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JoeK last won the day on May 20 2017

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    Vintage Style, Vintage Trailers, Fine Woodworking, Random Odd Facts

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  1. Thanks for all the great advice so far. My old school tendencies had me thinking dual all the way back was the way to go, but it looks like I'll be returning some parts to Summit.
  2. Upcoming on my build is a new exhaust. I’m planning on a simple 2 1/2” dual set up. I’ve got JCI headers, that a have a 2 1/2” collector, that I’ve welded a v-band to, so that’s my starting point. So far I’ve purchased a Summit aluminized universal kit, which looks like it has way more tubing than I’ll ever need. I also have a x-pipe, and a Flowmaster double 2 1/2” inlet, single 3” outlet muffler. The tubing that comes in the kit has flared ends, so where possible I intend to use the slip joint and weld around rather than use clamps. I’ve never built an exhaust, let alone done pie cuts or the like but suspect I’ll need to do some in order keep it tucked up tight. Tools I’ve got, and welding skills are marginal but I’ve got lots of material. Some have said that adding universal cats can cut down on the raspy sound that you hear often on LS motors. These are pretty inexpensive, but I wonder if it truly makes a difference. And are cheap ones maybe even fire hazards. Another thing I don’t see too often is flex pipes. I know CX Racing includes them on their kit, but I think of all the custom exhausts I’ve seen on S30’s maybe only 1 has had flex pipes. Is this no longer considered needed? And also hangers. What are people using? I never see them in pictures. I’m figuring very few are needed. Maybe just some near the diff, and something to carry the weight of the muffler. I bought some hangers on Summit, only end up with hangers with a 1/2” dia. rod that looks strong enoug the hang the whole car from. If any body has any pictures of where they hung their exhaust, and/or what they hung it with, that would be appreciated. Looking for any and all comments and advice people may have. Thanks for your time...
  3. JoeK

    Gauges gone nuts

    Glad you got it working. Loose or funky grounds are the most common electrical problem.
  4. JoeK

    Gauges gone nuts

    Check your wiring pathways. Look for abraided wires, or wires that are near any moving parts. You could have worn some insulation off a wire and are getting intermittent grounds.
  5. As usual with this build, looks great. What will you do for the control arm mounts in the front? The original piece also held the front of the long nose diff, but also seemed to tie the left and right together. Now you've also got a brace across on that front mount. I haven't done the diff alignment yet on mine, but it currently looks like the pinion flange will hit the original cross brace.
  6. Yeah, I rushed my dash wiring, and now thinking I’ll likely spend what time I can get this weekend redoing it.
  7. Still plugging away at this. Took some time off to waste a bunch of time playing Call of Duty but back at the car again. Scratched a couple bald spots getting the car wired but it’s in and tested. Finishing that hopefully this weekend. Picked up my new driveshaft this afternoon, checked it for fit and found I’ll need to remove that ashtray recess in the tunnel.
  8. JoeK

    Blower Motor Upgrade (Kia Sportage)

    Cool. I guess it's just another of those little differences between the different years. My car is a late '71. The squirrel cage fit just exactly with no trimming, though I did have to elongate the mounting holes slightly. As far as the wiring, my original fan motor has 2 wires with individual tabs, that I believe went to the housing.the plug from the housing has a 6 wire plug on the end.
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    Blower Motor Upgrade (Kia Sportage)

    Anybody know where to get the proper electrical plug for that fan? That fan right into my housing, no trimming. But need the plug to wire it up. Thanks, Joe
  10. JoeK

    List of S30 mods

    If you want build your own harness with labeled wire for less than the cost of a Painless kit, buy an EZWire kit and cut off the fuse block. EZ kit is good quality wire but less than half the cost of Painless. I think the whole EZ kit is nice, but I think the instructions blow.
  11. Thanks. I’m assuming it doesn’t matter if the car is running.
  12. Can someone tell if the turn signals are supposed to work with the key in the off or lock position?
  13. Yeah, I'm far from the expert on the subject but from the googling I did it seemed like the big difference between the 2 was gains in low end torque with long tubes. And it is all about the torque isn't it, especially when racing
  14. I ordered a rebuilt booster from Rockauto also, showed up 2 days later. Might cancel from your original seller, if they can't produce the darn thing.
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    Brackets for Z32 brakes on a S30

    Custom is never cheap. But Wilwood rotor discs aren't what I'd call astronomical. I have a pair I bought to do this exact thing, I think they were like $50 each. But yes, the cost of the custom hats made me go another route, which was Odyssey rotors. Even so, I had a hard time finding a machinist who would even touch the job of modifying stock car parts. They were all concerned about liability. If someone made a custom run, it'd be better priced. Maybe even reasonable. I'd be in for a set too. I've got a pair of Wilwood discs just taking up space currently.