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Hayden Baker
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Hayden Baker8 hours ago

Got videos scheduled and ready to go through the end of November!

Hayden Baker11 hours ago

Can't believe this is what the car looked like for my first visit to Roebling back in 2015. Really looking forward to gong back in November.

Hayden Baker3 days ago

I love stickers!

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[]Michael Jobusch

Better for yours than mine - I don’t track my cars, and no sponsors, so there you have it - now were that to change...

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I don't put stickers in my daily

Hayden Baker4 days ago

Y pipe is ready to go back on as well. Really don't like the yellow but it sure was cheap

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

The color shouldn't matter since it's one of those things you shouldn't see unless you've got the car in the air

[]Hayden Baker

I have always been a fan of Evel Knievel

Hayden Baker5 days ago

I got the test pipes wrapped. Hopefully, it wi keep my feet cool. They're only yellow because it was on sale. Luckily no one can see them ha

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[]Timothy Markworth

Don't worry. If my experiences with red wrap on the mower are any indication, the yellow is going to completely bake out in about 5 seconds.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah that was a complaint in a review of them but it wasn't a negative for me so I bought them anyways

[]Robert Sixto

lol, yellow = more speeds and more horsepowers!

[]Hayden Baker

I don't wrap headers but the test pipes and exhaust seem ok. They have a ton of surface corrosion but no substantial rust or signs that it's going to cracked. And if it does, the test pipes were $80 off eBay. The headers are a much more difficult install so I just built a heat shield for them.

[]Hayden Baker

I replied to the wrong comment of yours ha

[]Robert Sixto

Lol, it works!

Hayden Baker9 days ago

It doesn't look like much, but it makes a wonderful noise

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

It's the perfect instrument for playing the sound of our people

[]Hayden Baker

It's a beautiful song

Hayden Baker9 days ago

Who all has rebuilt an engine? If only it were free, I'd be super excited to refresh my VQ. I'm most excited to balance all the rods and pistons to help to rev more smoothly. And to clean up the heads a bit.

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

I've rebuilt a couple in my lifetime. It's not a super difficult job to do. You just have to make sure that everything you do is to spec and you'll be good.

[]Hayden Baker

If only it were free...

[]Robert Sixto

I've done two, not counting the one in tech school. I really enjoy it actually. It's nice working with squeaky clean parts for a change, and it all has an 'assembling-Lego-set' vibe to it.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah as long as you aren't rushed, it seems like it would be fun to tinker it on it for a bit of time each day over a few weeks. It'll be nice to work on the engine out of the car.

[]Robert Sixto

Super fun, I did both in my basement, nice clean and comfortable space. Tricky to transport back to the garage though 😄

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah I'll do assembly in my garage on a stand. I'd love to do it in my "man cave" but it's on the second floor ha

[]Tom Armstrong

I’ve built many for customers, but never for myself. I see theses guys go all out and spend 10k on a engine, only to blow it up again in a few years.

I get my engines from the junkyard lol....never had a problem either

Hayden Baker9 days ago

How funny I take them off almost 5 years to the day to refresh them.

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Man, it looks so different compared to how it is now

[]Hayden Baker

Right? A lot has happened in 5 years. That engine bay looks SO stock

Hayden Baker11 days ago

While replacing a bad gasket, it's the perfect time to re-wrap my test pipes. With no interior trim, wrapping the exhaust really helps keep my feet and legs cool.

[]Robert Sixto

I take it you've had experience with wrapping exhaust before? I was always worried about hurting the longevity of the pipes/manifolds, etc. but I don't know if that's just internet myths saying it may cause things to crack?

Hayden Baker12 days ago

Finding 1/2 ID aluminum pipe is proving difficult...anyone got suggestions? I need like 1 maybe two feet of it

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[]Randy Gross

If McMaster doesn't have it, you don't need it! I use them for a lot of my projects car and non-car related. The shipping is fast too!

[]Hayden Baker

They took a while the one time I bought something but they're fast when my wife orders usually

[]Wilson Oberholzer

Here you go: https://www.mcmaster.com/#89965k377/=1e20e8p

[]Hayden Baker

WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THEM?! Thanks man

[]Wilson Oberholzer

They are pretty much my go to for parts when I need stuff for fabricating. There's one of their warehouses like half an hour from me so most parts are pretty much next day delivery. If they don't have it then it's unlikely other places do.

[]Hayden Baker

I used them for my custom engine mounts and my wife orders thing for work all the time. If it's good enough for Boeing, it can go on my car ha

Hayden Baker12 days ago

With Cylinder 5 only showing 40PSI, looks like a rebuild is in my winter plans

Hayden Baker15 days ago

Got the test pipes out. I'll wrap them tomorrow...

Hayden Baker15 days ago

Can't say I'm looking forward to this

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[]Timothy Markworth

Time for a new cat?

[]Hayden Baker

No the old gasket blew out.

Hayden Baker16 days ago

Is there a car out there that if you bought it, you wouldn't modify a single thing? For me, it's this. No tune. No exhaust. No intake. Nothing. Just tires and brake pads as they wear out.

Hayden Baker16 days ago

I think I know what I'll use for a daily when I eventually upgrade to the E60 M5 from the E39 540i. It's the perfect daily. Easy to park, fun, 34 mpg, cheap, easy to work on, comfortable, aux/blu tooth, and it's different. Selling the E39 should cover the cost of one of these which is a bonus.

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[]Yves Vds

I consider my car to be the perfect daily (for me). The reason I bought it in the first place.

[]Hayden Baker

It's definitely a great choice

[]Robert Sixto

Easy to work on is something I would not have assumed about that car. Am I making a stereotypical assumption about German luxury cars?

[]Hayden Baker

My 540i isn't that hard to work on but the Fiat has to be easier. It's just less complicated

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That is pretty much exactly why we bought a Fit for my wife to daily drive when the E39 (which was supposed to be her daily) started having issues. The only thing it lacks in is power. I think a supercharger would definitely help but I'm not modding it, lol. I don't normally like the Fiat 500 but that Abarth logo could change my mind

[]Hayden Baker

It's one of two little hot hatches I would drive and the only reasonably priced one at that

Hayden Baker16 days ago

I must have these

Hayden Baker19 days ago

So glad their app is a piece of shit. Crashes on me ALL the time #rant

Hayden Baker19 days ago

If you saw my last post about how to improve the brakes on the early 350Z’s, you’ll know I showed you several ways to improve the stock set-up without needing different calipers. The recipe I gave you is more than adequate for any driving scenario up to a full track weekend; I did seven track days on that exact set-up. Eventually, you may find you want more stopping power as you increase power or focus more on track

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[]Robert Sixto

Good info, usually can't beat OE parts based upgrades when it comes to bang for your buck.

[]Hayden Baker

Thanks man! I just wish Nissan had more models to steal parts from

[]Robert Sixto

They have so many models, you'd think they would right?

[]Hayden Baker

Well there's really nothing better than the Zs with GTR parts being overkill or crazy expensive. Some 370Z stuff is helpful like the front subframe and steering rack but mostly you have to go aftermarket

Hayden Baker21 days ago

Share your cool car with people! Go to shows! Talk to people at gas stations! Let kids sit in the driver seat! You never know who you'll influence towards our culture!

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[]Robert Sixto

It's true. I've tried to get better about this, being quite an introvert and not very outgoing, it's been a challenge but I love those moments you get to share car stuff with other people.

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah it's a bit hard at first. I just set up at chair now and let people cone to me. That only works with the Z though

Hayden Baker22 days ago

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Hayden Baker22 days ago

Cars and Coffee went great this morning. Talked to a bunch of people about WheelWell and got to let a bunch of kids sit in the car.

[]Skylar Siegel

💪🏼

Hayden Baker23 days ago

Guess I'll be waiting an extra year...

Hayden Baker23 days ago

Unfortunately, due to packaging I won't be able to get quite as much clearance, but I'm going to do the best I can. Eventually I'll move the engine back 6 to 12 inches depending on trans tunnel clearance then angle the radiator the below Miata duct is the inspiration though.

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[]Craig Crall

Hayden, is that a new car, that doesn't look like your 350Z engine bay?

[]Hayden Baker

No, its a Miata. It's the inspiration. I don't have the room to make a duct that good, but I'm going to try

[]Craig Crall

I have built radio controlled airplanes all of my life and most of them use some kind of molded parts, made from carbon-fiber/glass. I use ordinary XPS blue foam insulation board or Dow blue foam blocks for mold cores as it is an easy material to shape.

I often use a 4X8 sheet from Home depot, which is cut an glued together to form a block.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/STYROFOAM-EXTRUDED-2-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-R-10-Scoreboard-XPS-Foam-Insulation-1578/202899754

You can make your own hot wire to cut the foam board core shape (much cleaner) and then start sanding. I'm sure that with a little planning you can make a really nice duct.

https://www.fibreglast.com/product/mold-construction/Learning_Center

I popped some links up, just in case you or anyone else was curios.

[]Hayden Baker

I'm at the cardboard stage right now but that foam is an excellent idea. I'll probably make it out of aluminum though. But fiberglass is very tempting as I do have some resin left over from doing the dash (I think). Still very early stages but it's definitely possible; it just won't be as good as I want ha

[]Craig Crall

Well, I like the idea of hood ducting, it's one of those things that most people don't consider, but absolutely beneficial, especially when the frontal area of the subject car is small.

I could see using thin 2024 or 6061 aluminium in T-3 temper, it would make forming and welding a bit easier. Of course there are other methods for bonding the sides of the ducts, screws, rivets or structural adhesive, would all work equally well.

I've been toying with the idea of building internal ducting for a long time, but what stops me from proceeding is having holes in the hood, which I like the look of, but I kind of want my Mustang to remain as low key as possible. Not sure how to pull that off.

Are you going with a custom hood, or do you plan to modify the stock one?

[]Hayden Baker

I cut vents into the stock one years ago. The stock hood is so far from stock (gutted, two different styles of vents, no hinges, 4 aero latches, and no bracing). It's worked really well, but it can always be better. I want to angle the radiator, but there's no room without major changes. My first cardboard draft wokred better than expected; so I'm thinking it's worthwhile even if it is a bit tight.

[]Craig Crall

I'd like to see how that goes.

[]Hayden Baker

I'll definitely post it. Thanks for the foam suggestion!

[]Craig Crall

Yeah, looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Hayden Baker24 days ago

I think I'm going to try these on the 540i. They're a great deal and I'm dying to try out a Federal tire before going 595RS-R on the Z

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[]Craig Crall

I've been passively looking for a wheel and tire upgrade. I had not thought about these, but after reading reviews on the Federal ST, it seems to be a really decent tire for the money and I've had good luck with other Federal tires in the past.

I'm sold, thanks for the heads up!

[]Hayden Baker

Ha glad I could help! I'll be picking up a set in late September/early October. Let me know how you like them if you pull the trigger first

[]Craig Crall

Yeah for sure. I'm putting monies aside for some RPF1's to mount them on, so we may be mounting them at the same time.

[]Hayden Baker

Always a classic. I'm planning on so Konig hypergrams

[]Wilson Oberholzer

I'd be interested to see how they do. I'm starting to look for tires for my 525i and I'm just not sure what I want to go with

[]Hayden Baker

I like the Continental tires on my Z but they're minimum $200 more for a set. I bet the Federals do well.

Hayden Baker24 days ago

I just tested this on my wife's Altima and each cylinder picked up about 8 PSI from a 160 PSI original reading. Now for the BMW and the Z...

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[]Tom Armstrong

I've actually seen many people test this on youtube with similar results. Now I know none of us will "feel" the extra 8 psi but on paper that's definitely a positive! Does it do something to release stuck rings or is it a cylinder wall treatment?

Another thing that really works is Seafoam. Use a small hose to run it through the intake manifold SLOWLY and it cleans carbon deposits like a charm!

[]Hayden Baker

Yeah im going to do seafoam next. I'm guessing it helps to re-seat the rings to the cylinder wall similar to lapping compound for valve seats but I don't know how it doesn't harm other parts of the engine. I'd be very interested to do a dyno test with it. (To the moderator, I reported this by accident and don't know how to un-report it)

[]Tom Armstrong

Hahaha wow how dare you report me

[]Joost Van Dien

Ok this is new for me. I always thought it was pure money robbing. Promising your engine would gain 2.5 cilinders and 300 hp by adding a bottle of magic. Good to hear. Maybe I will put it in one of my cars!

[]Hayden Baker

I'm thinking it's best for cars with some miles on them. Both mine are about 150,000 miles; so, I suspect it'll help a bit.

[]Wilson Oberholzer

That's really surprising. I had always assumed it was just an oil thickener with some detergents to make it seem like things were better

[]Hayden Baker

It improved the lowest cylinder from 155 to 165 and the highest cylinder from 165 to 170; so, I'm assuming it works best on worn engines possibly helping the rings re-seal against the walls.

Hayden Baker27 days ago

I absolutely HATE dealing with bushings. And ball joints. That is all. #Rant

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[]Wilson Oberholzer

Ball joints are the worst

[]Hayden Baker

I could not get my rearward front lower control arm to pop out some I cut the bushing out with it still attached to the car. What a pain

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