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Hunting a Smoke Trail in the Viper Live DIY Update 1

In the past I have posted about how I fixed* something in the Viper. I'm going to do something a little different today. I'm going to give real time updates to this DIY. Maybe this will be popular, or most likely I'll be talking to myself, anyway lets begin! If you have any questions or want any pictures let me know!

Problem: I have noticed visually and through smell a smoke trail from the left passenger footwell. It started at autox after a full days running. It doesn't happen at highway speeds only when I'm parking lot pimping.

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Solution: I am going to take the side sill of the car off. Look at the passenger footwell and find traces of anything burnt. If I can't find the issue it will be off to the dealer.

Necessary Items: The full service manual for the vehicle. Another car to drive while this one is taken apart. Tools many of them. Jack stands and a jack. A garage and garage dog. Painters tape and a blanket to lay the painted parts on.

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1 PM: I've jacked the Viper up, began dissembling and am currently taking the wheel off. The area that is circled is the splash guard in the wheel well. This is going to be a PIA.

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1:30: I forgot when I installed the MCS coil overs the fender liner can't be removed easily without taking over the bolt on top of the assembly circled in yellow. I'm going to take the bolts off and see if I can wiggle it out once I loosen up the sill.

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Illustration for article titled Hunting a Smoke Trail in the Viper Live DIY Update 1
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1:40: I've gotten the guard off, taking the sills bottom bolts off did the trick. Now it is time to get all the hidden screws holding the sill onto the subframe and front fender. Side note, the pic below is where the twin turbo setup goes. Right in the wheel well.

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1:50: The side sill is pulled off. Now the hunt begins for the offending smell.

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