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    1994 SL2: The Detail Junky Build

    1994 Saturn SL2

    Goal: [size=11px]A clean functional steet-driven track car.[/size]

    Start Date: [size=11px]09.10.03[/size]

    Planned End Date: [size=11px]It's too hard to judge![/size]

    Modifications: [size=11px]http://www.sixthsphere.com/forum2/ga...vehicle&CID=51[/size]

    Q&A Thread: [size=11px]http://www.sixthsphere.com/phpBB3/vi...p?f=61&t=19685[/size]

    Introduction
    [size=11px]I suppose I picked up a rep as the New England detail junky (hence the name); I'm obsessed with my car and all of those little things. Why else would I powdercoat an entirely unseen suspension (It's not because I'm crazy I promise)?. Prior names for this build included the "high school budget build", an era that has long since passed. With better paying jobs the name went obsolete, although I must admit that, at more than one point, I more or less worked for the car. It became a rather nasty sickness that proved to be somewhat crippling in other departments of life, as well as one of those "hard lessons" learned. Diseases aside, the tallied investments have proved bank breaking but all of this progess wouldn't have been possible if I'd avoided pleading poverty every time I made a purchase. In all seriousness I imagine I'd be a few steps behind if I'd been afraid to spend. When it came to spending I always shot (and shoot) for the best. When it came to working there was alot of cussing, an unhelpful Haynes manual, the forums, alot of common sense, and a very patient mentor (another thanks to Dad). All of the headaches, the many stripped fastners, and other nightmares have contributed heavily to the never ending learning curve; something this car has been the absolute foundation of. Really, if it'd been any other way, I probably wouldn't know or be able to do half of what I do now.

    Now when I initially stumbled into the whole Saturn thing I had no grasp on the community. Originally I thought it'd be like any other small fwd economy car. Boy was I wrong! The more I got involved the more I was exposed to the truth; a rather cheap, lazy, disrespected, and unsupported group. In the midst of this crowd of stereotypical reputation impairing Saturn owners (vist Saturnfans.com) there was the handful of hardcore "anything-can-be-done" die hards (RIP TSN). With a father fabricator and a rather vivid imagination I was determined to seperate myself from the "Saturnfans" type. In the so called early years I had no idea how to do so, so I went with what I could understand. This lead the car through all the basics; an intake, header, exhaust, lowering springs, and other typical stuff. It also birthed the obesessive detailer in me. Determined to have a clean car I went through a restoration phase. The breif interior era was pieced together out of purchases on the forum and a few cars from salvage yard. I had a fairly clean, solid, and stock interior but not being able to get over the used look promted (among other things) its current "gutted state". Unable to afford a paint job, I sought out solid body panels as an alternative. Now only the four original door panels are still in place while the rest have been replaced with good color matching panels (with an exception to the hood whom my friends ruined). With the early years being all about ironing out the asthetics and fiddling with bolt-ons my growing knowledge has the car planned out well beyond its current state and ready to evolve with bigger, better, and more potent builds. The almost never ending suspension build proved to be the pioneering project, being a big benchmark for the beginning of a more serious Saturn.

    I'm really interested in pushing the envelope; doing things with this car that haven't been seen yet in the community (or with a Saturn). I won't disclose on my ideas though, you guys will have to wait update by update! Back to a serious note though I'm aiming for a car with unrivaled asthetics while being competitive at a variety of motorsports. No monster horsepower numbers either. I'm settling for something that has daily driven manners with some bite for the weekends. Right now I'm more or less focused on getting my foot in the door of a variety of new things. Namely forced induction. But, in a broader sense, all of this progress is toward making the car fully functional before I take the dive. You guys will deffinately know the time has come when it does. It'll be awhile yet between money, learning, and new skills. The rest of my statement is a pipe dream; magazine feature and becoming some sort of blip on the spocom scene. Kind of a stretch with a Saturn though! Thank you for looking.

    ~ Craig[/size]

    Stock
    [size=11px]By the time I got my license and the car on the road alterations had already taken place. The car had a polished AEM SIR, used Thermal R&D cat-back, a cut down shifter, and a set of fresh 205/50/15 Falken Ziex 512's. I cleaned the car up the best I could, even going as far as to swap in some decent/used gray carpeting, a pair of OEM 2G SC2 black leather front seats, and most of the dash panels. As time went on I got well acquainted with disassembling the car as I replaced many other misc items.[/size]



    Incarnation 1
    [size=11px]The winter leading into 2005 marked a big step for both the car and my skill set. Determined to clean the car up further I gathered replacement body panels (all color matching with the exception of the front and rear bumpers which I had painted) to replace the heavily damaged pieces. Upon tearing the car down this left with me just the roof and four exterior door skins (a matching spoiler-less trunk came later). Then came lessons in paint correction to remove medium blemishes, scratches, and the swirling that marked the 14 year old paint. It took some patience and experimenting but, armed with a Porter Cable and Meguiars products, I managed to produce a near flawless finish. By this point in the cars life I had scored a set of used set of KYB/H&R's as well as some cheap 16x7 Rota Subzeros and a billet aluminum SPS strut tower brace. The motor got an OBX header, MSD plug wires to fit a 2G composite cam cover, and a Catco high flow cat to bridge the gap from header to exhaust. In the mean time I'd been building up bigger things outside of the car...[/size]





    Incarnation 1.5
    [size=11px]...which leads us to the stage that overlaps the initial posts in this build thread. I had big ambitions for the cars suspension and things slowly got out of control. With a spare suspension at my disposal I set out to build the most detailed set up with the best of what I could get my hands on. Of course all of the powder coating and new OEM hardware got expensive really fast.[/size]



    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: Reintroduction (07.13.07)

    [size=11px]Since the suspension build has been going on since December of 2006 I'm going to simply link it, post the latest, and continue my build in this thread. The suspension itself wasn't really intended to get this out of hand but as things progressed I got a little carried away (something you guys will probably see alot out of me). This is my first serious step in this car and it has proven to be very painstaking. The powdercoated rear suspension parts were originally sorted in my room in January of 2005 and everything that has gone into this build was collected and saved up for in the following year. To date I am actually very close to actually getting this stuff under the car. With the original suspension dated at 203k the car more than needs and deserves it. The following is a list of the final set-up and the latest (but rather outdated) images. Progress has been long made on the front suspension while the rear suspension has gone untouched.[/size]

    Rear Suspension
    [size=11px]Powdercoated OEM Parts
    All new OEM Hardware
    Energy Suspension Bushings
    SPS Rear Anti-Sway Bar (17.5 mm, 4-Way Adjustable)
    CFM Sway Bar Brackets (Heavy Duty, Stainless Steel)
    CFM Lat-Link Box-Ins (Stainless Steel)
    H&R/QkSL2 Re-Stud Hub Spacers (25 mm)
    Rear-Disc Brake Conversion
    PowerSlot Rotors
    Hawk Pads
    Goodridge SS Brake Lines
    AMR Engineering Coilovers[/size]

    Front Suspension
    [size=11px]Powdercoated OEM Parts
    All new OEM Hardware
    Energy Suspension Bushings
    PowerSlot Rotors
    Hawk Pads
    Goodridge SS Brake Lines
    Fresh OEM Wheel Bearings
    AMR Engineering Coilovers
    Fresh OEM Strut Mounts[/size]

    Rear Suspension (03.28.07)



    Front Suspension (04.22.07)

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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

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    The Suspension Build: Engine Cradle (08.14.07)

    Alright, after a month I think I owe some updating. I've been meaning to do this for awhile but I've been too busy to take a long enough seat (or wash the car for that matter *gasp*). I've got plenty to throw up but I'll start with the cradle since its been done for at least two-three weeks now. Like I keep insisting this cradle is a temp, which is almost a shame because I've got way too much time invested in this thing. This particular cradle is actually from my Dads SW2 and was located (conviently) in our deceased race car. It was in fair shape but kind of crusty in places so Dad whipped up a few stainless patch panels and went to town. After he migged everything up for me I put aside some time to grind. Then I spent a stupid long amount of time hand sanding whatever I couldn't reach with a wire wheel before I got around to cleaning and treating everything with some OxiSolve. I wrapped this portion of the project up with two coats of Rust Bullet (which I didn't take shots of unfortunately) and gave the cradle two color coats of Rustoleum Semi-Gloss Black. It came out alright; it'll do the job at least. I had some issues with the Rust Bullet, which was brushed on, so the cradle has pretty distinct brush strokes. Oh well though, its temporary right?

    1. (Crammed it in the back of my Moms POS Eclipse GT.)


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    4.


    5. (Had to fry up the threaded inserts for the sway bar brackets.)[/size]


    6. (Pre-grinding.)


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    9.


    10. (Post-grinding/sanding/treatment.)


    11.


    12. (Painted of course.)
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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
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    The Detail Junky Build

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    The Suspension Build: The Big Pre Swap Update (08.29.07)

    A rather bulky update because I suck at getting around to these things. Anyway, as the title says, this is the moment I've been waiting for! Took Saturday off from work to dive into the car and put all of my hard work into place. As of right now I'm just finishing up some details, mainly my obnoxious need to refinish some of the tedious steel details of the rear-disc emergency brake cables. Other than that everything else has pretty much been finished, picked up, or bought. For your visual pleasure I've got the work-in-progress of the LCA's which were picked up brand new. Had the rubber bushings torched out of place when they refused to leave via press. Made quite the sticky mess and made my desire to repaint the things more feasable. Wrapped those up with the Energy Suspension bushings last week which were ultimately installed by Dad. Other recent work has included some the installation of the trailing arm bushings with the pivot points. Finally got around to picking up some new Car Quest sway bar links which mark the final purchase of this build (for now I hope). Anyway, decided to throw up some progress shots of the cables, and some shots of some "older stuff" that has been laying around as well as some pictures of the recently powdercoated front sway bar and brackets.

    Lateral Control Arms

    1. (Lateral control arm on fire.)


    2. (One dirty LCA. One clean LCA.)


    3. (Lateral control arms prepped.)


    4. (Lateral control arms primed.)


    5. (Lateral control arms painted.)


    6. (Lateral control arms finished.)


    Emergency Brake Cables (In Progress)

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    2.


    3.


    The Rest

    1. (Freshly powdercoated sway bar. Pastel yellow to match the rear!)


    2. (Powdercoated front sway bar brackets)


    3. (Beefy Car Quest sway bar links.)


    4. (Finished trailing arms with bushings.)


    5. (Powdercoated spindles and hubs.)


    6. (Boxed up front disc stuff.)


    7. (Powdercoated motor mounts with Summit eurethane bushings.)


    3. (Powdercoated heavy-duty stainless-steel rear sway bar brackets.)
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    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: The (not so) Big Post Swap Update (09.02.07)

    I've done all the bolt-ons. I've swapped an entire door shell. I've even had the exterior of the car apart multiple times. But I was deffinately not prepaired for this. The results? Drum roll please. FAIL (as us New England guys tend to put it). Well maybe not a big fat whole capital "FAIL" but rather a half sized lower case "fail". Or even half a fail at that. Right now the car has half a zero mileage suspension in the rear. The front still has the original 205,000 mess under there which sort of makes the entire car an unbalanced mess itself. What was supposed to take roughly 6-7 hours ending up taking me closer to 14-15 hours. The entire process was discouraging as hell. I ran into minor inconviences throughout the removal of the original suspension that turned out to be major set backs for the novice (a.k.a. moi). Either I wasn't trying hard enough or the gobs of lock-tite, some heavy torque specs, and the New England corrosion were legitimate issues for me. The amount of time I spent all stressed out is still questionable though. Major problem one; flare nuts on the brake lines. Even after a few days soaking in PB Blaster the bastards were still frozen in place and I ultimately stressed the brake lines; not enough to break em' but enough to make us want to replace them. Dad resorted to the local Autozone for some new fittings but was unable to find the sleeve-type fittings that would mate the original hard lines to some new ends. Next up were the damn crossmember to body bolts. I had a long ass fight with an air gun and a breaker bar to get those out. The new ones even went in as hard which made putting everying back together just as discouraging as taking everything apart. We also discovered that the rear-disc e-brake cables are (oddly) too short for the application. A simple fix; I'll just be carrying a block of wood around with me for the next few days. The time frame: I dove into it at noon yesterday, gave up at 1:00 am, got up at 8:00 this morning to finish things off (with tons of help from Dad) and finally had the car back on the ground and ready to roll at about 11:30. Despite the major headache everything fills good. Its hella firm out back and all of the upgraded stuff makes it feel more confident in the curves but I feel that the crappy front end is overshadowing the results. I'm still working over the fresh rear brakes, which I messed around with this evening on my way home from work. I'm pretty nervous about damaging the spend rotors and pads, even with the guidance of Powerslot's brake bed-in procedure. I did form a clunk somewhere in the passenger side rear; whenever I depress the brake lightly, but quickly. Paranoia is going to drive me crazy until I have a chance to jack the car up tommorow evening. Hopefully its just my exhaust system being special per usual. I'll throw up pictures when I have a chance to sit down. Front swap; when I've recovered from recent swap woes and trauma. Well actually when I can take time off of work again. Ok, maybe both.

    Emergency Brake Cables (Finished)

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    2.


    3.


    Old Rear Suspension

    1. (The narrow stock rear track.)


    2. (Crusty original suspension.)


    3. (Drum brakes for the lose.)


    4. (All detached...)


    5. (...and removed!)


    New Rear Suspension

    1. (Fresh stuff pretty much in there.)


    2. (Late pictures of everything wrapped up.)


    3.


    4.(Fresh.)


    5.(Much nicer wider rear track.)
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    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: The (really late other not so) Big Post Swap Update (09.19.07)

    Well I got brave and decided to get the front done and over with guys. Talk about painful! What Dad accomplished in 4 hours took me close to 2 days (well 22 hours). I've got to tell everyone, after the traumas of the rear I was anxious (not the good kind) about doing the front. It actually wasn't as bad. In fact the front went tons smoother than the rear did (only getting hung up on removing the spindle/hub assemblies and installing the "new sway bar") I just took a really long ass time. Anyway, got started last Thursday afternoon and poked my way along late into the evening getting everything unhooked and ready to drop. The old ball joints were completely shot (I could wiggle them around loosely) and you'll see that the passenger side motor mount had seen much better days. Friday morning I attacked the 4 heavy duty bolts suspending the cradle with an impact gun and dropped the old mess out. Things were looking up but I somehow ended up being under the car until about 2:00 am Saturday. Took her out as soon as I got her on the ground. How does she feel? Awesome! Now I can really feel the new suspension. Car feels absolutely solid with the upgraded bushings. A little harsh over bumps but totally worth the handling benifits (just something I need to get used to). The new motor mounts give the car much much better response and keeps the nose planted solid when I mash the throttle. Having really pushed the car much; still shaking here down. Did some spirited driving on the coastal route in Kennebunk though. Car is very nimble and the old sloppy body roll is non-existant. Can't imagine how the coilovers are going to improve on this! Haven't pushed the new brakes either, I can tell they have bite though! There is some mild slop somewhere; hope its just from the out of round Ziex 512's and poor alignment. Only detail missing is my set Goodridge brake lines in the front. Letting those brake fittings soak in really good shape before I take a flare wrench to them. Might also repaint my front calipers when I take everything apart (brake fluid did a good number on them when I installed them over a year ago; need to use the right stuff this time!). Also had Dad do a bs-alignment on the front end to get me by until the coilovers come, then I can get the car an actual alignment. My old Falken Ziex 512's are on their way out so I'm not too upset that they are suffering utter devistation throughout all of these in-between phases. Anyway, got much better coverage of this than I did of the rear suspension. Don't let the pictures fool you though; they seem to make the process look alot easier than it actually was.

    Old Front Suspension

    1. (The old set up.)


    2.


    3. (Crusty spindle and hub.)


    4. (So many years of build up.)


    5. (Delicious.)


    6. (Coming out.)


    7. (This is the nifty rig my Dad made to suspend the drivetrain.)


    New Front Suspension

    1. (Going in.)


    2.


    3. (All cleaned up in there.)


    4.


    5. (Did the upper motor mount too.)


    6. (Upgraded Brakes.)


    7. (All wrapped up.)


    7. (Washed up a few days later.)
    Last edited by lilcraigford; 10-24-2010 at 11:50 PM.
    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    Little Things: The Chin Spoiler (10.07.07)

    I haven't had much to physically do on the car lately other than a few little things. This little project was the bigger of the little projects (read that sentence over and over again). After the front suspension swap it was pointed out that the mounting holes, located on the engine cradle, for the plastic under tray and chin spoiler were non-existant. But instead of drilling holes in the cradle and reattaching the unwanted plastic I decided to minimize things. All I really needed were the mounting points for the spoiler so I got dremel happy and cut off the foward leading edge of the tray (which made a wonderful mess of melted plastic) and tossed the rest (which should also prove convient in the future of a downpipe or intercooler plumbing). The cuts were very rough and I, of course, couldn't leave it like that so I made a good handful of passes on Dads (home made) disc sander until I was satisfied. A little handsanding to clean up the flashing (I guess you could call it that...) followed. Then it was as simple as mounting back on the car with the exception that the threaded clips and bolts were nowhere to be find so I killed a little time sourceing some from the parts box.

    Modifying The Chin Spoiler

    1. (Pretty straight foward.)


    2.


    3. (Much better!)


    4. (Don't mind my blinding hand.)


    5. (Simple enough.)
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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: AMR Engineering Coilovers Arrive!(10.25.07)

    I was really surprised to find this big ass box sitting in my garage when I got home from work! I'm not complaining by any means though! I was getting pretty antsy last night with all of the "My AMRs Arrived" type threads floating around, just ask Dan. Anyway, it has been quite the haul. This process started on the TSN boards over a year ago. I remember all the hype and throwing down the deposite on em'! Since then TSN has dissolved and the AMR drama, almost 100 pages long, continued here when all of us lost TSN users found refuge on the Sphere. There has been alot of tension between the buyer and the seller with various grey areas of contact and information, delays, and thousands of dollars at stake but Andy, god bless you, came through! And in a fantastic way! These things are absolutely flawless in build quality! I fiddled around with them for awhile; all of the clearences are dead nuts tight, and the finish is top notch! All I can say is it was deffinately worth the wait. This product more than exceeds my standards in build quality. Next we'll see how they perform.

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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: AMR Engineering Coilovers Installed (10.27.07)

    Quite some time ago I threw down for some brand new front strut mounts through Saturn (kick in the ass) in preperation for these bad boys. Being all OCD and stuff I went ahead and prepped, primed, and painted the strut plates (for cleanliness and corrosion ressistance more than anything). That was quite awhile ago too! Now installing the coilovers has to have been the easiest thing I've done this entire suspension swap! Putting together the front coilovers (with the stock mounts); not so much. Friday (the 25th) was graced by a (much needed) STC New England meet at Tyler's (sl2fast) place, in which Justin (d3ad1ysp0rk) managed to swap some fresh stuff on his daily driver and I managed to pound my head for four hours trying to figure these things out! Paranoid about my investment I assembled, disassembled, and reassmbled the coilovers at least a dozen times. All while sitting in the driveway with Dan's (I <3 My Saturn) girlfriend's laptop biting my nails waiting for responses in the suspension forums. A big thanks to Adam (adamkob32) and Billy's (SupraCharged007) quick help! Needless to say I got jack done which I partly blame on crust brownies, delecious burgers, and tire shredding burnouts (see below)! Finally in the evening I stopped using monkey instincts and stuck a hardened steel washer in there (provided by non other than Dad) and considered the fronts complete! Next day I got crackin' on swapping these bad boys in, with my lovely assistant, and was so anxious about getting them in there that I neglected to take "before" pictures as well as "after" shots of the rears installed. Not much to mention here; it was an easy swap although I took my time (I must admit that the passenger side front got a little knick that is likely to only bother me...). It was entertaining to stare at the wheel up in the wheel well before car was even on the ground! Also had to make some ghetto ramps (just two slabs of wood on top of one another) because the car is deffinately too low for the jack. I was a little strapped for time toward the end of the swap so I made some rough adjusments to the ride height; deffinately need to go back and fine tune everything. Haven't been able to enjoy the fruits of my recent addition either; it's been raining pretty much since I've installed them! Oh well, I'll update (with a complete set of pictures) when I get it all fine tuned!

    Strut Mounts

    1.


    2. (I just had to do it.)


    3. (All painted and kind of dusty.)


    4. (The flip side.)


    Coilover Install

    1. (My main distraction for starters.)


    2. (All apart at the house.)


    3. (Front comparison.)


    4. (Rear comparison.)


    5. (Front installed.)
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    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Turbo Build: Introduction (11.19.07)

    For ages I've wanted to go bigger and better (who doesn't though) and I've gone through many phases. First was the turbo route; QkSL2 inspired when my Dad stumbled upon (and exposed me to) Ian's website way back in the day. I was hooked! Then came the forums. A breif stay at SaturnFans, that turned me over to TSN, fueled ideas for both a high-compression motor and a supercharged build, but I kept comeing back to snail. I even went through a hard and complicated Ecotec swap phase which was comeing pretty close to fruitation, but simplicity won me over (and I'm sure all of the New England guys are releived). Although an Ecotec into an S-Series would have been really damn cool and unique the amount of custom fabrication involved slowly turned me off from the idea. I became content with the idea of a simple, basic, but potent turbo LLO once more. Somewhere in there was also some unusual Saturn loyalty garb. Some freshening up is overdue as the exisiting drivetrain has 210k to date and (although it is dead nuts reliable still) it is starting to burn lots of oil and exempt the feeling of fatigue. With such a good suspension under the car now the drivetrain needs to be brought to speed. I just didn't expect to get started so soon. Jeff provoked things when he threw up the old SMS manifold in the classified section for such a steal that I had to jump on it. And today it showed up! It isn't a bad piece; tubular, stainless, but it'll need a lil work. My car won't see either a T4 size turbocharger or a 50 mm wastegate. On top of which the inside of the collector is kind of gunky and there are a few cracked welds. I just hope I don't upset Saturn performance history buff's in the process. The pictured turbocharger I've had for ages. It is an old Garrett T3 that Dad and I picked off of an old Saab 900 at a local salvage yard early in my Saturn career. It is fairly small; internally wastegated to 7 psi, 40 trim, with a compressor A/R of .42, and a turbine A/R of .48. It is also very dirty and seized. Its current state of being is a result of high school automotives class (where I discovered Tyler (sl2fast was one of us). What you see in the pictures is as far as I got with it. This winter, if things go well, I'm going to send it out to http://www.blaastperformance.com for a proffessional rebuild. As for the rest of the set up though, I'll be sticking to the essentials and upgrading only whatever OEM parts aren't up to task. Namely spark plugs, injectors, the fuel pump. It'll be a low boost set up, taking advantage of the stock 7 psi setting, and run by a Megasquirt standalone. The current drivetrain will get a good once over to freshen it up and make it more up to task, nothing fancy though. I must admit that my list of parts on paper has gotten out of hand so many upgrades will probably follow quickly!

    SMS Manifold

    1.


    2.


    3. (Flange comparison.)


    Saab Turbocharger

    1. (One hell of a mess.)


    2.


    3.
    Last edited by lilcraigford; 10-27-2010 at 02:30 PM.
    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: AMR Engineering Coilovers Dialed-In (02.04.0

    Four months after the fact I think I finally have the car situated. No big deal because it has been sitting in its garage bay since a little after Thanksgiving. So, more or less, this is just an excuse for update. Getting these things dialed-in was strangely harder than simply setting each pair up identicle to eachother as the rear end proved baffleing enough to require a full one inch difference from one side over the other to get the car to sit level. I'm not exactly enthused with the outcome in adjustments so there is a very good chance that when I get motivated I will probably go back under there to further diagnose the issue. Overall I raised the car, just a tad in the front and a tad more in the rear. Its not really that noticeable over how dumped I initially had the car situated. Plus I wanted to give the overall stance a bit of a rake (I was troubled by the illusion that the rear sat lower than the nose). Other than that I have nothing really to say. I still need to swap the front goodridge lines, swap on my temp set of wheels, and get cracking on refinishing my current set of alloys. So basically in the past four months I've been lazy. The cold weather doesn't help, so hopefully in the comeing months my enthusiasm for the car will thaw out a little.

    1.
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    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: Wheels & Tires (03.02.0

    Approaching this past fall I was a tad strapped for cash so I had to settle on a cheap/simple project to carry me through the winter. Here we are March and I really haven't done much of anything. But anyway, the wheels have been lacking on the "Detail Junky" since I sold my (questionable) set of Rota Subzero's. I've had better places on the car to throw the cash so wheels have always been on the back burner (although I eye something from time to time). Besides I want to play sleeper for awhile, and what better way than some stock rollers? Now when the car was purchased it was already optioned with Sawtooth's but they were a rather raunchy bunch. When my Dad landed some coupe wheels for the SW I had a much nicer set at my disposal. I wrapped those in a set of Falken Ziex 512's a good three years ago. "Nicer" isn't quite enough to satisfy me and any imperfection is too much for me anyway. We have had one spare set kicking around from the various Saturn's that have passed through, but they were in too hard a shape to tackle so I decided to temp em' on the car while I play with these. As you can see the car is lacking at the nose. The car is too low for the taller tires and I wasn't physced about resting plastic fenders on tread for an extended period of time. Also pictured are the 205/50 Falken Ziex 912's which have been sitting around since October... more to come soon!

    1. (Grungey spares.)


    2.


    3. (The alloys that'll get the treatment.)


    4. (There wasn't much left of the fronts.)


    5. (The rears weren't too bad.)


    6. (New Ziex 912's.)
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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: Wheel Cleaning (03.04.0

    It hit the upper 40's today so I got a little ambitous and decided to clean the wheels. I was going to go as far as stripping but some rain put the squash on that. Armed with a bottle of Simple Green and a scotch pad I got decent results. Kind of a cold, miserable, finger numbing task but oh well. The backside was almost unnecessary but I didn't want to be handling all of that brake dust so I gave em' a quick scuffing anyway. Again, these wheels were in fair shape but were deffinately showing their age; the clearcoat is peeling in a few spots, has some stains in some others, and has gotten overall hazy. BUT they are straight and smooth. No real visable pits, no curb rash... a near perfect surface under that clear coat. When the weather decides to cooperate again I'll know for sure; I've got some aircraft stripper, safety glasses, and heavy duty rubber gloves on stand by.

    1. (Great stuff!)


    2. (Mmm dirty...)


    3. (...and clean kind of.)


    4. (Nifty little date.)
    Last edited by lilcraigford; 10-27-2010 at 02:46 PM.
    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Suspension Build: Wheel Cleaning (04.10.0

    [size=11px] Here is another month late update on a project that should've been done long ago. The weather has been warming up alot lately (hit the 60's today!) so I'm running out of excuses to not get this done. The wheels have actually been stripped for about a month, collecting dust next to the car they're supposed to be on. Following the last post up until now has been full of useless distractions. But anyway, I got back on the horse the other day and finally finished cleaning up the residue left over from the stripping process which was pretty quick. The container says "let sit 15-45 minutes". I barely waited five minutes before the old finish was falling off. Damn that shit is nasty (stuff like this freaks me out so I was more than thorough on the clean up)! I did have to "touch up" a few spots that were stubborn on letting go, but other than that everything worked like a charm. I do have a pretty clean slate to work with, no real heavy surface damage to worry about, just a little oxidation here and there. I did start in on one wheel. I'll be working my way up from 400 grit which seems to doing a good job of the texture of the original machine finish. It is taking some elbow grease and some serious time. A few hours a day and some sore fingers should get me there, results are going to be a ways off though haha. Only other thing; I'm undecided as to what I want to do with the spokes. They didn't really give to the stripper and I have no idea what the finish is like underneath there. Ideas?[/size]

    [size=11px]1. (Nasty Stuff!)[/size]


    [size=11px]2. (Working like a charm.)[/size]


    [size=11px]3. (All clean.)[/size]


    [size=11px]4. (The next step...)[/size]
    '94 SL2: The Detail Junky (Will it ever run? Does it even exist?)
    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

    The Detail Junky Build

    "Saturn people like a different kind of Escargot: Redefining the association between Saturns and Snails."

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    The Turbo Build: Montage Update (01.24.09)

    [size=11px]Simplicity has failed. The SL2 has been dormant for a long ass time now, but she isn't dead. Since my last update on this build I've gone through a POS 93' SL2 (pending STC NE project car) and since aquired sl2fast's 96' SC2. And in the process of upgrading/refineing the coupe the SL2 has been raped of it's CFM2 Short Throw Shifter, OBX Header, and Thermal exhaust. But all for the sake of upgrades! I've been quietly blowing money all winter long collecting the parts to hopefully have this thing boosted before ToTD 09' (?). Pictured are a Garrett T3 "Super 60" (rebuilt and upgraded by Blaast Performance), HKS Limited Black SSQV, Tial 38 mm Wastegate, ACT 6-Puck Clutch, Megasquirt II (harness not pictured), Autometer 2 1/16 Ultra-Lite Gauges (Boost Press, Fuel Press, Oil Press, Pyrometer, WBO2, and Oil Temp), and a few misc. stainless steel flanges (going with a one-off manifold). In the back is a sample of the new rollers; AdamKob32's former set up. Right now the 225/50/16 Potenza's are still mounted, though I plan to step down to a 215/45/16 Azeni. Some items not pictured include a non-AC ribbed idler pulley, pimped TAM, and SDA mounts. I've still got a lot of gathering to go through but I am getting there. Winter temperatures have prevented me from doing anything with the actual car. Once I warms up a bit I plan to start prepping the motor to get pulled. More on that later! [/size]

    The Goods

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    '95 SL2: The Daily Junky 5 (aka Snow Junky 2)

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    The Turbo Build: The Update Is Coming! (10.08.09)

    [size=11px]No the project is not dead! Contrary to what the New England guys might think I have been quite busy (haha). Consider this an update teaser. The following is courtesy of Mike from Alpha Tuning. Keep an eye out for the results of my summer long Intake Manifold project. Soon to follow: pulling and detailing the motor. (This post will be edited.)[/size]

    A Tease

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    '95 SW2: The Daily Junky 3 (388k Champion)
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    The Detail Junky Build

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    Re: 1994 SL2: The Detail Junky Build

    oh damn, that manifold looks awesome. Makes me not want to run my crappy log.
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    Re: 1994 SL2: The Detail Junky Build

    Looks good!
    - Justin 99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi


    FS: Pimped lower trans mount, TiAL 38mm Wastegate, Gauge Cluster, Oil Drain

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    Re: 1994 SL2: The Detail Junky Build

    Dizzam! Keep up the good work. More pics!

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    Amazing work, everything's looking awesome.

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