Shortly after the full first street tuning session I was looking over the car and found this.
There is a rather large internet debate about whether you can run aluminum exhaust right off the turbo. I guess I lost this round haha. Many of my local friends do it without issue but I have a 90 right off the turbo and I don't think it's helping.
The 11 gauge pipe was unharmed, but the cast aluminum flange, which is much thinner where it sleeves over the pipe did not survive. I suspect I could give it another go with a billet flange and welding the inside, and outside (first time I only welded the outside).
Aluminum literally melted to the v-band :0
For now, because I don't want to keep fixing this, I remade the first half of the exhaust in stainless steel. I tore down the entire turbo setup, exhaust manifolds, draining fluids and all, fit up a new SS exhaust, fully welded it, and re-installed in 1 night so I could make a car show the next day.
Fitting new stainless steel pipe:
Bit of a tight squeeze!
And all back together:
I also added the aluminum power steering reservoir for some extra safety since it is near the exhaust and the stocker is plastic. Working good so far!
2008 SRT10 Coupe- Black w/ Silver stripes - Sold
1997 Viper GTS- Front Mount Single Turbo
All sorts of updates today from the last few weeks.
One of the last steps of the car was to put the hood back on.
There were 2 potential "interferences" that I knew could hurt me. I went 0 for 2.
First was the coolant reservoir I had made. I knew right after installing it that it looked way too high, but it was too late so I figured I would run it until I put the hood on and fix it as necessary.
I pretty much figured out that the top of the pressure cap needs to be even or lower than the wheel well bulge.
With that I needed to cut it down.
Welded and patched back together at a much lower height.
Second fail was the ECU location I chose for our custom MS3 Pro setup.
I put it on the rear area on the driver side. Turns out the hood is NOT symmetrical and there really isn't any room there.
Here was the ECU setup before.
I at some point had removed the washer bottle reservoir.
The bolt riv-nut still resided there so I decided to fab a bracket out of some scrap aluminum I had laying around to find a new spot for the ECU to fit.
Next, I finally received my aero from Autoform. Rear T/A spoiler and front T/A splitter.
Lastly, with the hood back on, we were able to get the car street tuned on 93 octane and then last night on E85! Still need to put it on a dyno to verify numbers, but the car is pulling HARD on 13 lbs. Cooling seems to be very good as well so far. If the car is moving, it sits at 180. It has done back to back to back pulls and the temp is dead steady. If it's in standstill traffic, it crawls up to about 195.
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