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Old 10-12-2001, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default instructions for all wrx - put this in the mods section pls

I'm having problems w/ the hosting company right now and am in the process of getting someone else. The site is back here for now:

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*You should always disconnect the battery before doing any modifications to the electrical system in your vehicle*

To Remove the Day Time Running Light Module:

1) In the engine compartment, above the airbox, there is a black box. Twist the two screws on the top of this and remove it.

2) If you look down under where this cover was, you will see a metal module, with a wire harness plugged into the bottom of it. There is a "caution high temperature" warning label on the front side of this module. That is the day time running light module.

3) There are 2 10mm bolts that secure the module to the side of the strut tower, remove them.

4) Unplug the wire from the module and secure with a zip tie for a clean look. Throw the module in the trash can and you are done.




To Rewire the Foglights to Run With Parking Lights / High Beams Also:

1) Remove the under dash below the steering wheel - 3 screws: 1 on the side (where the door closes), 1 on the left front, and 1 on the right front.

2) Remove the fuse box from it's metal frame - Remove the 1 screw on the top and press in on the metal tabs (one on each side in the middle). Also remove the black relay boxs on the right side by pressing in the tabs.

3) Splice a 6" piece of wire into the orange wire on the back of the fuse box.

4) Locate the red w/ green stripe wire on the 4th relay down from the top.

5) Cut this wire and tape the end coming from the dash.

6) Solder the piece of wire spliced to the orange wire with this new end and tape it up.

7) Test everything before putting it back together



Installing a Turbo Timer:

* I recommend buying the wiring harness for the WRX, it will save you a lot of wire splicing * Turbo Timer mounting depends on positioning, you must make up your mind on where you want to mount the timer before you begin and place it there *

1) Remove the under dash below the steering wheel - 3 screws: 1 on the side (where the door closes), 1 on the left front, and 1 on the right front.

2) Remove the center console - Open the armrest. Pull up on the cup holder section, this will pop right off. Remove the 2 screws in the bottom of the armrest container. Remove the shift knob and pull up on the entire trim piece, this will also pop right off. There are 2 screws under it, remove them. There is 1 screw in the center, forward from the ebrake handle, remove it also. Pull the entire center area out.

3) Locate the ignition assembly - Blue harness below the steering wheel and slightly to the right. Unplug this and plug each end into the wiring harness. Plug the harness coming from the turbo timer itself into the other end of the wiring harness.

4) From the wiring harness, the black wire needs to be appropriately grounded. The blue and brown wires need to be run behind the dash to the passenger footwell area. The gray wire needs to be run to the ebrake.

5) On the passenger side of the ebrake handle, slightly hidden under the carpeting, there is a pink wire connected to a sensor. This is where you will splice the gray wire from the turbo timer to.

6) Pull back the carpeting on the passenger side foot area - 3 screws: 1 on the top left near the center console area and 2 on the right by the bottom corner of the door under the dash.

7) Below this will be the ECU cover plate, remove this: 3 10mm bolts of the top of it and 1 10mm bolt higher up. *Becareful, you are now working with very delicate / expensive equipment!*

8) Remove the platic cover and unbolt the ECU - 1 10mm bolt at the top and 1 at the bottom.

9) You must now splice the blue and brown wires from the turbo timer into the ECU. Refer to the pinout found here.

10) Once you have spliced the 2 wires to the ECU, put it all back together.

11) If you have the optional security upgrade from Subaru, you must now modify your car so that your security system will arm while running on the timer.

12) Above the fuse panel, there is a black Keyless entry module. Remove this - 1 10mm bolt.

13) Find the dark green w/ black trace wire and cut it. Tape both ends and bolt the keyless entry module back where it came from.

14) On the security system module (located on the drivers side of the parking brake) find the gray wire and cut that, taping both ends.

15) You are all set. Put everything back together and have fun
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Old 10-12-2001, 11:44 AM   #2
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Thanks,

Very well done!
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Old 10-12-2001, 12:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: instructions for all wrx - put this in the mods section pls

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1) In the engine compartment, above the battery, there is a black box. Twist the two screws on the top of this and remove it.
Just to clarify, the cover is not on the battery side, it's right below the strut tower on the left side of the engine bay.
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Old 10-12-2001, 01:25 PM   #4
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Thank you very much. I copied and pasted this into word and will use it later for my HKS turbo timer later when I have the time. I will also post this on my website for others to read. Not like anyone actually goes there, but just in case....
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Old 10-12-2001, 01:33 PM   #5
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thx those tips help alot

hehe me off to go do some mods now =P

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Old 10-12-2001, 02:53 PM   #6
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i made a small website with these instructions on it + some other crap...

my little site
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Old 10-12-2001, 03:03 PM   #7
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Good job, very informative, specially to the newbies.
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Old 10-12-2001, 03:18 PM   #8
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great job being that I have nothing else to do I think I'm gonna try the fog light mod great job..very well written
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Old 10-12-2001, 04:14 PM   #9
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awesome thanks for the post i'll definitely use it when i get my TT.

I have a question tho. When you're clipping the wires for the stock security system, what are you cutting? and why are these wires not needed? I assume they are there for a reason to begin with, so what does cutting them affect?

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Old 10-12-2001, 04:16 PM   #10
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i'm not positive as to what those wires do...but that is what i was told needs to be done...and after doing it myself, everything still works perfectly....i believe they were wires related to letting the system know whether the car is running or not, without cutting them, the security system will not arm while the timer is counting down....once i had gotten over the fear of cutting them and found a large amount of other members that had all done the same, i went ahead and did it too, and everything does still work just fine.
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Old 10-12-2001, 04:24 PM   #11
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Ok, Will do. Gotta stick it, so that I wont forget.
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Old 10-12-2001, 11:14 PM   #12
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Thank you very much for these mods, but I have a question. I went right out and did the foglight mod, and got it all hooked up, and it worked and all, but my fan is always on when the key is on the second click(the one where the lights come on), did the fan always come on then or what, I cant remember. Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2001, 11:59 PM   #13
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Thanks for the well doced info. That was big of you.
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Old 10-13-2001, 11:06 AM   #14
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Good info. Lots of detail here. Thanx man!
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Old 10-13-2001, 02:18 PM   #15
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One question, you said that to make our life easier, we should buy the wiring harness for the WRX for the turbo timer. Who sells that? I really wanna put a TT, but that was always the thing that stopped me- I didnt want to cut wires.

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Old 10-13-2001, 02:26 PM   #16
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Quote:
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One question, you said that to make our life easier, we should buy the wiring harness for the WRX for the turbo timer. Who sells that? I really wanna put a TT, but that was always the thing that stopped me- I didnt want to cut wires.

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http://www.optauto.com

search for "WRX" and it should come up. Great prices on TT's, too!



Or more directly:

Direct link to HKS TT harness
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Old 10-13-2001, 05:21 PM   #17
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Default Fan Issue

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...did the foglight mod, and got it all hooked up, and it worked and all, but my fan is always on when the key is on the second click(the one where the lights come on), did the fan always come on then or what, I cant remember. Thanks.
I don't know about your car, but my fan does not come on at this point. I am very seriously considering this mod but won't do it if this somehow interferes with the fans normal operation,

If anyone that has performed this mod can address this issue, I would appreciate it.

Thanks
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Old 10-13-2001, 06:25 PM   #18
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Default Fog Light Mod...

Ok, being the entirely patient guy that I am, I decided to check things out myself as far as the fog light modification goes, and not wait for an answer about the fan problem encountered by dannyboy7.

I, however, made one change to the instructions as they appear at the beggining of this thread. I want to be able to turn on the fog lights irregardless of whether the headlights are on or not.

So, rather than tying into the orange wire from the fuse box, I tapped power from one of the larger green (all green) wires going to the 2nd from the bottom relay on the relay box. This wire has power only when the ignition key is on.

Now I can turn my fog lights on with or without the headlights, and I have no problem with my fan running. As for the fan problem, I don't believe it is related to the fog light modification, probably just coincidental timing.

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Old 10-13-2001, 09:08 PM   #19
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Why mess with other relays? I wrapped mine on the illumintation fuse so my fog lights would turn on with the parking lights. I think its cooler this way and I can keep the fog light switch on. If you want to be able to turn it on with ignition, wrap the wire around an ignition fuse. Same if you want accessoies or even anytime (battery fuse).
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Old 10-14-2001, 03:47 AM   #20
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About the "fan" issue. If you turn the key to the Acc. position and turn the fan selector knob to "defrost" and turn the fan speed selector to any setting (other than 0) it turns on the radiator fan. I use this to cool my engine (after my turbo is cooled down already) on track days. Just make sure you don't leave it on too long. (Good thing I have this HKS TT w/ voltage meter!)

Maybe you have this set to these positions. Thats why your fan is kicking on.

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Old 10-14-2001, 07:40 PM   #21
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I just tried the fan trick...

it works in the ON (not ACC) position...

also, it works whenever the A/C button is pressed in (defrost mode actually engages the compressor which in effect is the same as pressing the A/C button)...

pretty cool! (pun intended)

I tried mine in the FACE position with the A/C button pressed and lit and the key in the ON position and the fan (after a brief delay) turns out...

Thats really nifty... Do that with the hood up for cool down



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About the "fan" issue. If you turn the key to the Acc. position and turn the fan selector knob to "defrost" and turn the fan speed selector to any setting (other than 0) it turns on the radiator fan. I use this to cool my engine (after my turbo is cooled down already) on track days. Just make sure you don't leave it on too long. (Good thing I have this HKS TT w/ voltage meter!)

Maybe you have this set to these positions. Thats why your fan is kicking on.

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Old 10-15-2001, 12:47 PM   #22
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Good info. Thanks.
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Old 10-15-2001, 03:02 PM   #23
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Ok, Will do. Gotta stick it, so that I wont forget.
Thanks man
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Old 10-15-2001, 04:44 PM   #24
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What does the turbo timer do?
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Old 10-15-2001, 08:44 PM   #25
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What does the turbo timer do?
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It allows your engine to continue running for a set "time" after the ingnition is turned of and you have left your car. Some feel that it allows your turbo to cool off before the engine is turned off-in the WRX, it is not necessary as the turbo is cooled very efficiently unless you drive fast and hard for a prolonged period, in which case idling your engine for a few minutes would do the same. For daily driving, this is not necessary and a waste of money (I am sure some will disagree with the waste of money issue but it is)
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