megasquirt tuning

So, those of you who’ve seen my car recently, know that I’ve recently switched to an aftermarket ECU.  DIYPNP Megasquirt to be exact.  I was scared as heck putting it together (because it was my first time soldering anything for reals) but it all worked out.  I took my time and double/triple checked everything I was doing.  The DIYAutotune guys have a LOT of written information out there to get me through it.

Anyways, this whole time, I’ve been running off my buddy’s maps — since he’s got a different engine and stuff, I’ve been running PIG rich.  Like AFR of 10-12 rich.  So this is what I’m starting to get into right now:


I’ve been reading online and watching youtube videos on how to tune and adjust your VE (volumetric efficiency) tables.  It looks like a giant jumble of numbers to me right now… but I’m still learning!

Nice surprise

So as I’m heading down the route of making my car nice and clean again, I had to source some new parts from club4ag. I thought I was ordering some eyelids and corner lights for the 86 but this is what I got:

Wrapped in Korean newspaper, from Cali.



I got TWO SETS of untracked eyelids! Ones pair seems to have some overspray, but that shouldn’t be hard to clean up.

From that time I hit a tree, both of my eyelids have been destroyed. Passenger side has a huge crack and the driver side disintegrated. Hahah. Now I have a clean set and a spare set!


Here’s some throwback pictures of my first hour owning the peanut:

I seriously need to get to working on this car again…

car peace usdm ae86

If you didn’t catch the speedhunters post they did on an ae86 at Hellaflush Japan, you need to check it out.  Hands DOWN, it’s my one motivator for my 86 build.  It’s absolutely the cleanest 86 I know of.  The engine bay is spotless, the body is clean & oem.

I mean, look at this bay!

Absolutely gorgeous.  Wire tuck (which is definitely easier when you’re running carbs, like here), tucked the brake lines, relocated battery, relocated fuse block, welded up holes, brake booster delete, etc.  SO NICE.  It’s perfect.  And that high rise header?  OMG.

future of the 86

So, recently I’ve been contemplating where I want to go with the 86.  Do I want to turn it into a drift car?  A grip car?  A missile?  A clean daily?

Here’s how clean my car was, two years ago.  February 2010, at the NST 5th anniversary car show/drift event.

february 2010

A huge part of me wants to finish my widebody and start prepping my car for some body work, etc etc.  Get it all clean and repaint it again, like I did before.  I know it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to do that.  I’m going to take on the task of learning bondo work and prepping all the car myself, so that when it comes time to take it to a shop, all they would have to spray it.  I’m hoping to have it looking as clean as this one:

In due time… there’s a lot planned for my 86, I need to get going on it!