MotoIQ.com - Project Viper GTS: Pt 1 - History & Intro

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  1. Stuntman

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    Hey guys,

    Check out MotoIQ's newest Project Car: Viper GTS - Part 1 History & Intro.

    While many of you already know the history of the Viper, there might be a few new tidbits of information in this article that I wrote:


    "The Dodge Viper has been competitive on the world stage by doing it the American way: with big wheels, big brakes, big tires, a big engine, and not a lot of refinement. While it has always been a highly capable car on the track, used car prices have finally dropped to the point of being affordable by the masses and it has become a realistic option as a track day car. This project hopes to clarify some of the stereotypes that surround the Viper and bring the truth to light of a very cool platform."

    http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArticles/ID/3740/Project-Viper-GTS-Part-1--Intro-and-History.aspx

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    Enjoy!
     
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  2. AZTVR

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    A nice online accessible history of the car.

    I will look in again to see what they do to the car. Wondering whether it will be the "standard" mods, or something radical.
     
  3. Stuntman

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    Hey Guys, here's:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 2 - General Maintenance


    "Before thoroughly enjoying the purchase of a used performance car, it’s important for the enthusiast to go through some routine maintenance items. We prepare our 1997 Viper to be driven by changing the oil, coolant, spark plugs, wires, and go through a few miscellaneous items. We then install an aftermarket temperature gauge to monitor how hot the V10 operates and to test the accuracy of the factory gauge."


    Project Viper GTS: Part 2 - General Maintenance > MotoIQ - Automotive Tech, Project Cars, Performance & Motorsports

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    Enjoy!
     
  4. roller

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    Thank you, very informative!
     
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  5. Stuntman

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    Hey Guys, here's:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 3 - Baseline Track Testing (Data & Video)


    "The Viper has a reputation for being difficult to drive and even (incorrectly) known as a bad handling car. Since the 2nd Generation Viper has not been reviewed by a magazine in close to 15 years, we took Project Viper to the track to dispel some myths and assess the car’s balance and handling ability."


    http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArtic...art-3--Baseline-Track-Testing-Data-Video.aspx

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    Enjoy!
     
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  6. Stuntman

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    Hey Guys, here's:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 4 – Baseline Dyno and K&N Intake Test


    "The Viper is truly a car built around its engine. In Part 4, we take Project Viper GTS to the dyno for a baseline power audit and see if our mighty 8.0L V10 is cranking out the factory claimed 450hp and 490lb-ft of torque. From there we add K&N replacement air filters and change out the disruptive corrugated plastic intake tubing for a set of ROE Racing polished aluminum smooth intake tubes to see if we can squeeze out a few more ponies."


    Project Viper GTS: Part 4 ? Baseline Dyno and K&N Intake Test

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    Enjoy!
     
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  7. charlesj

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing these. Thanks for sharing! Very interesting dyno numbers and also shocked by the before/after with just k&ns and smooth tubes. Sweet! :)
     
  8. Stuntman

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    Hey Guys, here's the next installement:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 5 – Radiator Fan & Wiring Upgrade


    "The Viper is a “racecar for the street” in more ways than one; and like a racecar, it does not like to sit in stop and go traffic and can run hot and overheat without proper airflow on a hot summer day. To combat this we upgraded the radiator fan on our 1997 Viper GTS with the higher flowing, larger fan from the 1998-2002 cars. In addition, we safeguarded the potentially flawed wiring and relay box by running standalone relays with dedicated power and ground wires. To further extend the life of the relays we used a trick pair of “NOsparc®” spark suppressors in the harness."


    In the article:

    - Fan removal & installation
    - 1996-1997 vs. 1998-2002 Fan analysis
    - Stock & modified fan wiring schematics
    - How to wire a standalone power, ground, and relays
    - How to make a MIL-spec wiring harness
    - NOsparc arc suppressors - to eliminate arcing and increase longevity of relay contacts.


    http://www.motoiq.com/MagazineArtic...-GTS-Part-5--Radiator-Fan-Wiring-Upgrade.aspx

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    Enjoy!
     
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  9. Stuntman

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    Hey Guys, here's the next installment:


    Project VIPER GTS: Part 6 - Corsa Performance Exhaust and Kooks Green Cats


    "After some impressive gains from intake work in Part 4, we now turn our attention to the opposite side of the engine to improve the evacuation of exhaust gasses as well as reduce the cabin temperature of our notoriously hot viper. For as outlandish and attention grabbing the Viper’s style was, the exhaust note did not have the same head-turning appeal. To remedy this we reached out to our friends at Corsa Performance for their 3” cat-back exhaust to give our viper a more sporty and refined tone. To further boost the volume and greatly knock down the calf-burning side sill heat, we installed a pair of compact Kooks Green Cats which are both environmentally and power friendly. "


    In the article:

    -Removal of the OEM exhaust
    -Installation of the CORSA PERFORMANCE 3" Exhaust
    -Installation of the KOOKS "Green Cats"
    -Dyno Results of Corsa/Kooks exhaust
    -Upload Roe Racing Tune
    -Dyno Results of the Roe Tune
    -Video comparing the stock exhaust with rear muffler delete vs. the Corsa / Kooks HFC setup


    Project Viper GTS: Part 6 - Corsa Exhaust and Kooks Green Cats > MotoIQ - Automotive Tech, Project Cars, Performance & Motorsports

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    Enjoy!
     
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  10. Caesar!

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    I can't believe how much of an increase K/N air filters and smooth tubes increase that much power.
    The dyno pull numbers clearly show how underrated the HP/Torque numbers are for the car.

    Also Loved the sound from the muffler delete and corsa cat back.
    Super exotic sounding...Actually Just Right!

    Incredible Article and write up
    Thank you!
     
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  11. Stuntman

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    Glad you liked it :)
     
  12. Free2go

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    I read all the MotoIQ stuff. Well done.
     
  13. Stuntman

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    The wait is over for the next installment covering the heat shielding:


    Project VIPER GTS: Part 7 – HeatShield Products


    "From coolant to cabin temperatures, Vipers are notoriously hot due to having one of the largest engines ever stuffed inside a sportscar. To combat this problem we turn to the thermal insulation experts at HeatShield Products to keep the heat in the exhaust system to lower the temperature inside the cabin and side sills. Hopefully we will prevent our side sills from discoloring and burning our legs when getting in and out of the car without proper clothing and ingress/egress technique. "


    In the article:

    -HeatShield Products: HP Stickyshield - covering the side sills and chassis
    -HeatShield Products: HeatShield Armor - wrapping the exhaust pipes
    -HeatShield Products: LavaShield - Carbon fiber looking heat shielding made of crushed volcanic rock (works better than the 'gold' foil).
    -Temperature differences of the above products


    Project Viper GTS: Part 7 - HeatShield Products > MotoIQ - Automotive Tech, Project Cars, Performance & Motorsports

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    Enjoy!
     
  14. Snakewatching

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    Thanks, I will check it out.

    Your other parts 1-6 were well done.
     
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    Hey guys, the next installment of Project Viper is up:


    Project VIPER GTS: Part 8 – Bob’s Air-Oil Separator


    "All cars create blow-by and positive crank case pressure which forces oil and vapors into the engine’s intake to be burned off for reduced emissions. This problem is worse on forced induction cars and performance cars driven at the track. Not only does this oil gunk up the intake tract and valves, it reduces the octane of your fuel which robs power and causes detonation. We installed a Bob’s Air-Oil Separator to the PCV valve and a catch can for the valve cover vent to see how much oil our Viper’s engine is pumping into the intake after some street and track use."


    In the article:

    -Installation of the Bob's Auto Sports Air-Oil Separator in the PCV system
    -Installation of a catch can for the Valve Covers
    -Analysis of the oil caught by the PCV & Valve Covers


    Project Viper GTS: Part 8 - Bob's Air-Oil Separator > MotoIQ - Automotive Tech, Project Cars, Performance & Motorsports

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    Enjoy!
     
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    Hey guys, the next installment of Project Viper is up:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 9 – RareFab/Roe Racing Oil Pan Baffle Kit


    "Due to the high capabilities of the Viper, a huge strain is put on the factory oiling system on road courses and at the strip. This can cause oil starvation and a spun rod bearing. Using modern rubber can increase this risk, especially for 1996-1999 Gen-2 Vipers which have arguably the worst oil pan of any generation of Viper. To combat this problem, we upgrade to the larger 10-quart oil pan and windage tray from the 2000-2002 Vipers and install RareFab/Roe Racing’s race-proven Oil Pan Baffle Kit."


    In the article:

    -Explanation of the major problem with the Gen 2 oil pan design.
    -Installation of the RareFab/Roe Racing Oil Pan Baffle Kit
    -Early vs Late Gen 2 windage tray comparison
    -Joe Dozzo windage tray modification
    -Comparison between the Gen 1, Early (96-99) Gen 2, and Late (00-02) Gen 2 oil pans.


    Project Viper GTS: Part 9 - RareFab / Roe Racing Oil Pan Baffle Kit

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    Enjoy!
     
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    Hey guys, the next installment of Project Viper is up:


    Project Viper GTS: Part 10 – EMI Racing toe stiffener


    This may be a pretty controversial review, but it was unbiased (I had to pay retail for it) and the results from fixing such a massive unknown problem were eye-opening.


    "The Gen 2 Viper has a pretty serious, fundamental flaw that’s not widely known. The rear toe deflects by HALF AN INCH under hard cornering and acceleration. Unfortunately most of the “anti-toe brackets” out in the market do not properly address the problem or even make a difference. EMI Racing not only found the true cause of the problem, but solved it with their Toe Stiffeners that greatly improve the handling, consistency and safety of the car."


    In the article:

    -Explanation of the major problem with the Gen 2 upright.
    -Installation of the EMI Racing toe stiffener
    -Review


    Project Viper GTS: Part 10 - EMI Racing Toe Stiffener

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    Enjoy!
     
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  18. darryl in pcb

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    Love these write ups, Stuntman! Thank you! I have a B&B catback, Belanger catless midpipe and sct with a canned Roe tune that I will hopefully get installed on my creampuff rt/10 within the next couple of weeks. If I'm within 30 hp of your results, I'd be delighted.
     

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