Category Archives: Maintenance

Dartlene Wins her first Car Show!

Dartlene and I won our first car show in St. Charles, IL!! “Best Looking / Best Lights”

Latest mod attempt is white LED DRLs. I bought a set from Derek, and I’ve got them working on the turn signal circuit with resistor, but mine doesn’t like the resistor on the DRL, for some reason. I’ve been experimenting all weekend, and there is no reason it’s doing such weirdness. When I put the 50w 6 ohm resistor inline with the turn signals, it stops the fast blink, and no errors. When I put the resistor on the other (DRL) line, it shuts off the DRL and side turn signal lights – too much load, I’m guessing. Strange, as the only other thing I have running is switchbacks connected to the turn signal power, which is fine.

Last ditch effort, I put an led strip under the hood, attached to the DRL to increase the load. I drove 10+ miles through the city, with only one error, and that was 30 seconds after starting the drive, at a light.

Prior, it only happened when my lights were on, and randomly at that. On the way to the car show, and back home, I had a ton of errors. I’m going to keep testing, and I may add another led strip to the other side, for added load. I still get the error on startup, only.


Spark Plug / MPG Issues / Gap Size

*for reference only – Checked new turbo wastegate settings – it was set to 8 mm. Per  @starscream5000 ‘s suggestion, I backed the wastegate down to 6.5 mm. The new turbo, even without the tune, was pushing close to 27 psi on WOT( I had my alarm set at 26 lbs, and I would hit it frequently) Pulled all four Brisk racing plugs out – notes on my receipt, as well as speaking to the rep @ Eurocompulsion, the plugs should have been gapped to 0.20″ – but instead I found they they wouldn’t even fit onto my gap tester – putting them at about 0.18″

I should have never listened to what was recorded and checked them myself – but I didn’t. I’ve now gapped the (same) plugs to 0.22″, as I still haven’t heard anything from  @Greg@EC . Took it on a drive for 30 miles last night. I didn’t see a huge difference in instantaneous mileage, but that is hard to compare. My mostly highway drive, and some usual city driving was 30.5 MPG average. This was higher than I got on the 350 mile commute home on the interstate from Ohio to Chicago – which was only about 27-28 MPG.

This morning, on the 9.65 city commute in rush hour traffic, I was able to feather the throttle and get 27 MPG. Before the new turbo, my best record on this commute was 33 MPG, but only hit that once. I also did not note any “chugging” this morning between 1400-1800 RPM, as (  @Exitus04 &) I had previously encountered, but it has only been one trip. Only pushed up to 26 psi once since, but that was unloading in 3rd gear up a hill, and overall, the boost looks about 3 psi lower.

This is not enough data to formulate any conclusions, I’m just data logging to see how things progress. As noted in the HPSI video, my wastegate started moving slightly @ 6 psi, but moved significantly closer to 7 or 8 psi. This also corresponds to why my boost was so high.



Replaced Passenger Side Visor

Ordered and installed replacement, pretty simply.  You just have to remove the screws, then re-attach the plastic wire connector. 20150612_210550

7/2015 – Sold the Madness GoPedal after installing the Unichip tune.  It no longer worked, as the Unichip modifies the throttle, as well as other things.20150629_200307

Best MPG on >10 mile commute, in traffic 33.0 via Ultra-Gauge. 20150716_090231