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Old 06-26-2017, 08:11 AM   #351
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Well, bit of changes, and otherwise slow progress which I am really not happy about.


Lots of changes going on in my personal life, and I have been trying to keep the car from taking a hit because of it.


Anyway, it was moved out of the body shop before paint made its way on and up to my new place up north, where again it sat untouched for a couple weeks.


Finally managed to spend some time with it this weekend, got the engine bay painted, and started putting some **** back in! Unfortunately ran out of gold foil, so I will grab that tomorrow and then the engine can FINALLY be installed next weekend!

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Hopefully big progress updates coming this week!!
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Why doesn't any photos show up? 3rd party hosting usage?
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Old 08-14-2017, 01:38 PM   #353
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Latest to update.

It appears Photobucket is live again? I haven't had an issue with any pictures disappearing in the past 12 years of using them, but going forward I will host them here, and will spend some time going backwards in this and transfer them over here soon.


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Ok, my only point was that sooner or later those pics won't be around any more. It doesn't take but a few secs more to use the image uploader and have them be a permanent record for all the effort you're making.
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Bet yall never expected me to jump in?
Hi Team---long time. Never forgot the help you gave me.
I miss the rx8 and this thread interested me
Nice job going on--cant wait to see the finish
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Old 08-15-2017, 02:18 PM   #357
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Ok, my only point was that sooner or later those pics won't be around any more. It doesn't take but a few secs more to use the image uploader and have them be a permanent record for all the effort you're making.
In my defense, these have mostly been uploaded to photobucket from my phone and then put onto here.

I do see where your coming from, once I have a desktop beyond my work one, I will change them over to be hosted here! As soon as I saw the P500 thing before I was quickly demotivated to update here anymore, knowing how many pictures I have to correct lol. At least now I can just save them and edit each post.
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These pic's are on my work computer, so may as well throw them up!

Getting pretty excited to hear this thing fire up, even more so to drive it!

Still a ton of work left, and realistically, it will be ready for next summer.



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Bit more progress, but doesnt feel like much to show after logging 32 hours into it over the long weekend

Anyway. Still plugging away on it for some reason. Really not much RX8 stuff left in this thing, but its going to be static displayed on September 17th which I am very excited about !

Finally finished making the shifter assembly. Far from any eye candy part, but coming up with a way to do this has been a long process. The aluminum is pretty shitty cast and a test section proved difficult to TIG weld. I am beyond out of money for this car so I had to come up with something I could fabricate myself with my cheapo plasma. Works excellent, and no one can see that its ugly so oh well lol.







I started to make a fan shroud for it. I have alot of plans for ducting for the car so I was working on figuring out a way to fit a shroud that didnt hurt airflow through the rad at high speeds. This is what I came up with, its a ply core laminated in carbon, and the side openings have a somewhat stiff rubber flap that lays on them to act as a valve. Higher speeds push the valve open to allow air around the fan, lower speeds with the fan activated will create a vacuum beneath them to pull the valves shut and allow it to draw air across the whole rad core.




And stripped a bunch of stuff back out of the bay while the aluminum intake parts are TIG welded so all the lines can be flushed, and any final adjustments can be made before the turbos are installed to stay!







Thats all for now!
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Pretty crazy stuff.
Wish it was already done haha
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Old 09-07-2017, 08:03 AM   #362
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Wish it was already done haha
Oh buddy, I hear that loud and clear LOL!!

I have been working on this thing an average of at least 30 hours a week since the start of December 2016, I am DYING to see it move under its own power!
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Very impressive, keep up the good work!
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Keep at it

Your project is looking good, I just found it over here from the Cadillac form. I am putting together a LF4 build myself. Not in a RX8 but like the information you provided on the LF4. What engine controller are you going to use?
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Your project is looking good, I just found it over here from the Cadillac form. I am putting together a LF4 build myself. Not in a RX8 but like the information you provided on the LF4. What engine controller are you going to use?
I am using the E92A Controller, though it is a very unhappy camper to live on its own without the other modules.

I have a **** ton of time invested into understanding the way it exists in its CAN Data systems, as it CANNOT be bench written or setup as the previous GM ECM's used to.

At this point, I am not sure it can operate happily without having a BCM & Serial Data module connected to it, as the ECM does not seem to actually hold the VIN itself. I am still in the process of testing/reverse engineering the system. GM is very tight lipped about it, and I have more or less had to learn by trial and error.

I rigged up this box for my research, this was version 2, I am working on version 3 today LOL. Hopefully I have all the answers within the next week or so, its exhausting thinking about this and the way it works, along with not being able to start fitting the harness yet!







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Starting to look a bit more like it may run one day!

Managed to get the aluminum intake parts TIG welded, and made some more progress on the fluid lines for it.








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Started work on making a carbon splitter for it last night! Still tons more work to do, only the first cloth layer on right now




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What HP are u expecting from this swapped beast?
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What HP are u expecting from this swapped beast?
I know 550-570whp is a cake walk with these engines.

I have superior turbo intakes, ported cylinder heads, and TS BOV's that dont bleed boost off, in comparison to most ATS-V 's.

Anticipating fairly smooth sailing to 600whp, and I will have to work to get it beyond that. I know the HPFP will become my cap around 610whp, and already have one of the exhaust cam's at a machine shop to be reground for some extra stroke on the HPFP

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While I still need to sort out the ECM and it taking on a VIN so it can be tuned, I got the car rolling to bring it out to the Canadian Sport Compact Series season closer yesterday to show off the progress!
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