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The Nuclear Option
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Discussion Starter · #981 ·
Glad to se the bushings fit .. it LOL sorry I guess I should have taken the shoulder down a touch more .. but I wanted it to be a tight fit so it was unlikely to pop loose from that point . it doesn't stick out beyond the lower edge of the control arm does it ?
I'm not quite sure what you mean, as my Cruze does not have rear control arms, it has a beam axel. But here's a picture of what I think you're asking. :LOL:

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If you run into any issues let me know. I will hopefully finally be getting to tear my car apart this weekend. I still have some spare stock left from the bushing project so if need be I can redo a set
 
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If you run into any issues let me know. I will hopefully finally be getting to tear my car apart this weekend. I still have some spare stock left from the bushing project so if need be I can redo a set
I should be putting the car on the ground sometime next week.
 

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Discussion Starter · #984 ·
UPDATE:

I don't think the AEM Dryflow filter I bought is going to hold very well under power. It deformed after just an hour of run time at idle.

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Therefore I ordered a K&N replacement with almost double the filtering medium area.

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I also pressed out 1 or the larger control are bushings.

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Discussion Starter · #985 ·
UPDATE:

It's been a couple weeks since my last update. I abandoned my plan to tie the downpipe into the existing exhaust and have decided to just upgrade the diameter of the whole thing.

Here's my 10 foot piece of pipe 😮

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I have a new Magnaflow muffler and resonator on order.

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Besides exhaust, the last two weeks have been spent on ECM calibrations to find the right mix of fueling and VVT adjustments to keep the engine running well with the increased airflow. The combination of the longer duration cams, less restrictive exhaust manifold, and larger turbo have played havoc with the fuel air/fuel mixture at lower engine speeds. That's all dialed in now, so I can test drive it and we can move onto boosting conditions in the coming weeks.
 

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UPDATE:

I removed the cooling fan. Tomorrow I have an aluminum fan shroud coming so I can mount the new fan and then get to work on fabricating the exhaust. The fan, in combination with the shroud is only ~3.5" thick at it's widest vs. The factory fan assembly that is almost uniformly ~ 5" thick. You can see the profile difference below. ~ 1.5" doesn't seem like much, but with this build it's make it or break it. Literally. :LOL:

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Hopefully it cools as well as the OEM fan does!
 

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Discussion Starter · #989 ·
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Hopefully it cools as well as the OEM fan does!
@MP81 got me thinking during our stretch of 90 degree weather. I believe that the new cooling fan will cool as well as OEM. But I got to looking at the radiator and realized that it I noticed that it's looking a little beat up. So, I thought I would use this one to upgrade the radiator and add an external transmission cooler since mine doesn't have one.

What came out: OEM Radiator: 31" x 16" x 1"
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What's going in: Griffin Maxcool 31" x 19" x 3"
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The open cavity where the radiator once was:
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I'm hoping I can keep the condenser in place. I going to have to make custom bracket to mount the radiator, condenser, and intercooler to the subframe. I plan to shift those components 3/4" forward to accommodate for the condenser. There should be room to do that. But if I can't do that, I guess the condenser will be removed.
 

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The hell happened to your OE radiator? That looks like my Cobalt's after I dropped it (the radiator) on a jack stand (while in the car).

That should be a great upgrade - hopefully you can keep the condenser - losing AC IMO is a bummer.
 

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The hell happened to your OE radiator? That looks like my Cobalt's after I dropped it (the radiator) on a jack stand (while in the car).

That should be a great upgrade - hopefully you can keep the condenser - losing AC IMO is a bummer.
The same thing that happened to you. :LOL:

Last year I tried jacking the front of the car up the front of the subframe. The jack rolled and the car slipped. I didn't think it cause any damage but it turns out it did.

I've never owned a car without functional A/C so, not having A/C would suck June - August.
 

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The same thing that happened to you. :LOL:

Last year I tried jacking the front of the car up the front of the subframe. The jack rolled and the car slipped. I didn't think it cause any damage but it turns out it did.

I've actually never owned a car without functional A/C so, not having A/C would suck June - August.
Oh well that explains it quite well! I was doing the exact same thing - trying to use my jack under the front subframe (I was using one of those trolley jacks and a piece of wood - the wood slipped because the subframe is rounded), and I had a jackstand at the ready to go underneath the subframe and it just happened to be under the radiator.

Mine was leaking though, so, had to replace it. I just wish I hadn't have tried the Stopleak before...ugh.

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Oh well that explains it quite well! I was doing the exact same thing - trying to use my jack under the front subframe (I was using one of those trolley jacks and a piece of wood - the wood slipped because the subframe is rounded), and I had a jackstand at the ready to go underneath the subframe and it just happened to be under the radiator.

Mine was leaking though, so, had to replace it. I just wish I hadn't have tried the Stopleak before...ugh.

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I can't believe auto parts stores even sell it without trying to hard sell the part that needs replaced.
 

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It's absolute ****, and I'm pretty sure it was the source of my sticky thermostat years later (you know, wide open in the middle of a really cold winter day). And more than likely why my coolant temp sensors always take a ****.

It was the recommendation of one of my dad's friends who had experience with working on cars...but yeah, that was a pretty bad piece of advice there. I hate that crap.
 

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It's absolute *, and I'm pretty sure it was the source of my sticky thermostat years later (you know, wide open in the middle of a really cold winter day). And more than likely why my coolant temp sensors always take a *.

It was the recommendation of one of my dad's friends who had experience with working on cars...but yeah, that was a pretty bad piece of advice there. I hate that crap.
"Old School Guys" don't realize how sensative modern engines are. Stop leak worked just fine on a SBC/BBC but those engine were pretty "basic".
 

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And even then it's probably terrible for it - that **** really just screws everything up.
 

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Discussion Starter · #997 ·
UPDATE:

It is with great sadness that I made realization that the A/C condenser would have to be removed, at least for now. :(

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I also started on dry fitting the 3" exhaust. I got the most difficult part done, the downpipe.

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Overall I feel pretty satisfied with today's progress. 😌
 

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If it wasn't optional, then probably not. On my Cavalier, the AC compressor used to jingle, and the clutch was shot so it was not functional - but since it was an option, I just bought the non-AC belt and installed that to stop the obnoxious jingling. :ROFLMAO:

I actually still have the previous belt hanging off a shelf in my garage for...whatever reason.
 
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