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Old 04-18-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Subaru Stars A Bug's Life - Many Years in the Making

This thread is intended to chronicle the life of my 2002 WRX up to this point, and to document the upcoming changes. More to come on that later

August 2003 Pretty much bone stock except for the Ver 6 STi wing...ahh remember the beloved RE92s




September 2006 Her 55,555th birthday in Vermont






September 2007 The Prodrive addiction begins


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Old 04-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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May 2008 Finally Some Rolling Shots




August 2009 She gets a proper suspension








September 2009 Brake upgrade




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Old 04-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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November 2009 – She got some lighter/wider wheels for Summer and AutoX



October 2010 – First AutoX


April 2011 – Third AutoX


April 2012 – Sixth AutoX


July 2012 – Droppin’ some weight and Seventh AutoX



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Old 04-18-2013, 10:31 PM   #4
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March 2013 – After 10+ years, she finally outgrew the big wing






April 7, 2013 - 8th AutoX






April 18, 2013 – Awaiting some upgrades…more to come soon

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:21 PM   #5
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Beautiful man great build! Subscribed can't wait to see more!
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:48 AM   #6
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Looks great!

What all mods did you have to do to get the rear two pots to bolt up?
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:07 AM   #7
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very nice
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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Looking good! can't wait to see what you can do with it this year.

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #9
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love it! looks great !
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:32 PM   #10
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55,555 miles, 5.5 tripometer @ 55 mph.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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Looks great!

What all mods did you have to do to get the rear two pots to bolt up?
Kartboy brackets and had to bend the dust shields back. That's it. Well, and of course bigger rotors.

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55,555 miles, 5.5 tripometer @ 55 mph.
Actually, it was 55.5 mph My wife took the pic. Good thing we were newlyweds or she never would have put up with such shenanigans.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #12
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Prodrive Front Lip
Prodrive Grille w/ DIY Vented Side Pieces
STi Rear Diffuser
Kartboy Exhaust Hangers
Painted Sideskirts
STi Hoodscoop
JDM STi Hoodscoop Splitter w/ DIY Intercooler Screen
STi CF Sidemarkers
Yellow Lamin-X on Foglights
Orciari Foglight Covers
WORX Tuning Hood Dampers
STi Battery Hold-down
GrimmSpeed Radiator Shroud
18” x 7.5” Prodrive PWRC-1 Wheels (winter)
Toyo Proxes 4 225/40-18 (winter)
17” x 8” Enkei RPF1s (summer/AutoX)
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Specs 245/40-17 (summer/AutoX)
McGard Spline Drive Lugnuts

Suspension/Brakes
Whiteline 27mm Front Sway Bar
CUSCO 24mm Rear Sway Bar
CUSCO OS Front Strut Stabilizer Bar
CUSCO OS-V Rear Strut Stabilizer Bar
CUSCO Rear Subframe Brace
CUSCO Front Power Brace
Kartboy Front Endlinks
Kartboy Rear Endlinks
Kartboy Rear Subframe Lock Bolts
Kartboy Pitch Stop
FHI 4-pot/2-pot Red Calipers
Kartboy Rear Caliper Brackets
StopTech Slotted Rear Vented Rotors
Carbotech Slotted Front Rotors
Carbotech Bobcat Brake Pads
Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines
ATE Super Blue Racing Brake Fluid
04+ Rear Sway Bar Mounts
RCE Black Springs
Tokico D-Spec Adjustable Struts
RCE Front Lowering Camber Plates
STi Group N Rear Tophats
Scooby921 Rear Strut Spacers
CUSCO Master Cylinder Brace
Paranoid Fabrications Fender Cowl Stays
Whiteline Caster Adjustment Kit – Transverse Link Bushings
Kartboy Rear Differential Outrigger Bushings
TiC Rear Differential Mount Bushings

Performance
COBB Accessport EM – Stage 2
Deatschwerks COBB-Spec Injectors
Walbro 255 LPH Fuel Pump
Kartboy Short Shift Lever
Kartboy Front and Rear Shifter Bushings
TiC Shifter Pivot Bushings
TiC Shift Linkage Upgrade Bushings
AVO Drop-in Air Filter
Custom PVC Intake-Snorkus Delete
Stromung 3” Divorced Wastegate Downpipe
Stromung 3” Mid-Pipe w/ High-flow Cat
MadDad 3” Intermediate Pipe
Stromung Dual-tip Axleback
PDE Uppipe
GrimmSpeed PnP Exhaust Manifold + Cross-pipe
JDM V7 STi TMIC
SAMCO MAF Hose
SAMCO Intercooler Hoses
SAMCO Radiator Hoses
Optima Red Top Battery
KOYO Racing Radiator
NGK Iridium Sparkplugs (One Range Colder)
STi Intercooler Sprayer
Greddy Oil Filter Sandwich Adapter
STi Group N Motor Mounts
STi Group N Transmission Mount
Kartboy Transmission Crossmember Bushings
STi Steering Rack
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
GrimmSpeed Air Oil Separator

Interior
STi Aluminum Shifter Trim
Ixiz Concepts Clutch Limiter
OEM Carbon Fiber Trim Kit
WC Lathewerks Shifter Extension w/ STi Boot Retainer Ring
Torque Solution Delrin Shift Knob
Turn in Concepts Shifter Pivot Bushings
STi Keyplate
Autospeed STi Dead Pedal
Omori 02/03 WRX 52mm Gauges (Boost, EGT, Oil Temp)
STi Rear Parcel Shelf w/o 3rd Brake Light
JDM V7 STi Guage Cluster w/ MPH Converter
JPM Alcantara Wrapped Steering Wheel w/ Ver 6 STi Airbag
JPM Alcantara Wrapped Sun Visors
JPM Alcantara 6-speed Shift Boot
Schroth 4-Point Racing Harnesses
Custom Hard-Wired Garmin GPS

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Old 04-20-2013, 05:34 PM   #13
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TD04L – PnP/thermal coated hotside by GrimmSpeed









Deatschwerks Injectors



Motive/Turn in Concepts Composite TGV Deletes





Powdercoated Intake Manifold w/ New Fuel Lines




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Old 04-20-2013, 05:35 PM   #14
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GrimmSpeed Uppipe w/ Flex and Thermal Coating



SAMCO Turbo Inlet



Prodrive 3-port Boost Control Solenoid



Perrin Lightweight Crank Pulley



Gates Upper Radiator Hose + New UP/DP Gaskets





STi Trailing Arms w/ Front Pillowball Bushings + TiC Rear Knuckle Bushings





2004 STi Steering Wheel (at JPM Coachworks right now getting wrapped in alcantara)


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Old 04-20-2013, 05:50 PM   #15
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Very nice. I remember seeing your car posts long time ago, only person with outback sport grill. Good to see someone have kept their bug for so long.

Yours look just like mines with gold RPF-1s, prodrive grill, minus the prodrive lights and prodrive lip (fell off last year on the freeway )
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:14 PM   #16
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Very nice. I remember seeing your car posts long time ago, only person with outback sport grill. Good to see someone have kept their bug for so long.
I actually still have the OBS grille. I painted it WRB along with the Orciari fog covers last year. Used GrimmSpeed's WRB spray paint. I like it, but not as much as the Prodrive piece.



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Old 04-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #17
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^^ cool, but i think that grill looked better in your old setup.

I noticed you are running the Samco MAF hose on OTS stage 2 cobb? Does that give you any issues. I was looking to replace my OEM one which seems to slide off the air box and would not stay on for some reason, but I decided to hold off because people ran into issues running lean.
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:09 PM   #18
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^^ cool, but i think that grill looked better in your old setup.

I noticed you are running the Samco MAF hose on OTS stage 2 cobb? Does that give you any issues. I was looking to replace my OEM one which seems to slide off the air box and would not stay on for some reason, but I decided to hold off because people ran into issues running lean.
It doesn't give me any issues that I'm aware of, but I don't have a wideband either. It never fit that well, and I had to trim it to fit against the MAF sensor housing. I think I'm just gonna go back to using the OEM after-MAF hose when I install the new silicone inlet, but I'll try both and see which one fits the best.

Once I get all this stuff installed I'll be getting a professional tune, so I'll have a much better idea how things are running compared to the OTS map.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:50 PM   #19
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Default Update...

So I'm in the middle of the tear-down stage. Getting things out of the way to do the pulley. Because I have the uber thick Koyo radiator, that means upper rad hose and fans had to come out. So needless to say my garage floor is covered in coolant.

Also have begun removing various lines and things in preparation for the removal of the intake manifold and turbo. Did the TB bypass mod tonight just so I could finally check something off the list.







Oh, and the best part. I noticed grease on the Xmember beneath the front inner CV boot on the passenger side. Can't tell yet if its torn, but something is not right with it. Guess I'll add that to the list.

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Default Update...

I'm in the middle of setting up the new intake manifold with the composite TGVs and transferring fuel lines/harness over to the new manifold. TGVs took longer than I expected due to the center mounting points not lining up. Had to file the holes larger to accomodate.







Also received my new alcantara wrapped wheel today from JPM Coachworks



And now a question for folks who have removed/reinstalled the intake manifold? How the devil do I scrape all the old gasket remnants off the heads without scoring the surface or dropping crap down into the valves?

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Old 05-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #21
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may i ask why you're sticking with a td04L?
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #22
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may i ask why you're sticking with a td04L?
There are several reasons, but the primary ones are:
- I enjoy the Stage 2 powerband on the 2.0 and Id like to retain the responsiveness and low end torque. These upgrades and the tune should make it like Stage 2 on steroids.
- Its an 11 year old drivetrain and I have no intention of buying a new motor or trans anytime soon.
- The car is used for autox on short and mid-length courses, and the TD-04 is arguably the best turbo for the 2.0 in that setting.

Believe me, Ive gone back and forth for years between the VF-34, 43, 48, 16G, etc. If I had the 2.5 Id ditch the TD-04 in a heartbeat.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:19 PM   #23
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Default Update...slowly, but surely

I've had very little time to work on the car in the past couple weeks, so progress has been SLOW! However, here's a peek at where I'm at with it.

Manifold/TGVs re-installed...just need to reconnect all wiring and various tubes


New turbo and uppipe are installed


New steering wheel installed


Just got my thermal coated Stromung downpipe back from Grimmspeed




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Old 05-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #24
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Easily one of the meanest bugeyes ever. Excellent work.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:15 AM   #25
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And now a question for folks who have removed/reinstalled the intake manifold? How the devil do I scrape all the old gasket remnants off the heads without scoring the surface or dropping crap down into the valves?

plug the intake side with paper towels make sure there inthere nice and tight. then start scrapping. when your done just pull em out. or if your paranoid grab a vacuum before pulling the paper towels, thats how i did mine.
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