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Old 06-21-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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I just wanted to say Hi.
My son just bought a 2002 WRX. It appears to have some mods but neither my son or I know much about Subaru's and less about the tuner scene.

What I was able to figure out is there is an aftermarket intake. Defi gauge cluster w/ oil press., boost, EGT and Defi-Link Control Unit II computer. Only the boost gauge seems to be hooked to sensors. The other gauges light and power up but don't indicate. I have no idea what else this car may have had done.

So if anyone knows a good Subaru shop or lives near West Palm beach Fla and has some time to meet up. Drop me a line. Planning on hitting a soflosubies get together soon.

I've been trying to read as much as I can. This is a great site with a ton of info so it might take me a while!
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:45 PM   #2
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welcome, and pretty much everything you need to know is on here, search tab is key.

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Old 06-21-2014, 07:49 PM   #3
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Welcome the both of you! There is a lot to read here on this site and all of which can be very useful.

1. You should take a crap ton of pictures and post them on here for us to look at and to see what has been done to it. You could even check out the chapters section and meet up with some of the locals to help you out as well.

2. Check this out as well http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...bers+manifesto

3.Look into a new Up-pipe for it very soon.

4.Look into replacing that intake with a stock one ASAP. Im assuming it was not tuned for it. But I could be wrong.

5. Catch up on any maintenance it may need.

6. Enjoy the car!!
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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It's getting dark so I snapped a few quick pics. I don't know how much you guys can tell from them but any help is most appreciated.

http://s640.photobucket.com/user/coz...20SUBARU%20WRX
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:01 PM   #5
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Looks like an aftermarket downpipe also
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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How hard is it to put the headlights back to stock?
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #7
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welcome! man, i love bugeyes!
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How hard is it to put the headlights back to stock?
they look stock to me... what makes you think otherwise?

did your son purchase this car from the original modifier? it would be nice to know if the ECU mapping has been properly modified to account for the intake and downpipe.

what is the max boost you're seeing on the gauge? might indicate ECU modifications from stock... defi's are high quality gauges, which is a plus.

also, i would DEFINITELY look into either a stock or aftermarket heatshield for the downpipe, and perhaps even add a turbo blanket under it for added heat protection. with it exposed like that, you're heatsoaking your intercooler and raising the intake charge temp and reducing performance.

good luck!
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welcome! man, i love bugeyes!

they look stock to me... what makes you think otherwise?

did your son purchase this car from the original modifier? it would be nice to know if the ECU mapping has been properly modified to account for the intake and downpipe.

what is the max boost you're seeing on the gauge? might indicate ECU modifications from stock... defi's are high quality gauges, which is a plus.

also, i would DEFINITELY look into either a stock or aftermarket heatshield for the downpipe, and perhaps even add a turbo blanket under it for added heat protection. with it exposed like that, you're heatsoaking your intercooler and raising the intake charge temp and reducing performance.

good luck!
Thanks for the input and help. I really appreciate it as we try to learn about the world of Subaru's.

It has the ballasts hooked up and also blue low beams. I've been reading about the HID kits and figure it's not such a good idea.

I'll have to check on the boost #'s. I never actually checked for peak boost.

Ditto the heat shield. I'll have to read up on the best way to do it. I've seen blankets for the turbo but not too sure about the down pipe.

I've been trying to read up on the ECU opp. also but unfortunately the car didn't come with the display unit to access the contol computer. I've been trying to find a way to hook up a laptop or smart phone to it but can't find anything as of yet.

Unfortunately the guy my son bought the car from wasn't the origional owner and didn't have much to offer about the mods.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:21 PM   #9
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You should see about doing a compression test, its relatively easy and seeing the numbers should tell you how the motors shape stands at the moment. Especially with the mods on it as is.

So is this guy the original owner then?
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:43 AM   #10
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^^^a compression test is a great idea.

you could check your local region's forum to see if there is a reputable subaru tuner in your area that might be able to help diagnose if the ECU is modified.

in terms of heat protection, HeroCrank has some really interesting test threads he's put together:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2406363
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2416797
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2428140

unabomber's manifesto is a great resource too:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1169984

his DIY turbo blanket how-to:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2298336

i have DEI lava wrap on my DP, a PTP turbo blanket on my turbo, then a Cobb heatshield over the blanketed turbo. you'd have to pull the DP out to properly wrap it, or you could look into a Perrin DP blanket, which could probably be installed with the DP on the car, but they seem pretty 'spensive:
http://perrinperformance.com/i-13324...downpipes.html

i know this is your son's car; not sure if he or you want to be dropping extra coin for foxy heat protection, but at the minimum i would get a turbo heat sheild, as it will cover the turbo and the top section of the DP. you can cut up a stock one to fit around the aftermarket DP, or purchase an aftermarket heatshield, or both. many of the aftermarket ones will fit on top of a modified stock one, for further heat protection.

check the classifieds for a used one?

OEM:
http://heubergersubaruparts.com/part...iagram=7591235

aftermarket:
http://www.cobbtuning.com/Subaru-SS-...d-p/512500.htm
http://www.grimmspeed.com/turbo-heat...x-sti-lgt-fxt/

SPT intake heatshield:
http://heubergersubaruparts.com/suba...atalogid%3D205
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