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  1. mlr

    If its a street car you may get into some strife emissions wise. VTA will definitely keep your intake clean. The VTA can may fill with condensation pretty quick.
  2. mlr

    Routing as stated looks fine. Catch can/oil separator system is more than some steel wool. You really need some baffles in it, or a cyclonic effect to strip the oil out of the air, maybe fuel foam, but, whatever the design, make sure you can service/replace the "steel wool" or fuel foam, ALSO, steel wool can break down and end up on your intake, and fuel foam gets clogged with gunk. Baffles/fuel foam in the cam covers help, ?Mines???
  3. Haven't used them But I would definitely get it transported after inspection. The small outlay is worth the peace of mind of knowing the car isn't going to break down at 3 in the morning, in a area with no mobile service, and the only sound you hear is a banjo and someone whispering "you got a peerdy mouth boy".
  4. My eye twitches every time I think of my old 33. It's like a Rorschach test every time I see a oil spill.
  5. GdayI picked up a 17 LE to get back into a light(ish) RWD platform.Im keeping it stock......soooSo far I have replaced the Michelins with some Hankook RS4's, 215/45 17, I'm keeping the OEM rims, from my experience at picking the brains of some of the guys at local tracks, any bigger and the extra weight is a big down side, hell the car would need alot more balls to overpower the little 215's RS4's anyways.I put on a X Force cat back so I can at least hear the engine, that added a massive 0% increase in performance, as expected, and only a very slight increase in noise, nothing like what expected from the sound clips on the X Force site, I believe what they advertise as a cat back is in fact a header back, or, headers and full exhaust. So, I added the header back front pipe, it's still pretty quite, the stock cat in the header and the high flow cat in the front pipe keeps alot of the noise down, still sounds nothing like the cat back sound clip. So, I may get catless headers...Also got some camber bolts, maxed them out to get a disappointing -0.5, so much for the advertised +/- 0.75.As for the future, it's staying NA, I've had my share of breaking modified cars with turbo's.I'm getting a tune, mainly for cleaning up the OEM tune, and the Racerom features that are available with ECUTEK, I am a massive fan of the rev match feature, I'm rubbish at heel toe.I will most likely get the header prior to the tune, that should at least get me the sound I want, hell, isn't that what tax returns are for.Apart from that it's now looking like alot more parts to get the alignment settings I want, everything I require is in the whiteline catalog, the OEM adjustability is rubbish.I'm liking the OEM shocks and dampers on the LE, and the Brembo's are excellent, sadly as I've stated the OEM adjustability is the only real let down.As for the elephant in the room, power wise it wouldn't pull the skin off custard, but that's not the point of it for me.I'm more interested in making it handle, it's the twisties where the real fun is.It is always fun when you grab a new platform, looking at all the things that make them go, corner and stop.Oh, and all the stupid things people do, and their outrageous claims, are also a interesting read.Anyways, I babbled on enoughEnjoy
  6. I would be wary about making that assumption IRT the FA20 oil pump. "Apparently" when in the high rpm range and high oil temp the oil pump tends to cavitate enough to form pitting and a good drop in pressure, worst case senario is lunching oil pump gear. You can up the oil weight to keep it up a bit, but there are the usual issues with a higher weight oil, more temp, OEM recommend 0w 20, I use 5w 30 (toyota recommend this for "extreme conditions", which I assume equates to my normal driving). Reality wise, it won't be a issue for me, but, if you are building a track car it may be something to think about, well, mainly oil weight and temp control, from googling around there isn't any real fix for the cavitation at high rpm short of a exy dry sump solution. Hell, in the end the FA20 is a cheap econobox power plant, it goes good for what it is.
  7. Booked in at Pulse Racing for tune, finally. 06 March at this stage, unless a earlier opening pops up. Car is going flawlessly and handling like a dream. Common sense prevailed IRT boost, I would be better of just buying something already fast, after owning the boat (33) with it's lotsa hp and fat torques, anything under 500hp and lotsa torques feels slow. So for now it's slow and low in the 86. I am looking forward to getting the car tuned, I will see "some" NA gains, but really, the rev match, flat foot shifting and launch control from Ecutek is awesome , not that it makes me any quicker, but the noises and stuff makes this old guy smile, alot. The other bonus of staying NA is the minimal worry about reliability, I can thrash the guts out of it and not worry about putting bay windows in the block or melting pistons, breaking rods, eating gearboxes and clutches. Silver linings and shit.
  9. mlr

    If there is a wreck the body and engine numbers are the first thing they look at. For a street car there is no way I would risk not getting the engine numbers swapped over to the papers.
  10. With my exhaust a massive 10-20 killerwasps is possibly achievable, maybe,for a engine that makes around 100rwkw even an extra 10 to 20% power increase would be good. But really its the midrange that gets a good lump more of the powers. Plus I miss rev match, and launch control and flat foot shifting is novel.. Also, I wish it was 1.1k, so far one joint at Marrickville wants 1.4k, and one at Menai wants 1.5k, so about $100 per maybe Kw's. I've had work done at Menai before and I like the cut of their jib, aaarrrrrrr.
  11. Went and got quote for NA tune. Now I wants turbo. Stupid car
  12. mlr

    Nice one
  13. The HKS R32 GTR reminds me of the horse, it worked out well for Boxer didn't it?????
  14. Whiteline bush inserts are in, NVH has been greatly reduced compared to the brace.
  15. Looks clean, nice pick up.
  16. mlr

    Good examples are hard to find unmolested. Most have been flat cap drift spec'd into a 13 year old kids dream car. If it's good I wouldn't f**k it with a kit unless you need massive rubber because of the 800hp your trying to put to the back wheels. Me, if it was mine, I would just clean it up and not chop it up.
  17. Yeap, it's pretty f**ked up, it looks like a couple of different style body kits got mixed up and installed.
  18. MemoriesLight the corners of my mindMisty watercolor memoriesOf the way we were LOL
  19. Tell me about it So much money, so much time off the road. To the family it was known as the sometimes car, as in, sometimes it wasn't broken. Granted it was the fastest "car" I have ever owned, that don't mean shit now. In the end I sold the car for about what was spent on the engine... the second time........ If there was ever a car I wish I never had, the 33 would be it. For favorite car, it's the 86, closely followed by the MX5. The STI was a weird purchase, I wanted to see what AWD was like, turns out I dislike AWD, alot. I would love a Lotus Elise Sport 220, unfortunately I don't have $100k to throw on it.
  20. The problem with the "rev zone" of the FA20 (boxer) is it takes forever to get there, 5.5 - 7.5 is the only place were stuff happens. Don't get me wrong, in the big picture the FA20 makes OK power for what it is, but, it's not a Black Top BEAMS or a Honda F22C1 reving to 8k rpm Vtec Yo. But, what other "new" small sporty cars are available in manual and RWD. I love everything about my little 86, apart from the engine. But then they are the cheapest new sporty RWD car on the market, so compromises are made. Maybe if they release a 2.4 in the future it might be better, I wouldn't count on it though, by the time they up spec the driveline, gearbox is rated to 250nm, the added cost will drop it closer to the new Supra 4 cyl turbo that is being threatened to be released by BMW, I mean Toyota. I believe the Toyota and Subaru twins will fade away over the next few years, sales world wide are way down. If I didn't want a new car a S15 was on top of my list, which brings it's own problems. The only "non-munted" low km S15's around when I was looking were between $25-30k, I only paid $32k for the 86 new, 95% of the S15's I looked at were average to say the least, and the money they wanted for them was stupid. I was so close to grabbing a real low km ADM S15 for $30k, it was like new, well that was 3 years ago. There is a Yellow one for sale now in QLD with under 5k km, BUT, $50k. The only issue is with some minor mods 200kwatw is easily achievable and pretty reliable in the S15, for a reliable 200 atw, 200 for the 86....well, thats a very different story. But then the S15 is turbo(SR20DE is worse than the FA20). Which brings me to a used S2000, talk about thrashed out and crap body kits, finding a clean, low km, non-munted car, with hopefully a hardtop, is like finding a f**king Unicorn STUPID CARS
  21. Yeah, she is a good kid, nothing like her dad. I keep telling her, well her mum keeps telling her, "your dad is a good role model, of what not to do in your youth.. ". Polite, no school issues, no police issues, always done jobs around the house, and now, she has just finished high school, straight into part time work while see waits for the RAAF intake in March. She has come along way from Bat Girl and Wonder Dog. Next photo like this should have a bite dog not a Jack Russell, sadly no Bat Girl suit though.
  22. Yeap, they are as slow as f**k in a straight line, around 100ish killerwasps at 7600 rpm I believe, and maybe 13 torques at 3000 rpm. Super fun on tight corners though, just like my old MX5, you really need to avoid using the brakes and always keep it on the boil. I've been chopped a few times when I've dropped into the left lane to get a jump on traffic. I still find it excellent fun reving the bejebus out of the thing and throwing it around some corners. Plus the thing is so cheap to run and maintain. My daughter has been learning to drive manual in it, she has stated "I love you dad, can I have this", I am a sucker she might end up with it, so at this stage there is no FI in sight. I've been thinking of what I would get next, not alot of small RWD cars out there.