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Thread: Sillieidiot's Project...Nah not really, more like an update.

  1. #71
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    Wait, so you mean the pull-out thingy should not be rubbing against the actual latch? Hmm...

    Lots of good work you are doing here...and thanks for sharing the pics.
    anandoc

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  2. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by anandoc View Post
    Wait, so you mean the pull-out thingy should not be rubbing against the actual latch? Hmm...

    Lots of good work you are doing here...and thanks for sharing the pics.
    It rubs on it in normal operation. But when it's new, it's more slick so the latch doesn't tend to catch and it's not as hard to pull the latch up.

    Quote Originally Posted by sillieidiot View Post
    mini update:

    So I came back from Denver on Weds. The next day, it was sunny so I was able to work on the car. I got the hoses from Mishimoto last Friday I believe. Inspected the coolant hoses and they have all the o-rings on them. Then I re-applied my electrical tape mod :

    As you can see, it looks better in all black instead of with the logos lol




    Put everything in. And did the initial coolant fill until it came out of the bleed screw.




    Then I went to start it up, and car didn't start Well it has been sitting outside for weeks with me being unable to start it lol I checked the voltage and it was like 7v :yikes: Well, then I spent the next couple hours pushing the car out from the backyard into position so that I could get it charged by one of the other cars.


    It's alive :excited:



    It barely had any gas in it, so I figured I'd drive and get some gas. I still didn't put the air box in with the intake hoses yet, and it still had the stock F-connector. So I was driving around with a huge vacuum leak, and the car felt extremely bogged down from heat soak.

    But man the shifter :D Shifts were short and very precise. I love it. I couldn't really try pushing the car a little to play around with the shifter, but it felt really good. Just from that 5 minute drive roundtrip, made me think that it was totally worth waiting two years for it lol. I gotta let Ronald know, once I drive it some more.

    Basically that was all the time I had left. It already started to drizzle a little bit. So I just parked the car back into position so that it'll be ready when I come back and it's not raining to do the oil change/fuel filter.


    Took a picture of one of the wheels to show how the painted black calipers came out. Looks pretty good.




    When I got back inside, I started inspecting the intake hoses that I received. Everything looked good except for the lower boot. The cuts were definitely better this time around. But the lip that goes into the the groove in the throttle body looks like it's melted or some ****. Since it was late, I just fired off an email to them. I don't expect them to reply back for awhile since it's the holidays though.

    This was the only good picture I could get showing the defective part.




    So last time, they made me pay $10 shipping to get these hoses. They waived $5 as a courtesy for me. Then they waived another $15 prior to that since their policy is to charge per item (so $30 - $15 - 5 = $10). I was still :ben: that I had to pay still even though they didn't get it out on time like they told me they were. Nothing I could do about it.

    But I better not have to pay this time to get replacements for the replacements.

    Probably won't be another update until the end of next week or something. It's been raining the rest of the week so I couldn't do the oil and fuel filter. Then I leave on Monday for Seattle. Hopefully the car starts when I get back :

  3. #73
    Finally, it's up and running

    Quote Originally Posted by sillieidiot View Post
    So I got back Friday morning. And on Saturday I set out to do work. It was still wet from raining earlier in the morning; but having just come back from Seattle/Vancouver, the weather was too nice to not to go ahead and get something done before it starts raining again like on Monday. My goal was to get it in running condition. So that meant I was going to do the oil change, and work on fitting the intake despite Mishimoto having sent me some more defective ones. I decided to delay the fuel filter because my battery is simply not charge enough. I wouldn't be able to pull the fuse and do a few starts LOL

    I don't remember why I took this picture. Probably to show how it was damp? Beats me, but here's a picture



    Then started the usual oil change. The oil was dark as hell lol But at least it was still liquid, unlike the rubber/sludge that I saw in a gif on Reddit the other day :

    I also need to straighten out that subframe brace too, but I'll do that another day.



    While the car was up, I checked out my scrape plates. They were getting pretty messed up lol It's actually starting to fall off, but I'm going to remake the plates again later so whatever.

    Here's some shots to show which part clearly has the most wear





    Done with the easy part :


    The next part was the intake. So I took everything apart again, including the DISA. I then fitted the defective lower intake boot on the TB to see how it fits. As I suspected. The fit and the angle of the boot was way better due to the better cuts. But, it doesn't sit in the TB groove and doesn't make a complete seal because of the melted section making it wider than the groove.

    So since I had sort of a template for the lower intake hose, I started cutting the one that I had to make it fit like the defective one did. I already did the initial cutting on the TB opening side that I had marked a couple updates ago. Those measurements were spot on. For the ICV part, I had to cut an additional 1/8" off the 1/2" I had already taken off : That pretty much gave me the angle that I needed, I could not get the lower hose to turn anymore at that point.

    Sorry, I don't have any pictures of that part. Actually, I don't have pictures of the whole cutting/fitting/measuring part at all lol

    The upper hose they gave me was pretty much exactly the same as what I currently have. At this point, it's all trial & error as I go along.

    Brian N. came by to give me a much needed hand. So we started by fitting and eyeballing the cuts :

    Here's an a couple of old pictures I took before to show you what we basically started with with the upper hose fitted




    So we started cutting the end that goes to the metal connector they have. Our main focus was to get the hose to turn more towards the driver's side (away from the engine) until we could get the opening of the MAF side somewhat parallel to the airbox. We did quite a few cuts, some of them we considered was very aggressive. But even then they weren't enough :wtf: :banghead: The position was pretty much set by the hoses connected to the F-connector. Since I didn't have any hoses to extend that portion, it's more or less near the stock location now. So it's not hitting the DISA like what others have done.

    We got it to turn as much as we could and cutting a lot off. I couldn't cut it anymore because then the connector wouldn't fit. After all that cutting, the MAF side still wasn't parallel to the airbox yet : Now the intake hose is more to the left, but it's also angled down like an 1" :hmm: From the test fit it looked like I could force it up that inch to get it to the level that I needed, so our next focus was to cut the MAF side of the intake hose.

    So the first cut was to cut it to make it parallel to the airbox. Then we cut it so that the MAF angle would be facing down because when you pull up on the intake hose, it's now facing straight up into the air instead of straight into the airbox. That took a few tries to get it right. We got it super close, so all that was left was to force it in the rest of the way. Finally, got that sucker in :censor:

    I reused my factory F-connector. It seemed to fit perfectly with a perfect seal so far. There's no leak that I could see. But I have a couple of the aluminum F-connectors if it needs changing. Makes for an even more factory look which is what I like.

    Here's what my filter looked like :lmao: I don't remember when the last time I changed it was



    And here is the fruit of our labor :D



    That seriously took a ridiculous long amount of time. Like 4 hour total to make this thing fit. Hence the night picture.

    This is how much I had to cut off :thumbdwn:





    That was literally 1/3 of the hose that we had to cut off just for the upper intake hose alone :tsk: :thumbdwn:

    There's even more pieces I cut off before that, but I threw those away before I realized I should have taken a picture.


    With that finally installed. I put the strut bar back in. Of course, during the re-install, i drop one of the nuts :banghead: It is forever lost now. But I have plenty of spares, so that was an easy fix.

    Some closer shots of our work during the day with the Mason bar installed.




    Engine looks good, and car runs now. No leaks as far as I can tell.



    Car feels good to drive now. Only thing that sucks right now is that my ZHP shift knob is loose from when I broke it way back when trying to fit it with the Rogue SSK. So it vibrates like crazy and I feel like I could pull it off any time accidentally during a shift lol

    Took a picture of the car, just cause it looked good just sitting there lol



    At least from that angle anyways. My bumper paint is really getting unsightly now



    It will get taken care of in the future for sure.


    Special thanks to Brian N. for coming over and helping me with the intake hose retrofit :bow: :bow:

    I don't think I could ever recommend someone to get this. If it were just a little bit a cutting, then sure. But this is too much. I injured myself a few times in the process cutting myself with a really sharp razor. If I weren't wearing gloves, it would be worst LOL Their customer service have been ok at best. When emailing them, it takes at least 2 days to get a reply. Calling them is the best way. But if the CS person you need to talk to isn't there and they ask to take your name to call back. They won't. I've never received that return call.

    I'm awaiting their resolution for the defective ones they sent. But it's the weekend, so probably won't receive a reply until Tues. I'll probably call on Monday and see.

    So I have only a couple of items left to do now:
    • Fuel filter
    • Windshield Cowl


    That would finally complete this round of preventative maintenance.

    Meanwhile, I added a couple more things to my overall list of things to do/replace like a new shift knob. I probably won't get around to the fuel filter and stuff until next week. I'm letting my dad borrow the car while I work on his new car the entire week. I just hope that it comes back in one piece next week :

  4. #74
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    Good to hear. Nice work going on there.
    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


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    AA Tune, Sprint Booster, Gruppe M Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, TMS Pulleys, H&R Touring Cup Kit & Spacers, UCC Sway Bars
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  5. #75
    Quote Originally Posted by johnrando View Post
    Good to hear. Nice work going on there.
    Thanks. BTW, I still have your rear sway I think. Do you still want it?

  6. #76
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    Oh yes, thanks. Forgot about that.
    Randeaux/Rando/John/jr - '06 Cic ZHP; Southern California
    "ZHP or not, I still like you"


    ZHP Performance Package, Cold Weather Package, Leather, Jet Black/Black/BlackCube, NAV
    AA Tune, Sprint Booster, Gruppe M Intake, Magnaflow Exhaust, Dinan TB & STEP S/W, TMS Pulleys, H&R Touring Cup Kit & Spacers, UCC Sway Bars
    Dynavin D99+, Hardwire V1 (w/V1 Connection)
    BMW Performance Strut Brace, Orion V2 Angel Eyes, No-holes License Plate, SMG Paddle Shift Mod, Besian VANOS, Gold DISA, Fan Delete

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