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Old 04-18-17, 12:51 AM   #811
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Glad you finally got to put some miles on it after such a long time, Gavin!
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Old 04-18-17, 07:10 AM   #812
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Logs look good for break-in and the limited data we're taking right now. Drive it... And drive it more. I may have to reduce the knock sensor sensitivity a little more, but we'll see how much noise that motor makes.
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Old 04-18-17, 12:46 PM   #813
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I was concerned about oil pressure from the previous oil on Saturday, because I was super low at idle, but changing to the current oil I was at 10-18 idle depending on incline today; a little better.
Looks like you are using a oil pressure sender extension? If so I wouldn't worry about idle oil pressure. If you kick the throttle to, and hold it at about 1000-1500rpm it should go right up past 25-35psi right? I had a similar problem with my old gauge, it was just having it go through that line reduced the pressure that the sender could read... sometimes it would be 0-5psi at idle but I know it is false because the OEM pressure switch wouldn't trigger the light. I switched to greddy gauges and the tiny sender is now tee'd with the factory switch and idle pressure now reads correct at 25-30psi range.
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The magnetic drain plug can only catch so much.
Throw that drain plug in the garbage and put a Fumoto Valve in there. We did a magnetic drain plug test on two cars (A well known magnetic drain company wanted us to sell their product, but I told them we needed to test first), and repeated the test because I didn't believe the results the first time around, on both cars!. Blackstone Labs has a paper written about their own testing results, which our results mimicked. Snake oil! Don't assume 'it can't be any worse running one', yes it can.

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I was concerned about oil pressure from the previous oil on Saturday, because I was super low at idle, but changing to the current oil I was at 10-18 idle depending on incline today; a little better.
What is your current oil and what port is the sender located? If you're concerned, a $15 mechanical gauge will tell you for sure if your gauge is correct or not. Oil pressure is not something to screw with, and $15 is cheap insurance to know what's going on. Plus it's a tool for the toolbox that can be used in the future.
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What did you find in the test?
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What did you find in the test?
This goes back to ~2013-ish. Metals were marginally higher with the magnet. Personally, I feel this might have something to do with the magnet magnetizing ferrous debris. As the magnet collects and looses particles (it can only hold so much), the magnetic debris could become stuck, causing wear, to other ferrous metals because of the added magnetism. Whereas without being magnetized, is would just wash through.

The magnets we tested are super strong, on a plug that is considered to be "the best" magnetic plug out there. That being said, an oil pan is a dynamic environment. Fluid is pumping through at a rapid rate, with temperature variations, and directions changes. The marketing that eludes to debris accumulating and never coming off, is IMO hopeful.

Another thing is I would never say 'a magnetic drain plug will kill your engine'. The results were marginally worse, although repeatable. I wouldn't say it's enough to be worried about, but IMO there is more value in watching a cat get dizzy trying to watch that money as it disappears in the toilet.
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How many miles do you have on the car now?
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Yes blurred, I'm using an oil pressure sender extension, so yeah maybe that has something to do with it. When I put the RPMs at 1000-1500, with the current oil, I'm at 28-38psi. I also have the OEM pressure switch connected as well, hasn't lit up at all.

killerb, thanks for the info. I'll be changing the oil again soon, at 500 or so. I bought the drain plug a few years ago and it was like $25 or so. Not a crazy amount of money. I have the sender connected to the rear oil galley on the passenger side of the block, pretty common spot. The only thing is, and like blurred said, it could be the length of the pressure hose that may have something to do with it.

Jason, there's 200 miles on it now I'll probably be putting some more on it tonight. I have more logs for you if you want.

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I have the sender connected to the rear oil galley on the passenger side of the block, pretty common spot.
This is actually a much less common location, for the exact reasons you're observing. It will show lower oil pressure. If you're OK with that, leave it. If you want to compare apples to apples, with what everyone else is seeing, then move it to the front port like 90% of installs out there
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Interesting food for thought, thanks KillerB. I may move it to the front some time.

WELL WELL, it seems as though it's been forever since I logged in and updated here(it HAS been a long time), so I figured I'd do that and try to keep it short...yeah right...

As some may recall, I said a while back that I'm heading to Canada; well that's still happening and we're leaving on Wednesday, so I'll be gone for 10 days. We'll see if I log in and upload some pics while I'm there...

As for the car, everything seems to be settling in nicely. Some minor issues have popped up since I last was in here, but I think I've taken care of them. The weird idle still crops up from time to time, but overall the car is running smoother. I still have the refueling issue causing the car to not want to start after putting fuel in, which I am NOT looking forward to diving in to. New Fortune Auto 510 set up with all the bells and whistles was delivered at the end of April and is waiting to go on the car with the rest of the suspension upgrades, hopefully tackling that this summer.

First, the driver's AVCS solenoid developed a noticeable leak over the last month. The way it was leaking made it look like the valve cover gasket at the bottom rear corner was pooling a decent-sized oil drip, and I was NOT happy at all when I saw that. I was like "WTF?!?! these gaskets are supposed to last a long time and I installed them by the book!!" There is almost NO room to work comfortably on VC gaskets with the engine in the car, which is a pain for guys like me with huge mitts. Further inspection then followed, tracing the oil back up to the top of the head along the gasket, and even seeing a small amount sitting in the casting curvature of the #4 intake port. I remembered that this had been around since first start back in December, where I thought the solenoid had just not been in the housing all the way, so back then I had just pushed it in a bit more and tightened it down a bit more and thought that cured it. Wiped that all up, did some driving - definitely leaked again - boom, solenoid-related. Seems it was not only leaking from the o-ring, but there's some small vent holes on the housing where it was dripping a tiny bit too, so it was spitting out oil under pressure. For whatever reason, IAG decided to take my solenoids out of the cam caps when they had my heads, which broke the seal that the o-rings had. My thinking is they did that so they could run the hard parts through the washer to be on the safe side before they inspected everything. So I did the cheap thing first and bought an o-ring kit, found one practically exactly sized and swapped it out. That didn't solve it, so the only option I could think of was to replace the solenoid for $120 + tax, because of course there's no separate part # for the o-ring, it just comes installed on a new solenoid :\ Well, proper o-ring and all...I'm happy to say that there's not one drop of oil coming out now, so that fixed it. I know you're supposed to replace both solenoids at the same time, but really, the passenger side hasn't leaked a smidge and is more of a pain to change on that side, so I think I'll leave it alone for now.

Then while that was happening, I found a tiny tiny leak at the water pump gasket that was not seeming to go away, AS WELL AS an exhaust leak at the joint for the driver manifold collector to the GrimmSpeed crossover pipe, and was saying to myself "fuck this car" for several days and just stayed away from the car entirely. Of course I did everything by the book, especially with the water pump install(and that was the SECOND brand new gasket by the way!), so I was pretty pissed I had all this going on with the car, WHILE trying to find a new job. Was seriously wanting to not even look at the car, almost went out to the garage to take pictures for a sale thread on the forums....yeah....

Well it seems the water pump has sealed up - no idea how since that happened AFTER I've had several heat cycles in the car, but I'm not complaining! Also, I had the exhaust pretty tightened down, but I revisited that joint that was leaking and tightened a smidge more and it seems to have not continued to leak, so either that fixed it or it sealed itself with soot :/

And speaking of that, update on the headgaskets - have been completely dry for a while now, which is good news.

It's been a stressful couple months to say the least, putting things on hold to focus on finding a new job and such. Unfortunately, I am still looking and have not had many bites. I've now got almost 400 miles on the break-in and it just rolled over to 31,000 a few nights ago! So many miles! Haha, yeeeeah right...honestly though, I just haven't driven it as much as I wanted to since we've had a lot of wet weather so far this season. 500 mile oil change interval is coming up soon though, we'll see how it all looks. But life is pulling me around and away from the car. Sigh....

Some little birdies have clued me in that there's now an AWD dyno here in Omaha! Stay tuned....

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