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Post by ZeroChad » Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:47 am

Fog HID Night Pics 4-23-09

Well I couldn't sleep and was bored. I went out and found a nearby parking lot and took some night pics of the fogs. Maybe I'm a little more tired than I thought, b/c they didn't turn out the greatest. For some reason I had ISO set to auto...durr

Here they be:
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I think I still need to adjust the fogs some, but they do shoot some light out to the sides, which surprisingly helps.


I thought of trying some light painting with the HIDS. I wish I would have more than a 10sec timer on my camera.
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Post by supermike » Fri Apr 24, 2009 1:22 pm

You should do the foglight mod that lets you turn on the fogs only. The only thing is, you can't run just headlights, so if you want to be able to do that, nevermind. :thumbup: How is the glare with the fogs? I know they have a decent cutoff with stock bulbs. I might have to do this. It would be really ballin' to figure out a fog retrofit.
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Post by ZeroChad » Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:15 pm

I wired mine right up to the relay that runs my headlight HIDs. I don't mind em being on at the same time though.

Actually, there is like no glare from the foglights. Maybe its because they are aimed so low. I was worried about the same thing, but I checked them out when I hooked them up to a power supply at home. As far as retros, there are quite a few new cars with super small fog projectors. I know the Ford Edge has some about the size of the circle your thumg and middle finger makes.
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Post by Speeder » Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:17 pm

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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:56 am

I'm starting to think "screw the touchscreen" and just go with a trackball. I'd be hard to navigate while driving, but it would probably be easier when at a stop.
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Post by supermike » Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:43 am

ZeroChad wrote:I'm starting to think "screw the touchscreen" and just go with a trackball. I'd be hard to navigate while driving, but it would probably be easier when at a stop.
I was just thinking about that last night, it wouldn't be bad if you only drive on smooth roads, but any little bump could throw you off. Are you still planning to have the screen on the ceiling?
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue Apr 28, 2009 1:31 pm

supermike wrote:I was just thinking about that last night, it wouldn't be bad if you only drive on smooth roads, but any little bump could throw you off. Are you still planning to have the screen on the ceiling?
Thats the plan. My other idea was to get an air bag delete and mold it into there. Since I have ferquent passengers in the car (usually my GF), definitely not an option.

There are some new mini-itx boards coming out running off the intel atom, with Nividia's ion chipset. Those would be killer for a carpc.
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Post by NeonDerek » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:24 pm

awesome log man.. just got done reading it all.. very sweet car.. cant wait to see more progress

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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed Apr 29, 2009 8:42 pm

Looks good! Decent output ;)

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Post by ZeroChad » Wed Apr 29, 2009 9:10 pm

NeonDerek wrote:awesome log man.. just got done reading it all.. very sweet car.. cant wait to see more progress
I appreciate it man! I should be throwing on the EBC pads and rotors tomorrow. I want to hit up Advance and get some FFV injector o-rings, and try some iridium plugs with the e85 too. I'm still having a little cold start issue. estemeair suggested trying different gaps; I might do that too.
LilSparkPlug wrote:Looks good! Decent output ;)
Thanks again chica! If I'm bored someday I may try and remove the black sheild in the fogs around the end of the bulbs. I've never seen that on 01-02 fogs before, its kinda strange.
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Post by supermike » Sun May 03, 2009 2:39 pm

I just had a crazy urge to put 3000k HIDs in my fogs. I wonder how that would look with normal reflectors?

Edit: Did you say what rating your fogs are?
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Post by supertrick_05 » Sun May 03, 2009 5:02 pm

Wow, that looks pretty sweet!
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Post by ZeroChad » Sun May 03, 2009 5:31 pm

supermike wrote:Edit: Did you say what rating your fogs are?
I might not have lol. Those are actually 6k bulbs just like my headlights.
supertrick_05 wrote:Wow, that looks pretty sweet!
Gracias. Now I need to take a picture of my new pads/rotors.
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Post by supermike » Sun May 03, 2009 11:51 pm

I thought they might be 6000k. What bulbs did you get, 880?
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Post by ZeroChad » Tue May 05, 2009 9:06 pm

supermike wrote:I thought they might be 6000k. What bulbs did you get, 880?
I believe they are H11 bulbs. They're the equivalent size.

EBC Brakes and Gauges 5-5-09
Friday I was able to install my new EBC Redstuff pads and slotted sport rotors. Install went pretty smoothly. I discovered a few areas on my calipers where the paint had been chipping, but nothing a little touch up won't fix. Here's the new brakes.

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I installed my triple gauge pod today as well. It started raining out though, and I didn't hook up the sensors, but I wired power to them.
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AEM Wideband, SRT Boost, and Autometer Oil pressure. Don't rag on me for the NA boost gauge, it'll get used eventually. I have to go the the muffler shop and get my 02 bung welded in for the wideband. I already have the fittings for the oil pressure, so that should be on soon enough.
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Post by supermike » Tue May 05, 2009 9:20 pm

I always wondered if H11s would fit, since they look the same and have the same connector, but no one ever had an answer. I think halogen H11s would pull too many amps though with the stock wiring. Brakes look good!
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Post by Speeder » Tue May 05, 2009 10:05 pm

how do you like the rotors?
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Post by LilSparkPlug » Wed May 06, 2009 8:35 am

Rotors look good! Does the 2.0L have a plug in the head you can use for the oil pressure like the 2.4l does? When I did mine I just removed a random plug from the side of the head and it was 1/8NPT ready for the gauge. No need for stupid oil filter sandwiches and such.

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Post by Tam » Wed May 06, 2009 11:26 am

The rotors look great man. I've always wanted to buy a set, but I never have any money and I don't really need them.

If I ever get them, it would be just to look cool behind the rims.

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Post by ZeroChad » Wed May 06, 2009 1:59 pm

Mike- Thanks dude! Yeah, I would use a harness for sure. Those MFS melt from headlights alone, headlights + Fog HIDs would be doom for sure.

Adam- Well they look damn good lol. I did notice that they are a little noisier when the windows are down, but I'll wait another tank o fuel before final judgement. So far though my brakes are nice and firm. They were gettnig prety spongey.

Crystalmarie - Yeah, I saw that on the SRT forum howto. That's another down fall of the 2.0 lol. I'll probably get to it this weekend. Depending on how much of a pain it is, I might just leave off the stock sender.

Matt- I hear ya. The main reason I got them was for autocroass in the summer. I was super sick of the surface rust from the rain too.
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Post by ZeroChad » Sat May 09, 2009 2:53 pm

Center Console Fun -- 5/9

Well first off, I decided to test out Duplicor Trim Paint. The trim around my windows looks completely awful. I'm so sick of applying Back-to-Black, I'm just going to paint it. I started off with the C-pillars
They turned out well. Maybe tommorow, I'll tackle some more pieces.
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Besides this though, I did a little led project. I have a bunch of 3mm blue leds laying around, so I decided to spruce up the center console. I'm eventually turning it into my car pc case.
Some pics of the wiring.
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And in action. You can barely see it when the lid is closed.
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It turned out pretty good. Not all of the leds are pointed straight, but I didn't have any super glue (it had dried up). There's one missing in the bottom row since there was a big plastic knob behind that part. The cool thing is that the leds are all protected by small plastic pieces that stick out.
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Post by NeonOn19s » Sun May 10, 2009 7:13 pm

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Post by srtjesse » Mon May 11, 2009 5:49 pm

wow nice bro can you please post more detailed pix of the pillars mine are all sun dead haha
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Post by ZeroChad » Mon May 11, 2009 11:22 pm

Thanks guys. Ill try and post up some pics of the trim tomorrow. Its still a work in progress, so it should be a good comparison.
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Post by sidepipe87 » Tue May 12, 2009 10:40 am

looks good man! I used that Trim Black paint when I painted the exhaust indentation on my lip kit and it's held up great!
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Post by measy27 » Tue May 12, 2009 8:47 pm

Looks awesome..
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Post by ZeroChad » Wed May 13, 2009 5:45 pm

Good to know Ryan! The parts that I've painted so far are holding up good. Its been raining today though, so no pictures yet.

Thanks mEasy!


On a side note, I've been playing around with spark plugs to try and get a good cold start with e85. I started off gaping my Champion Coppers up to .065, then tried some NGK Iridiums. I will definitely stick with the Iridiums now. I have them gapped at .050, and e85 just loves them.
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Post by Tam » Wed May 13, 2009 9:35 pm

The LEDs looks really cool. Looks like alot of work involved though lol.

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Post by PhillyLS1 » Thu May 14, 2009 7:02 am

ZeroChad wrote:Good to know Ryan! The parts that I've painted so far are holding up good. Its been raining today though, so no pictures yet.

Thanks mEasy!


On a side note, I've been playing around with spark plugs to try and get a good cold start with e85. I started off gaping my Champion Coppers up to .065, then tried some NGK Iridiums. I will definitely stick with the Iridiums now. I have them gapped at .050, and e85 just loves them.
Alot of guys are getting away from E85 because of it's corrosive nature. It's not all it's cracked up to be. I knew guys running e85 and all the issues they had from that stuff gunking up and eating stuff just wasn't worth it, even on high hp applications.
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Post by ZeroChad » Thu May 14, 2009 9:37 am

Mat666 wrote:The LEDs looks really cool. Looks like alot of work involved though lol.
It did take some time to do lol. It was a rainy weekend though and I did it while watching some movies with the GF. She pretty much hates the smell of solder now :-/

Philly - The corrosion is my biggest concern about e85 right now too. Now is the perfect time for me to experiment with it though. I live close enough to work, I could bike if I needed to in the Summer. I haven't seen any adverse effects yet from its degunking power. I'm watching my fuel hose closely though, thats the thing I'm worried about, not so much the aluminum. All-in-all though, my powerband feels a lot smoother with e85. Before the low rpms would start to stumble and suck if I didn't reset the ecu every 3 monthes or so.
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