Adventures in Boston

First off a big thanks to Tony “BigTDogg (MA)” for setting it all up and getting us to Boston back in May.  We started Friday morning by heading out to LAX around 4:30 a.m.  From there we get to our connecting flight in Salt Lake City to get us to Boston late afternoon\early evening.  Just in time to catch a game at Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play!  Sadly though we didn’t get a chance to see the game but it was great to see the ball park in person.  Going to the east coast gave us a great opportunity to see how good 93 octane fuel is.  We had experience with Canadian 94 octane in the past.  We found that the 93 octane fuel was definitley better than our CA 91, but many of the guys in Boston had been running advanced mechanical timing (past 15 degrees on the CAS) and had very lean\advanced ECU tunes to start off.  Many of them had been detonating like this for a long time which can cause (caused) hot spots on the tops of the pistons.  This makes it easier for the engine to detonate under conditions it normally wouldn’t.

Walking through Logan Int’l.

In Tony’s DD vehicle fighting some of the Friday afternoon traffic.

Sunoco gas station.  We can only dream…….

The game was just about to start too!

Our view from the hotel room.  Thanks again to Tony!  Beautiful view of the Charles River.

To the left we had a view of Harvard University.

I can keep boring those of you with what we ate or when we used the bathroom but I’ll advance to the nitty gritty.

The following morning we woke up bright and early to meet Tony and Carlos at the entrance of the hotel.  From there we headed to NEDyno which is about 45 minutes from the hotel.

This gentleman who was standing outside felt it was necessary to boost Carlos’ ego a little more 😉

Carlos’s Z is beautiful and one can eat off of the entire car.  The under-body is spotless and his attention to detail is most impressive (golf clap).

The one thing that would make it look better is yanking that (ugly) Borla Catback.

Pretty under the bonnet as well.

NEDyno our place of worship for the next two days.  John the owner of NEDyno is an extremely nice and knowledgeable guy.  Thanks again for letting us use your facilities and setting off your CO alarm a million times.

Up first was Carlos in his stock turbo’ed beauty.  Carlos had our 2.5″ DPs and TPs that lead to that Borla Catback I mentioned earlier.  Along with some other “minor” bolt ons.  Mod list.

Up next was TJ.  Mod List.

Here’s TJ’s tune on meth using Snow Performance Boost Juice.  TJ found out just how much pressure it takes to pop his weak link methanol lines off!

Jeff’s 93 Tune.  Mod List.

Jeff on crack meth.

Jeff’s slick Aquamist install.

Jeff on Q16.  The addition of some larger intercooler piping would definitely help him.

Silas found out the hard way that with even twin pumps a dirty fuel tank WILL cause fuel pressure drop.  I apologize for the terrible picture.

Silas’ 93 tune after the tank and pump socks were cleaned out.  Mod list.

Silas opted to us windshield wiper fluid.  Even though it contains methanol it doesn’t make the same amount of power as one would with Boost Juice.  We’ve seen this countless times.  It doesn’t pay to be cheap.  I think the wiper fluid was made in China distributed by some Canadian “company” 😉

Greg and John discussing the quantum physics of turbos

The following day Mr. Doug brought by his race Z32 and his brother’s beautiful road race ready Daytona.

In all its glory is Doug’s race Z32.  It would be interesting to see how light this thing weighs.  That is a side exit exhaust you see in front of the rear tire.

Still on stock I\C piping with custom turbo inlet piping.

A\C and Radio users need not apply here.

The elaborate fuel surge tank.

Doug’s 93 Road Race Tune.  Very conservatively tuned for the rigors of road racing.  Doug runs JWT Sport 700s with our 3″ Down Pipes.  After the down pipes its all custom exiting out the side.

Doug’s 100 Octane Road Race Tune.  Again a very conservative tune.

Steve’s 93 Tune.  Mod List.

Sako’s 93 Tune.  When inspecting Sako’s Z, we found that his intake manifold gasket was cracked and leaking.  Sako and his brother pulled the manifold in no time and used silicone as a gasket instead.  Sako was only running boost jets as his method for boost control.  Mod list.

Tony’s VG.  Greg performing a kung fu move on it.

Tony’s 93 Tune.  Tony’s Z was abnormally pinging at low boost.  Fuel pressures were good and everything checked out mechanically.  Turns out Tony had put in some Redline Fuel System Cleaner in the tank.  We drained the tank out and filled it up with a fresh tank of 93 octane and pinging problems went away.  A word to the wise, do not drive hard on gas with fuel system cleaners.  Mod list.

Here’s Tony on meth.  The red run is the tuned run.  I put the blue run which is running meth UN-tuned.  You can see that just slapping on meth injection and not tuning it properly will only get you mediocre results and in most cases cost you power over not even running it.  Notice that between 5500 and 6500 RPMs the boost level is the same yet it is still making a ton more power safely.  Remember to use a high quality methanol.  There’s a reason why windshield wiper is cheap; its meant to clean your windshield.

In no particular order a huge thanks to Tony (and his wife), Carlos, John, Doug (say hello to your dad for us), Jeff, TJ, Steve, Sako (tell your bro hello), Silas, and Keefe.

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Comments (2)

  1. Tony

    Seb and Greg, thanks a ton for coming out to the East coast for some tuning. Hope you guys had as much fun as we did. The car runs like a dream now, and pulls hard in every gear. I’m still making it up to the wife, but it was worth it no doubt!

    BTW, Doug’s race Z is my old PMM TT 🙂

  2. Thank you for having us over!

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