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More shenanigans late yesterday afternoon / evening / night. I've been having problems with the HID bulbs in my fog lights burning out. I suspect its the way they're so crammed in there, and probably don't have enough of a way to dissipate heat. I didn't want to outright delete the housings, so figured I'd give the
a shot. While I was ordering, figured I'd see how the matching bulbs would look in the High Beams, so ordered a set of the same
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High Beam install, very straight forward, simple bulb replacement. The output is very bright, and a very extreme yellow tone. It gives the use of the high beams in the dark a very different tone.

Fog Light install for me was a bit of a pain. I had modified the fog light housings to fit the HIDs, so had to re-modify them to accept the stock style halogen bulbs. Also modified the HID relay harness I had installed, so that it would better interface to the halogen bulbs.

Had a helluva time getting the phone to focus in, as the blend of light is quite extreme, and very bright. Running 4300k in the low beams, and the yellow now in both the highs and fogs. The pictures don't do the contrast justice. I'm happy with how everything turned out.

Also got my turn signals fixed. I thought I burnt out another LED bulb, but turns out the pin in the socket for the passenger side corner bulb wasn't quite tight enough. Got it flexed in a bit, and viola, have all functioning bulbs in the corners again.

Pre-dragon checklist for me is nearly complete now. Really the only thing left is to swap my axle back out with the Apexi WS2 before I drive that far. I have a Buddy Club axle back that I got with the motor swap, and rigged it so its a 5 minute change over if I want more noise going down the road, but it gets to be quite irritating if you're driving more than 15-20 minutes. The Apexi is so quiet you can hardly hear it. Also got my buddy's trailer re-wired with new lights last week, and he's coming over tonight so we can fit and bolt down the wheel chocks for our bikes.





 

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Also got my buddy's trailer re-wired with new lights last week
I just recently did this to my car trailer last week, best thing i've done to the trailer yet !! Best thing I learned out of that task: don't trust the trailer frame to be the ground




and he's coming over tonight so we can fit and bolt down the wheel chocks for our bikes.
You'll both be on "cruiser" bikes right? They are coming to Dragon?
 

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I just recently did this to my car trailer last week, best thing i've done to the trailer yet !! Best thing I learned out of that task: don't trust the trailer frame to be the ground

You'll both be on "cruiser" bikes right? They are coming to Dragon?
Trailer Grounds can be a pain. His was pretty straight forward, just had shorted a wire or two somewhere along the way, so re-ran all new wire, and put in new LED stop/turns on the rear, and new amber LED markers on the side.

Yes, my buddy is riding down with me in the car. We're both bringing our bikes. I've got a '02 HD V-Rod, and he's got a fairly new HD Streetglide. Looking forward to abusing both the car and the bike. Hopefully one of the two will be good enough to get me back home :icon_twisted:
 

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My wife was asking me if there was anyone coming with motorcycles, but it's apples and oranges between your styles and hers and she drives way too fast/aggressively in that area
 

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My wife was asking me if there was anyone coming with motorcycles, but it's apples and oranges between your styles and hers and she drives way too fast/aggressively in that area
Yeh, we're looking forward to riding the twisties. My V-Rod has a chance at keeping up in the straights, but not a shot in h**l at keeping up in the curves. Like you said, just a different ballgame.

My other friend, with the boosted GSR we were working on, missed this trip by a couple of weeks. He's already planning it for next year, and has a sport bike. We really didn't hang much before he got his vacation in for the year this year.

As one of my favorite artists puts it, Maybe Next Year.
 

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Pre-Dragon checklist complete... Now I wait

  • Took Apexi axleback to a friends house, and he fixed a shoddy weld job done on a coupler by a local muffler shop. Got that bolted up, and am enjoying the "sound of silence" (comparatively speaking).
  • Verified trailer lights are good. Got wheel chocks measured and bolted down to trailer, and picked up a spare tire and spare holder. Trailer is ready.
  • Sorted and organized my tools, so will be bringing one pretty comprehensive box, and a smaller tool bag that is saddlebag friendly, "just in case".
  • Just checked brake pads all the way around, they look good.
  • Got a small tote ready with extra fluids, I anticipate blowing through a few quarts of oil while we're down (my VTEC gets quite thirsty).
  • Spare Keurig + K-Cups boxed up and ready
  • Tunes loaded on phone, and got mount in place for it in the car. I'm hoping to try out the iOS Time Lapse as we drive around (no GoPro here).
  • Bike accessories and gear sorted / ready to load.
Going to give the car a good wipe down tomorrow, and we're going beer / bourbon shopping this weekend, so all that's left will be to ice down a cooler, load up and ship out.

 

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Within the last month or two we got an end cap side panel in from Sylvania, highlighting their new ZEVO LED lights. I've had my eye on them, but considering last year I spent right at $100 putting LEDs from DDM Tuning in all of my exterior bulbs, I wasn't too quick to get them. I broke down today, and got a pair for my reverse lights (1156), and a pair for my license plates (194). My employee discount knocked off a considerable chunk, so figured "why not".

The license plate bulbs are certainly brighter, I don't have a comparison for these, as never replaced them. I love the "clean white", esp on a white car, and the instant on/off that now match my parking lights (noticeable, atleast to me, when arming / disarming the car at night).

I had this bulb as my reverse prior to now. It was more of a projector style. While significantly brighter than stock, it kind of looked funny, as it threw a narrow bright beam through the lens. I'll throw them in the glovebox when I ride down to Dragon if anyone wants to have them (I'm not going to use them again). Its a night and day difference with the new bulbs, they fill the lense, optics are better, and significantly brighter (by a LOT).

Pictures are nearly impossible to take that do them justice, so I won't post what I have, but trust me, they're awesome :biggrin:

These must be pretty new to the market, as I'm not finding too many sources, and even the manufacturer's page doesn't list all of the bulbs I know we have on display and in stock.
 

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Here's a few pics of the bulbs themselves, along with a few different shots of the output. Again, really hard to capture, atleast with a camera phone.

No lights (during daytime)


Reverse lights (during daytime)


Video of me backing up (and showing the strobe flash I put on the spoiler)


Parking lights (no brake lights are on)


Reverse lights


Reverse lights


Store Endcap Panel


1156 (Reverse)


194 (License plate)
 

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Got home from the Dragon trip this afternoon. I'll write more of a comprehensive summary once I get a chance to weed through pics and get some sleep.

I wanted to throw this issue out there for feedback, so I can narrow down my list of things to look at this week... Yesterday was an exciting day on the Skyway run, without diving into full on details, my car's temp gauge started acting real erratic, and the "heat" out of the vents was real erratic :eek:. Car has never previously had any sort of heat control problems.
  • We pulled over, let it cool, pumped it full of water, and it seemed good to go, holding a steady temp
  • Later on during the return drive, we noticed when we'd stop at over looks and shut the car off, that there was an awful lot of boil over / bubbling going on to the overflow reservoir, and would be "sucked back in" within a few minutes. Temp didn't seem to be heading north that we noticed.
  • Water we added was turning green (mixing with coolant). No noticeable hint of oil in coolant (it looks clean)
  • Oil looks good (not milky or funky)
  • Car was seemingly drinking coolant, but we didn't notice any abnormal (white) smoke out of the exhaust.
  • Get back to the cabins, and do a compression test with the car right at operating temp (bear in mind, car has 256k on the clock). Cyl 1 = 210, 2 = 220, 3 = 170, 4 = 210 (as close as I remember the numbers).
  • We bled the coolant and filled everything up with it running and maintaining temp for roughly half an hour
  • On my trip home today, I drove roughly two hours, including the Dragon and subsequent roads / highway at near interstate speeds, towing a bike. After roughly two hours, temp gauge and heat were again erratic. Pulled over, let it cool, added water, and noticed the bottom of my radiator cap was broken (metal ring and washer along with a thin piece of rubber had separated from cap). When adding water, and from what had boiled out, I noticed an abundance of a real fine metal "shimmer" in the coolant and around the cap of the overflow reservoir (from where coolant had boiled out)
  • Rode over to a nearby Advance, picked up a new cap, some more 50/50 mix, topped it off, and it rode fine, no temp fluctuations, with heat going (no fluctuation in heat), and made it home after another 3 1/2 hours at highway speed.
  • I checked over flow as soon as I got home (shut car off, opened hood, nearly in one fluid motion), over flow seemed higher than I remember filling it, no abnormal bubbles going on, no more new additions of the previously mentioned shimmer stuff. After cooling, didn't seem overflow level dropped by a noticeable amount. Coolant still looks clean, oil still looks clean.
I'm really hoping it was the result of a bad cap, coupled with altitude and a thin mixture of coolant. The shimmer stuff we noticed has me a bit concerned. We couldn't find any leaks anywhere.

I'm planning on draining and flushing the system this week with distilled water, replacing the thermostat, filing it back up with a known good mix, properly bleeding the system, and keeping a real close eye on things.

Any other input to the series of events above? Anything else I should take a look at? I'm hoping this motor can keep me running for another couple of months until I can get my swap 100% ready, and can coordinate some other activities while I have the car down. I'm not wanting to really dive too deep on the current block if I can avoid it.

FYI - I now have one hell of a farmers tan going on, only with my left arm. The sun was blazing today. Driving with heat full blast, windows down, sunroof open, my left arm got absolutely cooked going down the interstate today.
 

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Got home from the Dragon trip this afternoon. I'll write more of a comprehensive summary once I get a chance to weed through pics and get some sleep.

I wanted to throw this issue out there for feedback, so I can narrow down my list of things to look at this week... Yesterday was an exciting day on the Skyway run, without diving into full on details, my car's temp gauge started acting real erratic, and the "heat" out of the vents was real erratic :eek:. Car has never previously had any sort of heat control problems.
  • We pulled over, let it cool, pumped it full of water, and it seemed good to go, holding a steady temp
  • Later on during the return drive, we noticed when we'd stop at over looks and shut the car off, that there was an awful lot of boil over / bubbling going on to the overflow reservoir, and would be "sucked back in" within a few minutes. Temp didn't seem to be heading north that we noticed.
  • Water we added was turning green (mixing with coolant). No noticeable hint of oil in coolant (it looks clean)
  • Oil looks good (not milky or funky)
  • Car was seemingly drinking coolant, but we didn't notice any abnormal (white) smoke out of the exhaust.
  • Get back to the cabins, and do a compression test with the car right at operating temp (bear in mind, car has 256k on the clock). Cyl 1 = 210, 2 = 220, 3 = 170, 4 = 210 (as close as I remember the numbers).
  • We bled the coolant and filled everything up with it running and maintaining temp for roughly half an hour
  • On my trip home today, I drove roughly two hours, including the Dragon and subsequent roads / highway at near interstate speeds, towing a bike. After roughly two hours, temp gauge and heat were again erratic. Pulled over, let it cool, added water, and noticed the bottom of my radiator cap was broken (metal ring and washer along with a thin piece of rubber had separated from cap). When adding water, and from what had boiled out, I noticed an abundance of a real fine metal "shimmer" in the coolant and around the cap of the overflow reservoir (from where coolant had boiled out)
  • Rode over to a nearby Advance, picked up a new cap, some more 50/50 mix, topped it off, and it rode fine, no temp fluctuations, with heat going (no fluctuation in heat), and made it home after another 3 1/2 hours at highway speed.
  • I checked over flow as soon as I got home (shut car off, opened hood, nearly in one fluid motion), over flow seemed higher than I remember filling it, no abnormal bubbles going on, no more new additions of the previously mentioned shimmer stuff. After cooling, didn't seem overflow level dropped by a noticeable amount. Coolant still looks clean, oil still looks clean.
I'm really hoping it was the result of a bad cap, coupled with altitude and a thin mixture of coolant. The shimmer stuff we noticed has me a bit concerned. We couldn't find any leaks anywhere.

I'm planning on draining and flushing the system this week with distilled water, replacing the thermostat, filing it back up with a known good mix, properly bleeding the system, and keeping a real close eye on things.

Any other input to the series of events above? Anything else I should take a look at? I'm hoping this motor can keep me running for another couple of months until I can get my swap 100% ready, and can coordinate some other activities while I have the car down. I'm not wanting to really dive too deep on the current block if I can avoid it.

FYI - I now have one hell of a farmers tan going on, only with my left arm. The sun was blazing today. Driving with heat full blast, windows down, sunroof open, my left arm got absolutely cooked going down the interstate today.
First off, it was great meeting you!

I can only go by my own experience, which was quite similar. My engine had very similar problems at the Dragon in 2012. It would boil over into the overflow, but would not lose any coolant. Don't forget, you had some crusty spark plugs as well. Long story short, we tried to fix every minor thing in the cooling system, but I still had issues. It ended up being a blown head gasket in which the exhaust gases were getting into the cooling system. I wasn't losing any coolant, it was just boiling over.

I really hope your problem is a simple fix, but it most likely sounds like a HG. If you remove your radiator cap again on a cold engine, warm up your engine, then give it a few good revs. If you have abnormal air bubbles, HG is most likely blown. My radiator cap in my car came apart not because it was the issues, but the built up system pressure from the blown HG blew the cap. Keep an eye on your cooling hoses, as if the system is building up pressure, they will swell, or be abnormally stiff when engine is warm.

We shall find the culprit!
 

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I'm fearing the worst (head gasket), but hoping for the best (stupid cap). I need a couple of days to get the household caught up, and take care of some to-do's for the neighbors before the car will get any attention.

Two of my neighbors husbands do construction work, and are gone for 5-6 weeks at a time. That leaves me taking care of the yard work and "whatever goes wrong". A few things popped up while I was at Dragon, and yards are starting to look like a jungle.

Will be picking up fluid, thermostat, and this handy dandy funnel this week, so I can do a full flush and hope for the best.

@bmarksb18 - you're welcome to swing by at any point man, doesn't just have to be for car work. Sent you a PM.
 

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It was good to meet you Aaron! I'd flush the bejesus out of that thing before filling it up with 50/50. Just to know all the crap came out.
 
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