ragek23's SRT4 DD project log

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ragek23's SRT4 DD project log

Post by ragek23 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:32 pm

03 SRT 4 114,000 miles on the OD.

The good:

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The bad:
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The ugly:

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Immediate plans:

Exterior:
Painting the front bumper, hood, roof (fixing the dent in the process), trunk (has lots of scratches), and rear bumper.

She's getting my Neon's wheels, tires, and 3d tails.


Engine:

needs timing belt, water pump, upper, lower and the middle frame motor mount, colder plugs, colder t-stat, booger shifter bushings.

Suspension: getting my used BC coils, progress rear sway, needs new LCA bushings (going with prothane).


one big surprise today. I found she has S1 injectors and a staged PCM!
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Post by NyNeon0813 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:37 pm

is the hood shut in the last pic? can't tell if it's popped or not and it has that much of a gap?

i just put on my srtd bumper and it has a gap a little bigger than that! wtf

congrats on the new dd
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Post by ragek23 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:05 pm

Thanks man. Yeah the gap really is that big. I think I can adjust it a tiny bit but that's pretty much it.

My wallet hurts a bit after looking at this list. its funny how shit goes around and comes around again. All these parts are what I have replaced over the years on my 02. Now time todo it all at once and more.

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Post by ragek23 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:08 pm

All right so my friend that was going to work on my car last month decided to turbo his DD civic for our annual track day event so he postponed all the work on my car till this week. I'll snap some shots of the process. he just started stripping the car down for body work.

maintenance/engine:
so far i got all my timing belt and water pump components together. I bought a higher flowing t-stat, upper and lower mm, DCX fender mm, a Sykes charge pipe, and a mopar BOV adapter plate, and a newer polished fuel rail.

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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:54 pm

ragek23 wrote:All right so my friend that was going to work on my car last month decided to turbo his DD civic for our annual track day event so he postponed all the work on my car till this week. I'll snap some shots of the process. he just started stripping the car down for body work.

maintenance/engine:
so far i got all my timing belt and water pump components together. I bought a higher flowing t-stat, upper and lower mm, DCX fender mm, a Sykes charge pipe, and a mopar BOV adapter plate, and a newer polished fuel rail.
Never heard of a "high flowing t-stat" A 180 as opposed to a stock 195? "newer polished fuel rail?" Another stock one just cleaned up or aftermarket?

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Post by ragek23 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:36 am

yeah duralast makes a t-stat with 50% more flow and one thats 180 degrees. The fuel rail is just a nice cleaned up rail. Mine looks like garbage right now.

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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:49 am

Interesting. Never heard of a high flow t-stat until now. Curious on how that works out for yah.

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Post by ragek23 » Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:29 pm

anybody know the length and size of the bolts are that come with the mopar bov? I got mine used and it only came with the gasket and bov plate.

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Post by ragek23 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:35 am

The car is finally on the lift. The car feels like a bad omen as I helped strip off the wheels. The lugs were corroded into the wheels so we had to have a very significant amount of force to get them off totally destroying the chrome covers and almost stripping the lugnuts.

At first sight I notice the rotors were probably only replaced 1 in the cars life. They were gouged beyond belief. All original bushings on the car throughout. Including the shot LCAs. I already ordered the energy bushing kit along with new power slot rotors. I am going to probably go with a high end duralast pad since I normally don't go through pad too quickly and being a DD I can just keep getting them on lifetime warranty.

I was going to swap over my BC coils but I am 90% sure they are blown :/ been getting sounds like the pillow balls are going too. Eh 4yrs 60K+ on them. I am not surprised.

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Post by ragek23 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 1:12 pm

Updates:

timing belt and water pump is in.

the car is sanded down and almost ready for paint. Just a few small areas needing extra prep and we will be ready to go.

Mopar S3 coilovers new in the box are waiting to go on the car. I think I will hold off to install them till the spring since they will just get dirty.

I am crossing my fingers that this was a decent purchase. I have yet to drive it more than 50miles or so.
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Post by slaw » Wed Oct 02, 2013 2:21 pm

fingers crossed it'll be done for the 19th?????
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Post by ragek23 » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:13 pm

New paint will be on by then for sure. Hopefully it will be all put together by then. one thing is for sure. It will be in a 4x4 stance lol.

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Post by slaw » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:44 pm

if you need help assembling....... i'm off tuesdays and thursdays
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Post by DodgeEvo » Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:22 pm

Congrats man. Would like to see somd more pics. If you can make it to the meet that would be awesome.
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Post by ragek23 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:49 am

I'll post some more progress pics. My phone died a few weeks ago but I found the pictures last night. I'll try to get them up this weekend.

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Post by ragek23 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:24 pm

Timing belt install:
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new gates timing belt, water pump and accessory belts.

upgraded brakes
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duralast cmax pads and stop tech rotors.

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Bodywork:

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The future:
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brand new in the box mopar S3 coils :).

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Post by ragek23 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:39 pm

Found a few small dents when priming
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Getting rid of all the imperfections:
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roof is finally ready for paint
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Post by akirony » Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:10 pm

Progress is looking good
Have car-have car problems. Have srt4-have speed problems
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Post by NeonNick925 » Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:35 am

Great progress so far,already come along way.
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Post by NiteHawk » Sun Nov 17, 2013 2:29 pm

talk about deja vu...

I just picked up a red 03 last month, 130k miles, also needed bushings, timing belt and water pump, also has a badly chipped up bumper and hood, and mine needed brakes all around...

still needs a rear strut...
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Post by ragek23 » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:50 pm

video:
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Still unpainted but warm weather is here and she will see fresh paint soon :rockon:

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battery and car sat since october and it turned over no problem after fresh fluids were added.


Getting the engine bay back together after being apart for what seems like forever.

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Post by ragek23 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:36 pm

Teaser:

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Hoping to drive her by the end of next week. Sorry Shawn I wanted in the worst way to see you bring this the PA.

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Post by slaw » Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:02 am

you and me both lol, but it looks damn good and i cant wait to take it for a spin when you get all the kinks worked out :)
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Post by ragek23 » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:45 pm

another teaser

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Post by quicksilvr » Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:13 pm

Been a while since the teaser....any news?
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Post by ragek23 » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:16 pm

should be done this weekend for the gumball meet at Limerock Park in CT. It won't be lowered but its gonna shine like hell.

I'm trying to prep my evo for a track day the following week. racecar comes before the srt.

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:06 pm

How did I miss this thread? Lotta' lovin' goin' on here. :thumbup:
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Post by ragek23 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 9:33 pm

Certainly tons of loving going on. It's all wet sanded and ready for a 3 stage buff. I don't have time to get it lowered for the car show but everything else will be together for it and it will be driveable.

still to come this yr:
05 trans
mopar stage 3 coils
sykes stage 1 tune.

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Post by redneckmoparman » Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:44 pm

Awesome! looks like it will be a nice daily!
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Post by ragek23 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:47 pm

Its done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the paint job is done and its on the road!

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