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this weekend's activities
Well, here's what I did. This is on my 90 CQ for the record.
- installed Rick Zehr's rear Scorpion section on my car. As he noted,
quality is high, but I was still surprised at the welds, etc.
I see no reason a competent shop couldn't make something similar
for a lot less than TAP charges.
I'm pleased with the sound, as it has a nice growl. The stock
resonator prevents it from being too loud, although the K&N cone
noise drowns out the muffler at full throttle (really).
I doubt it makes much difference in performance, and I laugh
every time I look at the big-a** tips on this thing, but hey.
It bolted right on to the stock resonator, and if anyone is
interested in the factory rear unit (with chrome tips), shoot
me a line.
- Finally got around to installing the Bosch H4 lights I got from
Metrix Canada. There was a problem with one of the lights, in that
the inside reflector was loose, but by removing the lens and getting
inside, I was able to see that one of the plastic brackets which is
screwed down was not seated correctly, so this was an easy fix.
For wiring, I used a harness from Vortrag Motorsports (Todd Candey).
* Disclaimer - I have a professional relationship with Todd *
I have some suggestions for improvement to share with him, but in
a nutshell, it's a well built harness with heavy gauge wire,
Bosch relays and sockets, heatshrink tape, etc. I would place it
above the harness I got from Comp Ltd. In particular, the Hella
H4 headlight connectors are very nice (instead of the individual
female tabs). He's still working up a price, but it's very
All I had to do was cut off the old headlight sockets, connect the
wires for hi/lo on each side, connect grounds (to front bumper bolts)
and run power leads from the battery to each side (which I fused
with a 20A fuse). This particular harness uses 2 relays on each
side, one each for hi/lo. Despite this, I still get the bulb out
warning on low beam, but interestingly, not on high beam. I'm
still trying to figure that one out.
The headlight install was physically a pain, as the front grille,
bumper, and trim piece had to come off. Reinstallation of the trim
piece was almost impossible without loosening the front bumper
cover, which is what I did.
That's about it. Finished the install this AM, washed and waxed
the car, and will take a couple of pictures later today.
| Dan |
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