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Old 10-13-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
HomerTwiggs
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2002 WRX
Metallic Silver

Default My first EVER build thread

Hey guys,
First, i appreciate any feedback on my car. i will warn you before reading my thread that i am NOT mechanically inclined and honestly, i am trying to learn. right now i can change oil and i just replaced an alternator on a ford focus.... give me a break, i am learning.haha.

(Pics at the bottom)

I just bought this car about a month ago and wanted to post this asap, if for nothing else, be able to watch my own progress. I knew nothing of boosted engines before i bought this car and now i am trying to do as much research as possible to make sure i dont blow something up.haha. the following is what i copied right off of CL of what the previous owner had done. the only thing that i can say at this point is that ive added a new stereo and my amp/subs.

Please let me know what you guys think. Again, i am learning so you will have to give me a break on a few things here and there.



2002 Subaru WRX
2.0L Turbo w/ ~145k miles
Platinum Silver Metallic
Clean Title


Mods List

Engine:
VF22 Turbo Tuned by Dom @ MPS (320awhp/310ft-lbs)
STi Intercooler
APS 65mm Intake
Cusco Poly Engine/Tranny Mounts
Gimmick Silicone Turbo Inlet
TGV Deletes
DW 650cc injectors
Maxwell Power Hybrid Boost Control
Intake Air Temp Relocation to Intercooler
Synthetic Oil
Timing Belt Replaced by PIA at 105k miles

Exhaust:
ERZ 3" catback
Greddy Flat flange 3" Downpipe
Tial 44mm EWG
Grimm speed Up-pipe
Grimm speed VF series Waste gate bracket
Kartboy Silicone Exhaust Hangers
Grimm speed crossover pipe

Suspension/Brakes:
Racing Logic Coil overs (8k front/7k rear)
Whiteline Swaybars (25mm front/23mm rear)?
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
Whiteline anti-lift kit
Whiteline roll center kit
Whiteline Steering Rack Bushing
EBC Yellow Pads
PowerSlot Slotted Rotors
H6 Rear Brake Rotor Conversion
Girodisc SS brake Lines
Super Blue brake fluid

Wheels/Tires:
17x9 +42 Rota DPTs in hyperblack
245/45/17 Hankook Ventus V12 R
Rolled Fenders
Front wheel bearings replaced about 10k miles ago

Drivetrain:
Kartboy Shifter Bushings
Factory Option Short Throw Shifter
Stock Transmission
Stock Clutch (to my knowledge)

Cosmetic:
JDM STi Hoodscoop
Prosport Boost Gauge
Koji mod Headlight shrouds
Yellow Hella Fog light bulbs
Hella Supertones painted gunmetal
Perrin weighted shift knob
Painted Sideskirts
Custom grill (or lack there of)
Debadged Trunk


Things to note:
Driver's window stop needs to be adjusted
A/C needs to be charged again or is dead
Dent in passenger fender


On that note, i had the dyno sheet to prove the 320awhp... but someone has walked off with it... not sure why someone would take that... oh well.


Thanks for reading.









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Old 10-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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306awhp/277awtq-EWG/FMIC

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Welcome to the scene. I created a build thread on here as well and surprisingly was not getting any feedback from the community. I was left to do all my own figuring of things, and so on.

That being said, your car is pretty cleanly modded as is, and is at a safe power level. You don't need a dyno plot for people to trust your numbers, that is just seeing your mod list alone says enough.

Things people typically overlook (or just don't care about) at that amount of mods is; timing belt service, compression numbers, wheel bearings and brakes. Your brake setup is better than stock and plenty if you don't plan on autocross or any race events. Your wheel bearings were done recently so that's good. I'd look into when the timing belt was last serviced.

What are your plans with the car?

Do you plan to go more power? If so, start saving a lot. You'll be needing a built bottom soon with those miles stacking up. If you go more power, you'd be wise to do a tranny swap at the same time, or find out the hard way.

Come out to some meets, get to see others cars. The more I met with people and learned off their experience, I felt like I came a much longer way then reading a thread online. Either way it's a fun journey, I was in your shoes two years ago, except with a completely stock car. Yours is pretty modified to start off with, enjoy the wrenching, but pay most attention to wear items at this mileage more so than performance. I.E shocks/strut replacement, MAF replacement, front O2, fuel filter ect. Love your car, and it will return the favor, rape on it and it will be scene on here as a part out.

Once again, WELCOME!
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:53 PM   #3
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I find people often look up and refer to build threads when they want to see reviews of certain items or photos of certain items etc..but they don't post in them frequently. they get more feedback and comments when they are full of exciting things to report, or if people are just absolutely in love with the car etc..but typically it's a 'views only' thing, people come for some reading material or information or photos and bail. there has to be a reason or a connection to stir up conversation

I'm not sure if copying and pasting a craigslist ad from a car you bought really qualifies as a build thread though. you have a good start with your CL ad, but what I'd consider a build thread would be to document what is done to the car and show as much of the progression as you can, and update it with meaningful content, photos, description, reviews, for what you change or add/remove from the car. what you have there is a parts and mods list with no real meaningful content. if you want to make an actual build thread, it's probably better off in the member's car gallery, too. look through some other posts there for format ideas. I have a build thread over on iwsti and I don't really get many comments at all, but I still document everything I'm doing to the car so I have something to reference and look back on. it's easy to forget about different stages the car has been through otherwise.

it looks like a pretty fun car and I am sure you are excited to have picked it up. I am sure you have a lot of reading to do about all of the parts on the car - there is a myriad of information throughout various forums, chances are you can find what you need by searching. try your best to research things and be thoughtful and courteous when you reach out for help - lots of trolls that love ripping newbs apart when they ask common questions that are easy to answer. +1 on going to meets, everyone loves to talk about cars there, you'll learn a lot and meet a lot of cool people!
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:02 PM   #4
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I find people often look up and refer to build threads when they want to see reviews of certain items or photos of certain items etc..but they don't post in them frequently. they get more feedback and comments when they are full of exciting things to report, or if people are just absolutely in love with the car etc..but typically it's a 'views only' thing, people come for some reading material or information or photos and bail. there has to be a reason or a connection to stir up conversation
Great info here.

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I'm not sure if copying and pasting a craigslist ad from a car you bought really qualifies as a build thread though. you have a good start with your CL ad, but what I'd consider a build thread would be to document what is done to the car and show as much of the progression as you can, and update it with meaningful content, photos, description, reviews, for what you change or add/remove from the car. what you have there is a parts and mods list with no real meaningful content.

I wasn't going to just out and say it, but this really isn't a build thread considering there was no direction, or objective. Figured that was why there wasn't any postings in two days.

Appreciate your good info Entaille well said.
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Old 10-15-2013, 12:53 AM   #5
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I appreciate the feedback. i have a couple of ideas on where i wanna take it, i just wasnt sure where to post something like this. Mostly i just wanted to get this up so i dont start doing anything to my car without some way of keeping track of it all. i figured that you guys might want to see it as well...

And yes, a lot of research I have found. obviously, you guys have been where im at, so i dont need to tell you.

I am trying to open up my schedule for some meets. hopefully i can make it out soon.

Again, thanks for the feedback
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:34 PM   #6
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I appreciate the feedback. i have a couple of ideas on where i wanna take it, i just wasnt sure where to post something like this. Mostly i just wanted to get this up so i dont start doing anything to my car without some way of keeping track of it all. i figured that you guys might want to see it as well...

And yes, a lot of research I have found. obviously, you guys have been where im at, so i dont need to tell you.

I am trying to open up my schedule for some meets. hopefully i can make it out soon.

Again, thanks for the feedback
It's already awesome with a great power balance.
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