Ever since the engine install I couldn't really tell but it was losing power more and more even to a point where I was driving behind a 4.2 N/A Cruiser to Hennops for the charity day and the Cruiser was faster between traffic lights. So it got to a point where it felt that the turbo was only compensating for the 35" badly. :confused:
Even in that condition 4x4ing improved significantly and I was quite pleased, so at the end of the day just before the braai we went far a splash in the water hole, I drove through carefully because I knew my air filter is not correct as it is one of those cone type crap and was "liberated" of my cousins Land Rover, just that statement makes me kringe, should have know something will go wrong :confused: . So after driving through slowly and correctly, I stopped to check and surely some water got in. Luckily it didn't "suck" a lot of water as to cause any concern but left the filter damp. So I drove from the water hole to the lapa without a filter just to give it a chance to dry while be Braai
so I decide to give it a bit of juice just to check is all is wel...maar toe voertsek daai ding.
It was the bleddie air filter that suffocated the whole system.
So that week I looked for the biggest Donaldson air box that I could fit under the hood and made it work, made a few brackets and had to move the Radiator overflow bottle forward a bit. It has Two filters inside. The second filter is suppose to be replaced every 3rd main filter replacement. Will see how filter life goes but the main filter is cheaper than the correct TD42 filters and is used on so many trucks and commercial equipment that it might be more freely available, but time will tell.
So the next day me and my Hilux Chommie decided to go try Piesnagskloof again. Last time was with Bre's 4.5 and that didn't impress me at all. Realy loved the GU but on standard supention was just to low for the technical stuff but awesome and comfortable tourer.
But this time I came prepared, lifted and on 35" tires
Ag dit was maar nou net kinderspeletjies
With the new airbox there was at last real Power
and EGT's lowered considerably.
Then came the time to start with the Intercooler. I sukkel-ed on my on for a wile trying to locate a decent intercooler anywhere from truck parts to goldwagen to the turbo people and no one wanted to help or it was rediculously priced.
Finaly I gave up and asked Tinus and Micheal for help. Within a 2 days I had a decent sided intercooler in hand. 600x300x76. Go big or go home.
I made all the brackets and made it fit behind the grill and Micheal arranged for the pipe work.
The major challenges making it fit was the left aircon pipe from the condenser had to be rerouted slightly and I had to grind away about 10-20mm of the bottom of my grill.
Put it on some rubber mountings as well just to make sure things don't vibrate apart.
What came back today can only be described as ART.
Considering making the bonnet out of transparent perspex so I can look at it while driving. WWW
(excuse the dirty engine
It walks as koel as a Komkommer now
So at first I didn't notice much difference with the exhaust except that the heavenly noise move to the back which was sad for a bit but appreciated on the highway.