Nugget in for certification

So it’s been a crazy long time since I bought the EVOcoupe from Jonny, but it’s almost done. I’ve had the guys at STM finish up loads of little things that needed to be sorted. When I was down in Wellington for the NZPC Summer Tour I took it for it’s very first drive. I’m really impressed with the power delivery and how smooth it is to drive. I dropped it down to Junior’s Kustom Rides to get it road legal. Because of the conversion, totally rad shaved door handles and the mad power the Nugget needs a LVV Certification before it can legally hit the road.

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The Nugget next to it’s STM brother #Project86.

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Big Changes

Big things have happened in my life recently. For those of you who are out of the loop here is the quick catch up.

  • I’ve moved to Auckland
  • I’ve left STM
  • I’ve resurrected my own business
  • I’ve partnered with Andre (STM) and embarked on a new project.

For those of you who would like a bit more detail…

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Moved to Auckland

That’s right, I’ve moved to Auckland. After spending an overwhelming majority of my life living in Wellington, I’m now a Jafa. A pink shirt wearing, espresso sipping, Apple computing, lane swerving, Jafa, to be fair I was most of those things before the move, so I fit right in.

The main motivator for the move is my partner’s(Genevieve’s) career. Mind you, I’ve always wanted live in Auckland but the stars never aligned till now.

After a brief stay in the CBD, we have settled into a nice house in Newmarket and so far so good. Our house is in walking distance to everything you need, gym, cafe, bars, shops and the train station. There is even a little back yard for the cat.

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Left STM

After 5 years of service I’ve handed in my resignation at STM. Working for the best performance workshop  was a great opportunity, I look back at everything I’ve done and everything the STM team has achieved and I’m a little blown away. I’ll have to write a post about my time at STM at some stage.

Now I didn’t get away completely scot-free. I’ll still be heavily involved in STM’s marketing and business development for the foreseeable future, which I couldn’t be happier about.

Resurrected my old Business

Some of you may remember my business Refresh Online Media which I ran before I started work at STM. Refresh Online Media was essentially me designing websites, taking photos and running Ignition Magazine. To enable me to contract my services back to STM I’ve brought it back from the dead.

Next year sometime I’ll be looking for a few more freelance, marketing consulting clients.

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New Exciting Project

This is the piece of news that I’m most excited to shout about. Andre and I have teamed up to teach the world to tune. We are in the process of producing a series of high quality tuning lessons to be delivered as part of an online course.

Our first course is based on STM’s highly successful and wildly popular classroom EFI tuning training course, it teaches fundamental tuning principles, these are a collection of concepts that we feel are too often overlooked. The benefits of delivering the course online are numerous, international appeal, no travel costs, learn at your own pace to name a few. The online nature of the course will also allow us to provide a supportive community and follow up support to students as they start applying what they have learnt in real life situations.

This is something that both Andre and I have literally been talking about for years, I’m really happy we now have the opportunity to see it through.

So there you have it. That is what’s up.

Dyno Tuning Wellington: The Nugget

It’s been years since starting this project and now it’s time for the moment of truth; The dyno tune.  Working at STM (Speedtech Motorsport Ltd) really does have it’s perks, I managed to twist Chris Wall’s arm into tuning my car after hours.

Once on the dyno it quickly became apparent that I had a couple of problems.  The first being boost creep and the second being the fuel pump was not flowing enough for the level of boost we were seeing.  Both of these problems aren’t uncommon, most early Mitsubishi EVOs with a big turbo back exhaust suffer from boost creep.  I have already ported the wastegate port on the turbo housing to try and remedy the situation. Turns out that wasn’t enough.  The ideal fix for this problem is to fit a 38mm external wastegate, at this stage I’m going to try and steer away from this solution.  The only reason the creeping boost is a problem is because I’m running out of fuel at high RPM.  My preferred solution due to budget constraints is to fit a high flow Walbro fuel pump and see how we get on.

Currently on 95 octane gas the little EVO is making 188kW ATW, not a bad result.  I’ll let you know how it goes once the fuel pump has been replaced and we are running 98 octane gas.

Horrible photo. I know. Sorry

Project Destined to Fail: Completed

Well I never thought I would see the day.  My custom BMX project is complete and I’m not talking “I’ve still got a couple of finishing touches to make” I mean it’s finished finished. I know your shocked. I’m shocked. I’m also really proud of myself and proud of how it turned out.

Saying that I couldn’t have completed the BMX with out a little help from my friends.  Big shouts to Bruce for slapping the paint on it, Jamie Harbour my State side connection, Cam from Cycle Science the BMX guru and of course my lady for the constant encouragement.

All that is left to do now is start riding.  I spent a good part of the weekend blating around Wellington and it feels awesome to be on a bike again. I even got told off by a motorbike cop (might be time to get a helmet), which reminded me of getting into trouble as a kid.

Now I've had it out in the sun, I'm super about my paint selection. The Holden "Morphious 448n" Purple is so deep.

Colony Seat. Always makes me laugh. Colony is to close to colon.

Odyssey Twisted PC Teal pedals: nice and grippy.

Odyssey EVOII Brake setup in teal of course.

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Lift Off – Custom BMX Parts Arrive

My BMX parts arrived from Dan’s Comp today. I’m pretty excited about putting this bike put together. In saying that I obviously mean “I’m pretty excited about getting Cam at Cycle Science to put this bike together”. Spanners and I don’t play well together.  I’m missing a couple of key elements including; a seat post, stem, chain and sprocket.  So assembly might have to wait till I get back from the States.

The Nugget: Bumper is on!

So progress has slowed on the nugget a bit. I refuse to let it beat me though.  I need to have it sorted and sold by November.

With the help of Bam, I’ve installed the rear bumper.  It was heaps harder than I thought, nothing is ever easy.  It’s starting to look like a complete car.

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Fit rear bumper
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Dyno Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

1 Custom BMX Down 1 To Go.

I took a couple of days off work and hung out with G to celebrate her birthday.  For the 4th time.

If you look back through my posts you will see we have both been working on custom BMXs.  G’s is nearly done, she can’t afford the wheels she really wants so got a temporary set to keep her happy. Turns out old school BMXs don’t have 14mm drop outs to suit news style wheels, so our man Cam at Cycle Science took to the freshly painted frames with a grinder.  He did an awesome job, next time we will remember to mod the frame before paint.

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A little girl waits

Totally Exhausted – Rage Exhaust Installation

An exhausts, all cars need them.  This is the super short version cos I’m really tired.  My good friend Ron from Total Performance has owed me an exhaust for some website design work I did way back when.  Anyways I never had anything to put it on till now.  Seeing as the Nugget is really just a mini EVO Ron supplied me a 3″ bolt on Rage system to suit an EVO 2.  Bam went about taking some length out of the system to make it fit.  The result, an exhaust and a car that no longer sounds like a tractor.  Super happy.

My car with the exhaust laid out waiting to be installed.
New Rage exhaust system
Bam cuts exhaust to appropriate length.
Welder Bam joins the exhaust back up after removing a 2″ section

Didn't he do well....no? Well it's after work and he had had a few beers.

You need a hole for the 02 bung. Check it out a drill with lasers!

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Dyno Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem

Ordering BMX parts online – Dan’s Comp

G and I dropped round to Bruce’s place the other day to pick up the BMX frames, they look so awesome all painted up.  I’m really glad I went with a deep colour rather than flat black/gray.

After a pretty intensive search of the interwebs, I found a bunch of BMX parts that I wanted to purchase. The parts I’m looking at  are mostly from Odyssey BMX and they are all teal.  Heaps of places on the net sold one or two of them but Dan’s Comp BMX shop had everything in stock at a pretty sweet price. Check the photo below.  I’ve sent them all to my mate Jamie in Boston for him to forward to me with the next order from work.  I’m pretty excited to see these in the flesh, as so far I’m only going off photos I have seen on the net.

From an eCommerce point of view, the experience so far has been good, not great.  I completed the entire order on my iPad which is good as on some sites it’s a real drama.  I received an email telling me they had got my order, I’m yet to get a shipping confirmation (ordered 5 internet days ago) so I’ll keep you posted as to how the remainder of the experience goes.

  1. Odyssey Evolver 2 U-Brake
  2. Odyssey Linear Cable
  3. Odyssey Monolever
  4. Odyssey Twisted PC LE Pedals
  5. Coalition Team Grips
  6. Crupi BMX Seat Post Clamp

Has anyone else had good/bad experiences with Dan’s Comp?

Starting the Nugget & subsequent fuel pump replacement

On Wednesday night Bam and Chris stayed late at the workshop to give me a hand with the Nugget.  The aim of the evening was to get the car running, it’s been started before, about 12months ago.

**Turn the key** the starter tried to start the engine with no luck.  Let the problem solving being.

Bam diagnosed the problem as fuel pump related.  After a bit more investigation Bam found the pump was getting power meaning one thing. The pump was poked. After pulling the pump out of the tank it became apparent why, glorious gold rust.  I think I know the reason why the tank got so rusty, before I bought the car it was left in a shed for who knows how long with hardly any fuel, this has caused the fuel pump, cage, and tank to get very rusty.

Ginger on your head or in your fuel tank. It's never OK!

EVO 9 Fuel Pump, can you even call that an upgrade?

I think I know why my fuel level sender isn't working

Bam installs the fuel pump cage.

After that it started first time, to easy! Here is a video.

While Bam was doing some technical work, I installed my rear seats and seat belt.

Things I learnt

  • Long term storage of your car isn’t good for it.  Take the correct precations
  • A Walbro 500hp fuel pump will plug straight into the factory Mitsubishi fuel pump wiring

Here is my updated to-do list.

  • Install rear 1/4 windows
  • Install roof strips
  • Install rear seats
  • Install rear seat belts
  • Fabricate exhaust
  • Power steering belt
  • Replace the fuel level sender
  • Replace the fuel pump
  • Fit new solenoid to passengers door
  • Hook up A/C wire
  • Find and fit awesome steering wheel
  • Find, fit and paint EVO 3 Side Skirts
  • Stereo, if we get that far
  • Tune
  • Wheels
  • Suspension
  • Cert
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • Crazy indicator problem