Front Duckbill and Valance FINALLY installed, tuning resumed, and the sunroof works!

It has been a while of not working on the car and just driving it, which was fine, but it wasn’t actually progressing. So on wednesday I actually put the front valance on the car. Mind you, we had attached the duckbill to the valance over a year ago, I just hadn’t taken the time to put the 5 screws in that hold it up. So I actually did that. Finally. Mind you, I only put in 4 of the screws, since one wasn’t lining up that well and I figured I would do it later.

Since the weather finally got nice, I tracked down a screw (M4, narrow thread) to hold the sunroof crank handle to the car. Much easier than having to manually hold it while I cranked it.

And since my harddrive crashed a few months ago, I hadn’t a proper laptop to tune with. So I finally set one up again to get back to tuning. I updated the firmware in the megasquirt to MSnS-e 29y4 and tweaked a few settings. I primarily tweaked warmup (I was too rich, requiring me to hold the throttle cracked a bit when it was warming up to keep the car alive).

I also pulled a lot of timing out. I honestly have no idea where my ignition table had come from, but it came from SOME VW guy on some forum. I had installed knock-sense and while I am not positive it is calibrated correctly, it blinks alot. My ignition table was as high as 30-31 in places, and according to the mk2 bentley, stock was 24-27 for my (original) engine. So based on that, I pulled the timing more along those lines. I have since put about 30 min of driving/logging on the car and let megalogviewer rebuild my VE table. I have to load that new table in and see how I am doing.

So overall, minor progress. I hope to get the summer tires and wheels on soon, fix a couple leaks, and get it over to Jay’s (Mobile One) to get it once over’d, then to Al’s (Chicago Performance & Tuning) for some dyno time.

Time passes.. .update

so it sure has been a long time since I updated this blog.

I have been driving the car around a bunch since the last post, in that I would call it my daily driver, although I don’t drive much more than 10 miles/day. The tuning is not perfect, but it is ok. In the cold, I have to hold the pedal a bit to keep it from stalling, and my serpentine belt is loose so it is annoying in the rain too. I am thinking at lunch I might go grab the correct size one and fix that.

I had some really bad noises that turned out to be rusting heat shields on the downpipe, so that was an easy fix. The exhaust is not hung correctly, but it is ok for most things. It I load up the rear, the pipe will touch the body which is annoying, but not a big deal.

Really I need to get some time in on the tuning. Unforetunately, I suffered a hard drive crash on the laptop, so I have to reset everything up in megatune. Not a problem, but takes time I haven’t had lately.

The suspension isn’t perfect in that my front strut bearings appear to cause the springs to bind when turning sharply, which is annoying. It still leaks a bit of oil and coolant, but I have new gaskets that I hope will fix those issues.

I won’t have it ready to autox in the next couple weeks, as I don’t feel safe with the current tuning, but it is driveable in the city. Mind you, my version of driveable is different than others. I wouldn’t put my wife in the car and teach her to drive stick in it. But that will change.

Other changes… I ended up putting steelies and blizzaks on for the winter, thanks dylan. I also put a helios interior, which we found at one of the yards. It is nice, as that was the interior I originally wanted.

There are still a couple other problems… there is still a tiny leak or two on the doors from the plastic liners… ummm… stuff like that. Needless to say, the tuning is more important.

Moving Along…

Last night we swapped the 2 inch exhaust for a the 2.5 inch off the red parts car and installed the wideband O2, although it is not yet wired up. The exhaust needs some tweaking, but I think 20 min at an exhaust shop will resolve that without issue. I also swapped the rear suspension from the red parts car. Off went the leaking KYBs/Nuepseed Sportline on went the Bilsteins/Neuspeed Race (I think they are the race ones). The gold rims are on the back, and they look good. The ride height is quite nice. I need to order up some tires too… 195/50/15 I think is where I am going…

We are getting there.

You might have noticed a large gap in progress…. well, sorry. that is how it goes. Other obligations got in the way. The fact of the matter is I don’t NEED this car, in fact, I don’t need either of my cars really since I rarely drive. That isn’t going to stop me from finishing it, but it does make it a much lower priority. I would like to have it ready for treffen and/or the last audi club autox.

How are the plans progressing?

In this post I mentioned the plans I had then… and I figured now would be a good time to check in and see how those are going…

Missing Linkz
I think I am buying the set off dylan’s car
ITBs off a GSXR
purchased… will eventually be installed
Megasquirt
need to buy. THIS could be something someone could get me for my birthday, but it is kinda expensive for a gift at ~$300… I am likely going to buy the MegaSquirt I v3.0 ECU Assembled and the MegaSquirt v2.2/3.0 12′ Wiring Harness.
Some stock spark with knock (CIS with Knock, Digi2?)
I am thinking I will start with a 4 window distributor (not sure off what model) and add an EDIS system down the road. I want to get used to tuning it one step at a time. So… I need to talk to some people to get that worked out, but that is not going to be a big deal.
replace the rear shocks
I may just get regualr KYBs for $40 each or whatever to keep it working. Then maybe get something later that is better
perhaps get the bilstiens rebuilt
Dylan is pushing for this. I say yes, but that will wait until I have fewer other things going on.
finish the 2.0 ABA bottom
done
finish the 8v counterflow head
essentially done. Need to assemble it, but that is not a big deal
miata rims
gone. will need to find other rims. Although I bet there is a set dylan has that I could borrow just to keep the car rolling until I figure out what rims I want…
badgeless quad round grill
still want but haven’t got. Cheapest place I have found so far is here at $71 on sale (FK Badgeless Grill – Black, MK II Golf/Jetta – Quad round). I may have to pick that one up.
upper grill spoiler
got it
GLI rear trunk lip (maybe)
have the lip, not sure I want to install it. Will be decided if/when I paint.
mk2 golf/gti roof spoiler with brake light (if I can figure out the install)
got the lip, not sure how to install it. Will likely happen if/when I paint.

So overall, I am not too far from those initial goals. score.

I have been thinking about CRX rims…

Dylan and I always comment on these rims… and we saw a set this evening and I was looking into them… anyone know of any pics of them on a jetta? They are kinda small at 14×5, and I am certainly not going to try to find a play to widen them (HA!)… but they are cool and with some spacers, some polishing, and some custom color matched paint, they could be pretty dope for a show set…

Miata Wheels Gone, Throttle Bodies Coming

So someone stole my miata rims. Frustrating, but ok. They weren’t my favorite rims, although they were super lightweight and would have made for great track rims, but whatever, no use crying over spilt milk.

I DID get some throttle bodies though:

Up for auction off of a 2001 gsxr 600 is  throttle body assembly with injectors. . IN excellent shape.  .          Email any ?? and thanks for looking.

Wasn’t an english major I bet. But it was $50 + shipping.

Should be a nice little addition to cali.

Update:Exterior

Time to update the exterior…

Wheels and tires… I have wheels that I bought off of my Miata friend Sameer… they are the 7 spoke, 10.3 lbs. Cheap and with tires. They look like this:

They MAY need spacers too look better, but they are SO light. They will make for good track tires eventually. I keep seeing rims I WANT, but I won’t likely buy for a while…

I upgraded from the aeros to euro quad rounds (again, from Dylan). I wired them up via relays to the battery and put in new bulbs. MAN do they light up the road MUCH MUCH better now. I can actually SEE stuff. SO nice. I will eventually get a quad round badgeless grill. Rebecca also bought me a quad round upper eyebrow that I will put in eventually, probably after I get some paint on there.

Chris got me new front bumper, which was a very nice visual improvement on the car. I also got a GLI rear spoiler in black that I may repaint and install as well as a later GTI rear hatch spoiler with an integrated brake light. I would like to figure out a way to install that on the edge of the roof and use the brakelight. We shall see.

I also installed a roof mounted antenna, or fuba. I took the time and ran it through the A pillar as well. It works, although I should reseal it, I don’t think it is tight enough.

That is all the exterior work I have done so far. I would LIKE to eventually paint the car, although I am not sure what color I would do, and I would certainly like to clean up the dings and surface rust spots. We’ll see though, I am not sure I want to spend much money on it though. Perhaps this winter I will sand down the bad places and clean them up… perhaps I will do a coat of flat black or something. heehee.

Plans…

The current plans:
Missing Linkz
ITBs off a GSXR
Megasquirt
Some stock spark with knock (CIS with Knock, Digi2?)
replace the rear shocks
perhaps get the bilstiens rebuilt
finish the 2.0 ABA bottom
finish the 8v counterflow head
miata rims
badgeless quad round grill
upper grill spoiler
GLI rear trunk lip (maybe)
mk2 golf/gti roof spoiler with brake light (if I can figure out the install)

Porsche Dials

I really like these rims for some reason. A couple pics…


That dude had his color matched and polished, stock they are just metal, nothing exciting.

Sure the adaptors are going to cost money. And sure the rims are gonna cost money. And sure, I would have to get the staggered set (16×7 up front, 16×8 out back or something like that…). And rebecca thinks they are ugly and that I don’t need any more wheels and tires. And sure I already have the super sweet super light miata rims.

Maybe when the project gets further ahead. I am looking at more for the adaptors than I am for the rims. That is kinda dumb really.