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Dropped off the Cougar for some additional improvements

Well I finally decided to move on to the 3L Intake conversion. I have a few reasons why. For one, I wanted a little more low-mid range torque to it. Then, I also wanted to have a Cold Air intake installed because the heat soak from the HAI was getting on my nerves. I didn't want to go through another summer with heat soaking issues. This will allow me to use a CAI from a 3L (Mazda 6). Along with the install, Dom is going to install the rear sway bar, and have some extra things to improve the dri

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Rikenbomb

 

Upgrading the intake system on the Hybrid

Well I've been back and forth with Dom concerning the installation of a '96-'99 3L Intake system on the hybrid. We've discussed potential gains and losses. So far I should be able to expect a gain in torque throughout the entire rpm range, which would be a nice welcome. The potential downside is a loss in peak HP. We've also discussed honing the UIM for even further gains. With this he said that there might not be losses in horsepower.   Sor far that seems like a win/win situation. The downsi

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Rikenbomb

 

Update on 3L Hybrid

As I'm approaching winter time, it's getting time to put it away for the winter. So far the only issue I'm having is a dying Optima battery. I think there's a dead cell and I can't get a good charge from it. Next time I'll get an Optima Red top for better Cold Cranking amps. I don't really need a deep cycle battery anymore.   Other than that it runs great. The COP system starts up every time. Now that I put a couple thousand miles on it, I'm liking it. I seem to have more of a gurgley sound wh

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Rikenbomb

 

Driving the COP Hybrid

I've been able to put some miles on the COP Hybrid now. I've done some rigorous testing (save for drag racing) on the COP system and it's work phenomenal. With the retune the car is actually a bit quieter and sounds great. Throttle response and torque feel great! It's nice and smooth throughout the entire powerband.   Right now I'm testing the "Sweeping turns and oil press loss" myth. Call me the myth buster lol. So far I've taken on and off ramps from anywhere from 40-60 mps in 3rd gear (ca

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Rikenbomb

 

Back at Dom's Shop

Last weekend I drove up to Ohio to drop the Cougar off for some transaxle work. I had a great time hanging out with Brian (Racerx), Dom and Billy while I was up there. Dom is sending the tranny to Terry Haines to look at the 3rd gear issue and do some upgrades to it as well. While it's at the shop, Dom is going to look at the small oil leak. The cause is more than likely the crank seal, probably due to a possible scored DMD from being removed and installed quite a bit. I also asked him to look

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