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Offline JimmyBaja

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SC Coupe motor rebuild
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:45:34 PM »
With some transportation help to trailer it down & a hand with the swap out from some very special friends & some cost savings help from Dave at DDM (THANK YOU!!!), he says we can swap out the motor over a weekend for one that he will have prepped & ready.
I have allready selected & paid for the new parts to go in the motor, just waiting for the pistons to come in... they are custom order.  A little more cash when we go down to finish paying for it all, some greasy knuckles, beer, pizza, gas & a hotel room & it should be good to go!  :yay:

As for what's being done:
-I will be retaining the stage II SC system on the new motor but will be adding a high flow cat (found that the internals of the stock one is cracked down the center).
Machine shop work
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-Cometic head gasket

She should be better than before & good to go for MORE POWAHHH in the future!  :drag:


A HUGE THANK YOU to Critterman, DBGXP & DDM!!!  :urock:

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2011, 09:53:01 PM »
Jimmy,
That's fantastic news! 
Will DBG, critter and ddm get sponsorship decals on the new coupe?  I might be willing to chip in if you'll put a 4" pink GJ on the front fenders.....
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2011, 10:08:24 PM »
Cool! Can't wait to see you flying down the road!
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 10:18:46 PM »
Jimmy, did the stock cat clog and cause a buildup of pressure causing your rings to fail?

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 10:33:00 PM »
She should be better than before & good to go for MORE POWAHHH in the future!  :drag:

Should that be said in a Jeremy Clarkson tone of voice?

Good to hear that it's getting close to being back on the road! What exactly failed?
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2011, 10:34:32 PM »
It doesn't look clogged just cracked. I'll have to wait untill we get the car on the lift to get it all the way off to tell for sure.

U-238, not 100% sure until the motor comes out & the head gets removed but I think it was rings/piston related.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2011, 10:37:46 PM by JimmyBaja »

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2011, 11:27:38 PM »
When will you guys be there? Maybe I'll be back from VA by then and I can drive up to have some fun with you guys.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2011, 03:28:58 AM »
Happy that all has worked out for you!!! :thumbs:

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2011, 03:33:36 AM »
That's great news Jimmy!!!!
now your motor will be bullet proof and the most important is that the job will be carried by DDM who know perfectly well what they are doing!!!
and why wait for more power in the future??? go SC III now that you will have your motor rebuilt!!

pls let us know what the failure was and what you speculate may have caused it.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2011, 05:11:50 AM »
WOOT WOOT, the SC Coupe is getting fixed!!!!

Great news about getting fixed by DDM, I would love to come and give a hand when you need, I'm not too much of a mechanic but you could put Critter on my shoulders so the rest of the team to be free from his supervisor attention.  :lol:

Hat off in front of DBGXP, Critter and DDM  :urock:

Can't wait to see that screamer back in action  :thumbs:
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2011, 07:46:49 AM »
Good news indeed. If there's anything GXPsy and I can do to help let us know.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2011, 09:11:25 AM »
Congrats JB, I didn't even know you had an issue so I searched and just read about your engine failure post.  Was the root cause ever determined?

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2011, 10:24:28 AM »
Jimmy, have you considered that DBGXP may have had something to do with your engine failure? You know you did kick his butt on the strip. I would keep a close eye on him. :) :)
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2011, 11:05:03 AM »
With those rods and pistons you should be able to push more power baby. Twin charge that :censor: !
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2011, 11:33:15 AM »
Just let us know when the fun will begin.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2011, 01:49:06 PM »
All, I don't have a date yet, waiting on the pistons to come in. I'll let you know as soon as Dave contacts me that they are in... should be a couple more weeks.

I will post what we find with the old motor when we get it out.

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2011, 01:23:19 PM »
Update, pics of cracked cat. Disregard light colored areas, that's where I disturbed the carbon poking arround.
Not sure if this had anything to do with the engine failure or not.

« Last Edit: February 28, 2011, 01:49:13 PM by DeepBlueGXP, Reason: photo manage by forum »

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2011, 01:26:32 PM »
Intake or exhaust side?  I don't know if that would have any effect tho.  I still have my old cat in the shed if you aren't going hi-flow.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2011, 01:28:56 PM »
If this hasn't to do anything with the engine failure, then it's a hell of a coincidence!!!
could this be a result of the engine failure?
i surely don't think this is a possible cause, maybe just a result
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2011, 01:35:29 PM »
Entrance (manifold side), I haven't taken it off yet to see the exit side, I'll wait to get it to DDM since you have to get under the car to get it off.

I think at this point since this happened I will go ahead with a high flow cat & deal with the noise.

Arabas, that what I was thinking. Maybe the rush of cooler oil on the hot cat cracked it.

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2011, 01:36:41 PM »
Very interesting... I am glad I just got a "new" SOLO Hi Flow CAT that just needs to get installed. Should be interesting as the disassembly comes as to the real culprit for the CAT/engine failure.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2011, 01:45:03 PM »
  Hey Jimmy it good to see you are getting your fixed, hope it last longer this time.
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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2011, 01:53:52 PM »
If the cat became clogged, the pressure would have caused the rings to blow buy.  That has to be the inlet portion of the cat as it appears to still be installed on the exhaust

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #23 on: March 16, 2011, 12:34:44 PM »
I asked K1 technologies If the had rods for LE5, they answered me as following:

> We still do not make the LE5 rods but the difference between the LE5 and
> LSJ rods is the LSJ is .069" longer than the LE5. Custom pistons could
> be made with the wrist pin moved up .069" to allow for the longer rod.
> The price for the rods is $411.52 and include ARP2000 rod bolts.

  Tom Molnar said that it would be about 1k for pistons and rods, a lot cheapper that winseco pinstons and carillo rods.

   Does Dave told you something about your k1 rods? Im really looking foward to buy from them

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Re: SC Coupe motor rebuild
« Reply #24 on: March 16, 2011, 12:52:35 PM »
Agreed,

I would like to do a future LE5 motor upgrade similar to Jimmy's. Can we get some input from DDM (Dave) on what is required for this "rebuild" at approximate cost including parts/labor and time for the overhaul?

This would definitely be an option for LE5's down the road to go for BIG POWER prior to blowing engines. I know the LE5 can withstand a lot of internal torque, but given the option to do an engine "upgrade" prior to a large upgrade, some of us may want to go down this path.
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