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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-25-2006, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Update:

My goal is to get the car in the 12's. I'm just about done with my latest round of mods and I'm hoping that will do it. Unfortunately, my weather window may be closed.

I've also updated my cardomain site.

My name is mike and I'm down here in Gulfport, MS. I've been lurking on this board for a couple years and I've been actively involved in the 300m club for a year or so. I've had my M for a couple years and ever since I've gotten it paid off, I've started modding it for performance. Here's some pics and mod information. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions...please lemme know.


Best Track Times:

60 Foot: 1.93
330 Foot: 5.55
1/8th Mile: 8.57
1/8 MPH: 81.74
1000 ET: 11.19
1/4 Mile: 13.429
1/4 MPH: 102.48


Performance Mods:

Zex Nitrous Kit with Purge
Zex Bottle Warmer
Custom headers w/ Q-Tec electric cutout
Bored out Throttle Body
Custom Cold Air Intake W/ K&N Filter
3.89 Tranny Gears
160* Thermostat
Hoosier Slicks
Disabled Torque Management
Fluidyne Tranny Cooler
AEM Wideband Oxygen sensor with gauge
Autometer Gauges
- nitrous pressure
- fuel pressure
- Trans temp
- Oil pressure
- Voltage

Upgraded Rear Swaybar
Optima Red Top Battery
Drilled and Slotted rotors
Ceramic Brake Pads
Crankcase evac system
PCV Deleted
EGR Deleted


Exterior Mods:

Stainless Steel Mesh Grill
2002 Grill Surround
H&R Lowering Springs and spacers
Chrome Trim Around Lower Grill
Chrome Trim Around Wheel Wells
Clear Side Marker Lights
2001 Jeweled Tail Lights
Shaved Lettering
Shaved Body Molding
300m Logo'd Mud Flaps
Mopar Spoiler
R-Active SS Exhaust Tips
Wind and Rain Window Defectors
35% Tinted Windows
Silver Painted Calipers
DRL Mod


Interior Mods:

Wood Trim Dash Kit
12" JL Audio W3 Sub
300 Watt Sub Amp
Upgraded Door Speakers
Switches under dash
- Nitrous arming
- Purge button
- Crankcase evac
- Fan switch
- Q-Tec electric cutout



Under the Hood

Painted Plenum
ABS Intake
Aluminum Heat Shield W/ Insulation
Painted some stuff yellow


Here's a link to my video page:

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Very nice looking car. The only performance thing you can do. Is bore out the TBI to 70 mm.
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Definitely a nice M. I'm loving the grills and the engine, so clean.
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 12-25-2006, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Very nice looking car. The only performance thing you can do. Is bore out the TBI to 70 mm.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it.

I also forgot, I just rigged up a manual fan switch.

Here's what I'm working on getting done:

Headers (Sometime in the next couple of months)
Reworked exhaust. (same time as headers)
Bored throttle body

This is the stuff I would eventually like to get:

Ignition (probably MSD)
Piggyback ECU (not sure which - SMT?)
Fuel pump (Walbro)
Prowler TCM
ASP underdrive pulley (when I do my timing belt)
High stall converter (if I can find one)
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Good work.
I believe you can take your torque converter to some tranny places and they will alter it to approx any stall you want.
How do you disable the torque management?
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Also, what size slick do you run?
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wow that is a very nice car. That engine bay looks mightly clean.
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Very nice!
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One of the nicest M around....good work!!
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Ive seen your times posted on Dragtimes.com I was wondering when you were going to discover us.
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Disableing torque management....snippy, snip. I just cut the signal wire b/t the TCM and PCM. I rigged a quick connect into the PDC so it would be easy to disconnect or connect. Having it d/c'd takes away from around town driving (earlier shifts, slow/no kick down). With it d/c'd the shifts are super hardcore at WOT.

The slicks I'm running are Hoosier Quick Time Pro's. They're 26x9.5x16. I would like to have gone wider but I had to work with what I had. Traction is killer and I can't keep'm planted. Since we don't have a limited slp diff, it's really hard to get both heated up. The only limited slop you can do, I forget the name, wears out quick under extreme use.

Wow, I didn't know you could take it to a tranny shop and how the stall up'd. I'm sure I'll be destroying the tranny that's in it sometime in the future. When I do, I'll see about the converter. Thanks.

I just got my wideband installed. I'll be tuning up the shot today in preparation for tomorrow night at the track. I'm confident I'll get another PB. I'm hoping that I may even push into the 12's. It's unlikely, but we'll see.

Thanks for the compliments guys! Hopefully I won't catch it on fire tomorrow!
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Wow! Nice looking M! and Fast too!
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Gallote, Phantom Grip makes a limited slip for our cars. Its about half way down the page.
http://www.phantomgrip.com/product_l...er,%20Plymouth
I doubt just any trans shop could do the stall, but I know when I was younger my buddy and I took a converter for his grand national into some shop and they upped the stall for him. I know a place that sells street/strip and race converters for fwd turbo mopars. I will do some research to see if they will fit our cars.
Ill have to find that wire on my car to disable the torque management and hook it up to a wot switch
PM me and Ill link you to some things the turbo dodge guys use for fwd traction.
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Alright. Went to the track last night hopeing for the 12's and got this instead.

Problems on my first and only pass.

Let me give you the numbers on that pass:

60 ft. 2.25
330 5.83
1/8 8.78
1/8 mph 83.16 (PB)
1000 11.36
1/4 13.55
1/4 mph 102.5 (PB)

I was so worried about traction, I intentionally granny'd it on the short time. My best is a 1.92 and rolled out a slow 2.25.

Once I jumped on it I started moving. The car was accelerating hard and felt good. I had my best mph's for 1/8 and 1/4. My previous best 1/4 mph with no/low wheel spin was 100.7. On that run I had a short time of 1.92. On last night's run I had a short time of 2.25 with a 1/4 mph of 102.5. I think that's pretty impressive and gives me hope.

At the end of the run I nuked a spark plug. It was in the the driver's side cylinder by the firewall. I think that's the number 6 cylinder. My fuel pressure stayed good and my A/F's were in the low 12's. I believe I leaned out that cylinder due to the inconsistent distribution of throttle body augmentation.

Regardless, I noticed there was a problem when I reached the turn around. The car definitely had a miss to the engine. I quietly 'felt' the car in 'park' while at idle and it felt like a vacuum leak. I pulled the plugs and saw the damaged one. I then reinstalled the plugs and replaced the damaged one and the car still had a 'miss' to it. I could also hear a much more audible hissing or whining sound. I checked all my vacuum lines and everything was secure. My wideband was showing a wildly swinging A/F ratio in both banks, not just the one with the damaged plug. I went ahead and did a compression test to ease my mind and found all cylinders with 10-15% of each other. Lowest was 160, highest was 178. I let out a sigh of relief and sat there thinking.

Normally, when the engine is cold, the A/F stays in the upper 14's until the O2's get heated up. The PCM takes control at that point and you see a mild, slow swing from the 15's to the low 14's. Now, you see an A/F in the 12's, a 12.4 to be more precise, until the O2's heat up. The PCM takes control and begins struggling to get the A/F right, with wild swings from the 16's back to the 12's. Keep in mind, all this is done at idle. When the engine is slightly revved the miss smoothes out, the engine sounds good, but the A/F is still wildly swinging under PCM control In other words the car is running rich at idle, even with the nuked spark plug replaced. Now, the only things that could cause this would be bad spark, too much fuel, or not enough air. I ruled out bad spark by swaping the coil pack on the nuked plug cylinder to the opposite bank and the A/F's with a cold engine was still 12.4ish on that side. Therefore, that leaves fuel supply and air supply (not the band). It would be very unlikely that an injector would go south to the fat side, so I'm left with air supply. Right?

Given the car felt like it had a vacuum leak, I'm thinking I dislodged or blew out the upper/lower intake gasket. I'll be pulling the plenum to investigate in about 10 minutes. My question is, if there's a vacuum leak, will that lead to less air filling the cylinders? If so, I think we've got a winner. If not.....HELP!

As for the nuked plug, I detonated it. I was running a 125 shot and I'm not exactly sure what happened. Here's what I think happened. Eventhough fuel pressure was at 60 psi at the end of the track and my A/F's were in the low 12's, I wasn't getting a good distribution. Keep in mind that my wideband is located in the exhaust manifold. That means my readings are for all three cylinders on that side of the engine. In other words, I could have had readings of 10,12, and 14 in each cylinder, but by the time they hit the wideband, they read 12 (average or combined). After this problem is fixed, I'll up my fuel jet, see if the pump can keep up, and try again next week.

Anyone who walks this road has to be aware of the consequences. I know there is a real possiblility I may destroy the engine and/or the transmission at any time. I'm trying to take safety precautions, but stuff happens. I go into this venture well aware and accepting of these facts.

On last thing to make me smile. My short time was almost 3 tenths slower than my best short time while my 1/4 ET was only 1.3 tenths slower than my best. If it's true that one tenth of short time yeilds 2 or more tenths in ET, than I could pick up a half second on my ET. That would put me in the 12's. I have hope. Now let me go fix this thing....hopefully.

If anyone has any ideas, share.
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