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Old 04-30-2019, 08:40 AM   #176
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Will do Mike, I appreciate that. I think the next focus will be getting it a little more comfortable, as good as the car cruises it needs to be much quieter inside. I do intend to clean it up and get some new paint on it at some point for sure though.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:45 AM   #177
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154 at the wheels aint bad at all considering they were rated at 170 at the crank from the factory iirc.

The #OBAMAexpress could use those types of numbers.
Yeah the car will definitely get out of it's own way. With that torque curve passing on the highway is possible really any time, downshift or no.
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:21 PM   #178
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Got a chance to drive this thing at SE and I was very impressed how well it rode and how well put together it felt. The motor pulls hard and fells like the perfect amount of power for the car. The motor fits so perfectly in the bay I was amazed. Kyle you did a fantastic job on this thing. You should be proud.

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Agreed on all points. This thing was a bit of a town bicycle at SE, and the time I spent behind the wheel had me with an ear-to-ear grin. I really love this thing.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:11 PM   #179
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Yeah the car will definitely get out of it's own way. With that torque curve passing on the highway is possible really any time, downshift or no.
Which engine is it? What cams?
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:35 PM   #180
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Stock 1998 S70 n/a engine, stock cams. The only thing I've done inside of it is valve seals.
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:16 PM   #181
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Stock 1998 S70 n/a engine, stock cams. The only thing I've done inside of it is valve seals.
So thats the N motor, with hydro lifters and no VVT, right?
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Old 05-01-2019, 08:25 AM   #182
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VVT no, hydro lifters yes. I don't know that they made a non-vvt engine with solid lifters? For my purposes the lifters are a-ok, these are whisper quiet too. I really don't know why on that last point. It should be more or less the same as what's in your race car.
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Old 05-01-2019, 02:56 PM   #183
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VVT no, hydro lifters yes. I don't know that they made a non-vvt engine with solid lifters? For my purposes the lifters are a-ok, these are whisper quiet too. I really don't know why on that last point. It should be more or less the same as what's in your race car.
That motor blew up, the RN motor we put in to replace it has been less than impressive.
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:08 PM   #184
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Ahhh I forgot about that. Yeah I don't know all the specific details between the two. I chose a 98 n/a engine because it's about as simple as you can get with these things.
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Old 05-01-2019, 05:05 PM   #185
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Since we're discussing engines, here's an up to date picture of the engine bay from SE. It's "aged" to match the ****tiness of the rest of the car.

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Old 05-02-2019, 02:25 PM   #186
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That motor blew up, the RN motor we put in to replace it has been less than impressive.
What year RN motor? Are you controlling the VVT or is the solenoid blocked off?
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:58 PM   #187
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Well I've finally gotten over how ungodly loud this thing is inside. The exhaust is 2.5" all the way back from that header I made. I have been running a $30 Summit brand chambered muffler, a 14" resonator off of a random Civic exhaust I had laying around and a turn down. This weekend I sought out to replace that chambered muffler with something a little nicer.

I ended up with one of these:
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/bor-40665/overview/

It's a Borla Pro XS, straight through, insulated muffler. I was worried about it being too loud still, but it's worlds better over what was in there. I messed up and got the 19" case length instead of the 14", but I was able to get it to fit. It's really close up under there, but it all fits really nicely.

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Reallllll close to the rear axle, but that's with it hanging on the limiters, so it doesn't hit. I have to run an under-axle setup since the axle itself is so far up in the car when I'm driving.


View from the back, it doesn't drag!
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:14 PM   #188
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That really is a snug fit! I'm all about quiet these days, call me old, but I'm going to go crazy on sound deadening on mine. All I wan't to hear is that sweet sweet sound of intake noise from the four throttles
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Old 05-06-2019, 03:23 PM   #189
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That really is a snug fit! I'm all about quiet these days, call me old, but I'm going to go crazy on sound deadening on mine. All I wan't to hear is that sweet sweet sound of intake noise from the four throttles
I mean idk if it's really "quiet" but it's much better than before. I don't worry about hearing damage on the highway now lol

I need to get a video hosted, I'll try and work on that soon
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Old 05-07-2019, 06:30 AM   #190
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Old 05-07-2019, 08:34 AM   #191
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I love mine. 10/10 do recommend.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:43 PM   #192
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Small updates here. This thing is driven regularly and is now really reliable. I don't really have any complaints apart from rattles and comfort issues still, though it could stand another windshield seal. I'm not sure what's going on there.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on another parts car this weekend:



The poor thing had a tree fall on it. The owner was super cool, and mainly wanted the parts to help another 122 live on. I can help with that.

So naturally I did the important things first...like fitting an og washer bottle and bracket! I'm way more stoked about this than I should be. The wipers are useless on these things, and I think having a washer would make it even worse. Especially since all of the washer solvent will just leak inside of the car. Anyways:





Me paying way too much attention to **** that doesn't matter yet again:







There's something to be said sometimes about having the "right" stuff. It's more or less mounted where it came from the factory as well.
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Old 06-24-2019, 03:47 PM   #193
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maybe it just looks good in the pics but that blue car looked like a clean one! Great parts car, shame it caught a tree.
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:25 PM   #194
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maybe it just looks good in the pics but that blue car looked like a clean one! Great parts car, shame it caught a tree.
It wasn't perfect, but it was a good shiny runner for sure.
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Old 06-25-2019, 12:30 PM   #195
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What year RN motor? Are you controlling the VVT or is the solenoid blocked off?
Not controlling it, just left unplugged... I had been assured by Ben Mcnally that its fine that way. car doesn't feel fine.
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Not controlling it, just left unplugged... I had been assured by Ben Mcnally that its fine that way. car doesn't feel fine.
It's not. The intake cam will be fully retarded at all times if accelerating if it's an S motor. The only thing that controls the phaser position is oil pressure...
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Old 06-27-2019, 12:51 PM   #197
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It's not. The intake cam will be fully retarded at all times if accelerating if it's an S motor. The only thing that controls the phaser position is oil pressure...
Yes, fully retarded and then manual adjusted.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:15 PM   #198
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I recently acquired a used set of Bosch motorcycle H4 7" rounds for this thing, so I thought I'd add that up here. I drove with them for the first time tonight and man, they're so much better than sealed beams. Here's an article about them: https://www.ratwell.com/technical/BoschH4.html
There is a strict "automotive" version of these lights, but these were readily available, and are a 100% improvement over sealed beams. The ones I have run about $40 each.

Sealed beam on the left, H4 on the right.


They have a really nice cutoff. Note though that the aiming of my headlights is terrible. I'm not even sure if I can adjust them due to rusty hardware, but I need to get on that.




Decent high beam too. This will 100% improve when I actually aim them.

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Old 07-11-2019, 08:28 PM   #199
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Im being sold on H4
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Have H4. Love H4. Relay harness for maximum win.
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