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Sorry my updates have been really slow. I have been stupid busy.

My friends helped me mostly wrap up my wiring. We got everything into the cabin for the UEGO/TruBOOST, just need to route it over the hump and up behind the wheel for the gauge pod. No pictures of this yet.

The painless fan wiring kit that I had involved tapping somewhere for the huge temp sensor so I gave it to my buddy. I picked up a few relays and inline fuse holders and I'm just going to wire my fans to be always on. I know its not 100% ideal but that's the route that I'm going.



My brake hardlines are really close to my manifold and I'll probably need to adjust them slightly. I was worried that things will heat up too much so I picked up some of this heat tape.



I also picked up that circuit sports heat shield



And started covering it with the tape





One of the last things left to do is mount my catch can. I didn't like the clear "fish tank" hoses that came with it, so I picked up some black wire loom stuff to put over them. It didn't look too bad but after thinking about everything, I wasn't sure how it would hold up to heat as well. So I picked up some -12 AN braided stainless line



And some of these fancy Earl's worm clamps that look like AN fittings lol



Tomorrow, as long as it doesnt rain, my friend is coming over and we should be able to knock out the gauge wiring and mount the catch can. If it all goes smoothly I may pour in the rest of my fluids and attempt to crank it.. I'll take a video if I do
 

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Looking good man. Glad to see you're one of the guys who stuck around.
 

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Alright so my friend got my gauges wired up while I messed around in the engine bay:



I got my heat shield mounted and the air filter secured. Chopped up some of that braided hose and got the valve cover T taken care of. My catch can isnt mounted yet, its just sitting there. Its going to be really hard to get a piece of that braided hose going from the can to the air intake bung just due to the angles.



Didnt get to finish the fan wiring because we couldn't find my soldering iron so my friend took the relays with him to his house to work on. I keep thinking this, but maybe 1 more day! lol
 

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Your pretend AN fittings look boss too. You have done what I aspire to do as soon as I get used to this civilian life again... except in KA-T form.
 

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lol thanks man! They were like $7 a piece so they do start to add up (I think I spent around $90 for the braided line and fittings) but well worth it for the look I believe. Unfortunately, I couldn't orient the one on the back of the valve cover T to where the actual worm clamp tensioner didn't show.

I'll have to play with it but I dont know if I will be able to use the braided line for the catch can to air intake section as the angles are a little tight and the nipple on the intake pipe is really close to the pipe (as in not enough room for the fitting). I may end up using that section of the braided line to replace the hose on the cold pipe
 

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You need a carbon cooling panel. It would look perfect in your bay. Just saying. And gold foil lettering on it that matches your tape and has some kinda motto on it... I'm just not a fan of negative space. And I like themes and shiny things. Probably a few hundred more than you want to spend right now on cosmetics though.
 

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That would be really cool! I like the idea but yeah like you said I'm not trying to spend any money at the moment, Im dead broke. I'll have to fork over $500 for a tune and once she is up and running there is a fabrication shop that will splice my fenders with the s15 fenders for $300, so I have to be ready to drop some cash here in the near future. I also need a new battery :)
 

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Discussion Starter · #311 · (Edited)
Got everything hooked up today and bled the clutch. It took most of the day to get to that point. Went to crank it and it didn't start; I get a single click and that's it. Any ideas? Won't be able to get back out there until next weekend so I guess I'll have to run through everything, spark, fuel, etc

Edit: was looking at some pictures and I think I may have the solenoid and power cables reversed on my starter. I'll try that first when I can get back out there
 

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I ran a new ground for the gauges and they work now!

I swapped the wires on the starter and thought that it was correct but I was still getting a single click:



I took the starter off and my friend hotwired it with some jumper cables and we tested to make sure that it spun and that it engaged, which it did. It looks like the power cable that I had running to it wasnt live or something; I switched the cable and it works now.

Another friend swung by with a gas can and brought me a couple gallons of 93 since I was super low.

The car cranks now but wont start. We unhooked my fans so we could hear and the fuel pump does begin priming however the gauge on the FPR wasn't showing any pressure. Additionally, we tried pulling the first spark plug to see if there was any spark and couldn't see anything but I'm not entirely sure. At this point, I have the video of what's going on -- I think I might just contact the tuner and see if they can take it from here if it wont be too expensive.



(the noise in the beginning of the last clip is my friend rolling the jack back into the garage)
 

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Wrapped up some few things before dropping the car off at zfever/fever racing. They're going to take it from here to diagnose my starting issue and tune my AEM.

Before I could get it there, I needed to have it able to roll. The inside lips of my wheels were rubbing my coils and my rear tires were rubbing the fenders.

I set out to install extended studs in the front, something I had been putting off for a while. It actually only took me an hour and a half by myself; the first side took an hour, the second side took half an hour. I'm pretty sure that If I were to do it again it would only take me about 40 minutes.

Jack up the car


Loosen the lug nuts


Set brake caliper aside


Set brake rotor aside


Grab a hammer. I used a 4lb hammer and it only took a few light taps


Knock a stud out




Put a new stud in. I stacked up 3 large nuts that didnt thread onto the new stud, then tightened a lug nut I didnt care about. Hit it with the impact for half second bursts to pull it into the hub


Repeat 4 more times


Reassemble


Throw wheel back on


Clearance!!


Other side






Clearance!!



Went to the back, hooked up the roller


Heated up the fenders and rolled away until the lip was flat inside


I didnt get them pulled as much as I needed to, but the tires no longer rub and I can actually move the car around now


 

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I have extended studs. I don't really need them yet, but the goal was getting spacers and rivet on fenders...one day. You did answer my question about how annoying it would be to put them on with the hubs still on the car. I was not looking forward to taking my back end apart ...again... to get the studs in. She looks good.
 

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Thanks man! I didn't do the rears and would imagine that it might take a little more finesse with the dust shields still on. I got rid of all of my dust shields when I did the 5 lug conversion -- without them it really is no problem knocking out the studs and torquing some extended ones in. I forgot to mention that to get my clearance in the front, I threw on a 5mm spacer that isnt pictured. Im sure most people know what they look like :)
 

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08/06/2015

Hi friends, not much to report. My out of state girlfriend visited for the first 3 weeks of July and then we had a week vacation to Vegas for the final week of July. I was about 3 days away from towing the car to Fever for them to get it running and tuned when a Facebook page popped up sharing a few horror stories dealing with the shop. Now that I'm back in town, I contacted another local tuner who a friend of mine used. His name is Glenn Irizarry and he owns Alchemy Tuning and I have heard great things about his work. He only tunes using speed density, so I just ordered the AEM 3.5 bar MAP sensor and the AEM IAT sensor. Once they're in, he's going to swing by and get the car running/idling and load a base map for me to be able to drive to his shop. Then he can do the dyno tuning for me. Looking to get started this week or weekend :) will post updates as they come.
 

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08/13/2015

So last night was pretty exciting

Glenn came through and we got started. He wired up the MAP sensor in like 4 or 5 minutes, no problem. Before he got there, I went ahead and tested my battery (because now it had been sitting for over a month after all of our previous attempts at cranking the motor and having the electric fans running before unplugging them). It was dead, of course. So the idea was, I would pull the battery from my daily and we would hook it up and go from there, which we did.

That’s when things started to get weird.

So my tail lights and reverse light (one bulb burned out I guess) came on when the battery was hooked up, even without the key in the ignition. That might explain why the original battery was dead.

Then Glenn’s laptop wasn’t able to connect to my AEM and we were starting to think it could be fried. I bought it on Zilvia like a year ago so any chance of getting my money back would be long gone. I remembered that the 2nd white plug off of the ECU main harness might not have been plugged in all of the way so he fiddled with that. I definitely didn’t use that little latch/lever and just tried jamming it in. Once that was fully seated correctly, my windshield wipers started moving by themselves, without the stalk activated. We unplugged the wiper motor for now. Still no luck with the AEM connecting.

My friend ran to his house real quick and picked up a different cable to see if that was the connection issue. We were using a serial to serial so he went and grabbed a USB to comm cable. 15 minutes later – no luck. I randomly decided to see if my headlights worked because I realized I had never tested them after everything, so I flipped them on and we hear my fuel pump start to prime – lol. We tried reconnecting the laptop and AEM at that point, no luck.

10 minutes later, Glenn remembers that he’s working with series 1 stuff on his laptop and my AEM is series 2. So my friend sets up a hotspot on his phone and we get series 2 on my friends laptop, to put on a flash drive, to transfer to the other laptop. Well, the other laptop is on windows xp and doesn’t support the .NET framework version needed to run the updated software. So we run everything from my friend’s laptop and look over at Glenn’s for the map settings.

With all of the fuel pump priming we start smelling fuel (good and bad, because a month ago when I was at the crank, no start, stage we could not smell fuel at all or really hear the pump priming). I checked the fuel lines and the one coming off of the fuel filter somehow got kind of sliced up and was leaking. We disconnect the battery and swapped that line out real quick.

So now the battery is hooked back up, we have power, no leaking fuel, AEM is connected to the laptop and the basemap is getting loaded up. We go to crank and ---------------------------------------------- the 2nd battery is dead!! J I forget at what point it was but we tried cranking it (I think it was before everything was loaded and before we swapped the fuel line, and it actually sounded like it was about to start)

My friend goes to run to his place again and pick up his battery (he has his motor pulled for an upcoming 1UZ swap for his s14) and a trickle charger to recharge my s14 battery. As he gets close to being back, we decide to pack up. Its around 1am and everyone had work today at 6-7am. SO CLOSE!!

Glenn has a welding job kind of far away today but he is going to give me a call around 6pm and let me know if he can make it back out tonight, if not then Friday definitely. Ive got my battery on the trickle charger and should be good for that. I am super excited to finally hear this thing run.

The main priority right now is getting it started, and then we can sort out the light/wiper issue. I’m thinking somewhere along the way we gave a constant +12v to something touching the lights and wiper wiring. Probably something to do with my makeshift power distribution block that we made. Or possibly the wiring to the boost/wideband gauges that is tapped off of the radio harness.

Also, I had bled my clutch before for quite a while at both the slave and the damper, but I had no pressure last night. My friend is giving me a braided line that goes from the master -> slave and bypasses the damper. Im going to try to throw that on there and re-bleed either this evening or the weekend. The plan is to get the car running so I can drive it to his shop for the dyno tuning.

Will update soon – hopefully with a 1st start video!! :)
 

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got the car started. a lot went into it and i may come back and write everything out but i might not..lol

first time running, tractor status


it had an injector that was stuck and thats why it sounded so bad. we used 2 wires and the battery +12v to unstick it




got out to Glenn's dyno











my manifold started to get a nice little gold coloration from all of the heat cycling




i had massive boost leaks in several locations. my injectors (s15 - 440cc) began to max out and we didnt want to go over 90% duty cycle. i was putting down 264/260 with those issues. heres one of the dyno pulls



afterwards, we went to Glenn's place and he did a leakdown for me and we found the leaks and fixed them. he said he added extra fuel to that part of the map incase we fixed the leaks, and it should have gained 20-30hp from it



my ac line touched the turbo elbow during a run while i was out grabbing gas and drinks -- it popped and all of my freon leaked out lol

so we ended the day, i was all happy. get out onto the road and decide to test it out. it hauls!! 1-3 was all squirrely around the lane; i hit 4th gear and was going pretty fast. put the clutch in waiting for rpms to drop and go into 3rd and the car shuts off so i pull over to the side of the road. ended up blowing the 75amp main fuse (alternator fuse).



#240life


took 2 hours for the tow truck to get there






i borrowed a fuse from my friend today and tried to start it and it blew right away. im going to end up paying Glenn to go over all of my wiring, just need more $$. it was fun for the 10 seconds it lasted :)
 
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