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Old 11-13-2013, 04:11 AM   #226
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The president of our local club has an '03 with over 200K miles on the original engine and transmission. VF39, EWG, Catless DP, fuel pump, injectors, decent tune, the works. He beats on that thing like a red-headed step child and it just begs for more. He DD'ed it for a long time before making it a dedicated AutoX car.

So, it is possible that your car could be just as resilient, but if it is your only mode of transportation, then I would say your conservative mod path is very wise.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #227
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The president of our local club has an '03 with over 200K miles on the original engine and transmission. VF39, EWG, Catless DP, fuel pump, injectors, decent tune, the works. He beats on that thing like a red-headed step child and it just begs for more. He DD'ed it for a long time before making it a dedicated AutoX car.

So, it is possible that your car could be just as resilient, but if it is your only mode of transportation, then I would say your conservative mod path is very wise.
Whoa, that's awesome! Do you have any pics of it in action? Tell him I say congrats, I only hope my car can last that long and be that reliable as well. Right now it is my only daily, but maybe one day I can do the same!
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #228
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Will do. His car is constantly changing configurations; it is his main hobby/outlet, so he tweaks a lot of things. I really enjoy the evolution of his car and he's a super good guy. His name is also Chris.

AutoX, probably around 2011 since it doesn't have a BBK.


Roughly how it sits now, but he just had the front end repainted and blended.


And my personal favorite. That's yours truly, 'helping' or 'humping' with a clutch job. He sticks to OEM replacements. His philosophy is burn the (weaker) clutch, don't grenade the trans.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:04 PM   #229
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Awesome, thanks for the pics! I love his setup, especially the gram lights! He has kept it looking good for it's age too! Lol, that's a good philosophy to live by. I guess you can make the "transmission made of glass" to last if properly using it and depending on the wear parts to wear. When I was down in Chattanooga for school, I wish I would have gotten into autocrossing sooner. I went with a friend once in his 2.5rs, but unfortunately didn't get mine out to an event before moving home. I'm hoping to get this one out to a few events this coming spring/summer. Speaking of which, since my car is long overdue for actual pictures, I took advantage of some clear weather and took a cell pic after a wash. I'm hoping to get an actual photo shoot done after adding some more exterior pieces. Here it is, long overdue


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Old 11-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #230
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That stance is much better. Looks mean.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #231
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That stance is much better. Looks mean.
Thanks man, in the spring I will lower it a little again. Hopefully by that time I will have the lip, splitter, JDM scoop/headlights and a proper shoot.
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:54 PM   #232
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Super Clean Suby, man...
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:06 PM   #233
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Thank you! Hopefully she stays that way for a little while
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:47 PM   #234
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chris u wanna buy back ur old rpf1's? lmao..i got rear ended and my car was totaled..rims are fine and tires r new nitto nt05's lol
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #235
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Doooo eeeeet.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #236
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chris u wanna buy back ur old rpf1's? lmao..i got rear ended and my car was totaled..rims are fine and tires r new nitto nt05's lol
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Doooo eeeeet.
Man I'm sorry to hear about your car I would definitely love to buy them back, but honestly don't know if I could even afford the rims by themselves. I'll send you a PM.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #237
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Quick update:

Nothing big happening, but thought I would post up a couple of pics. I recently bought a PTP turbo blanket for my stock TD04. It's cold right now, so engine temps are hard to gauge. Though, the blanket is really there to help retain turbo heat. The install was pretty easy and seems to fit well. I also decided to get the password JDM bumper quick release set, but decided against installing them. I have a broken tab on one side of my bumper, but decided I didn't like the look. Here are a couple pics, hope you enjoy. Bigger things are in store for the spring! Thanks for looking!






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Old 02-22-2014, 05:53 PM   #238
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Wow car is looking great! I just recently got myself a bugeye and am planning a similar build! Looking forward to watching the future progress!
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:08 AM   #239
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Looking good!!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:53 PM   #240
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Looking good!!!

Sorry for the late response, but thank you guys! I'm hoping to have some more parts installed soon! Looking to do sway bars next.
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Old 04-29-2014, 09:57 PM   #241
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Hey guys, its been a while and not too much going on. I recently got a Grimmspeed splitter for the STI intercooler. I'm still utilizing the stock hood scoop, but I'm hoping in combination with my turbo blanket that it will help with heat. I also picked up a set of Rota Titans along with some 255/40/17 Hankook Ventus Evos. This combination has shed a couple pounds in rotational mass, which feels better. And I like the looks as well. Let me know what you think and thanks for looking!





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