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DexterZX2 Project Log - 6/13 Front bumper fitment!!!

Discussion in 'Photo Forum' started by DexterZX2, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. omanthegiant

    omanthegiant New Member

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    you have money to spend dont you? i'm sooo jealous right now its not even funny what are the chances your buddy would make more gauge pods like that? i really want one!
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    Sorry but at this point he doesn't have the time to make more. That one took a while to complete and he has some more work to do to his car. Maybe some day in the future he'll be able to, but for now mine is the only one.
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    darn oh well thanks anyway
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    2/19/11 Update

    Lots of good things were accomplished today. The day started with me waking up at 7am so I could remove my rear trailing arms. I had to meet my friend over at his house at 9am so we could press my ES bushings in the trailing arms and front control arms. About a hour of that and all the bushings and sleeves were in. I got back to the garage and installed the front control arms. Now I'm just waiting for my coilovers to show up on my door step, so I can get my front suspension finished.

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    I can't finish my rear suspension yet though, I have another side project to complete first. That brings me to my next task, removing the spare wheel well from my trunk. I used my dad's sawsall to cut it out of the trunk. I'm not finished with the removal yet, I need to finish the cutting with a smaller saw to avoid cutting into the lines that run down the driver's side of the wheel well. After I finish up the cutting, I'm gonna weld a thin plate in the trunk to make a flat floor. I'll also be adding some angle under the new floor to increase stability to the new floor. The whole reason for removing the wheel well is to make room for my new exhaust system. That'll be revealed at a later date.

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    I moved back inside the car for my next thing to do on my list. I'm working on finishing up my interior so it's one less thing I have to do at the end of this build. I also wanted to test fit the new carbon fiber cubby gauge pod. Let me tell you this, it's fits like a glove. I snapped the gauge pod into place and the upper curve fits right up to the radio section of the dash. I still need to find a new center console in dark charcoal since the one I have was modified and won't work anymore. While I was inside the car I decided to also install my S/R cluster w/ c/f bezel. All the c/f pieces look great together. Now I just have a few more parts I want to do in c/f to make my interior complete. Onto the pics.

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    Before anyone comments, I do plan on changing out the red vents for the factory colored vents. That was done a long time ago when I was a lot younger and thought it was the cool thing to do. At least I didn't paint random panels red like other people have done in the past. One last thing before I end this. I'm currently finishing up painting the rear trailing arms. I'm about to go put one more coat of paint on them before letting them dry overnight. After they are nice and dry I'll reinstall them as well. That's it for today.
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    coming along quite nicely i do believe.

    Id like to be the first one to guess at an under trunk turbo system?
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    Sorry but no, my turbo is gonna be under the hood.
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    3/2/11 Update

    Well the wait is finally over. After 3 weeks of waiting, my new coilovers came in the mail yesterday. I would've had them Monday, but I missed the UPS guy by a half hour. Well they're here now and that's all that matters.

    I ordered a set of BC Racing Type BR coilovers for the Mazda 323 GTX. Once again the nice thing about Ford and Mazda cars, most of the suspension parts are interchangable. I got them with the stock spring rates because that rating is plenty for my ZX2. I can't wait to install these and get my car back on the ground. Onto the pictures.

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    3.5.11 - Slight Update

    After work my buddy and I got together at the garage. He brought up his air compressor and cutting tools so we could cut the rest of the spare wheel well out of the trunk. I also had another friend stop over to give me a quick quote on how much it would cost for him to weld in a new floor, fabricate my downpipe and weld my exhaust together. We settled at $300 for everything, which I felt was a fair offer. After he left, we got to work on the trunk. After getting it half done, the cheap air saw broke. A trip to Lowes and back with a pair of air shears and the trunk was completed.

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    NIce car and nice work. IF you don't mind me asking how much were the coilovers?
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    Sure, I got them for $1,050 shipped.
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    4.2.11-4.3.11 Update

    I had planned to finish up my trunk, rear suspension and interior this past weekend, but due to lack of parts those tasks couldn't be completed. Instead of giving up on the weekend, I decided to get most of my front suspension finished along with making sure I had everything for my motor. I still had a few parts that needed cleaned up and painted. The manual steering rack I picked up wasn't looking the best. I cleaned up the rack with my steel wire wheels and sprayed it with 3 coats of paint. I also replaced the tie rod ends with TRW brand ends from advanced auto.

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    While waiting for the painted parts to dry I decided to start gathering up everything I removed from the motor. I wanted to make sure I had everything so after the motor is painted everything would be ready to re-install. I also wanted to mock-up my turbo and manifold to see if I would have any clearance issues. Everything fits perfectly, and the turbo looks great sitting in front of my motor. Even the Roush logo engraved into the compressor housing is perfectly level.

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    I also mounted my Greddy Type RS BOV to flanged section of pipe.
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    I let all the parts I painted on Saturday sit in the paint room to dry overnight. Sunday was spent installing all the brackets and mounts back into the engine bay. I also decided to install my front tie bar and sway bar. My engine bay is starting to look full again and almost ready for my motor and transmission.

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    I had to drop my front crossmember to install the sway bar and energy suspension bushings and end links.
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    Next weekend I should be able to finish my trunk and get my rear crossmember re-installed. Along with all that, if the weather is nice I can paint my motor and transmission housing. My missing interior parts should be here as well, so that too can be finished. I'll keep you all updated with more soon.
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    nice job on the car is comin along great
  14. DexterZX2

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    I received my engine paint from Eastwood and my replacement A-pillar yesterday. If the weather is nice this weekend, I'll be painting the motor so it's ready to drop in the following weekend. I also picked up an Apexi turbo timer and a Turbosmart manual boost controller from my buddy. Both parts are brand new. I just have to find a place to mount the turbo timer, but that'll happen when the rest of my interior parts arrive.
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    What do you mean oem tie bar? I've never seen an oem front tiebar. It looks like the one 93Egt was selling.
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    yeah, looks like the MazdaRacer front tie bar... OEM uses a tie plate on the 3rd gens.
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    O.E.M. is the name of the company that makes that bar. Overkill Engineering Motorsports. Sorry I didn't explain that better.
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    4.11.10 Update

    Again, I was very successful this past weekend. The main goal was to get the motor and transmission painted so they can go back in the car. There was a lot of prep work to be done before the paint was applied. I decided to paint the head, windage tray and the main body of the transmission in Eastwood's Aluma Blast paint. The block, oil pan and top cap of the tranny is in their Chassis Black paint. The valve cover color has yet to be determined. The one that's currently on in the pictures will be removed and a 98 VC will be in it's place after I decide on a color to get it powdercoated.

    I started with the Aluminum color. Before paint was applied I had to cover all the intake and exhaust ports, any threaded studs, PCV opening, thermo opening and any other openings or items i didn't want painted. I started coating the trans first, and after four coats I was very pleased with the outcome.

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    After I was done with the transmission, I moved on the the motor. The four coats of Aluma Blast went onto the motor easily. I decided to let the motor sit overnight Saturday so the paint could cure a bit before it was time to do the black.

    The next morning I started early. the paint from the day before was clean to the touch, so ti was time to mask the head and windage tray so I could paint the block. I wasn't worried about the current oil pan because I have another one that has an oil return tube welded into it that I will be installing after painting is complete. A couple hours went into masking the motor.

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    Here you can see a picture of the transmission's top cap and the block with two coats of black already sprayed. Also below is a picture of the new oil pan painted.

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    After about 2 hours I decided to unmask everything to see how it all turned out. (This is the part where you all become amazed.)

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    Look how good the line between the block and the windage tray turned out. A PITA to mask up, but well worth it in the end.
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    Between painting everything I decided to work on some interior items. The package I was waiting on this week showed up from Ohio. The package included a TWM shifter, all the interior vents, a glove box handle and the two piece center console. I needed all the interior parts so I could convert back to a complete charcoal interior, (yes the red vents are gone everyone). I needed the center console because my old one had a radio mount where the cubby was and it wouldn't work with my c/f gauge pod now. I didn't take any pictures of the gauge pod fitment, cause the pod will need to be trimmed around the edges a little bit. (That'll come in next weekend's update).

    I did have to clean up the TWM shifter and get the old bolt out of the bottom. The bottom end was all rusty, but a little action from the wire wheel took care of that.

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    Here's a compairson between the TWM and the stock shifter.

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    Now the TWM is nicely resting inside my ZX2.

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    Everything is on track with my build. My welder buddy is coming over this week to weld the plate in my trunk and two pieces of angle on the bottom side of the trunk to add stability. Next weekend should see the motor and transmission back in my engine bay. It's been a long time since my ZX2 had it's heart and soul in it. Stay Tuned.
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    Wanna come paint mine? :p Its looking good.
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    Love to, I was never in Vermont. The way this is going and the time put into this, I don't think I'll be doing something like this again in a while.

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