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Thought it was about time for one of these, even though my car is still a work-in-progress and I'm not yet satisfied with what I have. As you may well know, I drive a 2006 base model G5 sedan. She does have cruise control, which is nice, but it's a bit temperamental. My plans are to go tracking, both drag and circuit, and have built up my car to handle the stresses of these activities. I had never modified any of my previous cars before, so all this was a 'learn as you go' experience for me. I learned a fair bit and am still in the process of expanding my knowledge, both as a modder and a driver.



My first mod was a TWM short throw shifter. Once I got a good handle on driving stick, I started to feel as though the stock shifter was too long and rubbery/uncommunicative for my liking. So I bought the kit, and installed it in my driveway. My first test drive went fine, until I shifted into 2nd. The clip holding the cable popped out and I was stuck in neutral. Had to push the car back to my place from halfway down the block, uphill. A quick fix and the shifter's been doing great since.



Next I needed some power. This is around the time I joined YC looking for some guidance. I looked at a few intakes and decided on Injen. I can't remember why but I honestly believed the dyno sheet on the box would give me so much hp/tq. Install was a bit tricky but I got that done fairly quick. Loved the sound, was very happy with that. The occasional P0171 not so much.



Shocks and springs were next. I had dug up old threads and did a lot of snooping around and discovered that Pedders were then being touted as the best handling springs on the market. Good, that's what I want. stratosproject directed me to CED and their FE5 hardware. Got the kits, rented a lift at a garage, and got to work. Installation was fine besides ruining an endlink (which as I write this, I'm yet to fix) and discovering that both my rear FE1 springs were snapped. Got an alignment two weeks later and noticed my car had been totally transformed from a loose, wishy-washy wet bar of soap to having an almost slot-car like capability. The springs have since rusted out pretty bad and would need replacing again sometime soon.



At some point, my flex pipe tore and it needed replacement. I figured now was a good time to completely rework my exhaust. I was directed by some of you to ZZP, and settled on their midlength header & DP, but pulled the trigger w/o yet knowing what a wideband was. Derp. money man commented about how he loved his GMPP catback, so I bought that too. (My Visa bill that month was something like 2k!) Again, rented a lift and got to work. What a pita that was, but the end result was better than I expected. It was like I drove a Nascar with an extra gear and no tq below 4k rpm.




After that, I looked into completing the intake with a new TB and IM. Was looking for the 2.4 stuff, but was suggested I instead buy an LSJ TB and kinda gerryrig it to an LE5 manifold. Okay, whatever will get me what I want. Moar powah! It was at that time that I swapped DPs for one with a wideband bung, bought the AEM and Interceptor gauge, plus all that other fun jazz at ZZP. The bill came out to just shy of 1k. Got the package, installed the gauges and now I'm waiting on a tune to install the TB and IM. Recently found out that I'd get no support from HPT and will thus have to rely on Trifecta. Not too thrilled about that.




In the mean time, I bought some comp pedals (PFYC) and an aluminum radiator (Mishimoto), the latter of which is yet to be installed. My future plans are still very big and kinda sketchy. I need to retool my suspension, buy some lightweight wheels and performance tires and scratch whatever other itch should come my way. Basically, if it makes me go faster, stop sooner or handle better, I want it. Retros and body kits I'm just not interested in. That's pretty much it. I'll be adding to this whenever something new comes around. Thanks for reading.
 

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I found a great deal on lightly used BFGoodrich g-force sport comp-2 tires last weekend and jumped all over it. These are without a doubt head and shoulders above my scrappy old Toyo Extensa A/S junk set. You really have to try hard to unsettle these tires, they don't break traction easily.

Size is 195/55-15. Rated for 149 mph.

 

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I found a great deal on lightly used BFGoodrich g-force sport comp-2 tires last weekend and jumped all over it. These are without a doubt head and shoulders above my scrappy old Toyo Extensa A/S junk set. You really have to try hard to unsettle these tires, they don't break traction easily.

Size is 195/55-15. Rated for 149 mph.
Same tires I have on my SS. G-Force sport comp-2's. I like them, they are kinda hard to break loose, but I really haven't tried... mine are 225/40-18's I don't know what they are rated for. Load and speed rating is 88z for mine. All it says is capable of speed in excess of 149 MPH... how high its rated for is not actually listed.
 

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Same but 235/40/18 on PF01's here. They break traction pretty easy when at an autocross but not having anything better I'm not sure how good they are.
 

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Speed rating is stamped with a letter. My Toyos were T rated, these are V. 'T' is given a value of 118 mph, and 'V' is pegged at 149.

When compared to my previous sets of tires on my car, there's no question which ones are superior. There are probably better tires out there, but I wouldn't know until I've driven with them.
 

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Big update. I decided to ditch the NA setup and ordered the ZZP stage II supercharger kit to hopefully make some real power. It's bittersweet, as this was not the path I intended to take. But at least this way the power will come easier and cheaper than the original plan. Fingers crossed it doesn't blow up in my face.



The main meat of the kit. M62 blower, intake manifold, LSJ TB, belts and hoses. Fun stuff.



Everything else in no particular order.



3.1" pulley. ZZP quotes 12psi on my 2.2 with this bad boy.



Sweet pencil case. Came with 60# injectors inside as a bonus.



K&N filter, AEM boost gauge and Autolite butt plugs.



SC and IM gaskets, breather filter and MAF relocator.



Harnesses, dipstick & sheath, idler pulley and KY jelly



A pump.



A heat exchanger. It's smaller in person.



Mishimoto aluminum radiator.

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Oh, and this little red noose to upload SkyNet into my car. Still waiting for Trifecta to email me the launch codes lol

 

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How long until you expect to actually get it on. If it's only a few weeks you'll be putting this on right about the same time I'm putting my turbo on.
 

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Thank you. The Interceptor is quite the nifty little gadget, although I haven't made much use of it to be honest. I have it set to rpm and mph. Works real good for erasing the odd P0420 and P0171 that pop up every now and then lol

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How long until you expect to actually get it on. If it's only a few weeks you'll be putting this on right about the same time I'm putting my turbo on.
Well I'm still waiting on Trifecta to write me a tune, so I can't do a thing until then. Next I'll have to wait until my next Visa bill because it's damn near maxed lol. So, figure early July I should have Big Bertha hooked up and ready to go.
 

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I'm not going into debt to finish this or it'd already be on. I have 3 more gauges to buy, Defi pressure, Defi EGT and interceptor. Picked up an Inovative wideband and Defi boost gauge today. FYI don't cheap out an any gauges, don't go with autometer at all.

I just noticed those pedals you have a different than the ones I have and love. Also your used tires are pretty well worn, new they have a rib running through the center of the middle thick line.

I should have my kit on a week or so before you.
 

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Yeah, I butchered the pedals. I dislike the look of them, but thankfully I don't have eyes on my feet so it doesn't bother me as much anymore. Plus they do grip well, especially when my shoes are wet from the rain. Form is nice, but function is better.

I went with AEM for my gauges, which I believe is a middle of the road brand. Their AFR gauge is working well and hooked up fairly easy, so I believe their boost gauge will perform similarly.

Fingers crossed.

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You guys and your FI
Us boys and our toys lol

It's a bolt-on kit, so no advanced engineering degree will be needed to get this thing to work. Still, Trifecta is the one tuning it. That's the chink in my armor.
 

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Yeah I need to tap into a coolant source for the turbo and custom charge pipes are going to be the only really hard thing.
 

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PJ, you will need to shave a part of your block so the belt can fit.
 
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