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GSTwithPSI
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1229990 posted 07/03/16 10:43 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting Yohler:

Have you considered getting a flex fuel sensor and running it through ECMlink so you can log it on the fly?




Nah, the flex fuel sensor would be nice, but I don't really think it's needed for my build. I don't really drive the car enough for it to be worthwhile. As long as the E85 in the area keeps being consistent, I'll probably keep the car as it's configured.




Quoting transparentdsm:

just went through all the new post on all 3 cars and im jealous of all 3.




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230134 posted 07/08/16 06:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Very sexy car and build man, I love it



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230361 posted 07/17/16 02:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Thanks for the positive feedback, guys. I appreciate it.

For the first time in a long time, 1837 has been virtually problem free for months now. I've rolled over 1,000 miles on the motor, and I've yet to have any issues with the car overall. Things are looking pretty good as far as making the Shootout this year (knock on wood*).

I recently added a pair of Recaro SRD buckets. I ordered sliders from Japan, and they work and fit awesome. They basically make the Recaro seats plug and play, and you can even retain the stock seat belts if your prefer to. I opted to go that route, since my Sabelt harnesses are out of date, and alone probably wouldn't pass tech at most tracks.

The brackets are made to order, and it probably took almost a month to get them:









Installed:







To sum it up, the new seats are awesome. I saved about 10 lbs per side compared to the stockers. The thing that's probably most noticeable about them is how much lower they locate the driving position. I'd guess you probably gain 2-4 inches of headroom with these seats. You definitely sit significantly lower in the car.

Of course, they feel and look great too, and are probably one of the nicest creature comforts I've ever added to the car.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (07/17/16 02:49 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230371 posted 07/17/16 09:28 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Nice seats! Are those the vanner rails? I've been meaning to order a set but weren't sure if they were legit.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230372 posted 07/17/16 09:36 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Here's all the details



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230376 posted 07/18/16 06:45 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
How much if I may ask? I am debating just getting the driver's side, as I have one old school Recaro it could use.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230377 posted 07/18/16 07:44 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Hmm this instruction is basically telling you that they offer proof of seat rail structal integrity for the Japanese car inspection for 1000 yen each....

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230379 posted 07/18/16 10:14 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Quoting iceman69510:

How much if I may ask? I am debating just getting the driver's side, as I have one old school Recaro it could use.




The brackets were fairly cheap @ ~$130 a piece. However, shipping for the pair was an additional $230. I've got a little under $500 bucks in the set. Given the quality, plug and play fitment, and being able to retain the stock seat belts, I think the price was fair.

The hardware to mount the buckets to the brackets was included. The hardware to mount the brackets to the car is reused, save new washers that are included for installation.




Quoting Gtpdz:

Hmm this instruction is basically telling you that they offer proof of seat rail structal integrity for the Japanese car inspection for 1000 yen each....



The Japanese car inspection is a no shit inspection, so that's reassuring information. Not that I really had any concerned to begin with. These definitely look the part of a quality built unit.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (07/18/16 10:18 AM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230421 posted 07/19/16 01:38 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I like your new seats! What is you height, do you feel that you are too low now or are the gains beneficial for you? The prices on the rails are good, that shipping is killer though! Hard to beat plug and play though.



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Edited by KiNgMaRtY (07/19/16 01:38 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1230423 posted 07/19/16 01:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I'm right under 6' tall. Personally, I never had an issue before with the stock seat ride height, even when wearing a helmet in the car.

When I got the Recaros installed, it took a bit of getting used to after driving the car with stock seats for so long. Also, swapping between driving 820 and 1837 really puts into perspective how much lower the Recaros sit. After I got used to the new driving position, I actually prefer it. You feel so much more connected to the car, and obviously get tossed around less due to the lower overall center of gravity, and extra bolster support. The Recaros are much more comfortable as well, IMO. You could drive for hours in those seats and be more comfortable than you would even in the stock buckets, which I think are pretty comfortable.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1231338 posted 08/27/16 10:27 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I put almost 1,000 miles on 1837 driving to the Shootout and back, which puts me at a little over 2K miles on the new motor. Aside from being a little dirty from getting stuck in the rain on the return trip, there wasn't a single hiccup with the car. I was confident in the car this year, and I'm glad I waited it out to ensure the trip would be trouble free. I've never had 7 hours of constant seat time in 1837, and I learned a few things on the trip, good and bad:

The good:
The new Recaros are awesome. When I first installed them, I was worried about how comfortable they would be. For starters, the seat cushion is narrow, and your legs are locked into the driving position. The ride height is also significantly lower, and you're literally sitting on the floor in these compare to the stock buckets. Once I drove the car around a bit, I got used to both, but I was still on the fence about how 7 hours in the Recaros would feel. I can confidently say these are the most comfortable seats I've ever driven in. After 7 hours, my ass felt just a good as it did when I first got in the car...No bullshit.

I also got better mileage on E85 than I thought I would. I was averaging around 18 MPG on the highway, and we were cruising between 75-80 MPH most of the time.

Lastly, the JIC coilovers didn't have me pissing blood after 7 hours, which was welcomed.

Oh, and no breakdowns


The bad:
I really only have 2 main complaints after being in the car for an extended period of time. The first is 3" exhaust drone gets old after like 45 minutes. Meh.

The second, and far more annoying issue is the DSS driveshaft. The DSS driveshafts are NOT for street cars, IMO. The driveshaft is noisy, and amplifies every noise in the driveline. It also seems to create some sort of weird harmonic noise on decel, which is horribly annoying. I've done hours and hours of testing, troubleshooting, and diagnosing trying to pinpoint the source of the noise to no avail. No matter how much testing I do, I still only draw one conclusion; the issue is the DSS driveshaft is just a noisy POS. Additionally, my driveline was completely silent with the stock driveshaft, further reinforcing the problem being the DSS shaft itself. I suppose I should have considered how a giant piece of 3.5" hollow aluminum tubing would act compared to the stock driveshaft, but I didn't. The moral of the story is don't put a DSS driveshaft on your Galant if you enjoy listening to smooth Jazz on your commute to work...You won't enjoy the experience.




After I got the car home I gave it a good wash, and figured I'd change the oil. It was far before it was due, but I wanted to pull the filter and chop it open to inspect after the long drive. Zero metal, and really zero contaminates overall. The filter element was spotless:







Lastly, a picture of my new filter for G





East Coast MOD is coming up in a few weeks, so hoping to take 1837 and 820 out for that. I'm also trying to find time to get back to the track and hopefully break 11's. Got cams and a SD swap on the list of things to do to 1837 as well...Just too much to do, and not enough time to do it all.



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Edited by GSTwithPSI (08/27/16 10:36 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1231341 posted 08/28/16 12:07 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That's a dope ass filter. Did you get the magnets yet? You will be surprised at what you catch.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1231350 posted 08/28/16 11:45 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
No, been meaning to pick up a set, though. Where's that link to them again?



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1231357 posted 08/28/16 09:39 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1231870 posted 09/17/16 06:08 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Winter is coming...So time to get back on the jack stands again soon

Picked up a Stage 2 Shep trans at MOD. A good trans was the last thing the build was really lacking, so I'm excited to get this in for next season.





The stock cams will be coming out and I've got a set of HKS cams going in. I've got 264 and a 272 exhaust cams, so not sure if I'll go straight 264's or do the 264/272 combo.




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Edited by GSTwithPSI (09/17/16 06:11 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232263 posted 10/04/16 06:10 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
That time I blew the welds on the intake...


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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232264 posted 10/04/16 06:50 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
way to go spilner.. now me and the mad scientist need to tear the block down and make sure you didnt fry the piston rings. haaaaaa



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232551 posted 10/16/16 09:22 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I pulled my injectors tonight to upgrade my fuel rail, and discovered some of the infamous black E85 goo. I've seen some people have trouble with goo, and others who have been on E85 for years and never seen it. Until today, I was one of those who have never seen it.

I've pulled my injectors on numerous occasions over the last year, and never saw a single trace of goo. I believe that's because the fuel in my area is pretty good quality overall. However, I went through about 5-7 tanks of E85 from various out of state locations over the last few months driving to the Shootout, and to East Coast MOD. I truly think the fuel station, and the quality of fuel coming out of that storage tank are what ultimately cause the goo.

I gave the injectors a quick cleaning, and now the goo is gone. I'll pull the injectors in another 2k miles and check for goo again, as I'm curious to see if the fuel in my area is contributing to the problem. As far as ethanol content, the tested levels from my local stations have been great. With winter coming up, I'm also curious to see if the ethanol content drops off a bit.

Goo






All clean




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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232558 posted 10/17/16 09:40 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
I too have been curious about this phenomenon. As you said, some go years w/o a trace, and others can't shake it. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out for you.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232559 posted 10/17/16 10:41 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
There are tons of theories as to how and why the goo accumulates, and where it comes from. The one I can personally attest to is fuel grade.

Personally, I ran E85 for 6 months without ever seeing any sign of goo. During that specific goo free time period, I only got E85 from 1 of 2 stations in my area. The primary station I used is on a military base, where flex fuel vehicles are fueled regularly, and I would assume the station tanks are therefore refilled regularly. The second station is a Shell station, which is in the heart of Annapolis, and is always busy. Additionally, I've tested the ethanol content of the fuels from both of these stations in the summer months and it has always been at or over 85%. Long story short, I believe the fuel from both of the stations in my local area is good quality.

Back up to last May, when I swapped out my FIC 1050's for a set of FIC 1150's. I had been on E85 for nearly 6 months at that point. When I pulled the 1050's, they were spotless: (Take note where I even mention in the post there's no goo in my 1050's at all): click

In that post, I had just received my 1150's back from FIC after cleaning and flow testing. I swapped them in, and at the time, they too were spotless. Now, fast forward to today just 5 months later, and suddenly my injectors are full of goo. The only real difference is where I fueled the car over that period of time. Namely, I drove the the Shootout and also East Coast MOD. I fueled the car in various states, at various stations; obviously with varying grades/qualities of E85.

Long story short, I don't think E85 causes goo. I think crappy E85 causes goo based on my personal experiences with it. The problem is, there's no real way for simpletons like myself to actually check the grade of the fuel aside from testing ethanol content (that I'm aware of). As such, I would recommend to anyone running E85 to pull their injectors every few thousand miles and give them a look. If you're running crappy E85 grade fuel, it will undoubtedly show.



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232578 posted 10/17/16 02:48 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
would it be worth it to run gasoline through it every few tanks to (in theory) clean it out? I would expect the solvents in gasoline to help combat the goo somewhat, especially if combined with something like seafoam.

I wish e85 was more available near me. I lived a few miles from a base with an E85 pump for years but it's only available to vehicles with government plates



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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232582 posted 10/17/16 05:16 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
It's hard to say. I think depending on how crappy the E85 is, it may or may not help. I will say that once the goo is there, no fuel or additives will remove it. It has to be done manually. When I park my car in the winters, I run all of the E85 out of the system and garage it with pump gas in the tank.

I've seen injectors gooed up way worse than mine, but in the condition pictured above mine still seemed to perform fine. I never noticed any loss in performance or driveability. If left unchecked, I assume the goo could cause a lean condition, or even cause fuel to pool, which are a real problems.

IMO, E85 users just have to look at pulling the injectors like any other maintenance item. If not, you're rolling the dice. Least, that's how I'm looking at the problem. Even if I knew the E85 in my area was undoubtedly shit, I still couldn't give it up. Corn makes the powaaa.

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232646 posted 10/18/16 10:54 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
What was your weapon of choice for goo removal?

Yes, many theories as to how and why, and i haven't been able to draw any great conclusions.

Gospel down in socal is to run 91 every few tanks, as slugs was saying. Thing is, there are quite a few people who are a goo-free who never do that. Fuel quality so far seems to be most logical. I mean, if they stay clean when using 2 stations, but then you venture off the range and start sampling some other stuff and have problems, seems kinda obvious that it was something with the other fuel, or maybe lack of equipment maintenance.

I don't fucks with the e85 yet, partly because goo. But Flex Fuel tech has been calling my name for the last few months...

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232647 posted 10/18/16 11:33 PM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post      
Here are your answers as to what the goo is. It was done by a dsmer who used to live here but, has since moved to texas. He is a chemist. Real analysis inside.

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Edited by biglady112 (10/18/16 11:33 PM)

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Galant VR-4 org Post #: 1232649 posted 10/19/16 05:53 AM     Remind Me!  Send Private Message   Edit Post   
I came across that thread years back before deciding to give e85 a try. It's a good read!



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