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I've been MIA thanks to Sandy kicking Long Island's ass. Thankfully I escaped with just a few shingles off the roof, some siding that blew off and a tree that took out part of our back yard fence. Sandy did manage to destroy the road leading to the bridge that enters our town. So now we only have one way in and out of town instead of the normal two. I had no power, heat, internet, phones or anything for over a week and just got TV, internet and phones back a few minutes ago. It was cold and boring to say the least.

I did manage to get my engine cover trimmed up and installed with the Volant yesterday though and it came out great.





Here's how she road out the storm safe in the garage all tucked in. Same way it will ride out the winter when the snow starts to come.



Unfortunately with some of the roads in my area still a mess and the current gas shortage here on LI it may be a while before I even get to drive it again. :(
 

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SOFLA...Not me man, one of my least favorite pastimes. They were my father's fishing poles.

YoungMedic...Yeah, we got lucky. My little town got hit real hard in the lower areas with flooding but I'm at the second highest point so we escaped the water thankfully.

The Volant seems to be performing great and has fixed my Wintake fuel trim problems I had. I also really like the way it looks and how it takes up all the ugly empty space in the battery. I think I'm going to do the opposite of a shaved bay and try and fill all the empty space. If I add a catch can on the left in front of the washer fluid I'll be all set. :laugh:
 

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I finally got around to installing the new R logo caliper springs after the dealer ruined the original ones before I even took the car home using some harsh wheel cleaner on them. :banghead:



And a random cell phone shot after I got home from a quick drive...



Think I may need to order up an exhaust soon.
 

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I'm good at spending other people's money too. I'm even better at spending my own though. :laugh: Wait, that may not be a good thing. :sly:

I'm trying to think long term with the car and not be too wasteful with $ buying parts I just have to sell later. So I think I'm going to just pick up a Borla catback for now and then down the line go right to stage 3 and skip the needed downpipe for stage 2+ on the stock turbo. At least that's the plan for now. I may change my mind later, who knows...not me. :laugh: Either way the catback will work for stage 2+ or 3 so it's a safe choice to feed the mod habit.

I also need to do some more coilover adjusting. Got the front pretty much where I want it (spun everything down 2 turns since my old pics). I think I need to go 2 more turns in the rear since I seem to have a 1/2" rake now which is just a bit too much. I don't want the saggy ass look and rather have some rake but right now it's just a bit high in the rear. Two more turns down should be perfect. It's at 24 3/8" front and 24 7/8" rear for people who are interested in ride height numbers.
 

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I already have an APR HPFP, I'm currently stage 1+ with intake.

An intercooler upgrade is on my list (I literally have a long mod "to do" list). I'm waiting to see what Neuspeed has in the works. I'd like a true front mount if possible (not the BSH that removes the crash bar...not safe). No matter how good the core is in terms of APR, SPM, CTS and other factory placement upgrades having it stuck between the radiator and a/c condenser can't be as good as one sitting out front first in line for the cold air. No rush in that department though since my car is street driven and not tracked I think I'd be pulled over before I even reached heat soak. :laugh: I stick intercooler in the same category as stage 3 and clutch meaning I'd do them all at once or very close to each other.
 

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New toys got here today...



Still waiting on my Force Fed Engineering shifter bushings to get here so I can do the install. You'd think they'd get here faster since they're located on LI also (was too lazy to drive there and waste gas that's still a nightmare to get here so I just ordered them online) but the Diesel Geek got here from TX faster. :thumbup::thumbup: for Jim for that one!
 

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Just ordered up a Borla catback. Now the question remains, leave the tips polished or have them ceramic coated gloss black?

Pic of the tips courtesy of v8star...whose Borla video is what sold me on it since it doesn't sound like raspy buzzing ass like all the other exhausts for the R :laugh:

 

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Atl-Atl...I never feel comfortable talking prices on custom work like that. Plus my price was a package deal with my engine cover which altered the normal price some. I'd also be willing to bet anyone not on Long Island could get it done cheaper anyway. :laugh:

notavr...I emailed them for an update and they said it shipped but still no sign of it for me. Also emailed them for a tracking number but no reply on that yet. Now that it's gone back to normal getting gas here on LI (after Sandy it was a nightmare with rationing) I wish I would have waited and just drove over to pick them up. :banghead: My diesel geek is taunting me on my desk and I really don't want to do the install twice so I'm stuck waiting on the bushings.
 

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I ordered them on the 12th. Emailed on the 15th asking if they shipped. Got a response from Ed on the 16th saying that they shipped. Emailed again on the 17th asking for a tracking number but haven't heard back. I emailed them this morning again asking for a tracking number but still no word back yet.

These are going 23 miles according to google maps. :laugh: or should I say. :banghead: Damn you hurricane Sandy, yet again you screw with me. :mad:
 

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No idea what that guy was talking about but here are my current fuel trim numbers...




Also another update on my R.

Got the FFE bushings and Diesel Geek Sigma 6 short shifter installed and really didn't like the feel of the DG shifter. It didn't feel as good as the old style DG Race shifter I had in my R. It's too stiff, mechanical and clunky feeling. Thankfully Jim was cool enough to take it back since I only had it in for a short time and knew immediately it wasn't for me. I put the stock shifter back in and left the FFE bushings, which honestly don't make a huge difference alone.

I think I may order the Forge short shifter with side to side bracket if one of two dealers would actually return my emails about it. :banghead:
 

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This is all personal preference of course. Jim builds an Awesome shifter with quality second to none and even better service. For me though, there's just too many metal parts in the DG Sigma vs the old DG Race shifter. The old Race shifter used the spring loaded plastic cable ends still but shortened the throw and lost the counter weight so it was short and notchy but not as harsh feeling as the Sigma. I thought something was wrong with my adjustment since it felt like there was a little pop or almost speed bump like feel going in and out of each gear. Like the shifter would hop up a hair if moved with little pressure into each gear. It wasn't a confidence building feeling at all. I sent Jim a video of it and he said it was normal and my adjustment seemed fine. That's when I knew it wasn't for me. I've heard lots of people say the Sigma was too notchy for them. People have been saying that since the Race shifter was out actually. But the people who said the Race shifter was too notchy were nuts. :laugh:
 

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Another testament to how good a guy Jim is and his service. He said I could keep it in the car for a month and if I still didn't like it return it then since as you said it has a break in period. I however took it right out before he even told me that figuring my only shot at returning it was if it was still perfectly new looking. I don't think it would have broken in anywhere near enough for me to like it though. There's just no give at all. I want shorter throws and that have a nice click into gear but it was just too mechanical for me due to the metal cable ends. I think I need a bit of give for a more refined and less mechanical "race car" like feel.
 

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Ordered the Forge adjustable quick shifter and adjustable side quick shifter today. I think that may be what I'm looking for in terms of feel.

Still can't decide if I want to gloss black ceramic coat the Borla tips or leave them polished and that gets here tomorrow so I need to decide before I install it. :confused:
 

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I'm leaning towards black but now that I've seen them in person they sure are nice. I still think I'll bring them Monday to be gloss black ceramic coated though.

Gotta say, of the 8 exhaust systems for various cars I've bought in the past this Borla (my first Borla) was hands down packaged the best with expanding foam inside plastic bags so everything was safely padded and couldn't get dented, scratched or beat up at all since the foam shapes itself to the contours of the exhaust perfectly to keep it safe. Each tip was also wrapped in bubble wrap for extra safety, nice touch. :thumbup::thumbup:

I comment on the packing because I had one exhaust for a past car shipped to me with packing peanuts loose in the box. I thought I got them all out but a few stragglers blew out the tailpipe when I first started the car. :laugh: Another one with just some bits of packing paper to pad it letting it slide around and get a dent.

Also the free hat, sticker, catalog, clearly printed instructions and also a plastic plug for the flapper vacuum hose (that's what's in the little plastic bag) was a nice touch so I don't have to go all ghetto and use a screw!

 

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Got the Borla installed the other day. Sounds awesome and it actually made my intake sound louder for some reason. Guess it's just breathing better despite still having the stock downpipe.

Thankfully I decided to leave the tips polished and not ceramic coat them black. Why is that good? One of the tips was welded on crooked at Borla. :banghead: Thanks to Borla's good customer service though they're making me a whole new tail section and sending it out free of charge with free return shipping on the current crooked tip one. So it sucks that I have to do 1/2 the install again but at least it's the easy part and they're taking care of the issue and the cost of shipping.

The string of bad luck with parts problems (manufacturing, finish, fitment and compatibility issues) I'm having with this car is a bit scary. Thankfully all the companies that have had to replace parts for me have been great and did it at no cost to me but still, has quality control gone so down hill everywhere that it's needed so many times?
 

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Got the Forge front to back and side to side short shifter installed a few minutes ago and it paired with the FFE solid shifter bushings are exactly what I was looking for. Nice short throws that click into gear with no more slop yet no extra effort is needed to row through the gears and it's much smoother than the DG was. It's a more precise feel than stock yet not as overly mechanical as the DG was, more fluid feeling is the best way to describe it when compared to the DG. Also have to give a thanks to Sean at Forge for his help when I had some questions. :thumbup::thumbup:



Also got my DEI Reflect-A-Gold heat shield all finalized and installed with some nicer screws instead of the stock chess piece looking monstrosities.

 

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As soon as the replacement tail section gets here and I have a chance to install it I'll try and get some pics.

I really need to find a decent location for better pics. All my old photo locations are gone (been 5 years since I had a car worth taking pics of) or blocked off due to what hurricane Sandy did to them.
 

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Thanks!

I took it for a quick drive to test out the Forge shifter, which is exactly what I wanted!! Great feel, it's nice and precise combined with the FFE bushing yet no extra effort needed to shift and a much more solid "click" into gear, yet way more refined and smooth feeling than the DG Sigma. It actually reminds me of my DG Race shifter I loved in my 337 just a bit more fluid feeling thanks to the counter weight I guess. Whatever the case, I'm happy!

Here's some quick driveway pics of the Borla taken at odd angles to hide the fact that one tip is crooked...and yes I quickly photoshopped it straighter in the head on shot too. :laugh:





 
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