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Old 01-29-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Just wondering how many of you are on the board. I'm seeing more and more 08s on the road now. Would be a good reference for group buys and feedback on different parts that we have tried out on the car. What works and what doesn't. Here is my list of parts that I have tried out 08 STI.

3 sets of wheels - summer, winter, Rcomps
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I often go to trackdays and would love to compare notes. We should set up a meet sometime.

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Old 01-31-2009, 01:48 PM   #2
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I've only tried brake pads (Pagid RS5), snow tires, and roof racks. I've been to a couple track days and autocrosses with it. I need to get some R comps for warmer season. I could really go for trying out some increased rear roll stiffness with a sway, but want to run in a stock autocross class. Maybe for the track.
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Old 01-31-2009, 02:43 PM   #3
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Sorry to be off topic a bit here. I am just wondering for the 08 STi VIC owners, are you experiencing issues such as:
1. Piston failure
2. ECU Sport # is not responding sometimes
3. Paint chipping issue at quater fender panel
4. Hill holding feature malfunction sometimes

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Old 01-31-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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The car takes well to suspension mods and wide tires but it has lost its edge(power etc) compared to GD chassis STi. I would love to drive HRC's car with the tuning to see the difference before I commit to stage 2.

No issues in reply to Link's questions but I only have 5000km. Later '08 models have a larger piece of clear bras on the rear door/quarter to eliminate chipping in that area.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:59 PM   #5
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I have 23,000km on mine, and there are little chips I can see, but mainly on the hood. I think it will be somewhat avoidable in all new cars with the new paints. It's nothing too bad and for a car that I drive a lot and on the highway everyday, I think it's acceptable. I have nothing like some of the crazy sandblasted looking panels that I've seen some pictures of. There are none of the other problems.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:59 AM   #6
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I have 23,000km on mine, and there are little chips I can see, but mainly on the hood. I think it will be somewhat avoidable in all new cars with the new paints. It's nothing too bad and for a car that I drive a lot and on the highway everyday, I think it's acceptable. I have nothing like some of the crazy sandblasted looking panels that I've seen some pictures of. There are none of the other problems.
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No issues in reply to Link's questions but I only have 5000km. Later '08 models have a larger piece of clear bras on the rear door/quarter to eliminate chipping in that area.
Thank you for replies. Jason, how is your say on GRB's stock suspension and steering wheel upon your expertise? Are they really terrible, soft, less reponsive compared to the previous gens?

Oops sorry to off topic again. Please PM if you have time.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:49 PM   #7
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I had the first 08 STI in BC... and got my quarter panels repainted and a larger section of clear bra re-applied. Not an issue with the later 08/09 since they already come with a larger section of clear bra.

Rotors and brakes replaced.... but the grinding noise is back. I inspected my brake pad and the material is chunking and cracked causing scoring on the rotors. Will have to bring it back it. I suspect the 08 STI pads are the culprit.

All this has been done under warranty.

Been very happy with the RR stage 2 setup... a very noticable increase in torque and wider power band to work with on the track. Sway bars and stickier tires are a must... totally transforms the turn in and makes the car very neutral. No more understeer and excessive body roll. With this setup (Rcomps & track pads) I've been able to hang with some very fast cars on the track....ie GT3 RS

I will have to swap cars with Jason to see how much better coilover will make the car.

Other than that 17,500km of problem free driving.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:08 PM   #8
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Hey Al, what kind of numbers are you putting down with the RR tune?

I want to compare mine to yours since RR did my tune as well.
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:53 PM   #9
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My 09 has 2500kms, stage 1 flashed from cobb last week. The car is so much smoother to drive now. The powerband is very equal and consitent, there is no surge of power in each gear. The only down side is when you reset the ECU and flash a new map the car has to relearn. For the first couple of days the feels unresponsive and slow because the drive by wire throttle has to get used to your driving style.
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Old 02-01-2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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Hey Al, what kind of numbers are you putting down with the RR tune?

I want to compare mine to yours since RR did my tune as well.
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Old 02-01-2009, 06:23 PM   #11
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from your dyno graph I think I am making more power then you on my stage 1...hmmm
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:08 PM   #12
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^You think? Hahaha. What numbers did you get? 242 peak whp is very respectable for a stage 2 tune on that dyno.
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:15 PM   #13
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from your dyno graph I think I am making more power then you on my stage 1...hmmm
Are you comparing this to your dyno graph on your Cobb accessport box?
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #14
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lol no not at all, Im not going off the dyno feature. From my experience and other stage 2 results your dyno #s should be higher. Maybe since they tuned it differently your numbers came out lower thats why. I will try and back up my opinion with a couple dyno pulls in the next month or so if I have the time.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:46 PM   #15
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From my experience and other stage 2 results your dyno #s should be higher.
You can't compare numbers on different dynos and I would love to hear about your stage 2 experiences.

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from your dyno graph I think I am making more power then you on my stage 1...hmmm
You mention that you numbers where higher at stage 1... what numbers did you get?
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:21 PM   #16
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from your dyno graph I think I am making more power then you on my stage 1...hmmm
You can't compare yours to these dyno readings.

I'll bet if his car was run on your dyno, it would read at least another 20-30 awhp.

Hmm I'll stick up my dyno graph soon. It isn't that much higher then mine
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:24 PM   #17
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yes true, there are many different dyno numbers produced when it comes to the manufactures of the dyno. My experience was not to be directed towards stage 2 but my experience with and around cars in general. I could probally find others with stage 2 and the same supporting mods making more whp.

I hope you know Im not bashing you here, I own the exact same car.

Like I posted before "I will try and back up my opinion with a couple dyno pulls in the next month" and I will try to use the same dyno "dyno dynamics" also.

For humor sake if you thought I was going off my dynometer feature on the Cobb AP the car makes 350hp, 365tq according to the Cobb AP. That then calculated into whp is around 290whp/300whp. Surely I cant go off that reading and nor did I when I was making a comment about your dyno graph.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:49 PM   #18
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Where are you located anyways? There are many factors that can affect the reading outcome.

Rocket Rally's Dyno Dynamics dyno reads more real-time and accurate if anything, A lot of shops have their dyno's read higher for the sake of bragging rights etc.

Anyways, this wasn't meant to be an argument, just having a friendly conversation
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:09 PM   #19
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I live in langley, I know of a couple lowermainland shops that own or have access to dyno dynamics dyno's. After looking at the graph more closely I can see the improvement the tune gave over stock better. Maybe Im more or less diapointed at the numbers because I was thinking the should be alot higher then that.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:58 PM   #20
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Numbers don't matter. Its the smoothness and feel of the car after the tune.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:59 PM   #21
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Don't be disappointed. More or less, the numbers produced are more real-time then most shops.

If you want show-winning, bragging right numbers, take it to anywhere else, and that would be accomplished.

There is a dyno day at a local shop. If I have time, I wanted to have a pull or 2 on my car and see exactly what the difference in readings would be.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:10 AM   #22
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just curious how many kilometers do you guys get per tank of easy driving (let's say, mostly highway)? For a stock sti. Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:14 AM   #23
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ya that dyno day sounds good, where is it at and when?
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:52 AM   #24
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http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1673129

like 007wrx said, it isn't just the hp numbers, the powerband and useable power, etc etc is completely different on a car that is pro-tuned
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:07 AM   #25
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I would agree, my car felt more aggresive on the first stage 1 map, I flashed another stage 1 map that was updated couple days ago and the car is much more driveable and smoother compared.
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