lol, I was wanting a reaction from that pic..
But yeah, I'd do it myself, and I would go slow my first time.
The thing is.. I've never taken a head apart before..
Haha, the pic was good. Sorry, house sitting at my parents house, all ****ed up watching The Killing with my 12 year old labrador.
There are some different ways to bust a head down. I use a press, combinations of sockets, then a deep ~19mm socket with a slot cut in it. Secure the head, secure the bottom of the valve, press the retainer down off the keepers, knock them to the side off the valve, and let the press off.
Alright. I've been rolling on this a bit. I finished cleaning the valves, polished lifter bores, and cam journals. and assembled the head, torqued with ARP's. Spent alot of time on a ported stock lower manifold. We'll see how dumb i am when i get it on the rollers stock manifold/268 for a baseline. The shape of my ports is just kinda silly now...had to trim up my gasket to match, haha.
Coolant hoses are getting mocked up, wiring's getting plugged in. Still waiting on my header and exhaust.
I ditched my big stock dumb heavy fan shroud and fan. Picked up a brand new oem 08 civic plastic shroud and fan for $10.01 shipped from ebay. Score....should fit nice, cool more efficiently, and drop some much needed weight from the front of this car. The back is toooootally stripped, the front will always have a motor in it, so yea...
Underdrive crank pulley-$40
Beefy ass x brace
The back of the car right now
Also, spent ALOT of time organizing my parts shed. My god. I've got way too much **** right now. Just one shelf...anybody need a vr head?
or you could just get the eastwood grinders grease when you get your porting kit. it keeps the rollers from getting clogged up and helps them last longer. plus on the finer stuff it makes for a smoother finish (not that you really want all that smooth in the ports, but for polishing its pretty awesome)
the burs tend to be a bit aggressive, especially for people who are just starting. the sanding scrolls are more time consuming but are far less prone to accidentally removing too much material.
Yea, i've got carbide bits, and i use them for cast iron, but for aluminum i prefer starting with just cheap packs of grinding stones, then moving to sanding rolls/cones.
Don't care, still want a Maserati biturbo at some point.
A sloth gets robbed by three turtles. The sloth calls the cops and they ask him "so can you tell us about the robbery?" and the sloth say's "I'm not sure.............It all happened so fast......."
My dad also did some cool stuff with the Firestone Firehawk series. He built all the race motors. He modded wastegate vac lines with a T and carburetor jets(interchangable inside the car) to make more boost.(pre boost controllers) Added an extra pickup in their gas tanks. This was a 'factory stock' style class.
Anytime anybody's in Maryland, shoot me a pm and we'll do down in my parents basement and nerd out on 80's pictures.
Crappy night on a customer car. Still had time to blow off some steam and cut **** up!
I keep telling myself that this crap's going to add up.
And i've got to rant about people putting batteries in the back of the car for performance. 0 gauge wire through the whole GD length of the car, a battery box, rear cutoff switch, and all the little fixings are what, 10-12lbs? So, you're adding overall weight just to move existing weight around. Dumb. So, despite how much i want to get weight off the front, my battery will live in the front. If you get the car as light as possible, you can always add ballast exZactly where you want it. (hanging under the rear of the car in my case?)
I'm sorry, i had to get that off my chest. I feel better.
Last edited by root beer; 06-08-2011 at 03:53 AM.
My wire only weighed a couple pounds, my battery box is not even one pound.
But then again..
Moving the battery wasn't a performance decision.. it was a space one. lol.
Now that I think about it.. all my Air/Water equipment.. has to be adding up. lol.
It does look prettier without it sitting in there. Or if you've got an icebox chillin in your bay. I'm with that.
From your statements, it is obvious you don't care about winning or even a podium position. When I enter a race it is my solemn believe that I am going to win, not just beat a Mullet Mobile (mustang).
Racers (not drag monkeys) relocate a battery to help with weight distribution, because better weight distribution is PARAMOUNT in a FWD. You say that moving 12 lbs to the trunk isn't worth it. Don't forget that at 1G, weight is doubled. So, your 12lbs battery is now 24lbs and a perfect ballast in the rear.
I just can't believe you are going to put all that work into a car, register it and drive it down to Gainesville from MD just to try to beat Mustangs. The Scirocco has won national championships in autocross, so why would you just ACCEPT that the CRX is going to win again and not build for the autox.
I wish you luck but you shouldn't call us RACERS dumb for a mod that has proven to be a good use and help with weight distribution.
Whoa, i didn't mean so much hate man. I don't think you're dumb. It's not just moving but ADDING is what i'm concerned about. (there's a drag portion too, and i want it in the front there) And i told you i was planning on some ballast.
But to call me a non racer because i drag race is silly. You must know that we compete and race just like every other area.
In our pm convo, i was just taking a car for reference. Mustangs have had a good showing in previous challenges. I appreciate your thoughts, and i'm planning to use most of them.
Sorry if i gave you the wrong vibe.
Last edited by root beer; 06-08-2011 at 09:12 AM.
And for the record, there were 2 mustangs in the top 52 there last year(12 and 13 finishers)
There were no, NO crx's.
Last edited by root beer; 06-08-2011 at 10:21 AM.
I really shouldn't post until I have had my coffee. Sorry if I came off a touch harsh.
With that said, I believe this car could win, PERIOD. Its not a given that the CRX will win again. A good driver can make up a great deal of time, even in a 35 second autox. I would hate for you to go though all this work and get beat by a little bit in the autox because of some small but important details.
Once again, sorry but racing is my passion...
My biggest thing right now is tires.
20x8x14 MT slicks....which aren't the easiest to find used anymore. I'll probably end up making a more common 22x8x13, but then i've got to find 2 rims.
-Some kind of used auto-x slicks. Hopefully 14" for the biturbo wheels. The T1-rs could do ok, but of course, they're a street tire, and they're kind of a big part of my budgeting right now. I got these because i hope to be tagging this thing, and driving it this summer.
Grand total on the car right now without the Short runner is about $1350, $1130 without the toyo's...
So, $600-800 to find 6 tires, and try to fit the intake manifold(and maybe a real cam?) in the budget. Tough bill. I'll be asking all around.
Skinnies on the back son!
Thanks for the lead
I messaged him.
Mk3 Jetta GRM Challenge Build:
You know, that thought crossed my mind. I thought i'd seen something of that nature. I've always been halfway considering just keeping the daily t1-r's on for the auto-x, so i guess i never really read into that area of the rules.
You guys are awesome, keep me straight!