It’s been a while since the last update. I’m still waiting on my coilovers and wheels to turn up, but I’ve been keeping busy with small things (IE: midnight online shopping sessions!).
Today I got some X-Force headers and an X-Force high flow cat installed at Kirrawee Mufflers. Driving the car back to work after installation was hilarious, mainly because my engine bay was pouring out smoke from the heat wrap bedding in (definitely turned a few heads!!!).
Sound wise I can hear a difference, it’s not noisier, it’s just a little different. I can’t quite hear the ‘rustling’ header noise I’m used to on past cars I’ve updated the headers on, but then again I was driving top down (and when I’m top down I can’t hear my intake either).
Power wise I definitely feel a noticeable difference. Amazingly the car feels punchier down low at around 3000rpm and when I hit 7,000rpm in first and shift into 2nd it gives off an awesome pop out the back (love it!).
I’ve also done a few more small things, so will drop a few pictures of those tid bits first, then get onto today’s sesh below.
Painted (by Sharpline Paints) and installed front lip.
The standard shift is so damn good, but couldn’t help but try something a little different. I went for a tall and angled MiataRoadster short shifter from the states. The kit came with everything (very nice).
I’ve decided to wrap the headers as I’ve always wanted to wrap some headers! Wrapping them will do wonders as my intake is hot side. It also makes perfect sense to buy cheaper headers to wrap (as I’ve heard about how wrap can more rapidly corrode headers).
This morning I was booked in for installation at Kirrawee Mufflers.
Pete decided to re-use the steel gasket (after cleaning it up) rather than use the supplied fibre gasket. The way he see’s it, nothing can go wrong with the steel gasket (whereas a fibre gasket could deteriorate/fall apart).
The X-Force cat was very short and the guys had to weld on angled tubes to get it to match up with the header’s flange and the exhaust flange too. Such finicky work, so awesome to watch them get there.
Back at work I had a little box of goodies from REV9. I fell for these Zoom Engineering blinkers, which I once bought in orange for my old car, only to be unhappy with them and sell them. This time around I went for clear ones.