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Old 10-16-2014, 01:35 AM   #1
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So instead of just me taking up the performance thread I started, ill just make more of a "build thread" I guess.

2006 Saturn Ion Redline

As of now:
Magnaflow Muffler
AEM SRI
Dual Pass Endplate

About to finish:
Option B plumbing

Future:
60# injectors
Strut Brace
Rear Sway Bar
Shorter Belt
2.9 Pulley
1 Step colder plugs
lowered
exhaust (considering going custom with this)

Way Future:
TVS S/C w/supports for that


I will have pictures up of the option b as soon as I finish it. I have to wait for my new injector harness to come in (I clipped mine somehow reinstalling the s/c).
The harness and injectors are in the mail.

I think I have someone somewhat close that can tune as well.

Basically this is a "stage 3" kit, but screw that. I don't wanna be like everyone else. Once I get all this together, get it tested, I will probably start looking into building the motor itself (bore the head, upgraded pistons, cams, etc).

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Old 10-17-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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Ordered the belt, plugs, and pulley puller last night. Got an amazing deal from someone on the redline forum.
Going to start looking for a header, too.
Then a tuner would be nice.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:29 PM   #3
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A performance shop just opened up about 20 minutes from me that has HPTuners. So hopefully the guy has worked with an LSJ before.
If so, it will only cost 450 for a tune and a dyno. That isn't to bad.
But before that I at least want to get a header.

Everything is just waiting to be put on at this point, being I cant drive the car without a tune.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:15 PM   #4
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We have a few out this way .... I never bothered with a tune.
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #5
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Was yours set up like your current Ion?
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:47 AM   #6
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Hey Goalie,

Can you share the location of the stash of greenbacks you have to fund this venture? My 95 SC2 clear coat on the rear wing is disintegrating.

Always wanted to turbo the 95 -- never got around to it -- now it's too late...

Oops this is an Ion RL thread---sorry.

Your mods both current and future seem nice. The one thing I always wondered but never asked is ----how to you get a tuned car like yours will be to pass a smog test with all the extra fuel per unit time and increased emissions?

Or is the most obvious answer the correct one---you don't have smog tests where you live.......
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:08 AM   #7
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Well, when you sign up for the slowbaltss net, those guys sell stuff dirt cheap. No joke. I probably have a thousand dollars worth of parts, that I didnt pay half that for.

I just realized. This should probably be in the performance section, not the Ion section. LMAO

I say turbo it. Im sure you can find a low liter turbo at the junk yard. I am not to sure what is compatible with that motor though. Something to look into.
But like ive seen discussed before, it would probably be a lot of custom fabricating to make it work.
Think I read somewhere that the head on the 91/92 is better for the 93-95s? When my 92 blows up, I may consider doing something with it depending on how far along the RL is. Maybe get way in above my head and try to drop an LSJ in it.

No smog test here. Just a break test. Which is a joke as well, unless you have tint. That's all they really care about. 3 out of the 4 times ive taken my car in, they had me pull it in the garage and just slapped the sticker on.
The last time, they checked everything, then failed me for my tint being 3% to dark. Then they didnt like that I told them to take it out of the garage and it would be fine.
Even better, took my moms car down once, and they popped the hood to make sure it had a motor in it. No joke, that's what the guy told me.
When I leave Louisiana though to go back up north, that's when I will probably have some issues. But oh well, it will be fun for now.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:33 AM   #8
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If all goes well these next few days, I may pick up a Brembo big break swap kit for the car as well. Low miles on it, and the guy wants like 1/4 of the price for it. So why not?

I really want to push the m62 to its limit before I upgrade it. And most people claim meth/e85 and a 2.6/7 pulley will do so. I think I want to take a different route with it, but still working on a game plan.

Ultimately it would be nice to find a 2.4 and put the lsj internals in it, and make a beast of a motor. Finding a 2.4 for cheap enough is the issue.
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Old 11-01-2014, 04:52 AM   #9
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Well, no go on the brembos. Sold before I got paid. Oh well.

One of the guys in the area is doing a turbo swap, so he said he will cut me a deal on a BadMab header, brand new zzp catted downpipe, ported/polished blower, and a 2.7 pulley. So lets see if he comes through for me.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:46 AM   #10
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Just came across a wrecked Cobalt SS near Pensacola, and its the SS with the 2.4 in it. The guy wants 2k for the car. Now, I know I can make some money back selling the transmission, and other little odds and ends. But the question is, can I talk him down some more? I just want the motor. That means I can push the RL to its limit where it sits now, and have one hell of a car with the m62 in it. Tuned right, I could probably put down around 275 at the wheel. Decisions, decisions.

Its that, or bore the head, larger pistons, better cams, all that. Either way, it wont be cheap, but something to keep me occupied if I go this route instead of building what I have.

I think I could do better with the cams from the 2.4, having a 2.3 stroker, but it will be nice to have everything already there so I can do trial runs, yuh know?
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