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Old 08-01-2007, 11:53 PM   #53
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Day 16

The car is complete except for the tune!
Friday I drive 3.5 hours to Columbus, OH to LaSota Racing.

The car is running well right now with the base, no-boost tune so I'm fully confident in making it there safely.
Most of the exhaust must be exiting through the wastegate because I can't hear the turbo at all yet.
The exhaust is a good bit louder than I expected, but I have a feeling it will quiet down considerably once the wastegate is closed.

I have no oil or coolant leaks, wohoo!
I do have some exhaust leaks I'll be fighting with, but both are at clamps and not at the manifold or downpipe.

There is a black plastic cover that spans the front underside of the car that isn't installed in the pics.
I will be reinstalling that after a couple days monitoring everything.

One potential issue is slowly dropping RPMs.
I know that's a sign of a vacuum leak so I'll try to hunt that down.
It could have something to do with not being fully tuned yet. I'll keep everybody updated on that.

The SCT tune was incredibly easy to install, but the longest 5 minutes of my life!
I'm sitting there in a 90* car praying the battery doesn't die and fry my computer!

I ended up buying some exhaust wrap for my header.
I'm definitely no pro at wrapping that stuff.
It's not as tight as they recommend, but hopefully it will help some.
I used stainless steel hose clamps to secure the wrap.
There's probably 40ft of that wrap left so I'll probably do the DP later.

I initally filled the car with cheapo Advance Auto 5w30 conventional oil.
I then drove around 10 miles and drained it.
The car was absolutely covered with metal dust, so I figured it was a good idea to do a quick flush of the oil just in case any airborne dust got into the engine.
It's now filled with Mobil One 10w30 fully synthetic.


Header wrapped:
2006 sonic blue zx5 GT2871r turbo.

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