Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lucky 777

So I just hit 777 page views and would like to thank everyone who checks out my blog.  If anyone has any questions, comments, or anything they'd like to see or read about shoot me an email at crimsinmarine@hotmail.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lotus Exige GT3 Threading A Needle At 152 MPH

I tell you what, the Australians are pretty crazy.  A Lotus Exige GT3 passed between a Mazda Miata and Porsche Boxster with hardly any room to spare.  All of this took place at Australia's Island Magic Enduro 2011 race, so thankfully this crazy stunt was pulled on a race track and not on a public road.  In any case, there was no crash, no injuries and good video footage.  The video below is taken from the Miata.

If you would like to watch the video taken in the Lotus it can be found here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqyFbUj3cYM&feature=channel_video_title

Japan Exotic Car Crash

Over the weekend there was a car crash in Japan that included eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and a Toyota Prius.  Yes, that's right a Toyota Prius.  Apparently these exotic cars, minus the Prius (shocking, I know) were driving somewhere in the neighborhood of 80-110 mph when they crashed.  All of the owners were car enthusiasts travailing to car show in Hiroshima.  Amazingly no one was killed in the accident, except for  $3.85 million in exotic cars.

Picture from Jalopnik.com

Chevrolet Volt Catch On Fire, Still Top Rated From Consumer Reports

This is a very interesting world that we live in right now, on one end you have people complaining that the Chevy Volt catches on fire and on the other you have Consumer Report's newest issue with the Chevrolet Volt having the highest in customer satisfaction.  Seems like the two would contradict them self doesn't it?  Well here's the break down, back in May during a side impact test performed by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) the battery on the Volt was damaged, however it wasn't until several months later that it caught fire in their testing facility.  The news has hyped this up much more than what it really is and Chevrolet is offering a loner vehicle to any Volt owners that are concerned about the situation.  So far only 33 people have taken Chevrolet on that offer.

2012 Chevy Camaro, First With 5 Star Crash Rating

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is the first car to pass ALL of the NHTSA crash tests with five starts.  Normally when you think of a Camaro you think horse power, torque, quarter mile times and its Mustang rivalry.  However this may give consumers something else to think about.

Picture from autoblog 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ford and Chevy shootout, what we have to be thankful for

For anyone that is even remotely interested in the automotive industry and the pony car shoot out that has been going on in the past couple of years, I'm sure you have heard all the news of ZL1 and GT500 from last week.  Lets rewind a little bit and look what has happened in this pony car war and why we should be thankful of the situation.  Between 2003-2010 the Camaro was dead and the top spot was uncontested by the Mustang.  Dodge came out with the Challenger and its retro look was very appealing.  However, its hefty price tag much like its weight was a clear deterrent for sales.

2010 rolled around and the Camaro hit the market becoming an instant success, in fact in the last 30 months the Camaro has outsold the Mustang all but four months.  Since the Mustang was uncontested in the market, there was no real urge for Ford to increase the power.  With the Camaro (and Challenger) out now, Ford was forced to upgrade to stay competitive.  The 2010 Camaro SS (V8) was rated at 426 hp (manual) or 400 hp (automatic).  While the Challenger (SRT8) was rated at 425 hp and the Mustang at 315 hp.  The V6 Camaro blew the competition out of the water at an uncertified 304 hp.  The Mustang V6 had around 210 hp and the Challenger V6 was at 250 hp.  Chevy set the bar and Ford wouldn't sit long before updating their engines.

Ford Motor Co. clearly had to address what the Camaro was offering.  2011 came around and Ford had new motors, the Mustang GT (V8) offered 412 hp, however its lighter weight allowed it to be marginally faster than the Camaro SS (V8).  More interesting was Ford's V6, which was rated at 305 hp, just one horse power more than the 2010 Camaro V6.  However, in 2011 Chevy had their V6 engine (the LLT) SAE certified at 312 hp, once again beating the V6 Mustang.

2012 marks yet another large leap for Chevrolet.  The Camaro ZL1 will hit markets Spring of 2012 as a 2012 model year.  The ZL1 is rated at 580 hp and 556 tq.  The power is produced from a super charged 6.2 liter V8 engine, similar to that from the Cadillac CTS-V.  However, in my opinion that is not the best feature of the car.  The ZL1 comes standard with the third generation of magnetic ride control, similar to that of the CTS-V.  The magnetic ride control, along with other suspension upgrades allowed the Camaro ZL1 to achieve an amazing time around Germany's Nuremberg Ring in just 7:41, putting it in super car territory.  Thus making its main competition (Ford's GT500) just another dot in its rear view mirror or so everyone thought.

However, Ford Motor Co. would not let Chevrolet take the gold medal so soon.  Just one day after Chevrolet released pricing for the Camaro ZL1 (just shy of $55,000) Ford released that the 2013 GT500 will have an amazing 650 hp and 600 tq, which is 70 more hp and 44 more tq than the ZL1.  This blew up internet automotive websites instantly.  There were a lot of people saying the Camaro has been beaten even before it hit show rooms.

Last week at the LA auto show, only a few days after Ford's announcement of the 2013 GT500, Chevrolet's marketing team issued a challenge to Ford Motor Co.  Both Ford and Chevy would take their respective cars, pick a driver and see who's car was faster around Germany's famous Nuremberg Ring.  Unfortunately Ford declined the offer, whether it was because of fear that the GT500's power would only show itself in a straight line, rather than a road course or not we may never know.

I think everyone needs to take a step back for a moment and look at what's going on here.  This is an amazing time in the American automotive industry.  We have not seen muscle car rivalries like this since the late 1960's and early 1970's.  Competition breeds improvement, and when this happens the consumer is the ultimate winner, gaining better cars for the price.  I think every automotive enthusiast whether you're a Chevy, Ford or Dodge guy (or girl) needs to be thankful of what's going on right now, especially during a time when the economy is suffering and the American automotive industry was all but dead a few years ago.

Monday, November 14, 2011

2013/2014 C7 Corvette design art leaked from GM

Jalopnik was able to get their hands on confirmed designs of the next generation Corvette.  If you'd like to read more here's the link http://jalopnik.com/5859302/2014-corvette-first-photos/gallery/2

This is not as much of a radical change as the concept Corvette that was seen in the second Transformers movie.  However, I think most Corvette fan boys are going to find the changes unorthodox for a Corvette.  This is the first time that there is a window behind the door windows.  Also, the tail light design is much different than any other Corvette before it.  The Corvette has always had circular tail lights, but the C7 does not.  If the tail light design still looks familiar to you, that's because it is.  The design looks very similar to the tail lights found on the 2010-2012 Camaro.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Automotive News

Chevrolet celebrates their 100th birthday today.  Shortly after the original founder of GM (William Durant) was forced to leave General Motors, Durant teamed up with the Swiss born American race car driver Louis Chevrolet to form Chevrolet Motor Car Company.  Fast forward 100 years and Chevrolet has become GM's most successful branch, creating some amazing cars such as the Camaro, Corvette and Volt.

Ford Motor Co. reported a 2% drop in earnings to $1.65 billion most of which is due to uncertainty in Europe, volatile prices for steel and other resources.  Ford is also hurting due to moving into China much later than their rival, General Motors.  Costs for developing vehicles for Asian markets and building plants are putting the hurt in Ford Motor Co. wallet.

Honda and Toyota are seeing their smallest market share since 2004.  Much of this is associated with a strong Japanese yen, two natural disasters and various other internal mishaps.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rear Seat Delete

After taking my back seat out, which I might add is really simple to do, only five bolts.  I was left with a big gap where the seats used to be.  One of my friends suggest a rear seat delete, I checked online and the only one for the Camaro cost $250 before shipping!  There was no way I was going to pay that much.  So after about a week of trying to figure out what I was going to do, my buddy suggested we make a rear seat delete our self.  I was very hesitant at first, especially since our only cutting tool at my house was dremel!  However, being a college student with a lot of time on my hands I figured why not, so with that my friend and I set out for materials.

We took VERY rough measurements for the bottom and back part of the rear seat delete. 21x47 and 20.5x46, with these dimensions we set out for Home Depot and bought a large sheet of wood about a quarter inch thick.  Once we got back we traced out the design onto the wood and cut it out.  After several test fittings, cutting and sanding we finally were able to get the sizes right.  For the back panel we made one hole on each side near the bottom and used similar bolts (same diameter but longer) as the ones used to hold the OEM seat into the car.  For the bottom part of the seat we used four bolts I had laying around to clip into the bottom of the car.  I called a local fabric / foam store and they had told me they had carpet that a lot of automotive companies use.  I made my trip down and found a color that was nearly exact to my carpet / floor mats.  Once I got home my friend and I traced out the carpet to a size we liked and used an industrial strength spray adhesive that the fabric shop had to attach the carpet to the board.  The finished product, in my opinion looks amazing.  I am still surprised how closely I was able to match the OEM carpet.  One thing to note is the U shape inlet we had to make on the bottom portion because the battery cable the comes from the trunk to the front of the car is fed right under the seat.  If you don't make the cut for this the bottom will not lay flat.

 Anyone that doesn't use their rear seats (and who really does?) and is looking for a unique look, I suggest trying this.  It is easy to make and I only spent about $75 on the entire project, which is much cheaper than the "professional" version.  However, let me warn you and make sure for the bottom part you attach the carpet to the correct side.  Since the U cut is off centered it won't work if you mess up and we know because we messed up and had to re-do the bottom....

The Back board cut out

Fitting the carpet.  We originally spray painted the board, but as you can see it looks terrible.  Carpet is the way to go!

Spraying the adhesive on the carpet.  NOTE you must spray it on both surfaces not just the carpet.

Cutting triangles is necessary to be able to glue the carpet around the curve of the board.

Gluing down the carpet on the curve of the board.

The back portion complete.

All down and installed in the back.

Notice the bolts on the bottom that clip the bottom board into place and the U inlet cut for the battery cable.

Note the bolt at the bottom corner that holds the back board into place.

Be sure to check out my YouTube channel here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/BaylorCamaro?feature=mhee

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Special Centennial Corvette as Chevrolet turns 100

Chevrolet turns 100 years old this year, and to celebrate they are making a special edition Corvette.  The Centennial Corvette looks really good with Carbon Flash Metallic paint and satin-black graphics and red trim.  You'll be pleased to hear the package will be available on all Corvette models, not just the expensive Z06 or ZR1.  However if your pockets do run deep, you can try and pick up the 100th Centennial Corvette at the Barret-Jackson event in West Palm beach, Florida on April 9.  The Corvette looks great no doubt, but also has a slight performance advantage to its non Centennial brothers.  The special edition Corvette sits on light weight satin black wheels and magnetic selective ride control comes standard.

 Read more at car scoop

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Camaro ZL1 laps the Nurburgring in lightning speed

There has been a lot of hype building up over the past couple of months on how Chevrolet's monster Camaro would perform.  For as far back as anyone can remember the Camaro has always been about going as fast as you can in the shortest amount of time in 1320 feet, and everything past that didn't matter.  However Ford has really set the bar with their Mustang.  Despite still using an ancient rear axle set up, some how Ford manages to make the Mustang handle incredibly well for what it is.  The result?  A 580hp 556tq supercharged LSA motor which is borrowed from the CTS-V.  Maybe if it was the 70's this would suffice and GM would be done.  However it isn't, and now handling is a must have.  The ZL1 has not only borrowed the CTS-V's engine but it also took the magnetic ride control, and that sure has payed off.  The combination of monster horsepower and a suspension that can adjust a dozen times in a blink of an eye has resulted in the Camaro ZL1 delivering an unbelievable time around the Nurburgring at 7:41.27 

Photo of Mark Reuss, talking in LA.  ZL1 in the background

Click For ZL1 Lap Video

For referance here is the current lap times:

Pos Make / Model Time Speed (km/h) Year Power (hp) / Weight (kg) Driven by
1. Radical SR8LM 6:48.00 182 0 455 / 650 Radical
2. Radical SR8 6:55.00 179 '05 363 / 650 Radical
3. Gumpert Apollo Speed 7:11.57 172 '09 700 / 1200 Gumpert
4. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR 7:12.13 172 '08 600 / 1536 Dominik Farnbacher
5. Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package 7:14.64 171 '12 570 / 1509 Lexus
6. Donkervoort D8 RS 7:14.89 171 '05 350 / 600 Michael Duechting
7. Porsche 911 GT2 RS 7:18.00 169 '10 620 / 1370 Porsche
8. Radical SR3 Turbo 7:19.00 169 '03 320 / 500 Phil Bennett
9. Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 7:19.63 169 '08 647 / 1530 General Motors
10. Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR 7:22.10 168 '08 600 / 1536 Motor Trend
11. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07 Package 7:22.68 168 '11 512 / 1394 General Motors
12. Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package 7:22.85 167 '12 570 / 1509 Lexus
13. Gumpert Apollo Sport 7:24.00 167 '07 700 / 1200 Sport Auto
14. Nissan GT-R 7:24.22 167 '11 530 / 1736 Nissan
15. Maserati MC12 7:24.29 167 '04 632 / 1335 Marc Basseng
16. Pagani Zonda F Clubsport 7:24.65 167 '05 650 / 1230 Marc Basseng
17. Ferrari Enzo 7:25.21 167 '02 660 / 1365 Marc Basseng
18. Nissan GT-R 7:26.70 166 '08 479 / 1740 Toshio Suzuki
19. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 7:27.00 166 '11 500 / 1360 Porsche
20. Ferrari 458 Italia 7:28.00 166 '09 570 / 1485 Scuderia Autoropa
21. Porsche Carrera GT 7:28.71 165 '03 612 / 1380 Marc Basseng
22. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 7:30.00 165 '11 500 / 1360 Sport Auto
23. Porsche 911 GT2 7:31.00 164 '07 530 / 1440 Auto Motor und Sport
24. Porsche 911 Turbo S 7:32.00 164 '10 530 / 1585 Porsche
25. Pagani Zonda F 7:33.00 164 '05 602 / 1371 Sport Auto
26. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 7:33.00 164 '10 450 / 1400 Sport Auto
27. Koenigsegg CCX 7:33.55 164 '06 806 / 1456 Marc Basseng
28. Koenigsegg CCR 7:34.00 163 '04 806 / 1418 Sport Auto
29. Audi R8 GT 7:34.00 163 '10 560 / 1520 Sport Auto
30. Nissan GT-R Spec-V 7:34.46 163 '09 492 / 1680 Best Motoring
31. RUF RT12 7:35.00 163 '05 650 / 1573 Sport Auto
32. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:38.00 162 '06 480 / 1585 Porsche
33. Lexus LF-A 7:38.00 162 '10 560 / 1609 Sport Auto
34. Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera 7:38.00 162 '10 570 / 1430 Sport Auto
35. Ferrari 430 Scuderia 7:39.00 162 '07 510 / 1402 Sport Auto
36. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 7:40.00 161 '06 640 / 1805 Auto Bild Sportscars
37. McLaren Mercedes SLR 7:40.00 161 '03 626 / 1693 Auto Bild
38. Porsche 911 GT3 7:40.00 161 '09 435 / 1376 Walter Rohrl
39. Porsche 911 Carrera S 7:40.00 161 '11 400 / 1415 Porsche
40. Porsche 911 GT3 7:42.00 161 '06 415 / 1395 Walter Rohrl
2012 Camaro ZL1 7:41.27
41. Radical SR3 7:42.00 161 '02 205 / 495
42. Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce 7:42.00 161 '09 670 / 1664 Sport Auto
43. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 7:42.90 160 '05 513 / 1437 Jan Magnussen
44. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 7:43.00 160 '03 381 / 1360 Motor
45. Pagani Zonda C12 S 7:44.00 160 '02 555 / 1250 Sport Auto
46. Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI 7:44.00 160 '09 525 / 1620 Sport Auto
47. Mercedes CLK 63 Black Series 7:45.00 159 '07 507 / 1745 Berndt Schneider
48. Gardner Douglas GD T70 Spyder 7:45.00 159 '10 710 / 900 Dario Margutti
49. Porsche 911 GT2 7:46.00 159 '00 460 / 1430 Sport Auto
50. Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera 7:46.00 159 '07 530 / 1520 Auto
51. Jaguar XJ220 7:46.37 159 '92 549 / 1470 John Nielsen
52. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 7:47.00 159 '06 620 / 1748 Sport Auto
53. Wiesmann GT MF5 7:47.00 159 '08 507 / 1380 Sport Auto
54. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:47.00 159 '09 500 / 1570 Sport Auto
55. Porsche 911 GT3 RS 7:48.00 158 '06 415 / 1375 Sport Auto
56. BMW M3 GTS 7:48.00 158 '10 450 / 1543 Sport Auto
57. Lamborghini Murcielago 7:50.00 158 '02 580 / 1800 Sport Auto
58. BMW M3 CSL 7:50.00 158 '03 360 / 1385 Sport Auto
59. Porsche 911 Carrera S 7:50.00 158 '08 385 / 1425
60. Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series 7:51.00 157 '09 670 / 1870 Sport Auto
61. Lamborghini Gallardo 7:52.00 157 '03 500 / 1613 Sport Auto
62. Ford GT 7:52.00 157 '04 550 / 1538 Sport Auto
63. Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 7:52.00 157 '08 560 / 1530 Sport Auto
64. Mercedes CLK DTM 7:54.00 156 '04 582 / 1678 Sport Auto
65. Porsche 911 GT3 7:54.00 156 '03 380 / 1380 Sport Auto
66. Ferrari F430 7:55.00 156 '05 489 / 1450 Sport Auto
67. Caterham R500 1.8L K Series 7:55.00 156 '99 233 / 450 EVO
68. BMW M5 7:55.00 156 '11 560 / 1870 BMW
69. Porsche 911 Turbo 7:56.00 156 '00 420 / 1540 Sport Auto
70. Ferrari 360 CS 7:56.00 156 '03 425 / 1280 Sport Auto
71. Ferrari California GT 7:56.00 156 '09 460 / 1787
72. Porsche Panamera Sport Chrono Turbo 7:56.00 156 '09 500 / 1974 Auto Bild
73. Porsche Panamera Turbo 7:56.00 156 '09 500 / 1870 Walter Rohrl
74. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 7:56.00 156 '02 411 / 1414 General Motors
75. Porsche 911 GT3 7:56.33 156 '99 360 / 1350 Walter Rohrl

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Trifecta Tune Step-By-Step How to

I've been using Trifecta for about a year and a half right now.  When I first bought Trifecta my tuning options were limited.  They were so limited in fact that only Trifecta offered a tune for the 2010 V6 Camaro.  First off I'd like to premise by saying this tune won't do too much for you if you're a stock six banger.  GM tuned these cars really well from the factory, so I'd advise against this being your first mod, or second mod for that matter.  However a couple months ago Vince at Trifecta was able to dyno tune a stock V6 and was able to muster 13rwhp out of it.  So  it is possible that you can get some power if you're completely stock.  Now before I convince you that the Trifecta tune is worthless let me tell you why you need it down the road.

If you're looking into a tune odds are you aren't going to just lightly mod your car and call it a day.  I'm assuming (yes I know that's dangerous to do!) that if you're going to buy a tune that you are planning on or already have done some heavy moding.  There are a number of reasons why Trifecta is a great deal:

1) One of the best things about the tune is the tuner.  Vince is amazing at what he does, I've never received customer service as good as I have from Trifecta and Vince.  Emails are replied to almost immediately and if you have a problem Vince is willing to help after hours.  I'm so impressed with the customer service that this, IMO makes the tune worth twice as much as it is.

2) If you buy the OBD II cord that connects your lap top to the car's ECU you can take unlimited number of data logs (within reason of course!) and email them to Vince (Trifecta) and he will check over the logs.  If for some reason you're running lean or rich he will adjust for it and send you back an up-to-date tune.  This is all at no extra cost.  Almost all tunes you pay for three pulls on a dyno and that's it.  The flexibility with Trifecta is amazing!

3) Like I explained above, you can get the tune on your car update multiple times without paying extra. However, if it is going to be a major tune like E85 or you're getting a turbo installed you will have to pay extra.

4) NO dyno needed!  Most other tunes require you to go to a performance shop, strap your car down and get it dyno'ed to be able to tune it.  This is all fine and dandy if you have a local performance shop.  Also if you're tuning your car to specifically be a drag car it's better to dyno tune.  However since most people use their V6 as a daily driver, being able to take data logs while driving on the road provides the benefit that Vince can tun your car more for daily driving than only for Wide Open Throttle (WOT).

5) If you ever plan on getting long tube headers and high flow cats you WILL get a check engine light.  The only way around this is to get your car tuned for it.

6) E85, E85, E85!!!! Did I mention our cars can be tuned to run on corn?  Besides supporting American farmers, E85 gives the added benefit of burning cooler and eliminating knock retard thus making more power for your car.  It is equivalent to using about 110 octane.  This is a great option and as a few members have shown on Camaro5.com our V6's can easily be mid 13 second cars, possibly even low 13 second cars.

The only down side I see with using Trifecta is that you aren't getting tuned for true Air/Fuel ratio, like you would on a dyno tune.  Rather Vince is adjusting your commanded Air/Fuel ratio.

So that was my long winded summary of Trifecta for those of you who didn't know what it was, or weren't sure about the details.  I see some people post on the forums asking how hard is it to use Trifecta?  Do I need to know a lot about cars to be able to do this?  etc etc.  I asked the same questions when I was first looking at the Trifecta tune, and let me tell you it couldn't be easier!  There is hardly required "car knowledge" to be able to use the Trifecta tune so the good news is anyone can use it successfully!

So once you order the Trifecta tune from their website (http://trifectaperformance.com/order.aspx) you have to download their tuning program which will be emailed to you.  Once you do that you will get emailed a generic tune that you will load into your car and then you data log your car by driving around, going to the drag strip or on the dyno it's really up to you.  Once you email Vince your data log he'll look it over and if changes need to be made he'll adjust for it and email you back the updated tune.  Below is a step-by-step guide how to load a tune into your car.

When you click the Trifecta program this is the first box that comes up.  It is your typical terms and conditions that you must agree to.  This comes up each time you run the program.  Click "I Accept" to continue.

This is the next screen you get.  Here you are given the option to Program your vehicle (install a tune), take a data log (under vehicle info tab) and many more things.  Click the Program tab at the top and then in the drop down bar click "Program Vehicle"

After you click "Program Vehicle" you are taken to this screen where you need to select the file (tune) that you want to load into your car.  As you can see here I have four different "tunes" I can install.  The stock ECU tune the stock Trans tune, an E85 tune (ECU tune) and the gas tune (ECU tune).  For this example I'm going to load in my gas tune.  (To make things simple make a folder to place all of your tunes in).

Once you select the file (tune) that you want to load into your car your will be brought to this screen.  Once you get to this screen you need to make sure your computer is connected to the OBD II port under your steering wheel.  After you've made sure that it is plugged in, turn your ignition to the ON position but DO NOT start the engine.  Click OK to continue.

Once you have clicked OK you will be brought to this screen.  Here you need to select what it is you're loading into your car.  I.E. is it a stock (factory) engine or transmission tune, or is it a custom (aftermarket) engine or transmission tune.  Almost always you will select custom tune.  At the bottom you can have the transmission auto programmed, I usually leave this unchecked since I have my own custom transmission tune.  Once you've selected the correct tune that you're loading in, click "Accept"

This next screen is just telling you some info about your car (I.E. your VIN #), click "ACCEPT" to continue

Once you click "ACCEPT" on the previous screen, the Trifecta program will connect to your cars ECU and install the tune and then you're all done!  This last step can be as fast as 10 seconds or as long as 20-30 minutes, it depends how much software the tune is rewriting.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Pictures of removed DRL

So in my previous post I discussed how I removed the DRL and other than my non scientific method of the butt dyno, my Ultra-Gauge readings did show it made a difference,  Granted what I did isn't something you would want to do if you get a lot of rain in your area, but since we haven't had serious rain in central Texas in God knows how long I think it's OK.  The other issue you might run into is that you might have objects directly hitting the filter such as rocks or large bugs.  Over the next couple of weeks I plan on making some sort of protective barrier to protect the filter yet allow direct air flow.  Currently I'm thinking about some sort of wire mesh set up.  Someone on Camaro5.com did something similar, and it looks like it works well.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Lesson Learned Tonight

Injen Intake
Well folks a lesson was learned tonight, if you plan on going to the drag strip make sure it is actually opened.  A few of us were planning on going to the strip tonight but it turned out when we got there it was closed.  I spent the afternoon checking my fluid levels, making sure my brake calipers were torqued down correctly and adjusting air pressure in my tires.  One interesting thing that a friend and I decided to do was remove my driver side fog light.  The light sits directly in front of my intake filter (Injen Intake to the right)

It actually did effect my fuel trim levels (long term).  I usually run at around -3% to -5% however by removing the fog light and allowing more air into the filter the fuel trims seemed to lean out, no surprise there.  Current fuel trim levels are around -1% to 3.5%.  I'll continue to monitor the fuel trims as the computer continues to adjust for it.

Clearly this isn't something that you want to do everyday.  Especially since rain would be forced straight into the filter, not to mention other things would be directly hitting the filter such as rocks and bugs.

I'll take some pictures over the weekend and post them.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

GM signs new contract with UAW workers

Today's copy of The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article found on page B3 called "GM: Contract Protects Us."  The summary is below.

Dan Akerson (GM CEO) claims that with the new labor contract with the United Auto Workers union (UAW) GM will maintain profitable in North America even if U.S. auto sales sink to lows seen during the height of the economic meltdown in 2008.  Essentially the deal raises the pay for GM's lowest paid factory workers, however it will be making its labor costs more variable and linking them to profitability and quality of the company.  Also, the plan will open up the Spring Hill, Tennessee factory and thus creating up to 6,400 new jobs.  Under this new deal, factory workers would receive a combination of one time payment and profit sharing pay that would range from $12,500-25,000 over the life of the contract.  The UAW is still in talks with Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC.

In other news Japan's auto maker Toyota reported its first increase in monthly sales since the earthquake and tsunami in March.  However all is not well with Japanese auto makers.  Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. reported 17% and 2.5% drops in domestic output in August respectively, compared to last year of the same time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

First Entry

After a lot of time on forums and other similar media sites I've decided to create this blog.  The blog will primarily be dedicated to automotive related things.  I plan on posting a lot about my car and what I'm doing, along with other things going on in the automotive world.