Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sat Aug 27, 2016 12:00 am

So far, these past weeks, I have figured out my alarm is not loud whatsoever. Like, I can't even hear it even though I live 2 stories above my own damn car. I've since installed Hella horns and figured out that the installer didn't connect my horn output through the alarm. I called them back and they said they would do it for half the price they normal charge with about 2 hour labor (so it would come out to 1 hour). Well, I looked it up, figured out which wire I need to tap into and did it myself. It took less than 30 minutes. Now, to be fair, I didn't have horns installed, so even if he did hook up the horn wire, it wouldn't have done anything. But, I would think he would have done that regardless, given that my horns could be installed in a weird spot that he just couldn't see. Overall, I'm disappointed in the alarm installation and I'm disappointed in the labor quote. You don't do a half-a** job on a mechanics car, that's just asking for trouble. The company doesn't warrant a bad review, but they don't warrant my recommendations to other people.

I also got around to getting a horn button for my steering wheel while I was at it. If I got a horn, might as well get the button in case a cop asks me where the hell my horn is. I also figured out that you can't install a momo horn button on a nrg quick release without removing the steel metal ring inside. You have to remove the two golden screws on the inside of the quick release in order to loosen this metal ring.
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Here's the final product (I scraped the s*** out of my retainer ring while installing my horn, damn it, haha):
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Overall, my alarm is way louder and I'll definitely hear it in my sleep. I've been busy with work and haven't got around to installing fun parts yet. I changed up my pillar gauge pod to a 2 pod setup instead of 3. I don't need an oil temp gauge and it kind of got in the way when taking a left-hand turn at night. This should give me more vision and driving confidence. Next install will be the catch cans.


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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:31 pm

I've been slacking on the updates, just haven't been motivated to do much after all that's happened. Anyways, I've still managed to get stuff done, just haven't posted it.

Here's the Hella horns I installed to make my alarm really loud.
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Here's how my new gauge setup looks like with the 2-pod. Looks better and doesn't blind my peripheral vision as much.
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Here's part of my security update. I've wired a PS/2 keyboard wire into the ecu and moved it to the glove box. Now my FC Commander is removable, and on top of that, whenever a tuner connects the datalogit, they can connect it through that wire, which allows the ecu to stay in place.

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This is my new dyno graph. 260 whp. My boost kept falling off in the high rev range, so my boost controller is fucked up or something. My NEW tuner suggested a different boost controller. His recommendation was an Apexi AVCR.

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Well, whaddya know? I just bought an AVCR!

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:21 am

Oh, and if anyone is curious about the PS/2 wire for the Power FC Commander, follow this guide. http://www.banzai-racing.com/ps2_cable_ ... how-to.htm

It basically tells you to remove one pin from the PS/2 wire, which allows it to connect to the female port on the Power FC. Nothing is needed to change the male port of the PS/2 cable to connect to the Commander.

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:05 am

Does the PFC not have built in boost control mapping?

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:51 am

float_6969 wrote:Does the PFC not have built in boost control mapping?
No. That is an option, but I've heard it sucks.

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Tue May 09, 2017 1:58 pm

Figured I haven't posted in a while, so we'll give this a small update.

It's getting sunny, so I've been wanting to drive the car lately but it hasn't been starting the last time after I drove it way back in January.The story to that, I started the car early that morning and it idled at 800 rpms right off the bat, no cold start revving, which I thought was strange and it had been doing it as of recent. I was thinking I might have had a boost leak somewhere. Anyways, so I go about my way to work with the car hesitating slightly, but I made it with mostly no issues. After my 8 hour shift, I start the car and it's idle was erratic, hesitating and barely keeping itself alive. I thought, hmmm, my bov might be leaking (I had that problem with an old hks bov). Well, I make my way home (not far) and the car is really acting up, so I pull over and it dies on me. I start it back up and cover my hand over the bov exit, but it doesn't change the idle. The car dies after a bit of idling. I start it back up and feather the throttle the remainder of the way home as it sputters and generally unhappy, I try to hit boost at one point to see if there is a boost leak and my gauge shows that I was building boost fine.

I park the car and go to start it the next day, only to have it come alive for a split second before shutting down. I do this maybe once more before it wont start again (probably flooded at that point). I fix a problematic coupler and notice my plug to the round long cylinder Image
(not my picture, my valve cover is nicer :>) was unplugged, so I plug that back in as well, then go to fire up the car, but no cigar. The battery sounds weak from having tried to start it, even with my battery charger plugged onto it, the battery had died too many times in it's lifetime that it wasn't retaining a charge. I decided I didn't want to deal with the s*** battery problem anymore so I bought a new Odyssey P925.
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I am very impressed with the battery, as you get to choose your own terminals and the whole battery comes in a very compact size. But it didn't help my no start issue of course, so I decided to pull apart the whole AAC/IACV piece to see if there was any blockage inside. The actuator seems to be in good shape and nothing seems wrong inside, so it could be the brown cylinder that maybe isn't working if there were a problem with anything in that piece. I also checked my spark plugs, which looked pretty rich and had a fuel smell to them, but weren't wet.

I am not inclined to think it's the coolant temp sensor, since my Power FC is getting a reading out of it, but maybe I'm wrong and the ecu can still get a read, but it still could prevent the famous rough start/no start symptoms I'm having. I'll probably just buy a new temp sensor since they're so cheap, but I'm willing to bet the problem lies in the cold start sensor, which is the black box thing on the far left of this picture. So now I'm on the hunt for one of those things.
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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Thu May 11, 2017 5:04 am

The one of the left is the cold start valve that increases the idle up to around 1500rpm when you first start it and then slowly idles it down. The long skinny one is the fast idle for the A/C. The last one is the idle control valve. The long skinny one is never the issue. It's one of the other ones. Have you ohm'd them out to see if they have continuity?

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:01 am

Started thinking about my car today and thought I'd pop back in here. I've moved to Los Angeles, so i've put a lot of stuff on hold.

I somewhat? solved the rich issue. My plugs were fouled, so I cleaned them up and the car has been running fine ever since. I also changed the CAS to a brand new one.

I rearranged my battery box to look a little better, as I can actually put the lid on now.

All that's left is to install my angle kit that I've been putting off, tie rods and new Apexi boost controller. After that, the car should be basically temporarily done........said no one ever.

(Pics coming soon)

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:48 am

Pics! and Vids?!?!?

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:35 am

This is the old CAS. It's got a fair bit of rust in it, most likely from the old cams (not my Tomei set). The teeth weren't god awful, so I don't believe it was slipping, but I may be wrong.
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NS52 part number, if anyone is wondering.
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Here's the circuit breaker. Quite nice to have whenever I want to disconnect the battery connection.
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OMFG. These nuts (hehehe) were so hard to tighten. I dread untightening them some day.
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Odyssey PC925 battery. Quite nice, but doesn't hold a charge for too long with my alarm (to be expected).
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All said and done besides the cleanup.
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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sat Dec 23, 2017 12:54 am

float_6969 wrote:
Fri Dec 22, 2017 6:48 am
Pics! and Vids?!?!?
Vids maybe when I get the car ready for my dream track, since I'm so close to it now. Willow Springs :naughty:

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:19 pm

Sorry yall, no updates lately. Life got me caught up. Still got the same car and CA powered. We still going strong.

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:39 am

Basically the same for me, though my engine is STILL out. It's basically all put back together AGAIN, I just need to get the engine to my brother in laws shop and get it put back together.

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:56 am

I broke my clutch pedal :(

If anyone has one for sale, lmk. Too many clutch kicks, hahaha.

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:50 am

WTH?!?! Where did it break?

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Thu May 02, 2019 12:34 am

It broke on the clutch pedal itself. There are welds that weaken over time, especially if you clutch kick a lot (which was how I first learned how to drift as my e-brake never worked properly).

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby Izento » Thu May 02, 2019 12:39 am

Also a reason why Nismo personally made a reinforced clutch pedal, but it doesn't work for LHD :(

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Thu May 02, 2019 7:12 am

Well that's annoying, LOL!

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Re: Izento's CA18DET Build Thread

Postby float_6969 » Thu May 02, 2019 7:12 am

Well that's annoying, LOL!


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