the tranny destroy itself when it's on the dyno or when I'm driving the damn thing a week from now.
Anyway, besides all that. Not that this process is completely over, but I can probably safely say the absolute worst is over. Apex and our buddy Glenn have been amazing. I've learned so much from them and they have been so patient with me. I couldn't have asked for better minds and people to have come in and saved my sorry ass from this predicament. When I shook Apex's hand today, I felt a pang of sadness. Yes, this car has been a b itch. It's been frustrating. I've wanted to kill people over it. But looking back, the experience was invaluable and can't be soiled with all my forum-bitching. A part of me will sorely miss waking up at the crack of dawn on Saturday mornings to work in a smokey garage.
But then I remembered that I'll probably always have some kind of mechanical work to do on this car or my other car. And Apex will always have crap to do on his car. And I have so much left to learn. I'm sure I'll be back soon. Especially when you get that new giant garage, Apex. Or when my tranny starts to go. Three guesses as to which happens first....
Also, my cross gate still really sucks. If anyone has any tips, lemme know.
Attached is a photo of my cars together at last!
Thinking of K-swapping? Here's
an idea of the cost involved.
2006 LOTUS EXIGE (ASPEN WHITE) Honda K24A2 + MPx90 supercharger. 322whp/271lb-ft @13psi. Build thread here.
1994 AUTOZAM AZ-1 MAZDASPEED Japanese Super Kei!
2014 FIAT 500e Hydroelectric powered EV daily driver.
2007 SUZUKI SV650 Track bike.
Last edited by Butters; 04-12-2014 at 07:49 PM.