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Discussion in 'VR - VS' started by EYY, Aug 24, 2015.
Wheels look amazing man
Cheers guys. Finished them off this morning.
Fitted the 4 point camber kit and new strut tops/bearings and now it's booked in for a wheel alignment for tomorrow. Also got some braided front lines for it too. Will be interesting to see what difference the 'new' (second hand) lines make. They were only a few bucks from pick a part, very surprised I found a second hand set haha.
Once wheel alignment's done I'll refit the hsv wheels, fit the brake hoses and will service the trans... for the first time ever lol
Well the wheel alignment didn't go ahead. When I had booked in in for an alignment yesterday, I questioned the guy on the phone and asked if he'd dealt with these camber kits before; and the answer was a resounding yes - so I dropped the stato off in confidence this morning.
Got a call half an hour later from a baffled wheel aligner stating that there was something wrong with the kit, and it wouldn't adjust at all. Strange since I had it all working last night (I'd adjusted it so that there was endfloat for the driveshafts). I told him how to adjust the eccentrics and he said he would have another go. Another half an hour later I received another phone call, with them admitting defeat. The bloke said that he'd been in contact with superpro and a number of other workshops, all of which gave him the same instructions to make adjustments as I had during our first phonecall.
He stated that he and the manager had never in their 30 years working in the industry seen a 4 point camber kit like the superpro/whiteline/nolethane/kmac/pedders kits... At this stage I was regretting my decision more than ever.
NOW, no money had changed hands and I was handed my keys. Walked out to my car and decided to check the driveshaft end float before drivng off. There was NONE - the driveshafts were jammed hard into the diff. I went back in and told them I needed to use their hoist, thankfully it was on the hoist within 2 minutes. Then I started to make adjustments myself, and the bloke was in awe and asked instantly 'how the hell did you get that to move - gee I've learnt something today'. As soon as I had some clearance I got it off the hoist and left. Booked in with another place tomorrow, fingers crossed it all works out. I'll report back tomorrow night anyway.
On a brighter note, I serviced the trans today. BUT turns out since my engine/trans is from a s3/vt and they're relatively hard to come across, catalog parts listings are often incorrect. I ended up with the wrong trans filter (for the shallow pan version), but turns out I have the deep pan which is a good thing anyway. Just had to borrow a car so I could go and buy the correct filter.
****, at least he phoned you, admitted defeat, let you use hoist and not just as I recon a few would do, tell you it's done when it's fxxked and not done properly then you drive off with it no good .
Yeah the trouble with modifying cars you sometimes need to remember to ask/get a different part to what is listed for your car/model
Oh yeah wheels look great too
I ended up taking the car to Pedders and paying $110 for the 4 wheel alignment which isn't too bad I suppose and drives straight which is a good sign. Fingers crossed this helps my rear tyre wear issues too - hsv wheels are back on with new tyres.
My butthole puckered up when I read "Pedders".... Have never had a positive experience from any of their franchises.
I normally use TruTrack suspension in North Melbourne for any of my cars or adjustments.
Cafe run by the wife there is also really nice.
Glad to see you got it sorted tho.
Cheers man. I didn't really have the time to take it anywhere else, so just had to bite the bullet and it seems like they got it right - I'll keep those guys in mind for next time anyway. Don't mind travelling if it's worth it.
Small update. Senator wheels are back on, and I had time over the weekend to fit the new exhaust. Took lots more cutting and welding than it should've. Seems as though it was a little bent. Either bent or it was just a really poor fitting system. Anyway, had to modify the engine pipes (it was originally on an l67 vs stato) and move one of the mounting brackets on the muffler.
Looks like the apprentice made it really - the pipe that joins the muffler to the resonator has the bends in the wrong spot, so means the pipes are very close to the ground. I'm going to remove and remake that section so that there's more clearance between the pipes and driveshaft, and the pipes and the ground.
New system after lots of hacking
Pic from the weekend
Video of the exhaust - seems the sound dropped alot of quality when I uploaded it.
Sounds good man, I want to go twin next year at least I know how mine will sound now.
looks good, I wanna know where you got your rear twin resi from?
It's a redback resi. I've had a look on eBay and most redback resi's to suit ls1 vt's appear to be the same one. You'd obviously need to modify the pipes to make it work.
thanks mate, I'll check it out. I've done the same hack with a vy hsv exhaust, but added 2x hotdogs. It's loud at 2200rpm and I want it a tad quieter.
That'll let it breathe a bit better
That's a worthwhile mod to do mate.
If engine is still a stocker with cast iron headers find some hsv or calais steel headers as they'll help it rev nicer with bit more mid range especially with decent memcal tune.
Balance pipe would help too like vt models had but you'd need to be inventive in fitting one underneath vn-vs although most end up with x pipe near trans member which is less than ideal.
Pacermakers are next step up but tbh for the price & nuisance to fit better off waiting untill fun engine you're building goes in.
Had pacies,twin vn-s cats,twin 2.5' pipes merge to 3' muffler then resonator on ol' vt 5.0 back in the day....sounded better than it went for a tank lol.
It's already got a baby cam, Hsv headers, tune etc. Definitely noticed a little more responsiveness. Not a really a noticeable difference in power overall though - maybe a few kw. But it already had the mandrel bent y piece that came only on vs s3's. All the earlier ones are the crappy press bent things, so maybe that makes a difference too.
The factory stainless headers aren't great - mine were cracked when I got them and I welded them up. I'm not a massive fan of the ball flange though, and I think they've cracked again where the pipes join. Seems inevitable with such thin steel.
I actually have a set of stainless hm headers for it, but I'll have to modify them to suit my system. See here: http://www.hmheaders.com.au/shopexd.asp?id=111
Not sure whether they'll fit the vs with variatronic steering AND the vt full circle bellhousing. There's not much room there at all - but their website doesn't mention anything about the variable steering so I may be safe. Doesn't really matter anyway, I'll just change them to suit. And yeah I don't like that crappy kiss pipe. Will eventually get rid of that and do the h pipe like I've done on my Hj.
Small update, haven't done anything to the car except drive it and fit a double din headunit. Still need to make the fascia fit properly which will happen soon enough. The hard work is all done though - only took 2 hours to fit which was nice.
Also going to fit the 328mm VS GTS brakes in a few weeks when exams are over. Unfortunately no really good pics but you get the point. Will paint calipers black or silver - not sure yet - so that they don't stand out as much.
I've got the same headunit in my Navara, love it.
Carplay/Android auto is amazing.
If you haven't done it yet, download the latest firmware for it from Sony, it gets rid of the "driver safety" acknowledgement thing you have to press every time you turn it on.
oh good, didn't know that was a thing! that warning does get really annoying every time! Loving it so far though, great to have maps on the screen as I'm always travelling to different places.
Rotor looks good! id spray the rotors hub section and the caliper silver (like mine). black hides in the shadows and you dont notice the brake set up.
Cheers mate, will have a look through your thread now
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