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Oct 21, 2019 - 10:15 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1103745 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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I beleive the breaking of my car was the cause of 6GC shutting down. Happened right around the same time. It seems as though my motor is what keeps the forum running. Im still testing this theory.

Looks like I havent updated since the spark plug issue.
Long story short.
Rotor hat nuts had all backed off about 1/4" on both discs. Drivers side hub had died. Temporarily tightened up the hardware. Ordered k-nuts and new bolts for the discs. Got one side kinda done.

Tracked the car. Car died 3 laps in.
Towed home.
Sat for a few days.
Did a comp/leakdown test. Cyl 4 - 0. Cyl 3 - 30.
Work trip for 2 weeks.
Got back ripped the head off in the parking lot.
Dropped a valve in Cyl 4.
Head of Valve sheared off at the retainer.
Spare head went to get decked and cleaned
Pics. Getting re-installed this week.

found this when taking stuff apart.


piston damage was minimal thank god




valve guide fractured


bearing wear. took the cams to get polished so they would be cleaner for the spare head (that doenst have wear like this on the caps)


Spare head was a little scuffed so I decided to do the right thing and get it decked and cleaned


had to measure out the shims since I didnt organize the ones I took off the spare head a while ago


Sep 11, 2019 - 4:38 PM Forum: Engine/Transmission/Maintenance · Post Preview: #1103537 · Replies: 31 · Views: 1,365
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what is happening here, there is some guy calling himself Casey and then some other guys saying V6 swaps are easy. Cost is one thing, doing the work is a whole different task

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:16 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1103374 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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after 4 years post-swap I finally experienced some BEAMS drama.

Started the car one morning and was getting unusual backfiring at idle. Drove the car to work and smelled something burning. Checked the engine in the afternoon after work and found the COP was wasted. Wasted spark. Luckily the valve cover...cover was on because it definitely extinguished whatever fire started.

After examining and looking back on the swap the NO.4 spark plug ejected from the hole up into the COP. This was the same plug that I had trouble with when I swapped and removed the head to reverse tap it. I suppose I was on borrowed time from that point. Im glad it didnt happen at the track or far from home.

I bought a pricey timesert kit and repaired that problem and now its running SO much better. I figure ive been losing compression on the cylinder for a long while.

Here are some pics





couldnt tell if this was oil from through the valve cover seal or if it was some other fluid, I wasnt sure if the fire melted the seal but so far after its been fixed I have no problems


got a cheap endoscope to check the cylinder well, monitor the depth of the timesert tapping and picking up alum shavings


Timesert in! The kit is ALMOST worth all the money it costs. It seems a whole lot better than the Helicoil kit.




This weekend I have to inspect some odd noises coming from the hub area that happen under hard turns.
One thing thats getting done is the addition of some Verus Eng. Pancake ducts. My current setup was okay, but the hose is binding on the coilovers at full lock. This will add a static point behind the coilover and the only compression and expansion of the ducting will happen in one small section


Jul 3, 2019 - 12:42 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1102601 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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QUOTE (TimeslideZ @ Jul 2, 2019 - 3:52 PM) *
Mike you ever thought about adding a spoiler to help w/ downforce?

I have. But as I dont really want that much rear downforce. I was going to go with a diffuser instead which has much less drag (but also creates much less downforce)

A front splitter is coming way before any of that stuff does

Jul 2, 2019 - 9:51 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1102586 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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Little bitty update. Just waiting around until the next trackday the end of this month.
The pic above is from my previous trackday at New Jersey Motorsport Park - Thunderbolt.
Was quite a quicker track than places I usually run and my brake pads took the brunt of that.
EBC Reds were obviously not the ideal pad and due to the track design the front drivers side took a beating and got pretty cooked.
Next up on the docket is Carbotech XP10 and XP8 for the front and rear, respectively.
Possibly some backup front rotors and more looking into a potential ECU upgrade, likely later in the year. For now everything keeps holding together

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:39 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1102504 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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OMG THE FORUM IS BACK. IVE WANTED TO UPDATE FOR SO LONG YOU GUYS WHERE PROBABLY WAITING AND WAITING TO GET BACK HERE TO SEE WHATS BEEN GOING ON

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:37 AM Forum: Website Discussion · Post Preview: #1102503 · Replies: 24 · Views: 422
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FIRST POST

May 15, 2019 - 8:27 AM Forum: Engine/Transmission/Maintenance · Post Preview: #1102170 · Replies: 1 · Views: 162
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Add a picture if you can.

May 6, 2019 - 8:24 AM Forum: Buying/Selling · Post Preview: #1102021 · Replies: 3 · Views: 216
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BEAMS shims are under bucket. Altoid size

May 3, 2019 - 8:06 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101976 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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QUOTE (slavie @ May 2, 2019 - 2:29 PM) *
What clubs/tracks do you run with? I've been meaning to read through this mega-thread of yours to see what good ideas might be hiding within to incorporate into my LeMons Celica.
Why the surge tank though? I mean, once the tank gets to a quarter, just add gas. What am I missing? Unless you're running endurance events, then it's a different story.

I'm potentially planning to come down to Summit Point Main again for NASA June 8-9 event.

I did mostly SCCA events last year with a peppering of other orgs. Im considering participating in the Time Trial series for the time being while Gridlife and Global Time Attack establish themselves on the east coast and host more events. There is still a whole bunch that needs to be done to the car so Im not really at full tilt with participating in a series. Just refining driver mod.

I have fuel starvation at around ~1/3rd. Weight wise Id like to run as little as possible (especially in the rear)...usually around 1/3 lol. I dont normally carry gas with me but after this event I am going to bring along a can to maintain my desired level.

This past event I showed up with about 3/4 tank and the rear really didnt rotate how I wanted to until I got it down to ~1/4 which was midway through the 3rd (out of 4) heats

QUOTE (bloodMoney @ May 2, 2019 - 3:22 PM) *
Damn. That's a great shot Mike.

I can't wait to get out on track.

DO it. Its so much fun, especially in a toyota that doesnt have any crippling mechanical issues. Just make sure youve got some good brake fluid and some good pads.

May 2, 2019 - 11:38 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101955 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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The fuel surge tank works!

My last session at gridlife the fuel gauge was at 0 which means I have about 1/8th-ish of a tank left and the car didnt have a lick of starvation. After the session I was offered up to do a photo and video shoot with some gridlife media, about a third way around the track the car started sputtering lol

out of gas lol but they still got a good shot out of it! I wish they were able to get some more rolling footage frown.gif but thats what I get for not keeping an eye on the fuel level




Apr 26, 2019 - 1:54 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101896 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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still havent cut them lol

Forgot to post the oil analysis I had done by Blackstone labs. I wish I would have started to do this earlier but its good to have a baseline now.



Apr 25, 2019 - 9:22 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101874 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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Yeah I could move it more central, but Id rather just keep it on that side ( so I dont need to make more holes lol) I will have more space to build a box around it where it is when I remove the 3pt and get a roll bar. Plan for the future! I guess...
Im looking forward to a box for..1:protection and 2: sound insulation, that pump is loud

I rigged something up for the event this weekend.

I emailed the Gridlife staff and got a response just as I had finished this. He said they like to see some kind of barrier between the tank and driver and suggested diamond plate...hopefully this 4mil Dibond suffices. At least I have the shape template if it need to make it out of something else




Apr 24, 2019 - 8:39 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101859 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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Im waiting for a response from the Gridlife staff but I am trying to address the surge tank protection for the Gridlife Event this weekend.
Here is the rule, the part that applies to me is at the end:


5..Fuel Tanks. Fuel tanks must be either OEM quality or better if using a factory style tank. Factory tanks are only permitted on cars where the tank is located behind the driver and in front of the rear wheels. Aftermarket fuel "cells" are allowed and encouraged, if properly installed and mounted . Only aftermarket cells of hard plastics/rotary formed plastic or ballistic-style bladders contained within a full, quality constructed steel box, with a bulkhead of steel isolating the driver from the box containing the cell, will be allowed. All structures holding the cell must be attached completely and entirely to the shell of the car and/or rollcage structure. Any cell deemed inadequate for completion will result in the car being denied entry. If participants have any questions on the legality or safety of a carís fuel cell and system, email pictures and descriptions to adam@grid.life. All fuel lines must be isolated from the driver with either a metal bulkhead or shielding, and must be isolated from any sharp edges on sheet metal, etc.


I tried to figure out a box setup and as expected, its way to complicated with the 3pt in the way.
The way Im interpreting the rule is that a panel in front of the panel will suffice. So Im going to close off the triangle of the 3PT and that will shield the lines, the canister and since its at an angle, will give a little "upward spray" protection

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:58 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101857 · Replies: 29 · Views: 7,169
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thats my neck of the woods! If you go out next time lmk! I was prepping my car for the season that weekend but had a few friends running that event

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:57 PM Forum: General Discussion · Post Preview: #1101856 · Replies: 5 · Views: 870
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couldnt have said it any better ^

Apr 22, 2019 - 1:26 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101827 · Replies: 160 · Views: 7,817
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Apr 12, 2019 - 4:20 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101675 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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Many race sanctions don't allow fuel in the cabin unless it's enclosed, I know this. But the few that I will be running with at the start of the season don't have any rules against it
One of the larger concerns over top of the leaking etc is the permeation through the hose into the cabin, which is why I went PTFE.
I can guarantee its a leak-proof system. The leaks I did have and mended where all exterior. The interior connections are solid. But yeah, you never know.

I've always planned to be put it in a case, not sure when, as I think I may do that when I have the cage welded in ( within the next couple months). There should be more space around it to put in a box once the 3pt is removed

I have a cutoff switch

Yall think I was born the day before yesterday? No Faith?


As for the location, I put it there to keep it in a fairly structurally sound location, closer to the rear of the car puts it closer to an area where if impacted, could cause an issue. Its also not interfering with the storage areas ( I carry all 4 wheels in the car to the track). The line run is shorter from that location, I wanted the lines to be as short as possible.

Apr 9, 2019 - 8:44 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101629 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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first mod on my master plan of world domination has been completed.

Definitely wasn't able to keep it in the ~$500 range

Radium Fuel Surge tank with a Walboro 255 and an Aeromotive pre-pump filter all plumped with Earls Ultra Pro (the regular rubber hose is XRP) The earls ultra pro hose is soooooooo flexible. Im in love with this stuff.

I originally planned to tie into the fuel system at the connections neat the bottom corner of the fuel tank but running 4 lines was going to get reaaaal complicated. I last minute came up with an INGENUIOUS plan to just tie into the lines right at the fuel pump



This is how things look now (Ive since added a Fuel Pressure sensor in line)


mocked up


forever tarnished with holes







after all was said and done. Did a leak test (turn on the car and see if it leaks lol)
Besides the giant leak from above the fuel pump which was caused by me forgetting to completely tighten down a fitting, all I got was some seeping which was quickly resolved by using some AN aluminum crush washers.







Mar 20, 2019 - 7:45 AM Forum: Suspension/Handling/Braking · Post Preview: #1101496 · Replies: 179 · Views: 58,559
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i remember you did but I forget what the problem you had was.


I think i scared DBA with my inquiry. He asked for what application this setup was for, then I unloaded all the information down upon him, no response back.

BUT. Got pointed to a up and coming company in Australia who is making really good products. Brypar
They do custom anything and everything. They are able to make discs that fit my Apexi hats. They can also make complete rotor sets. Cost is a bit more than off the shelf DBA or AP Racing rotors, but not by much considering they would be custom one off rotors. The quote I have for a pair of disc replacements for my current setup is about ~$600

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:20 PM Forum: Suspension/Handling/Braking · Post Preview: #1101458 · Replies: 179 · Views: 58,559
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Wow sorry, totally missed this post. I dont get notifications anymore. It sounds like there is a manufacturing error with that disc. I have ZERO problems with fitting the EBC replacements to my hub. It would be very surprising though to see such an error in that disc if it was manufactured to OE spec.
Im sure you resolved it by now but best bet is to bore out the rotor hub diameter a hair to have it fit.



In other news Im re-opening my search for a 2-piece solution for the 5x114.3 swappers. The easy way out is Racing Brake. They have an application for the Non-Turbo Supra. Im a little wary on using them as there isnt much talk about their longevity anywhere about that brand.

Ive started talks with DBA to see if there is a setup that will fit.

For the 5x100 users the BRZ DBA T3s would be bolt on.

For the 5x114.3 users, we will see. The BRZ rotors inner hat diameter may be too small to fit over the RAV4 hubs. I'll check back in when I get more information.

Feb 22, 2019 - 1:58 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101299 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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Limitations shmimitations

Id end up redoing what I have already done to the celica...to the next car I get. The only two things I battle with are the FWD and the Motor. One of which can be remedied with a quick switch of mindset and a K20swap lol. Drivetrain...Id sooner get a LHD ST205 than getting another car. Most of what I have could be transferred over lol

Oh man. Basically make an ST205 look like my car...so you wouldnt even know its and ST205. Thats what I want.


Miatas are the WORST. I get bang for buck...but not what Im going for. My buddy just sold his for a 350Z lol

Id do a billet block. Id do it.

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:52 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101264 · Replies: 575 · Views: 112,606
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oh man Id love to see you and daniel do a direct comparison between a real and a swap. So cool.

Your forward mounts for the trailing arms arent connected right?

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:50 AM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101263 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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sponsorship $ and discounts help a bit but yeah...lottery would turn this from a 4 year project to this year lol

A new car. Yeah. In a perfect world I would. I drove my buddies 350Z this past weekend and now I want a RWD car...but I dont feel like learning a new car lol so I might as well make the Celica a poster child for waste for $ on a useless platform lol

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:34 PM Forum: My Project · Post Preview: #1101219 · Replies: 2068 · Views: 353,460
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inching closer to a plan.

Road Map

Going to keep the power upgrade simple rather than over-complicating it.

1: Fuel surge tank - ~$500
2: EMS - its looking like its going to be LINK ~$1600
3: Turbo or SC cooled by a W2A - OE compression ratio - meth injection or maybe a flex fuel (havent really looked deep into
flex fuel yet) ~$4000
4: Pretty Custom exhaust manifold ~$2000
5: Camshaft and head mods on the spare head I have sitting ~$2000
6: Decimate all ~$Priceless

7: Suspension Upgrade (Tein? Penske?) ~$4000 +/- Sponsorship
8: Aero ~$3000
9: Half Cage ~$3000

TOTAL - PRICELESS

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