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Just thought I'd share my build so far. Started in April this year, initially bought to build a small off-roader and snowballed into a full build from scratch. The direction took a couple turns along the way as you'll see in the post and is still a work in progress, (hopefully to be completed this year). Open to suggestions and feedback as this is my first build and you guys would probably have great suggestions as things I may have overlooked and should get done.

Day 1
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Scrap Down;
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Big commitment;
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Fab begins;

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Mounts fabed and installed;
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Manifold lineup;
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Custom Chromoly tiered adjusters:

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SS Downpipe
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Front End Suspension, Bumpstop and Dampener complete; Steering mounted

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Engine taking shape:

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Fuel, water and oil lines ran out;

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Wow. What an incredible amount of work and mods. I must ask, what is your final vision for this vehicle? What was your plan for it, before starting? Considering the scrap heap that I’ve been driving for the past 25 years, I might have stopped at your first photo in ‘Day 1’, as that looked pretty good to me. This is an amazing build, and your photos are top notch (thanks for posting them). I’m really interested in what your final vision (and use for the car) will be. Do you plan to remap the ECU? From what I understand, even with the turbo, and other engine mods, the stock ECU will attempt to keep your engine values within the perimeters that the ECU dictates.....????
 

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Wow. What an incredible amount of work and mods. I must ask, what is your final vision for this vehicle? What was your plan for it, before starting? Considering the scrap heap that I’ve been driving for the past 25 years, I might have stopped at your first photo in ‘Day 1’, as that looked pretty good to me. This is an amazing build, and your photos are top notch (thanks for posting them). I’m really interested in what your final vision (and use for the car) will be. Do you plan to remap the ECU? From what I understand, even with the turbo, and other engine mods, the stock ECU will attempt to keep your engine values within the perimeters that the ECU dictates.....????
Thanks man. I have an AEM EMS4 stand alone ecu so I won't be reusing the stock ecu. A set of 425cc injectors off a subaru wrx are already fitted. It's going to be totally rewired from scratch. The interior will be custom aluminum doors skins and dash, I have a full array of autometer gauges, it's getting ac and insulation to be comfortable. The final vision is really a mini trophy truck style vehicle with regular comforts like ac music ect to make runs to the beach etc. I'm focusing on mounting everything really solid and using only poly material and chromoly steel to make it stronger. I got a good bit of oem components like arms etc that if they fail I'll build over custom but for now the plan is to get it on the streets.
 

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There's different skill levels on this forum of folks doing things from basic maintenance and repair to full blown engine rebuilds. But, your teardown and rebuild has the admiration of all. Great work and thanks for the detailed photo documentation. We're as excited as you to see the finished product. It will be the envy of many. Again, great work on such a massive project.
 

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Where are you located? What was the original vehicle -16v, but year, etc?
That ECU looks class - read about it here:
You advise this is your ‘first build’ - this seems pretty advanced, so I imagine you have some background in all of this. It will be interesting to see what you can get out of the 16v engine......
I'm in Trinidad. It's a 1992 Vitara with a g15a 16v coilpack engine. I believe the original engine was a g16b but it was swapped out before I bought it. Yeah my buddy's a tuner so advised on the ECU.

I've been a mechanic my whole life u can say doing installs on off-roaders. I used the word 'first' loosely. It's my first Suzuki though and first ground up build.
The guy I got the injectors from had a 16v g16 running 12psi on a td04 turbo with a stand alone ecu. Ran 175whp with 33" muds on the dyno
 

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There's different skill levels on this forum of folks doing things from basic maintenance and repair to full blown engine rebuilds. But, your teardown and rebuild has the admiration of all. Great work and thanks for the detailed photo documentation. We're as excited as you to see the finished product. It will be the envy of many. Again, great work on such a massive project.
Thank you. That means alot to get this kind of feedback. I'm a mechanic by nature and own a company that does fabrication sandblasting and painting so I got the tools at my disposal. I'll keep posting progress you guys are giving me motivation to finish
 

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Progress today;
Finishing the hangers for the exhaust
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Mounting this massive spal fan to the rad
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Primed out the engine bay
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Looking good! Personally, I’m really looking forward to more of these updates, as well as photos (and videos..lol) of the final result. Very cool project!
 

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Its too shiny, needs mud....
 

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Looking good! Personally, I’m really looking forward to more of these updates, as well as photos (and videos..lol) of the final result. Very cool project!
Thanks man. Yeah I'll keep posting till I finish
 
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