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Old 04-14-2010, 03:27 PM   #76
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Finally back on the road!!!

On the way to the alignment shop.

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Old 04-16-2010, 09:22 PM   #78
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Well, I made to Valdosta for CamaroFest. Averaged 72 miles an hour, and 29.4 MPG!! This is according to the trip computer in the car.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:28 PM   #79
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I got even better mileage on the return trip, 30 MPG!!! The car and I am back safely.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:34 PM   #80
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Stopped for a photo op on the way home...
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Old 04-20-2010, 09:59 AM   #81
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Unfortunately, I didn't get to run the car on the strip at Camaro5 fest. The car runs fine until you drive it hard. Then, here comes the misfire codes (flashing check engine light, and codes set). I ran into my good friends at Lingenfelter and Graham was nice enough to look at my tune. The car had been tuned by a guy named Justin at a shop in Florida. Well, the tune was junk! Long term fuel trims turned off, and few other amateur attempts to make the car run. So, the stock injectors have been sent off to be resized (the car presently has Ford GT500 injectors in it, another bad judgement call by the morons in Florida that installed the kit). Then, I'll fix the tune with EFI Live (probably with some help from Graham). More to come...
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #82
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While I am waiting for my injectors to get here, I thought add a little extra trunk lighting. I had these CCFL parts lying around from an old jukebox and thought I'd use them. Now when I open the trunk, I can see!!!
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Old 04-27-2010, 05:09 PM   #83
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Got the injectors back and installed. I'm also installing the TechAFX hose relocation kit for the fuel and heater hoses. The injector and fuel rail part was a breeze. The TechAFX instructions say to remove the intake manifold to do the fuel rail swap, but that wasn't necessary. It only took about 30 minutes for the fuel part. The heater hoses get changed tomorrow along with the thermostat. I'll post up some pics then.
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Old 04-28-2010, 05:41 PM   #84
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BMR 2 point strut tower brace is in. A few mistakes in BMR's instructions, but nothing major. They say to use two 1/2 inch wrenches to tighten the four bolts on each side, but you really need a 1/2 and 9/16 wrenches. Also, when you tighten the big jam nut the instructions say to use a 1/2 inch (really need a 9/16) socket wrapped with tape on an acorn nut to keep the mounting plate from turning. This doesn't work very well. I wedged a medium pry bar between one of the acorn nuts and the mounting plate to hold it.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:56 PM   #85
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Dang frank you never give up. Great job on the build. So we finally know the tune was junk as well. I learned a hard lesson dealing with those jokers. (sure would like to run into them one day) I am so scared to even change a lugnut on the Z06. I guess I will just drive it as is and let gm warranty it for the next 5 years. Car is sounding great cant wait to see some times.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:10 PM   #86
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Dang frank you never give up. Great job on the build. So we finally know the tune was junk as well. I learned a hard lesson dealing with those jokers. (sure would like to run into them one day) I am so scared to even change a lugnut on the Z06. I guess I will just drive it as is and let gm warranty it for the next 5 years. Car is sounding great cant wait to see some times.
I am determined to get this thing running right no matter what. It was a real stroke of luck running into Graham from Lingenfelter at C5 Fest. I hadn't really thought to look that closely at the tune until then. Thank goodness I didn't blow up the engine! Boost is holding true and steady now with the new wastegate from Synapse. With the tune in it I have had it set at 7 lbs. and was afraid to take it any higher until things are sorted out. It actually starts and runs with the new injectors in, but it's really rich. My new wideband will be here on Wed., already got the O2 bung welded in for it. Tuning will start later this week. I will post as to results and what I had to do to fix it. I know Raymond will be interested in knowing. I am keeping him in the loop on this so he can get his car back up and running too.
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:35 PM   #87
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:42 PM   #88
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Thanks! I hope (soon) to have some pics and video of it on the road instead of in the shop all the time...
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:05 PM   #89
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Just got the factory heater hoses off so the Tech AFX hoses can go on in the morning. Folks, if you tackle this you better pack your lunch. I thought it would be simple, and I guess it is, but the lack of clearance at the firewall makes it a real PITA. I would have shot some video of me removing the hoses, but it would have been x-rated because of the language. I saved the hoses, I think I'll do a burnout on them when I get the car running. What else can I say? I HATE THESE HOSES!!!
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:28 PM   #90
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Tech Afx hoses are on. I'll be installing Corvette LS3 engine covers as soon as they get here. I think the engine looks a lot less cluttered without the heater and fuel hoses running across the top of it.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:43 PM   #91
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Coil covers are on!

Got the Corvette LS3 coil covers on. I'm considering modifying them where it says "CORVETTE" to say "CAMARO". Or possibly have them painted Aqua Blue to match the car... opinions welcome.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:28 PM   #92
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I am determined to get this thing running right no matter what. It was a real stroke of luck running into Graham from Lingenfelter at C5 Fest. I hadn't really thought to look that closely at the tune until then. Thank goodness I didn't blow up the engine! Boost is holding true and steady now with the new wastegate from Synapse. With the tune in it I have had it set at 7 lbs. and was afraid to take it any higher until things are sorted out. It actually starts and runs with the new injectors in, but it's really rich. My new wideband will be here on Wed., already got the O2 bung welded in for it. Tuning will start later this week. I will post as to results and what I had to do to fix it. I know Raymond will be interested in knowing. I am keeping him in the loop on this so he can get his car back up and running too.
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Thats alot of work nice job
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:47 PM   #94
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Well, after hours of reading and studying every tuning site I could find I think I'm finally tuned! I used EFI Live and although I have done a few cars with HP Tuners, nothing has been as involved as tuning this turbo car. Swingtan's L76/ E38 VVE Dial in Guide was a huge part in getting this done. Many thanks to him for putting this writeup online. I did re-enable the LTFT's, we'll see how it works like that. I also added the fan control patch scaler since I changed the thermostat to a 160 degree. Then I was able to scale the fans to come on earlier than the factory settings. The injectors from Fuel Injector Connection also worked perfectly one they were scaled properly. Saved a bunch of money just getting my stock ones opened up to 70 lb. instead of buying new ones. I hope to get the car up to Ryan at RPM in Garner, NC to get it on the dyno and get some numbers soon. I've only got a few more things to do on this car for now (will it really ever be finished?). The end is in sight!
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Old 05-25-2010, 01:58 PM   #95
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Congrats Frank

It's been a long haul, but looks like you just about have it ready to run really, really well... You are a patient man.
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Thanks. They say patience is a virtue. I just don't like to fail, that's all.
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:21 PM   #97
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On another note about the tuning... these E38 ECM's we have in the V8 Camaro's ain't like tuning the old LS1/ LS6 computers. There have been quite a few changes in the way the ECM's calculate the fuel. This is good and bad. Good for emissions and fuel economy, bad for trying to tune it. I pretty much had to re-learn everything I thought I already knew. Anyway, I'm no expert by any means but if anyone is tuning or trying to tune I'll be happy to answer any questions (if I can) or tell what I did to tune mine. No secrets here, I just want to see everyone's car running right.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:37 PM   #98
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Well, 500 miles or so on the car since I tuned it and it's still running great! No check engine lights, misfire codes or other issues either. However, I am having an issue with clearance between the widened (10.75) stock wheels and the Spohn lower control arms. It only occurs during hard cornering, the inside lip of the wheel is hitting the lower control arm. I have an e-mail into tech at Spohn about this, but I will probably have to pull them off and do a little cutting and welding to fix this. I'll post pics and procedure on this, and probably start a thread about it in the suspension section.
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:27 AM   #99
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I know this thread is about my Camaro, but this is what I've been working on for the past week or so. I installed a Hellion Twin Turbo kit on my 2010 Challenger SRT-8. Everything in the kit was very well made and fit great. Tuning was done by an included Predator tuner that you read your stock tune, e mail it to Motiva Performance and they email you back the modified tune. I put my wideband in and had to tweak the A/F ratio just a bit. Easy, easy install compared to what I've been going through with the Camaro. Speaking of the Camaro, it'll be back in the shop to fix the rear lower control arm interference issues next week...
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Great thread and what a gorgeous Camaro! Well done Frank. Your challenger isn't too shabby either Hope you're enjoying the twins.
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