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Old September 11th, 2015, 04:22 PM   #1
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Gen 4 upper swap by Viper Specialty/Dan Lesser

After months of waiting, and I do mean months and months, my baby is back from New York. I sent my Gen 2 up to Dan last summer for a Gen 4 upper swap and some other work and its finally back. Dan didn't disappoint. I decided on the Gen 4 package with ported and polished intake manifold, full Belanger exhaust, upgraded fuel rails, and full appearance package, and probably more that I am forgetting. He also did some work on the rear end (well, rebuilt it with 3.55s and an Eaton Trutrac diff) and other small things to repair minor age related issues. The car drives so smooth, as good or better than stock, but when you mash the throttle it is a whole new car. It also sounds amazing. More like a nasty V8 really. The car made 591 rwhp with cam that is far from huge or a tuning nightmare. To say I am pleased is an understatement.

I will get better pics later, but these pics should give you a fair idea of the finished product and how nice of a job Dan did.
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Old September 11th, 2015, 04:24 PM   #2
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Looks great! I love the use of the factory airbox. So it fits under the factory hood? What's the redline?
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Old September 11th, 2015, 04:37 PM   #3
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It barely fits under the hood. Notice the clear bra on the intake manifold? Its hard to see but you can see it in the second pic. That't how tight it is. It actually ever so slightly rubs when the engine is vibrating. As for the redline, I believe it is 6400. Made power all the way through to redline.
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Old September 11th, 2015, 08:44 PM   #4
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I would like to thank Heath for the opportunity to build him this show-stopper!

This build was the Gen-2 version prototype for the VS-X700, and yes, I will absolutely say we took our time getting this laid out exactly as I wanted. While being built alongside a few other extremely high-end builds this year, to say I have been stretched a bit thin is putting it mildly. The final product is absolutely stunning, and drives as good as it looks. In the end, the customer saying it was all worth the wait is what really matters to me, as I refuse to cut corners or rush builds to meet deadlines... my "Build OCD" wont allow it! As it always seems, 10 months to design, 10 days to copy however. We are already nearing completion of a coattail-riding sister build which was started right around the time this build was up and running. That one is another Gen-2 VS-X700, but is equipped with stock fuel rails, a non-ported [but polished] manifold, along with 3.07 Gears and a custom geared TR6060 conversion instead.

With regard to the question above, the limiter on this car is set at 6400, and the car does continue to make gains until it bangs off the limiter. For longevity sake I did not raise the limit even higher as it does still retain a factory short-block, but there were no signs of upcoming valvetrain instability at 6400.







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Old September 11th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #5
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Very cool. What are you guys running for engine management with that setup?
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Very cool. What are you guys running for engine management with that setup?
All done on the stock control module.
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All done on the stock control module.
Nice job. Time + skill +effort + patient paying customer = unique and impressive results.
I wonder the potential this setup will have if combined with forced induction.
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All done on the stock control module.
Nice job. Time + skill +effort + patient paying customer = unique and impressive results.
I wonder the potential this setup will have if combined with forced induction.
We may find out in the somewhat near future.
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Old September 11th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #9
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We may find out in the somewhat near future.
Haha, beat me to it. I was was going to say that I wasn't even done with this build before that potential future direction was laid on the table.

I just need to get to Florida!

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Nice work Dan
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Very cool! Congrats to you both. Excellent job
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Looks cool, nice job to all involved I. The project. Congrats
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Looks killer! I'm sure you're stoked to have the car back with such a top-shelf build under the hood.


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Congrats Heath and Dan! Impressive package.
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Very stoked. I will try to get a video of the exhaust note. It doesn't sound like your average Viper.
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Looks really good, nice numbers too.
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That looks killer. Congrats!
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Haha, beat me to it. I was was going to say that I wasn't even done with this build before that potential future direction was laid on the table.

I just need to get to Florida!

NOW.
Does gator live in FL?
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Negative, KY. We are moving to FL... But my point was I am not taking any new business until the move is completed, and I am tired of fighting the weather here, everything takes twice as long.
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Looks super clean Dan. Incredible job and I'm sure it was worth the wait. This is why I believe in having more than one toy; you can still enjoy one while the other is getting work done
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