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Old 02-10-2012, 11:13 PM
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So out of boredom I decided to post my build here...I just have random photos from over the years but hope to update it when I get new parts

Current Mods:
M62 supercharger w/ 3" pulley
60# EV6 injectors
Trifecta tuned
3" intake
Cobra Heat Exchanger
ZZP Dual Pass Endplate
LSJ OEM exhaust manifold (Removed)
Badmab Shorty Header (added 04/06/12)
LSJ OEM downpipe (Removed)
ZZP 2.5" catless downpipe
2.25" exhaust
Patriot Performance Stage 2 cylinder head
TWM short shifter
Raptor shift light
AEM UEGO wideband gauge
Autometer Vac/Boost gauge
KW Variant 2 coilovers
Progress rear sway bar
BWoody front swaybar endlinks
JS strut tower bar
17x7 5Zigen FN01R-C wheels
225/45/17 street tires

Car has ran a best of 14.83 @ 97mph 2.37 60' w/ current mods (98mph best trap) - as of 02/10/12


A trip down memory lane...

Starting with my setup...the original teardown for my m62 swap







Cobra HE (came with brackets already attached and I was too lazy to mess with them )





My original finished setup



Gauges and Dashhawk (AEM Wideband and Autometer Vac/Boost)



then I built my own intake from top quality Spectre parts



next I converted to a flow-through setup since I have no fitting on my Cobra for Option B







I was having a hell of a time getting my 42# injectors to seal in my Patriot head due to their length and larger injector ports on the head so I got rid of them and swapped to EV6 60# injectors + a brand new OEM injector harness for a plug and play upgrade



After that, I picked up a Badmab header. I waited a month to get it only to find out it hit the thermostat housing Had to leave the OEM manifold on until a new header was made.





Decided to paint my valve cover and supercharger Metallic Graphite












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Next I switched to a new-style motor mount to finally replace the hacked up old style one I had been running for a couple of years





Video of the exhaust setup on the car at the time (LSJ manifold, LSJ downpipe, 2.25" exhaust w/ 22" glasspack and 14"(?) magnaflow resonator) as well as a vid of some pulls

Saturn Ion 2.2L Supercharged Exhaust Clip - YouTube

Saturn Ion 2.2L Supercharged Pulls - YouTube

Next installed mod was a ZZP 2.5" catless downpipe (had to have an o2 bung welded in for my wideband)



I then plasti dipped my wheels since the bronze finish was coming off my wheels (thank you "detailer" at the local car wash)



New resonator to replace my current, rattling one...22" Magnaflow glasspack



And ZZP dual pass endplate



installed the endplate



and re-routed my hoses (pain in the ass), I took the Option A route



All back together, I need a cleaner looking flow through tank I think



Endplate installed on car



Pulled the plasti-dip from my wheels. They look so much better bronze I don't know what I was thinking.


Gonna roll with them like this for a little bit until I re-paint them bronze (I wanted copper but couldn't find any copper wheel paint).


Also did a quick touch-up of my calipers with a low gloss black. No prep, just sprayed over the areas that had chipped from the original paint job.


Some more pics of the car with the plastidip gone...got some new Muteki lug nuts also







FINALLY got my revised header from BadMab






i also found out why i've got smoke coming out of my exhaust, check out all that oil



So new chambered muffler is on the car to quiet it down. It quieted my car down alot but it sounds like **** It sounds like I strapped a tin can to the back of my car...so disappointed






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Thats pretty sweet. Excellent work! How much power does all that give you?
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by ionREDLINEracer View Post
Thats pretty sweet. Excellent work! How much power does all that give you?
I've never dynoed but I'd guess somewhere around 230whp
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good stuff nicest ion sedan around
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Does it have the catless d/p in the video or was that beofre?
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Originally Posted by elecblue06 View Post
good stuff nicest ion sedan around
thanks sir

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Does it have the catless d/p in the video or was that beofre?
nah that was before...its a little louder now
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so dual pass install went down yesterday...definitely recommend doing this during your initial build because FML it was an all day task

pulled the blower and mani off


installed the endplate


and re-routed my hoses (pain in the ass), I took the Option A route


All back together, I need a cleaner looking flow through tank I think


Endplate installed on car
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whats the nitrous controller for? I may have missed it in a previous post?
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Love the car man. Great work.
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Originally Posted by 07cobaltguy View Post
whats the nitrous controller for? I may have missed it in a previous post?
I used to run nitrous for years before the supercharger build...just haven't uninstalled it yet lol


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Love the car man. Great work.
thanks man
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Once again, good work man. I like where this car is going.
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Thanks man

if things go as planned the car will end up with pistons/rods and a 2.7" pulley...and maybe Comp blower cams
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You will be happy with that setup. Go for high compression, E85, cams and a helluva tune, and you'll love your car all over again.
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love the car. extremley clean. looks good. one thing that bugs me tho is the color of your car. lol

wrap that ish black! lmaoo
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Holy hell!!It's me with no tattoo's I forgot you took this pic lmao
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Holy hell!!It's me with no tattoo's I forgot you took this pic lmao
WTF I thought you were born with tattoo's haha
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Originally Posted by Tennpenn83 View Post
You will be happy with that setup. Go for high compression, E85, cams and a helluva tune, and you'll love your car all over again.
My standards are pretty low so I'm sure it'll be plenty lol. I just want to trap 100+ and run consistent 13s on street tires


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love the car. extremley clean. looks good. one thing that bugs me tho is the color of your car. lol

wrap that ish black! lmaoo
i like the color of my car, it makes me unique

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Holy hell!!It's me with no tattoo's I forgot you took this pic lmao
throwback pic
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Finally got my new resonator installed...last one had a huge chunk of the packing lodged into the resonator inlet. Car is back to loud again so will probably end up with an LSJ rear muffler at some point.

Also since my last track outing it seems like I'm getting, blow-by I guess...lots of smoking coming out of my exhaust at idle. Still trying to track down the source of that as the car seems to run fine otherwise.

And today, started pulling off the plasti-dip from my wheels. They look so much better bronze I don't know what I was thinking.


Gonna roll with them like this for a little bit until I re-paint them bronze (I wanted copper but couldn't find any copper wheel paint).


Also did a quick touch-up of my calipers with a low gloss black. No prep, just sprayed over the areas that had chipped from the original paint job.
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Wheels look better bronze for sure!!!What size inlet is your current muffler?
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What size inlet is your current muffler?
its 2.25"
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I have a LSJ muffler if you want to swap,i'd be down with that
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Originally Posted by 1LowLS View Post
I have a LSJ muffler if you want to swap,i'd be down with that
I'd probably be down with that, although my rear "muffler" is just a magnaflow resonator. Its gonna make you just as loud as you were before the LSJ muffler
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