1HD-FTE maintenance and proformance in my hdj79

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Hey there fellas,

This thread is about my 1hd fte equipped hdj79. I am always looking to increase my knowledge, and i am going to post what i do with the motor and how it performs here so i can get feedback, and others can follow along. Some basic specs on the motor as it stands:

Rebuilt 10k ago, was a perfectly good motor prior to rebuild
3" straight through exhaust
Safari armax snorkel

Eventually i would like to do some serious performance mods to this thing, namley a PDI 76mm intercooler and a gturbo, and +70 injectors in the hope of 1000+nm. I will also like to have an adjustable tune, so i can tune it back at the twist of a knob or push of a button, so that i can run lower boost levels for day to day driving and if others drive the ute. I plan on doing the mods properly and not on the cheap, so this is going to be long term.

Next mod i will be doing is a egr delete. My question is, can i drill the egr delete plate exhaust side for a egt probe, and will this be a accurate reading spot? I realise that i need the probe pre turbo for a reliable reading.

This is the oil colour after 2000ks:
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so, looks to be a healthy motor if this is a good indication

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I'd also keep an eye on Eclipse Turbo Systems for your performance mods. From what I've seen some great products about to launch and not just turbos either. Jeez my oil wouldn't be that clean after 20k never lone 2000!
 

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I'd also keep an eye on Eclipse Turbo Systems for your performance mods. From what I've seen some great products about to launch and not just turbos either. Jeez my oil wouldn't be that clean after 20k never lone 2000!
Thanks for the feedback, I'm definitely keeping my options open at the moment, but i am looking at going with an intercooler before an upgraded turbo.
 
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I have a PDI intercooler, it was a really easy kit to install. Nothing to special about them but everything is included and the instructions are really detailed so it's a breeze to install.
 

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I have a PDI intercooler, it was a really easy kit to install. Nothing to special about them but everything is included and the instructions are really detailed so it's a breeze to install.
Do you have a build thread that i can have a read of? I am interested in assessing options as best as i can. Also, can i ask what motor you have and in what vehicle? Thats good feedback, which is what I'm after so i appreciate it.
 

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Well, fuel economy on this old girl ain't so shabby, got 700kms from ~ 70L so far on the sub tank. Main tank was about 550kms pulling a 3t trailer for a good 400kms of it. Still got 10L in the main and 20L in the sub.
 
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Nice oil, but it should be that clean after 2k. In fact it should be that clean for quite a while. Mine still looks new at 5k, starts to darken about 6-7k. At 10k it's still cleaner than a 1hz after initial start to get oil pressure...

Why was it rebuilt if it was perfectly good? Your performance goals sounds spot on, Gturbo is where it's at. I think the new eclipse ones are only good to 20 psi? Gturbo can go WAY over that. PDI are probably the best intercoolers, if you have the money go for it. Did you modify a vdj armax? As far as I was aware they weren't available for HDJs yet?

The EGR spot is the perfect place for an EGT probe, post turbo is a really poor place for a probe as it's an estimation at best. The EGR spot is ready made. I cut the pipe off and reused the flange (just welded the bung in). It's reading cylinder 6 more than the others but that's good as it's the hottest cylinder.
 
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Your performance goals sounds spot on, Gturbo is where it's at. I think the new eclipse ones are only good to 20 psi? Gturbo can go WAY over that. PDI are probably the best intercoolers, if you have the money go for it.
I believe at the moment on the Eclipse website they only have one turbo model listed but I know there's going to be a few different options including one for the guys that are only chasing huge power and plan to run much higher than 20psi. You also need to keep in mind that boost doesn't really give an indication of actual on road performance although it does seem rather impressive on the boost gauge. I'd definitely be keeping an eye on what they are up too as I know first hand how good there turbos drive :).

PDI are good because it all comes in an easy to install kit and they perform quite good but if you are after best possible performance you can get it could be improved on. Some of the tank design, core size and size of pipework could be improved which would add up to give you the best possible solution but for the large majority of people it's totally fine and offers great performance compared to others.
 
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