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When did they start compensating for replacing the motor?
Last I heard it was just a "updated tune" for the recall on 2013 motors.
Since the recall. Call them up and start a claim. And if you are still using the old computer you should definitely take it up to the dealer to get the software update.
 
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Well I'm still alive, great right?
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Not much has been done since my last post, some minor cosmetic things here and there.

Tinted the rear end.
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Finally painted the 'custom' 3" intake.
Yes it is ugly, but this one works just fine for its purpose.
I am however going to get the metal elbow section welded together(also have a section to go on the top end, so once I'm able to get a proper sized battery it'll clear) so that small coupler won't be needed.
Also need to make a support bracket for it so it doesn't knock around so much.
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I think the paint turned out pretty darn good.

Still need to decide on a color for the valve cover.

Also blacked out the front emblem.
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Now the fun stuff comes this week.
Friend is gonna help me with gutting the cat, tried everything this weekend but could not get the back 19mm nuts off the down pipe.

So with his lift and air tools hopefully we'll get it done.



Also Tuesday she's going into the shop to get some exhaust work done.
Getting the stock muffler replaced with a Flowmaster muffler.

Thought about going straight pipe(muffler delete), but I wanted something a little quieter.

Can't wait for it to be all done.

In the next week or two gonna paint the wheels matte black(Same as the intake), the stock silver just ain't doing it for me.
Probably pick up some body matched paint online and paint the inserts on the wheels.

Hoping before the RvD meet at the end of the year to have a few of the big 'want' things done;
*New front grill
*Cold pipe upgrade and 60mm Elantra throttle body
*2016+ tune flashed
*Rear torsion bar
*Front strut bar
 

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Excellent, how was the break in period for the lower motor mount?

I had a boomba mount on my fiestaST and the vibration and drone was absolutely terrible, to the point that I would have removed it if i didn’t need it to help control the torque steer after my tune

considering it for my VT
 

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Excellent, how was the break in period for the lower motor mount?

I had a boomba mount on my fiestaST and the vibration and drone was absolutely terrible, to the point that I would have removed it if i didn’t need it to help control the torque steer after my tune

considering it for my VT
Honestly I haven't even noticed a vibration at all.
Maybe I installed it wrong IDK
But it's a fairly easy mod to do and cheap I highly recommend it.
Just be warned.. IT IS A HUGE PITA TO GET IT BACK TOGETHER.

Have a sharp utility blade to trim the bottom edges of the bushings or it'll never go back together.
 

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Well I'm kind of in the air with the exhaust work.
Ended up with just doing a muffler delete, and I was fairly let down by how quiet it was.
Was expecting a bit more rumble at idle.
I'll have to make a start up/idle video soon.

However, the downpipe is getting gutted this weekend so maybe that will make it a little louder.

Pull with muffler delete
 

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Honestly I haven't even noticed a vibration at all.
Maybe I installed it wrong IDK
But it's a fairly easy mod to do and cheap I highly recommend it.
Just be warned.. IT IS A HUGE PITA TO GET IT BACK TOGETHER.

Have a sharp utility blade to trim the bottom edges of the bushings or it'll never go back together.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that had to trim the bushing for it to work in the OEM dogbone. 😂😉
I used a hacksaw to trim about an eighth off of the bushing. Worked great but eventually went with the SxthElement dogbone mount with the 85 durometer bushings. I did purchase a set of 75 durometer bushings just in case. 😂🤷🏼‍♂️
I wound up giving away the other mount to a fellow VT owner. 👍

Nice build you got going so far. 😍
 

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i also had to trim the bushings to get them to fit in the dogbone... in 2012 :) nameless racing for $40 i couldn't go wrong and its been great in two cars. 40k in my 2012 and now 111k in my 2014.

small amount of vibration at idle but great otherwise.
 
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Install torque solutions inserts in OEM mount the other day for someone no modifications needed.
 

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Wrong inserts, brand differences, QC issues, or user error.....
 

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Discussion Starter #33 (Edited)
Well.
Quite a bit has happned over the last few months.
And no, I don't mean just the whole COVID-19 crap.

Buddy made me a catless downpipe for me.

The cat itself was clogged bad, surprised the car even ran.
Even with a super powered flashlight couldn't make it through besides a few beams around the edges.
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But we Chopped the cat off and welded in a straight piece of 3" pipe.
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is it pretty? no, not at all.
Does it work? Heck yeah it does;
pulling into traffic (Not sure if I can link Facebook videos.. we'll see)

I love the performance aspect, it spools up at nothing now.
But it is impractically loud now.
So I'll be getting a flowmaster series 10 added next weekend.
Should quiet it a bit, still be loud when I want it to be and shouldn't hurt performance too much.


Made a make shift intake bracket.
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it's a piece of 1/2" HDPE plastic, but it works.
Next version will be better shaped and shorter.
Still unsure on how the intake will mount to it as of yet.
Right now there's a large ziptie on it.
Still need to upgrade that red cheap silicon coupler too.



Few friends and I met up over the weekend.
(don't worry we were 5ft apart hahaha)
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Never realized how high off the ground it was.
Eesh.
She's gonna get lowered sometime this year.


Finally decided on a valve cover and wheel color.
Bronze.


few other projects going on in the next week or two;
New tires all the way around
new tie-rods
Alignment
Paint wheels before new tires are mounted
cheap things I've considered as well;
SuperPro lower engine steady mount bush kit to go with the REv bushings already installed
Whiteline front control arm bushings - they're cheap and I've noticed my OEM ones are getting a little worn



So that's where I am.
Thought about grabbing a front grill, but just not a huge fan of the mesh grills.
And can't justify the almost $300 for the 'OEM' style upgraded grill.
so she stays stock.

Thought about a few lips, but not while its still in 4x4 mode.

Next big purchase is gonna be a rear torsion bar and upper rear chassis brace, cos the rear end is very sloppy.
 

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also decided on a bronze wheel , unfortunately the only nice complementary colors for marathon blu for wheels are limited
I bet the straight pipe is obnoxiously loud lol
 

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also decided on a bronze wheel , unfortunately the only nice complementary colors for marathon blu for wheels are limited
I bet the straight pipe is obnoxiously loud lol
It's not really the loud..ness of the straight pipe, its how meh it sounds.
Like it literally sounds like "straight piped" dont know how to explain it, sounds cheap I guess? lol
 

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Well, finally got the exhaust finished up.
We ended up cutting out the resonator and replacing it with the following;
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Pretty much a knock off Flowmaster series 10.
Wasn't expecting much of a improvement, but man it sounds great.

cold start





Birthday was the 22nd and was surprised by the amount of money I got lol
Ordered a few goodies;
Godspeed springs - no they are not the expensive coilovers, or top end eibach springs but for the price and slight drop they allow they're perfect;
1.4 in front and 1.3 in the rear, compared to the 2"+ from Megan and Eibach springs.
Already scrap/bottom out at certain places around town so I don't want to go so slow I'm gonna have issues, but do want to close out that wheel gap a little bit.
H11 harness - time for a H11B to H11 lo-beam swap
5mm hub centric rear wheel spacers - Don't want crazy offset between the front and rear wheels, but like the rears to be slightly farther out than the front.

So got a few things to do in the next few weeks.
-Paint the wheels/valve cover
-Lower it
-Alignment
-Get new tires mounted
-H11B to H11 swap


Guess thats about it till this whole COVID-19 crap lifts and I can pick up some OT again at work and get some funds rolling in.
 

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So why didn't you get the H&R springs instead of the GodSpeed?
GodSpeed doesn't have the best following and H&R are very good springs with a good ride and no more than a 1-/14" drop all around.

Exhaust sounds sweet btw, nice choice. 😍👍

Thanks man, well the people who I've talked to said good things about the Godspeed springs.
Oh, and they were $110 cheap? Guess we will see sir.

Plus with amazon prime, if they turn out to be crap I have 30 days to send them back lol
 

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Well few small updates.
Springs are here.
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We'll see in the long run whether or not they are worth anything, but from the people I've talked to and seen online I think I'll enjoy them.

Was gonna use this gorgeous NC Saturday to install them.. but I couldn't find my 19mm socket for the lugs, and my friend who was gonna bring a spring compressor...

Needless to say.. no drop today :(


However this did happen;
Shaved valve cover.

Before(after cleaned);
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After being 'shaved'
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after being painted and test fitted on the motor
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Just need some RTV to finish the install(D'oh!).

I'll finally fix some of the bad re-wiring job from the initial wire tuck while I'm under the hood.
Overall very happy with the 'tucked bay'.
 
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