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  4. Good morning! There will be a chance for a little severe weather this morning and with that chance comes some hail with it. Make sure the cars and other items are put away if possible. A severe watch is not anticipated. The rest of the week will be rain free and chances for rain don't return until next weekend. Current (5:20 am CDT) radar
  5. It's a blast to drive but not without any traction. πŸ™‚
  6. I drove down to Atlanta Motor Speedway yesterday to participate in a SCCA autocross. I've had a 4 year sabbatical from driving and wasn't sure how well everything would come back to me. Instead of driving one of our cars, I decided I'd jump back in the last car I autocrossed and give it a try again. I drove this car for about 6 years before my break and got pretty good in it, managing 4 3rd place finishes at the National Championships. But it's a very difficult car to drive and and I was a little apprehensive getting back in it after an extended layoff. The wheelbase of the car is only 80", so it's very short. Being short, it has a very low polar moment of inertia meaning it doesn't take much to make it spin. Throw in 350 whp/380 ft lbs of torque in a car that weighs 1760 lbs with me in it and you have a really big handful. But yesterday didn't go to well, and it wasn't because of me. πŸ™‚ They have made lots of changes to the car. They have totally reworked the suspension, retuned the engine, and removed the electric power steering. All great. BUT... this car relies on a ton of mechanical grip to go fast, and without it, you might as well be driving on ice. Two of us were driving the car yesterday and both us have had a lot of seat time in the car, and we both had issues. Come to find out, we were running on one year old, 40 run Hoosier slicks, that had the grip of a Flintstone rock tire. We both spun the car, Rick doing it twice. We had ZERO traction all day. To top that off, we discovered that the front tires were corded. So we literally had no traction. Keep in mind, to put that power to the ground and corner at 1.8 g's, we run 14" wide Formula Atlantic qualifying rear tires that generate a ton of grip. But once those tires get hard, you might as well be on rocks. So... this was my 4th run and I managed to do it correctly. You can hear the blow off valve as I have to lift to keep the back tires from spinning (no... to keep the car from spinning). If you'd like to see a good spin, I did one not far from the start on my 2nd run. πŸ™‚ This run was a total disaster as I also missed a couple of gates (you don't get a time, it's called a DNF). It was a fun day, but the car is capable of going much faster, and hopefully I can get back in it soon with some good tires on it.
  7. A beautiful but warm morning here, 71 upon arising. Going to be a warm one. Saw 86 yesterday

  8. Thanks! Our toys!!! Seems like I'm always washing them so they stay clean, but it's hard not to drive them!
  9. Things are progressing, although never as fast as I'd want it to. The room is a struggle to work with since one side has large glass windows and the other side is open with a bar, stairs, and a hallway. There are large bedrooms on each end of the media room so the room can't be expanded those directions. They did a modal review of the room and initially placed the subwoofers in these locations. THe subwoofer where the arrow from from was not going to work in that position as it would have to stick out in the floor. My suggestion In the bar area where I drew the red box is an ice maker that no longer works and is too expensive to fix. It made 60 lbs of ice a day so it's not a little icemaker. πŸ™‚ WE have plans on removing that and adding shelves, but it would be a great place for that subwoofer to go and it would be hidden. We can add black fabric panels in place of the wood panels that you currently see. The original modal graph looked like this. Notice all of the peaks. After their original placement it looked like this. Much smoother. Again, the room is far from ideal. We will be using acoustic panels extensively in order to help with the room acoustics, and the rest will be managed during the final Trinnov calibration.
  10. Got my car back from Balanced Performance Motors today after having a few changes made to it this week. I had to replace the low pressure fuel pump (LPFP) that I had purchased from Tapout Tuning since it couldn't hold enough pressure on E85. It was supposed to be a "Stage 2" pump, meaning it wouldn't have any issues running straight E85, but testing during the tuning process showed that the pressure was dropping to 45 lbs or so which is not anywhere close to what it needs to be. It will be sent back for a refund. This is a picture of the pump/housing that came out. It is a DW400 pump but apparently the venturi in the housing is the restriction to the flow and the reason for the low pressure. I installed an XDI Stage 1 LPFP and it is supposed to be sufficient to run E85 up to the limit of the stock turbos. Specs: OEM ATSV ACDELCO LPFP Spec’s: 377 LPH without back pressure. 215 LPH at 70 PSI XDI Stage 1 Spec's: 435 LPH at no back pressure 265 LPH at 70 PSI 23% Increase overall Maximum Pressure >80 psi at full flow (PLV opening pressure 85-90 psi, stock is 70-75 psi) See chart. Fuel Compatibility: all known fuels, all Ethanol blends Fitment: 100% OEM, no cutting, no crimping Tuning Support: HPT, Trifecta While the car was there, I had them replace the plugs with NGK Ruthenium plugs since I knew it still had the stock plugs. The plugs were gapped at 0.026" which is what is recommended for these cars running the boost levels we are seeing. I also installed a new Renick cold air intake (CAI), here's a picture of the installation. Click to enlarge. The new system consist of two equal length tubes each with its own filter. "Equal length ensure that the compressor wheel on each side of the LF4 has identical RPM response as they spool up and spool down. The LF4 has matched mirror turbos for efficiency why not have a flow matched intake as well? This helps make the engine respond identical on both banks with maximum efficiency. " The CAI kit also came with an oil catch tank to prevent any oil from reaching the turbos. So... I need to take the car out and get a pull or two and send it off to Justin to refine the tune a little. The plan now is to get the car on the dyno the last week in July to see what it's making, but it should be somewhere between 620-640 whp. Can't wait. Assuming nothing breaks, I'm done with changes for this car for a while. Famous last words... πŸ™‚
  11. Wow, nice cars, they look great!!
  12. Done with appearance items for a while! Thanks to James Renick for many of the items on both the cars. We couldn't be more pleased with how they turned out. There is always more to do though... the fun never stops. πŸ™‚ The wife's car now gets: Cue update so she can get Android Auto New RE-alignment. Yes, to fix the current one AEM wideband/XDI translator/plugs install Justin Schmidt tune to replace the Trifecta tune I'll have them service the diff/trans/anything else that needs service when it's in for the Cue update... it has 56k miles My car needs: Have to replace the Tapout Stage 2 LPFP that is supposedly a DW400... we'll see but I don't think it is. I have a new XDI LPFP pump waiting to go in. Install Renick CAI and new plugs To the dyno to see how well Justin has done πŸ™‚ After the dyno I see I need more power, we'll install a fuel cam. Not much left to do now! Here is a link to more of the pictures that I took today: ATS-V Appearance Items Done - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL 25 new photos added to shared album
  13. Finally. It's taken a long time but all of the appearance items are done and the wife LOVES it. πŸ™‚ So... we had the hood, fenders, and front bumper cover re-painted, the front splitter was refinished, both front grills replaced with the ones you see here, all the emblems were replaced, roof and mirrors wrapped black, and ceramic treatment. The springs and wheels and tire don't hurt. πŸ™‚ Now all we have to do is install the wideband sensor and XDI translator (for the high pressure fuel pump), and then I let Justin Schmidt loose on the car to tune it. I will get it re-aligned as soon as the shop I go to gets its new alignment machine. I also need to get it back to a dealer to get Android Auto on the Cue system. Midway through 2016 Cadillac added it, but this car was made early 2016, so they have to do an update to make it show up. This first picture was taken today (06/13/21) at Amicalola Falls State Park.
  14. It has a HPFP and LPFP and is now running on E72
  15. The Big Canoe Car Club had a little gathering that we went to yesterday, and I managed to capture a few pictures. Big Canoe Car Club - 05/01/21 - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL 61 new photos added to shared album
  16. Washed both cars today so that we can take them to the Big Canoe Car Club meet tomorrow. It's getting there... just a few more items. The guy that did the painting did a great job matching everything up. He painted the bumper cover, hood, and both fenders, and also fixed the pits etc in the front splitter. The new grills are installed and the "V" emblems have been ordered are getting replaced along with the ATS in the rear (black). The car will get a ceramic treatment and the roof and mirrors with get wrapped black, and hopefully it will be done the week after next. Since there isn't much to do as far as power goes, I'm saving that for the end. I just need the XDI translator, wideband sensor, and some new plugs installed, and it's ready for a Justin tune. Both parts are sitting in the garage, so hopefully in the next few weeks I can get Teddy Knisely to install those on the car and we'll be off to the races. πŸ™‚ The wife loves her car... πŸ˜‰ BTW, this is Obsession Red Tint Coat.
  17. Got the wife's car back from the painter today (Russ Cowart) and he did an awesome job! He painted the two front fenders, hood, front bumper, installed the two front grills, and refinished the front splitter. Now we have to get it ceramic coated, clear wrap the front of the car and rear bumper cover, wrap the roof and mirrors black, and finish changing out the emblems. All the chrome is gone except for the ATS letters and the three V emblems and those will be changed soon. Then it's off to get the wideband sensor and XDI translator installed and get it re-aligned. Love the black grills, and I think that's the way they should have come to start with.
  18. We took the wife's car to Russ Cowart for the front end painting. I stopped by on Friday to get some pictures of the car and take a look at what he's done so far. By looking at these pictures, you'd think the car had been in a wreck. πŸ™‚ For reference, here's before. And this is now. It's a three stage paint process, so it's more difficult to get right than a single color paint, and the big reason I took it to Russ. After the paint is completed, we're going to take some additional steps to protect the finish this time. The car will get a complete GTechniq Crystal Serum Ultra ceramic treatment including the wheels and calipers (the same treatment I have on my car). The front bumper cover, hood, and fenders will get a clear bra wrap along with the rear bumper cover (to protect behind the rear wheels), the glass will get a protective film, and the roof and mirror covers will be wrapped in gloss black. Her car is really going to look like new. I made this comment on a ATS-V Facebook group. The two grills in the front are being replaced with gloss black grills with a new emblem like the one that he added to the rear of the car. After adding this one to the back, we decided the the silver "ATS" and the "V" emblem looked out of place now. So I've ordered these. There are three of the V's on the car, one on the right rear, and one on each side of the front doors. So, while I was ordering, I've ordered new black grills and emblems for my car as well. They are the only pieces on my car that aren't black so I'm going to fix that. I also received my new rear trailing arms for my car, and hopefully I can get those on next week. These bars (six total) help to accurately locate the rear axles/wheels under hard acceleration and cornering. The red car already has these installed. Here's a comparison of the stock arms and the new ones. With 600+ whp the stock arms and bushings will flex which can cause unpredictable motions in the rear suspension. When I accelerate hard in my car I can feel the rear end moving around, partly because the tires are loosing traction and the electronic diff is compensating by locking and unlocking the two wheels, but also because the rear is squirming because these bars and bushings are flexing. It will be interesting to see what difference these bars make on the track or autocross course. I'm scheduled to run a BMW/Porsche autocross on May 16th, so I'll find out how well they work pretty soon. Speaking of my car, we're on the 13th tune file at the moment, and Justin has bumped up the boost so we can make sure the fuel pumps can keep up. I need to get a log file to see where we stand, and hopefully I can do that tomorrow. I talked to Jason Plante at Balanced Performance Motors about getting on the dyno next week and told him I'd call Monday to see what we could work out. He's also the person that will be installing the rear trailing arms (about a two hour job), so maybe I can get both done next week, we'll see. I'm really anxious to see what kind of power it's making now. Most of the cars that have similar modifications are making 600-630 whp, but I'm going to find out for sure. The limitation will be how well the high pressure fuel pump can keep up. Justin will be tweaking the tune while we're on the dyno so that we can get everything out of it that we can. If I want to get more power out of engine in the future, there really isn't much left to do. A fuel cam and cold air induction is pretty much it except for new turbo's which I won't do on this car. The fuel cam is really just an exhaust camshaft with a lobe on the rear that drives the high pressure fuel pump. To get more fuel, there are fuel cams of varying lobe designs that can increase the pump output by 20%-45%. With the addition of the fuel cam and cold air intake, we can get the car to about 650 whp, and I'd be real good with that. πŸ™‚ The wife's car is the big horsepower car and that's fine with me. I can still drive it. πŸ™‚
  19. It is in the shop right now, I'll be making a new post shortly.
  20. Yes, this is the one with Turbobay turbo's.
  21. Turbobay turbos, is this upgraded?
  22. So you are running up to e50 with just the pump and no lpfp? Rev
  23. The wife was taking the car out yesterday and I wanted to get the exhaust sound. But it's still a phone so it is what it is. It actually sounds pretty good through the music system that's attached to my TV. You may hear a little "clink" sound as she starts up the hill. We think there is something in between the wheel and tire that is moving around. The guy that is doing the paint work is going to look at it. As she backs out, you can see that the hood is a little scared up and the front end pitted. He's also going to try to sand the splitter and try to make it look close to new. The exhaust uses the stock rear muffler system, but in front of that it has New Era Performance downpipes with a Vibrant 4” resonator and custom 4” single mid pipe. This is the car with Turbobay turbo's. Wish I had a couple of those snails on my car. πŸ™‚ Maybe she'll let me drive. πŸ˜‰
  24. We got the wife's car back two days ago with the new wheels/tires/springs on it. I drove the car today for the first time and it rode great. The alignment is not what I would have specified, so I'll get it back to the alignment shop in a few weeks. We drop off the car again on Friday to Russ Cowart at HOME | cowartcustoms WWW.COWARTCUSTOMS.COM to have the front painted and to installed the front grills. They will buff out the rest of the car, and at some point will probably get a ceramic treatment on it. Before we do that we'll have the roof wrapped in gloss black as well as the mirrors. At that point everything is done except to install the XDI translator and wideband sensor and then I'll have Justin start working his tuning magic. I took some pictures comparing he Swift springs (left) to my Eibach springs. You can see that the Eibach's are a little lower. The rear wheels stick out a little further on the sedan, so it's a good thing that those springs aren't as low. When they were trying to adjust the rear suspension, they discovered that one of the camber bolt washers were just spinning on the bolt. These were on the car when we bought it and these were not OEM parts, so not sure why they were changed out with incorrect parts. 20210407_120926.mp4 My car is on it's 6th E85 tune file and the car is currently running on E68, and it appears to be running like gangbusters. The gas pumps only have E71 right now, but I'm hoping that as the warm weather takes hold they'll start bumping that up closer to E85. I took the last log file (for Tune #5 - E85) and looked at the 55-95 mph time from a pull I made two days ago. Since I don't have Dragy yet, I used the times and speeds from the log to see how quick it's running now, so none of this is scientific, I'm just getting a ballpark. These times are on PS4S 305's (brand new ones at that), so no really sticky tires to help out. For the 55-95 mph pull, and the best I can figure, this is what it did: 55-75 mph - 2.223 seconds 75-95 mph - 1.992 seconds It looks like the tires are spinning in the 55-75 mph range, but once they hook up it pulls strong. This is Dragy. Dragy Motorsports DRAGYMOTORSPORTS.COM Monitor your 0-60mph, 60-130mph, 100-200kmh, 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile performance, and more! Dragy uses high speed GPS satellites to accurately measure your vehicles performance within 1/100th of a second. Here's a link to more pictures: New Shoes for the Wife's car - Google Photos PHOTOS.APP.GOO.GL 35 new photos added to shared album Pic taken today
  25. We were suppose to pick up the wife's car today but it won't be ready until tomorrow, so I got out and washed the car instead. πŸ™‚ Yes, it was a little cold but the sun was shining and I had 120 degree water to work with, so not a problem. I finally got to put my foot in the gas briefly since it was dry outside today, but I wasn't logging the car at the time, but MAN... this thing is making some serious power now. πŸ™‚ I'll get out tomorrow and log it and see how it's doing. I have about 3/4 of a tank of E62 that I'd like to run down as low as possible so I can add about 13-14 gallons of E85 (or whatever percentage is coming out of the pump) In the meantime, I thought I'd get some pictures of the fitment of the new tires in the front. This is the way that Cadillac should have done it from the factory. Before the front had a larger gap between the fender and tire, the new tire size fixes that. Everything is tucked in and nothing rubs. I do have -2.5ΒΊ negative camber in the front and -2.2ΒΊ in the rear, so that pulls the top of the tire in a little more than other people might have. Here's a zoomed in view of the front.
  26. Picked my car up at noon in the pouring down rain today. The new Michelin's are now on the car. Since I couldn't get the Falken tires that I wanted, I got the tried and true tire. But this time I went from a 265/30-19 to a 275/30-19 in the front and so far I haven't noticed any rubbing except in a tight parking maneuver which I can live with. There is no more room in the front or rear, so this will have to do except for a stickier tire. While the car was there, the new stainless brake lines were installed as well as new Porterfield R4-S front and rear pads. Since everything was apart the system was flushed with Motul 600 brake fluid. Jason told me the fluid was really brown, so obviously cooked. Not good at all. After I picked up the car from the shop, I went to fill it up with some more E85. I had been running E43 and still had some left in the car, so when I filled up with 11 gallons of E85 (the car holds 16 gallons) I ended up with a tank of E62. Since it was pouring down rain on the drive home, I couldn't try it out, nor did I have my datalogger anyway. But I will take it out tomorrow and make a few pulls in it to see how the fuel system holds up. We'll be looking to see if the high and low pressure fuel pumps can keep up. There's no doubt the low pressure pump (DW400) will be able to provide enough pressure, and I'm pretty sure the high pressure pump will be able to do the same, but the high side will be the weakest link in terms of making power. The only way to overcome that would be to add a fuel cam to the engine. A fuel cam is a an exhaust camshaft that has a lobe on the end that drives the high pressure fuel pump. By changing the size of the lobe, you can increase the amount of fuel the pump can supply. Tapout sells a 21% fuel cam, ZZP has a 45% cam, Weapon-X has a 30%, etc. My high pressure pump is a 35% pump meaning it supplies 35% more fuel than a stock pump. If you add a fuel cam, just add the percentages together to get an idea of the fuel increase. To max out the turbos, I will need a fuel cam at some point, but right now I didn't want to crack the engine, so the pumps are the answer for now. If they can provide enough fuel with straight E85, even at reduced power output, it means I don't have to worry about running any variation of ethanol, the tune will be correct for any blend of ethanol and 93 octane. πŸ˜‰ I discovered there is a dyno at Atlanta Motorsports Park, so I'm going to look into taking the car there to tweak the final tune and see what kind of power it will make. I drove the wife's car down to pick mine up, so I left hers at the shop to have the Swift springs installed as well as mounting the tires that came off my car on her new wheels. We will pick that one up tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait to see what that one looks like! At that point I'll have a set of wheels for a coupe and a set of wheels and PS4S tires for a sedan for sell.
  27. Dropped of the car at Balanced Performance Motors today. Tomorrow I'll pick it up with new Michelin PS4S tires, new brake pads, new brake lines, and a brake flush. I'll do my best to run it out of gas before I bring it back home as I need to fill it up with E85 so I can finish the tune with Justin. When I pick my car up, we drop off the wife's car so they can install my tires on her new wheels and install the new Swift springs and hopefully we can have hers back on Thursday. I'm on my 11th tune file with Justin. We're going to throw as much E as we can to see how much power it will make. The thought is that it will run full E85, but whether it makes full power at that level is another question and one we hope to answer. I shared this earlier today.
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