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Written by Phil Denette
Saturday, 30 March 2013
It's almost time to pull your roadster out from under its winter coat. The sun is shining in the Southwest, and it's calling your name... Always wanted to travel Route 66? Now is the time... The North American Solstice and Sky Meet will be held in Flagstaff, AZ this year. Beautiful temps in the 70's are beckoning. Come join fellow Roadster enthusiasts from June 20th - 23rd for drives, activities, and car shows. Pre-event activities begin Monday June 17th with rides throughout the week. Register NOW at NASSM2013.com . We can't wait to see you...
Written by Martin Scott
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
The San Diego Roadsters are pleased to anounce the San Diego Regional Meet 2013 is happening!
Please note all the info is still comming together so please book
early and check back as the details of the Drives and Meals are sorted
We will be staying at the HIlton Garden Inn in San Diego / Rancho
Bernardo. We have negotiated a room rate of $90 per night and that
includes breakfast for two each morning! To book your room please call
the hotel (858) 676-1660 and use the code "ROAD" to get the special
As with all Regional Events, there will be MOD's done onsite such as HID
Conversions, ECM Tuning, Ect.. All MOD's will be done upon request,
please contact Martin Scott to book your MOD's.
- Early arrival day
- Check into Hotel
- Short drive ending at dinner
- Dinner TBD
- After dinner cocktails at hotel
- Main Arrival Day
Drive down the coast
- Afternoon Shopping in san diego
Dinner in Del Mar
Pub Crawl in downtown Del Mar
Breakfast at Hotel
- Drive up the Coast
#2 with Lunch
- Dinner TBD
to Hotel for Cocktails
Drive leading people out of town…
Written by Phil Denette
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Tombstone - A Town Too Tough to Die - A Weekend to Remember -
Well, it is that time of year again. TOMBSTONE!!! Many of you already
made your reservations last year before you left. Be sure to call your
hotel/inn to verify your time and date.
Click here to go to the Sky-Sol website and register for the event.
You may pre-pay for the BBQ dinner and T-shirts using Sky-Sol PayPal. [CLICK HERE ]
Contact Trail Riders Immediately
if you registered for the Tombstone Event before leaving last year.
They need to be contacted with your information to ensure you have your
13 North 7th Street
Tombstone, AZ 85638
Possible Lodging Options:
- Bella Union Adobe Lodge, 505 E. Fremont St, 520-457-2241
- Crazy Annie's Bordello, 95 S 10th St, 520-457-3847
- Tombstone Bordello, 101 W Allen St, 520-457-2394
- Tombstone Sagebrush Inn, 4th & Bruce, 520-457-2311
- Holiday Inn Express (1 mi), 580 Randolph Way, 520-457-9507
- Best Western (1 mi), 801 N Hwy 80 West, 877-652-6772
- Larian Motel - 410 E. Fremont St, 520-457-2272
- Tombstone Motel, 502 E. Fremont Street, 520-457-3478
- The Trail Rider's Inn, 13 N 7th St, 520-457-3573
Written by Phil Denette
Sunday, 08 January 2012
Update! We just signed the contract for the Route 66 Southwest Regional hotel, we sighted over a dozen hotels in and around the Phoenix area and found one that was (up until 2 months ago) a Four Points Marriott, it’s currently undergoing an upgrade and re-branding and will become a Double Tree by Hilton by the time April is here. Because we signed during the transition we were able to lock in a $79 standard room ($149 Reg) or upgrade to a pool side cabana for $99 ($189 Reg) per night! We have included in the accommodations package a special parking area up front of the hotel. There will be a welcome reception by the pool on the evening of the 6th. This hotel is a great choice it sits just off the I-17 which has access to all the major highways needed for this Event! Book early, they only have a limited number of the Pool side cabanas available!
You may call the Hotel Registration line at 602-997-5900 and be sure to tell them you are part of the GM Roadster Club to insure you get the contracted rate.
Once you make your reservation please RSVP for the Event here:
Written by Terminator2
Wednesday, 05 May 2010
The Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) LNF uses a Bosch E69 GDI ECM. This
ECM is a torque based engine controller containing approximately 2,500
tables that control all engine functions. There are approximately 600
tables that control fueling alone. A typical ECM contains only approx
250 tables total by contrast. A Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) based
fuel injection system is much harder to control and optimize than a
typical Multiport EFI system which is why there are so many tables In
the ECM that control fueling.
At the heart of this ECM is its torque based control system that uses
driver input via pedal position to determine driver desired torque.
Think of it as 100% pedal is equal to 100% driver desired torque. The
driver desired torque value is fed into the Desired Airload table (DAL)
which uses driver desired torque (pedal position) vs RPM to determine
actual throttle postion. By raising or lower the DALs one can effect
how the car reacts to pedal input from the driver. You can make 50%
pedal 100% actual throttle opening or vise versa by raising or lowering
those values. The DALs are regulated by the Maximum Airload Torque
table (MALT) whch determines the percentage of actual airload allowed
based on RPM. The Combination of the DAL and MALT helps determine
actual throttle postion and does regulate the wastegate to some degree
but does not allow for the desired boost level to be raised above 238
kPa, 34.5 psi absolute or 20 psi guage without modifying another table
that we HP Tuners users do not yet have access to.
The GM stage tune rasies this desired boost ceiling to 285 kPa, 41.5
psi absolute or 27 psi gauge without raising the Desired airloads. The
Superchips Tune also raises the desired boost levels without changing
the desired airloads. Vince's infiniboost tune tricks the ECM into
thinking it is seeing 238 kPa even though it may be seeing up to 300
kPa. We HP Tuners users have to runs external wastegate regulators or
boost controllers to hold the boost levels above 20 psi until they
decide to crack more of the ECM for us.
Written by Dave Brandon
Monday, 26 April 2010
Kappasphere Billet Grills
Billet Grills For Sky
Get silver lining for your Sky.
grills give your roadster first-class style. Pieces of high grade
aluminum were cut, spaced, polished, and carefully arranged to create a
stunning grill set that transforms the face of your vehicle. Grills only available for 2.0L Redline.
High Quality Design and Production
- Custom built to ensure exact fit for quick and simple install.
- Set includes center and valence pieces for a complete look.
- Special polished treatment makes an elegant, professional statement.
- Shined on the face and painted black on remaining sides to emphasize the sliver lines in the bumper spaces.
- Corrosion resistant aluminum for a long-lasting product.
- Little maintenance needed, just a simple cleaning, and your grills will always look new.
In stock and ready to ship!
Written by Jim Marotta
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Publish date: Dec 28, 2009
Source: Motor Age
the 2009 SAE World Congress, there was a sense of urgency in the air as
automotive engineers attempt to tackle the U.S. government’s 35-mpg
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard that goes into effect in
The new standard increases fuel economy by 30 percent from
today’s standard. While most manufacturers are taking a multi-faceted
approach — which includes diesel, hybrid, fuel cell and electric power
sources — one transitional technology is helping to extend the life of
the gasoline engine and push fuel mileage and performance forward by
leaps and bounds: gasoline direct injection.
Diesel engines always have used direct fuel injection, which squirted
fuel, under high pressure, into an engine’s cylinders rather than into
the intake manifold. In a diesel engine, the process of injecting fuel
directly into the combustion chamber at the top of the compression
stroke initiates and controls combustion. The Robert Bosch Company in
Germany perfected the modern mechanical injection pump for small
diesels in 1927.
are positioned to the side of each cylinder, aiming the fuel directly
into the cylinder adjacent to the spark plug and alongside the intake
and exhaust valves. Fuel is sprayed into the cylinders atpressures of
up to 2,150 psi, about 35 times more intense than port fuel injection.
German and Soviet fighter planes in World War II employed a variant of
this direct injection system. Though there were some performance and
fuel-economy benefits with direct injection, the most important plus
was the ability to provide uninterrupted power during violent dog
fighting maneuvers that often caused carbureted engines to sputter and
The first automotive direct injection system used to
run on gasoline was developed by Bosch, and was introduced on the 1955
Mercedes Benz 300SL. Engine power was double that of its carbureted
counterparts and allowed a top speed of up to 161 mph, making it the
fastest production car of its time.
It might be easier to see how direct injection works by comparing it to
traditional fuel injection methods first. With a conventional fuel
injected engine, all cylinders are supplied with a mist-like mixture of
air and fuel at a constant 14.7:1 ratio known as stoichiometric
mixture. One or more injector nozzles spray fuel into the air stream
being fed to the intake valves. This spray is mixed with air during the
intake stroke and flushed into the cylinder, where it is ignited by the
The throttle valve determines how much of the
air/fuel mixture enters each cylinder. A closed throttle valve means
little air in the engine, and thus a small amount of injected fuel,
while an open throttle means a lot of air in the engine, demanding a
lot of fuel. The air/fuel mixture inside the cylinder can’t deviate
very much from the optimum 14.7:1 ratio of air to fuel. In particular,
air/fuel mixtures that are too lean simply won’t ignite, creating a
excessive NOx and hydrocarbon emission that must then be captured and
processed by the vehicle’s catalytic converter.
Written by Dave Brandon
Tuesday, 09 March 2010
Converting your side marker into turn signals.
Works on all Kappa's
Cut back insulation going to the side marker to expost the two wires,
pull out the black wire and clip it as far away from the side marker as
possible. This will give you room for the wire to reach the other
Cut off/remove all the electrical tape going to the
plug to expose the 4 wires. I used a wire stripper on the blue wire to
slide the insulation back a tiny bit and stripped the end of the black
wire. I then wrapped the black wire exposed end around the stripped
section of the blue wire. Soldered the joint and tapped everything
back up. It looks factory but has a much better safety feature.
Written by Dave Brandon
Monday, 08 February 2010
Custom Door Sills Available!!!!!!!!!!
CUSTOM DOOR SILLS- SNEAK PREVIEW SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We at King Penn Industries do not have words to express how excited,
proud, and relieved we are to present to you our Custom Illuminated
Door Sills! It’s been a long road that has taken us many, many places
and we are now to our destination where we KNOW we are providing you
with not only THE ONLY custom illuminated door sills on the market, but
the very, very BEST!!
Our Pre-Sale will begin TOMORROW (February 9th, 2010) at 10AM Central
Standard time. We are expecting very high call volume so if we do not
answer, we are on the line with another customer. Please feel free to
call back throughout the day or shoot us an email at
and we will contact you ASAP.
We will be holding a 10 day Pre-Sale in which you will receive 15% off your total order, the pricing is as follows:
Regular Pricing & Sale Pricing
Standard Text - Non Illuminated = 149.00 126.65
Standard Text - Illuminated = 199.00 169.15
Custom Text Non Illuminated = 199.00 169.15
Custom Text Illuminated = 249.00 211.65
Pre-Sale Pricing 10 Days only: 15% OFF
Shipping is a flat 19.00 Inside U.S.
Pricing above is the pre-sale pricing and will ONLY last for 10 days.
Standard Text for the Sky:
Standard Text for the Solstice:
Colors of Illumination Available:
Red, Blue, Yellow, White, and Green
Install video Part 1
Install video Part 2
Written by Dave Brandon
Friday, 22 January 2010
||VDI Vertical Door Kit for the Sky
is proud to be a supplier of Saturn Sky Vertical Door Kit made by
Vertical Door Incorporated (VDI). The VDI kit is the highest quality
kit made specifically for the Sky that we have seen and bolts directly
to your car with no welding. There are many happy Solstice owners with
this kit on their cars that can attest to the quality of this kit.
So if you have been thinking about getting a set of VDI’s for your
Sky,Solstice or Opel (yes we can ship these overseas), here is your
chance at the best deal on them. These are not the cheap universal kits
sold on Ebay, but instead actual VDI kits that will ship directly from
VDI directly to you, so that you know if you have any problems with
them we will be there to service them for you.
So here is the Breakdown:
Full Retail - $1895
Our normal price $1299
For the group buy we are going to offer the following
This group buy starts at 3 kits and we will go from there:
3 or more sets - Really Crazy big savings, the best price we have ever been able to offer!
VDI has offered us the best offer ever on these because of how well the
last group buys have gone. This offer is going to extend a week through
the weekend and will end next Tuesday the 26th at Midnight. To place your order, just give us a call at 864-907-6004 or send us an email at
and we will get you on the list.
You can also place your order through the website , just use the coupon
code "bestprice" during checkout and the sale price will be shown.
Once the group buy ends they are quoting us 2-3 weeks to ship. They may
be able to get some of the kits ready before that, but we can not
guarantee that. I am going to stress this again, we have no control
over the time it takes VDI to get these made and it may take longer, if
you must have them right now, please do not order them in this group
buy. However this is the best deal we have ever offered for the door
More information here:
Sky's - http://www.ddmworks.com/sky/exterior..._door_sky.html
Solstice - http://www.ddmworks.com/solstice/ext..._door_sol.html
Here is what it cost: