Is there anyway I can contact Terry Wilson from the 'turbo talk' article
("Turbo Talk with Terry")? I have a few questions
regarding an A.I.T. turbo system that is fitted to my Nissan Patrol. I read that
he was involved in A.I.T. and would like to ask him how I can get more
performance from the kit.
Terry Wilson of AVO can be contacted on 03 9584 4499. He
knows his Patrols back to front and would certainly be able to help you
I need advice on how to install a VW VR6 engine in my Super Beetle. If this
conversion is impossible, can I try any in-line 4 VAG engine?
We're not sure if either conversion is possible. Maybe some readers can share
I have a quick question for you. I have a similar intercooler to the one you
shown being installed on the Nissan Maxima at "DIY Budget Intercooler Fitment". I was planning to install this
to replace the standard 'crossover pipe' of a Holden Commodore VL Turbo. The
turbo gauge currently shows close to 10 psi at full throttle so I am not sure if
anyone high-flowed the turbo or made any mods to it...
I was thinking of installing the small intercooler in the same location as
the Maxima - on top of the rocker cover with some air fed by a bonnet scoop. I
don't want to run long pipes to the front of the engine causing more turbo lag
and/or a loss of power. Do you think this arrangement will work well? I am
especially concerned over the size of the intercooler.
If you're reading about 10 psi your car certainly runs more boost than
standard (which is about 7 psi). There isn't much space to fit a decent size
intercooler above the rocker cover on the VL-T - not enough, we'd suggest, to
fit an intercooler as suggested. You also need to be aware that if the small
intercooler you have is not the exactly same model as the one fitted to
the Maxima (which comes from a Mazda BG Familia GT-X) it's likely to be quite
The easiest approach is to fit a larger air-to-air intercooler at the front
of the car. The increase in lag should be very small if installed thoughtfully
(minimal number of plumbing bends, etc).
How Many $?
I signed up today and have been reading though a few articles - I find them
One thing that seems to be missing is $ figures. I realise that people don't
want exact figures of how much they spend on the car, but it would be very
helpful to give us novices a ball-park figure (say, the closest $1000). It is
all well and good to see these awesome cars but it'd be nice to know if they're
worth about $50k to do... Just my 2c!
Unfortunately, many owners either don't want their car's value known,
they haven't kept any financial records or they might state an over-the-top
value (good to impress mates, etc).We will,
however, start including more $ figures in our feature stories where possible -
thanks for the suggestion.
I have a simple question. I have bought a medium type cam for my 1988 Rodeo
2.6 powered Holden Gemini (the motor is totally stock). I have since been told
that I MUST get an aftermarket ECU. I admit that I do not know much about ECUs
but I am under the impression that surely the stock unit (a Hitachi) could
handle the cam. Is the larger cam going to make the current fuel and ignition
maps useless? Do I need to reprogram the ECU if in fact they can be programmed
at all? The thought of an aftermarket ECU and all that dyno tuning costs is
Finally, can a new cam increase the 'rev-ability' of an engine? I ask because
the Rodeo engine does not rev that much and has little torque left at revs past
It is generally accepted that a retune is required after installing a bigger
cam. If it's only mild, however, we suggest you install it and see how well it
performs. You might as well try it. If the engine runs smoothly enough, is
drivable and makes good torque through the revs without leaning out or
detonating there's no major reason to change anything else. A remap
will, however, optimise the engine's drivability, torque, power etc. And, yes,
the engine should rev out cleaner in the top-end with a 'performance' cam.
Just writing to congratulate you on a great web site. I have learned a few
new things reading your articles. Thankyou and keep up the great
OBDII 4 Me?
Your article about OBDII equipped cars
("Reading Your Car's Brain - Part 1") was just what I have been
looking for - for months! I am so excited that I have crawled under my cars'
dashboards and recorded the pin numbers in the middle of the night!
Unfortunately, I cannot seem to decide what I have and was hoping you might
be able to offer me some advice...
Vehicle: Perodua Kembara (local variant of the Daihatsu Terios
Vehicle No 1 has pins on 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 16 - Engine Type
Vehicle No 2 has pins on 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13 & 16 - Engine Type
Are these ISO/KWP 2000 versions of OBDII? Can you recommend me what
communication package I can get?
Adrian Hup Chye Oon
It appears the Daihatsu HCEJ engine is not OBDII compliant. The HCEJ engine,
however, meets the ISO/KWP 2000 version. Stay tuned for more articles on
suitable communication packages.
Light or Lighter?
Good article on ancillary lighting
("Fitting Xtra Lights"). How about a direct comparo
between the available spot/driving lights? I've tried to get advice from
retailers and distributors on this subject, but have been met with a dull stare
or (obvious) rubbish trying to flog off whatever they stock... As a result, I
keep coming back to "old reliable" SuperOscars (which may still be the best
around, I don't know). I would be particularly interested in the newer compact
lights (not the little toy ones) offered by Hella, but am not prepared to pay
out the bucks if I don't know that they come reasonably close to
Oscar/SuperOscar performance. Hope you can fit this in sometime in the
We'll look into a comparo - meanwhile, check out "Light Action - Upgrading Forward Vision" for another article on headlighting.
In regard to the Variflow butterfly valve exhaust system
("Pure Pipe Perfection 2 - Introducing the Secret Weapon...")... Unless I read the story
wrong, did you say that all of the readings are louder with the valve attached?
Wait, that's in comparison to the stock VL system... so why didn't you measure
the 3" system with the valve not attached? And on an unrelated issue, how hard
would it be to hook the valve up to a switch, where you have fully open 3" in
one position and say 40 degrees shut (to essentially make a 1.75" system) in the
other position? This would mean a small circuit board could be used
instead of the large control box, yes?
There were three noise readings given - with the standard VL-T exhaust, the
new 3-inch system with the valve fully open and the valve fully closed. The
fully open readings should be virtually identical to an open pipe as there is
barely any flow obstruction - apart from the butterfly shaft.
In regard to the different control system... the owner of Variflow (Kevin
Davis) now has an electronic control system. We hope to do a feature on this as
soon as we get an opportunity!