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2008-06-18 10:43:04
#101
Crazy nice. I'm just not a big fan of the IC hanging out the bottom tho.

But all around a nice job.
2008-06-18 15:41:03
#102
^^^ I agree. The intercooler out the bottom is not one of the things I like about the setup. The ic is the first thing to bottom out and the car isn't even lowered yet.

I am going to try to tuck it up another 1/4 inch, but that seems near impossible because the bumper beam is in the way. I could cut it out more, but then I would lose the mounting points for the bumper cover.

I really want to fix that, or maybe I will just paint it black so you can't see it as much lol.
2008-06-18 15:47:44
#103
black would be good
2008-06-18 22:47:30
#104
Originally Posted by Coheed
^^^ I agree. The intercooler out the bottom is not one of the things I like about the setup. The ic is the first thing to bottom out and the car isn't even lowered yet.

I am going to try to tuck it up another 1/4 inch, but that seems near impossible because the bumper beam is in the way. I could cut it out more, but then I would lose the mounting points for the bumper cover.

I really want to fix that, or maybe I will just paint it black so you can't see it as much lol.


Have you thought of maybe a lip? I mean it's not anymore safe than just the bumper. But it might help the idea of knocking or hitting it ya know?
2008-06-19 13:29:44
#105
Nice build bro. I have been debating rather or not I'm going to run AC. You kept power steering as well correct?

Originally Posted by sniper571
you should have no issues with an AEM at all.....I love theses units for tuning. Amazing what you can do with them. Would never put anything else in my cars!!!!


^This is what I will be looking into. There expensive, but I here nothing but good things about them.
2008-06-19 16:04:55
#106
I have kept all the driveability functions of the car, with the exception of cruise control. I would love to have that back on the VE, but I was told it was not possible years ago.

I have some problems heat soaking after long idles. I have attributed this to two things. The turbo and downpipe, and the stock radiator. I have put off the upgrade on the radiator because I THOUGHT the factory b14 radiator was good. Its the same size as the puny 1.6 radiator. So I decided to get one of an nx2000. I found one today at a local junkyard. It set me back about $50 but it was in decent shape.

The inside of the radiator was filled with nasty smelling old oil! Perhaps this eludes the the past life of the NX? The sludge was worked out with a high pressure hose. About the only thing needed to get this ready to drop in is the fin cleaning and straightening. Overall it was a good swap. The NX radiator is almost twice as thick and looks like it is still in good shape despite its 18 year age.

I will be dropping this bad boy in very soon along with wrapping the downpipe extra tight to keep the heat in the exhaust where it belongs. The turbo and manifold are getting rewrapped as well. I hope to cut underhood temps by over 20 degrees by rewrapping everything.

On top of these measures I have decided that I may cut into the stock hood where the emissions label is. This would give all that hot air a place to leave. One thing I have noticed is the Turbo will pull in the hot air from the engine bay because there is no cold-air pickup. This is hurting power after a couple pulls. The result is noticeable especially when the VVL hits. It seems that sometimes the VVL hits hard and other times you can't feel it at all. So, the VVL is either not switching on, or the heat soak is causing a massive power loss.
2008-06-19 16:20:18
#107
You are really going to trust a $50 18 year old crusty junk yard radiator to keep that $3000+ engine cool after all that time and effort? You really just need a Koyo and slim fans with serious cfm in there to ensure the cooling. I hope it works for you though.
2008-06-19 16:42:23
#108
Originally Posted by SR20RACER
You are really going to trust a $50 18 year old crusty junk yard radiator to keep that $3000+ engine cool after all that time and effort? You really just need a Koyo and slim fans with serious cfm in there to ensure the cooling. I hope it works for you though.


^I kinda agree with this. That NX RAD sounds like a daily beater back up RAD. I would go KOYO and slim fans because of the nasty smelly oil you spoke about. You said it was in decent shape. I wouldn't want a decent junk yard shape RAD in a 3000 + or whateva you spent engine bay.
2008-06-20 00:50:41
#109
Here's the problem guys. The KOYO won't fit. Already looked into it. It would fit if I put on pusher fans, otherwise it will interfere with the Turbo and downpipe. Going with pushers requires removal of the AC. The NX radiator is the next best thing. It will still have just a little bit of fitment problems which will be cured. But if you look at the pics you can already see I am using slim fans already.

It was either this 18 year old Calsonic radiator, or a new one from an autoparts store. In all honesty, I would rather take the factory Nissan one. The NX2k radiator has proved itself in many cars out there. The koyo would cool the car nicely, but I am going to go over my options first. It turns out the stock radiator core is only 9/16", the NX is 1.1" or so. Almost double the size. My wife's 98 1.6 GXE has a bigger radiator!
2008-06-20 00:53:50
#110
Originally Posted by SR20RACER
You are really going to trust a $50 18 year old crusty junk yard radiator to keep that $3000+ engine cool after all that time and effort? You really just need a Koyo and slim fans with serious cfm in there to ensure the cooling. I hope it works for you though.


these fans are rated at 1200cfm a piece. They are 12" slim fans. And the engine has ZERO cooling issues unless the AC is running. I have never had an issue with heat with the factory radiator when the car is moving, or stationary. It only gets hot when the AC is going. And I need my AC. You will see Jason, when I show up to GT Live next weekend. I should be nice and cool.
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