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The Nuclear Option
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Updated Modifications List (As of 04/17/2022):

Now Installing Stage 2 of Engine Build. See PENDING INSTALLATIONS.

APPEARANCE MODS:

GM issue "TURBO" badge
ANZO USA Projector Headlights
6000K HID Kit (for low beams)
5000K Osram 80W Halogen bulbs (for high beams)
ANZO USA Smoked Tailights
F1R F103 18x8.5 ×38 Wheels
245/40R18 93W Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season Tires

SUSPENSION/BRAKE MODS:
Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Springs
KONI Adjustable Sport Struts & Shocks
Camber Bolts
Whiteline 27 mm Front Stabilizer Bar
Whiteline 22 mm Rear Stabilizer Bar

PENDING INSTALLATION (Spring 2022)
ZZP 12.6" Front Big Brake Kit
Goodridge Stainless Front Brake Lines

ENGINE and DRIVETRAIN MODIFICATIONS:
Vermont Tuning E85 Flex Fuel Tune
K&N Short Ram Intake
ZZP Intercooler Package
ZZP Throttle Body Spacer
460cc Deatschwerks Fuel Injectors
Ported Intake Manifold
Mishimoto Oil Catch Can
MSD Ignition Coil
NGK V-Power BRK7E Spark Plugs Gap ~0.025"
ZZP Downpipe
ZZP Catted Mid Pipe
Magnaflow Stainless Catback Exhaust
Diamond Forged Pistons
Custom Pauter X Beam 4340 Billet Connecting Rods
ZZP Head Studs
ZZP Big Wheel V3 Turbo w/Ported Compressor Housing
ZZP Wastegate Actuator

NEW CLINDER HEAD INCLUDING:
ZZP Stage 1 Performance Intake Camshaft
ZZP 72 Lbs Valve Springs
ZZP Titanium Valve Spring Retainers
New OEM Intake Camshaft for Exhaust Side
New Lifters
New Rocker Arms
New Valves
New Valve Stem Seals

TTR Polyurethane Rear Transmission Mount

INSTALLING NOW:
Garrett G25-550 .49AR Turbocharger
Custom T25 Exhaust Manifold
RacerX Intake Manifold
ZZP 65mm Throttle Body
RacerX Fuel Rail
GFB Fuel Pressure Regulator
GFB Hybrid BOV
GFB Fuel Guage
Fragola 0.500" ID P.T.F.E Fuel Feed & Return Lines
AEM E85 Rated High Pressure Fuel Pump
Deatschwerks 650cc Fuel Injectors
GM LUJ/LUV Big 3 Wiring Kit

INTERIOR MODS:
ZZP Guage Pod Pillar
Aeroforce Interceptor Scan Guage
Autometer Sport Comp II Boost Guage.

Current Engine Compartment:
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Today I thought I would get off the fence and start a build thread. I apologize, as I have never documented any of my mods previously so, I do not have many pictures. Before I get into my my current mods, I'd like to talk a little bit about my work space. I've heard a lot of people on this forum let a lack of space or a "shop" area detour them from performing moderate/significant modifications to their vehicles. I live in the second story of a duplex home in the city. For those in a similar environment, I wanted to let you know that it can be done.

This is my workspace:
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It's basically a concrete pad where a garage once sat.

And this is my tool chest (also on the 2nd story):

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The engine compartment as it sits now:

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And this is my tool chest (also on the 2nd story):

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Ok. Enough with the boring stuff.
Whoooa, Boring??? -- You had me at tool chest !

[You really should click on expand!]
 

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The Nuclear Option
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Whoooa, Boring??? -- You had me at tool chest !
Whenever I do go somewhere with more space, I'll need to get a bigger one. It is FULL. I some more things stored behind and around it.

Reserved this spot since I'm your favorite person here. Also to follow so I can tune in.
You are one of my favorite people on here, Thebigzeus. ;)
 

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Sounds like a fun project, JLL. Good luck with it.
 

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Surprised you don’t have that Wastegate actuator yet. It was the most noticeable mod I did after a tune intake and downpipe.
I have the ZZP Wastegate Actuator but I'm going to install it on the new turbo.
 

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Thanks.

I plan to. I may even make the 3 hour drive it up to ZZP and have them dyno tune it.
I’m 99% sure I’m going to go have ZZP do the valve springs and cam... and have an 18 hour drive! Going to wait until spring though, don’t want to get caught in a freak storm or something.
 

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I’m 99% sure I’m going to go have ZZP do the valve springs and cam... and have an 18 hour drive! Going to wait until spring though, don’t want to get caught in a freak storm or something.
Wow....that's a drive. How much did they quote you to do the job?
 

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Wow....that's a drive. How much did they quote you to do the job?
Just about $1250... I can’t make it to them until spring but I called my local Chevy dealership and the cost is about $300 bucks more to do the same work, of course I’d be supplying the springs, retainers, etc. They are 10 miles away!

ZZP said they can do it in under 5 hours with the tool they designed, Chevy said about 2 days so I’m assuming that is pulling the head off but I’d better check.
 

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Just about $1250... I can’t make it to them until spring but I called my local Chevy dealership and the cost is about $300 bucks more to do the same work, of course I’d be supplying the springs, retainers, etc. They are 10 miles away!

ZZP said they can do it in under 5 hours with the tool they designed, Chevy said about 2 days so I’m assuming that is pulling the head off but I’d better check.
Whoa.....for an additional $1200, I'll gladly do the work on my car myself. But I understand not everyone has the time to do that.
 

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Whoa.....for an additional $1200, I'll gladly do the work on my car myself. But I understand not everyone has the time to do that.
I can do it as I’ve done them before just not on an overhead cam setup but I watched a video on a cam install on a 1.8 L Cruze and it’s more than I want to tackle in my car port, plus this is my daily driver.

16 valves and 32 very small retainers with the motor in the car doesn’t give me the fuzzies! :)

ZZP’s cam does come with the tool to set the timing which is nice.
 
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Today I thought I would get off the fence and start a build thread. I apologize, as I have never documented any of my mods previously so, I do not have many pictures. Before I get into my my current mods, I'd like to talk a little bit about my work space. I've heard a lot of people on this forum let a lack of space or a "shop" area detour them from performing moderate/significant modifications to their vehicles. I live in the second story of a duplex home in the city. For those in a similar environment, I wanted to let you know that it can be done.

This is my workspace:
View attachment 290282


It's basically a concrete pad where a garage once sat.

And this is my tool chest (also on the 2nd story):

View attachment 290283

Ok. Enough with the boring stuff. On to the mods:

APPEARANCE MODS:
GM issue "TURBO" badge.

PERFORMANCE MODS:
Vermont Tuning E85 Flex Fuel Tune
Injen Cold Air Intake
ZZP Intercooler Package
ZZP Throttle Body Spacer
460cc Deatschwerks Fuel Injectors
Ported Intake Manifold
Mishimoto Oil Catch Can
MSD Ignition Coil
ZZP Downpipe
ZZP Catted Mid Pipe
Magnaflow Stainless Catback Exhaust
ZZP Guage Pod Pillar
Aeroforce Interceptor Scan Guage
Autometer Sport Comp II Boost Guage.

The engine compartment as it sits now:

View attachment 290279

View attachment 290281
When the weather gets warmer around May-ish, I plan to start doing the internal engine upgrades on the car.

SPRING MODS:
Diamond Forged Pistons
ZZP Connecting Rods
ZZP Head Studs
ZZP Big Wheel V3 Turbo
ZZP 72 Lbs Valve Springs
ZZP Titanium Valve Spring Retainers
ZZP Wastegate Actuator
OTT Front Transmission Mount
OTT Rear Transmission Mount
MAYBE CAMS IF A CERTAIN COMPANY WILL ACTUALLY SELL THEM


That's all I have for right now. I may post more pictures this afternoon once I take them.
nice build man, a lot of the things you have on right now are on my to do list so I have a couple questions. I have the zzp gauge pod and the exact same boost gauge and throttle body spacer that you have, but I’m having a couple issues installing them. The pod fit in correctly with the gauge but as far as actually connecting the gauge I’m not really sure what to do. I’ve searched up a bunch of videos and I’m just a little confused. Since you have the exact same setup as me, how did you do it exactly?
 

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nice build man, a lot of the things you have on right now are on my to do list so I have a couple questions. I have the zzp gauge pod and the exact same boost gauge and throttle body spacer that you have, but I’m having a couple issues installing them. The pod fit in correctly with the gauge but as far as actually connecting the gauge I’m not really sure what to do. I’ve searched up a bunch of videos and I’m just a little confused. Since you have the exact same setup as me, how did you do it exactly?
Are you having issues physically connecting the boost line to the guage or the throttle body spacer or both?

Please be as specific as possible.

I connected the boost guage wiring/tubing with the pillar laying on the dash. Then I put the pillar up in the A-pillar with the guages installed and connected into the pillar.
 

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Magnets my friend. Magnets
Yes, I do own a couple of those things... :)

I’m actually not in the best shape to tear into the car for a job like that, I’ve had a bad sleep disorder for 15 years and I was on 6 prescription meds to sleep. About 3 months ago I said enough is enough and I’m tapering off all but one and the last one is kicking my rear. I only have 7 hours of sleep in the last 5 days. I really wish I could have driven the car to ZZP for them to do the work but it just wasn’t feasible.

I’m ordering the springs, titanium retainers and stage one cam tomorrow. I will probably bring it into the Chevy dealership to do the work late next week. Then I’m done!! (At least until I’m not done :) )

I think with the springs and cam it should be into the 200+ whp, Tim thought so also.

I really can’t wait until you start your build! The rods and pistons got me interested.
 

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I’m ordering the springs, titanium retainers and stage one cam tomorrow. I will probably bring it into the Chevy dealership to do the work late next week. Then I’m done!! (At least until I’m not done :) )
I didn't think ZZP was publicly selling cams yet??
 
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