Oh man am I having FUN! What could be better than leaving for a friend's place just after getting out of class for winter break to do mods on eachother's rides for 10 days?
Well, it is day 3 and here is what has been done to my car:
300M Special rear swaybar
300M Special PCM + SKIM module and ignition lock cylinder
That swaybar is a SWEET upgrade. It feels like a totally different car. It is a FUN ride. The car is much more tossable, the boat feeling is gone with no degredation in ride quality, it's incredible. All that improvement for just $30.
The PCM is an interesting item. First, let me clear up some misconceptions. The BCM stores the odometer data, that still reads correctly. The PCM SKIM reader and key are the only things that need to go together, the BCM is only a data transfer device between the modules. The exception to this is the Police package, where the BCM is also locked to the PCM.
The transmission operates differently with this PCM. It holds gears more agressively and seems to just shift a little better. The HP increase has been minor so far as I don't have the HO plenum on yet. I will put it on tomorrow after I clean it! It is really nasty..... I'm going to need a HUGE can of carb cleaner to clean it.
I still need the transfer sprockets put in. The speedometer will be off without them.
Autostick is on hold for now. The parts did not arrive in time for me to work on them here. Thank US customs for that..... Me and TFC are more than a little mad about the situation. Apparently "used car parts" was an inadequate declaration of contents..... BS!
Rep where rep is due!
I'd like to thank TFC for all the good data on this PCM project. Without him, I would have never attempted it. Give him some REP! I'd also like to thank D76G12 for selling me the PCM he got from TFC. I'd also like to think ern for providing the plenum and wiring harness. Oh and thanks to Ryan D for getting me some transfer sprockets.
My friend, ExFirstgen3.5 is working away on his Jetta.
ExFirstgen3.5's Jetta mods:
Eibach springs (1" drop) - 50% complete
Koni FSD shocks and struts - 50% complete
Neuspeed 28mm rear swaybar - done, but needs adjustments
Inlet pipe and downpipe. - not started yet.
We exchange places under our cars, he worked on my swaybar and I helped with the springs. And we have a seemingly unlimited supply of soda and tunes.....
I'll pop in later with updates and PICS! Expect a few how to articles from me.
My Intrepid ES is becoming a beast. I have a LOT of respect for that 300M Special package, even more now that I have some of its parts..... for those that don't know, it is a LOT more than a pretty face. It is a wicked ride. I can't wait to get the suspension done, but that will have to wait for the Spring 2007 Modfest.