Some updates

I have some updates, not really any progress made.

The car is on the road and has been for about a month now on and off. Things have been hit or miss this past month and I’ve dealt with a few issues.

1. Had a fun nightmare with locking lug nuts that resulted in me breaking one of the studs on my rear passenger side wheel hub. I have a replacement on its way.

2. Found out that my nice wheels that were on my NA won’t fit on my VR4 because the front calipers are too big. Ordered some wheel spacers, they’re on the way.

3. I was blowing clouds of white smoke every time I took off. I did some research and saw that some people were swearing by Royal Purple HPS 20w50, so I ordered some and changed my oil with it. No more big clouds of white smoke now, but it will blow a puff of blue smoke when I take off after the car warms up. Suspecting a PCV valve, going to order a replacement one on Friday.

4. Pretty sure one of my front wheel bearings is bad, not sure which one yet. I ordered wheel hub assemblies from NAPA as well as rear rotors that need replaced only to find that NAPA has no idea what our cars are and assumes that they’re all FWD, so every single part was wrong. Took those all back and ordering the stuff online this weekend.

5. I got a DNP Y-Pipe installed, a little bit of bling for the engine bay lol. Not sure if it has any performance gains or not..

6. Cleaned out my incredibly dirty K&N cone filter that I had on my NA that I moved to my VR4. It is amazing what cleaning that thing can do because I think I gained 5MPG in gas mileage since doing it lol.

7. I pulled in to my drive way over the weekend then later found a big puddle in the drive way. My heart sank at first thinking it was oil until I realized it wasn’t purple (lol royal purple oil is nice..) I couldn’t figure out what it was at first, I found where it was coming from and thought it might be a brake line in the back, then jacked it up to find that it was one of my AWS lines… So I suppose one of the next mods to go on the list will be an AWS delete unfortunately unless I can find a way to repair the line.

Still a lot of maintenance to do before I start throwing any big upgrades at it. I don’t regret bringing this thing from near death yet, but I sure have cussed at it a lot lol..

The Plan

The current plan for my build is the following:

– 15G twin turbos.
– Chrome ECU.
– 550-700cc fuel injectors.
– Aftermarket fuel pump w/hotwire kit.
– FMIC kit.
– 4 bolt block with forged internals.
– 3in GM MAF + MAFT.
– Aftermarket exhaust.
– Probably plenty more.

The Start

Hello everyone. I’d like to start by listing what I am starting with here.

I bought a 92 VR4 back in January 2015 with 162k miles on it and had a decent amount of issues. When I bought the car, it had blue Corbeau racing seats in it, which I did not like and the factory seats the guy had looked pretty much new. So I took those seats out, sold them and put the factory ones back in. I gotta ride in comfort lol.

So for the issues that are now fixed:
– Big dent in the oil pan, because its apparently the best place to put a floor jack, or so the previous owner thought… Fixed 2 days after buying the car when I discovered it.
– Weird clunking when I hit a bump, found that the strut towers were not even finger tight, fixed that about a week after buying it.
– The guy said in his ad “New brakes”, which I found to be very wrong. Never buy a car at night when you can’t see to call someone on stuff like this. Replaced pads and rotors all the way around.
– For unknown reasons, the previous owner had put a FWD transmission in the car. Assuming he blew up his TC or transmission and decided FWD was cheaper so he could sell it. Everything converted back to AWD with the stronger 25 spline transmission and transfer case instead of the 18 spline that it would have come with from the factory (04/11/15.)
– While replacing the transmission, the clutch fell to pieces since it clearly could not handle the power of a VR4 and the Flywheel looked really rough. Replaced the Flywheel with an OEM VR4 flywheel and the clutch with an XTD Stage 3 clutch.
– A lot of the interior trim pieces were painted white for some reason. I bought ones that weren’t painted from a local 3S member and replaced them.
– All the belts including the timing belt looked like they’ve never even been changed in the cars poor life. Replacing all of them and doing the 60k maintenance on 04/18/15.
– I installed my bearing loaded short shifter from 3sx that I had on my old NA 3000GT the day after I bought the VR4 as well.