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Old 08-08-2018, 12:29 AM   #46
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:38 PM   #47
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Been a while since I updated.

So the suspension and brake upgrades went pretty smoothly until I got a little careless with the dremel when trimming the rear brake backing plates. I ended up nicking the passenger brake hard line and while it didn't cause a leak it certainly introduced a spot of weakness. The last thing I wanted was to be on track and lose brake pressure due to a rupture at that location.

Luckily, NAPA sells lengths of european brake line that work and are coated like the OE lines. I did also order a couple of OE lines because the length of those was slightly different than the NAPA line.

Since this was my first time bending brake lines I used the NAPA stuff to practice and make sure I didn't screw up with the OE stuff. One thing to make sure of if you do this yourself is to get a good pair of brake line pliers. I looked through all the pairs available at the local stores and only one had jaws that lined up correctly. Even then, I ran a file through the jaws to clean up some small burrs before I used them on the lines.

Pics below, used the old line as a guide and kept holding it up to the trailing arm to make sure it would route through the clips. When working with the pre-flared lines it's critical to keep the bends correct because there is not much slack left by the time to get from one end to the other.



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This past week I've had the car down to install the M50 manifold.

It went fairly smoothly but definitely took longer than I expected. I purchased the manifold and eurosport install kit used and while it's a very nice kit I think I would have preferred the m50manifold.com kit because it keeps the CCV and ICV up in their normal locations.

Since the eurosport kit is the same as the Turner Motorsport kit, I followed Turner's install guide which was fairly basic but helped to provide a checklist to follow. I went beyond the guide and trimmed several brackets and the fuel rail to ensure that things fit the M50 manifold properly.

On the manifold itself, I drilled a hole in the web of the rear runners to allow both O2 sensor connectors to pass through. This allowed those wire to route more naturally than trying to get both through the port in the rear most web.

Several cuts were made to the bracket that holds the CCV and ICV. There was a tab that hung down below the CCV that ended up contacting the hard coolant pipe that goes towards the frame rail. I removed that tab to provide plenty of clearance to the coolant pipe. I also notched out the corner of the bracket so that I could get an allen wrench on the front support bracket mount. This made it much easier to install the manifold because I could then leave the bolt loose while I test fit/connected everything.

The last bracket I changed was the forward manifold support bracket. I cut a section out that goes around the CCV so that the bracket could align correctly between the block mount and manifold.

Other than that I followed the guide and had to tweak the fuel hard pipes slightly, bend the starter wire, bend up the O2 tab, and shave down the bosses on the manifold.

I also used this opportunity to replace the crank sensor, clean the ICV, and clean the CCV. I had a ton of nasty yellow snot in the CCV. Unfortunately, in the winter I usually drive the car to work and back so it doesn't get nice long runs to get all the temps up for extended periods of time. I plan to install a catch can between the valve cover and CCV and take it out for extended drives to try and keep that clean.

Next up is prepping for the S52 cams I picked up. I managed to find a set with trays and lifters so I'm going to check and clean the dirty lifters and replace the valve springs/seats with the S52 parts. Once the car comes down for that stuff I'll be sending the DME out for a retune.














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Do you have a cage in the car? If so any pics? I am in process of building my cage and want to see what others have done in the rear.
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I don't have a cage, just the Kirk Racing bolt-in roll bar.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:41 PM   #51
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Well, during my prep for the S52 cams I started mysteriously losing coolant. I pressure tested the system and found leaks in the heater core and thermostat housing. So I installed a new heater core, plastic pipes, and orings. Used anaerobic sealant on the thermostat housing and had no more leaks from there.

However, I started losing coolant again, and all of the sudden I had an issue with warm restarts. If I let the car sit for 25-30 mins it would take multiple tries before it would start the engine.

I hooked up the coolant pressure tester again and found a small leak at the upper radiator hose, so I tightened the clamp. I then pulled all the spark plugs and found cylinder 3 filling up with coolant. Nice to find the leak but not a quick fix.

So the car is being torn down for a head gasket. I have a feeling the head is cracked, there was no coolant in the oil. The only symptoms I had were more "steam" from the exhaust on cold mornings (I've seen HG let go and the white plume coming from the exhaust, my car did not do this) and the warm restart issue when the coolant filled the cylinder while the engine was cooling down.

Plans for now:
- Rebuild head with 3 angle valve job, S52 valve springs, cleaned up and decked
- ARP Head studs
- Stock Elring head gasket kit
- S52 cams installed
- Retune from Markert Motorworks for the M50 manifold and S52 cams

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Sorry to hear but at least itís getting fixed.


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