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#1 djtimodj

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 09:17 AM

;) lol....

After a long time think of what i wanted to do with the zed tossing between supercharging and turbo's i've finally taken the plunge!!! WOOOOHOOOO!!!!! :thumbs: ;) :thumbs: ;) :band:

I have been looking at kits made in the USA for LHD cars but i came across this deal and could not say no.

Its the full (old grarrett turbo's not the new crap chinese copy's) APS TT kit. It come with the full APS fuel system and hydra nemisis ECU thrown in. The kit was still fitted to a VQ35DE with 34k miles on it when i picked it up. So i now have a second block to play with if after ive stripped it down it checks out ok.

The engine looks to have a blown head gasket or broken ring land on cylinder 6. the compression test was great across 1-5 but cylinder 6 was down on pressure.

Its been a fun few days last week because i managed to drag a mate down to essex with me in a merc 208d van! 80 mph top speed and no radio!!! 476 miles round trip and over 8 hours driving and i had my engine back in the garage!!

Ill keep this thread up dated when i get things done but ill post a few pics of what's happened so far...


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So far the Plenum (upper and lower) has been removed, fuel rails and injectors, sump, driver and passenger turbo's, manifold's, oil and coolant lines, oil pump, front belts, both belt tensioner's, and the passenger side cam cover, coil packs and spark plugs.

Im having a little trouble getting the crank pulley off because the engine wants to turn :bang: :bang: ?? I think im gonna need an impact gun! lol.. :boxing:
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:35 AM

Hi nice project are you going to do the engine internals get big power out of the aps kit maybe 500bhp?

I would get oil cooler+large radiator etc whats your plans
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:36 AM

Sweet!!!!! :thumbs:

Look forward to your progress!
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:53 AM

good choice m8, laptimes might come down a bit now :thumbs:

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:54 AM

Massive respect from myself !! Anyone who is willing to spend the time and money on FI for their Zed gets a thumbs up from me !! If i went down that route the girlfriend would kill me ! :thumbs:
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:05 PM

Massive respect from myself !! Anyone who is willing to spend the time and money on FI for their Zed gets a thumbs up from me !! If i went down that route the girlfriend would kill me ! ;)


LOL.. my girlfriend did kill me but she's coming round to the idea now!! LOL..

Hi nice project are you going to do the engine internals get big power out of the aps kit maybe 500bhp?

I would get oil cooler+large radiator etc whats your plans


Im not so sure as what to do now? I was going to remove the APS kit of the damaged engine and then clean it up and refit it to my original engine. Then may be build the damaged engine up with new aftermarket rods,pistons ect.. and if/when my stock block failed then swap over the engines.

I may just build the full engine on the stand and then swap over the whole motor and go for big power straight away????

I will look at a koyo rad and a large oil cooler down the road for sure.. Im also looking at evan's NGP supercoolant too if any one has used it before. (it turns the stock coolant system into a pressure less system and helps stop hot spots so i beleave??)

good choice m8, laptimes might come down a bit now LOL.gif


Yeah mate 400bhp should knock a few seconds off!! :bounce: :bounce:


Just a few more pic's (sorry about the quality just off my iphone) of whats happened today.

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I managed to get the crank pulley off (huge braker bar and lots of grunting!! haha..) this allowed me to take the front timing cover off, ready to get the heads off next.

I also whipped the lower block oil pan off just for some more access to things. :dance:

Not long till im spooling my self silly!!! :band:
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 03:30 PM

Oh, just a little sunday afternoon job then ;) Very brave Tim, look forward to seeing it go. :thumbs:

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 04:10 PM

Nice to see you having fun mate.

Let us / me know how it goes, as you all know I'm running the APS kit on stander internals. This has now been on my car for some 30,000 miles. My last dyno was 380ish at the hubs, with no probs.

Well I say no probs.

I do now have the Check Engine Light on after the last trackday :thumbs:
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:18 PM

all these pictures and still no pics of the actually good stuff, i.e. the turbo's :thumbs:

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:31 PM

Its about time Tim :thumbs:

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:06 PM

If it is the ebay one, the broken ring on 6 goes some way to explaining the blue smoke!

Well done for the plunge Tim. :thumbs:
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Posted 03 September 2009 - 06:49 PM

Wow, it looks like you've got yourself a great project there. A lot of work but a lot of fun I expect. And then you get to drive it! :thumbs:

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:20 PM

Nice one Tim, guess Jess got fed up with you going on about it soo much she just said "for gods sake just buy one!!" ;)

Looking forward to progress :thumbs: good luck mate.
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 12:27 AM

all these pictures and still no pics of the actually good stuff, i.e. the turbo's :bang:

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Yeah i was too busy to take pic's while taking the turbo's off so there now boxed up in bubble wrap. Ill take some photo's next week when i get them out to give them a propper clean.

Its about time Tim :bang:

Is this the one that was on ebay?


Yeah mate.

If it is the ebay one, the broken ring on 6 goes some way to explaining the blue smoke!

Well done for the plunge Tim. ;)


Yeah i hope its the ringland that is broken and not a crack in the cylinder wall on no.6.

I spoke to Mark at Abbey motorsport today and he was saying it may have been caused by det. during tuning? It's not a huge problem because the engine was ether going to be stripped and the block used for core exchange on a GTM stage 1 shourt block for the states or built in the UK.

The fact that there was a small hole on the passenger side turbo drain would not help the smoking issue ether!! LOL..

Wow, it looks like you've got yourself a great project there. A lot of work but a lot of fun I expect. And then you get to drive it! ;)


Yeah so far i've loved just taking my time and slowly stripping the engine down. It makes things so much better when you can just stop when your tired and not have to finish the job because you need the car for work tomorrow!!

And yes the driving part will be fun!! :band: :boxing:

Nice one Tim, guess Jess got fed up with you going on about it soo much she just said "for gods sake just buy one!!" ;)

Looking forward to progress :thumbs: good luck mate.


Yeah mate no far off! lol.. i was not looking at buying a kit so soon but this was too good to miss IMHO. i was looking at buying kits from the USA and then moding them to fit a RHD car but the cost of the kit + fitting/mod's and the ECU and fuel system was going to be at least 4 times the price i got this for! I would love external waste gates but that will have to wait now :thumbs:
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 08:18 AM

Looks like your having fun !!!!!!

The car I bought initially had the kit on std internals but suprise suprise it went bang for the previous owner, I guess if you keep the map conservative you are in with a chance but as the kit gives so much potential why not just build the stronger engine & be done with.

There were aparently issues if you had the single exhaust but Im guessing you have covered that & will have the duel pipe system, Mark will explain that better than me, something to do with differential pressures

Take care when its mapped & trust an expert, I have issues, expensive issues with mine now & theres suspision it may have been caused by the original map, it was aparently fuelled heavily to be on the safe side but it appears the little rattle is a small end & a common cause of these failing is over fuelling. I guesss its the price you pay for buying a car tuned by the previous owner from a tuner you dont know although he only took the advice he was given. The engine comes out in a couple of weeks & I will be entrusting it to Tony at Abbey to sort & then get them to remap it.

I think you will find it very rewarding when done, the cars an absolute joy to drive & not at all laggy, just pulls like a train, power delivery is smooth so rear end break away is progressive.

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 08:38 AM

looks like your keeping the aircon in tact! ;) let me know if you need a new compressor/pulley etc :thumbs:

looks like you making decent progress, do you think it will be finished this year? any eta?

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:20 PM

Looks like your having fun !!!!!!

The car I bought initially had the kit on std internals but suprise suprise it went bang for the previous owner, I guess if you keep the map conservative you are in with a chance but as the kit gives so much potential why not just build the stronger engine & be done with.

There were aparently issues if you had the single exhaust but Im guessing you have covered that & will have the duel pipe system, Mark will explain that better than me, something to do with differential pressures

Take care when its mapped & trust an expert, I have issues, expensive issues with mine now & theres suspision it may have been caused by the original map, it was aparently fuelled heavily to be on the safe side but it appears the little rattle is a small end & a common cause of these failing is over fuelling. I guesss its the price you pay for buying a car tuned by the previous owner from a tuner you dont know although he only took the advice he was given. The engine comes out in a couple of weeks & I will be entrusting it to Tony at Abbey to sort & then get them to remap it.

I think you will find it very rewarding when done, the cars an absolute joy to drive & not at all laggy, just pulls like a train, power delivery is smooth so rear end break away is progressive.

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Thats bad news mate :thumbs: over fueling can cause problems just like running lean. Bore wash and having so much fuel you reduce the amount of oil on the moving parts can do a lot of damage.

Hope you get things sorted mate. Post up your progress because im very interested. Are you going to convert to Osiris for your tuning?? Mark has told me the osiris run's alot better than the haltech did on his car and recomend's it with a HPX maf for my build??

looks like your keeping the aircon in tact! ;) let me know if you need a new compressor/pulley etc :thumbs:

looks like you making decent progress, do you think it will be finished this year? any eta?


The AC comp is still on there because it does not need to be removed to allow the front timing cover to be removed. I may pull it off during the rebuild but i will have AC on the car when its done. ;)

Im in no rush to get it done as of yet, so im not sure when ill finish mate. If i go for a stock block build first then that will be within the next few months before xmas. If i look in to a built block then that will take a little longer so i would think Jan/feb next year mate.

How's your track beast getting on mate?? Any pic's for me to drool over yet?
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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:27 PM

Thats bad news mate :thumbs: over fueling can cause problems just like running lean. Bore wash and having so much fuel you reduce the amount of oil on the moving parts can do a lot of damage.

Hope you get things sorted mate. Post up your progress because im very interested. Are you going to convert to Osiris for your tuning?? Mark has told me the osiris run's alot better than the haltech did on his car and recomend's it with a HPX maf for my build??



I was running a 20/60 oil so hopefully that may have helped, still not certain that overfuelling is the cause & wont know until they have looked at the map which wont happen until after the rebuild. Its had an internal examination through the plug holes & the bores looked perfect so fingers crossed the damage stopped at the ends, one original suspision was piston slap which I gather is common

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:39 PM

Piston slap with a forge engine is very common for the first few min's while they pistons expand but they should not knock when up to temp. I hope its just the little end mate or something nice and cheap for you.
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Posted 05 September 2009 - 09:23 AM

Piston slap with a forge engine is very common for the first few min's while they pistons expand but they should not knock when up to temp. I hope its just the little end mate or something nice and cheap for you.


Unfortunately its there all the time, I had the internal look over last year & diagnosis was tappets, another person said tappets but left it as its engine out. KIN STUPID DESIGN !!!) It hasnt got percievably worse in a few thousand miles but Tony is 99% certain its a small end or ends so have decided to find out for certain. I had been toying with selling it but I cant sell a duff car, its just the way I am & I just couldnt decide what to get next anyway, sinking a few K into it means it will stay for a while longer & I do enjoy it anyway. It just means for the next few weeks when I fancy a spin I will have to borrow Wendys Abarth ;) :thumbs:

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