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So we're not plugging up our local new members thread and meet threads, here's a new thread for local Saskatchewan members to give eachother help, advice or general conversation on our local experience with modifying our GC's.

So lets start modding Saskatchewan!
 

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So snoopy whats next on the mod list for you?
 

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Ok Snoopy you can help me. I saw your gauge build threads, Awesome btw, I want to make something similar to the CPE gauge. I bought a new speaker cover cause I hate modding OEM parts without a backup incase I **** up. What products should I use and tips on how to?
 

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I'm currently working on a modified OE intake manifold, power folding mirrors, 2nd center stack gauge pod for my AEM gauges and digital gauges through CAN on my UNAVI X2.

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Easiest way for CP-e styled gauges would be to go buy a basic triple gauge pod here then cut out the required size on the angle you'd want it (you can just sit it on top of the bezel and figure out the angle). Cut it only big enough to fit the pods through but not the bottom trim. Then poke the pods through the bottom of the hole and fix it to the bezel with some 2-part epoxy resin. For blending the pod to the bezel afterwards use thin strips of fiberglass around the edges where the pod meets the bezel or build it up using thin coats of epoxy resin and then sand it smooth (what I'd probably do). Once it's bended to your liking, use matte black sandable primer and spray it with a few coats, smooth the primer with some 800+ grit sand paper, wipe it clean with a damp soft cloth (I use baby wipes) and then paint it whatever colour you want. Matching the OE plastics though is really hard and glossy paints on the top of the dash suck in direct sunlight while driving so you might want a semi-gloss or pure matte finish.
 

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Haha holy smokes you got some projects lined up for you. Now is this car also your daily drive?
Because I plan to add some modds to it and still keep it my daily drive. I know CAI or SIR are very popular but through your experience does a cai really make that much more of a difference than an sri other than aesthetics? Also would a bov be nessessary for my car considering its still stock?


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Yup, my car is my DD. I do have a second vehicle for my long periods of down time though. Nothing fancy, a heavily used and abused '01 Camry.

No, not much of a difference at all. When I bought mine though it was Injen, CP-e and AEM, that was it for intakes. Injen got horrible reviews and their washer bottles were just crap in the first run. CP-e was rediculus for price and barely any gains over the AEM. AEM was warranty approved, good washer bottle, awesome reviews (aside from installing it) and I said, why not.

I changed my BOV because my stock one was leaking, would make like 8psi of boost and with my CAI sounded like hell. Switched to a Forge Atmo at first, it was a really good valve but a bit loud for me (still quieter than any other atmo on the market though). So I switched to the Forge Recirc and haven't looked back. No warranty issues when my turbo failed either.
 

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I got a back up car too it's an 01 chrysler intrepid haha it's pretty rough but still drives haha. And as far as mods go I think Cai will have to be the first one. Did your turbo break down just factory malfunction type thing. Lol what were you doing?


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I actually was driving home from the dealership after an oil change, on my way back home slipped into a vacant parking lot and did some snow drifting for a bit, pulled into my drive way and got out, then smelt burning oil. Popped my hood and waited to see if it flashed over (hot turbine housing + oil = potential fire), it didn't so I opened it up all the way and oil was EVERYWHERE. I thought at first I'd just blown my oil return line or something but nope, turbo's main bearing seal failed and that caused it to go everywhere.

It was just a fault from the factory. When my turbo was torn apart Hyundai started an investigation and noticed a manufacturing defect in a production run, mine was affected since it was one of the very first 2.0T's built. All the turbo's in Canada in warehouse got sent back and I had to wait for new ones to arrive. Never a problem since (fingers crossed) but it must have been failing for awhile because I do notice a difference in power between my old one and the new one.
 

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Is this where big foot comes from


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Nope. Big Foot or as he's known in Canada, Sasquatch, is prodominantly found in British Columbia, Upper Fraiser River area.

However, the majority of Big Foot sightings actually happen in Washington state and California.

Last "serious" sighting of Big Foot in Canada was in the 1940's.
 

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wtf is a "serious" big foot sighting?? :dunno::dunno: i once had a "serious" poop once.
 

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I'm gonna be going to Regina this weekend any chance someone from the area wanna meet up an talk cars and shizzzzz haha!


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I'm gonna be going to Regina this weekend any chance someone from the area wanna meet up an talk cars and shizzzzz haha!


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Belongs in the meet thread. I know I probably won't. I've got to be in Saskatoon on Sunday.
 

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Stumbled across a giant thread about CMD by dynatech. Any thoughts?


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CMD is made by DynoJet, if there's a company calling their's CMD too that'll cause some issues. But just incase you meant DynoJet..

The CMD is a piggyback system, it takes what sensors are actually doing and then modifying the values to send it to the ECU. That way you can operate the engine beyond the limits of the stock ECU or make changes for throttle control or injectors without having to get a tune just because you wanted to make sure you had some headroom.

Piggybacks are NOT for newbs. If you've never tuned before, you should not use a piggyback, they're not the safest method of getting better power. They're actually, basically, a watered down Haltech ECU replacement. Because CMD's don't have cam control and other features that a full ECU replacement would have if you're not careful you can very easily blow your engine apart, loads of people have done it.

I've thought about using a CMD just so I could put bigger injectors in and still leave my ECU stock but due to my lack of tuning expertise, I haven't done it. I have all the software and have played with it on testbeds but that's about as far as I've gone.

If you want to play with the software a bit to decide if it's for you, you can download it Here, load up the sample GC map and tweak and read away, you might need to watch some vids on what it all means but I think for tuning, the software is pretty straight forward.

It's not a bad product, don't get me wrong, I just don't believe it's for a novice modder or someone who has little to no tuning experience.
 

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Haha dynojet!! But yeah I do hear what you are saying. Before using that product you definitely need to understand have a good grasp on how your veichle is tune and i am no where near that stage! As far as mods for me. I think I'll just end up doing the standard bolt ons such as sri ( came to conclusion that cai may not be for me because I'm scared of water and seems like a bitch to install) bov, and a cat back exhaust I think. But right now I'm
Putting majority of the money I have and make into paying this car off.


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Hey Snoop, I just got my gauge pod from MSA today and now im just waiting on my gauges to come. I was wondering if you would be down to give me a hand on the install if I come to Moose Juice some weekend?
 

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I'd be willing to help, but I'm in Chamberlain on weekends so you'd just have to head northwest instead straight west.

What gauges do you have planned? brand, style, gauge type (boost/oil/whatever else)

Certain gauges will require extra parts or work done by a shop that won't come in the boxes with them. For instance, if you're installing a wideband you'd have to get another bung welded on or have a Downpipe with one already on it ready for install. Anything with water or oil will require adapters, available either ebay or for say oil products I'd order a filter adapter plate from Glowshift.

Boost is easy unless it's like AEM and has stubby wiring harnesses. But you'll need (again depending on your gauges) two fuse taps with the appropriate fuses, they'll need to be mini's, can grap them from Napa or Princess Auto on Vic.

but otherwise yeah I'll help no problem and I've got most/all of the required tools, plus you might just get a sneek peek on my current project for my coupe :)
 

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Alright ya Chamberlain is fine. I'm planning on getting boost, wideband, and probably oil pressure. I thought you could install the wideband into the 2nd o2 sensor part on the stock exhaust. I'm planning on getting a dp but not for a bit here. I was originally planning all AEM but due to the price I think ill go with prosport for boost and oil pressure and just get the AEM wideband. So a filter adapter would be required for the oil pressure gauge regardless of if it is mechanical or electrical?

Thanks a lot!
 

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Who did you hit up for the gauges? Mine are all AEM and got them from UniqPerformance, which iirc, Rob's having a sale on them right now.

You can install the wideband into the second location but it's not strictly advised and I wouldn't honestly do it. It's like $60 to have a shop weld the bung on and put a plug in it until you're ready to put the sensor it, or we could wire everything up, then you could go to the shop and the bung installed and wait for it to cool, put the sensor in and do the last plug and be done.

Mechanical for a gauge means that you run a line into your cabin, so you'd have to hook up a pressurized oil line directly to the gauge. In big trucks and stuff that's fine, but not sports cars that want to stay clean. Electical means that it's got a sending unit that is basically nothing more than a variable resistor that's changed based on the mechanical sensor that's in the sending unit as well. The gauge then interprets the change from the sending unit and reacts accordingly. I prefer mechanical boost gauges, but AEM doesn't make one and I wanted all my gauges to match, but all my other gauges will always be electric because no mess no fuss.

This is the filter adapter you need; Oil Filter Sender Adapter - 20mm 1.5 Thread

If you buy this one, I promise it'll fit because it's what I have on mine.
 
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