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 Post subject: drumer_z's Mk2 GTi.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:07 am 
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It took a full 6 months for me to find a Swift GTi in Queensland that was reasonably priced and in fairly good condition. I bought it off a guy in Hervey Bay. It was a Black 1991 Mk2 Swift GTi. Interior was immaculate, modification wise it was in fairly standard condition apart from a Pod Filter, Genie Extractors and exhaust system that went from 2" to 1 & 3/4" to 1 &1/'4" for some strange reason. It had 15" CSA wheels on it and some bonnet vents on it that went no where.
I managed to pick it up pretty cheap cause it had a blown head gasket. Got it home and pretty much fell in love with it.
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First thing that went on were 35% window tints, changed the exhaust to a 2inch system with a high-flow Catalytic converter and a new head unit to replace the one that wasn't there when i drove it home. Over my schoolies break dad got to work in the shed and put in a new head gasket. I got home and worked all holidays and saved up enough to buy some alpine sound gear, Type R Sub, V-power amp and a CDA-9885 headunit.

After that the swift wanted new shoes so i bought her some TE37 Volk racing wheels.....replicas :lol: Noticed it was riding pretty high so i dropped it on some 40mm lovells which refused to settle on the passenger side for quite sometime. Seeing as it was still in fairly standard condition modification wise i decided to DYNO it to see what power figures i was putting out and so i could compare power gains in the future. 67.3hp atw. I was in need of more power so i got a GrpA Chipped ECU off GTAYE and drove it around for another few months before wanting more power!!! SR20 tb conversion was next on the list. Took me a good half a day of work putting it all together along with a Billet fuel rail and Sard FPR i managed to score very cheap.
Got it run in by the dyno to adjust fuel pressure and managed a good 88.8hp (66.1kw) atw on 95ron fuel. There was no point making the car faster and not upgrading the brakes so i put on some new Slotted front rotors with some Lucas TRW pads.
It was time for some new paint now and to get rid of the 2 big dints left by a cyclist. I got it painted a custom Jet black with many different coloured pearls through it. 00VRO painted my car and he did an awesome job. His work is nothing short of amazing (you may have seen his commodore before). Since he painted my car, i have been having people compliment me on how good it looks. Cheers Troy 8)

Just for fun i filled a 2 stroke mower piston with car bog, tapped a thread and it is now my gear stick. Certainly makes people laugh a bit.

With the 2 fat ladies at the front wheels, schmicko paint and some good sound I have run out of ideas until i start working the internals. Big question is to turbo or not to turbo. i was intending to make this GTi NA but am still tossing up what i want to do.

Now its a dedicated track car...

here are the Specs of my 91 Mk2

Performance Modifications-
01 GSXR 1000 custom quad manifold by PCP motorsport
Billet fuel rail and Sard FPR
Genie extractors, 2 1/4 inch mandrel piping,
Heavy duty Exedy Clutch
40mm lovells Springs and koni yellow adjustables in the rear
Cusco Coilovers in the front with pillow ball adjustable camber tops
Nolybushes all round
21mm whiteline rear swaybar
Whiteline front strut brace
Slotted and dimpled front rotors with Intima Pads
8.8mm Top gun leads and STD coil
Adaptronic E420D ECU.

Wheels and Tyres
13 inch alloys with 185 50 Advan A050 mediums
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95hp atw and 127ftlb of torque.

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Thanks for reading

Karl

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 Post subject: Re: drumer_z's (Karl) Mk2 GTi
PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:13 am 
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Very clean Swift mate, and those replica TE37's suit it nicely. If you don't mind me asking, where did you pick them up from, and how much?

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Very nice. I wish mine was in half the condition of yours.

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Yeah rim choice/size and ride height look spot on, nice work =D>


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Nicely Done, your swift looks gr8.... and yea where did you manage too get them nice set of wheels from and if ya dont mind how much did they set ya back? Would you know if they made them in white??
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Im guessing they are the AU racing ones. Bob jane sells them. They are fairly cheap but decent for the street. I had them on my lancer coupe. Back then when i got them it cost me $1600 with tyres. This was like 2-3 years ago though. And yes you can get them with the white centre too.

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nice mate luv the wheels

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i love this car.. as does the fiancee :) Nice work Karl..

When you're in front of it you can see the extractors out the bottom of the front bar.. nice clean mk2, so nice :)


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Thanks for the kind comments guys. I take great pride in my Swift and always like to have it looking nice. Seeing as I don't have a girlfriend i spend a lot of time washing and cleaning it hahaha

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Very clean Swift mate, and those replica TE37's suit it nicely. If you don't mind me asking, where did you pick them up from, and how much?


I got the rims off an ebay dealer a year and a half ago. I think they are the AU racing ones as Payload said. From what i can remember they were around $600 brand new for the set of 4 without tyre. I didn't want the tyre they would have supplied with it.

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i love this car.. as does the fiancee :) Nice work Karl..

When you're in front of it you can see the extractors out the bottom of the front bar.. nice clean mk2, so nice :)


Its actually the cat that sits lowest haha. lowest point of the car 120mm off the ground :wink:

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Hot stuff =D>


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Good to see your happy with the paint job mate. Make sure you stay away from those bike riders.


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Very nice, looks heaps clean. Got anypics of the engine bay?

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Very nice car and your approach was wise beyond your years drumerZ!! :lol:

Good on you!!

Turbo is the answer to your question, but no rush mate!!

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Capt_Gherkin wrote:
Turbo is the answer to your question, but no rush mate!!


Yeah i am leaning that way but when i do convert it to turbo i will most likely get a heavy duty gearbox at the same time and just spend a weekend working getting the turbo kit and gearbox on all at once....that's the plan at least and its easier said than done haha. Just run a low boost set up and maybe on day pump the the boost.

*Update*
put some new carpet and underlay in the girl the other day. I love it how a "molded to fit" carpet doesnt quite fit at all. It resulted in a lot of cursing, the old stanley knife and inevitably some nice cuts across the fingers. It looks a lot neater though.

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Sorry about the poor quality pics and yes that is a 2 stroke piston on the gear shifter :lol:
I thought it was good idea haha

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As you can see the MSD coil pack isnt there. something faulted with it and its going to spend sometime with the auto electrician

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Looks the goods mate. Seems as tho u have done quite a bit of work in a small amount of time.
Keep us posted with the progress.

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looking good karl oy im coming up at chrissy we going for a cruse or what?
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Looks the goods mate. Seems as tho u have done quite a bit of work in a small amount of time.
Keep us posted with the progress.

Thanks Johnny. Well i bought the car back at the end of 07. So it kinda has been a slow build. but i have never owed money on it which is always a bonus. Its never been off the road for more than about 4 days too.

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looking good karl oy im coming up at chrissy we going for a cruse or what?
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Yeeaah Dan. i am keen as mustard. Are you gonna stay down at the goldy?

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Got a nice looking crack in my exhaust the other day near the muffler and i had to drive to brissy yesterday with it buzzing away. by the time i got her home it has completed a full revolution but has spiralled up...kinda like a slinky :D

I figured, this is a sign from above to look into buying a 2 inch mandrel bent system.

Its going into the exhaust place on saturday for a look over and hopefully he can weld the crack up until i get the system replaced

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2 inch mandrel bent exhaust is now installed. It was meant to get put in last Wednesday but they had problems with the TIG welder then took it in Thursday again and they didnt get it all done. So today it was his one priority.

Feels a smoother and mid-high rev range feels a little better.

....what next

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