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Old 12-18-2012, 04:33 AM   #8051
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Pics? Lucky you get supplies from your work...things stuck in my warehouse are at least 3ft. or wider so it'd be weird to have my boss see me lug things to the car lol
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:56 AM   #8052
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Under the Grimmspeed pulley review thread a guy with an 08+ 2.5i (forget the year) mentioned the car ran much smoother and even a slight increase in gas mileage. I mean less rotational mass is always good no matter it's location lol.
I've had my Agency Power LW pulley in since I got the car two years ago. I don't tell anybody I have it because everyone and their mother will just say that it's bad for the engine because it disrupts timing or some other BS. Our cars have a learning ECU, do not listen to them. When you rove the stock one you'll be shocked at how much less mass you'll have to move. I'm not so sure about MPGs, but it's throttle response is significantly better. I would recommend it, but then again I've only had my 08 for two years, maybe there truly are long term affects that I have yet to see.


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Old 12-18-2012, 09:19 AM   #8053
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I've had my Agency Power LW pulley in since I got the car two years ago. I don't tell anybody I have it because everyone and their mother will just say that it's bad for the engine because it disrupts timing or some other BS. Our cars have a learning ECU, do not listen to them. When you rove the stock one you'll be shocked at how much less mass you'll have to move. I'm not so sure about MPGs, but it's throttle response is significantly better. I would recommend it, but then again I've only had my 08 for two years, maybe there truly are long term affects that I have yet to see.

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If the pulley is the same size as factory I wouldn't worry but, I've herd of people having issues with smaller in size aftermarket replacements.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:31 AM   #8054
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For those with the 4EAT, is there anyway to make the auto shift faster in Drive?

I feel like when im driving around, and use "D", instead of sport mode, the gears seem to hold on, and don't want to shift to the next gear. It's quite annoying as this alone usualy makes the car shift at 4-5k...

Is there anyway to make the system shift faster?
The 4EAT is definitely archaic, albeit reliable. "D" is the more 'economical' mode, so it shouldn't hold the gears longer, not sure why yours does.

A tune won't alter the way the TCU behaves directly, which is frustrating, I would love to be able to change the shift points to use more of the rpm range. There was a thread where someone worked with a tuner to and a piggyback system (I think) which was able to tweak things, but the end conclusion was that for a DD it wasn't worth it.
I know that in Romraider you can now log some TCU values, and IIRC you can perform a TCU reset, that might help.

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I talked with a local tuner about tuning my car and he said it is basically pointless. Our cars (manuals at least) have a very good power curve already.
For an unmodified N/A motor this is generally true, you can probably make a few minimal gains in places but that's it. However, you can drastically improve the factory throttle mapping, a tune could be worth it just for that. Also, even with the stock intake, my MAF sensor benefitted from a rescale.

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But why do people run higher octane fuels? What can that accomplish with our cars? Other than a bigger hole in my pocket lol.
In theory, with higher octane fuel you can run more timing and be less prone to knock (someone correct me if i'm wrong here). Personally, I noticed the car ran smoother with 89 or 91 vs 87, even when it was stock. I wouldn't claim any increase in power, but smoother definitely, the low rpm 'lumpiness' went away.

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The most worthwhile thing you can do with the car is suspension mods; sping upgrades, sway bars, etc. If you want more actual power, then trade it in for a wrx before you do something detrimental. I know a few have learned that one the hard way.
Or if you want to spend the money on an N/A car, and do the modifications right with a decent tune, you can have a real fun reliable car with gobs of low down torque and no turbo lag

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:30 AM   #8055
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The 4EAT is definitely archaic, albeit reliable. "D" is the more 'economical' mode, so it should hold the gears longer, not sure why yours doesn't.
If it is economical, why would It hold the gears longer till roughly 4500rpm?

Mine does stay in gear longer, not wanting to up shift.... ?????
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:40 AM   #8056
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The 4EAT is definitely archaic, albeit reliable. "D" is the more 'economical' mode, so it should hold the gears longer, not sure why yours doesn't.

A tune won't alter the way the TCU behaves directly, which is frustrating, I would love to be able to change the shift points to use more of the rpm range. There was a thread where someone worked with a tuner to and a piggyback system (I think) which was able to tweak things, but the end conclusion was that for a DD it wasn't worth it.
I know that in Romraider you can now log some TCU values, and IIRC you can perform a TCU reset, that might help.

For an unmodified N/A motor this is generally true, you can probably make a few minimal gains in places but that's it. However, you can drastically improve the factory throttle mapping, a tune could be worth it just for that. Also, even with the stock intake, my MAF sensor benefitted from a rescale.

In theory, with higher octane fuel you can run more timing and be less prone to knock (someone correct me if i'm wrong here). Personally, I noticed the car ran smoother with 89 or 91 vs 87, even when it was stock. I wouldn't claim any increase in power, but smoother definitely, the low rpm 'lumpiness' went away.

Or if you want to spend the money on an N/A car, and do the modifications right with a decent tune, you can have a real fun reliable car with gobs of low down torque and no turbo lag

Lol that last one is me
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:27 AM   #8057
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Lol that last one is me
What mods do you have?
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:40 AM   #8058
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If it is economical, why would It hold the gears longer till roughly 4500rpm?

Mine does stay in gear longer, not wanting to up shift.... ?????
It might be your transmission itself or maybe your fluids low. maybe even the filter for it
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:18 PM   #8059
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Which one do you think looks better?
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:19 PM   #8060
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It might be your transmission itself or maybe your fluids low. maybe even the filter for it
I checked... Im right at full.. Fluid is clear though... ?????
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:19 PM   #8061
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Which one do you think looks better?
1st one.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #8062
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:46 PM   #8063
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If it is economical, why would It hold the gears longer till roughly 4500rpm?

Mine does stay in gear longer, not wanting to up shift.... ?????
It was a little early in the AM to be typing, I contradicted myself
No idea why yours is like that, unless you're at WOT everywhere
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #8064
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If it is economical, why would It hold the gears longer till roughly 4500rpm?

Mine does stay in gear longer, not wanting to up shift.... ?????
I've read a few articles saying that staying above 2,500 (correct me if I'm wrong) is more fuel-efficient than staying below or at idle. So maybe that might give you peace of mind lol Although I wouldn't believe it.


Forgot my point but maybe it does that to be more efficient?? Anywho it wasn't like that until after using sport mode.

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:43 PM   #8065
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I've had my Agency Power LW pulley in since I got the car two years ago. I don't tell anybody I have it because everyone and their mother will just say that it's bad for the engine because it disrupts timing or some other BS. Our cars have a learning ECU, do not listen to them. When you rove the stock one you'll be shocked at how much less mass you'll have to move. I'm not so sure about MPGs, but it's throttle response is significantly better. I would recommend it, but then again I've only had my 08 for two years, maybe there truly are long term affects that I have yet to see.

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Thanks for the response and most of the aftermarket pulleys state it won't mess with the harmonic balancer or whatever. Two years is plenty of time, especially if you do a mixture of driving (both highway and city driving). Ill do some more researching though.

NH8991- someone bored at work/home? , very well written response though (slow clap).

Navy seal-idk where you bought your sockets but (even though I don't prefer them) harbor freight has a of tools for really cheap prices lol.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:03 PM   #8066
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Thanks for the response and most of the aftermarket pulleys state it won't mess with the harmonic balancer or whatever. Two years is plenty of time, especially if you do a mixture of driving (both highway and city driving). Ill do some more researching though.

NH8991- someone bored at work/home? ,...
Yep, bored at home! Off work with bronchitis


Forgot to chime in about LW pulleys, i've had a Group A LW crank pulley on the car for maybe 3.5 years now, no issues (so far).....
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:35 PM   #8067
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Yep, bored at home! Off work with bronchitis
Forgot to chime in about LW pulleys, i've had a Group A LW crank pulley on the car for maybe 3.5 years now, no issues (so far).....
Sucks to hear man, I had that once. Best of luck on recovering!
I would recommend not being on the forums too long, otherwise you will only be tempting yourself to buy more goodies for your car (ask me how I know)
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #8068
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So I found a oem used front bumper in perfect shape for 120 bucks is it worth it just to have? That kind of stuff doesn't usually come up for sale around here
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #8069
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Yep, bored at home! Off work with bronchitis

Forgot to chime in about LW pulleys, i've had a Group A LW crank pulley on the car for maybe 3.5 years now, no issues (so far).....
Only reason why I haven't bought a lw pulley is because of what others have said bout it causing problems
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:51 PM   #8070
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:54 PM   #8071
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Does a pulley really help that much to have to sweat about it messing up the engine? Afaik you cant even see it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:12 PM   #8072
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So I found a oem used front bumper in perfect shape for 120 bucks is it worth it just to have? That kind of stuff doesn't usually come up for sale around here
White? Ship it to me! I've been looking on eBay for one and their is a few but, they are damaged more than the one I currently have
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:54 PM   #8073
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White? Ship it to me! I've been looking on eBay for one and their is a few but, they are damaged more than the one I currently have
It's blue, my car is white as well but I just thought it seemed like a good deal and a good thing to have down the road, I can't say I've seen one for sale locally before
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:55 PM   #8074
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Does a pulley really help that much to have to sweat about it messing up the engine? Afaik you cant even see it.
I mean it's only like $130 for the most expensive one being Cobb (I think). As long as it doesn't weigh too light than it will be fine.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:00 PM   #8075
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It's blue, my car is white as well but I just thought it seemed like a good deal and a good thing to have down the road, I can't say I've seen one for sale locally before
What blue are we talking about here?
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