Friday, November 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Adding to the ongoing wish-list for my 2007 Si coupe, I came across a set of lightweight underdrive pulleys for it. Anything that reduces extra spinning mass is a winner in my book.
- Each set comes with a crank pulley and alternator pulley
- 4-8 hp gain (depending on application) plus torque gains across the entire RPM ranges
- Better throttle response
- Smoother engine operation (each pulley is engineered to exacting standards for weight distribution)
- Small underdrive (10 to 15%) on the crank pulley to further improve power output
- Accessories (like alternator) still maintain factory spec output
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- Fujita Short Ram Intake - $209 (SCTuned)
- Vibrant Race Header w/High Flow Cat - $643 (SCTuned)
- Vibrant Streetpower Cat-back exhaust - $483 (SCTuned)
- Power Rev Racing (P2R) Throttle Body Spacer w/2 gaskets - $120
- Ingalls "Stiffy" Engine Torque Dampener - $150
- CorSport Short Shifter & Aluminum shifter cable bushings - $95
- Progress front sway bar - $136 (SCTuned)
- Progress rear sway bar - $140 (SCTuned)
- CorSport rear lower tie bar - $69
- Eibach Pro Kit springs (1" drop front/rear) - $219
- Samco Silicone hose set - $129
Friday, September 5, 2008
and so it begins...
Out of all the available performance mods you can do to your Si, I started with probably the most important, yet one of the lowest power yields (maybe) - I changed my oil and filter. However, instead of going back with a crappy filter and conventional oil, I chose a NAPA Gold (Wix) oil filter and Royal Purple fully formulated synthetic oil.
Why this choice? Well for starters, I work at a NAPA, we carry both product lines, and I get a discount! Plus, I really prefer the Royal Purple over other synthetics due to it's proven durability and other redeeming qualities:
- More Horsepower (est. 5-7 hp gain)
- Saves Fuel (less friction, less strain, more efficient)
- Longer lasting than conventional oils (little to no viscosity breakdown)
- Reduces Wear
- Reduces Emissions
Yeah, yeah... other synthetics claim the same (and some DO deliver), but after being in the auto parts game for a while, you come to know which stuff if good, and I'm telling you... Royal Purple is good stuff.
As for the oil filter, I firmly stand behind Wix. I have repeatedly seen/heard of Wix filters straighten out a "bad" oil pump by stabilizing the engine's oil pressure. They manage this feat by NOT skimping on the construction of the filter internals. They use much more filter element material than most others, they have a METAL inner core to prevent filter collapses, plus they incorporate a nice retention spring for most filters. By the way, never use a Fr*m oil filter if you care about your high performance engine!
After Oil and Filter, my next step is to use Royal Purple's Synchromax (high performance manual transmission fluid), and add Royal Purple's Purple Ice to my Si's coolant system. The Synchromax tranny fluid offers similar gains in horsepower plus reduces heat and friction. The Purple Ice is a "Super-Coolant" additive that will reduce your radiator temp, conditions your water pump seals. The Purple Ice is HIGHLY recommended if you live in a hot area, as it will greatly improve your car's coolant system.Relevant Info
Wix Oil Filter: part #51356 (napa # 1356)
Royal Purple SAE 5w-30 High Performance Motor Oil (4.5 quarts)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
The affected vehicles include year 2007-2008:
- Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche and Suburban
- Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT
- GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and Saturn Outlook
- Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne
- 2006-2008 Hummer H2
- 2008 Buick Enclave
Fire go burn.
After Rita nearly wiped out our community though (other surrounding areas weren't so lucky), I don't take them quite as lightly as I had in years past. Now, with Gustav bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico, and a potential projected path into my back yard... It looks as if though I'll be packing my stuff, grabbing the kiddo and the kitty, and making my way north yet again.
The good side of this - because there's already enough bad - is that I will get to spend some much needed time with my family in Longview, Texas.
For now though.. it's a wait and see situation. Word is, State officials in Texas have passed down orders to start turning off Water, Gas, and Electric utilities IF they call for a mandatory evacuation. I'd like to know what the hell people are going to do if they are the ones that HAVE to stay (police, medical, etc.) They say it is to nip a lot of problems in the bud, but seems like they are simply freaking out a bit early.
As you can see, she's a solid black, 4 month old furball, and she's full of life. (sorry for the poor image quality, taken with phone)
After a successful battle against fleas and ear mites, we had her spayed along with vaccines, etc.. She was born outside, and the people we got her from really hadn't taken very good care of her.
But, I'm pleased to say that she has recovered nicely, and other than being shaved in a few odd spots, Pan is a very healthy, very happy kitty! So, all said and done... Other than a major dispute over the bill from the vet... all went extremely smooth.
More to come about her (and the vet) later.
In July of 2007, I traded in my Galaxy Gray 2006 Civic EX for it's big brother, the Si. I will be posting more here about my car, but for now you should visit my other website to read more about this awesome little ride. Pictures and specs and links, oh my!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Never mind that, though. I WILL find stuff to talk about... after all, I do have a cat named Pan (Pandora), and when all else fails, she - I'm sure - will provide plenty of material. Besides future appearances by her, I do also plan to post some of my original artwork, photographs, rants, raves, insights into my Bass Guitar affliction, and more than likely posts related to my Gray Baby, a 2007 Honda Civic Si.
In other words - just another butt-crack of a blog among the masses of asses.