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parts
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lots and lots of parts
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This is basically every sensor for the motor plus tune up parts, gaskets, etc. It also includes a wideband O2 + controller!
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This is Innovate Automotive's LC-2 wideband O2 controller. Fully tunable controller, but does not come with a gauge, which is fine since im getting one to match the other gauges i already have from NVU.

I mocked up the exhaust in the bronco, and found a good place to install a bung for the wideband sensor, just behind the stock sensor:
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I removed my 2-gauge pod from my pillar, and am installing a 3-gauge pod from GlowShift. Its actually a pretty nice piece and fits very well.
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This is the harness i built for the oil pressure & trans temp gauges; its built around a 6 pin connector, and i was only using 5. This works out super conveniently, because i only need to add 1 wire to this harness for the air-fuel ratio gauge- the signal wire from the wideband controller. The rest of the wires for the gauge are all already there. So wiring the gauge will be a pretty simple task.
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Here's the new Bosch wideband O2 sensor:
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Here's the wideband controller:
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Just a couple wires to connect to make it work, plus the large plug goes to the O2 sensor, the other 2 plugs are optional. One of the small plugs is an input for connecting a laptop for tuning the controller, and the other one is an output if youre using other software/hardware from Innovate.

Here's the included harness that connects the sensor to the controller. its available in several lengths; i got the 8' one because i dont know how im going to route the wire yet.
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And it also included this adapter harness for connecting a laptop for datalogging or tuning the controller:
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Its unlikely ill need this, but it would be useful for those who like to do more specialized tuning for racing, or want to use the controller to emulate a narrowband sensor.

Ive already started wiring the controller up in the truck, but i havent routed the cable for the sensor yet. Its difficult to say exactly where i want it to go, w/o an engine or transmission in the truck to check for clearances. Hopefully the engine will come back soon, and i can get this thing back together and running!


I have a torque converter on order from Broader Performance, hopefully it comes soon.
I also decided its worth it to just order a tuner, so friday i ordered the PimpX ECU from Stinger Performance :cool:
 

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When is the engine going to be ready? The machine shop here was backed up a couple if months.
 

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Soon I think. Last time I was there the heads were 100% done and the block was decked. Pistons had just arrived so they still needed the rods installed and the block needed to be bored out. I'm hoping to have it back by the end of the month but I guess time will tell.
 

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I was looking at the PimpX. Seems like a good deal that could save some frustration. Looking forward to your write up.
 
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If you have NVU gauges can you post a pic?
 
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The PimpX actually seems like its gonna work out pretty good. It already shipped too, should have it Monday i think.
I got my A/R gauge from NVU yesterday, no pics yet. But i have their oil pressure & trans temp, on the A-pillar:



This is their Aviator Series, but i didnt want red, so they custom made them in green for me :cool:







Oh, and one last thing..........




:cool:
 

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Thanks brother I will take the 2 guage pillar off your hands if you like. I'm gonna need one. You can bring it down when you come to help me wire mine up:)
 
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If you really want the 2 gauge pod you can have it for shipping. Or maybe ill make a cruise down that way once mine is all done & running, and give you a hand with yours (y)
 

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woah i forgot to update this! Here we go!
Progress has been made!

First up, i got my air-fuel ratio gauge installed. I removed my a-pillar trim, removed the gauges, and removed my standalone harness for the gauges
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Wiring harness dissected, and A/F gauge wiring added! Since its a gauge from NVU the wiring is basically the same. So i spliced in the power, ground & illumination wires, and only had to add a single wire to the harness- the +5v reference from the wideband controller. So overall a pretty easy job to do.
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Bam! installed.
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The Glowshift pod fits pretty good actually, but i did trim the top slightly where the windshield trim fits up against it, so it would fit a little tighter. Just some minor work with a razor knife, nothing major. I also took the time to lay out where the original trim screws go, so i could use the OEM screws to go thru both the pod & the pillar so no extra hardware to remove, and it actually looks pretty clean.
So, that's done, moving on. I got my new ECU from Stinger Performance, the PimpX!
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It comes with a bunch of stuff, including a pretty in-depth 30-something page PDF, which i printed off for a reference since the wifi in my garage sucks. They actually want you to open it up, so here we go!
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If youve ever been inside your ECM/PCM, then you know it looks nothing like this! This is a 100% custom-built ECU based off the Megasquirt III. It has a bunch of jumpers you need to install in the board to configure your unique setup. They intentionally dont install any just so you have to go thru it and do it yourself, which i actually kinda like since it forces you to set it up exactly for your vehicle. In my case, its only a couple jumpers since im still batch-fire, Speed Density, and running the stock TFI & ignition compnents. It supports a ton of stuff like sequential EFI, coil-on plug, boost switches for forced induction, narrow or wideband O2 sensor(s), it has its own electric fan controller....the list goes on. Im still reading thru the PDF, but im pretty sure i know how im going to configure mine.
It uses its own built-in MAP sensor so i have to delete the OEM one, and run the supplied vacuum line from the intake right to the ECU. Also, i am going to be using a wideband O2 in place of the factory narrowband (which gains me self-learning programming), which means i only needed 1 o2 bung in the exhaust, and i will have to tie the wideband controller's output into the oem signal wire from the original narrowband sensor. I think this is the only modification i need to make to the wiring harness tho, everything else should just work like stock. I still have more reading to do on this, so there will be more updates on this over the next couple weeks.
 

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Discussion Starter · #430 · (Edited)
And we're back from the shop!
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The new heads look really good!
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.208 intake valve, .175 exhaust. Should flow a ton of air!
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Everything all laid out on the cart:
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Going with a cam from Comp Cams, specifically this one
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crank is back in
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Pistons are +.030 Silvolite Hypereutectic
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Timing chain, cover, water pump, and heads!
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One set of ARP headbolts, the intake installed and........

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The motor is done!
All ive got to do is install the motor mounts, flexplate, the new oil pump & pan (& valve covers), and sometime next week she's going back in the bronco!
 

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woah i forgot to update this! Here we go!
Progress has been made!

First up, i got my air-fuel ratio gauge installed. I removed my a-pillar trim, removed the gauges, and removed my standalone harness for the gauges
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Wiring harness dissected, and A/F gauge wiring added! Since its a gauge from NVU the wiring is basically the same. So i spliced in the power, ground & illumination wires, and only had to add a single wire to the harness- the +5v reference from the wideband controller. So overall a pretty easy job to do.
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Bam! installed.
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The Glowshift pod fits pretty good actually, but i did trim the top slightly where the windshield trim fits up against it, so it would fit a little tighter. Just some minor work with a razor knife, nothing major. I also took the time to lay out where the original trim screws go, so i could use the OEM screws to go thru both the pod & the pillar so no extra hardware to remove, and it actually looks pretty clean.
So, that's done, moving on. I got my new ECU from Stinger Performance, the PimpX!
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It comes with a bunch of stuff, including a pretty in-depth 30-something page PDF, which i printed off for a reference since the wifi in my garage sucks. They actually want you to open it up, so here we go!
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If youve ever been inside your ECM/PCM, then you know it looks nothing like this! This is a 100% custom-built ECU based off the Megasquirt III. It has a bunch of jumpers you need to install in the board to configure your unique setup. They intentionally dont install any just so you have to go thru it and do it yourself, which i actually kinda like since it forces you to set it up exactly for your vehicle. In my case, its only a couple jumpers since im still batch-fire, Speed Density, and running the stock TFI & ignition compnents. It supports a ton of stuff like sequential EFI, coil-on plug, boost switches for forced induction, narrow or wideband O2 sensor(s), it has its own electric fan controller....the list goes on. Im still reading thru the PDF, but im pretty sure i know how im going to configure mine.
It uses its own built-in MAP sensor so i have to delete the OEM one, and run the supplied vacuum line from the intake right to the ECU. Also, i am going to be using a wideband O2 in place of the factory narrowband (which gains me self-learning programming), which means i only needed 1 o2 bung in the exhaust, and i will have to tie the wideband controller's output into the oem signal wire from the original narrowband sensor. I think this is the only modification i need to make to the wiring harness tho, everything else should just work like stock. I still have more reading to do on this, so there will be more updates on this over the next couple weeks.
That looks very familiar.
 
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Discussion Starter · #432 · (Edited)
So over the weekend i rolled the motor over and removed the pan, so i could install the new oil pump. I figured, if im spending all this coin on the motor, i might as well spend a little more, and get a good oil pump. Enter this unit, from Kaase Racing Engines:
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This thing is a beast of an oil pump:
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Complete redesign of the pump housing solves a cracking issue at the base of the OEM pumps, and it has dual oil ports to the rotor which helps with oil pressure at low RPMS; perfect for a trail rig.

So i put the new oil pan on, rolled it back over, installed the valve covers, and now its actually ready to go in.
Ive switched to the valve covers from the '95 motor. They are basically the same as my '88 valve covers, except the PCV valve screws into the passenger cover instead of using a grommet, which is a way better design.
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Fast forward to Monday morning, when a buddy came over after work, and this happened:
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She's in there! We had enough time to throw the trans in, but sadly my torque converter has not arrived yet.
Check this out though-
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The frame notch is a success! There is a ton of available room for the oil cooler.

So im kind of bummed the torque converter isnt here yet, but i still have plenty of stuff i can do in the meantime. And it is supposed to rain most of the week, so whatever gets done, gets done.
 

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Nice progress Rep..I want to hear how that PimpX EEC works out..that may be a good solution for those of us who are running tuners to replace these aging EEC's with something that will last the life of truck..
 

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I will definitely keep you all informed (y)
My next move is going to be to set up the ECU's parameters so i can install it, wire in the wideband O2 signal wire, and get the vacuum line for the PimpX's internal MAP sensor ran. Then ill move on to reinstalling everything under the hood (plenum, throttle body, radiator, accessory drive, etc) and hopefully by then the converter will be here. If the weather holds i can probably get most of that done by the weekend. We'll see!
 

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Looking good brother!
 
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:ROFLMAO: No its VHT Engine Enamel, color is "Iron". For some reason it game out really shiny in that pic. The pic of it on the stand in the garage is what it really looks like.
 

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Despite the absurd weather, i have still succeeded in making some headway on the motor install.
First up, i am trying to finalize the Stinger PimpX install. As mentioned a little while ago, this thing is a 100% new ECU, based on the Megasquirt 3 technology. It is designed to work with the OEM harness & sensors, however, if you look closely, it has its own on-board MAP & BARO sensors.

It comes with a flash drive that includes a custom tune, and all sorts of tuning and programming software, as well as some PDFs detailing the whole install and tuning process. One thing i did, was to get the install manual PDF printed and bound by Staples. Its pretty cheap, and its nice having it as a reference since its ~35 pages long, and you need to reference it for initial setup & tuning.

I know its difficult to tell in the photo, but this page is going over our setup. You need to configure the ECU for your motor size & injection type. Sounds complicated, but theyve actually made it quite simple:

The ECU comes with a handful of jumpers you install on the board to set up if youre a V6, V8, batch or sequential EFI, Mass-Air or Speed Density. In my case, all i need is to install these 4 jumpers, and im good to go!

There is a TON of other things you can customize. Built in boost controllers, electric fan controller, you can configure your ignition type (including TFI, DIS, EDIS CDI box, etc), boost controller, nitrous controller, you can add cam & crank sensors, more O2 sensors, VSS (if not already equipped), there is a ton of customizing you can do. There is an extra port on the bottom of the ECU for adding in all the additional items the stock 87-95 ECU did not support.

included is some high quality silicone(?) tubing for the map sensor, and a USB cable for tuning

There is a USB port on the side, along with a SD slot for data logging. You need access to the port to load the tune (this will come later on in the install), and thanks to my relocated ECU i did not.

Back when i was getting ready to install the dash, i built this bracket to relocate the ECU:



It was a clever design, but it has to be modified. Thankfully i made it bolt-in! So i carefully removed it, and notched this side, to give me access to the USB port

So with that done i need to move on to some wiring mods. First things first, we need to add a wideband O2. The ECU will work with either the stock narrowband sensor or the wideband. If you use the wideband you gain a self-learning feature, which i definitely want. The install is simple, simply supply the +5 reference from the wideband controller directly to the signal wire that the original narrowband sensor goes to, and eliminate the stock O2 sensor. It seems simple enough, but i decided to do what i usually do, and make it more complicated!

So, this pic shows where i mounted my wideband controller; up high in some free space above the brake/ebrake pedals:

This means the +5v signal wire is right near where the factory ECU would be. So rather than cut into the stock harness, i decided to add a wire to the ECU extension cord i made. So lets take that back out!

Once opened back up, you can see the board offers not one but two seperate places to tie into each circuit, specifically for piggybacking for aftermarket ECUs and controllers. So all i did, was add a signal wire directly to the signal circuit for the stock O2 sensor, Pin 29:

All closed up and reinstalled, with the new signal wire hanging out and ready to be sleeved/run to the controller.

Once that was done i reinstalled the kick panel and tied that wire into my O2 signal. So now ive got both signals wired in, w/oo having to cut or modify the stock harness which is a big win in my book.
So now lets move under the hood. This is the wiring for the OEM MAP sensor + O2 sensor. Its a lot of wire, and we dont need it anymore.

I dont like the idea of simply cutting the wires off, so instead i cut them back, crimped new pins on the wires, and installed a 8-pin plug off a junk harness i had laying around

That looks considerably better! Almost like Ford made it that way.

So here's what we removed. Not discarded though; ive made it up as a companion harness that will plug back in and then put it away in a box on the shelf. This way, if i ever want to add the stock sensors back in i can, without having to do any additional modifications to the harness.

So this should complete the wiring mods for the PimpX, which means its time to finish the motor install!
 

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You do great write ups.
 
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Thanks (y)
After 20 years of modifying the same rig, typing it all out helps me to remember what I actually did :ROFLMAO: it's a good reference for when I go back a year later and can't remember anymore, esp when it comes to things like wiring diagrams and color codes. Plus hopefully it helps someone else out too!
 
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