lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:03 pm

Magnaflow muffler and exhaust tip.
http://youtu.be/yij7BThpbBA
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Next time I have her on a lift, I can take a picture of the fantastic fab work done by a local shop.

EDIT: And no, I'm not flipping anyone the bird. I have my hand out flat to block out glare from the sun. :oops: :P
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:10 pm

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Preview picture of headlights painting.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby Doug14 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 2:33 pm

Sounds good! and the headlights look awesome too

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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:56 pm

Well, the Magnaflow muffler had a core break loose after about 24 hours of normal driving. Fantastic!

I verified that the internals of the muffler had detached from the body and had my classmates saw the muffler off to be mailed off. The base exhaust without a muffler on (distance driven: class to home, home to the muffler shop so about 6 miles total at the most) sounds just like a single-engine propeller plane to me. It's not as loud as most trucks, but it's way too loud. Did not help that the piping was ended under the trunk. I was going to wait on a refund from the seller we bought it from on eBay, but the guy managing the shop was too difficult and we'll be redeeming the warranty through Magnaflow and selling the replacement. Apparently certain models of Magnaflow mufflers are more prone to failure, so I don't feel willing to put the replacement on and risk having it fail as well.

I drove the Imba Impala for the next day until the thermostat bypass upper pipe blew out a 1.5" gash and spewed a lot of coolant about halfway home. Luckily it didn't overheat and I have a replacement L-pipe at the shop I work at ready to be bought at a discounted price.

I bought a Thrush welded muffler (#17659) and had it welded on for $80. Sounds fine to me and weighs considerably less than stock. Sound will come much later. It is also not the same size as stock and louder, but doesn't drone on the highway (75-80 MPH) as the Magnaflow did.

My next projects:
[*]paint exhaust system, excluding tip and header, VHT flameproof red for rust protection and also just because
[*]remove Magnaflow tip because anger
[*]JEGS tip with Thrush logo engraved on it (??? this may be a pricey task)
[*]roof rack caps
[*]cams

My mom walked by and told me I spend too much time on my car, as though maybe I should spend it instead on painting my nails or watching the news 24/7. Given that I'm waiting for Zach to get off of work in the next 30 minutes at my parents' house, I'm not sure what she really expects me to be doing? :?:
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:47 pm

Expect the big project to be completed in the next week (Mon-Thurs); much thanks to SalsaGuy for his great deal of help in making this happen, mac99d for encouragement and diagrams, and two people I can't reveal yet. Don't worry, you'll be recognized as long as my engine doesn't explode.

If it blows up, the wait will be considerably longer. And also my parents will probably disown me and Zach will break up with me. And I'll be forced to live on the streets, sleeping in cactus and eating scorpions to survive.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby TheMastrmind » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:33 am

Awesome Vibe! The headlights look awesome and I cant wait to see the big reveal
I pretty much struggle with an addiction to music.

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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:18 pm

The links broke here :(
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:33 am

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Here's my push-to-start system with RFID. Turns out my PKE system wasn't broken, but my 12V+ constant STOPPED BEING HOT. NFI what happened.

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New Stonehenge picture.

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New main picture.

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Old picture I think I've posted before?

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Now over 100k!
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby kaflex » Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:46 am

I was looking at the push to start systems, how was the install of it?
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:19 am

kaflex wrote:I was looking at the push to start systems, how was the install of it?

It's not too hard. The one I got was $34. Make sure you get RFID, otherwise anyone can hop in and start the engine.

In the ignition harness, you need to splice into the ON 1 and ON 2 position wires, a 12V+ constant, run a wire down to a ground, splice to ACC and START.

The other wire you have to splice is the brake light switch. The one I got also had a wire for the "break right" which took me forever to realize meant "brake light;" I did not splice this one in, however.

You also are supposed to leave the end of a key in the ignition cylinder and in the ON or ACC position to unlock the mechanical steering wheel immobilizer.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby kaflex » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:40 am

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kaflex wrote:I was looking at the push to start systems, how was the install of it?

It's not too hard. The one I got was $34. Make sure you get RFID, otherwise anyone can hop in and start the engine.

In the ignition harness, you need to splice into the ON 1 and ON 2 position wires, a 12V+ constant, run a wire down to a ground, splice to ACC and START.

The other wire you have to splice is the brake light switch. The one I got also had a wire for the "break right" which took me forever to realize meant "brake light;" I did not splice this one in, however.

You also are supposed to leave the end of a key in the ignition cylinder and in the ON or ACC position to unlock the mechanical steering wheel immobilizer.



$34!!!!! :shock: The one I was looking at was $200 something. Where you get it at?
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Postby lannvouivre » Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:35 pm

The Push-to-start button I ordered was from aliexpress.com . I have had pretty good luck with the products on there, although I rather hope the employees assembling these goods are treated well. If you ask store owners about the products, you'll usually get a response within a couple of days. Sometimes they don't speak or understand English, but if they can help you they always give you a good response.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby Blanco_Diablo » Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:25 pm

Sorry if I missed your post, but what type of paint did you use on your headlights? How was the painting process, did you have to use multiple coats? ? What did you mask with? Do you have any close-up shots of the final look? Apologies for all of the questions, I have a project in the works and in the advice-seeking stage :)

Your ride looks great BTW!

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Postby lannvouivre » Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:54 pm

I used Duplicolor inside the housings, just the "factory-match" colors that I still have no idea whether the white matches. I used some Ford gunmetal color on the housings and the ...arctic white GM color? Just make sure you use a primer color that's different from the color coats. I didn't use any clearcoat. I think I did at least 4 coats.

The outside was lacquer clearcoat, which is kind of cracking near the turn signals, so I have to wetsand and repaint (probably with Krylon clear this time).

Thanks ;)
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Wed Dec 10, 2014 6:35 pm

To do list:
Engine overhaul completion
  1. Tighten exhaust cam sprocket bolt
  2. Tighten exhaust manifold spring bolts
  3. Tighten rear motor mount
  4. Get help lifting the engine so last motor mount bolt can be installed
  5. Hook up throttle body coolant hose
  6. Slide hose clamps into positions
  7. install negative battery cables and wire wraps
  8. Plug in fuse box
  9. Install intake
  10. Finish bolting on and plugging in power steering pump
  11. Install drive belt
  12. install battery
  13. Install axles and refill transmission
  14. Pray to Mara
  15. Test drive

Other
  1. Replace or restore headlight lenses
  2. Convert to rear discs
  3. Repaint interior trim
  4. LEDs
  5. Shinies
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Mon Dec 22, 2014 8:02 pm

Engine is running!

To do
  1. Replace or restore headlight lenses
  2. Convert to rear discs
  3. Repaint interior trim
  4. LEDs
  5. Shinies
  6. Upgrade radiator, fan, and fan shroud/overflow tank; install transmission cooler
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby tpollauf » Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:13 pm

lannvouivre wrote:Engine is running!


Ah the sound of success ;) You go girl! Updated pics of everything when you're done.
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Postby vibrologist » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:56 pm

:D
high five!
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Postby lannvouivre » Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:50 pm

Updated my original post with pictures that aren't broken ;)
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Postby lannvouivre » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:08 pm

Updates:
Quantum Audio 4-channel amp
Edelbrock air filter
Thrush glasspack muffler

I cleaned up the original post's list of mods.
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Postby lannvouivre » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:00 pm

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Newest picture. Removed stripes because they were really beat up.
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Postby lannvouivre » Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:54 pm

Updates:
Replaced glasspack with a 2.25" Vibrant SuperQuiet or whatever resonator.
Replaced Thrush welded muffler with 2.25" Hooker Aerochamber muffler
New Hyrule flair so that everyone knows where my allegiance lies, in case anyone was unsure
New Pioneer speakers in back
New Pioneer compact 4-channel amplifier because the Quantum failed and the company would not fking respond to my queries
New 3" Morimoto projectors, forgot the model name
New Kensun 5000K D2S bulbs
New wheel well liner from my BF running over some poor huge roadkilled animal when we were in Dallas, ironically a day or two after we went to Roadkill Takes America
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Postby lannvouivre » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:09 pm

New GM emblem 22724862
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HVAC etc bezels wrapped in 3M cf vinyl. Yes, they aren't all going the same way. No, I am not concerned about this.
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Also got some cheap paw-print aluminum tire valve stem caps. I am hoping they won't fade or get stolen.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby vibenvy » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:05 pm

Lookin' good Leigh! Is that a 2nd gen badge?
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Postby lannvouivre » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:27 am

vibenvy wrote:Lookin' good Leigh! Is that a 2nd gen badge?

G6 trunk badge, apparently. Would have to look it up again.
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Postby vibenvy » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:53 pm

Ah. It definitely looks like the 2nd gen badges. They probably used the same badges on all their models.
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Postby lannvouivre » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:30 am

The sizes very by a good deal.

http://www.ebay.com/usr/awezoom?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

I used this seller.
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Postby lannvouivre » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:36 pm

Replaced my Opt7 ballasts with a Kensun kit. I was having to use some amp to D2S adapters with my last set of Kensun bulbs, and unfortunately the adapter wouldn't release one bulb and the ground insulator got broken. The new Kensuns are D2S with amp connectors and 4300 or 4500k.

Massive improvement. The Opt7s are ok, but they didn't output enough power and the right one always had problems with fluctuations.

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Postby lannvouivre » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:33 pm

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Sebring wheels because the konigs are ejecting their clearcoat.
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Postby vibrologist » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:42 am

I do like those Sebring wheels on a Vibe. I keep wondering how it would look if the gold on them was replace with red to mach the calipers and the Vibe script.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:46 pm

I might end up doing something like that later on, but I just had to order some new tires on top of still needing to work on replacing the transmission with a C60 soonish. The local job market remains cruddy, unfortunately.
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Postby lannvouivre » Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:05 pm

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Valve cover and oil pan aren't done.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby lannvouivre » Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:52 pm

Aaaaaand I sold it. When I have replaced a couple of parts on the replacement, I will post it in Others.
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby vibenvy » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:54 pm

lannvouivre wrote:Aaaaaand I sold it.

Gary told us in Nashville :cry:!
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Postby lannvouivre » Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:20 pm

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This is what I have now. :)
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Re: lannvouivre - 2006 Vibe Base "Epona"

Postby ehoff121 » Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:21 am

:shock:

Wow! Enjoy!!
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