With a turbo engine, a bit of blow by is the nature of the beast. An oil catch can can catch that oil and keep it out of the PCV and intake system. AAD produced a beautiful unit that also allows for the relocation of the PCV. Time will tell how much oil gets collected.
Beautifully designed unit. Anodized red; the fastest color.
The can itself
Installed with the supplied bracket to existing mounting holes
Time to eliminate some slop from the drivetrain and install the Neu-f torque arm insert. This insert fills the voids in the stock rubber bushing, providing a more responsive engine and helping to eliminate wheel-hop, while introducing only a minimal amount of NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness). You’ll notice the extra vibration at idle and taking off slowly from a stop at first, but after quickly getting used to this, the mod is well worth it.
Overall, the install is pretty straight-forward. Dropping down the exhaust slightly by unbolting at the downpipe and popping off one rubber hanger is necessary in order to access and remove the two bolts holding the arm in place.
Everybody loves car parts in red!
Unbolting the exhaust from the downpipe is simple, and makes installing the insert easy
Arm without the insert. Rust prevention provided by this nice slow leak.
Loosening of one bolt, and removal of the other drops the arm down
Ready for the insert!
The insert just slides right in
Like a glove!
Bolted back up with the insert in place
Fiona asked if her stance could look a bit meaner. She’s already as low as I dare go, so spacing out her wheels a bit should do the trick. I went with 10mm Eibach hub centric spacers in all four corners.
Space in place
German on Italian
Rump in the air
Spaced out and ready to roll
Beeftacular chassis braces from El Gato Engineering! Stiff doesn’t even begin to describe these robust works of art.
The EL Gato Chassis Braces
Look at those angles. And that cat!
On the back
Stock stamped steel on the passenger side
Passenger side comparison
Once of these might be just a bit stronger than the other.
Passenger side mounted up
Stock driver’s side
Driver’s side comparison
Driver’s side mounted up
This March is actually turning out to be quite nice! A stint of unseasonably warm weather has caused me to throw caution to the wind, and do away with the winter wheels and tires for the season. Hopefully I don’t regret this decision in a couple weeks.
Since the stock Pirelli’s were nearly slicks after 20k, a new set of rubber was in order. I opted for a set of 205/45ZR-16 BFG g-Force Sport COMP-2‘s.
Just so you know, you can fit 8 tires into a 500! Fortunately, I didn’t have to drive far in the configuration (the tire shop was just up the road), since visibility to the right and rear was pretty much zero. I needed to have the stock tires dismounted from the factory wheels, and the new tires mounted up.
Why didn’t I just swap over the wheels in advance, so I would only have needed to take the new tires to the shop? Because I don’t trust any shop to put Fiona on a lift, nor lay a socket on her lug bolts, that’s why! I swapped the wheels over myself as soon as I return home Then found some corners in need of carving.
Gotta love these deliveries from tirerack.com
Tread for days
205/45ZR-16 BFG g-Force Sport COMP-2
Cleaning up the factory wheels
Loaded to the gills! 8 tires and 4 wheels in there
So much room to spare
Not the most talkative passenger
Over the top
Nothing to see here, officer
It’s go time!