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    Non-Update Update

    Winter is dragging on, but the 818 poked its nose out of the garage to see its own shadow on Friday. Actually, I have not been working on the car at all- I was laid off late last year and with no salary no funny money.

    The hiatus did allow me to focus on many of my lagging home projects (about 3 years worth ), so in truth I've been very busy between looking for a job, doing holiday things and laying a floor and painting the house.

    Happily, I signed an offer letter for a new position last week, and I am getting excited about the new challenges the job will bring. The only downside is I'm going from a 0 minute commute to over an hour each way to/from Baltimore, going to be interesting to see how this works out.

    One car related thing - actually the reason the 818 was out of the garage; I had to replace 2 failed air control valves on my daily driver (STI). It would have cost well over a thousand dollars to have the work done at my friendly neighborhood Subaru shop (never mind the stealership). But when I was talking to the shop owner about doing the job he smiled at me and said "You have this- you built a car already!" So he sold me a pair of take-off valves he had in his parts pile (for a LOT less than OEM new) and said it would be about an 8 hour job. I put the STI in the garage Friday morning and finished up Saturday at 3:00. What a chore - basically all the accessories had to come off the top of the engine and I had to loosen the intake manifold. It might have been easier if I pulled the IM completely off, but I managed to replace the parts without doing so - used a lot of extensions and swearing.

    I would probably not have been able to complete this job if I hadn't built the 818 before hand. Having the comfort level of tearing down the accessories and knowing I'd be able to put it back together - absolutely priceless!

    I will say that my 818C is not water-tight! It rained all day Saturday, and there was quite a bit of water in the drivers side footwell near the center tunnel. But free car wash!

    With my new and much more limited schedule I am going to try to run a season of Auto-X (all Saturday events) and should be able to run 1 track day.

    Best wishes for 2018 to everyone here!
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Congrats on the new job, and thanks for sharing. I too find myself taking on more and more challenging projects since I started building my 818. Two weeks ago my dryer stopped putting out any heat, so my wife said I’d better call someone to get it fixed. I was like “I can build a car, how hard could this be?” My wife rolled her eyes as I started tearing the dryer apart and smirked as I was sat on the floor covered in lint watching YouTube videos. But it wasn’t all that hard and I’d fixed it for less then what a repair guy would charge for just showing up. Still not sure where the extra screw came from, haha.
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    Ha, only one leftover bolt from the reassembly! And I know exactly where it goes... Just couldn't be arsed to put it back behind the drivers side cylinder head for a support bracket
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Mike - CONGRATS ON THE JOB! Thanks for coming by the garage and checking out my build. Now that you are "local" during the workday we will have to meet work for a "working lunch" (build/car talk) at the Harbor when the weather turns.
    Ty

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    Congratulations Mike on your new job.

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    Congrats maybe we can do lunch one day since you closer to Ty and myself?
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    Thanks everyone! Looking forward to starting next week. And definitely we will have to try to get together for lunch once I figure out where everything is

    Was hoping to have an 818 related post today since I took the car in for my 'emissions' inspection - which I knew I would fail since the car runs a JDM ECU now, but after speaking with the site manager I have to wait to hear back from the MVA to schedule an interview/inspection by a VEIP manager to get an exemption. Not exactly the information I got from the MVA help line - I was under the impression the site manager would be able to do it... a bit aggravating since I expected to have everything done today while I still had 'free' time to do it.
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Mike - hmmmm, I too was under the impression that the emissions site manager could produce the necessary paperwork and disposition needed to obtain the state exemption. Please document your experience if you get the chance or grab any contact information from those that prove to be helpful. I am sure it will all work out though.
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    Emissions exemption done. Total non-event, talked to the guy, submitted my exemption paperwork, drove to VEIP station and five minutes later had exemption certificate.

    I had to supply my insurance declaration stating the car was a pleasure vehicle not to be driven more than 1000 miles per year, pictures of the front, rear, side, interior and engine compartment.

    The most exciting part, other than driving the car on a 32 degree day to/from Frederick was springing a coolant leak and having the engine compartment full of steam. And it was a pretty serious leak, because after I pulled into a shopping center to let it cool down and add water all the water ended up in a puddle under the car. -_-

    Probably a hose let go, or maybe the barb on the cross over pipe to degas (Wayne md). Won't know until I get the car up and the belly pan off. Not ideal since auto-x season starts in 1 week... But such is the joy of a car I built
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Sorry about the laying off but Congrats on the new job! loll
    And also congrats on the exemption!! YEAH!!
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    Bulid time, including registration 3283.5h in 148 work week time and 3.5 years elapsed

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    Mike - sorry to hear about the coolant adventure....congrats on the emissions exemption - you have blazed the trail for me when the time comes.

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    Well, at least its not terminal

    TL;DR - elbow radiator hose from POS donor sprang a pinhole leak.

    Finally got a chance to get the car up on stands (yesterday's nice weather and my strong desire to get back to driving/tracking the car helped). Pulled the belly pan and added water to the upper coolant tank but didn't immediately see the leak. Started the car, threw a CEL and about barfed... but pulled the code and it was just MAF under voltage - low battery will do that.

    Finally opened my front bleed valve to start flushing the system and heard the relieving trickle of fluid on the floor (not from me). Peeked under and saw the culprit - a pinhole leak in the rubber elbow from the crossover outlet to the corrugated tube. That's an easy enough fix. $15 from Amazon and a Gates replacement is on the way (those crazy Mishimoto players... charging $100 for a replacement silicon hose kit -- sure it will make the car faster, but don't have that kind of coin burning a hole in my wallet these days ).

    The moral of the story: if you donor was a million mile pile, change out the rubber hoses.

    (and hoping that was the only problem)
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    At least you, you get your parts shipped! lolll

    Rubber hoses are incredible! They can withstand a crazy amount of time/mileage IF left on the engine without touching them. But as soon as you remove them, they die.

    When should we expect our next video?
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    Bulid time, including registration 3283.5h in 148 work week time and 3.5 years elapsed

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    Mike - drop me a line when you have an AutoX weekend planned - would love to come out and see the rig in action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mistasherm View Post
    Mike - drop me a line when you have an AutoX weekend planned - would love to come out and see the rig in action.
    Ditto :-)
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    Soon -I hope!
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    From little beginnings

    Ok, haven't had anywhere near enough time to work on or drive the car since Feb (job... not that I want to be unemployed... just sayin'), but finally got a few minutes over the glorious weekend to take care of some jobs that needed to be done.


    I replaced the lower ball joints at the front corners. The first I had nicked the dust boot when originally installing and it wasn't holding any grease - rather is squeezed it out all over the lower suspension arm. The second I bashed the threads when removing the wrong one (sad, but I forgot which was good and which was bad).

    But the real reason I was working on the front end was 0* camber. That sucked. I wore down the outer shoulders of the tires rubbing on the fenders when auto-xing, so this needed to be fixed. I had bought a tool quite a while ago with the intention of cutting the threaded studs on the upper arms, and amazingly my plan worked out perfectly.

    Go Harbor Freight!
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    Their portable band saw made the most perfect cuts on the threaded studs and the hex couplings. Never before have I cut anything threaded and not had to clean out the threads - until now. We trimmed 3/4" from the longer (fixed) threaded stud. I had measured that there was 7/8" difference between the longer fixed and the shorter swivel threaded stud, but kind of chickened out and backed off a bit. Still came out pretty good - the adjuster is about perfectly centered now and am still able to get both jam nuts on after I trimmed the very ends of the adjuster.
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    Ballparking with the jack and a level it looks like we are able to get a fair amount of negative camber now. As soon as I get a chance to get the front re-aligned I'll report back with the results.
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    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Just got the car aligned. Pretty much maxed out the adjustment range as it sits:

    Front
    camber -2.9 -2.8
    caster 2.0 2.6
    toe .03 .03

    Rear:
    camber -2.4 -2.4
    toe 0.07 0.08

    got to check my records, think the toe settings are wonky, but it sure is nice to have some actual camber up front. Car feels a little darty, may be from additional front bite and the slop in the steering (quick release or play in steering column actual mount).

    the guys at the shop also showed me that if I can get the rear lower arm mounts to slide outboard (the holes are slotted), that would help a lot with the caster.
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeb75 View Post
    Just got the car aligned. Pretty much maxed out the adjustment range as it sits:

    Front
    camber -2.9 -2.8
    caster 2.0 2.6
    toe .03 .03

    Rear:
    camber -2.4 -2.4
    toe 0.07 0.08

    got to check my records, think the toe settings are wonky, but it sure is nice to have some actual camber up front. Car feels a little darty, may be from additional front bite and the slop in the steering (quick release or play in steering column actual mount).

    the guys at the shop also showed me that if I can get the rear lower arm mounts to slide outboard (the holes are slotted), that would help a lot with the caster.
    Hey with those Caster number the car will feel darty. It will get worse the faster you go. The more Caster you can add will stop the darty feel and help it be stable at speed. Try getting above 4 degrees for the street and see how much that helps.

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    what tires and springs are you running?
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    Stock road springs that came with the kit. 350# up front and 275# back

    The tires are 225 and 255 F/R
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    ...and while at the shop I heard stories of track damage from splitters being pulled off cars at speed. I had some stand-offs sitting on a shelf and finally got around to installing them. Splitter bling:
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    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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    I've been wondering about those splitter supports. I'm considering getting the splitter myself, but have no idea how those are secured - are they connected to anything structural, or is it just to the fiberglass?

    Also, where did you get those, they look great!

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    Amazon. Like 1/2 of my car...

    Just have washers on the backside of the fiberglass.

    Thanks!
    818SC chassis #206 EJ207 2.0L VF37 twin scroll || Cusco type RS 1.5 LSD || Wilwood pedal box (firewall attach) || Wilwood superlite front calipers
    BUILD Phase 1: 6/6/2014 car delivered || 5/24/2015 first start || 6/7/2015 go karted || 4/20/2016 hard-top-topped || 10/25/2016 registered || 11/18/2016 inspected & complete
    BUILD Phase 2: 3/8/2017 EJ207v8 || 5/29/2017 re-first re-start || 7/17/2017 re-assembled with race car bits

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