Believe it or not, cross country trip is now a thing of the past with no problems at all during the long trek from NM to CT!!
Since I have been away from so long, this will be one of those all inclusive threads to catch everyone up in my adventures across this little country we call home. (tear) If you want to hear about kills at 140mph, dyno numbers and a little trip to NYC along with a resonating, erotic experience in a couple of tunnels, read on....
Okay, lets get to the good stuff...
First, I left the foriegn little country I call New Mexico and headed south to El Paso. Right of the bat as I was leaving the city, I noticed lunch. (read, kill victim) He was a nice and sparkling M3 just waiting to be raped. He was a few hundred yards in front of me doing about 90ish. I caught up to him and got right on his a$$ to see if wanted to play. With out a doubt, we found ourselves doing about 95-100 ish trying to clear traffic as we got farther and farther from the "other mile high city".
Finally, an opening, side by side and we punch at around 100mph....Now, the question, fifth or fourth, since we are on a long desert highway I knew I could just drop her in fifth, floor it, take a nap, and she would soon be eaten up without a problem. That was the case as I pulled away from this M3 like he was standing still. I soon found myself at 140mph
So, being that I still had 2300miles on this little adventure, I backed off to around 120, lol, you thought I was going to say the speed limit didn't you.
Anyway, this cat and mouse game went on and on and on...same result everytime. Its like that crazy neighbor we have all had at some day that beats a dog, but yet the dog keeps coming back for more....Either way, we were both having fun and there's no better cure than to have long desert miles pass then to do a few high speed passes.
Eventually, we reached a point where he would take the lead about 200 yards in front of me, doing about 105 and then I would take the lead doing the same speed. This way, we shared the risk of getting a ticket at those speeds. Very cool guy who gave me a couple of thumbs up after high speed runs.
Got to El Paso, and left the next day on Saturday morning. 40 miles out of El Paso I got pulled over doing 94 in a 75. But, I got lucky the guy was a former military guy and just gave me a warning. Hehe, a little fringe benefit of the military service. Headed to Dallas, Little Rock, then east, and eventually north through Missouri and into Chicago. It took me about 1.5 days to get from El paso to Chicago.
Once I got to Chicago, I went to CJ Motorsports and did a retune for sealevel.
Here's a great comparison from high altitude to sea level and the great arguement about over corrections.
Okay, these were my numbers at high altitude at 17psi in Albuquerque
Corrected SAE, 564rwhp
At the same conditions in Chicago which is only 600feet above sea level, I got at 17psi...
So, under the same conditions, it can be said that the dynos at high altitude do in fact over correct, but the actuall numbers are more than the uncorrected figures.
Of course, I couldn't just stay at a measely 521rwhp, so I upped the boost to 20psi and now my new numbers are....(drum roll...audience nipples pucked...)
569rwhp, and torque around 551ft-lbs (I have to double check my torque numbers, but for some reason its easy for me to remember 5 "69". :tongue:
High boost, 20psi, 569rwhp
low boost, 15psi, ~505rwhp
Boost controller off, 11psi, ~450ish.
Okay, headed out of chicago on Monday evening and headed east, "Go East young man".
Then, I hit the I-80 toll road in Indiana with a speed limit of 65!!!! How do people get around at those speeds?????? Legally???
Okay, to be continued in my next post.