Depending what I do for valve stuff, the engine might be ready in a week or two. So, time to get off my rear end and get to busy on this car.
Not directly related to the engine build, but a necessary component when making more power is the cooling system. I have all new hoses, and a new radiator for this (I'm reusing my aluminum Dali expansion tank).
When I take the front bumper off later, I'll fabricate a nicer airbox to the radiator (ala what John@Microsoft did), but for now, I cleaned up the front end...
And will be putting this in:
It's the PWR #2419 model for the NSX. I got it from Dali and it looks like a nice setup. I did a little trimming around the hose barbs, and also at the far reaches of the shroud. I'm not concerned with stationary cooling so much as I am with at-speed cooling when I'm producing power. So, I tried to swiss-cheese the shroud but retain some strength where it sits against the radiator at the edges. I think I accomplished that.
Just trying to get the front finished up... Still need to install the rebuilt rack by D1guy and redo my ABS-delete brake lines.
OEM valve springs, retainers, and seats are now on order from Japan with no ETA. I should have thought about this earlier. Oh well, I can go ahead and rebuild the short block while the heads can sit and wait until the parts come in....
After all this, I'm not going to put the old original stuff back in there, especially after reading about how Rob Morrison lost two engines due to dropped valves from failed keepers and retainers.
Did you reuse your springs/retainers/seats/keepers BATMANs or go with aftermarket?
Theres a lot of stress placed on the retainers and keepers though. Did you reuse those too?
If u r still run stock cam and stock rev limiter. I don't see why u need to upgrade valve train. U r gonna lose hp on stock cams with stiffer valve spring
I agree with not needing stiffer valvesprings, but I'm replacing mine just because of the valvespring and retainer/keeper stresses they've already been exposed to after 20 years and 130k hard miles.
For example, a failed NSX OEM retainer:
Is it necessary? No. But for another $500, you can get all new OEM seats/springs/keepers/retainers. That's about the same cost as aftermarket stuff... but without the potential titanium keeper worry.
But... I also didn't buy:
* Billet main bearing caps and do the associated machining and bearing sizing. Here's hoping they'll be OK with my measly 500WHP build and finely-balanced rotating assembly.
* ARP rod bolts - mine measured fine for stretch so I'm reusing them but with new OEM washers and nuts.
* Power Enterprise TB - Using a new OEM one. Never heard of a problem with OEM if it's replaced on time.
* ATI Dampener - Bought a new OEM one instead. Nothing against ATI, but Honda designed this to dampener to deal with the harmonic modes of this 90degree V6 crank. I'm sure ATI does their own modeling and calcs in-house with 20 year-newer computer codes... but the OEM should still be fine.
When doing this stuff you make your choices and then live with 'em!
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He said that if you stick with the cro-moly steel retainers (not the titanium ones) they will last a VERY long time. There's also the matter of galavanic corrosion.
The other "rare" times that he has seen failed retainers was from when the piston and valves contacted (ie- dropping into first gear at freeway speeds, etc.).
So in the link that you provided did it depict a piston and valve contact event?
....."the pistons hit the valves, the valves bent, and since we have very little squish area the hard valves pound the heads, and pound the piston."
The ATI balancer is lighter and will free up more power - part of their benefits.
PE Timing belt is used in races and suppose to be stronger and less likely to stretch. I'm confident that this was a good choice given that the Supercharger solution puts more stress on the OEM timing belts that wasn't designed with a blower in mind.
He said if it were due to over-revving, then more of the valves would have been damaged.
Nice job looks like a sparkling jewel.
Notice the ceramic. Coatings on headers and pistons.
I've. Gone more extreme........
I just got the car back!!!!!
I'll be posting the break down of the price and parts soon.
Right now it doesn't really drive right since I need an alignment and tune (1 full point drop in compression ratio).
I'm going to simmer in my happiness...... for a little while.