Monday, March 28, 2011

Project Kancil: Replica Defi Boost Meter Installation

After I done my L5 conversion to my Kancil, I have been driving it without boost meter for almost half a year. You may wonder what is "Boost Meter" and it's usage? I had posted a "What is Boost Meter" post previously here. You may read the post to have more understanding on it. Anyway, I got this gadget from P44 autoworks. If you wish to have one, you may contact them. The price I would like to keep secret but I can ensure you that it is cheap.

So why I am getting a replica meter instead of the original from Defi? First of all, I do not want to waste too much for my Kancil as the car is always park along the road side and if bad thing happen; I won't lost too much. Worry about the accuracy of this replica boost meter? I can say no need to worry much because after using it for a week plus, the meter has no sign of  giving up. The reading is quite accurate as well because the original boost level for Mira L5 is around 0.6 x100kpa. Anyway I will stop here and share with you guys the installation steps of the boost meter, hope this can help those who like to DIY. And of course, you may save up some bucks from the installation fee.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What is Boost Meter?

A boost gauge is a pressure gauge that indicates manifold air pressure or turbocharger or supercharger boost pressure in an internal combustion engine. They are commonly mounted on the dashboard, on the driver's side pillar, or in a radio slot.

Turbochargers and superchargers are both engine-driven air compressors (exhaust-driven or mechanically-driven, respectively) and provide varying levels of boost according to engine rpm, load etc. Quite often there is a power band within a given range of available boost pressure and it is an aid to performance driving to be aware of when that power band is being approached, in the same way a driver wants to be aware of engine rpm.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lightened Crank Pulley

Basically what drives the alternator, water pump and other accessories is the crankshaft pulley, which spins as the crankshaft revolves. For example a smaller, lighter pulley always accelerate faster than a larger, heavier pulley due to its lesser mass and smaller radius. All other components driven by the crankshaft pulley exert load on the former. The said load is proportionate to the circumference ratio of the two pulleys. The load is higher when the size of the crankshaft pulley is larger than the pulley it’s driving and vice versa.

In order to operate the various components, a portion of mechanical energy the engine produces is needed to overcome both the moment of inertia of the pulleys and the total load exerted on the crankshaft pulley. This leaves lesser energy for the engine to turn the transmission, the driving wheels and to accelerate the vehicle hence some fuel savings when driven sanely. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Updated: Perodua Kancil / Daihatsu Mira Photo Shots

Wish to share some nice Kancil/Mira conversion pictures that I recently found in the web. All of them are very nice conversion no matter to Mira L200s and new facelifted Kancil aka bug eye Kancil. You may check out some other pictures from here where I will archive all the nicely done up Kancil/Mira conversion pictures. Check out for more pictures after the jump. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Project Kancil: DIY Fog Lamp Installation

Previously my L2s fog lamp was wired to the low beam wiring where it will ON as long as I switch on the head lamp. This is not what I wish to because I still prefer to control the fog lamp ON/OFF by the switch. This is because I wish to install a set of HID to the fog lamp and I do not want the brightness of the HID glare the eye's of the other road users during normal road drive. 

It took me about 2 hours to complete the entire installation. The most tedious part is to find out a place to insert the wires from engine bay into the cabin. The tip is try to find a hole at the right side of the firewall. After this, everything is pretty simple as just some normal wiring need to be done. Continue to read the entire post so that you can have a better understanding on  how to DIY by yourself and hope this will help those who wish to install fog lamp for their cars.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Project Satria: Car Detailing 2002 Proton Satria GSR Turbo

Another car detailing post and finally this time is for my lovely Proton Satria. I seldom drive my Satria and I parked it at my home town car porch for almost half a year. So the car is not really dirty  as compare to my  Celica but there was rust all over the sport rims and the disc rotors. Besides that, I am not sure why the car's roof is full of swirl compare to the other areas like the bonnet and the doors. The reason that I am able to think off is the color different but is it true that black color easily get swirl on the paint surface? Let me know if you know the answer...

Since the car was not very dirty, so I just ran through a simple wash only.. The parts that I were concentrated on during that were the wheels and to remove the swirl of the entire car. Anyway, the car wasn't too bad to start with as the paint of the car is still in good condition. Thus by waxing the car will bring the paint back to it's glory.