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How To: Assemble a Gen. 3 Non-VTEC Shortblock

Posted 06-03-2007 at 12:11 PM by TurboLS

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This article is meant to be used in conjunction with the Helm manual and some of the pics are from different instances which may seem out of order. In addition, this article assumes the following: Pistons have already been installed on connecting rods Rod bolts have already been pressed into the rods Block has been honed/bored to match pistons and associated wall clearances Crank has been checked for concentricity and align-honed with the main caps and...
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How To: Pre-Load Rod Bolts w/ Stretch Gauge

Posted 04-22-2007 at 02:38 AM by TurboLS

One of the things that I noticed when I first used these was that the terminology in the directions can be misleading. In any case, if you want to use ARP rod bolts or other aftermarket bolts in your setup, chances are that stretch gauging is the recommended way to pre-load the bolts. Step 1: Make sure your rod bolts have been pressed in correctly

Make sure this is the case. When I first tried this, i assumed the nuts would put enough load on the bolts to seat them properly. ...
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A Closer Look at Turbo Calculations

Posted 04-10-2007 at 10:28 PM by TurboLS

I came up with this spreadsheet using my own displacement calculations, safe effective compression calculations, and TurboLSVTECTeg's mass air flow equations. In my eyes, to really look for an awesome turbo, it should be at the boost level you want, where you want, everywhere in your powerband. While this may be an expensive route, understanding how it works will make you a more informed buyer. Take a look. .Sheet3 { } .Sheet3 th { text-align: center; backgroundcolor: #b0b0b0; color: #000;...
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How To: Plastigage Your Rod/Main Bearings

Posted 03-10-2007 at 11:55 AM by TurboLS

Well, I noticed that while we go over plastigaging, we have no step by step procedure with pictures for doing so. In this article, I will go over plastigaging a rod bearing. The steps for the mains are similar. Tools Needed

- Plastigage (Green Type)

- 12mm Socket

- 14mm Socket

- 17mm Impact Socket

- Stretch Gauge (If Using Aftermarket Bolts/Studs)

- Torque Wrench

- Old Credit Card...
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How To: Brake Pipe Removal/Replacement

Posted 02-14-2007 at 03:27 PM by TurboLS

!!! ~~ BEFORE YOU START ~~ !!!!

Let me start off by saying that do not even attempt this unless you have a crap load of time. In short, you have to drop the gas tank, sub frame, front suspension, and it's much easier with the engine/trans out of the car. I did this because 3 out of 4 of my brake pipe flare nuts were stripped and since my car is up for a few months, i figured, what the hell. Tools Needed

- Impact supplied with 150psi Pressure

- Crowbar...
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