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Old 10-17-2013, 12:43 PM
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2013 The Year of the Mods

This is my first full year of retirement. While this list of the modifications I've done this year may seem long, it's because I have lots of time on my hands.

Installed KW V3+ coilovers. Had to sell and go back to stock because the ride was too harsh for my old ***.

Other stuff installed:
Oil filter sensor plate
Oil temperature sensor
Oil pressure sensor
Oil cooler diversion plate
Oil cooler lines
Oil cooler behind grill
Coolant temperature sensor
Fuel pressure sensor
Dual wideband O2 sensor bungs
UK exhaust mod at 25mm
Wideband O2 sensor for KPro
Wideband O2 sensor for PLX gauge and data logging
Exhaust tips in black powdercoat
SOS 3-BAR MAP sensor
PLX Gauge Pressure Module (oil & fuel)
PLX Gauge Temperature Module (oil & coolant)
PLX Gauge Wideband Air/Fuel Module
PLX Boost Module
PLX Multi Gauge in dash
PLX Boost Gauge on A-pillar
SOS Hood Dampers
Relocated Vacuum tank and vacuum lines
Motor sensor and valve cover conversion for Hondata KPro
Hondata KPro
Shift beeper module (8,500 rpm setting)
SOS Stage 2 Supercharger
Dyno tune for 386.25 whp at 8500 rpm
Custom supercharger air intake elements
1000 cc Fuel injectors
Oil pan modded with welded bung for supercharger return with -12 AN fitting, internal baffle, Fumoto drain and black powdercoat.
PuddyMod Stage 2 differential with 3.9 crown and pinion ratio
SpeedoHealer speedometer calibrator module
ACT HD pressure plate
New clutch disc
AP1 flywheel
Separate fuse blocks tapped to ignition and "lights on" under-dash fuse box taps
USB charger elements behind dash for iPhone and GPS locator module
USB dual charger elements in dash
Charger elements switch in dash
12v Power outlet in dash
GPS vehicle locator module
iPhone mount on dash
iPhone charger line routed behind and through dash
Bored 4 rear OEM wheels to accommodate front mount
Mounted Toyo R888 at 245/40 on front and Toyo RA-1 at 255/40 on rear
Custom Twillfast soft top in Tan
LED daytime running lights (relay controlled for off when headlights are on)
LED Foot well entry lights in both driver and passenger sides
LED trunk lighting (very bright)
LED turn signal conversion (still in works, awaiting resistors)
Mugen 3-piece rear spoiler
Painted Mugen spoiler, trunk, deck, hood and front bumper
Black CR lug nuts
Console mounted cup holder

Front splitter just arrived by UPS today. It will be on the car before bedtime.

Anodized Ricks motor pulley set is in hand and yet to be mounted.

The only other mods planned is to install Mugen NZ coilovers, new or rebuilt, and an AP1 steering rack.

I AM DONE WITH MODS AFTER THIS.
(my wife says that I'm a lying sack of **** about no future mods)
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Old 10-18-2013, 05:40 AM
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L8Apex, why did you replace the steering rack? Had the old one failed? I'm about to pull the plug and retire also and the question "What am I going to do with myself after?" keeps bugging me. I could drink beer all day but then I'd just get fat!!! What to do, what to do?
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L8Apex, why did you replace the steering rack? Had the old one failed?
The AP1 steering rack has a lock-to-lock of, I believe, 2.6 turns while the AP2 rack is 3.2 turns. The 3.2 is nice for very high-speed tracks like Road America where you want a little finer control if you are taking turns at 80+ miles an hour but the 2.6 is much quicker and so manages technical tracks, as most are technical, a lot better.

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I'm about to pull the plug and retire also and the question "What am I going to do with myself after?" keeps bugging me. I could drink beer all day but then I'd just get fat!!! What to do, what to do?
Screw the beer. Get a lift and a good supply of tools and learn how tinker with a car. Hell, a small wiring project like putting in footwell lighting can suck up a day or two of carefree activity.

A couple of days each month I help out at the local homeless shelter. You might want to look at doing some volunteer work like that. I study a little, too. So far I've taken a mortgage originator's course (and got licensed, too but don't ask me why), Spanish and now Italian. Tuition is free for seniors at the local community college. They even offer auto mechanic courses.

A friend of mine who retired on quite a large pension as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company took a job as a door greater at the local Costco and he's loving it.
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Apex. I have been working on cars for forty years, what the hell is an oil filter sensor plate, LOL. Never heard of that one.
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Originally Posted by cdk456 View Post
Apex. I have been working on cars for forty years, what the hell is an oil filter sensor plate, LOL. Never heard of that one.
It's a sandwich plate with 1/8 NPT ports tapped into it to mount sensors.

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Man you really got an impressive list out there of installed parts.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:41 PM
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Correction. The splitter that arrived was not a proper fitment for an AP2. The vendor is sending a new one that ought to arrive tomorrow.

Now, I'm going to search for a suitable AP1 steering rack.
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