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Hope everyone is doing well given the circumstances with the Coronavirus. Thought I’d give a quick update on what the J-Element has been up to.



I used it to pick up some 3D printers from my office to bring them home. My office is in a medical building so we’ve been working from home for the last three weeks.

I was put into contact with the 3D Surgical Support Specialist of a hospital near me and I’ve started printing face shield frames that were designed there at the hospital.













With personal protective equipment in short supply they’ve had to get creative and are crowd sourcing 3D printers in the area.

Hope everyone is managing well all things considered. Stay safe!


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THANK FOR MAKING THOSE FACE SCREENS!!!
 
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So my grandma asked me to bring over some popcorn, leave it on her doorstep and let her know through the open window (10' away) "what is that J-Element boy up to?" I said I'd ask.
 

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So my grandma asked me to bring over some popcorn, leave it on her doorstep and let her know through the open window (10' away) "what is that J-Element boy up to?" I said I'd ask.
Not doing much but working from home and 3D printing PPE. Also am doing some photogrammetry to photoscan scarce medical equipment to produce locally. I’m part of a group of about 300 companies and individuals doing this here in CT.















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Did some work on the Element. Went to change the brakes and found that one of the front calipers had a slide pin seized! Tried to get the pin freed but it just wouldn’t budge. The brake pad was worn slanted - yeesh!

Here is the slide pin in the vice holding up the entire assembly lol. That’s how seized it was!



Luckily Advanced Auto had both fronts in stock so I pulled these old ones off and turned them in. They weren’t coated and didn’t want them rusting just months after installing them so I grabbed some ceramic caliper paint.

Wasn’t looking to win any awards, just protect them from the..... elements. No pun intended lol



Not bad! The factory shock assemblies I put on a couple of years ago still look new, so that’s nice.



Looks nice behind the wheel!!



I also decided it was time to badge the Element so people understood why it sounded different than other Elements.


Picked up a V6 badge that came on the 2009 Accord. Subtle lol!



I was planning on doing the outer tie rods but couldn’t get the things to budge! I was so annoyed. So I’m going to just have the dealership do the whole outer/inner tie rod assembly. While I was under the car I noticed the rear differential carrier bushings and rear mount were dried up, cracked and nasty. So that’ll be my next attempt at failure lol.

I also picked up a cheapy eBay cold air intake for an Acura TL/Honda Accord to fashion an intake. With that and the Injen intake I had on this before doing the swap, should be able to make something work. It’ll be better than the stock intake boot I’ve got on there with a filter jammed into the end of it.




Lastly, I decided some downforce over the rear would help keep the Element pointed the right direction on the highway. Did some research and saw that someone on here (Toasty?) mated a Honda Zest spoiler to their Element and that it fit. So I searched and searched and searched and found one! So at some point I’ll see if it’ll fit. If anyone knows Toasty or has pics from his Element with it mounted I’d appreciate it!









Hope everyone is staying safe and taking care of their Elements!


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I look at all the "frozen in place" components you have under your E and wonder if it's a East Coast/Connecticut thing.
Could be! I see YouTube videos of people effortlessly freeing parts from their southern or west coast cars and die a little inside.


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Finally got around to piecing together a cold air intake. Had to chop up the intake I bought and combine it with the old Injen intake I had on the k-series.

Came out great and the intake temps are WAY LOWER. I had some left over adhesive backed heat wrap so I wrapped the tube portion that is in the engine bay.

Butt dyno registers a big jump in power






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Did some work on the Element. Went to change the brakes and found that one of the front calipers had a slide pin seized! Tried to get the pin freed but it just wouldn’t budge. The brake pad was worn slanted - yeesh!

Here is the slide pin in the vice holding up the entire assembly lol. That’s how seized it was!



Luckily Advanced Auto had both fronts in stock so I pulled these old ones off and turned them in. They weren’t coated and didn’t want them rusting just months after installing them so I grabbed some ceramic caliper paint.

Wasn’t looking to win any awards, just protect them from the..... elements. No pun intended lol



Not bad! The factory shock assemblies I put on a couple of years ago still look new, so that’s nice.



Looks nice behind the wheel!!



I also decided it was time to badge the Element so people understood why it sounded different than other Elements.


Picked up a V6 badge that came on the 2009 Accord. Subtle lol!



I was planning on doing the outer tie rods but couldn’t get the things to budge! I was so annoyed. So I’m going to just have the dealership do the whole outer/inner tie rod assembly. While I was under the car I noticed the rear differential carrier bushings and rear mount were dried up, cracked and nasty. So that’ll be my next attempt at failure lol.

I also picked up a cheapy eBay cold air intake for an Acura TL/Honda Accord to fashion an intake. With that and the Injen intake I had on this before doing the swap, should be able to make something work. It’ll be better than the stock intake boot I’ve got on there with a filter jammed into the end of it.




Lastly, I decided some downforce over the rear would help keep the Element pointed the right direction on the highway. Did some research and saw that someone on here (Toasty?) mated a Honda Zest spoiler to their Element and that it fit. So I searched and searched and searched and found one! So at some point I’ll see if it’ll fit. If anyone knows Toasty or has pics from his Element with it mounted I’d appreciate it!









Hope everyone is staying safe and taking care of their Elements!


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Can u post pics of when you install that cool looking spoiler. Also whered u get it. Ive been looking all over for the sc spoiler one.
 

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I know this might be a unpopular question, and, please, i mean no disrespect, but why not just build or turbo the 2.4L? (I saw on Jay Leno one guy built the K motor to 1000hp)

knowing your advanced skill level, maybe not challenging enough for you?

I do LOVE the idea of more power! For us medium talent wrenchers, is the motor swap for 06 Element plug and play?
 

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I know this might be a unpopular question, and, please, i mean no disrespect, but why not just build or turbo the 2.4L? (I saw on Jay Leno one guy built the K motor to 1000hp)

knowing your advanced skill level, maybe not challenging enough for you?

I do LOVE the idea of more power! For us medium talent wrenchers, is the motor swap for 06 Element plug and play?
I think there are probably a lot of reasons. It is definitely not plug and play and is only available for manual transmissions currently. He has put in a ton of work on this build and I imagine it has been a labor of love. He gets a Honda engine with awesome power which maintains reliability for daily driving. From what I can tell, Djmatix is the first pioneer on our forum to do the V6 conversion which I really respect, and appreciate.
 

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I’ve turbocharged k-Series engines before and didn’t want to go that route. It was also a challenge both mechanical and electrical to do the V6. It could have gone much easier but the kit was not designed that well. I’m still in contact with inlinepro about getting their adapter plate, flywheel extender and starter mount.

I’m also starting to look around for a 6-spd SH-AWD transmission from a 2010 TL..... you know... for science


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Happy 4th everyone! Had the hood open to do some initial measuring as I plan my next endeavor with the J-Element. An Eaton M90 Gen 5 supercharger! Need to make a plate that’ll bolt to the 07-08 magnesium intake manifold.




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Happy 4th everyone! Had the hood open to do some initial measuring as I plan my next endeavor with the J-Element. An Eaton M90 Gen 5 supercharger! Need to make a plate that’ll bolt to the 07-08 magnesium intake manifold.




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Nice! I also am going the supercharger route. Just ordered the TVS900 kit from Merc Racing and have been trying to form a supercharger accessory list. So far I got a used Merc racing tensioner bracket that will allow me to relocate the power steering and use my OEM tensioner. Have been been mulling over an upgraded cooling system option Merc Racing offers for their superchargers but it would require adding an air to water heat exchanger. Took some measurements of my Element yesterday and am unsure if that cooling upgrade would even fit. Wish I had your fabrication skills.
 

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I thought about a cooling system since super chargers are basically hot air blowers bolted right to the intake manifold. lol! The Element has a ton of room under the hood unlike the accord and TL. I’m about to go snag an Eaton M90 Gen5 from the junk yard so I can start drawing up an adapter plate. Eyeballing it makes me think it’ll fit with little to no cutting of the hood webbing. Fingers crossed!


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I thought about a cooling system since super chargers are basically hot air blowers bolted right to the intake manifold. lol! The Element has a ton of room under the hood unlike the accord and TL. I’m about to go snag an Eaton M90 Gen5 from the junk yard so I can start drawing up an adapter plate. Eyeballing it makes me think it’ll fit with little to no cutting of the hood webbing. Fingers crossed!


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So in reference to the 'hot air blower' I have been considering a heat exchanger hood scoop that Ford makes for the Mustang. It has been put on an Element before. My tuner doesn't think it will increase performance but says it could help manage engine bay heat. I live in Texas where it gets quite pretty hot. What do you think of the idea?
 

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So in reference to the 'hot air blower' I have been considering a heat exchanger hood scoop that Ford makes for the Mustang. It has been put on an Element before. My tuner doesn't think it will increase performance but says it could help manage engine bay heat. I live in Texas where it gets quite pretty hot. What do you think of the idea?
Oooooooh I like that! It does get hot under there for sure. DO IT


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I spent the last hour and a half reading through both of your threads instead of doing actual work. I know it's been said before but this has been an absolutely monumental thread! You've done some amazing work and have definitely done a lot of great trailblazing for those that are looking to head down this route....like me. :p

My dad and I are going to start work on our 260z so maybe once we finish that, I can look at putting together a V6 AWD Element! It's an 03 so it should go a TON smoother.

Cheers and thanks again man!
 

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I spent the last hour and a half reading through both of your threads instead of doing actual work. I know it's been said before but this has been an absolutely monumental thread! You've done some amazing work and have definitely done a lot of great trailblazing for those that are looking to head down this route....like me. :p

My dad and I are going to start work on our 260z so maybe once we finish that, I can look at putting together a V6 AWD Element! It's an 03 so it should go a TON smoother.

Cheers and thanks again man!
Thanks man! I appreciate the kind words. That 260z sounds like an awesome project. When you get back to the Element let me know if you need any help


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The supercharger at the local wrecking yard ended up being a bust. It was missing parts on it so I passed. Found one on eBay though and ordered it. Also picked up a modular pulley system that will allow me to run low boost and also move the pulley to line up with the rest of the belt driven components. A guy I found on eBay made this for me - great guy! Smooth flow pulleys.




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