1992 Talon Tsi AWD Project

2004 Timeline
The Videos
E85 Global Calculation Info
DSMlink MAS/MAF Calibration Page
Calibrated BoostEst Curve
DSMlink LTFT Tuning
The DSM ECU Timing Curve
Magnus Crap
The Fuel Sump
Shep Stage 4 & Turbo
Dyno Session
2nd Dyno Session
Damaged Block
Damaged Block #2

March 2004


First purchased the car from San Francisco, CA. The car was flawless from the outside for a vehicle with 132,000 miles on it. The only thing I was concerned with was if the car could make the 500 mile trip back to Las Vegas, NV.



April 2004  


The engine burns oil after sitting at a red light too long. At the first blip of the throttle, there would be blue smoke that would quickly go away after 1st gear. I figured it was just old valve guides letting oil get past the valves and into the combustion chamber. While cruising around the RPMs were high enough so that the smoke was not noticeable. The motor eats around a quart of oil every 1000 miles.


The transmission needs work also. Quick shifts to any gear cause the syncros to grind at any RPM. The suspension is not up to stock standards either. The shocks and springs are bottoming out at the slightest bumps.



May 2004


I end up putting a deposit for Road Race Engineering – Engine Building Service to build a new long block and transmission. I start planning some goals that I would like to achieve in this car. Low 11’s and 120’s MPH is what I’m looking for.


November 2004


Motor, Transmission and Suspension upgrades installed at RRE. I spend the next few months breaking in the motor and tuning the engine with DSMlink.