About to take on a loooong awaited project and plan to document it both here and at Trick Tuners
as Joe will be providing my tune.
My automotive addiction started in the import world with a 96 Eclipse GS-T (FWD Turbo) that had a 2.0l 4G63 inline 4 cyl. I spent 7 years taking the stock 210hp to the crank to 325hp to the wheels by upgrading the turbo, fuel system, +all supporting boltons, and leveraging a piggy back fuel computer Apex S-AFC to push 21psi through the stock motor on 93 octane with the exception of HKS cams. I performed all tuning on my own in small increments data-logging signals from the ECU in conjunction with various gauges on the car. Don’t smack me, but I used a digital readout on the narrow band coupled with timing advance, EGT’s, STFT and LTFT to tune the car within 5 hp of what a tuner was able to do on the dyno. The best it did in the ľ was 13.7 at 110mph. I had the trap speed but no traction off the line on street tires with a FWD.
It was a huge surprise to me to find out the Ford cars require a Flash and do not leverage the on-the-fly changes possible with a piggy back unit such as the AFC. I purchased my Livewire device prior to knowing this and was rather depressed by what it couldn’t do for the money….
Unfortunately I had to sell the car for a variety of reasons but was fortunate enough to pick up the mustang just a couple years later. Knowing my addiction would eventually lead me down the same path, I created a plan based upon limited funds. Over time I set out to prep the car for some form of forced induction. I liked the idea of getting to know my car prior to cramming air down its throat. My build has been implemented backwards to what most people do in that the Centri is the last thing being installed.
Car info & Driver:
I am 36 years old and drive a Sonic Blue 2002 GT manual with 83k miles on it. I bought it bone stock used 4 years ago with 77k miles. It is my weekend warrior car(I am lucky to have a company car and literally only pull the stang out on weekends) and I plan to run it at the track down the 1/4 maybe 2-3 times a year. I have yet to make it to the track with what is on it now but have made progress with the purchase of a new helmet J.
Parts installed to date:
-FRPP 3.73 gears
-Ram HDX clutch
-Repacked trak-lok clutches
-American muscle Cold air intake
-Professional products 65mm TB (we will visit this again later)
-Professional products upper intake plenum
-SCT livewire with bama tune
-Pypes x-pipe with cats
-H&R sport springs
-Autometer Gauges in triple pillar mount- volts,psi,WideBand
-Plx-AFR wideband o2 sensor & cable to plug it into Livewire (purchased from Joe) O2 Bung added to driver side just below connection to header.
-17x10.5’s with 315 NT555’s in the rear
-Have already used SCT livelink software to datalog signals
Parts purchased and in the process of being installed:
-Treadstone TRV25 Intercooler with inlet/outlet on opposite ends
-Tial Q 50mm BOV with pink spring
-VMP 75mm blow through MAF housing
-3” intercooler pipes & misc silicone couplers & TBolt clamps
-Valve cover filter (will eventually replace it with a catch can)
Parts that I plan to purchase to complete the build (over the next 2 months):
-Siemans 60lb injectors (From Joe @ tricktuners)
-Tuning Service (From Joe @ tricktuners)
-PMAS HPX MAF & pigtail (From Joe @ tricktuners)
-DivisionX Stryker 340lph fuel pump
-Spark plugs – 1 range colder
-Vortech V3-Si tuner kit 4FL218-150L
-Additional loose pipes/couplers for custom 4” power pipe = 3.5” to 4” 90deg coupler -> 45 deg 4” alum pipe -> 45deg 4” coupler -> 4" long piece of straight pipe (excess cut from 45*) -> filter in fender
Air flow description (picture while facing the car):
1)Re-clock the V3 outlet to about 4 o-clock.
2)Feeds into a 16” straight pipe flanged for the Tial Q
3)Down and around to the right side of the FMIC
4)Outlet of the FMIC on the left down and up through the fender (cut a custom hole) into the VMP MAF housing. FMIC mounted behind the bumper support. I refuse to sacrifice safety for airflow. Cutting the right wing off the left bumper support mount allowed for the unit to be only 1.5” off center which is hardly noticeable.
5)Through a modified CAI pipe
6)Finally to the PP TB and Plenum
1)From what I have been reading the Stryker pump should be sufficient without a BAP for what this motor can handle in its stock form. Agree? What about the Walbro TU229HP unit? Can it flow sufficient fuel on its own without a BAP?
2)Will going with the 60lb injectors affect tunability at part throttle?
What size pulley will be needed to hit roughly 10-11psi? The treadstone is a top down unit so it should have little pressure loss.
3)Will the 65mm throttle body have a significant impact to performance numbers?
4)Any flaws in general with what I have laid out? I’ll be proceeding with purchasing the parts in the coming weeks. Wife and Kids take most of my free time so I cram it in when I have time.
Much to follow....