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    Default Red 82 VH SS Commodore

    ok so here's my pride & joy

    Unfortunately digital cameras weren't a big thing back in 2004, so I don't have any photos of when I first bought the car or the build. Wish I had taken photos using what I had though...

    Anyway, so a bit of history
    I bought it back in 2004, as a stock VH SS (4.2L 4spd). It was sold to me by a dodgy sort of guy who had performed a quick paintjob on it and obviously wanted to make a few bucks. It was stock right down to the original SS 14 inch Cheviot alloy wheels. Engine, gearbox & suspension was stuffed, so I basically drove the thing home on a trade plate, parked it in the garage and pulled it to pieces. I replaced fairly much all of the interior - including recovering the dash(previous owner had removed the SS door trims and seats, fitting beige..... door trims & seats..... great match to the remaining SS dark claret dash & roof lining.... . Replaced all the suspension, built up a warmed 304 out of a VR coupled with a T5 and dropped it in. And there's been ongoing mods since

    So as it stands today.
    Budget was very tight at the time, so engine internals aren't anything over the top.
    ACL race series flat top pistons, stock reground crank, Crow cam, standard reco VR heads, double row timing set, YT roller rockers, JP oil pump, Pacemaker headers, 3 inch single exhaust. A few years ago I fitted up the Trickshift twin throttle manifold, 42lb injectors, Bosch 040 fuel pump, underfloor fuel surge tank, oil surge tank, Kalmaker SP3 ECU. Had it tuned by Terry Seng at Paramount Performance. For what chassis dyno readings are worth, it makes a consistent 270-278rwhp (3 different dynos). Might have a set of COME alloy heads soon, so might have a bit more in it.

    Suspension - Urethane bushes, 27mm front sway bar, front adjustable 'coil overs', king springs, koni adj yellow inserts, k-mac camber/castor adjusters. Adjustable castor/z-bar rods ready to be fitted when I get the time. Rear 17mm sway bar, adjustable spring platforms, king springs, koni adj yellow shocks, adjustable upper control arms, adjustable panhard rod

    Brakes - Front: 330mm rotors, twin spot C4 (Grp A) calipers, Rear: ventilated Grp A rotors and calipers. Braided lines coming soon

    Wheels/tyres: 'Walkinshaw' wheels, 225/50/16 Toyo R1R tyres

    Diff - 3.08 LSD 10 bolt Salisbury. Plans to upgrade to 3.55 gears and truetrac centre.

    The A/C system is now operational, VR compressor wired through ECU and it's fitted with a pair of Cobra 'Daytona' front seats.

    It's primarily intended as a comfortable, reliable street car (which it does well) that can still hold it's own against some of the later model HSV's and FPV's. It's an easy car to drive, doesn't overheat, still gets 10L/100 on the highway (and that's with the 02 sensor disabled). But over the last few years I've been taking it out for the occasional sprint day and loved it, hence the recent brake, suspension upgrades, fuel & oil surge tanks and Toyo tyres. The ongoing challenge now is improving it's track ability, without sacrificing too much of it's driveability and creature comforts for the street.

    Here's a few pictures











    and a bit of video footage of a recent SDT driver training session at Morgan Park Raceway
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    Dazz your everywhere lol
    As always love your car mate very neat and tidy.

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    ... luv ya work Daz

    looks great!
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    Nice work mate. One thing i found on my vl was to make a solid bracket from master cyl to strut tower. Changed the feel of the brakes massively. I had nissan 4 pot but felt spongey till i put the bracket it. Firewall flex is massive on these.

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    Nice car and looks like a lot of fun too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matty12 View Post
    Nice work mate. One thing i found on my vl was to make a solid bracket from master cyl to strut tower. Changed the feel of the brakes massively. I had nissan 4 pot but felt spongey till i put the bracket it. Firewall flex is massive on these.
    geezus yes.. they are horrid

    I made a large thick bracket for mine .. problem solved

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    How are you finding the Nolathane strut tops?

    watch em because as they age they can fail with the centre pushing through strut mount

    Both of mine did it on my VH, fortunately it happened when the car was in the garage with the bonnet up so no damage done.

    I'll probably upgrade to a full steel type next time, something like this


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    Quote Originally Posted by immortality View Post
    How are you finding the Nolathane strut tops?

    watch em because as they age they can fail with the centre pushing through strut mount

    Both of mine did it on my VH, fortunately it happened when the car was in the garage with the bonnet up so no damage done.

    I'll probably upgrade to a full steel type next time, something like this

    Nolathanes? ... junked after only 2 seasons ( too much flex.. you could feel them moving when you turned the wheel)


    I fully rebuilt the front 'legs' at that time... new Bilsteins, axle stiffener, alloy pillow ball tops and a proper coilover setup

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    Very nice!!
    you Dyno at 1 less HP than me with 51less cubes. I think I need a manifold like yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    Nolathanes? ... junked after only 2 seasons ( too much flex.. you could feel them moving when you turned the wheel)


    I fully rebuilt the front 'legs' at that time... new Bilsteins, axle stiffener, alloy pillow ball tops and a proper coilover setup

    Right, must handle a lot better now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce. View Post
    Very nice!!
    you Dyno at 1 less HP than me with 51less cubes. I think I need a manifold like yours.
    Yep, your manifold will be holding it back

    It's a (professionally) modified banana's manifold, know anybody that can weld alloy? We could make one cheaper than you could buy one from Aussie. I have a spare manifold we can cut up here if your keen to go that way. I'm looking at going that way for the Senator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badcrabby View Post
    Dazz your everywhere lol
    As always love your car mate very neat and tidy.
    I do my best to be everywhere lol
    thanks mate!

    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty2 View Post
    ... luv ya work Daz

    looks great!
    cheers Smitty! As I said in your thread, your VK has provided plenty of inspiration as far as my track mods go

    Quote Originally Posted by matty12 View Post
    Nice work mate. One thing i found on my vl was to make a solid bracket from master cyl to strut tower. Changed the feel of the brakes massively. I had nissan 4 pot but felt spongey till i put the bracket it. Firewall flex is massive on these.
    thanks
    Yeah my pedal feel isn't exactly confidence inspiring with the engine running, despite a new master cylinder and regularly flushed fluid. Although having said that, when I need the brakes they pull up on a dime and zero fade even at the track. The master cylinder bracket was next on my list along with braided brake hoses which is also supposed to help

    Quote Originally Posted by hq308 View Post
    Nice car and looks like a lot of fun too.
    cheers mate love your Q as well

    Quote Originally Posted by immortality View Post
    How are you finding the Nolathane strut tops?

    watch em because as they age they can fail with the centre pushing through strut mount

    Both of mine did it on my VH, fortunately it happened when the car was in the garage with the bonnet up so no damage done.

    I'll probably upgrade to a full steel type next time, something like this
    I haven't had any troubles so far, but fully aware of the issue. The factory rubber mounts were notorious for doing the same thing. This is my second set of kmacs (only about 12 months/5000km old). My last set lasted me around 80,000km before it started to show signs of sagging, but they never let go. So I'm happy with them so far. But the bonnet comes up after every decent run and I have a good look over most things, so if anything is sus, I'll know about it. I had considered the metal tops when I bought this last pair, my main concern is how harsh they would be on a street car. Dedicated race car, no dramas, but roads out here aren't that friendly. So I decided to stick with the urethane tops as they have served me well so far.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce. View Post
    Very nice!!
    you Dyno at 1 less HP than me with 51less cubes. I think I need a manifold like yours.
    I second that! That factory manifold won't be doing your stroker kit any justice at all. Depending on the rest of your setup, you could be giving away 30-50 rwhp!
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    Very nice car mate. I need to get my VHSS up on here pronto and we can call it the members VH section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedTaxi View Post
    Very nice car mate. I need to get my VHSS up on here pronto and we can call it the members VH section.
    do it!

    it's nice to see so many nice VH's here
    Don't see many around these days
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    Some more upgrades over the last week

    Whiteline adjustable caster rods and adjustable height rose joint tie rod ends (addresses bump steer after lowering)
    I got as much caster dialed in before the wheel hits the front of the guard. Just short of 4 deg
    Tie rods are now level again with the control arms - should eliminate most bump steer.
    Around 2.5 deg camber

    With these mods, plus a set of Toyo R1R semi-track tyres now fitted, I'm keen to see if I can shave a couple of seconds of my PB at Lakeside
    Next on the suspension list is Whiteline adjustable sway bars. I'll get the rear first, because I'm fairly happy with the 27mm front bar at the moment, but it needs less rear bar to settle the back end on the track. At the moment from memory it's about a 20mm.



    photo with the increased caster - note how close the front of the wheel is to the guard!
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    .. nice work!

    go back to the std 15mm ( I think) rear bay and leave the front standard too
    it makes the Toyos work just that tad harder.. and the warmer they are the more they stick!

    4°caster is good (mine has 5) and 2.5° of camber is good (don't do more for street/strip duties)
    Way to check it works ? .. get it up flat out (you know... $200) and let go the steering! If it tracks straight
    ( it should) then you are on the money. If not.. its got the wanders, check your TOE settings (don't change the caster)
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