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emo Daihatsu Storia X4

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17 Nov 2013 21:12 #20288

Hi Russ,
I'm getting the manifold made up by Wan, the guy that took for ever to do Dazran's ... but he did the job eventually and the finished item looked good. I've been waiting about 3-4 months for it now, so it can't be too far off.

I'd definitely be up for a trip to the pod sometime - if you're on facebook there's likely a few people from the Daihatsu performance group who would be interested in going as well.

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18 Nov 2013 12:47 #20292

I'm interested in a trip to the pod next year in the move.

May need to be a bit later in the year than I originally hoped as funds have run out due to being injured n off work...and self employed offers no sick pay :(

Any ideas on power it's running ATM?

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19 Nov 2013 21:38 #20318

you can count me in for a pod meet, be good to have a li meet up there ona rwyb day

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26 Nov 2013 15:40 #20348

Power - I've no idea what power it's running at present.
A dyno from 2009 shows it making 130bhp - but I don't know what the boost was set at or anything else..

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15 Jan 2014 20:43 #20596

Back in July a banana manifold was ordered from Wan in Malaysia, after the (now expected) 6 month wait it has arrived. There is one slight problem with it though, the flange to the turbo is a 3-bolt RHF4





Unfortunately my car has the square 4-bolt rhf4 flange,which was specified and can be seen in the pics above.
So, I was getting some bits and pieces together for a trip to the garage to play with the manifold, I came across ...



Which is a RHF4 VF13 from a twin turbo legacy, that would bolt straight on the manifold, but not the downpipe.

It's now decision time, do I butcher the manifold to fit the std turbo, or do I look at getting a new downpipe to fit the Subaru turbo. The AR of the Subaru turbo is quite a bit higher than the standard turbo, 16 compared to 11, so it would be more powerful, but with even more lag ...

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18 Jan 2014 13:46 #20602

Sometimes I wish I had just replaced my std turbo with a direct replacement. The lag on my tong turbo hybrid is bearable but on the Subaru turbo... It may kill the bottom end.



oil and filter change *16/01/10 *27/08/10 *06/11/10 *16/04/11 *17/12/11 *17/03/12
Timing belt and tensioner and Alternator belt change 11/06/11

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18 Jan 2014 14:15 #20603

The X4 all ready has quite a bit of lag, as you can see on the old dyno print out. It doesn't really come on boost until 4 - 4.5k rpm, but I'm used to that now and it actually makes it easy to drive sensibly around town, slow & off boost. When on track in the rally car I always kept the car at 5k+ rpm, so for driving quickly the X4 is a similar to how I drove the the rally car.
If I can find a suitable downpipe for the VF13 from the legacy I may fit that for a bit just to see how bad the lag is.
What I would really like is another turbo similar to what's all ready on the X4 and then use that and the VF13 to make a hybrid. As things stand the turbo on the car at present was rebuilt not very long ago, so I don't want to take it apart.

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29 Jan 2014 21:55 #20676

I'm still toying with what to do about the turbo. To be honest I'm thinking I would prefer to keep the current turbo, and look at some after-market engine management.

Time ticks by, and it's now been nearly a year since I got the Storia, so it's almost MOT time again. With that in mind I went to the garage this afternoon and gave the car a good going over. Well, all seems fine for the MOT, but the sills and a couple of other bits could do with treating before the rot sets in.

I did notice that the bushes on the lower suspension arms are starting to crack, so I've been looking for replacement bushes. Well, as it's one of my cars that means cheap and easy to find bushes are not available. After a bit of searching all I can find is complete arms for about £100 each, as long as the ones for the 1.0 Sirion are the same as the X4, otherwise I'm probably looking at special order from Japan.

I also gave the car a coolant and oil change, as well as fitting a new rocker cover gasket & plug seals. I've also been removing some of the engine bay bling (braided hoses & catch tank). I'll hopefully be relocating the battery to the boot later this week. I'll post fresh pics when that's been done.

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