After hitting the magic 300bhp with the scooby I found that there was one thing holding me back. I really needed to bring the boost down from 1.2 bar as we were really hitting the upper limit of what the engine could take remembering that it is 18 years old and has done over 120,000 miles.The only way was to go front mount. I managed to get my hands on a huge hybrid front mount which will really help push some cold air into the engine. After a good few hours flushing the cor through with 2 cans of Jiza ( always makes me laugh when i say that) and about 4 bucket loads of hot soapy water it was nice and clean and an hour or so with the metal polish really made it shine. After only ever helped do this once before on my mates car i gave him a shout and asked him to give me a hand with mine. so a week later there we were pissing down with rain and keen to get on with it. Yea right nothing worse than getting wet. Lucky for me i have a good sized garage and a garage door that acts like a shelter. So off we go latex glovers on tools out and a lovely wife playing nurse with the hot cups of tea and coffee.
Two hours in and she comes out with cups in had and a great statement "is that all you have done"? WTF. But to be honest we had only just managed to get the front bumper off. lol . Bloody Jap guys really ment for the bumper never to come off, there were nuts and bolts abd screws in places you would never imagin them to be. Anyway its off now and the teas getting cold. Next step was to take off the old small top mount. easy i hear you say, yea right. first bolt went snap. Lucky with the help of our new semi best mate WD40 the others came off easy. Question... How many people does it take to work out where 6 pipes go? Answer.......... Just the 2 of us lol. After conecting the inlet pipe and the turbo side pipe we could now work out where the others went. P.O.P.
Now for the fun part, NOT. My next dor neighbour lent me het angle grinder so now was the time to start cutting the inner wing phaaaaaaarf. So motorcross goggles on old blanket over the engine and wiring flick the switch and holy crap i nearl paped myself. It was loke standing in front of one of your children ready to cut there arm of lol. So with a sorry baby this is guna hurt me more than its guna hurt you i slowly aproched the inner wing. With my hands shaking and little beads of water running down my face (rain not sweat it was pissing down by now) I set to work. Sparks flying everywhere lady across the road looking out her kitchen window to see what was going on and hold on what the F. The bloody blankets on fire lol Thank god its raining and a nice puddle help sort that problem out. So with a now soaking wet blanket back over the engine back the the surgery i go. It went better than i hoped really. Nice straight cuts no jagged bits and some rubber edging makes it all look nice and tidy. So with hole cut the pipes sliped in nicely. The first real problem was just starting to set in. 4pm and it was starting to get dark, so it was time to call it a day. Tidy up and put away.
1 week later.
The day starts off well, suns out and we are both chomping at the bit to crack on. Yea right lol.
With tape measure in hand we measured up where we were guna mount the core. After attaching all the pipes up and connecting to the core we lined it up on the bumper bar done a few very scientific calculation like if you put the screw driver there and scrape a line that will be where it will go lol. After spending £7 on 10mm a drill bit to do the job i found i had got the wrong size lol only needed an 8 mm. Never mind i had an 8 mm already lol. so with the kick ass drill set to go and our trusty friend WD40 we set about drilling the 2 holes. OMG how good are we they were spot on.
So with the 2 holes in the exact right place the core went straight on. So with all the pipes on and tightened to within an inch of there lifes it was on.
Next was some more cutting. This time it was the bumper and the dremel. This was a lot less dramatic with no sparks or fire just a nice smell of burning plastic and rubber. After about and hour of cutting and offering up we seemed to have
cut enough away to get the bumper to go back on. To be honest i was worried there was no going to be any bumper left.
With the sands of time running out we were up against it as the rain started and the light started to fade. It only took half the time to get the bumper back on as we really only had 8 bolts and screws to put back on. So with bumper back on and my nice new shiny number plate on we stood back as both looked at each other and said... "god my fecking back hurts" lol oh and that look awsum.....
Another week later. DYNO DAY.
Now was the time to see if all the hard work, back ache, gout flaire ups was worth it.
So with the way my luck is i was not really holding my breath. So with the car straped down dyno doors closed ear deffenders on Dave Stone at DSAutomotives set about working his magic. 2 runs down and he was out of the car shakeng his head along with me. We looked at each other and he said not good. How not good i said. Coil pack not good. Balls. So with new coil packs ordered and 6 hours later its back on with the ear deffenders and on with the fans.
With about 12 or 13 runs later Dave had managed to map it so that we can still run the same horse power but bring the boost down from 1.2 bar to just 0.9bar. This will protect the engine and gear box seeing as they are both 18 years old and done over 120,000 miles. I was more than happy with the out come. The only problem now is an issue with the fueling at around 4500rpm. but thats another blog.
I would like to thank the following people as without there help this would not have been possible.
Nick your a star as you know with the way my health is i could never have been able to get this on.
Natalie, My love. with out your tea and coffee making skills oh and the wicked bacon sarnies we would have been out there cold, wet and hungry. Also for the suport you have given like the words of praise " yea look ok".
Dave stone at DSA for the time spent mapping see we did get there in the end.
To god for making it possible to have friends and make the sun and the rain and the birds sing and for making puddles to put out fires.
And finaly to you guys for reading this blog. I am sure you had better things to do with your time but no you sat there and read this dribble lol.
Catch ya all about some time.
Oh just one thing. please don't ask me to help you fit a front mount on your car as BO****KS sometimes offends.