If you've noticed lately, the housing market pretty much took a giant dump on us. That means a lot of us are forced to live under the horrid conditions that only the spawn of Satan could have dreamt up--the home owners association. Who ever thought up this idea truly needs to be dragged out into the street and beaten like a red-headed stepchild (OK, that's a little harsh but you get the point). They have such restricted rules on everything from the color of your house to virtually what you can and cannot do inside your own garage. A man's garage is his palace, the last great bastion of true manhood. If a man can't do work inside his own garage, than we are truly lost as a society. None of this is new to Jake Erickson of Hugo, Minnesota. He's all too familiar with the ridiculous rules that HOAs place on their occupants. Even if he owned the property (he's a renter) in which there is an HOA present, the rules of the association state that homeowners are limited to oil changes only. But what the HOA doesn't know definitely won't hurt them.
"When I began the project, I hung curtains in the garage to hide my project from all the nosy HOA spies as their policy is no automotive repairs beyond an oil service!" Jake tells us when we asked how he got away with such an undertaking with the gauleiters on watch. Jake's '06 Pontiac GTO started out as a 4,500-mile pristine example he found in June of 2007 when a buddy introduced him to the car. "I almost didn't go to look at it because of the red interior, but it was beautiful and looked almost brand new." The Goat was intended to replace his Bimmer 328i because he wanted a little bit more power and wanted to step up his game. "I swore I would never mod the car because I was happy with the power. Well, it was about a month and I installed a pieced-together nitrous kit and went from a 50-shot to a 200-shot in about three weeks. I kept it that way until the car had about 42,000 miles and I was racing a Lexus 350 and the stock motor's main bearing gave way. That started a 9-month project to build a single turbo in my garage with a ridiculously stupid HOA."
Are you starting to get the picture? After spinning the stock LS2 up to 7,500 rpm on one too many occasions, the motor had enough abuse and cried uncle. "I am a self-taught welder and welded the entire hot-side and exhaust as well as all the bracketry with a 120-amp MIG welder." Jake goes on to tell us about his home-brewed concoction. "The motor was honed and the short-block [was] assembled at Performance Concepts in Forest Lake, MN with Wiseco 2618 -11cc dished turbo pistons and Callies Compstar forged H-beams. I had the heads ported and [given a] performance valve job with cut valves done at Aaron's Precision Machine. Turbo is a Borg-Warner S475 with an 83mm exducer and 1.25 A/R from Forced Inductions."
The rest of the turbo system is made up of a massive 36x18x4-inch air-to-air intercooler, Tial wastegate, and a blow-off valve from Race Part Solutions. Exhaust is vented with a 4-inch downpipe, which uses a Y-pipe to split into the factory-style 2.5-inch Magnaflow exhaust. This setup runs on Minnesota gold (aka E85) courtesy of a dual in-tank setup from TRE Performance, Fuelab regulator, and Siemens 80 lb-hr injectors. All of that adds up to an impressive 773 rear wheel horsepower and 765 ft-lb of torque. Not too shabby considering it was homebuilt inside a clandestine garage. "The car is very nimble and agile for its weight. It's a bit portly, but it handles like a much smaller and lighter car. The trick to driving it is to avoid the brake pedal and keep it between the ditches!"
Its handling characteristics are complements of Lovells springs (with air bags in the rear) and a Whiteline rear sway bar to keep all that power in check as well as 255mm Dunlops mounted on Champion forged R32 rims. The driveline is necessarily upgraded as well with a SPEC Stage 3 clutch, pressure plate, and billet flywheel as well as G-Force axles at the rear end. "What I like most about the vehicle is that it's a total package. Very nice interior, the fit and finish are excellent as is the ride quality and style. Everything I could want from a car." All this from a guy who works as an Audi service writer and who has owned everything from a Cadillac DTS to a GMC S15 low rider, all in total about 13 completely different rides he could pick as the total package; the GTO is it. To be fair, it did take a bit of doing to avoid the HOA and their rules. We imagine that as soon as the garage door went down, the black curtains went up. Just as quickly, the garage door opened to emerge a brand-new car with all the badassness that can be thrown at it. We reserve the right to throw out new terms now and then and it could easily be said that this car certainly has carjones.
|Car: 2006 Pontiac GTO|
|Heads:||LS2, ported and polished by Aaron's Precision Machine, 2.00 intake, 1.55 exhaust valves|
|Cam:||stock hydraulic roller, 204/211-duration at .050, .525/.525-inch lift, 116LSA|
|Rocker arms:||Stock, 1.7:1 ratio|
|Rods:||Callies Compstar, forged|
|Fuel injectors:||Siemens Deka 80 lb/hr|
|Fuel pump:||Dual TRE Performance 255-lph, in-tank|
|Engine management:||Stock, tuned by Carl at Lancer Service|
|Power adder:||Borg Warner S475 turbo|
|Blow Off Valve:||Race Part Solutions 50mm|
|Exhaust system:||'03 6.0L truck manifolds, 2.5-inch hot-side pipes, 4-inch downpipe, 2.5-inch Magnaflow mufflers|
|Clutch:||SPEC Stage 3|
|Front suspension:||Lovells springs, stock control arms, shocks, sway bar|
|Rear suspension:||Lovells springs, Whiteline sway bar, drag bags, stock shocks, control arms|
|Rear end: Stock IRS, 1000hp G-Force anti-wheel hop axles, 3.42 gear, posi|
|Brakes:||Stock calipers, cross-drilled and slotted rotors|
|Wheels:||Champion Motorsports RG32 19x8.5|
|Front tires:||Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 255/35/19|
|Rear tires:||Dunlop Sport Maxx GT 255/35/19|
|Best 60-ft. time:||1.77|