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Evogelion
04-30-2014, 06:17 PM
Greetings, I been quiet for a while but I'm back.
If you all don't know me, I have a nero 500T. I just purchased it this February on a trade in from a 500 Pop.

Mods are coming slow and I hope to keep the car looking stock but at the same time a little more like an Abarth SS y'all have.
I'm a budget builder, but I won't skimp on quality if I can help it.

So what have I done?
I've swapped out the 500T's single exhaust for the Abarth's twin exhaust with the diffuser to match.
Installed the Forge blow off plate, I should have gotten someone with lady fingers to make the install easier.
Put on a Injen intake, extremely pleased and would recommend this to anyone. Though it makes it a bit difficult to find a cover compatible with this setup.
ztlmotorsport downpipe with cat delete. Never heard of this Canadian company before but its a good quality product and you can't beat the price.
Platypus front mount license plate mount, not a performance mod but definitely better than drilling holes to make state regulations. Feels flimsy but its handled well.
and what everyone needs, a hanging trash container..

Whats not installed?
Manual boost controller
Boost gauge
Vogtland springs

I plan on wrapping the manifold and downpipe in some heat wrap when I install.
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q296/Evogelion/Forum%20pics/500front_zps4abfadba.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q296/Evogelion/Forum%20pics/image_zpse0f6cf1c.jpg
http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q296/Evogelion/Forum%20pics/500engine_zps4580c243.jpg

I'll post up some pics after stuff installed.

So whats the highest psi I should safely boost to?

Evogelion
05-09-2014, 01:10 AM
Wrapped up my new down pipe last night, used 14' of 2" wide heat wrap and some heat spray. Used some stainless wire to keep the wrap secured.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q296/Evogelion/IMG_0399_zpscd1be3fe.jpg

NGEN
05-10-2014, 12:10 PM
Wrapped up my new down pipe last night, used 14' of 2" wide heat wrap and some heat spray. Used some stainless wire to keep the wrap secured.

http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q296/Evogelion/IMG_0399_zpscd1be3fe.jpg

awesome!

Evogelion
05-12-2014, 11:57 PM
Car sounds angry now that the downpipe is on. What a pain it was to remove the stock downpipe. I had to remove tiny nuts from hard to reach places so I advise swivels or snake extenders for your ratchet as I didn't have these while removing it. I also had to remove the battery and its base while unplugging some cables so I can angle it out properly and wiggle it free while trying not to scratch up the rest of the car with the exposed screws. Had to run out to buy new bolts to connect the new downpipe to the cat back exhaust at 10pm.. lol.. yeah I got done at midnight after starting at 3pm. Having a friend who was really high half the time doesn't help ether. Installing it was pretty easy in comparison.

In a few weeks, a friend of mine might be flying down here to help tune a few of our cars. Guy is the "Tuning Yoda" by our accounts. Hopefully we can get something going for the 500T as plans are in the works with a local shop here in Washington State. I shouldn't spill the details yet though until plans have been cemented.

I put some heat spray on the heat shields for the turbo but I also got my turbo blanket today... boost controller still hasn't arrived..

Looks like the springs will have to wait though too.. I hope they aren't too difficult to put on DIY. Shops want to charge around $250 for install and I rather spend all day doing it than spend that kinda cash to have someone else do it.

Boost gauge sounds like its going to be a pain as well..

Good news though, I might be getting a meth kit from a friend but I don't know when it'll be off his car or how much he wants to sell it to me for.

Incoming additional mods are probably going to stop for a few months unfortunately after all this goes down. I plan on mainly focusing on stability though when I start ordering parts again.