FINALLY! Big, big updates! Dyno Day!
Instead of working on the car this past weekend I took the Mustang to the track. It was wet, it was a handful and a little scary, but it was an absolute blast!
Two days ago I put the mustang back into street mode and I finally got an alignment on the Impreza after the lateral link swap. Nothing crazy but itís a lot better to drive.
Yesterday I prepped the car for itís longest journey yet. Topped off all the fluids and pressures and double checked everything I could think of. Drove it carefully two and a half hours in hard, driving rain to Kalamazoo to spend the night with the inlaws. Drove over on a modified base map and was careful not to get too aggressive. I was paranoid. Every noise, vibration, hiccup made me question itís reliability and question the project as a whole. I worried my once completely reliable car had been ruined.
We made it, but I was exhausted from the loud exhaust and worrying about every detail as well as the extremely rainy conditions.
I woke this morning excited yet nervous. I know every detail of this car and knew it wasnít 100%. I started second guessing every vac line routing, every wire connection, everything that I have plans to tidy up but didnít have time to.
I called earlier in the week to confirm my appointment and had asked if I would be able to watch the car get tuned. I was told they normally do not but it should only take 4 hours if everything went well. I Left Kalamazoo for Paw Paw where Whalen speed R&D is with my father in law in chase to give me a ride. I chose this company because of their familiarity with the Link G4+ depspite the fact they are heavy on the Mitsubushi side.
I arrived early and the doors opened at 9am. The car was strapped to the dyno before I even finished paperwork.We went over my goals and the cars current setup, next thing I know things were rolling and it was making noise.
I asked what time I should head back and they invited me to stay and watch...and learn, so I did!
All said and done things went really, really, smoothly. For a stock setup, stock turbo, injectors etc. i was very happy with the results. The injectors topped out at around 20 PSI in the little VF24.
Then the launch control feature was turned on and dialed in. About 3 hours after rolling onto the dyno it was rolled off and ready to go.
WOW! What an improvement. The car is wonderful. I kept on expecting a hiccup, a misfire, an overboost or something to fail on the drive back to Kalamazoo. Nothing, It ran flawlessly and pulls really, really good! The powerband is so smooth and it revs so freely. The idle is much improved as well.
Loaded up the car and headed 2.5 hours back home, almost all highway. It was fantastic the whole way home. It reminds me of how it used to be a long long time ago. All my fears and doubts were discarded and I trust the car again. It was longest/farthest I have driven the car in past two years and it handled it problem free. I canít wait to drive it more and more and more!
Over the winter I will focus on getting it track ready. Catch can, oil cooler etc. Iíll relearn the car with the new found power, limited slip diffs etc. and then maybe look at larger injectors and E85. It looks like there is still a good amount of power to be unlocked potentially.
Also, the new headunit is awesome with the hands free and Bluetooth capability.
I LOVE this car!