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Old 11-03-2010, 11:14 PM   #51
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Just added a MODE Racing Short Shifter. Review here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2081967







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Old 11-03-2010, 11:45 PM   #52
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Its a shame that the knob will sit farther from the steering wheel. On a side note, why are the WRX seats always have better seat material than the STI? Nice!
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:02 PM   #53
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:05 PM   #54
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Nice shots, looks sexy in black.

What camera did you use?
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:26 PM   #55
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seems like stock '11 exhausts are louder than the 09's at least. the spt sounds pretty loud too, almost like my straight pipe. it even lets those pops out. i don't think the 09/10 spt did that, no?
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:44 PM   #56
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Nice shots, looks sexy in black.

What camera did you use?
Thanks. Photos and video were all shot with a Canon 7D and CAnon 17-55 f/2.8 IS lens.

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seems like stock '11 exhausts are louder than the 09's at least. the spt sounds pretty loud too, almost like my straight pipe. it even lets those pops out. i don't think the 09/10 spt did that, no?
The video may be deceiving. The stock exhaust on the hatch is really quiet. Little rumble around 1500, but no exhaust noise to speak of when on the road.

The pops with the SPT were likely due to an exhaust leak or ECU. They are gone now. Noise is up from stock (obviously), but not too bad. See here:

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2083886
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:10 AM   #57
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my SPT will pop on occasion, makes the car sound pissed off...
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:05 AM   #58
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^I love the pop. always does it in first gear around 2000rpm when i let off the gas
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:23 PM   #59
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You have the SPT? Mine doesn't pop at all anymore.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:06 PM   #60
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I have never seen that short shifter. Could have something to do with my lack of digging.
Anyway to the point > How do you like it?
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:12 PM   #61
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Did you click the link to my review? It is the COBB shifter sold under a different brand name. I like it a lot. Great quality, and the adjustability is worth the extra cost.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #62
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:55 PM   #63
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Really good ! Would like so much the spt exhaust or the perrin one !

Do you think you could make a interior video to hear the exhaust ?
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Old 11-11-2010, 08:10 PM   #64
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looks good...
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:06 PM   #65
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man..all the guys that bought the 2010 without the flares must be pissed!

^^THIS! wish i had waited a year....
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:15 PM   #66
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thanks for the pics and exhaust clips! Threads like this are most interesting to me because it's almost like a product review, since i will most likely be purchasing a wrx or sti in the future and doing the basic stage II mods.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:44 PM   #67
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Weather forecast today:

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Rest of Tonight
A chance of rain and snow early in the evening...then snow after midnight. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Lows around 35. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday
Breezy...snow. Snow accumulation of 4 to 7 inches. Highs around 35. North winds 15 to 25 mph.

Saturday Night
Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow. Storm total snow accumulation of 8 to 10 inches. Lows around 30. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.
Time for the winter tires! 16x6.5" steel wheels with 215/55R16 General Altimax Arctic's.

Rear 3/4


Front 3/4


Rear view of the tread


Front view of tread


Rear brake clearance (plenty of room)


Front brake clearance (pretty close)


Front inset


Rear inset


The thin wheels give a pretty tucked look. Oh well. General tires have deep, aggressive treads, and a fairly soft compound. Looking forward to trying them out!
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:33 PM   #68
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Winter came fast in MN!

Yesterday:



Today:



I'm glad I checked the forecast, and got my snow tires on last night!

About 6" so far. Supposed to keep snowing the rest of the day.
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Old 11-13-2010, 02:36 PM   #69
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One more photo.....



Opinions on the processing? Way overdone?
Nah... I like it. Reminds me a bit of one of my own:

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Old 11-13-2010, 02:41 PM   #70
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Nah... I like it. Reminds me a bit of one of my own:

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...g/TDK_2286.jpg
I like that a lot. I couldn't get the sky to "pop" quite like a wanted. Car ended up way too dark. Might need a reflector of some kind or maybe I'll bring some off camera lighting...
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:29 PM   #71
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:00 AM   #72
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I like the before / after.
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:36 PM   #73
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Got a fairly conservative "Stage 1" road tune on my 2011 WRX. Baseline and after tune information is included. Only changes to the car are an SPT Cat Back Exhaust and the 16" steelies and winter tires. RomRaider log was used to create the dyno plot using Virtual Dyno set with CF=1 (which makes Virtual Dyno read similar to COBB's Mustang dyno, see below). I'm very happy with how the tune turned out. Much smoother and pulls noticeably hard through the low/mid range and up to the top end. Torque increase is very nice

Event: Stage 1 Road Tune
Location: MN
Ambient Temp: 40F
Elevation: 725ft
Weather: Cloudy
Road Conditions: Flat
Tires: General Altimax Artic 215/55R16

Car: 2011 WRX 5 Door
Tuner: Nuke
Dyno Info: Virtual Dyno - CF=1
Transmission: Stock 5 Speed
Gear: 3rd
Target Boost: 17psi
Target AFR: Unknown
Fuel: 91 Octane Unleaded
Engine/Power Modifications: SPT Cat Back Exhaust
Driveline Modifications: None
Suspension Modifications: None
Other Modifications: 16" Steel Wheels
Baseline:
Peak HP at RPM: 242hp@6,000rpm
Peak Torque at RPM: 261lbft@3,000rpm
Stage 1:
Peak HP at RPM: 252hp@6,100rpm
Peak Torque at RPM: 297lbft@3,400rpm



Just for comparison, here is how my car's pull, calculated on the Virtual Dyno (CF=1), stacks up against COBB's Mustang Dyno baseline runs on 08+ STI's and 09+ WRX's.

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Here are the results from COBB's baseline dyno runs (as posted on their site):

STI, 2008, 233/253, Barnes, Andrew
STI, 2008, 239/258, COBB Tuning
STI, 2008, 247/245, Hoffman, Aran
STI, 2008, 245/242, Motorsports, Performance
STI, 2008, 236/238, Pickett, Rob
STI, 2009, 243/245, Diens, Tim
STI, 2010, 228/239, COBB Tuning
STI, 2010, 226/240, Pentimonti, Tony
STI, 2011, 236/227, Mitchell, Mario
STI, 2011, 250/254, Pease, Dave
STI, 2011, 251/255, COBB Tuning
STI, 2008+, 239/245, AVERAGE

WRX, 2009, 231/239, Brackenbrough, Mike
WRX, 2009, 241/239, Braun, Jeremy
WRX, 2009, 233/248, Keenan, MJ
WRX, 2010, 244/258, COBB Tuning
WRX, 2010, 244/258, Branen, Charles
WRX, 2010, 246/259, Gill, Evan
WRX, 2011, 223/255, COBB Tuning
WRX, 2011, 251/255, Miller, Josh
WRX, 2011, 218/251, Vonali, Ritter
WRX, 2009+, 237/251, AVERAGE
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WRX, 2011, 242/261, xluben's WRX

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Old 11-16-2010, 02:08 PM   #74
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If you have some free time, do you think you could take a little interior video to hear the Spt exhaust ?
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Old 12-20-2010, 10:51 AM   #75
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Stage 2!

Installed the COBB downpipe yesterday and had it re-tuned.

Sounds great, and pulls much harder than Stage 1!

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