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My journey across the continent and back for a 91 red/saddle ZR-1

 
Old 05-14-2019, 10:42 PM
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guys the tips are rreeaallyy appreciated. hans i will check oil in the am.

other than ac not working which doesnt bother me, its clear there is a leak in the plumbing likely oring related, ....and the warming temps running down the road in 6th at 1800 rpm...the highest i saw was approx 206, which sounds fine, but i will flush the system anyways....
a bit of shimmy if i exceed 62 mph, feels like flat spot related wheel hop in the rear,

power door locks need to be lubed.

the door panels are perfect. passenger seat perfect. driver seat has couple small repairs needed nothing big...honestly its a heck of a car for 80k miles.

In Canada, apparently the cars were shipped with auto detecting headlights. They came on far too early. And the last thing I want to do is take this car to the track with the headlights up! So I will be looking how to somehow cleanly overriding not system in a way that allows it to be put back in place if a future owner wants it stock.

Iím heading to bed, here are some pictures of the Z where she sleeps tonight.

Incidentally here is a little sidenote. My wife and I watched episode five of Game of Thrones last night. Season 8.

All I could think of when the secondaries opened up as I pulled out to pass in third or fourth gear, what how the unique sound of the LT5 reminds me of a firebreathing dragon laying waste to the pavement below. incredible audio tones produced by this engine.


no valet at holiday inn express haha. they are clean and cheap.

the sawblades are growing on me.



here she sleeps until the morning.


i just noticed the front plate holder is awol. in my province we do not use front plates so i will have to find one to fill it.

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After a small holiday inn express breakie, im heading North for some business in Tbay, then on to a cabin for overnight.

Sault ste Marie kind of smells...different than what Im used to. Excellent hospitality and the highschool sports circut is alive and well here as i had to compete for the cheese omelettes with a boys and girls basketball team.

Looks like the Z got a bit wet overnight.

Checked the oil. All good, halfway in the hash marks.

Here is a pic of the heart of the beast. Dirty! Iíll have that fixed up real quick. Check out the ac leak. Guessing orings??

Looking for some photo ops today as i ride along beside Lake Superior.


found the oil all good. bit different than the L98!!!

travelling light


this LT5 runs very strong. Ill clean her up

any links to oring kits?


first leg for today.

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Your ZR1 looks great, thanks for posting the trip

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Expect the engine to use about a qt of oil in 1000 miles, depending how much you get into the secondaries. Your source for many things ZR-1 will be www.jerrysgaskets.com. Jerry will likely have the o-rings. Looks like you got yourself a really nice car that needs very little. A lot of people have paid top dollar only to find secondaries not working and injectors failing.
Enjoy today.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:32 AM
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Funny that you mention the secondaries. I drove 3/4 of yesterday with out them on. I figured the default position was too full engine power. And it was fast! And then I turned on the secondaries and was blown away when I pulled out to pass somebody.

This is completely ruining me for the small block Chevy version of the Corvette. Honestly I have 2L 98ís I think Iím gonna put them up for sale.
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I think the sensor that detects the ambient light is hooped or maybe the small red globe that sits over top of the sensor is clouded out or something. My lights have rotated on and off probably 100 times since this morning. doubt its a big deal.

if anyone knows an easy way to disable the auto-on feature from the canadian cars completely that would be awesome.

Checking from White River!! Cell signal has been spotty.


This is a photo of the sensor that I think is hooped. Or itís clouded up and thinks itís shady outside at least

thats lk superior. Getting into this look out was a little dodgy. Some serious potholes in the gravel.

This picture is funny, I pulled over twice thinking I had an engine bay fire or something. You know, a little bit cautious when you show up and drive a vehicle home 3000 km. Well I finally caught up to the cause of the smell. As in this photograph!

I like these little signs all across the country for the communities.

As a geologist I had no idea that this deep into the Canadian shield the topo graphic relief was this large. You can barely make it out, I almost did a U-turn to take a good quality photo. The cliffs above Lake superior are at least 400 feet tall.

Finished gassing up in White River and on our way again.
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Funny that you mention the secondaries. I drove 3/4 of yesterday with out them on. I figured the default position was too full engine power. And it was fast! And then I turned on the secondaries and was blown away when I pulled out to pass somebody.

This is completely ruining me for the small block Chevy version of the Corvette. Honestly I have 2L 98’s I think I’m gonna put them up for sale.
Its the kind of thing you don’t really understand until you actually drive a ZR-1. You will want to drive with the secondary key always in the “on” position. Cars driven for long periods in the “off” position develop carbon build up on the backs of the intake valves causing other problems down the road. Driving with it always “on” allows gasoline to clean the backs of the valves. When you get your Haibeck chip, he can program it to stay on the “on” position.
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Dogs, awesome. I have no problem turning them on during the day, however I donít want them on the track and I also do not want to be trippy sensitive sensor flipping my lights on and off 200 times in two hours. So I will definitely work with you on a switch for that to make them fully Manuel. Thank you so much for the offer! When I get home Iíll dig into that.

Hans, I will definitely be getting that chip! I canít figure out why anybody would want the vehicle in anything but full power mode! Iíll research that chip but in a nutshell what does it do?
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Viking, does your dash have a flush "vent looking" piece in the dash about the size of a loonie close to the windshield?
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Viking, does your dash have a flush "vent looking" piece in the dash about the size of a loonie close to the windshield?

Is that photograph what you meant?
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Yes. Gently pry up on it and there is a photocell in there that opens and closes the headlight doors. It may be loose or faulty. It is not available any more. I rigged up a generic cell for mine. PM me for the rating when you get home. I believe that the doors will stay closed if you jumper it out.
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Looks like a great trip. You could say I am envious. You'd be right .
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Thanks Arb!

so here are some photos of the drive since that last stop at White River. I have to say, this drive is absolutely perfect for Corvettes! It is twisty and Windee and hilly. Lots of turning up and down to the left and right. Of course you should really be paying attention because on either side of the road most of the time is some sort of igneous or metamorphic rock! It would be Insta Ė over if you went off the road here. Thatís why the speed limit is commonly excepted as 105 kph.




The town of Terrace, Bay really felt like I was beside the ocean. It felt kind of like Alaska. Even though Iíve never been to Alaska. So I guess it felt like how I imagined Alaska would be in the spring as all the snow is melting.




If any of you ever get a chance to do this drive through the Canadian shield in a Corvette you will absolutely not regret one minute of it. It is drop dead gorgeous and makes for excellent driving. The cell signal is very poor north of Sault Sainte Marie. So donít plan on using hands-free to get work done while driving!




Instead you are freed up to listen to some awesome music that you havenít heard in a long long time! Thatís what I have been doing and I have been playing it very loud!




On that note, I just realized this car actually has a CD player as well as a tape deck. You know what that means, Iím going to stop at the Next mega gas station and buy a CD! Letís see if this works. Iíll probably look for something from the 90s when I was in high school and very period Correct for this beast.









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Gangstas Paradise, Regulate, California Love? lol

Love the pictures. Keep em coming!
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that last pic is Barrick gold for any of you gold bugs on the tsx!!!
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Hans, I will definitely be getting that chip! I canít figure out why anybody would want the vehicle in anything but full power mode! Iíll research that chip but in a nutshell what does it do?
Mark Haibeck in Chicago is the high priest of ZR-1 gurus. His website should be on the top of your list for ZR-1 reference material. You will get to know the name well. Www.ZR1Specialist.com. Amongst many other things Mark provides tuning for the LT5 engine. Youíll find the chip for a stock 91 LT5 here. http://www.zr1specialist.com/HAT%20W...on%20BFXBG.htm
Youíll be shocked how it wakes up the performance of a stock engine and it will run cooler as well.

He describes it as follows:
Calibration description for BFXBG. Version 2.
The calibration generally increases torque and horsepower by 10 respectively. It also reduces power fadeout associated with engine compartment heat. The engine will be more powerful and the output will be more consistent as the engine thoroughly warms up.
The original equipment calibration is designed to protect the engine when 87 octane regular grade fuel is used. This calibration optimizes the knock control for fuel with 91 octane or more. Premium grade fuel is required.
- The ignition spark advance is increased 10% at all engine speeds. As a result, the advance at wide open throttle is increased by 3 over the stock calibration to 28 degrees.
- Both of the cooling fans are turned on at 205 degrees. Both turn off at 200 degrees.
- The fuel delivery at wide open throttle is about 6% rich in the stock calibration. The fueling is reduced by 3%.
- The stock calibration retards the ignition spark advance when the intake air temperature is over 90 degrees F. This is revised to 160 degrees and the amount of retard is decreased.
- The engine control system tends to sense false ignition spark knocks during fast throttle openings at lower engine speeds. This can result in a 10 hp power reduction for about a second after the throttle transition. To address this, the ignition spark timing knock retard is reduced by 50%.
- The CAGS (1 to 4 shift) is disabled. Also turns off the 1 to 4 shift lamp.
- The power key mode default is On.
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Great feedback from the community, really enjoying the trip so far.

Wasn't there an easier method to disable CAGS skip shift. I remember hearing it was designed to be disabled by simply disconnecting a certain wire?
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congrats on the new purchase - looks real nice. We should do some cruises this summer. Also like the trip pictures - I used to live in Toronto and driven up to Quebec a few times, so some of the pictures looked familiar
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this is awesome. Keep the updates coming.
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