Well, as with any custom creation, there is a period where everything is done the way you intended it to be, but additional testing and run time reveal changes that need to be made. So far, here is my list:
- I initially thought this was due to my fabricated "Integra Trailing Arm"
rear engine mount, but then I noticed the firewall interference.
Not really a problem, I just wound up putting a small pry bar in the gap
and doing a little massaging of the firewall. 3/16 inch was all it
needed, but WOW what a difference! No longer like being inside a
snare drum on acceleration.
Boy...I don't know...we have had some 80 degree days and she is pushing 210 out
on the highway. I see Summit racing and/or Jegs have an aluminum "Sirocco"
style radiator for $109. It has a 1.25 inch core as opposed to my 1/2 inch
core plus it is aluminum. Guess I better be putting in my order!.
04/08/03 - Would you
believe I am still goofing around with the fuel system! After the kinks
with steel lines and the leaks with aluminum I wound up ordering some 250PSI
hose and following the stock routing (through the interior of the car...remember
the bottom is just a giant skid plate). Now the freaking car smells like
gas every morning...it is leaching through the hose just enough to stink up the
car!. When it gets warm I am going to run some stainless line 'cause this
is pissing me off!
Solution - I
finally figured out that this is supposed to be a momentary switch instead
of a toggle. Also, all it really does is downshift a gear without
having to move the shifter. If I would have known that, I would never
have gone to the trouble to wire it!
- After watching some interstate mile markers versus the odometer, I have
concluded that the mileage is right on (<2% difference) I think
that the trouble may be when I re installed the needle, it needs to be
positioned slightly different on the gauge face. Will have to pull
the cluster and try to set it closer...a job for warmer weather!
Solution - After several weeks of annoying rattle, the car went up on blocks and I made the decision that I was not coming out from under it, till I found the source with my trusty rubber mallet. After a good beating of the pipes, I finally concluded that my brand new glass pack was at fault. It seems some internal baffle was loose and the exact frequency of vibration at 2,000 RPM would ring the thing like a bell. The guys at Advance Auto gave me a free replacement under warranty. No more rattling!
04/08/03 - I take that back...I got the new
one welded in, got everything back on the car, it was great for about two weeks
then the EXACT thing started happening again. Something inside the muffler
is breaking down or breaking off...and it's pissing me off! I guess I will
have to climb under there and cut the exhaust off for the 4th time!