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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2010, 10:52:20 PM »
It was in my thread :P

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2010, 10:19:25 AM »
Yea, I knew you posted in there somewhere...
That harness ain't cheap!

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2010, 11:05:04 AM »
Hey frictionfighter....maybe I missed it when speed reading, but how does Norms top attach to the car?
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2010, 12:19:42 PM »
For all things Kappa Drift there are 3 resources for info and advice as well as a few parts. http://www.autosportdynamics.com/ ASD built the Drift Sky with a V-8
talk with Dave Gibson he is the GM and usually answers the phone, they sell drift a-arms with a lot more angle. They are in Charlotte

You can call Gardella Racing they built the Mobil 1 Drift Solstice first with a stock lnf, then a lsj then a V-8, they have two cars. They are in NJ, they are really good about sharing knowledge.

Then there is Rhys Millen at RMR he built the current world champion drift car, the Red Bull Solstice with an lsj motor ( he will be in NJ Nov 6-7 for an event at NJ motorsports park ) they are in Huntington Beach CA. I was at the shop Monday this week.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2010, 12:33:32 PM »
Thanks for the info old goat!  I'm very familiar with all of the cars mentioned.  I closely follow FD :)  

I'm already working w/ ASD...Dave was extremely helpful as you suggested.  We are putting together a plan for the car.
Gardella was able to answer a few questions but they are largely busy.

I've not worked with RMR but am interested in the brake setup, etc.

What wheels is/was Rhys running in that picture?

You said he will be in NJ soon.  That will be w/ the Solstice or the Genesis?

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2010, 01:26:56 PM »
He is running a Rally car in NJ, I have not seen it yet it is a Hyundai like Sunday. Those are Racing Hart wheels on the Solstice, and he may have some to sell, still working on that, they are superlight weight made just for the Solstice.

Dave at ASD is a good friend.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #31 on: October 13, 2010, 01:47:07 PM »
Dave seemed like a very nice guy.  I've only just begun to work with them...
I love the friends that grow through this almost as much as the racing.  :cheers:

Please don't hesitate to be critical of my build or offer advice, etc.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2010, 02:08:00 PM »
I am just an observer who takes a lot of pictures, with the A arms from ASD and a good tune you can easily go drifting, that is pretty much all the first Gardella car was, everything else was stock and they took third in Atlanta, of course Ryan had a little to do with that.

I got media passes long ago thanks to Rhys, and now ASD sponsors me for a media hard card. Speedhunters sponsors everything on the planet, they are the real photo guys.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2010, 03:05:11 PM »
Yes, speedhunters is near and dear to my heart.  As is MotoIQ.com.  My best friend is the s2000 contributor on there...

In other news:

:D

I should have pictures of the seat bracket and seat install this evening.  In the interest of keeping things moving a good pace, the current version of the seat bracket is not one that I plan on reproducing.  We ended up welding the sparco slider to a solstice bracket that had been modified to fit a Sparco Torino seat.  I'm using an Evo II which is 1" wider.

The cage build is set to being next week!

More soon!  :thumbs:
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2010, 10:06:18 AM »
Yea, I knew you posted in there somewhere...
That harness ain't cheap!

They are expensive, because they are the highest quality and most versatile.

Just be careful when searching. You may not need SFI compliant harnesses which will save you some money. Also some belts are only rated for 2 years, and some racing groups require changing them every two years. So if that's the case don't bother buying 5 year harnesses.
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #35 on: October 20, 2010, 07:49:21 PM »
**Update**

For what it's worth, I'm going to share the good and the bad.  I'm not a professional and I have plenty to learn.  I'll share the good times and the times that I could some help...

That said,
After removing the airbag, onstar, xm, and radio portions of the harness, the car pretty much hates me.  No surprise there.  I reprogrammed the key which seemed to work.  However, the car does not want to start.  No cranking, no sound...nothin'.

As imagined, I'm throwing several codes.  I haven't pulled them...mainly b/c I don't have a scanner yet.  I have cables for previous cars but I don't have a scanner for the Solstice.

Any ideas or related experiences?  I've just got to get the damn thing started up to get the cage and hardtop going!!! grrr!

Thanks guys

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2010, 10:08:12 PM »
Crank relearn?

Somebody know where that link is?  I'm on a plane and can't find it... Fric fighter- look around for the crank relearn procedure...
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #37 on: October 20, 2010, 10:16:01 PM »
Did a quick search.  I need a dashhawk or hp tuners, no?  I'm fairly familiar with HP Tuners.  I was really hoping not to buy it until i was done w/ the cage, etc....  :worms:

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #38 on: October 20, 2010, 10:44:24 PM »
PM Old Goat is just down the street and he has HPTuners.  He live near Koons Manassas

I will tell you that with the airbags disconnected, you will throw a code and light.    I have a dash hawk and HPTuners but I won't be able to get to you for a couple of weeks.

These cars freak out with weak batteries and you can reset codes by pulling fuses 42/43 for about 5 minutes.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #39 on: October 20, 2010, 10:48:17 PM »
I've never touched the interior electronics apart from tapping a fuse, can't help you dude. You unplugged too much stuff!
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #40 on: October 20, 2010, 11:08:55 PM »
I've never touched the interior electronics apart from tapping a fuse, can't help you dude. You unplugged too much stuff!

No such thing!  I'll get around it and document accordingly :)
In truth, i had requests for each part...

Thanks for the support guys!

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #41 on: October 21, 2010, 12:56:41 AM »
Was on plane in Chicago, now landed in Boston... 

Key relearn or crank relearn?  Don't think HP is needed... DBG am I off base here?  Thought some needed relearn after power failure or ECM changes?
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #42 on: October 21, 2010, 07:01:29 AM »
LNFs don't do crank relearns.   That is required on 2.4L after ECM swaps but it still wouldn't cause a engine not to start.   

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #43 on: October 21, 2010, 12:30:23 PM »
Could be a PassKey issue.  Have you changed any of these?
1) Ignition key
2) Ignition lock
3) BCM
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #44 on: October 21, 2010, 10:39:48 PM »
No, but i tried the passkey procedure :(

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #45 on: October 22, 2010, 08:58:22 AM »
perhaps your car is mad at you?

Is there a kill switch associated with the air bag?  Does the car see the airbag as deployed and now it won't start?

Checking which codes are in there would help and you don't need to start the car for that.  Just list them out and let's see what is in there.

edit:  Very cheap scanner available at costco for about 30 bucks, can atleat identify what codes.  Also, a $70 dollar scanner (ultragage) that some on this forum just bought recently, does a bit more than the "el cheapo" - just giving you some ideas.

you could borrow mine, but the shipping would cost as much as the cheap one i think   :idk:

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #46 on: October 22, 2010, 09:06:23 AM »
I'm with Kenny on this one, everything is cross connected in these cars.  If I had to guess and it is only a guess I would start with the onstar connections.
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #47 on: October 22, 2010, 03:15:31 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm gonna do some work today and I'll report what I find.

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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #48 on: October 22, 2010, 05:49:09 PM »
No luck.  New battery, did the key procedure...no dice.

At Old Goat's suggestion, I called up Westers Garage.  They were extremely helpful.  I may have a new development soon!
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Re: Solstice Drift Build
« Reply #49 on: October 23, 2010, 12:12:04 PM »
I've been trying, almost to no avail to get the car fired up.  She's upset at me for putting her on such a healthy diet...

Tracking down these modern day-everything-effects-everything kind of bugs can be quite daunting...Seriously, the amount of raw information passed from module to module at the turn of the key is just crazy...

To keep things fun, I decided to do something light n' easy

I'm not the biggest fan of chrome.  I definitely prefer a nice matte black  :thumbs:


Light sanding + light cleaning + rattlecan + a lot of shake, rattle, and...spray =


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The big picture:


I've typically done wheels in the past.  I really haven't done many interior parts but I was quite pleased with the results!   :woohoo:

More soon!

 

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