my 03 SX 2.0's journey (smurfette)

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Post by gtxtreme19 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:46 pm

All stuff I need to start doing to my new 2gn... looking good.
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Post by fargo59 » Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:04 pm

theres always something, isnt there? i dont think im doing too badly considering everything else going on lately. heck, i didnt even get to the track last year with the charger. thats saying something.

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Post by fargo59 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:18 pm

well on the plus side, it FINALLY got a wash, its had a rough life as of lately. it did get to spend the night inside as i was driving home a new car for work.
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i think the eibach springs need to go. anyone have an alternative choice of springs for a similar drop? i'd like to match where the front is, so about a 1.5" drop
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Post by redneckmoparman » Fri Jan 24, 2014 6:36 am

i love my on 1gn springs i just cut a coil from the front to level the tire gap front to back and it rides like stock and if you find acr or rt springs for a 1gn it increases the spring rate and should still be comfortable and handle a little better
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Post by fargo59 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:09 pm

thanks for the tip. im tired of mushy rear springs that always bottom out. i already have ACR sway bars, but i can just tell that the rear springs are just too soft. i also have polyurethane rear control arm bushings to install, and if i re-do springs, i'll be replacing the strut mounts again.

would anyone happen to know the part number for the ACR springs? or even know anyone who has a VIN for a 1GN ACR? i can look up the part number, but currently it lists 5 different rear springs, with no differentiation between them.

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Post by r/tguy02 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:29 am

the r/t and the acr had the same spring rates. heres an r/t vin for you

1B3ES47Y7XD-118179

as for a lowering spring that offers a 1.5" drop, look into meagans or ksport. Ksports are on my car in sig

BTW nice clean build, are you a mechanic? not every day you see a woman doing her own work :thumbup:
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Post by caustic neon » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:04 am

A BETTER OPTION IF YOU CAN FIND THEM ARE THE 1ST GEN MOPAR HIGH RATES OR THE EXTRA HIGH RATES, THEY HAVE HIGHER SPRING RATES THAN THE ACR/RT
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Post by fargo59 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:57 pm

r/tguy02 wrote:the r/t and the acr had the same spring rates. heres an r/t vin for you

1B3ES47Y7XD-118179

as for a lowering spring that offers a 1.5" drop, look into meagans or ksport. Ksports are on my car in sig

BTW nice clean build, are you a mechanic? not every day you see a woman doing her own work :thumbup:
Thanks, yes actually i am a mechanic. In fact i have worked as a chrysler tech for 11 years now.

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Post by r/tguy02 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:53 pm

Wow right out of high school you started then, good stuff :thumbup:
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Post by fargo59 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:46 pm

Actually, yes. Lol. I graduated early with honors and started working at the dealership since i couldn't afford university tuition then. Funny since I've worked for a college as an instructor since then. Lol

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Post by fargo59 » Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:14 pm

well, this weekend was spent on the charger, getting it ready for OBD test this year, as well as race season. a new timing set (it eats one each year because of the HUGE cam) and a new 17% overdrive ATI Super Damper. this week the beefed up transmission goes in too.
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My mom's 2001 PT cruiser looks like it snapped a timing belt, so in preparation for the worst, i picked up a replacement cylinder head. I'm hoping there's no damage to hers, as i MIGHT be able to use that for my own build in the neon at some point. a 2.0 DOHC might be fun, but it might need boost...

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Post by occasional demons » Sun Mar 02, 2014 11:39 pm

The PT head should be fine, as those are non interference, unless there was valve to valve contact.

Well, unless it is a 2.0 PT, but I think those were only sold overseas.
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Post by fargo59 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:21 am

Well, im more of the sort that expects the worst when it comes to my mom's cars... so i have the used head, and gasket kit coming anyway. I'll fix it next week when i get back from Detroit, and then toronto

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Post by fargo59 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:06 pm

well, i have the block, crank, and cylinder head already for the new engine.
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the head will get the usual attention, cleaning, slight decking, 3 angle valve job and cleaning the exhaust ports a tad.

on the shopping list still are:

SRT4 intake manifold
PT exhaust manifold
2.0 DOHC cams
2.0 DOHC timing covers
Eagle H beam rods
custom pistons for my target compression ratio

that will get me to my first stage of the build, while i acquire parts for the boost half of the build later.

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Post by fargo59 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:46 pm

wow, missed this for a while. havent done that much as ive been pretty busy with life.

I have picked up an R/T header to put on the stock SOHC motor, which has an o2 port already, so it'll go on soon. great since im pretty sure my stock manifold has a crack right now.

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also replaced my front cradle with one from an 05 in the scrap yard.
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ive also plasti-dipped my snowflakes white for winter. undecided on if i like it.
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Post by occasional demons » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:03 pm

Howdy stranger!

The snowflakes don't look horrible. Kind of refreshing from the black wheel trend. (I was never a fan anyways.)

You can pound the studs out of your cast manifold and reuse them in the Magnum header. That's what I did. They should still be available new from the dealer too. (Hopefully)
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Post by fargo59 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:29 pm

lol, i work for the dealer. my current manifold has bolts in it from when studs broke off while replacing my cat last year.

i'll likely just tack weld a few bolts in place.

the snowflakes will probably end up being dedicated winter wheels anyway, so who knows what i'll do. i'd like to find some nice 16's to use for summer wheels. somewhere i have pics of the shelby pumper wheels off my dad's neon, on my car. looked pretty neat.

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Post by Jean-Seb » Sun Feb 08, 2015 10:29 pm

Looks pretty good. I would love to see some engine bay pics. ;)

Always cool to see another SX2.0 on the boards. :rockon:

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Post by fargo59 » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:30 pm

engine bay is pretty stock right now. winter has it rather gross as well. maybe more in spring.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:00 am

Is that your old cradle in the pic? I had noticed a JY in Quebec selling used K-frames on eBay which got me to thinking about listing mine when the new one is installed.
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Post by fargo59 » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:25 am

Yes thats my old cradle. New one was quite rust free, with the only issue being mismatched sway bar bushing bolts. Easy fix

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Post by NickKo » Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:11 am

fargo59 wrote: ive also plasti-dipped my snowflakes white for winter. undecided on if i like it.
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The White rims on E-5 Blue, looks good. :D :thumbup:


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Post by fargo59 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:31 pm

Lol its Atlantic blue but thanks. I'm thinking of wrapping the car though in a matte metallic blue wrap i found. Would look great i think. A bit speed racer but good.

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Post by occasional demons » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:05 am

fargo59 wrote:A bit speed racer but good.
Would that make you "Trixie"? LOL




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Post by Jean-Seb » Fri Feb 27, 2015 1:45 pm

You sir, have too much time on your hands. :lol:

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Post by occasional demons » Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:10 pm

LOL, That actually took less than a minute. I actually used to watch Speed Racer.... when it was originally aired.
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