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WARNING: This website contains ingenuity, do not try this at home.

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  • Divorced Downpipes

    So, after searching for the good part of a 2 month period for a cause to the MPV randomly cutting out while driving, many things began to unfold.

    When the MPV died, sometimes letting it rest for a minute with the power off, resetting the ECU seemed to do the trick. Other times, unplugging the MAF’s and running in limp mode was the only answer.

    Finally, in early March lots of things began going wrong. The hose to my brake booster cracked and I was left with no brakes. I was driving around with an intercooler pipe off because of this

    :-[ :P :-[

    Finally, when I was sure it was the SAFC at fault, a light bulb came on. Using my wideband I noticed a huge difference when I swapped the d/s MAF with the p/s MAF. BAM! It was a bad MAF.

    >:( >:( >:(

    By this time though, all the driving I had done in limp mode had wreaked havoc on my O2 sensors, and they needed replacing.

    I had used some birthday money a few months back to purchase some used Z1 split downpipes, so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

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  • Hood Ventilation

    June 2008 in Seattle was a very hot month. Not hot enough to want A/C, but hot enough to give the MPV TT some running issues.

    Sitting in traffic during the heat allowed the engine bay to fill with hot air, and this posed a problem to my air intake setup. It would suck up the hot air and begin to misfire. One day got soo hot that I had to abandon it in a business complex and come back later that night to retrieve it.

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  • Italian Tune, Taking it Home, and Exhaust Completion

    The first time hitting high revs was on Andre’s Dyno Dynamics. During the Italian tune, some problems presented themselves as could be seen by a flaming exhaust and horrible sputtering at higher RPM’s. We found this to be the culprit…

    For some reason the pin had sheared clear off!

    It had sheared off just below the bearing, so the pin would spin, but the laser disk would not.

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  • The Engine Swap

    A big thanks goes out to Andre at Pina Motorsports for allowing me time and space to complete this swap, I can’t imagine how I would have done it without you ;)

    The motor in its original glory.

    Notice the broken timing cover, d/s throttle body, and CAS plug, this will be a factor later down the road.

    Old school PTU.

    This was a manual motor so it came with those turbos and cams.

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