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Old 03-04-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Exclamation Project Track Car/DD Build Thread

This will be a documentation of my daily driver 2003 WRX project. The car is being built to eventually compete in NASA Time Trials

It won't be anything crazy but hopefully this build thread can help people decide what direction they want to go with there car and what parts they want to put on it.

This first post is going to be reserved for a place to put my current mod list and links to progress later on in the thread. I'm going to try and keep it organized as best I can so people can find topics and information easily within the thread. The start of this story will begin in the second post. As you can see below I have quite a few parts sitting around waiting to be installed. I will give my best impressions of install, performance and quality as best as I can...

Current Modifications: (3/13/2013)


Engine:
Cobb Accessport (Stage 2 OTS Tune)
Catless Up-pipe
Custom 3” Turboback with Racing Beat resonator
GrimmSpeed Air/Oil Separator


Drivetrain:
Kartboy Short Shifter
ACT 6-Puck Clutch w/ Pressure Plate
Group N Transmission Mount

Suspension:
(Front)
HVT Camber/Caster Plates
Koni Sport Yellow Adjustable Dampers
Ground Control Adjustable spring perches
6" Eibach ERS Linear rate springs (500lbs/in)
Swift helper springs
Turn In Concepts Strut Extenders
Whiteline 24mm Sway Bar
Turn In Concepts Bump Stops
Super Pro Steering Rack Bushings
Turn In Concepts FCAR Bushings
Whiteline Front Inner Control Arm Bushing
Kartboy Endlinks

(Rear)
Koni Sport Yellow Adjustable Dampers
Ground Control Adjustable Spring Perches
7" Eibach ERS Linear rate springs (450lbs/in)
Eibach helper springs
Vorshlag Adjustable Camber Plates
Turn In Concepts Bump Stops
Whiteline 24mm Adjustable Sway Bar
’04 Sway Bar Mounts
Kartboy Endlinks
Kartboy Rear Subframe Locks

Wheels/Tires:
Subaru Impreza 2.5RS 5X100 16X7 +53mm w/Show Tires
Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 5X100 17X9 +45mm
Nitto NT01 225/45/17 (Track)
Fifteen52 Tarmacs 5X100 17X9 +45mm
Hankook RS-3 245/40/17 (Street)
949 Racing Valve Stems
Muteki SR48 Black Open Ended Lug Nuts

Brakes:
Torque RT 700 Brake Fluid
TIC Master cylinder brace

(Front)
Goodridge G-Stop Stainless Steel Brake Lines
CL RC6 Brake Pads
Centric Rotors
Rooducts Intermediate brake ducting
Quantum Motorsports Duct Plates

(Rear)
Goodridge G-Stop Stainless Steel Brake Lines
CL RC6 Brake Pads
Centric Rotors

Body:
Rally Armor Aluminum Skid Plate
Rally Armor Mud Flaps

Parts waiting for install:

Perrin Divorced Gas Catless Downpipe (3”)
Deatschwerks 750cc (Cobb Spec) Injectors
Chase Bays SS Braided Power Steering line
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #2
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I purchased my 2003 MBP WRX in May of 2010 with 121,000 miles on the clock. It was a good deal, I was looking for one and found this one locally, so I jumped on it. It turned out to be a good choice! Needed some work but progress has been made!

Here is what it looked like shortly after I picked it up:



Came with a CEL code for bad O2 sensor, TurboXS Short Ram, HKS SSQV BOV, Tein lowering springs on stock shocks, horrid 17" ICW racing wheels and no cats. For some reason it had a 3" downpipe with the flange cut off and an exhaust shop special 2 1/4" reduced and welded on to the DP with a generic muffler at the end. I painted the headlight housing and added the gold rally pig for the bling factor! lol... moving on...

Pretty much got rid of everything that was on the car besides the up-pipe and down-pipe and went back to stock for the first winter. Got a set of RS wheels with snow tires and painted them gold. While the car was at stock ride height I had some fun off-roading, but the car doesn't see this type of abuse anymore:



Flash forward to Spring 2011. Over winter I did my homework and decided to go with RCE Yellow spring and Koni Yellow shocks. I also picked up a set of Noltec camber plates for the front and 04 Group-N tophats for the rear. My swaybar endlinks were toasted so I also picked up a set of karboy endlinks for the front and back. Got an Accessport and a 3" Racing Beat (look them up, I'm a rotary guy also!) resonator and went 3" the rest of the way out from the downpipe with just the resonator. Car actually has a good tone and isn't loud at all by my standards. Cruising speeds you can hardly hear the engine, and for about $300 total investment in my "catback" 3" I'm pretty happy. After the exhaust was done I flashed to Stage 2 and that is how my car currently sits as far as engine mods.

My budget started to run thin due to the tsunami/earthquake in Japan (I work for a Toyota parts supplier) so I had to go budget and pick up some dunlop SP Sport 8000's for the RS wheels as a temporary hold over through summer. (These turned out to be very good tires for the money!)

Pics of the car with that suspension set up:





I paid $65/per tire for the SP Sport 8000's and loved everything about them except the sidewall strength left a lot to be desired. Here is what they looked like after a trip through Deal's Gap:




Currently my car is back on stock suspension and show tires while I modify my struts some more. Going to add the strut extenders and just sold the Noltecs to replace them with RCE lowering camber plates. By switching to this setup I'll be able to get a little more suspension travel AND lower the front to even things out.


Later I will post up my project for today: DEI Exhaust wrapping my Perrin downpipe before I have to install it. Also may take some pics of my parts pile/engine bay shots/whatever I feel like. I just got a new GoPro Hero2 so I want to try out the picture quality of it...

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
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Today I finally quit being lazy and decided to put the DEI exhaust wrap on my Perrin Downpipe. Also Sprayed some paint stripper on my intercooler to take off the STI logo. Got some Rustoleum Aluminum paint from Lowes and sprayed the core with it to cover up where the STI logo use to be after stipping it.






Exhaust wrap install.

I decided not to wrap all the way down because I still need to do the up-pipe and wanted to have plenty left for that. Also I really don't see much reason to go any further because I am well out of the engine bay at that point. Hopefully I can compare some temp reading with other WRX owners and see how much of a difference this stuff makes. I'll get an infrared thermometer and compare between engine bays after idling, or doing a few pulls. My turbo is also coated to further help with the heat. I may even do a blanket later on if I feel the need. When The Reflect-A-Gold gets here Im going to do the end tanks on the intercooler and maybe the y-pipe if I have enough to spare. I got the 2"X15' roll so hopefully I won't run out too soon! Anyway on to the pics:




I just went to the parts store and got a 2 3" worm gear clamps and one 2.5"-4.5" for the bellmouth. Wasn't to bad to wrap. Much easier than I expected it to be.

In other news, I just paid for my Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2's so they will be here sometime next week. I'm pretty excited since I started the ordering process in November and after 4 months of waiting I'm pretty eager to get them!

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Old 03-13-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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My wheels and tires came in, I got some quick cell phone pics but will update with some more detailed pictures and info later. Wheels are Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2's 17X9 45ET hubcentric and custom powder coated bronze from the factory. Time from inquiring about these to getting them was about 4 months start to finish so needless to say I am excited they are here and cant wait to put them on. I love how the bronze turned out and the paint looks totally different in the shade vs the sun.

As for tires I wanted Hankook RS-3's but turns out they are on a 2 month backorder for 245/40/17! So I needed a tire fast and ended up lightening my wallet a little more than planned. I went with a set of Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Specs, 245/40/17. Also an awesome tire which is probably better suited for me as I will be doing a lot of street driving on these and the star specs will wear much better than the hankooks. Pics below!





Also updated the post above with my finished "STI Logo" delete.

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Old 03-17-2012, 10:38 AM   #5
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I went to order some RCE lowering camber plates and it turns out no one has them. Basically the only reason I wanted them was for the lowering so now I'm trying to figure out what I want to do next. The car needs to be together soon so I'm thinking of going with the Whitline Comp-C tophats for now and trying to pick up a set of the RCE lowering plates used later on. I read that RCE doesn't recommend using the lowering plates with yellows but I think that since I have the whiteline roll center kit I'll be negating any negative effects of lowering an extra 3/8th's of an inch, all the while not reducing suspension travel and increasing some wedge. I also want the car to look good and It would be nice to show people that you can get a very nice drop without going with cheap coilovers and not sacrificing suspension travel. We will see though...

So Comp-C's are on the wishlist for now, and I'll experiment with switching to the lowering plates whenever I get my hands on some.

Valve stems should be here today so I'll be hopefully getting my tires mounted Monday if I can but they won't be going on the car just yet...

I'll be posting up how I'm going to go about checking fender clearances and modifying the fender as needed. Hopefully It won't be too much rolling/crimping but we will see around Wednesday of this week.

Also got my Reflect-A-Gold so I will be putting that on my STI TMIC to help combat some heat soak, but more on that tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Some higher detail shots of the new wheels. Getting the tires mounted on them this afternoon...






I love these things! Can't wait to get pics of them on the car!
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OK so I got the tires on today and went to do some test fitting and the hub was too small. Checked my order and it turns out team dynamics messed up and made them with a 54.1mm hub bore when i asked for a 56.1mm so I'm going to have to bore an extra mm it seems...
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:44 PM   #9
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Default Strut extensions and wheel fitment woes...

Alright so today I modified my strut housing so I could use the Koni strut extenders I bought.

For those who don't know, When installing koni inserts you drill a hole in the bottom of the strut housing to anchor it down. When this is done it will look like the pic below:



However, if you enlarge the hole, there is a "nub" on the end of the insert that can fit down through the hole allowing the strut to be lowered around 15mm or so.



Turn in Concepts sells the extenders created by D_rex, his original thread about it can be found here: How to Get More Bump Stroke From Koni Inserts

Here are mine after install. I just took the housing and stuck it in a lathe and enlarged the whole with a boring mill:




That is all for today, my tophats are on there way and I will assemble the front struts when they get here.

*a little side note on the koni inserts, I recommend putting some black silicone around the top of the housing and between the bottom of the housing and D_rex extenders. I have seen where people take them apart and water has gotten in there and started rusting everything. As you can see my insert looks fine after about 8 months of use.


Wheel debacle: Team Dynamics asked me to find a shop and they will pay for my wheels to be bored out to the correct hub bore size. This is obviously an inconvenience but I am glad they are working with me and trying to make things right. I'm calling tomorrow to find a place to do it at a reasonable price.
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:33 PM   #10
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:01 PM   #11
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After a couple machine shops flaking out on me and my patience wearing thin, I decided to tackle removing the extra 2mm from my hub bore myself.
Went to home depot and picked up a couple 80 grit flapwheels for my Dremel and went to work.

For those of you who have never tried cutting or grinding aluminum before let me give you a few pointers: Firstly, you have to take your time. The more material you try to take off the hotter the aluminum gets. If it gets too hot it will start to melt and gum up your grinding disk or endmill or whatever you are using and make it useless. The best way to do it is with a flap wheel which will keep from heating up and keep the temps down on the aluminum. Make sure you take your time and make lots of passes and keep the wheel moving across the surface. It actually works very well. Took my about 3 hours to do all 4 wheels while test fitting them and then taking off more material as needed. I honestly think this worked out better than what i would have gotten if i had a machine shop do it. The wheels are definitely hubcentric now. It is basically a slip fit on the hubs!

Here are some before and after pics of what the hubs look like:

BEFORE



AFTER




Will get some pics of the fitment and the car tomorrow possibly!
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Today I took the time to check wheel clearance and the rear. For sure going to need to roll the inside lip in so I need to do that first before I lower the car on the RCE yellows because it will be rubbing badly if i did. Hopefully I can take car of that either this weekend or early next week with a proper fender roller.

Also took care of the pesky dust shield on the rear brakes contacting the rotor and squeaking all the damn time! If anyone has a squeak from the rear it is most likely that. Take your brakes off and you can see where it is rubbing on the bottom side. I took the trusty dremel and cut off enough so it wouldn't touch anymore.

Pics below of fitment. Again these are 17X9 with a 45mm offset. I think 45 is just about perfect, I have about a 1/8-1/4" strut clearance in the rear and it will be flush with the fender after I roll the inside in. I'm not going to do anything to the body lines or profile of the fender besides maybe pull it slightly outward for a little added clearance. I want it to look no different from stock when I am done though.

Went out and drove the car a little hard and I am amazed at the grip! Well I did know that tires were going to make all the difference but experiencing it was totally eye opening. The car handles better with these wheels/tires and stock suspension than it ever did with the 205 SP Sport 8000's and koni/RCE setup. Can't wait to see how it does with the new swaybars added into the mix!

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Tomorrow I will work on putting the reflect-a-gold on the intercooler and finding a time to roll the fenders.

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Quick update: I took the time to put the reflect-a-gold on the intercooler and it went pretty well, was just time consuming is all. I had the 15ft roll and used about 12ft of it. Stuff gets used up pretty quick. Anyway here are the results:



BLING!

I will compare temps with a IR thermometer and another fellow wrx owner if i get the chance to show the effectiveness of this stuff.

Also did a cheap mod to the intake. Took off the hacked up factory elbow i had coming out of the air box and replaced it with a velocity stack to increase some air flow. More about the benifets of this can be found here: Improving The (2002-2007) Subaru WRX/STi Intake


That's all for today, hopefully fenders will be rolled tomorrow and suspension will be close to being put on. I might just go ahead and put the sway bars on the car just to see the difference it will make on stock springs/struts.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #14
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Had a friend with a fender roller help me out and roll my fenders this weekend. He has lots of experience with it and did an amazing job! No paint crack and the inside lip is rolled flush now. Going to check fitment later this week again just to be sure but they can always be rolled a bit further to keep them clear of the tires. Here is the before/after:

BEFORE:

AFTER:



Also took a trip up to TurninConcepts today and took advantage of there great customer service! I had bought some Whiteline Com C top hats as a temporary fix and then right after that saw the MSI street camber/caster plates and it looks like they will work for everything i want out of a plate! I will post more on my plans with camber/caster setup later but basically I wanted a plate that will allow me to run max caster without moving camber if i don't want to. This is so as not to affect the Kingpin angle (or SAI)of the front suspension. I will go into more detail on that later...

But anywhere here are the plates:



tomorrow I'm going to mod my struts even more by moving the lower strut mounting bolt 2mm outward to gain more static camber at the hub. This is so I don't have to use the camber/caster plates as much or at all. I will cut out 2mm and then weld in the other side. hopefully I can get all of this done tomorrow or the day after and post up a write up further explaining my purpose. That's all for today!
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:27 AM   #16
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Installed my Whiteline 24mm bars last night. I wanted to see the improvement on stock suspension before I put my struts and springs on. The body roll was reduced quite a bit. Id say it was about the same as with RCE springs and stock sway bars. The car gives me a lot more confidence to go faster now since it no longer feels like it is going to roll over before it reaches the limits of grip. I think these bars will pair well with the RCE yellows and koni's.

Here are some pics from the install. it was pretty straight forward and the only thing you have to do is remove the sub-frame to get to the front sway bar. That sounds a lot worse than what it really is. The sub-frame bolts are all easily accessible and mine were not hard to get off for the most part.

Here is the stock 20mm front bar compared to the new 24mm bar, which is 107% stiffer:




The bar came with the stops that keep them from moving side to side already installed. I used teflon tape under the bushings and also applied the supplied grease on all the bushings. During my test drive I didn't hear any new noises after the install.



After putting everything back together i dropped the car back on it's wheels and tightened the endlinks. Make sure you put the spacers in the correct locations to get the endlinks pointing as close to perpendicular to the ground as possible. Here is what mine looked like:



I didn't take any pics of the rear but you can get the idea. It is a lot easier than the front and all i had to do is loosen an exhaust hanger to get the bars in and out.

I also replace my rear sway bar mounts with +04 sway bar mounts. They are a lot stiffer and all around much better than the crappy 02-03 mounts. You can buy these mounts as a kit with all the parts needed from subarugenuineparts.com.

Old on the left, new on the right:



Also installed my Group N tranny mount while i had the car up in the air. wasn't too hard and after install i noticed a lot less slop in the the drivetrain. I need to replace all the other mounts in the car to make it feel new again.


Overall no real change in NVH. I kinda noticed the effects of bigger bars when hitting a huge hole with the passenger side. The car felt stiffer than before when taking the impact, but nothing really uncomfortable by my standards at least.

Going to put the rest of my suspension on this weekend and get the car aligned monday if all goes well.
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for your project, i applaud you.

this is why i love subarus, you look and research and calculate each effeciency from wrapping the intercooler and dump pipes and that intake box.

most just bolt-on from the newest issue of super-street.

for that velocity stack mod, where does the stack face? against the fender wall inside the engine bay? or does it go THRU the fender wall??

i can't thank the community enough for figuring out engine oil, tranny oil combos, maintenance tips and the strong willed DIY-attitude that is a lot more than others where "i just took it to my tuner, magic ensued"
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for your project, i applaud you.

this is why i love subarus, you look and research and calculate each effeciency from wrapping the intercooler and dump pipes and that intake box.

most just bolt-on from the newest issue of super-street.

for that velocity stack mod, where does the stack face? against the fender wall inside the engine bay? or does it go THRU the fender wall??

i can't thank the community enough for figuring out engine oil, tranny oil combos, maintenance tips and the strong willed DIY-attitude that is a lot more than others where "i just took it to my tuner, magic ensued"
Thanks a lot!

and to answer your question, the velocity stack is in the inner fender, I might modify it a bit more and put it at a 45 degree angle and re install the original air intake to help bring some more cold air to it...
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Little update:

Put the RCE yellow springs, koni shocks, MSI street camber/caster plates on yesterday. Attempted to also install my whiteline roll center kit and got to the last ball joint and broke the bolt off in the knuckle. After looking online I see that several other people have ran into this same issue. So I put the oem one back on the other side and just left the tie rods on. Looks like im going to just go ahead and buy 2 new knuckles and bearings so I can swap them in an afternoon without having the car down too long. It's pouring rain or else Id take some pics of it at the new ride height. I'm not really happy with how much these camber plates raise the front. The car hardly looks lowered. I'm still going to try and get some RCE lowering plates for the front eventually. That is all for today, I'm getting an alignment tomorrow and will post pics as soon as i get the chance.
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So after putting my wheels on I noticed a squeaking noise coming from the front drivers wheel. It was very annoying and I suspected the wheel bearing. Took it all apart yesterday and went to get a new bearing pressed in only to realize what had happened is the inner race was somehow seized and the hub was spinning inside of it. So now my car is down because I didn't think to buy a new hub along with the wheel bearing. After realizing the the hub was cheaper than the bearing I think it is a good investment to go ahead and replace both at the same time. So hopefully I will have it all back together tomorrow. Next I will be replacing the passenger axle, knuckle, hub and bearing.

Also getting new rotors and pads to start tracking the car on. Im going to go with RacingBrake slotted rotors and CL RC5+ Sintered pads.
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Well when I went to replace the wheel bearing and the inner race had spun in the hub so i had to leave the car down a couple of days to get a new hub and press it all in together. So protip for the day is to go ahead and buy a new hub because it is cheaper than the bearing itself and will save you the hassle in the long run.

After replacing that I've been talking to a friend who does NASA time trials and It has got me pretty set on prepping the car to compete next year. I've got it pretty well setup to fall perfectly into TTD class. Also It is kind of nice because it will encourage me to NOT buy parts for my car! lol every modification is rewarded points so less is more is the general idea.

In 2 weeks I'm going to Deal's Gap and Road Atlanta for the Mitty, and the week after that I'm going to Putnam Park for my first track day. Pretty excited! I'll be sure to get plenty of use out of my Go Pro and post some vids!
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:23 AM   #24
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Tomorrow I will be headed to deal's gap! Pics and GoPro video will be uploaded of the trip. The Mitty should be good times as well! After that it's prep time for my first track day!
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Have any overall pictures of your car with the new wheels? I love the TD pros and have a set of my honda
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