First day of Driving my car this year

First I'd like to mention that we've been awarded the "Top Auto Blog" award, from Save Today Auto Insurance, Thanks for recognizing our place in the automotive community.

Last night the car went in to Autoworx to cover a few things and take it out of storage for the summer, which is fast approaching. But before dropping the car off I had another friend over during the day helping me to finish the new wiring for the speakers, and install the pioneer radio. We got it finished in time and I must say I'm really starting to smile from the way the center console is looking, It's so very close to being done. I haven't snapped any pics of it yet, but I will post them as soon as I do.

Anyways, we dropped the car off at Autoworx, and I left them a "short" list of
stuff to do, and be ready for pick up friday by 6pm, as always, they more than happily obliged. First of all they drained the oil from the engine, and emptied the oil cooler lines and core as well, and changed the oil filter. They replaced the oil with Motul 15W50 this time.

Next up was the spark plugs, replaced those as well with the usual NGK-R, since I told them I planned on heading to the dyno soon they also did a rather thorough inspection to make sure we'd be ready and safe for the dyno. They ended up finding one small coolant drip from a banjo bolt on the rear turbo, tightening it resolved the issue, two clamps had broken on one of the lower power steering lines, resulting in a small drip, so they replaced the old clamps and that fixed that. 

They also inspected the vacuum lines for any leaks, the suspension for any worn parts, and found everything to be in good order. Next they did a compression test, unsurprisingly found all six cylinders above 155, so thats good. Then Balanced the wheels, deflated all the tires and rotated them on the rims to optimize balance without using weights. Lastly they installed the new 280 L/hr Sard In-Tank fuel pump to replace the oem GTR pump.

Driving this car is such a pleasure, it feels like its riding on rails. I haven't boosted it past 8 PSI yet because I'm still on last seasons gas, so when that runs out and I can put new 94 in, we'll be good to go. As for the dyno session, I'll be calling soon to make an appointment, things are moving along well.


  1. Mmmm, cool upgrade. Congratulations on the auto blog award!

  2. Loving this award. We need moarrrrrrrrr!

  3. I dunno what a lot of you're saying means. I wish I had a car.


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