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Re: Techno Duck's LS1 conversion

Post  Techno Duck on Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:35 pm

The tension on the belt is set with a torque wrench.

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Post  944convert on Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:53 pm

Katech PDF instructions

ummm...about $500 less than the 944 'Special Tool'  lol!


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Post  money pit 951 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:53 pm

Techno Duck wrote:The tension on the belt is set with a torque wrench.

I have one of those tensioners and I guess I missed the torque'ing process. What's the torque spec that you apply to it?
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Post  docwyte on Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:01 pm

I have the Katech tensioner...

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Post  Techno Duck on Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:43 am

Completed fan install and have put about 100 miles on the car so far. The temps now drop very slowly while sitting at idle instead of the slow creep up. Basically if i were to get stuck in traffic on a hot day the fan would still likely never shut off but i dont think it would overheat. I think this is as good as its going to get for now working with a single 16" fan. Looking at things closer, fabricating a proper shroud would be difficult also, to do it correctly would require spacing the fan off the core some and space is tight between the waterpump pulley tip and fan housing as is, also the fan motor is about .75" from the crank pulley.. so really not much space to work with.

I would say i am only 99% satisfied with this now but i still have concerns sitting in summer time Jershey shore traffic on the NJ Turnpike in the middle of August on a 100 degree day coming back from NJMP, but ill see how this does for a few months. Right now i think the best solution would be dual fans. The single fan covers about 75% of the core, i think with dual fans unshrouded it would cover closer to 85-90% of the core with proper placement. You could run the more efficient paddle blade fans also due to no space limitations from the crank or waterpump pulley. I dont think the stock fans will be an option.. space is too tight with the thicker core.

Anyhow one thing led to another and i checked all of the hose clamps to make sure they were all tight. While i tried the heater control valve as soon as i put just a hair of torque on the clamp the plastic barbed fitting snapped off. Not a huge deal... new heater control valve was in stock at Advanced Auto down the block from my house Smile. I decided to relocate the heater control valve also. It was originally sitting right over the headers and no doubt it was cooked from all of the ambient heat. Infact the two barbed fittings on the heater side were quite deformed, on the waterpump side they were fine. This is likely because no coolant flow going through the valve on that side to help cool it off. Anyhow i am happy i found this in the driveway rather than at the track!

I relocated the valve further forward a few inches off the waterpump... this was also no issue because i had bought spare heater hoses a few weeks ago from Autozone to keep in my track spares box. Talk about an easy fix.. this would have resulted in a weeks downtime waiting for parts if it still had the turbo motor!

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The control valve used to be right next to the fuel pressure regulator so it was really not in a great spot heat wise. The red gasket material around the hoses is just to prevent rub through from the zip ties.

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Post  Techno Duck on Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:53 pm

Replaced the belt tensioner with the Katech one, it only took about 10 minutes, i wasnt sure what to do with all my free time so i went for a drive Laughing . Hit the 2k mile mark finally.

I have a few odds and ends to finish up. I noticed i was getting around .8v of voltage drop between the battery and connector for the fan. This is quite high, i probed around the wiring run and noticed across the fuse alone i was losing .09v, the holder was getting quite warm also. The other big loss was at the wire run from the relay to the fan connector, .42v!

The entire wire run right now was all 12ga it seemed.. the run from the relay to the connector looked almost inbetween 12 and 14ga wire. Anyhow i replaced the fuse holder with a heavy duty one with 10ga leads. Tomorrow i am going to replace the wire run from the relay to the connector with 10ga wire as well. I am hoping to cut that voltage drop in half with these slight changes.. that should increase the efficiency of the fan some also.

Another thing on my list is to replace the 4ga battery feed from the alternator with a 2ga cable. With its current run, the cable off the alternator is about 7ft long. So to 'overkill' the charging system id like to switch it to 2ga. Ill probably do this over the winter.

Here is how the engine bay currently looks; i still need to clean up the wiring along the firewall.

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Post  Lemming on Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:12 am

Over the summer I did some wiring changes as well, upgraded the wiring to my fan and fuel pump (both have relays within 2 feet). I really need to change my alternator wire as well, since my battery sits behind the passenger seat. I'm currently using 4ga and should go to 2.

I'm running a 16" spal fan as well. When my engine is heat soaked after coming off the track, the fan will keep the temps from going up, but it doesn't drop temps for quite some time. However, I prefer a non shrouded fan for the track since it provides better flow at speed.
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Post  Techno Duck on Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:09 am

Tim, ive noticed that if i leave the plastic under tray off the car cools off at idle without issue, quite quickly actually. With the lower tray on it will just barely show a drop in temp on my digital gauge which reads off the upper coolant hose; i am talking it will drop maybe a tenth of a degree every 5-10 seconds. I will continue to run the lower tray though to aid air pulling through the radiator at speed. On the highway the car runs perfectly cool, i dont expect any issues on the track either. Unfortunately there is not much space to fit a more powerful fan, so i am just trying to get this one as efficient as possible.

Which fan are you running? Straight blade or curved?

I do notice at night with my headlights and fogs on, when the fan starts it dims the lights considerably and the idle tends to hunt sometimes aswell. I am running one of the old Iceshark headlight harnesses run directly off the alternator. The 4ga cable also routes along the intake manifold on the engine so it gets plenty of heat soak, so i just dont think its enough to keep up with all of the current draw.

The fuel pump i have been meaning to do for a while.. i am currently running a Bosch pump from a late 70's / early 80's Mercedes 460 SEL 4.9L which is rated at about 10amp continuous draw. It would not surprise me if i was getting quite a bit of voltage drop. This pump is sort of inbetween the stock and 044 pump.

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Post  Lemming on Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:37 am

I have the curved blade "Syclone" as seen here [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Post  JJR512 on Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:39 pm

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Just out of curiosity, what are the two cylinder or canister items between the headlight motor and the dipstick? The front one has three red swoosh marks.

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Post  Rich L. on Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:21 am

JJR512 wrote:Just out of curiosity, what are the two cylinder or canister items between the headlight motor and the dipstick? The front one has three red swoosh marks.

That's a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] dual catch can. I have the same setup on mine.

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Post  Rich L. on Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:38 pm

BTW Jon, you have your breather lines backwards. It's supposed to be in the top and out the side.

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Post  Lemming on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:12 pm

Unless I'm cross eyed, that's the way he has it Question
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Post  Techno Duck on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:16 pm

Rich, great eye! I will fix that later on.. yet another thing to fix from the shop that originally put the car together Mad

I finished up rewiring the fans last week and put maybe 100 miles on everything. Cooling ability seems to have increased somewhat. I was able to reduce the voltage drop at the fan to around .55v running, down from .80. This is about as good as it will get i think.

I also cleaned all of the battery terminals and eliminated the 150a breaker i was using as a battery kill switch. After doing all of this, i swear the car runs much better. With the headlights on, when the fan kicks on it no longer dims the lights momentarily or causes the hunting idle. I found the 4ga cable between the alternator and battery was really poorly done.. more fall out from the first shop. The crimped on terminal at the battery was a 2ga lug with a 4ga wire.. so you can imagine how well that worked. I also made up a 2ga cable to replace that 4ga one.. but i will have to enlarge the hole in the firewall some. After all of the work i did, i lost interest when i found i would need to use a step drill bit to enlarge the hole in the firewall to feed the 2ga cable through. That ill save for the winter maybe.

2 day event at NJMP in about 4 weeks.. cant wait!

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Post  Rich L. on Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:23 pm

That's mine above. This is Jon's from the previous page.

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Jon, good work on the wiring. I did a bunch of that, enlarging wires and replacing switches to find that it was my starter solenoid that was bad. Glad your fan is working well.
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Post  Lemming on Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:51 am

Rich L. wrote:That's mine above. This is Jon's from the previous page.

Ok, I'm only half crazy, I was looking at your pic thinking, "that looks right to me" clown
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Post  Techno Duck on Tue Sep 09, 2014 2:25 pm

Fixed catch can hose routing, thanks again to Rich for pointing that out! The car will be parked the next 3 weeks until i get back home again; then two days at NJMP i cant wait for!

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The car probably wont be seeing much usage after the two track days in October. I am planning on moving out to San Diego later this year. Id love to take the car out there but would require far too much time and money to make it pass CA smog. I am hoping to make it back every month or two so i can possibly make a track day with it. Its unfortunate that ill likely be using it even less than i am now after everything has been sorted out on it.. but i can say i am atleast confident be basically turn key every time i come home. I dont fear any gremlins popping up like every time i left the turbo motor sitting for extended periods!

I am thinking about buying a 2015 Subaru BRZ to use while in Cali.. and yes i have already looked at LS1 swaps for them Shocked

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Post  Lemming on Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:00 pm

Buy a pick up and trailer, then use the 944LS as a track car! Lots of great tracks out that way.
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Post  Rich L. on Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:09 pm

Lemming wrote:Buy a pick up and trailer, then use the 944LS as a track car!
2nd !!

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Post  Techno Duck on Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:14 pm

What a Face I thought about it! I already have a Tacoma also.. So it would just mean buying a trailer, though I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to find a bigger truck. I wonder if it could handle long elevation changes.

Also storage of the trailer might be difficult depending on the place I decide on.

It is something I have considered though! My 951 has been in NY since new, it would almost be like retirement for it bringing it down to Southern California.

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Post  Lemming on Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:11 pm

Techno Duck wrote:What a Face though I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to find a bigger truck. I wonder if it could handle long elevation changes.

I'm about to put my 2008 F250 Kings Ranch Crew Cab (6.4L turbo diesel) up for sale Very Happy

Rich, you need a tire rack on that trailer!

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Post  Rich L. on Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:39 pm

A tire rack would be nice. Cool

I used to flat tow my 44 with an '00 4Runner until a panic stop convinced me I needed a trailer with brakes. The supercharged 3.4 had plenty of power but the rig felt unstable. The Tacoma trucks have longer wheelbases and the newer 4.0L v6 has more power, might be good.

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Post  Techno Duck on Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:22 pm

The first two track days were mostly a success this weekend. Drove out friday night, 170 miles down to NJMP. Saturday the car drove fantastic all day. I was driving it fairly easy and requested to be in the green run group. This was my first time back at NJMP since 2010 i think!

First impressions..

-Tons of power yet very manageable due to such a linear powerband.
-Car felt very stable and i didnt really feel any perceptible difference in weight. I installed an AOR gearbox finally and the car feels very planted now.
-The Ford hydroboost brakes worked extremely well. I still need to raise the throttle pedal slightly higher to make heel-toe more comfortable. I dialed in the brake bias, i found one click towards 'more brake' from the middle position worked well. I am using Hawk HPS on the rear and Porterfield R4's on the front. That will probably change with pad compounds. I honestly thought the brakes were going to be troublesome, but this setup is working great.
-Steering felt great, i cant remember how the power rack felt previously but it didnt feel overboosted or anything. I am using the Turn1 pump.
-Sounds great on the track... pops and backfires on decel a TON. A few backfires were quite loud and i wonder if i was getting any fireballs out the back Twisted Evil
-Didnt even need to add oil after 1 hour and 10 minutes on track the first day!
-Water temps were a non issue, the highest i saw was 205*F taken at the upper radiator hose. Ambient temps were around 70*F. Renegade Hybrids radiator and a 160*F thermostat.
-Highest oil temp i saw was at the very end of the session, 231*F from oil pan. I have a Seatrab cooler infront of the radiator; forgot the exact core size but i think its 14.5" wide and 5" tall. Redline 10w40 oil.

I think this cooler might be a little undersized; it was fairly cool out and i wasnt running the car all that hard. I originally sized this oil cooler to fit under the nose panel, so i can definitely go larger. Ill leave it be for now but i think i will have to go larger eventually. This will mean having to relocate the cooler else where so i dont have a giant core blocking the radiator.

Now the second day didnt go as well. My first warmup lap the PS pump was groaning a little going through the first few turns. By the last 3 turns it was groaning real bad. Knew it must have been low on fluid. I pulled into the paddock and sure enough it was low. While i was going through my tool box i noticed a few drips where i had parked previously... looked under the car and the entire undertray and crossmember were dripping PS fluid. That basically ended the day right there. Cant say i am totally surprised, i have every invoice for this car dating back to the early 90's and as far as i know the steering rack is original with 130k miles on it. I must have jinxed myself because i was talking with Thom before i left and i mentioned i hope the steering rack held up. Anyhow i managed to get the car home even with the leaking rack. I only stopped once to top it off until the last 10-15 miles where the leak got real bad. Topped it off one last time and made it onto my block right as the pump started groaning again. I ordered a rebuild rack from CarSteering.Com which ill throw in sometime over the next week or two.


Overall the car performed great, the steering rack would have blown out regardless. My instructor loved the car and said it was one of the most fun he has ever rode in... and this is a classic 911 guy Smile. This is likely the only track event ill be able to do this year unfortunately.

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Post  Lemming on Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:49 am

All-in-all sounds like a good weekend!
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Post  Techno Duck on Tue Nov 18, 2014 5:00 pm

In the midst of a polar vortex but that didnt stop me. Got the rack out today and i finally see where it was actually leaking from. The high pressure banjo fitting on the front of the rack, looks like the tubing is coming loose.

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Never the less i am going to replace the rack anyhow, its out already and has 130k miles on it.

The real pain in the ass is going to be bending the high pressure lines on the rebuilt rack to clear the oil pan. I dont have a picture for comparison, but this is how the lines are on my rack right now and it just barely clears... in fact one of them was touching the pan and you can see the wear marks on the tubing. This is going to be alot of trial and error fitment. And its probably pretty clear the initial 'bending' of these lines is what caused that banjo fitting to start leaking.

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I did run into a hiccup though; CarSteering sent me a rebuilt rack with tie rods on it (should not have included any). No big deal, i have the tools to take them off without too much trouble. Only problem is the tie rods on the rack they sent me were ungodly tight.. i could not for the life of me get one of them off and i was probably 9/10's of the way to ripping my vice off the bench Rolling Eyes . So i decided to just leave the tie rods they included on, i measured them quickly and go figure they are for an early offset car. Oh well. I called them up earlier and explained things. Without any trouble they are sending me another rack and making sure no tie rods are on it. At my request they overnight it to me and only charged me $20.

The Odyssy PC925 battery is well suited for this car though; the car has been sitting over a month and a half. She turned over without a hint of trouble and fired right up. This is with 10w40 oil and 30 degree ambient temp. Not bad for a 25lb battery Smile.

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