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Old 05-23-18, 01:30 PM
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So it begins 94

A couple decades and 2 FC I am back with an FD.
1994 touring with bad paint and an auto. Other than that the car is a very good example of how one should be after 20+ years. I will post some pics up while things progress. In the mean time I wanted to say hello, thank everyone for all the useful knowledge I have read over the past few years. Long time lurker and never registered.

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above all I want this to be a solid and reliable fun street vehicle. I live in SE FL so she will be trailerd up north from time to time for back roads I use to blast with my FCs and will most likely see a track from time to time.
I would like to see 310-325 whp to begin with.

current mods
DP wrapped
Hiflow cat
RB dual tip
cold air intake
aluminum rad and ast
boost gauge
Brake upgrades
pettit built engine about 3k ish
pettit rebuilt turbos about 3k ish
no more rats nest
silicone hoses
Boost at around 6 4 6 currently and she pulls strong.
all I can think of now

so currently
5 speed swap commencing
99 spec lip
fluid changes
battery relocation

future
many things
to be added shortly. Shortly on the list anyway.

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Very near future mods
Pettit IC
apexi or ???
Tune and boost back to stock
not sure what she will be sitting at HP in that config, but I am sure she will be fun

sound system will be worked on somewhere in here. Nothing extravagant or too heavy. Components up front components in rear and a single or possibly dual 10

December
Vented hood
spoiler
paint
wheels and tires

then we start suspension.

all subject to change of course, but this is the plan.
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You need to answer yourself a couple of questions. 1) Are you ok with 300ish max HP and 2) Do you like sequential turbo response? If the answer is yes, then keep it stock. If you want more HP (reliably), you need to go single turbo, and then you need to know how deep your pockets are. Regardless which course you take, cooling is paramount (esp in FL) and should be your first priority. V-mount is optimal, but a good SMIC and N-flo radiator will get you by if you conservatively tune it. If you keep the twins, look into a '99 spec Y-pipe.
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Thanks for the reply!! Well, I will never be able to leave her stock, but I do like the sequential delivery. Radiator is completed and IC is next. Hi flow y will be added with IC. I will be happy for quite some time with 300ish whp. I am not sure how long that will suffice, but I have plenty more to focus on before more HP.
Biggest concern for me is to get an FC or leave stock ECU. Boost is at 6 so once I start turning her up I just want to make sure I have enough fuel. I have read so much yet am still confused on the matter. Seems to be so much conflicting info. That is probably just how I am interpreting the info though.
Really I would like to see what kind of power she will produce with leaving the stock boost at 10 8 10. I guess I will just take it from there.
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You wont get to 300 with the stock ECU, but it sounds like you have a boost issue to deal with first
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No boost issue now. She is turned down on purpose
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Just trying to get some before pics in. Besides the left bolster on the driver's seat the interior is in really shape. The seats will be redone in black probably from RX7.com. The Bose must come out!
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Have to make a correction. There is no hiflow cat on her. I thought she seemed pretty quiet. So that will have to be taken care of pretty quickly!
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Rebuilt blueprinted tranny installed. She is officially a 5spd. New OEM DS, Rally clutch, and everything smooth and tight. Very nice work by Pettit. Waiting on my custom shiftboot from redline and trying to figure out what shifter I will stick with.
battery is relocated to bin behind passenger seat. Fluids and plugs changed. A few little odds and ends taken care of.
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Speaking of cooling mods being paramount, why in the hell does everyone not have their battery relocated? I am new to the fd and am amazed at how much is opened with the battery out of there. Talk about radiator blockage. I wish I would have did the mod later to get some temp readings before and after. I would be surprised if it didnt help a little bit. Look at the difference!!
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Now you have room for a large SMIC

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https://www.rx7club.com/3rd-generati...-smic-1127063/
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Thx for the heads up TomU. Although I wouldn't mind saving 700+ I am going with Pettit. I am very pleased with them so far. They helped me build my FCs 20 years ago so I have a bit of loyalty going on.
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Shift boot installed.
Driverside pwr window switch took a [email protected] so it is time to remove both panels swap the switch, fix the molding that is catching the window before it causes any future issues. Clean and lube up the track, and fix anything else that looks odd. Then pull the Bose out and fit some nice Infinity or Focal 6.5s and run the wires in preparation for future audio upgrade.
Window tint when finished.
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Pettit IC installed. Very impressed, 3rd gear pulls have a noticeable difference. Cam at Pettit did an incredible job. Real straight forward and honest guy. We may need to make a small modification on the left pipe if I get a new bonnet.

Time to let the bank take a breather, start cleaning/detailing and add some more thermal management. Decide what I will do next. Power wise I need an apexi and maybe a fuel pump and tube. That will complete the power mods. I may Start on suspension or something easy like stereo and finish up the interior. She definitely needs wheels and needs to be dropped an inch, but damn these tires are in good shape.... for now.
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curious on the Pettit intercooler, what does he have the fan wired to? Come on with the radiator fans? Just on a switch for you to control? Or somehow monitoring AIT to control? Or just on all the time?
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It is wired in with the radiator fans. On when they are on. I have thought about adding a switch, but I am sure it will be ok the way it is.
You can feel it suck air through the vent in the nose. Works pretty good.
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