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Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 07-01-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 13,103
Posted By Russell James
Just get some Motul 600. Has been proven to be a...

Just get some Motul 600. Has been proven to be a great choice for street and track for years.

There are many differences, qualities, specs, prices.... for DOT 4. SRF is great for race cars, but...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 06-30-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,195
Posted By Russell James
Stock plug? Heads been milled? If the...

Stock plug?

Heads been milled?

If the heads were milled, maybe go with a stock plug, and find one that will index 180 diff than that one.

I've seen some motors with tiny chambers wind...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-19-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Russell James
To burp the air out after refilling, grab a...

To burp the air out after refilling, grab a helper that can hold the throttle open while you fill and watch.

Rad/resovoir cap off. Fill with coolant/distilled 50/50 to the full cold mark. ...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-19-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 171
Posted By Russell James
stock AC Delcos

stock AC Delcos
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 06-19-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,840
Posted By Russell James
I've had a '10 and '12. '12 def a bit better. ...

I've had a '10 and '12. '12 def a bit better.

I found that Royal Purple Synchromax to also help a bit. And with the '12 the only real time noticed was the first couple shifts cold. Just had...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 06-17-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 374
Posted By Russell James
11 - 15 lb ft torque Run some stock AC...

11 - 15 lb ft torque

Run some stock AC Delco plugs for a few hundred miles and recheck a few.

That one looks terrible, but being loose who knows how it is really running. Plugs need to be...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 06-17-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 640
Posted By Russell James
The trick to the O2 sensors is getting the...

The trick to the O2 sensors is getting the exhaust hot before cracking them loose.

Cold pipes will have a death grip on the threads.

Take the car out for a drive. Then get it up real high on...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-17-2015, 01:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By Russell James
The other cars out there probably have real hot...

The other cars out there probably have real hot oil too. The real good synthetics can handle it.

You'll get a warning light around 285. Then just make sure it stays below 300. Upper end of...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-16-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By Russell James
Yup.. and for the OP... Order up a few cases of...

Yup.. and for the OP... Order up a few cases of Amsoil Signature Series 10w30 to keep it simple.

It'll be fine, just keep it under 300F. 285F ish start taking it easy. Don't worry about...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 06-16-2015, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By Russell James
You don't want to go too thick, as then you are...

You don't want to go too thick, as then you are impacting cold start wear. Just in case it is still in there on a cool morning start.

In that heat, I'd first find the best quality full...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 05-16-2015, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 358
Posted By Russell James
Might be a difference in base circle from the...

Might be a difference in base circle from the stock cam or valve stem length.

Some LS heads and cams do funny things with valve stems and base circles. If you put a straight edge across all the...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 05-12-2015, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By Russell James
Motul 600. Pricey, but the good stuff always...

Motul 600. Pricey, but the good stuff always is.

Been to road course days several times and watched people using cheaper Dot3/4 stuff running into brake fade and spend half the day bleeding...
Forum: Camaro V6 LFX Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-08-2015, 03:43 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,169
Posted By Russell James
How many miles? And how frequent were the oil...

How many miles? And how frequent were the oil changes?

A plugged cat can damage an engine, I've seen it a few times. GM even put out a bulletin. Started happening more often when cats moved...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 05-08-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Russell James
You have inlet and outlet pressure at the filter....

You have inlet and outlet pressure at the filter. Both of which are basically engine oil pressure.

At 50, the inlet side of the filter will be 50. Outlet maybe a hair lower, say 47 for example....
Forum: Camaro V6 LFX Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 05-08-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,169
Posted By Russell James
A plugged cat can wipe out an engine pretty...

A plugged cat can wipe out an engine pretty quick. As it is disentegrating exhaust reversion and back pressure can blast that debris back up into the engine.

If one bank is misfiring, and that's...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 04-21-2015, 02:11 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,851
Posted By Russell James
To avoid the gunked up ring problem on the...

To avoid the gunked up ring problem on the Camaro... whatever you were doing to the truck, don't do to the Camaro.

Many will disagree with 3K oil changes, but on all my vehicles that I do 3K on...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 04-20-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,851
Posted By Russell James
Unhappy Good info in that video. Basically "upper...

Good info in that video.

Basically "upper induction system cleanings" are a money grab scam that is most likely to cause more damage than good.

On a high mileage vehicle, if a tech suggests...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 04-20-2015, 09:52 AM
Replies: 364
Views: 15,271
Posted By Russell James
There's no reason to run 97. And you're...

There's no reason to run 97.

And you're paying way too much attention to knock.

You're going to have lots of knock under boost and heat with 91. You'll have less knock with 93, but still...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-17-2015, 03:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,489
Posted By Russell James
Yeah, I'm not sure the description they told me...

Yeah, I'm not sure the description they told me for why is very accurate. But more so, bigger is better for racing.

For my race cars I've always used the biggest WIX racing filter I can use.
...
Forum: Forced Induction - V8 04-17-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Russell James
I've copied this method from LS1tech and used it...

I've copied this method from LS1tech and used it several times. This example assumes you are shooting for .100 preload, and your pushrod checker is .050 per turn.

You are basically setting the...
Forum: Forced Induction - V8 04-17-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 295
Posted By Russell James
What cam? lifters? Heads milled? Stock .051 HG? ...

What cam? lifters? Heads milled? Stock .051 HG?

Call the cam company, ask if the base circle is stock. Call the lifter company ask how much preload.

Generally, I know this is controversial,...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 04-17-2015, 01:06 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 15,271
Posted By Russell James
No. You compensate for low octane by...

No.

You compensate for low octane by raising the octane.

With that car, I'd have a real good CAI on there. I like the CAI brand. Enough octane boost to get rid of KR. And call it good.
...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-17-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,489
Posted By Russell James
Chevy's call center 800#. Took them a while to...

Chevy's call center 800#. Took them a while to find the right source.

I haven't compared the 48 to a 64, but there must be enough of a capacity difference for them to recommend it in the track...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-17-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,489
Posted By Russell James
From what I heard, nothing to do with break in or...

From what I heard, nothing to do with break in or media. Strictly a volume issue. A small filter not being able to keep up with racing conditions. Draining too fast was the concern with a small...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-16-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,281
Posted By Russell James
I've seen some bolt on tow hooks that bolt onto...

I've seen some bolt on tow hooks that bolt onto the front bumper bar behind the front fascia and stick out through the grill. That would be a nice spot to winch in from.

I a 24 ft enclosed...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-16-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,489
Posted By Russell James
I called and asked... why the different filter...

I called and asked... why the different filter for racing.

Heard back later, higher capacity for cornering. Smaller filter empties too fast when used in high speed cornering.

So there you...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 04-15-2015, 07:17 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,851
Posted By Russell James
Because lots of stuff is being added to the oil,...

Because lots of stuff is being added to the oil, at the same time it is burning a little off.

Even with or without a catch can, an engine will be burning oil. Rings do not scrape cyl walls...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-10-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,492
Posted By Russell James
Very cool. How did you get track time on COTA? ...

Very cool. How did you get track time on COTA?

That's on my bucket list of must do road courses. I hope to run there sometime in the next couple years. Do they have HPDE days?

That must...
Forum: Camaro Z/28 Forum - Z/28 Specific Topics 04-10-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,492
Posted By Russell James
Have you tracked it with the LS7? Would be...

Have you tracked it with the LS7?

Would be an interesting comparison of lap times to see if more hp = faster laps on the typical US road course.

Seems like they have the current set up...
Forum: Camaro ZL1 Forum - ZL1 Specific Topics 04-10-2015, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By Russell James
What do you mean by "servicing". When going...

What do you mean by "servicing".

When going with a more aggressive cam, the only added maintenance is changing the valve springs more often than a stock set up. I'd plan on at least every couple...
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