Have been prepping like crazy for Florida! I've been so buried I haven't even had time to write up my review of what happened during Arizona! However, I'm working on it so stay tuned
When I last noted the cars progress I was just about to start diving into XDC Florida preparations. This included a lot of updates and changes that I'm very very happy to announce!
First off, I'm proud to announce I have finally placed my first Falken tire order! My car will be on 235/40/17 fronts and 275/35/18 rears RT615K all around.
Infinite thanks goes out to Falken Tire for all of their help and support!
Second, time to add style back onto the ol girl. Big Country Labs has helped me out with a 1700mm wing setup.
I waterjet another pair of my personal wingstands for it and gathered some sweet hardware and jet nuts to get it all configured and on the car. The decks getting painted tomorrow and its going on ASAP. Deck will be silver, the rest will be matte black.
Third, I've partnered up with Stance this year to get more adjustability out of my setup. My car will be on a set of Pro Comp 2-way's valved for Swift springs of my choosing.
Stance has been amazing to work with, almost everything about the setup that I'd want to change was offered as a piece that could be sized or created for my car. Additionally I'm running their caster/camber plates as I work on dialing out some slight overcenter issue thats still lingering.
Fourth, some issues need to be addressed with the car in small areas (mostly my own personal nitpicking). Bent a tie rod in Phoenix, so I'm taking the time to do things right. I bought 4 Tein Z33 inner tie rods, will be making 4 custom turnbuckles and purchased 4 high misalignment 5/8" QA1 LH rod ends for my outter tie rods. I'll be drilling out the taper from my spindle as its been so damn troublesome and running a 5/8" straight case hardened shank. My buddy and I drew up some cones and height spacers for tuneable bumpsteer out of 304 SS but they aren't here yet.
Additionally Marty from Autocomp recommended I lose all slow radius bend brake lines off of my car. He says they're troublesome, can kink in odd articulation/max angle situations, etc. and were actually deemed not even roadworthy by DOT as they attempt to outlaw them. I laughed and said no way, yep, kinked one in XDC Arizona :O So, with that being said, its time to rebuild the brake lines! Forged 90s/straights/45s will now replace all previous crimp-on fittings like so...http://www.stewartleask.com/wp-conte...1/SDC10478.jpg
The lines themselves will also be replaced while I'm in there just to be certain of everything. There's various fun hardware in there for the wing, jet nuts/etc. I'm still waiting on some Aurora spherical bearings I ordered. I grabbed (6) 1/2" Aurora PTFE lined spherical bearings for my uprights. Drew is once again gonna lathe out a race design and some offset bushings and I'll finally be getting rid of the high deflection urethane bushings.
As of a couple days ago my car was over at Powerfab Automotive getting some work done. I dropped it off with my new headers and we spoke about some goals and stuff we wanted to accomplish with the install. What it ended up being was absolutely incredible...
So, for a quick rundown. I dunno how many of you guys have heard my car before, it was pretty ridiculous and loud, the pulses were sparatic at best, etc. It was neat, somewhat of a novelty, real loud and 'hit' in a rather cool way. Somehow after installing this system, it increased in volume like 5fold. It literally hurts my ears to turn it on if somethings behind me to reflect the sound off of. Before the pulses started making sense around 6500rpm due to the speed of things happening. Now it sounds like it did at 6500rpm at ~2500-3000 rpm. 7000 RPM is a symphony of noise/death/destruction. It sounds so perfect its unreal, I absolutely LOVE this exhaust! It sits higher than my frame rails EVERYWHERE and is even higher than the swaybar! Slipfit for quick installation/removal and made only from quality Burns/Vibrant stainless the entire way from flanges back. Powerfab really outdid themselves on this exhaust, its absolutely top notch! Starter was addressed, I purchased an aftermarket unit that can be clocked 180° (Thanks James!) from James Evans. The floor is also being addressed, I'm going to fabricate some humps out of 18ga. and toss some bead rolls into them. After they're in and welded/seam sealed I'm going to make raised foot plates out of aluminum plate with upside down dimple dies to sorta clean up that front area.
Anyways, thats enough rambling for now. I'll get blogs and updates on my site to go more in depth in everything but I'm literally buried right now. I look forward to seeing some of you guys out at XDC Florida! Party on Wayne