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Blog Title: I just wanna be mobile again. Fast would be nice.
Well I picked my 95 GSX up in August of 2009. She had a few issues like boost leaks, the LOOK at ME paint job, ricer body kit and side mirrors I could see out of.

Within a week of purchase, I took her up to Mach V since i lived only 20 minutes away. Quick once over discovered that my radiator was leaking from the top plastic end tank, It had some hairline cracks that were spiderwebbing out. SO, I scheduled some shop time for basic maintenance, install of new mishimoto radiator, and compression and leakdown testing. Day before i had shop time scheduled, Naomi stalls out on me, in DC rush hour traffic, on a 4 lane bridge. Timing marks were still correct, she still had fuel, but no spark. Not something I could diagnose at the time, so I towed her to Mach V.

Turns out Naomi had shredded the balance shaft belt, which ate the crank position sensor, so there was my no spark issue.

Well after the shop changed all her fluids, installed her new radiator, new kevlar timing and balance shaft belts, new shifter bushings, new boost gauge she was back on the road.

Then a few weeks later, coming home from skyline drive, The DSM dropped a valve, and grenaded the lower end.... FANTASTIC!

So it took six months, but i rebuilt the motor while block was still in the chassis. PAIN IN THE REAR, will NEVER do it that way again. But she was running fantastically. All the way until she turned over 320 miles, and a rod SHEARED doing 55 in 5th gear, had been cruising for 2 minutes. The rods were shotpeened and magnafluxed when I had new pistons pressed onto them.

So, She sat in Vienna, Va for about 18 months.. Until I moved back home to Jacksonville, Fl and towed her behind me.

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Posted 10-26-2011 at 07:00 AM by marineeagle28

DECONSTRUCTION!!! Ahhh I have been waiting 18 long months for this. However, The interior developed some kind of FUNKY smell.
So, I start taking apart the interior, starting in the trunk. In the spare well I find a pool of water, almost enough to cover my windshield reservoir. Cleaned that out, and removed the reservoir, as NONE of my squirters work. Diagnosed it to be that the motors/pumps are done, all of the wiring is okay, checked with multimeter.

Detailed the interior, and the smell STILL remained... So I start taking out the back seat, Seats, and trim panels. I find a few nests from I presume mice. I clean those out. I take out the disgusting looking carpet. Turns out a previous owner cut the connectors when removing the factory amp... @$$hat

I wash the floor down real good. 2 days later.. Smell remains. So I am thinking F*&^ it, there is a rats nest of wiring under the dash, and I cant find the smell, so why don't I make it easier on myself, and take the dash out, give her a THOROUGH scrub down, and fix the cluster%^&* of wiring job that I had inherited. And this is where we are now.
Here are some Pics.

Now what i would LIKE to do, is deaden the hell out of the car. I know I am adding weight, something not normally done by our community, but it is MY car, and I like quiet interiors (road noise wise) that are capable of DAMN good audio. I plan on 45 square feet of assorted peel and stick mats, a gallon of second skin spectrum sludge, 60 square feet of closed cell foam, and 36 square feet of mass loaded vinyl... Overkill? damn right, but i dream of the ride being quieter than a new mercedes minus the sound of my motor and turbo spool.

Also I am going to work on cleaning up all wiring, and perhaps making a harness for future gauge installs.

stay tuned for more updates.

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    kev98gsx's Avatar
    Awesome! Glad you are going away from the ricer look. Keep up with the updates!!!
    Posted 11-02-2011 at 08:04 PM by kev98gsx kev98gsx is offline
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    Yeah, Last winter I went a little over-board too. Ended up lining the entire interior of my project car. I also ended up buying 5 gallons of liquid sound deadening to cover what little I havnt on the interior and the underbody.

    Ended up going with a product called FatMat because it seemed to be the most affordable. Havn't actually gotten a chance to test it out but it has been holding for almost a year now:

    Posted 11-03-2011 at 07:38 AM by mnim15 mnim15 is offline
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    marineeagle28's Avatar
    Hell to the yeah mnim.... looks GOOD!... I am looking at homedepot/ lowes peel and seal for flat areas like the floor and firewall, and covering that in spectrum sludge from Secondskinaudio.com. For the panels like inside doors, and other vertical panels I will be playing price maggot between raammat, fatmat, dynamat, and second skin's damplifier... covering that with the sludge wherever i can get my hands.. then the other acoustic dampeners on top of that... Patience is a virtue, but silence will be golden..

    mnim how many square feet of mat did you use? and how many layers? and what plans do you have?
    Posted 11-03-2011 at 08:25 AM by marineeagle28 marineeagle28 is offline
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    100 Sq Ft Sound deadener Fatmat no logo Dynamat Roller:
    100 Sq Ft Sound deadener Fatmat no logo Dynamat Roller | eBay

    Only used one layer. I have very little left and still need to do the hatch and doors. I had to cut a section out of the floor when i was putting the AWD gas tank in and it had the undercoating on the bottom and the fatmat on the top, it was super solid.

    This is the liquid i went with:

    5 Fatmat Liquid Sound Deadener Gravel guard Rust shield:
    5 Fatmat Liquid Sound Deadener Gravel guard Rust shield | eBay
    Posted 11-03-2011 at 09:57 AM by mnim15 mnim15 is offline
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    As far as plans, I have new black carpet im putting in. Converting the interior from black:tan to black:grey.

    Where the old spare tire was I'm going to make a fiberglass box for a JL 10" W7. Right now designing a "high-output" style box that will incorporate the truck floor and hide the sub.

    I made a custom bezel and removed the upper center duct from the dash to relocate the heating controls and am integrating a 9" touchscreen tablet for in-dash data logging with link.

    No more need for gauge pods!
    Posted 11-03-2011 at 10:32 AM by mnim15 mnim15 is offline
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    marineeagle28's Avatar
    nice... Thanks! Although I think I will stick with Second skin audio's spectrum sludge for the other material...
    Posted 11-04-2011 at 06:10 PM by marineeagle28 marineeagle28 is offline
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    DWR-DSM's Avatar
    Makes me want to do my sound deadening on my shell
    Posted 11-04-2011 at 07:03 PM by DWR-DSM DWR-DSM is online now
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    EAKEREAK's Avatar
    very nice
    Posted 11-13-2011 at 01:00 PM by EAKEREAK EAKEREAK is offline
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