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Old 01-04-2019, 02:09 PM
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I appreciate the advice. You just saved me some $$. Next thing is a test pipe back exhaust. Just need to save up some more $$. I do need front track pads more than the exhaust.
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hate snow....
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Picked up some test pipes to install. Have to wait til the snow melts some so I can squeeze in the garage.



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Busy day in the garage.
Installed:
Front upper camber arms
Bilstein B12 kit - Front and Rear
Front & Rear rotors

More to come before track season.
Front and rear adjustable sway bars and adjustable end links.
Rear camber arms
Test pipes
Catch can
Hood vents
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I am glad you are making progress.
I am having my first track day next Saturday, and guess what we are expecting at summit point. Snow! We had enough of that white stuff.i won't be able to finalize a few things before that. I don't have a garage.but I doubt we will be breaking record on that day.
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I've had my fill of the snow. We are supposed to get dumped on again. 4" is the estimate.
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Test Pipes installed yesterday. Just $90 ebay specials. The fitment isn't the best. Once I get it on the street I'll see if it needs taking to the exhaust shop. Right now the passenger side is hitting the heat shield.
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Ok, small vid on test pipes.

First, last year running the stock exhaust i removed the center resonator. So now I have a stock exhaust minus the rez and test pipes. It's a bit to raspy for me. I do have some resonators from a Borla exhaust. I'm to weld one of those in place to see if I like the sound more.



I also install an Auto Blip system for track days.


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Ah! Ha! Your wheels are turning in neutral ! I can see it! mine does the same exact thing. Our tranny incorporate a free torque converter in neutral.
Sound wise, a unrestricted exhaust ( test pipes) is going to be raspy, a resonator might help but I am afraid won't totally get rid of it.
You surprised me with the auto-blip. waiting for some feedback on this!. Did you had to rewire the clutch and brake switch for it to work ? finally , do you have to turn it off when first pulling off ? ) when both clutch and brake are engaged ?

I guess you are getting closer to your first track day! Ready ? ;-)
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The AutoBlip can be turned on and off. So I really won't be using it much off the track, but I really like it in my Vette. Makes the downshifts very smooth.

I was in a 4th gen Viper at the track last year that the guy had it installed. Worked great.

No cutting wires or anything, Just tapping into them for the unit. Here's the install instructions.
http://www.auto-blip.com/pdf/2003_20..._350z_v1_1.pdf

First Track Day is April 24th.
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So let's start with the good news.
At this point I am not getting a o2 code for the test pipes. I had put the o2 extenders on, so it must be working at this time.

Test pipe bad news. As I thought, I need to take it to a shop and have the passenger side pipe bent down a little. It is hitting the heat shield and making a vibration noise when I'm off the throttle.

Good news about the suspension.
It looks bad *** now.



I got a tire alignment done today. This was the first time I drove the car with the new suspension.

The bad news.
There's a hard clunking sound coming from the front when going down the drive way. (1/8" mile gravel, bumps.) The guys let me come in the back of the shop while they were working. They pointed out it looks like the upper A arms are hitting on the body. UGH.

Is this normal? Is there a fix? Hit it with a big hammer?
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Test pipe bad news. As I thought, I need to take it to a shop and have the passenger side pipe bent down a little. It is hitting the heat shield and making a vibration noise when I'm off the throttle.
Would it be easier to bend the heatshield ? you might not be able to place the test pipe in to align with the Y pipe.

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There's a hard clunking sound coming from the front when going down the drive way. (1/8" mile gravel, bumps.) The guys let me come in the back of the shop while they were working. They pointed out it looks like the upper A arms are hitting on the body. UGH.
Is this normal? Is there a fix? Hit it with a big hammer?
what part is touching ? in my voodoo13 arms , I have limited caster/camber adjustment before it touches the body. maybe you have the same limitation on the SPC. It does look like the ball joint is a lot taller than other brand of UCA I've seen. did you lower the car at all ? I ask because , there is a bump on the spindle arm that could touch the body when lowered too much. most people just grind it down.
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Can't bend the heat shield out of the way. When I installed the test pipe I seen that it was hitting the shield. I removed the shield looking for more space and the test pipe was hitting the floor pan. I put the shield back in to prevent hot feet for the passenger. So it has to be modified. The Y pipe has the flex joints at the front so bending the test pipe down a bit shouldn't hurt the connection.

I'll be pulling the front tires off today to see what I have to do to fix the hitting issue. The Bilstein B12 kit lowered the car about 1.5". Not a lot, but apparently enough for clearance issues.

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Just a little FYI for anyone that reads this.

I stripped one of the O2 sensors with my O2 socket. I thought I would have to buy another to replace. BUT I used a pipe wrench! It worked like a charm to pull the O2 sensor right out.

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