February 19, 2016

Electrical Parts Swapping

While reviewing my battery relocation diagram and checking it against various references two potential issues came to my attention. The first was that I was going to need a different remote starter solenoid relay.

Shown above right is the outgoing Allstar Performance solenoid (part #ALL76203) with its replacement, a Borg Warner "Select" solenoid (part #S5048), on the leftBoth are examples of a remote starter solenoid relay, commonly referred to as "Ford-style" due to the automakers use of fender mounted units. For many years the small-block/big-block Chevy crowd have implemented these as a solution for "hot start" issues, a condition where the starter is slow to crank due to heat-soak-induced electrical resistance. Of course on a Saturn S-Series LLO this is a non-issue (more on the remote solenoid "hot start" remedy can be found at the Crankshaft Coalition Wiki). When laying out my battery relocation I chose to include a remote solenoid as safety measure. By function a remote starter solenoid relay is only energized when the starter switch is engaged, bridging the connection between the battery and starter. What this ultimately means is that the cable run from the solenoid to the starter will only be live while cranking.

February 13, 2016

Oil Catch Can, Ready To Install

I brushed the dust off of this finished component for a photo-op. At long last, presenting the catch can in all of its powder coated glory.

I won't bore the audience by throwing even more text at this subject (for anyone just joining us, more information on the catch can is viewable in the "Preview" and "Welded Up" posts). Keen observers may notice that the filter has color shifted from white to red. As evidence of time lost during the project's hiatus, K&N started turning out their smaller line of filters with a synthetic media similar in color to AEM's "Dryflow" air filters. I would be lying if I claimed to have made the switch for any reason other than my intake and catch can matching.