Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Refreshed, Revised, and Reeeally Fun

"R3?", you read??? I could only imagine Proton's "heffer-of-a-car", the Perdana, being improved by Proton's R3 division. But heck, I just couldn't resist using this title/connotation, with all the "R" abbreviations in our daily automotive banter. A summary and continuation from my Cuore Sostituzione posting, Silver (as the Silver Banana will now be known) has been refreshed with a new breath of life, running on a revised heart and it truly is much more fun to drive.

The old heart sitting at RPM, tired and weary.
With a failing crank and trouble breathing, Silver was refreshed by RPM with a 4G63 DOHC that promises gains in more ways than one. The initial "drop-in" was completed in a hardly believable day (since everything is plug and play), with the wiring taking just another day to complete.

Here's Chun and Joe checking out the head after opening it up in god knows how long.
It still looks "ponna" clean with no residue or gunk to be seen anywhere.
I'm not one for painted valve covers... So I got down to stripping the paint with some paint stripper and Joe did the finer crevices.
The valve cover all shiny and.. er... blank!
I got this awesome Mitsubishi strut bar from a buddy in Sg. Petani. Fits like a glove, and I ain't seen anything like it before.
Engine hoisted up and locked down.
An original Mitsubishi oil cooler came with the engine, so heck, anything that comes with, goes with right? So Joe hooked it up without a single hitch.
The DOHC sits in nicely with loads of room for them to work, still.
Here's Chun doing some final inspections and prepping for the initial crank. Some simple maintenance was done to ensure everything was running smoothly and off we were for tuning!
This is my first experience going for an on road tune and Fer (my mech) offered to drive whilst Mael (my tuner) did all the fiddling on his device. I just sat back and enjoyed as they pulled gear through gear en route. First round of rough tuning were completed and I was told to putter around to feel and feedback on lacking areas.
Finally, here's a pic of Silver at Kiong Lee to revise the piping diameter as the engine is suffocating from the stock exhaust system from 14yrs ago. Honest! I'm not really one for changing pipes. Kiong removed a restrictive resonator and retained the stainless steel reflective one (yes, I run 2 for noise reduction), and a new 2.2" pipe was installed in its place up front. Bring the noise!
Touge sessions were inevitable to test out Silver's new and hefty heart and how it would affect handling and control. After just an initial session, I found that acceleration has been much improved and I needed to increase the amount of steps in my throttle control to reign in the wheelspin mid-corner.
After 3 weeks of driving Silver, I can't wait to book Mael for my next tuning session with him for fine tuning and hopefully improved driveability and fuel efficiency. Not that I'm complaining though, I'm getting gobs more power (esp. torque) and only 2cents more per kilometre. I guess hitting 2 out of 3 of my initial targets (referring to the Cuore Sostituzione post) ain't that bad. Now I just gotta wait it out to see how the durability of this lump holds out.

I'm just loving this new lump of metal right now as its a whole new bag of tricks and I just can't perform enough to match it. Time to tighten up my lines and increase the level of pedal control.


Lw said...

cuore sostituzione...uhhhmmm stupendo!
i like it :D
can't wait for photos
and you have a great idea, surely you will have a lot of fun very soon


ScAvEnGeR said...

Hey LW, my Italian friend. You bring even more authenticity to that statement than I ever could. Haha...

Great to hear from you again. Surely, I hope to have much fun and at as many touge routes as possible. Once my job permits me, of course.

How is your project coming along?

Kevin Luke said...

EHEHEH pictures worth a thousand words...

Also a video of silver running the TOUGE would be good... since she has a new heart...

Oh by the way 24th of May track day...SEPANG

ScAvEnGeR said...

Agreed Kevin, although I'm still having trouble interfacing my cam with the new com and too busy to see my com dude yet.

Great news, let me check my schedule.

Lw said...

nice graphic ;)
eh i think that my project is going well
probably our team will have a nu member soon just to spread touge al over Italy haha

anyway i still keep practicing on karting and i need more and more work to do on it :D

Dennis Tan said...

hohoho~ congrate bro. new breath new life for your banana. too bad my mango is still in 'ICU'~ not yet start breathing yet :P ~

p.s. need some new 'femoris' to go with the new heart? hohoho~

ScAvEnGeR said...

Hey Dennis. Thanks a lot bro. Don't worry, Mango will be out soon then time to touge erh?

Probably... Looking forward to a nice new set, maybe from TKA? Shall see you soon.

DoriX said...

haven't check in here for some time d... wow nice work, nicely done, finally your car its revived... and become more mean...

ScAvEnGeR said...

HI DoriX, great to hear from you again. I fully understand that you have an ongoing "project" and that you're mostly busy with "other" things yeah?

But do come out some time. Let's meet for a run soon.

DoriX said...

sure ok, for the pass month or so i've been sleeping early and waking up early.... and my 017 hp spoil d, thats why cannot receive any of u guys call or sms sorry....

ScAvEnGeR said...

Oh Dori.. It's ok... We know your "bok tek" wan... No worries.

Anyway, get your HP repaired soon ya. We gotta go for a run soon before you fly off.