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Old 06-15-2014, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Just bought my first WRX! 2 quick questions... BOV and Boost Controller.

Hi everyone, just got a 2004 wrx today with pretty low mileage too. (37k, original ADULT owner). Car is basically stock all the way down to the rims and radio. Only 2 things I noticed were changed, BOV was added and a boost controoler.

Anyways the guy had added a Turbosmart Manual boost controller and a Turbosmart BOV. He said that the controller was at 9 ticks. I've been reading throughout the forums and it is said that those 2 things are basically useless without a tune, etc.

Also read on another thread that a Turbosmart BOV is okay. So here is my question; should I keep the BOV and remove the Boost Controller or should I just remove both and buy stock parts?

Thanks for all the help.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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go read all the faq's and i hope ya got deep pockets....these aint cheap to fix when they blow up

the bov isnt really....bad.....but can cause issues if it leaks or isnt working properly

the boost controller...well....that is the tell here.....oh boi

and what the **** is '9 ticks' supposed to be???
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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Read the FAQS. Hint, Unabombers Manifesto, and every other stickied thread in NEWBIES AND FAQS.

A tune won't do much for a bov or manual controller. I suggest returning the car to stock.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:21 AM   #4
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go read all the faq's and i hope ya got deep pockets....these aint cheap to fix when they blow up

the bov isnt really....bad.....but can cause issues if it leaks or isnt working properly

the boost controller...well....that is the tell here.....oh boi

and what the **** is '9 ticks' supposed to be???
I suppose It'd be the amount of PSI/per click it makes/creates.


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Read the FAQS. Hint, Unabombers Manifesto, and every other stickied thread in NEWBIES AND FAQS.

A tune won't do much for a bov or manual controller. I suggest returning the car to stock.
I figured that, just wanted to make sure since in a few threads people were saying that the Turbosmart was a good brand for BOV and wasn't a big issue. But I'll definitely be turning the whole car back to car; just to be safe. Thanks for all the help guys.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:58 AM   #5
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Im just gonna tell you before you blow something up..get that **** off ur beautiful car. BOV are NOT good for our vehicles, it will make ur car run a bit rich(?) n the boost controller is not the proper way to play with boost...thats what tuning is for. If you dont have a boost gauge id get one, as well as oil pressure, n maybe a third gauge for fuel pressure. Ur pressure system are beyond important on this car. Anyways, using the boost gauge, id try to figure out if that controller is on stock boost (13.5psi) before i drive it too hard.

Best of luck!
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:02 PM   #6
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It's not going to blow up. Don't let the uncle get you down.

^Lol beautiful car!? It's an 04 wrx. modify it if you will and use it for what it was made for. For fun!

Garage queen babied wrxs are an oxymoron. Drive the s*** out of it as a daily and enjoy tinkering on it and having a relatively cheap fun boosted awd car.

Not a fan of bovs. But the manual boost controller should be fine with a tune and someone who knows what they're doing.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:36 PM   #7
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You know that turbosmart makes a recirculated bpv... To the OP, does it have a big tube attached to it? If it does, then it's a BPV and you should be ok. If it just vents to the atmosphere, then it's gonna run rich between shifts. I'd recommend a stock bpv then... And either take the mbc off or get a protune for it (I wouldn't get a protune yet though if you have no mods)
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Old 06-22-2014, 10:20 AM   #8
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It's not going to blow up. Don't let the uncle get you down. ^Lol beautiful car!? It's an 04 wrx. modify it if you will and use it for what it was made for. For fun! Garage queen babied wrxs are an oxymoron. Drive the s*** out of it as a daily and enjoy tinkering on it and having a relatively cheap fun boosted awd car. Not a fan of bovs. But the manual boost controller should be fine with a tune and someone who knows what they're doing.
all subies deserve some love my friend. N ya, they're beautiful cars til ppl start to **** with em too much. Cant tell u how many posts ive seen where someone has 58379023 mods n the car blows up...then that person sits there like wow, where'd i go wrong??
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:07 PM   #9
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From what i have learned from a bunch of posts and threads is that with the stock turbo, a 50/50 BPV or the stock one is perfectly fine. I would suggest you take it to a shop that works on subarus and ask them the question as well about your whole issue.

Good luck
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