When Zain’s Typhoon came into the shop, it ran well but needed some updates to get it to the point he wanted. The truck was all stock, so therefore the braking and suspension were subpar to say the least. With the intent to daily drive it comfortably as well as take it to autocross on occasion, the main focus became upgraded brakes as well as an improved suspension set up.
We started by tearing down the truck to get it ready for all the new parts we have prepped for it. The old control arms were taken out and replaced with our tubular control arms for weight savings and better performance. All the old shocks were blown and useless for any kind of spirited driving so we used a set of Afco Racing single adjustable coilovers for both the front and rear of the truck. This would allow for his truck to be lower while producing handling that is much more suited for track use. To go along with the better suspension, the old sloppy steering box was swapped for a quick ratio zq8 box. This would allow much quicker steering to get around the fast, tight corners at the track and autocross events.
The next item to go was the original brake set-up. The single piston front calipers with drums in the rear might be fine for light duty driving and putting around, but when the truck is seeing heavy braking at an autocross event, something more suitable is needed. We decided to go with monster 4 piston brembo’s from the first gen CTS-V all the way around with 14 inch rotors in the front and 13.5 inch rotors in the rear. This would suitably stop the truck without fading after longs periods of heavy braking. The silver on the calipers would not work for the looks on the truck so we decided to Cerakote them matte black with gloss black decals for a more sleeper look behind the wheels he had chosen.
The wheels for the truck had to be carefully selected in order to look nice but mostly to clear the massive brembos without the addition of any spacers or extended studs. He decided on the TSW Nurburgring wheels in a staggered fitment of 18x8 in the front and 18x9.5 in the rear, all wrapped in a new set of Sumitomo Htr ziii tires. The only problem was that these wheels do not come in the color he wanted. In order to fix this, the wheels needed to be powdercoated. The color chosen was a bright gold with matte clear to match the gold Typhoon emblems on the truck. Once the wheels were coated, mounted and balanced, they were put on the truck and finished it off just right. To go along with the new wheels, other aesthetics on the outside of the truck were updated. The sealed beam headlights were replaced with Hella headlight housings and a brand new set of Cree LED H4 bulbs. The results were astounding, making this upgrade a no brainer for anyone driving there trucks at all hours of the day. To match the headlights, the fog light housings were replaced along with a new set of led bulbs for the fog lights as well. These small updates made the front of the truck look better than new.
With all of the work recently done to the truck it was decided that now is the time to do some supporting modifications for the future bump in power needed for the truck. This started with upgrading the standard 3 bolt 3 inch downpipe to our custom flanged 4 bolt downpipe. This opens up the exhaust housing around the wastegate puck allowing the air to dump directly into the downpipe. To keep the heat down, the exhaust housing as well as the downpipe was Cerakoted black, which made the engine bay look cleaner as well. To help out even more a turbo blanket was added after all was said and done. With the downpipe done, it was time to upgrade the stock injectors; we went with Siemens 60 pound injectors, which have great street capabilities for such a large injector. The last piece to the engine bay was upgrading the old 2 bar map to a 3 bar map. In order for the truck to run correctly with these injectors and 3 bar map a new chip would have to be added, so we went with the Turbotweak VeloSyTy chip. The Turbotweak chips are great for any owner who wants a better running and driving truck on a daily basis.
Update 7/2016: We started by taking off all of the cladding on the truck to see what we were working with to get ready for the wrap. What was found is a clean truck for having 230k miles and being driven in upstate NY. The biggest imperfections were the usual rear window rust, which had gotten pretty bad, and a poorly installed antennae on the roof that was used previously for a cell phone back in the 90’s. We proceeded to drive the truck to the body shop to get all of the dents and rust fixed before the vinyl wrapping to make sure that the truck would look as good as it possibly could. While at the body shop we fixed all the tabs on the cladding and reinforced them to make sure they would hold up to daily driving.
The next step of the process was finding a set of wheels to go with the new color of the wrap. We had recently become a dealer for Fifteen52 wheels and decided to go with them for this project. Fifteen52 makes very clean cast wheels, which look great on all cars from imports to german luxury to all domestic cars as well. The decision was made to go with the Tarmac wheel since it is such a timeless design and would look great on a Typhoon. We ended up with a staggered set up, 18x8.5 up front with 18x9.5 in the rear, and decided to powdercoat them illusion cherry to make the wrap pop. If you would like to see more on Fifteen52 and their wheel choices make sure to check out their website www.fifteen52.com or our wheel section of the store http://www.sportmachines.net/store/wheels/fifteen52.html .
Then came the big part of the project, wrapping the truck and cladding. The color of choice was similar to Audi’s own Nardo Grey. This color has not been done a SyTy making it even more unique. With the help of some good friends, the truck was wrapped in no time. With the truck looking so nice, we had to put on all new belt moldings, quarter glass moldings, glass run channels and paint all of the trim the correct black to clean up the rest of the truck. All of these items are available on our webstore and fit better than OE!
With all of that said and done, please enjoy these pictures and the many more to come of Zain’s Ty all finished up.
Zain’s truck is far from done, but a lot of time and effort has been put into it so far to update the drivability and performance of the truck.