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Old 02-23-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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I bought this car at stage 2 and it was originally built at COBB's Plano shop (NASIOC member perhaps?) and had the following mods

APS DR525 FMIC w/ CAI
COBB custom maps w/ AP
COBB short shifter
COBB Catless TBE
Dealer option boost gauge

I drove it for 26,000 reliable miles, took a few epic roadtrips through BC, and had a riot learning the car at AutoX



I added a few goodies, all major work was undertaken by VEX Peformance in Calgary

Whiteline rear sway
Killer Bee oilpickup & windage tray
RA Motorsports aluminum skidplate
COBB Knob
Group-N Engine Mounts
Dunlop Direzza Z1 *specs
All fluids changed to MOTUL
Endless SSY brake pads
Tomei timing belt
Mishimoto radiator & silicone hoses
RA's

Verified the tune at Airboy tuning here in Calgary and made 271 WHP / 323 WTQ @ 3500' altitude (stock 07 STi makes 224.7 WHP / 225 WTQ on the same dyno)

I used the car as a daily driver in addition to its weekend warrior duties until September, when I popped the engine. It was low on oil which I was able to find in the FMIC

Long Canadian winters lead to long projects for me it seems so I'm addressing the interior, adding some new power and handling bits in addition to a new engine, stereo, and generally cleaning the car up.

Engine:
VEX built 2010 shortblock with Mahle forged pistons
VEX built heads with Tomei cams & valvetrain
JDM oilpump
Cosworth H/G's

Induction:

Blouch 2.5 XTR 8cm
Tomei UEL header (wrapped in DEI titanium wrap)

Engine goodies:

TiC/Motive TGV deletes (thanks to Togue Tuning)
Perrin turbo inlet hose
Samco airbox hose
Crawford AOS
Cosworth airpump delete
Beatrush dogbone
Aquamist HFS3 with a 5 gal AEM tank
ID1000 injectors
DW300 pump

Drivetrain:

Exedy Stage I clutch
Exedy lightweight flywheel
Kartboy Shifter bushings
Whiteline crossmember bushings
Group-N transmission mount

Suspension:

RCE Yellows
Whiteline roll centre kit
New top hats
Kartboy diff bushings
Kartboy outrigger bushings
Kartboy subframe locking bolts
Whiteline steering rack bushings
Whiteline anti lift kit
Whiteline adjustable rear trailing arms

Brakes:
Grimmspeed master cylinder brace
Endless 650 fluid
Endless MX72 pads
DBA 5000 2 piece front rotors
DBA 4000 rear rotors
Goodridge stainless lines

Interior:

Sound deadening - complete car, doors, roof, etc using second skin damplifier pro
Gray Microsuede wrap on headliner
Gray Microsuede wrap on pillar trim
Interior plastics dyed dark gray
Dye stock charcoal carpet black
Sparco R505 seats with Bride rails
DEFI DIN Gauges (water temp, oil temp, oil pressure)
Custom dash pod for Aquamist controller/gauge

Electronics:

Alpine X305 with Bluetooth (bluetooth mic stealth mounted in maplight housing)
Alpine PXA sound processor with time correction
Audison 4 ch
Hertz 6.5" components
2x Kicker CVT65 6.5" Subs
Whistler remote radar detector with GPS, display mounted in clockpod
Black powdercoated supertones

Enough talking, onto the pics!

Sound deadening install:

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I didn't snap a pic but I also matted the outer skins on the front doors, they thud like a Bavarian now!
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:18 PM   #2
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2005 JDM Tails I bought from a NASIOC member in Ontario. They were in OK shape but had a lot of superficial scratches as well as some larger scuffs

After cleanup (my dumbass forgot to take before pics)



I shaved the DOT Markings as well



After:



On my wetsanding/plastic polish kick, I decided to do the headlights and fogs too:



After:



The KS tech scoop delete is really going to change the look of the car:



Bluetooth mic in maplight




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Old 02-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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Radar in clockpod:





Bostons:

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Old 02-23-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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That bluetooth mic placement is genius. I would do the same with mine but I don't think the cord would reach that far
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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ahhh! Why Boston's with all of the time you have taken into preparing the car?!

Loving the progress though. Keep it up.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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That bluetooth mic placement is genius. I would do the same with mine but I don't think the cord would reach that far
Thanks, what blue tooth mic do you have? The alpine unit is a pair of thin gauge wire, it could easily be extended.

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ahhh! Why Boston's with all of the time you have taken into preparing the car?!

Loving the progress though. Keep it up.
The boston's were a great deal and I read lots of positive reviews, if they aren't what I'm looking for in terms of sound quality, it's not like they're hard to replace

Speaking of time consuming prep work:

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:33 PM   #7
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They were in OK shape but had a lot of superficial scratches as well as some larger scuffs
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:36 PM   #8
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They were in OK shape but had a lot of superficial scratches as well as some larger scuffs
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:41 PM   #9
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Very nice I have #528, your twin. Also similar build in mind interior wise.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:08 PM   #10
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Cool man, where in NJ are you? I grew up in Scotch Plains
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:20 PM   #11
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Holmdel. I was born in Vancouver and grew up in Toronto LOL. Flip flop
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:24 AM   #12
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Very nice, I have #183. I can't wait to see how the scoop delete looks. How did you shave the DOT markings?
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:50 PM   #13
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Sick! I love that more of the Limited community is coming and checking out my build.

I wetsanded the DOT markings off, very gently with 800 grit wet, then 1000, up to 2000 and finished with a power polish and a coat of wax. If you take your time they come off perfectly.

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Old 03-03-2013, 11:44 PM   #14
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So...these showed up:



And with it, the gauge sensors, the last part I've been waiting on to get moving on the wiring. I prepped a harness for the gauges and head unit and did some test fitting:


That was enough to lead to a 3 AM night in the garage getting the bulk of the wiring done

I ran the hose for the WI, wire for the pump, valve controller & flow sensor wiring, front radar sensor, amp wiring, and the Defi wiring through the the engine compartment:



There's a bunch of wiring, plus the Aquamist hose in the next two pics (the hose pictured is the factory IC spray line):





I'm really happy with the wiring so far, it looks like factory. I foam taped the stock harnesses where they meet the body to minimize any chance for rattles while I was at it

testing some LED's:



I'm about a third of the way through this project as well:

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Old 03-04-2013, 12:13 AM   #15
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Car looks great and I like your attention to detail... but you put CF over the much-desired black limited trim? Why?

It might just be the camera's flash, but it looks out of place.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:27 AM   #16
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Thanks man, nice screenname!

I see what you mean though - that picture makes it look silver but the mat is black, there's a lot of light bouncing off of the epoxy.

This project is nowhere near completion though, I have a ton of work left on it
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:50 AM   #17
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I'm at about 85% now with the wiring. I need to sort a few details with the speaker box and meth tank/pump placement before I can finish.

I got to a few more things over the weekend, BlackBerry pics this week as I didn't have a charged camera battery:

Removed the struts to send to Feal for rebuild/revalve service



I have a goal of May 1 for tuning @ Airboy so I needed to get moving on the engine (remember when I said I'd get it out Xmas week ). The machining is going to be a month long turnaround so I need to have it out in the next week or so.

The bellhousing & engine mount bolts are all that's left:


In the process I found a few really bad pieces of workmanship that COBB left on the car that I'm really choked about >.

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Old 03-11-2013, 12:16 PM   #18
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In the process I found a few really bad pieces of workmanship that COBB left on the car that I'm really choked about >. There's pictures in this thread - http://www.westernsubaruclub.com/smf....msg429629#new
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:36 PM   #19
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Whoops, I thought that forum was public.


Apparently the tech though the IC mounting bracket was a good place to practice drilling:


This sarlacc looking beast is going to be a pita to clean up >


2 nuts? Naw, one nut and a cut stud, think of the weight savings, Armstrong style!

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Old 03-24-2013, 09:43 PM   #20
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I fixed my swiss cheese crash bar/ bracket for the APS FMIC, first time I've ever used bondo for anything other than fibreglass projects, I think it came out pretty well

before:



after:


the intercooler was beat down too, before stripping:



After paint:



A buddy of mine came over and soldered up the harness from the Aquamist controller to the Subaru ECU as well, the wiring is really close to completion!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:24 PM   #21
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Update!

Glassmasters came by and put a fresh windshield into the car. Last weekend I finished the wiring, and redyed the carpet,
added a layer of sound deadening behind the dash panels and got the interior back together:



I'm still working on the CF wrap for the dash pieces and the gauge pod for the Aquamist

This weekend's project involved much swearing, pleading and negotiating with my car, but the engine is finally out and stripped, ready to send to VEX:

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:59 AM   #22
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Looking great! I really like those defi DIN gauges.
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:42 AM   #23
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Thanks man, they match the colors on the factory gauges perfectly. At some point this summer I'm going to mold a new steering column cover and use a DEFI boost gauge in place of the dealer optioned lamco I have now
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #24
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Yeah the din setup is pretty cool, I may have to check it out this summer sometime.

Almost picked up Zaider's Defi setup, then realized it might be dumb if my car is getting relegated to winter beater status before too long, but I do love the clock pod gauge setups (the ricer in me).
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Old 04-12-2013, 02:21 AM   #25
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Yeah the din setup is pretty cool, I may have to check it out this summer sometime.

Almost picked up Zaider's Defi setup, then realized it might be dumb if my car is getting relegated to winter beater status before too long, but I do love the clock pod gauge setups (the ricer in me).
If you see me at AutoX or just parking on the street, come say hi, name's Elias.


New forged Mahle pistons are now installed in the new shortblock, along with the 12mm JDM oilpump with high pressure mod

Measuring up the new pistons & block:



Also I picked up the material for the headliner upholstery project, I expect this to be finished on the weekend:


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