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> I am just going to run low boost. . . yea right!, A warning for anyone who wants to boost a 5sfe
post Aug 21, 2017 - 6:21 PM
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Now that I am switched over to a water to air intercooler I decided to build a cold air intake to battle intercooler heat soak. I noticed that when I am at idle for a long time with the intercooler fan off that the intercooler water temps will climb from mid 90s to 110+. I did not feel like paying $200 or more for some company's cold intake set up so I built my own. I had some extra couplers laying around, some 3 inch intercooler pipe, and kept the existing cone filter.

And here is a shot with the water guard on the filter. I can't have my 3s getting hydro-locked.
post Aug 21, 2017 - 7:23 PM
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To me it's silly to spend what it costs on a big name brand kit, especially whens gains are usually negligible. Just make your own since piping is piping and couplers are couplers, then top it off with a name brand filter.


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post Aug 21, 2017 - 9:05 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Aug 21, 2017 - 7:23 PM) *
To me it's silly to spend what it costs on a big name brand kit, especially whens gains are usually negligible. Just make your own since piping is piping and couplers are couplers, then top it off with a name brand filter.


$200-300 for and advertised 5-10 hp gain is not worth it. I built this one for about $50.
post Aug 21, 2017 - 9:18 PM
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Exactly. I think it cost me like $70 for piping, couplers, and an AEM filter vs almost $300 for a K&N or SLP cold air intake. Yeah it took some more fiddling with I'm sure, but worth saving $200+ for probably the exact same end result.


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post Aug 21, 2017 - 9:23 PM
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I was able to find another CT15B for my 4th gen 3sgte. I was looking for one so I could get it rebuilt and upgraded without taking the car down for a few weeks during track season. I just got it in today.



I am planning to send it off to ATS Racing to get the "Sweet ct16" done to it. I am pretty excited! laugh.gif At 17 psi both ATS and MR2Prime are advertising around 320 hp to the wheels. It may be more with my stage 1 Brian Crower camshafts.

My concern is the wastegate. The problem with the stock wastegate is that when I get on it the boost will shoot 1-3 psi past the target then settles in at the boost level I am shooting for. There is no way to adjust the OEM wastegate, it is sealed shut, does not have an adjustable actuating arm, and it is welded to the bracket. frown.gif I am wondering if it is doing that because it is wearing out.


ATS offers a billet adjustable wastegate upgrade for an extra $200. You can chose to have a 12, 14.5, or 17 psi spring put into it. I am wondering if that is the best option because when they mean adjustable does that mean you can adjust the actuating arm or does it mean you can swap springs? Is it a 1 or 2 port wastegate? If I go that route I plan to get the 12 psi one but I am a little uncomfortable with my base pressure being 12 psi. It will make it hard for me to set up boost by gear when I go standalone with that high of a starting boost level. Is there an option to go with a Turbosmart 2 port wastegate? Then I could have a low base pressure and with a 4 port boost controller. Then I can multiply that by up to 4 times and get my boost extremely acurate. Which Turbosmart model would I need? Which bracket would I need for it? I am planning to e-mail a bunch of these questions to ATS but I welcome any of your thoughts.

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post Aug 23, 2017 - 1:19 PM
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I got the side skirts installed on the car. It really improves the look. smile.gif


This thread really helped me to install them.
http://www.6gc.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=37670
Too bad Photobucket has messed up the photos.
post Aug 23, 2017 - 3:37 PM
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verts definitely look alot better with sideskirts on. looks great! thumbsup.gif


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post Aug 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM
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Now it needs rear splitters to finish the look. tongue.gif


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post Aug 23, 2017 - 4:33 PM
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QUOTE (Box @ Aug 23, 2017 - 4:23 PM) *
Now it needs rear splitters to finish the look. tongue.gif


I have some but they do not fit right with the convertible so I took them off.
post Aug 23, 2017 - 6:00 PM
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You'll have to get ones for the Curren.


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post Aug 26, 2017 - 9:58 AM
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What about also having the intercooler fan RPM based so when the engine drops to low speeds near or at idle the fan turns on to prevent heat soak from even starting, in addition to a temperature control.


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post Sep 8, 2017 - 7:59 PM
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I am doing a conversion of my front headlights over to LED. These halogen bulbs are not cutting it! They are definitely too dim when compared to a lot of the newer car's headlights. I went with the Auxbeam brand and they look great.


Right now I only have the headlights on LEDs but I am trying to find a good LED that will fit into the fog light housing. The only issue I had with the install is I had to plug the bulb in backwards because the polarity is reversed.

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