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    Default Wanna help me build a UTCC turbo Exocet?

    Hey guys, I'm Warren. I've got a bit of a project ahead of me. For various reasons, I have to go from a bare Exocet frame to a driveable Ultimate Track Car in, meh, about 3 days. Yeah, I know, it's crazy, but it's possible.

    I need help packing in all the go-fast, and I was wondering if any of your guys would want to pitch in. Here's some of the stuff on the list:


    • Timing Belt / Water Pump / etc
    • Power steering delete
    • Full Energy Suspension Bushing Kit
      (All our suspension bits are back from powdercoating, old bushings are already removed)
    • FM's super-secret-squirrel unreleased lightweight brake system (4 lbs less per corner)
    • FM coolant reroute
    • FM radiator and airflow package
    • FM II Turbo kit
    • FM Happy Meal clutch kit w/ lightest flywheel
    • 2 Car of Tomorrow wings
    • AFCO Suspension
    • Replacing front and rear hubs / wheel bearings
    • ARP studs all around
    • Rebuild shifter
    • Fit FM's intercooler and piping
    • Papal blessing of speed


    We've got a stripped Miata PPF, so it's wrenching on Easy mode. We'll be doing all the major stuff before installing the chassis. We have ****ty tools but a nice digital torque wrench. Priorities.



    If any of you saw Flyin' Miata's recent Facebook post, well, it was for this car. Serious car is serious.




    Yeah, that's a handbrake-compatible ultralight wilwood 4-pot. Deal wit it.

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    Saturday, July 13 10am - 10pm
    Engine Frontwork (waterpump, timing belt, coolant reroute)
    Build corners (bushings, brakes, etc) during frontwork
    Part cleanup, organizing workspace
    Rebuild shifter
    When engine frontwork is done, we'll pull it off the trans and install the Happy Meal (clutch&flywheel) and R&R the tranny bellhousing stuff.
    I would love to check diff lash on the Torsen (optional, showing no signs of problems at 150k miles)

    Sunday, July 14 10am - 10pm
    FM II Install
    Dressing (wires, plumbing, heater core delete, etc)
    Prepping the PPF for chassis mating (we get the chassis from powdercoat on Monday)

    Monday, July 15
    Morning: Exo frame prep (brake, fuel, clutch lines, floors, pedal assemblies
    Afternoon: Mating of Exo frame to the PFF, wiring, bugchasing

    Tuesday, July 16
    Bodywork install, wing install, startup (hopefully)

    Wednesday, July 17
    Shakedown, maybe maybe maybe a dyno run at night

    Thursday, July 18
    Exomotive and Racing Analytics drives to VIR!

    As you can see, it's a tight schedule. I'm not asking for slave labor, I just figure some of you would love to play around with some of these cool parts. I'll take what I can get. Obviously anyone that helps WILL get a pants-****ting ride in this thing when done. We have some tracktime at AMP, I'd love to work something out (no promises).
    Last edited by dutchbag; 07-05-2013 at 04:37 AM.
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    just like an engineer to manage it down to the min.

    I have a 949 twin plate I might could be convinced to let you borrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NA6R View Post
    just like an engineer to manage it down to the min.

    I have a 949 twin plate I might could be convinced to let you borrow.
    My favorite video in the whole wide world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp8hvyjZWHs

    Everything has to be last minute, duh. Instilled from Formula SAE.

    We've already got the FM Happy Meal in the mail. We gotta run it due to a deal with them (no complaints here). Thanks for the offer though, that would have been sweet!
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    Saturday, July 14 10am - 10pm - 4hrs tops
    Engine Frontwork (waterpump, timing belt, coolant reroute)
    Build corners (bushings, brakes, etc) during frontwork
    Part cleanup, organizing workspace
    Rebuild shifter
    When engine frontwork is done, we'll pull it off the trans and install the Happy Meal (clutch&flywheel) and R&R the tranny bellhousing stuff.
    I would love to check diff lash on the Torsen (optional, showing no signs of problems at 150k miles)

    Sunday, July 15 10am - 10pm - 6hrs tops
    FM II Install
    Dressing (wires, plumbing, heater core delete, etc)
    Prepping the PPF for chassis mating (we get the chassis from powdercoat on Monday)

    Monday, July 15 - 4-6 hrs tops
    Morning: Exo frame prep (brake, fuel, clutch lines, floors, pedal assemblies
    Afternoon: Mating of Exo frame to the PFF, wiring, bugchasing

    what are ya gonna do the rest of the time?
    srsly, I see a weekends worth of work when you have all the parts together.

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    Well, that's a weekend. Doesn't hurt to plan in the inevitable "oh ****" moments. Also, as it sits right now, we only have two people to do all this work (myself and Kevin). We don't have a bunch of people committed yet.
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    I'll prolly come over and do all the suspension / brake stuff.
    Wheres the party? @EXo?

    and get some of this


    that glue they send with bushing kits sucks!

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    Yup, at Exomotive. Thanks for asking. Address has been added to the main post.

    Hmm. I'm wary of using anti-seize on polyurethane. I know they claim it's fully closed cell and compatible, but I'd really rather use the silicon-based lube it comes with. Metal-suspension anti-seize is really for stuff that doesn't move all that much, it's not a good long-term lube. I'd be okay with wheel bearing grease.

    The right way to do it is cutting a groove in the bushing, installing a zerk fitting (grease nipple), and lubing it up with synthetic chassis grease. That said, this car will not see daily-driving duty, so I'm okay with keeping everything simple for now and just using the original lube.
    Last edited by dutchbag; 07-04-2013 at 07:54 AM.
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    the "lube" provided becomes glue, increasing bind in the bushings. With a real race car. AS is way better. But what do I know....
    This is not a set it and forget it part. It becomes a maintenance item when you move away from stock bushings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NA6R View Post
    the "lube" provided becomes glue, increasing bind in the bushings. With a real race car. AS is way better. But what do I know....
    This is not a set it and forget it part. It becomes a maintenance item when you move away from stock bushings.
    I guess it only really has to last one day before we inspect it. I'll go with your suggestion.
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    see, keep the scope and use in mind when your building. It's not going to be a 20y set it and forget it car.
    A lot of people over think things when building, hell me too sometimes. If your going to be back in there on a regular basis. Use something that will function for a bit more than the time you need it to.

    I sold the first sets of delrin bushings designed for Miatas in 1992, AS all the way, but it was a race car part. Fast forward 20y and now everyone wants poly / delrin bushings for street cars that see a little track time. The bad is, with all the street time the grease attracts dust/dirt/debris. If your not servicing the bushings regularly then they will start to bind and limit suspension movement.
    Copper slip makes it easy to R&R (service / inspect) the bushing or the center sleeve.

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    After seeing where your located, I totally should be able to stop by and help knock out some ****. Not sure day yet as it'll depend on how fussy my son is.

    Also totally agree with Pat, get a few knowledgeable miata guys on that and you should easily do it in less time then you have marked.

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    I still have an arm in a sling, so useless during this period. But I will be around if you come across any part needs. LMK.
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    I'm willing to get my hands dirty Saturday!
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    Put me down for the 14th & 17th (although not much work being done on 17th). Might even have some more availability. This looks like fun! I really should finish my car but, meh, this looks to be quite entertaining.
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    We have two July 15ths this month?
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    Of course, it's the fifteenery. Fix'd. Thanks, wrote the post kinda quickly.
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    I'm in a friend's wedding on Saturday but I may be able to come up Sunday. Which is fine because I like installing turbo kits.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fastnfurious7 View Post
    Put me down for the 14th & 17th (although not much work being done on 17th). Might even have some more availability. This looks like fun! I really should finish my car but, meh, this looks to be quite entertaining.
    Quote Originally Posted by RotorNutFD3S View Post
    I'm in a friend's wedding on Saturday but I may be able to come up Sunday. Which is fine because I like installing turbo kits.
    Sweet. Sounds like I should plan for Sunday also. Get a chance to see some old faces and install a turbo kit. Win-win.
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    Still on schedule. These photos were taken around 3p today. Took about an hour to go from a stack of tubes to this all tacked together. Never touched the grinder except for two tubes that have ends to cut off after rolling. Lookin' forward to the controlled chaos on Saturday and Sunday!







    Me standing on a fuel tank mount:
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    Looking forward to messing with this thing!
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