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  • Actionplant's 2000 SL2

    Alrighty turdheads, everything in my first post here will be shiz I've posted elsewhere on the site, but I'm gathering it all together and will post further updates in this thead so I don't keep cluttering up the boards with lameness.

    My car the day I bought it:



    I picked up my first turd in '06 after my wife got rear-ended driving my beater Olds. The car was totaled out so I took the cash and dumped it on the '00 SL2 you see now.

    Spent the first year or so just lurking and soaking up knowledge and am just now finally starting to spend time actually working on the car.



    As it sits right now:

    Exterior



    I painted the headlights, tinted the sidemarkers and tails, wired the sidemarkers to blink and so far have replaced all four turn signals, sidemarker bulbs, and the 3rd brakelight with LEDs. Also, those are 17" BSA 233 wheels wrapped in Toyo rubber, still working to afford to drop the car but it's not a super high priority at the moment.

    Interior



    I installed a start button (and wrote a write-up, search for it if you want to do it), replaced the cluster with one from a Vue, replaced the bulbs in that with blue LEDs, put blue cold cathodes under the dash, and up top that's a TomTom One (left) and a BEL Vector-series RD over the rearview mirror. I threw some plexi in the oven to shape the bracket and it's just held up there with some 3M high-heat double-sided tape.

    Engine
    I'll get a pic of my very dirty engine bay once I've cleaned it up. In there right now I have an ebay WAI, an ebay STB, and some MSD wires. Also, my original muffler was rusted out and since I'm wanting to replace the exhaust anyway I went ahead and bought the muffler I'll be wanting then, it's a twin-loop and already sounds great.



    Planned:

    Exterior
    I have a paint job in mind that'll leave the lower 2/3rds of the car silver and the top 1/3rd or so a darker metallic. I'm also wanting to drop the car and do some work in the grille area, haven't found material that I like yet, I'd prefer to go with some heavier honeycomb stuff if I can find a big enough piece. I also have enough high-power LEDs en-route to finish the tails and not have to worry about that tint being too dark. Still, I'm thinking this weekend I'll do some sanding to lighten them up before I clearcoat. If I wreck them I still have enough Niteshades to start over.

    I'm also looking for some black emblems.

    Interior
    I have a full hide of very nice suede and leather, I'm waiting on some tools to do the stitching so I can re-wrap the dashboard and do the door inserts and headliner. I'm also wanting an overhead console of some sort in which to fit an SAFC.

    Tint will happen in the next few months.

    I'm also watching for a deal on a Pioneer DEH-P77DH. Haven't decided on a sub yet.

    Engine
    I ordered the '99 IM from 04blownion and will be mating it to a GSI TB I've had kicking around here for a while. Verdict is still out whether I'll run a shorty or CAI off of that, I'll probably try it both ways and see which one works better for me, I have pretty cold winters to consider.

    I'm also wanting to find a header (not sure if Hotshot made one for 3rd gen, I'm looking) and am saving for Thermal R&D catback though with that twin-loop muffler a glass pack might be smart to cut down on buzz.

    I'm also looking for another block to do a turbo build-up without having the car down for more than a weekend at a time, if the worst happens I'll still have my mostly stock motor on which to fall back. Since this car is my beater I'm not gonna worry about a tranny swap on this motor, I'll mate a manual to the build-up motor and do the rest of the swap when we drop that in. No ETA yet as I'm still doing my research and am bleeding cash (married).

    By necessity I may be going over to a slim radiator fan in the near future, mine doesn't seem to be kicking in and the car has been overheating in traffic.


    More to come.
    Grain Belt member #4<br />[img width=430 height=40]http://www.saturnseries.net/ForumBanners/STC_Banners-actionplant.jpg[/img]

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    Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

    your clutch pedal is missing
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    • #3
      Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

      Originally posted by SC2Sick
      your clutch pedal is missing
      Originally posted by actionplant
      Since this car is my beater I'm not gonna worry about a tranny swap on this motor, I'll mate a manual to the build-up motor and do the rest of the swap when we drop that in.
      I've been toying with the idea of picking up where plasticpower8500 left off and playing with his paddle-shifter idea, long as I know I'm not keeping this tranny I may as well have some fun with it.
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      • #4
        Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

        New:

        Taillights have been sanded, re-sprayed, and properly clear-coated.
        Black side emblems
        Clear sidemarkers
        Antenna tucked in the fender
        Sprint 2.0 springs, currently over stock struts
        Oil catch-can installed and run in between the PCV and the intake mani
        Sirius sat radio receiver (no pics yet)

        Pics:





        I also have a Mach1 front lip I'll be putting on in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to have the shave the bumper to get it to lay nice so I don't want to do a rush job on it. More pics to come once that's finished.
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        • #5
          Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

          Cool man. I am always interested in how people mod the same year car as me. I like the stance of the car with the drop springs.

          Question on the vue gauges: Do they reverse glow by stock on a vue? Meaning you didn't have to do any mods for the red needles and blue number light up.

          How come the car doesn't have the AIR crap even though it's a 2000? Was it '01+ where that was standard?
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          • #6
            Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

            The air crap was put on cars after 2000

            Car looks great man! Very clean!
            2000 SL2 5 speed, boosted, meth injected, parted out...268whp &amp; 254wtq (stock pump maxed out)..

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            • #7
              Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

              [quote="PlasticPower8500"]The air crap was put on cars after 2000
              - Justin [s]99 Blue SL2 - T3/T4 14psi[/s] (dead)


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              • #8
                Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                Oh yeah, if you're in Cali they put them earlier years.
                But you have a much nicer "air pump" now though [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/biggrin.gif[/img]
                2000 SL2 5 speed, boosted, meth injected, parted out...268whp &amp; 254wtq (stock pump maxed out)..

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                • #9
                  Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                  I guess I'm a little lost on the talk of this "air crap" but from what it sounds like I'm better off without it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                    Originally posted by actionplant
                    I guess I'm a little lost on the talk of this "air crap" but from what it sounds like I'm better off without it.
                    It was some emissions thing that makes it harder for some of us that want to put a header on or you know....WORK...UNDER...THE...HOOD. It's not terrible just annoying.

                    I see on the cluster now. What do the numbers light up stock, red? I would really like to copy your cluster with the blue numbers and red needles. First I need a vue cluster but I might as well know what to do with it after I get one. [img]{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif[/img]
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                    2000 SL2 --- "Secret Purple" - Will be missed -- Last Drive - 8/12/11

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                    • #11
                      Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                      Alright, I don't even remember what they light up stock, I'm thinking it's either white or an amber sort of white-ish.

                      I went to superbrightleds.com and bought four blue wled x5 bulbs and one b8.5d bulb (for the odometer). From there I basically did mine like this guy: http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96399

                      No stage lights to worry about, just four lights behind the face, you'll need to peel the face up to fit them in there.

                      I was using regular b8.5d bulbs for a while, but they only illuminate well pointing straight ahead and didn't light well to the sides, so I had some hot-spotting in there. With those x5 bulbs it was tougher to make everything fit, but it's really even and bright now.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                        Sweet man, thanks! If I get my hands on a vue cluster I'll do what you did, it looks really good.
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                        2006 Ion Redline w/ Competition Package
                        2000 SL2 --- "Secret Purple" - Will be missed -- Last Drive - 8/12/11

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                        • #13
                          Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                          Originally posted by actionplant
                          what is this mess?

                          Click for Motivation

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                          • #14
                            Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                            Originally posted by codytheoutlaw

                            what is this mess?

                            Click for Motivation
                            You do not know what a mess looks like, do you?

                            Click for Mess

                            I'm loving the color of that cluster though! I'm thinking about changing the color of mine now...
                            2000 SL2 5 speed, boosted, meth injected, parted out...268whp &amp; 254wtq (stock pump maxed out)..

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                            • #15
                              Re: Actionplant's 2000 SL2

                              plastic, your wires will always out-mess anyone's engine bay. Also, Special Forces was trying to buy the same LEDs I used and apparently superbrightleds was sold out of them. Oops.

                              I spent a good half-hour on the power steering reservoir...I honestly didn't know it was white, mine was THAT BAD.

                              And my intake never wants to clean up...I even scrubbed the heck out of it with never-dull and then did mag polish, it STILL looks cloudy. Oh well...

                              By the way, love your stb. I'd like to find one of those to replace my cheap ebay one.

                              tl;dr: Simple Green FTMFW!
                              Grain Belt member #4<br />[img width=430 height=40]http://www.saturnseries.net/ForumBanners/STC_Banners-actionplant.jpg[/img]

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