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Old 09-14-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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I've been doing some more work on the car as I have bits of free time. Last night was re-plumbing the intercooler and heatwrapping the wiring. I've had a small leak for a while and I wasn't sure where it was coming from, turns out the flow detector elbow had a slow drip. The corrugated plastic I wrapped the power wires in was melting close to the downpipe as well so I wanted to get some heat shielding on it.


Tried a piece of the heat shielding on the tube that I redirected. I thought I had a better picture but I guess not. The IC pump is now directly off the bottom of the IC radiator connected by a 3" piece of tube, just big enough to connect the two. The output on the pump now shoots straight toward the IC at a pretty level incline of 45* or so then into an elbow and into the IC.

I still need to do something about the output hose on the IC, since it'* at a bit of an angle to miss the belts I have a hard time clamping it right, and the hose is a hair too big to begin with. For now it'* not leaking though.

Also swapped my front sway bar for an FE5 last week, I have the rear FE5 sitting in the basement. Replaced the passenger wheel hub last Friday. Looking for some bigger injectors since I'm hitting 92% on mine (you shouldn't be more than 80%). I'm going to get some big enough to eventually switch over to E85. Trent is still researching the conversion and everything points to it being a great idea as long as you can put up with the tank not lasting quite as long and you can find the stations.
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Looks great Tom. Which filler neck is that? It'* in the perfect (highest part of the system) spot.

On E85... I've seen a lot of posting around about it. The one downside is 42.5'* would be perfect for you currently. If you swap, you'll want 60'* or bigger. Thats the rub. If you went straight to huge injectors you lose most of the atomization and it'* like pouring fuel in from a gas can.
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Intercooler Fill Reservoir Kit This thing made bleeding the air out of the system EASY, I'm glad I invested the $40. It would be nice to have an actual reservoir on it because I find that it does just like the cars radiator and when it gets up to engine temp start pushing some out the overflow. For now I've got a hose clamped on that runs slightly higher than the filler neck so that it can bleed back into the filler.

Funny you mention that Bill, Trent was thinking that 65# injectors should be fine for anything I'll ever do E85 wise. I was slightly concerned with how they would run for regular gas though because I don't plan on doing E85 permanently yet. I'll make sure to do my research on that before the swap.

I forgot to mention I also decided to trigger my intercooler differently. I had a switched ground before. I ran the ground from the dash into a switch, then to the intercooler. That is a long distance to pull power through especially since I only had some thin wire, so instead I put a relay down by the intercooler, grounded it to the body with some thicker cable, and triggered the relay with the switch.

Still need rewire the lights for the flow switch, I just haven't decided exactly where I want them yet.
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You had the ground for the pump .....eeeek man eeek. Promise you'll use a relay for all that type of stuff from now on. Something like the IC pump I like to wire so that default is on. Pin 30 is ign power in from the fusebox, Pin 87 is power out to the pump. Connect Pin 30 and Pin 86 together. Pin 85 runs to your switch... this way if the wire gets grounded on the firewall or something your pump still runs.

You got the one relay red/green covered on the flow detect?
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I would have laughed at anyone else for doing it, but yes, I did run a "rigged" switching setup for a while.
I'm slowly redoing all of the electrical mistakes I made and cleaning things up. I have the wiring all set up for the one relay green/red flow detect, I just don't have the relay (I pulled it for the IC), and I don't have the green light. I also need to figure out where I want it all. I like where I have the red light now, if the IC ever quit flowing you would know, but I want the green to be very subtle. I was actually thinking about just leaving the red as it is, and having the IC switch glow for green since it'* a lighted switch.
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Ah, and I see what you are saying about having it set to default on Bill. The way my relay is set up if my switch quits working I won't be able to turn on the IC, kind of a big deal. Your way makes it so that if the switch fails you just can't turn it off, not a big deal really.

Looks like the bumper is coming off again...
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