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Old 02-10-2004, 10:02 PM   #121
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I had good intentions to take pics of my install but in my haste to get going I forgot the camera and didnt relize untill I had the car in the air

I will take some pics of the new install after I get the neons installed and a few dress items from zzp.
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Old 03-01-2004, 10:46 PM   #122
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Finally, the sun was shining, the roads were dry and the work load lighter, so I took the afternoon off and brought it in to get the exhaust welded up.
One 4 bolt stainless flange on the end of the flex connector and one on a 2 foot length of 3" stainless pipe that welds on in front of the resonator.

It was embarrassing driving there with the open headers because school was just getting out and there were people out everywhere looking and staring......and from inside the car the sound was terrible.

Now it sounds just fine. Not loud at all. Just a little deeper with no droning, since I kept the resonator. Sorry I can't send a sound clip. There is some crackling and popping when you let off the gas after revving it.

I'll have to drive it a bit more to let the computer learn but already I can feel the difference.
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I too was out tonight to enjoy the dry roads and setting sun I noticed above 140kmh it starts to open up and gets louder and I still have the cat....for now :P

You've done a lot of work since you had it out last, must be like a whole new car?
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I too was out tonight to enjoy the dry roads and setting sun I noticed above 140kmh it starts to open up and gets louder and I still have the cat....for now

You've done a lot of work since you had it out last, must be like a whole new car?
Today was sunny and dry again so it was the first time my wife had it out alone doing her daily things while I was at work. She is thrilled with the "new car". It really is a different beast now.
I think it will almost run neck in neck with my 6.6L Firebird.
I'll find out this summer, at the drags.

I sure was impressed last night with the Bonne loaded up with 600 lbs of people cargo. There was one particular windy section of 50 kph road where I had fun accelerating in 1st and 2nd gears with each inside tire spinning alternately as I went from left to right. No problem spinning the tires at any speed in 1st gear and the first hair of 2nd.

The response now with the solid engine mount is noticeable. Far less lag from 'putting the hammer down' to 'rubber to road' go.

The transmission shift kit is good and positive without being harsh. I like it much better than the Interceptor line pressure boost control unit it replaced. The line pressure boost control was only really good for the track and then you have to almost turn it off because it is too harsh for normal driving.

You know, I'm starting to think twice about getting an LSD. Not sure I want the whole front end oversteering. At least when only one tire breaks free at a time, it stays in line.
The LSD would only really be beneficial for straight line acceleration.
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Oh ya, PontiacDad, did you notice how close the header crossover pipe comes to the EGR block off plate attachment bolt? I don't think you will be able to remove it without removing the crossover pipe first. Good thing we installed it before the headers were installed.
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I had a look today while I was prospecting my next move and was able to get a wrench in there for a 1/8 turn. It would take a while but I think I could remove it?
Have you checked your donuts yet? Mine are still good and I have about 500 miles so far with the headers, I keep thinking they need a re torque but so far so good?
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There shouldn't be any problems with the motor mount. When the engines torques on acceleration it rocks the frontside of the engine upwards, so the bolt is taking a solid metal on metal hold to the frame rail. It'* only on deceleration or reverse acceleration, that the mount will be in compression against the urethane.

Glad to hear you can access the bolt but we should ever have to.
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