Sunday, September 28, 2014

Project Kancil: Changing Front Brake Pads for JBJL (L5)

The brake pads were changed when I did my L5 engine conversion and the pads served me well in this 4 years of time. The wear of the pads were terrible and the right pad was already wore till the metal and started to make noise when I stepped on the brake pedal. Fortunately the brake disc is still in good shape even though being tortured by the wore out brake pads for almost a week.

I got them replaced by the new brake pads and the process of changing brake pads ain't troublesome. The tools that you needed were spanner, screw driver and a brake piston reset kit. Let's start the D.I.Y process after the jump.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Project Kancil: Radiator replacement

Sometimes I dream that is it possible to have 25 hours per day instead of 24 hours. This additional 1 hour would possibly allow me to update this blog and reply to all the comments and emails.  So I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to those who comment and mail for late response. 

Previous post I mentioned about rusty stain around the the radiator here, unfortunately what I suspected was correct. As usual needed to source for a replacement and at first I thought to replace it with a full aluminum radiator but what mostly in the market were for manual transmission. Thus gave up and straight away gave my dad a.k.a "my personal runner" to source for me in Ipoh. While waiting for my dad good news, I had to use epoxy to temporary fill up the leaking spot. Luckily without much afford he was able to get me a used aluminum unit with only RM150.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

DIY: Manual Boost Controller Installation

Forced Induction is the easiest way to increase a car performance. However by only adding turbo to your car without setting a correct boost level may lead to engine failure or power dissatisfaction.  Talking about setting the correct boost level, a boost controller comes into mind. A boost controller is a device to control the boost level produced in the intake manifold of a turbocharged or supercharged engine by affecting the air pressure delivered to the pneumatic and mechanical wastegate actuator.

So now let's talk about how to install a manual boost controller with D.I.Y method to save up the installation fees.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Project Kancil: Faulty Alternator

Seriously is it the time for me to pass on this project car? Or continue to hang on with it? After resurrect from a spoiled turbo problem and the engine won't crank or start after a few days of service. Borrowed a multimeter from a friend and measured the battery by connecting the meter to the posts of the battery. Red on positive post, black on the negative post. With the engine idling, it should be reading between 13.6 to 14.3 volts. However for my case it was around 12 volts and started to drop to 10 volts after turned on the headlight. Thus with this result, I can assured that the alternator need to be replaced. 

Another quick method to test whether the alternator is working or not without using the multimeter is to disconnect the battery negative post. If the engine stop running, it means that the alternator is faulty. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Project Kancil: Is Back In Action

Missing in action for months and finally it is back in action again. What I did to it was just replace the jammed turbo with a similar model and added some performance parts to it. It was a nightmare to get a used turbo around in Ipoh halfcut shops. Either the shops do not carry the unit itself or it cost way a lot more for a good unit compare to the market price. 

After months of hunting around, finally my dad able to get me a used unit which cost me about RM350 which I understand that you may get it cheaper somewhere in KL areas. Before fixing it, I sourced a stainless steel intake pipe to couple along with the new turbo unit from a seller who actively involve in Kcarlife facebook. Hope with this, there will be no sand or what so ever to enter the turbo inlet and jam it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

International Automotive News: Porsche Cayman GT3/GT4 under consideration

A spy photo which caught this Cayman mule around on the road in Germany. In a glance we can see that this isn't any Cayman we know off previously. This Cayman is unlike with the GTS, the front splitter wraps around all the way to the wheels, there's a scoop or vent on the top of the front bumper cap, and there's the massive rear wing whose shape loosely resembles that of a 911 GT3. Underneath that wing, there's a revised duck tail spoiler. It's lower than a normal Cayman, and it has larger brakes. With the chief engineer of the all-new 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has confirmed that producing a hardcore, GT3-style version of the mid-engined Cayman is “under discussion”. This might be the all new Cayman GT3/GT4. Let's stay tune and wait for more information leak from Porsche.