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Old 08-15-2012, 03:36 PM   #21
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Over the years i have found that their is no correct way to build a car. Their is always going to be a way someone else would have done it. We use the aluminum mounts because they have an extremely low chance of failure. Those aluminum mounts are going to be a permanent fixture in that car.

As far as the L19's are concerned we are putting those in this car because the head gasket was already blown and their is just no sense in putting factory head bolts back in when we are already there. Yay for upgrades!!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:48 PM   #22
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BUSHINGS!!!

In addendum to the earlier post and the response about bushings... The original issue with the powerflex bushings was that they were of a 1 piece full polyurethane design. as a result the top "collar" of polyurethane would be cut off by the movement of the subframe. Also their were complaints that the bushings were shorter than the center pins causing there to be a space between the bushing and the bottom of the car when tightened down. Powerflex, seeing this as a problem, has redesigned these bushings in a way that solves both problems... BEHOLD!



Notice how the pin does not protrude from the bushing.



Notice the new 2 piece design and the metal rings to keep the subframe away from the collars of polyurethane.



These are the new, redesigned, powerflex bushings that are going in Sal's car. He shouldn't have any issues with them.
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Old 08-15-2012, 05:56 PM   #23
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awesome Erik Thanx bro
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:09 PM   #24
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Great responses. Finally PF fixed that problem, They should be just fine. Pretty negligible NVH too!

Owner should look at his head problems as sort of lucky..sort of. It a VERY good thing to have those L19's in your build. You never have to worry your heads lifting..ever. You dont NEED them for stage 2, but they are nice to have.

I was just curious about poly and if any body has actually had them TEAR.
IDK hardly anything about the poly diff mounts or anybody that even runs them. All the builds I see go straight to solids. We also chose solids for my build.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #25
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nice. subscribed. Chris, do you recommend the ARP stud kits for all stage 1 and 2 kits? That's the only issue I've seen with those kits are the heads lifting.
Less than 5% of the stage 1 and 2's have a problem due to factory head bolts stretching. The Vanos must come out to replace them and if you don't do them one at a time, you will have to remove the entire head and replace the head gasket. If you do that, might as well go built motor. If it was me, I'd run our stage 1 and 2 with the bolts that are in the motor. Then if I lift the head I'd go stage 2.5. But that would be if I could afford to go built motor. But if I could afford to go built motor, I'd go straight to 2.5, 2.75, 3 or 4 from the get go.

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Old 08-16-2012, 02:42 AM   #26
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lol i bought these 'new' bushes about a year ago... those that have the old bushes should contact powerflex and arrange for a swap these are far better than their old type...

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:12 PM   #27
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SOOOOOO its been a week and we have been crackin' away at Sal's car. here is where we are on progress:



The turbo kit is pretty much completely on the car. we, at the time this pic was taken, were still waiting for the vanos unit to come back from Doc Vanos. that came in yesterday and the cams and vanos are going back in today.



Steering column gauges installed and checked.



Methanol for more POAWAAAAAAH!!!!



Intercooler and piping is in and ready to go.



This is my personal favorite part of these kits. a little sneaky pete if you will. It's a secret. The methanol activation switch is so cool because unlike the seemingly arduous task of draining your tank and filling it with race gas and driving around till you can change to your race gas map, this little baby allows you to instantly go from 450whp (stage 1 pump gas) to as high as 580 whp (stage 2 pump meth) with the flick of this tiny little switch.

Sal has opted for this and a few other goodies including the HPF fan clutch, oil cooler, Ti exhaust, and open dump mod. You east coasters better be watching out for this car. More to come next week. We will hopefully have dyno numbers by then.

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #28
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:01 PM   #29
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Awesome job guys!! Can't wait!!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:06 PM   #30
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I do believe this is the first lsb vert i have seen! Looks great!
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:16 PM   #31
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:18 PM   #32
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:04 PM   #33
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Not gonna lie... I want a cool video like that of my car on the dyno (110 whp of fury). But seriously Sal's car made some serious numbers for a stage 2. This is in part to the open dump modification we did to help the turbo breath a little better. Best run on race meth was 647 whp. HOLY

Sal's build included:

HPF Stage 2 turbo kit w/open dump mod
HPF Stage 2 clutch
HPF Subframe reinforcement
HPF Ti Exhaust
HPF Front underbrace
HPF Methanol activation switch
HPF Oil Cooler
HPF Fan Clutch
Powerflex subframe and RTAB bushings
Solid aluminum diff bushings

We should have this thing buttoned up and ready to get on a truck to NY in the near future. Sal... Get ready for the ride of your life buddy.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:46 PM   #34
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Looks real good with that hardtop on!!
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