One of the bumper cover tabs at the fender was broken. Apparently I bought it that way. I’m waiting for the JB weld to dry on the tab to take it out. Sitting in the garage, it looks and runs great! Typical blower whine and all. I’ll be on the road tomorrow for a shake down run (and some detailing, lol). Maybe even later tonight.
Okay, finished up the front end. Went for a spin, and love it so far. Kept an eye on gauges, temperatures, etc. Runs just like a strong V6 when I'm just driving it like an adult. Once it warmed up a bit I hit the go pedal, which will now be named the grin pedal. Once it spools a bit it feels (and sounds) like a jet. When I have daylight tomorrow, I'll grab some shots. I also redid the grille while I had it off with a couple of Saleen pieces.
Finished (for now!) project. I found a hose clamp between the intercooler and intake that I hadn't tightened up all the way that was causing me a pretty substantial boost leak. Tightened it all the way and can now hear the bypass/blowoff valve hissing on shift changes. Also gaineda pretty big chunk of power. It was leaking a lot, lol. The boost comes on quicker and it pulls hard north of 2000-2500 rpm and keeps pulling as the revs go up.
Minor nit-picking on the Procharger install. The 90° elbow they give you for the intake is undersized compared to the intake diameter. Its also cut right at the apex of the 90, so there isn't a purchase to grab with the hose clamp. I ended up going to a local JDM place and found, exactly the same size silicone rubber 90, but with extra inches in length to cut down. I gave myself an inch of seating space on the intake side. Still took some work to stretch it on, but the other part was damn near impossible. Also, the PCV valve, and crankcase breather are tied into the intake (check valve on the boosted side) with nothing more than 5/8" reinforced hose. It looks cheesy under the hood. They give you about 15 feet of the stuff. Maybe if they gave out some nice elbows to direct it in spots, it would look more professional. I will be remedying that shortly.
Last nits to pick had nothing to do with the procharger. I had the sway bars and springs professionally installed, based on a recommendation, by a particular garage that got good reviews. When I went to remove the wheels, to work on the car, my impact wrench wouldn't budge the lug nuts. An 18" breaker bar didn't move them either, until I added 3' of pipe over the end of it. I'm sorry, but there is no call for that! Don't people understand the damage that can be done to expensive alloy wheels, wheel studs and (potentially) hubs by stressing them that much? I also discovered that the jam nuts on the sway bar end links had loosened up on all of them, and one of the links in the rear had separated from the threaded hex barrel. I'm glad I caught it! All is back together correctly and the threads have had blue loctite added. I love the stuff. Yeah, you have to apply a little force to make adjustments, but it preserves the threads and keeps them from unwinding under vibration.
Did a shake down on the Blue Ridge pkwy for a photo op.