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#21 juxsa

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 07:40 AM

Got the FPR plumbed in and carbs were still gushing fuel. Decided to take the carbs apart and found that there were a few things wrong. took the carbs partially apart, cleaned and tweaked a few things, and got them back on. No more leaking. I also got a gauge hooked up to my FPR and found that I am only putting out just under 3psi of fuel pressure. I am thinking that since I have the low pressure pump wired into the stock location, that it's not getting the full 12v. All I can figure is that it might have something to do with my unplugging all the efi harness stuff and it just being zip tied in a bundle in the engine bay. 


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 02:18 PM

Well I figured out it was the wiring AFTER I bought a different pump... oh well the holley pump is pretty sweet though


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Posted 06 October 2016 - 08:44 AM

Got a few more things in the mail today! I got a much needed carb heat shield, reflective insulation tape, and some fender welting for the ZG flares. Also removed a bunch of the efi wiring that is no longer needed since the carb swap.

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 05:06 AM

Decided I would try out this heat reflective tape on the heat shield and on the back of the air box. Still have to do a little more wiring since I am swapping out the fuse links with a maxi-fuse box... i'll report back on how the reflective tape works out.

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 02:39 PM

Got some fender flares and popped the fronts on... still messing around with fitment on the rears

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 03:26 PM

Started tearing into the rear today. I had sand blasted and painted an extra rear control arm I had a few months ago so that's why it's dusty looking. I still need to disasemble the other one and if I have time I will do the same. I also had an extra transmount that I also sand blasted and painted. What was a nice surprise was that there are a couple of new mounts already there so that a few $$$ saved. Plan is to use up the rest of the poly bushings kit that I have, put in the new wheel bearings, and put the S13 rear disc brakes on. I also have ordered a set of strut bellows since the set on the car are pretty much toast.

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 04:25 PM

well since my struts were shot and it was going to be a little while before i get them in the mail, I figured I'd see how bad the prior "repairs" were and ended up cutting out most of it. I'll be ordering a patch panel for the passenger rear qtr for sure. I think my buddy can fix the prior "repair" without having to weld in a new replacement panel. Also cut off the duckfin and welded in some metal to patch up the few holes that were back there.

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Posted 20 October 2016 - 04:31 PM

more pictures... removed about 7-8lbs of bondo that's what that pile is

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Posted 04 November 2016 - 08:02 AM

decided to go ahead and get both rear fender patch panels. The patch that was already there was just shoddy craftsmanship. I am waiting on a spindle from MSA because while the one of them came out with relative ease the other one will need to be cut. While the struts were out I noticed that one of them was leaking oil so I got a set of Stagg struts with Vogtland springs. I can't comment on ride quality but I can say that the build quality of the struts look great. While I had the rear suspension out I sandblasted the other rear control arm and both the hubs and painted them. I forgot to get pics of the shock combo but will snap a few later on. The rear wheel bearings appeared to be fine but I had already ordered a set and will be replacing anyway since

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Posted 07 November 2016 - 08:30 AM

I had ordered some vogtland springs and a set of struts a few weeks ago. I had cleaned and coated the strut mounts/hubs and control arms as well as pushed new bearings in the rear hubs. unfortunately the company I ordered from sent me 240 rear struts instead of 280 struts.... the wait continues :(



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Posted 21 November 2016 - 05:01 AM

Mocked up one of the rear struts w/ the Vogtland springs. (yes i know that the bump stop doesn't go there :D) Waiting for another spindle pin to put the other side together

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Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:37 AM

After not really spending much time on it over the past while I finally got to spend 1/2 a day working on it again. I got the front suspension put back together and bolted in. Those are Vogtland Springs and Stagg shocks. While I was there I replaced the brake lines for braided steel. I am hoping today I will get to put the rear suspension back in. 

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Posted 13 December 2016 - 12:52 PM

Got the front suspension bolted fully on with bump steer spacers that MSA sells but I guess my 15in wheels are a little wide so i'll need to get some wheel spacers. The tierod is rubbing the wheel. With the flares that I am using though I was going to need them any way. I also got the rear bolted in with new bearings so all is good there. Going to pick up an axle nut tomorrow and finish it up this weekend along with bolting down the ebrake cable. I just had to get it rolling to get it out of the garage since my buddy just got a 2 post lift. it is going to be sooooo much easier to work on it once that's installed!!!

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 04:55 PM

Today I got the E brake cables hooked up to the S13 Calipers, Painted the rear tail light panels and bezels, and mounted the rear fender flares so I could figure out what size wheel spacers i'll need. Here are a couple of pics of mounting the flares. I didn't rivet them in yet because of still needing to weld in the patch panels.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 12:05 PM

Finally got some time to put in some sheet metal

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 02:56 PM

and some more pics... hopefully ill be able to finish the other side later this week

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Posted 4 weeks ago

Don't have any new pictures to post but I got the other side welded in. I still need to weld up the inner fender to seal the hatch area from the outside. Currently I am driving it around and tinkering with tuning the SU carbs. But this thing drive amazing. I'm really impressed with how it handles on twisty roads compared to my '01 Audi A4.



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Posted 2 weeks ago

had some fun with my friend's 3D printer

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Posted A week ago

was having fueling issues so decided to go ahead and take apart the carbs again and do a full on rebuild. Those Ztherapy rebuild kits are no joke and worth the coin. I should have got their kit back when I first rebuilt the carb last fall.

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