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Building The Cruzen2.0

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Background:
My 2012 ECO MT has been named "Cruzen" so this is the build of "Cruzen2.0"
My ECO is worth too much to do all these modifications to it.
I WILL build the first(?) 2.0t 6MT CRUZE!

2014 Buick Verano Premium, 2.0T, 6MT, 17k miles, salvage- runs/drives, $3k (PURCHASED)
2012 Chevy Cruze LS, 1.8L, 6MT, 195k miles, bad clutch, $3k (PENDING AS OF 5/30/18)

The Buick was delivered today (5/30/18) and this it the first bit of prep so I could find out what replacement parts I needed to buy.

As Delivered
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After removal of front crash bar and upper rad support (and hood)
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Messed up rads. No leaks tho, AC still blows cold! Only part not usable or the same with the recipient Cruze is the main engine radiator
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As of now the wheels haven't fallen off the project, but they did have to come off the car
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Tire Alloy wheel Spoke Wheel Rim


JUNK!!!
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The wheels I will be using from now on (including the final look) will be 17x7 5x115 from a 2012 Equinox with 225/50/r16 tires to look stock and be the same size as the factory Cruze ones while fitting the Buick hubs and not saying "BUICK" on them.

Something like this
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Updates will come as I make progress
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Apologies for the lack of recent updates, life and trying to figure out why I can't upload pics has kept me from you....

In summary, it runs, it drives, it's quick, i'm getting used to the quickness (and the 28+mpg). Also, my list of things to fix is only 2/3 of a page long! (down from 2) I also have yet to get the ac filled and the steering sensor calibrated due to a SLIGHT lack of funds (like owing my parents no less than 4 digits of money to pay for insurance and my last paycheck being a little light, but I WILL/ALWAYS recover).

In more recent news, I ordered and modified a single 90 degree bend (with a welded extension) to be 2 "perfect" exhaust tips. No more chrome, even less drone! And I continue to ignore the lack of air bags because of lazy and the lack of TC because I plan to have the AC and TC taken care of at the same time, and funds.... But then again, maybe a tune might have priority.... (maybe, prob not)
Since you can't upload a photo currently, maybe you could do the almighty 0-60 video and upload to youtube?? You'd likely be the fastest cruze on there!!
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Discussion Starter · #162 · (Edited)
@anthonysmith93 Not fastest/quickest cruze, maybe fastest/quickest FWD cruze. Whilst helping my father with finding a chevy 292 6-cyl I met a guy that has such an engine... and he has a buddy with a ls powered rwd cruze built with the sole purpose of drifting (no idea which bodystyle). So ya, for price to performance, I win, until someone builds one for a total cost under 10k with more than 220hp.

Also, feel free to let me know if there is something specific you want to know about my 2.0L cruze.
 

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@anthonysmith93 Not fastest/quickest cruze, maybe fastest/quickest FWD cruze. Whilst helping my father with finding a chevy 292 6-cyl I met a guy that has such an engine... and he has a buddy with a ls powered rwd cruze built with the sole purpose of drifting (no idea which bodystyle). So ya, for price to performance, I win, until someone builds one for a total cost under 10k with more than 220hp.

Also, feel free to let me know if there is something specific you want to know about my 2.0L cruze.
I shoulda been more specific, cuz that's totally what I meant haha. The fastest fwd Cruze without being a full on crazy build of course. I know there's race car Cruzes with only Cruze shells, and there's a couple crazy big engine RWD ones in Australia too.
 

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Discussion Starter · #165 · (Edited)
Had to make a run up I75 for work today, on the way back I met a subaru wrx (of unknown year, but looked like a 2014-217) that was able to get ahead in first gear (my traction control still is not working and it spins the tires mid to top of 1st gear so I have so short-shift to second) but wasn't running away from me either...

Went down to woodward as well but didn't see anything interesting or find anyone else to run with.
 

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Went down to woodward as well but didn't see anything interesting or find anyone else to play with.
You should have come up to Square Lake...Kingswood plaza was nuts. All of Bloomfield Hills PD, along with some of the state troopers, had to come in and shut everything down - every spot was full, easily a thousand people. I've never seen it even remotely that busy in years past.
 

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It'll be dead - Woodward attendance even on a Friday is basically nothing the week after the cruise, haha.
 

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Discussion Starter · #169 ·
Currently working on getting the airbags and steering sensor working, as well as figuring out a best of all worlds (NVH, performance, longevity) solution to the sloppiness of the stock Verano engine + trans mounts. The first two should be solved by swapping some steering column parts/sensors that I shall pick up later this week. As for the last, I am looking at adding an additional torque mount/limiter and will be posting pics of the final result.
 

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If the guy in NY gets his 2.0 cruze running properly with all the mods he's done to the car and the engine, then his will be the true beast (he's cruze_dirtydiane on instagram). My setup is (at least for now) stock engine and no tune, I also have the added weight of using the entirety of the buick's electronics (even the wiring harness is 2x the weight) whereas he is using the entirety of the cruze with a 2.0l dropped into it. That said, after 9 days mine was daily driveable and I think it's been close to 2 weeks since he pulled the 1.4 out of his...
 

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I do realize that I'm the odd one, between my comparatively immense amount of free time, my large monetary reserves (at least when I started I had 6k in savings), my age (22) with no relationship and living with parents (I do pay rent though), and my ability to quickly discern and overcome obstacles has made it so I (even regardless of funds) can make, find, or buy a solution to just about any problem.

That said, my current income, my current bills, and what things I need to purchase have slowed my progress somewhat.
 

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Photo Backlog (image upload and view are broken on mobile)

Best shots of the outside so far. A couple things have changed since, exhaust tips are different and more hidden, and the front emblem is on. (please ignore crooked 2.0 badge, it was fixed shortly after)
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Additional torque mount to combat flop in stock Buick mounts. It's not pretty, the welds are absolutely atrocious (just the body side mount), but it ain't coming off on its own. The link was about $9 on ebay and the brackets were thrown together with stuff I had on hand.
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That totally looks like the torque strut on the bottom of a Cavalier. I had to replace mine when the subframe cracked 360 degrees around:

 

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Discussion Starter · #180 · (Edited)
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Not quite, the cav (at least the last generation) is the same width both ends (I fixed one up, my mother drives it), the one I got is for some late 80's pontiac and the small end is noticeably narrower. This was not deliberate, just looked like I could make it work. In the end the slightly narrower end made it so it would fit without hitting anything right there at the end of the engine (mount, frame, air box, etc)

EDIT: I had to replace 3 of the 4 engine/trans mounts on my cav due to excessive engine movement that made shifting a bit weird.
 
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