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    Cool Large install ahead! w/ PICS

    So I'm starting with my nearly stock 2000 A4 WS6, only mods are a lid and a line lock (used for fun pretty much exclusively, not a drag car)


    Where the story begins, driving normally on my way home and decide to stomp on it. A4 downshifts to 1st around 25mph and a loud SNAP and rattling sound. So after I get the car home I get it torn apart... sheared torque converter bolts, damaged oil pan, flexplate and torque converter have the holes mangled.

    Fast forward to now, decided to go aftermarket, bought a 2nd car and put the t/a in the garage

    This is my build list, 90% of which is already purchased.

    Interior:

    93-02 Firebird & 97-02 Camaro Autometer Triple Pillar
    Auto Meter Phantom Electric Trans. Temp 100-250 F
    Auto Meter Phantom Series WideBand
    Auto Meter Phantom Mechanical Oil Pressure 0-150PSI
    Corbeau LG1 Seats
    Momo Jet black steering wheel w/ hub
    93-02 Firebird/Camaro Auto Trix Passenger Window Fix Kit
    Viper 5902 Responder HD Color SuperCode SST 2-Way Security and Remote Start System

    Exterior:

    19x9 Tork Imagine with 275/35/19 KDW's
    BLS Low Beam HIDs

    Engine/Exhaust/Electrical:

    Power Bastards Alternator (hate the dimming at idle on my current alt..)
    Texas Speed & Performance - Pacesetter Headers & TSP Cat Y Pipe Combo
    Hooker Catback 16811 Exhaust
    Truck Starter w/ long bolts
    SFI Flexplate w/ ARP Bolts
    160 Thermostat
    MSD 8.5mm Spark Plug Wires
    Vette o2 sensors (for the longtube headers)

    Transmission/Driveline:

    B&M Cooler 14,400 BTU
    Circle-D 1C torque converter
    Neapco driveshaft U-Joints (stock ones were a little rough upon inspection)
    New GM rubber trans mount

    Suspension/Chassis/Steering:

    UMI 3-Point Bolt-In Subframe Connectors
    UMI Shock Tower Brace
    Spohn Solid Motor Mounts
    UMI On-car Adj Ctrl Arms Poly/RotoJoint w/ HW kit
    Strano Performance Red FAYS2 Watts Linkage
    Strano Performance 35/22mm Hollow Sway Bar Set
    Strano Performance Koni 4/4 Sport Shock Set w/On-Car Single Adjustable Rears
    UMI Full lengh adjustable Torque Arm & Hardware Kit & Relocation Bracket
    Strano Performance Parts Lowering Springs
    Turn One power steering pump w/ pulley
    Blain Fabrication Reinforced Front Swaybar Mount
    UMI Performance Heavy Duty Billet Aluminum Front & Rear Swaybar Brackets
    UMI Performance Driveshaft Tunnel Brace Long Tube Header Clearanced

    Brakes:

    Kore3 C6 Z06 Front Brake Kit
    RPM Speed Stainless Steel Brake Lines Rear
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    Any tips you guys have for me on the install of any of these items to make it easier/avoiding cursing/throwing tools/punching walls, etc

    Any and all criticism is welcome

    My overall goal: canyon carver and weekend/sunny day ride

    I know u guys love pics, so here are a few







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    only tip i can give right now is to just allow lots of time for the instals... you'll probably run into a few snags here and there along the way but just post them up when/if they happen...

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    Add a Quick Time SFI Approved Bell Housing to your list. It will help prevent engine and oil pan damage next time your tranny explodes. Their expensive ($500) but much better fit then McLeod Bell Housings. No modifications to the engine plate.

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    trans is still in 1 piece, damage done was by the pieces of loose bolt, heres a pic (bad quality but the best i could do at the time)




    so i replaced the oil pan and slapped on a new gasket

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    Yeah that would have been protected by the QT Bell Housing

    QT BH


    McLeod



    The plate goes against the back of the engine block and protects it. Next time you might have to replace a block if it explodes again.


    I have the QT and it makes it easier to do clutch jobs or in your case accessing the stall/fly wheel.
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    awesome, i did not know about that back plate!

    looking into it now

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    I just re-read your getting Pacesetter LTs and TS&P ORY, I have it and love it.

    FYI - You will need to check the header bolts. Make sure they look like the stock ones at the tip. See pic below. If not you will not be able to tighten the headers down correctly.

    There was a batch of incorrect bolts sent out from Pacesetter and TS&P sent me replacements.


    Right = Incorrect Type, Left = Stock

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS.SIX View Post
    awesome, i did not know about that back plate!

    looking into it now
    As I stated in the previous post, the McLeod may be alittle cheaper but you will have to modify the plate to make it fit. The QT = perfect fit

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    Thanks for the heads up about the header bolts, thats the kind of thing that would put a weekend to waste! Also got me thinking about ARP Header Studs. worth it?

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    I usually use ARP bolts in places like the fly wheel, heads, etc...places where strength is really needed. I could be wrong in that but I'm sure some one will correct me in my thinking here.

    Another thing......Anti Seize on header bolts is your friend.



    And one more thing I just saw - you will need a tune to delete the rear O2 sensors and update a couple of things. We have 2 tuners as sponsors here. Tune by Frost and Tampa Tuning. Both are listed in the Sponsor section. I as well as many others have used Frost. Tampa Tuning is new but I've heard good things about him too. Contact both and see what works for you.

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    Yes I was planning on going through Frost for a mail order tune to make everything safe and running smooth (stalled shift points and whatnot) and then getting a dyno tune later on

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    WOW. Thats gonna be a fun project and a awesome car!!

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    Nice list. Should be a fun project.
    Lt's,SFC,3,600 Fuddle stall,Spohn Adj. tunnel mount torque arm, BMR LCA,Ls6 intake,Air lid,Under drive pulley,S60 rear,Frost tune and a few more things I cant remember.

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