So as 2017 approached and I had a full issue free year to enjoy the car, I got used to the power that I had. I wanted more. Out of my friends that I tend to roll with I had the slower of the few. GTR's, a viper, 2 modded C6 Z06's, CTS-V's, etc. I needed some more power, especially after all the work I've put into this car over the years.
I contacted Jeff over at Evan's and told him I was bored and wanted more. I told him I was looking to see 650-700whp for 2017, but, to buy a kit with the potential of 800-900whp down the road. I threw a few different kits at Jeff and he stood firmly behind Full Race (who wouldn't). I asked him about a turbo and he also recommended Borg Warner's EFR 9180 for my goals. The hunt was on!
I was on vacation in Florida and I found an installed but only used on the dyno Full Race kit with a Borg Warner 7670 EFR. Killer deal to say the least and everything was practically brand new. Only dyno time on the setup! I went ahead and made the purchase despite the turbo included (buyer wouldn't sell the kit without it). Took the ride down to Maryland when I got back from vacation and make the pickup!
So of course, this is no 9180. I needed that for my goal. According to Jeff this 7670 was good for maybe 580-600whp. I want this kit to be the last setup. No upgrades to the kit itself if I want more power down the road. So the hunt was on for a 9180 now.
So the deals keep pouring in! I ended up finding a BNIB 9180 supercore for $1200 shipped. Sweet. Now for the turbine housing, I found the best price from TH Motorsports at $380. Went ahead and ordered that and just received it recently since it was back ordered from Borg Warner. Awesome customer service from TH Motorsports and I will absolutely deal with them again.
So the pile of parts is growing, putting a smile on my face. I'm a crazy perfectionist and I like over doing things the first time lol. The turbine housing and the turbo manifold are currently being black 2000 degree ceramic coated by a buddy who owns a powder coating company in Fishkill, NY (Prodigy Powder Coating).
While I wanted the exhaust pieces of the kit coated professionally, I chose to ceramic coat and wrap the downpipes myself.
So that'll take care of some heat this kit will be creating. But, this won't protect everything. I don't want to leave the fuse box, battery, and heater valve in their original locations, so a relocation was in order.
I went ahead and purchased an Alloy Craft heater valve relocation bracket from Ballade Sports and a battery relocation kit used from a user here on s2ki.
Now I'm in the zone. I'm looking at the engine bay like I'm trying to evict everything in the bay besides the motor. The ABS unit? Ugly. I want it gone. I started gauging interest in the ABS relocation kit from Rywire. I then found a company on the Facebook forums, Hardcore Bays, making quality kits that included a soft line for the clutch master to the slave for a better price. I went ahead and made the purchase. When I received it I was astounded. Amazing quality from these guys and the customer service was top notch!
(Not my pictures, just for reference from Steve at Hardcore Bays)
So now the fuse box and that side.. Here goes nothing!
And how it sits as of now!
So the plan was to relocate some ugly stuff out of the bay, install this kit, get tuned and be happy. Wouldn't that be nice.
So while I was speaking with a bunch of higher HP guys about everything I got talked into looking for an Inline Pro stage 2.5 head. So now the hunt was on for that. Long story short I ended up finding a 2.5 built head for an awesome price. I contacted the seller and asked why he was selling. He stated he had a built motor from IP (their 1000hp setup) and lost a rod bearing. He decided to go v8 and he was looking to fix the block down the road. Welp, I ended up buying the complete longblock with all the accessories (everything from the oil pan to the valve cover, from the vtec solenoid to the alternator). The motor is coming with some goodies also (Inline Pro TCT, tapped girdle, tapped valve cover, coilpacks, and a EGR block off. All in all I got the whole thing for $2000 shipped to my door. The damage is very minimal. The knock was caught on the dyno, car was shut down and checked. They dumped the oil and found some metal on the magnetic drain plug, no metal in the oil and no metal in the pan once it was removed. The vtec solenoid also came up clear of any metal shavings. The only issue is a slight side to side play in one of the rod bearings. Once received it'll go to inline pro for a complete tear down, inspection and refresh.
So sheesh, wasn't planning on buying an Allen Built longblock this year but oh well. Can't turn down some deals I see. Plus I'll need this sometime soon anyway if I want to be comfy playing in the 800whp club.
So now what? I'm pulling my motor, removing the battery and the extra ugly stuff in the bay so what does that mean? It means I'm gonna beat myself with a stick if I didn't shave the bay. I have some chips and imperfections anyways so I might as well do it while everything is out and all the fluids have to be replaced where I'm at anyways.
So I got together with my buddy who painted the bay for me years ago and we went over it. He gave me a price and I'm for it. Hardcore Bays, the same company with the ABS relocation kit, offers a 8 piece engine bay shave kit. So, I pulled the trigger on that today. One step closer to a bad ass bay.
Here's a reference picture of the kit from Steve at Hardcore Bays.